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Baldwin re-election bid a top victory there.


priority for LGBT advocates Aisha Moodie-Mills, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian
Victory Fund, said Baldwins re-election is the
priority for Victory Fund through 2018 which is
By CHRIS JOHNSON why we made her a spotlight candidate almost two
cjohnson@washblade.com years before her election.
Her rise from the Dane County Board of
As Democrats gear up for the congressional Supervisors to the United States Senate is in many
mid-term elections in 2018, one race that will be ways emblematic of the progress weve made as
critical for the LGBT community and potentially a a movement over the last 30 years and we need
challenge to win isthe re-election bid of U.S. Sen. her continued leadership, Moodie-Mills added.
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only out lesbian in In D.C. on April 26, gay Democratic activist Peter
Congress. Rosenstein is set to host a fundraising event for
After becoming the rst openly gay person Baldwin in anticipation of the upcoming battle
elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, Baldwin will face shell face. Expected guests includeBaldwin herself
re-election in a state Trump won in a surpriselast as well as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and high-
year. Her race will almost certainly be a priority for dollar Democratic donors.
U.S. Sen. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.) faces an as yet unknown
the LGBT community seeking to ensure visibility challenger in a state won by Donald Trump.
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Haley disturbed by reports of


kidnapping, torture and murder
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley this


week said the U.S. remains disturbed by the
arrests of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya.
We continue to be disturbed by reports of
kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in
Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and
We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya, said U.S. Ambassador to
the U.N. NIKKI HALEY.
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Trump continues Obama opposition


Comings & Goings to LGBT document lawsuit
Bobbitt to CDISC; Williams lands at NAGE
DOJ balks at releasing The government has ignored most
of the Mattachine Societys request with
By PETER ROSENSTEIN
1950s papers linked to incredibly non-responsive documents
ring of gay workers that do not even come from the critical
The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our commu- period of 1953, said Mattachine Society
nity. 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 By LOU CHIBBARO JR. President Charles Francis. Francis noted
comingsandgoings@washblade.com. lchibbaro@washblade.com that previously released records show
that between 7,500 and 10,000 federal
Congratulations to David Bobbitt, named the In a rare agreement on an LGBT- employees were red or pressured to
new CEO of the Clinical Data Interchange Standards related matter, the Trump administration resign on grounds of homosexuality in
Consortium (CDISC). CDISC is a global, non-prot is following the lead of the Obama 1953 alone as a result of the Eisenhower
organization that develops data standards to foster administration in ghting a lawsuit led Executive Order 10450.
smarter research and enable connections to healthcare. last year by a gay rights group against the In its opposition to the dismissal
In accepting the appointment, Bobbitt said, CDISC U.S. Department of Justice. motion Mattachine also argues that
is at an inection point. I feel privileged to begin this The lawsuit, led by the Mattachine a DOJ claim that it could not nd any
new chapter. As we enter the next stage of CDISC, our Society of Washington, D.C. in April 2016, homosexual related documents linked
organizational strength through collaboration, inquiry calls on the DOJ to release thousands of to then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Warren
DAVID BOBBITT
and innovation will provide the fertile substrate from PHOTO COURTESY OF BOBBIT documents linked to a massive purge of Burger, who was in charge of enforcing
which an even-stronger CDISC will grow. gay and lesbian employees of the federal the Eisenhower executive order, lacks
Prior to joining CDISC, Bobbitt served for the last government in the 1950s and 1960s. credibility. Burger subsequently became
three years as president of the SCORE Foundation in Historians say the purge was triggered by Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
D.C., where he led the organization in signicant growth a 1953 executive order issued by President Most especially, historians need to
while maintaining high-quality services to Americas Dwight D. Eisenhower that, among understand the role of Chief Justice Warren
entrepreneurs. Previously, he served in a senior other things, associated homosexuals Burger, who was tasked with enforcing the
executive role at the New York Genome Center. He with infamous, dishonest, immoral, or sexual perversion order in 1953 when he
also built the largest private sector fundraising program notoriously disgraceful conduct. was Assistant Attorney General, Francis
for kidney disease services and research in the U.S. He The order asserted those falling under said. These Burger papers would be
founded and ran a successful revenue consulting rm LATEEFAH WILLIAMS these categories, including homosexuals, under the control of the FBI and the DOJ.
PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAMS
focused on the nonprot biomedical research sector. posed a security risk and were unsuitable Why wont they release them?
Bobbitt holds an undergraduate degree from the for federal government employment. On March 27, under Trump Attorney
University of Virginia, where he was a Jeerson Scholar In its lawsuit, Mattachine Society accuses General Je Sessions, DOJ led a supporting
and Lawn Resident; a graduate engineering degree from the DOJ of failing to adequately comply addendum to its motion to dismiss the
Northeastern University; and an MBA from Darden with a Freedom of Information Act request lawsuit. The addendum says the FBI had
Graduate School of Business at UVA where he graduated that the group submitted in 2013 seeking inadvertently failed to enter Burgers name
with the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence. all internal documents from DOJ and the in its search for documents requested by
Congratulations also to Lateefah Williams, who FBI that pertain to the enforcement of the Mattachine but it has since conducted a full
joined the National Association of Government Eisenhower executive order against gay or search for Burger related documents.
Employees (NAGE) as an Assistant General Counsel. lesbian federal employees. The FBIs search eorts located records
TIMOTHY MERRITT
The Assistant General Counsel position among other PHOTO COURTESY OF MERRITT Under the direction of Obama Attorney broadly responsive to Mr. Burger, the
duties assists and represents federal, municipal and General Loretta Lynch, the DOJ replied DOJ addendum says. [H]owever, after
private sector employees at arbitration, the Federal that it had conducted a good-faith search reviewing these results, the FBI has
Labor Relations Authority, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National for the requested documents. It has since determined that none of these records
Labor Relations Board, and various state, federal and municipal administrative forums. turned over to Mattachine about 2,000 were responsive to Plaintis specic FOIA
Prior to joining NAGE, Williams served as community engagement specialist in the D.C. documents related to the FOIA request. request for Mr. Bergers involvement with
Oce of Attorney General Karl Racine. She previously served as political and legislative In a motion led in December in U.S. Executive Order 10450.
director for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, Counsel to the Prince Georges County District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Lamberth was expected to issue
State Senate Delegation, and Nonprot Speech Rights Policy Analyst for OMB Watch. during the last full month of the Obama a ruling on the motion to dismiss the
Williams is also a community activist in the District. She is currently a board member administration, DOJ asked Judge Royce lawsuit within the next 60 to 90 days,
of the Wanda Alston Foundation, and periodic contributor to the Washington Blade. She Lamberth to dismiss the lawsuit in a according to court observers. If he denies
held executive positions in several local organizations, including president of the Gertrude summary judgment decision. the dismissal motion steps would be
Stein Democratic Club, second vice president of the Metropolitan Womens Democratic The motion argues that the search taken to schedule a trial after an eort
Club, recording secretary of the Ward 5 Democrats, and National Committeewoman for categories requested by Mattachine for to determine whether an out of court
the DC Young Democrats. additional documents are overly broad and, settlement could be reached.
Finally, congratulations also to Timothy Merritt who after a decade of experience in therefore, using them to search the FBIs Mattachine is being represented in
federal politics, recently joined progressive entrepreneur Joseph Sanbergs team as chief records for a 40-year period would constitute court by the D.C. law rm McDermott Will
of sta. Sanberg is an entrepreneur and investor and co-founder of Aspiration.com, an an unduly burdensome search that is unlikely & Emery on a pro bono basis.
online nancial rm that delivers banking and investing services. He is a founding investor to result in locating documents responsive to The Mattachine Society of Washington,
in Blue Apron, the leading provider of home-delivered, ready-to-prepare meals for Plaintis FOIA request. D.C. was co-founded by D.C. gay rights
individuals and families. In its own brief opposing the dismissal pioneer Frank Kameny in the early 1960s
Previously, Merritt was a member of the Los Angeles-based fundraising team for motion Mattachine argues that the DOJ as the citys rst widely recognized gay
Hillary Clintons presidential campaign. He has also worked for Ambassadors Susan Rice acknowledged in an addendum to its rights organization. Francis played a lead
and Samantha Power at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and on dismissal motion that a search using role in reactivating the group in recent
rst lady Michelle Obamas team during President Obamas 2012 reelection campaign. the term pervert yielded 5,500 hits for years as an advocate for uncovering
He began his political career working in the U.S. Congress for Rep. Gene Green and potential documents but it nevertheless long hidden documents showing how
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. said retrieving all of those documents gays were persecuted by the federal
would be overly burdensome. government in past years.
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Diverse co-chairs named for LGBT march on Washington


Organizers say details organizers and that he would be sixth national march on Washington for
consulting with National Park Service LGBT equality since the rst national gay
of June 11 event to be ocials and D.C. police to determine march was held in 1979. Subsequent
released soon which areas of the National Mall and LGBT marches on Washington took place
other locations will be available and best in 1987, 1993, 2000, and 2009.
suited for the planned march. Following is the list of national march
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. The march is set to take place on the co-chairs as released in the April 19
lchibbaro@washblade.com same day as D.C.s annual Capital Pride statement:
Festival, which takes place on Pennsylvania 1. Anika Simpson, Ph.D., founder,
Organizers of a planned LGBT march on Avenue, N.W. between 3rd Street, near the Beyond Policy LLC | Founding Coordinator,
Washington scheduled for June 11, which U.S. Capitol, and 7th St. The June 11 march Womens and Gender Studies Program
has been named the Equality March for would also take place one day after D.C.s at Morgan State University; Associate
Unity and Pride, released on Wednesday annual Capital Pride Parade, which usually Professor, Department of Philosophy
the names of 12 of 13 co-chairs of the travels from the Dupont Circle area past | Co-Chair, MSUs Presidential LGBTQA
event but provided few additional details the 17th Street, N.W. commercial area to Advisory Council; Co-Chair, National Black
such as how it will be nanced or the 14th and R St., N.W. Justice Coalitions HBCU LGBTQA-Equality
route of the march. Ryan Bos, executive director of the Initiative Advisory Council; Pronouns:
The Equality March for Unity and Pride Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes She, Her, Hers
is less than two months away and we are the Capital Pride events, said the group is 2. Ashley Smith, the Capital Pride
thrilled to host this historic march in our cooperating with organizers of the Equality Alliance; Human Rights Campaign
nations capital, a statement released by March for Unity and Pride but would not Foundation, Board Member; Pronouns:
organizers says. serve as the scal agent for the march. He, Him, His
Permits are being worked on, Bos said no one associated with the 3. Catalina Velasquez, Consult
sponsors are being engaged, the website march has approached Capital Pride Catalina President; Casa Ruby Senior
is forthcoming, and just this week we Alliance about using the large stage Director of Strategic Partnerships
selected 12 of 13 National Co-Chairs! the near the Capitol that Capital Pride sets and Communications; Washington
statement says. This national group of up each year to be used for political DC Mayors Oce of Latino Aairs
diverse leaders in the LGBTQIA+ liberation speeches associated with the march. Commissioner | Our Revolution Board
movements will help shape the mission March organizers, meanwhile, have not Vice Chair; GetEqual Board Co-Chair;
and vision of the march by elevating voices disclosed whether they plan to set up Megaphone Strategies Board Member;
The Equality March for Unity and Pride is
of those most underserved, it says. planned for June 11 in D.C. their own stage and sound system for Inclusv Board Member; Trans United
The statement adds that the diversity WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
speeches associated with the march. Fund Board Member; United We DREAMs
represented by the co-chairs would We have been discussing how to best Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project
ensure that in these trying times messages have surfaced on social media represent and acknowledge these unique (QUIP) Advisory Council; Pronouns: She,
our communities can come together, expressing concern that so few details of times and the desire for members of Her, Hers, Trans Goddess.
march in solidarity, and demand equity, the event had been disclosed less than two our community to voice their feelings, 4. David Bruinooge, Founder: the
representation, protection of our most months before the march was to take place. Bos told the Blade in an email message. Equality March for Unity & Pride;
vulnerable, and safeguarding the many Some Facebook postings have asked We want to assist in getting individuals Pronouns: He, Him, His
triumphs our communities have gained in whether the march would actually connected to organizations and activities 5. Elle Hearns, executive director of the
the previous years while working towards happen and whether people who have that would allow them to take action, he Marsha P Johnson Institute; Pronouns:
championing many more. made airline reservations to come to said. In addition, we are discussing how She, Her, Hers
Among those named as co-chairs Washington should cancel them. Others best to represent this narrative on the 6. Jos L. Plaza, president, Latino GLBT
are Anika Simpson, Ph.D, founding expressed concern that as of this week no Concert Stage as well. History Project; Chair, DC Latino Pride
coordinator of the Womens and Gender money had been raised to help pay for an In recent years, Capital Pride has | Executive Board Member, DC New
Studies Program at Morgan State event of this scale. shunned political speeches at the annual Leaders Council; Pronouns: He, Him, His
University, one of the nations historic Theres still plenty of time, said D.C. festival and has used two separate 7. Lydia X. Z. Brown, Chairperson
black colleges; Ashley Smith, an ocial gay activist Peter Rosenstein, who has stages largely for musical entertainment, of the Massachusetts Developmental
with the Capital Pride Alliance and a been serving as a volunteer on a march including performances by nationally Disabilities Council; At-large board
Human Rights Campaign Foundation planning committee prior to the selection known singers. member of the Autism Womens Network;
board member; Catalina Velasquez, a of the co-chairs. Its all being worked out. In the statement released on Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
widely recognized LGBT immigrant rights The permits are in the works and the route Wednesday, march organizers point 8. Lynnette McFadzen, President,
advocate and Senior Director of Strategic will be decided on in a few weeks, he said. out that the Washington march will be BiNet USA; Producer, the BiCast; Core
Partnerships and Communications for An application for a permit for the march accompanied by numerous solidarity Organizer; the Bi Brigade; Pronouns:
D.C.s Casa Ruby community services submitted on March 10 to the National marches and events throughout the They/Them She/Hers
center; and Jose L. Plaza, president of the Park Service of the National Capital Region country and internationally. 9. Nicole Murray Ramirez, International
D.C.-based Latino GLBT History Project. by Bruinooge, which the Park Service Together we will continue to propel Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico;
Also named as one of the co-chairs is released to the Washington Blade, calls for beyond a march but a movement for Harvey Milk Foundation; Pronouns: He,
David Bruinooge, the New York City LGBT two possible routes for the march. years to come, resisting and ghting Him, His
rights advocate who initiated the June One calls for participants to assemble for our communities rights, dignity and 10. Sean Coleman, executive director,
11 march through a Facebook posting on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th safety, the statement says. So please Destination Tomorrow; board member,
in January that quickly drew thousands Streets, N.W. and for participants to disperse join us in D.C. or at solidarity events Transgender Legal Defense and
of messages of support for the idea of at that same location but doesnt say whether around the world. We welcome all! Education Fund; Pronouns: He, Him, His
an LGBT march on the nations capital or where the march would travel. And stay tuned for more information 11. Sue Doster, co-president, InterPride
similar to the womens march held the day The second proposed route states, and details in the days/weeks ahead, it | CTO, amfAR; Strategic Planning Director,
following President Trumps Inauguration. Dupont Circle/assembly at 17th Street continues. We thank all of our supporters NYCPride; Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
The announcement on Wednesday of (March across Penn. Ave. in front of White for their patience as we put this movement 12. Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez the
the names of the co-chairs and assurances House. Disperse on 15th St., N.W.). together and look forward to another International Indigenous Youth Council;
that more details of the march would Bruinooge told the Blade the march historic event in Washington, D.C. Standing Rock Activist; Two-Spirit &
be disclosed soon came at a time when route is still under discussion among The June 11 march would become the Indigenous Activist; Pronouns: He, Him, His.
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you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love.
Roem is running against Brentsville Magisterial District Democratic Committee Chair
Mansimran Kahlon, Steven Jansen and Andrew Adams in the Democratic primary that
will take place on June 13. The winner will face Marshall who has represented the
13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1992 in November.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has raised more than $8 million for
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other federal, state and local candidates and
organizations since its founding in 2009.
The PAC on Tuesday also announced it has endorsed Justin Fairfax, who is running for
lieutenant governor. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee also endorsed state
House candidates Chris Hurst, Elizabeth Guzman, Jennifer Carroll Foy and Schuyler
VanValkenburg.
Gay state. Sen. RICH MADALENO appears poised to ocially declare himself a
candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial race. These six bold progressives represent the diverse future of the Democratic Party, and
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY JEFF SURPRENANT their election would be a clear rebuke of Trumps radical, anti-worker agenda. In every
decision since assuming oce, said Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive
Change Campaign Committee. Trump has sided with big corporations over working
Madaleno poised to families betraying his own voters and creating a environment where Democrats can
win in conservative and swing districts across the country.
challenge Hogan in 2018 MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Gay Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) appears Va. court dismisses Fairfax schools lawsuit
poised to ocially declare his candidacy for governor in 2018.
The Washington Post reported Madaleno and two other Democrats who are The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that challenges the
expected to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan Baltimore County Executive Kevin inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Fairfax County School Districts
Kamentz and former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous spoke at the Young nondiscrimination policy.
Democrats of Marylands convention in Lanham on April 1. The Liberty Counsel led a lawsuit against the policy on behalf of Traditional Values
The Post reported Madaleno criticized Hogan, but he did not ocially declare Coalition President Andrea Laerty and an unnamed minor and his parents.
himself a candidate. Madaleno referred the Washington Blade to the Post article Members of the Fairfax County School Board added sexual orientation and gender
when asked whether he plans to run for governor. identity to the districts nondiscrimination policy in November 2014 and May 2015
Madaleno, 51, has represented the 18th Senate District since 2007. He became respectively. The Liberty Counsel argues the so-called Dillon Rule prohibits school
the rst openly gay person elected to the General Assembly when he won a seat boards from adding LGBT-specic provisions to their nondiscrimination policies unless
in the Maryland General Assembly in 2002. the Virginia General Assembly were to pass a law allowing them to do so.
The Montgomery County Democrat is among the lawmakers and advocates Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Brett Kassabian dismissed the lawsuit in March
who led eorts to secure passage of the states same-sex marriage bill that then- 2016. Senior Justice Leroy F. Millette, Jr., upheld the decision, noting Laerty and the
Gov. Martin OMalley signed into law in 2012. Madaleno in 2014 introduced a other plaintis did not have legal standing to challenge the inclusion of gender identity
transgender rights measure that took eect later in the year. and sexual orientation in the Fairfax County School Districts nondiscrimination policy.
Madaleno in June 2014 defeated Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Dana Beyer in the Democratic primary. Madaleno was among those who
considered running for then-Congressman Chris Van Hollens seat in the
U.S. House of Representatives after then-U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) Frank DeCrosta dies at 53
announced her retirement.
Van Hollen last November defeated House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga Frank DeCrosta, a Coldwell Banker
(R-Baltimore and Harford Counties) in the race to succeed Mikulski. Congressman Realtor whod been a long-time
Jamie Raskin now represents Marylands 8th congressional district. Washington resident, died on April 7,
Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker and Congressman John according to his brother, Paul DeCrosta.
Delaney are among those who are also expected to challenge Hogan in He was 53. No cause of death was given
2018. State Del. Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore City) has said she is no longer other than that he died peacefully at
considering a run for governor. home, Paul DeCrosta said.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who is bisexual, last November became the rst Frank DeCrosta was born Oct. 15,
openly LGBT person in the U.S. elected governor. 1963 in Schenectady, N.Y. He moved to
MICHAEL K. LAVERS Washington around 1990 and was gay.
He lived in Dupont Circle and had been
with Coldwell Banker for about 10 years,
his brother said. He was a member at
Foundry United Methodist Church.
Progressive PAC endorses Danica Roem Paul DeCrosta said Frank loved Fire
Island during the summer and spent as
A political action committee that supports progressive Democrats on Tuesday much time as possible there with friends.
endorsed a transgender journalist who is seeking to unseat incumbent Virginia state He was also involved in HIV/AIDS work
Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) in November. such as the AIDS Walk Washington and
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee in its announcement notes Danica various Food & Friends benets.
Roem is the rst trans woman to run for the Virginia General Assembly. The PAC also He was one of the most personable
highlights Marshalls anti-LGBT record, which includes a bill he introduced earlier this people to meet, Paul said. He never met
year that would have banned trans people from using public bathrooms based on their a stranger and would always go out of
gender identity. his way to help anyone in need, from a stranger carrying groceries to helping friends
Its wonderful to receive the endorsement of the Progressive Change Campaign whenever they needed it. He would do whatever he could.
Committee, a great organization that has relentlessly pushed the Democratic Party Frank DeCrosta is survived by his mother, Carolyn DeCrosta; brothers Paul and
forward in a bold, progressive direction, said Roem in a statement. With the PCCCs Vincent DeCrosta; a nephew, Justin DeCrosta; and a niece, Amanda (DeCrosta) Pollard.
partnership, I will ght for a fairer future for working families in Prince William County, A memorial service is planned for Sunday, April 30 at 12:45 p.m. at Foundry United
Manassas Park and the commonwealth of Virginia. And we can accomplish that while Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.).
working to make Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth for everyone, no matter what JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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2nd Circuit: Anti-gay bias


legal under Title VII
In a case led by a now deceased gay
skydiver who alleged sexual-orientation
discrimination in the workforce, the
U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals
on Tuesday declined to accept the legal
argument that anti-gay discrimination
is prohibited under current federal civil
rights law.
In a 13-page decision, the three-
judge panel cites a 2000 decision in the
Simonton case, a 2nd Circuit ruling that
determined Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
The Justice Department under JEFF SESSIONS (R-Ala.) has withdrawn its lawsuit over North Carolinas HB2.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY of the 1964, which bars sex discrimination
in the workforce, doesnt apply to sexual
orientation. As a result of that precedent,

DOJ withdraws lawsuit against N.C. bathroom law the panel concludes Title VII cannot be
applied in the pending case, named Zarda
v. Altitude Express.
Although North Carolina replaced anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with a law that critics say still enables anti-LGBT discrimination, the The unanimous ruling concludes that
U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn the lawsuit against the state led last year under the Obama administration. precedent can only be overturned by the
In a ve-page notice, the Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions announced it has voluntarily entire Court sitting en banc, which would
withdrawn the lawsuit led last year by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. require consideration of the case by the
In light of the passage of North Carolina Session Law 2017-4, House Bill 142, and pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41, the Parties full court as opposed to the three-judge
in the above-captioned action hereby stipulate that all claims or causes of action against Defendants and all counterclaims panel.
against Plainti which were the subject matter of this lawsuit are hereby dismissed with prejudice, the notice says. Its the second time within a month the
After North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law the replacement measure for HB2, whether the Justice Department 2nd Circuit has found sexual-orientation
would continue the lawsuit it led against the state over the initial law was in question. As of last month, a Justice Department discrimination is permittedunder federal
spokesman said the U.S. government was reviewing its litigation posture in the aftermath of the HB2 replacement. civil rights law. Last month in the case
Lynchs lawsuit alleged HB2, which barred cities from enacting pro-LGBT ordinances and transgender people from using the Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, a
restroom consistent with their gender identity, contravenes federal law. The Justice Department alleged the law violated Title VII dierent three-judge panel found that
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization precedent precluded the court from
Act of 2013. determining that anti-gay bias is illegal,
The deal Cooper signed, House Bill 142, replaces HB2 with a measure that LGBT advocates say is a bait-and-switch attempt although the judges still ruled in favor of
giving the appearance of repeal while doubling down on discrimination. the plainti on the basis that the nature
HB 142 prohibits state agencies, municipalities and the University of North Carolina from the regulation of access to of the discrimination he faced was sex
bathrooms, locker rooms and showers unless they have the legislatures permission. It also bans municipalities until 2020 stereotyping.
from enacting LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination measures that would apply to private businesses or public accommodations. The decision stands in contrast to
Ford Porter, a Cooper spokesperson, said in response to DOJs withdrawal of the lawsuit against the North Carolina law the the recent groundbreaking en banc
governor still supports statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. decision by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court
The compromise to repeal HB2 took an important step in the right direction, Porter said. Gov. Cooper will continue to of Appeals that determined anti-gay
work to repair our states reputation and add statewide protections for LGBT North Carolinians. discrimination in the workforce amounts
The withdrawal of DOJs lawsuit in the aftermath of the switch is consistent with Sessions actions against transgender rights to sex discrimination under current law.
since his conrmation as U.S. attorney general. In fact, the Justice Department last month nixed its request for a preliminary A growing number of trial courts and
injunction against HB2 in favor of an existing injunction against the law that was signicantly more limited and applied only to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
plaintis in a separate lawsuit. Commission have also reached that
Jon W. Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal, said in a statement the Justice Department is using North Carolinas new conclusion.
law as an excuse to withdraw the lawsuit even though the new statute still enables discrimination. The 2nd Circuit case was led by
Here is yet another instance of the Trump administration and Attorney General Je Sessions withdrawing the federal Donald Zarda, a gay skydiver who alleged
governments support from transgender individuals, and they are using the fake repeal of HB2 as cover, Davidson said. Sadly, he was terminated from his position at
this was not unexpected, now that anti-transgender forces are in charge of the Departments of Justice and Education. Once Altitude Express for disclosing his sexual
again, the Trump administration continues to abandon transgender Americans. orientation to his client. In response,
Although the Justice Department may be reviewing its position now that HB2 has been replaced, that isnt stopping LGBT the company maintained the client
legal groups thatalso led a lawsuit against HB2 from continuing with their challenge. had various complaints about Zardas
The trio of groups the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal have declared their behavior other than disclosure of his
lawsuit, which includes claims for the damages inicted by HB2, will continue, and theyll seek to amend the lawsuit to challenge sexual orientation and he was red
HB142 as well. because he failed to provide an enjoyable
James Esseks, director of the ACLUs LGBT Project, said in a statement the LGBT legal groups will press on in North Carolina experience for a customer. According to
even though the Justice Department has abandoned the ght. media reports, the client accused him of
The Trump administration may want to use the fake repeal of HB 2 as an excuse to further turn their backs on the fondling her in mid-air.
transgender community, but the rest of us arent going to give up that easily, Esseks said. Well continue this ght as long as According to the ruling, Zarda died in a
it takes to truly strike down this disastrous law for good. skydiving accident before the case went
The lawsuit the LGBT legal groups led against North Carolina, Carcao v. McCrory (now known as Carcao v. Cooper), is to trial, and two executors of his estate
on hold until April 28, when a status report is due before the trial court in the aftermath of the enactment of the replacement have replaced him as plainti. Zardas
law to HB2. obituary states he died in Switzerland in
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Texas to consider anti-LGBT legislation based on HB2 deal


Measure would bar cities the proposal would bar cities from transgender people in restrooms and all existing local non-discrimination
enacting ordinances barring anti-LGBT prohibit transgender people from using ordinances that protect LGBTQ Texans
from enacting protections discrimination because Texas state law the restroom consistent with their gender and gives anti-LGBTQ state lawmakers
aords no protection based on sexual identity in public spaces, such as schools full control over future LGBTQ local non-
By CHRIS JOHNSON orientation or transgender status. and government buildings. discrimination laws, Ellis said. HB 2899
cjohnson@washblade.com The proposal has explicit language Matt McTighe, executive director is another harmful solution in search of
stating city ordinances would become null for Freedom for All Americans, said a problem and will accomplish one thing:
In a sign the new law in North and void if they were enacted prior to the in a statement lawmakers reject the Further putting the lives of all LGBTQ
Carolina that replaced House Bill 2 may passage of the law. That would eliminate measure because it would have the same Texans in jeopardy.
be exported to other states, the Texas non-discrimination ordinances already discriminatory impact as SB6. The measure bears a striking
legislature was expected this week to in place in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort No one should be fooled by HB2899 resemblance to HB142, the replacement
consider anti-LGBT legislation that bears Worth, Plano and San Antonio, according this is dangerous legislation that is just as law that Gov. Roy Cooper signed as part
a striking resemblance to the North to the Human Rights Campaigns 2016 discriminatory and economically perilous of a deal with Republican legislative
Carolina deal. Municipal Index. as SB6, McTighe said. Legal protections leaders to alleviate economic boycott
The bill, House Bill 2899, was HB 2899 would take eect immediately from discrimination are put in place for a in his state as a result of HB2. The
introduced last Friday by Rep. Ron if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all reason, and rolling those protections back replacement law, which critics say still
Simmons (R-Carrollton) as a compromise the members elected to each house as should never be on the table. Like SB6, enables discrimination, convinced major
proposal for lawmakers seeking to provided under the Texas Constitution. this legislation is a solution in search of a sports leagues like the NCAA to return to
enact anti-LGBT legislation in Texas as But if the legislature approves it by a problem that just doesnt exist. There are the state, although numerous states and
the biennial legislative session in Texas simple majority, it would take eect on no winners under HB2899 it will create municipalities have continued their bans
winds down. The legislation was set for Sept. 1, 2017. dangerous situations for transgender on sponsored travel to North Carolina in
a hearing Wednesday in the House State The law is proposed as an alternative people, and like SB6 it will tarnish Texas protest over the law.
Aairs Committee, after Blade deadline. to anti-LGBT legislation already approved reputation and economy. HB2899 is similar to the HB2 deal
The measure would prohibit in the Senate, Senate Bill 6, which seems Also condemning the Texas proposal because both of them bars cities from
municipalities from enacting ordinances to have stalled out after House Speaker on the basis of it being worse than SB6 enacting pro-LGBT non-discrimination
that would protect a class of persons Joe Strauss said he opposed the bill and was Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of the LGBT ordinances, although that language in the
from discrimination or reduce or expand had no intention of bringing it up. That media organization GLAAD. North Carolina law will sunset in 2020.
the classes of persons protected from proposal would bar cities from enacting The newly proposed HB 2899 is even
discrimination under state law. In eect, measures to bar discrimination against worse than SB6 because it invalidates CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Baldwin prepares for re-election ght in 2018


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 conditions are favorable to her. Moodie-Mills said although races for
I think 2016 showed Republicans can U.S. Senate in purple states are rarely
Baldwin hasnt just aided the LGBT be successful in Wisconsin in midterm easy, shes condent Wisconsin will
community through her visibility as the and presidential years, and thats bad re-elect Baldwin based on the senators
only out lesbian in Congress. In the ve news for the senator, Gonzales said. But message and record.
years shes been in oce, Baldwin has history tells us the presidents party often The messages from candidate Trump
taken leadership roles sometimes struggles in midterm elections, and that that resonated with some Wisconsin voters
quietly, sometime more prominently could be the saving grace for Baldwin. the importance of manufacturing jobs,
to raise attention to LGBT issues. If Hillary Clinton was sitting in the Oval support for the middle class and economic
An original co-sponsor of the Equality Oce, I think the senator would have a security are issues Sen. Baldwin holds
Act, Baldwin has been closely associated tougher time. I still expect Baldwin to dear and has fought for throughout her
with the goal of enshrining into law a have a competitive race, but the rst step career, Moodie-Mills said. She worked
comprehensive bill barring discrimination is for Republicans to gure out who is across party lines to increase investments
against LGBT people in all areas of federal running and choosing their nominee. in education and workforce readiness,
civil rights law. Baldwin also took a lead The lack of an obvious Republican ensure quality health care for all, and
role during 2013 in the more modest challenger, as Gonzales noted, is another build a strong manufacturing economy
goal of passing the Employment Non- boon to Baldwin in 2018. The candidate in Wisconsin and across the country.
Discrimination Act, which the U.S. Senate the GOP had hoped to eld, Rep. Sean These accomplishments will play well with
approved on a bipartisan basis. Duy (R-Wis.), a four-term member of Wisconsin voters in November 2018.
Baldwin has also urged the Food & Congress and former cast member of Baldwins sexual orientation has
Drug Administration to end its policy MTVs Real World, declared in February already come up during the Senate
barring gay men from donating blood, he wont challenge Baldwin in 2018. campaign via right-wing website Breitbart
encouraged the Education Department to Baldwin will be beat because her News, which issued an email blast in
Milwaukee Sheri DAVID CLARKE is a support of drafting Milwaukee Sheri
issue (now rescinded by Trump) guidance potential challenger to Sen. Tammy Baldwin. radically liberal Madison record and ideas
assuring transgender kids have access are out of sync with Wisconsin, Duy said David Clarke whos black, but a critic
to school bathrooms consistent with the in a statement. I look forward to helping of Black Lives Matter, and a guns rights
gender identity and objected to the Trump state will also help Baldwin. our Republican nominee defeat her. Ill supporter to challenge Baldwin.
administrations appointment of anti-trans President Trumps approval rating was continue to work my heart out for the Tammy Baldwin is their Holy Grail: a
activist Roger Severino to defend access to upside down in Wisconsin and upside families of the 7th District, and Im excited hard left socialist, in-your-face lesbian,
transgender health at the Department of down with independents, Ross said. If about the great things we will accomplish and screaming feminist. SHE MUST GO!
Health & Human Services. that continues, and hes unpopular in with our united Republican government. reads the email blast, which is signed by
The timing of her race next year on Wisconsin a year-and-a-half from now, None of the other possible contenders Jack Daly, the former congressional chief
one hand is good news for Baldwin. that probably will help her a great deal. have the same star power. According to the of sta and counsel to now U.S. Attorney
History shows (if you overlook 1998 and Ross said Republicans have had a Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, they include General Je Sessions.
2002) the party opposing the sitting U.S. better ground game in Wisconsin than Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, The email blast, which calls for
president gains seats during the mid-term Democrats in the last couple elections Madison businessman Eric Hovde, state donations of up to $5,000, says Clarke
election. If that holds up in 2018 and and theres a question about the impact Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookeld), state deserves a bigger stage, and he wants
many analysts, citing Trumps ongoing of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkers presence Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookeld) and to run, but has to get enough national
unpopularity, believe it will Baldwin on the ballot. Marine veteran and Milwaukee-area support to combat the liberal money his
will have the upper hand in her bid to Baldwin has done well in fundraising. businessman Kevin Nicholson. opponent gets from Hollywood, the Gay
preserve her seat. The senator posted $2.2 million for Much as was the case in 2012 when & Lesbian Victory Fund, Lesbian PAC,
Ironically, the tradition that the fundraising in the rst quarter of 2017 Baldwin defeated the favored former Gov. and elsewhere. (The Lesbian PAC is
presidents party loses seats in the mid- and has $2.4 million in cash on hand, a Tommy Thompson to win the U.S. Senate apparently a reference to LPAC.)
term elections would have spelled trouble Democratic activist familiar with those seat, the inghting among Republicans Fear-mongering about Baldwins sexual
for Baldwin if Hillary Clinton had succeeded numbers said. and the cash these candidates will spend orientation in a Breitbart email blast could
in 2016, an outcome Baldwin strongly Baldwin will be running for re-election to obtain the Republican nomination be a sign of things to come if the Senate
desired as an early Clinton supporter. in a state Trump won narrowly by 22,750 could make for a battered challenger that race is competitive and the Republican
JR Ross, editor of the Madison-based votes, which is largely attributed to the Baldwin could more easily topple in the side pulls out all the stops.
WisPolitics, said Trumps victory bolsters states support for populism, a political general election. Ross, whos covered Wisconsin politics
Baldwins re-election chances in a state view Republicans have come to dominate. Aware of the challenges shell face in for 17 years, said Baldwins sexual
where Republicans tend to do well in o- In addition to Trumps win there, Sen. Ron 2018, Baldwin has stated her mantra orientation wasnt a major issue during
year elections. Johnson (R-Wis.), whom many observers heading into the race will be economic her rst Senate run, and doesnt expect it
Her prospects are much better now thought was a dead-man walking against issues a message that proved to bein 2018.
that we have President Trump rather than challenger Russ Feingold, won re-election successful for Bernie Sanders during There hasnt been anything overt
President Clinton, Ross said. If Clinton last year by nearly 4 points. the presidential primary after his win in about that in her races that Ive seen
had won, shed have two things going Not helping Baldwin is a poll unveiled that state as well as the importance of lately, Ross said. Now does that mean
against her. One, Wisconsin tends to be last week by Morning Consult, which building American industry. there wont be mailers to certain interest
more Republican in terms of turnout in found she was paired with Sen. Claire The plan to keep economic issues front- groups...I cant promise you that, but it
o-year election, and two, the party in McCaskill (D-Mo.) as the least popular and-center is evident in Baldwins statement has not been a major issue in the last few
the White House ends up having a hard Democratic senators up for re-election in on Tuesday in response to Trumps visit to campaigns that Ive seen.
time in mid-term elections. Because its 2018. According to the rankings, Baldwin Wisconsin to promote his Buy American, Beth Shipp, Executive Director of LPAC,
President Trump, that alone improves has an approval rating of 44 percent in Hire American executive order. said the political action committee is
her chances. the state compared to 38 percent of state The promises that have been made fully committed to ensuring Baldwin
Pointing to a March 22 poll from residents who disapprove of her. to our workers must be kept, and I stand is re-elected next year after making her
Marquette Law School that found 41 percent Nathan Gonzales, editor of the D.C.- ready to work with President Trump the rst candidate it endorsed upon its
of Wisconsin residents approve of Trump based Inside Elections, said Baldwin faces and take action that respects Made in founding in 2012.
compared to 47 percent who disapprove, both advantages and challenges in her re- Wisconsin hard work with real reforms
Ross said Trumps low approval rating in the election bid, but ultimately concluded the and results, Baldwin said.
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Gay men arrested, tortured, killed in Chechnya: reports


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01

those persecuted by association, she said


in a statement that her oce released on
April 17. If true, this violation of human
rights cannot be ignored Chechen
authorities must immediately investigate
these allegations, hold anyone involved
accountable, and take steps to prevent
future abuses.
We are against all forms of
discrimination, including against people
based on sexual orientation, she added.
When left unchecked, discrimination
and human rights abuses can lead to
destabilization and conict.
Novaya Gazeta, an independent
Russian newspaper, earlier this month
reported authorities in the predominantly
Muslim and semi-autonomous Russian
republic in the Caucuses have arrested
more than 100 gay men since the end
of February. Many of these men have
reportedly been beaten and tortured
with electric shocks and glass bottles that
have been forced into their anuses.
Muslim, a Chechen man who spoke
with CNNs Matthew Chance this week,
said authorities who wanted to get the
Secretary of State REX TILLERSON hasnt
names of his gay friends punched him commented publicly on the situation in
and beat him with their feet. Muslim Chechnya.
said they later electrocuted him. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT ELECT

Novaya Gazeta has also said at least three


of the men who were arrested later died.
The Russian newspaper has reported
Chechen authorities have sent gay men to as reprehensible and urged Russian month it is impossible to prosecute OutRight Action International on
secret prisons that have been described authorities to thoroughly investigate those who are not in the republic. Monday urged British Petroleum,
as concentration camps. The Russian them. British Foreign Minister Boris The existence of concentration camps ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell
LGBT Network, a St. Petersburg-based Johnson and Vitit Muntarbhorn, who is is a serious breach of all international three oil companies that have made
advocacy group that has launched an the U.N.s rst LGBT and intersex rights human rights conventions, said the signicant investments with state-owned
emergency campaignwith All Out, a global watchdog, are among those who have Brazilian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Russian oil and gas companies to
LGBT activist organization, to evacuate also publicly condemned the situation. Association in a statement it released on publicly condemn the arrests.
gay men from Chechnya, conrmed these The State Department in an April April 10. Tillerson was ExxonMobils CEO until
reports to the Washington Blade. 7 statement said it is increasingly Laura Weinstein, president of Grupo Accin Trump nominated him to become
Olga, an LGBT rights advocate in concerned about the situation in y Apoyo a Personas Trans, a trans advocacy secretary of state.
Moscow who asked the Blade not to Chechnya and urged the Russian group that is based in the Colombian capital This is one of the worst homophobic
publish her last name, on Wednesday government to criticize the arrests and of Bogot, on April 14 posted to her Twitter campaigns the world has ever seen, said
said she and her colleagues are working conduct an investigation into them. Fifty account a satellite picture that reportedly OutRight Action International Executive
with gay Chechens who have been able members of Congress on the same day shows one of the secret prisons in which gay Director Jessica Stern. If Russia will not
to ee. asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to men are being held. listen to other governments or even the
We give them medical and publicly condemn them. In this camp in Chechnya people are United Nations, it is time to see if we can
psychological help, said Olga. Tillerson who met with Russian being tortured, locked up and exterminated get money to talk in a language that they
President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April for being gay and trans, she wrote. will listen to.
12 has not spoken publicly about the Israeli LGBT rights advocates on April Chechen Social Politics
Tillerson, Trump silent arrests or the secret prisons in which the 14 held an emergency meeting at the Minister Dzhambulat Umarov on
Former Vice President Joe Biden gay men have been held. President Trump oces of the Aguda, the Israeli National Sunday demanded Novaya Gazeta
on April 14 said he is disgusted and has also not commented about them. LGBT Task Force, in Tel Aviv to discuss the apologize for the disgusting nonsense
appalled by the arrests. Agence France-PressereportedPutins arrests of the gay Chechen men and ways that you spread. One of the newspapers
When faced with such crimes of hate spokesperson told reporters late last they can help them. The Brazilian Lesbian, reporters who broke the story has
and inhumanity, it is the responsibility of week the Kremlin does not have any Gay, Bisexual and Trans Association and reportedly gone into hiding because of
every person of conscience to speak out reliable information about the arrests. other LGBT advocacy groups have urged death threats she has received.
to oppose this campaign of violence The Associated Press on April 16 the U.N. to launch an investigation into the Svetlana Zakharova of the Russian
before it continues further, he said saidChechen President Ramzan Kadyrov abuses that are reportedly taking place. LGBT Network told the Blade on Monday
in a statement he posted to the Penn categorized the international outcry ILGA-Europe urges international she and her colleagues think the growing
Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global over the gay mens arrests as attempts institutions to advocate for the rights of outcry over the arrests will put further
Engagements Facebook page. that are being made to blacken our the LGBTI community in the region, and pressure on the Kremlin to intervene.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia society, lifestyle, traditions and customs. for national governments to assist those We hope that it will make the Russian
Freeland on April 15 described the arrests Kadyrovs spokesperson told a Russian eeing persecution to nd safety, said government stop (the) kidnappings,
and persecution of gay Chechen men government news agency earlier this ILGA-Europe in an April 13 statement. tortures and killings, said Zakharova.
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Pastor of Carroll church receives award


Rev. Marty Kuchma, who has been pastor at St. Pauls United Church of Christ
in Westminster, Md., since 2005, received the 25th annual Carroll County Human
Relations Commissions 2017 Human Relations Award last month.
According to the Carroll County Times, St. Pauls Consistory (church council)
President Ben Rogers wrote in the March church newsletter Highlights that
Kuchma was recognized for his many eorts in addressing homelessness,
diversity, inclusion, and other important issues with which we are faced in
Carroll County.
St. Pauls, the rst and only open and arming church in Carroll County, has
been the venue for PFLAG-Westminster meetings since 2011. In addition to the
monthly general meetings, We host First Fridays for LGBT youth as a safe space
for conversation, games, fellowship, Michael Teare, a gay man and an elder at
the church, told the Blade.
Teare calls Rev. Kuchma a hero and an amazing man.
I was drawn to St. Pauls because of its open and arming stance when that
was still taboo in Carroll County, says Teare. Pastor Marty made me welcome
my rst visit to the church, and I have never left.
Judy Gaver, a member of St. Pauls and a member of the PFLAG-Westminster
chapter steering committee, agreed.
I honestly can think of no one more deserving to be the recipient of this
award, she told the Blade. Among the myriad duties Marty performs as the
pastor of St. Pauls, and numerous other local councils and committees on which
he sits, he is also a founding member and an active steering committee member
of PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County chapter. Marty was the pastor when St.
Pauls became an open and arming congregation in 2008.
The Blade was unable to reach Kuchma for a comment.

LGBT Youth Prom on tap


The third annual LGBT Youth Prom is set for May 5 from 7-11 p.m. at the Grand,
225 North Charles St. in Baltimore. The event, which is themed Enchanted
Forest 2017, is solely for LGBT youth and supportive youth allies between the
ages of 14 and 19 who want to experience prom within a welcoming and safe
space without fear of prejudice.
There will be food, entertainment, and an interactive community resource
fair. Though there is no cost for this event, online registration is required and
all attendees must present a valid picture ID for entry. Youth can register at
lgbtqprombmore.eventbrite.com. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are
prohibited at this event. Security will be on-site, and all volunteers are
background checked.
Contributions to this event can be made at gofundme.com/enchantedforestprom.
It is beautiful to see these amazing youth celebrate in the space, said prom
planning committee member Anastasia Pierron in a statement. We recognize
that spaces such as the LGBTQ Prom are few and far between, and we as a
community need to continue creating and supporting spaces where LGBTQ
youth feel accepted, loved, and validated.
The Youth Prom planning committee is comprised of community members
and youth- serving organizations, such as STAR TRACK Adolescent Health
Program at the University of Maryland, GLSEN-Baltimore, and the PrEP Program
of the Moore Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
For more information about the Prom, visit lgbtqprombmore@gmail.com.

Letter to Anita to be screened in Columbia


The lm Letter to Anita, which tells the story of Anita Bryants anti-gay
campaign and its eect on the life of lesbian Ronni Sanlo, will be shown on May
4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. A
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The event is free but registration is required by calling the Bain Center at 410-
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Same-sex marriage brings health benets


SEATTLE Same-sex marriage is good for overall health and sense of well being a
new University of Washington study reports.
For years, studies have linked marriage with happiness among heterosexual
couples. But a study from the UW School of Social Work is among the rst
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Medical reports. Its part of a national, groundbreaking longitudinal study
with a representative sample of LGBT older adults, known as Aging with
Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality/Gender Study, which focuses on how
historical, environmental, psychological, behavioral, social and biological factors
are associated with health, aging, and quality of life.
UW researchers found that LGBT study participants who were married reported
better physical and mental health, more social support and greater nancial
resources than those who were single. The ndings were published in a February
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Study nds trans kids avoid restroom at school


NEW YORK As yet another bathroom debate began to brew in Michigan
last week, a report released by LGBT rights advocates showed transgender
students often avoid using school restrooms because they feel uncomfortable
and unsafe, Newsweek reports.
Separation and Stigma: Transgender Youth and School Facilities, a document
published last week by the Movement Advancement Project, GLSEN, National
Center for Transgender Equality and the National Education Association, found
that 70 percent of transgender students said theyve gone out of their way to not
usecampus bathrooms. Pulling in data from a 2015 survey of youth and a 2016
study of adults, the report mentioned that transgender people revealed they not
only drank less but alsodeveloped urinary tract infections in their quest to skip
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Perez and the disappearing DNC


Party must focus on building
strong state organizations

Sanders is building
his own organization
and raising money
for his own campaign.
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights He has said he
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade. will only support
the Democratic Party
The Democratic National Committee if he likes
has all but disappeared since its recent
elections except when theyre asking
what it does.
for money.
I receive dozens of emails from the
DNC Chair TOM PEREZ is traveling with Bernie Sanders, while his partys national apparatus is
DNC but not one explains who will be suspect.
making the decisions on how to spend
the money they raise or what the criteria WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

for spending it will be. I have tried calling


many times but get no response. When ers also implied in response to Tappers ing forums. Well, Bernie has every right state parties will recruit across the nation in
I nally got someone in the press sec- questioning that he would not give the to do that but what does that have to do 2018. A good candidate for Democrats in
tion on the phone, I was politely told they DNC his presidential campaigns massive with the DNC? Kansas might be a terrible candidate for
would get back to me but no one ever did. email list, which shattered previous re- Democrats need to focus on taking the Democrats in New York or California. That
Now before the attacks start I want to cords by raising $218 million online from party into the future. Not in any one per- is why we need strong state Democratic
make it clear my goal as a Democrat is to 2.8 million donors. The list will be used sons image but rather as state parties that parties to help with recruitment.
see the DNC rebuilt and to build strong to transform the Democratic Party into will be able to eld candidates who can Two months seems to be long enough
state Democratic parties. Despite what a party that stands for working families, take back the Congress in 2018 and just as to wait to have sta in place and a focused
some might suggest after they read this, he said, implying that he wants his new importantly take back state legislatures and plan for the work needed to rebuild the
I am not looking to re-litigate the Demo- group, Our Revolution, to decide which governorships to stop the current hemor- party. During this congressional recess,
cratic presidential primary. I was a strong candidates will get access to that list and rhaging of districts through redistricting to Perez should be touring the nation with
supporter of Hillary Clinton but respect reap its benets. favor Republicans in 2020 and beyond. Democratic oceholders in each state
Bernie Sanders ideas and hope he will My support for Perez was based on his For the next two years, we shouldnt those men and women who have won
continue ghting for them. commitment to work toward the goal of be spending money and time challeng- oce as Democrats because they found
I supported Tom Perez for chair of the rebuilding both the DNC and state Demo- ing incumbent Democrats who have the way to reach their constituency. Dem-
DNC and was pleased when immediately cratic Parties for the future not based on proven they can win in their districts ocrats need to build a base for the future
after he won he asked dynamic Demo- any one persons ideas. He would urge and statewide. The DNC should be dis- and highlight those candidates in local
cratic Congressman Keith Ellison to join support of all Democratic candidates in couraging primaries such as the one in news rather than focusing on national g-
him in a leadership role. That was on Feb. the next two election cycles 2017 and Virginia where the Lt. Governor Ralph ures. These Democratic winners should
25 in Atlanta. Since then there has been 2018 to take back control of the agenda Northam who has won statewide and has get the exposure they need to move up
little of substance coming out of the DNC in state government and Congress. announced for governor is being chal- the ranks; from school board to county
and the sta has all been asked to hand I dont question Sanders right to ght lenging in a primary by Tom Perriello, a council to state legislature to Congress.
in their resignations. for the things he believes in. What is be- one-term congressman who has never Our goal cant be to build an ultra-
In the most recent fundraising email ing questioned here are the decisions be- run statewide. Northam already had the progressive Democratic Party in each
from the DNC, signed only by Perez, he ing made by Perez and whether he is truly endorsement of nearly every Democratic state when in some states that wont win
said Next week, Bernie Sanders and I are doing the right things to keep the com- state ocial and the governor. While in elections. Rather, we must build a strong
hitting the road to meet with Democrats mitments he made during his campaign normal times primary challenges may Democratic Party in each state that can
around the country and talk about how to rebuild the Democratic Party in every be good, in this case we are wasting mil- win elections. We should build organiza-
were getting the Democratic Party back state and territory for the future. lions of dollars and thousands of volun- tions that can speak to the voters they
on track. Bernie didnt sign the letter. I recently had a conversation with one teer hours that could be better spent on need to win over. Voters ranging from
Bernie sent out a fundraising letter about of the candidates who lost her bid to be winning the Virginia state legislature for moderate to progressive; the poor, young
the same road trip never mentioning the a vice chair of the DNC. She told me she Democrats. Sanders has endorsed Per- and old, millennials, immigrants, workers,
Democratic Party, but rather asking peo- was participating on a DNC transition riello thereby encouraging this primary. the middle class and voters from every
ple to donate to his reelection campaign. phone call. My suggestion to her for the Again he is more than entitled to do that ethnicity, gender, race, orientation, reli-
My question to Perez is what track are DNC was they should be working with but dividing Democrats isnt helpful to the gion and culture.
you getting the DNC on? Democrats on the Hill to draft a bill to party in these times. These voters will not agree on every is-
Sanders is building his own organiza- x the Aordable Care Act. When a draft In Kansas, Democrats came close to win- sue or every candidate. But the successful
tion Our Revolution and raising money is created the DNC could hold public fo- ning Mike Pompeos open seat. The DNC Democratic Party in each state, while sup-
for his own campaign. He has said he will rums in every state to bring voters into needs to do an in-depth analysis of that porting the overriding principles of fair-
only support the Democratic Party if he the discussion and at the same time use race to nd out if we lost because of the is- ness and decency the Democratic Party
likes what it does. He was pretty strong the forums to build the state parties. Her sues focused on by the candidate or was it stands for, will be able to nd and sup-
about that in an interview after the DNC answer stunned me; she said she doesnt lack of money? We need to know as we de- port candidates in each area of their state
election when it was reported, Sand- think they can as Bernie is already hold- termine the type of candidates the DNC and who can and will win.
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Gay in Trumps America: Where we are so far


began rolling back Obama-era protections
Erased from Census, anti-
trans attacks whats next? We will be ghting a war on a thousand fronts, for transgender school children.
Trickle-Down Hate. Eric Fanning was
from what seems every other state legislature or Obamas pick to be Secretary of the Army,
school board across the country. the largest branch of the U.S. military. Fan-
ning, himself gay, did a great deal to make the
armed forces more inclusive and hospitable
week, where Trump uttered a large rainbow gleaned from the Census. More importantly, to LGBT Americans wishing to serve. Trumps
ag at one of his trademark raucous rallies. precious resources are allocated based on pick for this position is Tennessee state leg-
Granted, while he was doing so, Lee Green- that information. More broadly still, its not islator Mark Green, and hes referred to us
woods God Bless the USA was blaring, just the law, the nuts and bolts and practi- as diseased. What does this mean going
which Im guessing is the song that most Re- calities of them, that matters sometimes. Its down the chain of command? What does it
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance publicans choose to masturbate to. So, again, the tone the law sets. Setting in stone what mean when he and others like him assume
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade. who knows what that meant. Im guessing he matters to a society and the values it intends positions within Trumps executive branch
had no idea what that ag symbolized. to uphold. Just like it wasnt the actual hate and begin setting a tone of spite and malice
Were bearing down on President Trumps As I laid out in a column following his elec- crime legislation passed almost a decade ago toward LGBT Americans?
rst 100 days in oce. So far, the whole thing tion, LGBT Americans could face assaults from that was important, though not being beaten All of these people and their policies will
has been as unpredictable as it has been ut- all sides during the Trump presidency. And not up and killed of course is important. It was have to play out. In many ways we will be
terly surreal. President Trump? It still sounds from Trump himself really, but from his reli- the government being on record that that ghting a war on a thousand fronts, from
so very weird to say. But yet, here we are. gious-right appointees and the policies they en- wasnt cool anymore that really spoke vol- what seems every other state legislature or
No one really knew, too, during the cam- act. Here are but a few weve seen already, and umes. Now the record is being altered. school board across the country at times.
paign what this whole thing would mean for remember, we havent even hit 100 days yet. Anti-Trans Attacks. I guess we can just And really, who knows whats to come from
gays and lesbians. After all, there was soon- We Dont Count. As the Blade reported ask former North Carolina Governor Pat Mc- a hundred dierent Mark Greens and doz-
to-be-Vice President Mike Pence, the sexu- last month, weve essentially been erased. Ac- Cory if beating up on transgender Americans ens of Je Sessions? As Pride month nears
ally repressed braintrust behind the Indiana cording to a draft of the 2020 Census, sexual still carries with it some political expediency. and the national march for LGBT rights ap-
anti-gay religious freedom bill turned huge orientation and gender identity will not be Apparently, some still think so. Now under proaches, the question could very well be not
debacle. But there was also that bizarre mo- questions in the counting of Americans. And the auspices of Jeerson Beauregard Ses- what are we marching for but what are we
ment, as the New York Times pointed out this to be sure, this is some bullshit. So much is sions III (yes, really), the Justice Department not marching for.

VIEWPOINT

From state houses to Chechnya, anti-LGBT attacks surging


cans, we were leading by example as a adopt children into loving homes. As an American, I brought the struggles
We must ght for the beacon for acceptance by tearing down the But standing in stark contrast to these and victories of the American heroes who
marginalized among us walls that isolated us and building bridges gains that come from a long-held tradi- fought at Seneca Falls, Selma and Stone-
in this country and around the world. tion of American values, we see the rise wall to our vision for the Hornet commu-
We didnt know it at the time, but our LG- in hate crimes against our communities. nity. And now, six years later with over
By SEAN HOWELL BTQ+ community would soon be included We are seeing a rise in discriminatory 20 million members of our global com-
for the rst time in a presidential inaugural laws in states against LGBTQ+ people. munity, its clear that attacks on LGBTQ+
In 2011, a few friends and I saw the address as President Obama eloquently We see transgender women of color be- people both here and abroad are on the
need for an online gay community that stated, We, the people, declare today that ing murdered every month. We see the rise. With new atrocities being reported in
could connect people. We wanted to cre- the most evident of truths, that all of us rise in calls to eliminate federal funding countries like Chechyna and hate crimes
ate a safe space that could connect future are created equal, is the star that guides us for critical HIV and AIDS research. We see on the rise here at home, it is time that we
dates with each other, connect future still, just as it guided our forbearers to Sen- the rise in in our LGBTQ+ youth reach- rise again to safeguard our communities.
husbands to one another, and connect eca Falls and Selma and Stonewall, just as ing out to suicide prevention lines. And As President Obama so thoughtfully
people for friendships that would last a it guided all those men and women, sung as the United States sees continued at- spoke about our individual freedom be-
lifetime. We chose the name Hornet for and unsung, who left footprints along this tacks against our nest, our communities, ing inextricably bound to the freedom
our edgling community because it sym- great Mall to hear a preacher say that we and our homes, we are seeing what that of every soul on Earth, we call on all LG-
bolized the most social and communal of cannot walk alone, to hear a king proclaim means across the globe as well. Implicitly BTQ+ Americans to ght for the growing
species. It was also a species that would that our individual freedom is inextricably or explicitly removing the best of Ameri- number of our marginalized brothers and
aggressively protect the safety of its nest. bound to the freedom of every soul on can values from a global stage allows for sisters who are under attack. This is the
In many ways it spoke to how we felt as Earth. It was a singular moment that high- the propagation of crimes against hu- time to bring the best of American values,
people. We wanted to build a community lighted the best of American values and our manity. It is being widely reported that hopes and dreams back to the forefront
that we would also work hard to protect. commitment to protect LGBTQ+ communi- gay men are being rounded up in Chech- of our national dialogue. With technology,
That was in 2011 and yet now, more than ties across the world. nya and being tortured, held in concen- with community and with each other, we
ever, we must continue to build safe com- Fast forward to 2017. Our American tration like camps and ultimately being will continue to build on the advance-
munities for ourselves and protect them LGBTQ+ community has achieved mar- murdered.These heinous crimes are be- ments that were happening in 2011 when
for generations to come. riage equality. Our American LGBTQ+ ing denied by that government because, we launched our online home. Like the
In 2011, our LGBTQ+ community was community is being included for the rst as a body, they deny our very existence. hornet, we will protect our nests and we
making incredible strides on the long time under the 1964 Civil Rights Act for You cannot arrest or repress people who will carry on the American dream.
march toward civil rights and social ac- workplace protections. Our community just dont exist in the republic, said Alvi
ceptance. We were setting an example for can serve openly and proudly in the mili- Karimov, a spokesman for Chechen lead-
what it meant to build inclusive communi- tary. Our families are growing with every er Ramzan Kadyrov when speaking to the SEAN HOWELL is an LGBT rights advocate and
ties for ourselves and our allies. As Ameri- state now allowing gays and lesbians to Interfax news agency. president of Hornet.
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Navigating D.C.s strong housing market


Officials want to attract talk of moving the Reeves building at 14th
and U., of selling that building and mov-
newcomers while not ing it over there.
pricing out long-term
BLADE: With all the gentrification that
Washingtonians has spread down 14th Street to Florida
Avenue and starting into the Northeast
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO quadrant look how different Blooming-
joeyd@washblade.com dale, for instance, looks from what it was
like 10 years ago is it safe to assume
Ed Wood is a D.C.-based Realtor with that trend will continue or is that an over-
City Houses LLC for 20 years and former simplification?
president of the District of Columbia As- WOOD: I think thats true. City govern-
sociation of Realtors. He sells in all eight ment for a long time was desperate to get
wards and averages 15-20 sales per year. people to move back into the city. It was a
He spoke with the Washington Blade dying place as people were overall fleeing
this week on local housing trends, rent- out to the suburbs but thats turned around
ing vs. buying and why the rental market and most cities are growing whereas the
is soft now, but likely to explode in the suburbs are starting to die out. People want
coming years. His comments have been to be closer and they want to spend more
slightly edited for length. time doing the things they like as opposed
to sitting in their car going to and from a
WASHINGTON BLADE: It seems most bigger house. The city government is taking
agree in Washington were back to pre-re- a renewed look at how that happens, how
cession prices and multiple offers on real that takes place and what it means for the
estate. Is that your assessment? Local Realtors say buyers are pricing their properties more strategically thanthey were a long-term city residents.
ED WOOD: Yes. D.C. was in a much decade ago based on current buying trends.
better position during and after the re- BLADE: They want to put some mecha-
cession. We saw a flattening but then it nisms in place to absorb some of that
picked up fairly quickly and the market fairly soft for a while, while the buy- individual buyers. shock so to speak?
has been really strong ever since about ing market has been strong. A lot of the BLADE: Those population projections WOOD: Yes. Theres a lot of interest
2011, 2012. We regularly see multiple of- buildings that are going up in the city must be pretty solid then. Could some- in trying to move in that direction so we
fers still on properties. have been rental buildings as opposed to thing catastrophic throw a wrench in dont have a city where only the wealthy
condos and thats because the long-term those plans? can afford to live. Whereas before they
BLADE: Is the asking price sort of an demographic outlook for the city were WOOD: Certainly. After 9-11 around were trying to stop people from flee-
opening bid in those situations? still gaining about a thousand residents a the country, it just killed the market im- ing the city, we dont even have to think
WOOD: It depends where its priced. If month is expected to be over a million mediately and people stopped moving to about that now.
theyve priced a little below asking, theyll by 2030 so there are a lot of companies D.C. immediately. But then things turned
often get multiple offers and it will bump from around the country who see this as around. A lot of things could happen to BLADE: Do LGBT issues factor into D.C.
up. If theyre priced at asking or above, we a really good rental market and theyre change things, but hopefully nothing of real estate to any significant degree?
do see things sit on the market because interested in the long term. Were not that scale. All the demographics I have WOOD: I havent seen it be much of a fac-
of that. Buyers are more savvy and more seeing the number of condos we saw pre- looked at are pointing toward that large tor at all. D.C. has been such a gay-friendly
cautious than they were pre-2008. 2008, so thats why we see the competi- population growth at least through 2030. city for so long, I dont think its much of
tion. Theres still not enough inventory. Others that go beyond that are less reli- a consideration. When theyre selling a
BLADE: Were there many cases in D.C. able in my opinion. house, they just want the best price.
where a homeowner may have been un- BLADE: Why is the rental market soft if
derwater on their mortgage during the the projections are so strong? BLADE: Based on what were seeing BLADE: Is there any sense of a gaybor-
recession but got out of it once the econ- WOOD: Theyre building for that pro- now and with those kinds of projections, hood anywhere in 2017? Do people buy
omy rebounded? jected million residents. [D.C.s current will gentrification spread across the riv- with that in mind?
WOOD: There wasnt a lot of that in population is about 672,000.] You cant er?Whats it like in those wards now? WOOD: I dont see that anymore. When
D.C. It was more in the suburbs and more suddenly build all the units youll need, WOOD: Theres a lot of interest in Ana- I was first in the business 20 years ago,
likely the farther you got out from the so theyre building them now for five-10 costia and theres a lot of change going there was a desire, usually by gay men, to
city but those prices we saw coming back years down the road. These are big com- on there. Bigger companies are looking at want to be near Dupont. I live near there.
by last year. Occasionally in some of the panies who work in the long-term market that area. One of the issues there has My husband and I have had a house
more developing neighborhoods we saw so they can afford to do this. Sometimes been a lack of services and also people here for 20 years so weve really seen the
some slow downs and some price soft- theyll even go to developers building a whove been priced out of other areas are change on 14th Street. When we moved
ening but those prices have completely condo building and say, Hey, we need a looking over there. Theres been a lot of here, our friends thought we were crazy.
come back. Many values have increased rental building at this location. Would you revitalization there but theres also been Now they say, How did you know? We
above what people paid. consider reconfiguring the design a bit to a very active group of long-term residents didnt know. We just bought where we
turn it into a rental building and selling who want to see improvements but dont could afford and at the time we wanted
BLADE: How is the market for rentals the whole thing to us? Thats attractive to want to be pushed out. I know the mayor to be near Dupont.
vs. sales in Washington? developers because its a lot easier to sell and city council members are focusing
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Behind the scenes of competing offers


The rules change you arent stuck wondering what if? look like because they want you to beat
WHY THE HUSH HUSH? ARE THERE it! We might hear tidbits from the agent
amid a bidding war OTHER OFFERS? For starters, unless that we can interpret. For example, its a
given consent by the client, the listing beatable offer if it is low, or we have two
By ALLISON GOODHART DuSHUTTLE agent might not be able to share even excellent offers in hand and are expecting
IF there are other offers. In our area, the two more, which means it will likely es-
Its April, which means were in peak seller decides when they sign their listing calate with contingencies waived. A good
real estate season. Unfortunately for buy- agreement if the listing broker has the rule of thumb is that the more offers are
ers and fortunately for sellers that authority to disclose other offers on the on the property, the better the offers will
sometimes means bidding war situations property. If the seller hasnt given that be.
with competing offers. Inevitably, when permission to the broker, then they cant WHAT TO EXPECT IN A MULTIPLE OF-
we have a client facing multiple offers, let us know there is a competing offer. FER SITUATION. Bottom line? Being in a
they ask if the seller will counter their The good news is that it is the norm for situation with competing offers can be
offer or if they will know what the other this information to be disclosed. Typically, scary. Arm yourself with the necessary
people are offering. We hate to be the we will know before we write if we are the information, be patient and flexible, and
bearer of bad news, but usually the an- only offer, if there is one (or 21) we are always put your best foot forward by pre-
swer to both questions is: NOPE. competing against. senting your best and final offer.
If youre a buyer, heres what you need IF SO, HOW MANY? Again, typically Of course, enlist an experienced and
to know about why offering in a competi- agents will know exactly how many of- trusted Realtor so you always have the
tive situation with multiple offers is a bit fers are in competition. But, sometimes best advice. Remember, not all sellers
tricker than a normal offer presentation. the listing agent gets busy and doesnt or listing agents are created equal. Your
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD Facing multiple offers? Put your best offer on update all of the agents. We could think agents advice will be different in each
the table at the outset.
WHEN DEALING WITH COMPETING OF- there are three offers but three more situation, depending on how much infor-
FERS. If youre competing, that means the came in at the deadline. We always are mation is known and how forthcoming
rules of the game change. In a normal Do not expect a counter. In some sce- on the offensive checking with the listing the information is from the listing agent.
scenario, you can come in a bit lower than narios if two offers are very close, they agent until the very last minute, so we Sometimes, the best offer might not win
where youd like to end up and negotiate may ask one buyer to clean up a small almost always know the score here. But the day, but we will make sure you arent
back and forth with the seller. With com- term or contingency. Plan to put your best keep in mind that some agents wont pro- overpaying.
peting offers, your first offer should be foot forward to make sure you are even in vide timely updates.
your best offer. competition. In other words, always pro- AND HOW GOOD ARE THEY? Unfor- Allison Goodhart DuShuttle is lead
agent for The Goodhart Group, Alexandrias
In almost every multiple offer scenario, ceed as if the seller will not counter your tunately, agents very likely wont know and McEnearney Associates top produc-
the sellers and the listing agent will re- offer. You should feel satisfied at the end how good (or bad) the other offers are. ingreal estate team. In2015, shewas nationally
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Millennial homebuyers get creative through videos


Creating an atmosphere of
comfort, trust with clients
By KEVIN POIST

In any business, I believe, there is the


responsibility to uphold oneself to the
highest standards. That is the essence
of doing your job well. Then, there is the
next step, which is promoting oneself in
an authentic way.
As a real estate agent, finding non-tradi-
tional ways to advertise buying and selling
homes requires creativity and planning. Im
always looking for substantive, thoughtful,
and qualitative ways to get peoples atten-
tion. So I decided to find a way to convey
the fun that I was having with my clients
during the home selling process.
Fun is the primary concept I stuck to Kevin Poist (right) creates videos with young clients to establish trust.
when writing, storyboarding, and direct- SCREEN CAPTURE COURTESY OF POIST
ing the recent video, which features my
actual clients, who were excited to partici-
pate in a fun, quality video to showcase be a success and the client reaches their all know, everyone loves dogs in videos. 30 seconds. I started writing the song and
the experience of the sale of their home. goal of home buying and/or selling. I was getting a lot of good feedback soon after, my clients Charlie and Morgan
The rap is part of a creative series I want- I wanted to find a way to take away the about using the videos to help educate and I were practicing once a week to sync
ed to bring to Millennial-aged consumers initial intimidation of meeting a real es- the public. Then one night over dinner, the rhythm and pitch of our voices (the
to help them understand and become tate agent. I thought I could help achieve one of my friends said, You know, Kevin, best we could).
less intimidated by the process. this through the medium of video. Unlike your video feels professional, but we had The experience brought us closer to-
The idea for the first video in a series I a printed brochure, a video allows you a lot of fun too, and I dont get a sense of gether and made us laugh the entire time.
have now produced, began when I real- to experience the personality, sense of a lot of fun in the first two videos. I said in Thus, working with video as a medium
ized how awkward meeting a real estate character and authenticity of a person; response: Ha! Challenge accepted! for Millennials I believe has created an
agent can be for a lot of Millennials. Sud- nearly as much meeting someone in-per- I brainstormed for a while about how atmosphere of comfort, trust, and confi-
denly you meet this real estate agent son. The viewer sees the agent interact- to combine elements of professionalism, dence in the real estate industry. Being
that you dont know, youre immediately ing with actual clients, and hears directly fun and substance. My idea to create a able to create videos with clients only
thrown into talking about your current from clients who are speaking about the music video was born from a fun best- further educates Millennials about real
financial situation and your reasons for agent and the process. A video provides man speech I gave a few years ago when estate. Its a win-win creative, educational
buying or selling a home, and all of the a sense of trust and ease that becomes a I re-wrote and sang some of the couples process for all of us.
details and narrative that go along with great introduction to sellers and buyers. favorite songs with an a capella group. It View Kevins videos and background
the process. Its a relationship that quickly My video bio highlighted about six cli- was a blast. on YouTube.com or KevinPoist.com.
gets personal. The element of trust needs ents of mine buyers and sellers and That best man speech lasted about
Kevin Poist is a Realtor with Evers & Co.
to be present and earned from the very the next video featured my clients Paul 10 minutes. I knew this video to keep Reach him at 202-441-1757 orKevin@EversCo.
first meeting if the relationship is going to and Melissa and their dog Mumford. As we peoples attention had to be close to com.
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Kellys memoir
OSBOURNE PROGENY FINDS HER OWN VOICE IN NEW BOOK
By MARIAH COOPER
mcooper@washblade.com

The daughter of business mogul people and people stop remembering


and talk show host Sharon Osbourne that love is whats most important.
and heavy metal music legend Ozzy
Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne was not only BLADE: Did you write the book in the
born into a family of success but into format of letters because you wanted
the spotlight. Osbourne appeared with it to be more personal?
the rest of her family on MTVs The OSBOURNE: No. We live in a world
Osbournes, from 2002-2005, arguably of millennials now. People like instant
kicking o the modern reality show genre gratication. Theyll read a headline and
that is popular today. a few sentences and youre an instant
Known as the mouthy teenage girl on genius. When it comes to reading a book I
the show, Osbourne is now a 32-year- even realized, I dont want to read it from
old who has evolved into former The start to nish. I like to pick it up, put it
View talk show host and has appeared down and you can start from all dierent
on Fashion Police alongside Joan Rivers. places. Like a book of short stories. I like
Osbourne prides herself on being an LGBT books like that because you dont have to
ally and has contributed to numerous commit to nishing it all at the same time.
LGBT organizations including the Trevor You can look at the chapters and see if
Project. She has now written a book, theres anything that relates to you and
There is No F*cking Secret, a series of go to that chapter. Im praying my parents
letters that focus on personal topics such dont read the vagina one.
as her mothers cancer diagnosis, her
fathers battle with addiction and her own BLADE: Was there anything else
struggle with body image. you were worried about your family
Osbourne spoke with the Washington reading?
Blade on everything from growing up OSBOURNE: Yes. Every member of
with Joan Rivers to being the child of my family has written a book. What I
famous parents and more. realized is we can all be in the same
WASHINGTON BLADE: What made room and see the same thing, but we
you decide now was the time to write all have a dierent perception of what
a book about your life? happened. We see it dierently because
KELLY OSBOURNE: Ive wasted so were dierent people. I made sure that I
much time of my life. Whenever anyone sent the book to everybody in my family
asks me, What do you regret most?, with a note saying, Guys this is the book.
I always said, I regret nothing. Until I Anything you want taken out let me
started writing this book and I realized know, no questions asked. Because they
there was one thing I truly fucking regret. are my family, I do talk about them so I
And its that I wasted so much time in my had to give them that respect. Especially
life trying to be anyone but who I really KELLY OSBOURNE says growing up in one-of-a-kind circumstances with hard-working parents with my brother (Jack Osbourne) who has
gave her a distinct outlook on life.
am. Its such a miserable fucking journey. two children. I would never want to say
Its so deating and you get lost. I let the PHOTO BY DARREN TIESTE anything that could aect them because
media and public perception tell me who you never know what the media is going
I really was and I fed into it. That is my to pick up on.
responsibility and my fault because I and sharing my stories with you, you will way youll know someone else out there Im noticing right now from the press
did do that. But I was so young, I didnt know even though Im famous, I was born has been through it too. And I hope that theyre really focusing on the drug aspect
know any better. Its my chance now famous. I didnt really get a choice in the people get something out of the mistakes of everything. I havent done drugs, weed
to be like, Fuck that, cut the crap, this matter. I have problems too and any of Ive made. And the fact that love in our excluded because I dont consider that
is who I am. I am telling you who I am. the problems Ive had Ill share with you family is what kept us together and kept
And hopefully by me telling you who I am that way you wont feel alone. And that us going. People stop caring about other CONTINUES ON PAGE 48
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ELAINA PERRY

How long have you been out and who If science discovered a way to change
was the hardest person to tell? sexual orientation, what would you
I came out at age 16. I think the hardest do?
person to tell was really myself. I would never choose to change myself.

Whos your LGBT hero? What do you believe in beyond the


Dr. Frank Mugisha, a prominent physical world?
Ugandan advocate who has earned the Fate and karma in a way. I think that
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY Rafto prize and the Robert Kennedy one will be rewarded for being a good
Human Rights Award. person.

By JOEY DiGULIELMO Whats Washingtons best nightspot, Whats your advice for LGBT
joeyd@washblade.com past or present? movement leaders?
As someone who spends her nights When a community outside of your own
When Elaina Perry found out shed won a Team D.C. scholarship, she was so buried in books, I would say Kramers. is in need, show up.
honored she says the money wasnt even the most important thing for her.
I was just ecstatic, the 18-year-old American University freshman says. I Describe your dream wedding. What would you walk across hot coals
felt like my hard work and my deep struggles were truly recognized. It was I am not too in touch with wedding for?
almost a sense of relief. I felt whole. culture, but would be happy to be My family and friends. Also, my
Although shes not playing currently, for years Perry was a soccer surrounded by my family and friends in education it seems.
goalkeeper, which she said became my obsession. any case.
She received the $2,000 scholarship, given to local LGBT student athletes What LGBT stereotype annoys you
who have made contributions to the sport (of choice) and enhanced the What non-LGBT issue are you most most?
perception of the LGBT community, at the Night of Champions event last passionate about? That bisexual people are somehow
weekend at the Washington Hilton Hotel. I am concerned with racism in every way not as much of a part of the LGBTQ+
Perry, a native of Greenbelt, Md., lives in the Tenleytown dorms of American that it manifests itself. community as others.
where shes double majoring in public health and international relations. She
and her girlfriend, Priyanka, have been dating for about ve months. What historical outcome would you Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Perry enjoys hiking and reading French literature in her free time. change? As basic as I sound, Blue is the Warmest
The passing of HB2 in North Carolina. Color. The French kills me.
It opened the door for other states to
challenge the rights of queer people. Whats the most overrated social
custom?

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Whats been the most memorable pop Walking on the left and standing on the

Now is the time.


culture moment of your lifetime? right. Only truly overrated because our
Amanda Byness downward spiral. escalators are constantly broken.

On what do you insist? What trophy or prize do you most
covet?
Call Joe, Your Working Broker. Mindfulness. Oh, and coee.
Recognition for my eorts in
What was your last Facebook post or international politics.
Tweet?
My last post on Facebook was a What do you wish youd known at 18?
promotion of on-campus events for Well, considering I am 18, Id say there
a sustainable development group is an abundance of things I wish I knew
that I am a part of, called Nourish already. Ill get there one day.
International.
Why Washington?
If your life were a book, what would Im studying public health and
the title be? international relations. This is the place
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Deep Talk with Andy Cohen


Real Housewives mastermind coming to Baltimore with pal Cooper
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com

Some celebs are witty and fabulous out Real Housewives is your legacy?
enough, they dont need a script. They COHEN: Yeah, I would be OK with that.
can just get on stage and start gabbing I was always a big soap opera fan and I
and people eat it up. think it has replaced the soap opera. I
Such is the case with gay pals Anderson think its todays modern-day version of a
Cooper (of CNN fame) and Andy Cohen, soap opera so I think thats an absolutely
who almost gives Ryan Seacrest a run for ne thing.
his money in terms of having his hand
in the most pop culture pots, with their BLADE: Does it ever surprise you which
show AC2: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales. cast members end up becoming huge in
Cohen is an Emmy-winning host of pop culture?
Watch What Happens: Live on Bravo COHEN: Sometimes. It used to surprise
late night, executive producer of the Real me more but now kind of nothing
Housewives franchise and a New York surprises me. You know, because weve
Times bestselling author. been through it so many times.
The pair were last here in 2015 at the
Warner Theatre in Washington. This is the BLADE: Pop culture is so instant
rst AC2 show in Baltimore. Cohen spoke PHOTO BY GLENN KULBAK gratication, like junk food. Not to be
to the Blade last week by phone from his all Oprah or anything, but youre so
home in New York. ANDY COHEN, left, and ANDERSON COOPER in their joint show AC2. Cohen says it works because immersed in it, is it a soul drain over time?
theyre friends in real life.
Do you meditate or anything?
WASHINGTON BLADE: Whats your COHEN: Well, I think in the last few
favorite on-stage conversation youve it on track pretty well. for sure. I think all of us who decide to go years my social life has actually Im
ever had with Anderson? in front of the camera have some level of probably working much more than I was,
ANDY COHEN: Its really like going BLADE: Youre both well versed in narcissism. I dont know if its a bad thing but I used to go out almost every night
out to a bar with us and just hanging both hard news and pop culture. Is that or what. after the show so I dont anymore. Im
out. Just a night of storytelling and fun partially why it works? still obviously a very social person, but
conversation. Theres a story in the show COHEN: Yeah, I totally think so. BLADE: Dealing with a whole cast of Im much less so than I was before and
that kind of just stayed in the show and those types sounds like a nightmare. Is it? I think theres something Im a little
we dont really tell it outside of the show BLADE: How do you coordinate your COHEN: Oh absolutely. Thats why more calm now.
which involves a near-death experience schedules. Youre both crazy busy. these shows are so successful still.
that Anderson had that I was involved COHEN: We just book it far, far in People ask that and its because of the BLADE: There must be moments where
in thats quite shocking and terrifying. I advance and pray for the best. casting. People ask if theyre real or not you just wish everybody would go away.
dont know that thats my favorite, but its and theyre denitely real. We cast people COHEN: Its all right. Its all fun, you
certainly one of the more shocking ones. BLADE: Your career path is so unusual who are dramatic by nature and I think know what I mean? I consider myself very
from going behind the scenes to being thats why the shows are still going. blessed. I know it sounds trite or lame or
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Director DEEPTHI TADANKI working on her debut lm Satyavati.

KIKI O.K. KOGELNIK

THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART


Indian lm chronicles harrowing family of the straight woman mistakenly
assume that she is in an unnatural
lesbian cure phenom
MODERN & relationship with her friends, they arrange
for a corrective rape of the women by the
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
CONTEMPORARY
girls uncle and several of his friends.
Over several agonizing months
This Friday, April 21, Reel Armations and with the fervent support of the
ARTISTS BOOKS will host the world premiere of Satyavati,
a powerful new lm by rst-time Indian
queer community in
Tadanki was able to crowdsource her
Bangalore,

lmmaker Deepthi Tadanki. lm. She also created a social media


The movie is part of the Countries campaign #ISupportSatyavati to raise
See 130 rarely shown works of art in the form of a book and related
and Closets series that will present awareness about homophobia in
prints by Pablo Picasso, Joan Mir, Fernand Lger, David Hockney, lms that explore the lives of individuals India. Supporters were asked to post
Grace Hartigan, Ed Ruscha, and other renowned artists. who live in countries where to be LGBT a picture along with captions calling
is illegal or banned. Kimberley Bush, for the stigma around homosexuality
who was recently named director of to be destroyed (#stopcorrectiverape
MARCH 12 JUNE 25 arts and cultural programs at the D.C. and #acceptsexuality). Supporters and
Center for the LGBT Community, says, It activists can still create their own image
FREE ADMISSION is important to me to screen lms that at isupportsatyavati.
depict the more neglected, marginalized The lm is a work of ction and not a
ARTBMA.ORG and underrepresented cultures and documentary, Tadanki says. The primal
Kiki (Kiki O.K.) Kogelnik, Orange Naked Woman. Page from the book 1 Life by Walasse Ting. (Bern: E.W. ethnic groups of our community. focus of making this lm is to let the
Kornfeld, 1964). The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Ryda Hecht Levi Collection of Illustrated Books, Bequest
Especially in the current political climate, I audience understand that lesbianism is
of Ryda H. Levi, Baltimore, BMA 2009.42.21 Kiki Kogelnik Foundation and 2017 Estate of Walasse Ting /
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York feel awareness can create change. not a disease that needs to be cured; it is
After earning a business degree and as natural as heterosexuality.
working as an assistant director for MTV In crafting her story, Tadanki and her
Off the Shelf: Modern & Contemporary Artists Books was organized in collaboration with The Johns and on several corporate lms, Tadanki creative team had to, be careful about the
Hopkins Universitys Program in Museums and Society, and supported by The Johns Hopkins University
decided to strike out on her own. She had plot of the story, the sensitivity of the subject
through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the
National Endowment for the Arts and the Trust U/W of Helen M. Hughes. become aware of the horric practice of and the characters in the story and other
corrective rape where family members minute details concerning the dialogues
arrange for relatives and friends of the exchanged and even the expressive
family to rape lesbians to cure them. interjections used by the characters.
Given the combined stigmatization She says the lm is ultimately a
of gays and rape victims, Tadanki was statement on issues of humanity that
unable to speak directly with any victims supersede culture.
of corrective rape or rmly document (I hope it) manages to open a debate
statistics about the crime. about the tragic realities it speaks about
Case studies across the globe, Takanki and changes the mindset of at least a few
says, have chronicled cases of corrective individuals, it could be termed a success,
rape on women whove been discovered she says.
to be lesbians and as heinous as it may When the movie screens as part of
sound the immediate kith and kin of XTRA, the Reel Armations monthly
the girl permit strangers to let the girl lm series, the discussion will be led by
get raped, foolishly assuming that that is Rayceen Pendarvis, host of the popular
the only corrective measure for their girl Ask Rayceen Show.
to be cured from lesbianism and she will
start thinking normally. SATYAVATI
Friday, March 21
Filmed in the Indian city of Bangalore, 7 and 10 p.m.
Satyavati is about a trio of female HRC Screening Room
1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
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third is their straight friend. When the thedccenter.org/reelarmations
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SHE MAdE tHE


ULtIMAtE SACrIFICE
FOr LOVE.

Madame
Butterfly
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

STEWART LEWIS says writing both books and songs helps keep his creative juices owing.

EP, YA novel releases singer/songwriters, he says. The EP is his


rst musical release since 2011.
launch new phase for Lewis found major success with his
local Renaissance man rst YA book, You Have Seven Messages
(2011), which was published by Delacorte
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO Books. Barnes & Noble sta selected it
joeyd@washblade.com for their hot stu table for teens and
its been a hit in France, having been
After laying low for a few years, local reprinted six times so far, which means
singer-songwriter and author Stewart its sold between 60,000-70,000 copies.

Photo by Scott Suchman


Lewis is back with two new projects. Its kind of the gift that keeps on giving,
His three-song EP When the Lights Go Lewis says. Im still getting massive
Down, recorded with producer R. Walt royalty checks ve years later. The
Vincent in Los Angeles, is out now. Stealing Barnes & Noble placement really helped.
Candy, a novel about the high school-aged If you can get that kind of placement,
daughter of a famous rock star who gets your book just moves so fast.
kidnapped from boarding school, will be He says Random House, his publisher,
released May 2. Its Lewiss fth book, his didnt get behind his second YA novel,
third in the young adult genre. The Secret Ingredient (2013) to the
Lewis and husband Steve Swenson same degree so it sold more in the 5,000- Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director
(married three-and-a-half years; together 10,000 range. Hes hopeful Stealing
11) moved to Washington three years Candy, which is getting positive reviews, Madame Butterfly
ago for Swensons job in radio. Theyd will sell more briskly.
Giacomo Puccini / Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
been in New York ve years. Lewis, whos Romance and thrillers are really selling
40-something, is a Boston native.
Lewis basically wears three hats. In
now in the young adult market and this
is kind of a combination of the two,
May 621, 2017 | Opera House
addition to being a singer/songwriter and Lewis says. Its basically a thriller but its In Italian with Projected English Titles
author, he also teaches narrative non- also a love story. I know that sounds Co-Production of Opera Omaha and San Francisco Opera
ction at the University of Maryland. cliche and like something thats been
The three of them together kind of done a million times but there are a lot
make a career, he says. of twists and they become almost like a
It was mostly a coincidence that the book Bonnie and Clyde-kind of duo.
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were nished about the same time. book signing at Hooray for Books (1555
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he says. I nd as Im getting older, I dont June 1 at 7 p.m.
release music as quickly. I sort of waited Lewis says his path into the YA genre
until I had just the right group of songs to came about naturally. A previous agent said Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.
release. Im a little more judgmental than hed really nailed a teen girl character in david and Alice rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
I was when I was younger. his second book, Relative Stranger (2008). WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.

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Capitol Hill Pub & Restaurant for its novel was the best advice I ever got.
Thursday night Americana nights. He also I guess I can do a teenage girl pretty Generous support for WNO Italian Opera is provided by Daniel and Gayle DAniello.

plays shows in New York, Los Angeles and well, Lewis says. I guess inside every gay Madame Butterfly is a production of the Clarice Smith Opera Series.

Boston, cities that have more venues for man is a teenage girl.
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Swim camp gives athletes


techniques to up their game
By KEVIN MAJOROS

It has been a longstanding tradition


in the sports community for athletes to
attend training camps in their respective PHOTO BY KEVIN MAJOROS

sports. Most camps feature top-notch


coaching, intensive training and athletes BRIAN JACOBSON has lowered the FINA world
who want to better themselves. Attendees record three times in his age group in the
50-meter freestyle.
in any given sport run the gamut from
ages 8-80, lay to professional athletes.
One can also nd training camps in as a coach. I have received and I have
the LGBT sports community. Last month, learned from these swimmers as much
about 40 swimmers from New York to as they have from me. To be surrounded
California to Paris to D.C. attended the by members of my own community was
annual Team New York Aquatics swim like instant family. I felt that warmth
camp for seven days of training at the immediately.
International Swimming Hall of Fame in
Fort Lauderdale.
Led by coaches Abi Liu, Brian Cairns
Warren Perry
and David Hovey, a typical day for the Location: Raised in Kinston, N.C. Now

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Convent of the Sacred Heart.
Sports background: Started swimming
practice was held each evening. Camp at age 7. Age group state champion in the
bonding took place daily at restaurants, buttery and individual medley. Swam for
Sebastian Beach, house parties and four years at University of North Carolina
nightclubs. at Chapel Hill.
Meet one of the coaches and six swimmers Targeted 2017 sports competitions:
who participated at the swim camp. International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics
World Championships (World OutGames)
and the New York City Marathon.
Abi Liu Reason for attending Swim Camp: I
Location: Raised in Wenzhou, China. started with Team New York Aquatics in
Now living in San Jose, Calif. 2011 and ended up having surgery from a
Occupation: Head coach of 150 age torn labrum. I just got back into the water
group swimmers at Peak Swimming. last year and have been focused on doing
Runs two swim schools, Saratoga Star things that are good for my soul.
Aquatics and Milpitas Star Aquatics with
4,500 students weekly. Graduated from
San Jose State University.
Rodrigo Corcho
Sports background: Started Location: Raised in Girardot, Colombia.
swimming at age 8. Captured a title at the Now living in Los Angeles.
Chinese Junior National Championships Occupation: Works at Delta Airlines.
at age 13 and was recruited to the Sports background: Started swimming
Chinese National Team. Former Chinese at age 8. Broke the Colombian national
national record holder in the 200 meter age group breaststroke record at age 13
backstroke, two-time Chinese national and was sent to train in Brazil. Started
champion, gold medalist at the FINA swimming with West Hollywood Aquatics
World Cup, silver medalist at the Asia in 2004.
Games and bronze medalist at the FINA Targeted 2017 sports competitions:
World Championships. Two-time Pacic U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals,
Swimming coach of the year. Serves as International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics
A musical history of gay Broadway an ambassador for USA Swimming on the
LGBT Cultural Inclusion Group.
World Championships (World OutGames),
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Reason for coaching Swim Camp: the U.S. Masters Swimming Summer
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Indigo Girls
May 5 & 6 | Concert Hall
The Grammy-winning duo behind hits like Closer to Fine and
FORD FUSION HYBRID Galileo brings its signature sonic blend of folk and rock to the NSO
Pops for an outstanding program of fan favorites from across their
groundbreaking career.

This years eco-friendly 0-to-60 mph: 8.4 seconds


rides are stunners The Jaguar XE is one of the best luxury
sedans of the year (at least my January
By JOE PHILLIPS car column says so). Now theres a fuel-
sipping diesel version, with a range of
With low gas prices and climate-change more than 600 miles. Thats perfect for
skeptics, youd think hybrids and other long-haul drivers who pride themselves
green machines were on their way out. on few bathroom breaks. For shorter
But at the tony New York Auto Show this trips, the grippy tires and quick steering
month, automakers are showcasing more are a joy. So too is the suspension,
eco-friendly rides than ever. Heres a which is rm but not punishing to the
sneak peek at three stunners I just drove. tush. Acceleration may seem a bit pokey
compared with a BMW 3 Series, but the
FORD FUSION HYBRID Jag feels a lot lighter. The cabin is simple
$26,000 and understated, which may not appeal
Mpg: 43 city/41 highway to everyone. Neither will the cheap plastic
0-to-60 mph: 8.5 seconds trim, which luckily is used sparingly. But
the latest tech and safety features are
Toyota went all radical when it restyled here: push-button start, heated steering
the new Prius, the granddaddy of all wheel, automatic stop-start engine,
hybrids. But Ford was much more subtle headlight washers, power folding (and
with the Fusion Hybrid, gently tweaking auto-dimming) side mirrors and much
the grille, headlights and taillights. Thats more. Two unexpected surprises: a high-
a good thing, because this cars Aston quality stereo and trunk space thats
Martin vibe, especially the sleek front end larger than much of the competition.
and svelte side panels, is still fresh. Inside,
theres a user-friendly infotainment LEXUS NX 300h HYBRID
system, extra storage bins and a modish $41,000
gearshift dial instead of a ho-hum gear Mpg: 33 city/30 highway
stick. And the quiet cabin, upscale 0-to-60 mph: 8.4 seconds
materials and 10-way power seats could
easily be mistaken for a European sport Call it the Jekyll-and-Hyde approach,
sedan at twice the price. But theres no but the Lexus NX hybrid has a split
such confusion when it comes to the so- personality. The sexy styling is outre edgy,
so acceleration and cornering, though with sharp angles and a menacing grille. SATURDAY MATINEE JUST ADDED!
the Fusion still handles well for a midsize But the ride is much more traditional,
hybrid. Its also more ecient than the with supple seats, smooth steering and
previous model, though the battery average acceleration. Fuel-eciency is
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perpendicular parking space. hard to beat the NX Hybrid. But for a
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FRIDAY APRIL 21
Jenner will promote book at Sixth & I on April 27
SAT, APRIL 22
NEWMYER FLYER PRESENTS
THE MUSIC OF BURT BACHARACH Reality star Caitlyn Jenner will appear at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600
& HAL DAVID PERFORMED BY I St., N.W.) to discuss her memoir, The Secrets of My Life, on Thursday, April 27
JULIA NIXON WITH at 7 p.m.
THE DAVE YLVISAKER DOZEN Jenners memoir begins with her childhood and achievement as a gold
W/ JON CARROLL medalist Olympian and continues through her public transition. Her marriages
and relationship with her children are also highlighted. Buzz Bissinger, journalist
SUN, APRIL 23 and author of Friday Night Lights, facilitates the discussion. Following the
BRANDY CLARK AND event, GLOE Director GLOE Josef Palermo will lead a short post-discussion for
CHARLIE WORSHAM guests wanting to share their thoughts on the talk.
Tickets are $35 and include an autographed copy of Jenners book. The post-
WED, APRIL 26
discussion is free for ticket holders. For more details, visit sixthani.org.
RUTHIE FOSTER
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JON McLAUGHLIN
THE INDIANA TOUR Chibbaro to discuss
W/ KATRINA WOOLVERTON
Blade history
SUN, APRIL 30
AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH
EMILY KING: The Rainbow History Project presents
Covering the Queer Capital, a discussion
YOU & I TOUR 2017 on the history of the Washington Blade,
THURS, MAY 4 at the Shaw Library (1630 7th St., N.W.) on
DEB TALAN OF THE WEEPIES Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
W/ MATT THE ELECTRICIAN Washington Blade Senior News
Reporter Lou Chibbaro, Jr. and Kerrie
FRI, MAY 5
Williams, special collections manager
JIMMY GREENE of Washingtoniana & Black Studies, will
SAT, MAY 6 lead the discussion on the oldest LGBT
AN EVENING WITH newspaper in the United States. Eric Nolan
BRUCE IN THE U.S.A. Gonzaba moderates. The discussion will
also highlight the newspapers recent
SUN, MAY 7 digitization of its older editions, from
TDC SHOWS PRESENTS RONNIE LAWS 1969 to 1985, to be available online. This
event is free.
TUES, MAY 9
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FRI, MAY 12 Mr. and Miss Gay Arlington
THE BUMPER JACKSONS pageant is April 28
W/ BE STEADWELL AND LETITIA VanSANT Original Rent stars reunite
SAT, MAY 13 AGLA hosts its Mr. and Miss Gay
ALMOST QUEEN Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, original cast members of Pulitzer Prize- Arlington pageant at Freddies Beach Bar
winning Broadway smash Rent, will reunite on Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. at the & Restaurant (555 23rd St., S. Arlington,
WED, MAY 17 Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.) to Va.) on Friday, April 28 from 6-10 p.m.
ALL GOOD PRESENTS celebrate 20 years of music and friendship. The reigning Mr. and Miss Gay Arlington
DUMPSTAPHUNK The concert will feature duets, solos, Rent selections and other Broadway will make their nal performances and
standards. The two stars will also share stories of their careers and what it was hand over their titles. The social begins at
like working on one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. 6 p.m. and the contest begins at 8 p.m. For
Rapp, who originated the role of Mark in Rent, is gay. guaranteed seating, guests are encouraged
tickets are $30-75. Details at strathmore.org. to reserve a table. Cover is $10.
For more information, visit agla.org/
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As Ursula would say, I am sorry. You are in a tough bind.


This is really a case of being damned if
Lifes full of tough choices

you do and damned if you dont. You will
have to decide which version of damned
you would rather tolerate: gravely
disappointing your parents or denying
yourself a life that may include a loving

partner.
To your great credit, you dont want to

MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed


psychologist who works with gay individuals
lie to a potential spouse about who you
are or bring children into what would
essentially be a sham marriage.
But if you are unwilling to come out,


and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying where would that lead you? A life spent
information has been changed for reasons alone, denying yourself the possibility
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to of real love, all to give your parents the


michaelradkowsky.com
vague and illusory hope that one day you
will give them everything theyve dreamed
DEAR MICHAEL, of. Dont forget that their dream would
My sister, eight years older than I am,
came out at 17. My parents, very religious
eventually have an expiration date, as
they came to realize that your marriage

and conservative, were sad and horried. to a woman was never going to happen.
Theyve kept Kates sexual orientation I can well understand your not wanting
(together with her partner and two to bring further hurt to your parents. I get
children) a secret from their close-knit that they come from and live in a world
community for many years. where homosexuality is not accepted and
I saw their deep disappointment and that they may not be able to transcend

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sadness and as I got older, I resolved to their view of what is right and wrong in life.
do my best, as their only other child, to What I dont know is how much you
make it up to them by being the best son (and possibly your sister) have tried over
they could ask for. Although as a teenager the years to help your parents get some
I was aware of some attraction to other outside support, for example through
guys, I resolved I would marry a woman PFLAG, a fantastic long-time organization
and give my parents lots of grandchildren oering support and education for
whom they could brag about to their families of LGBT people.I am hopeful that
friends. your parents might be helped by nding
A lot of time has gone by and Im now people to talk with who are in a similar
in my mid-30s. After years of pushing position. Having some sort of social
myself to be involved with women, Ive network with other parents might allow
acknowledged I am really only attracted to them to move further along in accepting
men. But I cant bring myself to come out you and your sister (and her family) and
to my parents. I think it would completely feeling less alone and stigmatized by
undo them to have both their children be having gay children.
gay and not be able to nally enjoy the I would also like to suggest that you
same open pride in their progeny as their nd a family therapist who is both gay-
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 contradiction. People think, Oh youre at school with the lights o and made to We did everything together. Its still and
someones kid you dont do anything. pray for my sins because my father is a I think it always will be a huge loss in my
a drug, since I was 24 years old. Im 33 Im like, Ive been working since I was satanist. And Im like, What is this? Its life that threw me in a way I didnt think
this year. I got so much more shit being 15. I dont know how Im going to pay not like my parents were the equivalent possible. Three and a half years ago I
fat than I ever did being a druggie. And my mortgage this month. People think of the Beckhams. My mom is known as promised Joan the very rst copy of my
I think because I pointed it out so much they get to do all of these fabulous things the most badass business woman to ever book that I got. I got it so I called Melissa
now theyre focusing back on the fact that and yes, we do, but anywhere there is be in the music industry, in fact the world. (Rivers) I was like, I got the rst copy and
I was a druggie. But now Im looking at fabulousness, it attracts shit. And theres And my father is the creator of heavy I promised it to her. So Id written a little
whats going on in the media right now a lot more shit in this industry than there metal music. Its a lot to live up to being message to Joan and given it to Melissa.
and Im seeing how many deaths from is fabulousness. their kids. Theyre icons in their own right.
opioid abuse, and so it is a prevalent They came from a time where things BLADE: You and Melissa still keep in
topic, but I dont want that message to get BLADE: Your mother is a co-host on werent instantaneous and you had to contact?
lost. Because its not just what the book The Talk. Do you ever hear her say work hard. I get that from my mom. If I OSBOURNE: Fifty-two weeks a year,
is about. Its about my experience looking anything on the show and think Mom, dont wake up and start working, my day every year, ve and a half years? Shes
after my mom when she had cancer, I didnt need to know that? is shit. family. Were family. All the crew, I miss
my Lymes disease, relationships, body OSBOURNE: Oh my god. If I ever have them so much. Whenever I go into a
image, tting in, having no inner lter, to hear about my mom and dads sex BLADE: You seem like an open meeting at Universal, I pop in and go in
discovering who you are. life Im like, Mom! I guess everybody person and the title of your book is and say hi. Were all still really close.
gets that in their own home, I just get it There is No F*cking Secret. But is
BLADE: Did you nd the writing on national TV. But its my mom. Shes there anything people might not know BLADE: Youre coming to D.C. to
process dicult? earned the right to say whatever the about you? promote your book.
OSBOURNE: This is the second time, fuck she wants. She has worked her ass OSBOURNE: I am so empathic and OSBOURNE: Im so excited because Im
but (the rst time) I honestly feel like o. There are very few women in this loyal to my own detriment. When I feel going to Joans favorite place, the Sixth &
sabotaged it halfway through. When I industry who can get to that level. Joan like somebody is sad I can feel it when I Synagogue.
rst started writing (the rst book) I was Rivers is one of them and so is my mom. they hug me. I want to do everything I
in a really good place, but by the end of They paid their dues. My mom would can to make them not feel sad. Because BLADE: Whats your favorite thing
it I wasnt and everything I was advising never say anything to hurt me. Even feeling sad, lonely and not good enough about D.C.?
in the book I wasnt even listening to. though sometimes I want to crawl into a are the worst feelings in the world. I OSBOURNE: I spent at least two to three
I wasnt doing it myself so I felt like I hole and die that she told people things know what that feels like to feel like that days a year in D.C. my whole life because
was a hypocrite. This book is not just about me on national TV. Thats just what every day. And I wish I could take that of being on tour with my father. You
redemption on that book, me nally it is. I probably would have told everyone from people. Im surprisingly really shy know the Jolly Green Giant on television
not only writing this but Im doing what anyway. She birthed me so she has the at times when someone puts a camera wheres hes like walking through elds of
Im writing. Everybody feels like they right. And of course, I was the only kid out in front of me. I did a quick photo shoot grass? Youre on the tour bus and all of
have to be perfect and they have to of my siblings that my mom didnt have for someone recently and I like shut sudden there are the monuments and so
look a certain way. Its not even about an epidural for. Im the, Do you know the down. My body language, my shoulders much green and the White House. Youre
being famous anymore, which is called pain and suering? Thats what I get. went in. I will never be used to being in walking through history which is rare for
being an inuencer. The pressure that front of a camera and my face shows it me in America to feel that way because
young people are under just over the BLADE: Youve also been a big because I always look like Im holding in everything is so new. The house I grew up
simplest things. The sele that goes on supporter of the LGBT community. a fart. When I see the red carpets in the in is over a 100-and-something years old.
Instagram, that isnt a part of my level Why has that type of advocacy been magazines I see the girls doing the poses I cant tell you one building near me in
of understanding. I have such a love/ important to you? over the shoulder and Im like I would L.A. thats over a 100 years old. So to walk
hate relationship with social media but OSBOURNE: The LGBT community is look like I have jaundice if I tried that. It through and see this is where all the stu
it makes me really happy that it wasnt a community that never gave up on me just isnt in me. I learned in school happened, I love the
around when I was younger because I and that has supported me through thick history of it. But its also very interesting
would have probably been arrested. And and thin. (The community) taught me to BLADE: Being on Fashion Police that you go one mile in the other direction
that I didnt have to deal with that added believe in myself and taught me how to with Joan Rivers, what was the best and its a completely dierent world.
pressure as well. Its unbelievable. do my makeup and to love yourself no advice she gave you? People are left and forgotten. I was a little
matter what anyone else thinks. Be who OSBOURNE: Its in the book. Youve got bit shocked about that.
BLADE: Being the child of makes you happy. Stand against the odds to nd the humor in absolutely everything
famous parents, whats the biggest and dare to be dierent and unique. because laughter is not only the best BLADE: They dont show you that on
misconception people have? Everybody has a unique individual inside medicine, but its the best survival skill TV.
OSBOURNE: My parents were very of them. Its whether theyre brave enough too. Outside of my family and Dancing OSBOURNE: At all, you dont even
smart with how they raised me. Back or not to show it to the world. They can with the Stars, Joan was one of the know thats there. They always say that
in the days before cell phones, we had nd it within themselves to be brave and only people who truly just believed in charity starts at home, why dont they
beepers. I wanted one and my mom show the world who they really are which me for me. Nothing to do with my past clean up Washington and look after the
said, You want one, you go get a job and is a scary thing to do. Its easier said than or my present or my future. Nothing to people who live there and then youll be
you pay for it yourself. So Ive had a job done. And within the gay community do with my family. She just wanted to in a more powerful situation? Its very
and been self-sucient outside of my there is so much creativity and love and work with me. And being bestowed with confusing. But I dont know why but I
parents. Ive had a job since I was 13. Ive acceptance because theyve been the that honor with somebody I knew always pretend like Im Jackie O when Im
been self sucient outside of my parents outcasts of society or at home their whole Joan for 25 years. I was 6 years old the there. Totally going to do a bouant with
since I was 15. My parents taught us, You life. They know what that feels like. I was rst time she interviewed me. Its the my hair at my book signing for a Jackie O
want something, you work for it. When the outcast too growing up with a satanic, most embarrassing interview ever. Im look. That would be so sick.
youre a celebritys kid you have to prove as they said, father in this country village. scratching my vagina, yawned and stuck
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