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Anti-Trump movement finds
plenty of LGBT support

Nearly four weeks into the presidency of
Donald Trump and the resistance is still going
strong. The day after the inauguration, women
and men wearing pink pussy hats filled the
streets in Washington, D.C. and nationwide
for the women’s march. The next weekend,
protesters crammed airports in protest of
Trump’s Muslim travel ban as travelers were
detained. Around the country, demonstrators
are taking a page from the Tea Party and
shouting down Republican members of
Congress for threatening to repeal Obamacare.
It’s just the start of what may be a long four
years — or eight — of the Trump administration,
The anti-Trump movement got a huge boost from last month’s Women’s March. An LGBT march is planned for June 11 in D.C.

65-year-old says Lewes injury and severe pain in his arm and Tyrone Woodyard targeted him for
back by throwing him onto the floor in abusive treatment and an improper
officer threw him down the emergency department at Beebe arrest because he’s gay.
causing brain injury Healthcare, a hospital that serves “I don’t think he would grab a straight
Lewes and nearby Rehoboth Beach. man, bear hug him and then body slam
Lewes is considered a close second him to the ground and try to tell him
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. to Rehoboth Beach as a popular he’s being arrested,” Lizama said.  seaside destination for LGBT people in Police arrest records show that the
the mid-Atlantic region, including D.C. incident began on the evening of Jan.
A 65-year-old gay man has filed a and Baltimore. 25 shortly after Lizama accompanied a ROBAIRE G. LIZAMA says he was thrown
complaint with the Lewes, Del., police Robaire G. Lizama, a former D.C. female friend to the hospital emergency to the ground by a Lewes, Del., police
department accusing an officer of resident who lives in Lewes, told the officer and sustained a brain injury during
the incident.
causing him to suffer a serious head Washington Blade he believes Officer CONTINUES ON PAGE 17 PHOTO COURTESY OF LIZAMA


Pete Buttigieg wants Man facing charges in Mary Wilson, in D.C. for
to lead Democratic Party Betsy DeVos incident show, talks Motown,
to victory in heartland. is gay Afghan refugee. Diana Ross and more.

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LGBT gang members-turned-entrepreneurs appeal for support
Check It leases Anacostia people personally. Therefore, we need
to do more so we can actually have older
building, plans expanded LGBT residents in this city help them out,”
fashion line he said, adding, “they’re not looking for a
hand out, they’re looking for a hand up.”
  Moten, who for years has worked to
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. stop youth gang violence in the city, has  been credited with helping to connect
Check It members with others, including
Nearly 10 years ago, when they had Assistant D.C. Police Chief Diane
the distinction of being members of the Groomes, who encouraged them to
nation’s only known LGBT youth gang pursue what began as a dream.
called Check It, most members never At that time, Check It members had been
imagined the group could evolve into a hanging out in Chinatown and the rapidly
budding fashion clothing business. Members of Check It Enterprises said their new building represents another step in their gentrifying Gallery Place section of the city,
But members and supporters say that’s dream to become a community supportive business. often getting into fights with other young
exactly what happened after several of WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY LOU CHIBBARO JR. people who hung out there. Members,
them began organizing an effort about including Check It co-founder David “Dae-
five years ago to produce and sell T-shirts as well as providing space for other Pannell said. “It is really inspiring. And I think Dae” Frye, have said the group formed
and other clothing items and put together young entrepreneurs who need the same that for us and all people, particularly those as a means of bringing together African-
several runway shows. opportunity but have limited resources,” of us in the LGBT community, it is imperative American gay, lesbian, and transgender
Last year, they launched a business the website statement says. that we support these youth and their quest youth who had long been victimized by
called Check It Enterprises, LLC. Longtime community activist Ron to turn their lives around and become a bullying from other youth at their schools
“One year later we obtained our Moten, who serves as an adviser to the positive force in this city,” Pannell said. and in their respective neighborhoods.
own building in downtown Anacostia group, and D.C. gay activist and Ward He noted that LGBT people have not Last June, a documentary film about
Washington D.C.,” the group states on 8 community leader Phil Pannell said been among those who have responded the group called ‘Check It’ made by
its recently launched website, which Check It Enterprises now needs additional to Check It Enterprises’ Go Fund Me site, film producers Dana Flor and Toby
includes a mail order section that enables financial support to make needed Oppenheimer, had its premiere in D.C.
customers to purchase the group’s latest renovations to their rented building. The equipment-fund. The film chronicles Check It’s evolution
line of T-shirts. “build out” renovations will enable the “What is so heartbreaking to me is that from a gang to a fashion enterprise
“We now need your support to help us group to expand their clothing line and so few adults in the LGBT community, through interviews with its members,
fulfill our dreams of turning our space eventually generate a profit to pay for particularly our leaders, have done including founding member Star Bennett,
into a social enterprise designed to make community-oriented programs they would anything to really help them,” said Pannell. who calls the group “fierce and fabulous.”
and sell our own clothes and merchandise like to undertake, according to Moten. “I hope it’s because maybe they simply
and to help provide services to our peers “This is a story of true transformation,” have not interfaced with these young � CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

Fourth suspect arrested in D.C. trans murder case
Deeniquia Dodds was any details about how police located him. confirm, that investigators believe he may that belonged to Little. Police later that
Two of the suspects in the case – Jalonte be the one who allegedly shot Dodds. day stopped and arrested Little while
shot to death last July 4 Little, 26, of Southeast D.C., and Shareem “Cyheme Hall, within the District of inside the vehicle for an unrelated
Hall, 22, of District Heights, Md., were Columbia, while armed with a firearm, robbery of a transgender woman that
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. arrested in September also on a charge of in perpetrating and attempting to occurred in June. first-degree felony murder while armed. perpetrate the crime of robbery, killed… An important break in the Dodds
A third suspect, Montee Tyree Johnson, Dodds…by shooting her with firearm on murder case came about when police
D.C. police on Tuesday announced 21, of Southeast D.C., was arrested Feb. 8, or about July 4, 2016,” the complaint says. discovered Little was wearing a GPS
the arrest of a fourth suspect in the July according to D.C. police, and also charged D.C. attorney Cheryl Stein, who monitoring device on his ankle that
4, 2016, fatal shooting of 22-year-old with first-degree felony murder while armed specializes in criminal law, said that was placed there in connection with yet
transgender woman Deeniquia “Dee in connection with the Dodds murder. under the law in most states and in D.C., another unrelated criminal case.
Dee” Dodds on a street near her home in At the time of Shareem Hall’s arrest in one or more people found to have “aided When homicide detectives tracked the
Northeast Washington. September police filed a 13-page affidavit and abetted” another person who shoots data from his monitoring device they
Police said they charged Cyheme in court disclosing that Hall, Little and at someone to death in an action listed as discovered Little was at the location
Hall, 21, of Southeast Washington with least two other suspects were implicated a murder can also be charged with that where witnesses said Dodds was shot
first-degree murder while armed in in a series of armed street robberies murder, even if they were not the ones shortly before 3 a.m. on the 200 block of
connection with the Dodds murder. A against eight transgender women, who pulled the trigger. Division Ave., N.E.
D.C. Superior Court complaint filed by including Dodds, in two locations in the “An aider and abettor is just as guilty as By also tracking Little’s cell phone
the U.S. Attorney’s Office lists the charge early morning hours of July 4. the principal under the law,” she said.      records investigators were able to place
against Hall as first-degree felony murder Neither police nor prosecutors with the The arrest affidavit in September said Shareem Hall at the location where Dodds
while armed. U.S. Attorney’s office have said whether three of the trans women targeted by was shot. The affidavit says this and other
Hall’s arrest comes one week after police the two Halls charged in the case are the suspects on July 4 were robbed at leads obtained by detectives enabled
announced they had identified him as a related and which of the four suspects 4th and K streets, N.E. about 3:40 a.m. by them to charge Little and Shareem Hall
suspect in the case and called on the public shot Dodds in the neck, which led to her three male suspects brandishing pistols, with Dodds’ murder last September.
to help police find him, saying he should be death nine days later. according to accounts by witnesses. Charging documents showing how
considered armed and dangerous. The complaint filed in court Tuesday by Several of the victims and witnesses investigators linked Johnson and Cyheme
A police statement on Feb. 14 prosecutors at the time of Cyheme Hall’s told police they saw some of the suspects Hall to the Dodds murder couldn’t
announcing Hall’s arrest didn’t disclose arrest suggests, but doesn’t definitively leave and enter a white Pontiac vehicle immediately be obtained.  
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DNC chair hopeful wants to lead party to victory in heartland
South Bend’s gay mayor chair for everybody. I think that we’re a
party that has stood up for fairness, has
assails Trump, Pence stood up for freedom and I think the
LGBT community has seen a lot of the
By CHRIS JOHNSON most urgent issues around that in the last few years. And it’s a moment where
everybody in America — whether it’s
The mayor of a small city in Indiana DREAMers, or LGBT Americans or blue-
has emerged from the pack of candidates collar workers in the industrial Midwest
seeking  to become Democratic National — wants to know where they belong in
Committee chair with a promise to make the American future, and I think I have a
the party viable in America’s heartland, chance to send a pretty strong message
following the party’s 2016 election losses. about why everybody can belong in the
Pete Buttigieg, the 35-year-old, two- America that we want to build.
term gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., Blade: There’s been a lot of
said in a sit-down interview with the discussion about why Hillary Clinton
Washington Blade that his experience as PETE BUTTIGIEG could be the first openly gay DNC chair. lost the election. Why do you think
a local official from the Midwest is what’s WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
that was the case?
needed to lead Democrats to victory. Buttigieg: When the margin’s this close,
“For a party that really needs to President Trump is “respectful and talking about a fresh start. Why not put in people have offered a thousand reasons
reconnect across our 50-plus states and supportive of LGBTQ rights,” Buttigieg a fresh, new leader? We’re all talking about and they’re all right. But a couple of
territories, I think I’m in a better position said LGBT people need only look at the competing in “red” and “purple” states. patterns that I noticed in our part of the
than most to deliver on that based on president’s immigration policies to know I’ve been winning elections in Indiana. country: One is that we spend a lot of time
my experience, based on my bread and that couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re all talking about empowering a new talking about the politicians themselves,
butter, which is local government and “No one who specializes in harming generation. I’m a Millennial candidate. there was a lot of talk about Hillary, “I’m
political organizing,” Buttigieg said. vulnerable groups can be regarded as We’re all talking about the solutions that with her.” And then increasingly the theme
Along with New Hampshire Democratic a friend to the LGBT community even if are not going to come from Washington. of the campaign became, “We’re against
Party Chair Ray Buckley, Buttigieg is one we’re not the group he’s harming at the I’m a local official who doesn’t get up in the him.” That left a lot of people at home
of two candidates in the mix who could moment,” Buttigieg said. “And I would also morning and go to an office in Washington. saying, “OK, but who’s talking about me?”
become the first openly gay DNC chair. say I do not believe that he cares about the For a party that really needs to We’re talking about the candidates
Buttigieg, however, downplayed that LGBT community because I do not believe reconnect across our 50-plus states and themselves as if they were what mattered
potential distinction. that he cares about anything at all.” territories, I think I’m in a better position most, missing the chance to talk to the
“I want to be, of course, a chair for Chris Hillmann, chair of the New Jersey than most to deliver on that based on voters about how their  lives were going
everybody,” Buttigieg said. “I think that LGBT Democratic Caucus, is among my experience, based on my bread and to be impacted by the decisions made in
we’re a party that has stood up for Buttigieg’s supporters and said being a butter, which is local government and Washington.
fairness, has stood up for freedom and I Democratic mayor from a “red” state makes political organizing. I also think there were a lot of areas
think the LGBT community has seen a lot him “a great choice to lead our party.” Blade: You were just  endorsed by where we didn’t show up the way we could
of the most urgent issues around that in “He is someone from outside Martin O’Malley. To what extent do you have. Even in rural counties, even in rural
the last few years.” Washington with a different set of ideas think that has boosted your standing counties we’re not going to win, you still
Representing Millennials in the race and connections to real people and knows in your bid to become DNC chair? got to show up because losing by 60-40
for DNC chair, Buttigieg was once a dark what they need to hear from Democratic Buttigieg: I think endorsements versus 80-20 adds up when it comes to
horse candidate, but has quickly risen to candidates,” Hillmann said. “His being a are certainly helpful, whether it’s a statewide counts in the Electoral College,
prominence and won  a significant boost gay soldier who speaks seven languages former DNC chair like Steve Grossman, and I think we need to make sure that our
after a recent endorsement from former and won re-election with 80 percent of a successful governor like Martin message does a better job of balancing the
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. the vote just makes his all around package O’Malley, especially since we’re headed values that make us Democrats with on-
Among his credentials are an education even more impressive. As we get closer to his city [of Baltimore for a forum], the-ground outcomes and how all of this
at Harvard University, studying at Oxford to the vote in Atlanta I think more people an organization like Vote Vets, which hashes out in people’s everyday real lives.
as a Rhodes Scholar and service in the will see that we don’t need a rerun of the endorsed us yesterday. The coming tide Blade: I noticed you didn’t mention
Afghanistan in the Navy Reserve. Buttigieg Hillary versus Bernie campaign. We need of endorsements is helpful. either the Comey letter or Russian
came out as gay in 2015 in an essay a fresh start from the next generation of The most important thing, of course, involvement in your response there.
published in the South Bend Tribune days political leaders and it’s time for the DNC is the 447 people who vote, and we’re Do you think those were not factors?
before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for to embrace the future.” working very hard to connect with all of Buttigieg: I think they were factors, but
marriage equality nationwide. The crowed field to become the next them and to continue remaining in touch knowing the majority that Democratic
Buttigieg was serving as mayor during DNC chair includes Buckley, former with voters — most of whom, we’ve values command among the American
outrage and intense media coverage Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and found, are not making up their mind until people, an election should never be that
after then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), co-chair of very late in the game, which helps us. close to begin with.
now vice president of the United States — the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Blade: Do you have any committed Blade: What is your plan for LGBT
signed into law a “religious freedom” bill The election for chair will take place at support from DNC members? issues at the DNC?
that enabled anti-LGBT discrimination. the DNC’s winter meeting in Atlanta, Buttigieg: Sure. When we’re ready to Buttigieg: I think the LGBT community
“The thing about Mike Pence is, he’s scheduled for Feb. 23-26. put out a hard count to media, you’ll know can’t be taken for granted by the DNC,
a super-nice guy, who just genuinely The Washington Blade’s full interview it. What I’ll say is, yeah, we’re pleased with especially given the level of “pinkwashing”
believes this stuff,” Buttigieg said. “He with Pete Buttigieg follows: the support that we’ve got and at the of the Trump campaign that we saw.
operates from a different reality than Washington Blade: Let’s talk about same time we’re talking to a lot of folks And even though the latest worrisome
the rest of us operate from. He’s written the DNC race. What do you think who are keeping their powder dry. rumors of some kind of executive action
that cigarettes don’t kill, he thinks climate you have to offer the DNC that other Blade: If elected, you’d be the so far haven’t led to anything, we have
change is made up. He must assume that candidates aren’t offering? first openly gay person to  chair the to recognize that this is a president
people get up in the morning one day and Pete Buttigieg: I think I’m in the best Democratic National Committee. What who specializes in targeting vulnerable
decide to be gay.” position to deliver the changes that would be the significance of that?
Although the White House has said everybody wants to see. Everybody’s Buttigieg: I want to be, of course, a CONTINUES ON PAGE 12

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Pelosi: DOJ reversal on trans protections ‘disappointing’
Announces friend-of-the- In May, the Departments of Justice and to repeated requests to comment on
Education under President Obama issued whether President Trump supports the
court brief in Grimm case guidance saying schools are barred Justice Department’s decision to reverse
from discriminating against transgender course in the litigation. On Monday,
By CHRIS JOHNSON students, including in bathroom use, a quartet of groups — the Human under the prohibition of gender bias in Rights Campaign, GLSEN, the National
Title IX of the Education Amendments Center for Transgender Rights and the
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of 1972. That means schools refusing to National Women’s Law Center — sent a
(D-Calif.) said Tuesday the U.S. Justice allow transgender students to use the letter to the Justice Department and the
Department’s decision to reverse restroom consistent with their gender Education Department urging the Trump
course in litigation to defend Obama identity are at risk of losing federal funds. administration to keep the guidance.
administration guidance barring schools But as a result of litigation led by Texas Even though the O’Connor order bars
from discriminating against transgender Attorney General Ken Paxton on behalf of the U.S. government from asserting
students is “deeply disappointing.” 12 states, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor Title IX applies to transgender students,
In an exclusive statement to the issued a nationwide injunction last year transgender advocates have insisted
Washington Blade, Pelosi also made news barring enforcement of the guidance. In students are still able to sue on their
about a friend-of-the-court brief House response, the Justice Department under own under that law if they feel they’ve
Democrats have prepared on behalf of former U.S. Attorney General Loretta experienced discrimination as a result of
transgender student Gavin Grimm in Lynch appealed the decision to the U.S. their gender identity.
a related case pending before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and sought Meanwhile, a Pelosi aide said she signed
Supreme Court. a stay limiting the order to the states that a House Democratic friend-of-the-court
“It is deeply disappointing that the sued over the guidance. brief prepared by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.),
Department of Justice is not taking every On Friday, less than 48 hours after the the longest serving openly gay member of
opportunity to fight discrimination,” Pelosi House Minority Leader NANCY PELOSI confirmation of U.S. Attorney General the U.S. House, in the case of Gloucester
said. “Democrats will keep demanding (D-Calif.) said the Justice Department’s Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department County School Board v. G.G. In that related
reversal over trans student protections is
that the Trump administration advocate ‘deeply disappointing.’ reversed course, filing a subsequent brief case before the Supreme Court, Grimm, a
for all Americans. From the amicus brief WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY LOU CHIBBARO JR. withdrawing the request for a stay and transgender student, is suing his Virginia
we recently filed in support of civil rights announcing the department is “currently school to use the restroom consistent with
for transgender students to confronting considering how best to proceed in this his gender identity.
bigotry and discrimination wherever it is withdrawing a request to halt a court appeal.” That could be the first indication The Washington Blade couldn’t obtain
practiced, House Democrats will never order against Obama administration the Trump administration intends to rescind additional information about this brief
stop fighting for LGBT equality.” guidance asserting transgender students the guidance, which was among President at the time of this posting. The deadline
Pelosi made the remarks in response can use the restroom consistent with Trump’s anti-LGBT campaign promises. for filing friend-of-the-court briefs in this
to the Justice Department on Friday their gender identity. The White House hasn’t responded case on behalf of Grimm is March 2.

HB2 repeal plan gets lackluster LGBT reaction
Cooper’s proposal because February needs to be the month that claim is baseless because similar state legislature to retaliate last year by
we get this done.” laws exist in 19 states and more than passing HB2. But that repeal effort was
deemed ‘unnecessary’ Cooper’s repeal proposal comes on 100 cities across the country and no such thwarted after Republicans insisted on
the heels of a letter from the North incidents have occurred. including a cooling off period in the bill
By CHRIS JOHNSON Carolina Sports Association to the state Cooper’s proposal seeks to repeal HB2; that would prevent cities for six months legislature informing lawmakers that here are the three components of the plan: from enacting pro-LGBT ordinances and
keeping HB2 on the books will result in Democrats wouldn’t agree to it.
Amid continuing threats to North the loss of all NCAA championship events • A full repeal of House Bill 2 During his campaign against McCrory,
Carolina’s economy as a result of House Bill through 2022 and an estimated loss of Cooper pledged not only to repeal HB2,
2, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has made $250 million in revenue for the state. As a • Tougher penalties for crimes but also support of statewide non-
a new proposal to convince state lawmakers result of economic boycotts over the law, committed in restrooms and discrimination protections. A separate
to come to an agreement on lifting the anti- including cancelled business expansions dressing rooms proposal introduced by House and
LGBT law, although the response from LGBT and events from performers in the Senate Democrats would accomplish
advocates is lackluster. state, North Carolina has already lost an • A requirement that local both of those goals, although Cooper
Cooper unveiled the three-part estimated $600 million in revenue. governments give the legislature 30 hasn’t explicitly supported the legislation
proposal during a news conference on Signed into law last year by former North days’ notice before voting on non- and instead moved his own proposal.
Tuesday with Democratic leaders in the Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory after a single discrimination ordinances LGBT groups that  endorsed Cooper
legislature, Reps. Darren Jackson and day of consideration by the Republican- as a means to repeal HB2 issued
Sen. Dan Blue, warning that economic controlled legislature, HB2 bars cities from The offices of House Speaker Tim statements in response to his proposal
consequences would continue to befall enacting pro-LGBT ordinances, nullifying Moore and Senate President Phil Berger saying the compromise is unnecessary,
North Carolina if action isn’t taken. one recently enacted by Charlotte, and didn’t immediately respond to the although they wouldn’t name Cooper as
“I know North Carolinians are tired prohibits transgender people from using Washington Blade’s request for comment the originator of the idea and instead
of hearing about this,” Cooper said in the bathroom in schools and government on whether the Republican-controlled criticized Republicans.
a statement. “HB2 has divided us and buildings consistent with their legislature would accept the proposal. JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president
stained our reputation. I’ve proposed a gender identity. In December, North Carolina held of policy and political affairs at the
common sense compromise that will get Lawmakers enacted HB2 after stoking a vote to repeal HB2 as part of a deal Human Rights Campaign, said Republican
HB2 off the books and address concerns fears that the Charlotte ordinance would with Charlotte in which the city agreed leaders “continue to leave the people of
on both sides. It’s time for Republican enable men to enter women’s restrooms to rescind its LGBT non-discrimination North Carolina in harm’s way with their
leaders to step up and lead their members and commit sexual assaults, although ordinance, which had prompted the consistent failure to act.”

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DNC candidate on Trump, Pence and why Hillary lost
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 07 protections and very recently Mike the paper wasn’t arriving and she confronted reality than the rest of us operate from.
Pence as governor? It certainly must him. So I guess my point my is, it’s not false He’s written that cigarettes don’t kill, he
people and communities for abuse, and be different than being gay in a place that we’re a state that really cares about thinks climate change is made up. He must
therefore, no matter who he’s abusing at like Washington, D.C. the idea of welcome, the idea of inclusion, assume that people get up in the morning
the moment, he cannot be a friend of the Buttigieg: Yeah, just a little. When I the idea of being nice. It’s been interesting one day and decide to be gay. And so, as
LGBT community, and a vice president who came out, we didn’t really know what to watch how people to start to watch the nice as he’ll be to you in person, when it
has one of the most spectacular anti-LGBT impact that was going to have, but it relationship between that and acceptance comes to policy, like a moth to a flame, he
records of any living American politician. obviously wasn’t a problem for the re- and inclusion for the LGBT community. goes in for these divisive and backward-
Blade: But is there anything in terms elect. We got 80 percent for the re-elect. Blade: What was the experience like with looking policies and I think is having the
of goals for the structure of the DNC? There was some ugliness online, that sort Gov. Pence from the legislature passing a same influence in the White House right
Buttigieg: Obviously, we got to make of thing. But for the most part, people “religious freedom” law, him signing it, the now that he did as governor.
sure the council is strong. We got to make just wanted to know that I was going outrage that followed afterwards and him As governor, I think the people
sure that we have good representation to be a good mayor, and people in the signing the so-called fix? around him tried to talk him out of these
among our staff, our vendors, our community more broadly, they wanted to Buttigieg: Obviously, I was just blunders, and they happened anyway.
delegates. I think all of us are going to say know they’re going to be OK. experiencing that also just as a mayor in Now, I think it’s the reverse, it’s him talking
basically the same thing about that. That’s I did have a lot of people — especially Indiana, right? And in this tricky place of people into things, and I’m very nervous
a commitment that we make to the LGBT younger people, students — who maybe wanting to encourage the efforts to stand about what that means. I think that for
community and to every community, didn’t know that their community had a up to this kind of thing and on other hand, those who know him, the idea of him as
every community of interest that makes a place for them who’ve come forward or feeling defensive about your state, too. sort of mastermind, man-behind-the-
part of the Democratic coalition. come out or come to the LGBT center, and So, for example, we had somebody call curtain kind of thing isn’t very plausible
At the same time, I don’t want people in that’s a really compelling thing to see. But one of our museums, a great museum because there was a lot of bumbling in
the LGBT community or any other part of I had people who reached out from other donor, saying I still love your museum, the administration as governor.
the Democratic coalition to feel like we’re parts of my life, people in the military, but I can’t give to anything in Indiana But when you have a president who
going to talk to the community one at a people I went on missions with and I had right now. You had a lot of moments like actually has no ideology of his own, and
time, or that we’re trying to buy people off. no idea they were in the same boat. And that. I think that’s why you saw bipartisan who is very susceptible to the influence
We want people to be Democrats because of course, living in Mike Pence’s Indiana, resistance. The Republican mayor of of whoever spoke to him last. Having
they believe in Democratic values and it’s probably that much more important Indy was just as furious about this as I somebody with this extreme mentality in
support Democratic candidates because for people to know that everybody’s safe. was in South Bend. And the revolt of the that position of power is a threat not just
it’s the right thing to do, and living our But we got a long way to go. We had a guy business Republicans was a big part of to the LGBT community, but I think to the
values in terms of the makeup of our beaten to death because he was gay in South what turned the tide. community of people who are committed
delegates and our staff, that’s something Bend in 2016. And we’re one of the handful The thing about Mike Pence is, he’s a to enlightenment.
we do because it’s the right thing to do, of states that doesn’t have hate crimes super-nice guy, who just genuinely believes
not in order to impress people. legislation. We got a very long way to go. this stuff. He operates from a different � CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
Blade: Can you elaborate a little On the other hand, the other thing I
more on how the Democratic Party noticed after I came out, and something
could win in places like Indiana? that I think was especially important
Barack Obama won in 2008, but that because during the whole religious
was an aberration. freedom fight, I was concerned about Gay Afghan refugee
arrested in DeVos protest
Buttigieg: Yeah, but we also have a people who really want to come to the
Democratic U.S. senator. Up until 2010, right side of history, but they just can’t
five of our nine members of Congress were get themselves there yet, making sure we  
Democrats. Then redistricting happened didn’t force them into a corner and push A gay man who fled Afghanistan with his family in 1990 out of fear of
and a few other things happened. them away, making sure we kind of help persecution and death from the Taliban was among several protesters arrested
You can see how the “50-State Strategy” them get there. on Feb. 10 for attempting to block U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from
really benefited a state like mine if you And so, one thing that’s been amazing entering a D.C. middle school.
look at where we stood in let’s say 2008 to me is people, especially in an older   Bilal A. Askaryar, 32, has been charged with assaulting a police officer and
or 2010. And so, part of it is we’ve got generation who actually in an occasionally failing to obey a lawful command of an officer during a protest outside Jefferson
to make sure we’re investing in every awkward way, but a very endearing Middle School Academy in Southwest Washington. Police said about 50 protesters
part of the country. We also got to make way, loved the opportunity to show that confronted DeVos as she entered and left the school in a government car.
sure our message is explained in terms they’re accepting — women in their 70s   “[T]he defendant (Askaryar) along with several other protesters blocked the
it cases out for real people, so when we who would come meet my partner, and driveway to the parking lot of the school and blocked the path of Secretary of
talk about something like ACA [repeal], then come to me later and say, “I met Education B. Devos’ vehicle,” a police affidavit in support of Askaryar’s arrest says.
we talk about the stories of the human your friend. He’s wonderful.”  “The defendant (Askaryar) and the other protesters got violent and started
beings who are going to be affected by And people in their own way are trying pushing and shoving the police officers on the scene,” the affidavit says. It says
it. I think people in my own immediate to get on this road to acceptance. I had that Askaryar was caught on video pushing a police sergeant and a police officer.
and extended family would be affected — the newspaper delivery guy stopped  Court records show Askaryar is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court for a
by having the rug pulled out from under bringing me my paper after I came out for misdemeanor status hearing on March 17. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
us with something ACA [repeal]. We can’t some weird reason, and my neighbor told  In a Jan. 31 column in the Blade he said he and his family were lucky to be able
just be talking in terms of statistics. me with tears in her eyes — she was about to flee Afghanistan as refugees on a journey that took them to India, Pakistan
Communities, working-class communities, my mom’s age, I imagine they’re pretty and Hong Kong before being granted U.S. political asylum in San Francisco in
rural communities actually have the most to conservative, we don’t talk politics much 1990. He has since become a U.S. citizen and has received a master’s of arts
lose from bad policy. We’ve got to make sure — basically told me about how she let him degree from American University’s School of International Service.
we talk about policy, not on their own terms have it. I started getting my paper again.   In his Blade column he criticized President Donald Trump’s controversial
and certainly not in terms of the game in Blade: That’s the reason why? You executive order seeking to temporarily ban refugees from entering the U.S. from
Washington, but in terms of what’ll it actually came out and he stopped delivering at least seven mostly Muslim countries. He said the ban could endanger the lives
do to and for people in their everyday lives. your paper? of thousands of refugees fleeing persecution from the countries included in the
Blade: How would you evaluate Buttigieg: Apparently. She had a ban, which has been lifted temporarily by court rulings.
being gay in a state that has never had conversation with him. She watches my LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Russian LGBT activist disappears in Ukraine
A Russian LGBT rights advocate has disappeared in eastern Ukraine.
Human Rights Watch in a Feb. 9 press release said Grey Violet and Victoria
Miroshnichenko arrived in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, which pro-
Russian separatists control, on Jan. 31.
The organization said Violet, who is transgender, and Miroshnichenko planned to “stage a public
performance” in the city of Donetsk “in support of the LGBT community and record it on video.”
Human Rights Watch said Violet’s friends last heard from her at around 11 a.m. on Jan. 31.
The friends told Human Rights Watch they received information that indicates security officials
from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic detained Violet and Miroshnichenko
shortly after they arrived in the region. MediaZona, an independent Russian news website that
two members of Pussy Riot launched, quoted a friend who said local authorities told Violet and
Miroshnichenko were not in the custody of police or security officials.
“It is distressing that no one has been able to find out where Grey Violet and
Miroshnichenko are since they arrived in the DNR 10 days ago,” said Human Rights
Watch Ukraine researcher Tanya Cooper in the Feb. 9 press release. “Their sudden
disappearance requires prompt and effective investigation.”
Cooper told the Washington Blade on Monday that Human Rights Watch has “no more
news about” Violet and Miroshnichenko and “their well-being.” She said her organization
has urged the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International
Committee of the Red Cross and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to ask
authorities in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic about the activists’ fate.
“This is a truly horrible situation,” Cooper told the Blade. “They’ve been missing now
Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons for two weeks.”
RANDY BERRY Pro-Russian separatists have governed the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic
in eastern Ukraine since 2014.
They have banned the promotion of so-called gay propaganda to minors. LGBT

U.S. LGBT envoy to remain in place activists in the region with whom the Blade has spoken say the ongoing conflict between
Ukrainian troops and the separatists has adversely impacted their work.
The Trump administration will allow the position of special U.S. envoy to
promote LGBT and intersex rights abroad to remain in place at the State
Department. LGBT activist runs for Honduran Congress
A State Department spokesperson told Foreign Policy that Randy Berry is
continuing “in his role under the current administration.” A State Department TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A prominent Honduran activist would become the first
spokesperson reiterated this statement to the Washington Blade. openly LGBT person elected to the country’s Congress if he wins his campaign this year.
“Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Erick Martínez, who is the coordinator of the Diversity Movement in Resistance’s Human
Labor Randy Berry, a career Foreign Service officer, continues in his role under Rights Committee, is one of 23 candidates from the Liberty and Refoundation and Anti-
the current administration,” the spokesperson told the Blade. Corruption Parties, a left-leaning coalition that opposes President Juan Orlando Hernández’s
Former Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015 announced the creation of the ruling National Party, who are on the ballot in the Francisco Morazán Department in
position within the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and which Tegucigalpa is located. The five candidates who win the most votes in the March 12
Labor. primaries will advance to the general election that will take place in November.
Berry has traveled to Jamaica, Honduras, Botswana and more than 40 other “I know that the citizenry would pay close attention to LGBT people if they were in
countries. His bio on the State Department’s website currently identifies him the Congress,” Martínez told the Washington Blade last week during an interview at a
as “deputy assistant secretary and special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI Tegucigalpa coffee shop that is near the U.S. Embassy. “This is a responsibility.”
persons.” The Diversity Movement in Resistance formed in response to the 2009 coup that
Monday’s statement comes against the backdrop of concerns over whether toppled then-President Manuel Zelaya.
President Trump would eliminate the special LGBT envoy position. Advocates Zelaya’s wife, Xiomara Castro, ran against Hernández in the country’s 2013 presidential
have also urged the new administration to continue U.S. efforts to promote LGBT election. She is once again running for president as the Liberty and Refoundation Party’s
and intersex issues around the world that the Obama administration began. candidate.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins asked Trump late last year Martínez is running on a platform that includes improving the Honduran health care
to remove “activists” from the State Department who promote LGBT and system and access to it, eradicating violence against women and strengthening the
reproductive rights abroad. A spokesperson for the president’s then-transition country’s primary education system.
team told the Blade that any suggestion “that discrimination of any kind will be “The problem of violence is a health condition,” said Martínez.
condoned or tolerated in a Trump administration is simply absurd.” Martínez spoke with the Blade less than 48 hours after gang members killed five
Media reports that emerged last week suggest Ivanka Trump and her husband, people during a wake that was being held in Mirador de Oriente, a poor Tegucigalpa
Jared Kushner, urged the president not to sign a religious freedom executive neighborhood, for a bus driver who had been murdered. The 20-year-old man was
order. killed in the same house in which the massacre took place.
The Justice Department on Feb. 10 withdrew its request to stay a federal Honduras’ population is slightly more than 8 million people.
judge’s ruling against the Obama administration’s guidance to public schools Martínez told the Blade that an average of 17 people are killed each day in the Central
that they allow transgender students use bathrooms consistent with their American country that borders Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
gender identity. The agency took the action a day after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Rene Martínez, an activist and “well-known” member of the National Party, which is right-wing
Sessions was sworn in. and has strong ties to Honduras’ Roman Catholic and evangelical churches, in the city of San
The U.N. Human Rights Council last June approved a resolution that created Pedro Sula, was strangled to death last June. Cattrachas, a Tegucigalpa-based lesbian feminist
the U.N.’s first-ever independent LGBT rights watchdog. network, notes 229 LGBT Hondurans are known to have been killed between 2009-2016.
Vitit Muntarbhorn, an international law professor at Chulalongkorn University Martínez told the Blade that women and LGBT Hondurans are the “most frequent
in Bangkok, has held the position since last fall. Canadian Prime Minister Justin victims” of violence and are the “most vulnerable.” He said lesbian and especially trans
Trudeau last November named MP Randy Boissonnault as his government’s women are particularly susceptible.
special advisor on LGBT, queer and two-spirited issues. “They are the most vulnerable,” said Martínez. “They are the most visible and are
MICHAEL K. LAVERS those who the citizenry targets for violence.”
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Resistance to Trump finds plenty of LGBT help
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 “You saw a lot of Republicans lose their from being seated on the court.”
seats to challenges from the right because One aspect of the Tea Party for which it
but there’s every indication this outcry the Tea Party created this sense that won notoriety was engineering a shutdown
from progressives, which includes conservatives, who nobody thought would of  the federal government in 2013 over
voices from the LGBT movement, will be in trouble from the right wing of their the implementation of Obamacare. With
continue over the long haul. base, got in a lot of trouble, and lost their current funding for the government set to
Firas Nasr, a queer activist who has seats,” Volsky said. “People like Eric Cantor, expire in March, the progressive activists
organized dance protests in D.C. on behalf so whether or not that’s going to happen may take up the mantle of stopping the
of WERK for Peace, said the activism will in this case, we’ll have to wait and see.” government by ceasing operations, such
sustain itself through “a combination of There’s also a difference in support for as the increased immigration raids under
creativity and persistence.” both movements. As Becker pointed out, the Trump administration.
“One thing that we’re really trying to a Washington Post poll found only 27 of Asserting a federal government
bring into the resistance here is creativity, Americans supported the Tea Party at shutdown “would sort of have to be a
is love and connection,” Nasr said. “Those the height of the movement in 2010, but bridge to be crossed if we come to it,”
are things that people are seeking from 60 percent now support the nationwide Becker said at this time he couldn’t bring
the start. That’s the reason why we go out women’s marches. himself to support such action because of
to resist in the first place, so hearing that “I think that there are similarities, the negative impacts of the 2013 shutdown.
be the end and creating or facilitating a but the critical distinction rests in the “The shutting down of the federal
space where that can be expressed I think genesis of it because the Tea Party in government is something that was such
is the work that we do.” Barack Obama…there was no question a drastic and reckless step that the
John Becker, a gay D.C. progressive about the legitimacy of his election,” Republicans took,” Becker said. “I can’t
activist and blogger, said Trump is Becker said. “He won the popular vote, say that is something I would support at
“counting on protest fatigue” and initiating he won the electoral vote, there was no this moment.”
multiple controversial policies — such as foreign interference, there was no FBI A cornerstone of the progressive
plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico meddling. There wasn’t the same kind resistance is the LGBT community, which
border and a travel ban on seven Muslim- of foundational questions about the has largely remained steadfast in its
majority countries — in hopes people will DONALD TRUMP’s actions on immigration legitimacy of his mandate in a way that opposition to Trump and has continued
forget as time goes on. have sparked worldwide protests. there is for Trump.” to speak out against his policies despite
“I think that’s part of their strategy is WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY LEE WHITMAN
In terms of whether the progressive the assertion from the White House
to just throw as much awful, deplorable, movement like the Tea Party should he’s “respectful and supportive” of
difficult things at us right away and that continues, I think we’ll see people encourage Democrats to vote “no” LGBT rights. A national LGBT march is
overwhelm people like a Blitzkrieg,” in the street, we’ll see people online be arbitrarily on everything in the planned for Washington during Pride
Becker said. “I think they’re counting very, very upset,” Volsky said. “And they’ll congressional agenda under Trump, weekend June 11; other cities are looking
on dulling our senses and our sense of create for those people the political space views are nuanced. to schedule  similar marches that day in
outrage and getting us exhausted.” and the political pressure for members Volsky expressed caution when solidarity as was seen during the recent
Anger  with the Trump White House of Congress to break with Trump, to asked if Democrats should vote “no” women’s march.
continues to grow not just over  policy, disagree with Trump to undermine the on everything that comes up during Volsky said Trump’s declared support
but over  the scandalous revelations kind of agenda he’s pursuing.” the Trump administration, saying the for LGBT rights falls away after “peeling
about  Trump’s ties to Russia. Just this approach should be more selective. back” those stated words and looking at
week, National Security Adviser Michael Progressives are seeking to derail the the anti-LGBT people advising him.
Flynn resigned after revelations he spoke
Tea for progressives, too? confirmation of Trump’s pick for labor “If I’m looking at the LGBT movement,
with Russian officials about Obama-era Observers are already making secretary, Andrew Puzder, who may be it’s to protect progress on a federal
sanctions and media reports revealed comparisons of progressive activism the nominee most in danger of rejection level, to continue pushing for progress
Trump aides were in contact with Russian to the Tea Party under President in the Senate. A coalition of LGBT groups on the state and local level and to really
intelligence officials during the campaign. Obama, which urged “no” votes from including the Equality Federation and the be involved in the fight against Trump
If poll numbers are any indication, Republicans at every possible moment LGBT labor group Pride at Work have because LGBT Americans are a great part
the demonstrations are working and on his agenda even at the expense of expressed opposition to Puzder, saying of the progressive coalition and frankly
likely won’t  let up soon. A Gallup poll government operations. But don’t tell his employment practices and opposition have shown over the last couple of years
released on Sunday found just 40 that to progressive activists who see a to raising the minimum wage make him a how to organize and how to get things
percent of Americans approve of Trump clear distinction between themselves and bad choice for LGBT workers. done, so I think they’re a great asset to
compared to 55 percent who disapprove conservative activists. Becker said one aspect in which advocacy and the movement in general,”
of him. That low popularity is atypical Volsky said he wouldn’t a make a Democrats should emulate Republicans Volsky said.
for a new president. Last week, a Public comparison between the Tea Party and emboldened by the Tea Party is by The LGBT movement, Nasr said, has
Policy Polling poll found Americans are progressive activism over Trump because blocking the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch a creativity and unique intersectionality
now evenly split 47-47 on support for the latter has already enjoyed much to the U.S. Supreme Court, citing GOP different from other groups that will
impeaching Trump and support for more sustainability early on in a new refusal to consider Merrick Garland and continue to energize the progressive
removing him from office continues. administration. the Trump nominee’s record. resistance to Trump.
Igor Volsky, a gay D.C.-based “In many respects, I think, Americans “They set that precedent last year when “At least as a person of color personally,
progressive activist and deputy director today are far ahead of where the Tea they — for no reason at all other than I’ve seen the LGBTQ community be a
of  the Center for American Progress Party was,” Volsky said. I mean, we’re partisan spite — denied Merrick Garland center for intersectionality at least in
Fund, said he doesn’t spend “much time weeks into the administration and a hearing and refused to confirm him,” the circles that I run in, so an additional
worrying that somehow all of a sudden you’re seeing three weekends in a row of Becker said. “In terms of the Supreme thing that we’re bringing is we’re bringing
he’s going to get his act together and tremendous protests.” Court, I do think the Democrats should everyone,” Nasr said. “We’re not leaving
people aren’t going to be outraged” with But like the Tea Party with Republicans, follow precedent set by the Republicans. anyone behind. This is not white feminism.
controversial policies continuing to come Volsky said Democrats may feel the fire As far I’m concerned, that was a stolen This is not prim-and-proper LGBT
from the White House. of the progressive movement if they don’t seat, stolen from Merrick Garland and corporate funded work. This is grassroots,
“I think people are outraged because listen to its demands and face ousters in Barack Obama and I support any and everyone’s involved, intersectionality-
he does very outrageous things and if mid-term season. all efforts to block and obstruct Gorsuch centered, queer-centered resistance.”

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Delaware officer accused of anti-gay bias, abuse
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 or did something in a threatening or However, the Blade could not verify any Lewes has a long history as a welcoming
aggressive manner, Lizama said “no.” previous complaint against the officer had place for LGBT people. He said he is
room while she was experiencing chest “All I did was turn around to see which been filed, and Lizama and another person not aware of any other complaints filed
pain. way the lobby was,” he said. “And that’s who believes previous complaints have against Officer Woodyard.
Lizama said a nurse asked him to leave when he grabbed me and then bear been filed against Woodyard could not Gay Democratic activist and Lewes
the emergency room and wait in the hugged me and threw me to the ground produce evidence to back up those claims. resident Mitch Crane, who recently
hospital’s lobby and waiting area after he and I hit my head.” Sell, meanwhile, said that under Delaware became Deputy Commissioner of the
became upset over what he thought was Before being taken to the police law, police records of citizen complaints Delaware Department of Insurance, said
a slow response by nurses and doctors to station to be booked Lizama said he was against officers are exempt from the he, too, was unaware of any LGBT-related
examine his friend, who he thought was admitted to the emergency department Freedom of Information Act on grounds that citizen complaints against any police
having a heart attack. at the hospital for treatment of the they are private personnel records. officer in Lewes.
After exchanging words with at least one injuries he sustained at the hands of Lizama acknowledged he did not “This is a very progressive city,” he
nurse, he said he obeyed the request to Officer Woodyard. After undergoing accuse Woodyard of anti-gay bias in his said. “I have never heard of a case where
leave the cubicle where his friend had been X-rays to the head and upper body a written complaint against the officer, a police officer caused problems for gay
taken and began walking toward what he doctor told him he was suffering from a saying the matter was so upsetting to him people.”
thought was the waiting room area. condition of excessive fluid in the brain he found it hard to deal with the issue of Lizama said he has never before
“As I was walking I didn’t know where called hydrocephalus, he told the Blade. homophobia on top of what he believed encountered problems with the Lewes
the main waiting room was so I turned He provided the Blade with a copy of to be overall improper behavior by the police and agrees that the city and police
around and he grabs me and throws his discharge papers from the hospital officer. But he said he deeply believes the in general are LGBT supportive.
me to the ground,” Lizama said. “I hit my showing the hydrocephalus diagnosis and officer perceived him to be gay because “What I’m saying is there is sometimes
head on the ground and there’s blood all urging him to seek immediate treatment of “my appearance and mannerisms” and just one rotten apple in the barrel,” he
over the emergency room.” from his personal physician. treated him in an abusive way because of said. “And he is that one rotten apple,” said
Added Lizama: “He was on my back He said one doctor told him the a bias against gay people.   Lizama in referring to Officer Woodyard.
putting handcuffs on me and he couldn’t hydrocephalus could be a pre-existing Lewes Mayor Theodore Becker, a Woodyard couldn’t immediately be
get them on right and I kept telling him it’s condition that many older people longtime LGBT rights supporter, said reached for comment.
hurting me, it’s hurting. He kept saying, you develop or it could have been brought on
know, quit resisting arrest. I said, ‘I’m not by the head trauma he sustained in the
resisting. It’s my arm. You’re killing me.’” altercation with Officer Woodyard.
To his shock and dismay, Lizama said “Hydrocephalus may be congenital
Woodyard told him he was placing him or acquired,” a report on the condition Carl Andreasen Jr. dies at 77
under arrest for disorderly conduct, prepared by the National Institutes of
menacing and resisting arrest. Health says. “Acquired hydrocephalus
Charging documents show he was develops at the time of birth or at some Carl Axel Andreasen, Jr. died Feb. 9
booked at the Lewes police station and point afterward,” the NIH report says. of cardiac complications at Holy Cross
appeared before a magistrate at the “This type of hydrocephalus can affect Hospital, according to his husband,
station through a closed circuit television individuals of all ages and may be caused Mel Krist. He was 77.
hookup on the night of the incident. He by injury or disease.” Born in 1939 in Chicago, Andreasen
was released on his own recognizance Lizama said his personal physician has was the son of Carl and Mabel
and ordered not to return to Beebe since referred him to a neurologist for Andreasen. He graduated form
Healthcare or to come into contact with follow-up tests in connection with his head Schurz High School in 1960 and
any of the hospital employees involved in injury and the hydrocephalus diagnosis. volunteered for the U.S. Army during
the incident. He is scheduled to appear in He said he continues to experience leg the Vietnam era.   
Sussex County Court of Common Pleas in and back pain caused by being thrown to He studied chemistry at Knox
Georgetown, Del., on Feb. 27. the floor at the time of his arrest. College, which led to a career
Woodyard states in an arrest affidavit Lewes Police Chief Thomas Sell told starting in 1969 at the Department
that he and a hospital security guard the Blade he interviewed Lizama for of Agriculture and later at the
were called by nurses to the emergency nearly an hour as part of his investigation Environmental Protection Agency
room after they reported Lizama became of Lizama’s complaint. He said he also researching the effects of various
“disorderly.” His affidavit states that interviewed at least three witnesses from chemicals on the environment and CARL AXEL ANDREASEN, JR.
nurses reported Lizama became “even the hospital who gave an account of human population.  He retired in PHOTO COURTESY OF FAMILY
more disorderly” when he was asked to the incident “pretty consistent” with the 1998.
leave and go to the hospital lobby. account given by Officer Woodyard. While living in Crofton, Md.,
“As we were giving defendant Sell, who was named Lewes’s chief Andreasen was involved in local theater. He worked as a singer, percussionist
commands to go to the lobby, we began of police last June, said he personally and performer in the Bowie and Annapolis area. 
to escort him by walking directly behind investigates citizen complaints against When he moved to Silver Spring in 1986, he expanded his involvement in
him,” Woodyard says in the affidavit. “At officers in a department that has a total theater works to Charlestown, W.Va.  He was also an active member of the
that time defendant turned around and of just 13 officers. He said his investigation Takoma Park Singers.  In 2014, he received an award for sound environment
lunged towards me in an aggressive into Lizama’s complaint was continuing from the Colonial Players. He was also an avid traveler and visitor to his high
manner. Defendant was inches away from this week. school and college reunions.
my body. I instantly grabbed defendant The Washington Blade has filed a Andreasen and Krist were married in Washington in 2010 and had been
in an attempt to place him under arrest, Freedom of Information Act request with together since 1986. In addition to Krist, Andreasen is survived by a cousin,
however he was pulling away which I then the City of Lewes to determine whether Bruce Trumbo of Hayward, Calif.; a brother, Alan Andreasen of Oakland, Calif.;
took him to the ground with assistance others have filed complaints against and a nephew, Paul Connelly of Arlington Heights, Ill. 
from Security Officer Peacock,” Woodyard Woodyard during his nearly 10 years as A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the
states in the affidavit. a Lewes police officer. Lizama said people American Legion Hall (6900 Greenbelt Rd.) in Greenbelt, Md.
Lizama strongly disputes Woodyard’s he knows in Lewes have told him other JOEY DIGUGLIELMO
version of what happened. When asked citizens have filed complaints against
if he lunged toward Woodyard or said Woodyard in the past.

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LGBs face disproportionate mental health issues

LONDON — Gay and bi people are up to 12 times more likely to experience
mental health issues as straight people, according to the results of a new U.K. study.
Christian teaching that homosexuality is wrong is the cause, researchers found. 
“In the Name of Love: the Church, Exclusion and LGB Mental Health Issues”
from the Oasis Foundation claims to demonstrate “beyond reasonable doubt”
that church goers and clergy are responsible for negative messages about same-
sex relationships in society, the media and political debate, Christian Today, a
U.K. religious outlet, reports. 
More than half of LGB young people have self-harmed and 44 percent
have considered suicide, the report says. It cites a study of 27,000 LGB people
that concluded that “sexual minorities were two to three times more likely to
report having a longstanding psychological or emotional problem than their
heterosexual counterparts.”
Researchers said every major U.K. denomination apart from the United
Reformed Church discriminates against LGB people and says churchgoers
are responsible for the negativity. It points out that at least 74 percent of the
signatories to the campaign against gay marriage, the Coalition for Marriage, were
Christians, and at least 54 percent of the MPs who voted against gay marriage in
2013 were Christians. The report also analyzed 100 national media articles on the
topic of same-sex marriage and found 47 percent contained a negative comment;
of these, 91 percent were from a Christian leader or Christian commentator.
Another study released last week had similar findings. Researchers said the
mental health challenges LGB people experience is not because of their sexual
orientation, but because of the stigma and discrimination they experience as a
result, Think Progress reports. 
For the study, reported on by the Guardian, researchers at Australian National
University followed a cohort of about 5,000 LGB adults over eight years to track
their life experiences and their mental health. The results showed that there
were many risk factors that contributed to negative mental health outcomes,
but they weren’t directly related to individuals’ non-heterosexual orientations.
For example, survivors of sexual trauma and childhood trauma, rejection
in social interactions, not having family or social support and smoking all
contributed to the long-term risk for depression and anxiety. When LGB
people didn’t experience these factors — when they had positive support and
affirmation in their lives — their risk of long-term mental health problems was
no higher than for straight people.
In other words, LGB people do experience higher rates of mental health
problems, but that’s only because they are more vulnerable to rejection and
stigma — and are more likely to turn to coping mechanisms as a result. As lead
researcher Richard Burns said according to the Guardian, “When we adjusted for
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DNC must build party in all 50 states
will gather in Atlanta to elect new leaders. support it. They alone won’t change it but as one running in a reliably blue state. We
An effort to harness energy Over six public debates and a stream of will have the job of supporting state parties clearly need to stand by our principles of
of nationwide protests TV interviews, the leading candidates had in multiple ways. They will need to work to equality, women’s rights, LGBT rights, civil
found themselves in combative agree- keep the incredible public outcry against rights, disability rights, fairness and decen-
ment, arguing for a party that invests more Trump and the congressional Republicans cy. But how they campaign on local issues
in every state, disagreeing only about who going; help state parties recruit and then may differ and we need to accept when
should get them there. The meeting here organize the millions of people who are hit- they win they vote for the Democratic
did not resolve that and showcased how ting the streets in protest to work for and leadership in Congress giving us the abil-
the elongated race has delayed the final vote for Democratic candidates. They will ity to control committees and the agenda.
reckoning over the party’s 2016 primary need to upgrade and share the technology On Feb. 25 in Atlanta the 447 mem-
result and the test of whether Democrats for low-dollar fundraising with state parties bers of the DNC will finally vote and this
can channel the protests against President to help pay for their efforts and support quasi primary will be over. The real work
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights Trump breaking out every weekend.” their candidates at every level. of building the party will begin. We will all
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly In the spirit of full disclosure I support At times the chair of the party will be the need to coalesce around the new chair
for the Blade.
former Labor Secretary Tom Perez for face of the party on television and at meet- and officers of the party. We must do this
chair and Adam Parkhomenko for vice ings across the nation. But their respon- if we are to defeat the efforts of the two
The Democratic National Committee chair. I like all the other candidates but sibility is not to usurp the spotlight from ultra-right conservative Stephens, Ban-
needs to begin the work of building the think Perez and Parkhomenko will make a our candidates; rather to help focus it on non and Miller, who are the puppeteers
party in all 50 states and territories and great team. The role of that team is to help them. It is our candidates who will need pulling Donald Trump’s strings. Trump
end what is in essence an open primary build 50 strong Democratic parties that to keep the marchers motivated and work himself seems in over his head in the Oval
for the position of chair and other officers. will do the work necessary in their states toward victories at the ballot box. Office and has taken to tweeting about his
I compare it to an open primary because to take back their legislatures, governor- The chair must work to see we don’t at- daughter’s business at Nordstrom.
there are only 447 DNC members who will ships and elect Democrats in every con- tack Democratic candidates who can win We must join hands and continue to
actually vote. All the others attending ral- gressional district. in a state simply because some people speak out, march, protest and resist under
lies and forums don’t vote and from what It’s not the role of the party chair or other within, or outside trying to influence the the Democratic Party banner. We must do
I am seeing and hearing are having little officers of the DNC to develop a new plat- party, don’t think they meet their criteria this if we are to fight the vicious proposals
impact on who will be elected. form in the next two years; we already have for ‘perfection.’ of the Trump administration and the Re-
As the Washington Post reported, “Sat- one and it was approved at the last Demo- A Democratic candidate for Senate or publican Congress. We must do this if we
urday’s ‘future forum’ was the last DNC cratic convention. It is the most progressive House of Representatives in a deep red are to take back our Democracy and con-
gathering before Feb. 25, when Democrats one we have ever had; all the candidates state will not campaign on the same issues tinue to be a beacon of hope for the world.


Is D.C. destined to be the domain of the well-to-do?
the highest median household income in the over the past several years, once averaging changed, with well-heeled international in-
Ever-increasing cost of living country at a level 70 percent higher than the more than 1,000 new residents a month and flow becoming an increasingly substantial
portends continued drop in national average. reversing years of declining residency to add portion of new residents. Younger people
You now need buckets of green to survive 100,000 net new arrivals in only 15 years. It have also stopped moving to the city in the
population growth in the bluest of cities, and that price pinch is was a dramatic comeback for a city that was numbers of recent times.
prompting primary professions in a range broken and busted less than two decades As the demographic of new residents be-
of industries nationally to look at locating in ago, emerging from disastrous dysfunction gins to skew even more toward wealthier
more money-modest Middle American cities. and a years-long federal takeover of the Dis- denizens and higher-earning workers able to
Places with dynamic cultures and attractive trict’s budget and operations. absorb the extraordinary cost of living in the
amenities but with more reasonable living The city’s recovery was predicated on nation’s capital, affordability will continue to
costs and less pressurized living conditions. attracting low-demand, high-return new be a primary factor in determining who ar-
Middle-class millennials, households with residents. People who would need fewer ser- rives, and who remains, in town.
children or those aspiring to become par- vices but contribute more in taxes, as well as The dilemma for elected officials is
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur ents, and others desiring more manageable spur economic development and business there’s very little they can do to substan-
and community business advocate. Follow and less expensive environments are begin- growth through enhanced levels of discre- tially change these cost trajectories. They’re
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at ning to drive geographic diversification when tionary spending. left to tinkering around the edges, albeit at
companies look to locate. It’s a trend that is Only 3 percent of those new households great expense, and the crude methods and
increasingly anticipated to reduce the attrac- came with kids in tow. Most of the rest nei- ineffective tools they favor to manipulate
It’s no secret that Washington has become tiveness of currently popular metropolises, ther needed, nor cared about, the dismal the marketplace produce nominal and of-
one of the most expensive U.S. cities in which leaving behind disparate swaths of the ultra- state of local public education. Nearly half of ten counterproductive results – especially
to live. D.C. now ranks alongside the other prosperous and the very poor. new households were childless millennials at the bottom end.
costliest coastal-centric urban enclaves of Is D.C. destined to become the domain under 35 seeking well-paying professional Local politicians want to appear able to af-
New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles of only the well-to-do? Will Washington turn careers and more than a quarter were over- fect affordability, both on the income and ex-
and Seattle. out to be a lifestyle destination for the rich, 55 “empty nesters” with no kids at home but pense ends, but their ability to do so is much
It takes a wad of cash to accommodate exacerbating the existing gap between those possessing accumulated wealth and the as- more limited than they’ll ever admit.
the accelerating expense of everything from at the top and those at the bottom, while sets of prior long-term homeownership. D.C. has become a place best suited for
housing to cocktails. hollowing out good-wage but locally middle- The rate of population growth has now those who can afford to fully enjoy its many
The latest U.S. Census Bureau report pegs income earners exiled to increasingly distant begun to stall, however, noticeably declin- assets and amenities.
the D.C. metro area, including Arlington and suburban areas or even elsewhere? ing over the past year. The profile of those Over time, that will include fewer and few-
Alexandria in neighboring Virginia, as having D.C.’s population has grown significantly moving to the nation’s capital has also er of those here now.
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the 1960s, there’s enormous interest in My daughter says I’m a hoarder but I say
all things Motown. what I’m hoarding is worth a fortune. She
Of course the label’s popularity never never really understood it. … Some were
really went away but a flurry of recent in boxes. One of the famous ones I’m
events, from Broadway’s “Motown: the having restored. It was beaded on chiffon
Musical” to exhibits of the Supremes’ and just got so worn that the beads were
legendary stage gowns to deluxe reissues falling off, so I’m having them repaired. 
of many of the label’s classic albums, point
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Supremes founding member Mary WILSON: Wigs not as much. They tend
Wilson — the only singer to stay in the to get really old and then they’re no good.
group for its entire run — is in the midst of Pretty much everyone kept their own wigs
a four-night engagement at Washington’s throughout the years so I never really had
Blues Alley. She spoke with the Blade by a lot of those, but the gowns, yes. I do
phone this week from her home in Las have everyone’s gowns except the ones
Vegas on a wide spate of topics from her that were stolen. … There was a lot of stuff
recent dance hit, her stint on “RuPaul’s stored at Motown where we originally
Drag Race,” her oft-misunderstood stored them and when the building in
relationship with Diana Ross and more.  Detroit was torn down, a lot of people just
started taking stuff — pictures, masters,
WASHINGTON BLADE: Tell us a little gowns. Some have landed elsewhere.
of what you have planned for your Blues There are a couple here in the Hard Rock
Alley engagement, please.  Cafe casino in Vegas, so they’ve been all
MARY WILSON: It’s a combination. over the place. I don’t know how else
Last time I was there I believe I did my they ended up here and there other than
straight sort-of jazz show, so this time I people just took them when the building
will probably do some of the American was torn down. I even got a few of them
songbook and some Supremes songs MARY WILSON says her Blues Alley engagement will feature standards, jazz and Motown hits. back on eBay. 
as well because I know a lot of people
would like to hear that. So it will be a BLADE: There wasn’t as much Motown
combination of all of that. I love doing stuff in the National Museum of African-
ballads, you know, love songs. Also it’s young man out of the Imagination group, instead of Motown — but I know they’re American History here in Washington as
Valentine’s week, so I have to honor that Leee John. I think it was in 2002. Some re-releasing our “Go-Go” album. I was I would have thought. Were you ever in
because I believe in love. beautiful people out in the San Francisco just at Universal when I was in New York touch with its staff about having some
area, Sweet Feet Music, decided they at the B.B. King club and I went and did Supremes items there?
BLADE: Is it taxing to do two shows wanted to release it. I was like, “Oh my some interviews there and they played WILSON: You know what, I’m a little
each night?  God, OK.” So then we went in and did the me a lot of songs. disappointed because I offered them
WILSON: I don’t normally do two shows video and they put it out and it charted. my gown exhibit to be displayed there
so yeah, it really is. It’s a little harder now I was so surprised and elated that it BLADE: The bonus disc for the “I Hear and I never heard back from them. I
that I’m 72, almost 73. I’ll be 73 in March charted. It was beautiful and wonderful.  a Symphony” expanded edition in 2012 made a presentation and everything. I
so it can be a little taxing because I’m used had an entire 1966 Supremes concert guess they had so many things, so many
to doing one. But I love being on stage. I BLADE: How did Sweet Feet even know recorded at the Roostertail in Detroit. artifacts, they couldn’t take everything
don’t have a problem performing it’s just, about it? Do you know how commonly Supremes so I understood, but I was disappointed.
you know, the traveling and all that other WILSON: Well the Supremes fans are concerts were recorded?  When I’m in D.C., I’m going to try and go
stuff that makes it a little more difficult. just everywhere. I don’t know. I think they WILSON: I really don’t know. Things are see it. I’m very thrilled it’s there. I’m just
knew Leee John. The Imagination may showing up now that I didn’t even know not happy the Supremes gowns aren’t
BLADE: On average, how much of the not have been as big here in the states, had been recorded because this was part of it.
year do you spend on the road? but they were big in the UK so they knew before everyone had their cell phones
WILSON: I usually do about three to them.  and this and that.  BLADE: It seems insane to me that
four gigs a month. the Supremes never won a Grammy in
BLADE: There was such a nice stash BLADE: So you had the Supremes the ‘60s. Was there some anti-Motown
BLADE: It must have been gratifying to of Supremes album reissues and deluxe gowns in your possession all these years? sentiment in the industry at the time or
have a dance hit a little over a year ago sets from Hip-O Select over several years It must have cost a fortune to store them what?
when “Time to Move On” hit no. 23 on the but they seem to have suddenly stopped all this time. WILSON: I really don’t know. It’s kind
Billboard dance chart. about two years ago. Do you know if any WILSON: This is true. Well yeah, I just of hurtful when I hear of so many people
WILSON: It was great. I mean, I didn’t more are planned?  had them in storage. I have a pretty large having Grammys. We had 12 number
even realize that was going to happen. WILSON: I’m not sure. … I know home here in Las Vegas so some I had in
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how you can request the music you want and that fate is real. The people who
to hear there, plus the staff is awesome come into your life and the experiences
and their sushi is delicious!  you have are all part of a bigger plan
  to allow you (or, at times force you)
Describe your dream wedding.  to continuously reinvent to become a
I’d invite my entire rugby team, a few better version of yourself.
close friends and family. The ceremony  
would be quick. The reception would be What’s your advice for LGBT
awesome — there’d be a mac ’n cheese movement leaders? 
bar, lots of tequila, a disco ball and the Understand the struggles and fight for
best. music. ever (a good mix of dance, the protection and rights of LGBT people
pop and hip-hop). across all races and socio-economic
  classes, not just middle- to upper-class
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY What non-LGBT issue are you most white people.
passionate about?   
Half of my family either served or What would you walk across hot coals
By JOEY DiGULIELMO currently serves in the military, so for? veterans’ rights are important to me. All the people I love in my life and/or a
  pot of gourmet truffle mac ’n cheese at
Chris Will is donning drag for the first time next week.  What historical outcome would you the other end.
On Friday, Feb. 24, he and 11 of his teammates on the Washington Scandals change?   
gay rugby team will don makeup and gowns for “Sequins & Scrums,” a benefit It definitely would’ve been nice if this last What LGBT stereotype annoys you
event at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) to raise money for players to attend the presidential race hadn’t come down to most? 
2018 Bingham Cup rugby tournament in Amsterdam. Hillary v. Trump. When people say LGBT sports teams
“We’re hoping to subsidize the costs of airfare, housing and registration   aren’t as legitimate as regular sports
as much as possible,” says the 26-year-old Huntington Beach, Calif., native. What’s been the most memorable pop teams. Part of the reason I love being
“We want to show D.C. how much fun being a Scandal is and how we can slay culture moment of your lifetime?  on the Washington Scandals is because
anywhere — whether it’s the rugby pitch or on the stage.” When Gwen Stefani went solo and we focus on the team aspect more
And yes, he says the butterflies he’s feeling is also part of the excitement. released one of my favorite albums of than we do on the competitive aspect
“If I told you I was nervous yet excited, it would be the understatement of all time, “Love.Angel.Music.Baby.” People of the sport. It’s about learning rugby
the century.” talk about how Madonna, Kylie, Janet, in a welcoming environment, creating
Admission is free to the 8 p.m. event, to be held during D.C. Bear Crue Mariah, etc., were their icons growing up, a group of friends that you’ll keep for
Happy Hour. Scandals members will compete to win the judges’ approval and but being a child of the ‘90s and growing years, if not for life, and learning how to
vie for the title Scrum Queen 2017. Details at  up on No Doubt, Gwen was my queen. work together to achieve victory on the
Will, who works by day as a software sales rep, joined the Scandals two- pitch from there.
and-a-half years ago. Drag shows are fairly common for other gay rugby On what do you insist?   
teams, but this is the Scandals’ first.  Take risks in life and love and take every What’s your favorite LGBT movie? 
Will moved to the D.C. area with his family in 2006, left to attend Penn State, opportunity you have to challenge “Moonlight.” I just saw it and it was
then returned. He enjoys music, rugby and dancing in his free time. He lives yourself and grow. absolutely amazing. Please go see it if
in Fairfax, Va.     you haven’t.
What was your last Facebook post or  
Tweet?  What’s the most overrated social
I shared the music video for Grimes and custom? 
Janelle Monae’s “Venus Fly.” If you don’t Small talk.
How long have you been out and who Who’s your LGBT hero?  know the song or if you haven’t seen the  
was the hardest person to tell?  Mark Bingham! He’s a gay rugby icon video, you’re missing out. It’s literally THE What trophy or prize do you most
I’ve been fully out for a year and a half. and was one of the passengers on Flight fiercest. covet? 
It was an almost four-year process 93. He was part of the group that tried My 2015 Washington Scandals Spirit
before that where I was slowly coming to take the plane back from the hijackers If your life were a book, what would Award.
out to my family and close friends, and and kept it from crashing into D.C. Mark the title be?   
then the day before my 25th birthday I defied gay stereotypes, helped build “Late Bloomer” What do you wish you’d known at 18? 
said screw it and came out completely the International Gay Rugby league into   That I would be able to find love and
on Facebook. My parents were the what it is today and had an incredible If science discovered a way to change support if I had come out then. I
hardest to tell, but it’s not because they love for his country.  sexual orientation, what would you understand everyone comes out at their
were un-accepting. They were actually do?  own pace, but one of my biggest regrets
wonderfully accepting and they embrace What’s Washington’s best nightspot, Stay gay, stay me. Let’s hope that never was not coming out in college and taking
who I am completely. It was the fear I past or present?   happens/ Let people explore their time to learn about myself and my
had built up in my head before telling Nellie’s is number one, especially for any sexuality how they want. sexuality back then. 
them, especially since I came out to sort of social events regarding our rugby  
them while I was living in their basement team. They’re our main sponsor and What do you believe in beyond the Why Washington? 
after college. they do so much for our organization. physical world?  My whole life is here and it’s hands down
Uproar is a close second, though. I love I think everything happens for a reason my favorite city in the country.
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CHRISTOPHER MCLINDEN as Prince William, IAN MERRILL PEAKES as Prime Minister Evans and
ALLISON JEAN WHITE as Kate in the American Conservatory Theater production of ‘King Charles
III,’ directed by David Muse.

Clever play ponders Muse on loan from Studio Theatre where McLinden) and his wife Kate (Allison Jean become England’s greatest king.
he’s artistic director. White), a clear-headed strategist who Cast members bear a resemblance to
British monarchy The Queen is dead and Prince Charles understands the value of good fashion the royals they play, in particular Motley
under Charles’ rule (Robert Joy) is poised to be made king. But and column inches, have different as Diana and White as Kate, but especially
before the coronation ceremony takes thoughts on the matter than Charles. Paulsen who from Row N center is a dead
By PATRICK FOLLIARD place, Charles finds himself at odds with In Shakespearean fashion, there’s ringer for Camilla.
Parliament and Prime Minister Evans (the a romantic subplot involving callow D.C. theatergoers were introduced to
Not long after the death of his ex-wife excellent Ian Merrill Peakes) over a new Prince Harry (Harry Smith) and Jessica Bartlett’s play “Cock” (also directed by
Princess Diana, Prince Charles had it leaked bill that would limit the rights of the press (Michelle Beck) a young art student and Muse) at Studio Theatre in the spring
that he’d be “privately delighted” were his in invading personal privacy. Ironically antimonarchist. After being introduced of 2014. That play follows the John, a
mother Queen Elizabeth II to step aside and Charles who’s been burned so badly by by posh Cootsy (Jefferson Farber) at a youngish gay man who can’t decide
give him the crown. Well, the Queen was Fleet Street over the years and despises nightclub, the pair becomes inseparable. whether to stay with what he knows
not amused. The heir was duly scolded. the paparazzi who played a role in the Jessica shows the prince a new world filled — a stale relationship with another
And after apologizing he retreated to the death of his sons’ mother Princess Diana with protest, work and fun, prompting man — or pursue the new found joys of
wings while mother stayed center stage is against the bill. him to toy with the idea of giving up his heterosexual bliss with a woman.
where she remains today. Noble, tragic and slightly dotty at title. In a wonderful scene, Prince Harry “King Charles III” marvelously portrays
In Mike Bartlett’s “King Charles III,” times, Charles digs in deeper, ultimately goes anonymously into the London night the Windsor family’s place in both history
the British playwright muses on just dissolving Parliament which leads where he meets a kebab seller played and pop culture. And though it sometimes
what might happen when Charles does to protests and all sorts of national wonderfully by Rafael Jordon with whom feels otherwise, Queen Elizabeth will not
ascend to the throne. What might be a dysfunction. Throughout this time, he he speaks on love and life. live forever. And when she does go, the
bit of fluff is in fact a thought-provoking retains the support of longtime advisor Of course this tale couldn’t be complete play may lose its poignancy and punch.
and thoroughly entertaining work (Tim Getman) who persuades him to without Princess Diana (Chiara Motley). But until then it’s a fabulous exercise in
employing the structure and language of park a tank in front of the Palace and his Here she’s more than a memory; she’s a when and what ifs.
a Shakespearean history play with all the assertive wife Camilla (Jeanne Paulsen) black-veiled specter haunting the halls of
drama, intrigue and comedy that entails. who stands strongly by her man, Buckingham Palace (an imposing edifice ‘KING CHARLES III’
Timely, too, in light of power shifts here amusingly reminding him that that he is designed by Daniel Ostling and strikingly Through March 12
Shakespeare Theatre Company
in Washington. Bartlett’s Olivier Award- not alone. lit by Lap Chi Chu). Here she plaintively Sidney Harman Hall
winning play is now at Shakespeare But the younger generation wails and calls out enigmatic predications 610 F St., N.W.
Theatre Company in a first-class understands what the people want. that both her late husband Charles and $44-123
production faultlessly staged by David Swayable Prince William (Christopher eldest son William are both destined

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Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock Shepherd Mead
and Willie Gilbert
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY Cy Feuer and Ernest H. Martin
Frank Loesser in association with Frank Productions



JEWEL THAIS-WILLIAMS at Los Angeles Pride in 2016.

Legendary gay L.A. bar, Foundation (villagehealthfoundation.
org), a complementary medical clinic that
owner subject of new uses traditional Chinese medicine, herbal
documentary treatments and other methodologies of
By BRIAN T. CARNEY Filmmaker C. Fitz met Jewel when she
was asked to film a three-minute tribute WITHOUT
The title character in “Jewel’s Catch to the community leader for a charity
One” is Jewel Thais-Williams and “Catch
One” is the Catch One Disco, the world-
event. Inspired by Jewel’s passion and
perseverance, Fitz ended up spending six
famous club she ran from 1973-2015. years working on the documentary, which
During the economic downturn in 1972, premiered last June at the Provincetown TRYING
Jewel started to look for a recession- Film Festival. A television and marketing
proof business opportunity. She noticed veteran, Fitz is best known for serving as the
that the bar across the street from her producer behind the launch of the historic
failing dress shop was for sale. Although Bravo series “Queer Eye for the Straight
she faced serious obstacles (her lack of Guy” and for serving as executive producer
bartending experience, an all-white male of all 104 episodes of the ABC Family home
clientele and a California law that banned improvement series “Knock First.”
women from tending bar), Jewel raised In the movie, which has been getting
the money she needed to buy the club. rave reviews at film festivals across the
Despite frequent raids and excessive country, Fitz combines a rich trove of
police harassment, “Jewel’s Catch One archival footage with contemporary
Disco” quickly became a popular hang-out footage of Jewel at the bar and out in
for members of Los Angeles’ black and LGBT the community. Narrated by acclaimed
communities. Over time, the bar grew from actress CCH Pounder (“NCIS New Orleans”
one room to a three-story entertainment and “Sons of Anarchy”), the documentary
complex and became known as the also features interviews with the patrons
“unofficial Studio 54 of the West Coast.” of the bar and exclusive interviews with
But while Jewel served as host to some of Jewel’s celebrity guests and
celebrities from Hollywood and the music performers, including Rep. Maxine Waters
industry, she also became a national model (D, Calif.), Jenifer Lewis, Sharon Stone,
for how to fight discrimination and serve Thelma Houston, Thea Austin, Bonnie
the less fortunate. During the AIDS crisis, Pointer, Sandra Bernhard and Madonna.
the Catch served as a refuge for patrons The sizzling soundtrack, a lively tribute
who had been rejected by their families and to the disco era includes songs by
churches. Jewel co-founded the Minority Houston, Austin and Pointer, as well as
AIDS Project and served as a board member Evelyn “Champagne” King, Andra Day, KC
of the AIDS Project of Los Angeles to help and the Sunshine Band, Jennifer Holiday,
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AFTERPARTY Ariana Grande to play D.C. Feb. 27

Pop star Ariana Grande brings her “Dangerous Woman Tour” to the Verizon WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Center (601 F St., N.W.) on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Grande’s tour promotes her third studio album “Dangerous Woman,” which D.C. Rollergirls kick
includes her hit singles “Side to Side” and “Into You.” British girl group Little Mix
and singer/songwriter Victoria Monét open the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. off new season
Tickets range from $29.95-199.95.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit verizoncenter. D.C. Rollegirls kicks off its 2017 season opener at D.C. Armory (2001 E Capitol St.,
S.E.) on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 4-7 p.m.
The National Maulers will battle it
against Free State Roller Derby’s Black-
Eyed Suzies. The festivities begin with a
30-minute expo game featuring skaters
in the color of the D.C. Rollergirls’
traditional home teams. A full-length
game will follow. Batalá Washington, an
all-women percussion band, will be the
halftime entertainment. There will be an
afterparty at the Ugly Mug (723 8th St.,
S.E.). Admission for adults and children
12 and over is $15. Admission for children
under 11 years old is $6 and children
under six are free.
For more details, visit

gay carnival party
The IVy Project, an LGBT party
for women who like women, hosts
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Ledisi joins NSO Pops for two-night engagement St., N.E.) on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10
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The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) presents “NSO Pops: An Evening with MasQUEERade is a carnival-themed
Ledisi” for a two-night engagement on Feb. 24-25 at 8 p.m. party with drink specials all night. Guests
The Grammy-nominated singer will sing a mix of gospel, blues and funk can enjoy games such as ping pong, corn-
M-TH 11:30AM-10PM • F-SAT 11:30AM-11PM accompanied by NSO Pops. Darin Atwater conducts the performance. The hole, big Jenga, flip cup and Connect
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FI L M FE B R U A R Y 17, 2017 • 31
Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director


A scene from the visually groundbreaking film ‘Daughters of the Dust.’

Groundbreaking 1991 film for a final picnic before they begin
the journey. The emotional gathering
remastered and re-released includes Nana’s granddaughter Yellow
Mary (Barbara O) and her lover Trula
By BRIAN T. CARNEY (Trula Hoosier) who visit the family on
their journey to Nova Scotia. Because
Timing is everything. Just ask Tim Lanza, of her sexuality and her past as a sex
vice president and archivist of the Cohen Film worker, Yellow Mary is initially rejected by
Collection. Last spring, he and his team were some of her family members.
working on the restoration of Julie Dash’s The unconventional film quickly
ground-breaking 1991 film “Daughters of became a cult classic and an inspiration
the Dust” for its 25th anniversary. to a generation of filmmakers.
Then Beyoncé suddenly dropped Unfortunately, the film was neglected by
her visual album “Lemonade,” which its original distributor.
included many visual references to When Lanza became aware that
Dash’s groundbreaking film, and interest the filmmaker was looking for a new
in the restoration project soared. The distributor, he leapt at the chance. He
anticipated home video release grew into discovered that the staff at the UCLA
a limited theatrical release, the first since Film and Television Archive had rescued
the film premiered in theaters in 1992. the original film elements from a lab
“There was a definite Beyoncé bump,” by paying a decades-old bill and had
Photo by Cade Martin

Lanza says. “It’s exciting that the film is constructed a new 35mm print from the
now finding both old and new audiences.” original internegative.
Lanza says “Daughters” was a visionary Lanza and his team acquired the
film. distribution rights and began work on
“There was nothing like it when it came restoring the film. Under the supervision
out and there hasn’t been a lot like it and approval of the film’s original
since. I think that’s also why there was cinematographer Arthur Jafa, the film Jake Heggie/Terrence McNally
such a strong reaction to ‘Lemonade.’” was finally properly color-graded; this
“Daughters of the Dust” was the first
feature directed by an African-American
woman to receive a general theatrical
release. Inspired by the history of Dash’s
was especially important, Lanza notes,
to capture the rich gradations in African-
American skin tones and the distinct
qualities of light on the islands where the
Dead Man Walking
own family, the movie takes place at film was shot. “I WILL BE THE FACE OF LOVE FOR YOU.”
the turn of the 20th century on Dawtuh In addition to the color grading, the
(Daughter) island, one of the small barrier film also underwent digital restoration Sister Helen’s calling was clear: show ALL God’s children the gift of
islands along the coast of South Carolina to stabilize the color, remove dirt and mercy. But was her faith strong enough to help shepherd even the darkest
and Georgia. The inhabitants of these scratches and clean up the soundtrack. soul to salvation? Based on a true story, Jake Heggie’s instant modern
islands, descendants of the African slaves The restored picture was premiered at classic is an extraordinary tale of courage and compassion featuring a
who were forced to work the indigo and Cannes last May and will open in D.C. for sensational cast and an unforgettable score infused with American popular
rice plantations, have remained isolated a limited engagement at the AFI Silver styles. The New York Times calls this mesmerizing drama “a masterpiece
from the mainland and speak a distinct Theatre ( on Friday, Feb. 17. of words, music, and emotions.”
language called Gullah or Geechee. Fans of “Lemonade” can spot Dash’s
The Peazants, a family with deep influence on Beyoncé and company
throughout the film. Visually, there’s
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Haagar and her siblings are excited by the In the storytelling, there’s the powerful David and Alice Rubenstein Support for Dead Man Walking is provided by
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Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.
the North offers; Nana worries that they and future. Most importantly, there’s the WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of
will lose their sense of identity and that tribute to generations of fierce African- Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.
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3 2 • F EB RUA RY 1 7, 2017 DINING


A five-day Soupergirl cleanse is surprisingly tasty and nourishing.

Soupergirl cleanse is more turned soup-maker,” who teamed up to sleep a bit hungry allows your body to it’s also, frankly, a lot of food. You will not
nourishing than you’d think with her mom Marilyn to create dozens rest and ensures you’ll be hungry for your go hungry.
of different soup recipes — all vegan — morning soup.” Confession number two: By the
from Creamy Carrot, made with coconut Scheduling my cleanse for January second day, I didn’t eat all four soups,
By KRISTEN HARTKE milk, to a cumin-spiked West African seemed like a good idea, after a holiday skipping breakfast entirely and eating the
Peanut Stew. With two locations in D.C. season filled with overindulgence, and breakfast soup — Barley Chickpea Kale,
I’m not a dieter. I cook and eat for (314 Carroll St. N.W. and 1829 M St. N.W.) it’s perfect soup-eating weather anyway. my favorite — for lunch. By day three, I
a living, which means I’m constantly and available via delivery and in other I didn’t have a specific weight loss goal was down to two soups a day, because,
surrounded by food that I might not retail outlets like Whole Foods and Glen’s in mind because I must confess that the after a hearty soup at noon and a snack
always choose for myself, and I also spend Garden Market, Soupergirl soups have only scale I own is a kitchen scale so that mid-afternoon, followed by a light soup in
a lot of time writing about food, creating become a fixture in the D.C. quick meal I can do things like measure the perfect the early evening, I was actually full.
more sedentary hours than I’d like. landscape. But there’s a big difference amount of flour to make fresh scones to Here in the United States, we have
On the plus side, I’m a vegetarian, so between grabbing soup for lunch and go with, well, soup. become ingrained with the idea of eating
most of my diet is entirely plant-based eating it four times a day for a week. However, I eschewed the scones big meals, often both in the morning
and fairly lean, and I don’t own a car, so I You are expected to eat soup for during this cleanse. Day 1 began with and evening, while many other countries
walk a lot. And on the days when there’s breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. Black the aforementioned Black Bean Sweet around the world are much more focused
more chocolate than chard on my plate, Bean Sweet Potato Chili is not something I Potato Chili, followed by Greek Red Lentil on a substantial midday meal followed by
there are stretchy pants in the closet — a generally choose to eat for breakfast and for lunch, Thai Butternut Squash for an a lighter evening meal. And this is where
food writer’s best friend. I rarely eat breakfast anyway, so I knew afternoon snack, and Ginger Roasted the Soupergirl cleanse really worked
So, when I was asked to try Soupergirl’s right away that this diet was going to be Pumpkin Apple for dinner. Not only was it for me. While I really missed making
five-day soup cleanse, I was alternately more of a challenge than I had expected. a lot of soup, it was a lot of food in general, my own meals, it was a useful reminder
intrigued and intimidated. Like I said, I Soupergirl’s soup cleanse is not, because the cleanse allows for snacks, to reorganize my eating habits — an
don’t do diets, but, on the other hand, I do however, really a diet. In fact, Sara Polon such as hummus and crudité, nuts, fruit excellent way to reset and refresh for
like soup. In a few days a box arrived with is correct in referring to it as more of a and avocado toast. Wine, coffee and springtime.
20 portions of soup and, if you’ve never “reset.” The concept is based on eating tea are even allowed in moderation and
had 20 16-ounce portions of soup show the heaviest, most protein-rich soup early because, Polon says, “life is short.” There Soupergirl’s Soup Cleanse ranges from $135
up at your front door, let me assure you: in the day, with each successive soup are also two “off” days during the week, for one week up to $980 for eight weeks; more
it’s a lot of soup. becoming lighter in fiber until you end when the advice is to stick to minimally information at
If you’re not familiar with Soupergirl, with a silky smooth soup in the evening. I processed, plant-based foods, such as
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
it’s the brainchild of Sara Polon, a self- even found myself feeling slightly peckish beans, quinoa, fresh vegetables and and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
described “former stand-up comedienne the first night, to which Polon says, “Going oatmeal. So, not only is it a lot of soup, adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.

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owner of an L.A. nightclub into booking
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well as a friendship with Truman Capote,
who was repeatedly insulted by none
other than Tennessee Williams.

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Reel Affirmations, Center Black LGBT
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Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) from 7-10
p.m. tonight. Rayceen Pendarvis hosts.
General admission tickets are $12. VIP
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one complimentary cocktail, beer or wine
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The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.)
hosts MAKK: Pup Night tonight from 10
p.m.-2 a.m. There will be a puppy mosh,
shots and beer specials. All are welcome.
No gear required. For more information,
Center Trans hosts a trans and
genderqueer game night at the D.C.
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Wilson claims love for fellow Supremes Ross, Ballard
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 year. Everything we did there, we’d pretty having a fight, they hate each other,” and group. But you and Cindy obviously still
much been touring with, yes.  that’s just not true. It’s just different likes had to learn the parts for TV and concerts.
one records but did not ever receive a and dislikes. If that was seen as some sort of time-
Grammy. Three of our singles, much BLADE: Do you keep in touch often saving device, what was the rationale? 
later, were inducted into the Grammy with (former Supremes) Cindy Birdsong BLADE: I’ve read a lot of the books — WILSON: There was a lot going on
Hall of Fame, but that was all done after and/or (Ross replacement) Jean Terrell? your books, Randy Taraborrelli’s books. It then. Diane was already starting to record
the fact. So yeah, I’m a little pissed on it. WILSON: Yes. Last year we had the always seems like a handful of incidents songs for her departure, so a lot of times,
gown exhibit at the Grammy museum get told and retold. When you think of all it was for that reason. But then they’d
BLADE: There are some Supremes and I invited all the ladies there for that. the hours you and Florence and Diana decide to use some of the recordings on
B-sides like “Going Down for the Third Jean Terrell came, Scherrie Payne was obviously spent together rehearsing, Supremes albums even though we hadn’t
Time” that sound to me like they could there and Susaye Greene. I keep up with traveling and recording, there had to been there. That happened a lot. Other
have been hits. Or some minor hits like Cindy but I don’t see her as often as I want have been more peace than tension or times we were out rehearsing with Jean
“Some Things You Never Get Used To” since she’s in L.A. and I’m in Vegas but I you’d never have gotten anything done.  Terrell for the new group, so it was almost
seem like they should have charted spend a lot of time in L.A. so I see her WILSON: Well that’s what I’m saying. like being in two groups there for a while.
higher. Are there any Supremes tracks when I’m there. Some of the things that were brought Cindy was also still fairly new in the group
you think could have been hits but weren’t out and broadcast as if they were major, so there wasn’t a lot of cohesiveness those
released as singles or had the potential to BLADE: Is she well? major things, it’s just not true. People think last couple years. And the producers, you
chart higher than they did? WILSON: I don’t want to get too much there’s some big feud between Diane and know, it’s like this with a lot of my friends
WILSON: I’ve never been one to know into her personal things. She’s a little I and there really is not. It’s just that she’s who are actors and actresses, a lot of
much about what’s a hit and what’s not older and she’s had some health issues. gone her way and I’ve done my thing so times it’s the producers and writers who
a hit. I do think some of the songs were no, we’re not close, but that’s just because make these kinds of decisions and you’re
really quite good but for them to have BLADE: Do you ever hear from over the last 50-some years, our lives not even in on the decision making in the
been hits, I don’t really know. There were (founding Supreme) Florence Ballard’s have gone in several different directions. group. And then of course, Motown was
certainly a lot I really liked. three daughters? (Ballard left the group I love her as much as I love Flo. People moving to L.A. so there was a lot of stuff
in 1967 and died in 1976.) tend to think I love Flo more because they going an and we  were not really looked
BLADE: So many elaborate sculptures WILSON: Yes, whenever I’m in Detroit, view it as we worked together more on upon as a group anymore because
and paintings have been done of the they always come out and we talk on the the choreography, on the harmony. We obviously Diane was leaving and all. It had
Supremes over the years. Which are your phone a lot actually. So yeah, I do keep were always together. And now Florence to do with a lot of that stuff. 
favorites? up — well, I should say they keep up with is not here to protect herself, so I don’t
WILSON: I receive so many beautiful me, let’s put it that way. talk about her a lot because of that. But I BLADE: You and Florence always had
pieces of art that people have done on us. don’t love Flo anymore than I love Diane. I such great harmony and obviously it was
One person who’s passed now, his name BLADE: Did you enjoy “Motown: the love them both as much as I love my own before the days of Auto-Tune and all the
was Ted LeMaster did quite a few lovely Musical”?  sister.  studio bells and whistles they have now.
paintings. I think I have four of them WILSON: I loved it. I thought it was Did you have to learn to sing harmony
and they’re just absolutely gorgeous. I’m wonderful. Obviously it was Berry Gordy’s BLADE: Did you see Mary Wells much or was it something you were able to do
working on a coffee table book of the perception of what was going on and in her later years? Do you think she naturally?
Supremes gowns so I should include everybody, you know, there’ve been all regretted leaving Motown so early? WILSON: Well it wasn’t just me and Flo,
some of those as well. There’s another these books, everybody has their own WILSON: I saw Mary up to the very it was me, Flo and Diane and we all sang
guy and, oh gee, I may have to get you way of looking at it, but it’s all true. It’s end of her life. I actually worked with her harmony together a lot. That was really
his name later because it’s not coming to just different perceptions from different trying to do whatever we could in terms our style naturally. That’s what you did
me off the top of my head, but he does people. The musical is more Berry’s of her cancer bout. I don’t know — I never back in those days, you sang. You didn’t
these Supremes dolls and they are just perspective so he’s obviously looking talked to her about that so I really don’t have anything else to rely on. We didn’t
beautiful. There are lots of artists out from the top down. We were looking from know. even need music. We did shows in the
there and they send things to me all the down to up, but it’s just the way different early years without music or maybe just
time. I have them all over my place here. people perceived it. But I absolutely loved BLADE: It’s staggering to me the with a guitarist, Marvin Tarplin. So no, it
it. In fact just a week or so ago it opened amount of material the Supremes was very natural and we didn’t have any
BLADE: How did you enjoy being a in L.A. and I flew out there and attended recorded in the ‘60s. You must have been help in that department. Actually the
guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”? the opening. I was also at the London in the studio constantly.  Supremes were a very harmonic group
WILSON: It was great. He was just opening and, of course, the New York WILSON: Well, we were also on the in terms of our style, that’s what we did.
wonderful. You know, gorgeous. He’s a opening was also great. road a lot, too. But yes, what happened I kind of hated later on when we lost that
big Diana Ross fan so it was almost like sometimes is we would fly into Detroit, because it was something we’d been very
seeing Diane in a way because he kind BLADE: It looked like there was a lot record a few songs and then fly right out. good at. It’s hard to harmonize with just
of does her thing. He looks great and of warmth between you and Berry and So yes, we did record a lot of songs. two people. Before when we had Diane
all that stuff and it was loads of fun. I Diana at the opening. Would you say and (early members) Betty (McGlown)
met so many wonderful, or I should say feelings have mellowed over the years? BLADE: Now that so many have been and Barbara (Martin), with four people,
gorgeous, so many gorgeous people. WILSON: There always was. Some released on these expanded editions, I’m you know, you could do great harmony.
things that are brought out further tend sure there are some you have no memory We kind of lost that style when we found
BLADE: The Frontier shows, the last to be the more negative things. Things of, right? the hits. They were great, of course, but
with Miss Ross, that became the “Farewell” that were really great are not broadcast WILSON: Not just songs. Sometimes we lost something we were good at. 
album in 1970 — was that set list pretty as much so people tend to think there was I see pictures that I can’t remember and
much the Supremes show in 1969 or was a lot more dislike there but that’s just not yet there I am in the picture. It’s just � CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
some of the stuff you did there, like the true. We were all very, very close. There because there were so, so many. There
“Aquarius” medley with all the audience were always things going on like maybe really were. 
sing-alongs, was that maybe just worked you didn’t like this … that didn’t mean that ‘MARY WILSON: A SUPREME LEGEND’
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up for that engagement knowing so many the love was not there. It always was. But BLADE: So much has been made of 8 and 10 p.m. shows each night
celebrities would be present? we were all different, we all had our own (Motown session singers) the Andantes $40-45
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Mpg: 25 city/33 highway such.
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Did election impact D.C. home sales?
The data might surprise you


In an article last fall in anticipation of the
upcoming presidential election, I exam-
ined how much impact the previous two
presidential elections had on home sales
in the metropolitan Washington area.
My hypothesis was that, with the
change in administration (even if the same
party stayed in power), there would be a
fair number of people moving out of the
region, and a fair number moving in. With
that thought in mind, I decided it would
be interesting to see what the impact had
been of previous election year cycles in
comparison to the normally slow market
behavior in the late and early winter quar-
ters. If my hypothesis held true, we should
have seen comparatively increased activity
during the fourth quarter of the year when
the elections were held and the 1st quar-
ter of the following year when the new ad-
ministrations would begin. monthly sales in the years before or after at home sales and pending sales on the to the number of sold homes and pending
The results surprised me. They showed those election/inauguration winters.) basis of presidential election cycles, the sales during election cycles, whether there
that presidential election cycles didn’t But what about this last election? Surely winter when the election and inaugura- is a party change in the White House or
seem to make a difference in the trend of the change, not only of administration but tion take place seems to have the fewest not. Happy sales to you.
a gradual increase in the winter months of party, would produce more sold homes average monthly home sales in any of the
in the average number of sold homes and more pending sales of homes? four-year administration periods.
and median sold values in the metropoli- We now have enough data to look at So what does this mean for this last elec-
Ted Smith is a licensed Realtor with Real Living
tan area over the years 2008-2016. (And the period October 2016 through January tion cycle? Aside from President Trump, | at Home specializing in mid-city D.C. Reach
you can see this trend in the chart show- 2017 to test that hypothesis. If anything, who has made it clear that he is not mov- him at and
ing the average monthly numbers of sold the data show just the opposite. Instead ing to Washington, it appears that neither follow him on , or @TedSmith-
homes and pending sales over the winter of more sold homes and pending sales on are many members of his administration SellsDC. You can also join him on monthly tours
months in those years, with the presiden- an average monthly basis during those moving inside the D.C. metropolitan area, of mid-city neighborhood open houses, as well
as monthly seminars geared toward first-time
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