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Trumpcares devastating
impact on those with HIV
Concerns over PrEP Health Care Act were to become
law as a result of the elimination
coverage, treatment of the individual mandate under
of trans patients Obamacare. But that number would
climb to 21 million in 2020, then to
By CHRIS JOHNSON 24 million in 2026 following repeal
cjohnson@washblade.com of the Medicaid expansion under
Obamacare. In 2026, CBO estimates
The Republican plan to repeal 52 million people would be
and replace Obamacare with the uninsured, compared with 28 million
American Health Care Act continues who would lack insurance that year
to worry advocates seeking to ensure under current law.
access to health care for LGBT people As President Trump pushes for
and people with HIV a concern that the proposal and continues to call
arecent report from the Congressional Obamacare a disaster, a major source
Budget Oce has validated. of fear for advocates of LGBT people
According to CBO, 14 million and people with HIV is the rollback of
people would lose insurance
PRESIDENT TRUMPs eort to repeal the ACA is raising concerns among HIV and transgender
coverage in 2018 if the American CONTINUES ON PAGE 14 patients.

Judge releases Casa Ruby attacker


Visitor arrested after smashing door,
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assaulting employee DISTURBING TREND, PAGE 15

By LOU CHIBBARO JR. D.C. police on Monday charged Andrew J. Cook of
lchibbaro@washblade.com Southeast Washington with destruction of property, simple
assault, and making threats to do bodily harm in connection
A D.C. Superior Court judge on Tuesday released a 20-year- with an incident on Sunday afternoon, March 12, at the Casa
old man from jail pending trial and ordered him to stay away Ruby oces at 2822 Georgia Ave., N.W.
from the LGBT community center Casa Ruby following his A police arrest adavit says Cook told a transgender
arrest one day earlier for allegedly smashing the centers woman he allegedly assaulted during the incident, Ill kill D.C. police charged Andrew J. Cook with
destruction of property, simple assault and
front door and assaulting and threatening a transgender making threats to do bodily harm.
employee. CONTINUES ON PAGE 15 PHOTO COURTESY OF CASA RUBY

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Silverthorne was arrested last August in a police sting operation after he provided
methamphetamine to an undercover detective posing as a willing sex partner in
exchange for what he thought would be permission to participate in an orgy with other
men at a hotel in Tysons Corner, Va.
Police said they targeted Silverthorne for the sting after learning through sources that
he was allegedly distributing meth through a gay sex hook-up website in exchange for
sexual encounters. The Washington Post reported that a prosecutor identied the site
in court on Monday as Bare Back Real Time.
Circuit Court Judge Grace Burke Carroll scheduled a sentencing hearing for Silverthorne
on June 9. But instead of allowing him to remain free on his own recognizance while
awaiting sentencing, as he has since the time of his arrest, she ordered him held in
custody immediately.
Less than a week after his arrest in August Silverthorne announced his resignation as
mayor. He had been elected to a third term as mayor three months before his arrest.
He served nine terms on the Fairfax City Council, from 1990 to 2008, before winning
election as mayor.
His arrest shocked colleagues in the city government and many of his constituents,
who have praised him as a dedicated public ocial credited with bringing about positive
change in Fairfax City.
LGBT activists in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, said they were not aware
that Silverthorne was gay and that he had not been involved with LGBT advocacy groups
during his tenure in public oce.
Silverthornes attorney, Brian Drummond, told the Washington Blade in August that
nearly all of Silverthornes colleagues on the Fairfax City Council and others who knew
him in Fairfax political circles knew he is gay.
Blade to launch It was the worst kept secret in Fairfax, Drummond said. He had actually come out
some years ago but didnt make a great announcement.
newspaper in Los Angeles Drummond couldnt immediately be reach this week to determine if he thought the
judge might have sent him to jail prior to sentencing because of a bias against him
based on his sexual orientation.
The Washington Blade, the nations rst LGBT newspaper, last week announced LOU CHIBBARO JR.
plans to launch a new publication, the Los Angeles Blade, on March 24.
The Los Angeles Blade will cover Los Angeles and California news, politics,
opinion, arts and entertainment and will feature national and international House panel kills LGBT protections in D.C. schools bill
coverage from the Washington Blades award-winning reporting team. Troy
Masters, a veteran of LGBT media, was named publisher and editor of the The Republican-controlled U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government
new venture. Veteran Los Angeles journalist Karen Ocamb was named senior Reform last week voted to kill an amendment to a D.C. school voucher bill calling for
contributing writer. protecting LGBT students from discrimination in private and religious schools that
More than ever before, the health, safety and well being of every LGBTQ receive government funding.
American and immigrant depends upon media outlets dedicated to nding and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) introduced the amendment at a March 10
reporting the most important LGBTQ news, Masters said. For that reason, I committee markup hearing on a bill reauthorizing the Scholarships for Opportunity
am now working with the Washington Blade, an internationally respected and Results Act, known as SOAR.
LGBTQ-owned media brand that has served and supported the community for Congress rst passed the controversial SOAR Act in 2003 to provide federal funds for
nearly 50 years. school vouchers to pay the tuition for low-income D.C. students to enroll in private and
With exclusive access to the best and brightest LGBTQ writers and reporters religious schools. The law only applies to D.C.
in the nation, the Los Angeles Blade has us covered from WeHo to Dupont Circle, Some LGBT activists have opposed the voucher program because it provides
and from freeway to Beltway. government funds for religious schools that are exempt from the citys Human Rights
Masters has worked in LGBT media for nearly 30 years. He founded Lesbian Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity among
and Gay New York, or LGNY, in 1989. It was relaunched as Gay City News in other categories of protections.
2002. He left Gay City News in 2015, where he worked as associate publisher, to Watson Colemans amendment called for inserting the terms sexual orientation and
relocate to Los Angeles and launch the Pride LA. gender identity into the list of protected classes under the SOAR Act.
Were excited to bring the Blades nearly 50-year commitment to journalistic The committee, which is chaired by Rep. Jason Chaetz (R-Utah), defeated the
excellence to Los Angeles, said Washington Blade Editor Kevin Na, who will amendment by a vote of 22 to 17. Those voting no included 22 of the 24 Republicans
serve as national editor of the Los Angeles Blade. Weve assembled a top-notch, who sit on the committee. Two of the GOP members, Rep. William Hurd (R-Texas) and
experienced team that knows and loves L.A. and they will deliver compelling Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) did not vote.
stories, breaking news as well as advertising solutions for local businesses. On the Democratic side, 17 of the 18 Democrats on the committee vote for the
The rst edition of 20,000 copies will hit the streets March 24 at Los Angeles- amendment. Rep. Gerald Connelly (D-Va.) did not vote.
area bars, restaurants, gyms and other locations popular with area LGBT Among those voting for the amendment was Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)
residents. It will begin on a bi-weekly schedule with plans to publish weekly who is allowed to vote in committee but not on the House oor. Norton has been a
in the near future. Visit losangelesblade.com for updated local, national and longtime supporter of LGBT rights.
international news and features. Stephanie Franklin, a spokesperson for the D.C. Oce of Human Rights, which
For more information, call Troy Masters at 917-406-1619. enforces the citys Human Rights Act, said the act would apply to non-religious private
STAFF REPORTS schools receiving SOAR Act funds through student tuition.
Franklin said the OHR has interpreted the Human Rights Act to also apply to religious
schools under certain circumstances. She said the act would allow religious schools to
limit hiring of employees and the acceptance of students to those who are members of
their schools religious denomination.
Gay ex-mayor pleads guilty in meth-for-sex case But she said once an employee is hired or a student is accepted the Human Rights
Act could in some circumstances prevent the schools from discriminating against such
A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge startled onlookers on Monday when she ordered employees or students.
the gay former mayor of Fairfax City, R. Scott Silverthorne, held in jail while he awaits However, we must decide on a case-by-case basis, Franklin said.
sentencing in June after he pled guilty to one count of distributing methamphetamine. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Two credible gay candidates may run for Md. guv


Madaleno, McIntosh both Madaleno and McIntosh would be Out of all the other candidates
viewed as highly credible and qualied mentioned, Maggie and Rich know the ins
considered Annapolis insiders contenders should they formally declare and outs of Annapolis better, said Slavin.
their candidacy for governor. Patrick Wojahn, the gay mayor of
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. They are Annapolis insiders, Slavin College Park, Md., said he has known
lchibbaro@washblade.com said. They are policy wonks and they McIntosh and Madaleno through his
have huge followings, he said. And they former role as an ocial with the
Maryland State Sen. Richard Madaleno have been recognized leaders in a wide statewide LGBT group Equality Maryland
(D-Montgomery County), the rst out gay range of issues and areas. No one could and considers them highly qualied for
member of that body, raised eyebrows last say they are a single-issue candidate. the oce of governor.
week when he told the Baltimore Sun hes McIntosh, 68, began her tenure in the I think its great if not just one but two
considering running next year for governor Maryland House of Delegates in 1995 openly LGBT people run for governor,
against Republican incumbent Larry Hogan. when she was appointed to ll a vacant said Wojahn. I think they are both great.
Madalenos expression of interest in the seat after the incumbent resigned to take Added Wojahn: I have not decided who to
race for governor came four months after another job. She was elected to a full, four- support. Im looking at all of the candidates.
Maryland State Del. Maggie McIntosh year term two years later and has won re- Maryland transgender advocate Dana
(D-Baltimore City), whos an out lesbian, election every four years since that time. Beyer, who ran an unsuccessful challenge
announced in November that she was She currently serves as chair of the against Madaleno in the 2014 Democratic
considering running either for governor House of Delegates Appropriations primary, said Madalenos and McIntoshs
or state comptroller. Committee, which is considered one entrance into the governors race would
LGBT activists in Maryland, who have of the chambers most important be a good thing for LGBT rights.
been strong supporters of both Madaleno committees, and previously has served I think its great that two qualied and
and McIntosh, would be placed in an as chair or a member of committees credible LGBT candidates are considering
awkward position if both lawmakers considered important. running for governor, said Beyer, who
emerge as candidates in the Democratic Madaleno, 51, rst won election to the noted she too has yet to decide who she
primary for governor in the spring of 2018. Maryland Legislature in 2002 for a seat will support.
Other Maryland Democrats who have Gay state. Sen. RICH MADALENOis in the House of Delegates 18th District in If McIntosh and Madaleno enter the
considering a run for governor.
expressed interest in running for governor WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY JEFF SURPRENANT
Montgomery County. He won election to the gubernatorial race they would not be the
are considered strong supporters of State Senate from that same district in 2006. rst openly LGBT candidates to do so. In
LGBT rights, creating a potential primary As a budget analyst prior to entering 2014, then Maryland State Del. Heather
contest in which LGBT voters would have NAACP national CEO Benjamin Jealous, the legislature, Madaleno has emerged Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) gave up her
to choose among friends. and U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.). as a recognized expert on scal matters seat to run in the Democratic primary for
Among them are Baltimore County Jerey Slavin, the gay mayor of as a lawmaker. He currently serves as vice governor. She lost to then Lt. Gov. Anthony
Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Prince Georges Somerset, Md., and the third vice chair chair of the State Senates Budget and Brown who subsequently lost in the general
County Executive Rushern Baker, former of the Maryland Democratic Party, said Taxation Committee. election to GOP contender Hogan.

Anti-LGBT hate crimes in D.C. up 59% in 2016


Grand jury hands down Deeniquia Dee Dee Dodds, 21. Orientation came in third and fourth place No matter your race, your faith, your
Five of the counts, including rst- in the percentage increase last year, they sexual orientation, your gender identity, your
indictments in trans degree felony murder while armed, continued their multi-year trend of comprising background you should be able to live, work
murder case robbery while armed, conspiracy and the largest number of hate crime cases. and play in Washington, D.C. without fear of
assault with a dangerous weapon, are The number of anti-transgender hate violence or discrimination, she said.
listed in the indictment as hate crimes crimes (gender identity/expression) Bowser and Newsham, who Bowser
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. based on Dodds actual or perceived increased by 90 percent last year from nominated last month to be the citys
lchibbaro@washblade.com gender identity or expression. 10 in 2015 to 19 in 2016, the report shows. permanent police chief, called on those
Defendants Jolonta Little, Monte T. The number of anti-gay, lesbian or bisexual who feel they may be victims of a hate
The number of anti-LGBT hate crimes Johnson, and Cyheme Hall each pled related hate crimes (sexual orientation) crime to report those crimes to police.
in the District of Columbia increased not guilty at an arraignment on Friday increased by 48 percent, from 27 in 2015 We want to make it absolutely clear
last year by 59 percent, from 37 cases morning. The three are being held to 40 in 2016, according to the report. that we value the Districts diversity and
reported in 2015 to 59 reported in 2016, without bond and are scheduled to return The number of race-related hate that we will not tolerate hatred in our
according to the citys annual bias-related to court for a status hearing on April 20. crimes dropped from 19 reported in 2015 community, Newsham said.
crime report. In the citys hate crimes report released to 14 in 2016, the report shows. Acting D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson,
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Acting March 10, the category of an individuals The other categories include: who oversees the police special liaison
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, Ethnicity/National Origin emerged as Disability zero in 2015, one in 2016 units, including the LGBT Liaison Unit,
who released the report at a news the largest percentage jump in hate Political Aliation two in 2015, two in said police analysts consider it unclear
conference last week, reiterated the crimes (300 percent) from three in 2015 2016 whether the actual number of hate
citys commitment to combat hate crimes to 12 in 2016, the report shows. Homelessness zero in 2015, one in crimes in the city increased or whether
against each of the eight categories of Religion based hate crimes 2016 more victims are reporting those crimes.
bias that the report monitors each year. represented the second largest In Washington, D.C. we value diversity He noted that in 2015 every ocer on the
The release of the report came two days percentage increase (260 percent) from and inclusivity and want all of our force participated in a re-training course
after a D.C. Superior Court grand jury handed ve in 2015 to 16 in 2016. residents and visitors to feel safe, Bowser on bias-related crimes to enable them
down an 18-count indictment against three The report shows that although hate said at the news conference, which was to better understand how to recognize
men who have been charged with the July 4, crimes targeting people based on their held in the citys Historic Synagogue at such crimes and encourage citizens to
2016 shooting death of transgender woman Gender identity/Expression and Sexual 600 I Street, N.W. report them.
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S.D. guv signs rst anti-LGBT law of 2017


Allows agencies to agencies could be subject to a lawsuit public restroom consistent with their
if they denied placement to people in a gender identity.
deny child placement protected class, such as members of the Local and national child welfare experts
to gay parents LGBT community. He said he hopes the sent letters opposing SB 149, such asThe
new law would forestall that. Adoption Exchange, Child Welfare League
Catholic adoption agencies in of America, National Association of Social
By CHRIS JOHNSON Massachusetts, Illinois, California and D.C. Workers and Voice for Adoption. Others
cjohnson@washblade.com ended adoption services after lawmakers who opposed the measure were family law
in those jurisdictions enacted marriage experts and South Dakota pediatricians.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard equality, saying they couldnt place James Esseks, director of the ACLUs
has signed into law a measure allowing children withLGBT parents. Although the LGBT Project, said in a statement
taxpayer-funded adoption agencies organizations said they were forced to Daugaards decision to sign the bill is
to deny services and child placement close because of same-sex marriage, they deeply troubling because its only
to LGBT families out of religious ended services on their own. one of many bills moving through
objections, making him the rst governor Last year, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder state legislatures across the country
in 2017 to sign an anti-LGBT law. South Dakota Gov. DENNIS DAUGAARD signed into law similar legislation allowing that authorizes taxpayer-funded
Daaugard signed the measure, (R-S.D.) signed an anti-LGBT law agencies to deny child placement toLGBT discrimination against LGBT Americans.
Senate Bill 149, with little fanfare families for religious reasons. Other These laws run contrary to one of
Friday after the Republican-controlled turn away qualied LGBT parents and states that have similar laws, according our core American values: The rule of
legislature approved it by signicant single moms who simply want to start to the AP, areNorth Dakota and Virginia. law, which means we are all held to and
margins. The new law prohibits the state families and give young people a safe, Libby Skarin, policy director of the ACLU protected by the same laws, Esseks
from taking adverse action against child loving home, Durso said. Same-sex of South Dakota, said in a statement shes added. These religious exemptions laws
placement agencies that discriminate couples are six times as likely to foster deeply disappointed Daugaard signed run contrary to this belief by encouraging
against LGBT families, including the than dierent-sex couples are, and this the measure despite pleas from these people to pick and choose which laws
elimination of tax-exemptions, the bill proves once again that opponents organizations to vetoit. they are going to follow based on their
imposition of nes, the cancelation of of equality are happy to put children at This discriminatory legislation takes religious beliefs.
contracts or discrimination against the risk and deny them permanent homes to South Dakota in the wrong direction, and Other states that are considering anti-
agency in a state benet program. further their anti-LGBT agenda. sends the message that our leaders are LGBT bills that would allow discrimination in
Laura Durso, vice president of the Many child placement agencies are more concerned with the desires of religious the name of religious freedom areTexas,
LGBT research and communications at faith-based organizations, such as Catholic agencies than the rights of individuals and which is considering Senate Bill 892 and
the Center for American Progress, said in adoption agencies, but the new lawmakes children in our state, Skarin said. House Bill 1805; Oklahoma, which is
a statement Daugaard signed legislation no distinction between agencies that are Daugaards decision to sign the anti- considering House Bill 1507; and Alabama,
shamefully targeting LGBT parents and religious or otherwise aliated. LGBT measure into law contrasts with which is considering Senate Bill 145.
vulnerable kids. According to the Associated Press, his veto last year of legislation that would The Washington Blade has placed a
SB 149 allows religiously aliated Daugaard said before signing the bill he have allowed South Dakota schools to request with Daugaard seeking comment
foster care and adoption agencies to was concerned private child-placement deny transgender kids access to the on his decision to sign the legislation.

Sen. Hassan denounces Trumps anti-trans attacks


Students subjected Departments assuring transgender kids home state didnt take the opportunity to Chad Grin, president of the Human
have access to restrooms in schools expand rights for LGBT people. Rights Campaign, told the audience the
to devastating levels consistent with their gender identity. Im disappointed that yesterday the LGBT community is under siege under a
of bullying So lets be clear: Every student New Hampshire House voted to table president whos hell-bent on undoing all
deserves the right to learn in an inclusive, legislation designed to enact additional our progress seen under President Obama.
safe environment, but there is clear protections for transgender citizens in We have a temporary tenant in the
By CHRIS JOHNSON evidence that transgender students are our state, but I know that legislators will White House, but hes temporary, and our
cjohnson@washblade.com subjected to devastating levels of bullying continue ghting for transgender rights, job is ultimately to evict that tenant down
and discrimination in schools, Hassan Hassan said. the street, Grin said.
Frustration with President Trump was said. Our government should be focused Speakers addressed attendees of the Acknowledging just about everyone
palpable at the Human Rights Campaigns on ensuring that all students are safe and Human Rights Campaigns spring equality predicted LGBT people would be in a far
annual spring convention last week as it is unacceptable that the administration convention at the Renaissance Hotel in dierent place today after the election,
speakers, including Sen. Maggie Hassan would prioritize rolling back protections D.C. the day after the organization led a Grin said he recently got a call from
(D-N.H.), criticized his administration for for our most vulnerable students. citizen lobby in which the estimated 400 2016 Democratic presidential nominee
actions against the LGBT community. Pledging to continue her work in the supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Hillary Clinton thanking him for the LGBT
The newly seated New Hampshire U.S. Senate as an LGBT rights supporter, support of LGBT rights. communitys support during the campaign.
Democrat lambasted Trump in a keynote Hassan touted her vote in 2009 as a state A member of the Human Rights Campaign She wanted you to know what it meant
speech before an estimated 400 peopleat legislator in favor of marriage equality Foundation board, Michael Smithson, for her...to see such profound turnout,
the convention for, among other things, legislation, which made the Granite invoked the administration during his such energy from our community,
his Cabinet choices, whom she said were State among the rst in the country to remarks, correcting his terminology Grin said. She actually said, Chad, I
consistent opponents of LGBT equality. allow same-sex couples to marry. to regime after being corrected by have to tell you, no matter what state I
Hassan had particularly harsh words One day after the Republican- attendees. When he asked whos angry, went to, I saw HRC stickers and hats and
for U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions, controlled legislature in New Hampshire handsfrom nearly every attendee went up. logos. They were on the front row, they
sayinghes already harmed LGBT people by tabled legislation that would have Smithson got the same responsefrom the were behind me on stage, they were on
revoking along with Trumpthe Obama-era expanded transgender rights, Hassan audience when he asked whos afraid, and, rope lines. I saw your folks everywhere
guidance from the Justice and Education also expressed disappointment that her nally, whos red up. and Im grateful.
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DeVos meets with transgender rights advocates


Move follows withdrawal
of Obama-era guidance
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

Representatives from a trio of


LGBT organizations and families with
transgender kids met last week with
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the
aftermath of the Justice and Education
Departments revoking Obama-era
guidance assuring transgender students
access to the bathroom consistent with
their gender identity.
Mara Keisling, executive director
A trio of LGBT advocates met with Betsy
of National Center for Transgender DeVos over withdrawing guidance protecting
Equality, said the meeting came about trans students.
as a result of the Trump administration PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA

rescinding the guidance, which informed


discriminating against transgender
students would violate Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972. and welcomed, and part of an ongoing and then just threw it out in less a week of Thats where the guidance is, thats who
They made an arbitrary, political, dialogue with families and students Attorney General Sessions being in oce. has to enforce Title IX and thats who allegedly
ideological decision to hurt trans youth, throughout the country. He came into oce and immediately cares about students, Keisling said, adding
so we wanted to talk to them about Discussion consisted of two consecutive started shooting at trans people, and she she was unsure if any eort was made for
enforcing the law that theyre statutorily meetings one between DeVos and was only in oce a couple weeks more LGBT groups to meet with Sessions.
required to enforce, Keisling said. transgender families, the other between than that. None of the LGBT groups issued any
The meeting was set up as a result of DeVos and representatives from LGBT Transgender rights supporters insist that notice the meeting would take place
eorts by Equality Michigan, which is the groups which eachlasted about an hour, even without an armative ruling from prior to the time it happened, although
state LGBT group for DeVos home state sources familiar with the meeting said. the Supreme Court, the prohibition on sex the Education Department did include a
of Michigan and where she once served Those in attendance at the latter meeting, discrimination under Title IX based on legal notice on DeVos weekly schedule shed
as head of the Michigan Republican according to sources, included DeVos precedent bars schools from discriminating meet with Equality Michigan leadership
Party. According to Equality Michigan, and four Education Department ocials against transgender students or denying and parents in a closed press meeting.
the Education Department informed the as well representatives from GLSEN, the them access to the restroom consistent After the meeting GLSEN issued a general
organization on Friday she had agreed to National Center for Transgender Equality with their gender identity. news statement, followed by the National
the meeting. and Equality Michigan. According to media reports in the Center for Transgender Equality.
Stephanie White, executive director of Eliza Byard, executive director of Washington Post and the New York Times, Keisling said not issuing a public notice
Equality Michigan, said her organization GLSEN, said in a statement LGBT groups DeVos objected to rescinding the non- prior to the DeVos meeting is consistent
sought out the meeting to convey the addressed the immediate consequences discrimination guidance for transgender with the practice of her organization,
profound negative consequences of the of withdrawing the guidance and ways students before ultimately agreeing to which she said typically doesnt promote
withdrawal of the guidance protecting that she might be able to mitigate the allow it to happen. U.S. Attorney General meetings with administration ocials.
transgender students. pain, fear, and confusion that decision Je Sessions needed her consent to move Were there to actually get work done,
We also ensured that the secretary has caused. forward because the guidance was issued not to have a photo op, Keisling said. I
heard from transgender students and Above all, we ensured that DeVos jointly by both their departments and wouldnt have wanted this to be a photo
their parents directly about the impact of heard directly from us that we will not President Trump had to intercede, forcing op. In fact, I probably wouldnt have gone
discrimination and harassment at school, budge or compromise when it comes to DeVos to accept the revocation of the if this was a photo op. Were not in the
White said. We wanted her to understand the full support and protection that all guidance or else resign, the Times reported. business of making people feel better
that these are life and death issues for of our children, including LGBTQ youth, Keisling said DeVos didnt say anything after they do something bad, so that
transgender young people across the deserve from this administration, from about objections she had to withdrawing wasnt about it. This was about having her
country and that we will not waver or the Department of Education and from its the guidance because the meeting wasnt listen to families.
compromise in our commitment to Oce for Civil Rights, Byard said. focused on the process getting there, A controversial gure whos reviled
ensuring that every student, regardless of The meeting, Keisling said, yielded no but protecting transgender students by many in the LGBT community, DeVos
their gender identity, is provided with equal rm policy commitments. Nonetheless, going forward. has faced criticism before and after the
protection and opportunity to thrive. Keisling said it was a good rst meeting Ive heard the rumors, too, that she time of her conrmation, encountering
In a statement, DeVos said shes because its always good when people was against and Sessions for it, but the in her few rst days in oce protesters,
grateful for the opportunity to speak are willing to sit down and talk, when bottom line is she signed, Keisling said. including a gay refugee from Afghanistan
with families and LGBT rights supporters people are willing to be told that what He signed it, she signed it, so it doesnt turned citizen, who followed her until she
about their concerns, thoughts, fears they did was really bad. really matter to me whether she wanted entered her vehicle during a visit to a D.C.
and suggestions. Right now, were limited in what we can to sign it because she signed it. public school.
Every school and every school leader has do with the federal government, but this The meeting, Keisling said, was Cathy Renna, a GLSEN spokesperson,
a moral responsibility to protect all students was one thing we could do, Keisling said. with DeVos as opposed to Sessions referred to DeVos public schedule when
and ensure every child is respected and can We could bring families, and that was or White House ocials because the asked why the organization issued no
learn in an accepting environment, DeVos really the important thing here. I think so Obama-era guidance came from the statement about the meeting prior to
said. I remain committed to advocating many people were just outraged that they Education Department and the Education the time it took place. White said the
for and ghting on behalf of all students. took a policy that had taken a decade or Department would be responsible for organization has a general practice of not
Todays meeting was compelling, moving more to craft and do the groundwork, putting it back in place. issuing notices for meetings.
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Mariela Castro: Marriage does not stop hate crimes

The daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro on Saturday said hate crimes remain a
Caribe Armativos House of Peace (Casa de Paz in Spanish) in Soledad, Colombia. problem in countries that have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS EFE reported Mariela Castro, who directs Cubas National Center for Sexual Education
that is known by the Spanish acronym CENESEX, made the comments in the Mexican
city of Guadalajara after organizers of a lm festival honored her for her work to

Colombia LGBT group opens promote LGBT-specic issues on the Communist island. The Spanish news agency said
hate crimes were among the topics about which she specically spoke.

four Houses of Peace We dont like to copy anyone, said Mariela Castro as she discussed why Cuba has
yet to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, according to EFE. We want to be
creative and look for what truly ts into the possibility of social acceptance and our
SOLEDAD, Colombia A Colombian LGBT advocacy group has opened four reality.
Houses of Peace (Casas de Paz in Spanish) in support of the implementation Mariela Castro, who is former Cuban President Fidel Castros niece, has publicly
of a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed spoken in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Forces of Colombia. She and Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, were in the audience when
Caribe Armativo announced last September that it would open four Houses of Tico Almeida, the gay Cuban American president of Freedom to Work, gave a speech in
Peace in Soledad, a city that is located adjacent to Barranquilla, Cinega in Magdalena Havana last May that focused on the issue and other LGBT-specic advocacy eorts in
Department, Carmen de Bolvar in Bolvar Department and Maicao, a town in La the U.S. Mariela Castro later had lunch with Almeida and Wolfson.
Guajira Department that is less than 10 miles from the Venezuelan border. LGBT rights advocates who work independently of Mariela Castro and CENESEX in
The announcement took place less than three weeks before Colombian December 2015 launched a campaign that urged Cubans to sign a petition in support of
President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC Commander Rodrigo Timochenko marriage rights for same-sex couples. They hoped it would spur members of the Cuban
Londoo signed a peace agreement in the city of Cartagena that specically National Assembly to publicly debate the issue at their annual meeting last December.
acknowledged LGBT Colombians as victims of the conict and called for their The meeting began slightly more than a month after Fidel Castro died.
participation in the countrys political process. Caribe Armativo Director Mariela Castro, who is a member of the National Assembly, has not spoken publicly in
Wilson Castaeda, who is one of three Colombian LGBT rights advocates who support of the campaign that appears to have stalled.
participated in the peace talks that took place in Havana, was among the more The main goal is not marriage; it is one of the goals, she said in Mexico, according to
than 2,500 people who attended the ceremony. EFE. For us the main goal is to achieve equal opportunities, which was achieved in the
Colombian voters on Oct. 2, 2016, narrowly rejected the agreement against process of working on discrimination against women.
the backdrop of anti-LGBT rhetoric from religious and conservative groups Gays and lesbians can legally marry in Mexico City and several states in Mexico, Puerto
that opposed it. Santos and Londoo on Nov. 24, 2016, signed a second peace Rico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and a number of islands in the Caribbean
agreement which also contains LGBT-specic references in the Colombian that include Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saba.
capital of Bogot. Same-sex couples have been able to enter into civil unions in Chile since October
Lawmakers late last year passed a controversial law that provides amnesty to 2015. The countrys president, Michelle Bachelet, has pledged to introduce a marriage
FARC rebels who carried out minor crimes during the conict. bill in the Chilean Congress later this year.
The guerrillas have moved into resettlement areas the Colombian government Independent Cuban activists with whom the Blade routinely speaks say they are
created under the agreement, although the FARC has criticized them because of ostracized and face harassment and even arrest for publicly criticizing Mariela Castro
a lack of food and water and basic infrastructure. The guerrillas also began to or her fathers government. Reported rates of violence based on sexual orientation and
disarm earlier this month under U.N. supervision. gender identity on the Communist island are nevertheless lower than in Brazil, Colombia
The Houses of Peace opened in late November. and other Latin American countries in which gays and lesbians can legally marry.
Each house has a regular schedule of events, workshops and meetings at MICHAEL K. LAVERS
which LGBT groups, trans women and local residents can discuss preventing
violence, ghting the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other issues.
Caribe Armativo Director Wilson Castaeda told the Washington Blade the Pope Francis to visit Colombia
project will last four years.
He said each of the four houses costs 7 million Colombian pesos ($2,333.73) a CARTAGENA, Colombia The Vatican on March 10 announced that Pope Francis will
month in terms of rent, the salaries of those who manage them and event facilitators travel to Colombia in September.
and basic materials. Castaeda told the Blade that Caribe Armativo uses some of Francis is scheduled to arrive in the Colombian capital of Bogot on Sept. 6. He is
this money to pay for transportation and food for visitors who are poor. expected to visit the cities of Villavincencio, Medelln and Cartagena before returning to
It is LGBT peoples contribution to the construction of peace, Saul Castellar Rome on Sept. 11.
of Caribe Armativo told the Blade on Monday during an interview at his oce To have the pope with us for four days, to know that he is coming exclusively to
in the city of Barranquilla. Colombia and that he will guide us as Colombians through our faith is a privilege that
Ludwin Cabas, a business owner who manages the House of Peace in lls us with gratitude, said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday during
Soledad, agreed. a press conference in Bogot with Cardinal Rubn Salazar, who is the archbishop of
The House of Peace is a space to help to those people who, in one form or Bogot, and other ocials from the Vatican and the Colombian Roman Catholic Church.
another, had problems during the armed conict in Colombia, he told the Blade We of course rejoice for the millions of Colombians who profess the Catholic faith but
on Tuesday during an interview in Soledad as Castellar listened. also for all of those who see the great spiritual leader of our time in his image and in
It is not only for the LGBT community, but also for the aected population, his words.
added Cabas. Pope John Paul II visited Bogot, Medelln, Cartagena and several other Colombian
MICHAEL K. LAVERS cities in 1986. Pope Paul VI traveled to Bogot in 1968.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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Advocates fear impact of ACA repeal on HIV, trans patients


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 American Health Care Act. opponents of Aordable Care Act
The second prong to the dubbed the Democratic plan Obamacare
Medicaid, which as health coverage for low- administrations approach to health a nomenclature President Obama
income Americans provides care for more care reform is regulatory relief aimed ultimately accepted as his own.
than 40 percent of people with HIV and many at reducing costs by 10 percent in the Spicer, however, sought to put some
transgender people. individual markets. The third is additional distance between Trump and the
CBO estimates the American Health legislation to undo Obamacare that cant Republican proposal by rejecting the
Care Act would decrease direct spending in be done through the regulatory process, Trumpcare label for the American Health
Medicaid by $880 billion over the 2017-2026 which only requires a majority vote for Care Act, saying the issue at hand isnt
period resulting in14 million fewer Medicaid passage in the U.S. Senate as opposed to labels, but health care reform.
enrollees by the end of that period. 60 votes to overcome as a libuster. The Obama administration didnt label
Carl Schmid, deputy director of the Phill Wilson, CEO of The Black AIDS it Obamacare, they called it the ACA,
AIDS Institute, said he couldnt overstate Institute, said in a statement the White Spicer said. I mean, this is the American
the calamity passage of the American House attack on the CBOs calculations is Health Care Act. The president is proud of
Health Care Act would mean for people spin because the American Health Care it. The president is proud of the fact that
with HIV. Act will increase premiums, reduce benets were working with Congress. But this is
I hate to use the word devastating, and replace subsidies with tax credits. a bill that is not his, its a joint eort that
other people have used it, Schmid said. Particularly if youre a person living weve worked with the House and the
The CBO score is not surprising at all with HIV/AIDS, a poor person, a person Senate on. Hes proud of it. Hes proud
U.S. House Speaker PAUL RYAN (R-Wis.)
because its what we had said that the originated the American Health Care Act with other chronic illnesses, or an older of the impact that its going to have on
biggest impact, theyre really cutting before Trump endorsed it. American regardless of what lie the American patients. So I dont think this
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
back, scaling back coverage in Medicaid. administration or the Congress tries to is about labels and names, this is about
Theyre removing all these people from sell to you ask yourself this: Is my health getting a job done.
the Medicaid rolls. the gutting of Medicaid and several insurance likely to be more robust, better The oce of U.S. House Speaker Paul
Schmid said the American Health Care other aspects, that protecting from and cheaper under the new plan than Ryan (R-Wis.), who was the originator
Act would also remove the Medicaid discrimination would move to a lesser it was under the Aordable Care Act? of the American Health Care Act before
requirements that the states provide concern, Keisling said. Trans people Wilson said. Then mobilize accordingly. Trump endorsed it, didnt respond to the
10 essential health benets, including would be among those most hurt. Under questioning from CNNs Jim Washington Blades request to comment
prescription drugs, which means we In the individual market, CBO estimates Acosta, Spicer conceded millions of on the impact the plan would have on
dont know what the states will provide the Republican plan would reduce people wont have health coverage as a LGBT people and people with HIV.
to people with HIV. premiums by an average of 10 percent, result of the American Health Care Act, Gregory Angelo, president of the Log
Also at risk under the plan, Schmid said, but theres a wide uctuation in estimated but insisted you have to look at the Cabin Republicans, said hed withhold
is access to preventative services, like HIV payments for older people and younger current situation. formal comment on the American Health
testing, or access to PrEP as a means of people. For a person making $26,500 a If you could bring down cost and Care Act, citing on ongoing review of the
HIV prevention for low-income people on year, the yearly net premium would be choices and allow people to nd a plan American Health Care Act on LGBT people
Medicaid. $1,450 if that person were 21 years old, that t their budget, that was tailored and people with HIV.
PrEP is covered by most plans right $2,400 if that person were 40 years old and to their needs, there is actually a higher I will say that I continue to get messages
now, Schmid said. Medicaid plans and $14,600 if that person were 64 years old. likelihood that they will nd something from LCR members across the country
qualied health plans. If people dont Under the legislation, premiums for that they want at a price that they can whose premiums have skyrocketed
have coverage, they cant access the older people could be ve times larger aord as to right now, which is I get or whose healthcare plans have been
medications, and the federal governments than those for younger people in many a plan that Im forced to buy that has a canceled as a result of Obamacare,
not paying for PrEP by the CDC or the Ryan states, but the size of the tax credits for deductible that I cant aord, but Ive got Angelo said. Clearly there has to be a
White program. Ryan White is just for older people would only be twice the size a cute little plastic card that I can wave better way.
people who are HIV positive. of the credits for younger people. around, Spicer said. Because of opposition on all sides,
One aspect of Obamacare that CBO estimates the American Health Schmid rejected the argument health passage in the Republican-controlled
LGBT supporters value is Section 1557, Care Act would result in greater cost care plans cant be used now because Congress will be an uphill ght.
which prohibits discrimination on the savings than Obamacare for the federal premiums and deductibles are too high, Democrats, including the conservative
basis of sex in health care. The Obama government. Under the Republican noting for many people, such as those Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) seem locked
administration interpreted that provision proposal, the agency projected a on Medicaid, its either this coverage or in opposition to the American Health Care
to bar discrimination in health care reduction in the federal decits by by nothing at all. Act. On the other side of the aisle, the far-
against transgender people, including $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period. We agree that there are problems with right House Freedom Caucus opposes the
by denying them gender reassignment White House Press Secretary Sean high deductibles, Schmid said. Thats measure because it doesnt go far enough,
surgery. A court order has enjoined Spicer defended the American Health Care why we want to repair the Aordable as do Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rand
enforcement of that regulation, but Act on Tuesday by dismissing the CBOs Care Act, but taking away coverage from Paul (R-Ky.), whose states have enacted
advocates insist transgender people can estimates that the number of uninsured people is even worse. And he mixes some version of the Medicaid expansion.
sue under the underlying law if they face people would increase, asserting its up Medicaid. Medicaid doesnt have Schmid said he doesnt think the current
discrimination in health care. estimate during the Obama era that 24 premiums and deductibles and so thats version of the American Health Care Act
Mara Keisling, executive director of the million people would have coverage under the biggest problem. They keep on saying would make it through Congress, saying
National Center for Transgender Equality, Obamacare in 2016 was way o. it doesnt work. You have deductibles. Republicans are running scared over
said the provision is safe for the time They were o by 13 million people Well, thats only the qualied health plans. the prospects of the bill becoming law.
being because it couldnt be eliminated over 50 percent, Spicer said. In fact, Medicaid doesnt have premiums, doesnt I think what theyll do is make some
through the budget reconciliation process only 10.4 million people were actually have deductibles. They have minor co- changes, but I dont see how this is going
planned for the American Health Care covered. Reports now suggest that that pays and theyre limited by law, and to pass even in the House, let alone the
Act, but nonetheless transgender people number has dwindled down to 9 million. theyre minimal. Senate, Schmid said. Its ripping coverage
would face other problems. CBO coverage estimates are consistently As part of an eort to derail repeal, away from people with health care, and we
That really doesnt matter because the wrong and, more importantly, did not take Democrats, including Senate Minority cant do that. What we say is people with
repeal bill would make it so much harder into consideration the comprehensive Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), have HIV need consistent care, and you cannot
for trans people to get insurance though nature of the three-pronged plan to sought to vilify the proposal by calling risk taking away their medications or health
the continuous coverage requirement, repeal and replace Obamacare with the it Trumpcare much like Republican care. Not even for a single day.
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LGBT community centers vandalized in disturbing trend


By CHRIS JOHNSON a campaign rooted in animosity toward divided after Trumps election. its forms, Trump said.
cjohnson@washblade.com minority groups, such as Muslims and Pinello said the Womens March on Kelly Love, a White House spokesperson,
immigrants. Trump also won with the Washington marked a high point of overt said in response to the Washington Blades
In addition to the attack at D.C.s Casa support of white nationalists like David opposition to the new president and request for comment on the attacks on
Ruby, at least three LGBT community Duke, who as former Imperial Wizard demonstrationscontinueon the left, such LGBT centers Trumps condemnation of
centers have been vandalized in recent of the Ku Klux Klan has advocated anti- as the newly formed anti-Trump Indivisible bigotryextends to this vandalism.
attacks that could be part of a national Semitic and racist ideology. movement. But these progressive President Trump condemns hate and
trend of rising hate seen since President The anti-Semitic attacks have been demonstrations, Pinello said, could evil in all of its very ugly forms, including
Trumps election. especially prominent in recent weeks. Last provoke their own backlash on the right. attacks against the LGBT community,
Inthe last few weeks, vandals smashed month, bomb threats forced evacuations As a result, mosques and synagogues Love said.
a window at the oce ofEquality Florida in at Jewish schools and community centers and LGBT centers provide ready targets Amid the attacks on LGBT centers, Jewish
Orlando, the city where last year a shooter on a single day in 11 states. Within for whatever rage ares up among cemeteries and mosques, a Quinnipiac
took the lives of 49 people and wounded the course of one week, nearly 100 ultra-conservatives, Pinello said. Their poll published Thursday found Americans
53 others at a gay nightclub, and windows tombstones were found overturned at a retaliation is particularly rife when believe hate is on the rise in the United
were smashed at the headquarters in Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia and more the opportunity for signicant policy States since the election of President
Asbury Park of the New Jersey LGBT than 150 tombstones were vandalized ata changes bythenew administration seems Trump. The poll found 63 percent of
Garden State Equality. St. Louis Jewish cemetery. on the verge of beingsquandered because American voters believethe level of hatred
In Tulsa, Okla., 13 shots were red froma Other minority groups are also facing of too many daily hiccups by Donald and prejudice has increased and 77
pellet gun at theEquality Center on Monday attacks. Just this week in Washington Trump and the White House. In truth, I percent of voters think prejudice against
just hours before a man came into the State, a man still not apprehended by wouldnt be surprised if these homophobic minority groups in the U.S. is a very
lobby yelling profanities and anti-LGBTQ law enforcement shot a Sikh man in his and anti-Semitic and Islamophobic attacks serious or somewhat serious problem.
rhetoric at front-desk sta. According driveway after telling him to go back continue at abrisk pace as the Indivisible The poll found concern about anti-
to Tulsa World, the Equality Center had to your country. The incident is being and related movements openly progress Semitism in particular has jumped in the
never been the target of vandalism in the investigated as a hate crime. in response to the current regime. last month. The poll found 70 percent
12 years since Oklahomans for Equality Accompanying the vandalism at the Facing calls to denounce the anti-Semitic of American voters believe the specic
moved into the building. LGBT community centers is ongoing attacks, Trump has repudiated them on issue of prejudice against Jewish people
Were getting reports like this from violence against transgender people, repeated occasions, most notably last is a very serious or somewhat serious
all over the country, Toby Jenkins, the which has existed long before Trump late monthat the beginning of his speech problem. Thats up from 49 percent in a
Equality Centers executive director, was took oce. At least seven transgender before a joint session of Congress. Feb. 8 Quinnipiac University Poll.
quoted as saying. Gay community centers women, six black, have been murdered Recent threats targeting Jewish American voters, the poll found, are
being vandalized; welcoming churches so far in 2017. Community Centers and vandalism of divided on President Donald Trumps
being vandalized; gay businesses being Daniel Pinello, a political scientist at Jewish cemeteries, as well as last weeks response to bomb threats against Jewish
vandalized. Now its happened in Tulsa. the City University of New York, said shooting in Kansas City, remind us that community centers and vandalism of
The trend of attacks on LGBT centers the attacks on LGBT centers as well while we may be a nation divided on Jewish cemeteries. The poll found 37
echoes anti-Semitic attacks since the as mosques and synagogues are no policies, we are a country that stands percent of Americans approve and 38
inauguration of President Trump, who ran surprise because the nationis so deeply united in condemning hate and evil in all percent disapprove.

Attacker released, ordered to stay away from Casa Ruby


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 case like this when it rst comes to court. women and others at Casa Ruby had
She said additional charges could be led been talking about him.
your mother fucking ass! Yall tranny later, including a possible designation as It says thats when he shouted anti-
mother fuckers think somebody wont a hate crime, when the case goes before transgender names and made threats
fuck yall up! a grand jury for an indictment. against those present in the room where
Casa Ruby founder and executive Stewart noted that the felony the altercation unfolded.
director Ruby Corado told the Washington destruction of property charge was Victim 1 states the altercation
Blade Cook had been an occasional visitor more serious than the charges of simple became physical when Suspect 1 [Cook]
to Casa Ruby over the past several weeks assault and making threats to do bodily approached her and hit her in the head
and was known to employees and some harm, which are misdemeanors. with his index nger, the adavit says.
clients. Corado said Cook identied as During the March 14 hearing Judge Sean Suspect 1 then walked away from Victim
being straight and had expressed interest Staples agreed to a defense request that 1, grabbed a bar of soap from a table
in meeting transgender women who go Cook be released on his own recognizance and threw it at Victim 1, hitting her right
to Casa Ruby for various services. on the condition that he stays away from shoulder. No injury resulted.
By law we cannot tell non-LGBT people the block on which Casa Ruby is located According to the adavit, Cook then
not to come in, Corado said. and from all Casa Ruby employees and exited the building, and a witness to the
Corado said witnesses told her Cook clients. Cook had been held overnight in incident immediately locked the door.
Ruby Corado said the attack on the center
became violent during the March 12 temporarily shattered her eorts to make jail following his arrest on Monday. Another witness quoted Cook saying as
incident when he was asked to leave Casa Ruby a safe space for vulnerable The judge also ordered Cook to return he walked out of Casa Ruby, Ill fuck this
because he was bothering people there. members of the LGBT community. to court on April 3 for a preliminary place up! Ill make sure none of yall have
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Acting D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson, who hearing, where prosecutors are required a place to go!
oversees the police LGBT Liaison Unit, said to present evidence showing probable Minutes later Cook returned and kicked
ocers investigating the case agged it as just one of the three police charges against cause exists that Cook committed the the door frame, causing damage, the
a possible anti-transgender hate crime. Cook felony destruction of property. oense with which he is charged. adavit says. It says he then grabbed a
But during a presentment hearing in Assistant U.S. Attorney Jelahn Stewart, The police arrest adavit says the brick and threw it at the double pane glass
Superior Court on Tuesday, March 14, a spokesperson for the oce, said trans woman who was assaulted, who door, shattering the exterior layer of glass.
prosecutors with the U.S. Attorneys oce did prosecutors routinely le the most is identied as Victim 1, told police Cook
not list the incident as a hate crime and led serious charge against a defendant in a became angry because he believed the
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Chase Brexton to host LGBT health events


The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care is slated to
host four events from March 25-30 to recognize LGBT Health Awareness Week.
The activities we have planned are about visibility and building community,
said Nate Sweeney, executive director of the LGBT Health Resource Center. We
want to provide a safe space and lessen the stigma that many in the LGBTQ
community face when trying to obtain fair and inclusive health care.
On March 25, there will be a BreastFest Cancer Screening at American
Wills & Trusts Radiology Services (3700 Fleet St., Suite 110, in Baltimore). BreastFest provides

Powers of Attorney Living Wills lesbian, same-gender-loving, bisexual and queer women over 40 with breast
cancer screenings by appointment. This event is trans inclusive for anyone in
Partnership & Prenuptial Agreements need of breast tissue screening.
March 28 will feature a Trans vs. Bureaucracy Workshop from 6-8 p.m. at
(240) 778-2330 (703) 536-0220 Chase Brextons Mount Vernon Center (rst oor community room; 1111 N.

www.PartnerPlanning.com Charles St.). This workshop provides documents and counsel for trans patients
of Chase Brexton who are navigating the legal processes of name/gender
marker change. The workshop will include a round-table discussion to share
Serving the LGBT Community the personal narratives of trans individuals and their experiences navigating
bureaucracy.
in DC/MD/VA since 1983 Bisexual Speed Dating will take place on March 29 from 6-9 p.m. at Flavor (15 E.
Centre St. in Baltimore). This evening event aims to bring bi people together for
potential friendship or romance. There is a $10 cover, with proceeds supporting

Lawrence S. Jacobs/McMillan Metro, PC LGBT cancer screenings.


On March 30, there will be a screening of You Are Not Alone on from
6-9 p.m. at Chase Brextons Mount Vernon Center. You Are Not Alone is an
award-winning documentary featuring stories of gay black men struggling with
depression. The lm will be followed by a discussion of the lm, battling stigma
and building community. The event is free.
Sweeney adds, It is important for people to have the opportunity to be with
those who are going through the same thing or have similar experiences. That
is why our events this year are centered on particular identities within our
community. We are thrilled to be working with great partners like FreeState
Justice, the Center for Black Equity, the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, Baltimore
TransMen Inc, the STAR TRACK program at University of Maryland and others to
not only bring attention to some of the health disparities that our communities
face, but to do something about it.
Speak with our preplanning adviSor,
Jamie arthurS at (202) 966-6400 or email
Jamie.arthurS@dignitymemorial.com
Town hall meeting on PrEP on tap
A town hall meeting on HIV Prevention and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
will take place on March 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. at First and Franklin Presbyterian
Church, 210 W. Madison St. in Baltimore.
The event, hosted by AIDS Action Baltimore, is intended for men who have sex
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The Frederick Center will celebrate its fth anniversary with a carnival
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March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month

ATLANTA Bisexual individuals comprise nearly half of those who identify as


LGBT, but only about 28 percent of bisexuals disclose their sexuality, according
to the Movement Advancement Project. This can lead to signicant health
disparities, which led the Bisexual Resource Center to denote March as Bisexual
Health Awareness Month, the Georgia Voice reports.
The Project, located in Boston, launched Bisexual Health Awareness Month in
2014 with the intention to raise awareness of social, health and economic issues
that aect the bisexual community.
The rst campaign theme, Bi the Way, Our Health Matters Too! encompassed

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The 2017 theme is social health, including friends, family, partners and
community. Each week, the Project tunes its social media channels to feature
statistics, resources and action steps related to each topic, Georgia Voice reports.

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heart disease and obesity, compared to heterosexual women. Bisexual men are
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U.K. group: lesbians need cervical screenings


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According to LGB&T Partnership, an alliance of gay non-prots, 37 percent of
women who have sex with women have been told they dont need screenings.
About half of all eligible lesbian and bi women have never had pap smears,
Partnership sta reports.
The human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers,
is passed through intimate skin-to-skin contact. The partnership surveyed
women on their experiences with sexual health care as part of the inaugural
National Lesbian and Bisexual Womens Health Week, which aims to highlight
that lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (WSW) are
experiencing a range of health inequalities and both face barriers to accessing
health care and are having poor experiences when they do.
(WSW) lack acknowledgement both in mainstream society and LGBT communities,
and to the NHS we are largely invisible, writes Elizabeth Barker in the forward of
a new report published in November. It is unacceptable that (WSW) continue to
experience discrimination and that thoughtlessness compromises our health care.
Other issues highlighted by the partnerships report are that 21 percent
of bisexual women and 12 percent of lesbians reported a long-term mental
health problem, compared with4 percent of heterosexual women, and that 29
percentof lesbian and bisexual women report more binge drinking compared
with12 percent in the general population of women, the Telegraph reports.

New online resource for U.K. gay, bi men


LONDON Two leading charities have launched an online counseling service
for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol, Pink
News, a British LGBT news outlet, reports.
Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via
Friday/Monday, a website that oers information about sex and drugs for gay
and bisexual men.
The new project includes an online support group and one-to-one virtual counseling,
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TCMs Robert Osborne loved movies like no other


sleep in his New York City home, theater one or two-minute intro to All About town. All everyone talked about there
Affable host connected director and producer David Staller told Eve, Osborne not only brought Margo was crops, he told interviewers. Id see
us to cinematic world the Los Angeles Times. Channing into our homes, he made us Clifton Webb and Gene Tierney in Laura
The LA Times, the Washington Post and feel as if we had a personal connection to and Bette Davis in All About Eve, he told
other publications reported that Staller Bette Davis. the New York Times, and Id think, those
was Osbornes life partner for 20 years. There are (and will be) other movie people are so much more interesting
Osbornes New York Times obituary hosts. Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore than what Im living around in this town.
described Staller as a longtime friend. and Ben Mankiewicz, among others, have Osborne was friends with Bette Davis,
When asked why this term was used to talked knowledgeably and amusingly Olivia de Havilland and many other stars.
describe Staller, Richard Sandomir, who about movies on TCM. Yet, its hard to Though he loved them, he sometimes
wrote the obit, told the Times public edi- think of anyone who is as sophisticated, spoke his mind. When he rst met Davis,
tor, I reached out to David Staller and urbane or in love with movies as Osborne he wondered if hed made the wrong im-
KATHI WOLFE, a writer and poet, is a regular ultimately close friend was how he said was. Former Washington Post TV critic pression. It was in 1977, and he urged her
contributor to the Blade. he wanted to be identied. (The Wash- Tom Shales aptly called him an avatar to see Star Wars.
ington Post obituary ran a correction that of erudition. As Staller told the LA Times, She said, I hate that kinda movie, he
Movies are your church! a date told me said Staller was a friend.) Its dicult to imagine a planet without told CBSs Sunday Morning. I said, Oh,
once when she couldnt get my attention The mystery surrounding Osbornes life him. He made the choice to call it a day, but its really good, And she said, I HATE
away from The Philadelphia Story, which seems tting. Sitting in our living rooms, and he wants everyone to know that hell that kind of movie! And I said, I cant be-
was playing on Turner Classic Movies. lying in bed, our eyes glued to TCM, it felt see them at the after party. lieve you would say something as stupid
Robert Osborne, the charming, eru- as if we knew Osborne. It seemed as if Osborne, who was with TCM from its as that!... I looked at her, and I knew I had
dite, but never pompous, primary host Osborne, our aable uncle, boyfriend, or launch in 1994, was a Hollywood Reporter her. And thats what she was waiting for:
of Turner Classic Movies was the high pal, had stopped by to banter wittily one- columnist. He was dubbed the ocial bi- A challenge. And we were friends from
priest for all of us who worship the silver on-one with us about the movies. What ographer of the Academy Awards for the then on.
screen from queers like me growing up did it matter if we didnt know about his books that he wrote on the Oscars. For the Our celluloid dreams of Fred and
in small towns to drag queens in urban personal life? If we thought (hoped) that past 11 years, Osborne greeted celebs as Ginger, Bette and Joan, Audrey and Kate
gay bars to hetero suburban grandmoth- someone who so knew and loved Tinsel they entered the red carpet at the Oscars. are essential to us. Thank you, Robert, for
ers. Osborne, 84, died on March 6 in his Town and its stars was queer? In a mere He grew up in Colfax, Wash., a small connecting us with our dreams. R.I.P.

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A defeated politicians job search and its symbolism


election, including a surprisingly sizable scheduled for the state through 2022 at an tainment of equal treatment and civic
LGBT cultural acceptance rejection of Hillary Clintons presidential estimated quarter-billion-dollar economic acceptance, but to also transition from
and civic assimilation is an campaign, McCrory became the Tar Heel detriment, unless the law is repealed. old patterns of estrangement to accept-
States rst top oceholder to lose a re- Strong polled majorities and super- ing cultural assimilation. Identity politics
adjustment for some majorities of Americans now support will undoubtedly lessen and divergent at-
election bid since 1850. His defeat was at-
tributed to the unpopular bathroom law wide-ranging LGBT civil protections along titudes will certainly increase, requiring a
he vehemently supported. with marriage equality. Even bathroom communal adjustment in perspective re-
McCrory lamented in an interview last selection self-determined by gender iden- garding what it means to be gay.
Friday that the issue has impacted me tity enjoys nationwide majority endorse- If not, well merely mimic McCrorys whin-
to this day, even after I left oce. People ment, as the country takes a closer look ing with our own vocalized victimization.
are reluctant to hire me, because, oh my at, and grows more comfortable with, the Are there items on the gay agenda
gosh, hes a bigot. issue. At least 19 states and more than that still need attention? Sure. But the
The signicance of McCrorys described 100 cities extend a complement of legal victories that have been won surpass
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur dilemma is not that he will remain unable protections to transgender persons. any illusory conveyance via conventional
and community business advocate. Follow to nd satisfactory employment, or that Those achievements in the arena of edict or collective instruction by society at
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com. he should be denied the opportunity to LGBT equality and acceptance have been large. Government is never the provider
earn a living to the benet of himself and won less by government mandate and of genuine equality, only the lagging indi-
his family, despite continuing to double- more by public persuasion. Although cator that the citizenry has authentically
Former North Carolina Gov. Pat Mc- down on his advocacy for the law. His ac- comprising only a modest four-percent evolved before the bureaucracy.
Crory announced last week that he was knowledgment, however, does serve as a of the U.S. population for all LGBT com- Diversication whether regarding life-
having diculty acquiring a new job. signier of the broad-based armation munity components combined, with a style preferences, geographic residency,
The once-popular governor indicated of LGBT equality nationwide. limited corresponding degree of political or political positions will increasingly
that the controversy surrounding pas- North Carolina businesses, joined by re- clout, the pace toward full equality most become self-evident along the way. That
sage of HB2, requiring transgender per- gional and national companies alongside everywhere continues to accelerate. will require a shift in thinking, an allowance
sons to use the bathroom corresponding other private sector enterprise and organi- This relatively rapid communal success for dierences, and a seeming break-up
to the biological sex indicated on their zations, have led the still-continuing eort poses a fundamentally unfamiliar conun- of longstanding cultural identity. We wont
birth certicate when at schools and gov- to overturn the law, which has reportedly drum for many, especially older gays and think the same any more than we look alike.
ernment buildings, had created obstacles cost the state hundreds of millions of dol- lesbians with memories of a time in histo- It should become something we cel-
for him on the job market as a result of lars in revenue and the loss of thousands of ry and an experience of hardship largely ebrate, not something we begin to fear.
his backing the bill. jobs. The NCAA, as it had previously threat- foreign to those younger today. Pat McCrory may have been unpre-
Despite an unexpectedly strong ballot ened in other jurisdictions, announced the The challenge for some is not only to pared for the new culture in which he nds
sweep by Republicans in the November cancelation of all championship events fully embrace the substantially broad at- himself, but theres no reason we should.
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Although winter weather is hanging on CITs (rising sixth-12 graders). Each level 9 a.m.-noon and is $250 per week. For session for students 12-18 from June 12-
tight at the close of the season, summer focuses on a type of program from art to information, visit circleyoga.com. 23 for $350. Multiple sessions are available
is rapidly approaching. Instead of ghting outdoor activities. CITs prepare students Green Acres School (11701 Danville for students 6-14 for $900. Camp Creation
to nd ways to entertain the kids at home, to become counselors by giving them Dr., North Bethesda, Md.) oers Kreative and Imagination is for children ages 4-6
local camps have done the hard work for hands-on leadership experience with Kangaroos for pre-K students which lets from June 12-23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuition
you. Kids can ride horses, learn beauty campers. Blue Jays, Box Turtles and them engage in outdoor play, swimming, is $400 and includes snack. A.M. care and
tricks, conduct science experiments or Koalas can also choose a Make-Your- dancing and carpentry. Junior camp is for lunch add-ons are available for all programs
perform in a musical. With programs Own Camp option that lets campers pick kindergarten through second grade and except summer intensive. For more details,
for all types of interest, the only battle is their A.M. and P.M. activities. A swimming activities include drama, music, dance, visit synetictheater.com/camps.
choosing which camp to try this summer. option is also available. For a list of prices, swimming and cooking Senior camp is Washington Performing Arts has
Adventure Theatre oers Summer visit summer.beauvoirschool.org. for grades three through six and includes Capital Jazz Camp from June 26-July 8 for
Musical Theater Camp for grades one-six Camp RimRock for Girls (343 Camp Rim robotics, rock band, workshop, lmmaking, children in rising grades three through
in Glen Echo Park for a two-week session Rock Rd., Yellow Spring, W.Va.) is a sleep- photography and cooking. For a list of pricing eight with minimum one-year instrumental
and for grades six-12 in Wintergreen Plaza away camp for girls in rising rst grade and session times, visit greenacres.org. experience. Capital Strings Camp is from
for a three-week session. This summer through rising 10th grade. General camp The Lowell School (1640 Kalmia Rd., June 26-July and is for children in rising
campers will Campers will perform is for rising second through 10th graders. N.W.) oers programs for campers starting grades three through six. No experience is
Return of the Glass Slipper, Thwacked! Campers can participate in horseback at age 2-15. Best Buddies is for rising required. Capital Voices Camp runs from
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theater professionals and artists guide and arts and crafts. General Camp sessions include African Drum Fun, Beginning 12 with basic vocal training experience.
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Musical Theater Study includes a day trip sleep-away campers in rising rst, second as Gaming and Apps Basics and Amazing for a traditional experience such as
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The Beauvoir School (3500 Woodley 6-12 for full-day camp and children Synetic Theatre (1800 S Bell St., among numerous other programs. Camp
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Bears (rising fourth-fth graders) and is $365 per week. Half-day camp is from score. There is one summer intensive visit ymcadc.org and campletts.org.
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Inspiring events
A S.C. COURT RULING, AN ALLY-RUN GRANT PROGRAM AND
MORE OFFER HOPE FOR GAY FAMILIES
By DANA RUDOLPH

This time of year is often a hard one. Where or had birth certicates without both same-
I live, any day might be a snow day, with my sex parents listed. They prepared a similar
son home from school and the sidewalks brief for the winning federal marriage
needing to be shoveled. equality cases in years past; seeing them Family Building through:
The usual routine of laundry and groceries do so again gives me hope. If you would
and dinner doesnt stop. In recent weeks, too, like to contribute, contact Director of State Adoption
I have been distracted by the news stories of Policy Denise Brogan-Kator at denisebk@
a government chipping away at the rights of familequality.org. Donor Agreements
LGBT people, immigrants and others. How Im also inspired by the nearly 800 parents
not to be overwhelmed by it all? Here are of transgender children, part of HRCs new, Surrogacy
some of stories about LGBT families making nationwide Parents for Transgender Equality
the past few weeks just a bit warmer. Council, who sent a letter to President Donald
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before their home state of South Carolina place and the protections remain in limbo.
recognized marriage for same-sex couples. Finally, a story of allies. After spouses
When Jacqueline gave birth, they indicated Becky and Kipp Fawcett depleted their
on hospital forms that they were married, savings adopting their children, they wanted
but then received birth certicates naming to help other families who might be facing
Jacqueline as the mother with no father even greater nancial obstacles, Becky told
listed in the space for the other parent.
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Making waves on the airwaves


NEW 1A HOST JOSHUA JOHNSON TALKS ABOUT HIS JOURNALISM LENS,
HOW HE BALANCES TOPICS AND WHAT ITS LIKE TO SUCCEED AN NPR LEGEND
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com

It was last Halloween weekend when Weve found interesting ways to talk about
Joshua Johnson got the call that hed been whats going on in the world and to divert
named Diane Rehms successor. from the headlines that have everyones
Rehm, who began her eponymous attention to talk about other topics that
National Public Radio call-in show in may be getting lost in the shue around
1979, retired in December and as of Jan. the new administration. And weve also
2, WAMU broadcasts a new show, 1A in found ways to take a breath and just do
what had been The Diane Rehm Shows topics that are fun or dierent as a little
timeslot. relief from the top of the news cycle, so I
Johnson subbed for Rehm two days think its been good.
last September and shadowed her
another day. Based in San Francisco for BLADE: Whats your strategy to turn
the last six-and-a-half years where he was this into more of a Johnny Carson-to-
morning news host for KQED while also Jay Leno kind of succession as opposed
teaching podcasting at the University of to, say, a Pat Sajak kind-of thing?
California (Berkeley), Johnson was in Palm JOHNSON: The only thing we can do
Springs visiting friends with Joe Gallagher, is control each days program and thats
his boyfriend of a year and a half, when what I try to focus on. I never worry
he got the call. He says its a moment hed about the 37 years that came before me.
been working toward since age 6. Thats Dianes legacy and thats solid and
This wave of peace washed over me done. . If you worry too much about the
and I just got very calm, says the 36-year- distant future, you miss the opportunity
old South Florida native. It was like my to really knock out today.
sts nally unclenched after weeks of
waiting. I didnt have that moment of, BLADE: Has the learning curve been
Oh my God, Im going to do the show. It JOSHUA JOHNSON says launching a new daily two-hour radio show is a mountain of work even about what you thought it would be?
under the best of circumstances.
was just kind of like, Finally Ive been JOHNSON: I tried to come in with very
waiting on this for my entire life and now PHOTO COURTESY OF NPR few expectations other than it would be
its going to happen. really, really hard and it has been. .
1A is a live, two-hour daily WAMU But weve gone down from me working
radio program distributed nationally by curiosity and his manner that was really it expects the show will have a weekly like 16-17-hour days to more like 12-13,
NPR each weekday at 10 a.m. that seeks appealing, he says. Especially the idea audience of about 2.5 million soon based so thats a big step forward. Its just a
to provide deep conversation about the that he was very much interested in on early numbers. mountain of work even under the best of
thorniest issues of our time delivered civil dialogue, taking time to develop Johnson, as loquacious as youd expect, circumstances.
with insight, intimacy and personality. Its arguments and not always chasing sat with the Blade in a WAMU conference
both a new, freestanding show but also the next shiny ball. Those pieces came room on Feb. 16. His comments have BLADE: Whats been your favorite
a successor to the Rehm show, whose together and the stars began to align and been edited for length. episode so far?
legacy of civil dialogue and analysis its that was it. JOHNSON: I dont have one. We did
team hopes to continue. Nobodys universally loved in this era WASHINGTON BLADE: How do you a Sunday show a few weeks ago on the
Producers were initially almost certain of Internet trolling, but early signs are feel its going so far? immigration ban and we just let stations
theyd hire a woman to succeed Rehm. strong for Johnson. 1A is being carried JOSHUA JOHNSON: Its going well. Very, air it if they wanted to. But we probably
We werent 100 percent sure, but you on 204 stations with more expected in very busy. Theres no lack of things to talk havent done my favorite show yet or
know, sort of in the high 80s or 90s, says April (The Diane Rehm Show was carried about for sure, but its good. Launching even conceived of it. I think for me to
Rupert Allman, 1As executive producer. on 198) and WAMU says the show was the a national show, any new show, is a start grabbing onto favorites at this point
Johnson won the search team over, No. 1 regional performer in its time slot heavy lift to say the least, but we have an would set the bar too low for what we
Allman says, with his huge relatability. throughout January, the latest month for amazingly good team and weve had lots
There was something about his own which gures were available. WAMU says of support from listeners and stations. CONTINUES ON PAGE 38
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VIN TESTA

How long have you been out and who If science discovered a way to change
was the hardest person to tell? sexual orientation, what would you
I have been out since February 2010. I do?
was a junior in college and (sigh) I came Convince Justin Timberlake to change.
out on Facebook. I was fortunate to
have supportive family and friends, so I What do you believe in beyond the
would say the hardest person to tell was physical world?
myself. So many people knew before I I would like to believe that we encounter
was condent and comfortable enough all those who left the physical world
to say it. before us. Part of me also believes
in reincarnation and having several
Whos your LGBT hero? chances in the world.
My clich LGBT heroes are Ellen and
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY RuPaul Ellen for her kindness and Ru Whats your advice for LGBT
for his courage. But my true heroes are movement leaders?
those who came before us and actually Unite. When you say equality for all,
By JOEY DiGULIELMO had to ght for equality Marsha P. mean it. Dont ght for gay, white, cis-
joeyd@washblade.com Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Harvey Milk, etc. male equality, while ignoring women, the
transgender community, people of color,
Though hes in St. Petersburg, Fla., on St. Patricks Day proper for a work Whats Washingtons best nightspot, etc. We can only rise when we lift each
conference, Vin Testa, president of the Dignity Washington board, says it was past or present? other.
important for the local LGBT-arming Catholic group to have a presence in I will always have a place in my heart for
Washingtons ocial St. Patricks Day parade Monday. Apex because it was my rst D.C. gay What would you walk across hot coals
He says despite the cold, the reception they got from the crowd was bar experience. Since that closed, I have for?
wonderful. enjoyed Cobalt and Town the most. Student loan forgiveness.
People were cheering and waving and they made us feel very welcome,
says the 27-year-old Wallingford, Conn., native (whos one-quarter Irish). Describe your dream wedding. What LGBT stereotype annoys you
It was Dignity Washingtons third time in the parade. A big wedding at the National Cathedral most?
Its very important for people to know that LGBT-identifying people want followed by a reception full of dancing Its not a stereotype its more of a
to be part of the greater church community, Testa says. We practice our and celebration. And a sushi chef. truth but Im tired of the racism within
faith just as any other Catholic would. the LGBT community. Sometimes its
Testa says he used to see St. Patricks Day as a party opportunity when he What non-LGBT issue are you most veiled by preference; other times its
was younger. He still likes to remember to wear green and enjoys the spirit of passionate about? quite blatant.
the day. Having grown up Catholic, Testa found Dignity online while looking Any issue that involves resistance
for arming churches. He makes announcements at each weeks Mass, held against the new regime. Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
every Sunday at 6 p.m. at St. Margarets Episcopal Church (1820 Connecticut I have loved To Wong Foo for years,
Ave., N.W.). Details at dignitywashington.org. What historical outcome would you but even more so since I got to meet
Testa teaches 11th grade math and special ed at D.C. Public Schools. A change? Julie Newmar a couple of years ago at
former Blade most eligible single, Testa is now seeing someone but leaves The outcome of the 2016 election. RuPauls DragCon. She signed a picture
it at that. He lives in Capitol Heights, Md., and enjoys dancing and kickball (Is for me and I had her write, To Vin,
eating a hobby?) in his free time. Whats been the most memorable pop Thanks for everything, Julie Newmar.
culture moment of your lifetime?
The death of Michael Jackson. I Whats the most overrated social
remember exactly where I was, who I custom?
was with and how people around me Bachelorette parties (sans gay men) at
began to react. gay clubs.

On what do you insist? What trophy or prize do you most
Respect and timeliness. covet?
If I werent a teacher, I would be an actor,
What was your last Facebook post or so I covet the Oscar.
Tweet?
At the time I write this, it was homage to What do you wish youd known at 18?
my mother for International Womens I wish I had known that it was OK to
Day, indicating how hard she has worked come out then, instead of later.
to get where she is today.
Why Washington?
If your life were a book, what would I always say that Washington is the
the title be? perfect amount of city. It has an excellent
You Wouldnt Believe it But its True balance of busyness and history. I also
have never felt more comfortable,
202.747.2077 condent and more loved than I have
since Ive been in Washington.
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DEBRA MONK as Mrs. Elva Miller in Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.

Signatures Mrs. Miller more easily mocked. But is she in on the gag?
The show is lled with great 60s tunes
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but that never stopped Mrs. Elva Miller
from singing her heart out. And despite or
because of her lousy voice and matronly
Prince. Her improbably whimsical nightclub
costumes ranging from fringes and go-go
boots to green beret and camouage dress
award-winning drummer
peter erskine
appearance, she became a singing come compliments of Jennifer Caprio.
phenomenon recording bad covers But Mrs. Miller is not a one-note joke
of contemporary pop hits during the piece. When her caterwauling grows a
increasingly turbulent mid-to-late 1960s. little tiresome, Monk is suddenly bathed

thursday, march 23
Prior to cutting four albums (the rst, in a warm spotlight and switches to her
Mrs. Millers Greatest Hits, sold more true clear and melodic singing voice
than 250,000 copies over three weeks in demonstrating how Mrs. Miller hears her
1966), 50-something Mrs. Miller lived a own voice. Its both touching and a relief.
quiet life with her much older husband Deftly staged by Lapine, the quirky
in conservative Claremont, Calif., where biographical dramedy boasts an
she sang in the choir and occasionally engaging and dynamic book. Lapine has
recorded hymns and childrens songs at won three Tony Awards for Best Book of a
her own expense. Then an enterprising Musical three times, for Into the Woods,
record producer recognized the comic Falsettos and Passion. Hes known
possibilities of her bad voice and secured for collaborating with out composers
Mrs. Miller a contract with Capitol Records Stephen Sondheim and William Finn.
to make albums featuring train wreck The interesting material is further
interpretations of Downtown, Moon elevated by Monks captivating, textured
River, Monday, Monday and more. The performance. She makes it clear that
public ate it up for a while. behind the nice manners and tight smile
In James Lapines entertaining new lies something much more complicated.
play with music Mrs. Miller Does Her Surrounding the preternaturally
Thing, now making its world premiere at upbeat Mrs. Miller are her sad sack
Signature Theatre, the playwright/director niece Joelle (Rebekah Brockman) who
pits his real-life title character against the blossoms from wallower to a socially
changing times. While those around her conscious feminist, and Simon (Corey
are aected by the burgeoning sexual Mach), her sunny accompanist-turned-
revolution, black power and anti-war conicted weed-smoking producer. And ~SAVE THE DATE!~
movements, Mrs. Miller (Debra Monk) theres her casually bigoted husband
remains unchanged. She adheres to the played brilliantly by Tony winner Boyd The final Jazz Heritage Series concert
older values of country, God and family. Gaines who grows increasingly frail and
Backed by a trio of initially squeaky clean miserable tucked away in a Claremont of the season is April 20th.
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24 hours at MGM National Harbor


Amenity-rich urban resort wows
By KEVIN NAFF
kna@washblade.com

MGMs new National Harbor is a stunning piece of modern architecture just outside D.C.
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The proximity of MGMs National lounge complete with Champagne and a arranged in front of those oor-to-ceiling cocktails mixed tableside. There are
Harbor casino and hotel to D.C. makes buet of snacks. Its clear from the outset windows. Who needs TV when you have oversized TVs for watching games and
it the perfect choice for a quick getaway. that this will be a pampered, high-end this view? All the latest cardio equipment live music and DJs are featured later in
And if youre looking for high-end experience with ve-star service. Opt for is featured, along with free weights and a the evening.
restaurants and retail, a stunning spa a spacious one-bedroom corner suite separate yoga studio. Dab your sweat on With a little liquid courage, we hit the
and tness center, a selection of indoor/ with oor-to-ceiling windows overlooking chilled towels. casino oor for some poker and roulette.
outdoor bars, or a state-of-the-art D.C.s monuments. Its perhaps the only 4 p.m. After a shower and catching up All the usual slots and table games are
theater, then you wont be disappointed. time bumper-to-bumper trac on the on work (free WiFi in all rooms, natch), I here, from separate areas for high-end
Oh, theres a casino, too. Beltway below wont stress you out, as meet my husband for a stroll around the gamblers (we met a guy who just lost
A piece of advice before planning your you take in the citys monuments and the expansive outdoor promenade, which $30,000) to penny slots. After winning
visit: Skip Friday and Saturday, when the planes taking o at National Airport. A circles the perimeter of the casino and $20, were late for dinner.
casino draws large crowds. Visit on a peerless view of D.C. ends in the back of the property where 8 p.m. Dinner at Voltaggio Brothers
Thursday or Sunday for a quieter, easier 1:30 p.m. Lunch at National Market, a a towering video screen and upbeat Steak House. This is a splurge for sure,
time of enjoying the many amenities food hall dining concept featuring nine music greet us on an unseasonably with lets starting at $50 and appetizers
here. I arrived on a Thursday afternoon upscale casual eateries, including Amos warm February day. We stop for a game around $20. Dont be intimidated by the
and departed Friday after lunch. Heres Los Tacos, Bahn Mi Vietnamese Kitchen of outdoor Bocce and watch a group of impressive wine list as a wine steward
how I spent a 24-hour staycation: and Honeys Fried Chicken and Donuts. I tourists play a round of corn hole. There will guide you. The setting is quiet and
opt for a sandwich from the District Deli are several outdoor bars and lounge comfortable, meant to replicate a home;
but only eat half because the culinary areas and, again, that view of the city. the food features Maryland inuences.
THURSDAY options here are impressive dont ll 6:30 p.m. Next on our itinerary: a Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are best
1 p.m. Check-in. The hotels second- up on lunch. hand-crafted cocktail at Felt, a lounge in known for their stint on Top Chef; their
oor lobby overlooks a bustling ground- 2:30 p.m. A workout at the tness the center of the casino action featuring
oor atrium and oers a VIP check-in center, where cardio equipment is friendly mixologists, comfy couches and CONTINUES ON PAGE 31
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MGMs spa oers an array of services and the locker rooms feature steam, sauna and hot tubs.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 nearly 1,000-square-foot suite. The up for the day. The spa is immaculate and suite is a whopping 3,210 square feet and
room features modern dcor and those well appointed featuring Clarins skincare a one-of-a-kind place to impress clients.
Volt restaurant in Frederick, Md., remains windows wrap around to the bathroom products. 12:30 p.m. Lunch at Marcus. After an
a culinary hotspot. The steak house at and into a massive shower the size of 11 a.m. Property tour. By now Ive indulgent 24 hours, its time to go but not
MGM oers a range of cuts, including some city bedrooms. seen most of the resort, but am curious before a quick lunch at Marcus. Start with
American Wagyu strips and at irons and about the specialty suites and, of course, Aunt Mabels cornbread and the deviled
dry-aged ribeyes, NY strips and T-bones. the theater thats already attracting A-list eggs with duck salame and chicken
We opt for eight-ounce prime lets and
FRIDAY performers like Sting, Bruno Mars and, of cracklin. Sammys chicken and waes
the sauces sound so tempting that we 7 a.m. After a restful sleep, we order course, Cher (March 17-26; Aug. 31-Sept. are tempting, but we opt for slightly more
order all three: house-steak sauce, beer- room service from a menu devised by 10) . sensible salads. The service is friendly and
naise and sea bean chimichurri. celebrity chef and Chopped veteran With 3,000 seats, theres not a bad ecient and the dcor bright and upbeat.
The big-eye tuna starter is a take on Marcus Samuelson. We opt for the vantage point in the theater, which The modern American menu oers pork
steak tartar and not to be missed. An yogurt and egg white omelette, which features a hydraulic system enabling chops, blackened catsh, steak frites,
array of sides is oered a la carte; the are delivered within 30 minutes, hot and all sorts of seating congurations, from paella, burgers and more.
young broccoli is grilled perfectly with delicious. boxing in the round to stadium-style for MGM National Harbor is an impressive
charred lemon and garlic aioli, but the 9 a.m. Its o to the spa for a 50-minute concerts. If you can spring for the private addition to this growing area of P.G.
potato gratin steals the show with gruyere rebalancing massage. After changing box seats, youll nd your own bar and County that already oers Tanger outlets
and thyme. After all that, were too full for into a plush terry robe, Im escorted to catering and the option to watch from and the nearby Gaylord property. Theres
dessert. If theres a quibble here and, the gentlemens waiting area featuring your perch above or to move up front and a free shuttle to both from MGM. If
really, its minor the service is on the leather lounge chairs, big-screen TVs and watch from the oor. Because of MGMs youre not a gambler, this modern urban
aggressive side. We had four servers the days newspapers. There are several connection to its Vegas properties, the resort features plenty to do. The outdoor
helping us, they were all terric, but a massage options, including a sports National Harbor location is drawing lounge areas will surely be popular
tad obtrusive. In all, a ve-star dining massage, hot stone and something big-name talent to this intimate venue. Sunday Funday destinations all spring
experience. Make a reservation for a called sensational fusion massage with Where else can you see such big names and summer and with so many dining
special occasion and expect to spend a percussive movement and customized in such a small setting? options, you can try a dierent restaurant
few hundred dollars with wine. ow. Will have to go back and try that If youre a high-roller or looking for a on subsequent visits. Keep an eye on the
10 p.m. After lingering over dinner, we one. After your massage, retreat to the spectacular way to wow clients, consider theater schedule its impressive and
decide to walk o some of those calories locker room area where youll nd a booking one of the MGMs suites. The diverse (Sarah Silverman performs April
and stroll through the busy casino and eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna and presidential suite is nearly 2,500 square 22; Ricky Martin is here May 5-6, followed
again outside on the promenade before hot tub. Showers are spacious and feature feet with two king bedrooms and plenty of by the Temptations and Four Tops on
heading to a comfy king-size bed in our all the products you need to get cleaned dining and lounge space. The chairmans May 13; Idina Menzel arrives July 9).
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THURSDAY MARCH 16
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SOULE
MONDE
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FRIDAY MARCH 17
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AN EVENING WITH IAN & CHAD


W/ ALLIE MOSS Reel Armations hosts double bill
SUN, MARCH 19
AN EVENING WITH Reel Armations screens BWOY and The Watermelon Woman at Human
RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) on Friday, March 24.
THURS, MARCH 23 BWOY tells the story of a man (Anthony Rapp) who becomes involved in an
LAITH AL-SAADI W/ SARAH BORGES online love aair with a young, Jamaican man (Jimmy Brooks). The lm is written
and directed by John G. Young. Classic lesbian lm The Watermelon Woman PHOTO BY BRIAN WALMER; USED WITH PERMISSION
THURS, MARCH 23 screens from 9:30-11:30 p.m. The lm, restored for its 20th anniversary, stars
LIVE NATION & THE HAMILTON PRESENT Cheryl Dunye as she begins researching an actress, known as the Watermelon
YACHT ROCK REVUE Woman, and discovers the actress was a lesbian. Stevie Nicks, Hearts
(AT THE FILLMORE SILVER SPRING) Rayceen Pendarvis hosts both screenings. General admission tickets are $12.
Ann Wilson to perform
VIP tickets are $25 and include VIP seating, one complimentary cocktail, beer
FRI, MARCH 24 NIGHT I or wine and movie candy or popcorn. For more information and to purchase
RED BARAAT tickets, visit reelarmations.org. Legendary rock divas Stevie Nicks and
FESTIVAL OF COLORS Ann Wilson of Heart visit the area with
W/ GANAVYA AND SHILPA RAY their respective tours.
Nicks brings her 24 Karat Gold Tour
SAT, MARCH 25 NIGHT II to Royal Farms Arena (201 W Baltimore
RED BARAAT St., Baltimore) on Sunday, March 26 at
FESTIVAL OF COLORS 7 p.m. Nicks will perform hits from her
W/ DJ AYES COLD AND THE KOMINAS work as a solo artist and from Fleetwood
Mac, along with deeper album cuts she
TUES, MARCH 28
hasnt performed live on other tours.
CHUCK PROPHET Tickets range from $49-150. For details,
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AND THE BOTTLE ROCKETS stevie-nicks.
Wilson drops by the Birchmere (3701
THURS, MARCH 30
Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) on
AN EVENING WITH Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. She
BRASS-A-HOLICS will perform Heart hits as well as her own
FRI, MARCH 31 recordings. Tickets are $110.
THE HAMILTON LIVE AND WPA PRESENT For more information, visit birchmere.com.
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& CHRISTINA COURTIN PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BOULDER PHILHARMONIC Dierent Drummers
W/ HOLLY BOWLING: A PART OF celebrates gay composers
THE 2017 SHIFT FESTIVAL OF
AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS Shift Festival unites North American orchestras D.C.s Dierent Drummers presents its
SAT, APRIL 1 Glitter and be Gay concert celebrating
RODNEY CROWELL W/ SCOTT MILLER The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) and Washington Performing Arts LGBT composers at the Church of the
present Shift: A Festival of American Orchestra March 28-April 1. Epiphany (1317 G St., N.W.) on Saturday,
SUN, APRIL 2 Orchestras collaborate to spotlight North American orchestras of all sizes. The March 25 at 7 p.m.
THE HILLBENDERS PRESENT Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Knights and North Music from LGBT composers from
THE WHOS TOMMY: A BLUEGRASS OPRY Carolina Symphony will perform. On Tuesday, March 28 at 10 a.m. there will also dierent centuries and spanning various
be a free symposium at the Library of Congress featuring a group of panelists styles will be performed. Composers
discussing the challenges orchestras face. whose work will be honored include
Tickets are $25 for the performances. For a list of show times and more details, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Ronald
visit kennedy-center.org. Fallas, Julie Giroux, Jennifer Higdon, Elton
John and more. Tickets are $20.
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DANCE Collections: Master Drawings from
Seven Centuries. Thru Jul 16. nga.gov.
Russian National Ballet Theatre: National Geographic. @NatGeo: The
Chopiniana and Carmen. Mar 18. The Most Popular Instagram Photos. Thru
Sleeping Beauty. Mar 19. GMU Center Apr 30. Earth Explorers. Thru Sep 10.
for the Arts. cfa.gmu.edu. nglive.org.
Dance Metro DC. Mar 18-Mar 19. National Museum of Women in
Dance Place. danceplace.org. the Arts. Bold Broadsides and Bitsy
UP! Dance Project. Mar 18. Joy Books. Thru Mar 17. New Ground:
of Motion. Jack Guidone Theater. The Southwest of Maria Martinez and
joyofmotion.org. Laura Gilpin. Thru May 14. nmwa.org.
National Portrait Gallery. Bill Viola: The
MUSIC Moving Portrait. Thru May 7. One Life:
Babe Ruth. Thru May 21. npg.si.edu.
Loston Harris. Mar 18. AMP. Kreeger Museum. RE-VISION: Looking
Nufonia Must Fall ampbystrathmore.com. anew at the art of Philip Johnson and
Mar 18. Washington Performing Arts at GW Lisner Auditorium. WNO: Champion. Thru Mar 18. the design of The Kreeger. Thru Jul 29.
washingtonperformingarts.org. NSO: Bruckners First Symphony/ kreegermuseum.org.
A tender love story between a robot and a human comes magically to life Mozarts Third Violin Concerto. Thru Library of Congress. World War I:
through the imagination of scratch DJ/music producer Kid Koala. Mixing live Mar 18. WNO: Stars of Tomorrow: American Artists View the Great War.
puppet theater, video, string quartet, electric ukulele, turntables, percussion, The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Thru May 5. Mapping a Growing
and sound eects, Koala has adapted his own, beloved graphic novel for a in Concert. Mar 17. Kennedy Center. Nation: From Independence to
multi-sensory experience. kennedy-center.org. Statehood. Thru Sep 1. loc.gov.
Ethan Foote. Mar 22. Strathmore.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Mar 21-Mar 22. Kennedy Center.
strathmore.org.
Cameron Carpenter and
GALLERIES
kennedy-center.org. the International Touring The Art League. March Open Exhibit.
The sensational and hilarious all-male dance troupe performs in drag and Organ. Mar 23. Washington Thru Apr 2. Netted: Morphological
en pointe. Dance enthusiasts and casual audiences alike will be amazed and Performing Arts. Strathmore. State of Our Urban Space. Thru Apr 2.
entertained by the technical skill and uproarious antics of the Trocks. washingtonperformingarts.org. theartleague.org.
Emerson String Quartet. Mar Waverly Street Gallery. Somerset
Fickle: A Fancy French Farce 19. Smithsonian Associates. Baird Artists Exhibition. Thru Apr 8.
Thru Mar 26. Olney Theatre Center. Auditorium. smithsonianassociates.org. waverlystreetgallery.com.
olneytheatre.org. Dan: St. Patricks Day Celebration. Zenith Gallery. Rejuvenate with Art:
Prepare for disguises, mistaken identities, palace intrigues and improbable Mar 17. GMU Center for the Arts. Celebrating 39 Years. Mar 17-Apr
romance in this delightful comic romp that ends, of course, in more than one cfa.gmu.edu. 29. Into The Woods. Thru Apr 29.
surprising marriage. Don Pasquale. Mar 18-Mar 26. zenithgallery.com.
In Series. GALA Hispanic Theatre. Glen Echo Park. New Fiber Arts
Tim Doud: Prologue inseries.org. Instructors. Thru Apr 1. Sara Dittrich:
Thru Apr 1. gallery Neptune & Brown. Kruger Brothers and Kontras Arrhythmia of the Body. Thru Apr 2.
galleryneptunebrown.com. Quartet. Mar 19. Music of Amy Walt Bartman: Journey. Mar 18-Apr 2.
Prologue is Tim Douds rst solo exhibition in Washington, DC to feature his oil Beach: Three by Three. Mar 22. glenechopark.org.
and charcoal portraits spanning twenty years. When creating each work, Doud National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. Goethe-Institut. Games and Politics
develops an up close and intimate relationship with the sitter while remaining Axelrod String Quartet. Mar (Spiele und Politik). Thru Mar 29.
traditional in his practice of drawing and painting directly from life. 18-19. Smithsonian Associates. goethe.de.
Museum of American History. Korean Cultural Center DC. Making It
PHOTO COURTESY OF WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS smithsonianassociates.org. New: Perspectives on Korean Heritage
Brahms Requiem. Mar 18. in Art. Thru Mar 27. koreaculturedc.org.
National Philharmonic. Strathmore. Studio 3700. Modern Makers, Modern
nationalphilharmonic.org. Quilts. Thru Mar 27. arlingtonarts.org.
Hanka G., Jazz Soul Singer. Mar
THEATRE Ragtime. Thru May 20. Fords Theatre.
fords.org.
17. The Embassy Series. Embassy of
Slovakia. embassyseries.org.
AND MORE...
Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. Thru Mar Parade. Thru Apr 8. Keegan Theatre. Amid a Crowd of Stars. Mar Cinematsuri. Mar 19-Mar 23.
26. Midwestern Gothic. Thru Apr 30. keegantheatre.com. 19. Cathedral Choral Society. National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Signature Theatre. signature-theatre.org. An Evening of Kyogen: Shigeyama Washington National Cathedral. E St. Cinema.
Three Sisters. Thru Apr 23. No Kyogen Troupe. Mar 21. Library of cathedralchoralsociety.org. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Sisters. Thru Apr 23. Studio Theatre. Congress. loc.gov. John Eaton. Mar 19. The Barns. Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival.
studiotheatre.org. The Second City: Were All in This wolftrap.org. Mar 23-Apr 2. JCCNV. Angelika Film
Ex Machina/Robert Lepage: Needles Room Together. Mar 22-Mar 26. The Center & Cafe at Mosaic. jccnv.org.
and Opium. Thru Mar 18. Teatro El
Pblico: Antigonn, un contingente
Barns. wolftrap.org.
Rock of Ages. Mar 17-Apr 1. Reston
MUSEUMS Death Records from the
Numerical Identication System.
pico. Mar 21-Mar 22. Sundance Community Players. CenterStage at National Archives. Amending Mar 23. National Archives.
Institute: Theater by Palestinians: RCC. restonplayers.org. America. Thru Sep 4. archivesfoundation.org.
Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Back to Methuselah: As Far As archivesfoundation.org. Physicist Lawrence Krauss: Why Are
Ali? Mar 23-Mar 24. Shear Madness. Thought Can Reach. Mar 23-Apr 16. National Gallery of Art. Della Robbia: We Here? Mar 22. Smithsonian
Thru Jun 11. Kennedy Center. Washington Stage Guild. Undercroft Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Associates. Baird Auditorium.
kennedy-center.org. Theatre. stageguild.org. Florence. Thru Jun 4. The Woodner smithsonianassociates.org.
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This spring, the Kennedy Center is shining a spotlight
on thrilling productions helmed by some of the worlds
most brilliant and acclaimed directors.

Cherry blossom-inspired cocktails are all the rage this month in Washington.

Cherry tree buds inspire that is more spring-forward than cherry-


focused, head to Georgetowns 1789
creative local cocktails Restaurant (1226 36th St., N.W.) for the
Sparkling Sumire (violet in Japanese),
By KRISTEN HARTKE which concentrates on oral combinations
in the celebration of the arrival of spring.
Its been a tough winter for the cherry Look for jasmine tea-infused Dolin Blanc
blossom trees, getting a variety of mixed vermouth and Creme de Violette liqueur
signals from Mother Nature as to when topped o with prosecco and citrus.
they should pop. Luckily for the rest of For something that actually tastes of
us, the bars and restaurants of D.C. are the season, head to Tredici Enoteca at
lling their menus with cherry blossom- the St. Gregory Hotel (2033 M St., N.W.)
inspired goodies. for the Evolution, combining cherry Antigonn,
Ironically, this means that often food blossom-infused botanical gin with brut un contingente pico
and drinks are avored with cherries, Champagne, fresh citrus, agave nectar
despite the fact that cherries arent and hibiscus dust, garnished, of course,
actually in season for a few more with a cherry blossom. Teatro El Pblico (Cuba) Plus a collaboration
months, although a few restauranteurs Highlighting a Lenten season culinary
are bucking that trend. But, hey, whos custom, chef David Guas oers Sour Antigonn, with Sundance Institute
quibbling? Think spring, no matter what Cherry Hot Cross Buns at Bayou Bakery, un contingente pico Theatre Program
the weather may bring.
Start with the Cherry Blossom Pub
Coee Bar & Eatery (901 Pennsylvania
Ave., S.E.), packed with cherries and spice
Directed by Carlos Daz theater by
March 21 & 22
(1843 and 1841 Seventh St., N.W.), a new and dripping in sugary glaze. Have it with Palestinians
seasonal pop-up by mixology maestro one of their signature Bloody Marys
not because it has anything to do with World premiere, Sabab Theatre (Kuwait)
Derek Brown that overtakes his two Shaw US premiere
bars, Mockingbird Hill and Southern cherry blossoms, just because theyre Petrol Station
Eciency. Youll nd a more esoteric take spicy and delicious. Written and directed by
Where Can I Find
on the cherry blossom theme here, with a The focus at Bourbon Steak at Four Sulayman Al Bassam Someone Like You, Ali?
primary focus on Japanese-inspired drinks Seasons Hotel (2800 Pennsylvania March 23 & 24
and food, including a cocktail that feels like Ave., N.W.) is far more Japanese, and, March 2426
an updated take on those Melonball drinks unsurprisingly, places the emphasis
that were all the rage back in the 80s, on meat, with a side of sake. Chef Joe Thtre des Bouffes du Nord (France) Creative Tensions:
blending unltered sake with Midori and Palma is highlighting a Duo of Japanese Battlefield HOME
Green Chartreuse liqueurs and cucumber Wagyu steaks, with each cut representing Directed by Peter Brook March 25
melon, and a pork cutlet served on white a dierent prefecture, Miyazaki and
bread with wasabi mustard. Kagoshima. Presented in a traditional
March 29April 2
Chef Michael Schlows various Bento box crafted from the Sakura wood
properties will be highlighting cherries of cherry blossom trees, the beef is
across their menus. At Casolare (2505 accompanied by two special sakes: Junmai tICKEtS ON SALE NOW!
Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) in Glover Park, look
for a housemade gelato sundae topped
Daigingo Hattannishiki, a food-friendly
sake with notes of banana, melon and star
tKC.CO/DIRECtORS | (202) 467-4600
with the luscious Amarena cherries from anise, and Evoluzione Crazy Milk Nigori, a Tickets also available at the Box Office.
Italy, while, over at Altra Strada (475 K creamy sake brewed at the foot of Mount Groups call (202) 416-8400.
St., N.W.) in D.C. and also 2911 District Katsuragi, with a avor reminiscent of For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540.
Ave. in Fairfax, Va.), newly installed coconut and lychee, with a touch of vanilla.
executive pastry chef Alex Levin, lately of
Osteria Morini, has created an almond- CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
International Theater is underwritten by HRH Foundation.
crusted tartlet lled with seasonal fruit Additional support for International Theater is provided by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
and accompanied by vanilla bean gelato International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
and more Amarena cherries. and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.

For a sparkling and herbaceous cocktail adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.


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TODAY
Cher kicks o her spring residency at
MGM National Harbor (101 MGM National
Ave., Oxon Hill, Md.) tonight at 8 p.m. Her
other show dates include March 19-20,
March 23 and March 25-26. Tickets range
from $125-686. For more information,
visit ticketmaster.com.
Caribbean jazz band Eastern Standard
Time gives a St. Patricks Day performance
at Lost & Found (1240 9th St., N.W.)
tonight from 8-11 p.m. No cover. For
details, visit facebook.com/estmusic.
Acre121 (1400 Irving St., N.W.) hosts
Luck of the Irish, a St. Pattys Day party,
from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight. Rock bands
Mr. Blonde and Black Dog Prowl will
perform. There will be drink specials and
green beer. For more information, visit
facebook.com/acre121.
U Street Music Hall (1115 U Street
PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANK
N.W.) celebrates its seventh anniversary
with a set by Black Coee and DJ Lisa DJ LISA FRANK spins at U Street Music Hall on Friday, March 17.
Frank. Doors open at 10 p.m. The show
is 18 and over. Cover is $20. For more
details, visit ustreetmusichall.com. Code Redux Play Party is at Glorious Bistro (1727 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) Speaking as Resistance at Petworth
Health Club (2120 West Virginia Ave., N.E.) tonight from 8-10 p.m. The group will Citizen (829 Upshur St., N.W.) tonight from
SATURDAY, MARCH 18 tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Admission is perform music dedicated to the 90s. 7-9 p.m. Queer poets Taylor Johnson,
$25 and includes a free drink ticket. Fetish Christopher Richardson is this months Danielle Reed and PeaceJah will read. For
The Imperial Court of Washington dress code is required. For more details, feature performer. Poet Drew Anderson more information, visit facebook.com/
has its Black and Blue Ball at the D.C. visit facebook.com/codedc. also performs. Don Mike Mendoza and outwritedc.
Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) today from Chaotic Events presents American Regie Cabico host. General admission is The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30
6-9:30 p.m. The annual event honors the Horror Party, an American Horror $15 at the door. Tickets are $10 at the door p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St.,
Prince and Princess Royale. Tickets are Story theme party, at Blind Whino (700 with receipt from Bistro Bistro. Student S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations
$20. All proceeds benet the charities Deleware Ave., S.W.) tonight from 7 p.m.- and senior tickets are $7 with ID. Non- required and new comers welcome. If
My Sisters Place, CrossOver Healthcare 3 a.m. Guests are encouraged to dress performing LTD alumni tickets are $5. For you need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
Ministries, Pets with Disabilities and up based on the themes from any of the more information, visit latido.wixsite.com.
Rainbow Families. Formal attire is six seasons. Cash prizes are available for THURSDAY, MARCH 23
encouraged. For more information, visit best costume. Online general admission TUESDAY, MARCH 21
facebook.com/imperialcourtdc. is $20 and $25 at the door. For details, Organist Cameron Carpenter brings
The D.C. Center presents Gay Nightlife visit facebook.com/thechaoticevents. Gay Mens Chorus of Washington his International Touring Organ to
in D.C.: Past and Present, today from 18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., has its Open Mic Night: Divapalooza, a the Music Center at Strathmore (5301
noon-2 p.m. This interactive workshop N.W.) hosts a Washington Improv Theater showtune singa-along, at Cobalt (1639 R Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, Md.)
will discuss gay nightlife past and present Fundraiser Drag Brunch today from 1-3 St., N.W.) tonight from 8-11 p.m. Sheet tonight at 8 p.m. The program includes
and how identity plays a role in the club p.m. Tickets are $35 and includes one music will be provided but guests can Oblivion by Piazzolla, Naiades
atmosphere. Food will be provided. Space brunch entre and one champagne cocktail bring their own for the accompanist, and Carillon de Westminister by
is limited and registration is required. For or glass of pinot grigio. $15 of proceeds Alex Tang. Drink specials will be Vierne, among others. Tickets range
more information, visit thedccenter.org/ benet Washington Improv Theater. There available. For details, visit facebook.com/ from $35-75. For more details, visit
events/gay-nightlife-in-dc-past-present. will also be drink specials. Performers gaymenschorusofwashington. Washingtonperformingarts.org.
Gay/Bash is at Trade (1410 14th St., include Goldie Grigio and other surprise The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. There performers. Brent Wingate hosts. DJ Khelan hosts its FUK!T Packing Party from holds a happy hour today from 5-7:30
will be performances by Moon Baby, Bhatia plays music. For more information, 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit p.m. All drinks are half price. There will
Summer Camp, Salvadora Dali, Jaxknife visit facebook.com/ughcomedy. thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com. be pool, video gaming systems and
and Jane Saw. The Barber Streisand spins cards. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. DJ
tracks. Donna Slash hosts. There will be SUNDAY, MARCH 19 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Bling, DJ Freaky and DJ Tim-Nice will
shows at 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. There is play music. For more information, visit
no cover. For details, search Gay/Bash Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts CAGLCC hosts its ninth annual LGBT bachelorsmill.com.
on Facebook. its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today Mega Networking and Social Event at The D.C. Anti-Violence Project hosts a
The Ladies of Lure host Bare: Military from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from meeting at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
Style at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight for an all-you-can-eat buet. For more 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thousands of LGBT N.W.) tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. The project
from 10 p.m.- 3 a.m. DJ Keenan and DJ Jai details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com. professionals will gather together to nd works to reduce violence against LGBT
Syncere will play music. There will be drink connections and recruit new employees. individuals through community outreach,
specials. Cover is $7 before midnight and MONDAY, MARCH 20 Admission is free but registration is education and assisting members of anti-
$10 after. For more information, visit required. Visit caglcc.org for details. LGBT violence. For more details, visit
facebook.com/lurewdc. La Ti Do performs The 90s at Bistro OutWrite presents Warrior Poets: thedccenter.org
SHIFT your expectations.
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SHIFT your senses.


SHIFT your spirit.

IMAGE COURTESY OF BENBELLA BOOKS

FBI/Mob showdown set in for as long as possible, because Scores


would be the citys rst and most notorious
90s strip club makes for upscale gentlemens club and there were
suspenseful tale rules against what a customer would nd
inside those Upper East Side doors.
Because of the novelty and the
entertainment it oered, Scores was
successful more successful than
Blutrich had ever thought. He rode a
wave that made him a rich and semi-
famous man, at least until the FBI caught
up with him and made him an oer he
couldnt refuse.
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER has been reading And, of course, thats far from the
since she was 3 years old.She lives in Wisconsin end of the tale. Whats left to say about
with two dogs and 12,000 books. Reach her at
bookwormsez@yahoo.com. Scores involves rompishness, humor,
surprisingly heart-pounding chapters, a
Im telling! little Goodfellas, a little Boogie Nights
If you were ever a child, that whine is and quite a bit of fun.
familiar to you. It indicated a tattletale That last appeal comes in the form March 27April 1, 2017
nearby, a secret spilled to Mom and of overgrown tales, courtesy of author
somebody about to be in trouble. Michael D. Blutrichs memories of what Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Whatever. Annoying as it was, Im happened inside his gentlemens club
telling never hurt much more than your every evening for nearly ve years. Boulder Philharmonic
with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance
pride then. Today, as in the new book Readers who remember the most
Scores by Michael D. Blutrich, serious infamous discos of the 70s will nd North Carolina Symphony
snitching can get a guy killed. something familiar in that, updated to the
How does it happen that a gay man 1990s but no less outrageous. The Knights
with San Francisco Girls Chorus
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SCORES: HOW I OPENED THE HOTTEST
And then the maa arrived. STRIP CLUB IN NEW YORK CITY, WAS SHIFT is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities,
an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
In order to operate, the partners were EXTORTED OUT OF MILLIONS BY THE
GAMBINO FAMILY, AND BECAME ONE Additional support is provided by Abramson Family Foundation,
told, they would need protection, which OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MAFIA Betsy and Robert Feinberg, Morton and Norma Lee Funger, and Daniel R. Lewis.
would involve some of New Yorks biggest INFORMANTS IN FBI HISTORY SHIFT is presented in association with JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.
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Johnson says broadcast bug bit around age 6


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 JOHNSON: Yeah, I listened to her in about interesting things that make life the show and are any of them veterans
South Florida on the station where I grew worthwhile and we cant pretend that of Dianes show?
want to be. I dont think what weve done up, WLRN. I never thought Id be her doesnt matter. JOHNSON: I think we have 11. Two
in our rst month will compare to what successor, but yeah, I listened to her for of them were former producers on her
well be doing a year from now or ve years. BLADE: Does the 1A format give team. The rest are new hires.
years from now. you more opportunity to weigh in than
BLADE: How do you decide on the other journalism posts youve had? BLADE: Do you anticipate getting
BLADE: When things are crazy, do balance between meat-and-potatoes JOHNSON: No. My job is still to be an more mileage out of the Trump
you get energized or stressed by that? news topics and lighter stu? analyst of the days events. This is not administration than you otherwise
JOHNSON: Probably a little bit of both. JOHNSON: I dont think its a matter of the Joshua Johnson show. Its not my would have?
I tend to be the kind of person that the balancing lightness against substance. platform to tell you what I think about the JOHNSON: Theres more to life in
crazier things are around me, the calmer The show we did on country music was news. Im still a reporter. But that doesnt Washington so I dont look to any one
I get, which is how I survived breaking very substantive. What were always mean I cant call out inconsistencies. The sector of the news as my bread and
news. But you have to be on the outer trying to gure out is what is it about other day we had a guest who kind of butter. Also, public radio is very
edge of your comfort zone in order to todays show that a fan would tell their fudged an answer on climate change and committed to the idea of localism so
grow, so I just accepted that that was friends, You gotta listen to todays 1A. I (called him out). But I can do it in a way we cant allow the current political climate
going to be the way it was going to be Why? How do you answer that? if you that hews to evidence and fact and not to eclipse all of that because then youre
some days or maybe even most days. start there and work backwards, you can just my belief. basically saying that localism doesnt
build a great show. So even if its a lighter matter anymore so we keep that all in
BLADE: Was it hard to leave San topic like country music today or the BLADE: Theres so much obfuscation perspective.
Francisco? Grammy Awards or the Super Bowl, we in partisan discussions, though. How
JOHNSON: It was really, really hard never want it to feel like, OK everybody, do you press people for clarity without BLADE: Even though 1A is
but this opportunity was worth it. we know life is really hard so were just sounding partisan, at least at times? distributed throughout the country,
gonna give you some sugar and candy for JOHNSON: The way weve been doing doesnt it seem slightly odd considering
BLADE: Have you had any time to an hour. Thats not good enough. Even it what we do works. You do your WAMUs push for live and local to have
explore Washington much yet? if its not politics or not some trouble-in- homework, you do smart shows, you brought you in from San Francisco?
JOHNSON: No. I live a few blocks from the-world topic, it still has to be time well ask smart questions and you dont worry Some listeners were predicting a
the station here in Van Ness, so I walk to spent. Plus, I get bored easily, so I get about whether people like you or are Washington person. Do you know how
work because I cannot take a snow day. tired of talking about the troubles of the comfortable with it. Im here to perform many names were in the hat?
And everything I need is right here, the world all day. . It cant be all sugar but it a service as a journalist. For me to start JOHNSON: I dont. Ive heard dierent
grocery store, the gym and so on. Once cant be all steak. worrying about it now is to doubt the very numbers but I honestly dont know nor
I get a better handle on the workload, Ill reasons I came here. Facts still matter, do I know who they were. As for live and
be able to get out more and see the city. BLADE: Some people are saying the truth is still the truth and there are local, we are live and we are a program
theres been more sugar though lately. still such things as facts. People know and from WAMU. I think its important to the
BLADE: Were you intimidated to The Super Bowl show got some ak. understand what the NPR standard is and DNA of public radio that local stations
accept? JOHNSON: It depends whose table outlets that dont follow that standard are a provider of national programming
JOHNSON: Not really. . I think I was youre dining at. I think there are dierent I dont need to worry about people who (gives examples). We are Washingtons
more grateful and humble. I felt very ways to talk about dierent things. I deal in that kind of foolishness. NPR station and we think the ability of
ready. Like, Yeah Ive been preparing did have a listener who got very snooty WAMU to produce shows like 1A and
for this for 30-plus years. about the Super Bowl show . but there BLADE: How do you decide if youre Big Listen is something we can be
are many aspects to a cultural event like going to pick up a thread after a break proud of. (Allman says Johnsons outsider
BLADE: You say you had this dream that that are worthy of discussion. Just or not? status was a plus. [We liked that] he
since age 5 or 6. How was this type of because people listen to NPR doesnt JOHNSON: It depends whats coming wasnt from D.C., is not wowed by the
thing even on your radar at that age? mean they dont watch football and just up after the break. If we have a guest we Beltway. He brings a completely dierent
JOHNSON: Well, Kermit the Frog because they listen to NPR doesnt mean need to get to or we have other questions perspective on the country. He gives the
played a reporter on Sesame Street. they dont like pop music. that segue into that thought. Being in audience something new, someone they
. I grew up seeing Ed Bradley on 60 the studio is basically air trac control didnt know so it doesnt just seem like
Minutes or Bernard Shaw on CNN or BLADE: True, but hasnt NPR always because we have guests in the studio, the business of shuing people around.)
Dwight Lauderdale on my local Miami sort of been that hub where you could remote guests, my script, my questions,
ABC station. Seeing those black men get something you couldnt just get Im watching the clock, I have a timer that BLADE: You seem a bit more abrupt
doing what I wanted to do just instantly anywhere else? If ESPN is doing round- counts down to certain elements, then than Diane. Do you agree?
clicked for me. I always had an anity the-clock sports coverage, do we really I have another screen that shows me JOHNSON: I try not to be. If I interrupt,
for broadcasting. I just didnt know what need to hear about sports on NPR too? e-mails and Tweets and Facebook posts I try to apologize for it unless theyre
form it would take. JOHNSON: But we dont talk about the and if we receive a voicemail during the just going o the deep end. I try to be as
Super Bowl like ESPN would talk about it. show, we can play that. I have my laptop, respectful as I can but that doesnt mean
BLADE: So was it something you We didnt get caught up in stats and whos which has more communication, Im in we have time to let everybody nish their
chose or did it choose you? up and whos down. We talked about touch with the control room and the thought.
JOHNSON: Well, it has to be both. Just it more broadly, about what was going newsroom upstairs and its all happening
because destiny knocks doesnt mean on in Houston and sort of the politics at once. There are all these dierent BLADE: How serious are you and
you have to answer. It went through a around the event, the cost of buying an elements that I have to make balance your boyfriend? Any plans for him to
lot of permutations of whether I would ad there and so on. We tried to make it so its a lot of plate spinning. It will be move out here eventually as well?
answer or how I would answer and then really fun. One thing public media serves dierent every single day and I have to JOHNSON: He owns a barbershop in
eventually it became that one thing that I is to give people a diverse view on the gure out in the moment what were San Francisco so there are some moving
knew if I didnt go after, Id regret the rest world. Anybody who thinks public media going to next and if its duplicative of what parts wed have to gure out. For now,
of my life. is designed to be all meat and potatoes we just said, how much time we have left were doing the bicoastal thing. Well
all the time has clearly never heard Car and so on. make it work.
BLADE: Had you been a big listener Talk or Wait Wait Dont Tell Me.
of The Diane Rehm Show? These are just wonderful shows that are BLADE: How many people work on CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Les Ballets
trockadero
de Monte Carlo
tory dobrin, Artistic director

Parody and
virtuosic technique...
in glittering tandem.
-The New York Times

PHOTO FROM THE BRADY HANDY COLLECTION; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA

A long-lost work by WALT WHITMAN has been rediscovered. The celebrated writer lived in
Washington for a decade.

Jack Engle novel considered didnt know what I was looking for until
I found it.
major literary nd Whitman represents an ethos that he
helped establish, Turpin said, a uniquely
By KATHI WOLFE diverse, open and inclusive denition of
what it means to be an American. In his
Buried literary treasures arent often preface to the rst edition of Leaves of
found. Grass, Whitman said, The United States
But last summer Zachary Turpin, themselves are essentially the greatest

Photo by Sascha Vaughan


a graduate student at the University poem. Here is not merely a nation but a
of Houston, discovered Life and teeming nation of nations.
Adventures of Jack Engle, a lost novel Jack Engle reminds us that in the
by Walt Whitman that had appeared in 1850s, Whitman was unsure of what he
1852 as a serial in The Sunday Dispatch, was going to be in this world (a novelist?,
a New York newspaper. The story of an journalist? poet?), Turpin said.
orphans adventures was published three Its fair to say that Whitman was queer,
years before Leaves of Grass, perhaps, though that term wouldve meant nothing
the most original, unclassiable work to him then, Turpin said. Nineteenth
of American literature. On Feb. 20, Jack century sexuality was far less categorized
Engle was published online by the Walt than it is today.
Whitman Quarterly Review and its being Whitman, at age 43 in 1862, came to
released by the University of Iowa Press.
Previously, Turpin had found some
Washington, D.C., to volunteer as a nurse
in hospitals during the Civil War. Kim
March 21 & 22 | Opera House
lost articles by Whitman on health and Roberts, founding editor of Beltway Poetry with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
lifestyle. Discovering, another work by Quarterly, said in an e-mail to the Blade
Whitman was surreal, he said in an that these were pivotal years for Whitman.
e-mail to the Blade, I doubt anyone has He stayed for 10 years ... working tICKEtS ON SALE NOW!
thought, Today I will uncover a lost novel as a government clerk, writing over
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But the discovery wasnt glamorous, journalism, making life-long friends, Tickets also available at the Box Office.
Turpin said. Its the end result of month having experiences that would change
him profoundly, Roberts said.
Groups call (202) 416-8400.
after month of slow ... searches through
For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540.
online archives and databases what Whitman, Roberts said, wrote that he
scholar Stephen Ramsay calls, the considered his years in D.C. to be the
hermeneutics of screwing around. greatest privilege ... and most profound Support for Ballet at the Kennedy Center is generously provided by Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian.

Its a bit like falling in love, he said. I lesson of my life.


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The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington held performances of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying over the weekend at the Lincoln Theatre.
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LEXUS GS 350




VW CC R-Line, Lexus GS works well on the GS 350, amping up this cars
sport-sedan bona des. So do the engine and
among snappiest 2017 models exhaust notes that can be piped directly into

By JOE PHILLIPS

With all the hullabaloo over crossovers,


the cabin. Turn o that extra vroom, though,
and this is a quiet cruiser with virtually no road
noise or vibration. The interior is subtle chic,
despite some plastic trim, with easy-to-use


its easy to forget sedans still rule in many controls and well-padded seats. A 12-speaker
showrooms. This goes double for sport stereo is standard, but upgrade to the
sedans with their souped-up engines and 17-speaker Mark Levinson system for more
snappy styling. bliss. Another plus: the 12.3-inch, widescreen
infotainment display is huge and sits high on
VW CC R-LINE EXECUTIVE the dashboard for easy viewing. Following an
$38,000 industry trend, safety features that were once
Mpg: 22 city/31 highway optional are now de rigueur. This includes
0-to-60 mph: 6.5 seconds collision warning with emergency braking and
pedestrian detection. While handling is nimble,
Once upon a time, VW created the ill-fated its not as taut as some Euro contenders. For
Phaeton, a superb machine, to be sure, but that, youll need to plunk down an extra $4,000
with a stratospheric price tag. When that for the F Sport model.
agship amed out, the more aordable CC
sport sedan became the automakers premier BMW 540i xDRIVE
ride. With head-turning looks, the CC (Comfort $57,000
Coupe) mixes sleek, two-door styling with four- Mpg: 20 city/29 highway
door functionality. Its not boxy, like the Jetta, 0-to-60 mph: 4.9 seconds
Passat or even that spitre GTI tuner. But the
CCs swoopy rear means less headroom and If aliens typed sport sedan into their
legroom for back-seat passengers. And the social media feed, the redesigned BMW 5
low-ground clearance may remind some folks Series would likely pop up rst. Or at least it
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only jurisdictions where median prices 2016, while only 695 sales in higher- starts heating up, and these February g-
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ues to sizzle in February, exclaimed the started with 2016 median prices lower decreased from February 2016, a gure good values.
March 10 post from Real Business Intel- than the median price of $537,000 for representing just 22.6 percent of all the
ligence. And it indeed looked like good homes in D.C. in February 2016, while February sales.
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