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Top 10 local stories of 2016
TRANS WOMEN FACE VIOLENCE; ELECTION NIGHT TURNS SOMBER
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
These are the top 10 D.C.-area stories of 2016 as selected by the Blade’s editorial staff.

#10 

D.C. submits bid to
host 2022 Gay Games

Tennis legend Billie Jean King was among those who announced their support for
D.C.’s bid to host the 2022 Gay Games, which a committee representing local LGBT
sports groups officially submitted on Nov. 30.
The quadrennial LGBT international sports competition usually draws between
12,000 and 15,000 athletic competitors and between 80,000 and 100,000 spectators to
the host city.

The action by the Park Service came four months after the D.C. Historic Preservation
Review Board voted unanimously to designate the Furies House as a historic landmark
on the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites.
LGBT history advocate Mark Meinke, who filed a 63-page nominating petition for the
house’s D.C. historic status, said its designation by D.C. and the National Park Service
as a historic site and landmark marked the first time a specifically lesbian oriented site
achieved such a status.
“The house at 219 11th Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. became the operational center of
the lesbian feminist separatist collective, The Furies, between late 1971 and the autumn
of 1973 which created and led the debate over lesbians’ place in society,” Meinke wrote
in his nomination application.

#7 

Police end midnight
shift for LGBT Liaison Unit 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on Sept. 24.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

#9 

African-American
History Museum opens

LGBT activists joined in the celebrations surrounding the grand opening on Sept. 24
of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is located on
the National Mall across the street from the Washington Monument.
The new museum, which has drawn record crowds, includes several LGBT-related
exhibits, including an inscribed watch that Martin Luther King Jr. gave to Bayard Rustin,
a gay man who served as lead organizer of the 1963 March on Washington in which King
gave his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
“It’s a very poignant reminder of the relationship between Martin Luther King and
Bayard Rustin,” said William Pretzer, a supervisory museum curator of history associated
with the African American Museum.
Pretzer said many of the museum’s exhibits show that the African American freedom
movement inspired other groups, including LGBT rights advocates, to organize and
agitate for their own liberation.
 

D.C. police officials confirmed in January that they had discontinued the midnight shift
for the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit a few months earlier as part of a redistribution
of officers to “where the call volume is heaviest.”
Sources familiar with the LGBT unit said its midnight shift has often been the unit’s
busiest time period because higher rates of violent crime and domestic violence occur
during late-night hours.
The elimination of the midnight shift came about one year after members of the LGBT
Liaison Unit and other police liaison units were assigned to unrelated patrol duties for half
of their daily work shifts due to a shortage of officers on the force, police officials said.
The LGBT Liaison Unit has been “greatly diminished” in recent years, Stephania Mahdi,
chair of the D.C. Anti-Violence Project, told a City Council hearing on police matters in March.
“The truth of the matter is the LGBT community does not feel the same level of
support from the Liaison Unit that they have received in previous years,” she said.
 

#6 

Trump campaign courts
gay delegates in D.C.

A representative of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in February called the
president of Log Cabin Republicans of D.C. and four or five other members of the group
to invite them to run as delegate candidates pledged to Trump.
D.C. Log Cabin President Chris Allen said the Trump campaign representative knew that
he and several other D.C. Log Cabin members were running as uncommitted delegate
candidates in the city’s March 12 Republican presidential preference convention.
“She just called to say that the Trump campaign noticed that I wasn’t affiliated with
anyone and wanted to know if I would like his endorsement for delegate,” Allen told the
Blade. “And I just told her I wasn’t looking for any endorsement at this time.”
Allen and the other Log Cabin delegate candidates, who also declined the Trump
campaign’s offer of an endorsement, lost their races to become uncommitted delegates
at the D.C. GOP convention. Most of the D.C. GOP candidates who won delegate
positions were committed to then presidential candidate Marco Rubio and John Kasich.
 

#5 

Chase Brexton roiled
over union fight

The National Park Service on May 4 honored the Furies House on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

#8 

‘Furies House’ named
historic landmark 

The National Park Service on May 4 added a Capitol Hill row house used in the early
1970s as headquarters for a lesbian feminist group called the Furies Collective to the
National Register of Historic Places.

Baltimore’s Chase Brexton Health Care, which operates health centers that serve the
LGBT community in Maryland, became the target of community protests and criticism
from more than a dozen LGBT advocacy organizations in August when its upper
management aggressively opposed an effort by employees to form a union.
Union organizers and their supporters among Chase Brexton’s patients and local
activists became outraged when top managers, reportedly with the approval of CEO
Richard Larison, fired at least five managers in retaliation for their support for the
unionizing effort. In November Chase Brexton’s Board announced that Larison decided
not to renew his contract to continue as CEO and would be stepping down at the end
of the year.

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Lesbian chef and caterer TYONNE JOHNS was stabbed to death in August. She was later honored
at the Blade’s Best Of awards.

#4 

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at high risk for violent attacks and murder.
Authorities have identified the victims as Keyonna Blackeny, 22, who was found
stabbed to death on April 16 in a room she had booked at the Red Roof Inn in Rockville,
Md.; Deeniquia Dodds, 22, who was fatally shot in the early morning hours of July 4 near
her home on Division Ave, N.E., in D.C.; Crystal Edmonds, 32, who was fatally shot Sept.
16 on a street in Baltimore; and Noony Norwood, 30, a Richmond resident who was
found suffering from fatal gunshot wounds on a street in South Richmond on Nov. 6.
Two men have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the Blackeny case
at the Red Roof Inn and another two men have been charged with first-degree murder in
the Dodds case in D.C. D.C. police have said the motive in the Dodds murder was robbery
but the two suspects appear to have targeted Dodds because she was transgender.
 

Chef Tyonne
Johns murdered 

Lesbian chef and caterer Tyonne Johns, 35, a beloved figure in the D.C. area, was
stabbed to death on Aug. 6 while coordinating the catering of an outdoor wedding at a
park in Chantilly, Va.
A Fairfax County judge on Oct. 31 ruled that prosecutors established probable cause
that 19-year-old Kempton Alexander Bonds, a summer employee at the park, allegedly
fatally stabbed Johns during an argument over the ownership of folding chairs used for
the wedding. Police charged Bonds with second-degree murder. He has been released
on a $250,000 bond while awaiting trial.
Johns was a highly acclaimed chef who operated her own catering business in the
D.C. area during the past several years. Readers of the Washington Blade in October
voted to posthumously award Johns the honor of “Best Chef” in the Blade’s 2016 Best
of Gay D.C. competition.

#3 

One-third of LGB students
considered suicide 

Thirty-two percent of D.C. high school students who identify as gay, lesbian, or
bisexual reported they “seriously considered attempting suicide” during the previous
12 months, according to the city school system’s annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey
released on Sept. 1.
The survey findings show that the LGB students’ heterosexual peers reported
seriously committing suicide during the same 12-month period at a rate of 10 percent.
D.C. Public Schools officials didn’t respond to an inquiry by the Blade about why
transgender students have not been included in the annual survey since it began more
than 10 years ago. 
 

DEENIQUIA DODDS was shot to death on July 4.

#2 

Trans women murdered
in D.C. area

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LGBT activists in D.C., Virginia and Maryland have expressed alarm that at least four
transgender women lost their lives to violence in 2016 in separate incidents in D.C.,
Rockville, Baltimore and Richmond.
Each of the victims was a transgender woman of color, which anti-violence activists
say is in keeping with a longstanding national trend showing trans women of color are

Hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters filled Town on Election Night, only to leave shocked and
disappointed.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

#1 

LGBT allies win most
races in D.C. area

Nine of 10 LGBT allies, including former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, won their races for
seats on the City Council and the D.C. State Board of Education in the Nov. 8 election.
Among those winning their races was D.C. State Board of Education President Jack
Jacobson, the city’s highest-ranking openly gay elected official.
In key races in Maryland, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a longtime supporter of
LGBT rights, won election to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara
Mikulski (D), who also has been a longtime LGBT rights backer.
Another longtime LGBT ally who won on Nov. 8 was Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin
(D-Montgomery County), who beat GOP challenger Dan Cox for the U.S. House seat
being vacated by Van Hollen. Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, yet another
LGBT ally, won election to the state’s 4th Congressional District, which includes parts of
Prince George’s County.
In Virginia, LGBT supporter Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) won re-election to his Northern
Virginia U.S. House seat. But Democratic challenger and LGBT rights supporter LuAnn
Bennett lost her race against incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) in the state’s
10th Congressional District, also in Northern Virginia. Comstock has had a mixed record
on LGBT issues during her tenure as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
While pleased with the electoral success of local and state allies, LGBT activists grew
increasingly somber at an election night party at D.C.’s Town nightclub as election
returns projected on large video monitors showed Republican presidential nominee
Donald Trump defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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Top 10 Baltimore
news stories of 2016
EAGLE SET TO FLY AGAIN; COMMUNITY CENTER MOVES
By STEVE CHARING
Here’s a look back at the top 10 Baltimore news stories of 2016
as ranked by the Blade’s editorial staff.

The exterior of the new Baltimore Eagle, which could open as soon as New Year’s Eve.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY STEVE CHARING

#10 

Life terms for
killer of 2 gay men

Quinton Decarlo Bass, who was convicted in the 2012 killings of two Mount Vernon
gay men, Alex Ulrich and Larry Peterson, was sentenced to two life terms plus 45 years.
Police determined the murders to be the result of a botched robbery and not a hate
crime.

#9 

Hopkins resumes
gender-affirming surgeries

The decision was reached following a petition by students and faculty criticizing the
institution for not disavowing a controversial anti-LGBT report by two faculty members.

Chase Brexton CEO Richard Larison announced he would step down after a controversy erupted
over a unionizing effort.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

#5 

Community Center
leaves Mount Vernon

The GLCCB announced a shift to larger, more functional quarters on the third floor of
2530 North Charles St. following two and a half years at the Waxter Center.

#4 

FreeState Legal,
Equality Maryland merge

In an effort “to form a comprehensive, statewide direct legal services and policy
advocacy organization” for LGBTQ individuals, the two organizations merged into one
entity and was renamed FreeState Justice.

#8 

#3 

#7 

#2 

Baltimore shows its
Pride despite heat

With thousands attending the parade and block party in Mount Vernon as well as
the festival in Druid Hill Park the next day, Baltimore Pride was deemed a success as it
netted over $80,000 for the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore.

Drinkery re-opens
after liquor board reversal

A petition drive to close the 44-year-old gay bar in Mount Vernon because of alleged
rowdiness was thwarted by a technicality as the liquor board reversed its initial decision.
Many community members were angered by the efforts by the petitioners to close the
bar.

#6 

Baltimore grieves
with Orlando

Several vigils from Baltimore to Frederick —some drawing more than 1,000
participants—took place to grieve the loss of life from the massacre at the Pulse
nightclub.

Baltimore Eagle eyes
New Year’s Eve opening

Four years after the bar was closed, a new Baltimore Eagle is about ready to fly.
Construction delays and an initial liquor board decision slowed the re-emergence of the
iconic leather bar.

Trans woman shot,
killed in Baltimore

The still unsolved murder of transgender woman Crystal Edmonds, 32, in Northwest
Baltimore prompted a community vigil and outcry against violence targeting transgender
women of color.

#1 

Unionizing effort
roils Chase Brexton 

The firing of five professionals for alleged efforts in support of employees who
desired to unionize triggered community backlash and a rally as well as the announced
departure of the health provider’s CEO in 2017.

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NATIONAL

Top 10 national stories of
the year
MASSACRE IN ORLANDO, TRUMP’S WIN SHOCK NATION
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
These are the top 10 national stories of 2016 as selected by the Blade’s editorial staff.

#8 

Gavin Grimm case moves
to Supreme Court

President Obama designated as a national monument the area around the Stonewall Inn in June.

#10 

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Stonewall Inn named
U.S. Historic Landmark

The Obama administration this year through the Department of Interior took
unprecedented steps to recognize moments in LGBT history.
Amid Pride celebrations in June, President Obama designated as a national monument the
area around the Stonewall Inn where riots in 1969 kicked off the modern gay rights movement.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell also issued the first-ever National Park Service “theme
study” identifying places and events associated with the history of LGBT Americans.
Among places identified in the survey are the D.C. house of the late gay rights pioneer
Frank Kameny, which is on the National Register of Historic Places; and D.C.’s Furies
Collective House, which in the early 1970s became the operational center for the lesbian
feminist and separatist Furies collective.

The U.S. Supreme Court may be on cusp of another major LGBT rights decision
after agreeing this year to review whether a transgender student can use the school
bathroom consistent with his gender identity.
Justices issued a writ of certiorari to take up the case of Gavin Grimm, who was denied
use of the boys’ room at Gloucester County Schools in Virginia. Although the U.S Fourth
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Grimm’s favor, the Supreme Court placed a stay on the
decision and agreed to take it up.
The Supreme Court agreed to review the decision even though the American Civil
Liberties Union, which is representing Grimm, asked the court to turn it down.
If the court rules in Grimm’s favor, the decision could be a massive win for transgender
students assuring them access to the bathroom in schools nationwide consistent with
their gender identity.

#7 

The arrival of ‘religious
freedom’ bills

With varying success, state legislatures advanced measures aimed at allowing
discrimination against LGBT people, often in the name of “religious freedom.”
One such measure Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law would have enabled
sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination in the state, including the denial of services to samesex couples or transition-related care for transgender people.
But a federal court barred enforcement of the measure before it could take effect as
a result of a lawsuit filed by New York attorney Roberta Kaplan.
In South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed legislation that would have barred
transgender students from using the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.
In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed
faith-based organizations to deny services to LGBT people.
Those measures could be a precursor to more anti-LGBT bills in 2017. In Texas,
lawmakers have pre-filed bills in the same mold, including a measure that would ban
city LGBT ordinances.

Oregon Gov. KATE BROWN was a ray of hope on Election Night.

WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

#9 

Kate Brown elected
Oregon governor

On an Election Night that disappointed many LGBT voters, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
was a ray of hope upon becoming the first openly LGBT person and first bisexual person
elected governor in the United States.
Brown had already been serving in the role of Oregon governor for more than a year
as a result of being Oregon secretary of state and next in the line of succession when
her predecessor resigned in scandal.
But the victory against Republican challenger Bud Pierce affirmed Brown would be
allowed to serve four more years. Brown secured 50.5 percent of the vote compared to
the 43.8 percent won by Pierce.
In an interview with the Washington Blade last month, Brown said the significance of
being the first openly LGBT and bisexual person elected governor is increased visibility
because “you can’t be what you can’t see.”
“If I can be a role model for one young person that decides that their life is worth living
because there’s someone like them in the world, it’s worth it,” Brown said.

The U.S. Senate this year confirmed ERIC FANNING as Army secretary.

WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

#6 

Eric Fanning confirmed
as Army secretary

Following an eight-month period of inaction on his nomination, the U.S. Senate this
year confirmed Eric Fanning as Army secretary, making him the first openly gay person
to head any service in the U.S. military.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) placed a hold on the nomination on the purported basis he
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wanted assurances from President Obama he wouldn’t move Guantanamo Bay terrorist
suspects to a prison in Kansas. Upon pressure from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to move
forward with confirmation, Roberts said he received sufficient assurances from the Pentagon.
In an interview with the Washington Blade, Fanning acknowledged the distinction of
being the first openly gay Army secretary.
“I increasingly reflect on my own experience when I was younger and working in the
Department of Defense and didn’t really see a way forward for me because I didn’t see
people like me in positions of leadership,” Fanning said. “So, I think in some ways, it’s
an important milestone for a lot of people particularly in the military, even civilians who
work around the military.”

#5 

Pentagon lifts ban on
trans military service

After a yearlong review geared toward changing the policy, Defense Secretary Ashton
Carter this year lifted the ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. armed
forces.
Carter announced in June the military would undo the medical regulation prohibiting
transgender troops from serving openly.
Although Carter said the Pentagon would lift the ban “effective immediately,” the
initial change only allowed existing transgender troops to serve openly without fear of
expulsion. Medical benefits, including transition-related care like gender reassignment
surgery, wasn’t available until October and openly transgender people still won’t be able
to accede in the military until July.

McCrory signed House Bill 2 after the North Carolina Legislature approved the law
during an emergency session with only a single day of consideration. The law bars
localities from enacting pro-LGBT discrimination ordinances, undoing one recently
enacted in Charlotte, and prohibits transgender people from using the public restrooms
in schools and government building in accordance with their gender identity.
The law inspired a massive outcry from LGBT advocates and business leaders who
called for repeal. The resulting loss of business in North Carolina cost the state an
estimated $400 million.
In a state Donald Trump won handily, McCrory lost to Democratic challenger Roy
Cooper by a margin of 10,000 votes, although McCrory initially called for a recount and
took almost a month to concede.

#2 

Gunman kills 49
at Pulse nightclub

The LGBT community faced a stunning tragedy this year when a lone gunman killed
49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
Armed with an assault weapon and a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol, Omar
Mateen executed patrons during a three-hour standoff at the Pulse nightclub before
Orlando police officers shot and killed him.
In a call to 911 prior to the attack, Matten pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of
Iraq & Syria. Although initial reports said Mateen was a patron of the nightclub and used
gay hookup apps, the FBI said it couldn’t find any evidence to substantiate those claims.
A groundswell movement emerged in the LGBT community to take on gun reform.
Grassroots groups like “Gays Against Guns” held protests and the Pride Fund to End
Gun Violence was formed. But those efforts may be stymied at the federal level as a
result of the election.

Anti-gay Justice ANTONIN SCALIA died in February. In 2015, the Blade snapped this strange
bedfellows photo of Scalia chatting with LAVERNE COX and KATIE COURIC at the annual White
House Correspondents Dinner.

#4 

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Antonin Scalia dies

After gaining an anti-gay reputation for his caustic dissents to gay rights decisions
during his 30 years on the bench, U.S. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly
this year at age 79 at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas.
The Reagan-appointed justice objected to major decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court
in favor of gay rights, including the decision in the nationwide ruling last year in favor of
same-sex marriage.
President Obama named U.S. Chief Judge Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
D.C. Circuit to succeed Scalia, but the Republican-controlled Senate never held a hearing
or a vote on the nomination.

#3 

N.C. passes HB2;
McCrory flushed in election

Following an outcry over a law he signed barring transgender people from using the
public restroom consistent with their gender identity, voters in North Carolina flushed
Gov. Pat McCrory at the polls on Election Day.

DONALD TRUMP’s win is the biggest story of 2016.

#1 

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Trump wins election

Donald Trump defied expectations with a surprise win on Election Day and placed
into question massive gains in LGBT rights, making his victory the No. 1 story of the year.
Polls indicated Hillary Clinton would prevail in the 2016 presidential race, but Trump
performed surprisingly well in Rust Belt states — winning the traditional “blue” states
of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — and pulled off an Electoral College victory
despite losing the popular vote by 2.7 million.
The victory alarmed many LGBT people because Trump has staked out anti-LGBT
positions, including support for the anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act, and
pandered to social conservative groups that have opposed LGBT rights.
Trump’s proposed Cabinet picks are a who’s who of Republicans with anti-LGBT
backgrounds, including Ben Carson as HUD secretary, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as HHS
secretary and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general.

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as ranked by the Washington Blade’s editorial staff.

#10 

Belize Supreme Court
strikes down sodomy law

The European Court of Justice in 2014 said countries within the European Union cannot
require gay asylum seekers to prove their homosexuality.
The Brexit vote took place against the backdrop of an influx of refugees and migrants
from Syria and other countries into Europe.
Then-Prime Minister David Cameron resigned in the wake of the vote.

Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin of the Belize Supreme Court in August ruled his
country’s colonial-era sodomy law is unconstitutional.
Caleb Orozco, a prominent LGBT rights advocate, and his group, the United Belize
Advocacy Movement, challenged the law in 2010.
The Belizean government in September announced it plans to appeal a portion of
Benjamin’s ruling. Orozco told the Blade that his case would have an impact throughout
the English-speaking Caribbean.
“People are beginning to realize that it is possible to advance LGBT issues in the
region,” he said.

#7 

XULHAZ MANNAN was hacked to death in Bangladesh in April.

#6 

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#9 

Prominent activist
murdered in Bangladesh

The murder of a prominent LGBT activist in Bangladesh in April sparked outrage
around the world.
A group of men hacked Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy to death inside an
apartment building in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on April 25.
Mannan launched Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine in 2014. He worked for the
U.S. Embassy in Dhaka for eight years before joining the U.S. Agency for International
Development last September.
President Obama expressed his condolences to Mannan’s family. USAID and the
State Department also paid tribute to him.
Ansar-al-Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the
murders. Islamists have killed several secular academics, writers, bloggers and members
of religious minority groups in the predominantly Muslim country since early 2015.

#8 

Brexit vote could
impact LGBT rights

A referendum on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union passed in June.
The results of the so-called Brexit referendum sparked concern among activists who
said it could adversely impact LGBT asylum seekers.
“Many LGBT refugee and asylum seekers talking to me are worried about how they
will be treated with this outcome,” Davis Mac-Iyalla, a gay Nigerian man who received
asylum in the U.K., told the Blade from London after the vote.
The European Court of Justice, which is the European Union’s highest court, in 2013
ruled those who face incarceration in their countries of origin because of their sexual
orientation  could receive asylum  in the U.K. and the bloc’s 27 other member states.

Colombia, FARC
reach peace deal

The Colombian government and a rebel group in September signed an LGBT-inclusive
peace deal that sought to end Latin America’s longest-running war.
President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londoño, commander of
the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, signed the accord during a ceremony
in the Colombian city of Cartagena. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon were among the foreign dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
Representatives of two Colombian LGBT advocacy groups participated in the peace
talks that began in Havana in 2012.
Colombian voters in October narrowly rejected the peace deal.
Santos and Londoño in November signed a revised agreement. The Colombian
Congress ratified it on Nov. 30.
Lawmakers ratified the peace deal less than eight months after Colombia’s highest
court ruled in favor of marriage rights for gays and lesbians. Two men from the city of
Cali on May 24 became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the country.

UN calls on countries
to decriminalize homosexuality

A report the U.N. released in October calls upon countries to decriminalize consensual
same-sex sexual relations.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein notes in the 2015
report to the U.N. Human Rights Council that countries “that criminalize consensual
homosexual acts are in breach of international human rights law.”
“These laws, by their mere existence, violate the rights to privacy and
nondiscrimination,” it reads. “Arrests and the detention of individuals on charges
relating to sexual orientation and gender identity — including offenses not directly
related to sexual conduct, such as those pertaining to physical appearance or so-called
‘public scandal’ — are discriminatory and arbitrary.”
The report was released two months after the chief justice of the Belize Supreme
Court ruled the country’s anti-sodomy law is unconstitutional.
Consensual same-sex sexual relations remain criminalized in more than 70 countries.

#5 

USAID bans anti-LGBT
discrimination among contractors

The U.S. Agency for International Development in 2016 formally banned contractors
from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The rule formally took effect on Oct. 25. National Security Advisor Susan Rice made
the announcement the following day at American University in Northwest D.C.
“It’s a major step toward ensuring that American assistance is provided in a fair and
equitable manner,” said Rice.
USAID Administrator Gayle Smith described the new policy as an “important step
forward for USAID and our partners, and ensures our inclusive approach to development
will continue into the future.”
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the church reaffirmed its ban on gay men in the priesthood. LGBT rights groups in 2016
also criticized Francis over his comments on marriage and gender.

#2 

ISIS continues persecution
of gay Syrians and Iraqis

National Security Advisor SUSAN RICE announced that USAID now bans anti-LGBT discrimination.

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The new policy does not require contractors to extend nondiscrimination protections
to employees of organizations abroad that receive U.S. funding. It also does not include
USAID grantees.

The so-called Islamic State continued to persecute gay Syrians and Iraqis in 2016.
ISIS militants in January reportedly threw a teenage boy who they accused of engaging
in homosexuality from a roof in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor. They also reportedly
executed another Syrian teenager in May by publicly stoning him.
Ayaz Shalal, a human rights activist from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern
Iraq, told the Blade in August during an interview in D.C. that he was “terrified” when he read
a New York Times article about ISIS executing people who were accused of sodomy.
Iraqi forces with the backing of the U.S. and other countries in October launched an
offensive to retake the ISIS stronghold of Mosul. The militant group in 2016 lost territory
it once held, but it nevertheless continued to pose a threat.
The gunman who killed 49 people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., earlier
this year pledged his allegiance to ISIS, even though there is no evidence it ordered him
to carry out the massacre. Three suspected ISIS members in June reportedly planned to
attack a transgender rights march in Istanbul.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged as a leading LGBT rights supporter in 2016,
marching in several Pride parades.

#4 

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Justin Trudeau emerges
as LGBT rights champ

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016 emerged as one of the world’s most
prominent LGBT rights champions.
Trudeau this summer became the first Canadian prime minister to march in Pride
parades in Montreal and Toronto. A gay man from Syria who received refugee status
in Canada in 2014 was the grand marshal of Vancouver’s annual Pride parade in which
Trudeau and members of his family participated in July.
Reports emerged in August that the Canadian government plans to apologize to
those who were convicted of “gross indecency” before the government of Trudeau’s
father, Pierre Trudeau, decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations in 1969.
Justin Trudeau in November announced he had named MP Randy Boissonnault as his
special advisor on LGBT issues.
“We have made great strides in securing legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community in
Canada — from enshrining equality rights in the Charter to the passage of the Civil
Marriage Act,” said Justin Trudeau in a statement.
Transgender Canadians remain vulnerable to discrimination and hate crimes in spite
of Justin Trudeau’s support of LGBT-specific issues.

#3 

Pope Francis sends mixed
signals on LGBT issues

Pope Francis in 2016 continued to send mixed signals in terms of LGBT issues.
The pontiff in June said the Roman Catholic Church should “ask forgiveness” from gay
people over the way it has treated them.
A Vatican official in November criticized a priest who said civil unions and other
“human sins” caused the two earthquakes that killed nearly 300 people in central Italy
earlier this year. Francis earlier this year accepted the resignation of a cardinal who
repeatedly used homophobic slurs to describe gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican
Republic James “Wally” Brewster.
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy in December released a statement in which

JUANA MORA met with President Obama in Havana earlier this year.

#1 

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Obama meets Cuban LGBT
activists in Havana

President Obama in March met with two Cuban LGBT rights advocates during his
historic trip to the Communist island.
Juana Mora and Nelson Álvarez were among the members of Cuban civil society who
met with Obama in Havana. Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser
Susan Rice, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Chief of Mission Jeffrey
DeLaurentis also attended the meeting.
Mora is a vocal critic of Cuban President Raúl Castro and his daughter, Mariela Castro,
who promotes LGBT-specific issues on the island as director of the National Center for
Sexual Education.
Mora and other independent Cuban LGBT rights advocates maintain they face
harassment and even arrest. Maykel González Vivero, an independent journalist and
LGBT activist, was detained for several days in October while covering the aftermath of
Hurricane Matthew in the city of Baracoa.
Obama in December 2014 announced the U.S. would begin the process of normalizing
diplomatic relations with Cuba. He is the first sitting American president to visit the
Communist island since 1928.

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In memoriam:
Those we lost in 2016
FROM BOWIE TO LADY CHABLIS, A YEAR OF LOSS
By KATHI WOLFE

DAVID BOWIE, LADY CHABLIS and EDWARD ALBEE were among those we lost in 2016.
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“How can the dead be truly dead when
they still live in the souls of those who are
left behind?” wrote queer writer Carson
McCullers in her novel “The Heart Is a
Lonely Hunter.”
Below are some of the many LGBT
people and allies who will live on in our
minds and hearts.
David Bowie, 69, the queer, musician
and actor, died on Jan. 11. Bowie had
been fighting cancer for 18 months.
“Blackstar,” his last album, was released
days before his death. “It was a final,
classic Bowie move – releasing an album
without fanfare and letting the art stand
on its own,” editor Kevin Naff wrote in the
Blade.
Art historian Hugh Honour, 88, died
on May 19 in Tofori, Italy. For more than
50 years, Honour and his partner John
Fleming edited and wrote many books.
“All the genius of the masters seem to
tremble in the sunbeams and dance upon
the waves,” Honour and Fleming wrote in
“The Venetian Homes of Henry James,
Whistler and Sargent.”
Connie Kopelov, 90, who had
Alzheimer’s disease, died in Manhattan

on May 28. Kopelov and her partner of 23
years Phyllis Siegel were the first samesex couple to be legally married in New
York City. The couple wed on July 24,
2011, the first day that same-sex couples
could marry in New York State.
Melvin
Dwork,
94,
who
was
dishonorably discharged from the Navy
for being gay in 1944 when he was 22,
died in Manhattan on June 14. In 2011,
the Navy changed his discharge to
honorable.
Cultural critic John Gruen, best known
for his autobiography “Callas Kissed Me...
Lenny Too! A critic’s Memoir,” died on
July 19 in Manhattan at age 89. In the
memoir, Gruen called himself “a critic,
gadfly, busybody, father, husband, queer,
neurotic workaholic.”
Elliot Tiber, a businessman and gay
rights activist, 81, who was instrumental
in organizing the landmark Woodstock
music festival, died on Aug. 3 from a
stroke in Boca Raton, Fla. Many young
queer people “take their current freedom
for granted,” Tiber told Publishers Weekly
in 2011, “Coming out in the summer
of 1969 was the most dangerous yet

liberating thing that ever happened to
me.”
Johnny Nicholson died at his
Manhattan home at age 99 on Aug.
4. Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal
were among the “New Bohemians” who
frequented his restaurant, the Café
Nicholson. John T. Edge called the Café
“a canteen for the creative class” in the
“Oxford American.”
Iconic Mexican singer Juan Gabriel,
66, died in his California home on Aug.
28. “He has passed on to become part of
eternity and has left us his legacy through
Juan Gabriel, the character created by
him for all the music that has been song
and performed all around the world,” his
publicist told the Associated Press.
Over 30 years, Gabriel sold more than
100 million albums and wrote more than
1,500 songs. Mexican president Enrique
Pena Nieta called Gabriel “one of the
greatest musical icons of our country.”
Actor Jon Polito, 65, who appeared as
gangsters in Coen brothers films, died on
Sept. 1 in Los Angeles from complications
of multiple myeloma. He married his
husband Darryl Armbruster in 2015.

=The transgender performer Lady
Chablis, 59, died on Sept. 6 in Savannah,
Ga. Chablis, who had pneumonia,
is best known for being featured in
the 1994 bestseller “Midnight in the
Garden of Good and Evil.” “She was The
Lady Chablis from morning to night,”
Midnight’s author John Berendt, told
the New York Times. “She had a great
repartee, and she had a way with
words.”
Edward Albee, the greatest playwright
of our time, died after a brief illness on
Sept. 16 at age 88 in Montauk, N.Y. Albee
is best known for his groundbreaking
play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
After the Tony-winning play ran on
Broadway, it became an iconic movie
starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth
Taylor.
Bill Cunningham, 87, the beloved
New York Times fashion photographer,
died on June 25. Cunningham was
known for his sense of style as well as
for getting his photos of AIDS benefits
and of LGBT people into the New York
Times long before the paper used the
words “AIDS” or “gay.”

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Emotional year leads
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for the George W. Bush administration,
we know what’s coming next: news blackouts, unresponsive government sources,
attacks on LGBT equality and worse under President-elect Trump, whose minions have hinted at unprecedented efforts to dodge accountability by sidelining
the media. There have been threats to do
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PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
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Some nice and exciting things did happen
for me in 2016. An unexpected trip to St. Barts
courtesy of my friends Dan and Jessica, which
included private jets and a 171-foot yacht.
Good times in Rehoboth Beach, evenings at
the theater, and dinners with friends. It was
also the first time in nearly 50 years I didn’t
have and wasn’t looking for a full-time job.
For me 2016 was really about only one
thing: the presidential campaign and working
to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton. Everything
else fades into the woodwork. Being without
a full-time job allowed me to be intensely in-

volved. Writing my planned book was put on
hold with nearly all my writing, including regular columns, focused on the campaign. There
was total immersion from Java House coffee
in the morning to Clinton finance committee
calls in the afternoon to meetings and fundraisers in the evening.
Then at 10:30 p.m. on Election Night it all
came to an end. Hillary was losing Florida and
about to lose the election. The mood at the
Jacob Javits Center in New York went from jubilant to total depression in about 30 minutes.
I have been involved in politics since the
age of nine handing out fliers for Adlai Stevenson. As a teenager in 1964, I attended
my first political convention in Atlantic City;
the one that nominated Lyndon Johnson.
There were highlights at all the conventions
I’ve been to. In 1964, it was the 20-minute
ovation Bobby Kennedy received from delegates who were yelling and standing on
their chairs. In 1976, it was being with Bella
Abzug as she campaigned for a Senate seat
in what turned out to be a losing primary.
In 1980, it was Ted Kennedy’s speech, “The
Dream shall never die.” In 2008, I served as
a delegate for Hillary in what turned out to
be Barack Obama’s convention. But never

was I as moved as listening to Hillary Clinton when she made history accepting the
nomination as the first woman ever nominated by a major political party to be their
presidential candidate.
This was likely the last presidential campaign I will ever be so fully involved in. This one
was different. I loved and believed in the candidate who I had first met in 1990. There was
no job at the end of the campaign I wanted.
Nothing I expected for all the hard work except to see this brilliant, compassionate woman become the first woman president of the
United States.
There are many people who shared the
same feelings. In a presidential campaign
there are thousands whose lives are impacted. All those political appointees who worked
in the Obama administration and will now
be out of work. All those who dedicated anywhere from a year to three of their lives to
Hillary’s campaign and won’t have the chance
to work in her administration. All the young
people, many whom I was fortunate to meet,
who worked in Brooklyn and across the nation
knocking on doors, sleeping on couches, with
nearly no salary, whose first big loss in life was
this campaign. It is my hope as they say good

riddance to 2016 they will regroup and take
heart from the amazing people they met and
the amazing experiences they had and move
forward with a dedication to continue to make
a difference for people.
One is Adam Parkhomenko, who I am
honored to call a friend. He dedicated the last
three years of his life to electing Hillary, first cofounding Ready for Hillary. Adam will be OK
and I am now pleased to support him as he
campaigns to be vice chair of the DNC.
Many face the future with trepidation questioning whether Trump will turn back the clock
in America. Will gains made in civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights be reversed? Will voter
suppression be part of the future and the Voting Rights Act the past? Will we turn our backs
on the rest of the world with the misguided
slogan “America First?” Will we turn our backs
on the diversity that makes our nation great?
As we say good riddance to 2016, we must
be prepared to embrace 2017. Ready to fight
for equality, decency and progress. Ready to
join hands to stop the Trump administration
from taking us backwards. Ready to demand
we continue to move steadfastly and proudly
into the future; a future that will include and
embrace all of us.

V I E W PO I NT

2016: From the best to the worst
Perseverance is the
price of freedom

RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.
Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.

On Sunday morning, June 12, I arrived
on Pennsylvania Avenue to set up my
group’s Capital Pride table and learned the
awful news of the Pulse nightclub massacre. That Sunday night, the Tony Awards
were dedicated to the victims, and the
company of “Hamilton” performed the
Battle of Yorktown without muskets.
2016 was the year of “Hamilton,” of
“Moonlight,” and of the National Museum
of African American History and Culture
(NMAAHC). It was the year of Pulse. It was
the year of Standing Rock. It was the year
President Obama made a healing visit to
Hiroshima. It was the year North Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory was defeated by his own
homophobic and transphobic policies. It
was the year that saw the rise of Trump. At
its end, America stood on a precipice.
It was the year a black gay man, Eugene
J. Coleman, was Class President and First
Captain at West Point, only the third man
ever to hold both titles. The anti-gay right
may seek to reverse open military service;
but overreach is a classic blunder that will
be the right’s undoing. Coleman represents
“the normative power of the actual,” as former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger put
it in 2011 in criticizing Cardinal Timothy
Dolan’s ferocious opposition to New York’s
passage of civil marriage equality. As on
that front, experience dispelled the fears.
In Annapolis last spring I saw two
young men from the Naval Academy
holding hands. Our integration into military culture has sunk deep roots. Those
who would reverse it are rebelling against
the classic virtues of honor and merit.
Like most federal courts on marriage after Windsor, the military is on our side,
notwithstanding the Kremlin Stooge’s
gang of retired crackpot generals.
If, like the white urban hipsters mocked
by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock on “Saturday Night Live,” you think the 2016 elec-

tion is the worst thing ever to happen in
America, spend a few hours in NMAAHC.
The artifacts there attest to a long, heroic
struggle by African Americans against
erasure. Before these precious objects
could grace Lonnie Bunch’s triumphant
museum, they had to be passed down by
many generations.
“We have seen worse” is a refrain heard
from many African Americans since Election Day. That practical wisdom is the bulwark of our republic, whose strength lies
in the very diversity that our presidentelect has done his best to splinter. The
imagination to stand in another’s shoes
cannot be imposed by any law nor defeated by any strongman. It lies at the beating
heart of the American experiment.
On Dec. 13, Rachel Maddow interviewed
Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the
Stonewall Inn. Stonewall did not mark the
beginning of the LGBT rights movement;
Frank Kameny’s fight against the D.C.
vice squad preceded it, as did the riot at
Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco. But
Stonewall was a key flashpoint, and now
it is a national monument. Lynch said that
the bar and the events it commemorates
are emblematic of the struggles of many
groups for equality. A monument designa-

tion may be revoked, but the notion that
such an action erases us is like someone
who stops pointing at the moon and thinks
the moon thereby disappears.
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s original title
for “Moonlight” was “In Moonlight Black
Boys Look Blue.” His storytelling and eye
for detail gave director Barry Jenkins,
cinematographer James Laxton, and talented actors a wealth of insights to work
with; and it was made for far less money
than the polished results would suggest.
“Moonlight” is being touted for best movie of the year. McCraney was recently appointed chair of the playwriting program
at his alma mater, Yale School of Drama.
Talent, skill, perseverance and an ability
to sell your ideas can take you far.
As with playwriting, so with politics. Withdrawal and despair are out of the question.
We must stay in the game, and continue
telling our stories, and building and rebuilding alliances. At a crucial moment in “Moonlight,” the teenaged Chiron fights back. That
can come at a price, to be sure. What price
are we willing to pay to defend our communities, our lives, and our country? That is for
each of us to answer.
Copyright © 2016 by Richard J.
Rosendall. All rights reserved.

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Zig-zagging zeitgeist
CAIT, ABFAB, ‘WILL & GRACE’ AND MORE DOMINATE POP CULTURE COUNTDOWN
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#10
WONDER WOMAN SNEAK PEEK

#9
NBC DEBUTS “HAIRSPRAY: LIVE!” 

#8
‘ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS’ RETURNS

#7
‘I AM CAIT’ CANCELLED

Wonder Woman is a beloved
superhero for many but her big screen
glory wasn’t embraced until this year.
Audiences received their first glimpse of
the Amazonian warrior, portrayed by Gal
Gadot, in “Batman V Superman: Dawn of
Justice” in March. While the role was brief,
hype surrounding her solo film “Wonder
Woman,” to be released on June 2, 2017,
began this year with clips and a trailer. 
If this year’s brief sighting wasn’t
enough there will be plenty of Wonder
Woman in the coming years with Gadot
appearing as Wonder Woman in “Justice
League” on Nov. 17, 2017 and in “Justice
League 2” in 2019. 
Meanwhile ‘70s TV Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter brought her “Long-Legged
Woman” show to the Kennedy Center in
April. She sings there regularly. 

NBC continued its tradition of live,
television musicals with “Hairspray Live!”
on Dec. 3. The musical was an adaptation
of the 2002 Broadway musical version, not
the John Waters original film nor the 2007
remake, with Harvey Fierstein penning
the teleplay and reprising his role as Edna
Turnblad. Big names like Ariana Grande,
Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth,
Martin Short, Rosie O’Donnell and Sean
Hayes bolstered the cast, but newcomer
Maddie Baillio held her own in the starring
role of Tracy Turnblad. 
While there were plenty of slips during
the airing, the mic frequently cut out and
a cameraman sadly cut Chenoweth out of
a final bow, it had plenty of charm. There
were boisterous musical numbers and
live, ‘60s-themed commercials for Oreo,
Reddi Wip and Toyota throughout the
broadcast adding the right amount of old
school charm. Relive the experience, or
take it in for the first time, with an encore
airing on Dec. 26 from 8-11 p.m. 

“Absolutely Fabulous” revived itself
once again for a feature-length movie
that hit theaters in July. Jennifer Saunders
and Joanna Lumley brought back their
characters Edina Monsoon and Patsy
Stone, this time to accidentally kill Kate
Moss and hide out in the south of France.
The movie had plenty of celebrity cameos
including Graham Norton, Daniel Lismore,
Dame Edna Everage and Joan Collins. 
The ‘90s BBC comedy always seemed to
make a comeback with a revived series from
2001-2004 and 20th anniversary specials in
2011 and 2012. This time Saunders revealed
to the Daily Mail the party is finally over for
Edina and Patsy. 
“I’m not doing anything more with ‘Ab Fab.’
That’s it,” Saunders says. “That. Is. It. I can’t see
the point of doing anything else with it, really.”

Caitlyn Jenner took the world by storm
in 2015, but 2016 proved to be a quieter
year for the former Olympian, and the
ratings for “I Am Cait” were hit hard by
the dip in interest. A spin-ff from “Keeping
Up with the Kardashians,” the first season
of “I Am Cait” focused on Jenner and her
family coming to terms with publicly living
her life as a transgender woman. While
viewers tuned in to see Jenner share
emotional moments with her children
and confront her ex-wife Kris Jenner, the
second season shifted in tone. It followed
Jenner and a group of her transgender
friends on a road trip across the U.S.
advocating for transgender rights.
Having more of a political focus, the
second season’s storylines focused on
Jenner’s conservative views clashing with
her friends’ more liberal politics. Side
storylines with Jenner’s friends including
Candis Cayne, Ella Giselle, Chandi Moore
and Kate Bornstein also took up more
screen time than before. Exactly why the
show hit low ratings isn’t exactly known
but E! and Jenner announced the show’s
cancellation in August. 

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#5
‘FINDING PRINCE CHARMING’
BECOMES A HIT

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#6
COLTON HAYNES, KRISTEN STEWART,
SHEPARD SMITH COME OUT
Celebrities chose 2016 to be honest
about their sexual orientation with some
choosing to directly address it and others
simply no longer hiding. 
Actor Colton Haynes’ sexual orientation
was frequently speculated about after
photos surfaced of him appearing in gay
magazine XY. When a fan referenced
Haynes’ “secret gay past” on Tumblr in
January, Haynes responded nonchalantly
by saying, “Was it a secret?” The “Arrow”
star officially came out in an interview
with Entertainment Weekly in May
explaining that his anxiety about coming
out prevented him from doing so earlier. 
Kristen Stewart became more open
about her relationships with women in
2016. In March, French musician Soko
confirmed that she was in a relationship
with Stewart. The actress moved on to
date her former assistant Alicia Cargile
and confirmed they were together in an
interview with Elle UK. Stewart told Elle UK
when she was dating a guy, hinting at her
highly publicized relationship with actor
Robert Pattinson, that they were “turned
into these characters and placed into this
ridiculous comic book.” Now, dating a
woman she said, “Right now I’m just really
in love with my girlfriend. We’ve broken
up a couple of times and gotten back
together, and this time I was like, ‘Finally,
I can feel again.’”
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith
quietly “came out” in an interview with the
Huffington Post in October. While being
questioned if his former boss Roger Ailes
had ever stopped him from coming out
publicly, Smith denied it while confirming
his sexual orientation. 
“That’s not true,” Smith said. “He was as nice
as he could be to me. I loved him like a father.” 

“Finding Prince Charming” proved
that gays can follow the dating reality
show formula with the best of them.
Modeled after “The Bachelor,” the show
pitted 13 male suitors in competition
for the affection of Atlanta-based
interior designer Robert Sepúlveda Jr.
The show included plenty of nasty, spitflinging brawls, “I’m-not-here-to-makefriends” mentalities and lots of “OMG-Ican’t-believe-I’m-falling-in-love-so-fast”
revelations. As a host who serves as a
soundboard for the bachelor, Lance Bass
grilled Sepúlveda on which way his heart
was leaning each episode, and emotional
tie eviction ceremonies (the equivalent
of a “The Bachelor” rose ceremony)
to complete the age-old dating show.
Bombshell secrets were also dropped
throughout, like Sepúlveda’s past as a sex
worker in his ‘20s coming to light. 
The formula worked for both Sepúlveda
and LOGO as the bachelor asked Eric to
“keep his tie” for an exclusive relationship
and LOGO scored high ratings. The show
will be back for a second season.

#3
HOLLYWOOD TURNS OUT FOR HILLARY

#2
BEYONCÉ SERVES UP ‘LEMONADE’

Hillary Clinton’s presidential run
proved she was, mostly, the celebrities’
president. Many stars voiced their
support for Clinton in the 2016 election
from musicians to actors. Cher publicly
campaigned for Clinton, frequently
tweeting her support and appearing at
campaign events. Demi Lovato joined
Clinton on the campaign trail during
the primaries and appeared at the
Democratic National Convention. Ellen
DeGeneres also proclaimed herself a
Clinton supporter on her talk show. Elton
John and Katy Perry both performed at
Clinton fundraisers during the campaign.
Lady Gaga and Perry attended Clinton’s
election watch party and Lady Gaga stood
in solidarity with Clinton by protesting
outside Trump Tower after Donald Trump
was announced President-elect. 
The election also brought back beloved
sitcom “Will & Grace.” Will, Grace, Jack
and Karen all returned for a 10-minute
minisode based on the election. While the
minisode wasn’t specifically pro-Clinton,
the cast did appear to support Clinton in
song at a fundraiser. Debra Messing, Sean
Hayes, Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally
sang a song bashing Trump to the tune of
“Officer Krupke” from “West Side Story.” 

Without warning, Beyoncé dropped the
music video for “Formation” on Feb. 6 for
what would become the first single from
her sixth studio visual album “Lemonade.”
Beyoncé performed “Formation” at the
Super Bowl half-time show and drew
criticism for the Black Panther-themed
performance. 
“Lemonade” was released on April 23
as an album and a one-hour concept film,
which aired on HBO. The album mixed
hip-hop, rock, reggae, pop, country and
gospel. The songs caused a buzz about
Beyoncé’s marriage with Jay-Z, many
were left wondering “Who is Becky with
the good hair?,” and how much of the
album was truth or art. 
“Lemonade” became a critical think
piece darling among music critics and
was praised for its unapologetically,
pro-black narrative of love, womanhood
and heartbreak. “Saturday Night Live”
spoofed the album twice with its
skits “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black”
and “Melanianade,” a “Lemonade”
performance with Melania Trump in
Beyoncé’s role. “Lemonade” also earned
nine Grammy nominations making
Beyoncé the woman with the most
Grammy nominations of all time.

#4
DEGENERES RECEIVES MEDAL OF
FREEDOM
Ellen DeGeneres was presented with the
Presidential Medal of Freedom by President
Obama in an emotional ceremony for the
comedian in November. Obama noted
that DeGeneres was courageous to come
out 20 years ago and reminded everyone
that the result was the cancellation of her
sitcom “Ellen.” However, her persistence in
the industry led her to have the success she
has achieved today. 
“Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres
has shown us that a single individual can
make the world a more fun, more open,
more loving place, so long as we just keep
swimming,” Obama said at the ceremony.
DeGeneres visibly teared up when Obama
placed the medal around her neck. 
The monumental moment wasn’t
without some DeGeneres antics. The
comedian was denied entry into the
White House when she forgot to bring
her ID. Waiting outside in Layette Park,
DeGeneres tweeted the ordeal with a
picture of her sitting forlornly on a bench.
Eventually, she was allowed inside where
she took on the Mannequin Challenge
with fellow honoree Diana Ross.

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#1
SAYING GOODBYE TO DAVID BOWIE, PRINCE 
Legendary musicians David Bowie and Prince died this year leaving behind legacies
that experimented with sound, toyed with androgyny in fashion and left their mark on
culture.
Bowie rocked the charts beginning in 1969 with his hit “Space Oddity,” but fully emerged
as his glam rock, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust in 1972 with his hit “Starman.”
As Ziggy Stardust, Bowie donned face paint and exuberant costumes. He confessed to
being both gay and bisexual before admitting he was a “closet heterosexual” in a 1983
interview with Rolling Stone. The British singer died from liver cancer on Jan. 10 just two
days after the release of his final album “Blackstar.” 
Prince’s death from an accidental fentanyl opiod overdose on April 21 shocked the
world with the loss of one of the best-selling artists of all time. Considered a sex symbol
since his breakout album, Prince consistently mixed his sexually explicit lyrics, soft voice
and androgyny to create a music persona unlike any other. The music from his 1984
musical film “Purple Rain” earned him two Grammys and an Oscar. The singer stayed
active in music until his death, performing show dates for his “Piano & a Microphone
Tour” up until a week before his death. 
HONORABLE MENTION: Violet Chachki’s grand-yet-decadent gown at the season
eight finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in May had the whole world gagging. 
DISHONORABLE MENTION: “The Real O’Neals” star Noah Galvin (he plays gay and is gay
himself) stumbles big time in a June Vulture interview in which he trashed Colton Haynes,
Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) and director Bryan Singer. He later apologized. 

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Throughout Baltimore
January 13–22, 2017

The most delicious week of winter is back! Dine your
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Throughout Baltimore
January 16–February 28, 2017

Celebrate Baltimore’s incredible wealth of African
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events, exhibits and programs that kick off with the
17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on
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March 31–April 8, 2017

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QUEERY: 20 QUESTIONS FOR ERIKA FEINMAN

How long have you been out and who was
the hardest person to tell? 
Two years. If I’m being completely honest,
the hardest person to tell was myself. I knew
my family would be accepting, but I was
dealing with a lot of health issues for many
years and was very focused on getting out
of my small town and going to college. My
sexual orientation and gender identity felt like
the least important things for me to deal with
so I just pushed it down until everything else
felt like it settled down.
Who’s your LGBT hero? 
Alison Bechdel. I met her once. She gave
me a high five and told me that the work
I’m doing is important. That was one of my
proudest moments.

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ERIKA FEINMAN
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Erika Feinman made history this year upon being elected Student
Association president at George Washington University. Feinman is the first
gender non-binary person to be elected to such a role in the country to the
best of their (Feinman prefers gender-neutral pronouns) knowledge. 
It’s a significant distinction — each March, the entire student body of
27,000 is eligible to vote and endorsements, town hall meetings, speeches
and more are held just like any campaign for public office. The Association
advocates on behalf of the student body by passing legislation and working
with administrators to improve the student experience. The university’s
500 student organizations receive nearly $1.4 million for their various
programming and events. 
Feinman says winning was an “indescribable, overwhelming feeling.”
“So much hard work went into the campaign and I actually wasn’t out about
my gender identity when we kicked it off. I came out pretty publicly during
our debate after there was much speculation around whether or not I was
trans. I didn’t originally set out to make history, but throughout the campaign
I realized that it would be wrong for the school to elect me without knowing
all of me.” 
Feinman arrived in D.C. for college in August 2013 and plans to graduate
in the spring. The 21-year-old Slingerlands, N.Y., native double majored
in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and political science and hopes
to eventually become a professor of gender studies. Feinman says the GW
campus has been welcoming overall.
“GW is known for being a really LGBTQ-friendly university but of course,
there’s always room for improvement,” Feinman says. “I definitely get
misgendered a lot, which can be hard, but I’ve found that it’s not often that
someone does that maliciously.”
Feinman lives on campus in Foggy Bottom and enjoys cooking, singing,
learning and “obviously” Netflix to relax. 

What’s Washington’s best night spot, past
or present? 
I don’t like to go to the same place over
and over, so really anywhere with good music
and no cover charge. I went to the Madhatter
for Halloween with a big group and that was
really fun!
Describe your dream wedding. 
My favorite season is autumn so definitely
an autumn wedding. I don’t have an exact
vision, but I want it to be beautiful with a
focus on bringing together our two families
and merging our lives.
 
What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about? 
Sustainability.
 
What historical outcome would you
change? 
Trump winning the election. 
 
What’s been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime
Beyoncé declaring she was not just a
feminist, but a FEMINIST.
 
On what do you insist? 
Be a good citizen.
What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet? 
All of my posts and tweets are related to
stuff happening on campus, but my latest
re-blog on Tumblr was a funny picture of a
really fluffy dog.
 
If your life were a book, what would the
title be?
“Volume 1”
 
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?
Ask scientists why they didn’t spend
their time discovering a way to change the

minds of racists and bigots and homophobic
people.
 
What do you believe in beyond the
physical world? 
I’m a strong believer in G-D and in Heaven.
I’m a Jew and my faith has always served as
an important foundation for everything I do. 
 
What’s your advice for LGBT movement
leaders? 
Don’t give up, never stop educating
yourself, organize and build strong coalitions.
What would you walk across hot coals for? 
My family, my partner, tickets to a
Broadway musical and probably ice cream if
I’m being completely honest.
 
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most? 
I don’t know if this is a stereotype or more
so a misconception, but that “trans” doesn’t
include “nonbinary” and that “nonbinary”
means “androgynous” and “androgynous”
means “masculine.” 
 
What’s your favorite LGBT movie? 
As much as I enjoy movies, I’m definitely
more of a theater person. So, my favorite
LGBTQ+ show is “Fun Home.” If I had to pick a
movie though, definitely “Rent.”
 
What’s the most overrated social custom? 
Asking, “how are you?” when you don’t
actually want to know. It’s really weird that
our automatic greeting is “Hi, how are you?”
when a majority of the time, you aren’t talking
to someone to find out how they are. We
need to take a more genuine interest in the
lives of others instead of asking because
we’re on auto-pilot.
 
What trophy or prize do you most covet? 
Who doesn’t want to win the lottery?
 
What do you wish you’d known at 18? 
Well that wasn’t too long ago for me,
but I guess I wish I knew what internalized
homophobia and transphobia was because I
had to deal with a lot of that.
 
Why Washington? 
My parents really wanted me to go to
college in New York or Boston. Even though
I’ve gone to New York City a million times,
it always felt too big for me to navigate. On
the other hand, Boston always felt too small.
I first came to D.C. for a high school field
trip and it felt like the perfect size. D.C. is big
enough to explore and small enough to feel
comfortable navigating on my own. Now that
I’m more experienced living in a city, I am
definitely more open to moving to New York
and I feel like I could handle it now, but I really
love D.C. and hope to stay here. 

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CALENDAR / OUT & ABOUT

DECEMBER 30, 2016 • 25

By MARIAH COOPER

‘Charm’ play honors trans
Chicago advocate

‘C&O Faceoff,’ a painting by Maureen Ward, is part of the ‘Local Color’ exhibit that runs through Jan.
28 at Gallery B in Bethesda, Md.
PHOTO COURTESY GALLERY B

TODAY
The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.)
presents “Drench’d Party Series: the
Wonder Woman Party” tonight from 10
p.m.- 3 a.m. DJ Theo Storm will spin the
greatest hits from the greatest female
singers. Come dressed as your favorite
super hero to win free tickets to Distrkt C:
New Year’s Eve. Cover is $5 all night. For
more information, visit dceagle.com.
Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur St.,
N.W.) hosts “Literary Cocktails: PostApocalyptic and Punk” tonight from 7
p.m.-midnight. Craft drinks served will
be influenced by post-apocalyptic fiction
with punk influences. There is no entry
free and reservations aren’t needed.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
petworthcitizen.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31
Bar Pilar (1633 14th St., N.W.) hosts a
New Year’s Eve bash this evening from
6 p.m.- 2 a.m. There will be a tasting
menu with multiple courses and a
complimentary glass of champagne.
Tickets are $75 and reservations are
highly encouraged. For more information,
visit barpilar.com/reservations.

SUNDAY, JAN. 1
House DJ Jamie Jones plays an
extended DJ set at A.I. (1720 I St., N.W.)
tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tickets range
from $25-35. For more information, visit
facebook.com/aiexperien ce.

Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave., N.W.)
hosts a New Year’s Day pajama brunch
today from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets
are $49 for chicken and waffles, omlets,
shrimp and grits, two sides and unlimited
mimosas, bellinis or Bloody Marys. The
best dressed customer in pajamas will
receive a $100 gift card.

7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.)
has free zumba today from 6-7 p,m.
Salsa, merengue, samba, flamenco, hip
hop and more will be practiced. No tickets
required. For more information, visit
kenendy-center.org.

MONDAY, JAN. 2

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coffee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that affect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.
org.
Busboys and Poets Brookland (625
Monroe St., N.W.) hosts an open mic
night featuring Asha Santee from
9 p.m.- 2 a.m. Jeffrey the Artist is the
spotlight artist of the night. Charity Joyce
Blackwell will host. If you’d like to perform
arrive by 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. For
more information, visit busboysandpoets.
com.

Gallery B (7700 Wisconsin Ave.,
Bethesda, Md.) presents its exhibit “Local
Color” today through Jan. 28. It features
work from “The Seven Palettes,” a group
of female artists dedicated to immersing
themselves in art. Sara Becker, Nancy
Brown Butler, Helen Gallagher and more
will be on display from noon- 6 p.m.

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
hosts its ”FUK!T Packing Party” from

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
Grassroots Comedy D.C. hosts “Super
Spectacular: Pro Choice Comedy
Showcase” at the Bier Baron Tavern
(1523 22nd St., N.W.) tonight from 7:309:30 p.m. Comedians performing include
Franqi French, Alussa Cowan, Kasha
Patel and many more. Tickets are $10
at the door or online. All proceeds will
be donated to Planned Parenthood of
Metropolitan Washington with further
donations also accepted. For more
details and to purchase tickets, visit
grassrootscomedy.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Fight 4 Yr
Rights Activist Night today from 5-7 p.m. LGBT
youth can come to learn about historical
activist movements. For details, visit smyal.org

Gender-fluid actor B’Ellana Duquesne
stars in the Mosaic Theater Company’s
“Charm” at the Atlas Performing Arts
Center (1333 H St., N.E.) in the Lang
Theatre Jan. 5-29.
“Charm” tells the story of Mama
Darleena Andrews, played by Duquesne,
a transgender woman and etiquette
instructor at a Chicago homeless and
LGBT youth center. The play is based on
the true story of Chicago transgender
LGBT advocate Miss Gloria Allen. Natsu
Onoda directs. The Thursday, Jan. 5 and
Friday, Jan. 7 performances will be at 8
p.m. and include a post-show discussion
with the artistic staff.
Tickets range from $9-30. For more
details, visit mosaictheater.org.

PHOTO OF SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT.) BY NICK SOLARI; COURTESY
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

Sanders-inspired march set
for Jan. 9

The Internets for Bernie Sanders hosts
a “What Would Bernie Do March” at the
United States Capitol (East Capitol St.,
N.E. and 1st St., S.E.) on Friday, Jan. 9
from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The march will be a pro-Sanders event.
Attendees will march for recognition that
Sanders is their preferred presidential
candidate, stand against fracking, among
other issues. This will also be the day
the Congress counts the votes of the
Electoral College.
For more information, visit facebook.
com/internetsforbernie.

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26 • DECEMBER 30, 2016

YIR: EVENTS

Should old acquaintance be forgot …
D.C. gay bars plan New Year’s Eve festivities
By MARIAH COOPER
mcooper@washblade.com

NEW YEAR’S EVE
The Yards (355 Water St., S.E.) hosts a
noon countdown today from 10 a.m.-1
p.m. There will be music, dancing, balloon
artists, face painters, kids crafts and a big
balloon drop. Admission is free. For more
details, visit theyardsdc.com.
The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.)
hosts Distrkct C: New Year’s Eve from 10
p.m.-8 a.m. DJ hannah and DJ Josh Whitaker
will play music all night. Tickets are $40. For
more information, visit dceagle.com.
The QREW hosts New Queer’s Eve: All
That Glitters is Gold, a queer women’s
party, at Old Engine 12 Firehouse
Restaurant (1626 N Capitol St., N.W.)
tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. There will be
a red carpet photo booth, free party hats,
noisemakers and other New Year’s Eve
swag. Dress code is “dapper.” Tickets are
$8 in advance and $12 at the door. For
more details, visit facebook.com/qrewdc.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) presents “Edge
of Seventeen,” a New Year’s Eve party,
from 10 p.m.- 4 a.m. DJ Chi Chi LaRue and
DJ MadScience spin tracks. Miss Kristina
Kelly and Mister Cobalt 2016 Jason Elliott
host the event. General admission tickets
are $25 and include a free champagne
toast at midnight. Tickets for $75 include
open bar all night and a champagne toast
at midnight. Tickets for $150 include an
all night open bar with top-shelf liquor
and a champagne toast at midnight. For
details, visit cobaltdc.com.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) presents New
Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. Ed Bailey and Alyson
Calagna will play a DJ set. Drag show
starts at 9:30 p.m. The Ladies of Town and
the Firm will perform. Tickets are $25. For
more information, visit towndc.com.
Ziegfeld’s/Secrets (1824 Half Street,

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S.W.) hosts a New Year’s Eve party from
9 p.m.- 4 a.m. There will be champagne
and a cash balloon drop at midnight. For
details, visit ziegfelds.com.
Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garden (1216
18th St., N.W.) hosts “Eyes Wide Shut:
A Secret Society New Year’s Eve” from
9 p.m.- 3 a.m. There will be a five-hour
premium open bar from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ
Nick Names will play top 40, pop, punk,
hip hop and more. Local jazz vocalist st
Sharón Clark will perform with pianist
Chris Grosso. Dance troupe DystRucXion
will also perform. There will be heavy
hors d’oeuvres served all evening and a
hand-rolled sushi station. Complimentary
champagne will be served upon entry and
for a toast at midnight. Dress code is black
tie or cocktail. Masquerade or venetian
masks are required. Tickets range from
$90-280. For more details, visit squadup.
com/events/shnye2016.
Catch 15 (1518 K St., N.W.) holds an
Italian NYE Masquerade dinner and party
today from 4:30 p.m.-4 a.m. There will be
one four-course dinner from 4:30-7:30

p.m. for $59 per person and another from
7:30-close for $78 per person. The dinner
includes a champagne toast, party favors,
a live DJ and dancing. The party is from 11
a.m.-4 p.m. Entrance to just the party is
$30 and includes a glass of champagne.
For more information, visit facebook.
com/catch15dc.
Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts a
32-hour New Year’s celebration party. The
festivities begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday,
Dec. 31 and continue until 4 a.m. on
Tuesday, Jan. 2. Wristband guarantees
entry into the party at all hours. Bar
service will continue until 4 a.m. on Jan.
1 and resume at 8 a.m. Steve Bug, Delano
Smith Detroit, Matthew Dekay, no regular
play, Patrice Scott and more will spin
tracks. Tickets range from $40-50. For
more details, visit flashdc.com.
Mead Center for American Theater
Arena Stage (1101 6th St., S.W.) hosts a
cocktail countdown tonight from 9 p.m.-2
a.m. Bartenders will mix a new signature
cocktail every hour. There will also be
an open bar, cigar bar and a midnight

champagne toast. VIP admission is $199
and includes a private bar, espresso bar,
oyster bar and more. General admission
tickets are $169 and include a mashed
potato bar. For more information, visit
cocktailcountdown.com.
Lindy Promotions hosts a Downtown
Countdown at the Washington Hilton
(1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) at 9 p.m.
Bowling for Soup, EC Twins and The
Rockets will perform. There will be a fivehour premium open bar, buffet dinner
and a balloon drop at midnight. Tickets
range from $119-159. For more details,
visit lindypromo.com.
The Mansion on O Street (2020 O
St., N.W.) hosts NYE Secrets and Spies
Masquerade party tonight from 9 p.m.1 a.m. There will be a DJ, a chocolate
fountain, kissing booth and a treasure
hunt. There will also be a midnight
champagne toast and a cash bar. Tickets
are $175. For more information, visit
omansion.com.

NEW YEAR’S DAY
Las Chicas Locas D.C. (701 7th St.,
N.W.) hosts a New Year’s Day party
starting at 7:30 p.m. The Latin dance
party will include five DJs, two rooms for
salsa and bachata and performances by
Cadence Dance Company and Luis and
Alba Spain. From 8-8:45 p.m. there will be
bachata lessons and rom 8:45-9:30 p.m.
there will be salsa lessons. Cover is $12
before 10 p.m. and $17 afterwards. For
more details, visit facebook.com/lclwdc.
Disclosure spins a New Year’s Day DJ
set at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel
Rd., N.E.) tonight from 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
Tickets range from $40-50. There is no
dress code. For more information, visit
echostage.com.

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YIR: BOOKS

DECEMBER 30, 2016 • 27

Here comes the ‘Rain’ again
Haunting Dust Bowl novel by Annie Bell among year’s best books
By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

Got books?
Yep, if you were me, the answer would
be, “Ohhh, yeah!” Shelves of them, in fact,
over the last 52 weeks. Here are some of
the better choices I read in 2016, in no
particular order:
FICTION
I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t stop
touching “I Will Send Rain” by Rae
Meadows when I first got it. The cover
pulled at me, but the story? Oh my, it’s the
tale of a family of four during the Dust Bowl
years. The mother, Annie Bell, is trying
desperately to hold her family together
while her daughter dreams a dangerous
dream, her son is mute and her husband
slowly goes mad. There’s a surprise in
here, a fifth main character, and that’s the
dust. Do. Not. Miss. This. Book.
Not normally a big fan of fictionalized
biographies, “Mrs. Houdini” by Victoria Kelly
nonetheless captivated me with its magic.
It’s a tale of love and illusion, believing, trust,
and it includes a gauzy ending that might
seem implausible but who knows? Hint: if
you can bear it, save your gift card. This book
comes out in paperback in March.
Generally speaking, I’ll read anything
by out author Emma Donoghue. She has
a way of turning a tiny, true event into a

novel that sticks in your head and “The
Wonder” is no exception. It’s the story of
a very confident, almost haughty nurse
who served with Florence Nightingale
and seems to think that stint confers
some sort of specialness. When she’s
hired to watch a child who claims not to
eat or drink, the nurse thinks the girl is a
scammer, but, of course, there’s so much
more to the story and an ending that’s
so perfect, it’s stunning. Write this title
down. It’s another book you can’t miss.
A vision of the apocalypse is at root in
“The Fireman” by Joe Hill. It’s a novel about
a virus that’s infected the world, and if you
catch it, you burn. Poof, up in flames, and
it’s pitting neighbor against neighbor and
husband against wife. There’s a surprising
romance in this book, thrills, a chase, humor
and horror, and here’s a hint: there are
shades of Hill’s father in here. Guess who?
For my fifth pick, I debated: “BrittMarie Was Here” or “And Every
Morning the Way Home Gets Longer
and Longer,” both by Fredrik Backman?
I finally decided on the latter, the story of
life and loss, forgetting and trying hard
not to. But here’s the thing to know: the
first go-around won’t make much sense.
Turn around and read it again — it’s really
short, so no problem — and bring tissues
that time. It’s truly a lovely book.

Hint: “Britt-Marie” is a close, very close
second-pick.
NONFICTION
As I was looking over the list of things
I read, I was surprised to remember
how much I enjoyed “Neither Snow nor
Rain” by Devin Leonard. Overall, this
book is about the U.S. Postal Service and
its history. The thing that makes this book
so much fun, though, is that Leonard
also includes so many side stories that it
becomes more of a general history that’s
light and fun. Fans of Bill Bryson, take
note and find this book.
Another something that’s informative
and a little on the light side is “Playing
Dead” by Elizabeth Greenwood. I mean,
how many times a week does the average
person wish they could chuck it all and
disappear somewhere? Greenwood looks
into that: how it’s done, what it’s like and
the impacts it has on loved ones. You
might change your mind. Or you might
want to disappear even more. Either way,
this is a can’t miss.
As a Baby Boomer, “They Left Us
Everything” by Plum Johnson particularly
resonated with me, which is why it really
has to be on this list. Johnson’s parents
were both elderly and had lived in their

oversized house for decades. When they
died in relatively fast succesion, Johnson
and her brothers were tasked with cleaning
up, but not just the house. They also had
memories to examine and scrub. This is a
book for daughters, particularly, but also
for anyone who’s facing the downsizing of
a home or end-of-life caretaking.
In a political year, you might guess
that an abundance of political books
might be published, and you’d be right.
My pick for the best in that category is
“Nixon’s Gamble” by Ray Locker, who
takes a brief look at Nixon’s early career
before digging into the moves that the
President made, starting on the day of his
inauguration. Even if you think you know
what happened nearly half a century ago,
you don’t. For history lovers of any age or
place, this is an eye-opener.
I don’t think I would have liked “Another
Day in the Death of America” by Gary
Younge quite as much if it had been laserfocused. Nope, Younge took one random
day in recent years, and he writes about the
10 children who died of gunshot wounds in
the U.S. on that day. It’s that randomness
that’s so shocking, especially when you
consider the statistic he cites: an average
of seven children die by gun every day in
America. The circumstances Younge found
make this book even more impactful.

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A RT S & CU LT U RE

This Week in the Arts provided by CultureCapital.com
Straight White Men. Thru Dec 31.
Studio Theatre. studiotheatre.org.
The Second City’s Black Side of the
Moon. Thru Jan 1. Woolly Mammoth.
woollymammoth.net.
Charm. Jan 5-Jan 29. Mosaic Theater
Company. Atlas. mosaictheater.org.
Someone is Going to Come. Jan 9-Feb
5. SCENA Theatre. Atlas. scenatheater.
org.
A Christmas Carol. Thru Dec 31.
Ford’s Theatre. fords.org.
An Irish Carol. Thru Dec 31. Keegan
Theatre. keegantheatre.com.
King Ubu. Thru Jan 7. Pointless
Theatre. Mead Theatre Lab:
CulturalDC. pointlesstheatre.com.

DANCE

Wicked
Thru Jan 8. Kennedy Center.
kennedy-center.org.

Called “the best musical of the decade” and “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster,”
Wicked is the winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony
Awards. Travel back to Oz with this must-see musical spectacular!

Copenhagen
Jan 5-Jan 29. Theater J.
theaterj.org.

In 1941, the German physicist Werner Heisenberg traveled to Copenhagen to
meet his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Old friends and colleagues, now they
find themselves on opposite sides in a world war and embroiled in a race to
create the atom bomb. Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning play about this
historic meeting is a classic of modern drama—a meditation on friendship and
moral responsibility, intellectually dazzling, and deeply moving that journeys
through the realm of science and beyond.

Scientist Turned Comedian: Tim Lee (2017)
Jan 5-7. Atlas.
atlasarts.org.

Tim Lee is a comedian with a PH.D. who has become an international sensation
from hit Youtube videos to selling out shows from Boston to Sydney, Australia.
Lee’s comedy uses scientific phenomena and tools to explain everything from
the hair that collects on a bar of soap to how his standards drop rapidly with
abstinence.

Photography Reinvented: The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda
Becker Collection
Thru Jan 29. National Gallery of Art.
nga.gov.

The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Collection brings together works
of critically important artists who have changed the course of photography
through their experimentation and conceptual scope. Thirty photographs from
this collection, including seminal works by Thomas Demand, Thomas Struth,
Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jeff Wall are on view. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KENNEDY CENTER

THEATRE

The Second City’s A Christmas Carol:
Twist Your Dickens. Thru Dec 31.
Into The Woods. Thru Jan 8. Kennedy
Center. kennedy-center.org.
A Christmas Carol. Thru Dec 31. Mary
Poppins. Thru Jan 8. Olney Theatre.

olneytheatre.org.
The Secret Garden. Thru Jan 8.
Shakespeare Theatre Company. Sidney
Harman Hall. shakespearetheatre.org.
Silver Belles. Thru Dec 31. Titanic:
The Musical. Thru Jan 29. Signature
Theatre. signature-theatre.org.

Step Afrika!’s Magical, Musical,
Holiday Step Show. Thru Dec 30. Step
Afrika! Atlas. stepafrika.org.
New Year’s Eve Cirque du 2017
International Celebration of
Many Nations. Dec 31. Embassy
Experiences. Omni Shoreham Hotel.
embassyexperiences.com.

MUSIC
2017 New Year’s Eve Grand Foyer
Party. Dec 31. yasiin bey with Special
Guests. Dec 31-Jan 2. Kennedy Center.
kennedy-center.org.
Carolyn Malachi. Dec 30. Shannon
Gunn and the Bullettes. Dec 31.
Jamal Gray & Nag Champa Tribute
to yasiin bey. Jan 1. Wes Felton &
Asheru. Jan 2. Jayme Stone’s Lomax
Project. Jan 4. The Ladybugs. Jan
5. Millennium Stage at The Kennedy
Center. kennedy-center.org.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Intersections:
Photographs and Video from the
National Gallery of Art and the
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Thru Jan 2.
Drawings for Paintings in the Age of
Rembrandt. Thru Jan 2. In the Tower:
Barbara Kruger. Thru Jan 29. Los
Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery,
1959–1971. Thru Jan 29. Stuart Davis:
In Full Swing. Thru Mar 5. nga.gov.
Kreeger Museum. Selected Works:
Sam Gilliam and Simmie Knox. Thru
Dec 30. Smith|Paley. Thru Dec 30.
kreegermuseum.org.
Library of Congress. #Opera Before
Instagram: Portraits, 1890-1955.
Thru Jan 21. World War I: American
Artists View the Great War. Thru May
5. Mapping a Growing Nation: From
Independence to Statehood. Thru Sep
1. loc.gov.

National Archives. Amending
America. Thru Sep 4.
archivesfoundation.org.
National Geographic.
FotoWeekCentral Exhibitions. Thru
Apr 30. @NatGeo: The Most Popular
Instagram Photos. Thru Apr 30. nglive.
org.
National Museum of Women in the
Arts. NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists
from the Rubell Family Collection.
Thru Jan 8. Wanderer/Wonderer: PopUps by Colette Fu. Thru Feb 26. Bold
Broadsides and Bitsy Books. Thru Mar
17. nmwa.org.
National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian. In the Groove: Jazz
Portraits by Herman Leonard. Thru Feb
20. One Life: Babe Ruth. Thru May 21.
npg.si.edu.

GALLERIES
DAC. Wonderland 2016: Accumulate.
Thru Jan 6. The Awards Show. Thru Jan
28. aiadac.com.
Goethe-Institut. Exhibition: Light from
the Other Side - Shadowgraphs by Tim
Otto Roth. Thru Jan 13. goethe.de.
Hill Center. Hill Center Galleries
Exhibitions. Thru Dec 30. hillcenterdc.
org.
JCC of Greater Washington. Light and
Shadow: A Retrospective of Paintings
by Sherry Zvares Sanabria. Thru Jan 29.
jccgw.org.
Strathmore. Ctrl+P. Thru Dec 31.
Perspective Jennifer Kahn Barlow
Capital Palette. Thru Dec 31. The 83rd
Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature.
Thru Dec 31. strathmore.org.
The Art League Gallery. December
Open Exhibit. Thru Dec 31. Dennis
Crayon: That Which Was Once Whole.
Thru Jan 1. Habits. Jan 3-Feb 5.
theartleague.org.
Arlington Cultural Affairs at Theatre
on the Run. Artists of the Sequoia
Roundtable Exhibition. Thru Jan 15.
arlingtonarts.org.
Torpedo Factory. Material as Medium.
Thru Jan 15. torpedofactory.org.
Waverly Street Gallery. The Holiday
Show - New Work by Gallery Artists.
Thru Jan 7. waverlystreetgallery.com.
Zenith Sculpture Space. STEEL the
SHOW. Thru Jan 14. zenithgallery.com.
Anacostia Arts Center. Sweet Air of
Liberty: Freedom in More Than 3 Acts.
Thru Jan 27. anacostiaartscenter.com.

AND MORE...
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art.
Thru Dec 30. Barbara Kruger Selects:
Duel. Dec 31. National Gallery of Art.
nga.gov.

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30 • DECEMBER 30, 2016

YIR: FILM

Rich year for gay film

Whether central or peripheral, LGBT screen themes flourished in 2016
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
It was a rich year for gay movie fans.
The standouts just kept coming.
The two movies on the top of my
list were gender-bending and genrebreaking movies released early in the
year. With a brilliant ensemble cast,
outstanding writing and directing by
Jocelyn Moorhouse, a cross-dressing
police sergeant and couture to die for,
“The Dressmaker” was a delightful
feminist take on the spaghetti Western
(and a timely antidote to 2015’s
hateful “The Hateful Eight.”) “A Bigger
Splash,” written by gay filmmaker Luca
Guadagnino, starred Ralph Fiennes
and Matthias Schoenaerts as ex-lovers
fighting over rock star Tilda Swinton.
Other contenders included three films
from the year-end Oscar race: Isabelle
Huppert’s mesmerizing performance
in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative “Elle,”
Natalie Portman’s stunning work in
“Jackie” and Amy Adams’ transcendent
portrayal of a linguist who saves the
world in “Arrival.”
The best LGBT movie of the year was
the outstanding “Being 17” by the French
auteur André Téchiné. Without a wasted
word or shot, the film is a master work
that offers a complex portrait of two
teens and their families as the boys deal
with both coming out and coming of age.
A close runner-up is the powerful
“Moonlight,” written and directed by
Barry Jenkins and based on a play by
Tarrel Alvin McCraney. While the pacing
occasionally stumbles and the female
characters are rather stereotypical, the
film is a stunning portrayal of a young
black man at three stages of his life
and features sizzling performances by
an amazing ensemble cast and lush
cinematography by James Laxton.
Other LGBT titles of note were “The
Handmaiden” based on a novel by Sarah
Waters but transported to 1930s Korea by
director Chan-wook Park; “Little Men” by
Ira Sachs; and, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
which found not only the obvious comedy
but an unexpected tenderness in the tale
of a tone-deaf diva (Meryl Streep), her
supportive husband (Hugh Grant) and
her gay accompanist (Simon Helberg).
Despite its terrible title (which does
get explained during the film), the best
documentary of the year was “Norman
Lear: Just Another Version of You.”
Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
use some innovative techniques to
create a multi-faceted portrait of a man
whose groundbreaking television series
challenged America’s ideas about gender,
race, class and sexuality.

MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS and RALPH FIENNES in ‘A Bigger Splash.’

ALEX BIBBERT and MAHERSHALA ALI in ‘Moonlight.’

PHOTO COURTESY STUDIOCANAL

PHOTO BY DAVID BORNFRIEND; COURTESY A24

HUGO WEAVING and KATE WINSLET in ‘The Dressmaker.’

CORENTIN FILA and KACEY MOTTET KLEIN in ‘Being 17.’

PHOTO BY BEIN KING; COURTESY AMAZON STUDIOS AND BROAD GREEN PICTURES

The best LGBT documentary of 2016
was HBO’s richly layered “Mapplethorpe:
Look at the Pictures,” an intricate
examination of the provocative artist and
his enduring legacy.
Other outstanding LGBT documentaries
of the year included “Tickled,”
“Southwest of Salem: the Story of the
San Antonio Four,” “Check It” and “The
Witness.”
The best foreign film of 2016 was Pedro
Almodóvar’s heartfelt “Julieta.” Working
with three short stories by Canadian
author Alice Munro, the openly gay
Spanish auteur moves from the worlds
of camp and melodrama to a sharplydetailed gritty tale of grief and loss.
The best animated movies of 2016
were “Finding Dory,” starring Ellen
DeGeneres as a delightful blue tang with
memory issues, and “Moana,” about a
Polynesian girl who saves her island while
singing some great songs by Lin-Manuel
Miranda (“Hamilton”), Mark Mancina and
Opetaia Foa’i.
The oddest cinematic trend of the year
was playing with the gender and sexuality
of characters in established franchises
in an attempt to bring fresh blood to
stale stories. In one case, it worked.
Despite some horrible Internet trolling
by the likes of Milo Yiannopoulus, the
all-female remake of “Ghostbusters”
offered a fresh and fun spin on the classic
testosterone-fueled comedy and featured

Chris Hemsworth as a dim-witted himbo,
delightful cameos by cast members from
the original movie, and a wonderful
breakout performance by lesbian comic
Kate McKinnon.
On the flip side of the trend, three
flailing franchises suddenly discovered
that already established characters were
gay, revelations that did little to generate
box office or critical notice. “Neighbors
2: Sorority Rising” outed frat boy
Dave Franco. “Independence Day:
Resurgence” revealed that Brakish Okun
(Brent Spiner) was still alive and was in
a long-term relationship with partner
Milton Isaacs (John Storey). To the dismay
of George Takei, a brief scene in “Star
Trek Beyond” reveals that the rebooted
Sulu (John Cho) has a partner and child.
The 2016 Hall of Shame includes two
movies that tried to erase LGBT lives.
The leaden Will Smith fantasy “Collateral
Beauty” went to great lengths to depict
a diverse Manhattan, except for the fact
that no openly LGBT people are visible
anywhere in the film. The turgid courtroom
drama “Denial” focused on the legal
battle between a renowned historian and
a Holocaust denier, but failed to mention
the LGBT victims of Nazi hatred.
D.C.’s expanding film culture is
supported by a variety of fine presenters
across the region, including the four
Landmark Theatres, the two Angelika
theaters and the Avalon Theatre. D.C.’s

PHOTO COURTESY STRAND RELEASING

vibrant film festival scene has become
increasingly diverse, with great LGBT
offerings this year at the D.C. Independent
Film Festival, the Maryland Film Festival
and Filmfest D.C., among others. As
usual, strong support for the LGBT
community was displayed by D.C. Shorts,
the Washington Jewish Film Festival, AFI
Docs and the Middleburg Film Festival,
which brings a little Hollywood glamour
to Virginia’s wine and horse country every
fall.
Reel Affirmations, D.C.’s international
LGBT Film Festival, continues to bring
excellent queer programming here
through its monthly XTRA film series
(which included the excellent debut film
“Fair Haven”) and its annual festival
(which included “LOEV” by the talented
Indian filmmaker Sudhanshu “Suds”
Saria). AFI Silver in downtown Silver
Spring regularly includes outstanding
LGBT programming in its amazing blend
of contemporary independent films,
stunning showcases weaving together
classic films from Hollywood and world
cinemas, and fascinating showcases of
the latest international films.
To round out the list of the year’s best
movies, here are some other great movies
to catch on DVD or VOD (“Eye in the Sky,”
“Maggie’s Plan,” “Love and Friendship”
and “The Lobster”) and some great
performances to enjoy in theaters (“Loving,”
“Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land.”

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YIR: THEATER

DECEMBER 30, 2016 • 31

A dazzling year for theater
‘La Cage,’ ‘Blackberry’ among region’s stage highlights
By PATRICK FOLLIARD

The past year in theater was surprisingly
eclectic, often satisfying and sometimes
thrilling. There were splashy musicals,
quiet dramas and a lot in between. Below
are a few standouts.
Signature Theatre kicked off summer
with a smashing production of Jerry
Herman’s life- and family-affirming
musical “La Cage aux Folles.” Local out
actor Bobby Smith hit all the right notes
— comic and otherwise — as Albin/Zaza, a
cabaret illusionist who dons drag offstage
to save the day when his lover’s son
marries into a far-right political family.
It was a good year for women’s roles.
Out actor Holly Twyford was quietly
splendid in Forum Theatre’s production
of out playwright Steve Yockey’s
“Blackberry Winter,” an exquisitely
penned work about a woman’s experience
caring for a mother who suffers from
Alzheimer’s. Sensitively directed by
Michael Dove, Twyford delivered an
endearing performance rife with humor
and insight. Let’s hope she and the
piece are remembered when awards are
handed out.
Signature’s “The Gulf” by local
playwright Audrey Cefaly tells the
story of a mismatched but passionate
lesbian couple forced to examine their
relationship when their fishing boat
breaks down on a remote back waterway.
The premier production was beautifully
directed by out director Joe Calarco and

From left, FELICIA CURRY, NATASCIA DIAZ, KATE RIGG and BETH HYLTON in ‘Collective Rage: a Play in Five
Boops,’ one of the year’s best local productions’
PHOTO BY SCOTT SUCHMAN

stunningly acted by Rachel Zampelli and
Maria Rizzo.
Before Trump put the “p-word” in the
New York Times, women were bandying it
about in Jen Silverman’s “Collective Rage:
A Play in Five Boops.” Of course, the five
characters (all named Betty and mostly
gay) use it in a far more empowering
and funny way that the president elect.
This quirky tale staged by Mike Donahue
follows the lives of five entangled —
sometimes romantically — New Yorkers.
The stellar cast featured Felicia Curry,
Natascia Diaz, out actor Kate Rigg, Beth
Hylton and Dorea Schmidt.
This year also saw some interesting
reimagining of the Bard’s controversial
play “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s all-male
take on the classic staged by out director
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar was an entertaining

and inventively immersive piece. Out
actor Maulik Pancholy (TV’s “Forty Rock”)
played it straight as the shrew, Katherina.
The cast also included out actors Oliver
Thornton as the modelesque Bianca,
Broadway’s André De Shields as the
lascivious Cardinal and other parts,
and local favorite Rick Hammerly as a
cougarish Countess.
And more recently at WSC Avant Bard,
emerging playwright Jonelle Walker’s
“TAME” turned the old tale on its ear.
Walker’s take is set in small town Texas
circa 1960 where a young lesbian named
Cat played by Jill Tighe is flung together
with Patrick (Brendan Edward Kennedy),
a shady youth minister entrusted with
ridding her of homosexuality and bringing
her back to Jesus via cruel means.
In early autumn, GALA Hispanic
Theatre presented “Cervantes, The Last

Quixote,” a thrilling and perfectly made
retelling of the beleaguered Spanish
writer’s life. Led by out director, José
Luis Arellano, whose staging of “Yerma”
at GALA last season won a 2016 Helen
Hayes Award, the excellent cast included
Oscar de la Fuente’s in the title role, the
reliably astounding Luz Nicolás, and out
Eric Robledo and Erick Sotomayor.
At Mosaic Theater, out director Serge
Seiden staged Cori Thomas’ refreshing
“When January Feels Like Summer,” a
Harlem-set romantic comedic that plays
out in a world in which the improbable
becomes probable. Thomas’ uplifting
work featured real life, diverse characters
played by a diverse cast adeptly led by
Seiden in his debut with the company.
Round House Theatre and Olney
Theatre very memorably collaborated on
a formidable production of Tony Kushner’s
“Angels in America: Part One and Two,”
the out playwright’s seminal piece about
politics and the explosion of the AIDS crisis
in 1980s New York City. Out actor Tom
Story gave a deeply affecting performance
as Prior, a gay man sick with AIDS who
emerges as a sort of prophet of his times.
In late January Round House continues
its Celebration of Tony Kushner with his
musical “Carolyn, Or Change,” starring
Nova Y. Peyton as an African American
cleaning working for a white family in
Louisiana during the height of the Civil
Rights Movement.

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32 • DECEMBER 30, 2016

YIR: MUSIC

Countdown to year’s best
Mould, Beyoncé, Ocean, Bowie deliver stellar albums
By CHRIS GERARD
10. RAY LAMONTAGNE ‘OUROBOROS’

confining lines of standard pop, R&B or
hip-hop. It’s an uncompromising step
forward for a gifted artist who will surely
continue to surprise.

Produced by Jim James of My Morning
Jacket, Ray LaMontagne’s sixth album
is a ‘70s-style throwback to the astral
prog-rock of Pink Floyd’s best work.
“Ouroboros” is a toker’s opus, an
expansive head-trip deep into a world
much less tense than our own. The
album is meticulously crafted, a slowly
swaying melding of piano, guitar and
effects, with LaMontagne’s voice floating
above like a distant dream. “Ouroboros”
is made for late nights, great headphones
and allowing the real world to fade into
oblivion for a while, where it belongs.

2.  RADIOHEAD ‘A MOON SHAPED POOL’

9. BOB MOULD ‘PATCH THE SKY’
Veteran alt-rocker Bob Mould’s latest
release is perhaps his tightest since 1992’s
landmark album with Sugar, “Copper
Blue.” As with Sugar, Mould fronts a
blistering power trio that bashes out
his tunes with explosive firepower. The
vocals are down in the mix, the melodies
seeping through a stinging barrage of
guitars and a ferocious rhythm section.
“Voices in My Head” is the standout cut,
but there are no weak links. Lean, mean
and sparked with the same fervor that
made Hüsker Dü such an influential band,
“Patch the Sky” is the latest in Mould’s
long string of essential recordings.
8. PET SHOP BOYS ‘SUPER’
It seems apt that 30 years since “West
End Girls” topped the charts, Pet Shop
Boys would deliver one of the finest
albums of their career. “SUPER” exhibits
Neil Tennant’s whip-smart lyrics spiked
with his usual dry wit, and Chris Lowe’s
electronic wizardry is as inventive and
exciting as ever. “SUPER” mixes retro ‘90s
grooves with ultra-modern dancefloor
bangers. The highlight is “TwentySomething,” a piercing commentary
on the millennial generation’s restless
anxiety over the pressures of trying to
keep up with the expectations of an
increasingly cynical world beholden to
money, status and technology. “SUPER” is
smart, edgy, and irrefutable evidence that
great pop music has no age limit.
7. SUEDE ‘NIGHT THOUGHTS’
The veteran British rockers’ second
album since their long hiatus is as good
as anything they’ve done, on par with
their 1994 masterpiece “Dog Man Star.”
Suede has always brought a sense of dark
theatricality to their work, but with “Night

Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ was a seminal album this year. Decades later, it will be seen as a touchstone of the
era.
PHOTO COURTESY PARKWOOD/COLUMBIA

Thoughts” they up the ante with a full
string section bolstering their brooding,
cinematic rock. “Night Thoughts” is a work
of ambitious grandeur, Brett Anderson’s
expressive vocals soaring above a jagged
and melancholy foundation.

4. LUCINDA WILLIAMS ‘THE GHOSTS OF
HIGHWAY 20’

It took 16 years, but the Australian
electro-mindbenders Avalanches finally
released the follow-up to their classic
“Since I Left You” this year. Like their
debut, “Wildflower” is a dizzying swirl
of samples and electronic effects that
whiz in, out and around the listener’s
consciousness like lights flashing through
a smoky herbal haze. Highlights include
the trippy aural excursions “Subway,”
“Colours” and the sublime “Sunshine,” a
dazzling ray of light that reminds us why
we loved Avalanches so much in the first
place.

Interstate 20 stretches from Conway,
S.C., to Kent, Texas, running through
most of the South. It is indeed a trail
through a vast and haunted land wrought
by a dark and bloody history, and Lucinda
Williams draws on those ghosts for her
second two-CD masterpiece in a row,
“The Ghosts of Highway 20.” Following
2014’s extraordinary “Down Where
the Spirit Meets the Bone,” Williams
continues in the same vein with many
of the same musicians, including guitar
great Bill Frisell. The production is spare
and the raw swamp-rock vibe places the
listener right alongside the Highway itself.
Williams’ writing is masterful and her
ability to convey genuine emotion and
vulnerability in her well-worn, beautifully
rugged voice brings these songs to
powerful life.

5. BEYONCÉ ‘LEMONADE’

3.  FRANK OCEAN ‘BLOND’

“Lemonade” is a bold and relentlessly
innovative fusion of modern R&B/pop
with undercurrents of classic soul and
gospel slashed with elements spun from
a wildly diverse musical palette. Decades
from now when listeners point to music
that most sharply reflect the turbulent
times in which we now exist, “Lemonade”
will be at the top of that list. It’s a deeply
personal journey that chronicles a
complex relationship riven by distrust,
rage and anxiety that is echoed in the
context of an America roiled by blazing
social upheaval.

The eagerly awaited follow-up to
Frank Ocean’s stellar debut “Channel
Orange,” “Blond” doesn’t disappoint.
Ocean’s slow-burning, oddly structured
compositions fall between the cracks
of any traditionally definable genre.
“Blond” is built on fragmented dreams,
an intimate night of mind travel that’s
languid and shrouded in smoke, mellow
and contemplative but also immediate
and potent. Ocean’s hypnotic tone poems
wander in unexpected directions, looping
a kaleidoscope of samples and vocal
effects with complete disregard for the

6. AVALANCHES ‘WILDFLOWER’

“A Moon Shaped Pool” is Radiohead’s
most lushly beautiful and deeply
personal album, on par with their very
best work. “Burn the Witch,” with its tense
paranoia and gripping col legno battuto
strings that build to a feverish climax,
captures the mood of 2016 as well as
any other song this year. “Daydreaming”
is a soul-wrenching reverie on the end
of a long relationship, which is the
overarching thread that ties the album
together. It closes with the melancholy
“True Love Waits,” Thom Yorke’s forlorn
vocal gliding over the sparse electronic
accompaniment, pleading, “Don’t leave
… just don’t leave.” It seems a futile
gesture. “A Moon Shaped Pool” is an
album of subtle melodies and intricate
arrangements that unfurl majestically,
another glistening gem in Radiohead’s
already peerless body of work.
1.  DAVID BOWIE ‘BLACKSTAR’
David Bowie released “Blackstar” on
his 69th birthday, and it was immediately
hailed as a bold modern classic. It was
only two days later, as the world learned
of Bowie’s shocking death, that the
full context and profound meaning of
“Blackstar” became infinitely more clear.
Keeping his terminal cancer secret, Bowie
and longtime producer Tony Visconti
worked with ace jazz musicians that
provide a tight and sophisticated canvas
for a spacey trip through the chilling
final mythologies and expressions of a
dying man. “Lazarus,” with its ragged,
breathless vocals and wrenching lyrics,
remains a painful listen. The grief is still
raw. It’s staggering to contemplate the
determination and artistic vision that
David Bowie possessed to create one
last towering masterpiece as those last
months and weeks ticked away. He closes
with “I Can’t Give Everything Away,” a
rueful acknowledgement of what we’ve
always known: through his five-decade
career, his many personas and an endless
inventory of classic songs, we’ve never
known exactly where the real David Jones
is lurking. The truth is that every album
is a facet of a man with many faces. In all
its glorious darkness, “Blackstar” is the
last puzzle piece, the image complete, the
ending to an extraordinary journey finally
revealed.

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YIR: SPORTIN’ IN DC

DECEMBER 30, 2016 • 33

The thrill of victory
Local LGBT sports leagues celebrate banner year
By KEVIN MAJOROS

Members of the Washington Scandals celebrate their historic wing at the Bingham Cup rugby tournament
in Nashville in May where they won their first match as a team. Other sports leagues in the region that
had active years include the Capital Tennis Association, D.C. Aquatics, Federal Triangles and Washington
Wetskins.
PHOTOS AQUATICS AND WETSKINS PHOTOS BY KEVIN MAJOROS; OTHER PHOTOS COURTESY THE RESPECTIVE TEAMS

It was another successful year for
the LGBT sports teams and clubs in the
Washington metro area. Whether they
were playing locally or competing in cities
around the world, our local LGBT athletes
continue to be a force to be reckoned
with.
In June, it was announced that Team
D.C., the information clearinghouse for
roughly 35 local LGBT sports teams, would
be bidding for the 2022 Gay Games.
Six months later, the bidding process
continues and the list has been whittled
down to nine cities; Washington, San
Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, Denver,
Austin, Salt Lake City, Guadalajara
and Hong Kong. Three finalists will be
announced on March 1.
Look for multiple D.C. teams to
compete at the Sin City Shootout (25
sports) in Las Vegas in January and the
World OutGames (32 sports) in Miami in
May.
The Federal Triangles Soccer Club
traveled to Portland in August where
they captured the Division 1 title at the
International Gay & Lesbian Football
Association World Championship XXII.
The Washington Wetskins water polo
team snagged the silver medal in the rec
division at the International Gay & Lesbian
World Aquatics Championships in August
in Edmonton, Canada.

In July, players from the Capital Tennis
Association won their second straight
title at the 25th Atlantic Cup by defeating
players from Philadelphia, New York City
and Boston.
The D.C. Titans of the Chesapeake
and Potomac Softball League notched
second place in the D Division at the 40th
annual Gay Softball World Series in Austin
in August.
The District of Columbia Aquatics
Club won the medium-team title in
Edmonton, Canada in August at the
International Gay & Lesbian World
Aquatic Championships.
At the Bingham Cup (rugby) in Nashville
in May, the Washington Renegades B
Team won their division to take the Mark
Bingham Shield.
At that same Bingham Cup, the
Washington Scandals won their first
match as a team.
Along with their successes at out-oftown tournaments, many of the teams
hosted their own tournaments in D.C.
and ran their own leagues. Registrations
for new seasons will begin for many of
the teams in January 2017.
The LGBT sports community of D.C.
continues to evolve and thrive and this
year’s new additions included Stonewall
Yoga, Baltimore Flamingos Rugby and the
relaunch of Lambda Divers Scuba.

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LEGAL

Who actually owns your home?
Check that deed for
common mistakes
By LAWRENCE JACOBS
Far too often, couples that live in
homes together — married or unmarried
— don’t understand how the ownership
of their homes is actually structured. In
the hundreds of times that I’ve sat down
with same-sex couples to review their estates, we’ve uncovered ownership issues
as often as not. Many of those less than
ideal situations can be updated or repaired easily enough. But I have also seen
too many cases in which one half of the
couple becomes homeless after a breakup or the death of a partner or spouse.
The problems typically center around
unequal ownership stakes. See if any of
these scenarios sound familiar. Maybe
one of you owned the house before you
met. Or, when it came time to buy, one
of you had the down payment and the income to pay most of the carrying costs.
Now you’re living together and treating
the home like it belongs to both of you,
but still only one name is on the deed.
Other times, the lopsided arrangement
happens because one of you has a less
than sterling credit history and a lender
advises you to put just one name on the
deed for that condo or townhouse. Even
if you’re splitting the costs down the middle, the person on the deed is the one
and only owner.
None of those setups are wrong, per
se. It may be the arrangement that makes

If you bought a house together before marrying, talk to a lawyer about the best way to title
your deed.

you most comfortable. But you must
understand the risks. Even if that’s how
your home-owning relationship started,
it doesn’t have to stay that way. Typically,
the costs to re-deed property from one
person to two people are minimal. You
can protect the interests of the original
owner with a partnership agreement or a
pre- or post-nuptial agreement. But making sure that the surviving spouse or partner of someone who has died has a place
to live (in my opinion) overrides almost
every other concern.
I believe that one of the shockers in
the real estate industry is just how often
well-intended property deeds have builtin title problems. You’d imagine that all of
the people who handle that part of the
transactional process could come up with
the right structure with their eyes closed.
And you would be wrong. There are
THREE ways that couples can hold title to
real estate together and each generates a

different result when one co-owner dies.
Tenants-in-common means that the
share left by a deceased partner goes
straight into that person’s estate. If there
is no will, that share gets divided among legal heirs, whoever they may be—say, your
partner’s estranged brother from Kansas.
Even if there is a will, the deceased coowner’s share goes through probate.
Joint tenants with rights of survivorship
is better—and until the legalization of
same-sex marriage, it was the best most
of us could do. If your home is titled in
this way, the survivor inherits the property automatically, though you still have
to satisfy any outstanding judgments or
liens against the property.
Tenants by the entirety is available only
to married couples. It provides the greatest level of protection because it guarantees that the property will go to the
surviving spouse automatically, free and
clear of most liens that were only against

the interest of the person who died.
Even if the terminology makes your
head spin, the process of understanding
and cleaning up the ownership structure of your home is reasonably simple.
First you tackle the practical question of
whose name or names should be on the
deed. Then you work with an attorney to
be sure the deed is drafted properly, that
the nature of the relationship between
the parties is portrayed correctly, and
that the property is described accurately.
If you are preparing to purchase a
home, do not assume that settlement
agents will automatically title the property in the best way for your circumstances.
If you already own a home together, don’t
take it for granted that it is titled in the
best way—especially if you are married
now, but weren’t married back when you
made the purchase. I see deeds that are
conspicuously wrong almost every week.
They are easy and inexpensive to correct,
but only if the error is found while both
parties are alive and well. If you have a
question about any of the real estate topics covered in this column, please don’t
hesitate to call me or send me an e-mail.
(This column is not intended to provide legal advice, but only general guidance that may or may
not be applicable to your specific situation.)
Lawrence Jacobs has helped hundreds
of same-sex couples and LGBT singles in the
Washington area protect their assets and loved
ones through partnership planning. He is a
partner at McMillan Metro, P.C. and has practiced law for 42 years. He is admitted to the bar
in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Learn more about Larry and his practice at
www.PartnerPlanning.com.

Rosie O’Donnell
on Exterior Maintenance:
“Go paint my house.”

VALERIE M. BLAKE, Associate Broker, GRI

Dupont Circle Office • 202.243.7700 (o) • 202.246.8602 (c)
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