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Fag, crosshairs scrawled on


Squirt billboard in Shaw station

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com

A poster-size ad for the gay online hookup site Squirt.org


located in the Shaw-Howard University Metro station was defaced
sometime in the past week with an anti-gay slur written with a
pen, according to a Sept. 22 statement released by Squirt.org.
The statement calls the defacement an act of homophobic
vandalism. It says the ad consists of two clothed men, with
one having his arm around the other.
The culprit used what appears to be a permanent marker to
deface the two men, placing rie scope marks on their foreheads,
the Squirt.org statement says. They also wrote the word GAY
on one of the mens arms, and a gay slur on the other.
The statement doesnt disclose what the slur said. But in
response to a Blade inquiry, a Squirt spokesperson said the
slur was the word fag.
When contacted by the Washington Blade, a Metro
spokesperson released a brief statement conrming the
incident occurred.

An ad for the Squirt hookup app was vandalized in the Shaw-Howard University Metro station. CONTINUES ON PAGE 04

U.S. agencies at odds as deceased Commission were at odds Tuesday in arguments Arguing the Trump administrations position that
before a federal appeals court over whether lesbian, gay and bisexual people have no protections
skydivers case goes to court existing civil rights law bars anti-gay employment under Title VII was Deputy Assistant Attorney
discrimination. General Hashim Mooppan. That position is new for
By CHRIS JOHNSON Meanwhile, judges on the U.S. Second Circuit Court the Justice Department and came about after the
cjohnson@washblade.com of Appeals gave conicting signals on whether Title VII conrmation of U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions.
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination Chief among Mooppans arguments was that
NEW YORK Two U.S. agencies the Justice against lesbian, gay and bisexual workers, making a
Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity ruling in favor of gay rights anything but assured. CONTINUES ON PAGE 17

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LGBT seniors call for greater outreach by city


Concerns over safety, programs, Newland said. programming, she said. The question is
suicide, meals program But Mariner pointed out at Tuesdays whether they are out and whether they
town hall meeting that information he feel comfortable being out. So I dont
surface at town hall obtained from a Freedom of Information agree with you. There are people who
Act request last year shows that less than dont identify, and thats a problem. I
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. one percent of the seniors involved in want them to identifyIm committed to
lchibbaro@washblade.com any Oce on Aging programs identied saying how can we support a safe space
as LGBT. He said that in most other specically for LGBTQ seniors.
Concerns over public safety, social major U.S. cities, including New York, Los On a separate topic, a senior in the
isolation, and whether the city should Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago, a audience who said he was a transgender
oer programs specically designed for much higher percentage of LGBT seniors man expressed concern about his physical
LGBT seniors were among the topics participate in senior programs similar to safety while walking in his neighborhood
that surfaced Monday night at an LGBTQ those oered in D.C. in Ward 6 near the Southwest Waterfront.
Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the D.C. Nearly all of the other cities, Mariner He said other LGBT seniors he knows are
Oce on Aging. said, have adopted LGBT specic uncomfortable talking to D.C. police ocers
About 50 people turned out for the congregate lunch or meal programs for out of fear of being subjected to ridicule.
meeting, including nearly a dozen D.C. LGBT seniors. D.C. Police Ocer Joe Morquecho, a
government ocials and city contractors Its oensive to me as a gay man to member of the departments LGBT Liaison
involved in senior programs. The event be told it is appropriate to do something Unit who attended the town hall meeting,
took place at the citys Hayes Senior in the Chinese Cultural Center, it is urged anyone encountering public safety
Wellness Center at 500 K St., N.E. appropriate to do something in the issues to contact the commander of the
I was really pleased with the amount of
The sentiment of most of the seniors community members who came, said Hispanic Cultural Center but doing police district in which they live.
who attended could not be determined LAURA NEWLAND, executive director of the something specically for gay people or James Sweeney, a member of the local
citys Oce on Aging, of Tuesdays town hall
because they chose not to speak. But meeting. for LGBTQ folks no, hands o, he said. LGBT Catholic group Dignity Washington,
among the half dozen or so who spoke, Newland said she has discussed told the meeting at least two gay seniors
most expressed concern that the Oce this issue with Mariner in private associated with the group committed
on Aging was not doing enough to reach emerged during the meeting as the oces conversations and has informed him suicide in recent years. He said social
out to LGBT seniors to inform them of the most vocal critic, saying it has not improved that she and the DCOA are open to isolation of LGBT seniors is an issue he
oces programs. its services for LGBT seniors in the nine considering creating an LGBT specic and other Dignity members have become
Laura Newland, the oces executive years he has been observing its programs. congregate meals program if it can be aware of. He suggested that the D.C. Oce
director who served as moderator of the Mariner said his main concern was shown that a signicant number of LGBT on Aging consider creating a telephone
meeting, told of her eorts over the past what he called the Oce on Agings seniors are interested in such a program. hotline for seniors who need someone to
two years since she began her tenure longstanding reluctance to create an She noted that some LGBT seniors have talk to as a suicide prevention measure.
as director to ensure that the oce and LGBT specic congregate lunch program told her they prefer dierent types of Newland called the suggestion an
all of its programs would be safe and similar to the daily lunch programs it programs and dont necessarily favor an excellent idea and said she would take
welcoming places for LGBT seniors. oers to other constituency groups such LGBT specic congregate meals program. immediate steps to look into creating
I think it was really productive, she said as Latino and Asian American seniors. So the conversations that you and I such a hotline. She said she liked
in assessing the 90-minute meeting after Newland has said the DCOA sponsors have had have been if there is a real need Sweeneys suggestion that it be staed by
it ended. It was a rst step. I was really or arranges for 50 congregate lunch and desire for a congregate meal site in volunteers consisting of seniors.
pleased with the amount of community programs in locations throughout the city. this city then lets have a commitment, Wes Morrison, an LGBT adviser to the
members who came, the number of Most are open to everyone and are not lets see the number of people who are American Association of Retired Persons,
providers who showed up, she said. specic to a constituency group. She told interested in this, Newland told Mariner. told the meeting many LGBT seniors
So I think really for us its a great the Blade in an interview earlier this month And then based on the numbers lets were unaware of the DCOAs services and
community eort for where we need to that DCOA employees and contractors talk about location, lets talk about what activities, including the town hall meeting.
be, Newland said. So I look forward to that carry out DCOA programs have been might make sense, she said. He suggested that DCOA ocials post
working together with the community on given LGBT-related competency training Newland also took exception to notices about their program in locations
doing better and doing more. and have become sensitive to the specic Mariners claim that less than one percent frequented by LGBT seniors, including
David Mariner, executive director of the needs of LGBT seniors. of LGBT seniors attend Oce on Aging gay bars.
D.C. Center for the LGBT Community and The oce has worked hard to create a programs.
a longtime critic of the Oce on Aging, safe space for LGBT seniors in all of its LGBTQ seniors do go to our

Squirt ad vandalized on D.C. Metro


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 where men meet other men for sex, fun, We have never experienced this messages. The Trump administration
and friendshipTrue to its tagline, Hot n kind of homophobic vandalism on our needs to work on uniting America and
Metros advertising contractor horny hookups, Squirt.org is a completely billboards before, the statement quotes making sure that people feel safe,
responded to a report of an ad being uncensored hookup/cruising site for gay, Attila Szatmari, the Digital Business regardless of their sexual orientation,
vandalized that was received Thursday bi, and curious men who want to skip the Director for Squirt.orgs parent company, race, or religious beliefs, she said.
evening, said Metro spokesperson pretense of dating and get right to the sex. Pink Triangle Press, as saying. The Squirt.com statement says as of early
Richard Jordan. The ad was cleaned at The statement says one of its Squirt.org This is our rst campaign in Washington, this week no one has taken responsibility for
10:20 a.m. Friday. There are no police transit ads posted in Miami was destroyed D.C. since the Trump administration came the D.C. incident. It says the D.C. Metro ad
reports regarding this matter, Jordan said. in an act of vandalism in 2016 in the only to power and it is very sad to see the went up Sept. 4 and will run until Oct. 1.
Squirt.Org describes itself in the other such case reported. But it says the change in behavior, Szatmari says in the Squirt.org intends to continue to
statement it released about the D.C. D.C. incident was the rst time slurs were statement. It seems that some people advertise across the United States, including
Metro vandalism incident as an online site written across one of its posters. feel that it is okay to spread homophobic Washington, D.C., says the statement.
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Arrest made in Baltimore murder


Male victim last seen at rst-degree assault and the other for obtaining of an arrest warrant, police
Grand Central gay bar failing to register as a sex oender. said in a Sept. 24 statement.
He was waiting to appear before a On Sept. 23, 2017, members of the
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. court commissioner on Monday morning, Warrant Apprehension Task Force, K-9
lchibbaro@washblade.com Sept. 25, according to a police statement. Ocers, and SWAT [Team] arrested
A police spokesperson on Monday said 52-year-old Eric Jones of the unit block
Baltimore City police this week arrested a details of how police identied Jones as of N. Gilmore St., in the 900 block of
52-year-old man, whose photo they released Yureks alleged killer could not be publicly N. Eutaw Street, without incident, the
days earlier as a person of interest, for the released until charging documents statement says.
Sept. 3 beating death of George Ted Yurek. were led in court later in the day. But Jack Knapp, a friend of Yureks, told
Police said Yurek, who was also 52, was the spokesperson said police were in Baltimores Fox 5 News that he and his
found about 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in possession of surveillance camera video mother were with Yurek and some of Yureks
an alley near the Baltimore jail suering footage that showed Jones in the area family members, including Yureks mother,
from a severe head wound. He was last where the attack took place. at Grand Central the evening before Yurek
seen alive by friends and family members At the time police found Yurek in the was found wounded in the alley.
at the Baltimore gay bar Grand Central alley in the 1000 block of Brentwood ERIC JONES was arrested in the beating Prior to Sundays arrest of Jones a
death of George Ted Yurek.
the night before he was found in the alley, Avenue suering from massive head police spokesperson said homicide
police said. trauma he was still conscious and told PHOTO COURTESY BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT detectives were trying to nd out what
On Sunday, Sept. 24, police charged ocers he had been beaten the night prompted Yurek to leave the gathering at
Eric Jones, a resident of the unit block of before by an unknown male. He died a Grand Central with his friends and family
North Gilmore Street in Baltimore, with short time later at a hospital. The Baltimore Police Department members to go to the location where the
rst-degree murder in connection with Last week police released a photo of appealed to the citizens of Baltimore, then unidentied person attacked him.
Yureks death. At the time of his arrest a male they described as a person of and shortly thereafter obtained The Washington Blade will provide an
police said Jones had two unrelated interest in the case and called on the information that would ultimately lead update when additional information surfaces
warrants pending against him, one for public to help them identify that person. to the identication of a suspect and the in court records and charging documents.

Trans students lead effort to defend Frederick County policy


Lawsuit cites fears of sexual meeting in which the vote took place, Such humiliation, stress and
claiming the policy would violate student government pressure has made minor
assaults in locker rooms privacy and lead to sexual assaults in girls Plainti feel belittled, ostracized if
bathrooms and locker rooms. she were to speak out and request
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. The opponents dismissed assertions by privacy, and intimidated into potentially
lchibbaro@washblade.com school ocials that the policy includes a undressing in front of males in her locker
provision allowing any student the option room just to avoid the stigma of being
A group of transgender students and of using alternate bathroom or locker required to leave, the lawsuit says.
their supporters in Frederick County, room facilities if they are uncomfortable The lawsuit calls on the court to approve
Md., have emerged as the leading force using facilities that transgender students a permanent injunction forcing the school
in defense of a controversial policy might use. system to discontinue the policy.
approved in June by the countys Board The scope of the opposition intensied The 34-page lawsuit names the Frederick
of Education to protect transgender in August when an attorney associated County Board of Education and each of
students from discrimination in the with the anti-LGBT legal group Alliance for its seven members as defendants. Also
public schools. Defending Freedom led a lawsuit calling named as defendants are the Frederick
The policy, among other things, allows for overturning the policy. The lawsuit County Public Schools and schools
students to choose which bathroom or was led in the U.S. District Court for the Superintendent Theresa Alban.
school locker room to use based on the District of Maryland on behalf of a female Mark Procopio, executive director
gender with which they identify regardless student and her mother, whose identities of Free State Justice, a Maryland LGBT
of the gender they were assigned at birth. are disguised with the pseudonyms Mary legal advocacy group, recently formed a
It also allows transgender students to Whats been inspiring to see are these Smith and Jane Doe. group called Support Frederick County
transgender student activists on the ground
participate in sports that are consistent responding to this lawsuit, said MARK In what some legal observers have Public Schools Trans Students. It has
with their gender identity. PROCOPIO, executive director of Free State called unusually inammatory language, been arranging for trans students, their
Justice.
Gender identity is a protected status the lawsuit compares a policy that it says parents and supporters to speak out in
in Frederick County Public Schools, PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK would force children to undress and support of the policy.
the policy declares. The purpose of shower with or in front of members of According to Procopio and Dana Beyer,
this policy is to prevent discrimination, the opposite sex, to the imagery from executive director of the transgender
harassment, and bullying of students to 1 with one board member absent and the horrors of Nazi death camps our advocacy group Gender Rights Maryland,
who are transgender or who are gender not voting. School ocials said the county nation valiantly liberated through victory none of the predictions of dire problems
nonconforming and to create school school system had been carrying out the in World War II. in the Frederick County schools has
cultures that are safe, welcoming, and policy in practice for the past several The unidentied minor plainti, said to materialized since the policy was adopted
arming for all students, it states. years and the vote by the school board be a 15-year-old girl, is concerned that in practice six years ago. And no such
After several months of deliberations essentially codied what had already at any moment a male who identies as problems have surfaced since the school
and public hearings the Frederick been in eect. female will enter her bath facility at school board approved the policy in June.
County Board of Education approved the But the vote in June prompted and she will feel humiliated, embarrassed
sweeping policy on June 14 by a vote of 5 opponents to turn out in full force at the and violated, the lawsuit states. CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Trumps EEOC nominees wishy-washy on LGBT workplace rights


Nominees could reverse But all courts may soon be required
to interpret Title VII to apply to lesbian,
protections agency found gay and bisexual people nationwide. A
under civil rights law petition led by the LGBT legal group
Lambda Legal is pending before the
Supreme Court calling for a nationwide
By CHRIS JOHNSON ruling asserting sexual orientation
cjohnson@washblade.com discrimination is illegal under the civil
rights law. The petition doesnt address
President Trumps nominees for the the issue of gender identity.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) also had a hand
Commission during recent congressional at asking the nominees about their views
testimony described by one Democratic on LGBT protections under Title VII. When
senator as wishy-washy signaled Kaine asked if they were opposed to LGBT
they may reverse the agencys position discrimination in principle, they both
that current federal law against sex replied yes with one-word responses.
discrimination applies to LGBT people. The responses became more
Under questioning during their complicated when Kaine asked if
conrmation hearing on Tuesday, both they would vote to scale back EEOCs
nominees Janet Dhillon, Trumps protections for LGBT workers.
choice to become the next chair of the This goes back to what the statutory
commission, and Daniel Gade, Trumps JANET DHILLON is President Trumps nominee for chair of the EEOC. language actually requires, Dhillon said.
choice to ll a vacancy were non- And the challenge that we face currently
committal about upholding EEOCs the basis of transgender status amounts the only way she could unify the diering is that the EEOC has interpreted the
determinations Title VII of the Civil Rights to sex discrimination and is unlawful positions of U.S. agencies is by dropping statute in one way and the Department
Act of 1964 forbids discrimination against under Title VII a position later adopted EEOC enforcement of the law to protect of Justice has interpreted the statute
LGBT workers. by former U.S. Attorney General Eric LGBT people. another way in the very same case, which
In fact, Dhillon, general counsel of Holder during the Obama administration. Concluding her response, Dhillon is currently pending before the Second
Burlington Stores and former general In 2015, EEOC reached a determination suggested only Congress could compel Circuit. There is a split in the circuits. I
counsel for the retailer J.C. Penney, sexual orientation discrimination was EEOC to protect LGBT workers, referring think the courts are wrestling with this
seemed ready to overturn ndings of unlawful under the same law in the case to a legislative solution. statutory interpretation issue as well.
LGBT protections on the basis the U.S. of Baldwin v. Foxx. Baldwin responded by pointing to a Dhillon said the situation requires the
government should speak with one voice Although the Obama administration portion of Dillons opening testimony in which parties involved to come to a solution
on the issue. never took a position with regard to sexual she called ling an employment complaint a without precisely identifying what the
Dhillon rst expressed a lack orientation, the Justice Department upon courageous act and justice delayed is justice solution for LGBT protections under Title
of commitment to upholding the conrmation of U.S. Attorney General denied a principle the senator said can be VII should be.
determination Title VII applies to LGBT Je Sessions came out against gay doubly true for LGBT workers. This has real human implications for
workers under questioning from Sen. protections under Title VII in a friend-of- I only practiced law for a very brief the people who are impacted, and for
Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top Democrat the-court brief led by the U.S. Second time many years ago, but when I their families, and its easy to give a quick
on the Senate Health, Education, Labor Circuit Court of Appeals. represented individuals who had been answer, but the issue is too serious to give
& Pensions Committee, although the The Trump administration hasnt said in discriminated against in the workforce on an easy, quick answers, Dhillon added.
nominee said shes personally opposed so many words transgender people arent the basis of sexual orientation, bringing Dhillon reiterated her support for a
to anti-LGBT discrimination. entitled to workplace protections under a complaint in and of itself was denitely legislative solution and predicted the
As chair of the EEOC on this issue, I Title VII, but that would be consistent a courageous act, potentially subjecting Supreme Court would ultimately make a
would be one of ve votes, Dhillon said. with its reasoning for revoking Obama- them to additional discrimination, and determination, but Kaine sought to pin
What I can commit to you is a very careful era guidance assuring transgender kids I agree with the point you made in your her down on her position until a nal
review and careful consultation with the access to school restrooms consistent testimony about the delay, Baldwin said. determination is reached.
career professional sta at the agency with their gender identity under Title IX of It just strikes me of what youre saying I think the challenge here is that there
who have been working on this issue. the Education Amendments of 1972. in terms of waiting to resolve dierences are conicting decisions out of dierent
Dhillon pointed out the split among Dhillon more clearly articulated the split is going to impact both of those in the circuit courts and the EEOC, though,
circuit courts on the issue with regard between the Justice Department and EEOC opposite way that you wanted. is bound by those decisions because
to sexual orientation and diering views and her view the administration should With respect to sexual orientation those are federal appellate courts, so the
among U.S. agencies, prompting Murray speak with one voice under questioning discrimination, the courts are divided on agency is faced with really interpreting
to interject as her time expired the from Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who whether Title VII protects lesbian, gay and the same statute in dierent ways with
response sounds wishy-washy to me. invoked recent stories of a gay worker bisexual people. The U.S. Seventh Circuit regard to geography, Dhillon replied.
Gade, who served in the George W. who won $50,000 in damages and a Court of Appeals has ruled the law aords When Kaine asked if Dhillon would
Bush administration on veterans issues, transgender worker who won $140,000 as them protections, but the U.S. Eleventh enforce Title VII to protect LGBT people in
military healthcare and U.S. disability a result of EEOCs intervention. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the circuits that have found the law applies to
policy, was similarly non-committal about The challenge is that...while the EEOC opposite way. The U.S Second Circuit Court LGBT people, the nominee replied, Oh,
upholding protections for LGBT workers has jurisdiction over the private workforce, of Appeals is reviewing the issue in en yes. But when asked about circuits that
under Title VII. and state and local government and banc consideration before the full court. have made no determination, Dhillon
Im personally opposed to federal government, the Department The issue of whether Title VII applies to said shed like to consult with the career
discrimination on the basis of...sexual of Justice actually enforces Title VII with transgender people is less controversial professional sta.
orientation or gender identity, and Im respect to state and local government among the courts. Four federal appellate Kaine concluded by saying hes glad
committed to enforcing the law as its employees, Dhillon said. So, I think courts the First, Sixth, Ninth and Dhillon acknowledged the human costs of
written and as the court interpreted it, its critical that the federal government Eleventh circuit courts of appeals have ambiguity of whether federal law protects
Gade said. ultimately speak with one voice on how unanimously determined employment LGBT people.
In 2012, EEOC determined in the case this statute is appropriately interpreted. discrimination against transgender
of Macy v. Holder that discrimination on If Dhillon were conrmed to the EEOC, people is barred under the law. CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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White House silent after nominee called trans kids Satans plan
Mateer also endorsed bench for people who harbor this sort of administrations latest slap in the face to
extreme and dangerous bias. LGBT people
discredited ex-gay Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Unfortunately, the nomination
conversion therapy top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary of someone with Mateers explicitly
Committee, said in a statement Mateers homophobic and transphobic record
remarks cast serious doubt over his can no longer be described as shocking
By CHRIS JOHNSON capacity to serve as a federal judge. rather, its part of a larger pattern of
cjohnson@washblade.com Je Mateer has expressed actions by this administration that seek
reprehensible views about LGBT to turn back the clock with respect to the
The White House is remaining silent Americans, Feinstein said. Theres no progress that this country has made on
in the aftermath of an explosive media question these views cast serious doubt issues of LGBT equality, McGowan added.
report that President Trumps pick for on his ability to fairly enforce federal law Nan Aron, president of Alliance for
a federal judgeship in Texas endorsed and treat people impartially, a subject Justice, said Mateers comments are
widely discredited ex-gay conversion committee Democrats will be sure to among the most disgusting ever made by
therapy and called transgender kids part tackle at his nomination hearing. a federal judicial nominee and called on
of Satans plan. A Feinstein spokesperson said Mateers the administration to withdraw Mateers
Neither the White House, nor the conrmation hearing isnt yet scheduled nomination immediately.
Justice Department, responded last week and the nominee hasnt yet submitted We are already seeing a well-
to multiple Washington Blade requests his materials to the Senate Judiciary documented pattern of anti-LGBTQ bias
for comment on whether Trump stands JEFF MATEER called trans kids Satans plan. Commitee. Feinstein didnt ocially emerging among President Trumps
by his nominee in the aftermath of commit to voting no on Matter, the judicial nominees, most notably John Bush
criticism from LGBT groups. SCREEN CAPTURE COURTESY OF YOUTUBE spokesperson said, out of policy of and Damien Schi, Aron added. The
As rst reported by CNN on Wednesday, withholding a decision until after a Senates conrmation of Bush despite
Je Mateer, nominated by Trump earlier get married? Why not one man and three conrmation hearing. his history of bigoted remarks stands as
this month to serve as a U.S. district judge women? Or three women and one man? Sharon McGowan, a former civil rights a shameful day in its history, and there
for the eastern district of Texas, made the And were gonna spare you some of those attorney at the Justice Department is no excuse for either the Senate or
controversial anti-LGBT comments in a slides. We actually have a presentation under the Obama administration and this administration to advance another
pair of speeches in 2015. that we get into it. And Ill tell you, we say Lambda Legals director of strategy, said nominee who has shown such hostility
In a May 2015 speech, titled The Church its PG-13, it may be R, or what do they call the Mateer nomination is the Trump and hatred toward millions of Americans.
and Homosexuality, Mateer talked about the next one? NC-17 or whatever?
a Colorado lawsuit in which the parents In separate remarks in November 2015,
of a transgender girl sued her school for Mateer lamented the push to ban ex-gay
blocking her from using the restroom conversion therapy at a conference hosted
consistent with her gender identity.
In Colorado, a public school has been
by pastor Kevin Swanson, who gained
notoriety during the 2016 presidential
Yiannopoulos Free Speech
sued because a rst grader and I forget
the sex, shes a girl who thinks shes a
election for remarks insisting homosexuality
should be punishable by death.
rally ops at Berkeley
boy or a boy who thinks shes a girl, its Biblical counselors and therapists,
probably that, a boy who thinks shes a weve seen cases in New Jersey and Milo Yiannopoulos Free Speech rally at the University of California, Berkeley
girl, Mateer said. And the school said, in California where folks have gotten on Sunday culminated in the former senior Breitbart editor being escorted away
Well, shes not using the girls restroom. in trouble because they gave biblical by police after a 20-minute appearance.
And so she has now sued to have a right counseling and, you know, the issue is The rally took place on the campus famed Sproul Plaza, known for being a
to go in. Now, I submit to you, a parent of always, its same sex, Mateer says in the hotbed of student protests during the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s.
three children who are now young adults, speech. And if youre giving conversion Yiannopoulos appeared to take seles with fans, sign copies of his book and led
a rst grader really knows what their therapy, thats been outlawed in at least the crowd of about 150 people in a rendition of the National Anthem.
sexual identity? I mean it just really shows two states and then in some local areas. Attendees had to pass through metal detectorsto receive access to the plaza
you how Satans plan is working and the So theyre invading that area. but hundreds of counter-protesters waited outside.
destruction thats going on. Major medical and psychological groups After 20 minutes, the 32-year-old right-wing commentator was led away by a
Those remarks are consistent with the including the American Psychiatric police escort. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the school spent $800,00
Trump administrations decision earlier Association have come out against the on security to keep him safe. During his Februaryappearance on campus, which
this year to revoke Obama-era guidance practice of conversion therapy, which is in erupted into rioting, the school spent $600,00 on security.
to schools assuring transgender kids fact harmful to LGBT people. Accordingto The San Francisco Chronicle, campus spokesman Dan Mogulof
access to the restroom consistent with Among those expressing condemnation called the event the most expensive photo-op in the universitys history.
their gender identity. of Mateer after his remarks were revealed The event was meant to be a much larger, four-day spectacle named Berkley
Mateer, whos the currently rst was the Southern Poverty Law Center, Free Speech Week. Yiannopoulos announced a lineup of conservative speakers,
assistant attorney general of Texas, was which has successfully sued organizations including Ann Coulter and former White House chief strategist Stephen K.
at the time general counsel of the First that engage in conversion therapy. Bannon. However, the event zzled after the student group and Yiannopoulos
Liberty Institute, a social conservative David Dinielli, deputy legal director for failed to work out logistics. Some speakers, like Coulter, even announced they
advocacy group previously known as the the Southern Poverty Law Center, said were never planning on attending.
Liberty Institute. Trump has once again demonstrated In a Facebook Live on Saturday, Yiannopoulos says he takes responsibility for
In that same May 2015 speech, Mateer his complete disregard for the LGBT the poor organization of the rally.
said that a Supreme Court decision in community by the nomination of Mateer. I understand there were some hiccups with speakers, which I take personal
favor of same-sex marriage which had Je Mateer has demonized the most responsibility for, Yiannopoulos admitted. Although it was an error of my sta,
not yet come out could pervert the vulnerable members of our community its down to me.
institution of marriage in disgusting ways and expressed support for conversion After the rally, Yiannopoulos posted on Facebook to complain that police
I submit to you that therell be no therapy the dangerous, fraudulent, would not remove protesters, who he claims mued speeches, but promised
line there, he said. And actually in the discredited and inhumane practice that to return again next year.
arguments of Chief Justice Roberts, whos purports to change a persons sexual MARIAH COOPER
in the center there said, I mean, what is the orientation or gender identity, Dinielli
limiting? Why couldnt four people wanna said. There is no place on our federal
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Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, St. Croix


It looks like nuclear Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was
born in San Juan, in an email she sent to
weapons went o her constituents on Friday that included
information on ways New Yorkers can
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS support the relief eort. Many of us have
mlavers@washblade.com family and friends in Puerto Rico who we
are deeply concerned about.
Residents of Puerto Rico have Maria caused widespread destruction
begun the long recovery process from on the island of Dominica on Monday
Hurricane Maria that devastated the U.S. night when it made landfall with winds of
commonwealth last week. more than 155 mph.
Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto Rico The Category 4 hurricane also caused
Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican LGBT advocacy signicant damage on the French island of
group, was volunteering at a shelter in the Guadeloupe. Maria passed just south of St.
Puerto Rican capital of San Juan when Maria Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday
made landfall on the islands southwest before it made landfall in Puerto Rico.
coast with 155 mph winds. Hurricane Irma devastated the U.S. and
Serrano on his Facebook page wrote British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Barts,
his apartment received minor damages Anguilla and Barbuda, Turks and Caicos,
during the hurricane. He said Maria the north central coast of Cuba, portions
partially destroyed his parents home. MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO attends a march in Havana on May 13. She was born in Puerto Rico of the Bahamas and the Florida Keys
and has urged New Yorkers to support Hurricane Maria relief eorts.
The silence is deafening, wrote earlier this month.
Serrano on his Facebook page on WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY Lavonne Wise, an LGBT rights advocate
Thursday afternoon. Only the coqus who lives in the town of Frederiksted
(small frogs that can be found throughout crisis has prevented the utility company traveled to Puerto Rico to help with on St. Croix, told Washington Blade on
Puerto Rico) interrupt it. from regularly maintaining it. the Maria relief eort. He noted to Tuesday during a telephone interview
Lisbeth Melndez Rivera, director of the Authorities on Friday urged people in reporters before he left John F. Kennedy from her home that she and her partner
Human Rights Campaign Foundations the towns of Isabela and Quebradilla on International Airport that his state has the had not had power since Irma struck the
Latinx and Catholic Initiatives, on Puerto Ricos northwestern coast who largest Puerto Rican community outside U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 6.
Wednesday afternoon wrote on her live downstream from a dam to evacuate of Puerto Rico. President Trump has been Wise on Friday said in a series of Facebook
Facebook page that Maria ooded her because ooding may cause it to fail. criticized for the administrations slow messages to the Blade that her home is
parents home in Caguas, a city that is Maria has also interrupted cell phone and response to the crisis, but he is scheduled safe, but she and her partner havent been
about 20 miles south of San Juan, and internet service on the island. to visit the island next week. able to leave because of fallen trees.
destroyed their deck and fence. She said LGBT Puerto Ricans who live in the D.C. The devastation wrought by Hurricane Wise told the Blade there is no electricity,
her parents and family are ok. area have been using Facebook to receive Maria, which caused severe ooding telephone or internet service on St. Croix.
Most of the island of remains without information about their family and friends in Puerto Rico and knocked out power She also said there was looting, but added
power after Maria damaged its electrical who were on the island during Maria. across the island, has been especially neighbors are helping neighbors.
infrastructure that was already in Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew hard-hitting for our citys Puerto Rican It looks like nuclear weapons went o
disrepair because Puerto Ricos debt Cuomo on Friday led a delegation that community, said New York City Council in my area, said Wise.

Trans woman running for Honduran congress


Rihanna Ferrera run for oce in Honduras in recent years. Honduras.
Kendra Stefani Jordany, who lives in the The body of Sherlyn Montoya, a volunteer
would represent city of San Pedro Sula, in March became for Grupo de Mujeres Transexuales
Tegucigalpa if elected the rst trans person to ever win a primary (Muecas Arcoris), another Honduran
in the country when she was among the trans advocacy group, was found in a
Central American Parliament candidates Tegucigalpa neighborhood on April. A
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS who advanced to the general election. trans rights advocate in San Pedro Sula
mlavers@washblade.com Claudia Spellman, the former director who spoke with the Blade at their oce in
of a San Pedro Sula-based HIV/AIDS February said they have been the target of
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras A service organization who now lives near two assassination attempts in 2016.
transgender woman who is running for D.C. with her wife after receiving death Ferrera noted the Honduran
a seat in the Honduran congress hopes threats, ran for the Honduran congress government does not legally recognize
to make history in her countrys general in 2012. Victoria Gmez, who was also trans people based on their gender
election in November. RIHANNA FERRERA could become the rst a candidate in the same election cycle, identity. She also acknowledged violence
openly transgender person elected to the
Rihanna Ferrera is a candidate for the Honduran congress if she wins in November. has sought asylum in Spain after she was has prompted many trans Hondurans to
center-left United Social Democratic and threatened and attacked in Tegucigalpa. ee the country.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FERRERA
Innovation Party (PINU). Both Spellman and Gmez were It is very complex, Ferrera told the
She is running to represent the candidates for the leftist Liberty and Blade, referring to the situation for trans
department of Francisco Morazn in to public oce in the Central American Refoundation (LIBRE) party. Hondurans. It is very dicult.
which the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa country if she wins on Nov. 26. I want to be a candidate, Ferrera told Ferrera said she has received verbal
is located. Ferrera, who co-founded I want to participate in politics, Ferrera the Blade. It will also improve things for violence because she is trans, but has
Asociacin Cozumel Trans, a Honduran told the Washington Blade on Sept. 21 us trans women. not been attacked physically.
trans advocacy group, would potentially during a telephone interview in Tegucigalpa. Violence and discrimination based on I take my candidacy very seriously,
be the rst openly trans person elected A handful of other trans women have gender identity remains commonplace in she said.
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Trinidad and Tobago: A nation in the closet


Same-sex relationships
remain criminalized
in the country

By MAYKEL GONZLES VIVERO

EDITORS NOTE: Maykel Gonzlez Vivero is an in-


dependent Cuban journalist who works with the
Institute for War and Peace Reporting. This article
originally appeared on the groups website.

Jowelle de Souza is Trinidad and Tobagos


most high-prole transgender person.
The political and animal rights
campaigner lives in San Fernando, the
countrys second city, where she owns JOWELLE DE SOUZA in a conversation with
MAYKEL GONZLEZ VIVERO, an independent
a beauty salon and is well-known as a Cuban journalist and LGBT rights advocate.
civil society activist. But her public life
illustrates the contradictions over LGTB PHOTO COURTESY OF THE INSTITUTE
FOR WAR AND PEACE REPORTING
rights in Trinidad and Tobago, one of
seven Caribbean nations that criminalizes
same-sex relationships.
She had gender reassignment surgery what they consider the best approach to suicide but regained hope for their future Persad-Bissessar claimed that the Roman
in 1993 at the age of 19, the rst citizen to social change. after seeing him in court. Catholic Church was pressuring the
undergo the procedure in her countrys In February 2017, Jason Jones, a As for the work of communal Trinidadian government to maintain the
history. In 1997, de Souza also became Trinidadian LGTB activist who currently organizations, he continued, Im very sodomy law. The archbishop of Port of
the rst trans person to sue the state for lives in the UK, sued the state over its disappointed with CAISO. They dont ght for Spain, Joseph Harris, denied this statement.
a violation of her constitutional rights homophobic laws. His case is due to be same-sex marriage. Robinson also said that Our doors are open to any boy or girl
after she was arrested during a protest heard by November this year. But others my lawsuit was useless, because it wouldnt we feel are equipped to help, irrespective
and ocers subsequently spent hours advocate a more delicate approach over change peoples hearts and minds. of race, religion, sexual orientation,
taunting her about her sexuality and LGBTI rights. It is impossible to know how physical ability or socio-economic status,
gender identity. The lawsuit was settled Colin Robinson is executive director of widespread discrimination is in Trinidad Harris said later.
out of court. the Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of and Tobago as there are no statistics And prime minister Keith Rowley told
But de Souza resolutely declines to view Sexual Orientation (CAISO), one of the about hate crimes against LGTB citizens. parliament last year that the state had a duty
herself as a champion of LGBT rights. countrys leading LGTB organizations. But Jones said that also received to protect all citizens regardless of whom
Transphobia has never aected me, Robinson argued that legal changes dozens of death threats after launching they sleep with but has not supported the
she said, speaking in her salon decorated were not fundamental to improving the his lawsuit against the state. Two in repeal of the contentious laws.
with images of Hindu gods, a jade Buddha status of LGBT people on the islands. Sitting particular, he said, were so graphic that For now, in the absence of an open
and an image of Christ. A portrait of Pope in his organizations headquarters in the they convinced him he needed to leave LGBT scene, the dating app Grindr acts
Francis is placed, like an amulet, under a Port of Spain neighborhood of Belmont the country. as a virtual gathering point for gay men
security camera. where for security reasons, there is no sign Im currently working on ten asylum in Trinidad seeking chat, casual sex and
I sued the government, but it wasnt an identifying their oce he said that CAISO requests from LGTB Trinidadians, Jones some kind of social connection.
LGTBI issue. It was about civil rights. chose to engage in media advocacy, public said. Many have been expelled from A man going by the username Ed
Two years ago, she ran for parliament education, lobbying, documentation and their families. Edison said that the situation was worse
as an independent candidate. In her faith-based organizing. The government itself has long sent out elsewhere in the Caribbean.
campaign poster, she posed wielding The law doesnt make people contradictory messages over LGBT rights. In August this year, Jamaican fashion
a hammer with the slogan, Build with homophobic, culture and religion do. In 2007, a campaign led by the local designer and renowned LGTB activist
me. Although she failed to win oce, There is currently no legal procedure Anglican church opposed the visit of Dexter Pottinger was stabbed to death on
she continued to be active in political pending against a gay person for having gay singer Elton John to perform in the island, and Edison noted, We live better
campaigning, particularly on animal consensual and private sex, he said, the country, but government ocials here than in Jamaica. They attack you there.
rights. LGBT issues, however, remained adding, [Jones] lawsuit is a good strategy, supported his visit and his concert went A Venezuelan, who gave his name as
o her agenda. but its just one of many options. The ahead as planned. David, said he had been living in Trinidad
It hasnt been dicult for me to be sodomy law isnt necessarily what most In December 2008, the government and Tobago for 13 years. There was a
a transgender woman, de Souza said, aects LGTB people in their daily lives. was not among the 66 countries that party and performance scene, albeit tiny.
noting that you only get into trouble if However, Jones argued that the LGTB signed a UN statement calling for the There are drag queens in Port of
youre involved in a public incident. And community needed to take a more decriminalization of homosexuality. Spain, he said. You dont see them
there has never been a prosecution. proactive, campaigning stance. He said he But in both 2008 and 2009, Trinidad and everywhere, only at gay parties well,
In Trinidad and Tobago, consensual felt let down that de Souza had failed to use Tobago signed Organization of American [theres] just one.
same-sex acts carry a possible penalty her public status to advocate for change. States resolutions calling for the prohibition A dierent Grindr user, who gave his
of up to 25 years in prison, while anal Besides living openly as a transgender of violence motivated by the victims sexual age as 26 but asked to remain anonymous,
sex is subject to a maximum sentence of woman, she [de Souza] hasnt done much orientation or gender identity. said, Life is hard for a gay man in Trinidad
life in prison. These laws have not been for our LGTB community, he said. Two Then, the following year, the and Tobago. People talk. You cant live
enforced in the last four decades, but years ago, she said the country wasnt Trinidadian cabinet approved a National openly. Religion says youre a sinner. And
remain on the statute books. Trinidadian ready for same sex marriage. Policy on Gender and Development, a family doesnt want a sinner as a son.
law also denies any LGBT person entry Pointing to the importance of taking which rearmed the governments Another user had the LGTB rainbow
to the country, although this law is not a stand, Jones said that after launching opposition to same-sex relationships and ag as his prole pic.
known to have ever been enforced. his case he had been contacted by three its refusal to consider same-sex marriage. But Im not an activist, he said. And
Campaigners on the islands dier in young men who had been considering In 2012 the then-Prime Minister Kamla even if I were one, Id be a silent activist.
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2 U.S. agencies at odds over protecting gays under Title VII


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01

Congress didnt intend the prohibition on


sex discrimination to apply to lesbian, gay
and bisexual people because lawmakers
have resisted spelling out sexual
orientation discrimination is illegal.
Think about what would happen today
if Congress were to pass a statute that
said no sex discrimination, Mooppan
said. If it just said sex discrimination, I
think it would be indisputable that that
did not cover also sexual orientation
discrimination. The reason being, you
would have both a until this year
unbroken set of case law saying the two
were distinct and you had have several
prior acts of Congress that treated them
as distinct. So, if thats the case today, then
surely...in 1964 when Congress passed
the same, exact word didnt have some
broader notion of sex discrimination
compared to what we have today. It just
makes no sense.
As evidence Congress didnt intend
the prohibition on sex discrimination
to include sexual orientation
discrimination, Mooppan cited eorts in
1991 to amend the Civil Rights Act that
didnt include explicit protections for anti- RACHEL TIVEN, executive director of Lambda Legal, told reporters the arguments were a dress rehearsal for a resolution from the Supreme
gay discrimination even though legislation Court on the issue of Title VII.
was introduced to spell that out. WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Jeremy Horowitz, assistant general


counsel for the EEOC, in contrast argued unusual nature of two arms of the strategist for Lambda Legal, also took part which said although hes not ling a
the prohibition on sex discrimination U.S. government making conicting in oral arguments before the court and complaint based on his sexual orientation,
should be construed broadly and applied arguments in court, Mooppan at- asserted Title VII prohibits discrimination hes making it because in addition to
to anti-gay discrimination based on out refused to comment in response on the basis of sexual orientation. being discriminated against because of my
Supreme Court rulings in such cases as to multiple inquiries from judges on Discrimination against someone in sexual orientation, I was also discriminated
the 1989 Price Waterhouse decision and whether the Justice Department signed a same-sex relationship is the same as against because of my gender.
the 1998 Oncale decision. o on briefs from EEOC either in this discrimination against someone in an Addressing the court as an expert was
The sex stereotyping that says that case or more generally saying he interfaith relationship is the same as Adam Mortara, a Chicago-based attorney
if you are a man attracted to men, or a doesnt think its appropriate for him to discrimination against someone in an who struck a dierent chord than other
woman attracted women, either way, speak to internal deliberations. interracial relationship and they all are attorneys, but nonetheless undercut the
you dont meet the stereotype that the What Ill say is this: the EEOC had the equal, Nevins said. idea of gay protections under the Title VII by
employer has for how your gender should authority to le the brief they had led in Saul Zabell, the lawyer for Altitude arguing for limited interpretation of the law.
behave, Horowitz said And so in the case this case and the Department of Justice, Express Inc., on the other hand pointed to It is not true that merely being non-
youre being put to a question: Do I keep of course, has the authority to le the a state court decision nding insucient conforming to gender by itself gives you a
my job, or do I keep my choice of partner? brief it has led in this case on behalf of evidence for sexual orientation sex discrimination claim,Mortara said. It
The EEOC adopted the positionHorowitz the United States, Mooppan said. discrimination in Zardas case (New York has to also be true that theres something
presented to the court during the Obama The case, Zarda v. Altitude Express, was state court has a higher threshold for additional: Evidence of misogyny,
administration when the agency found led by a gay skydiver who asserted he making such claims), which he said the evidence of highly traditional sexist views
in the 2015 case of Baldwin v. Foxx that was red from him his job as a result of plainti didnt initially make upon ling a about women and children. Thats kind of
anti-gay discrimination is a form of sex his sexual orientation after he disclosed complaint before EEOC. the back case for the court. There has to
discrimination. he was gay in mid-air to a female client. If he does not raise the issue of being be something more.
Asked whether he thinks congressional After Zardas death during a subsequent discriminated against because of his Although a three-judge panel on the
intent in 1964 is relevant to Title skydiving accident in 2014, his estate sexual orientation in his EEOC charge, Second Circuit ruled in April against
VII, Horowitz replied, No, your honor, I continued his case in his name. then he doesnt get the opportunity now the idea sexual orientation bias is sex
dont. In the Oncale decision, Justice Scalia Greg Antollino, a New York-based civil seven years after ling the EEOC charge discrimination based on precedent in
said its the words of the statute rather rights attorney, represents the Zarda estate after all the facts are out in this case to the jurisdiction, the full court agreed
than the concerns of the legislators that and urged the court to nd gay protections now somehow amend his pleadings to rehear the case as part of en banc
drives the interpretation of the statute. under Title VII based on the plain language and amend his EEOC charge to say, review of the litigation.
Predicting Mooppans arguments that of the statute, associational discrimination No, no, no. Because the court might With the issue before the 11 judges
congressional failure to enact pro-gay and sex stereotyping. be willing to change its interpretation instead of just three, some expressed
laws demonstrates it doesnt consider In our belief, the discrimination is of the application of Title VII to sexual skepticism over gay protections under
anti-gay discrimination a form of sex against Don Zarda because he was a male, orientation, I want to change my EEOC Title VII, with some conveying support
discrimination, Horowitz said legislative because it was a motivating factor in his charge to make it t with what the court for the idea and many holding their cards
inaction is a very poor means of termination,Antollino said. Had he been might consider,Zabell said. close to the vest.
determining congressional intent. a woman, this wouldnt have happened. Zabells arguments were undercut when
In one exchange highlighting the Greg Nevins, workplace fairness program a judge read aloud Zardas initial charge,
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U.S. STD rates hit all-time high: CDC


CHICAGO New cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. reached an all-time
high in 2016 federal health ocials reported this week according to the Chicago Tribune
and other outlets.
There were 1.6 million cases of chlamydia, 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and 28,000
of syphilis reported that year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
announced in its annual report on STDs.
And the diseases are on the rise in a number of groups, including women, infants, and
gay and bisexual men.
Young women account for nearly half of all diagnosed chlamydia infections, but syphilis
and gonorrhea are increasingly aecting new groups of people, the Tribune reports.
Between 2015 and 2016, syphilis rates rose nearly 18 percent. Most cases occurred
among men, especially gays and bisexuals. Half of the men in those two groups also had

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syphilis-infected newborns, resulting in more than 40 deaths and severe health
complications, the CDC said.
Call Joe, Your Working Broker. Gonorrhea rates rose among both men and women in 2016, but the largest increase
(22 percent) was among men, and a large number of new gonorrhea cases were among
gay and bisexual men. The report also noted the growing threat of drug resistance to the
last remaining recommended gonorrhea treatment, the Tribune reports.

Anal cancer a threat for HIV-positive men


NEW YORK Health ocials are concerned about the growing threat of anal cancer
in HIV-positive gay and bi U.S. men citing research that claims theyre 100 times more
likely to get anal cancer than HIV-negative straight men, the Conversation reports.
Anal cancer is predominantly caused by chronic or persistent human papillomavirus
(HPV) infection which can lead to the development of anal precancer which, if remains
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Conversation reports.
Some in the medical community have identied anal cancer as the next big health
crisis among HIV-infected gay and bisexual men. Initiation of anti-retroviral therapy
in the 1990s greatly reduced the AIDS-related death rate and improved survival.
However, this improvement in survival led to an increase in the lifetime risk of
developing anal cancer, especially among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men, the
Conversation reports.
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Endocrine Society updates trans guidelines
NEW YORK The Endocrine Society has updated its guidelines for providing
gender-arming treatment to transgender individuals, published online in the
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Medscape reports.
At the same time, the society issued a position statement calling for policy
makers to consider the biological underpinning of gender identity. This asks U.S.
Jeanette Suh John Tsaknis federal and private insurers to cover physician-prescribed medical interventions
DMD DDS Indra Mustapha for transgender individuals and highlights the need for increased funding and
Maria Hodas DDS, MS
DDS prioritization of research on transgender medical care, Medscape reports.
The latest guidelines represent an update to 2009 Endocrine Society
recommendations for managing transgender individuals. In particular, they
provide detailed advice on the appropriate age for teens to start treatment.
They also emphasize standard fertility preservation counseling for all individuals
deciding about puberty suppression or hormone therapy, Medscape reports.
Recommendations cover the evaluation of youth and adults, treatment of
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Muriel Bowser wants another term


gap remains huge. There are many rea- head against two potential opponents she ter known for always coming prepared to
An easier path to sons for this not all xable by the mayor had 50 percent to Vince Grays 27 percent community events, meetings and council
re-election than expected? but Bowser understands the role she can and Karl Racines 10 percent. Racine has hearings. She always has the facts and
play and has said she continues to be since said he wont run for mayor and rath- gures to back up what she speaks about.
committed to making a positive dier- er will run for reelection as attorney gen- Bowser is respected around the nation
ence in the lives of the black and Latino eral. The city is fortunate as he has done a having worked closely with President Obama,
residents of the District. great job for the people as he builds that of- other Democratic mayors and she worked
We know education makes a dier- ce as the rst independently elected AG in hard to elect Hillary Clinton. She has earned
ence and that has been a focus of Bows- the District. I hope Gray will soon follow suit respect for D.C. around the world. She is out
ers administration. She has built on the announcing he is happy with his role on the in the community nearly every day, rarely
work begun by former mayors. She got Council. Gray was a good mayor and was takes vacations, and when she does travel its
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights the chance to move on from the Rhee/ shafted by the U.S. Attorney. But revenge to build connections for the city.
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly Henderson duo of chancellors and chose isnt a good reason to run and we need to Some have said she doesnt often start
for the Blade.
Antwan Wilson for the job. It seems he move forward not backwards. dramatic new initiatives, but things are
is up to it and committed to raising the In the Washington Post interview an- happening in all eight Wards. She moved
Muriel Bowser announced last week bar for children in every ward. The other nouncing she would run for a second forward the new soccer stadium for DC
she wants a second term. If she wins she big job she had to ll was that of police term Bowser said she would devote her United paid for by the teams owners and
will be the rst mayor elected since 2006 chief when Cathy Lanier moved on to time and energy to an array of policies negotiated a new practice center for the
to be elected to a second term. head security for the NFL. Her choice of that included improving public transit, re- Wizards/Mystics in Anacostia. That facility
While everyone knows D.C. is far from Peter Newsham looks to be a winner for ducing income inequality and making the will also include a 4,200-seat arena capable
perfect, a majority of voters appear to all. He knows the District and its people city greener and more energy-ecient. of hosting concerts, community events and
agree Bowser has worked hard to im- having served on the MPD since 1989. He Bowser is not what many people ex- home games for the Washington Mystics.
prove the city and is working to uplift the is committed to community policing and pected. She has been quoted saying, So while things arent perfect and
lives of people in all eight Wards. There is ensuring his ocers are on the street and They always underestimate me young, there needs to be a renewed focus on
a long way to go before we see economic responsive to the community. female and black. Having known Bows- economic opportunities for those not
equality in our city. As reported in DCist, In a pre-election poll in the Washington er since her rst run for Council I know benetting from the current economic
income for whites in the District has gone Post Bowser had a 67 percent approval rat- thats true. She can be feisty having lost boom, it appears Bowser may have a
up slightly in 2016 while income for both ing, unusually high for a mayor in any big her temper and publicly cursing out a re- much easier reelection ght than anyone
blacks and Latinos has inched down. The city in these dicult times. In a head-to- calcitrant Council member; but she is bet- could have predicted.

O U R B USI NES S MATTERS

Moratorium on business-burden bills is not enough


there should be an arbitrary end-time to in squandered expenditures, and grows as Harms toll, though, is hardly limited
D.C. Council chair calls the proposition. It is as if elected ocials fast as local politicians avert their gaze. to these big-ticket items. Burdening lo-
for halt to anti-commerce are blithely non-cognizant of the folly in Prompting Mendelsons months-ago cal community commerce, and the citys
boiling the citys golden goose in a pot mantra that his colleagues adhere to a dominant small business sector most
legislation until 2019 poisoned with overlord extremism. pause on new business regulations and often the intended target, are the never-
Even the recent reform of modestly low- mandates are two legislative enactments ending knife-cuts of additional micro-reg-
ering the local business tax only managed during the most recent legislative term. ulations and new restrictions so bewilder-
to set the rate equal to adjacent hyper-tax The continuing hike in the local minimum ing and numerous that local businesses
Maryland and among the nations highest. wage, rising 180 percent in only six years can no longer maintain tracking or re-
The business tax rate in the other neighbor- to an increasingly nationally rejected $15 main informed of them all. Regulatory
ing jurisdiction of business-friendly Virginia is in mid-2020, and the pending next-de- infractions are now largely attributable to
far-below D.C.s extraction and both political cade implementation of an extravagant the simple incapability of keeping up.
parties in the state hope to further lower it. and expensive paid leave mandate, the Overwhelming operators by the sheer
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur Worse than the citys transactional tak- cost of which is currently assigned exclu- volume of new rules and punishing them
and community business advocate. Follow ings, the most business-unfriendly col- sively to employers unlike in any of the for a fundamental inability to monitor it
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com. lection of D.C. Council members in the handful of states imposing the benet, all is institutional trickery of the worst sort.
44-year history of Home Rule spends an are motivating a moratorium. Expecting small local businesses to create
A clear indication that the D.C. Council astonishing amount of time scheming up Anti-enterprise ideologues and small sta positions solely devoted to discover-
has exceeded a high political tolerance new ways to micro-manage local busi- business adversaries on the Council (yes, ing whatever anti-business horrors have
for imposing business burdens is Council nesses. Inversely, the Council spends far Elissa Silverman, the entire business com- been newly promulgated is unreasonable.
Chair Phil Mendelsons call for a morato- too little time on eective government munity is looking at you and thinking about Before the D.C. Council passes any more
rium until 2019 on new legislation nega- oversight and managing agency opera- your upcoming re-election eort) are hop- business regulations, the city government
tively aecting local enterprise. tions, despite those tasks being their ac- ing to bypass Mendelsons moratorium and should rst provide an assemblage of
Its small comfort to District-based busi- tual primary responsibility. push for even more employer mandates. what theyve already done in an accessible
nesses reeling from an incessant tidal wave Local legislators should instead be busy- These include prohibiting the necessary centralized online compendium.
of excruciatingly costly-to-administer and ing themselves with xing the notoriously economic facilitation of prior mandates. More than that, the D.C. Council should
laden with unintentional-consequence high prevalence of poor service perfor- Forcing businesses to reduce full-time posi- follow-through on its unfullled promise to
regulatory edicts and employer mandates. mance, correcting governmental inecien- tions or cut sta work-hours to accommo- measure by formal procedure the impact
Mendelsons stance, however, is welcomed cies, preventing project cost overruns, and date rising labor costs and additional ex- of proposed legislation on both community
for the possibility that it will provide at least reducing the sky-high toll of city program penses due new regulations, for example, businesses and the citys scal health.
a modicum of short-term relief. waste, fraud, and abuse. The list is long, esti- and subsequently proposing restrictions A short-lived moratorium is not nearly
The sensible question, of course, is why mated to represent fully 12 percent or more on those adjustments is perverse. enough remedy.
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anthropomorphic, Pepto-Bismol-pink
Longing for a commercial If I knew a nice big Clydesdale was coming up stomach blob trolling some poor music
break featuring the at the break, I wouldnt worry about Rachel teacher who is just trying to help her
choral students.
Clydesdales Maddows head blowing up at the 20-minute mark. Theres that red-headed woman in the
white leotard with a diagram of a lower
GI tract silkscreened on her onesie. She
aesthetic of their workhorse ethic. Sigh. (A word here about Buck Naked from doxes a woman with Irritable Bowel Syn-
It would make the evening news an the Duluth Trading Company: Love.) drome (IBS). The swayback stalker looks
unending string of hurricanes, earth- The Coolsculpting guy could put the like Kathy Grin before she shaved her
quakes, re and fury, Cat10 Rocketboys UntuckIt guy out of business. He seems head for her sister in chemo.
and nuclear dickheadedness more pleased with his work to make his body Theres that contractor who takes opi-
KATE CLINTON is a longtime humorist and bearable. If I knew a nice big Clydesdale perfect, except for the worrisome wen of oids for his back pain, gets constipated
regular Blade contributor. was coming up at the break, I wouldnt fat under his armpit. and bravely tells his doctor. She tells him
worry about Rachel Maddows head blow- Ever heard of lymphoma? Ask your doc- to let it go. Get it? When white people
These days, I would give anything to ing up at the 20-minute mark. tor. Wait, what? Youve got a doctor? And have trouble with opioids they dont get
see a Budweiser Clydesdale in a TV com- The Truvago guy doesnt do it for me. just what is CoolSculpting? Ask your Cools- jail time, they get laxatives.
mercial. A big majestic horse, in a dusky His gray smugness gets to take perfect, culptor. It freezes fatty deposits? Then At this point youre probably thinking,
pumpkin patch pulling a huge wagon cool vacations, but hes always alone be- it goes where? How? Did Coolsculpting Shes still watching TV on TV? Doesnt she
with happy, wholesome hay-riders carry- cause who could stand him even for a cause the Fatberg in the London sewer? know she can VCR it, watch and do triple
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harvested on their impossibly amazing You would think the UnTuckit guy had that heartbreaking - news about geno- know that. What do you think I am? A dot-
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Maybe two Clydesdales. They step shortened a shirt for guys who cant/ sian investigations and Puerto Rico. The side eects of national chronic
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Merging old and new


Ellicott City show
house gives gay
designer historic canvas

By MARIAH COOPER
mcooper@washblade.com

Picturesque homes dont just have to


be experienced through a photograph.
Historic Ellicott City has made it its mis-
sion to bring beautiful, historic homes
right to the feet of its guests. This year,
attendees can witness rsthand White
Hall, the 19th-century home that sits on
a sprawling 41 acres that it shares with
deer, geese and two owls. Enter inside
and guests can experience room trans-
formations from top interior decorators.
For out interior decorator and D.C. na-
tive Rhonald Angelo, transforming a room
is deeper than painting a wall or throwing
down a rug. His passion for detail and eye
for design can be witnessed in the draw- RHONALD ANGELO shows o the room
The room RHONALD ANGELO designed was conceived to stay true to the houses historic
ing room of White Hall, where he joins 17 he decorated as part of this years Historic
Ellicott City Decorator Show House. purpose.
other designers, artisans and decorators
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTOS BY MICHAEL KEY
using the home as the foundation for WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTOS BY MICHAEL KEY

their artistic visions.


Since 1986, Historic Ellicott City has the hood of a real automobile. Thats deepness of the front porch. I wanted to
been collaborating with designers to re- mittee sends out a call to decorators to probably where my creativity and intense do light colors to allow as much daylight to
store historic properties for its Decorator look at the rooms to settle on how they sense of detail comes from, Angelo says. come in as possible. Theres two windows
Show House. would like to develop the space. Decora- Now as an adult interior decorator, his that face the front of the house. I purposely
This years proceeds will benet the His- tors submit proposals with a oor plan work method remains the same. created a very open style to allow as much
toric Ellicott Revitalization Grant Program of the room, a write-up of their concept Clutter is not a word that is in my vo- daylight to come in as possible.
and the restoration of Carrollton Hall, a and any fabrics, paints and furnishings cabulary. All of my designs, my work, is He hopes that people can learn a few
historic building built by Declaration of they would want to use. The committee very open and it allows everything to design tips from visiting the house includ-
Independence signer Charles Carroll on decides if they like the proposal and also have its own breathing space. ing considering incorporating antiques
the grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony. if the design will be cohesive with the rest Angelos concept for the drawing room in their own homes. Although he says he
Angelo is a veteran of the Decorator of the designers visions. was to stay true to the rooms historic understands antiques arent as popular
Show House with White Hall marking the When you walk into the front door of a purpose. The house was built pre-1822 as they once were, he says they add a
third home he has decorated. In 2013, home you want all the rooms to ow to- as part of the land grant Freeborns Prog- soul to the living space.
a client invited him to take a look at the gether, Angelo says. You wouldnt want ress. The houses east wing was later More than anything, Angelo wants peo-
Decorator Show House and he met the to have Star Trek on one side and Little used as a hospital during the War of 1812. ple to appreciate how he utilizes his at-
design decorator in charge of the design- House on the Prairie on the opposite side In 1977, the home was added to the Na- tention to detail in the room. Every piece
ers. Angelo was chosen to decorate a of a home because theres no ow to that. tional Register of Historic Places. was chosen for a specic reason.
second-level bedroom with a bathroom So they look for similar paint colors, simi- Historically, Angelo explains that the They will experience a level of detail
attached for 2014. His creation became lar furnishings, similar concepts. drawing room would have been used to that, in my opinion, is not seen in many,
an elegant dressing room with a mas- Just as the committee has an eye for entertain guests and would have func- many spaces. From the smallest motifs in
culine feel for the space. what works in a room, designers bring tioned as a public space. the rug and how it relates to the design
The entire process from choosing the their own personal tastes into the home. He opted out of modern comforts like on the end of a cabinet, or the shape of
property to settling on designs is done Angelos intricate and neat designs can be a TV and other recreational or personal a ower Ive chosen that will correspond
with careful consideration. The Show traced back to his childhood. At 11 years items like a bookshelf and family photos. with a motif that might be in the drapery.
House Committee looks for proper- old, he and his friends started building Instead, he utilized natural light to make
ties that meet a specic set of criteria. small-scale car models. For Angelo, it was the room feel more open.
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old, located in Howard County, have ad- detail. formal, Angelo says. But if it was our day Open to the public Tuesdays-Sundays through
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ANDREA RISEBOROUGH (left) with EMMA STONE in Battle of the Sexes.

PHOTO COURTESY FOX SEARCHLIGHT

Tennis court Battle


Actors say art inspired life on new Billie Jean King movie

By BRIAN T. CARNEY

LOS ANGELES Battle of the Sexes, that the movie has at least two women Riseborough, known for playing strong woman. She embodies the hopefulness
the excellent movie currently showing in it, that they talk to each other and that historical character like Wallis Simpson of the early 70s, the wholesome part of it.
in D.C.-area theaters, is a passionate they talk about something besides a man. (W.E.), Margaret Thatcher (The Long She was incredibly happy and very much
examination of the people and politics Battle of the Sexes passes the test with Walk to Finchley) and Svetlana Stalin (the in love.
that led to the game-changing 1973 ying colors. It also passes the Russo test, upcoming The Death of Stalin), playing Working with a few period photographs,
tennis match between Billie Jean King and named for the late activist and cultural Barnett oered a dierent challenge: the she collaborated with Costume Designer
Bobby Riggs, a match that is stunningly critic Vito Russo, which applies the same lack of documentation. Mary Zophres to recreate Barnetts look,
recreated in the lms nale. criteria to LGBT characters. There was so little to unearth compared that of a long-haired California beauty.
Produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Two of the women who star in the to other characters Ive played, she says. In fact, Austin Stowell (who plays
Battle of the Sexes is the rare Hollywood lm, Andrea Riseborough and Natalie Theyre over-documented. You have to Kings husband Larry) and Riseborough
lm that features a strong female cast Morales, were eager to talk about the forget the noise and get to the center of joked that, the cinematic Billie certainly
and that features a lesbian relationship as challenges of playing strong women with who they are. had a type; in the lm, were both tanned
just one of many elements in a complex recent historical footprints and about Playing Barnett, she says, I had the and blond.
plot. Its also one of the rare movies that turning Billie Jean Kings vision of equal opposite pressure, it was a process of In addition to her award-winning
passes the famous Bechdel test. pay for women and female economic excavation. For me as an actor, it was very appearances in front of the camera,
The Bechdel test rst appeared in Alison empowerment into reality. fullling because there was so much I had Riseborough founded her own
Bechdels Dykes to Watch Out For comic Acclaimed British actress, writer and to ll in, so much I had to imagine. production company in 2013. Mother
strip in 1985. A character says she will lmmaker Riseborough plays Marilyn Riseborough discovered that Barnett
only see a movie if it meets three criteria: Barnett, Kings rst girlfriend. For was a very liberated, free-spirited
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TAYLOR WALLACE

How long have you been out and who


was the hardest person to tell? If science discovered a way to change
Aug. 10 was my 10-year anniversary of sexual orientation, what would you do?
being out. It was hardest to come out Absolutely nothing. Why change who
to my grandmother who was my rock you are? Besides, gay boys have way
throughout life and my best friend. My more fun.
coming out didnt aect our relationship
whatsoever, though. What do you believe in beyond the
physical world?
Whos your LGBT hero? Love and that my puppy Princess and I
Wanda Alston. I think its extremely will be together forever.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY important that we all continue her legacy
of advocating and supporting at-risk Whats your advice for LGBT
LGBT youth (wandaalstonfoundation. movement leaders?
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO org). Ellen is pretty stellar too. Too often we tend to tear each other
joeyd@washblade.com down instead of uplifting one another.
Whats Washingtons best nightspot, I saw a lot of this at the Pride parade
As both a science lover and a self-described foodie, Taylor Wallace is one of past or present? this year. Positively changing the world
the lucky ones who has managed to combine his passions into a viable career. I just love JR.s. The sta is just so great starts with each one of us.We tend
Wallace is a food science and nutrition expert at George Mason University and theyre always so supportive of to be critical of people who have a
and also founder and CEO of his own consulting rm Think Healthy Group kickball and our community. Its such a dierent view of the world vs. trying to
through which he works with 21 food companies, trade associations and nice laid-back atmosphere and I always understand and better resonate with
commodity boards to help clients design and execute cutting edge research nd someone interesting to chat with. one another.
to inform policy. He conducts most of the research in house at the university.
I was always interested in science, says the 33-year-old Hopkinsville, Ky., Describe your dream wedding. What would you walk across hot
native. When I discovered food science, it oered a way to apply my love of A secluded, casual beach wedding with coals for?
science to help others. I knew I couldnt force people to eat right overnight, friends. Real Pina Coladas, tiki torches, Oreo cookies and cream ice cream
but I could help design healthier products that people love. catering by Hot-N-Juicy and the guy of and the people I love.
Wallace came to Washington eight years ago for work after earning a Ph.D. my dreams.
and masters degree in food science and nutrition from Ohio State University What LGBT stereotype annoys
and a bachelors in his native Kentucky. Find him online at drtaylorwallace.com. What non-LGBT issue are you most you most?
Wallace is single but owns a house in Bloomingdale with his friend Ken passionate about? I nd them hilarious. Just let me have
Gaughan, which they share with Gaughans boyfriend and three dogs. Nutrition. I love helping people, a shot at cutting your hair and Ill show
Wallace enjoys kickball, dodgeball and volunteering in his free time. especially kids, lead healthier lives. you a gay stereotype!

What historical outcome would Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
you change? Brokeback Mountain
9-11. It breaks my heart to watch the
documentaries. Whats the most overrated
social custom?
Whats been the most memorable pop Dressing up in a suit to go stare at a
culture moment of your lifetime? computer screen all day.
Tupac getting shot.
What trophy or prize do you
On what do you insist? most covet?
That hes still alive. The World Food Prize. Its the highest
honor in the food/agriculture eld.
What was your last Facebook post
or Tweet? What do you wish youd known at 18?
A picture of my awesome kickball That coming out would only make me
team! Love you boys! Just the Tip! stronger and better in the long run.

If your life were a book, what would Why Washington?
the title be? The best LGBT community and friends I
202.747.2077 Im not sure what the title would be
but it would denitely be a comedy!
could have ever imagined. Not to mention
Im a foodie.
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P R O D U CT I O N O F

BRUCE RANDOLPH NELSON (front) and VICHET CHUM in M. Buttery.

PHOTO BY CLINTON B PHOTOGRAPHY

Gender-bending
romance

Photo by Hugo Glendinning


Everymans M. Buttery is character like this before. The story stayed
tender tragedy with him so when I got the opportunity to
play the part I was denitely excited. Im
By PATRICK FOLLIARD intrigued by Songs inner complexity and
the details of her life. As an Asian actor
Two gay actors playing gay characters. this a particularly important role. The
Nothing too out of the ordinary there. part checks all the boxes of what you like
But with Everyman Theatres season as a theater performer.
opener M. Buttery it becomes a bit Song is also Chums rst foray into
more complicated. drag. He makes 11 costume changes.
In David Henry Hwangs play partly When hes not onstage Chum is quickly
inspired by Puccinis opera, the changing outts and makeup to achieve
protagonist is closeted French diplomat the divas perfect look.
Rene Gallimard who falls in love with Im an Asian man playing an Asian
Peking opera star Song Liling who is man who plays the role of the perfect
a man disguised as a woman (a detail Asian woman. It took some work to get
about which Rene may or may not be the physical mannerisms. I try to keep
aware). The pair enters into an intense it light and as graceful as possible. Yet
relationship that involves espionage and I keep a sense of knowing and irony in
ultimately leads to tragedy. what Im doing.
For two-time Helen Hayes Award- Songs gender uidity is not a main
winning actor Bruce Randolph Nelson theme in the piece.
who plays Gallimard, the part marks a Whether shes transgender or a gay
turning point in his career. man who does drag, I cant be certain,
In the age of Trump, Ive asked Chum says. Much of her choices
myself what really matters, Nelson, an are based on utility and her job as a
Everyman company member since 2001, performer and surviving communist
says. It used to be if just one person China. Other motivations are much BASED ON THE FILM BY MICHAEL POWELL AND EMERIC PRESSBURGER
saw themselves reected in a play grayer. Its a mystery. I dont think she
AND THE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN FAIRY TALE
and theyre changed by what they see ever plays all her cards, frankly.
then it was worth doing. Now thats not Nelson, 51, commiserates with Rene. MUSIC BY BERNARD HERRMANN
enough. Needs to be more. M. Buttery Hes a gay man who couldnt be
asks big, hairy, awkward questions in a
very beautiful way. Everyman excels at
himself. He had to mask behind male
bravado, cultural and religious dictums,
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storytelling thats at once intimate and and diplomatic constraints. But he was
big. This show has reinvigorated my love willing to overlook and deny everything
for acting. in pursuit love. I was a gay man in college
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based actor Vichet Chum as Song. He woman until I couldnt play the straight
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the screening. General admission tickets
are $17. VIP tickets are $30 and include
access to the catered reception. All tickets
include a one-year membership to HRC.
For more details, visit thedcenter.org/
events/raising-zoey.
The D.C. Boys of Leather hosts Boys
Night at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., PHOTO BY DAN NORMAN; COURTESY ARENA STAGE

N.E.) tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. There


DAN DOMINGUES, STEVE HENDRICKSON and SALLY WINGERT in Native Gardens.
will be Jell-O shots and beer specials on
tap. Anyone curious about the leather
community is welcome. For more
information, visit facebook.com/dcbol. facebook.com/uproarloungedc. bar service and drag performances from hosts its FUK!T Packing Party from
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington Alotta McGriddles, Donna Slash, JaxKnife, 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
debuts its Latino dance party Uncut presents a live recording of their Salvadora Dali and more. DJ Devon thedccenter.org.
tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. The party will Southern Equality Tour at Foundry United Trotter and DJ LEMZ will play music. Republic (6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma
be held every last Friday of the month. Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) Admission is free. Guests of all ages are Park, Md.) hosts Alegre Happy Hour, an
Drink specials run all night. Dancers will today from 3-4 p.m. The chorus will sing invited to the outdoor market, but must LGBT happy hour, today from 5-7 p.m.
also perform. No cover before 11 p.m. popular Broadway songs like Seasons be 21 and over for indoor activities. For For details, visi republictakoma.com.
and $10 cover after. For more details, visit of Love, What More Can I Say and I more information, visit towndc.com.
greenlanterndc.com. Am What I Am. Admission is free. No The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4
AGLA and Professionals in the City host RSVP required. Seating is rst come, rst N.E.) hosts BLUF: D.C., a dance party
lesbian and bisexual speed dating at served. For more details, visit gmcw.org. for leather men and women, today from Bookmen D.C., an informal gay mens
Hilton Inn (1620 Prince St., Alexandria, Va.) Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts Otter 409 p.m. Leather is encouraged but not literature group, discusses Guapa
tonight from 7-9 p.m. All queer women Den, a gay mens dance party, tonight from required. Admission is free. For more by Saleem Haddad, at the Tenleytown
are welcome. Participants who purchase 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. DJ Madscience and DJ details, visit dcleatherpride.org/bluf. Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.)
two drinks or other items from the bar StrikeStone will play a mix of disco, house, Where the Girls Go and Vanniety tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
or restaurant will receive three hours of techno and garage music. Cover is $7. For Kills host Overeasy Tea Dance, a ladies For more information, visit bookmendc.
complimentary parking. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com. day party, at Dodge City (917 U St., N.W.) blogspot.com.
more information, visit prosinthecity.com. Taqueria Del Barrio (821 Upshur St., today from 3-8 p.m. DJ Mothersheister, The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
N.W.) hosts a drag brunch today from DJ Tezrah and DJ Vanniety Kills will play Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
SATURDAY, SEPT. 30 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Desiree Dik, India Larelle music. No cover. For more information, Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social
Houston and Sextia NEight will perform. visit facebook.com/wherethegirlsgo. bridge. No partner needed. For more
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts WTF, There will be a show at 10 a.m. and information, call 301-345-1571.
a gay dance party, tonight from 11 p.m.- another show at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 MONDAY, OCT. 2 The Ask Rayceen Show presents
3:30 a.m. Biblegirl666, Jane Saw, Pussy and include one brunch entre or three its annual talent competition at Human
Noir and more will perform. DJ Aaron tacos and one brunch cocktail. For more The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island
Riggins, DJ Ed Bailey and DJ CLAUDIA will details, visit facebook.com/delbarriodc. hosts coee drop-in hours this morning Ave., N.W.) today at 6 p.m. The top three
spin tracks. Attendees with the best looks from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT audience favorites will receive cash prizes
will win free entry and drink tickets. For SUNDAY, OCT 1 community. Older LGBT adults can up to $300. Arrive early to sign up to
more information, visit towndc.com. come and enjoy complimentary coee perform. Performances must be under
Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts NOVA Pride is today from 11 a.m.-6 and conversation with other community ve minutes. Free admission. For more
Flashy Saturdaze, a dance party, on the p.m. at Bull Run Special Events Center members. For more information, visit details, visit askrayceen.com.
rooftop, today from 4-10 p.m. DJ Twin 7700 Bull Run Dr., in Centreville, Va.) rain thedccenter.org.
and DJ Sean Morris will play music. No or shine. This years theme is Declare Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave., THURSDAY, OCT. 5
cover. For more details, visit facebook. Yourself and its billed as the largest N.W.) holds a support group today from
com/ashydc. Pride event in Virginia. Its free to attend. 6-8 p.m. for gay black men to discuss Guthrie Theater presents Native
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639 Details at novapride.org. topics that aect them, share perspectives Gardens at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth St.,
Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Shirtless Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Big and have meaningful conversations. For N.W.) in the Kreeger Theater through Oct.
Saturday tonight from 8-11 p.m. Guests Gay Flea: A Queer Market today from details, visit uhupil.org. 22. The comedy from playwright Kaen
who arrive shirtless will receive food noon-6 p.m. The parking lot will feature Zacarias follows feuding neighbors who
and drink specials such as $4 rail drinks, vendors such as Alotta Stu Rack, Come TUESDAY, OCT. 3 battle it out over a fence that threatens
$4 domestic beers and $4 jumbo wings. On Strong, Clack That Fan, Mundys Junk one familys prized garden. Tickets range
No cover. For more information, visit and more. Inside there will be games, The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) from $86-$101.
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The restaurant-ication
of Southwest D.C.
Wharf area has many bistros
opening in coming months

By KRISTEN HARTKE

Some of us kind of liked D.C.s Southwest


Waterfront the way it was: decidedly
untrendy, a destination only for those
in the know, a place that still held some
vestiges of an earlier DC, even though
much of the original neighborhood was
obliterated for urban renewal in the
1960s. Whenever another ultra-hip, pour-
over, micro-roasting coee shop opens up
in my own suddenly cool neighborhood, a
stroll over down M Street S.W. has been a
balm to my over-gentried soul.
But a change is gonna come with the Hanks Oyster Bar is expanding its franchise to
the Wharf set to open in two weeks.
opening of District Wharf on Oct. 12, and
the Southwest waterfront will denitely WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

no longer be the same. In the past, it was


slightly grimy, denitely smelly, and didnt
oer much OK any really good food. the Cantina Marina team. Look out for
For a place like Arena Stage, the acclaimed all-American diner-style delights with
regional theater that has anchored a backdrop of live rock, country, soul,
the area since 1960, this presented a bluegrass and R&B music.
problem for patrons looking for pre- or If youve always yearned for a water
aprs-theater dining, as well as for oce view with your freshly shucked bivalves at
workers who wanted something more Hanks Oyster Bar, then restaurateur Jamie
substantial than struggling through Lean Leeds newest location will ll the bill. Leeds
Cuisine microwave meals at their desks. typically refers to her menus as urban
In recent years, a shiny new Safeway beach food and the addition of a carry-
has helped to spawn a smattering of out window where you can grab lobster
restaurants adjacent to the Waterfront rolls and other seaside-inspired treats will
Metro station, but the Wharf promises provide a boardwalk experience that Leeds
to profoundly alter the rhythm of life in calls an homage to Rehoboth Beach.
Southwest, continuing the rapid pace of Chef Mike Isabella continues his near-
development that began when Nationals domination of the D.C. restaurant scene
Park opened to the public in 2008. The with the opening of a second location of
restaurant boom just on the other side Requin, which many D.C. residents are
of South Capitol Street, from Justins likely to be unfamiliar with unless theyve
to Bluejacket to the Salt Line, made the ventured out to the original location in
Wharf almost an inevitability. Virginias Mosaic District. The focus will,
With nearly two dozen new locally naturally, be seafood, but with a French
owned eateries and bars opening up twist under the rened eye of chef, and
between October and next spring, area fellow Top Chef alum, Jennifer Carroll,
residents and visitors alike will have a and an extensive wine program is planned.
wide array of options, from doughnuts to Yo-ho-ho, theres a rum distillery coming
pizza and, of course, plenty of seafood. to the Wharf and that is something to be
A few highlights to look out for starting excited about. The brainchild of mixologist
Oct. 12: Todd Thrasher, rum will be distilled on
Alas, Cantina Marina, home of site at Potomac Distilling Company,
cheap drinks, spectacular sunsets, and including white and spiced rums and aged
cheesy island vibes, will close at the varieties. Theyll all be served in a tiki-style
end of October while the pier where it setting, along with Hawaiian-inspired
currently sits is being rebuilt although, snacks from chef Cathal Armstrong,
ngers crossed, it will return in all its which will hopefully help tide us over until
Margaritaville glory in a couple of years. Cantina Marina returns.
However, in the meantime, you can
check out Pearl Street Warehouse, a KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
music, food and bar concept created by and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.
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GOGO
PENGUIN
W/ THE MATTSON 2
THURSDAY SEPT 28

ERIC By MARIAH COOPER


KRASNO
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SUN, OCT 1
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CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE:


RUSH 2112 Two more Pride events for fall
WED, OCT 4
Youth Pride Day, previously held in May, has moved to the fall. It will be held at
THE SECRET SISTERS Dupont Circle on Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon-5 p.m.
W/ MARY BRAGG The event will feature performances, games, speakers, LGBT resources and
more. The rst Youth Pride Day took place at Dupont Circle Park in 1997. Last
FRI, OCT 6
AN EVENING WITH years event drew in 3,000 attendees. Admission is free. Organizers cited desire
for community feedback as the reason for postponing the event, which SMYAL
CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK helps organize. No word on whether the move is permanent or not.
BIG BAND For more details, visit youthpridealliance.org.
SPECIAL BONE READER CD RELEASE SHOW And NOVA Pride is Sunday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in Centreville, Va. Details
at novapride.org.
SAT, OCT 7
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AN EVENING WITH
SPLINTERED SUNLIGHT
SUN, OCT 8
Maupin to sign memoirs at
JAMES HUNTER SIX D.C. appearance
TUES, OCT 10 Veteran gay novelist Armistead Maupin
will be in Washington on Wednesday,
AN EVENING WITH HUDSON:
Oct. 4 for Armistead Maupin: Tales of a
JACK DEJOHNETTE, LARRY Lifetime, his new memoir.
GRENADIER, JOHN MEDESKI Maupin (seen here at left with hubby
& JOHN SCOFIELD in a 2004 le photo), known for his LGBT-
themed, San Francisco-set Tales of the
THURS, OCT 12 City set of nine novels (1978-2014), will be
EILEN JEWELL W/ MISS TESS at the Rasmuson Theater at the National
Museum of the American Indian (4th St.
FRI, OCT 13 and Independence Ave., S.W.) at 6:45 p.m.
DAVID GRISMAN Tickets are $20 for members or $30 for
BLUEGRASS EXPERIENCE non-members. Copies of the memoir will
W/ CIRCUS NO. 9 be available for purchase and Maupin will
sign copies after the speech.
SAT, OCT 14 Details at smithsonianassociates.org.
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THE INDOMITABLE SOUL BAND More Awkward Sex


SUN, OCT 15 Married lesbian comedians in town Oct. 7 Awkward Sexand the City, a comedic
THE STEEL WHEELS Married comedian duo Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher bring their stand- storytelling event based in New York City,
up comedy tour Back To Back to 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, Oct. will be at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.)
TUES, OCT 17 7 at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.
AN EVENING WITH HOLLY BOWLING The couple stars on their comedy series, Take My Wife. Separately, Esposito Comedians will recount their most
has appeared in lms such as Mothers Day and First Girl I Loved. Butcher embarrassing sexual encounters, both
has made appearances on the TV series Adam Ruins Everything and Maron, gay and straight, on stage. Natalie Wall,
among others. Doors open at 7 p.m Tickets are $33.50. Anita Flores, Karolena Theresa and Bobby
For more information, visit 930.com. Hakinson will perform. Tickets are $15.
For more information, visit
THEHAMILTONDC.COM blackcatdc.com.
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my aunts and it just built from there. PFLAG promotes the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual,
the time was right to revisit Shores, who is really from Winters,
and transgendered persons, their families and friends through:
explains that while the play was inspired
2000 camp classic by real characters, its a ctitious story. Support to cope with an adverse society.
While the stage version was running, Education to enlighten an ill-informed public.
BY BRIAN T. CARNEY Shores started brain-storming about making Advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.
a low-budget feature lm of the play.
Local fans of Del Shores LGBT cult My buddy Beau Bridges said, This Trained facilitators lead the Arlington Support Group and confidentiality is maintained. For
classic movie Sordid Lives have reason would make a really great movie and further information about the Arlington Support Group, contact us at arl.pflag@gmail.com.
to rejoice. In a special one-night-only if you do it I would love to wear that
celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 3, black bra. Once he got on board, I got Our groups meet on the second Sunday of each month, from 3 4:30pm at the Unitarian
A Very Sordid Wedding will nally a birthday call from Olivia Newton-John Universalist Church in Arlington, at George Mason Drive & Route 50.
march down the aisle and make its D.C. and she was interested in it, and then we
A.L.Y. is a group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth and Allies in
premiere at the Avalon Theatre. The got Delta Burke and Bonnie Bedelia and it
event will be hosted by Del Shores and just came together.
grades 7-12. Our goal is to give LGBTQ youth a safe place to gather. Trained facilitators lead the
Emerson Collins. Bridges played G.W. Nethercutt in the youth group. Confidentiality maintained. For more info, contact: aly.pflagdc@gmail.com.
For anyone not familiar with the original lm and got to model a black bra when Our Washington DC Chapter of PFLAG may be reached at 202-638-3852.
movie, Sordid Lives (2000) is about the his character lost a bet.
extended Ingram clan and the other zany Sordid Lives: the Series, a prequel
inhabitants of the small conservative town to the series, premiered on LOGO in
of Winters, Texas. The family matriarch July, 2008. While the show only lasted
Peggy has died under scandalous one season, Shores says the fans kept
circumstances (she tripped over his wanting more.
younger married boyfriends wooden legs The fans got their wish earlier this year
in a seedy motel room) and her eccentric with the release of A Very Sordid Wedding.
family is preparing for her funeral. The movie depicts what happens when
Among them is her grandson Ty marriage equality comes roaring into
Williamson (played in the movie and Winters. It takes place right after the
sequel by Kirk Geiger), an aspiring actor Supreme Court decision in July 2015. Two
in Los Angeles. While hes gathering events collide: the 17th anniversary of
the courage to tell his mother Latrelle the death of the family matriarch Peggy
(Bonnie Bedelia) that hes gay, all kinds of and an anti-equality revival at the local
family shenanigans ensue. Baptist church.
Writer, director and producer Del The movie ultimately celebrates the
Shores explains that the popular Sordid strength of family, Shores says. Not only
Lives franchise started life as a play based do we need to celebrate our amazing
on his own life. The play opened in May progress, but we need to celebrate those
1996 in a 64-seat theater in Hollywood people who evolved with us.
and quickly grew an enthusiastic fan In the movie, Tys mother and aunts
base. The original production ran for rally around him and his husband and
months in Los Angeles and many of the other queer characters in the lm.
same cast members are still involved in
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 out as a lesbian in June. She says shes a
private person who avoids the spotlight.
Sucker, named in honor of her mother, I was already out to my friends and
is an all-female company. Its sta is now some of my family, so it really wasnt a big
working on Nancy, an anti-hero piece deal coming out in my personal life, she
starring Riseborough and written and says.
directed by Christina Choe. But since she knew she would be
Natalie Morales faced a dierent set of heavily involved in the press tour for this
challenges playing Rosie Casals. Morales movie, Morales made the decision to
says Casals, was frequently Billie Jeans come out publicly.
doubles partner and one of her best I wanted to support this lm fully in
friends at the time. She was one of the a way that is honest to me. Id like to be
few women of color in the tennis world candid while also being private, Morales
at the time and one of the few people of says. I was always an advocate of LGBTQ
color in this movie, because thats the way rights, but I thought I was omitting
the tennis world was at the time. something by not saying publicly that I
Casals also worked with famed was actually a part of that community
sportscaster Howard Cosell to provide and not just a straight ally. I thought I
on-air commentary during the match. dont mind sacricing a little bit of privacy
Morales (Grinder, Parks and Recreation NATALIE MORALES (right) with EMMA STONE and ALAN CUMMING in Battle of the Sexes. for the visibility and the normalizing that
and Girls) was edited into the actual Morales says her work in the lm inspired her to come out. that will do for the queer community. If I
lm from ABC, which oered an exciting PHOTO COURTESY FOX SEARCHLIGHT
make anyone feel a little less alone or a
challenge for the actor. little more understood, or if I educate a
I had to match Rosies voice perfectly, technical aspect of making movies. until the lms premiere last weekend in single person its worth it.
her intonation and the way she ended Morales has directed several music Los Angeles. She was thrilled when both
sentences. Everything had to be an exact videos as well as segments for Funny Or Casals and King said she got it really,
copy so it would match. I had to look at Die and is working on deals to direct a really great. EDITORS NOTE: Washington Blade movie critic
Brian T. Carney interviewed actresses Andrea Rise-
him at the exact same time. It was a fun television series and a feature lm. Inspired in part by her participation borough and Natalie Morales at the Los Angeles
puzzle. Im a director and I really love the Morales was not able to meet Casals in Battles of the Sexes, Morales came premiere of Battle of the Sexes last weekend.

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TOPA: Protection or extortion?


Inadvertently reducing tial sums of money for their rights to and costly process, the difficulty in con-
purchase, which resulted in a new way to firming compliance, and the uncertainty
the amount of housing earn a living, both for the tenants and for of a timely sale.
available to renters the attorneys who represented them, and Tenant advocates from AARP and the
often held a sale hostage while negotia- Legal Aid Society spoke out against the
By VALERIE M. BLAKE tions took place. amendments, arguing that TOPA pro-
With the assistance of the District of motes homeownership, yet they, the title
Last week, I had the privilege of attending Columbia Association of Realtors (DCAR), attorneys, and the real estate agents all
my first D.C. Council meeting as part of a con- TOPA finally found its way into local tele- agreed that it was seldom that a tenant
tingent of roughly 200 real estate agents, at- vision news. A three-part investigative bought the property they inhabited using
torneys, tenant advocates and homeowners. series prompted the D.C. Council, spear- the provisions of TOPA.
The topic: D.C.s Tenant Opportunity to headed by Council member Anita Bonds, A homeowner adversely affected by
Purchase Act (TOPA) of 1980. to focus on how the law had gone from TOPA tearfully told a horror story of rent-
The premise of the Act was a noble one. protecting tenants to hurting homeown- ing her home to a family of three who
In response to burgeoning gentrification ers, raising the cost of housing, and re- proceeded to allow unauthorized people
within the District it gave a tenant the ducing D.C. housing stock for the very and pets to live there, broke appliances
first right to purchase the home in which tenants TOPA was designed to protect. and fixtures, lived in filth, and failed to re-
he resided upon being informed by the As a result, a task force made up of real port leaks that resulted in mold. Repairs
owner that it was being sold. Notification estate agents, attorneys and tenant ad- Council member ANITA BONDS looked into to the property totaled $7,000.
procedures, transparency requirements vocates was formed. Two amendments how TOPA went from protecting tenants to Despite being offered an additional
hurting homeowners.
and lengthy deadlines would ensure the to TOPA were ultimately sponsored by sum to relocate, the tenants refused. The
tenant would have sufficient time to ne- members of the Council and became the WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY homeowner, who is now retired and liv-
gotiate a contract, obtain financing, and reason we were all seated in Room 500 ing out-of-state on a fixed income, is still
settle on the home. of the Wilson Building on the morning of unable to complete the sale of her home.
Embedded in the law was a provision Sept. 21. The Home Sale Facilitation Amendment Her sentiment, that she would never
whereby the tenant could transfer her The TOPA Accessory Dwelling Unit Act of 2017, sponsored by Council mem- again rent a D.C. home to anyone, was
purchase rights to another individual if Amendment Act of 2017, sponsored by ber Brianne Nadeau, reduces the lengthy echoed by others who testified or sent
she chose. What began as an avenue for Council member Bonds and six other timelines currently in effect, streamlines letters to be read into the record.
the tenant to secure a qualified buyer members, including Chairman Phil Mendel- the process, and exempts single-family
who would allow her to remain or receive son, provides for an exemption from TOPA dwellings that are the sellers primary n CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
a reasonable stipend from the seller to requirements for certain owner-occupied residence from TOPA requirements.
assist her in moving to a new location de- residences with accessory units such as The Council meeting began with tes- VALERIE M. BLAKE is a licensed Associate Bro-
ker in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and Director
volved into a pay to play situation. basement apartments, carriage houses timony from the co-chairs of the DCAR of education & Mentorship at Real living| At
Real estate agents began to see abuses and converted garages. It also caps pay- TOPA Task Force. As local title attorneys, home. Call or text her at 202-246-8602, email
her at Valerie@DChomeQuest.com, or follow
of the Act. Tenants would seek substan- ments to tenants in those units at $1,500. they explained the impact of a confusing her on Facebook at TheRealst8ofAffairs.

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