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Remembering Robert Byrd
W.Va. senator had mixed record on LGBT issues, but many say he ‘evolved.’ PAGE 6
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis says FMLA, other laws must include LGBT families. PAGE 17
Holiday weekend brings fireworks to D.C. and fundraisers to Rehoboth Beach. PAGES 23 & 26
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3 gay men found not guilty in Wone case
Reasonable doubt cited by judge; civil lawsuit up next
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz found three gay men charged with obstructing justice in the murder of attorney Robert Wone not guilty of all counts against them Tuesday. Leibovitz, who read her lengthy decision in the case aloud to a packed courtroom, said that while she felt there was significant evidence implicating the defendants Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward, there continued to exist a reasonable doubt on all charges against them. “It is very probable that the government’s theory is correct, that even if the defendants did not participate in the murder, some or all of them knew enough about the circumstances of it to provide helpful information to law enforcement and have chosen to withhold that information for reasons of their own,” she said. “Nevertheless, after lengthy analysis of the evidence, I conclude that the government has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the essential elements of obstruction of justice as to Mr. Price, Mr. Zaborsky or Mr. Ward,” she said. She said prosecutors similarly failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the three defendants engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct justice or evidence tampering. The decision, which took more than an hour for Leibovitz to recite, did not disclose the verdict until late in its reading. Continues on page 4
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Defense attorney David Schertler, left, walks with his client, Dylan Ward, one of three gay men acquitted this week of charges stemming from the August 2006 slaying of Robert Wone.
Kagan denounces ‘Don’t Ask’
Supreme Court nominee calls gay ban ‘unwise, unjust’ socialagenda
Whitman-Walker board chair June Crenshaw on challenges of coming out. Page 24
By CHRIS JOHNSON email@example.com The issue of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and a controversy over allowing the U.S. military to recruit on college campuses emerged as central concerns during U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings this week. The issues emerged Tuesday during the second day of hearings for Kagan — who’s currently serving as U.S. solicitor general — in testimony before the Continues on page 14
Our new local sports column debuts with a look at the Federal Triangles. Page 28
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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was questioned this week about her handling of issues related to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
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Wrongful death suit to commence in Wone case
Continued from page 1 Before announcing her verdict, Leibovitz led some observers to believe she was about to find the defendants guilty on at least some of the charges. With suspense building in the courtroom, she said the government proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Wone was not killed by an unknown intruder who entered the defendants’ house, where Wone was found stabbed to death in August 2006, as the defense has claimed. “Despite the many suspicious and even damning circumstances, despite the implausibility of the intruder story, and despite the discordant and inappropriate demeanor and conduct of the defendants, I am constrained to conclude that the government has not eliminated, beyond a reasonable doubt, the real probability of what I have termed the ‘math problem’ in this case,” she said. Leibovitz described the “math problem” as the government’s apparent inability to definitively prove which defendant committed which specific act of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and evidence tampering — the three charges on which the men were indicted more than two years ago. Wone was found stabbed to death in a guest bedroom in the three defendants’ townhouse on Swann Street, N.W., near Dupont Circle, on Aug. 2, 2006. The four-year drama surrounding the case has captured the interest of the local gay community and as well as many in the larger D.C. area, prompting a large contingent of news outlets to provide extensive coverage of the case. Defense attorney David Schertler, who represented Ward, urged Leibovitz in his closing argument last week to find the defendants not guilty based on what he called the government’s lack of sufficient evidence, saying the men have been in a “living nightmare” for four years. But the ordeal faced by Price, Zaborsky and Ward is not likely to end soon. Kathy Wone, Robert Wone’s widow, has filed a $20 million wrongful death civil suit against the men on behalf of her husband, and that case is expected to start working its way through the judicial system shortly. Unlike the criminal case, the burden of proof for a civil wrongful death suit is less stringent, making Kathy Wone’s chances of winning greater than that in the criminal case, court observers said. Looking toward the Wone fami-
Equality Maryland backs trans candidate, rivals
Equality Maryland announced this week its endorsement of transgender candidate Dana Beyer — and the three candidates with whom she is competing in her race for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. If successful, Beyer, an eye surgeon turned community activist, would be the nation’s first out transgender person to win election to a state legislature. She is running in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary for one of three seats assigned to House of Delegates District 18, which includes parts of Montgomery County. “We couldn’t not endorse her,” said Equality Maryland spokesperson Kevin Walling, in discussing Beyer and her role as a board member for the group and an advocate for LGBT issues. “But we also couldn’t not endorse the other three, who are champions of our bills,” he said. Under Maryland’s electoral system, candidates and incumbents compete in a combined race for three seats in each of the state’s 47 delegate districts. In Beyer’s race, Democratic incumbents Al Carr, Ana Sol Gutierrez and Jeffrey Waldstreicher — all of whom Equality Maryland has endorsed — currently hold the three seats. Beyer and two other challengers, Randy Evan McDonald and Vanessa Atterbeary, are running against the incumbents. The three candidates receiving the highest vote count are declared the winners in the primary. Although voters have the option of voting for three candidates in delegate races, campaign workers often ask backers of a particular candidate to cast just one vote, known as a “bullet vote,” for the candidate they prefer the most, an action that increases the candidate’s chance of winning. In the solidly Democratic Montgomery County, the winners of the primary are assumed to be the strong favorites to win the general election in November. Walling said Car, Sol Gutierrez and Waldstreicher are sponsors of a same-sex marriage equality bill and a transgender non-discrimination bill that are pending before the legislature. He noted that all three have been supportive on virtually all other LGBT-related issues. “We would be equally satisfied if any of the four would be elected to those positions,” he said. Beyer said she is happy to receive the endorsement and is working hard to show Montgomery County voters that she will be a champion for them on a wide range of issues, especially economic and social services issues. She said that because the progressive leaning voters in District 18 are supportive of LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage, she intends to show that she’s better than her rivals on other issues. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Victor Zaborsky, left, was among the three gay men acquitted this week in charges stemming from the death of Robert Wone. Thomas Connolly represented Zaborsky during the trial. ly members sitting in the courtroom, including Kathy Wone, Leibovitz said Tuesday that her adherence to the strict standards of probable cause probably would be “cold comfort to those who loved Robert Wone and wish for some measure of peace or justice, and I am extremely sorry for this.” “I believe, however, that the reasonable doubt standard is essential to maintaining our criminal justice system as the fair and just system we wish it to be,” Leibovitz said. “I cite the wisdom of English jurist William Blackstone that it is ‘better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.’” Closing arguments in the case were heard last week. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner, the trial’s lead prosecutor, noted at that time that Wone’s killer had yet to be identified because Price, Zaborsky and Ward “prevented the murder from being solved.” He argued that the government’s case proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Wone was not killed by an unidentified intruder who entered the defendants’ house, as was claimed. Instead, Kirschner reiterated the government’s contention that the defendants know who killed Wone and engaged in a cover-up to protect that person. Wone, a friend of the three men, was spending the night at their Dupont Circle area townhouse after working late at his nearby office. Although he acknowledged that prosecutors could not prove who it was that killed Wone, Kirschner told Leibovitz that the totality of evidence “leaps out and screams” that the defense’s intruder theory is a “fabrication.” All three defense attorneys fired back, saying that after five weeks of witness testimony, the government had failed to provide any evidence of a motive in the case and instead based its case on a long list of “suspicious” occurrences that don’t prove the defendants covered up a crime. “We’ve been here five weeks and we’ve never seen any evidence of why these men would do this,” said Price’s attorney, Bernard Grimm, who noted the defendants had a warm and ongoing friendship with Wone and his wife. “What the government has done is cobble together a patchwork of suspicious circumstances and make a fantastic leap to say this is a conspiracy to obstruct justice,” said David Schertler, Ward’s attorney. “None of these circumstances can be used to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.” In a statement to reporters outside the courthouse, Kirschner, said the Wone murder investigation remains open, prompting court observers to note that Price, Zaborsky and Ward could still be charged with murder, manslaughter or other homiciderelated charges should more evidence surface in the case. “We can only hope that further evidence continues to come to light that will allow us to move forward in the homicide investigation ... to bring justice to the family of Robert Wone for whoever it was that killed Robert,” he said. Kirschner added, “We respect and accept the judge’s verdict ... It was thoughtful, it was well reasoned.” Grimm told reporters Leibovitz said it best when she explained the importance of the government’s burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Va. Partisans endorses Moran for Congress
The statewide LGBT Democratic group in Virginia last week threw its support behind Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) in his bid for re-election. In a statement dated June 22, Terry Mansberger, president of the Virginia Partisans, formally endorsed Moran and called the lawmaker an “advocate on all the important issues around LGBT concerns for many years, even before it was a politically popular or safe position.” “As a long-time friend and mentor to our community, Jim deserves our vote and financial support to keep doing the good work that he naturally knows how to do,” Mansberger said. Since he first began serving in Congress in 1991, Moran has been recognized as a supporter of the LGBT community. He was among 67 U.S. House members to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. Moran has also been vocal in his support for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In December, he sent a letter signed by 96 lawmakers to Defense Secretary Robert Gates requesting monthly reports on service members discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” that detail the expelled troops’ rank and time served. In a statement to the Blade provided by his campaign, Moran said he is “deeply appreciative” of Virginia Partisans’ support and hopes to “continue working with them to bring about a more open, honest, inclusive and progressive society.” “For me, these issues are a no-brainer,” Moran said. “Discrimination is wrong. One’s sexual orientation shouldn’t prevent them from being granted the same opportunities as every other American.” The 10-term lawmaker is fighting to retain his seat to represent Virginia 8th congressional district against Republican Patrick Murray, an Iraq war veteran. CHRIS JOHNSON
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Byrd ‘evolved’ on LGBT issues during long career
Despite mixed record, W.Va. senator was beloved by many
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who died Monday after serving a record 57 years in the U.S. Senate, evolved from a socially conservative Democrat who opposed nearly all LGBT civil rights initiatives to an elder lawmaker who backed several important pro-gay bills. “I think you can say that he moved forward and started to understand the basic humanity of all West Virginians, including LGBT West Virginians,” said Stephen Skinner, an attorney who serves as president of the board of the statewide LGBT group Fairness West Virginia. Skinner, a native West Virginian who said he spoke with Byrd many times over the years, acknowledged that the senator said many “bad things” about LGBT-related issues. But Skinner joined many political observers in West Virginia to remember Byrd this week more for the massive infusion of federal funds and resources he secured for his state that resulted in economic development and jobs for residents long plagued by poverty. “I would say he was universally beloved, including by the LGBT people in the state, whose affection for him often override most of his decisions” on LGBTrelated issues, Skinner said. “Everywhere you go, we were all affected by what he did. And everybody believes he did so much for the country that everyAct, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. That same year, he voted against the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, which would have banned most private-second employers from engaging in employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. In a lengthy floor speech during the Senate debate on DOMA, Byrd cited how some historians linked the decline and fall of the ancient Roman Empire to homosexuality. “But when it came to being there for hate crimes and on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ he voted for equality and moving forward,” Herwitt said. “And so he is one of those people that, over the course of his political career, he certainly has evolved on our issues.” Byrd voted last year for a hate crimes measure that authorizes the federal government to prosecute crimes that target people for their sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure became the first LGBT-inclusive civil rights bill to pass Congress. Earlier this year, Byrd supported a compromise provision to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a close vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee. Capitol Hill sources said Byrd’s staff on the committee helped draft the compromise language that was credited with persuading enough members of the panel to pass it. Byrd’s position on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage was less clear. When same-sex marriage opponents proposed the Federal Marriage Amendment before the Senate in 2004, Byrd voted to end a filibuster backed by Senate Democratic leaders, who sought to block the measure from coming up for a full vote. A motion to end the filibuster failed by a vote of 48 to 50; two senators were absent at the time of the vote. Sixty votes are needed to end filibusters. Some observers considered a vote for ending the filibuster a sign that senators supported the amendment. But Skinner said members of Byrd’s staff told him that Byrd “opposed messing with the Constitution” on matters of same-sex marriage and planned to vote against the amendment if it reached the floor for a direct vote. A gay former member of Byrd’s staff, who spoke this week on condition of anonymity, said Byrd was a strong advocate of full debate on important issues before the Senate. The former staffer agreed with Skinner’s assessment that Byrd, a recognized constitutional scholar, would likely have voted against the same-sex marriage amendment in a direct Senate vote. “I don’t think he understood gays,” said the former staffer. “It was not part of his social lexicon. Yet it was clear that there had been an evolution on gay issues.” Herwitt said Byrd appeared to have been influenced by the greater visibility of LGBT people in his home state and throughout the country. “I think as the country evolves on our issues, so do peoples’ understanding of what LGBT equality means for people,” she said. “I’m sure in the beginning of his career, when people weren’t out and living open and honestly, it was different. As he made it through the end of his career, he was working on Capitol Hill where people who are working for you and working for other senators are out and openly gay, so I think that also has an impact.”
Photo courtesy of Byrd’s office
Sen. Robert Byrd, who died Monday after serving six decades in Congress, slowly moved from opposing to backing several LGBT civil rights bills. thing he did for the state was deserved,” said Skinner. Allison Herwitt, director of legislative affairs for the Human Rights Campaign, pointed to HRC’s congressional scorecard ratings for Byrd, which range from a low of 13 out of 100 for the 108th Congress to a high of 60 two years ago in the 110th Congress, the most recent rating. HRC gave him ratings in the 25-to-35 range in most years beginning in the 1990s. The ratings are based on votes, stances and attitudes toward LGBT- and AIDS-related issues. “Over the years he’s had a very mixed record on LGBT equality,” Herwitt said. Among other things, Byrd voted in 1996 for the Defense of Marriage
Nevada GOP Senate candidate has anti-gay ties
The Nevada Republican candidate for U.S. Senate once belonged to a conservative thirdparty that held extreme anti-gay views and ran a vitriolic ad against LGBT people in state newspapers, according to Talking Points Memo. TPM reported the views of Nevada’s Independent American Party last week in an article discussing GOP candidate and former Nevada Assembly member Sharron Angle’s involvement with the group during the 1990s. Angle, who’s campaigning to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), won the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate on June 9 after beating out other challengers in a statewide primary. After being involved in the Independent American Party for at least six years in the 1990s, Angle reportedly switched to the Republican Party in 1997. According to TPM, the Independent American Party published a 16-page newspaper ad insert in 1994 calling for a state constitutional amendment permitting discrimination against LGBT people. The insert refers to LGBT people as “sodomites” and portrays them as “child-molesting, HIV-carrying, Hell-bound freaks.” Angle’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to the Blade’s request to comment on the TPM article or whether the candidate held those views. The ad insert reportedly cites an 1814 legal treatise titled “Consequences of Sodomy: Ruin of a Nation” and other articles referring to LGBT people alternately as “homosexuals,” “sodomites” and “brazen perverts.” Other reported sample headlines are “Homosexual Curriculum in the First Grade,” “Flawed Science Nurtures Genetic Origin for Homosexuality” and “No Constitutional Right to Be a Sodomite.” One item from an article called “True Homosexual Character Revealed” reportedly says LGBT people “argue that they are a peaceful and gay people” but notes that “the top six U.S. male killers were all homosexuals.” Another article, called “Can the HIV Virus Survive in Water?” reportedly raises the possibility of HIV infection through public pools, hot tubs and municipal water supplies. According to TPM, the ad provides information on how supporters of the Independent American Party can buy “Homophobia — No, Homonausea — Yes” bumper stickers for $1. Janine Hansen, current executive director of the Independent American Party and editor of the 1994 insert, reportedly told TPM earlier this month that “in general” Angle “agreed with our position on the issues.” CHRIS JOHNSON
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Minn. pastor likely to keep job despite gay report
MINNEAPOLIS — A Lutheran pastor critical of allowing gays into the clergy is on leave from his Minneapolis church after a gay magazine reported his attendance at a support group for men wanting to overcome same-sex attractions. Church officials, however, said last week that the Rev. Tom Brock likely will return to the pulpit at Hope Lutheran Church because he acted in accordance with his faith by attending the group, the Associated Press reported. A fixture on local cable access shows, Brock regularly broadcasts conservative views on homosexuality and criticizes the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for liberalizing its gay clergy policy. Lavender Magazine published a story this month about Brock’s quiet attendance of the Faith in Action meetings, written by a reporter who falsely posed as a member of the group. “The fact that he said one thing publicly, and privately he’s a homosexual — that’s somewhat inconsistent,” the Associated Press quoted Lavender president Stephen Rocheford as saying. “This company has a policy not to out people. The one exception is a public figure Photo courtesy of Hope Lutheran Church who says one thing and does another.” The Lavender article never explicitly said Rev. Tom Brock of Hope Lutheran Church Brock acknowledged engaging in gay sex. It in Minneapolis, a vocal opponent of allowquotes him at one point talking about a recent ing gays into the clergy, is on leave from mission trip to Eastern Europe, of which he his church after a magazine identified him says, “I fell into temptation. I was weak.” as having same-sex attractions. Hope Lutheran’s executive pastor, the Rev. Tom Parrish, said when confronted with the article, Brock “simply said he indeed has been attending this Christian group, both going there and being honest about temptations he has, and is being held accountable so he never would do anything with that temptation.” The Associated Press reported that Parrish said Brock was put on leave from the job of senior pastor at Hope Lutheran when the article came out, but likely will return after an internal investigation. Brock, who has an unlisted phone number, did not respond to several interview requests made through Parrish.
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1 dead, 5 shot in incidents at San Francisco Pride
SAN FRANCISCO — One person died and four others were injured in two shootings tied to San Francisco’s annual Pride street festival. The Associated Press reported that in the first incident, 19-year-old Stephen Powell was one of three people shot during the city’s “Pink Saturday” celebrations. Also shot was a 19-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man; both were expected to survive. Following the shooting, police revealed that they had arrested 20-year-old Ed Perkins on suspicion of murder. At least one other person is believed to be involved in the shooting. In a second incident two days later, two men were shot Monday while attending a vigil for Powell. The Associated Press reported that the two men — ages 20 and 21 — sustained injuries that were not considered life threatening. Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said the victims were not being cooperative and that Powell’s murder was gang-related.
Stanley Cup takes ride in Chicago gay parade
CHICAGO — The Stanley Cup, which has been on more adventures than perhaps any other piece of championship hardware, made its first appearance in a gay-themed event last weekend. The Chicago Gay Hockey Association invited the Blackhawks to join Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade after the team won its first Stanley Cup title since 1961 — and the team said yes. So did the Chicago Cubs, who had their own float in the parade for the first time. According to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Phil Pritchard, it marked the first time the NHL’s championship trophy has been on display at a gay-themed event. “We are thrilled that it worked out as it’s important for the city and important for the franchise,” Blackhawks spokesman Adam Rogowin said. Defenseman Brent Sopel and his wife, Kelly, accompanied the Cup on a float in the parade. Sopel, who was traded last week to Atlanta, is a 33-year-old father of three who said he volunteered to honor the late son of Toronto general manager Brian Burke, his former boss in Vancouver. Brendan Burke, 21, was killed in an auto accident in February, just three months after publicly disclosing his homosexuality. “Anybody who has had to bury a child has suffered a heartbreak and this was the first thing that came to mind,” Sopel said. “Everything that happened last year with Brendan coming out last year and dying three months later, it was a tragedy.”
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Supreme Court makes two pro-LGBT rulings
Non-discrimination, disclosure issues decided as term ends
By CHRIS JOHNSON email@example.com The U.S. Supreme Court made pro-LGBT rulings in two cases during the final week of its term, which ended Monday. Justices ruled in favor of the constitutionality of a California law school’s non-discrimination policy as well as state disclosure laws that would make public the names of those who signed a petition to put an anti-gay referendum on the Washington State ballot. In the case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the court upheld Monday in a 5-4 decision the University of California, Hastings College of Law’s nondiscrimination policy against a legal challenge from a Christian group that aimed to discriminate against LGBT people. The school’s Hastings Christian Fellowship sought to overturn a non-discrimination policy to maintain its status as an official school group while prohibiting LGBT people from holding positions as officers. The group contended the school’s policy violated the chapter’s freedom of association and speech under the First Amendment. But U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who wrote the majority opinion in the ruling — said the school’s policy is constitutional because it’s “a reasonable, viewpoint-neutral condition on access to the student-organization forum.” “In requiring [Christian Legal Society] — in common with all other student organizations — to choose between welcoming all students and forgoing the benefits of official recognition, we hold, Hastings did not transgress constitutional limitations,” she writes. Joining Ginsburg in the majority opinion were Associate Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Associate Justice John Paul Stevens marked his final day on the bench by filing a concurring opinion. While upholding Hastings’ policy, the court also remanded to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals an assertion by the Christian Legal Society that Hastings has been selectively applying its non-discrimination policy. Associate Justice Samuel Alito filed the dissent. In his opinion, Alito writes that the Supreme Court didn’t properly address the Referendum 71, came before Washington State residents in 2009 and threatened to abrogate the expansion of the state’s domestic partner registry. But 53 percent of the electorate voted in favor of upholding the law, keeping the registry in place. Concurrent with the campaign against the law, those who put the anti-gay initiative on the ballot — led by Protect Marriage Washington — challenged Washington State’s Public Records Act, which requires public disclosure of the names of petition signers who put referenda on the ballot. The U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington issued a preliminary injunction blocking the publication of signatures, and the issue made its way to the Supreme Court. Plaintiffs argued the law could put people who signed the petition in danger after their names became public. In defense of the statute, Washington State argued disclosure contributes to electoral integrity of the ballot process and allows the public to double-check in case a mistake is made. Roberts affirms in the majority opinion the arguments that public disclosure promotes electoral integrity and concludes the disclosure law enables the public to find potential mistakes or instances of forgery. “Public disclosure thus helps ensure that the only signatures counted are those that should be, and that the only referenda placed on the ballot are those that garner enough valid signatures,” he writes. “Public disclosure also promotes transparency and accountability in the electoral process to an extent other measures cannot.” Roberts also rejects the assertion from plaintiffs that the court should overturn the disclosure law on the basis that disclosure of the names of people who signed the Referendum 71 petition would place these signers in danger. The chief justice says the question before the court isn’t whether “disclosure violates the First Amendment with respect to those who signed the R-71 petition,” but whether this disclosure “in general violates the First Amendment rights of those who sign referendum petitions.” “The problem for plaintiffs is that their argument rests almost entirely on the specific harm they say would attend disclosure of the information on the R-71 petition, or on similarly controversial ones,” Roberts writes. Roberts says the court must reject this broad challenge to all disclosure laws, but says this ruling doesn’t necessarily “foreclose a litigant’s success” in a narrower challenge before the district court. The chief justice recalls how the court previously determined withholding names may be appropriate in some instances with “reasonable probability” that individuals would be harassed. In a statement, Anne Levinson, chair of Washington Families Standing Together, which fought to maintain the state’s domestic partnership law, praised the high court’s decision. She said the Supreme Court made clear that public disclosure laws ensure “measures are not put on the ballot by fraudulent means or mistake.” “Nowhere is the integrity and transparency of elections more important than where the ballot box is being used in an attempt to take away fundamental rights,” she said. “Nowhere is it more important for the public to know that attempts to affect the lives of their fellow citizens by promoting ballot measures are free from fraud and error.” But Larry Stickney, president of the Washington Values Alliance, said he’s “optimistic” anti-gay activists will be able to keep the petition names secret following action from the district court. “Likely we’re going to be back in district court and we’ll be able to bring out some of the harassment and intimidation efforts that were made against Protect Marriage Washington,” he said. “We’re happy that that effort will carry on.” Levinson dismissed the idea that people working on the campaign to overturn the domestic partner registry faced harassment and said there’s “absolutely no evidence of harassment” of signers. “What the petitioners cite to by way of threats or other harassment, they talk about their campaign manager or other leadership in their campaign,” she said. “Those are the folks like me who were debating on TV or radio or leading a campaign effort, so that’s irrelevant to making any case about petition signers.” Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal, said he didn’t think plaintiffs had a shot keeping the names of petitions signers under wraps in light of the “reasonable probability” standard the Supreme Court established. “I think they are very unlikely to have any success because the standard that the Supreme Court imposed here is — in a particular case — you can only prevent disclosure if you can show a reasonable probability that disclosure will subject to threats, harassment or reprisal,” he said. “So not the possibility — not that it could happen — but a reasonable probability that it will happen.”
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In the final week of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court made two pro-LGBT rulings. constitutionality of Hastings’ policy and is setting precedent that could stifle free speech. “Brushing aside inconvenient precedent, the Court arms public educational institutions with a handy weapon for suppressing the speech of unpopular groups,” Alito writes. Joining Alito in the dissenting opinion were Chief Justice John Roberts as well as Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. In the majority opinion, Ginsburg notes as an official group, the Christian Legal Society chapter would be entitled to financial assistance from the school derived from mandatory student fees. She says current policy “ensures that no Hastings student is forced to fund a group that would reject her as a member.” Additionally, Ginsburg emphasizes that although Hastings may exclude the Christian Legal Society chapter as an official group — or as a registered student organization — the organization still has some capacity to meet and communicate on campus. “In this case, Hastings offered [Christian Legal Society] access to school facilities to conduct meetings and the use of chalkboards and generally available bulletin boards to advertise events,” Ginsburg writes. “Although [Christian Legal Society] could not take advantage of [certain] methods of communication … the advent of electronic media and social-networking sites reduces the importance of those channels.” In a statement, Christopher Stoll, senior attorney for the National Center of Lesbian Rights, said the decision “affirmed the longstanding doctrine” that nondiscrimination policies don’t “violate free speech when applied in a consistent and even-handed way.” “The court rejected the dangerous argument that anti-gay groups must be given a special exemption from non-discrimination policies,” Stoll said. NCLR was among the groups representing Outlaw, Hastings’ LGBT student group, which intervened to defend Hastings’ nondiscrimination policy. Paul Smith, who represented Outlaw, said all the respondents are "gratified" by the court's decision said it reflects the views articulated in briefs to the court. "The Hastings policy that all recognized and subsidized student groups have to be open to all comers is designed to … assure that educational opportunities are equally open to all, and … promote the open interchange of ideas among students," he said. The Hastings College of Law and the Christian Legal Society didn’t immediately respond to the Blade’s request for comment. In a separate decision June 24, the court ruled against those seeking to keep secret the names of people who last year signed a petition to put an anti-gay referendum on the Washington State ballot. The court determined 8-1 in Doe v. Reed that public disclosure of referendum petitions doesn’t — as a general rule — violate the First Amendment rights of signers. But the decision left room for anti-gay activists to succeed at a lower court on the more focused question of whether making public the signatures for Referendum 71 specifically runs contrary to the U.S. Constitution. Roberts wrote the majority opinion in the decision. The sole dissenting voice in the ruling came from Thomas. The initiative in question,
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Obama AIDS panel bucks White House on drug funds
Resolution calls for $126 million ADAP emergency measure
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. email@example.com President Obama’s newly appointed Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS adopted a resolution Tuesday urging the White House and Congress to do something they have been reluctant to do: approve $126 million in emergency funds for the struggling AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The federal program, which is operated jointly with states, provides subsidies for life-saving anti-retroviral drugs needed by low-income people with HIV and AIDS who lack health insurance coverage. Due to several developments, including sharp budget cuts by states, a record 1,924 people eligible to enroll in the program in 11 states have been placed on waiting lists as state ADAPs have run out of money to pay for the drugs, state officials have said. The waiting lists are expected to grow in the coming weeks and months. AIDS activists have criticized the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress for not taking immediate steps to push the emergency funding this year, saying people on the waiting lists face possible life-threatening illnesses related to HIV without their medication. More than 50 members of the House, including gay Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) sent a petition to the White House earlier this year calling for $126 million in supplemental funds for ADAP in the current fiscal year. The presidential AIDS panel, known as PACHA, adopted its resolution at a special conference call meeting Tuesday. The conference call came after some PACHA members complained that the panel was distracted from adopting the resolution and addressing other important business at its previous inperson meeting at the White House in April by administration staffers who overly “stage managed” the meeting, according to insiders familiar with the panel. The 24-member PACHA includes seven out gay members. It’s chaired by Dr. Helen Gale, a nationally recognized AIDS physician and former top official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. “I don’t think the PACHA is being stage managed, but I do think that it is being over handled,” said PACHA member Phill Wilson, executive director of the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles. Wilson said it would be an exaggeration to characterize as a “rebellion” the call by PACHA members for a special meeting this week to vote on the ADAP resolution, as one source familiar with PACHA called it. But he said PACHA members assigned to a subcommittee that monitors ADAP issues made it clear that it would be unacceptable for the advisory body to wait until its next regularly scheduled meeting in September to take up the ADAP issue. Wilson and fellow PACHA member A. Cornelius Baker, former executive director of the National Association of People with AIDS and the Whitman-Walker Clinic, said the newly reconstituted PACHA appeared to be having some organizational and logistical problems. Among other things, Baker and PACHA member Rosie Perez, actress and AIDS activist, expressed concern at the April meeting that White House officials arranged for the meeting to be held in an auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House that was not conducive for members to conduct business. Most of the first day of the twoday meeting in April was devoted to listening to comments by members of the public, including AIDS activists. Although a precedent for listening to public comments began under the Clinton administration, one AIDS activist attending the April meeting said it evolved into a “chaotic” town hall type meeting that prevented members — who were appointed for their expertise in various aspects of public health, medicine and public policy — from tackling issues such as ADAP. Sessions on the second day were not open to the public, raising questions that administration staffers violated a federal law that requires all federal government advisory bodies to conduct business in public. Christopher Bates, PACHA’s staff executive director, told activists who complained about the closed meeting that the session was limited to discussing “administrative” matters and no official business was conducted. Wilson and Baker said this week that the White House and the Department of Health & Human Services, which has direct supervision over PACHA, were working to correct the problems, with the possibility that new meeting space would be found. But new organizational and technical issues surfaced during Tuesday’s conference call when an audio muting mechanism prevented members of the public who were approved in advance to speak from being heard by Gale, who presided over the call. When a roll call vote was taken on the ADAP resolution, some of the PACHA members also could not be heard, alerting the staff that a technical glitch kept the PACHA members’ phone on mute. As required by a federal advisory body statute, the conference call meeting was announced two weeks earlier in the Federal Register, which instructed people interested in speaking during a public comment period how to dial in to the call. A technician facilitating the conference call eventually lifted the muting mechanism to allow everyone to speak. But shortly after that happened, someone apparently called the meeting to an end while the phone lines remained open. At least two callers expressed outrage that they were not allowed to speak, and several callers began their own discussion before someone terminated the conference call. Story continues at washingtonblade.com
Gay candidates make issue of ‘Don’t Ask’ votes
Opponents of Pougnet, Potosnak voted ‘no’ on repeal
By CHRIS JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org At least two gay candidates running for Congress this year are capitalizing on their incumbent opponents’ votes against overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to build support. They are hoping that public support for ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — which a CNN poll taken before congressional votes last month found nearly 80 percent of Americans favor overturning — will help boost their chances against the incumbents. The votes on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal were taken May 27 in the U.S. House and the Senate Armed Services Committee to attach the measure as part of pending defense budget legislation. Among the candidates capitalizing on votes against repeal is Steve Pougnet, the gay Democratic mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., ough review be completed by our military commanders prior to Congress enacting such a sweeping change,” she said. “This vote should have happened after that review.” Bono Mack also noted opposition to the repeal measure voiced by the four service chiefs before the vote took place. She said lawmakers do these military leaders “a great disservice if we ignore their advice on this important issue.” Until the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” vote, Bono Mack had been regarded in some circles as a pro-gay Republican because of her voting record. Bono Mack had voted twice against the Federal Marriage Amendment and in favor of hate crimes legislation and a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. After the vote against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal on May 27, the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Pougnet. Although Pougnet is running in a traditionally Republican district, a boost from the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” vote could be enough to give Pougnet the necessary edge to topple Bono Mack in what’s seen as a competitive race. Pougnet is credited with being a powerhouse fundraiser and, according to Marks, will report $1.2 million in fundraising at the end of the second quarter. As of mid-May, Bono Mack has about $1.5 million in net receipts, according to Federal Election Campaign records. Additionally, a June report in Politico revealed that the National Republican Congressional Committee identified Bono Mack as one of nine potentially vulnerable Republican congressional lawmakers. Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, said Bono Mack’s “no” vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” provides “clear proof” to supporters of repeal that she’s waffling on the issue. “She always said if the military was OK with repealing it, she was fine,” Kors said. “The bill that went forward requires the military to finish its process and say that it won’t harm our military to repeal it, yet she still voted against it.” Kors said Bono Mack’s vote has “riled up” those who thought she supported LGBT rights and Continues on page 14
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Steve Pougnet, the gay Democratic mayor of Palm Springs, Calif. who’s seeking to oust U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, is making a campaign issue of Bono Mack’s vote against overturning ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ who’s seeking to oust Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.). Jordan Marks, campaign manager for Pougnet, said Bono Mack’s vote against repeal contributes to dispelling the perceived notion that she’s a moderate Republican. “On ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ for so long, Mary Bono Mack had to have it both ways to show that she was a friend to the gay and lesbian community,” he said. In a statement published shortly after the vote, the lawmaker defended her vote against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal measure by saying she wants to wait until the Pentagon completes its study on the issue at the end of the year. “I care deeply about our men and women in uniform and believe it is essential that a thor-
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Kagan faces ‘Don’t Ask’ questions during hearings
Continued from page 1 Senate Judiciary Committee, which was expected to continue throughout the week. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) directed pointed questions at Kagan about the views she expressed as dean of Harvard Law School over military recruitment on campus. According to media reports, in October 2003 Kagan wrote in an e-mail to students that military recruiting on campus caused her “deep distress” and that she “abhor[s] the military’s discriminatory recruitment policy.” In testimony, Kagan affirmed her opposition to the ban on open service as dean and said she still holds that belief. “I have repeatedly said that I believe that the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy is unwise and unjust,” she said. “I believed it then and I believe it now.” Kagan said as dean she tried to ensure military recruiters had “full and complete access” while she simultaneously tried to enforce Harvard’s non-discrimination policy that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation. She said she worked out a compromise as dean that enabled a veterans’ organization to sponsor military recruiters on campus as opposed to the U.S. military itself. Kagan noted that this policy was changed after the Defense Department voiced concerns about not having full access. Sessions was critical of her efforts and cited examples of actions she took that he said raised doubts about her support for the U.S. military. The ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Sessions has voiced concerns about the Kagan nomination throughout the confirmation process and is a likely vote against seating her on the Supreme Court. Sessions said Kagan particiagainst the military policy. I know you acted — without legal authority — to reverse Harvard’s policy to deny the military equal access to campus until you were threatened by the United States government with the loss of critical funds.” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Judiciary Committee, interrupted Sessions to allow Kagan to respond to Sessions’ remarks. Noting her father was a military veteran, Kagan said she has “respect” for the military and “one of the great privileges” of her time at Harvard was working with students who were former service members or who wanted to enter the military. Doug NeJaime, a gay law professor at Loyola Law School, said Kagan “took the position that we expected her to take” in response to Sessions’ questioning by explaining school policy on military recruitment. “I don’t think this is huge issue because, I think, it’s very much in the mainstream of law schools’ decision-making around ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and the Solomon Amendment,” NeJaime said. “And so, I think she defended the position in a satisfactory way.” NeJaime said Sessions was trying to make it seem that Kagan was trying to undermine the U.S. military during her tenure as dean, or prevent them having access to students. “She made it very clear that that’s not what she was doing,” NeJaime said. “The military had access to the students, and students had access to the military, and she had great respect for the military.” Kagan’s opposition to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — which she articulated during her confirmation hearings — renews the question of whether she would have to recuse herself if confirmed and the issue came before the high court. But NeJaime said he didn’t think such statements meant that Kagan wouldn’t be able to take part in a case on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “She’s been pretty clear about speaking about it as a political matter and as an ethical matter,” NeJaime said. “She thinks it’s a bad policy, but I don’t think that that means she can’t fairly adjudicate equal protection or due process claims raised by the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.” Further questions arose about LGBT cases in which Kagan may have to recuse herself in light of Leahy’s questioning on what matters she believed she would have sit out if they came to the bench. In response to Leahy’s questioning, Kagan said she would recuse herself in cases that came before the court if she had been a “counsel of record” in any state of the process for litigation. “I think there are probably about 10 cases that are on the docket next year … in which I have been a counsel of record in a petition for certiorari” or played a similar role, she said. During her tenure as solicitor general, the Justice Department issued several briefs in defense of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — as well as the Defense of Marriage Act — in response to legal challenges in federal courts. But NeJaime said the briefs don’t represent Kagan acting as a counsel of record because they originated under the jurisdiction of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. “She’s in the solicitor general’s office whereas the papers filed in the DOMA cases have been coming from the Justice Department,” NeJaime said. “So she actually hasn’t been counsel of record on any cases implicating the Defense of Marriage Act, so I don’t see any problem there.” NeJaime added this situation would also apply with respect to Justice Department’s response to legal challenges of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
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U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, presided over this week's confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. pated in a campus protest and spoke out against the Solomon Amendment, which allows the U.S. government to withhold federal funding from universities if they restrict military recruitment on campus. The senator cited a friend-ofthe-court brief that Kagan signed as one of 40 Harvard professors in favor a U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2004 overturning the Solomon Amendment. In response, Kagan characterized the brief as an argument that Harvard’s accommodation for military recruiters through a veterans’ group was consistent with the Solomon Amendment. “We filed an amicus brief not attacking the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment, but instead saying simply that Harvard policy complied with the Solomon Amendment,” she said. Kagan noted that in the end, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the arguments presented by Harvard professors in a 2006 decision upholding the Solomon Amendment. Sessions accused Kagan of engaging in unscrupulous activity at Harvard by instituting a new policy following the Third Circuit ruling and suggested she shouldn’t have issued a change because the Solomon Amendment remained in effect. The senator said Kagan’s description of events was “unconnected to reality” and that he was “a little taken aback” by her remarks. “I know what happened at Harvard,” he said. “I know you’ve been [an] outspoken leader
‘Don’t Ask’ votes become issue in two campaigns
Continued from page 12 “intensifies people’s belief that it’s time for her to go.” On the other side of the country, Ed Potosnak, a Democrat running against incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) to represent New Jersey’s 7th congressional district, is similarly capitalizing on his opponent’s vote against overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Potosnak, a former staffer for Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and public school teacher, said Lance’s vote is evidence the lawmaker has changed since he was elected to office. “The vote against repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ really goes a long way in demonstrating that Lance is just out of touch,” Potosnak said. Potosnak said Lance’s vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — as well as other votes the lawmaker has cast in his career — show he’s “on the wrong side of history.” As the campaign progresses, Potosnak said voters “will have the opportunity to see how much he has changed since going down to Washington.” Lance’s campaign didn’t respond to the Blade’s request to explain the lawmaker’s vote against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. While the lawmaker’s vote against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal could give Potosnak an edge in the race, he still faces an uphill battle. He’s running in a traditionally Republican district, and recent campaign finance reports show that he has around $51,000 in cash-on-hand compared to the $500,000 in Lance’s coffers. Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, a gay conservative group that advocates for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” defended lawmakers who voted “no” by noting results of the Pentagon study have yet to be revealed. “We had a plan to look at this and get rid of it, and now you’re telling [us] to scrap that plan and vote on it now,” LaSalvia said. “The reason for many of those votes were the result of the Democrats changing the strategy in mid-stream, and it couldn’t have been more poorly handled.” Another gay candidate seeking congressional office won’t need to draw attention to an opponent’s vote against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in his campaign. David Cicilline, the Democratic mayor of Providence, R.I., who’s seeking to represent Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district, isn’t running against an incumbent. The lawmaker that Cicilline is seeking to succeed is Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), who announced his planned retirement from the House earlier this year. Kennedy voted in favor of the repeal measure.
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Responding to an unfair attack
Village Voice story on gay media is flawed, inaccurate
By KEVIN NAFF The recent Village Voice story, “Gay print media on the wane,” by Michael Lavers is riddled with factual errors and suffers from conflicts of interest and general amateurishness. Lavers and his editors clearly set out to write a selfserving story about the supposed demise of LGBT news outlets. And they didn’t let pesky facts get in the way of their hypothesis. Lavers interviewed me for the story and it became clear from the outset that he had already decided what to write — he just needed a few supportive quotes to fill out the piece. Hence, nothing I said to him made it into the final story. He spends significant time writing about the Blade, Window Media and the Advocate, but no one from those entities is quoted or allowed to respond to Lavers’ irresponsible and baseless claims. Instead of talking to professionals working in LGBT media, Lavers quotes an anthropology professor whose qualifications and experience in niche media are never revealed. In addition to the blatant bias, there are sloppy factual errors. Lavers cites Window Media’s closure of the Washington Blade on Nov. 16, 2009 as the “day the death rattle began” for LGBT media. He writes that the paper was shuttered the Monday after its 40th anniversary celebration in a hotel ballroom and that employees found themselves “locked out.” None of that is true — our anniversary party wasn’t held in a hotel ballroom; the closure happened a full month after that party and staffers were not locked out of our offices. What’s more disturbing than the lack of basic fact checking (what an old-school concept!) is that Lavers fails to disclose his work for Edge Media Network, a company he describes as “fast becoming the new gay press establishment,” a grandiose claim he offers no evidence to support. He also conveniently omits the fact that one of Edge’s senior executives, William Kapfer, was an officer of Window Media, the Blade’s parent company that is criticized in the story. It sounds like Kapfer, an Edge marketer, wrote the story for Lavers. Lavers makes other fanciful claims. He writes, “It’s true that all print media is going through an adjustment as newsgathering and disbursement goes digital. But the change is especially painful in the gay world.” Really? Where are the numbers to support that claim? In fact, I have heard anecdotally from colleagues in cities all over the country that niche and alternative media are faring much better than major metropolitan dailies that got greedy and lazy after decades of monopolistic control of their markets. Unlike the metro dailies, LGBT outlets are lean operations with relatively small staff and low overhead, making them much more likely to survive an economic downturn. We’re also able to move more quickly to adapt to technological changes. Lavers further writes, “The publishers and editors of Southern Voice in Atlanta and the Washington Blade are attempting to resurrect their respective papers, but starting a ‘hard copy’ niche weekly in these hard times will prove daunting—to say the least.” A good reporter would have talked to some of those publishers and editors to find out just how daunting it is to start a new business in this economy. But that would require actual effort and might yield inconvenient facts that undermine your thesis. It’s much easier to make assumptions along with self-congratulatory, wishfulthinking claims of being the “new gay press establishment.” Another false notion that Lavers advances is that LGBT media outlets are unnecessary because the mainstream media do such a thorough job of covering our issues. Again, not true. In 2007, when Congress was debating the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, the Blade devoted dozens of stories to the issue. When the Washington Post editorialized in favor of ENDA, the writer relied on the Blade’s coverage of the issue because the Post’s own newsroom hadn’t written one word about ENDA. More recently, the Post refused to report the basic fact that murder victim Brian Betts, a D.C. school principal, was gay. The Blade broke that story and forced the Post to confront its outmoded policies on reporting on sexual orientation. When there’s an overt gay angle to a story — marriage, for example — mainstream outlets do a better job of covering our issues. But when the gay angle is less obvious (the Betts case) or too complicated (the ENDA debate), mainstream outlets continue to disappoint. Lavers praises a couple of bloggers and then pats himself on the back (again), writing, “I was able to report on the New York State Senate’s vote on gay marriage from my apartment in Brooklyn via a live stream of the proceedings in Albany.” Unfortunately, that’s not “reporting,” it’s stenography. And let’s hope that relying on live streaming of events doesn’t represent the future of LGBT journalism. What happens when the feed goes down? Bloggers play an important role in covering LGBT rights and I’ve become friendly with several of them. But there are very few LGBT bloggers who devote themselves to their sites full time. We need full-time reporters who can attend congressional hearings, news conferences and other events without the time constraints of working another job. We need investigative journalists who can devote themselves 100 percent to their craft and serve as movement watchdogs. The notion that bloggers are the cool kids with neat-o toys like Twitter and Facebook, while print outlets are hammering out stale news on stone tablets is such an inaccurate and dated cliché that I’m reluctant to respond to it. But since Lavers builds his entire story on such stereotypes, here are a few facts for those interested in such anachronistic things. The Blade was shuttered by its parent company that was mired in debt unrelated to our operations. Window Media was part of a larger entity that had investments in diverse industries. Since closing in November, the staff rallied and relaunched the Blade. We’re now a locally owned and operated robust business employing openly LGBT media professionals. I am immensely proud of that. Our recent Pride issue was bigger and more profitable than last year’s. We have morphed into a 24/7 news outlet with a strong Facebook presence and more than 6,000 Twitter followers. So why continue to publish a print edition at all? The dirty secret in publishing is that no newspaper is making more than 10-15 percent of its revenue from web ads. Even Politico didn’t start making money until it launched a print edition. Of course, the print medium is fading in favor of the immediacy of the web. Most of us have been aware of that fact since the mid-’90s. Lavers and the Village Voice sound like they only just now figured it out. I embrace that change and am excited to be a part of it, as I have been since joining the online staff of the Baltimore Sun in 1996. I am also platform agnostic – I don’t care how our readers access our content, just that they do so and that our advertisers are along for the ride. One day the business model will catch up to readership. No one knows how or when that day will come — not the publisher of the Washington Post and not the CEO of Google. In the meantime, we at the Blade are doing all the things that Lavers seems to think we’re neglecting. We are no longer a weekly; our site is updated daily and as news warrants. We have a strong Facebook and Twitter presence, we have blogs and podcasts and video and photo galleries and all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a 2010 media entity. As I told Lavers in my interview with him, the Blade has never had more readers and there has never been more news to cover. It’s disappointing that a gay reporter who has made his living writing for — and being paid by — LGBT news outlets didn’t give those outlets a fair shake.
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Necessities, not niceties
Laws like FMLA help boost all families
By HILDA L. SOLIS It’s been 17 years since Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act — groundbreaking legislation that allows parents to take unpaid time off from work to care for their children. Since then, thanks in large measure to technology, work has changed. And as a result, workers have changed, often at warp speed. But what many have been slow to recognize is the fact that “families” have been changing for a very long time. Well, the administration took a major step in recognizing that change last week, when the U.S. Department of Labor clarified the definition of “son and daughter” under the FMLA. Our interpretation ensures that an employee who assumes the role of caring for a child
The Labor Department’s interpretation of the FMLA makes clear that children can get the support and care they need from the people who love them and are responsible for them. This is certainly a win for LGBT families, and it recognizes the importance of a partner who shares in the parenting of a child in a same-sex relationship.
for parenting a child, whether they have a biological or legal relationship with the child or not, may be entitled to FMLA leave. Consider the case of Nazanin Meftah and her partner, Lydia Bañuelos, a lesbian couple in Tucson. Meftah developed medical complications after the birth of the couple’s children in 2007 and 2009. Despite a clear need and obvious relationship to the children, Bañuelos was denied unpaid leave both times by her employer. She wasn’t able to care for the kids because she
receives parental rights to family leave regardless of the legal or biological relationship. We’ve done so because the realities of who is a “mother” and who is a “father” — and new, important and responsible concepts of “parenthood” — simply demand it, at home and at work. It’s called in loco parentis, a Latin phrase and legal doctrine meaning in the place of a parent. When applied to the new realities of work and family, it means that all employees who have assumed the responsibility
was not a biological parent or legal guardian. I had the chance to meet Meftah here in Washington, and her story is sadly as common as it is compelling. The Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law estimates that more than 100,000 children growing up with same-sex parents could benefit from this simple but important action. The Labor Department’s interpretation of the FMLA makes clear that children can
get the support and care they need from the people who love them and are responsible for them. This is certainly a win for LGBT families, and it recognizes the importance of a partner who shares in the parenting of a child in a same-sex relationship. But it’s also a win for “Tia” (Spanish for aunt) who steps in to care for her young nephew when his mother has been called to active military duty, or a grandmother who takes responsibility for her grandchild. We know that family-friendly policies and laws like the FMLA aren’t “niceties” but rather necessities that contribute to the well being of all families and a better bottom line for employers. No further interpretation of that is required.
Hilda L. Solis is the U.S. secretary of labor.
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Whole lotto love
July 4th weekend events to benefit Camp Rehoboth
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO Summer is always boom time in Rehoboth Beach and Independence Day weekend is chocked with gay events. Organizers call it “love weekend.” On Saturday, the second annual LottoHeart game show happens at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center with “hostess” Christopher Peterson. Immediately following, Peterson and his Eyecon review open their “Hooray for Hollywood” show at Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts. Then Sunday night, the 4th, is the Love4All dance, also at the Convention Center and now in its 16th year. The game show/auction and the dance are benefits for Camp Rehoboth, the beach town’s LGBT community center. Peterson’s show runs through mid-September. LottoHeart was a smash in its first run last year, organizers say, with nearly a thousand in attendance. The Convention Center is set up like a fashion runway with a catwalk and small donated pieces of art — many from well-known East Coast artists — are divvied out through the course of the event, which is designed as a madcap combination of roulette, “Hollywood Squares” and a Vegas revue. Cory Johnson and Chris Beagle present the artwork. Those who purchase $100 “art tickets” are guaranteed one of the 200 postcard-size original art works. Numbers will be called out lotto-style. Door prizes and raffles will be held throughout the evening. Much of the donated art can be previewed at camprehoboth.com. Online bidding is also available. “It’s such a fun event, you just can’t imagine,” says Faye Jacobs, a Camp Rehoboth board member
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Sunday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. A Camp Rehoboth benefit dance Rehoboth Beach Convention Center $45; VIP: $100 camprehoboth.com 302-227-5620 believes in Camp Rehoboth’s mission. And as for his quick wit, how does he think so fast on his feet? He says it comes from years of performing. “I’m old,” he says during a break in rehearsals. “I’ve heard every line twice. I just store them away for when I need them. There’s a witty answer for everything.” At Sunday’s dance, which typically draws about 1,200 revelers and is also at the Convention Center, tickets are available at two rates. Admission, which includes open bar, is $45 but host tickets for $100 include a T-shirt, a listing in thank-you ads and access to a private “Love Lounge.” New York DJ Joe Gauthreaux, who’s appeared at many high-profile gay events, will spin. Also this weekend, lesbian author Stefani Deoul will sign copies of her novel “The Carousel” at Browseabout Books at 5 on Saturday and at Proud Bookstore at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rehoboth resident is producing the series “Haven,” which debuts July 9 on the Syfy Channel.
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Last year’s inaugural LottoHeart game show at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. and features editor of Letters to Camp Rehoboth, the Center’s publication. “Christopher has such a quick wit and he knows so many of the people there so when the names are called, you just can’t imagine the things he says. He’s a terrible gossip. Such a diva. And so funny.” Between sets of items, Peterson will preview numbers from his drag show “Hooray for Hollywood” which opens immediately after LottoHeart. The Rehoboth legend, who does all his own singing, does impersonations of Marilyn Monroe, Joan Rivers, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Bette Midler and more. He and his troupe of dancers will recreate production numbers from Tinseltown’s golden era. Peterson says he was performing as soon as he came out of the womb. “I saw the lights and just started singing and dancing,” he says. “Actually it’s in my DNA, honey. I’ve been making a living at this for 30 years.” The native Canadian splits his time between Rehoboth and Key West. He says his shows are popular because people love the pop culture they grew up with. “It’s nostalgia,” he says. “We all want to relive our youth. And let’s face it, when you get past 40 you don’t really want to go to a noisy discotheque anymore. So you come here, you see a big, fabulous drag show, you have a few drinks and you enjoy the evening. I’m 48. I don’t want to go to the disco anymore.” Peterson says he does the LottoHeart benefit because he
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QUEERY: 20 Questions for June Crenshaw
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO Coming out wasn’t easy for June Crenshaw. She was out to her friends and some family and had a girlfriend in high school in her native Tulsa, Okla., but being gay in the Midwest at the time wasn’t cool she says. “It was not a safe and welcoming environment by any stretch of the imagination,” the 48-year-old Shaw resident says. “It was extremely challenging and I lost a lot of family who would no longer associate with me. I also lost friends. It wasn’t easy at all.” Despite the hostile reception, Crenshaw stayed in Oklahoma for college where she studied business and computer science. But a mid-’80s economic slump pushed her to look elsewhere for jobs after college and it turned out to be a blessing. She came to Washington for work and has stayed ever since. But the hostile reception she got from coming out stung to the point that she lived a straight life for a few years, got married to a man and had a son. “He knew my preference was women but we got married anyway,” Crenshaw says. “It really was pressure from the Midwest and wanting to fit in and really thinking we could do things differently. Immediately it didn’t work.” Life was easier in Washington and Crenshaw was in a long-term relationship with a woman for 12 years. She discovered WhitmanWalker quickly upon her arrival and got How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? I have been out for a very long time and I come out every day — it is a lifelong process. The hardest person to talk to about being a lesbian was my son who was 7 at the time. It impacted his life the most and I was careful about protecting him but also living authentically and openly as a lesbian. It is impossible to raise a child to be honest and proud of whom they are if you can’t do the same thing. Who’s your gay hero? This list could go on and on starting with all my colleagues on the board of Whitman-Walker Clinic and Rainbow Response Coalition but specifically strong black local lesbians such as Sheila Alexander-Reid, Carlene Cheatham, Darlene Nipper, Donna Payne and Tamara Dunlap-Elkins and, of course, the late Charlotte Smallwood and Wanda Alston. I also find heroes in up-and-coming leaders such as Amy Loudermilk and LGBTQ allies such as Don Blanchon. My heroes are those people that show up and do the hard work every day no matter the challenges or obstacles and those types of people are all around us. What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? I love to dance and Tracks was a great past place for that but my current favorite is Lace. It provides the perfect mix of a great meal, a relaxing place to have a conversation, great dance music and of course beautiful women. What’s your dream gay wedding? Being barefoot on the beach at sunset committing my life and my love to the woman of my dreams. And then a great party full of laughter to celebrate afterwards surrounded by all the important people in my life. What non-gay issue are you most passionate about? That’s a tricky question because all issues are both gay and non-gay. For example, equality is not a gay issue — it’s a human rights issues. The right to marry, fair and equitable treatment in the workplace, housing, access to health care and education, are human rights issues and are about fairness. …We are a part of the larger community and are impacted by all these things but we are also disproportionally affected by some issues. That said, I am passionate about the lack of service, outreach, education and support to LGBTQ survivors and victims of intimate partner violence. What historical outcome would you change? I would change the death of Martin Luther King. The civil rights movement continued without him but we might have made more progress. What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? The new popularity with reality television. I can’t seem to look away from the train wreck. On what do you insist? Being out in all aspects of my life. What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? Not much. I am pretty passive/aggressive around Facebook. I use it to stay up to date with friends and family without actually having to talk to anybody. If your life were a book, what would the title be? “You Are Never Too Old to Grow Up” If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do? Recommend it to all my straight girlfriends who constantly tell me they wish they were lesbian. What do you believe in beyond the physical world? It’s complicated. What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders? I would like to see the LGBTQ movement leaders create trusted, supportive networks to mentor our smart, young talented future leaders and to provide the crucial leadership to them that is needed. I think we should partner more around issues to increase our opportunity for success. We have all these silo organizations that could use our collective energy and reduce redundancy and duplication of effort. We need to look for ways to increase civic and community engagement and improve diversity among our leaders. What would you walk across hot coals for? A pair of Lucchese cowboy boots and of course, my family and close friends. What gay stereotype annoys you most? “Lesbian second dates involve a U-Haul.” What’s your favorite gay movie? “The Color Purple” — it had a gay scene so it qualifies. What’s the most overrated social custom? To arrive late for an event or activity, not just occasionally but as a matter of practice. What trophy or prize do you most covet? Unconditional love What do you wish you’d known at 18? That life is so precious, we need to live and be in the moment. And where we are today is not where we will be forever. Why Washington? I moved to Washington on Sept. 14, 1985 from Tulsa, Okla. It was a culture shock for me. When I flew into National Airport the first thing I noticed was all the beautiful trees and the second thing I noticed was the diversity. I knew it was the place for me.
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involved. She’s in her second term as board chair and previously was on the community advisory board of the Lesbian Services Program and steering committee for a black lesbian support group. “It was just one of the first places that provided a very positive women’s safe space to come and talk to like-minded women,” she says. “I got involved immediately.” By day Crenshaw does system upgrades and installation for Coventry Health Care in Bethesda, Md. She’s single and enjoys working out, shopping, dancing and socializing with friends in her spare time.
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Friday, July 2
Gloss presents LADIES’ NIGHT tonight at Apex, 1415 22nd St., N.W., introducing the Stop Light Party. Wear the glow bracelet that determines your status, red for taken, yellow for maybe, and green for single. Also featuring DC Kings’ Independence Day show and DC Gurly Show. DJ Rosie will be in the main hall. Must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink. Panorama Productions presents THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE OFFICIAL PREMIERE PARTY tonight at UltraBar, 911 F St., N.W. There will be Twilight themed giveaways including posters, movie tickets, and T-shirts. Doors open at 9 p.m. Visit popnightlife.com for more information. QUEER PULP FOR THE GIRLS AND BOIS at Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St., N.W., is tonight at 9. No cover charge, 21 and over to enter. ’70s, ’80s, & ’90s music and trivia questions. Correct answers win free drinks. Dance to the “Sounds of Pier 9” with DJ Darryl Strickland.
Monday, July 5
THE GLB YOUTH SUPPORT GROUP will meet at the GW Center Clinic, 1922 F St., N.W., Suite 103, at 4:30 p.m. FREE SALSA lessons at Cobalt, 17th and R Sts., N.W., from 10 to 11 p.m. There will be dancing from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. 21 and older to enter. No cover.
Tuesday, July 6
SHEAR MADNESS, a comedy whodunit, will be performed at The Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St., N.W., at 8 p.m. Shear Madness takes place in present-day Georgetown, in the Shear Madness Hair Styling Salon. Visit kennedy-center.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Saturday, July 3
“SO, YOU THINK YOU’RE A DRAG QUEEN,” a competition among aspiring drag queens, at Town, 2009 8th St., N.W. Those wishing to enter the contest should arrive at 10 p.m and be ready to perform. Contest starts at 10:30 p.m. There will be music and videos downstairs by Wess. $8 cover before 11 p.m. and $12 after. Must be 21 or older. SUPERHERO BALL at Club Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., Baltimore, featuring costume contest, text raffle, Lady Gaga ticket giveaway and more. The event starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 advanced VIP or $12 day-of or at the door and can be bought at superheroball.eventbrite.com. Visit clubhibbo.com for more information.
Wednesday, July 7
THE TOM DAVARON SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB will be meeting at 7:30 p.m., at the Dignity Center, 721 8th St., S.E. No partner needed. Visit lambdabridge.com; click “Social Bridge in Washington, DC” for more information. LA COTERIE will be at Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St., N.W., with Sweet Interference at 9 p.m. La Coterie is a five-piece rock band that incorporates trumpet, violin and keyboard in with traditional rock instruments. The band is comprised of Trumpet Grrrl, Anton, and Katey.
Sunday, July 4
BURGUNDY CRESCENT VOLUNTEERS have been asked to provide wranglers for the Independence Day Parade starting at 9 a.m. The balloons that will be carried are the large helium balloons that take 34 people to carry. Each rope needs a person so it is critical that you can be there. Balloon volunteers must be able to walk 10+ blocks in the sun/heat while holding the balloon ropes. The parade will take place on July 4th and will run from 7th Street to 17th Street, N.W. along Constitution Avenue. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m., and volunteers will be released once their equipment has been properly put away at the end of the parade route on 17th Street. INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS on the National Mall, 9:10-9:27 p.m. Best viewing areas include the U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Arrive early and expect the usual massive crowds. Visit nps.gov for more information. DRAG BRUNCH AT NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR, 900 U St., N.W., hosted by Shi-Queeta Lee from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brunch buffet is
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Thursday, July 8
The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents COMPLETELY HOLLYWOOD (abridged) at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, 2700 F St., N.W., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at kennedy-center.org. Completely Hollywood takes on 197 movies in 100 minutes with hilarious results. DCBIWOMEN, the area’s social group for bisexual and bi-curious women, will meet at Cafe Luna, 1633 P St., N.W., at 7 p.m. The group’s goal is to create an accepting, encouraging environment for bisexual women regardless of the gender of their partner or what they are looking for, meet other cool bi women, and affirm the existence of the bi-identity.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Official Premiere Party is held tonight at UltraBar. $20 and your first mimosa is free. Women of Color Productions presents GROWN AND SEXY INDEPENDENCE EXPLOSION ADULT AFFAIR featuring Shaashawn “Voycedial,” Sheri D, and more at Remington’s, 639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E. Doors open at 8 p.m. $15 cover charge; 25 and older to enter. For tickets visit wocgrownsexy.eventbrite.com. A special LADIES OF ILLUSION SHOW at Ziegfeld’s, 1824 Half St., S.W. Doors open at 9 p.m. Retro trivia is back upstairs at Secrets.
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A busy season for Federal Triangles
From Gay Games to new summer league, local soccer team thriving
Editor’s note: This new local sports column will appear twice each month and feature profiles of D.C.-area LGBT sports teams as well as news from around the leagues. Send your sports-related tips to email@example.com. By KEVIN MAJOROS Washington, D.C. is home to one of the largest and most organized LGBT sports communities in the world. Team DC, the clearinghouse organization for D.C. metropolitan LGBT sports, is currently listing 30 teams/clubs on its roster. One of the most visible clubs on the roster is the Federal Triangles Soccer Club (FTSC). After reaching a pinnacle in 2009 by hosting the highly successful IGLFA World Championship, the team has continued to grow and evolve. Last spring, the club fielded a new men’s and a new women’s team bringing their total to four men’s league teams and four women’s league teams. They also fielded five coed teams in the spring. Some of the 2010 highlights for the Triangles: FTSC Summer of Freedom League Presented by DC Councilmember Jim Graham The D.C. area’s first ever LGBT soccer league kicks off on July 6, 2010 at the Metro-accessible Bell Field in Columbia Heights. Nick Napolitano, communications director for the FTSC stated, “There are only a handful of LGBT soccer leagues in the world, so this is a noteworthy milestone not just for the Triangles, but for the LGBT sports community in D.C.” This is essentially an intra-club
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The Federal Triangles Soccer Club expanded with new men’s and women’s teams in the spring. Find out more at federaltriangles.org. league, but registration is individual and the players will be placed on one of eight teams. The league organizers are forming rosters that are balanced by skill, gender and positions. Registration for this groundbreaking league is nearly full; however the league is still accepting substitutes and replacement players. Rehoboth Beach Classic XII Coed Tournament, July 3 If you are at the beach this weekend, check out the FTSC as they host this annual coed social soccer extravaganza. There is an opening night party at The Double L on Friday, July 2, and tournament play is scheduled for July 3 at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School. Night Out with the DC United The FTSC has organized the first ever Night Out with the DC United at RFK Stadium on September 25, against the Houston Dynamo. Premium individual tickets are $20 (almost half the usual $36 price). Ticket prices decrease to $18 each for a block of 10, and to $16 each for a block of 25 or more. Tickets can be purchased at federaltriangle.org or Nellie’s Sports Bar. Stay tuned for more details of this event. Women’s Winter Indoor Wrap-Up Cup This tournament represents another first for the FTSC. In late March this year, the FTSC organized an all-ladies indoor event at the Rockville Sportsplex. Eight teams from D.C. and Philadelphia clashed and the event was considered a huge success. It will likely be repeated in 2011. Pick-Up Pick-up play near the National Mall is the Triangle’s baseline activity. Sunday pick-up happens year-round and Wednesday pickup starts in the spring and ends in the late fall. Pick-up play is open to people of all genders, skill levels and orientations. Bring a dark or white shirt as teams are divided in that manner. No gray or pastel color shirts. Cleats and shin guards are strongly suggested. A map showing the location is available on the website. For more information, contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Charitable Outreach The Triangles have been involved with several local and international charitable causes over the years. Two recent efforts involve the Building Bridges program in South Africa and the Remote Villages Project in Honduras. Through fundraising efforts, the FTSC has helped to provide soccer supplies to impoverished communities in both South Africa and Honduras. 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany The FTSC is sending nine men and one woman to the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, which begin July 31, 2010. Jim Ensor, past president of the FTSC stated, “The men will partner with an Irish team, the Dublin Devils FC to form the Devil’s Triangles. The woman, Sami Holtz, will play with the Chicago team.” Go Triangles!
Kevin Majoros has been a member of the District of Columbia Aquatics Club since 1996 and a Team DC board member since 2006. Reach him at email@example.com.
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A young professional finds inspiration
In tough economy, local writer creates his own opportunity
By JULIETTE M. EBNER It’s a problem that millions of American workers have faced in recent years: What to do after being laid off. For one local gay man, the answer was to stop waiting for a job offer and start a new business. The result is The New Professional, a literary magazine that recently made its D.C. debut. “[T]he morning I was laid off ... I flipped out a bit,” said Matthew Biedlingmaier, 26, in his first editor’s note. “I had expenses ... and beyond that, I had created a life that required financial stability to maintain.” Biedlingmaier spent the next few months trying to find another job. “I literally blanketed the city with my resume,” said Biedlingmaier. It seemed like every job he applied for yielded the same response. Although he had the education, he did not have the experience. “I knew I was capable of doing there is meaning behind the title. “One of the points of the magazine was to provide an outlet for other people in my position — young people who are smart, who are great writers ... but, who are having trouble in D.C. and elsewhere finding outlets by which to express themselves,” said Biedlingmaier. Many of the articles and stories in the first issue came from personal connections and networking. The short stories are from former friends and classmates of Biedlingmaier’s from Kenyon. “Gavin Broady is becoming pretty well known in the literary circle,” said Biedlingmaier about one of the short story authors. “He’s got a really big play premiere next month actually at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont.” “The big piece in that issue is the interview with David Levitt who is a gay writer. He’s one of my idols,” said Biedlingmaier. The introduction to the Levitt interview reveals how personal the article is to Biedlingmaier; he tells of sneaking off with his teacher’s copy of Levitt’s gay-themed book. “I was reading his book, The Lost Language of Cranes, the night before I came out of the closet to my mother,” said Biedlingmaier. Biedlingmaier praised several contributors to the debut issue. Nancy C. Bell, a graphic designer for the Discovery Channel, is one of those people who were “instrumental” in producing the first issue. “She laid the entire [magazine] out,” said Biedlingmaier. Benjamin A. Goodman, a photographer, is another contributor Biedlingmaier felt lucky to work with. All the photos in the first issue that are not stock images or featured artwork, were shot by Goodman. “It’s really the three of us doing this as a team,” said Biedlingmaier. “[They’re] doing it because they love it.” Biedlingmaier wants the magazine to be published quarterly, but it all depends on ad sales. He intends to keep the magazine free; it’s currently available at various bookstores and coffee shops in D.C. Some big names are lined up for the second issue, but Biedlingmaier did not want to reveal any names, as nothing has been finalized yet. He hopes the next issue will be published in September. For more information, visit tnpmag.com.
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The premiere issue of Matthew Biedlingmaier’s The New Professional is now available in D.C. the work, but there were people with so much more experience than me, and so much more seasoned than me vying for the same position,” said Biedlingmaier. So, he decided to create his own experience. As a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambler, Ohio, Biedlingmaier was familiar with literary magazines and was a writer himself. “It just seemed to fit,” said Biedlingmaier when asked why he chose to create a literary magazine. “There aren’t a lot of 26-year-olds who have done something like this.” But what does The New Professional mean? “Several people have told me that they really dislike the name,” said Biedlingmaier with a chuckle. He’s been told that the title sounds like a business journal, as opposed to a literary magazine, but
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THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE
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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Sunday, July 4 National Archives 202-357-5000 archives.gov Join the National Archives Building and celebrate July 4 on the Constitution Avenue steps between 7th and 9th Streets. Commemorate this historic day with Mistress of Ceremonies Maureen Bunyan, ABC7/WJLA-TV news anchor, and the annual dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence led by very special guests. JEFF HUNTINGTON: PLAQUES AND TANGLES Through July 10 Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions 202-255-5050 reyesdavis.com Huntington's paintings study telling human gestures and the crackling neural connections they inspire. The show's images portray subjects with both subtle and abrupt shifts in personality. It's a blend of rough cuts and brilliant polish, and in the transitional space between the two, the complex nature of each subject emerges. REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: COMPLETELY HOLLYWOOD (ABRIDGED) Through July 11 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 202-467-4600 kennedy-center.org The "Bad Boys of Abridgment" are back, reducing 175 movies in 100 minutes and condensing every cliché from every movie ever made (plus a few they just made up). It all culminates in the summer's biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs! SENSORY OVERLOAD July 7 - August 1 Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design 202-639-1700 corcoran.org Sensory Overload features artwork that integrates two or more of the five senses--touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound--into a single work or group of artworks. This all-media exhibition aims to arouse the spectator through works that address our physical awareness and creates an environment that explores perception.
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CHUCK CLOSE PRINTS: PROCESS AND COLLABORATION. Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. 202-397-7328. corcoran.org. MAMMA MIA! The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. 703-255-1868. wolftrap.org.
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MEGAN COYLE'S STORIES IN PAPER. The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
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OTHELLO. Synetic Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 800-444-1324. synetictheater.org.
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ELLEN DELANEY’S COLOR FIELDS. The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org. HENDRICK AVERCAMP: THE LITTLE ICE AGE. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
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THERE ARE LITTLE KINGDOMS. The Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com.
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Acclaimed actress takes role in children’s tale
LGBT families should catch Twyford in ‘Pancake’
By PATRICK FOLLIARD Are you an LGBT parent looking for someplace to take the kids? On Saturday, July 24, Adventure Theatre is re-teaming with Rainbow Families DC for its second annual day of theater and outdoor fun at Glen Echo Park. On the docket for LGBT parents and their children is an 11 a.m. performance of “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” followed by casual picnicking and carousel rides on the historic park’s shady grounds. Adapted from Laura Joffe Numeroff’s popular same-titled children’s book, “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” is the delightful tale of Felicia, a demanding piglet and her accommodating young caretaker Laura. In essence, the circular story is a lesson in cause and effect as well as living life to the fullest. “The title has great marquee value with kids,” explains Adventure Theatre’s producing artistic director Michael Bobbitt “And adults will be thrilled to see Helen Hayes awardwinning actress Holly Twyford playing the title character.” The two-person show – staged by Jerry Whiddon and also featuring newcomer Branda Lock as Laura – runs for almost six weeks, but there is only one performance reserved especially for LGBT parents and their kids. Bobbitt and Twyford are both gay, and their respective partners and children will be in the audience on Rainbow Families day. Twyford is locally celebrated for doing Shakespeare and modern drama geared more to grownups. Certainly it’s not everyday that she dons pig ears for art, but taking on the role of Felicia appealed to her in various ways. “Children’s theater is an exciting challenge,” explains Twyford. “This my second go at it [about a dozen years, she played in “Grimm Tales” at Theatre of the First Amendment], and I’d forgotten what a workout it is. I’m onstage for the length of the 45minute show, up energy the entire time. It’s also rather daunting but a lot of fun to be dancing and singing, things which I don’t normally do. “And frankly, a big part of the rea‘If You Give a Pig a Pancake’ Through Aug. 15 Adventure Theatre Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD 301-634-2270 adventuretheatre.org rainbowfamiliesdc.org son for the doing the show is so my three-year-old daughter Helena can see what mommy does when I say I’m going to theater,” Twyford continues. “She sort of understands that an actress pretends to be other people, and she knows that I’m playing a pig. Her other mom goes to the office every morning. Now she has a chance to see me at work.” “What’s more,” Bobbitt, points out, “With children’s theater, all the performances are matinees, so you’re home with your family every night. Most nights I’m home with my partner and our nine-year-old son Sang.” Rainbow Families board member Richard Gervase and his partner are dads to two boys, 5 and 10. Gervase organized the first Rainbow Families day at Adventure Theatre (a sold-out performance of another
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Holly Twyford plays the title character in ‘IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE.’ Numeroff favorite — “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” — in March 2009). The success of that outing prompted the 300-family-strong group to make the jaunt to Glen Echo an annual event. They’ve pushed the date back by several months to better enjoy the outdoor park environs. “’Give a Pig a Pancake’ is for toddlers and up,” notes Gervase. “While the story is aimed at younger kids, we’ll take our older son too and he’ll enjoy it. And there’s always some snarky humor that only the adults get. It’s really an ‘all ages’ show, but of course parents know their kids best and ultimately they need to decide.” Other annual Rainbow Families excursions include an October pumpkin patch event at lesbianowned Cox Farms in Centreville, Va., a Valentine’s Day dance, and marching in the Capital Pride parade.
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Make connections with speed networking
The latest news from D.C.’s gay business chamber
By ERNESTO M. SANTALLA & J. MAX BARGER Doug Nelson is the metro D.C. director of client relations at Business Health Services (BHS), which provides “solutions for a healthier workplace.” Specializing in employee wellness initiatives and assistance programs, BHS gained national prominence following 9/11 with crisis intervention counselors who assisted in New York City and Washington, D.C. “I joined the Chamber in fall 2008 when transitioning from a clinical role at BHS to business development.” Doug’s purpose was to meet business owners, CFOs and HR leaders who can utilize BHS products and connect with other professionals to network and grow their respective books of business. An active Chamber member, Doug often facilitates CAGLCC’s “Speed Networking.”. Recently, effective lesson as an athlete: to sustain his business ethics even when the competition is providing inaccurate data about BHS. Visit bhssolutions.com for more information. Gregory Jones, 29, is a clinical psychologist with District Psychotherapy Associates. A Shaw/Logan resident, Jones holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Nova Southeastern University, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard University, where he pursued training in eating disorders and LGBTQ mental health. “The hardest professional lesson I have learned is the art of selfcare. If I am not taking care of myself, I do not have the strength to give,” Jones said. His how-to list includes healthy eating habits, exercise, spending quality time with friends and soon-to-be husband Jonathan Howard. To keep a competitive edge, Jones is contnuously constantly engaged in continuing education. In the upcoming months he plans to start a gay men’s group therapy service. A new CAGLCC member, Jones joined as a Business Member, a category that includes a listing in the business directory, an online referral source. As a result, he is now working with a new patient. Visit districtpsychotherapy.com for more information. “People are their own worst enemies,” says CAGLCC member attorney David Taylor of Right Size Law PLLC. Getting business, asking for business, going out and meeting people are not easy tasks. Taylor says that although he enjoys CAGLCC’s monthly Networking Thursdays, sometimes it is difficult to walk up to a new person and introduce yourself. “If you don’t,” Taylor said, “you won’t get the work.” CAGLCC member, Nancy Wigal of Search Engine Academy agrees. Wigal says she likes the structure of meeting many people without worrying about the awkwardness of getting out of a conversation, and the fact that everyone is there for the same reason: to network, find work, job opportunities, new clients and business. In some ways it is like speed dating — you have a few minutes with each person, and you find common ground where you can potentially partner. Plus you get each other’s business cards so you have the opportunity to connect afterwards. “Because of the time limit, everyone puts forth their most compelling side,” says Wigal. CAGLCC’s next Speed Networking event is July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Beacon Hotel. Attendance is open to all. Register at caglcc.org.
CAGLCC member news
• Estate planning attorney J. Max Barger of Ackerman Legal PLLC (ackerman-legal.com), presented a continuing education program, “”Planning for Unmarried Couples”“ to the McLean Estate Planning Council. • James Cummings,- architect, and Joe Kolb, -graphic designer, collaborated on a renovation project for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (jamescummingsaia.com). • Are you the next LGBT Business Owner of the Year? NGLCC & Wells Fargo & Co. offer $5,000 to winners of the LGBT Business Owner of the Year Award (nglcc.org and wellsfargo.com). • Enter to win the perfect business tool, an iPad, at caglcc.org.
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Gregory Jones is a clinical psychologist with District Psychotherapy Associates. networking skills set in motion a string of referrals, leading to the purchase from the US Travel Association of a series of wellness seminars. “The best decision in my career was pursuing my counseling degree,” Nelson said. ““My clinical background is greatly valued by clients.”. An Arlington, Va., resident, Nelson learned a valuable
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