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THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2015

PRIDE IN THE NATIONS CAPITAL CELEBRATING 40


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4 Table of Contents FLASHBACK
40 YEARS OF PRIDE
Welcome To Pride
IN THE NATIONS CAPITAL
7 Bernie Delia, President
26 OUR GAY CAPITAL:
9 Ryan Bos, Executive Director a tribute to dcs trailblazers
By Doug Rule
11 A Message from the 51 UNCONVERTED: sam brinton
President of the United States By Martin Moeller

80 MY STORY: your voices


13 Mayor Muriel Bowser Collected by Chip Miller

84 40 YEARS OF PRIDE
16 On The Record CHRONICLED IN THE WASHINGTON BLADE

21 Capital Pride Board 121 QUEER WOMENS PRIDE


By Ebon Bell and Katy Ray

22 2015 ProductionTeam & Staff 121 EMPOWERMENT IN NUMBERS


By Randy Shulman and Todd Franson
Pride Information
127 AN EQUAL UNION
35 2015 Paving The Way Award THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

38 2015 Pride Heroes and Honorees 129 LGBT SPORTS


and the fIght for equality
58 Pride Parade Route Map By Kevin Majoros

60 Pride Survival Guide 137 FOUR DECADES WITH WHITMAN-WALKER


61 Pride Parade Contingents 143 MORE THAN HISTORY ON OUR SIDE
By Sarah McBride
82 Pennsylvania Avenue Festival Map
149 THE ECONOMICS
84 Festival Exhibitor List OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE
By Max Barger
94 Event Calendar
156 EQUAL UNDER THE LAW
105 Pride Partners By Aditi Hardikar

154 ON TIME: A TIME LINE


8 Decades DC Leads the Nation
Compiled by Chip Lewis, Al Pellenberg,
and The Rainbow History Project

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GREETINGS!

On behalf of the Board of Directors of


Capital Pride, our staff, and volunteers,
I want to welcome you to the 40th
Celebration of Pride in the Nations Capital!
We arrive at this milestone thanks to the
hard work and dedication of countless
people over the last four decades. We are
grateful for their contributions and their
courage. Like them, each year we have
an opportunity to honor those who have
gone before us, recall what they were able to accomplish, celebrate where we are, and
prepare ourselves to meet the new challenges that lie ahead. BERNIE DELIA
PRESIDENT
By now everyone is likely familiar with the story of how we have grown from a small, OF THE
one-day street festival tucked away on a Washington, DC, side street, to a multi-day BOARD OF
event that culminates in front of the US Capitol and is attended by more than a quarter DIRECTORS
of a million people. But, over the course of these many years, it is not just about the CAPITAL PRIDE
difference in size, location, or venue. Those external markers have simply mirrored ALLIANCE
more profound and subtle changes that have taken place in ourselves, throughout our
nation, and around the world. And, they reflect the fact that attitudes have evolved and
changed both within the community and outside of it.

Uncertainty, fear, and apprehension have been replaced by confidence, a genuine sense
of community, and the assurance of a brighter tomorrow. The transformation has been
evident in society at large. Disapproval became tolerance, followed by acceptance,
which has begun to blossom into genuine inclusion. Quite significantly, these shifts
have been intertwined from the start. As members of the LGBT community have
become more comfortable with who we are and who we love, so have members of the
public at large.

Assuredly, there is more work to be done. But, the path we have been traveling for
the past 40 years despite some rocky bumps along the way has been leading us to
our goal of equality. We know that 40 years from now, the landscape will look quite
different.

Finally, this celebration like all of those that have gone before would not be possible
without the work of many people and we thank all of the volunteers, staff, and Board
members for their devotion and their outstanding contributions.

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WELCOME TO CAPITAL PRIDE
May 2015

Turning 40 is monumental. Its a time


when people look back to see where
theyve come from, contemplate the
struggles they have endured, and recall
their accomplishments. All of these events
have an influence over the experiences,
choices, and achievements to come.

The repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell and


the continued progress around marriage Denis Largeron Photography
RYAN BOS
equality have forced many LGBTA people to ask the questions, Whats next? and, Is EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
there still a need to celebrate Pride? Yes, we need to celebrate Pride now more than
ever to ensure we dont forget our history! It also encourages us to come together to
understand and rally around the challenges yet ahead.

As we celebrate 40 years of Pride in the Nations Capital, its important to glance


back, look forward, and acknowledge those who have provided support, challenged
us to become better, and inspired us to strive to accomplish more. These individuals,
organizations, and businesses have helped grow what was a small block party on
a side street in Washington, DC, to now one of the largest Pride celebrations in the
United States.

We have accomplished so much in the last 40 years and have been influenced by so
many people, events, and experiences. Nevertheless, we know that there is so much
more work for us to do. So, together, lets honor, educate, prepare, and dream as we
celebrate 40 years of Pride in the Nations Capital!

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ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON REA CAREY Phil Mendelson
House of Representatives Executive Director, Chairman,
United States Congress National LGBTQ Task Force Council of the District of Columbia

I am pleased to extend greetings to The LGBTQ community has worked One of my greatest moments as a
all attending the 40th Annual Capital hard over the decades-from Stonewall councilmember was shepherding
Pride Celebration. to the Supreme Court-to become a Marriage Equality through the Council.
powerful and inspirational movement I recall that much of the opposition
Started as a block party 40 years ago, and catalyst for long lasting grounded itself in religion.
The Capital Pride Festival has grown change. Now that we have had some
into one of the preeminent festivals in success in some areas, we have a moral Just as racial bigotry was grounded
the nations capital. This years theme obligation to use our progress, our in religion. We hear it today from
Flashback incorporates a model that visibility, and any relative privilege we Congressional opponents of our efforts
can live through every community in might have to drive broader change to strengthen the D.C. Human Rights
our city. beyond the LGBTQ community-and Act, who claim there should be an
to do our part for a changed and exemption based on religious beliefs.
Your organization is a great asset just society. The LGBTQ movement
not only to the District of Columbia has momentum now and we cant The LGBT community has been a leader
but across the nation as well. My squander it, we cant silence it, and we in the fight against discrimination.
best wishes for a fantastic event and cannot deny our responsibility to use it I am proud to work with you.
continued future success. for greater good.
Happy Pride!

MARA KEISLING
Founding Executive Director,
National Center for Transgender Equality Transgender communities have, over the last four decades, come together in one of
the most powerful displays of activism America has seen. From the Stonewall Inn
to Comptons Cafeteria, transgender people have propelled the modern gay rights
movement. In the time since, transgender people have refused any seat at the
margins of society despite persistent violence and discrimination.

Today, because of the work of transgender advocates in the nations capital and
across the country, transgender people have federal protections in school, at work, in
health care, and housing. As we move ever closer to our tipping point, transgender
people have much to be proud of. But our work remains.

On the horizon, were going to write these protections explicitly into law, end the
brutal mistreatment transgender people face by police or immigration authorities,
and ensure all transgender people have access to health care that actually covers
our health. And make no mistake - transgender people will be leading all of these
conversations

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JAY FISETTE EARL FOWLKES CHAD GRIFFIN
Member, Board Secretary & Chief Executive OffIcer, President,
Arlington County Board DC Black Pride Human Rights Campaign

Congratulations to us! We have fought Washington, DC has made tremendous The LGBT community has made so
for our freedom and have made strides in becoming a place of acceptance much progress together, but our work
dramatic progress. We have come for many members of the LGBTQ is far from completefrom the steps
out - told the truth - and our friends, community over the past 40 years. In of the Supreme Court to the streets of
family, co-workers, and neighbors have many ways, DCs progressive stance on cities and towns where too many LGBT
embraced our equality. LGBTQ rights has made our capital city one people, particularly transgender people
of the gay meccas in the United States. of color, face violence and unequal
Like many others, I am now legally There is work to be done with removing access to the constitutions promise of
married to my husband of 32 years. barriers for our transgender community, equality. Weve got big struggles ahead
And Arlington County, VIRGINIA, is youth, especially youth of color, our seniors of us, but the Human Rights Campaign
about as good as it gets! and those among us who dont make six and our more than 1.5 million members
figures a year. However, given the progress and supporters arent slowing down for
we have made in DC over the past 40 years, a second. Well keep fighting until we
there is no reason not to believe we cannot achieve full, federal equality, nothing
handle these issues. more, nothing less

JODY M. HUCKABY ANNE R. KAISER AISHA MOODIE-MILLS


Executive Director, Delegate, District 14 Executive Director,
PFLAG National Maryland House of Delegates Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

PFLAG National recognizes that while civil The State of Maryland has made Celebrating Pride is about visibility,
equality may be visible on the horizon for amazing strides over the past four and nothing is more important than
some, for many others, the inequalities decades culminating in the legalization being visible, authentic and honest
that remain will require more passionate (and voter approval) of marriage about who we are. Being out in politics,
commitment and hard work of families equality and the greatly strengthened in the media, in entertainment, in
and allies working together with protections for our transgender friends sports--thats what has changed our
people who are LGBTQ. Together we are and neighbors. country over the past 40 years, and it
changing attitudes and creating a truly will continue to strengthen us for the
inclusive culture everywhere that we I am proud of the work that has been next 40.
live, learn, work, worship, and play. Learn done, but I know there is still more we
more about PFLAGs 350+ chapters and can, should and must do: I am ready FOR MORE QUOTES FROM LGBTA LEADERS
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how you can become involved in creating for those challenges.
and supporting that better future today
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PRIDE BOARD
Back Row: Raymond Panas, Scott Jackson, Robert York, Kyle Collins
Middle Row: Jesse Bonales, Colin Stewart, Ken Dean, Justin White, Mary Paradise
Front Row: Meaghan Hearn, Bernie Delia, Thomas Wieczorek, David Frantti
Not Present: Michelle Benecke, Linh Hoang, Vince Micone, Vince Rodriquez, Jessie Washington

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2015 PRIDE
PRODUCTION TEAM & STAFF

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STAFF PRODUCERS Bryan Pruitt Kurt Graves Jami Vallesteros


Safety & Security
Michael Creason Bill Hopfer Jonathan Vasquez
Ryan Bos, Luke Lukens
Accessibility Achim Howard Jonathan Wille
Executive Director Social Media
Matt Gillette Juven Jacob Bill Huff David Williams
Mike Alexander Beverage Garden Management
Social Media Bianca Humady Rey Christopher Wingert
Development Director Chris Avery Chris Jones Lindsay Imon Pamela Yee
Conference Bidding
Special Events
Rob Corbett Jerry Houston Deonte Leach
Jason Clock Matt LeBlanc
Operations Director Entertainment
Sustainability
Vernon Wall Holly Goldmann Benny Llamas PRODUCTION PARTNERS
Al Pellenberg Entertainment
Creative/Art Director Trans Pride Angela Love Brightest Young Things
Joey Allen JaeLee Waldschmidt Patti Lovelace
Family Entertainment Busboys and Poets
Marlon John Trans Pride
Charles McWilliams
Aaron Fischbach Joshua Beeson Center Faith
Finance & Accounting Festival Jonathan Marcwille
Travel & Accommodations Cobalt
Devin Hansen Lisa Metrinko Chelsea Bland Xavier Moffett The Cherry Fund
Festival
Special Projects Volunteers Taylor Monson DC Bike Party
Chad Phillips James Leslie Bernard Mungin
Chip Lewis Festival
Volunteers
DC Front Runners
Communications Matt Kuder Dai Nguyen Human Rights Campaign
Hospitality Caleb Nixon Ladies of LURe
Jennifer Hall PRODUCTION TEAM Keenan Orr RJ Whyte Event Production
Logistics
Jana Alue Daniel Ostick Scandal DC
Richard Legg Benavides Tarik Pierce
Mr. & Miss Capital Pride Carol Beswick Stonewall Kickball
Patti Lovelace Shayna Blass Jack Rayburn TAGG Magazine
Mr. & Miss Capital Pride Jesus Chavez Barda Ree Bryant Team DC
William Cruttenden Ron Crognale Tim Rosenberger Uncivil Union
Music In The Night
Gene Cunningham Kyle Robertson
Joshua Morgan Lyn Royster
Music In The Night Bryan Davis
Alan Thompson Liz Dean Lynn Schmidtz
Operations Kisha DejaVu Allure Allen Sexton
Craig Cassey David Delewski Kevin Smith
Outreach
Lauralei Dorian Kirk Sobell
David Arwood Gabe Spears
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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is
proud to celebrate 40 years of pride in the nations capital!

Since 1988, AFGE has fought to include LGBT protections in


collective bargaining agreements. Today, the union continues
to expand LGBT workplace rights and the AFGE PRIDE
program builds community with other organizations to support
and engage LGBT federal and D.C. government workers.

Learn more about AFGE PRIDE at www.afge.org/PRIDE


OUR GAY
CAPITAL
A TRIBUTE TO DCS TRAILBLAZERS
BY DOUG RULE
Photos:
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The 1951 book Washington


Confidential included a fantastic
claim. Between the world wars,
Washington was the capital of
Fairyland, USA: More lavender lads
and lesbians worked there than
anyplace on Earth.
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That was exaggerated, of course. What else would you expect from a salacious
tabloid written by right-wingers? But it wasnt without basis in truth. While New York WERE HERE...
City, Chicago, and San Francisco were already established as meccas for those seeking
camaraderie with like-minded, same-sex-loving peoples, Washington was becoming WERE QUEER...
its own draw in the 1930s: A burgeoning federal city courtesy of the New Deal, with
five major universities to sweeten smarten the pot, as well as myriad nearby WE MARCH...
military facilities to reinforce it. By 1940, Washington had become the nations ninth It might seem obvious, even ordinary nowa
largest city and its Number One Boom Town, according to Constance McLaughlin half-century and many such events laterbut
Greens Washington, A History of the Capital, 1800-1950. By 1950, the metropolitan area Bayard Rustins work in organizing the first protest
had doubled in population from the 1930 census, to 1.4 million people. This process of many hundreds of thousands of people on the
of urbanization created the kind of social and economic base that is crucial to the National Mall was a radical idea in 1963.
development of gay and lesbian subcultures, according to author David K. Johnson. [People] thought there were going to be riots,
but here was a very solemn, peaceful, enormous
In his 2004 book The Lavender Scare, Johnson
congregation of people, gay activist Paul
notes that its impossible to determine if the nations
Kuntzler told Metro Weekly in 2013, in advance
capital or the federal government had a higher
of a 50th anniversary commemoration of the
percentage of gays and lesbians than other cities
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
or employers in the mid-20th century as some have
At the time of the march, Kuntzler was on the
asserted. (One booster claimed that DCs gay subculture
board of the small, fledgling Mattachine Society
at the time was second only to that found in San
of Washington (MSW), which two years later
Francisco; another speculated that two-thirds of the
organized the first gay rights picket in front of
population was gay.) But reflections and reports from
the White Housealso now a rather routine
the era certainly paint it as a thriving gay town. As a
occurrence.
result, Johnson writes, there is a need to reassess the
still common assumption that gay men and lesbians led
isolated, lonely lives prior to World War II or even prior to
the 1960s.
It also suggests the need to put the riots at New Yorks Stonewall Inn in June
of 1969 in proper context. While that was indeed the most prominent spark of our
modern LGBT movement, the impetus came in the decades leading up to Stonewall
and most of the groundwork was laid in Washington. This is not meant to take away
from New York or San Francisco where the idea of an official gay pride celebration
started a year after, and in response to, Stonewall. After an initial attempt in 1972,
Washington didnt officially start an annual event to give its LGBT denizens hope and
cheer until 1975. Now attracting several hundreds of thousands every year, Capital Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his seminal I
Pride celebrates its 40th anniversary this year as one of the nations largest Pride Have A Dream speech on the steps of the
celebrations. Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on
Still, one fact is clear: Washington, DC, has long been filled with queer people Washington, cementing his role as leader of
working on behalf of the nation, with many drawn to the capital to make a difference the Civil Rights Movement. Most of the marches
in, or have an impact on, American society and politics. What follows is a review of key on the Mall in the decade that followed were
moments in Washingtons LGBT history, with a particular focus on the key players who protests against the Vietnam War. Despite
laid the movements groundwork. pickets organized by MSW at the White
House, the Pentagon, and the State Department,
THE PRE-LGBT ERA: it wouldnt be until October 14, 1979, that
FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO THE COLD WAR gays and lesbians would take to the Mall for
greater national visibility. As many as 125,000
Washingtons gay history didnt start during the New Deal or even in the people are estimated to have attended this
20th century. In fact, it dates back to at least the Civil War. first LGBT march, called the National March
Of course, 150 years ago there was nothing for an LGBT person to be out on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
about exactly; 19th-century America was a time when no one could even conceive of Subsequent marches, each larger than the one
something so positive as a gay community. Even the word homosexual didnt appear before, took place in 1987 and 1993. By the
in print until 1892. As a result, no famous figure from Civil War-era Washington is an out- time of the 2000 Millennium March, peaceful
and-out early gay hero there are historians who refute or downplay all such notions. gatherings for causes on the left and the right had
Most claims that Abraham Lincoln might have been gay, for example, have been become de rigeur on the Mall. The most recent
debunked by prominent, gay-friendly historians including Doris Kearns Goodwin,
who wrote in her 2005 Lincoln biography Team of Rivals that recent suggestions the
16th president might have been intimate with some of his close male friends reveal
more about our gay rights era than they do about Lincolns time. Back then, men often
shared cozy sleeping quarters for financial reasons, and it also wasnt unusual to carry
on intense same-sex friendships with romantic overtones.
Another Civil War-era figure suspected to be gay is Lincolns immediate
predecessor in the White House, James Buchanan. As Timothy Cwiek wrote in a 2011
article published by the Washington Blade through the Philadelphia-based national Gay
History Project, the 15th president was a lifelong bachelor. He also lived for several years

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with William Rufus King. The two were seen together so often that not speak its name. Alexander didnt talk about his sexuality or his
wags at the time referred to them as the Siamese twins; another relationships openly, and internalized homophobia kept him and
prominent Democrat referred to King as Buchanans better half. his lover from having a storybook romance. Yet Alexanders friends
The relationship ended only with Kings death from tuberculosis and co-workers did know of his sexuality and even teased him
in 1853, three years before Buchanans election and only days about it good-naturedly, not ominously. Of course it helped that
after King, a former member of Congress, had been sworn in as many of his federal co-workers were gay or lesbian themselves.
the 13th US Vice President under President Franklin Pierce. The Even if being gay wasnt exactly spoken of, it was certainly the talk
case for Buchanan as Americas first gay president is not open- of the town. This used to be a gay city, friends told one man who
and-shut, however, since theres no irrefutable evidence proving moved to Washington in 1951 and was interviewed by Johnson
it; Buchanans writings are rather circumspect. Volunteer guides in 2004. People would practically carry on on park benches
at Buchanans Wheatland estate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are the agencies here were filled with gays. Nobody bothered them,
directed to take a neutral stance regarding sexual preference, its nobody careduntil this business with McCarthy started.
director told Cwiek.
The business with Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisc.) started
Theres more solid shortly after World War II. The relatively gay life for gays in the
evidence about Walt Whitman, nations capital started spooking conservatives, who initiated
the famous American writer a campaign to chip away at the sizable gay federal workforce
who came to Washington to starting with 91 homosexuals forced out at the State Department
volunteer at a hospital for and announced in early 1950. An offshoot of McCarthyism and
wounded warriors but then the Red Scare, this purge of sexual perverts became institutional
became a federal clerk and policy throughout the government and lasted for an entire
stayed in the capital for an generation, well beyond the earliest days of the Cold War until a few
entire decade after the Civil years after Stonewall. This Lavender Scare sparked a moral panic
War. In fact, the New York within mainstream American culture and seriously curtailed
native only left the area due DCs once-burgeoning gay scene, a community under siege until
to failing health. Theres good the 1970s. Thousands of suspected gay or lesbian government
reason why his surname was employees and contractors lost their jobs, and thousands more
combined with that of Civil applicants were denied employment generally, as Johnson
War-era surgeon Mary Walker writes, on the flimsiest of evidence to draw casual connections
who reportedly boasted about between homosexuality and espionage. This antigay campaign
having once been arrested for was all the more insidious because it went largely unnoticed and
impersonating a man to denote Washingtons leading LGBT still remains largely unknown. There was only limited opposition,
and HIV/AIDS health organization, now known as Whitman- and few gay employees stood up and challenged their dismissals
Walker Health. Walt Whitman is widely accepted today as being until well into the 1960s.

gay, writes Garrett Peck in his book published earlier this year, Walt
Instead, even influential political appointees fled with
Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and Americas Great
their tails between their legs, such as Arthur H. Vandenberg, Jr.,
Poet. There are still some historians wary of making such a bold
who left the Eisenhower Administration on made-up grounds
assertion, but Peck gets specific. He began his longest romantic
of ill health and stomach ulcers in January 1953, and Walter
relationship, with Peter Doyle, while cruising on a streetcar in early
Jenkins, who was forced out as a top aide in the Johnson
1865, the local historian and tour guide writes, emphasizing the
Administration after an arrest for public sex with another man
obvious takeaway: [LGBT] people had ways of finding each other,
became a campaign issue in the waning days of the 1964 election.
even then.
In fact, Lyndon Johnsons press secretary and attorney general
A half-century later, queer people were definitely finding have both said history might have played out better if Jenkins
each other in Washington in federal or city parks, particularly could have stayed in office. Jenkins was the single most effective
Lafayette Square in front of the White House, which was the citys and trusted aide Johnson had, former Attorney General Ramsey
primary cruising spot until the 1950s; or at the local YMCA. Much Clark told Out Magazine in 1999, adding: Walters counsel on
of what is known of gay life prior to the New Deal came from a Vietnam might have been extremely helpful.
diary kept by a federal employee known by the pseudonym Jeb
Alexander, posthumously published by his niece Ina Russell in THE MATTACHINE SOCIETY
1993 as Jeb and Dash: Diary of a Gay Life, 1918 - 1945. Alexander AND LGBT GRANDFATHER
lived for a time at the YMCA on G Street, NW, and he writes about FRANK KAMENY
meeting other young same-sex-loving men while there. But he
For all the gay heartache and
met one primary lover in Lafayette Park, and recounted the first
havoc wreaked by the Lavender
evening they shared, when they ended up on the Ellipse. Nothing
Scare, there was a silver lining.
disturbed us, and we lay in each others arms, my love and I, while
As David K. Johnson asserts, the
the moon beamed from a spacious sky and the cool night breeze
Lavender Scare helped gay men
rustled our hair, reads one diary entry. We lay close together
and lesbians forge more of a
and gazed at the stars above, becoming fast friends, exchanging
bond than they had previously
confidences. Ah, happiness!
united in persecution and
Despite such blissful prose, life for gays and lesbians it ultimately provided much of
during the New Deal wasnt all spacious skies and starlight. the inspiration for what later
For one thing, it was, as with the larger city and region, racially became todays LGBT movement.
segregated. For another, being openly gay was illegal. In his diary, The Lavender Scare inspired the
Alexander relates his fears of being under police surveillance as a first sustained gay organization
suspected deviant criminal. Certainly his was a love that dared in the US, as well as the most
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influential early gay organization. In both cases, thats the Mattachine Society LGBT march on the Mall was in 2009. This
the original chapter in southern California launched by the late Harry Hay in 1951, National Equality March, called for by activist
and the Washington chapter in the 1960s from which the late Frank Kameny a David Mixner in part to protest a voter-approved
fired federal worker himself made his name. ban on same-sex marriage in California, was
Hay named Mattachine after the Italian Renaissances court jesters who, intentionally more of a grassroots and low-
while wearing masks, were free to speak the truth. Hay conceived of Mattachine key affair than its predecessors. It attracted
as a response to the government purges of gays, which was impacting his home approximately 200,000 people.
base of Los Angeles by virtue of the increasing number of contractors working
for the Defense Department in the region. Yet Hay kept Mattachine focused on The Second National March on Washington for
providing education, research, and social services, not political activism or legal Lesbian and Gay Rights, held on October 11,
counsel. An early attempt to create an activist-oriented Washington chapter of 1987, has come to be known as the Great March.
Mattachine by Buell Dwight Higgins failed, and it wasnt until Hays Mattachine It was a reaction in part to the Supreme Courts
had collapsed that Kameny was able to make it the force that ultimately pushed ruling the previous year in Bowers v. Hardwick
the federal government to stop its Lavender Scare purge. Under Kameny, the that states could criminalize sodomy between two
Mattachine Society of Washington worked from a Gay is Good premise. The consenting men, even in the privacy of a home.
organization developed pamphlets to help the accused with titles such as If (That decision, thankfully, was overturned in
You Are Arrested and How to Handle a Federal Interrogation and provided 2003.) Another principal motivating factor for the
legal assistance to help them fight both the federal government and the DC Great March was the AIDS crisis, which triggered
police and its notoriously aggressive pursuit of homosexuals, as Johnson put intense political agitation and activism on the part
it. Eventually, disgruntled city residents and federal employees starting winning of the movement throughout the latter half of the
in the courts, and the local police and the federal government stopped targeting 1980s and into the 90s. And a year later, it
gays. inspired the first National Coming Out Day, now
held annually on October 11.
Kamenys success in bettering life for gays and lesbians in Washington
was so significant and so instrumental that the late Steve Endean, who
founded the Human Rights Campaign Fund todays HRC has called him the
grandfather of the LGBT movement. Kamenyhas probably done more for
lesbian and gay Americans than any other person, Endean wrote in his 1993
memoir Into The Mainstream. Kameny also became the first openly gay candidate
for Congress when he unsuccessfully ran as DCs first nonvoting delegate to the
US House of Representatives in 1971. His campaign committee reorganized as the
Gay Activists Alliance now the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance which helped
secure passage of the DC Human Rights Law in 1973, one of the nations first laws
banning discrimination against gays and lesbians. The next year then-Mayor
Walter Washington tapped Kameny for the citys Human Rights Commission, This was the era of ACT UP, or the AIDS Coalition
making Kameny the first openly gay appointee in DC government. to Unleash Power, the formation of which was
inspired by Larry Kramer in New York in the
BAYARD RUSTIN spring of 1987. The organization led protests that
AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON 1963 generated great publicity and eventually helped
Frank Kameny had so much success propel increased funding for AIDS research at the
with Mattachine in the 1960s in large part US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the
because he adapted tactics of the civil rights National Institutes of Health. Although it would
movement such as building coalitions with have been better if such protests werent needed
other groups and seeking publicity for its efforts in the first place, both the LGBT movement and
to suit the LGBT cause. Interestingly enough, society at large are still reaping rewards from ACT
the civil rights movements initial success stems UPs activism. Most significantly have been two
from the work of its own gay leader: Bayard developments helping to curtail both the spread
Rustin. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be the and the severity of the disease: The rise in the
man most associated with the seminal 1963 late 90s of the treatment known as combination
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, therapy, in which an HIV-positive person takes a
but this first mass march on the National Mall daily regimen of antiretroviral drugs effectively
succeeded because of Rustin. In my judgment, preventing the development of AIDS; and the more
Bayard Rustin was the only man who could have recent rise in pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP,
organized the march, and I say that out of some a daily pharmaceutical regimen that effectively
sense of history, Eleanor Holmes Norton told keeps HIV-negative people from seroconverting.
Metro Weekly in 2013. Norton, DCs long-serving Within the next decade we may reap an even
representative to the US House, was a key figure bigger reward from ACT UPs pioneering push
in the 1963 march, and it was because of her for AIDS research: a vaccine against the disease.
efforts that President Barack Obama posthumously recognized Rustin with the Researchers in the field have reported getting
Presidential Medal of Freedom during festivities marking the 50th anniversary of tantalizingly close to such a development. This
the march. would be something to celebrate every bit as
Rustin was also one of the first to gain national attention mostly much as other advances in the LGBT movement
unfavorable as an openly gay man. Racism and homophobia have long clouded since the advent of Capital Pride.
the narrative of Rustins work, erasing him from our history books and stymieing
the proper celebration of his contributions to our country, Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks --Doug Rule
of the National Black Justice Coalition wrote in the same issue of

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the local LGBT magazine. At the time of the march, Sen. Strom
Thurmond (R-S.C.) took to the Senate floor to attack Rustin for
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JACK NICHOLS
AND THE MATTACHINE SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON
Dazzling jewels Although the Mattachine
amidst a Society of Washingtons (MSW)
membership never exceeded 100
garden oasis people, there were certainly more
players involved than Frank Kameny.
One of its earliest and most influential
members was Jack Nichols, a native
of Chevy Chase, Maryland, who was
younger and more of a hippie than
Kameny. It was Nichols idea to picket
the White House on April 17, 1965,
in a protest linking treatment of
homosexuals in America to that of
the situation in Cuba, which at the
time had just instituted homosexual
labor camps. Russia, Cuba and the
United States Unite to Persecute
Homosexuals, read one of the MSW signs at the protest, which was
small only 10 participants but also successful enough that the group
soon organized similar pickets at other federal agencies at the Pentagon,
the State Department and again at the White House all of which were
well attended. In fact, Johnson writes that the pickets were seen as the
watershed moment in the gay rights struggle before Stonewall made its
mark.
Before he moved from Washington in 1969, Nichols had
also worked on MSWs efforts forging links with the National Council
of Churches, as well as its influential work in pushing the American
Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental
illnesses which finally happened in 1973. He was also one of the first to
talk openly about his homosexuality on national television by appearing in
the 1967 documentary CBS Reports: The Homosexuals. Sadly, even though
he used the pseudonym Warren D. Adkins to protect his father, an FBI
agent, his employers recognized Nichols and fired his father the very next
day.
Coming Soon BRUCE PENNINGTON
Cartier: Marjorie AND THE GAY LIBERATION FRONT-DC
Merriweather Posts
Dazzling Gems By the summer of 1970, gay activists in the civil rights and
antiwar movements, including those involved in the Black Panthers,
Special exhibition opens June 7
saw a need for an organization on the radical left championing
gay causes. Members of the Gay Liberation Front-DC (GLF-DC) lived
together in a group house at 1620 S Street, NW, where they planned
zaps, or raucous public demonstrations intended to shame the
targets, at places as varied as Catholic University and the Georgetown
Where Fabulous Lives Grill.
As part of his work in establishing the Rainbow History
Project, Bruce Pennington recorded an oral history in which he credited
GLF-DC as the advance guard, the grandparents of ACT UP and Queer
Nation. The collective is also, in a sense, the grandparent of the Capital
Pride Alliance, since the GLF-DC helped organize DCs very first gay
pride the first week of May 1972, a small affair with events including
a program at Lafayette Park, an outdoor religious celebration, a dance,
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JOAN E. BIREN Kameny, was also instrumental in helping the DC city government
AND THE FURIES COLLECTIVE and police department institute gay-friendly policies and curb
antigay practices.
Another short-lived gay
collective from the early 1970s CLEVE JONES
was even more influential than AND THE NAMES PROJECT AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT
the GLF-DC. Known as the all-
Its roots may be in San Francisco, but the worlds largest
women Furies Collective, this
piece of community folk art was first displayed and has had its
group had a profound effect
biggest impact while in Washington. The project that became
on lesbian feminism, according
known as the AIDS Memorial Quilt was originally conceived as a
to University of Maryland
tribute to San Franciscos assassinated gay rights leader Harvey
scholar Julie R. Enszer. Among its
Milk. Activist Cleve Jones, who co-founded the San Francisco AIDS
members were Rita Mae Brown,
Foundation, created the first panel of the quilt in honor of his
author of the seminal, explicit
friend Marvin Feldman. The quilt was first laid out on the National
1973 lesbian novel Rubyfruit
Mall in 1987 and last displayed there in full in 1996, though a
Jungle, and the major feminist
portion of it was returned in 2012 to coincide with the start of the
scholar Charlotte Bunch of
XIX International AIDS Conference hosted in Washington.
Rutgers University. Mary Farmer
of DCs former lesbian feminist Warehoused in Atlanta when not being displayed in
Lammas Bookstore was also portions around the world, the quilt now consists of more than
associated with the Furies, whose members lived together 48,000 panels representing over 94,000 people, and weighs in at
for a little over a year from 1971 to 1972 and contributed to the an estimated 54 tons. Each panel is three feet by six feet, roughly
nationally distributed Furies newspaper. They also helped push the the size of the average grave a nod to the fact that many people
National Organization for Women to accept lesbians, something who died of AIDS-related causes, particularly in the diseases
its founder and first president Betty Friedan who once called first decade or so, did not receive proper funerals because of
lesbian feminists the Lavender Menace was loath to do. social stigma as well as fears of contagion by funeral homes and
cemeteries. Serving as de facto memorials, complete with details
Another notable member was Joan E. Biren, who goes by
about the deceaseds personalities and hobbies, the quilt is a
her initials JEB. JEB taught herself to become a photographer while
quietly powerful and emotional testament to the size and variety
living in the collective, and went on to become the preeminent
of a whole generation of mostly gay or bisexual men, gone too
lesbian photographer/filmmaker of the LGBT movement. JEBs
soon.
1979 book Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians is almost assuredly the
worlds first book of lesbian photography, one featuring only out BARNEY FRANK
and proud lesbians. I come from a time when pictures of gays and AND THE DAWN OF THE GAY INCUMBENT
lesbians were destroyed after you died, by families, JEB says.
Barney Frank may not
THE LGBT MOVEMENTS have set out to become Americas
FATHER: DEACON MACCUBBIN most prominent gay politician,
but thankfully he also didnt shy
As founder and owner from that role once he did come
of storied Lambda Rising Books, out in 1987, while in his fourth
L. Page Deacon Maccubbin term in Congress. A Democrat
literally put Washingtons representing the Boston suburbs
LGBT community on the map. of Massachusetts, Frank was
But he also helped shape the reelected by wide margins in
community and give it the kind of every subsequent election until he
presence and even prestige that retired in 2013. At the time this was
it had never had before, chiefly by a rather unprecedented feat for
establishing a Pride celebration in an openly gay politician, although
1975 building on but surpassing it was essentially matched by the
the one-off event held three years late Gerry Studds, Franks fellow
prior by the Gay Liberation Front- Massachusetts Democrat who in
DC, of which Maccubbin had 1983 became the first openly gay member of Congress. Studds
been a member. would serve another six terms until retiring in 1997.
In 1974, this US Army Known for his wit and humor, Frank ended his 32 years
veteran converted what was once in the House as one of the most powerful members of Congress,
a crafts and tobacco store in Dupont Circle into what became according to the New York Times, and one who played a key role
one of the nations largest and most successful gay bookstores. in shaping the governments response to the financial crisis of
Lambda Rising also became a meeting ground and launch pad the early 21st century. In the 1990s, he was one half with Herb
for many new and struggling community groups. In 1975, in Moses of what the Associated Press dubbed Washingtons most
addition to organizing DCs first official gay pride right in front of powerful and influential gay couple. He also became the first
the bookstore, then located at 1724 20th Street, NW, Maccubbin LGBT member of Congress to be married while in office when he
published Just Us, the first guide to DCs gay community, through married Jim Ready in 2012.
the auspices of the Washington Area Gay Community Council,
a group he founded and chaired. Through his activism and Frank left national office in 2013 as only one of a record
leadership, Maccubbin, often working in tandem with Frank eight LGBT members of Congress including Americas first LGBT

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Senator, Tammy Baldwin, who, in a small but sure sign of progress, DADT. A truly gay-welcoming US
was elected to represent the same state, Wisconsin, that not military wouldnt emerge until
quite a century earlier had given us Lavender Scare-monger Joe the next Democratic President,
McCarthy. Prior to the US Senate, Baldwin had been re-elected six Barack Obama, assented to the
times to serve the 2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin in the work of the many people and
US House of Representatives and she was out as a lesbian from organizations too many to cite
her first run in 1998. here all around the country
that led this progressive charge.
LESBIAN VISIBILITY
AT THE 1993 MARCH ON WASHINGTON This summer, two years
since the US Supreme Court
The 1993 March on struck down DOMA, the justices
Washington for Lesbian, Gay and will once again weigh in on
Bi Equal Rights and Liberation the issue of marriage equality,
wasnt the movements first such deciding whether any one state
march, and isnt even regarded as may refuse to license same-sex
its greatest that would be the marriages or to recognize same-
predecessor in 1987. But this, the sex marriages from other jurisdictions. Even if they rule against
third national LGBT march, was the principle of marriage equality, this cause has now essentially
the first to generate wide public won in the court of American public opinion, with a majority in
attention in some measure favor of allowing two men or two women to marry. And the pace
thanks to filmmaker Joan E. at which this progress has been achieved has been astounding.
Biren, or JEB, who used advanced The country was on Clintons side when he signed DOMA into
technology to document the law in 1996, only coming around in recent years, effectively since
activities on the National Mall. Obama took office in 2009.
It was the first time anybody
but the government had put In many ways, the success is a testament to the
the large Jumbotron screens perseverance of Evan Wolfson, who has been championing this
on the Mall, so that what we were doing could be seen all over cause since he was merely a student at Harvard Law School over
the world, JEB says. The march was spearheaded by Urvashi Vaid three decades ago. First through Lambda Legal Defense and
during the time she served as president of the National Gay and Education Fund and more recently through the organization he
Lesbian Task Force, and bisexual activist Lani Kaahumanu all-but founded, Freedom to Marry, Wolfson has pushed the cause even
singlehandedly put the Bi in the event, right down to its title. within the LGBT movement, where some thought marriage wasnt
worth fighting for, or at least not at the expense of other needs
But women werent just behind the scenes at this they deemed more pressing, such as employment protections in
march, which took place on April 25, 1993, only a few months after the private sector building on Kamenys work with Mattachine.
Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President. In addition Another influential figure in the fight for marriage equality was
to Clinton, you cant think of the gay 1990s without thinking of Washington-based writer Andrew Sullivan, who first laid out a
rock star Melissa Etheridge. Despite fears that coming out would conservative case for same-sex marriage through a cover story in
jeopardize her career, Etheridge ended up breaking through to the The New Republic in 1989.
mainstream after coming out in 1993 the year she also released
her multiplatinum-selling fourth album, appropriately titled Yes I THE FUTURE IS NOW
Am, and had three of her biggest hit singles, the Grammy-winning The average LGBT person today lives a prideful life
Come To My Window, Im The Only One, and If I Wanted To. unimaginable to our forebears, even those from just 40 years ago:
Etheridge performed at the march, giving every gay and lesbian Most of us in the Greater Washington area can live, work and love
person in the country hope for a brighter future. Tennis legend openly, honestly, and legally, without fear of discrimination, brutality,
Martina Navratilova was another prominent speaker at the march, or reprisal; without being labeled mentally ill, perverted, or unfit for
which is also where the Lesbian Avengers launched its first Dyke office, even in sensitive fields such as national politics or military
March, in which more than 20,000 women participated the day intelligence. Most of us also see ourselves reflected to varying
before the big march. degrees in pop culture, from political leaders to TV celebrities. And
REMOVING LGBT DISCRIMINATION although its possible Washington was gayer in the period between
the two world wars, the city remains every bit as gay today as it has
IN THE MILITARY, MARRIAGE
been in most of our living memories.
In September of 2011, after the US militarys ban on
And yet, even now its still not all spacious skies and
openly gay and lesbian service members was finally repealed,
starlight. In a new book, Michelangelo Signorile warns against what
retired Col. Margaret Cammermeyer presciently told Metro
he calls victory blindness: the dangerous illusion that weve almost
Weekly: I think that we end up having sort of a ripple effect. The
won. Despite increasing tolerance and acceptance of LGBT people,
repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell will further justify the repeal of the
and despite the relatively rapid national successes in creating an
Defense of Marriage Act. That ripple did in fact happen, not quite
open military and advancing marriage equality, theres still much
two years later. Of course, the roads to repeal of these inherently
to do, Signorile writes in Its Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance,
antigay policies of President Bill Clinton known by their
Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality. This longtime
acronyms DADT and DOMA were decades long. Cammermeyer
activist and journalist argues that our advances are causing even
herself had been fighting for open military service since she was
early champions such as pop singer Madonna to prematurely
discharged simply for coming out as a lesbian in 1992, the same
declare victory. At the same time, the advances are enraging
year Clinton campaigned for the White House promising to open
conservatives, who are scheming for new methods of attack.
the military. A year later he capitulated to conservatives with
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For example, one obvious unresolved issue is the
fact that private employers in many states are still allowed to
discriminate against LGBT people. Theres still nothing to show
for valiant efforts over the past two decades to pass through
Congress a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA.
Such legislation would offer workplace protections in the private
sector building on what Frank Kameny and the Mattachine In love, at home
AND AT WORK.
Society of Washington helped achieve at the federal level.
In fact, the fight against discrimination in the workforce
and in business more generally may be getting more, not less,
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challenging, a result of conservative pushback against recent
LGBT gains. Several states, most prominently Indiana and capitalonecareers.com
Arkansas, have jumped on the religious liberty bandwagon,
passing laws that allow business owners to discriminate against
LGBT people by refusing service on religious grounds. As reported
by Metro Weekly in April, most of those in the current crop of
Republican nominees for president initially supported such
discriminatory legislation. While some of these frontrunners have
since joined fellow state leaders such as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
in backtracking from their initial positions, the willingness even to
consider taking such an anti-gay stance suggests this debate over
LGBT rights and so-called religious freedom will continue apace,
at the very least as one factor in next years presidential race.

Many LGBT advocates hope that this flare-up ultimately


helps the cause, as the majority of Americans with a favorable
and supportive view of their LGBT siblings and friends see just
how hostile and retrograde conservatives can be by contrast. But
as ever, it will only happen if everyone, even everyday citizens far
from the movements leadership, stands strong and speaks up.
And there are plenty of things to speak up about and continue
to work on, from reducing hate crimes and violence against
LGBT people, to pushing for greater diversity in the movement
and greater racial equality in society. We also need to continue
addressing the menace of HIV/AIDS, as the epidemic still haunts
the community three decades after its first round of calamity
and devastation this time by virtue of haphazard attention,
support, and implementation of proven but costly treatment and
prevention strategies.
But perhaps nowhere is it more obvious that the fight for
full LGBT equality is far from won than in the area of transgender
rights. For one thing, the repeal of DADT didnt open the military
to transgender people. And despite support expressed in recent
months for lifting the trans ban from both President Obama and
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, no formal review of the policy
has yet been ordered. For another, transgender people face far
more struggles than the rest of those in the movement through
discrimination in work and health care as well as violence and
suicide.
Fortunately, there are many dedicated advocates
working on these issues and more from Sheila Lettman-Hicks
of the National Black Justice Coalition to Mara Keisling of the
National Center for Transgender Equality to at the local level
Sheila Alexander-Reid, director of LGBT Affairs for DC Mayor
Muriel Bowser. Perhaps their names will be among those added to
a review of key moments and key players in the LGBT movement
such as this, but 40 years hence, when Capital Pride turns 80.
May the so-called capital of Fairyland, USA, continue to
set the pace and thrive.

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2015 CAPITAL PRIDE
HONORABLE
ERIC H. HOLDER, JR.
FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL
OF THE UNITED STATES

The Paving the Way award honors


those in public life who have shown
courage and leadership in helping to
advance the cause of LGBT rights.
Eric H. Holder, Jr., was sworn in as the 82nd
Attorney General of the United States on
February 3, 2009, by Vice-President Joe
Biden. He served in that position until May
3, 2015. As Attorney General he helped to
place LGBT rights at the center of the Obama
administrations civil rights agenda. Mr.
Holder worked for passage of the Matthew
Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes
Prevention Act, which the President signed
into law in 2009. In 2011 President Obama
and then-Attorney General Holder decided
that the Justice Department would no longer
defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of
the Defense of Marriage Act, determining
that the law had to be subjected to a higher
standard of scrutiny. After the United States
Supreme Court struck down Section 3 in United States v. Windsor, the Justice Department, under
Mr. Holder, oversaw the government-wide implementation of the decision. Those efforts included:
extending a variety of benefits to same-sex couples; a uniform policy ensuring that all same-sex married
couples were recognized for federal tax purposes; a policy dictating that for purposes of immigration
law same-sex and opposite-sex marriages would be treated exactly the same; and a policy ensuring
that members of the military who are in same-sex marriages will receive the same benefits available to
opposite sex couples. For the first time in history, in February 2014, then-Attorney General Holder issued
guidance formally instructing all Department of Justice employees to give lawful same-sex marriages
full and equal recognition to the greatest extent possible under the law.

In 1997, Mr. Holder was named by President Clinton to be the Deputy Attorney General, the first African-
American named to that post. Prior to that, he served as US Attorney for the District of Columbia. In
1988, Mr. Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior
Court of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Holder, a native of New York City, attended public schools there, graduating from Stuyvesant High
School where he earned a Regents Scholarship. He attended Columbia College, majored in American
History, and graduated in 1973. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976. While in law school,
he clerked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justices Criminal Division. Upon
graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney
Generals Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and
was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state, and federal levels.

Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in
Washington. Mr. Holder lives in Washington with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, a physician, and their
three children.

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HEROES

JUSTIN MARKIEWICZ
Justin was born and raised in northern Delaware. In 2002 he came to Washington, DC,
for school. He attended the Catholic University of America and received his bachelors
degree in architecture. In May 2006 he started his career in law enforcement with the
Metropolitan Police Department in DC. Upon graduating from the police academy,
he was assigned to the 6th police District. In 2010 Justin started his work with the
Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU). While working with the GLLU, Justin has worked
tirelessly to help improve the relationship between the LGBT community and the
police department. He has also worked on training recruits and veteran officers on
LGBT issues.

Anyone who knows Justin will say that whether he is on duty or off, he is always
willing to help members of the community to get the assistance and support
they need. Members of the GLLU, including Justin, wear many hats. The members
investigate crimes by and against the LGBT community, train officers of various
experience levels, investigate bias crimes, conduct follow-ups with the victims of
crimes and many other activities. The GLLU would not be possible without the strong
support from the community. With this continued community support, Justin and
other members of the GLLU will be able to help strengthen the Metropolitan Police
Department and build a strong and enduring relationship between the Department
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PAUL KAWATA
Since 1989, Paul Akio Kawata has served as executive director of the National
Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the premier organization dedicated to building
leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. Under
Kawatas direction, NMAC implemented the first HIV treatment education
programs in the United States targeted to minorities, and increased its membership
from 300 to more than 3,000 agencies and groups.

Due to Kawatas efforts, NMAC has developed a range of international linkages


and partnerships, and facilitated the first international HIV/AIDS conference
in South Africa. Kawata has helped integrate NMACs work with that of general
minority health and human service initiatives, developing significant program
collaborations with national and regional lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered
(LBGT), womens, African-American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, and Native
American advocacy, service, and professional organizations.

A leading HIV/AIDS advocate, Kawata has represented NMAC in many of the


most significant legislative achievements in the fight against the epidemic.
These include the passage and renewal of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS
Resources Emergency (CARE) Act; the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS
(HOPWA) Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Congressional Black
Caucus/Congressional Hispanic Caucus expansion of federal funding for HIV/AIDS
programs in communities of color.

Prior to NMAC, Kawata served from 1985 to 1989 as founding executive director
of the National AIDS Network. Kawata began his professional career in 1983 in
Seattle as a staff liaison in the Office of the Mayor. Kawata graduated Phi Beta
Kappa with a B.A. from the University of the Pacific in Los Angeles. He has an M.A.
in urban planning from Antioch University.

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ALEXANDRA ERNST
Alexandra (Alex) Ernst works in facilities management for a McLean-based start-
up serving government and private-sector clients. As Facilities Manager at Immix
Group, she manages the Disaster recovery program, real estate portfolio and the
Administrative support and Facility team. Prior to her work with Immix, she spent
five years with Bechtel Corporation.

Since 2007, Alex has also served as a volunteer and local-community advocate with
the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), where she has gained extensive experience in
the DC metropolitan area LGBT community. She has co-chaired the HRC National
Dinner twice, helping to raise over $2.5 million for the organization. She has also
served as co-chair on the Greater DC HRC Steering Committee, joined the HRC
Board of Governors, and the Executive Board of Governors solidifying her role
and impact as a leader for equality both in Washington, D.C. and nationwide.

Alex graduated from James Madison University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts.
A Northern Virginia native, she currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her
lovable shih-tzu, Mango.

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BISHOP GENE ROBINSON

2015 CAPITAL PRIDE


HEROES
Bishop Gene Robinson is perhaps best known for being the first openly gay,
partnered bishop in historic Christianity. His election as Bishop of New Hampshire
caused a worldwide controversy in the Anglican Communion (of which the
Episcopal Church is a part) and a provocative conversation about sexual orientation
around the world within Christian denominations and other faiths.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Gene grew up in a rural, fundamentalist


congregation of the Disciples of Christ denomination, becoming an Episcopalian
in college, and being ordained a priest in 1973. For 18 years prior to his becoming
Bishop of New Hampshire, he served as assistant to the bishop for that diocese.

Gene retired as Bishop of New Hampshire (though its difficult to use retired
as a word to describe him) in 2013, and made Washington, DC, (and the Logan
Circle neighborhood) his home. He works as a senior fellow at the Center for
American Progress, where he works on policy and writes about issues facing the
LGBT community, including marriage equality, religious liberty attempts to be
exempted from anti-discrimination laws on the basis of religion, and the need for
a broad range of social anti-discrimination policies regarding employment, public
accommodation, and housing. He is especially interested in the ways LGBT issues
and lives intersect with race, poverty, and immigration reform. He writes an almost-
weekly column for The Daily Beast, on a variety of social justice issues, believing
it is important for the LGBT community to show up for other movements for
justice: BlackLivesMatter, LGBT asylum seekers, Moral Mondays.

Since being in Washington, he was named one of the 21 most influential OUT
Washingtonians by The Washington Post, has recently graced the cover of Metro
Weekly, attends and often preaches/presides at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish,
Dupont Circle, and serves as a board member for the Gay Mens Chorus of
Washington. All of this while navigating the perilous waters of being single again
and dating!
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HEREOS
Named twice to Marylands Top 100 Women list and The Baltimore Suns Fifty Women
to Watch, Heather Mizeur has been called an audacious risk-taker, a hero to a wide
swath of Democrats, and one of the canniest politicians in Maryland today.

Her 15 years of experience in policy made her a progressive powerhouse in Annapolis,


where as a legislator she expanded health care to children, protected reproductive rights
for women, guaranteed civil rights for LGBT families, safeguarded the environment,
and brought new technology jobs to Maryland.
In 2006, Heather garnered the most votes in a seven-way primary and defeated two
incumbents to capture her seat in the House of Delegates and was re-elected to a
second four-year term in 2010. Heathers emotional floor speech during the same-sex
marriage debate helped swing key votes that made Maryland the eighth state to enact
marriage equality.
In 2014, Heather Mizeur made her first run at statewide office as a Democratic
candidate for governor. The first candidate in 20 years to opt into the states public
campaign finance system, Mizeur built a grassroots movement that was electrified
by her bold and thoughtful policy positions, her progressive vision for Maryland, and
her refusal to negatively attack the other candidates in the race. Though she was
outspent by 4:1 and 5:1 by the other candidates who had already amassed eight years
of statewide name recognition, Heather finished the race in a virtual second-place tie
and was praised by The Baltimore Sun as having run the most impressive campaign
Maryland had seen in generations.
Heathers father was a factory welder and UAW member his entire career. The time
spent on picket lines with her dad built the foundation of Heathers social justice
principles and the summers spent working the corn fields to pay for college cultivated
the strong character she demonstrates today.
Heather lives with her wife, Deborah, on Marylands Eastern Shore, where they are
converting their 34-acres of land to become an organic herbal medicine farm.
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Whitman-Walker Health has long been a strong supporter of Pride in the Nations Capital. Long-
time Washingtonians may recall Pride events taking place behind Francis Junior High School,
and then the Freedom Festival (near Freedom Plaza), which was the immediate predecessor to
Capital Pride.
In 1997, when financial difficulties jeopardized the event, Whitman-Walker Clinic (as it was
formerly known) joined One In Ten, a community organization, to sponsor the event. They
renamed it Capital Pride and the festival was moved to Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and
10th Streets NW in the heart of downtown Washington DC. Whitman-Walker provided a full-
time staff person as well as resources to grow the Capital Pride program.
When Whitman-Walker became the sole presenting sponsor of Capital Pride, it became part
of the organizations mission. Whitman-Walker moved the one-day parade and festival to
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 4th and 7th Streets, NW, and the festivals main stage was
repositioned. For the first time, the United States Capitol building served as backdrop as the fight
for LGBT equality became an ever more important component of Capital Prides mission.
In 2004, Whitman-Walker moved the parade to early Saturday evening to provide an entire
weekend of pride activities. The change proved popular as the number of contingents reached
more than 200 for the first time. Attendance grew, with over 200,000 people celebrating over
the course of the weekend each year.
In late 2006 and early 2007, Whitman-Walker began discussions with the community about the
future of Capital Pride. In March 2008, after a series of community discussions, Whitman-Walker
awarded production rights for Capital Pride to the Capital Pride Alliance a group of volunteers
from the Capital Pride Planning Committee with support from various organizations. Whitman-
Walker helped produce Capital Pride through 2008 with the Capital Pride Alliance becoming
the sole producer of the event beginning in 2009. Since that time, Whitman-Walker Health has
remained a strong resource and top level sponsor of Capital Pride.

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HOLLY GOLDMANN

2015 CAPITAL PRIDE


HONOREES
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HollyGoldmannwas born in Baltimore and raised in New York Citys Gramercy Park. Shes an
award-winning graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Holly moved to DC in the late 1990s, and became involved with the community in 2006.
She has served as the Capital Trans Pride coordinator for the past six years. She has done
extraordinary work overseeing all aspects of the event, sometimes doing so singlehandedly.In
addition, Holly has been extremely adept at negotiating the sometimes challenging issues
with which she has been presented.She has also served as an outstanding liaison between
Capital Pride and Capital Trans Pride.

Hollyhas served as a board member of the DC Center since 2012,and recently joined the board
of theCapital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber ofCommerce.

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BOBBI STRANG
2015 CAPITAL TRANS PRIDE
ENGENDERED SPIRITS Bobbi Elaine Strang is a relative newcomer to the District, arriving in 2011, because,
in her words, I really like having rights. Starting immediately out of the gate,
she became engaged in the hope of improving the quality of life for members of
her community. Currently, she serves on the Executive Board of GLOV, the Board
of Directors for Metropolitan Community Church, and co-facilitates the Center
Careers Program at the DC LGBT Center. Additionally, she regularly volunteers
her services as a guitarist with the music ministry of Metropolitan Community
Services. In the past, she served as an officer of the Gertrude Stein Democratic
Club, a member of the Transgender Day of Remembrance planning committee,
and a volunteer with the DC Trans Coalition.

Professionally, she was the first openly transgender individual to work at the
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services where she provided
case management in Project Empowerment and now serves as a claims examiner
for the Office of Workmens Compensation. She is grateful to all the community
advocates who came before her that made this possible. Additionally, she plays
guitar with Gina Harlow, a pioneer of the New York City punk scene.

In her private life, she is known to share generously of her experience and
knowledge in support of trans people and her openness about her experiences has
helped many individuals including her knowledge of trans medical procedures
and the DC insurance rules regarding transgender health care. Moreover, she is
proud to share her life with her partner, Elodie Huttner.

She serves as a role model for the community and an advocate for change.

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KAPRICE WILLIAMS
Kaprice Williamsis a native Washingtonian. She has been a full-time volunteer
at Casa Ruby since the facility opened its doors. She handles everything from
reception to programs and security. Kaprice genuinely cares about the safety of
transgender men and women. She escorts volunteers to events and many of the
clients home safely. Most of her work is with Casa Ruby. In addition, she is taking
on other roles as the Casa Ruby Drop-In Center expands into different entities.

Kaprices dedication to the safety of trans people is very important to both the
individuals involved and the city as a whole, especially considering the recent
spate of murders involving trans women as victims, and particularly trans
women of color.

Kaprice has been a beacon of hope who is able to offer many people both safety
and security.

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An Interview
With
SamBy:Brinton
Martin Moeller
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UNCONVERTED
Anyone meeting Sam Brinton for the first time is likely to be smiling, and perhaps laughing, within mere seconds.
He projects a warmth and ebullience that quickly put others at ease, paving the way for unaffected, free-flowing
conversation. His relaxed body language suggests that he is a person who is both comfortable with himself and eager
to connect with other people.

These impressions belie Brintons ongoing struggle to come to terms with the emotional and physical pain he
endured as a teenager, when his parents forced him to undergo so-called conversion therapy in order to cure him of
homosexuality. The sorts of treatments to which Brinton was subjected are increasingly being recognized for what
they are: a form of torture. Indeed, last November, the United Nations Committee Against Torture formally questioned
U.S. officials about the prevalence of conversion therapy in this country, implicitly acknowledging that the barbaric
practice falls within the committees purview.

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UNCONVERTED
In Brintons case, the attempted conversion clearly didnt
take. Having survived the abuse that was inflicted upon
him in the name of salvation, he is now a proud gay man
who retains his religious faith. He has become a prominent
spokesman for the untold numbers of people who have
suffered similar mistreatmentin fact, it was his testimony
that helped motivate the U.N. committee to address the
issue. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Brinton recently moved
to DC, where he is pursuing a career in nuclear energy and
public policy.

Martin Moeller: What was your early childhood like,


before you or your parents had any inkling that you
were gay?
Sam Brinton: I am the son of Southern Baptist missionaries.
We spent a few years in the Amazon jungle. Early childhood
memories include being chased by my dad while he held
an anaconda. I traveled the country and the world with
my parents, sharing positivity, sharing good news. I moved
constantly, which means that a lot of my childhood was
spent making instant best friends, because I didnt know
how much longer Id get to know them. And thats helped
me a lot. If theres a way to think about my activism, its that
I just changed the missionary lifestyle from religion into the
issue I cared about the most.

MM: Describe the incident that directly led to your


hospitalization at the age of 12.
SB: Missionaries live in communes. Near this commune, me
and a few of my friends found a Playboy in the trash. I felt
myself so holy and righteous that it didnt affect me, so I
went and tattled on my friends to my parents. Then, in the
same conversation, because I told my parents everything, I
looked at my dad and said, Sometimes I have those feelings,
too, when I think about [my friend] Dale. And I said it
literally that matter-of-factly. I cant describe how pure and
innocent that first coming out was, because I didnt realize
I was doing it. I didnt know there was this fear that I was
supposed to have.

My fathers face fell, he came toward me and hit me. . . and


then I woke up in the emergency room. I had fallen down
the stairs, they said. I would fall down the stairs a few
more times in the coming months, and my mom would
finally say, This isnt working. [Sam] doesnt understand
why hes scared of youwe need to fix him, and that is
what led us to the conversion therapist.

MM: What were the qualiFIcations of this therapist and


what sorts of techniques did he use?
SB: Qualifications? Probably none. All of our therapy was
based in faith, rather than science, so my assumption is that
he was not a licensed therapist. I try not to address who he
was, but what he did.
I would sit on the couch and he would tell me that I was the
last gay person left in the world which sounds ridiculous,
but I had no reason to not believe him. Id never met
another gay person that I knew of. I was also told that the
government was looking for gay people to kill them,
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which was terrifying. And I mean, Id lived in places where and I took to that and said to myself that I deserved to know
this completely made sense. The government does come as much as I could before I was gone. That was honestly
through and kill people, so why wouldnt it come and kill what I was thinking this sense that I want to know, I want
people like me who were apparently religiously bad? to understand, because maybe somewhere someone has
felt something like I did.
A few weeks later the therapy turned to why the government
wanted to kill us all because we had brought AIDS into the Also Ive heard of this concept the Golden Boy syndrome
country. I was told that this was raging inside my own body, that we want our parents to believe that somethings good
and that I was going to die if I wasnt fixed. And because I about us, and thats probably true. Most of that time that I
had AIDS, God hated me, and this was the death knell to me, was valedictorian and doing well in college, my parents still
because the one thing that had been stable in my life had believed I was straight. So I was proving to them that it had
been that God loved me. And now he didnt anymore, and worked really well. Not only had I become straight, but I had
that was so painful. The first suicide attempt would occur become [their] academic dream child.
pretty much right after that
MM: Talk about your emergence as an activist.
MM: How did the sessions develop from there? SB: I got to Boston, and I was out I was wearing rainbow
SB: Then we moved into the aversion therapy. My hands shirts, and went out every weekend to gay dance clubs.
would be placed in ice and pictures of men touching other I [soon] told my story to a publication there called Bay
men were shown, holding hands, just walking down the Windows. This was the first time that it hit a large audience
street, something innocent, but I was supposed to associate really fast. And then the flood of media requests came in
the pain, the cold, with what I was seeing. We would move and I wasnt ready. And I had another suicide attempt there
into heat. Wires would be wrapped around my hands and in Boston. Its when I learned I was still not strong enough. I
heat would burn, not physically, but burn through my hands learned I needed real mental health support.
while pictures of men touching men were shown, and
turned off when pictures of men touching women were But I found passion, and thats something that every activist
shown. dreams about. I started in academics, but I translated that
passion to [public] education. A lot of my conversion therapy
Then we would move into electro-shock, where electrodes activism is not actual in-the-streets marching, its helping
were placed on my fingers. Shocks were shoved into my people realize that this is a thing.
body of excruciating electricity while pornographic images
of men were shown to me. I dont understand how a mom MM: There have been some major successes lately.
could sit in the other room while her child was screaming SB: There are 15-20 states right now working on [banning]
for mercy and didnt stop it. conversion therapy, whereas three years ago, we didnt have
anyone considering it, and everyone was concentrating
This happened over the course of months. I lost weight, I on this marriage issue. Marriage has been a great, great
cried constantly at night. My sister would later be told that I moment, but its always been a fascinating subtext for me
had murdered someone and that my parents were trying to because. . . well, if Im getting electrocuted for a few years
help rehabilitate me. before that, Im never even going to make it to marriage.

MM: What fInally brought this to an end? So [the California legislation] happened right when I got to
SB: [I felt that] suicide was a sin, but God would have to MIT. California was the very first bill to make it illegal for a
forgive this, so I told my sister good-bye. She told my mom, licensed therapist to practice conversion therapy on anyone
and my mom found me on the roof of our missionary under 18. The next year, I started traveling and talking about
building. She said that she would love me again if I would this, [and then] New Jersey passed a bill, and this past year,
just change, and she gave me enough time to think that DC.
if I fall and I dont die, this is going to hurt really bad. So
lying is a sin, but Im going to die of AIDS anyway, why dont I have a list of, like, 27 universities right now that want me to
I just lie? So I turned around and said, He did it that God come and visit them. This past week I got nominated to be
had saved me and ran back into her arms. And it was like the grand marshal for Boston Pride. I received the Courage
nothing ever happened. We erased that part of my life. Award from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and I
was the very first conversion therapy survivor to address the
MM: You went on to have an exceptional academic United Nations. Im kind of on this roll right now of powerful
career, becoming your high schools valedictorian, stories. Its a story that helps me connect with people in so
then studying nuclear engineering and operaI love many different ways.
that combinationat Kansas State University, where
you came out as gay, and fInally earning a fellowship MM: How do you deal with the continuing emotional
for graduate school at MIT. How did you negotiate that scars from your childhood?
successful path? SB: All of my future partners have to deal with the definition
SB: A lot of it is the internal drive to prove to yourself that of a broken person. Im beautiful, but Im broken. One of
youre not broken. My parents had pushed learning as an art the after-effects of the therapy is that every time I hug a
MM: Do you think that fear is causing LGBT people to
overlook this issue, or is it just blissful ignorance?
SB: I tend to believe blissful ignorance. We are scared of
remembering a time when we werent comfortable with
who we were.

MM: Despite what you endured, you seem to be an


amazingly cheerful person. How do you avoid bitterness?
SB: I have found a home being out there. Im a Sister of
Perpetual Indulgence. . .

MM: Oh, really? Whats your name?


SB: [laughing] Ray Dee OActive. I joined the Sisters because I
found its this really beautiful place for me to be as out there
as I wanted, but it was a socially acceptable space for that
its like, oh, that groups allowed to be like that.

Im exploring exactly what works for me. I started wearing


heels because I wanted to be taller. I did the Mohawk
because it was a way for people to remember something
else about me other than the pain. Partly my image is a
conversation starterits okay to talk to me. Thats what a
Sister is. Were walking confessionals, because you can say
anything to a Sister!

Ive surrounded myself with a family. Im so extroverted


that Ive been able to do that with lots of people the [Gay
Mens] Chorus, the Sisters. Im the vice president of advocacy
for OSTEM, which is Out in Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics LGBT nerds. I get to do so much stuff
partially because of the amazing people that surround me.

MM: How is your professional career shaping up?


SB: I am a clean energy fellow at Third Way, a centrist think
tank. I do a lot of advising and education on advanced
UNCONVERTED reactor physics. I also have a second job where I work as a
consultant at the Bipartisan Policy Center, another think
tank. I advise them on public communication in their
nuclear waste initiative.
person or shake their hands, I still feel the shocks. And thats
okay, because I have to live with that for the rest of my life. I tell my boss about my leather weekends. I tell my family
I choose to bring it on because I hate it when people pull members about my trips to the United Nations. Im so open
back because theyre worried about hurting me, because because theres nothing that you can hold against me.
that means Im a leper.
This is my life: where can I take this next adventure? Because
MM: How would you rate LGBT organizations handling as horrible as that experience was in my childhoodit
of the issue of conversion therapy? trained me that I was not worthy of livingnow I live life to
SB: I think it is beyond offensive that most major LGBT its fullest. I try to make sure that whether you see me at a
organizations have not stepped up to the plate on this club dancing my heart out, or you see me in church praying,
because conversion therapy is the literal erasure of your or you see me at my desk crunching neutronics numbers, all
existence. Marriage is a space for us to join a community three of those are places where I get to let a little bit of Sam
that already exists. It helps us become relatable to others. out, and thats beautiful.
But with conversion therapy, its like, I hate you so much,
that I want you to no longer exist. Im not going to kill
you, Im just going to erase that part of you. That to me is MARTIN MOELLER IS A CURATOR, WRITER, AND
barbaric, and yet no one seems to talk about it. We know EDITOR SPECIALIZING IN ARCHITECTURE AND
that there are hundreds of centers that offer conversion DESIGN.
therapy. I estimate that there are thousands of survivors
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every year. 2015 PRIDE GUIDE.

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2015 PARADE
DEACON MACCUBBIN WILSON CRUZ
Starting DCs annual Pride celebration 40 years ago would Wilson Cruz is known for playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-
be enough to make Deacon Maccubbin a local LGBTA Called Life and the recurring character Junito on Noahs Arc.
legend. But Deacons contributions go far beyond that.
Puerto Rican by heritage, Cruz was born in New York City, the
eldest of three brothers. At the age of 10, his family moved
Deacons Lambda Rising bookstore became a focal point
to San Bernardino, California, where he graduated from
for DCs LGBT community and inspiration for LGBT people
Eisenhower High School. He then attended California State
around the country for 35 years. As Deacon said on his
University at San Bernardino, where he was pursuing a double
retirement:
major in theater and English before he joined the cast of My
For 35 years, I went to work every day knowing that not So-Called Life.
only was the work going to be fun, but it was going to
Cruz went on to play J. Edgar Hoovers servant Joaquin in
change lives for the better. There was evidence of that
Oliver Stones film Nixon. He also appeared with David
all around me, in the faces of the people who crept
Arquette as Mikey in Johns, about the day-to-day struggles of
tentatively into the store for the first time, not quite
male prostitutes. In 1998, he portrayed Angel in the Broadway
knowing what to expect, and in the more confident
production of RENT and had a recurring role as Rafael de la
strides of people returning for their umpteenth visit. In
Cruz on the series, Raising the Bar. Other acting credits include
the letters we received from young people, from their
the films Joyride, Party Monster, Margaret Chos Bam Bam and
parents, thanking us for offering a safe space where they
Celeste, Coffee Date, and Hes Just Not That Into You. In the
could be themselves or learn about their people. And
movie The People Ive Slept With, Cruz played the openly gay
even through the harassment, the broken windows, the
best friend of a promiscuous woman who tries to find out
things smeared on our store front, the constant barrage
who got her pregnant so that she can get married.
of harassing phone calls, the bomb threats and blackmail
threats because you know you are being effective, your Cruz works with and advocates on behalf of LGBT youth,
work is worthwhile, when your opposition runs out of especially youth of color. He has volunteered his time as host
arguments and resorts to violence. for the Youth Zone, an online community at Gay.com for LGBT
youth. In 2008, he was the keynote speaker at the University
Deacon was an active member of the Gay Liberation of Illinois at Chicagos Lavender Graduation and Rainbow
Front and the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance. In the Banquet honoring graduating LGBT students.
late 1980s, he founded the annual Lambda Literary
Awards to identify and celebrate the best lesbian, Cruz joined the board of directors of GLAAD in 1997 and joined
gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and the staff of GLAAD in 2012 as a national spokesperson and the
affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of organizations Strategic Giving Officer.
the world. He also played a pivotal role in the passage
In his rare free time, Wilson finds relaxation in playing the
of DCs Human Rights Law and marriage equality law.
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PARADE MAP & GROUPS
PRIDE SURVIVAL GUIDE
TO ENSURE ALL PARADE AND FESTIVAL ATTENDEES HAVE
A GREAT TIME, THE CAPITAL PRIDE TEAM SUGGESTS
PARTICIPANTS CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES.

WEAR SUNSCREEN.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.


METRO POLICE:
Be advised, members of the Metropolitan Police Department
are responsible for enforcing all applicable laws and ordinances.
Such statutes include, but are not limited to: public decency,
alcohol, controlled substances, public safety, and standard vehicle
insurance requirements.
Please note, the recent relaxation of the Districts marijuana laws
does not extend to outdoor spaces.
ACCESS:
Some attendees are limited in their ability to walk long distances.
If you think you might need assistance, consider renting a
wheelchair or scooter.
RECYCLE
Capital Pride is committed to sustaining our planet. Do your part
and recycle or reuse.
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When you do, SpotHero will give you five percent off your parking
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HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

PARADE SURVIVAL GUIDE


KICKOFF:
The Parade kicks off on Saturday, June 13, at 4:30 p.m. from the
corner of 22nd and P Streets, NW.

REVIEW STAND VIEWING POINTS AND FINISH TIME


The Judges Review Stand, with emcee Brock Thompson, is located
on P Street just east of 15th Street.

The final float should pass the review stand around 7:15 p.m.
An announcement stand is located just past Dupont Circle on
New Hampshire Avenue and 18th Street.

Avoid the crowds in the Circle and stretch out in the shade along
New Hampshire Avenue.

THE FAMILY ZONE:


New for 2015 is the Family Zone, located in Stead Park near the
Parade route on 17th and P Streets. The Pride Family Fun Zone
offers families with children a break from the heat and the street
between 3:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Fun for kids of all ages, bring your
family and make memories with lawn games, inflatables, and
more!

ACCESSS
Accessible space is reserved and American Sign Language
interpreters are available at both the review and announcement
stands.

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AARP Erie Insurance PNC Bank


Adas Israel Congregation Facebook DC Pole Pressure
AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees) Flaggots Ohio Quakers for Equality
AHF-AIDS Healthcare Foundation Food & Friends Rachel Pearl
All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church Food Lion ReconcilingWorks

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Foundation Angie Redfin
National Capital Area Freddies Beach Bar Rockville United Church
American Military Partner Association Friendship Hospital for Animals RUSA LGBT DC
Annapolis Best Twins Movers Gay Mens Chorus of Washington, DC Sally Kim
Ardiente Gentle Giant Moving Company Scandal DC
Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance (AGLA) George Mason University PD Scouts For Equality - Washington, DC Chapter
Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Gertrude Stein Democratic Club Seabury Resources for Aging
Astroglide GIWC Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International
AtlasVet GLIFAA LGBT+ Pride in Foreign Affairs Agencies Smithsonian Institution GLOBE
BAE Systems Inc GLINT, World Bank GLOBE, Sodexo
Balance Gym and International Organizations in D.C [solidcore]
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly GLOE SMYAL
Bet Mishpachah GW LGBT Alumni Association St. Johns Episcopal Church of Chevy Chase
Big Bus Tours Heart to Hand St. Margarets Episcopal Church
Bobby McKeys Dueling Piano Bar Heineken Starbucks
Booz Allen Hamilton Hilton State Farm Insurance
Capital Area Food Bank Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Stoli

PARADE
Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce HOT 99.5 Studio Theatre
Capital One Human Rights Campaign Studio V Private Musical Education
CareFirst ProPride Hyatt Hotels-Hypride SunTrust
Casa Ruby Inspired Teaching School Tagg Magazine
Celebrity Cruises Jose Contreras TD Bank
Centaur MC/ Leather Contingent Kaiser Permanente Team DC
Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) KhushDC The Academy of Washington, Inc
Chipotle Kofi Nartey The British Embassy
Chocolate City Burlesque & Cabaret La Clinica del Pueblo/Empodrate! The DC Center for the LGBT Community
Choice Hotels International Youth Center The Embassy Row Hotel
ChurchesUnitedInPride Latino GLBT History Project The Field School
Citi Community Development (LGBT Employees) LGBT Mormons, Families and Friends The Lesbian & Gay
City Dogs Rescue Liberation - D.C. Big Apple Corps Marching Band
Cobalt Library of Congress GLOBE/ The Nature Conservancy
Councilmember Charles Allen - Ward 6 Senate GLASS/LGBT CSA The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Councilmember Jack Evans Little River UCC The Trevor Project
CSC Live! Casino Uber
Dacha Beer Garden LivingSocial Unitarian Universalists of DC, Maryland, Virginia
and the Washington Ethical Society
DARCARS Lockheed Martin PRIDE
United Methodist Church
DC Brau Logan Circle Community Association
United States Armed Forces
DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson Marriott
(DoD Military, Civilians, and families)
DC Front Runners Melrose Georgetown Hotel
Vincent Orange, Councilmember At-Large,
DC Gurly Show and DC Kings Metro DC PFLAG Council of the District of Columbia
DC Habitat For Humanity Metro Weekly Washington Blade
DC Office of Human Rights Microsoft Washington National Cathedral
DC Public Library MPDC GLLU WeddingWire
DC Public Schools National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts WeJustCleanUp
DC Rawhides National LGBT Veterans Memorial Wells Fargo
DC Strokes Rowing Club Nellies Whitman-Walker Health
DCs Different Drummers Northrop Grumman WJLA
Denizens Brewing Co NOVA Pride Zipcar
Diageo Rainbow Network NovaSalud,Inc
Dignity/Washington Olde Towne Pet Resort
District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) One Love Massive
DORTCHDESIGNS One Medical Group
Dupont Circle ANC 2B Open Doors More Light Presbyterians
Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) OUT Riders Womens Motorcycle Club
Dupont Festival People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Episcopal Church of the Ascension Planned Parenthood Action Fund

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80
Forty years ago, DC saw the first
of what would become an annual
celebration of our citys LGBTA
community.

In the intervening four decades,


Capital Pride has grown from a
small street festival to nearly two
weeks of activities, culminating in a
huge parade and festival that draw
hundreds of thousands of people
each year.

But Pride is about more than the


events and the statistics. Its about
the people who come for a sense of
community, a chance to have fun,
and to find a place where they feel
welcome.

This year, as always, will be someones


very first Pride. And thats one of the
main reasons why Pride is still so
important after 40 years.

We asked some members of our


community to share their favorite
Pride memories and stories. And we
cant wait to hear the stories that
come from this years Pride!
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Jeremy Flanigan Jill McCrory
As a native Washingtonian, my first Capital Pride was in 1995 In 2004 three or four Baptists from two churches walked in the
when I was 17 years old and closeted. After having lived away parade with PFLAG. It was such an incredible experience that we
from DC for 12 years and attending different Pride celebrations, gathered more welcoming and affirming Baptist churches and
I returned to live in our nations capital and have established a built our own contingent. Ten years later, in 2014, we had over 60
flourishing career in which I am out and proud. marchers, three vehicles and nine churches! People are always
amazed to see the Baptists in the Parade and we are honored to
Ken South show our Baptist Pride!
My first Gay Liberation Parade was in NYC, walking up 7th Avenue
in June 1972. CJ Sidener
Pride is the most important to me because its a chance to be
I was by myself, so I ended up in many different groups as we
myself around others who are just like me. This year, Flashback
walked along. The most memorable was the Gay Vietnam
will be my first-ever Capital Pride Festival, and I am super excited
Veterans Against the War group led by Dr. Benjamin Spock!
to be marching on Saturday and taking part in the festivities.
Angelique Hannah Oscar (Osky) Lasso
The first time I laid eyes on what was about to be the love of my
DC Pride and its festival will always be part of my life. The two most
life was at Capital Pride 2014. She brought her motorcycle to ride
phenomenal moments were being on the parade advocating for
with OUT Riders WMC [Womens Motorcycle Club], which I am a
marriage equality in the District in 2005, before it was legal. Also,
member of. Over the last year she has since joined the club and
seeing PFLAG parents marching with their sons and daughters
we were able to meet once again. Our love for motorcycles, our
always gives me goosebumps.
love for supporting our community brought us together! This year
we will be riding side by side in what will be our one-year meeting Pride sends a message that we are human beings demanding
anniversary. Celebrating that day we met in style and in love! our human rights and that we will continue to host Pride until
everyone is treated equally.
Lauren Leopard
Two years ago after the Parade finished, two friends and I started I am celebrating that I met my husband at Pride eight years ago.
following the Parade as if we were a part of it.
Michael LeVan
Prince Vasquez I enjoy Pride every year. It is like a part of heaven comes down and
Two years ago, Pride saved my life by showing me [that] though I enjoy the awesome love I feel there from all the people. It is like
my friends dont accept me and my family is fighting to accept hugs from everyone. I stay strong all year long.
me, the world does accept me and showed it to me. Last year I
volunteered for Pride and I met, saw, and experienced a lot. I love
Rewanna Carter
Last year was my first Pride event. It meant so much to me to be
this community.
able to walk side by side with my daughter and daughter-in-law
Christina Carmon to show my love and support of their love. It was a very emotional
I met my future wife last year at the parade. We met while experience and one that I hope to repeat in the future.
leading the parade in the OUT Riders Womens Motorcycle Club.
Im planning on proposing after the parade in front of our club!!!!
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CHRONICLED IN THE WASHINGTON BLADE


By KEVIN NAFF
Editor, Washington Blade

Its often said that newspapers are our first draft of history, and
that certainly is true for coverage of Washington, D.C.s Pride
celebration, which marks its 40th anniversary this year.

The Washington Blade has been there throughout the ups and
downs of that history, from Prides modest beginnings in Dupont
Circle through the height of the AIDS crisis, when it was difficult
to celebrate, to its modern incarnation as a magnet for corporate
promotions and big-name pop music acts.

Over the years, the Blades coverage of Pride and of the city has
changed with the times. Who could have imagined 40 years ago
that the U.S. armed forces would send a Color Guard to kick off the
Pride parade, as it did last year? Or that the city would embrace
the Pride parade and festival, with tens of thousands lining the
parade route each year? Or that legally married gay and lesbian
couples with children would march alongside the Dykes on Bikes
and leather contingents?

The increased acceptance and visibility of the LGBT community


extends to the Blade as well, which celebrated its 45th anniversary
last year. The early writers and editors of the Blade likely could not
have conceived of a time when Blade staff would be welcomed into
the White House press pool and acknowledged by the president
of the United States at the annual correspondents dinner, as we
were last year. The pace of change has been breathtaking, even for
the most optimistic among us.

To celebrate and remember all that the community has been


through over the years, the Blade is publishing a glossy magazine
filled with photos from each of Prides 40 years. Check it out in
print on June 5 or online at washingtonblade.com.

Congratulations to Capital Pride for its success in continuing the


important traditions of celebrating Pride in D.C.

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2015 CAPITAL PRIDE
FESTIVAL MAP & BOOTHS
FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE SPONSOR PRIDE PARTNER
The Capital Pride Street Festival occurs along Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd
and 7th Streets on Sunday, June 14, between 12:00 noon and 7 p.m.; the Capitol
Stage Concert will continue on the Capitol Stage until 9:00 p.m. The United States 10 Billion Lives Tour
Capitol has served as the iconic backdrop to the Capitol Stage for hundreds of
performances from local and national entertainers, politicians, and activists for Abbvie Hepatitis C Community Education Program
19 years. Adas Israel Congregation
Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma
The Festival is DCs largest annual one-day event with over 150,000 visitors, nearly Affirmation LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends
300 sponsor and vendor exhibits, three entertainment stages, three beverage AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees)
gardens, a family area, and numerous food vendors offering a huge selection of AHF-AIDS Healthcare Foundation
various cuisines. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church
Amber Forever Amber
DONATIONS American Civil Liberties Union of the Nations Capital
Although the Festival is free, please consider supporting Capital Pride with a American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,
$5 - $20 donation as you enter the Festival site from 7th Street or 6th Street so we National Capital Area
can continue to keep it free for many years to come!
American Military Partner Association
FAMILY AND PET POLICY American University Pride Alumni Alliance
The Festival is family friendly. However, due to large crowds and very hot asphalt, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
we must insist that four-legged family members (pets) stay at home. Ameritech Construction
The Family Area and Kids Fun Zone has been expanded and moved to 4th Street. Amnesty International USA
Be sure to visit and enjoy the inflatable water slide, moon bounce, and other fun Amtrak
family activities. Annapolis Best Twins Movers
Arena Stage
INFORMATION AND CAPITAL PRIDE MERCHANDISE Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance (AGLA)
Visit the Festival information booth on Pennsylvania Avenue and 6th Street with Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists
any questions for Festival staff or to purchase official Capital Pride merchandise.
Astroglide
ACCESSIBLE PARKING AXIOS/DC
Limited accessible parking is available on Constitution Avenue (enter from 7th
Street). You will need to display your documentation to pass the police checkpoint. Bartered Threads
Bath Fitter
GENERAL PARKING/METRO Be You Fashion
Parking is extremely limited near the Festival site. We encourage participants to Beldon Home Solutions
take Metro using the following stations: Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue), Metro Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream
Center (Red/Orange/Blue), Gallery Place (Red/Yellow/Green) or Archives/Navy
Bet Mishpachah
Memorial (Yellow/Green ).
Blue Dog Boarding and Daycare Kensington
RESTOOMS Boeing
Restrooms are located north of Pennsylvania Avenue on 6th Street, north of Booz Allen Hamilton
Pennsylvania Avenue near 4th Street, and inside each Beverage Garden. BRO
ALCHOHOL POLICY Calvary Baptist Church
Alcoholic beverages are sold only at the Beverage Gardens within the Festival Cannabis Style
grounds. Beverages purchased inside the Gardens must be consumed inside Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
the fenced area; Absolutely no beverages (including water) may be taken into or
Capital Area Rainbowlers Association
outside of the fenced area.
Capital One
RUBY ROAD Capital Splats Racquetball League
New for 2015 is Ruby Road: The 40th Celebration of Capital Pride. Ruby Road will Capital Tennis Association
feature a large-scale replica of the timeline that is included in this book. There will Casa Ruby
be plenty of photo opportunities and nostalgia to keep you entertained. During Celebrity Cruises
your visit, you will be able to enjoy cocktails, selections from the food court, and Central Intelligence Agency
performances at the Monument Stage. The area will have covered seating and
Chipotle
picnic tables. While Ruby Road is open to people of all ages, please be aware that
alcohol is being served, and therefore all beverages must stay within the fenced Choice Hotels International
area. Persons under 21 years of age who illegally consume alcohol are subject to Church of the Pilgrims
ticketing, prosecution, and removal from the Festival. ChurchesUnitedInPride
CIC Wealth
KEEP HYDRATED Citi Community Development (LGBT Employees)
Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated. Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ
FIRST AID Closet America
First Aid is available on-site and qualified medical personnel will assist you. If you Coldwell Banker
are feeling ill or become injured, please seek help at one of these locations on 4th or Compassion Over Killing
6th Streets, NW; or ask any Pride volunteer in the bright staff shirts for assistance. CruiseOne (SmithPollin Group)
CSC
ATMS
ATMs are located throughout the Festival site. DARCARS
Darryl! Moch
PLEASE, NO PETS, NO GLASS, NO BOTTLES, AND NO LAWN CHAIRS. Thank You! DC Front Runners
DC Leather Pride
DC Office of Human Rights

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FESTIVAL EXHIBITORS
DC Public Library LPAC - the nations first and only Stoli
DC Rock Jocks Lesbian PAC SunTrust
DC Strokes Rowing Club
Machar, The Washington Congregation Tagg Magazine
DCRCC
for Secular Humanistic Judaism Taking Actions
DCs Different Drummers
Marriott Team DC
Deloitte
Mer+ge Apparel TEKsystems
Department of Energy
Metro DC PFLAG Temple Emanuel of Kensington, MD --
Dignity/Washington
Metro Weekly a Reform Jewish Congregation
District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC)
MetroPCS Temple Shalom
Dog is Good
Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing Testing Makes Us Stronger
Donate Life - Be A Donor
Military Partners and Families Coalition The Change Project
Donor Sibling Registry
Mimi Evans The Cherry Fund
Dulles Triangles
More Light Presbyterians The DC Center for the LGBT Community
Eastern Womens Baseball Conference Morgan Stanley The District of Columbia
Edward Jones Investments MPDC GLLU Office on Aging
Episcopal Church of the Ascension The Embassy Row Hotel
N2N Bodywear
Erie Insurance The Fillmore Silver Spring
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Ernest Walker & The Warner Theatre
National City Christian Church
Eye Doctors of Washington The Intrepid Wendell
National Gay Pilots Association
The JBG Companies
Family & Youth Initiative National LGBT Veterans Memorial
The Kennedy Center
Family Equality Council National Organization of Gay and Lesbian
The Nature Conservancy
FCKH8 Scientists and Technical Professionals
The New York Times
Federal Bureau of Investigation Chesapeake Region
The Phillips Collection
Federal Triangles Soccer Club Neon Nation LLC
The PrEP Clinic at Andromeda
Food & Friends New York Life
The Trevor Project
Food Lion Nice Jewish Girls
Thompson Creek Windows
Friendship Hospital for Animals Northrop Grumman
Tifereth Israel Congregation
NOVA Pride
Gay Mens Chorus of Washington, DC Tish Mayne
NovaSalud,Inc
Gay Mens Health Collaborative Transgender Education
Gay Spirits Olde Towne Pet Resort Association (TGEA)
GLIFAA LGBT+ Pride in One Medical Group
Uber
Foreign Affairs Agencies one on one yoga class n candles
oils crystals and more U.S. Attorneys Office
GLOE
for the District of Columbia
Gold Key Resorts Paiges Promotions (for Wyndham) Union, Dupont & Palisades Veterinary Clinics
Habitat For Humanity DC PAL- People Animals Love Unitarian Universalists of DC, Maryland,
HAHSTA-Rubber Revolution People for the Ethical Virginia and the Washington Ethical Society
Hard Rock Cafe Treatment of Animals (PETA) United States Armed Forces
Heart to Hand Planned Parenthood Action Fund (DoD Military, Civilians, and families)
Heineken PNC Bank Unity of Fairfax
Helping Hands Affordable Power Home Remodeling Group US Census Bureau
Veterinary Surgery & Dental Care Prime Timers of DC USTA Mid-Atlantic Section
Hilton Punch
Verizon FiOS
Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Quakers for Equality Virginia Gay & Lesbian
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Queer Asians United Chamber of Commerce
Hot 99.5
Viridian
Human Rights Campaign Rainbow Response Coalition
Hyatt Hotels-Hypride Ravensworth Baptist Church Walgreens
ReconcilingWorks Wanda Alston Foundation
Inova Juniper Program
Washington Animal Rescue League
Iona Senior Services Sally Kim
Washington Blade
Sapient PRIDE
Kaiser Permanente Washington Chiropractic
Seabury Resources for Aging
Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants Washington Humane Society
Seaplane Shirts
kofi Nartey Washington Renegades Rugby
Secular Coalition for America
Football Club
La Clinica del Pueblo/Empodrate! Shakespeare Theatre Company
Washington Scandals Rugby Football Club
Youth Center She Peppers
WeJustCleanUp
Lambda Pride: University of Sixth & I
Wells Fargo
Maryland Alumni SMYAL
Whitman-Walker Health
Lambda Sci-Fi sPACYcLOUd
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Latino GLBT History Project Sportrock Climbing Centers
LGBT Democrats of Virginia St. Georges Episcopal Church of Arlington Year Up National Capital Region
Live! Casino Starbucks
Star Financial Zipcar
Loews Madison Hotel
Log Cabin Republicans of DC State Farm Insurance

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CARLY RAE JEPSEN EN VOGUE
Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen Terry Ellis, Dawn Robison, Maxine Jones, Cindy Herron-Braggs
recently released her new single I Really Like You and unveiled the The groups name rings more than a bell. It evokes memories of a
accompanying music video, which has almost 30 million views and long line of red-hot R&B and pop smashes recorded in the 1990s.
features Tom Hanks and Jepsens labelmate Justin Bieber. Jepsen Songs like Hold On, My Lovin (Youre Never Gonna Get It), Giving
wrote the track with J. Kash and the Cardigans Peter Svensson, Him Something He Can Feel, Free Your Mind, and Whatta Man,
who also produced it. The 80s-inspired I Really Like You is the first featuring Salt-N-Pepa, are just a sampling of the mega hits made
single from Jepsens upcoming second album, which will be released famous by the pop/R&B super group.
by Schoolboy Records/Interscope this summer. Jepsen recently
debuted a new track titled All That on SNL during her musical guest Fusing style, sophistication, sass, and sex appeal, the En Vogue
performance on April 4th accompanied by Dev Hynes and Ariel formula was magical and the group went on to sell over eight
Rechtshaid. She co-wrote the track with Hynes, who co-produced it million albums. In total, En Vogue recorded five albums: 1990s Born
along with Rechtshaid. To Sing; 1992s Funky Divas; 1997s EV3; 2000s Masterpiece
Theatre; and 2002s The Gift of Christmas. There have also been
Jepsen has been hard at work with such collaborators as Rami Yacoub several compilations released including 1999s Best of En Vogue
(One Direction, Nicki Minaj), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Jack Antonoff and 2001s The Very Best of En Vogue.
(Fun., Taylor Swift), Ariel Rechtshaid (Charli XCX, Haim), Tegan and
Sara, Vampire Weekends Rostam Batmanglij, Greg Kurstin (Sia) and Since En Vogues 1990 debut, the ladies set a standard for female
2015 Grammy-winning Producer of the Year Max Martin, writing R&B and pop acts like Destinys Child and the Pussycat Dolls. While
and recording the songs that will appear on the follow-up to her US En Vogue may have been trendsetters for those who followed them,
debut album Kiss, which featured her blockbuster breakout hit Call the group itself began receiving comparisons to the Supremes,
Me Maybe. That song climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts especially after internal differences caused original member Dawn
in over 47 countries and has sold over 17 million singles worldwide Robinson to exit the group in 1997. Fellow member Maxine Jones
to date. It earned Jepsen 2012 Grammy nominations for Best Pop followed suit and left the group in 2001. But unlike the Supremes, En
Solo Performance and Song of the Year. Kiss also spawned the follow Vogue has never disbanded. The remaining original members Cindy
up hit Good Time, a duet with Owl City, which has been certified Herron-Braggs and Terry decided to revamp En Vogue and added
double-platinum. new member Rhona Bennett.
Although they embarked on their musical journey nearly 20 years
Jepsen spent much of 2014 starring in the Broadway production of ago, En Vogues appeal is greater than ever before. In 2012, the trio
Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella, earning rave reviews. (Cindy, Terry, and Rhona) toured worldwide and undertook some
film and television projects. Having grown musically, emotionally,
professionally, and creatively, the ladies believe each day is a living
affirmation. Hold on to your love, as these ladies love to singthey
have no plans to ever let go.
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HEADLINERS
WILSON PHILLIPS
As the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album approaches, Wilson Phillips has a lot to
celebrate. Since the beginning of their union in 1990, the group has won the Billboard Music
Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for the now-iconic single Hold On, and has been
nominated for four Grammy Awards, as well as two American Music Awards.

After a 10-year hiatus, Wilson Phillips reunited and is back to business releasing albums and
making appearances. In 2011, they appeared in the blockbuster hit comedy Bridesmaids and
starred in a TV Guide Network reality show: Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On. Additionally,
Chynna Phillips competed on ABCs Dancing with the Stars and Carnie Wilson hosted Karaoke
USA and participated on Celebrity Wife Swap.

All of the women commit their time and energy to various charities. Carnie Wilson, for instance,
competed in the Chopped Tournament of Stars: Rachel vs. Guy, in 2014, to represent WLSFA
(Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America) and won $10,000 for second place.

Since 2011 Wilson Phillips has been on tour performing their #1 hits Hold On, Release Me,
and Youre in Love, among other hits and covers. Dedicated, their latest recorded album in
2012, released in honor of their 20th anniversary, consisted of cover songs originally penned
by their famous parents groups (the Mamas and Papas and the Beach Boys). Created without
the input of their family members, the albums renditions of hits such as California Dreamin
and God Only Knows epitomize the harmonies of Wilson Phillips and accentuate the classic
songs with a breath of fresh air.

With five studio albums under their belt and their impressive pedigree as the daughters of
performers from two legendary groups, Wilson Phillipss harmony-rich sound still sets them
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AMBER KATY TIZ
Born in the Netherlands, raised partially in Germany by a mother When Katy Tiz was growing up she wanted to be Jim Carrey. Or, rather,
who is a songwriter and piano teacher and a father who is an op- the weird, estranged, comedic actress daughter of Jim Carrey. Which
era singer, Amber considers music a naturally given gift, genetically is to say that the UK pop singer didnt slap on a pair of high heels
passed on. and stumble into music until her late teens. Since then, her goal has
In 1995, after years of demos and small local performances, she re- always been to write relatable music. Personally, I search for songs
ceived an offer from a label in the US to produce her debut single that comfort me and let me know Im not the only one who feels a
This is Your Night. She went on to amass an impassioned army of certain way, Katy says. If I help one person through what I was feel-
fans with four full-length albums and a string of worldwide smash ing when I wrote a song, Ill be happy.
hits that include: This is Your Night (1996); One More Night
(1997); If You Could Read My Mind (1998); Sexual (1999); The After Katys fiercely impassioned song Fire Fire caught the ear of
Need to be Naked (2002); Voodoo (2005); No More Tears (2008), the music industry, she flew to LA and signed with Republic/Lava Re-
with Zelma Davis; and I Dont Believe in Hate (2009). cords. Ironically, as they were releasing her single, Katy and Republic/
Lava parted ways in the summer of 2013. It was a low point, but Katy
Amber has racked up an impressive seven consecutive Number-1 stayed focused and stuck it out in LA.
dance singles and an additional six Top-10 dance hits. Her songs
have received many awards, been featured on countless compila- In October of 2013, she went into Rock Mafias studio to record The
tions, been licensed by motion pictures and TV series, and been cov- Big Bang, a boisterous pop number that was initially released in
ered by an array of artists. She co-wrote one track called Bless You 2010. The song earned Katy the honor of being named Clear Chan-
Child for Bette Midlers album release in 2000, and in 2004, Chers nel/iHeartRadios On The Verge artist, a huge coup. Since then, the
rendition of Love One Another earned Amber a Grammy nomina- single has entered the Hot 100 chart, iTunes Top Pop Songs chart,
tion as a writer. and Shazams Top 100 USA. The songs success, as well as Katys un-
Amber is now an independent artist with her own label, JMCA wavering, good-spirited determination, also scored her a new record
Enterprises. With her first self-released album My Kind of World label deal with Atlantic, which will release her debut album later this
(2004), she took her greatest risk to date by shining a light on the year.
deepest and sometimes the darkest parts of her heart and soul.
The result was a collection of literate, often brutally honest songs For Katy, an outspoken, witty songwriter who has some cheeky Jim
that revealed Ambers renegade spirit. Carrey behavior left in her still, the music begins with the inspira-
tions that have lingered since childhood, from reggae beats to soul
I am in a happy place now, says Amber, and there is nothing like vocalists, from Stevie Wonder to Katy Perry. Music is everything to
owning your own music and masters and running your own show me. Its my best friend, my worst enemy, my boyfriend and my ex
and destiny. No longer do I have to live in anyone elses world or rolled into one. Im extremely dedicated, but never want one day to
dance to someone elses beat, she says. go by without a good laugh.
As if she ever really did....
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GINGER MINJ VIOLET CHACHKI
Ginger has long reigned as The Comedy Queen of The South, with Violet is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but her persona reflects vintage
the pageant titles, including Miss Gay United States 2013, Miss Hollywood Burlesque. An accomplished aerialist, she is known
National Comedy Queen 2012 and others, to prove it. Originally for sophisticated and thrilling performances blending strip tease,
from Leesburg, Florida a town so small they didnt even have acrobatics and fetish art. Violet cites influences including Bettie
a McDonalds she now calls Orlando home. The self-professed Page, Dita Von Teese, legendary model Dovima, Thierry Mugler, and
nicest bitch youll ever meet cites classic funny ladies Carol Burnett renowned DJ Lady Miss Kier. Her name is inspired by her love of
and Lucille Ball as her idols. collecting bric-a-brac such as vintage Avon bottles, poodle statues,
and clown paraphernalia.
Gingers future career goals, include breaking into a theatrical
comedy career similar to other current plus-sized comedians like Though she can appear guarded at first glance, Violet describes
Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson. Shes already got the acting herself as an open book. Most people are initially afraid to approach,
credits. Before becoming Ginger Minj, this talented performer but find me to be generally friendly when they do, she remarks.
was a child actor starring in a series of Christian movies and books However, I wear my heart on my sleeve and cant easily fake emotion,
on tape, and even won a Best Actor Award for the state of Florida so my true feelings always show. When not touring and traveling
in 2002. domestically or internationally, Violet continues to call Atlanta, GA,
her home.

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Talk before you...

Protect yourself and your partner. Talk about testing, your status, condoms, and
new options like medicines that prevent and treat HIV. Get the facts and tips
on how to start the conversation at cdc.gov/ActAgainstAIDS/StartTalking.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 AFFILIATED EVENTS
OFFICIAL EVENT Capturing Fire:
Heroes Gala Queer Spoken Word Summit & Slam
Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square 7:00 PM The DC Center for the LGBT Community
801 K St., NW, Washington, DC 6/05/2015 - 6/07/2015
Join us for an evening to honor the Capital Pride Heroes, Engendered 2000 14th St NW, Washington, DC
Spirit recipients, and other honorees for their dedication to the Capturing Fire is an international spoken word and poetry festival
LGBT community in the DC metro area. The Paving the Way award where queer-identified writers gather for a poetry slam after three
will be presented to former US Attorney General Eric Holder with a days of panels, workshops, and performances.
featured performance by Steve Grand.
Event Sponsors include: Celebrity Cruises, Wells Fargo, and Hilton.
www.capitalpride.org/heroes Where I Belong:
Finding Myself Under a Big Top
THURSDAY, JUNE 4 Sweet Spot Aerial Productions, Inc.
AFFILIATED EVENTS Atlas Performing Arts Center 8:30 PM
1333 H St., NE, Washington, DC
9th Annual DC Latino Pride: Against a backdrop of dazzling circus and aerial performances,
La Pltica Panel Discussion one man is dismayed to find himself in the afterlife surrounded
by the queers and sinners hed always believed were destined for
Latino GLBT History Project 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hell. But as he travels through this new landscape, witnessing jaw-
Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum dropping aerial acts that shatter his perceptions of bigotry, gender,
1640 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC friendship, and love, he discovers that where he ultimately belongs
Panel discussion about challenges faced by LGBT Latino youth is the last place he expected...under a big top.
and family acceptance during the coming out process. The www.sweetspotdc.org
evening will include a reception with appetizers and wine, a
community resource fair, free HIV testing, DC Mayors Latino Pride Womens Kick-Off After Party
Proclamation, and a historical HIV exhibit at the Human Rights
Campaign Equality Forum. Scandal DC
www.LatinoGLBTHistory.org/latinopride Comet Ping Pong 10:00 PM - 3:00 AM
5037 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Pride on the Rocks Scandal DC Presents Womens Pride Kick-Off After Party at Comet
Ping Pong. Get ready to dance, drink, and be entertained by DCs
NOVA Pride finest Drag Kings. Music provided by DJ Deedub & Lez Rage.
RedRocks Arlington 7:00 PM www.facebook.com/scandaldcparty
2501 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA
Pride on the Rocks with Team Trivia will be a great time for
everyone, with $12 flights of RedRocks great beer selection, but SATURDAY, JUNE 6
those who receive our NOVA Pride stamp will be getting even OFFICIAL EVENTS
better VIP deals.
www.novapride.org/rocks Volunteer Orientation
Hotel Palomar
2121 P St NW, Washington DC
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
OFFICIAL EVENT Mandatory orientation for all volunteers supporting the
Official Womens Kickoff Party: community during the 40th Celebration of Pride in the Nations
Capital, specifically the Pride Parade and Festival. Food and fun will
Pride in the Sky be provided to keep up the energy for an amazing week.
Presented by The Ladies of LURe and Tagg Magazine NEW VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME TO REGISTER AT THIS EVENT
Hosted by Ackerman Brown PLLC
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Saturday Night Fever:
Rooftop at 2101 L Street, NW, Washington, DC A Poolside Cocktail Party
Featuring Music by DJ Civil | Drink Specials | Chances to win HRC, Capital Pride Alliance, and Vida Fitness
Washington Mystics Tickets
Tickets: $10 (Must be purchased prior to the event. All sales are Penthouse Pool and Lounge
final.) 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM VIP Hour
www.taggmagazine.com/tagg-swagg/pridekickoff 9:00 PM - General Admission
1612 U St., NW, Washington, DC
Time to get your groove on at the Saturday Night Fever Pool Party,
presented by Vida Fitness and Penthouse Pool & Lounge. Disco,
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night. Take a dip in the pool and enjoy a special menu of delicious
tastings from the Penthouse menu. Plus two complimentary
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cocktails with each ticket and a cash bar with Stoli specialty drinks Stonewall Regatta
and other premium products. Plus plenty of juicy eye candy! DC Strokes Rowing Club
Rent a cabana for you and five guests before they sell out and enjoy Anacostia Community Boathouse
a VIP hour of complimentary hors doeuvres and one bottle of bottle 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
service. General admission ticket includes two complimentary 1900 M St., SE, Washington, DC
drinks. www.hrc.org/saturdaynight Hundreds of rowers from across the United
States will compete in a full day of racing.
Summer Pop Off & Volunteer Kick-Off Admission is free. For the best view of the
finish line and the pre- and post-race action
w/ DJ Chord (along with concessions and bathrooms),
Town Danceboutique 10:00 PM come to the boathouse (nearest Metro:
Potomac Avenue). For the best view of the
2009 8th St., NW, Washington, DC complete race, the Anacostia Trail pedestrian
Make your summer playlist pop with a night of music dedicated bridge or Anacostia Park are good options.
to all the best sounds of 2015, plus flashbacks of summer jams The event is hosted by DC Strokes Rowing
of the past. Capital Pride Volunteers, who attended the volunteer Club, one of only a handful of independent
orientation, will enjoy the night with free entry courtesy of Town. LGBT rowing clubs in the world.
www.stonewallregatta.org
AFFILIATED EVENT
Where I Belong: MONDAY, JUNE 8
Finding Myself Under a Big Top OFFICIAL EVENT
Sweet Spot Aerial Productions, Inc. Music in the Night
Atlas Performing Arts Center 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Presented by Hilton Hotels
1333 H St., NE, Washington, DC
Against a backdrop of dazzling circus and aerial performances, & Resorts
one man is dismayed to find himself in the afterlife surrounded Town Danceboutique 8 - 11 PM
by the queers and sinners hed always believed were destined for
Hell. But as he travels through this new landscape, witnessing jaw-
2009 8th St., NW,
A night of great musical theater continues
dropping aerial acts that shatter his perceptions of bigotry, gender,
with the 4th Annual Music in the Night,
friendship, and love, he discovers that where he ultimately belongs
hosted by Joshua Morgan. Each year Capital
is the last place he expected...under a big top.
Pride spotlights our local theater talent
www.sweetspotdc.org
and community at this fun-filled evening
of music and cocktails. Performances by
SUNDAY, JUNE 7 Shayna Blass, Michael Mainwaring, Bobby
Smith, Grant Saunders, Brian McNally,
OFFICIAL EVENT Bridget Lindsenmeyer, Harrison Smith, Bayla
Day in the Park: Whitten, Farrell Parker, Dorea Schmidt, Jimmy
Mavrikes, Ines Nassara, and Potomac Fever
5th Annual Drag Ball & Outdoor Movie of the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington, DC.
Stead Park 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM www.capitalpride.org/music
1625 P St., NW, Washington, DC
A day of fun consisting of Stonewall Kickball players in drag and
DCs loveliest queens in kickball uniforms competing to determine
TUESDAY, JUNE 9
who the Queens of the Ball really are. After the game grab some OFFICIAL EVENTS
grub, a picnic basket and blanket and get ready to relax to an Capital Pride Interfaith Service
outdoor movie under the stars: TO WONG FU.
Center Faith
AFFILIATED EVENTS All Souls Church, Unitarian
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Foundry UMC
1500 Harvard St., NW
Opening Doors to Equality for 20 Years THEME: Racial justice in LGBT communities
Foundry United Methodist Church of faith
Featured speakers:
9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, Co-Director, Many Voices
1500 15th St., NW, Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera, Religion and Faith
Foundry United Methodist Church (UMC) celebrates 30 years of Program Director of Latino and Catholic
welcoming outreach and engagement with our LGBTQ neighbors and Initiatives, Human Rights Campaign
the 20th anniversary of formally becoming a Reconciling Congregation.
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host of special guests, the Capital Pride event will feature stand-
Womens Spoken Word up comedy, music, special guests, and opportunities for fans to
engage in this important cause. THE ALLY COALITION was created
Busboys & Poets by Grammy-winning band FUN. and designer Rachel Antonoff,
8:30PM-11:30 PM whose mission is to inspire people to take action for LGBTQ people
through education, awareness, and advocacy. Featuring W. Kamau
5th & K, 1025 5th St., NW, Washington, DC Bell, Bridget Everett, Rachel Dratch, Chelsea Shorte, and Special
Join Busboys and Poets and Capital Pride for the annual Womens
Guests TBA.
Spoken Word. This year were taking it to the next level with a DJ,
live band, and burlesque. To accommodate as many beautiful folks AFFILIATED EVENT
as we possibly can were making this a FULL-STORE event.
Spoken Word Host/MC: Shelly Bell
La Fiesta Dance Party
Performances by: Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret and Latino GLBT History Project
singer/songwriter Be Steadwell. For two hours the mic will be open Town Danceboutique 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
to women-identified folks of all backgrounds to share their stories 2009 8th St., NW, Washington, DC
through words. Tickets: $10 Latino Prides Official Dance Party will feature April Carrion from
www.capitalpride.org/spoken-word RuPauls Drag Race Season 6, DCs top LGBT Latino drag kings &
queens, and an all-night Latino Pride dance party spinning DCs
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 best Latin beats from DJ Joel el Especialista of El Zol 107.9 FM.
www.LatinoGLBTHistory.org/latinopride
OFFICIAL EVENTS
DC Bike Party Pride Ride FRIDAY, JUNE 12
Start: Dupont Circle Fountain 7:00 PM OFFICIAL EVENTS
Finish & After Party
Cobalt, 1639 R St., NW, Washington, DC
DC Front Runners Pride Run 5K
Join DC Bike Party and Capital Pride as we team up again for the Congressional Cemetery 7:00 PM
brightest DCBP ever. This years Capital Pride theme is Flashback, 1801 E St., S.E, Washington, DC
so deck yourself and your bike out in your favorite decade style. This June 12th the DC Front Runners Pride Run 5K returns a race
Outrageousness encouraged, if not required. The ride will end of friendly competition, an evening of community and celebration,
along 17th Street with the official after-party at Cobalt. and an Official Event of the 40th Celebration of Pride in the
Nations Capital. www.dcfrpriderun.com
Capital Pride Jello Wrestling
Scandal DC Flashback Opening Dance Party
Penn Social 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM Presented by Capital Pride & BrightestYoungThings
801 E St., NW, Washington, DC Arena Stage 8:30 PM
Scandal DC Presents Capital Pride Jello Wrestling at Penn Social. 1101 6th St., SW, Washington, DC
Come on out for a night of booze, merriment, and JELLO WRESTLING. The BYT & Capital Pride partnership continues to bring you one
Come challenge a friend in our Jello Pit or just sit back and enjoy of the most amazing parties of the year. Flashback is this years
the festivities with a boozy drink in hand. Official Pride Opening Party where you will enjoy a dance party
www.facebook.com/scandaldcparty takeover of Arena Stage! Gonna make you sweat!
www.capitalpride.org/flashback

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 AFFILIATED EVENTS


OFFICIAL EVENTS National Pride Shabbat
Rooftop Rally Congregation Bet Mishpachah
The Embassy Row Hotel 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 6th and I Historic Synagogue 6:30 - 10:00 PM
2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 600 I St., NW, Washington, DC
Connect with volunteers, donors, and all supporters of Capital On the night before the Capital Pride Parade, Rabbi Shira of Sixth
Pride to enjoy an evening under the stars on the roof deck of the & I, Rabbi Laurie Green of Bet Mishpachah, and members of GLOE
Embassy Row Hotel. You can also bring your swimsuit to cool off in lead an inclusive service that celebrates the diversity of the DC
the rooftop pool. Jewish community, followed by dinner.

UNCIVIL UNION: Comedy for Equality


Howard Theater 8:00 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 13
620 T St., NW, Washington, DC OFFICIAL EVENTS
Comedy for Equality is a special benefit concert for The Ally Historic Gay DC Walking Tour
Coalition and part of the 40th Celebration of Pride in the Nations Dupont Circle Fountain 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Capital. UNCIVIL UNION will bring together the artistic community The tour sets off across the street from the Dupont Circle metro,
to raise awareness and funds to end discrimination against at Q and 20th Streets. In the 1960s, the Dupont Circle area was a
LGBTQ people. Headlined by Wyatt Cenac, Bridget Everett, and a center of antiwar activism and the counterculture, an environment

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in which many of the young gay and lesbian activists of the 1970s at the forefront of the GLBT community. Learn more about Cherry
learned the tactics of protest. In the 1970s and 80s, Dupont Circle Fund at www.cherryfund.org
became the center of Washington, DC, gay life. Join in on this
walking tour highlighting bars, homes, and protest spots that AFFILIATED EVENTS
have played a significant role in the experiences of the lesbian, Queer & Now:
gay, bisexual, and transgender communities of Washington, DC.
Guided tour hosted by Brock Thompson with information provided Youth Dance at Capital Pride
by www.rainbowhistory.org. SMYAL 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
National City Christian Church
Crack of Noon Parade Day Pride Brunch 5 Thomas Cir., NW, Washington, DC
Dupont Circle Hotel 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Once the Parade is over, come party at the only youth-exclusive
1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC event over Capital Pride weekend - the Queer & Now dance! Join
Ease your way into one of the best days of the year with a fantastic us at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle for FREE
meal, wonderful company, and general merriment before watching dancing, food, and HIV testing - an evening to remember now and
the Capital Pride Parade. Join us for the first annual Crack of Noon always.
Parade Day Pride Brunch at the beautifully renovated Dupont www.smyal.org
Circle Hotel.
Enjoy a delicious gourmet buffet, a complimentary mimosa, and Asia After Dark: Peacockalypse
cash bar featuring specialty Stoli cocktails and other premium Hosted by the Silk Road Society 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
products. Attendees will have meet & greet opportunities with
special guests and have access to view the Pride Parade outside on Freer and Sackler Galleries
the Dupont Circle patio following the brunch. 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
Don your finest feathers for the first Asia After Dark of 2015, the
Seats are limited and will not be available for purchase at the door
thirteenth in this series of beloved after-hours parties. Flash back to the
the day of the event. Visit the website for more details.
gilded glamour of the Peacock Room and meet its alter ego Filthy Lucre,
www.capitalpride.org/brunch
an installation by contemporary artist Darren Waterston that reimagines
Whistlers famous work as a resplendent ruin. Strut through the galleries
Pride Parade presented by Marriott sporting gold temporary tattoos, take offbeat tours, fashion your own
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM masterpiece, and make fun photo-booth memories. While sipping
Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods specialty cocktails, shake a tail feather to music by activist pop rock trio
Join tens of thousands of people to watch this landmark event and BETTY and repeat the Asia After Dark mantra: Art, Drink, and Be Happy!
one of Washington, DCs, favorite parades! The Capital Pride Parade Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.
travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ends in @FreerSackler | #asiaafterdark | www.asia.si.edu/asiaafterdark
the Logan Circle neighborhood. The Parade will include more than
170 contingents-floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment- consisting #UndergroundThrowdown
of local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit HIERARCHY 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
awardees, politicians, community groups, drag queens, dogs, and
1847 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC
much more. www.capitalpride.org/parade
Scorpio Entertainment & Troyal Events present Capital Prides liveliest
dance partyUNDERGROUND! Enter a fantasy wonderland that warps
F.U.S.E. Womens Main Event you through the past four decades of gay pop culture! DJ Edward Daniels
The Howard Theatre 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM spins the biggest dance hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, including
620 T St., NW, Washington, DC Disco and Motown, as well as EDM and current Top 100 pop! This 40th
The Ladies of LURe, Tagg Magazine, and Capital Pride continue to anniversary multi-level celebration is not to be missed! RSVP online at
team up to bring you the hottest womens event of the year. www.UndergroundThrowdown.com
#UndergroundThrowdown | 18 to enter. 21 to drink.
Cherry Fund & Capital Pride Afterhours Mixtape
Tropicalia 3:30 AM - 9:30 AM
9:30 Club 11:00 PM
2001 14th St., NW, Washington, DC
Capital Pride continues to partner with The Cherry Fund to bring 620 T St., NW, Washington, DC
you another amazing after-hours event, featuring the tech and MIXTAPE is a high-energy, alternative dance party hosted by award-
house beats of DJs X Gonzalez and Sean Morris. With special wow winning DJs Matt Bailer and Shea Van Horn. The duo are known for their
effects and decor, get ready to ROCK well into the early morning; eclectic mix of alt-pop, indie rock, nu-disco, house, new wave, old school
bar reopens at 8am. $35 advance, $40 door. 21+ See you there! jams, and anything else they think youll love dancing to. The MIXTAPE
party has been named DCs BEST MENS PARTY by The Washington
CHARITY DANCE EVENT: your support of Cherry and this event Blade (2015 and 2013), DCs BEST GAY DANCE PARTY by Washingtonian
contributes to the efforts of passionate health and social advocates magazine, and BEST MONTHLY GAY DANCE PARTY by BYTs Brightest
Young Gays. Tickets: $15, Ages 18+ www.MIXTAPEdc.com

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SUNDAY, JUNE 14
OFFICIAL EVENTS
Pride Festival presented by Live! Casino
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Pride Concert presented by Hot 99.5
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pennsylvania Ave., NW, between 3rd and 7th Sts., NW
Join us on DCs historic Pennsylvania Avenue at the 40th Annual
Pride Festival! Come for a day full of entertainment, music, food,
drink, education, and celebration. The festival is open to everyone,
and there is no fee for entry; however donations are very much
encouraged and appreciated! The Festival is family-friendly. Due
to large crowds and very hot asphalt, we recommend that pets
stay at home. The Capital Pride Festival includes three stages of
national and local talent and will host 300 exhibitors including
local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses,

OUR DIFFERENCE food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their
services to our community.

IS OUR STRENGTH. Free to the public. Please note there are a limited number of tickets
available for the Pit by the stage (Pit Passes) as well as the VIP
beverage garden and viewing area.
www.capitalpride.org/festival & www.capitalpride.org/concert
Boeing proudly supports those who
understand that by celebrating
our differences, we are truly able
Flower Power: Official Closing Party
to come together as one. Cobalt 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
1639 R St.,, NW, Washington, DC
Keep the celebration going and your dancing shoes on for the Official
Closing Party of the 40th Celebration of Pride in the Nations Capital.
Tickets: $5 - Ages 18+

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Ladies Tea
Scandal DC 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Penn Social 801 E St., NW, Washington DC
Close out Pride in style with a dance party of EPIC proportions at our
Ladies Tea Event. Steps from the Festival, our DJs will help you leave
your heart on the dance floor. www.facebook.com/scandaldcparty

JUNE 2015
Night OUT at the Nationals
Team DC 6/17/2015 5:00 PM Nationals Park
Annual LGBT Night with the Washington Nationals vs. the Tampa Bay
Rays. Gates open at 5:00 PM with DJ in the Scoreboard Pavilion. Be a
part of the Largest LGBT community event in professional sports!

Sylvester & Orphanos:


Our Odyssey and LGBT Publishing
Library of Congress 6/18/2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
James Madison Building, Montpelier Room (Sixth Floor)
101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC
As part of the LGBT pride celebration in Washington, DC, the Library
of Congress is hosting a lecture by Stathis Orphanos of Sylvester &
Orphanos publishers of Los Angeles. Sylvester & Orphanos are Ralph
Sylvester and Stathis Orphanos, partners in life, as well as business.
From 1976 to 2005, they published 25 fine editions, culminating
with their landmark work: Tsarouchis, the Face of Modern Greece, a
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JOIN US FOR THE 19TH NATIONAL DINNER

OCTOBER 3, 2015 | WWW.HRCNATIONALDINNER.ORG

Pioneering Change in the Federal Sector


Fearless, determined and unapologetic: Tamara, a U.S.
Army veteran and civilian Army software specialist,
challenged the system and won.

She contested the discriminatory treatment she


experienced on the job.

AFGE members like Tamara stand up for justice and


equality for transgender employees in the workplace.

Read Tamaras story at www.afge.org/Fearless


tribute to the beloved Greek artist. Mr. Orphanos will talk about
his photography and how it led to a career in publishing fine Night OUT at the Kastles
editions of the works of some of the greatest modern authors. Team DC 7/16/2015 7:00 PM
A display from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Smith Center, George Washington University, 20th
featuring the works of Sylvester & Orphanos, materials from the
Sylvester & Orphanos Archive, as well as other rare and special and G Sts., NW, Washington, DC
titles, will accompany the talk. A panel discussion will follow Annual LGBT Community Night with the Washington Kastles of
with LGBT publishers, including Sibling Rivalry Press of Little Rock, World Team Tennis vs. the San Diego Aviators.
Manic D Press of San Francisco, and others.
The event is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the AUGUST 2015
Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the Rare Book
and Special Collections Division, and presented in partnership 2nd Annual Crab Feast
with Capital Pride. Capital Pride & DC Preservation League 8/29/2015
Washington Canoe Club, 3700 Water St., NW,
Night OUT at the Mystics Join the DC Preservation League and Capital Pride for the 2nd Annual
Crab Feast. Enjoy crabs, beer, and dessert alongside the Potomac at
Team DC 6/23/2015 6:00 PM the historic Washington Canoe Club (www.washingtoncanoeclub.
Verizon Center, 615 F St., NW, Washington, DC org), one of DCs most picturesque locations. For more information.
Annual LGBT Community Night with the Washington Mystics vs. www.dcpreservation.org | www.capitalpride.org
the Los Angeles Sparks. Womens professional basketball at its
finest!
SEPTEMBER 2015
8 by Dustin Lance Black United Night Out
District Arts Collaborative 6/26/2015 & 6/27/2015 Team DC 9/19/2015 3:00 PM
Cobalt 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC
1639 R St., NW, Washington, DC Annual LGBT Community Night with DC United vs the Columbus
The District Arts Collaborative, with license from the American Crew. Major League Soccer at its finest and includes a pregame
Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud Tailgate Party. Event hosted by the Federal Triangles Soccer Club.
to announce a two-night-only reading of 8, a play chronicling the
historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to Californias Mautner Project Gala
Proposition 8. Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter
and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black, 8 had its Whitman-Walker Health 9/25/2015
much-heralded Broadway world premiere in September 2011 and The 25th Anniversary Celebration of Whitman-Walker Healths
its star-studded Los Angeles premiere in March 2012. Tickets $10 Mautner Project will be held this fall. Check out our website at www.
advance, $20 at the door whitman-walker.org for event details closer to the date.

JULY 2015 OCTOBER 2015


EXTRA Night OUT at the Nationals NOVA Pride 10/03/2015 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Team DC 7/03/2015 7:00 PM Nationals Park Bull Run Special Events Center
A second helping of the popular Night OUT at the Nationals to 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA
welcome the participants of the MAGIC Softball Tournament. This free, family-friendly community event provides unforgettable
Come watch as the Nats take on the World Champion San entertainment, a forum for LGBTQ organizations to showcase their
Francisco Giants. activities, and the chance for businesses to showcase their support
for, and interaction with Northern Virginias LGBTQ community and
LGBT Health Forum its straight allies.
LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program
HRC National Dinner
at George Washington University 7/15/2015 7:00 PM
Human Rights Campaign10/03/2015 5PM - 10 PM
Jack Morton Auditorium,
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 21st Street, NW Washington DC
The annual LGBT Health Forum is a high profile public event that 801 Mt. Vernon Pl., NW, Washington, DC
shines a spotlight on vital health issues facing LGBT people in the The National Dinner brings together more than 3,000 HRC
United States and globally, including such topics as insurance members, friends, family and allies for an evening of celebration
reform, DOMA, human rights, and HIV/AIDS, among others, as and inspiration. Featuring a cocktail reception, an extensive silent
well as showcases the accomplishments of LGBT Health Policy auction, an elegant dinner, live entertainment, and thought-
and Practice students. The Forum features talks and a roundtable provoking speakers and guests, our HRC National Dinner attracts the
discussion with researchers, activists, and policy experts in the nations top figures in entertainment and politics and is consistently
area of focus. Participants take stock of progress and share ideas listed among the top events to attend in the DC area.
in person as well as through a simultaneous worldwide webcast www.hrcnationaldinner
of the event to those unable to attend in person.
www.lgbt.columbian.gwu.edu/2015-lgbt-health-forum
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Walk To End HIV
Whitman-Walker Health 10/24/2015
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Capital Pride is excited to partner with Celebrity Cruises and
SmithPollin Group to introduce Pride Voyages, LGBTA friendly
excursions that bring together a diverse community similar
to what you come to expect at annual Pride Celebrations. Our
maiden voyage is a seven-night Western Caribbean Halloween
Cruise that will embark on October 29, 2015.
www.capitalpride.org/voyages

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AHF-AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION THE DC CENTER FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation provides care regardless a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
of ability to pay. HIV Medical, Pharmacy and STD testing (LGBT) folks in Washington, DC. Our mission is to celebrate,

2015 CAPITAL PRIDE


PARTNERS
services are available on site. strengthen, and support community among the LGBT residents
and organizations of Metropolitan Washington, DC.
ALL SOULS MEMORIAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The mission of All Souls Church is to be a Christ-centered DCS DIFFERENT DRUMMERS
sanctuary where a diverse community worships and DCs Different Drummers is the Washington, DC
serves. We live this mission through faithful celebration of metropolitan areas music organization for the Lesbian,
the Eucharist, Christian education, and loving nurture of both Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, family and friends with several
members and neighbors. performing groups including the Capitol Pride Symphonic
Band (CPSB), Capitol Pride Winds, DC Swing! big band, DCDD
AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR
Marching Band, Pep Band, and several small ensembles.
SUICIDE PREVENTION
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the DIGNITY/WASHINGTON
leader in the fight against suicide. We fund research, create Dignity/Washington is the local chapter of the
educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support nationwide organization, DignityUSA. Dignity/Washington
survivors of suicide loss. To fully achieve its mission, AFSP celebrates the wholeness and holiness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
engages in the following Five Core Strategies: Fund scientific Transgendered, and Queer Catholics.
research Offer educational programs for professionals
Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide FOOD & FRIENDS
prevention Promote policies and legislation that impact The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring
suicide and prevention Provide programs and resources for for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and
survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering
the work of the Foundation specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition
counseling.
BET MISHPACHAH
Bet Mishpachah is a Jewish congregation for Gay, GAY MENS CHORUS OF WASHINGTON, DC
Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews and all who Embarking on their 33rd season, the Gay Mens Chorus of
wish to participate in an inclusive, egalitarian, and mutually Washington delights audiences and champions gay equality
supportive community. Our membership is comprised of singles, with robust artistry, fun and surprise. With 300 singing
couples, and families, and is open to everyone, regardless of members incorporating sets, costumes, dancers and two select
religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity. vocal ensembles, the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington is
praised as one of the finest gay mens choruses in the country,
CAPITAL AREA GAY AND LESBIAN
presenting a subscription season, fall cabaret, monthly piano
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE bar open mic night and numerous community outreach
The Chamber, the Capital Areas LGBT Chamber of Commerce concerts throughout the year. Learn about Chorus auditions,
is the nonprofit, nonpartisan, largely-volunteer network of 400
subscriptions and more at GMCW.org.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Ally members
in addition to the nearly 5,000 LGBT supporters who own or HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, DC
are employed by businesses, nonprofits, and government in The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is a community-
DC, Virginia, and Maryland. The Chamber is an affiliate of the supported educational and research organization that collects,
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Chamber interprets, and shares the history of our Nations Capital.
of the Year 2012. The Chamber is ranked 18 by Washington Founded in 1894, it serves a diverse audience through its
Business Journal. The Chambers mission is to advocate, collections, public programs, exhibitions, and publications.
promote and facilitate the success of LGBT businesses, Washington is known throughout the world as a monumental
professionals and their allies in the Metro DC region. federal city. Less well-known are the stories of Washingtons
many diverse and vibrant communities. The Society helps make
CASA RUBY
this local history easily accessible to the public to promote
Casa Ruby is a multicultural LGBT organization
a sense of identity, place, and pride in Washington and to
providing educational, health, housing and social services to
individuals facing poverty in the nations capital. We focus on preserve this heritage for future generations.
the needs of transgender, queer and gender non conforming HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
gay, lesbian, bisexual as well as youth and LGBT immigrants. As the largest civil rights organization working to
achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
THE CHERRY FUND
Americans, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) represents
The Cherry Fund, established in 1997, and located in
a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters
Washington, DC, is an independent, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-
nationwide all committed to making HRCs vision a reality.
profit foundation, the purpose of which is to raise funds for the
Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans,
HIV/AIDS service community via an annual charity dance event. mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests
CHURCHESUNITEDINPRIDE strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and
Metropolitan Community Churches from DC, educates the public about LGBT issues.
Maryland and Virginia are coming together to LATINO GLBT HISTORY PROJECT
celebrate Pride and faithfully proclaim Gods inclusive love The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3)
for all people. MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle non-profit volunteer-led organization founded in April 2000 to
towards marriage equality and continues to be a powerful investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the
voice in the LGBTQ movement. We celebrate together with The history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of
Fellowship, a coalition of Christian churches with a mission the Latino LGBT community in metropolitan Washington, DC
to become a resource agent for all who desire the radically LHP creates educational exhibits from our historical archives
inclusive love of Jesus Christ. The Unity Fellowship Church collection showcased at cultural events such as, a Womens
Movement is also part of our Pride celebrations, sharing their History Month Reception, a Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Reception
message that God is love and love is for everyone! and DC Latino Pride, educational presentations at local and
national conferences and through our online virtual museum.

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NATIONAL CITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
National City Christian Church, the national church for the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), welcomes all who are searching for
a spiritual home. Whether your interests are community outreach, mutual
support, worship, music, or just plain fun you are welcome to join us and
get to know the warm and caring people that are National City.

NATIONAL LGBT VETERANS MEMORIAL


Our mission is to raise funds and construct an LGBT Veterans
Memorial in our nations capital. The funds raised in support of this project
will be used to build a memorial at Historic Congressional Cemetery in
Washington, DC. This memorial will be a visible and lasting testament to
the contribution gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender service members
have made to the security of the United States.

NOVA PRIDE
Educate. Advocate. Celebrate. NOVA Pride, which holds an annual Northern
Virginia Pride Festival in October (2015 PrideFest: 10/3/2015), as well as
other activities throughout the year, is a 501c3 charitable organization
serving the LGBTQ Community of Northern Virginia. #703pride

RECONCILINGWORKS
ReconcilingWorks advocates for full inclusion of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life
of their Church and congregations. We provide a place of comfort and
safety. We reach out to teach that Christs message, the Gospel, is for
everyone equally. We call for blessing of committed and covenanted
same-gender relationships, and for ordination of those called to minister.

proud sponsor of ReconcilingWorks International Program offers support, collaboration and


liaison on LGBT issues internationally within the Lutheran communion

Capital PRIDE
and its ecumenical and global partners. We are partnered with other faith
ministries and we follow a theological concept of accompaniment.
SMYAL
SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington,
DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates
opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical
life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and
advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and
advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as
Building they grow into adulthood.
Partnerships TEAM DC
for Stronger Team DC is the association of LGBT sports teams in the greater
Washington, DC area representing over 3,000 participants in 26 different
Communities. clubs. They also produce the annual Night OUT Sports Series and the Team
DC College Scholarship Program for LGBT student-athletes.

WASHINGTON BLADE FOUNDATION


The mission of the Washington Blade Foundation is to
administer the archives of the Washington Blade newspaper from its
beginnings to the present day. Those archives chronicle the rich history
and vibrant stories of more than 40 years of the LGBTQ community in
Washington, DC, and across the nation.

WHITMAN-WALKER HEALTH
Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent
community health center serving greater Washingtons diverse urban
community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and
Northrop Grumman is a proud with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.
sponsor of the Capital Pride DC PRESERVATION LEAGUE (DCPL)
Alliance. We recognize your The DC Preservation League (DCPL), founded in 1971 as Dont Tear
profound commitment to It Down, is a nonprofit membership-supported organization dedicated to
equality for all citizens and preserving and enhancing Washingtons historic buildings and open spaces
stand with you today, and for future generations. As Washingtons citywide preservation advocacy
throughout the year. organization, DCPL identifies significant buildings and neighborhoods
throughout the District, monitors threats to them, and increases public
awareness of historic resources.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C.


To reduce poverty housing and homelessness in the nations
capital by building decent, affordable, energy-efficient homes for those
in need; DC Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International,
an organization that seeks to put Gods love into action, bringing people
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for the peace
for the pageantry
for the love of Christ

JOIN US AT THE TABLE all souls have a story; wed love to add yours to ours
sundays at 8:30 and 11
by the zoo

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP
progressive thinking
All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church | 2300 Cathedral Avenue NW | WDC 20008 | Woodley Park Metro | 202.232.4244 | www.allsoulsdc.org
QUEER
ADVERTORIAL

WOMENS
PRIDE
SHOWING ACTION AND VISIBILITY WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY

BY EBON F. BELL
KATY RAY
Tagg Magazine

Almost four years ago, the first issue of Tagg Magazine hit stands all across the area in
Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Rehoboth Beach. Since its inception, we have
been met with warm regards from readers, community organizations, and leaders; but
more often than not, we are asked, Why a queer womens publication?
And our response is always the same: Because we matter.
OUR COMMUNITY
As seen with many of todays current events, media outlets tend to sensationalize. They
tend to write articles and spin stories that always seem to privilege the majority. At
Tagg, we take the opportunity to highlight the incredible lesbian, bisexual, transgender,
and queer people who are taking great strides to make our communities stronger. The
stories we write are done with our voices and cover our events.
After all, the womens community is thriving, but often overlooked. We dont see
ourselves at local and national LGBTQ events and we frequently hear that women
are not represented in various LGBTQ organizations and events. Many feel that these
organizations are not supportive of the queer womens community. And because of this,
some of us accept this as the norm.
The only way to be represented is to be involved, visible, and present. To take a note from
Gandhi, we have to be the change we want to see.
We admire the women who dont get discouraged at the lack of women (and people of
color) represented in certain spaces, but instead ask themselves, How can I be part of
the solution?
We cannot wait to be invited to the table. We should make our own table.
CAPITAL PRIDE
Every year, Capital Pride offers a variety of womens events and programs throughout
the week, from a womens poetry night to the Pride in the Sky rooftop party. There are
opportunities for queer women of all ages to connect in safe and familiar spaces.
Capital Pride is one of the largest pride celebrations in the country, and its so important
for women to be a part DCs LGBTQ history. Year after year, we have personally seen
more women involved with the weeklong celebration. It gives us great pride to see
queer women hosting pride events, volunteering, participating, and being a part of the
conversation.
Whether its Capital Pride or other LGBTQ events, we encourage you to continue to be
visible. Stand tall and stand proud. Our voices and stories will continue to make a mark
on our queer historybecause we matter!
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Congratulations
Cherry Fund Board and volunteers
for another stunning event,
see you next year!

CHERRY 2016
APRIL 14-17
cherryfund.org
photos: Denis Largeron Photographie

THE MUSIC CONTINUES AFTERHOURS


June 14, 3:30-9:30 AM, with DJs X Gonzalez and Sean Morris
Charity Dance Event for HIV Awareness
2001 14th Street, NW
$35 advance, $40 door
www.cherryfund.org
There is nothing quite like the sight of 150,000 people fIlling Pennsylvania Avenue. The mass of
bodies would be impressive enough on its own, but when you consider that those bodies mostly consist
of members of the LGBT community, the sight takes on an entirely different meaning.
It becomes empowering.
Each year, we gather on Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate, to demonstrate, to make our voices heard,
to make ourselves seen. Forty years of Pride in DC, not to mention the various celebrations around the
world throughout June, cumulatively have made a huge difference. Need proof? Its currently at the
steps of the Supreme Court. We are here. In droves. And its our arrival that has allowed straight America
to see us for who we are: people, just like them, with the same wants, the same needs, the same desires,
dreams, and values. Yes, values. For although there are those who would say our values do not match
theirs, its not ours that are askew, its theirs. Were not in the wrong. We have never been in the wrong.

Those who oppose us, who are currently scraping the bottom of the barrel to hurl the last few scraps of
legislative trash at our efforts (Lets refuse gays services based on our religious beliefs!), have always
been in the wrong. Its an irrational wrong, as wrongs frequently are. But its a wrong that, in many
hearts and minds, has slowly, surely, evolved into a right.

The common refrain is to say that our work isnt over and we have a long way to go. The common
response to that should be, Duh. But just look at how far weve come in 40 years. From a tiny block party
to a massive annual event where we joyously celebrate the deep, profound, extraordinary camaraderie
shared by all of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

There are those in our community who deride Pride as being nothing more than a corporate shill, who
decry it as a sellout to the movement. But its our appeal to corporate America that has helped push
us further and faster than any other social movement in history. The LGBT community is a legitimate
sector to market to. It validates us in ways that may seem heinous to some but, in fact, is the very
bedrock of acceptance. Social change may start with the dollar, but it ends with a change of the heart.

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ADVERTORIAL

EMPOWERMENT
IN
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Metro Weekly
Photograph by
TODD FRANSON
Metro Weekly

said of the same-sex marriage movement in a recent interview in Metro Weekly. Because everybody
knows its time. Everybody is on some level in touch with the yang and yin inside of them. A comment
that didnt make it into the final interview is even more revealing: Its a little bit more about money than
were saying.

Its also about popular culture. Look how quickly the transgender movement has taken hold. This is a
part of our movement -- our movement -- that 20 years ago was pushed to the side like a stepchild we
were embarrassed by but forced to take along on family outings. It is now -- thanks to people like Laverne
Cox, Chaz Bono, Janet Mock, and Olympian Bruce Jenner, and to shows like Amazons Transparent -- not
only a fuller part of the discourse, but a huge teaching moment for all of America, gays included, on why
the rules of gender arent fixed. There is no up/down switch. Its more of a dial, with nuances that many
of us are just beginning to understand and open our hearts to.

It all comes down to visibility. It all comes down to not just standing on the sidelines and watching the
parade, but joining in, participating. It all comes down to spending one joyous day a year on Pennsylvania
Avenue with 149,999 brothers and sisters who have carved their own unique, wonderful culture, who
have for centuries made incredible, lasting contributions to society, who are as remarkably diverse as
they are distinct, who dont merely love for the sake of procreation, but for the purity of love itself.

Our one day of Pride -- in DC, across the nation, around the globe -- has made an enormous difference.
As a result we are, bit by bit, gaining our rights and, bit by bit, taking our rightful place in society. And
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along for the ride. Shame, hiding, and hate take a lot of effort. But love? Love takes no effort at all.

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40th Celebration of Pride in the Nations Capital. As the nations largest labor union representing
federal and DC government workers, AFGE uplifts, affirms, and protects the workplace rights of the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

The federations advocacy for workplace rights runs deep. AFGE takes seriously the responsibility
to help provide good government services while ensuring that government workers are treated
fairly and with dignity. The union supports a meaningful transformation of the federal workplace to
improve the way services and benefits are delivered to the American public.

AFGE represents government workers who are vital threads of the fabric in American life.
Government employees inspect the food we eat and the places we work, care for our nations
veterans, serve as a vital link to Social Security recipients, maintain the District of Columbias
infrastructure, keep the national defense systems prepared for any danger, and much more. AFGE
members are proud to make America work.

The representation of hardworking government employees means challenging broken systems and
ensuring all worksites are safe and inclusive. Since 1988, AFGE has fought to include LGBT protections
in collective bargaining agreements oftentimes the only protection an LGBT worker has against
discrimination. That work began with AFGEs Council 222 representing Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) employees. The councils bargaining team fought to include anti-
discrimination protections based on sexual orientation at a time when it wasnt recognized by the
EEOC and expand the definition of family to include individuals related by affinity. The contract
was ratified in 1990 and was the first nationwide contract between AFGE and a federal agency to
include such protections and inclusions.

Working on behalf of AFGE members doesnt stop at the negotiating table. Through the Womens
and Fair Practices Departments, the union established an LGBT PRIDE program, one of the few
among international labor organizations. This program is designed to help LGBT members feel
welcomed and valued in the labor movement, facilitate efforts to oppose workplace discrimination
based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and encourage local chapters to
bargain LGBT-inclusive contracts.

Through these departments the union has also developed a model policy on ensuring that
government worksites are inclusive and safe for transgender, gender-non-conforming, and
transitioning employees. This guidance can be used by AFGE locals as they strive to make changes
at the bargaining table and on the workroom floor.

AFGEs advancement on these critical issues has always been fueled by its membership. Outspoken
leaders like Virginia Hemingway, who pushed for the union to be more inclusive; Carolyn Federoff,
who found affirmation at the local level and brought concerns to the national level; Francis Nichols,
who has become a fierce advocate for young workers; and Tamara Lusardi, who fought back against
workplace discrimination and stood up for transgender rights, continue to move AFGE forward.
Through its members and its mission, AFGE continues to build solidarity with pride.

To learn more about how AFGE supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender government
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Many people consider the Stonewall Riots, which began on June 28, 1969,
to be the beginning of the mainstream fight for LGBT rights in the United
States. Each year since then, LGBT communities in cities across the country
have commemorated that event with pride parades and festivals.

Acceptance by the general public has been a long time coming for the
LGBT community. Just when it seems good progress is being made, a major
setback will occur. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and the
recently proposed initiative to legalize the murder of gay people in California
are just two examples that point to the work that still needs to be done.

Team sports have long been considered an unfriendly environment for


LGBT people. After decades of virtually no progress in the area, however,
the LGBT sports movement caught fire in 2011 and that forward progress
can be attributed to two major factors: the coming of age of the Millennial
generation, which is generally more accepting of sexual minorities, and the
emergence of LGBT athletic advocacy groups.

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tossed out anti-LGBT slurs in the locker room or on the playing field
probably didnt realize that, in many cases, they were speaking
directly to members of that community.
I think that LGBT athletes have been playing all along and they
will continue to be active participants in sports, says Taylor. The
only thing that is changing is our awareness and the visibility of
the LGBT community in athletics. I would wager that there are
certain sports where LGBT athletes dont remain in the sport
because of the culture. If you are on a team where every athlete
is actively using anti-LGBT language or sexist language, a member
of the LGBT community may not want to continue in that sport.
Taylor adds, Overt hostility towards the LGBT community is
not acceptable and I think that is understood now by sports
communities at a younger age. The old rule was that it was not
a welcoming space and as a result you had [fewer] LGBT people
participating in sports. With the culture changing, younger
athletes are going to stay in sports longer.
In March 2015, during the media frenzy related to the signing of
Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Athlete Ally traveled
to that state and held a #final4fairness press conference alluding
to the NCAAs Final Four basketball tournament in conjunction
with Lambda Legal to comment on the events and to promote the
continued role of sports in the advancement of LGBT rights.
Coming up, Athlete Ally intends to focus on a few issues that the
organization feels need attention.
We are focusing on two things going forward, Taylor says.
We will be looking at providing education for communities in
ABOVE: HUDSON TAYLOR geographic regions where the sports culture has not improved as
In the early part of this decade, groups such as Athlete Ally, GLSENs it has in other parts of the country. Also, we will be actively trying to
Changing the Game, Athlete Ally, and You Can Play began grabbing create programming for coaches. Todays athletes are tomorrows
national headlines for their bold work. What was noteworthy about coaches. . . . If we dont start educating the coaches, the cycle of
their approach, especially for Athlete Ally and You Can Play, is that transphobic, homophobic, and sexist language will likely continue.
they aligned themselves with famous American and international We are working with the US Soccer Foundation and the Aspen
straight athletes who supported their missions. Institute on creating some sort of replicable coaches training that
can be implemented across various youth sports leagues.
PEOPLE BEGAN PAYING ATTENTION.
DCS VIBRANT SPORTS COMMUNITY
The general public may be unaware, however, that these ally
groups are also quietly working behind the scenes at a grassroots As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Capital Pride, it is
level to change the culture and climate of the sports community. important to note that Washington, DC, is home to one of the
They are traveling to K-12 schools, universities, and professional largest and most organized LGBT sports communities in the world.
sports teams to educate them about safe and inclusive sports Team DC, the information clearinghouse for roughly 35 LGBT sports
environments. In some cases, they are even drafting the language groups, formed a precedent-setting college scholarship fund for
that will be used to create resource guides for athletes, coaches, openly gay local student-athletes in 2008 and continues to set the
administrators, fans, and parents. standards for LGBT sports communities.
The other factor that is facilitating the momentum of the LGBT In the early years of the Team DC College Scholarship program,
sports movement is the emergence of the Millennial generation, the group struggled to find applicants who were willing to step
which is marked by a high level of social acceptance that is blurring forward and be recognized.
ethnic, racial, sexual-identity, and gender-identity lines.
This is our eighth year of the program and it has certainly gotten
Hudson Taylor, who co-founded Athlete Ally with his wife Lia, better, but it is still a challenge to find applicants, says Bud Rorison,
points to members of the younger generation as agents of change. scholarship chair. There are some kids applying on their own, but
Todays youth are coming out at a younger age, says Taylor. In for the most part the committee is actively going out to the local
1990, the average age for a person coming out was 26; today that schools and promoting the scholarship.
average age is 16. I was at a middle school recently and a 7th grader
Rorison says that there are a few pipeline schools such as
asked me if we were going to address pansexuality. Its clear that
Montgomery Blair High School and Wilson High School, where the
the younger audience is in a very different place than the college
Gay-Straight Alliance network is strong. They produce the most
athletes or even the professional athletes. That being said, I still
applicants.
think there is a strong bias based on geography. For our LGBT youth,
the situation is much better for those in the northeast as opposed He also says that applicants from the mainstream sports tend to
to other places in the country where it hasnt gotten much better. produce the fewest applicants, but that also seems to be changing.
The LGBT sports movement is also challenging the stereotype that Part of the process for applying for the scholarship is to write an
members of the community do not play sports or even that they essay and most of the applicants point to their family and their
dont have what it takes to be athletic. In the past, athletes who teammates as their biggest supporters.
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Recently a student newspaper wrote an article on LGBT athletes
and we were pretty amazed by that, Rorison says. The ultimate
goal is [to] no longer need this LGBT category. For now, we want to
reinforce and recognize these brave kids [who] are competing as
openly gay athletes.
Colin Ward is a past Team DC college scholarship winner and
he represented exactly how much things have changed when
he showed up at the awards reception with his family and his
boyfriend.
Ward graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2014 and
was a member of the rowing team during his four years at the
school. He was out to his teammates from the first semester of his
freshman year.
It came up during meals at the dining hall and it was a very
natural process, says Ward. It never came up during practice.
Ward says his college sports experience was a positive one and that
it included bringing his college boyfriend to rowing social events.
Williams is looking forward to being a member of the womens
All of my memories of rowing in college are related to racing, not
basketball team in her sophomore year. I went through a few
my sexuality, Ward says. Nothing is better than being in your
practices with the team this past year, Williams says. They seem
stroke seat during a race and seeing the people you are beating.
very welcoming.
Ward, who attended high school at Montgomery Blair, is back in
DC and not currently rowing as he adjusts to his travel schedule
working in health care consulting. UNIQUE CHALLENGES
Jocelyn Williams received the Team DC college scholarship in 2014 OF TRANSGENDER ATHLETES
and just completed her freshman year at Bowie State University. One component of the LGBT sports community that is still
She grew up playing multiple sports including basketball, volleyball, facing an uphill battle is transgender athletes. The rules for their
softball, and tennis. participation in sports are often confusing, and for K-12 athletes,
vary by state. The NCAA has adopted protocols that arent always
Williams was a basketball redshirt meaning that she did not followed and the professional teams are still in the process of
actively participate in the sport this past year as she wanted setting up standardized rules.
time to acclimate to her college schedule. To stay in shape, she
went out for the Washington Prodigy, a full-tackle football team, Recently, a short film was released called Raising Ryland, which
but discovered that was also conflicting with her college schedule. featured a five-year-old boy who had already transitioned. The
She has good memories of her sports experience at Wilson High film shows him playing soccer, but raises the question of whether
School and found acceptance in the environment. My coach was he will be allowed to compete going forward.
very approving, says Williams. He always stood up for me and my Pat Griffin, an LGBT sports advocate and the founding director of
teammates and welcomed anyone who wanted to play sports. GLSENs Changing the Game, believes that Ryland should have a
clear path to play sports because he transitioned at such a young
age.
Ryland should be able to play all the way through with no
problem, especially since he is transitioning so early and he lives
in California which has good legal protections for trans students
and policies for trans inclusion in sports for girls and boys, says
Griffin. Each state is different for high schools. Some are great,
like California or Massachusetts and some are horrible, like
Virginia or North Carolina or Florida. So it really depends where
you live, unfortunately. Plus, there is quite a backlash developing
in several states that are scaring state athletic associations
from making good inclusive policies for high school. Anti-trans
inclusion groups are spreading misinformation and stereotypes
to scare parents and state athletic association decision-makers
into adopting policies [that] actually prevent trans girls and boys
from participating on teams according to their affirmed gender
identity by requiring them to participate according to their gender
assigned at birth or by what their official identity documents
say. They also enable athletic directors to make a case-by-case
decision.
Griffin adds, As for college, the NCAA has published some good
guidelines for member schools to adopt governing trans inclusion
on college teams, but very few schools have actually adopted
these policies. I think they are sticking their heads in the sand
until they have a trans student knocking at the athletic directors
ABOVE: COLIN WARD ABOVE RIGHT: JOCELYN WILLIAMS photos : washington blade door. That is problematic because most trans students do not

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ABOVE: SAVANNAH BURTON AND ENZA ANDERSON PRACTICE BELOW: JAZZ JENNINGS, 14 YEAR OLD TRANS ATHLETE

want to be pioneers, they just want to play, so they just give up Before she transitioned, Burton competed for Team Canada in 2012
rather than be the poster child for trans-inclusion at their school. where the mens team came in second behind Hong Kong at the
world championships. She stepped away from sports for 16 months
The high school problem recently received some attention in during her transition process. Burtons return to sports came at the
Minnesota as Jazz Jennings, a 14-year-old transgender athlete, came Canadian Sculling Marathon in 2014 where she was a rower in a
forward with her story about her fight for the right to play soccer. quad sculls with coxswain in a 21K race. Her team included another
After being banned from the girls travel soccer team, she and her trans athlete, Enza Anderson, and their participation marked the
family fought for two years to be allowed to play on the team. The first time in Canadian history that a trans-inclusive rowing team
United States Soccer Federation finally stepped in and created a competed in a sanctioned regatta.
trans-inclusive policy for soccer players of all ages. (Jennings will
have her own show this summer on the TLC network.) Following that accomplishment, she found her way back to
dodgeball and competed in the GTA Sports league in Toronto.
One country that seems to be ahead of the curve with regard to After her team won the league championships, she decided to try
participation by transgender people in sports is Canada. Recently, out for the womens national dodgeball team. She is one of eight
Savannah Burton, a trans athlete, was named to the Canadian women who were selected.
national team for the World Dodgeball Championships to be held
August 15-16, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I challenge athletes from any sport to play dodgeball for an hour
and see how they feel, says Burton. Besides the physical aspects,
it involves technique, strategy, and team work.

Burton says she hopes her presence is forcing the Canadian sports
governing bodies to make decisions on what works for transgender
athletes. Leading up to the world championships, Burton will be
filmed for a documentary called The Transgender Project.

Burton realizes the value of what she is doing by competing as a


transgender athlete. She says that if her visibility can help even one
person, she would be happy. I think the world is slowly changing
and becoming more accepting, but there is still so much more
work to do. Perseverance will lead to good things.

Burton sums up the forward progression of the LGBT sports


movement in those two short sentences. We have come very far
and we have very far to go, but sports will continue to be a major
vehicle for advancing LGBT rights.

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When I came out as transgender just three years ago there We know, however, that our progress is not always shared.
seemed to be little visibility, few media stories, and even fewer positive Transgender women, particularly transgender women of color, still face high
developments for transgender people. Like many LGBT Americans, when rates of violence and harassment for merely existing. Transgender men are
I came out, I worried that my dreams and my identity were mutually too often erased or ignored in popular culture and media. Anti-equality
exclusive. advocates and legislators across the country have introduced measures to
Three years later in the midst of what TIME magazine has criminalize restroom use by transgender people, including students. Health
referred to as the transgender tipping point the landscape has changed insurance frequently denies our medically necessary care, serving as a
dramatically. Transgender visibility is on the rise. Public possibility barrier to health and authentic lives for many transgender Americans. And
models like Laverne Cox are inspiring transgender youth across the like our gay, lesbian, and bisexual siblings, a majority of U.S. states and the
country. Media portrayals, while still imperfect and incomplete, are federal government still lack explicit non-discrimination protections for our
finally treating transgender people with compassion, decency, and as the community in the workplace, housing, and the public square.
complex, multidimensional humans that we are. Court and administrative Today, though, we meet those continued challenges with more
rulings have expanded paths for redress for transgender people who face than history on our side. The progress of the last three years, and our future
discrimination in the workplace or at school. More states have passed advancements, build on the tireless work and quiet courage of transgender
explicit gender identity non-discrimination protections, including my people throughout history. This struggle is nothing new and it has been
home state of Delaware. And elected officials, like President Obama in this inextricably linked to the fight for lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights since
years State of the Union address, are finally acknowledging us as essential before our community stood together at Stonewall to spark the modern
components of our countrys rich diversity. LGBT rights movement.
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Many have observed that transgender Americans are where gay Our country is finally realizing this and our community is living
Americans were two decades ago. On the surface, that is true. It seems that it. We have a long way to go and cannot mistake progress for victory. But
our country is finally ready to open our minds and hearts to transgender transgender Americans are finally winning those hearts and minds. We
identities. But that observation separates and glosses over our united have the wind at our backs, more allies than ever, and many tangible
history as a community. Our countrys advancements on gay rights have protections as our voices grow louder.
helped propel transgender rights and our nations progress on trans rights We are, indeed, at a tipping point. The country has tuned in
has helped push forward gay rights. These changes have not occurred in and is willing to listen and learn. Its our job to make sure that we speak
a vacuum. Every child who comes out whether as gay or transgender for the voiceless. As we celebrate Pride, we should be proud of where
shatters gender stereotypes and helps clear paths for others to live full and weve come as a community, but should also remember those who have
authentic lives. never seen a Pride parade or a rainbow flag. We should march for the
Our community rests on common experiences and shared young trans girl who has never met another person like her. And we
challenges. With all of the progress of the last few years, we must continue can rededicate ourselves to ensuring that the hope we now know is felt
to acknowledge the enduring and fundamental truth that no one is between the coasts, outside of big cities, and in every home.
completely equal until everyone is treated with dignity and fairness. We Three years after coming out, I now know that my dreams and
must never forget that despite being different letters in the LGBT acronym, identity are not mutually exclusive. Its past time we make that a reality
the prejudices we face and the burdens we bear are built on the same bias: for all people, regardless of whom they love or, finally, the gender they
the notion that one fact at birth should dictate who you are, whom you love, identify with.
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SAME SEX MARRIAGE By Max Barger

Forty years ago most people couldnt


imagine two men being married, or
two women raising a child together
as a family. Be assured, we (the LGBT
community) are winning the battle
for marriage equality. However, now
that we have the ability to marry
and secure many if not all of the
benefits of marriage offered by federal
and state laws, is marriage a good
financial idea?
The proposition of marriage is a
different question for gay and lesbian
couples who have successfully
managed life together for years
without the formal institution
of marriage. For those couples,
there may be underlying economic
disadvantages to saying I do that
could deter them from marrying.
Here are some things to consider.
PAYING TAXES
Filing your taxes is not generally a novel event. However,
filing a 1040 jointly with a spouse became a novelty for
many same-sex couples this year. Married same-sex
couples now must file their tax returns as married. But
at what cost?
For some couples, marriage can help reduce their tax
burden. Whether marriage saves money or results in
higher taxes depends on factors including the individuals
income levels, what deductions they are able to take, and
whether the married couple files jointly or as married
filing separately.
For example, if Heather, a high-income earner, and
Michelle, a low-income earner, marry and file their taxes
jointly, Heather may find herself in a lower tax bracket
thanks to Michelles lower income. That situation may
reduce the couples overall tax burden as compared to
their filing as unmarried, single individuals.
While a couple with disparate incomes may benefit from
marriage, the venture may be a costly for a couple when
both members have similar incomes. The problem is
known as the marriage penalty.

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Jake and Sam each have annual taxable incomes of $120,000. If they to benefit shop to find the best healthcare and other benefits
were filing as single individuals (in 2015), they would each be in the and not pay income taxes on those benefits. The advantage of
28 percent tax bracket. Now required to file as married, they are in marriage in this situation is that the value of those benefits (paid
the 33 percent bracket since they are effectively required to combine by the employer on behalf of the employee) is not taxable income.
their household income. As a married couple if they choose to file For unmarried domestic partners who receive the same employee
separately, the problem still exists. benefits (if the employer offers them to domestic partners), the value
of the benefits is taxable income to the employee.
Although Congress has greatly reduced the marriage-penalty
problem, couples finding themselves in that trap may pay more for However, if the same-sex married couple lives in a state without
being married. marriage equality, those benefits may be taxable at the state level.
A negative by-product of marriage equality is that some employers
PROTECTING PROPERTY
may be less likely to recognize non-marital relationships now. In
One of the most important but least understood benefits of marriage
the past, since our relationships were not recognized, progressive
is the ability to protect your assets from future creditors. In some
employers allowed same-sex couples to declare their economic
states and the District of Columbia, married couples may take title
dependence in a simple affidavit, qualifying them for certain
to assets such as their home in a way that prevents creditors from
benefits. Today, however, some employers have become stricter,
taking those specially titled assets. This is particularly helpful when,
not offering benefits to non-marital relationships where a legally
for example, one member of the couple has to file for bankruptcy
recognized status exists.
because of an illness, a failed business, or being upside-down in a big
mortgage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY
This special titling is called Tenants by the Entirety (TBE). Once a In retirement, there are several benefits to marriage. For example,
couple is married, they may title some or all their assets as TBE. The while planning for retirement, you may be able to contribute to your
creditors of either member of the couple individually cannot take the spouses Individual Retirement Account (IRA) even if he or she has
assets titled as TBE to the married couple. If the couple owned the little or no taxable compensation. This is helpful, for example, if one
assets simply in a joint tenancy, a creditor of either may be able to spouse stays at home to care for other family members.
take some or all of the jointly titled property.
As the primary beneficiary of an IRA, a surviving spouse may roll
over the account into his or her own IRA. This allows the spouse to
YOUR STUFF, MY STUFF, OUR STUFF
withdraw the assets based on his or her own life-expectancy (thus
While a married couple may be able to protect assets from some
possibly delaying some income tax liability). Additionally, the IRA is
creditors, you may not be able to protect assets from each other.
protected from most creditors of the surviving spouse. Unmarried
Marriage is a contract, and the laws of your state of residence
partners cannot avail themselves of these advantages.
determine your responsibilities to each other.
A same-sex couple may also consider the potential Medicare and
For example, unless you have a valid prenuptial agreement, saying
Social Security benefits available with marriage and where they
I do is like giving away half of your property. Many states require
choose to retire. Even now, this area of the law is not entirely settled
Equitable Distribution, meaning generally that your marital
and could change quickly with a definitive ruling on marriage
assets are divided in half upon a divorce. Additionally, in certain
equality laws from the United States Supreme Court this year. Even
circumstances even with a prenuptial agreement, a divorced spouse
the Social Security Administrations own advice is vague, but they
may automatically receive a portion of your retirement assets, such
encourage all who are in a same-sex marriage or a non-marital legal
as a federal pension. This could be both a surprising and a costly
relationship to apply for benefits right away, even if you are not
result of marriage.
sure that you qualify.
A benefit of marital responsibility comes with control when one
What is certain is that a married same-sex couple living in a
member of a couple is sick or dies. Where same-sex marriage is
marriage equality state will receive all marital benefits, such as a
recognized, gay and lesbian couples enjoy the peace of mind that
spousal increase in Social Security benefits when a spouse dies. For
they are in charge of making decisions for a sick spouse and will be in
some couples marriage could mean more financial security when
control of the spouses estate at death, absent other arrangements.
a spouse dies.
However, because marriage equality is not universal, there is no
On the other hand, for those receiving Supplemental Security
substitute for creating a financial and estate plan getting your
Income (SSI), a spouses income and resources will be counted, so
documents in order even if you are married.
being married may affect eligibility.
EMPLOYMENT, BENEFITS, AND STATE LAW
Your residence may determine what benefits marriage brings to
GET ADVICE
Planning is simply knowing all the facts before making the decision.
you and your same-sex spouse. While the majority of states now
With the opportunity to marry later in life or after amassing personal
recognize marriage equality, laws still remain on the books that
wealth, gay and lesbian couples may find themselves more concerned
may be detrimental to same-sex couples. The benefits afforded to
with the economics of marriage than picking out china patterns.
married couples and the costs of those benefits vary widely from
While one cannot reduce the emotional decision to marry to a frigid
state to state.
economic analysis, it is better to know what lies ahead financially
For example, although you may be able to get married, your state may when making a life-changing decision. One thing is certain: there is
not protect you from getting fired for being gay. Public nuptials may wisdom in getting good, coordinated advice from your legal, tax, and
have consequences in states where local laws are still discriminatory. financial advisors.
Thankfully, champions of marriage equality have cases pending in
courts throughout the land to change these and other archaic laws. Max Barger is a Senior Wealth Planner at PNC Wealth Management and
serves on the Planning for Same-Sex Couples National Practice Group.
Before joining PNC, he practiced law for 18 years, focusing on estate
If your employer recognizes same-sex marriages and offers spousal planning, administration, and taxation. He is a board member of the Gay
benefits such as health insurance, same-sex couples may be able Mens Chorus of Washington. Bargers views should not be construed to be
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For the past six years, the Administration has operated


under the guiding principle that people should be treated
equally regardless of who they are and whom they love. From
employment and economic opportunity, to access to health
care, to family and intimate partner violence, LGBT Americans
face a range of complex and often interlocking issues. We
have made it a priority to use all the tools at our disposal to
address these challenges. In order to continue to find ways
to expand the rights and equality for LGBT people, the White
House has convened community organizers, policy advocates,
non-profit leaders, and officials from across the Administration.
And weve traveled to communities here at home and abroad
to better understand the unique challenges LGBT people face.
In our meetings, summits, and roundtables, we have sought to recognize
diversity within diversity and elevate the experiences of segments of the LGBT
community that are all too often left out. In March, we met with a group of
transgender women of color leaders at the White House for the first time
to discuss the challenges that this community faces. That same month, we
welcomed nearly 100 Black LGBTQ Emerging Leaders from across the country
to discuss leadership and public service. These moments were an opportunity
to reflect on the historic steps this Administration has taken to expand
protections for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
In December, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Department of
Justices position that the protections against sex discrimination under Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extend to claims of discrimination based
on gender identity, including transgender status. On April 3, the Department
of Justice filed a statement of interest in the Middle District of Georgia in
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LGBT PROGRESS AND THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY
BY ADITI HARDIKAR
Associate Director,
White House Office of Public Engagement
LGBT & AAPI Liaison to the White House

Diamond v. Owens, et al. arguing that the Constitution requires licensed professionals from using conversion therapy on minors
individualized assessment and care for gender dysphoria for would require Congressional action, we hope that the clarity of the
incarcerated individuals. Finally, the Presidents Task Force on 21st evidence combined with the actions taken by these states will lead
Century Policing included LGBT-specific recommendations in its to broader action on this issue. These are only a few examples of
March 2015 interim report following a listening session between the Presidents commitment to ensuring LGBT Americans are seated
task force members and members of the LGBT community who squarely in the fabric of American society.
have had contact with the police and criminal justice system.
Finally, the Administration has been a champion in the fight for
The Administration has also sought to ensure all Americans, marriage equality. The President has repeatedly expressed his belief
including LGBT Americans, have access to affordable and quality that loving and committed same-sex couples should be able to get
health care through the Affordable Care Act. This year, LGBT married. Following the Supreme Courts landmark decision in 2013
navigators and four LGBT beneficiaries met with Surgeon General that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional,
Vivek Murthy at the Department of Health and Human Services the Administration extended a broad array of benefits to Federal
to discuss the successes of the ACA in the LGBT community, and employees in same-sex marriages. More recently, the Department of
identify opportunities for improvement. We also continue to visit Justice filed a friend of the court brief in the Supreme Court that
LGBT communities across the country to discuss the importance affirmed the Administrations view that state restrictions on same-
of access to affordable health care for LGBT Americans, and will sex marriage should be invalidated, and urged the Supreme Court to
continue to do so during Pride month. make marriage equality a reality for all Americans.

We are also taking steps to ensure LGBT Americans are protected at While the Administration has made historic steps forward on
work and in the home. On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an numerous fronts for LGBT Americans, our efforts are far from finished.
Executive Order to prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors Our frank conversations with community leaders and advocates shine
from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender a light on work that is left to be done to ensure that equality under the
identity. On April 8, 2015, this executive order went into law, law truly applies to all Americans. From employment protections, to
extending protections against discrimination to an estimated 1.5 ending bias-motivated violence, to supporting the most marginalized
million Americans in the workplace. The President also came out members of our community, this Administration will continue
against conversion therapy for LGBT young people the following fighting to advance equality for all Americans.
week in response to a White House petition that garnered over
120,000 signatures. California, New Jersey, and the District of
Columbia have all banned licensed professionals from using TO STAY UPDATED ON WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVES AND ACTIONS
conversion therapy on minors, and lawmakers in 18 other states RELATED TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY,
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TIME
The history of DCs LGBTA community didnt start
with the 1975 Pride. It didnt even start with Stonewall.
2 Our history likely goes all the way back to our citys
founding. But it wasnt until the middle of the 20th
century that our community became visible and our
history was finally documented.

1940s
Late 1940s - US Park Police launch Pervert Elimination
Campaign to arrest, investigate, and prosecute gay men cruising
the citys parks

1948- Congress passes sodomy law for DC.


1 The law , introduced by Rep. Arthur Miller (R-Neb.), established
a penalty of up to 10 years in prison or a fine up to $1,000 and
remained in effect and unaltered until it was repealed in 1995.

1950s
1950- Employment of Homosexuals and Other
2 Perverts in Government, Senate report. This report
allowed job discrimination and denial of security clearances
and launched a lengthy campaign to clean the perverts out of
3 government employment.

1950-State Department announces purge of 91


President D Eisenhower Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) and Roy Cohn Lead THE LAVENDAR SCARE at the State Department
3 homosexuals, the start of a government - wide campaign that
would claim more than 10,000 careers - and some lives. Becomes
known as The Lavender Scare.
4
1953- President Eisenhower signs executive order that
4 allows firing of federal employees for sexual perversion.

1957- Dr. Franklin Kameny fired for being a homosexual.


Kameny was fired from his job with the U.S. Army Map Service
and barred from future federal employment. He appeals the
firing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

1957- Nob Hill opens. Nob Hill became the longest


continuously operating gay club in DC and one of the oldest black
158 gay clubs in the US. It closed in 2004.
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1960s
1960- Mattachine Society of Washington DC formed.
The first DC gay activist group, Mattachine fought for civil rights
1 on security clearances and job discrimination. Founded by Dr.
Franklin E. Kameny with Paul Kuntzler, Eva Freund, Jack Nichols,
Lilli Vincenz, and others.

1961- Oscars/Academy Awards of Washington formed.


Liz Taylorstarted the first safe haven for female impersonators
in the DC area.

1963 - Openly gay Bayard Rustin organizes the 1963 March


on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a seminal event in the civil
rights movement.

2 1965- First gay picketing of White House.

1965- Plus One opens. DCs first gay disco drew mixed male
and female crowds. Its opening was the first opportunity for
same-sex dancing in DC. 3

3 1966- The Homosexual Citizen, the first local civil rights


magazine, published by the Mattachine Society.

4 1969 - Washington Gay Blade (later renamed the


Washington Blade) founded. 4

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1970- Phase 1 opens. Phase 1 is the oldest continually operating
lesbian bar in the US and the oldest operating LGBT bar in DC.

1971- Kameny for Congress. Franklin Kameny was the first


openly gay man to run in a political campaign in DC (for DC
1 Delegate to Congress).

1 1971- Gay Activists Alliance DC founded. GAA (later GLAA)


is the oldest continuously active gay activist group in DC.

1971- Earthworks opens. Deacon Maccubbin opened the first


openly gay non-bar business in DC, site of first gay hotline and
2 first gay bookstore.

1971- DC Eagle opens.


1971- Metropolitan Community Church formed.
1972- Dignity/Washington-DC chapter organized.
1972- DC School Board resolution bans discrimination.
In a landmark decision, the School Board extended the first civil
rights protection to homosexuals.

1972-First Gay Pride celebrated in DC but does not


become an annual event.

1973- Gay Mens VD Clinic begins at Washington Free Clinic


The first gay and lesbian community medical support organiza-
tion began in the basement of Georgetown Lutheran Church.

1973- Title 34 rights protection adopted. This first


citywide human rights ordinance provided protection to gays,
lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender men and women.

2 1974- Lambda Rising opens. Lambda Rising became the


leading gay bookstore in DC.
1974- Lammas Womens Bookstore & More opens.
Lammas catered to the womens community until it closed in
2000.
1975- Establishment of annual gay pride. Organized in
June by Deacon Maccubbin and held on 20th Street between
R and S, NW.
3 1975- Bet Mishpachah founded.
1976- Gertrude Stein Democratic Club formed.
From 1980 to 1987, Whitman-Walker Clinic was located at 2335 18th Street
1977- Cinema Follies fire. The fire at a gay adult theater
killedand outednine men.
1978- Walt Whitman Republican Club formed. One of the
4 first gay Republican groups in the nation; became the Capital
Area Log Cabin Club.
1978- Brother, Help Thyself organized. BHT funds many
fledgling community groups, AIDS support organizations and
community institutions.

3
1978-Whitman-Walker Clinic founded. The earliest and
most widely based LGBT health organization opens. In 2011, it
would change its name to Whitman-Walker Health.

4 1979-First March on Washington.


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1980s
1981- Gay Mens Chorus of Washington formed

1 1981- First HIV/AIDS support services offered at Whitman-Walker.

1981- Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance founded.


1
1981- DC decriminalizes sodomy. Congress overrules the
City Council and keeps the law.

1981- First report of AIDS case in DC.

1983- Major AIDS Forum held at Lisner Auditorium. This 2


public forum organized by Whitman-Walker Clinic drew 1,200 men.

1983- Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community


Association organized.

1984- Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League


founded.

1984- AIDS Evaluation Unit opened at Whitman-Walker.


This was the first gay, community-based medical unit devoted to
evaluation/diagnosis of AIDS symptoms.

1985- Us Helping Us formed.

2 1986- First High Heel Drag Race.

1986- JRs Bar & Grill opens.

3 1987- First AIDS Quilt display on the National Mall.

1987- Second March on Washington.

1987- 1st DC AIDS Walk.

1988- Metro Teen AIDS formed to provide education and


support to youth on HIV issues; it merged with Whitman-Walker
in 2015.
3
4 1989- Mautner Project formed. The medical and social
support group was formed in honor of Mary-Helen Mautner to
help lesbians living with cancer. It merged with Whitman-Walker
in 2013.

1989- BiWomens and BiMens Network founded. 4

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1990s
1990- ACT UP demonstrations at NIH. ACT UP organized
protests over AIDS research priorities at NIH; more than 1,000
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demonstrators participated.

1991- First DC Black Pride held.

1993- Third March on Washington.

2 1993- Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy for LGBT military


personnel becomes law.

1993- DC Council legalizes private consensual


sodomy.

1994- MetroWeekly magazine debuts. Photography by Jason Pier @ www.jasonpier.com

3 1995- Tyra Hunter death sparks protests. Tyra Hunter,


transgender victim in a traffic accident, was neglected by EMS
paramedics, sparking protests and investigations of DC Fire
Department and EMS handling of transgender people.

1996- Transgender Health Empowerment opens.

1996- Defense of Marriage Act becomes law.

1997- David Catania elected first openly gay


DC Council member .

1997- Jay Fisette first openly gay elected official


in Virginia. 3

4 1999- Gay Muslim group Al-Fatihah organized .

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2000s
2000- MPD Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit formed.
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2 2000- Millennium March (Fourth March on Washington).

2001- DC domestic partnership benefits finally began.

2003- Supreme Court overturns state sodomy laws.

2003- National Center for Transgender Equality


founded.

2005- Gender identity protections added


2 to DC Human Rights Act by DC City Council.

2009- Matthew Shepard and James C. Byrd Hate


Crimes Law passes.

2009- National Equality March


(Fifth March on Washington).

3 2009- DC Marriage Equality law passes, signed into law.

2010s
2011- Dont Ask, Dont Tell law repealed. LGB people can
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serve openly in military.

3
2012 - Tagg magazine launched to serve lesbians, bisexual
women and the transgender community.

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2012- President Barack Obama becomes first sitting
President to openly support marriage equality.

2012 - Casa Ruby opens


4
2013- Defense of Marriage Act partly overturned by the
Supreme Court.

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