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Swift opposition genius” of the late justice “was in my mind
throughout the decision-making process.”
to Gorsuch over The comparison of Gorsuch to Scalia,
‘religious freedom’ rulings who wrote scathing dissents in major U.S.
Supreme Court decisions in favor of gay
By CHRIS JOHNSON rights — wasn’t lost on LGBT advocates
email@example.com opposing his nomination.
Shannon Minter, legal director of the National
President Trump ended speculation Center for Lesbian Rights, came out swinging
Tuesday night on whom he’d select to replace against Gorsuch, calling him an “extreme
the late U.S. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia candidate” based on his judicial rulings.
with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch — and “We strongly oppose this nomination,”
LGBT advocates wasted no time in quickly Minter said. “Gorsuch has embraced extreme
condemning the choice. positions far outside the mainstream of most
Announcing his choice of Gorsuch — who jurists, including a dangerously radical view of
has served for a decade as a George W. Bush- religious liberty that would undermine anti-
appointed judge on the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court discrimination protections for LGBT people
of Appeals — Trump in the East Room of the and others. We are deeply disappointed by
White House said his choice makes good on President Trump’s choice of such an extreme
his campaign promise to limit his U.S. Supreme candidate, whose views pose a real threat to
Court judicial picks to a list of pre-selected names our nation’s core principles of equality and
and to appoint judges in the mold of Scalia. freedom for all, and urge the Senate to reject
Praising Scalia’s widow, who was his nomination.”
seated in the audience at the time of the NEIL GORSUCH’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case has been called troubling
announcement, Trump said “the image and CONTINUES ON PAGE 15 by LGBT advocates.
Funds at risk in attack In remarks delivered at the U.S. Department of cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Homeland Security on the day he issued his order, D.C. budget oﬃcials told the Washington Post that
on sanctuary cities Trump said sanctuary cities like D.C., Los Angeles, Trump’s use of the word “funds” in his executive order
New York, and Chicago, among others, were causing could be interpreted to include a wide range of federal
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. “immeasurable harm to the American people and to funding to the city, possibly including $2.5 billion in
firstname.lastname@example.org the very fabric of our Republic by refusing to help the annual federal funds for Medicaid. The total cutback
federal government identify and deport undocumented in funds possibly could amount to about 20 percent of
LGBT community service organizations like residents,” according to the Washington Post. the city’s total annual spending, the Post reported.
Whitman-Walker Health, Casa Ruby, and SMYAL could The executive order, which some observers say is When asked by the Washington Blade at a Jan. 28
face a sharp cutback or loss of D.C. government funds vaguely worded, calls on the Department of Homeland event hosted by the LGBT charitable group Brother
under an executive order issued on Jan. 25 by President Security to cut back on “federal funds, except as
Donald Trump aimed at so-called sanctuary cities. mandated by law” to sanctuary cities that refuse to CONTINUES ON PAGE 16
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Comings & Goings
Quintero to Healthsperien; in health care, spanning the care and health care clients. leader behavior with organizational strategy
Pullen lands at Georgetown management spectrum including Quintero is a native of Arizona. He received and mission needs. He has delivered
patients, providers, educators, payers his bachelor’s degree in political science from individual and team coaching to a wide
and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Prior the University of Arizona, where he served as range of organizations.
By PETER ROSENSTEIN to joining Healthsperien, he served as student body president and on the Arizona Pullen is known for his straightforward,
senior vice president of Public Policy at the Alumni Association Board. insightful approach to helping people
The Comings & Goings column is about sharing American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Congratulations and organizations identify behaviors
the professional successes of our community.
We want to recognize those landing new jobs, in D.C. and Chicago. As part of the senior also to Bill Pullen on that promote or detract from leader
new clients for their business, joining boards of leadership team, he led and executed the his new position at eﬀectiveness. Taking a systematic approach,
organizations and other achievements. Please
share your successes with us at comingsandgo- overall strategic vision of the AOA, a national Georgetown University he uses a cycle of assessment, challenge and
email@example.com. membership organization comprised of as program co- support to accelerate development, enhance
nearly 130,000 osteopathic physicians director, Georgetown performance and build leadership identity,
Congratulations and medical students nationwide. He University Leadership presence, behaviors and skills. Through the
to Ray Quintero, oversaw the AOA’s diverse Federal & State Coaching Program. The use of various assessment instruments, he
now a principal government relations program. During coaching program is is able to give targeted feedback and create
at Healthsperien, his tenure at the AOA, Quintero led the housed in the Institute development plans that align with the needs
LLC, a D.C.-based association’s eﬀorts on many issues, of Transformational of both the individual and the organization.
consulting and including Medicare physician payment, Leadership. Pullen will His approach reinforces coaching and
legal services ﬁrm medical liability reform and graduate also continue to run his feedback, by creating a cycle of action and
focused on strategic medical education. He also represented BILL PULLEN own company. learning that leads to sustained, eﬀective
issues operating the American College of Osteopathic Family Pullen is president improvement in performance.
at the intersection Physicians as its director of government of BPA Coaching and Pullen has a bachelor’s degree from
of public policy, relations. Consulting. He is an executive coach and Thomas Jeﬀerson University in Philadelphia
business strategy Quintero has also held government organizational development consultant who and a master’s in Organizational Development
RAY QUINTERO and government relations positions at Merck provides executive coaching, team coaching from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Master
aﬀairs. The company Pharmaceuticals, Blue Cross Blue Shield and leadership development services to Certiﬁed Coach through the International
helps organizations Association and served as vice president both public and private organizations. His Coach Federation. He has done advanced
navigate the complexities of health care of Strategic Alliances at SevenTwenty work focuses on developing current and coach training in adult development,
policy, politics and regulation. Strategies, where he provided grassroots emerging leaders, building leadership neuroscience and consciousness and
Quintero has a wide range of expertise and public aﬀairs counsel to a range of capacity within organizations and aligning systems and team coaching.
New study suggests high school students reported being the Oﬃce of Human Rights’ Citywide in time for the OHR report released last
subjected to bullying. The survey did not Bullying Prevention Program, said the week.
widespread underreporting include information about transgender bullying report represents the second According to Greenﬁeld, she and school
students. such annual report mandated under oﬃcials are also looking at another school
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. The Oﬃce of Human Rights Report, regulations associated with the Youth bullying survey that tested the use of two
firstname.lastname@example.org Youth Bullying Prevention in the District Bullying Prevention Act of 2012. diﬀerent deﬁnitions of bullying. One was
of Columbia: School Year 2015-2016 That act, which was passed by the D.C. identical to the deﬁnition used in the
A report released last week by the D.C. Report, says the bullying data collected Council and signed by then Mayor Vincent Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The other
Oﬃce of Human Rights says the city’s by the public schools do not break down Gray, requires all of the city’s public reﬁned the deﬁnition to reﬂect what
public middle schools and high schools their data for LGBT students. schools and public charter schools to put Greenﬁeld said is a “power imbalance”
submitted records showing that less than “Although the District has one oﬀ the in place approved bullying prevention believed by experts to be a key factor in
1 percent of their students reported being lowest rates of bullying as self-reported policies and practices. how bullying is carried out.
bullied during the 2015-2016 school year. by middle and high school students on Local LGBT advocacy organizations Similar to the Youth Risk Behavior
The report points out that those the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, these were part of a coalition of groups that Survey, the new survey, conducted by the
numbers are at odds with the city’s Youth numbers are still extraordinarily high,” pushed hard for the passage of the Youth National Center for Education Statistics,
Risk Behavior Survey, which consists of the report says. “Thirty one percent of Bullying Prevention Act. The LGBT groups deﬁned bullying in the ﬁrst of two test
a conﬁdential questionnaire given to all middle school students and 12 percent pointed to national studies showing that versions as an incident when “one or
students in public middle schools and of high school students mean that over LGBT students and youth are subjected more students tease, threaten, spread
public high schools, including public 6,000 of D.C.’s 6th through 12th graders to bullying at a signiﬁcantly higher rate rumors about, hit, shove or hurt another
charter schools. feel as though they have been bullied in than straight students. student.”
The latter survey, which is designed the past year,” it says. Greenﬁeld said her oﬃce is working But the second version added new
by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control “Bullying is linked to several detrimental with school oﬃcials to take steps to language saying, “It is not bullying
and Prevention, found that 31 percent of outcomes ranging from decreased improve the reporting of bullying for the when students of about the same
middle school students and 12 percent academic achievement and increased 2017-2018 school year. She said the ﬁnal strength or power argue or ﬁght or
of high school students reported being school absenteeism to increased risk implementation regulations associated tease each other in a friendly way.
subjected to bullying during the same for suicidality,” the report continues. with the Youth Bullying Prevention Act Bullies are usually stronger, or have
school year. “Eﬀectively addressing and preventing were not completed until around the more friends or money, or some other
That survey also found that 29 percent bullying remains a critical priority for the spring of 2016, which made it diﬃcult for power over the student being bullied.”
of lesbian, gay, and bisexual middle District.” many of the individual schools to develop
school students and 40 percent of LGB Suzanne Greenﬁeld, director of policies for reporting incidents of bullying � CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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LGBT voices join protest of immigration ban
community could be seen at the front of the White House” against Trump.
demonstration at the White House on “Donald Trump needs to know, the
Sunday. Many refugees coming to the American people, the people of D.C., do
United States are ﬂeeing persecution not stand for hate, do not stand for the
based on their sexual orientation or Muslim ban, do not stand for his wall,”
gender identity. One perpetuator of anti- Sudbay said. “We’re vehemently opposed
LGBT violence is the Islamic State of Iraq to his policies. He’s out of touch, and we
& Syria, which has a reputation for killing need to tell him, and we need to tell him
men perceived as gay by throwing them all the time.”
from the rooftops of buildings. Amid continuing fallout, President
Joe Sudbay, a gay D.C.-based progressive Trump defended his executive order in a
activist and blogger, was among those statement Sunday, blaming the media for
at the demonstration and said it was “falsely reporting” the action as a Muslim
important to “make your voice heard in ban.
Demonstrators ﬁlled Lafayette Park for a White House protest to denounce Trump’s latest
Gay Iranian detained,
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released on U.S. cruise ship
on, and to let people in regardless of their A gay Iranian man who has a green card and works in the San Francisco
religious or ethnic backgrounds.” Bay area as a chemical engineer was detained by U.S. Customs agents Sunday
Trump says policy about The order bans from the United States morning while disembarking from a cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale at the
‘keeping our country safe’ all Syrian refugees; blocks all refugees conclusion of a seven-day gay cruise.
from entering the United States for 120 Maysam Sodagari, 32, who has lived in the U.S. for the past nine years, is
By CHRIS JOHNSON days pending review; reduces the total of believed to be the ﬁrst known case of a cruise ship passenger getting caught
email@example.com number of refugees allowed for ﬁscal year up in President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration
2017 from 110,000 to 50,000; institutes issued Jan. 27.
Waving signs reading “Why Do We a religious test favoring Christians The order temporarily banned refugees and immigrants, including visa and
Fear Those Most Needing Help?” and from Muslim-majority countries; and for green card holders, from entering the U.S. from seven mostly Muslim countries,
“We Are All Immigrants,” demonstrators at least 90 days bans immigration from including Iran.
who oppose President Trump’s latest seven countries — Iraq, Iran, Sudan, White House Chief of Staﬀ Reince Priebus sought to quell confusion over the
executive order against refugees and Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia — even order during an interview Sunday morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, when he
immigrants from Muslim-majority by legal permanent residents of the said the order “doesn’t include green card holders going forward.”
Middle Eastern countries ﬁlled Lafayette United States. (Senior administration Sodagari received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of
Park Sunday to denounce the policy as oﬃcials said legal permanent residents Akron in Ohio in 2013, according to his LinkedIn page, which says he received
contrary to America’s values. from those countries can obtain a waiver his bachelor’s degree also in chemical engineering at the University of Tehran
The protest, organized by Peace for Iran, to enter the United States.) in 2007.
comes the day after widespread outrage After Trump signed the order, Wayne Sobon, one of his friends from San Francisco, told the Washington
as travelers were detained at U.S. airports immigrants coming from those nations Blade that Sodagari obtained U.S. political asylum at some point after ﬁrst
as the result of Trump’s directive. Decried were detained at airports, prompting entering the U.S.
as a Muslim ban, LGBT advocates were demonstrations at airports throughout Sodagari gave a ﬁrst-hand account of his concern over being confronted with
among those who condemned the policy. the country. One traveller, Hameed the Trump executive order in several Facebook postings beginning Saturday,
Kent Fogg, a gay 31-year-old D.C. Khalid Darweesh, an Iraqi translator expressing concern that he might be forced to return to Iran.
resident, said he came to protest the who assisted the U.S. government, was Human rights activists have reported that Iranian authorities are known to
executive order because he opposed detained at JFK Airport until Reps. Nydia have executed people accused of committing homosexual acts.
it based on his experience working for Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Jerrold Nadler “I left the port with a legal status for a Gay Cruise,” he wrote in one of his
human rights overseas in Kosovo, a (D-N.Y.) came to assist. postings on the day before the cruise ship Allure of the Seas was scheduled
Muslim-majority country. As a result of litigation ﬁled by the to arrive at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale after touring several Caribbean
“I just spent the last two years living American Civil Liberties Union, U.S. islands.
as a guest in a majority Muslim country District Judge Ann Donnelly issued an “Now I may not be able to enter the U.S. tomorrow,” he wrote in that posting.
in Kosovo,” Fogg said. “Everyone was order requiring the release of individuals “My future is all unclear just by a sudden change in the law. If I get detained and
not only incredibly open and welcoming detained at airports, which includes sent back to Iran, at least I lived the life to the fullest as a gay man in the U.S., and
to me, but they look to America as a immigrants with approved refugee I want to thank you all [for] being part of the experience.”
model of a place that’s welcoming. And applications, valid immigrant and non- Upon the ship’s arrival in port Sunday morning, Sodagari posted a series of
as a country in the Balkans that recently immigrant visas and immigrants from the short reports saying he was told he had to undergo an interview with customs
had its own refugee crisis, you heard the seven countries where all immigration oﬃcials and was waiting for about two hours. Finally, about three hours after
personal stories of what people went was halted who are otherwise authorized saying he had been detained, he stated in a post, “I am free to go back home.”
through, why people become refugees, to enter the United States. The order Later in the day he told the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel the customs oﬃcials
and it’s just inhumane and against doesn’t enjoin the federal government who questioned him were “very nice, friendly and professional.”
everything we stand for for us not to from enforcing Trump’s directive in its LOU CHIBBARO JR.
have the compassion that’s required to entirety.
respond to the situations that are going A strong presence from D.C.’s LGBT
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Despite pledge, fears persist of anti-LGBT action from Trump
Gay lawyer says everyone order against LGBT rights is under
consideration. Bloomberg News reported
should ‘take a deep breath’ over the weekend possible executive
actions under Trump include allowing
By CHRIS JOHNSON contractors to discriminate in hiring,
firstname.lastname@example.org allowing taxpayer-funded workers to
refuse to serve LGBT people or enabling
Despite White House assurances discrimination where contractors could
that President Trump will keep in refuse service to LGBT people.
place Obama’s order against anti-LGBT On Monday, Washington Post columnist
workplace discrimination and that he Josh Rogin issued a series of tweets
“continues to be respectful and supportive saying a senior administration oﬃcial has
of LGBTQ rights,” advocacy leaders insist aﬃrmed the existence of a draft executive
those words aren’t good enough and still order that could aﬀect federal employee
anticipate executive action that would beneﬁts and protections as well as
harm LGBT people. adoption agencies that receive federal
James Esseks, director of the LGBT funding. The potential order, Rogin
project at the American Civil Liberties tweeted, could allow federal employees
Union, was among those saying the to refuse to serve LGBT people out of a
pledge isn’t good enough, citing the anti- belief marriage is one man, one woman
LGBT nominees Trump chose for his and gender is immutable at birth.
Cabinet and his other actions against Dale Carpenter, a conservative law
minority groups. professor at the SMU Dedman School of
“Actions speak louder than words,” Law who’s written about LGBT rights, said
Esseks said. “President Trump has everyone should “take a deep breath” and
surrounded himself with a vice actually read the statement the White
president and cabinet members who Anti-LGBT action is still feared from President DONALD TRUMP.
have repeatedly sought to sanction WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
“All sorts of terrible things are possible,
discrimination against LGBT people in but so far, at least on this one issue,
the name of religion, and nothing in the this is the one bright spot in the Trump
White House’s statement makes clear for him is we are everywhere — so when federal employees and contractors, some administration — as far as I can tell,”
that these eﬀorts are behind us. LGBT he signs executive orders designed to of which have been in place for nearly Carpenter said. “And obviously, we have
immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and demonize and dehumanize anyone 20 years,” Kendell said. “That is not a step to remain vigilant, but I really would
women have already come under attack — Muslims, women, refugees, people forward. We remain concerned by reports not give in at this point to a whole lot of
by this administration. If Donald Trump is of color, immigrants — he is attacking that the president intends to issue an unsubstantiated rumors. My God! Did any
serious about being an ally to the LGBT us all. President Trump does not get order creating new religious exemptions of these people actually read what he said
community, it starts with abandoning an bonus points for discriminating a little. that will permit discrimination against yesterday? It’s remarkable. If George W.
agenda driven by fear and prejudice.” Discrimination is discrimination. Racism LGBT people and others.” [Bush] had said that, there would be a gay
Following a Washington Post report is racism. Islamophobia is Islamophobia.” Kendell said the statement on Pride parade in front of the White House.”
that the Trump administration was Mara Keisling, executive director of the preserving the executive order may be an If Trump were to follow up on the statement
considering rolling back an executive National Center for Transgender Equality, attempt by the White House to distract with an executive order taking away spousal
order former President Obama signed said LGBT people aren’t out of the woods LGBT people from Trump’s upcoming beneﬁts from federal employees, Carpenter
in 2014 barring anti-LGBT workplace yet and for even considering a reversal pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, which said, it would defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s
discrimination among federal contractors, of the executive order, as reported by she called “the most important issue for rulings against the Defense of Marriage Act
the White House issued a statement the Washington Post, Trump deserves our community.” and in favor of same-sex marriage and be
saying Trump “continues to be respectful condemnation. “The Senate must reject any nominee struck down in court.
and supportive of LGBTQ rights” and the “The fact that proactively discriminating who will turn back the clock on our “I think the idea the federal
order “will remain intact at the direction against transgender and other LGBT nation’s commitment to the equality and government would try to take away
of President Donald J. Trump.” people was even being discussed in the freedom of LGBT people, including the marital beneﬁts from same-sex couples is
But Trump found no love from LGBT White House is shameful, as is the fact fundamental right to marry and to be pretty far-fetched and it would be clearly
advocacy groups, who continue to raise that there are other options still on the treated equally to other married couples,” unconstitutional under the Windsor
fears about possible discriminatory table to target LGBT Americans,” Keisling Kendell said. and also, I think, under the Obergefell
eﬀorts at a later time. said. “This limited retreat certainly does Trump could keep his pledge to decision, which applied to the states, but
Rea Carey, executive director of the not make President Trump an ally to maintain Obama’s order and enable the principles apply equally to the federal
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, transgender Americans. He is certainly discrimination with a new “religious government,” Carpenter said.
said Trump has already demonstrated not an ally to transgender refugees, freedom” executive order providing a Carpenter said Trump could sign an
he’s no friend to LGBT people with his transgender Muslims, or transgender carve-out for religious-aﬃliated federal executive order enabling contractors and
executive orders on immigration, which people who depend on the Aﬀordable contractors. But the phrase in the White adoption agencies to deny services to
include a green light to build a wall on Care Act or Planned Parenthood.” House statement saying the workplace LGBT people, but that wouldn’t change
the U.S.-Mexico border, a prohibition Kate Kendell, executive director of the executive order “will remain intact” the “existing obligation” at the federal level
on refugees and a ban on immigration National Center for Lesbian Rights, also suggests Trump would not only keep it in for these entities to serve LGBT people.
from seven Muslim-majority countries said in a statement she remains concerned place, but also not take other action that “If he signed an executive order, that
considered high risk for terrorism. despite the White House pledge to protect would inhibit the directive. would just put it in place a little more
“The truth is he has been playing the Obama-era executive order. In terms of evidence that further anti- strongly, but it wouldn’t eﬀectively
deeply harmful games with LGBTQ “Today’s statement says only that LGBT executive actions might unfold, change anything that’s going on right
people’s lives throughout his campaign President Trump does not intend to take LGBT advocates cite unattributed rumors now,” Carpenter said.
and every single day of his days-old the extreme step of abolishing existing in Washington and point to media
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The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus congratulated Ebbin for “getting SB783
Both SB 783 and SB 822 have been referred to the Virginia House of Delegates’
General Laws Committee.
The committee on Jan. 26 approved a vaguely worded religious freedom bill by a 14-8
House Bill 2025, which state Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) introduced, would prohibit
the state from punishing anyone who refuses to oﬃciate a same-sex marriage if it
violates their religious beliefs. Equality Virginia is among the LGBT advocacy groups that
oppose the Culpeper Republican’s measure.
“The right to practice one’s own religion is already ﬁrmly protected in the U.S.
Constitution,” said Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Sarah Warbelow in a
statement after the committee approved HB 2025. “In truth, this legislation has nothing
to do with religious freedom and everything to do with taxpayer-funded discrimination
against LGBTQ people.”
“Virginia lawmakers should look closely at the fallout in North Carolina and the state’s
deeply discriminatory HB2 law before plowing down a similarly destructive path,” she
Gov. Terry McAuliﬀe vetoed a similar bill in 2016. The Senate failed to override the
The Boy Scouts will now accept trans boys. MICHAEL K. LAVERS
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Boy Scouts to admit trans youth SBA deletes LGBT content from website
The Boy Scouts of America has changed its policy to admit transgender youth The Small Business Administration is the latest government agency to delete LGBT-
who identify as male, marking the latest change in LGBT inclusion for the nearly related content from its website in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
106-year-old institution. The LGBT content on the SBA website was formerly found at sba.gov/content/
Eﬃe Delimarkos, director of communications for the Boy Scouts of America, lgbt-outreach and sba.gov/about-sba-navigation-structure/lgbt-outreach. It wasn’t
conﬁrmed the change to the Washington Blade in a statement amid widespread immediately clear when it was removed. The LGBT content is also missing from a cached
media reports of the new policy. version of the webpage dated Jan. 25 found using Google’s search engine.
“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout The changes to the SBA site are consistent with similar changes to the White House
programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application,” Delimarkos website as well as the website for the State Department, which deleted a recent
said. “Our organization’s local councils will help ﬁnd units that can provide for apology from former Secretary of State John Kerry over the 1950s era “lavender scare”
the best interest of the child.” ﬁrings of gay people in the federal government. Initially, a report on LGBT workplace
Delimarkos said the old policy of the Boy Scouts — which relied on children’s discrimination was removed from the Labor Department, but that has since been
birth certiﬁcates to determine their gender identity — wasn’t working “as restored.
communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity diﬀerently, and With regard to the White House website, a White House oﬃcial said the Obama
these laws vary widely from state to state.” In addition to new transgender administration agreed to remove its content before handing over the website to the
inclusive non-discrimination laws, courts are now interpreting federal laws Trump administration. The oﬃcial said the new material on the website is forthcoming,
prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex to apply to transgender people. but didn’t respond to a follow-up inquiry on whether LGBT content would be restored.
“The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly Terry Sutherland, an SBA spokesperson, oﬀered a similar explanation in response to
serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully a Washington Blade inquiry about the missing LGBT content on the SBA website under
evaluate to bring the beneﬁts of scouting to the greatest number of youth the Trump administration.
possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath “As you would expect with any new administration coming in, websites throughout
and Law,” Delimarkos said. the federal government are currently under construction and review,” Sutherland said.
The news comes one-and-a-half years after the Boy Scouts changed its policy “As more policies are developed the websites will be populated with more information.”
to begin admitting openly gay troop leaders for the ﬁrst time and almost four The webpage for LGBT outreach previously contained quotes and photos from Obama
years after it lifted its ban on gay youth. administration oﬃcials, which would be unusual for the Small Business Administration
As president of the United States, President Trump is honorary president of to maintain in the Trump administration.
the Boy Scouts of America. The Washington Blade has placed a request with Pressed on whether the LGBT content would return, Sutherland said “the entire
the White House to see if he supports the new trans-inclusive policy of the Boy website is under review and construction” and at this time he “cannot tell you what
Scouts. pages will be restored or not.”
During his tenure in the White House, President Obama called on the Boy Under the Obama administration, the SBA undertook signiﬁcant eﬀorts to engage
Scouts to lift its gay bans and applauded when the organization lifted its ban on with LGBT-owned businesses. In 2012, the SBA signed a memorandum of understanding
children who identify as gay and the ban on adult leaders. to work with the the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and in 2015, the
CHRIS JOHNSON SBA and NGLCC jointly launched an LGBT Business Builder campaign, which included
day-long training sessions and networking to obtain federal contracts. That program
won an award from Harvard University. Last year, the SBA named Brooke McDonnell
and Helen Russell — two lesbians who own and operate Equator Coﬀees & Teas in San
Rafael, Calif. — as small business person of the year.
‘Religious freedom’ bill advances in Va. Justin Nelson, co-founder and president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of
Commerce, said he expects restoration of the LGBT material and SBA’s partnerships
with LGBT-owned businesses to continue.
Virginia lawmakers in recent days have approved three LGBT-speciﬁc bills. “The NGLCC and SBA have a long history creating business opportunities for the LGBT
The Virginia Senate on Jan. 27 approved state Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun community, starting with the multiyear Strategic Alliance Memorandum we signed in
County)’s Senate Bill 822, which would add LGBT-speciﬁc protections to the Virginia Fair 2012, and we expect to continue being strong partners,” Nelson said. “We look forward
Housing Law, by a 25-14 vote margin. Senators on the same day approved state Sen. to resources and information that beneﬁt LGBT business owners returning to the SBA
Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)’s Senate Bill 783, which would ban discrimination against state website after the traditional transition edits are made.”
employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, by a 25-14 vote margin. CHRIS JOHNSON
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Blade announces 2017 Latin America reporting project
Special focus on progress, • Sandra Morán in 2016 became the activists insist only a few dozen trans people
ﬁrst openly LGBT person elected to the have been able to undergo the procedure.
challenges facing region Guatemalan Congress. • Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban
El Salvador President Raúl Castro, publicly champions
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS • The Salvadoran constitution deﬁnes LGBT and intersex issues.
email@example.com marriage as between a man and a woman. Colombia
• Anti-discrimination law includes sexual • Same-sex couples can legally marry
Washington Blade International orientation, but not gender identity. and adopt children.
News Editor Michael K. Lavers will travel • Penal code includes enhanced • Discrimination based on sexual
throughout Latin America in 2017 as part penalties for anti-LGBT hate crimes, but orientation is illegal.
of the newspaper’s ongoing commitment activists say prosecutors rarely apply • Trans people have been able to legally
to covering LGBT issues around the world. them. change their gender without surgery
Lavers will report from Guatemala, El • Consensual same-sex sexual relations since 2015.
Salvador and Honduras from Jan. 28-Feb. are legal. • A peace agreement between the
13. The Blade is also planning to report Honduras government and leftist FARC rebels that the
from Cuba, Colombia and Chile and attend • The Honduran constitution deﬁnes Colombian Congress approved in November
LGBT and intersex conferences throughout LGBT rights advocates gather outside the marriage as between a man and a 2016 speciﬁcally includes LGBT Colombians.
oﬃce of the Chilean Civil Registry and
Latin America in the coming months. Identiﬁcation Service in Santiago, Chile, on woman. • Angélica Lozano in 2014 became the
Lavers will interview LGBT activists, Oct. 22, 2015, to celebrate their country’s • Discrimination based on sexual ﬁrst openly lesbian woman elected to the
politicians and candidates while in Central civil unions law taking eﬀect. orientation and gender identity is Colombian Congress.
America. He will also report on anti-LGBT WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
banned, but activists say these provisions Chile
violence and discrimination that remains have little impact. • Same-sex couples can enter into civil
rampant throughout Guatemala, El criminalization laws and much more.” • Consensual same-sex sexual relations unions, but not marriage.
Salvador and Honduras. LGBT rights vary in Guatemala, El are legal. • Discrimination and hate crimes based
President Trump last week signed Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, Colombia and • Erick Martínez, a gay activist from on sexual orientation and gender identity
two executive orders that spur the Chile. Here is an overview of the situation Tegucigalpa, is a candidate for the are illegal.
construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico in each country. Honduran Congress. • A bill that would allow trans people
border and expedite the deportation of Guatemala Cuba to legally change their name and gender
undocumented immigrants. Activists with • Same-sex couples are not legally • The Cuban constitution deﬁnes without surgery has been introduced in
whom the Blade has spoken say these recognized. marriage as between a man and a woman. the Chilean Congress.
mandates will have a sweeping impact • Anti-discrimination and hate crimes • Lawmakers in 2013 approved a bill • The Chilean Ministry of Health in
throughout Central America. laws do not include sexual orientation or that banned discrimination based on 2015 urged doctors to no longer perform
“This new project will shine a light on gender identity. sexual orientation in the workplace. surgeries that “normalize” the sex of
the challenges and progress in Latin • Consensual same-sex sexual relations • Consensual same-sex sexual relations intersex children.
America related to LGBT rights,” said are legal. are legal. • Jaime Parada, a councilman in the
Blade editor Kevin Naﬀ. “We will work to • Transgender people can legally • The country’s national healthcare Providencia section of the Chilean capital
hold elected oﬃcials accountable, report change their name without surgery. They system has oﬀered free sex-reassignment of Santiago, is among the growing number
on hate crimes, expose the cruelty of HIV cannot legally change their gender. surgeries since 2008. Independent LGBT of high-proﬁle LGBT and intersex activists.
UK pardons thousands convicted under anti-gay laws
Bill named after request their convictions for crimes He was charged with gross indecency personal friends, can apply for a pardon
based on behavior that is no longer illegal in 1952 for having a relationship with for a deceased person.”
mathematician Alan Turing are physically deleted from records. another man. He committed suicide Though he believes a pardon is an
Though this process has been available two years later at the age of 41 after “important, valuable advance,” Tatchell,
By MAXIMILIAN SYCAMORE since 2012, it didn’t consider many of the undergoing chemical castration as an who is director of the Peter Tatchell
laws used to persecute gay men. alternative to serving a prison sentence. Foundation, is quick to remind people
A law that contains a posthumous Peter Tatchell, a human rights Queen Elizabeth II in 2013 what it means.
pardon for the thousands of gay and campaigner, in a statement explains posthumously pardoned Turing. “A pardon has connotations of
bisexual men convicted under anti-gay the problems faced after the 1967 “Thanks to amendments made by Lord forgiveness for a wrong done,” he
laws in the U.K. between 1885-2003 decriminalization of same-sex sexual acts. [Michael] Cashman in December , said. “These men and the wider LGBT
received royal assent on Tuesday. “The four main crimes that penalized which were supported by the government, community believe they did no wrong.”
“This is an important milestone, and gay and bisexual men were: Buggery (anal the law passed today also paves the “This is a truly momentous day,”
will help draw a line under the damage sex), gross indecency (all non-anal sex acts way for ensuring that everyone unfairly said Justice Minister Sam Gyimah in a
caused to many thousands of lives,” said between men, including mere touching prosecuted for being gay and bi will soon statement. “We can never undo the hurt
Stonewall, a British LGBT advocacy group, and kissing), procuring (facilitating, aiding be able to have these ‘crimes’ deleted from caused, but we have apologized and
in a statement on the Policing and Crime and abetting) and importuning (chatting their record,” explained Stonewall. taken action to right these wrongs.”
Act 2017. up, cruising),” he said. “These crimes were Tatchell points out, however, that for Brandon Lewis, minister of state
The law only applies to England and not repealed until 2003.” many, getting a pardon for a crime not at the Ministry of Justice, released a
Wales. Scotland and Northern Ireland Though these were not included in the bill directly pardoned by the bill is still far formal apology on behalf of the British
have their own legislative bodies. back in October 2016, since then the “Alan from easy. government on Jan. 11.
Stonewall had originally called for all Turing Law” has gone through many changes. “Many convicted men were rejected “I want to take the opportunity to
gay and bisexual men, alive or dead, to be Turing was a mathematician who and disowned by their families,” he said. apologize unreservedly, on behalf of the
pardoned, though the British government helped break Germany’s secret Enigma “The government should make it clear government, to all those men who will
refused. Instead, those still living can code during World War II. that any concerned person, including receive a pardon,” he said.
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), an LGBT
rights supporter, expressed frustration
the Republican-controlled Senate never
allowed a vote on Obama’s choice
of Merrick Garland and declared his
opposition to Gorsuch “until it is clear that
he will protect the constitutional rights of
women, of the LGBT community, and the
rights of every American.”
“Judge Gorsuch is Justice Scalia on
steroids,” Nadler said. “His record
demonstrates that, if conﬁrmed, he
would rely on his conservative, originalist
philosophy to overturn critical precedents
and to disregard the rights of everyday
Americans while bolstering protections
for corporations and special interests.”
Prominent in Gorsuch’s rulings on the ‘Judge Gorsuch’s record over the last 14 years, especially on religious
liberty, gives Americans every reason to believe he will make a ﬁne
10th Circuit is a lower court decision in HRC’s CHAD GRIFFIN denounced the selection of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court justice,’ said TONY PERKINS, president of the anti-
the Hobby Lobby case, in which the U.S. U.S. Supreme Court. LGBT Family Research Council.
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Supreme Court in 2014 ultimately ruled
the chain could deny contraception
coverage to its employees based on announced Gorsuch as his choice for the conﬁrmation hearings in the United from the state where Gorsuch has served
religious reasons despite being a for- Supreme Court, Lambda Legal unveiled States Senate to explore his perspective as a judge, cited Gorsuch’s “religious
proﬁt corporation. a compilation of decisions and writings on the relevant issues facing LGBT freedom” rulings as a source of concern
“The law we address today compels from the nominee demonstrating anti- Americans today.” and called on U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet
the corporations to act contrary to their LGBT views. On the 10th Circuit, Gorsuch also (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) to
religious beliefs,” Gorsuch wrote. “They Among the writings was a piece for joined a ruling against transgender rights reject the nominee.
therefore suﬀer a substantial burden. I the conservative National Review titled in 2015 in the case of Druley v. Patton, “A Supreme Court that would rule in
see no need to examine how damaging “Liberals & Lawsuits,” which condemned which rejected arguments the Oklahoma support of religious exemptions would
the sanctions for noncompliance would the progressive movement for seeking Department of Corrections violated a certainly open LGBTQ Americans up
be or how diﬃcult it would be for the advancements in the courts as opposed transgender inmate’s constitutional rights to discrimination and open up a can of
corporations to rearrange their present to seeking change elsewhere. Two years by denying her hormone treatment and worms that could allow individuals to
manner of operating their businesses to after the Massachusetts Supreme Court her request to wear feminine clothing. The ignore child welfare, domestic violence, or
avoid violating the law.” made the Bay State the ﬁrst in the country ruling explicitly denies transgender people other laws that someone could contend
The Supreme Court limited the Hobby to legalize same-sex marriage, the article belong to “a protected suspect class for is contrary to their religion,” Ramos said.
Lobby ruling to contraception, explicitly explicitly identiﬁes same-sex marriage as purposes of Equal Protection claims.” “The Supreme Court has the potential
denying the decision was precedent in an issue that doesn’t belong in the courts. “Ms. Druley did not allege any facts to shape the future of our nation for
cases pertaining to civil rights laws, but “American liberals have become suggesting the ODOC defendants’ generations to come and Supreme
critics say the decision could open the addicted to the courtroom, relying on decisions concerning her clothing or Court Justices should be committed to
door to rulings in the name of “religious judges and lawyers rather than elected housing do not bear a rational relation to upholding America’s promise of fairness
freedom” against laws prohibiting LGBT leaders and the ballot box, as the primary a legitimate state purpose,” the decision and freedom for all.”
non-discrimination. (That has occurred. A means of eﬀecting their social agenda on adds. “Thus, she has not demonstrated Expressing support for the nomination,
federal judge in Michigan cited the Hobby everything from gay marriage to assisted a likelihood of success on her Equal on the other hand, and present during
Lobby decision when ruling against a suicide to the use of vouchers for private- Protection claims.” the White House announcement for the
transgender employee at a funeral home school education,” Gorsuch said. “This Chad Griﬃn, president of the Human choice was Tony Perkins, president of
who was terminated for transitioning.) overweening addiction to the courtroom Rights Campaign, came out in opposition the anti-LGBT Family Research Council,
Gorsuch also sided with “religious as the place to debate social policy is bad to Gorsuch after insisting the choice is who cited Gorsuch’s ruling for “religious
freedom” arguments over the Aﬀordable for the country and bad for the judiciary.” Trump’s latest eﬀort “since the moment freedom” as a reason to support him.
Care Act’s mandate that employers provide The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year he stepped foot in the Oval Oﬃce” “Judge Gorsuch’s record over the last
contraception coverage in the 10th Circuit in favor of marriage equality nationwide. to undermine LGBT rights. 14 years, especially on religious liberty,
ruling in the case of Little Sisters of the Given that Gorsuch would replace Scalia, “The Supreme Court has played a gives Americans every reason to believe
Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell. a justice who dissented from the decision, central role in advancing the promise of he will make a ﬁne Supreme Court
Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, his conﬁrmation might be step toward an equality for LGBTQ Americans, and Judge justice,” Perkins said. “His reputation as a
declared opposition to the nominee based unlikely ruling overturning the decision Gorsuch’s anti-equality record — from judge with integrity and dedication to the
on Gorsuch’s “religious freedom” rulings, down the road, but not suﬃciently enough opposing crucial medical treatment for a Constitution should be an encouragement
which she said marks the ﬁrst time her to change the makeup of the court. transgender person to supporting a license to all Americans.”
organization opposed a Supreme Court Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin to discriminate for private corporations The makeup of the Supreme Court will
nominee without any conﬁrmation hearing. Republicans, said the marriage issue was — make him unﬁt to sit on the nation’s be important as it considers the case of
“Judge Gorsuch’s opinion in the settled regardless of who’s appointed to highest court,” Griﬃn said. “We cannot G.G. v. Gloucester County Schools, which
10th Circuit Hobby Lobby decision is the bench, refusing to join other LGBT aﬀord a justice who will roll back our will determine whether a transgender
disqualifying,” Tiven said. “The Hobby advocates in opposing Gorsuch. rights, or who will be a rubber stamp for student, Gavin Grimm, can use the
Lobby decision set a terrible and “Marriage equality is here to stay, and Donald Trump’s unconstitutional actions. restroom at school consistent with his
destructive standard for bosses being the conﬁrmation of Judge Gorsuch — And America cannot aﬀord to have Judge gender identity. However, the odds are
allowed to meddle in our sex lives and or any conservative justice — will not Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. We against the Senate completing what
decide whether or not birth control is change that,” Angelo said. “Log Cabin oppose this nomination.” will likely be a contentious conﬁrmation
covered by the employer’s insurance plan. Republicans continues to review the case Daniel Ramos, executive director of process in time for Gorsuch to join
Immediately at the time Trump history of Judge Gorsuch and welcomes One Colorado and an LGBT advocate arguments in the case.
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Help Thyself how Trump’s threats to cut
funds for sanctuary cities might impact
D.C.’s LGBT community, Mayor Muriel
Bowser said she wasn’t sure.
“We know that a lot of polices aﬀect all
D.C. communities,” she said. “We don’t
really know and I can’t say a lot about
what the executive order means around
sanctuary cities. But we follow our values
and the law and I think that we are going
to have to see how that plays out.”
Bowser and members of the D.C. City
Council responded to the Trump order by
vowing to “defy” the president’s attempts
at what they called a violation of the
human rights of immigrants.
In a Jan. 25 news conference, Bowser
said that in its role as a sanctuary
city D.C. isn’t an “agent of the federal
government.” She said D.C. police would
continue to devote their resources to
protecting all city residents regardless of
their immigration status.
One day earlier, in apparent
anticipation of the Trump order, the D.C.
Council voted unanimously to approve
a Sense of the Council Resolution
denouncing Trump’s immigration policies ‘One thing we can do is support organizations that are eﬀective in our communities because we may need to do more privately if the federal
and aﬃrming the city’s longstanding government steps back,’ said Mayor MURIEL BOWSER.
support for human rights and diversity. WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY DAVID TRUITT
The resolution was introduced by Council
members David Grosso (I-At-Large) and
Robert White (D-At-Large). Whitman-Walker spokesperson Abby jeopardized if the Trump administration values,” Bowser told about 100 people
“As a Council, we resolved to reject Fenton said oﬃcials were assessing cracks down on D.C.’s status as a who turned out at the D.C. Eagle for the
xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, how a funding cut related to the Trump sanctuary city. Brother Help Thyself event. During the
homophobia, transphobia, disparagement executive order could impact Whitman- Other LGBT community organizations event the group gave away $75,000 in
of people with disabilities, misogyny, and Walker but they preferred not to discuss that receive various amounts of D.C. grants to 30 LGBT supportive charitable
bigotry in any form,” Grosso said in a how much the organization received from government funds and that could be groups in the D.C. and Baltimore areas.
statement. government grants at this time. impacted by the Trump executive order “And it’s even more important than
The resolution says the Council would According to Fenton, Whitman-Walker’s include Casa Ruby, a bilingual LGBT ever that our leaders be as inclusive and
“remain committed to our status as a legal services department regularly provides community services center that assists loving and caring and empathetic and
sanctuary city and not participate in any free legal services to people seeking LGBT Latino immigrants among other stay focused on how we can ﬁght back
federal immigration enforcement strategies immigration or asylum help. She said the LGBT clients; SMYAL, which provides and continue to be leaders,” Bowser said.
that endanger those within our city.” group had 143 cases of people seeking services for LGBT youth; and the Wanda “So what Brother Help Thyself is doing
Whitman-Walker Health, the city’s immigration and asylum related help in Alston Foundation, which provides housing couldn’t be more important because what
largest private organization providing 2015 and 207 such cases in 2016. She services for homeless LGBT youth. we don’t know is if these executive orders
services to the LGBT community said all funding used by the legal services During her appearance at the Brother will be backed by Congress, will we have
and people with HIV/AIDS, received department comes from private sources. Help Thyself reception, Bowser told the very important programs that the federal
a combined total of $6.6 million in The Trump executive order doesn’t gathering she had deep concerns about government partners with us go away?”
“government grants” in 2014, according appear to target private organizations how the city would be impacted by the she said.
to its IRS 990 ﬁnance report for that year, located in sanctuary cities that receive Trump administration and Congress over Although Bowser didn’t mention
which is the group’s most recent publicly federal funds. the next four years. Trump by name she made it clear she was
released 990 report. But many federally funded programs Republican members of a House concerned that the president’s policies
The report doesn’t break down the to community-based health care committee that oversees D.C. aﬀairs and recent executive orders could hurt
portion of that amount that came directly organizations like Whitman-Walker, approved a proposal on Tuesday calling D.C. and its ability to continue to fund
from the federal government, which especially federal Ryan White Act AIDS on Congress to intervene in and possibly community-based organizations.
regularly provides funding to Whitman- funds, are allocated to cities and states, overturn several D.C. laws such as the city’s “One thing we can do is support
Walker, and from the D.C. government, which are charged with dispensing the gun control statute, assisted suicide law, organizations that are eﬀective in our
which also provides grants and contracts funds to community-based groups. and its law legalizing marijuana possession. communities because we may need to do
to the LGBT health care organization for The Trump executive order doesn’t GOP house members have also more privately if the federal government
various HIV related services. make it clear whether funds given to expressed strong opposition to a steps back,” she said. “And so let’s all hope
The report shows that Whitman- sanctuary cities that are earmarked for policy that Bowser put in place in early and pray that it doesn’t come to that. But if it
Walker’s total revenue for that year organizations like Whitman-Walker would January allocating city funds to pay for does we’ll be ready. And we’ll also be ready
was $24.3 million and that most of its be cut oﬀ under the Trump order. legal services to help undocumented to support any vulnerable population.”
revenue came from private contributions, A spokesperson for the Trump immigrants challenge deportation action Added Bowser: “It’s not the LGBTQ
fundraising events, and from administration couldn’t immediately be by federal immigration authorities. community right now, not yet. But we
reimbursements for medical services by reached to determine whether Whitman- “It’s proving to be a very challenging know if they come for one it’s only a matter
private insurers and Medicaid. Walker’s federal funds would be time for our city, our nation, and our of time before they come for all of us.”
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Baltimore organizations win grants
Several Baltimore-area organizations were among the 30 that received grants
from Washington, D.C.-based Brother, Help Thyself during its annual grants
reception that took place on Jan. 28 at the D.C. Eagle. BHT is a community-
based organization that provides ﬁnancial and other support to non-proﬁt
organizations serving the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/D.C.
Among those Baltimore-area organizations receiving grants were: AIDS
Action Baltimore ($2,760); Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, Inc. ($1,000);
FreeState Justice ($1,450); Baltimore-based Hope Springs, an HIV/AIDS advocacy
organization ($3,880); New Ways Ministry Inc. a Mount Rainier-based LGBT
Catholic organization ($1,960); and PFLAG Westminster/Carroll County ($1,420).
In addition, the President’s Award was presented to Jeﬀrey Grabelle of AIDS
Wills & Trusts Action Baltimore for “25-plus years of loving, dedicated, and inspirational service
to Baltimore’s HIV/AIDS community.”
Powers of Attorney • Living Wills “It’s important to acknowledge the good work being done in and for our
Partnership & Prenuptial Agreements community,” said BHT President Jim Slattery, in a statement. “While none of
us are in this for the glory, it sure is nice to have the opportunity to formally
(240) 778-2330 • (703) 536-0220 recognize folks and groups we think of as legendary and worthy of praise.”
Since its incorporation in 1978, BHT has now awarded nearly $3.1 million in grants.
Prime Timers to discuss domestic violence
Serving the LGBT Community
in DC/MD/VA since 1983 Author, journalist and radio show host Wyatt O’Brian Evans will be the featured
speaker at an upcoming meeting of Prime Timers of Baltimore, a social group
consisting of older gay and bisexual men as well as younger men who admire
Lawrence S. Jacobs/McMillan Metro, PC mature men. The meeting will be held on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran
Church at St. Paul & 20th Streets.
Evans will explore the topic of domestic violence among gay couples by
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LGBT youth summit canceled
WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control has nixed an LGBT youth
summit it privately planned before Election Day as a result of Trump’s win,
although an agency spokesperson said the decision is the result on internal
concern about a legal issue, not the new president.
News the LGBT youth summit would be “indeﬁnitely postponed” — ﬁrst
reported by Talking Points Memo — comes after media outlets reported a CDC
climate change and health conference would be cancelled amid fears it would be
poorly received in the Trump administration.
An anonymous source is quoted in TPM as saying event planners under the
expectation Hillary Clinton would win the White House had assembled a list of
potential partner organizations for the LGBT youth summit, such as the YMCA,
Human Rights Campaign and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Organizers planned
to wait until after Nov. 8 to extend formal invitations, but they were never sent out.
Preparations continued through Friday after the election, but the following
week’s planning meeting was canceled without notice and replaced with a “next
steps” conference call, according to the source. Organizers were thanked for
their work and informed that the summit was postponed indeﬁnitely on that
call, while a new internal workgroup on LGBT youth health also was proposed,
according to the source.
An email to staﬀers working on the event, dated Nov. 18 and reviewed by
TPM, also stated that the summit was postponed.
“It was never actually explicitly said by anyone that we’re canceling this
because Donald Trump won the election,” the source said.
The source reportedly said the event was supposed to be a “big deal,” would have
been broadcast on Facebook live and would have announced a ﬁve-year agenda.
Although the event was initially planned for mid-December, planning documents
indicate the date for the summit was delayed in late October to January.
Lola Russell, a spokesperson for the CDC, told the Washington Blade the
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“After release of the ﬁrst data on the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual
youth in August 2016, CDC explored a variety of ways to address the identiﬁed
disparities, including hosting a meeting,” Russell said. “On November 4, we
determined that a CDC-hosted meeting and engagement of participants in
follow-up activities would violate the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).”
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Trump’s ban means I can’t attend HRC conference
personally and was very beneﬁcial for the thing you can forget because of your per-
America is not great if organizations I was visiting. I have given sonal problems and preferences. If you
you repress LGBT people speeches at the White House, Congress, think LGBTQI community members do
the World Bank, the U.N. and many other not deserve to be respected because of
international and local organizations and who they are, then you really have edu-
By AYAZ SHALAL HASSAN companies in the U.S. Those speeches cational problems and need to do more
changed my life and contributed to my research. I can volunteer to help you with
I still cannot call Donald Trump the personal and professional growth. They that.
president of the United States. I have made me the powerful person I am to- You also cannot prosper as a country
been dreaming of him lately. It is so scary day. They helped me achieve what I have if you disrespect women. Very simply,
how this guy has the ability to enter your always dreamed of. women in the United States are more
dreams too. This man is a danger to hu- I am in touch with more than 300 than half of the population. Do you know
mans and all humanity. He is making the young leaders who have similar stories what you are you losing?
most irrational decisions in United States like mine. Now, I cannot come to a Hu- Dear Mr. Trump, you are not a man
history. I still do not understand barring man Rights Campaign conference in April living with his beautiful wife in his fancy
people from entering the country when that I was invited to attend because of house anymore. You are the man respon-
the United States itself is the country of Trump’s decisions. sible for the lives and futures of millions
immigrants. Syrians cannot enter the The United States is powerful because and millions of people. Please, please,
country when Steve Jobs was the son of a of its relationship and connection with please think twice or even more before
Syrian immigrant. Albert Einstein was an the rest of the world. We are not in the making your decisions and take into con-
immigrant, and his own wife too! Almost Middle Ages and should not be building sideration those who are diﬀerent than
the whole nation is immigrants. walls around our cities and countries. We you and those who you are aﬀecting.
Trump prevents Iraqis from entering AYAZ SHALAL, on right, a human rights are in 2017. If Mexicans want to come There might come a day when you will be
activist from Kurdistan who advocates for
the country because he thinks they might LGBT and women’s rights, visited the U.S. in to America, they will do it even if Trump in their place.
be terrorists, but he does not prevent August 2016. builds 10 walls.
anyone from all of the Gulf countries in- PHOTO COURTESY OF AYAZ SHALAL
You cannot make America great if you
cluding Saudi Arabia even though Sept. repress LGBTQI people. If there is no fair-
11 was done by Saudi citizens. Osama bin ness, no respect and no freedom, there AYAZ SHALAL HASSAN is the deputy director
Laden himself was a Saudi. These kinds of vent me from entering the U.S. I have will be no development and no prosper- of programs for the Rasan Organization, which
advocates on behalf of women and other
decisions will really hurt the U.S. been there more than seven times before ity. The LGBTQI community around the minority groups in Iraqi Kurdistan. He is based
There is absolutely no reason to pre- and each time was a great success for me world is very powerful and it is not some- in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.
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Witness to a gender revolution in Obama’s America
cepted, or not, and how fast. fall of 2008, and the students were a rep- of academic discourse. My seminar’s date
Once controversial book Everybody seems to agree that class resentative sample of graduate students with her book arrives. By then, I have had
now registers a yawn struggle exists, but Michel Foucault’s no- in the humanities at that time. Mostly on time to know my audience. It is as repre-
tion of biopower has not become transpar- the liberal side of the political barricade, sentative of 2016 graduate students in the
among my students ent. Yet, another of these “big” ideas went the group comprised gays and straights. humanities as my older, 2008, cohort was.
from “crazy” to “banal” in the eight years of We understood gender – itself a category But it is diﬀerent, more varied. We have had
By SAVERIO GIOVENCHINI Obama’s presidency. The ﬁrst time I taught fully accepted as “useful” by historians only heated arguments about Marx’s notion of
this seminar in September 2008, I assigned in the 1980s — as historically determined, class and commodity, about the silence of
My story is that of a teacher who has Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble.” Published but we took for granted the stability of a oppression, and the clamor of empire. But
witnessed a revolution. I saw no blood; no in 1990, Butler’s prophetic book was still biologically determined sexual binary that “Gender Trouble” does not make a splash.
barricades; but a radical change nonethe- cutting edge 18 years later, an activist as- produced subjectivities encapsulated in Eyebrows are not raised. It is almost a big,
less — and one that largely bubbled from sault against the creation of a sexual binary words like “men” and “women.” Butler was polite, yawn, a silent “so what?”
the ground up. The revolution manifest- based on the supposedly a-historical no- not so sure, and my students were puzzled: The pulsating and prophetic core of this
ed itself in a graduate course, and this tion of biology. Sexual organs, Butler notes, admiring, yes, but still puzzled. profoundly forward-looking book has ﬁnal-
little story of mine hinges on big books. are only one of the many physiological Now jump to eight years later to the fall ly arrived in its moment: it can be retired
I routinely teach a graduate seminar on traits humanity can use to divide itself into 2016. I again assign Butler’s book: I want to as a venerable landmark in American intel-
historical methodology and contemporary groups. Our obsession about this sexually see whether it is still a challenging read. Dur- lectual history. I go back to my oﬃce and
theory at the University of Maryland in Col- deﬁned binary world needs to be interro- ing Obama’s presidency, American public consider that I have witnessed a revolution:
lege Park. It is a diﬃcult course, but well at- gated. It is not just the notion of male and discourse changed and the pace of change America has changed, and it has done so
tended. I possibly delude myself by deeming female that is subject to the wearing and accelerated: marriage equality is farther on largely from below, by the simple act of
it quite popular among our students. They tearing of history. its journey into federal law, and millions of people having the courage to be who they
and I tackle diﬃcult ideas and we argue about Biology is no destiny either. Historical people have populated the notion of sexual felt they were, in a society that ﬁnally rec-
everything. Intellectually, I usually come out process and power relations may also mo- diﬀerence with their own desires, loving ognized their freedom to do that. It was an
of our 150-minute sessions exhausted, both tivate dividing humans into men and wom- themselves and others as gay, bisexual, non overdue change that also came out of de-
elated and bruised. The books I assign fare en. Butler writes powerfully and cogently, sexual, transgender, gender-neutral, etc. cades of political and intellectual struggle
similarly. From year to year, I have varied the but her prose does not suﬀer lazy readers. New words have been created to express the and that, I hope, cannot be reversed.
syllabus, but I have included some repeats. When I ﬁrst discussed the book with a articulation of the many ways we can “be.”
Teaching the same book across time, I am baker’s dozen of doctoral students, the Butler’s prophetic, intellectual activism SAVERIO GIOVENCHINI is a professor of history
able to gauge how some ideas become ac- seminar attendees were puzzled. It was the seems no longer conﬁned to the margins at the University of Maryland College Park.
2 4 • F E B RUA RY 0 3, 2017 VIEWPOINT
Thank you, Mary Tyler Moore
work as Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Messing to Ellen DeGeneres to Geri Jew- ards and her newsroom colleagues in
TV icon inspired many Dyke Show” (1961-1966) and Mary Rich- ell. “She turned the world on with a smile. Minneapolis TV station WJM. Mary, single
women, queer fans ards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” And she was magical to me,” Messing of and 30, has moved to the city after break-
(1970-1977). “Will and Grace” wrote of Mary Tyler ing up with a boyfriend. The show was
These groundbreaking TV sitcoms Moore on Instagram. transformative — not only for hetero
changed cultural perceptions of women, “You were a role model in so many women but for the queer community.
the workplace and family. Her portrayal of ways,” tweeted gay actor of “Star Trek” Though Mary’s parents appear occasion-
Mary Richards inspired many women in George Takei. ally on the show, her WJM co-workers and
the workforce from actors to journalists. “Mary Tyler Moore changed the world her friends are her family. This helped to
As a writer and single woman in my for all women,” DeGeneres tweeted. reassure LGBT people that our communi-
30s in New York, I watched “The Mary Ty- Geri Jewell, an actress and author of ty was our family — even if our biological
ler Moore Show” in reruns. Mentors and “I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Tran- families were estranged from us. Queer
KATHI WOLFE, a writer and poet, is a regular some family members told me they didn’t scending Disability in Hollywood and Be- friendly shows from “Sex and The City” to
contributor to the Blade. think I’d be successful as a writer. They yond,” worked with Moore on the TV spe- “Girls” are descendants of the MTM show.
worried about my being on my own in a cial “I Love Liberty.” “I had walked oﬀ the The program was one of the ﬁrst on TV
“Have you heard?” my friend Jeremy big city. I worried about being alone and stage after my performance,” Jewell wrote to portray being gay in a non-homopho-
sadly asked when I picked up the phone. whether my dream of being a writer was on Facebook. “She grabbed my hand and bic, yet laugh-out-loud funny manner. In
Condolence calls pored in as if a fam- worth pursuing. Mary Richards, with her said: ‘Not one standing ovation, but two one episode, Phyllis’s visiting brother Ben,
ily member had died. Millions of us lost persistence, good manners and journal- standing ovations...now that’s quite an pals around with her frenemie Rhoda.
a part of our “family” when Mary Tyler istic integrity, encouraged me to cultivate accomplishment!” Phyllis exclaims “I’m so relieved” on learn-
Moore, 80, died on Jan. 25 in Greenwich, the stick-to-itiveness and skill needed to The “Dick Van Dyke” and “Mary Tyler ing that Ben isn’t going to marry Rhoda
Conn. from cardiopulmonary arrest, a be a scribe. Moore” shows altered our perceptions because he’s gay.
complication of pneumonia. I wondered whether “The Mary Tyler while making us laugh. Laura, unlike oth- Richards, though not a ﬁrebrand, de-
Moore, who received an Oscar nomi- Moore Show” still was relevant. Until my er TV housewives then, had skills of her manded to be paid as much as a man
nation for her performance in the 1980 40-something friend Amy phoned me. own. In one episode, a drunk man at a bar with her job, told arrogant anchorman
movie “Ordinary People” and in the same “You wouldn’t believe how great the MTM harasses Rob. Laura stops the creep with Ted Baxter to “shut up!” and went to jail
year, a special Tony Award for her work show is!” she said, “It’s so spot-on feminist!” a karate chop. rather than reveal a source.
on Broadway in “Whose Life Is It, Any- Moore inﬂuenced actors, comedians “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” revolves Thank you, Mary, for your work and for
way?” is beloved for her Emmy-winning and television personalities from Debra around associate producer Mary Rich- inspiring us to pursue our dreams. R.I.P.
No bigotry in our name, including against Muslims
like countless extreme Levitical laws and the name of Jesus Christ, or when we read most conservative denominations. What
LGBT people have much to bloody biblical tales that most Jews and about a Christian parent who beat or killed we have not done is call for Christians
lose by demonizing Islam Christians today ignore (if they’ve even their gay child because they found them as a whole or even a whole denomina-
read them). Recast a diverse religious ungodly, the problem is not Christians, it is tion to be treated as pariahs, surveilled,
By HARPER JEAN TOBIN tradition as a threatening ideology—like prejudice and extremism. made to register with the government,
those throughout American history who We should understand, too, that perse- or banned from the country. We should
Too many times in our history, we have stoked fears of “popery.” Recite a litany of cuting Muslims and banning them from see homophobia and transphobia in any
been told that some group of people is crimes committed by individual members the country isn’t going to protect LGBT religion the same way. LGBT people have
dangerous and must be controlled. Talk of the group—like those who have always people any more than banning Evangeli- nothing to gain and much to lose by join-
of a threat to society—from African- seized on stories of sex crimes by LGBT cal Christians would. LGBT Muslims are ing in the demonization of Muslims and
Americans, from Jews, from Catholics, people. Conjure up an existential threat not an exception to be “saved” by perse- immigrants. Muslims and immigrants
from LGBT people, from immigrants— to society. cuting and banning their co-religionists. who are LGBT will lose most of all.
has led our nation and others down many As Americans—and especially, I would In 2015, the National Center for Trans- I was proud to join millions of Ameri-
dark and shameful paths. Anytime some- hope, as LGBT Americans who know so gender Equality surveyed nearly 28,000 cans in the Women’s March. I was proud
one wants to tell you that a whole com- well what it is to be turned into a boogey- people. Like Americans in general, about to join so many people, of all genders but
munity (with a few exceptions, perhaps) is man—we should know better. We should 1 percent of our respondents said they overwhelmingly women, standing up for
dangerous, you should worry much more know better whether it is now-President were Muslim. Just like respondents of oth- one another: white, black, brown and
about the rhetoric itself than the people Trump telling us Mexicans are rapists and er faiths, transgender Muslims reported Native women, immigrant and U.S.-born
being slandered. murderers, or Breitbart News telling us being rejected by some family and friends women, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and
So it is with Muslim Americans and our transgender people are predators, or Da- and supported by others. Like some LGBT secular women, lesbian, bisexual, and
Muslim neighbors around the world. I vid Duke telling us about the Jewish threat, people raised Christian or Jewish, some transgender women. The marchers re-
was raised Episcopalian in Kentucky, but or a pundit in our own community telling LGBT Muslims have lost their faith due jected, as should we all, attempts to turn
Muslims are my neighbors, my cowork- us Muslims want to kill us. We should un- to rejection from their faith community, communities against one another. One
ers, my friends, and my family members. derstand that behind these lies, there are while others have found a home among of the core themes of the marches was
They are as diverse as any community over three million Muslim Americans get- members of their faith who accept them. captured by the popular chant, “No hate,
in this country. And so I was deeply sad- ting up every day and going to work and The LGBT movement has responded no fear, diversity is welcome here.” In the
dened and disturbed to read Shannon Gil- to school and paying taxes and helping to often virulent faith-based hostility Trump era, that must be the LGBT com-
reath’s fearmongering piece in last week’s their neighbors, even though others are among some Christian communities by munity’s rallying cry.
Blade, which repeated the timeworn constantly suspicious of them. We should supporting dialogue within families and
techniques of painting any group as a know that just as we know that when a ter- communities that is beginning to turn HARPER JEAN TOBIN is director of policy at the
menace: Quote scripture out of context— rorist bombs a clinic or shoots a doctor in the tide even within some of America’s National Center for Transgender Equality.
V I E W PO I NT F E BRU A RY 0 3 , 2 0 1 7 • 2 5
At the intersection of Muslim, LGBT communities
and assumptions from both communities. behind the words? Did he consider talk- I have been blessed to be connected to my
We must unite and However, I am disappointed that it is com- ing to any of the LGBTQ Muslim scholars community in many ways, including as a co-
protect the oppressed ing from within the LGBTQ community, who have written on both the challenges chair of the LGBTQ Muslim Retreat. A yearly
who should recognize when an attack in and joys of our faith? Did the author know event where my community comes together
based in bias and hate. that the word homosexual does not occur to learn, connect, network and pray. We are
By PALMER SHEPHERD I understand that the actions of a few in the Qur’an? Does the author know how a beautiful group of LGBTQ+ people that in-
extremist groups creates a great amount many times the word love occurs in the clude Sunni, Shia, Suﬁ, practicing, non-prac-
I believe hate is hate. In Shannon Gil- of fear. However, Gilreath neglects to Qur’an? In my experience, I’ve seen all of ticing, those focused on the spiritual, those
reath’s Islamophobic opinion piece, “Eu- mention that the biggest victims of the the holy texts from Abrahamic religions in- focused on the ritual, those focused on using
rope’s Islam problem and U.S. immigration extremist attacks around the world are terpreted for both good and bad depend- our faith to be better people.
policy,” instead of focusing on challenges Muslims. Not only are Muslims dying, but ing on who is doing the reading. The Bible, It is disappointing that in the current
with immigration policy, Gilreath instead our faith, the very thing many of us turn The Torah and The Qur’an oﬀer their read- political climate it was deemed appropri-
attacks an entire religion and infers that to during diﬃcult times, is being perverted ers places to ﬁnd peace if they are looking ate to run an opinion piece that continues
all Muslims are instructed by the Qur’an to into something we are unable to even rec- for peace, or can be twisted to be a justi- to fuel the ﬂames of Islamophobia. This
engage in conquest and murder. Gilreath, ognize through these heinous acts of ter- ﬁcation for violence and oppression. Did president and his cabinet have a history
a professor of law promoting an anti- ror. The author attacks liberals for having Gilreath read ayat (verse) 13 from Surah of both anti-LGBTQ and anti-Muslim ef-
Muslim bias, inaccurately infers through “a rather unreﬂective commitment to the Al-Hujarat? This verse says “O humankind, forts and we should be bringing our com-
an uneducated understanding of Islam defense of religion at all costs.” Islam has We have created you a single male and fe- munities together and protect those that
and events from diﬀerent geographic been around for hundreds of years and male (Adam and Eve) and made you into are being oppressed. In this time of great
situations, painting in broad-brush fash- is practiced by over 1.6 billion individuals. nations and tribes and communities, that political challenges we need to not suc-
ion, that all Muslims are mass murderers Both President George W. Bush and Presi- you may know one another. Really, the cumb to those who would drive a wedge
and terrorists. As a member of the LGBTQ dent Barack Obama, upon reﬂection, have most honored of you in the sight of God between our diverse communities and
Muslim community, I have seen this type voiced defense for Islam, they realized that is the most righteous of you, and God has recognize our common humanity.
of attack become common during the it is a small portion of the population that all knowledge.” This verse is important to
most recent election cycle among many of is trying to use a version of the religion as a Muslims because it tells us to reject divi-
PALMER SHEPHERD is former co-chair of the
the Republican candidates, including our tool for their destructive and violent ends. sions based on race, politics, tribes, geog- LGBTQ Muslim Retreat and a fellow with the
new president. Being at the intersection Gilreath says he has read the Qur’an raphy, culture, society and for some peo- American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.
The LGBTQ Muslim Retreat is a program of
of the Muslim and LGBTQ communities cover to cover, but has he understood ple our understanding includes divisions the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender
can be challenging where we face biases it? Did he ask any scholars the meaning based on sexuality and gender. Diversity.
I N S I DE LGB T W A S HING TON
My protest days are not over Abzug and Gloria Steinem for women’s change with Prince Charles, leaving out any organize. Join and support organizations
Focus must shift to rights. Got tear gassed in front of the De- mention of Jews in his statement on Ho- that will defend us and serve us such as the
retaking Senate in 2018 partment of Justice protesting the Vietnam locaust Remembrance Day, and banning ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Southern Pov-
War and picketed the White House for residents from seven Muslim countries erty Law Center, and the Council on Ameri-
disability rights. Joined Hands-around-the- from entering the United States. He has re- can-Islamic Relations.
White House, among other demonstra- organized the National Security Council re- Then Democrats need to stop ﬁghting
tions, to bring attention to the ﬁght against moving the director of National Intelligence each other and stop demanding perfec-
HIV/AIDS and marched with Elizabeth Tay- and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staﬀ tion in our candidates because that is what
lor in a candlelight procession demand- from the principals committee, which is the elected Trump. The Susan Sarandons and
ing Ronald Reagan stand up to ﬁght the meeting for the most senior national secu- Ralph Naders of the world now have the
scourge of AIDS. I was on the Mall march- rity oﬃcials and instead adding his chief gall to tell us not to stop protesting when it
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime Democratic ing to ﬁght for LGBT rights. Guess it was too strategist, Steve Bannon, who was formerly was they, by their stupidity and short-sight-
Party and LGBT rights activist. He is a regular much to hope that at my age I could stop executive chair of Breitbart News, a far- edness, who said there was no diﬀerence
contributor to the Blade.
marching and protesting and enjoy the right news, opinion and commentary web- between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
fruits of what we accomplished. site that Bannon himself described as “the and therefore voting for Clinton wasn’t im-
My sincere wish was my protest days In just the last week I have participated platform of the Internet-based alt-right” portant.
were over. Had Hillary Clinton won the in the Women’s March on Washington including Nazis and the KKK. Protesters at We must elect a Democratic Congress in
presidency they would have been. In recent and demonstrated in front of the White the White House correctly chanted “End the 2018. Even the most imperfect Democrat
days, I have often thought if all the young House to protest Trump’s executive order immigration ban, instead ban Bannon”. will vote for a Democratic Speaker of the
people who have marched and demon- that tries to ban Muslims from entering Hundreds of thousands across the na- House and Majority Leader in the Senate
strated since the election had understood the country. I am on the planning commit- tion and the world took to the streets and and Democrats will control the agenda and
how dangerous Trump would be she would tee for the June 11th LGBT Pride March in airports to tell Trump he is wrong and make can stop Trump. That has to be the goal in
now be president having won not only the Washington. Once again there are com- him understand in reality his ban makes 2018 and we need to stop the internecine
popular vote by millions but the Electoral pelling reasons demanding us to stand up things more dangerous for Americans. The ﬁghts in order to do that. Blowhards like
College as well. and be heard. Along with millions of other people are speaking and they will continue Michael Moore think it is ﬁne to threaten
Instead, since Donald Trump’s elec- Americans who are clearly feeling the same to do so being joined by business leaders Democrats who don’t agree with him on
tion and inauguration protests have again need we will stand together and speak out and members of Congress who will not go everything with primary challenges. All that
become a way of life for those of us who because we know Silence = Death. quietly into the night while Donald Trump will do is make it easier for Republicans to
care about our country and democracy. In In just one week the Trump White House and his Rasputin, Steve Bannon, trample on win. Let us work together for at least the
my youth I met Martin Luther King, Jr. and is turning the world upside down. He is our Constitution. next two years and focus on taking Con-
fought for civil rights. I marched with Bella ﬁghting with Mexico, debating climate We must continue to march, protest and gress and our country back.
2 6 • F E B RUA RY 0 3, 2017 O U R BU SI N E SS MA T T E RS
Small businesses cheer White House regulatory order
ministration. similar cost-weighing accountability. to curtail the current gusher of new regu-
New policy restricting D.C. was represented at the White Implementation will prove complex lations to a reasonable and responsible
federal regulations House ceremony by Casey Patten of Tay- and complicated. Imposing a required as- level. To get there, a conscientious true-
lor Gourmet, co-founder of the popular sessment balancing business costs, how- cost assessment will be required, inevita-
welcomed by enterprise local hoagie eatery with multiple locations ever, will inject much-needed discipline bly prompting reluctance and resistance
by anti-enterprise extremists.
Big government types, of course, will
conjure up images of planes falling from
the sky and gangrenous slabs of meat
Requiring ‘that for every new federal regulation littering grocery shelves. What they in-
proposed, two must be revoked,’ this directive is tentionally overlook, and likely don’t un-
derstand, is that most government mar-
not as simplistic as summarized. ketplace interventions have little to do
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur with actual public health and safety, and
and community business advocate. Follow appropriate limited exceptions in those
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com. areas are easily accommodated.
open in, or planned for, D.C.’s most prom- in government rulemaking. Forcing an The no-regulation-is-ever-too-onerous
President Trump fulﬁlled a signiﬁcant inent and newly developing areas. Patten evaluation among bureaucrats followed adherents possess little ability or, worse,
campaign pledge on Monday when he also attended a meeting with Trump and by public analysis of the ﬁnancial impact willingness to assess the negative business
signed an executive order referred to as his executive staﬀ detailing the presiden- of new rules and administrative require- operating implications and deleterious eco-
a “one in, two out” policy on new federal tial directive prior to its signing. ments will lead to more cost-eﬀective nomic eﬀects of over-regulation. Ensuring
regulations. The Obama administration was notori- policies. accurate and independent assessment of
Requiring “that for every new federal ous for promulgating a bevy of extensive A “pay as you go” philosophy and com- regulatory costs, perhaps by non-govern-
regulation proposed, two must be re- new rulemaking, including a big batch monsense attitude factoring for econom- mental sources, may become requisite.
voked,” this directive is not as simplistic while headed out the door, which busi- ic eﬀects of the constant churn of red As one Washington small business
as summarized. The order targets regu- nesses decried as costly burdens hin- tape will demand guidelines for creating owner operating several long-popular
latory costs and not merely the number dering growth and employment. Trump, regulatory balance. Beneﬁt-versus-cost and highly successful neighborhood res-
of individual regulations, and would ad- however, was quick to point out, “This is review standards and creating speciﬁc taurants recently proﬀered in retort to a
ditionally establish a cost cap on new a knock on many presidents preceding regulatory reduction targets – across mul- D.C. Council member pushing for more
regulatory mandates. Under the order, me. It got particularly bad in the last eight tiple agencies – will be imperative. local business restrictions and legislative
any new regulation must be “oﬀset by the years, but … it’s a knock on many.” An applicability threshold determina- rules at a community meeting, “the only
elimination of existing costs associated The president’s initiative mirrors regu- tion, such as any regulation with an eco- new job I’ve been able to create is for
with at least two prior regulations.” latory restrictions in both the U.K. and nomic impact of $100 million or more, an oﬃce administrator to cope with the
The business community, and smaller Canada. Canada’s “One-for-One Rule” is essential. Capturing an overly broad mounting pile of reporting requirements
enterprise in particular, widely cheered applies to the direct costs of the admin- range of regulations could overwhelm any for all the new regulations you keep send-
this reform measure and welcomed the istrative burden for businesses, while the evaluation system, but tackling too small a ing our way.”
priority Trump conveyed to it by acting U.K.’s “One-in, Three-Out” requirement range of regulations could produce insuf- It’s a lot to hope, but D.C. should like-
expeditiously. He had promised only to assesses all new net regulatory cost im- ﬁcient business burden reduction. wise adopt this new sensible national
do so within the ﬁrst 100 days of his ad- plications. Australia has also instituted Any oﬀset requirement will itself tend standard.
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a little extra time to make the perfect love interesting draft beers, such as Lizard of as pan-roasted salmon, farro and quinoa mignonette, aged pheasant for two, and a
connection. Plenty of restaurants across Koz and Founder’s Fruitwood. risotto, and black spaghetti with Calabrian refreshing citrus ambrosia for a light ﬁnish.
the area have all the right ingredients. Moishe House D.C. (1453 Harvard St., chili, stone crab, uni and tarragon. Desserts Le Grenier: the French on H (502 H
The Bombay Club (815 Connecticut N.W.): OK, so this one will seem a little include sticky toffee pudding with candied St., N.E.) offers a space to enjoy French
Ave., N.W.): One of Washington’s long- odd, but for those of us who are gripped bacon and a chocolate hazelnut dacquoise. cuisine with a great wine selection and
established restaurants, the Bombay Club by activism these days, consider checking The Oval Room (800 Connecticut craft cocktails in a vintage attic decor and
offers an elegant experience and a twist out the Syrian Sweets Soirée, when Ave., N.W.): Make an impression on your cosy atmosphere on the vibrant H Street
on traditional Valentine’s Day meals with a Moishe House D.C. (a kind of cultural date at one of D.C.’s classic restaurants, corridor. Details at legrenierdc.com.
ﬁve-course $85 prix ﬁxe menu. Start with club for Jewish 20-somethings) will open where chef John Melﬁ’s $85 three-course Le Chat Noir Restaurant & Wine
the Asparagus Shorba, laced in pistachio its doors on Sunday, Feb. 16 to celebrate Valentine’s Day menu ($125 with wine Bar (4907 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) offers
and rose, then progress through Zafrani the sweet foods of Syria, raising both pairings) starts off with oysters and caviar a special Valentine’s Day three-course
Shrimp, delicately spiced with saffron and awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis with a champagne sabayon, followed by dinner with rose and chocolate. Details at
cardamom, Banana Galouti served with a and funds for the Syrian American Council. choices such as butter poached lobster, lechatnoirrestaurant.com.
sweet preserve of plantain and pineapple, It’s a good way to combine your social braised lamb shank and oxtail ravioli.
and wild boar with mustard, cumin and conscience with your social life. End the meal with the dessert sampler,
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food and
coriander. End it on a sweet note with dark nopa Kitchen+Bar (800 F St., N.W.): Start featuring pomegranate and rose hip beverage writer and editor; follow her kitchen
chocolate fondant with pistachio kulﬁ. off the $75 three-course special menu with sorbet, ﬂourless chocolate cake and adventures on Twitter at @khartke.
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A scene from Cincinnati Opera’s world premiere production of ‘Fellow Travelers’ by Gregory
Spears and Greg Pierce. From left are TIMOTHY LAUGHLIN as Aaron and HAWKINS FULLER as
PHOTO BY PHILIP GROSHONG; COURTESY OF THE CINCINNATI OPERA
The arts in peril?
SLASHING NEA FUNDING COULD LEAVE LGBT ARTISTS SCRAMBLING
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
Artists and art advocates are on pins “The grants and programs that the NEA Established by Congress in 1965, territories, supporting artistic endeavors
and needles since the Hill newspaper administers are powerful examples of the NEA is the independent federal of all kinds.
reported Jan. 19 that President Donald how the arts are a vital and valuable part agency that works to give Americans For ﬁscal year 2016, the NEA’s $147.9
Trump is considering privatizing the of our everyday lives,” Victoria Hutter, the opportunity to participate in and million budget was about .004 percent
Corporation for Public Broadcasting and assistant director for press/public aﬀairs experience the arts. Its funding is project- of the federal budget. About 80 percent
eliminating the National Endowment for for the NEA, wrote in an e-mail to the based and goes to thousands of nonproﬁts of that appropriation is distributed as
the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment Blade. “In communities across the nation, each year, along with partnerships and grants and awards to organizations and
for the Humanities as part of a wider NEA-supported projects ensure that special arts initiatives, research and other individuals across the country. About 40
program of federal budget cuts. the arts are accessible to all Americans support that contribute to the “vitality percent is awarded directly to states while
While things are status quo for now through arts education, healing arts and of our neighborhoods, students and about 60 percent goes to organizations
— like most federal agencies, the NEA is arts-based community development, schools, workplace and culture.” The NEA and individuals directly. About 40 percent
operating under a continuing resolution as well as through projects that feature is the only funder, public or private, that of NEA-supported activities occurred
for ﬁscal year 2017 that goes through April dance, music, visual arts, literature, folk provides equal access to the arts in all 50
— many in the arts world are concerned. and traditional arts and more.” states, the District of Columbia and U.S. CONTINUES ON PAGE 41
3 2 • F EB RUA RY 0 3, 2017 Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R BE CCA SCH A E F E R
How long have you been out and who If science discovered a way to change
was the hardest person to tell? sexual orientation, what would you
I’ve been out for about three years and do?
I have been very lucky to come from a I’d urge people to understand that they
really supportive family, so I wasn’t too should love themselves for who they are
nervous telling anyone. Of course there’s and to not try so hard to ﬁt into what
always that anxiety before you tell society’s idea of a “normal” person is.
somebody you love, but I’ve never been
faced with anything but a continuation What do you believe in beyond the
of that love. physical world?
I don’t really believe in much beyond
Who’s your LGBT hero? the physical world, but Magic 8-balls are
Deﬁnitely Alan Turing. As someone who pretty freaky. Something’s gotta be going
is in the community and also a scientist, on there.
he’s my idol.
What’s your advice for LGBT
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, movement leaders?
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY past or present? Keep ﬁghting the good ﬁght! If you ever
The Potomac River, right next to the Key think it’s hopeless, just think of the
Bridge. That view of the water and all of millions of people who will rally behind
the lights of the city is unbeatable. you to ensure that our community is
Describe your dream wedding.
BECCA SCHAEFER Somewhere up in the mountains, with What would you walk across hot coals
plenty of forest around, surrounded by for?
the people I love. I’d do it for all of the homeless LGBT
youth. So many kids are just kicked onto
By JOEY DiGULIELMO What non-LGBT issue are you most the street by their parents when they
email@example.com passionate about? ﬁnd out their kid is LGBT.
Women’s rights. I ﬁrmly believe
Next weekend will be huge for the GenOUT Chorus as the local LGBT teen that Planned Parenthood should be What LGBT stereotype annoys you
chorale, which operates under the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington umbrella, protected, and that a woman should most?
will have its ﬁrst full-length concert on Saturday, Feb. 11. have the right to choose what happens The idea that bisexual people are
“Youth Invasion” will be held at 8 p.m. (one performance only) at the Atlas to her future. I once stood in front of just faking it for attention. Not just
Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) in a program featuring songs such a sign with gory images that pro-life from straight people, but even in the
as “I Was Here,” “Beautiful City,” “Be Like the Bird” and “Over the Rainbow.” protesters were holding in front of my community! How ridiculous to see
Tickets are $20-35. Full details at gmcw.org. school for an hour until they ﬁnally left. somebody struggle through the same
GenOUT, formed in 2015, is the region’s ﬁrst choir for LGBT youth and allies thing you do/did and still choose to
and is open to singers age 13-18. Paul Heins directs. What historical outcome would you exclude them.
Becca Schaefer, a 16-year-old Arlington, Va., resident, learned about the change?
chorus at a Leading With Pride conference she attended hoping to ﬁnd more Oh boy. How about the election and What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
opportunities for her school’s GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance), an LGBT- subsequent presidency of our current I can’t say I’ve watched many LGBT
aﬃrming club of which she’s co-president. She sings alto in the 15-member president? That’s deﬁnitely a historic movies, but I really like the show “Grace
choir and will be performing Paramore’s “The Only Exception” as a solo with moment I wish I didn’t have to live and Frankie.”
her ukulele in next weekend’s concert. through.
“A lot of times, it can feel like it’s you against the world,” Schaefer says. “Like What’s the most overrated social
no one’s ever felt the way you do. But when we all get together and get to talk, What’s been the most memorable pop custom?
you can actually see that you’re not the only LGBT kid out there. GenOUT has culture moment of your lifetime? Not being allowed to double text. I have
been a really good space for me where I can talk about my experiences and Probably the launch of “Orange Is a lot to say and I cannot be conﬁned to
attractions without feeling judged by the outside world.” The New Black”! It’s a cast like no one text!
Schaefer lives with her parents in Arlington and enjoys music and her other I’d ever seen and the writing is
favorite shows like “Star Trek Voyager” and “Scrubs” in her free time. phenomenal. What trophy or prize do you most
On what do you insist? Last year I placed in a very selective
The person I’m talking to needs to be science fair for high school students in
open minded enough to see another Virginia. I worked really, really hard to
point of view and to not shut down a get there and I’m pretty proud of myself!
diﬀerent opinion because it diﬀers from
theirs. And pineapple can never touch What do you wish you’d known at 18?
my pizza. Don’t even try. Well I’m not 18 yet, but in 10 years I’m
sure I’ll tell myself that I should try to
What was your last Facebook post or stress a little less, because all of my life
Tweet? is not decided by which classes I take or
I have neither of those things, but my which college I get into. I’m still trying to
most recent tumblr post says, “I just ate chill out.
four macadamia nut cookies and I regret
nothing.” Why Washington?
There are so many opportunities here!
If your life were a book, what would Where else could I be a part of a youth
the title be? LGBT chorus like GenOUT?
“A Little Bit Too Peppy,” which was what a
202.747.2077 girl used to describe me when asked why
she didn’t want to hang out with me.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF MUSIC BOX FILMS
From left are ANNA O’DONOGHUE, MORGAN GOULD, TOMMY HELENRINGER and NICOLE SPIEZIO, the creative team behind ‘I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart.’
Playwright says ‘the fat girl/gay too much. They didn’t. TOMMY HELERINGER: Of course. It’s younger and she doesn’t read as special.
Last week at Studio’s second-ﬂoor scarily relatable. During rehearsal I’ve She’s basic. Samantha can’t understand
man trope is alive and well’ lobby, Gould, Heleringer and Spiezio (all been pulling things from what I’ve had how her friend Leo who has the best taste
30-ish) sat down before rehearsal to chat with them. in the world could like this not-terribly
By PATRICK FOLLIARD with the Blade. SPIEZIO: Yes, all fat girls have gay male smart of funny woman. Samantha can’t
friends. The fat girl/gay man trope is alive fathom why he’d bring her into our space.
As both titular and practical leader of GOULD: There is a famous Morgan and well. Her instinct is to say no rather than yes.
Morgan Gould & Friends, a New York- Gould. It’s not me. He’s a hot, black South GOULD: Unless you’re fat and dumb. As a fat woman, she feels people see
based theater company, Morgan Could African soccer star. But I got on Twitter But if you’re fat and slightly smart, you will her as one thing and if it’s negative, it’s
writes and directs pop culture satires. before him so my Twitter handle is @ have gay male friends. The fat woman/ their worst nightmare. Any young, thin,
Its 13 members — Gould’s friends — are morgangould so I get tweeted all the time. gay male friendship is an intoxicating ﬂighty girl really needs to prove herself.
mostly longtime collaborators she met at Stuﬀ like, “Sorry about your injury.” And relationship. When I was writing the Samantha is a really great part for a fat
Fordham University where she majored I reply, “It’s OK man.” Sometimes it gets play I thought about the most important woman. There aren’t a lot.
in directing. contentious. Little do they know they’ve relationships of my life and those are with GOULD: This play is from our lives. It
“It’s really not hard to get in the tweeted some fat playwright who looks my best gay guy friends. We know what turns out one of my ﬁrst gay best friend
company,” she says. “All you have to do like actress Lori Beth Denberg. hate looks like. When I walk in a room, I from high school was one of Nicole’s gay
is ask, really.” WASHINGTON BLADE: So what’s this know immediately which person hates fat best friends in college.
With her new play “I Wanna Fucking violently titled play about? people. They don’t have to say a word. You BLADE: Tommy, do you and Nicole
Tear You Apart,” a funny and dark play NICOLE SPIEZIO: Tommy and I play learn that early. And gay men learn who hang out like best friends oﬀstage? Is life
about friendship and the politics of best friends Leo and Samantha. He’s a hates them really early too. We ﬁnd each imitating art?
niceness and beauty, Gould steps away gay man and I’m a fat woman but we’re other like a safe haven, a place where we HELERINGER: We tried but it didn’t
from her satiric comfort zone. more than that. We’re also writers and can be mean and funny together. It’s us really work. But seriously, I’m not nuts
“It’s a straightforward and hopefully roommates. So we spend a lot of time against the world. But as you age, you can about that stuﬀ. We didn’t say, “Let’s go
well-made play,” says Gould who’s also together. shed that because you don’t need that home and do improv,” or anything. But
directing the dramedy. For the play’s D.C. GOULD: Co-dependent has been protection. This doesn’t mean that these yes, we are friends outside of rehearsal
premier at Studio Theatre, she brings bandied about, which I’m not so crazy friendships end necessarily. They just and are spending time together. We’re
along company members out actor about because it’s in part based on me change. Our characters are arriving at the only people we really know in the city.
Tommy Heleringer and Anna O’Donoghue and my gay friend. that place. Growth is good but it’s painful. BLADE: Tommy is gay. What about you
who play Leo and Chloe, and a new SPIEZIO: It’s about that critical juncture I hate terms like fruit ﬂy or fag hag. Smart women?
friend, Nicole Spiezio, who leads the cast in your life when college ends but you fat women love gay men. We’re both GOULD: I feel fatness queerizes you.
as Samantha. don’t want it to end because the friends traumatized. It’s complicated. It’s not like But yes, we like men.
Loquacious, energetic and refreshingly you made at college have become your shopping and watching “Project Runway” BLADE: And why should LGBT
brash, Gould is delighted that her work is family so you keep it going. Over that all the time, though that’s part of it. theatergoers come?
in production at legitimate regional theater. year after college, Leo and Samantha BLADE: Back to the play. What else GOULD: This play is a gift. It’s so gay
So much so, she was even willing to change are ﬁguring out what’s next for them. My happens? and fat. Starts as a comedy and evolves
the play’s provocative title (proudly lifted character has a boyfriend and her career SPIEZIO: So another woman intrudes as conﬂicts arise. There’s a drag number
from the song “Tear You Apart” by She is taking oﬀ. Leo is still trying to ﬁnd his on Leo and Samantha’s close friendship. and a dance number. If I could take out
Wants Revenge that Gould ﬁrst heard sung path. Chloe is Leo’s co-worker and they’re a billboard it would read, “This is a play
by Lady Gaga on TV’s “American Horror BLADE: Have you been in a relationship becoming friends outside of work. She’s a for you. Not a pretend play for you, but
Story”) if Studio’s hierarchy thought it was like this in real life? threat on several levels: she’s thin, a little a real play.”
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Scarlet’s Bake Sale is Feb. 12
Scarlet’s Foundation hosts its annual
Scarlet’s Bake Sale at the D.C. Eagle (3701
Benning Rd., N.E.) on Sunday, Feb. 12
from 1-6:30 p.m.
PHOTO BY GERT KRAUBAUER; COURTESY OF THE KENNEDY CENTER The bake sale will auction oﬀ cakes,
pies, cupcakes, cookies and other items.
Proceeds will beneﬁt the Rainbow History
CALL FOR Ailey Dance returns to Kennedy Center project. At the event, the Rainbow History
Project personnel will conduct oral
RESERVATIONS Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at the Kennedy Center (2700 F history interviews for attendees with
St., N.W.) Feb. 7-12. knowledge of leather, Levi, bear, drag and
The company will perform new works such as Hope Boykin’s “r-Evolution, other community history. There will also
Dream” and Kyle Abraham’s “Untitled America.” They will also include classic be a baking contest with judges giving
M-TH 11:30AM-10PM • F-SAT 11:30AM-11PM performances such as “Revelations.” Performance works vary by night. Tickets awards for several categories. All entries
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Promoter Bruce Yelk says he purposefully sought a ‘seedy’ feel for the popular Dstrkt C monthly parties at the Eagle.
Distrkt C celebrates anniversary
Late-night gay dance party “It’s an amazing warehouse, really raw Yelk says partygoers can expect some party at the D.C. Eagle, DC2. Yelk
inspires spin-oﬀ event space that lends a very sort of sexual of the original dancers to perform at describes the new party as the same as
undertone, stripped down, old-school the party as well as an enhanced light Distrkt C but held on Sunday nights of
party to Distrkt C,” Yelk says. “I sort of show to give the party some amped-up holiday weekends.
By MARIAH COOPER wanted that seedy feel. I often describe visual eﬀects. The ﬁrst DC2 party will be over
firstname.lastname@example.org the party as a 1970s adult bookstore, Ed Grandis and his husband JD Rondon President’s Day Weekend on Sunday, Feb.
porn video combination. The feel of an have been huge fans of circuit parties 19. DJs X Gonzalez and Morabito will spin.
While most gay bars in D.C. start adult bookstore with red lights as you and have traveled all over the country to Tickets are $20 and $10 from each ticket
shutting down around 3 a.m., on the walk in and it’s very dark in corners. The attend diﬀerent events. When they heard sold will beneﬁt the Cherry Fund.
second Saturday of each month the D.C. club looks like that. The Eagle has that Yelk was creating a monthly circuit party Yelk says the reason he believes
Eagle is keeping the party going until 8 image to begin with. I just matched them in D.C., they knew they had to check it out his parties have been such a success
a.m. all up and it all just jelled.” and have been avid partygoers ever since. is because Distrkt C parties can’t be
Distrkt C was the brainchild of For the past year, Distrkt C has oﬀered “We have found each event awesome narrowed down into one category.
Philadelphia-based party promoter Bruce late-night parties at the D.C. Eagle and fun because the promoter creates a Diﬀerent types of ethnicities and ages
Yelk. For Yelk, it was a goal to create a will celebrate its success with its one-year theme for each and brings in top U.S. can be found in the crowd and that’s
large dance party event for gay men anniversary party on Saturday, Feb. 11 and international DJs that we have had to something Yelk is proud of as a party
but he found the market in Philadelphia from 10 p.m.-8 a.m. Adult entertainment travel to enjoy,” Grandis says. “The Eagle promoter and what he thinks his guests
diﬃcult due to nightlife venues shutting stars Rikk York and Dylan Knight will make has created a unique dance environment enjoy seeing.
down at 2 a.m. He began look to D.C. appearances and DJs Mark DeMarko and with outstanding sound and lighting. “It’s so welcoming in its diversity and
and New York City to see if there was Manny Lehman, who opened the ﬁrst The guys who attend are looking for you see it on people’s faces when you’re
potential for a party elsewhere. Yelk says Distrkt C party, will be back to bring the a great time and bring a lot of energy walking around. It’s a very happy party
he was pointed in the direction of the event full circle. Guests can also partake and hot looks.” because there are no expectations
D.C. Eagle and found it was exactly the in an open bar from 10-11 p.m. Tickets Yelk is now expanding his party other than great music and a great
vibe he wanted. are $25. promotion expertise to include another atmosphere,” Yelk says.
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RAOUL PECK, director of ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ says James Baldwin was ahead of his time.
Director Raoul Peck gets wide variety of archival materials, Baldwin
and Peck examine black representation
Oscar nod for searing new
in Hollywood and the broader media
documentary landscape and draw deep connections
between the three slain leaders. Ultimately,
Peck says, the ﬁlm challenges audiences to
By BRIAN T. CARNEY reconsider what it is to be American. schlesinger concert hall
Baldwin has always been a touchstone
Later this month, Haitian-born director for Peck. When he was a teen, Peck’s parents nova community college
Raoul Peck will be sitting in the Dolby introduced him to Baldwin’s writing. alexandria, virginia
Theatre in Los Angeles waiting to see “I was shocked,” Peck says. “Suddenly he
if his searing new documentary “I Am was putting in words things that I felt and
Not Your Negro” is awarded the Oscar with the intensity I felt. I was mesmerized
for Best Documentary. But no matter by his words and by his language. I was
what happens that evening, Peck has a discovering that the world was not the way world-renown singer
simple goal for his movie. He hopes the I had been taught and I was discovering
ﬁlm reintroduces James Baldwin, the
man at the center of the movie, to high
that you could express that in a very
forceful, eloquent, radical way.” nnenna freelon
school and college classrooms across Peck highly recommends Baldwin
the country and to the national dialogue
about race, civil rights and social change.
as a guide for everyone during these
challenging political times. He suggests
thursday, february 9
“Baldwin was a star,” Peck says. starting with “The Fire Next Time.”
James Baldwin (1924-1987) was proliﬁc “It’s a short book,” he says. In the ﬁrst
author and social critic. His works include essay, a letter to his nephew, “Baldwin
novels (“Another Country” and “Giovanni’s is telling his nephew there is a bigger
Room”), poems, plays (“The Amen story and you are part of that story and
Corner”) and essays (“The Fire Next Time,”
“The Devil Finds Work” and “Notes of a
you need to see all the dimensions, and
you are not alone. There are not a lot of
Native Son”). He was also a passionate authors who can do that kind of work.”
and eloquent public speaker, appearing
frequently on televised debates and on
For LGBT readers, Peck
recommends “Giovanni’s Room” (1956),
also peter erskine
talk shows like “The Dick Cavett Show.”
“He was probably one of the biggest
authors of his generation, black or white”
Baldwin’s ground-breaking novel about
gay and bisexual men in Paris.
“To write about a gay couple in the
thursday, march 23
Peck says. “He was an important witness 1950s? He was way ahead of his time. And
to the Civil Rights movement. He was he paid the price for it,” Peck says. “He had
gay. He was an intellectual. He had an the capacity to be extremely personal,
immense celebrity. He was friends with extremely intimate, and yet at the same
people like Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, time pit everything in historical context, a
Lena Horne and Nina Simone.”
Peck’s movie is inspired a book that
political context, to make you feel like you
are part of this history. That you are not
Baldwin never ﬁnished, “Remember This
House.” In 1979, Baldwin write a letter
to his literary agent describing his next
just a victim or a witness, but that you are
an actor. The rest of the story depends on
you. He asks you to give a response, to be
project, a revolutionary account of the lives
and deaths of three of his close friends
a part of that history. I hope that’s what
this ﬁlm can do.” thursday, april 20
— Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Before he ﬂies to Los Angeles, Peck will
Luther King. When Baldwin died in 1987, he appear at the Berlin Film Festival for the
left behind only 30 pages of the manuscript. premiere of his latest ﬁlm, “The Young
Peck’s documentary envisions the Karl Marx.” for FREE tickets, please visit:
book that Baldwin never ﬁnished. Using “It’s the ﬁrst movie about Marx and it will
speak to our current political situation.”
only Baldwin’s words, as spoken by actor
Samuel L. Jackson, the ﬁlm is a radical It’s set in Paris in 1844. Marx and his all concerts begin at 8 p.m.
examination of race in America from the wife Jenny meet Friedrich Engels, and the
past of the Civil Rights era to the present passionate trio “decide to change the world.
of #BlackLivesMatter. Using music and a That’s the story I’m telling,” Peck says.
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Queer dance collective Honey F St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are Tippins. The book explores the story of
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Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) Beijing Opera and Chinese food. Learn 7-10 p.m. There will be games such Transgender musician Venus DeMars
hosts “Family Day: Lunar New Year how to paint with sugar and make your as Super Smash Brothers, Town Fall performs an intimate set at the GallAerie
Celebration” today from 10:30 a.m.-4 own colorful mask. This event is free. Ascension, Mario Kart and more. For (1644 Newton St., N.W.) tonight at 8
p.m. There will be paper cutting, Beijing- For more details, visit facebook.com/ more information, visit facebook.com/ p.m. DeMars will be joined by Lynette
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Hamiltunes, a “Hamilon” sing-along, will be a poetry reading in response to the Performance” tonight from 8-10:30
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Gay-themed works have beneﬁted from NEA
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 a $35,000 NEA grant to support the LGBT themes. featuring works that explore issues of
world premiere of “Fellow Travelers,” an “It was the art that called to us,” Tongret gender, sexuality and identity. Under
in high-poverty neighborhoods and opera by composer Gregory Spears and says. “Greg’s music is just beautiful and the direction of Michael Morgan, David
33 percent went to serve low-income librettist Greg Pierce that depicts 1950s touching and Greg Pierce did a wonderful Conte’s work “Elegy for Matthew,” written
audiences, the NEA says. life for gays in the federal government job at tearing down a huge novel and in memory of hate crime victim Matthew
Republican administrations have who were forced to stay in the closet or telling the story in a really concise way. Shepard, will be performed.
previously been suspicious of the NEA. lose their jobs. It enjoyed 10 nearly sold- It really was the work itself. The subject • $15,000 in 2016-2017 to Fresh Meat
According to the New York Times, Ronald out performances last June and garnered matter was not the main reason, but it Productions, a San Francisco-based
Regan planned to eliminate the NEA strong critical reviews. The NEA money was part of the tapestry.” outﬁt, that plans a national tour of “The
when he came into oﬃce in 1981 but was used early in the production cycle to She says the entire production cost Missing Generation,” a dance work by
changed his mind. Controversies such help fund a 10-day intensive workshop in the neighborhood of about $455,000. choreographer Sean Dorsey that will “give
as “Immersion (Piss Christ),” a photo by in which personnel got to see the opera Cincinnati Opera also beneﬁts from voice to the early survivors of the AIDS
Andres Serrano that shows a cruciﬁx somewhat on its feet before the full- grants channeled through the state of epidemic.”
photographed in a cup of urine (it was a ﬂedged production was underway. It’s a Ohio, which for the last ﬁve years has John Moletress, a multi-disciplinary
winner in an NEA-funded art competition) common practice for Broadway shows, come out on top in terms of NEA grants D.C.-based gay actor/artist and founder
have resulted in NEA funding being down but is often too cost prohibitive for opera among states. Tongret guesses NEA of force/collision, has beneﬁted from
from where it was in the 1990s, the New companies to manage. money is “maybe ﬁve percent of the NEA grants indirectly. Organizations such
York Times reports and today’s funding “We were planning to do this whether budget or less” for Cincinnati Opera. as the D.C. Commission on the Arts and
for the NEA and NEH combined are less or not we had the NEA grant, but it Other recent NEA grants that have Humanities fund local artists with help
than one-tenth of 1 percent of the annual deﬁnitely helped,” says Ashley Tongret, gone to LGBT-themed work include: from the NEA in a “trickle-down” way. He
federal budget. director of public relations for Cincinnati • $60,000 in 2017 to Washington says even if Trump closes the NEA spigot,
But to some arts organizations, NEA Opera. “It wasn’t the largest source of National Opera, part of which will be used queer artists will always continue.
money can be a huge boost. There’s no funding or even the tipping point, but it to support performances of “Champion” by “Queer art making has a history of
gay- or LGBT-speciﬁc category of NEA was a wonderful piece of the elaborate Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer, marginalization which in turn has sparked
grant, but LGBT artists and artists who puzzle of fundraising that we did.” a two-act, jazz opera about welterweight a revolution of do-it-yourself rigor,” he
make art with LGBT themes have long She says the work wasn’t chosen boxer Emile Griﬃth, who was bisexual. says. “Ignite us, piss us oﬀ, turn us away
beneﬁted from the funding. because of its gay theme, nor does the • $10,000 in 2017 to the Chicago and we only become individually and
Last year, Cincinnati Opera received company have any initiative dedicated to Sinfonietta to support a concert program communally stronger.”
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