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Reports claim Trump may have commission, the sense was palpable that
Trumps end was near if further information
obstructed justice in Russia probe emergesconrming the media accounts and that
corroboration may come very soon.
By CHRIS JOHNSON Rea Carey, executive director of the
cjohnson@washblade.com National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, said
appropriate action against Trump would include
Impeachment talked swirled Wednesday amid impeachment if the investigation reveals
a week of bombshell news reports thatPresident malfeasance.
Trump revealed classied information during That said, Donald Trump should have been
a meeting with Russian ocials and potentially disqualied as a candidate when he bragged about
committed obstruction of justice by ring former groping womens crotches, mocked a disabled
FBI Director James Comey after he refused to drop journalist, called for a racist, unconstitutional and
his investigation of Michael Flynns Russia ties. xenophobic Muslim ban, and characterized black
Although Trumps opponents, including people as living only in crime-ridden, drug-infested
those in the LGBT community, continued to use Impeachment talk has begun to swirl aroundPRESIDENT TRUMP.
phrases like special prosecutor and bipartisan CONTINUES ON PAGE 14 WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Newsham on banning cops Metropolitan Police Department if the majority is


inclined to have us be involved and participate,
from Pride, trans relations he said. I think that says a lot and speaks
volumes about the relationship that weve been
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. able to develop.
lchibbaro@washblade.com Newsham, 54, who was conrmed by the D.C.
Council on May 2 as the citys 30th police chief,
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham described said he was aware of disagreements by some in
as a little disheartening calls by a local group the LGBT community over the way Capital Pride
for banning police participation in next months has carried out its events, including some who
Capital Pride parade and festival. expressed opposition to corporate sponsors and
In an interview with the Washington Blade last calls for ending police participation.
week, Newsham said he was pleased that Capital Personally its always a little disheartening when
Prides board of directors decided to retain police any group kind of shuts out the police from an
presence in Capital Prides events, turning down event because we do kind of our damndest here in
a request by the group No Justice No Pride that Washington, D.C. to develop relationships with our
police be excluded. D.C. Police Chief PETER NEWSHAM said calls to ban cops from Pride
were disheartening.
That to me is a good sign I think for the CONTINUES ON PAGE 16 WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

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Ahmed, whose D.C. dental license was suspended in 2014, asked four of the ve
patients whom he admitted to sexually assaulting intrusive and inappropriate
questions about their personal life, including their sexual orientation, shortly before
administering the nitrous oxide anesthesia, the plea agreement states. It says the
incidents took place while the patients were alone with Ahmed in a procedure room,
according to the plea agreement.
Among the charges to which he pleaded guilty were second-degree sexual abuse of
a patient with aggravating circumstances, rst-degree sexual abuse of a patient with
aggravating circumstances, and simple assault.
The simple assault charge involved an admission that he touched a second male
employee several times in a sexually suggestive way on his lower back and hip after the
employee repeatedly asked him not to do so.
After being administered nitrous oxide, K.E. fell asleep, the plea document says in
describing Ahmeds actions toward one of the patients identied only by his initials.
When he awoke, the defendants pants and underwear were down to the defendants
feet, the document says. The defendant was masturbating in front of K.E. The
defendant took K.E.s hand and placed it on the defendants penis.
The document adds, The defendant then unzipped K.E.s pants and placed his own
hand on K.E.s unclothed penis. The defendant continued to masturbate himself until he
The military Color Guard marching in last years Pride parade.
(the defendant) ejaculated, the plea document says.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEYS
In exchange for the guilty plea prosecutors with the U.S. Attorneys Oce agreed to
drop several additional charges against Ahmed handed down by a Superior Court grand
jury in a multi-count indictment last October.
U.S. military Color Guard During the May 15 plea hearing, Superior Court Judge Zoe Bush scheduled a sentencing
hearing for Ahmed on Aug. 10. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years in
to march in D.C. Pride parade prison for the First Degree Sexual Abuse charge along with signicant additional time
for the other charges to which he pleaded guilty.
Under terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to allow Bush to be released
An eight-member contingent of a U.S. Armed Services Color Guard, which has into home detention at his residence in Falls Church, Va., until the time of his sentence
accompanied D.C.s annual Capital Pride Parade since 2014, will continue that with an exception that he is allowed to leave home for daily prayer at a mosque in Falls
tradition this year during the June 10 parade, according to Capital Pride board Church or at the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C.
president Bernie Delia. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Delia said the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, which is in charge of
Color Guard contingents in the D.C. area, notied Capital Pride on April 23 that it
had approved the Color Guards participation in the parade this year. Lesbian D.C. official named
Color Guard contingents usually consist of members of all ve branches of
the military wearing full dress uniforms and who carry the American ag and
in school favoritism probe
the ags for the military branches, including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force,
and Coast Guard. Courtney Snowden, who serves as D.C.s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic
The Color Guard contingent has drawn loud applause from spectators lining Opportunity, was identied last week as the subject of an investigation by the D.C.
the streets during each of the past three years it has accompanied the parade. Inspector General into allegations that former city Public Schools Chancellor Kaya
Delia and Capital Pride Executive Director Ryan Bos said that similar to Henderson gave preferential treatment to some city government ocials by allowing
each year since 2014, the Color Guard members will march behind a group of their kids to enroll in prestigious schools.
motorcyclists called Out Riders that were formerly known as Dykes on Bikes in a The Washington Post cited unnamed but knowledgeable sources as saying Henderson
procession ahead of and separate and distinct from the rst ocial contingent in 2015 allowed Snowden to bypass a school lottery required of parents to apply for
in the parade. enrollment of their children in certain schools and allowed Snowden to enroll her son in
This year, Delia said, the rst parade contingent will consist of trans queer the Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan school, which had a waiting list of more than 1,000
youth and other members of the citys transgender community. families seeking to enroll their kids.
Following behind them will be a contingent of the parades 2017 Grand Snowden, a lesbian, told the Post that neither she nor Henderson did anything wrong,
Marshals, who will include veteran national LGBT activists Jim Obergefell, Mandy pointing out that Henderson invoked her authority under school system rules to make a
Carter, Nicole Murray-Ramirez, and Edie Windsor. discretionary exemption to the lottery system based on her showing her sons unique
Obergefell and Windsor were the lead plaintis in two separate landmark needs for enrolling in the school.
U.S. Supreme Court cases that opened the way for legalizing marriage for Inspector General Daniel W. Lucas informed the D.C. Council last month that an
same-sex couples nationwide. Carter is a longtime lesbian rights and African- investigation conducted by his oce found that Henderson failed to act impartially and
American civil rights advocate. Murray-Ramirez, a San Diego Human Rights gave preferential treatment to certain District government ocials and members of the
Commissioner, has been involved in LGBT rights causes for more than 40 years, public, by placing their children in schools outside the lottery system, according to the Post.
has helped organize past LGBT rights marches on Washington, and is a member The Post, which published stories linking Snowden to the investigation for three
of the organizing committee for this years national LGBT equality march on consecutive days last week, reported that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had been informed
Washington scheduled for June 11. of the Inspector Generals investigation but was not told which city ocials may have
LOU CHIBBARO JR. beneted from Hendersons alleged favoritism.
Courtney Snowden is an outstanding public servant who has taken on the critical
task of ensuring that economic opportunity is available to all District residents, mayoral
spokesperson Kevin Harris said in a statement.
D.C. dentist pleads guilty to The opportunity to petition the school chancellor for a waiver is available to all
District parents, he said in the statement. Deputy Mayor Snowden did what any parent
sexually assaulting male patients would do by pursuing every available option when her child faced a challenge.
Henderson, who resigned from her post as chancellor last year, released a statement
last month responding to the initial ndings in a report that the Inspector General
A former D.C. dentist pleaded guilty on May 15 to sexually assaulting ve male patients presented to the D.C. Council about her alleged improper favoritism actions.
and one male employee at his dental oce at 3211 M St., N.W., between 2010 and 2014. Among other things, she said she stood by her decision to make a very limited number
In a 13-page plea bargain agreement led by prosecutors in D.C. Superior Court, of discretionary placements of students when extraordinary circumstances applied, the
Bilah Ahmed, 44, armed that he fondled the penises of the ve male patients after Post reported.
administering nitrous oxide anesthesia to the patients through a facemask. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Comings & Goings


Interactive Strategies wins design award

By PETER ROSENSTEIN

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our commu-
nity. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining
boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at
comingsandgoings@washblade.com.
Congratulations to Bruce Namerow, whose
company Interactive Strategies was named one of
the top Washington, D.C. web design companies
by Clutch, a B2B research rm. Clutch connects
people with agencies and software solutions. Baltimores Roland Park Elementary/Middle School
In naming Interactive Strategies one of the top PHOTO COURTESY OF LIVE BALTIMORE

companies, DJ Fajana, business analyst at Clutch


said, In todays day and age, a good website
is integral to establishing a companys brand.
These D.C. web designers have showcased their
Baltimore schools GSA wins
top honors from GLSEN
BRUCE NAMEROW
exceptional ability to deliver responsive, well- PHOTO COURTESY OF NAMEROW

crafted, and unique websites for their clients.


Namerow founded Interactive Strategies in
2001, believing web agencies could do a better
job of meeting the strategic needs of clients. He Students confronting to advocate for clearer district policy and
continues to be driven by the desire to provide guidance around LGBTQ issues.
innovative and comprehensive web strategies for
prejudice against the From pushing for all gender bathrooms to
a select group of clients. LGBTQ community working towards intersectionality alongside
Before starting his company, Namerow honed other student groups such as The Diversity
his marketing and communications skills in By STEVE CHARING Club, the Roland Park Elementary/Middle
politics; rst in the Clinton White House, then in BRAD LUNA School GSA continuously demonstrates how
PHOTO COURTESY OF LUNA
the oce of Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt. Baltimores Roland Park Elementary/ important our shared vision of inclusivity is.
Following his passion for the emerging Internet, Middle School will be honored along with Jabari Lyles, executive director of the
he left politics to work at Magnet Interactive three other awardees by GLSEN at the Baltimore chapter of GLSEN, explains it
where he became a senior producer helping to 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards to be held was not easy to get this group started at
shape online strategies for Fortune 500 clients at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 15 in New Roland Park.
such as First USA/Bank One, DuPont, Accenture, York.Dr. Jill Biden is slated to deliver the Initially, around the year 2009,
USAA Insurance and more. evenings opening remarks. Baltimore City Public Schools hesitated to
Congratulations also to Luna + Eisenla Media, Roland Park Elementary/Middle School allow a middle school to start a GSA, Lyles
which announced the signing of Earthjustice. As is being recognized for the work being told the Blade. Through our advocacy,
reported in Politico, They were hired to do media done by the diverse, student-run Gay- we urged the board to allow Roland
KRIS EISENLA
outreach work on Earthjustices eorts to combat PHOTO COURTESY OF EISENLA Straight Alliance (GSA) to ensure the Park to start their group. Fast forward
the Trump administrations environmental and school provides a safe and inclusive space to today, and this group has won this
climate policies. for all genders and sexual orientations. incredible award. The GSA at Roland Park
Brad Luna and Kris Eisenla founded LUNA+EISENLA media, LLC, a strategic According to GLSEN, the leading Elementary/Middle is a model for GSAs
media and communications rm aimed at tackling the leading policy and national education organization focused everywhere. Their hard work, dedication
political issues of the day. They both have extensive careers in communications on ensuring safe and arming schools and success show anything is possible
and media relations. for all students, GSA members at Roland when students are motivated, sta are
Prior to starting their rm, Luna worked on Capitol Hill managing top-tier, Park Elementary/Middle School have led invested, and safe space is created.
multi-million-dollar political campaigns for the U.S. Senate and House and advocacy eorts both within their schools According to a May 5 interview on
later served as director of communications for the Human Rights Campaign. walls and in their community. They have WYPRs radio show On the Record, eight
He began his career in Washington as press secretary for former Congressman created positive environments in their members of the Roland Park Elementary/
Brad Carson (D-Okla.). classrooms by confronting hostility and Middle School GSA, the principal Nicholas
Eisenlas background includes providing communications and media relations prejudice against the LGBTQ community. DAmbrosio, and the GSAs faculty adviser
counsel to government, campaigns, non-prot and corporate entities. He served Together they created a project called Kimberly Mooney will travel to New York
as the deputy chief of sta and communications director for Rep. Diana DeGett Dear Mx in order to educate their school to receive the recognition.
(D-Colo.), where he managed a sta of 16 in Washington and Denver. He served as on LGTBQ issues, oering a way for their I was not expecting this recognition
her political liaison on the Host Committee during the 2008 Democratic National peers to anonymously ask questions. as we were up against a lot of high
Convention working with the governors, senators and then the Obama campaign. Their work has also led to a GSA Edition schools, Mooney said in the interview.
He was a vice president at Widmeyer Communications. Eisenla has a in their weekly aired Student News, giving Getting this proves that kids of any age
deep health care and small business background, ranging from ensuring a platform and a voice to LGTBQ people can accomplish anything whatever they
reauthorization of the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to promoting and history, and raising awareness put their minds to and they are making
embryonic stem cell research and including key track and trace provisions in our around multiple issues. a dierence. It shows schools across the
nations food safety system. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, In their community, the Roland Park country what a small group of committed
New York Times, Associated Press, CNNMoney and other media outlets. He also GSA has worked actively with the GLSEN kids can really do to change the culture of
guest lectures at The George Washington University and American University in Baltimore Chapter as well as partner the school and the environment in which
the areas of political communications and campaign and message development. organization PFLAG. Serving as a model kids are trying to learn.
for other GSAs across the country, their
group testied at a school board meeting CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Trump extols religious freedom at Liberty University


In a commencement speech at a school with an anti-LGBT reputation, President
Trump extolled a recent executive order he signed in the name of religious freedom
that opponents say could lay the groundwork for anti-LGBT discrimination.
Trump made the remarks during his commencement speech Saturday at Liberty
University, saying in reference to the executive order he did some very important
signings recently for religious freedom.
America is better when people put their faith into action, Trump said. As long as I
am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or from
preaching whats in your heart.
It wasnt clear whether Trump was referencing the issue of clerks refusing to marry
same-sex couples in his remarks, although he has endorsed religious freedom
legislation known as the First Amendment Defense Act that critics say would allow anti-
LGBT discrimination.
Although the religious freedom executive order on its face doesnt allow discrimination
against LGBT people, the measure instructs U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions to as
appropriate, issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.
Some LGBT advocates have said that language will empower Sessions to nd ways
to discriminate against LGBT people, such as allowing workers at federal agencies to
A walk-out is planned when Vice President MIKE PENCEspeaks at Notre Dame.
refuse to process paperwork for same-sex couples in the name of religious freedom.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Other observers dont read the executive order the same way. The American Civil
Liberties Union had threatened to sue Trump over the executive order, but laterdeclined
to take that action on the basis that it was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible
policy outcome.
The religious freedom executive order reference was a small component of a
Pence faces walk-out at Notre Dame
commencement speech in which Trump encouraged graduates to look to the future
and emphasized the importance of faith in America. On the day before Mothers Day, In a demonstration intended to signal outrage over his anti-LGBT record,
Trump invoked the idea of his late mother smiling down on him from heaven and the students at the University of Notre Dame are planning a walk-out during an
late Rev. Jerry Falwell smiling down on his son, Jerry Falwell Jr., whos president of Liberty upcoming commencement ceremony in which Vice President Mike Pence is set
University. to deliver the keynote address.
Trumps commencement speech marks the rst time since President George H.W. Xitlaly Estrada, a Notre Dame undergraduate, said in a statement the protest
Bush spoke at Liberty University in 1990 that the school has hosted a sitting U.S. set to take place during the ceremony on Sunday is the result of Pence
president. The speech is also the rst commencement address Trump delivered as enacting policies in opposition to the Catholic faith.
president. The participation and degree-conferring of VP Pence stand as an endorsement
A Baptist school, Liberty University has an anti-LGBT reputation. The university has a of policies and actions which directly contradict Catholic social teachings and values
policy of prohibiting sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between and target vulnerable members of the universitys community, Estrada said.
a natural-born man and a natural-born woman, which prohibits intimate relationships Prior to his election as vice president, Pence built an anti-LGBT record
with LGBT people. during his political career. As a U.S. House member, Pence voted against and
CHRIS JOHNSON denounced on the House oor Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal and a version of the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
As Indiana governor, Pence famously signed into law a religious freedom bill
Gay engineer charged in 2015 Amtrak crash that would have allowed companies and individuals to refuse services to LGBT
people. Faced with pressure from the business community and LGBT advocates,
An Amtrak engineer who was operating the train that derailed outside Philadelphia Pence was forced to sign into law a x to the measure.
in 2015, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others, was charged on May 12 Organizing the protest at North Dame is a coalition of groups that include
with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe. We Go High! of St. Joe County, Ind.; Michiana Alliance for Democracy; Alliance
The Pennsylvania Attorney General led the charges against Brandon Bostian, 34, for Democracy; the Nu Black Power Movement; South Bend Equality; Inclusive
whos gay, after a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge overruled a decision by a local Michiana; Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky; and the IWW Local 26.
Philadelphia prosecutor not to le charges against Bostian on grounds that there was Organizers are using the hashtag #WalkOutND to build support for their eort.
insucient evidence of criminal intent. In addition to Pences anti-LGBT record, the walk-out is intended to protest
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Judge Marsha Neield agreed to accept a private his rejection of the Syrian refugee resettlement program, support for Trumps
complaint against Bostian led by members of the families of 32 victims in the deadly train travel ban, and opposition to sanctuary cities, a statement announcing the
derailment under a little known Pennsylvania law that allows private citizens to request demonstration says.
that charges be led against someone accused of one or more misdemeanor oenses. Bryan Ricketts, a Notre Dame undergraduate, said in a statement the
Philadelphias local District Attorney sent the case to the state Attorney Generals demonstration is consistent with former Notre Dame President Theodore
Oce after announcing it would be a conict of interest for him to prosecute the case Hesburghs vision of school solidarity with the vulnerable.
because he initially determined that no charges should be brought against Bostian. Like Father Hesburgh, we seek to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable,
The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that Bostian was Ricketts said. We will walk out in silence, with respect for the human dignity of
responsible for the derailment after accelerating the train to a speed of 106 miles per those with whom we disagree and with an invitation to the rest of the community
hour as it approached a curve in the tracks with a 50-mile-per-hour speed limit. NTSB to build an inclusive future together.
ocials said their investigation found that Bostian was not impaired by alcohol or drugs CHRIS JOHNSON
and had not been using his cell phone at the time of the derailment.
Bostian, who sustained a head injury during the crash, has said he has no memory
of what happened from the time the train approached the sharp curve and the time he
was treated for his injuries by rescue workers. His lawyer and NTSB investigators have
said operators of a nearby commuter train using the same tracks broadcast a warning a People who know Bostian have told news media outlets in New York, including the
short time before the crash that rocks were being thrown at the commuter train. NTSB New York Times, that Bostian was involved in LGBT rights activities in New York City,
has speculated that the rock throwing alert and the possibility that rocks were thrown where he lived at the time of the fatal derailment. The Inquirer reports that he currently
at the locomotive that Bostian was driving could have distracted him. But no denitive lives in Boston and had yet to return to Philadelphia to face the charges against him.
evidence of such an occurrence has been found, NTSB ocials have said. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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DNC hires rst lesbian as CEO


OConnell worked for Jess has an impressive progressive
track record and I am honored that she
years to elect pro-choice will lend her talents to rebuilding our
women to oce party and electing Democrats, Perez said
in a statement. She knows that we as a
party need to get back to basics. We need
By CHRIS JOHNSON to organize in every zip code and better
cjohnson@washblade.com communicate our message of inclusion
and opportunity. We know what happens
The Democratic National Committee when Democrats dont win, because we
has for the rst time hired an out lesbian are bearing witnesses to the chaos and
at its chief executive ocer, appointing harm to working families that results with
the former head of EMILYs LIST to the top Republicans at the helm.
leadership position. Soon after his election as DNC chair,
The DNC named Jess OConnell as CEO Perez asked all top level ocials who were
after she served four years at EMILYs previously at the organization to submit
LIST, which seeks to elect pro-choice their letters of resignation. But OConnells
women to public oce. Her appointment appointment isnt a consequence of that
comes shortly after the election of Tom action. A DNC spokesperson said there
The DNC hired JESS OCONNELL as chief executive ocer.
Perez as DNC chair. was no one in the role of chief executive
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DNC
Every single day we are witnessing ocer at the time Perez came to the DNC.
unprecedented activism and excitement Prior to her work at EMILYs List,
across our nation, OConnell said in a leadership of Chair Perez, Im ready to undergoes a transition after Democratic OConnell was senior vice president and
statement. I am thrilled to join the ght jump in and help make this organization losses in the 2016 election. The goals of the chief of sta for the Center for American
at the national party to make sure we more inclusive, eective, and inuential. DNC are to strengthen the organization, Progress and served as a progressive
translate this moment into a movement, As CEO, OConnell will oversee the increase collaboration with progressive activist for more than 20 years. She lives in
and a movement into votes. The DNC day-to-day operations and DNC-wide partners and better serve state parties, Maryland with her spouse Holly, a librarian
has incredible potential and, under the restructuring as the organization territory parties and Democrats abroad. with Montgomery County Public Schools.

Trump may pick well-liked attorney as top D.C. prosecutor


Legal observers optimistic
aboutpossible U.S.
Attorney nominee

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com

A prominent gay rights attorney is


among D.C. legal observers who are
optimistic about the person President
Trump reportedly is about to nominate
as the new United States Attorney for the PRESIDENT TRUMP is reportedly about to
nominate Jessie Liu for top D.C. prosecutors
District of Columbia. post.
BuzzFeed News reported on May 11 WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
that multiple sources familiar with the
nominating process said Trump was about
to name Asian American attorney Jessie
Liu, who previously served as an Assistant charged with crimes against LGBT people. Smith added that unless forced to do I knew her when she was in the U.S.
U.S. Attorney in D.C. and worked for two LGBT rights attorney Paul Smith argued so by higher ups he would not expect Attorneys Office when the two were
prominent local law rms, as his nominee before the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of Liu to discontinue the cooperation on opposite sides as defense attorney
for the D.C. U.S. Attorneys position. overturning anti-gay state sodomy laws between LGBT groups and the D.C. U.S. and prosecutor, Jeffress told the Blade.
Unlike the 50 states and other cities in the 2003 landmark case Lawrence v. Attorneys oce in cases involving the I think she is a very good choice.
across the country, which have their Texas. Smith told the Blade he got to know prosecution of anti-LGBT hate crimes or She is a prosecutor who is tough but
own elected district attorney and chief Liu reasonably well when the two were other matters. fair. She is well liked in the D.C. legal
prosecutor, the U.S. Attorney serves as colleagues at the law rm Jenner & Block. From the standpoint of the LGBT community.
D.C.s top prosecutor for both federal and She is a Republican, but thats what you community, Smith said of Lius possible The White House has declined to
local criminal cases involving serious crime. would expect, said Smith in referring to a nomination to be U.S. Attorney for D.C., comment on whether Liu will be the
During the Obama administration, U.S. Attorney appointed by a Republican With all the problems we have to worry presidents choice for the D.C. U.S.
ocials with the U.S. Attorneys oce president. about this would not be one of them. Attorneys position.
reached out to D.C. LGBT organizations On the other hand, she is a person Jonathan Jeress, a defense attorney If nominated and approved by the
monitoring anti-LGBT violence to who practiced law very comfortably at a in private practice who formerly worked Senate, Liu would replace D.C.s current
cooperate in eorts to obtain community law rm which is mostly full of Democrats for D.C.s federal Public Defender Service, U.S. Attorney, Channing Phillips, who was
input in the sentencing phase for people and a lot of gay people, Smith said. expressed a view similar to Smith. appointed by President Obama.
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NELSON GANDULLA DAZ, president of the Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights, stands outside
his home near Cienfuegos, Cuba, in May 2015.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

MARIELA CASTRO, daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro, leads an LGBT march Cuban activist prevented
through Havana on May 13.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY from meeting U.S. counterparts

Mariela Castro leads HAVANA An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities prevented
him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a delegation of U.S. advocates.

LGBT march in Havana Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights, told the Washington
Blade he received a summons that ordered him to report to police headquarters in the
city of Cienfuegos at 8 a.m. on May 12 for an interrogation. The meeting between more
HAVANA The daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro on Saturday led a than a dozen independent Cuban activists and their U.S. counterparts who included
march through the Cuban capital that commemorated the International Day Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith began in Havana at the same time.
Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Gandulla told the Blade the police called him and told him he wasnt able to go
Mariela Castro, who directs Cubas National Center for Sexual Education that is to work because the director of the citys local health oce was going to be visiting.
known by the Spanish acronym CENESEX, and more than 2,000 people marched Gandulla also said they told him he could not leave Cienfuegos Province or the country.
from the Havanas oceanfront to a pavilion that is near the Habana Libre hotel in Gandulla said police on May 3 detained his partner in the street while working as
the Vedado neighborhood. an independent journalist and interrogated him for two hours. He told the Blade the
She noted to her supporters after the march that CENESEX rst commemorated agents who interrogated his partner took his camera, cell phone and tripod.
the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia which is May 17 They wanted to send him to prison for illicit economic activities, Gandulla told the
in 2007. Blade. They wanted to say that he receives money from abroad, which is not the case.
This years International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia campaign He has never received money. They threatened him that if they saw him on the street
will feature events in Havana and in the city of Santa Clara that highlight anti- lming or with a camera he would go directly to prison without a trial.
bullying eorts in Cuban schools. Mariela Castro told her supporters the Gandulla has told the Blade in previous interviews that authorities have previously
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia commemorations help detained and harassed him.
promote acceptance of LGBT people on the Communist island. He said ocials at Havanas Jos Mart International Airport prevented him from
Each time more people understand that homosexuality is not a sickness, but boarding a ight to Panama City in order to travel to the Colombian city of Cartagena for
phobias . . . continue to be, she said, referring to the previous International Day a workshop that focused on documenting human rights abuses. Gandulla said security
Against Homophobia and Transphobia events that have taken place in Cuba. agents visited his home ahead of then-President Obamas visit to Cuba in March 2016.
People understand that homosexuality is not dangerous, but homophobia and Gandulla and two independent LGBT activists were detained for several hours at
transphobia are. Jos Mart International Airport in 2015 when they returned to Cuba after attending
CENESEX on Friday honored Rev. Troy Perry, who founded the Metropolitan a workshop in Colombia. Authorities searched their luggage and conscated their
Community Church, at a gala in Havana. He is among those who rode alongside cameras and USB drives for 30 days.
Mariela Castro in 1950s-era cars and joined her on stage at the pavilion as she spoke. Mariela Castro, director of Cubas National Director of Sexual Health who is Cuban President
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Gender Rights Maryland Ral Castros daughter, spearheads LGBT-specic eorts in the Communist country.
Executive Director Dana Beyer, representatives of the British Embassy in Cuba Mariela Castro on Saturday led an LGBT march in Havanas Vedado neighborhood in
and Freedom to Work President Tico Almeida are among those who also attended commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia that
the march. Several Cuban LGBT rights advocates who work independently of drew more than 2,000 people. LGBT-specic events are scheduled to take place in Santa
CENESEX and have publicly criticized Mariela Castro were also walking alongside Clara and other cities across the country in the coming days.
march participants and listening to her speech. Gandulla and other independent advocates many of whom met with the U.S.
Im here to just lend support, solidarity, to build bridges with the community, advocates on Friday are critical of Mariela Castro on a host of issues. These include
to let them know that they have support from the diaspora abroad, Mark- marriage rights for same-sex couples, trans Cubans access to sex-reassignment surgery
Viverito, who is In Havana with a delegation of more than a dozen Latino leaders and the countrys human rights record.
from the U.S. and Puerto Rico, told the Washington Blade during an interview It was an honor to meet more than a dozen brave, Cuban LGBT advocates who are
before the march began. part of organizations and campaigns that are independent of the Cuban government,
Reynaldo, an activist from Havanas Playas del Este area who works with Smith told the Blade on Monday after she returned to the U.S. Despite the specter
CENESEX, told the Blade as he and a handful of his colleagues were standing of harassment and intrusive government surveillance, these leaders have organized in
along the march route before it began that it is important to commemorate favor of marriage equality and given voice to LGBT issues.
the International Day Against Homophobia in Cuba because it is a Socialist, I learned a great deal in our lengthy discussions and they expressed deep
machista and sexist country. appreciation and a desire for greater engagement from the U.S. LGBT movement, she
We have the need to make our ght against all types of discrimination, added. Florida has a unique connection to Cuba and I will eagerly continue to assist
whether it is because of sexual orientation, because of gender identity, more their eorts to secure equality and dignity for LGBT people.
visible, said Reynaldo. We have this need to be recognized socially. The Blade has made repeated requests to interview Mariela Castro in Cuba. The
MICHAEL K. LAVERS Cuban government has not responded to them.
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Impeachment talk swirls after reports on Trump wrongdoing


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 the conversation between the president false, Angelo said. Im waiting to see the make a stronger case.
and Mr. Comey. facts. You should, too. We would like the entire Trump
areas of the country, Carey added. His Vocal in calling to impeach Trump after Although Trump never issued a administration swept out of oce,
racism and misogyny make him unt for the reports was Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), religious freedom order enabling anti- but lets not get ahead of ourselves,
the oce of the president. The past few who called for Trumps removal from LGBT discrimination, those reports Davidson said. The focus right now
days of sharing classied information oce on the House oor on the basis the arguably created public attention that needs to be on getting Congress to do
with Russian diplomats and ring the FBI president engaged in obstruction of justice. dissuaded him from that action. its job, conduct a proper investigation
director in what may be an act of retaliation I do not do this for political purposes, Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda of the many troubling indications of
for refusing to drop an investigation has Mr. Speaker, Green said. I do this because Legal, also cautioned against making the wrongdoing, follow the evidence rather
only put a ner point on this reality. I believe in the great ideals that this country call for impeachment at this point and than spin or alternative facts, and protect
On Tuesday, the Washington Post stands for liberty and justice for all. said the correct path is fact gathering to the Constitution and the nation.
broke the rst bombshell story, reporting The more mainstream reaction from
Trump in a meeting last week with Russian congressional Democrats was a discharge
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov disclosed petition on Swalwell-Cummings
code-word level classied information Protecting Our Democracy Act, which
on the Islamic State and intelligence would establish an independent, Will Trump, govt agencies
recognize Pride month?
agencies had to work to contain the bipartisan commission to investigate
damage. The White House denied the Trump-Russia ties and interference in the
accuracy of the report, but the next day 2016 presidential election.
Trump said on Twitter he has the right to Rep. Adam Schi (D-Calif.), among the
disclose classied information, seemingly leaders of that eort and top Democrat of
Would be rst GOP president
corroborating the Post report. the House Intelligence Committee, urged to issue such a proclamation
Mike Sexton, a gay D.C.-based national Democrats in an interview Wednesday on
security analyst for a prominent security CNN not to rush to impeachment, saying By CHRIS JOHNSON
and risk management rm, said Trumps that would be a wrenching experience cjohnson@washblade.com
disclosure could disrupt U.S. relations for the country.
with Israel which was later reported A Human Rights Campaign Picture it: President Trump enters the East Room of the White House on a
as the initial source of the information spokesperson pointed to a video the warm D.C. day in June to the sound of cheers from adoring members of the
and could indicate Trump wittingly or organization created a calling for a LGBT community holding up their iPhones to document the occasion with
not is a Russian pawn. special prosecutor and said thats all we videos and photos.
This damages our trust with our have at this point when asked about the With his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner at his side,
closest ally in the Middle East and question of impeachment. Trump welcomes guests and commemorates June as Pride month by recognizing
will make it harder to succeed in our Shannon Minter, legal director for the LGBT communitys accomplishments in recent years.
counterterrorism eorts, Sexton said. the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Having trouble with this image? It could be because ofthe anti-LGBT positions
I think this underscores a point Michael said an independent investigation is the and actions Trump and his administration have taken or perhaps because such
Hayden made during the election that right course of action at this time, but an event would anger anti-LGBT groups that supported his election. It could be
Trump may be a useful idiot impeachment may be the appropriate because instead of cheering him, LGBT people angered by his policies would
polezni durak of the Russian action after thats concluded. boo Trump out of the room.
Federation. It is fallacious to assume that, Trumps impeachment could have It might also be because recent reports Trump may have abused executive
for Trump to serve as an intelligence asset serious consequences for LGBT people. power or committed obstruction of justice raise questions about whether
for the Russian government, he must be It would elevate to the Oval Oce Trump will even be president in June.
acting under the threat of blackmail or Vice President Mike Pence, who has Assuming Trump remains in oce, it remains to be seen what steps hell take, if any,
even witting of his status as an asset for had a strong relationship with social to recognize June as Pride month. Kelly Love, a White House spokesperson, said via
the Russians. conservatives and may seek to enable email when asked if Trump wouldissue a Pride proclamation or host a White House
The next day, the New York Times anti-LGBT discrimination, such as by Pride reception, We will let you know as soon as we announce our June proclamations.
broke the major story about a memo signing a religious freedom executive During the 2016 election, Trump in an interview with ABC News Jonathan
written by Comey prior to his termination order, in ways thus far that Trump has Karl said hed look into whether he could issue a proclamation as president
in which he recorded Trump telling him declined to do. recognizing June as Pride month, essentially dodging the question.
to drop the investigation of Flynns ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), I would look into it, Trump said. And I feel so badly what happened [in
Russia. That account was corroborated whod be responsible for moving forward Orlando]. And we have to do something about it.
by FBI ocials aware of the conversation with impeachment in the House, urged President Clinton started the tradition of issuing a proclamation to recognize
between Comey and Trump. against jumping to conclusions following June as Pride month. Although President George W. Bush discontinued that
A White House ocial in the aftermath the Comey memo and said we need the tradition, it was renewed by President Obama, who also in each of his years
of the Washington Post report insisted facts before proceeding. in oce held a White House reception to celebrate Pride with members of the
Trump at no time asked Comey to Also reluctant to jump to conclusions LGBT community.
discontinue his investigation of Flynn was Gregory Angelo, president of Log If Trump were to continue the recognition of June as Pride month with either a
before terminating the FBI director. Cabin Republicans, who compared media proclamation or a reception, he would be the rst Republican president to do so.
While the president has repeatedly reports on the Trump wrongdoing to press It would also be consistent with his claims during the presidential campaignthat
expressed his view that General Flynn is accounts predicting hed sign an executive hes a bigger friend to LGBT people than his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
a decent man who served and protected order enabling anti-LGBT discrimination in Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans, said his group largely
our country, the president has never the name of religious freedom. alone among LGBT organizations that support and interact with the Trump
asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to Id caution on any rushes to judgment administration has proposed the idea of Trump recognizing Pride, but no
end any investigation, including any especially by the LGBT press, which had commitments weremade.
investigation involving General Flynn, egg all over its face twice this year after The suggestion has been formally made to the White House, Angelo said.
the ocial said. The president has the unfounded stories similarly supplied by Conversations are ongoing. Its too soon to comment further.
utmost respect for our law enforcement unnamed sources regarding a supposedly
agencies, and all investigations. This is conrmed anti-LGBT religious freedom
not a truthful or accurate portrayal of executive order were proven to be totally
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D.C. police chief seeks to reassure LGBT community


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 He noted that if someone is region, felt a little bit uncomfortable, feeling units were required to spend a certain
uncomfortable ling a complaint directly like the police department was going to period each month on another assignment
entire community, Newsham said. with the police they have the option of change because the federal administration unrelated to the liaison unit. In some cases
So if a particular community feels ling such a complaint with the citys had changed. I thought that was a good we were told they were being assigned to
as though the MPD in particular is not Oce of Police Complaints, which is an time for us to kind of signal that we have not unrelated duties each day during their shift
deserving of attending one of their independent city agency not connected changed. Were going to remain the same possible due to a shortage of patrol ocers
events its hurtful, he said. But we to the police department that investigates agency we have always been -- committed throughout the department. Is that still
would obviously honor that request. We complaints against police. to D.C. values. And that was kind of why I did going on and can that be addressed in a
wouldnt be involved in something if they The last thing we want to do is harass that and brought Brett back. way that would enable the liaison ocers
didnt want us to be there. or intimidate anybody in our community, I never really from where I sat understood to spend all of their time in those units?
Members of No Justice No Pride have Newsham said. why Brett left. And when I approached him Newsham: Well I dont think it is going
said one reason they were opposed to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser named and asked him to come back he seemed on. My understanding is that the folks that
police presence at Capital Pride events is Newsham as interim police chief last like he was very happy to do it. And I are assigned to the unit are working in the
some members of the LGBT community, September shortly after then Chief Cathy actually believe that he has become more unit. I dont know of any shortages right now
especially transgender women of color, Lanier announced she was retiring from the energized being back in that role. I think where we would need to pull them for other
are uncomfortable in the presence of force to become head of security operations that was a win-win for everyone. assignments. Whenever we mobilize the police
uniformed police ocers. for the National Football League. department all of our police ocers need to
A fear of the police by some trans women One of Newshams rst actions Blade: Is he heading all of the liaison be involved. But thats pretty infrequent. And
stems from police tactics of enforcing so- as interim chief was to transfer the units? the other piece to this is we expect all of our
called prostitution-free zones in the city departments community liaison units, Newsham: He is. police ocers, if something were to happen
by harassing and sometimes arresting including the LGBT Liaison Unit, into in an emergency type situation that they
transgender women for merely walking the Oce of the Chief of Police. He also Blade: One of the things some in the would take police action. So that would take
on the street, members of No Justice No promoted gay longtime Sgt. Brett Parson community expressed concern about them outside of their normal role. But other
Pride have said. to the position of acting lieutenant and prior to your becoming chief was that the than those few instances theyre going to be
The Blade asked Newsham, who has returned Parson to his former role as liaison units, particularly the LGBT Liaison committed to the unit.
been a member of the MPD since 1989, if head of the liaison units. Unit, appeared to be shrinking in size due
those allegations were true and whether Newsham said he believes elevating to attrition and members who left were Blade: Is there still some type of LGBT
police have a policy or criteria for making the liaison units to the status of an arm not being replaced. Do you know what related training that takes place at the
prostitution arrests involving trans women. of the Oce of the Chief was necessary, the size of the LGBT Liaison Unit is now police academy or that might apply to
The rst part of the question as to among other things, to send a signal and is there a policy for retaining its size ocers already on the force?
the relationship between the police to the community that these units when members leave? Newsham: Yes they do have that
department and our transgender representing the LGBT, Latino, Asian- Newsham: Well you can never really training. All of our recruit ocers are
community, I think if you look at the Pacic Islander, and Deaf and Hard of set a rm policy on a stang number trained. And then all of our ocers per
history of policing across the country Hearing communities is a top priority for because the size of the department year get four hours in class and four hours
police have not been particularly great the department. right now uctuates. You have to sta online with an emphasis on transgender
actors in developing that relationship, But he said the timing of his action was units proportionately for what you have bias related crimes and intimate partner
Newsham said. There were a lot of I think also a response to the outcome of last available for the entire city. But right now violence in the LGBT community. So thats
historically bad actions by the police in years presidential election. we have one sergeant, Jessica Hawkins, something I think were going to be doing
that regard, he said. After the election I think a lot of people in three ocers and two senior police ocers ongoing for the next several years.
And I think one of the things we this area, Washington, D.C. and the region, who I think folks are very familiar with. And
have tried is to regain the trust in the felt a little bit uncomfortable, feeling like then every month we have two aliates. Blade: Is that for the academy and for
transgender community in particular to the police department was going to change And I think youre familiar with our ocer that are already on the force?
show them that here in the MPD we are because the federal administration had aliate program where we bring folks in Newsham: Exactly. So the recruits
dierent, Newsham continued. We are changed, Newsham said. I thought that who are interested and they work with get it but also all of our ocers in our
not like that to the extent that there was was a good time for us to kind of signal that the unit and they learn some of the skills professional development training get it.
that type of behavior in the past. Were not we have not changed, he said. that the unit has and then they actually
going to be involved in that type of thing. Were going to remain the same go back to their district. We have an LGBT Blade: In the last week or two there have
He added, If we do have individuals in agency we have always been committed community throughout the entire city. been some issues going on related to the
the police department who are involved in to D.C. values. And that was kind of why I And the idea behind having the aliates annual LGBT Pride events. A dissident group
treating anybody in our entire community did that and brought Brett back, he said. is its a kind of training. has surfaced that wants to change the Pride
in an inappropriate or disrespectful way, Following is the text of Chief First of all they become familiar with events in various ways including banning
the managers at the Metropolitan Police Peter Newshams interview with the some of the leaders in the community. the police from marching in the parade and
Department will take that very seriously Washington Blade on May 11: And they also learn from some of the being present at the Pride festival the day
and it will be addressed. experts who have been in the liaison unit after the parade. Have you heard about
With regards to prostitution, you Washington Blade: Can you tell a little for a period of time. And then they can take that? Do you have any thoughts about that?
know that is the law here in the District about the changes you have made with the those skills back to their district. I think that Newsham: I have. I have been
of Columbia that it is illegal, Newsham Metropolitan Police Departments LGBT part of the program is a very good part of it. following that. There seems to be a
said. And the only time that we should Liaison Unit since you became chief of police? So to answer your question, I have no group that is opposed to some of the
be taking any action with regard to Peter Newsham: I think youre aware intention right now to increase or reduce the things that the folks that are organizing
prostitution is if there is probable cause that I moved all the special liaison units size of it. I have not heard any concerns from the Pride event are doing. And a couple
that its taking place. under the Oce of the Chief of Police the community that they felt like the unit of the things I have seen is there is some
He said anyone who feels they have under one of my directors, director Kelly was not sucient. As a matter of fact, the opposition to some of the sponsors. And
been treated improperly by police related OMara. I also made Brett Parson an acting feedback Im getting now is the people are like you said, theres some opposition to
to enforcement of anti-prostitution lieutenant to oversee our LGBT Liaison very pleased to see Brett back in the unit. police involvement. Whenever we have
laws, especially members of the trans Unit. I have always felt maybe having them an event here in the city of large groups
community, they should le a complaint report to the chiefs oce was a good idea. Blade: Another concern that had been we do whatever we can to facilitate that.
at the police district station nearest to But after the election I think a lot of people expressed prior to you becoming chief was
where the incident happened. in this area, Washington, D.C. and the that the permanent members of the liaison
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Baltimore govt to show its Pride


Baltimore City government has been a key partner in the success of the annual
Baltimore Pride celebration over the years. This year is no exception as Mayor
Catherine Pugh and her administration are supporting Pride.
Anthony McCarthy, the mayors director of communications, told the Blade he
is excited about what the city is planning for Pride 2017.
The mayor is working with the Pride committee to provide a stage for the
activities; rainbow ags will hang in the blocks from North Avenue to 23rd
Wills & Trusts Street; the City Hall dome will be lit in rainbow colors the entire Pride week; and

Powers of Attorney Living Wills Mayor Pugh will host a Pride 2017 reception at City Hall to celebrate our LGBTQ
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Donald Young, the Pride parade chair is grateful for the support from the city.
It is with great pleasure that Baltimore City Hall will light the dome this year
Serving the LGBT Community in support of the LGBTQ community and Baltimore Pride 2017, Young told the
Blade. I thank Anthony McCarthy for his assistance in putting this together.
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LGBT officials named to Baltimore commissions
Lawrence S. Jacobs/McMillan Metro, PC Two well-known individuals in Baltimores LGBT community have been
appointed to commissions in the Baltimore City Civil Rights and Wage
Enforcement.
Carrie Evans, the former executive director of Equality Maryland (now
FreeState Justice), has been appointed to the Community Relations Commission,
which investigates claims of discrimination and assists those who have been

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After working for almost two decades on passing anti-discrimination laws, I
am excited to be appointed to a position that is aimed at enforcing them, Evans

family, told the Blade. I believe the commission can play an active role in enforcing the
laws and also in the elusive and dicult work of changing hearts and minds.

security. Mark McLaurin, political director for SEIU, was appointed to the Wage
Commission, which enforces provisions of the City Wage Law and to establish
prevailing and living wages for employees of contractors doing business with
the City.
Im excited to serve as part of the team ensuring all Baltimore workers are
treated fairly in the workplace and are paid what they are owed, McLaurin told
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NEW YORK A new study from the University of Arizona nds that the
message of the It Gets Better video series, started in 2010 to combat LGBT teen
suicide, may not be eective, New Now Next and other outlets report.
The video series, in which LGBT people from all walks of life assure viewers
their lives will improve in time, may do more harm than good according to Russell
Toomey, a University of Arizona professor whose team examined proles of 245
LGB young adults to see how they coped with sexual-minority stress during
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The lawsuit was led on behalf of a New Bedford woman by the advocacy
group GLAD. The settlement was based in large part on U.S. Supreme Court
rulings arming the rights of same-sex couples to marry and, in an earlier
ruling, their entitlement to federal spousal benets, the Globe reports.
The lead plainti was Jacqueline Cote, who worked at Walmart for 15 years,
though more than 300 plaintis joined the class-action lawsuit.
After attorneys fees are paid, the plaintis will split the roughly $5.5 million
balance from the settlement, which U.S. District Judge William G. Young called
fair and reasonable, according to the Boston Globe.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had agreed in 2014 to provide spousal benets for same-
sex partners, and roughly 1,200 employees signed up for the benets at the
time. That decision came after the Supreme Court struck down the federal
Defense of Marriage Act, which barred the federal government from recognizing
same-sex marriages in states where it was allowed, the Globe reports.
But for three years before 2014, the company refused to pay spousal benets
to employees in same-sex marriages, according to the settlement.

Enzyme key to ushing out hidden HIV: study


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes discovered that an
enzyme called SMYD2 could be a new therapeutic target for ushing out the HIV
that hides in infected individuals. Overcoming this latent virus remains the most
signicant obstacle to a cure, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, said in
a press release.
While drug therapy allows people living with HIV to lead relatively normal
lives, it also comes with adverse eects. In addition, patients must stay on the
drugs for life to prevent the virus hiding in their body from reactivating. In the
early stages of infection, HIV hides in viral reservoirs in a type of immune cells
called Tcells. This dormant, or latent, virus can then spontaneously reactivate
and rekindle infection if drug therapy is stopped.
To eliminate HIV latency, scientists are exploring a shock-and-kill strategy
that would use a combination of drugs to wake up the dormant virus, then act

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with the bodys own immune system to eliminate the virus and kill infected cells.
Previous research has had limited success in eciently reactivating latent HIV,
so scientists are working to nd new, more eective drugs.
Our study focused on a class of enzymes called methyltransferases, which

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have emerged as key regulators of HIV latency, said Melanie Ott, MD, PhD,
a senior investigator at Gladstone and lead author of the study published in
the scientic journal Cell Host & Microbe. These enzymes have also become
increasingly important in disease development, particularly cancer, and eorts
have intensied to develop specic pharmacological inhibitors targeting them.
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during the campaign with regard to Hill- she proceeded to ght with Chris Cuomo, Clearly, with all the reporting and leaks
A surreal week that must ary was outrageous. making herself and her boss look even from the White House, Department of
lead to impeachment Now, seven months later, Comey is more ridiculous. Me thinks Kellyanne Justice and FBI all leaking like sieves
red after Trump declared his undying will go back in the closet, so to speak. it wont be long before we see some in-
love and admiration for Comey during the Then Trump in an interview with Lester dictments. We have heard there is one or
campaign and again after he was sworn Holt, contrary to what the White House more grand jury sitting on this case. Sub-
in. Maybe he thought doing so would in- spokespeople have said, asserts the ring poenas have been issued by the Senate
oculate him against any FBI investigation? of Comey was all his idea. Intelligence Committee for documents
Trump red him without any warning, Then he proclaimed loudly that the in- from Mike Flynn. Deputy AG Rosenstein
even to his communications sta, and vestigation is all fake news and there is stated he wrote the memo after being
writes the letter of dismissal himself. It no collusion with the Russians. Then to asked by Trump to justify the ring and
had to be him because no lawyer would add to the farce the only White House its even reported he threatened to resign
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights be associated with it. He is ring a man publicly scheduled appointment for the if the idea was attributed to him. One of
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly at the pinnacle of his career, throws in a day is a meeting with the Russian for- the only things he can do to reclaim his
for the Blade.
paragraph thanking Comey for telling him eign minister and Russian ambassador/ reputation is to name a special counsel.
he is not under investigation, and then spymaster. As if all the rings dont look He has the authority to do that as Attor-
There are many things you can read wishes him luck in his future endeavors. Nixonian enough rst New York fed- ney General Sessions has recused himself
into President Trumps ring of FBI Direc- Then Trumps communication sta eral prosecutor Preet Bharara, then act- from the Russian investigation leaving
tor James Comey. He wants us to believe struggles to respond to questions. His ing Attorney General Sally Yates and Rosenstein in charge. The problem with
its strength and decisiveness. The reality spokesperson hides in the bushes to now FBI Director Comey the White a special counsel is it could take years to
is more likely fear that the noose is clos- avoid being seen on camera. Reports House releases a photo of Trump meet- do his/her work and much of it would be
ing around him and his associates with surface Trump is yelling at the TV when ing with Henry Kissinger on the same day. done in secret.
regard to the FBI nding evidence of col- no one is defending what he just did. He Then Trump threatens Comey, suggest- At a minimum, this should play out with
lusion with the Russians. sends out the person who some outlets ing White House conversations are be- Democrats winning the House of Repre-
The memo Rod Rosenstein drafted for wont book anymore, Kellyanne Conway. ing taped. Is the White House being run sentatives in 2018 at which time they could
Trump to use to justify the ring was well She, who introduced us to the term alter- by the Marx Brothers? I expected to see vote to impeach Trump and send articles
written. Had Obamas Attorney General native facts, appeared on CNN with An- a photo of Kissinger on his knees with of impeachment to the Senate. That would
Loretta Lynch presented that to him most derson Cooper and responded to one of Trump praying as he supposedly did with eectively end Trumps ability to move for-
of us would have found it totally plausible his questions saying, Anderson you are Nixon; though at 94 chances are Kissinger ward the disastrous policies he and his far-
to re Comey on the spot. What he did using the wrong set of facts. Really? Then wouldnt be able to get up again. right administration are advocating.

V I E W PO I NT

Homophobic incident in Va. brings teachable moment


the gay nightclub, I continued to won- for letting him know. From the garden through Wardensville, a town on the cusp
Explaining subtle forms der. Why did she have to label it? Did she center, silence. of being trendy and chic in West Virginias
of bias to a straight ally have a problem with working for a gay That evening the phone rang. It was a Lost River Valley.
clientele? There were no answers yet. Fairfax number. A representative from Whats with all the rainbow ags
By HERB TREGER On the drive home, Janet could not the garden center was on the line. He she asked? Why do people y them in
understand why I was oended. I had apologized profusely that I had been of- front of their homes and stores? I was
Two weeks ago, my straight neighbor to explain that she chose to drop her fended and stated that the garden was stumped and mumbled something about
Janet and I attended a gardening seminar voice when discussing her work at a gay supportive of gay causes, and on and signifying they were LGBT-friendly estab-
at a Northern Virginia nursery. The speak- nightclub; that she made some feeble at- on. The only comment that missed when lishments.
er passed out PowerPoint slides of her tempt at humor by adding that she didnt trying to establish his gay-friendly bona The question remained in my mind, as
presentation and began her demonstra- want us to think she worked at a gay des was, And some of my best friends did my poor answer. My father ew an
tion. Slide 3 was the photo of a garden in club and that only the gay bar had been are gay. American ag on the front of our family
a D.C. nightclub. As she began discuss- mentioned as having a specic clientele. I cut to the chase, explaining that what home as he was proud of being an Ameri-
ing it, the speaker dropped her voice to Why single out just one club among the I wanted was not an apology but for this can. Some in West Virginia y Confeder-
a conspiratorial whisper. This was a gay several where she had worked? Slowly woman to have a teachable moment, ate battle ags on their homes because
bar, she hissed. continuing sotto voce, Janet started to get it. She was having a to ask herself why she had singled out they are proud of their heritage. (Thats
Now I dont want you to think I work in teachable moment about having just wit- the gay nightclub with a specic label the way I rationalize it to myself, anyway.)
a gay bar. nessed homophobia in action. but not the other establishments where When I walked across the road to Janets
What was that about? I wondered. That evening I e-mailed the managers she designed gardens. The garden cen- house the next day, I had my answer. We
Was it a feeble attempt at a joke at my ex- of the nightclub and the garden center re- ter representative assured me that she LGBT people are proud of who we are.
pense? I was more than mildly annoyed, peating the speakers comments, stating had learned that lesson and had had a The ag is a visible symbol of our pride.
knowing that I had just experienced ho- I was oended by the latent homopho- sleepless night, to boot, for the nightclub Its just as simple as that. And that was my
mophobia in suburban Fairfax County. bia on display that day. And then I slept manager had phoned her to repeat her very own teachable moment.
Slide 33 was the photo of yet another soundly, the matter forgotten. oensive remarks to her. Smug that I had
nightclub garden she had landscaped. The nightclub manager e-mailed me struck a blow for gay consciousness, I for-
HERB TREGER is a retired Foreign Service
There was no mention of clientele or the next morning. He was equally sur- got all about the matter. Ocer who divides his time between
ownership. So why had she singled out prised by the comments and thanked me One week later, Janet and I were driving Alexandria and Lost River, W.Va.
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HIV, you didnt take


my hope, and you wont
take my life.
Vernial - Washington, DC
Living with HIV since 1987.

Throughout my 32 years of heroin addiction, HIV treatment wasnt a real priority. But after getting clean in rehab,
I found hope and have been on HIV treatment ever since. Now that Im living a healthy life, I have the strength and
passion to help others as an HIV testing counselor. Ive been where they are. So when newly diagnosed people see
what treatment has done for me, its the hope they need at a critical time. Now, as a musician and Sunday school
teacher, Im able to reach out to my community and share the benefits of my experience.
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In addition to new restaurants and bars, there are some new rules governing beach umbrellas
and grills this season.

Rehoboth says goodbye to two mainstays


DOUBLE L, PROUD BOOKSTORE CLOSE BUT SUMMER BRINGS NEW BUSINESSES TO THE BEACH
By PETER SCHOTT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. They friendly to the community. season, will continue to oer some of year is Toni Scott, who, according to Blue
say the only constant is change, and A number of places have called the best dining in Rehoboth as well as Moon co-owner Tim Ragan, has been
thats certainly true here as several Rehoboth home for many years, including entertainment almost nightly, featuring hailed as the Bette Midler of the new
local businesses popular with the LGBT Blue Moon (35 Baltimore Ave.), Loris recording star Pamala Stanley who will be millennium. Visit bluemoonrehoboth.
community closed in the o season, Caf (39 Baltimore Ave.), Purple Parrot performing Sundays through Thursdays, com for a full list of entertainers.
including leather bar the Double L, Proud (134 Rehoboth Ave.), and Coee Mill bingo on Tuesday nights with divas, and Among the new businesses on what
Bookstore and the Lula Brazil restaurant. (Rehoboth Mews, 127 Rehoboth Ave.), an impressive array of performers during is arguably Rehoboths gayest street is
Despite the closures, many businesses while some are newcomers. the summer, including Lady Bunny, Jimmy
here are LGBT-owned, and almost all are The Blue Moon, now in its 36th James and the Chantels. Also coming this CONTINUES ON PAGE 44
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26 MAY 19, 2017 Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R D A N ME LMA N

How long have you been out and who If your life were a book, what would the
was the hardest person to tell? title be?
Ive been out for more than 25 years. You Can Get Here from There if You Make
Initially telling my parents was dicult. I Your Own Way
had been in a relationship (with my now
husband) for perhaps a year and the If science discovered a way to change
challenge of keeping that important portion sexual orientation, what would you do?
of my life closed o from my parents I would question why scientists were not
certainly outweighed any fear of rejection. studying how to increase compassion and
caring.
Whos your LGBT hero?
I think out politicians such as Barney Frank What do you believe in beyond the
paved the way for the very important physical world?
activism that followed. I have an internal moral compass to which
I try to adhere. I have hope that everything
Whats Washingtons best nightspot, else beyond my control is going to work
past or present? out OK.
I will give the nod to Tracks, both for the
many fun nights I had there and also Whats your advice for LGBT movement
because I now work in that neighborhood leaders?
so many years afterwards. Being part of Include everyone. While the movement
transformation of an area once known for has added more letters and in some ways
warehouse clubs into a vibrant community has become more fragmented, we need to
of homes, shops and parks is very bring everyone forward together.
rewarding.
What would you walk across hot coals
Describe your dream wedding. for?
We nailed it on roughly our 20th My sons, my husband, my family and
anniversary. Our sons were our best friends. All the material things can be
men. We were surrounded by friends and replaced or preserved in memories.
family on a beautiful night that included a
meaningful service and a great celebration. What LGBT stereotype annoys you
most?
What non-LGBT issue are you most Materialism. Portions of our community
passionate about? are targeted and valued for their power as
Second chances. I supervise a program that consumers. I think the history of activism,
PHOTO COURTESY OF MELMAN
has allowed returning citizens to engage social justice and caring are unfortunately
in meaningful work and re-establish overlooked.
themselves with their family and in the
By JOEY DiGULIELMO community. Check it out at rwwdc.org. Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
joeyd@washblade.com I have a long-standing joke with my
What historical outcome would you husband about Andr Tchin and Wild
Dan Melman is vice president of parks and public realm at the Capitol change? Reeds, which we never saw, but seemed
Riverfront Business Improvement District. Given the sleep Ive lost worrying about so to be previewed extensively in front of
This 500-acre neighborhood includes eight acres of parks that are many issues dear to me, Ill say the election many mediocre movies we actually did see.
programmed with concerts, movies, tness classes and festivals. results. The country has started down a I think I made us go to a bad sci- movie
Melman and his husband Ed are parents of twin sons, now 16. They are pathway that seems very out of character. over Wild Reeds back in the day and then
deeply engaged in their school life, which includes sports and increasingly it closed.
dicult homework. Whats been the most memorable pop
Their two dogs were not acquired to replace their teenage sons who leave culture moment of your lifetime? Whats the most overrated social
for college in 15 months. I remember the death of The Real custom?
Worlds Pedro Zamora well because I Tolerance and equal time for opinions
had met him. He was on the board of my science or society have already settled. For
work organization at the time. He was a me as a parent, the issue of marriage and
charismatic young man who put himself parenting are settled. I dont think there
Serving Our Community for 35 years out in the public to change opinions about
HIV/AIDS. He really accomplished a lot and
needs to be a counter-point to the dangers
of smoking or climate change.
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 was younger than me. He was taken too
soon. What trophy or prize do you most covet?
A good nights sleep.
On what do you insist?
Some humor in most things. I think it gives What do you wish youd known at 18?
perspective. Ive been engaged in health Enjoy everything and learn from everything
decisions for family members that can if you can. With 18 far in the rear-view
actually be life-or-death decisions. Most mirror, I have few regrets and was shaped
FamiLY | eState PLaNNiNG | emPLoYmeNt | immiGratioN everything else is going to work out. by trying new things.
ComPLeX LitiGatioN | CiviL riGHtS | LGBt | adoPtioN | BuSiNeSS

Silber, Perlman, Sigman & Tilev, P.A. What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet?
I was amplifying a post about the
Why Washington?
Washington has all the benets of bigger
cities but in many ways it is a small town.
at tor N e YS at L aw d C | m d | va
achievements of one of the teams at my I love running into friends in unexpected
3 0 1 . 8 9 1 . 2 2 0 0 S P - L aw. C o m sons school. Several family friends had a places.
6 9 3 0 C a r r o L L av e , S u i t e 6 1 0 ta k o m a Pa r k m d really great weekend of competition.
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28 MAY 19, 2017 O U T & A BO U T

Booty and the beach: swimwear


to accentuate your assets
Get soaking wet in a
kaleidoscope of prints
and patterns for
beach season 2017

By MIKEY ROX

Step onto any gay beach from


Miamis Haulover to Asbury Parks 5th
Ave. to Will Rogers Beach in Los Angeles
and youll bear witness to a veritable
fashion show of loosey-goosey board
shorts, tted trunks and skintight Speedo-
like swimwear.
While anything goes on the summers
sandy shores especially if the area is
clothing optional (better pack those dark
lenses!) this years styles continue last
years thighs-the-limit trend with a twist:
Button-closure shorts with waist-specic
sizing. Here we cultivate some of the
more stimulating designs for 2017 with a
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAPER ROX SCISSORS
smattering of tradition for good measure.

The Aloha-You-Doins side of the pond. $60, craghoppers.com a couple-a Jacksons. $40, tipsyelves.com
The King of the Jungles

Hawaii-based designer Reyn Spooner


The Top-to-Bottoms The Schools
You wont have to cast a wide net emphasizes Mai iloko mai, which translates
to bring all the bottoms to your beach to That which is within matters, in his Versatility best describes the multi- Frat-tastic Chubbies continues its foray
towel in Original Penguins lion photo- island-inspired, above-the-knee board purpose, bold-hued oral mid-thighs from into snap-shut shorts its skys out, thighs
print snap-togethers that are anything shorts constructed with four-way stretch, a Descendant of Thieves. Theyre just as out elastic waists have dominated its swim
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Trans Pride is this weekend


Teen activist Gavin Grimm is N.W.) on Friday, May 19 from 6-8 p.m. and gender change and more. The honoree, will also make an appearance.
On Saturday, May 20 Capital Trans Resource Fair will host more than 25 There will be coee, drinks and snacks for
keynote speaker on Saturday Pride Day will be at Studio Theatre (1501 vendors, agencies and organizations with attendees. Admission is free.
14th St., N.W.), with special guest Gavin resources for the community. New Hope Baptist United Church of
From STAFF REPORTS Grimm from 9 a.m.-7p.m. The Reel Trans Film Festival will present Christ (309 E St., N.W.) hosts a special
The days festivities will include a screening of MAJOR!, a documentary transgender-focused service on Sunday,
Capital Trans Pride kicks o its three- educational workshops and panel about transgender activist Miss Major May 21 at 2 p.m. Rev. Kenneth King will
day celebration with a meet and greet with discussions covering topics such as Grin-Gracy (see review below), from lead the service.
previous Engendered Spirit Awardees, resume building and employment 1:30-3:30 p.m. The lm chronicles Grin- For more information on these events,
local community activists and supporters discrimination, health insurance Gracys ght for the rights of transgender visit capitalpride.org/events/capital-
at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., coverage, HIV prevention, legal name women of color. Grimm, a TIME 100 trans-pride.

A Major! gure for trans rights

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MISS MAJOR GRIFFIN-GRACY, the subject of a new documentary, is a pioneer of the trans community. Her life will be celebrated in a documentary shown this weekend at Capital Trans Pride.

By BRIAN T. CARNEY then, she has worked tirelessly and selessly as an activist for the trans community.
Major! is a thoroughly entertaining and informative documentary. The award-
Major! is a lively and inventive documentary by Annalise Ophelian that captures winning lm combines archival footage with poignant interviews with Grin-Gracy and
the wild spirit and erce engagement of the indomitable Miss Major Grin-Gracy, a a wide circle of friends and associates, including activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis. The
fabulous trans activist whos been part of the struggle for human rights since the 1950s. material is neatly organized under several broad categories (including justice, history.
Sponsored by Reel Armations, Major! screens on Saturday May 20 at 1:30 p.m. at roots and power) and is punctuated with delightful animations by Wriply Bennet. The
the Studio Theatre as part of Capital Trans Pride. Tickets are free. whimsical music by Star Amerasu provides an eective light-hearted counterpart to a
The movie opens by chronicling Miss Majors work with the Transgender Gender life full of ups and downs.
Variant Intersex Justice Project, a group founded by Alex Lee to support transgender Major! is a must-see movie for anyone worried about how we will survive the current
women (especially women of color) who have been imprisoned. This section includes political debacle. Its a vivid portrait of a woman who has triumphed over incredible
moving testimonials from several of the women Grin-Gracy has worked with and who odds and made important contributions to the LGBT community for decades. The story
consider themselves part of Miss Majors family. of Miss Major Grin-Gracy is inspirational, not just for her incredible accomplishments,
The lm then tracks Grin-Gracys amazing life. Born in Chicago in 1940, the teen- but for her resilient spirit fueled by equal measures of compassion, love, an eclectic
aged Grin-Gracy discovered the citys fabulous drag balls. Under the care of the drag sense of style, a passion for justice and a wicked sense of humor.
community, Miss Major started learning how to express her true self. Likening herself
to the title character in Gypsy, she remembers saying to the mirror, Theres Major.
Major!
Where the hell have you been? Saturday, May 20
From there, Grin-Gracys life has taken her across the country and through several 1:30 p.m.
Studio Theatre
of the dening moments of recent LGBT history. She moved to New York to become a Reel Armations/Capital Trans Pride
performer at the Jewel Box Revue and was a leader during the Stonewall Riots. Since Tickets are free.
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PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER MUELLER; COURTESY OF SIGNATURE THEATRE

Several out actors took home accolades at the Helen Hayes Awards Monday night in Washington
including BOBBY SMITH who donned drag in Signatures La Cage Aux Folles.

Smith nabs Hayes Award hour ceremony, out musical theater star
Nicholas Rodriquez sang a stirring rendition
for lead role in La Cage of the late Leonard Cohens Hallelujah in
remembrance of theater professionals who
By PATRICK FOLLIARD died during the last year. A large projected
image of Tricia McCauley, the well-loved
On Monday the local theater scene actor who was murdered on Christmas
honored its own with the 33rd annual day, received a strong reaction.
Helen Hayes Awards. Like last year, the Out actor Bobby Smith nabbed the
ceremony was held at the historic Lincoln Outstanding Lead Actor in Musical
Theatre and awards were given in parallel (Hayes) for his portrayal of Albin/Zaza,
Helen or Hayes cohorts designated by the family loving drag queen in Signature
the number of Equity members involved Theatres La Cage Aux Folles staged by
in a production with Hayes awards having out director and multiple nominee and
the higher number. past recipient Matthew Gardiner. In his
And again this year E. Faye Butler and acceptance speech, Smith said he couldnt
Lawrence Redmond, both Helen Hayes balance a check book but he does have
Award-winning actors, served as emcees. a dog named Mabel and a theater that
The pair was assisted in presenting 47 believes in him (i.e. Signature).
awards (plus two special awards) by rotating Liam Forde picked up the Robert Prosky
pairs of presenters including Gala Hispanic Award for outstanding lead actor in a Play
Theatres Rebecca and Hugo Medrano, out (Hayes) for his work in Studio Theatres
artistic directors Jason Loewith and Adam Hand to God.
Immerwahr (Olney Theatre and Theater Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan received the
J, respectively), and many others. The trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in
Lincolns red-lit stage was otherwise bare Play (also Hayes) for her Maggie in gay

A musical history
except for lecterns backed by out musical playwright Tennessee Williams Cat on
director Luke S. Frazier conducting his a Hot Tin Roof at Round House Theatre.
fabulous American Pops Orchestra. And Dorea Schmidt won Outstanding

of gay broadway on
It was a big night for Fords Theatre.
Its musical Come From Away (now
Broadway) won Outstanding
Supporting Actress in a Play (Hayes) for her
work in Woolly Mammoths lesbian-themed
Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops.
Musical (Hayes). The story of insular Presented by theatreWashington, the
Gander, Newfoundland that hosts far- Helen Hayes Awards honors excellence
JUNE 3 at 8:00pm ung passengers diverted from their in professional theatre throughout the
destinations on 9-11 also won awards for Washington region. Award recipients are
JUNE 4 at 3:00pm direction (Christopher Ashley), ensemble selected by appointed judges.
and Outstanding Supporting Actress in In traditional Helen Hayes Awards
a Musical for out actor Jenn Colella who form, the audience seated in the balcony
LINCOLN THEATRE 1215 U Street NW played real life pilot Beverley Bass. stomped, shrieked and hooted loudly
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Los Angeles Times

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MARY BONAUTO and EVAN WOLFSON in Freedom to Marry, a documentary that follows the nal
days of the Obergefell v. Hodges case.

Documentary follows nal days to joining the Freedom to Marry team.


Cameras follow the Freedom to Marry
of same-sex marriage case crew as they coach LGBT people on how
to have conversations with their straight
By MARIAH COOPER friends and family on why marriage is
mcooper@washblade.com important to them. The group gives surveys
to straight people to nd the reasons they
The tense nal days leading up to the believe gay couples want marriage. After
Supreme Courts same-sex marriage discovering the answers were more for
ruling in 2015 is chronicled in The benets than love and compassion, the
Freedom to Marry, a documentary lm organization switches gears to create a
from Eddie Rosenstein that screens twice media campaign that shows gay couples
in the coming days in the D.C. area. showcasing loving behavior.
The Freedom to Marry spotlights In a similar vein to the campaign,
key gures in the same-sex marriage Rosenstein introduces Supreme Court
movement including Freedom to marriage plaintis DeBoer and Rowse
Marry Founder Evan Wolfson, National who are raising their adopted children
Campaign Manager Marc Solomon, together.
marriage plaintis April DeBoer and Jayne Once I met April and Jane I realized its
Rowse and Mary Bonauto, a civil rights very dicult not to nd them endearing,
attorney from GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Rosenstein says. It helps to have for
Advocates and Defenders). people who hadnt thought much about
Rosenstein, a straight ally, says the
idea for the documentary came to him
same-sex marriage but were open to
the conversation. Its nice to have for
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they either summit or implode. ground work, Bonauto has been working
After reaching out to Wolfson asking to to prepare her oral arguments before the
lm a documentary, Rosenstein was on Supreme Court. Bonauto is noticeably
the eld shooting two days later. nervous in the lm as she drops her
Wolfsons upbringing in an ordinary suitcase while entering the building.
Jewish household, coming out to his Later, she listens back to her arguments
parents and his growing dedication to against the Supreme Court, pausing the
the ght for same-sex marriage, prep audio every few seconds to make a critical
the scene for the founding of Freedom remark about her performance.
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By MARIAH COOPER

BLACK D.C. Black Pride is Memorial Day weekend


LILLIES
W/ THE RAGBIRDS
The 27th annual D.C. Black Pride is at various locations in town May 25-29.
Black Prides 2017 theme is The Ties That Bind: Twenty Seven Years of Black
FRIDAY MAY 19 Pride, in celebration of the strong bonds within the LGBT community. On
Thursday, May 25 there will be an HIV/AIDS Town Hall, a sexual health seminar,
SAT, MAY 20 at the Grand Hyatt Washington from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. Lunch is
GIANT PANDA GUERILLA included.
DUB SQUAD W/ THUNDER BODY Unleashed D.C. hosts Welcome 2 D.C.,a ladies happy hour, at Dirty Martini
(1223 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) with music by DJ L Stackz and DJ Jai Syncere.
SUN, MAY 21 Admission is free before 8 p.m. and $7 after. The Jump O: Wet Dreamz
DAVID BROMBERG BIG BAND Reloaded, a mens dance party, is at Stone Fish Lounge (1708 L St., N.W.) from
W/ HONEY CHILD 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission is $10 before 11 p.m. DJ Sedrick spins.
On Friday, May 26, there will be an opening reception at the Grand Hyatt (1000
WED, MAY 24 H St., N.W.) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. LGBTQ Speed dating and networking will follow
BEN SIDRAN from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Omega Entertainment hosts The Annual 5,000 Men Pride
Mega Party at Bliss Nightclub (2122 24th Pl., N.E.) from 9:30 p.m.-4 a.m. R&B
FRI, MAY 26 singer K. Michelle will perform.
JOHN MAYALL W/ BILL CARTER On Saturday, May 27 there will be the Grown Folks Speak Out 2017, a discussion
about growing older in the black LGBT community, at the Grand Hyatt from 9:30
SAT, MAY 27 7PM & 10:30PM a.m.-2:30 p.m. Admission is free. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
TDC SHOWS PRESENTS There will also be workshops throughout the day including resume writing and PHOTO COURTESY STRATHMORE

AMEL LARRIEUX interview prep, overcoming hurt in the black church, understanding the trans-
attracted man and more. A lm festival, screening lms such as Moonlight and
WED, MAY 31
Check It, runs from 2-7:15 p.m. Omega Entertainment hosts The Grandiose
An evening with Audra
JOHN NEMETH Fantasy Mega Pride Party at the Washington Marriott (2660 Woodley Rd., N.W.) Actress and singer Audra McDonald
AND DANIELLE NICOLE BAND from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. featuring a live performance by Lil Kim. performs at the Music Center at
There will be an interfaith worship service with guest speaker Pastor Mitchell Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
THURS, JUNE 1 Jones on Sunday from 9-11 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt. D.C. Black Pride Brunch is Bethesda, Md.) on Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m.
THE NEW STEW at Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) from noon-6 p.m. with unlimited The Broadway veteran has earned six
PERFORMING THE ALBUM food and mimosas. Admission is $40. Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and
BILL WITHERS LIVE On Monday, the annual Us Helping Us Picnic in the Park will be at Fort Dupont an Emmy Award. She starred as Dr. Naomi
AT CARNEGIE HALL Park (3600 Minnesota Ave., S.E.) from noon-7 p.m. There will be food and live
performances. Admission is free.
Bennett on the legal ABC drama, Private
Practice. Her most recent appearance
W/ PARIS MONSTER
For a complete list of events and prices, visit dcblackpride.org. was as Madame de Garderobe in the
FRI, JUNE 2 Disney live-action remake of Beauty and
CHUBBY CARRIER Memorial Day weekend fun the Beast. Tickets range from $45-105.
For more information, visit strathmore.
& THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND org.
W/ THE GET RIGHT BAND
D.C. Black Pride celebrations continue throughout the weekend with
SAT, JUNE 3 various parties and events.
OLD EBBITT GRILL PRESENTS Pretty Boi Drag hosts a Black Pride brunch at Old Engine 12 Restaurant B.R.U.H.S. gathers for
AUSTRIAN WINE TOUR (1626 N Capitol St., N.W.) on Sunday, May 21 from noon-3 p.m. Admission literary event
includes a bottomless buet. DJ Honey plays tracks. Tickets range from $30-
SAT, JUNE 3 40. For more information, visit prettyboidrag.com. Book Reading Uplifts His Spirit
NEWMYER FLYER PRESENTS Jaywalking Productions and Makers Lab host Black Planet: A Black Pride (B.R.U.H.S.) hosts Brother 2 Brother 3, a
PAUL MCCARTNEYS Celebration at Tropicalia (2001 14th St., N.W.) on Sunday, May 28 from 4-8 series of readings and meetings for men
75TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE p.m. There will be performances by the CooLots, Pretty Boy Drag and Pinky of color, at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
KillaCorn. Music will be a mix of hip-hip, trap, house, 90s and more. Early N.W.) on Saturday, May 27 from noon-4
SUN, JUNE 4 bird tickets are $10 and regular admission is $15. For more details, visit p.m.
BAND TOGETHER WITH jaywalkingproductions.com. Authors who will appear to read their
MARK G. MEADOWS Big Boy Pride hosts its Big Boy Party at Living Room (1008 Vermont Ave., work include Craig Stewart, Dwayne
AND BRAXTON COOK N.W.) on Friday, May 26 from 6-11 p.m. There will be drink specials and door Vernon, Mike Warren, David Maurice
prizes. Cover is $10. For more information, visit bigboypride.com. Parker, Rae Monet, Daniel Holback,
Monday Night Skating, an LGBT skating group, hosts a Black Pride Skate Rashid Darden and more. Stewart will
at Laurel Skate Center (9890 Brewers Ct., Laurel, Md.) on Monday, May 29 also hold a book signing. Admission is
from 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be a conga line, raes and games. For more free.
details, visit facebook.com/mondaynightskating. For more information, visit thedccenter.
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PERFORMANCES
MAY 22 & MAY 23
PHOTO BY GREG ALLEN

CAIT BRENNAN delivers the goods on her classic-sounding new album Third.

Cait the great


Retro-leaning new album is potential singles.
Album opener Bad at Apologies is
tighter, more polished than an edgy and intensely personal blues
previous eorts rocker thats probably the strongest track
on the album. It opens boldly with the
memorable line, Yeah Im the asshole
By CHRIS GERARD who stole your boyfriend.
Stack Overow has a manic energy
If youre gonna record at the legendary and He Knows Too Much goes even
Argent Studios in Memphis and call the deeper back into musical history than late
resulting album Third (an homage to the 70s power pop, touching upon late 50s
1978 classic of the same name by power- and early 60s inuences.
pop heroes Big Star), you better have the At the End of the World, an epic
goods to back it up. rock waltz with an ambitious full-band
Fortunately, up-and-coming singer/ arrangement, practically screams to be
songwriter/musician Cait Brennan has performed live. A Hard Man to Love, with
delivered an album worthy of its historic its insanely catchy chorus and delightfully
Audacious, uproarious black comedy birthplace. It has not been an easy road swirling string arrangement, is a cleverly
for Brennan, whos transgender, and her built number that unexpectedly ends
(New York Times) life experience has provided rich material with a bit of Caribbean avor.
for compelling songwriting, although she Perhaps the most achingly personal
certainly knows how to tell a story as well. track is Catiebots Dont Cry. Placed mid-
BY TAYLOR MAC Third is consistently entertaining from way through the set and stretching to
start to nish, a well-crafted retro-leaning nearly six minutes, it might be considered
DIRECTED BY SHANA COOPER collection of rockers and ballads that will the albums centerpiece. Brennan begins

MAY 22 JUNE 18
never leave you bored. with a beautiful falsetto wrought with
Brennans musical trajectory has gone vulnerability before her multi-layered self-
nowhere but upward since her debut harmonizing begins over bluesy guitar licks.
eort Debutante from last year. Her Its a heartbreaker on an album that runs a
WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY songwriting is more condent and self- full range of human emotion.
WOOLLYMAMMOTH.NET // 202-393-3939 // #WOOLLYHIR assured, the arrangements are tighter, After the raucous The Angels Lie,
and the mixing, which was an issue the album eases into a more generally
on Debutante, is vastly improved. downbeat direction, winding down from
Overall Third is more polished and a set of high-energy rockers to show
professional. Brennan once again works a dierent side to Brennans musical
with collaborator Fernando Perdomo, and identify. Collapse is a wrenching baring
together theyve crafted a highly melodic of the soul, the expression of an individual
collection of guitar-based power pop thats spiraling into a period of personal crisis.
at once personal but also highly accessible. Perish the Thought is Brennans
There is a denite retro feel to Third. typically thoughtful reection on the
Songs like the infectious Shake Away, state of our current political situation.
with its ultra-tight harmonies, and The album closes with the somber waltz
Benedict Cumberbatch, with its 70s Goodbye Missamerica, with Brennan
arena-rock vibe, would sound fantastic on channeling classic Elton John as shes
classic rock radio, tting right alongside accompanied by a mournful organ
bands like Cheap Trick, the Knack, the accompaniment.
Rubinoos and of course Big Star. Shake Cait Brennan is a rising talent. Debutante
Away and the hard-driving The Angels showed a great deal of promise and Third
Lie are also fast-paced retro-rockers with delivers on that potential. Perhaps a bit
prominent harmonies, all with strong of sameness creeps in on some of the
melodies. Just about any track on the straightforward harmony-heavy power-
album, apart from a few of the more pop numbers, but they are so entertaining
202.319.8541 www.lgbtc.com Se habla espanol
~ intense ballads, are catchy enough to be that it hardly matters.
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PHOTOS BY ERIC BROWN

JOSHUA STREET, left, and SHANE HICKEY.

United in Scandal
D.C.-based gay rugby team and Baltimore. Hes social chair for the
Scandals and loves the way the gay rugby
draws diverse players community pushes each other in a game
then gets together socially afterwards.
By KEVIN MAJOROS There is always trepidation before a
game because you know you are going to
This week in the continuing spotlight take some hits. All the nerves end up falling
series on the LGBT sports community in away because all these cogs are in motion
Washington, we visit with two gay rugby and working as a team, Street says. I
players from the Washington Scandals. have found what I was looking for with the
The Scandals were formed in 2013 Scandals by getting out of that daily routine
and have carved out a niche playing in and nding an incredible support system.
weekend matches along with traveling to As a young kid in Liverpool, N.Y., Shane
tournaments along the Eastern Seaboard. Hickey tried multiple sports including
Next year they will attend their rst match cross-country running but never found
overseas when they journey to Bingham one that he fell in love with. He took
Cup 2018 in Amsterdam. a break from sports activities while
After graduating from Georgetown attending Georgetown University where
University, Joshua Street found himself he was active on the school newspaper.
settling into the routine of life after His path changed after a Scandals
college. Work, gym and then home. It was player told him he looked like someone
a pattern he was looking to change. who could play rugby. He signed up to
He had heard good things about the play in September of 2013 and found
Washington Scandals and signed up to himself smitten.
play when he saw them at Capital Pride in My rst practice was on a Thursday
2016. He went through their conditioning and my rst match was two days later.
rst and then had an eye-opening visual It was trial by re and I fell in love
at his rst practice. immediately, Hickey says. Realizing that
I saw this really big guy tackle a small guy I had so much more to learn was both a
and I immediately wondered if a theater thrill and a rush.
major should be attempting to t into this Hickey, who works in interlibrary
culture, Street says. The team was super services at American University, wasnt
supportive and assured me that when I was sure if he could handle the sport at rst
ready, they would get me there. but after years of playing, he has found
Street, who works in insurance and risk happiness in being part of the rugby
management, was born in Texas and grew community. Hes a co-captain and is in his
up in Surinam, and Antigua and Barbuda third year as a Scandals board member.
with his Southern Baptist missionary This environment creates a space that
parents. His athletic endeavors consisted allows people to learn about themselves
of intramural soccer and volleyball. which is one of the reasons I continue to
His rst rugby match with the Scandals be involved, Hickey says. Playing other
was in Toronto and he says that it was teams who are just like us is amazing and
a good learning experience and crash our tournaments and matches become
course into the sport of rugby. weekend events.
I tested everything that the Scandals Hickey has also traveled extensively
had taught me, especially that you have with the Scandals and says he will
to push through obstacles whether they continue with the team even if he ever
are mental or physical, Street says. It gets to a point where he cant play
was very satisfying to be able to put what anymore. Hes taking courses to become
I had learned in practice into a game certied as a referee.
situation and amazing to think that I was I love rugby and I love the brotherhood.
a rugby player. It has made me a lot more condent as a
Since that rst match in Toronto, Street person and has become a huge focus in
has settled into the rugby community my life. All rugby, all the time, Hickey says.
and has traveled with his teammates Another plus has been that the team has
to Charleston, Philadelphia, Charlotte exposed me to the LGBT community.
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US or world premieres. The WJFFs Rated LGBTQ series returns for its second Art on 8th: Duende Quartet. May 25. theartleague.org.
year with the best in contemporary Queer cinema. Films include Cabaret, Family Dance Place at Monroe Street Market. Waverly Street Gallery. Glasswork
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Afrofunk. This Friday itsBrazilian Bluegrass from Matuto. Embassy Series. Embassy of Pakistan. gallery Neptune & Brown. Jowita
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Thru Jul 1. Zenith Gallery. May 25. Hill Center. hillcenterdc.org. Glen Echo Park. Vessels Great
zenithgallery.com. Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet. May and Small 2017. Thru May 29.
In Dangerous Flower, Mendoza explores the dichotomy of danger and beauty. 20. Library of Congress. loc.gov. glenechopark.org.
Inspired by the mathematical design of the stamen circulating the pistil, he uses Poulenc Trio. May 21. US Marine Goethe-Institut. FORTY out of ONE
porcelain and stoneware clay to create a contrast in color and texture in his works. Chamber Orchestra. May 21. National MILLION by Kai Wiedenhfer. Thru Jun
Gallery of Art. nga.gov. 16. goethe.de.
Monumental Theatre Company: 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche Shenson Chamber Music Concert: Hill Center. Hill Center Galleries. Thru
Thru May 22. Atlas. Susanna Phillips. May 24. National Jun 25. hillcenterdc.org.
atlasarts.org. Museum of Women in the Arts. ISAAG. BLAST! - Marta Perez
Directed by Co-Producing Artistic Director, Jimmy Mavrikes, the show puts the nmwa.org. Garcia (Puerto Rico). Thru May 22.
audience right in the middle of the Sisters of Gertrude Steins annual quiche Carmina Burana. May 20. idbstaassociationartgallery.org.
breakfast, where the threat of a communist attack prompts some hilarious and National Philharmonic. Strathmore. Korean Cultural Center DC.
not-so-shocking confessions. nationalphilharmonic.org. Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in
Kirill Gerstein, piano. May 21. Contemporary American Art. Thru May
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WellRED Comedy Tour. May 23. AMP. Center. shearmadness.com. May 20. FMMC. Westminster At Lake 23. American Experience: JFK (Part
ampbystrathmore.com. The Father. Thru Jun 18. Studio Ridge. fmmc.org. One). May 24. archivesfoundation.org.
Jesus Christ Superstar. Thru Jul 2. Theatre. studiotheatre.org. Mary J. Blige. May 25. Wolf Trap. Arlington Cultural Aairs. BABEL:
Signature Theatre. sigtheatre.org. The Crucible. Thru May 20. Theatre wolftrap.org. A Full Dome Projection By Kelley Bell.
Timon of Athens. Thru Jun 11. Folger Lab. theatrelab.org. May 19-May 21. Arlington Planetarium.
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Catch Me! The Magic Duel. Thru The Cambodian-American Heritage America. Thru Sep 4. Film and Discussion: Historic Churches
May 27. Catch Me! Mayower Hotel. Dancers and Chum Ngek Ensemble. archivesfoundation.org. in Ward 7. May 20. anacostia.si.edu.
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Wedding attire debate we get to the other side?


triggers chain reaction of

MICHAEL REPLIES:
resentment Most couples are really gooey when
they rst get together. The idyll of new
love renders us starry-eyed, gives us
butteries and leaves us feeling so blissful

that we are happy to think everything the
other person says and does is wonderful.

MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed


We feel super connected and its easy to
be on the same page all the time.
This gooey period is a great stage,
because it creates a loving foundation on


psychologist who works with gay individuals which to build a relationship.
and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying But its just a stage. After a while, you
information has been changed for reasons nd that you cant always agree. Youre


of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to two dierent people and sometimes
michaelradkowsky.com
youre going to have very dierent
opinions. This is where you two now are.
MICHAEL,
My wife and I got married last August.
Your anger at each other is a waste
of energy. If you want to stay happily

We were such a happy couple until the married, you should instead strive to
wedding. Our friends used to say they embrace, with some humor, that you will
were going to get diabetes from being sometimes disagree with each other over
around us because we were so gooey. matters both small and profound.
Now we are arguing way too often. This will require giving up the fantasy
And it really started with the wedding, that you should always be able to agree,
over a ridiculous disagreement. Were we and giving up the belief that something is
both going to wear white dresses? Jen wrong if you dont.
had her heart set on that, but I thought it It will also require accepting that you
was a dumb lesbian clich and wore a tux arent right: you just have a dierent
(which I guess is another dumb lesbian opinion from your spouse. Trust me on
clich but more my style). I felt Jens this: if you are trying to prove that youre
anger and disappointment during the right, then youre trying to prove that
whole wedding. shes wrong. And once you start down
Since then all sorts of things set us that road, its all downhill.
o. What route to take when we visit her So in place of browbeating each other
parents? Can you please turn down the in an eort to get your way when you
TV volume? Whose turn it is to change the want two dierent things, take on the
cat litter? Please dont look at your phone never-ending challenge of guring out
when Im talking to you. How should we what you might do instead.
celebrate our rst anniversary (which we Do you agree to go along with what Jen
dont actually feel like doing anymore)? wants? Do you stand your ground, even if
Why do you have that tone in your voice? it means that she stays home while you
The problem is, sometimes I do have a go to that movie she doesnt want to see,
tone in my voice. Shell seem angry at me or you skip her family reunion because
and then Im on edge and angry at her. you cant stand her parents? And what
Shell seem pissed o and I get fed up happens when you disagree over a really
and dont want to keep being conciliatory. big issue like what city to live in?
Probably if you asked her, shed say I I cant give you a rule book for how to
start it. And sometimes Im sure I do. I resolve any of these scenarios, but here
dont want to be angry, but I dont want are some guiding principles: if you and
to always have to say yes to keep Jen want to build a strong relationship
the peace. that can tolerate your not always seeing
I think were both miserable that things eye to eye, you will both need plenty of
are going so badly after less than a year. I generosity. Youre also going to have
dont know how we lost our ability to agree to accept that sometimes you will be
and just get along. We used to always see disappointed in each others choices.
things the same way and now it sometimes Thats life.
feels like we hate each other. Your rst move, regardless of what Jen
Im beginning to wonder if this does, could be to stop being so wedded
relationship is doomed, though to your own positions. While there will
everything seemed so wonderful at the be times that it is important that you do
beginning. Do other couples go through not yield, save that for more important
things like this and survive? If so, how do matters than cat litter.
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Capital Pride hosts Mr. & Miss Capital
Pride 2017 at the D.C. Eagle (3601 Benning HIPS hosts the kicko for its annual
Rd., N.E.) tonight from 7-10 p.m. 2016 title Flash presents second annual Pride at
holders Mirage Cruz and Kristal Smith Dacha Beer Garden (1600 7th St., N.W.)
will host. Competition categories include today from 5-8 p.m. Bracelets will be
pride attire, formal wear/evening gown, sold in the garden for $10 for extended
talent and on-stage interview. Cover is happy hour specials until 8 p.m. All
$10. For more details, visit facebook.com/ proceeds from the bracelets benet HIPS.
capitalpridedc. Early release admission tickets for Flash
The Trevor Project hosts A Night Out presents second annual Pride will be sold.
for Trevor at Kimpton Hotel Monaco For more information, visit facebook.
(700 F St., N.W.) tonight from 7:30-10:30 com/ilovehips.
p.m. Ra Freedman-Gurspan, the rst Story District presents A Toast to
openly transgender staer to work at the Out/Spoken at Number Nine (1435 P St.,
White House, will receive the Outstanding N.W.) tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. The happy
Public Service Award. News4s Chuck Bell hour fundraiser will celebrate D.C.s LGBT
hosts. DJ Je Prior and DJ Khelan Bhatia storytellers. There is a suggested $20
will play music. There will be a bar, food donation at the door to benet Story
and a silent auction. There will be an District. For more details, visit facebook.
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St., N.W.). General admission tickets are D.C. Rollergirls hosts drag bingo at
$125. Trevor Star tickets are $175 and Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) tonight
include early admission at 6:45 p.m. For from 7-9 p.m. Part of the proceeds from
more information, visit thetrevorproject. each Nellies beer purchased will support
org/pages/trevor-events. the D.C. Rollergirls. For more information,
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) visit facebook.com/dcrollergirls.
hosts trans and gender-queer game
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
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night tonight from 7-9 p.m. There will be
card and board games on hand. People Out singer/songwriter CHASTITY BROWN performs a house concert in Washington on Saturday,
May 20.
are also free to bring their own. For more The Lambda Bridge Club meets at
details, visit thedccenter.org. 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Dignity Center
(721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No
SATURDAY, MAY 20 reservations required and new comers
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Stone Room House Concerts presents dcrawhides. tastetakeover. 407-6540.
a house concert with lesbian, singer- Hanks Cocktail Bar (819 Upshur St.,
songwriter Chastity Brown tonight N.W.) hosts Ladies Tea today from 3-5 MONDAY, MAY 22 THURSDAY, MAY 25
at 8 p.m. Michael Romero will also p.m. There will be drink specials. Brunch
perform. Admission is free but there is from noon-3 p.m. Dinner is served from Queer Girl Movie Night screens The National Center for Transgender
is a suggested $20 donation. RSVP is 3 p.m. until close. For more information, Your Way Back to Me, a documentary Equality hosts Forward Together: NCTE
required. The location address will be visit facebook.com/hankscocktailbar. by local artist Alexandra Dietz, at Black Celebrates 14 Years, at the Hamilton
given after RSVP. For more information, Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight from (600 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 6-9 p.m.
visit stoneroomconcerts.com. SUNDAY, MAY 21 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is free. For The reception will celebrate the successes
Mr. D.C. Eagle 2017 Grey Owl more information, visit facebook.com/ and leaders in the community. Tickets are
celebrates his IML send o at the D.C. Victory Fund hosts its National queergrrlmovienight. $100. For more details, visit transequality.
Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight Champagne Brunch at Omni Shoreham The 2017 Man of the District event org.
from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Theo Storm will play Hotel (2500 Calvert St., N.W.) today takes place at Penn Quarter (801 E St., Openly gay Virginia delegates Mark
music. There will also be drink specials. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Speakers include N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Don Michael Levine and Mark Sickles host Mark &
For more details, visit facebook.com/ Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Indiana Mendoza, co-founder and executive Marks Rainbow Democrats Extravaganza
mrdceagle2017. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minneapolis director of La-Ti-Do, and Tara Lewis from at Freddies Beach Bar and Restaurant
Lure D.C. hosts Police Appreciation City Council candidate Andrea Jenkins. Yelp, will serve as master of ceremonies. (555 23rd St., South, Arlington, Va.)
Night at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight Tickets are $250. For more details, visit Judges include Real Housewives of tonight from 7-9 p.m. Proceeds will
from 10 p.m.- 3 a.m. DJ Rosie and DJ victoryfund.org. Potomac star Ashley Boalch Darby, benet the Democratic campaigns for the
Keenan Orr will spin. The DystRucXion D.C. Concert Orchestra performs WUSA9s Markette Sheppard, Jessica House of Delegates and Mission 51. For
Dancers will performs. Cover is $7 before at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 Hanson from Lean & Hungry Theatre more information, visit facebook.com/
midnight and $10 after. Admission is free G St., N.W.) today at 3 p.m. Featured Company and more. Jesus Hernandez levineforvirginia.
for all active law enforcement ocers. performers will be Samuel Barber, Serge will perform. DJ Bamboo will play The D.C. Anti-Violence Project hosts a
For more information, visit facebook. Koussevitsky and Howard Hanson. music. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benet meeting at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
com/lurewdc. Admission is free. For more information, Childrens National Medical Center. N.W.) from 7-8:30 p.m. Project members
D.C. Rawhides host Town & Country visit dcconcertorchestra.org. For more details, visit facebook.com/ work to reduce violence against LGBT
at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from Taste, a queer womens party, is at manofthedistrict. individuals through community outreach,
6:30-10:50 p.m. Main lesson is from 7-8 Little Miss Whiskeys Golden Dollar (1104 Human Rights Campaign of Greater education and assisting members of anti-
p.m. DJ Fox spins tracks. There will be H St., N.E.) today from 2-8 p.m. DJ Mim Washington hosts a volunteer open LGBT violence. For more details, visit
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Baltimore Ave. Its owner also operates Swell, which has reopened even stronger
a second store with the same name at than before after a devastating re two
Penny Lane Mall (42 Rehoboth Ave. #5). years ago, will have entertainment every
All the His Baltimore Avenue store replaces Adorn night; Murphs Bar and Pub, lesbian
Way Live! BANDALOOP (a jewelry store) and is the former location owned with a mixed crowd, is the home of,
of the Rehoboth edition of Universal Gear. among other entertainers, dueling pianos
Alberts stores feature stylish clothing, with two local gay pianists, John Flynn and

Kennedy Center
accessories, gifts and fragrances. Matthew Kenworthy playing on Saturday
Gone from Baltimore Avenue is Miss Nights; and Java Jukebox, which opened
Pixies Rehoboth store, but there are many this year, will feature a number of comic
retail stores still operating, including Elegant acts, including Suzanne Westenhoefer on

Open House
Slumming, Brick and Mortar in the CAMP July 7.
Courtyard, r Squared Design for home The Coee Mill in Rehoboth Mews
furnishings, Beach Essentials (33 Baltimore features more than 100 dierent coees,
Ave.) and numerous other businesses. breakfast treats, wraps and sandwiches.
On Baltimore Avenue and 2nd Street, The owners also have a shop, BRASHhh,

Celebrating JFK at 100 the always-vibrant Aqua continues to


operate with an open patio, welcoming
menu and shirtless waiters. Eden,
on North First Street across from Nicola
Pizza, which oers photographs by the
owner and clothing. A few doors north
JAM, Caf Azafran all on the beach block is the gay-owned Double Dippers Ice
Dance of Baltimore Avenue, continue to oer Cream, which is entering its 19th year.
BANDALOOP Company E FLEXN The Washington Ballet some of the best dining options in town. Theres a new Starbucks, on Route 1
Dance & Bmore with CJay Philip Purple Parrot, a longtime favorite for south, next to the Shoppes at Camelot,
food, drag entertainment and its popular and a new Surf Bagel at the Midway
Music biergarten, is located at 134 Rehoboth Shopping Center. At a new building
National Memorial Day Choral Festival Alec Mackaye Ave. One of the Parrots owners, Hugh just south of the Wawa on Route 1
Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips Javier Starks Fuller, is returning to his roots by re- northbound near Route 24 is the areas
Donvonte McCoy Quintet Ron Allen with Quim Cardona and John Reeves opening the Iguana Grill in mid May. rst Jewish deli, Rosenfelds Famous
D.C. Bluegrass Union Voces Veracruzanas Another change: look for last years Blade Jewish Deli. The original is in Ocean City.
Chuck Berry Tribute with Daryl Davis Archie Edwards Blues Foundation winner for Best Rehoboth Bartender, Soon, Rehoboth will have its rst Indian
Matt Urban, behind the bar at the Parrot. Restaurant, Indigo, which is slated for 44
Young Audiences Rigbys (404 Rehoboth Ave.) has a Rehoboth Ave., and word on the street is
All the Way Live! Mouth Open, Story Jump Out happy hour that attracts a large crowd that an upscale restaurant and wine bar will
NSO Instrument Petting Zoo WNO Costume Trunk with live entertainment, karaoke and ne go into the space once occupied by Cloud
Mosby the Kennedy Center Cat Maestro Mouse food. Dos Locos (208 Rehoboth Ave.) Nine, and most recently by Lula Brazil.
is known for its margaritas, Mexican If it rains, head north to Leftys Alley
Participatory Activities and stone grill specialties, and will soon and Eats in Lewes, which oers 16 lanes
Skateboarding Community Yoga Tai Chi Fan Dance undergo a change in ownership. of bowling, a sprawling second-oor
Native American Movement Boogie Woogie Dance Lessons from GottaSwing Sam Calagione, who just won the laser tag facility and bustling restaurant,
James Beard Prize for outstanding Wine, bar and arcade for the kids and kids at
and more! Beer or Spirits Professional, opens his heart. Its an impressive, state-of-the-art
long-awaited Dogsh Head Brewings & complex that opened in February.
Eats on May 19. The original pub closed Another exciting newcomer to the scene
on May 7, but will remain open during is Big Chill Beach Club, located on the
the summer as a retail outlet where ocean side just south of the Indian River
FREE! Saturday, May 27, Noon10 p.m. customers can purchase Dogsh Head Bridge. It will occupy a unique space, right
Part of JFK Centennial WeekExplore more at jfkc.org/openhouse merchandise and ll growlers, according on the sand with a weather-proof rooftop
to Delaware Online. The original Dogsh restaurant and bar seating 200.
Head building is then to be torn down Please be aware of some new beach
and turned into a courtyard connecting regulations especially the size
The 35 Days of Giving Centennial Challenge is your opportunity to play the new Dogsh Head with Chesapeake restrictions on umbrellas; no more than
an active role in promoting President Kennedys legacy! During the 35 days
leading up to President Kennedys 100th birthday on May 29, your contributions
& Maine, a restaurant next door also 36 inches in height, width and depth
will be matched two-to-one by Shelley and Allan Holt of the Hillside Foundation, owned by Calagione. are permitted. Totally restricted will
helping to raise vital funds to support the Centers ongoing and future artistic Other new establishments include be tarps, cabanas, tents and canopies.
and educational activities. Learn more and get involved at jfkc.org/35days Blue Hen on Wilmington Avenue, owned Grills and cooking devices are also
by the team that operates the always- banned. According to Patrick Gossett, a
packed Henlopen Oyster House down gay city commissioner, this ordinance
the street; and the Blue Coast restaurant was enacted to keep beachgoers safe
Support for JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy is provided by Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, in front of Fresh Market, which is expected while allowing emergency personnel the
Chevron, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Target.
to open in June. ability to navigate our beaches in case of
There are several venues owned by emergencies.
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THE EVERY DAY GUIDE


to Events in the Capitol Riverfront

FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS


Yards Park | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

MAY 26 Jimi Smooth & HitTime JUL 21 Bachelor Boys Band


JUN 02 The Morrison Brothers JUL 28 Covered with Jam
JUN 09 Jeff From Accounting AUG 04 Party Like Its
JUN 16 DC Jazz Fest AUG 11 Sam Grow
JUN 23 Moose Jaw AUG 18 Pebble to Pearl
JUN 30 Jah Works AUG 25 19th St Band
JUL 07 The Reagan Years SEP 01 Burnt Sienna
JUL 14 Justin Trawick SEP 08 Rain date

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MOVING
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Canal Park | Sundown FRESHFARM May 30 - Aug 31
CAPITOL RIVERFRONT MARKET
JUN 01 Ghostbusters (2016) Sundays May - Sept SUN Specialty Class
10:00 am - 2:00 pm 9:00 am | Canal Park
JUN 08 Me Before You Canal Park South Block MON Boot Camp
JUN 15 Sister Act
ROCKIN THE BLOCK CONCERTS 7:00 pm | Canal Park
JUN 22 Doctor Strange May 31, Jun 7, Jul 12, TUE Yoga
Aug 2, & Sep 6 6:30 am | Canal Park
JUN 29 Secret Life of Pets
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Conditioning
JUL 06 Grease Canal Park Middle Block 7:00 pm | Yards Park
JUL 13 Moana WED Resistance Training
BARD IN THE PARK WITH 6:30 am | Yards Park
JUL 20 Rogue One FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY Zumba
JUL 27 Arrival Jun 14, 20, 28
7:00 pm | Yards Park
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AUG 03 La La Land THUR Boot Camp
Canal Park Middle Block
6:30 pm | Yards Park
AUG 10 Fantastic Beasts FRI Boot Camp
PADDLE NIGHTS &
AUG 17 Beauty & The Beast BOAT/CANOE TOURS WITH 6:30 pm | Canal Park
AUG 24 Rain date ANACOSTIA WATERSHED SOCIETY SAT Yoga
www.anacostiaws.org for details 8:00 am | Yards Park
Jazzercise
9:00 am | Yards Park

See more event details at www.capitolriverfront.org/calendar


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why are you still renting? our secret, No. 1 attraction is extremely
low property taxes. And if you are con-
By LEE ANN WILKINSON sidering retirement, either now or much
farther down the road, an investment
Welcome to summer at the beach! If property in Delaware could be benecial
you enjoy vacationing in Rehoboth and as Delaware oers extra perks for retir-
surrounding Delaware beaches, you al- ees in terms of taxes, too.
ready know that theres a lot to love. We Working with an agent who is an expert
have a thriving restaurant and bar scene, in the area is the best way to narrow your
laid-back beaches, great outdoor recre- search and help you with the nuances
ation on the ocean, bay, and state parks, of local real estate. We can help answer
renowned local breweries, and so much questions like:
more. And you are denitely not alone: Is now a good time to buy? It may
Were known as The Nations Summer seem like any Realtor would answer this
Capital for a reason. If you drive across question with yes, but in fact, its a great
the bridge often, you know that in-sea- time to buy! Inventory is relatively low, es-
If youre thinking of buying in Rehoboth Beach, contact a Realtor and start your search now.
son is getting longer, too. Many restau- pecially in-town in Rehoboth Beach and
rants and businesses are open year- Lewes, which is evident by how many re- is a major price dierentiator as you can because they are paid by the seller). If you
round now, and the weather is truly great cent desirable (well-located, well-priced) avoid peak trac by not crossing Route havent found the home that suits your
from spring through early winter. properties have gone under contract in 1. It comes down to your priorities. Living taste, there are plenty of lot options, and
So why are you still renting? the rst week of being listed. As a refer- in-town Rehoboth Beach in the heart of your Realtor can help you nd a builder
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purchase vs. a vacation rental, year after brisk spring. This news is great for sell- home and yard in a community with summer 2017! If you have any questions
year, is a good investment for you, get in ers; however, prices are slightly increas- amenities, even acreage in the country about our local real estate, please call or
touch with a local Realtor like one of ing.The main takeaway: if you are serious with even lower taxes. So many options email,LeeAnn@LeeAnnGroup.com.
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MONDAY, JUNE 5 DAYS OF THE YEAR
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SPOKEN WORD FIRST Local entrepreneur teaches provided proof of the potential for success.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BUSBOYS AND POETS This enabled Gilman to rent a prime retail
INCREDIBLE men that looking good spot at 1745 L St., N.W., in the downtown
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
ROOFTOP BRUNCH BUFFET is its own reward business district in 2002.
& OPEN BAR Drawing patrons from throughout the met-
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AND PENTHOUSE POOL CLUB AT THE YARDS WITH PRIDE VIPS! Similar to other successful enterprise cate- McLean, Va., ve years later.
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RESISTANCE OPEN BAR
Those insights would lead to the launch of
the rst mens personal grooming business
scious about his own condent good looks
and straightforward personality. He epitomiz-
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PRODUCED BY CAPITAL PRIDE & BYT & SWEETS breaking premiere upscale barbershop and into his warmly appointed leather-and-dark-
spa for men. wood classic barbershops and mens spas.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
Grooming Lounge founder and owner Gil- Odd as it seems today, the notion of a spa
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man worked at his grandfather-and-fathers for men was an unusual and attention-getting
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beauty product salon distribution company in
suburban Washington during summers while
one at the time. GQ magazine raved shortly
after opening, If Grooming Lounge were any
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OWROOM DC CHAMPAGNE in high school. He learned about the trade by manlier, it would be a hardware store.
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Notably, metrosexuals were the emerg-
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his long-bitten ngernails. He heeded her di- expectations.
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male alongside 30 women. al experience, we treat guys like kings.
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He couldnt convince any landlords to lease count on any service. Visit GroomingLounge.
him space for his untested concept. So Gil- com for info on services and products.
man headed online and launched a mens
personal care product website in early 2000.
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AND ACTIVITIES magazines and television features as well as community business advocate. Follow on Twit-
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(c) 302.236.8821
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21068 Laguna
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