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Justices to hear case of baker


who refused services to gay couple

By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

On the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme


Courts sweeping decision in favor of marriage
equality, the court announced this week it has
agreed to review a case in which a Colorado bakery
refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.
The Supreme Court announced in its orders
list on Monday it had agreed to take up the case
of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights
Commission in the aftermath of the courts periodic
conference on Thursday. It takes a vote of at least
four justices to grant a writ of certiorari or agree
Associate Justice NEIL GORSUCH dissented from a ruling in favor of lesbian parents in an Arkansas birth certicate case
CONTINUES ON PAGE 16 this week, fueling concerns he will be hostile to LGBT rights. PAGE 08

Gay journalist goes viral tracking Each day brings a bombshell that in ordinary times woman, comes in. For the past seven months she has
would dominate the news cycle for months with taken note and documented every instance of the
Trumps lies and attacks sweeping investigations. Trump takes to Twitter over abnormal or bizarre, spending 15-20 hours a week
the slightest perceived slight, promoting the fakest and talking to thousands of people to synthesize
By TROY MASTERS narrative he can spell out in 140 characters about events as they happen.
news he wants his followers to ignore. She publishes her work (dubbed the Weekly List)
Amy Siskinds work is the kind of genius historians But that, like so much else, is just a charade chronicling the bad deeds of the Trump administration
will refer to in the next decade as the denitive that masks a whole spate of other alleged on social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook
chronicler of what went wrong and how. crimes and misdemeanors now under multiple and Medium, attracting hundreds of thousands of
Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a investigations.While we are hyperventilating about a weekly readers. Her work has been highlighted by The
list of things subtly changing around you, so youll Tweet, something else much darker is happening.
remember, she likes to say. And thats where Siskind, who identies as a gay CONTINUES ON PAGE 18

REST IN PEACE SAY IT AINT SO GOING DEEP

City bids farewell Owners say popular Natalie Merchant on her


to longtime activist, nightclub Town will box set retrospective and
politician Jim Graham. close for good next year. next weeks Wolf Trap show.

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Comings & Goings


Meet NLGJAs new intern, DC Votes new director
By PETER ROSENSTEIN

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
boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at
comingsandgoings@washblade.com.

Congratulations to Benjamin Jake


Lubbehusen who is the new membership
intern at the National Lesbian and Gay
Journalists Association.
Lubbehusen is a student at the A rainbow-colored bow tie adorned the con of former Council member Jim Graham inside
University of Maryland, College Park and the John A. Wilson Building on June 23.
is pursuing a double degree in Broadcast WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Journalism and Government & Politics.

City officials bid


He regularly hosts and contributes to an
evening news and entertainment show
called Drop the Pop for WMUC, the

farewell to Jim Graham


university radio station. Lubbehusen is a BENJAMIN JAKE LUBBEHUSEN
member of the universitys Phi Alpha Delta PHOTO COURTESY OF LUBBEHUSEN
Pre-Law chapter, various SGA committees
and the schools longest running all-male
a capella group, the UMD Generics.
He was born and raised in Howard Con draped in rainbow congured into a giant bow tie that had
County, Maryland. He began his college ag in shape of bow tie been draped over the con. Woodland
career at Howard Community College and Loza said the former staers decided
where he found his passion for public to place the rainbow bow tie on the con
speaking and communications, through By LOU CHIBBARO JR. in memory of Grahams years of wearing
his position as a student ambassador for lchibbaro@washblade.com a bow tie as part of his business attire.
the colleges Welcome Center. After removing it from the con they
Upon being notied of the internship Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council Chair brought it to the steps of the church
Jake said, It is an honor to intern at an Phil Mendelson, and D.C. Congressional and joined a crowd of friends, family
organization that works on behalf of such JEREMY LEFFLER Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton were members, and well-wishers and held it
critical members of the community and I PHOTO COURTESY OF LEFFLER
among more than 200 people who while posing for pictures and chanting
couldnt be more excited to see where this attended a memorial service for gay Grahams name.
opportunity with NLGJA takes me. former D.C. Council member Jim Graham Loza and Woodland said the former
Congratulations to Jeremy Leer, who has a new position as executive on Saturday, June 24, at All Souls Unitarian staers and friends plan to petition the
director, Policy-Private Markets with Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). He Church in Northwest Washington. city to rename a small park in the heart
said, I will be representing the largest consumer-owned insurance company in The memorial service was held one day of citys Columbia Heights business
the country and fourth largest insurer overall, on private market health plan and after Grahams body lay in state at the district at 14th Street and Park Road, N.W.
pharmacy/prescription drug issues. The positions responsibilities are diverse. John A. Wilson building, which serves as currently known as Columbia Heights
They include policy research, subject matter expertise, legislative and regulatory D.C.s City Hall. Civic Plaza as Jim Graham Plaza.
analysis as well as internal stakeholder discussion on the development of key Bowser, Mendelson, Norton, and Woodland said Graham was
enterprise policy positions. Jeremy hopes the development and dissemination Council member Brianne Nadeau, instrumental in having the plaza become
of those positions will be central to shaping the federal policy landscape. He will who succeeded Graham as the Ward 1 a part of a large development project in
be collaborating with key stakeholders and trade associations. Council member in 2015, each praised Columbia Heights that transformed the
Prior to joining HCSC, he was director of Public Policy for Sano-Aventis and Graham for providing a strong voice on area into one of the citys major retail and
COO and head of government aairs for BayBio. He also worked for Eli Lilly the Council and in the city government business centers.
& Company as manager of Federal Public Policy. His association experience for underserved residents, especially On the day following the memorial
includes a stint as assistant director of federal aairs with the American Academy tenants, immigrants, and minorities, service Daryl Allen, the owner of House
of Physician Assistants. including LGBT people. nightclub on Georgia Avenue, N.W.,
Leer also served as an ANC commissioner in D.C. from 2012-2014. In so many ways Jim Graham hosted memorial party in Grahams
Finally, congratulations to Robert Bo Shu who recently began his new embodied Washington values, Bowser honor. Since 2015, shortly after leaving
position as executive director of DC Vote. He previously was on sta as director told the gathering. I know that he will be the City Council, Graham operated a
of advocacy. so greatly missed by so many. Let us all Sunday night show at the nightclub
Shu is a results-oriented professional with experience in campaign and be challenged by Jims life. featuring nude male dancers.
organization management, public and media aairs, development and Several of his former Council sta Customers arriving at the club on
fundraising and sta recruitment, training, and development. DC Vote is the members, including chiefs of sta Ted Sunday night saw a giant, billboard-
leading organization in the District of Columbia ghting for statehood. Loza and Calvin Woodland Jr., said sized poster attached to the front of the
Shu is well known in D.C., having served as campaign manager for Muriel Graham became an inspiration to them building where House nightclub is located
Bowsers successful mayoral campaign. He has worked for Five Corners both professionally and personally. and another identical poster hung over
Strategies, and was National Field Director, Program Manager for FieldWorks At the conclusion of the service, after the stage inside the club that included the
Consulting. Prior to that he served as director of education and public policy for the con bearing Grahams body was image of a nighttime sky with an arching
Equality Ohio and had worked as associate eld director for the Human Rights brought from inside the church to a rainbow that included the words, In
Campaign. He attended George Washington University. hearse parked on 16th Street, friends and Memory of Jim Graham Every Sunday
former staers retrieved a rainbow ag Night The Memory Lives On.
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Gays for Trump leader organizing


Free Speech Rally on Mall

The president of the North Carolina-based
group Gays for Trump is a lead organizer of
a July 1 MAGA [Make America Great Again]
Free Speech Rally on the National Mall near
the White House.
Peter Boykin, who founded Gays for
Trump during the 2016 presidential election
campaign, said the July 1 rally on the Mall
would be a non-partisan celebration of the
Make America Great Again theme, which he
said would help make the country a better
place to live for everyone, gay, straight,
Town is closing next year.
black, white everyone.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY He said that to him and others working with
him on the July rally, Make America Great
Again is more than a political slogan. It is a way

Town nightclub closing July 1, 2018 of life.


Boykin said that although those
expected to speak at the rally will be mostly
Town Danceboutique announced that itwould close for good on July 1, 2018. conservative activists, including LGBT people,
In a statement released by the venue owners, they announced, After more who support President Donald Trump, there PETER BOYKIN is organizing a Free
than 10 years in operation at 2009 8th St., N.W., in the center of the Shaw will be an open mic period in which anyone Speech rally.
neighborhood of Washington, Town Danceboutique, the citys largest and who attends can speak. WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

most well known LGBTQ night club, will be closing. The building was sold to a According to Boykin, organizers of the
developer in 2016 and will be turned into an apartment complex. event have obtained a permit from the
STAFF REPORTS National Park Service for a space for the rally across the street from the Washington
Monument grounds on Constitution Avenue near the White House.
He said the event would also promote another Washington, D.C. event planned by
the same organizers for the Labor Day weekend, which is being billed as the MAGA
Awards and Americas First Fashion Show with Andre Soriano.
D.C. Gay Games holds bid rally Soriano, a clothing designer whos gay, was among the Trump supporters that spoke
at a pro-Trump march and rally on the Mall and at Lafayette Park across the street from
the White House held on March 4 that was initiated and organized by Boykin.
Mayor Muriel Bowser, nearly all Boykin said the free speech rally planned for July 1 represents a change from an
members of the City Council, and other earlier plan by Gays for Trump to hold a Deploraball Pre-4th of July Picnic on the Mall
public ocials from D.C., Maryland and on July 1 to celebrate Trumps rst Independence Day as president. He said most of
Virginia were expected to join LGBT the space suitable for a picnic on the Mall had already been taken for other events on
sports activists on Wednesday, June 28, the July 4th weekend, in which thousands descend on the Mall for the annual reworks
for a rally to showcase D.C.s bid to host show and other events.
the 2022 Gay Games. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The Bid Rally, which was scheduled
to take place at 6 p.m. at the National
Museum of the American Indian on Former ex-gay leader donates
the National Mall, was to be held on
the second day of a ve-day visit by the
archives to Mattachine Society
Federation of Gay Games Site Inspection
Team. The team was scheduled to visit The former leader of a religious-oriented conversion therapy ministry called Love In
more than two-dozen sites in D.C., Action that sought to change its clients from gay to straight has donated the ministrys
Maryland and Virginia where a wide range voluminous archives to the Mattachine Society of Washington.
of competitive sporting events would take MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER was slated to Mattachine President Charles Francis, whose group specializes in collecting and
place if D.C. were to win its bid to host the participate in a Gay Games Bid Rally on preserving documents related to the persecution of LGBT people in the U.S., said
Games. Wednesday. the Love in Action archives provides a frightening glimpse into an organization that
D.C. is one of three nalist cities WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY epitomized the now widely discredited ex-gay movement.
selected by the FGG in the nal round of Love in Action was founded by Rev. John J. Smid in the early 1980s after he claimed to
its selection process to pick a host city for have changed his own sexual orientation from gay to straight. Under Smids leadership, the
the quadrennial LGBT athletics competition that is expected to bring 12,000 to 15,000 ministry moved from San Francisco to Memphis, Tenn., where it grew dramatically to become
athletes to the host city and 10,000 or more spectators. The other nalists are Hong the nations largest Christian conversion therapy operation.
Kong and Guadalajara, Mexico. Smid resigned from the ministry in 2012 after undergoing a change in his own beliefs
Brent Minor, chair of the Washington, D.C. Gay Games XI Bid Committee, said he was about the ex-gay movement and a reassessment of his own sexual orientation. By
hopeful that a large turnout for Wednesdays Bid Rally would demonstrate to the FGG 2014 he had renounced much of the ministrys fundamentalist principals and conversion
Site Inspection Team the strong support and enthusiasm in the D.C. area for putting on therapy itself. Later that year Smid disclosed he had accepted himself as gay, becoming
a highly successful 2022 Gay Games. an ex-ex gay, and announced he had married his male partner.
Among those scheduled to speak at the rally in favor of D.C.s bid for the Gay Games Smids archive documents a controversial, often traumatic, story that touched
were famed womens soccer goaltender Briana Scurry, whos a lesbian; and former thousands of lives, Francis said in a statement. For more than 20 years, Smid worked for
National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. and operated the oldest and largest residential gay and lesbian religious conversation
Visit washingtonblade.com for coverage of the event. therapy ministry in the United States, Francis said.
LOU CHIBBARO JR. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Court rules for lesbian parents in birth certicate case


Justices rule Ark. purposes of the birth certicates, the Gorsuch writes. In an opinion that did
justices conclude the marriage equality not in any way seek to defy but rather
policy conicts with decision applies with equal force to the earnestly engage Obergefell, the state
Obergefell decision Arkansas law in question. supreme court agreed. And it is very hard
The U.S. Supreme Court remanded to see what is wrong with this conclusion
By CHRIS JOHNSON the case for further proceedings not for, just as the state court recognized,
cjohnson@washblade.com inconsistent with the Obergefell ruling in nothing in Obergefell indicates that a birth
favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. registration regime based on biology, one
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed In December, the Arkansas Supreme no doubt with many analogues across the
Monday an Arkansas high court ruling Court ruled the state has no obligation country and throughout history, oends
allowing the state to refuse to place to place the names of both lesbian the Constitution.
a lesbian parents name on the birth parents on a childs birth certicate as a A trio of legal rms the National Center
certicate of their child if the parent isnt result of litigation led by three lesbian for Lesbian Rights, Arkansas attorney Cheryl
the birth mother. plainti couples to strike down a state Maples, who represented the lesbian
In the case of Pavan v. Smith, the court law requiring the state to label on a birth couples in the case before the Supreme
in a per curiam decision issued a summary certicate the paternity of the person Court, and the D.C.-based law rm Ropes &
reversal of the Arkansas Supreme Court when that person is born. Gray led a petition for certiorari before
decision on the basis it contravened the Not all justices were in agreement the Supreme Court in February calling on
2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges with the reversal of the Supreme Court justices to reverse the decision.
extending marriage equality nationwide, decision. U.S. Associate Justice Neil Doug Hallward-Driemeier, partner at
which was handed down exactly two U.S. Associate Justice NEIL GORSUCH ruled Gorsuch joined by U.S. Associate Ropes & Gray who served as co-counsel
against the lesbian couple in the Pavan v.
years to the day of the reversal. Smith case. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel in the case, praised the Supreme Court
When a married woman gives birth Alito rejected the courts conclusion in a statement for reversing the Arkansas
in Arkansas, state law generally requires that a summary reversal is appropriate in high court decision.
the name of the mothers male spouse to that dierential treatment infringes this case. Todays Supreme Court decision
appear on the childs birth certicate Obergefells commitment to provide same- Before the state supreme court, the protects same-sex married couples and
regardless of his biological relationship to sex couples the constellation of benets State argued that rational reasons exist their children from discrimination and
the child, the decision says. According to that the States have linked to marriage, for a biology based birth registration strengthens the rule of law, Hallward-
the court below, however, Arkansas need we reverse the state courts judgment. regime, reasons that in no way oend Driemeier said. Marriage equality is the
not extend that rule to similarly situated Observing that plaintis in the Obergefelllike ensuring government law of the land, and this decision sends a
same-sex couples: The State need not, consolidated Obergefell litigation ocials can identify public health trends clear message that states must follow the
in other words, issue birth certicates namely those in the case of Henry v. Hines and helping individuals determine law and treat all married couples equally.
including the female spouses of women explicitly challenged Ohios refusal to their biological lineage, citizenship, or
who give birth in the State. Because recognize same-sex marriages for the susceptibility to genetic disorders. CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

Military chiefs seek 6-month delay in trans enlistments


Advocates urge Mattis request will go to Defense Secretary basis is emotion and politics, not data. Stephen Peters, a Marine veteran
James Mattis for a nal decision. That It is particularly remarkable, as the Army discharged under Dont Ask, Dont
to reject request could mean that the anti-trans policy spends an additional $300 million to Tell and the Human Rights Campaigns
will remain in place as a result of the recruit 6,000 Soldiers this year, that it national press secretary, said the
By CHRIS JOHNSON Trump administration. would seek to turn away Americans who reported request for a delay harms our
cjohnson@washblade.com LGBT rights supporters backing are t and eager to serve. military readiness and called on Defense
transgender military service were initially Former Defense Secretary Ashton Secretary Gen. James Mattis to implement
The military service chiefs are seeking reluctant to comment on reports service Carter lifted the ban on openly the change on schedule.
a delay in implementation of a policy chiefs wanted to hold o on enlistments, transgender military service under the There are thousands of transgender
allowing openly transgender people to but in the aftermath of the AP report Obama administration last year, but service members openly and proudly
enlist in the U.S. military, the Associated issued ery statements in opposition to left certain pieces of the prohibition serving our nation today, and as theyve
Press reported last week. dragging out implementation. in place as the military adjusted to proven time and time again, what matters
Laura Ochoa, a defense spokesperson, Aaron Belkin, director of the the change. While transgender people is the ability to get the job done not
responded to the report by denying San Francisco-based Palm Center, already in the military could at that time their gender identity, Peters said.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work highlighting the Armys expenditure of come out without fear of discharge, Earlier this month, the Military Times
has made a recommendation on the issue, $300 million to recruit 6,000 soldiers theenlistmentof new openly transgender reported that top brass wanted to delay
suggesting the situation remains in ux. each year as he condemned the reported people was set to begin July 1. openly transgender enlistments in the
The Deputy Secretary of Defense has request for delay. With that date approaching, the U.S. military, which was followed by a
not provided a formal recommendation A s ix-month delay of the last piece reports the military service chiefs are USA Today report that the U.S. Army and
to the Secretary of Defense, therefore no of inclusive policy, the repeal of the seeking a six-month delay in allowing Marine Corps wanted a delay of up to two
decision has been made and there is no enlistment ban, will only produce openly transgender people spells trouble years to implement the policy.
update to the current review, Ochoa said. redundant evidence about the especially for cadets who graduated During the Pride celebration at the
According to the AP, service leaders contributions of transgender service from military academies, but were denied Pentagon earlier this month, acting
came to an agreement rejecting an Army members, Belkin said. Indeed, the access to service and continue to wait for a Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel
and Air Force request for a two-year chiefs who are demanding ongoing delay change in policy. A delay could be the rst & Readiness Anthony Kurta declined to
wait -- reecting broader concern that are not bringing any new arguments or step in additional delays to come, kicking comment when the Blade asked him if
the longer delay would trigger criticism new data to the table, but are recycling the can down the road indeterminably for the plan to allow transgender troops to
on Capitol Hill and sent a new delay long-discredited concerns whose only fully open transgender service. enterthe U.S. military was still on track.
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Rep. DelBene calls for LGBT Equality Day


On the second anniversary of the U.S.
Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage
equality, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) took to
the House oor to call for the institution of an
LGBT Equality Day honoring the occasion.
DelBene recognized Monday, June 26 as LGBT
Equality Day on the basis of historic decisions
from the Supreme Court on that date not only
on marriage equality, but other LGBT issues.
Today, we mark the anniversary of
landmark victories at the Supreme Court that
moved our country toward one that is more
fair, more equal and more inclusive of all
Americans and we are a better, stronger
nation for it, DelBene said.
The Supreme Court struck down state
bans on same-sex marriage in the Obergefell
v. Hodges decision handed down June 26,
2015, but on the same date the high court
delivered other milestone LGBT decisions. Rep. SUZAN DELBENE is pushing for a
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court in national LGBT Equality Day.
two separate decisions ruled against the anti-
gay Defense of Marriage Act and restored
Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL called o a vote this week on Trumpcare.
marriage equality to California after passage of
Proposition 8. Ten years earlier on June 26, 2003, the Supreme Court struck down state
bans on same-sex relations in the Lawrence v. Texas decision.
Senate delays vote on Trumpcare On the same day DelBene recognized LGBT Equality Day on the House oor, she
reintroduced in the House a resolution calling for recognition of the occasion and the
need for further legislation to ensure people in the United States are free from all forms
The U.S. Senate shelved on Tuesday a plan to vote this week on a measure of discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
seeking to repeal and replace Obamacare as LGBT rights supporters continue Meanwhile, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only out lesbian in Congress introduced
to raise the alarm about its impact both for LGBT people and America at large. a companion resolution in the Senate on the same day.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the chamber CHRIS JOHNSON
would no longer hold a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Thursday,
delaying the vote until after lawmakers return from July 4 recess.
Were going to continue the discussions within our conference on the Trump: testing crucial in defeating HIV
dierences that we have that we continue to try to litigate, McConnell said.
Consequently, we will not be voting on the bill this week, but were still working President Trump issued a statement Tuesday observing National HIV Testing
toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place. Day, calling the disease one of the worlds most signicant health challenges and
Five Republican senators, the latest of which was Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), encouraging Americans to learn their HIV status.
declared they couldnt support the bill in its current form not because it would Thanks to concerted eorts to diagnose and treat more and more people, Americans
dramatically cut coverage, but because it doesnt go far enough to repeal the living with HIV today are living longer, healthier lives than ever before, Trump said.
Aordable Care Act. My administration is determined to build upon those improvements and continue
LGBT rights supporters held a conference call with reporters on Tuesday to supporting domestic and global health programs that prioritize testing and treatment
raise awareness about the bill, which seeks to phase out the Medicaid expansion for HIV/AIDS.
under Obamacare to pay for a tax cut mostly for the wealthiest Americans. The statement obtained in advance by the Blade marked the rst time President
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Grin said the legislation would Trump has explicitly addressed HIV/AIDS either during the campaign trail or during
have a devastating impact on LGBT people because theyre disproportionately his administration. The presidents statement comes shortly after six members of the
aected by health disparities. Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned in protest, asserting the president
Both the House and Senate versions of the bill gut core provisions of the ACA, doesnt care about the epidemic.
cut o tens of millions of Americans from life-saving health care coverage while Trump calledtesting crucial in combating HIV/AIDS, adding wevenever been closer
increasing out-of-pocket costs, Grin said. to conquering the epidemic.
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Oce unveiled its score for the Senate HIV carriers who do not know they have the virus put themselves and others at
version of Better Care Reconciliation Act, estimating 15 million more people by risk, missing out on life-saving treatment and possibly, inadvertently aecting others,
2018 would be uninsured under the legislation than under Obamacare and 22 Trump said. People who are not currently receiving treatment transmit more than 90
million more people in 2026. percent of infections, as they do not benet from treatments that dramatically reduce
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender the amount of virus in their bodies. That is why the key to interrupting the transmission
Equality, said during the conference shes deeply concerned about the bills is a simple, routine HIV test.
impact on transgender people and their very lives. Trump supports legislation pending before Congress that would repeal Obamacare,
We are outraged that congressional leaders and the president would disrupt and which HIV/AIDS advocates seeking to combat HIV/AIDS have criticized. The Congressional
endanger so many lives just apparently to say that they passed a bill and to give Budget Oce estimates it would lead to an estimated 22 million losing health care
hundreds of billions of dollars to the people who need it the least, Keisling said. coverage under the proposal. Most of the loss of coverage would be the result of cuts to
On Tuesday, President Trump held a roundtable with Republican senators at Medicaid, which provides care to an estimated 40 percent of people with HIV.
the White House and said they were very close to coming to an agreement to Trumps scal year 2018 budget request also proposes steep cuts in HIV/AIDS
pass a measure to undo Obamacare. programs. Among them is a $150 million cut to the Centers for Disease Control for HIV
CHRIS JOHNSON testing and prevention initiatives.
CHRIS JOHNSON
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Schiff reintroduces bill to regulate troubled teen industry


Measure would mandate troubled teen industryunregulated last upon deeply religious families with anti- practices will continue to slip through the
resort residential treatment facilities and LGBT attitudes, cry foul when exposed, cracks, leaving behind traumatized and
health, safety standards boot camps that market to desperate as if scrutiny of their harsh treatment abused children and families.
parents of children deemed unruly, LGBT, violated their religious liberty. Families that turn to treatment
By KAREN OCAMB addicted, or acting out with some form of Millers bill to regulate the billion dollar facilities, Schi says, deserve to know
undiagnosed mental illness. troubled teen industry twice passed that their children are safe and in the care
Lost in the cacophony of the Russia The GAO reported that in just one the House but stopped there. But some of professionals.
investigation and the newly proposed year (2005), 1,619 program employees states have stepped up on their own, According to the press release, Schis
healthcare bill is the fact that some in 34 states were involved in incidents of including California where last year Gov. legislation would:
elected U.S. representatives still care abuse, including substantiated accounts Jerry Brown signed a billby out State Sen. Prohibit all programs from
about governance. Among them is Rep. of starvation, excessive use of physical Ricardo Lara. withholding food, water or shelter from a
Adam Schi (D-Calif.), who on Thursday restraints and isolation, severe verbal Schis bill would not only protect youth child, putting a child in seclusion, and all
reintroduced the Stop Child Abuse in abuse and intimidation, and medical through federal minimum standards but other forms of physical and mental abuse
Residential Programs for Teens Act, malpractice. Survivors of Institutional would also crack down on oenders who Require licensed medical sta on hand
legislation that would require residential Abuse (SIA) reported 300 deaths on attempt to move abusive facilities across at all times in case of an emergency and
treatment programs to enforce a set of their In Memorial page, deaths linked to state lines by requiring all states to improve require all sta members to be properly
minimum health and safety standards, starvation, medical malpractice, beatings their licensing and oversight processes, trained in recognizing and responding
specically prohibiting discrimination and suicide. and help families weed out bad programs to signs of child abuse and neglect, and
against LGBTQ youth and young people Millers hearings and the GAO report by requiring they publicly disclose their mental health crises
with mental illness. emphasized how the lack of federal licensing status and any history of Allow youth to stay in contact with
The Stop Child Abuse in Residential oversight and deceptive marketing, violations, according to a press release. their parents so that they know their
Programs for Teens Act (SCARPTA), no unied regulations among states There are hundreds of good children are safe, and provide uninhibited
originally introduced on July 14, 2015, regarding licensing and regulations of residential treatment programs that access to a child abuse reporting hotline
was built on a bill championed by residential facilities put vulnerable children provide services which can truly help Publicly disclose any past record of
former California Rep. George Miller. In at greater risk. Additionally, if a resident youth recover and transition from child abuse and their state licensing status
2008, Miller held hearings with painful died or the media got a whi of the abuse, serious behavioral problems or traumatic so families can make informed decisions
testimony about such abuse and the unscrupulous owner would move to experiences, Schi said. But without about where to send their children.
neglect that he ordered a Government another state and reopen under another stronger federal regulation and oversight,
Accountability Oce report on the name. Often the con artists, who prey programs that engage in abusive CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

Blade reporter ejected from DOJ Pride event


Solidarity through Pride and held in the At about thatpoint in Boentes remarks, press, but by that time less than 30
Great Hall of the Justice Department building. a Justice Department ocial approached minutes before the event was set to begin
Representing the Justice Department and said the Blade had to be escorted out the Blade was already entering the
was acting Assistant Attorney General for because the DOJ Pride event was closed event after being informed second-hand
National Security Dana Boente, an Obama to the press. The Blade complied. the event was cleared by public aairs.
administration hold-over who also serves as The closed-press rule for the event is The email was unseen until after the
U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. unusual. The Bladeattendedand covered Blade was escorted out.
Whatever an individuals background, DOJ Pride events as a member of the As Buzzfeed reported, U.S. Attorney
Americans come together to support one press numerous times during the Obama General Je Sessions spoke positively
another, Boente said. In this country, we administration under both former U.S. about the DOJ Pride event on video when
Washington Blade reporter CHRIS JOHNSON know that our unity makes us stronger. Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta an intern asked him about it last week
was ejected from the DOJ Pride event at the Were united in our respect for the rule of Lynch. during another event.
Justice Department. law and the preservation of the freedoms The Blade was also allowed under We are going to have a pride group, in
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
of all of us. Americans understand that in the Trump administration to cover a this very room, I think next week, I believe
this country liberty means liberty for all. Pride event for LGBT service members it is, and so thats perfectly appropriate,
Similar celebrations open to Freedom belongs not to any one race, and civilians at the Pentagon with full and we will protect and defend and
gender or orientation. cooperation of ocials. Washington celebrate that and protect the rights of
media during Obama years Boente also invoked the shooting at the Blade Editor Kevin Na delivered the all transgender persons, Sessions said.
congressional baseball practice earlier keynote address last week at the Small Sessions has a long anti-LGBT history as
By CHRIS JOHNSON this month in which House Majority Business Administrations Pride event. a U.S. senator from Alabama. Along with
cjohnson@washblade.com Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was severely Na criticized the decision to close the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, he revoked
wounded. Lesbian Capitol Police ocer event to media outlets. guidance to schools assuring transgender
A Washington Blade reporter was ejected Crystal Griner, who was on the scene and These events have historically been open students have access to the bathroom
froman event Wednesdayat the U.S. Justice helped take down the attacker but was to the media and this action at DOJ today is consistent with their gender identity.
Department observing June as Pride month wounded herself, isa hero, Boente said. an unfortunate break with tradition, Na Set to deliver keynote addresses at the DOJ
among the last of the events hosted by Ocer Griner is rightly a hero of the said. Holding Pride celebrations behind Pride event and unseen by the Blade
LGBT anity groups for federal workers. LGBT community; she is also a hero for closed doors violates the very spirit of wereMichelle Benecke, executive director for
Similar celebrations under the Obama the entire country, Boente said. such events and we urge all government management integration for the Immediate
administration were open to the media. Under U.S. Attorney General Je agencies to let the sun shine in. Oce of the Undersecretary for Management
Dozens of employees among them Sessions, Boente said a top priority would A Justice Department ocial responded at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
LGBT attorneys within the Justice Department be combatting the rise of violent crime to Blade inquiries about the DOJ Pride and Sultan Shakir, executive director of the
and federal law enforcement ocials and the Justice Department was already event via email shortly before it began D.C.-based youth group SMYAL, or Supporting
attended the event, which was titled taking steps to pursue that goal. and said the event would be closed to & Mentoring Youth Advocates & Leaders.
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Leading the struggle for LGBT rights in Mozambique


when people are still being killed for who they appear to bow to the Imperialists. It put a
love. The only African state that recognizes target sign on the backs on the African LGBTQ
same-sex marriage is South Africa. community. Behind the scenes eorts work
better. We have learned to be more strategic
Blade: Robert Mugabe is strongly and diplomatic which is paying o.
opposed to LGBT Rights in Zimbabwe.
Should I have been concerned while Blade: What are your priorities for
visiting Victoria Falls with my partner? Lambda Mozambique?
da Silva: Gays wont have issues in da Silva: Continue to lobby the State for
tourist areas or big cities in Zimbabwe. You support. MPs are not directly elected so its
may have problems in small towns with the dicult to gain support from parliament.
police. The State of Zimbabwe is anti-gay. Organize, network and train new
leadership to support the LGBTQ struggle.
Blade: Can the U.S. help the ght for It is important that we know each other
Mozambican society has a live-and-let-live attitude toward homosexuality as long as it is not in LGBTQ rights in Africa? and that we are visible. Develop and revise
your household, said DANILO DA SILVA. da Silva: Megaphone diplomacy didnt programs to meet the needs of LAMBDA
PHOTO COURTESY DA SILVA
consider how African governments would Mozambique members and partners.
deal with the pushing, blaming and shaming.
Marvin Bowser is a lifestyle blogger and Blade
By MARVIN BOWSER other siblings were supportive. His parents That approach didnt work well. African contributor. Follow him on Instagram
are liberals and open to his sexuality. governments dont want to appear weak or @FirstBroDC
Imagine a beautiful table setting in a
tropical garden next to a meticulously Blade: Whats it like being a bi-racial
renovated historic home. Reminisce as gay couple in Mozambique?

Former Spanish PM speaks


selections of classic jazz and R&B from our da Silva: People assume that someone is
hosts personal collection set the mood. taking advantage of the situation. Waiters,
Enjoy the breeze as it carries hints of a feast
all gathered shall soon enjoy and sweet
for example, would just hand the bill to
Igor who is of Portuguese descent. People at LGBT conference
scents from the garden. know us now so this is less of a problem.
The event was a big gay Easter brunch in Weve been together for 10 years and MADRID Former Spanish Prime
Africa where homosexuality is outlawed in were married 5 years ago in Cape Town. Minister Jos Luis Rodrguez Zapatero
32 of 55 states. Our hosts, Danilo da Silva Mozambique does not recognize LGBTQ is among those who spoke at a global
and his husband Igor were married in South marriage or provide legal protections for LGBT and intersex rights conference
Africa under Portuguese law but live openly civil unions. that began on Monday.
in Maputo, Mozambique. I was there with Blade: What happens in families with Spain is a rainbow country, said
my partner Mike and our friends James and gay members? Zapatero as he spoke at the opening of
Je who were married in Washington, D.C., da Silva: People are ostracized. Those the WorldPride International Human
right before they were posted to Maputo. afraid to be ostracized by their families dont Rights Conference that is taking place
In addition to an engagingly eclectic mix of come out. Some folks still marry and have at the Universidad Autnoma de
straight and (mostly) LGBTQ friends from kids and live the double life. They seek men Madrid in the Spanish capital.
Former Spanish Prime Minister JOS
Africa and Europe, Danilos mother and on the side. We do not have a term for down Hundreds of LGBT rights advocates LUIS RODRGUEZ ZAPATERO attends the
younger brother were there; and the couple low. We use brother or friend. Many who and elected ocials from Spain, WorldPride International Human Rights
cares for Igors father who lives with them. do come out, move away from their families Europe and around the world Conference in Madrid on June 26.
Danilo da Silva is executive director of to the cities to be free and anonymous. attended the conference this week. WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
LAMBDA Mozambique, founded in 2006 It is taking place during WorldPride
and supported by 164 full-time sta and Blade: What about trans people? 2017, which is expected to draw up to
volunteers across Mozambique. Da Silva da Silva: Trans people dont hide who three million people to the Spanish capital through July 2.
is one of the co-founders and has been they are; and their families treat them more The Party of European Socialists and Rainbow Rose, which is its LGBT and
director for about eight years. harshly. Trans youth are most likely become intersex network, will host a separate conference at the Spanish Socialist
I interviewed da Silva from D.C. after my homeless as a result. Trans people band Workers Partys Madrid headquarters on Friday.
rst trip to Africa via video teleconference. together, create their own communities, or [WorldPride] is a celebration of diversity and equality, said Beatrz Becerra,
houses, which have a family structure for vice president of the European Parliaments Subcommittee on Human Rights.
Washington Blade: Can LGBTQ people self support and protection. Trans people, Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena and Daniele Viotti, a member of the
live openly in Mozambique? however, have the same problems with sex European Parliament who is from Italy, are among those who also spoke at the
Danilo da Silva: Yes and No. work, drugs and other criminal activities conference on Monday. Canadian MP Randy Boissonnault, who is Prime Minister
Mozambican society has a live-and-let-live found in the U.S. Justin Trudeaus special adviser on LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
attitude toward homosexuality as long as queer and two-spirited) issues, was also in attendance.
it is not in your household. Mozambique is Blade: Are there support organizations Former Icelandic Prime Minister Jhanna Sigurardttir, who became the
not pro gay per se. Gays are not harmed or institutions for LGBT Mozambicans? worlds rst openly LGBT head of government in 2009, spoke before a panel that
or harassed on the streets. Homosexuality da Silva: Aside from LAMBDA, no, focused on gender equity. She said the issue and the global movement for LGBT
is tolerated as long as its not in your family. not nancially or technically. There is no and intersex rights are linked.
government, church or community center There will never be gender balance or any other balance without freedom or
Blade: So, how did your mother come support for the LGBTQ community including love; brotherly love, sisterly love, romatic love, said Sigurardttir as her wife,
to accept who you are? HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Jnna Lesdttir, sat in the front row.
da Silva: Mom went through a long Sigurardttir added freedom and equality are the foundations of all
process to accept me. It wasnt easy for Blade: Marriage equality is sweeping human rights.
her. She doesnt talk much about it. Im the the globe, is it time for gay marriage in No one should have to endure oppression, abuse or lack of freedom, she said.
eldest son and one of her favorites. Igor had Africa? MICHAEL K. LAVERS
diculty with his sister but his parents and da Silva: No, its not time for gay marriage
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Supreme Court to hear gay wedding cake refusal case


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 will hear arguments and render a decision by refusing to sell them a wedding cake While the right to ones religious beliefs
in the gay wedding case refusal case during a decision the Colorado Court of Appeals is fundamental, a license to discriminate
to take a case but the names of which the next term after the summer. upheld in 2015. The Colorado Supreme is not. Same-sex couples like David and
justices voted that way isnt made public. The petition for certiorari asking the Court has declined to review these Charlie deserve to be treated with the
If the Supreme Court rules in favor Supreme Court to take up the case had decisions and let them stand. same dignity and respect as anyone else,
of Masterpiece Cakeshop, which was been sitting before the Supreme Court The case was result of Charlie Craig and and were ready to take that ght all the
penalized for refusing to sell a wedding without action for nearly a year. The David Mullins, a same-sex couple, asking way to the Supreme Court.
cake to a same-sex couple under Supreme Court only agreed to take up Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Kasey Suredini, acting CEO and
Colorados human rights law, it could the case after the conrmation of U.S. Cakeshop, to design and produce a president of strategy at Freedom for
establish a religious carve out for denial Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom LGBT wedding cake in 2012 for their wedding in All Americans, said in a statement the
of services to LGBT people throughout rights supporters opposed out of concern Massachusetts. Phillips refused based on his Supreme Court should remember the
the country. hed diminish LGBT rights from the bench. religious beliefs, but said he would be happy same-sex couple seeking a wedding cake
Praising the Supreme Courts decision Perkins in his statement was to make and sell them other baked goods. were unfairly denied service at a business
to take up the case as a prelude to optimistic the court would rule in favor In 2013, the American Civil Liberties because of their sexual orientation.
guaranteeing religious freedom in the of Masterpiece Cakeshop based on the Union and the ACLU of Colorado led a When the Supreme Court hears this
name of anti-LGBT discrimination was presence of Gorsuch onthe bench. lawsuit on behalf of Mullins and Craig, case, the justices should consider the
Tony Perkins, president of the Family With Justice Gorsuch now on the bench, alleging the bakery discriminated on the reality that businesses that serve the
Research Council. we are more optimistic that the Supreme basis of sexual orientation. public must be open to all, with no excuses
The U.S. Supreme Court now has an Court will uphold our nations long tradition James Esseks, director of the ACLUs LGBT and without exception, Suredini said.
opportunity to issue a ruling that makes of respecting the freedom of Americans to Project, said in a statement the Supreme All of us cherish the American promise
clear the government has no authority to follow their deeply held beliefs, especially Court upon review of the case should rule of religious freedom as protected under
force Americans like Jack Phillips to use when it comes to participating in activities in favor of the same-sex couple and uphold the U.S. Constitution, but that doesnt
their artistic talents to celebrate events and ceremonies that so many Americans Colorados non-discrimination law based give anyone the right to discriminate
with which they have a moral and/or consider sacred, Perkins said. on established legal principles. against others. This case will be an
religious disagreement, Perkins said. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear The law is squarely on David and important opportunity to have a national
Because the Supreme Courts 2016-2017 the case after an administrative judge Charlies side because when businesses conversation about the values we all
term is about to close, a decision from ruled Masterpiece Cakeshop illegally are open to the public, theyre supposed share as Americans and the importance
justices wont come any time soon. The court discriminated against a same-sex couple to be open to everyone, Esseks said. of equal treatment for everyone.

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Siskind goes viral with weekly List of Trump lies


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 other things. They are not going to push
on the civil rights issues. That was just
Washington Post and The Independent and one week!
Siskind is considered a rising journalistic star. Not protecting transgender people is an
A NYU journalism professor called her work issue. Theyve also already taken away - in
thoroughly journalistic and much needed. certain government departments - worker
Siskind said her work on Trump protections on the basis of sexual orientation.
originated from her post-election reading So when you make people invisible,
about how authoritarian governments you dont need to protect them against
take hold behavior that seems shocking discrimination in housing and workplace
at rst quickly becomes normal. discrimination. So, in many parts of the
And on LGBT rights, she has a Trump administration its legally acceptable
particularly urgent message, especially if to discriminate against people based on
you continue to believe that Trump hasnt their sexual orientation or gender.
really gone after the LGBTQ community. And thats that headline worthy!!! That
The Blade spoke with Siskind by phone should scream out with three exclamation
from her home in Westchester County, N.Y. points at the end.
People who dont think he hasnt
BLADE: Whats the motivating force done anything against LGBT people are
behind your work tracking Trumps missing the point hes slowly eroding
lies and the administrations bizarre our protections and making it legal to
behavior? You told The Washington discriminate against us because of our
Post that it developed when you read AMY SISKINDs List of Trumps lies and attacks has gone viral, attracting hundreds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
about the process of normalization, thousands of weekly readers.
that we come to accept things that are PHOTO COURTESY OF SISKIND
BLADE: Its very much like what you
abnormal because we get lost in this said about authoritarianism a slow
slow drift of bizarreness. So I guess see mainstream journalists beginning to Republicans and Trump supporters erosion of normalcy.
my question is, what strikes you so form a community and protecting one who say he hasnt really done anything SISKIND: Exactly! And end of rights for
far as the most bizarre thing thats another. Journalists from the right are specically bad to LGBT people? dierent subsets of people. You can see
happened? still amplifying authoritarian messages SISKIND: Thats an uninformed the dierent subsets of people that are
AMY SISKIND: Though there are too and giving credence to news thats not argument. I think the LGBT community under attack. Its pretty much everyone
many to mention, I think what strikes me true news. I am starting to see change. is in grave danger with Trump and the thats not white, straight, Christian and
most is that we are living in a constant What The List does that our media is overriding thing is that we are invisible to male. We can have the same conversation
state of chaos. There are so many items not able to do because they need to the Trump administration. about ways women are being attacked or
each and every day that are, in and of cover every story as if it were a traditional And Ill give specic examples of ways Muslim Americans or Jewish Americans or
themselves, shocking. In normal times administration (or in Trumps case its a that he is hurting our community, but Latinos or immigrants or black Americans
these things would be individual stories regime) is give some perspective week the overall theme is were invisible thats or something for everybody.
that would be covered by our media for by week about whats happening. never good for any community.
weeks or months. But, because there What mainstream journalists are Lets start with the fact that theres no BLADE: Those, of course, include
are so many of them, weve lost track of reporting is very in the moment but it recognition of LGBTQ Pride month. When LGBT people...
accountability for these items or being doesnt, with the exception of a few like we are made invisible you take away SISKIND: Yes, we are under assault in so
able to even remember them. As a result, maybe Rachel Maddow, trace back the story. our identity. Trump is doing that by not many ways. Lets talk about Gorsuch. Just
weve in a way normalized things that in For example, The List can follow the recognizing Pride:hes doing that by not this week his Supreme Court appointee
any other time in our country or in our Deutsche Bank over weeks or months including LGBTQ people in the Census. argued against gay adoption. And the
lifetimes would be shocking and deserving whereas most of the reporting is just here Thats a really big deal and I have it in scariest part of that to me is that its not
of outrage around the country. Were we are in this moment and today. So what my weekly list 32 that just came out; NPR based on fact. Theres study after study
bombarded with so many of these each I really hope to accomplish with The List is did a Freedom of Information Act request showing gay and lesbian parents are
and every day weve become desensitized. to access all the stories about Deutsche on work that was done by HUD and they actually superior parents to heterosexual
Thats led to a sort of acceptance Bank that have happened over the last said Census data was essential for the parents! So, its not based on any factual
because we are sort of plowed over by all several months since Ive been doing The inclusion of the LGBT community to be study, its based on his own bias.
thats not normal. List. Its a journalistic way of tying things part of the Census. Trumps response These are the people that Trump is
together that our media is not doing. is that they dont think its appropriate bringing into power and into authority. If
BLADE: Even journalists are plowed Typically, I spend 15 to 20 hours a to ask questions of sexual orientation that doesnt scare you! Theres now, I think
over. Theres tacit endorsement when week on each list because so many of the and gender identity topics, which is an eight states, since he took power that are
they do not properly challenge him. things I put in the list are not widely seen, argument that makes us invisible. making it illegal for gay couples to adopt.
SISKIND: The bar was set pretty low by but to me are really important. I know California now has banned
our media I have myself been a critic of I spend a lot of time covering treatment BLADE: That Census information ocial government business travel to
the media early on about some journalists of dierent subsets of people because is used throughout government to those eight states.
complimenting him for reading o a thats part of authoritarianism; I mean implement civil rights protections and But theres eight states since he took
teleprompter or covering him like you how you treat one then how do you treat to ensure representation and equality. power that are making it illegal in their
would a normal candidate, talking about the LGBTQ community how you treat SISKIND: Point is that if youre invisible state for gay people to adopt. Between
things like infrastructure when it was people of dierent religions and people you dont need protections or rights. So, workplace discrimination, gay adoption,
pretty obvious even before he took oce of color so I make sure to highlight things you can see the path down which he is and what happened to transgender people,
that he was not going to be normal. that are really not normal. taking the nation. transgender students being excluded from
Even though it started out that way, I I cover the way citizens are acting but This was in week 31. In week 32, his protection under the Civil Rights Act and in
am grateful to see a shift. also the way the administration is acting. Secretary of Education DeVos said she college too.
I think the media has realized they are wont go after schools that discriminate
under siege now and being silenced. I BLADE: What do you make of gay against transgender students amongst
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Huge crowds ock to Frederick Pride


Organizers of Frederick Pride reported that anywhere between 7,000 and
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at each major entry to the park. Businesses were aorded an opportunity to
oer discounts/specials to anyone wearing one of these bracelets. This Buy
Pride program was free to any area business.
The festival featured bands, drag, DJ, dancing, and other live acts at the
amphitheater with smaller acts and dancing at the Market Street location.
Frederick Pride continued its unbelievable growth in 2017, Kris Fair, chair of
the Frederick Center board, told the Blade.

AIDS Action Baltimore offers New Horizons


New Horizons, a program of AIDS Action Baltimore (AAB), was established
last November as a way to boost empowerment and break the bonds of
homophobia, racism and stigma in same gender-loving (SGL) men in Baltimore.
AAB is a non-prot organization that has been providing essential services to
people with HIV/AIDS for 30 years.
New Horizons oers networking every rst Wednesday of the month, HIV
testing every last Wednesday, social events monthly, and an Art Creation Project.
Most events take place at the Waxter Center, 1000 Cathedral St. in Baltimore.
The July schedule is as follows:
July 5 from 6-8 p.m. New Horizons Education Group HIV CURE Research.
The facilitator is AAB founder and President Lynda Dee.
July 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. New Horizons Empowerment Support Group Body
Shaming. The facilitator is Ali Moody.
July 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. New Horizons Club. Location to be announced.
July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Art Creation Group Making A Monster Part Two.
The facilitator is Ali Moody.
For more information about AIDS Action Baltimore or the New Horizons program,
visit aidsactionbaltimore.org or call 410-837--5573 or contact Ali Moody at 443-822-
2367, email amjr410@gmail.com or newhorizonsbaltimore410@gmail.com.

Intimate partner violence support group debuts


The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care has launched
a new weekly support group for LGBT individuals who have experienced incidents
of intimate partner violence. The Center promises that those aected individuals
can nd community, healing, and connections at this new support group.
The LGBT community is strong and resilient, yet domestic violence forces
many back into the closet with keeping secrets and living in constant fear, said
Randall Leonard LCSW-C, one of the groups facilitators in a statement. We
want to show survivors that theyre not alone and give them a safe place to get
support and heal.
The group began on June 27 and operates in 20-week cycles; the time and
location of meetings will be disclosed to enrolled members only. Individuals who
enroll while a group is already in session will be placed on a wait list, and may
join the group at the beginning of the next cycle.
Initial behavioral health assessments are required prior to joining the group.
If interested, you should call 410-837-2050 ext. 8810 to schedule an assessment.
To learn more about all of The LGBT Health Resource Centers groups and
classes, visit chasebrexton.org.
STEVE CHARING
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HIV rates for gay men down in England TONY-WINNING MASTERPIECE

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LONDON A substantial reduction in HIV rates among gay men in London
might be the beginning of the end of the epidemic there, public health ocials
say according to reports in the Guardian and other news outlets.
New data from Public Health England speaks of the possible elimination of
HIV, revealing the rst downturn in the epidemic among gay and bisexual men
since it began, thanks to a combination of frequent testing of people at high risk
of infection and rapid treatment.
In the year beginning October 2015, HIV diagnoses fell by 32 percent
compared with October 2014 to September 2015 among men who have sex
with men (MSM) attending ve of the biggest London sexual health clinics, the
Guardian reports.
The reasons for the fall are thought to be the big step up in testing, so that gay
men at high risk because their partner has HIV would be oered testing every
three months, and oering immediate antiretroviral drug treatment to those
who test positive, which suppresses the virus, the Guardian reports.
At the same time, signicant numbers of gay men in London have been taking
pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), one of the same drugs that can prevent them
becoming infected with the virus. Some have been involved in trials to establish
how eective PrEP is, while others have bought the drug online following
successful trials in the U.S.
Valerie Delpech, head of HIV surveillance for Public Health England, said
the ve big clinics had seen a substantial fall in the number of men becoming
infected with HIV and that the success could be replicated across the country
and beyond, the Guardian reports.
There was a drop in infections among gay and bisexual men of 17 percent in
DIVINELY, DANGEROUSLY
England as a whole and a drop of 25 percent in London. The ve clinics that had
a 32 percent drop in new diagnoses, from 880 to 595, had stepped up testing to
the point that they were responsible for 41 percent of all the tests carried out in
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MSM in England over the year, and were quicker than others to get those who
tested positive on treatment, the Guardian reports.

Report nds bullying down in British schools


LONDON In other good British LGBT news, it appears the level of
homophobic bullying in Britains secondary schools has fallen by a third in
a decade, according to a study from the University of Cambridge, BBC News
reports.
The study, commissioned by the gay rights charity Stonewall, says the use of
insulting language is less frequent and schools are more likely to prevent attacks
on gay pupils.
But the report says 45 percent of gay pupils still face bullying.
Such behavior needs to be urgently addressed, says Stonewalls Ruth Hunt,
the BBC article notes.
The study, carried out by the Centre for Family Research at the University of
Cambridge, suggests gay, lesbian and transgender pupils in England, Wales and
Scotland are less likely to face homophobic bullying than ve or 10 years ago.
In 2012, 55 percent of gay pupils surveyed faced bullying because of their
sexuality; the report for 2017 suggests that has fallen to 45 percent, the BBC
reports.
The culture of school has begun to change, suggests the study, based on a
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sample of 3,700 11-19-year-olds.
Since the 2007 School Report, the number of lesbian, gay and bi pupils bullied
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pupils and two in ve pupils know of an openly gay teacher, the study suggests.
But there are wide regional variations in levels of tolerance.
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Theres power in pronouns radar screen? Because, even in this age confusion. As a cisgender lesbian scribe, Adapting to evolving language is fre-
Kudos to the AP for helping of Instagram and seles, few things are it took me eons to get that gender and quently dicult. The new AP Stylebook
us communicate who we are more powerful than language. No matter sexuality arent the same: to understand entry on they as a singular pronoun
how we identify by gender or sexually, we that, as You Tuber Brendan Jordan, who brings this home. I learned in third grade
desire the pronouns and terms used to identies as gender uid told CBS News, that they refers to more than one, not a
describe us to reect our true identies. Sexuality is who you go to bed with, and single, person, a 69-year-old friend told
Even as toddlers, we know: theres power gender identity is who you go to bed as. me, I love what I learned! But I guess itll
in pronouns. The new AP Stylebook explains the mean- have to change.
As a writer, like most wordsmiths, I want to ing of cisgender, transgender and intersex, Many of us know people who dont want
use language that most accurately and clearly and clearly states that sex and gender are to be referred to as he or she, him or her.
reects the people who I write about, especial- dierent. Not all people fall under one of They want to be identied by a gender-neu-
ly the LGBTQ community. This is an interesting two categories for sex or gender, according tral pronoun. The AP Stylebook is catching
KATHI WOLFE, a regular contributor to the challenge. Language evolves every nano-sec, to leading medical organizations, the Style- up with this reality. It says using they as a
Blade, was the winner of the 2014 Stonewall
Chapbook Competition. and theres often disagreement within a com- book says, so avoid references to both, ei- gender neutral, singular pronoun is accept-
munity about what language should be used. ther or opposite sexes or genders as a way to able if its essential. It doesnt permit the use
Recently, the Associated Press addressed the encompass all people. of ze or other gender neutral pronouns.
I assessed the toys/and took my pick/a evolving language around LGBTQ people and For a while, folks in our community The singular they [has] been in consis-
brand new bike, poet Grace Cavalieri gender. On May 31, AP released its 2017 Style- have referred to themselves as not only tent use since the 1300s and the language
writes in her poem Language Lesson. book. The new Stylebook contains changes LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans- hasnt fallen apart yet, Kory Stamper, an
My new playmate ran crying/...Me wants on the language used around gender, LGBTQ gender), but LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisex- associate editor at Merriam-Webster and
the bike. people and they, as a singular, gender-neu- ual, transgender and questioning/and/ author of the fascinating book Word by
I felt the sweet pleasure of/superiority, the tral pronoun. or queer). APs new Stylebook says that Word, emailed the Blade.
rst ache/of it, age three, Cavalieri continues. Things are changing. Yet for far too LGBT and LGBTQ are acceptable. It adds Language is so personal to us, Stamper
There would be no contest/I/could play as long, much of the mainstream media, that LGBTQIA and other variations are said, its the primary way that we com-
long as I liked./I had him by the pronoun. and even some of the gay press, have permitted if used in quotes or as names municate who we are and what is impor-
Ive been thinking lately of Cavalieris used misleading and demeaning terms as organizations. I generally stands for tant to us.
lovely poem of childhood joy and empow- to identify transgender and gender non- intersex, the entry says. A can stand for Kudos to the AP for helping us communi-
erment. Why is Language Lesson on my conforming people. Some of this is due to ally, asexual or both, it says. cate who we are and whats important to us.

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New poll shows Bowser up, while Gray is down


torney general. His ability and inuence occasion. An approval rating of 67 percent door campaign in all eight Wards. But
Stellar ratings for have made him a force in the National As- at this stage of her rst term shows a vast contrary to what some anticipated, Bows-
D.C. mayor reect 24/7 sociation of Attorneys General where he majority of people in the District agree. er has been a 24/7 mayor with a focus on
commitment to job now serves on numerous committees. He The two issues that can crater a mayor are all eight wards. She has a seven-day-a-
recouped millions of dollars for the people whether they improve education and reduce week schedule most would nd hard to
of the District and is ghting for consumer crime. In both areas the mayors approval keep up with. She is out in the commu-
rights and aordable housing. He was one ratings are above 50 percent. Because of our nity from morning to night and has held
of the people most often named to have a unusual status another area is how the Dis- budget meetings and planning meetings
leadership role in the Department of Justice trict deals with the federal government. Here in every Ward and has her cabinet out in
had Hillary Clinton won the presidency. she is above 50 percent in approval as well. the community as well.
The person who might rethink any The areas in which she is well under 50 She has been generally successful in
plans he may have to run for mayor after percent are maintaining aordable hous- her cabinet choices. When replacing Gray
seeing this poll is Vince Gray. He has total ing, addressing homelessness and curb- holdovers she has chosen well. Her choic-
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights name recognition in the District and most ing larger political donations, or the inu- es at three crucial agencies, Fire/EMS,
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly people have already set in stone, for bet- ence of big money in politics. But those MPD and DCPS, are all activist cabinet
for the Blade.
ter or worse, how they see him. are much harder for an opponent to run members, out in the community, gaining
I supported Gray in the 2014 primary. on. Especially so for Gray whose record as respect across racial and socio-economic
Muriel Bowser had to be pleased with He was a really good mayor and deserved former mayor on those issues is no bet- lines. That alone will make it dicult to
the results of the early Washington Post a second term. He got a raw deal from the ter, and some would say worse. These is- run against her. She also has a top-notch
mayoral poll showing her with a 67 per- U.S. Attorney. But reality in politics sug- sues have shown to be rather intractable chief of sta who understands the District
cent overall approval rating. It shows, In a gests one cant turn back the clock. When but Bowser still has time to make a dent and gives her wise counsel both from an
hypothetical three-way Democratic may- he lost the primary to Bowser many of his in them. administrative and political point of view.
oral primary, Bowser captures 50percent supporters including me whole-heartedly Many people initially thought Bowser While the primary is still a year away
support among registered Democratic supported her. I knew her since she rst would mimic Adrian Fenty in her approach leaving time for major mistakes or out-
voters, trailed by former mayor and cur- ran for Council and was more than willing to being mayor. Fenty had a hands-o at- side issues to impact the race, it seems
rent D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray to give her a chance as mayor. titude and kept a very skimpy calendar of unlikely judging by the success of her
(D-Ward 7) with 27percent and Attorney Politicians often dont stay the same public events. He rarely participated in rst two and a half years. One additional
General Karl Racine (D) with 10percent. when they win higher oce, especially weekend events and was seen by many benet to a calm D.C. mayoral election
Racine has not shown any great pub- when moving from a legislative role to an as isolated from his constituency. Surpris- is Democratic activists in the District will
lic interest in running for mayor. If we are executive one. They either fail or rise to the ing, since as Council member from Ward have more time and money to help elect
fortunate he will run for re-election as at- occasion. Bowser has certainly risen to the 4 he was everywhere and ran a door-to- Democrats in Virginia and Maryland.
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In Florida, one of the greatest LGBT candidates ever


person in this country, and Floridas 27th the wake of the Pulse massacre, it was Da- Veterans Administration.
Ros-Lehtinens seat should congressional district is especially signi- vid he called upon to introduce him to the I know I should be focused on electing
go to David Richardson cant. The Republican vacating the seat, local community and to help him under- Marylands rst openly LGBT governor. I
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has been a strong stand the massacres devastating impact should concentrate on Maryland candi-
ally on LGBT issues. Flipping the seat to a on LGBT people. dates who will go to Annapolis and nish
By BRIAN GAITHER Democrat is vital under all considerations, Supporting Floridas LGBT community the work for the states trans community.
but when theres a real opportunity to in Tallahassee isnt the only politically dif- I should recruit a candidate who will end
Recently, the president and I were in elect a Democrat who would be the rst cult task David has assumed as a legis- HIV criminalization and who will deliver for
Miami. He went to Little Havana to an- openly LGBT member of Congress from lator. Hes right now taking the lead on our LGBT youth. And Id certainly be all over
nounce his rollback of the Obama admin- the Old Confederacy (and to do it in the reforming the states prison system. Hes that if there were still an Equality Maryland
istrations Cuba policy. I went to the an- Age of Trump!), then we have to seize it. been oered neither the support of a that could do for us what SAVE has done for
nual Champions of Equality fundraising David is one of the best politicians I know. blue ribbon commission nor any spe- Florida by getting David elected.
gala for SAVE, South Floridas oldest and In Floridas Republican-controlled legisla- cial appropriation, so hes undertaking But the 2018 mid-term congressional
largest LGBT advocacy and political orga- ture, he was able to nally remove from the work under provisions of Florida law elections are too important, and I want
nization. statute the 40-year legal ban on adoptions that allow legislators to show up for un- to dedicate my energy to the place where
I attended this years event because my by LGBT people after it was overturned announced inspections. His eorts have it can accomplish the most good for the
friend, David Richardson, the rst openly by the courts, making sure the legislature uncovered deliberately deferred mainte- LGBT community. Ive already worked too
LGBT member elected to the Florida Leg- conrmed the actions of the judiciary. nance, ocer-on-inmate abuses, denial many cycles where merely passable can-
islature, intends to run for Floridas 27th As a freshman legislator, he secured the of medical services, exaggerations of the didates came just a smidge shy of a win.
congressional district. SAVEs leadership rst-ever budget appropriation specically savings used to justify privatization, and a This time, Im not going to risk the elec-
recruited David to run for the Florida earmarked for support of the LGBT com- total lack of oversight of Floridas private tion of one of the greatest LGBT candi-
House ve years ago. They trained him munity. He led and got the Florida House prison industrial complex. dates Ive ever met.
to be an eective candidate. They raised to pass its rst pro-LGBT bill out of commit- David Richardsons level of commit- The morning after the Champions of
money to nance his election. They turned tee, an act that motivated the Department ment to the conduct of the peoples busi- Equality gala, I read a report in the Miami
out an army of volunteers to make sure he of Health to allow the names of same-sex ness is something I want to see from an Herald that said the president was head-
won. And now they have the opportunity second parents on their childrens birth elected ocial (but usually dont). I want ing back to Maryland for Camp David.
to help lift him into the U.S. Congress. certicates. He twice thwarted Floridas ver- every politician to be as resourceful in Funny, I thought. Me too.
Whenever theres a serious, credible sion of an anti-trans bathroom bill that was pursuing public accountability as he is,
LGBT candidate who can make it from the being peddled by a Republican colleague and I can only imagine the impact he
state level to the federal level, its more from Miami who ultimately resigned when will have as a congressman who applies
BRIAN GAITHER is an LGBT activist living in
than a local matter. Laws passed in the his bigotry was exposed. And before Flori- the same approach to federal education Baltimore. Follow on Twitter @briangaither or
U.S. Congress aect every single LGBT das governor, Rick Scott, visited Orlando in spending or the care of soldiers by the email at briangaither@gmail.com.

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When working on her new box set, NATALIE MERCHANT says it was important to her to maintain
a high quality throughout.
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Natalie Merchant goes deep


Former 10,000 Maniacs front woman curates solo career with new box set

By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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Natalie Merchant, a 90s radio mainstay denitely in the twilight moments of and I did feel like a lot of the records had feels like a substantial amount of work that
and former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs, recorded music in the physical realm. As gone out of print. Even my independent I think can get really distorted when youre
is sort of bookending, as she puts it, her much as people talk about the resurgence release, The House Carpenters Daughter, looking at it digitally. It feels great.
solo material with the release of a new of an interest in vinyl, I think thats a small copies of it sell for like $50 online, which
box set. cult. So I felt like if I didnt do it soon, there seemed silly to me because its really not BLADE: Did you have all this stu
Out July 14 (postponed from a planned might not be an audience for it. Ive also worth that (laughs). It just felt like there were yourself or did you have to round it up
June release), The Natalie Merchant been steadily making records since the late so many dierent factors. And also, when I from various sources?
Collection is a deluxe, 10-CD box set that 90s that have been a bit under the radar did Paradise is Here, (a 2015 re-recording MERCHANT: It was interesting. One thing
features her eight solo albums, a new and I thought this would be an opportunity of breakthrough album Tigerlily), I went people might notice when they get the box
studio disc called Buttery that features to combine all the work in one place for through all my archives, all the music, all the set, is that its a dierent cover for (second
four new songs and six catalogue tracks people who might have been familiar with video, all the photography, so I had all these solo album) Ophelia because the original
re-recorded with a string quartet, as well what I was doing 20 years ago to see what assets and Id recently sort of curated them photo was lost. Even Warner Bros. didnt
as a full disc of rarities and outtakes. Im doing today. all, so this gave me an opportunity to put the have it in their archives. I event went back
Merchant brings her summer tour to book together. I just got it in the mail today. to the original photographer, I went back
Wolf Trap on Thursday, July 6. She spoke BLADE: Was it hard to nd a deal for it? to the original art director. I was the only
to the Blade by phone last week from her MERCHANT: Actually the suggestion BLADE: Oh wow, how does it feel to person who had a lot of these assets. Also,
home in upstate New York. came from Nonesuch a couple years ago have it in your hands? I dont want to sound morbid, but some
because Nonesuch is owned by the same MERCHANT: Its heavy! It feels very day Ill be dead and I wanted to make sure
WASHINGTON BLADE: Why did you feel parent company as (her former label substantial. Thats my rst impression. And the material was presented in a way that I
now was the right time for such a lavish home) Elektra, so this idea of consolidating my second impression is that its really so wanted it to be presented. I found it kind
box set? the whole catalogue under one roof was dierent from looking at a group of virtual of shocking that theyd lost my art work but
NATALIE MERCHANT: It was a suggested and I thought that was a great les on a computer screen to have this whole
combination of factors. I feel that were idea. Elektra kind of folded for several years thing in your hand and this 100-page book. It CONTINUES ON PAGE 41
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How long have you been out and If science discovered a way to
who was the hardest person to tell? change sexual orientation, what
PHOTO BY JEFFREY WATTS; COURTESY DANA TAI SOON BURGESS I came out by force. When I was would you do?
18, my mom found a love letter my Celebrate all of my friends who
boyfriend at the time made for me. I desire to change theirs. I am happy
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO think she was the hardest one to tell as with mine.
joeyd@washblade.com it was the very rst person I had to.
What do you believe in beyond the
The gay-helmed Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Companys newest dance Whos your LGBT hero? physical world?
explores the psychological impact of war on soldiers returning from Iraq and Harvey Milk Energy is all around us; energy is
Afghanistan as the outt celebrates its 25th anniversary. what connects us with the universe
Inspired by the National Portrait Gallerys current exhibition The Face of Whats Washingtons best nightspot, and other living creatures.
Battle: Americans at War, 9-11 to Now, the dance, titled After 1,001 Nights past or present?
will premiere at the museum on Saturday, July 8 with performances at 2 and 4 Cobalt, during Rumba Latina nights. I Whats your advice for LGBT
p.m. in the Kogod Courtyard. Burgess, the rst-ever choreographer in residence am a bit biased here. movement leaders?
at the Smithsonian, choreographed the piece based on conversations he had Never give up; every little step takes
with veterans. The performances are free and open to the public. Details at Describe your dream wedding. us all further. You all are doing an
npg.si.edu or dtsbdc.org. One that is small, just with a amazing job!
Dancer Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo, whos been with the company for ve-and- few close friends and family. More
a-half years, says hes drawn to modern dance that tells stories. importantly, where no presents are What would you walk across hot
Dana is a wonderful storyteller, says the 30-year-old Santiago, Chile, allowed. I hate the hustle associated coals for?
native. He can create incredible stories that are psychological and that with gift giving. The people I love.
express the human experience.
Moltedo started dancing at age 12 and says the ephemeral nature of What non-LGBT issue are you most What LGBT stereotype annoys
performance is appealing as well as pushing my body to the limits of what passionate about? you most?
Im capable of. Climate change and world hunger. I dont believe in labels to be
Hes also the companys multimedia specialist and he teaches dance by day honest. I think everyone is unique and
at the Georgetown Day School. He came to Washington to join the company. What historical outcome shouldnt be judged in advance.
Moltedo has a boyfriend, Martin Ongkeko, and lives in Columbia Heights. would you change?
He enjoys swimming and reading in his free time. If I have learned something about Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
time travel movies and books, its that Pricilla, Queen of the Desert, The
you shouldnt try to change the past. Birdcage and The Way He Looks are
my top three.
Whats been the most memorable
pop culture moment of Whats the most overrated
your lifetime? social custom?
Lady Gagas meat dress. Being polite.

On what do you insist? What trophy or prize do you
Clean and open spaces. most covet?
I try to not yearn for anything. I
What was your last Facebook post believe things come in their own time,
or Tweet? just like this interview.
A post to promote Dana Tai Soon
Burgess Dance Companys upcoming What do you wish youd known at 18?
show at the National Portrait Gallery. That life gets better when you are
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MICHAEL GLENN, background, and DOREA SCHMIDT, left, and VICTORIA FRINGS in The School for Lies.

Ives Lies Cameron Folmar and Liam Craig.


Meanwhile, Franks unassuming
society friend Philinte (the excellent Cody
Nickell) who carries a torch for Celimenes
Witty STC production full inexperienced but amorous cousin
Eliante (a terric Dorea Schmidt) livens
of visual anachronisms things up with tales and bs about secret
passions and inuential position sparking
By PATRICK FOLLIARD a romantic interest between Frank and
Celimene. They like each other but for
Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammersteins The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

David Ives deliciously clever comedy dierent reasons, initially any way. Gossip
The School for Lies now playing at swirls further when Philinate is falsely
Shakespeare Theatre Company takes accused of cross dressing. The rumor
place in 1666 Paris with antics conned to becomes increasingly believed, so with an
the fantastical drawing room of popular if-you-cant-beat-em,-join-em attitude,
young society widow Celimene coolly Philinte discovers hes more successful at
assayed by Victoria Frings. eecting desired results while disguised
Its the time of Louis XIV but era does as a blue-blooded lady.
not dictate style here: Theres a Dali Mae Also on hand for the fun is Arsino
West Lips sofa, an attenuated super- (the always entertaining Veanne Cox), a
tall tallboy, a Je Koons dog hangs in a high-strung scold eager to see frenemy
cage from the ceiling and the walls are Celimene fail at every turn. Rounding
papered in outsized cabbage roses. out the cast with timing and dexterity is
Other astonishing xtures include three Michael Glenn who plays both Celimenes
fabulously period-costumed (mostly) fops graceful-but-put-upon footman
on hand vying for the ladys hand. Dubois and Franks considerably more
But the showiest aspect of all is hands unpolished valet Basque.
down Ives writing. A translaptation Its all impeccably staged by STCs
(translation + adaptation) of Molires Artistic Director Michael Kahn and
17th-century classic Les Misanthrope, realized by a top-notch design team
The School for Lies is penned in elegant including Alexander Dodge (set), Murrell
yet funny nonstop rhyming couplets. Ives Horton (costumes), Mark McCullough
brings the old and the new together, slyly (lighting) and Christopher Baine (sound).

WILDLY IMAGINATIVE, reinvigorating a revered work with lots of


new laughs and a contemporary twist.
At about 90 minutes, The School for Lies
moves snappily. Any more might be too

IMPECCABLY EXECUTED. The comedy unfolds fast and funnily


when Frank (stalwart and handsome STC
much. This is Kahns fourth collaboration
with Ives. Past translaptions include
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE regular Woodsell), a high born Frenchman The Liar, The Heir Apparent and The
returning from a stay in London, makes Metromaniacs.
his way into Celimenes salon. Hes at Franks candor is refreshing. Its nice
July 18August 20 | Opera House odds with current French fashion he
dresses dourly and despises all intrigue
to have a man stand center stage who
speaks only the truth. The School for
and untruths, hence the name Frank. All Lies is timely and Ives makes comedy
other characters retain the names that hay with our current political situation.
Moliere originally gave them. Whats more, theres an 11th-hour treat:
KENNEDY-CENTER.ORG | (202) 467-4600 Frank enjoys barbing with stylish Ives both wraps up the show and handles
mistaken identity, that staple of classic
Celimene and her admirers, particularly
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Of course it sucks beyond material from the Purple Rain era.
comprehension that Prince is dead, but if Highlights are the stunning full 12-minute
theres any silver lining to that colossally take on Computer Blue, searing funk
mammoth black cloud, its that nally workouts like the 11-minute Dance
nally! the long-delayed deluxe Electric, Love and Sex and Possessed,
reisssue of Purple Rain, rst announced and the wonderfully salacious We Can
in the spring of 2014, is nally here. Fuck. The shimmering instrumental
So the big question remains: is it Fathers Song, based around a piano
everything fans had hoped? Well melody that recurs throughout the lm,
no. Of course, it was never going to is chill-inducing. There are a couple
be possible to please everybody. The throwaways (Velvet Kitty Cat and
album itself remains a masterpiece, a Katrinas Paper Dolls) whose inclusion is
blistering collection of rock and funk that questionable given the amount of better
represents Prince and his most famous material available and still unreleased,
backing band, the Revolution at their but by and large the disc is a revelation.
peak. The album and accompanying A three-CD/one-DVD set is also
lm dominated the cultural landscape available, but is mostly for completists.
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the brooding masterpiece of minimalist single edits, 12 extended mixes and
tension, When Doves Cry, and the b-sides (like the essential 17 Days and
kinetic electro-charged rocker Lets Go Erotic City), and is a nice addition that
Crazy, known for its jaw-dropping guitar oers a more complete picture of the
freak-out nale. eras releases. The set also includes the
And of course its the title song, a rock rst DVD release of a performance from
anthem for the ages, that still gets the March 30, 1985 in Syracuse previously
tears owing all these years later. Every released on VHS and laserdisc as Prince
track is a classic, from the scalding funk And The Revolution: Live. The video
of Computer Blue, I Would Die 4 U is a bit grainy, but the sound is quite
and Baby Im a Star, the brazenly sexual nice. The liner notes include fascinating
Darling Nikki, the perfect pop euphoria commentary by Princes long-time
of Take Me With U, to the scorchingly engineer Susan Rogers and members of
bitter ballad The Beautiful Ones. the Revolution commenting on each of
The remaster itself was engineered the album tracks.
by Josh Welton under the supervision of Though awed and non-
Prince in 2015, and while it sounds louder comprehensive, this release is a nice
and a bit brighter, its so compressed that stop-gap until, hopefully, someday a
it loses dynamic range. The vinyl pressing, more complete and carefully curated set
when compared to the prior 2009 reissue will see the light of day.
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Jazz, Rat Pack tunes at La Ti Do


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La Ti Do presents a performance of jazz and Rat Pack songs with featured
performer Aaron K. Myers II, pictured here, at Bistro Bistro (1727 Connecticut
SUNDAY JULY 2 Ave., N.W.) on Monday, July 8 from 8-10 p.m.
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THURS, JULY 6 Michelle Moses-Einstein and more. There will also be a preview performance
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AN EVENING WITH SUPERFLYDISCO:
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FRI, JULY 14
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LARRY CAMPBELL The QREW hosts its monthly dance
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party at Songbyrd Music House & Record
Cafe (2475 18th St., N.W.) on Friday, July 7
SAT, JULY 22 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
SONNY LANDRETH DJ Farrah Flosscett will perform for the
night. Flosscett has spun tracks at other D.C.
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SUN, JULY 23 There are lots of places to see great reworks in D.C. on Tuesday, July 4. Rooftop and the W Hotel. Drinks start
THE STEPPIN STONES PBS A Capital Fourth will be on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (East upstairs at 10 p.m. The dance party follows
Capitol St., N.E. and First St., S.E.) from 8-9:30 p.m. Performers include The Beach downstairs at 11 p.m. Cover is $5.
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Boys, the Blues Brothers, Kellie Pickler, the Four Tops, Trace Adkins, Yolanda For more information, visit facebook.
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THURS, JULY 27 at 9:09 p.m.
Beacon Bar & Grill (1615 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) hosts a reworks viewing
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Jasmines Tea Party
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THE DEFINITIVE TRIBUTE TO George Washington Universitys Theta Tau host a reworks viewing
party on the Mall from 3-11 p.m. The brothers of the Gamma Beta chapter will
showcase, will be at Ten Tigers Parlour
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SAT, JULY 29
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Waterfront (3303 Water St., N.W.) from 7-10 p.m. There will be desserts, a cash at and 8 p.m. Throughout the evening
AN EVENING WITH INGRATITUDE:
bar and a complimentary glass of champagne. Dinner will not be served. Tickets local queer artists such as Jasmine Tea,
A TRIBUTE TO EARTH, WIND, & FIRE are $90. BratWorst, Vita Santa Mamaita and
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Cambria Hotel & Suites (899 0 St., N.W.) from 7-10 p.m. There will be an art and the Barber Streisand will spin tracks.
exhibit featuring ne artist Kamila Kokoszynska as well as additional artists. A DJ Guests are encouraged to wear outts that
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are $20. For more information on both events, visit facebook.com/eventsbke. For more information, search Jasmines
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One of the most romantic scores of all time, featuring standards like I Could Up Art Worth Noting. Thru Jun 30.
Have Danced All Night and The Street Where You Live, takes on new life in an
intimate reimagining of the Tony Award-winning classicMy Fair Lady.
MUSEUMS The Potato Chip Club. Jul 3-Aug 18.
restoncommunitycenter.com.
Folger Shakespeare Library. Painting The Art League Gallery. The Fowl
A Capitol Fourth Concert Rehearsal Shakespeare. Thru Feb 11. folger.edu. Mood Show. Thru Jul 2.
Jul 3. NSO at West Lawn US Capitol. National Archives. Amending theartleague.org.
kennedy-center.org. America. Thru Sep 4. Waverly Street Gallery. Private
Celebrate Independence Day one day early without the crowds, with the NSO archivesfoundation.org. Moments - Sandra Sedmak Engel. Thru
and special guests in a free rehearsal for the Capitol Fourth concert with patriotic Kreeger Museum. RE-VISION: Looking Jul 1. waverlystreetgallery.com.
favorites, classical masterworks, and more. This years performers include host anew at the art of Philip Johnson and Zenith Gallery. Dangerous Flower
John Stamos, The Beach Boys, The Blues Brothers, The Four Tops, Chris Blue, the design of The Kreeger. Thru Jul 29. Works by Hadrian Mendoza. Thru Jul 1.
Trace Adkins, the NSO, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and more. kreegermuseum.org. Variety is the Spice of Life. Thru Sep 9.
Library of Congress. Baseballs zenithgallery.com.
Source Festival Greatest Hits: The Music of Our DCAC. Counterpoint. Thru Jul 16.
Thru Jul 2. Source Festival at Source Theatre. National Game. Thru Jul 22. Mapping a In the Space of a Day. Thru Jul 16.
sourcefestival.org. Growing Nation: From Independence dcartscenter.org.
Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, Source Festival artists from to Statehood. Thru Sep 1. Drawing Gallery Underground. Spring into
across the nation present 24 new works over three weeks. The last weekend Justice: The Art of Courtroom Summer - All-Media Art Exhibit. Thru
includes 10 Minute Plays, An Artistic Blind Date, and the full-length play Perfect Illustration. Thru Oct 28. Echoes of the Jun 30. arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
Arrangement. See CultureCapital.com for complete schedule. Great War: American Experiences of Lee Arts Center. Flights of Fancy. Thru
World War I. Thru Jan 1. loc.gov. Jul 8. arlingtonarts.org.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KENNEDY CENTER National Gallery of Art. The Woodner Montpelier Arts Center. Fran Abrams.
Collections: Master Drawings from Thru Jul 29. 36th Annual Invitational
Seven Centuries. Thru Jul 16. The Sculpture Exhibition. Thru Jul 29.
Urban Scene: 19201950. Thru Aug 6. Barry Goldstein. Jul 1-Jul 30.
THEATRE Capital Laughs at Bier Baron Tavern.
capitallaughs.com.
America Collects Eighteenth-Century
French Painting. Thru Aug 20. In the
arts.pgparks.com.
Arts Harmony Hall. Maria Santiago.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Thru When We Were Young and Library: Companion Pieces. Thru Aug Thru Jul 28. arts.pgparks.com.
Jul 2. The Second Citys Almost Unafraid. Thru Jul 8. Keegan Theatre. 25. In the Tower: Theaster Gates. Thru
Accurate Guide to America: Divided
We Stand. Thru Aug 13. Rodgers &
keegantheatre.com.
Utamaro: Songs from the Japanese
Sep 4. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Earth Explorers.
AND MORE...
Hammersteins The Sound of Music. Musical. Jun 30. Freer l Sackler. Thru Sep 10. Sharks: On Assignment Capital Fringe Festival. Last Ditch Playlist.
Thru Jun 13. Kennedy Center. asia.si.edu. with Brian Skerry. Thru Oct 15. Jul 6-Jul 12. Atlas. Wit & Wrath: The Life
kennedy-center.org. The Return. Thru Jul 2. Mosaic Theater nglive.org. & Times of Dorothy Parker. Jul 6-Jul 12.
Jesus Christ Superstar. Thru Jul 9. Company. Atlas. mosaictheater.org. National Museum of Women in the Thomas Jeerson Hoochie-Coochie Man.
Signature Theatre. sigtheatre.org. Arts. Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Jul 6-Jul 22. Pursuit Wine Bar. Morningstar.
Broken Glass. Thru Jul 9. Theater J.
theaterj.org.
MUSIC Apfelbaum. Thru Jul 2. From the Desk
of Simone de Beauvoir. Thru Aug 12.
Jul 6-Jul 16. Mixed Blessings. Jul 6-16. Howl:
In the Time of Trump. Jul 6-23. Shopkeepers
The Touchstone. Thru Jul 1. The Sizzlin Summer Nights: Erin Driscoll: Revival. Thru Sep 10. nmwa.org. Gallery. The Blind. Jul 6-22. Constructive
Barns. wolftrap.org. Everything Changes. Jul 5. Me and National Portrait Gallery, Fictions. Jul 6-23. Eastman Studio Theatre.
Kick the Keg Comedy with Kasha My Baby, My Baby and Me. Jul 6-Jul Smithsonian. The Face of Battle: capitalfringe.org. For complete schedule,
Patel (Stand-Up Comedy). Jul 4. 7.Signature Theatre. sigtheatre.org. Americans at War, 9/11 to Now. Thru see CultureCapital.com.
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com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim- today from 6 p.m.-midnight. WesstheDJ,
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events Jesse Jackson and Lemz will play music. KC
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time. B. Yonce will perform. Hell OKitty hosts.
Admission is free. For more information,
visit facebook.com/tradebardc.
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639
TODAY Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Roar: Rooftop
Beer Bust today from 3-9 p.m. There will
ASL Poetry & Sign Songs presents a be three oors of dancing, drink specials
Pride Month showcase at Busboys and and complimentary hors doeuvres.
Poets (1025 5th St., N.W.) tonight from Guests will receive a free Captain Morgan
10 p.m.-1 a.m. Performers will sign their shot if theyre shirtless. DJ Mike Babbitt
stories and songs around the theme of spins tracks. No cover. For more details,
LGBT Pride. Performer and deaf rights visit facebook.com/uproarloungedc.
advocate Marvin Primeaux-OBryant hosts.
Seating starts at 10:30 p.m. Show begins MONDAY, JULY 3
at 11 p.m. Admission is free. For more
details, visit facebook.com/aslpoetry. Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts
Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts Flashy Monday, a Fourth of July dance party,
Dark & Stormy, an alternative dance tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Twin and DJ
party, tonight from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. DJ Mike Sean Morris will play music. Drink specials
Kangal and DJ Patrick Bailey will play a mix are available all night. Cover is $15. For more
of electronic, goth, industrial, synthwave details, visit facebook.com/ashydc.
and 90s music. Cover is $5. This is an all Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts
ages party. For more information, visit Summer LEWKout from 9 p.m-1:45 a.m.
blackcatdc.com. Jane Saw, Pussy Noir, Salvadora Dali
Nice Jewish Boys D.C host a Pride and Jaxknife Complex will perform. DJ
Shabbat-luck, with vegetarian-only Ed Bailey and DJ Aaron Riggins will play
options, at Rescobie Associates (1415 music. There will be an extended happy
Chapin St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. hour until 10 p.m. Patio will be open
Cocktails start at 7 p.m. followed by the until 11 p.m. For more information, visit
Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:30 p.m. For more facebook.com/tradebardc.
details, visit facebook.com/njb.dc.
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) TUESDAY, JULY 4
hosts Declassied: Ben Folds Presents
tonight at 9 p.m. Folds will host the Shaws Tavern (520 Florida Ave., N.W.)
evening of music he curated featuring hosts a special Fourth of July bingo
performances from himself, Blake Mills tonight from 6-8:30 p.m. Kristina Kelly
and Danay Suarez. Jacomo Bairos will hosts. There will be drink and food
conduct. There will be a pre-show at 8 p.m. specials before the reworks. For more
featuring music by Be Steadwell. Port City details, visit facebook.com/shawstavern.
Brewing will also oer free beer tasting for
ticketholders. Tickets are $39. For more WEDNESDAY, JULY 5
information, visit kenendy-center.org.
The Ask Rayceen Show presents a
SATURDAY, JULY 1 showcase featuring improve comedy
PHOTO COURTESY KENNEDY CENTER from the Improv Imps at Human
Queer music festival Phazefest is at Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island
BEN FOLDS performs at the Kennedy Center on Friday, June 30.
9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight from 8 Ave., N.W.) at 7 p.m. Starranko will
p.m.-2 a.m. Performers include DJ Tezrah, give a music performance. Young
the CooLots, Homosuperior, Olivia & the they have practiced during their summer Pageant will be held at Clarendon Playwrights Theater will also perform.
Mates, Be Steadwel, D.C. Kings Brolo, camp programs. Tickets are $12 at the Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, The Jam Cellar will perform swing
Heather Mae and Kellyn Marie Goler. door. Children 8 years old and younger Va.) today from 4-10 p.m. 2016 title dancing and Hell OKitty will perform
Alesia Michelle Lucas hosts. Following are free. For more information, visit holders Carrie A. Monroe and Shammy burlesque. DJ Honey plays music for
the band performances there will be a facebook.com/girlsrockdc. Wilson will host. Mix 107.3s Jimmy the night. Rayceen Pendarvis hosts.
dance party. Tickets are $15. For more Man Upp hosts an underwear/jock Alexander will MC. Cocktail hour starts at Admission is free. Doors open at 6 p.m.
information, visit 930.com. party at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., 4 p.m. and the pageant begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit askrayceen.
D.C. Trans Pool Party is at N.E.) tonight from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Steve There is a suggested $10-20 donation. altervista.org.
Banneker Recreation Center (2500 Henderson will play tracks. Guests are For more details, visit nova-pride. Bookmen D.C., an informal gay mens
Georgia Ave., N.W.) today from noon-5 encouraged to wear underwear, jocks, networkforgood.com. literature group, meet at the D.C. Center
p.m. There will be a food concession leather and gear. There will be drink specials The Capital City Burlesque and (2000 14th St.., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m.
stand. No outside food or drink is and a cigar and pipe mens social from 8-10 Vaudeville Festival hosts the Gayety Gala All are welcome. For more information,
allowed. Guests are encouraged to p.m. on the patio. Tickets are $7. For more at Black Cat (188 14th St., N.W.) tonight visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.
bring trans pride flags or attire. Allies details, visit facebook.com/manupp. at 8 p.m. Fem Appeal will give a neo-
are welcome to attend but the event is Code presents Get Naked, a gay dance burlesque performance. Nelson Lugo THURSDAY, JULY 6
intended for transgender guests. For party, at Glorious Health Club (2120 W St., hosts. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25
more details, search D.C. Trans Pool N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Guests day of show. For more information, visit Capitol Riverfront presents an
Party on Facebook. who party naked will receive $2 o beer blackcatdc.com. outdoor screening of Grease at
Girls Rock hosts its 10th anniversary and liquor and $1 o soda, water and Canal Park (200 M St., S.E.) tonight from
Camper showcase at 9:30 Club (815 V juice. Fetish gear encouraged. For more SUNDAY, JULY 2 7-10 p.m. Movie starts at sundown. For
St., N.W.) today from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. information, visit facebook.com/codedc. more details, visit capitolriverfront.
Girls Rock campers will perform songs The 2017 Mr. and Miss NOVA Pride Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts an org/outdoor-movie-series-grease.
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HEATHER WALKER-LEAHY, left, says shes found many benets in the Chesapeake and Potomac


Softball League. GARY STRADIOTTO says his teammates saved his life.

CAPS all-star spotlight



Softball players nd fun, of my own community even better.
love and life on the eld
By KEVIN MAJOROS
Gary Stradiotto grew up in Santa Clarita,
Calif., playing little league baseball and
neighborhood sports. He backed o in high
school and focused on education, earning


Stepping up to bat this week in the his undergraduate degree at Indiana
ongoing Washington Blade series on University, his graduate degree from San
local athletes from the local LGBT sports Francisco State and his Ph.D from U.C. Davis.
community are two players from the
Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League.
The League oers three seasons
and has about 400 players in multiple
Performing research for his dissertation
brought him to D.C. in 2009 and he
remained in the area after accepting a
job at the American Red Cross. A friend


divisions for both men and women. playing with the CAPS sparked an interest
After graduating from Marymount and he joined the league in 2012.
University in 2009, Heather Walker-Leahy I realized how much I missed playing
stayed in the area and began working ball and how much fun it is to compete,
at Lace. She started playing in the Stradiotto says. I also ended up traveling
Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League a few times, playing a tournament in
(CAPS) in 2010 in the left eld position. Philadelphia and in the Sin City Shootout.
Growing up in Philadelphia, she played First baseman Stradiotto joined a new
both softball and basketball through team this season, D.C. Heatwave, and on
high school and played basketball for May 21 as he was thrown out running to rst
Marymount until injuries knocked her out base, he dropped to one knee and went into
in her junior year. sudden cardiac death. If not for the quick
I hadnt played softball in a long actions of his new teammates, one of which
time and I was immediately drawn to had a debrillator on hand, the outcome
the incredible CAPS community, says could have been quite dierent.
Walker-Leahy. Its a networking hotbed I have no recollection of anything that
and I met my wife playing in the league. happened that day, Stradiotto says. I am
Walker-Leahy plays for the Capital lucky that my new teammates were there
Cougars and in 2012, she met her future to treat me until the ambulance arrived.
wife Cassandra who plays for the Honey The diagnosis was two blockages in
Hitters, also in the left eld position. After two arteries along with failed arrhythmia.
marrying in 2015, they continue to play Doctors inserted a stent along with a
on opposing teams in the League. heart monitor implant and Stradiotto
We are both very competitive but we are remained in a treatment center for three
able to leave it on the eld and not bring weeks. Just released this past week,
it home, Walker-Leahy says. We do play his prognosis is good but he still has a
together on the travel team, D.C. Swag. lot of physical therapy and cardiologist
On that team, they have traveled appointments ahead of him.
together to a tournament in Philadelphia I was going to the gym up to ve
and the world series in Kansas City. Next days a week and the doctor says I can
week they will head to the Amateur Sports return to that activity along with softball,
Alliance of North Americas world series Stradiotto says. At this point though, I
with what Walker-Leahy says is their best still have a lot of trepidation.
travel team yet. After returning home from his lengthy
Interested in raising her tness level, hospital stay, Stradiotto discovered that
Walker-Leahy began taking Muay Thai he had been wearing his t belt which
kickboxing classes in 2015 and made her had emailed him his heart-tracking levels
debut as an amateur ghter in January that day through the MYZONE app.
of this year. Now training full-time, I didnt even know I had been wearing
this September she will have her rst it and the results told the weirdest story,
professional match as part of Capital MMA. Stradiotto says. It spiked to level red and
MMA has allowed me to grow mentally, then it just went blank. I had never even
get to know myself and compete with approached the red level when I worked out.
myself, Walker-Leahy says. It makes having
the CAPS team environment with members CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 folly in a way, but it was a beautiful folly. I still
havent recouped and that was seven years
luckily Im a bit of a pack rat, so I had many ago (laughs). I felt like Orson Welles making
of the things that were necessary for this Citizen Kane or David Lean making Bridge
package in my basement including all the On the River Kwai. It felt like I had to make
rarities which were in my own les at home. it even though it made absolutely no sense
nancially. But I learned so much from it and
BLADE: Do you feel a little more it still sold a quarter of a million copies which
freedom to go deeper with your set is still kind of unheard of in todays market.
list on your summer tour since youre
essentially touring this box set? BLADE: You wouldnt be happy doing
MERCHANT: If you include the 10,000 something on a smaller scale? I saw
Maniacs songs, Ive probably written about Sheryl Crow last night and she has this
250 songs. So yeah, its dicult to put great new album out that she made in
together a set list of 26 or even 30 songs her home studio while her kids were at
that are going to make everyone happy. But school and its this really fun little album.
I think its going to be a really interesting set. You wouldnt want to do something like
NATALIE MERCHANT says her self-described pack rat tendencies came in handy when putting
Im carrying a string quartet, piano, guitar, that?
together her lavish new, 10-disc box set.
bass and drummer. Its a big band and I PHOTO BY JACOB BLICKENSTAFF; COURTESY NONESUCH RECORDS
MERCHANT: I have two projects Id like to
think people will be pleasantly surprised by do. One is to make an online database of folk
the arrangement of the material they know music for children, performed by children.
and to also hear some things they may not orchestral shows and quartet shows almost to prove herself and she really liked the The other is a childrens theater company.
be familiar with. exclusively so when it came time to make this song, Carnival. Shed been responsible for I feel compulsive about creativity and there
record, I think there are about 40 songs now breaking a lot of African-American bands are so many dierent aspects to it. Id love
BLADE: You sang at an anti-Trump rally that I have string arrangements for. I had the and artists but not a white artist and and I to do costume design, I would love to hire
earlier this year and have always been entire Paradise is There album, celebrating think that was her challenge and she loved a choreographer and do some dance, or
politically active. Why was that event the 20th anniversary of Tigerlily, so Id that song so that was a stroke of luck. maybe research folk tales from other lands
important to you? used several of the arrangements on that And I heard that Jon Landeau, whod been and other music. There are so many other
MERCHANT: Its very disturbing whats record, so this was an opportunity to do that executive managing Bruce Springsteen things I want to do with music that dont
happening in our country right now. I believe with some of those other songs in the new since the beginning of his career, Bruce was involve going into a studio, recording a pop
that rally was on the eve of the inauguration arrangements that had never been recorded. taking a hiatus so Jon started managing me, record and going on tour. It used to be that
and I was in New York near Trump Tower. so I had this encouraging situation at the years ago youd get to a certain point in your
It was announced, I think, just two or three BLADE: Sometimes long-time fans balk company and had great management, so I career and then youd start producing other
days before and we had 30,000 people there. at these kinds of sets and say, Oh, shes felt protected and respected. I didnt feel it artists. I think I would have done that more if
That was encouraging and the next day was making us buy all this stu we already was an antagonistic relationship with Elektra the industry hadnt collapsed.
the womens march and that was further have just to get the new material. Was at that point. I think Id proven myself with
conrmation that those of us who really that a concern? three platinum records with 10,000 Maniacs. BLADE: Did you have a lot of stu to
sensed that the election of this man was MERCHANT: I think the fan that has every pull from for the rarities disc? Did you
extremely dangerous, you know, to have that single thing Ive ever released is rare. I think BLADE: Did you choose the singles or ever toy with the idea of doing a two- or
many people show up in Washington the day most people will be kind of grateful, at least the label on your rst few albums? three-disc set of all rarities?
after and protest was really encouraging. Im I am when theres an artist Im interested MERCHANT: I think it was pretty MERCHANT: Well, for the rarities I wanted
hoping that we win back the House in 2018 at in, I may not have everything theyve ever obvious what the singles were on the rst to put out music of high quality. I didnt
the very least. That would be a step forward. released. I buy a lot of box sets because Ive record. I dont remember there being any want it to just be all home demos and bad
I dont know about impeachment. I dont missed some of the pieces and I guess Im discussion of that. I think with (third album) outtakes. It really is a combination of little-
know if thats going to happen or how much kind of the personality whos a completist. I Motherland (2001), I wasnt happy with a known tracks, like the collaboration I did with
things would improve if we have President like to have complete sets. And people will couple of the choices, but the rst couple David Byrne for Here Lies Love or the track
Pence. So its frightening, really frightening, be able to digitally access the two new (discs) albums, it was ne. At that point, I was I did with the Chieftains, which I really loved
especially when he stepped away from the if they want. Theres also talk of a vinyl 30 years old, Id been with the label since going to Ireland and recording with them,
Paris accord. We dont have time to mess version (of the new material) coming out in I was 19 and to be honest with you, Id that were really special moments in my
around at this point. We have to transition the fall, so thats another opportunity, but I outlives just about everybody who worked career. And there was other unknown stu
from being a fossil fuel-based, energy- dont know. Well have to see. I also insisted at the label except the woman who ran that Id been holding on to like The Village
consuming country or we will not survive. it be very reasonably priced. I wanted it to the publicity department. I think we were Green and Too Long at the Fair that were
Its just really horrifying to think that we now be $50 or less. the last two standing by the time it folded all recorded by great musicians in world-class
have a president, whether he thinks global (laughs). As people started doing more studios under dierent circumstances. I did a
climate change exists or not, who would BLADE: Thats certainly fair for a 10- and more le sharing, the art department session back in 2008 when I was looking for
do that. That, to me, is the most important disc set. disappeared, the video department, it felt a label to put out Leave Your Sleep and I
issue. But theres womens issues, theres MERCHANT: And I think Amazon will be like departments were disappearing weekly recorded a group of demos and we recorded
the health care issue, its overwhelming that selling it for $40-something. until eventually the label just folded. some covers that were lovely covers, they just
theres so many dierent fronts now and that never belonged on a record.
we have to be ghting on. But I think without BLADE: Did you have any creative BLADE: Will you keep making records
stabilizing the environment, or at least battles at Elektra or did they pretty much or is this set a sort of a bookend for you? NATALIE MERCHANT
severely reducing the negative impact were let you do your thing? MERCHANT: Its a little bit of a bookend Summer Tour 2017
3 Decades of Song
having on the environment, were all fucked. MERCHANT: Well, two interesting things because Ill never be able to make records Thursday, July 6
happened. When I went solo, Bob Krasnow, the way I did before. That leisurely two 8 p.m.
BLADE: Tell me more about the whod been the chairman of the company months in the studio, thats just unheard Wolf Trap
Filene Center
Buttery disc. Of all the new material the entire time Id been on Elektra, I cant of. Leave Your Sleep (2010) was the nal 1551 Trap Rd.
you might have recorded, why did you go remember under what circumstances he project that I did on that scale and it took a Vienna, Va.
$30-75
with the string quartet approach? departed, but he was gone and Sylvia full year to make that record. I employed, I wolftrap.org
MERCHANT: Since 2008 Ive been doing Rhone came in and I think Sylvia was eager think, 135 dierent musicians and it was nataliemerchant.com
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