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Transgender troops
Service members press on
amid uncertainty over
future in military

shocked by Trump ban By CHRIS JOHNSON

Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann is continuing to do his

job, despite President Trumps announcement
that he intends to ban transgender people from
serving in the U.S. military.
The transgender Navy supply core ocer,
36, is feeling secure in his role at a military
base in Virginia at least for the time being
until higher-ups issue guidance telling him he
can no longer serve.
Until direction comes back to DOD through
ocial channels, the DODs not going to act,
Dremann said.
Dremann said his fate is ultimately up to the
institution to which hes dedicated his life and
just as he followed orders before, hell keep
doing that until the end.
The military doesnt really care about my
feelings, Dremman said. Either Im t or not
t. As much as it was a bit of a shock, theres a
job to be done, and thats what Im here to do.
Dremann is one of the thousands of
Theres a job to be done, and thats what Im here to do, said Lt. Cmdr. BLAKE DREMANN.

President Trump shows true colors

3 anti-LGBT actions in one day To top that o, Trump on the same day
undermine claims hes an ally announced hed appoint as U.S. ambassador-
at-large for international religious freedom
By CHRIS JOHNSON Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, whos undermined LGBT rights over his political
career in the name of religious liberty.
Once a self-proclaimed friend to the LGBT Trump has taken actions before that have
community, President Trump will nd such disappointed LGBT people, but the unilateral
words a harder if not impossible sell in imposition of a transgender service ban
the aftermath of major actions he took against after Congress rejected a measure that would
LGBT rights in the past week. have restricted transition-related care for
In one day, President Trump announced service members and a voluntary friend-of-
via tweets, no less that transgender people the-court brief undermining basic employment
wont be allowed to serve in the U.S. military protections have taken things up a notch.
in any capacity, overturning an Obama- What gives? Over the course of his
era change allowing them into the armed presidential campaign, Trump billed himself as
forces. On the same day, Trumps Justice a new kind of Republican candidate who unlike
Department led a friend-of-the-court brief his predecessors or his competitors for the
arguing lesbian, gay and bisexual people are 2016 Republican nomination would support
PRESIDENT TRUMPs professed support for LGBT rights will now be a entitled to no protections under the Civil Rights
harder sell.
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Roem raises more than $112,000 in July

Judge orders FBI to
Danica Roem this week announced her campaign against Virginia state Del. release docs on 1950s
anti-gay purge
Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) raised more than $112,000 in July.
Roem told supporters in an email that she raised $112,974.21 from 820
She said her campaign raised more than $70,000 since President Trump on
July 26 announced a ban on transgender people in the U.S. military. This gure Agency balked at
includes a $50,000 donation that Roem received from Milwaukee County (Wis.)
Executive Chris Abele, who chairs the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, after Trump Mattachine request
made the announcement on Twitter. for materials
Roem in her email noted Marshall supports the ban. She also added the Prince
William County Republican in 2014 sponsored a bill that would have banned
gays and lesbians from serving in the Virginia National Guard. By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Discrimination has no place in our community, especially in Prince William
County, home of the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico, wrote Roem.
Marshall, who is among the most vocal opponents of LGBT rights in the A U.S. District Court judge in
Virginia General Assembly, has represented the 13th District in the state House Washington on July 28 handed down
of Delegates since 1992. a ruling ordering the FBI to search for
Roem is the rst openly trans nominee for public oce in Virginia. She would and release thousands of documents it
also make history as the rst out trans person seated in any state legislature if initially said it could not nd or declined to
she were to beat Marshall in November. release that pertain to an anti-gay purge
The Victory Fund, the Trans United Fund, Equality Virginias Political Action in the 1950s that resulted in the ring of
Committee and the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence are among the groups that thousands of gay federal employees.
have endorsed Roem. Judge Royce C. Lamberths ruling came
MICHAEL K. LAVERS in response to a Freedom of Information
Act lawsuit led last year by the It is time for the government to release
these historic FBI and DOJ documents that
Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.,
Gay Republican withdraws name an LGBT rights group that called on the
launched decades of discrimination against

for DHS post over trans ban FBI to release all government documents
in its possession generated by a 1953

executive order issued by President

The gay former executive director of the Delaware Republican Party has Dwight Eisenhower. out Executive Order 10450 in the 1950s
withdrawn his name from consideration for a position at the U.S. Department of Known as Executive Order 10450, the before Eisenhower appointed him to the
Homeland Security over President Trumps decision to ban transgender people order gave the FBI and federal agency Supreme Court.
from the military. heads the authority to investigate The Court nds it nearly impossible
John Fluharty was in the running to become the agencys assistant secretary of and dismiss federal employees linked to believe that a search for every
partnership and engagement. to sexual perversion. Historians permutation of the name of the man who
Politico reported Fluharty interviewed for the position on Tuesday. The knowledgeable in LGBT history say that was charged with carrying out EOP 10450,
Washington Blade obtained an email from Fluharty in which he asked Luke term was a pretext used to purge gays the overseer Warren Bergeryielded
Beckmann of the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw his name from from the government. zero responsive documents, Lamberth
consideration. Mattachine Society President Charles wrote in his ruling.
Fluharty sent the email to Luke Beckmann of the Department of Homeland Francis said the group led its lawsuit In his ruling Lamberth granted part
Security on Wednesday at 11:06 a.m., roughly two hours after Trump announced after the FBI balked at releasing and of a motion by the Justice Department
the ban on twitter. searching for thousands of documents seeking summary judgment to withhold
As I mentioned during our conversation, I am a strong advocate for the group requested in what the lawsuit the release of a smaller collection of
diversity, both in the Republican Party and in government, wrote Fluharty. The says was a violation of the Freedom of documents that Lamberth found to be
presidents announcement this morning that he will ban all those who identify Information Act. exempt from the FOIA statute.
as transgender from military service runs counter to my deeply held beliefs, In his ruling, Lamberth stated attorneys He ruled that for a large collection of
and it would be impossible for me to commit to serving the administration for the U.S. Department of Justice, which documents that the FBI released in which
knowing that I would be working against those values. represented the FBI in court, argued names were redacted, the FBI would
Fluharty was executive director of the Delaware Republican Party from 2002- that the FBI was able to track down 552 have to go back and replace the names
2015. pages of documents it released to the with alphanumeric markers, which are
Fluharty came out as gay in 2013 during an exclusive interview with the Blade Mattachine Society while it withheld an to be uniquely identiable and consistent
at a fundraiser for Equality Delaware, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, and additional 583 documents on grounds throughout all documents produced
their eorts to support the extension of marriage rights for same-sex couples in that they were exempt from the Freedom pursuant to this FOIA request.
the state. The executive committee of the Sussex County Republican Committee of Information Act. He added: The parties are hereby
later approved a non-binding resolution that called for his removal over his The FBIs response fails to ordered to meet and confer to determine
position on the issue. demonstrate that their search was appropriate terms for future searches. If
Fluharty in a statement to the Blade also criticized the Justice Department for reasonably calculated to uncover all the parties cannot agree to appropriate
arguing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit discrimination relevant documents, Lamberth states in terms, plaintis may submit a proposed
based on sexual orientation. his ruling. order with suggested terms to the court.
The ban on allowing transgender heroes to continue to serve in the military, In bluntly worded language, Lamberth Francis said Lamberths ruling would
and the actions by the Justice Department the following day, have eectively said it strains credulity that the FBI enable Mattachine Society to obtain most
alienated the Republican Party from our community for a generation, said claimed it could not nd any documents of the documents it believes exist as a
Fluharty. prepared by or pertaining to former result of the Eisenhower executive order.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren
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Rehoboth mayoral race divides LGBT residents

Focus is on development, always make those arguments that there
needs to be more planning.
city hall project as Cooper added: But I think the evidence
election nears is clear that the city is well managed. It is
very attractive and clean and it has a lot of
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. things going for it. And I like to say those things dont happen by accident. They
happen through leadership.
A number of outspoken LGBT residents Like their straight counterparts, some
of the Delaware resort community of of Kuhns LGBT supporters have pointed
Rehoboth Beach have taken sides in the to a number of controversial regulatory
towns Aug. 12 election in which nine-term proposals and ordinances pushed by
incumbent Mayor Sam Cooper is being Cooper that they say have hurt small
challenged by Rehoboth City Commissioner businesses, including gay-owned
and businessman Paul Kuhns. businesses such as bars and restaurants.
Several longtime LGBT residents and Kuhns supporter Richard Perry pointed
summer visitors, including Steve Elkins, out in a commentary in the Blade that
executive director of the LGBT community the co-owner of Aqua Grill, a Rehoboth
center CAMP Rehoboth, say Rehoboths Incumbent Rehoboth Mayor SAM COOPER faces a challenge from Paul Kuhns. gay bar, was arrested and handcued
longtime reputation as an LGBT-friendly COOPER PHOTO PUBLIC DOMAIN; KUHNS PHOTO COURTESY OF KUHNS several years ago for allegedly violating
and welcoming place will likely prompt an ordinance requiring that bars and
LGBT voters to focus on non-LGBT issues restaurants with outdoor patios or decks
in choosing the candidate to support. typically about 1,300 people turn out to in a voter referendum. They acknowledge close those spaces by 11 p.m. Police
In interviews with the Washington vote, Elkins said. that cost overruns have resulted in the quickly dropped all charges against the
Blade, Cooper and Kuhns each described Like many small cities of Rehoboths price of the project increasing from Aqua co-owner and apologized after
themselves as strong supporters of the LGBT size, its election for mayor and city between $18 million and $19 million to realizing Aqua was legally exempt from
community and praised Rehoboths LGBT commissioners is nonpartisan. However, as much as $21 million or more, but they the ordinance.
residents for contributing to the betterment voter registration records show that insist the overruns are due to rising costs of But Perry and other critics of Cooper
of the popular beach community. Cooper is a registered Republican and construction contractors and should not be argue that Cooper has set an atmosphere
I think theyre just a part of Rehoboth Kuhns is registered as a Democrat. Neither blamed on Cooper or the City Commission. of overregulation that, among other
and Im very pleased with the acceptance of the two have raised their party aliation Kuhns, who for 25 years served as an things, led to a controversial proposal
over the years and the integration, as an issue so far in the campaign. investment banker for Merrill Lynch in to ban swimming pools in rental homes
Cooper told the Blade. Its a part of the Peter Rosenstein, a longtime D.C. gay New York City with a specialty in loan and to signicantly strengthen a city
fabric of the community now. Democratic activist and Washington underwriting for municipalities, told the noise ordinance that some claimed were
Kuhns, who said he and his wife have Blade columnist who has been spending Blade the cost overruns for the Rehoboth aimed at targeting gay group homes. The
been Rehoboth homeowners since time in Rehoboth for more than 20 years, city hall building could have been avoided pool ordinance proposal, introduced by
1987 and full-time residents since 2005, is among the outspoken LGBT backers of if Cooper had a better understanding of Cooper, was quickly dropped following a
credited CAMP Rehoboth and its many Kuhns for mayor. Rosensteins Rehoboth long range nancial planning. groundswell of opposition by a coalition
members and supporters with playing a residence is located outside the ocial He pointed to another big project to reroute of LGBT and rental housing advocates.
key role in transforming the city into an city limits, making him ineligible to vote the citys wastewater outfall pipe from the Cooper told the Blade the regulatory
LGBT-supportive place. in the election. But he pointed out that Rehoboth Canal to the ocean, as mandated proposals emerged from requests from
Over the years from my perspective property owners living within the city by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, residents who pointed out that newly
personally theyve created a great limits are eligible to vote, even if they are as another example of the mayor and some built large houses that were dubbed mini
atmosphere in the neighborhoods full-time residents of D.C. or other states. city commissioners failing to engage in better mansions were being lled with rowdy
because theyre investing in nice houses, He has urged them to vote for Kuhns, long range planning. tenants who were generating excessive
there are great restaurants, there are nice saying that Mayor Cooper has been He said if elected mayor he would noise all hours of the day and night.
shops, and theyre nice people, he said. insensitive to the citys small businesses, delegate more responsibilities to the He said the proposals were in no way
And they do good things for the city and which bring in the bulk of revenue to Rehoboth City Manager, Sharon Lynn, targeting any one group, and certainly
I think its something from an economic enable Rehoboth to provide services to its a lesbian with years of experience in not LGBT people.
perspective thats been very helpful for residents and visitors. Like other Kuhns municipal government planning and Cooper and his supporters have long
the city over the last 20 years or so. supporters, Rosenstein holds Cooper operations. According to Kuhns, Cooper argued that regulatory actions like noise and
Elkins currently serves as an appointed responsible for the cost overrun in the has attempted to serve as project building height restrictions were needed to
election judge who is among those who construction of a new city hall building manager of the city hall and wastewater retain Rehoboths widely supported status
will count the ballots in the Aug. 12 that has come under re from visitors outfall projects rather than delegate as a small-scale, low-key beach community
election. In that role as well as his role and residents alike. more responsibility to the City Manager and to avoid having it turn into a large
as head of CAMP Rehoboth, which is a Coopers supporters, including Rehoboths under what he and others consider to be bustling and often rowdy town like nearby
nonpartisan organization, Elkins said he gay city commissioner, Patrick Gossett, a city manager form of government. Dewey Beach or Ocean City, Md.
cannot take sides in the election for mayor and full-time gay Rehoboth resident Frank Cooper disputes that assessment, Kuhns told the Blade he too favors
and for two Rehoboth City Commissioner Cooper, who is not related to Mayor Cooper, saying he has worked closely with the city preventing Rehoboth from turning into
seats that are on the ballot this year. have said Mayor Cooper has been an commissioners and other city ocials on an Ocean City or Dewey Beach. But he
Although the throngs of summer eective leader of the city. They call criticism all important projects as well as on the said Cooper often has not carried out the
vacationers and second home occupants of the mayors handling of the new city hall citys annual budget. regulatory measures to retain Rehoboths
bring the number of people staying in building project unfair, pointing out that the To say we dont have a formal long-range small-scale character in a fair and
Rehoboth to tens of thousands, Elkins seven-member City Commission, including budget doesnt mean I and the city manager equitable way.
said there are only about 1,600 registered Commissioner Kuhns, voted unanimously dont have a plan for the future, he said. I will do that, he said. Thats what sets
voters living within the citys one square to approve the project. Part of my response is Ive been mayor for me apart from the mayor.
mile boundary who are eligible to vote in Cooper supporters also note that 27 years and the city I think has nished in
the Aug. 12 election. Out of that number, Rehoboth residents approved the project the black every year, he continued. You can CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

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Scaramucci ousted after just 10 days

Trump ocial touted LGBT groups.
Im also a gay rights activist,
support for LGBT rights Scaramucci said. You can look it up. Ive
given to American Unity PAC, Ive given
By CHRIS JOHNSON to the Human Rights Campaign, Im for marriage equality. And by the way, thisll
be the rst American president in U.S.
Ten days after his appointment as history that enters the White House with
White House communications director, a pro-gay rights stance.
which some hoped would change the Some hoped Scaramucci would move
administrations approach to LGBT rights, the administration away from assaults
Anthony Scaramucci has left the role. on LGBT rights upon his appointment
White House Press Secretary as communication director, but those
Sarah Huckabee Sanders conrmed hopes were quickly dashed. Days after
Scaramucci, nicknamed the Mooch, was Scaramucci came to the White House,
set to exit the White House after major the Trump administration unleashed a
media outlets reported the news. torrent of anti-LGBT attacks.
Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving In one day, Trump announced hed ban
his role as White House Communications transgender people from the armed forces
Director, Sanders said. Mr. Scaramucci in any capacity, his Justice Department
felt it was best to give Chief of Sta John voluntarily led a legal brief asserting gay
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI lasted just 10 days as President Trumps communications director.
Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build PHOTO BY JDARSIE11; COURTESY WIKIMEDIA
people have no legal protections under
his own team. We wish him all the best. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and
The 10 days Scaramucci occupied he appointed as ambassador at large for
the White House were marked by open The Wall Street nancier-turned- National Committee, reportedly objected international religious freedom Kansas
assaults in the press against former White House communications director to Scaramuccis appointment as White Gov. Sam Brownback, whos renowned
White House Chief of Sta Reince Priebus, also bemoaned the publication of his House communications director on the for undermining LGBT rights in the name
whom Scaramucci derided as being a personal nance document, even though basis of his outsider status. Also opposing of religious liberty.
leaker and a paranoid schizophrenic theyre publicly available. Additionally, Scaramuccis appointment was former Its not the rst time Scaramucci
using colorful expletives. Scaramuccis wife, Deidre Scaramucci, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, was given a White House position
Scaramuccis remarks to the New announced last week shed le for who resigned in the aftermath. that was later gone. At the start of the
Yorker on Priebus soaked up a lot of the divorce shortly after his appointment A self-proclaimed gay rights activist, administration, Scaramucci was initially
attention last week, when the Senate was even though shes nine months pregnant, Scaramucci in November predicted named head of the White House Oce of
considering and failed to pass a measure citing his naked ambition. Trump would support LGBT rights as Public Engagement, but the appointment
to repeal and replace Obamacare. Priebus, former chair of the Republican president and said he gave money to was later rescinded.

Perry supports trans military ban

45 senators urge Mattis to Wednesday on Twitter. the election of its rst openly gay student recruiting transgender troops; and has
According to a study by the RAND president, Bobby Brooks, saying the determined the Pentagon is unable to
oppose Trump move Corp., costs associated with gender system was rigged in his favor in a quest meet these challenges.
reassignment surgery would actually be for diversity. Among the signers of the letters are
By CHRIS JOHNSON low. The study estimated those surgeries Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of 45 Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only would consume between $2.4 million senators led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand out lesbian in Congress, as well as Senate
and $8.4 million annually out of the (D-N.Y.) is calling on Defense Secretary Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Energy Secretary Rick Perry took Pentagons multi-billion dollar budget. James Mattis to resist President Trump in and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The sole
time last week during his visit to an air I think the president makes some his plan to bar transgender people from Republican to sign the letter is Sen. Susan
conditioning manufacturer in Texas to good decisions about making sure that the U.S. armed forces. Collins (R-Maine).
declare support for President Trumps we have a force that is capable, Perry We strongly oppose this policy The senators may nd a sympathetic
ban on transgender military service. reportedly added. change, and urge you to advise the ear. During his conrmation hearing in
Perry told reporters he backs the policy As ThinkProgress reported, the U.S. military president against it, the letter says. January, Mattis indicated he didnt plan
change after his visit to the Daikin Texas actually spends ten times as much ($84 This announcement contradicts to reverse the changes in the U.S. military
Technology Park in Waller, Texas, basing his million) on erectile dysfunction medication existing Defense Department policies, for gay and female service members.
reasoning on the cost of transition-related than it would under RAND Corp.s estimate undermines our military readiness and Dana White, a Pentagon spokesperson,
care, according to the Texas Tribune. for gender reassignment surgery. puts our transgender service members said in response to the letter the Defense
I totally support the president in his Asked about that cost comparison, as well as their commanders in an Department remains in a holding position
decision, Perry was quoted as saying. Perry reportedly quipped, You know impossible situation. on transgender service.
The idea that the American people need what, I dont check on the price of Viagra. In the letter, dated July 28, the The Department of Defense is awaiting
to be paying for these types of operations Perry has a long anti-LGBT history as senators write at a minimum the formal guidance from the White House
to change your sex is not very wise from a Texas governor and perennial Republican Pentagon shouldnt separate any service as a follow-up to the Commander-in-
standpoint of economics. presidential candidate, which includes members based on their gender identity Chiefs announcement on military service
Trump made dubious claims about support for the now-lifted ban on gay until the transgender service review by transgender personnel, White said.
tremendous medical costs and scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. As Mattis announced June 30 is complete; We will provide detailed guidance to the
disruption posed by transgender military energy secretary, he penned an op-ed hes reported back to Congress Department in the near future for how
service when announcing his ban last against his alma mater Texas A&M over challenges he foresees in retaining and this policy change will be implemented.

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Gay candidate for Congress: Trump hateful, vile

Richardson seeks to will reinstate some travel and trade
restrictions with Cuba. He signed the
succeed retiring directive at a theater in Little Havana that
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is named after the leader of a group of
Cuban exiles who participated in the
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. We need to be respectful of the people
that lived through the tragedy, said
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. A gay member Richardson, specically referring to the
of the Florida House of Representatives Cuban revolution. But we also have to
who is running for Congress on Sunday move forward.
described President Trump as a hateful, DAVID RICHARDSON (D-Miami Beach) is Richardson told the Blade the U.S.
vile person. running for the seat that retiring U.S. Rep. embargo against the Communist island
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) will vacate in
It still astonishes me that he got 2018. gives the Cuban government a talking
elected and he is our president, David PHOTO OURTESY OF DAVID RICHARDSON FOR CONGRESS point. He also said normalized relations
Richardson told the Washington Blade between the U.S. and Cuba will benet
during an interview at a Cuban restaurant both countries.
near his Miami Beach home. Hes just a Sometimes you aect change by
hateful, vile person. The House in June approved a community because people are taking standing on the outside of the country,
Never in my life would I have imagined resolution condemning the ongoing note that hes not saying this. and sometimes you aect change by being
that someone with his level of hate could crackdown against gay men in Chechnya Scott two days later described the on the inside of the country, Richardson
be our president of these United States, that Ros-Lehtinen introduced. The massacre as an attack against the gays, told the Blade. I happen to think that we
he added. Cuban-born Republican in 2013 met with an attack against Hispanics, an attack can probably aect more change by being
Richardson, 60, in 2012 became the two independent LGBT rights advocates against our country, our nation in an on the inside of the country.
rst openly gay man elected to the Florida from the Communist island who are vocal exclusive statement to the Blade after he Richardson also described the abrupt
Legislature. He represents the 113th critics of Mariela Castro, the daughter paid tribute to the victims at a makeshift cancellation of the World OutGames Miami
House District, which includes Miami of Cuban President Ral Castro who memorial in downtown Orlando. in May as a really unfortunate situation.
Beach and portions of downtown Miami. spearheads LGBT-specic issues. Richardson said he helped schedule He was among those who volunteered
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, There was a time when she wasnt good meetings between the governor and local at a swim meet and other events
a pro-LGBT Republican who has on LGBT rights, but she is, Richardson LGBT rights advocates and allies that took that took place in spite of the games
represented portions of South Florida in told the Blade. I like her. place later that day. cancellation. The Miami Beach Police
the U.S. House of Representatives since Reforming Floridas prison system, banning He said all the right things and it felt Department and the Miami-Dade County
1989, in April announced she is retiring so-called conversion therapy in the state and genuine, Richardson told the Blade, State Attorneys Oce have launched a
from Congress in 2018. improving his districts infrastructure are referring to Scott. I think its a topic thats fraud investigation of the organizers,
Ros-Lehtinen currently represents among the issues on which Richardson has very strange for him. who accepted more than $200,000 in
Floridas 27th congressional district, worked since his election. Scott attended a vigil at Christ Church public funds.
which includes Miami Beach and Richardson told the Blade he hasnt Unity in Orlando that marked a year At a minimum I think its probably fair
portions of coastal Miami-Dade County faced any backlash at all from his since the massacre. The Orlando Sentinel to say there was gross mismanagement
from downtown Miami to Cutler Bay. colleagues in the state legislature because reported Orlando City Commissioner and gross incompetence, Richardson
Richardson last month ocially launched he is gay. Patty Sheehan and GLBT Community told the Blade. Beyond that I dont know
his campaign for her seat. He is a forensic auditor who ran his own Center of Central Florida Executive if there was any wrongdoing in terms of
She decided to retire a little earlier rm near Farragut Square in downtown Director Terry DeCarlo are among those laws broken. I hope they nd out.
than some of us (had) planned, he D.C. until he retired in 2007. Richardson who were also in attendance. The race to succeed Ros-Lehtinen is
told the Blade, noting he expected Ros- told the Blade this background allows He stayed for the entire service, expected to garner national attention,
Lehtinen to retire in 2020. I had always him to work eectively with conservative Richardson told the Blade, noting he especially after the Democratic and
intended to run when she retired so I had Republicans in the state legislature. thanked Scott for attending. We had a Republican primaries that will take place
to move up my dateline a little bit. I work with them on the issues we good chat afterwards. next August.
Richardson is among the seven agree on, Richardson told the Blade. Richardson said one of the lasting SAVE, a Miami-based LGBT advocacy
Democrats former Knight Foundation The ones we dont, we just debate and impacts of the Pulse nightclub massacre group that recruited Richardson to run
Program Director Matt Haggman, former ght over. has been there were no really hateful for the state House in 2012, has already
state Circuit Court Judge Mary Barzee He said he has huge policy dierences anti-LGBT bills led in Tallahassee this endorsed his campaign.
Flores, state Sen. Jos Javier Rodrguez with Gov. Rick Scott on a number of year. He nevertheless told the Blade there Rep. Richardson is a true champion
(D-Miami), Miami Beach Commissioner issues. Richardson nevertheless told the hasnt been the kind of movement and of equality and the ideal candidate to
Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, Michael Hepburn Blade he agrees with the governor on the more open dialogue around gun control replace Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen,
and Mark Anthony Person who have need to create more jobs in Florida. that so many of us would like to see. said SAVE Executive Director Tony
formally launched their campaigns to We both want the same thing: More Its sadly an issue that is controlled by Lina in a message to his organizations
succeed Ros-Lehtinen. Miami Dade- jobs and higher pay, said Richardson. the lobby, said Richardson. supporters.
County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, He and I would go about that dierently. Richardson told the Blade he very Equality Floridas Political Action
former Miami-Dade County School Board Scotts reluctance to specically much supports the normalization of Committee and the Gay and Lesbian
Member Raquel Regalado and Maria acknowledge the LGBT victims of the relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Victory Fund have previously endorsed
Peiro are the Republicans who have Pulse nightclub massacre sparked Ros-Lehtinen and her family ed Cuba Richardson.
ocially entered the race. widespread outrage among advocates in after the 1959 revolution that brought Richardson told the Blade he told the
Richardson spoke to the Blade four Florida and across the country. Fidel Castro to power. She remains Victory Fund about his plans to run for Ros-
days after Trump on Twitter announced Richardson, who grew up in Orlando, among Congress most vocal critics of Lehtinens seat before he publicly announced
transgender people would be banned told the Blade he spoke with Scotts chief- the normalization of relations between them. He said he hopes to receive their
from the U.S. military. of-sta after the June 12, 2016, massacre the U.S. and Cuba that former President endorsement before November.
Ros-Lehtinen, whose son Rodrigo is and said, Will you tell him you have to say Obama announced in 2014. Theyre very supportive, very
trans, criticized the announcement. the word gay, or LGBT or acknowledge the Trump in June announced the U.S. encouraging said Richardson.

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Meet LAs homeless LGBT youth

Crisis growing as 58,000
living on streets in region


Energy and smarts are the rst things

you notice about Hay, 20, who had fun
explaining his gender.
Im male but some of my friends be
like, girl, so I dont really conform, he
says as he plopped down, lit a cigarette
and showed o his green ngernails. I
need a manicure.
Hay, like several of the 30 or so LGBT
youth living on a sun-blistered sidewalk,
just north of Santa Monica Boulevard,
aged out of the foster care system and
instantly wound up on the streets.
At 14, he says, hed nally had enough of
his fathers physical and emotional abuse.
I guess I put myself in foster care. I called
CFS [Child and Family Services] myself
LGBT youth account for a disproportionate number of the more than 50,000 people living on the streets of Los Angeles.
and I went to the school and told them
how I had gotten beaten up really badly.
He says he still carries a great deal of
raw trauma. And the trauma is growing. transitional housing challenging because from the Los Angeles Homeless Services world and learn. Because in my restaurant I
On his 18th birthday, his social worker the collective emotional disturbance Authority. That number grows to 58,000 want to have a dierent menu each month
dropped him o at Hollywood and is profound. Other peoples mental when you include Los Angeles County. and I want to have, like, dierent ways to
Highland. He had nowhere to go and no illnesses make it hard for me because I Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti cook. He grew excited and added, I want
plan. He was utterly alone and hopeless, am going through my own stu, he said. said, Our city is in the midst of an to learn from people around the world and
entering a spiral of 30-day stays in Its hard to juggle everyone and having extraordinary homelessness crisis that from dierent cultures.
homeless shelters. I feel like they pushed their personality thrown at you on top of needs an extraordinary response. These Kathen fell in love with cooking while
my homelessness, he says. having to look for a place. men, these women, these children are working at a nursing home. It was fun
I eventually stayed in a tent, he explains. One agency Hay thought might be a our neighbors. because, you know, theres over 300
His head bowed and eyes narrowing, good t for him was Rapid Rehousing, Kathen has an almost disarmingly people there. You have to cook for each
he said, Ive tried several times to get which helps with the hurdles of nding joyous demeanor. At 22 years old, he is one individually because of their diet.
treatment [for trauma]. I dont feel like its permanent housing. The agency requires one of the oldest members of the tent It was fun but its more by the book.
necessarily helpful. employment, however, a common group. I go o peoples vibe, he says, I But me? Im a person who likes freedom
Straightening his posture, Hay added, demand that Hay nds maddening. dont really go o a persons gender. and thats why I want to have my own
treatment for me is having a safe place Mentally, I dont feel like I could get He describes himself as a stranger and restaurant, he said.
to be able to think. a job. Ive applied for jobs, you know, a bit of a random funny guy and dreams In the meantime, Kathen needs help
But thats not possible for him right now. but how do you put on a facade that of one day having his own restaurant. getting o the streets.
LGBT youth, like Hay, account for a everything is hunky-dory? How do you say He says his path to near chronic He has been through at least three
disproportionate number of the more hey, Im still going through homelessness homelessness began ve years ago when dierent programs, including the Los
than 50,000 people living on the streets of and this job is the only source of income I his stepfather, menacing and knife in Angeles LGBT Center. They all give you
Los Angeles, a number thats increasing have, so if you guys re me I have literally hand, demanded he kill himself. Kathen the same thing, Kathen says, They tell
every day. And, though the evidence is nothing, he said. says he never treated him as his child. you to go online and apply for job, but its,
largely empirical, it is indisputable. He proudly added, Id quit before I tell I was nally fed up with it, he said, you know.the resources dont help out
Theres no way of knowing exactly them what Im going through. adding that he punched the door as much as they should.
how many (homeless) young people are The city and county of Los Angeles are completely down I broke it down I When asked how he has been surviving,
LGBT. These kids, runaway or throwaway nearly overwhelmed and non-prots, like punched the door completely down he Kathen said, right now I am just trying to
young people, are very vulnerable on the the Los Angeles LGBT Center have been said, gazing away, tears welling in his eyes get some shoes, hustling lately trying to
streets, Los Angeles County Supervisor operating at full capacity for some time. as he began to dget. He paused, then get some food. I sell some clothes. I have
Sheila Kuehl told the Los Angeles Blade. The makeshift tent encampment Hay added, They told me to leave and so I just my EBT (a food stamp debit card). I sell
Still, Hay believes he is self-reliant. and others live in has become something left, at 17, didnt nish high school. I left my tokensId rather walk with money
Im resourceful, I wanted to be a of a virtual family, with aspirations, dreams, when I was in my junior year. in my pockets than ride the bus or the
professional dancer. I would run away from and profound personal stories, enormous Kathen says he managed to graduate subway. I have to survive and you have to
home and go to a dance class, he says insight to oer and even an abiding desire high school. I want to go to college. I pay to live in this world.
proudly and with a beautiful and full smile. to change the world around them. want to be a chef. He wants to own his Im pretty sure I can pull myself
Dance was his solace but for now it is a I am not at all surprised to learn that own restaurant, he says. out of this, he says. But he also sees
dream deferred. our LGBT homeless youth are forming When asked if he sees a path to his homelessness as an option when things
Im broke, so, as much as I would like families; it gives them a semblance of dream he looked at his hands and dont work out. Theres been a couple of
to go to a dance class, I have to worry comfort and sense of safety, said Kuehl. winced, A path? Then, looking puzzled, times when I chose to be homeless. Like
about being able to feed myself, take care In 2017, the number of people living on he asked A path right now? when my stepfather tried to choke me. I
of myself, make sure I have clothes on my the streets of Los Angeles grew to 34,000 Its crazy because theres so much I need chose safety, he said.
back, he said atly. people, an increase of 23 percent in one to do for it. First, I need to go to school and
Hay said he nds the shelters and year, according to a recently released report then I need to travel. I want to explore the CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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Israels rst trans officer

criticizes Trump
The rst transgender ocer in the
Israel Defense Force has criticized
President Trumps decision to ban
trans people from the U.S. military.
Capt. Shachar Erez in a commentary
that A Wider Bridge, which describes
itself as an LGBTQ advocacy group
building connections between the
Israeli and North American LGBTQ
communities, posted on its website
on July 27 wrote barring transgender
individuals from serving their country
is not a policy based on credible
professional opinion.
It is simply pure transphobic
discrimination, said Erez.
Russian group evacuates 64 from Chechnya
Erez described himself as a proud SHACHAR EREZ is the rst openly
ocer who has served in the transgender ocer in the Israel Defense
Forces. A Russian LGBT advocacy group says it has evacuated 64 people from Chechnya over
Israeli military for 5 1/2 years. He PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPT. SHACHAR
the last four months.
acknowledged he was not out when A 31-page report the Russian LGBT Network released on Monday notes those it
he enlisted, but realized that in order has helped leave the semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucuses were
for me to be the best commander to my soldiers that I could be, I had to be relocated to shelters in central Russia. The Russian LGBT Network, which is based in St.
honest with them about my full, authentic self. Petersburg, also said more than 130 people from Chechnya and neighboring republics
The military is a place where everybody is equal, and judged only by their have requested assistance of a dierent nature because of the persecution from the
ability to do their job, wrote Erez. Being trans has never aected my ability to local authorities and hostile relatives.
serve or be fairly viewed by my peers. Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, in April reported Chechen
Israel and 17 other countries Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, authorities have arrested more than 100 men because of their sexual orientation since
Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the beginning of the year. At least three of these men reportedly died after their arrest,
New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. allow trans people to serve while others have been beaten and tortured and sent to secret prisons.
in their respective armed forces. Trumps announcement, which he made on July They threw me to the oor and beat me, said a person identied as I.J. in the Russian
26 in a series of tweets, reverses the Obama administrations eorts to allow LGBT Network report. They beat my chest and my face with their feet, and they hit my
trans people to openly serve in the U.S. military and those who are out to enlist. head against the oor.
The Canadian Armed Forces on July 26 tweeted it welcomes Canadians of all I.J. also told the Russian LGBT Network he thought authorities were going to rape
sexual orientations and gender identities and encouraged them to enlist. them as they took o their clothes. A person identied as A.B. said authorities forced
A spokesperson for the British government declined to comment to the them to watch a video of them torturing a man by inserting a hollow tube and a piece
Washington Blade on Trumps announcement. of barbed wire into his anus.
We are clear that all LGBT+ members of our armed forces play a vital role in They enjoyed the torture, said A.B. We were forced to beat others up and to
keeping our nation safe, added the spokesperson in an email. We will continue electrocute them. They instructed other inmates to do whatever they wanted with us.
to welcome people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including transgender Novaya Gazeta reporter Elena Milashina contributed to the report, which indicates
personnel. Chechen authorities have begun to target lesbian women. The Russian LGBT Network
Julie Ward, a British member of the European Parliament who participated also notes dozens of gay Chechens may have been killed by their relatives in so-called
in this summers WorldPride in Madrid, described the U.S. ban as a disgraceful honor killings.
action from a world leader. MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Activists from countries that allow trans people to serve in their militaries
echoed Ward.
Sally Goldner, a trans and bisexual advocate in the Australian city of Melbourne, Nigerian police arrest 42 gay men
told the Blade the ban sends a message that it (is) okay to demean a group
of people simply for being in that group and could spur further hate speech Nigerian police on Saturday arrested 42 gay men at a hotel in Lagos State.
and violence based on gender identity. Goldner also echoed House Minority Police raided the Vincent Hotel in Weigh Bridge in Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, where
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other critics of Trumps announcement who the men were arrested for allegedly performing same-sex sexual acts. They are to be
have noted the Pentagon spends more on Viagra than healthcare for trans arraigned in a Lagos court.
servicemembers. Gay rights activist Bisi Alimi told the BBC the event that was held at the hotel was an
The cost argument is nonsense, Goldner told the Blade. awareness program aimed at HIV counseling and testing for the LGBT community in
Viktor Heumann, founder of Trans*parent, a trans advocacy group in the Nigeria.
Czech Republic, also rejected the cost argument. Heumann in an email to the Conrming the arrest, Lagos State Police Public Relations Ocer Olarinde Famous-
Blade described Trumps assertion that trans servicemembers are a disruption Cole said, It is true. About 42 suspected homosexuals were arrested and the hotel has
as rather vague. been condoned o while investigation continues. They are in custody of the Lagos State
Trumps Tweet is yet another loud and populistic declaration that further Task Force and will be charged to court soon.
stigmatizes the already marginalized group of transgender people, said Tunji, a resident of the area where the arrest was made, told PUNCH, a national
Heumann. It is a malevolent signal that it is acceptable to bar access to a certain newspaper, that police ocers stormed the Vincent Hotel at about 3.30 p.m. on
type of profession for trans people. Saturday.
Although trans people in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world have more There have been reports that the hotel harbors homosexuals, he said. They were
pressing concerns than representation in the U.S. Army that are related to their there this afternoon when policemen struck. About 40 of them were caught in the act.
housing situation; access to healthcare and hate crime rates, Trumps rhetoric UNAIDS statistics show Nigeria, with about 3.5 million people living with HIV, has the
sadly makes us (more) vulnerable in all of these respects, added Heumann. second largest HIV epidemic in the world. There is also a signicant increase in the
MICHAEL K. LAVERS number of men who have sex with men who are living with HIV in Nigeria.
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Trans troops continue their service

as Trump threatens expulsion
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 post-traumatic stress disorder.
Even delaying the policy at this point is
transgender people in the U.S. armed derailing my personal career goals, and it
forces estimates range as high as may rob me of a training opportunity at
15,000 according to the Williams Institute the very least, Eleazer said. With a policy
or between 1,320 and 6,630 in active duty banning trans military service overall, Im
alone according to RAND Corps. who may going to have to make some pretty drastic
face expulsion in the aftermath of the policy changes to my career plans.
change Trump announced on Twitter. With no formal return to the
It remains unclear how such a ban transgender ban yet underway, Eleazer
would be implemented and resistance said he remains in a wait-and-see mode
to Trumps move is growing. Trumps and plans to attend drill this week.
announcement the U.S. military will not Already, Eleazer said hes found support
accept or allow transgender people to from his commanding ocer, who told
serve in any capacity wasnt specic on him hed remain in service until further
whether he was banning new enlistees guidance comes down.
from joining the military, or expelling those In some ways, I have kind of a positive
currently in service. The White House wont experience because I have my command
say whether current troops will be kicked that supports me, Eleazer said. Im
out, citing plans for upcoming guidance concerned about what might happen,
eshing out the new policy. how things are going to move forward,
Trumps ban on transgender service Defense Secretary JAMES MATTIS ordered a six-month review of trans service, but was if were going to be getting an order, but
comes after trans people have been apparently overruled by President Trump who instead called for a total ban on trans service right now Im just kind of waiting to see
serving openly in the U.S. military for a year members. what actually, ocially rolls out.
after former Defense Secretary Ashton A number of voices have emerged
Carter under the Obama administration at Fort Lewis in Washington State, said professionally, it would be devastating for challenging Trumps planned ban on
lifted the medical regulation barring her reaction upon nding out about me and my family. Its hard to think about transgender service. Among them are 45
transgender people from service. Trumps tweets was shock and confusion because I cant imagine waking up tomorrow senators urging Mattis to resist Trump on the
The presidents announcement came out over exactly what was happening. and not being a soldier. I dont even know policy and 56 retired generals and admirals
of the blue. Defense Secretary James Mattis It came out of nowhere, Peace said. how to begin thinking about that. who warned Trump in a joint statement the
halted a portion of the Obama policy change And my rst reaction was trying to gure Army Reserve Capt. Jacob Eleazer, 31, policy would degrade readiness.
that would have allowed transgender out what was going on. And since then, the a transgender member of the Kentucky On Tuesday, Coast Guard Commandant
people to enlist in the armed forces starting Department of Defense and the secretary National Guard, said upon hearing the Adm. Paul Zukunft said at a military forum
July 1, calling for a study of the issue for of the Army have both said that as of right news Trump had banned transgender he will not break faith with transgender
another six months. Trumps ban seems to now, nothing has changed and theyre troops he thought it was a hoax. people under his command, suggesting
have disregarded the defense chief. going to continue treating trans soldiers I was sitting at work, Eleazer said. I had hell defy Trump on the issue.
Dremann said he learned of the with the same dignity and respect as every just gotten in and my phone was blowing White House Press Secretary
transgender military ban and that other soldier. And so, those are my last up. Im normally not that popular on social Sarah Huckabee Sanders had no
his 11-year career in the Navy was in orders and thats what Im going with. media. I was like I better check and see comment Tuesday on the Coast Guard
jeopardy via a CNN news blast of the Peace, 31, said shes served in the what was going on. A friend of mine had commandants remarks, citing plans for
presidents tweets. Army for 13 years and gone on two posted the comments and tagged me, and additional guidance.
It was absolutely a surprise, Dremann said. combat deployments and four overseas so, thats how I found out. I havent heard those comments or
There had been no indication from anywhere tours. Peace was able to serve under After coming out as transgender in had a chance to speak with anyone about
that this was coming down the pike. the previous transgender ban, she said, 2014, Eleazer under the previous military it, but I know that the goal is to work with
Calling his service in the armed forces because she didnt transition until 2014 ban was on his way to expulsion from all of the relevant departments, primarily
his whole life, Dremann said hed have or come out until 2015. the armed forces. But the day he was the Department of Defense, to lawfully
to do additional soul-searching about At the time the Obama administration supposed to be discharged in 2015 was implement that new policy, Sanders said.
what he would do if he could no longer lifted its ban on transgender service, also the day the Army elected to raise its Matthew Thorn, president of the LGBT
serve as a result of Trumps policy. Peace recalled being elated as if a weight discharge authority for separations on military group OutServe-SLDN, said signs
Once the ban was lifted, there was no was lifted from her shoulders. the basis of gender identity, saving him at of support from military leaders like
reason for me to leave, so to reinstate the When the trans policy rst came out, the last minute. Zukunft are common as transgender
ban and tell me I have to get out, thats a wed been working on it for well over a Im kind of sitting here on the other troops continue to serve despite Trumps
big change in life plans, Dremann said. year, so it was a slow build up and it was end of things thinking this stu was over tweets against their service.
So, I have to gure out what my next a surprise, but not an unanticipated one, and Id be able to move forward with my Our military needs to be focused on the
move is after that. It would be devastating Peace said. life and my career, and this kind of came mission and this is a distraction, Thorn
for me personally because I thought But thats all changed in the aftermath out of nowhere, Eleazer said. said. We have two ongoing conicts in
serving in the Navy until I retired was of Trumps announcement, which Peace Eleazer said termination of military Afghanistan and Iraq and two nations
really what I wanted to do. said has led to fear and concern and service would be an end of a dream, citing spiraling out of control, Syria and North
Dremann is just one of many worry about being possibly expelled his upcoming completion of a doctorate Korea, respectively. Our trans service
transgender service members currently in from the military. in counseling psychology at the University members are dedicated to the mission,
service and wondering about their fate in It would be devastating, Peace said. I of Louisville. Eleazer said his plan was to we cant aord them to be distracted by a
the aftermath of Trumps announcement. cant imagine a life without the Army, and transfer into a medical position to serve tweet and whether or not this president is
Army Capt. Jennifer Peace, a certainly not now. Theres so much that I as a military psychologist and work with going to discharge them from their oath
transgender intelligence ocer stationed want to do. In every way, personally and LGBT patients and those suering from to the country.

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Trumps day of anti-LGBT acts: New low or par for the course?
Trump said, Thank you to the LGBT contractors. LGBT questions from federal health surveys
LGBT people. community! I will ght for you while Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin and their omission in the upcoming census
During the Republican National Hillary brings in more people that will Republicans, denied any kind of shift also riled his LGBT critics.
Convention, Trump was the rst threaten your freedoms and beliefs. from Trump in his approach to LGBT The president has also refused to
Republican presidential nominee in Those words, of course, ignore issues despite his organizations criticism condemn reports of anti-gay violence
history to mention LGBT people in a Clintons detailed commitment to LGBT of the transgender military ban. in the semi-autonomous Republic of
positive way during his acceptance rights and specic policy plans on LGBT Then-candidate and now-President Chechnya, despite multiple entreaties
speech for the nomination, citing the issues, including support for transgender Trump has always pursued balancing from LGBT rights groups to speak out,
recent shooting at a gay nightclub in military service and protections for religious liberty and LGBT equality, and declined to issue a proclamation
Orlando, Fla., that left 49 people dead gay people under civil federal law, and I dont think there has been any recognizing June as Pride month.
and 53 wounded. which Trump never promised over his fundamental shift from that position, Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD, said
As your president, I will do everything presidential campaign. Angelo said. What I see in Trump is recent actions from his administration
in my power to protect our LGBTQ The Human Rights Campaign, which had someone who in an often clumsy are just par for the course for a president
citizens from the violence and oppression never accepted Trumps overtures to LGBT but nonetheless admirable way is who has no intention of keeping his
of a hateful foreign ideology, Trump said. people as he campaigned against Clinton, attempting to address a Republican campaign promises.
Believe me. produced a video in the aftermath of his electorate with vastly divergent views on President Trump and his
Trump at a later event criticized his administrations recent anti-LGBT action LGBT-related issues. administration have shown over the
opponent Hillary Clinton for donations proclaiming him Liar-in-Chief. White House Press Secretary Sarah last couple weeks that they are willing
the Clinton Foundation accepted from Critics of Trump are quick to point Huckabee Sanders insisted Trump had a to be more public about their anti-
Middle Eastern countries that impose out he expressed solidarity with LGBT holistic approach to his presidency when LGBTQ agenda and goal to erase LGBTQ
the death penalty and imprisonment for people in terms of sowing opposition asked if he betrayed LGBT people with his Americans from the fabric of this nation,
homosexuality. to Muslims, or least raising fears about recent actions. Ellis said. From the ban on transgender
Ask the gays what they think and Islamic extremism. I think the president had made very soldiers from serving in the U.S. military,
what they do in not only Saudi Arabia, But at the start of the administration, clear hes committed to ghting for all the Justice Departments choice to exclude
in many of these countries with the gay the White House declared Trump was Americans, Sanders said. LGBTQ people as a protected class under
community, Trump said. Lets ask. Then respectful and supportive of LGBT Theres a long list of anti-LGBT the Civil Rights Act, and conrming
you tell me: Whos your friend, Donald rights without making such references actions from Trump. Most notably, his closed-door meetings with anti-LGBTQ
Trump or Hillary Clinton? in a statement declaring hed keep administration rescinded Obama-era activists at the White House, President
Referencing Clintons immigration intact former President Obamas 2014 guidance to schools assuring transgender Trump has revealed that his campaign
policy and support for increased refugees executive order against anti-LGBT kids access to public restrooms consistent pledge to protect LGBTQ Americans was
in a subsequent message on Twitter, workplace discrimination among federal with their gender identity. The removal of nothing more than a con job.

Gay former U.S. ambassador launches congressional bid

Baer handled intl LGBT video he still managed to get things done
with them.
rights at State Department During a 2014 interview with the
Washington Blade, Baer said he never felt
By CHRIS JOHNSON that his sexual orientation was an issue for Vladimir Putins representatives at
A gay former U.S. ambassador who Just like being gay, working with the
served under the Obama administration U.S. ambassador is not a choice, and Im
has launched a campaign for Congress, ready to work with all of them, Baer said.
shifting his focus from tangling with Baer joins a crowded eld of candidates
representatives of Vladimir Putin seeking the Democratic nomination in
overseas to President Trump at home. Colorados 7th congressional district,
Daniel Baer, who served in the Obama including State Sen. Andy Kerr, State Sen.
administration as U.S. ambassador to the Dominick Moreno and State Sen. Brittany
Organization for Security & Cooperation Pettersen. No Republican candidate has
in Europe, announced on Tuesday his bid formally declared yet.
to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Perlmutter As tough as things are, Im an
(D-Colo.) in representing Colorados 7th optimist, Baer said. I believe in the
DANIEL BAER is running for Congress.
congressional district. WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY power of Colorado common sense, and I
Were at a pivotal moment, Baer believe that we can make our democracy
said in a statement. We need bold new work for everyone. The American dream
ideas and a commitment to stand up for Baer and his spouse, Brian Walsh. LGBTI Persons Randy Berry took over the must be part of our future, not a nostalgic
our Colorado values. Working together, Under the Obama administration, Baer issue at the State Department. memory from our past. We all worry
we can put our communities and our served not only as U.S. envoy to OSCE, but In his role at OSCE, Baer represented about the divisions in our American
country on a path toward success in the deputy assistant secretary of state for the the United States in talks with envoys family. The best way to build bridges, to
21st century. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & from Russia a country known for mend our rifts, and to lift each other up
Baer accompanied his announcement Labor, where his portfolio included LGBT hostility to LGBT rights. At one time, the is to roll up our sleeves and start making
with a video titled Are we doing everything international human rights issues. After Russian government called on Baer to progress, rebuilding the middle class, and
we can? declaring his candidacy. Among his appointment as U.S. ambassador, step down for tough comments he made digging deep into the bottomless well of
the images in the video is a picture of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of abut the country, but Baer says in the American optimism. Lets do this.
Keep your promise to protect each other. WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

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Girl Talk sessions for trans women to debut

Beginning Aug. 15 and continuing every rst and third Tuesday of the month,
there will be chill sessions called Girl Talk for transgender women to discuss
issues, ideas, and experiences in a safe space.This is part of Your Trans Care
program and STAR TRACK Adolescent Health at the University of Maryland.
These free sessions will take place between 6-9 p.m. at STAR TRACKs oce,
120 Penn St. in Baltimore. There will be free food and health resources available.
Girl Talk is important to members of the community because it is where
Wills & Trusts transgender women can come out to discuss dierent topics and come together
as a community to create a safe place so that trans women can feel accepted and
Powers of Attorney Living Wills feel at home, Ayanna Copeland, the group facilitator and community outreach
Partnership & Prenuptial Agreements worker for the Your Trans Care program at STAR TRACK., told the Blade.
STAR TRACK has been serving Baltimores LGBTQ youth and young adults, ages
(240) 778-2330 (703) 536-0220 12 to 26, since 1989 by oering outreach, education and prevention services to
youth, young adults, and their communities. For more information, search for the event on Facebook.

Serving the LGBT Community MoCo Pride Center to launch

in DC/MD/VA since 1983 A little over a year ago the Montgomery County Police Department wanted
to host a community meeting with the LGBTQ community. They reached out

Lawrence S. Jacobs/McMillan Metro, PC to the faith community - pastors of and advocates in welcoming and arming
churches, says Rev. Jill McCrory, pastor of Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville,
Md. We reached out and got the word out.
At the meeting, the participants discovered that these were the same people
they all knew. But they were unable to gather the greater LGBTQ community
because there was no means of communicating other through contacting
welcoming and arming congregations and advocacy groups. They also realized
that there was confusion over where services could be found, what was available,
and there seemed to be a need for information.
The faith leaders and advocates who were at that rst community meeting
came together and started planning the MoCo Pride Center. Rev. McCrory
headed up the eort due in part to her doctorate program at Wesley Seminary
whereby approving the Center was her doctorate project.
Visionaries have been meeting for a year developing governance, identity
JAMIE ARTHURS AT (202) 966-6400 OR EMAIL and brand, and looking for members of the rst Board of Directors for the
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A second open letter to Ivanka Trump

to his place in a photo op and his remarks
All sense of honesty and on the gure of the wife of French Presi-
decency have escaped those dent Macron were oensive.
at the White House His statements on eorts to repeal and
replace the Aordable Care Act leave one
perplexed and with the clear impression
he has no idea what he is talking about. In-
viting members of the House of Represen-
tatives to the Rose Garden one day to cel-
ebrate passage of their bill, then calling it
mean days later. Yes it is mean. But then
he supports an even meaner Senate bill
nally begging them to do something no
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly matter how hateful it is. Thankfully three
for the Blade. decent Republican senators and every
Democrat agreed both the House version,
Dear Ivanka, the Senate version he rst supported, and
On Nov. 15, 2016 with high hopes for the skinny version are all mean-spirited
what you could do I published an open and wrong-headed and voted them down.
letter to you. It began, I believe we must Clearly your father has yet to gure out
always keep an open line of communica- the art of the political deal.
tion with those we dont agree with and Then your father went further in show-
the person on your side of this election I ing how boorish and totally clueless he is
would enjoy having a cup of coee with is with his speech to the Boy Scouts at their
you. As a supporter of Hillary Clinton the Jamboree. I am a Scout. In 1960, along
election didnt turn out the way I wanted it with nearly 60,000 other Scouts, I attend-
to. This isnt the rst campaign where my ed the National Jamboree in Colorado
hopes were dashed. But the ght for the Springs celebrating 50 years of scout-
things I believe in and care about goes on. ing. That year another president, Dwight
Ivanka, it would be great to have the op- David Eisenhower, spoke. Whatever his
portunity to share with you how I lived my politics he was a man with a reputation
life. It is my conviction you would under- for decency and a military hero. Though
stand where those like myself are coming I was a Democrat even then, support-
from and as senior adviser to your father ing John F. Kennedy for president, I was
that could be important and helpful as inspired by Eisenhowers words when
you help mold the administration. he talked about trustworthiness, honor,
At the time many of us hoped you might honesty, valor and the importance of
be a moderating inuence on social and service to the nation. There is not one
economic issues relating to women, im- scout who when they think back on your The LGBT communitys pleas to IVANKA TRUMP to moderate her fathers views have fallen on
migrants and the LGBTQ+ community. fathers meandering remarks will be in- deaf ears.
You didnt respond to the letter when spired to service. His use of curse words,
it was published. Then I met Omarosa talking about cocktail parties and women er willing to do. His new press secretary in what he says is an attempt to be hon-
Manigault, the presidents Director of in New York; bashing a former president trying to explain the tweet lied about it est and forthcoming.
Communications for the Oce of Public and threatening to re one of his cabinet saying it was in concurrence with the De- My God, how can he do his job if he
Liaison, at a reception honoring the new secretaries if a bill didnt pass Congress, partment of Defense. In reality the chair really has such a poor memory? Or was
Secretary of the Veterans Administration. (lets see if he does that now that the bill of the Joint Chiefs of Sta and the Secre- he simply displaying selective memory
We had a very pleasant conversation and has failed) were totally inappropriate. The tary of Defense have said they knew noth- hoping he could get away with it? When
I handed her a copy of the letter in an Boy Scouts for the rst time ever had to ing about the tweet and the secretary had he signed the original form he swore to
envelope addressed to you, which she apologize for a presidents speech. I cant just announced a six-month study of the its truth that could be enough to send
promised to deliver. imagine even you werent embarrassed issue. Clearly lying at the White House him to jail.
I never heard from her or you again. by that spectacle. has reached epidemic proportions. In fact, it appears all sense of honesty
Seeing what your father and his admin- Your father has gone so far o track So, Ivanka, the hope you and your and plain decency have escaped most of
istration are now doing and saying, you I nd myself feeling sorry for Attorney husband would have any ability or even those at the White House. You are all be-
are probably correct in thinking respond- General Je Sessions, a man I have al- desire to moderate some of you fathers ing caught up in the sludge oozing out of
ing wasnt worthwhile. Clearly you either ways considered a racist. Your father behavior is long gone. Instead we have that venerable building; the building often
agree with what your father is doing or talked about loyalty to the Boy Scouts; seen you and Jared hire lawyers to de- called the peoples house. If this keeps up
have zero inuence to do anything about clearly your fathers concept of loyalty is a fend what seems indefensible. We have decent people will not want any associa-
it. Both scenarios are disappointing. This one-way street. Threatening Sessions for witnessed both you and his inability to tion with that beautiful building, recently
time I am not expecting a response. upholding the rule of law is the height honestly ll out government forms in- home to a family that represented what
Your father, the president, has become of stupidity and as Sen. Lindsey Graham cluding nancial disclosure forms and is best in America, until your father stops
an embarrassment to the nation. He has (R-S.C.) said, if your father red him there at least his SF-86 needed to get a secu- disgracing it and the country.
been called all kinds of names by those would be holy hell to pay. rity clearance. The excuse on nances Many of us who harbored hope you
who disagree with him and some may be In a random early morning tweet your from your husband seems to be he is would be a champion for decency now
over the top. But I can only conclude by father attacked the LGBTQ+ community so rich its natural he forgot to report on count the days until your father either
his behavior and speeches he can fairly and heroic transgender members of the numerous holdings. As to the security leaves voluntarily or is thrown out. Only
be described as a boorish pig. His conduct military announcing trans people will no form he now admits he forgot over 100 then will the American people once again
overseas including roughly pushing aside longer be welcome to serve and possibly meetings with foreign agents and is on be able to lift up our heads with pride
the prime minister of Montenegro to get die for the nation. Something he was nev- his third or fourth iteration of the form when facing the world community.

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In Trump era, life feels like Dunkirk I dont want to make irresponsible best they can. Without irony, well be too dispirited to
Fight attacks on liberty by analogies. Trump, though a dangerous, In the Trump age, life often feels like resist Trump.
creating art cruel, uncaring, unethical, bigoted, fas- Dunkirk. Fighting against the attacks on Few have mastered irony as superbly
cistic demagogue isnt Hitler. Our situa- our civil rights and freedom, its easy to as Jane Austen, the author of Pride and
tion in the Trump presidency, however lose perspective to succumb to despair. Prejudice, who died on July 18, 1817. Us-
frightening and disturbing isnt equiva- Mired in discouragement, were all too apt ing wit and irony, Austen punctures pom-
lent to World War II. Yet, I cant remem- to forget: Dunkirk was only one battle in posity and the conventions of society.
ber a time when so many of us have felt the war. More importantly, the evacuation I do not want people to be very agree-
as if we were Londoners nightly seeking of the troops from Dunkirk encouraged able, as it saves me the trouble of liking
safety in air raid shelters during the Blitz, Britain and America to keep ghting. them a great deal, she wrote. What could
our grandparents sitting by our radios How can we resist Trumps assault on be more queer?
listening to FDR give one of his reside our freedom? What gives us courage to In September, Austen will become the
KATHI WOLFE, a regular contributor to the chats or (often scared) soldiers ghting keep living, loving and resisting? As art- only woman other than Queen Elizabeth
Blade, was the winner of the 2014 Stonewall
Chapbook Competition. the Nazis. ists from poets to painters to lmmak- II to be on a United Kingdom 10-pound
Im not surprised that Dunkirk, directed ers we can make art; and as viewers, bank note. In her new book Jane Austen
by Christopher Nolan is a hit at the box of- readers and audience members we can at Home: A Biography, BBC presenter Lucy
Its relaxing to read about World War II, ce. It takes place in May 1940 in the French experience art. Worsley says Austen may have had lesbian
my cousin says, because we know we port city of Dunkirk. The Germans have Art can seem as relevant as nger sex. Worsley says Austen wrote frequently
won it. blocked in more than 200,000 members of bowls and poets dont legislate. Yet, its about sleeping in the same bed with wom-
She has a point, I thought, until the the British army. The British in Operation hard to imagine anything that does more en. People were much less worried about
Trump era began. Now, more than 70 Dynamo, working against the odds, evacu- to trump the taunts of bullies or to nour- lesbian sex in general, she said.
years after the war, our freedom and ate the soldiers (keeping these troops from ish our spirits than art. Some dismiss Austens novels as con-
sense of decency are again under as- being captured by the Germans). Watching Irony is an essential element of art. It fections. Yet, this misses her works laser-
sault. The Trump administration assails Dunkirk, recently with a friend, I felt as if is a truth universally acknowledged that like sharpness. Of all great writers she
LGBTQ rights at every turn: from banning Id been transported from a Virginia cin- if youre queer, irony is embedded in is the most dicult to catch in the act of
transgender people from serving in the ema into the middle of a gritty, horrifying your DNA. Irony has sustained the LGBTQ greatness, Virginia Woolf said of Austen.
military to appointing anti-LGBTQ Kansas struggle. Dunkirk doesnt romanticize the community through suppression, repres- Do you want to keep your ironic chops
Gov. Sam Brownback ambassador-at- war. Theres no cliched Hollywood heroism. sion, bullying, discrimination, Joe McCar- in ghting shape in the Trump era? Read
large for international religious freedom. Just terried troops serving their country as thys witch hunt and the AIDS epidemic. Jane Austen.


D.C. becoming more of a nightlife bar town: report

Licensing grows nightclubs since 2008 increasing from entertainment did not succeed. portionate new licensing for bars.
slightly more than 800 venues to nearly Restaurants, for example, can oer a The number of gay-centric nightlife
despite rules allowing for 1,300 in 2016. full menu of amenities such as music, DJs, venues, however, continues to shrink and
multi-activity restaurants In the most recent report, As D.C. dancing, entertainment, and have cover is currently at the lowest level of the past
Nightlife Grows, Its Becoming More of a charges provided that they meet certain four decades.
Bar Town, senior fellow Kate Rabinowitz food sales requirements and gain approv- The past eight years havent been all
details the dominance of bar licenses as a al for an entertainment endorsement. growth for D.C. nightlife. Longtime estab-
share of the huge increase in new liquor Multi-activity restaurants are increasingly lishments that served predominantly LG-
licenses issued. The citys population grew commonplace and extremely popular. Big BTQ residents have shuttered, and new
by over 100,000 during the same period. battles are still fought over those permits establishments have not lled the gap,
Liquor licenses for bars increased 77 and nightclubs are reexive targets for the Rabinowitz reports.
percent, and restaurants grew 37 percent persisting gaggles of objectors. The reports also conrm the lingering
but the number of nightclubs actually Of note, the D.C. Policy Center report economic harm of liquor license mora-
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur fell by 8 percent. This brought the overall reveals that the explosion in new venue toriums in the city even following loos-
and community business advocate. Follow proportion of D.C. nightlife to 25 percent liquor licenses expanded the footprint of ened restrictions or eventual elimination.
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at bars, 71 percent restaurants, and 4 per- the Districts nightlife. Restaurant-class Once the damage is done there is little
cent nightclubs, reports Rabinowitz. licenses in older neighborhoods play a evidence of an areas ability to recover
In D.C., the local establishment where The regulatory distinction between bigger nightlife role, but bar licenses are from these prohibitions on nightlife busi-
you nd yourself enjoying a meal with restaurant and bar licenses, however, is characteristic of newer and emerging de- ness expansion.
friends may, in fact, be licensed as a bar. partly overblown. As a result of industry velopment areas. Rabinowitz characteriz- Former longstanding moratoriums in
Likewise, your favorite drinking and so- advocacy and public support for licensing es these as the citys new nightlife hubs. Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Georgetown
cializing spot, where you might also occa- reforms over the past 15 years, the eorts An examination of the growth in D.C. and Glover Park have held down growth in
sionally nd yourself dancing, may actu- of long-notorious and now less-powerful nightlife venues indicates population- those neighborhoods, the Center reports.
ally be licensed as a restaurant. small anti-nightlife citizens groups to growth areas, especially those favored by However, while moratorium lifts in these
Despite the modern-era reduction in push for a licensing system that strictly newer and younger residents, are where neighborhoods may bring a modest in-
license-class distinctions, a report re- denes venue types and restricts allow- nightlife and bar licensing in particular crease in restaurants or bars, it is unlikely
leased by the D.C. Policy Center last week able activities have largely failed. is growing. to move these neighborhoods back to the
revealed that D.C. is becoming more of Attempts to restrict restaurants as Neighborhoods now predominantly fa- nightlife dominance they once had.
a bar town. This followed the Centers places to sit and dine, bars as separate vored by LGBT residents for living and as Both D.C. Policy Center reports on Dis-
report a month earlier detailing a more spaces for drinking, and nightclubs for entertainment destinations have all seen trict nightlife are available online: As D.C.
than 50 percent growth in the number what some seem to view as post-sun- dramatic growth in both the number of Nightlife Grows, Its Becoming More of a Bar
of alcohol-licensed bars, restaurants and down halls of hedonism for dancing and nightlife establishments as well as dispro- Town and Mapping D.C.s Nightlife Boom.
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Well-Strung and far-ung
Sunday, Aug. 6
6 and 9 p.m.
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.


Well-Strung, an all-gay singing-string MARCHANT: Britney Spears tweeted a

quartet, has a musical library that might clip of us playing Toxic in the hotel lobby
raise some eyebrows. of Planet Hollywood where she was doing
Chris Marchant, Daniel Shevlin, her Las Vegas residency. And then the
Edmund Bagnell and Trevor Wadleigh are Charlie Daniels Band posted our cover of
known for mixing Lady Gaga and Rihanna Devil Went Down to Georgia.
hits with the likes of Bach and Vivaldi. Its
a combination not often found in a music BLADE: Are your fans mostly gay,
performance but Well-Strung wants to straight or a mix?
introduce classical music to the masses MARCHANT: Its a good mix. It started
through a more familiar genre pop. out as more heavily gay because we
Not only are they known for their cross- got our start in Provincetown which is a
Well-Strung is, from left, CHRIS MARCHANT (second violin), DANIEL SHEVLIN (cello), EDMUND
genre performances but their youthful BAGNELL (rst violin) and TREVOR WADLEIGH (viola). mostly gay community. From there, the
presence and good looks have also been people who saw us there would bring us
a big crowd draw. to their hometowns for concerts. So thats
The foursome are bandmates and how we started touring. It did start as a
roommates; they all live together in New people who would be interested. Thats one of our goals in a concert is to stronger gay demographic and I think
York City, which makes for easy practice show people that theres room on both that is still very present and were grateful
sessions. When not practicing at home, BLADE: Is Well-Strung everyones sides of the aisle. Theres room for people for that. But we nd our demographic just
they are on tour sometimes in a dierent only job or do you have side projects? to like both. We can show someone that gets wider the more we tour. We tend to
city every day of the week. The hard work MARCHANT: Its our only job. We kind classical music isnt this lost, old art but it have the most engaged audiences when
has paid o as they have performed of transitioned into that at dierent times. can still be relevant today. But, also I think were with suburban families. Thats when
for big names such as Barack Obama A couple of the guys used to cater or teach its really cool when sometimes we play we nd the most successful concerts.
and Hillary Clinton and were invited to music or take freelance gigs. I used to bartend. student concerts or do student workshops
perform at the Vatican. Theyve also But nobody really has time anymore. and they realize that, Oh my gosh, I dont BLADE: Youre known for your music
shared stages with Kristin Chenoweth, have to play this one variety of music to but youre known for your looks as well.
Neil Patrick Harris and Audra McDonald. BLADE: What do you think classical play the violin. It can be whatever you Is it weird being seen as a sex symbol?
The Washington Blade was able to speak styles bring to pop songs? want it to be. Thats also really cool to me. MARCHANT: It is weird. We have always
with second violinist and group co-founder MARCHANT: One of my favorite things said music comes before anything or any
Marchant as they prep for their Rehoboth that we do is explore the crossover BLADE: Do you nd yourself frowned of us looking the way we want to look.
Beach, Del., show this weekend. Marchant between pop and classical music. upon in the classical music community We always put the music as a priority and
revealed why he thinks classical and pop Classical music is kind of intimidating for for doing pop covers? everything else comes second to that. But
music are the perfect match, why Britney the average music listener because the MARCHANT: If thats the case, Im it is very important, for me anyway, to be
Spears tweeted their performance and the library is just so wide. Theres just so much unaware of it. I would say some non- consistent while were on the road. I always
pressures of being a sex symbol. material. So it can be a little bit daunting fans have written in response to some try to get up and nd a gym before sound
to try and get into it. So what we try to of the stu weve done and say that check so I can focus my day a little bit. When
WASHINGTON BLADE: Why did you do is highlight some of the crossovers in were destroying the classical piece with were in dierent cities all the time, it can be
rst start playing music? our covers between classical pieces and something that was written today. But draining in a certain way. Having a routine
CHRIS MARCHANT: My mom made the pop songs. Its always amazing to me that just seems close-minded. It doesnt at the gym is really good for my sanity.
me. I was playing T-ball at the time and I when a chord progression used in a Bach have to be either/or. It should be both as
was really bad at it so I wanted to quit. She partita lines up with something that is a often as it makes sense too. BLADE: What can people expect from
said I could do that if I played a musical mega hit by Taylor Swift today. People your show in Rehoboth?
instrument for awhile. So I said OK and I dont realize that the underlying bed of BLADE: Whats your favorite song to MARCHANT: Were so excited for
picked violin. music can be quite similar at times. Thats cover? Rehoboth. That community has been
not always the case. But its surprising how MARCHANT: My favorite song that so supportive to us from the beginning.
BLADE: How did you get involved often that is true. Also, I think the dierent we do is Radioheads Creep. Our violist There are really sweet people down there.
with Well-Strung? textures that classical music creates is a arranged that one with Ave Maria and We have a lot of new music that Rehoboth
MARCHANT: I co-created the group little more dierent and intricate than pop (a prelude from) The Well-Tempered hasnt heard yet so were excited to debut
with our manager Mark (Cortale). In 2010 music today. But we try to show what the Clavier. So, its actually like Bach wrote that there and hopefully see a bunch of
I was up in Provincetown and Cape Cod past has oered musically and that is not The Well-Tempered Clavier then a our old friends. Its denitely going to be
doing another show because I used to do irrelevant by any means. hundred years later Gounod wrote Ave a fun show. Theyve always been a very
musical theater prior to this. I would play Maria over top of that and then we took supportive community. A lot of energy
my violin on the street just to make extra BLADE: Has anyone told you that both and we put Radiohead over it. So its from the audience. Some audiences I
money in the summer time. Mark was a after listening to your performance like multi-century. think they feel like, Oh, were seeing a
producer in town at a theater and he saw you got them more into classical string quartet so we should be quiet and
me playing. So we started collaborating music? BLADE: Any musicians that have respectful of the classical music. But we
on what making a show together might MARCHANT: Absolutely. Thats one of reached out to you about songs youve would rather people be loud and engaged
look like. And we started looking for other my favorite things to hear after a concert. covered from them? just having a good time.

2 4 A UGUS T 0 4 , 2017 Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R MA RI A N N E KI RBY

How long have you been out and who Fat?:Adventures In Self-Presentation With A
was the hardest person to tell? Loud Fat Femme
Ive been selectively out since the late
90s. There are still people I havent told, If science discovered a way to change
but I think the hardest person to admit sexual orientation, what would you do?
my queerness to was actually myself. Not Oh, Id side eye the hell out of that. Sexual
because I was unhappy to be queer but orientation isnt an illness to be cured. Im a
because I didnt feel queer enough. Owning writer. Id denitely write about it.
my own identity was a lot more dicult
than sharing it with anyone else. What do you believe in beyond the
physical world?
Whos your LGBT hero? I believe in wonder and awe. Not
Most of my heroes are really just my necessarily in any particularly religious way;
friends, living their lives and doing their I identify as agnostic. But I think there is
work in their communities. I recognize how so much in the world, there are so many
important a lot of big name people are marvels, that I cant help but feel some of
but my inspiration comes from the people that on a spiritual level. I believe in people,
around me. in our capacity to love and help each other
just as much as we can be terrible.
Whats Washingtons best nightspot,
past or present? Whats your advice for LGBT movement
Im a sucker for the old 9:30 club. I saw my leaders?
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY rst concert there. If LGBT movement leaders cannot respect
and address the needs of the entire LGBT
Describe your dream wedding. community then we are not the community
By JOEY DiGULIELMO I had my dream wedding I eloped we need to be. That means prioritizing and we got to text people and ask what the needs of queer people over the good
theyd been up to that day as our way of feelings of corporations and organizations
In Dust Bath Revival, a 2016 book in the speculative ction genre, Hank, a announcing things. That was a fun day. like the cops. Mainstream acceptance
16-year-old girl, has to survive the Dust Bowl after her family gets involved in a Ive always been skeptical of weddings in isnt worth compromising the people
government conspiracy. Its the debut novel from writer/editor Marianne Kirby general and marriage as an institution. with whom we are supposed to be in
who helped organize this years OutWrite LGBT Book Festival at the DC Center. community.
I feel like being queer cant help but inuence my writing, says Kirby, a What non-LGBT issue are you most
39-year-old Orlando native. It shapes my whole perspective. That means my passionate about? What would you walk across hot coals
characters are usually queer identied and the worlds that I build are not Intersectionality as a whole. Peoples for?
necessarily ones where heterosexuality is the presumed default. identities are complex and when we The last tube of MACs Ruby Woo lipstick
OutWrite 2017: a Celebration of LGBT Literature runs Aug. 4-6 at the DC acknowledge that, our anti-oppression for sure.
Center (2000 14th St., N,W., no. 105) and includes dozens of events such as a movements across all issues can only be
smut slam cabaret, yoga, discussion panels, writers studios and more. Full stronger. What LGBT stereotype annoys you
details at or search OutWrite on Facebook. most?
Although married to a cis man, Kirby says her queer identity is strong What historical outcome would you That queer women in a relationship with a
and says shes attracted to people regardless of their gender identication. change? man are suddenly somehow straight. (And,
Kirby is an editor by day. She has also written a 2009 non-ction book called No singular event, but I think as I mean, the same is true in reverse.) That
Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere. queerness has been more accepted in the disappears us from general culture and
Kirby came to Washington a year and a half ago for a job opportunity after mainstream, weve lost some of our sense from queer community. Queerness doesnt
many years in Orlando. She immediately looked for ways to be involved in the of community, especially with a historical magically cease to exist like that, sorry, not
local literary scene and discovered OutWrite, which she helped organize this perspective. I know we all want to look sorry.
year. Find her online at forward, but there are so many important
Kirby and husband Ed live in Alexandria, Va. Kirby enjoys literary gatherings, events in the past that have dened the Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
volunteering at sci cons, sewing, quilting, silversmithing and more in her struggle of queer community and they are Paris Is Burning
free time. being forgotten.
Whats the most overrated social
Whats been the most memorable pop custom?
culture moment of your lifetime? Traditional dating.
The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster,
I think. I was obsessed with space as a What trophy or prize do you most covet?
kid and watching the shuttle launch on I just really want a Nebula award. Is there a
live TV. It was a serious lesson in risk and specic writer who doesnt, though?
sacrice and how sometimes the hope for
something wonderful goes terribly wrong. What do you wish youd known at 18?
Just how rewarding it has been to care less
On what do you insist? and less about what the general other
Respect people of the world think of me. Whew, its
so exhausting to be so wrapped up in how
What was your last Facebook post or other people see you. Freeing that energy
Tweet? up to actually live is transformative.
My last tweet was about OutWrite! My
last Facebook post was probably about Why Washington?
puppies. I mean, puppies are really great. Its vibrant and challenging and its hard to
nd a place here sometimes but there is
If your life were a book, what would the so much happening under the surface. Its
202.747.2077 title be?
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the trans experience its best left to the individual. Obviously,

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since she was 3 years old.She lives in Wisconsin usage is incorrect, unless youre talking
with two dogs and 12,000 books. Reach her at safety for the trans individual.
Questions. Youve got a zillion of them
How does that work? and, especially if youre transitioning or
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arose, you simply took things apart, but family. Youre in the Wrong Bathroom!
that didnt always work so well. In Youre can answer 20 of them.
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time for a dierent way of seeing things. Laura A. Jacobs take the most common
One million people. lore about the T in LGBT and gently
Thats approximately how many correct any wrong beliefs that may be
transgender individuals live in the U.S. lurking in readers minds. Thats a good
Chances are, say the authors, youve start, but there were times when the
met one (or more) of them, and you authors seemed too nice; more adamant
didnt even realize it. So why do many language could have been appropriate.
people think they dont know anyone Even so, theres a good sense of mind-
whos transgender? easing in most cases here, followed by a
The answer goes back to a 1960s-era carefully measured tone. At some point, then,
estimate that didnt take race or and no pun intended, this book transitions
economics into account, and that may still more toward gender-nonconforming
lead to myths and wrong assumptions. readers and less for cisgender folks, allowing
Misunderstandings happen because of the latter even better insight.
that old study, lines blur and, Its crucial to Theres a lot of education as well as
ask ourselves why it bothers us so much. food for thought inside this book, for
Its a myth to believe that any single those whove transitioned as well as those
thing can dene a trans person, say the who are pondering it and for their loved
authors. Each individual decides on who ones. If you need something to help set
they are or will be, what theyll be called, the naysayers right, Youre in the Wrong
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Sorbet in a bed of edible owers at Masseria.

Masseria, A. Litteri bring well-stocked selection of wines. myrtle berries and pistachios, to pecorino stued with cheese fonduta and dusted
In fact, the wine selection is so good pepato, a Sicilian aged sheeps milk cheese. with powdered mushroom or duck wings
authentic Italian cuisine to that earlier this year the store was If the items displayed in the deli case are with a citrus and chili marmalade. If you
Northeast Washington named the best wine store in the world unfamiliar, then youll nd knowledgeable prefer table service, the rustic-chic vibe
outside of Italy by the Consorzio del Vino employees ready to expand your culinary of the dining room anchored by an open
Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany, an horizons, one slice at a time. kitchen provides enough intimacy for a
By KRISTEN HARTKE honor that is directly due to the eorts Representing the newest iteration of quiet tte--tte with a friend, as well as
of Ken Nankervis, who started revamping the Italian-American inuence in this ample vibrancy for a celebratory birthday
Within a block of each other in the A. Litteris wine oerings ve years ago. northeast D.C. neighborhood is Masseria dinner with a group.
shadow of the old Florida Avenue Market Youll nd a hefty selection from regions (1340 4th St., N.E.). In the Puglia region Let your server be your guide, steering
now known as Union Market youll across Italy, including grapes that may be in the heel of the boot of southern Italy you toward the kitchens seasonal
nd a tale of two Italian-American food unfamiliar to many Americans, such as a masseria refers to a country estate oerings and traditional techniques, from
purveyors that give us a glimpse into the a red Ligurian barbarossa or falanghina, housing a working farm that produces foie gras with fresh blueberry to burnt
Washington food scene, past and present. a white varietal from Campania. Stop olive oil, wine or other agricultural goods, wheat orecchiette in which the pasta
In a city that was derided for decades by on Saturday and youll usually nd a and its a term that has meaning to chef- our is lightly scorched before being made
for having no culinary soul, yet is now wine tasting in progress, often matched owner NIck Stefanelli, nding inspiration into pasta served simply, but elegantly,
considered at the top of the food chain, with meat or cheese from the deli in the land of his ancestors as well as in with fresh cherry tomatoes, lightly bitter
Washington has housed a bustling food counter; while youre there, Nankervis the D.C. suburbs where he grew up. rapini and shavings of pecorino. Pastry
industry since its founding, now inspiring can steer you toward whichever wine will Awarded with a coveted Michelin star in chef Jemil Gadea, who was just awarded
a new generation of chefs. Its no surprise best complement your weekend meals, 2016, just a year after opening its doors, Pastry Chef of the Year by the Restaurant
that two examples of this evolution can based on both your price point and the Masseria, like A. Litteri, also boasts an Association of Metropolitan Washington,
be found in such close proximity. ingredients in your shopping basket. understated exterior; it would be easy to oers stylish and inventive dolci, which
The rst is A. Litteri (517-519 Morse St., Head to the back corner of the store miss it, but once you enter the courtyard, might include a rich baked chocolate
N.E.), an Italian market that got its start and youll nd its renowned deli counter. youll nd yourself transported to a world mousse accompanied by dulce de leche
near D.C.s Chinatown in 1926 before New York Times journalist David Brooks that feels slightly removed from reality. or a fresh sorbet nestled in a bed of
moving to its present location in 1932. For recently raised hackles among readers by The sounds of the city fade away as you edible owers.
many longtime D.C. residents, including recounting a tale of what he termed as his sip a cocktail at the expansive marble- Whether its old school or a new
transplants from other cities where insensitivity in taking a friend with only a topped, indoor-outdoor bar its actually tradition, the Italian story is still alive and
such emporiums are woven into the high school degree to lunch at a gourmet so wide that it precludes having a cozy well in Northeast D.C., oering hospitality
fabric of the community, it represents a sandwich shop featuring such items as chat with the bartender, but Masseria is, and culinary delights, for all occasions
connection with Old World food traditions soppressata and capicollo, deli meats that perhaps, focused on guests chatting with and budgets. As wise Italians will often
without any fuss. Tucked into one of the apparently were unfamiliar to her. each other, in the best tradition of ne say: Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per
unassuming old warehouses adjacent However, many people without college dining establishments. mangiare eat to live, dont live to eat.
to Union Markets parking lot, A. Litteri degrees are actually quite familiar with Sitting at the bar is an excellent way to
sports oor-to-ceiling shelves crammed Italian cold cuts and cheeses and youll spend an evening, sipping on cocktails
with Italian pastas in all shapes and sizes, nd plenty in evidence at A. Litteri, from made with beet-infused Campari or
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
jars of olives, peppers and anchovies, mortadella, a pork-based sausage often accented with apricot and hibiscus sorbet and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
every kind of olive oil and a particularly studded with whole black peppercorns, while lling up on freshly fried bombolini adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.

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KYLE MOONEY, left, and DAVE McCARY on the set of Brigsby Bear.

Mooney/McCary mayhem

Straight SNL duo unusually in various capacities.
comfortable with gay themes One of the hallmarks of their comedy
has been their comfort dealing with gay
characters. As their delightful sketch Is My
By BRIAN T. CARNEY Roommate Gay? illustrates, the humor
rises from an understanding of human
So whats it like kissing James Franco? foibles rather than relying on stereotypes.
Pretty awesome, according to Kyle While both McCary and Mooney identify
Mooney, who did so on a recent Saturday as straight, Mooney says their ease in

& Ride
Night Live skit. dealing with gay characters comes with
The fun thing about that was he wanted an acceptance of their own identities.
to save the kiss for the live moment, Were comfortable with who we are,
Mooney says. Every rehearsal we would he says.
get as close as possible and he would say, We are both very accepting people,
Nope, we have to wait. So I hope that you McCary says. We dont think that sexual
get to see the passion on screen; we were orientation is something to be made
both living the experience in the moment. fun of, but embraced. With comedy, you
Dave McCary, who directed both the never want to call anything o limits.
movie and the sketch, conrms. Its a territory that some comedians are
Mooney and McCary have worked less comfortable going after because
together for years. Their latest project, of the risk of making people think that
the endearing Brigsby Bear, opens today theyre not as accepting. Well always be
(Friday, Aug. 4) at the Angelika Mosaic in interested in telling stories that embrace
ALL-DAY ADMISSION TO SIX FLAGS Virginia and the Landmark Theatre E Street peoples dierences.
Cinema in Washington. The movie is about While Brigsby Bear does not include
AND EXCLUSIVE PRIDE PARTY a sheltered young man named James any explicitly gay characters, McCary says
whose world is suddenly turned upside accepting others is an important theme
down. His only connection to his old life are of the movie. James, the main character,
the VHS tapes of a low-budget childrens is very dierent, he says. The movie is
RIDE ALL DAY, PARTY ALL NIGHT show that was made just for him. With about embracing an outsider.
his new friends, James decides to make a Brigsby Bear premiered with
RAIN OR SHINE! movie about Brigsbys new adventures. signicant acclaim in January at the
The two men have been best friends 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The rst-
PRIVATE POOL PARTY 8:00 PM - MIDNIGHT since fourth grade. There was initially time feature lmmakers approached the
HAPPY HOUR AND DRAG SHOW some tension in the relationship, but as Festival with some trepidation.
Mooney says, that quickly resolved itself. The process was intimidating, Mooney
DJs AND LATE NIGHT FUN We were rival clowns in the fth says. There wasnt much time between the
grade, Mooney says. Then at some shooting of the lm and the submission
SHUTTLES FROM DC AVAILABLE point in middle school, he sacriced the to Sundance. We wrapped in late August
(To/From ) spotlight to me and decided he wanted to and it was due in November. Watching
be behind the camera. the movies on the massive Eccles Theatre,
SHUTTLES FROM BALTIMORE Co-screenwriter Kevin Costello which seats 1,500 people, was surreal. We
briey joined their little band when he sat next to each other and were scared
AVAILABLE {To/From GLCCB) transferred to their school in seventh and nervous and experiencing the same
grade. The military brat was soon sent things that James goes through in the

to yet another school, but when Mooney movie when his lm premieres.

pitched him the script in 2013, Costello Before they return to SNL in the fall,
$54 @ GATE leapt at the chance to work with his Mooney and McCary are crisscrossing
$20 SEASON PASS HOLDERS childhood friends again. the country promoting their new lm.
In the meantime, McCary and Mooney Mooney is both exhausted and energized.
A PORTION OF TICKET SALES BENEFITS: formed the Internet comedy sketch Right now, its like, Lets make sure
CAPITAL PRIDE ALLIANCE troupe Good Neighbors with Beck some people see the movie. because if
NOVA PRIDE Bennett and Nick Rutherford, both of people go see the movie then we would
BALTIMORE PRIDE whom appear in Brigsby Bear. Their viral likely get the opportunity to do this
success brought them to the attention of again. This is something I would like
the producers of Saturday Night Live to do forever. I would love to have the
PRIDESPLASH.ORG and all four men now work on the show opportunity to tell more stories.

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Remounted King is
no run-of-the-mill
the King with new catch phrase etcetera,
etcetera, etcetera, and he impresses her.
He shows her a ruler willing to improve.

touring musical Mutual respect and a near-romance
develop that manifests with Shall
By PATRICK FOLLIARD We Dance? a rousing waltz that here

As curtains part and the prow of an

enormous wooden ship glides to the edge
of the Kennedy Centers Opera House
registers more playful than passionate.
Closely orbiting the despotic ruler
are his number one wife Lady Thiang,
played by Joan Almedilla who proves her

stage, its immediately evident that this isnt husbands greatest champion with the
the average national tour. Director Bartlett beautifully sung Something Wonderful,
Sher has ensured that Lincoln Centers 2015 the aloof but thoughtful Crown Prince
Tony Award-winning revival of The King Chulalongkorn (Anthony Chan); and
and I lives on as an exciting road show. Kralahome (Brian Rivera), the Kings big
The ships cargo in the person of luminous bare-chested loyal advisor, and the other
Laura Michelle Kelly as British schoolteacher wives and children.
Anna Leonowens further conrms Shers Also on hand is the Kings concubine
intentions. Kelly and the other talented
principals all great singers lend an
Tumptim (Manna Nichols), a gift from
the King of Burma. Tumptim is the
operatic intensity to composer Richard dangerously in love with the Lun Tha (Kavin Washington DCs Premiere Jazz Supper Club
Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammersteins Panmeechao), the envoy who delivered
magical score. Intelligently and beautifully her from Burma. Its a potentially steamy
realized sets by Michael Yeargan and subplot that in this case doesnt give
Catherine Zubers sumptuous costumes up much heat. But it does instigate a climatic
the quality quotient. disagreement between Anna and the King.
Kellys Anna is plucky rather than prim, There are some politics in
resolute yet compassionate and willing to Hammersteins book. European powers
stand up to the King on issues of integrity are encroaching on the East. Cambodia
and fairness. And the King of Siam played has fallen to the French. Word has gotten
by out actor Jose Llana makes for the to Queen Victoria that the King of Siam is
perfect counterpart playing the monarch a barbarian. To counteract that claim, the
as hammy, sarcastic and impossibly King with Annas help seek to impress a
arrogant, but also compellingly relays visiting party of British diplomats:
the complicated inner life of a monarch That means insisting the wives must
facing change. trade their sumptuous sleek silks for
The time is 1862. Anna and her young more European voluminous skirts.
son Louis (Graham Montgomery) have Dismayed by their unwieldy new getups,
come to Siam where she will instruct the court ladies take a nice jab at the
the Kings children in English, some West with Western People Funny. The
science and aspects of Western culture. British guests are presented a stunningly

A daughter of the British Empire who has executed Balinese ballet based on Uncle
lived in the East since she was 15, Anna Toms Cabin which includes Jerome
isnt scared of new experience; still, the Robbins original choreography from the
1951 Broadway smash hit production
Kings violent secret police and half-naked
emissary leave her a tad unnerved. But that famously starred Yul Brynner and
Carrie Big Boo Black from Orange is the New Black
she doesnt show it. Instead she breaks Gertrude Lawrence. Friday, August 11 thru Sunday, August 13
into I Whistle a Happy Tune, the rst of Ultimately the star of The King and I is the
many familiar songs. score. And here its served incredibly well.
Custom dictates that the Kings subjects
(including his wives and many children)
lie prostrate before him. Though Anna
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DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Free Othello production runs Aug. 15-27
Director Ron Daniels production of Othello is running at Sidney Harman Hall
CAROLYN WONDERLAND (610 F St., N.W.) Aug. 15-27.
The production is free as a part of the Shakespeare Theatre Companys Free
For All initiative, which has oered free performances of Shakespearean classics
JUAN DE MARCOS & since 1991.
THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS Othello tells the story of a recently promoted general who is manipulated by
his right-hand man and is driven to murder.
For more information, visit
AND ROBBIE FULKS ShowTunes & Cocktails
is Aug. 14
THE ROOSEVELTS TheatreWashington will host its
W/ HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL monthly ShowTunes & Cocktails Monday,
THURS, AUG 17 Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Bar & Grill
(1615 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.).
WALTER TROUT The evening will feature selections
FRI, AUG 18 from Glenn Pearson and Wood Van Meter
AN EVENING WITH GET THE LED OUT as well as opportunities for theater ticket
SAT, AUG 19 Admission is pay what you can. For more
THE LONDON SOULS information, visit
Imperial Court fundraiser
WALLY KINGS PRESENTS to be held at Eagle
The Imperial Court of Washington is
taking over the club bar at the D.C. Eagle
THURS, AUG 24 (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) on Friday, Aug.
W/ SPECIAL GUEST MATT GRUNDY LGBT faith panel unites religious leaders The event is an opportunity to get to
know the members of the court and a
FRI & SAT, AUG 25 & 26 2 NIGHTS Victoria Lewis, a student at George Washington University completing her fundraiser for the Court and the Reign
AN EVENING WITH degree in peace and religion studies, will moderate a community forum on LGBT V charities which includes Rainbow
RAMSEY LEWIS QUINTET people and faith Saturday, Aug. 12. Families.
The panel and discussion will take place at Smithsonians Anacostia The Imperial Court is a non-prot
Community Museum (1901 Fort Pl., S.E.) at 11 a.m. organization dedicated to raise funds for
Panelists include the CEO and creator of Our Bible app Crystal Cheatham as LGBT organizations as well as HIV/AIDS
well as Darren W. Phelps (seen above), a local gay pastor. organizations.
Tickets are free. For more information, visit For more information, visit

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The July gathering of Women Crush Wednesday, a new monthly happy hour for LBT women.

Trading spaces
Women Crush Wednesdays to Noel who put her in contact with
a manager and thus Women Crush
is new monthly happy hour Wednesday was born. She describes the
partnership between the two as organic
By RASHANNA LEE and says Trades central location is part Laser Liposuction
of its appeal.
The sudden closing of Phase 1 last year The inaugural event took place in June Pec and Ab Etching
provided an opening some local lesbians with a crowd of around 40 women of all Facial Rejuvenation
are taking advantage of. colors and queer identities who stayed
Women Crush Wednesday, a new for hours. It was well received with a lot
laid-back happy hour for LBT women, of enthusiasm especially for an event Laser Hair Removal
happens monthly at Trade (1410 14th with limited promotion. Botox & Skin Care
St., N.W.) and was born out of what its In keeping with the laid-back vibe
organizer says is mutual need. there is a mix o at every event where Transgender Surgeries
Its not lling a void per se, says attendees submit drink recipes and the Ultherapy
organizer Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter-Poza. two best drinks become the specials for
I think its providing a dierent setting. the night based on popular vote. Last
Jacob Noel, who is on sta at Trade
was talking with Buckwalter-Poza about
months included the Cukes to Watch
Out For which combines cucumber,
a desire to get more women into the bar. ginger beer, vodka and lime.
Buckwalter-Poza, a lesbian, felt there As the event progresses, Buckwalter-
was a need for a casual queer female Poza hopes it remains a space where
space in D.C. queer women can build community and
Buckwalter-Poza nds that most queer make connections. Buckwalter-Poza and
female events post-Phase have been Nikki Keown, the organizer of the lesbian
sporadic, formal or late night. There are happy hour LezLink are working together
events like Ladies Tea and networking on a new quarterly event for queer
or professional events hosted by GLASS women in D.C.
and Q Street. Buckwalter-Poza says what Women Crush Wednesday is monthly,
makes this event dierent is the generally but time and date consistencies will
consistent nature and midweek early develop over time. For more information
evening start time. on the next event, visit the Women Crush
Buckwalter-Poza pitched the idea Wednesday group on Facebook.

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E-mail calendar items to calendars@washblade.

com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim-
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time.

OutWrite LGBT Book Festival begins
this evening at 6 p.m. and continues
through Sunday. The festival includes
readings, book panels and sales. The
keynote speaker is author and editor
Cecilia Tan. The event is free. For more
information, visit the
There is an LGBT social this evening at
Pinzimini Lounge (801 N Glebe Rd., Arlington,
Va.) at 6:30 p.m. The evening is hosted by
Go Gay D.C. which is a free community club
focused on LGBT friendship, leadership and
service. For more information, visit meetup.
The opening ceremony of the Art of
Engagement show is this evening at
6 p.m. at Touchstone Gallery (901 New
York Ave., N.W.). The juried exhibition
presents a view of the current social
and political climate in the United States
and is designed to engage attendees in
conversations about the important issues
of today. The event is free. For more A photo by JOHN J. YOUNG thats part of the new Art of Engagement exhibit at Touchstone Gallery.
information, visit

N.W.) as part of the OutWrite Festival. The Club is hosting a party this afternoon at
There is a performance of Wig Out! event is free and open to the public. The the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) There is a drag bingo fundraiser this
tonight at 8 p.m. at Studio Theatre (1501 featured poems focus around discontent at 4 p.m. BLUF was founded in 1997 evening at Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St.,
14th St., N.W.). The play was written for the status quo of mainstream culture and now has about 3,400 members N.W.) at 6 p.m. The proceeds from the
by Tarell Alvin McCraney of the award- and popular LGBT discourse. Tyler Vile is worldwide and hosts around 100 events night will go to the Rohingya people of
winning movie Moonlight, and provides one of the featured poets and is a trans every year. Leather and fetish dress code Burma who have been persecuted by
an in depth look at African-American drag woman who advocates for the rights of is encouraged but not required. Buddhist extremists and forced into
ball culture using a love story. Proceeds the disabled. For more information, visit modern-day concentration camps. The
from the show will go to support Us the MONDAY, AUG. 7 event is free. For more information, visit
Helping Us, which works to promote La Resistencia, a bilingual poetry
health and minimize the impact of HIV/ reading is this evening at 5 p.m. at the D.C. D.C. Leather Pride is hosting a listening
AIDS within the black gay community. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) as part of the session tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9
Tickets are $60. For more information, OutWrite Festival. The event is free and open Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). The session
visit to the public. The Jose Gutierrez Collection is primarily for women, trans and queer The Lambda Bridge Club meets
There is yoga this morning at 9 a.m. at will be presented during the evening which people and serves as an informative tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center
the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) as is a curated selection of Latinx LGBT, cultural setting for how D.C. Leather Pride can (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge.
part of the OutWrite Festival. The event and political posters. For more information, better serve the entire community. For Newcomers welcome. Call 202-841-0279
is free and open to the public. OutWrite visit the more information, visit for more information.
is a literary festival that celebrates LGBT There is an art show opening this La-Ti-Do presents Tara Trinity and
literature, authors, writers and poets. For evening at 5 p.m. at the Foundry Gallery features country western music tonight THURSDAY, AUG. 10
more information, visit the (2118 8th St., N.W.). Fierce Sonia and at 8 p.m. at 1727 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Beyond Binary, a panel on gender in Ric Garcia use superheros, princesses La-Ti-Do is a group of spoken word There is a performance of the Tony
ction will begin at 4 p.m. this afternoon and damsels in distress to create and cabaret performers both new and Award-winning production of The King
at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) as contemporary pieces that challenge experienced. The group won D.C. Metro and I tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy
part of the OutWrite Festival. The panel traditional ideas of power and heroism. Theater Arts 2015 special award and Center (2700 F St., N.W.). The production
is moderated by writer, editor and book The event is free. For more information, BroadwayWorld.coms Best DC Cabaret is directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett
critic Don Sakers. The event is free. For visit in 2013. Tickets are $15 at the door. For Sher and tells the story of the complicated
more information, visit the Queer Enough, a panel on queer more information, visit latidodc.wixsite. romance between the King of Siam and
There is an evening of circus identity will begin at 3 p.m. this afternoon an English schoolteacher. Tickets range
performances tonight at 8 p.m. at the at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) as TUESDAY, AUG. 8 from $49-159. For more information, visit
Liason Capitol Hill (415 New Jersey Ave., part of the OutWrite Festival. The panel is
N.W.). The event is part of Art Soirees moderated by writer Marlena Chertock. The Devil Wears Prada is being There is a Yappy Hour this evening at
Summer Art Fusion Series and features The event is free. For more information, screened tonight at the Georgetown 5 p.m. at Republic Restoratives (1369 New
intricate costumes and pyrotechnics. visit the Waterfront Park at 7 p.m. This year marks York Ave., N.E.) This event is pet friendly
Tickets start at $10. For more information, the third-annual outdoor series and the and there will be a special $6 cocktail. The
visit SUNDAY, AUG. 6 lineup honors women in lm. Attendees event is hosted by Metro Mutts which
There is a poetry reading this morning are advised to bring a blanket. The oers dog and cat sitting services. For
at 11 a.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., The Breeches and Leather Uniform Fan event is free. For more information, visit more information, visit

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The evolving paint colors in our homes

From 70s oranges penny at auction. and latte, tables in dark wood and accents awaiting your just desserts.
In the 60s, colors ranged from earthy in spa-like shades of blue and green pro- To be on trend, paint your kitchen cabi-
to todays greys, a browns to psychedelic pink to neon liferated in living rooms. My personal fa- nets in Price is White. In fact, nearly all
look at trends green. Metallic wallpaper made its debut vorite wall colors for staging homes were your cabinets should be white. Walls of
and roosters populated kitchens across whispering wheat (gluten-free, of course) Spicey Yellow will bring in the sunshine
the country. The clean lines of Danish fur- and warm caramel. when accented by bushes and house-
By VALERIE M. BLAKE niture sported upholstery in oranges and The current trend is 50 Shades of Gray plants in Kelleyanne Green.
olives and paneled walls were the norm. not the movie or the book, but paint col- Scaramooch, a new color running from
When preparing your house to sell, one My own 1970s apartment was true to ors. Grays appear crisp, clean and sophis- deep blue to nearly purple depending
of the first things your real estate agent its time, with a black and white plaid sofa, ticated, make white trim stand out and how you look at it, will be best suited for
may tell you to do is to de-clutter. That fiery orange drapes and throw pillows, can be accented with nearly every color bathrooms, but use it sparingly. Your
means the collection of ceramic cats gets and chrome and glass everything else. on the decorating wheel; however, this mother will probably not approve and it
packed away, the comfy Barcalounger Colorful abstract art graced the white too shall pass and it will be interesting to wont be popular for long.
and TV tray in the living room get rel- walls throughout. see what comes next. The bedrooms of 2017 will sport the
egated to basement storage and photos Many of us remember when we first Perhaps the children born in 2017 will look emerging blue of Schumer Me and the
of the extended family that line the walls learned how to pronounce the color back to fondly remember the colors that will less-than-subtle green of Reclaiming
come off, leaving only shadowy vestiges mauve in the 1980s. We had one of three be found in the homes of their youth. Thyme, but the winning color of the year
of where they once were. color schemes in our homes: mauve, grey I predict that the favorite neutral hue will be Orange Cheetoh. Its such a great
After de-cluttering, painting your and blue, mauve, burgundy and hunter this year will be Reince Beige, a soft, un- color. In fact, it will get the most votes of
homes interior is usually the least ex- green, or to be different, a southwest assuming background color to be used in any color. Its going to be the best shade
pensive way to make it appear fresh and blend of beige, turquoise and copper. large spaces. Pair it with an upholstered of orange ever available; however, be-
clean. Trends come and go and your The 1990s gave our eyes a rest with a sofa in Ivankahla and an accent wall of cause its brash and often jarring it will
agent can advise you on what colors are focus on whites and beiges before burst- Breitbark. Throw pillows of Cyan Ryan can likely be gone by 2020. Believe me.
popular at the time you sell. ing into florals later in the decade. It was provide a pop of color.
In the 1950s, for example, popular col- then that Hollywood lighting in the bath- Designers will tell you that painting the
ors included black, white, red, pink, yel- room was born those round globes of dining room a shade of red promotes
low and turquoise (usually not all in one incandescent light that still haunt us at hunger. One of 2017s red offerings will VALERIE M. BLAKE is a licensed Associate Bro-
room). Kitchens often were fitted with the Home Depot. be Rich Mitch, a particularly deep red ker in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and Director
metal cabinets and brightly colored or The year 2000 brought us not the end hue that will certainly make you hungry of Education & Mentorship at Real Living| At
Home. Call or text her at 202-246-8602, email
pastel appliances. Today, a matching set of the world as we knew it, but the era of for power. On the purple end of the red her at, or follow
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NGLCC celebrates 15 years of supporting LGBT businesses

National advocacy
reaps returns for
enterprise and community

The historically unparalleled accelerat-

ed advancement in LGBT cultural accep-
tance and civil equality has been success-
ful and strengthened in large part due to
the engagement of the business commu-
nity. No greater ally has served as a more
effective advocate for fair treatment and
evenhanded opportunity.
A disproportionate engagement in CHANCE MITCHELL and JUSTIN NELSON of
commerce by the LGBT community is a
primary contributing hallmark of this ac-
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber
of Commerce is celebrating both that
legacy and the organizations 15th anni- We needed a way to showcase that gram that, according to NGLCC senior voice of the LGBT community, the largest
versary this week in Las Vegas. LGBT people were a vital part of America vice-president Jonathan Lovitz, distin- advocacy organization dedicated to ex-
More than 1,000 entrepreneurs, cor- as business owners and employers, Nel- guished the organization [as] the exclu- panding economic opportunities for LGBT
porate decision-makers, leaders from son emphasizes. LGBT business owners sive national third-party certifying body people, and the exclusive certifying body
52 affiliated local chambers nationwide were, and are, an essential part of the for LGBT-owned businesses. LGBT Busi- for LGBT-owned businesses, NGLCC and its
alongside federal, state, and city gov- engine that makes the U.S. economy run ness Enterprise (LGBTBE) Certification is affiliate local chambers provide direct B2B
ernment officials from across the coun- and therefore deserve an equal place at now in use by more than one-third of For- networking opportunities. Resource shar-
try and representatives from around the the table. tune 500 companies, as well as federal, ing, skills training, corporate collaborations
world are gathering Aug. 1-4 at the 2017 LGBT businesses have always repre- state and local governments. and business policy advocacy make mem-
NGLCC International Business and Lead- sented a uniquely large proportion of the Mitchell added, the positive responses bership a value-added premium proposi-
ership Conference. community, contrasted with other de- received when we began certifying LGBT tion for local LGBT enterprise.
This benchmark is the result of a mographics. An estimated 10 percent of Business Enterprises showed us we were Nelson looks to the future first by look-
shared vision by co-founders Justin Nel- lesbians and gays are among the ranks of on the right track. In the little more than ing back at the successes so far, point-
son, NGLCC president, and Chance Mitch- corporate owners, small and moderate- a decade since, we have certified nearly ing out that NGLCC has spent the last
ell, who serves as CEO. sized business operators, and leadership 1,000 companies. The spikes in certifica- 15 years helping more LGBT Americans
An organization literally launched in commerce. tion and the influence of the LGBT busi- gain access to the American Dream than
around a coffee table is now the voice Business ownership thrives in the LGBT ness community and our business allies ever had it before. And yet, weve barely
for the nations 1.4 million LGBT busi- community because we have all learned to parallel the milestones in LGBT commu- scratched the surface of what we can
ness owners and the $1.7 trillion those be the entrepreneurs of our own lives, ex- nity advancement. That will only be fur- do. As more corporations and govern-
enterprises add to the national economy plains Mitchell regarding this modern gay ther strengthened as more corporations ment agencies intentionally include our
each year. NGLCC enjoys the support and mtier. LGBT business owners prove that intentionally stand with the LGBT com- certified LGBTBEs, more opportunities to
participation of more than 150 corporate being out and being successful does not munity by including our businesses in create jobs and innovate industries will
partners as well as prominent executive have to be mutually exclusive. their daily operations and supply chains. spring up in every state in the country.
leadership in striving to promote pro- Mitchell hastens to add, looking to the More than 150 corporations now seek NGLCC-certified companies are continu-
business and LGBT-inclusive policies. future, the American workforce will be out LGBT suppliers and recent changes ally proving one of our favorite mottos
Back in 2002 we realized that too few younger, more diverse, and more inclu- to the HRC Corporate Equality Index, fully true: If you can buy it, a certified LGBT
government leaders and corporate ex- sive than ever before in the years ahead, implemented last year, now measure Business Enterprise can supply it.
ecutives had considered the economic and with that comes the opportunity to LGBT supplier contracting policies as a Every single day our community is
equality of LGBT people or the impact innovate and collaborate across com- stand-alone scoring criteria. This moti- building equity by opening new local busi-
economics could have on the future of munities in ways that continue to shatter vates more than 500 large enterprises to nesses, and by expanding operations of
the equality movement, notes Nelson. stereotypes and misconceptions. LGBT interface with LGBT businesses in order larger LGBT-owned companies to coun-
So with a few forward-thinking corporate people exist in every community, and as to attain a positive ranking or preserve a tries around the world, Mitchell adds.
partners and a small network of LGBT industries modernize there will always be perfect rating. In addition, several states Nelson confidently predicts, The next
business owners willing to tell their story, LGBT business owners at the forefront now require or promote inclusion of 15 years will be focused entirely on gain-
NGLCC was born. delivering the goods and services this LGBT businesses in contracting. ing more ground for our community to
Co-founder Mitchell describes those country needs to stay competitive in a Four years ago, the organization thrive economically in America and
early days, recalling that word began to globalized economy. launched NGLCC Global, connecting around the globe.
spread about NGLCC very quickly, thanks NGLCC is continuously connecting with LGBT-owned and allied companies, mul- Additional information on NGLCC pro-
to outlets like the Washington Blade and LGBT businesses throughout the country, tinational corporations and international grams and activities, membership op-
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underreported strength and promise and operators in localities large and small. on five continents. chamber affiliates nationwide is available
of the LGBT business community. That In order to better reach them, NGLCC has NGLCC this year released a ground- online at
proved what we, and our NGLCC corpo- initiated regional road shows and digital breaking Americas LGBT Economy Re-
rate partners, always believed: economic interfaces to provide communities new port the first-ever exploration of the
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