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Trans ban brings confusion, lawsuits

Military prepares to implementation of the presidents direction.
Panel members will bring mature experience,
implement Trumps most notably in combat and deployed
discriminatory policy operations, and seasoned judgment to this
task. The panel will assemble and thoroughly
analyze all pertinent data, quantiable and
By CHRIS JOHNSON & KAREN OCAMB non-quantiable. Further information on the
panel will be forthcoming.
Nearly one month after announcing via In the interim, Mattis says, current policy
Twitter he would ban transgender people with respect to currently serving members
from the U.S. military, President Trump will remain in place. I expect to issue interim
made good on his promise in a memo to the guidance to the force concerning the
Pentagon late last week enacting a ban on presidents direction, including any necessary
their service. interim adjustments to procedures, to ensure
The move triggered a urry of lawsuits from LGBT the continued combat readiness of the force
advocacy groups and the situation was confused until our nal policy on this subject is issued.
further when Defense Secretary James Mattis In a memo to the Pentagon and Department
released a statement on Tuesday announcing a of Homeland Security dated Aug. 25, Trump
study of how to implement the policy. asserts the Obama administration failed to
In the statement, Mattis says in consultation identify a sucient basis to end the ban on
with the Department of Homeland Security transgender military service in June 2016 and
and soon arriving senior civilian leadership of directs the U.S. military to put the prohibition PRESIDENT TRUMP last week sent a memo to the Pentagon outlining his
ban on trans service members.
DOD, he is convening a panel of experts to
provide advice and recommendations on the CONTINUES ON PAGE 18 GAGE SKIDMORE; COURTESY OF FLICKR

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HRC official killed in D.C.

Charles Houston Elementary School and
graduated from George Washington High

motor scooter crash School in 1968, the write-up says.

She entered the workforce after attending
a trade school and later began work at
the Communications Department of the
Cassidy Karakorn hailed as champion of LGBT rights American Bar Association.
Wandra loved to travel domestically and
internationally, play the slots at casinos
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. and cook for family, friends and anyone who was in need of a home cooked meal,
the biographical write-up says. She was
Cassidy Karakorn, the Director of Consumer a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins Wandra Woo Woo Spruell died at age
Marketing for the Human Rights Campaign, through their good and bad seasons, it says. 66.
was killed Saturday night, Aug. 26, when the Her larger than life personality attracted PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL STRATTON

motor scooter she was driving on Florida her to people from all walks of life which
Avenue, N.E. crashed into a Volkswagen SUV explain the host of adopted children who
after the driver of the SUV attempted to make she welcomed, consoled and cared for with open arms, the bio says. Her smile and
a U-turn from the wrong lane, according to a distinctive laugh could warm the coldest of hearts.
statement released by D.C. police. It says she rededicated her life to Christ at the House of Praise Church in Northeast
The HRC family is mourning the loss of D.C. and spent her later years as a prominent gure volunteering her time, heart, spirit
our beloved colleague and friend, Cassidy and culinary skills whenever she was needed.
Karakorn, HRC said in its own statement She is survived by her life partner, Carolyn Thompson; her son, Damien Spruell; daughter,
on Tuesday. Kimberly Grin-Muschette; sisters Della Nesbitt and Kathy Grin; brothers Shawn Grin
Over her 17-year career at the Human and Mark Christin; and numerous other loving relatives and friends, the write-up says.
Rights Campaign, Cassidy tirelessly CASSIDY KARAKORN was killed in a A memorial service was held Aug. 25 at House of Praise Church. She was interred at
championed civil rights for the LGBTQ motor scooter accident. Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, Md.
Director of Consumer Marketing, Cassidys
eye for fashion and art made a transformative
impact on HRC and helped us reach more people than ever before.
The police statement says the crash that took Karakorns life took place at about 11:17
p.m. on Aug. 26 when her Piaggio scooter was heading eastbound on the 1100 block of
Florida Avenue, N.E. It says the driver of a Volkswagen Touareg SUV was also traveling
eastbound in the same location in the far right lane. D.C. cops accused of joking
The driver of the Touareg attempted to make a U-turn from the far right lane to go
westbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast, the statement says. As the Touareg crossed
about gay burglary victim
the left lane of travel, the scooter struck the drivers side rear of the Touareg, it says.
Directly following the crash, the driver of the Touareg stopped his vehicle and, D.C. police are investigating an Aug. 8 incident in which two ocers who were
along with other witnesses, attempted to assist the operator of the scooter, the police investigating the burglary of a house in Southeast Washington were captured
statement says. D.C. Fire and EMS arrived on the scene and transported the operator on video from home security cameras joking that the resident might be gay
of the scooter to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. because of name brand clothing found at the scene.
The statement identied the scooter operator as Karakorn, 39, of Northeast D.C. NBC4 News reported that the owner of the burglarized home, Clarence Williams,
The case is currently under investigation by the Major Crash Investigation Unit, the police showed the TV news station his video security footage. The video footage, which
statement says. Anyone with information regarding this case should call 202-727-9099. included an audio recording, shows one of two ocers who entered his house while
The HRC statement says Karakorn earlier this year worked with artist Meghan Geckler he was out of town saying, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana hes probably gay.
to bring to life an eight-story public art installation remembering the 49 lives taken in According to NBC4 News, a few minutes after the ocer made reference to
the Pulse Nightclub shooting and other victims of hate violence. Williams possible sexual orientation another ocer started dancing, which Williams
The statement adds: Cassidy was a vibrant and energetic force for change in the world. considered disrespectful in light of the home break-in that had just occurred.
Her talents were boundless. Her creative genius and passion were unmatched. She was A police spokesperson said Williams led a complaint against the ocers after
fun, caring and her positivity was contagious. We loved her and loved working with her. he returned home, discovered his house had been ransacked, and viewed the
A biography of Karakorn on the website Asia After Dark says she was also well known video recordings.
and admired in her role as a DJ spinning an eclectic mix of international indie and We are aware of the complaint that was led against two Seventh District ocers for
electro dance selections. It says she has DJed in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, their actions on the scene of a residential burglary in the 400 block of Woodcrest Drive,
supporting artists including Ladytron, The Faint, Cut Copy, and the Presets prompting Southeast earlier this month, police spokesperson Aquita Brown said in a statement.
the D.C. entertainment industry to take notice of her. The ocers were placed on non-contact status for misconduct following the
initial complaint, however, our internal investigation remains ongoing at this
time, the statement says.
Womens events organizer Spruell dies at 66 Their behavior is not representative of the inclusive environment we work
tirelessly to uphold on a daily basis for residents and visitors of D.C., Browns
Wandra Woo Woo Spruell, a legal secretary at the American Bar Association in statement continues. We remain committed to providing positive interactions
Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years and an organizer of womens events associated with all and hold the trust of the community in high regards.
with D.C.s Black Pride celebration, died Aug. 15 from complications associated with a Williams told NBC4 News the Aug. 8 burglary was the second time someone
heart attack, according to her friend and colleague Michael Stratton. She was 66. had robbed his home in less than a month.
Stratton said Spruell played an active role in D.C.s black LGBT community in past The surveillance video played on the air by NBC4 shows an unidentied male
years, focusing on social events for women during the early years of Black Pride. suspect breaking open the rear door of Williams house by throwing a rock
A biographical write-up distributed at a memorial service for Spruell on Aug. 25 says she and though a glass section of the door.
her friend and business partner Willette Grin founded and operated the WW Connection, an Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked the entire house, a police report of the
events organization that hosted womens parties and other events for more than a decade. The burglary says. Williams told the TV news station a computer, clothes and shoes
write-up says the events were held along the East Coast from New York through the Carolinas. were taken from the house.
Stratton said Spruell also worked as a bartender at the Bachelors Mill bar during the 1980s Williams didnt respond to a request by the Washington Blade for comment.
when it was located in its original building on Capitol Hill thats now the home of the Banana Caf. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Delaware school district forms committee to address bullying

Rehoboth-area activists Rather than further investigate claims
from concerned and scared students, you
seek to address LGBT seem to invalidate them, Sommereld
students concerns wrote. But if there wasnt a problem at
Cape, then we wouldnt be hearing this
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. much outcry, would we? Be careful because your good intentions in your letter paint
you the same color as the bullies.
In a development that surprised some Colangelo responded to Summerelds
LGBT activists, the superintendent of the and a half dozen or more other posted
Cape Henlopen School District in the city comments objecting to his letter by saying
of Lewes, Del, which is next to Rehoboth he doesnt dispute the fact that bullying at
Beach, approved the creation of the Cape the school is taking place. Instead, he said
Henlopen LGBTQ Outreach Committee. he disputes claims that school ocials
Superintendent Robert Fulton told the are not being responsive, saying he has
Washington Blade the committee was observed they have been responsive.
The new LGBTQ Outreach Committee was formed following media reports of inadequate
formed following media reports of concerns response to bullying at Cape Henlopen High School. Seeley of CAMP Rehoboth questioned
expressed by students at Cape Henlopen WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY LOU CHIBBARO JR. the decision by Colangelo to publicly criticize
High School, also located in Lewes, that LGBT students personal testimony of
school ocials were not adequately inaction by school ocials. Seeley said that
addressing longstanding concerns of anti- the committee also came at a time led a bullying report with the administration Colangelo, in his role as a mentor to the
LGBT bullying at the school. when many LGBT students and parents as part of a procedure set up by school ocials schools Gay-Straight Alliance club, may be
Reports of the bullying and complaints expressed deep concern over what they to respond to bullying incidents. interacting this fall with some of the same
by LGBT students that school ocials believe was the forced resignation of Nothing happened, Ross told the students he accused of not substantiating
were ignoring their appeals for help Cape Henlopen High Schools popular meeting. Boys on the sports teams were their claims about the schools response to
surfaced at a June 19 community forum theater teacher Martha Pfeier allegedly doing the bullying. She was so upset she bullying reports.
in Rehoboth Beach held at the LGBT because of her outspoken support for stopped going to class. Colangelo was among those invited to
community center CAMP Rehoboth. LGBT students. Several of the LGBT students and LGBT be a member of the school districts LGBTQ
About 25 of the more than 75 people School ocials have declined to advocates who attended the CAMP Rehoboth Outreach Committee and among those
attending the CAMP Rehoboth meeting, comment on the circumstances meeting expressed surprise and anger who attended its rst meeting in July.
most of whom are LGBT community surrounding Pfeiers resignation, when one of the speakers at the meeting, In his statement to the Blade, Fulton
advocates, agreed to form a committee saying personnel matters must remain Gary Colangelo, who serves as a school- said the three main areas of focus of the
to address the students concerns. They condential under school district policies. approved mentor for Cape Henlopen Highs committee are to build greater mutual respect
named the committee The Council of Elkins and Salvatore Seeley, who Gay-Straight Alliance club, wrote a letter to and trust among stakeholders; build stronger
Elders and designated Rabbi Beth Cohen, coordinates CAMP Rehoboths the editor of the Cape Gazette disputing the relationships and connections with the greater
religious leader of the LGBT supportive community outreach programs, said they students claims that school ocials were community; and promote transparency.
Seaside Jewish Community in Rehoboth, were hopeful that the school districts unresponsive to their concerns. He said those invited to attend the rst
to serve as its coordinator. committee would work in tandem with According to Colangelo, the students meeting included people involved in civic,
Members of the Council of Elders said the Council of Elders group to address the claims that the school administration social, governmental and community groups.
they learned about the school districts concerns raised by LGBT students. was unresponsive were not backed up by The organizations represented
LGBTQ Outreach Committee when school Elkins said he was informed by school sucient evidence, rendering what they included The Rehoboth Bears, the
district ocial Michael Young contacted district ocial Young that the next were saying to hearsay. religious community, student mentors,
them and invited them to attend the meeting of the school district committee He criticized the Cape Gazettes reporter the Rehoboth Independent Film Society,
committees rst meeting in July. Among would be held in mid-September. who wrote the story about the CAMP CAMP Rehoboth, the City of Rehoboth, the
those invited to attend were CAMP We want to be there as a resource Rehoboth meeting for taking at face value the City of Lewes, PFLAG, local retailers, and
Rehoboth Executive Director Steve Elkins for them, Seeley told the Blade. But we students allegations without investigating the Rehoboth Beach Art League, he said.
and Cohen. wanted to remain an independent group of whether the allegations were accurate. Additionally, [school] District employees
The committee was formed as a result LGBTQ members who are concerned about Similar to the Blades story on the who attended were the high school
of information in the media and other the youth in our community, he said. meeting, the Cape Gazettes reporter psychologist, the GSA Club advisers, the high
sources that students were reaching out So were hoping to work together with contacted Superintendent Fulton and school principal, a middle school teacher,
to members of the greater community them but we realized we have dierent reported his response to the students and Dr. Young, according to Fulton.
to share concerns about situations at objectives on some issues than what they concerns. He said the school thoroughly He said no students were invited
school, Fulton told the Blade in an have, Seeley said. investigates all reports of bullying and because the rst meeting was intended to
email. We saw this as an opportunity to Several LGBT students from Cape harassment and responds by enforcing the reach out to community leaders to begin
partner more closely with organizations Henlopen High School, including a school districts student code of conduct. a dialogue with the school district.
trusted by our students to help improve transgender student, told the CAMP At least one former Cape Henlopen High In the future we may want to invite
communication about concerns in the Rehoboth meeting in June that their School student who had served as president students, parents and/or guest speakers
future, he said. repeated attempts to persuade the of the Gay-Straight Alliance during the 2015- but that has not been decided as of this
There seemed to be an immediate need school administrators and teachers to 2016 school year, Richard Sommereld, time, he said.
because several of the statements shared by address bullying targeting LGBT students posted a readers comment taking strong Seeley said the Council of Elders group
students were serious accusations that we have been ignored. exception to Colangelos letter to the editor. plans to serve as a source of information and
rst heard of through the media, said Fulton. We have to fend for ourselves, gay Sommereld said Colangelo did not attend support for LGBT students and their parents.
He was referring to stories about the June student Adrian DAntoni, who graduated a number of meetings between GSA members Theres such a bad history between LGBT
community meeting at CAMP Rehoboth in the from Cape in June, told the meeting. Its and school administrators and appears not students and that school, Seeley said. And
Washington Blade and the Cape Gazette, a the worst feeling on the face of the planet. to have a clear understanding of the actions we want to give them a place where they can
newspaper that covers news in Sussex County, Lesbian student Sarah Ross, who begins her taken by LGBT students to substantiate what go, especially the parents, he said. Our goal is
where Rehoboth and Lewes are located. senior year when the school year begins Sept. he called the schools sluggish or non-existent to work with these students and parents and
The school districts decision to form 5, said one of her lesbian friends at the school response to bullying reports. help them get the resources that they need.
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Trump invokes Manning to justify Arpaio pardon

President apparently served nearly seven years in a mens
prison before receiving commutation
misgenders from Obama, is Manning served time in
controversial gure prison. Arpaio had yet to be sentenced
when Trump pardoned him.
By CHRIS JOHNSON Arpaio, who served as Maricopa County Sheri until last year before being voted
out of oce, was found guilty of criminal
Amid criticism from Republicans and contempt of court for engaging in racial
Democrats alike over his pardon of Joe proling despite an order instructing
Arpaio, President Trump on Monday him to cease that activity. The U.S.
invoked his predecessors clemency for Justice Department under the Obama
Chelsea Manning to justify the decision. administration found he unfairly targeted
Trump made the comparison at Latinos in conducting trac stops
the White House during a joint news although Arpaio long before that had
conference with Finland President Sauli been accused of police misconduct.
Niinist in response to a question about Manning is also a controversial gure,
the criticism from Fox News John Roberts but in a dierent way. Many consider
deriding her as a criminal leaker. her a whistleblower for leaking a video President DONALD TRUMPinvoked CHELSEA MANNINGto defend his pardon of JOE ARPAIO.
sentence of Chelsea Manning, who activities during the Iraq war. Others
leaked countless sensitive and classied point to a subsequent dump of 251,287
documents to Wikileaks, perhaps, and State Department cables as evidence she Trump also had high praise for Arpaio, Republicans like Sen. John McCain
others, but horrible, horrible thing that was indiscriminately leaking information who supported the president in the 2016 (R-Ariz.) and 2016 Republican presidential
he did, Trump said. Commuted the and potentially jeopardized the lives of election and stumped for him at the candidate Jeb Bush the pardon was the
sentence and perhaps pardoned. undercover operatives. Republican National Convention. wrong thing to do, Trump replied, A lot of
Trump apparently misgendered Trump also invoked to justify his Arpaio Sheri Joe is a patriot, Sheri Joe loves people think it was the right thing to do.
Manning as male by referencing the pardon former President Clintons pardon our country, Sheri Joe protected our Trump also acknowledged he issued
horrible, horrible thing that he did, of Mark Rich, who received clemency after borders and Sheri Joe was very unfairly the pardon at the same time Hurricane
although arguably that pronoun could be his wife donated to the Clinton Library, treated by the Obama administration, Harvey was striking Texas, referencing
a reference to Obama and the horrible Susan Rosenberg and Carlos Vignali as especially right before an election, an the high ratings he assumed TV would
thing was the pardon of Manning. well as Obamas pardon of Oscar Lopez election that he would have won, and he have at the time.
One dierence between Arpaio and Rivera, a militant leader of the Puerto was elected many times, Trump said.
Manning, a transgender woman who Rico independence movement. In response to assertions from CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

LGBT envoy to remain in State Department overhaul

Tillerson to eliminate Berry, who is a career Foreign Service U.S. diplomacy, Congress and the bureau. If an issue no longer requires
ocer, has been in the position since president have utilized these positions a special envoy or representative, then
climate, other issue- April 2015. to assert U.S. leadership abroad an appropriate bureau will manage any
specic positions A State Department spokesperson in and address emerging challenges, legacy responsibilities.
February told the Washington Blade that wrote Tillerson in his letter to Corker, Corker in a statement welcomed
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS Berry continues in his role under the noting U.S. efforts to broker the Tillersons plan, noting the Senate current administration. Berrys bio on 1998 Good Friday peace accords and Foreign Relations Committee last
the State Department website currently restoring full diplomatic relations month approved a State Department
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this notes in the past tense that he served with Burma in 2012. Today, nearly 70 appropriations bill that would require it
week indicated the special U.S. envoy for as the State Departments Special Envoy such positions exist within the State to tell Congress which special envoys it
the human rights of LGBT and intersex for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Department, even after many of the would like to maintain. The U.S. Senate
people will remain in place under a State beginning in April 2015. underlying policy challenges these would also have to approve each special
Department overhaul. Tillerson plans to eliminate special positions were created to address envoy nomination.
Tillerson in a letter to U.S. Sen. Bob envoys for climate, the Colombian peace have been resolved. Through the years, numbers of special
Corker (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate process that has begun to take eect, The department will be able envoys have accumulated at the State
Foreign Relations Committee, said the the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the to better execute its mission by Department, and in many cases, their
position will be retained and continue Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan integrating certain envoys and special creation has done more harm than good
to be organized under the State and South Sudan and dozens of other representative offices within the by creating an environment in which
Departments Bureau of Democracy, positions. Existing State Department regional and functional bureaus, people work around the normal diplomatic
Human Rights and Labor. Tillerson wrote agencies or the U.S. Agency for and eliminating those that have processes in lieu of streamlining them,
the position will continue to be held by a International Development will assume accomplished or outlived their original said Corker in his statement. That is one
deputy assistant secretary. their responsibilities. purpose, added Tillerson. In some reason our committee took bipartisan
Then-Secretary of State John Kerry Ambassadors-at-large for womens cases, the State Department would leave action last month to require Senate
announced the positions creation within issues, the global ght against HIV/AIDS in place several positions and offices, conrmation of special envoys while
the departments Bureau of Democracy, and religious freedom are among the while in other cases, positions and empowering the secretary to reduce
Human Rights and Labor in early 2015. positions that will remain in place. offices would be either consolidated or bureaucracy by reining in these often
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Randy Over the past four decades of integrated with the most appropriate unnecessary positions.

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Law schools weigh bans on military recruiters over trans policy

Solomon Amendment the Supreme Court decision upholding a ban on military recruiters. Trumps ban
the law, two schools the Vermont Law essentially puts the transgender ban back
blocks fedl funds to School and William Mitchell College of in place after it was lifted during Obamas
such universities Law were adamant in outright refusing nal year in oce.
to cooperate with military recruiters. That LGBT military groups seeking to
By CHRIS JOHNSON position came at the expense of federal challenge Trumps transgender military funds, although the schools had less in ban said theyd welcome eorts from law
federal funding to begin with compared schools against the new policy, but were
With President Trump directing the to large research universities. optimistic that would be unnecessary
U.S. military to enact a prohibition on (As then-dean of Harvard Law School, based on pending litigation. Three
transgender military service, at least two U.S. Associate Justice Elena Kagan tried lawsuits two led this week, one before
law schools the Vermont Law School to walk a middle line, writing in email the Trump memo are now calling on
and Mitchell Hamline School of Law to students she abhor[s] the militarys the federal court system to block the
are considering whether to enact a ban discriminatory recruitment policy, but at transgender ban from going into eect.
on military recruiters in response, which the same time working out a compromise Matt Thorn, executive director of
would be similar to policies they had that enabled a veterans organization to OutServe-SLDN, said law schools
under Dont Ask, Dont Tell. sponsor military recruiters on campus as should decide their own policy, but
Maryellen Apelquist, a spokesperson for opposed to the U.S. military itself. After the transgender ban does warrant
the Vermont Law School, said in response the Supreme Court upheld the Solomon discussion on their part and with their
to a Washington Blade inquiry the school Amendment, she allowed military respective governing bodies.
will consider banning military recruiters in recruiters full access to Harvards campus. OutServe-SLDN feels condant that
the aftermath of Trumps memo. Justice ELENA KAGAN tried to nd a Kagan explained her position at the time we will persevere in federal court, Thorn
President Trumps ban on compromise on banning military recruiters and views against Dont Ask, Dont Tell said. Hopefully it doesnt come to barring
in the days of Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
transgender people joining the military WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY during her 2010 conrmation hearing.) recruiters from nding young, bright and
is of grave concern, Apelquist said. For a brief time in 1998, the Vermont dedicated individuals who want to serve
TheVermontLawSchooladministration Law School and William Mitchell College in our armed forces, including those who
will take a hard look at the details of the orientation, allowed military recruiters Law School reversed itself and allowed are transgender.
policy to determine if our discrimination on campus, but didnt facilitate meetings military recruitment on campus when the Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of
policy will allow military recruiters on the between recruiters and students, provide Departments of Defense and Education the American Military Partner Association,
VLS campus. on-campus meeting spaces or allow determined the U.S. government could predicted federal courts would take
The other school to ban military recruiters recruiters access to the roster of law withhold federal student loan aid as a action against the ban before law schools
under Dont Ask, Dont Tell, William Mitchell school students. result of the Solomon Amendment. Gay would need to act.
College Law School, has since merged with That changed in 1996 after passage of former Rep. Barney Frank in 1999 pushed Any qualied American should be
its longtime rival, the Hamline University the Solomon Amendment, which allows through Congress a two-sentence law able to serve their country, regardless of
School of Law to become the Mitchell the secretary of defense to withhold clarifying the law doesnt apply to students, their gender identity, Broadway-Mack
Hamline School of Law. federal funding to schools not just allowing the Vermont Law School and said. Donald Trumps directive telling
Doug Belden, a Mitchell Hamline from the Pentagon, but from other William Mitchell College Law School to the military to single out and discriminate
School of Law spokesperson, said the arms of the U.S. government, including resume its ban on military recruitment. against transgender service members
school was discussing Wednesday the Department of Education, the After Dont Ask, Dont Tell was lifted in and qualied recruits is unconstitutional,
whether itll ban military recruiters as a Department of Health & Human Services 2011 under former President Obama, the and we are hopeful the courts will reverse
result of Trumps transgender policy, but and the National Nuclear Security Vermont Law School and William Mitchell his abominable and unpatriotic action.
didnt have more details. Administration if those schools inhibit College Law School resumed cooperation We believe that justice will prevail and law
A senior Mitchell Hamline faculty military recruiters, or even deny them with military recruiters. It remains to be seen schools will not feel compelled to restrict
member, who spoke on condition of access to lists of law students. whether those schools will resume their bans military recruiters access.
anonymity, said nothing has been The Solomon Amendment was or if other schools will begin new ones DArcy Kemnitz, executive director
decided, no meetings have taken place on challenged in federal court on the basis now that Trump has directed the U.S. military of the National LGBT Bar Association,
the issue and discussion has been limited it violated rights to free speech and to engage in anti-trans discrimination. said shes not yet ready to call for action
to one or two emails. freedom of association an argument If Vermont Law School or Mitchell from law schools based on a statement
With the nation poised to enact a policy that prevailed before the U.S. Third Circuit Hamline School of Law resume their bans this week from Defense Secretary
similar to Dont Ask, Dont Tell except Court of Appeals. However, the U.S. on military recruiters, the schools could James Mattis, who said despite the ban
a ban on transgender service members as Supreme Court upheld the law in 2006 once again forfeit federal funds. transgender people currently in service
opposed to openly gay service members as constitutional in a unanimous decision Apelquist said the school lost between will be able to stay pending a review.
all the challenges and opposition to the now- written by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts. $300,000 and $500,000 as a result of The LGBT Bar is grateful to the U.S.
repealed 1993 law may soon reemerge. The law schools object to having to treat the Solomon Amendment in the days military and those who serve bravely
One question is whether law schools with military recruiters like other recruiters, but of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, but doesnt yet and without reservation every day,
non-discrimination policies will continue that regulation of conduct does not violate have an estimate of current federal funds. Kemnitz said. Asking law schools to
to cooperate with military recruiters if the the First Amendment, Roberts wrote. To The Association of American Law prevent recruitment on their campuses is
armed forces refuse to allow transgender the extent that the Solomon Amendment Schools didnt respond to multiple premature, especially in light of Secretary
people in its ranks. Such discrimination incidentally aects expression, the law requests from the Blade to comment on Mattis statement on Tuesday on the
would conict with non-discrimination schools eort to cast themselves as just whether it would have any guidance to continued service of trans individuals.
policies that ban anti-transgender like the schoolchildren in Barnette, the schools in the wake of Trumps order to Kemnitz added the National LGBT
discrimination and arguably those that ban parade organizers in Hurley, and the ban transgender service members. Bar Association itself has allowed Judge
discrimination on the basis of sex. Boy Scouts in Dale plainly overstates the It should be noted those schools sought t Advocate Generals Corps military
In the early days of Dont Ask, Dont expressive nature of their activity and the to allow military recruiters on campus after recruiters to come each year to the
Tell, many law schools under guidance impact of the Solomon Amendment on it, Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal even though annual career fair hosted by the National
from the Association of American Law while exaggerating the reach of our First the ban on transgender service from the LGBT Bar Association, and those eorts
schools, which bars its members from Amendment precedents. 1980s was still in place arguably a signal make the armed services more diverse,
discriminating on the basis of sexual Despite the Solomon Amendment and that anti-transgender bias didnt warrant not less.
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143 Dems to Trump: Reconsider indefensible trans ban

Lawmakers make are Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Trump issued his memo directing the
chair of the Transgender Task Force, U.S. military to ban transgender people
the case policy wont and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.). No from the armed forces on Friday, making
hold up in court Republicans are among the signers. good on his pledge via Twitter to bar
Implicitly, your ban denies the value them from the military in any capacity.
By CHRIS JOHNSON of transgender service members, and it Three lawsuits from LGBT legal groups questions the professionalism of those are now pending before various federal
who serve beside them, the letter says. courts seeking to overturn the policy.
In the wake of President Trump making Our Armed Forces have grown more With litigation underway, the letter
good on his pledge to ban transgender equal and more inclusive over time, from Democrats makes the case the trans
people from the U.S. military, 143 House often in the face of strident opposition. In military ban wont hold up in court, calling
Democrats led by Rep. A. Donald McEachin 1948, when President Truman moved to the policy indefensible.
(D-Va.) are calling on him to reconsider racially integrate the military, voices were We are deeply concerned about the
the ill-advised and indefensible policy. raised in protest. They were raised again clear unconstitutionality of your ban, the
In a letter dated Aug. 29, the lawmakers in 2010, when Congress at last repealed letter says. As existing case law makes
dispute assertions transgender people Dont Ask, Dont Tell. At every turn, those clear, the government cannot discriminate
would be a disruption to the military voices have been proven wrong. against transgender people on the basis of
service an argument Trump made in The House Democrats objection to their status or sex and the military is not
his memo directing the Pentagon to enact Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) is leading Trumps transgender military ban is exempt from constitutional requirements.
House Democrats in calling on President consistent with unied opposition from It is not clear to us that your administration
the ban. Trump to reconsider his trans military ban.
Rather, their sacrices have made the caucus to an amendment proposed by has reckoned with these realities.
our nation safer and stronger, the letter Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) that would have A White House spokesperson had no
says. Transgender service members barred U.S. military payments for transition- comment in response to the letter and
wear the same uniform and complete the Signers of the letter include members related health care, including hormone said Trump stands behind his memo.
same missions as their cisgender peers. of the Democratic caucus: House Minority therapy and gender reassignment surgery. Trump has defended his plan to ban
In combat, their lives are in equal peril. Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant The amendment was defeated on the transgender people by saying hes doing
They serve with equal distinction; they Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) House oor on a bipartisan basis before the military a favor while making the
are equally deserving of our gratitude and Chair of the Democratic Caucus Trump banned transgender people from (incorrect) claim he enjoys considerable
and respect. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.). Other signers the military outright. support from the LGBT community.

CVS exposes patients HIV status in mailings

4,000 envelopes in full view in the window of the envelope.
CVS Health places the highest priority
conned to Ohio on protecting the privacy of our patients
and we take our responsibility to
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. safeguard condential patient information very seriously, said Michael J. DeAngelis, a
spokesperson for CVS Health.
CVS Caremark, a division of the CVS In a statement to the Blade, DeAngelis
pharmacy and healthcare company, said CVS Caremark, which serves as the
abruptly discontinued a mailing last week parent companys pharmacy benets
to patients in Ohio receiving HIV-related manager, recently mailed pharmacy
medication from the company after it benet information to about 4,000
learned that a reference to HIV appeared participants in Ohios AIDS Drug Assistance
above the patients names in the window of Program, or ADAP. ADAP is a federally halted the mailings and are currently health rights are protected, said Stephen
the envelopes sent to about 4,000 people. funded program administered by the taking steps to eliminate the reference to C. Taylor, the DISB Commissioner.
The inadvertent showing by CVS states to pay for life-saving HIV medication the plan name in any future mailings. In addition, DISB will reach out directly
Caremark of an HIV reference on the for low-income people who cant aord The D.C. Department of Insurance, to the 390 aected District policyholders
outside of an envelope mailed to people health insurance or who are underinsured. Securities and Banking on Aug. 29 to provide them with details of the breach
with HIV came less than a month after A reference code for this assistance announced it has opened an investigation and the investigation, Taylor said in the
the AETNA health insurance company program included a serious of letters and of AETNA Health in response to the privacy departments statement.
accidently revealed the HIV status of its numbers (PM 6402 HIV) that were visible breach caused by its showing of the HIV Hamilton said he has been directing
clients in a nationwide mailing to about within the envelope window, DeAngelis status of 12,000 AETNA policy holders ADAP clients in Ohio who contacted him
12,000, including some living in D.C. said in his statement. This reference across the country. The announcement after receiving the CVS Caremark mailing
AIDS activist Eddie Hamilton of code was intended to refer to the name says AETNA oers health insurance plans to call the Ohio ADAP coordinator to
Columbus, Ohio sent the Washington of the program and not to the recipients to residents of D.C., Maryland and Virginia. report what he considers a breach of
Blade a photocopy of the envelope he health status, he said. As the Districts nancial services clients privacy.
received from CVS Caremark on Aug. 24, No other protected health information regulator and consumer advocate, it is He said he has also led a complaint about
which includes the notation PM 6402 was exposed, he continued. As soon as our responsibility to make certain that the mailing to the U.S. Department of Health
HIV directly above his name and address we learned of this incident, we immediately the Districts insurance policyholders and Human Services Civil Rights Division.

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MCC founder reects on Cuba trip

Mariela Castros
group honored Rev. Troy
Perry in Havana

HAVANA It was shortly after 6 p.m.

on May 13 when Rev. Troy Perry, founder
of the Metropolitan Community Church,
sat down with the Washington Blade at
Havanas iconic Hotel Nacional.
Perrys husband, Phillip De Blieck, and
Rev. Hector Gutirrez, an MCC elder
from the Mexican city of Guadalajara,
joined Perry in his suite in the hotel that
overlooks the Cuban capitals oceanfront
promenade and the Florida Straits. Perry
spoke with the Blade hours after he and
De Blieck rode alongside Mariela Castro,
daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro
who directs the countrys National Center
for Sexual Education, in a 1950s-era car
during a march that commemorated the
International Day Against Homophobia
and Transphobia.
I dont ever want us in America to think TROY PERRY, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, takes part in a march in Havana on May 13 that commemorated the
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
were better than other people because, WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
said Perry.
More than 2,000 people took part in
the march the National Center for Sexual testify because we housed 10,000 of them in based reporter for the South Florida began the process of normalizing
Education, which is known by the Spanish MCC houses all over the country, Perry told television station WPLG, that her father relations between the U.S. and the
acronym CENESEX, organized. the Blade. Scripture tells me I am to help is supportive of her LGBT-specic work. Communist island. President Trump in
Perry told the Blade he received a aliens. Youre an alien one time, Hebrew Perry noted to the Blade that Mariela June announced the reinstatement of
standing ovation from the more than scripture told the Jews. So as a Christian I Castros mother, Vilma Espn, who was travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.
5,000 people who attended a CENESEX believe that, so we housed people. the president of the Cuban Federation Perry repeatedly criticized the U.S.
gala at Havanas Karl Marx Theater on May of Women, taught her at a young age to embargo against Cuba during the interview.
12. He said CENESEX honored him with Mariela just like the Kennedys respect gay men. He said a Cuban pastor told him his
what he described as an international Her mother . . . instilled that into her, congregation couldnt buy Bibles, so
human rights award. Fidel Castro, who was Mariela Castros said Perry. it broke it up into separate books and
Im deeply honored by that, said Perry. uncle, in the years after the 1959 Independent Cuban activists with checked them out to his parishioners.
I am a little boy from North Florida. revolution that brought him to power whom the Blade has spoken say the Perry told the Blade parishioners would
Perry, 77, met Mariela Castro in 2015 sent gay men and others to work camps face harassment and even arrest if they receive another book once they returned
when he traveled to Cuba for the rst known by the Spanish acronym UMAPs. publicly criticize Mariela Castro or her the one they had checked out.
time. He told the Blade his father a Cuba in 1979 decriminalized consensual fathers government. What I saw when I came here, I could not
former bootlegger who owned a tobacco same-sex sexual relations. Perry told the Blade in response to believe what that embargo has done to this
farm visited the island in the 1930s. The Cuban government until 1993 a question about Cubas human rights country, he said. We have been awful.
That was a part of my speech last forcibly quarantined people with HIV/ record that he wants to be able to talk Perry also told the Blade the Cuban
night, said Perry, referring to the AIDS in state-run sanitaria. Fidel Castro, about human rights. people are increasingly concerned
CENESEX gala. who died last November, apologized for He said CENESEX never asked to about Trump.
Perry founded MCC in Los Angeles the UMAPs in 2010 during an interview look at the speech he delivered at the They have never seen a more erratic
in 1968. It now has more than 200 with a Mexican newspaper. organizations gala. Perry also told the president, said Perry. The Cuban
congregations around the world. He apologized nally, Perry told the Blade. Blade that Mariela Castro has problems people are afraid of him. They are
MCC has congregations in Havana and Mariela Castro over the last decade when people threaten her family, noting worried more about what is going to
in the cities of Santa Clara and Matanzas. has spearheaded LGBT-specic issues the CIA tried to kill Fidel Castro and happen now with the embargo, with the
Perry noted MCC provided housing to on the Communist island, with her sponsored the failed Bay of Pigs invasion opening we have started.
gay men who were among the more than supporters noting the country since 2008 in 1961. Perry said Mariela Castro told him
100,000 Cuban refugees Marielitos has provided free sex-reassignment She is just like the Kennedys, said that Fidel Castro once told the Cuban
in Spanish who arrived in the U.S. surgeries through its national health Perry, referring to Mariela Castro. People people, I dont care if we have to eat
during the 1980 Mariel boatlift after then- care system. They also highlight Mariela have tried to kill her uncle and her name grass, no country is going to bully us
President Fidel Castro allowed them to Castro, who is a member of the Cuban is Castro. She cant even go to South again. Perry also said the Cuban people
leave the country. Parliament, in 2013 voted against a Florida really. She would probably be hurt want their freedom.
Some of the Marielitos who arrived proposal to add sexual orientation to and I understand that. They love Americans, he said. But
in the U.S. were criminals or people Cubas labor law because it did not There are emotions about the Castro on the other hand I dont see any signs
with mental illness who Fidel Castro had include gender identity. family to this day as we Americans know. about Trump.
released from prisons and institutions. Mariela Castro earlier this year during Perrys rst visited Cuba roughly six The government is waiting to see
A lot of them werent good people as I can an interview with Hatzel Vela, a Havana- months after then-President Obama whats going to happen, added Perry.
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Mattis working on implementing trans ban

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 medal for his deployment as well as Josh Block, senior sta attorney with
multiple other commendations, including the ACLUs LGBT & HIV Project, said in a
back in place. a ag letter of commendation and multiple statement all aspects of Trumps proposal
I am directing the Secretary of recommendations for early promotion. to ban transgender people from the U.S.
Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Both lawsuits led Monday contend military can be easily debunked by the
Security with respect to the U.S. Coast Trumps transgender military ban violates conclusions drawn from the Department
Guard, to return to the longstanding the equal protection and due process of Defenses own review process.
policy and practice on military service rights of transgender people under the Allowing men and women who are
by transgender individuals that was in Fifth Amendment. transgender to serve openly and providing
place prior to June 2016 until such time The ACLU lawsuit contends every them with necessary health care does
as a sucient basis exists upon which component of Trumps ban singles out nothing to harm military readiness or unit
to conclude that terminating that policy transgender service members for dierent cohesion, Block said. Men and women
and practice would not have the negative treatment amounting to sex discrimination, who are transgender with the courage
eects discussed above, Trump writes. which is subject to, and fails, heightened and capacity to serve deserve more from
Citing dubious concerns openly scrutiny under the Fifth Amendment. their commander-in-chief.
transgender service will have a negative Defense Secretary JAMES MATTIS is working As a result of the Transgender Service The lawsuit seeks a court ruling nding
impact on military eectiveness and on a plan to implement President Trumps Member Ban, men and women who the trans military ban violates the U.S.
ban on transgender service members.
lethality as well as unit cohesion, Trump COURTESY US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE are transgender, including Individual Constitution and an injunction ensuring
concludes further study is needed to Plaintis, have suered, or will transgender people can serve in the
ensure that continued implementation of imminently suer, a violation of their armed forces; not be denied promotion
last years policy change would not have Secretary of Defense, in consultation with right to substantive due process because, or face adverse treatment solely because
those negative eects. the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall due to their transgender status, and of their gender identity; and have access
Under the Obama administration, determine how to address transgender without any reasoned basis, they are to transition-related health care.
former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter individuals currently serving in the United denied an opportunity to demonstrate The new litigation comes on the heels
lifted the longstanding medical regulation States military, the memo says. their continued tness for duty; their of a policy memo from the San Francisco-
barring transgender people serving in the ability to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces based Palm Center, which disputes
armed forces. The guidance from the White LGBT groups le lawsuits despite being t to serve; and/or the reports in the media that Trumps
House eectively reverses that decision. opportunity to receive medical care on an transgender policy is a watered-down
The Trump memo has two major A coalition of LGBT groups immediately equal basis as service members who are version of an outright ban.
components. The rst continues the led two separate lawsuits against Trump not transgender, the complaint says. The memo, drafted by ve military
Pentagon practice of barring openly over the policy. But the lawsuit led by OutServe-SLDN professors, contends Trumps
transgender people from enlisting in One complaint was led in federal and Lambda Legal argues the military ban transgender policy, in fact, is a total ban
the armed forces. Although the Obama court in Seattle by Lambda Legal and the violates not just the Fifth Amendment because it reinstates the old policy prior
change allowed transgender people to LGBT military group OutServe-SLDN. The right to due process, but also the First to the Obama-era change. The only
come out in the military without fear plaintis in the lawsuit,Karnoski v. Trump, Amendment right to free speech of people narrow question left open, the memo
of discharge, it delayed transgender are two transgender people who wish to who openly identify as transgender. says, is what will happen to transgender
accession until a later time. That delay serve in the military Ryan Karnoski and The purpose and eect of the Ban people currently in the armed forces who
already extended by Defense Secretary an unnamed high school student as and current accessions bar are to came out after that time.
James Mattis to continue until 2018 will well as Sta Sergeant Cathrine Schmid, a chill constitutionally protected First The Secretaries only have a narrow
now be continued indenitely. transgender woman currently in the U.S. Amendment activity, the lawsuit says. window of discretion to decide the
The second part of the memo bars Army who has served for more than 12 Indeed, the Memorandum on its face individual fates of currently serving
U.S. government resources to fund sex years; the Human Rights Campaign; and demonstrates that it is directed at transgender personnel, who in the best
reassignment surgical procedures for the Seattle-basedGender Justice League. suppressing the gender expression case would be permitted to serve under
military personnel except in case wheres Sarah McBride, whos transgender and related expressive conduct of separate standards that apply only to
the procedure is necessary to protect the and serves as national press secretary transgender individuals, including that of them, under a general presumption
health of an individual already undergoing for the Human Rights Campaign, said in the individual plaintis and transgender that they are unt to serve, and with
transition. The memo gives the Pentagon a statement the U.S. military is stronger members of the organizational plaintis, no assurance that their permission to
until March 23 to implement this change. when any qualied American willing and those individuals disclosure of their remain will endure, the memo says.
Its not immediately clear whether to defend our country is able to serve, transgender status. Trump as well as Mattis are named
this policy means dependents of U.S. regardless of their gender identity. Both lawsuits discuss the methodic defendants in both the lawsuits. Also
service members are also ineligible The other complaint was led in federal detail with which former Defense named in the ACLU lawsuit are each of the
for U.S. government funds for gender court in Maryland by the American Civil Secretary Ashton Carter over the course of civilian heads of the military departments.
reassignment surgery. Liberties Union and the D.C.-based one year under the Obama administration Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick, a Pentagon
The memo also instructs the Pentagon to law rm Covington & Burling LLP. The examined the issue of transgender spokesperson, conrmed the Defense
prepare by Feb. 21 an implementation plan plaintis in that lawsuit, Stone v. Trump, service a process that included Department is aware of the lawsuits, but
for the instituting policies aimed at blocking are ve transgender troops currently commissioning a study by the RAND Corp. declined further comment.
transgender people from open service. in the military representing each of the that found no drawbacks either to military The Justice Department didnt
With respect to transgender people military branches: Petty Ocer First Class readiness or medical costs. immediately respond Monday to
who began serving openly in the military Brock Stone, Senior Airman John Doe, In contrast, Trump announced on Twitter the Washington Blades request for
after the Obama-era change, the memo Airman First Class Seven Ero George, hed ban transgender people from the comment on the lawsuits. A White House
gives signicantly leeway to the Pentagon Petty Ocer First Class Teagan Gilbert, military after an apparent lack of consultation spokesperson declined to comment
and the Department of Homeland and Marine Corps Technical Sergeant with military leaders. According to the lawsuit on the basis of a general policy of not
Security, which operates the Coast Guard. Tommie Parker. from OutServe-SLDN and Lambda Legal, commenting on litigation.
An estimated 15,000 transgender people Stone, the lead plainti in the lawsuit, a White House ocial told news media Another lawsuit led by the National
currently serve in the U.S. armed forces, has served in the U.S. Navy for nine years, President Trump said his announcement Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ
according to the Williams Institute at the including a nine-month deployment to would stop the lawyers from arguing with Advocates & Defenders was led before
University of California, Los Angeles. Afghanistan. According to the lawsuit, him anymore against reinstating a ban on Trumps directive and remains pending
As part of the implementation plan, the Stone was awarded an achievement transgender military service. before a federal court in D.C.

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LGBT relief funds launched to help Texas hurricane victims

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 A Houston city spokesperson told
the Washington Post more than 1,500
months, and potentially years to come, people had been taken to the convention
the Montrose Center said in a statement. center Sunday night. Many of them had
Help our LGBTQ community members been rescued by boat from the roofs of
displaced by the storm today by giving to the their homes as ood waters rose to the
LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund, managed by height of their rst oor ceilings, disaster
the Montrose Center Houstons LGBTQ relief ocials said.
counseling and community center serving Ocials said the convention center has
Houston for 39 years, the statement stays. the capacity to take in a total of 4,000 people
According to the statement released on displaced from their homes by the ooding.
Aug. 28, money raised through the relief One of the buildings hit hard by the
fund would be used to help individuals ooding was Resurrection Metropolitan
and families begin to rebuild their lives Community Church, a mostly LGBT
through counseling, case management, congregation located in Houstons Inner
direct assistance with shelf stable food, Loop near White Oak Bayou. The bayou
furniture, housing and more. surged over its banks during the heavy
In a related development, the rainfall on Saturday night, putting one to
Transgender Foundation of America, a one-and-a-half feet of water into the church.
Houston-based transgender services and Rev. Troy Treash, the churchs senior Volunteers rescued thousands of Houston residents this week.
advocacy organization founded in 1998, pastor, said church members were
announced it had organized a separate ripping up carpeting and shoveling out
disaster relief fund to assist Gulf mud from the church as he spoke to the of the centers sta from getting to the Roberts and others supportive of the
Coast trans, intersex, and genderqueer Bladeon Monday. center to organize the relief eort. mayor point to the attempt to evacuate
survivors recover from Harvey and its Were just part of a city where everything Instead, according to Hill, the few sta the city in 2005 as Hurricane Rita
related ooding. is crazy at the moment, he said. Were a people able to make to the center set approached, when 100 or more people
The Transgender Foundation of America bit awash in feelings at the moment. up a makeshift information and referral died after being stranded in trac backed
created this disaster relief fund because Treash said the congregation moved center in the centers rst oor garage up for miles as 2.5 million people ed the
trans, intersex, and genderqueer individuals into its current space in 2000, a year providing cover from the rain, which was city at the same time.
have historically experienced signicant before Tropical Storm Allison ooded continuingon Monday. It was 95-plus degree temperatures,
diculties in natural disaster situations, a Houston in 2001. They are giving directions to other Roberts said. People ran out of gas.
statement released by the group says. This This is the second ood in this space. emergency sites, Hill said. So our Some suered from heat stroke and
fund will be used to help our historically We thought it wouldnt happen again, he community is being responsive. If you emergency responders couldnt get to
underserved community recover from this said. We denitely need prayers. live in a place like Houston part of being a them, she said. Roberts noted that had an
catastrophic event, it says. The congregation is looking for ways to good citizen is sharing and caring. evacuation attempt been made this time
The creation of the two disaster relief help families forced out of their homes by Trans rights advocate Monica Roberts, a the eeing motorists would have been
funds came at a time when ocials the ooding, he told the Blade. longtime Houston resident, said she too is trapped in ood waters that currently
in Houston and many other areas of Were looking for ways to put them up, fortunate to live in a section near downtown have submerged nearly all highways and
southeast Texas reported that a never- he said. Were trying to nd spaces that are Houston that was not hit by ooding and roads leading out of Houston.
before-seen volume of rainfall rather safe for them. Were a progressive LGBT retained its electric power service. Among those initially calling for an
than the usual high winds associated congregation that has a voice in a part of But she said he was worried about evacuation was Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
with a hurricane caused massive damage the world that is sorely missing it right now. additional ooding expected when the Even if an evacuation order hasnt
from ooding in high population centers, Veteran gay rights advocate Ray Hill, a city releases a large quantity of water been issued by your local ocial, if youre
especially those in Houston. longtime resident of Houstons Montrose from a reservoir behind a dam that has in an area between Corpus Christi and
The nations fourth largest city, Houston neighborhood long known for its high lled to capacity from the massive rainfall Houston, you need to strongly consider
has been accustomed to ooding of its concentration of LGBT people, said he caused by Harvey. City ocials have said evacuating, Abbott said at a news
numerous waterways, including bayous, is lucky that his street and the street on not releasing the water, which will cause conference last Friday.
but ocials said the historic ooding which the Montrose Center is located additional but modest ooding, could Turner succeeded two-term Democratic
over the past several days resulted in four blocks away are on higher ground result in the dam bursting, a catastrophe Mayor Annise Parker, a prominent lesbian
serious damage and total destruction and had not been hit by ooding as of unthinkable proportions. activist and longtime LGBT rights advocate
of thousands of homes and businesses ofMondayafternoon. Roberts said she is aware of concern before becoming mayor. A term limits law
unlike any previous ooding incidents. Hill noted that the section of Montrose within the trans community of possible prevented Parker from running for a third
Houston is really bad o right now, where he lives and where the Montrose discrimination against trans people at term. Roberts and Hill said Turner is a
said Houston LGBT rights advocate Lou Center and a number of popular gay bars city and private shelters for those forced strong supporter of the LGBT community.
Weaver, who said he was stranded this and clubs are located are on the opposite from their homes due to ooding. Gay activist Ryan Wilson said he and
week in Dallas after learning, during a side of Montroses southern boundary, As of now I have not heard of any his husband moved to Houston in March
visit there, that all main roads leading to which consists of the Bualo Bayou, a cases where LGBT people were turned after his husband took a new job there.
Houston were impassible. body of water that often oods during away from a shelter, she said. He said the severe ooding caused by
Many of my friends have lost everything storms far less severe than Harvey. Roberts and other LGBT activists say Harvey wasnt something he and his
they own, he told the Washington Blade. He said that section of Montrose was hit a separate matter raising concern is husband expected.
Some are stranded in their homes. by ooding over the past few days, forcing what they see as the politicization of the Were kind of like living on an island
He said that in addition to the creation many residents to seek refuge elsewhere. ooding by some Texas Republican Party right now surrounded by water, he said,
of the LGBT disaster funds many from The Montrose Center initially had leaders. Among other things, some of the noting that his neighborhood in the citys
Houstons LGBT community were planned to serve as a place where people GOP activists were attacking Houstons midtown section had so far been spared
volunteering their help at the George displaced by the storm could to come for LGBT-supportive mayor, Sylvester Turner, from ooding. The further out from the
R. Brown Convention Center, the citys support both LGBT and straight, Hill told for deciding not to order most residents city center you go, the worse it gets.
largest convention hall that has been the Blade. But he said the severe ooding to evacuate the city in the days before the
converted into an emergency shelter. in other parts of the city prevented most hurricane hit. MICHAEL K. LAVERS CONTRIBUTED
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reporting with anti-gay overtones.
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D.C. is failing its LGBT seniors

Mariner described to me the very real prob- ing website, has been down for some time. very good work on behalf of aging adults. Iona
lem of social isolation. For seniors, as you grow Washington does oer culturally specic is one of them. Like the Center on Halstead,
old, you are more likely to be alone, more likely programming when it comes to providing Iona oers a number of services. Classes, too.
to fall into isolation. This obviously carries with these meals, having them at the Chinatown Anything from Coping with Retirement to
it depression and deterioration of mental and Community Cultural Center or one of the seminars on health and wellness. Susan Mes-
physical health. But for older gay men, men citys centers serving Hispanic seniors. No sina, Ionas director of Development & Com-
like Alan, its far more precarious. LGBT seniors such services are oered for the citys LGBT munications, told me that, in a lot of ways, as a
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance
are twice as likely to live alone. Gay men of a seniors, although advocates for LGBT seniors society were just not used to caring for LGBT
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade. certain age, of a certain generation, are faced have been pressing for this for years. The seniors. Her organization is certainly trying to
with the duel problems of not having children citys website does oer an LGBT-specic turn that around. She explained that for the
No one really knows how long hed been to look after them and are less likely to have a page, but three of the organizations it points rst time we have an out and proud, vibrant
dead, two weeks maybe. Several days partner to grow old with. This was Alan. people to no longer exist. Additionally, the demographic that expect that to continue as
at least. Alan lived on 16th Street, only a Cities provide various services for ag- address provided for the DC Center is three they get older. Messina also mentioned that
block from Cobalt, the heart of what many ing populations, either through grants to years out of date. for this demographic, aging solo is a very real
consider the center of gay life in the Dis- local charities or through direct city in- We have nothing against bingo. . . the issue. LGBT adults who should be aging with
trict, in a fashionable several-story gothic volvement. Washington, D.C., has the DC cheery, upbeat voice on the other end of the many, many friends, and arent.
building that many still refer to as the gay Oce on Aging, but according to Mariner, line told me. Chicagos LGBT center, simply Will that change as resources are re-
dorm. Alan himself was described as a x- the oce has been very reluctant to face known as the Center on Halstead, very much allocated and demographics change?
ture in the neighborhood. So how did he the disparities facing LGBT aging adults, wants to be the template for all things gay and Perhaps. But Messina did oer this warn-
come to die alone in his apartment? adding, Im at a loss to say why. senior for the rest of country, and seem well on ing of sorts as our conversation came to
David Mariner, head of the DC Center, One such service the city provides aging their way to achieving that. On top of dozens a close, Look around, if all your friends
the Districts LGBT community center, knew populations is the congregate meal pro- of programs and activities for the community, are your age, plus or minus two or three
Alan. He referred to him as a member of the gram. In short, meals are served at various its services for seniors leave little to be desired. years, you could soon be in real trouble.
greatest generation of gay men those locations for seniors throughout the week. Beside meals, where you might be treated to I was told that Alan had no funeral. His
that fought back at Stonewall, went to the These do more than just meet their nutri- a drag show, there are classes, health screen- family from back home held no service in
rst marches, the rst ACT UP protests, or- tional needs, it gives seniors a place to go, ings, yoga, organized nights out on the town Washington. They simply didnt think anyone
ganized the rst Pride celebrations, stood programming, and the opportunity to be to reconnect with spaces and faces, and a would come. Whatever the circumstances of
vigil over the quilt. Sadder still, Alan, during missed. If anyone misses a meal, a social whole host of other programs. Youd be hard his death, the city and gay community cer-
the worst days of the AIDS crisis, was known worker follows up with them. I could pro- pressed to nd a bingo card anywhere. tainly failed him. Would he have beneted
to care for dying friends when their families vide more details, but the map showing This is not to say that the District is com- from congregate meals and programs like
wouldnt, even arranging funerals and buri- the locations of congregate meals in the pletely failing its LGBT seniors. There are nu- it? Maybe. But we have to ask ourselves: Was
als when no one else came forward. District, provided by the DC Oce on Ag- merous organizations within the District doing there something else we could have done?


D.C. needs Council member, not mayor, Vince Gray

to a second term. She is expected to have little, Vincent Gray or rst-elected rst-term D.C. More important is that Gray joins a
Mayor Bowser likely if any, signicant opposition or, put another Attorney General Karl Racine continue to small but critical cadre of leaders on the
to have easy path to way wont encounter a successful challenger. dissipate. Neither seems disposed to en- 13-member D.C. Council appropriately
While Bowsers support is broader than ter the race both likely recognizing their measuring matters so as to balance the
winning second term deep, envious approval numbers for a may- chances of besting Bowser are unfavorable. competing interests of all the citys com-
or provoking less passion than performance Racine suers low name recognition de- ponents. Like Bowser, he learned the im-
appreciation are at nearly 70 percent. spite citywide election and evokes even less portance of circumspection on issues and
Bowser has neutralized skeptics who, enthusiasm. He also lacks possession of a comprehending legislative and regulatory
based on her rather lackluster tenure as politicians personality, in addition to ap- implications, especially when aecting the
a D.C. Council member, had ample reason pearing to genuinely relish his current role. business community.
to wonder if she was well suited for the Former Mayor Gray, defeated for re-elec- Gray, also a former Council chair, serves as
task of the Districts top hometown spot. tion in the previous Democratic mayoral pri- a vital component of a valuable brain trust
While she may not have won the whole- mary by Bowser and subsequently elected of experienced civic leadership alongside col-
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur hearted support of those doubters, she to the Ward 7 Council seat, may desire to leagues Jack Evans of Ward 2, Mary Cheh of
and community business advocate. Follow has successfully navigated her role in a city avenge that loss and diminish the legacy Ward 3, and Council Chair Phil Mendelson.
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at that plays politics as bloodletting sport. of an alleged campaign nancing scandal An example of this collective contribution
Beating expectations and being perceived never prosecuted but that derailed his win- is that all four seasoned Council members
as over-performing are a politicians best sur- ning a second term. Gray, however, seems have proposed variable remedies to revise
Labor Day weekend is traditionally the vival situation. Bowser benets from being smartly moving away from seeking to settle gargantuan funding and administrative re-
launch of the next political campaign season, mayor during continued population growth that score. He is undoubtedly looking at poll- quirements for planned implementation in
with politicians typically announcing next-as- lling the citys tax coers combined with ing numbers indicating he would not prevail. 2020 of a massive paid leave mandate. De-
piration intentions following the holiday. strong private sector development generat- Others who may covet becoming may- liberations on what is now widely expected
In D.C., the guessing game regarding ing growing civic pride, along with satisfaction or some day know that, in the one-party to produce a legislative repair also urged by
candidate composition for the 2018 may- regarding public safety statistics. Simply not town that is Democratic D.C., waiting your Bowser that will reduce the nancial burden
oral race has been the subject of increasing interrupting those trajectories, while balanc- turn is a basic tenet of advancement. on local businesses while not substantively
media conjecture in recent weeks. By most ing such stewardship with signature eorts to Grays Ward 7 constituents and the city aecting benets begin in mid-October.
accounts, it may be one of the most predict- facilitate aordable housing while sheltering as a whole greatly gain from his return to It may be tough for a former mayor
able in the citys electoral history. the homeless, has proven a winning formula. serving on the Council. The former mayor has to nd complete fulllment as a Council
Incumbent Mayor Muriel Bowser appears Speculation regarding challenges by for- been a strenuous and eective advocate for member, but D.C. distinctly benets from
likely to have an easy path seeking re-election mer mayor and now D.C. Council member the often-neglected east end of the District. having Gray sitting in that seat.
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KYRISHA DESCHAMPS says Honey Groove moved to a new location and month this year out of

Honey Groove ventures outdoors

Queer women of color front and center at annual music festival

Sometimes the genesis for a new event, to build something where that was the Gomes, Jonae Davis and Lee Perine space there last year. Deschamps says
book, restaurant or whatever is as simple focal point and to have a space for some and says its evolved and expanded about 1,500 are expected this year based
as its creator pinpointing a void. Thats local artists I love, like Be Steadwell and somewhat. Now in its third year, Honey on ticket sales. The event will run from
how it was for Honey Groove, a D.C. the CooLots, I wanted to see them again Groove is still mostly centered around 2-10 p.m. at Dock 5 (1309 5th St., N.E.).
music and art festival devoted to queer because I thought they were so great, so women, but is more trans- and men- The bands will perform outside. An
artists of color now in its third year. Honey Groove was born. inclusive than it was earlier. indoor space will feature vendors, artists,
Organizer Kyrisha Deschamps, a 33-year- Deschamps says she appreciates We want everyone to feel included and a bar and DJs. Food trucks will be on site
old native Washingtonian, always enjoyed musical talent because, I dont have were denitely open to our allies, she as well.
music, art and the festival experience but those skills. Musically she enjoys a little says. Its for people who love art, people Held in early April in 2015 and 2016,
felt something was missing. bit of everything and music with a nice, who are interested in queer culture. Its a organizers said moving it to September
I always really enjoyed being in those vibey beat. Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, very warm and inviting environment. Last made more sense since it will now have
spaces but remember noticing that while SZA and Rihanna are some of her favorite year, people were just happy to be there an outdoor component for the rst time.
there were queer people, LGBT people in big-name acts, but she also loves local and there was just this feeling in the air. It The bands will perform 20-25-minute
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says Deschamps, who works by day at women of color. The event has grown each year and has New Orleans rapper known as the queen
a non-prot devoted to veterans and Deschamps, who identies as queer, now outgrown its previous home at Blind
people with disabilities. I really wanted started the festival with partners Lisa Whino after maxing out the 700-capacity CONTINUES ON PAGE 41

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Eric Peterson lives in Washington but has a special place in his heart for How long have you been out and who #TransMilitaryBan.
Rehoboth Beach, Del. was the hardest person to tell?
He started vacationing there around the time he came out in 1996 when Since 1996. My father, a naval ocer If your life were a book, what would
Rehoboth writer/comedian Fay Jacobs, whom Peterson calls his adoptive who grew up in the Idaho panhandle, the title be?
lesbian mom, and her partner Bonnie recruited him. was the hardest to tell. But as soon as I Tawdry Tales, vol. 1
They brought me to Rehoboth to show me that gay life could be wonderful, did, he told me stories of all the gay men
the 46-year-old son of a U.S. naval ocer says. and women hed ever served with. If science discovered a way to change
Peterson has been volunteering the last two decades with Sundance, CAMP sexual orientation, what would you do?
Rehoboths annual Labor Day weekend event. Whos your LGBT hero? Destroy the formula with re.
Rehoboth seemed magical to me, Peterson says. CAMP Rehoboth is James Baldwin. Given what were
a large part of the reason why. Theyve been working to make Rehoboth a currently dealing with in our country, What do you believe in beyond the
welcoming and inclusive place for all people for 30 years. hes not just a hero; hes a prophet. physical world?
Sundance 2017 Rainbow XXX: Solar NRG is the 30th annual event and That almost every person has the
about 1,000 are expected this weekend (Sept. 2-3) at Rehoboth Mall. On Whats Rehoboths best nightspot, capacity for good.
Saturday from 7-10 p.m. a silent and live auction will be held with cocktail past or present?
buet and open bar. On Sunday, Sept. 3 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. is a dance I remember drag shows at the Whats your advice for LGBT
party with out DJ Joe Gauthreaux. All proceeds from Sundance go to CAMP Renegade fondly, but these days I love movement leaders?
Rehoboth, a non-prot that works to create a more positive environment in happy hour at AquaGrill. Not to forget that the least visible in
Rehoboth Beach. Details at our community are the most vulnerable.
Rehoboth Beach is a little queer oasis but the rest of Sussex County, Describe your dream wedding.
Delaware is not, Peterson says. Trans people, queer youth and those living Id need to nd a dream husband What would you walk across
with HIV are still very much in need of an advocacy organization like CAMP before I worry about planning a dream hot coals for?
Rehoboth and its really heartwarming to see so many people who benetted wedding. If and when the time comes, Ill Im OK over here on the cool
years ago continue to give so generously. put my friend Sidney in charge; the only ground, thanks.
Peterson, whos single, moved to Washington in 1992 and lives on Capitol thing Id care about are that my loved
Hill. He works by day as a diversity and inclusion consultant and also sings in ones would be present. What LGBT stereotype annoys
the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington and co-hosts the podcast POPeration! you most?
( What non-LGBT issue are you most That anyone still thinks it might be
passionate about? a phase.
These days, its resisting the
administration of Donald Trump Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
however we can. Beautiful Thing

What historical outcome would Whats the most overrated
you change? social custom?
The 2016 election seems like the Asking people youve barely met what
obvious choice. they do for a living.

Whats been the most memorable pop What trophy or prize do you
culture moment of your lifetime? most covet?
Seeing Liza Minnelli in concert in the I wouldnt say no to an Oscar, I guess.
mid-90s when I was still in the closet. It
might have been the nal straw. What do you wish youd known at 18?
That being vulnerable is the only path
On what do you insist? to being strong.
Why Rehoboth?
What was your last Facebook post Ive been volunteering at the Sundance
or Tweet? auction for almost 20 years; its my Labor
A note of sadness about the Day tradition. I wouldnt miss it.
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Suicide prevention benet is Sept. 9
THE JAMES BROWN The Cherry Fund hosts a fundraiser for the Barry Smythers Fund at Town
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support group programs. Tickets are $21.99.
SAT, SEPT 9 For more information, visit
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SUN, SEPT 10 Federal Triangles Soccer Club and
AN EVENING WITH BRASS-A-HOLICS Team D.C. hosts United Night OUT for the
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DREAM DISCS: Improv Festival is Sept. 6-9
STICKY FINGERS The fth annual District Improv Festival
AND TOM PETTY & featuring LGBT comedy troupe Ugh (seen
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Performing teams also include the all
PAUL KELLY Imperial Court gala goes Scottish women troupe Wicked City, all-black team
W/ SPECIAL GUEST JESS CORNELIUS Baltimores Minority Report, and Sabado
The Imperial Court of Washington D.C. hosts its Gala of the Americans: A Picante who will perform an all-Spanish
Journey to the Scottish Highlands at Washington Marriott at Metro Center (775 telenovela. Cast members attending will
SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 12th St., N.W.) on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 6-11 p.m. be Chris Red, John Thibodeaux, Shantira
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theme. Formal attire is required. Tickets are $130. Sept. 8 from 9:30-11:30 p.m. along with
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One of the boys

New book explores ups and list. But its also an interesting take on a
world that never makes the headlines.
downs of life in a gay gang Not only did Panl have access to a
group of men who were willing to tell all,
she fully used that access to understand
why a gay man would turn to a group
thats stereotypically anti-gay. This leads
to a bigger picture and larger questions


since she was 3 years old.She lives in Wisconsin
with two dogs and 12,000 books. Reach her at

Everybody knows that being a teen

isnt easy. Being a gay teen is even harder
which Vanessa R. Panl, a white lesbian and
author of The Gangs All Queer, knew.
Her work in a Columbus, Ohio, LGBT
center for young adults showed her
realities beyond what shed lived herself
and it sparked an interest in gang
membership within the community.
She already knew a handful of gay gang
members. After she gained their trust,
those men introduced her to a web of
people who opened their world to her.
When most people think of gangs, they
picture tattoos and machismo. Panl
found some of the latter, but that was
often used as cover for sexual identity.
Many (though far from all) of the men
she interviewed kept closeted to their
fellow gang members. Panl says there
are three distinct kinds of gangs: all-
gay gangs, of which there arent many;
heterosexual gangs, in which being gay
could be dangerous; and more tolerant,
easy-going hybrid gangs in which the PHOTO COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES

mix of gay and straight could be up to

half of each.
Panl points out that most of the men of violence and closeting, as well as
she interviewed were careful to stress problems with being black, gay and
that they were very masculine. She also gangster. And because her subjects so
says, despite that more than two out of casually use a word thats normally a slur,
three gay men fought someone else over the comfortableness of such is examined,
homophobic harassment, protection was as are the issues of sex work.
not the main reason for joining a gang. Even those who might struggle with
Most joined for perceptions of family or the college thesis feel of this book will
because of deep friendship. ultimately come away with a better
And while there was a certain knowledge of a world they mightnt have
amount of crime mostly petty theft, realized existed before. Certainly for
selling drugs and sex, although erce scholars, but also for readers interested
violence was not unknown many gay in LGBT cultures, The Gangs All Queer is
gangs oered encouragement, a more a pretty safe bet.
democratic atmosphere, job-seeking
help and educational support, thus acting THE GANGS ALL QUEER: THE LIVES OF GAY
more as cliques than gangs. GANG MEMBERS
The Gangs All Queer is a bit on the By Vanessa R. Panl
New York University Press
academic side and probably not on $28
anyones relax-in-a-hammock-and-read 312 pages

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Big Freedia to headline Honey Groove

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 and her team are committed to working
exclusively with small, local and/or queer-
of bounce, who will perform a longer set. owned business to bring the festival to life.
Deschamps says the festival has grown Its denitely important to have these
organically (this years budget is about spaces in general but even more now
$80,000) and shes pleased to nd people with everything going on in the world and
traveling sometimes signicant distances to were not really sure how queer people
attend. She knows of no other festival with will be protected, Deschamps says. Its
the same mission. There is some overlap important to celebrate each other, to
of acts that have performed at both Honey come together. It all starts with us.
Groove and PhazeFest, the long-time LGBT
music festival born out of now-shuttered
D.C. lesbian bar Phase 1, but says Honey A festival that celebrates LGBT
Groove is totally dierent. performing artists, visual artists,
Thats more centered around punk and creatives and entrepreneurs
Saturday, Sept. 9 BOOMscat is BOOM (aka ASHA SANTEE; right) and scat, aka JENNIFER PATIENCE ROWE.
were not that at all, Deschamps says. 2-10 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY THE BAND
Its really great that PhazeFest exists, but Dock5
1309 5th St., N.W.
they have a very dierent clientele. $60
About 70 artists have performed at the
BOOMscat brings the
event so far and Deschamps says she Headliner: Big Freedia

boom to Honey Groove

Queer baby-making music isnt a genre that can be found on Pandora or
Spotify. but D.C.-based duo BOOMscat has got it covered.
Be Steadwell calls Honey Groove The duo consists of BOOM, aka Asha Santee, keyboardist/drummer/producer,

comfortable and safe

and scat, aka Jennifer Patience Rowe, vocalist/songwriter. The pair, who both
identify as queer, met by chance at a show when Santee played drums behind
Rowes poetry. They clicked and soon BOOMscat was born in 2012.
Their day jobs consist of a full-time artist for Santee and a salon owner in Silver
D.C.-based queer performer Spring, Md., for Rowe but during their o hours they play shows throughout the
returning for third annual appearance city. Besides queer baby-making music they call their style peace and body rolls.
Its really peaceful, laid back but it also makes you wanna do a body roll. Its
D.C.-based queer pop singer/ R&B, Neo-Soul-type music, Rowe says.
songwriter Be Steadwell is known The duo has released three projects including its No Life Jacket EP, which
for her live performances with a reached No. 18 on the iTunes R&B album charts. They have performed at SXSW
loop pedal which allows her to add in Austin and embarked on a Peace & Body Roll Tour in Chicago. Their fourth
layers of vocals and build a song album Kinetic will be released this year.
live, as she puts it. BOOMscat performs at Honey Groove alongside big name artists such as Big
Its sort of like a one-person a Freedia and local musicians like Be Steadwell and the CooLots.
cappella group, says Steadwell, 30. The community is tight-knit in D.C. for queer artists of color, according to
This is her third year performing Santee and Rowe. So it was a no-brainer when they were asked to be a part of
at Honey Groove. She heard about the festival.
it as it was being organized the rst Thats our family, Santee says.
year from community buzz. She A family that doesnt always feel represented in the mainstream society. Thats
says returning each year is a joy. where Honey Groove steps in to give D.C. LGBT artists a platform to share their
Its just been such a collection of music and their stories.
love and energy and joy, Steadwell BE STEADWELL says shes thrilled to be D.C. has such a widespread LGBT and queer community across all of those
says. Its a very joyful space. I dont returning to Honey Groove for the third letters, Santee says. It sometimes feels like our music isnt taken as seriously
consecutive year.
know how else to describe it. Its PHOTO COURTESY STEADWELL as mainstream. Sometimes its not accepted because everybody feels like,
unlike any other festival Ive ever Oh, theyre queer so we cant relate to their music. So for us to have our own
played or been to. platform and create our own world, its kind of necessary. Were creating our
Steadwell says D.C.s queer women and lesbian communities are very own mainstream through that.
segregated unfortunately, a trend she nds baing. She guesses the Honey Rowe agrees.
Groove audience the last two years was about 90 percent black whereas For me, there arent a lot of safe spaces for queer folks, especially queer
PhazeFest, which shes also played, was more like 10 percent people of color. folks of color, to be all of our identies at one time, Rowe says. Honey Groove
Stylistically, Steadwell says Honey Groove attendees will encounter a wide gives us that opportunity to be everything that we are in all of our magic and be
variety of musical styles. She calls her own material sort of pop music and says unapologetic in that.
there will be more punk-oriented, R&B, jazz/R&B and more represented. Asha Rowe likens Honey Groove to Afropunk, an annual music and arts festival
Santee, Steadwells girlfriend of four years, will play drums on her set and for in New York, Paris, London and Johannesburg aimed at being a safe space for
some of the other acts as well. people of color to enjoy music.
I think Honey is necessary because we as queer people of color are While Honey Groove is more specically LGBT-focused, the message is similar.
marginalized in so many aspects of our lives and in culture, its just great to be We are there enjoying music, made by us, people that look like us, that have
able to have a space where these artists and musicians are placed at the center similar experiences. Its just a really relatable space that we dont get to have
of the narrative, Steadwell says. Its beautiful and exciting and I think everyone often. Honey Groove is a space where folks can come. Its a mecca, its a home,
who comes to Honey Groove they see the generosity and love thats being its a safe space, Rowe says.
shared and you dont often get that. It just feels so comfortable and so safe. BOOMscats music is available for streaming on iTunes, SoundCloud and Bandcamp.

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season, hopefully you are planning more you in downtown Lewes and another can vary widely in value. Center style living with grocery shopping
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