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Protest group plans alternative


June events, assails corporate
sponsors, police presence
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

It was a rough week for organizers of D.C.s


annual Capital Pride celebration, as a protest
group lled seats at the organizations board
meeting Monday to voice concerns over an
array of issues.
Nearly all of more than 40 audience
members who spoke at the Capital Pride
Board of Directors meeting Monday night
expressed support for a dissident groups
demands that corporations and D.C. police be
banned from participating in the Capital Pride
parade and festival set for June 10-11.
The meeting, which took place in a basement
meeting hall at National City Christian Church
on Thomas Circle, drew close to 200 people.
It also took place a little over a week
after members of No Justice No Pride, who
describe themselves as a coalition of local
LGBT activists dissatised over the way Capital
Pride has been run, called on their supporters
A Capital Pride board of directors meeting Monday night drew nearly 200 people, many of whom were critical of the organization.
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Bombshell move fuels upcoming termination as evidence Trump has something to hide.
Comey was dismissed months after he
LGBT protests of administration acknowledged in testimony to Congress the FBIwas
conducting a probe into Russian interferencein the
By CHRIS JOHNSON 2016 election and potential coordination with the
cjohnson@washblade.com Trump campaign on those eorts. Trumps ring of
Comey raises serious questions about whether the
President Trumps ring of FBI Director James president sought to thwart the investigation and
Comey as he was conducting an investigation of potential charges against him.
the Trump campaigns ties to Russia has stunned Shannon Minter, legal director for the National
America and ignited a restorm of controversy and
LGBT advocates are among those railing against the CONTINUES ON PAGE 13 President Trump red FBI Director JAMES COMEYon Tuesday.
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Cho to perform at benet for


GWUs LGBT health program
Comedian Margaret Cho, known for her biting humor and social commentary on
gender, sexuality, and race-related issues, will perform a benet show at D.C.s Lisner
Auditorium at George Washington University on Thursday, July 13.
Proceeds for the benet will be for the universitys graduate program in LGBT Health
Policy & Practice, according to a statement released by the program, which says tickets
were scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, May 10 at the Lisner box oce.
The statement says that George Washington University in 2013 established the LGBT
Health & Policy Practice Certicate Program, which oers in-depth training leading to
competencies for those who seek to better serve and advocate for the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgender community.
It says proceeds from the performance will support program activities, curriculum
development and student scholarships.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

This image is one of 25 that will be on display in Rehoboth later this month.

Blade plans photo exhibit in Rehoboth


The Washington Blade announced plans this week to stage an exhibit of iconic
photographs from its archive in Rehoboth Beach, Del.
The exhibit debuts on Friday, May 19 and runs through the weekend at Gallery
50 (50 Wilmington Ave.). A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be
held on Saturday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. Its open to the public and Washington
Blade editor Kevin Na will be on hand to answer questions about the exhibit.
We are thrilled to host this incredible exhibit lled with iconic images of the
LGBT communitys struggle for equality, said Eric Davison of Gallery 50.
The Blade is the nations oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper. The
exhibit features 25 images from the Blades archives, including photos from
D.C.s very rst Pride celebration and the White House lit up in rainbow colors
following the Supreme Courts marriage ruling.
Were excited to bring this unique exhibit to Rehoboth Beach, said Na. GAVIN GRIMM will be a special guest speaker at D.C.s Capital Trans Pride events on May 20.
These images tell our communitys story and its more important now than ever
that we know and understand our own history.
Hand-numbered, special edition prints of the images will be available for
sale. For more information, visit washingtonblade.com/photogallery/gallery1/. Gavin Grimm to speak at Capital Trans Pride

STAFF REPORTS Gavin Grimm, the transgender male student at a Virginia high school who petitioned the U.S.
Supreme Court to gain the right to use the school bathroom that matches his gender identity, will
be a special guest speaker at D.C.s Capital Trans Pride events on May 20.
The 2017 Capital Trans Pride takes place at D.C.s Studio Theater at 1501 14th St., N.W.
Organizers say the event consists of a full day of nine workshops that address a wide range of
Miley Cyrus to headline Capital Pride concert transgender issues; the showing of the award-winning lm Major!: A Documentary Film, which
showcases the life of a black transgender elder who has been advocating for the rights of trans
women of color for over 40 years; and a Resource Fair that includes participation by more than 25
Miley Cyrus, Tinashe, the Pointer Sisters and VASSY will headline the 2017 Capital organizations providing services to the trans community.
Pride Concert, the organization announced on Tuesday. Grimm graduates this year from Gloucester High School in Gloucester County, which is
The Capital Pride concert will take place on three stages on Pennsylvania Avenue at considered part of the Norfolk-Virginia metropolitan area. He brought suit against his local school
Third Street on Sunday, June 11. Performances kick o at 1 p.m. board after his school refused to allow him to use the mens bathroom. His case became the
Cyrus, who identies as pansexual, is known for her hitsingles We Cant Stop and subject of national media reports, making him a spokesperson for transgender rights.
Wrecking Ball. The 24-year-old is the founder of Happy Hippie Foundation, a non- Capital Trans Pride brings together the community for both a celebration and to share
prot organization that aids homeless youth and ghts for the welfare of LGBT youth important information that has the potential to change the lives of those who attend, said Bianca
and women, among other social justice issues. Rey, executive director of Capital Trans Pride. Weve made signicant progress regarding visibility,
Tinashe, 21, released her debut album, Aquarius in 2014. Her singles 2 On, empowerment, and rights, but now more than ever, we must all continue to work to secure full
Pretend and All Hands on Deck charted on the Billboard Hot 100. equality, Rey said in a statement.
Legendary R&B group the Pointer Sisters began their long career in the 1970s. Known Among the workshops scheduled to be held are Identity Documents and Name Changes,
for their hit singlesHes So Shy, Jump (for My Love), among others, the group has Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, Genderqueer 101, Understanding the Trans Attracted Man, and
won three Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards. Resume building in English and Spanish.
VASSY is an electronic music artist whose single We Are Young reached No. 1 on the Since its inception in 2008, the Capital Pride Alliance has been involved in the production of
U.S. Billboard Dance Chart. She is also an ambassador for the NOH8 campaign. Capital Trans Pride, a statement released by organizers says.D.C.s Capital Pride Parade and
The Capital Pride Festival kicks o Sunday at noon. More than 300 exhibitors are Festival are scheduled this year for June 10-11.
expected to participate. Further information about Capital Trans Pride can be obtained at capitalpride.org.
MARIAH COOPER LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Eyes on Chechnya protest targets Russian ambassador


Demonstration comes Don! Pooty Got Your Tongue! a reference to
Trumps suspected ties to Russian President
as Tillerson meets with Vladimir Putin, whom intelligence agencies
Russian ocial said assisted the presidents election eorts
with illegal hacking.
By CHRIS JOHNSON U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley
cjohnson@washblade.com has spoken out against the atrocities, but
President Trump himself and Tillerson
Protesters gathered before the D.C. have said nothing. (For that matter,
residence of the Russian ambassador mainstream media reporters havent
to the United States on Tuesday to call asked Trump about the matter even
on Russia to investigate reports of anti- though he has participated in several
gay abuses and concentration camps in interviews with the press.) The Washington
Chechnya and bring them to an end. Blade has repeatedly sought comment
An estimated 75 people gathered before from the White House on the atrocities.
the residence of Russian ambassador The protest concluded just minutes
Sergey Kislyak in a demonstration before news broke that President Trump
organized by the Human Rights Campaign had terminated FBI Director James
intended to highlight the arrests and Comey, who was investigating potential
detentions of gay and bisexual men in the Trump collusion with Russia during the
semi-autonomous Republic. 2016 presidential election.
Chad Grin, president of the Human Jeremy Kadden, HRC Senior
Rights Campaign, spoke at the Eyes on Demonstrators at the Eyes on Chechnya protest. International Policy Advocate, said the
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Chechnya demonstration and called on process by which gay people in Chechnya
the Russian government to take the lead could seek asylum in the United States
to end the reported abuses. Merkel publicly raised the issue of anti- for policy at Human Rights First, said the starts with the U.S. government signaling
Instead of rounding up gay men, gay abuses with the Russian leader. reported attacks on gay men are part theyre welcome to come here, but that
Russia must pressure Chechnya to arrest The demonstration was the result and parcel of the Russian governments hasnt happened yet.
the real criminals, the torturers, the jailers of ongoing concern over reports from program of repression. What we understand is happening now is
and the executioners, Grin said. Chechnya that local authorities have From a propaganda law that targets that folks who are trying to get out need the
Grin said he also carried a message arrested more than 100 gay menandsent members of the LGBT community and U.S. government to say they are welcome to
for the U.S. government: Let the victims them to secret prisons for torture. At least their allies, to an NGO law that says come here, Pittman said. Thats a step that
of the reported abuses seek asylum in four menhave reportedly died as a result. anyone critical of the Putin regime is speeds things along a lot faster.
the United States. On the day before Chechnya is led by Ramzan Kadyrov, an enemy of the state to invasions of Pittman said Russian authorities may
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was set who has denied the atrocities are Russian neighbors to support for the seek to reclaim the persecuted gay men
to meet with Russian Foreign Minister happnening by asserting gay people dont brutal Assad regime in Syria, to action at if they escape to nearby countries, which
Sergei Lavrov, Grin said the Trump exist there. British Minister of state for the United Nations hoping to tear down is why U.S. asylum for them is important.
ocial must raise the issue with his the Foreign Oce Sir Alan Duncan said an international system based around The Blade has placed a request with the
Russian counterpart. on the oor of parliament he was told of human rights and international law, our State Department seeking comment on
He must show the same leadership alleged plans in Chechnya to eliminate eyes are on Russia, Berschinski said. the status of allowing persecuted gay men
that German Chancellor Merkel did when the countrys gay community by the start At the protest, participants chanted, Stop in Chechnya to come to the United States.
she met with Putin just last week, Grin of Ramadan,which begins May 26. the ViolenceStop the HateRussia Must The Blade has also sought comment
said, referencing a meeting in which Rob Berschinski, senior vice president Investigate. One sign read, Say Something from the Russian embassy on the protest.

Seattle gay mayor ends re-election bid


Decision follows and continue his race for re-election. Murray said he would remain in oce until dating back to more than a period of 30
In an emotional news conference on his current term ends in January 2018. years are simply not true, Murray said in
sex-with-minor Tuesday, with his husband and longtime The lawsuit was led April 4 by Kent a statement. I will not back down now. I
allegations supporters standing beside him, Murray County, Wash., resident Dalvonn Heckard, will continue to be mayor of this city. I will
reiterated his earlier assertions that the 46, who alleges that when he was 15 in continue to run for re-election, he said.
allegations were politically motivated and 1986 Murray persuaded him to accept But the Seattle Times reports that
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. completely unfounded but had become a money for sex on multiple occasions. the allegations swirling around Murray
lchibbaro@washblade.com distraction to his campaign. Heckard initially led his lawsuit intensied last week when a fourth man,
The mayoral race must be focused on using only his initials. His attorney said Maurice Lavon Jones, signed a sworn
Seattles gay mayor, Edward Murray, the urgent, important issues facing our Heckard decided to disclose his name adavit in support of Heckards case
announced on Tuesday that he was city, but those are being overshadowed after learning that two other men who saying that he, too, had been paid for sex
withdrawing from his bid for re-election to a by the false allegations against me, have also accused Murray of having sex by Murray as a teenager in the 1980s.
second term, ending his decades-long career which have hurt the city, my family with them in the 1980s when they were The statement released by Murrays
in state and local politics in which he became and Michael, he said in referring to his teenagers chose to reveal their names. oce on Tuesday highlighted his
known as a champion for LGBT rights. husband Michael Shiosaki. Murray, 61, and his attorney released accomplishments as mayor, including
His announcement came one month It tears me to pieces to step away, the statements shortly after the lawsuit was aggressive eorts to address Seattles
after he characterized as baseless Seattle Times quoted him as saying. But I led calling the accusations by all three longstanding problem of homelessness,
allegations in a lawsuit led against him believe it is in the best interest of this city that men false and politically motivated at a time his successful push for the nations rst
that he paid a 15-year-old male for sex in I love, the newspaper quoted him as saying. when Murray was running for re-election. $15 minimum wage in a major city, and
the 1980s and vowed to ght the charges In a statement released by his oce Let me be clear: These allegations a program to increase aording housing.
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Ala., Tenn. governors sign anti-LGBT bills


Measures target families, be the safety and wellbeing of children, with principles on which the judiciary rely,
especially those who are in need of safe denying the measure would conict with
trans residents and loving homes, Suredini said. It is the Obergefell decision.
shameful that Gov. Ivey and lawmakers in The language of this bill is for a general
By CHRIS JOHNSON Alabama would jeopardize those chances denitions section of the Tennessee code,
cjohnson@washblade.com in order to advance discrimination against which denes road and sheri, among
LGBT people. other common terms, Haslam said. For
Governors in Alabama and Tennessee Also criticizing Ivey was Alex Smith, at least 150 years, courts including the
have signed into law a pair of measures board chair of Equality Alabama, who Tennessee Supreme Court and United
that could allow discrimination against LGBT said in a statement the governor was States Supreme Court have looked to
families seeking to adopt a child or jeopardize breaking her promise to usher in a new a words natural and ordinary meaning
their ability to obtain state benets. style of government after succeeding when deciding cases. In reviewing this bill, I
In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law former Gov. Robert Bentley following his do not believe the legislation accomplishes
last week House Bill 24, which is titled the resignation amid scandal. anything that isnt already relied upon by
Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, but When she was sworn in as governor, the courts, even after the U.S. Supreme
instead of encouraging child placement it Kay Ivey promised her administration Courts Obergefell decision in 2015.
would permit agencies to deny placement would be a breath of a fresh air from the The legislation, sponsored by Sen. John
of children into LGBT households. scandals of the Bentley era, and we hoped Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and Rep. Andrew
The new law allows child placement she wouldnt start her administration Farmer (R-Sevierville), was passed in the
Gov. KAY IVEY (R-Ala.) signed an anti-LGBT
agencies, which often are religious- adoption bill. by approving shameful discriminatory House by a vote of 70-23 and the Senate
PHOTO BY FORT RUCKER; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA
aliated groups, such as Catholic legislation that ultimately does the most by a vote of 23-6.
adoption agencies, to deny placement in harm to children looking for loving Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the
LGBT-headed homes. by a 60-14 vote. After Senate passage homes, Smith said. Unfortunately, Gov. Human Rights Campaign, said despite
According to AL.com, Ivey said she of HB24, the House gave nal approval Ivey put special interests ahead of the Haslams assurance the new law would
signed HB24 into law to ensure faith- of the measure by a vote of 87-0, with welfare of Alabama children. have a negative impact on LGBT families
adoption agencies can continue to work six abstentions, to concur with a change In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam signed in Tennessee.
in the state. made by the upper chamber of the into law last Friday House Bill 1111, which Gov. Haslam has chosen to put pure
I ultimately signed House Bill 24 because legislature. requires undened words in Tennessee politics ahead of Tennessees women
it ensures hundreds of children can Iveys signature was expected. Eileen state law, such as gender pronouns, be and LGBTQ people, Warbelow said. This
continue to nd forever homes through Jones, an Ivey spokesperson, told the enforced under their natural meaning. draconian measure will open the state up
religiously aliated adoption agencies, Washington Blade last month her boss That could set up the state for conict to many expensive legal challenges and
Ivey reportedly said. This bill is not about plans to sign it pending a legal review. with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in divert state resources to defending an
discrimination, but instead protects Kasey Suredini, chief programs favor of same-sex marriage nationwide if unnecessary, unconstitutional measure.
the ability of religious agencies to place ocer for Freedom for All Americans, Tennessee implements anew law to deny The Governor should be ready to answer
vulnerable children in a permanent home. was among those who criticized Ivey for benets to same-sex couples. for the fallout signing this bill will cause.
The bill was approved by the Senate by signing the bill in a statement. In a statement defending his decision
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Green withdraws nomination for Army Secretary


Tennessee ocial and the danger his nomination posed Mattis still supported Greens nomination. A White House ocial said Greens
to LGBTQ service members and their Green, a physician, is a West Point decision made his own decision to
blames false and families, HRC said in a statement. graduate and decorated Iraq War withdraw his nomination in response to
misleading attacks We thank the many senators, from veteran. His controversial views on LGBT a Washington Blade on whether Trump
both parties, who expressed concerns issues emerged during his tenure as a asked him to withdraw.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. about the nomination, said HRC State Senator in Tennessee. Among other The Army secretary needs strong
lchibbaro@washblade.com President Chad Grin. His nomination things, he has described transgender bipartisan support and when Dr. Green
was a clear indication of Donald Trumps people as being mentally disordered. recognized he would no longer have this, he
Mark E. Green, who President Trump lack of judgment and failure to be a He has spearheaded anti-transgender made the decision based on what he thought
nominated last month to be Secretary of president of all Americans, Grin said. bathroom legislation and backed a religious was best for the Army, the ocial said.
the Army, withdrew from contention for Within the past two weeks at least ve freedom bill, approved by the Tennessee Matt Thorn, executive director of
the position last week following a month- Democratic senators announced they Legislature that would allow mental health OutServe-SLDN, the nations largest
long campaign by LGBT advocacy groups would vote against the Green nomination, professionals to refuse treatment for LGBT organization representing LGBT people in
to publicize his anti-LGBT record as a including Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) patients based on religious objections. the military, also claimed victory, saying,
Tennessee state senator. and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) Tragically, my life of public service Serving as Secretary of the Army is an
His withdrawal came less than a week Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who chairs and my Christian beliefs have been incredible and vital role to the success of
after the Human Rights Campaign, the the Senate Armed Services Committee mischaracterized and attacked by a few our modern military.
nations largest LGBT civil rights group, which would have had to approve the on the other side of the aisle for political Mark Green did not live up to the
said it generated 6,800 calls to Congress nomination, expressed concern about gain, Green said in a statement on duty and honor that is expected of an
from constituents strongly opposing Greens statements that were considered Friday. While these false attacks have no individual serving in such a role, Thorn
Greens nomination. hostile to LGBT people and Muslims. bearing on the needs of the Army or my said in a statement. Mr. Green has better
Since Trumps announcement of And in a development that startled qualications to serve, I believe it is critical served the Army with his withdrawal than
Greens nomination, HRC worked political observers, a Pentagon to give the president the ability to move he would have as Secretary.
diligently to expose Mark Greens spokesperson on Friday declined to say forward with his vision to restore our Chris Johnson contributed
shameful anti-LGBTQ record and rhetoric whether Secretary of Defense James military to its rightful place in the world. to this report
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ADRIAN BROWN says two men attacked him at a carnival party in Nassau, Bahamas, on May 5.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BROWN

the Bahamian capital.


DMarco said the altercation began when Brown confronted the two men after they
threw water at him.
They replied because youre a sissy batty man dancing up, DMarco told the Blade.
They began to hit the tourist with bottles and rocks.
Brown conrmed this account in an email to the Blade.
I was dancing by myself to the music, when I felt a splash of water on my back,
he said. I turned around to see what had happened. When asked why the water was
EMMANUEL MACRON scored a landslide victory on Sunday. thrown on me, they responded, Youre a sissy battyman.
PHOTO BY OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS; COURTESY OF FLICKR Instantaneously I was attacked by the two ladies and two men with rocks and beer
bottles, added Brown. I was helpless, because I was unable to defend myself.
Brown was taken to the hospital.
Macron defeats Le Pen in landslide DMarco told the Blade police were nowhere to be found during the incident. She
said local residents chased one of the men who allegedly attacked Brown and he is now
in police custody.
Emmanuel Macron will become the next president of France after he defeated Thank God good Bahamians were around to run after the boys, she told the Blade.
Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front party in the second round of the Brown told the Blade he decided to visit the Bahamas because that country is
countrys presidential election that took place on Sunday. marketed as a safe haven for gays - gay cruises, one of the well traveled gay destinations.
Macron defeated Le Pen by a 65.1-34.9 margin. Macron - a centrist who, Consensual same-sex sexual relations are legal in the Bahamas, unlike in other
among other things, supports Frances same-sex marriage law that took eect English-speaking Caribbean countries. Anti-LGBT attitudes especially among religious
in 2015 - will succeed President Franois Hollande who opted not to seek re- leaders and conservative politicians remain commonplace.
election amid record low poll numbers. I never thought I would walk away with what seem to be a horrible nightmare that I
I called Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him on his election, said Hollande cant get away from, Brown told the Blade.
on Twitter after the election results became known. I oered him my best MICHAEL K. LAVERS
wishes for the success of our country.
The Associated Press reported Le Pen called Macron to congratulate him. President
Trump is among those who have also applauded the French president-elect. Salvadoran trans activist nominated for award
I very much looking forward to working with him, said Trump on Twitter.
Le Pen campaigned on an anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-European A transgender activist in El Salvador has been nominated for an international human
Union platform. She also said she would repeal Frances same-sex marriage law rights award.
if elected. Karla Avelar in 2008 co-founded Comunicado y Capacitando a Mujeres Trans, a group
Le Pen and Macron won the rst round of Frances presidential election on known by the Spanish acronym COMCAVIS that advocates on behalf of trans, intersex and
April 23, which took place three days after a gunman killed a gay police ocer LGB Salvadorans. Five detained members of FreeThe5KH, a Cambodian human rights
on Paris Champs-lyses. The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for group, and Mohamed Zaree of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Egypt, have
the attack that left two other police ocers injured. also been nominated to receive the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.
Macron and others accused Le Pen of exploiting the shooting in the immediate Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, the International
lead up to the rst round of the election. Trump said he thought the incident Federation for Human Rights, the World Organization Against Torture, Front Line
would probably help Le Pen in the election. Defenders, the International Commission of Jurists, EWDE Germany, International
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday in a tweet described Macrons Service for Human Rights and Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems
win as a victory for France, the EU and the world. She also referenced Macrons are the organizations that comprise the jury for the award. The ceremony at which it will
claim that his campaign suered a massive hack ahead of Sundays vote. be presented is scheduled to take place in Geneva on Oct. 10.
The Russian government continues to deny that it interfered in the U.S. I want to thank Martin Ennals, the jury and those who nominated me for this
presidential election in order to ensure Trump defeated Clinton. important award, said Avelar in a press release that Human Rights Watch released on
MICHAEL K. LAVERS Wednesday.
El Salvador is a small Central American country that borders Guatemala and Honduras.
The country has one of the worlds highest murder rates. Homophobic and
transphobic rhetoric from politicians and religious gures, discrimination, poverty,
ineective policing and a lack of educational and employment opportunities are among
Gay American tourist attacked in Bahamas the myriad factors that have made LGB and especially trans Salvadorans particularly
vulnerable to violence.
A group of four unknown men with guns carjacked Avelar last October and
A gay tourist from Atlanta was attacked early Saturday morning during a Bahamian festival. demanded her cell phone and identication. Three trans women were killed in San
Alexus DMarco, president of Bahamas Transgender Intersex United, told the Luis Talpa, a municipality in La Paz Department that is roughly an hour south of the
Washington Blade in an email that Adrian Brown, who is in the U.S. Navy, was attacked Salvadoran capital of San Salvador, in February.
and beaten with bottles and rocks during the Bahamas Junkanoo Festival in Nassau, MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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Dateline: Post-Fidel Cuba


that her father understands her work.
She said that he also supports it.
Life for gays remains very One can make the case that Mariela
hard on Communist island Castro, who is also a member of the
Cuban National Assembly, is the public
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS face of the next generation of Castros
mlavers@washblade.com who seek to continue to promote Fidel
Castros ideals and keep his legacy
HAVANA It was around 7:20 a.m. alive. You can also make the case that
on Thursday when I started hanging Mariela Castro is the public face of a
some clothes that I hand washed in family that continues to spark scorn and
the bathroom sink of my apartment outrage among independent LGBT rights
in Havanas Vedado neighborhood on advocates in Cuba and Cuban exiles in
the clothes line outside. A young man the U.S. nearly 60 years after her uncle
from the city of Santiago de Cuba who is came to power.
renting the room next door saw me and Fidel Castros image remains literally
introduced himself. and guratively on billboards, posters,
He is a cook who makes less than murals and caricatures throughout
50 CUC ($50) a month at the state-run Havana. The country continues to change
restaurants at which he works. He and Signs and posters glorifying former Cuban President Fidel Castro remain in Havana nearly six poco a poco (bit by bit), but a lot remains
four of his friends were eating fried months after his death. the same.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
chicken they had just cooked and drinking Cubans and foreigners alike still need
Cristal, a Cuban beer, as dawn broke over to stand in long lines in order to buy food,
Havana. He asked me whether I am gay Castro to power sent gay men, among contradiction of the way that her uncle telephones and other things that most
and then told me that a lot of Cubans others, to work in camps known as treated gay Cubans in the years after Americans take for granted. You still need
regardless of their gender or sexual Military Units to Aid Production or by the the revolution. This juxtaposition was on to purchase 2 CUC ($2) coupons from the
orientation engage in sex work in order Spanish acronym UMAPs. People with full display in 2015 when Mariela Castro state-run telecommunications company
to support themselves. HIV/AIDS were forcibly placed into state- gave a speech in the city of Las Tunas that in order to access the countrys Internet
Life for gays in Cuba is very hard, he run sanitaria until 1993. commemorated the International Day network that remains slow and unreliable.
said. A gay Cuban man on Wednesday said Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The coupons allow users to go online
Life is certainly hard for the vast he never learned about the camps in She spoke to hundreds of people for an hour.
majority of Cubans, regardless of their school, even though Castro apologized activists, CENESEX staers and supporters A grocery store I visited in Vedado on
sexual orientation or gender identity. for them in 2010 during an interview with and a handful of journalists from Cuba Wednesday to buy some eggs and bread
My neighbors matter of fact assessment a Mexican newspaper. Castros niece, and abroad against the backdrop of was closed for lunch, but I was able to
of the situation in which he and his Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of a large banner with Fidel Castros image purchase a bag of small breakfast rolls
countrymen and women continue to his brother, Cuban President Ral Castro, that was hanging from a nearby building. at a bakery that was near my apartment.
live resonated as I was thinking about in recent years has spearheaded LGBT- Mariela Castro also led the crowd in a I bought some fresh tomatoes, guava
whether things have changed (or not) in specic issues in the country as the variety of chants that included, Socialism and bananas at a small fruit store down
the nearly six months since former Cuban director of the National Center of Sexual yes. Homophobia no. the street from my building that I have
President Fidel Castros death. Education, which is known by the Spanish Mariela Castro last week told Hatzel enjoyed during my stay.
The Cuban government in the years acronym CENESEX. Vela, the Havana-based reporter for
after the 1959 revolution that brought Her eorts are paradoxical and a direct WPLG, a South Florida television station, CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

An evening with She wore a mesh black T-shirt with


fake breasts that were exposed and a
plastic vagina. Blankita scooted across

Blankita in Havana
the floor with her legs and 8-inch heels
in front of her. She nearly collided
into me as I was standing near the
door and filming her with my iPhone.
Blankita also took immense joy in
HAVANA It was shortly after painted white and she puckered them taunting the bartenders and other XY
1 a.m. on Friday when Blankita, a at varying speeds throughout her staff, including a man with whom she
drag queen (una transformista in show that ended around 2 a.m. left very little to the imagination after
Cuban Spanish) took to the stage at There were fewer than two-dozen she jumped over the bar and began
XY, a gay club in Havanas Vedado people in the bar. A thunderstorm dancing with him.
neighborhood that is near the citys with torrential downpours, gusty Blankita ended her show by drinking
oceanfront promenade. winds and frequent lightning passed two large glasses of Heineken each
She was wearing a white tutu over Havana a few hours earlier. in one gulp as she lip-synced to a
and cropped top that was vaguely One source said Cubans scatter like Spanish ballad. She also took off her
reminiscent of what Madonna wore flies when it rains, so the weather green eyelashes and threw her waist-
when she performed Like A Virgin almost certainly deterred people BLANKITA, a Cuban drag queen, performs at long blonde wig onto the floor.
XY, a gay bar in Havana, on May 5.
at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards. from going out. Blankita nevertheless Her audience gave her an
Blankitas false eyelashes, which did her utmost to taunt her audience WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS enthusiastic round of applause before
were green, glowed in the dark as with crude jokes that completely she hurried up the stairs to the bars
she danced and lip-synced to Thalias disregarded any sense of social Her second number was even second floor.
A Quin Le Importa. Her lips were decorum and manners. cruder than the first. MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 that some of the speakers criticizing
Capital Pride were not recognizing that
to pack the May 8 board meeting to transgender people and people of color
push for radical changes in this years were working hard to build a more
Pride events. equitable and inclusive Pride.
The audience appeared evenly divided Sue Doster, co-president of Inter Pride,
in its support or opposition to Capital a New York-based group that represents
Prides current plans for Pride in the LGBT Pride organizations in the U.S.
way it cheered and applauded speakers and abroad, appeared to capture the
voicing diering opinions. sentiment of Capital Pride ocials in her
But the large majority of those who spoke, remarks at the meeting.
other than Capital Pride board members, There is a realization that not all
voiced strong criticism of what they said people feel the Prides are representing all
was Capital Prides reluctance to change its LGBT people, she said. I see real, honest
events from a celebration to a protest to self-reection on the part of Capital
reect the political changes brought about Pride, New York Pride and L.A. Pride,
by last years presidential election. ANGELA PEOPLES was among critics at Monday nights Capital Pride board meeting. she continued. We hear you having this
Why are you having weapons WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY debate, and you have started the process
manufacturers as sponsors? said one of change.
audience member, who was among those Members of No Justice No Pride,
demanding that Capital Pride immediately Peoples was among several speakers at ocers because we wanted to make sure however, said the change by Capital Pride
eliminate corporate sponsors, especially the meeting who called on some of Capital the people didnt think we were hiding wasnt coming soon enough.
those that are part of what he said was Prides board members to step down to or trying to inltrate the group but that We are planning a series of events
the military-industrial complex. allow others who they said reected the we were visible as openly gay and openly as an alternative to Pride for those who
The audience member may have been true sentiment of the LGBT community, transgender police ocers, Parson told are not interested in participating in the
referring to U.S. defense contractors to take their place immediately. the Blade. ocial Capital Pride festivities, No Justice
Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Organizers of No Justice No Pride But we didnt say anything because No Pride spokesperson Drew Ambrogi
Martin that are among the Capital Pride have argued that D.C. police have we were here to listen to what this told the Blade after the meeting.
corporate sponsors this year. targeted LGBT people of color, especially community has to say, he said. And We appreciated the opportunity to
A woman who said she was a Native transgender women forced to engage the message I hear is they still want to hear about and discuss many issues
American said another of Capital Prides in sex work, for arrest and harassment. be heard and I stand ready and Jessica related to Pride 2017 activities with a large
corporate sponsors, Wells Fargo Bank, They have called on Capital Pride to ban stands ready and this police department and diverse group of LGBTQ community
was nancing the Dakota Access Pipeline, uniformed police from participating in stands ready to listen and make changes members, Delia told the Blade in a
which she said threatened to destroy the Pride parade and festival, including where we can so that people feel safe statement Tuesday morning. This is a year
sacred lands where Native Americans members of the police LGBT Liaison Unit. because thats what were about. when our visibility and actions are more
were victims of genocide. Delia and other Capital Pride ocials Parson, who is gay, and Hawkins, a important than ever.With that in mind, we
Capital Pride President Bernie Delia; the have said they understand the concerns transgender woman, routinely attend have decided to take several actions:
groups executive director, Ryan Bos; and about past police-related problems but LGBT events. The rst contingent in the Capital
board members Rachel Gleischman and they believe D.C. police overall have Ruby Corado, founder and executive Pride Parade will represent a diverse
Vernon Wall, who served as moderators for changed and anti-LGBT harassment is far director of the LGBT community services cross section of our community who are
the discussion, each said Capital Pride had yet less common. center Casa Ruby, told the gathering most marginalized and under threat,
to develop criteria and a policy for determining It is unacceptable that trans women or she has good relations with many of the including queer and trans youth, trans
who the corporate sponsors should be. men are treated badly by the police, said Capital Pride board members and said the people, especially trans women of color
Delia said the board would conduct a Wall. But we must work together rather board should pay attention to the issues and undocumented LGBTQ people.
reassessment of how corporate sponsors are than push the police away. raised by those expressing concern. Capital Pride will assist in hosting two
approved but said there wouldnt be enough Delia said last week that Capital Pride The issues that are on the table are Russian LGBT activists to spotlight the
time to do this for the 2017 Pride events. would not change its longstanding policy real, she said. If you are not a person urgent and deplorable anti-gay actions
Capital Pride board member and of allowing police and corporate sponsors of color or trans you dont feel these by the government of Chechnya.
Treasurer Ashley Smith said he would to be a part of the Pride events.Although issues, she said, adding, you should Increased support and resources
do more research on Wells Fargo to he didnt repeat those comments at acknowledge that you dont have equality will be allocated for Latino Pride.
determine if Capital Pride should continue Monday nights meeting he said nothing on this board. It will explore working with trans youth
to retain the bank as a corporate sponsor. to indicate Capital Pride had changed its Among other things, Corado proposed groups and leaders to help in organizing
We will let you know what we decide, position on those two issues. that marginalized members of the LGBT more youth events with partners.
he said. At this point it is too close to During its regularly scheduled meeting community, including trans women of Working groups will be formed to
2017 Pride so the reassessment will have on Monday night, the Gertrude Stein color, be the ones selected to lead the explore and create policies to increase
to apply to next year. Democratic Club, meanwhile, passed Capital Pride parade on June 10. transparency, access and community
Angela Peoples, executive director a resolution opposing No Justice No Transgender activist Savanna Wanzer, involvement in the Board by the broader
of the LGBT direct action group Prides call for banning D.C. police and a member of the Capital Pride board and LGBTQ community, including sponsorship
GetEQUALand a member of the No Justice corporations from participating in Capital the lead organizer of D.C.s annual Capital and diverse representation throughout
No Pride coalition, said she and others Pride events. Trans Pride, and Jose Gutierez, founder the organization.
concerned about the direction of Capital Acting D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson, who and organizer of D.C.s Latino Pride, praised Capital Pride commits to making
Pride have been raising objections to oversees the police liaison units, and Sgt. Capital Pride for playing an important role public a thorough response to the many
corporate sponsors and police presence Jessica Hawkins, supervisor of the LGBT in supporting those two events. questions and issues raised at the forum
at Pride events for the past several years. Liaison Unit, attended Mondays Capital Gutierez said he was asking Capital as soon as possible but not before this
Who is making these decisions? she Pride meeting in civilian clothes but wore Pride to provide additional nancial years Pride activities, which begin this
asked. If Capital Pride is committed to their badges and police name tags. support for Latino Pride. weekend and continue through June.
listening to the people, who is making While we werent in our formal Wanzer said that as a transgender
these decisions? uniforms we clearly identied as police woman of color she was troubled
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LGBT groups among those criticizing Comey ring


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. need one right now. Every step of the way, During testimony before Congress
The American people deserve the truth, President Trump has tried to stie or kill the on Monday, former Director of National
Center for Lesbian Rights, said Cicilline said. The truth about Donald Trumps Russia investigation, Center for American Intelligence James Clapper said hes not
Comeys ring as he was conducting an business interests in Russia. The truth about Progress Senior Fellow Ken Gude said. Any aware of any evidence suggesting Trump
investigation into Trumps ties with Russia collusion between the Trump campaign and notion that Trump would re FBI Director colluded with Russia to undermine the
raises concerns over the rule of law. the Kremlin. And, most importantly, the truth Comey over his handling of the Clinton U.S. election, but that might have changed
The fact that Comey was investigating about what the president knew and when he email investigation is a red herring. No new after he departed his role because he
possible wrongdoing in connection knew it. Its now more important than ever FBI Director should be conrmed until a was not aware of an ongoing FBI counter-
with Trumps relationship with Russia that Congress establish an independent, special prosecutor is appointed to lead a intelligence investigation.
makes this deeply troubling and creates bipartisan commission outside Donald truly independent investigation into the
an appearance that Trump is seeking Trumps Justice Department to uncover the Trump campaigns ties to Russia.
to impede that investigation, Minter whole truth.
said. The lack of process and respect The ring of Comey puts Democrats
for the traditional independence of the in a strange position of objecting to his
FBI is breathtaking. This administration termination after they expressed outrage
is inicting serious damage on our with Comeys handling of Clintons email Log Cabin meets with Education
Department over trans issues
institutions and shared values, including scandal and blamed her loss on a letter
respect for the rule of law. he sent to Congress days before the
The White House announced late election informing lawmakers of a new
Tuesday Trump had red Comey at the email investigation. Comey announced In the aftermath of the Trump administration revoking Obama-era guidance
recommendation of U.S. Attorney General the investigation concluded and no assuring transgender kids have access to school restrooms consistent with their
Je Sessions and Deputy Attorney Rod charges would be pursued on the day gender identity, the Log Cabin Republicans met with Education Department
Rosenstein. Provided by the White House was before the election. ocials Tuesday to propose a new plan that would support transgender kids
thetermination letter in which the president The stated reasons for ring Comey also and local authority in schools.
says Comey informed him on three separate marks a turnabout for Trump because as At the meeting, the Log Cabin Republicans presented a white paper by Log
occasions hes not under investigation. a candidate he drew on the ongoing email Cabin and Liberty Education Forum to make the case for its proposals along
Also made public were letters investigation as a major reason why voters with its Transgender Leadership Caucus.
recommending the termination by should reject her at one time pledging In a statement that called the Obama-era regulations onerous, Gregory
Sessions and Rosen, who cited Comeys as president to appoint as a special Angelo, president of Log Cabin, said the white paper marks the culmination of
handling of the investigation into Hillary prosecutor to continue the investigation weeks of work on behalf of transgender students, but it does not mark the end
Clintons use of a private email server and after Comey recommended no charges. of our eorts.
the decision to hold a news conference (At a White House event at the beginning of Log Cabin Republicans remains committed to the safety of transgender
announcing charges wouldnt be pursued the Trump administration, Trump jokingly students and the equality of all students, and we look forward to continued
as grounds for dismissal. blew kisses at Comeyand said hes become conversations with the Trump administration to achieve that end, Angelo said.
The nations largest LGBT group, the more famous than me.) In February, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Je
Human Rights Campaign, was out of At the White House on Wednesday Sessions revoked the guidance, which was jointly issued by the Education
the gate early after news broke of the following a meeting with Russian Foreign and Justice Departments in the nal year of the Obama administration. The
Comey ring calling for the appointment Minister Sergey Lavrov, Trump made brief guidance informed schools they could be at risk of losing funds under Title IX
of a special prosecutor to continue comments to the press that Comey was if they discriminate against trans students or refuse to allow them bathroom
toinvestigate Trump ties to Russia. red because he was not doing a good job. access consistent with their gender identity.
Donald Trump just red the man During an interview with CNNs Anderson The white paper makes the case for federal guidance that protects transgender
leading the investigation into his ties to Cooper Tuesday evening, White House students and respects local control as courts across the country are nding Title
Russia. He did so on the recommendation counselor Kellyanne Conway saidthe ring IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires states to allow transgender
of Attorney General Je Sessions, who has nothing to do with Russia. students to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity.
had promised to recuse himself from Somebody must be getting $50 every There exists an important need to provide basic liberties to all students while
that probe after lying under oath before time (Russia) is said on TV, Conway still respecting the diverse municipal landscapes which comprise the thousands
the Senate Judiciary Committee, HRC said. (This) has everything to do with of school districts in our nation, the paper says. A transgender students
President Chad Grin said. There is no whether the current FBI director has the freedom needs to be handled in the same responsible manner that applies to
time for delay in appointing a special presidents condence and can faithfully their non-transgender peers. If consistent accommodations are being made
prosecutor. Our democracy depends on execute his duties. for non-transgender students, those same accommodations must be made for
it. Weve been down a similar path before. Its unknown who Trump will their transgender peers.
Congress must put patriotism before nominate to replace Comey, although The white paper recommends the renaming of single stall, single-sex
party and do whats right for the country. the successor likely wont pursue the restrooms as single stall, gender-inclusive restrooms; inspecting multiple stall
Comeys dismissal adds fuel to the re Russian investigation with the same vigor restrooms to ensure they possess adequate locks for security; and providing
of those regularly protesting the Trump as his predecessor because that person curtains and partitions for locker room changing areas. Each of these changes,
administration. HRC co-sponsored a will be screened by Trump before the the white paper says, would come at innitesimal costs, citing seven schools
protest at the White House on Wednesday appointment. New York Magazine, after throughout the country that made similar changes at minimal expense.
and at the Russian ambassadors stopping Trump supporter and former Members of Log Cabins Transgender Leadership Caucus whowere present
residence on Tuesday. The Equality New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at at the meeting were Jordan Evans, Regina Roberts, Jennifer Williams and Susan
March for Unity and Pride is slated for D.C.s Trump International Hotel, reported Maddison, according to the organization.
June 11 in Washington with dozens of hes under consideration for the role. Angelo declined to comment on which principals attended the meeting, citing
other solidarity marches around the The Center for American Progress, a the o-the-record nature of the discussion. DeVos public schedule had no
country and world set for the same day. progressive think-tank that advocates meeting with Log Cabin scheduled for Tuesday and instead indicated she was in
Renewing the call for a bipartisan, for LGBT rights, issued a statement Salt Lake City for a conference.
independent commission to investigate Wednesday calling on the U.S Senate to The Education Department didnt respond to multiple requests from the
Russian involvement in the election was refuse to conrm a new FBI director until Blade Tuesday to comment on the meeting.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), one of six a special prosecutor is in place. CHRIS JOHNSON
openly LGB members of Congress and a We need a special prosecutor, and we
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Suspects in Dundalk date robberies.


PHOTOS COURTESY OF BALTIMORE COUNTY POLICE

Additional victims sought in date robberies


Wills & Trusts Baltimore County Police are asking that additional robbery victims who have

Powers of Attorney Living Wills been lured through the dating apps Grindr and/or Jackd come forward after two
suspects were charged on May 5. Other suspects are outstanding in what police
Partnership & Prenuptial Agreements are calling date robberies.
According to police, Matthew Austin Bauer, 21, and Paul William James Keve,
(240) 778-2330 (703) 536-0220 18 both residents of the Dundalk community of Baltimore County face

www.PartnerPlanning.com charges that include armed robbery and misdemeanor theft after they robbed
a 24-year-old man on March 31in which they scheduled a meeting using the
dating app Jackd.
Serving the LGBT Community When the victim responded to a designated location in the 7500 block
of Westeld Road in Dundalk, he was surrounded by Bauer and Keve, who
in DC/MD/VA since 1983 threatened him with a knife and stole his cash and cell phone.
In an earlier case on March 2, police say a 22-year-old man was robbed and
beaten when he set up a meeting with someone called Josh on Grindr. When

Lawrence S. Jacobs/McMillan Metro, PC the victim responded to the designated meeting place in the 1600 block of Four
Georges Court in Dundalk, he was approached by a male suspect wearing dark
clothing and a ski mask who demanded his money and cell phone.
When the victim attempted to ee he was surrounded by two other male
suspects who began beating him. The three suspects ed with the victims
Serving Our Community for 35 years cash and phone. Keve has been identied as one of these suspects and is also
charged in that case.
a d v i C e m e d iat i o N L i t i G at i o N a P P e a L S C o L L a B o r at i o N In November, several robberies occurred in Northeast Baltimore in which
victims were lured to a destination using Grindr. In those cases, two suspects
have been charged.
Police request that anyone with information on either of these Dundalk
incidents, a similar type of incident, or anyone who may have been victimized
under similar circumstances by either Bauer or Keve is asked to contact police
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Gay men, straight women


N ATIONAL H ONOR O UR hit by stealthing
LGBT ELDERS DAY Slipping off condoms during sex has become
relatively common, health officials say
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

WASHINGTON A recently released study about a phenomenon in which men


intentionally remove a condom during anal or vaginal sex without permission
from their partner which has become known as stealthing has raised
A night of laughter, inspiration, and legal questions about whether the practice is a form of sexual assault.
HIV prevention experts aliated with D.C.s Whitman-Walker Health and the
recognition, featuring storytelling vignettes health clinic at the Los Angeles LGBT Center have also expressed alarm that
nonconsensual condom removal poses a risk for the transmission of HIV and
from community leaders. other sexually transmitted infections for gay men.
Interviews with people who have experienced condom removal and
online accounts from victims indicate that nonconsensual condom removal
is a common practice among young, sexually active people, wrote Alexandra
Brodsky in a study on stealthing published April 20 in the Columbia Journal of
Gender and Law.
Both men and women describe having sex with male partners with penises
who, during sex, removed the condom without their knowledge, Brodsky states
in a 26-page paper outlining the ndings of her study.
Apart from the fear of specic bad outcomes like pregnancy and sexually
transmitted infections, all of the survivors experienced the condom removal as
a disempowering, demeaning violation of a sexual agreement and a violation
of the trust they had mistakenly placed in their sexual partner, Brodsky states
in the paper.
The paper states that all of those who experienced stealthing who were
interviewed for the paper were women. But the paper says Brodsky obtained
information about men whose male partners removed condoms without their
consent through online sites catering to men who have sex with men.
One of the online sites, reddit.com/askgaybros, includes postings by gay men

at the Baltimore Eagle Night Club & Bar who describe how a male sex partner attempted and sometimes succeeded in
removing his condom against their wishes.
Always check that your partner has it on, one man posted on the site last
2022 N. Charles Street year. Dont ask if he still has it on, because if hes intent on stealthing you he will
answer yes. Look for yourself to see its still on and not broken.
Baltimore, Maryland 21218 Dr. David Hardy, Senior Director of Evidence Based Practices at Whitman-
Walker Health, said between ve to eight mostly gay men and sometimes
as many as 15 come to Whitman-Walkers medical center each month for
medical advice and treatment after learning their partner did not use a condom
or may have removed the condom against their wishes.
Its hard to know whether anyone comes in and says that their partner who
they are having an intimate act with purposefully removed the condom, Hardy
said. I dont know how often we actually hear that, he said. But we certainly do
hear that a condom was there to begin with, I thought I was having protective
Tickets are $25 or pay what you can. sex in an anal sex act and I realized I wasnt.
Added Hardy: And if a stealthing episode occurred somewhere in the middle
You may also Pay It Forward by sponsoring of that then it did when the insertive partner purposefully removed it. So this is
something that may be occurring much more often than we think but it just isnt
someone in the community. actually called stealthing or the stealthing partner isnt being called out on it.
Hardy said another factor might be linked to stealthing among men. He said
some men who are HIV positive and whose viral load is measured as being
undetectable due to successful drug therapy may incorrectly believe that they
Ticket includes heavy hors doeurves, soda, can no longer infect another person.
Although studies have shown that such an assumption is likely correct if an
and a commemorative gift. HIV-positive person strictly adheres to his medication, the virus could reactivate
and the person could become infective if he misses doses of his medication for
as little as a week or two.
So that is something I think is potentially starting to erode the use of condoms
and why post-exposure prophylaxis is becoming more common, Hardy said.

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Kettlebell Swing The Kettlebell Swing is a move I bring up time and time
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well as your lower back and abs. When swinging a kettlebell, focus on explosively
driving your hips to propel the weight up, not swinging with your arms. Maintain
a at back throughout the swing, standing tall and squeezing your butt at the top.
Superman Hold The Superman Hold engages glutes, hamstrings, lower
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Speed Skaters The speed skater is unique because it engages not just
your glutes, hips and back, but also your abs. Not to mention your quads and
calves. Speed skaters build strength around your knees, ankles and hips while
also developing stability and balance. The move essentially requires you to re
numerous muscles in your core as you bound side to side, changing direction.
For a more explosive speed skater, try to cover at least four feet of distance with
each bound and only plant one foot on the ground at a time. Use your abs and
an arm swing to maximize your power on each skater.
Fitness is about balance, and core strength is no exception. We cant just be
strong on the front side of our bodies. We need balanced strength through our
posterior as well. When we develop that true core strength, well nd our bodies
feel better, well be healthier and we become better athletes.
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A Va. Democrat who will ght to change gun laws


in the 2018 election. Lindsey has exactly people like Barbara Comstock stay in Lindsey Davis Stover is that kind of per-
Pride Fund endorses Lindsey the attributes we need in a Congresswom- Congress, we can forget about common son. She is that kind of friend.
Davis Stover for Congress an to help nally bring needed changes sense gun laws. We can forget about June 12 will mark the one-year anni-
to our gun laws. Shes courageous. Shes background checks, restricting access versary of the Pulse massacre. Since that
a hard worker. She can talk to everyone to assault weapons, or even preventing time, more than 31,000 people have died
By JASON LINDSAY and discriminates against no one. And she people convicted of hate crimes from in America from the epidemic of gun vio-
knows how important it is to keep guns purchasing guns. Comstock aunts her lence. We must act together to save lives.
When I helped to form the Pride Fund out of the hands of violent oenders, do- A rating from the NRA. She agrees with This anniversary stirs up dicult memo-
to End Gun Violence, our goals were clear mestic abusers, suspected terrorists, and the NRA that guns belong in bars, the ries within the LGBTQ community, all while
and, we thought, attainable. Forty-nine the dangerously mentally ill. workplace, concealed on peoples belts, reminding us of the important ght ahead.
innocent people had just been murdered I consider her a friend, not just to me, and who knows where else. She agrees Pride Fund is solely in existence to en-
at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. We but to the entire LGBTQ community. with the NRA that people shouldnt need sure that the best elected ocials are at
thought who could be against making She doesnt just say the right things, to pass a background check before they the table protecting all Americans. On the
sure that devastating weapons like the though. She feels them in her guts. Shes a buy a gun. issues, we operate at the intersection of
Sig Sauer MCX are kept out of such hate- mother of two little girls the horror of the I served America in Iraq, and Im proud commonsense gun reform and LGBTQ
lled hands? was a rhetorical question. Newtown school shooting shook her deep- of my service. Unlike so many gun rights equality. Both issues are important to cre-
It wasnt. ly. She stood with Pride Funds beliefs years advocates, I actually know how to use ating a safe and just society. To advance
The NRA and its minions are organized before Pride Fund even existed. Thats why these automatic weapons. And I actu- these issues and eect lasting change, we
and implacable. There is no tragedy or ar- I believed her when she said, publicly, that ally know how much destruction they can must only elect candidates who demon-
gument that can make them change their courage is required to stand up for the cause, how many lives they can end. I know strate leadership on both fronts and we
opinions one iota. Standing up to them rights of all Americans, regardless of their better than the NRA that these weapons must change the balance of power at the
takes an iron will. race, sex, gender identity or sexual orien- have no place on Americas streets. state and federal levels. That is why we
That is why endorsing Lindsey Davis tation. We need leaders in Congress who My time in Iraq also taught me what support Lindsey Davis Stover.
Stover was an easy choice. She is running are willing to pass commons sense reforms a friend looks like. It taught me to recog-
for Congress against Barbara Comstock that protect our communities ... doing nize the people who will ght alongside
nothing is not an option. you and believe in you, regardless of your JASON LINDSAY is executive director of
(R-Va.) in Virginias 10th District, one of the the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, www.
most winnable districts for the Democrats It almost goes without saying, but if sexual orientation or gender identity. pridefund.org.

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A cautionary Handmaids Tale


mentioned the word AIDS and Phyllis
In Trump era, dystopian
novel and TV show feels
For ourselves and future generations, lets work to Schlay was on her anti-Equal Rights
Amendment crusade. This touching, mor-
all too real
keep our country from morphing into Gilead. dant novel, has always been a chilling,
cautionary story. Having been born in
theocracy rules. Due to environmental or Marthas (who cook and clean), they 1939 and come to consciousness during
toxins, the birthrate has plummeted, and must be handmaids. If handmaids arent World War II, Atwood wrote in a New York
infants often have birth defects. Women, able to bear children, theyre sent to the Times essay on the HandmaidsTale, I
whose hands are cut o if theyre caught colonies. There, women die after clean- knew that established orders could van-
reading or writing, are valued only for ing up toxic waste. ish overnight It cant happen here could
their child-bearing ability. The wives of the The Handmaids Tale is narrated by not be depended on. Anything could hap-
ruling commanders (of course, theyre all a handmaid named Ored (Elizabeth pen anywhere, given the circumstances.
men!) are infertile. The handmaids, forced Moss). As is the case with all the hand- Today, in the Trump era, it feels not
KATHI WOLFE, a writer and poet, is a regular to bear children for them, must wear red, maids, Ored is not her original name. only as if The Handmaids Tale could
contributor to the Blade. habit-like robes along with Amish-like After theyve been forced to become morph from ction into reality, but as if
bonnets to hide their faces. Wearing red, handmaids, the women are taken for re- the United States could become Gilead at
I dont want to see red in apples, the color of menstrual blood, shows that education to the Red Center. Their real any moment. If the American Health Care
leaves, especially, robes for a long time. theyre Christian breeders. names are taken away from them. Theyre Act passed last week by the House of Rep-
Why am I dissing a fab color? Because In Gilead, women cant work, have not allowed to walk alone or do anything resentatives were to become law, preg-
Ive been watching The Handmaids Tale, bank accounts or own property and other than pray, endure the ceremonies nancy, rape, domestic abuse and fertility
the horrifying, yet, spellbinding adapta- LGBT people are gender traitors. Quak- or go shopping. Spies, known as Eyes, issues would become pre-existing condi-
tion of Margaret Atwoods 1985 dystopian ers are persecuted and Jewish people are all over Gilead. tions. The Supreme Court could overturn
novel with the same title streaming now are killed unless they emigrate to Israel Before Gilead, Ored had a job and Roe v. Wade.
on Hulu. Four episodes of Tale are up, or convert to Christianity. All sex except money of her own. She and her husband Yet, The Handmaids Tale, though
with six more episodes going up in the that involved in procreation is forbidden, Luke had a little girl named Hannah. Her scary, oers the possibility of hope. In
next few weeks. Season 2 of the series and fertile women who are queer or have best friend was Moira, a lesbian, who also Gilead, there are women (and some men)
will premiere in 2018. been divorced must become handmaids. was conscripted to become a handmaid. who resist the oppressive government.
Its ction. But, in the Trump era, it During ceremonies, the handmaids hold A group of the women, the Aunts, piously Ored tells her story so that generations
seems quite real. the hands of the wives as the command- intoning Scripture while wielding cattle to come will be inspired to ght tyranny.
The Handmaids Tale is set in the near ers (fully clothed) rape them. This is for prods, keep the handmaids in line. For ourselves and future generations,
future in the Republic of Gilead (previous- the Christian purpose of being fruitful The Handmaids Tale was written dur- lets work to keep our country from mor-
ly, the United States), where a Christian and multiplying. If women arent wives, ing the time when Ronald Reagan never phing into Gilead.
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Stay mad as hell, resist and then vote


date or staying home have been disas- am not a member of any organized politi- to make progress toward them we must
Sitting on the sidelines trous decisions that we cant aord to cal party, I am a Democrat. In many ways come together and vote for the Demo-
is not an option for repeat again in 2017 and 2018. that has never been truer as the Demo- cratic candidate who can beat the Re-
Republicans in Congress, state legis- cratic National Committee seems to be in publican in every jurisdiction and every
stopping Trump latures and governors mansions have complete disarray. But despite that, and District. If seeing what Donald Trump and
shown they care mostly for rich white men. maybe because of it, we as individuals the Republican Congress are doing to
Republicans in Congress are willing to go can and must move forward working lo- deconstruct the safety net, remove pro-
so far as to revoke health insurance from cally district-by-district and state-by-state tections for women and the LGBT com-
more than 24 million Americans, making it to elect Democrats. munity, refuse to support voting rights
unaordable for those between 50 and 64 The long-term strength of the Demo- for all people and threaten hard-working
and anyone with a pre-existing condition, cratic Party is our diversity. We are a collec- immigrants and their families wont ac-
all to give the rich a bigger tax break. They tion of individuals with diverse needs and complish that nothing will.
voted to defund Planned Parenthood and diverse opinions. But the time has come This is not a re-litigation of past elec-
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights take basic healthcare away from millions to accept after we have our primary ghts tions but a blueprint for the future and
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly of women who get their care there. and our debates we must come together a prayer we learn from the past as we
for the Blade.
Standing on the sidelines or voting to make progress on the goals we all care move into the future. If we dont we are
against a Democratic candidate who about. The Democratic Party stands for destined to make the same mistakes over
The time is now for Democrats and inde- doesnt meet your criteria of perfection an economy resulting in income equality and over and end up with the same re-
pendents and everyone who is getting can no longer be an option for anyone and opportunity for every person willing sult; another Donald Trump or another
more than nauseous about what Trump caring about peoples lives. Continuing to to work hard to earn a living wage allow- Republican majority in Congress. Is that
and the Republican Congress are doing make a decision like that after we have ing them to be part of the middle-class. really what any progressive wants?
to unite and take back our country. seen what is happening to our country We stand for civil and human rights for all, If we move forward together we will
Only a Democrat or an independent can only be seen as elitism. Anyone not the right of every American to have good be successful. If we remember we have
fully committed to voting for a Demo- white and rich making such a decision is and aordable healthcare, a decent place common goals even if we dier on how
cratic majority leader in the Senate and the equivalent of cutting o your nose to to live, a great public education and for all to reach them we will be successful.
a Democratic speaker in the House, will spite your face and none of us can aord families to live in safety. Resisting today and then voting to-
help us take back the Congress. We must to follow that route into the future. We recognize we havent yet achieved morrow will lead us all to a brighter and
recognize voting for a third party candi- The humorist Will Rogers once said, I all those goals. But if we are to continue fairer future.

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Small gang of LGBT Pride critics stink of privilege


and personally disparaged by a group of community than those gathered down the be immediately replaced with marginalized
No Justice No Pride radicals far-left zealots during a churlish attempt street at a neighborhood gay bar. They and oppressed people by casting out any
seek to hijack local Pride at hegemony. purport to speak for all of us when in real- white, cis, gender-binary and privileged
planning group Despite hurling accusatory admonitions ity they are reective of few outside their especially males among them.
toward anyone not in agreement while miniscule number. Really. Im not making this stu up.
claiming they felt unsafe at the civil and These protesters are part of an orches- There is a startling irony in demanding
well-moderated meeting, the group com- trated No Justice No Pride eort plaguing that allied corporate support underwriting
manded that those not among them check LGBT Pride committees in several U.S. cit- fully half the cost of a yearlong undertaking
their privilege in a manner intended to dis- ies, as well as Canada and the U.K. Pride with a seven-gure budget be outlawed. Not
tort and diminish discussion. In fact, it was events are merely the proxy victim in a only is the LGBT community characterized
these diehard militants who were guilty of rhetorical whining war against capitalism, by a disproportionately high percentage of
exercising an arrogant privilege that only banks, the military, police, prisons, the Da- business owners, corporate executive lead-
those who had not participated in the dili- kota Access Pipeline and the rest of their ership and enterprise management, the
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur gent work to produce the events while en- publicized list. business community is recognized for its
and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at gaging the full diversity of the community Similar to this tiny group in D.C., small leading role in advocating and achieving ad-
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com. would deem virtuously owed them. self-alienated gangs of anti-business and vancement of equality.
The room stank of it. anti-police political fanatics have targeted The LGBT community celebrates and em-
I had the privilege of serving as producer Most are unaware of the manufactured local Pride committees hoping to dictate braces the cultural armation and public
of the inaugural D.C. Pride festivities when conict propagandized by this small group rejection of corporate nancial contribu- policy support of business allies, ignoring
rst expanded and relocated to Americas with an extremist political agenda. Their tions and business support. They also seek the chronic grievance-collectors hoping to
Main Street of Pennsylvania Avenue in grousing is so unjustied and demands so prohibiting local police from participating in push non-LGBT issues on which we may
1995. I was disheartened and dismayed this over-the-top ridiculous that providing them parades and festivals to even include LGBT reasonably, and often do, disagree.
week by the embarrassing demeanor and the attention they so desperately and trans- ocer contingents and eliminating all police The D.C. Pride committee has had to bear
preposterous demands of a small gaggle of parently seek is done with hesitation. department management of public safety, the burden of a self-indulgent public hissy-
objectors at a Capital Pride Alliance meeting. What sadly seems most lost upon these street closure, trac and pedestrian man- t by a small and unrepresentative group
The hundreds of volunteers, 18-member complainers is that there is negligible ex- agement and other resident-respecting civil when nal event logistics are the priority.
board, two paid sta and six independent isting or potential sympathy among the operational tasks lest uniformed police trig- Appreciation is due the Capital Pride Alli-
contractors laboring to produce the 43rd rank-and-le for their outrageous ultima- ger anyone. ance for a tireless commitment to produc-
annual Capital Pride celebration have had to tums. They seem blissfully oblivious to the They also have as their goal ad hoc take- ing one of the most diverse, successful and
suer a last-minute nuisance this year. fact that their assemblage was no more over coups of local Pride groups, proclaim- respected Pride celebrations anywhere.
Worse, they were wholly disrespected fully representative of the broader LGBT ing in D.C. that the coordinating board must Its a pity they didnt hear that this week.
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NAYYEF HREBID, left, and BTOO ALLAMI overcame extraordinary odds to be together in the
United States.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

We were looking for something beautiful


GAY IRAQI COUPLE RECALLS HARROWING CIRCUMSTANCES THAT BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com

Nayyef Hrebid was a translator for the It was just a really beautiful time, terrorists so theyd kill me, said the violence against LGBT people. Violence
U.S. Marines in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in Allami says. major, according to Hrebid. So I kept it based on sexual orientation and
2004 when he rst saw Btoo Allami, who Out of Iraq, which premiered last inside me and I was crying because I knew gender identity nevertheless remains
was a sergeant in the Iraqi army. June at the L.A. Film Festival, documents theres no justice, he says. commonplace in Iraq. Hrebid had a friend
The two men spoke for the rst time Hrebid and Allamis relationship. whose parents killed him in front of their
a few months later when they were on a Out of Iraq is on Logo and has been home when they found out he was gay.
joint mission to clear Ramadi of terrorists. nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
Gay Iraqis targeted Everyone can judge you on the street,
Hrebid and Allami spent the next week The documentary won a Daytime Emmy by militias, ISIS he says. Its not easy to be gay in the
together and had their rst kiss late one Award a few hours after Hrebid and Gay men could not serve openly in Middle East, especially in Iraq.
night in a garden that was surrounded by Allami spoke with the Blade. the U.S. military until Dont Ask, Dont A lot, a lot, Allami says.
a makeshift fence made with sandbags. The two men spent two years in Ramadi Tell was repealed in 2010. Members The so-called Islamic State has publicly
We were looking for something until they were both transferred to of the Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia that executed dozens of men in portions of
beautiful during a time that was Diwaniyah, a city in southern Iraq, in 2007. prominent cleric Muqtada al-Sadr runs, Iraq and Syria that it controls or once
very dicult for us, Hrebid told the People in the military started knowing in 2007 killed gay men who recorded controlled.
Washington Blade on April 28 during an about our relationship, Hrebid says. A themselves belly dancing at a birthday Hrebid moved to Seattle in 2009 after
interview at the Human Rights Campaigns lot of people started talking. party. Hrebid says militia members killed he received asylum because he worked
Time to THRIVE conference. We didnt Hrebid says a fellow Iraqi translator more than 200 people in Baghdad in a as a translator with the U.S. military.
know if we were going to die or not so we who was his best friend broke his arm single week just because they are gay. I came in 2009 and I saw the life here
were looking for something beautiful. after he beat him because he is gay. He Thats by smashing their head with a and how its dierent, but I was feeling so
Hes something beautiful that said the U.S. major to whom he reported big block in the middle of the street, he bad because he was left behind, Hrebid
happened to me, he adds. the incident threatened him. says. Allami was born into a poor Shiite says. I promised to bring him here.
Allami agreed, noting that he saw If you say anything, Ill throw you family in Baghdad. Al-Sadr last summer
Hrebid rst. outside the camp, which is between the banned his followers from committing CONTINUES ON PAGE 41
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24 MAY 12, 2017 Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R A MY LO U D E RMI LK

AMY LOUDERMILK

How long have you been out and who If your life were a book, what would
was the hardest person to tell? the title be?
Ive been out since my junior year of The Little Engine That Could
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY college when I was living with my then-
girlfriend. The hardest person to tell was If science discovered a way to change
my mother whom I told rst. I think its sexual orientation, what would you
By JOEY DiGULIELMO often the hardest to tell the very rst do?
joeyd@washblade.com person. Not a thing.

Sadly it was a tragedy that inspired Amy Loudermilk to get involved in LGBT Whos your LGBT hero? What do you believe in beyond the
advocacy. A friends suicide at age 16, she says, was a wake-up call. Ellen. Shes done so much amazing physical world?
I carry her memory with me and every day I hope Im contributing to a LGBT charitable work and has changed Energy
body of work that will help prevent young people from knowing what that the hearts and minds of many people.
grief is like and helping youth in crisis get the appropriate care they deserve, Bayard Rustin is a close second though. Whats your advice for LGBT
she says. movement leaders?
Loudermilk is a government aairs director for the Trevor Project, an Whats Washingtons best nightspot, Work together, not against each other
intervention and suicide prevention service for LGBT youth ages 13-24. past or present? and diversify your sta and board in
Loudermilk started her activist work in college 15 years ago and joined the Phase 1. We really need more lesbian every sense of the word.
Trevor Project team two-and-a-half years ago. For her work, shes been named spaces in D.C.
a 2017 Capital Pride Hero and will be honored at a ceremony Saturday night What would you walk across hot coals
at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library (801 K St., N.W.) along with Dee Curry, Juan Describe your dream wedding. for?
Carlos Loubriel, Rick Rosendall, Melvin Thomas, Stacey Karpen, Hayden Mora, If I describe it then it might not happen. Chocolate. Its a necessity.
Jerry Houston, Braden Holtby and Brother Help Thyself, which will receive the Stop trying to jinx me.
Larry Stansbury Award. Tickets are $65 and $85. Details at capitalpride.org. What LGBT stereotype annoys you
Loudermilk says the recognition is a great honor. What non-LGBT issue are you most most?
It means that the work Ive done all my life has had some signicance and passionate about? Which one of you is the man in the
its a welcome pat on the back to keep going, she says. Almost every issue is an LGBT issue, relationship? Ugh! Expand your horizons
Loudermilk grew up in Gaithersburg, Md., and considers the D.C. area her from D.C. statehood to human rights, people.
hometown. She and partner, Tonya Turner, live in Ward 7 with their two dogs, there are just too many to choose from.
Jinxie and Miles. Loudermilk enjoys reading, gardening and relaxing at the Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
beach in her free time. What historical outcome would you Cloudburst. If you watch it and dont
change? laugh theres something very wrong with
The election of Trump. I dont think you.
anyone is prepared for or can predict
the massive amount of harm he is going Whats the most overrated social
to do and has already done. custom?
I dont think social customs are
Whats been the most memorable pop overrated. I think things like shaking
culture moment of your lifetime? hands or opening the door for other
The death of Princess Diana and Elton people are really just small acts of
John singing new lyrics to Candle in the kindness that are important.
Wind at her funeral. All the tears!
What trophy or prize do you most
On what do you insist? covet?
Respect and kindness. Success

What was your last Facebook post or What do you wish youd known at 18?
Tweet? It gets better. Trite but true.
Thanking the people of France for
electing Macron as president and Why Washington?
restoring my faith in humanity. Its home and I cant imagine living
202.747.2077 anywhere else. Plus I love the little
bubble of its liberalism.
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Stoking the Fire


Logo reality star is drama that lived on Fire Island during all of
magnet on new show lming. Everyone else would go back to
the city during the week. Did that aect PHOTO COURTESY LOGO

By MARIAH COOPER your dynamic with the others?


McDONALD: Yeah, I would say it denitely PATRICK McDONALD, third from left, with his housemates on Fire Island.
In the age of reality TV, the formula did to some extent. During the weekends
for a reality show has been ne tuned to there were times when I would go and have to McDONALD: That was denitely a of nowhere in some town hearing somebody
a science. Logos Fire Island, executive work sometimes. I dont think that it aected surprising moment watching the show. I talk about being suicidal and going through
produced by Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa, it in a good or bad way. Just some events I knew that had happened but I didnt know depression and talking that out to another gay
has the messy drama, alcohol and drunken had to miss because I was working out here. that would be included. I dont think he friend. I think it will be really important and
hookups wrapped up into a cast of six gay The really cool thing about working here is I realized he was being lmed at the time. positive for the community. And you know
men sharing a rental house for the summer was working on a lot of the really big parties Honestly, its not the most fun thing to what? Gay people do party a lot. They do
on Fire Island Pines. and events that we went to out here. Its kind have that broadcast out. But it was also a that kind of stu. I think the depiction of the
Khasan is a dancer living in New York City of cool to prep for those things because you good experience for me to go through that. community is extremely accurate.
who is in a long-distance relationship with his know somebody is going to be coming out to Everybody gets broken up with or something
Los Angeles-based boyfriend, Jason. Khasan the island for the rst time and this is going happens when theyre seeing somebody that BLADE: In a recent episode you
isnt too upset about the situation since he to be their rst party out here. You get to be doesnt feel really good. It was a vulnerable introduce your housemates to an older
has his Venezuelan best friend, Jorge, to keep involved with giving them that experience. Its moment for me and I feel good about it now. couple who talk about how gay culture
his mind occupied. He and Jorge sleep in the a really neat perspective to have of the island. has changed. That was a poignant
same bed, cuddle and do other PDA-couple BLADE: Was there anyone in the cast moment.
activities together, but insist they dont have BLADE: Youve already had your fair who had a dierent personality when the McDONALD: Absolutely. We have both
sex. share of conict, especially when it comes cameras were o? sides of it. Yes, we go to these events and have
Brandon, described as the crazy little one, to inviting people over to the house. Why McDONALD: Everybody is pretty authentic a good time. But at the end of the day, cameras
is a 21-year-old who indulges in taking naked were you so adamant about having an on the show. One of the main reasons me and or not, we were six, gay men living in a house
photographs for a hobby and is excited to open-door policy? Cheyenne butt heads is because were both together all summer. Issues come up. The
meet guys on Fire Island. Cheyenne is a model McDONALD: I dont know what youre really opinionated. I sort of felt like I had seen adversaries that are facing our community are
with thousands of Instagram followers who talking about, what conict? No, I mean, Cheyenne have these fun parties and we had the thread that ties the six of us together. That
starts his Fire Island journey ready to party but I dont think it was necessarily that I was been having a good time together o camera, was such a fun day and a reminder of how this
nds himself in an unexpected relationship. adamant about the open-door policy. I was and it was confusing to me to see him be so island is a pivotal place in the gay communitys
Justin is a bear with a passion for art. He more adamant about not judging anybody reserved. But at that time, I didnt know that history. It was really neat to spend time with
admits to having body image issues and before they came into the house. One of my he had a boyfriend that he was dating so that them and hear rsthand how in the 70s they
insists on group activities like family dinners in favorite things about Fire Island is that people made a little more sense then. But, at rst, I were coming here and feeling free to hold
a motherly display of aection for the rest of come out here and let their walls down. You had that feeling a little bit about Cheyenne. their hands. It reminds you not to take that
the guys. can meet lots of dierent people that are stu for granted when youre out here. The
Enter Patrick, a bartender and Fire Island in dierent social circles, that you wouldnt BLADE: Whats your take on Jorge show has a lot of that and even more coming
resident originally from Georgia, with a necessarily hang out with in the city. So, I was and Khasans close relationship? up. Im excited for people to see that.
penchant for walking around with no shirt just really wanting the other guys to get that McDONALD: Girl, it wears me out and Im
carrying his little dog, Bodhi. Fueled by alcohol authentic Fire Island experience and clearly not even involved with it. Jorge and Khasan BLADE: The show was lmed last
and cameras, ghts abound with Patrick some of them had dierent opinions on are very, very, very close. Theyre like family. summer. Are you still in touch with
frequently in the center. For every gathering, that coming in. I think youll see it evolve it Its an interesting situation. I think that Jason your housemates?
Patrick seems to appear with a new gaggle of throughout the season. (Khasans boyfriend) is a really good sport. I McDONALD: Absolutely, were all in a
gay buddies to introduce to his housemates. think Jason is the perfect guy for Khasan too group chat. We talk constantly throughout
While some housemates enjoy meeting new BLADE: During those confrontation because hes really understanding. They have the day. Thats been the coolest part of this
friends, like Brandon who nds himself in a scenes was there ever a time you a great relationship on their own. It would experience. I have ve new brothers, really.
ing with one of Patricks guests, Jorge and felt people were playing it up for the probably be a lot for me if I was trying to date Weve become so close and gone through
Cheyenne feel the need for some house rules. cameras? somebody and their best friend was around so much together during the show and after
Patrick spoke with the Blade about criticism McDONALD: Absolutely not. There were all the time, hanging all over them. But maybe the show. Theres denitely some conicts in
the show has faced for being a negative some passionate personalities in there. It took thats why Im single. those relationships, none of them are perfect.
portrayal of the gay community, why he always me by surprise, honestly. That rst barbecue But Im so glad I met those guys and I know
found himself in the middle of drama and when Jorge got upset with me, I mean, my BLADE: The show has received that well be friends for the rest of our lives.
what the house was like when the cameras rst impression of this guy was the same as some criticism that it portrays the gay
turned o. Fire Island airs Thursdays at 8 yalls, like this guy has a masters in partying. I community as shallow and vapid with all BLADE: Hows Bodhi doing?
p.m. on Logo. thought he would be right there with me. And the partying and hookups. How do you feel McDONALD: Bodhi is fantastic. Hes
Cheyenne really too. Thats the funny thing. I about that? currently on a press tour of his own. I
WASHINGTON BLADE: What was your thought that Cheyenne and Jorge would be McDONALD: I would say a lot of people think hes doing The View next week.
motivation for joining the show? the people that I connected with the most like to say, Oh these guys dont represent our
PATRICK McDONALD: A beautiful and had a good, fun, wild time with and they community. Well, six gay men are never going BLADE: Whats next for you?
mansion on the ocean surrounded by a bunch ended up being the rst two to want to shut to represent the entire gay community. I think McDONALD: Recently, Ive been writing
of beautiful boys wasnt that hard of a sell. the party down. were all really dierent and we all bring to and working on a country album. Youll see
Just meeting new people and having a new the table something diverse. I would say that later in the season I perform some of my
experience was really the main motivation. BLADE: At the time of lming you didnt the people who call it shallow havent been original country music. Its something that
Then to know that Kelly (Ripa) and Mark realize that your crush Brandon was watching the show. Theres a lot of really in- was a goal of mine. It just got me really
(Consuelos) were behind it, I knew that it going away to visit another guy instead depth moments that these guys reveal. A lot of amped up and excited about it. And just
would be a quality production. of his family. How do you feel about that personal, private, painful moments that I think gearing up for the summer again, getting
situation playing out for so many people would be really good for the gay community to back out to the island and seeing what
BLADE: You were the only cast member to see? see. Young, gay kids that are out in the middle adventures we can go on this summer.
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QUEEN
SATURDAY MAY 13
Washington Blade hosts its 11th annual Rehoboth Summer Kicko Party at
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oers more gay content
Blue Moon (35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.) on Friday, May 19 from
5-8 p.m. The 27th annual Washington Jewish
SUN, MAY 14 10AM, 12:30PM, 3PM Special guest U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) will give remarks. There Film Festival runs at various venues from
MOTHERS DAY is a suggested $10 donation to support the Washington Blade Foundation. Wednesday, May 17 through Sunday, May
GOSPEL BRUNCH Guests will receive a drink wristband and entry into a prize drawing. For more
information, visit facebook.com/washingtonblade.
28. The festival features an LGBT cinema
series in partnership with GLOE.
FEATURING WILBUR JOHNSON
& THE GOSPEL PERSUADERS The Blade will also hold a photo exhibit of historic images from the rise of Cabaret, the classic musical starring
the LGBT movement, hosted at Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Liza Minnelli and Michael York, is WJFFs
WED, MAY 17 Beach, Del.) on Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21. Limited edition prints 45th anniversary presentation. It will be
ALL GOOD PRESENTS will be for sale. Proceeds benet the Washington Blade Foundation. There will screened at Edlavitch D.C.-JCC (1529 16th
DUMPSTAPHUNK be a reception on Saturday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. with complimentary wine and St., N.W.) on Sunday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.
W/ THE MAIN SQUEEZE cheese. For details, visit washingtonblade.com/photos. and at AFI Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville
Rd., Silver Spring, Md.) on Saturday, May
THURS, MAY 18 27 at 12:30 p.m. Family Commitments
MORGAN JAMES (pictured here) tells the story of an
THE RECKLESS ABANDON TOUR intercultural couple who get engaged and
W/ ANDY ALLO must deal with a homophobic Arab father,
overbearing Jewish mother and a pregnant
FRI, MAY 19 19-year-old while they prepare to tie the
THE BLACK LILLIES knot. It screens at E Street Cinema (555
W/ THE RAGBIRDS 11th St., N.W.) on Saturday, May 20 at 8:45
p.m. and at Edlavitch D.C.-JCC on Saturday,
SAT, MAY 20
May 27 at 6:30 p.m. The Guys Next Door
GIANT PANDA is a documentary about Rachel, a woman
GUERILLA DUB SQUAD who chooses to become a surrogate
W/ THUNDER BODY twice for Erik and his husband Sandro.
The lm screens at Bethesda Row Cinema
SUN, MAY 21
(7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Md.) on
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Sunday, May 21 at 6 p.m. and at E Street
W/ HONEY CHILD Cinema on Monday, May 21 at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are $14.95. For a complete list
WED, MAY 24
Trans Pride events slated for next weekend
BEN SIDRAN of lms and showtimes, visit wj.org/
series/rated-lgbt.
FRI, MAY 26 Capital Trans Pride kicks o its three-day celebration with a meet and greet
JOHN MAYALL W/ BILL CARTER with previous Engendered Spirit Awardees, local community activists and
supporters at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W.) on Friday, May 19
SAT, MAY 27 7PM & 10:30PM from 6-8 p.m.
A Night Out for
TDC SHOWS PRESENTS On Saturday, May 20 Capital Trans Pride Day will be at Studio Theatre (1501 Trevor is May 19
AMEL LARRIEUX 14th St., N.W.), with special guest Gavin Grimm, on Saturday, May 20 from 9
a.m.-7p.m. The Trevor Project hosts A Night Out
WED, MAY 31
The days festivities will include educational workshops and panel discussions for Trevor at Kimpton Hotel Monaco (700
JOHN NEMETH covering topics such as resume building and employment discrimination, health F St., N.W.) on Friday, May 19 from 7:30-
AND DANIELLE NICOLE BAND insurance coverage, HIV prevention, legal name and gender change and more. 10:30 p.m.
The Resource Fair will host more than 25 vendors, agencies and organizations Ra Freedman-Gurspan, the rst openly
THURS, JUNE 1
with resources for the community. Reel Trans Film Festival will present a transgender staer to work at the White
THE NEW STEW screening of MAJOR!, a documentary about transgender activist Miss Major House, will be honored with the Outstanding
PERFORMING THE ALBUM Grin-Gracy, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The lm chronicles Grin-Gracys ght for the Public Service Award. News4s Chuck Bell will
BILL WITHERS rights of transgender women of color. Grimm, a TIME 100 honoree, will also emcee the event. DJ Je Prior and DJ Khelan
LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL make an appearance. There will be coee, drinks and snacks for attendees. Bhatia from BreakfastClub will spin tracks.
W/ PARIS MONSTER Admission is free. There will be a hosted bar, food and a silent
New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ (309 E St., N.W.) hosts a special auction. General admission tickets are $125.
transgender-focused service on Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. Rev. Kenneth King will Trevor Star admission is $175 and includes
lead the service. early admission for an Impact Circle program
For more information on these events, visit capitalpride.org/events/capital- at 6:45 p.m.
trans-pride. For more details, visit cities.
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LISA HODSOLL as Laura Bush delivers a complex, touching performance.

First Lady recalled warts and For instance, Laura recalls when she
and her twin daughters rst arrived at
all in new Klunch production the White House, she was eager to get
through niceties with predecessor Mrs.
By PATRICK FOLLIARD Clinton and replace the tacky drapes in
the living quarters. She expresses hurt
Its true. Laura Bush killed a young when Caroline Kennedy snubs her at
man. In 1963, the former rst lady, then a Metropolitan Museum of Art event
just 17, drove her fathers Chevy Impala honoring the fashions of Jackie O. (Lauras
through a stop sign on a dark road in idol). She learns early to stand up to her
Midland Texas crashing into another husbands unpleasant, baby-voiced sister
car and killing its driver, friend and high Dorothy, and brags about being a real
school classmate Michael Douglass. lady and not mannish like Hillary Clinton
While certainly an immense tragedy to and Tipper Gore, or her mother-in-law
all concerned, the misfortune somehow Barbara nicknamed Bar after a family
adds dimension to a woman who over horse, she claims.
the years has come across to many as a Her constants chain smoking (a public
neatly coied automaton. secret over the years) and reading (a
Local theater collective the Klunch is tattered copy of The Secret Garden in
currently premiering Laura Bush killed a her teens, Little Women as single gal
Guy at Caos on F, an intimate downtown while her swinging neighbors partied, and
gallery space. Penned by the companys out Truman Capotes In Cold Blood while on
artistic director Ian Allen, the remarkable the campaign trail) are referred to without
one-woman show features Lisa Hodsoll apology or too much explanation. She
in the title role and is thoughtfully staged sees her husbands legendary drinking
by out director John Vreeke. Allen uses and drugging as part of a bad boy past.

A musical history
truth and comedic license to give a Some scenes are entirely snark free,
sense of what makes the preternaturally particularly those about her love for her
pleasant, though Sphinx-like, lady tick. Its husband, and the 9-11 passage which is
an insightful, hilarious and the poignant
glimpse into Laura Bushs life.
As Laura, Hodsoll is all good manners,
neither written nor played for laughs.
Hodsoll is superb. In a sometimes
mordantly witty and also touchingly
of gay broadway
smiles and West Texas twang. Wearing nuanced performance, her Laura veers from
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her guests. She talks about her famous outwardly ultra-placid subject. A too exact
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D.C. event honors slain Texas ocer


LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund to them rst. family event, close to his sisters, his
San Antonio police arrested Otis brother, you name it. Im basically part of
spotlights those who made Tyrone McKane, 31, in November and the family. His son and I are pretty close.
ultimate sacrice booked him on a capital murder charge Nguyen attended the funeral at
in connection with Marconis death. Community Bible Church but says the
According to local media accounts, he ociant didnt know Marconi had been gay.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO was upset about a child custody battle He just found out that day, Nguyen
joeyd@washblade.com that prevented him from seeing his son. says. They asked who I was and I said,
I lashed out at someone who didnt Im his partner. It wasnt awkward, but I
Youd never know from his obituary deserve it, the San Antonio Express News can see how they were shocked.
that San Antonio Police Department PHOTO COURTESY OF NGUYEN quoted McKane as having said. Rudder, an avid Fund supporter
Detective Benjamin Marconi, who was Marconi was shot and killed about 11:45 whos gotten close to Nguyen in recent
shot and killed in the line of duty on Nov. NATE NGUYEN, right, with his late partner, a.m. on Nov. 20, 2016 during a trac stop months, says the situation was handled
BENJAMIN MARCONI.
20, 2016, was gay. near SAPD headquarters in downtown insensitively.
Thats an injustice the LGBT Fallen San Antonio. After a 30-hour manhunt, a One thing that bothers all of us, the
Heroes Fund plans to correct this shunned by the agency and their local SWAT team located and arrested McKane, family assistance program at the San
weekend. Marconis surviving partner, community. according to local media accounts. Antonio Police Department didnt make
Nate Nguyen, will be honored along with Director/co-founder Scott Gunn scours Nguyen says Marconi was out widely any contact with Nate until maybe two
others in similar situations this weekend in the Internet to nd details on those in his social life but out only to certain months ago, Rudder says. Nate went to
Washington with a bevy of events, both fun whove died leading to the Fund honoring individuals at the department. them for help and they didnt even know
and serious, culminating with a Saturday 22 individuals since its inception. In Nguyen, who had a habit of checking in about him. He doesnt want any of Bens
afternoon ceremony and memorial service Marconis case, the gay community in with Marconi about every hour he was on money, he just wants to be recognized as
at Arlington National Cemetery. San Antonio posted some comments to duty, says it was a case of Marconi being Bens partner and were gonna show him
This years honorees include Antonio social media that indicated hed been a in the wrong place at the wrong time. when we get to D.C. this week, everyones
Brown, an Army captain killed in the Pulse local LGBT advocate. Dennis Rudder, a Ben had pulled somebody over and going to know you were Bens partner.
nightclub attack; Charlie Morgan, a chief friend to Nguyen, contacted Gunn and this guy, they have video of him circling Nguyen, whos returned to school and
warrant ocer who was instrumental told him Nguyen had been excluded from headquarters for quite some time, is studying for a degree in geology, says
in getting the Defense of Marriage Act Marconis funeral, obit and more. Gunn, Nguyen says. It was pretty random. Marconi would want to be remembered
repealed; Stephen White, a former Army whos been organizing LGBT events during Marconis son Dane, whos in his early as someone who made a dierence.
specialist, border patrol ocer and U.S. National Police Week for nearly 15 years, 20s and was close to Nguyen (He loved He basically wanted to change the world
Air Marshal who was killed after meeting by now has contacts who alert him when my cooking, Nguyen says), got in touch and make his kids proud, Nguyen says.
someone at a bar; and Marconi. they know of an instance such as this. with him the day Marconi died after a
Begun in 2012, the Fund works to Nguyen, who met Marconi at a bar in period of hours in which Nguyen had been Copcakes for a Cause 6
identify and honor LGBT law enforcement 2012, says hes full of conicted feelings unable to reach Marconi. The family had Sunday, May 14
gathered at the hospital where Marconis Town
ocers, reghters, EMS and members as he plans to travel with Rudder to (2009 8th St., N.W.)
of the military who have dedicated their Washington this weekend. Despite a body was taken and waited until Nguyen 5-8 p.m.
lives to their communities and to give 20-year age dierence (Nguyen is 29; arrived to tell him Marconi had died. $25
lgbtfallenheroesfund.org
recognition to their survivors. Marconi was 50) he says they had a I went into the other room to see him
The men and women who have been serious, nearly three-year relationship. and they had him covered, Nguyen says.
Jail & Bail at Bear Happy Hour and
called to these careers put their lives on I have ups and downs, Nguyen says I said, I need to see him, and so when I Dining for Dollars
the line daily, the Funds website says. Im pretty grateful I have a great support saw him, I was just so glad I got to see his Friday, May 12
6-11 p.m.
In addition to their dangerous vocations, system. face one last time. Thats how I found out. Town, second oor
they often have to hide their orientation He says hes very appreciative of the Nguyen says his relationship with 2009 8th St., N.W.
for fear of being discriminated against, Funds plans for the weekend. Marconis family is mixed. Marconi had
bullied or even red. All too often the I didnt even know about this been married to a woman previously and LGBT Fallen Heroes Memorial Service
Saturday, May 13
surviving partner and family are left out organization at all, he says. Im just has a grown son and stepdaughter. 2-5 p.m.
of any recognition or memorial services, really grateful theyre there and Im going We were very close and were still Arlington National Cemetery
denied nancial support and possibly to give back to the community, especially close, Nguyen says. I was at every single Service held in theater

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Scheherazade. Thru May 13. Mason Kreeger Museum. RE-VISION: Looking
Batess KC Jukebox: Thievery anew at the art of Philip Johnson and
Corporation. May 15. Fortas the design of The Kreeger. Thru Jul 29.
Chamber Music Concerts: Maurizio kreegermuseum.org.
Pollini in Recital. May 16. WNO:
Madame Buttery. Thru May 21.
NSO: Bachs Brandenburg Concerto
GALLERIES
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May 12. Washington Performing Arts at DAR Constitution Hall. Fireworks. May 18-20. Kennedy Gods, Heroes, and Fools. Thru Jun 4.
washingtonperformingarts.org. Center. kennedy-center.org. theartleague.org.
Inspired by the beauty of Utahs Bryce Canyon National Park, 20th-century Rhodessa Jones & Idris Ackamoor Waverly Street Gallery. Glasswork
French composer Olivier Messiaens monumental work now receives a stunning of Cultural Odyssey. May 12-13. Art by Jill Tanenbaum. Thru Jun 3.
new multimedia interpretation with images by photographer Deborah OGrady on 8th: Rob Curtos Forr For All. waverlystreetgallery.com.
in commemoration of the National Park Services centenary. May 18. Dance Place at Monroe Street BlackRock. Alexandra Chiou: Mirage.
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Outside Mullingar Emerson String Quartet. May District Architecture Center. Bees
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the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of the 2016 Joseph and Goldie Feder Thru Jun 16. goethe.de.
cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience Memorial String Competition. May Hill Center. Hill Center Galleries. Thru
through the moving image. 13. Boreal Trio. May 14. Tomas Kaco, Jun 25. hillcenterdc.org.
piano. May 17. National Gallery of Art. ISAAG. BLAST! - Marta Perez
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Thru Jul 9. National Gallery of Art. Piano Men Cabaret. Thru May 13. idbstaassociationartgallery.org.
nga.gov. Signature Theatre. sigtheatre.org. Korean Cultural Center DC.
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such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoirwill bring to light Bazilles place as a Strathmore. strathmore.org. Heritage in Contemporary American
central gure in the Impressionist movement. Several examples from the Gallerys Murray Perahia, piano. Art. Thru May 31. koreaculturedc.org.
collection, which houses the largest group of Bazilles works outside of France, will May 14. Washington
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Films with Passion


Emily Dickinson recalled Union Market, is nally getting a general
release. After its premiere at the 2015
in inventive trifecta; Toronto Film Festival (under the title
Generations gets About Ray), the producers cancelled the
scheduled release of the lm in the wake
redux treatment of weak reviews.
The revamped lm is nally being
By BRIAN T. CARNEY released and is well worth-seeing. Ray
(Elle Fanning) lives with his mother Maggie
Two lms opening today (Friday, (Naomi Watts), his lesbian grandmother
May 12) in D.C. theaters are worthy but Dolly (Susan Sarandon) and Dollys long- PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
achieve dierent levels of eectiveness term girlfriend Frances (Linda Emond).
for varying reasons. He is in the process of transitioning and The cast of 3 Generations.
A Quiet Passion, playing at the wants to start hormone therapy. To do
Avalon Theatre, is a beautiful, moving and
thought-provoking new lm that captures
the historic meeting of three geniuses:
the great American poet Emily Dickinson,
the award-winning openly lesbian actor
Cynthia Nixon (Broadways Angels in
America and HBOs Sex and the City)
and the acclaimed English writer and
director Terence Davies, who has been
openly gay since the 1970s.
Written and directed by Davies, A
Quiet Passion is the school-to-grave
story of the reclusive poet whose work
was largely unknown until after her
death. It opens when young Emily (well
played by Emma Bell) is asked to leave
the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
for her unorthodox religious thinking
and closes as her casket is driven to
the cemetery while an o-screen Nixon
beautifully intones Because I could not
stop for Death.
Davies is an auteur at the top of his
cinematic game. Working closely with
cinematographer Florian Homeister,
costumer Catherine Marchand, and a
superb cast, he reminds us that the past
in indeed a dierent country, and that
Dickinson was a product of that time,
even as she rebelled against it.
The overall arc of Davies remarkable
movie is Dickinsons gradual withdrawal
from society. She starts out as a young,
vivacious woman strolling through sunlit
streets, wearing beautiful clothes, trading
witty banter with family and friends and
wielding a ferocious fan. But, gradually,
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as friends move away, family members
die and her own body betrays her, she CYNTHIA NIXON and JENNIFER EHLE in A Quiet Passion.
becomes the iconic spinster dressed in
white and speaking to visitors only from
the shadows from the rst-oor landing so, since he is 16, he needs the legal turbulent past. Ray is a sympathetic Rays decision to pursue his true identity
on the stairs. Nixons passionate nuanced permission of his parents. And thats character, but hes basically on hold until in the face of both beatings by bullies and
prickly performance is simply amazing. where the drama starts. he can start his treatments. Maggie is the uneven support from his family (Dolly
While A Quiet Passion will, Craig (Tate Donovan) has been out of character in motion, and the character who asks why she cant just be a lesbian). The
unfortunately, probably not become the picture for 10 years and Maggie is links the three fascinating generations. Its acting is strong and the camera work by
required viewing in high school English reluctant to reestablish contact (and has a shame writer and director Gaby Dellal David Johnson is striking.
classes, it is denitely required viewing her own doubts about signing the papers). and co-writer Nikole Beckwith didnt get But most importantly, the moving
for all fans of great literature and great The quest for Craigs signature reveals a chance to do a rewrite at the beginning conclusion of 3 Generations is a great
cinema. It is a meeting of great minds and some long-hidden family secrets as well as of shooting instead of a reedit after the testimony to the courage shown by Ray
great hearts. the central problem with the movie. lms premiere. and his extended family. Thats what
Its a good thing that 3 Generations, The movie isnt really about Ray; its Nonetheless, whats there is quite makes this movie important and timely.
screening at the Angelika Pop-Up at about Maggie and the revelation of her good. The lm is a powerful armation of
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E-mail calendar items to calendars@washblade. at the Kennedy Center. The Gay Mens
com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim- Chorus of Washington, the Childrens
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events Chorus of Washington and the
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time. Washington National Cathedral Boy and
Girl Choristers will also perform. Tickets
range from $18-64. For more details, visit
facebook.com/thewashingtonchorus.
TODAY
MONDAY, MAY 15
The third annual NOVA Pride Prom is at
the Bellevue Event and Conference Center The 33rd annual Helen Hayes Awards
(43350 John Mosby Hwy., Chantilly, Va.) are at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St.,
tonight from 7-11 p.m. All LGBT students N.W.) today from 6-9 p.m. The awards
and allies currently attending high school honor theater professional in the D.C.
in the greater Northern Virginia region area. Actors E. Faye Butler and Lawrence
are invited to attend. Guests must bring Redmond host. After the ceremony there
a valid school ID, drivers license or will be a dance party at 9:30 Club (815 V
permit that matches ticket registration St., N.W.). Premium seating tickets are
information. Tickets are $30. For more $275 and balcony tickets are $150. Ticket
information, visit novapride.org/tickets/ prices include the dance party. For more
nova-pride-prom-2017-ticket. information and to purchase tickets, visit
D.C. Leather Pride and the Cherry theatrewashington.org.
Fund host Rebel Heart, a dance party
for leather men and women and allies, at TUESDAY, MAY 16
D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight
from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Seth Breezy and DJ Republic (6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma
Kudjo spin tracks. There will also be go-go Park, Md.) hosts Alegre Happy Hour, an
dancers. Tickets are $30. For more details, LGBT happy hour, today from 5-7 p.m.
visit facebook.com/dcleatherpride. For details, visit republictakoma.com.
LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund hosts Dining
for Dollars, a social dinner fundraiser, WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
during Bear Happy Hour at Town (2009
8th St., N.W.) today from 6-9 p.m. Food Bookmen D.C., an informal gay mens
will be provided by Mission BBQ. Entry literature group, discusses A History of
includes one free specialty cocktail. PHOTO BY SCOTT SUCHMAN; COURTESY WPA
Gay Male Literature, by Gregory Woods,
There will also be pizza at 7 p.m. Drink at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.., N.W.)
specials are until 11 p.m. Tickets are $20. The Washington Chorus performs with several other outts including the Gay Mens Chorus of tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Washington on Sunday, May 14 at the Kennedy Center.
For more information, facebook.com/ For more information, visit bookmendc.
lgbtfallenheroesfund. blogspot.com.
Author David Garrow appears at The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Loudermilk, Richard Rosendall and Melvin Admission is a $30 donation. Mimosas will Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
Ave., N.W.) to discuss his Barack Obama Thomas. Washington Capital goaltender be served after. For more information, Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for
biography, Rising Star, tonight from 7-8 Braden Holtby will receive the Ally Award. search Sweatbox Charity Fundraiser with social bridge. No partner needed. For
p.m. In Rising Star, Garrow explores American Idol season 12 winner Candice the 21st Amendments on Facebook. more information, call 301-345-1571.
Obamas pre-presidential life personally Glover will perform. There will be an open The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.)
and politically. The book also mentions bar and food-tasting stations. Tickets are hosts R Sqaured, a Rebel Gear social, THURSDAY, MAY 18
that Obama considered gayness in his $65. For more details, visit capitalpride. tonight from 8-10 p.m. This will be a
youth. Event is free. Seating is available org/events/heroes-gala-2017. meet and greet for the men of the Mid- Friends of the National Zoo
on a rst come, rst served basis. For Distrkt C hosts Rebel Yell, the ocial Atlantic Rubber Collective. There will be hosts ZooFari: Dine for Wildlife at
more details, visit politics-prose.com. D.C. Leather Pride weekend party, at the drink specials for guests in rubber gear. Smithsonians National Zoo (3001
GAMMA, a peer-supported, self help D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight No cover. For more details, visit facebook. Connecticut Ave., N.W.) this evening
group for gay or bisexual men who have from 10 p.m.-8 a.m. DJ Mike Reimer and com/midatlanticrubbercollective. from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There will be
been involved with women, meets at DJ Tracy Young will play music. Suggested Mixtape, a gay dance party, is at DC9 complimentary food tastings, cocktail
Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 dress code is leather gear, uniforms, jocks (1940 9th St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.- tastings and after hours access to
Vermont Ave., N.W.) tonight from 7:30- and harnesses. Tickets are $25. For more 3 a.m. DJ Matt Bailer and DJ the Barber the Small Mammal House, the Great
9:30 p.m. For more details, visit meetup. information, visit distrktc.com. Streisand spin tracks. Cover is $10. For Ape House and the Reptile Discovery
com/gammaindc. D.C. Leather Pride, the Imperial Court more information, visit mixtapedc.com. Center. Celebrity chefs Jerome Grant
Out local singer Justin Ritchie will of Washington D.C. and the D.C. Sisters and Todd Gray will make appearances.
perform Common Ground: a Cabaret host Rebel Without a Gown, an annual SUNDAY, MAY 14 A live and silent auction will include
tonight at Maggies Cabaret at St. drag fundraiser, at Cobalt (1639 R St., prizes such as a ticket package to
Margarets Church (1830 Connecticut N.W.) today from 4-8 p.m. Funds will D.C. Leather Pride hosts Bad Hamilton on Broadway. Tickets are
Ave., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. be raised for Mr. D.C. Eagle 2017 Grey Reputation: Tea Dance and Beer Bust at $160 for Friends of the Zoo members
Ritchie will perform covers of classics by Onyx and Leatherman of Color 2017 Kai the D.C. eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) and $200 for non-members. For more
Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell and others. Anderson to compete in the International today from 2-9 p.m. DJ Say What1?! details, visit fonz.org/zoofari.
No advanced registrations; tickets only Mr. Leather competition. Kristina Kelly plays music and go-go boys will perform. National City Christian Church
available at the door. hosts. There will be performances from Bottomless beer is $15. General entry is hosts an LGBT happy hour at Uproar
local LGBT artists. Show begins at 5 p.m. $10. For more information, visit faceboo. Restaurant and Lounge (639 Florida
SATURDAY, MAY 13 Tickets are $10. For more details, visit com/dcleatherpride. Ave., N.W.) today from 6-8 p.m.
facebook.com/dcleatherpride. The Washington Chorus presents There is a suggested donation of $10
The Capital Prides Heroes Gala is at 21st Amendments host a charity Carmina Burana, a performance of to benefit SAGE Metro D.C, which
Carnegie Library (801 K St., N.W.) tonight workout at Sweatbox D.C. (1612 U St., satirical poems set to music, and an supports LGBT seniors. For more
from 7-11 p.m. The event will honor N.W.) to benet the National Center for interpretation of the Greek classic information, visit facebook.com/
Dee Curry, Juan Carlos Loubriel, Amy Transgender Equality today from 1-3 p.m. Oedipus Rex today from 5-7:30 p.m. nationalcitycc.
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olives, tomatoes and ricotta along with
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Bloody Marys.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 because a UNHCR employee with whom Valentines Day in 2014. Allami applied executive order that banned citizens of
he previously met incorrectly reported for a visa that would allow him to live in Iraq and six other predominantly Muslim
Hrebid says Allamis family found out that he witnessed U.S. soldiers torture the U.S. countries from entering the U.S. for 90
about their relationship when they heard Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison It was granted in March 2015 after days. A revised travel ban that Trump
them talking on the phone or on Skype. outside of Baghdad. Allami had an interview in Montreal. He signed in March did not include Iraq.
His life was getting more in danger, We had never been there, Hrebid and Hrebid married for a second time at The second executive order has yet to
Hrebid says. He had to run away. says, noting Allami learned about the Caillas Seattle home in August of that year. take eect because it has been challenged
Michael Failla, a Seattle-based torture through a newscast. It took us basically six years for us to in court.
immigration advocate whom Hrebid be together, Hrebid says. Its going to put a lot of lives in danger,
befriended at a party, gave Allami money Hrebid says. [Trump] thinks people just
to travel to Lebanon on a 30-day tourist
It took six years for come through, walk into the United
visa. Allami deserted the Iraqi army and us to be together Families freaked out States. Btoo is one example. It took four
ew to Beirut on Dec. 6, 2010. after Ellen show years just for vetting and a background
Allami in early 2011 applied for refugee Allami had begun the process of applying check.
status with the U.N. Refugee Agency. for asylum in Canada as he waited for Hrebid and Allami in January appeared Hrebid and Allami have begun to help
Lebanese authorities would have sent him UNHCRs decision. A group of Canadians on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after other refugees resettle at rst in the U.S.,
back to Iraq if they found him living in the sponsored him and the government DeGeneres read an interview the couple but now Canada because of the Trump
country without documentation, but he approved his application in 2013. had done with the BBC. administrations immigration policies.
said the UNHCR employee who interviewed Allami arrived in Vancouver on Sept. 9, Hrebid says their families in Iraq We could just shut our door and just
him said the agency cared more about 2013. freaked out after show aired and live our lives without anyone knowing,
families than those who are gay. That was the happiest day ever in my news about their appearance spread but this is not why we are here, Hrebid
The rst time the guy told me, We dont life, Hrebid says. I nally felt he was safe throughout social media. says. We are here to let people know
care about gay refugees, Allami says. and he had papers and he could stand up Hrebid said his uncle told him to return about what is happening in the Middle
Hrebid in January 2013 saw Allami for and walk without anyone bothering him. to Iraq so members of his tribe could kill East and what is happening to those who
the rst time in more than three years Hrebid became a U.S. citizen in 2014, him and cut the shame. Allamis family are LGBTQ.
when he and Failla traveled to Beirut. which is the same year in which same- has disowned him. Allami agrees, noting Seattle is my
Allami soon had a second UNHCR sex couples received marriage rights in No one can mention his name in the home now and it is amazing.
interview that lasted 11 hours. The agency Washington State. family anymore, Hrebid says. We made our dreams come true, he
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so in this column I thought it might be
interesting to compare the financial land-
scapes of these two capital cities, Wash-
ington, DC and Austin, TX, especially in
terms of real estate.
There are many similarities between
these two cities, the most immediately
obvious one being that the Texas State
Capitol building resembles a pink granite
copy of the US Capitol (hardly detectable
when floodlit at nightsee the backdrop
pictures in the above graph), but the Tex-
as Capitol is in fact 13 ft. taller than the US
one. Turns out everything really is bigger
in Texas.
Politically and economically, both
Washington and Austin are at the mercy
of their resident legislatures, and there
is a good deal of antipathy between the
city governments and the national/state
legislative bodies. But the US Congress is
not in session year round, and the Texas
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in session every two years for 140 days. 2017 MarketStats. Data Provided by MRIS as of Apr 5, 2017; @2017 Austin Board of Realtors Based on a Total of 409,615 Closed Sales in DC; 263,061 Closed Sales in Austin
However, the executive branches of these
governments provide a great deal of em- not necessarily conducive to saving for a an earlier time when prices were cheaper esand more periods of risethan DCs,
ployment in each city. In DC, the Federal down payment). Indeed, for years Austin and wages were relatively higher. These which has seen a slower recovery of the
government is the largest employer, fol- has billed itself as the Live Music Capital people have tended to hold onto their rate of increase since it peaked in 2012.
lowed by the public school systems in of the World. homes while market prices have risen, Ill end with some stats to substanti-
the various counties of the metropolitan So, both Washington and Austin have a and to be able to trade up by using the ate these trends: Metro DCs median sold
area. In Austin, it is the various ISDs (inde- highly educated workforce competing for increased equity of their existing homes. price in April 2009 was $332,000; in April
pendent school districts) that provide the jobs in a number of fields with good (but Both DC and Austin have seen an in- of 2017 it was $436,500an increase of
most employment, followed by the City of not stellar) salary scales. Both cities have crease in median sold prices over the 31.48% over 9 years. In the same period,
Austin. The US Federal government is ac- a large cluster of 20-to-30-somethings last 9 years since the crash and reces- metro Austins median sold price went
tually the 4th largest employer in the Aus- competing for these jobs, with a bottle- sion starting in 2008. But both cities from $189,900 to $303,600an increase
tin area, while the State of Texas ranks neck of opportunity caused by almost as were fortunate that their markets never of 59.87%, almost double that of metro
only number 8. Interspersed between large a cluster of baby-boomers main- really took the nose dive that California DCs. Put another way, metro DCs annual
these various governmental bodies and taining their employment longer than tra- and Florida markets did; sure, prices flat- yearly rate of increase for median sold
school districts in both capital cities are ditional retirement age, partly because of tened slightly, but didnt really dip much. prices from April 2008 to April 2017 was
many health care employers, as well as inadequate retirement savings. The bars in the chart above show a rise 3.50%. In the same period, the annual
research organizations and, especially in And what does all this mean for real es- in median sold prices for all home types rate of metro Austin was 6.65%--1.9 times
Austin, high tech companies. tate? It means that home prices are rela- in the metro DC and metro Austin mar- greater!
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