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Anti-trans messages assert


you cant change sex

By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com

A bus that features anti-transgender


slogans is expected to stop in D.C. next
week. CitizenGO, which describes itself
as a community of active citizens who
work together by using online petitions
and action alerts as a resource to defend
and promote life, family and liberty, said
its #FreeSpeechBus will be in the nations
capital on April 3.
The bus is scheduled to make stops in
Boston and then New Haven, Conn., on
March 31. It is also expected to stop in
Philadelphia on April 1 and Baltimore on
April 2.
The bus, which is orange, contains
This bus, with messages attacking trans people, is slated to stop in D.C. next week.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LOGO CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

A look at LGBT rights in two as the three nalists in the process of selecting the
host city for the 2022 Gay Games. The FGG said it
cities competing with would select the winning city at its annual meeting in
Washington to host Gay Games October following visits by its site selection committee
to each of the three cities in June.
As many as 15,000 mostly LGBT athletes and as
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. many as 10,000 spectators are expected to attend
lchibbaro@washblade.com the Gay Games in 2018 in Paris, and its possible that
a similar number could turn out for the 2022 Gay
Advocates in Hong Kong and Guadalajara, Mexico Games, observers have said.
say LGBT rights and the quality of life for LGBT people Mayor Bowser and the City Council have expressed
have advanced signicantly over the past decade in strong support for D.C.s bid and the regions existing
their respective cities as they compete against D.C. to sporting venues, infrastructure, and its long record
host the 2022 Gay Games. of inclusive pro-LGBT laws make the city a strong
With the assistance of LGBT sports groups, both contender for the Gay Games, observers have said.
cities have submitted a bid to the Federation of A 300-plus page bid document submitted by Gay
Gay Games highlighting their citys reputation for Games Hong Kong 2022 and an LGBT sports group
hosting large international events and its ability to called Out in Hong Kong says eorts to bring the
accommodate tourists and visitors, especially LGBT Gay Games to Hong Kong have received active
The Gay Games attract thousands of athletes and visitors. support from the Hong Kong government, the
spectators; D.C. faces competition from two cities in its The FGG announced in February that Washington,
bid to host the 2022 event.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY D.C., Hong Kong and Guadalajara had been selected CONTINUES ON PAGE 15
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Comet Pizza gunman pleads guilty


A North Carolina man arrested in December for entering D.C.s gay-owned
Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant with an assault rie pleaded guilty in
federal court on Friday to charges of interstate transportation of a rearm and
ammunition and assault with a dangerous weapon.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorneys oce
dropped a third charge against defendant Edgar Maddison Welch possession
of a rearm during the commission of a crime of violence.
Welch, 28, told D.C. police he entered the restaurant on Dec. 4 armed with his
rie with the intent of breaking up a child sex ring that he learned was operating
inside a hidden room at the restaurant from stories posted on the internet.
Police said he surrendered peacefully after ring three shots to break open
the lock on an inside door at the restaurant and determined there were no signs
of a child sex ring.
As part of a plea bargain agreement signed by Welch, prosecutors also agreed
to recommend that Welch be sentenced to the middle range of non-binding JR.s manager DAVID PERRUZZA organized a fundraiser to benet Casa Ruby.
sentencing guidelines that suggest 18 to 24 months in prison for the rst charge WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

and 18 to 60 months for the second charge.


U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is presiding over the case,
is free to disregard sentencing guidelines. Under the criminal statutes linked to Casa Ruby fundraiser at JR.s pulls in $17,000
the two charges to which Welch pleaded guilty she could sentence Welch to no
incarceration or to a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A fundraiser on March 23 at the 17th Street, N.W. gay bar JR.s drew about 150 people
The plea agreement also calls for Welch to pay $5,744.33 in restitution to and pulled in more than $17,000 for Casa Ruby, the D.C. LGBT community services
cover the cost for repairing damage he caused at Comet Ping Pong by ring his center.
rie inside the restaurant. The fundraiser, organized by JR.s manager David Perruzza, took place less than
Jackson scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 22 and ordered that Welch two weeks after an attacker smashed the front door to Casa Rubys oces on Georgia
remain held in jail pending sentencing. Avenue, N.W., assaulted a transgender woman, and shouted anti-trans slurs and threats
Welch, dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, replied yes, maam, repeatedly at the centers clients.
in response to questions by the judge about whether his decision to plead guilty I know the only way we can stand against hate and intolerance is by coming together
was fully voluntary and not coerced and that he understood he was giving up his and raising our voices, said Ruby Corado, Casa Rubys founder and executive director,
right to a trial by jury. while standing amid the overowing crowd at the JR.s fundraiser.
The defendant was motivated, at least in part, by unfounded rumors about a And the people who showed up today are not only contributing their money but
child sex-tracking ring that was being perpetrated at Comet and that involved theyre also coming together to say to the people out there were standing together
nationally-known political gures, said a statement led by prosecutors in against violence, she said.
support of the guilty plea. Perruzza announced in a Go Fund Me campaign he created that the money would
The defendant had begun to focus on those rumors (known collectively as help Casa Ruby replace its damaged front door with a stronger, more secure security
Pizzagate rumors) on Dec. 1, 2016, principally by watching YouTube videos and system that would ideally prevent another attacker from breaking open the door.
reviewing related internet content, the statement says. The defendant then He said that through people attending the fundraiser, through purchases in a silent
took it upon himself to act in what he believed would be a violent confrontation auction held at the bar during the event, and through the Go Fund Me site, a total of
at the restaurant, according to the statement. $17,902 was raised as of March 23.
When he left home, the defendant carried with him, either on his person or D.C. police on March 13 arrested Andrew J. Cook, 20, of Southeast Washington on
otherwise in his car, three rearms and ammunition associated with each: (1) a charges of destruction of property, simple assault, and making threats to do bodily
9mm AR-15 assault rie loaded with approximately 29 rounds of ammunition; harm in connection with an incident at Casa Rubys oces on Georgia Avenue, N.W.,
(2) a fully loaded 6-shot .38 caliber pistol; (3) a loaded twelve-gauge shotgun; and one day earlier.
(4) a box of shotgun shells, the statement says. Corado said Cook, who identies as straight, had been a visitor at Casa Ruby during
Acting D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham at the time of the incident denounced the past several weeks prior to the incident and suddenly became violent after accusing
what he described as fake news that prompted Welch to drive from North some of the trans women of talking about him, according to a police arrest adavit.
Carolina to D.C. with rearms and ammunition that could have resulted in A D.C. Superior Court judge on March 14 released Cook from jail on his own
multiple deaths and injuries at a family restaurant. recognizance pending a hearing scheduled for April 3.
Comet Ping Pong, which is owned by gay businessman James Alefantis, Since the week of the incident there have been hundreds of people sending us love
became the target of harassing phone calls and death threats after the fake cards, making calls, emailing and sending messages on Facebook and other social
stories linking it to a pedophile ring were posted last year on social media outlets. networks, letting us know that were not alone, Corado said. So I take this moment as
LOU CHIBBARO JR. the coming together of our LGBT community to ght hate.
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Trumps Census includes, then cuts LGBT survey questions


Agency says proposed LGBT
categories inadvertently
included in report

By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

The inclusion of LGBT categories in the


Planned Subjects for the 2020 Census
Report unveiled on Tuesday must have
been music to the ears of LGBT advocates
seeking to include sexual orientation
and gender identity in federal surveys.
But the celebration was short-lived: The
U.S. Census on the same day announced
those categories were included in error.
Just days before its deadline, the U.S.
The U.S. Census proposed, then removed
Census delivered to Congress its report LGBT questions in the U.S. Census and
on planned subjects for the survey, American Community Survey.
including gender, age, race, ethnicity, IMAGE COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE

relationship and homeownership status.


Under law, the report is due three years
before Census Day, with the next one set
to occur April 1, 2020. American Community Survey, had LGBTQ people live in a community, how fair and adequate access to the rights,
Our goal is a complete and accurate ever included questions about sexual can it do its job to ensure were getting protections and services we need?
census, Census Bureau Director John orientation or transgender status. (In fact,
Thompson said in a statement. In no federal survey even during the Obama
planning for the 2020 Census, the Census years included questions on transgender
Bureau has focused on improving its status, although some included sexual-
address list by using imagery, nding ways orientation questions). Court nds anti-gay workforce
bias legal, still rules for gay plaintiff
to increase household self-response, With eorts to streamline the decennial
leveraging resources inside and outside U.S. Census, the addition of LGBT
the government, and making it easier questions would have been unlikely. The
and more ecient for census takers to inclusion of LGBT categories in the report
complete their work. Furthermore, for may indicate those categories were A federal appeals court ruled Monday anti-gay bias in the workplace is legal
the rst time ever, the decennial will initially planned for the more detailed under current federal civil rights law barring discrimination based on sex, but
oer an online response option with annual American Community Survey, nonetheless handed a victory to a gay plainti on the basis that the discrimination
the ultimate goal of improving question thentaken away. she faced amounted to illegal sex-stereotyping.
design and data quality while addressing The Blade has placed a call to the In a 15-page opinion, a three-judge panel on the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of
community concerns. Census Bureau seeking comment on why Appeals unanimously found precedent bars the court from concluding the
The report outlines the importance the LGBT categories were included in the global DDB Worldwide Communications Group illegally discriminated against
of including these questions in either report in the rst place and why those Matthew Christiansen for being gay under the Title VII of the Civil Rights of Act.
the decennial U.S. Census or the newer categories wereremoved. The per curiam opinion found a district court handling the Christiansen
and more detailed annual American LGBT advocates had been pressing v. Omnicom Group erred in its conclusion sexual-orientation discrimination
Community Survey, which was established for the inclusion of questions about constitutes sex discrimination under federal civil rights law, citing the 2000 decision
in 1985 and seeks to ascertain socio- sexual orientation and gender identity in in Simonton v. Runyon and the 2005 decision in Dawson v. Bumble & Bumble.
economic and housing statistics. federal surveysand criticizedthe Trump Because we are bound by the decisions of prior panels until such time as
But apparently an initial version of this administration for proposing to include they are overruled either by an en banc panel of our Court or by the Supreme
report went too far. The U.S. Census issued them in the U.S. Census or American Court...it [is] ordinarily...neither appropriate nor possible for [a panel] to reverse
a notice shortly afterward indicating the Community Survey, then immediately an existing Circuit precedent, the decision says. We thus lack the power to
report was corrected because the initial took them away. reconsider Simonton and Dawson.
appendix inadvertently included LGBT Meghan Maury, criminal and economic However, the court concluded Christiansen, whos openly gay and HIV positive,
categories. justice project director for the National made a compelling case he faced discrimination based on sex-stereotyping,
The Subjects Planned for the 2020 LGBTQ Task Force, said in a statement which the U.S. Supreme Court determined is unlawful in the 1989 decision of
Census and American Community the cut is the latest step from the Trump Price Waterhouse v. Coopers.
Survey report released today administration to deny LGBTQ people Christiansens complaint identies multiple instances of gender stereotyping
inadvertently listed sexual orientation freedom, justice, and equity. discrimination, the decision says. His complaint alleges that his supervisor
and gender identity as a proposed topic LGBTQ people are not counted on the described him as eeminate to others in the oce...and depicted him in tights
in the appendix, the statement says. Census no data is collected on sexual and a low-cut shirt prancing around. The complaint further alleges that the
The report has been corrected. orientation or gender identity, Maury Muscle Beach Party party poster, depicting Christiansens head attached to a
The National LGBTQ Task Force said. Information from these surveys bikini-clad female body lying on the ground with her legs in the air, was seen by
has downloaded and published helps the government to enforce federal at least one coworker as portraying Christiansen as a submissive sissy.
anunredacted copy of the report and laws like the Violence Against Women As a result, the court reverses the district court decision rejecting Christiansens
posted on its website an imageof the Act and the Fair Housing Act and to allegations of sex-stereotyping in the workforce, remanding the decision for
initial report and the redacted one determine how to allocate resources like reconsideration.
that followed. housing supports and food stamps. If CHRIS JOHNSON
Neither the U.S. Census, nor the the government doesnt know how many
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Gay candidate launches bid for Texas congressional seat


Duncan challenges immigration reform that includes a path to
legal status, Duncan said in a statement.
Republican who told Duncan faces signicant odds in
constituent to shut up defeating Rep. Joe Barton (R), a 32-year
incumbent who currently holds the seat
By CHRIS JOHNSON in the safe Republican district. Last year,
cjohnson@washblade.com Barton won the race with 58.3 percent of
the vote compared to the 39 percent won
A gay HIV/AIDS activist has launched by Democrat Ruby Fay Woolridge.
a bid for a Texas congressional seat Weeks ago as the town halls of
currently held by a 16-term Republican Republican members of Congress were
member of Congress who recently gained lled with opponents of Obamacare repeal,
notoriety for instructing a constituent to Barton became irate with constituents
shut up during a town hall meeting. who pressed him to support legislation to
Currently the compliance ocer at Prism combat violence against women, telling
Health North Texas, the largest non-prot one questioner, You, sir, shut up.
HIV/AIDS service organization in the area, Duncans campaign is set to kick o
Duncan declared in a statement Monday formally onApril 11 at J Gilligans Bar & Grill in
his intention to seek the Democratic JOHN W. DUNCAN has launched a bid for a Texas congressional seat. Arlington, Texas. It remains to be seen if other
nomination to run for the seat representing PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN W. DUNCAN CAMPAIGN candidates will enter the race. In the previous
Texas 6th congressional district. cycle, the candidate ling deadline was Dec.
Im excited to begin the campaign and 14 and the primary was March 1, but nothing
meet the voters of the 6th Congressional Duncan bills himself on his campaign identies as a lifelong Christian, which he has been set for the current cycle.
District, Duncan said. I am committed website as an advocate for the rights of says has inuenced the way I understand According to his campaign website,
to representing the people of Texas the most vulnerable. The candidate says immigration reform and refugees. Duncan lives in Arlington, Texas with his
with a vision of progress. I will utilize my he has been a vocal supporter ofmarriage In addition to representing the people, husband, Tim, whos a Christian minister,
constituents experiences, hopes, and equality and reproductive rights as well as of I commit to protecting health care and and their two rescue dogs, Dolce and Makea.
concerns to be a compassionate leader eorts to eliminate the racial and economic making it more aordable, improving our Here is the link to the Duncan for
who seeks change and expects results. injustices so rampant in our world. Duncan public schools and enacting comprehensive Congress campaign website.
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In loss for Trump, House pulls bill to repeal Obamacare


President directed
cancellation as near
certain defeat loomed
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

In a loss for President Trump, the U.S.


House withdrew legislation set for a vote
last Friday to repeal Obamacare.
Moments before the vote was
scheduled, the Republican-controlled
House cancelled the vote on the American
Health Care Act, a measure crafted by
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) The House pulled a vote on a health care bill
and endorsed by Trump. endorsed by President DONALD TRUMP.
Ryan said at a news conference WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY LEE WHITMAN

following the decision to withdraw the


bill that it was a disappointing day for
Republicans, who campaigned on repeal
of the Aordable Care Act. The decision Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) - gure, the report found, dropped to 1 in 4 replace Obamacare a major part of his
to withdraw the repeal bill comes during came out against the legislation because in 2014 and 1 in 5 in 2017. presidential campaign, but now failed
the same week as the seventh-year they said it would undermine insurance The failure of the bill is a massive blow to achieve that goal or any other major
anniversary of Obamacare. enrollment in their districts. But members to President Trump, who made his deal- legislative victory despite Republican
Moving from an opposition party to a of the House Freedom Caucus opposed making prowess and plan to repeal and control of both chambers of Congress.
governing party comes with growing pains, the bill on the basis it didnt go far enough
and well, were feeling those growing pains to undo Obamacare. The anti-LGBT
today, Ryan said. We came really close Heritage Foundation urged a no vote
today, but we came up short. on the bill on the basis it would leave the
The vote was scheduled after days of
negotiations between the White House
regulatory architecture of the Aordable
Care Act in place.
Perry rebukes alma mater for
and lawmakers as many Republicans
held out support for the legislation. Even
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a lawmaker
with a notoriously anti-LGBT reputation
electing gay student president
though most observers predicted the who was initially a no vote on the AHCA
votes to pass the bill were lacking, Trump because it didnt go far enough, defended Energy Secretary Rick Perry took a break from managing the U.S. nuclear
ordered a vote Friday on the legislation the measure as the rst part of the arsenal to condemn his alma mater Texas A&M for electingits rst-ever openly
saying the time had come for the House repeal apple on the House oor. gay student body president, saying the system was rigged in his favor in a quest
to act ormove on. If I thought we could do it all in one for diversity.
Ryan said during the news conference bite, I would stand for that, King said. But, In an op-ed published late Wednesday for the Houston Chronicle, Perry
after he advised Trump to cancel the vote, instead, heres what we got: Weve got a questioned the process leading to the election of Bobby Brooks, suggesting it was
the president made the call to take that $1 trillion tax cut. Weve got a $1.15 trillion unfairly taken from the top vote-getter, Robert McIntosh, who was disqualied
course of action. It wasnt immediately clear spending cut. We got a $150 billion decit amid accusations of voter intimidation and failure to report a campaign expense.
whether a vote on the legislation or anything reduction. Weve got a bill that eliminates Earlier this month, Texas A&M informed Brooks hed be the next student
like it would come up at a later time. the employer mandate, eliminates the president. The process, Perry wrote, at best made a mockery of due process
Were going to be living with individual mandate, and it eliminates federal and transparency and at worst allowed an election to be stolen outright.
Obamacare for the foreseeable future, mandates in the essential health benets Brooks presidency is being treated as a victory for diversity, Perry wrote.
Ryan said under questioning from package on those 10 mandates, by the way. It is dicult to escape the perception that this quest for diversity is the real
reporters on what comes next. It expands health savings accounts, doubles reason the election outcome was overturned. Does the principle of diversity
In debate on the House oor, them, and it allows for us to pass selling override and supersede all other values of our Aggie Honor Code?
opposition to the American Health insurance across state lines and it enables (According to the student newspaper, The Battalion, the student governments
Care Act was unanimous among the catastrophic health insurance. judicial court later cleared McIntosh of the voter intimidation charge, but upheld
Democratic caucus, which decried the The cancelled vote is a victory for LGBT the failure to report a campaign expense.)
measure as Wealth Care because it rights supporters and HIV/AIDS activists, Amy Smith, senior vice president of marketing and communications at Texas
would have aorded tax cuts to those who opposed the bill on the basis that A&M University, said in a statement the school appreciates Perrys commitment
making more than $200,000 a year, but at undoing the Medicaid expansion would be to his alma mater, but was surprised that he weighed in on the university
the same time raise insurance premiums devastating for LGBT people. An estimated student body election and respectfully disagree[s] with his assessment.
for older Americans. 40 percent of people with HIV receive These elections are run by the students with advisors from student aairs and
According to scoring from the coverage through Medicaid and, according issues that arise are adjudicated in accordance with the Student Government
Congressional Budget Oce, an to a recent report by the Center for American constitution and by-laws, Smith said. The disqualication of the leading
estimated 24 million people would have Progress, an estimated 18 percent of LGBT vote-getter resulted in the certication of Bobby Brooks as the next Student
lost insurance coverage as a result of the people, or about 1.8 million people. Body President eective April 21, 2017. To suggest that the same decision of
plan, largely as a result of cuts to Medicaid, The CAP report found a signicant disqualication would not have been made if the roles were reversed is to deny
which was expanded under Obamacare. dierence in the number of LGBT people the Texas A&M of today where accountability applies to all.
For states that agreed to expand Medicaid, insured before and after Obamacare Smith added Brooks in his role as student president represents all students
individuals at 133 percent of the poverty went into eect. In 2013, before the ACAs of all backgrounds and the school is grateful to other students who ran for
line and below would be eligible for coverage went into eect, 1 in 3 LGBT oce who will undoubtedly continue to be leaders on the campus.
coverage under the program. people making less than $45,000 per CHRIS JOHNSON
A handful of moderate Republicans year were uninsured, the report. But that
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Hundreds to attend LGBT


conference in Dominican Republic
More than 300 people from
across Latin America and the
Caribbean are expected to attend
a conference in the Dominican
Republic this week that is
designed to bolster LGBT and
intersex political engagement in
the region.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory
Institute is co-sponsoring the
gathering that will take place at
a hotel in the Dominican capital
of Santo Domingo from March
31-April 1. Caribe Armativo and
Diversidad Dominicana which
are LGBT and intersex advocacy KENDRA STEFANI JORDANY is a transgender
groups in Colombia and the woman from Honduras who is running for
a seat in the Central American Parliament.
Dominican Republic are also She is among the more than 300 activists
organizing the conference. expected to attend a conference in the
Dominican Republic. A group of LGBT activists from Ukraine visited D.C. earlier this month.
Gay and Lesbian Victory
PHOTO COURTESY OF KENDRA STEFANI JORDANY WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Institute President Aisha C.
Moodie-Mills; Dominican
Congresswoman Jacqueline a country that already got rid of colonialism, slavery and LGBTQ discrimination, said
Montero; Caribe Armativo Director Wilson Castaeda; Diversidad Dominicana Sharyhina in remarks that she made through an interpreter at the reception. We are
Executive Director Rosanna Marzn and Victor Terrero, executive director of the really excited that you continue this work and move towards an inclusive society.
Dominican Republics National Council on HIV and AIDS, are expected to speak The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation sponsored the activists trip. Open World Leadership
at the conferences opening plenary on March 31. Center, which Congress established in 2000 in order to administer a program that has
Sandra Morn, who is the rst openly LGBT person elected to the Guatemalan invited more than 26,000 civil society leaders from the former Soviet Union to the U.S.,
Congress, and Tamara Adrin, who is the rst openly trans person elected to supported the delegation through grants organizations that provided the advocates
the Venezuelan National Assembly, are among those who are also scheduled to with housing and activities.
attend the conference. Elected ocials and activists from Haiti, Belize, Aruba, St. MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Lucia, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua,
Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Spain,
Jamaica, Argentina and the U.S. are also expected to take part. OAS holds hearing on violence in El Salvador
Victory Institute and our partners will bring together more than 350 LGBTI leaders
from the Caribbean and Latin America to develop strategies for building LGBTI The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights last week held a hearing on anti-
political participation to advance equality, Moodie-Mills told the Washington Blade LGBT violence and hate crimes in El Salvador.
on Tuesday. Throughout the conference in Santo Domingo, we will emphasize that Bianka Rodrguez of Comunicado y Capacitando a Mujeres Trans, a Salvadoran
representation is power, and that more LGBTI representation in the region is the advocacy group known by the acronym COMCAVIS, told commissioners during the
best means to advance equality for our community. March 21 hearing in D.C. that at least 600 people have been victims of hate crimes
MICHAEL K. LAVERS based on their sexual orientation or gender identity since 2004.
Statistics from COMCAVIS and Asociacin para Impulsar el Desarrollo Humano
(ASPIDH) Arcoiris Trans, another Salvadoran advocacy group, indicate roughly two
dozen trans people were reported killed in El Salvador in 2015. One of these victims
was Francela Mndez, a prominent trans rights advocate who was a board member of
LGBT activists from Ukraine visit D.C. Colectivo Alejandra, a trans advocacy group that is based in the Salvadoran capital of
San Salvador.
Three trans women were killed in San Luis Talpa, a municipality in La Paz Department,
Five LGBT rights advocates from Ukraine met earlier this month in D.C. with their last month. Rodrguez said eight trans women have ed El Salvador since these murders.
American colleagues and elected ocials. The violence that El Salvador faces is a problem that aects all sectors of society, she
The activists who are from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and the cities of Kryvyi Rih, said. LGTBI (lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex) people arent immune to
Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia arrived on March 15. this problem.
The activists visited the Washington Blade oces on Monday. They have also met The Organization of American States, which is based in D.C., created the Inter-
with representatives of the Human Rights Campaign, P-FLAG, Human Rights First, the American Commission on Human Rights in 1959 as a way to promote human rights
Council for Global Equality, HIPS, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the throughout the Western Hemisphere. Anti-LGBT violence and discrimination in El
Metropolitan Police Departments LGBT Liaison Unit, the National Gay and Lesbian Salvador is among the LGBT-specic issues the commission examined last week.
Chamber of Commerce and other groups. El Salvador, which borders Guatemala and Honduras, has one of the worlds highest
Gay Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline met with the activists on Capitol Hill. murder rates. Anti-LGBT rhetoric from politicians and religious gures, discrimination,
They also visited the oces of U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), poverty and a lack of educational opportunities are among the factors that have made
Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and spoke with LGBT Salvadorans particularly vulnerable to violence.
members of their respective stas. A report from El Salvadors Attorney for the Defense of Human Rights indicates 52
The activists also met with former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe. percent of trans women it surveyed said they received death threats. A press release
It was a very important trip for us, Anna Sharyhina of Queerhome Kharkiv told the Blade the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released on March 23 indicates 17
on Tuesday before she spoke at a reception that HRC and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, of the more than 40 reports of serious crimes against LGBT people that have been
which supports pro-democracy eorts in the former Soviet republic, co-hosted. committed in the Western Hemisphere so far this year come from El Salvador.
Its very important to keep connections and continue establishing networks with MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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Anti-trans bus to stop in D.C. next week

CHELSEA CLINTON was among those who


criticized the anti-trans bus campaign on
Twitter.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

An orange bus contained stylized


pictures of boys and girls with slogans
that asked, Do boys have a penis? and,
Do girls have a vagina? Another bus also
contained anatomical images that said,
This is a penis and, This is a vagina and
a man asking, What is this?
Gender identity is not chosen, reads
a slogan on the bus. Dont let others
choose it for you.
Madrid authorities said the bus
violated a local advertising ordinance and
impounded it. Reuters reported a judge
banned the bus from driving through the
Spanish capital on March 2 because it
A bus from HazteOir, a Spanish right-wing Catholic group, was banned from Madrid last month. A similar bus that is part of a campaign from could provoke hate crimes.
CitizenGO is scheduled to stop in D.C. next week. The HazTeOir bus was expected to
PHOTO BY MARA FONTECHA MUOZ
travel to the cities of Barcelona, Valencia,
Granada, Zaragoza, Pamplona, San
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 Greenwich Village. It was also in front of criticized President Trump for appointing Sebastin, Bilbao and Vitoria.
Trump Tower and in Times Square. Lisa Correnti, executive vice president of LGBT rights advocates in Pamplona
stylized images of boys and girls with CitizenGO wrote on its website that the Center for Family and Human Rights, surrounded the bus as it drove through
symbols of male and female chromosomes. it was attacked and vandalized right in which the Southern Poverty Law Center the city on March 21. Activists in Madrid
It also has large slogans that read, Boys are front of the U.N. on March 23. has designated an anti-LGBT hate group, and other cities across Spain also
boys and always will be and Girls and Pictures that CitizenGO posted to its to the U.S. delegation. protested the campaign.
girls and always will be. website show the bus windshield was Local authorities criticized the HazTeOir
You cant change sex, they read. broken and trans rights was written campaign and sought to prevent the bus
Respect all. onto the side of it. CitizenGO also claims
Judge bans bus from driving through their respective
The bus also contains the link to a the bus driver received minor injuries from Madrid jurisdictions.
website that urges people to sign a during the incident. The CitizenGO bus is expected to arrive Chelsea Clinton also criticized the
petition to defend freedom of speech. This is a hate crime and sadly in D.C. less than two months after Trump campaign.
CitizenGO has not announced where the way that those who pretend to rescinded the Obama administrations Boys have been censored, reads a
the bus will stop in D.C. and whether preach tolerance feel about opposing guidance on how public schools should banner on HazTeOirs website. Girls have
there will be any public events that will viewpoints, wrote CitizenGO on its accommodate trans students. been censored.
highlight the campaign. website, which also urges supporters to The U.S. Supreme Court on March Gay Guatemala, an LGBT website in
Brian Brown, president of the D.C.- help it pay for the costs associated with 28 had been scheduled to hear oral Guatemala, on March 16 posted a picture
based National Organization for Marriage, repairing the bus. arguments in the case of Gavin Grimm, of an orange CitizenGO billboard in the
is a member of CitizenGOs board of There will be some major costs to a trans student who alleges his Virginia city of San Cristobal, which is a suburb of
trustees. A NOM spokesperson told the get the bus back on the road in a timely school districts policy that prohibits him Guatemala City, that read, Boys have a
Washington Blade on Tuesday that plans manner, it wrote. We are liable for the from using the boys bathroom or locker penis. Girls have a vagina. Dont be tricked.
for a public event have not been nalized. bus and safety of the bus driver. room violates Title IX of the Education If you are born a man, you are a man,
CitizenGO spokesperson Gregory Amendments of 1972. The case was it reads. If you are a woman, you will
Mertz told the Blade on Monday that sent back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of continue to be.
Bus vandalism hate crime damage to the bus was much greater Appeals in Richmond, Va., on March 6. A Guatemala City-based activist with
The bus was in New York last week. than expected. HazTeOir, which is CitizenGOs far-right whom the Blade spoke on Monday said
CitizenGO supporters posted pictures to The vandalism coincided with the Catholic aliate in Spain that translates trans activists have led a formal complaint
social media that indicate the bus drove annual U.N. Commission on the Status of into Make yourself heard, has launched against the billboard. The activist said there
past the Stonewall Inn in Manhattans Women meeting. Advocates have sharply a similar campaign. is currently an open case.
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D.C. competing against two cities to host Gay Games


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 leader of a dissident political party in not recognized as families under Chinas
Hong Kong, told the New York Times. laws, the report says.
citys Equal Opportunities Commission, With Chinas policies on LGBT issues As of early this week the Chinese Embassy
the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and the considered signicantly less supportive in Washington didnt respond to a question
Constitutional and Mainland Aairs than Hong Kongs policies, some from the Washington Blade asking if China
Bureau, which oversees relations observers say its hard to predict where has a position on whether the Gay Games
between Hong Kong and China. Hong Kongs LGBT community will stand should be held in Hong Kong.
LGBT sports leaders in Guadalajara have ve years from now when the Gay Games
joined with the Guadalajara Convention would be held.
and Visitors Bureau to submit that citys But in response to an inquiry from
LGBT rights in Guadalajara
bid for the 2022 Gay Games, according to the Washington Blade, Gay Games Hong Although LGBT rights in Mexico have
FGG ocial David Killian. Similar to Hong Kong 2022 ocials Dennis Philipse and advanced signicantly in recent years,
Kong, Guadalajaras bid document says Benital Chick sent the Blade an email LGBT Mexicans can boast that same-sex
the city government and a large number statement saying the association with sexual acts were decriminalized in Mexico
of mainline sports organizations as well China by Hong Kongs newly selected 1871 far ahead of the United States.
as LGBT sports groups in Guadalajara and government leader, Carrie Lam, could be The decriminalization came shortly after
other cities in Mexico, including Mexico City, D.C. Mayor MURIEL BOWSER has said the city a benet to the LGBT community. Frances brief occupation of Mexico ended
have expressed strong support for holding government is working diligently to support We know from our constant contact and the Napoleonic Code was adopted,
the citys bid for the 2022 Gay Games.
the Gay Games in Guadalajara and have WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY with those close to Ms. Lam that she which, among other things, did not dene
pledged to assist in hosting the Games. appears to be supportive and we consensual sodomy as a crime.
Both Hong Kong and Guadalajara state have no reason to believe otherwise, Activists familiar with Mexico note,
in their bid documents that holding the movement with numerous LGBT the statement says. Ms. Lam is both however, that separate laws prohibiting
Gay Games in their respective cities would advocacy groups and annual LGBT Pride aligned with Beijing and strongly vested public immorality or indecency have
mark the rst time the Games have been celebrations, advocates have yet to in maintaining Hong Kong as the open long been used to prosecute gays under
held in either Asia or Latin America. The persuade the Hong Kong government to Western gateway to Asia as it has for certain circumstances.
two documents also point out that while legally ban discrimination based on sexual hundreds of years, the statement says. LGBT organizations began to form in some
LGBT rights have advanced signicantly orientation and gender identity in the While tensions between China and regions of Mexico in the 1970s, with LGBT
in both cities discrimination and bias private sector. Hong Kong law also does Hong Kong exist on many levels in terms parades taking place in Mexico City since
still exists and holding the Gay Games in not recognize same-sex relationships. of economic and political issues, China has 1979 and in Guadalajara since the 1990s.
their respective cities could play a role in Although tolerance and acceptance been tolerant toward apolitical gay issues Out Right Action International reports
strengthening support for LGBT equality. of the LGBT community has grown as seen in the many gay events now held that although Mexicos constitution
Recent reports published by Out Right signicantly in Hong Kong since the 2000s, in China such as the Shanghai Pride and doesnt specically prohibit discrimination
Action International, an LGBT advocacy according to activists there, a setback homosexual movies/TV series in China, based on sexual orientation or gender
organization that monitors LGBT-related surfaced in 2011 when Hong Kongs the two activists said in their statement. identity, a clause in the constitution
developments in countries throughout Social Welfare Department retained a There have been LGBT+ sports leagues banning discrimination based on
the world, conrm that LGBT equality has controversial psychiatrist to train social in China and gay issues have never been a preferences of any kind and for any
advanced signicantly in Hong Kong and workers on how to use conversion therapy source of tension between Hong Kong and other reason which degrades human
Mexico. The reports also point out that to change people from gay to straight. China. As such, we dont see any potential dignity have been interpreted by some
similar to other countries, including the Gay Games Hong Kong 2022 problems that will arise in holding the Gay legal experts means LGBT people should
United States, LGBT people are not fully nevertheless says in its bid document that Games, the statement concludes. be covered under the document.
protected under the law in some areas the ght for LGBT equality in Hong Kong Under an agreement with Great Britain In a separate development, Mexicos
and anti-LGBT bias and discrimination has been gathering momentum in recent in 1997, the British returned Hong Kong national legislature in 2003 passed
remain a problem. years, fueled by renowned local gures to China with the understanding that for a law prohibiting sexual orientation
proudly proclaiming their homosexuality the next 50 years Hong Kong would retain discrimination in employment, but the law
and encouraged by progressive legislation an autonomous system of government doesnt cover gender identity or expression.
Status of LGBT rights in other countries. and its relationship with China would In 2015, Mexicos Supreme Court ruled
in Hong Kong Meanwhile, the arrest this week by consist of one country, two systems. that it was unconstitutional for states
As a British colony, Hong Kong had Hong Kong police of nine leaders of a Experts familiar with China note that and regions to ban same-sex marriage.
long criminalized homosexual acts under 2014 pro-democracy campaign one day since that time China has pushed hard However, the ruling did not make the
British law and did not repeal its anti- after a committee considered supportive to increase its inuence over Hong Kong, action immediately and fully binding on
sodomy law until 1991, long after it had of China chose Hong Kongs next chief leading to growing tension between states, where, like in the U.S., marriage
been repealed in Great Britain. However, executive ocer is not expected to Beijing and Hong Kongs leaders and its laws are written. Unless approved by
under the decriminalization in Hong Kong adversely impact Hong Kongs bid to diverse population. Observers say that so newly adopted state laws, same-sex
the age of consent for gay men was set host the 2022 Gay Games, according to far China has not sought to curtail LGBT couples must le a legal petition and incur
at 21 while it remained at age 16 for activists familiar with Hong Kong politics. rights advances in Hong Kong. legal costs of $1,000 or more in order to
heterosexuals. The law was silent about Some observers said the arrests of the According to Out Right Action obtain a marriage license.
lesbians. It was not until 2006 that a court protest leaders immediately after the International, since China decriminalized In a separate ruling, the Mexican
ruled the higher age of consent for gay selection of a new Hong Kong government homosexuality in 1997 and removed it Supreme Court in January 2016 eectively
men violated Hong Kongs Bill of Rights leader, Carrie Lam, who was favored by from its ocial list of mental disorders legalized same-sex marriage in the state of
Ordinance, resulting in an age of consent Beijing, is a sign that Chinas inuence in 2001, the Chinese government has Jalisco, which includes Guadalajara and the
at 16 for gays and straights. over Hong Kong is on the rise and the remained largely silent on the issue of popular gay resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
In a separate court ruling in 2005 it was longstanding tension between Hong Kong homosexuality. Several other Mexican cities,
declared that the Bill of Rights Ordinance and China was expected to increase. However, the policy of silence has left in meanwhile, including Mexico City, had
could be interpreted to cover sexual Lams victory, despite her lack of place widespread discrimination against legalized same-sex marriage, resulting in
orientation in its non-discrimination representation and popular support, LGBT people throughout Chinese society a patchwork of places where same-sex
protections. But the ordinance only reects the Chinese Communist Partys that is not covered under Chinas non- couples could marry in a way similar to
applies to government agencies and not complete control over Hong Kongs discrimination laws covering employment heterosexual couples.
to private sector institutions. electoral process and its serious intrusion and other areas, Out Right Action says in
Despite a growing LGBT rights of Hong Kongs autonomy, Joshua Wong, a 2014 report on China. LGBT couples are
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Controversial views cost Hopkins on HRC report


BALTIMORE The views of two psychologists at Johns Hopkins Medicine who
believe people arent born gay or transgender have resulted in the venerable
medical institution taking a 25-point hit on its latest score on the Human Rights
Campaign Health Index, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Hopkins lost points under the indexs responsible citizenship clause, which
focuses on activity that could undermine the care or equality of LGBT patients.
HRC said it made the deduction because Johns Hopkins wont say the views
of Dr. Paul McHugh and Dr. Lawrence Mayer do not represent the views of
the hospital and that the hospital operates in accordance with the medical
consensus and appropriate standards of care, the Sun reports.
McHugh is a university distinguished service professor of psychiatry and
a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Mayer divides his time as a
scholar in residence at Johns Hopkins and a professor at Arizona State University.
He mostly conducts research at Johns Hopkins and no longer teaches. Their views
have been controversial in medical and LGBT rights circles, the Sun article notes.
Our goal is to get them to make an armative statement, Tari Hanneman,
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its commitment to provide the best possible care to all patients. Among the
initiatives was creating a Center for Transgender Health, which is focused on
supporting the needs of the LGBT community.
While we can appreciate the opinions of outside organizations, the outcomes
of our patients, and the satisfaction of our patients and their families who come
to Johns Hopkins Medicine seeking help, are the ultimate measures of our
success, the statement said, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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LONDON Lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents report higher rates
of tobacco use than heterosexual teens, according to a U.S. study that also
highlights gender dierences in smoking habits, Reuters reports.
Overall, about 41 percent of lesbian and gay teens use tobacco products
including both traditional and e-cigarettes, as do 39 percent of bisexual youth
and 32 percent of adolescents who are uncertain about their sexual orientation,
the study found. That compares to 30 percent of straight teens.
Lesbians were more than twice as likely as straight girls to smoke, the study
also found. Gay teens, however, had roughly the same odds of tobacco use as
straight boys, Reuters reports.
Gender does matter in tobacco use among sexual minority youth, said lead
study author Dr. Hongying Dai of Childrens Mercy Hospital and the University of
Missouri in Kansas City.
While some previous research has found teens who arent heterosexual
tend to be more drawn to smoking than their straight peers, the current study
oers fresh insight into how both gender and sexual orientation may separately
inuence tobacco use, Dai said by email.
For the study, researcher examined nationally representative survey data
collected from 14,703 adolescents in high school in 2015.
Most of the participants were straight, while 6 percent were bisexual, 2 percent were
gay or lesbian and about 3 percent said they werent sure about their sexual identity.
The survey looked at how often youth used four types of tobacco products
over the previous month: cigars, snu or chewing tobacco, traditional cigarettes
and e-cigarettes, which are battery-powered gadgets with a heating element
that turns liquid nicotine and avorings into a cloud of vapor that users inhale.
Gay and lesbian teens, as well as youth uncertain about their sexual
orientation, or questioning, were more likely than their straight peers to use all
four types of tobacco products, researchers report in Pediatrics.
Bisexual teens, a predominantly female group, were more likely than heterosexual
youth to use cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes but less likely to use snu.
The results highlight the need for tobacco control policies that specically
target youth who arent heterosexual, the authors conclude.
Limitations of the study include the lack of data on transgender teens and the
exclusion of youth who dropped out of high school, the researchers point out. The
study also counted any amount of tobacco use the same way, so it didnt separate
teens who reported trying one cigarette from youth with a daily smoking habit.
It also wasnt a controlled experiment designed to prove whether sexual
orientation directly inuences tobacco use, Reuters reports.
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Gay men: Damn, were awful to each other


their place and were certainly ground-
And television isnt helping breaking in their own ways, tackling di-
versity in primetime lineups. But they
showed little diversity in how we treated
each other.
Feud is a fascinating look at Someone stopped me at Trade a few
weeks back just to tell me how bad he
the human condition loneliness, thought these columns were. And thats
getting older, needing partially true, I guess. And some of you
to be needed. might be thinking, Brock, youre perhaps
the biggest gossip and bitch I know. And
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance thats probably more or less true as well.
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade. Id like to think I can zing with the best of
them. A lot of us gay southern boys had
Like so many of us, I felt a little let down to develop sarcasm and a quick wit to
by When We Rise. As detailed in my last Granted, these are two batty and aging posure to gay friendships and dynamics navigate the pitfalls of junior high hall-
column, I found it boring and preachy, a Hollywood starlets, not gay men today. were only found on the small screen. We ways. A quick wit that would have left the
frankly terrible combination. Thank god But gay men like me are naturally ocking had nothing else to look to but Will pok- bully or jock only realizing they were in-
for Feud coming along. If you havent to the show. And Ive heard these barbs ing fun at Jacks appearance and gay man- sulted when you were safely miles away.
been watching Ryan Murphys new mini- traded back in forth from so many gay nerisms on Will & Grace, and then there But is there a way to use our powers for
series, baby, you really should, if not men at any given bar on any given Sun- was Karen Walker, a sort of Pez dispenser good instead of evil? Is there a way to not
just for the subtle and not-so-subtle gin- day Funday throughout our city. What is of nastiness. Queer Eye for the Straight form a circular ring squad at every beer
soaked jabs Bette Davis and Joan Craw- to blame for just how awful gay men can Guy seemed to spend 25 minutes of a garden in the city? And could pop culture
ford sling at each other with regularity. be to one another? Scores of gay writers breezy 30-minute show bashing other help us out here by setting a better tone?
Besides all that, its a fascinating look at and therapists have been trying to crack mens appearances, albeit in a funny way, And while Im not sure I know any gays
the human condition loneliness, get- that nut for years now. And for some of to only have ve minutes ofpositive ar- quite at Joan Crawford levels of alcohol
ting older, needing to be needed all it, the way we see ourselves on television mations after they built the men in their consumption, I think we would all do well
set against the backdrop of a Hollywood probably isnt helping our cause. own gay image. to remember the human condition the
gone by. For many of us at least, our rst ex- Dont get me wrong: those shows had next time we feel like trading barbs.

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Trump loses bigly as political realities set in


The 63 million Americans who voted for on Trump. I can only say I feel a sense of able Care Act. Obamacare was a great
Health care debacle is latest Trump now know he is totally unt and un- Schadenfreude; a pox on both Trump and step forward but over the past seven
setback for president prepared to be president. The 66 million the GOP members of Congress. years we have seen the problems that ex-
who voted for Hillary Clinton already knew Maybe now reality has hit home, at least ist with it. In some states there is only one
that. Now as Trump tries to get any of his for moderate Republicans, that while there health plan on the exchanges. We know
other initiatives through the Congress his are denite tweaks that should be made to premiums have gone up for many people
voters will see this over and over again. the Aordable Care Act it is generally liked and deductibles are so high that there are
Trump will end up saying to his voters about by a majority of Americans. A Quinnipiac many people who cant aord to use the
all the issues he promised action on what poll showed only 17 percent of Americans healthcare they could get. We must face
he said about healthcare, Nobody knew liked the Trump/Ryan repeal and replace and deal with these issues.
healthcare could be so complicated. They bill. The arch conservatives wanted the bill Democrats could use the ideas Hillary
will rue the day they voted for him as he re- repealed without a replacement and the Clinton proposed during the presidential
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights neges on one promise after another. Republican moderates understand how campaign about how to x Obamacare.
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade. An interesting sidebar of this ght for their constituents like and need Medicaid They present a starting point for discus-
repeal and replace was seeing the far-right and specically two major pieces of the sion. There could be a public option de-
Donald Trump has come face to face members of the Freedom Caucus meet with ACA keeping children on their parents veloped and we know we have to begin to
with political reality and is losing and los- Stephen Bannon, the man who ran the far- policy until age 26, and ensuring those with look at how to potentially provide up to
ing big. He is losing his ght to ban Mus- right news service Breitbart that helped elect pre-existing conditions get coverage. $5,000 in tax credits to families to pay for
lims from entering the country, a plan that many of them. He now works for Trump and Trump and the GOP leadership in the their out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
has been stopped by the courts. His eort tried to convince them to fall on their sword House will nd they face the same ght on These ideas should be presented and
to stampede the Congress demanding an and vote for the bill. It didnt work. every issue they start working on, includ- discussed by Democrats in open forums
immediate vote on his bill to repeal and The entire GOP healthcare repeal and ing tax reform, immigration reform and in- across the nation. They could be orga-
replace the Aordable Care Act has been replace dance was like watching a Marx frastructure development. None of these nized by the Democratic National Com-
soundly rejected by members of his own Brothers movie. Now, Speaker Paul Ryan issues will be easy to transform into a bill mittee and combined with the work of
party. If he didnt understand it before (R-Wisc.) and the White House are looking for congressional action with such a wide rebuilding the party state-by-state.
it must now be increasingly clear being where to place the blame if not on each chasm of beliefs having opened up among This will not be easy but it may be time
president of the United States is nothing other. Sean Spicer said Trump did all he Republican members of Congress. for Democrats to begin the work of devel-
like being CEO of his own privately held could when the president demanded Con- So now the burden potentially falls on oping their bill. If the president and Re-
company. Independently elected mem- gress take a vote, win or lose. Ryan then Democrats to come up with the xes that publicans then dont accept it, Democrats
bers of Congress wont jump to his tune. went to the White House to focus any loss we know need to be made to the Aord- will have a plan to run on in 2018.
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Tide turns against too-high $15 minimum wage effort


mental eects have become evident and are already signaling a switch. ing by the rate of ination in future years un-
Latest veto by prompting campaign stagnation as business- Pugh indicated her decision was based on til reaching $15 have been victories for the
Baltimore mayor unlikely to es shutter, consumer prices rise, jobs disap- the nancial impact for the city governments unions political campaign. Only a very small
pear and employment prospects for those payroll and job-killing burdens for both non- number of cities, including usual ultra-left
be overridden most in need of work vanish. prots and small businesses. She noted suspects San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle
by local legislators Last Friday, Baltimore Mayor Catherine that the citys 76,000 unemployed residents and D.C. where politicians and virtue-signal-
Pugh, a Democrat, vetoed an increase in the and 10,000 annually returning ex-oenders ing locals are more interested in generating
citys minimum wage to $15 phased-in for would bear the brunt of diminishing lower- splashy headlines than creating sensible pol-
most workers by 2022. skill and entry-level employment opportuni- icy have approved increases toward a $15
Without the new law, Baltimores mini- ties from job cuts, declining business devel- minimum wage.
mum wage will increase to $9.25 an hour be- opment and current employers relocating D.C. currently has the highest state rate
ginning July 1 when it rises throughout Mary- outside the city. at $11.50 per hour, rising to $12.50 on July 1
land. The statewide minimum wage will then Mayor Pugh referenced Baltimore becom- on a continuing schedule of increases that
shoot up to $10.10 per hour on July 1, 2018, ing the doughnut hole within the surround- will reach $15 in 2020. The District is now the
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur making it among the highest state rates and ing region were the city to raise its minimum outlier in the region and most of the country.
and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at at the commonly designated threshold pro- wage above the state level. The Congressional Budget Oce and a
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com. ducing counterproductive results. Although Mayor Pugh did not mention re- decisive majority of prominent economists
Pugh joined Marylands adjacent-to-D.C. ports issued in recent days by the D.C. CFO, warn that once minimum wages rise above
The Fight for 15 campaign, largely bank- Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, she could have. The Oce of Revenue Anal- $10 a multiplicity of deleterious eects begin
rolled by labor union SEIU at an unsustain- also a Democrat, who successfully vetoed in ysis has projected that the citys minimum to outweigh benets as lower-skilled work-
able expense of more than $100 million late January an eventual $15 minimum wage. wage increases to $15 will result in a loss of ers are priced out of local economies, and
over the past four years, has lost steam after Ocials in the adjoining Maryland county employment for fully 2-3% of District residents community small businesses begin reducing
garnering gradual imposition of the targeted of Prince Georges, also bordering D.C., indi- employed at D.C. businesses. In addition, 82 job positions to accommodate costs.
minimum wage in only a handful of cities and cated last year they would not pursue a $15 percent of the total job reductions at local While 29 states and D.C. have set mini-
two states. minimum wage. businesses will be borne by D.C. residents due mum wage levels above the federal amount,
The tide is turning against this ill-advised Although the Baltimore $15 minimum to a commuter eect requiring they com- nearly all are only modestly above the federal
push toward too-high minimum wage hikes. wage was supported by the required 12 of pete with better-skilled suburban workers. minimum or levels lower than $10.
The eort has stalled and some jurisdictions 15 City Council members necessary to over- Among all states, only Californias $15 in Mayor Pughs decision was smart and sen-
have even undertaken or are considering ride Mayor Pughs veto, it is now unlikely they 2022 and New Yorks complex law rising to sible, and the Baltimore City Council should
reversals of planned increases. The detri- will do so due at least one Council member $12.50 in 2021 for most workers and increas- sustain her veto.

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Our big gay wedding


LOCAL COUPLES SHARE STORIES FROM THEIR SPECIAL DAY
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Thinking about popping the question to your signicant other? Nervous about planning a
wedding? We asked local couples to share their wedding day memories, which just might put
you at ease.

PHOTO COURTESY OF LOLA SNAPS PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO BY JOHN JACK GALLAGHER

KATY RAY AND to achieve the perfect day, but we did. Any resistance or weirdness from I couldnt be happier.
ERICA SANSING Finding the venue was pretty easy, and family/friends? I dont know many 2. Budget: You really want to make
the reception is so much easier when you marriages where family resistance sure you have a general gure for what
Katy Ray is PR and communications work in house with the caterer. doesnt exist. But in terms of the wedding, youre going to spend. My wife and I
manager for LGBTQutie.com. Erica Sansing Did the overall heteronormativity my wifes family was very supportive decided to purchase a house before our
owns Sansing Studios, a photo studio. of the industry pose any problem? and welcoming, and my sister and wedding, because we felt that having a
If so, what? Absolutely. When lling her family were extremely supportive. home for our lifetime was substantially
When and where were you married? out questionnaires online, for anything Unfortunately, my parents were not more important than spending too much
Erica and I were married at the Cathedral from owers to wedding registries, in attendance and are not a present money on one day of celebration.
of the Incarnation, an Episcopal cathedral there were many surveys where only part of my life. My best friend Circon 3. Try to have fun and cherish the
in downtown Baltimore. We opted for wife and groom were listed and you walked me down the aisle and stood good times: Wedding planning should
a religious ceremony, as our faith is so couldnt put wife and wife for both. I am by my side, which was innitely more be fun! Dont let anyone rob you of that
important to us, and we wanted to take our impressed with Macys, however, as they meaningful than the patriarchal tradition excitement; not family, ignorant wedding
vows in front of God, family and friends. had provided the options we needed. We of a father giving his daughter away. industry workers or anyone.
Given that most Christian-based faiths still were also very impressed with the Rusty The whole notion behind that is rooted 4. Find a place that oers you inside
havent caught up to the true measures Scupper. Michelle Rigby, their wedding in heteronormativity, patriarchy and catering and a menu at price per person. It
of Jesus teachings, we had to opt for an event coordinator, was incredibly womans inferiority. Thats not to say saves you so much headache on the day of.
Episcopal marriage ceremony, as the supportive and arming. She made us women shouldnt be walked down the 5. Your wedding is for YOU, not anyone
Episcopal church is one of few who will wed feel like queens and treated our big day aisle by their fathers, but for me it made else.
gay couples. We had our reception at the with such respect and enthusiasm. Sadly, more sense for the person who was there
Rusty Scupper, overlooking the Baltimore we did not have this same experience for me most in my life to walk me down,
harbor. It was breathtaking. with some local businesses. and I have no ill-resolved feelings about
CHRIS AND CHASE
What was the most dicult element Another issue that pops up is buying that person not being my father. MAGGIANO
of your wedding to achieve? I think wedding decor. Most decorations come What advice would you give other D.C.- Chris is president of Cormier & Co.,
rst and foremost, having two people in sets of husband and wife or groom area same-sex couples planning to wed? a consulting rm; Chase is executive
come together to make about a thousand and bride so we would have had to buy 1. Communicate: Its really important to director of the Washington Chorus.
decisions is a great exercise in achieving doubles of some things to have wife and listen to each other and make sure you
communication skills and compatibility. wife seat signs, etc. Luckily for us, my sister communicate your needs. Have negotiables When and where were you married?
Throughout the wedding process, we is a crafter, and she was able to make our and non-negotiables, and know what Sept. 4, 2016 at Chases family home in
learned to compromise on any and wedding decorations and provide that level those are going into the conversation.Our
everything. Of course it was dicult of visibility in decorations. wedding was our perfect compromise, and CONTINUES ON PAGE 32
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The Ronald Reagan Building has both indoor and outdoor wedding venue options.

Region oers everything Lake View Room oers a natural light-lled the Potomac River while celebrating thehowardtheatre.com.
space with a replace for up to 95 guests. the union. Odyssey Cruises wedding Cherry Hill Park Ballroom (9800
from big, grand spaces to The venue also oers rentals for larger planners can help curate entertainment, Cherry Hill Rd., College Park, Md.) oers a
small, cozy rooms groups of up to 145 guests. reston.org. dining and beverage packages to make classic ballroom wedding experience. The
Ronald Reagan Building and the day tailored to the couples taste. 3,600-square-foot space can hold up to
By MARIAH COOPER International Trade Center (1300 The cruise line also does engagement 180 people. A fully equipped commercial
mcooper@washblade.com Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) has both indoor parties and luncheons before the date. kitchen and bar are available for a caterer
and outdoor ceremony and reception odyssesycruises.com. of the couples choice. Smaller weddings
Spring is in the air and so is wedding options. Celebrate the big day outside The Line Hotel (1770 Euclid St., N.W.), can also benet from the space with
season. While many couples are preparing in a reception on the Woodrow Wilson located inside a 110-year-old historic cocktails and hors doeuvres in the pre-
for their spring and summer weddings Plaza against granite cobblestones and church, oers 10,000 square feet of function room before the ceremony is
this year, its not too late to start getting sculptures on a landscaped courtyard. event space, a rooftop terrace and a held in one of the spaces meeting rooms.
some inspiration of your own. These For an indoor aair, take advantage of grand ballroom for guests of up to 700 cherryhillballroom.com.
Washington-area venues have options the 1,550 maximum occupancy of the people. Spike Gjerde, a James Beard Stonewall Golf Club (15601 Turtle
from small, intimate ceremonies to Atrium or for a smaller gathering of 200- Award winner, will create a banquet Point Dr., Gainesville, Va.) is located on
elaborate, party-driven aairs. Whether 1,000 guests utilize the Atrium ballroom. menu lled with food and drink to mark a golf course alongside Lake Manassas
its a historic mansion, on board a cruise itcdc.com/event-spaces. the special event. Watch the sun set with with oor-to-ceiling windows oering
or inside a luxury hotel, theres a venue The Jeerson Hotel (1200 16th St., a panoramic view of D.C., including a views that make a stunning backdrop
waiting for your save the date. N.W.) has accommodations for smaller view of the Washington Monument, on for wedding photos. The space can
The Oaks Waterfront Inn (25876 Royal ceremonies in its cozy rooms. Exchange the Vela Rooftop Terrace. The Banneker accommodate up to 150 people to witness
Oak Rd., Royal Oak, Md.) is ideal for the vows in the Book Room among book Ballroom can also be transformed into the big day. stonewallgolfclub.com.
couple that wants a destination wedding shelves and a crackling replace or have three separate spaces to suit any wedding Kentlands Mansion (320 Kent Square
close to home. Located minutes away from a celebratory three-course dinner in the day need. thelinehotel.com. Rd., Gathersburg, Md.) is the wedding
the Eastern Shore town of St. Michaels hotels Private Wine Cellar. A 60-minute The Howard Theatre (620 T St., N.W.) venue choice for the couple that wants
on a secluded cove, the special day will cocktail reception will follow the ceremony. is the ultimate entertainment venue old school charm. The mansion, built
include private use of the waterside estate The hotel also oers spa services at the for the wedding party that wants to in the early 1900s, features dark wood
and grounds. Saturday wedding packages Petite Spa, located in the hotel, for the dance the night away. The main oor paneling, polished hardwood oors,
allow the couple use of all activities couple and members of the wedding can accommodate up to 500 guests and 22-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers.
including canoes, putting green, shue party. Overnight stays are encouraged, the Mezzanine, popular for a cocktail One-hundred-fty guests can be
board and badminton. the-oaks.com. especially in the Martha Jeerson Bridal hour lounge, accommodates up to 300 accommodated for a cocktail reception
Reston Parks and Recreations the suite. jeersondc.com/tie-the-knot. people. Multiple bars are located in the and 110 for a seated event. With eight
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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
Almost two years. And honestly, do?
my family is pretty conservative so Discourage anything other than being
the hardest was my dad and my your authentic self. This would be in
grandparents. I had to explain to him the realm of designer babies for me.
this wasnt a phase. I havent been out Acceptance is key. Accept and love
long. Ive spent the last six years of my everything that makes you uniquely you.
life breaking free of chains, link by link,
that were both thrust upon me and What do you believe in beyond the
self-imposed. For a long time, I was the physical world?
person I thought everyone wanted me to I believe in spiritual energies and karma.
be. That skin is completely shed and this What you put in will come back to you.
new skin I really like.
Whats your advice for LGBT
Whos your LGBT hero? movement leaders?
All those who fell at Pulse while rescuing Keep ghting. Keep pushing. Theres an
others. Also, Blue Star. Shes done so ever-growing army behind you.
much work to help victims and the
Orlando community recover from this What would you walk across hot coals
tragedy. for?
My relationships. There is nothing in this
Whats Washingtons best nightspot, world I value as much as the people I
past or present? love.
I have danced it up at Phase 1.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you
Describe your dream wedding. most?
Hmm. If that were to ever happen That a person who identies as bisexual
again, it would be something extremely is attracted to everyone, any breathing
small, on the beach at sunset with person. It doesnt work like that.
the kids splashing in the water in the
background. Very intimate. Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Wild Things was probably the most
What non-LGBT issue are you most inuential movie for me. Like I said, I
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passionate about? grew up in a small, conservative town,
Education and environmental issues. but also I was very sheltered as a kid. It
The things we are not providing for our was the rst time I had seen any sort of
nations children and our natural world. same-sex relations. I remember thinking,
Its just atrocious. Whoa! This is a thing?

JACQIE MCKENZIE What historical outcome would you


change?
Whats the most overrated social
custom?
The election. Because who is this guy in I hate that chivalry is one-sided. If I want
the White House? to hold the door for a man, I should be
able to hold the damn door without
By JOEY DiGULIELMO Whats been the most memorable pop some man card comment.
joeyd@washblade.com culture moment of your lifetime?
I love Obama and his dad jeans. Hes What trophy or prize do you most
When Jacqie McKenzie found herself a single mom and chemistry teacher very GQ now that hes out of oce. Im covet?
at a private school, she realized she needed to supplement her income so she happy to see him living life. I dont covet prizes, only positive, loving
turned to one of her hobbies photography. relationships.
Around 2010, the now-34-year-old Oakland, Md., native started Jacqie Q On what do you insist?
Photography (jacqieq.com) and eventually it became her full-time work. Kindness and compassion. What do you wish youd known at 18?
About 75 percent of her work is weddings and she shoots on average 10-15 I wish I would have known that I didnt
per year, both opposite- and same-sex couples, the latter of which she says What was your last Facebook post or need anyones permission or approval.
shes especially drawn to. Tweet? It took me a long time to accept and love
Same-sex weddings are full of so much love and respect, she says. There My last post was a meme that says, myself as I am because I was so focused
can be drama at every wedding, but in my experience, all the nonsense falls Stopping Trump is a short-term on the constant criticism I received at
away when a same-sex couple gets married. Theyre doing this because they solution. The long-term solution is xing home.
love one another and want to devote their loves to one another and not just an education system that created so
throw a party. many ignorant people willing to vote Why Washington?
McKenzie shoots all over the D.C./Baltimore area. She has two sons, for him. This was a statement made by Washington is full of life, full of color, full
Declan and Colin, and is bi. Im keeping quiet on this one, she says of her Andy Borowitz. of history. Its like the CPU for the entire
relationships status. Its new. country, so Im embracing being so close
McKenzie enjoys the ying trapeze, sky diving and kayaking in her free time If your life were a book, what would to the brain of the nation. I cant say Ill
as well as getting back to nature. the title be? always be here. I have big plans.
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Local couples talk joys,


stresses of getting married
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 when it was not legal, but that was when
we had our big ceremony. The 2013
Middleburg, Va. ceremony was a big hit, an all-church
What was the most dicult element event where ve couples participated,
of yourweddingto achieve? We wanted four of whom repeated their vows from
to make sure we enjoyed the day and also their legal weddings in other jurisdictions.
that it was unique to us.This took a lot of We were the only couple to actually get
eort but paid o in the end. It was truly married at that time. River Road hosted
the best day of our lives. a big potluck and it was followed by all-
Did the overall heteronormativity generation dancing. People still talk about
of the industry pose any problem? it as the best party River Road ever threw.
If so, what? The industry is shockingly What was the most dicult element
heteronormative and gendered.We only of your wedding to achieve? I will only
used vendors that acknowledged that speak about our commitment ceremony
they have same-sex couple clients and since that is the most true wedding-like of
encouraged those who didnt get our our two events.The most dicult element
business to change their approach. for us honestly was just the massive
Any resistance or weirdness from project management of the event. We had
family/friends? Chriss mom found a about 80 guests and many of them were

NOW STARRING surrogate before we even cut the cake (a


cousins girlfriend), so theres that. Well
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probably adopt in a few years but it was Did the overall heteronormativity
still funny. of the industry pose any problem?
What advice would you give other If so, what? We had no problems with
D.C.-area same-sex couples planning the caterer or stationer. We did our own

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and pressure that comes at you when my partner wore a suit she already owned.
planning your wedding. Decide what one The only misstep was at our Dupont Circle
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BRANDY
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THURSDAY MARCH 30
THE HAMILTON LIVE AND WPA PRESENT

THE KNIGHTS By MARIAH COOPER


& CHRISTINA
COURTIN
W/ HOLLY BOWLING
A PART OF THE 2017 SHIFT FESTIVAL
OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS
FRIDAY MARCH 31
SAT, APRIL 1
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W/ SCOTT MILLER
SUN, APRIL 2
Gloria Gaynor to sing at Library of Congress
THE HILLBENDERS PRESENT
THE WHOS TOMMY: A BLUEGRASS OPRY Singer Gloria Gaynor (I Will Survive) will be at the Library of Congress Thomas
THURS, APRIL 6 Jeerson Building (10 First St., S.E.) on Saturday, May 6 for various events as part
ELIANE ELIAS of its Bibliodiscotheque series celebrating disco.
At 4 p.m., the singer will appear with Good Morning Americas Robin Roberts
FRI, APRIL 7 for an interview. At 5 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion, Gaynor will sign copies of her
MIPSO W/ DAN MILLS book We Will Survive. And at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall, Gaynor and her band will
kick o a disco dance party. Attendees are asked to wear 70s/disco attire. Its
SAT, APRIL 8
free but advance registration, which started this week, is required.
WILLIE NILE W/ JAMIE MCLEAN BAND Tim Gunn will appear for a segment on disco fashion on Tuesday, May 2 at 7
MON, APRIL 10 p.m. in the Mumford Room.
LAGUNITAS PRESENTS Visit loc.gov/concerts for more information. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMPSON

LOW CUT CONNIE W/ SKRIBE


TUES, APRIL 11 Sampson in D.C. April 5
OMMEGANG PRESENTS
THE FELICE BROTHERS Out comic Sampson performs at
W/ THE BROTHER BROTHERS Busboys & Poets (2021 14th St., N.W.) for
Black Joy: A Stand Up Comedy Aair on
WED, APRIL 12
Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
TERRAPIN PRESENTS
The show is a tribute to iconic comedian
ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Moms Mabley focusing on political and
THURS, APRIL 13 social strife. Sampson has appeared on
DIRTY BOURBON RIVER SHOW BET, MTV, FOX, among others. Tickets are
$20. Doors open at 7 p.m.
W/ HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL
Purchase tickets at sampsoncomedy.com.
FRI, APRIL 14
THE WEIGHT Dining Out for Life is April 6
FEAT. FORMER MEMBERS OF THE BAND,
LEVON HELM BAND, AND RICK DANKO GROUP
Dining out for Life, a benet for Food
SAT, APRIL 15
& Friends, returns throughout the day on
AN EVENING WITH
Thursday, April 6.
CHATHAM COUNTY LINE PHOTO BY PERRY MANDELBOYM; COURTESY OF OGE GROUP Local restaurants will donate 25-110
SUN, APRIL 16 percent of meal proceeds to Food &
10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM Friends to support children and adults
EASTER GOSPEL BRUNCH Baltimores Light City Festival returns living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other
FEATURING WILBUR JOHNSON serious illnesses. Freddies Beach Bar and
& THE GOSPEL PERSUADERS Restaurant will be donating 110 percent
Light City: a Festival of Light, Music and Innovation, an interactive and free of its dinner proceeds and Annies
TUES, APRIL 18
festival, runs throughout Baltimore from March 31-April 8. Paramount Steakhouse will donate 100
KINKY FRIEDMAN Baltimores Inner Harbor features the BGE Light Art Walk, a mile-and-a-half percent of its dinner proceeds. All Set
W/ BRIAN MOLNAR art walk, which includes more than 23 large-scale light installations. Works, Restaurant & Bar will donate 75 percent
including illuminated sculptures, projections and interactive technologies, from and Bucks Fishing & Camping, Comet
both local and international artists will be on display. Various bands and DJs Ping Pong, Delhi Clubb, Pearl Dive Oyster
will perform all well such as Biz Markie, Alexis Joyce, Ama Chandra, Blood Mist, Palace and Republic will all be donating
Bloomer, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more. 50 percent of their dinner prots.
For more information, visit lightcity.org. For a complete list of participating
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PHOTO BY KRITEN HARTKE

The acid trip wine pairing at ENO is a tasty option at an easily overlooked bistro.

These happy hour hideaways


are worth visiting next time
the most classic French liqueurs, including
an Old Fashioned featuring armagnac,
a type of brandy made in southwestern


youre in Georgetown France, and the never-trendy but perfectly
balanced Kir Royal, prepared with just the
right note of creme de cassis. If youre
By KRISTEN HARTKE

An afternoon spent shopping along


the streets of Georgetown can be a bit
feeling particularly French, sip on a glass of
pastis, one of many anise-based liqueurs
found throughout the Mediterranean,
mixed with a little bit of water to your


exhausting. The sidewalks are narrow preference.
and crowded with tourists and college ENO Wine Bar (2810 Pennsylvania
students, and many of the local hotspots Ave., N.W.) is not o the beaten path in
ll up quickly when youre in dire need of Georgetown, yet can still be easily missed.
a drink and a snack. Located just across the Pennsylvania
Georgetown has several spots on its Avenue Bridge that connects Foggy
winding side streets to get away from Bottom to Georgetown and adjacent to
the hustle and bustle, but there are the Four Seasons Hotel, ENO sits on a

the 7 fingers of the hand

cuisine
two standouts, Bar Vin and ENO, that block that many pedestrians just pass

............................
recall the days when the neighborhood through on their way to shopping and
was particularly known for its French dining further up the street. But its well
restaurants where patrons could get worth making a stop there. In fact, you
a good glass of wine and classic Gallic- may never make it to Wisconsin Avenue.
inspired nibbles. While ENO is not as specically French-
In a time when Georgetown, and D.C. in forward as Bar Vin, its still French-
general, seems to be lled with purveyors inspired and oers its own calming respite
of burgers, pizza and overly complex from the Georgetown hyperactivity. With
cocktails, Bar Vin is a delight. Tucked
next door to its parent restaurant, Chez
an extensive array of cheese from France,
Vermont and Virginia, along with locally
............................
& confessions
Billy Sud, Bar Vin (1035 31st St., N.W.) prepared charcuterie, you can start o
has been open just a year, but sits as with the bartenders choice of three
comfortably as any beloved decades-old meats and three cheeses to whet your
neighborhood hangout, paneled in dark appetite, or go straight into the raclette

april 8 & 9
wood with a gleaming copper-topped and potatoes a rich melted cheese
bar. The vibe is utterly relaxed and the dish from Switzerland thats been making
happy hour oerings are both aordable a comeback in local restaurants, from
and authentic. Brasserie Beck to the new Whole Foods
Bar Vins wine list oers a tasting on H Street.
throughout various regions in France, The wine ights are particularly Theater and acrobatics
such as the better-known varieties
from Bordeaux and Champagne, but
interesting at ENO, highlighting vintages
from France, Spain, Italy, New Zealand and
meet on-stage cooking!
also small estate-specic wines from the U.S. The acid trip ight focuses on
areas like Chinon and Vaucluse. Let the particularly bright and acidic white wines, Enjoy food trucks and more
bartenders be your guide and try a few from a New Zealand riesling to a Yakima between shows on Sat, 4-8 p.m.
sips of dierent wines to decide which Valley (Washington) gewrztraminer,
region suits your mood. Fuel up with while the regions unknown ight 888-945-2468 OR
a country-style pt, accompanied by presents less familiar options, such as a
prunes, pistachios and cornichons, or a savory Greek red wine and a fruity red
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classic plat du fromage (which sounds so blend from Lebanon.
much fancier than cheese plate). For a
real treat, get the basket of freshly baked CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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and the citrusy marinated olives.
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
If your bent leans more toward cocktails, and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
youll nd several that focus on some of adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.
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E-mail calendar items to calendars@washblade. the Creating Change conference host


com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim- committee at National City Christian
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) this
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time. evening at 6 p.m. Creating Change will
be the nations largest LGBT conference.
Email creatingchange@thetaskforce.
org. For more information, visit
TODAY creatingchange.org.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a
Go Gay D.C. hosts a happy hour social transgender and non-binary support
at Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639 group today from 5-7 p.m. For more
Florida Ave., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. details, visit smyal.org.
No cover. All are welcome. For more
details, visit gogaydc.com. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
The Community Advisory Board on
LGBT Community-Driven Research The Ask Rayceen Show presents its
hosts a community conversation on the annual #AskRayceen Mini Ball at Human
health needs and interests of same- Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island
gender loving men of color in the District Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6-9:30 p.m.
at Covenant Baptist United Church of Show begins at 7 p.m. Ball categories
Christ (3845 Capitol St., S.W.) tonight will include best dressed, runway in all
from 6-8 p.m. Dinner will be served. For black and voguing with a prop. Special
more information, visit facebook.com/ categories include female face, face over
lgbthealthdc. 40, butch/trans realness, among others.
Rayceen Pendarvis hosts. All are welcome.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Admission is free. For more information,
visit facebook.com/askrayceen.
Singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
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