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In rst, federal court says


existing law bans discrimination

By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

For the rst time, a federal appeals court has determined discrimination
based on sexual orientation amounts to sex discrimination and is unlawful
under current civil rights law.
In a 69-page decision, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled
Tuesday in the case of Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College anti-gay workplace
bias is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reversing an earlier
decision from a three-judge panel nding precedent precludes the court from
making that determination.
Writing for the majority in the 8-3 decision, U.S. Chief Judge Diane Wood, a
Clinton appointee, nds discrimination based on sexual orientation constitutes
discrimination based on ones perception of gender stereotypes, which the
U.S. Supreme Court has determined is unlawful under Title VII.
KIMBERLY HIVELY sued her former employer, Ivy Tech Community College, alleging it denied
her promotions because shes a lesbian.
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Pleas from LGBT advocates new law is far from perfect, but the board of directors
to continue boycott fall short reached the conclusion to restore games to North
Carolina after evaluating the HB2 replacement signed
by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper after negotiations
By CHRIS JOHNSON with Republican leaders.
cjohnson@washblade.com We are actively determining site selections, and this
new law has minimally achieved a situation where we
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a
decided to restore games to North Carolina in the nondiscriminatory environment, the statement says.
aftermath of the state reaching a deal to replace anti- The statement, however, indicates any site
LGBT House Bill 2 with another measure that civil awarded a championship event in North Carolina or
N.C. Gov. ROY COOPER signed a replacement law for HB2
rights groups say is discriminatory. that critics say doesnt go far enough.
The league announced in a statement Tuesday the CONTINUES ON PAGE 15 WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

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Comings & Goings


Former Council member Ambrose dies at 77
Sharon Ambrose, a member of the D.C. Council from 1997 to 2007 and a longtime
supporter and ally of the LGBT community, died Saturday, April 1, at George Washington
University Hospital following a long illness. She was 77.
Richmond at EPA; Grant to mayors LGBTQ advisory group Ambrose, a Democrat, won election to the citys Ward 6 Council seat after serving on
the sta of former Council member John Ray (D-At-Large). She served as chair of the
By PETER ROSENSTEIN Committee on Economic Development and has been credited with playing an important
role in pushing for the city to nance the Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium.
The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our com- LGBT activists have said Ambrose was a committed ally and strong supporter of LGBT
munity. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining
boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at rights legislation before the Council.
comingsandgoings@washblade.com. GLAA went back decades with Sharon, who was one of our go-to Council staers
before she won election to the Council representing Ward 6, said former Gay and
Congratulations to Jonah Richmond, Lesbian Activists Alliance President Rick Rosendall.
who is starting as a Conict Resolution She was a friend, ally, and honest-dealing public servant who was as smart and tough
Specialist in the Environmental Protection as they come, Rosendall said in a tribute to Ambrose on the GLAA website.
Agencys Oce of General Counsel. A receiving of friends was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, April 7, at St. Peters Catholic
Richmond most recently worked in EPAs Church at 313 Second Street, S.E., to be followed by a funeral Mass at the church at 10
Oce of Chemical Safety and Pollution a.m.
Prevention, implementing several LOU CHIBBARO JR.
provisions of the Frank R. Lautenberg
Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Rehoboths Double L closes indenitely
Even though the Trump administration
is threatening to drastically cut the sta The co-owner of the popular Rehoboth
and functions of the EPA its important that Beach gay bar Double L, which has been in
smart people like Richmond will still be business for nearly 20 years, announced
there. He has kept his dispute resolution on Facebook last month that he has
skills sharp as an EEO Mediator at the EPA. decided to close the bar indenitely for
Richmond is active in the LGBT the foreseeable future.
community volunteering at the Whitman- JONAH RICHMOND Terry Snoddy, who bought the Double
Walker Health Name and Gender Change PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHMOND L last year with his partner Tim Drabic
Clinic. He is married to David Olson, from its previous owners, suggested in
manager of the executive oce and his March 16 Facebook post that the bar
board engagement at the Shakespeare hasnt been doing well nancially.
Theatre Company, and the managing Even with great attendance on
director and chairman of the board of the weekends and weekdays the bar does not
Pointless Theatre Company. Richmond is cover its mortgage, Snoddy wrote. I am
a graduate of the University of Maryland, prepared to potentially reopen once the
College Park, and the Vermont Law School. season is closer but have yet to decide,
Congratulations also to Jaime M. he stated.
Grant, Ph.D. who is among a number of Having said that I want to thank you
new people named to the D.C. Mayors all for your support and the sta for all
Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Aairs. the hard work they have contributed to
Grant is a social justice researcher, our attempts in revitalizing a Rehoboth
advocate and educator with a 25-year track tradition, Snoddy added.
record of strategic research, advocacy His Facebook message came at a
and leadership training catalyzing key time when Double L faces a possible
moments of change to advance racial, JAIME GRANT, Ph.D.
suspension of its liquor license. The
economic, gender and LGBTQ justice. PHOTO COURTESY OF GRANT
Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco
Grant founded the rst global Enforcement has charged the bar with
transgender research and advocacy violating the state liquor law by failing to
project based on the success of her U.S. report, Injustice at Every Turn: A report to the commission that co-owner
Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey working with Drabic was arrested in December on
transgender leaders of color all over the Global South. Since 2015, Grant has drunken driving related charges.
run an organization she founded, Trans*Formations LLC, working with clients to Police in the town of Ocean View, Del.,
achieve sustainability in racial, economic, gender and LGBTQ justice work. Prior charged Drabic with driving under the Double L owner TIM DRABIC was arrested in
to that among the other incredible things she has done Jaime was the Founding inuence, disregarding a police ocers December.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo signal to stop, and driving a vehicle at
College directing the nations largest endowed social justice leadership center unreasonable or imprudent speeds
for which she secured a $23 million endowment. Many in D.C. know Grant from following a high-speed chase. Police
her years as director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task said Drabic was observed driving an SUV up to 100 miles per hour northbound on the
Force. She had previously served the organization as its director of development. southbound lane of Coastal Highway beginning in Ocean City, Md.
Grant has written and edited numerous books, including Friendship as Social Drabic was released on a $2,500 unsecured bail and was scheduled to appear in
Justice Activism, forthcoming, Niharika Banerjea, Debanuj DasGupta, Rohit Sussex County Superior Court on Wednesday, April 5, for a review hearing.
DasGupta, and Jaime M. Grant, editors. Grant received her doctorate in Womens Robert Kracyla, Deputy Director of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement,
Gender and Sexuality from the Union Institute and University, her masters from said a hearing would be scheduled over the violation of not reporting Drabics arrest. He
Bucknell University and her bachelors from Wesleyan University. said it would be up to John Cordrey, Commissioner of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage
The other newest members of the Mayors Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Aairs Control Commission, to decide on a penalty for the violation, which could range from a
are Saymendy Lloyd, Dwayne Bensing and Craig Langford. The committee works to reprimand to a suspension of the liquor license.
advise the Mayors Oce of LGBTQ Aairs headed by Sheila Alexander Reid. Snoddy and Drabic couldnt immediately be reached for comment.
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Judge nds probable cause for Casa Ruby attacker


Suspect arrested again Cook has a history of being violent toward while Cook waited for his case to be called. prosecutors following an arrest, saying
transgender people. She told the court The Washington Blade couldnt they have made up with their spouse or
for allegedly assaulting that according to witnesses, he became immediately determine whether the partner and dont want him or her to be
trans girlfriend enraged after becoming convinced that woman who sat next to Cook in court was prosecuted.
the trans women at Casa Ruby on the day the same woman whom Cook allegedly Acting D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson,
of the incident were talking about him. assaulted in the March 31 incident. who oversees the LGBT Liaison Unit, said
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. The police arrest adavit quotes Experts on the subject of domestic police are continuing to investigate the
lchibbaro@washblade.com witnesses as saying he shouted, Ill kill your violence have said domestic violence March 31 assault incident even though
mother fucking ass! Yall tranny mother victims frequently change their minds the initial assault charge against Cook has
A D.C. Superior Court judge on Monday fuckers think somebody wont fuck you up! and refuse to cooperate with police and been dropped.
ruled that probable cause exists that The adavit says Cook picked up a bar
Andrew J. Cook, 20, committed the of soap from a table and threw it at one of
oense of destruction of property on the trans women, which struck her in the
March 12 when he allegedly smashed the right shoulder. It says no injury resulted.
front door at the LGBT community center
Casa Ruby and assaulted a transgender
He then stormed out of the building and
one of the witnesses locked the door, the Sale of Phase 1 ends
employee.
Judge Sean C. Staples issued his
adavit says.
It was at that time that he picked up 45-year run of lesbian bar
probable cause nding at an April 3 a brick and threw it twice into the door,
preliminary hearing in which information shattering the double paned glass section The Phase 1, a lesbian bar that has
surfaced that Cook was arrested again of the door, before eeing the area. operated in the Barracks Row section
on March 31 on a charge of assault, just D.C. police initially charged Cook of Capitol Hill since 1970, became
under two weeks after he was arrested with misdemeanor assault and felony a part of gay bar history last month
on March 13 in connection with the Casa threats to kill in addition to destruction of when its building, owned by Phase 1
Ruby incident. property. The U.S. Attorneys Oce led co-founder Allen Carroll, sold for $3.3
His defense attorney, John Carney, said only the felony destruction of property million, according city tax records.
the assault charge in the second case charge in court. A spokesperson for the Although Phase 1 has been closed
was dropped by prosecutors, who have U.S. Attorneys Oce said prosecutors since last June, Carroll applied to
declined to disclose why they dropped might le additional charges against Cook have its liquor license stored in
the charge. as the case moves forward. safekeeping at the citys Alcoholic
In the Casa Ruby case, a police arrest Following the judges nding of Beverage Regulation Administration,
adavit says Cook threw a brick into probable cause on Monday the case has raising speculation and hope by
the double pane glass section of the been referred to a grand jury, according some of its loyal customers that he
Casa Ruby front door two times after to court records. might reopen the iconic club.
shouting anti-transgender slurs and At Mondays hearing Judge Staples also One year earlier Carroll announced
making threats to kill one or more of the denied a request by prosecutor Forte that on the bars Facebook page that it The Phase 1 building was sold last
month for $3.3 million.
transgender women who were at Casa Cooks release status be revoked and that was being closed for renovation work WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY DAMIEN SALAS
Ruby during the incident. he be held pending trial. Forte asked for and would soon reopen. It did reopen
D.C. police arrested Cook one day later the change in the release status because a few months later on a limited
after a transgender woman who witnessed of Cooks latest arrest on March 31 for schedule of Thursday through Saturday nights only.
the incident and who said she had dated assault. At the time it reopened he told the Blade he was uncertain of its future.
Cook identied him to police and advised Defense attorney Carney argued that the I dont want to close, but the girls have got to support it, he said. Ive always
them on where they could nd him. existing status, in which Cook was released been there for the women. I dont fully get it. Weve been there through good
At Mondays preliminary hearing on his own recognizance and which orders times and bad.
Metropolitan Police Department Ocer him to stay away from Casa Ruby and all Some of Phase 1s regular customers speculated that as LGBT rights advances
Zanobia Hakir, who is a member of the potential prosecution witnesses, should changed the gay and lesbian social scene many former gay bar customers, men and
departments LGBT Liaison Unit, testied that remain in place. He said incarcerating Cook women, feel comfortable going to other clubs that welcome both gays and straights.
multiple witnesses identied Cook as the was unwarranted because the charge in City tax records show that although Phase 1 operated in its building at 525 8th St.,
person who damaged the Casa Ruby door. the March 31 arrest was no papered by S.E. for many years, Carrolls Ft. Washington, Md., based company, AJC II LLC, bought
Several people were in the Casa Ruby the U.S. Attorneys oce. the building in December 2009 for just over $1.8 million. His sale of the building
drop in center when this happened, Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the eight years later yielded a prot of just under $1.5 million, city records show.
Hakir said in response to a question by U.S. Attorneys oce, told the Blade on A large sign hanging on the front wall this week says the building is up for
the lead prosecutor in the case, Assistant Monday that the oce has a policy of lease and is well suited for a restaurant.
U.S. Attorney Bianca Forte. not disclosing its reasons for dropping In recent years, the Phase 1 became known as the longest continuously
Almost everyone in there knew him, Hakir charges in cases like this one. operating lesbian bar in the country. In 1970, when Carroll and his partner Chris
testied. They provided photos of him. A police incident report for the March 31 Jensen opened the bar, they were among just a small number of gay bar owners
Ruby Corado, Casa Rubys founder and arrest lists a male name for the victim of who sought to open an exclusively lesbian bar.
executive director, told the Blade at the the assault and classies it as an incident Former Phase 1 manager and bartender Angela Lombardi told the Blade in a
time the incident occurred that Cook had of domestic violence. It says Cook and the 2015 interview, when Carol closed the bar for renovation and didnt make it clear
been a regular visitor to Casa Ruby. She victim are in a romantic relationship. when or if he would reopen, praised Carol for his many years of commitment to
said Cook identied as being straight but However, sources familiar with the case keeping the bar open.
had expressed an interest in meeting say the victim is a transgender woman Hes done more than fucking anyone else, more than any lady, more than
transgender women. who apparently was misidentied in the anyone for our community and for that he deserves serious accolades,
They let him hang out there until he police incident report. Lombardi said. He kept it open through thick and thin. Thats his baby. Thats
got angry, Hakir testied in response to When Cook appeared in court on the bar that started it all for him and Chris, she said.
a question from Cooks defense attorney, Monday he was accompanied by a Allen has really fought for 45 years to keep those doors open, she said.
John Carney. transgender woman who sat next to him LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Hakir testied that witnesses told her in the courtrooms public seating area
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Gorsuch nomination heads to Senate oor


Democrats vow libuster Feinstein (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the National Rie Association and the Judicial
committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-N.Y.), Crisis Network.
of high court pick who until recently was ranking Democrat. With a libuster of the Gorsuch
Feinstein cited during the hearing nomination likely to succeed when the
By CHRIS JOHNSON Republican obstruction of former cloture vote for the nominee is held on
cjohnson@washblade.com President Obamas nomination of Merrick Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch
Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court as well McConnell (R-Ky.) is likely to invoke the
The Senate Judiciary Committee as various decisions Gorsuch reached as nuclear option, which would eliminate
advanced Monday the nomination a Justice Department ocial during the the long-standing ability to libuster
of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Bush administration and a judge on the nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Court, although the nomination has hit U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. McConnell strongly suggested during
a signicant snag now that Democrats Our job is to assess whether the an interview on NBCs Meet the Press he
have secured the votes necessary to nominee will protect the legal and would invoke the nuclear option when
successfully libuster his conrmation. constitutional rights of all Americans, he declared Gorsuch would be conrmed
Before the committee approved the and whether the nominee recognizes this week with or without help from
Gorsuch nomination on a party-line vote, the humanity and justice required Democrats.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced when evaluating the cases before him, LGBT rights supporters have universally
during the session he would oppose the Feinstein said. Unfortunately, based on opposed the conrmation of Gorsuch
nominee and support the Democratic Judge Gorsuchs record at the Department to the Supreme Court, citing as a chief
libuster against him. That made him the of Justice, his tenure on the bench, his concern his decision on the 11th Circuit
41st vote needed for a successful libuster. appearance before the Senate and his in favor of Hobby Lobby being allowed
I am not ready to end debate on this Democrats stand ready to libuster the written questions for the record, I cannot to deny contraception coverage for
issue, so I will be voting against cloture, conrmation of Judge NEIL GORSUCH. support this nomination. employees under Obamacare on the basis
unless we are able as a body to nally WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Also cited by Feinstein as a concern of religious freedom for the corporation.
sit down and nd a way to avoid the is the more than $10 million the Koch That reasoning, observers say, could
nuclear option and ensure the process to Other top Democrats announcing they brothers have declared they intend lead to religious exemptions for LGBT
ll the next vacancy on the court is not a would join Senate Minority Leader Chuck to spend to support the Gorsuch non-discrimination laws should they be
narrowly partisan process, Coons said. Schumer (D-N.Y.)s libuster were Sen. Dianne conrmation as well as ads buys from the adjudicated by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rainbow Flag creator Gilbert Baker dies at 65


Acclaimed artist exhibited
work around the world
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

Gilbert Baker, the creator of the


Rainbow Flag, which has become
internationally recognized as the symbol
of the modern LGBT rights movement,
died on Friday, March 31 of natural causes
at his home in New York City. He was 65.
According to an ocial biography
posted on his website, Baker worked as a
ag maker since June 1978, when his rst
of many versions of the Rainbow Flag was
displayed at San Franciscos LGBT Pride
celebration.
Over the next 39 years Baker became
known internationally as a highly
GILBERT BAKER died Friday in New York of
acclaimed ag maker and artist, with undisclosed causes.
his ag designs being displayed for the PHOTO COURTESY OF REX WOCKNER
premier of China and the presidents of
France, Venezuela, and the Philippines
as well as for the King of Spain, among
others, his biography says. ne art celebrating the Rainbow Flag in friends with San Francisco Supervisor He had hand-sewn 39 of these ags to
As an artist, Baker returned again and Rome for the LGBT World Pride event. and gay rights icon Harvey Milk and made commemorate the 39th anniversary of
again to variations on the Rainbow Flag He opened an exhibit in New York City in ags for special events, including gay the creation of the Rainbow Flag, with
motif and his artwork and ag creations 2002 showcasing 180 items he created rights marches, at Milks request. plans for them to be displayed in San
have appeared in galleries and museums and put on an expanded version of that Just days ago, Baker had completed Francisco in June, Blotcher said.
around the word, the biography says. exhibit in San Francisco in 2003. his latest Rainbow Flag, a nine-color ag Baker is survived by his mother, Patricia
It adds that in 2000 Baker put on The biography says that while living in for which he added the color lavender Baker of San Antonio, Texas; and his sister,
his rst exhibition of photographs and San Francisco in the 1970s Baker became for diversity, said his friend Jay Blotcher. Ardonna Baker Cook of Cypress, Texas.
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Takano: Nunes has shot his credibility


Says committee chair
should recuse himself
from Russia probe
By KAREN OCAMB

With more bombshell revelations over the


investigation into Russian involvement in the
2016 presidential election, gay Democratic
Rep. Mark Takano has added his voice to the
growing chorus calling for Republican Rep.
Devin Nunes to recuse himself as chair of
the House Intelligence Committee.
In an interview last week, Takano talked Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) has called on
Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the
about the uproar over his conservative Russia investigation.
California colleague and how he thinks PHOTO COURTESY OF TAKANO
Democrats winning back the House
is the only way to get a fair and true
investigation in Russian interference and
possible Trump collusion. Takano is co- Takano told The Blade that Nunes may the knowledge of his colleagues, Takano branch thats interested in getting at the
chair of the Democratic Congressional now face a challenger in 2018. Someone said. I have called for Mr. Nunes to recuse truth. And getting at the truth is what I
Campaign Committees LGBT Caucus with will probably run against him, said Takano. himself from the investigation, not to step think the American people want to see
Colorado Rep. Jared Polis. The D-Tripe C will continue to look at down but to recuse himself because I dont happen. And unfortunately, I dont see
Nunes, who was on Donald Trumps people who are targets and Mr. Nunes think he can be a fair and independent Mr. Nunes or whoever would succeed
presidential transition team, is under really hasnt done himself any favors. oversight leader. him next in line as advancing that cause.
intense re for announcing at a news As someone said today, Devin Nunes Takano makes a distinction between Its very important that the American
conference outside the White House that reports to the president which is Nunes recusal and replacement since people understand that Democrats must
he had seen intelligence reports showing kind of an astounding thing to say about there might be issues with whomever win in 2018, to get at the truth about what
that Trump, his campaign and his a congressman that they serve the among Nunes Republican colleagues happened, to understand to what extent
associates had been incidentally swept president. In this case, Mr. Nunes has might replace him. the Russians interfered with the American
up in foreign surveillance activities during compromised his ability to lead an These are folks who are more elections and what was the impact as
the Obama administration. Nunes said he oversight role, which is what his committee interested in keeping power so they can well as possible connections to Donald
talked to House Speaker Paul Ryan before is supposed to do. To have a fair make decisions, Takano said. They have Trumps nancial interests, Takano said.
dashing to the White House to brief investigation, a fair review of whats going a president who is willing to sign o on There are more than enough reasons
Trump. However, Nunes failed to follow on I think he has shot his credibility by their agenda. So I dont see Congress, and cause to hold this president and
protocol and brief his Ranking Democratic having gone to the White House without under their leadership, as a co-equal administration accountable.
committee co-chair Rep. Adam Schi or
any of the other committee members
about what he discovered.
During a brief White House photo
op, Trump said he felt somewhat
vindicated by Nunes revelation since FBI
Puerto Rico Senate rescinds trans protections
Director Comey and other high-ranking
ocials, including Nunes, had said a The president of the Puerto Rico Senate has eliminated protections for the chambers transgender employees.
Trump tweet claiming former President El Vocero, a Puerto Rican newspaper, reported Sen. Thomas Rivera Schatz on March 31 rescinded an administrative order that
Obama had ordered wiretapping of said trans Senate employees could use bathrooms and wear clothing that is consistent with their gender identity.
Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign Then-Senate President Eduardo Bhata signed the order in 2014. El Vocero reported Schatz who is a vocal opponent of
was not true. LGBT rights in the U.S. commonwealth removed from the list of discriminatory practices the requirement that a person
I very much appreciated the fact that (must) dress in a manner that is inconsistent with their gender identity or prevents them from expressing their identity.
they found what they found, Trump Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican advocacy group, in a sharply worded statement he
told reporters. But last week, the New released on Tuesday accused Rivera of violating the islands 2013 law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation
York Times reported that Nunes two and gender identity.
previously unidentied sources were, in You have to be a real bastard, Thomas Rivera Schatz, to eliminate well-designed protections in an administrative order
fact, White House ocials. (and) to express and blatantly discriminate against the Senates transgender and transsexual employees, said Serrano. Not
Several current American ocials allowing them to use the bathroom or wear clothing that matches their gender identity is a violation of 2013s Law 22 that
identied the White House ocials as precisely prohibits this type of discrimination.
Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was born in Puerto Rico, in her own statement also accused
for intelligence at the National Security Rivera of violating the U.S. commonwealths nondiscrimination law. She added this deplorable act of cowardice not only
Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who mirrors President Trumps hateful and divisive rhetoric, but falls in line with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossells recent
works on national security issues at attempts to roll back the rights of Puerto Ricos LGBTQ community.
the White House Counsels Oce and Rivera Schatz should be ashamed of himself, said Mark-Viverito. Instead of taking the time to disempower the must
was previously counsel to Mr. Nuness vulnerable Puerto Ricans, he should be focused on strengthening them and moving the island forward.
committee, the Times wrote. Though Lambda Legal was among the plaintis in a 2014 lawsuit that challenged Puerto Ricos same-sex marriage ban. The LGBT
neither has been accused of breaking any legal group on Tuesday said Rivera has violated Puerto Rican and federal law and the U.S. constitution.
laws, they do appear to have sought to Rivera did not return the Washington Blades request for comment.
use intelligence to advance the political MICHAEL K. LAVERS
goals of the Trump administration.
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Gay ambassadors departure from Dominican leaves void


Brewster, husband the resort of Casa de Campo, told the
Blade during the reception at Gmezs
challenged LGBT home that Brewster and Satawake helped
stereotypes challenge stereotypes about LGBT people
in the Dominican Republic in spite of the
backlash they received.
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS [He is] a person who is openly part of
mlavers@washblade.com the LGBT community but conservative,
said Raposo.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic The image that we still have of the
Activists in the Dominican Republic community in the country is not one of
who attended an LGBT conference in a conservative community, she added.
their countrys capital last weekend say But we have many people in the LGBT
former U.S. Ambassador James Wally community who are conservative.
Brewsters departure has left a deep void. Raposo told the Blade the Catholic
Rosalba Karina Crisstomo, a lesbian Church in the Dominican Republic and
activist who is the executive director the cardinals within it can have more
of Comunidad de Lesbianas Inclusivas power in the country because Brewster
Dominicanas, is among the more than and Satawake are no longer challenging
300 people from across the region who them. She also said Dominican LGBT
attended the conference that the Gay and rights advocates are afraid they will lose
Lesbian Victory Institute co-sponsored U.S. support.
with Diversidad Dominicana, a Dominican There is fear that all of the progress
advocacy group, and Caribe Armativo, an we have seen will be erased with a simple
LGBT organization that works throughout decision that Trump can take, said Raposo.
Then-U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic JAMES WALLY BREWSTER, left, and his
northern Colombia. husband, BOB SATAWAKE, at in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in June 2015. Brewster on Saturday told the Blade he
Crisstomo told the Washington Blade WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS is proud of the Dominican LGBT activists
on Saturday that Brewster has had a big and their continued eorts to advance
impact in the country. their ght for equality.
The Dominican Republic is a country Surely we miss Ambassador Brewster in 2016 described those who support We are honored to have worked with
controlled by religious Catholics, said here, Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute Brewster and defend him as faggots. such amazing human beings and we are
Crisstomo. Wally came here to the CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills told the Blade on Lupita Raposo, a transgender woman proud to always be part of their journey,
Dominican Republic and helped us Friday after she spoke at the conferences and activist from La Romana, a city in the said Brewster. They impacted our lives and
with development and in doing that he opening plenary. His absence is certainly eastern part of the country that is near we hope we made a dierence in theirs.
highlighted all of the discrimination that felt in the Dominican Republic.
exists towards the LGBT community in Brewster ocially stepped down on
the country. January 20 when President Trump took
Then-President Obama nominated oce. The new administration has yet to
Brewster, who is a former member of
the Human Rights Campaigns board of
nominate anyone to succeed him.
Yimbert Fliz, president of Voluntariado LGBT advocates attend
directors, to represent the U.S. in the
Dominican Republic in 2013.
LGBT Dominicano, an advocacy group
that works throughout the Dominican global HRC summit in D.C.
Brewster and his husband, Bob Republic, told the Blade on Friday that
Satawake, frequently appeared together his organization has not had any type Nearly 30 LGBT and intersex rights advocates from around the world are
at public events and in the Dominican of support from the U.S. Embassy since attending a Human Rights Campaign summit this week in D.C.
media. They also met regularly with LGBT Brewsters departure. Activists from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Bangladesh, Cambodia,
rights advocates. French Ambassador to the Dominican China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Latvia,
Brewster and Satawake attended Republic Jos Gmez on March 30 hosted Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Peru, Algeria, Iraq,
a candlelight vigil in Santo Domingos a reception for conference participants at Lebanon, Libya, Sudan and Tunisia are attending the second annual HRC Global
Parque Duarte which is a popular his home. Ocials from the U.S. Embassy Innovative Advocacy Summit that is taking place through April 7. Caleb Orozco,
gathering place for LGBT Dominicans and USAID were among those who an LGBT advocate from Belize who successfully challenged his countrys sodomy
last June after the massacre at the attended. law, is also taking part in the gathering that began on Monday.
Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Brewster The ambassador and his husbands The activists on Monday took part in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Reps.
and Satawake also participated in Santo departure from the country has aected Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and met with Clifton Cortez,
Domingos Pride parade that took place a us, Fliz told the Blade, referring to who is the World Banks rst LGBT and intersex adviser. They also attended
few weeks later. Brewster and Satawake. a reception at the Norwegian Embassy with Kare R. Aas, who is the countrys
The two men attended the June 2015 Religious leaders and politicians ambassador to the U.S.
launch of an LGBT tourism campaign that regularly attacked Brewster and Satawake Far too many LGBTQ people live in places around the world where there are
took place in Santo Domingos Old City. during his ambassadorship. few to no legal protections, draconian civil or criminal penalties for being LGBTQ
Brewster and Satawake helped Nicols de Jess Lpez Rodrguez, the and sometimes even threats of violence or death, HRC Global Director Ty Cobb
secure a grant from the U.S. Agency former cardinal of the Archdiocese of Santo told the Washington Blade on Tuesday in a statement. Now more than ever
for International Development that Domingo, repeatedly used anti-gay slurs to before, its crucially important we come together to ght for the equal rights of
supported eorts to promote LGBT describe Brewster. A group of Dominican LGBTQ people everywhere.
participation in the Dominican Republics intellectuals and religious leaders last year HRC is proud to bring together 30 LGBTQ leaders from around the world for
political process. They also helped urged President Danilo Medina to declare a unique opportunity to share their approaches to advocacy, learn from each
pave the way for the Santo Domingo Brewster persona non grata because other, and return home with renewed energy to continue their important work,
conference, which is the largest LGBT- of a U.S.-backed education initiative they he added.
specic gathering that has ever taken claimed would turn our adolescents gay. MICHAEL K. LAVERS
place in the country. A member of the Dominican congress
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Federal appeals court rules anti-gay bias illegal


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 workers from discrimination. The 7th
Circuit is composed of Wisconsin, Illinois
Any discomfort, disapproval, or job and Indiana. Wisconsin and Illinois already
decision based on the fact that the had state laws against sexual-orientation
complainantwoman or man dresses discrimination in employment, but the
dierently, speaks dierently, or dates ruling assures for the rst-time gay, lesbian
or marries a same-sex partner, is a and bisexual workers have recourse if they
reaction purely and simply based on sex, face discrimination in Indiana.
Wood writes. That means that it falls Greg Nevins, employment fairness
within Title VIIs prohibition against sex program director for Lambda Legal
discrimination, if it aects employment in and attorney for the plainti, said
one of the specied ways. in a statement the decision is a
Wood also relies heavily on the gamechanger for gay people facing
reasoning in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court workplace discrimination and sends a
decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia, clear message to employers: It is against
which struck down bans on interracial the law to discriminate on the basis of
marriage and served as a basis for the sexual orientation.
courts ruling in favor of marriage equality In many cities and states across the
in 2015. country, lesbian and gay workers are
Changing the race of one partner being red because of who they love,
made a dierence in determining the Nevins said. But, with this decision,
legality of the conduct, and so the law federal law is catching up to public
rested on distinctions drawn according opinion: ninety-percent of Americans
to race, which were unjustiable and U.S. Chief Judge DIANE WOOD said discrimination based on sexual orientation constitutes already believe that LGBT employees
racially discriminatory, Wood writes. So discrimination based on ones perception of gender stereotypes. should be valued for how well they do
PHOTO BY LINDA RUX; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA
too, here. If we were to change the sex their jobsnot who they love or who they
of one partner in a lesbian relationship, are. Now, through this case and others,
the outcome would be dierent. This promotions because shes a lesbian. need to reinterpret the law. that principle is backed up by the courts.
reveals that the discrimination rests on Echoing Wood in a concurring decision So if discriminating against an The U.S. Equal Employment
distinctions drawn according to sex. is U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner, who employee because she is homosexual Opportunity Commission, the U.S.
Wood cautions the ruling decided was responsible for the 7th Circuits is equivalent to discriminating against agency charged with enforcing federal
only the issue put before us and not, for decision in favor of marriage equality in her because she is (A) a woman who is employment civil rights law, determined
example, whether Ivy Tech is a religious 2015 and opined in this case changing (B) sexually attracted to women, then it in its 2015 decision in the case of Baldwin
institution and therefore entitled to the attitudes toward sex and gender call for is motivated, in part, by an enumerated v. Foxx that discrimination against
religious exemption under Title VII, nor a new interpretation of Title VII. trait: The employees sex, Flaum writes. workers for being gay, lesbian or bisexual
the legality of anti-gay discrimination in The position of a woman discriminated That is all an employee must show to violates Title VII.
the context of the provision of social or against on account of being a lesbian successfully allege a Title VII claim. Shannon Minter, legal director for the
public services. is thus analogous to a womans being Writing the dissent in the case was National Center for Lesbian Rights, said
We hold only that a person who alleges discriminated against on account of U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Sykes, a George the decision opens the door to a new
that she experienced employment dis- being a woman, Posner writes. That W. Bush-appointed judge who writes the era for LGBTQ plaintis under federal sex
crimination on the basis of her sexual woman didnt choose to be a woman; majority deploys a judge-empowering, discrimination law.
orientation has put forth a case of sex the lesbian didnt choose to be a lesbian. common-law decision method that leaves With this historic decision, the 7th
discrimination for Title VII purposes, I dont see why ring a lesbian because a great deal of room for judicial discretion. Circuit is the rst federal appellate court to
Wood concludes. It was therefore wrong she is in the subset of women who are Respect for the constraints imposed acknowledge that discrimination because
to dismiss Hivelys complaint for failure to lesbian should be thought any less a form on the judiciary by a system of written a person is gay, lesbian or bisexual
state a claim. of sex discrimination than ring a woman law must begin with delity to the can only reasonably be understood as
In a new trend, a number of district because shes a woman. traditional rst principle of statutory discrimination based on sex, Minter said.
courts have begun to rule anti-gay But Posner cautioned against basing interpretation: When a statute supplies The court deserves credit for rejecting
discrimination violates federal laws the decision on Supreme Court precedent the rule of decision, our role is to give the tortured rationales of older decisions
against sex discrimination, but federal prohibiting gender stereotyping in Oncale, eect to the enacted text, interpreting and undertaking a principled analysis,
appeals courts including the 11th which he wrote is rather evasive, or the statutory language as a reasonable based on the Supreme Courts armation
Circuit and the 2nd Circuit had Loving, which he said was a constitutional person would have understood it at the in Price Waterhouse and other cases, that
continued to reject that interpretation of case based on race and had nothing to time of enactment, Sykes writes. We Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 must
Title VII until now. The 7th Circuit ruling do with the recently enacted Title VII. are not authorized to infuse the text with be broadly construed to prohibit the full
marks the rst time a federal court has Despite criticism of the judiciary a new or unconventional meaning or to range of sex-based discrimination.
reached that conclusion after decades of for allegedly interpreting the law in update it to respond to changed social, With the 7th Circuit decision,
gay, lesbian and bisexual plaintis ling ways inconsistent with the intentions economic, or political conditions. workplace protections for gay, lesbian
complaints before federal courts under of Congress, Posner writes thats not Sykes was on the list of judges from and bisexual people are catching up
that law. a problem because he says courts do which President Trump said during his to those of transgender people. For
The ruling reverses and remands the it fairly frequently to avoid statutory campaign hed make appointments to the years, federal appeals courts have
lower court ruling in the case, which was obsolescence and concomitantly to avoid U.S. Supreme Court and reportedly was determined discrimination against
led in 2014 by Kimberly Hively against placing the entire burden of updating old one of the three picks on the short list workers for being transgender amounts
her former employer, the Indiana-based statutes on the legislative branch. for the late U.S. Associate Justice Antonin to sex discrimination under Title VII, but
Ivy Tech Community College, where Also writing a concurring opinion was Scalias seat before Trump nominated havent done so for sexual orientation
she worked as a part-time professor. U.S. Circuit Judge Joel Flaum, a Reagan- U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch. discrimination. In 2012, the U.S. EEOC
The lawsuit alleged the school violated appointed judge who writes that sexual The decision was a source of joy for armed anti-trans discrimination is
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by orientation discrimination constitutes sex LGBT rights supporters, who for decades unlawful under Title VII in the case of
denying Hively full-time employment and discrimination under Title VII without any have made a priority of protecting LGBT Macy v. Holder.
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NCAA restores games to North Carolina despite new law


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 to North Carolina is consistent with the enables a school campus to enact pro- Equality North Carolina, expressed
decision by the Atlantic Coast Conference, LGBT non-discrimination policies. disappointment on Twitter with the
elsewhere may be required to submit which had also withheld games from the The NCAA decision comes to the NCAA decision, saying the league has
additional documentation demonstrating state, but decided on Friday to restore dismay of LGBT rights supporters, who abandoned LGBT people by returning
how student-athletes and fans will be them in the aftermath of the HB2 deal. saw a continued boycott from the NCAA games to the state.
protected from discrimination. The statement says North Carolina over the HB2 deal as likely the lynchpin Also expressing disappointment with
During a news conference after he signed assured NCAA it could enact its inclusive for whether or not an economic boycott the decision on Twitter was Human
the bill, Cooper said he expects sports to policies through contracts with the new of the state would continue to create Rights Campaign President Chad Grin,
return to North Carolina, suggesting he law in place. Further, the statement says pressure for full repeal of the law. who said NCAA has placed at risk for
was given assurances it was enough for the outside of bathroom facilities the law Chris Sgro, executive director of discrimination LGBT fans and athletes in
NCAA. The statement, however, says the
NCAA did not lobby for any specic change
in the law.
The league initially cancelled seven
championship games in North Carolina
as a result of House Bill 2, which
barred cities from enacting pro-LGBT
non-discrimination ordinances and
transgender people from using the public
restroom in schools and government
buildings consistent with their gender
identity. The league gave the state a
deadline of last week to repeal the
measure or else lose those games
through 2022.
The new law, House Bill 142, prohibits
municipalities, state agencies and the
University of North Carolina from the
regulation of access to bathrooms,
locker rooms and showers without the
legislatures permission. It also bans
municipalities from enacting LGBT-
inclusive nondiscrimination measures
that would apply to private employment
or public accommodations until 2020.
Even though the new law bars
cities from enacting pro-LGBT non-
discrimination laws and the NCAAs
White House Press Secretary SEAN SPICER said President Trump believes the question of trans bathroom access is a states rights issue.
bylaws bar it from hosting games in PHOTO COURTESY OF CSPAN
places with discriminatory practices,
the statement gets around that by
referencing the success of past games in
North Carolina. Spicer: HB2 doesnt merit federal attention
While the new law meets the minimal
NCAA requirements, the board remains Meanwhile, amid the debate over HB2s replacement, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment on the
concerned that some may perceive newly enacted measure, maintaining President Trump believes the issue of transgender bathroom access belongs to localities
North Carolinas moratorium against and is not one that he believes merits federal attention.
aording opportunities for communities Spicer made the remarks under questioning from the Washington Blade on whether Trump supports the new law North
to extend basic civil rights as a signal Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed Thursday as part of a deal with leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature to replace HB2.
that discriminatory behavior is permitted I have not asked the president, Spicer said. I would stay consistent with what he said during the campaign cycle. He
and acceptable, which is inconsistent believes in state rights.
with the NCAA Bylaws, the statement Criticized by LGBT advocates as a bait-and-switch that gives the appearance of repeal while doubling-down on discrimination,
says. However, we recognize the quality the new law prohibits state agencies, municipalities and the University of North Carolina from the regulation of access to
championships hosted by the people bathrooms, locker rooms and showers unless they have the legislatures permission. It also bans municipalities until 2020
of North Carolina in years before HB2. from enacting LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination measures that would apply to private businesses or public accommodations.
And this new law restores the state to Over the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump expressed views about HB2, but said dierent things. Initially,
that legal landscape: A landscape similar Trump said transgender people should be able to use the restroom they think is right for them and Caitlyn Jenner is welcome
to other jurisdictions presently hosting to use the restroom in Trump Tower, but Trump later said hes with the state on the law.
NCAA championships. Spicer referenced Trumps remarks on Jenner when asked by the Blade about Trumps personal views on the way states
Other states Arkansas and should approach the issue, reiterating localities, not the federal government, should make the decision.
Tennessee indeed have similar laws I think that the presidents made it clear, Spicer said. This issue came up when Caitlyn Jenner, in particular, came to Trump
barring municipalities from enacting non- Tower, and he said he didnt really care. But I think it is a state and local issue, not one that he believes merits federal attention.
discrimination ordinances outside the Notably, Spicer later during the brieng saw a role for the federal government to intervenein response to a Skype question
scope of state law. However, no other about the recent threat from the Trump administration to cut U.S. funds from sanctuary cities.
state besides North Carolina has a statute I would say that the president nds its unacceptable that some localities and counties, potentially some states, have prioritized
in place that bars state agencies from a political agenda over the safety of their people by outing our nations immigration laws, becoming so-called sanctuary cities,
establishing non-discrimination policies on Spicer said. The failure to follow federal law can have tragic consequences for all of our citizens in all of our country.
bathroom access for transgender people. CHRIS JOHNSON
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Welcoming Frederick seminar on tap


The Frederick Center in collaboration with FreeState Justice will host a one-
day seminar, Welcoming Frederick, on April 29. The conference runs from 8:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. and takes place at the Frederick Community College Conference
Center, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Building E, in Frederick.
Welcoming Frederick 2017 is geared toward professionals in the elds of
education, medicine, mental health, social services, law enforcement, human
resources, and allied professions to learn about, discuss and create action plans
to be more arming to LGBT students, patients, clients and colleagues.
Family members of LGBT children and relatives, say the organizers, will also
nd Welcoming Frederick a safe space to gain important knowledge that can
make a dierence in the lives of LGBT family members.
Some of the workshop topics to be covered are: LGBTQ Youth: The Data
Speak, LGBTQ 101: Denitions, Vocabulary, Pronouns, and Navigating Life as
an LGBTQ Person, LGBTQ 201: On Becoming an Arming Ally, Legal Rights
and Protections for LGBTQ People and Their Families (including name and
gender change, prisons and police, family law and more), On Creating Arming
Medical Spaces and On Creating Arming Counseling Spaces.
Presenters include: Kris Fairand Peter Brehm, The Frederick Center; Laura
DePalma, Mark Procopio, and Jennifer Kent, FreeState Justice; Jabari Lyles, GLSEN-
Baltimore; Deborah Dunn, Chase Brexton Health Care; and Kate MacShane.
This unparalleled one-day training brings together some of the best minds
in the region to discuss how to arm LGBTQ patients and students, Kris Fair,
board chair of the Frederick Center, told the Blade.
In addition to training, attendees will be hearing real life stories of youth and
young adults traversing the Frederick County social landscape. This is a must
attend event for anyone working on arming LGBTQ culture, he said.
For more information, visit thefrederickcenter.org.
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Cost control for HIV meds languishes in Florida


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A bill intended to lower the cost of HIV medications is
gaining little traction in Tallahassee, the South Florida Gay News reports.
According to the oce of Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, House Bill
1405 is not moving. The bill, touted as bipartisan eort to improve health
equity and quality care for people living with HIV, currently sits in the house
health innovation subcommittee and has yet to receive a hearing.
The bill, Smith said, would prohibit HMOs from classifying prescriptions for
people living with HIV at the highest tier in regards to copays and deductibles.
Our bill allows the prescribing physician, not HMO bureaucrats, to decide
the appropriate drug rells, step therapy requirements, drug quantities and
utilization techniques that will be in the best interest of the health of the patient,
said Smith, a gay Democrat from Orlando, according to the Gay News.
Jason King, legislative aairs manager for the AIDS Healthcare Foundations
Southern Bureau, said adjustments to prescription drug pricing are vital. Wills & Trusts
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A good report from Mayor Bowser


ing impact on aordable housing here. Cuts The mayor is justiably proud of the budget One of the most vexing problems in D.C.
State of the District is in Medicaid and other programs at HHS she will present to the Council, which contin- is the unequal distribution of the benets
strong and improving and the dismantling of EPA will impact us ues her commitment to set aside a minimum of our improving economy. The mayor an-
as well. The mayor continues to walk that of $100 million a year for aordable housing. nounced a ve-year economic development
tightrope between working with the feds She can take credit for the clean audit the strategy to take on this issue aiming for inclu-
and the President and opposing what he is District received with no yellow book ndings sive prosperity. She sets a goal of increasing
doing. She spoke out about keeping DC a meaning there are no material weaknesses the economic prosperity of African Ameri-
Sanctuary City and fought against Congress in the citys procurement, hiring, payment or cans and specically focuses on reducing
when they tried to interfere with our legis- other critical government systems. double-digit African-American unemploy-
lative initiatives. She ew back early from While 2015 saw a spike in homicides that ment. While unemployment in Ward 8 was
Austin where she was promoting the city trend has now been reversed. There are 16.8 percent when she took oce and is now
to meet with the President and explain to many reasons, not the least being smarter at 12.5 percent that is still nearly three times
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly him how the city and metro work hand-in- policing. The mayor also focused on commu- higher than it is in Ward 3. Her plans include
for the Blade. glove with OPM during a snow emergency. nities that had seen higher incidences of ho- expanding training programs for D.C. resi-
She coordinated the smooth functioning of micides and violent crime. In 2016 there was dents for government jobs like LEAP, Fire and
Last week Mayor Bowser went to the Uni- the federal and local public safety agencies a 10% decrease in all violent crime, a 17% re- EMS and MPD cadet programs, including re-
versity of the District of Columbia to deliver and the White House during the inaugura- duction in homicides and a 13% reduction in quiring D.C. residency for more higher salary
her State of the District speech. The school is tion and the womens march and stood tall robberies. In addition the Mayor announced jobs in government. The District is also part-
a symbol of the District in many ways and its speaking out and welcoming the nearly one for the rst time in 20 years theres no private nering with UDC, WMATA, DC Water, leading
ups and downs mirror those of the District. million participants at that march. entity running any part of the DC jail. She an- infrastructure companies like Washington
Today, like the District, its on the upswing. One of the biggest issues we face is ensur- nounced her next step will be to replace the Gas and Pepco, labor unions, and trade as-
The mayor has been doing a good job ing the survivability of Metro. The mayor was jail with a facility focusing on the type of re- sociations to create the District of Columbia
and its only gotten more complicated since right to call out Governors McAulie and Ho- entry services that will make us all safer. Infrastructure Academy.
the election of Trump and the Republican gan on their unwillingness to act and instead The mayor and I dont agree on school She created the Green Book of Oppor-
Congress. She has to work with them even if asking for more studies on what we already vouchers; she supports, while I oppose. tunities listing goods and services D.C.
she shares the view of many of us that they know; Metro needs an infusion of cash from But she has continued to oversee improve- government procures intent on procur-
are a collective disaster. The threat posed by the federal government and a reliable stream ment in our public education system where ing more of them from D.C.-owned and
Trump and Congress could impact a host of of income from Maryland, Virginia and the DCPS students are making new strides. The based businesses.
services. Any decrease in HUDs Community District. The mayor proposed a good one; a mayors new chancellor is apparently o to a The mayor deserves support for these ef-
Block Grant program could have a devastat- one cent sales tax increase. good start. forts to improve our city for everyone.

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Back in the USSR Gorsuch of Hobby Lobby fame is due to our another example of toxic Republicanism. never know the USSR had dissolved decades
The toxic harvest of recent stolen election and an eight-year cam- LGBT advocates demand to be counted ago, judging by the recent spate of unfortu-
Republican nihilism paign to delegitimize Barack Obama because in the census has been denounced by the nate demises met by critics of Mr. Putin. The
he was a Democrat. president of Log Cabin Republicans as violat- Trumpists are a national wrecking crew re-
The normalizing of this theft by much of ing peoples privacy by requiring them to out gardless of whether they formally colluded
the commentariat is nearly complete as I themselves. Gregory Angelo acts as if adding with the Russians.
write this, despite the commendably staunch a simple census question were akin to a tele- Horrifying news emerged last week from
opposition of Sen. Chuck Schumer. The gall- vised public interrogation. Chechnya, where more than 100 gay men
ing ambivalence of Sen. Claire McCaskill, who Log Cabins defense of LGBT invisibility have been detained by authorities and many
eventually said she would oppose Gorsuch, is a vain eort by a group craving political extrajudicial killings are suspected. It is a
only highlighted the farce in which the nomi- relevance to ingratiate itself with a party short step from wanting gay people invisible
nee touted his respect for precedent, which that insists on treating anti-discrimination to wanting us dead. A Chechen government
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist. no one believed. Lectures of Democrats by laws as attacks on religious freedom. To spokesman actually denied that there are
Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net. various high-minded persons only obfuscate render us legally erasable is to attack the any gay people in Chechnya.
the fact that a seat on our highest court is be- public square in which diverse people co- Anyone who pretends that intolerant rhet-
Americas executive branch these days ing stolen, and the courts legitimacy along exist by mutual accommodation. Angelos oric here in America is unrelated to the spike
appears hell-bent on ashing our national with it. Gorsuch received consideration never obeisance to a party that despises him will in hate crimes should tell that to the friends
greatness with an orgy of military spending, given to Judge Garland, and a libuster is the avail him nothing. of murdered Muslims and trans people.
bombing civilians, abandoning allies, fetishiz- only remedy. The farthest-right members of the House In 1961, poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko wrote
ing fossil fuels, obsessing over womens re- That the Birther-in-Chief and his party of Representatives were elected to be in- a powerful protest against the Ukranian
productive choices, and panicking over the in thrall to Christianist bullying and white transigent. When they are not lobbing mis- governments refusal to erect a monument
prospect of transgender people using the nationalism are poised for a win will be an siles at fellow Republicans, they are blaming to the tens of thousands of Jews massacred
bathroom. For an encore, theyre adding indelible stain on our Constitution and a Democrats. Their unreadiness for governing by Nazis in a ravine in Kiev. He began, Over
grand larceny. slash to the gut of our republic by the po- is poorly concealed by partisan deection. Babi Yar there are no monuments. The steep
The late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa said 40 years litical nihilist who runs the Senate. The sug- They have degenerated into a Coalition of No, precipice is like a crude gravestone. He died
ago of the Panama Canal, We stole it fair gestion that we should forget it and move good only at fomenting discord. on April 1 at age 84.
and square. A similar attitude prevails in the on is an anthem to thuggery that those One thing Trump and his team do routine- One voice can make a dierence. Raise
oce of Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc- devoted to justice must resist. Gorsuch will ly is use Kremlin propaganda techniques like yours because you can, for those who
Connell regarding the Supreme Court seat never be clean of the treachery by which he alternative facts, gaslighting, and Orwellian cannot.
that should rightfully be occupied by Merrick is being installed. newspeak. For all the diversionary Republi- Copyright 2017 by Richard J.
Garland. That it will almost certainly go to Neil Having made myself clear, I will mention can howls about McCarthyism, you would Rosendall. All rights reserved.
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Advance medical directives protect health care decisions


reach counselor with the SAGECAP (SAGE oers free advance planning for low- to nd it or who to call in an emergency.
Important considerations, Caring and Preparing) program at The moderate-income Marylanders, and intake Thanks to marriage equality, same-sex
even if youre married LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase for appointments with the organizations spouses now have signicantly more pro-
Brexton Health Care. attorneys will be available at the end of the tection a legal spouse would be the rst
By MONTE EPHRAIM Its important to have someone in session. in line to speak for someone who is incapac-
charge of your health care decision-mak- There are two important ways to protect itated. That doesnt make advance planning
If you became unable to speak, who ing, regardless of your relationship with yourself: you can make your own decisions any less important, though. You should talk
would make your medical decisions? Thats that person, Abbott adds. If you dont in advance by putting your wishes into a for- with your spouse specically about your
the question being raised throughout the and, no close family are present in your life, mal document often known as a Living Will, wishes, in the same way you would when
country on April 16. these decisions could end up being made or you can use an advance directive to desig- designating a health care proxy, and you
That date marks the 10th Annual Na- by doctors or family you may have no rela- nate a Health Care Proxy (sometimes called should be sure that you understand their
tional Healthcare Decisions Day, a nation- tionship with. a Health Care Agent, Surrogate, or Power of wishes as well. This isnt a matter of mis-
wide event promoting the importance The issues will be the focus of a Lunch Attorney) who will make medical decisions trust; knowing the patients own wishes can
of healthcare choices and advance care and Learn workshop hosted by the SAGE- on your behalf. Many people do some com- signicantly ease the burden of making im-
planning. This day is a reminder for us all CAP program on Thursday, April 13 at bination of the two, but it all depends on the portant decisions at a dicult time.
to take steps to ensure that our wishes are Chase Brexton Health Cares Mt. Vernon individual person and situation. No one likes to talk about the what ifs
followed in times of crisis. Center, 1111 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Its important to note that simply com- of medical and end-of-life care, but its a
Advance medical planning is of particu- Presented by Susan Francis of Maryland pleting advance directives isnt enough; the necessary step that we each need to take to
lar importance to the LGBT community, Volunteer Lawyers Service, the workshop people who might use them need to know protect ourselves. The theme of this years
because our support systems frequently will detail the critical documents needed that they exist and be able to access them National Healthcare Decisions Day is It Al-
fall outside of what is known as traditional to secure advance medical directives for when the time is needed. Give copies to ways Seems Too Early, Until Its Too Late.
family structures. The friends and loved LGBT individuals and their chosen families. your physicians, talk to friends and loved Please dont put o these important steps
ones you rely on and know best may have These directives provide legally binding in- ones about them, and have detailed discus- until its too late protect yourself now by
little power to speak for you when you structions to caregivers about the patients sions with anyone you plan to name as a putting your advance directives in place.
need it most, unless you take specic steps wishes if they are not able to make those health care proxy (you should also provide For more information, visit lgbtagingcen-
ahead of time. decisions themselves. Issues concerning them with the original copies of the forms). ter.org.
Not having a health care proxy or an making a will and delegating power of at- You might consider carrying a note in your
advance medical directive in place can be torney will also be discussed. wallet stating that you have an advance di- MONTE EPHRAIM is with the LGBT Health
dicult, said Kelli Abbott, community out- The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service rective, along with instructions on where to Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care.

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A new day at Calvary Baptist


CHINATOWN CHURCH WELCOMES LESBIAN CO-PASTORS
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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As a child, Rev. Maria Swearingen felt Saturday afternoons and seeing the table Those are skills she and her wife, Rev. rst joint pastorate.
a connection to the sacraments of the set on Sunday mornings knowing shed Sally Sarratt will be putting to good use Sarratt was previously a hospital
church in a way that was, looking back, had a hand in it, made her feel overcome in their new roles as co-senior pastors chaplain and was lling in for a minister
perhaps unusual. with just this profound sense of joy, that of Calvary Baptist Church in Chinatown. on sabbatical at Greenville Unitarian
Helping her grandfather ll communion I participated in the setting of the table, Their rst Sunday was Feb. 26, so theyre
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By MARIAH COOPER Church (1820 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)


tonight at 7:30 p.m. For details, visit
EDITORS NOTE: This listing is not meant to dignitywashington.org.
be comprehensive as many churches in the
region are LGBT-arming. Other active local St. Georges Episcopal Church (160
congregations with LGBT clergy or strong U St., N.W.) has a Good Friday service
allied clergy include (but are not limited to)
Inner Light Ministries (innerlightministries- tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more
dc.com), Unity Fellowship Church D.C. information, visit stgeorgesdc.org.
(ufcdc.com), All Souls Memorial Episcopal St. Thomas Parish holds its Good
Church in Woodley Park (allsoulsdc.org),
Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Friday service at St. Margarets Episcopal
(covenantdc.org), St. Georges Episcopal Church from today from noon-3 p.m. For
Church (stgeorgesdc.org), St. Stephen
and the Incarnation Episcopal Church more information, visit stthomasdc.org.
(saintstephensdc.org), St. Thomas Parish Washington National Cathedral hosts
in Dupont Circle (stthomasdc.org), Calvary the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday at noon
Baptist Church (calvarydc.org), Church of the
Pilgrims (churchofthepilgrims.org), Mount and 7 p.m. There will be live streams of
Vernon Place United Methodist Church both services. Visit, cathedral.org.
(mvpumc.org), Ravensworth Baptist Church
in Annandale, Va., et. al.

There are also many More Light Saturday, April 15


Presbyterian-aliated churches in the region
including Bethesda Presbyterian, Capitol Hill (Holy Saturday)
Presbyterian, New York Ave. Presbyterian, Dignity/NoVa has an Easter Vigil
Takoma Park Presbyterian and many more.
Visit opendoorsmlp.org for a full listing. at Immanuel Church on the Hill (3606
Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.) with a
blessing of the new re and Baptismal
water tonight at 7:30 p.m. For more
Sunday, April 9 information, visit dignitywashington.org.
(Palm Sunday) St. Margarets Episcopal Church has
Metropolitan Community Church of an Easter Vigil today at 6:30 p.m. For more
Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) has Palm information, visit stmargaretsdc.org.
Sunday worship services today at 9 and 11 Washington National Cathedral
a.m. For more information, visit mccdc.com. holds the Great Vigil of Easter tonight at 8
Mount Vernon Place United p.m. The vigil ill be live streamed. Passes
Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts are not required. For more details, visit
Ave., N.W.) has a Palm Sunday service catherdral.org.
with eco-friendly palms today at 11 a.m. WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO

The United Church (1920 G St., N.W.)


holds a Palm Sunday service today at 11 National City Christian Church is one of many LGBT-arming churches holding Holy Week services Sunday, April 16
a.m. Visit, theunitedchurch.org.
this week.
(Easter Sunday)
Washington National Cathedral Foundry United Methodist
(3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) has Palm its Congregational Second Night Passover facebook.com/cheeselords. Churchhas a gospel worship celebration,
Sunday services today at 8, 9:15 and Seder led by Cantor Rosalie Boxt this led by a gospel choir, today at 9 a.m. and a
11:15 a.m. The 11:15 a.m. service will be evening at 6:30 p.m. There will be a traditional worship celebration featuring
live streamed. No passes are required. traditional, catered four-course dinner.
Thursday, April 13 classical anthems and spirituals at 11:15
For details, visit catherdral.org. Non-members are welcome to join. (Maundy Thursday) a.m. Visit foundryumc.org.
Admission is $42 per adult and $22 per Foundry United Methodist Metropolitan Community Church
child under 13. Children ve and under Church(1500 16th St., N.W.) has a service of Washington hosts a Easter worship
Monday, April 10 (First Day are free. For more information, visit tonight at 7 p.m. There will be communion service today at 9 and 11 a.m. For details,
of Passover) templeemanuelmd.org. and traditional foot/hand washing. The visit mccdc.com.
Bet Mishpachah holds various Edlavitch DC-JCC (1529 16th St., N.W.) service will also be live streamed on National City Christian Church (5
Passover events this week. For a complete holds its Second Night Community Seder foundryumc.org. Thomas Circle, N.W.) holds a gospel
list, visit betmish.org. led by Rabbi Ben Shalva tonight from 6-9 St. Marks Episcopal Church(301 A St., worship service today at 8:30 a.m. and
Edlavitch DC-JCC hosts Satellite Seder p.m. There will be a traditional, kosher S.E.) has a Maundy Thursday Eucharist a traditional worship service at 11 a.m.
at various homes in the area tonight from meal, singing and discussions. All are service today at noon. At 6 p.m. there Details, visit nationalcitycc.org.
7-10 p.m. The seders are for 20- and welcome. General adult admission is $70 will be a fellowship hour followed by an St. Georges Episcopal Church has
30-somethings looking to attend a meal and child admission is $15. Walk-ins will Agape Feast at 7 p.m. Holy Eucharist will a sunrise Easter service at 6 a.m. At 10
at someones home. Those interested in be available on a rst-come, rst-served be at 8:15 p.m. For more information, a.m. it celebrates with an Easter festival
attending a seder or hosting a seder in basis. For more details, visit edcjcc.org. visit stmarks.net. service. For details, visit stgeorgesdc.org.
their home, should visit edcjcc.org. Washington National Cathedral Washington National Cathedral St. Margarets Episcopal Church has
Sixth and I Synagogue (600 I St., N.W.) will have a gathering of clergy from the remembers Jesus Last Supper with a an Easter Sunday services today at 9 and
hosts a Community Seder tonight at 7 Diocese of Washington join together Maundy Thursday service tonight at 7 p.m. 11:15 a.m. today. For more information,
p.m. and a Justice Seder at 7:30 p.m. The today from noon-1 p.m. There will be a Clergy will strip the altar in preparation visit stmargaretsdc.org.
Community Seder will be a traditional renewal of vows and the blessing of holy for Good Friday. Details, catherdral.org. The United Church has an Easter
seder with reection and singing led by oil to be taken back to parishes to use Western Presbyterian Church (2401 Festival Worship service today from
Chazzan Larry Paul and musician Robyn throughout the year. No passes required. Virginia Ave., N.W.) holds a Maundy 11 a.m.-noon. More details, visit
Helzner. The Justice Seder combines For details, visit cathedral.org. Thursday worship service in the Courtyard theunitedchurch.org.
the traditional Passover rituals and Room this evening at 6:30 p.m. More Western Presbyterian Church
meal with non-traditional conversations information, westernpresbyterian.net. holds Easter Worship in the Sanctuary
about social justice issues. For more
Wednesday, April 12 today from 11 a.m.-noon. Visit
information, visit sixthandi.org. Franciscan Monastery (1400 Quincy St., westernpresbyterian.net.
N.E.) hosts a Tenebrae service tonight from
Friday, April 14 Washington National Cathedral
Tuesday, April 11 7:30-8:30 p.m. The program is a combination (Good Friday) celebrates Easter Sunday with services
of music by mens ensemble the Suspicious Dignity/Washington holds an at 8, 11:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Passes
Temple Emmanuel (10101 Cheese Lords and readings in reection of adoration of the cross and Eucharistic are required. To reserve a spot, visit
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How long have you been out and who What do you believe in beyond the
was the hardest person to tell? physical world?
To myself since 1999. To everybody, E=MC2. Nothing is lost when we die, we
since 2004. I was so pissed o at the gay- just change form. I do not believe in a
baiting during the run-up to the election human-like God (who always seems to
that year, I wrote a 17-page article about judge others the same way his followers
all things gay (plus coming out) and sent do). God is more like a force of
it to friends and family. I then wrote nature (like gravity) and connects us all.
another one based on the responses Whatever positive or negative energy you
(both good and bad) I got to the rst. exude will aect your life experience.
I dont know that that was hard per
se, but there was a deep breath before Whats your advice for LGBT
hitting send both times. I stirred up movement leaders?
quite a hornets nest. Engage with people you dont typically
engage with, both supporters and
Whos your LGBT hero? detractors.
Frank Kameny. Wow, what a courageous
ghter. He blazed a hard trail for all of us. What would you walk across hot coals
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do. Outdoor venue, botanical gardens That gay is associated with weak in
Lisa Fritz says dancing with the D.C. Rawhides is my all-time favorite way or something. Nature is my church. any form. Gay men and women risk their
to relax and recharge and have fun. lives in the military and police/re work
The country-western dancing group meets every other Saturday night What non-LGBT issue are you most every day. They risk social backlash and
at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., N.W.). Fritz, a police sergeant by day, passionate about? physical violence just in being honest
enjoys the diversity of the dancers. Hmm, its a short walk, but, racism. and not hiding who they care about.
Its a fun group of people and welcoming of veteran and newbie dancers Followed closely by the other -isms. That takes a lot of strength and courage.
alike, the 46-year-old Beloit, Wis., native says. People taught me the basics Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice
years ago, so I like being able to pay that forward as well as continuing to everywhere. Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
learn. It restores my soul every two weeks. Bound. The movie poster hangs in my
The D.C. Rawhides have their third anniversary dance on Saturday, April 15 What historical outcome would you laundry room: Violent and Corky are
from 6 p.m.-midnight at Dock 5/Union Market (1309 5th St., N.E.). Tickets are change? making laundry day a very big deal.
available at Town ($15), online ($20) or at the door ($25). Details at dcrawhides. Nov. 8, 2016. Hot women, hot sex, an actual plot, ne
com/anniversary. acting (a rarity in most lesbian icks) and
Fritz is single and lives in Herndon, Va., with Baylie, a boxer mix she calls her Whats been the most memorable pop a happy ending!
fur baby. She enjoys walking, reading, working out and her biweekly wine culture moment of your lifetime?
group in her free time. Ellens Im gay. Whats the most overrated social
custom?
On what do you insist? Dont know. I actually think our society
Honesty and fairness. has lost a lot of its civility. Basic
manners are often derided as political
What was your last Facebook post or correctness and replaced with base
Tweet? rudeness. One thing I love about my gay
Facebook reminder to come dance community is its a lot more European
with me at Town on 1 APR and pickup hugs and kisses for everyone when
discounted tix for the DCRawhides greeting/departing.
Anniversary dance on 15 April at Dock 5.
What trophy or prize do you most
If your life were a book, what would covet?
the title be? Nothing in particular. Wouldnt mind
Oh you think I wont? Hold my beer winning the lottery.

If science discovered a way to change What do you wish youd known at 18?
sexual orientation, what would you That I was gay.
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arguments. I would totally choose to Came here for work and found a great
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Ballet Across
America
programs curated by
Misty Copeland and Justin Peck
PHOTO BY CLINTONBPHOTOGRAPHY Opening Night Celebration Program (Mon.)
Hosted by Sara Mearns, New York City Ballet
PHILIP HERNANDEZ as Carlos in Los Ostros. principal dancer and other special guests

Program curated by
Misty Copeland (Wed./thu./Fri.)
Featuring Nashville Ballet,
The Black Iris Project, and
Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Two-character exploring his sexuality under the watchful Program curated by


eye of the crusty white overseer. Justin Peck (Sat./Sun.)
Baltimore musical Later, hes an accountant living a Featuring L.A. Dance Project,
is well acted, touching middle-class life with his white partner. Miami City Ballet principal dancers,

The Black Iris Project, photo by Matthew Murphy


Hes become assimilated. Carlos The Joffrey Ballet, and
remembers going to tag sales and Abraham.In.Motion
By PATRICK FOLLIARD remarking on the number of Mexicans
shopping there, and grows weary of his
Some two-person plays leave you partners hoarding. Flashes of anger are
longing for a third character to enter tempered by a humorous sensibility at
stage left and add something to the party. turns wry and a little fey.
But thats not the case with Los Otros, an Eventually Lillian and Carlos lives
understated yet wholly enjoyable musical intersect in a surprising and almost too-
by out composer Michael John LaChisua neat way, which I wont reveal here.
and Ellen Fitzhugh (book and lyrics). The story covers decades and isnt a
Now at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, linear narrative, yet it moves seamlessly
the two-hander stars Broadway actors thanks to Fitzhughs impeccable writing
Judy McLane and Philip Hernndez and out director Noah Himmelsteins
who deliver knockout performances as lucid staging. LaChiusas score is imbued
middle-aged Californians with dierent, with Latin rhythms, big band sounds
yet oddly parallel, lives. and pop inuences. Not particularly
Los Otros (which translates from hummable, the score is pleasing and
Spanish as The Others) is brilliantly emotion-lled. It works with deceptively
told from two perspectives. Lillian is simple, conversational lyrics. Fitzhughs
white and Carlos is Latin. They take turns book is semi-autobiographical. Raw,
singing about their often challenging funny and so true to life, her dialogue
lives focusing on their relationships with never once rings untrue.
people of the others ethnicity. Their tales This production is an Everyman-
are compelling and surprise-lled. commissioned reimagining of the original
For Lillian, the others are the Mexican
immigrants. She grew up in public
Los Otros that debuted in Californian in
2012. Daniel Ettingers superb, unfussy
April 17 & 1923
housing south of San Diego. During
the boring summer of 52, young Lillian
set features two Mexican-inspired
moving ligree panels lit with sunshine Opera House
broke the monotony by sharing food with or moonlight by lighting designer Nancy
undocumented Mexicans temporarily Schertler. Costume designer David Burdick
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
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Through April 23 the extraordinary generosity of the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation.
came to the U.S. from Mexico. Subtly Everyman Theatre Support for Ballet at the Kennedy Center is generously provided by Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian.
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The cast of Historias, a thought-provoking new piece culled from real-life stories.
9:00 AM & 11:15 AM
Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli preaching on Blood Money
Childcare & Childrens Message at both services

Maundy Thursday
Historias explores queer about assuming roles.
Thursday, April 13
Latino experiences Historias cast member Ariela Sirota 7:00 PM Foot/Hand Washing & Communion
concedes that initially it wasnt easy for to Rev. Dawn M. Hand preaching on A Dirty Job
open up. I was really nervous at rst, but
By PATRICK FOLLIARD after meeting the other actors I became
comfortable and started to talk. Their Good Friday
Typically theatrical productions start comfort level made it easier for me to
with a script. Casting and direction share my experiences. And since I met Friday, April 14
follows. But with Historias, Rainbow the plays qualications, I gured Id do it.
Theatre Projects new performance piece Is it more dicult to come out as LGBT
12 Noon & 7:00 PM
featuring six local Hispanic/Latino LGBT in the Latino community? Telling of the Passion story; Adoration of the cross at the evening service
young adults sharing personal stories,
experiences, and thoughts, the actors
were cast rst and the script has followed.
The actors nod.
For many of us, were discouraged
from ever talking about it, says Marlowe
Holy Saturday
Its not the easiest way to make a play, Vilchez. Thats whats been so great Saturday, April 15
says out director Tony Koehler, 32. The about making and rehearsing this play. It
cast bonds as family and friends and feels like therapy. You never what subject 10:30 AM Easter Egg Hunt
begins to share personal, sometimes will come up tonight. Join us in Stead Park (right behind Foundry) for our annual Easter Egg
super-emotional things. And from this Josue Lemus, a language and culinary Hunt. Everyone is welcome.
we get our script. Theres a lot of laughing arts student who is making his acting
and crying involved.
A recent Monday night nds Koehler
and the cast seated around a hexagonal
debut in Historias says, Oh yes. Im from
El Salvador. I didnt grow up in America, so
my experience is very dierent. So Im still
Easter Sunday
table in the intimate library at Luther trying to guring things out. This will be
Sunday, April 16
Place Memorial Church just o Thomas the rst time I talk about all this publicly.
Circle where the group rehearses. The Jhonny Maldonado, 21, adds, Its been 9:00 AM & 11:15 AM
20-something actors are uniformly quite a ride. Im part of the D.C. theater Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli preaching on Sacred or Scared
smart, likable and engaged. Most are scene and I wasnt sure what I was getting
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also activists. With little prompting from into, but I knew it was something I wanted
Koehler, the table erupts into a lively to be part of. Its been really good to
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colorism and white privilege. Some of community needs this and the entire
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what they discuss will become part of the Latinx community in general needs it too.
play in both monologues and scenes. While Boston transplant Skye Ellis
While Historias (Stories in English) is says she grew up with a diverse crowd
dierent from most of Rainbow Theatre that never made a bid deal about her
Projects other productions, it ts the sexuality, she never realized the value of
companys mission to present plays and community before she moved to D.C. I
musicals that reect the experiences, didnt know what Pride was until about a
interests and history of the LGBT month ago, and I just learned that theres
community. At about an hour long and Black Pride. Ive never read the Blade
performed in English with a little Spanish, before, but I will now.
the play is about coming out, family, Being part of Historias, says Ellis,
romance and love. Historias runs for one Allows me to explore the intersectionality
night only at Source on Monday, April 10. of being Latina and LGBT. Im also
An arts educator by day, Koehler is an exploring my blackness. I love it all.
instructor with Live Stories Program in D.C.
public schools working mostly with recently A D V
immigrated youth from Central America.
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The Trekr Racing group made its debut last weekend.

New D.C.-based sail After three days of racing, Trekr Racing he wasnt sure he would like it. The desire to Flying Juniors and Lasers and after college
nished eighth in the CSA Bareboat 1 class. raise his skill level eventually won out and he I continued to sail with a professor along
racing group debuts The regatta marked the rst time that the continues to learn from racing in regattas. with some racing.
at Spring Regatta eight-member Trekr Racing crew served on It turns out that I love racing and it makes After moving to the area in 2000 for her
the same yacht. Skipper Dave Sossamon me pay attention to things that I didnt work in set and lighting design, Howes
By KEVIN MAJOROS loves sharing the experience of sailing with pay attention to before, Sossamon says. joined the West River Sailing Club and is
others and looked forward to working with Its an innitely long learning curve and it now the proud owner of a Pearson 30.
When the rst race kicked o at the members of his own community. increases when you throw in tactics on how Howes stumbled into the opportunity to
2017 British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta This was a fun opportunity to to play o the other crew members. race with Trekr through her work with
on March 31, there was one sailing team introduce the other crew members to Another thing that Sossamon was Gender Rights Maryland.
sporting rainbow gear. Trekr Racing made racing, Sossamon says. In my years of looking forward to in Trekr Racings rst As a new boat owner, I had the chance
its debut as an all-LGBT racing team in a racing, I havent met anyone from the regatta was the chance to interact as an to learn more in one week than I could have
regatta that featured 150 yachts from LGBT community. out athlete at the international event. learned in a year, Howes says. There was
around the world in 18 varied classes Born in Baltimore, Sossamon took a The best way to address bigotry towards so much experience around me.
competing across three course areas. sailing course on dinghies in the Baltimore a group is to make friends with someone Howes says it was also important have
The racing team is an oshoot of D.C.- Harbor at age 21. He now holds a United from that group, Sossamon says. Its easy a T to go along with the LGB on the Trekr
based, LGBT-owned Trekr Adventures, States Coast Guard Captains License to be publicly out with this crew. Racing team. She has been in a 39-year
which provides sailing adventure trips and has been racing for six years out of One of the Trekr crew members who relationship with the same partner she
around the world. The move into racing Annapolis on his Beneteau 40.7. raced for the rst time in many years is had before she transitioned.
for Trekr was in part an eort to increase I bought my rst boat 20 years ago, Hilary Howes. She grew up in the San Being able to meet the yachting
the visibility of the LGBT community when I saw one for sale while I was out for a Francisco Bay area and learned how to community and participate in the race
within the sport of sailing. stroll on Maine Avenue in D.C., Sossamon sail through a Phys Ed requirement at San culture was both a benet to me and
Already partnered with charter says. It was a 26-footer and a friend Francisco State. our community, Howes says. It was
yacht company the Moorings, for their convinced me that I was missing part of the The thought of sailing always big chance to make sailing visible to the
adventuring trips, the racing team utilized experience by not owning my own. appealed to me and I was glad for the PE LGBT community and to make the sailing
a Moorings 51.4 monohull for the regatta. Sossamon put o racing at rst because requirement, Howes says. It was mostly community more aware of us.
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com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim- TUESDAY, APRIL 11
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time. Story District presents Politically
Incorrect: Stories about Rubbing People the
Wrong Way, at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.)
tonight from 8-10 p.m. Nine storytellers
TODAY will share their experiences including
Katy Barrett, John Tong, Kian McKellar,
Kathy Grin performs her stand up Jenny Splitter and more. Tickets are $15.
show at Modell Performing Arts Center at Seating is rst-come, rst-served. For more
the Lyric (140 W Mt Royal Ave., Baltimore) information, visit storydistrict.com.
tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $32-
52. For more information, visit modell- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
lyric.com.
Olympic legend Greg Louganis hosts The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
Luke Frazier and the American Pops hosts Survivor Art Expression Night tonight
Orchestras You Spin Me Round: An from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is part of
80s Dance Party at George Washington Victims Rights Awareness Month. Survivors
Universitys Lisner Auditorium (730 21 of violence are invited to create art, speak
St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. The orchestra with other survivors and learn and individual
will interrupt popular 80s hits along with and group counseling at the D.C. Center. For
DJ mixing, dancers and vocalists. Patrice more details, visit thedccenter.org.
Covington, Warren Freeman, Bayla Whitten The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington
and DJ Shea Van Horn are featured guests hosts The Magic and Music of Disney,
performers. Tickets range from $25-65. an open mic night, at Cobalt (1639 R St.,
For more details and to purchase tickets, N.W.) tonight from 8-11 p.m. Sheet music
visit theamericanpops.org. will be available. Alex Tang will be the
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) accompanist. There will be drink specials.
hosts Otter Crossing tonight from 9 p.m.- For more information, visit facebook.
2:30 a.m. The dance party will feature com/gaymenswhorusofwashington.
DJ Hot Coee, DJ Martin Miguel and DJ Big Gay Book Group meets at Trio
StrikeStone. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover Restaurant (1537 17th St., N.W.) at 7
is $5 after 10 p.m. For more information, p.m. tonight to discuss No House to
visit greenlanterndc.com. Call My Home: Love, Family and Other
D.C. Bear Crue holds Bearoke, a Transgressions by Ryan Berg, a story
karaoke happy hour, at Town (2009 8th about homeless LGBT teens in New York
St., N.W.) tonight from 6-11 p.m. The rst and their struggles. For more details,
ve singers get free drink tickets. There is visit biggaybookgroup.com or email
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com/bearhappyhour. The Lambda Bridge Club hosts duplicate
bridge at the Dignity Center (721 8th St.,
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Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight from 10 p.m.- LYNDA CARTER returns to the Kennedy Center for a concert Saturday, April 8. THURSDAY, APRIL 13
8 a.m. DJ GSP and DJ Tannuri spin tracks.
Tickets are $25. For more details, visit Author and humorist David Sedaris
distrktc.com. DJ Matt Bailer and DJ Shea Van Horn at Browseabout Books (133 Rehoboth appears at the Music Center at Strathmore
Congressional Chorus American Youth will play a mix of electro-pop, house, nu- Beach, De.) today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda,
Chorus performs Spring Sing: Lifting Our disco and more. Cover is $15 from 10 signing her new book Fried & Convicted: Md.) tonight at 8 p.m. His upcoming book
Voices in Song, a spring concert, at the p.m.-midnight and $12 after midnight. Rehoboth Beach Uncorked. Theft By Finding, a collection of diary
Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 Drag show begins at 10:30 p.m. For more entries, will be released this summer.
East Capital St, N.E.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. information, visit towndc.com. MONDAY, APRIL 10 Tickets range from $35-75. For more
Music performed will include selections Lynda Carter performs her show The information, visit strathmore.org.
from George Harrison of the Beatles Other Side of Trouble at the Kennedy Rainbow Theatre Project presents The cult podcast Welcome to
and music from the Broadway musical Center (2700 F St., N.W.) tonight from Historias, a performance from local Nightvale gives a live performance at the
The Secret Garden. Tickets range from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $65. For more Hispanic/Latino LGBT young adults., at Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) tonight
$11-17. For more information, visit details, visit kenendy-center.org. Source Theatre (1835 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Folk singer and instrumentalist
congressionalchorus.org. from 7:30-9 p.m. The performance uses Erin McKeown will also perform. Doors
D.C. Wine Fest: Spring Edition will SUNDAY, APRIL 9 poetry to tell personal stories, experiences open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For
be at Longview Art Gallery (1234 9th and issues. The show is in English with more details, visit thelincolndc.com.
St., N.W.) today from noon-10 p.m. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ some Spanish. Tony Koehler directs. The D.C. Anti-Violence Project and
Guests will be able to sample a variety D.C.) hosts its rst Queer Working Group Tickets are $15. For more information, visit the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) host
of premium wines. There will be musical at the Washington Ethical Society (7750 rainbowtheatreproject.com. a community forum on violence against
performances throughout the day and 16th St., N.W.) today from 3-6 p.m. The The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club the LGBT community tonight from 7-9 p.m.
night. Tickets VIP tickets are $60 and allow Queer Working Group will be used to hosts its spring mixer at Trade (1410 The forum is in correlation with National
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basketball with other guys.

Im a
transgender man Endless second-guessing a When you notice that youre
ruminating, bring your attention to the
and Im part of DC. breakup is futile exercise present moment by looking around you
and noticing (for example) the minute
details of the carpet, the house plants,
the feel of the chair against your body,
the air temperature anything that pulls
Please treat me the way any
man would want to be treated: you back into the present.
with courtesy and respect. Take up a challenging new physical
Discrimination based on gender identity and
activity. Parkour, ying trapeze, Krav
expression is illegal in the District of Columbia. Maga? Ballroom dancing, rock climbing,
If you think youve been the target of
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed hiking? The combination of physical and
psychologist who works with gay individuals mental challenge will help you rewire
discrimination, visit www.ohr.dc.gov and couples in D.C. He can be found online
or call (202) 727-4559. at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying your brain away from Nate and into now.
information has been changed for reasons Meditation helps us let go of intrusive
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to
Michael@personalgrowthzone.com. thoughts and be in the present with a
OFFICE OF
sense of equanimity, which is exactly
GLBT
AFFAIRS where you need to be. You can nd
MICHAEL, excellent meditation resources and class
I cant get over my boyfriend Nate, who locations online.
dumped me in October. However: I have a strong hunch that
Its coming up on six months but I still your story is more complicated than
Show your support! Spread word of the #TransRespect think of him constantly, wonder what simple misery over a breakup. The
campaign by photographing this ad and sharing on Twitter. I did wrong and fantasize about how I intensity of your harsh view of yourself
could have acted dierently so that he and the way youre continuing to mourn
would have stayed with me. and idealize a guy you didnt know very
The craziest thing is that we didnt even well or for very long, tell me that you are
date for that long. But I never fell so hard deeply dedicated to thinking the worst of
for anyone else Ive dated. I knew he was you and your life.
the guy I wanted to spend my life with. If Im correct, this is about way more than
I know it sounds like I am totally you and Nate. Your focus on him as the
needy. Ive tortured myself wondering if great bungled romance of your life is just
somehow I scared him o by letting him your current means of feeling bad about
know how much I wanted to be with him yourself and sad over all the great things
and Im afraid I did just that. that you have let slip through your ngers.
On the other hand, I did my best to Changing this deeply engrained way of
play it cool because I know neediness is seeing yourself is going to be hard work.
a turn o. I made sure to not always be And then theres the way you tried to
available, to sometimes go out with my be neither too needy nor too distant in an
friends without him and once even went attempt to be exactly what you thought
away for a weekend by myself just so hed Nate wanted. Choosing your behaviors
know Im an independent guy with my in order to convey independence makes
own interests. you dependent and, yes, needy.
Sometimes I drive myself crazy thinking If you could instead decide how you
he left me because I was too distant. wanted to behave in a relationship and
Now he is dating someone 20 years then act accordingly, youd be on the
younger than I. I cant compete with that. I saw road to actually being an independent
them out walking and felt jealous and angry. man with his own interests. And I bet
Im afraid Ill never nd another youd feel a lot better about yourself. But
boyfriend in the same league as Nate that would mean being willing to tolerate
and Im torturing myself with the nonstop positive self-regard.
thought that I ruined my life by behaving If youre to stop believing that youre
in a way that led Nate to reject me. a defective screw-up who must twist
himself into knots to be in a relationship,
MICHAEL REPLIES: youll rst have to gure out what is
You havent ruined your life yet. But appealing about your current view of
you might, if you keep looking back with yourself. When we treat ourselves badly,
regret and self-laceration. we always have our reasons and these
You would help yourself greatly by often have their roots in our life story.
putting all your eort into dragging Understanding why we do what we do
your mind away from Nate every time makes it easier to change.
you start obsessing about him. Shifting Doing this work alone is exceedingly
your focus would likely become easier dicult. I suggest that you nd a therapist
through ongoing repetition. Here are a with expertise in self-denigrating thinking
few suggestions: and behavior to help you on this journey.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 denomination and though they each was persistent. energy into being a creative worship
attended Methodist seminaries, they By the fall of 2009 we were kind of like, planner, Id still only have maybe as much
Universalist Fellowship in Greenville, have strong Baptist roots. Swearingen Yeah, this is so real and profound, how as she has in her pinky, Sarratt says. Its
S.C. Swearingen was associate university remembers some re and brimstone do we choose both of these paths? We just one of those things where you get to
chaplain at Furman University and spent preaching in her youth but says her didnt know but we started saying, maybe use your gifts without having to shore up
the last year working with a cohort of theology has evolved. its time to start walking in that direction those parts of the job youre not as good
clergy to develop a year-long training Swearingen says to her, being Baptist of trying to do ministry and family and at naturally.
program for religious leaders focused on means valuing separation of church and life together, Sarratt says. They say theyre mindful of falling into
dismantling white supremacy and racism. state, religious liberty and belief in the Coming out, she says, was a long, slow, potential trouble areas not making
The couple, together since late 2009 priesthood of all believers. cautious, careful process. time for a life outside of church together
(theyd met the previous year at church), Thats kind of the gift of what Baptist Swearingen says it came down to the or the possibility of getting swept up in
werent necessarily looking for a co- life can be, thats what the word can hold, decision all out LGBT people eventually church politics. Or even, perhaps more
pastorate but it was something theyd she says. For quite some time, it hasnt make. Am I choosing to live embodied in innocuously, nding some factions of the
dreamed and talked about. Calvarys looked that way in lots of spaces that my real self or in some constructed reality congregation favoring one over the other.
last pastor, Rev. Amy Butler, left in 2014 call themselves Baptist, but Im all about of me, she says. Freedom always comes So what will success look like? And with
to become senior pastor at New Yorks being invested in reclaiming that word. when we keep pressing more into our society slowly shifting toward progress
famed Riverside Church, one of the Looking back, though, she says shes authentic selves. and its deep, dicult on LGBT and all kinds of issues, why are
few progressive non-denominational amazed that even in the theology of her work of really claiming and choosing the big, downtown, progressive churches
churches in the country. Rev. Allyson youth, progressive beliefs managed to ones self. often struggling while the anti-gay
Robinson, whos transgender, was seep in. Sarratt calls it being able to see ones evangelical churches continue to thrive?
interim minister. Sarratt and Swearingen What I think is so uncanny and self as a beloved child of God. Its hard to kind of treat the litmus test
say their sexual orientation (they both persnickety about the way the gospel can Eventually there were three marriages if you will as large swaths of people who
identify as lesbians) was a non-issue. work is the overturning and upturning of sorts. They privately shared vows can aord big buildings, Swearingen
The fact that we happened to be a of unjust, un-mutual systems of power, in 2011, had a commitment ceremony says. But if youre imagining the work of
same-sex couple wasnt even part of their these things would still nd their way into with family and friends in 2014 and justice building and peace building, those
conversation, Sarratt says. Calvary had the cracks and crevices, she says. The made it legal as soon as they could the are movements that dont always create
already kind of done the work to say, goodness of faith life and practices was Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 2014 at a a success that can be pointed to, which,
Look, were welcoming and arming, ndings its way to me even amidst really Greenville courthouse. quite simply, wouldnt be what Id call a
so it really wasnt an issue for the (search) problematic and damaging theology and They say early signs at Calvary are goal Id get excited about. Its the work
committee. its really what we, ministry wise, are positive. Theyre spending the rst itself, the outcomes and the goals are
The job ad said the church was open invested in as much as anything. How several months meeting individually with dierent.
to considering a co-pastorate. They both do we unearth and let go of and heal sta, board members and parishioners. She says looking at the work through
work at the church full time and say their from all kinds of theological language About a hundred worshippers attend that alternate lens creates a much
gifts and strengths are dierent enough that really has just been a perpetuation on an average Sunday. Several other dierent perspective on eective
as to be complementary, although they of oppression and really nd freedom congregations and outside groups use the ministry.
share preaching duties. Mostly either and release from that so we can use and massive downtown facility throughout For me, the questions would be are the
one or the other will deliver the sermon, live inside language that actually invites the week. The couple guesses about 20 people who have understood themselves
but they are experimenting with co- wholeness? percent of the congregation are LGBT. to be marginalized, dispossessed and
sermonizing, an idea theyre toying with Its a recurring theme in her ministerial Sarratt says her strengths are in oppressed, nding space to be whole? If
for Easter Sunday. philosophies and similar strains pop up business, systems thinking and spiritual the answer to that is yes, then were being
As we met and talked with Sally and when asked about the future of the mainline formation. She says Swearingen, whos the church, but if the answer is, Im not so
Maria about their vision for pastoral church, trends in church attendance among bilingual, is much better at creative sure, but look at this really cool building
leadership we were struck by their deep Millennials and even what lessons the Easter worship planning. we just built, I struggle to call those
faith and commitment to being part of a message has for today. Even if I invested all my time and outcomes fruitful church work.
gospel community, says Carol Blythe, Sarratt says for her, getting to that place
chair of the search committee. We were has been a process. She speaks of digging
impressed by how their gifts, talents and deconstructing and reconstructing
and experience matched our ministry various theology over time.
priorities and were thrilled about their
upcoming pastorate and the versatility
One of the things I worry about and feel
sad about is the fact that in many ways, New Calvary pastors share favorites
the co-pastor model will provide our queer people still think, I either choose
congregation. my faith or I choose who I am, Sarratt Favorite hymn?
Sarratt says the compensation package says. The integration and wedding of the SWEARINGEN: Great is Thy Faithfulness, but especially Yvette Flunders
the church oered them is very fair. two and either one being able to bless the version when she says, Oh God my father and mother. I love that.
So is it weird for a Baptist church to be so fullness of who you are is still kind of a SARRATT: Since were in Lent, Im thinking more in those terms right now so
open-minded? Not really. Calvary is part rare thing. I like some of the more reecting ones like Abide With Me or O Sacred Head
of the American Baptist Churches USA Neither Sarratt nor Swearingen were Now Wounded.
movement, which has about 1.3 million out when they met in the summer of
members in about 5,000 congregations. 2008. Both planning to pursue full-time Favorite scripture?
There are 42 million Baptists around the ministry and didnt see any way to be out, SWEARINGEN: Do not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time, you
world that trace their tradition to the especially in the Bible Belt, while being will reap a harvest if you do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
early 17th century. Calvary has no ties pastors. SARRATT: The sermon on the mount, especially the Beatitudes.
to the Southern Baptist Convention, the Mariah was headed back to school in
largest Protestant group in the United Durham and it was one of those things Favorite biblical gure?
States with about 15 million members like, Well, that was great, but Im feeling SWEARINGEN: Ruth and Naomi.
and a much more conservative, anti-gay called to ministry so this cant happen, it SARRATT: Job. We need to reclaim the fullness of emotion and lament and
agency. cant be, Sarratt says. not just sanitize everything. The older I get, the more Ive found a deep and
Sarratt and Swearingen grew up But their connection Swearingen profound honesty in those places.
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looking for your next home solutely go back for a visit with the kids. Look at Listings Above Your Budget. want to go back to a property you are con-
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for the rst time, line up a sitter. Doing to the homeowners, who likely spend sual friends tag along on your initial tours.
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spring to list their home or start their ers wont require you to take o your unrealistic expectations in what you can Houses on your own, but always let the
house hunting. With the market and shoes, but be prepared. Leave the lace up purchase (and makes those you can seem listing agent know you are working with a
showings at their peak in the next two shoes at home and wear slips ons. like a let down). Realtor. Also, when in the home, stay with
months, we thought wed share our top Be Respectful of The Sellers Privacy. Ask To Go Out Last Minute. 24 hours your Realtor while touring. Avoid wander-
tips for house hunting etiquette. While opening closets and cabinets to notice is typically best, especially when ing o on your own or letting your kids
Weve learned over the years that fol- check out the space is generally ne, touring homes that are still occupied. We run around in the house.
lowing these basic rules of house hunting avoid opening dresser drawers or exam- will always try to see what we can set up, Make Yourself at Home. This is not your
etiquette goes a long way in making sell- ining family photos on the walls. but if you know you want to see a proper- home (yet). Please dont stretch out on
ers and their agents happy (and more in- Mums The Word. As mom always said, ty, please give as much notice as possible any sofas or beds or test out any reclin-
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ing etiquette this spring. house hunting as well. The sellers may be side, dont cancel on a whim. Your Realtor the home or attempt to play the piano
within earshot (hello, nanny cams!) and (and the seller) has done a great deal of (weve seen it before!) or with toys around
you dont want to oend them, especially legwork to set up your tour coordinat- the house. This should also be an obvious
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tial. Take the time to get pre-approved for love the house, play it cool. You wouldnt a true emergency, please dont cancel on You should also avoid using the homes
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not help you to see homes you cannot af- tiations. Wait until youre in the car with Block Access. This one is pretty com-
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