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Dening moment for LGBT rights

Supreme Courts make wedding cakes for same-sex
couples despite a state law prohibiting
new term includes anti-LGBT discrimination. But justices
Masterpiece Cakeshop, could also take up cases determining
other milestone cases whether current federal civil rights
law aords lesbian, gay and bisexual
people workplace non-discrimination
By CHRIS JOHNSON protections and transgender kids access to school restrooms consistent with their
gender identity.
A plethora of cases related to LGBT James Esseks, director of the American
rights are awaiting the Supreme Court Civil Liberties Union LGBT and HIV project,
after its summer recess at the end of said the upcoming term for the Supreme
this month, which could lead to the most Court is potentially momentous for
monumental term for justices since the LGBT rights and civil rights in general
landmark 2015 ruling in favor of marriage based on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case
equality nationwide. for which his organization is defending
The Supreme Court has already Colorados non-discrimination law.
agreed to hear and accepted briefs in Youve got the Masterpiece Cakeshop
the Masterpiece Bakeshop case, which case, which is about whether the courts
Will LGBT rights supporters be celebrating again in 2018 like they were in 2015? Or
will the Supreme Court deal LGBT rights a setback next year? was led by a Colorado baker asserting

Tragedy at Georgia Tech

LGBT student leader killed ocers with a knife in a threatening way.
Campus police at the Atlanta-based school,
by police, triggering protests known as Georgia Tech, released a statement
saying Scout Schultz, 21, a fourth year computer
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. engineering student, ignored repeated requests to drop what appeared to be an unopened
pocket knife minutes before being shot.
A Georgia Institute of Technology campus Schultz left three suicide notes shortly
police ocer shot to death the president of Pride before the altercation with police, according to
Alliance, the schools LGBT student group, shortly information released by the Georgia Bureau of
before midnight on Sept. 16, during an incident
SCOUT SCHULTZ, 21, was shot to death by Georgia Tech campus police.
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Comings & Goings D.C. seminary

Working to elect a Democrat in Virginias 10th

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our commu-
pro-LGBT priest
nity. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining
boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at
Cites hostile social media postings as
Congratulations to Ted Miller who recently
reason to avoid distraction
joined the Cancer Support Community (CSC) as Vice
President, Development and External Aairs. He By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
oversees the CSCs individual fundraising eorts,
special events and communications. He is also
charged with elevating CSCs patient-focused mission Theological College, a D.C.-based Catholic
through partnerships and cause marketing eorts. seminary aliated with the Districts Catholic
Before joining CSC, Miller served in the Obama University of America, created a stir on Friday,
administration as the Chief of External Aairs PHOTO COURTESY OF MILLER
Sept. 15, when it announced it had rescinded
at the Corporation for National and Community its invitation for an LGBT-supportive priest to Theological College rescinded a speaking
Service, a federal agency that administers deliver an Oct. 4 speech on its campus. invitation from FATHER JAMES MARTIN.
AmeriCorps and provides $600 million in funding The decision to cancel the speech by PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK
to more than 3,000 nonprots. Fr. James Martin at an Alumni Day event
In 2014, Miller directed the 20th anniversary followed a urry of hostile social media
of AmeriCorps, which culminated in a White postings attacking Martin over his recently supported yesterdays decision.
House event with Presidents Obama and Clinton, published book, Building a Bridge, which The statement then quotes Catholic
simultaneous ceremonies in all 50 states; and calls for better understanding of the LGBT University President John Garvey as
digital engagement that reached 52 million community within the Catholic Church. comparing the campaign by groups
social media users in 24 hours. He also served AUSTIN TAYLOR In a Facebook posting on Sept. 15, Martin opposed to Fr. Martins speech at
as a strategic adviser for partnerships with said the attacks against his scheduled Theological College to the same pressure
corporations and foundations whose nancial speaking engagement at Theological being applied by the left for universities
contributions enabled thousands of additional College and another Catholic organization to withdraw speaker invitations.
individuals to participate in AmeriCorps. in London were fueled by a campaign Universities and their related entities
Prior to that, Miller worked for NARAL Pro-Choice by an ultraconservative Catholic web should be places for the free, civil exchange
America as Director of Communications and Online commentary site called Church Militant. of ideas, Garvey said in the statement.
Advocacy Strategies. Before that, he served as Among other things, postings on the site Our culture is increasingly hostile to this
press secretary for the Oce of Senate Democratic referred to Martin as a homosexualist. idea. It is problematic that individuals and
Leader Tom Daschle and press secretary in the That campaign caused a storm of groups within our church demonstrate
Oce of Congressman Sherrod Brown of Ohio phone calls, emails and messages to this same inability to make distinctions
Congratulations also to Austin Taylor. He is Theological College, which included, and to exercise charity, Garvey said.
currently doing what those in politics consider I was told, people screaming at the Francis DeBernardo, executive director of
Gods work hes a eld organizer helping to receptionists who answer the phone, the LGBT supportive Catholic organization
elect Wendy Gooditis who is running for the House of Delegates in Virginias 10th Martin said in his Facebook message. New Ways Ministry, called the decision
district. Taylor said, I am a committed Democrat and heard about Wendys race In its own statement last week, Theological to rescind Martins speaking invitation at
only weeks ago. After talking to Wendy herself, doing my research, and realizing College said its rector, Rev. Gerald Theological College a devastating blow to
how important this race really is, I packed up my car and moved six hours up McBrearity, made the reluctant decision to the Catholic Church, academic freedom,
from Bristol, Va., so I could help make a dierence where it counts. disinvite Martin as a speaker in the interest and pastoral outreach to LGBT people.
Field organizers are the lifeblood of politics. The job is to organize and mobilize of avoiding distraction and controversy. The decision is an impotent one in which
the ground game and overall eld work. That includes recruiting volunteers In no way does this decision signal the seminarys leaders reveal that they are
on a weekly basis to canvass and phonebook and building relationships with approval or agreement with the powerless to stand up to commentators
community leaders, volunteers, and voters to help strategize and implement comments or accusations that the various whose views are beyond the mainstream
eective messaging. Field organizers create events and generally work 12 hours social media sites have made over the of Catholic thought, DeBernardo said in
a day, seven days a week. But as Taylor said, Hey, thats politics and someones recent weeks, the statement says. a statement. It reveals cowardice on the
got to do it. Wendy is lucky he is there. In an action likely to be viewed by LGBT part of the seminarys administrators who
Finally, congratulations also to Chase Sanders who recently began his new Catholics as a positive development, Catholic do not have integrity to withstand pressure
position as Events Manager for Leadership Greater Washington (LGW). There, University issued a separate statement from outside forces, and instead opt for
he supports cross-departmental eorts in the LGW events space and helps disassociating itself from Theological Colleges censorship instead of discussion, he said.
facilitate the management of the various programming and events aspects of decision to disinvite Martin as a speaker. DeBernardo noted that at least two
their multiple leadership programs.The goal of LGW is to bring leaders together The Catholic University statement notes cardinals and a bishop have praised
to make a positive community impact in the Washington Metropolitan region. that Martin is the editor at large for the Jesuit Martins book.
Prior to joining LGW, Sanders produced events for the National Gay and magazine America and serves as an adviser to One of those cardinals, Kevin Farrell, is the
Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. There, he helped organize and run innovative the Vaticans Secretariat for Communications. head of Congregation for Laity, Family, and
programming and their inspiring gala dinners. Sanders says, I enjoy challenging This decision does not reect the Life at the Vatican, according to DeBernardo.
myself and using my events skills and creativity to provide memorable Universitys policy on inviting speakers to What could possibly motivate the seminary
experiences for the individuals who belong to the organizations I work for. He campus, nor does it reect the specic rector, Fr. Gerald McBrearity, to feel that he
began his D.C. career with Public Media Platform, a non-prot startup. counsel received from the University and could not let a speaker with the impressive
leadership, the statement says. We regret credentials and Vatican approval that Fr.
the implication that Catholic University Martin has to speak in an academic setting?
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D.C. Office on Aging excited to work with LGBT seniors

Director of citys programs Part of my job is to make sure that we
as a city are meeting people were theyre
responds to criticism of at, she said. And so its not my place to
insucient outreach tell anybody you should feel safe in this
space. Its my job to do everything that we
can to create safer spaces, Newland said.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. And so we do that through cultural competency training, she continued. We
do that by really making a commitment
The D.C. Oce on Aging, which from our executive level down to our
oversees a wide range of city programs front line sta not just at the Oce on
for senior citizens, has been working to Aging but all of our grant recipients to be
create a safer space for LGBT seniors able to participate in that type of cultural
in all of its programs, according to its competency training.
executive director Laura Newland. Newland added: We spent a lot of
In an interview with the Washington time over the past year actually going
Blade last week, Newland responded to to LGBTQ senior events, some of which
concerns raised by LGBT activists that are hosted by some of our grantees and
the Oce on Aging has not responded to others by nonprots in the community.
longstanding requests to designate one And its been a really great experience for
or more of its numerous senior drop- us and weve learned a lot.
in sites throughout the city as an LGBT She noted that the Oce on Aging is
seniors facility. hosting an LGBTQ Town Hall Meeting on
As part of its programs, the oce Tuesday night, Sept. 26, from 5:30-7 p.m.
operates six Senior Wellness Centers at the Hayes Senior Wellness Center at
and 50 Congregate Meals sites that oer 500 K St., N.E.
seniors a place to obtain a free meal and Last week, Newland and DCOA
socialize with other seniors. Newland said Communications Director Karen Dorbin Our primary and immediate goals are to create safer and more arming spaces throughout
each of the Wellness Centers also provides provided the Blade a tour of the Senior our network and reaching isolated seniors through programming for LGBTQ older adults, said
LAURA NEWLAND, executive director of the D.C. Oce on Aging.
entertainment and other amenities Wellness Center in Ward 1 at 3531
services for seniors, including computer Georgia Ave., N.W. where longtime
terminals with free Internet access. gay entertainer and emcee Rayceen
Among those raising concerns about Pendarvis hosted a game show. Newland told the Blade this week Swanda states in his report, and which
the oces LGBT seniors outreach has Pendarvis, who is the longtime that the chart DCOA released to Mariner he said this week remains largely true in
been David Mariner, executive director of performer of his popular Ask Rayceen doesnt accurately reect the true number 2017, is for DCOA to create one or more
the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Show, called on the seniors at the Georgia of LGBT clients being served by the oce. LGBT specic congregate lunch sites or
Mariner said DCOA has so far declined Avenue center to compete to identify the I wish I could say our data tells the other LGBT specic sites.
repeated requests that it provide funding names of popular recording artists known story, but it doesnt, Newland said. They dont have to be exclusively for
for the Center to serve as an LGBT seniors for their specic songs. Overall, very few of our callers answer LGBT seniors, he said. They can just
congregate meals site. Newland said her oce has arranged all of our demographic questions, and make it known that the focus is on LGBT
The DC Center currently provides a for Pendarvis to organize shows in all of we dont require answers to all of the seniors and everybody is welcome but if
weekly brunch and social gathering for its wellness centers. questions in order to receive services, you have a problem with that you dont
LGBT seniors at its oce in the Reeves One of the things we want to do with she said. have to come, he said.
Municipal building at 2000 14th St., N.W. our current spaces is to make them be While we dont know how many seniors Swandas report, which was updated
I have talked to David a couple of times more open and to have people feel more receiving services identify as LGBTQ, earlier this year for a D.C. Seniors
about this, Newland said. What Ive told comfortable about being out basically, she we do ask all callers during intake, she Symposium in June, says many LGBT
him is were not accepting applications for said. And so one of the things we decided continued. Our primary and immediate seniors remain unaware of the programs
new meal sites right now. But if he could to do is to really focus on bringing in the goals are to create safer and more oered by the Oce on Aging, including
show consistently that he had a group of kind of entertainment and conversation arming spaces throughout our network the senior wellness centers or the
seniors who were interested in this type about LGBTQ right in our centers. and reaching isolated seniors through congregate lunch programs. It calls on
of program that we would denitely make Despite these developments Mariner of programming for LGBTQ older adults. the DCOA to more aggressively reach out
an exception and consider it, Newland the DC Center has pointed to information Ron Swanda, a longtime LGBT seniors to LGBT seniors.
told the Blade. he received from the Oce on Aging advocate in D.C., prepared a detailed Newland said her oce is working
So what were really focused on is through a Freedom of Information Act report on the state of LGBT seniors in the diligently to make changes when
one, making sure that all of our current request he submitted last year, which District in 2014 for the Age-Friendly D.C. necessary to address these concerns.
programming creates a safer space for shows far fewer LGBT seniors participate Task Force, a city advisory group of which You know, we take criticism really
all seniors, including LGBTQ seniors, and in DCOA programs than the estimated Swanda is a member. seriously, she said. And I think that our job is
also that were reaching isolated and number of LGBT seniors living in the city. His report states that LGBT seniors he to really make sure that we serve all seniors.
underserved seniors of which we would According to a chart released to interviewed generally had no problems Im not focused on just checking boxes and
include LGBTQ seniors, she said. Mariner by DCOA called Self-Identied with members of the DCOA sta, who saying we do this, we do that. Were in this for
So were focused on both of those LGBT Seniors, the oces Senior Service they said appeared to be LGBT supportive. meaningful change, she said.
things at the same time. Network had a total of 72 LGBT clients Their main concern, Swandas report And this mayor and this administration
Since there are currently no in scal year 2014, 78 in scal year 2015, says, was with other seniors attending have been very clear that its about
specic LGBT senior wellness centers and 94 in scal year 2016. The same chart various DCOA programs, including the meaningful and substantive changeWe
or congregate meals sites, Newland shows that in the category of straight/ congregate lunch programs, who the take a lot of time and think about it and
was asked if LGBT seniors would feel heterosexual, DCOA had 8,059 straight/ LGBT seniors viewed as unfriendly and in ask ourselves how we can improve based
comfortable and welcome should they heterosexual clients in 2014, 9,444 in some cases hostile toward them. on what were hearing in the community,
visit any of these existing facilities. 2015, and 9,814 in 2016. The best way to address this problem, Newland said.
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LGBT reviews are in for Trumps U.N. speech and theyre bad
Experts fear respect for two core sovereign duties: To respect people from natural disasters, corrupt on bureaucracy and process.
the interests of their own people and governments, and civil war. Stern said Trumps use of the word
sovereignty will lead to the rights of every other sovereign As an organization that serves as a reform in his speech is in fact code
ignoring human rights nation. This is the beautiful vision of this watchdog on the U.N., we know that for stripping the human rights system of
institution, and this is foundation for sovereignty is a term loaded with negative much-needed resources.
By CHRIS JOHNSON cooperation and success. meaning, Stern said. Sovereignty is We believe the only reform that LGBT groups found that emphasis often an excuse for states to ignore their is truly needed puts LGBTIQ people
on sovereignty troubling because they obligation to protect the human rights of and all vulnerable groups at the
President Trump is receiving predictably appear to y in the face of a U.S. policy individuals, especially those that are most center of U.N. governance, human
bad reviews from LGBT foreign policy seeking to secure LGBT rights overseas marginalized and vulnerable. rights, and programs, Stern said.
experts for remarks he made Tuesday even if that means demanding sovereign Also raising eyebrows was Trumps The reform and resources we need
before the United Nations in which he governments make changes to those laws. use of the word reform in his United would elevate the rights of the worlds
denounced rogue nations for bad Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global, took Nations speech as he reminded the most marginalized, open space for
behavior, taunted loser terrorists and to Twitter to say Trumps words about international body the United States meaningful civil society participation,
threatened to totally destroy North Korea. respecting sovereignty and other cultures is responsible for 22 percent of its and invest in climate justice.
In his rst address before the 72nd Session were just an excuse to ignore anti-LGBT funding. (According to Politifact, thats Trump, who has issued a travel ban
of the United Nations General Assembly, human rights abuses. actually an understatement from Trump placing Americas refugee program on
Trump said respecting national sovereignty Trump wants US to lead by example because many U.S. agencies support hold, also outlined a plan during his
was paramount to U.S. foreign policy. & stop interfering w/ other cultures. the U.N. outside the regular budget, speech in which the United States would
Our success depends on a coalition #LGBTQ human rights violations often including about $2.2 billion a year toward seek to repatriate refugees coming to
of strong and independent nations that justied by culture. #unga peacekeeping activities.) its shores, saying that policy is better
embrace their sovereignty to promote Jessica Stern, executive director of We also thank the Secretary General for both countries where people are
security, prosperity, and peace for OutRight Action International, said in a for recognizing that the United Nations eeing and countries accepting the
themselves and for the world, Trump statement Trumps repeated use of the word must reform if it is to be an eective migrants. Eleanor Acer, director of
said. We do not expect diverse countries sovereignty in his speech underscored partner in confronting threats to refuge protections for the pro-LGBT
to share the same cultures, traditions, that his political agenda promotes political sovereignty, security, and prosperity. Human Rights First, said in a statement
or even systems of government. But we isolationism and undermines the global Trump said. Too often the focus of this the refugee policy Trump proposes is a
do expect all nations to uphold these cooperation that protects vulnerable organization has not been on results, but false and shortsighted choice.

Clinton returns to D.C. lamenting mistakes of 2016 campaign

Dem nominee on role of the book that Id write about something, in the State Department and the White
misogyny, fake news in and Id have to go lie down because it was House, moderated the forum and queried
just so hard to think about the mistakes Clinton on factors attributed to her loss,
election loss I made and missed opportunities, but from Russian interference to fake news
then also to come to grips with these and misogyny.
By CHRIS JOHNSON other big forces at work that I think had Clinton recalled feeling compelled to a determinative impact on the outcome. exercise constraint as a woman and not
Clinton recalled after the election respond during the second presidential
As Hillary Clinton has reemerged in the before she started writing the book in debate when Trump could be seen on
national spotlight to promote her new February being so devastated, trying camera lurching close behind her as
book, some critics have groaned and to feel better by cleaning out closets and she spoke.
wondered why she wont just go away. taking walks in the park. The process of As you might think back funny
They were not among the crowd at the the writing the book, Clinton said, was gestures, facial expressions, heavy sighs
Warner Theatre on Monday night. cathartic, but also important for her these really do aect viewers, Clinton
In fact, the veneration for the rst view of democracy. said. And I just ended up believing that
female U.S. presidential nominee of a It really hit me there were these HILLARY CLINTON lamented staying too in addition to the gender-linked aspect
major political party was palpable among very important issues that needed to focused on a path in the 2016 election. of this, there was a history of people in
attendees, who paid upwards of $82 for a be discussed, debated even, that our presidential debates who had deviated
ticket to the event. democracy and country relied upon that in a way to show frustration, anger,
The topic of discussion was her kind of self-examination, Clinton said. dismissiveness, whatever their feelings
new book What Happened a self- A key factor Clinton identied in her loss what kind of jobs and infrastructure and were, and paid a heavy price for it, and I
examination of the 2016 presidential was not realizing the game had changed health care and other things you want to thought whatever price they paid, I would
campaign and actions that led to her loss since her runs with her husband President do for them and their families and their pay double or triple.
and the election of President Trump to Bill Clinton in the 1990s and her earlier incomes, but theres a disconnect. Clinton recalled with indignation
the White House and Clinton had many campaign in 2008 even during the 1960s Although Clinton said she stayed too the Russians hacking the emails of her
explanations for that outcome and the and 1970s when clear policy proposals focused on a path and was not as adept campaign chair John Podesta, which she
way forward. were crucial for presidential candidates. at changing to the new environment, described as being stolen, and given
Clinton laid out a balanced approach to You realize that the press is not she cautioned a less detailed approach to Wikileaks a website Clinton called
explain her loss, attributing the outcome not putting out the policy that youre putting might not be the path in the future and nothing more than a tool of Putin and the
just to her missteps, but also outside forces out everyday, theyre covering an empty speculated people will want details Kremlin. Clinton said Trumps associates
that tipped the election in Trumps favor. podium, Clinton said. And I kept again in 2020. certainly knew about it, citing a tweet
I just decided I was going to write it, thinking, Well, were still going to break Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics from Roger Stone that Podestas time in
and it was painful, Clinton said. I say in through because we really care do about & Prose and Clintons chief speechwriter a barrel would soon come.
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Key West residents allowed to return home after Irma

But now Maria threatens
storm-ravaged Caribbean


Authorities this week began to allow

residents of Key West and the lower
Florida Keys who evacuated ahead of
Hurricane Irma to return home.
Former Monroe County Mosquito
Commissioner Steve Smith who
evacuated to Orlando with his husband
told the Blade during a telephone
interview from Key West that Irmas
storm surge did not ood his home that
is less than a block from the beach.
Smith, who returned to Key West on
Sunday, said utility crews have restored
power to roughly 70 percent of the island
and supermarkets and other stores have
reopened. He also told the Blade the gay
guesthouses are getting themselves
cleaned up.
The clean up is going remarkably well,
considering this is a little island, said
Smith. You can drive down just about
every street. Theyre not blocked.
There are piles of debris everywhere,
he added. A lot of trees blew down.
Aaron Huntsman, co-manager of Aqua,
a gay nightclub on Key Wests Duval
Street, lives with his husband on Stock
Island, which is directly east of Key West.
Huntsman said his home did not Hurricane Irmas storm surge inundated areas of Key West, Fla., on Sept. 10, when it made landfall in the Florida Keys. Local residents are
ood during Irma, even though its storm watching Hurricane Maria, which is approaching the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, closely.
surge inundated the island on which it PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY BLACKBURN

is located. He nevertheless described

the hurricane as a freight train, noting station awnings tipped over and blown Vulnerable Communities Coalition, which Coast and inundated large swaths of
he thought it was going to destroy his away and part of a house that was very provides services directly to and on Houston and surrounding areas.
homes roof. shattered when he drove through Big behalf of Caribbean populations who are Dueas, Huntsman and Smith all
It just kept going and going and Pine Key, which is roughly 30 miles east especially vulnerable to HIV infection or expressed concern about Hurricane
going, said Huntsman, who, along with of Key West, on Sunday. He also saw often forgotten in access to treatment Maria, which is just east of the central
his husband, are among the couples motorhomes on nearby Bahia Honda Key and healthcare programs. Lesser Antilles.
who successfully challenged Floridas ipped over and boats that had become Irma damaged the Centro Comunitario The Category 4 hurricane with winds of
constitutional amendment that dened dislodged during the storm. de Cultura, an LGBT community center 130 mph is expected to make landfall in
marriage as between a man and a Its sobering, said Smith. It lets you in the Cuban town of Santo Domingo Dominica, an island country that is between
woman. That storm was huge. totally realize the force of this storm. that operates independently of Mariela the French territories of Guadeloupe and
Huntsman said trees fell in Aquas Smith also noted he saw people oering Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Martinique, on Monday night. Maria is
patio and the garden bar of New Orleans hot meals, ice and bottles of ice water along Mariela Castro who spearheads LGBT- forecast to reach the U.S. Virgin Islands and
House, a gay guesthouse that is less than U.S. 1. He told the Blade that gas stations, specic issues as director of the countrys Puerto Rico later in the week.
a block south of his nightclub on Duval propane companies and supermarkets National Center for Sexual Education. Fortunately, we didnt get a direct hit
Street. He told the Blade there is no are also providing free water, propane and Victor Manuel Dueas, who founded the with Irma, but it will be a tough one now
signicant damage to any of the islands water to local residents. community center, told the Blade over the with Maria, Pedro Julio Serrano, founder
gay and lesbian bars and clubs. People are stepping up, said Smith. weekend that local residents and members of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican
The bars are grilling food and the locals Irma caused widespread destruction of the LGBT community need clothing, LGBT advocacy group, told the Blade on
are bringing stu in, noted Huntsman. in Barbuda, St. Barts, St. Martin, Anguilla, shoes and other items after the hurricane. Monday from the Puerto Rican capital
People come, get their drink, bring a bag the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Facebook on Monday said an employee of San Juan. It will hit us as a Category 4
of FEMA ice. Turks and Caicos, Cuba and portions mistakenly deleted a message Mariela with winds of 150. We havent seen this
Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key, of the southeastern Bahamas before it Castro posted onto her Facebook page for almost a century. Were preparing for
which is roughly 20 miles east of Key made landfall in Florida. that contained information about how her the worst, hoping for the best.
West, on Sept. 10 with winds of 130 Alturi, an organization that seeks to supporters could contribute to the Cuban Maria is not expected to impact the
mph. The Category 4 hurricane washed promote further engagement on global governments hurricane relief eorts. Florida Keys. Local residents nevertheless
out portions of U.S. 1, which is the only LGBT and intersex issues, and the Rustin The Trans Disaster Relief Fund has also continue to follow the hurricane closely.
road to the mainland in Miami-Dade Fund for Global Equality have created been established to help trans, intersex Thats a little too close for comfort,
County, and caused widespread damage a fund to help Irmas LGBT victims in and genderqueer people impacted by Huntsman told the Blade. Its giving all of
throughout the Florida Keys. the Caribbean. The groups are raising Irma and Hurricane Harvey, which made us post-traumatic stress disorder.
Smith told the Blade he saw gas funds for the Jamaica-based Caribbean landfall last month on the Texas Gulf Karen Ocamb contributed to this report.
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National Black Justice, PFLAG name new leaders

Johns served in Prior to his White House position Johns Having Jaime at the helm signals PFLAGs
served as senior education and workforce resolve to advance the ght for LGBTQ
Obama administration development policy adviser to the U.S. Senate people and their families, who continue
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and to struggle in this increasingly stressful
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Pensions under the leadership of Harkin. He and violent environment; and to educate, also served on the committee sta when it was engage, and empower a new generation of
headed by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). allies, who are so crucial to this moment,
Two D.C.-based LGBT advocacy According to the NBJC statement said Jean Hodges, PFLAGs National Board
organizations, the National Black Justice announcing Johns appointment as President. She is a bold choice for PFLAG
Coalition and PFLAG National, announced executive director, Johns served as a National, at the right time, Hodges said.
last week that they have chosen new Congressional Black Caucus Fellow in the Grant previously served as director of the
executive directors to lead the organizations. oce of U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). National LGBTQ Task Forces Policy Institute
David J. Johns, a former White House During my tenure, I plan to focus and as founding executive director of the
ocial in the Obama administration and deeply on the empowerment of the Black Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
former adviser to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin family, which includes the families we are at Kalamazoo College. She was founder
(D-Iowa), assumed his new role as executive born into as well as those we create and director of the Global Trans Research
director at NBJC earlier this month, according while honoring the opportunity to remain and Advocacy Project, which supports
to a statement released by the group. a central repository for advocating for and transgender researchers and activists.
In a separate statement released last DAVID J. JOHNS will lead the National Black responding to the needs of Black LGBTQ/ The PFLAG statement says Grant has
Justice Coalition.
week, PFLAG National announced it has PHOTO COURTESY NBJC SGL individuals and communities, Johns also authored or co-authored numerous
named Jaime M. Grant, a feminist and LGBT said in the NBJC statement. books, including her role as co-author
movement activist for three decades, as NBJC spokesperson Isaiah Wilson said and principal investigator for Injustice
its new executive director. Grant succeeds headed NBJC for the past eight years in the SGL stands for same gender loving, a at Every Turn: A Report of the National
Jody Huckaby, who served as the groups dual role of executive director and chief term he said is often used in the African Transgender Discrimination Survey. The
executive director for the past 12 years. executive ocer. It says Lettman-Hicks American community as an alternative to report was co-published by the National
NBJC describes itself as a civil will continue in her role as CEO, where the terms gay, lesbian, or homosexual. Center for Transgender Equality and the
rights organization dedicated to the she will focus on board development, PFLAG National describes itself as the National LGBTQ Task Force.
empowerment of black lesbian, gay, infrastructure and long-term sustainability. nations largest and oldest organization Ive been in training for this job my whole
bisexual, transgender and queer people, In 2013, President Obama appointed uniting families and Allies with people who life, Grant said in the statement. I believe so
including people living with HIV/AIDS. Johns as the rst executive director of are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and strongly in PFLAG and its work, which, over
It says its mission is to end racism, the White House Initiative on Educational queer (LGBTQ). The statement notes that the past 45 years has created a tremendous
homophobia, and LGBTQ bias and stigma. Excellence for African Americans, where the group was founded in 1972 and currently cultural shift in parenting values, and res up
In a statement the group says Johns he served until the end of the Obama has over 200,000 members and supporters advocacy by families and allies, she said. I am
succeeds Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, who administration in January 2017. and nearly 400 local chapters nationwide. honored and thrilled to accept this position.

Court: Facebook posts allow Mich. farmer to refuse service to gays

The City singled Country August and December. Even if the City is require it to communicate, engage in, or host
correct that talking about discrimination expression that violates the owners sincerely
Mill out for special is not protected, Plaintis also talked held religious beliefs and conscience.
treatment about their religious beliefs, which is a The City of East Lansing initially allowed
protected activity. For the rst element Tennes to continue selling produce at its
By CHRIS JOHNSON in the retaliation claim the City cannot farmers market, but asked him no longer ignore the portions of the Facebook posts to participate as long as that was his policy.
that would be protected speech. Subsequently, the city denied his
A federal court has ruled in favor The Charlotte, Mich.-based farmer sued application for the 2017 season after it
of a Michigan farmer asserting a First the City of East Lansing after it informed amended its policy to mandate vendors
Amendment right to refuse to host same-sex him he could no longer participate in a adhere to the citys human rights ordinance,
couples at his wedding venue, concluding farmers market to sell produce when he which bars discrimination on the basis of
his Facebook posts announcing the policy declared on Facebook he wouldnt allow sexual orientation. That denial prompted
are protected under the U.S. Constitution. same-sex marriages on his property, Tennes to sue in federal court on the basis A federal court has ruled Facebook posts
allow a Michigan farmer to refuse to host
In a 16-page decision, U.S. District Judge Paul which he rents for wedding services. the city violated his freedom of speech and same-sex weddings.
Maloney, an appointee of George W. Bush, Tennes wrote a Facebook post saying religion under the First Amendment. PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK

granted Stephen Tennes of Country Mill Farms he believes marriage is a sacramental Maloney concludes the City of East
a preliminary injunction on Friday against the union between one man and one woman Lansing singled out Tennes for punishment the 2017 market and by requiring Country
City of East Lansing on the basis that his social based on his Catholic faith in August 2016 because it amended its human rights Mills vendor application to be forwarded
media posts constitute protected activity after he denied wedding services to two ordinance after he declared on Facebook to the City for consideration.
under the First Amendment. women in 2014 and they encouraged he wouldnt serve same-sex couples. In addition to nding the City of East
The City focuses on the act of others not to patronize his business. Within months, the City amended its Lansing violated Tennes right to free speech,
excluding same-sex wedding ceremonies Although Tennes temporarily suspended Vendor Guidelines to incorporate the Maloney determined the municipality
from Country Mill, Maloney writes. But, all weddings on his property, he later Citys non discrimination ordinance, violated his freedom of religion.
even if that conduct is not protected, resumed them, but only for dierent-sex Maloney writes. The City also singled As a result of the preliminary injunction,
Plaintis still engaged in protected ceremonies. Tennes wrote in a subsequent Country Mill out for special treatment by the City of East Lansing must allow Tennes
activity when Tennes communicated Facebook post that he reserves a right to ordering the Farmers Market Planning to sell produce at its farmers market for
his religious beliefs on Facebook in deny a request for services that would Commission not to invite Country Mill to the remainder of the 2017 season.
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Latin America trans movement sees advances, setbacks

Violence, discrimination also said local police ocers either dont
investigate attacks against sex workers or
remain pervasive use anti-LGBT slurs against them.
in the region A trans activist in San Pedro Sula,
Honduras, with whom the Blade spoke
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS in February said police ocers along with gangs frequently target trans sex
workers for extortion and violence. The
BOGOT, Colombia Torrential activist, who asked the Blade not to publish
downpours were ooding roads and their name because they have been the
causing massive trac jams in the target of two assassination attempts over
Chapinero area of the Colombian capital the last two years, said those who publicly
shortly after 6:30 p.m. on March 7 when a criticize the police or gangs are threatened
handful of people were gathered inside the and often go into hiding.
small oce of Fundacin Grupo de Accin Police ocers, soldiers are the ones
y Apoyo a Personas Trans, a trans advocacy who violate our rights, said the activist.
group known by the acronym GAAT. Advocates have celebrated a number
They were talking about ways to of legislative and political advances in the
identify trans people as the downpours region in spite of persistent violence and
continued to ood the streets around discrimination based on gender identity.
the building. Transsexuals and cross- Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and
dressers are among the words to which Mexico City are among the jurisdictions
they referred, but GAAT Executive in which trans people can legally
Director Laura Weinstein pointed out change their name and gender without
their meaning can prove complex. undergoing sex-reassignment surgery.
One of the problems that we have is Chilean lawmakers continue to consider a
how to precisely identify (ourselves), she bill that would allow trans adults to legally
told the group, which included trans men change their name and gender without
and women who live in dierent Bogot surgery and without going before a judge.
neighborhoods. TAMARA ADRIN is the rst openly transgender person elected to the Venezuelan National El Salvadors criminal code includes
How to identify oneself is among the Assembly. She is among those who attended the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institutes enhanced penalties for hate crimes
myriad problems trans advocates in International LGBT Leaders Conference that took place last December in D.C. based on gender identity, but advocates
Colombia and across Latin America face. WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY with whom the Blade has spoken say
Activists across the region with whom authorities are reluctant to apply them.
the Washington Blade has spoken since The Honduran constitution bans anti-
the beginning of the year say violence victims in the country in 2012 were trans, Bahamas, told the Blade late last month LGBT discrimination, but activists insist
based on gender identity remains a with roughly 52 percent of them people in an email. Many are only looking for these protections have had little impact.
serious issue. of color. A report the Inter-American trans people in secret in order to satisfy Mexico Citys nondiscrimination law
Three trans women were killed in Commission on Human Rights released in their sexual desires, but they are the rst includes gender identity. The Mexican
San Luis Talpa, El Salvador, in February. 2014 indicates the average life expectancy to point you out in public. capital also allows trans people to legally
Stacy Velsquez of Organizacin Trans of trans people in the Western Hemisphere Araujo told the Blade there is a lack of change their gender without a court order.
Reinas de la Noche, a Guatemala City- is between 30-35 years. educational opportunities in El Salvador Luisa Revilla in 2014 became the rst
based group that advocates on behalf of The situation of our trans community for trans women, noting they must dress openly trans person elected to public
trans sex workers, in that same month is very delicate, Odalys Araujo, a trans as a man if they want to go to high school oce in Peru after she won a seat on
highlighted to the Blade the case of a woman who lives in the Salvadoran or attend university. Tatiana Pieros, a the local council in La Esperanza. Tamara
trans woman who ed to Guatemala after capital of San Salvador, told the Blade trans woman who ran Bogots social Adrin and Diane Rodrguez were elected
a gang member tried to slit her throat. earlier this month. We are being killed welfare agency under former Mayor to the Venezuelan National Assembly and
Diana Sacayn, a prominent trans rights by the violence that exists in our country. Gustavo Petros administration, said the Ecuadorian Congress in 2015 and
advocate in Argentina, was stabbed to death Gnesis Rafael, general coordinator of discrimination based on gender identity earlier this year respectively.
in her Buenos Aires apartment in October Colectivo Hombres XX, a trans advocacy forces trans people to drop out of school. Kendra Stefani Jordany in March
2015. Francela Mndez, a former board group in Mexico City, noted to the Blade They are not prepared for life, she said. became the rst openly trans person to
member of Colectivo Alejandra, a trans that three trans people were killed last Pieros and others with whom the Blade ever win a primary election in Honduras.
Salvadoran advocacy group, was killed a few October in the Mexican capital. spoke said many trans women become She was among the list of 20 candidates
months earlier while she was visiting a friend Trans women are more visible, said sex workers because they lack formal for the Central American Parliament who
at her home in Sonsonate, El Salvador. Rafael. Having changed ones name is no education and employment opportunities. advanced to the countrys November
A trans sex worker in Cuba was guarantee for getting a job, a place to live They are less accepted socially, general election, but she will not appear
reportedly stoned to death by a group and even riding the subway or going to suer more rejection, said Mara on the ballot because the party of which
of six teenagers in the province of Pinar the bathroom. Fernanda Martnez of Caribe Armativo, she is a member reorganized itself.
del Ro in April 2015. The videotaped Advocates in Honduras, El Salvador and a Colombian LGBT advocacy group, on Rihanna Ferrera is running for a seat in
torture and murder of Dandara dos other countries with whom the Blade has March 14 as she and the Blade walked the Honduran Congress. She would make
Santos in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza spoken said they have been harassed and through the old city of Cartagena in which history as the rst openly trans person
in February sparked widespread outrage even receive death threats. They also said trans sex workers typically work. We see elected in the Central American country if
and highlighted the brutal violence discrimination based on gender identity that it is not normal in Colombia to nd she wins in November.
based on gender identity that remains in employment, education, health care a trans woman working in a formal job.
commonplace in the country. and other sectors remains commonplace. Martnez told the Blade that many trans EDITORS NOTE: Blade reporter Michael K. Lavers
Statistics from the Brazilian Secretariat There is a double morality, Agata sex workers in Cartagena are attacked and will be on assignment in Latin America from Sept.
19-Oct. 4. He will be reporting from Honduras,
of Human Rights indicate more than Brooks, a transsexual woman in the killed, noting one could no longer work El Salvador, Panama, Colombia and Chile. Visit
half of the 300 reported LGBT murder Dominican Republic who was born in the after she underwent back surgery. She to follow his reports.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 of Appeals ruled Title IX requires the
school to change its policy.
going to recognize a constitutional right Last year, the Supreme Court
to discriminate based on peoples religion agreed to hear a similar case in which
or peoples political beliefs, and if they Gloucester County Schools refused to
do, that overrides civil rights law, and not allow transgender high school student
just for LGBT people, but for everybody, Gavin Grimm to use the school restroom
Esseks said. And thats something I think consistent with his gender identity. But
every single person in the country should the Supreme Court changed course and
be concerned about because everybodys nixed consideration of the case after
rights are at risk here. the Trump administration rescinded
If the court takes up other LGBT cases in guidance to schools assuring transgender
addition to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, kids access to the restroom of their
Esseks said the upcoming term will be a choice. The remanded case is once again
dening moment for LGBT rights whether before trial court, which is determining
our side wins the cases or loses them. the issue is moot now that Grimm has
Front-and-center among the LGBT graduated.
cases, simply by virtue of the Supreme Additionally, the LGBT group Lambda
Court already agreeing to review the Legal has led a petition before the
lawsuit, is the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court seeking a determination
case. It could also have signicant impact that sexual-orientation discrimination
if justices deliver a ruling mandating Attorney General JEFF SESSIONS weighed in on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case before the amounts to sex discrimination, and
Supreme Court, siding with the Colorado baker in a friend-of-the-court brief.
exemption for state and local non- therefore is unlawful in the workplace
discrimination laws, more so if that WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
decision isnt contained to the baking of 1964. The plainti in the case is Jameka
wedding cakes. Evans, a security guard who claims she was
Supporters of Jack Phillips, who refused inherently expressive act, unlike the of at least four justices to grant a writ of targeted for harassment and eectively
to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex provision of other goods, and protected certiorari, or agree to hear a case. terminated from her job at Georgia
couple, already led briefs in the case under the First Amendment. Among them is the petition led Regional Hospital for being a lesbian.
earlier this month. Representing Charlie Katie Eyer, an anti-discrimination law by Barronelle Stutzman of Arlenes The issue may be ripe for review
Craig and David Mullins, the same-sex scholar at Rutgers Law School, said the Flowers in Washington State, who like because of a split among federal appeals
couple that sought the wedding cake, and outcome of the case is hard to predict Masterpiece Cakeshop is seeking a First courts. The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of
Colorado and that successfully sued largely based on the freedom of speech Amendment right to refuse services Appeals ruled against nding employment
in Colorado state courts after Phillips claims made by Masterpiece Cakeshop. for same-sex weddings, but in her case protections for Evans under Title VII in
denied them service is the ACLU. The speech side of the case is honestly oral arrangements. The Washington contrast to a ruling earlier this year from
Esseks said the issue presented to more complicated, Eyer said. If this were Supreme Court upheld the states non- the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
justices isnt about a cake or business 20, 30 years ago, certainly 30 years ago, discrimination law against her claims, but determining anti-gay discrimination is a
artistry but whether the court will nd I would tell you the Supreme Court does she led a petition with the U.S. Supreme form of sex discrimination.
the baker has a constitutional right to not treat discrimination as constitutionally Court seeking review. Jocelyn Samuels, executive director of
discriminate under the First Amendment. protected expression. That has been Eyer, however, said the likely outcome the Williams Institute at the University of
Itll sell the cake to lots of other people, eroded over the years as the court has of that petition is the Supreme Court California, Los Angeles, said the circuit split
but it wont sell it to a same-sex couple, moved away from the race cases, when will place it on hold until it nishes makes the Supreme Court more likely to
and thats the paradigm of discrimination: this issue was originally raised. It has consideration of the Masterpiece hear the gay employment case, but that
No cakes for gays, Esseks said. What the shown more and more willingness to Cakeshop case, then take action. wont necessarily be the outcome.
store wants to be able to do is put up a entertain those types of defenses to anti- Often what the court will do in that The Second Circuit is also hearing the
sign over the display case for wedding discrimination law claims. type of circumstance is not grant and case en banc on the very same question, so
cakes that says, Wedding cakes for Eyer pointed out the Colorado Court of consolidate, but hold it until the initial case there is a lot of development in the lower
heterosexuals only. And just think about Appeals, which ruled against Masterpiece having implications is decided, and if it courts on addressing this issue, Samuels
what the world looks like if a business Cakeshop, determined the outcome could does indeed have implications, grant and said. I think its uncertain whether the
can put up that sign. It can put up a lot have been dierent if the baker was remand and further consideration, Eyer Supreme Court would weigh in now or
of other signs. They can say no clothing required to write a certain message on said. I expect they probably wont rule would opt to see how more cases at the
for Muslims, they can say no haircuts for the wedding cake something the U.S. on the petition until the Cakeshop case is district and circuit level come out.
Latinos, you can go down the list. Supreme Court may consider in evaluating decided, and then whether or not theyll As with the marriage cases and so
The Supreme Court already ruled in the the bakers First Amendment claims. send it back will depend on whether or many other cases before the Supreme
1990 decision of Employment Division Although oral arguments in the case not the Cakeshop case has new relevant Court, the outcome of the LGBT-related
v. Smith that neutral laws of general arent yet scheduled, Esseks said the doctrine, which its very likely to given the lawsuits will likely come down to U.S.
applicability, including anti-discrimination court has said theyre likely to take place controversy and the circumstances. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, whos
laws, are subject to rational basis review within two weeks after Thanksgiving. The Another LGBT-related petition before considered the swing vote on the bench
even when they incidentally burden consensus among legal experts is the the Supreme Court was led by Kenosha and has a reputation for coming down in
religious beliefs. That precedent will likely court will hand down a decision at the School District in Wisconsin, which is favor of gay rights.
hamper Masterpiece Cakeshops claims of end of June 2018, when the term ends seeking a nationwide ruling on whether With respect to the Masterpiece
being able to deny wedding cakes to same- and the court tends to issue rulings in its Title IX of the Education Amendment Cakeshop case, Eyer said predicting
sex couples under freedom of religion. high-prole cases. of 1972 requires schools to allow the way Kennedy who in addition to
But supporters of Masterpiece In addition to the Masterpiece Cakeshop transgender students to use the restroom favoring LGBT rights, also has a reputation
Cakeshop are also framing the lawsuit case, numerous petitions are before the consistent with their gender identity. The for giving deference to free speech will
as an attempt to protect freedom court that would enable justices to issue school district sought to bar high school come down is dicult.
of expression on the basis that the rulings either dramatically expanding student Ash Whitaker from the boys
preparation of a wedding cake is an or restricting LGBT rights. It takes a vote room, but the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court
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Ga. Tech LGBT student leader shot to death by police

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 campusleading to three arrests, according an unopened utility or pocket knife lying befallen them.
to a university statement. The AP reported on the ground after the shooting. In addition to serving as president of the
Investigation. that the protests turned violent and that Ocers provided multiple verbal Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, Schultz has
The GBI, which is investigating the a police vehicle was torched, prompting commands and attempted to speak with been a leader in the local community in
campus shooting incident, also disclosed Georgia Tech to issue an alert warning Schultz who was not cooperative and would terms of making Georgia Tech as well as
in a statement released Monday, Sept. 18, students to shelter indoors. not comply with the ocers commands, the surrounding Atlanta community better
that it determined it was Schultz who called I think (Scout) was having a mental GBI said in a Sept. 17 statement. for LGBTQIA individuals, Graham said.
911 to alert campus police of a suspicious breakdown and didnt know what to Schultz continued to advance on the On its surface this does seem like an
person carrying a knife and possibly a gun. do, the Journal-Constitution quoted ocers with the knife, the statement says. overreaction with a student that seems
The statement says Schultzs description Chris Stewart, an attorney representing Subsequently, one of the ocers red to have had some mental health issues,
of the suspicious person given in the 911 Schultzs parents, as saying. The area was striking Schultz. Schultz was transported Graham said. Why wasnt this ocer
call matched Schultzs own appearance. secure. There was no one around at risk, to Grady Memorial Hospital where he better trained in de-escalation eorts?
It has been determined that Schultz Stewart told the Journal-Constitution. died, the statement says, adding that he asked in discussing the police handling
made the 911 call to Georgia Tech Police Campus police said they responded to an autopsy was being conducted by its of the matter. And it should be troubling
alerting them to a suspicious person on a 911 call from someone who saw Schultz Medical Examiners Oce in Decatur, Ga. to all people to think that a student that
campus, the GBI statement says. walking barefoot on campus while In a self-prepared biographical was having challenges was met with this
In the call Schultz describes the person as holding a knife and a gun at about 11:17 statement still posted on the website of level of deadly force.
a white male, with long blonde hair, white-t- p.m. on Sept. 16. When police arrived the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, for which Georgia Techs president and dean of
shirt & blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, Schultz was holding the knife, and there Schultz served as president for the past students posted messages of condolence
holding a knife and possibly armed with a was no evidence of a gun, according to two years, Schultz stated, Im bisexual, over Schultzs death on the schools website.
gun on his hip, the statement says. follow-up police statements. nonbinary, and intersex and prefers to be Scouts sudden and tragic death
A total of 3 suicide notes were located The Journal-Constitution and Atlantas referred to by the pronouns they/them. today has been devastating news for the
in Schultzs dormitory room, says the Channel 2 Action News reported at least Je Graham, executive director of the Schultz family and classmates and for
statement, which adds, No rearms two students who witnessed the incident statewide LGBT advocacy group Georgia members of the community who knew
were recovered from the scene. recorded part of it on video with their Equality, said he has seen no evidence Scout personally, the shock and grief
Schultzs mother, Lynn Schultz, has said phones from their dormitory windows. to indicate Schultz was singled out for are particularly acute, said John Stein,
she believed the campus police ocers who In one of the videos Schultz can be heard improper treatment by police or others on Georgia Techs dean of students and vice
confronted Scout Schultz on campus late in shouting Shoot me! to the four ocers campus because Schultz self-identied as president for Student Life.
the evening on Saturday, Sept. 16, should on the scene, the TV news station reported. non-binary, intersex, or an LGBT person. The Pride Alliance also posted a
have made a greater attempt to diuse Ocers can be heard on one of the Our immediate reaction is that this message on its own website calling
the situation rather than use deadly force. videos shouting repeatedly, Nobody is a very tragic situation, he told the Schultz the driving force behind the
She told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wants to hurt you. Drop the knife, the Washington Blade. Our thoughts are group for the past two years who pushed
that Scout Schultz was suering from newspaper reported. with Scouts family, Scouts friends at the us to do more events and a larger variety
depression and had attempted suicide by A photo obtained from another video Georgia Tech community, especially the of events, and we would not be the
hanging in the recent past. recording published by the Journal- LGBTQIA community at Georgia Tech. organization we are known as without
Protests were held Monday night on Constitution shows what appeared to be This is just a horric tragedy that has their constant hard work and dedication.

McCain co-sponsors bill against Trumps trans military ban

Arizona Republican who meets the medical and readiness Thursday, when Senate Majority Leader of repealing Dont Ask, Dont Tell in 2010.
was strong opponent standards should be allowed to serve Mitch McConnell refused to hold a vote Our armed forces should welcome the
including those who are transgender. on her amendment against Trumps ban service of any qualied individual who is
of Dont Ask repeal The Senate Armed Services Committee as part of the scal year 2018 defense willing and capable of serving our country,
will review the results of the DOD study authorization bill. Collin said. If individuals are willing to put
By CHRIS JOHNSON on accession and will continue to work Despite being denied a vote on my on the uniform of our country, be deployed
closely with our military leaders on any bipartisan amendment to defend our in war zones, and risk their lives for our
A new standalone bill that seeks to policy changes as we conduct oversight transgender service members, we are freedoms, then we should be expressing
undermine President Trumps ban on on this important issue. not giving up in this ght, Gillibrand our gratitude to them, not trying to kick
transgender military service has key McCains support for the legislation said in a statement. Thousands of brave them out of the military.
support from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is striking because in 2010, the Arizona transgender Americans love our country Sources familiar with the legislation say
who years ago was a chief opponent of Republican was the biggest opponent in the enough to risk their lives for it, ght its identical to the amendment Gillibrand
Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal. Senate of repealing of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, for it, and even die for it, and Congress proposed as part of the scal year 2018
In a statement upon the bills the law that prohibited openly gay people should honor them and let them serve. defense authorization.
introduction, McCain declared his support from serving in the U.S. armed forces. Doing otherwise would only harm our The measure has three parts. It
for transgender military service and said As the Pentagon was reviewing the readiness at a time when our military is expresses the sense of Congress that
he awaits feedback on the issue from possibility at the time of allowing openly deployed around the world in defense of qualied individuals should be able to
Defense Secretary James Mattis, who set gay people to serve, McCain complained the our country. serve in the armed forces; prohibits the
forth a plan for a study on transgender study was o-base and should have asked The new bill, S.1820, has bipartisan support military from discharging service members
service after Trumps order. service members if they want the change. right o the bat. Among the co-sponsors solely for being transgender; and codies
When less than one percent of On the day the Senate voted to repeal Dont other than McCain are Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) the review Mattis established in June to
Americans are volunteering to join the Ask, Dont Tell, McCain said on the Senate and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). determine whether openly transgender
military, we should welcome all those who oor the occasion was a sad day. Collins, the other Republican whos an people can enlist in the armed forces. The
are willing and able to serve our country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) original co-sponsor of the legislation, was measure also calls for a report to Congress
McCain said. Any member of the military introduced the standalone measure in contrast to McCain a strong proponent on that study by Feb. 21.
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I love wandering through
Smithsonian museums, eating
on H Street with friends, and going Chicago hopes to eliminate HIV over next decade
to shows at Howard Theatre.
CHICAGO Chicagos Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan this week
to eliminate new HIV diagnoses in the city and state over the next decade, the
Chicago Sun Times reports.
Im a The partnership between the city and state Departments of Public Health, 10
community organizations and hospitals is appropriately called Getting to Zero.
transgender woman It has two main goals are to increase the use of prevention medications
and Im part of DC. among the most vulnerable to the disease and ensure that 70 percent of all
people living with HIV receive the medication they need to reduce the viral load
that ocials said signicantly reduces the risk of transmission.
The plan is patterned after similar eorts in San Francisco and the state of
Washington, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
Please treat me the way any Chicago has gone a long way toward reducing the spread of HIV.
woman would want to be treated: In 2002, the number of newly diagnosed cases spiked at 1,850. Since 2013, it
with courtesy and respect. has been less than 1,000 a year. Less than half of those living with HIV are also
Discrimination based on gender identity and
expression is illegal in the District of Columbia.
virally suppressed. That means theyre less likely to transmit the virus.
If you think youve been the target of By increasing distribution and daily use of PrEP, a pill that dramatically
discrimination, visit reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV, and increasing adherence to
or call (202) 727-4559.
antiretroviral treatment among those living with HIV from 50 percent to 70
percent, the hope is HIV in Chicago will someday reach a point where it can no
longer sustain itself, the Chicago Sun Times reports, citing ocials.

GLBT Last year, the city invested $3 million in community partners to increase education and
access to PrEP for communities at greatest risk. They include gay, bisexual and other men
who have sex with men of color and transgender women, the Sun Times reports.

24-hour LGBT drop-in center planned in NYC

Show your support! Spread word of the #TransRespect NEW YORK New York City is creating a multi-agency project in hopes of
campaign by photographing this ad and sharing on Twitter.
better coordinating and expanding existing services for LGBT youth, WNYC
reports. The eort includes a focus on health programs, homeless services,
suicide prevention and added supports in the public schools.
First Lady Chirlane McCray launched the initiative Tuesday, which city ocials are
calling NYC Unity, by calling awareness to the specic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and questioning or queer youth. These young people are vulnerable to
violence, bullying, homelessness and mental health issues, she said, according to WNYC.
To all of our citys LGBT young people especially those just discovering
their sexuality or identity, or those feeling isolated and afraid take it from me,
you are not alone, WNYC quoted her as having said. You are wonderful and
New York City will always have your back.
Speaking from the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan, McCray invoked
her own personal storyof being part of New York Citys LGBT community in the
late 1970s. She found support and encouragement from friends, though not
necessarily from political leaders, she said.
The city will invest $4.8 million in NYC Unity, which will include opening a
new 24-hour drop-in center specically for LGBT youth in Jamaica, Queens. The
center is slated to open next month.
The city currently has one other 24-hour drop-in center for LGBT young people
in Harlem, WNYC reports.

Harvard increases LGBT training

NEW YORK The Harvard Medical School has added to its LGBT-specic training
over the last year with a new elective course devoted to gay health, more incorporation
of LGBT issues in existing courses and a new LGBT scholarship, NBC News reports.
PFLAG promotes the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual,
The elective course was unveiled in January, 2016 for fourth-year medical
and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: students to learn about sexual- and gender-minority health issues from LGBT
Support to cope with an adverse society. people. Its a multidisciplinary course designed to help graduating physicians
Education to enlighten an ill-informed public. provide better care to LGBT patients, NBC News reports. Health disparities for
Advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. LGBT patients have been widely documented.
Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, an assistant professor of psychiatry at HMS and the
Trained facilitators lead the Arlington Support Group and confidentiality is maintained. For director of education and training programs at the Fenway Institutes National
further information about the Arlington Support Group, contact us at LGBT Health Education Center, said he customizes the elective course for each
student, hoping to provide an enriched experience toward the end of their
Our groups meet on the second Sunday of each month, from 3 4:30pm at the Unitarian medical school training, so that they can appreciate the fact that this is really a
Universalist Church in Arlington, at George Mason Drive & Route 50. eld in and of it itself, NBC News quoted him as having said.
Outside of the LGBT-specic elective, HMS also seeks to be LGBT-inclusive in its other
A.L.Y. is a group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth and Allies in
courses, such as a genetics class that included a three-hour clinic with an intersex patient.
grades 7-12. Our goal is to give LGBTQ youth a safe place to gather. Trained facilitators lead the Dr. Edward Hundert, the dean for medical education at HMS, credited the
youth group. Confidentiality maintained. For more info, contact: growing number of out LGBT faculty, sta and students for pushing to make
Our Washington DC Chapter of PFLAG may be reached at 202-638-3852. sure LGBT-inclusivity is the rule, not the exception at HMS, NBC News reports.
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Youth, taking ight amid hazards

The mixing of sex and bat stigma, what about stereotyping that ative of mine wrecked his marriage and to care for himself. It gets delicate, deal-
appears to glamorize harmful activity? his job with crystal meth. He survived. I ing with desire while trusting ones resis-
drugs stirs old memories Are the editors worried that more realis- wish more of the party guys I knew in my tance to the downward pull of the crowd.
and new concern tic photos would get fewer clicks? I dont 20s had lived; they could provide sorely At least now there are more community
need a lecture from people sexing-up needed mentoring now. resources to turn to. I pray that someday
self-destructiveness. Much has changed over the years, and he can look back, grateful for heeding his
Yes, addicts should receive help. The much has not. In my youth there were no own voice, and for help that was there
use of party drugs is not new. Only the social media or hookup apps to get us in when he needed it.
lingo and the recreational drugs of choice trouble; nor was there Uber to ferry us to I saw him dance on Saturday. His joy in
have changed, along with the mode of ac- out-of-the-way places. The powerful de- expressing himself was as wonderful to
cess. A lot of people I met in 1980 when vices in our pockets are both useful and see as his talent. He is proud of his make-
I moved to D.C. were dead within a few hazardous. But sex, drugs, and rock n up skills. On his face, he told us, were
years; drugs played a role along with HIV. roll goes back at least half a century. foundation, blush, bronzer, mascara, eye-
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.
Reach him at Some would boast and laugh about the I know a gifted gay teen whose par- liner, eyebrow pencil, lip liner, and a few
drugs they were taking. I remember put- ents worry about the dangers he faces. other cosmetics I dont recall. He has nat-
I saw an article the other day in Gay downs I got from men now long dead for Their worry annoys him. This dynamic is ural good looks, but this is his creation.
Star News titled, Chemsex will dene a not being part of that scene. But I was not also not new. I cry to think of any harm His indulgent father sighed, You have
period of our gay history. The subhead celibate. I was lucky. Their ghosts are with coming to him. But I do not show him my fty dollars on your face. For Sunday, he
stated, Stop stigmatizing people who me still. worry. That, to be honest, is what par- designed special eye makeup to attend a
engage in chemsex and help them share Now some guys use PrEP (pre-expo- ents are for. He is just starting to date. matinee of Aida at the Washington Na-
their stories. sure prophylaxis) as a magic shield as He needs others with a bit of distance to tional Opera. He is charting his own star.
Yes, we must stop stigmatizing de- they party away. Mind you, I defend PrEP whom he can turn for supportive, non- Back in his living room, my young
structive behavior. Wait, what? Was the against its critics. A life-saving medica- coercive advice. friend whirled and kicked a leg up high.
writer on drugs? Judging by the accom- tion should not be rejected because it The fact is, at some point, like all of Who knows what insights and possibili-
panying photos, one might assume that prompts carelessness in some. That just us, he has to y on his own power. One ties ride on a edgling artists wings? A de-
those aected by chemsex (or PnP for means we have more educating and per- hopes that when he does, he will have but awaits, just over his horizon. Goddess
party and play, terms I never saw before) suading to do. assimilated the right mix of love, knowl- keep him safe, with our help and his own.
are all young and attractive guys with We need to mix truth-telling with our edge, and wisdom to see him through,
bu gym bodies. If were going to com- compassion. As it happens, a straight rel- and summoned the strength and guts Copyright 2017 by Richard J. Rosendall.
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A big thank you to Edie Windsor

It wasnt enough for you just but you were a force of nature. We cant queer advocacy. Until then, Id always I bet you had no idea youd be the Rosa
believe that you, mother to the queer had the feeling and I know its ignorant Parks of LGBT rights. But nothing was go-
to be a gay rights icon community and the LGBT rights pioneer and unfair I dont want to be identied ing to keep you from ghting injustice.
whose case struck down DOMA, died on with the queens, you told the New York Who could count how many lives were
Sept. 12 at age 88 in Manhattan. University Alumni Magazine, But from enriched when you won your battle to
When you met and fell in love with that day on, I had this incredible grati- strike DOMA down?
clinical psychologist Thea Spyer in 1963, tude. They changed my life. They changed My friend Shannon is among the
queer people couldnt say anything about my life forever. many to benefit from your battle for
being gay to their families, co-workers or It wasnt enough for you just to be a gay justice. It was because of you, Shan-
all but a very few close LGBT friends. The rights icon! Divorced (from a marriage non emailed me, that I was able to get
idea of gays dancing with, dating or even with a man that you early on decided Lettys Social Security.
KATHI WOLFE, a writer and poet, is a regular being seen with, let alone marrying their wouldnt work because you were queer) What a dierence she made to this
contributor to the Blade. same-sex loves, was unthinkable. Spyer and living on your own, you earned an country we love, President Obama said
proposed to you in 1967 with a diamond M.A. in applied mathematics from NYU in of you.
Dear Edie: brooch. Because an engagement ring 1957. You became one of a few women to You helped to change hearts and
From Maine to Mississippi to Califor- would have been considered beyond the work in a senior position at IBM. This was minds, including mine, Hillary Clinton
nia, we were all your children. Even if we pale. at a time when most women were home- said at your funeral.
werent your BFF or you hadnt hugged or Nearly 40 years later, Anne, the late makers in hetero marriages. You liked, as youd say, to keep it hot.
taken a sele with us, we knew you. We love of my life, was in the hospital. Same- In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed At your funeral, someone on your medi-
smiled when we saw your fab straw hat. sex marriage wasnt yet on the horizon. the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA de- cal team said you were scheduled next
When you stood in front of the Supreme I was only allowed to be with her before ned marriage as being between a man month to talk to doctors on sex for folks
Court with your arms outstretched, you she went into surgery because the nurses and a woman and denied same-sex cou- in their 80s. After Thea became quadri-
were reaching out to your cousin Lewis thought she was my sister. ples (married where same-sex marriage plegic through her multiple sclerosis, you
and his kids. But we felt you were cele- My story is just one of the multitude of was legal) federal recognition and more talked to the disability community. You
brating with us: our community, too, was stories of pain and injustice due to mar- than 1,000 benets. Because of DOMA werent about to give up being passionate
your family. riage inequality that youve heard dur- when your beloved Thea died in 2009 you with Thea!
Your formal name might be Edith, but ing your decades of LGBT activism. The had to pay $363,053 in inheritance taxes. Thank you, Edie, for dancing, loving and
youll always be Edie to us. Everyone dies, Stonewall uprising catapulted you into (You were married in Canada in 2007.) ghting for us! R.I.P.


Philly to New Hope to Rehoboth: the long weekend gay trifecta

taurant, Giorgio on Pine. I didnt know this, but 2,000, all of them seemingly owning either Day Weekend at the beach. They thought I
Were lucky to have LGBT many of Philadelphias restaurants are BYOB, an antique store or ice cream shop. I was portrayed their town in a less-than-attering
hotspots so close to D.C. which somehow adds to the adventure of din- there for a wedding, a straight wedding, light. I tried to reason with them, but Real-
ing out. More striking, we had no reservation. where the only thing gay was the ociant, tors can be a rather unforgiving group. I love
The place was packed and no table options for a groomsman, and my polkadot pocket Rehoboth. I think were so fortunate to have
a few hours. I mentioned to the hostess that square. Nevertheless, weddings, straight or it so close to our city. The towns restaurant
I was in from out of town, and suddenly she others, are pretty gay aairs anyway. Who scene has improved dramatically while still
was having a table assembled for us on the would have thought of putting lanterns in having great mainstays like the Moon, and a
sidewalk for some alfresco dining. I have to oak trees but a gay man anyway? Bottom- recent coup in the city government suggests
say, that sort of service would never happen in line, check out New Hope. we might be done with silly pool rules and
Washington, D.C.. On Sunday morning, after helping get the like. Rehoboth Beach, in short, is still a
After dinner, Jesse was my sherpa through some lanterns out of trees, and bidding fare- great little gay town. But, Ive been venturing
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance various gay establishments. I did a solo turn well to the still beaming, newly married Nell out there for over decade now, so I think I
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade. through the famed Woodys. Before enter- and Pat, I sat o for Rehoboth Beach.On the can make fun of it a little. I think of Rehoboth
ing a got a pat down from the bouncer. That way, I stopped by Royal Farms, a gas station like my rst time, in the shower after a Dave
Last weekend I did the gay trifecta of was my rst sign that Woodys might be on where fried chicken is now rated by Food and Matthews concert. A little messy, some re-
late summer/early fall travel: Philadel- a down swing. I walked right through the Wine magazine. I had no choice but to stop positioning here and there, some redening
phia, New Hope and Rehoboth Beach. front entrance and immediately sought the and get some, twice. Arriving in Rehoboth of roles at times something I smile when
Three great pockets of gay, each connect- back exit. The bars exterior was adorned that afternoon, I immediately dropped o I think about and something Im not particu-
ed by vast swaths of Trump country. with several rainbow ags, but that was the my bags and headed to the ocean for a larly unproud of. I guess the lesson here, try
Friday I sat o for Philadelphia. Doing the only gay thing about it nowadays. Sadly, it quiet sit and refreshing swim. Later, I sat o not to piss o the Realtors.
touristy things that afternoon, meeting up was full of straights. Other establishments for town. And the minute I walked into the All in all, weve got some gayer-than-
with my friend Jesse later. Aside from connect- though like the Tavern on Camac proved to Blue Moon to hear Pamala Stanley, which gay gay destinations all within a car ride
ing out of their train station or airport, I have be a great gay time. by the way, is one of my favorite things to of Washington. And with two long week-
never really been to Philadelphia. Embarrass- Saturday I drove the short distance to do, ever, I was immediately surrounded by a ends coming up this fall, do the gay tri-
ing, I know. So I was eager to check out the New Hope, Pa., a gay town that has taken mini mob of angry town Realtors. They were fecta of Philadelphia, New Hope and Re-
famed Gayborhood. Before hitting the bars, quaintness to level 11. Stone bridges, his- not at all pleased with my article from ear- hoboth Beach. And pick up some fried
he took me to an utterly charming Italian res- toric homes, and a population of just over lier in the summer detailing my Memorial chicken for the road.

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on a buyers minimum down payment requirement in addition to below market interest rates for rst trust mortgages for
the purchase of homes in the District of Columbia. Qualied rst-time and repeat buyers are eligible for the program.

The Mortgage Credit Certicate (MCC) provides an additional incentive for rst-time homebuyers to purchase a home
in the District of Columbia. An MCC provides qualied borrowers the ability to claim a Federal Tax Credit of 20 percent
of the mortgage interest paid during each calendar year.

DCHFA serves as a co-administrator of the DC Department of Housing and Community Developments (DHCD)
rst time homebuyer program HPAP. The program provides down payment and closing cost assistance in the form of
interest-free loans and closing cost assistance to qualied applicants for the purchase of their primary residence, to
include single family houses, condominiums, or cooperative units.

The HomeSaver Program is a foreclosure prevention resource for unemployed or underemployed District homeowners
that are at risk of losing their homes due to foreclosure or delinquent real property taxes. The program is funded through
the U.S. Department of the Treasurys Hardest Hit Fund.

HOMEOWNERSHIP is the secret

weapon of wealth building. The
District of Columbia Housing Finance
Agency is your homeownership
resource in the District for buying a
home to retaining your home; we have
a homeownership program to assist
you. Visit for a
complete list of program guidelines
for DC Open Doors, Mortgage Credit
Certicate, HPAP and HomeSaver.
Join us at the Agency on the rst
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DC Open Doors gram qualications include a minimum
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program oers range income of $132,360 and maximum debt-
of mortgage products to-income ratio of 50 percent. First-time as
well as repeat homebuyers may qualify for
By TODD A. LEE the program. D.C. Open Doors funds may
be used toward down payment and/or
Homeownership is the secret weapon closing costs. The average home price for
of wealth building. However, saving for a a D.C. Open Doors buyer is $300,242, how-
down payment can be a major hurdle for ever there is no maximum sales price limit.
people that wish to become homeowners Join us for the next Home Buyers Infor-
in the District of Columbia. The District of mational Session on Oct. 4 at DCHFA (815
Columbia Housing Finance Agency is here Florida Ave., N.W.) 6:30-8:00 p.m. The
to bridge this gap to homeownership with sessions are free and take place on the
its menu of resources. rst and third Wednesday of each month.
DC Open Doors is our agship program Visit the Agencys website for
for home purchase assistance. With a D.C. a list of DC Open Doors lending partners
Open Doors down payment assistance to begin your home purchase process.
loan and the Home Purchase Assistance On the site you will also nd informa-
Program (HPAP), it is possible to actually tion on HPAP, Mortgage Credit Certicate
purchase a home in District with $500 at and HomeSaver programs. In March,
the closing table. This will not be the sce- DCHFA became the co-administrator of
nario for everyone but its a possibility for HPAP, the D.C. Department of Housing D.C. Open Doors can help make your home buying dream a reality.
those seeking access to homeownership. and Community Developments rst time
I invite you to explore DC Open Doors home buyer program. HPAP provides in-
range of mortgage products with a part- terest free deferred loans for down pay-
nering lender to choose the program that ment and closing costs assistance up to may be purchased with or without D.C. risk of losing their homes due to foreclo-
meets your nancial needs. $84,000 combined. Open Doors mortgage products. sure or delinquent real property taxes.
Since its launch in May 2013, D.C. Open DCHFAs Mortgage Credit Certicate Retaining homeownership is criti- Fall is a great time to purchase a home and
Doors has nanced, 845 home purchases (MCC) is an additional incentive for rst- cal once you have purchased a home. the DCHFAs resources are available to help
in all of the Districts wards with $249.6 time homebuyers to purchase a home in DCHFA oers the HomeSaver Program, you get on the road to homeownership.
million in total mortgage loans. Loans D.C. An MCC provides qualied borrow- a foreclosure prevention resource for
from DC Open Doors are fully forgivable ers the ability to claim a Federal Tax Cred- unemployed, underemployed or District
after ve years of residency in the home it of 20 percent of the mortgage interest homeowners who may have suered a TODD A. LEE is executive director/CEO of the
DC Housing Finance Agency and a D.C.
purchased through the program. Pro- paid during each calendar year. MCCs qualied nancial hardship and are at resident.


Now is the time. Call Joe, Your Working Broker.
To be used at the top of collateral:

VALERIE M. BLAKE, Associate Broker, GRI, Director of Education & Mentorship

Dupont Circle Ofce 202-518-8781 (o) 202.246.8602 (c) To be used at the bottom of collateral:



An exercise in compromise
When buying a home,
make a wish list, then edit

I cant aord much. Will you still work

with me?
When I hear this from potential buyer
clients it makes me a little bit sad, kno-
wing that theyre usually asking that que-
stion because another agent has said no.
Of course, not every agent can be all
things to all buyers. Some agents will spe-
cialize in a neighborhood and others in a
price range, a type of property, or a buyer
category such as rst-time, move-up, or
luxury. There are also agents who choose
to list homes and not work with buyers at
all and theres absolutely nothing wrong You may dream of a giant home in the
burbs, but what does your budget allow?
with that. You just need to connect with

The Greater Capital Area Association of

Realtors (GCAAR) reports that the medi- In the Randle Heights subdivision of
an sales price in D.C. in August 2017 was Southeast D.C., a 1,300-square-foot, two-
$694,000 for a house and $455,000 for a level end unit with two bedrooms and
condominium. If your budget is well below two baths sold this spring for $334,000,
that, then you might believe homeowner- whereas a similar home in Georgetown
ship is just not for you. But dont dismiss it garnered $950,000.
without investigating. A three-bedroom, 1,200 square foot town-
Like most urban dwellers of today, you house near Duke Street in Alexandria may
probably want to be in an area where you cost as little as $360,000 and on the other
can walk to shopping, dining and trans- side of the Beltway, new construction in Up-
portation. The reality is that its unlikely per Marlboro can start as low as $300,000.
you will get everything on your wish list, In Greenbelt, Md., you might add builder
but if youre willing to compromise on upgrades to a new townhouse with a gara-
property size, type, location, or amenities, ge and still pay less than $475,000, and if
then you may well succeed in securing a youre OK commuting from Clarksburg or
home that suits your lifestyle for a purse- Germantown, you might pay $50,000 less.
pleasing price. And what if price is no object?
Lets say, for example, that youre a sin- Well, for eight gures in Northwest D.C., you
gle person buying your typical rst home just missed a home with nine bedrooms and
in the region. In most cases, it will be a one- 11 baths for your live-in housekeeper to clean.
bedroom condominium of 550-650 square Alexandria oered an estate on two
feet. acres with ve bedrooms, ve baths and
Based on GCAAR sales statistics from tennis courts for just over $3,000,000 this
2017, you can spend as little as $65,000 year and Arlington seemed almost bud-
in Congress Heights, an area in Southeast get-friendly with the sale of 8,000 square
D.C. that has a Metro stop on the green feet of splendiferous Craftsman architec-
line. In Dupont Circles West End, howe- ture for a mere $2,500,000.
ver, that same condo can cost you as You could also have yodeled to your
much as $525,000. hearts content in a 33,000-square-foot
Go across the water to the City of Alexan- grand residence in Potomac, provided
dria and you can spend a mere $110,000, but you had $6 million to buy it and had at
look out for high condo fees that may vastly in- least that much set aside to nish what
crease your monthly payments. Farther west the builder had failed to complete.
in Arlington, that same square footage will cost And for the best bang for your megabucks,
$115,000 on the south side and as much as a Bowie home featuring 15,000 square feet
$465,000 on the north side. on nearly three acres, with a four-car garage,
Prefer Maryland? You can sometimes nd a pool, theater room, billiard room and eve-
an older condo in Silver Spring or Gaithers- ry imaginable luxury could have been yours
burg for under $100,000 and if youre lucky, for drumroll please $1,325,000.
you may end up with a renovated unit in So, if you have been considering buying a
Bladensburg for less than $50,000. Even in home on a tight budget, go ahead and make
Bethesda on Woodmont Avenue surrounded your wish list, then choose an agent who can
by restaurants, you can cap your spending at be your mentor and help you edit it.
$360,000 with a monthly fee less than $500.
When its time to move up to a town- VALERIE M. BLAKE is a licensed Associate Bro-
ker in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and Director
house (or rowhouse for the D.C.-ites of Education & Mentorship at Real Living| At
among us), expect to shell out more for Home. Call or text her at 202-246-8602, email
her at, or follow
an additional 500-1,000 square feet. her on Facebook at TheRealst8ofAairs.

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How long have you been out and who know they can count on me for a dose of
was the hardest person to tell? history in their news feeds.
Twenty years and my family was the
hardest to tell. But Im so glad I did If your life were a book, what would the
because theyre accepting and love title be?
visiting and meeting my friends in D.C. Finding Home. This describes both
my journey from Ireland to America as
Whos your LGBT hero? well as my passion for real estate.
Martina Navratilova is the rst person I
remember being openly gayat a time when If science discovered a way to change
it must have been so much more dicult. sexual orientation, what would you do?
Convert everybody to our team.
Whats Washingtons best nightspot,
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY past or present? What do you believe in beyond the
Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street has physical world?
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other Friday. Its worth a trip if you dont after love.
live in the neighborhood.
Whats your advice for LGBT

Desmond McKenna
Describe your dream wedding. movement leaders?
Small, intimate, destination Never give up.

What non-LGBT issue are you most What would you walk across hot
passionate about? coals for?
The local Realtor answers 20 gay questions As an immigrant who is now an My friends
American citizen, I believe America is
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community to live in. Housewives. Guilty.
Desmond McKenna likes to dispel a notion he says many have they fear
they cant aord to buy a house in Washington. What historical outcome would Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
McKenna holds rst-time homebuyer workshops quarterly at his D.C. Home you change? Does The First Wives Club count?
Buzz oce in Columbia Heights and nds that many clients are unaware of The District lost a lot of its history with the
D.C. government and federal programs that can help. destruction of homes, detailed in the book Whats the most overrated
Often times people feel undeserving or think that theyll never be able to Capitol Losses. I think more could have social custom?
get on the property ladder in this market, says the 40-year-old Castleblayney, been done to preserve our unique history. Air kissing.
Ireland native. In order to help people and dispel this myth I provide an A-to-Z
scenario from strategy to market knowledge on how this goal can be achieved. Whats been the most memorable pop What trophy or prize do you most covet?
McKenna says his team of local lenders, title companies and home culture moment of your lifetime? Ive received a lot of pink love letters
inspectors at the workshops have a wealth of good information for prospective Princess Dianas death. For many Americans from the mayor on my windshield. An
homebuyers. this was devastating and it hit even closer to unlimited parking pass would be the
It gives me great pleasure to have people learn from what would have been home for those of us who were on the other best prize I could ever receive.
my own mistakes, he says. I started by giving my friends these shortcuts and side of the Atlantic at the time.
now I have expanded to a much broader audience. What do you wish youd known at 18?
The next workshop will be held in December though no date has been set. On what do you insist? There isnt a time limit on your
Theyre free to attend and about 30 are in each class. Details at Manners. Why not always be nice dreams, but I would tell my 18-year-old
McKenna came to Washington 18 years ago to help open a hotel. Hes single to others? self to have the courage to start earlier.
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KELLI OHARA hopes audiences can forget about politics for an evening when she performs in the
region this weekend.

Broadway chanteuse
Kelli OHara makes regional debut this weekend


With six Tony nominations to her credit joined by students from Masons School She followed those shows with Sweet Virginia for the night, OHara hopes that
including a well-deserved win in 2015 of Music for one special number and she Smell of Success opposite John Lithgow, those attending can put any political feelings
for her portrayal as Anna in the revival of is looking forward to that song. and Dracula. Next, shell be seen on aside and just concentrate on the arts.
The King and I Kelli OHara has been Being an artist is one of the most stage Nov. 15-19 at New Yorks City I feel at a loss lately about how
one of Broadways most beloved leading collaborative joys of my life, she says. Center for a week-long concert staging of separate we feel as a nation and as
ladies for the past decade. Its what its all about for me. It makes so Brigadoon opposite Patrick Wilson. human beings, OHara says. One thing
The stage star has had memorable much sense for me to nd new artists to I love these bursts of artistry when many I have always hoped is that art can bring
turns in shows such as The Light in the make music with whenever I can. people can come together and throw up a us together, if even for an evening. I hope
Piazza, South Pacic, The Bridges of Originally from Oklahoma, OHara show quickly and hopefully well and have we can come together for a night of music
Madison County and The Pajama Game. received a degree in opera and after a great time, she says. I love supporting and be reminded that love is the answer.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, OHara will make winning the State Metropolitan Opera City Centers/Encore and am excited to There are two ways to purchase tickets
her headlining debut at the George Mason Competition, moved to New York and work with Patrick Wilson and Christopher for the event. Ticket and sponsorship
Center for the Arts as part of the annual enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Institute. She Wheeldon on this great old score. packages to the full ARTS by George! benet
ARTSby George!Benet. On the night, she made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde OHara will also be appearing next event, which starts at 5 p.m. and includes
will be performing Broadway hits, classic as a replacement ensemble member. season on the Netix hit show, 13 Reasons the concert are available at artsbygeorge.
pop songs and American standards. It was fast and unremarkable although Why. She admits balancing theater and TV or single tickets ($60-100) to the
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personal stories and a diverse mix of just a few months later was Sondheims As artists, we are constantly inspired to available at
songs from my career and childhood, Follies, and that experience with folks like learn and try new things, new genres of art,
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education has made me a better person. Garrett and Joan Roberts, among others, show and singing Cosi Fan Tutte at the MET ARTS by George! benet
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GOGO PENGUIN W/ THE MATTSON 2 encore engagement
ALL GOOD PRESENTS Gay dance party WTF returns to Town
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ERIC KRASNO BAND from 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m.
Raising Zoey screens Sept. 29 Performers include Biblegirl666, Alotta
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AN EVENING WITH THE BAD PLUS Reel Armations presents a screening of Raising Zoey at Human Rights Dali, Pussy Noir and Miche. DJ Aaron
Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Riggins, DJ Ed Bailey and DJ Claudia will
SUN, OCT 1 Raising Zoey, directed by Dante Alencastre, is a documentary about 13-year- play music. Guests with the best looks will
AN EVENING WITH old Zoey Luna who ghts for her right to self-identity in school. A talk back with receive free entry and drink tickets.
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DJ ROSIE says the new D.C. Jane party will ll a need in D.C. lesbian nightlife.

D.C. Jane premieres

New womens nightlife event This is a much bigger beast for me. Im
much more outside my comfort zone,
debuts this weekend Yelk says.
Yelk says hosting parties at the D.C.
By MARIAH COOPER Eagle may seem a little out of the way for people to venture, but he hopes the large
venue will attract women who want to
In a city with plenty of bar and club experience a party on a bigger scale.
options for straight nightlife, party D.C. Jane isnt the only party Yelk has
promoter Bruce Yelk is hoping to give the planned to take over the D.C. Eagle this fall.
LGBT community parties that appeal to a All the new events that Im doing at the
variety of tastes. D.C. Eagle are tapping into specic niche
Yelk, whose late-night Distrkt C parties markets, breaking the gay market down a
have become a staple at the D.C. Eagle little bit more, Yelk says.
(3701 Benning Rd., N.E.), is expanding into While Distrkt C parties are every second
the lesbian market with his new womens Saturday of the month, partygoers dont
party, D.C. Jane. have to wait weeks to attend. Yelks new
Every fourth Friday of the month, the events keep the fun going all month long,
D.C. Eagle will be taken over by a large- These premiere events include Alto
scale womens party. D.C. Jane kicks o Voltaje, a gay mens Latin-themed party,
Friday, Sept. 22 from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. which will be every fourth Saturday of
featuring music from D.C.s own, DJ Rosie. the month. One was scheduled for this
Tickets are $30 and include an open bar weekend but was postponed due to
from 9-10:30 p.m. All ticket proceeds Hurricane Maria. Its rescheduled for Dec.
from the Sept. 22 event will benet 9. Instead, a bonus Distrkt C party will be
Capital Pride. held on Saturday, Sept 23 at the Eagle
While the party is still in its infancy, with DJ X Gonazlez.
Yelk says, The concept is to be a The next one is Saturday, Sept. 23 from
Distrkt C version for women. He 9 p.m.-4 a.m featuring tunes from DJ Ed
hopes that D.C.s lesbian community Wood. The party will also include an open
will consider D.C. Jane a contender in bar from 9-10:30 p.m.
womens parties. The 5th Retrograde, a party on fth
I think that the women would like Saturdays of the month, is on Saturday,
some more options, Yelk says. Im just Sept. 30 from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Legendary
hoping that I tap into what theyre looking DJ Billy Carroll will spin a mix of current
for. Thats for the gay market too. Theres music, classics and disco. Well and
always room to look for more things to do. domestic bottle drink specials are $4 and
DJ Rosie agrees. run from 9-11 p.m.
D.C. Jane brings something new to DC2, which takes place on Sundays of
the womens scene with an open bar and holiday weekends, debuted this year. It
fresh new venue, she says. The best part continues on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10 p.m.-
is that it allows women and their friends 4 a.m. Nina Flowers will get the crowd
and allies to party while also giving back jumping and an open bar from 10-11 p.m.
to our community. will keep the party going.
Yelks party promoter expertise was Online advanced tickets for these
put to the test when organizing D.C. Jane events are $25. Tickets are $30 at the door
as he wasnt as experienced in womens before midnight and $40 after midnight.
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Billie Jeans Battle

Legendary tennis match
recreated in new biopic

The real star of Battle of the Sexes,

(playing now in D.C.-area theaters) the
stunning recreation of the historic 1973
tennis match between feminist icon
Billie Jean King and male chauvinist pig
Bobby Riggs, may be the superb script
by Simon Beaufoy.
Beaufoy, who won the Academy Award
for his screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire
and also wrote Hunger Games: Catching
Fire and the gay-themed The Full Monty,
weaves together several compelling
stories while creating vivid sympathetic
EMMA STONE as Billie Jean King in Battle of the
characters and exploring complex social Sexes.

Beaufoys story starts with the

formation of the Virginia Slims Circuit
in 1970. Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) sacrices both Larry and Marilyn are
is furious to learn that tennis promoter willing to make to advance Billie Jeans
Jack Kramer (Bill Pullman) plans to oer career and cause. He also presents the
male players much bigger prizes than the troubled marriage between Riggs and
female players, even though the womens his long-suering wife Priscilla (Elisabeth
matches sell as many tickets as the mens. Shue) with admirable subtlety and
Under the canny leadership of Gladys understanding. Beaufoy also oers a
Heldman (Sarah Silverman), King and clear picture of the complex world of
eight other top-ranked female players professional tennis so that everyone can

(collectively called The Nine) divide easily the follow the action on and o the
their time between working together to court. The climatic match between Riggs
promote the new circuit and competing and King is riveting.
ercely on the court. Emma Stone (La La Land and The
Billie Jeans devoted husband Larry Birdman) is stunning as Billie Jean King;
(Austin Stowell) is a fervent supporter the actress is physically transformed
of his wifes career, but things begin to by the pitch-perfect period costumes
change for the tennis star when she falls by Mary Zophres and her strenuous
in love with free-spirited hairdresser
Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough).
physical training with the real-life King
and a team of tennis coaches. Her erce
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Lpez came out to his parents.
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Co-presented by the D.C. Commission on the dramatic moment, he says, there was
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successful novel that he wrote as a have gay sensibility even when theres not a
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in a pleasingly renovated slice of the outstanding play.
historic Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights. Classic Spanish works involve many
Staged by out director Jos Carrasquillo, characters and complicated stories, he says.
the production features a compelling cast He respects the originals but looks for
led by Iker Lastra in the title role. their essence while rewriting, simplifying
When GALAs producing artistic director plot lines and streamlining casts. Like
Hugo Medrano asked Lpez to adapt Zorrillas play, Lpezs adaptation is also
Zorrillas 1844 play about the devious written in verse.
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in his path, Lpez was initially surprised. for the opening, Lpez has returned to
I have a problem with the title Madrid where he lives with his husband, a
character. I dont like him. I agreed to trained architect who works as a translator
write an adaption on condition that I for the European Union. Lpez is currently
could look into this classic and write nishing up his latest novel and awaiting
something personal. I changed the female the opening of The Age of Rage, his new
characters. I didnt want weak women. English language play that involves themes
Unlike Zorrillas version in which Don of racism, violence and homophobia
Juan nds religious redemption, here among 21st century teenagers.
Don Juan achieves redemption through Looking forward, Lpez hopes to continue
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Don Juan is complex. He primarily particularly important at this time to have
loves himself, but he pursues women a meeting place for Hispanic culture,
and shares a sexual attraction with his Lopez says. I thank GALA for that and
rival Don Luis (Peter Pereyra). Don Juan is for introducing me to Washington. In my
denitely bisexual. experience, its been an open minded and
Like many GALA oerings, Don Juan welcoming city.
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Heart palpitations
New Madonna tour on prior tours. Madonna typically
DVD and live album splashes them with a modern sheen
and dierent arrangements, keeping the
stronger than source much-played tunes fresh and keeping the
Saturdays & Sundays through October 22 material that inspired it audiences guessing.
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album a year and a half after wrapping Bonita is kept more faithful to the original
the album itself hardly matters. but is still a highlight.
The Rebel Heart Tour was another Madonna has reinvented Like a Virgin
triumph for the pop icon, who has never numerous times over the years and this
disappointed as a live performer. The time she goes with a minimalist club
worldwide trek stretched for 82 shows beat so the audience can sing along
and 55 cities, raked in a cool $169.8 exuberantly. Dress You Up and Into
million and was viewed by more than a the Groove were both popular around
million lucky fans. the same timeframe so it makes sense
Madonnas continued strength and that they are appended together in a
perseverance is inspiring to her fans and medley. She delivers a sizzling take on
should be even to those who dont care for her nal no. 1 single, 2000s Music, with
her music. Even her detractors cannot deny a irty throwback jazz intro that might
that she has put in the work. She is tireless, have been an interesting approach for
working hard to make sure her fans get the the entire song. The biggest surprise is
most for their money and to make it an Candy Shop, the funky lead track from
experience they will never forget. her underrated 2008 album Hard Candy
The just-released live CD and DVD were it holds up nicely wedged between
lmed at the Allphones Arena on March much bigger hits.
1920, 2016 in Sydney. The double CD Less eective is the modern take on
spans 22 songs and 100 minutes and for Material Girl, which saps the cheeky
the most parts its thoroughly entertaining. charm of the original while accenting
The weakest aspect of the collection are the its more annoying aspects (especially
nine songs from the Rebel Heart album, those wretched background vocals).
WiTh FaLlS BrIlLiAnT CoLoRs although they do work marginally better
in a live setting than their underwhelming
Her take on the dith Piaf standard La
Vie en Rose doesnt quite get o the
Pansies, Mums, Ornamental Cabbage and Kale, studio versions. Its understandable that
she would highlight her most recent
ground, and a gruelingly long take on her
recent Unapologetic Bitch is eminently
Pumpkins, Corn Stalks, Gourds and more! album, but these songs will never stand
up along her best work and most of her
skippable. The nale, though, is a strong
one-two punch of her rst major hit
classic singles. Holiday and arguably her greatest
Of course, Madonna doesnt neglect single Like a Prayer, which retains its
those hits and its fascinating as always to dramatic grandeur.
hear which ones she decides to highlight. Of course, a CD and DVD will not
She obviously cant play them all (unless replace seeing the actual show in person,
its gonna be an all-night show), so she but like all of the live album releases
picks and chooses carefully, including Madonna has issued over the years (this
songs that havent appeared frequently is her fth), they are excellent souvenirs.

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Time to cut ties?

Sisters political views
grow tiresome for gay bro
Of course none of us is under obligation
to speak, socialize or have anything to do
with someone who is in favor of our being
discriminated against.
And while refusing to talk with
someone were angry at or hurt by can
actually feel pretty great, there are a few
drawbacks to cutos.
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed First, although there is no guarantee,
psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online sometimes we have the opportunity to
at All identifying inuence other peoples thinking over
information has been changed for reasons
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to time by talking about our point of view in a way that is neither too challenging
nor too confrontational. Of course, this
can be incredibly dicult to pull o when
Michael, the other person advocates for your
second- or third-class status. But if there
In a recent column you advocated is no communication, changing another
that someone might want to continue persons mind or simply opening their
having a relationship with their mother, eyes to other ways of seeing an issue is
even though the mom voted for Trump less likely.
and wont take a stand against the Second, when you cut someone out of
administrations anti-LGBT actions. your life, you often end up holding onto
But when is enough enough? a lot of anger going forward. When the
My sister, a proud Republican, not persons name comes up, when youre
particularly religious, assured me both invited to the same social event,
following the election that she was not when you cross paths all these are
voting against me, just against Hillary. opportunities to feel your rage over the
That was of small comfort. I was awful things the other person has done
appalled by her support of a guy who that merit your not wanting to have
thinks and acts in the revolting and anything to do with them. So if youre
dangerous ways Trump does and I was contemplating a cuto, you have to
horried by her misogynous thinking. consider whether you want to expend a
But I thought to myself that family considerable amount of energy and brain
is family; while all of us see the world space on strong negative feelings for
dierently and hold dierent viewpoints, years to come.
it is important to get along. Third, as you note, things can get
This was my stance until last week complicated. Maybe youll miss being
when I read that the Justice Department with the rest of your family for the
is supporting the guy in the upcoming holidays because you dont want to
Supreme Court case who didnt want to sit across the table from your sister.
bake a cake for a gay wedding, because Maybe youll wind up having a troubled
doing so oended his religious beliefs. relationship with your parents as they
I brought up my unhappiness over feel caught in the middle between two
this to my sister. Yes, I have remained of their children, one of whom wont be
disturbed by her vote and skeptical of her in the same room as the other. And if
support of gay rights, so I wanted to hear you have any children and/or your sister
where she stood. does, future generations of the family
To my disgust, my sister informed me will miss out on the opportunity to know
that she supports the DOJ move because each other.
its all about religious freedom. Consider, too, how realistic political
I dont want to have anything to do with agreement is to you. Yes, these positions
her anymore. Why should I talk to or stay can feel personal, but if your barometer for
connected with a person who believes friend and family interaction is total political
I should be discriminated against and agreement, youll eventually whittle your
clearly doesnt respect my own marriage? circle down to a very small group.
I can foresee all sorts of complications, But this is your decision to make.
such as the upcoming holiday gathering If you do cut her o, I hope for your sake
at my parents (who are trying to stay that youll nd a way to get past enough
neutral, but thats another story). But of your anger that you dont keep feeling
arent there some circumstances where furious whenever you think of your sister
its OK not to have a relationship with or hear her name. Because that would
someone because their point of view is so not be a great way to live.
hateful? Even if that person is your sister?
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