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Martha Wainwright on Gay Games officials D.C.’s Reel Affirmations
her unique family, say 2014 event will LGBT film festival
music and new show stay in Cleveland, postponed until April
with brother Rufus. despite controversy. due to money woes.
PAGE 25 PAGE 6 PAGE 4 • vol. 41, issue 32 • august 6, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years


Clauses, the court orders entry
Activists hail decision of judgment permanently enjoin-
as major victory for ing its enforcement,” Walker
wrote in his ruling.
marriage equality The order also prohibits “the
official defendants from applying
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. or enforcing Proposition 8 and directing the official defendants
that all persons under their control
In an historic development, a or supervision shall not apply or
federal judge in California ruled enforce Proposition 8.” But that
Wednesday that the Golden order was stayed for an indetermi-
State’s ban on same-sex mar- nate length of time, pending an
riage is unconstitutional. expected appeal of the case.
The ruling by U.S. District Court Voter approval of Prop 8 put an
Judge Vaughn Walker in San end to same-sex marriages that
Francisco said an amendment to began in California in early 2008,
the state’s constitution banning when the state’s highest court
same-sex marriage, which voters ruled that gays and lesbians could
approved in a 2008 ballot measure not be denied the right to marry
known as Proposition 8, violates under the state constitution.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
the U.S. Constitution’s equal pro- Same-sex marriage oppo-
tection and due process clauses. nents said Wednesday they A crowd at Bravo Bravo Restaurant & Nightclub in D.C. celebrates Wednesday's federal court decision finding
“Because Proposition 8 is would take immediate steps to Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, to be unconstitutional. The decision is expected
unconstitutional under both the to be appealed.
Due Process and Equal Protection Continues on page 14

Gay soldier accused of

leaking classified files
Did anger over showing a U.S. Apache helicop-
Lesbian provocateur Tammy Bruce responds ter strike in Baghdad that killed
to her critics on the gay left. Page 16
‘Don’t Ask’ motivate 12 civilians, including employees
Manning to act? of a Reuters news agency.
Manning allegedly gave the
By CHRIS JOHNSON footage to WikiLeaks, a whistle- blowing website devoted to dis-
closing the secrets of govern-
Reports that a U.S. Army intel- ments and corporations.
ligence analyst who’s accused of In an instant message conver-
leaking classified information is sation with a friend, Manning
gay have raised questions about reportedly said he was responsi-
whether a resentment of “Don’t ble for the leak as well as another
Ask, Don’t Tell” could have moti- video showing a 2009 Garani air
socialagenda vated his alleged crime. strike in Afghanistan. He also
We talk to Jeff Lewis, who's ready to flip out Pfc. Bradley Manning, 22, is reportedly claimed to have
again on Bravo’s hit show. Page 31 the prime suspect in the investi- Pfc. Bradley Manning
gation of leaked video footage Continues on page 6
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Reel Affirmations postponed due to money woes

Acclaimed LGBT film ital, gay or straight, we are faced
with the same [monetary] chal-
to replace Murray, who left to
take a new job, he said.
options like Neflix and Logo and
Here TV and other things.”
event moved to April lenges,” Guillemette said. At the time of Murray’s departure Although moving the festival to
“What we found ourselves in November, Guillemette said, One the spring won’t counter the compet-
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. doing this year was going to var- In Ten had become nearly an all- ing venues for gay film, Bilancio said ious different organizations that volunteer organization, returning to holding Reel Affirmation in the early
we were hoping might sponsor its “roots” before its first executive part of the year will at least ensure
An inability to raise the money us. And the economy being what director was hired in 2000. that it’s the first opportunity for most
needed to hold D.C.’s annual LGBT it is, that kind of ability to support Joe Bilancio, One In Ten’s pro- D.C. festival goers to see the films.
film festival this October has us wasn’t there,” he said. grams manager and the person in One source familiar with last
spurred a decision to reschedule Guillemete said One In Ten charge of obtaining the films, is year’s Reel Affirmations festival,
Reel Affirmations for spring 2011, will screen three LGBT films this being compensated as a consultant, who spoke with the Blade on
according to organizers and fall, including an award-winning Guillemette said. Guillemette is serv- condition of anonymity, said the
sources familiar with the event. film the group planned to ing as a volunteer and called his One In Ten debt stemmed from a
The money problems also announce soon. Beginning in work on the festival “a labor of love.” drop in revenue compared to
prompted organizers to reassess November, One In Ten will According to Guillemette, the previous festivals. Ticket sales
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
the time of year the event should resume a practice it previously funding problems were just one of were down as was advertising in
be held, leading to a permanent discontinued: a monthly showing several issues that prompted the Larry Guillemette of One In the festival’s lengthy program
rescheduling of the highly of an LGBT film in Washington at One In Ten board to move the Ten, the non-profit group that booklet, the source said.
acclaimed event for late April and different theaters. annual festival to the spring. He organizes Reel Affirmations, Instead of generating seed
early May in succeeding years. The group’s ability to hold the said other factors included com- said fundraising challenges money for the 2010 festival, which
Larry Guillemette, marketing full festival in October was further peting LGBT events in October, forced the event to be resched- was slated to celebrate Reel
and sponsorship manager for One hampered by last year’s resigna- such as the Human Rights uled to April 2011. Affirmations’ 20th anniversary, the
In Ten, the non-profit group that tion of Margaret Murray, who had Campaign’s annual national din- revenue shortfall resulted in debts
has organized Reel Affirmations served as One In Ten’s executive ner and the Miss Adams Morgan noted that by the time One In Ten’s to various vendors, including the
each October for the past 19 director since 2006, Guillemette drag pageant, a large event that Reel Affirmations festival is held in graphic artist who helped produce
years, acknowledged that a debt said. He noted that it was attracts participants who might the fall, some of the patrons of Reel the program booklet. At least
exceeding $40,000 from last Murray’s job to work on corporate otherwise attend the film festival. Affirmations have already seen $20,000 to $25,000 was needed to
year’s festival and a diminishing and organizational sponsorships Guillemette said the problems these films at other festivals. produce the booklet for this year, a
number of corporate sponsors and and other fundraising efforts for associated with holding the festival In recent years, a number of films sum the group apparently did not
donors made it difficult to pull the 2010 festival beginning in the this October led to long discus- shown at Reel Affirmations and have, the source said.
together the festival this year. latter months of 2009. sions on something the event’s other LGBT film festivals also have Organizers were hopeful that a
It had been scheduled to take “What that did for us on some organizers have contemplated for been shown first on gay cable televi- special town hall meeting that
place Oct. 14-23 in a number of levels is put us in a tiny bit of a peri- a number of years: the advantages sion networks, with others some- One In Ten held in April at the
prominent city theaters, including od of flux and transition that we of holding a film festival in the early times available through Netflix, said Human Rights Campaign head-
the Harmon Center for the Arts, weren’t necessarily prepared for months of the year. Guillemette and Bilancio. quarters would persuade people
the Goethe Institute and the E because that was the time of year Among other things, top-quality “It’s significantly different than to make the donations that were
Street Cinema downtown, the that most festivals are putting LGBT-related films made by inde- what it was when we started the needed to keep the event on track
Jewish Community Center near together their proposals for funding pendent filmmakers are usually festival in the early 1990s, when for October. But less than $5,000
Dupont Circle and the AFI for the following year,” he said. released in the early part of the access to independent gay film was was raised as a result of the town
Theater in Silver Spring. Meanwhile, the group’s debt year and shown at other film festi- not that easy,” Guillemette said. meeting, the source said, an
“As with a lot of non-profit and general shortage of funds vals in the winter and spring, said “And we could count on a sold-out amount far less than was needed
organizations in our nation’s cap- prevented the hiring of someone Guillemette and Bilancio. The two festival because there weren’t to stage the festival in October,

Cobalt staffer suffers broken jaw in attackBy LOU CHIBBARO JR. because my jaw hurts so bad,” he punched him in the jaw as the other city’s victim assistance program, quoted the message as saying. removed a backpack from his back. which provides some financial aid
Police have listed the attack as “I realized immediately that they to victims of crime.
One of two unidentified men robbery by force and violence. There had broken it,” Morris said of his After taking his backpack, wallet,
who broke the jaw of an employ- was no immediate evidence of a jaw. “They didn’t say a word to me.” watch, and a small amount of cash,
ee of the D.C. gay bar Cobalt hate crime, Morris said, because the The only words spoken were the two men left him in the stairwell
during a mugging last month attackers did not say anything to him when one assailant instructed the and began to walk away, Morris
apparently left an insulting mes- as they robbed and assaulted him. other to “hit me” when they realized said. As he struggled out of the stair-
sage on the victim’s Facebook Morris noted that he was he had regained consciousness, well and reached for his phone to
page using his stolen cell phone. wearing a Cobalt shirt when he Morris told the Blade in a phone call for help, Morris noticed the two
Gregory “Sean” Morris, 32, said was attacked, but didn’t know if interview. He eventually managed attackers were watching him.
two men attacked and robbed him the attackers recognized the to flag down a police car and was “I reached to see if they had
at 5 a.m. Sunday, July 25, at the name as that of a gay bar. quickly taken to Howard University taken my phone out of my pock-
intersection of Georgia Avenue The incident took place near Hospital, where he underwent et and they hadn’t,” Morris said.
and Lamont Street, N.W., as he where Morris exited a Metro bus emergency surgery to repair his “They realized they hadn’t and
was on his way home from work. and was walking to catch a sec- jaw, which is now wired shut and they turned around and they
Morris said one of the attackers ond bus to take him closer to his will remain that way for eight weeks. came back to rob me again. They
appeared to have accessed his home in Northwest D.C. Morris, who works at Cobalt as took my phone out of my pocket.”
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key a light technician and an independ- The man who assaulted him
Facebook page a few days after He said he recalls being
Gregory ‘Sean’ Morris, an the mugging through the use of his knocked unconscious and waking ent events promoter, does not have in the stairwell then “hit me
employee of the gay bar Cobalt, cell phone, which was stolen dur- up as one of the attackers dragged medical insurance. Cobalt employ- again,” he said.
suffered a broken jaw during a ing the attack. According to Morris, him from the sidewalk down a stair- ees and friends have contributed to Morris is hoping police will be
mugging last month. The attack is the person published a message well leading to the basement a fund to help him pay his doctor able to track the suspects through
not being treated as a hate crime. written as if it came from Morris. entrance of a house or building. He and hospital bills. He has also cell phone records and any use of
“I wanted to bust a nut but I can’t noted that one of the attackers applied for compensation from the his stolen credit cards.
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Gay soldier being held as investigation continues

Continued from page 1 recently leaked documents. We the sinking feeling that he does- The co-director of OutServe, John Aravosis, a gay D.C.-
are assessing them now to n’t have anything left.” an organization for LGBT active based blogger, responded to the
260,000 classified U.S. diplomatic determine the potential damage The publicly viewable portion of duty service members, said he FRC mailing on his website,
cables that would reveal the inner to lives, sources and methods his Facebook profile this week list- was skeptical that “Don’t Ask,, calling it evi-
workings of U.S. embassies. and national security.” ed the Washington Blade as Don’t Tell” played a role in dence of the continued lies and
“Hillary Clinton, and several Courtney Whittmann, a among his favorite pages as well as Manning’s alleged decision to distortion that FRC puts forth on
thousand diplomats around the spokesperson for U.S. Army several other LGBT-related pages, leak classified information. LGBT issues.
world are going to have a heart Military District of Washington, including the Human Rights OutServe’s co-director, who’s “FRC cites the Telegraph, and
attack when they wake up one said Manning could face up to 52 Campaign, gay Rep. Barney Frank adopted the alias J.D. Smith to claims that the Telegraph says
morning, and find an entire years in prison and a dishonor- (D-Mass.) and “REPEAL THE BAN avoid being outed under “Don’t Manning has an ‘extensive history’
repository of classified foreign able discharge as well as forfei- — End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’” Ask, Don’t Tell,” said he didn’t think of campaigning for gay rights,”
policy is available, in searchable ture of all pay and allowances. After Window Media closed the Manning’s discontent with the law Aravosis wrote. “In fact, the
format, to the public,” Manning She said the court of his appear- Blade late last year, Manning donat- led him to his alleged decision to Telegraph article mentions that
said in the conversation, accord- ance is yet to be determined. ed $120 to a “Save the Blade” initia- leak classified information. Manning once showed up at a sin-
ing to As this investigation is under- tive that helped re-launch the paper, “From what I’ve being reading gle gay rights rally — that’s it. How
Additionally, Manning is a person way, a report from British media according to Blade records. on this situation, he had a lot of is that an ‘extensive’ history as an
of interest in an investigation seek- describing Manning as gay is rais- Manning has also been seen issues that he was dealing with ‘extreme’ gay activist? It’s not.”
ing to determine the source of thou- ing questions about whether dis- in gay venues in D.C. and was — not just about his homosexu- Aravosis also disputed the
sands of secret documents leaked content with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” present at the National Stonewall ality,” said Smith, who noted notion that evidence exists show-
related to the Afghanistan war. But contributed to his alleged decision Democrats’ Capital Champions OutServe has had no contact ing that anger over “Don’t Ask,
as of earlier this week, Manning to leak the classified material. event in 2009. with Manning. “We don’t know all Don’t Tell” led Manning to leak
reportedly hadn’t been formally The Daily Telegraph reported Jon Hoadley, a gay activist the factors. All the details haven’t classified information.
named as a suspect in the matter. that Manning is openly gay and and former Stonewall Democrats come out to the public yet.” “Finally, there’s nothing, any-
The charges against Manning had several postings on his president, is among those who The Family Research Council where, to suggest that Manning
are serious. Lt. Col. Rene White, Facebook page that he was know Manning. Still, Hoadley has seized on reports that Manning had any ‘fury’ over [‘Don’t Ask,
a Pentagon spokesperson, said unhappy with the military and was said he said he didn’t know is gay to drum up opposition to Don’t Tell’], or that, even if he did,
Manning is under investigation going through relationship trou- Manning well and hasn’t seen repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” such fury led him to leak the doc-
“for allegedly improperly down- bles with a same-sex partner. him in more than a year. In an e-mail blast, Tony Perkins, uments,” Aravosis said. “Where
loading, storing and disclosing to At the beginning of May, “Other [than] through some president of FRC, called Manning did FRC come up with it?”
unauthorized third parties classi- Manning reportedly wrote he was Stonewall events and stuff like an “extreme homosexual activist” Smith said FRC’s decision to try
fied or sensitive [U.S. govern- “livid” after being “lectured by ex- that — and through a few friends and said his “fury over the services’ to solicit funds over the charges
ment] documents or media.” boyfriend,” then later posted that he — I didn’t know him really well,” homosexual policy may have led against Manning is “pretty awful.”
White said Manning is being was “not a piece of equipment” and Hoadley said. him to publicize highly classified “There are plenty of instances
held in the brig at the U.S. Marine was “beyond frustrated with people Whittmann, the Army military documents about the wars.” where straight soldiers have
Corps base in Quantico, Va. and society at large.” district of Washington spokesper- “Unfortunately for all of us, done things as well,” Smith said.
“Manning will remain in pre- In the same month, when he son, said she didn’t immediately Manning’s betrayal painfully con- “And I don’t think they should
trial confinement as the Army was serving at a U.S. military know whether “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” firms what groups like FRC have [be] playing this as homosexual
continues its investigation,” White base near Baghdad, Manning was a factor in the investigation of argued all along: the instability of the treason at all. I think that we
said. “We don’t know if Pfc. reportedly changed his status to: Manning, but said she would look to homosexual lifestyle is a detriment need to be very careful in how
Manning is the source of the “Bradley Manning is now left with find more information on the matter. to military readiness,” Perkins wrote. this is portrayed.”

Gay Games ousts organizer, but event stays in Cleveland

announced it had picked the The General Assembly meeting week earlier saying it would not delegation of regional organiza-
Some say decision Cleveland Synergy Foundation is set to take place after the 2010 disclose its decision on the tions and supporters will accept
violates rules, event as the host for the 2014 event in Gay Games, now being held in Synergy Foundation until after the flag of the Federation of Gay
Cleveland. Cologne, concludes Aug. 7. the General Assembly meeting. Games in Cologne, Germany on
should move to D.C. “As the runner up city, we But Kelly Stevens, a member of The decision to revoke Synergy’s 7 August 2010 at the closing cer-
expressed our hope that they would the FGG board and spokesperson license didn’t come as a surprise to emony from the city officials of
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. follow what we’ve interpreted as the for the organization, issued a state- Gay Games observers, who have Cologne, Germany.” accepted procedure, which is if the ment from Cologne disputing Minor read reports coming from Cleveland It adds, “The FGG, cooperating
contract could not be executed [in and Micone’s interpretation of the about the FGG’s and Cleveland city with its Cleveland partners, contin-
The international LGBT sports Cleveland] they would go to the run- rules related to runner up status. officials’ dissatisfaction with the foun- ues to work hard to ensure that
organization that picked Cleveland ner up,” said Brent Minor, president “The site selection rules were set dation. Some press reports have planning for the 2014 Gay Games
over D.C. to host the 2014 Gay of Team D.C., one of the LGBT up to provide a process in case an noted Synergy faced problems relat- progresses at a satisfactory pace.”
Games announced Tuesday that it sports organizations that’s part of original license agreement with a ed to financial “irregularities.” Cleveland city officials said they
has revoked its contract with the Metropolitan Washington Gaymes. host city could not be reached,” he An official with Cleveland’s Office were scrambling to put together a new
Cleveland foundation it chose to “So this is news to us,” Minor told the Blade. “They are not written of Economic Development, which entity to organize and operate the
organize the games. said. “It’s very disappointing.” to award the games to another city in was overseeing Cleveland’s pledge games. Many of the officials involved
And in an action questioned by Minor and Vince Micone, presi- case of change of management of $700,000 in financial support for with Synergy Foundation’s initial plans
D.C. sports groups, the Federation dent of Metropolitan Washington once planning has begun. The FGG the Gay Games, said in a letter for the games were in Cologne this
of Gay Games also said it “remains Gaymes, said the Gaymes group will honor the vote for Cleveland as leaked to the media that Synergy week attending this year’s Gay
committed” to keeping the quadren- would consider whether to question the host of the 2014 Gay Games. had failed to meet deadlines for sub- Games and taking steps to officially
nial event in Cleveland, even the decision and possibly seek to “Naturally, the FGG will discuss mitting required reports to the city. launch plans for the 2014 games.
though some people believe its reverse it when the FGG General the situation at its annual meeting,” “The Federation of Gay Games D.C. activists following the
rules call for awarding the games to Assembly meets in Cologne, he said. “We will not be issuing any ended its relationship with developments said it was
the organization and city whose bid Germany later this month. further comments. Our time [now] Cleveland Synergy Foundation, unprecedented for the FGG to
it selected as the runner up. The General Assembly is the is devoted to Cologne.” effective 6 July 2010,” said the FCC agree to hold the games in a city
The FGG selected the organization’s full governing body In announcing its decision to in its Aug. 3 statement. “The FGG without first approving a detailed
Metropolitan Washington Gaymes, and can overrule action by the FGG oust the Cleveland Synergy remains committed to the host city bid by an organization.
Inc., a coalition of D.C.-area LGBT board, which is believed to have Foundation as the Gay Games of Cleveland, and the State of Ohio
sports groups, as the runner up for made the decision to stick with organizing entity, the FGG to host Gay Games IX in 2014. Story continues at
the games last year, when it Cleveland for the 2014 Gay Games. reversed an announcement one “Cleveland city officials and a
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N.J. officer kills exec Senate candidate in N.H.

in park sex sting calls for DOMA repeal
WASHINGTON — A New Hampshire Democrat in a competitive race for a U.S.
Senate seat is forcefully calling on Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Police suspend undercover identified himself and displayed his badge.
Gaymon was married and had four children.
Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), who’s running to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Judd
Gregg (R-N.H.), spoke out against
operation following Originally from Montclair, N.J., he was visiting DOMA during a July 30 dinner
the state to help organize a class reunion at speech at the National Stonewall
‘tragic’ shooting Montclair High School, authorities said. Democrats biennial convention.
The Star-Ledger reported that members “We have to end D-O-M-A!” he
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. of Gaymon’s family in Atlanta, where he shouted. “Time to put it away!” worked as chief executive officer of a credit Hodes has been in favor of repeal-
union, have accused the officer of fabricating ing DOMA for some time. He’s a co-
The sheriff in Essex County, N.J. has the story. Family members say Gaymon was sponsor of the Respect for Marriage
suspended a controversial undercover a peaceful person who never would commit a Act, a U.S. House bill that would
operation aimed at cracking down on violent act, the newspaper reported. overturn DOMA.
alleged public sex by gay men in a Newark Family members have called on the Should he win in November,
park after an undercover officer last month FBI to investigate the incident, saying Hodes would be among a handful of
shot a 48-year-old businessman to death. they don’t believe local law enforcement U.S. senators who support marriage
Sheriff Armando Fontoura halted the agencies can conduct an impartial inves- rights for same-sex couples. But he
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
operation following strong objections tigation into the matter. could face an uphill battle in his pur-
raised by two New Jersey LGBT organi- Fontoura and sheriff’s officials have agreed suit of the Senate seat. The LGBT U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, a New Hampshire
zations, which demanded an independent to a request from the two LGBT groups to support he solicited during the con- Democrat running to succeed a retiring U.S.
investigation into the incident. meet with officials of the groups to discuss vention speech may be necessary senator, is reiterating his call to repeal the
“On behalf of our two organizations, ways to address alleged public sex in the park. for him to remain competitive. Defense of Marriage Act.
Garden State Equality and the Gender Goldstein and Siperstein said in a letter Hodes would face one of several
Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, to law enforcement officials that targeting Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the race. Two of these
we express our outrage over the tragic killing gay men in the crackdown could be a vio- Republican candidates — former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte
of Defarra Gaymon in Branch Brook Park … lation of state non-discrimination laws. and businessman Bill Bennie — are polling several digits higher than Hodes.
by a member of the Essex County Sherriff’s “We believe any operation targeting peo-
Department,” said Steven Goldstein, head of ple based on their actual or perceived sexual
Garden State Equality, and Barbra Casbar orientation would be a violation of state law,” Sen. Ensign has ‘concern’ over ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal
Siperstein, head of Gender Rights Advocacy Goldstein and Siperstein say in their July 21 WASHINGTON — Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) last week expressed unease
Association of New Jersey. letter to the sheriff and county prosecutor. about language in pending defense budget legislation that would lead to “Don’t
Sheriff’s officials, who have declined to “In no way do we condone any viola- Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, noting he would consider supporting efforts to stop the
disclose the identity of the officer tion of lewdness statutes,” says the letter. Senate from passing the provision.
involved, said the officer explained that he “But any sting operation targeting gay In a brief exchange on Capitol Hill, Ensign told the Blade he shared the views of the
shot Gaymon on July 16 after the Atlanta men or LGBT people specifically, or any- military service chiefs, who, prior to earlier congressional action this year on repealing
resident “lunged” at the officer. A state- one perceived as such, is unconscionable “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” wrote to lawmakers to express concern about the action.
ment says the incident began when the — and as we strongly believe, illegal.” “The problem is you can’t go out and say to the military chiefs, ‘We’re going to
officer saw Gaymon masturbating and he The two noted that they “make no survey you and see what you all think,’ and then you pass the bill to repeal it,”
propositioned the officer for sex. assumption as to the sexual orientation of Ensign said. “So the study should come first and then you can talk about the
Media reports have independently the victim. Our thoughts and prayers are repeal or not of [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’]. So, yes, it is a concern simply because
identified the officer in question as with his wife and four children.” the study’s not done.”
Edward Espisito, 29. He was recently In other places, including D.C., activists In May, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment mak-
awarded a medal of merit for assisting in have called on police and other law ing repeal language part of the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill and
the arrest of two suspects charged with enforcement authorities to use uniformed reported the legislation to the chamber floor. The full Senate is expected to take
shooting a fellow off-duty sheriff’s officer, officers to enforce laws against public sex up the measure in September.
according to the Newark Star-Ledger. rather than use undercover officers who Asked whether he would support a substitute amendment or a motion to strike
The shooting death of Gaymon occurred pose as men interested in gay sex. with respect to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” language, Ensign replied, “We’ll see.”
in a part of the Newark park that’s recog- In the D.C. area, law enforcement offi- “First of all, we’re not going to do the bill right now,” he said. “We’ll see whether
nized as a pickup spot for men seeking cials have also said they recognize that we do it before we leave in October or after we leave.”
other men for sex, authorities said. gay men and others have a legal right to Ensign also said he wouldn’t rule out supporting a filibuster of the defense leg-
Gaymon, who was unarmed, allegedly meet each other in parks or other loca- islation as a whole when the legislation comes to the floor.
lunged at the officer and tried to disarm tions as long as the men don’t violate the
the officer while threatening to kill the offi- law by having sex in public.
cer, according to Essex County Acting Last week, Fontoura told the Star- OutServe gives LGBT troops new voice
Prosecutor Robert Laurino. Ledger he’s deployed uniformed officers SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A new organization opposed to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
At a news conference, Laurino said to the park while the undercover opera- launched last week to give a new voice to LGBT service members in the U.S. military.
Gaymon apparently panicked after the officer tion is suspended and under review. The group, OutServe, was formerly known as Citizens for Repeal and is crediting
itself with being the first organization for active duty gay, lesbian and bisexual troops
that is speaking openly with Pentagon officials as well as public audiences.
DNC chair tackles LGBT questions in video OutServe’s co-director, a military officer who’s adopted the alias of J.D. Smith to
avoid being outed under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” said his group is focused on giving
Democratic National Committee chair to address barriers to equality for LGBT support to active duty gay and lesbian service members through social networks.
Tim Kaine answered questions on LGBT Americans by guaranteeing these families “For example, we had someone move from Virginia to Colorado recently,” Smith
issues in a video published online Tuesday. the right to visit and make medical decisions said. “Through the network, we were able to get them in touch with new people
In the video, Kaine responds to what for a partner in America’s hospitals, by and new friends in Colorado.”
he said were more than 5,000 messages enacting hate crimes legislation to protect Smith said plans for the future include helping LGBT troops find counseling
from LGBT people sent to the DNC LGBT Americans — to name just two signif- services and becoming “a professional group of LGBT military members.”
as part of the Your Voice Matters initiative. icant accomplishments.” The group started in October 2009 as an underground network with a
“We have a long way to go, but we’re Kaine noted that Democrats are “going Facebook page. According to a statement from the organization, OutServe now
already making progress for LGBT individu- to do everything” in their power to pass has about 450 members, including around two dozen service members deployed
als,” he said. “President Obama and con- the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Push for LGBT bills continues during recess

Activities planned in GetEqual, said her group has been
talking with local organizers about
local districts while working collaboratively on direct
action throughout the country on
Congress takes break ENDA and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“We’re trying to work to set up
By CHRIS JOHNSON some in-district actions,” she said. “At this moment, we don’t have any tar-
gets that we’ll release only because
Advocacy groups are planning we’re trying to figure out where is the
to take advantage of this month’s weakest link and what we feel like is
congressional recess by stepping going to be strategically the best one
up efforts with district offices to build to plan most of our attention.”
support for pro-LGBT initiatives McGehee said GetEqual will
while lawmakers are at home. be sending out instructions on
One joint effort between the ways people can engage in the
Human Rights Campaign and political process as lawmakers
Servicemembers Legal Defense work in their home district.
Network, for example, is geared “It may be some people plan-
toward influencing senators to sup- ning actions; it may be just giving
port repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t them avenues of engagement
Tell” when the issue comes before that can just get them to engage
the Senate, possibly in September. their legislator around ‘Don’t Ask,
As part of this same effort, HRC Don’t Tell’ or ENDA,” she said.
is also working on building support McGehee said GetEqual is
for bringing the Employment Non- looking at lawmakers’ speaking
Discrimination Act to a House vote. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
engagements, town halls, fundrais-
Meanwhile, grassroots LGBT ers and office times as possible
group GetEqual is considering ways Following recent protests at the U.S. Capitol and elsewhere, members of GetEqual are planning ‘in-district opportunities for action.
to expand its direct action work out- actions’ later this month while Congress is in recess. Wherever the actions take
side the Capital Beltway to reach place, McGehee said GetEqual is
lawmakers in their home districts. Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New engage him back home,” Sarvis “Whether it’s working with field in part learning from the tactics
HRC and SLDN last week Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, said. “But, yes, we are somewhat organizers in place or SLDN vet- that conservative protesters used
announced their effort, called South Dakota and Virginia — encouraged by what Sen. Lugar erans, clients, it’ll be a matter of in interrupting town hall meetings
Countdown 2010, which aims to where HRC and SLDN feel they has said to date. But, again, it’s not sharing resources and bringing last year over health care reform.
mobilize new grassroots efforts to don’t have a firm commitment from done until all the votes are cast.” that [all] together over the next six “Obviously, you don’t want to
build support in part toward ending senators on the issue. Also as part of Countdown 2010, to eight weeks in the most efficient be compared to someone who
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the Senate. Rouse said the senators in the HRC is working to influence sena- way possible,” Sarvis said. has a conservative platform,” she
Marty Rouse, HRC’s national states on which HRC is focusing its tors in the targeted states on ENDA Rouse said HRC would look said. “But, in my opinion, one of
field director, said the effort con- efforts are Blanche Lincoln (D- while engaging House members in at local media to determine the things that we did learn from
sists of engagement from the Ark.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Richard North Carolina, Pennsylvania and whether efforts in these states watching that was the squeaky
organization’s field team as well Lugar (R-Ind.), Jon Tester (D- Texas to build support for the bill. are making progress and noted wheel was getting the grease.”
as encouraging HRC members Mont.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Rouse said urging senators to sup- that efforts in many states have In the past month, GetEqual asked
to reach out to key lawmakers. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), John port ENDA in these three additional already produced results. supporters which of four lawmakers
“We can’t just talk to our legisla- Ensign (R-Nev.), Judd Gregg (R- states is less of a priority. “We’ve already seen letters to should be targeted for direct action
tors and members of Congress N.H.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Kent “We really focused on the House the editor printed, op-eds printed over ENDA: U.S. House Speaker
inside the Beltway,” Rouse said. Conrad (D-N.D.), George Voinovich and we need to do significant [work] and meetings with the Senate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate
“We have to talk to them in the dis- (R-Ohio), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) in House districts throughout the staff have already taken place,” he Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.),
trict so that they see that there’s and Mark Warner (D-Va.). country before we even can think of said. “None of this would have Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) or Rep.
interest and concern back home.” Although Rouse said HRC’s field the Senate,” Rouse said. “Our focus happened were it not for HRC’s George Miller (D-Calif.).
Aubrey Sarvis, SLDN’s execu- team is engaged in nearly all of these right now in the field is making sure staff being on the ground, mobiliz- According to GetEqual, Pelosi
tive director, said the effort will last states throughout the country as part that we target these House mem- ing and reaching out to people.” won 46.5 percent of the vote, Reid
until lawmakers return from their of this effort, he added efforts aren’t bers. That’s most important.” But for SLDN, evaluating the won 18.5 percent, Miller took 17.6
August recess and vote on the fis- yet underway in Montana because of Paul Guequierre, an HRC progress of Countdown 2010 percent and Frank took 17.4 percent.
cal year 2011 defense authoriza- priority and efficiency reasons. spokesperson, said the efforts in would depend on the results of The organization declined to make
tion bill, the legislative vehicle to “Montana is a big state, and it’s North Carolina, Pennsylvania the meetings with senators and public the total number of votes.
which the Senate Armed Services hard to cover and hard to get to,” and Texas are geared toward their staffers in these states. McGehee said the first and second
Committee in May attached a pro- Rouse said. “There’s no one in influencing House Democratic “But the bottom line is you won’t place rankings of Pelosi and Reid
vision that would lead to “Don’t Montana right now, but there will be.” members in these states that know until the votes have been cast,” were behind a protest last month in
Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. One of the senators on the list aren’t ENDA co-sponsors. Sarvis said. “In some cases, we may Las Vegas, which was directed against
“We’ll be down in the targeted has already publicly indicated his Five of eight House Democrats get affirmative answers over the next Reid, and another protest in the U.S.
states with veterans, former clients of position on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” from North Carolina, five of 12 House several weeks, but I suspect that in Capitol, which targeted Pelosi.
SLDN, friends and family of veterans in the defense authorization bill. Democrats from Pennsylvania and many cases, we won’t get a defini- But whether GetEqual continues
— hopefully to visit with senators and Last month, Lugar told the Blade five of 12 House Democrats from Texas tive answer until the senators’ votes.” to target Pelosi and Reid during their
their key staffers to urge senators to he wouldn’t support removing the aren’t co-sponsors, Guequierre said. August break remains to be seen.
support, one, the [Defense “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” language Sarvis said the shared work GetEqual plans “I don’t know for sure that we’ll go
Department] bill and, secondly, to from legislation and is unlikely to between HRC and SLDN in this district actions back to those targets,” McGehee
support the provisions in the bill as it support a filibuster of the main bill. effort would complement the Meanwhile, GetEqual is planning said. “Honestly, for us, it’s just look-
came out of the Senate Armed Sarvis said SLDN feels Indiana strength of each organization. He efforts to draw more attention to ing at where you have local organiz-
Services Committee,” Sarvis said. should nonetheless be among the noted that HRC has more field ENDA as lawmakers return from ers that also want to be involved,
The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” por- states on which efforts are focused. organizers and thus would provide break. The efforts are intended to and finding out from the advocacy
tion of the Countdown 2010 effort “With Sen. Lugar, the commit- more field workers to the effort build off previous protests last month groups that really have the inside
is focused on influencing senators ment is not as firm and unequivo- while SLDN would bring more in Las Vegas and at the U.S. Capitol. strategy where do they feel like the
in 10 states — Arkansas, Indiana, cal as we would like, so we hope to service members and veterans. Robin McGehee, co-founder of hold up is actually happening.”
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Democrats find 2010 a tougher sell than 2008 told the Blade that people who
LGBT bloggers wage were in doubt over supporting the
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Give’ Democratic Party should look
closely at Democratic candidates
campaign and their Republican opponents.
“The Democratic Party is the
By CHRIS JOHNSON only party that stands for equali- ty,” he said. “I think it’s important
that voters weigh where both
Asking gay Americans to candidates are on issues like
reignite their enthusiasm for the marriage equality, ENDA — and
Democratic Party at the same 99 times out of 100, you’ll come
time critics are assailing the party out in favor of the Democrat.”
for its handling of federal LGBT Polis has been active in raising
legislation is no small challenge. funds not only for his own his re-
But that’s exactly what Democratic election, but for other Democratic
National Committee Executive candidates. He’s set up two joint
Director Jennifer O’Malley Dillon fundraising committees — the
did last week while speaking at Jared Polis Majority Fund and the
the National Stonewall Democrats Jared Polis Victory Fund — that
biennial convention in D.C. have raised substantial funds for
With three months remaining Democrats seeking election.
before the midterm elections, The Jared Polis Majority Fund
Dillon acknowledged that “an has raised $26,000 over the course
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
enthusiasm gap” exists between of this Congress, while the Jared
how Democratic voters feel this Democratic National Committee Executive Director Jennifer O’Malley Dillon acknowledged that for LGBT vot- Polis Victory Fund has raised
year compared to 2008. And she ers, the ‘pace of change isn’t always fast enough.’ $150,000, according to Federal
said that gap must close. Election Commission reports.
“We are going to hold the Aravosis, editor of, gay Netroots and, I would say, would be fighting on disappointment Notable donations from the
House and the Senate,” she said. who’s asking readers to sign a the community in general show- was marriage equality, I would have Jared Polis Majority Fund in the
“I’m very confident about that. pledge saying they will only con- ing their ire at the Democrats,” told you [that] you were nuts.” second quarter of this year includ-
But to do that, it’s just going to be tribute money to the Democratic Aravosis said. “I think it did Stafford said LGBT critics of ed $1,500 to David Cicilline, the
incredibly hard. History is against Party after President Obama signs change things for a while, but I the Democratic Party should take gay mayor of Providence, R.I.
us in this election.” ENDA into law, and signs repeals of think now the Democrats have care with the tone of their discus- who’s running for Congress, and
Also against Dillon’s efforts to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the backed off yet again.” sion because disagreement and $1,500 to Rep. Scott Murphy (D-
rally LGBT voters are increasingly Defense of Marriage Act. Dillon told the Blade that she discontent among Democrats led N.Y.), who last year replaced Sen.
intense criticisms that President Aravosis said at the start of this hopes the DNC’s engagement to the Republican takeover of Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) upon
Obama and congressional leaders year that he didn’t feel inclined to with LGBT people will convince Congress in 1994. her appointment to the U.S.
aren’t doing enough to enact whip the effort because signs had those who haven’t been satisfied “We’re going to have disappoint- Senate. The Jared Polis Victory
promised changes, such as emerged that Congress would to maintain their support. ments, and not all Democratic elect- Fund in the second quarter donat-
repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” pass “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal “Of course, we’d like to see ed officials are going to be support- ed $4,000 to Sen. Michael Bennet
and passing the Employment Non- and ENDA. The situation changed, everyone feel like they can con- ive,” Stafford said. “But I think the (D-Colo.), who’s seeking to retain
Discrimination Act. though, as the year progressed. tribute to the party and feel good leadership of Obama, Pelosi and his U.S. Senate seat.
Dillon recognized that the “ENDA is now nowhere to be about that,” she said. “We obviously even Harry Reid will be light years “We’ve been very active in help-
“pace of change isn’t always fast seen and no one thinks it’s pass- hope that people see us as a party [ahead of] seeing Sarah Palin, Mitch ing to build a pro-equality majority
enough” for LGBT people, but ing both houses by the election that’s growing and building our McConnell or John Boehner setting in the House and I’ve focused a lot
said the DNC is creating new and — even though we were prom- commitment and our connection to the agenda for our country.” of national fundraising in helping to
more substantive ways to engage ised,” he said. “On ‘Don’t Ask, the LGBT community, and that this Jerame Davis, who’s gay and co- achieve that,” Polis said.
potential donors and volunteers. Don’t Tell,’ the legislation being is a place where people feel like owner of the Indiana-based LGBT The notion that LGBT voters
“We want to make sure that discussed isn’t full repeal. It isn’t their money will be well spent.” website Bilerico Project, also should directly support candi-
the programs we’re building on the repeal at all, even though it’s expressed discontent about the dates they see as supportive ver-
moving forward aren’t just pro- being sold that way. It’s not even ‘We’re going to have amount of progress the party has sus supporting the Democratic
grams that we’re sitting in D.C. clear if the legislation is going to disappointments’ made recently on LGBT issues. Party infrastructure is a common
saying, ‘Oh, I think it would be pass anyway at this point.” Despite some disappoint- “The one thing that has con- view among many advocates.
great if we had ruffly stickers with Aravosis dismissed the notion ment, many LGBT Democrats cerned me has been President Aravosis said the best donation
rainbows on them,’ but that we that outreach from the Democratic who attended the Stonewall con- Obama said he was going to be a tactic that LGBT people can use as
are really building out a substan- National Committee could be any vention said they remain commit- ‘fierce advocate’ for our issues, and the November election approaches
tive program,” she said. substitute for the advancement of ted to the Democratic Party. I’ve had trouble seeing where the is to support candidates “who are
Dillon also said the DNC is these issues. Rick Stafford, a veteran gay advocacy was coming along, let proven to be pro-gay and proven to
developing communications — “It’s a very 1990s strategy from activist from Minnesota and chair alone the fierceness,” Davis said. have come through for us.”
including material for the DNC web- the DNC,” he said. “They think of the Democratic Party’s LGBT Still, Davis said the alternative “That means support Democrats
site as part of the Your Voice showing face to the gay communi- caucus, said the Democratic to Democrats running the legisla- who actually have fought for us, or,
Matters effort — to demonstrate in ty — simply showing up at our Party is worth supporting tive branch of the federal govern- [get behind] those Republicans who
a clearer way the Obama adminis- events is going to buy our voters because of the dramatic strides ment would be “far, far worse.” have fought for us, although I’m not
tration’s broader accomplishments. and buy our money because we it’s taken in support of LGBT “The idea of turning either of those convinced there’s too many,” he said.
But discontent among many should be so honored that they rights during the last decades. [chambers] over to the Republicans Davis said this approach is
LGBT voters persists. And a con- would deign to visit us.” “I can remember not more than scares me far worse than trying to the best way to ensure that a
tinuing effort LGBT bloggers Aravosis estimated about 10,000 25 years ago, the Democratic Party continue to push our friends to be majority in Congress supportive
launched last year, called “Don’t readers of have and their leadership officials basical- more supportive and to advocate of LGBT rights is in place.
Ask, Don’t Give,” urges LGBT pledged to withhold donations to the ly said to the LGBT community, ‘Go harder for our issues,” Davis said. “So, the way I see it is this: find
people to withhold donations Democratic Party as part of the away,’” Stafford said. “We were held Also urging continued support a good friend that you think is
from the Democratic Party until “Don’t Ask, Don’t Give” initiative. up as the poster child for the special for Democrats was Rep. Jared going to advocate for our issues
more pro-LGBT bills are passed. “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Give’ was, I interests. And in 25 years, if you told Polis (D-Colo.), a gay lawmaker well, and that’s where you should
Leading the DNC boycott is John think, part of a larger effort of the me back then that the issue that we who spoke at the convention. He put your money,” Davis said.
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Prop 8 case likely headed to U.S. Supreme Court

Continued from page 1 as the lead attorneys for the two
couples in the case.
appeal Vaughn’s decision to the Olson, who had not spoken out
Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of on LGBT issues in the past,
Appeals, which could take a year emerged as a champion for LGBT
or more to issue a ruling. equality, saying the right to marry for
Supporters and opponents of same-sex couples was protected by
same-sex marriage have each the U.S. Constitution and should be
vowed to take the case to the U.S. a fundamental principle in U.S. law.
Supreme Court if they lose at the The two attorneys’ arguments
appeals court level, a development and actions during the Prop 8 trial
that legal observers say could lead appeared to dominate the proceed-
to a landmark Supreme Court rul- ings and prompted many legal
ing on same-sex marriage. observers to conclude that their
Vaughn’s decision Wednesday side came across far stronger than
followed a controversial 12-day trial the legal team defending Prop 8.
in January in which he presided Olson and Boies argued during
over arguments by supporters and the trial, among other things, that
opponents of same-sex marriage Prop 8 violates the U.S. Constitution’s
that drew international media cov- Equal Protection Clause and the
Photo courtesy of Equal Rights Foundation
erage. He ordered a four-month Fourteenth Amendment as well
break in the trial to go over a moun- Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies (front) waged the case against Proposition 8, which banned same-sex as the Constitution’s Due
tain of evidence before resuming marriage in California. Process Clause by “impinging”
the proceedings in June to hear on fundamental liberties.
closing arguments. ue, but what we witnessed in the But the National Organization for Equal Rights, a group created by The two also argued that Prop 8
His 136-page decision released clear light of his courtroom cannot Marriage, the nation’s leading group California gay activist Chad Griffin singles out gays and lesbians for “dis-
late Wednesday strongly rejected be erased,” he said. “The witness- opposing same-sex marriage, to challenge Prop 8, initiated the favored legal status” and thus cre-
arguments by attorneys supporting es, evidence and arguments all called the decision a threat to “tradi- lawsuit at a time when some legal ates “second-class citizens.” They
Proposition 8 that same-sex mar- demonstrated what we’ve long tional” marriage in other states. experts and gay legal groups also told the court the same-sex mar-
riage harms traditional marriage known: exclusion from marriage “With a stroke of his pen, Judge opposed such a challenge. riage ban discriminates on the basis
and child-rearing, saying those harms committed same-sex cou- Walker has overruled the votes and Lambda Legal Defense & of gender and sexual orientation.
arguments reflect a “moral view” ples and their families, while help- values of 7 million Californians who Education Fund was among the Vaughn, 65, who was first nom-
that does not justify a “state inter- ing no one, and the unjustified and voted for marriage as one man and groups that considered challenging inated for his federal judgeship
est” in banning same-sex marriage. unfair denial of marriage to same- one woman,” said Brian Brown, the Prop 8 on federal constitutional post by President Ronald Reagan,
“Moral disapproval alone is an sex couples violates the United group’s president. “This ruling, if grounds to be too risky because became the focus of unexpected
improper basis on which to deny States Constitution. allowed to stand, threatens not only the case would likely reach the publicity when media reports dis-
rights to gay men and lesbians,” he “The judge’s ruling reflects the Prop 8 in California but the laws in U.S. Supreme Court, which was closed in February that he’s gay.
wrote. “The evidence shows con- growing consensus in courtrooms 45 other states that define marriage expected to rule against same-sex Some gay rights opponents
clusively that Proposition 8 enacts, and legislatures across the country, as one man and one woman.” marriage rights. demanded he be removed from the
without reason, a private moral and around the world, that there is The case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Support for the lawsuit initially case, saying he could not render an
view that same-sex couples are simply no good reason to exclude was named after Kris Perry, who, was less than overwhelming within impartial decision. Other same-sex
inferior to opposite-sex couples.” same-sex couples from marriage.” along with her partner of 10 LGBT legal and activist circles. But marriage opponents said Vaughn’s
He added that “because Several elected officials, includ- years, Sandy Stier, were among the initial reservations — at least in sexual orientation should not matter
California has no interest in discrim- ing New York Gov. David Paterson, two same-sex couples that filed public forums — appeared to van- but accused him of being biased
inating against gay men and les- also applauded the ruling. the lawsuit to challenge Prop 8 on ish when American Foundation for against the defendants in his proce-
bians, and because Proposition 8 “I know that there is a long road federal constitutional grounds. Equal Rights leaders managed to dural rulings during the trial.
prevents California from fulfilling its ahead in the legal proceedings, but Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, pull off what some considered a LGBT legal groups and public
constitutional obligation to provide whatever the outcome I believe that the other two plaintiffs, have been stunning coup. opinion leaders, including newspa-
marriages on an equal basis, the the bedrock American principle of together for nine years. Neither of The group lined up conservative per editorials, disputed claims that
court concludes that Proposition 8 equal protection under the law must the couples married in California Republican attorney and acclaimed Vaughn was biased and dismissed
is unconstitutional.” mean equal rights for gays and les- during the short window in which constitutional expert Theodore “Ted” calls for him to step down from the
The ruling drew quick praise bians, and that such equal rights same-sex marriage was legal but Olson, a former U.S. Solicitor case. Some noted that the judge
from many advocates of same- must include the fundamental right said they joined the suit to enable General under President George W. had been criticized during his earli-
sex marriage, including Evan to marry,” he said. “Today’s decision them and other same-sex couples Bush; and esteemed litigator, law er years on the bench for handing
Wolfson of Freedom to Marry. is one important step in a long to fulfill their desire to marry from school professor and U.S. Justice down conservative, libertarian ori-
“Judge Walker’s decision will be struggle, and that struggle must that time going forward. Department attorney during the ented decisions that in a few cases
appealed and litigation will contin- continue until equality is achieved.” The American Foundation for Clinton administration, David Boies, went against gay rights.

Officials withhold cause of Secrets dancer’s death

The D.C. Medical Examiner’s copy of the death certificate to covery came two weeks after the death, that that there were no out- retrieve the body and arrange for
office says it has determined Mark Gower’s family. man’s friends and co-workers ward signs of foul play, such as transporting it to Oregon, where
the cause and manner of death She said the death certificate were unable to reach him. injuries. But Lt. Nicholas Bruel Gower’s family lives. White noted
of a 26-year-old gay man found would be given to the family People who knew Gower said he said police could not rule out a that directions to make contribu-
dead in his apartment — but when funeral arrangements are worked as an employee of the homicide and that other possible tions would be released soon.
could not immediately release made and the body is released. Sephora cosmetics store in Reston, causes could include accidental A memorial service for Gower
the information. Those arrangements had not Va., and was a part-time dancer at death or suicide. in Washington was scheduled to
Beverly Fields, a spokesper- been made for Gower as of ear- Secrets, a D.C. gay nightclub. Timothy White, one of be held Friday, Aug. 6, starting at
son for the Medical Examiner’s lier this week, she said. A police spokesperson said Gower’s friends, said this week 6 p.m. at the Human Rights
office, said city policy prevented Police found Gower’s body in last week, before the Medical he was setting up a fund for peo- Campaign headquarters, 1640
the office from releasing the his apartment July 22 in the city’s Examiner’s office made a determi- ple to donate money to help the Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
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By JESSICA LEE The real story is that the gay end those sorts of policies. For us to most damaged tend to rise to the Sr. News Reporter
protesters are allied with embrace them is beyond shameful. top in the left and we see it in their LOU CHIBBARO JR. ext. 8079
“Something has gone wrong Unitehere, which is a union Let’s be honest here: What response to those of us who do News Reporter
when as gay people we are group that wants to unionize the crime doesn’t send a message to not conform or refuse to pay alle- CHRIS JOHNSON
protested by other gay people for Hyatt. None of the staff that I the whole community? What rape giance to their leftist worldview. ext. 8083

not conforming,” said Tammy spoke with wants to be in a doesn’t frighten all women regard- Editorial Intern
Bruce last week in San Diego. union; rather they love their jobs less of the complexion of the vic- Blade: How do you think that Staff Photographer
There is a major kerfuffle going and want to do them until they tim? What assault doesn’t scare gays could best unite around com- MICHAEL KEY
on in the gay community over retire. As a former housekeeper, everyone in a neighborhood? As a mon goals to achieve equality?
GOProud hosting a reception at I am sensitive to what a tough lesbian, I refuse to embrace the Bruce: History has shown us PRODUCTION
the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego job that can be. But the house- notion that if I get raped it somehow that conservative ideals improve Creative Director
last weekend that featured Bruce. keepers with whom I spoke told is more serious or more important the quality of everyone’s lives, ext. 8074
Many gay organizations are boy- me that they love their job. The or should be viewed as more horrif- especially those of us who are Graphic Designer
cotting the hotel because its owner, annual housekeeper turnover at ic because the rapist “hates” les- minorities. There is one thing that GEORGE BETANCOURT
Doug Manchester, donated this hotel is 1 percent while the bians, versus the rape of a hetero- allows us to live lives of our choos-
$125,000 to support Proposition 8. industry average is 54 percent. sexual woman who is raped ing: to make choices that best suit Sr. Acct. Executive
Before any of you readers go bal- So the protesters are more because her rapist hated her us — and that is financial freedom BRIAN PITTS ext. 8089
listic, know that I, a GOProud aligned with unions than they are because she turned him down, or and personal liberty. The only thing
Acct. Executive
board member, took a week off with the gay employees of the Hyatt reminded him of his ex-wife, or that allows us to have our political JERYL PARADE
from work in D.C. to volunteer to and the housekeepers who want to because he hates all women. I think voice, to make choices in our lives ext. 8072
fight Proposition 8. I am a passion- keep their jobs in a bad economy. it’s time for many in our community free from coercion, and to live as Marketing Sales Executive
ate believer in marriage equality. I That is mission creep, in a bad way. to read Orwell’s Animal Farm. we choose is the ability to be free ext. 8084
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Where is the urgency?

Democrats fail to losses will be the result of and thinking, “You told us in 2008 passing legislation to give LGBT Democrats now that couldn’t
Democrats being too timid in mov- that if we donate money, get our federal government employees pass either legislative or budget
deliver — and want ing forward the social agenda they people to the polls, work hard health insurance and other ben- autonomy for the District.
promised the voters? and put our trust in you, that you efits for their partners? So I understand groups like
our votes anyway I think it is a combination of all will return that trust by passing I am thankful that the hate GetEqual that are taking to the
those things. It will take many years legislation that helps us. Now crimes act was finally passed streets and using tactics we
By PETER ROSENSTEIN for voters to feel the impact of the you tell us, sorry we couldn’t do it and signed and that there are haven’t seen since the early
key bills that Congress passed — but keep trusting us because the some other benefits the presi- days of ACT-UP and the anti-
We wait, some with baited healthcare reform, the stimulus other party is worse.” dent has extended with the war movement. They believe
breath, for the November elec- and financial reform packages. That’s a hard message to sell stroke of a pen. But the big we need to be heard and to
tions to see whether the Unemployment hovers around 10 and an even harder one to buy, issues haven’t been accom- remind Democrats to stop tak-
Democrats will lose either the percent, many of the reforms in the even if true. The inability to sell it plished and in some cases the ing us for granted.
House or the Senate. Contrary to healthcare bill don’t take effect until is seen in the latest Gallup Poll feeling is no one is seriously try- It is a conundrum for sure. But
White House Press Secretary 2014 and most people have no numbers, which show that there ing. The sense in the LGBT com- it is one that President Obama,
Robert Gibbs’ assessment, I am idea of what the financial reform is a more than 20 percent differ- munity and the other Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and
not willing to say that Democrats legislation will mean to them. ence in excitement for the base communities is that if we Majority Leader Harry Reid must
could lose the House. But clearly There are many interest November elections with the have the huge majorities we deal with if they want our sup-
there will be major losses for groups that make up the base of Democrats on the losing end of have in Congress today and we port. They wanted the power and
Democrats in Congress. the Democratic Party, including that excitement meter. can’t move these issues forward, we are now demanding they use
The question is why after only women, unions, the LGBT com- As a Democrat and a member why is it that we should continue it. Promises for the future
two years of Democrats control- munity and Latinos. They’re all of the LGBT community I have a to give money to groups like the aren’t enough to excite us any-
ling the White House, the House wondering what happened to the really hard time getting excited DNC or DCCC who then give it more if we don’t feel any sense
of Representatives and the urgency for passing social legis- about this election. I look at my to Democrats who won’t vote for of urgency to
Senate are we talking about such lation they support that directly party and think, “Where is the our issues anyway. It is hard for meet the prom-
losses? Is it inevitable that in impacts their lives. Those are the urgency on my issues?” Where is most people to continue to buy ises of the past.
midterm elections the party in groups that the Democratic Party the urgency for repealing “Don’t that argument.
power loses seats? Is the fight needs to excite and get to the Ask, Don’t Tell” when 82 percent I understand how Congress
Peter Rosenstein is
only over how many? Is it because polls if they want to limit the of the country supports repeal, works. I know that with a Republican- a D.C.-based LGBT
when you do something different anticipated losses in November. including even Bill O’Reilly? controlled Congress that marriage rights and Democratic
the people want to put the brakes Yet many of those groups are Where is the urgency for passing equality in D.C. is at risk. Then again, Party activist. He writes
regularly for the Blade.
on change or is it that this year’s looking at the Democratic Party ENDA? Where is the urgency for we have a Congress controlled by

A time of cocktails, fedoras and prejudice

New season of venting himself and trying to hide the musical as a basis for an ad
his past. Growing up as Dick for a soft drink.)
‘Mad Men’ retains Whitman, Don had an unhappy, Don seems understanding
impoverished childhood. His when he discovers, while he and
queer sensibility mother, a prostitute, died during Sal are on a business trip, that
childbirth. During the Korean War, Sal has had (or almost has until
By KATHI WOLFE Don took the identity of an officer there’s a fire) a sexual encounter
who he fought with. Lying about with a bellhop. “Limit your expo-
I don’t smoke, drink Old his identity is a key reason why sure,” Don says to Sal knowingly,
Fashioneds, wear a girdle or enjoy Don’s marriage to Betty fails. quoting, the tagline they’ve been
watching commercials on televi- Other characters in “Mad developing for a London Fog ad.
sion. I’ve no desire to see sexism, Men” live with secrets. Peggy Unfortunately, after Sal rebuffs
homophobia, racism or anti- Olson, a single, young woman, the sexual advances of one of
Semitism sanctioned in the work- doesn’t reveal to anyone (other Sterling Cooper’s male clients,
place or other parts of society. Yet than Don who has been her Don fires him. You’re likely to iden-
Photo courtesy of AMC
once again I’m glued to the TV, mentor) that she (without know- tify, as I did, with Sal, though you
watching season four of “Mad Men,” Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper in the stylish ‘MAD MEN,’ which, in its ing it) had become pregnant might think, “How could someone
the AMC show, set in the early fourth season, still appeals to LGBT audiences. after having sex with co-worker be that closeted or Don be so
1960s, about the work and person- Pete Campbell. (She gives the cruel?” But LGBT people were
al lives of the denizens of the adver- researched, and I’d bet anyone tion to me and other queer afi- child up for adoption.) (usually) closeted then, and Don
tising agency Sterling Cooper the most luscious three-martini cionados stems from its style The cost of living a lie is per- may not have had any (given the
Draper Pryce, where smoking, lunch, the most stylish show on and wit; its focus on hidden and haps greatest for Salvatore (Sal) homophobia of the era).
drinking, women wearing girdles, TV. And although it takes place at invented identities; and its por- Romano, the former art director of When he fires Sal, Don tells
men wearing fedoras — and preju- a time when gay, lesbian, bisexu- trayal of gay life (in the decade Sterling Cooper and a closeted him, “you’ll be fine.”
dice against women, African- al and transgender people could- before Stonewall when the word gay man. (Sal is played by gay Despite the secrets and foibles of
Americans, Jews, gays, and just n’t be out, “Mad Men” has a gay queer was used as an epithet). actor Byran Batt.) Sal, who is mar- its characters and time, “Mad Men”
about anyone else are the norm. sensibility that still rings true for Volumes could be (and I’m ried to Kitty, is so deeply in the stylishly gives us hope
(The third episode of the new sea- queer people today. sure will be) written about the closet that he can barely acknowl- that Draper and his
son of “Mad Men” airs on Aug. 8.) This isn’t to say that the show intricacies of the relationships edge to himself that he’s attracted cohorts as well as
Why am I hooked on a pro- doesn’t resonate with straight and interior life of “Mad Men’s” to men. Kitty senses that some- us will all be fine.
gram whose characters’ indul- people (“Mad Men” status has characters. Suffice it to say that thing isn’t right and that he doesn’t
gences are so different from morphed from cult fave to iconic) the show is a Rubik’s Cube of lay- desire her. But she doesn’t under- Kathi Wolfe is a
mine, and whose prejudices I or that Matthew Weiner, the pro- ers upon layers of facade, secre- stand why until he acts out for her writer, poet and reg-
ular contributor to
don’t share? Because “Mad Men” gram’s creator, producer and cy and identity. Don Draper, “Mad (in a heartbreakingly funny scene) the Blade. She can
is the most well-written and acted, head writer is gay (he’s straight). Men’s” main character has spent the opening scene of “Bye Bye be reached through
extensively (almost exhaustively) “Mad Men’s” special connec- a good part of his life both rein- Birdie.” (Sterling Cooper is using this publication.
18 • august 6, 2010


Solution to hate crimes is not an armed society

Guns turn common “A government leaving it to a man
to do his duty, or not, as he pleas-
fickers know exactly where to go
to “exercise their Second
Congressional Gun Legislation
Resolution of 2010.”
March ruling by the U.S. District Court
for the District of Columbia.
disagreements into es, would be a new species of gov- Amendment rights” and it’s not Lee and Tom Palmer are out- Lee’s concerns regarding self-
ernment, or rather no government the District. To quote Madison raged by the decision of the D.C. defense might be genuine and
lethal tragedies at all.” Additionally, even when again, “Liberty may be endan- Council and Del. Eleanor well-intentioned, but the solution
D.C.’s handgun ban was in place gered by the abuses of liberty, as Holmes Norton to act in the inter- to hate crimes is not an armed
By JERRY CLARK & prior to 2008, law-abiding resi- well as by the abuses of power.” est of public safety? They should society. Acceptance of gay people
LADD EVERITT dents were able to obtain licenses And while Lee might feel out- consider the words of NRA-ILA in this country has progressed
for long guns and register them rage about the March 30 mass Executive Director Chris Cox, dramatically over the last 30 to 40
We were troubled by the title of with the police. This now pertains shooting that claimed four lives in who smugly stated, “I honestly years. That was accomplished
Jessica Lee’s recent column on to handguns as well. Southeast Washington, those don’t care about voting rights.” because gays, lesbians, bisexuals
gun laws (“A gay perspective on Lee also fails to grasp the pur- directly affected do not share her Lee and Palmer may be frus- and transgender people were
D.C. gun rights,” July 22). While pose of firearms regulation. conviction that “gun laws do not trated that their personal prefer- courageous enough to open up
her opinion is certainly welcome, Guns do not cause crime—but work.” Nardyne Jefferies and ence for easier access to guns is and talk with brothers, sisters,
to call it “a gay perspective” sug- they do make attempted crimes Norman Williams, who lost their not the consensus position of mothers, fathers, colleagues, and
gests that she speaks for the and common arguments/con- children in that tragedy, have been either the citizens of the District of friends. That change did not occur
entire LBGT community on this frontations more lethal. The U.S. among the most vocal opponents Columbia or their elected officials. looking down the barrel of a gun.
issue. She does not. has similar rates of violent crime of the National Rifle Association’s It is more than a bit simplistic to Finally, the LGBT community
For starters, we find it disturbing as other industrialized democra- “Second Amendment Enforcement reduce Norton’s final decision not to should pose this question to Lee
to see Lee seeking to justify the cies, but higher rates of homicide Act,” which would repeal the city’s take “the gun deal” as having been and Palmer: If we surrender our
illegal behavior of friends who and astronomically higher rates gun laws across the board and irrational. Frankly, as our delegate to gun laws and Home Rule author-
keep firearms in violation of the of gun death. strip the D.C. Council of its Home Congress, it was clearly the right thing ity to the NRA, how long before
District of Columbia’s laws. Her Her criticism of the District’s Rule authority concerning firearms to do, especially given the next right-wing
argument is that since they “would gun laws also misses the mark. regulation. The District’s elected the fact that the interest group
never instigate a crime” (how she In 2009, more than 98 percent of officials unanimously oppose the District’s current gun comes gunning
can guarantee this she does not all guns recovered from crime NRA’s repeal legislation and their laws were deemed for our same-sex
say), they should not be subject to scenes in the District were origi- repeated efforts to attach it to the constitutional in a marriage law?
the rule of law and can be easily nally purchased in states with “D.C. House Voting Rights Act.” As
distinguished from real criminals. lax gun regulations, including recently as July 13, the Council
Jerry Clark is chair of DC for Democracy and a for-
As James Madison, the author of Virginia, North Carolina, South reconfirmed its opposition by mer board member and co-chair, National Gay and
the Second Amendment, said at Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia unanimously passing R18-0541, Lesbian Task Force. Ladd Everitt is director of com-
the Virginia Ratifying Convention, and Florida. Criminals and traf- “Sense of the Council Against munications for Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

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arts & entertainment
Queery, PAGE 26 • vol. 41, issue 32 • august 6, 2010 • Page 25

“Grown Man,” with her father Loudon. Titled

“Father/Daughter Dialogue,” in it she lays bare in
song her deeply felt family grievance as she sings
to him, “Dearest Daddy with your songs/ Do you
hope to right your wrongs?/ You can’t undo what’s
been done/ To all your daughters and your son.”
In an exclusive interview with the Blade, as she
was driving to Boston with her aunt Teddy to her con-
cert appearance there Tuesday night with Rufus,
Martha said that some of her songs in the
Strathmore concert on Saturday will be from her first
songs that were “more about my family,” as in her
2005 self-titled debut album “Martha Wainwright.”
But in addition to “some old hits from my first album,”
her set will also include a mix of her more recent songs,
such as those from her second album, “I Know You’re
Martha Wainwright Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too,” which are less about
her family, she says, and “more so about others.” She
on family, music was married in 2007 to her producer Brad Albetta.
and new show with “I have the tendency to write about people I know
and love,” she admits, “and family is in that group still.”
brother Rufus Rufus, meanwhile, is also a troubadour of troubled
family life. His troubles include the pain of their parents’
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN divorce when he was three and also his mother’s
recent death from cancer, as well as his own personal
It could be the royal family of folk-pop, odyssey coming out as gay while a teenager. In 1999,
artsy-confessional music. he told Rolling Stone that his father recognized his
The Wainwright musical dynasty began with their same-sex attraction early and has also admitted that
troubled father, folk singer-songwriter and actor his “mother and father could not even handle me being
Loudon Wainwright III and their mother, the late gay,” and it was basically off limits for discussion.
Canadian folksinger Kate McGarrigle. At 14, Rufus was sexually assaulted in London’s
In this generation it has flowered into cult stardom Hyde Park after picking up a man in a bar. In an
both with gay singer and opera composer Rufus interview years later, he described the event that
Wainwright and his younger singer-songwriter sister left him fearing that he would become HIV-positive
Martha, who are together in concert this Saturday Aug. after the brutal rape in which the assailant also
7 at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda. tried to strangle him to death.
Of the Wainwright clan, the Guardian newspaper of “I thought it was going to be a romantic walk in
London recently observed that, “Loudon, Kate, Martha the park, but he raped me,” and he says he sur-
and Rufus are the bards of kith and kin, the trouba- vived through quick wits only by pretending to be
dours of the consanguine,” a fancy way of saying they an epileptic and faking a seizure.
write about family and use song to communicate with He says he remained celibate for seven years
the ones they love — or in Martha’s case at least feel after the rape but then turned promiscuous. Later, in
greatly troubled about, as in her notorious song that the early 2000s, he became addicted to crystal meth
she admits was written to her father: the quite literally and even temporarily lost his vision. The addiction
titled “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole.”
But she has also sung a duet, in his 1995 album Continues on page 29

Martha Wainwright photo courtesy of Martha Wainwright, Rufus photo courtesy of Rufus Wainwright
26 • august 6, 2010

QUEERY: 20 Questions for Will Gartshore

By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO How long have you been out and What would you walk
who was the hardest person to tell? across hot coals for?
Will Gartshore loves acting, but he also Since I was 20. My dad, which seems Curiosity.
wanted more out of life. The Canadian silly in hindsight. He’s my biggest champ.
moved to New York in 1994 and had a suc- What gay stereotype
cessful Broadway and Off-Broadway career Who’s your gay hero? annoys you most?
for several years. But a D.C. romance result- Aquaman. And Ellen. I’m still waiting for my toaster oven.
ed in two years of commuting and, in 2002,
a permanent move to the District. What is Washington’s best What’s your favorite gay movie?
His career thrived in the new town — he nightspot, past or present? I thought this was a family publication.
won two Helen Hayes Awards (the region’s My roof deck is pretty great. I’ve also “The Kids Are All Right” was beautiful
top acting award) and earned raves in had some excellent evenings at 9:30 and amazing. Best new film I’ve seen
shows like “Urinetown” at Signature (2005), club and DC9. this year.
“A Year with Frog and Toad” at Roundhouse
(2005) and stints at all the major theaters in Describe your dream gay wedding. What’s the most overrated
town, including the Kennedy Center. But I’m ambivalent about marriage. Call me social custom?
after two years the relationship ended. old fashioned. Remembering people’s names.
“One can certainly debate whether it
was a wise move,” Gartshore says. “I’d What non-gay issue are you What trophy or prize
been doing quite well in New York but I most passionate about? do you most covet?
decided love was more important. A lot of Conservation and climate change. I always wanted to be a “Jeopardy!”
people were puzzled by it and in the end Washington Blade photo by Michael Key champion.
it didn’t last so you kind of find yourself in What historical outcome
a city you never really chose.” “I think people are always performing to would you change? What do you wish
But being in Washington tapped into varying degrees. Unless you’re cloistered Bush v. Gore 2000. Really, we’d be liv- you’d known at 18?
other passions. Tired of the effect the the- away like a hermit, you always have an ing in an entirely different universe. How to be 18.
ater was having on his social life and also audience. Sometimes people say, ‘Are you
eager to explore, Gartshore went back to acting now?’ But my training taught me to What’s been the most memorable Why Washington?
school at University of Maryland at College be sincere as an actor, even in the most pop culture moment of your lifetime? I’m still asking myself that question. There
Park and now works full time as a lobbyist unrealistic circumstances and I believe that The debut of the “Bad Romance” video is was a boy involved. (Isn’t there always?)
for World Wildlife Fund. He still acts — pretty earnestly. Acting taught me sincerity.” definitely up there. And “Return of the Jedi.”
some cabaret dates and maybe one full Gartshore is single and lives on the U
production a year — but loves the environ- Street corridor. He enjoys traveling, On what do you insist?
mental work he’s focusing on now. So is the music, running, reading, wine and good The absence of malice.
whole world a stage? He says yes. conversation.
What was your last Facebook
post or Tweet?
A Globe & Mail article: “Healthy friend-
ships lead to longer life, study finds.”

If your life were a book,

what would the title be?
“Stylishly Disheveled”

If science discovered a way to

change sexual orientation, what
would you do?
Go about my day.

What do you believe in

beyond the physical world?
Art. And occasionally love.

What’s your advice for

LGBT movement leaders?
Remember who it is that needs your
help the most.
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Fitness on the go
how to keep “juices” flowing I carry resist-a-bands and
Tips for staying in while sitting on a plane for seven push-up bars in my suitcase. If the
shape while away to 16 hours. I watched other pas- gym at the hotel doesn’t have
sengers, especially the ones much equipment, I exercise in my
from home who seemed fit and energetic. hotel room and it is amazing how
They walked, stretched in the much I can get out of it, especially
By KEVIN NORRIS back of the plane, but never sat if I can open a window or exercise
back and watched movies for on the balcony and have a nice
My friend Leonid is a frequent hours. With the lower pressure in view. I exercise at my own pace,
world traveler and manages to the cabin and dry air it is easy to listen to my favorite music or no
stay quite fit despite his hectic get lethargic and sitting like an music at all. If the hotel is close to
schedule. I am often asked, anemone for the whole flight is a park I often go for a jog.
Photo by
“How do I work out and take care the worst thing you can do. Another thing that helps me to
of myself when I travel?” Leonid Away from home, after I check stay fit is getting rid of jetlag as soon Avoid alcohol and desserts while on a long flight. Instead, drink lots of
provides the perfect solutions. in at the hotel, the first thing I do is as you can. There are many tech- water and pack almonds for a snack.
When I was freelancing I go to the gym. Most hotels have niques that I have learned. The
spent days on end at the gym really small gyms with just a few best one for me is to go outside or sleep is intermittent. While I might Overall, I learned to stay as fit on
between projects and thought I cardio machines and maybe a just open a window, if you are on fall asleep, my body doesn’t move the go as I usually am when I am
would get progressively fit. I did, rack with weights. Cardiovascular the sunny side of the building, and as it does naturally even when I home. There’s really not too much
for a while. Once I hit the road for activity is what I need and even let the sun caress your face for 20 sleep; you just numb your senses you have to change in your routine
a few weeks my muscles deflat- the smallest hotels have at least minutes – It’s amazing what the sun and wake up in the same position — you just have to be open to the
ed, my energy level went down one piece of equipment. After the can do. First, it is quite pleasant you fell asleep in which is the change of environment and commit
and it was ever more difficult to first 20 minutes on a Stairmaster, after being on the plane for hours in worst thing to do on a long flight. to staying consistent with
drag my sorry fanny back to the my energy level rises. the artificial light. Most importantly, it I consume lots of plain water your exercise routine
gym upon returning home. I always stretch before and after resets my biological clock. before, during and after the flight. I cut even while you travel.
Once I realized I was bound exercising. Stretching becomes I avoid naps, as taking a nap back on eating in flight as well.
to travel year after year due to even more important after many in the middle of the day doesn’t There’s no way I can burn all those
Kevin M. Norris is a
my occupation, I decided to do hours of limited mobility. I take help as you just fool your body calories in the next few hours after a health and fitness columnist
something about it and I learned my time and focus on my inner into a wrong schedule. large meal on the plane. No salty for DC Agenda and owner
of Mind Your Own Body,
a few things about staying fit self as I stretch and exercise. I Alcohol for me is enemy No. 1 chips or sweet desserts. I always LLC. Personal Training.
while trotting the globe. visualize my tired cramped mus- when it comes to travel. It may keep in my carryon a bag of plain Reach him at
First thing I had to learn was cles stretch, bend and twist. help me fall asleep initially, but almonds and a bar of dark chocolate.
28 • august 6, 2010

Friday, Aug. 6 the Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207
OPEN MIC NIGHT tonight at the DC Wisconsin Ave., N.W., at 11 a.m. for an
Center, 1318 U St., N.W., at 8 p.m. hosted AUTOBOTS VS. DECEPTICONS WORK-
by Mike Brazell. Everyone is welcome to a SHOP that will show all the latest street
night of queer poetry and spoken word and moves fused with illusions, tutting, popping
is encouraged to come prepared to share. and turfing and video choreography based on
Gloss presents FIRST FRIDAYS LADIES today’s hottest dance moves and concepts.
NIGHT tonight at Apex, 1415 22nd St., Visit for more information.
N.W., featuring the DC Kings and the DC The DC Center and Tongues Afire DC
Gurly Show. DJ Rosie will be in the main invite QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR TO A
hall. There is a $10 cover charge. Must be POETRY WORKSHOP taking place at the
18 to enter and 21 to drink. DC Center, 1318 U St., N.W., at 1:30 p.m.
ANNIE OAKLEY WILD WEST FESTIVAL Come explore your creative spirit in a
starts tonight with an opening dance at workshop facilitated by local poet Jade
the Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park, Foster. For more information, contact
200 Byrn St., Cambridge, Md., from 7 to Jade at:
11 p.m. There is a $20 cover charge. The NO SCRUBS ’90S DANCE PARTY with
festival is a new event to celebrate famous DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion at
sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The festival 9:30 club at 9 p.m. No Scrubs began in
continues through the weekend. There will 2004 as a one-off concept party by
be music, pony rides, arts and crafts, re- Eastman and Billion. The idea was simple: Photo courtesy of Wu
enactments, food and beverages. play both guilty pleasures and under-
BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY, ground classics you listened to growing Phillips After 5 celebrates the work of fashion designer JASON WU next week.
created and conducted by George up in the ’90s. Tickets are $15 and can be
Daugherty, will be at Wolf Trap’s Filene purchased at installment in the Women to Watch exhibi-
Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va., Drag Days of Summer by Scena at the H tion series centers on contemporary figu- Wednesday, Aug. 11
tonight at 8:30 p.m. The NSO provides live Street Playhouse, 1365 H. St., N.E., is a rative painting. The 16 works in the exhibi- TRIBUTE TO THE BRITISH INVASION at
accompaniment as everyone’s favorite party following a performance of “The tion reflect myriad styles and approaches, Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, at 7:30
bunny brings new cartoons and music to Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar but all highlight figure painters’ embrace of p.m. Sixty of the D.C. area’s best performers,
life on large screens in-house and on the Wilde. There will be complimentary wine, the slow, subtle and singular processes including Tommy Lepson, Eric Brace & Last
lawn, including classics “The Rabbit of beer and German food by Biergarten involved in painting people. Train Home, 4 Out of 5 Doctors, Margot
Seville,” “What’s Opera, Doc?” and more. Haus. Drag attire is welcomed. Tickets MacDonald, Julia Nixon and more honor
The GLBT Arts Consortium and Capitol Hill can be purchased at Tuesday, Aug. 10 singers and bands that forever changed
Arts Workshop will offer Gilbert & Sullivan’s Join the Dance Institute of Washington for America’s musical landscape. Highlighting
most popular opera “THE MIKADO” at Sunday, Aug. 8 an innovative, family-friendly adaptation of the years of 1964-1966, this show features
CHAW, 545 7th St., S.E., at 7 p.m. Return HIPPIEFEST at Wolftrap’s Filene Center, a celebrated classic, WEST SIDE STORY, hits originally performed by The Beatles,
to a time when merely flirting was punish- 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va., at 8 p.m. This at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods The Rolling Stones, The Who, Dusty
able by death, and a poor tailor must com- “groovy” tradition continues with the best of at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va., Springfield and more.
pete with a second trombone for the favors the ’70s featuring Jack Bruce of Cream, at 10 a.m. When the Hip Hops challenge PLAY LOTERIA, the Mexican version of
of a beauty named Yum-Yum, and a formi- War, Mitch Ryder and Rare Earth. the Techni-Ques to a lively dance-off, it bingo, but played with icons instead of let-
dable lady can be won with a pack of flat- seems like everyone’s choosing sides. ters and numbers, at The Palace of
tering lies and a sad, lovelorn song. And Monday, Aug. 9 This fun, age-appropriate competition is Wonders, 1210 H St., N.E., at 6:30 p.m.
that’s only the beginning. “WOMEN TO WATCH 2010 BODY OF the backdrop for a love story that makes The icons were done by 54 of DC/MD’s
WORK: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON two rivals reevaluate their differences and top artists including David Amoroso, Kevin
Saturday, Aug. 7 FIGURE PAINTING” at the National honor the importance of acceptance Sherry, Cameron Wolf and former Blade
Ever wanted to dance like the crews on Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 through their love of dance. Visit wolf- staffer Alan Defibaugh. The evening is
ABDC such as Poreotixs or Soreal Cru? Join New York Ave., N.W. NMWA’s newest to purchase tickets. hosted by burlesque waitress, Shortstaxx
and alt drag performer, Lucrezia Blozia.
(See related story on page 34.)

Return of MidCity Dog Days Thursday, Aug. 12

DCBiWomen, the area’s social group for
Don’t have plans for this weekend? the entire store at Timothy Paul Bedding bisexual and bi-curious women, will meet
Head to MidCity for the 11th annual + Home, 1529 14 St., N.W., to $5 bargain at Cafe Luna, 1633 P St., N.W., at 7 p.m.
sidewalk sale, MidCity Dog Days of bin and complimentary refreshments at The group’s goal is to create an accept-
Summer, returning this weekend, bring- Treasury Vintage, 1843 14th St., N.W. ing, encouraging environment for bisexual
ing sales and specials from many of the Get there early because some busi- women regardless of the gender of their
area’s businesses. nesses are giving their first customers partner or what they are looking for, meet
MidCity is just north of the downtown even more gifts and savings. other cool bi women, and affirm the exis-
area and includes some of the city’s Lettie Gooch Boutique, 1517 U St., tence of the bi-identity.
most dynamic commercial corridors, N.W., is giving its first 25 customers an JASON WU’S FASHION COLLECTION
such as U Street, Logan Circle, 14th additional 10 percent off their favorite item. meets its fine art inspiration at a special
Street and 9th Street. The first 50 guests to visit TD Bank, Phillips After 5 at The Phillips Collecton,
There will be sales that will last all 1489 P St., N.W., each day, will receive 1600 21st St., N.W., from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wu
weekend, but some businesses have spe- a gift bag with special coupons, plus five cites Robert Ryman’s painting as the muse
cial events scheduled for one day only. lucky bags will also contain a $100 TD for his fall 2010 TSE cashmere collection.
Saturday, in addition to its sale, Sukio Bank Visa gift card. For one evening, models act as living works
Design Co., 1338 U St. N.W., is hosting The Dog Days of August Sidewalk of art in the Ryman exhibition, bringing Wu’s
the opening of “Reflections Eternal”, a Sale is organized by the MidCity designs face-to-face with their fine art inspi-
showcase of clocks and mirrors by artist Business Association, a non-profit help- ration. A video of Wu’s fall 2010 ready-to-
and designer Eto Otitigbe. Visitors will ing the more than 500+ businesses in wear runway show is on view in the café,
be able to meet the artist. their service area to access resources and a scavenger hunt leads visitors through
On Sunday, visitors to Source, 1835 14th and customers through marketing, the museum, collecting fashion and fine art
St., N.W., can get a sneak peek of upcoming advertising, training and advocacy. facts for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are
shows, meet the artists, and participate in Visit for a complete list $12 for adults, $10 for students and visitors
light saber, improv and step workshops. of participating vendors and a map. 62 and over, and free for members and vis-
Planned sales range from 15 percent off JULIETTE M. EBNER Photo courtesy of Timothy Paul Bedding + Home itors 18 and under and they can be pur-
chased at
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Rufus and Martha Wainwright

to hit Strathmore stage
Continued from page 25

reached a crescendo in 2002 during a Rufus Wainwright

week he has described as “the most sur- w/ Martha Wainwright
real of my life,” including time spent party- Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.
ing with President George W. Bush’s Music Center at Strathmore
daughter Barbara and a “debauched” Bethesda, Md.
evening with singer Marianne Faithfull. He $46, 202-397-SEAT
has said he experienced recurring halluci-
nations of his father throughout.
From hitting bottom then, Rufus has said formed an entire Judy Garland set of songs
he decided he would either go into rehab or based on her album she recorded there in
instead go to live with his father because “I 1961. He later repeated this concert at the
knew I needed an asshole to yell at me, and Hollywood Bowl, the Paris Olympia, and at
I felt he fit the bill.” These and other tales of London’s Palladium, and live CD and DVD
trial and tribulation are recounted in Kirk recordings of these concerts — “Rufus
Lake’s 2009 unofficial biography, “There Will Does Judy” — were released in 2007. Also
Be Rainbows: A Biography of Rufus that year, Geffen Records released
Wainwright and the Story of Loudon Wainwright’s fifth studio album, “Release the
Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle.” Stars,” produced by the singer and featuring
Born in 1973, his parents divorced in among others his mother and sister.
1976 and Rufus lived with his mother Kate in His more recent interests have also
Montreal, Canada for most of his precocious turned to opera - and his first opera, orig-
youth. He began playing piano at age six and inally commissioned by the Metropolitan
at 13 started touring with “The McGarrigle Opera in New York City, “Prima Donna,”
Sisters” — Kate and her sister Anna. At age the libretto written in French, is about “a
14, he performed his song “I’m a Runnin’” in day in the life of an opera singer,” anx-
a film. He then attended high school at the iously preparing for her comeback, who
Millbrook School in New York, which would falls in love with a journalist.
later inspire his song “Millbrook.” In 2010, he released his sixth studio
After briefly studying piano at universities album, “All Days Are Nights: Songs for
in Montreal, he began to perform at weekly Lulu,” mainly featuring his piano and vocals
shows at Cafe Sarajevo there and soon was with nine original songs rather than the lush
on the Montreal club circuit and cutting demo instrumentation and arrangements of his
tapes. He showed such talent and so other work. This new CD, for which he is
impressed his father that he sent the tapes to now on tour, includes the closing aria from
legendary songwriter and producer Van his debut opera, “Les feux d’artifice t’appel-
Dyke Parks, who passed them on to lent” (or the games of fancy call to me).
DreamWorks, the record label co-owned by The CD also features three of William
David Geffen, which signed Rufus and Shakespeare’s sonnets set to music, includ-
released his first studio album, the epony- ing Sonnet 43 giving the album its title, “All
mous “Rufus Wainwright” in 1998. days are night to see till I see thee....”
The singer had moved to New York City The “thee” is possibly a reference to his
in 1996 but relocated later that year to Los boyfriend and partner of five years, German
Angeles where he spent most of two years arts administrator Jorn Weisbrodt, about
in the studio working on that first album in whom the singer declared in a recent London
sessions costing a reported $700,000. Telegraph interview that, “I wasn’t a huge gay
Rolling Stone called it one of the best marriage fan before I met Jorn because I love
albums of 1998 and named Rufus “Best the whole old-school promiscuous Oscar
New Artist” of the year. He was also nomi- Wilde freak show of what ‘being gay’ once was.
nated for four awards by the Gay and But since meeting Jorn all that has changed.”
Lesbian American Music Awards and again Also included in the album is a striking
won for “Best New Artist,” as well winning opening track, “Who Are You New York?”
the GLAAD Media Award for outstanding with its rolling arpeggios that recount an
music album. Commercial success for the “obsessive search for an unnamed object
album was, however, limited. of desire,” the haunting obsession of erot-
Rufus toured with Sean Lennon, son of ic fantasy, a song originally written for a
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, in 1998 and film project, but rejected by its producers
began his own first headline tour later that to Wainwright’s evident relief. His power-
year. He lived in New York City’s shabby ful third track, the song “Martha,” mean-
but chic Chelsea Hotel for six months dur- while, consists of conversational lyrics.
ing which he wrote most of his second “Martha, it’s your brother calling/ Time to
album “Poses,” which was also released go up north and see mother/Things are hard-
to critical acclaim, winning another er for her now/ And neither of us is really that
GLAAD Media Award, but again finding much older than each other any more./
limited sales. From 2001 to 2004, he Martha, it’s your brother calling/ Have you any
toured with Tori Amos and Sting, mean- chance to see father/Wondering how he’s
while releasing more albums and in 2005 doing/And there’s not much time/ For us real-
a DVD titled “All I Want,” featuring a biog- ly to be that angry at each other anymore.”
raphical documentary and music videos, Family. The ties that bind, the ties that
and that same year he contributed a solo can also choke. Family, the seedbed of
song to Burt Bacharach’s “At This Time.” the Wainwright musical canon. Come
In 2006 in two sold-out concerts at hear brother and sister give their musical
Carnegie Hall in New York City, he per- voices to this pain and this passion.
30 • august 6, 2010

Down by the seashore
Bay/Annapolis region to gather and Chesapeake Pride
Saturday’s Chesapeake celebrate but gays from the larger Mayo Beach Park
Pride offers laid back region — it’s about 35 miles from on the Chesapeake Bay
D.C. — sometimes attend because Edgewater, Md.
vibe, small-town feel   it’s such a contrast to Capital Pride. Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
“It’s much more intimate and $5 donation
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO because it’s smaller, it’s more
accepting and manageable,” says
Gay life in small towns, as Rev. Wayne Schwandt, pastor of ceived to give the LGBT community in
many have noted, can be tough. the mostly gay Metropolitan Anne Arundel, St. Mary’s and Calvert
Kim Hinken lives in Edgewater, Community Church of the counties, where there are no gay bars
Md., near Annapolis, and finds Chesapeake, a small parish of and a dearth of gay events, access to
community through church and an about 25 that meets on Sunday an LGBT festival.
e-mail group. evenings. “I think a lot of people are Organizers say Mayo Beach
“We have happy hours once a getting to the point where they find Park makes for a great Pride set-
month,” she says. “I send out e- Capital Pride overwhelming but ting. Swimsuits are encouraged.
mail blasts to everybody on our this is much easier to navigate and Bands play nearby and a drag
list and invite them and we meet you can virtually talk to everybody show is held under an indoor
at a bar in Annapolis. Not a gay who’s there … it feels sort of like pavilion with large sliding doors on
bar, because there aren’t any, Capital Pride did in 1975 when all sides. The committee rents the
Photos courtesy of Chesapeake Pride Planning Committee
but just any old bar. If it feels Deacon [Maccubbin] started it and park for the day. A classic car
comfortable, we’ll go back. But it it was just a block party.” show, kids’ area and face painting The scene at last year’s Chesapeake Pride on Aug. 1, 2009.
is difficult. Very difficult. I can’t Schwandt and a group of volun- are again on this year’s schedule.
imagine being a teen here.” teers started Chesapeake Pride 11 Drag performer Stormy Vain will always given to a local gay-straight ily friendly, there’s a kids area. They
There is a glimmer of LGBT fab- years ago. The Chesapeake Pride emcee for the fourth consecutive alliance or LGBT charity if any money, love the water and the beach and
ulousness, though. Once a year Planning Committee consists mostly year. About 40 booth vendors even a few hundred dollars, is left over. the playground. It’s a great place for
about 500 — some from D.C. and of MCC Chesapeake members who have registered, again a record. Sponsors and donations help. families to come for the day.”
Baltimore — gather for Chesapeake plan the annual event. It’s the only Chesapeake Pride is free but $5 “It’s a very laid back, very casu- Parking is free and abundant in
Pride slated for Saturday from noon Maryland Pride event besides donations are requested. The group al atmosphere,” Hinken says. two nearby fields. And a bathhouse
to 6 p.m. at Mayo Beach Park in Baltimore Pride. About 550 attended usually breaks even despite the “Because it’s in a park setting right area gives revelers a chance to
Edgewater, Md., just south of last year and it continues to grow each approximately $10,000 Hinken on the bay, I think it gives the kind shower before departing.
Annapolis. The main draw is for year. Gays from D.C. and Baltimore guesses it costs to produce. A few of atmosphere where you feel you “Not that kind of bathhouse,”
gays in Maryland’s Chesapeake are welcome but the event was con- years there has been a slight profit. It’s can really be yourself. It’s very fam- Hinken says with a laugh.
august 6, 2010 • 31

Jeff Lewis ready for more ‘Flipping Out’
temporary lifestyle that is
Bravo’s hit show brought to life each July by
returns with key House Beautiful magazine.
The job is based in New York
cast changes and he isn’t the only one to make
the move. Moral support comes in
By JULIETTE M. EBNER the form of long-suffering assis-
tant Jenni Pulos and housekeeper
Jeff Lewis and his gang are back. Zoila Chavez.
This time, instead of flipping Pulos has been promoted to
houses, Lewis is designing them, Chief Operating Officer of Lewis
at least the interiors. Design, but her promotion does-
“Last year we were concerned n’t come with a raise.
about drumming up business and And don’t expect to see Pulos’
I was certainly concerned about new boyfriend. They both decid-
money,” Lewis said in a phone ed he would not make an
interview earlier this week. “This appearance on the show.
Photo courtesy of Lewis
season is a little different. It’s kind “She didn’t want to get dumped
of the opposite. Not that I have so again on camera,” joked Lewis. Jeff Lewis is back for season four of ‘FLIPPING OUT,’ but his ex-boyfriend and former business partner Ryan Brown is not.
much money, but I have a lot of “You’re so sensitive today,”
work coming in.” commented Pulos. “Yea, I guess who won’t be returning this season. is what they get in real life when back into their homes,” said Lewis.
But don’t expect the improved that’s what is was, I didn’t want to “You will not see [Ryan Brown] it comes to Lewis. Lewis added that he has found
business to reduce Lewis’ flip-outs. get dumped on camera.” on the show, said Lewis. “I “I think there are a lot of different himself biting his tongue more
“I have this whole fear of turn- “Again,” added Lewis. haven’t seen Ryan since the sides, facets, to my personality,” said now when dealing with clients.
ing down any work, so now I Pulos and Chavez are not the reunion episode.” Lewis. “I think we see a lot of one “I hate working so hard for my
think I’ve taken on more than I only returning employees. Sarah Lewis said he and Brown have e- side of me. It would certainly be nice money,” he said.
can handle,” said Lewis in a pre- Berkman, Lewis’ sister-in-law is mailed and spoken on the phone a to see more of the softer side.” The third season of “Flipping
view of season four. back as his full-time assistant. few times in an effort to clear the air, “Listen, [he’s] an intense person Out” was its highest rated ever
Lewis, who is gay, was named Jett Pink, the house assistant, is but the two former business partners at work, that’s the deal,” added and the series was the No. 1 real
the designer for the third annual back and is a father now, and and ex-boyfriends turned close Pulos. “There is another side.” estate show on cable for 2009.
“Kitchen of the Year,” a showcase Trace Lenhoff, the intern, is back friends haven’t seen each other. “Now that we’re in the client busi- The fourth season of
of the best in kitchen design, as a full-time employee. Some viewers probably won- ness, we have people breathing Bravo’s “Flipping Out” pre-
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A gender-bending twist on ‘Earnest’
‘The Importance of as London’s “Bright Young Things”
Wilde’s popular Being Earnest’ — Algy and Jack sport dapper suits
work is side-splitting Through Aug. 29 and boater hats, while Gwendolyn
Scena Theatre and Cecily favor drop waist dresses
fun at Scena H Street Playhouse and cloches. Hardly a slave to flap-
1365 H Street, NE per fashions, the intransient Lady
By PATRICK FOLLIARD $25-$40 Bracknell prefers a monstrous hat rigged with great white plumes and
For a refreshingly funny take on a few morning doves.
Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of titious sick friend, his pal Jack Michael Stepowany’s black
Being Earnest,” Scena Theatre escapes the quiet of country liv- and white, art nouveau set is
has tweaked the gay literary ing by rushing off to assist his backed by a large movie screen
genius’ most enduringly popular imaginary profligate brother that occasionally comments with
work in ways that only add to the Ernest in the city. When Algy and a pithy, silent film subtitle; and
good time. In addition to an Jack respectively fall in love with sound designer Matt Otto sup-
inspired stroke of reverse-gender young lovelies Cecily Cardew (a plies upbeat incidental music
casting (boys play girls and girls hilariously bobbed and brawny Photo by Ian C. Armstrong, courtesy of Scena Theatre from the Jazz Age.
play boys), director Robert John Robert Keena) and Boys play girls and girls play boys in this version of Oscar Wilde’s time- “Earnest” is Wilde’s last play, the
McNamara intensifies Wilde’s Gwendolyn Fairfax (a delightfully less ‘THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.’ culminating masterpiece of his fab-
send-up of London society by dizzy Tyler Herman), an amusing ulous career. (Not long after the
moving the action from the final comedy of errors ensues. between Prism and the Rev. is often played by a man) is not play’s successful London 1895
days of Victorian England to the As Algy’s gorgon aunt, Lady Canon Chasuble (Stacy Whittle) is what she seems, but rather an premiere, Wilde was brought to trial
more socially rebellious 1920s. Bracknell, Brian Hemmingsen lost in this production. Ellie Nicoll arriviste without fortune who mar- and convicted of “gross indecency”
“Earnest” follows the machi- never stoops to low camp. Rather and Mary Suib are terrific as a pair ried for money and status. Here with other men. After serving time
nations of dapper young dandies he approaches the part of the of unflappable menservants. and there, the outrageousness of in prison, Wilde died broke and
Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff (the pompous, social arbitress with The gender bending casting some of the casting upstages the alone in a Paris hotel room.)
versatile Sara Barker) and Jack almost unyielding seriousness, accentuates the duality of true star of any Wilde play — the Perfectly constructed, “Earnest” is
Worthing, played by Anne and the results are side-splitting. “Earnest’s” characters. Just like marvelous language. But ultimate- rife with plot turns and instances of
Nottage as a sleepy-eyed aristo- Kim Curtis is a frowzy, loopy hoot Algy and Jack leading double ly his words are such that their Wildean wit: “Relations are simply
crat. While pleasure-seeking as Cecily’s governess Miss Prism, lives, Cecily is built more like a spotlight cannot be dimmed. a tedious pack of people, who
Algy ducks out of his aunt’s who famously misplaced a baby in linebacker than a debutante. And On a presumably limited budget, haven’t got the remotest knowl-
deathly dull dinner parties by the cloakroom at Victoria Station. despite her imperious, old guard Alisa Mandel has effectively cos- edge of how to live, nor the small-
pretending to visit Bunbury, a fic- Unfortunately, the comic romance ways, Lady Bracknell (a part that tumed the show’s younger quartet est instinct about when to die.”
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The art show that’s also a game show
“It’s all over L.A.,” declares Chris “It’s so visually striking, with these
Loteria features art, Griffin, the Loteria impresario and images instead of numbers and let-
drag — and bingo the game’s co-host in his self-styled ters,” and players get a “tabla,” says
persona of “alt.dragster” Lucrezia Griffin, like a bingo card, with 16 of
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN Blozia. A Northern Virginia native the images on it, and then the icons
son and local theatrical entrepre- begin to be called out. Meanwhile,
Feeling lucky? Even better, neur, Chris lived in Los Angeles between games, D.C.’s own diminu-
want to get lucky in love? And from 2004-2009, but his encounter tive dynamo, L’il Dutch, and Honi
want to take bingo to a whole with his “inner Lucrezia” began Harlow, New York’s star of Broadway
new iconic level, literally? much earlier, in the early 1990s, in a and Harlow’s Hideaway, will twirl
Then, come on down, visit to a local theatrical props shop their tassels, and magician David
Wednesday night Aug. 11 to where he suddenly “spotted a fuch- London will astonish.
“Loteria de Amor, Numero Dos.” sia wig,” a crazy hot-pink color that As for getting lucky in love?
To the offbeat, funkadelic-bur- so wowed him, he recalls, that “it all Griffin swears that “we also try and
lesque home of the bizarro and began with the wig.” hook people up,” and he claims to
alt.drag, known already to those in “The wig spoke to me,” says Washington Blade photo by Michael Key have actually done so in the first
the know who find their way to the Chris in an interview with the Chris Griffin (right) is the Loteria impresario and the game’s co-host in outing of Loteria last month. All this
long, narrow nightclub in the heart Blade. “I had never done drag his self-styled persona of ‘alt.dragster’ Lucrezia Blozia. Shortstaxx (left) is plus one free round of Loteria for a
of the H Street, N.E., arts district, before and I wasn’t even a drag his inimitable partner in crime. $10 admission, says Griffin.
who dare to cross through the look- queen fan before.” Today’s Finally, amid all the “burles-
ing glass to the Palace of Wonders. Lucrezia has lost the wig and has doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the begun, the first outing occurring there querie” there is actually art for art’s
The venue where vaudeville is evolved into what he calls a “color- “pre-show cha cha” with Lucha on July 7, drawing a large turnout sake at the Loteria as well, and two
very in vogue, that houses the ful punk cabaret” look. Liberace begins at 8:30 and the mainly by word of mouth. of the featured artists — Maribeth
antics of the Cheeky Monkey, So wait till you see Lucrezia now, main event itself runs from 9-11 There are three or four rounds of Egan and Victoria Gaitan — will
now hosts for its second regular, as she co-hosts the “Loteria Libre” p.m. — will be truly twisted. 20-minute games, played with tradi- have a mini-show exhibit with their
monthly incarnation “Loteria de — and even a wrestling-style inter- “We wanted to do something more tional Mexican-game styled cards, works available for purchase.
Amor,” the art show that’s also a lude with “Lucha Liberace, the gay-friendly,” says Griffin, who recalls like el sol, la luna, la mano, but also Griffin is also well known locally
game show, in a demi-monde Conquistadore of the Keys” — along that when discussions first began with new creations such as el nino carra as founder of the Eva Brontosaurus
splash of Mexican-style bingo, or with her partner in crime, the inim- Palace of Wonders managers, and a perro — or the dog-faced boy. And drag troupe, featuring both Lucrezia
“lottery,” of 54 cards. This game itable Shortstaxx, always served up, game show like bingo was first sug- all 54 of the cards have been indi- and Shortstaxx. He is also a writer
is never played bingo-style with says Griffin, “with a side of sass.” gested, that he cried out “no, not vidually created by 54 D.C. and and executive producer of the Hope
letters and numbers but always By now, surely you’re getting the bingo!” But he then countered with the Baltimore-area artists, including Operas, which will return to the
with colorful icons. idea that this evening — for which Loteria idea, and a new franchise was numerous LGBT artists. local stage in October.
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