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Co-chairs, platform Cleve Jones, longtime San Francisco LGBT

rights advocate, author and creator of the
announced as thousands National AIDS Quilt, who worked with Mixner
prepare to demonstrate to organize the 2009 LGBT march.
Equality March organizers also released for
the rst time on May 25 what they called the
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. ocial platform for the march, which the statement says was approved by the marchs
13 national co-chairs.
Organizers of the June 11 Equality March The 15 platform points are as follows,
for Unity and Pride, which is being billed as a statement released on May 25 says:
a Washington protest march for LGBTQ+ Reproductive Justice, Immigration Justice,
rights and diversity, have released the names International, Indigenous/Two Spirit, Youth,
of 18 longtime LGBT movement leaders and Racial Justice, Income Inequality, Disabilities
activists who will serve as honorary co-chairs Rights, Elder Rights, Legislative Issues,
and advisers to the march. Violence, Biphobia, Transphobia, HIV/AIDS,
Among them are David Mixner, author, civil and Religion/Faith.
rights activist and co-organizer of the 2009 Equality March founder DAVID BRUINOOGE last week urged supporters to
donate money to support the event.

Trump budget assailed Institute, said the decrease in funding for HIV/
AIDS proposed in the Trump administrations
as cruel and callous $4.1 trillion budget request was pretty
assault on patients shocking after years of bipartisan agreement
to confront the disease.
We always think there are ways to improve,
By CHRIS JOHNSON ways to change things, were open to that, Schmid said. Were not one of the people
that say, No, no, no. But I dont think cutting
Proponents of funding to combatHIV/AIDS the budget this drastically is a way to change
continue to express alarmover cuts to federal things.
programs, which in some cases are massive, The budget blueprint unveiled in March
in the budget proposal that President Trump by the White House Oce of Management
unveiled last week amid questions of whether & Budget indicated proposed cuts for HIV
Congress will agree to the reductions. OMB Director MICK MULVANEY is promoting a budget that makes drastic
HIV cuts.


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Comings & Goings D.C. Latinx Pride to

Fanning joins CNAS board highlight Trump resistance
By PETER ROSENSTEIN Events coincide with Pulse
The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our com-
massacre anniversary
munity. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining
boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Congratulations to Paul C. Hurdle III who
has a new position with WilmerHale assenior The Latino GLBT History Project plans to
conicts attorney. In this role I will work use this years 11th annual D.C. Latinx Pride to
on compliance by the rm with the Rules highlight the continued resistance to President
of Professional Conduct and other ethical Trump and his administrations policies toward
standards, especially the management of immigrants and LGBT people.
conicts of interest in connection with the Latino GLBT History Project President
intake of new matters by the rms lawyers Jos Plaza told the Washington Blade the
and the lateralentry of new lawyers into the Metropolitan Community Church in Northwest
rm, Hurdle said. D.C. is hosting a Resisting with Faith event
Prior to joining WilmerHale Hurdle was a on June 3 at which Rev. Jorge Delgado of the
partner with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. PHOTO COURTESY OF GRANT congregations Unid@s Ministry and DC Center
He is the chair of the Legal Ethics Committee, for the LGBT Community Executive Director
District Of Columbia Bar. He volunteers David Mariner will be honored.
with Whitman-Walker Health, Legal Services Plaza said representatives of the Mexican
Latino GLBT History Project President JOS
Division, and serves on its board of directors American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, PLAZA says this years annual D.C. Latinx
and handled numerous pro bono asylum the League of United Latin American Citizens Pride will highlight the resistance to President
cases. He also volunteers with Lambda and the National Council of La Raza are among Trump and his administrations policies
Legal. He has a bachelors degree from the those who are expected to participate in the toward immigrants and LGBT Americans.
University of VA College of the Arts and LGBTQ Latinx: Resources for Resistance panel WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Sciences and his J.D. is from the University Of that is scheduled to take place at IN3DC in
Virginia School Of Law. Northwest D.C. on June 7. Town Danceboutique
Congratulations also to Eric Fanning who on June 8 will host La Resistencia, a party that This years D.C. Latinx Pride coincides with
has joined the Center for a New American ERIC FANNING means resistance in Spanish. the rst anniversary of the massacre at the
Securitys (CNAS) board of advisors. The The Latino GLBT History Project will march Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
board is comprised of prominent leaders with El Zol 107.9, a Spanish-language radio A gunman killed 49 people and injured
from the private sector, academia, the station in D.C., in the Capital Pride parade. Plaza 53 others when he opened re inside the
military, and government who help inform is also among the 13 co-chairs of the Equality nightclub on June 12, 2016. The massacre,
the Centers research and expand its March for Unity and Pride that is scheduled to which took place during the gay clubs weekly
community of interest. take place in the nations capital on June 11. Latino night, is the deadliest mass shooting in
Fanning was the 22nd Secretary of the We want to ensure that we are dealing with modern U.S. history.
Army, appointed by President Obama on national issues, with the resistance as well as The majority of the 49 victims were LGBT
May 18, 2016.He is the rst person to have local resources, Plaza told the Blade. Latinos.
held senior presidential appointments in Trump in January signed two executive The Latino GLBT History Project and Town
three military departments. As Secretary of orders that spur construction of a wall along raised $40,000 for the victims families.
the Army, he had statutory responsibility the U.S.-Mexico border and cut federal funding Plaza told the Blade the Pulse nightclub
for all matters relating to the United States RUSSELL ROYBAL to so-called sanctuary cities that protect massacre is ever-present among LGBT
Army, its $147 billion budget, and its 1.4 undocumented immigrants. Latinos. He also said there is a sense of urgency
million people. Fanning previously served as The arrest of an undocumented transgender this year that hasnt been had in previous D.C.
chief of sta to the Secretary of Defense. From April 2013 until February 2015, he woman inside a Texas courthouse in February Latinx Pride celebrations.
served as the 24th Under Secretary of the Air Force (the No. 2 civilian position in the after she received a protective order against This year theres this palpable fear in
Air Force) where he oversaw an annual budget of more than $110 billion while serving her ex-boyfriend sparked outrage among the community with deportations, with the
as co-chair of the top Air Force corporate decision making body, the Air Force Council, immigrant rights advocates and their dierent challenges that this administration
and also led the Air Force Space Board, the Air Force Energy Council and the Force supporters. They also criticized the deportation is putting forward, said Plaza. Were not only
Management and Development Council. From June 2013 through December 2013 he of Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old providing resources, but trying to activate and
simultaneously served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force. Prior to that he served as Dreamer from Mexico who arrived in the U.S. advocate in a much more present way.
the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Ocer. when he was a child and was protected under
And congratulations also to Russell Roybal who has announced hes leaving the the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
National LGBTQ Task Force to return to California. He will become San Francisco program that then-President Obama created D.C. Latinx Pride events
AIDS Foundations Chief Advancement Ocer, leading the organizations marketing, in 2012. La Fe: Resisting with Faith
Metropolitan Community Church (474 Ridge
communications and fundraising eorts. Thousands of people who oppose Trumps St., N.W.)
Roybal is currently the Task Forces deputy executive director. He manages the immigration policies marched to the White June 3 at 6 p.m.
organizations day-to-day operations and directs the organizations policy and House on May 1. La Platica: LGBTQ Latinx: Resources for Re-
programmatic work, including the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating The theme through all of this is going to be sistance
Change. He has lled a number of roles at the Task Force, including deputy executive the resistance, Plaza told the Blade. It falls in IN3DC (2301 Georgia Ave., N.W., Ste. D)
June 7 at 6 p.m.
director of external relations and director of movement building where he managed line with this idea that we as a community are
the organizations capacity building and training eorts. resisting. La Fiesta: La Resistencia
Its not just the LGBT community, he added. Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., N.W.)
June 8 at 9 p.m.
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7th Circuit affirms bathroom access for trans student

Court unanimously says school, to work, and simply to exist in are protected under Title IX even
public spaces, Hayashi said. This win though the Trump administration has
Title IX bars discrimination makes that more possible for more revoked Obama-era guidance that
people. determined barring transgender kids
By CHRIS JOHNSON The 7th Circuit reached the from the bathroom matching their conclusion transgender students gender identity violates that law.

In another legal decision arming

federal law ensures bathroom access for
transgender students, a federal appeals
court has determined a transgender student
in Wisconsin must be allowed access to Cancellation of OutGames events
restrooms at his high school consistent with
his gender identity.
prompts fraud probe
In a 35-page decision, a three-judge panel MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Organizers of the World OutGames Miamis decision to
the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled abruptly cancel almost all of its sporting events has prompted local authorities
unanimously in favor of Ashton Whitaker, a to launch a fraud investigation.
17-year-old who sued Kenosha Unied School Organizers told participants in an email they sent on May 26 that nancial
District for requiring him to use a restroom challenges prompted them to cancel the opening and closing ceremonies and
separate from one used by all other students. sports programming with the exception of aquatics, country western dance and
Writing for the court, U.S. Circuit soccer.
Judge Ann Claire Williams, an Obama The opening ceremony was scheduled to take place in Miami Beach on May
appointee, determined Title IX of the 27.
Education Amendment of 1972, which bars LGBT athletes from around the world had already traveled to South Florida to
discrimination in schools on the basis of sex, participate in the games that were scheduled to take place through June 4 when
applies to Ashs situation. organizers made their announcement. The World OutGames Miami Human
A policy that requires an individual to use Rights Conference took place as scheduled at a Miami Beach hotel, although
a bathroom that does not conform with his or attendance was far lower than expected.
The 7th Circuit has armed bathroom
her gender identity punishes that individual access for ASHTON WHITAKER, shown here We thank everyone who has supported the eort and apologize to those who
for his or her gender non-conformance, which with his mother. will be impacted by this dicult decision, said the organizers in their email.
in turn violates Title IX, Williams writes. The Miami Heraldreportedthe city of Miami Beach spent $200,000 to sponsor
Joining Williams in the decision was U.S. the OutGames and waved permit fees associated with events. The newspaper
Circuit Judge Ilana Rovner, an appointee of sex stereotyping as sex discrimination. Also alsosaidMiami-Dade County agreed to reimburse $18,000 in expenses.
George W. Bush, and U.S. Circuit Judge Diane cited is the 7th Circuits recent in decision in The Miami Herald reported Miami Beach ocials in recent months grew
Wood, a Clinton appointee. Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, which increasingly concerned that games organizers were unable to meet their
The decision upholds a preliminary determined anti-gay bias is sex discrimination fundraising goals. It obtained a memo from City Manager Jimmy Morales on
injunction U.S. District Judge Pamela Pepper, under the law. May 25 that said OutGames ocials had not paid a $5,000 deposit for event
an Obama appointee, issued in September The School District argues that even permits and they owed the National Hotel, which was the games ocial hotel, a
requiring Kenosha Unied School District to under a sex-stereotyping theory, Ash cannot substantial amount of money.
change its policy. demonstrate a likelihood of success on his The city of Miami Beach is deeply concerned to hear that the World
Ash said in a statement hes thrilled the Title IX claim because its policy is not based on OutGames has decided to cancel their opening and closing ceremonies and
Seventh Circuit determined that Peppers whether the student behaves, walks, talks, or sports programming, with the exception of soccer, aquatics and country western
decision should stand as the litigation and his dresses in a manner that is inconsistent with dance, said the city of Miami Beach on May 26 in a statement.
studies continue. any preconceived notions of sex stereotypes, City sta has worked consistently for the past several months to assist
After facing daily humiliation at school last Williams writes. Instead, it contends that as the event producers with special events planning and permitting; fundraising
year from being threatened with discipline a matter of law, requiring a biological female eorts; relocating events to low or no cost venues; assisting with local partners
and being constantly monitored by school to use the womens bathroom is not sex- to provide support and access and providing nancial support to cover police
sta just to use the bathroom, the district stereotyping. However, this view is too narrow. stang costs, it added. As a lead sponsor of the event, the city also waived
courts injunction in September allowed me to By denition, a transgender individual does all related special event and permitting fees for this event and provided cash
be a typical senior in high school and to focus not conform to the sex-based stereotypes of sponsorship to the OutGames.
on my classes, after-school activities, applying the sex that he or she was assigned at birth. Melissa Berthier, a spokesperson for the city of Miami Beach, on May 26 also
to college, and building lasting friendships, The 7th Circuit ruling is the latest in a series conrmed to the Miami New Times that the Miami Beach Police Department and
Ash said. of court decisions that have determinedTitle the Miami-Dade County State Attorneys Oce have opened an investigation.
According to the court decision, Ashs school IX ensures bathroom access for transgender Due to the potential misappropriation of funds, the Miami Beach Police
informed him after he transitioned he couldnt students, even though the law makes no Department and the State Attorneys Oce have conferred and are jointly
use the boys restroom, onlythe girls restroom explicit mention of transgender students. opening a fraud investigation, she said.
or a gender-neutral facility some distance from Representing Ash in his litigation is the San OutGames CEO Ivan Cano has yet to publicly comment.
his classes. Fearful of missing class and being Francisco-based Transgender Law Center, the Miami is the rst U.S. city to host the OutGames, which the Gay and Lesbian
punished for being late, Ash limited his water D.C.-based law rm Relman, Dane & Colfax International Sport Association licenses. D.C. is among the three nalists to host
intake in school so he wouldnt have touse the PLLC; and Milwaukee-based attorney Robert the Gay Games which the Federation of Gay Games organizes in 2022.
restroom, but suered health consequences Theine Pledl of McNally Peterson, S.C. The Federation of Gay Games sought to enter into an agreement with the
as a result. Ash several times contemplated Kris Hayashi, executive director for the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association that would have created a new
suicide, the decision says. Transgender Law Center, said in a statement organization that would have organized a quadrennial LGBT sporting, cultural
Williams cites as a precedent for interpreting the decision is a great victory for transgender and human rights event. The Federation of Gay Games in March 2016 announced
Title IX to apply to Ash the U.S. Supreme Court students. its board of directors had unanimously voted not to partner with the Gay and
rulings in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins in 1989 The battleground may be bathrooms, Lesbian International Sport Association.
and Oncale v. Sundowner Oshore Services but the real issue is fairness and MICHAEL K. LAVERS
in 1998, which instructs schools to construe transgender peoples ability to go to
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Has Wells Fargo learned from pipeline, prison controversies?

Gay VP says bank has stories from our campaign will inspire Texas-based company called Energy
more companies and individuals to join Transfer Partners and another
changed, highlights record us, he said. company, Sunoco Logistics, that were
of LGBT support Concerning the issues surrounding involved in building the pipeline.
the Dakota Access Pipeline, Bernacki Our nancing was less than ve
said he believes Wells Fargo has percent, he said.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. learned from concerns raised by Native We learned a lot about the potential American tribes and advocacy groups impact on indigenous communities and
representing them. we have built additional safeguards
The lending practices of Wells Fargo The underground pipeline, which into our own due diligence policies to
& Company, one of the nations largest is mostly completed, is planned to recognize that and to do our very best to
banks, came under re by a group of transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil ensure that we dont nd ourselves in this
local LGBT activists in early May when a day across four states, from North kind of situation again, Bernacki said.
they demanded that D.C.s Capital Pride Dakota to a terminal in Illinois, where it Concerning Wells Fargos nancing
Alliance drop the bank as one of its is to be shipped to reneries. of private prisons he said the bank has
corporate sponsors. Construction on the section of provided nancing for two companies
The group No Justice No Pride pointed the pipeline closest to the Standing that operate private prisons, CoreCivic,
E.J. BERNACKI, Wells Fargos Vice
out that Wells Fargo is providing President for Corporate Responsibility Rock Sioux reservation drew strong formerly known as the Corrections
nancing for the controversial Dakota Communications, whos gay, said the opposition from the Standing Rock Corporation of America, and GEO Group.
company is providing funding to a range of
Access Pipeline, which is being opposed LGBT groups this Pride season. Sioux Tribe and its supporters, including They are the nations largest two rms
by environmentalists and Native COURTESY OF LINKEDIN environmentalists and advocates for operating private prisons, including
American tribes. indigenous peoples. Although the immigration detention centers.
Members of the group said Wells construction sites were just outside All I can really say about that is they
Fargo also continues to nance at least plan that covers hormone therapy and the tribes reservation, Sioux ocials are among thousands of companies
two companies that operate private gender reassignment surgery. said the U.S. government took the land and hundreds of dierent sectors that
prisons that the ACLU has said have a E.J. Bernacki, Wells Fargos gay Vice from them illegally in 1868 and that the we bank, said Bernacki.
history of mistreating inmates, including President for Corporate Responsibility pipeline threatened their water supplies And while we respect the seriousness
undocumented immigrants. Communications, told the Washington in the event of a leak. of the issues and the debate over
No Justice No Pride members argued Blade this week that the company They considered the site of the our criminal justice system and how
at a Capital Pride Alliance board meeting adopted a sexual orientation non- construction to be on sacred grounds criminal justice is performed, we dont
on May 8 that LGBT people were among discrimination policy in 1987, ve years that would be desecrated by the take positions on public policy issues
the indigenous peoples being negatively before the HRC Foundation began its installation of the pipeline. that dont directly aect our ability to
impacted by the pipeline construction. Corporate Equality Index ratings. Bernacki said Wells Fargo was one of serve our customers and our team
The groups members said LGBT He said Wells Fargo adopted its non- 17 banks that provided nancing to a members, he said.
people, especially transgender women discrimination policy for transgender
of color, were also among those being employees in 2004, long before most
mistreated in private prisons to which other private sector employers adopted
Wells Fargo was lending money. such a policy.
Capital Pride ocials promised to Bernacki said Wells Fargo passes with Wasserman Schultz: U.S. foreign policy
reassess their criteria for accepting
corporate sponsors. But they said
ying colors the Corporate Equality
ratings criteria calling on employers to
must promote human rights
arrangements for this years Capital welcome and nurture LGBT employee
Pride parade and festival set for June resource groups and that they MIAMI BEACH, Fla. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) last week
10-11 were too far along for them to positively engage the external LGBT said the promotion of human rights must remain part of U.S. foreign policy.
make changes in corporate sponsors at community. The Florida Democrat who is the former chair of the Democratic National
this time. He points out that Wells Fargo has Committee pointed out in her remarks at the World OutGames Miami Human
Although Capital Prides president, 50 chapters and more than 11,000 Rights Conference in Miami Beach that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier
Bernie Delia, noted that Wells Fargo has members in its LGBT employee this month said the U.S. would have to sacrice possibly Americas values when
a good record on LGBT issues, the mega organization called the Pride Team dealing with other countries in order to achieve sort of greater good or more
banks policies and actions on LGBT Member Network, in its oces and broad goals, even if it meant sacricing our values that matter to us when it
matters were largely overlooked in the banks across the country. Bernacki comes to human rights.
discussion over its lending practices. is a member of the chapter in San Tillerson told State Department employees in a May 3 speech that in some
Among the developments mostly Francisco at the banks international circumstances, if you condition our national security eorts on someone
overlooked was that the Human headquarters, he told the Blade. adopting our values, we probably cant achieve our national security goals or
Rights Campaign Foundations According to Bernacki, during the our national security interests.
annual Corporate Equality Index has 2017 LGBT Pride season, Wells Fargo If we condition too heavily that others must adopt this value that weve come
consistently given Wells Fargo a perfect will be providing nancial support for to over a long history of our own, it really creates obstacles to our ability to
100 percent rating on its personnel a number of national LGBT groups, advance our national security interests, our economic interests, he said.
policies pertaining to LGBT employees. including the Trevor Project, which To me that is morally repugnant and unacceptable to suggest that we would
In its rating, HRC Foundation notes that provides suicide prevention programs ever set aside or drop o the priority list standing up for the human rights
Wells Fargo & Company fully complies for LGBT youth; the LGBT seniors group and the values that go with that as Americans in American foreign policy, said
with or carries out nine specic criteria SAGE; and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Wasserman Schultz.
related to LGBT employees, including Education Network, which advocates for She noted the ongoing crackdown against gay men in Chechnya. She also
a non-discrimination policy that covers LGBT students in public schools. pointed out the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
sexual orientation and gender identity These are just a few examples of which commemorates the World Health Organizations decision to declassify
and expression, full benets for the community groups Wells Fargo homosexuality as a mental disorder took place on May 17.
employees same-sex partners, and a supports both nancially and with MICHAEL K. LAVERS
transgender-inclusive health insurance volunteerism and we hope the
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EXCLUSIVE: Cuban LGBT activist faces growing persecution

Nelson Gandulla is a vocal
critic of Mariela Castro


CIENFUEGOS, Cuba An independent

Cuban activist says the government
continues to target him because he
publicly criticizes President Ral Castros
daughter who spearheads LGBT-specic
issues on the communist island.
Nelson Gandulla, president of the
Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights, told
the Washington Blade on May 16 during
an exclusive interview at his home on the
outskirts of the city of Cienfuegos that The grave of former Cuban President FIDEL CASTRO at Santa Igenia Cemetery in Santiago, Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights
three security ocials interrogated him Cuba, on May 8.
President NELSON GANDULLA speaks
for two and a half hours last December. WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
exclusively to the Washington Blade at
Gandulla told the Blade the
his home in Cienfuegos, Cuba, on May
interrogation took place on Dec. 10 have own from Panama City to the wanted to say that he receives money
International Human Rights Day that Colombian city of Cartagena in order to from abroad, which is not the case. WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
commemorates the ratication of the attend a workshop organized by Caribe He has never received money. They
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Armativo, an LGBT advocacy group, threatened him that if they saw him on
by the U.N. General Assembly in 1948 that focused on documenting human the street lming or with a camera he on which Gandullas house is located.
in Cienfuegos, which is roughly three rights abuses. would go directly to prison without a Two men who Gandulla described as
hours southeast of Havana on Cubas Gandulla told the Blade he and his trial. security agents drove past in motorcycles
southern coast. partner returned to Cienfuegos two days Gandulla also alleges authorities shortly after the interview began.
Gandulla said he had just returned later. He said they were arrested when prevented him from traveling to Havana A police ocer on a motorcycle
from Switzerland and Spain where they asked local immigration ocials in order to attend a May 12 meeting with stopped this reporter while driving on
he participated in a U.N. forum and why he was prevented from leaving the Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith and the highway between Cienfuegos and
met with several ocials. Gandulla country. other U.S. LGBT advocates. Cubas Autopista Nacional roughly an
also criticized Mariela Castro, director Gandulla said authorities took their Gandulla told the Blade he received hour after leaving Gandullas home.
of Cubas National Center for Sexual passports and cell phones and placed his a summons that ordered him to report The police ocer asked for this
Education, while he was in Europe. partner in a cell. He told the Blade they to police headquarters in Cienfuegos at reporters passport, visa, drivers
The interrogation about which accused him of having a clandestine 8 a.m. on May 12 for an interrogation. license and Cuban press credentials. He
Gandulla spoke to the Blade took place Internet network inside his home, even The meeting began in Havana at the returned to his motorcycle and began
15 days after Mariela Castros uncle, though the only thing he said they found same time. speaking to someone through his radio.
former Cuban President Fidel Castro, was a DirecTV receiver. Gandulla said the police called him on The police ocer wrote something down
died. His ashes were interred at Santa Gandulla said authorities took pictures May 11 and told him he wasnt able to on a piece of paper before returning to
Igenia Cemetery in the city of Santiago of his home as they walked through it. go to work the next day because the this reporters car less than 10 minutes
on Dec. 4. He told the Blade they also had director of Cienfuegos local health oce later and allowing him to drive away
Gandulla said the authorities who witnesses who showed their was going to be visiting. He told the after returning his documents.
interrogated him threatened to kill him discontent over yers the Cuban Blade the police also told him he could Gandulla has criticized Mariela Castro
and told him something could happen Foundation for LGBTI Rights distributed not leave Cienfuegos province. in previous interviews with the Blade and
to my family and me. Gandulla told throughout the country that talk about Gandulla said a police ocer came to other international media outlets. He told
the Blade the authorities also said they the Cuban reality. his home before then-President Obama the Blade the governments persecution
could take me to prison for contempt Gandulla had a poster on the outside visited Cuba in March 2016 and asked of him is worse now because we and the
for attacking Mariela Castros authority. of his home that described Mariela whether he was going to move around foundation are more visible.
Gandulla, who is a doctor, said the Castro as a fraud when the Blade Cuba or my province in the coming days. We are doing things, said
authorities also threatened to rescind visited it in 2015. Gandulla told the Blade he was publicly Gandulla.
his medical license and prevent him He told the Blade those who criticized admonished in front of his colleagues We dont have any type of
from leaving Cuba. the Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights last October after he traveled abroad legal recognition from the Cuban
I was accused of being a worm, a yers in January were prisoners. and his salary was reduced by 25 percent authorities, he added, referring to the
mercenary, he told the Blade. They Gandulla told the Blade authorities for three months. Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights
told me that I was an employee of the ned him the equivalent of $60. His He said he was unable to work for and other groups and advocates who
CIA and that they could also accuse me salary is roughly $45 a month. several months. Gandulla told the Blade are not affiliated with the National
of the crime of illicit misappropriation of Gandulla said police on May 3 detained he has started working in another oce Center for Sexual Education. They
funds and economic activity. his partner because he was working as and his salary has been restored. have turned us into illegal people
Gandulla said he was waiting to pass a journalist without ocial government He told the Blade that authorities have inside of Cuba and describe us as
through immigration at Havanas Jos credentials. He told the Blade agents repeatedly threatened to send him to dissidents.
Mart International Airport on Jan. 9 interrogated him for two hours and took prison and regularly harass activists who Gandulla spoke to the Blade a
in order to board a ight to Panama his camera, cell phone and tripod. work with his organization. Gandulla day before Mariela Castro led a
Citys Tocumen International Airport They wanted to send him to prison also said the Cuban government has march in the city of Santa Clara that
when security agents pulled me out of for illicit economic activities, Gandulla placed him under surveillance. commemorated the International
the line and said he was not allowed told the Blade in an email shortly after This reporter on May 16 saw four Day Against Homophobia and
to leave the country. Gandulla was to the alleged incident took place. They Cuban soldiers standing along the road Transphobia.
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Husband of Luxembourgs gay PM joins NATO

spouse photo
Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourgs prime minister Xavier Bettel,
Newly elected French President EMMANUEL MARCON raised the ongoing crackdown caused a buzz on social media when he appeared alongside other spouses of world
against gay Chechen men during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. leaders at the NATO summit in Brussels.
PHOTO BY OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS; COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Destenay was notably the only malein the group as he posed for a picture with the
rest of the women smiling from ear to ear.
He and Bettel had been in a civil partnership when Bettel became prime minister

Macron discusses gay Chechnya in 2013. The pair was married in 2015 when same-sex marriage became legal in

crackdown with Putin Destenay appeared next to First Lady Melania Trump, First Lady of France Brigitte
Macron, First Lady of Turkey Emine Gulbaran Erdogan, Queen Mathilde of Belgium,
Ingrid Schulerud, Desislava Radeva, Amelie Derbaudrenghien, Mojca Stropnik and First
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he discussed the Lady of Iceland Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir.
crackdown against gay Chechens with his Russian counterpart. A White House caption of the photo omitted Destenays name.
We discussed the situation of LGBT people in Chechnya, wrote Macron on MICHAEL K. LAVERS
his Twitter page after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Palace
of Versailles outside Paris. I very specically told President Putin what Frances
expectations are. Taiwan recognizes same-sex marriage
Macron also noted the crackdown against gay Chechens as he spoke at a
press conference with Putin. Taiwan on Wednesday became the rst Asian country to legally recognize same-sex
Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim semi-autonomous Russian republic in marriage.
the North Caucuses. The Taiwanese Constitutional Court ruled the provision of the islands civil code
Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, reported last month that that does not allow two persons of the same sex to create a permanent union of
Chechen authorities have arrested more than 100 gay men since February. intimate and exclusive nature for the committed purpose of managing a life together
Novaya Gazeta has said some of the men who have been arrested have been is unconstitutional.
beaten, tortured or even killed. Reports also indicate Chechen authorities have The ruling orders lawmakers to amend or enact relevant laws within two years.
sent them to secret prisons that have been described as concentration camps. Same-sex couples will be able to legally marry if they fail to meet this deadline.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a close ally of Russian President The Associated Press reported same-sex marriage supporters who were gathered
Vladimir Putin, and the Kremlin have downplayed or even dismissed the reports outside the Taiwanese legislature in Taipei, the islands capital, reacted to the ruling with
that gay men have been arrested. Novaya Gazeta reported last week that the rapturous applause.
Russian government has launched an investigation into the crackdown. Chi Chia-wei, a prominent gay rights advocate, rst tried to register a marriage to his
German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this month raised Chechnya with partner in 1986.
Putin during their meeting that took place in Russia. British Prime Minister The Taiwanese Constitutional Court ruled against Chi in 2015. He once again
Theresa May and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among the other world challenged the constitutionality of the islands same-sex marriage ban and the Taipei
leaders who have condemned the crackdown. City Governments Department of Civil Aairs joined his case.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in an April 17 statement said the U.S. The court heard the lawsuit in March.
remains disturbed by the arrests of the gay Chechen men. An amendment to include same-sex marriage in the countrys civil code passed a
The State Department last month urged the Russian government to investigate preliminary review by the Committee of the Legislative Yuan (Taiwans Parliament) late
them. President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have neither publicly last year.
commented on the arrests nor urged the Russian government to pressure President Tsai Ing-wen is among those who publicly support marriage rights for same-
Chechen authorities to stop their crackdown. sex couples. The Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan continues
Macron on May 7 defeated Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front in the to oppose eorts to allow gays and lesbians to tie the knot on the island.
second round of Frances presidential election. After waiting for two months, we nally witness the grand justices marking a new
Macron accused Russian hackers of targeting his campaign in the days leading milestone in the history of gender movements as well as the constitution of Taiwan,
up to the election. The Russian government has repeatedly denied it sought to said the Marriage Equality Coalition, a Taiwanese advocacy group, in a statement
inuence the outcome of the French election, even though Putin met with Le after the court announced its ruling. This is the rst time that an interpretation of the
Pen at the Kremlin on March 24. constitution declares the discriminations embedded in Taiwanese laws against the
The rst round of the French presidential election took place on April 23. LGBTQ community unconstitutional, as they violate the fundamental rights of equality
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Equality March names LGBT leaders as honorary co-chairs

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 Also named were longtime D.C. activists Equality March organizers says.
Dr. Imani Woody, founding director and Their experience and wisdom will also
Others named as honorary co-chairs CEO of Marys House for LGBT Older help guide more than 60 sister marches
and advisers include Jason Collins, Adults; and Earl Fowlkes, CEO of the in cities across the country, on the same
the retired gay NBA player; Rev. Troy Center for Black Equity. day, in solidarity with the Marchs mission
Perry, founder of the LGBT supportive The Honorary Co-Chairs will bring to support the ongoing struggle for rights
Metropolitan Community Church; Sarah their diversity and inspiring histories and safety for all LGBTQ+ individuals
Ramirez, the actress, signer and activist; of advocacy in the LGBTQ+ liberation and families, with similar emphasis on
and A. Billy S. Jones-Hennin, founder of movements to bear to elevate the voices of queer people of color, transgender, and
the D.C. Coalition of Black Lesbians and the most underserved within the LGBTQ+ gender nonconforming communities,
Gay Men and longtime bi rights activist. communities, a statement released by the statement says.
The statement doesnt say why most
of those named to the honorary co-chair
and adviser positions had not spoken
out publicly in support of the upcoming
Equality March sooner than the date the
statement was released on May 25 less
than two weeks before the march.
Mixner and Jones have been credited with
initiating the 2009 LGBT march following
the upsurge in LGBT activism triggered by
the 2008 approval by California voters of
Proposition 8, which repealed the states
same-sex marriage law.
Organizers of the June 11 Equality
March also announced for the rst time
last week the route of the march, which
will begin near the White House and
end on the National Mall. Last weeks
announcement called on members of
the LGBTQ+ communities and their Former NBA player JASON COLLINS is among
18 honorary co-chairs of next Sundays
supporters and loved ones to contribute Equality March.
money to help support the logistics of WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

putting on a national march.

Former NAACP President BEN JEALOUS on May 30, announced he will run for We are asking that you take a moment Ted Jackson, disability and LGBTQ+
governor of Maryland in 2018. to go to our website [] Advocate and former director of Disability
and make a contribution, said march Community Engagement, DNC
founder and one of the 13 co-chairs Andrea Jenkins, poet and activist

Ben Jealous to run for Md. governor

David Bruinooge. Cleve Jones, activist, author
The full list of the newly announced A. Billy S. Jones-Hennin, founder, DC
honorary co-chairs and advisers follows: Coalition
Former NAACP President Ben Jealous announced this week he is running for Eric Alva, civil rights activist David Mixner, civil rights activist,
governor in 2018. Sen. Toni Atkins, California State author
He said in a YouTube video he released on Tuesday that his campaign is Senator Jim Obergefell, plainti in Obergefell
about opportunity. Jealous also noted education and reducing unemployment Kylar Broadus, executive director, v. Hodges
and incarceration rates will be among his priorities if elected. Trans People of Color Coalition Rev. Troy Perry, founder, Metropolitan
Its not about doing better in another generation, said Jealous. We can do Jason Collins, retired NBA player, NBA Community Church
better for this generation. Global Ambassador Sarah Ramirez, actress, singer and
Jealous, 44, was president and CEO of the NAACP from 2008-2013. The Honorable Tony Coelho, former activist
Jealous whose parents traveled from Baltimore to D.C. to get married member of Congress, disability rights Nadine Smith, co-founder and CEO,
in 1966 because Maryland did not allow interracial marriages at the time advocate, principal author of the Equality Florida
campaigned in support of Marylands same-sex marriage law that voters upheld Americans with Disabilities Act Patrick Smith, International Mr.
in 2012. The NAACP board of directors in the same year passed a resolution in Ruby Corado, founder, Casa Ruby Leather 2015
support of marriage rights for same-sex couples after then-President Obama Earl Fowlkes, president/CEO, Center Dr. Imani Woody, founding director
publicly backed them for the rst time during an interview with ABC News for Black Equity, Inc. and CEO, Marys House for Older Adults
Robin Roberts.
Alec Ross, who once advised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
announced his campaign last month.
The Washington Post earlier this month reported gay state Sen. Rich Madaleno
(D-Montgomery County) told a group of public transportation advocates that
he will challenge Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018. Prince Georges County Executive March with OLOC
Rushern Baker is among the other Democrats who are expected to run.
The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday reported Jealous compared Hogan to the Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) invites all old lesbians to march
Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz for not challenging President Trump. with us (behind our banner) at the June 11 Equality March. OLOC will meet at
He also criticized the governors record on education, the economy and the 9:30 a.m. at Pret a Manger at 1701 K St., NW to go to the march, which starts
environment. near there at 10 a.m. For information contact Deb Friedman, jwanddf@juno.
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HIV/AIDS cuts in Trump budget called shocking, cruel


screening and research, but Schmid said

the extent of cuts in the budget was a
Among the more drastic cuts is a $186
million reduction in Centers for Disease
Control funding for HIV/AIDS, Viral
Hepatitis, STIs, and TB prevention. A full
$150 million of the reduction wouldcome
from HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
We would have probably a million
fewer HIV tests because of that and we
dont know how many more people will
become [HIV] positive and not get the
messages, Schmid said.
Although the CDC doesnt provide PrEP
as a means of HIV prevention, the agency
conducts education on the medication,
which could be impaired as a result of the
cuts, Schmid said.
For research, on the chopping block is
the National Institutes for Health, which
handles HIV/AIDS research for the federal
government and was working on a cure
under President Obama. The budget seeks
a massive $7.2 billion reduction to NIH
generally and a $550 million reduction to
PRESIDENT TRUMPs proposed budget calls
HIV/AIDS research specically, according for extensive cuts to HIV/AIDS programs.

We never thought it would be at this

magnitude, Schmid said. Its around 19
percent of all HIV prevention funding would
be cut. We knew that they were going to cut marginalized communities, including Doug Wirth, CEO of the New York- proposals would return authority to the
research, but its around 17 percent. transgender women of color, at a time based health care non-prot Amida Care, states and wouldnt be as steep as estimated.
The budget blueprint identied as a when they need our help the most, said said in a statement the cuts to HIV/AIDS There are no Medicaid cuts in terms of
high priority the Ryan White Health Care GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. President programs proposed in the budget are what ordinary human beings would refer
Act, which provides assistance to low- Trumps budget is heartless and the latest unprecedented and represent a cruel to as a cut, Mulvaney said. We are not
income people with HIV/AIDS, as well as example of the administration working to and callous attack on millions of hard- spending less money one year than we
funding for global AIDS, but the budget systematically erase LGBTQ Americans working Americans. spent before. What we are doing is growing
also contains some rollbacks for those from the fabric of this nation. Funding for health care is not just a Medicaid more slowly over the 10-year
programs. According to the Health Global Access number on a balance sheet for many budget window than the Congressional
For Ryan White, the budget seeks a Project, the proposed funding would people, its a matter of life and death, Budget Oce says that we should or says
$59 million reduction to the program decrease the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Wirth said. These ruthless cuts will that we will under current law.
as a result of cutting $34 million from Tuberculosis and Malaria and PEPFAR by reverse our hard-earned progress in the It remains to be seen whether Congress
programs for children, youth, women and 17 percent each, making more than $1 ght against AIDS. It harkens back to which has ultimate authority over the
families and $25 million for programs of billion in cuts to the programs despite the years of inaction under the Reagan purse will agree to the cuts, although
special signicance. assurances global AIDS funding would administration that fueled the growth of with both chambers under Republican
Schmid said the program cuts under remain intact. the AIDS epidemic an epidemic that has control and seeking to reduce federal
the proposed budget arent direct services The Trump administrations rst budget been far too costly in American lives and government, that would seem likely.
programs to ensure low-income people is a gift to billionaires at the expense of taxpayer dollars. Schmid said HIV/AIDS advocates are
have access to HIV/AIDS medication, but millions of peoples lives including Defending the budget proposal at bringing the ghts against the cuts to
training programs aimed at gay men, more than 19 million people with HIV who the White House after it was unveiled, Capitol Hill, hoping the historic bipartisan
transgender women and people of color. dont and wont have access to life-saving Director of the Oce of Management & support for HIV/AIDS funding would
Most Ryan White funding does go out treatment if this $1 billion cut to global Budget Mick Mulvaney said the request restore at least some funds.
to grants for direct services and health AIDS programs becomes reality, said is a taxpayer rst budget because it Ryan White and everything is
care medications, things like that, but this Health GAP Executive Director Asia Russell. takes into account the eectiveness of bipartisan and theres more and more
is ways to improve and to train people, Shame on the Trump administration government programs. people in program than before, Schmid
especially in a changing environment, for showing no regard for peoples lives Compassion needs to be on both sides said. So, were going to ght it. I think
Schmid said. and cutting highly eective, life-saving of that equation, Mulvaney said. Yes, we have a receptive audience on the Hill,
As pointed out by the LGBT group programs to the bone. you have to have compassion for folks but he is the president, and the way they
GLAAD, among the programs of special Consistent with the Republican plan who are receiving the federal funds, but deal, it seems they go big and then they
signicance is an initiative that seeks to to repeal and replace Obamacare, the also you have to have compassion for get something, so we are concerned that
enhance HIV service delivery interventions budget proposal also seeks to eliminate the folks who are paying it. And that is NIH will be cut. We are concerned in the
for transgender women of color at nine $800 billion in Medicaid. Thats a major of one of the things that is new about this end, that CDC HIV prevention will be cut.
delivery sites throughout the country. source of assistance for people with HIV/ presidents budget. We are concerned in the end that Ryan
This budget would pull the rug AIDS because an estimated 40 percent of Mulvaney also downplayed the cuts White could possibly see cuts, but were
from under some of Americas most them are on Medicaid. to Medicaid, saying the administrations going to ght that.
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Baltimore Pride transcending generations

As has been the case the past few
Baltimore Pride celebrations, a safe space for
LGBT youth ages 14-20 has been set aside

during the block party. Youth Pride will be
operational on Saturday, June 17from 4-8:30
p.m. in its very own Youth Pride Zone within
the Pride block party footprint.
Youth Pride, says Mimi Demissew,

Concert Series Pride co-chair, the alcohol-free area will be

sectioned o with its own stage, performers
and vendors.
In addition, this year will mark the rst
time in which Baltimores LGBT older adults
will meet, share memories and make new
connections at Elder Pride for those who

Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
attend the festival at Druid Hill Park on
June 18. Del. MARY WASHINGTON will serve as
In partnership with the GLBT Community one of Baltimore Prides grand marshals.

U.S. Capitol West Steps

Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland
(GLCCB), the inaugural Elder Pride tent will be
hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center
of Chase Brexton Health Care from noon-6 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity
to identify and locate themselves along a historical LGBT timeline, and add their initials
along the timeline for the year that they came out.
Elders will also be able to take a photograph honoring the number of years that they

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

have been out, for inclusion in a photo collection. Community resources and advocacy
will be available, and participants may sign up for the CareAct, which empowers elders
in medical environments.

Air Force Memorial So much of the equality that younger queer people enjoy has come from the head
work, heart work, and hard work of our LGBT elders, said Nate Sweeney, executive
director of the LGBT Health Resource Center. That is not to say that we do not
still have much work to do, and new battles to ght, but it has to be done with the
acknowledgment of hearts and minds that our elders have impacted.
To help improve access to the festival, Action in Maturitys Elder Express will shuttle
individuals from Chase Brextons Mt. Vernon Center at 1111 N. Charles Street to Druid

Saturdays at 7 p.m. Hill Park and back.

For more information about Elder Pride, contact the LGBT Health Resource Center at; 410-837-2050 ext. 1049.

National Harbor In other Pride news, the 2017 parade grand marshals have been announced. U.S.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Baltimore Del. Mary Washington will serve in that capacity.

Feeding the homeless Pride event on tap

Activist Brian Dolbow has for the second year organized a Pride-related event that will
**No concerts May 30, June 3 and August 5 help feed the homeless.
Homelessness and poverty do not discriminate. Gay, lesbian, transgender or
Outdoor concerts subject to cancellation. straight, it doesnt matter. Dolbow said. As we begin the Baltimore Pride festivities in
For more info, please visit our website. June, lets take a little time to give back to those less fortunate in Baltimore.
This second annual community outreach event will take place on June 10 from 1-4
p.m. at the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center, 620 Fallsway in Baltimore. It will be

May 26 August 29
hosted by B & Dees Baltimore Love.
The free event will consist of a barbeque led by Chef Shorty from Shortys Bootleg
BBQ. In addition to the food, there will be music (DJ Alex Funk), motivational speakers,
vendors, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, haircuts and more.

Those providing support are the Baltimore Eagle, Trinacria Ristorante and Bar, Notre
Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy, Grand Central, The Drinkery, and the
LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care and others.

No tickets Dolbow says there is a wish list of items including 1,000 hamburgers, 1,000 hot dogs
and buns for each as well as fried chicken; side dishes, fresh vegetables; fresh fruit;

cookies; cupcakes; and beverages.
We encourage all of my fellow LGBT community members and leaders to contribute,
says Dolbow. Even the smallest donation or volunteering of your time can make a huge
For more information, you may call Brian Dolbow at 410-622-9519 or email STEVE CHARING

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R.I. House votes to ban conversion therapy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. The House of Representatives has voted to pass a bill that
would bar licensed health care providers from using so-called gay conversion
therapy to change a minors sexual orientation or gender identity, the Associated
Press reports.
The House voted 69-0 to pass the bill Tuesday, May 30 with six legislators not
voting. It now moves to the state Senate. Nevada and Connecticut this month
became the latest to ban the practice, joining New Jersey, California, Oregon,
Illinois, New York, Vermont and New Mexico.
At the committee hearing on the bill earlier this spring, testimony was
overwhelmingly in favor of the bill. Nearly 90 people testied, many telling
compelling, deeply personal stories of their experiences. Only one person
testied against the bill, the AP reports.
Rhode Islands proposal would prohibit psychologists, social workers and other
licensed health care professionals from using practices that treat homosexuality
as an illness and try to cure it in children under 18 years old. Violations could be
subject to disciplinary action or revocation of licenses by the state department
of health, the AP reports.
Numerous national and international medical associations, including the
American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association,
the American Medical Association Council on Scientic Aairs, the American
Psychoanalytic Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of
Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, have issued statements against
or otherwise taken action against conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy is worse than ineective; it can be extremely harmful,
especially in children, said Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D-Dist. 1, Providence), the
primary sponsor of the bill, according to the AP article.

Mental health issues plague LGBT students

LOS ANGELES College students who belong to sexual minority groups are
more likely to seek help for mental health problems than their straight peers,
but they still face many barriers to using on-campus mental health services,
according to a new RAND Corporation study, MedicalXpress reports.
Researchers found that students who identify themselves as LGBT were more
likely to use o-campus mental health services than their straight peers and
were more likely to report being deterred by barriers such as concerns over
condentiality and uncertainty over eligibility for on-campus services.
The ndings are from one of the largest surveys ever of college students about
mental health issues. More than 33,000 students from 33 public four-year and
two-year colleges in California were surveyed about mental health needs during
2013. The study was published online by the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Its encouraging that college students who identify as sexual minorities are
more likely to utilize mental health services, but our ndings suggest there is
a need to develop campus-based mental health services tailored to this group
and address barriers to using them, said Michael S. Dunbar, lead author of
the study and an associate behavioral scientist at RAND, a nonprot research
The study found that 7 percent roughly one in 15 of the students
surveyed identied as LGBT or questioning. Compared to straight students,
sexual minority students had higher rates of psychological distress (26 versus
18 percent), were more likely to report academic impairment related to mental
health problems (17 versus 11 percent) and reported higher overall levels of
stress over the past month (63 versus 55 percent).
Members of sexual minority groups were nearly twice as likely to have used
some type of mental health services during their time in college (31 versus 18
percent). Among all students, most of those who reported serious psychological
distress did not use mental health services, MedicalXpress reports.
Among students who needed services but didnt get them on campus, sexual
minority individuals were more likely than their straight peers to report specic
barriers to using on-campus mental health services.
The RAND study analyzed information from a survey about mental health
completed by students from nine University of California campuses, nine
California State University campuses and 15 California community colleges. The
results were weighted to help reect the states overall college student opulation,
MedicalXpress reports.
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Boo-hoos and body slams as GOP corners itself

moment for gay visibility, if you ignore leased that would decimate the social assault by Montana Congressman-elect Greg
Crocodile tears from a his conspicuous omission from a White safety net, slash public education, hobble Gianforte. The Capitol Hill presence of Gian-
wrecking crew headed House photo caption. diplomacy, and jack up the defense budget forte, whose apology failed to make him t
toward a cliff Alas, the funny memes about orbs and based on the oft-repeated howler that the for oce, will be an albatross around Speaker
hand-slaps during 45s foreign trip did not largest military in the world is a weakling Ryans neck and a reminder of the raw thug-
dispel the threats his far-right regime poses: getting sand kicked in its face. Trumps bud- gery that Trump rode into power.
Recalcitrance on the Paris climate accords that get may be dead on arrival as some declare, House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Mead-
isolates America from the other G-7 nations. but many of its destructive proposals are ows (R-N.C.) feigned surprise when the CBO
A radical upward redistribution of wealth dis- popular with congressional Republicans. nally released its scoring of the American
guised as a healthcare bill that the Congressio- Set aside the daily parade of revelations Health Care Act that Meadows helped write.
nal Budget Oce says will rob 23 million peo- from Russiagate. The machinery of our He choked back tears after reporters showed
ple of their healthcare. An attorney general government is in the hands of a spoiled him that the state waivers he supported could
who demands the harshest criminal sentenc- princeling who holds himself above the drive patients with pre-existing conditions out
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist. es, undermining recent bipartisan movement law and demands loyalty to himself in- of the market.
Reach him at on sentencing reform. A HUD secretary who stead of the Constitution, a bully given to Even if we buy the sincerity of Meadows
says poverty is a state of mind. (Should Ben demonizing the independent press whose showing compassion for those who are suf-
Our delinquent fourth grader of a presi- Carson really bring that up when his bosss scrutiny of public ocials is a bulwark of fering, his display does nothing to alter his par-
dent, who treats the ship of state like a toy sail- state of mind is a matter of global concern?) our republic, while he lls his press room tys heedless and inhumane attitudes and be-
boat rigged with recrackers, did us proud last Trump is the rst president since World with right-wing delusion dealers. havior. I can only quote immortal songstress
week as he arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia War II to raise doubts about Americas will- This is not normal, and is funny only in a Ella Fitzgerald: Now you say youre sorry for
and announced he had just returned from the ingness to defend her allies. A man who dark, alarming sense. Captain Jack Sparrow, being so untrue. Well, you can cry me a river,
Middle East. made a career of skipping out on his busi- whose swishbuckling piracy has returned cry me a river, cause I cried, I cried, I cried a
A brief respite from mortication came ness obligations brazenly lectured heads of to movie screens, would be a steadier com- river over you.
several days later in Brussels when Gauth- state as if they were contractors. A man who mander-in-chief. Those who would turn America to splin-
ier Destenay, husband of Luxembourg atters tyrants was eager to insult Germany. We can take some comfort from the signs ters can cry all they like after we have driven
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, joined the A man who cannot restrain his compulsive of Republican chickens coming home to roost. them from oce; but we need hard work and
spouses of other NATO leaders. Turkeys boasting put at risk highly sensitive informa- One is the latest uproar at Fox News, this strong candidates, not just T-shirts and march-
rst lady looked as grim in that photo op tion regarding the defense of America and time over Sean Hannitys reckless conspiracy es, to deliver that shove.
as Pope Francis did in his with the Trumps, the nations that shared it with us. mongering, while a Fox News crew conrmed Copyright 2017 by Richard J.
but Destenays presence was a proud Back at home, a cruel budget was re- Guardian reporter Ben Jacobss account of his Rosendall. All rights reserved.


Republican lawmakers only pretend to care

sands of workers. Another is how Vir- who would lose paid sick leave under his sponsors in the House, Speaker Ryan has
Hogan, Comstock show ginias 10th District Republican Congress- veto. Clippinger said despite the gover- the right to decide it will never be brought
their true colors woman Barbara Comstock casts her rst nors call for a compromise, he has never to the oor. So her vote for the speaker
vote each congressional term for Speaker received a call from Hogan or his sta in means the bill will never see the light of
Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) thereby allowing him the past three years to discuss the issue. day. Her vote for Ryan also allows the
to set the House of Representatives The idea that workers dont have the right far-rights agenda to determine the dis-
agenda and appoint committees making to earn sick leave is nothing other than cussion on every issue. So while she tries
any challenge she would like us to believe obscene. How many sick days did the gov- every-so-often to pretend to be moder-
she made to what he is doing worthless. ernor use for his recent illness? ate her vote for Ryan allowed Trump and
In the case of Hogan, he vetoed a rea- Then there is Comstock, who pretends his minions to prevail. If we continue to
sonable bill passed by the Maryland Legis- to care about the people in her District, be fooled and reelect the likes of Hogan
lature mandating earned sick leave of ve but refuses to hold a town hall to con- and Comstock we shouldnt be surprised
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights days for workers in all companies with verse with them. Her rst vote each term at what we get.
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade. more than 15 employees. Having man- has been for the Republican speaker The time has come for Democrats and
aged and been CEO of organizations with who then sets the agenda and appoints Democratic-leaning independents to vote
Its time to call out and defeat those Re- from 3 to more than 50 people I always the committees of the House. That vote in every election and to vote for the can-
publicans who pretend to really care about gave my employees at least ve days of allowed him to pass the Aordable Care didate with the real chance to beat Re-
anyone other than rich white straight earned sick leave, it was never an issue. Act repeal bill through committees he ap- publicans. That may not be your perfect
people. For too long we have given them Hogan suggested it apply only to orga- pointed. In fact we know during the rst candidate but it will allow a Democratic
a pass if they just speak out against the nizations with more than 50 employees eort to pass the ACA repeal legislation governor in Maryland and a Democratic
worst rhetoric and actions of the far right. and said he would sign some executive she actually committed to vote yes be- Speaker of the House to set the agenda.
Speaking out isnt enough when their ac- orders on the issue and look to compro- fore the bill was pulled. Then in the nal It would stop the far right and Trump in
tions dont match the moderate records mise with the Democratic legislature. But version of the bill, which passed by one their tracks.
they try to convince us they have. the Washington Post reported, Delegate vote, they didnt need her vote so she Only you can elect a Democratic gover-
One example of the pitfalls of believing Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore) who was could get away with pretending she actu- nor of Maryland who would sign the bill
someone who pretends he is a moderate lead sponsor of the bill said Hogans exec- ally opposed it. giving 700,000 Marylanders the right to
occurred recently when Maryland Repub- utive orders were the actions of a gover- Other issues that her vote for Ryan im- earn sick leave and a Virginia Democratic
lican Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill that nor who is just pretending to care about pacted include LGBT civil rights. While the congressperson who would vote for the
would have benetted hundreds of thou- the hundreds of thousands of workers Equality Bill now has more than 190 co- next Democratic Speaker of the House.

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Memorial Day: Dispatches from Rehoboth Beach

Titanic. But there was of course mean-
Why do we sit in traffic ing behind that weave; Tyler mentioned
to see the same people? Sunday on the beach featured Rehoboths the inspiration was the the shipwreck
that our country has become. Leave it
newest tradition, Wig Day at the Beach. to gays, sometimes our politics are held
together with bobby pins and sweat-re-
sistant spirit gum. Last year the weather
encounters for gays at the beach. For in- brunch outt, what are you talking about? proved too hot for wigs on the sand. Most
stance, a few years back a truck load drove The next morning we headed to Poodle were discarded by the end of the after-
past us as we were walking to a party and Beach, the gay section of the beach that noon, making the beach look like a hur-
threw a beer can at my friend Brians head, begins at the end of the boardwalk. Where ricane had just hit some sort of southern-
screaming get a job, Elton John! I still to it got the name Poodle Beach, no one re- women-in-real-estate convention. This
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance this day have no idea what that meant. ally knows. Why we all ock there is prob- year, the weather cooperated for most
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade.
Friday my little gay darts team, Game of ably a combination of self-segregation and of the afternoon. But the clouds rolled in
Throws, and I checked into our charming self-determination. Ive been told that since and rain began to fall by late afternoon,
Boys jamming onto Poodle Beach, be- cottage on Sussex Street. For me, gone are it is just outside of the town limits, certain making most of the gays scramble as if
loved national treasure Pamala Stanley the days of 14-person houses. I require a things like public drinking go from out- they were suddenly made of sugar.
belting out ballads at the Blue Moon, the bed these days, and I happily got one when lawed to technically legal. All in all, Satur- Sunday, on the ride home, as we waited
seemingly unending line for Aqua; oh another gay couple couldnt make it last day on the sand featured more boys, Spee- our turn to get across the Bay Bridge, I won-
Memorial Day in Rehoboth, you never minute because their dog had a seizure. dos, and questionable decisions. Though it dered why I still venture out to the shores
disappoint. Gays describe Rehoboth in Plus, Sussex Street puts me Royal Farm was certainly a lot calmer than a couple of of Delaware every Memorial Day to kick o
various ways. And if youve never been, I fried chicken adjacent, as well as closer to years back, when some gays were equating summer. Many of my friends have started
tell people to imagine, say, Provincetown, Starbucks. For this early riser, a new tra- peeing in public to a civil rights issue. to venture down to Pensacola, Fla., a place
Mass., with tay, an Arbys and way more dition is sipping coee early on Saturday Sunday on the beach featured Re- favored by gays south of the Mason Dixon.
straight people. morning, watching as gays le down the hoboths newest tradition, Wig Day at So why do D.C. gays sit in trac to go to
The combination of cheap beer, beef n street on their way home from the night be- the Beach, which is getting higher and the same bars just to see the same people?
cheddar sandwiches, and loads of straight fore. Their eyes say a combination of OK, more elaborate. My friend Tyler had an I guess because its ours. And many of us
people can make for some interesting which way is the ocean and no, this is my updo commemorating the sinking of the wouldnt have it any other way.
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GAL GADOT in Wonder Woman. The Amazon warrior/princess nally makes it to the big screen in
a new lm opening this weekend.


Sizzling summer cinema


The summer 2017 movie season American Steve Trevor who draws Diana to Rhiannas Umbrella on Spikes Lip and Colton Haynes, along with Zo Kravitz
leaps into action this Friday (June 2) with into the trenches of World War I where Sync Battle; and, War for the Planet and Ilana Glazer as bickering ex-lovers.
the long-awaited release of Wonder she discovers her own true powers. of the Apes (July 14) featuring an epic On a smaller scale, several great lms
Woman. Israeli actress Gal Gadot plays Some of the other major studio battle between humans led by Woody will be screened at regional lm festivals.
the Amazon princess in her rst solo releases this summer include The Harrelson and apes led by Andy Serkis. In Baltimore on Saturday, June 3, the
cinematic outing. Mummy, (June 9) with Tom Cruise and Following on the heels of Snatched, Creative Alliance hosts Rainbow Fest
Patty Jenkins (Monster) directs; shes Russell Crowe; Transformers: the the raunchy summer comedies continue 2017, a fabulous celebration of queer
the rst female director to helm a live- Last Knight (June 9); Spider-Man: with Rough Night about a wild cinema. The festival opens with The
action movie with a budget of more than Homecoming (July 7) starring Tom bachelorette party. Written and directed Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen,
$100 million and the rst woman to direct Holland who recently wowed audiences by Lucia Aniello, the movie stars Scarlett
a major superhero movie. Chris Pine plays with his spectacular drag performance Johansson and out actors Kate McKinnon CONTINUES ON PAGE 46

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How long have you been out and who If science discovered a way to change
was the hardest person to tell? sexual orientation, what would you
I have been out for 36 years. The hardest do?
person to tell was my son. Remain the same. I love who I am and
Whos your LGBT hero?
My LGBT heroes are Aisha and Danielle What do you believe in beyond the
By JOEY DiGULIELMO Moodie-Mills. I am inspired by their physical world? courage and audacity to live their Divine alignment.
authentic lives.
Having her rst novel nally out is a dream come true for local author Whats your advice for LGBT
Monika M. Pickett. Whats Washingtons best nightspot, movement leaders?
Pretty Boy Blue, out June 9 from Next Level Publishing, is the coming-of- past or present? Address and eradicate the racism that
age story of Nikki Blue, a D.C.-area young lesbian who is bullied in school but I am looking forward to rediscovering exists within the LGBT community.
nds solace in the local LGBT scene. Pickett, who lived in Alexandria, Va., in Washington as I have lived in Chicago for
her own teen years, says it has autobiographical undertones. the past 15 years. However, Tracks was What would you walk across hot coals
Pickett says it feels surreal to have the book nally out. It took her three the best nightspot back in the day. for?
years to write it and its the rst installment in a proposed trilogy. My son, Kyle.
Pickett returned to Washington after having lived in Chicago for the last 15 Describe your dream wedding.
years. She says the gay acceptance she found here in her teen years was life A beach wedding with family and friends What LGBT stereotype annoys you
changing. and the most beautiful woman in the most?
The Blade saved my life, the 50-year-old Woodbridge, Va., resident says. world. That lesbians hate men. I dont hate
At the age of 17, I began cutting myself to soothe the hidden wounds of men, I just love women.
sexual child abuse. On one of my darkest days, I walked into Lambda Rising What non-LGBT issue are you most
bookstore and found the Washington Blade. Inside was a listing for free passionate about? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
therapy sessions oered by the Whitman-Walker Clinic. I am nally home. Child advocacy, specically sexual abuse. When Night is Falling. The chemistry
Pretty Boy Blue is $16.98 and will be available on Amazon and at between Camille and Petra is Look for Pickett on Thursday, July 20 at Busboys & Poets What historical outcome would you intoxicating.
(the 14th and V location) for a book signing and discussion. change?
Pickett is single and enjoys writing, working out and going to strip clubs The dreadful outcome of the 2016 Whats the most overrated social
in her free time. presidential election. custom?
When meeting strangers, What do you
Whats been the most memorable pop do?
culture moment of your lifetime
Being in Los Angeles when Whitney What trophy or prize do you most
Houston passed. covet?
My DD214. It denotes the service and
On what do you insist? sacrice I made to my country. I served
Honesty and compassion. as a medic in Desert Storm.

What was your last Facebook post or What do you wish youd known at 18?
Tweet? That sometimes, the most beautiful
My last Tweet was my recent HuPost things are born from the most painful
article, The Golden Lesbian Years. Im experiences.
trying to gure out when I became an
older woman. Why Washington?
Washington is where I found myself.
If your life were a book, what would At the age of 17, I walked into Lambda
the title be? Rising bookstore in Dupont Circle and
Pretty Boy Blue. I always felt like a pretty found the Washington Blade. The skies
boy as I struggled with coming out at such opened.
202.747.2077 a young age. Blue represents the sadness I
endured being bullied in high school.
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Messy familial dysfunction happy to have him home, but she insists
he follow her new protocol. Her rules
handled adroitly in Hir are designed to make her husband
miserable: No cooking. No cleaning. No
By PATRICK FOLLIARD TV. Keep the air conditioning on high. And
no empathy whatsoever is to be shown
Woolly Mammoth is never afraid to toward Arnold.
go there. In the companys unsettling While Isaac acknowledges his fathers
and exceedingly well-acted production failings and history of abusive behavior
of Taylor Macs dark comedy Hir, a in a poignant monologue, he still longs
hideously dysfunctional family becomes for order and some sort of patriarchal
scarily relatable. That their resentment, structure. So inevitably a battle of wills
sadness, anger and even ashes of sadistic ensues. And while Paige revels in her
cruelty are frequently recognizable makes new-found liberty, she remains mired
for a memorable and often uncomfortable in a sick living situation. And shes not
theatrical experience. afraid to ght dirty when her way of life
After serving an overseas stint in the is threatened. Adeptly and fearlessly
Marine Corps assigned to Mortuary led by director by Shana Cooper, the
Aairs Unit, Isaac (Joseph J. Parks) returns talented actors superbly convey the
home seeking the familiar but what family dynamics and baggage that such a
he nds is anything but. The formerly mother/son struggle entails.
orderly, modest house is a mess. His once Adding to the familys general
despotic father Arnold (Mitch Hbert) has disappointment is their longtime home,
suered a stroke and has lost the ability a starter house built atop a landll,
to hold the family in his abusive grip. marvelously realized by set designer
Isaacs mother Paige (Emily Townley), Misha Kachman. After living in the house
Arnolds longtime punching bag, is now in for decades, the interior is still unnished.
charge and for her that means subverting Theres exposed insulation and framing,
the patriarchy. She dresses her disabled and by Paiges design, a colorful mess
A GLAM SLAM! husband in a womans pink nightgown
and feeds him smoothies laced with
of colossal proportion comprised of
assorted junk, toys, piles of laundry, a doll
NEW YORK POST estrogen to keep him docile. He sleeps in house made from toilet paper cardboard
a box in the living room. tubes and a Christmas tree.
Isaacs 16-year-old sister Max is Playwright Taylor Mac, who uses judy

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now a wispy, whiskered transgender (lowercase) as a gender pronoun, began
anarchist who uses the pronouns ze and writing Hir years ago, yet the work is
hir (pronounced here). Max is played particularly timely. The playwright describes
as a precocious, though typically self- divisive politics and explores whether
involved, teen by Malic White whose people with dierent politics can ever truly
real life pronouns are they/them/theirs. coexist. Are dierent opinions acceptable? Is
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years of abuse is healing even achievable?
Hir asks these questions and more.
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too far removed from tragedy HIR
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Its easy to take Erasure bandmates ANDY BELL, left, and VINCE CLARKE for granted as they have
stayed highly active in the studio while many of their contemporaries have vanished.

Sublime new album is though, the album turns inward and

reective. The superb Be Careful What
melodic, introspective You Wish For! is a yearning ballad with
an exquisite vocal arrangement, one of
By CHRIS GERARD the albums nest moments, and sets the
tone for much of what is to come.
Thirty-two years after the release of The downbeat vibe continues with the
Erasures debut album Wonderland, the weary and haunting title track and the
veteran British duo is obviously far from stark break-up ballad The Bitter Parting,
nished. Last year came the ambitious, Bells voice taking center stage over
career-spanning box set From Moscow Vince Clarkes spare but lovely electronic
to Mars, and now a new studio album, accompaniment. Another powerful
the duos 17th, adds to Andy Bell and ballad, the albums second single Still
Vince Clarkes vast musical legacy. Its Not Over, is yet another example of
World Be Gone is another twist in a the depth of Erasures songcraft. Bells
sensational career that continues to roll delivers his vocals with the gravitas and
along with impressive resilience in the emotional power the song requires.
notoriously ckle universe of pop music. Perhaps even more impressive is
Erasures enduring appeal, even as many Take Me Out of Myself, a wrenchingly
artists who emerged from the 80s have personal track with genuine feeling in
disappeared or are scraping by on the both Bells vocal and Clarkes sublime
nostalgia circuit, is easy to understand as retro electronic mastery. Sweet Summer
the duo continues to churn out one great Loving is a devotional love song with a
album after another. lushly beautiful chorus that positively
After two ultra-modern and sleek glows with sincerity.
electro-dance albums (2007s Light at the World Be Gone closes with Just a Little
End of the World and 2011s Tomorrows Love, perhaps the brightest and most
World) notable for big arrangements and upbeat pop song on the album. Its a smart
massive walls of sound, the duo veered in move. The duo knows theyve delivered a
a more retro and stripped-down direction collection of songs that appeal to the heart
while remaining largely upbeat on 2014s and the head more than to dancing under

June 17August 13 | Theater Lab excellent The Violet Flame. World Be

Gone continues to ignore the latest pop
ashing lights or singing along in the car,
but almost as if to prove they can still
Who better to comment on the state of our nation than the comedians music trends, instead relying on rich deliver a killer pop tune, they unleash Just
who mock it best? The Second City returns for another summer of and vintage sounding synths and Bells a Little Love as the perfect sendo. Its an
sonorous, theatrical vocals, which are obvious choice for a single at some point.
uproarious irreverence in The Second Citys Almost Accurate Guide to While Erasure generally stays within the
often intertwined with deftly arranged,
America: Divided We Stand. You may think you know America, but if multi-layered background vocals. The lines of its melodic template of high energy
the last year has taught us anything, its that there are many different mood is more contemplative than anything synth-pop, each album has a distinct vibe
Americas to get to know. Alas, there is still one thing the blue states Erasure has released since 2005s sadly and the duo isnt afraid to allow their
and red states sharethe need for a good laugh! Age 16+ overlooked Nightbird, and while World creativity to take them in directions fans
Be Gone might not equal that albums might not expect. This fearlessness and
superb songcraft, its certainly a worthy creativity is the key to their longevity, and
addition to the duos catalog. is often overlooked. World Be Gone has
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! The albums opener and rst single, already notched the duo their highest
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Tickets also available at the Box Office. Groups call (202) 416-8400. pop anthem, with a sweeping chorus and I Say, I Say, I Say became their fourth
For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540. Andy Bells vocals as rich and expressive straight chart-topper, which bodes well for
as ever. After this upbeat opening, the albums future.
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PAUL MCCARTNEYS GAL GADOT has the title role in Wonder Woman. The character was seen in last summers Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice but now
75TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE has center stage.

Great Hera!
Slightly abby script British defeat the Germans (the geopolitics music nicely amplies the mood without
W/ THE PETERSON BROTHERS doesnt mar must-see of World War I are greatly simplied). Shes overpowering the action.
convinced that she can end the ght by killing The one weak spot is the screenplay by
Wonder Woman the war god Ares; he tries explaining that its a Allan Heinberg. While the dialogue has a
WALLY KINGS & DOCTOR DREAD PRESENT little more complicated than that. naturalistic ow, the overall structure of the
By BRIAN T. CARNEY The pair head to London (shes not plot is weak and unfocused. At 141 minutes,
REGGAE FOREVER impressed) and with the help of Steves the script needed some trimming.
FEAT. ETANA W/ ANJAHLA Whether youre a long-time fan of the secretary Etta Candy (the delightful Lucy The central storyline is Dianas movement
& ILAVIBEZ BAND AND CULTCHA SOUND series or a relative newcomer, theres a lot for Davis), they turn Princess Diana into Diana from innocence to awareness. Her initial
everyone to enjoy in Wonder Woman, the Prince. With the help of Sir Patrick Morgan (an naivete about human nature grows into a
latest addition to the extended DC cinematic excellent David Thewlis), Trevor assembles more nuanced understanding of the human
A-WA universe. The movie is packed with gripping a rag-tag international band of rogues to get capacity for both creation and destruction.
action sequences, but its also leavened with him and Diana to the front lines. Their target Her ignorance about her heritage is replaced
generous doses of comedy and deepened is the ambitious General Ludendor (Danny by her discovery of her full powers and her
MARSHALL CRENSHAW with serious considerations about the horrors Huston) whose psychotic sidekick Dr. Maru true destiny. Jenkins and Gadot explore this
Y LOS STRAITJACKETS of war and mankinds capacity for both love (Elena Anaya), also known as Dr. Poison, is character arc movingly and with amazing
W/ SARAH BORGES & THE FEAST OF SNAKES and hatred. developing deadly new chemical weapons. subtlety. In their hands, Dianas journey from
The stakes are high for this movie. Its Diana does nd Ares at the front lines, but innocent princess to mature warrior makes
the rst solo cinematic outing for a female she discovers that Steve is right. Killing the god compelling cinema.
MELODIME superhero and the rst major superhero of war will not end war. Unfortunately, this story gets weighted
W/ WYLDER AND SUNBATHERS movie directed by a woman. Its also the rst Jenkins (who helmed the award-winning down with extraneous material, especially
movie with a budget of $100 million-plus 2003 movie Monster about lesbian serial the framing story in modern-day Paris,
helmed by a woman. Surprisingly, no sequel killer Aileen Wuornos) directs the movie with a the long unfocused prologue on the
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS has been announced yet; the fate of the series condent grace. The ght sequences are well- island and the superuous and under-
is presumably riding on the strength of the paced and clear. Her deployment and slow- developed love story between Diana
opening weekend box oce. motion eects and CGI are shrewd and never and Steve. The focus on Steve throws
Luckily, director Patty Jenkins and star overwhelm the story. The pacing is assured Dianas story o balance, especially in the
FEATURING Gal Gadot deliver a strong movie that will and the lm never lags, even during some climactic moments of the movie.
JIM LAUDERDALE, hopefully keep the franchise and character long patches of exposition. Jenkins also gets It would also be great to see some of the
AND PATTY GRIFFIN going for years. solid performance from the entire cast. other female characters, especially Hippolyta,
W/ SPECIAL GUESTS SCOTT MILLER AND Gadot plays the Amazon princess Diana, a The movie is greatly strengthened Etta and Dr. Maru more fully developed.
DC MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR ERIC HENNING highly trained ghter whos been raised on the by Jenkins robust collaboration with These problems notwithstanding,
hidden island of Themyscira by her mother cinematographer Matthew Jensen and Wonder Woman is a must-see for
Queen Hippolyta (a commanding Connie composer Rupert Gregson-Williams. From both fans and interested newcomers,
Nielsen). The islands security is breached the austere splendors of Themyscira to the especially those who want to see a sequel
when American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) busy streets of London to the desolation that explores the fascinating development
crashes his plane on the island. The idealistic of shelled towns and battleelds, the of Princess Diana/Diana Prince. We need
Diana smuggles him o the island to help the movie is visually striking. Gregson-Williams more female superhero movies.
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Organizers say the time was right for a new LGBT competitive rock climbing group in Washington.

New group eyes on Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. at Earth

2022 Gay Games Treks Crystal City.
They have been adding tweaks to the
June 13July 16, 2017 | Opera House By KEVIN MAJOROS
format as the season progresses with
the handicap system allowing climbers
to compete on an equal level based on
This past April, another new sports their grade.
league climbed into the mix of the LGBT A climbers grade will change as they
sports community in Washington. Stonewall progress and new people will have a
Climbing D.C. is utilizing the template set higher rate of progression. This will
up by Stonewall Sports which promotes an encourage captains to be looking for new
active lifestyle, local community engagement talent each season, Yamasaki says. With
and a safe space for the LGBT and allied this handicap system, I am climbing at the
community to play sports. same level as a new climber.
While there are other social LGBT rock At each session, the top ve highest
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climbing groups in the area, Stonewall scores per person on each team are
Climbing is using a competitive team format compared and then the highest three
and tapping the social networking base of ranking members are submitted as 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 Stonewall Sports to draw new climbers. team score for placement.
Bryan Yamasaki and Brinda Dass had This season and next season is utilizing
already been climbing competitively on the bouldering discipline of rock climbing
Additional support is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. their own and the timing to launch the with several types of surfaces ranging from
league t in perfectly with Team D.C.s bid 10-15 feet high. There are no ropes; safety
for the 2022 Gay Games. mats and padding are used to break falls.
There will be no rock climbing at the Yamasaki says one of his goals in the
Paris 2018 Gay Games because there was rst season has been to make sure the
no go to person in the area, Yamasaki climbers are having fun. His interest in
says. We took it upon ourselves to make the sport is continually fullled by the
sure that the sport will be represented as personal challenges that it presents.
part of the Team D.C. bid. What you are climbing is a giant puzzle
Rock climbing debuted at the Cologne that you are trying to solve, he says. If the
2010 Gay Games and was also a part of route you choose doesnt work out, then you
the Cleveland 2014 Gay Games where look for a better path on the next attempt.
Yamasaki won two medals. Registration for Stonewall Climbings
The new Stonewall Climbing league is next season will open in August and the
a nine-week handicap program consisting season will begin the Tuesday following
of six teams with six climbers. They meet Labor Day.

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Baby blunder?
Gay dad questioning MICHAEL REPLIES:
parenting decision now that Dont be angry with yourself. Your feelings
son is here are understandable. Raising a child is
tremendously dicult and if people thought
objectively about the pros and cons of having
a baby beforehand, then maybe a lot fewer
people would have kids.
One big problem is that the wonderful
parts seeing your child smile when you pick
him up, watching him develop into a thinking
human, feeling a deep connection to him
may take some time, while the hard parts are
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a there from the get go.
licensed psychologist who works with gay
individuals and couples in D.C. All identifying Yes, you could have put more thought into
information has been changed for reasons this. Your going along with Todd because
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to
him via you understood how important parenthood
was to him is admirable. But its also true that
we have to balance what is important to our
MICHAEL, spouses with an understanding of what we
From the time we got together, Todd want for ourselves. Otherwise we can easily
liked the idea of having kids. I hadnt wind up resentful and regretful. I wonder
given it much thought. Growing up if this is a pattern between the two of you,
gay, I didnt think that was possible for where you accede to his wishes, ignore your
me. I told him I wasnt really interested own, then get angry.
but if he wanted to do it, Id be OK with But in any case, you agreed to become a
it. father. The stakes are extremely high here for
Time went by. Hed raise the idea your relationship with Todd, your relationship
of adoption now and then but we with your son and for your sons well being.
were busy building our careers and So if you want to honor your commitment
having fun so we would always agree to Todd and your responsibility to your son,
it wasnt the right time. That was fine you need to nd a way to get through this
by me. rough period with less bitterness and more
Then we hit our 40s and Todd equanimity.
decided it was now or never. I figured Have you discussed with Todd how
that if it was really important to him dicult this is for you or are you suering
we should go ahead and we had a son in silence? Do you know if Todd is also
through surrogacy earlier this year. struggling? If the two of you would talk
I am finding it a rough experience. openly about how challenging you are
We are up at all hours and exhausted nding parenting to be and how this
the next day. Im having trouble is impacting your relationship, you
staying focused at work, which is a
problem because expenses are crazy
wouldnt feel so alone with your feelings
and the two of you might feel closer. Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image
And maybe you and Todd could think of
and Todd took off time from his job Opening June 16, 2017
(unpaid) to be with our son. ways to improve the situation, not only
And our son cries much of the by supporting each other but by nding
time. Our pediatrician says he will get ways to make things at least a little better.
The biggest Hollywood star of her time, Marlene Dietrich brought
through this but it makes everything One example: asking family or friends androgyny to the silver screen. Dietrich earned international fame
worse, both that he is upset and that for help, or hiring someone, even for while challenging limited notions of femininity through her lifestyle
we are frequently unable to quiet short periods of time, to give you and and fashion.
him. Todd a little break and an opportunity to
Sometimes I feel like this decision put aside the stress for a bit. Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image was organized in cooperation with Deutsche
was a mistake. We are over-tired, Talk with more parents about their own KinemathekMarlene Dietrich Collection Berlin. This exhibition has been made possible
through the generous support of Tom L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia with additional support
short on money, dealing with a crying experiences to get some perspective. from the American Portrait Gala Endowment.
baby all the time. Im mad at Todd Youre likely to nd that feeling helpless
for making this decision and mad at and exhausted is not unusual and is also

myself for signing up for this without not forever.
first considering the consequences. Still, this is going to continue to be hard
Our whole life has become stressful for a while. The best advice I can give you is
to actively keep in mind that you are going 8th and F St. NW Washington, DC 20001
and I dont see it improving.
What is wrong with me? Im through a long, tough stretch that is almost
supposed to be overjoyed at having a certain to get better before long. Knowing
son and yet half the time I feel like we that your experience is just one part of being a Marlene Dietrich in Morocco by Eugene Robert Richee, 1930. Deutsche KinemathekMarlene Dietrich Collection Berlin

ruined our lives by becoming parents. parent may help you endure this dicult time.

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Pride galore
Capital Pride Block Party will be on 15th Street N.W. between P Street and
Church Street on Saturday, June 10 from 4-10 p.m. There will be a beer garden, food
and entertainment. Entry is free. For more information, visit
Resist This hosts No Justice No Pride: D.C. Day of Action, a day of multiple events
in resistance of Capital Pride, on Saturday, June 10. Direct Action March will be from 9
Its all Pride, all the time next weekend in D.C. a..m.- 1 p.m. Location is to be determined. The Night March will follow that evening from
7 p.m.-1 a.m. on 18th Street. Resist This and Trans Women of Color Collective host QT
Night of Healing and Resistance at the Festival Center (1640 Columbia Rd., N.W.) from
Victory Institute hosts Congressional Pride Reception at Rayburn House Oce 7-10 p.m. There will be food, art, entertainment and an open mic for people to share
Building (50 Independence Ave., S.W.) on Thursday, June 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. their talents or reections. For more details, visit
The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, GLASS and the LGBT Congressional Sta Capital Pride hosts Crack of Noon Pride Brunch at the Showroom (1099 14th St.,
Association will celebrate Pride in the foyer of the Rayburn building. Refreshments N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Crack of Noon Pride Brunch is
will be provided. For more details and to RSVP, visit from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It includes a brunch buet, open bar and meet and greet
Capital Pride hosts its Rooftop Pool Party at Vida Fitness at the Yards (1212 with Pride VIPs. Liquid Brunch is from 1-4 p.m. and features an open bar, light food
Fourth St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 8 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $30. Admission and entertainment. DJ Matt Bailer will play music. Both events include bottomless
includes two free drink tickets and light appetizers. For more information, visit champagne, mimosas, Bloody Marys, cocktails and beer. Crack of Noon Brunch is $105 and includes access to the Liquid Brunch. Liquid Brunch tickets range from
Latino GLBT History Project hosts La Fiesta: La Resistencia, a Latinx LGBT $70-80. For more information, visit
dance party, at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 8 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Lure D.C. hosts Fuse: Capital Prides Main Womens Event, at the Howard
party will honor past Project queens and will feature community performances. DJ Theatre (620 T St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Jai Syncere,
El Especialista will spin tracks. Event is 18 and over. Admission is $10 at the door or DJ Tezrah and DJ Elet()x will play music. The DystRucXion Dancers will perform with
online. For more details, visit special guest Fierce Collabo. Drink specials all night. Admission is $15. For more
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant hosts Happy Pride Week, an extended happy hour, information, visit
on Friday, June 9 from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. For more information, visit Distrkt C hosts a two-day music festival and dance party at the D.C. Eagle (3701
uproarloungedc. Benning Rd., N.E.). On Saturday, June 10 the party is from 10 p.m.-8 a.m. DJ Jared Conner,
The Dirty Goose (913 U St., N.W.) hosts Ladies of Pop: Pride Edition on Friday, DJ Joe Gauthreaux and DJ Grind will play music. Inaya Day will perform. On Sunday, June
June 9 from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. There will be surprise drink specials all night. Music playlist 11, doors open at 5 p.m. There will be a live concert outside with Crystal Waters, Kristine
will be the biggest hits from pop divas. For more information, visit W and Kim English at 8:30 p.m. Amuka will perform inside at 10 p.m. DJs for the day
thedirtygoosedc. evening include DJ Billy Carroll, DJ X Gonzalez, DJ Twisted Dee Martello and more. Ms.
D.C. Front Runners hosts its sold-out Pride Run & Walk 5K at Congressional Brittany Lynn hosts both days. Saturday tickets are $80 and Sunday tickets are $85. Two-
Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.) on Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. There will be a Finish Line Party day passes are $150. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit
following the run. For more details, visit Mixtape hosts its Pride Party at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 from 11
The Washington Blade hosts Kate Clintons stand-up comedy show Knock! p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Shea Van Horn and DJ Matt bailer will play a mix of indie dance, electronic
Knock! Whos There? Zombie Apocalypse! at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) on and house. Cover is $15. Event is all ages. For more details, visit
Friday, June 9 from 7-8 p.m. VIP tickets are $100 and include front-row seating and a The Equality March for Unity and Pride is on Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m.-2
meet and greet. General admission tickets range from $40-60. For more information, p.m. The route begins on I Street and 17th Street N.W. and will head south on 15th
visit Street N.W. to Constitution Avenue.The march ends on the National Mall at Seventh
Capital Pride and Brightest Young Things hosts the ocial Pride 2017 opening Street N.W. Line-up begins at 9 a.m. on I Street between 14th Street and 17th Street.
party, Rainbow Resistance, at the Rainbow Warehouse (1585 New York Ave., N.E.) For more details, visit
on Friday, June 9 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Star Wars-themed party will feature live Capital Pride Festival is on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between Third Street and
performances from Tiany, Ultra Nat and Cupcakke. DJ Will Eastman, DJ Lemz and Seventh Street N.W. on Sunday, June 11 from noon-7 p.m. There will be 300 exhibitors
DJ Rosie will spin tracks. Tickets are $30. Day-of tickets will be available. For more featuring local and community groups, businesses, food vendors and more. Exhibit
information, visit hours are from noon-7 p.m. The Capital Pride concert will feature performances
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts Otter Crossing Pride on Friday, June from Miley Cyrus, the Pointer Sisters, Tinashe and VASSY. Concert hours are from
9 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Bright Light Bright Light will headline the event. Cover is 1-9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit
$10. A portion of proceeds will benet Immigration Equality. For more details, visit Capital Pride hosts its free Sunset Dance Party in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday, June 11 from 8-9:45 p.m. DJ Tracy Young will play electronic
DCMJ hosts Cannabis Pride All-Nighter at Dupont Circle (1 Dupont Circle, N.W.) music. For more details, visit
on Saturday, June 10 at 9 a.m. until Sunday, June 11 at 9 a.m. The 24-hour event Pride Fund to End Gun Violence holds a candlelight vigil to remember Pulse at
will feature speakers, DJs and a Liberty Pole to support cannabis pride. For more the fountain in Dupont Circle (1 Dupont Circle, N.W.) on Monday, June 12 from 7-8
information, visit p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own candle as there will be a limited supply.
Capital Pride Parade kicks o at 22nd Street and P Street on Saturday, June 10 For more information, visit
from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The route travels through the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle Team D.C. hosts Night Out at the Nationals versus the Atlanta Braves at Nationals
neighborhoods. The parade will include Capital Pride Heroes, Engendered Spirit Park (1500 S Capitol St., S.E.) on Tuesday, June 13 from 7:05-10:05 p.m. Happy
awardees, oats, walkers, dancers, entertainment, politicians and more. There will hour begins at 4 p.m. and pre-game ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.
be a Pride Parade VIP viewing stand on the corner of 14th Street and P Street. VIP Proceeds from ticket sales benet Team D.C.s Student-Athlete Scholarships. For
tickets are $25. For more details, visit more information, visit
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Songbirds: Great Women of Jazz National Portrait Gallery. Double Take:
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NSO: Mahlers Second Symphony. 9/11 to Now. Thru Jan 28.
Thru Jun 3. Ott plays Tchaikovsky/ Kreeger Museum. RE-VISION: Looking
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Lectures. June 2-3. Kennedy Center.
Boxing Lives: a Collaboration
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Art on 8th: Polvo & Scree. Jun 8. Pollinator-friendly Garden. Thru Jun 3.
Dance Place at Monroe Street Market. Bees in the City. Thru Jun 3.
Jesus Christ Superstar Glen Echo Park. Maremi Andreozzi.
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the title song, Joe Calarco (Gypsy) directs this dazzling and ery epic of celebrity, Hill Center. Hill Center Galleries. Thru
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Electronic duo Galantis performs at can design will be unveiled. There will
Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., be prizes for best rainbow or unicorn
N.E.) tonight from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tickets costume for dogs. For more details, visit
are $49.50. For more information and to
purchase tickets, visit The Big, Queer Jewish Pride Happy Hour
Betty performs at Montgomery College is at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from
Cultural Arts Center (7995 Georgia Ave., 6-9 p.m. GLOE, Bet Mishpachah, Nice Jewish
Silver Spring, Md.) tonight at 8 p.m. The Girls and Nice Jewish Boys host the event to
band is best known for The L Word celebrate Capital Pride. Pride Fund to End
theme song. Tickets range from $35-45. Gun Violence and Gays Against Guns D.C.
For more details, visit will host a fundraiser inside in remembrance
bettyverse. of the one year anniversary of the Pulse
The QREW hosts a Pride dance party nightclub massacre. For more information,
at Songbyrd Music House & Record Caf visit
(2475 18th St., N.W.) tonight. DJ Eletrox Latino GLBT History Project hosts La
plays music. Drink specials all night. Plactica: Resources for Resistance at
Cover is $5. For more information, visit Inclusive Innovation Incubator (2301 Georgia Del and Phil by JANET BLOCK, part of the Jane Doesnt Need Dick LGBT exhibit at Touchstone Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6-9 p.m. A panel of
Go Gay D.C. hosts a Pride Happy Hour experts will discuss resources for the LGBT
at Pinzimini lounge in Westin Arlington Latinx community for immigration, health,
(801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va.) tonight discrimination and education. There will also
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. For Hernandez will spin tracks. Goldie SUNDAY, JUNE 4 be food and drinks. For more details, visit
more details, visit Grigio hosts. All tips benefit the
Wanda Alston Foundation. For more The 2017 Say I Do! D.C. LGBT The IVy Project hosts a Pride Rooftop Party
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 information, visit Wedding Expo is at the American at Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) tonight from
duplexdiner. Institute of Architects (1735 New York 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. There will be drink specials
Latino GLBT History Project hosts La Story District presents Out/Spoken: Ave., N.W.) today from noon-4 p.m. and free rainbow swag. No cover. For more
Fe: Resisting with Faith at Metropolitan Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud at Guests can attend workshops on information, visit
Community Church of Washington (474 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight from topics such as LGBT wedding etiquette, The Ask Rayceen Show will be at HRC
Ridge St., N.W.) tonight from 6-8 p.m. The 6-8 p.m. Eight LGBT-themed stories will relationship and financial coaching and Equality Center (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.)
non-denominational service is open to all be told. Storytellers include Mike Boyd, the first dance. There will be vendors, today at 6 p.m. There will be a live musical
LGBT individuals. For more information, Elyse Hannah, Robin Katcher, among prizes, giveaways, cake and dessert performance by Durell Arthur. Curt Mariah,
visit others. Tickets are $22. For more details, tastings. The first 100 couples will Anthony Oakes and Violet Gray will perform
Tony Award-winner Bernadette visit receive a swag bag. VIP tickets are $30 stand-up comedy. X FaKtor Productions will
Peters performs at Wolf Trap (1551 Lesbian singer Jennifer Knapp and include admission for two, drag present a fashion show and Bella La Blanc will
Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) tonight at 8 p.m. performs at Jammin Java (227 Maple bingo hosted by Nellies Sports Bar perform burlesque. DJ Suspense spins tracks.
Accompanied by the Wolf Trap Orchestra, Ave E., Vienna, Va.) today at 6:30 p.m. and a guaranteed swag bag. Love Birds Rayceen Pendarvis hosts. Admission is free.
Peters will sing songs from her notable Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $18. tickets admits two people for $15. Solo For more details, visit
shows like Gypsy, Into the Woods and For more information, visit jamminjava. Rock Star tickets admits one person Bookmen D.C., an informal gay mens
Sunday in the Park with George. Tickets com. is $10. For more information, visit literature group, discusses My Alexandria,
range from $25-75. For more details, visit Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts DJ a poetry collection by Mark Doty, at the D.C. Chords fth annual Capital Pride Pop Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30
The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington O Anthem tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. MONDAY, JUNE 5 p.m. All are welcome. For more information,
presents And the Tony Goes To , a Cover is $15 from 10 p.m.-midnight and visit
musical history of gay Broadway songs, $12 after midnight. A portion of proceeds David Lynch Foundation presents The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club
at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) benet Capital Pride. For more details, A Night of Laughter & Song at the meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity
tonight at 8 .m. Popular songs from visit Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge. No
musicals such as Kinky Boots, A Chorus Lulu, known for her 60s hit To Sir, tonight at 8 p.m. Jerry Seinfeld, Jay partner needed. For more information, call
Line, Applause, Hedwig and the Angry With Love from the Sidney Poitier movie, Leno, Hugh Jackman and Margaret 301-345-1571.
Inch, among others, will be performed. performs at the Birchmere (3701 Mount Cho will perform in support of
There will be another performance Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) tonight veterans and at-risk youth. Tickets THURSDAY, JUNE 8
Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $25- at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more range from $69-149. For more details,
65. For more information, visit information, visit visit Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave.,
Fantom Comics (2010 P St., N.W.) Congressional Chorus presents N.W.) features its LGBT-themed exhibit Jane
hosts Wonder Woman Day today New Horizons: Music Without Borders TUESDAY, JUNE 6 Doesnt Need Dick: Origin of Love by Janet
from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be sales, at National City Christian Church tonight Block. The exhibit features collages that tell the
giveaways, activities and more in honor at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature the The 34th annual Capital Pride personal story of her life growing up queer.
of the lm release and the heroines 75th D.C. premiere of Calling All Dawns by Interfaith Service will be held at Admission is free. For more information, visit
anniversary. Wonder Woman cosplay Grammy-winning composer Christopher Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th
is encouraged. For more details, visit Tin. American Youth Chorus, Chamber St., N.W.) tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. LezLink hosts a Pride 2017 Happy Hour Ensemble and NorthEast Senior Featured speakers will be Rev. Sally at the Dirty Goose (913 U St., N.W.) tonight
18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th Singers will also perform. Tickets range Sarratt and Rev. Maria Swearingen. from 6-9 p.m. There will be drink specials and
St., N.W.) hosts its D.C. Pride Kickoff from $15-30. For more details, visit For more details, visit thedccenter. food. For more details, visit
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EDITORS NOTE: Last weeks Queery feature inadvertently included the previous weeks
answers to the 20 questions. Here is last weeks Queery with the correct answers. The
Blade regrets the error.


How long have you been out and who What do you believe in beyond the
was the hardest person to tell? physical world?
Ive been out since age 17 and the I believe in spirituality. I dont believe
hardest person to tell was my kids. that you have to go to church weekly to
Whos your LGBT hero?
My hero is my grandmother DArtois Whats your advice for LGBT
By JOEY DiGULIELMO Davis. movement leaders? Stay true to your mission. Your words
Whats Washingtons best nightspot, mean a lot to so many people so stay
Genise Chambers discovered D.C. Black Pride 27 years ago when her past or present? consistent to your mission.
grandmother took her to the event at Banneker Field. Tracks
Now 39, Chambers has attended as an adult every year since she was 17 What would you walk across hot coals
and is a volunteer organizer. Describe your dream wedding. for?
D.C. Black Pride means the world to me, the native Washingtonian says. In Hawaii on the beach with just me, my To see my grandfather (PaPa) again and
Its a time when we come together and celebrate all the trials that we have spouse and 10 close friends. to save my kids.
been through as a unit, when we get to share information and receive it in
order to live healthy and prosperous lives. What non-LGBT issue are you most What LGBT stereotype annoys you
Full details about D.C. Black Pride are online at passionate about? most?
Chambers works by day with her own business, Making U Fierce, LLC, a skin Impeaching Trump. That we want to sleep with everyone we
care, waxing and makeup agency. Shes online at see.
She has three children: Andre, 21; Genae, 18; and Taihai, 13. She and What historical outcome would you
her wife, Lavonne Woods, live in Brookland. Chambers enjoys shopping, change? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
decorating, makeup, modeling and photography in her free time. Having Hillary win the election. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything,
Julie Newmar
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime? Whats the most overrated social
Prince presenting Purple Rain. custom?
Titles. We have so many titles and more
On what do you insist? are getting added daily.
Loyalty means everything to me.
What trophy or prize do you most
What was your last Facebook post or covet?
Tweet? The D.C. Black Pride Presidents Award.
I love when I get the chance to dismiss
messy people. What do you wish youd known at 18?
I wish I wouldve known how to fully be
If your life were a book, what would myself and not fall into what people
the title be? call the social norm because it wasnt
The Road to the Rainbow in ME normal for me.

If science discovered a way to change Why Washington?
sexual orientation, what would you Why not? Ive been here all my life and I
do? really enjoy it. We have so much to oer
202.747.2077 Stay myself. I love who and what I am
and wouldnt change a thing about me.
here and people are coming from all
over to obtain what D.C. has to oer.

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Gay classic Maurice screens at AFI Silver in late June

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 and Vanessa Redgrave.
Other oerings at AFI Silver include
a window into the amazing life of a the D.C. Caribbean FilmFest (June 9-12)
woman who was a classical ballerina, a which features the Puerto Rican lm
legendary dance teacher and a black Memories of a Penitent Heart about a
lesbian feminist activist organizer, writer deceased gay family member who was
and professor. The festival continues with forced to hide his sexual orientation
Hot Shots, a collection of short queer and his HIV status and Play the Devil,
lms that were selected by a jury of LGBT a coming-of-age/coming-out story set
community members, and concludes during Trinidad and Tobagos Carnival
with a special screening of the camp season; the Recent Restoration Series
classic Mommie Dearest hosted by (through July 6); Directed by David Lynch
Baltimore drag superstar Betty OHellno. (May 12-July 6); and a number of encore
The beautifully renovated Parkway presentations of recent favorites.
Theatre in Baltimores Station North JAMES WILBY and HUGH GRANT in the gay classic Maurice, based on the novel by E.M. Forster. A number of great independent movies
neighborhood will also host a series of are also slated for theatrical release in D.C.
LGBT lms during Baltimore Pride (June this summer. As of press time, they include:
16-22). The full schedule can be found at My Cousin Rachel (June 9), starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Clain based on
Reel Armations, D.C.s LGBT lm the novel by bisexual author Daphne du
festival and monthly series, opens its Maurier (Rebecca and The Birds).
summer season with Kiki on June 16. Manifesto (June 9), an astounding
The movie is a fascinating exploration of lm that features Cate Blanchett
the Kiki scene in New York, an artistic recreating a number of famous historical
activist subculture founded by queer manifestos in a variety of characters.
youth of color. It Comes at Night (June 9), a stylish
Reel Armations monthly XTRA Film psychological horror movie about two
Series continues with the dramedy families trying to survive in the aftermath
series 195 Lewis on July 14 and of an unnamed cataclysm.
Kings, Queens and In-Betweens, a Beatriz at Dinner (June 16), a clash
documentary focused on gender, on Aug. KYLE MOONEY stars in Brigsby Bear. of wills between New Age healer Salma
18. All lms will screen at the HRC Equality PHOTO COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES CLASSICS Hayek and businessman John Lithgow.
Center Screening Room. The Hero (June 16) stars Sam Elliott
AFI Docs, the acclaimed celebration as an ailing movie star coming to terms
of documentary lms led by openly gay with his past and his mortality.
lmmaker Michael Lumpkin, runs at The Beguiled (June 30), a Civil War
various venues around D.C. from June drama about a Union soldier who takes
14-18. Queer highlights include Whitney: refuge in a girls boarding school. Soa
Can I Be Me, an intimate portrait of the Coppola recently won the Best Director
late pop star; Anatomy of a Male Ballet Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her
Dancer, an examination of the career of work on the movie, which stars Nicole
Marcelo Gomes, an openly gay principal Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell.
dancer for the American Ballet Theatre; Wish Upon (July 14) marks a
All Good Things, about a polyamorous generational shift as former teen star
relationship; and, Lady Eva, which Ryan Phillippe plays a father whose gift to
spotlights a contestant in a pageant for his troubled daughter unwittingly sets o
letits, transgender women in Tonga. a horric chain of events.
NICOLE KIDMAN in The Beguiled.
AFI Docs also includes a screening of PHOTO COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES Detroit (Aug. 4), Kathryn Bigelows
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, examination of a 1967 police raid that led
a follow-up to Al Gores Academy Award- to one of the largest citizen uprisings in
winning 2006 lm, which will also have a U.S. history.
theatrical release later in the summer. Brigsby Bear (Aug. 4), a delightfully
On June 23 and 24, D.C. Shorts quirky comedy about a young man
presents D.C. Shorts Laughs which brings kidnapped as a child who is restored to
together favorites from the popular his birth family.
festival celebrating short lms and area Patti Cake$ (Aug. 18), a breakout
stand-up comics. festival hit about a white woman from
Meanwhile, the AFI Silver Theatre New Jersey and her unlikely quest for rap
and Cultural Center in downtown Silver stardom.
Spring continues to explore the richness Finally, the summer season comes to a
of American and world cinema with its close with two very dierent lms based
exciting combination of rst-run indie on Steven King novels. The Dark Tower
features and curated collections of classic (Aug. 4) settles the ancient vendetta
TOM HOLLAND in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
lms from Hollywood and the world. PHOTO COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES between Idris Elba (the Gunslinger) and
The queer highlight of this summers Matthew McConaughey (the Man in
schedule is the screening of two restored Black). And It (Sept. 14) is the cinematic
lms from the acclaimed Merchant Ivory stars James Wilby and Hugh Grant as End (June 30 and July 1) features stellar retelling of the popular story of the evil
collection. The groundbreaking gay forbidden lovers in Edwardian England. performances from Emma Thompson, clown Pennyfeather who haunts the
classic Maurice (screening June 23-24) The Academy Award-winning Howards Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham-Carter children of Derry, Maine.
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Why picking the wrong agent can cost you money

There are many kinds THE HARD-WORKING, COMPETENT do, it takes them hours and the infor- I can understand that many people
AGENT. As I mentioned above, there are mation is incomplete. They usually dont need to pay their bills. What I cannot un-
of Realtors so be sure many, many excellent agents out there respond on weekends or evenings and derstand is agents who will not answer
to nd the right one who go above and beyond for their cli- if they get back to you, they act as if it is their phones or emails from 9-5. It is com-
ents and do a truly fabulous job. While an inconvenience. This sort of response pletely unacceptable and an enormous
By ALLISON GOODHART DuSHUTTLE most agents we deal with fall into this cat- can cause many buyers to simply move disservice to their clients. If you have a
egory, and I could go on and on about all on if they are not getting the information listing and someone wants to show it, tak-
Lets face it, Realtors are portrayed of the wonderful aspects of those agents, quickly enough or are not satised with ing eight hours to get back to that agent
pretty poorly in the media typically as this post is not about those Realtors. the information do receive. Its the spring might mean the buyers moved on to an-
either a ditzy single mom, a pushy used THE LAZY AGENT. This type of agent is market there are lots of listings and other property. That means a seller may
car salesman type, or someone totally probably the most common oender in many of them have deadlines so buyers have missed out on their buyer. If youre
aloof in their own world (Im looking at our profession. They got into real estate need to make quick decisions. Many buy- a buyer, same deal. You might have just
you, Phil Dunphy). These stereotypes because it oered exibility and they g- ers just say Next! lost the opportunity to see a hot new list-
used to really bother me, because they ured they didnt have to work a 9-5 sched- THE PART-TIME AGENT. On the exact ing that could now be under contract.
didnt reect the hard-working, dedicated ule. Turns out, they were right. Real es- opposite end of the spectrum, there are THE INSINCERE AGENT. Worse than
professionals that I typically encounter. tate is not 9-5, it is 24/7! As agents, we are many agents out there selling real estate the lazy agent is the insincere agent.
We work with some truly excellent agents available when our clients need us, when on the side. They may just work part- Luckily, we dont come across this type of
that make me proud to be a Realtor. other agents need us, when appraisers time, or it could mean they have a full-time agent very often. The insincere agent will
In the last few weeks, the spring market need us, and when home inspectors are job and they sell real estate only on week- tell you there is another oer on a prop-
has really started to heat up. Many newly available. We not only must be available ends and evenings. So, they are far from erty to try to get your clients to improve
minted agents are throwing their hat 9-5 for the banks and title companies we lazy and are often working very hard, but their oer when in reality, the other oer
into the ring to make, what they think, is work with during the work week, but also they can be tough to reach and often dont doesnt exist. Or, they might selectively
a quick buck. As a result, weve encoun- when our clients are available usually know the ins and outs of the contract and choose which of your questions to an-
tered some very interesting situations. on the weekends and in the evenings. general norms of the industry. swer, not replying to you if they answer
Maybe its just that I am nine months Agents who thought they were in for We arent knocking people trying to get is something you wont like. We reserve
pregnant and my patience is wearing thin, a cushy schedule get a rude awakening. started in the industry. Its a tough job to most of our venom for this type of agent.
but I felt the need to educate the public Most eventually adapt to their new ex- get into as you often dont get paid for
on how picking the wrong agent can cost ible schedule. However, there are those several months (fun fact: we only get paid
you. Here is a breakdown of some of the that cut corners to stay in the industry after a client goes to settlement so by the ALLISON GOODHART DUSHUTTLE is lead
types of agents and real life encoun- and try to make it work, to the detriment time a new agent gets a client, nds them agent for The Goodhart Group, Alexandrias
and McEnearney Associates top produc-
ters weve had with them that are the of their clients and anyone trying to do a property or a buyer for their home and ingreal estate team. In2015, shewas nationally
reason for our embarrassing portrayal in business with those clients. then goes to settlement, its often six recognized byRealtor Magazine, being named
to its 30 Under 30 club. Allison can be reached
the media. So, please excuse me while I Frequently, this type of agent also months before the agent gets a check for at703-362-3221orallison@thegoodhartgroup.
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