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How is the president Can Congress deliver Part of 17th Street
doing on LGBT issues? ENDA or has the fight is renamed in honor
We recap the promises over ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ of longtime activist
and results to date. exhausted our allies? Frank Kameny.
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Featuring Rep. Patrick Murphy, Chely Wright, Michael Crawford, Lt. Dan Choi and six others
helping to make 2010 an unforgettable year for LGBT equality. Page 61

PLUS: Pride preview (page 8), Pride
heroes (page 72), schedule of events
(page 74), festival and parade maps
(page 76) and much more.
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‘Kameny Way’ ceremony highlights Capital Pride events

200,000 expected supportive groups and business-
es displaying their products or
for Sunday festival advancing their causes.
Steven Taubenkibel, a spokesper-
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. son for the Metro subway and bus system, said Metro is aware of the
crowds expected for Capital Pride
A two-block section of 17th events over the weekend. He
Street, N.W., in the heart of one of noted that officials were prepared
the city’s most visible gay neigh- to add more train cars beyond the
borhoods was to be renamed this normal weekend schedules if larg-
week as “Frank Kameny Way” in er crowds and a higher ridership
honor of the veteran gay activist warrant the additions.
credited with founding the city’s He said long-scheduled track
LGBT civil rights movement. repair projects would cause delays at
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was the East and West Falls Church and
scheduled to preside over a cer- the New York Avenue stations.
emony and the installation of a Mason said that in addition to
new street sign Thursday to offi- entertainers scheduled to perform
cially put in place the Frank on the festival’s main stage at
Kameny Way street designation. Third Street, near the U.S. Capitol,
The ceremony was to be several speakers, including elect-
part of a long list of events ed officials, were expected to
associated with Capital Pride, address the crowd from the stage.
the city’s annual LGBT commu- Photo by Joe Tresh
Among those confirmed earli-
nity celebration. er this week to speak were D.C.
The Dupont Circle Advisory A segment of 17th Street, N.W., was to be renamed this week after veteran gay activist Frank Kameny. City Council Chair and mayoral
Neighborhood Commission, which candidate Vincent Gray and the
has jurisdiction over the 17th in the late 1950s after he lost his kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at ed Frank Kameny Way. director of the Mayor’s Office of
Street strip near Dupont Circle, ini- job as a civilian astronomer with 23rd and P streets, N.W. From there, it will travel east on GLBT Affairs Christopher Dyer.
tiated the Kameny street designa- the U.S. Army Map Service when Gay activist and former Lambda P Street, turn south on 14th Street, Mason said the mayor’s office
tion earlier this year. authorities discovered he was Rising bookstore owner Deacon and end at 14th and N streets, had yet to confirm whether Fenty
According to ANC Commissioner gay. He founded the Mattachine Maccubbin is the parade’s grand N.W., near Thomas Circle. would speak at the festival. The
Mike Silverstein, the commission Society of Washington in the marshal. Maccubbin is credited Mason said a crowd of about mayor was scheduled to march
voted unanimously to ask the city early 1960s, the city’s first LGBT with starting the city’s first annual 200,000 people is expected for in the parade.
to designate as Frank Kameny group. He is credited with playing LGBT pride event in 1975 as a Sunday’s annual Capital Pride Others expected to speak were
Way a section of 17th Street a leading role in shaping the block party near Dupont Circle. Festival, set to take place on D.C. Congressional Del. Eleanor
between P and R streets, N.W. local and national LGBT rights The parade will travel east on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Holmes Norton; representatives of
“We — and everybody else movement for the next 40 years. P Street past Dupont Circle and between Third and Seventh streets. American Veterans for Equal
we talked to — thought this was In other Capital Pride-related continue along New Hampshire Similar to past years, close to Rights, who were to be accompa-
long overdue,” Silverstein said. news, lead organizer Dyana Avenue, R Street, and 17th 250 booths and vendors’ stands nied by the playing of taps in honor
Kameny began organizing Mason said plans were proceeding Street, where participants will are expected to be at the festival, of fallen service members; and
efforts to secure gay civil rights smoothly for the annual parade’s walk along the newly designat- with dozens of LGBT and LGBT- Miss D.C. Jen Corey.

D.C. Council tackles immigration, blood ban The D.C. City Council on June 1 those of same-sex gay and lesbian teria to determine when gay men
voted unanimously to approve a partners,” says the immigration res- should be eligible to donate blood.
“sense of the Council” resolution olution. “Current U.S. immigration “In 1982, when there were no
supporting a bill in Congress that law discriminates against a U.S. HIV tests or HIV treatments, and
would provide spouse-related immi- citizen or lawful permanent resi- little was known about HIV and
gration rights to foreign-born same- dent and his or her foreign-born AIDS, the FDA imposed a life-
sex partners of American citizens. partner of the same sex by not time deferment, or permanent
In a separate unanimous vote, allowing the sponsorship of a for- ban, on blood donation by any
the Council also approved a eign partner for immigration bene- man who has had sex with
“sense of the Council” resolution fits, although opposite-sex couples another man at any time since
asking the U.S. Food & Drug would have the right do so. 1977,” says the resolution.
Administration to end its 28-year- “It is the sense of the Council It says the permanent ban on
old policy banning blood dona- that the passage of the Uniting nearly all gay men from donating
tions by any man who has had American Families Act or other law blood unnecessarily reduces the
sex with another man. that will end discrimination for bi- U.S. supply of blood.
Council member David national same-sex partners under “It is the sense of the Council of
Catania (I-At Large), who’s gay, the immigration laws and will allow the District of Columbia that the
introduced both resolutions. All gay and lesbian residents of the United States Food & Drug
12 of Catania’s colleagues on District of Columbia fair and equal Administration should reverse the
the Council signed on as co- access to immigration benefits lifetime deferment of blood dona-
introducers to the immigration through their permanent partner- tions by men who have sex with
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
resolution, which endorses the ships will have a significant posi- men since 1977 in favor of a poli-
Uniting American Families Act, a tive impact on the District of cy that protects the safety and
D.C. City Council member David Catania, who’s gay, introduced resolu- bill pending in Congress. Columbia and should be enacted.” integrity of the blood supply that is
tions to support the Uniting American Families Act and overturn the Food “The District of Columbia cele- The second resolution calls on based on an up-to-date scientific
& Drug Administration’s ban on blood donations from most gay men. brates and respects all immigrant the Food & Drug Administration to criteria,” says the resolution.
groups and all families, including use “science-based” eligibility cri- LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Liquor board suspends Ziegfeld’s/Secrets license

Activists, customers February and March of 2009. The
case reports became the basis of
club, the customer shoved the bar-
tender and later shoved him again
denounce sex-related the ABC Board’s charges against outside the club. D.C. Police Lt.
the club, according to Simms. Brett Parson, the former head of
charges as unfair, ‘silly’ The first incident occurred the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit,
Feb. 15, 2009, two days after the was standing nearby and arrested
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. club opened in its newly renovat- the customer on a charge of sim- ed warehouse building on Half ple assault, the report says.
Street, S.W. The ABC Board, at the recom-
The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage According to the ABC Board mendation of Inspector Susan
Control Board has voted to sus- report for that incident, a male cus- Mitchell, charged Ziegfeld’s/Secrets
pend the liquor license of gay tomer was punched in the nose by with two counts of “physical alterca-
nightclub Ziegfeld’s/Secrets for another male customer as he tion” on its premises in connection
five days based on allegations walked out of the men’s restroom with the incident.
that the club permitted its nude in what the victim and witnesses Another ABC Board report says
dancers to engage in “sexual said was an unprovoked assault. the “sexual conduct” incidents
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
conduct” prohibited under the The report says the attacker, who occurred Nov. 19, 2009. The report
city’s liquor law. Gay nightclub Ziegfeld’s/Secrets will temporarily close next week, appeared intoxicated, later told says two inspectors, including
The suspension is scheduled for June 16-20, following a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board vote to police he punched the victim Danzler, visited the club that night “to
June 16-20, and will result in the clos- briefly suspend the club’s liquor license. because the victim resembled a investigate a complaint regarding
ing of the club during that period. person who had bullied him while employees engaged in sexual acts.”
A spokesperson for the charge against the club, says club prohibited sexual acts of any he was in elementary school. The report does not disclose
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation she observed “five to six nude kind by the performers and strictly Paramedics who responded to who made the complaint.
Administration, of which the ABC male performers standing on banned improper touching between the scene treated the victim, who “In some situations, individuals
Board is a part, said the unani- individual pedestals, each per- performers and customers. declined an offer of transportation that file a complaint with ABRA
mous May 26 suspension vote forming a sexual act on them- The two customers said the inci- to a hospital, the report says. regarding an establishment request
was also based on charges that selves (masturbation).” dents in question appeared to have The assailant was arrested on a to be anonymous,” said Simms.
Ziegfeld’s/Secrets management Her report includes a photo she occurred during the first few weeks charge of simple assault, and the “Since there is no mention of a
failed to put in place sufficient took of one dancer, showing him the club was open, and that large ABC Board charged Ziegfeld’s/ name in the case report, I can
security measures to prevent with his hand gripping his penis. crowds and “some confusion” during Secrets with harboring a “physical assume that this is what happened.”
four separate “altercations” in The dark, blurred photo accompa- the opening weeks may have tem- altercation” that involved “misuse of Simms said she inquired about
which patrons became involved nying the report captures the porarily distracted staff attention. licensed premises,” although the the photo of the dancer in the case
in minor scuffles inside the club. dancer from the shoulders down “It’s incredibly unfair to blame the report quotes the victim as saying report and confirmed that Danzler
Another charge that ABC Board and does not show his face. club for activity that violates their there was “no way” the club could took it with her cell phone.
inspectors saw customers consum- Dantzler’s report says she own rules and which they try to pre- have prevented a spontaneous The statement issued by
ing beer 13 minutes after the also saw “patrons, fully clothed, vent,” said one of the customers. assault like that from happening. Ziegfeld’s/Secrets doesn’t dis-
required 2 a.m. closing time became gratifying the performers by rub- Veteran D.C. gay activist One day later, on Feb. 16, cuss the individual charges filed
yet another ground for the suspen- bing and massaging the per- Frank Kameny agreed with that 2009, another assault occurred against the club.
sion, said the spokesperson. formers about the body (not gen- assessment, noting that he was when two women who met in the “We’ve served our gay commu-
An ABC Board report about ital area) and the performers did “outraged” over what he called a club that night and became “inti- nity for over 40 years without infrac-
the after-hours drinking allega- the same to the patrons.” “Victorian-era” campaign by the mate” with each other got into a tions with the ABC Board,” it says.
tion says the management dis- Ziegfeld’s/Secrets owner ABC Board to crack down on fight, with one grabbing the other “We were forced out of business for
puted the allegation. Allen Carroll has said the club entertainment performed by and in a headlock and shoving her three years due to the city invoking
“We wish to express our sin- strictly prohibits any sexual activ- for consenting adults. head into a wall, according to the eminent domain to take posses-
cerest regret to our community, ity by dancers or customers. “It’s about time we got off the report for that incident. Police sion of our former home to make
customers and staff,” says a The incidents involving the anti-sex crusade here,” he said. who were stationed outside the way for the construction of the
statement the club’s manage- alleged altercations and after- When told that ABRA officials club arrested both women after Washington Nationals Stadium.
ment released Monday. hours drinking took place in said they are required to enforce the club’s staff broke up the fight, “After our three-year fight to
“We strive to operate under February and March of 2009 dur- existing liquor law restrictions the report says. Neither of the reopen, which included a difficult
strict compliance with the ABC ing the first few weeks after against sexual conduct within women was seriously injured. search for a new building, we have
Board policies and requirements Ziegfeld’s/Secrets reopened at licensed establishments, Kameny That incident happened min- been subjected to the utmost
and to provide a safe and enjoy- 1824 Half St., S.W. The reopen- and other activists called for utes before ABC Board Inspector scrutiny from the ABC Board. Now
able environment for everyone ing came three years after the repealing those laws. Susan Mitchell said she we have been forced to close for
who enters our establishment,” it city displaced the club from its Gay activist Tom DePriest, a observed two customers drink- the above stated period of time.”
says. “However, sometimes things home of more than 30 years on retired attorney for the federal gov- ing beer at 2:13 a.m., following The statement says that the
happen that we or anyone is O Street, S.E., to allow construc- ernment and a Ziegfeld’s/Secrets the required 2 a.m. closing time situation is not a “punishment,”
unable to control, and for this — or tion of the Washington Nationals customer, said he strongly object- after which consumption of alco- but instead an “injustice.”
for some other reason — we have baseball stadium. ed to the ABC Board’s apparent hol is prohibited, according to the Rick Rosendall, a local gay
been issued this penalty.” Ziegfeld’s/Secrets was the only assumption that customers and board’s report of the incident. activist, called the ABC Board inves-
Cynthia Simms, the ABRA one of several gay bars and night- dancers of clubs offering nude Another incident cited by the tigation and enforcement against the
spokesperson, said that Ziegfeld’s/ clubs displaced by the stadium to entertainment “need protecting” by board occurred March 6, 2009, club a waste of tax dollars.
Secrets and the board reached an find a new location in which to the ABC Board. when a customer described as “If we have money to pay a sin-
agreement in which the board did reopen. Strict zoning laws that bar “It’s part of some sort of sex- intoxicated attempted to grab the gle person to spend a single hour
not file as many charges as it could adult entertainment have prevent- phobic moral code enforcement penis of one of the dancers per- in those kinds of places looking for
have against the club and the club ed the other clubs from finding a that is determined by people who forming on a platform, according to things to be shocked about, then
agreed not to contest the charges new home, a development that don’t enjoy these clubs,” he said. an ABC Board report. The report we should abolish all of those jobs
at a full hearing. has prompted some of the cus- “If adults want to get together says the dancer swatted the man’s because this is completely silly
Simms said the board’s deci- tomers to criticize city officials for and have nude entertainment, hand away several times before the from beginning to end,” he said.
sion includes a $4,000 fine not taking a greater role in helping then why is it anybody else’s customer succeeded in touching Among the members of the
against the club and a 20-day the clubs relocate. business, especially people who the dancer’s penis. The dancer seven-person ABC Board that
license suspension, with 15 days Two regular customers of aren’t there for that?” immediately alerted management, voted for the club’s license sus-
of the license suspension stayed. Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, who spoke on Three of the reports by ABRA and a bartender and the manager pension was gay member Mike
A report prepared by ABC condition that their names be with- inspectors outline incidents they escorted the customer out of the Silverstein, who is a member of
Board Inspector Felicia Dantzler, held, said the management and observed at Ziegfeld’s/Secrets bar, the report says. the Dupont Circle Advisory
who filed the sexual conduct employees made it clear that the during their visits there in While being escorted out of the Neighborhood Commission.
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Barbara Lynn Foraker, 51
Barbara Lynn Foraker died of cancer June 6 at
her cottage in Earleville, Md. Foraker, who was
commonly known as “Lynn,” was 51.
Foraker was a graduate of William Penn High
School in New Castle, Del., and attended the
University of Delaware, where she was a member of
the varsity basketball and softball teams. She graduat-
ed from the school in 1981 with a degree in political
science and economics. She went on to earn a degree
from Goldey-Beacom Business College in 1982.
She sold commercial and residential real estate in
Washington, D.C., then returned to Delaware to join
the family business Foraker Oil, which she owned and
operated when she died.
Foraker enjoyed boating on the Bohemia River
and Chesapeake Bay, and took longer voyages along the Atlantic Coast. She was
commodore of the Bay Ladies Fleet Yacht Club, and owned The Beach House Bar &
Restaurant in Rehoboth, Del. She had a lifelong love of dogs.
Survivors include her partner, Susanne Salkind, and daughter, Helen Abigail
Salkind-Foraker of New Castle, Del.; her parents, Warner Foraker and Barbara Gail
Foraker of Earleville, Md.; her brother, Warner Foraker, Jr. of St Augustine, Fla.; a niece
and nephew along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service was held Thursday. Memorials can be made to the American
Cancer Society or the Delaware Humane Society.

Charles Tarver IV, 53

Charles Tarver IV died of HIV complications May
30 at Georgetown University Hospital, according to
his partner, Albert Dauphin. Tarver was 53.
Tarver was a graduate of William McKinley High
School in Canton, Ohio, and attended The Ohio State
University, where he was a member of Phi Beta
Sigma, a black fraternity. He graduated from the
school in 1984 with a degree in communications.
Before coming to Washington, D.C., in 1992,
Tarver taught communications at Emerson College
in Boston and was a debate team coach and judge.
He also started Brother to Brother, which Dauphin
described as one of the first workshops for black
men “who were HIV positive.” Dauphin said Tarver
founded a similar workshop in Washington.
In Washington, Tarver briefly performed government work before joining the Human
Rights Campaign as its first black gay lobbyist. Dauphin said Tarver went on to serve
as executive director of D.C. Black Pride in 1995 and become a founding member of
what was then known as the D.C. Inner Light Unity Fellowship Church. Tarver became
one of the church’s first deacons in 1996.
Dauphin said Tarver was first hospitalized in 1998, but recovered and “continued
his activism and church obligation.” Despite several ensuing hospitalizations,
Dauphin said Tarver kept his “optimism and love of God.” The couple had planned
to wed this summer.
Survivors include Tarver’s brother, Frank Smith of Warren, Mich., and sister,
Pensacola Miller of Detroit, Mich.; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Unity Fellowship Church’s celebration of life service for Tarver is set for 11 a.m.
Saturday at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1256 Vermont Ave., N.W., in Washington.

Gay man loses Va. congressional bid
A gay Republican running for Congress in Northern Virginia narrowly lost his bid
Tuesday for the GOP nomination in the race.
Matthew Berry, who’s gay and an attorney for the Federal Communications
Commission, was seeking the Republican nomination to represent Virginia’s 8th con-
gressional district, which includes Arlington and Alexandria.
Berry lost to Patrick Murray, an Iraq war veteran who took nearly 52 percent of the
vote in a race where nearly 14,000 ballots were cast. Murray is set to face Democratic
incumbent Rep. Jim Moran in November.
After conceding the race, Berry told the Blade he was “disappointed” that he had insufficient
votes to win the nomination, but said he felt he ran “a very honorable and good campaign.”
Berry said he felt his views on LGBT issues — as well as other positions — were
mischaracterized by Murray prior to the election.
In an e-mail blast sent Monday, Berry noted that he believes each state should
determine its own laws with regard to same-sex marriage. He also said he opposes
changing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before the Pentagon completes its study on the issue.
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Webb vote leaves many supporters disappointed

Va. senator opposes Webb’s explanation. Others said
they weren’t surprised by the
Virginia Partisans when he was
running for his Senate seat.
It’s time to move and not blow a
golden opportunity. We can’t wait.”
‘Don’t Ask’ repeal vote, yet found it disappointing. Several observers said there The Human Rights Campaign
“This is not totally unexpect- are enough provisions in the leg- and Servicemembers Legal Defense
measure in Congress ed,” said Del. Adam Ebbin (D- islation regarding implementa- Network denounced Webb’s vote.
Va.), the only openly gay mem- tion that Webb’s concerns were “There were many lawmakers
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO ber of the Virginia General unwarranted. who stood on the right side of his- Assembly. “When Sen. Webb “We were disappointed with the tory, but Sen. Webb disappoint-
was a candidate, he was candid senator’s vote because we felt the ingly voted to maintain the kind of
Many LGBT Virginians are dis- in that he at that time said he did provision addressed all of the possi- discrimination that hurts our
appointed at U.S. Sen. Jim Webb’s not support repealing ‘Don’t Ask, ble procedural issues,” said Claire national security,” said Michael
(D-Va.) vote against overturning Don’t Tell.’ I suppose that his stat- Gastanaga, general counsel for Cole, an HRC spokesperson. “If
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” ed willingness to look at the Equality Virginia. “The way this is you are interested in giving the
Webb, a former Navy Secretary, was reports demonstrates a small bit structured, the vote wasn’t on the military the tools they need to
the sole Democrat to vote May 27 of progress, but when conserva- process. This was just putting allow for open service, then the
against an amendment to defense tive Democrats vote to repeal the Congress on record that they sup- right vote would have been to
Photo courtesy of Webb’s office
budget legislation that aims to repeal policy and move forward, it is port the decision. To cite the process repeal the law now with imple-
the military’s ban on open service U.S. Sen. Jim Webb’s committee extremely disappointing that is misplaced at this juncture.” mentation pending the review.”
by gays and lesbians. He’s chair of vote against repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Sen. Webb did not join them.” Virginia Partisans members And SLDN Executive Director
the Armed Services Committee Don’t Tell’ upset many Virginia Webb has supported other are planning a letter to Webb to Aubrey Sarvis said the White
Personnel Subcommittee. gays. He’s been pro-gay on sev- gay rights legislation. He voted express their disappointment. House letter Webb cited is not an
In a statement released the day eral other legislative issues. for the Matthew Shepard & “This is legalized discrimina- acceptable explanation because
of the vote, Webb said he was wait- James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes tion,” said Terry Mansberger, the the legislation stipulates that no
ing for the completion of a Department leaders put into motion Prevention Act, which Congress group’s president. “This is a stall repeal action will occur before the
Department of Defense review on and I am concerned that many passed last year; he’s signed on tactic. They’ve built into the legisla- Pentagon’s recommendations are
the matter and cited a May 24 White members of the military would view as a co-sponsor of the tion enough of a timetable to reviewed by the House and Senate
House letter and chiefs of all four mil- such a move as disrespectful to the Employment Non-Discrimination implement the repeal, but Webb is Armed Services committees.
itary branches who concur that the importance of their roles in this Act; and he opposes Virginia’s insisting on even longer time and “We are terribly disappointed in
study should be completed before process,” he said in the statement. Marshall-Newman amendment, more study. We don’t know what’s the senator’s vote,” Sarvis said in
Congress takes legislative action. But several gay activists in which bans same-sex marriage. going to happen in Congress in an e-mail. “He wrapped himself up
“I see no reason to pre-empt the Virginia and beyond who are fol- He also made an appearance at November. We have the majority in the procedure and failed to
process that our senior Defense lowing the repeal effort didn’t buy a gay fundraiser in Arlington by now and a supportive president. stand up and do the right thing.”
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Obama earns mixed reviews on LGBT progress

Is the president our
‘fierce advocate’ or
a disappointment?

After 18 months in office, the

harsh realities of politics and com-
promise have caught up to
President Obama. Hailed as a
champion of LGBT rights during the
2008 campaign, LGBT rights advo-
cates now give Obama mixed
reviews for his performance to date.
In a statement to the Blade, Joe
Solmonese, president of the
Human Rights Campaign, said
“there’s no doubt” that Obama has
done more for LGBT people than
any other U.S. president in history.
“Within the constraints of cur-
rent law, he’s advanced policies
that will vastly improve the lives of
tens of millions,” Solmonese said.
“Has change occurred quickly
enough? No. The pace of change
will never be quick enough for a
community that is consistently
denied their equality.”
Solmonese noted that LGBT
people continue to face inequali-
ty on “a whole host of fronts” that
could be remedied through leg-
Photo by Pete Souza; courtesy of White House
islative or policy change.
“But none of that obscures the Once hailed as a ‘fierce advocate’ of LGBT equality, President Obama now inspires mixed reviews from activists.
fact that this president has and
will continue to be our partner Clinton administration. election so that together we can “there really hasn’t yet been candidate said he supported
and advocate,” Solmonese said. “There is no gay person in bring about real change for all much for them to do” on ENDA. “complete repeal” of the Defense
But Richard Socarides, a gay Obama’s inner circle, period,” LGBT Americans.” Keisling noted that for con- of Marriage Act.
New York attorney who was an Socarides said. In the letter, Obama pledged gressional hearings on ENDA “Federal law should not dis-
adviser to former President Shin Inouye, a White House to “place the weight” of his last year in the House and criminate in any way against gay
Clinton, has a very different view spokesperson, said Obama ran administration behind the enact- Senate, the administration sent and lesbian couples, which is
of Obama’s tenure. Socarides on a commitment to bring ment of hate crimes protections officials who provided “really precisely what DOMA does,”
said there’s a “pretty strong con- change to all Americans — legislation and to pass a trans- great testimony” in favor of mov- Obama wrote.
sensus that it’s been a disap- including LGBT people — and inclusive Employment Non- ing forward with the legislation. Obama has stuck to his posi-
pointing 18 months.” since taking office, the president Discrimination Act. “If the president had prioritized tion on same-sex marriage as
Among Obama’s early disap- has “taken many steps toward Obama has sometimes been ENDA instead of, I don’t know, several jurisdictions — such as
pointments, Socarides said, was achieving that goal.” credited with having a role in the health care reform or financial Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire
the invitation to Rick Warren, Inouye noted the signing of fed- decision to advance the hate reform or bank bailouts, we’d be and D.C. — have advanced mar-
pastor of the Saddleback Church eral hate crimes legislation as crimes legislation last year as an better off, but he prioritized what riage rights for same-sex cou-
in California and staunch oppo- among Obama’s accomplishments amendment to defense authori- he prioritized,” she said. “I’m very ples. The White House has either
nent of same-sex marriage, to for LGBT people and said the pres- zation legislation. hopeful that when ENDA does said nothing in response to those
give the invocation during last ident looks forward to signing more Progress on ENDA, on the start moving, the White House will developments or reiterated that
year’s inauguration. pro-LGBT legislation. other hand, has been stagnant. be extremely supportive and will Obama prefers civil unions.
More recently, Socarides said “The president and his admin- The bill remains pending before help get it done.” Evan Wolfson, executive
he was unhappy that Obama istration remain committed to committees in the House and Also in the letter, Obama prom- director of the New York-based
approved a “Don’t Ask, Don’t achieving equality for all, and it’s Senate and many supporters are ised to “use the bully pulpit” to Freedom to Marry, said Obama
Tell” repeal compromise that “did clear that we’re moving forward,” concerned that lawmakers won’t urge states to treat same-sex cou- has “taken some positive steps”
not include a non-discrimination Inouye said. take up the bill by year’s end. ples equally in their family and in advocating for same-sex cou-
rule, nor even actual repeal.” Two years ago, he issued an Mara Keisling, executive direc- adoption laws. He additionally ples, but hasn’t “matched his
“When Obama took office, open letter during Pride month tor of the National Center for advocated for the establishment actions to his words.”
these were our priorities: open outlining his promises to the Transgender Equality, noted that of civil unions as the best way to Wolfson said Obama should
military service, a federal statute LGBT community. Obama “exerted appropriate influ- advance rights for LGBT couples. be leading the fight to repeal
banning workplace discrimina- “I’m running for president to build ence” in guiding the hate crimes “But I also believe that the fed- DOMA legislatively through the
tion, and repeal of federal anti- an America that lives up to our legislation toward passage. eral government should not stand Respect for Marriage Act, a bill
marriage laws,” Socarides said. founding promise of equality for all On ENDA, Keisling said the in the way of states that want to pending in the U.S. House, and
“You tell me how we’re doing.” — a promise that extends to our administration has been “as decide on their own how best to should stop urging judges to
Socarides also criticized the gay brothers and sisters,” Obama helpful as they can be” to this pursue equality for gay and lesbian “rubberstamp” DOMA in Justice
White House for failing to install wrote at the time. “It’s wrong to have point, and she expects the presi- couples — whether that means a Department briefs defending the
a senior official whose primary millions of Americans living as sec- dent “will be a lot more helpful domestic partnership, a civil union, statute against legal challenges.
responsibility is LGBT rights, ond class citizens in this nation. once it starts moving.” or a civil marriage,” Obama wrote.
much like the role he held in the And I ask for your support in this At this point, Keisling said Additionally, the presidential Continues on page 20
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Critic says Obama’s tenure

a ‘disappointing 18 months’
Continued from page 16 all this health care reform kicks in. We’re going
to need the administration’s support for the
“And, most importantly, he should make continuation of Ryan White after 2013.”
the case to the American people that Noting a national AIDS strategy is cur-
same-sex couples deserve fair and equal rently being developed in the White
treatment under the law — using personal House, Schmid said he hopes the plan
stories and appeals to values such as fair- will provide the discussion of homosexu-
ness, respect for commitment and the ality at appropriate ages in sex education
Golden Rule,” Wolfson said. programs because HIV is often transmit-
Another item that Obama mentioned in ted through men who have sex with men.
the letter is repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Schmid gave Obama credit for lifting
Tell.” Late last month, Congress voted in the travel ban that prevented foreign
favor of a compromise measure that would nationals with HIV from entering the coun-
end the law after the Pentagon completes try, although he noted this process began
its study on the issue at the end of the year. under the Bush administration with the
Alex Nicholson, executive director of passage of the President’s Emergency
Servicemembers United, said the White Plan for AIDS Relief legislation.
House’s endorsement of the compromise Obama closed his letter by calling on
the week that Congress voted on it was people to step “outside our comfort
helpful in finding the votes needed to zone” to win broader support for LGBT
advance the measure. rights in places often considered homo-
“The fact that the White House was willing phobic, such as black churches.
to come out and publicly support a repeal “If we want to repeal DOMA, repeal ‘Don’t
plan and get the Pentagon to do the same Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and implement fully inclusive
was a critical element in getting that passed in laws outlawing hate crimes and discrimination
the Senate Armed Services Committee,” in the workplace, we need to bring the mes-
Nicholson said. sage of LGBT equality to skeptical audiences
Still, Nicholson said he didn’t know how as well as friendly ones — and that’s what I’ve
involved Obama was in lobbying members done throughout my career,” Obama wrote.
of the House and Senate directly to vote in In the letter, Obama noted that he
favor of repeal once the deal was reached. spoke out against homophobia during the
Also in the letter, Obama pledged to work to presidential campaign at the Ebenezer
address HIV/AIDS, arguing that “we do not Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where
have to choose between values and science” Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached.
in working to fight the epidemic. Obama also spoke out against homo-
“While abstinence education should be phobia during a February speech at the
part of any strategy, we also need to use National Prayer Breakfast in D.C., a gather-
common sense,” he wrote. “We should ing of Christian evangelical leaders. And late
have age appropriate sex education that last month, Obama spoke in favor of LGBT
includes information about contraception.” rights during his keynote speech at the
Carl Schmid, deputy executive director of National Association for the Advancement of
the AIDS Institute, said he had mixed feelings Colored People’s centennial convention.
about Obama’s track record on the matter. Sharon Lettman, executive director of
“There have been a lot of positives, but the National Black Justice Coalition, said
there still needs to be greater attention in Obama has “absolutely” been faithful to
response and resources,” he said. his promise of speaking out in favor of
Schmid said Obama has followed through LGBT rights in places that are sometimes
on his plans to confront HIV/AIDS through sci- deemed unfriendly to LGBT people.
entific means and has set out to eliminate “I’ve experienced it on a number of
“abstinence-only” sex education programs occasions in predominantly black or all
through the budget process. black venues,” she said. “Even in his nor-
But Schmid noted the abstinence-only mal stump speech, he makes reference
sex education programs were reinstated by to his support of LGBT equality.”
amendment in the passage of the health Lettman said as the first black presi-
care reform legislation. dent, Obama has a special role to play in
“It’s not in the appropriations bill, but educating black Americans about the
it’s in the managerial program now, just LGBT community.
like it was in the past,” he said. “He makes a point to always be inclusive,”
Schmid cited the reauthorization of the she said. “He doesn’t selectively leave it out
Ryan White Care Act as an accomplishment — not just in black churches, but in front of
regarding HIV/AIDS, as well as passage of civil rights leaders and civil rights venues, like
health care reform legislation, which he the NAACP convention, and other areas.”
called a “huge, huge, huge accomplishment.” Lettman said Obama is “definitely try-
He said the White House was of limit- ing to paint a picture of one America” in
ed help, though, in pushing to renew his actions and his speeches.
funding under the Ryan White Care Act. “In so many ways, even in the progres-
“The administration was very slow in get- sive agenda, people don’t always select
ting their principle and positions out on getting to include our community,” she said, “and
the Ryan White reauthorized,” he said. “They I have to give him a lot of credit for mak-
didn’t speak out and early enough. Ryan ing sure that he speaks with one voice
White is up for renewal in 2013 — right before about his support for LGBT equality.”
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In Congress: Many bills, but no timetable for progress

Pro-LGBT legislation Baldwin said staffers of the

Key pro-LGBT bills to watch

House and Senate leaders on
stalls as November the legislation met Monday to
discuss the bill’s path, and law-
elections loom makers in both chambers are
ready to move forward. Despite delays, advocates remain hopeful that the
By CHRIS JOHNSON In a statement to the Blade, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Employmet Non-Discrimination Act and a federal domestic
Congress could be poised to
sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said
the bill would be ready for floor con-
benefits bill will advance soon in Congress.
pass several pro-LGBT bills in the sideration “within weeks.” Lieberman
months that remain in this year’s
legislative calendar, although
noted this estimate was for when
the bill would be ready to go to the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Capitol Hill observers say the floor, not when a vote would occur,
schedule for when the bills would and that Senate Majority Leader BILL NUMBER: H.R. 3017 BILL NUMBER: S. 1584

see votes remains unclear. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is “responsible SPONSOR: SPONSOR:
In the wake of successful votes for setting a timetable for consider- Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
late last month to repeal “Don’t Ask, ation of legislation.” CO-SPONSORS: 202 CO-SPONSORS: 45
Don’t Tell,” Congress could see Jim Manley, a Reid spokesper- STATUS: Pending before STATUS: Pending before
momentum to pass other major son, said a vote hasn’t yet been the House Education & the Senate Health, Education,
legislation, such as the Domestic scheduled. Labor Committee. Labor & Pensions Committee.
Partnership Benefits & Obligations Baldwin said she couldn’t offer a
Act and the Employment Non- more specific timetable for when she
Discrimination Act. expects the legislation to advance.
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) “A lot happened over the course Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act
said in an interview with the Blade of this recess in terms of adding
this week that she had renewed momentum for the legislation,” she
optimism about the domestic part- said. “Because it happened over BILL NUMBER: H.R. 2517 BILL NUMBER: S.1102
ner benefits bill, which she spon- the recess, and I’ve been in SPONSOR: SPONSOR:
sors in the House. Wisconsin, and not in Washington, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)
“One issue that got renewed and not able to have conversations CO-SPONSORS: 140 CO-SPONSORS: 31
momentum over this Memorial with my leadership and with the STATUS: Reported out of STATUS: Reported out of
Day recess was my bill to pro- other players in this, I can’t tell you committee and awaiting a vote committee and awaiting a vote
vide domestic partnership and if there’s a timetable yet.” on the House floor. on the Senate floor.
obligations to federal employees Allison Herwitt, legislative director
and their partners,” she said. for the Human Rights Campaign,
Baldwin, the only out lesbian
in Congress, said the issue
also said she doesn’t know when
Congress would bring the measure
Student Non-Discrimination Act
received additional attention last to the floor for consideration.
week when President Obama “Again, the question is how to BILL NUMBER: H.R. 4530 BILL NUMBER: S. 3390
enacted limited partner benefits move forward and what’s the SPONSOR: SPONSOR:
for federal employees through timeframe for moving it forward, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
administrative action. so we continue, as we have been CO-SPONSORS: 111 CO-SPONSORS: 23
“At the same time as he signed for the past year, advocating to STATUS: Pending before a House STATUS: Pending the Senate
this presidential memorandum, he get this bill done,” she said. Education & Labor subcommittee. Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
called on the Congress to send Supporters are considering Committee. Supporters are
[my bill] to his desk because he ENDA faces obstacles attaching the measure to education considering attaching the measure
can’t provide some of these very LGBT rights supporters have budget legislation. to education budget legislation.
important benefits like health also strongly pushed for
insurance and certain pension Congress to take up ENDA,
benefits without our passing legis-
lation,” Baldwin said.
which would bar employment
discrimination against LGBT
LGBT provisions in foreign affairs authorization bill
In a statement commending people in most public and private
Obama for issuing the benefits, workplace settings. BILL NUMBER: H.R. 2410 BILL NUMBER: S.2971
U.S. House Speaker Nancy The legislation remains pend- SPONSOR: SPONSOR:
Pelosi also spoke favorably ing in House and Senate com- Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
about the Domestic Partnership mittees. Capitol Hill observers STATUS: House approved the CO-SPONSOR: 1
Benefits & Obligations Act as have said ENDA supporters lack legislation in June 2009, 235-187. STATUS: Reported out of
one way to offer additional bene- the 60 votes to overcome a fili- committee and awaiting a vote
fits to federal workers. buster in the Senate. on the Senate floor.
“Congresswoman Baldwin’s Still, supporters have expressed
bill will continue to move forward optimism about moving forward with
in the House and we look for-
ward to its progress in the
the bill in the House. Baldwin said
the LGBT Equality Caucus has
Uniting American Families Act
Senate,” Pelosi said. been “counting the votes” and ask-
The domestic partner bill had ing lawmakers how they would vote BILL NUMBER: H.R. 1024 BILL NUMBER: S. 424
significant momentum late last on the legislation or a harmful Sponsor: SPONSOR:
year when House and Senate motion to recommit on the measure. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
committees reported it to the “It’s looking strong,” Baldwin CO-SPONSORS: 124 CO-SPONSORS: 23
floor in each chamber. For a said. “I’m hopeful that we can STATUS: Pending before a House STATUS: Pending before the Senate
time, the legislation had stalled see committee consideration Judiciary subcommittee. Judiciary Committee. Supporters are
due to cost offset questions, but and floor passage very shortly.” pushing to attach the measure as
congressional leaders have said Rep. Barney Frank, who’s part of comprehensive immigration
they’ve since received the nec- reform legislation.
essary information. Continues on page 28
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Pelosi to offer message

at San Francisco Pride
SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is scheduled to give a
pre-recorded video address at an upcoming
San Francisco Pride event, making her the first
speaker to offer remarks at a Pride celebration.
In a statement last week, San Francisco
Pride announced Pelosi would offer the mes-
sage for a June 27 event at San Francisco’s
Civic Center for the city’s 40th Pride celebration.
Amy Andre, executive director of San
Francisco Pride, said event organizers are
“extremely honored that Speaker Pelosi will be
a part of this historic event.”
“She is dedicated to achieving equality for
every American,” Andre said. “As a respected
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
and esteemed ally of our community, she’s a
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is champion for all Americans who believe in
set to become the first speaker to equal rights.”
offer remarks at a Pride celebration. In addition to the video message, the speaker
is also set to make public an official letter honor-
ing “San Francisco’s proud history of advocacy for equal rights and to honor the contri-
butions of the LGBT community to our city, our state and our nation.”
The letter is set for publication June 7 in San Francisco Pride’s annual promotional
magazine. It also will be available at

Girl, Virginia mom missing from

Vermont custody fight
MONTPELIER, Vt. — A child custody fight between former lesbian partners is head-
ed back to court in Vermont even though the girl at the heart of it remains missing.
Eight-year-old Isabella Miller-Jenkins and birth mother Lisa Miller failed to appear
for a court-ordered Jan. 1 custody swap in which Miller’s former partner, Janet Jenkins,
was to get the girl. Miller is from Forest, Va. Jenkins is from Fair Haven, Vt.
The girl is listed as missing. The Associated Press reported a lawyer for Jenkins
Foundry United Methodist Church said Miller and the girl are believed to have flown to El Salvador last September.
According to the Associated Press, the Vermont Supreme Court will hear argu-
Celebrates PRIDE ments June 23 from Miller’s attorneys, who say a Family Court judge erred last
November in awarding custody to Jenkins.
Who we are:
x A leader in the efforts to promote full
inclusion of GLBT in the United Methodist
Kolbe reacts to McCain opposition
x GLBT leaders throughout the congregation to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal
WASHINGTON — A former out Republican congressman told the Blade he dis-
x Monthly GLBT potlucks and other social agrees with his longtime friend Sen. John McCain’s opposition to repealing “Don’t Ask,
events Don’t Tell,” but respects his position.
x Tuesday night GLBT Bible Study Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.), who served in Congress from 1985 to 2007, said June 2 that he’s
x Child and family programs “obviously on the other side” of McCain (R-Ariz.) on the issue of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
x Social justice activities locally and globally “I disagree with him, but Sen. McCain and I have a long relationship and friendship
that goes back a long ways, and we have a history of cooperation on a lot of different
x Annual Gay Men’s Retreat held in Rehoboth issues for Arizona and for the nation,” Kolbe said. “And so, I may disagree with him on
Beach this, and do, both professionally and personally, but I respect his position.”
x Couples Weekend: relationship enrichment McCain has emerged as one of the chief opponents of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t
for opposite and same-sex couples Tell” in the U.S. Senate. He’s pledged to stop repeal by supporting a Senate filibuster
of the defense authorization bill to which the repeal language is attached.
Some pundits have speculated that McCain is taking a position in strong opposition
Pride Parade – Foundry will once again to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because he’s facing a primary challenge from conser-
host its Lemonade Stand at the corner of 16th vative J.D. Hayworth.
and P Streets for parade participants Kolbe declined to say why McCain is opposed to repeal. The former congressman
said he didn’t know if McCain might change his position on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but
Pride Festival – Stop by our booth at the Kolbe said he hopes the senator will change his mind.
“I certainly hope that he will and be supportive of changing the policy, but I don’t
Festival and learn more about us! know,” Kolbe said.
Kolbe noted that he hasn’t had any conversations recently with McCain on “Don’t
Foundry – in the heart of Dupont / Logan Ask, Don’t Tell.”
16th & P Streets NW In 1996, after Kolbe publicly came out as gay following his vote in favor of the
202.332.4010 Defense of Marriage Act, McCain came to the congressman’s defense and said
Kolbe’s coming out didn’t cause “much of a ripple” in Arizona. Kolbe endorsed McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign. In a Q&A with the
Blade in October 2008, McCain identified Kolbe as someone he counted as among
his gay friends.
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UAFA, ENDA face obstacles as elections approach

Continued from page 22 cessful vote on the maneuver on the floor expert vote-counter. She was a whip for hensive immigration reform, and advo-
would enable opponents to send the many years, and so she knows what it takes cates are expecting him to include the
sponsoring the bill in the House, has told motion back to committee. to get a bill to the floor. From everything I’ve provision in the bill once it’s introduced.
media outlets that a vote could take place Supporters have said opponents could tar- heard from her people, she wants to get it According to the news website
this month or next. get the bill’s gender identity provisions in the done, but she wants to get it done right.”, Schumer said last week at
But a more specific time for when motion to recommit, although what’s targeted Another pro-LGBT bill pending before a fundraising event for Irish Lobby for
Congress might take up ENDA is unclear. wouldn’t necessarily be such language. Congress is legislation that would enable Immigration Reform that he thinks Congress
Aaron Albright, a spokesperson for the Baldwin said “there are a lot of med- same-sex bi-national couples to remain will finish immigration reform by March 2011
Education & Labor Committee, said he didn’t dlesome things” that ENDA’s opponents together in the U.S. — if not by the end of this year.
have an update or estimate on the schedule can do through a motion to recommit Current immigration law prohibits Steve Ralls, spokesperson for
for committee action on the legislation. when the bill comes to the floor. LGBT Americans from sponsoring their Immigration Equality, said supporters of
Baldwin said her “crystal ball has been very “So we have been really trying to ask foreign partners for residency in the the legislation have been assured
unclear” for ENDA consideration and that she colleagues how they would vote in a wide United States. Consequently, some LGBT Schumer wants UAFA as part of compre-
couldn’t offer a more definite timeframe. variety of scenarios, so that we can feel Americans are faced with losing their part- hensive immigration reform.
“I was hoping it would be some months confident that we have the votes to defeat ners after visas expire, while others expa- “I would even say, at this point, that the
ago, but we continue to go through the such a motion to recommit,” she said. triate with their partners to other countries expectation is that UAFA will be part of
vote counts, try to make sure they’re as Herwitt noted there’s “still some con- with more favorable immigration laws. comprehensive reform,” Ralls said. “I think
solid as possible,” she said. cern” and “vote counting” happening Standalone legislation known as the Immigration Equality and other immigrant
Herwitt was similarly unsure about around the motion to recommit. Uniting American Families Act would rec- advocates fully expect it to be an inclusive
when ENDA would come to the House “We remain concerned to the extent tify this situation. But supporters of the bill when it’s introduced.”
floor, although she said HRC was pushing that we want to continue working with measure see its inclusion as part of Still, when Schumer will introduce the
for it to come before lawmakers. leadership to shore up the votes that we upcoming immigration reform as the opti- legislation in the Senate remains unclear.
“Obviously, HRC wants a committee need, so that when the bill comes to the mal path for passage. Since the Senate Judiciary Committee
markup and a floor vote as soon as possi- floor, we have the ability to beat back a Heading the legislative effort for com- would handle both immigration reform and
ble,” she said. “We would like to continue motion to recommit,” Herwitt said. prehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Supreme Court nominations, many
the momentum on moving LGBT equality Herwitt said Pelosi has expressed a com- Senate is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Capitol Hill observers believe the Senate
forward and we would like a House vote mitment to move ENDA to the floor, but wants His office didn’t respond to a request to will first approve the nomination of Elena
as soon as possible.” to “make sure that we’re looking at angles in comment on the timing for immigration Kagan to the Supreme Court before tak-
One danger for ENDA in the House is a terms of what the motion to recommit would reform or whether UAFA would be includ- ing up the immigration issue.
legislative maneuver known as the motion be, to protect the integrity of the bill.” ed in the legislation.
to recommit, which could derail the legis- “If she brings the bill to the floor, she does- Still, Schumer has spoken favorably Story continues at
lation once it comes to the floor. A suc- n’t want to lose,” Herwitt said. “So, she’s an about the inclusion of UAFA in compre-
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AIDS drug funds threatened by Tea Party scare?

people with HIV or AIDS may be Nearly 80 members of the the administration would support relief is needed this year, noting
White House, Hill leaders denied life-saving anti-retroviral House, including gay Reps. the $126 million emergency sup- that the 2011 measure would not
reluctant to push drugs in at least 11 states this Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and plemental appropriation for take effect until July 1, 2011.
year because state ADAP affili- Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), signed ADAP for this year, as AIDS Baldwin told the Blade that
emergency measure ates have run out of money. a petition recently sent to the groups have requested. she was certain that congres-
Due to a shortage of funds, White House urging the presi- In response to a request for the sional Democrats would take
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. the 11 states have been forced dent to back the emergency White House’s position on the steps to support the $126 million to put in place waiting lists for funding measure. All but one of emergency funding proposal, emergency appropriation. But
patients who otherwise would the House members signing the Inouye said, “We are working to she said Republicans in the
Some Democrats and Repub- have received AIDS medication petition were Democrats. ensure that ADAP has the funds it House have followed a policy of
licans in Congress who have long prescribed by their doctors. Baldwin said Tuesday that she needs so that waiting lists are not opposing nearly all spending
supported funding for the AIDS “It’s ridiculous that people have to and her colleagues who signed needed for this safety net program.” bills proposed by Democrats.
Drug Assistance Program are be wait-listed for medicine that they the petition have yet to receive a Drew Hammill, a spokesper- “I sense among the Democratic
reluctant to back the struggling pro- need to stay alive,” said Laurie response from the White House. son for House Speaker Nancy caucus, among the Democratic
gram this year because they fear Young, a policy analyst for the In an e-mail Tuesday to the Pelosi, said Pelosi and other leadership, an absolute awareness
the additional spending will jeop- National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Blade, White House spokesperson House Democratic leaders were of this” funding problem and a com-
ardize their chances of being re- ADAP was created in 1987 Shin Inouye said the president reviewing the request. mitment to acting, she said. “And yet
elected, Capitol Hill observers and under the Ryan White Care Act to “strongly supports the Ryan White “As she has every single year when we can’t rely on any biparti-
AIDS activists said this week. help pay for AIDS-related drugs for Program and the AIDS Drug since the program was created, the sanship to respond to this crisis, we
William Arnold, executive director low-income people with HIV/AIDS, Assistance Program’s vital role in speaker will push for increased can’t rely on a single Republican
of the National ADAP Working including those who don’t have providing life-saving medications for funding for ADAP in the regular [fis- vote to help respond to the absolute
Group, said intense pressure on health insurance coverage. people living with HIV and AIDS.” cal year] 2011 Labor-[Health & needs of people we represent, it is
members of Congress to curtail Advocacy groups familiar with Inouye noted that the current Human Services]-Education appro- extremely challenging.”
spending by the so-called Tea Party the program say an emergency year’s funding for ADAP repre- priations bill,” he said. But Michael Weinstein, president
movement has made it difficult to line appropriation of at least $126 sents a $20 million increase over Representatives of AIDS groups, of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation,
up support for an emergency sup- million is needed this year to pro- the fiscal year 2009 funding. He including Arnold, said a funding questioned Baldwin’s response,
plemental appropriation measure. vide AIDS drugs for all that need said President Obama has pro- increase in the fiscal year 2011 saying Democrats have yet to intro-
Arnold and officials with other them. But they say the Obama posed an increase in ADAP appropriations bill cited by Pelosi’s duce a measure calling for the $126
national AIDS and LGBT organi- administration and Democratic funding for next year that will office would be helpful and could million funding for ADAP.
zations say the program is facing leaders in Congress have yet to allow the program to “serve an alleviate the ADAP crisis if the fund-
a crisis never seen before, where make a commitment to back additional 3,389 individuals.” ing were large enough. Story continues at
a growing number of low income such an appropriations measure. But Inouye didn’t say whether But they said that immediate
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Important Safety Information • Have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C

virus infection.
and Indication • Have ever•had seizures: Seizures including
have occurred in B or C
Important Safety Information
taking a
liver problems,
infection. of ATRIPLA,
usually in
INDICATION and Indication those with•aHave
history of had
ever seizures. If youSeizures
seizures: have ever
have occurred in
ATRIPLA (efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/
had seizures,patients
or taketaking
medicine for seizures,
tenofovir disoproxil fumarate [DF] 300 mg) is a a component of your
ATRIPLA, usually in
healthcare provider
those maya want
with history toofswitch you Iftoyou have ever
prescription medication
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® used alone 600asmg/emtricitabine
a complete 200another
mg/ medicine or monitor you.medicine for seizures, your
regimen or with other disoproxil
medicinesfumarateto treat HIV-1 had seizures, or take
tenofovir [DF] 300 mg) is• aHave ever had mentalprovider
healthcare illness or may use drugs
want to switch you to
infection in adults.
prescription medication used alone as a complete or alcohol. another medicine or monitor you.
ATRIPLA doesregimen
not cure or HIV-1 and has
with other not been
medicines to treat HIV-1 Contact your• healthcare
Have ever had provider
mental right away
illness orifuse
shown to prevent
in adults.HIV-1 to others. experience any of the following serious or common
or alcohol.
ATRIPLA does not
Do not stop taking ATRIPLA unless directed bycure HIV-1 and has not been
side effects:Contact your healthcare provider right away if you
your healthcareshown to prevent
provider. passing
See your HIV-1 to others.Serious sideexperience
healthcare effects associated
any of the with ATRIPLA:serious or common
provider regularly.
Do not stop taking ATRIPLA unless directed• by side effects:
Severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry
your healthcare
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION provider. See your healthcare behavior have Seriousbeen sidereported
effectsby a small number
associated of
Contact yourprovider
healthcare regularly.
provider right away if patients. Some patients
• Severe have hadstrange
depression, thoughts of suicideor angry
you get the following
IMPORTANTside SAFETYeffects or conditions
INFORMATION and a few have actually
behavior havecommitted
been reported suicide.byThesea small number of
associated with ATRIPLA:
Contact your healthcare provider right awayproblems if may occur more
patients. Someoften patientsin patients
have hadwho thoughts of suicide
• Nausea, vomiting,
you get the unusualfollowing
muscle side effects
pain, and/or have had mental
or conditions and aillness.
few have actually committed suicide. These
These maywith ATRIPLA:
be signs of a buildup of • Kidney problems problems (including
may occur declinemoreoroftenfailurein of
patients who
acid in the•blood
Nausea, (lactic acidosis),
vomiting, unusualwhichmuscleis a pain, and/or kidney function).
have Ifhad youmental
have had kidney problems,
serious medical condition.
weakness. These may be signs of a buildup or oftake other medicines
• Kidney that may
problems cause kidney
(including decline or failure of
problems, your healthcare
kidney function). provider
If you should
have had do kidney
• Light-coloredacid in the
stools, blood (lactic
dark-colored acidosis),
urine, and/or which
if isblood
tests. or
Symptoms that may be related
your skin or serious
the whites medicalof yourcondition.
eyes turn yellow. take other medicines that maytocause kidneykidney
problems include a high
problems, volume
your of urine,
healthcare thirst,should do regular
These may•be signs of serious liver problems.
Light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, and/or muscleifpain,bloodand muscle weakness.that may be related to kidney
tests. Symptoms
your skin
• If you have HIV-1 and or the whites
hepatitis B virus of your
(HBV), eyes turn• yellow.
Bone changes. problems
Lab testsinclude
show a high
changes volume in theof urine, thirst,
These may suddenly
your liver disease be signs ofget serious
worseliver if youproblems. muscletreated
bones of patients pain, andwithmuscle
tenofovir weakness.
DF, a
stop taking• ATRIPLA.
If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), component• of ATRIPLA. SomeLab HIVtests
Bone changes. showtreated
changes in the
your liver
Do not take ATRIPLA disease
if you may suddenly
are taking the following get worsewith if you
tenofovir DF developed
bones of patientsthinning
treated with of thetenofovir
bones DF, a
medicines because stop taking
and life-threatening (osteopenia)component
which couldof lead to fractures.
patients treated
side effects may
Do not occur
takewhen ATRIPLA taken if youtogether:
are taking the followingbone pain and withsoftening
tenofovirofDF thedeveloped
bone (which may of the bones
Vascor® (bepridil), Propulsid ®
medicines because serious and life-threatening lead to fractures) may occur
(osteopenia) whichas acouldconsequence of
lead to fractures. Also,
Versed® (midazolam),
side effects Orap may®
occur when taken together:kidney problems. bone Ifpain youandhave had bone
softening problems
of the in
bone (which may
Halcion (triazolam),
® ® or ergot medications
Vascor (bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride),
the past, your healthcare
lead to fractures) provider
may may occurwant to
as a consequence of
(for example,Versed ® ®
and Cafergot
Wigraine(midazolam), Orap). (pimozide),
® ®
check your bones.
kidney problems. If you have had bone problems in
In addition, Halcion
ATRIPLA® should(triazolam),not be or ergot
with: Common sidethe past, your healthcare provider may want to
(for example, Wigraine® and Cafergot®). • Dizziness, headache,
Combivir® (lamivudine/zidovudine), check yourtroublebones. sleeping,
EMTRIVA (emtricitabine),
In addition, ATRIPLA should not be taken with: drowsiness, Common
troubleside effects:
concentrating, and/or
Epivir or Epivir-HBV
Combivir (lamivudine),
(lamivudine/zidovudine), unusual dreams.
• Dizziness,These side
headache,effects tend tosleeping,
trouble go away
Epzicom® (abacavir
(emtricitabine), after taking ATRIPLA
drowsiness, for a few weeks.
trouble These symptoms
concentrating, and/or
Patient model.
SUSTIVA (efavirenz),
Epivir orTrizivir (abacavir sulfate/ Individual results may vary.
® ®
Epivir-HBV ®
(lamivudine), may be moreunusual severe dreams.
with the These use ofside alcohol and/or
effects tend to go away
Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine),
mood-altering (street)
after takingdrugs.
for aarefewdizzy,
weeks. have
These symptoms Patient model.
TRUVADA® (emtricitabine/tenofovir DF), or
SUSTIVA® (efavirenz), Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/trouble concentrating, Individual results may vary.
may be more and/or
severe are with
drowsy,the avoid
use of alcohol and/or
VIREAD (tenofovir
DF), because they contain the
lamivudine/zidovudine), activities thatmood-altering
may be dangerous, (street) such drugs.asIfdriving
you areordizzy, have
same or similar active®ingredients
(emtricitabine/tenofovir DF), or operating machinery. trouble concentrating, and/or are drowsy, avoid
should not beVIREAD
used with
(tenofovir ®
because dipivoxil).
they contain• the Rash is a commonactivitiessidethateffect
may that be dangerous,
usually goes such as driving or
Vfend® (voriconazole)
same or similar or REYATAZactive ®
ingredients as sulfate),
ATRIPLA withoutoperating
any change machinery.
in treatment, but may be
with or without Norvir
should not be
used withshould HEPSERA not be(adefovir dipivoxil).
serious in a• Rash
small isnumber
a common of patients.
side effect that usually goes
taken with ATRIPLA
Vfend®since they may or
(voriconazole) lose their ®effect
REYATAZ (atazanavir sulfate),
• Other commonawayside without
effects anyinclude:
change tiredness,
in treatment, but may be
and may alsowith increase the chance
or without Norvirof ®
having sideshould notupset
(ritonavir), be stomach, serious in a small
vomiting, gas, number
and diarrhea.of patients.
effects from ATRIPLA.
taken with Fortovase
since they may
lose their effect • Other common side effects include: tiredness,
should not beand usedmay as also increase
the only the chance
protease inhibitor of having
in Other
side possible side effects:
• Changes in body upsetfat stomach,
have been vomiting,
seen ingas, some andpeople
combination with from ATRIPLA. Fortovase® or Invirase® (saquinavir)
should not be used as the only protease taking
inhibitor in Other possible
anti-HIV-1 medicines. side
The effects:
cause and long-term
Taking ATRIPLA with St. John’s wort or products
containing St.combination
John’s wort with is notATRIPLA.
recommended as it
health effects• Changes
are notinknown.body fat have been seen in some people
Taking ATRIPLA taking(small
• Skin discoloration anti-HIV-1
or freckles) Themay cause
alsoand long-term
may cause decreased levels with St. John’s
of ATRIPLA, wort or products
increased health effects are not known.
viral load, andcontaining St. John’s wort
possible resistance is not recommended
to ATRIPLA or happen.
as it
cross-resistance other decreased
anti-HIV drugs.levels of ATRIPLA, increased • If you notice • Skin
any discoloration
symptoms of(small spotscontact
infection, or freckles)
your may also
viral load, and possible resistance to ATRIPLA healthcare
or happen.right away.
This list of medicines is not complete. Discuss with
your healthcarecross-resistance
provider alltoprescription
other anti-HIV anddrugs. • Additional •sideIf you notice
effects areany symptoms of infection,
inflammation the contact your
nonprescriptionThis medicines,
list of medicines vitamins,is notorcomplete.
herbal Discuss pancreas, healthcare
with allergic reactionprovider right swelling
(including away. of the
supplementsyour youhealthcare
are taking provider or plan to prescription andface, lips, tongue,
alltake. • Additional side effects
or throat), shortness are inflammation
of breath, of the
nonprescription pain, stomach pancreas, allergic reaction
pain, weakness (including swelling of the
and indigestion.
Tell your healthcare providermedicines,
if you: vitamins, or herbal
supplements you are You should take face, lips, tongue,
ATRIPLA once daily or throat),
on an emptyshortness of breath,
• Are pregnant: Women should nottaking
become or plan to take.
pain, stomach pain, weakness and some
Tell your healthcare provider if you: stomach. Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make
pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks You should take ATRIPLA once daily on an empty
pregnant: Women side effects less bothersome.
after stopping Serious birthshould
defects nothavebecome
stomach. Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some
been seen inpregnant
children ofwhile women taking
treated ATRIPLA
duringand for 12 weeks side effects less bothersome.
ATRIPLA © 2010 Bristol-Myers Squibb &
pregnancy with after
onestopping ATRIPLA. Serious
of the medicines in ATRIPLA. birth defects have is one of several treatment options
Women mustbeen use aseen in children
reliable form ofofbarrierwomen treated during your doctor may consider. Gilead Sciences, LLC. All rights reserved.
ATRIPLA is one of several treatment options © 2010 Bristol-Myers
ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-MyersSquibb &
such as awith condom one or of the medicines in ATRIPLA.
Women your doctor may consider. Gilead
Squibb & Gilead Sciences,
Sciences, LLC.
LLC. All rights reserved.
even if they also use mustotheruse a reliable
methods formcontrol
of birth of barrier
You are encouraged to report negative
contraception, ATRIPLA isare
a trademark
while on ATRIPLA and for 12such weeksas aaftercondom or diaphragm,
stopping VIREAD, and TRUVADA
ATRIPLA. even if they also use other methods of birth side effects
control Youofare prescription
encouraged drugs to thenegative
to report Squibb
Gilead Sciences, & Gileadand
Inc. SUSTIVA Sciences,
while onWomen
• Are breastfeeding: ATRIPLAwith and HIV for 12 weeks
should notafter stopping
FDA. Visit side are registeredVIREAD, and TRUVADA
trademarks are trademarks of
of Bristol-Myers
ATRIPLA.they can pass HIV through their
breastfeed because effects of prescription drugs to the Gileadtrademarks
Squibb. All other Sciences, Inc.
ownedand by REYATAZ
milk to the •baby.
or call
not 1-800-FDA-1088.
FDA. Visit
Are breastfeeding:
Also, ATRIPLA may Women pass with
through HIV should third parties.are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers
breast milk and breastfeed
cause serious because harm they to can
the pass
baby.HIV through their or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Squibb. All other05/10
697US09AB07020/TR5048 trademarks are owned by
milk to the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass through third parties.
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Please see Patient Information on the following pages.
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june 11, 2010 • 33

“My entire HIV regimen

“My entire HIV regimen
in one pill daily.
in one pill daily.
For me, that’s great.”
For me, that’s great.”
Phil li p
Philonli pATRIPLA for 2 years
on ATRIPLA for 2 years

ATRIPLA is the #1 prescribed HIV regimen.*

ATRIPLA is the #1 prescribed HIV regimen.*
• Only ATRIPLA combines 3 HIV medications in 1 pill daily.
• Only ATRIPLA combines
• Proven to lower3 HIV
viralmedications in 1 pill daily.
load to undetectable †
and help raise T-cell (CD4+)
count to help control HIV through † 3 years of a clinical study.
• Proven to lower viral load to undetectable and help raise T-cell (CD4+)
count to•help control
through 3 years
cure HIV-1 andofhas
a clinical study.
not been shown to prevent passing
HIV-1 to others.
• ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent passing
HIV-1 to •others.
Selected Safety Information: Some people who have taken medicine like
• Selected Safety have developed Somethe following:
people a serious
who have takencondition
medicineof acid buildup
in the blood (lactic acidosis), and serious liver problems
ATRIPLA have developed the following: a serious condition of acid buildup (hepatotoxicity).
in the blood patients with both
acidosis), andHIV-1 andliver
serious hepatitis
problemsB virus (HBV), hepatitis may
For patients with if ATRIPLA
both HIV-1 isand
hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis may
worsen if ATRIPLA is discontinued.

Talk to your doctor to see if ATRIPLA is right for you.

Talk toYour
your doctor
doctor to see ifATRIPLA
may prescribe ATRIPLA
aloneisorright for you.
with other HIV medications.
Your doctor may prescribe ATRIPLA alone or with other HIV medications.
Please see Important Safety Information, including bolded information, on adjacent page. To learn more, visit
Please see*Synovate Healthcare Data; US HIV Monitor, Q2 2009. †
Important Safety Information, including bolded information, on adjacent
Defined as a viral load of lesspage. To
than 400 copies/mL. more, visit
*Synovate Healthcare Data; US HIV Monitor, Q2 2009.†
Defined as a viral load of less than 400 copies/mL.
34 • june 11, 2010

FDA-Approved Patient Labeling ATRIPLA® (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate)

Patient Information
• Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using a
ATRIPLA® (uh TRIP luh) Tablets latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to reduce the chance of sexual contact with
ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with ATRIPLA. semen, vaginal secretions, or blood.
Please also read the section “MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA.” Who should not take ATRIPLA?
Generic name: efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (eh FAH vih renz, Together with your healthcare provider, you need to decide whether ATRIPLA is right for you.
em tri SIT uh bean and te NOE’ fo veer dye soe PROX il FYOU mar ate) Do not take ATRIPLA if you are allergic to ATRIPLA or any of its ingredients. The active
Read the Patient Information that comes with ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir ingredients of ATRIPLA are efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. See the end of this
disoproxil fumarate) before you start taking it and each time you get a refill since there may leaflet for a complete list of ingredients.
be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ATRIPLA?
provider about your medical condition or treatment. You should stay under a healthcare Tell your healthcare provider if you:
provider’s care when taking ATRIPLA. Do not change or stop your medicine without first • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (see “What should I avoid while taking
talking with your healthcare provider. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you ATRIPLA?”).
have any questions about ATRIPLA. • Are breast-feeding (see “What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?”).
What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA? • Have kidney problems or are undergoing kidney dialysis treatment.
• Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA (which contains nucleoside • Have bone problems.
analogs) have developed a serious condition called lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid
in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in • Have liver problems, including hepatitis B virus infection. Your healthcare provider
the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs may want to do tests to check your liver while you take ATRIPLA.
or symptoms of lactic acidosis: • Have ever had mental illness or are using drugs or alcohol.
• You feel very weak or tired. • Have ever had seizures or are taking medicine for seizures.
• You have unusual (not normal) muscle pain. What important information should I know about taking other medicines with
• You have trouble breathing. ATRIPLA?
• You have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting. ATRIPLA may change the effect of other medicines, including the ones for HIV-1, and
• You feel cold, especially in your arms and legs. may cause serious side effects. Your healthcare provider may change your other medicines
• You feel dizzy or lightheaded. or change their doses. Other medicines, including herbal products, may affect ATRIPLA. For
this reason, it is very important to let all your healthcare providers and pharmacists know
• You have a fast or irregular heartbeat. what medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins you are taking.
• Some people who have taken medicines like ATRIPLA have developed serious liver MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA
problems called hepatotoxicity, with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the
liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following • The following medicines may cause serious and life-threatening side effects when taken
signs or symptoms of liver problems: with ATRIPLA. You should not take any of these medicines while taking ATRIPLA: Vascor
(bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride), Versed (midazolam), Orap (pimozide), Halcion (triazolam),
• Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice). ergot medications (for example, Wigraine and Cafergot).
• Your urine turns dark. • ATRIPLA also should not be used with Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), EMTRIVA, Epivir,
• Your bowel movements (stools) turn light in color. Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), Trizivir (abacavir
• You don’t feel like eating food for several days or longer. sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), SUSTIVA, TRUVADA, or VIREAD.
• You feel sick to your stomach (nausea). • Vfend (voriconazole) should not be taken with ATRIPLA since it may lose its effect or may
• You have lower stomach area (abdominal) pain. increase the chance of having side effects from ATRIPLA.
• You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or liver problems if you are female, very • Do not take St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), or products containing
overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside analog-containing medicines, like St. John’s wort with ATRIPLA. St. John’s wort is an herbal product sold as a dietary
ATRIPLA, for a long time. supplement. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are taking or are planning to take
• If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and you stop taking ATRIPLA, you St. John’s wort. Taking St. John’s wort may decrease ATRIPLA levels and lead to increased
may get a “flare-up” of your hepatitis. A “flare-up” is when the disease suddenly viral load and possible resistance to ATRIPLA or cross-resistance to other anti-HIV-1 drugs.
returns in a worse way than before. Patients with HBV who stop taking ATRIPLA need • ATRIPLA should not be used with HEPSERA® (adefovir dipivoxil).
close medical follow-up for several months, including medical exams and blood tests to It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following:
check for hepatitis that could be getting worse. ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment
of HBV, so you must discuss your HBV therapy with your healthcare provider. • Fortovase, Invirase (saquinavir), Biaxin (clarithromycin); or Sporanox (itraconazole); these
medicines may need to be replaced with another medicine when taken with
ATRIPLA contains 3 medicines, SUSTIVA® (efavirenz), EMTRIVA® (emtricitabine) and VIREAD® • Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem or Tiazac (diltiazem), Covera HS or Isoptin
(tenofovir disoproxil fumarate also called tenofovir DF) combined in one pill. EMTRIVA and (verapamil) and others; Crixivan (indinavir); the immunosuppressant medicines
VIREAD are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune, and others), Prograf (tacrolimus), or
inhibitors (NRTIs) and SUSTIVA is an HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase Rapamune (sirolimus); Methadone; Mycobutin (rifabutin); Rifampin; cholesterol-lowering
inhibitor (NNRTI). VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components of TRUVADA®. ATRIPLA can be medicines such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin sodium), and Zocor
used alone as a complete regimen, or in combination with other anti-HIV-1 (simvastatin); or Zoloft (sertraline); these medicines may need to have their dose
medicines to treat people with HIV-1 infection. ATRIPLA is for adults age 18 and over. ATRIPLA changed when taken with ATRIPLA.
has not been studied in children under age 18 or adults over age 65.
• Videx, Videx EC (didanosine); tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) may increase
HIV infection destroys CD4+ T cells, which are important to the immune system. The immune the amount of didanosine in your blood, which could result in more side effects.
system helps fight infection. After a large number of T cells are destroyed, acquired immune You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and didanosine
deficiency syndrome (AIDS) develops. together. Also, the dose of didanosine may need to be changed.
ATRIPLA helps block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a viral chemical in your body (enzyme) that • Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) or Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir); these medicines may increase
is needed for HIV-1 to multiply. ATRIPLA lowers the amount of HIV-1 in the blood (viral load). the amount of tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) in your blood, which could result in
ATRIPLA may also help to increase the number of T cells (CD4+ cells), allowing your immune more side effects. Reyataz is not recommended with ATRIPLA. You may need to be
system to improve. Lowering the amount of HIV-1 in the blood lowers the chance of death or monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and Kaletra together. Also, the dose
infections that happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections). of Kaletra may need to be changed.
Does ATRIPLA cure HIV-1 or AIDS? • Medicine for seizures [for example, Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine), or
ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not phenobarbital]; your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or
known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get opportunistic infections or other check drug levels in your blood from time to time.
conditions that happen with HIV-1 infection. Opportunistic infections are infections that These are not all the medicines that may cause problems if you take
develop because the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, ATRIPLA. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines that you take.
herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. It is very Keep a complete list of all the prescription and nonprescription medicines as well as any
important that you see your healthcare provider regularly while taking ATRIPLA. herbal remedies that you are taking, how much you take, and how often you take them.
Does ATRIPLA reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others? Make a new list when medicines or herbal remedies are added or stopped, or if the dose
ATRIPLA has not been shown to lower your chance of passing HIV-1 to other people changes. Give copies of this list to all of your healthcare providers and pharmacists every
through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. time you visit your healthcare provider or fill a prescription. This will give your healthcare
• Do not share needles or other injection equipment. provider a complete picture of the medicines you use. Then he or she can decide the best
• Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like approach for your situation.
toothbrushes or razor blades.
june 11, 2010 • 35

ATRIPLA® (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) ATRIPLA® (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate)

How should I take ATRIPLA? may need to do tests to check your bone mineral density or may prescribe medicines to
• Take the exact amount of ATRIPLA your healthcare provider prescribes. Never change help your bone mineral density. Additionally, bone pain and softening of the bone (which
the dose on your own. Do not stop this medicine unless your healthcare provider tells may contribute to fractures) may occur as a consequence of kidney problems.
you to stop. Common side effects:
• You should take ATRIPLA on an empty stomach. Patients may have dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble concentrating,
• Swallow ATRIPLA with water. and/or unusual dreams during treatment with ATRIPLA. These side effects may be reduced if
• Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome. you take ATRIPLA at bedtime on an empty stomach. They also tend to go away after you have
• Do not miss a dose of ATRIPLA. If you forget to take ATRIPLA, take the missed dose right taken the medicine for a few weeks. If you have these common side effects, such as
away, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not double the next dose. Carry on dizziness, it does not mean that you will also have serious psychiatric problems, such as
with your regular dosing schedule. If you need help in planning the best times to take your severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior. Tell your healthcare provider right
medicine, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. away if any of these side effects continue or if they bother you. It is possible that these
symptoms may be more severe if ATRIPLA is used with alcohol or mood altering (street) drugs.
• If you believe you took more than the prescribed amount of ATRIPLA, contact your local
poison control center or emergency room right away. If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, or are drowsy, avoid activities that may be
dangerous, such as driving or operating machinery.
• Tell your healthcare provider if you start any new medicine or change how you take old
ones. Your doses may need adjustment. Rash may be common. Rashes usually go away without any change in treatment. In a small
number of patients, rash may be serious. If you develop a rash, call your healthcare provider
• When your ATRIPLA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or right away.
pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of virus in your blood may increase
if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to Other common side effects include tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, gas, and diarrhea.
ATRIPLA and become harder to treat. Other possible side effects with ATRIPLA:
• Your healthcare provider may want to do blood tests to check for certain side effects while • Changes in body fat. Changes in body fat develop in some patients taking anti-HIV-1
you take ATRIPLA. medicine. These changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and
What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA? neck (“buffalo hump”), in the breasts, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs,
arms, and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these fat
• Women should not become pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks after changes are not known.
stopping it. Serious birth defects have been seen in the babies of animals and women
treated with efavirenz (a component of ATRIPLA) during pregnancy. It is not known whether • Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen with ATRIPLA.
efavirenz caused these defects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are • In some patients with advanced HIV infection (AIDS), signs and symptoms of inflammation
pregnant. Also talk with your healthcare provider if you want to become pregnant. from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV treatment is started. It is believed
• Women should not rely only on hormone-based birth control, such as pills, injections, or that these symptoms are due to an improvement in the body’s immune response, enabling
implants, because ATRIPLA may make these contraceptives ineffective. Women must use the body to fight infections that may have been present with no obvious symptoms. If you
a reliable form of barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also notice any symptoms of infection, please inform your doctor immediately.
use other methods of birth control. Efavirenz, a component of ATRIPLA, may remain in • Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic reaction (including
your blood for a time after therapy is stopped. Therefore, you should continue to use swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain,
contraceptive measures for 12 weeks after you stop taking ATRIPLA. weakness and indigestion.
• Do not breast-feed if you are taking ATRIPLA. The Centers for Disease Control and Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you notice any side effects while taking ATRIPLA.
Prevention recommend that mothers with HIV not breast-feed because they can pass the Contact your healthcare provider before stopping ATRIPLA because of side effects or for any
HIV through their milk to the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause other reason.
serious harm to the baby. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding. You This is not a complete list of side effects possible with ATRIPLA. Ask your healthcare
should stop breast-feeding or may need to use a different medicine. provider or pharmacist for a more complete list of side effects of ATRIPLA and all the
• Taking ATRIPLA with alcohol or other medicines causing similar side effects as ATRIPLA, medicines you will take.
such as drowsiness, may increase those side effects. How do I store ATRIPLA?
• Do not take any other medicines, including prescription and nonprescription medicines • Keep ATRIPLA and all other medicines out of reach of children.
and herbal products, without checking with your healthcare provider. • Store ATRIPLA at room temperature 77 °F (25 °C).
• Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection since ATRIPLA does not stop you • Keep ATRIPLA in its original container and keep the container tightly closed.
from passing the HIV-1 infection to others. • Do not keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. If you throw any
What are the possible side effects of ATRIPLA? medicines away make sure that children will not find them.
ATRIPLA may cause the following serious side effects: General information about ATRIPLA:
• Lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient
emergency and may need to be treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider information leaflets. Do not use ATRIPLA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do
right away if you get signs of lactic acidosis. (See “What is the most important not give ATRIPLA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may
information I should know about ATRIPLA?”) harm them.
• Serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat This leaflet summarizes the most important information about ATRIPLA. If you would like more
in the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any signs of liver information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or
problems. (See “What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?”) pharmacist for information about ATRIPLA that is written for health professionals.
• “Flare-ups” of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, in which the disease suddenly returns Do not use ATRIPLA if the seal over bottle opening is broken or missing.
in a worse way than before, can occur if you have HBV and you stop taking ATRIPLA. Your What are the ingredients of ATRIPLA?
healthcare provider will monitor your condition for several months after stopping ATRIPLA Active Ingredients: efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate
if you have both HIV-1 and HBV infection and may recommend treatment for your HBV.
ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection. If you have Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, microcrystalline
advanced liver disease and stop treatment with ATRIPLA, the “flare-up” of hepatitis B may cellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate. The film coating contains black iron
cause your liver function to decline. oxide, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, red iron oxide, talc, and titanium dioxide.
• Serious psychiatric problems. A small number of patients may experience severe
depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior while taking ATRIPLA. Some patients have
thoughts of suicide and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur January 2010
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june 11, 2010 • 37


Obama extends limited partner benefits to federal workers

By CHRIS JOHNSON “This is another major step forward for pension benefits — cannot be extended same-sex relationships. gay and lesbian federal employees,” Berry to same-sex couples under current law. “We welcome the president’s renewed
said. “But it’s also a good business prac- Passage of the Domestic Partnership call to pass the Domestic Partnership
President Obama issued a memoran- tice — this will help us retain valuable Benefits & Obligations Act, which is pend- Benefits & Obligations Act and call on
dum June 2 clarifying that federal agencies employees and better compete with other ing in Congress, would rectify this situation. Congress to pass it swiftly,” Solmonese
are required to offer certain benefits to fed- employers for top talent.” In the new memo, Obama apparently rec- said. “When a majority of the Fortune 500
eral workers with same-sex partners. The OPM statement says the agency ognizes the need for the bill and says “leg- offer equal benefits, it should be a no-brain-
In the memo, Obama says that for “far has issued guidance to all the federal agen- islative action is necessary to provide full er that the federal government catch up.”
too long” federal employees with domestic cies to implement the president’s memo. equality to LGBT federal employees.” According to a recent report from the
partners have been denied equal access But even with the new directive, most Solmonese commended Obama’s rec- Williams Institute, an estimated 34,000
to “basic rights and benefits their col- major benefits afforded to the spouses of ommendation for further legislation to federal workers were in relationships with
leagues enjoy.” straight workers — such as health and offer major benefits to federal workers in same-sex partners in 2007.
“This kind of systemic inequality under-
mines the health, well-being and security
not just of our federal workforce, but also of
their families and communities,” he said.
As a result of the memo, new benefits
required by the federal government
include making children of federal workers
with same-sex partners eligible for federal
child-care subsidies and child-care servic-
es. Additionally, same-sex partners and
their children now qualify as “family mem-
bers” for the purposes of employee assis-
tance programs.
The new memo builds off an earlier
memo Obama issued in June that directed
federal agencies to determine whether the
Defense of Marriage Act prohibited the fed-
eral government from offering the benefits.
In the new memo, Obama says the U.S.
Office of Personnel Management provided
him a report recommending that all these
benefits can and should be extended.
Joe Solmonese, president of the
Human Rights Campaign, said in a state-
ment the new memorandum is “certainly a
positive step” in providing equal rights to
LGBT couples.
“The limitations of these new benefits,
however, serve as a glaring reminder that
the Defense of Marriage Act ultimately
stands in the way of providing true equal-
ity to LGBT Americans,” he said.
In another statement, OPM Director
John Berry, the highest-ranking openly
gay official in the Obama administration,
praised the president for moving forward
with the benefits.

Photo by Pete Souza; courtesy of White House

President Obama’s memorandum noted

that federal workers with domestic partners
have been denied equal access to ‘basic
rights and benefits their colleagues enjoy.’
38 • june 11, 2010

Millions of gays demand

rights during Brazil march
SAO PAULO — Millions of gays and lesbians jammed several of Sao Paulo’s main
avenues Sunday for the 14th annual Gay Pride parade in South America’s largest city.
The Associated Press reported that as they danced to music blasting from sound
trucks, event attendees condemned
homophobia and demanded equal
rights for LGBT people. They also
said they would push candidates
this year in Brazil’s presidential elec-
tion to support their cause.
A river of gay men, lesbians and
even straight couples flowed down
skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista
in what is billed as the world’s
biggest Gay Pride parade.
According to the Associated Press,
event organizers expected about 3.2
Photo courtesy of
million people, but did not immediate-
ly release a tally. Police have not pro- More than 3 million people were thought to join
vided a crowd estimate. The event Sunday’s Pride celebration in Sao Paulo.
has become a huge tourist draw.

Lesbian couple weds in

Portugal’s 1st gay marriage
LISBON, Portugal — A lesbian couple wed Monday in Portugal’s first same-sex cer-
emony since the predominantly Catholic country introduced a law allowing gay mar-
riage last month.
The Associated Press reported that Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, divorced
Portuguese mothers in their 30s who have been together since 2003, married in a 15-
minute ceremony at a Lisbon registry office.
“This is a great victory, a dream come true,” Pires was quoted as saying. “Now we’re
a family, that’s the important thing.”
The ceremony came less than a month after Portugal’s conservative president rati-
fied a gay marriage law passed by Parliament in January. His approval made Portugal
the sixth in Europe to allow same-sex couples to wed.
The center-left Socialist government has said the law is part of its effort to modern-
ize Portugal, where homosexuality was a crime until 1982. Three years ago, the same
government lifted Portugal’s ban on abortion, despite church opposition.
Pires and Paixao, the lesbian couple, had campaigned for a change in the law since
a registry office turned them away when they first tried to marry in 2006, according to
the Associated Press.

Brazilian man, Mass. husband

rejoin in gay asylum case
BOSTON — A Brazilian man was reunited with his Massachusetts husband last
week after U.S. Sen. John Kerry pressed federal officials to temporarily allow the 31-
year-old gay man back into the country on humanitarian grounds.
The Associated Press reported that Brazilian-born Genesio Oliveira rejoined Tim
Coco, 49, of Haverhill, at an emotional reunion at Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Gay rights and immigration rights advocates declared the case a rare victory for gay,
married asylum seekers.
“I’m delighted,” said Oliveira, who married Coco in 2005 in Massachusetts where
gay marriage is legal. “I’ve been waiting for this to happen. I never really undid my bags
since returning to Brazil.”
According to the Associated Press, the couple split nearly three years ago
when Oliveira, nicknamed “Junior,” was forced to return to Brazil after being
denied asylum in the U.S. because the federal government does not recognize
same-sex marriages.
The pair maintained contact through online video chats and sporadic visits during hol-
idays. The case gained international attention from gay rights and immigration advocates
who criticized U.S. officials for separating the couple — who were legally married.
Last year, Kerry asked Attorney General Eric Holder to grant Oliveira asylum on humani-
tarian grounds. Then in March, Kerry wrote Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano asking
her to issue Oliveira “humanitarian parole” based on his fear of persecution in Brazil.
Humanitarian parole is used sparingly to bring someone who is otherwise inadmis-
sible into the U.S. temporarily because of a compelling emergency, according to the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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It wasn’t always easy to be proud being able to take deep breaths There are floats that remind us of
Coming out As we celebrate Pride, let us not forget of fresh air. those that died of HIV/AIDS and
meant overcoming As I was coming out of my closet those that are living with it. It’s also a
embarrassment that we still have a long way to go so was Capital Pride. From a small time to remember that not all of the
event in Dupont Circle, then known LGBT community lives with the rel-
before we can fully claim all our as the “fruit loop,” to what it is today. ative freedom we have in the District
By PETER ROSENSTEIN A sometimes-too-long parade, but of Columbia. It’s also important to
human and civil rights. fun anyway, and a huge noisy festi- watch the politicians march, know-
I have not always had a feeling val on the nation’s main street, ing we have important decisions to
of pride in being gay. For much of ing. It wasn’t until I came to D.C. Gayle took me one Friday evening. Pennsylvania Avenue, attended by make as to who we will vote for,
my life I was actually embarrassed that I felt that I could chance being The first person I saw there, 200,000 people. Last year’s Capital while remembering which ones
and wanted the feelings I had for who I was and true to myself. I propped up on a bar stool, was Pride budget exceeded $400,000. have kept their promises to us, and
men to just go away. I spent years attended my first Pride festival with someone that was involved in the I have attended Pride in other which ones have disappointed.
hoping it was only a phase I was a friend at a small dirt field in non-profit I had just started to work cities. My most memorable was in As we celebrate Pride and enjoy
going through. Turns out it was a Dupont. There was a stage and a for. Quickly grabbing Gayle by the New York when there was the con- the various events that are part of
hell of a long phase. I prayed I few booths, a lot of political speak- waist I introduced her to him as if to fluence of Stonewall 25, the Gay it, let us not forget that we in the
would find a wife, have 2.3 children ers, some not very good entertain- say, “I am not really gay, just here Games and Pride all lumped LGBT community still have a long
and a house surrounded by a white ment and some drag queens. But with a friend.” I figured I had fooled together. I remember walking way to go before we can fully claim
picket fence. I knew nothing about it was inspiring as we were making him. It took another six weeks for down the middle of the street with all our human and civil rights. We
white picket fences, and less about our way out of the closet and into me to have dinner with him and friends, in the city in which I grew need to be vigilant in protecting
houses, as I grew up in a the gay community. come out to him. He just looked at up, and thinking there is no better what we have fought so hard for
Manhattan rental apartment. But Today both the Capital Pride me and said, “It’s about time!” feeling in the world than this. and united as we
TV and books had a great influence celebration and I have morphed I began the process of com- My hope is that the young move forward to
on me so I dreamed of white picket into something very different. I am ing out to family and friends. It men and women who will be at claim the rest of our
fences. Maybe it was watching very out and very proud. I came to was so much easier than I had the parade and the festival this rightful heritage.
Donna Reed or Ozzie and Harriet grips with being gay back in the ever believed. Some said they year for their first time will have
that did it. Along with the fence, I 1980s. I lived through the height of always knew I was gay, others some of those same feelings and Peter Rosenstein is
also dreamed of Ricky Nelson, but the AIDS epidemic and lost many said, OK, now what else should experience the ability to say out a D.C.-based LGBT
rights and Democratic
I couldn’t admit that to anyone. friends. My first visit to a gay bar we talk about. But for me a loud to the world as the song Party activist. His column
Having pride came only after was to the Lost and Found. I had weight had been lifted off of my goes, “I am what I am!” appears twice monthly
in the Blade.
many years of hiding and pretend- just taken a new job and my friend shoulders. It was like finally There is a serious side to Pride.
44 • june 11, 2010


GAYLAW celebrates 20 years with pride

non-partisan D.C.-area GLBT bar together law students with more Today, GAYLAW continues to one’s job, adapting to longer hours
Legal group energized, association. experienced practitioners, its most work to advance the interests of the and transitioning jobs. This year,
devoted to continuing Despite the visibility and legiti- recent class coming together at the LGBT community, to be their voice GAYLAW will be expanding its “Job
macy formal association with the beginning of the 2009-2010 aca- within the legal community, and to Talk,” traditionally geared toward
its work D.C. Bar provided, the founders of demic year. And GAYLAW’s chari- improve their professional lives. practitioners just entering the pro-
GAYLAW made the bold decision table arm, the GAYLAW Education GAYLAW conducts monthly net- fession, to include tips and advice
By MATTHEW R. RUDOLPHI, Esq. to distinguish themselves based Fund, continues to provide grants working events; recruits and trains on interviewing techniques, cover
upon the limitations on advocacy to legal interns working for non- volunteers to provide pro bono legal letters and resumes, as well as
This year, GAYLAW, the nation- that relationship imposed, includ- profits supporting the LGBT com- services for people living with alternative paths, geared toward
al capital area volunteer bar asso- ing limitations on filing amicus munity, having just provided HIV/AIDS through the Whitman- more seasoned professionals.
ciation serving gay, lesbian, bisex- briefs, submitting testimony before stipends to two legal interns work- Walker Clinic; sponsors the D.C. “This is an extremely exciting as
ual and transgender (“GLBT”) legislative bodies and occasional ing in D.C. this summer. Bar Candidates Forum and endors- well as challenging time to be an
lawyers, law students and legal pressure to tone down the group’s Despite having left the formal fold es candidates for local bar offices LGBT attorney,” said Sharon
professionals, celebrates its 20th rhetoric. The founders had the of the D.C. Bar, GAYLAW has con- and the judiciary; and hosts contin- Moore, GAYLAW’s co-president.
anniversary. Over the years, GAY- foresight to recognize that a new tinued to serve a very prominent uing legal education programs, “We are thrilled to be able to look
LAW has been a voice for LGBT and independent voluntary bar role in the local legal community. social activities and other member- back at the past 20 years and point
attorneys and non-practitioners association could better pursue Particularly notable is GAYLAW’s ship networking events. to the many accomplishments of
alike. GAYLAW’s history is marked wider involvement in legislation work in lobbying the D.C. Bar to “We are extremely proud of the organization, but at the same
with several significant events, and and legal affairs that impact the undertake an examination of dis- GAYLAW’s accomplishments over time we aren’t about to rest on our
the current leadership has a goal of LGBT community. crimination in the legal workplace. the past 20 years,” said Glen laurels. As part of our re-dedication
building on those accomplish- The founding leadership, includ- Thanks to the efforts of GAYLAW Ackerman, GAYLAW’s co-president. to our mission, we are actively
ments while honoring the efforts of ing co-presidents Gigi B. Sohn and members, the D.C. Bar formed the “Our goal as the stewards of this lega- working at increasing participation
those before them. L. Benjamin Young, soon estab- Task Force on Sexual Orientation in cy is to continue to meet the needs of by women and people of color, and
It all began in 1990, when mem- lished several keystone projects the Legal Workplace, charged with our membership in this ever-evolving boosting general and referral serv-
bers of the predecessor organiza- that the organization has built upon studying the possible existence and socio-economic climate.” ice membership. The board and
tion, the D.C. Bar Association’s through the years and continue extent of bias on the basis of sexual One way GAYLAW is adapting membership are energized and
Section on Criminal and Individual today. GAYLAW’s Attorney Referral orientation in the legal profession. to address challenges currently devoted to continuing this work.”
Rights, Lesbian and Gay Rights Service continues to connect The Task Force’s work led to a mon- faced by its membership is to pro-
Committee (itself formed in 1980), clients with LGBT attorneys, hav- umental report issued in 1999 mak- vide support for those affected by Matthew R. Rudolphi, Esq., is a member
decided to sever its formal admin- ing been moved online several ing recommendations for legal the downturn in the economy. Last of the executive committee on the board
istrative ties with the D.C. Bar and years ago. GAYLAW’s Mentor- workplace reform to combat its find- fall, GAYLAW hosted a seminar on of GAYLAW and an associate at Duncan,
Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, PC.
form GAYLAW as an independent, Mentee program continues to bring ings of extensive discrimination. dealing with the stress of losing

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june 11, 2010 • 45


Capital Pride at 35
You ain’t seen mer, not long after Pride 2009 Shabbat. These are in addition to
ended, and we are excited to say our award-winning Capital Pride
nothing, yet that there is something for every- Parade, the closing night party,
one during the 35th anniversary of ‘Homo Erectus: The Evolution of
By BERNIE DELIA Capital Pride. By the time that this Pride’, and the Capital Pride
issue of the Blade goes to print, Street Festival on the closing
The thirty-fifth annual celebra- we will have already celebrated weekend of Pride.
tion of Capital Pride has taken more than 40 diverse events, An important part of celebrating
over the national capital area. including our 35th anniversary our pride is to recognize the co