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Organizers appeal for donations; rally


on Mall uncertain due to lack of funds
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

The LGBT march on Washington scheduled for Sunday, June 11,


which is ocially called the Equality March for Unity and Pride, will
travel in front of the White House before heading south on 15th
Street, N.W. to Constitution Avenue and end on the National Mall
at 7th Street, N.W.
Organizers for the rst time disclosed the route of the march
and made an appeal for donations to help pay for what they say
will be an historic demonstration for LGBT equality and diversity in
a statement released to the Washington Blade.
With the Equality March for Unity and Pride less than three
weeks away, the National Co-Chairs are also calling on members
of the LGBTQ+ communities, their loved ones, and all those who
The last LGBT march on Washington was the National Equality March on Oct. 11, 2009.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY CONTINUES ON PAGE 04

Black leaders speak out;


inclusion in mainstream
orgs called insucient

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com

Strong concerns raised earlier this month


by a local LGBT group that D.C.s Capital Pride
Alliance, which organizes the citys annual LGBT
Pride parade and festival, has not adequately
addressed issues of concern to people of
color came as a surprise to some in the LGBT
community. I think what youre seeing is that folks are

BLACK PRIDE WEEKEND


no longer waiting for these establishment or
During a May 8 meeting of the Capital Pride mainstream organizations to get it, said ANGELA
Alliances board of directors, members of a PEOPLES, executive director of Get Equal.
newly formed coalition called No Justice No WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Pride said the board included only a few token Where are the woke white queens? PAGE 20
members who were people of color and the assessment, said they nevertheless welcome the Why we need Black Pride, PAGE 23
board as a whole, according to No Justice No views of everyone in the LGBT community and Meet volunteer Genise Chambers, PAGE 29
Pride members, remains insensitive to the promised to redouble their eorts to be more
Schedule of events, PAGE 30
needs and issues of people of color, especially inclusive and to better represent people of color
transgender people of color. The work of Black, Gifted & Whole, PAGE 32
Capital Pride ocials, who dispute that CONTINUES ON PAGE 13
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Equality March organizers appeal for donations


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01

stand in solidarity to register and help


contribute funds for the march, the
statement says.
In order to have a truly impactful
March and get our mission heard, we
need the help of everyone to make sure
this march is successful, said David
Bruinooge, the founder and one of 13 co-
chairs of the march.
We are asking that you take a
moment to go to our website and make
a contribution, Bruinooge added in the
statement. This march will give voice
to our concerns, to support and bring
attention to our communities who are
targeted due to immigration status,
ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and
disability, he said. Its time to march and
we can only do it with your help.
Bruinooge told the Washington Blade
that a rally at the end of the march on
the National Mall is being considered
but remains uncertain because sucient
funds have yet to be raised to pay for the
logistics of such a rally.
The statement released by march
organizers doesnt say how much money
has been raised so far or how much will
be needed to carry out the march and a
possible rally.
The process for guring out what the
nal event will look like is still ongoing, begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, at the have been cooperating with Equality this arrangement all donations made to
Bruinooge said. A rally ending on the Mall intersection of 17th and I streets., N.W., March leaders. Bos has said Capital the Equality March are tax deductible.
is a possibility if additional funding comes with participants assembling on I Street Pride organizers anticipate that march In an earlier statement released in April,
in soon. Logistically, we can proceed with between 14th Street and 17th Street. participants will walk to the festival site at Equality March organizers announced
a rally with sucient funds. The statement and map shows that the the conclusion of the march and possible the names of the marchs co-chairs,
He said both D.C. police and the National marchers will walk south on 17th Street march rally on the Mall. which organizers said include some of
Park Serve were expected to approve and turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue, Volunteers are also needed for a the nations most prominent and diverse
permits for the march, which will involve where they will walk past the White variety of tasks but most importantly we LGBT rights advocates.
street closings along the march route. House before turning right on 15th Street need help the day of to ensure that all of The earlier statement also announced
National Park Service spokesperson and travel to Constitution Avenue. The our community members can participate that numerous solidarity marches and
Mike Litterst told the Blade on map shows the march proceeding east as safely and positively as possible, rallies in support of LGBT equality were
Wednesday that march organizers on Constitution Avenue to 7th Street, Bruinooge said in the statement released expected to be held throughout the
submitted a permit application in April N.W., where it will turn right and proceed by the Equality March. country on the same day as the national
and have been in discussion with NPS onto the National Mall. He said donations for the march Equality March.
ocials. He said march organizers were At the time most march participants can be made on the marchs website, The march website shows that as of
expected to present their nal plans for reach the Mall at 7th Street, D.C.s annual equalitymarch2017.org. Wednesday, solidarity marches or rallies
the march at a meeting with NPS ocials Capital Pride Festival, which takes place a Mickey MacIntyre, an ocial with a were scheduled to take place in more
later this week. few blocks away on Pennsylvania Avenue charity consulting organization called than 60 U.S. cities, including New York, Los
Litterst said NPS routinely issues a between 3rd and 7th streets, will likely Resource Impact, which is a non-prot Angeles, San Francisco and Ft. Lauderdale.
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According to the statement released Ryan Bos, Capital Prides executive Impact is serving as the scal agent for arranged for buses to bring people to
to the Blade, the march is scheduled to director, has said Capital Pride organizers the Equality March. He said that under Washington for the June 11 march.
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Texas lawmakers advance anti-LGBT bills


An unconscionable Blade has placed a request with his oce return lawmakers to a special session if
seeking comment on whether hell sign Senate Bill 6, a standalone bathroom bill,
act of cruelty the legislation. and Senate Bill 2, a property tax bill, werent
The Texas measure is similar to passed, according to the Texas Tribune.
By CHRIS JOHNSON religious freedom adoption laws in If we must go to a special session, I will
cjohnson@washblade.com Michigan, South Dakota, North Dakota, respectfully ask the governor to add both
Virginia and Alabama. South Dakota Gov. of these bills plus other legislation he
Under a threat from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Dennis Daugaard and Alabama Gov. Kay has voiced support for in that special
of being called into a special session, the Ivey signed the anti-LGBT adoptions laws session call, Patrick said during a press
Texas Legislature late Sunday advanced in their states this year. conference at the Capitol. If the bills
two anti-LGBT measures one pertaining Meanwhile, the Texas House by a dont pass in the special and theyre
to adoption, the other transgender vote of 91-50 added an amendment blocked again, I will ask the governor to
students with days remaining before to Senate Bill 2078 a bill related to call us back again and again and again.
lawmakers were set to adjourn. emergency operations plans for school Kasey Suredini, acting CEO for
The Texas Senate voted 21-10 to pass districts that would bar transgender Freedom for All Americans, said in a
House Bill 3859, which would allow students from using the public restroom statement the advancements of the
taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to consistent with their gender identity. If a anti-LGBT measures demonstrate poor
refuse to place children in homes over transgender student didnt want to use judgement in Texas and called on Abbott
religious objections. Given that many of Lt. Gov. DAN PATRICK (R-Texas) has sworn the room, the school would be required to veto the legislation.
to make an anti-trans bill a priority for his
these agencies are religious in nature, state. to oer a single-occupancy facility the There is just chaos in Texas right now,
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that could lead to them refusing to place student could use provided no one else and rather than focusing on initiatives that
children withLGBT families. was in the facility. can improve Texas communities and the
Marty Rouse, national eld director for of kids in the child welfare system, but The measure now heads to the Senate, lives of hardworking families, lawmakers
the Human Rights Campaign, said in a Texas lawmakers have done just that. which will have to concur with the Houses are exhausting themselves by exploring
statement the measure is a dangerous, As HB 3859 heads to Gov. Abbotts desk, added amendment, but when that chamber new ways to make life more challenging
discriminatory bill that represents anti- we hope he does not buy into a hateful will vote on the bill is uncertain. The Senate and even dangerous for LGBT people,
LGBT animus coloring so much of the agenda over the best interest of some of does not put up a formal schedule of the Suredini said. We urge Gov. Abbott to
Texas Legislature this session. his most vulnerable constituents Texas bills it will consider, so that could take take a deep breath before acting, and think
This Slate of Hate that the Texas children looking for loving, stable homes. place any time this week. However, the last about the real people this bill will hurt. It
Legislature has made a priority harms The Texas House already approved day they could pass it is Sunday when the will devastate families and explicitly expose
LGBTQ Texans, Rouse said. It is HB3859 by a 93-49 vote earlier this month. legislative session expires. kids to harmful practices like conversion
unconscionable that a bill would prioritize It now heads to the desk of Gov. Greg The Texas Legislature advanced the therapy. Signing HB 3859 would be an
discrimination over the best interest Abbott for his signature. The Washington bathroom bill after Patrick threatened to unconscionable act of cruelty.

Court: Trans people can sue under ADA


Judge allows case substantially limits her major life activities Groves instructed employees to refer to the lawsuit to proceed on the basis of all
of interacting with others, reproducing, Blatt as James or risk termination, the three laws.
to proceed despite and social and occupational functioning, complaint says. The ADA includes language that
gender-identity exclusion Gleeson writes. According to the complaint, fellow seemingly prevents transgender people
The decision rejects calls from Cabelas employees commonly referred to Blatt from ling lawsuits. The 1990 law excludes
Retail over the course of the litigation to as he/she, ladyboy, fag, sinner from disabilities transsexualism as well
By CHRIS JOHNSON block claims on the basis of the ADA from and freak. Blatt was also subjected as gender identity disorders not resulting
cjohnson@washblade.com going forward over the course of the lawsuit. to questions, such as Do you have a from physical impairments.
In 2014, Blatt sued alleging penis? Although Blatt complained to a The court determination that the ADA
A federal court for the rst time has discrimination she faced at work at supervisor, no action was taken. allows transgender claims is a major
ruled transgender people can sueunder the Hamburg, Pa.-based outlet in In 2007, Blatt was involved in an breakthrough. In fact, in this very case,
the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pennsylvania for being transgender. altercation with Mercedez Ramirez, a the U.S. Justice Department in 2015
despite the laws explicit exclusion of Although she was initially allowed to maintenance technician. The complaint (under the Obama administration) asked
claims based on gender identity. use the womens restroom, a human says Blatt amicably asked her a question, the court to hold o on determining
U.S. District Judge Joseph Gleeson, an resources director subsequently forced but Ramirez responded with a tirade of whether the ADA applies to transgender
Obama-appointed judge in Pennsylvania, her to use the mens room, which her obscenities and told Blatt, Youre not people until the question is resolved on
determined in a six-page decision a case complaint says created a situation that a real woman and you never will be! whether Title VII was violated.
led by transgender plainti Kate Lynn was extremely uncomfortable for her, Afterward, Blatt was terminated on the In the decision, Gleeson ruled Blatt can
Blatt led against Cabelas Retail, Inc., as she identied as female. Blatt was basis that she threatened Ramirezs son, sue under the ADA despite the gender-
can proceed because she meets the forced to work the third shift at all times although Blatt maintains she never made identity exclusion based on legislative
conditions of the 1990 law. in an eort she believes was intended to a threat and didnt even know Ramirez history in Congress and precedent in the
[I]t is fairly possible to interpret the keep her out of sight of customers, the had a son, the complaint says. Third Circuit, citing in a 2008 decision the law
term gender identity disorders narrowly complaint says. In 2014, Blatt sued under Title VII of must be broadly construed to eectuate its
to refer to simply the condition of The human resources director also the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which has a purposes. As a result, Gleeson concludes,
identifying with a dierent gender, not allegedly refused to give her a name provision barring sex discrimination in the any exceptions to the statute...should be
to exclude from ADA coverage disabling tag identifying Blatt as Kate Lynn and workplace that courts have interpreted read narrowly in order to permit the statute
conditions that persons who identify instead gave her one reading James. to apply to transgender people, as well to achieve a broad reach.
with a dierent gender may have Other employees were allowed to wear as ADA and the Pennsylvania Human
such as Blatts gender dysphoria, which name tags displaying a nickname and Relations Act. The court decision allows CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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At Victory Fund brunch, a search for relief from Trump fatigue


This administration is protections for transgender youth and going to have a job in three years is not
leaving our young people even more that dierent from whats on the mind of
no friend to the gays vulnerable than they already are, Moodie- an undocumented mother fearing that
Mills said. So please, whatever you do, she could taken away from her children
By CHRIS JOHNSON dont believe the hype: This administration or a junior in high school in Indiana who
cjohnson@washblade.com is no friend to the gays. just needs to use the bathroom like
As evidence of her organizations everybody else, Buttigieg said.
Amid a seemingly endless string of success, Moodie-Mills said her Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin
news reports on White House scandals, organization has helped elect eight LGBT Lembo told attendees he had opened an
speakers at the Gay & Lesbian Victory ocials in Trumps rst 100 days in oce. exploratory campaign to run for governor
Funds annual brunch in D.C. on Sunday The Trump White House has appointed in his state, which could lead to him
sought to rally the crowd with victories zero high-level openly LGBT appointees. being the rst openly gay person elected
wherever they could nd them. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, governor in the country.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), whos gay and recently a candidate for My state, the state that I love faces real
predicting a dicult campaign for re- Democratic National Committee chair, challenges, but the fact is across America,
election to keep her seat in the 2018 race, said he resisted the idea his state, which we are facing real challenges both
envisioned achieving another milestone. voted to elect Trump and Mike Pence as threats coming from state capitols and
Come 2019, we can nd ourselves back governor, was homophobic. from the nations capitol put us at risk,
in the day when our community didnt Which ones the real Indiana? Buttigieg Lembo said. And now, its more important
have a voice in the United States Senate, said. A state of acceptance consistent than ever to support LGBTQ leaders,
or I could be standing here as the rst with our motto, Hoosier Hospitality, or a to give our resistance an even stronger
openly LGBT person to be re-elected to the state trying to turn back the clock to a less voice and to show the next generation
Sen. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.) spoke at the
United States Senate, Baldwin said. Victory Fund brunch. inclusive time? And the answer of course that theres a place for them in public
Despite discontent with the Trump WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
is all of the above. Thats my message service, too, because representation is
administration, Baldwin pointed to today. Every community, every state, is powerful and it matters.
instances in which President Trump past, these are worth celebrating. full of people, often the same people, Highlighted at the brunch were two
not once, but twice considered an Victory Fund CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills capable of great love and openness and transgender candidates who would make
anti-LGBT religious freedom executive during her remarks told the estimated capable of smallness and backwardness. history if they succeed in winning seats in
order, but ultimately didnt issue it, as 650 attendees after this crazy news cycle Buttigieg said he just came from University the upcoming election.
minor victories and evidence of the LGBT that we all just had, I think we all deserve of Notre Dame, where Vice President Danica Roem, whos running to
communitys strength. a drink or two just to keep from losing our Mike Pence was prepared to deliver the unseat anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall
Was it Ivanka and Jared to the rescue damn minds. commencement speech, and said the (R-Prince William County) in the Virginia
again? Maybe, Baldwin said. But we While we were busy electing LGBTQ campus was covered in Pride ags. House, said his defeat at the hands
should understand that its our activism people who are committed to safeguarding Calling for a renewed American of a transgender person would have
that created the environment in which our community and making the nation a solidarity, Buttigieg said concerns of particular signicance, referencing his
even President Trump felt he needed more equitable place for all Americans, this Trump voters and those of marginalized remarks calling transgender people
to tread lightly and carefully, and that administration was busy banning people, communities arent that dierent. gender confused.
these victories as unfullling as they are and sanctioning licenses to discriminate That sense of concern that motivates
compared to the ones weve won in the against us, and most disgustingly, stripping a blue-collar worker wondering if hes CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

Buttigieg backs Notre Dame walkout during Pence speech


Gay mayor contrasts clear that the students want to express oce is doing something thats horribly a time when he said free speech and
their commitment to tolerance and wrong? And I just want to point to the civility are waning on campuses across
protest with 09 the values that they believe a Catholic way that theyre doing it as the most America, the Star reported.
treatment of Obama University ought to uphold, and that this important feature of this protest. Ahead of the speech, student organizers
administration is not compatible with Buttigieg drew a contrast between the said they intended to walk out over
By CHRIS JOHNSON those values, Buttigieg said. And at Pence walk-out and anti-abortion protests his anti-LGBT views, citing his decision
cjohnson@washblade.com the same time, I think they found a very at former President Obamas Notre Dame to sign a religious freedom law in
respectful way to do it. commencement speech in 2009. Indiana, and the administrations hostility
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Buttigieg added he does respect the Its not anything like the way President toward undocumented immigrants and
said Sunday he supports the students oce of the vice presidency, too, and Obama was treated, and I think thats to sanctuary cities.
at the University of Notre Dame who each student should make his or her their credit, Buttigieg said. Also commending Notre Dame students
walked out on Vice President Mike own decision on the walkout, but the way The South Bend mayor made the decision to walk out on Pence was Sarah
Pence during his commencement demonstrators chose to protest was an remarks as the commencement ceremony Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD, who called the
speech over his anti-LGBT views and appropriate way to speak out against the was taking place and admitted he hadnt demonstration an act of bravery.
the Trump administrations approach to Trump administration. seen yet whats going down. According Graduates around the country deserve
marginalized communities. You go to a university in order to form to the Indianapolis Star, more than 100 commencement speakers who inspire
Buttigieg, the gay mayor who came to your conscience and theyre expressing students among the estimated 3,000 them to propel our diverse country forward,
national prominence duringhis run to become their conscience in a way that I really graduates quietly got up from their seats and these Notre Dame students bravely
chair of the Democratic National Committee, respect and admire, Buttigieg said. and left Notre Dame Stadium in protest told the world that Vice President Pences
made the remarks to the Washington Blade Asked to clarify if hes supporting the of some of Pences policy positions. anti-LGBTQ actions y in the face of unity
about students within his city at the Gay & action, Buttigieg replied, Of course I am. Pence during his speech called and inspiration, Elli said. These Notre
Lesbian Victory Funds annual D.C. brunch I think every students wrestling with this Notre Dame a vanguard of freedom Dame graduates should be applauded
when asked about the walkout. issue: What do you do when you respect of expression and the free exchange of for demonstrating true leadership and
What I appreciate about it is its the oce and you also think that the ideas, commending the university at standing up for freedom and acceptance.
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President Pence: Worse than Trump for LGBT people?


Amid cries for As a House member, Pence backed
a U.S. constitutional amendment that
impeachment, some fear would have banned same-sex marriage
whats next nationwide and was a vocal opponent
of pro-LGBT initiatives, including hate
crimes protections legislation, Dont Ask,
By CHRIS JOHNSON Dont Tell repeal and a version of the
cjohnson@washblade.com Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Pences opponents have taken him
Imagine: President Trump has been to task for his anti-LGBT record. Shortly
impeached and removed from oce before Inauguration Day, a group of
after investigations reveal illegal collusion dance protesters in D.C. twerked their
between his 2016 campaign and Russia, way to Pences house in a protest over
prompting Vice President Mike Pence to his anti-LGBT views. Just this weekend,
take the Oath of Oce. Do you know how more than 100 students at the University
anti-LGBT your new president is? of Notre Dame walked out on Pence
Ongoing revelations about the Trump during his commencement address
campaigns connections to Russia and his over his anti-LGBT views and the
ring of FBI Director James Comey as he Trump administrations approach to
was investigating those ties have led to marginalized communities.
some scattered calls for impeachment, Given Pences extremely anti-LGBT
including from LGBT rights supporters. record, theres a cleardistinction between
But impeachment could lead to a the vice president and Trump, whom
potentially worse place if Pence becomes some supporters maintain is relatively
president and his administration is pro-LGBT despite the administrations
consistent with an anti-LGBT record that actions, such as revoking guidance
dwarfsTrumps. assuring transgender students have
Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD, said the access to the restroom consistent with
LGBT community would only need to look their gender identity.
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Would a President MIKE PENCE be worse than Trump for LGBT people?
and Indiana governor to realize he seeks administration, Trump once in
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to harm LGBT people. January and again earlier this month
Mike Pence has made it a priority to considered, but ultimately declined
use religion as a weapon to harm the to sign, a religious freedom executive candidate and said hed protect them but hasnt made a call for enabling anti-
LGBTQ community ever since his rst order that would allow discrimination on from a foreign, hateful ideology. LGBT discrimination in the name of
congressional campaign in 2000, Ellis said. the basis of religious objections to same- I think throughout the campaign, religious freedom. Instead, Pence has
By being the key inuencer to President sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion President Trump made it clear that generally armed the importance of faith
Trumps religious exemptions executive and transgender identity. If Trump were discrimination would have no place in our and, in terms of policy, stated the Trump
order, supporting so-called conversion removed from oce and Pence was administration, Pence said. I mean, he administration pledge to repeal the Johnson
therapy practices, and signing his anti- inaugurated as president, that executive was the very rst Republican nominee to Amendment, a 1954 law that bars churches
LGBTQ Religious Freedom Restoration Act order would get a fresh pair of eyes and mention the LGBTQ community at our from making political endorsements.
(RFRA) as Indianas governor, Pence will new perspective. Republican National Convention and was A speech that Pence gave earlier this
do whatever he can to scale back LGBTQ Dan Pinello, a political scientist at the applauded for it. And I was there applauding month in D.C. at the World Summit
acceptance and erase our community City University of New Yorks John Jay with him. I think the generosity of his spirit, in Defense of Persecuted Christians
from the fabric of America. College of Criminal Justice, said Pence has recognizing that in the patriots heart, theres denouncing persecution of any kind, of any
Pences anti-LGBT history prior to accommodated his more conservative no room for prejudice is part of who this faith, any place, any time could just as easily
becoming Trumps running mate is views as vice president to avoid alienating president is. apply to LGBT people as Christians overseas.
well-documented. Most prominently, Trump advisers like Ivanka Trump and David Benkof, a gay columnist for the (The Human Rights Campaign distributed
Pence in 2015 as Indiana governor Jared Kushner, but would revert to his old conservative Daily Caller, said Pence hasnt a copy of that speech as part of an eort
signed a religious freedom bill allowing ways if Pence were president. said anything that I know specically on gay to encourage Trump to speak out against
businesses and individuals to refuse After all, Trump recruited Pence as issues as vice president, making the case reported anti-gay violence in Chechnya.)
services and discriminate against LGBT vice president precisely for the purpose Trump is a gay-friendly president and has Pences relative silence on LGBT issues as
people. After pressure from LGBT of appeasing hard-core conservatives, had a mitigating impacton Pence. vice president could change soon. The Faith
advocates and the business community, Pinello said. So meaningful softening To me, his silence is more than I might & Freedom Coalition, an anti-LGBT group,
Pence was forced to sign a x to the law by Pence of his posture on LGBT issues have expected from Ted Cruzs vice announced Tuesday Pence would deliver
signicantly limiting its scope. would be both counter-intuitive and president, Benkof said. Donald Trumps the keynote address in D.C. at its annual
Pences record goes back to 2000 when counter-productive as a political matter. overall gay-friendly approach has muted Patriots Gala. Thats the same day Pride is
he was rst seeking a U.S. House seat Thus, a President Pence would probably be evangelical opposition to gay rights, and set to take place in D.C. and the day before
and his campaign materials stipulating worse for our community than what Trump Pence is evangelical, and its really good the Equality March for Unity & Pride.
he would support HIV/AIDS funding on himself is, sad to say. news for queers. Faith & Freedom Coalition Executive
the condition that resources are directed But has Pence moderated his approach to Benkof identied himself as a Hillary Director Tim Head said in a statement
to institutions that provide assistance LGBT issues since becoming No. 2 to Trump? Clinton supporter and supporter of LGBT announcing the speech Pence has
to those seeking to change their sexual During an interview in February on ABCs rights, although he said he backsa religious consistently served as a champion for the
behavior. That has been interpreted as This Week, Pence said he was among those freedom carve-out allowing bakers and pro-life, pro-family, pro-economic growth
support for ex-gay conversion therapy, applauding when Trump mentioned LGBT orists to opt out of facilitating same-sex movement in his various roles, including
although Pence through a spokesperson people during his nomination acceptance weddings. vice president.
has denied he ever supported the speech at the Republican National As vice president, Pence has delivered
practice. Convention a rst for a GOP presidential numerous speeches to religious groups, CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Two men in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesias Aceh province, on Tuesday received 82
lashes after a sharia court convicted them of having sex.

A suicide bomber who blew himself up at an ARIANA GRANDE concert in Manchester,


England on Tuesday has left 22 people dead.
Indonesian police arrest 141 at gay sex party
PHOTO BY MELISSA ROSE; COURTESY OF FLICKR
Indonesian police on Sunday arrested 141 men during a raid on a sauna in the countrys capital
of Jakarta.
Reports indicate authorities claimed the men were taking part in a gay sex party at the time
Bombing at Ariana Grande of their arrest.
The Jakarta Post on Monday published a statement from Arus Pelangi, an Indonesian LGBT
concert kills 22 advocacy group, and 14 other organizations that said those who were arrested were stripped
naked and transported in public transportation. The statement also notes the men were naked
while facing [police] interrogation.
A suicide bomber who blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in The Jakarta Post on Monday also reported pictures of the men who were naked went viral
Manchester, England, on Monday has killed at least 22 people and left 59 others after they were leaked.
injured. A spokesperson for the Indonesian National Police on Tuesday told reporters the men were
The Greater Manchester Police said it received reports of an explosion at arrested and charged under the countrys 2008 anti-pornography law.
Manchester Arena shortly before 10:35 p.m. local time. (5:35 p.m. EST). Grandes Anyone exhibiting pornography actions will be arrested, said the spokesperson, according to
concert had just ended when the suicide bomber blew himself up. the Jakarta Post. The fact that those arrested are gay males is a coincidence.
This is the most horric incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester Consensual same-sex sexual relations are not criminalized in Indonesia.
and one that we all hoped we would never see, said Greater Manchester Police President Joko Widodo told BBC Indonesia last October that he opposes discrimination
Chief Ian Hopkins on Tuesday in a statement. based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The arrests at the Jakarta sauna on Sunday
Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the nevertheless took place against the backdrop of an ongoing LGBT rights crackdown in the worlds
Manchester Arena and have lost their lives, he added. Our thoughts are with most populous Muslim-majority country.
those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been Two men in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesias Aceh province, on Tuesday received 82
injured and their loved ones. lashes after a sharia court convicted them of having sex. Reuters reported hundreds of people
Grande was not hurt during the attack. She wrote on her Twitter page that gathered to witness the canings.
she is broken. The Indonesian government in 2005 granted Aceh the right to govern itself. The region adopted
British Prime Minister Theresa May in a statement said authorities are sharia law in 2015.
working to establish the full details of what is being treated by police as an A commission in the Indonesian House of Representatives in March 2016 urged the countrys
appalling terrorist attack. Ministry of Communications and Information to consider a bill that sought to block websites
All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been promoting so-called LGBT propaganda. The Constitutional Court of Indonesia last August heard
aected, she said, according to the Independent. testimony in a lawsuit that seeks to criminalize consensual same-sex sexual relations.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Grin on his Twitter page said his Indonesian authorities in February 2016 shut down an Islamic school for transgender people
heart is with everyone in Manchester tonight. in the city of Yogyakarta.
We stand with you and against hate, he said. The board of directors of Nahdlatul Ulama which is the worlds largest Muslim organization
The explosion took place less than a month before the rst anniversary of the with more than 40 million members in February 2016 urged the Indonesian government
massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 people dead and to take immediate measures to stop all propaganda against LGBT normalization and deviant
more than 50 others injured. activities and ban parties campaigning for LGBT rights.
Barbara Poma, who owns the Pulse nightclub, on Monday posted onto her Lembaya Kesehatan Nahdlatul Ulama, which is part of Nahdlatul Ulama, received a $2.6
Facebook page a picture that said, We will not let hate win. It was written with million from the U.S. Agency for International Development in order to bolster its ability to detect
colors of the British ag. tuberculosis cases and treat them. The grant began in 2012 and will continue through this year.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also expressed her condolences to the victims and What started as hateful rhetoric and criminalizing legal (relations) last year is turning into a witch
their families. hunt, Dd Oetomo, an LGBT rights advocate from the city of Surabaya, told the Washington
Tonight, #Paris stands with #Manchester. My thoughts go out to the victims Blade on Tuesday. LGBT people are a cheap target to boost conservative Islamist credentials.
and their families. Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 23, 2017 OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern in a statement she released after
Three gunmen killed 89 people inside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris 10th the Jakarta arrests said what is happening in Indonesia is dangerous and scary.
arrondissement on Nov. 13, 2015. The siege was part of a series of attacks on the Ocials are using their own personal biases on morality to oppress dierent groups and
same day that left more than 100 people dead in the French capital. especially LGBTIQ people, she said. In the past, the LGBTIQ community has experienced more
The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks. ISIS on tolerance in Indonesian society, but particularly over the past 18 months crackdowns have
Tuesday claimed responsibility for the Manchester bombing. increased and the situation has become much worse for LGBTIQ people.
LGBTIQIndonesiansare equal citizens and must not be singled out and oppressed simply for
MICHAEL K. LAVERS who they love or who they are, added Stern.
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HRC President CHAD GRIFFIN speaks at a protest against the arrest of gay men in Chechnya
earlier this month in D.C.
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HRCs Griffin urges U.S. to grant visas to Chechens


Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin on Monday described reports
that the U.S. has discouraged Russian LGBT rights advocates from helping men who
have fled anti-gay persecution in Chechnya apply for visas as greatly disturbing.
Griffin in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote that while he
understands it is indeed difficult for them to obtain U.S. visas, it is imperative that
the U.S. immediately take every possible step to help the victims find their way
safely and to clearly communicate that the U.S. is pursuing every option, so that
the victims do not lose hope.
HATZEL VELA in Havana on May 14.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS No door should be shut prematurely, wrote Griffin. Whether that be through
humanitarian parole or through the refugee system or through other countries
that can process them more quickly, the U.S. must show leadership in helping
First Cuba-based local U.S. people who face such grave threats to their fundamental human rights.
The people fleeing Chechnya are being persecuted because of who they are
TV reporter worked in D.C. and who they love, and it is our responsibility to step up and protect them from
despotic leaders who seek to harm them, he added.
Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, last month reported authorities
HAVANA The rst reporter from a local U.S. television station who is based in Cuba in Chechnya, which is a semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucuses, have
once worked in D.C. arrested more than 100 gay men since February.
Hatzel Vela, who is a reporter for WPLG, a South Florida television station, and Novaya Gazeta has said at least three of the men died after their arrest, while
photojournalist Brian Ely have been based in Havana since January. others have been beaten and tortured. Reports also indicate Chechen authorities
Vela who was a reporter at WJLA from 2012-2014 and Ely must return to the U.S. have sent them to secret prisons that have been described as concentration
once a month as part of the agreement that WPLG has with the Cuban government. Vela camps.
told the Washington Blade on May 17 during a telephone interview from Havana that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir
he is hopeful WPLG will be able to open a permanent bureau on the Communist island. Putin, and the Kremlin have sought to downplay or even dismiss the reports that gay
That is our biggest hope, said Vela. We are hoping that eventually this becomes a men have been arrested. Novaya Gazeta on Monday reported the Russian government
permanent post where WPLG Local 10 can have a bureau and can report live here on has launched an investigation into the allegations.
the island. BuzzFeed last week reported the U.S. has denied visas to Chechen men who are
But for now we are very appreciative of what we have, he added. eeing persecution because of their sexual orientation.
Vela who was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami has reported A spokesperson for the Russian LGBT Network, which is providing assistance to those
extensively on Cuba since then-President Obama in 2014 announced the U.S. would who have left the semi-autonomous Russian republic, later told BuzzFeed the U.S.
begin the process of normalizing relations with the Communist country. has not formally denied any visa applications. The spokesperson nevertheless said an
Vela spent more than two weeks traveling across Cuba for a series of stories that ocial at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow told the Russian LGBT Network there was no
aired on WPLG in 2015. Pope Francis visit to Cuba in September 2015, Obamas trip to political will to issue visas to the Chechen men.
the island in March 2016 and former Cuban President Fidel Castros death late last year BuzzFeed reported only two of the Chechens who have ed anti-gay persecution have
are among the stories that Vela has covered. received visas that allowed them to legally travel to other countries.
Vela noted to the Blade that he and Ely arrived in Havana a couple of days before The Russian LGBT Network has said dozens of men who have ed Chechnya remain
Obama ended the so-called wet foot, dry foot policy, which allowed any Cuban who in hiding inside Russia. Grin in his letter to Tillerson points out that Chechen women
reached U.S. soil without a visa to remain in the country a become legal residents after have begun to come forward with reports of their own mistreatment due to suspicions
a year. that they are lesbians, or know of gay men.
Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro who spearheads LGBT- There is simply no safe place in Russia for them, wrote Griffin. Even Europe can
specic issues as director of the National Center for Sexual Education, sat down with be dangerous since Chechen communities there have strong networks, capable of
Vela late last month for an exclusive interview. He has also sat down with Berta Soler, tracking them down and bringing them back to Chechnya.
the leader of the Ladies in White, and other high prole critics of the Cuban government U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former
who live in Cuba. Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are among
Freedom House in its 2016 report notes Cuba has the most repressive environment those who have publicly condemned the arrests in Chechnya.
for the media in the Americas. The State Department last month urged the Russian government to investigate
Vela told the Blade that he and Ely have been able to report freely in Cuba. He them. President Trump and Tillerson have not publicly commented on the arrests or
said the Cuban government told them we could do whatever stories we wanted to the secret prisons in which the gay men have reportedly been held.
do as long as we are fair and the stories are a true depiction of whats happening Grin in a letter he sent to Tillerson on April 4 urged him and the Trump
on the island. administration to stress to their Russian counterparts that such lawless detentions,
MICHAEL K. LAVERS arrests, torture and murders are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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Black LGBT leaders denounce slow pace of change


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 to divest from Wells Fargo because of
their relationship with the Dakota Access
and the full diversity of the community. Pipeline and to private prisons.
In interviews this week, the Washington And these groups dont want to
Blade asked four prominent black LGBT respond. They dont want to hear truth,
leaders who head local and national LGBT Peoples said.
organizations to talk about how they see the She was referring to the Human Rights
current state of race relations within the LGBT Campaign, the nations largest LGBT civil
community and within LGBT organizations. rights group, and the National LGBTQ
The Blade also interviewed a prominent Task Forces selection of Wells Fargo Bank
African-American ocial who spoke on as a corporate sponsor. Creating Change
condition of anonymity because the activist is a national LGBT conference organized
is not authorized to speak to the media. by the Task Force.
Do the concerns by people of color Wells Fargo has not been a direct
that surfaced at the Capital Pride Alliance sponsor of Creating Change in years and
meeting earlier this month go beyond as of July 1, 2017 they will no longer be a
Capital Pride and touch on other local national corporate sponsor of the National
and national LGBT organizations? LGBTQ Task Force, said Russell Roybal, the
Guillaume Bagal, the recently elected groups deputy executive director.
president of D.C.s Gay and Lesbian They remain the presenting sponsor
Activists Alliance, whos black, said the of the Task Force Gala-Miami as they have
answer is yes. for the last several years, Roybal added.
While race-related issues are at the A spokesperson for HRC couldnt
forefront of the Capital Pride dispute, it is I think there are always issues of inclusion that have to be dealt with. And we have to struggle immediately be reached for comment.
simply a manifestation of what has been with those, said longtime advocate EARL FOWLKES. HRC has said Wells Fargo Bank
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brewing for decades in local and national has consistently received the HRC
LGBTQ organizations, Bagal said. Foundations highest rating for a
Take the District for instance, he told issues of race and class and age and Pride coalition, said she is surprised that corporation on internal personnel
the Blade in a statement. Despite our gender identity, and they all intertwine, members of the LGBT community would policies for LGBT employees.
richness in both social and advocacy he told the Blade. Its very complicated. be asking at this time whether there are Isaiah Williams, external aairs director
LGBTQ groups, there remains an air of He noted that while Capital Pride shortcomings among LGBT organizations for the National Black Justice Coalition,
segregation many have either grown continues to encounter problems related and LGBT events pertaining to racial another D.C.-based group that advocates
accustomed to or continue to justify to people of color he feels things have justice and people of color. for the black LGBT community, said
rather than addressing head on. The improved in recent years. Im sorry Im a little taken aback mainstream LGBT rights organizations
call to address Black and Brown issues Ive noticed an increase in black by the question because this is part of have historically not focused on many of
within the LGBTQ community will only get participants in the parade of anity the premise of the entire No Justice No the issues deemed important for LGBT
louder, and I hope LGBTQ organizations groups and organizations, he said in Pride campaign, she said. Its part of the people of color.
at the local and national level begin discussing the Capital Pride events. And reason that there is a Black Pride, Latino In thinking about the last decade,
to reect the needs of people living at also people who were watching the Pride, etc. in the rst place, Peoples said. marriage equality was the ght, said
the intersection of multiple societally parade there are more people of color Its because the LGBT community Williams. We were very much in support
marginalized identities. watching the parade, Fowlkes said. historically and today has been racist and of that ght, but that was a very privileged
He said local and national LGBT But we have to look at this more at best has encouraged people of color, ght, he said. It doesnt take into
organizations need to come to terms holistically and understand that its not particularly black folks, to fall in line. consideration the most marginalized
with the reality that unless race is just the three days where we have to Most importantly, Peoples said, none within the LGBTQ community and our
specied, its white. be better about race for Pride, Fowlkes of this is a new development in the LGBT issues. And when we look at those issues
By this I mean that unless you are continued. It should be the whole year. community. were just trying to survive. Were just trying
intentional in addressing the needs of We dont socialize together. There are So yes, there are issues. There have to get employment where we can be our
people of color or other minority groups, very few places where black and white been issues for decades. This is not new. authentic selves and that were protected
you are likely catering to the same white, socialize together, which is the basis of This is not the rst time, she said. and that we cant be red just because of
cisgender, middle and upper-class gay relationships and friendships, the basis And I think what youre seeing, who we are as LGBT people who happen
men, he said. Furthermore, using of understanding, he said. especially all across the country, is to be LGBT people of color, Williams said.
words like diversity and inclusivity is And until we start doing that and that folks are no longer waiting for There has always been this issue
problematic when your leadership does creating those spaces to do that were these establishment or mainstream around what are the issues were ghting
not reect the community you claim to going to have misunderstandings and a organizations or for the mainstream for. And do those issues come from a
serve, and your organizational decisions lack of sensitivity toward issues of race, movement to get it, she continued. place of privilege? Its incumbent upon the
are perceived as shallow and tone-deaf Fowlkes said. Among other things, Peoples said more movement to always center on the most
by communities of color. He added, Its dicult because if you LGBT organizations and advocates need marginalized, the most left behind, he said.
Earl Fowlkes is executive director of focus on three days of the year as opposed to undertake a serious conversation In pointing to the issues that matter
the Center for Black Equity, a national to looking at the entire year there are about who the leadership should be, who most to many LGBT people of color, Wilson
D.C.-based group that advocates for tensions as we have gentrication, where we put our resources in, and who should added, If you dont have employment
African-American LGBT people and helps people of color, particularly blacks who be involved in these conversations. protections, if you dont have housing
organize Black Pride events in the U.S. lived in D.C. for many years are forced And it seems to me that the protections, if you dont have access
and abroad. He is also president of D.C.s to move out because of the increase in mainstream movement time and time to health care that is accessible and of
Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and chair housing costs. And a lot of those people again is not willing to do that, she said. quality then who cares about a marriage
of the Democratic National Committees are LGBT too. Weve called on HRC to divest from Wells certicate when your quality of life is still
LGBT Caucus. Angela Peoples, executive director of Fargo because of their treatment of black marginalized, its still oppressed?
The reality is in our community, the the national LGBT direct action group Get and brown communities. Weve called
LGBTQ community, we still struggle with Equal and a member of the No Justice No on the Task Force and Creating Change
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Md. LGBT Chamber of Commerce to launch


After a year of organizing and planning, the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce
will debut on June 14. The newly formed chamber brings together LGBT and allied
businesses, professionals and individuals throughout the state of Maryland.
The chamber will oer networking opportunities, business development
eorts within the LGBT community, and educational programming to its
members. The goal is to create more business opportunities for the LGBT+
community by connecting corporations with suppliers, teaching how to navigate
within the federal and state government for contracts, and ensuring that
workplaces are safe and welcoming.
Our mission is to empower and promote LGBT professionals and business
owners in the Maryland marketplace, said Betsy Cerulo, president of the
Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. Our goal is to connect
LGBT and gay-allied businesses in the state with government and provide
economic opportunities for our members. If all our diverse businesses and
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GMHC opens mental health clinic

NEW YORK A new mental health clinic is open in Manhattan with the goal of serving
New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS, Spectrum News NY 1 reports.

THANK YOU The Gay Mens Health Crisis has been active in the city since the early days of the AIDS
epidemic, but only recently has it been licensed by the state to provide outpatient mental
TO ALL WHO MADE CAPITAL TRANS PRIDE health services.
The new Carl Jacobs Mental Health Clinic in Chelsea is designed for 24-hour emergency
A HUGE SUCCESS support. With a goal of wiping out AIDS in New York State by 2020, the organization says
mental health support is critical, Spectrum News reports.
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Nevada guv signs conversion therapy ban


WASHINGTON The Republican governor of Nevada has become the latest to sign
GOLD SPONSORS into law a statewide ban barring the widely discredited practice on youth of ex-gay
conversion therapy.
Gov. Brian Sandoval on May 17 signed into law Senate Bill 201, which makes it illegal
for any licensed medical or mental health care provider to provide sexual orientation or
gender conversion therapy to anyone under 18 years old.
Conversion therapy has been disavowed by medical experts and is considered a non-
eective method of treatment that can cause harm to an adolescent, Sandoval said in a
statement. This law will help protect some of our states most vulnerable youth.
The measure was approved in the Nevada Assembly earlier this month by a 31-8 vote
and in the Nevada Senate in April by a 15-5 vote. The legislature amended the bill to clarify
it still allows licensed health care professionals from engaging in expressive speech or
religious counseling with minors if the licensed health care professionals are acting in
their pastoral or religious capacity.
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therapy and psychological counseling.
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Emily D, the Lady Gaga of poetry


ed, razor-sharp Tweets. (though she had intense friendships with for thumbing her nose at the religious or-
New lm on Dickinson In the Trump era, these poems, written by women). Any poet will tell you that Dick- thodoxy of the day.
disappoints, but her a single woman who didnt submit to religious inson and Walt Whitman are the greats In a great scene in A Quiet Passion,
orthodoxy and is thought by some scholars the geniuses of American poetry. But I a pastor (Miles Richardson) tells her that
writing still enthralls to have been queer, speak to us more than defy any bard to say, with certainty, what shes being impious. Will you not kneel
ever. If I can stop one heart from breaking/I her poems mean. Thats the fun of read- and give yourself to God? he asks her.
shall not live in vain, Dickinson wrote. Listen- ing Dickinson. Its you and Emily D surng No, sir, I will not kneel, Emily D tells
ing to the news of civil rights setbacks, Dickin- the mysterious waves. him, Though, I think that God has already
sons words echo in my brain. Yet, we do know one thing: Dickinson given Himself to me.
Truth is so rare that it is delightful to wasnt boring. Until A Quiet Passion. Cyn- Though the movie provides glimpses
tell it, Dickinson wrote. If only, Dickinson thia Nixons fab as Emily D. Its lovely to hear of her spirit and lively mind, too much of
could be here in this time of fake news! her read Dickinsons poetry. Nixon has great Passion presents Dickinson as an un-
Emily Ds spirit is everywhere. The Morgan acting chops. This year, shes a Tony Award happy recluse. Emily D lived in one room
Library & Museum exhibition Im Nobody! nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Play in her Amherst home for most of her
KATHI WOLFE, a writer and poet, is a regular
contributor to the Blade. Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily for her performance in The Little Foxes. life. But, that one room gave Dickinson
Dickinson just closed. In 2013, the online Nixon played Miranda in Sex and what Virginia Woolf called a room of her
Emily Dickinson archive combined manu- the City. (Who could forget the funky own, where she could write. Emily D cor-
Egomaniacs, beware! scripts of Dickinsons poems from Harvard spunk?) I wouldnt want Emily Ds story to responded with hundreds of people. My
Fame is a bee/It has a song/It has a University, Amherst College, the Boston morph into SATC. But, A Quiet Passion friends are my estate, she wrote.
sting/Ah, too, it has a wing, Emily Dick- Public Library and other institutions. could use some funky spunk! The lm Dickinson lived through the Civil War,
inson, who lived from 1830-1886, tartly A Quiet Passion, a movie about Dick- doesnt have the sentimentality of The grieved when her friends died and suf-
warned 19th century wannabe celebs. inson starring Cynthia Nixon (as Dickin- Belle of Amherst, the popular play about fered from Brights disease. Because
Fleeting fame wasnt a worry for Dick- son) and directed by Terence Davies, is Dickinson. Some scenes (about 45min- I could not stop for death, He kindly
inson during her lifetime. Only 10 of her the latest in Emily D buzz. If only, this pic- utes) of this movie are engaging. (The lm stopped for me, she wrote.
poems were published while she lived. ture had buzz. runs for two hours and ve minutes.) We But, Dickinson wasnt mournful or pas-
Today, Emily D is the Lady Gaga of poetry; Theres much that we dont know about see young Emily D (Emma Bell) as shes sive. I dwell in possibility, she wrote, and
and were her Little Monsters, gobbling Dickinson. We dont know for sure if Em- about to be asked to leave Mount Holy- Fortune befriends the bold.
up her poems which sound like syncopat- ily D ever had a male or female lover oke College, a womens Christian school, Be bold. Take a poetic ride with Emily D.

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Fighting for a seat at the table


equality. She had the honor of introduc- from Baldwin were introduced and spoke draisers began many years ago with the
Democrats must ing Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) who but to many the highlight of the after- Democratic Party. For years, no event like
speak to voters across delivered the keynote. noon was South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete this would have concluded without the
spectrum of society Baldwin was great as always and spoke Buttigieg. My friend Jerey went as far as workers and waiters who helped make
of how we need to stand together and calling him the Gay JFK. He is a dynamic the event a success being thanked from
continue to speak out, especially in these young man and we will hear much from the stage. A friend sitting at a table that
dicult times. She spoke of the fact that him in the future. Even though he lost he was purchased by a union brought my at-
our wins in this Congress and with this made a good impression on Democrats tention to the fact none of the organiza-
White House may be simply managing to nationally when he put his hat into the tions speakers did that.
maintain what we have won before. Bald- ring for the position of chair of the Demo- Baldwin counseled us to focus on the
win is a target of the GOP in her 2018 re- cratic National Committee. future. To understand that we must be
election bid and you can help ensure her Except for Buttigieg who compared prepared when our turn to control the
voice continues to be heard. us to other communities and said our levers of government comes again, and
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights It was a monied crowd at the Omni common suering is greater than our it will. To win, LGBT candidates will not
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly Shoreham Hotel ballroom. It is crucial dierences what I missed from most of only have to focus on the future when
for the Blade.
everyone there contribute to the max if those who spoke was the recognition we talking to their constituents but also learn
we are to fund the work of organizations wont be successful if we dont join with to speak to voters across the broad spec-
Sunday was the Victory Funds annual like Victory Fund. But maybe in the future others also ghting for their full civil and trum of society. It will be incumbent on
National Champagne Brunch. It seemed they could drop the word Champagne human rights; women, African Americans the Victory Fund in its candidate trainings
low key compared to previous years. It from the name of their brunch. Somehow and other minorities, and immigrants. to remind candidates of this and in many
is an o year for major races with LGBT it just reeks of elitism. Now, it is an elite The work we must do to bring our own cases teach them what it means. It is
candidates. The welcome was delivered group and, of course, not everyone can divided community together. To me one speech that should be modeled by those
by Kim Hoover, chair of the Victory Fund aord to attend, but I think the public im- of the goals of promoting and electing a who work for all our LGBT organizations
board. She spoke well as usual and I say age of the organization is also really im- diverse group of LGBT candidates must when they stand in front of an audience.
that not only because I was a guest at her portant. I remember when HRC was HRCF be that when they win they use their seat It is ne at these events to speak to
table. Hoover and her wife Lynne Hack- and colloquially called the Human Rights at the table to ght for those who are the each other but it may be just as important
ney have dedicated countless hours and Champagne Fund. They got away from most marginalized in our own commu- and productive in the long run to speak to
money to promoting the values of our that long ago and while it may not change nity along with the poor, workers and the those who are serving us our meal so they
community and supporting candidates the organization, image does matter. middle class. believe we also really care about making
across the country who share a vision for A number of other candidates aside My experience attending political fun- life better for them and their families.
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We need more woke white queens


I found myself admonishing white gay men, the establishments in which weve been made queens know they are woke. They are the
Until then, stay strong trying desperately to get them to understand to feel unwelcome. They will still put white ones that wont sleep with you because their
and give yourself the that the responsibility of turning this ship only on their Grindr proles. They will still best friend is trans and you threw them shade
around lies largely on their shoulders. I found erase our contributions from history and take whilst trying to get their number. They are
love awful gays wont myself taking to task the awful white gays, you credit for the backbreaking work we put in. loyal as fuck and you should take notes from
know, the ones who think simply because they (The Stonewall riots, credited as the birthplace them on how to be a decent gay.
By ROBERT JAMES dont use the n word or go to drag brunch of the modern LGBT movement was started If the gay community has taught me any-
once a month that they are championing by a black transgender woman, but that fact thing, its how to foster a ferocious love of self;
Racism, transphobia and discrimination are equality. But then I remembered that people is largely left out of the story, including in the how to see my beauty and my own worth.
alive and well in the gay community. It is no big dont respond positively to reproach, especial- lm Stonewall released in 2015), and they That didnt come from being a part of a loving,
secret. Washington, D.C. is about as divided ly when it comes from someone from outside will still see themselves as better than us in accepting, tolerant, and open-minded com-
as it gets when it comes to social strata. Youd of their own tribe (read: someone black). So every aspect of life. But you know what? Who munity because as I see it, that community
have to be as tone-deaf as a Pepsi ad suggest- instead of submitting something that wasnt cares? Some of them stay so busy saying you doesnt exist. It came because I had the forti-
ing Kendal Jenner and the sugary beverage as authentically me, I scrapped it! This is me start- cant sit with us that we never stop to really tude and wherewithal to discover those quali-
the cure to all social ills to not see it. ing over. ask ourselves, bitch, do I even want to? The ties within myself. Capital Pride is around the
Hell, we have two separate Pride cel- Instead of pandering to the oppressor, let solution isnt to convince them they are awful, corner. Before we go o celebrating gay pride,
ebrations; Black Pride for black folks and the me minister to those they oppress. Let me the solution is to see that you are not. Focus ask yourself, am I contributing something to
catch-all, Capital Pride for everyone else. As focus my attention where it stands to do the on your own beauty. Turn your attention to the community of which I can be proud? Am
someone who is often outspoken on social most good. Let me talk to the gays of color, the your unique, wondrous, and magical qualities. I exhibiting acceptance before I demand it
issues, especially those concerning race, I transgender people, the poor gays, the bisexu- You are still alive, you are still thriving in spite of from others? Ultimately, it is my hope that ev-
was asked to address our nations capitals als, the lesbians, and everyone else made to adversity, you are beautifully created and you eryone engages in that level of introspection;
gay community. Excited about the prospect feel less than and inferior. It boggles my mind deserve to be loved and appreciated in spite thats what separates the awful gays from the
of challenging peoples thinking and aecting that for a marginalized community, some of what they say. good ones. But until that point, to my margin-
positive change, I jumped at the opportunity. could nd it in themselves to turn around and Now, there are some woke white queens alized friends, stay strong and give yourself the
I sat down at my laptop and I eagerly began further marginalize others. But that is the sad out there and Id be remiss if I didnt give them love awful gays wont.
writing. Something was o. It wasnt working. reality of the world we live in and an even sad- a shout out! You all exemplify what allyship in
I stumbled from one sentence to the next and der truth for the gay community of which we action looks like. You take your privilege and
somehow cobbled together a semi-decent are asked to be proud. use it for good. You speak out against injustice
article. It was sucient, but it lacked the soul- The solution isnt getting awful white when you see it. You bitches rock and you de- ROBERT JAMES has been a resident of the D.C.
area for more than 25 years. Hes a political
bearing, in-your-face, unabashed tone and queens who thrive on discrimination to see serve to be applauded. If you think you belong adviser, theologian, lifestyle consultant, event
quality for which I am known. the error of their ways. They will still patronize in that category, calm down, you dont! Woke planner and professed socialite.

O U R BU SI N E SS MA T T E RS

D.C. moves primary election but fails to end voter ban


this scheme, fully one-fourth of voters are ir- approximately $350,000 for each party-mem- election system that necessitates only winning
Political parties should relevant due to Democrats enjoying an over- ber-only primary election might convince the among party members to prevail.
pay cost of primaries while whelming registration advantage. local Democratic Party, as well as minor par- Incumbent politicians dont want to com-
independents excluded As a result of the citys closed primary ties with correspondingly smaller cost-shares, pete against all others, and new ideas, in a
restriction, voters not registered with a party that it is time to allow independent voters non-partisan top-two primary open to all
are permitted to cast a ballot only in general equal access. voters, as in California and other states. They
elections when the winner is almost always a Taxpayers should neither be forced to fund dont even want to allow voters to choose to
foregone conclusion and voting little matters. elections in which all registered voters are not participate in an open primary party nomi-
Although residents fully understand that eligible to participate or directly subsidize re- nating election of their choice, as in neighbor-
not registering with a political party results in stricted party activities. If a political party cant ing Virginia and other states.
not being allowed to fully participate in select- aord, or chooses not to pay, a fair share of Elected oceholders like the citys outmod-
ing city oceholders, a total of one-in-ve, or the cost of conducting a closed primary to ed and antiquated primary election system
more, in half the citys political wards select No nominate candidates, party members can and the many ways it inhibits the political mar-
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur Party when signing up, and nearly an equal utilize an alternate method. A party could ketplace and suppresses public policy debate.
and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at number citywide do the same. choose, for example, to conduct a private Candidates should be required to, prefer-
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com. Almost 80,000 registered residents in D.C. election, as is done for selecting delegates to ably, compete in non-partisan elections in
are excluded from voting. national conventions, or hold a private nomi- which all candidates collectively seek to ad-
Last week the D.C. Council voted without A near-majority of voters, and a majority nating convention open only to its members. vance toward a two-candidate general election
dissent to again shift the date of the citys pri- of those 35-and-younger, now self-identify Elected oceholders from D.C.s dominant or, alternately, compete in an open primary
mary elections, permanently establishing the as independents nationwide. In D.C., the Democratic Party, of course, avoid acknowl- system in which independents are allowed to
second Tuesday in June for all future balloting. old-fashioned price for exercising the right edging or discussing this issue. They like the vote in a party primary of their choice.
Local legislators, however, failed to x the to vote in primary elections remains limited current system that essentially limits the rel- Reforming the Districts elections would
Districts arcane and exclusionary election to those willing to align themselves with a evant voting pool for election or re-election to remedy both the community perception
system that bars all non-party-aligned voters political party. only party members, with the general election and the practical reality that local ocehold-
from participating. If local political parties desire to conduct pri- a mere perfunctory exercise. ers are required to seek the votes of, and
Unlike most states, many of which do not maries as a restricted activity of private clubs, An unfair system that prohibits all voters represent, only a portion of permitted-to-
require voters to register by party, D.C. con- it should be required that they nance the from exercising their franchise grants estab- participate voters.
tinues its outdated system that prohibits nearly half-a-million-dollar cost to taxpayers, lished majority-party politicians special path- D.C. would benet from conducting mod-
independent voters from casting a ballot in prorated according to party registrations. way privileges and distinct electoral advantag- ernized elections made fair by allowing access
the determinative primary elections. Under Receiving a District government invoice of es. Local ocials prefer preserving a restricted to all voters.
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Two men embrace during Black Gay Pride Day, May 28, 1994.

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Do we still need D.C. Black Pride?


ACTIVISTS WEIGH IN ON RELEVANCE OF ANNUAL EVENTS IN TRUMP ERA
By MARVIN BOWSER

In 1991, I was a 30-year-old Air Force 25, 1991 alone. It was the rst time I was out in the world. Do we still need Black Pride? I Pride was never a response or an alternative
captain and closeted. I had worked hard to in public, outside of the gay bar havens, with posed this question to several LGBTQ leaders to Capital Pride. The original, Black and
earn my degree and commission and loved a group of black gay people, who looked like and activists. Heres what they had to say: Lesbian Gay Pride Day, was established as a
the Air Force. me and were dealing with the same issues I tool to sensitize the black gay community to
But Dont ask, Dont Tell was the was dealing with. It was uplifting, refreshing Ernest Hopkins, co-founder of D.C. Black the problems we were having with HIV/AIDS.
law and I was always looking over my and empowering. I bumped into a colleague Pride, legislative director, San Francisco Our friends were getting sick and needed
shoulder. Living two lives was physically from my oce in the Pentagon who was in the AIDS Foundation: Yes Answer the money for rent, food and burial expenses.
and spiritually exhausting. I did go to the Navy. We were not out to each other before. question with a question, What is DC Black
numerous bars that existed in D.C. at the We laughed out loud, hugged and have been Pride to you? It still raises money to combat Chuck Hicks, community organizer,
time they were fun, exciting and even great friends ever since. HIV/AIDS. It still provides a safe space, builds LGBTQ leader and historian. Yes
dangerous. Gay bashing and HIV/AIDS Now, 26 years later, LGBTQ people serve community and annual events that focus on Absolutely. The rst Black Pride was held in
were real hazards to living your life openly in the armed services. We have black LGBTQ issues. The question answers D.C. as a fundraiser to help people struggling
I remember walking onto Banneker Field marriage equality at the federal level; and D.C. itself Yes! Hopkins added, There is one
for the rst DC Black Pride on Saturday, May has some of the most LGBTQ positive laws misconception that I must clear up. DC Black CONTINUES ON PAGE 46
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Q U EE RY: 2 0 Q UE STIONS FOR G ENISE C HAMBE R S MA Y 2 6 , 2 0 1 7 2 9

The D.C. Black Pride volunteer


answers 20 gay questions

GENISE CHAMBERS

How long have you been out and who the title be?
was the hardest person to tell? The Little Engine That Could
Ive been out since my junior year of college
when I was living with my then-girlfriend. If science discovered a way to change
The hardest person to tell was my mother sexual orientation, what would you
whom I told rst. I think its often the do?
hardest to tell the very rst person. Not a thing.

Whos your LGBT hero? What do you believe in beyond the
Ellen. Shes done so much amazing physical world?
LGBT charitable work and has changed Energy WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
the hearts and minds of many people.
Bayard Rustin is a close second though. Whats your advice for LGBT
movement leaders?
Whats Washingtons best nightspot, Work together, not against each other
past or present? and diversify your sta and board in By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
Phase 1. We really need more lesbian every sense of the word. joeyd@washblade.com
spaces in D.C.
What would you walk across hot coals Genise Chambers discovered D.C. Black Pride 27 years ago when her
Describe your dream wedding. for? grandmother took her to the event at Banneker Field.
If I describe it then it might not happen. Chocolate. Its a necessity. Now 39, Chambers has attended as an adult every year since she was 17
Stop trying to jinx me. and is a volunteer organizer.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you D.C. Black Pride means the world to me, the native Washingtonian says.
What non-LGBT issue are you most most? Its a time when we come together and celebrate all the trials that we have
passionate about? Which one of you is the man in the been through as a unit, when we get to share information and receive it in
Almost every issue is an LGBT issue, relationship? Ugh! Expand your order to live healthy and prosperous lives.
from D.C. statehood to human rights, horizons people. Full details about D.C. Black Pride are online at dcblackpride.org.
there are just too many to choose from. Chambers works by day with her own business, Making U Fierce, LLC, a skin
Whats your favorite LGBT movie? care, waxing and makeup agency. Shes online at makinguerce.com.
What historical outcome would you Cloudburst. If you watch it and dont laugh She has three children: Andre, 21; Genae, 18; and Taihai, 13. She and
change? theres something very wrong with you. her wife, Lavonne Woods, live in Brookland. Chambers enjoys shopping,
The election of Trump. I dont think decorating, makeup, modeling and photography in her free time.
anyone is prepared for or can predict Whats the most overrated social
the massive amount of harm he is going custom?
to do and has already done. I dont think social customs are
overrated. I think things like shaking
Whats been the most memorable pop hands or opening the door for other
culture moment of your lifetime? people are really just small acts of
The death of Princess Diana and Elton kindness that are important.
John singing new lyrics to Candle in the
Wind at her funeral. All the tears! What trophy or prize do you most
covet?
On what do you insist? Success
Respect and kindness.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
What was your last Facebook post or It gets better. Trite but true.
Tweet?
Thanking the people of France for Why Washington?
electing Macron as president and Its home and I cant imagine living
restoring my faith in humanity. anywhere else. Plus I love the little
bubble of its liberalism.

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Last years Black Pride D.C. event.

Black Pride celebrates


Ties That Bind
Seminars, parties, concerts, a live performance by Lil Kim.
There will be an interfaith worship
picnics and more on packed service with guest speaker Pastor Mitchell
schedule Jones on Sunday from 9-11 a.m. at the
Grand Hyatt. D.C. Black Pride Brunch is at
By MARIAH COOPER Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)
from noon-6 p.m. with unlimited food and
The 27th annual D.C. Black Pride is at mimosas. Admission is $40.
various locations in Washington this weekend. On Monday, the annual Us Helping Us
Black Prides 2017 theme is The Ties Picnic in the Park will be at Fort Dupont
That Bind: Twenty Seven Years of Black Park (3600 Minnesota Ave., S.E.) from
Pride, in celebration of the strong bonds noon-7 p.m. There will be food and live
within the LGBT community. performances. Admission is free.
On Friday, May 26, there will be an For a complete list of events and prices,
opening reception at the Grand Hyatt visit dcblackpride.org.
(1000 H St., N.W.) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
LGBTQ Speed dating and networking OTHER EVENTS OF NOTE INCLUDE:
will follow from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Omega
Entertainment hosts The Annual 5,000 Big Boy Pride hosts its Big Boy Party at
Men Pride Mega Party at Bliss Nightclub Living Room (1008 Vermont Ave., N.W.) on
A GLAM SLAM! (2122 24th Pl., N.E.) from 9:30 p.m.-4 a.m.
R&B singer K. Michelle will perform.
Friday, May 26 from 6-11 p.m. There will be
drink specials and door prizes. Cover is $10.
NEW YORK POST On Saturday, May 27 there will be For more information, visit bigboypride.com.
the Grown Folks Speak Out 2017, a Jaywalking Productions and Makers
discussion about growing older in the Lab host Black Planet: A Black Pride

June 13July 2 | Eisenhower Theater


black LGBT community, at the Grand Celebration at Tropicalia (2001 14th
Hyatt from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Admission St., N.W.) on Sunday, May 28 from
is free. Continental breakfast and lunch 4-8 p.m. There will be performances
will be served. by the CooLots, Pretty Boy Drag and
There will also be workshops Pinky KillaCorn. Music will be a mix of
throughout the day including hip-hip, trap, house, 90s and more.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! resume writing and interview prep, Early bird tickets are $10 and regular
KENNEDY-CENTER.ORG | (202) 467-4600 overcoming hurt in the black church,
understanding the trans-attracted
admission is $15. For more details, visit
jaywalkingproductions.com.
Tickets also available at the Box Office. Groups call (202) 416-8400. man and more. A film festival, Monday Night Skating, an LGBT skating
For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540. screening films such as Moonlight group, hosts a Black Pride Skate at
and Check It, runs from 2-7:15 p.m. Laurel Skate Center (9890 Brewers Ct.,
Theater at the Kennedy Center
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Major support for Musical Theater
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Season Sponsor
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Presenting Sponsor
Omega Entertainment hosts The Laurel, Md.) on Monday, May 29 from
Grandiose Fantasy Mega Pride Party at 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be a conga line,
the Washington Marriott (2660 Woodley raes and games. For more details, visit
Rd., N.W.) from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. featuring facebook.com/mondaynightskating.
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Two thrilling programs of


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Balanchine, Peck, GUY ANTHONY, left, and GEORGE JOHNSON, founders of Black, Gifted & Whole.

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Black, Gifted & Whole provides
nancial, emotional support
Founder hopes to save says the urgency has increased under the
post-Trump administration.
others from hell I went You have a president who went on TV and
through in college basically said that giving funding to HBCUs
may be unconstitutional, Johnson says.
By MARIAH COOPER Its just interesting because in the rhetoric
thats coming from the administration to
Jauan Darbin, 18, who loves even think that something designated
experimenting with dierent makeup specically for a minority population could
Daniel Ulbricht with Ensemble in Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, photo by Paul Kolnik

looks and sharing them on social media. be unconstitutional when the very same
In April, his makeup artistry went viral constitution had an amendment for those
after he posted screenshots of a text same people just to be recognized as
conversation with his mother who citizens. Its like how far do you go? How
threatened to disown him. much further do you continue to go to
Wth is wrong with u. I am so attack marginalized populations?
disappointed. U are a male wth do u have Johnson says hes concerned about the
on eyelashes, eyebrows and makeup. Im possible reduction of the Pell Grant and other
completely done, his mother texted him. cuts to housing and urban development.
Darbin responded with a simple, OK. These budget cuts would have a signicant
Besides being a makeup acionado, impact on whether members of the
Darbin is a freshman at Morehouse community will be able to choose college.
College in Atlanta. He and his mothers Now youre going to have black families
relationship is strained but he has two having to decide, Well do I want to keep a
men on his side oering both nancial roof over my childrens head or do I want to
and emotional support. send them to college? Johnson says. And
Guy Anthony and George Johnson, co- thats going to be a real conversation that
founders of the non-prot organization kids are going to have at home. The fact that
Black, Gifted & Whole (blackgiftedwhole. LGBTQ homelessness is around 40 percent,
org), have made it their mission to give aid to so many LGBT students are already coming
young, gay, black men like Darbin who aspire from broken homes. When you have enough
A whirlwind of exhilaration... is any to continue their education. intersections of oppression like that its why
other ballet company as fit and athletic While attending an HIV/AIDS conference, suicide rates are so high in our community.
Anthony says he felt intimidated by the other The ght is a year-round eort for
as this one? The Washington Post attendees because he didnt have the same Black, Gifted & Whole. Every week the
background in public health as they did. organization spotlights a candidate
June 611, 2017 | Opera House Around the same time, Anthony watched
Black Girls Rock on BET and was inspired by
and attempts to raise funds for them
to attend college. In September, the
with the New York City Ballet Orchestra the way black women uplifted each other. organization will have a scholarship gala.
Anthony wanted the same for gay, black Details are still tentative but the plan is
men and started an awards ceremony in to raise money for the current six men
their honor. He met Johnson, who had a they are supporting as well as for future
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! strong background in higher education and candidates. The gala will also reward
historically black colleges and universities a few community members who have
KENNEDY-CENTER.ORG | (202) 467-4600 (HBCUs), and the pair decided to turn helped black, gay men over the years.
Tickets also available at the Box Office. the awards ceremony into a non-prot Helping these men in any way is an
organization that would give nancial aid to achievement for Anthony and Johnson,
Groups call (202) 416-8400.
gay, black men who want to attend HBCUs. but Anthony says their greatest joy is
For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540.
The initiative started in 2016 and this year being the emotional support for men
they are working towards aiding six men. like Darbin.
Support for Ballet at the Kennedy Center is generously provided by Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian.
While the need for helping gay, black
men has always been great, Johnson CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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SATURDAY MAY 27
Get your Pride on
WED, MAY 31
JOHN NEMETH AND D.C. gets into the spirit of Pride early with events occurring all over the city.
DANIELLE NICOLE BAND 18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) hosts its D.C. Pride kicko
party on Saturday, June 3 from 2-6 p.m. Brock Thompson, Jonathan Shields
THURS, JUNE 1 and Beaumont Brackeen will guest bartend for the night. All tips benet the
THE NEW STEW FEAT. Wanda Alston Foundation. DJ Thomas Hernandez spins tracks. Goldie Grigio
JASON ESKRIDGE & hosts. There will be celebrity cocktails named after local members of the D.C.
ROOSEVELT COLLIER community. For more information, visit facebook.com/duplexdiner.
PERFORMING THE ALBUM Story District hosts Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud at
9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. Storytellers will
BILL WITHERS share eight true stories based around the LGBT experience. Rayceen Pendarvis
LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL hosts. Storytellers include Mike Boyd, Elyse Hannah, Robin Katcher, among
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W/ PARIS MONSTER others. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Purchase
tickets at 930.com. GMCW oers
FRI, JUNE 2 Mauther Project hosts the ocial Capital Pride Womens kicko party
CHUBBY CARRIER in the parking lot of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (1701 14th St., N.W.)
Tony tribute show
& THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND on Saturday, June 3 from 6-10 p.m. There will be liquor and beer provided by Gay Mens Chorus of Washington hosts
W/ THE GET RIGHT BAND Denizens Brewing Co. and Republic Restoratives. Latin and barbecue-style street And the Tony Goes To , a performance
food will be served. BOOMscat will DJ the dance party. All are welcome. General of gay Broadway hits, at the Lincoln
SAT, JUNE 3
admission tickets are $15. Entry including two free drink tickets is $35. Tickets Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) for a two-night
OLD EBBITT GRILL PRESENTS that include two entries, open bar and all-you-can-eat food is $150. For more engagement on Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m.
details, visit whitman-walker.org/give/special-events. and Sunday, June 4 at 3 p.m.
AUSTRIAN WINE TOUR Latino GLBT History Project hosts La Fe: Resisting with Faith, the kick- The chorus will perform Broadways
o to the 11th annual D.C. Latino Pride, at Metropolitan Community Church gayest songs from musicals including
SAT, JUNE 3
NEWMYER FLYER PRESENTS of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. The Applause, A Chorus Line, Kinky
non-denominational faith service is for LGBT individuals and allies. For more Boots, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
PAUL MCCARTNEYS information, visit facebook.com/latinoglbthistory. and more. Songs that will be performed
75TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE River Tea D.C. hosts a tea dance on the Potomac at the Boomerang Party will be I Hope I Get It, Seasons of
Yacht and Private Ship Company (1072 31st St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 4 from Love, Willkommen, If You Were
SUN, JUNE 4 4:15-6:30 p.m. The party cruise will feature a cash bar, music by DJ Say What? Gay, Wig in a Box, I Am What I Am,
AN EVENING WITH and a large, open upper-deck on the second level. Tickets are $15 in advance among others. The June 4 performance
MARK G. MEADOWS and $20 at the dock. Boarding begins at 4:15 p.m. and the yacht will sail from will have an ASL interpretation. Tickets
FEAT. BRENT BIRCKHEAD 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more details, visit facebook.com/riverteadc. range from $25-65.
D.C. Brau and Washington Blade host #PridePils launch happy hour at For more information, visit gmcw.org.
FRI, JUNE 9 Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. The event
THE DEVON ALLMAN BAND will celebrate the launch of the #PridePils beer can. There will be prizes
for best rainbow or unicorn custom on your pet. For more details, visit
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Fantom Comics celebrates
SUN, JUNE 11
Wonder Woman
Fantom Comics (2010 P St., N.W.)
WALLY KINGS & DOCTOR DREAD PRESENT LGBT Wedding Expo is June 4
REGGAE FOREVER FEAT. celebrates the lm release of Wonder
Woman and the comic book heroines
ETANA W/ ANJAHLA & ILAVIBEZ BAND The 2017 Say I Do LGBT Wedding Expo takes place at the American Institute 75th anniversary on Saturday, June 3
AND CULTCHA SOUND
of Architects (1735 New York Ave., N.W.) on Sunday, June 4 from noon-4 p.m. from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
The event will have cake and dessert tasting from more than two dozen Wonder Woman cosplay is encouraged.
THURS, JUNE 15
vendors. There will also be workshops, drag bingo hosted by Nellies Sports The celebration continues with Femme
A-WA Bar and giveaways. The rst 100 couples will receive a swag bag valued at $75. Night: Amazonian Edition, a meet up for
VIP tickets are $30 and include entry for one couple, access to drag bingo with queer women, from 8-11 p.m. Femme
complimentary wine and a guaranteed swag bag. Solo Rock Star tickets are $10 Night guests are invited to bring food
and give admission for one person. Love Birds tickets admit two people for $15 and drink to the potluck-style gathering.
and Squad Goals tickets admits four people for $25. Admission for both events is free.
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PHOTO BY C. STANLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

NICHOLAS EDWARDS as Jesus and ARI McKAY WILFORD as Judas with the cast of Jesus
Christ Superstar at Signature Theatre. It runs through July 2.

Photo by Krystal Harfert


Photo by Teresa Wood

All the
Way Live! BANDALOOP Holy Jesus?
Kennedy Center
Signature breathes new life Images reminiscent of Jerusalems Old City
architecture, segments of Renaissance
into classic rock musical art depicting the Last Supper and later
contemporary images of all that ails the

Open House
By PATRICK FOLLIARD world today are projected on its bare
walls. Further heightening the experience
Since seeing Signature Theatres Jesus is Jason Lyons emotive lighting thats at
Christ Superstar last week, Ive been once striking yet not showy.
humming I Dont Know How to Love But the usually faultless Frank Labovitz
Celebrating JFK at 100 Him, Mary Magdalenes moving ballad
about her complicated relationship with
serves up some confusing costume
design garments appear to have been
Jesus. Yes, its one of the best and most pulled from a grab bag of not-great
Dance covered songs from the iconic rock street clothes, and the result adds little.
BANDALOOP Company E FLEXN The Washington Ballet operas familiar score by Andrew Lloyd There are a couple exceptions. Out actor
Dance & Bmore with CJay Philip Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), but Bobby Smith is handsomely suited up as
its Natascia Diazs breathtaking rendition a smooth Pontius Pilate and Diazs Mary
Music at Signature thats responsible for the makes sense in attering basic black.
National Memorial Day Choral Festival Alec Mackaye current earworm. Theres another Holy Land-set work
Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips Javier Starks John Reeves Accompanied mostly by two acoustic in town. Mosaic Theater Company is
Donvonte McCoy and Third Floor Ron Allen with Quim Cardona guitars, she makes the song her own. kicking o its Voices From a Changing
Voces Veracruzanas The JoGo Project DJ A Ayes Cold Diaz is that actor who can both sing Middle East Festival marking 50 years of
Chuck Berry Tribute with Daryl Davis The Messthetics and act a song exquisitely. And here the Occupation with Israeli playwright
shes absolutely terric as the prostitute Gilad Evrons Ulysses on Bottles. Its the
Young Audiences turned apostle whose intense love for her account of an Israeli-Arab ex-teacher,
All the Way Live! Mouth Open, Story Jump Out spiritual guru manifests as both a joy and nicknamed Ulysses (Michael Kevin
NSO Instrument Petting Zoo WNO Costume Trunk
a quiet torture. Darnall), who attempts to sail into Gaza
When Jesus Christ Superstar opened on a raft made of plastic bottles, bearing
Mosby the Kennedy Center Cat Maestro Mouse
on Broadway in 1971 it was noted for with him a cargo of Dostoyevskys Crime
Participatory Activities its contemporary take on the Gospels. and Punishment. He never makes it.
Arrested en route, Ulysses returns to Israel
An account of the last week of Jesus life
Skateboarding Yoga Tai Chi Fan Dance Native American Movement
focusing on his tetchy relationship with where he must face charges. An Israeli-Jewish
Boogie Woogie Dance Lessons from GottaSwing D.C. Bluegrass Union Jam
disciple Judas Iscariot, the sung-through lawyer Izakov (Matthew Boston) agrees to
Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Jam
musical ends with the crucixion. Staged take on his case pro bono and from there the
and more! by Joe Calarco, Signatures production
doesnt have a particularly revolutionary
mens two very dierent worlds intersect. Its a
universal tale told with sympathy and humor.
feel, but what the out director conveys The cast includes out actor Sarah Marshall as
so well is the enduringly divisive eect an Israeli army secret service agent, Liz Perotti,
of religion, money and power. He and Chris Genebach.
FREE! Saturday, May 27, Noon10 p.m. interestingly emphasizes the concept Winner of Israel Theater Prizes Best Original
Part of JFK Centennial WeekExplore more at jfkc.org/openhouse of the Word with all of Jesus followers Play in 2012, Ullyses on Bottles was inspired
carrying black books, their conduit to a by real-life events.
new way of living.
The rock score, played by an o-stage, Jesus Christ Superstar
The 35 Days of Giving Centennial Challenge is your opportunity to play hard-driving, seven-person band led by Through July 2
an active role in promoting President Kennedys legacy! During the 35 days Signature Theatre
musical director William Yanesh, gives the
leading up to President Kennedys 100th birthday on May 29, your contributions 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington
will be matched two-to-one by Shelley and Allan Holt of the Hillside Foundation, talented ensemble an opportunity to shine $40-114
helping to raise vital funds to support the Centers ongoing and future artistic with Whats the Buzz, Hosanna and 703-820-9771
and educational activities. Learn more and get involved at jfkc.org/35days Sigtheatre.org
more. Standout moments include Nicholas
Edwards very human Jesus grappling with Ulysses on Bottles
his fate in Gethsemane and Awa Sal Secka Through June 11
Mosaic Theater Company
adding shades of powerful gospel with Atlas Performing Arts Center
Support for JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy is provided by Simon Zealotes/Poor Jerusalem. 1333 H Street NE
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MUSIC GALLERIES
Corky Siegels Chamber Blues. May District Architecture Center. Bees
26-May 27. AMP. in the City. Thru Jun 3. The Pollinator-
ampbystrathmore.com. friendly Garden. Thru Jun 3. aiadac.com.
Kennedy Center Open House. May gallery Neptune & Brown. Jowita
27. JFK Centennial Celebration. May Wyszomirska: Vanishing Point. Thru
29. NSO: Mahlers Second Symphony. May 29. galleryneptunebrown.com.
Jun 1-3. Kennedy Center. Glen Echo Park. Six Artists Return to
kennedy-center.org. Glen Echo Park. Thru May 29. Vessels
U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Great and Small 2017. Thru May 29.
Band. May 26. National Gallery of Art. glenechopark.org.
nga.gov. Goethe-Institut. FORTY out of ONE
National Memorial Day Concert. May MILLION by Kai Wiedenhfer. Thru Jun
Hir 28. West Lawn US Capitol. 16. goethe.de.
Thru Jun 18. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Freddie Dunn. Jun 1. Dance Place at Hill Center. Hill Center Galleries. Thru
woollymammoth.net. Monroe Street Market. danceplace.org. Jun 25. hillcenterdc.org.
Obie Award-winner Taylor Macs audacious, uproarious black comedy (The Martin Babjak, baritone; Daniel ISAAG. Julio Valdez (Dominican
New York Times) ips the script on gender power dynamics and asks a key Buranovsky, piano. Jun 1. The Republic). May 30-Jun 20.
question: does destroying the past really free you from it? Its a sly kitchen-sink Embassy Series. Embassy of Slovakia. idbstaassociationartgallery.org.
drama covered in glitter. embassyseries.org. Korean Cultural Center DC.
Brown Bag Chamber Music Series. Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper
Audra McDonald Jun 1. Goethe-Institut. goethe.de. Heritage in Contemporary American
May 26. Strathmore. Fifth Harmony. May 27. U.S. Marine Art. Thru May 31. koreaculturedc.org.
strathmore.org. Band with Fireworks! May 28. Wolf The Art League Gallery. Lesa Cook:
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more prestigious accolades, actress and singer McDonald has thrilled Live Blues featuring Anthony theartleague.org.
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Renoir bring to light Bazilles place as a central gure in the movement. National Game. Thru Jul 22. loc.gov. May 28. Stefan Zweig, Farewell to Europe.
National Archives. Amending May 28. In Between. May 28. Scarred
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archivesfoundation.org. Folger Theatre. Brews & Banter:
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the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century National Archives. American Experience:
THEATRE 27. Catch Me! Mayower Hotel.
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American Landscape Photography.
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JFK (Part Two). May 31. Congressional
Review: Can Congress Function at its
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Theatre. folger.edu. Center. olneytheatre.org. Centuries. Thru Jul 16. nga.gov. Arlington Cultural Aairs. Color Your
Inside Signature: Nicholas Edwards. The Father. Thru Jun 18. Studio National Geographic. Earth Explorers. Future Garden with artist Marcella
Jun 1. Jesus Christ Superstar. Thru Jul 2. Theatre. studiotheatre.org. Thru Sep 10. Sharks. Thru Oct 15. Kriebel. May 30. Crystal City Farmers
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Whoopi Goldberg. May 27. 1. Theater J. theaterj.org. National Museum of Women in National Gallery of Art. Film: The Miracle
Strathmore. strathmore.org. Ulysses on Bottles. Thru Jun 11. the Arts. From the Desk of Simone of Tekir. May 27. Film: Back Home. May 27.
In the Heights... In Spanish! Thru Mosaic Theater Company. Atlas. de Beauvoir. Thru Jun 2. The Women Film: Sunset Song. May 28. nga.gov.
May 28. GALA Hispanic Theatre. mosaictheater.org. Arrive: From Masonic Temple to NMWA. Gallery Talk: Collection
galatheatre.org. Fear Eats the Soul. Thru Jun 4. SCENA Womens Museum. Thru Jun 9. Selections. May 31. nmwa.org.
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Shear Madness. Thru Jun 11. Kennedy Bard. Gunston II. wscavantbard.org. Daguerreian Portrait Pairs. Thru Jun 4. Architecture: 4-Session Evening
Center. shearmadness.com. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Thru The Face of Battle: Americans at War, Course. May 31. Ripley Center.
Catch Me! The Magic Duel. May Jun 11. Synetic Theater. synetictheater.org. 9/11 to Now. Thru Jan 28. npg.si.edu. smithsonianassociates.org.
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JENNIFER KNAPP says shes still a Christian but doesnt record gospel music
exclusively anymore.

Knapp comes
Back Around
Singer/songwriter preps trying to explain whats going on or feeling like
new album, her third since Im being investigated by the audience. Now its
more about coming together and enjoying the
leaving gospel music music we all know and less about trying to
gure out what our footing is in this new story.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO Her fans: It depends on where I go. There
are some pockets where they remember me as
For several years in the late 90s and early a Christian music artist and are denitely going
00s, Jennifer Knapp was one of the darlings of to the show to have that kind of experience.
contemporary Christian music. And then the next show you go to, they may
Though only starting out in the eld, her be familiar with the longer version of my story
major label debut album Kansas sat at no. 80 and arent really tied to any sort of religious
in a 2001 ranking by CCM Magazine of the 100 experience at all. Sometimes its a whole
June 13July 16, 2017 | Opera House greatest albums in Christian music. Not just
albums for that year of all time. Her single
room of people estranged from the religious
experience. Im happy to have either one. Its
Undo Me was a No. 1 hit on Christian radio just about connecting.
and came in at no. 94 in CCMs ranking of the Going back to school for a masters in
100 greatest songs in Christian music history. theological studies: I just want to be very
All that changed after she took a seven- educated and informed and not just having
year break and came out as a lesbian upon the faith for myself personally but (considering)
returning to the music scene in 2010. Now what are the implications to us as a community.
when the CCM world gathers or takes stock of I want to talk about the conuence of LGBT
its own history, signicant artists like she and issues and religious organizations with a lot of
Ray Boltz are ignored. wisdom and patience.
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Shes now touring just ahead of the release Being written out of CCM history:
Tickets also available at the Box Office. Groups (202) 416-8400
For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540 of new album Love Comes Back Around, out Its kind of passive aggressive. One day its
June 23, her third solo album since returning all, Where have you been, weve missed
to music. She plays Jammin Java in Vienna, Va., you so much , then you come out of the
Theater at the Kennedy Center Major support for Musical Theater Kennedy Center Theater
is made possible by at the Kennedy Center is provided by Season Sponsor on Saturday, June 3. Knapp touched on many closet and theyre like, Oh, never mind. Or
topics during a phone chat en route to a May they dont even say that, they just back away
22 concert in Washington state. really quietly. I have shed a few tears on that
Additional support is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Jennifer Knapp on: but I dont really want to participate in that
Keeping fans engaged with new industry anymore. Im not writing about
material: If everybodys on board and paying my faith, although it does show up in some
attention, Ill go with it. Otherwise Ill go, OK, its respects in my music now. But Im not
time to move on to something else. I always there anymore. They can stay silent if they
have an escape plan. Its a little bit like choose want but that silence says a hell of a lot.
your own adventure.
Her new album: I thought it was going to
be more folky and acoustic and very bare bones
but it ended up being really lush. Theres a lot An Evening with Jennifer Knapp
of beauty on this record even though it has a Saturday, June 3
Jammin Java
very simplistic feel to it. There are so many 227 Maple Ave.
subtle layers. Its not a typical pop record that E. Vienna, Va.
some people may have been anticipating. Tickets: $18
6:30 p.m.
This phase of her career: I dont feel like jamminjava.com
Im having to spend all my time on stage kind of jenniferknapp.com
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Quick-witted, clear-spoken She has


developed a bizarrely logical, seemingly
free-associating style of delivery [and] had
this critic in tears from laughing so hard.
New York Times
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D.C. Rawhides and D.C. Bear Crue host
Bear Happy Hour at Town (2009 8th St.,
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is free until 9:30 p.m. There will be drink
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at 7 p.m. No cover. For more details, visit
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SMYAL hosts a queer prom at Eastern
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p.m. The theme is Masquerade in Paris. The
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a step-and-repeat and a Strike-A-Pose and
gif photo booth. Admission is free. For more
information, visit smyal.org.
Broadway legend Audra McDonald
performs at the Music Center at Strathmore
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tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45-105.
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Gay singer/songwriter Brett Gleason
comes to Ebenezers Coeehouse (201 F St.,
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tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. Gleason will perform Fifth Harmony performs at Wolf Trap Saturday night.
an acoustic set debuting his new album.
Admission is free. For more information, visit
facebook.com/brettgleasonfan.
Women in Their 20s, a social discussion
group for LBT and all women interested in Va.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35- St., N.W.) today from 4-8 p.m. Charity Joyce WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
women, meets today at the D.C. Center (2000 65. For more information and to purchase Blackwell and Patience Sings host. There will
14th St., N.W.) from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome tickets, visit wolftrap.org. be performances by the CooLots, Pretty Boi Metro Stage (1201 North Royal St.,
to join. For details, visit thedccenter.org. Book Reading Uplifts His Spirit Drag and Asha Boomclak Santee. Tickets are Alexandria, Va.) presents Master Class
GAMMA, a peer-supported, self-help (B.R.U.H.S.) hosts Brother to Brother 3 at $15. For more details, visit makerslabdc.co. tonight at 8 p.m. The play tells the story of
group for gay or bisexual men who have the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) today renowned diva Maria Callas as she battles
been involved with women, meets at Luther from noon-4 p.m. Gay, black authors will will MONDAY, MAY 29 the stage, her marriages and her students.
Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave., read and discuss their work including Craig The show runs through June 11. Nick Olcott
N.W.) tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more Stewart, Rashid Darden, Daniel Holback, The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..) hosts directs and Ilona Dulaski stars as Maria Callas.
details, visit meetup.com/gammaindc. Rae Monet, David Maurice Parker and more. coee drop-in hours this morning from 10 Tickets are $55. For more information, visit
Admission is free. For more details, visit a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. metrostage.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 27 thedccenter.org. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight
complimentary coee and conversation at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th
The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) SUNDAY, MAY 28 with other community members. For more St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations
hosts All the Singlet Ladies, a summer tea information, visit thedccenter.org. required and new comers welcome. If you
dance, today from 3-7 p.m. DJ Say What spins Distrkt C hosts DC1 Mykono Beach Party Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave., need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
tracks. There will be drink specials and food. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
Cover is $5. For more details, visit facebook. tonight from 10 p.m.- 8 a.m. DJ Dani Toro and men to discuss topics that aect them, THURSDAY, JUNE 1
com/eagledc. DJ Jack Chang will play music. One guest will share perspectives and have meaningful
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts CTRL: win a pair of bracelets for entry into all Xlsior conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org. The fth annual Metro D.C. PFLAG
Trappist-1, a space-themed, gay dance Mykonos events from Aug. 23-30. Event is cocktail party is at Vidas Penthouse Pool
party, tonight from 10:30 p.m.-4 a.m. with DJs free from 10-11 p.m. for guests wearing TUESDAY, MAY 30 & Lounge (1612 U St., N.W.) today from 6-9
Adam Koussari, Devon Trotter and Je Prior. swimwear. Tickets are $25. For more details, p.m. There will be an auction with items
Guests can also enjoy a ashing photo booth visit distrktc.com. SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a from prizes from Level One Restaurant,
by Kalorama Photography. Cover is $15 from African-American Collective Theater transgender and non-binary group today Signature Theatre, Gay Mens Chorus of
10 p.m.-midnight and $12 after midnight. (ACT) hosts its 25th anniversary LGBTQ from 5-7 p.m. The group oers resources Washington and more. Tickets are $50. All
Drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. For more Theater Showcase at Undercroft Theatre (900 in the D.C. area for transgender and non- ticket sales and donations benet Metro
information, visit towndc.com. Massachusetts Ave., N.W.) today from 3-11 binary youth. The group also will have D.C. PFLAG. For more information, visit
GeeksOut hosts a Queer Book Club at p.m. The show is in observance of D.C. Black opportunities to go to museums, shows pagdc.org/penthouse.
Fantom Comics (2010 P St., N.W.) today Pride. The festival will have LGBT-themed and movies. For more details, visit smyal. Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) holds
from 2-4 p.m. The group will discuss the play performances running in intervals from org. a happy hour today from 5-7:30 p.m. All
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fantomcomics. a-act.org. LGBT happy hour, from 5-7 p.m. For is $5 after 9 p.m. DJ Bling, DJ Freaky and DJ
Fifth Harmony performs at the Filene Makers Lab hosts Black Planet: a Black more information, visit republictakoma. Tim-Nice will play music for the night. For
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socializing face-to-face. The big parties
with HIV/AIDS. Welmore Cook took a leave of are important too as we lose black bars
absence from Best Friends of DC Inc. to form and clubs.
the rst black gay HIV/AIDS organization in The Center for Black Equity supports 32
DC to combat the disease. The Black Lesbian member Black Prides that include major
and Gay Pride Day Inc. eventually became cities across the U.S., DC Black Pride and
DC Black Pride. Memorial Day weekend was London. Im encouraging the other Black
chosen in homage to The Childrens Hour Prides to come to support the Equality
celebrations held at D.C.s Club House. Black March. All hands on deck. Fowlkes is an
Prides became an expression of our lifestyle Equality March honorary co-chair and he
and culture that has spread worldwide. This also feels that the march is important and
wonderful result was completely unplanned. must not fail due to lack of local support.
Black Prides also give black LGBTQ artists and
entrepreneurs an opportunity to prosper. David Bruinooge, founder, Equality
March for Unity and Pride. Yes, people
Sheila Alexander-Reid, director, Mayors should celebrate anyway they want. So
Oce of LGBTQ Aairs, Washington, D.C. yes. Communities can come together
Yes People want to celebrate themselves in many dierent ways. The various
with their own community and still do not Prides celebrate their unique identities.
see a lot of their community at Capital Pride. Communities should come together
She followed up by applauding Capital Prides to celebrate their uniqueness and see
DEVIN BARRINGTON WARD
eorts to make its board more diverse by themselves. Asked what motivated his WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

including Ashley Smith and Savana Wanzer interest in the Equality March, he said,
who are both African American. If the It is even better when we can all come
leadership is not diverse, then outreach is not together and celebrate together. The DC, I have the luxury and responsibility they have may not be what you need. It is like
diverse, then attendance is not diverse. Equality March centers the margins to to create the things that are missing. the dierence between going to a white club
highlight those that have been forgotten Ward recognizes his privilege as a cis- and a black club. Asked about the Equality
Dr. Anika Simpson, co-chair, Equality and neglected. More people must be gender black queer man. Trans people March, he replied, I think people must
March for Unity and Pride. Yes we educated to support [LGBTQ] people who will think dierently. Our spaces will participate in the national march. We must be
need safe places for Black LGBTQ people live in the margins. We need to mobilize always be inclusive of trans and gender seen as part of the national community. As a
to come together to refresh and recreate; our community and allies and rally nonconforming folks. Impulse Groups young person, going to the gay march showed
to come together in joy, solidarity and behind the voiceless and poor. It is time mission is to educate gay, bisexual and me I was not alone. Everyone should actually
protest. The Equality March (set for June that those issues are centered. We need queer men about HIV. march and go to the rally.
11 in D.C.) intentionally has a majority of to stand together as one.
person of color leadership team, which Peter Rosenstein, LGBTQ activist, Jamil Fletcher, publisher, SWERV
has shifted the focus of the march. The Khadijah Tribble, Ground Game, planning committee member, Equality Magazine. Yes, we still need to celebrate
mission centers very explicitly on those organizer, Equality March for Unity March for Unity and Pride. Yes, DC Black LGBTQ Pride. We actually need it now
LGBTQ people who have been silent and and Pride. Yes, we need safe spaces and Black Pride is still needed as a safe place more than ever given the state of the world
neglected. There are 12 co-chairs: nine we need to be visible. We need DC Black for black LGBTQ people to come together today. At the root, Black Prides are about
are black, Latino or Native American; Pride as long as we have people who are and celebrate. Its important that all building community. A community that is
the remaining three are white. Four are challenged about coming out and need voices are heard. On June 11, everyone empowered, healthy, nancially strong,
transgender or gender non-conforming. resources. DC Black Pride has social as needs to come together for the Equality educated, and vibrant. Those of us living at
Simpson added that this organization well as political consciousness and focus. March and resist be unied to support this unique intersection of being black and
shows the possibilities of where queer Local D.C. politicians nd some way to and protect full civil rights for everyone - queer know too well the challenges within our
movements should go in the future. connect to DC Black Pride. Tribble said leaving no one behind. community. Pride aords us an opportunity
she would like to see DC Black Pride to come together in a way that embraces all
Ryan Bos, executive director, Capital workshops put more focus on building, Abdur-Rahim Briggs, president and of our identities without condition.
Pride. Yes, DC Black Pride oers that and rebuilding organizations, to create CEO, Project Briggs. Yes, we still need
safe space for black LGBTQ people to pipelines for new leaders, activists and Black Prides because of racism in the gay It was a unanimous, resounding yes,
learn and celebrate. Capital Pride is and entrepreneurs. She would also like to see, community. I do not see Capital Pride we still need DC Black Pride for the health
will continue to help sponsor DC Black a method to pass national-level issues reaching into the black community. and vitality of black LGBTQ communities.
Pride. Ryan stated that, Capital Pride identied by Black Pride organizations to Briggs does participate in Capital Pride. As the White House submits its budget to
has a good relationship with DC Black the DNC and Congressional Black Caucus He has judged oats in the past and Congress this week, its clear that health and
Pride and that hed continue to look for for resolution. loves to march in the Pride Parade. He social services programs are being reduced
ways to foster partnerships. commented, I would like to see more to levels that threaten LGBTQ communities,
Devin Barrington Ward, president, whites participate in Black Pride to build particularly those already living in the margins.
Earl Fowlkes, executive director, Impulse Group DC. Yes, we need Black more bridges. Hed also like to see more Moreover, several states are pushing anti-
Center for Black Equity. Yes, Black Prides now more than ever. As DC and the corporate funding to support Black Pride LGBTQ legislation, bringing a renewed sense
Prides are annual events driven by country change, it is more important than but he is wary of corporate control. of urgency to both Black Pride and the
attendance. If they were not relevant, ever to have spaces created by and for upcoming Equality March for Unity and Pride.
no one would come. Our Prides provide black people to contribute to Chocolate Dr. Ron Simmons, executive director
an opportunity to celebrate being black City. DC is changing and gentrication is emeritus, Us Helping Us. Yes, the initial
and LGBTQ a duality that has to be a fact not just a discussion. Its harder for purpose of DC Black Pride was to raise money
addressed and acknowledged. Black black folks to have black spaces, which is for HIV/AIDS organizations. Black gay men
Prides have workshops, poetry slams, so important. Asked if DC Black Pride was and lesbians need to be armed and see
MARVIN BOWSER is a lifestyle blogger and
plays and visual arts. Black Prides are missing anything for younger people, he themselves as part of empowerment. You Blade contributor. Follow him on Instagram
also social. Social media doesnt replace said, As the president of Impulse group dont see yourself at white pride. The events @FirstBroDC.
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consisting of three very barky Miniature homeowners and tenants (with landlords test to a buyer unless the buyer chooses
Schnauzers, announced insistently that permission), allows for a rebate of up to do his own test as part of the home in-
there was someone at the door. to $200 per camera with a maximum of spection process. A First Alert radon test
I looked out the window behind me $500 for residences and $750 for com- kit is available on amazon.com for only
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