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Equality March draws thousands from across country

Speakers stress need Several marchers, while walking in front
of the White House, began to chant, Hey
to link LGBT equality hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go
to racial justice and lock him up.
Others turned signs toward the White
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. House that said Shame, Shame and Our House. A young gay man who traveled to
D.C. from Chicago to join the march and
Carrying rainbow ags and signs who identied himself as Ming held a sign
reading Love, not hate, makes America that appeared to draw laughter and more
great and Resist Trump, tens of attention than most of the other signs. It
thousands of LGBT people and their read, Mike Pence blocked me on Grindr.
supporters marched from the White Many of the marchers, both women
House to the National Mall near the U.S. and men, were accompanied by children
Capitol on Sunday in the Equality March who held signs expressing support for
for Unity and Pride. LGBT equality.
Through dozens of signs held by Jim Martin, who traveled to D.C. from
marchers saying Remember Pulse and Ohio to attend the march, said he was
in speeches at a rally on the Mall, march proud to march beside his lesbian
participants noted the event took place daughter Shavon Martin.
one day before the rst anniversary the President Trump was out of town at
shooting rampage at the Pulse nightclub Organizers estimated a crowd of up to 80,000 marched on Sunday. the time of the Equality March, spending
in Orlando, Fla., that took the lives of 49 WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY the weekend at his summer estate in
mostly LGBT people. Bedminster, N.J.
Three survivors of the Pulse incident, But at 10:40 a.m., shortly after the
which has become known as the nations very thankful for everyone who came out Also speaking was former National Equality March reached the White House,
worst mass shooting, spoke at the rally. for this from the beginning, he said. Basketball Association player Jason Collins. a uniformed Secret Service ocer could
Before they spoke veteran gay activist It was a grassroots organization and Many of the marchers carried signs be seen standing on the White House
Nicole Murray Ramirez of San Diego and we did it with zero corporate dollars, calling on President Donald Trump to roof looking at the marchers on the
one of 13 national co-chairs of the march, Bruinooge said. And were proud of that respect the rights of LGBT people and street below through what appeared to
called for a moment of silence to remember and that people stepped up and made refrain from rolling back LGBT rights. be either a camera or binoculars.
the victims of the Pulse shooting. their voices heard today.
Equality March founder David Among the more than a dozen speakers at
Bruinooge, who served as a co-chair, said the rally were veteran lesbian activist Mandy
he was uncertain of the exact number of Carter of North Carolina, co-founder of the
people who turned out for the march.
But he said reports he received from
National Black Justice Coalition; Imani Woody,
founder and CEO of D.C.s Marys House for Blade wins four journalism awards
knowledgeable observers led him to Older Adults; Doug Kimmel, founder of the
believe at least 50,000 and possibly as New York-based LGBT seniors advocacy The Washington Blade was honored
many as 80,000 people from throughout group SAGE; Sarah McBride, transgender by the D.C. chapter of the Society
the nation took part in the march and rally. rights advocate and national press secretary of Professional Journalists with four
The U.S Park Service, which issued a for the Human Rights Campaign; and Chase Dateline Awards on Tuesday.
permit to allow the Equality March to hold Strangio, sta attorney for the ACLUs LGBT The Blade winners include:
its rally on the Mall, no longer releases and AIDS Project. Features editor Joey DiGuglielmo for
crowd estimates for large events as it Javier Cifuentes, HRCs Youth best feature story in the weekly category
once did in past years. Ambassador, and Thomas Tonatiuh for a piece titled, Hes for Trump, hes for
The march began at 10:08 a.m. at 17th Lopez Jr. of the Indigenous Youth Council Clinton, a prole of a local gay couple on
and I Streets, N.W., two blocks north of gave rousing speeches that captured opposite sides of the political aisle.
the White House. It took nearly two hours the theme and tone of what leaders of International News Editor Michael
for all of the marchers to stream past the the Equality March said was one of their Lavers for best editorial/opinion writing
White House, walk south on 15th Street key messages that the LGBT rights for A glimpse into another side of Cuba,
to Constitution Avenue and head east to movement must work in solidarity with a rst-person account of reporting from JUNE 17, 2016 VOLUME 47 ISSUE 25 AMERICAS LGBT NEWS SOURCE WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

the Mall at Third Street, where a stage the nations other progressive movements the Communist island.
had been built at the site of the rally. and social causes such as immigrant Blade editor Kevin Na for best
Large numbers of marchers could been rights, racial justice, transgender rights, commentary and criticism for A tribute This cover image won a design award
for Blade creative director James Neal.
seen leaving the site of the rally shortly after the rights of indigenous peoples, and to gay bars, a reection on the role of
arriving there. Many moved to the sides of womens and reproductive rights. safe spaces for the LGBT community in
the Mall and watched the rally in the shade Among several celebrities who spoke the aftermath of the Pulse massacre.
under trees as the temperature rose to at the rally were actress, singer, and Creative director James Neal for his design of several front-page covers,
close to 95 degrees. As the rally continued songwriter Sara Ramirez, who has including Enough, a bold reaction to the Pulse massacre.
for nearly two hours the center of the Mall emerged as an outspoken straight ally; This year, 82 entries were nalists for their TV, radio, newspaper, magazine,
in front of the stage was nearly empty. actor and LGBT advocate Asia Kate Dillon, newsletter/trade publication and online work. Winners were announced at the
There was denitely tens of thousands star of the Netix TV series Orange is chapters annual Hall of Fame dinner at the National Press Club.
of people at the march, said Bruinooge. the New Black and the Showtime series These awards are a reection of the Blades nearly 50-year dedication to
And the Mall was lling up but clearly on Billions, who identies as non-binary; quality journalism, said publisher Lynne Brown. Congratulations to our team
this hot and blistering day people were and gay actor Charlie Carter of the ABC on their much deserved honors.
nding shade under the trees, which is series Desperate Housewives and the STAFF REPORTS
great. It was a peaceful, safe day and were MTV series Teen Wolf.
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Pride protest ignites debate in D.C.s LGBT community

Accounts dier wildly in said. Most people understand the Gay &
Lesbian Liaison Unit has a long history working
assessment of No Justice with our local community and anytime you
No Pride actions have a crowd of any size like that in D.C.,
theres going to be a sizable police presence.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO I have a lot of mixed feelings, said Ruby Corado, a long-time D.C.-based trans activist
who runs Casa Ruby, a local LGBT community
The actions of protest group No Justice No center. While I acknowledge that some of
Pride, members of whom formed a blockade their issues are valid and I think theres value
Saturday evening that required the Capital to what the group is saying, I struggle with how
Pride Parade to be rerouted and delayed by theyre doing things. I really do think shutting
hours, have inspired a wide range of strong down the parade for three hours was a little
reaction from parade participants, long-time bit too much, I really do, because there were
D.C.-area LGBT activists, Capital Pride ocials, a lot of people there, lots of trans and queer
observers and others. people of color, whod worked really hard and
Social media was ablaze Saturday and were there to celebrate. Yes, sure, do hold
throughout the weekend with some Capital Pride accountable, but everyone needs
saying the group, a self-described ad-hoc No Justice No Pride protesters block the Capital Pride Parade in Washington last weekend. to be held accountable, not just Capital Pride.
coalition of activists that seeks to end the WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Yet accounts of exactly what happened,
LGBT movements complicity in systems of how the protest was handled and who exactly
oppression that harm LGBTQ2S (i.e. queer/ pink sheets in which they demanded that a way because it made those of us in Capital was behind it dier based on whom you ask.
two-spirit) communities, ended up doing little Capital Pride add more trans women Pride more unied. Several local trans residents declined Blade
more than angering and alienating people of color to leadership positions, more Others say the protesters have several requests for comment for fear of angering No
who should be their allies while others said the stringently vet which corporate sponsors good points but did themselves more harm Justice protesters.
loudest denunciations seemed to come from are allowed to give money to Capital Pride, than good with their tactics. Renna spotted a group of about 50-75
cis, white, gay men who were mad because prevent uniformed police ocers and It remains to be seen if tactics like people carrying a tri-colored banner that
their party got delayed. military personnel from participating in the disrupting Pride parades engage or alienate said No Justice No Pride Queer & Trans
I think their parade interruption was ill parade because of fraught histories with the community and allies, said Dave Kolesar, Resistance on Friday on 14th Street, N.W. and
advised, said Lane Hudson, a longtime, D.C.- these groups and LGBT people and many a local white gay man. And with regard said it appeared to be a signicantly dierent
based gay activist. From what I know about other issues. A full list of their demands to corporate sponsorships of Pride, there group than those who protested at the parade.
Capital Pride, they are very open minded and can be found at was a time not that long ago when nding Emmelia Talarico, a No Justice No Pride senior
welcoming. To suggest otherwise is simply not The group found supporters among the corporations to sponsor events was nearly organizer said she had no knowledge of who
true. If there is a lack of LGBT, queer and two- D.C.-area LGBT establishment. impossible as a conservative backlash would that group was.
spirit involvement, its because of a choice (by It does seem to be predominantly the inevitably follow. So while it is always a As far as I know, that didnt happen,
those folks) not to get involved in Capital Pride. cisgender, white gay men who are the most legitimate concern to be able to strike the right Talarico, a trans woman, said. If some
Its about who shows up. upset these people werent dragged away balance between corporate and grassroots folks did that, they did not meet with us as
SaVanna Wanzer, a Capital Pride board and arrested, said one long-time local black involvement, I would be cautious about representatives of No Justice No Pride.
member, trans woman of color and founder lesbian activist who is not allowed to speak on pushing corporations away. Talarico also denied other rumors
of Transgender Pride (an ocial Capital Pride the record because of her job. But D.C. has a Hudson agrees. circulating this week that some of the
event), agrees. long history of allowing protesters to exercise Most of the corporations they are targeting protesters at the Saturday parade were paid.
When we have our (Trans Pride) their First Amendment rights. Were not going have 100 percent ratings on the (Human Rights She said the reality was quite the opposite.
organizational meetings, its the same six to drag people from the street so you can Campaign) Corporate Equality Index. While Thats not at all true, she said. We did
people who show up every year along with the continue to party. Thats ridiculous. This is intersectionality is much needed, it cannot pay for about six or seven people, black trans
executive producer and producer of Capital a backlash against the white gay men from always require purity. Life, including activism, women, to perform at the healing space
Pride, Wanzer said. I dont know if any of the Logan Circle. Did they want this to turn into the is a set of choices. Progress isnt always perfect we had but that was because we felt that
protestors have any desire to volunteer with next Ferguson? Think a little bit about the pros and it can always be built upon. they deserved to be paid for their work like
Capital Pride or not but we would love to have and cons and check your privilege at the door. Others say the No Justice No Pride anyone else would be. No one who was in
more trans people of color involved. Others, though, say the No Justice protesters dont understand the long and the blockades who took action in the street
On Saturday, June 10 about 3:30 p.m., a protesters had no interest in having their tangled history the D.C. LGBT community were paid. Some of us even emptied our bank
couple hundred No Justice No Pride protesters concerns addressed in a reasonable way and has with some of the groups they targeted. accounts to make this happen.
held a march of their own on the Capital refused to back down. A pre-Pride meeting at Cathy Renna, a longtime activist who spoke She also said assertions by some that the
Pride Parade route walking together while National City Christian Church on May 8 was on behalf of Capital Pride this week, says she No Justice folks were far-left radicals who are
pop songs blasted from a loudspeaker and heated on both sides. No Justice No Pride knows of trans folks who worked for defense out to destroy Pride in D.C. and in other cities
participants chanted anti-corporate slogans. plans a debrief and forum on Friday, June 23. contractors Northrop Grumman, one of the is wildly inaccurate.
Later another group joined hands with a Look for the group on Facebook for details. groups No Justice said was not an appropriate We dont want to destroy Pride, we want
chain-like material on P Street between 15th There are people out there who are never Pride sponsor, when they couldnt continue to make it better, Talarico said. Its not about
and 16th streets, N.W. in the planned route going to be satised, 100 percent no matter their military service with Dont Ask, Dont Tell destroying Pride, its about making it into
of the parade. Ten protesters formed a chain, what you do, Wanzer said. Theyre always still in eect. something thats more representative of all of
chanting slogans and clashing vehemently going to have a complaint, theyre always And to tell military and police they werent us and honors those of us who are struggling
with bystanders. Eyewitnesses said they saw going to have something to say. They say welcome at the parade, Renna says, was at the margins. A lot of this is coming from
no violence erupt though some No Justice theyre protesting for the rights of trans people unrealistic. ssures that have been boiling beneath the
protesters say they were kicked and spit on. of color, but not all the local trans people of I think there was a good faith eort during surface for decades. The reason people are
The parade was signicantly delayed and color are on the same page with them. We and after the community forum to try and reacting so strongly is because were forcing
eventually was rerouted. There was a strong dont need them to protest or speak out on address some of these concerns, particularly them to see it for the rst time in a long time.
presence of D.C. Metro Police at the site of the our behalf. What they did was inappropriate with the police contingent but Capital Pride Accounts also vary as to how much dialogue
protest. No arrests were made. because it took away from the enjoyment was not going to exclude them because they happened in previous years about some of
No Justice No Pride members distributed and the feel of Pride. If anything it backred in did not want to exclude any groups, Renna
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The Uproar bar on Sunday night.


roof deck buckling or bowing, according to Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo.
Fire and EMS ocials closed the street to cars and pedestrians while waiting for a city
building inspector to arrive and assess the structural soundness of the building.
Four police cars and two re trucks with ashing lights drew the attention of people
DANICA ROEM is a transgender journalist who is challenging Virginia state Del. Bob in the area, including Uproar customers arriving from D.C.s Capital Pride festival.
Marshall (R-Prince William County) Maggiolo said the street and one adjacent building would remain closed until the
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROEM building inspector assessed the situation.
In a statement, Fire and EMS ocials said the incident involved oor joists
compromised from excess weight causing the roof to bow. The statement said the
Va. trans candidate wins primary departments Cave In Task Force was taking steps to install shoring to strengthen the
roof structure.
But a short time later someone from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory
A transgender former journalist pulled o a surprise victory in a Virginia Aairs attached a notice to Uproars front door prohibiting anyone from entering the
primary on Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination to face o against anti- building until further notice.It read in part, This structure, equipment and/or system is
LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) in the general election. unsafe and its occupancy or use has been prohibited by the code ocial.
Danica Roem, who was seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the No injuries were reported. A representative from Uproar couldnt immediately be
13th District seat in Virginias House of Delegates, beat out Steve Jansen, Andrew reached for comment.
Adams and Mansimran Kahlon to winher partys backing, the Associated Press LOU CHIBBARO JR.
reported at 8:30.
If Roem succeeds in besting Marshall, she could become the rst openly
transgender person to be elected and seated as a state legislator. The general
election will be held Nov. 7.
Norton, Capital Pride disagree
Roems opponent in the general election, Marshall, has a long anti-LGBT over why she missed parade
history over the course of his 13 terms in the Virginia General Assembly. Marshall
was responsible for the Marshall-Newman Amendment, which made a ban on Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is attributing her absence from this weekends
same-sex marriage part of the state constitution in Virginia until a federal judge Capital Pride parade to the lack of an invitation to the event and a requirement that she
overturned the measure. pay to take part, although organizers dispute her account and say the fee is customary.
More recently, Marshall pushed legislation that would bar transgender people Benjamin Fritsch, a Norton spokesperson, said in a statement shared with the
from using the restroom in any government-owned building consistent with Washington Blade and other media outlets the delegate assumed she would go to the
their gender identity. Capital Pride Parade which he said she has done each year even before her nearly
At the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund brunch last month, Roem acknowledged 26 years in Congress but this year never received an invite.
her victory over Marshall would have particular signicance, referencing his She has always received a letter of invitation from the parade organizers, but this year
remarks calling transgender people gender confused. did not receive one, so her sta reached out to them well in time for her to participate,
Also in Virginia, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam came out on top in a contested primary Fritsch said. The organizers said they would put her on a waitlist. They also said that the
to win the Democratic nomination in Virginias gubernatorial race, besting former congresswoman would have to pay more than $600, and an additional smaller fee to be
U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, who was endorsed by progressive leaders. put on the waitlist. Therefore, she decided not to participate.
The Associated Press declared Northam the winner in the primary about an Although Norton was absent from the parade, other ocials who took part includedD.C.
hour after polls closed in the state at 7 pm. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large), D.C. Council member
With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Northam had secured 55 percent of Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), D.C. Council member and former D.C. Mayor Vince Gray (D-Ward 7).
the vote compared to 45 percent claimed by Perriello. Bernie Delia, president of Capital Pride Alliance, responded to Norton by saying
Northam, who was endorsed by LGBT groups such as the Pride Fund to End organizers have never extended invitations to elected ocials to participate in the event
Gun Violence and Equality Virginia, beat out Perriello despite his endorsements at least the past nine years.
from progressive leaders like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren Months in advance of the parade we inform prior parade entrants that the registration
(D-Mass.). is open, Delia said. In this case we did what we have always done hold a spot in the
In an interview with the Washington Blade in June, Northam said theres still line-up for D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton for when she showed up, as she has done
a lot of work to do to combat anti-LGBT discrimination in Virginia and those for every previous Capital Pride Parade.
eorts begin with good leadership. Delia said a Norton staer called late last week seeking to register. Although the
CHRIS JOHNSON staer was told that would result in an automated system generating an email indicating
Norton was on a wait list, Capital Pride organizers explained they would manually
override that and place the delegates contingent in the parade, Delia said.
The $600 fee, Delia said, is standard for participation in the parade and the same
amount charged to all political contingents in the past. Delia acknowledged Capital
Uproar bar shuttered after deck buckles Pride charges a $10 fee for being on the wait list, but said Norton was never really on it
and that $10 is credited to the account balance for the entry fee.
We regret the confusion and look forward to Del. Nortons participation in future
D.C. Fire and EMS Structural experts evacuated Uproar gay bar & restaurant (639 Capital Pride Parades, Delia said.
Florida Ave., N.W.) about 7:40 p.m. Sunday after responding to a call about the buildings CHRIS JOHNSON
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Comings & Goings Baltimore mayor honors

Weaver joins exec team at HSC; LGBT leaders at reception
Hockman sells consultancy

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our com-
munity. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining
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Congratulations to H. Bradley Weaver. It has been

announced by the HSC Health Care System (HSC) that he
will be a part of its new executive team as Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Ocer of Health Services for
Children with Special Needs. The HSC Health Care System is
a nonprot health care organization committed to serving
families with complex health care needs and eliminating
barriers to health services. The System combines the
resources of a care coordination plan (Health Services for
Children with Special Needs, Inc.), pediatric specialty hospital
(The HSC Pediatric Center), and home health agency (HSC
Home Care, LLC) with its parent organization, The HSC H. BRADLEY
Foundation, to oer a comprehensive approach to caring, WEAVER
serving and empowering people with disabilities.
According to HSCs new CEO, Bradley will be part of Baltimore Mayor CATHERINE PUGH (center) with this years Pride honorees.
the leadership team that will lead the organization in its WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY STEVE CHARING

eort to strengthen the coordination and delivery of high

quality services for individuals complex health needs in the
Washington, D.C. region. Celebrating 42 years of the Baltimore Police Departments LGBT
Weaver is a graduate of Dartmouth College and attended liaison; Ian James, who works with STAR
the Accenture Project Management Program among other
rallying together TRACK, an organization which seeks to
training programs. improve the health of youth and young
Congratulations also to Larry Ray for receiving an By STEVE CHARING adults in the city and the state; and Del.
Excellence in Teaching Award celebrating his 30 years of Maggie McIntosh of Baltimores 43rd
teaching. The George Washington University School of Law LARRY RAY About 50 people attended a legislative district, the rst openly LGBT
Dean Blake D. Morant presented Larry Ray with the award. reception at City Hall on June 12 in member of the state legislature and
He began teaching mediation and now is a senior professor which Baltimore Mayor Catherine F. who has been in the forefront of the
teaching negotiation. He has now taught more than 2,500 Pugh bestowed mayoral medallions movement to expand LGBT rights in
law students. The dean said, Students praise his teaching as upon leaders of the LGBT community. Maryland.
innovative, exciting and immediately useful in the workplace The event, which kicked off the final In addition, medallions were given
as well as home. week before Baltimore Pride, was the to: Mark McLaurin, the political
He also teaches business negotiation at Capital University first LGBT awards ceremony to take director for SEIU Maryland and D.C.
School of Law; is a Senior Instructor at the American place at City Hall in connection with and is co-chair of Police Commissioner
Management Association (AMA); Arbitrator at FINRA and the annual celebration. Davis LGBT Advisory Committee;
executive coach at various federal agencies. Previously, he After preliminary introductions that Merrick Moise, the LGBTQ Community
served as a Columbus, Ohio, prosecutor and also as director included Police Commissioner Kevin Liaison for the Baltimore City States
of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. Davis, the 2017 Queen of Pride Dee Attorneys Office; Kenneth Morrison,
He has served as a vice president of the Stein Democratic JOHN HOCKMAN A. Diamond, and executive director of co-executive director of the GLBT
Club. the Center for Black Equity Baltimore Community Center of Baltimore
Ray was born in Ohio and received his J.D. from the Capital Carlton Smith, Pugh noted 42 years and Central Maryland (GLCCB); Ava
University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, and his bachelors with honors from Muskingum of rallying together in displaying the Pipitone, executive director of the
College, New Concord, Ohio. mayors proclamation celebrating Baltimore Transgender Alliance, the
Congratulations also to John Hockman. It was announced by McKinley Advisors new Pride month. only peer-run transgender advocacy
CEO Jay Younger, that they have acquired the association consultancy the d3 Group The more we understand that that organization in Baltimore; and Steve
founded by Hockman. we have more in common than we are Ziger, who serves on several boards
Hockman is a widely recognized adviser and strategist to the association community dierent, the better we will be, Pugh including the Baltimore Community
and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He said, Im a student of said. LGBT residents are invaluable Foundation where he is co-chair for
human dynamics and a specialist in the business of getting people to talk. Next to being to our city. How wonderful your the LGBT focus group.
a husband, nothing makes me more proud than helping leaders of organizations make contributions have been to our society. I am incredibly honored to receive
their best decisions about big challenges related to strategy, people, and performance. Pugh presented the medallions to this award, Merrick Moise, the only
Hockman has consulted with more than 100 associations in the U.S. and abroad. He the following: transgender African-American man who
is a longtime volunteer with ASAE. He has served as president of the International Coach Lillian Amaya, co-founder of IRIS was a delegate to the 2016 Democratic
Federation D.C. chapter and is on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network. (Individuality, Respect, Integrity, National Convention, told the Blade.
He grew up in Ohio, studied in Spain, lived in London, and worked in China, Egypt, Sexuality), an organization that The City of Baltimore is showing its
Indonesia, the UK and now makes his home in D.C. He received his bachelors degree promotes unity among the various commitment to our community. We
from Ohio State University, and did masters work at American University. Baltimore Latino LGBT communities; have a long way to go but we are making
Sgt. Kevin Bailey, a gay ocer serving as strides, he said.
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Hundreds turn out for D.C. vigil for Pulse victims

Activists call for channeling for gun law reform made a dierence
in Orlando by helping to elect Rep.
grief into action Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) last November
in the congressional district that includes
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Orlando. Murphy, a strong advocate for gun law reform, defeated 12-term
incumbent John Mica (R-Fla.) in an upset
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined several victory that observers attributed to
hundred people in Dupont Circle Monday Murphys opposition to gun law changes
night in a candlelight vigil to commemorate called for by groups like the Pride Fund.
the rst-year anniversary of the June 12, We have the opportunity every single
2016 shooting rampage at the gay nightclub day to create change and honor them
Pulse in Orlando, Fla., that claimed the lives with action, he said of the Pulse victims.
of 49 mostly LGBT people. Getting to know many of their families
Many of those attending Monday nights and individuals aected in Orlando even
vigil wept as D.C. gay activist Jose Gutierrez, just weeks after the attack, they said I
co-founder of D.C.s Latino Pride, read the dont want another vigil, Lindsay told the
names and ages of the 49 mostly Latino Dupont Circle gathering.
LGBT people who were shot to death in I dont want to speak to the news
what authorities say was the worst mass again, he quoted Pulse survivors as
shooting incident in U.S. history. saying. I want to create change. I dont
Another 53 Pulse patrons were want another mother to go through what
wounded in the incident before police I have. I dont want another brother to
shot and killed the perpetrator, Omar lose their sister.
Mateen, 29, who police said had targeted He called on those at the vigil to become
Pulse for a hate crime and a terrorist involved in gun reform advocacy by viewing
attack that he carried out with a powerful his groups website at
assault rie.
We are here today for a very important
reason, said Jason Lindsay, founder and
Trump tweets never forget
executive director of the national political On the one-year anniversary of the
action committee Pride Fund to End Gun Pulse massacre, President Trump tweeted
Violence, which organized the vigil. on Monday an image of the 49 individuals
We are here to reect and to mark the killed at the gay nightclub, urging his
one year since the Pulse tragedy, he said. D.C. Mayor MURIEL BOWSER joined several hundred people in Dupont Circle Monday night in a followers to never forget the victims.
It was one year ago that the horror was candlelight vigil to commemorate the Pulse massacre. We will NEVER FORGET the victims
who lost their lives one year ago today in
Lindsay added, On June 12, 49 the horric #PulseNightClub shooting,
beautiful individuals were murdered us but it will sustain us in this ght. We members of the Gay Mens Chorus of Trump tweeted.
in the most gruesome mass shooting are still here a year later and we will not Washington, who sang three songs, Trump also used the hashtag
in U.S. history. But that it occurred in a go away. including the John Lenin-Beatles ballad #OrlandoUnitedDay, which is one of the
celebration at Pulse nightclub in Orlando Bowser said she fully supports Pride Imagine and the African-American civil hashtags used by those remembering the
during a Pride Month Latin Night party Fund To End Gun Violences mission of rights hymn We Shall Overcome. massacre in Orlando, Fla., as well as 49
made it especially hurtful. pushing for both LGBT rights and sensible McCarthy told the gathering she has yet people killed and 53 wounded on that day.
He noted, as have LGBT activists in gun laws. to overcome the grief she experienced Trumps tweet is consistent with
D.C., that the Pulse attack shattered the Tonight we join our brothers and upon learning that her friend of 18 years, remarks he made over his presidential
long held assumption by LGBT people sisters across Washington, D.C., across Christopher Drew Leinonen and his campaign invoking the mass shooting,
that gay bars were safe havens where our nation and certainly in Orlando, Fla., boyfriend, Juan Ramon Guerrero, were the deadliest in American history, as
people could go to be themselves in an in honoring the 49 people who were among those killed in the Pulse shooting. evidence of the need to confront Islamic
often hostile world. taken from us one year ago at the Pulse Im still astounded by the number extremism. During his acceptance speech
Lindsay and Catherine McCarthy, a Pride nightclub, Bowser said. of people I meet to this day who were at the Republican National Convention,
Fund volunteer and close friend of two gay Tonight we stand in remembrance of impacted by his short time on this earth, Trump recalled the shooting and said
men killed in the Pulse massacre, told the their lives. And tonight we stand with the she said. Between starting the rst group hed protect our LGBTQ citizens from the
gathering that in addition to expressions city of Orlando as ambassadors of healing, for queer youth in our Florida county violence and oppression of the hateful,
of grief and support for the Pulse victims hope and inclusiveness, she said. We public school system to living openly and foreign ideology.
those attending the vigil must do what oer our continued prayers and support proudly and unafraid as a proud gay man, But the tweet contrasts with anti-LGBT
they can as individuals to advocate for to the victims survivors and their families. we know now that he made it easier for policy initiatives from Trump over the
changing the nations gun laws to prevent Bowser read a proclamation she issued dozens of individuals to come out to be course of his administration, such as
mass shootings from happening. on Monday expressing D.C.s condolences to themselves and live without fear. the revocation of Obama-era guidance
Love is not all we need, McCarthy and solidarity with the survivors of the Pulse LGBT activists in Orlando have told assuring transgender kids access to
said. It is not enough. We need love and victims and with the residents of Orlando. similar stories of how friends and family school bathrooms consistent with their
we need laws, she said. What Im asking Today we stand with our brothers members in Orlandos large Latino gender identity, as well as anti-LGBT
you tonight is this. Lets continue to and sisters in Orlando in proclaiming this community spoke proudly about how appointments like U.S. Attorney General
grieve imperfectly but let us keep pushing Orlando United Day, she said. May God they had accepted and loved their sons, Je Sessions and Secretary of Housing &
relentlessly, she continued. bless us all. daughters, or siblings who died in the Urban Development Ben Carson.
Lawmakers will not yield to the craven Those attending the vigil said the Pulse attack.
indierence of the gun lobby, she told somber but uplifting atmosphere at the Lindsay told of how the work of Chris Johnson contributed
the gathering. Our love cannot protect event was boosted by about a dozen Pride Fund and other groups pushing to this report.
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Military ocial wont Celebrating Pride month, or any other our justied advances, so now, more than
diversity month, is really about validating ever, we must not stand silent in face of
comment on potential that theres one inherent trait we all possess prejudice, injustice or atrocity.
delay of trans accession and our nation benets from, and thats the Keynoting the event was Rep. Mark Takano
diversity of our unique backgrounds and (D-Calif.), whos gay and co-chair of the LGBT
By CHRIS JOHNSON experience, Rose said. Equality Caucus as well as the No. 2 Democrat Emphasizing the importance of diversity, on the House Veterans Aairs Committee.
Rose said U.S. history provides ample There was a time when the
The U.S. military has entered a new evidence undercutting the notion that value Department of Defense discouraged and
era under the Trump administration as is just some aspect of political correctness. hid its diversity instead of celebrating
many wonder if the LGBT progress after World War II provides bold insight to it as we are today, Takano said. The
Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal will remain in the power of inclusion as opposed to progress has made this moment possible
place, but one thing that hasnt changed exclusion, Rose said. While our enemies that we should really never overestimate
is the annual reception at the Pentagon Rep. MARK TAKANO (D-Calif.) delivered were trying to prop up the superiority of Americas capacity to remake itself for
recognizing Pride. the keynote address at a Pentagon Pride their monolithic cultures, we were utilizing the better.
The event coordinated by DOD Pride, event. the vast and distinct skills sets our diverse Making the point the military has
the Pentagon anity group for LGBT military had to oer. been a tremendous, tremendous
service members and civilians took place Rose cited as examples Rosie the platform for how our country has
on Monday as it has each year after repeal ability, diversity of background, diversity of Riveter, the symbol of civilian women become a more perfect union, Takano,
of the militarys gay ban, and now after the language, culture and skill. It is very broad. who supported the industrial war eort a Japanese American, looked back to
rule change allowing transgender people to DOD Pride had invited Defense Secretary while U.S. troops fought overseas, and the military service during World War
serve in the armed forces. James Mattis to attend the event, but Kurta Alan Turing, the gay mathematician who II of the 442nd Infantry Regiment,
Representing the Defense Department represented Pentagons leadership in place invented the Turing machine to crack Nazi which was composed almost entirely
at the event was acting Under Secretary of the secretary. Later in the day, Mattis encoded messages, then was sentenced of Japanese Americans.
of Defense for Personnel & Readiness was set to testify before Congress on to chemical castration by the British Takano said he had a great uncle
Anthony Kurta, who said during his remarks President Trumps plan tofund the Defense government for being gay. who died in Italy fighting for the U.S.
all men and women who serve, including Department in the upcoming scal year. While great advances have been made, military more than 70 years ago as the
civilian and military personnel in the Also speaking at the event on the day we still ensure subtle, and not so subtle, nation interned Japanese Americans.
LGBT community are equal contributing she was poised to exit military service prejudices and challenges to our right I think about a young 23 year
members of the DOD total force. was Maj. Gen. Patricia Rose, a lesbian and to be who we are, to serve with dignity old giving 100 percent for his
Diversity is more than race, gender and mobilization assistant to the deputy chief and respect, Rose said. I share your country when his country was not
ethnicity, Kurta said. It includes, among of sta for logistics, engineering and force apprehension as we witness eorts at guaranteeing 100 percent to him,
other things, diversity of thought, diversity of protection at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. home and abroad to turn back the clock on Takano said.

Obama officials reminisce, talk road ahead

Not the White House celebrating the occasion. Obama administration like Dont former FBI Director James Comey testied
Hosted by Obama White House LGBT Ask, Dont Tell repeal, winning marriage before Congress that he believed Trump
Pride reception liaisons Gautam Raghavan and Aditi equality nationwide, and the nal White urged him to discontinue the investigation
Hardikar, the celebration dubbedNot the House Pride reception Jarrett said the into Michael Flynn a move that potentially
By CHRIS JOHNSON White House Pride Reception in homage most important thing now for members of constitutes obstruction of justice. to Samantha Bees competing event with the LGBT community is to be a citizen. Asked by the Blade during the event
the White House Correspondents Dinner We cannot only focus on our issues, if the Trump administration was what
took place Saturday at the Brixton in D.C. Jarrett said. We have to be our sisters she expected, Jarrett replied, Frankly,
Among the speakers was the rst keeper. We have to be our brothers It was hard to know what to expect.
openly gay Army secretary Eric Fanning, keeper. All of our brothers, all of our I think one of the reasons why
who recalled meeting Edie Windsor, the sisters, and we have to sweep up I wanted to be here today was to
octogenarian plainti in the lawsuit that and use our voice and use our effort, say Pride month is not just about
overturned the Defense of Marriage and this balcony is a beautiful sight. celebrating the enormous progress
Act, to remind attendees the Trump Were going to take the feeling from that weve made, but its also about
administration is temporary. this balcony and were going to go recognizing we still have a lot of hard
I saw Edie literally two days after the out in the streets of this great District work to go, and its no time to let up,
election, Fanning said, and she Im of Columbia, where we are going to and we have to be as committed as
paraphrasing a little bit points up at me remind everybody what it means to be ever to bending that arc of the moral
and says, Get over it. She said, I started an American. universe, Jarrett added.
voting in 1947. She goes, We made progress Other speakers included Mara Jarrett cautioned clearly, we could
VALERIE JARRETT urged LGBT people to be a and we got knocked back a little bit, but we Keisling, executive director of the lose ground and the only way to
citizen at the Not the White House
Pride reception. keep ghting and we will be back. National Center for Transgender ensure progress is preserved would
SCREENSHOT VIA FACEBOOK Also speaking was Valerie Jarrett, senior Equality; lesbian comedian Kate be solidarity with the progressive
adviser to former President Obama who Clinton; and Precious Brady-Davis, movement.
oversaw LGBT issues for the entire eight activist and organizer. Stephanie Rice, The only way were not going to lose
President Trump may have declined to sign years of the Obama administration, who musician and contestant on NBCs ground is if we build a big, inclusive tent
a Pride proclamation or host a White House said shes feeling a little nostalgic over the The Voice, performed afterward. and we help everybody understand
Pride reception, but that didnt stop former past ve months as you can imagine. The celebration took place on the same why equality for the LGBTQ community
members of the Obama administration from Recalling pro-LGBT moments of the day as the D.C. Pride Parade and days after is equality for us all, Jarrett said.
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Stage is set for Baltimore Pride

Wills & Trusts Baltimore Pride 2017, dubbed Pride Unleashed, will culminate this weekend
with the parade and block party on Saturday in the Station North area and on
Powers of Attorney Living Wills Sunday with the festival in Druid Hill Park. Baltimore Pride, which originated in
Partnership & Prenuptial Agreements 1975, is run by the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland
(240) 778-2330 (703) 536-0220 A plethora of events and parties have already taken place during Pride
Week that began on June 9, such as a Pride Bar Crawl, Feeding the Homeless Community Outreach, King & Queen of Pride Revue, Remembering the Pulse
victims vigil, Pride Interfaith Celebration, Queer People of Color Party, a GLCCB

Serving the LGBT Community open house, the mayors reception at City Hall, Twilight on the Terrace fundraiser
and many others.
in DC/MD/VA since 1983 This year, the parade on Saturday will not terminate in the Mount Vernon
neighborhood as had been the tradition but instead will wind up in the Station
North area. It will originate at Charles and Eager streets, and the parade,

Lawrence S. Jacobs/McMillan Metro, PC billed as the longest ever in terms of distance and the number of contingents
participating, will proceed north on Charles Street beginning at 2 p.m., traverse
North Avenue and end up at 22nd Street.
Prior to the parade at 12:30 p.m., there will be a pre-Pride extravaganza
show at City Stage (Charles St. and North Ave.) followed by the traditional High
Serving Our Community for 35 years Heel Race at the same locale.
The popular block party that will run from 4-10 p.m. has similarly moved
a d v i C e m e d iat i o N L i t i G at i o N a P P e a L S C o L L a B o r at i o N from Mount Vernon. Its footprint is located between 23rd Street on the north
(where the Main Stage will be situated at Charles Street) and North Avenue on
the south. Morton Street forms the western boundary and St. Paul Street is on
the east. Charles Street runs up the center of the footprint.
In addition, there will be a Youth Zone within the area for those between ages
14 and 20 with its own set of entertainers, such as Bunns of Steele, Summer
Heights, Damon, Positive Voices and Keyayshia among others.
This years block party headliner is Big Freedia, a New Orleans-based rapper
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on the Main Stage, the Dance Stage, and the Lady Lisa Drag Stage that features
local drag performers.
Some of the performers include Girl Named Chuck, Pretty Boi Drag, Moo Jack,
Rue Pratt, Black Asset, Ultra Nate as well as DJ Deezy, DJ Alex Funk, DJ Figment,
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Noting its signicance, Mimi Demissew, co-executive director of the GLCCB,
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No Justice No Pride demands

unrealistic, some say
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 06 Washington and in San Francisco. Some of
those folks have been reaching out to us
these issues and whether concerns were asking for tips, advice and support.
brushed aside and if Capital Pride was given Talarico said she is unaware of any single
a reasonable amount of time to address their group spearheading the eorts, though.
concerns this year. Some of the narrative weve been pushing
I can honestly say that we as a team, and seems to be resonating with people across the
Im speaking as a board member of Capital country on their own issues and I think a lot of
Pride, we are working as a team to better all or the grievances are shared, she said. A lot of
at least most of the issues theyre protesting, these Prides have a lot of corporations that are
Wanzer said. But it cant be done overnight. trying to exploit trans and queer youth and a
Its an ongoing eort and we are taking steps lot of those grievances are shared. I would like
and working on it. to see a lot of these cities work tightly with their
Wanzer said she nds it interesting that local communities that are under attack and
No Justice seemed to have no issue with address their own grievances.
Transgender Pride this year. Another recurring theme in some of the
The fact that there even is a Transgender No Justice criticism is that the group has
Pride doesnt t their narrative, so they just lost sight of who the real enemy is. Renna,
ignored that, she said. a longtime activist who formerly worked
Sgt. Brett Parson of D.C. Metro Police, with GLAAD and was around during the
a long-time spokesperson for the ACT UP AIDS protests in the 80s, says
department, said no arrests were made shes never seen the LGBT community at
because it was a peaceful event, he this level of internal conict before.
wrote in an e-mail to the Blade. Weve certainly had disagreement
As long as a First Amendment in terms of tactics, but its just a bit
assembly is peaceful, MPD makes every heartbreaking to feel like people are now
eort to facilitate that expression of attacking other people personally and
rights while also ensuring the safety and that has not happened in the past. Theres
security of the community, he said. been such a complete lack of any benet
Talarico said thats not true. of the doubt or any sense of community
I was not surprised but I was very negotiation that both sides understand in
disappointed at the way several folks, terms of the bigger picture and trying to do
mostly cis, white gay men, were treating the things realistically. Some of these demands
activists, she said. We had bottles chucked are so overreaching and just not true.
at us, trash dumped on us, I got punched, Deacon Maccubbin, who started Capital
shoved, kicked and spit at. We brought our Pride in D.C. in 1975, said No Justices actions
own de-escalators. We came peacefully show ignorance of Pride history and are a
and with people trained to make sure this disservice to the trans and LGBT people of
would be a non-violent protest. color who enjoy the parade annually.
In a post-parade ocial statement, There were so many disappointed
Capital Pride organizers said they were people at the parade, he wrote in
troubled by reports that some onlookers an online post to a GetEQUAL social
responded to the protesters with verbal media comment that he gave the Blade
and physical harassment. permission to reprint. There were kids
Theres also confusion as to the degree to of all colors and gender expressions
which GetEQUAL, an advocacy group that who practiced for weeks to make their
ghts for LGBT issues through confrontational contingents, their dance routines, their
but non-violent direct action is intertwined signs and placards be something they
with No Justice No Pride. GetEQUAL Director could be proud of. Shame on you. There
Angela Peoples has been active with No were huge numbers of people of color, joy
Justice. Talarico said the two groups have been visible on their faces, their voices strong
working together. and proud. You stomped on their day
We really respect them and love working of celebration. You had no consideration
with them, Talarico said. I denitely for what they may have gone through to
commend them for all the help they gave us. I be there and what sacrices they may
would say they are a very good group. have made just to survive until 2017.
But as to rumors GetEQUAL may be Todays action was a total fail. There was
behind similar protests in other cities, nothing to be proud of in it.
Talarico said she had no knowledge of Capital Pride organizers said they will
such actions. Peoples did not immediately continue to encourage a robust, civil and
respond to a request for comment. healthy conversation within the community
We are aware of actions that have about all of the issues that impact us in the
happened in Tel Aviv, in Boston, Pittsburgh and days, weeks and months ahead.
we know that there are actions being planned Michael Key and Lou Chibbaro Jr.
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V I E W PO I N T JUNE 16, 2017 19

Misguided attacks on Capital Pride

would be arrested, the rst arrests for Liaison Unit. LGBT victims of crime are continued progress. For every commercial
Dont tear down our LGBT civil disobedience in Washington. now assisted by openly LGBT and LGBT- booth that lines Pennsylvania Avenue (and
celebration to x a few aws When we went to trial some weeks supportive police ocers. provides the bulk of the funding for the
later, we pled nolo contendere, since we Are there still some ocers who fail event), there are non-prot and activist
By DEACON MACCUBBIN knew we were guilty, but it gave us an to live up to the standards we and their booths oering Pride attendees ways to
opportunity to explain to the judge how chief expect? Of course there are; in any get involved. No Justice No Pride would
The group No Justice No Pride seems long we had tried to get a meeting with group of thousands, there will always be be wise to participate there, too.
to have chosen the right name, as they the police, how we had been stymied in a few bad ocers. But the overwhelm- As for the call to remove members of
appear to have neither. More important- that, and why we had decided that civil ing majority of D.C.s police force do their Capital Prides executive board, thats an
ly, they lack both historical context and disobedience was our only option. Af- job without prejudice. By all means, keep insult to those who have dedicated so
forward-looking vision. ter deliberation, the judge returned and up the oversight, continue to push for much time and eort to the community.
In 1971, police in D.C. and elsewhere said, Because you pled nolo contendere, removal of those few bad ocers, but If you look at their bios, youll see that
were notoriously anti-LGBT (actually more I have no choice but to nd you guilty. But at the same time, welcome those LGBT they cross most gender and racial lines
anti-gay, since they largely ignored the other if I had been in your position, Id probably ocers and those supportive ocers to and they have long histories of work in
members of our community to concentrate have done the same thing. No ne. No jail march with us, to celebrate with us, to LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations. Like-
on gay men). The edgling Gay Activists Alli- time. You are free to go. Two weeks later, continue to make progress inrespecting wise, the Pride sta demonstrates that
ance (now the GLAA) had tried for nearly two the police chief agreed to meet with us. all LGBT people in Washington. ALL are welcome to the eort.
years to schedule a meeting with the D.C. And that began a process. It started There is merit in Pride looking closer at Staging the parade, the block party,
police chief to talk about the harassment, ar- with communication, spread into the which corporate sponsorships are appro- the entertainment, the parties, the work-
rests, abuse and even blackmail being prac- adoption of new training for police re- priate, but the executive board of Pride shops and all the other activities sur-
ticed by D.C.s Finest but the chief refused cruits (training that members of the LGBT has already agreed to do that. As the rounding Pride is a huge undertaking. If
to meet with LGBT people. community helped conduct), then spread founder of D.C.s annual Pride Day event youve read this far, consider volunteer-
So a group of about a dozen staged a to better screening of new recruits, to in 1975 and the sole sponsor of the event ing to make it all even better. Just dont
sit-in in the police chiefs oce and, after more inclusive direction by subsequent for the rst ve years, I have always been tear it down in the process.
occupying the oce for about ve hours, police chiefs, to the establishment of a in favor of melding both political and social
Civilian Complaint Review Board and, aspects in the celebration. Its a time to cel- DEACON MACCUBBIN is the former owner
a smaller group of three Bill Bricker, of Lambda Rising and the founder of D.C.s
Cade Ware and myself agreed that we eventually, to the creation of the LGBT ebrate our victories as well as to push for original Pride event in 1975.


HRC and Planned Parenthood rescue Equality March

proposed the march on Facebook, was LGBTQ+ community that corporations face as a gay white male can never com-
Thank you for helping to joined by a small group of activists who and our national organizations have too pare to what my African-American LGBT
fund the resistance spent countless hours working hard on much control and dont represent us fully friends, or a Latina transgender woman,
this event. They chose the co-chairs and on every issue. Some still would insist on face every day. But we can and do ght
did the work to determine the platform a purity of purpose in anyone who par- together for all our rights.
and program. The group working with Da- ticipates, which leads them to overlook It was heartening that for the Equality
vid included, among others, Anika Simp- some of the history of our movement and March for Unity and Pride we all joined
son, Ashley Smith, Khadijhah Tribble, Mar- of other movements that have fought for hands; African American, white, Latino,
vin Bowser, Jose Plaza, Ted Jackson, Sue civil and human rights. Asian, gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, ques-
Doster, Layha Spoonhunter, Robert York, It is not unusual that allies in any move- tioning, two spirit and everyone who may
Ryan Bos, Daryl Levine and Chris Dyer. ment dont conform to every nuance of self-identify in another way. For at least
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights They kept in mind the goal of ensuring this the movement. The corporate world has one day we were able to blend and raise
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly remained a grassroots event. become a needed and strong ally neces- our voices demanding equality, full civil
for the Blade.
But the closer we came to the march it sary to our progress. We fought decades to and human rights for all.
became clear the grassroots werent rais- get major corporations to lead the way es- Looking out at the crowd it was inspir-
Two organizations deserve thanks for ing enough to pay for it. The Human Rights pousing diversity and practicing what they ing to see we were joined by allies. The
stepping up to the plate in a big way to Campaign was the only one of our national preach. Today, the success of our commu- straight community; immigrants ghting
help make Sundays Equality March for LGBTQ+ organizations willing to front the nity in some ghts such as North Carolina for their rights, women still ghting for
Unity and Pride the rousing success it needed money. Until the week before the and Indiana wouldnt have been possible their rights, men who understand their
was. The Human Rights Campaign and march none of them even sent out dedi- without them. Our national organizations world will be better when everyone is
Planned Parenthood came across with cated emails to their constituents talking are by nature political. They deal with the equal; all speaking out for us as we must
big donations and guarantees to allow us about the march and directing them to world the way it is, not the way we would speak out with and for them. John Donne
to pay for everything. That included por- the ocial website where they could have like it to be. Sometimes that leads to mak- wrote the poem No Man is an Island.
table toilets, the stage, the cost of cover- donated. The thousands who came and ing decisions not acceptable to all in our That is truer today than ever before. We
ing the mall, hiring the organization that marched in D.C. had no idea that until two community. I stand second to no one in are all under attack by an administra-
helped with the basics such as helping to weeks before the march the money to pay having criticized a number of them. But de- tion and a congress with few morals and
secure the nal permits, organizing vol- for the basics wasnt there. The money for spite that it is important to recognize why less understanding of what decency and
unteers, arranging security and ensuring the rally and stage wasnt guaranteed until they must be there and remain strong. equality are. We must stand together and
the event would be accessible for those the week before the march. As a cisgender white male in no way resist and the Equality March for Unity
with a disability. There are many reasons for this. The can I feel what some in our community and Pride was a beautiful and inspiration-
Months ago, David Bruinooge, who rst major one is the fear of some in the feel or deal with every day. The slights I al part of the resistance.

2 0 J UN E 1 6 , 2 0 1 7 VIEWPOINT

Capital Prides defense of Wells Fargo shows we are for sale

be removed from Pride because the bank bluntly that Wells Fargo had worked their Pride and our community are for sale.
Banks unethical actions helped to nance the Dakota Access Pipe- employees to the breaking point for the Capital Pride admits the bank is a gold
should preclude line and private prisons. Important issues, purpose of stealing from their customers sponsor that has given at least $15,000 in
but what was so surprising was Capital an appalling and indefensible act. donations and in-kind contributions.
involvement in Pride Pride defending Wells Fargo in the piece, None of this seemed to bother Ber- Capital Prides continued defense of
and ignoring the indefensible actions of nie Delia, the president of Capital Pride, Wells Fargo has nothing to do with cel-
By ALEX MORASH Wells Fargo that recently came to light. who the Blade reported felt criticism of ebrating our community, it is a blatant
Wells Fargos lending practices are im- the bank overlooked that Wells Fargo money grab. It is appalling that Capital
What is the meaning of Pride? Does portant issues, but lets not forget that has an LGBT nondiscrimination policy, Pride would lower itself in this way and
Pride stand for something? Important last September Wells Fargo was ned and praised the bank. This also was not shows why Pride celebrations cannot
questions for Pride as many in our society $100 million by the Consumer Financial the rst time Capital Pride defended the have corporate sponsors. Their recent ac-
question ourselves, our culture and our Protection Bureau (CFPB) after the agen- bank. Capital Prides executive direc- tions are a signal to every major bank or
elected leaders. The Washington Blades cy uncovered the company had opened tor, Ryan Bos, made a similar defense of large company that if they write a check,
recent interview with a Wells Fargo execu- up to 2 million fraudulent accounts. For- Wells Fargo during a community meeting Capital Pride will stand with them, regard-
tive in response to calls that the bank be mer employees have accused the compa- in May. These defenses are nonsensical, less of a companys prior bad acts.
removed from Washington, D.C.s Pride ny of creating a culture that encouraged a company not actively discriminating When I wrote in The Advocate that
parade and Capital Prides defense of this fraud with unrealistic sales goals that if against its LGBT workers is not praisewor- Pride had become too much about big
corporate sponsor certainly shows us how employees did not meet would result in thy; it is a basic standard to be expected business I understood Pride was for sale,
they view what Pride is: Pride is for sale. termination. When this scandal came to just as one would expect a bank not I just didnt realize it would be this cheap.
The Blades May 31 interview with E.J. light, Wells Fargos rst response was not to charge customers for nancial services
Bernacki, Wells Fargos vice president to take ownership but instead to blame they didnt ask for.
for corporate responsibility communi- its front line workers and red over 5,000 Wells Fargos actions are indefensible, ALEX MORASH is a writer on economic issues
based in Washington, D.C., and serves as a vice
cations, discussed calls from the activist of them. This January, Sen. Elizabeth War- nevertheless, Capital Pride kept trying president of the Gertrude Stein Democrats.
group No Justice No Pride that the bank ren described the companys actions and why it did shows us that in their view Follow on Twitter @AlexMorash.


Capital Pride gets around the block

quite hypocritical of GetEqual ... to have
An annual celebration taken a robust six-gure sum years ago
overcomes disruption from the gay heir to the Progressive In-
surance fortune, and played a key role in
There is nothing constructive in NJNP and getting DADT repealed. They wanted to
get gays in the military, yet they have is-
GetEqual abusing people they expect to work with. sues with gay cops? Somethings not quite
right with their thinking. I found their list
of demands to be obnoxious and unrea-
sonable. If you are too obnoxious for
As we waited at 16th and P to be rerout- to amuse the crowd, and another honoree Mike, you might have a problem.
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist. ed around Scott Circle, volunteers from two cars ahead, outspoken black trans and At the Pride brunch earlier Saturday,
Reach him at
Foundry United Methodist Church, an af- HIV/AIDS activist Dee Curry, danced. my friend Craig Howell, another former
rming congregation where the Clintons A banner held by the protesters de- Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance presi-
Get o the phone! a friend in the worship when they are in town, brought clared their opposition to prisons, pipe- dent, told me, You can never appease
crowd called out, smiling, as I live-tweeted us trays of water and lemonade. As we lines, and deportations. As evening came, totalitarians of whatever stripe. There is
the Capital Pride parade on June 10 from turned south onto 16th Street, shirtless the protesters, whom police had not ar- nothing constructive in NJNP and GetE-
atop an open-air car passing the Argen- young men took in the sun. Ahead of us rested, blockaded the Lockheed Martin qual abusing people they expect to work
tine Embassy on New Hampshire Avenue. were the statue of Gen. Scott and, behind and Wells Fargo contingents. with. But thats just it: they want capitu-
The network was overloaded, so I took him, the north portico of the White House Every generation has its passion. But we lation, not cooperation. Walter Olson of
pictures to post later (@RickRosendall). in the distance. There were no crowds need more than that. We need engage- the Cato Institute wrote on Facebook,
Few places are lovelier than Washing- beneath the shade trees on Rhode Is- ment, expertise and nuanced judgment. Capital Pride should reject the absurd
ton on a sunny June day. Being in the pa- land Avenue as we made our way east to The radicals caricature-drenched attacks demands of the disrupters out of hand
rade, swanning about and waving a rain- 14th Street. I thanked the police ocers I on police and corporations fail by these and without negotiation, both because
bow ag from my perch (I was honored as passed, wanting them to know that, unlike criteria. One of their problems is their they are absurd, and because it is wrong
one of this years Pride Heroes), I saw the the protesters, I was glad they were there. static, monolithic views. After the electoral to yield to intimidation tactics.
ecient and gracious eorts of count- As I walked south on 14th Street af- debacles of 2000 and 2016, it should be A corollary of Howells dictum is that
less volunteers, in addition to the many ter reaching the end of the parade route, clear that the major parties are not inter- you cannot reason with unreasonable
law enforcement ocers who guarded the police contingent passed by and was changeable. But ideological purists reject people. For me the day was summed up
us and facilitated rerouting us when the cheered by the crowd. There is a disconnect anything short of their view of perfection. neatly in the evening when a small group
ocial route was blocked by protesters between the protesters and the vast bulk That is a recipe for remaining powerless in chanting No police in Pride! marched
from No Justice No Pride and GetEqual. of the LGBT community. NJNP dismissed Congress and the White House. below my window, escorted by ocers of
This was matched by large, festive, sup- Capital Pride supporters as white cis men, Michael Petrelis, a former D.C. resident the Metropolitan Police Department.
portive crowds. At one point some people but it was a diverse crowd. In front of my living in San Francisco and a radical in his Copyright 2017 by Richard J.
worked up a chant for me. car a mixed-race lesbian couple made out own right, wrote on Facebook: I nd it Rosendall. All rights reserved.
W A SH I N GTO NB LAD E.C OM JUNE 16, 2017 21


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2 2 J UN E 1 6 , 2 0 1 7 W A SH I N G T O N BLA D E . CO M

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B E G I N S J U LY 1 2



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EUAN MORTON as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.


Revisiting Hedwig


Two of the best musicals to come out of Broadway in 2014 and currently acclaimed Morton received a Tony Award nomination Born in Scotland, Morton left home early
the 1990s were Hedwig and the Angry Inch, actor Euan Morton is playing the title role for his sensational portrayal of 80s icon Boy to study theater in London. Career highlights
memoir meets rock concert, and Rent, in that productions national tour. With his George in Taboo. And while playing Boy include Broadways Taboo and the lead in
a modern take on Puccinis La Bohme gorgeous soaring tenor, Morton arguably has George prepared Morton to wear a lot of Fords Theatre production of Parade for
exploring a year in the life of bohemian the nest voice of the actors whove donned makeup and some wild outts, he says thats which he deservedly snagged a Helen Hayes
friends living in New Yorks Alphabet City. Hedwigs wild blonde wig (a heady roster that where it ends. No past part or any other actors Award. Morton is married to theater producer
Both enduring works feature unforgettable in addition to Mitchell includes Neil Patrick interpretation of the role has inuenced his Lee Armitage and their son is Iain Armitage
genderqueer characters. And now tours of Harris, Andrew Rennells, Darren Criss, Taye take on the part. the adorable boy theater critic whos currently
both shows are overlapping in D.C. Diggs and D.C.s own Rick Hammerly who won She is strong, aggressive, sexy and has led embarking on a big acting career. In March,
Out actor/writer/director John Cameron a Helen Hayes Award for his eorts). a very large life. Hedwig takes the actors who CBS announced that it had ordered to series
Mitchell wrote Hedwigs book and created The score is denitely an odd combo and play her and molds them and uses them for Young Sheldon, a prequel to the sitcom The
the title role o Broadway in 1998. Composer ballads and rock songs and requires some her ends and not the other way around. Its a Big Bang Theory, starring young Armitage as
Stephen Trask supplied the hard-driving serious vocal acrobatics, Morton says. The not a character you can force. Ive taken my the title character.
score. Hedwigs back story is riveting: day following a performance, I can barely cues from Hedwig. Morton says Hedwigs concert feel is part
Wannabe glam rock star undergoes botched speak which means I can no longer sing in Morton, 39, didnt do extensive research of what makes it work.
gender reassignment surgery to escape East the shower which is one of my favorite things. prior to joining the tour in November. She spends an hour and forty minutes
Germany for America. And thats not that half I really have to be careful, but its worth it My entire life has been an investigation talking directly to the audience. Shes doing
of it. In a night, Hedwig reminisces via songs anything for the pleasure of performing this into all things transgender. I was lucky enough her thing present day which allows me to
backed by the hard-rocking band the Angry role. to leave home when I was very young. And bring in some Trump jokes. Theres no division
Inch, and inimitably lls in the gaps. Its fair to say hes fallen in love with part. have been living and working with cisgender, between whats happening and the audience.
Mitchell developed the Hedwig character To be honest, I rst really got a handle on transgender, non-binary gays and straights If you want to be part of the art rather than just
in downtown New York clubs. Hes said the part when I was cast and sent to the script, ever since. Ive experienced this story through an observer than come see the show.
that Hedwig is not a trans woman, but a he says. When I sat down and actually read life. Ive seen and can empathize but never Out actor David Merino is currently making
genderqueer character. Shes more than a the script, I wasnt sure this was something for really know what this is the years of his professional debut playing Angel in the
woman or a man. Shes a gender of one and me, but Im up for a challenge. Were brought questioning and the pain. But I hope our tour 20th anniversary tour of Rent. Merino
that is accidentally so beautiful. up being told where our box end. Its good to can be for those on the journey to see people
A successful revival of Hedwig opened on go outside that box every now and then. like themselves on stage. CONTINUES ON PAGE 32

2 4 J UNE 1 6 , 2 0 1 7 Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R LE E CRO MW E LL


and driven vs. the idea of humility and working

How long have you been out and who collaboratively).
was the hardest person to tell?
Since I was 16 and my parents. I wrote If science discovered a way to change
them a letter because I was scared to say it in sexual orientation, what would you do?
person, but they were great about it. I dont think it is changeable, but if that ever
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY happens I would ght to make sure that it is
Whos your LGBT hero? never used for harm.
Fran McDaniel, a mentor from my
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO undergrad. The rst person who helped What do you believe in beyond the me see how being gay is a part of my most physical world?
authentic self. I believe in a greater spiritual presence, but
Over a 10-year period, CulturalDCs Source Festival has developed and produced one that is not easy to dene or explain.
about 250 new plays, employed 1,100 artists from all over the country and performed Whats Washingtons best nightspot,
for more than 16,000 viewers. past or present? Whats your advice for LGBT movement
Running through July 2, this years festival oers Perfect Arrangement, set in a I used to love Apex when I would visit. leaders?
Georgetown duplex in 1950 in which two married, opposite-sex couples live next Number 9 is pretty great. But Ill enjoy anyplace To serve the LGBTQ communities is to
door to each other. Theyre all gay but use their marriages and living arrangements with good food/drink and a nice rooftop view. appeal to a broad range of perspectives;
to hide. The piece by Topher Payne won a 2017 Lambda Literary Award. honoring all dierent types of humanity is
The festival is also oering six best of 10-minute plays, readings of three Describe your dream wedding. much more complicated, but in the end, more
full-length plays, six new 10-minute plays and two artistic blind dates, which In October, because I want photos taken valued and appreciated.
could be anything. with the changing leaves and to not be too hot
Associate Producer Lee Cromwell says the festival oers a rare chance to see in a tux.I also would like tons of music, both in What would you walk across hot coals
thematic work explored dramatically. the ceremony and at the reception. for?
Even though D.C. is a good city for theater professionals, theres always People I believe in. Im ercely loyal to those
a need for artists new or recent to D.C. to make art and connections, the What non-LGBT issue are you most closest to me.
35-year-old Harrington, Del., native says. The festival is a great way to try out passionate about?
new formats of art or to spend an evening laughing and discovering a new Support for the arts and artists. Those What LGBT stereotype annoys you
world. Full details on the festival are online at Productions are two very dierent issues that often get most?
are held at Source (1835 14th St., N.W.). jumbled together. That we get locked into way too many
Cromwell, who came to Washington three years ago to be back on the East Coast judgments purely by our body type and
after a stint in grad school in Indiana, works several part-time gigs in theater, music What historical outcome would you physicality.
and education. Hes single and lives in Petworth. He enjoys Mall walks, Netix binges change?
and, of course, the performing arts in his free time. I would change political elections, local Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
and national, that were won through fear, Too many to list. The Birdcage comes to
intimidation and false narratives. mind rst.

Whats been the most memorable pop Whats the most overrated social
culture moment of your lifetime? custom?
Watching the musical Hamilton became a Asking How are you? when people dont
part of the greater pop culture. care or take the time to really listen to the
On what do you insist?
Being on time, open communication and What trophy or prize do you most covet?
always trying to nd humor in this crazy life. Writing this on the weekend of the Tony
Awards in New York brings that to mind. But
What was your last Facebook post or its usually other performers or plays that I
Tweet? champion that I want to win accolades.
Other than press/marketing for the Source
Festival, my latest posts have been YouTube What do you wish youd known at 18?
music links. That its OK to start on a journey and not
know the destination.
If your life were a book, what would the
title be? Why Washington?
Passion With a Side of Humility (or some The vibe of this city is unlike any other Ive
spin on the juxtaposition of being passionate known and I feel like I t here.

T HE ATER J U N E 16, 2017 25

Brassy ballet
Out choreographer calls
Chamber Dance Project
contemporary dance
at its nest

In an airy white rehearsal studio in

Northwest Washington, Luis R. Torres
smiles through the sweat. He laughs
as he easily switches from Spanish to
English teaching two young male dancers
their parts for a piece in Chamber
Dance Projects upcoming fourth-season
program Ballet, Brass & Songs.
Its work but theres a lot of joy in the PHOTO COURTESY CDP
process, says Torres, 42. He rst danced with
the company and now is its ballet master. LUIS TORRES says being gay informs his artistic
endeavors as a dancer and choreographer.
His duties include restaging choreography,
rehearsing the dancers and ensuring
pieces have the right count, musicality season, Bruning says. It was time for me
and style. Today hes restaging the New to do something on the lighter side. But I
Orleans-inspired Rue Noir by New York also wanted to include his wit and incisive
choreographer Jennifer Archibald. intelligence.
Founded by choreographer Diane For Torres, Chamber Dance Project is
Coburn Bruning, Chamber Dance Project is a month of intense rehearsal leading up
a company of professional artists dedicated to its annual program, but the job also
to redening contemporary ballet in entails promotions and the various events
partnership with live music played by visible throughout the year. Torres is also an adjunct
musicians sharing the stage. Their upcoming professor at George Mason University and a
performance takes place at Shakespeare guest teacher and choreographer in many
Theatre Companys vast Sidney Harman Hall, locations around town, and he is a company
giving the ingenious and thrilling company member and ballet master at the Washington
the opportunity to perform for their largest Ballet. Before the Washington Ballet, he was
audience to date. a soloist with Ballet Theatre of Maryland in
Torres, who is gay, rst connected with the Annapolis, Md., and performed soloist and
companys artistic director Bruning when he principal roles with Ballet Arizona.
was completing a masters degree at George He says restaging other choreographers
Mason University. He restaged some of her work never gets old.
choreography after having seen the piece on To keep it fresh I go to the music. I love
video. Bruning was mightily impressed. Soon
after, she asked Torres to dance in her male
music. Its the main reason I dance and I want
to translate that excitement. Chamber Dance June 2224 | Concert Hall
duet Exit Wounds, a piece rst performed Project is contemporary dance at its nest.
early in Chamber Dance Projects meteoric We invite dancers with top-notch classical Steven Reineke, conductor
four-year tenure, and then hired him as the training who are interested in exploring With the Choral Arts Society of Washington
companys ballet master. space and movement to the next dimension
Luis is brilliant at what he does, with live music. Our dancers may be on From a galaxy far, far away to the magical Hogwarts, John
Bruning says. He allows me to focus on point or wearing sneakers or cowboy boots. Williamss scores have transported moviegoers for decades.
the choreography while he takes care Its my time to think outside the box and to Journey through a catalogue of music composed by the
of the mechanics. Hes the master of all create a new image or feeling. Im explaining
things related to dancers partnering. Hes to dancers how to approach the work and most Oscar-nominated man alive, including an all-Star Wars
the skeleton behind my ideas. Its been a break through despite misgivings they have. second half celebrating the franchises 40th anniversary.
great collaboration. After a several years he was awarded
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After Ellen, a new perspective on love

Local rainbow family
launches program to help
foster kids with luggage


While dining at Rosa Mexicana in D.C.,

Rob and Reece Scheer found themselves
interrupted from enjoying an evening out
with their four adopted children. A woman
sitting nearby hurled comments in their
direction that the parents were destroying
their little boys and turning them gay. PHOTO COURTESY THE SCHEERS

We thought we were the only gay dads in

the entire city when we lived there, Rob says. The Scheer family. DADS ROB (left) and REECE SCHEER says it took time for their family unit to jell
considering what their children had been through.
Not only are Rob and Reece a same-
sex couple raising children, but they are
also white parents raising black children. luggage to put their belongings inside. The animal therapy could cause improvement
Despite living in the nations capital, the luggage would also include a toothbrush, a with the frontal lobe, the couple decided
community wasnt as understanding of book, a blanket and a new pair of pajamas. to make a big life decision and bought a
the blended family as the Scheers would Comfort Cases started out with helping farm in Darnestown, Md., in 2011.
have hoped. children in the D.C. area but has since We never once in a thousand years
We were down at the Mall and I had expanded to distributing cases to Texas, thought we would be milking a goat or
my baby on my shoulders, Rob says. My Detroit, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona, taking eggs from a chicken coup much less
daughter was holding my hand. My other Seattle, Tennessee and North Carolina. canning vegetables, but we learned how to
two boys were holding my husbands So far, Comfort Cases has distributed do it, Rob, who admits he and Reece are
hand. We had an African-American couple 25,000 cases. Donations can be made at city boys, says. Thank God for YouTube
literally come up to us and say, How dare and Google.

Love, hope, you take our children? You cant teach

them how to be black. I remember looking
The Scheers good work has been
recognized nationwide and even landed
Within a weekend of buying the farm,
Rob and Reece purchased chickens, ducks

at the woman and telling her, Youre right the couple as guests on The Ellen and goats. Since moving to the farm,
I cant, but I can teach them how to not be DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres gifted Makais improvement has been signicant.
an ugly human being which is what youre Comfort Cases a check for $10,000 and My son Makai has good days and bad days.

family, being right now.

The couple, who met in D.C. 12 years
$40,000 in Samsonite luggage. While the
couple expected a surprise, they werent
Last year for the rst time, hes been with us
almost nine years, he looked at me and my

security. ago and have been married for seven

years, originally wanted to adopt only one
baby. In 2009 while waiting for a child, they
prepared to be given one of the shows
largest gifts.
I watch Ellen so I knew that something
husband and said I love you, Rob says.
While Rob and Reece are the parents,
they say their kids have also taught
received a request to foster 4-year-old was going to happen. Theres no doubt. them plenty. Rob says as a father hes
Amaya and her brother, 2-year-old Makai. They dont ask you to come to Ellen and learned the true meaning of patience and
The Scheers fell in love with the kids. you dont think something is going to unconditional love. For Reece, he learned
Some things we all have in Instead of the one baby they were happen, Rob says. a special lesson from raising Makai.
common. planning on, they decided to make both The check was staggering for the Because of our son, its (inspired me) to
Theres nobody like me to protect the Amaya and Makai a permanent part of Scheers but the luggage made them even look at the world upside down. That youll see
things we all value. Like a good neighbor, the family. Later that year the Scheers also more emotional. the world at a dierent angle, Reece says.
State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY.

adopted two brothers, Greyson and Tristan. I get choked up thinking about it. That Both these fatherhood life lessons were
When their children arrived, Rob noticed changed so many kids life. We take it for recently put to the test when Amaya was
a disturbing sight. They were carrying granted how a case can change a child, featured in American Girl Magazine earlier
trash bags lled with their belongings. It Rob says. this year. The story delved into Amayas
was eerily familiar for Rob, who was a child Amaya who is now 12; Makai, 10; foster care background, nally nding her
of the foster care system before becoming Greyson, 10; and Tristan, 8, are also forever home with Rob and Reece and
homeless at 18. involved in helping with Comfort Cases. her familys charity work. The story was
I carried my trash bag around my My kids realize it is a privilege to be able vehemently attacked by the conservative
senior year of high school. To jump 30 to give back. People say its a responsibility. organization One Million Moms.
years later and my children arrive at my No, its not a responsibility. Stop patting Suddenly the Scheers found themselves
home and still have trash bags and hear yourselves on the back. Its an absolute a more public target than they had been
Jonna S Wooten, Agent
Bus: 703-560-7804 a social worker tell me, Its just easier. privilege for us to be able to give back, inside Rosa Mexicana. Rob was forced to I believe were all leaders, but as leaders Rob says. leave work early after receiving calls and
we do not have the option to stand on the The Scheers havent just gone to emails calling him a faggot. Rob and Reece
sidelines and watch things that are wrong incredible lengths to help foster children told the children they would lock their
go by, Rob says. but also their own kids. Makai was born doors, shut the windows and ignore their
Rob and Reece decided to take action with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Reece emails until the incident blew over.
and their charity, Comfort Cases was born. began researching ways to help children
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Pride Alley premieres

at 2017 Awesome Con
New feature is spotlight for
queer creators and fans

This weekend, Awesome Con returns

to the Walter E. Washington Convention
Center, promising plenty of fun,
excitement and costumes worthy of
Fantasy Fest.
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of Geeks OUT, a non-prot community We wanted to put ourselves on bent and cross-play cosplay with speakers
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and entertainment expo showcasing yet its called out special. It lists all the active LGBT cosplayers,
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com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim- TUESDAY, JUNE 20
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time. The Rent 20th anniversary tour kicks
o at National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania
Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range
from $48-103. The show runs through
TODAY Sunday, June 22. For more information and
to purchase tickets, visit
Reel Armations presents a screening Black Lives Matter hosts its D.C. open
of Kiki at Studio Theatre (1501 14th house at Covenant Baptist United Church of
St., N.W.) tonight from 7-10 p.m. The Christ (3845 S Capitol St., S.W.) tonight from
documentary follows LGBT youth of color in 6-9 p.m. Attendees can discuss project
New York Citys ballroom scene. A catered ideas with activists, advocates, artists and
reception with director Sara Jordeno and other community members. Food and
a cast member is in the works. Rayceen childcare will be provided. Donations are
Pendarvis hosts. General admission tickets encouraged. Black Lives Matter T-shirts
are $12. VIP tickets are $25 and include one will be sold for $20. For more details, visit
complimentary cocktail, beer or wine and
candy or popcorn. For more details, visit WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
Hampton Roads Pride hosts its sixth
annual Pride block party at Norfolk Scope The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club
Arena (201 E Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, Va.) meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity
tonight from 7 p.m.-midnight. The circus- Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge.
themed party will have games, performers No partner needed. For more information,
and drinks. All ages are welcome but must call 301-345-1571.
be 21 to drink. Admission is $10. All proceeds Bookmen D.C., an informal gay mens
benet Hampton Roads Pride. For more literature group, discusses Gay Travels
information, visit in the Muslim World by Michael Luongo,
Awesome Con kicks o today for a three- at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.., N.W.)
day weekend of activities at the Walter E. tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Washington Convention Center (801 Mount For more information, visit bookmendc.
Vernon Pl., N.W.). The convention will have
a Pride Alley lled with LGBT vendors,
cosplayers and photo opps. There will also THURSDAY, JUNE 22
be LGBT and diversity panels. Gay actor
John Barrowman will appear. Other guests Heurich House Museum (1307 New
include David Tennant and Catherine Tate Hampshire Ave., N.W.) hosts Pride
from Doctor Who, and comic creator Stan in Preservation, an examination of
Lee. Admission for Friday is $35, Saturday projects aimed at preserving LGBT
is $45 and Sunday is $35. Three-day passes history, tonight from 6-8 p.m. Speakers
are $75. For more details, visit awesome- PHOTO COURTESY SIDE CAR MGMT.
include Barbara Little, Patsy Fletcher, Megan Springate, Kathryn Smith and
BENDELACREME, an alum of RuPauls Drag Race season six, plays the Birchmere on June 22. Vincent Slatt. There will also be a
SATURDAY, JUNE 17 cocktail reception. D.C. brewmaster
Christian Heurichs house will be open
Lure D.C. hosts Bare, a ladies pride Details on the event will be announced. hosts a Pride celebration happy hour for viewing during the reception. Tickets
celebration, at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) Pride Unleashed, Baltimore Prides today from 4-7 p.m. A portion of drink sales are $30. Proceeds benet Heurich
tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Rosie and block party, will be at the Y Not Lot from will benet SMYAL. For more information, House Museum. For more details, visit
DJ Keenan Orr will spin tracks. DystRucXion 4-10 p.m. Big Freedia headlines the party visit
Dancers will perform. Cover is $7 before with a performance at 9 p.m. There will be The 18th Street Singers perform their RuPauls Drag Race alum
midnight and $10 after. For more DJ sets from Life on Planets, DJ Pope, FAQ, annual spring concert, The Key of Life, BenDeLaCreme brings her show
information, visit Malphunktion and more. Admission is free. at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Inferno-A-Go-Go to the Birchmere
D.C. Rawhides host Town & Country at Baltimore Pride Festival is at Druid Hill Vermont Ave., N.W.) today at 2 p.m. (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria,
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from 6:30- Park today from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. DJs will The performance will include the D.C. Va.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
10:50 p.m. An intermediate and advanced include Deep Sugar Residents, Alex Funk, performance of What Do You Think I Fought $29.50. For more information and to
two-step lesson will be from 7-8 p.m. DJ Figment, DJ Powerline and Beast. For for at Omaha Beach? by Melissa Dunphy. purchase tickets, visit
Open dance is from 8-10:50 p.m. Cover is more details on Baltimore Pride events, There will also be a special arrangement Camp Variety Cabaret hosts
$5. For more details, visit visit performance of Glory from the lm Queerview Mirror: a Celebration
dcrawhides. Hampton Roads Pride hosts its Pride Selma. Early bird tickets are $15. Senior of Queer Artists Through Time, at
Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., Festival at Town Point Park (100 Waterside tickets are $10. Student tickets are free. For the Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St.,
S.E.) gives a free docent-led tour of Dr., Norfolk, Va.) today from noon-7 p.m. more details, visit N.W.) tonight from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The
the LGBT graves today from 2-3 p.m. Martha Wash and the Village People will event will honor queer artists of the
Guests should wear comfortable walking perform. There will also be a silent disco, past and present. Dr. Torcher hosts.
shoes and bring water. Registration is local LGBT history and walking tour, MONDAY, JUNE 19 Midori Minx, Carlita Caliente, Tempete
required. For more information, visit caricatures, Pride Boat Parade and more. La Coeur, Freddy Boi Jonesy and more Admission is free. For more information, Queer Girl Move Night hosts a will perform. Tickets are $15 in advance
Baltimore Pride kicks o today with visit screening of Paris is Burning at Black and $20 in cash at the door. A limited
numerous events. The High Heel Race Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. number of pay-what-you-can tickets are
starts at 1:30 p.m. on Charles Street. The SUNDAY, JUNE 18 Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. available online. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Youth Zone will be in the Y Not Lot (4 W All are welcome. For more information, visit For more details, search Queerview
North Ave., Baltimore) today from 3-8 p.m. Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur St., N.W.) Mirror on Facebook.
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FRIDAY JUNE 16 Laughs June 23-24

SAT, JUNE 17 D.C. Shorts presents Laughs,

MELODIME a combination of live comedy acts
W/ WYLDER AND SUNBATHERS accompanied by funny short lms, at GALA
Hispanic Theater (333 14th St., N.W.) June
23-24 with shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS Comics performing include Mike
W/ PATTY REESE Finazzo, Michele Sometimes, Jared Stern,
MON, JUNE 19 Katherine Jessup, Nate Johnson and
FEATURING D.C. Shorts lm festival. The Laughs Bar
will be open for the evening. The 7:30 and
JIM LAUDERDALE, New Kids play Verizon Center next weekend 9:30 p.m. showcases will feature dierent
AND PATTY GRIFFIN comics and lms. General admission is
W/ SPECIAL GUESTS SCOTT MILLER AND New Kids on the Block bring their Total Package Tour to Verizon Center (601 $20. Tickets for both showcases are $30.
DC MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR ERIC HENNING F St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. For more details, visit
The group will be joined by Paula Abdul who will perform a set of seven of her
number one singles. This will be Abduls rst tour in 25 years. Boyz II Men will
MAJOR & THE MONBACKS also open the show to perform their greatest hits. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $28-183. For more details, visit

SUN, JULY 2 play at First Baptist
W/ CHARLEY CROCKETT Organ virtuoso Raul Prieto Ramirez will
THURS, JULY 6 give a free recital on Sunday, June 18 at 4
PUMPSTATION ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS p.m. at First Baptist Church of Washington
(1328 16th St., N.W.).
Ramirez, an internationally known
FRI, JULY 7 touring artist, will perform on the
SWEAR & SHAKE W/ CAROLINE ROSE La Ti Do celebrates trans artists churchs 118-rank Austin organ, one of
the largest and most highly regarded
SAT, JULY 8 La Ti Do hosts its annual celebration of transgender artists at Bistro Bistro pipe organs in the District. It was installed
DISCO: (1727 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) on Monday, June 26 from 8-10 p.m. in 2013. Several world-class organists,
A RETRO 70S DANCE PARTY Lady Dane Figeroa Edidi curated and co-produced the event. She will also host including Diane Bish and Ken Cowan,
the celebration. Guest performers include Marco Monroe, Venus DiKhadijah have performed at First Baptist.
Selenite, GoddessX, Samy El-Noury and more. Tickets are $10 in advanced and The Blade called Ramirez a colossally
$15 at the door. Portions of the proceeds will benet advocate, Monica Stevens. talented organist who plays fearlessly
For more information, visit and brazenly in a 2015 review.
A reception featuring the artist will
follow the recital.
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3 2 J UN E 1 6 , 2 0 1 7 A RT S & E N T E RT A I N ME N T

Actor says Hedwigs punk score is o-putting to some

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 era when people were dying from AIDS-
related complications at a terrifying rate.
was born in 1995 just months before Rent I had to ll the gap with research
opened on Broadway in the spring of 1996. and dive in, he says. I had to watch
Its meaningful for me to be part of this documentaries about covering pop culture
particular tour. To play this character and and AIDS to gure out it. It wasnt dicult to
be part of this story and show at this time in modernize Angel. But it was important for
this country is incredible. Im happy that this me to get across thats shes not a frivolous
is my job. The fact that the show and I are party person. She emanates a lot of love
the same age is not lost on me. This story and light. She wasnt a frivolous person.
and the characters still resonate strongly. Ive never known a person like Angel in
Angel is a drag queen and talented my own life. To portray her I had to discover
drummer who makes her money performing her on my own. Now I work to bring her to
on the street. She and her partner Tom the stage and show her to people.
DAVID MERINO as Angel in Rent. The actor was deeply inspired by the lm version in his teen
Collins are both dealing with having HIV Coming out was dicult for Moreno. years.
and very little resources. Angels spotlight His family didnt understand his sexuality PHOTO COURTESY NATIONAL THEATRE

moment is the high energy number Today or his love for theater. In his teen years,
For You Tomorrow For Me which she sings he spent hours secretly watching the And its not just subject matter,
costumed in a saucy Santa suit. screen version of Rent again and again. Morton says. Hedwigs score is very
The tour is Merinos third time playing Within the last several years his family punk rock. Its not everyones cup of tea. Through July 2
Angel. Originally he assayed the role with has grown proud and supportive, he says. One audience member who left midway The Kennedy Center
a group of high school friends who formed And for that Moreno is very grateful. famously commented, I thought this was Tickets start at $59
their own company in his native Los Not everyone is comfortable with the a show about Harry Potters owl.
Angeles. More recently he played Angel in material Rent or Hedwig. For Monero, Both Morton and Moreno leave their
college production at New York University touring with Rent through red states respective tours after Washington. June 20-25
where he was noticed by Broadway casting during campaign season was poignant. Moreno plans to nish up his degree at National Theatre
agents. Hes interrupted his studies to go He felt an obligation to bring the musicals New York University. And Morton says 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Tickets start at $48
on the road with the tour. stories to those who valued them and hes eager to get back to singing Whitney 800-514-3849
Merino took time to understand an those who had never heard them before. Houston songs in the shower again.

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON, center, in Rough Night, a raunchy comedy thats fun at times, but has
some pacing and tone issues.

Rough Rough Night

Gay characters, casting and the bridal party decides to dump his
cant save movie from body instead of calling the police.
Meanwhile, the bachelor party is a
Broad City team much more subdued aair where Peter
(Paul W. Downs) and his groomsmen
By BRIAN T. CARNEY enjoy a wine tasting led by a droll Daniel
Raymont. Their civilized aair is disrupted
On one hand, Rough Night seems when a dropped call from Jess leads Peter
like the standard summer shenanigans to think the wedding is o. He decides
movie, a mash-up of Bridesmaids and to go astronaut and heads to Miami
My Weekend with Bernie. Theres an with boxes of adult diapers and Red Bull
out-of-control bachelorette party, some (Google Lisa Nowak for more details).
loud sex, a dead stripper, an unconscious More hijinks ensue, but everything
stripper, crude jokes and lots of drugs ends up happily at a foam party.
and alcohol. The story is not very believable, which
On the other hand, theres an becomes distracting. The accidental
admirable display of sexual diversity in murder of the stripper gets written o
both the cast and the script. Two of the too quickly and rather lightly. The drug
ve members of the bachelorette party use is wildly exaggerated and doesnt
are a former lesbian couple. Theres the really t into the plot. Pippas character
wacky swinging bisexual couple (Demi is awkwardly wedged into the story and
Moore and Ty Burrell) next door; theyre McKinnons accent veers all over the
a little creepy, but they serve the purpose place.
of true love. The groom-to-be helps two But more importantly, the movies
gay men to hook up. Two of the cast nearly not as funny as it should be. There
members (Kate McKinnon and Colton
Haynes) are openly gay, but play straight
are a lot of great gags, but the pacing is
slack. Some of the acting is great (Glazer Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image
characters. and Kravitz are wonderful together and
Opening June 16, 2017
For Hollywood, thats noteworthy Downs is a riot), but most of the cast
progress. members seem to be acting in dierent
Written by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. movies. The overall tone is uneven,
The biggest Hollywood star of her time, Marlene Dietrich brought
Downs and directed by Aniello, Rough an uneasy blend of raunch and sticky androgyny to the silver screen. Dietrich earned international fame
Night is about the wild bachelorette sentimentality. The parts dont really t while challenging limited notions of femininity through her lifestyle
party for Jess (Scarlet Johansson) set up together well. and fashion.
by her rather desperate college friend Despite all of this, fans of the popular
Alice (Jillian Bell). The party also includes show Broad City (once a webcast, now Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image was organized in cooperation with Deutsche
Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Blair (Zo part of the Comedy Central line-up) are 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
Kravitz), who were lovers when they likely to be big fans ofRough Night.After from the American Portrait Gala Endowment.
were all in college 10 years ago, and all, Glazer is the creator and star of the
Pippa (Kate McKinnon), Jess friend from show. Downs is a writer and series

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Forgotten generation?
I lost most of my friends too. Yes, I protested enough to meet their standards. But you
plenty, including the FDA takeover to get some dont have to listen to or agree with them. As
action on drug treatment. And I volunteered Eleanor Roosevelt said, No one can make you
as a buddy for PWAs for a long time. feel inferior without your consent.
Thats why it hurts now to hear that I am not Your job is to hold onto your own
Gay Boomer feels scorned Life was very dicult for gay people when an authentic part of my own community, the knowledge of all that you have accomplished
by marginalized Millennials I came to D.C. in the early 70s coming from community that Ive worked to help over my so far and to keep believing that your life
a small town where I learned very well as a whole adult life. has been worthwhile. If someone else has a
teenager how it feels to be ostracized, hated I dont need gratitude but the judgment and dierent view, that doesnt make them right
and bullied. contempt are hard to take. and you wrong.
I worked for the federal government and Please consider that you already know
was terried of being found out, as there was MICHAEL REPLIES: how to do this, because you grew up in a
a ban on gays and lesbians working for the I wish you had been at the Gay Mens homophobic world and still managed to
government the rst few years I was here. I Chorus concert that I attended a few weeks keep believing in your own worth. You have a
remember being afraid to call any of my gay back. The audience gave a loud, sustained lifetime of experience discarding the judgment
friends from work for fear Id be caught. ovation to those attendees who had been at of others when you know that their judgment
licensed psychologist who works with gay Still, I fought to help make things better the 1979 March in which you participated. is not accurate.
individuals and couples in D.C. All identifying for our community, volunteering at the gay So, yes many in the LGBT community are Id like to make a suggestion: Start speaking
information has been changed for reasons
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to hotline to help people who were closeted grateful to you and your generation for all the in public about your life. A lot of LGBT
him via and needed someone to talk to, marching in dicult, sometimes dangerous work you did people would be fascinated to hear from an
the Pride parades even though I was scared to help make our country so much freer for eyewitness participant to our struggle over
MICHAEL, someone from the oce would see me. But LGBT folks and are profoundly moved by your the past decades and I sense it would do you
all of us knew it was important that people did bravery and sacrices. some good to share your story and experience
Im a gay man in my late 60s. And I am heartsick see us, no matter the consequences. That said, none of us can get everyone our communitys gratitude in person.
over the message Ive hearing lately, louder and You cant know what it was like to be gay back to see the world in the way that we do. As I would also like to suggest that if you
louder it seems to me, that cis-gendered, middle- then unless you lived it. I do feel proud that we time goes by, newer generations will always have not already done so, you record an
aged white guys like me are establishment, part helped to create the freedoms that we enjoy see history through their own varied lenses oral history with the Rainbow History Project,
of the elite, not radical enough to be worthy of today. The National March on Washington back and judgments. And communities LGBT an organization dedicated to collecting and
full citizenship in our community. in 1979 was an empowering event. included often have a tendency to splinter. preserving LGBT history in metropolitan
I feel like I am being marginalized and I lost my lover to AIDS in the 1980s back Alas, venom can come with the splintering. Washington. Future generations will want to
rejected by a generation for whose well-being when the federal government didnt give a Sure, there are people out there who are hear stories like yours.
and freedoms I was ghting long before they damn about a bunch of fags dying. I still tear going to put you down, minimize or ignore Take care of yourself, and keep your
were born. up about all of that, writing this 30 years later. all youve done and say youre just not good head high.

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with its jittery rhythm and a spidery keyboard
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By CHRIS GERARD before and better.
Swish Swish, with a guest slot by the
In the eight years since her breakthrough ubiquitous Nicki Minaj, is a novelty diss-
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Her latest, Witness, will be hard-pressed successful is Chained to the Rhythm, the
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the performance of its rst three releases can it also pales when compared to Perrys key
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The Rhythm, featuring a guest spot by Bob and like much of the album it ends up too
Marleys grandson Skip, reached no. 4, but the repetitive. Bon Appetit is a curious choice as
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Swish Swish, have failed each to make the soulless monotony.
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strong melodic hooks. Musically, with its an articial, detached vibe. Any genuine heart
sparse electronic beats and swirls of synth, and feeling that may have otherwise helped
Witness sounds like every other pop album salvage some of the tracks has been sapped
thats been released in the last ve years with away and wiped clean. Forgettable tracks like
nothing fresh or exciting to be found. That Pendulum, Tsunami and Deja Vu serve
wouldnt matter so much if the album was only to ll slots on an album thats too long
jammed with earworms like prior Perry hits to begin with. Even the ballads are lackluster
Firework, Hot n Cold, Teenage Dream, and meandering.
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there is nothing here that holds a candle Witness is a slog to get through. The
to any of those pop classics. Theres little sameness in sound and vibe is numbing.
to distinguish one track from another on Whatever Katy Perry was trying to accomplish
Witness, and while there are certainly tracks
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with her rst album in four years, she has
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song in particular), overall its hard to envision arent enough big pop melodies to make it Who better to comment on the state of our nation than the comedians
this album performing on the same level as a great summertime album, and one of the who mock it best? The Second City returns for another summer of
her prior megahits. key ingredients in her best work sheer
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been a single by now; its more substantial to transition from fun-loving bouncy teen- Americas to get to know. Alas, there is still one thing the blue states
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The national Equality March for Unity and Pride moved past the White House and onto the National Mall on Sunday, June 11.


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