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Trump to keynote anti-LGBT Values Voter Summit

President rst in Tuesday in a statement Trump would Its not the rst time Trump has undoing the anti-faith policies of the
speak on Friday at the conference, spoken at the Values Voter Summit. previous administration and restoring
oce to speak at which is taking place over the weekend According to the Family Research true religious freedom, Perkins said.
conservative event at theOmni Shoreham Hotel. Council, Trump has delivered remarks Other speakers at the event are a
Values voters have waited eight years at the event three times, including virtual whos who of the conservative
By CHRIS JOHNSON for a leader who puts Americas mission last year when he was the Republican movement, many of whom are rst and respects the values that made presidential nominee. known to have anti-LGBT views. They
America into a great nation, Perkins said. Perkins praised Trump for his actions include House Majority Whip Steve
President Trump is conrmed as Values voters are coming to our nations of the course of his administration, Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-
the keynote speaker at the upcoming capital thankful to hear from a president including religious freedom guidance Mo.), Republican Study Committee
Values Voters Summit in D.C. hosted by who is fullling the promises that he from the Justice Department seen to Chair Mark Walker (R-N.C.), Duck
the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, campaigned on. Since the early days of enable anti-LGBT discrimination. Dynastys Phil Robertson, former
marking the rst-time ever a sitting U.S. the campaign, President Trump allied President Trumps executive order White House chief strategist Steve
president has spoke at the annual event. himself with values voters, promising to on religious liberty and the follow up Bannon, U.S. Senate candidate Roy
Tony Perkins, president of the Family put an end to the eight years of relentless actions last week by HHS and DOJ, Moore and former White House aide
Research Council, announced late assault on the First Amendment. demonstrate that he is committed to Sebastian Gorka.

Colombian presidents gay nephew talks LGBT rights, peace

Pedro Santos was a of Bogot that he planned to tell his
teenager when he came parents over dinner at a restaurant, but
he had to abruptly cancel the reservation
out to parents because his brother was admitted to the
hospital with appendicitis.
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS Pedro Santos instead brought his parents to a McDonalds near the hospital.
Now imagine my dad is in oce,
BOGOT, Colombia Pedro Santos, Pedro Santos, who is now 22, told
the nephew of Colombian President the Blade. He has 100 bodyguards.
Juan Manuel Santos, was 14 when he My mom has 100 bodyguards. I have
came out as gay to his parents nearly a 100 bodyguards. They evacuate the
decade ago. McDonalds. The McDonalds is secured
Pedro Santos father, Francisco Santos, for my mom, my dad and me and were
who is Juan Manuel Santos brother, in this small table for three people
was Colombias vice president at the in this regular McDonalds with 100
time. Pedro Santos told the Washington people listening to me coming out to
Blade on Sept. 28 during an interview my parents.
at a coee shop in the Chapinero Pedro Santos described the scene to PEDRO SANTOSis
is the gay nephew of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
neighborhood of the Colombian capital


Casa Ruby to expand in Broadway heartthrob
Infamous Kentucky county
Maryland, D.C. readies weekend Wolf Trap
clerk ghts same-sex
marriage abroad


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Mendelson comes out against D.C. sex work decriminalization bill

LGBT groups tracking, he continued. executive director of the ACLU of D.C.
part of coalition in Moreover, the penalties for rst-time Here in the District, decades of punitive
oenders are minor, he said. But there is laws and policies have guided a failed
support of measure a great deal of collateral crime associated approach to ending prostitution and
with prostitution and it often presents a have made our communities less safe
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. public nuisance. Accordingly, the District through discredited initiatives such as should not legalize this activity. Prostitution-Free Zones, she said.
At the Oct. 5 news conference HIPS Laya Monarez, a Latina transgender
D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson Executive Director Cyndee Clay said many woman and LGBT rights advocate,
(D-At-Large) released a statement to of the collateral issues raised by Mendelson gave a rst- hand account at the news
the Washington Blade on Tuesday are caused or made worse by the current conference of a time in the past when
announcing his opposition to a bill system of criminalization of sex work. she said economic necessity forced her to
introduced last week by Council member What were trying to do with this bill engage in sex work. With a degree from
David Grosso (I-At-Large) calling for is give community members a more D.C.s Corcoran College of Art and Design
decriminalizing prostitution in the District. eective tool to address those situations, and prior work experience, Monarez said
Mendelsons statement came ve days Clay told the Blade after the news those credentials were unable to get her
after a newly formed coalition of local D.C. Council Chair PHIL MENDELSON (D-At- conference. And we cant just continue to past the discrimination she faced in the
Large) has come out against a bill that would
civil rights organizations, including LGBT decriminalize sex work in D.C. incarcerate this problem away, she said. workplace as a transgender woman and
groups, accompanied Grosso at a news WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY Weve been doing that for a hundred the rejection she faced from her family.
conference to express their support for years. Its not working. And so through I thought I would nd another job
the bill, which they said would remove this bill were actually trying to make a quickly but that was not how it worked
criminal penalties for consensual sexual healthier lives, and more easily tackle the dierence and to give the city a new tool out, she said. During the years when I
exchange in D.C. complaints we hear from the community to deal with this, she said. struggled the most I had to do sex work
It is time for D.C. to reconsider about trash and noise, Grosso said. Among the groups that have joined the and was homeless for several months
the framework in which we handle In his statement to the Blade, Sex Worker Advocates Coalition to back the until I found steady work again.
commercial sex and move from one of Mendelson raised the issue of community Grosso bill are the American Civil Liberties She said her lack of nancial resources
criminalization to a focus on human rights, concerns over collateral crime that he Union of D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists while she engaged in sex work often
health, and safety, Grosso told the news said was associated with prostitution. Alliance of D.C. and the D.C. Anti-Violence placed her danger. Unable to aord to
conference, which was held at the oces I do not support legalization of Project, which is an arm of the D.C. Center rent hotel rooms to ply her trade she had
of the sex worker advocacy group HIPS. prostitution in the District, Mendelson for the LGBT Community. to seek out customers on the streets.
By removing criminal penalties for those said. We have amended the current The ACLU has long opposed the
in the sex trade, we can bring people out law over the years to recognize that criminalization of consensual sex
of the shadows, help them live safer and sex workers are often the victims of work, said Monica Hopkins-Maxwell, CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

Trans activist wins $40,000 settlement over false arrest

D.C. cops accused lives that Hunter pushed him when apartment, the lawsuit states.
of entering apartment he and other residents of the building One of the ocers then followed
complained to her that she and her Hunter into her apartment, grabbed her
without warrant guests at a party in her apartment were by her arm and neck and said he was
making too much noise. placing her under arrest. The ocer then
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. According to the lawsuit, Hunter, the handcued Hunter and escorted her to co-founder and executive director of the the courtyard of her building where he
Trans Women of Color Collective, was left her handcued on a picnic bench
The District government has agreed to hosting a dinner and reception in her for about 45 minutes before taking her
pay transgender activist Lourdes Ashley apartment for activists from throughout to the Third Police District for booking.
Hunter $40,000 to settle a lawsuit that the country who were scheduled to attend The arrest report said she was charged
Hunter led against D.C. police and the a White House Transgender Community with misdemeanor simple assault and
city in February. Brieng with Hunter the following day. resisting arrest.
The lawsuit accuses four police The lawsuit says that a short time after She was held in custody from
ocers of illegally entering Hunters the neighbors complained to her about approximately 11 p.m. on Nov. 16 to 3
apartment in November 2016 and excessive noise from the party four police a.m. on Nov. 17, the lawsuit says. LOURDES ASHLEY HUNTER
arresting her for misdemeanor simple ocers who were named as defendants Later in day the U.S. Attorneys Oce, WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
assault without a warrant. in the lawsuit knocked on her door. Upon which serves as the prosecutor for
The settlement, which was approved opening her door one of the ocers criminal cases in the District, declined to
by a U.S. District Court judge on Oct. 3, said they were investigating an assault. prosecute the case after reviewing the The ocers action, the lawsuit charges,
came eight months after Hunter and the Minutes later, the lawsuit says, an ocer evidence presented by police, resulting violated Hunters Fourth Amendment rights
American Civil Liberties Union, which asked one of the neighbors who also in the charges against her being dropped. under the U.S. Constitution, which protect
represented her, argued in the lawsuit came to Hunters door who it was that None of the circumstances provided against warrantless arrests resulting in
that the police ocers mistakenly allegedly pushed him. probable cause, or any reason, for any of the unreasonable searches and seizures.
arrested her without probable cause or When the neighbor pointed to ocers to believe that unless Ms. Hunter The lawsuit also accused the police
sucient evidence. Hunter, Hunter immediately disputed was immediately arrested, she might not ocers of making a false arrest in
The lawsuit says the ocers based the accusation, saying there had been be apprehended, might cause injuries to violation of D.C. law.
their action on an allegation by a resident no assault and that there had been others, or might tamper with evidence of, or
of the apartment building where Hunter no excessive noise coming from her destroy evidence, the lawsuit states. CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Anti-LGBT Miss. religious freedom law takes effect

Activists petition Supreme religious freedom does not give us the Under the courts reasoning, a state could
Court to hear HB1523 case right to treat others unfairly or impose our enact a statute establishing Christianity
beliefs on them, Owens said. However, or any other religion as the ocial
By CHRIS JOHNSON this law does just that it purposely religion of the state, and no plainti would targets LGBT Mississippians and puts have standing to challenge that statute.
them at risk of unequal treatment. Representing plaintis in the case are
A Mississippi law enabling sweeping Although the Justice Department Lambda Legal, Mississippi civil rights
anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of guidance doesnt explicitly spell out attorney Rob McDu and the Mississippi
religious freedom took eect Tuesday as permission to discriminate against LGBT Center for Justice.
a result of a federal appeals court decision people like the Mississippi law, the intent McDu said in a statement the legal
throwing out a legal challenge to the statute. of both the guidance and the law are team is seeking Supreme Court review of
The law, House Bill 1523, was signed by widely seen as the same. the Mississippi anti-LGBT law because it
Gov. Phil Bryant last year in the aftermath It remains to be seen if any individuals or is unfair and unconstitutional.
of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor businesses in Mississippi will take advantage These laws are wolves in sheeps
of same-sex marriage nationwide. The of the new law now that it has gone into eect. clothing it is LGBT discrimination
purported intent of the law is to protect Mississippis controversial religious freedom disguised as religious freedom, McDu
individuals who have religious beliefs law has gone into eect. HB 1523 lawsuit reaches Supreme Court said. By promoting discrimination in the
contrary to the ruling, but the measure name of religion, HB 1523 violates both the
approaches that in a way that would The LGBT legal team litigating against First and the Fourteenth Amendments.
allow anti-LGBT discrimination. the statute petitioned the Supreme Beth Orlansky, advocacy director for
The law prohibits the state from taking one particular religious view. Court on Tuesday to review the decision the Mississippi Center for Justice, said in
action against religious organizations that GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a throwing out their challenge to the law. a statement the Fifth Circuits decision is
decline employment, housing or services statement the ght against the law continues In a43-page ling, the plaintis in Barber imposing harm on LGBT people in Mississippi.
to same-sex couples; families whove despite its harmful eects on LGBT people. v. Bryant urge the Supreme Court to Standing is not about who wins
adopted a foster child and wish to act in America was founded on the freedom reverse the U.S. U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of and who loses, but who has access to
opposition to same-sex marriage and of religion and this shared value Appeals decision that determined plaintis justice, Orlansky said. HB 1523 goes
individuals who oer wedding services and continues to be critical to our nations lacked standing to challenge the anti-LGBT into eect today, but our clients have
decline to facilitate a same-sex wedding. success, but it does not give people the on the basis of either the Establishment or been experiencing the ill eects of the
Additionally, the bill allows individuals right to impose their beliefs on others, the Equal Protections Clauses. law since it passed. The Fifth Circuits
working in medical services to decline a to harm others, or to discriminate, Ellis The courts decision is wrong on the decision is out of step with decisions in
transgender persons request for gender said. This law allows hotels, ER doctors, merits; it conicts with the decision many other circuits and we are hopeful
reassignment surgery. The bill also allows business owners and even pediatricians of other courts of appeals; and it has that the Supreme Court will grant review
state government employees who facilitate to legally deny services to hardworking staggering implications, the petition says. and provide clarity on this issue.
marriages the option to opt out of issuing LGBTQ families in Mississippi, despite the
licenses to same-sex couples, but the fact that such blatant discrimination ies
person must issue prior written notice to in the face of Mississippi and American
the state government and a clerks oce values. The ght is far from over and we Supreme Court schedules
must not delay the issuance of licenses.
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive
stand with advocates in Mississippi who
simply want to be treated equal to their
gay wedding cake arguments
director of the Campaign for Southern coworkers, friends, and neighbors.
Equality, spelled out the potential There are no statewide protections The U.S. Supreme Court has set Dec. 5 as the day for oral arguments on
consequences of the law in a statement in Mississippi against anti-LGBT whether a Colorado baker has a First Amendment right to refuse to make
on the day it went into eect. discrimination, but the cities of Jackson wedding cakes for same-sex couples over religious objections.
The insidious power of a law like this is and Bay St. Louis have enacted LGBT The high court on Oct. 6announced the case, known as Masterpiece Cakeshop
that it casts a long shadow over public life, non-discrimination ordinances. HB 1523 v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, will be the rst of two arguments on that day.
forcing someone to assess whether they could block the cities from enforcing Consideration of the case will mark the return of the U.S. Supreme Court to
will be treated fairly and respectfully in those measures. Federal law against the issue of LGBT rights in the rst major way since its milestone 2015 decision
situations from the crisis of an emergency sex discrimination, which is increasingly in favor of marriage equality nationwide.
room to an anniversary dinner at a applied anti-LGBT discrimination cases, The case has been percolating in state and federal court for years. It came
restaurant to a childs classroom, Beach- also remains in eect in Mississippi. about after Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to make a
Ferrara said. Now we face the cruel reality Before HB 1523 went into eect, wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a Colorado same-sex couple,
of the law going into eect and the imminent Mississippi already had a broad religious in 2012 foe their wedding in Massachusetts. Phillips refused the wedding cake
threat it poses to the dignity, health and freedom law signed by Bryant in 2014 based on his religious beliefs, but said he would be happy to make and sell the
well-being of LGBT Mississippians. that critics say was also an attempt couple other baked goods.
Last month, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court to enable anti-LGBT discrimination. In 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Colorado led a
of Appeals refused to reconsider en banc However, unlike the new law, the earlier lawsuit on behalf of the couple, alleging the bakery discriminated on the basis of
before the full court an earlier decision by a version didnt explicitly spell out that sexual orientation under Colorado state law.
three-judge panel to throw out legal challenges individuals could refuse services to same- An administrative judge ruled in favor of the same-sex couple a decision
to the law one led by the Campaign for sex couples and transgender people. theColorado Court of Appeals upheld in 2015. Although the Colorado Supreme
Southern Equality, the other by the Joshua Jody Owens, managing attorney for the Court had declined to review these decisions and let them stand, the U.S.
Generation Metropolitan Community Church Southern Poverty Law Centers Jackson oce, Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari, or agreed to take up the case, in June.
and 13 Mississippi ministers. compared HB 1523 to the sweeping religious The U.S. Justice Department has already weighed in on the case,siding with
The three-judge panel determined freedom guidance issued U.S. Attorney the Colorado baker in a friend-of-the-court brief on the basis that baking a
plaintis in the lawsuit lacked standing General Je Sessions issued last week. wedding cake is inherently an act of expression and therefore refusing to same-
to challenge the law, reversing the trial Despite the U.S. Attorney Generals sex couples is a protected right under the First Amendment.
court ruling that found HB 1523 violated memo last week inviting government By CHRIS JOHNSON
the Establishment Clause by allowing agencies across the country to discriminate
state-sanctioned discrimination under against LGBT people based on religion,
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CASA RUBY CEO RUBY CORADO said her organization plans to expand in D.C. and open an
oce in Maryland.


Casa Ruby to open Md. DANICA ROEM said her campaign has received reports from residents of the 13th
District that they received anti-transgender robocalls.

office, expand D.C. facility COURTESY OF DANICA ROEM

By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Danica Roem campaign
reports anti-trans robocalls
Casa Ruby, the LGBT community services center with a special outreach to
transgender people and LGBT immigrants, will be opening an oce in Hyattsville, Md. Danica Roem on Monday said her campaign received reports that
in early November, where it expects to provide services to clients in Prince Georges and residents of Virginias 13th District have received anti-transgender robocalls.
nearby Montgomery Counties, according to Casa Ruby founder and CEO Ruby Corado. Ive now heard from three people that there is an anti-transgender robo push
Corado told the Washington Blade this week that Casa Ruby is also working out nal poll going out to homes in the 13th District right now demagoguing transgender
details for a lease to move its D.C. headquarters into a building at 7520 George Ave., kids thats being used to attach me, wrote Roem on her Facebook page.
N.W., near the former Walter Reed Army Hospital that will be more than ve times Roem who is running against state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William
larger than its current building. County) told the Washington Blade on Tuesday during a telephone interview
The current building at 2822 George Ave., N.W., which is a few miles south of the new the robocall said she supports boys using the girls bathroom, locker room . . .
building, has served as Casa Rubys home since Corado opened it in 2012 in what she said was the typical transphobic crap we have to deal with.
her dream of providing a safe space for the LGBT communitys most vulnerable members. She said the American Principles Project an organization that
Were consolidating everything there, said Corado in discussing the new building. It says it supports public policy solutions that respect and arm: Human life
used to be a church. Its huge, she said. It has space for a large drop-in center. Were from conception to natural death; the union of one man and one woman as
going to expand our shelters in the winter, Corado added, for LGBT homeless youth. the denition of marriage; the freedom to practice and proclaim religion;
Were going to bring all of the D.C. programs we have over there. authentic economic progress for working Americans; education in service of
She said she was hopeful Casa Ruby would complete its move into the new building the comprehensive development of the person; and the legacy of immigrants
by the end of this year while renovation work to upgrade the building continued. in contributing to the American story is behind the robocalls. Roem onher
I want to make it the best facility in the city, she said. So were going to have to raise Facebook pageposted a screenshot of an American Principles Project ad with
the money to make this a top of the line facility. Were bringing showers. Were bringing the slogan Sign the Petition: Stop Trangender (sic) Medical Experimenation on
a new laundry center. Were bringing a meal center. Were bringing in all of these things Children superimposed over a picture of the U.S. Department of Health and
that people need right now. Human Services.
The Hyattsville oce is located in an eclectic oce building at 7411 Riggs Road, whose The rhetoric mirrors the same anti-transgender crap Del. Bob Marshall (R-13)
tenants include doctor and dentists oces, a hair salon, travel agents, certied public uses in his fundraising emails, she wrote.
accountants, and an acupuncturist among many others. Roem would make history as the rst openly transgender person seated in
Its going to be an extension of Casa Rubys work, Corado said. Were going to be doing any state legislature in the country if she were to beat Marshall in November.
HIV prevention and care. Were going to be brining social services and support groups. Marshall, who is among the most vocal opponents of LGBT rights in the Virginia
Corado said shes condent that funds needed to operate Casa Rubys expanded General Assembly, has represented the 13th District in the Virginia House of
facilities and programs will be raised through contributors that have given to the Delegates since 1992. The Prince William County Republican has repeatedly
organization in the past, including generous individual donors, private foundations and attacked Roem and her gender identity during the campaign.
city grants and contracts.
She said Casa Ruby now has 48 employees and more than 200 volunteers with a MICHAEL K. LAVERS
current budget of $1.8 million.

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Indonesian police arrest 51 at gay party

Raid part of ongoing orientation and gender identity.
A commission in the Indonesian
anti-LGBT crackdown House of Representatives in March
2016 urged the countrys Ministry of
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS Communications and Information to consider a bill that sought to block
websites promoting so-called LGBT
Police in the Indonesian capital of propaganda. The Constitutional Court
Jakarta on Oct. 6 arrested 51 people at a of Indonesia a few months later heard
gay party. testimony in a lawsuit that seeks to, an Indonesian news criminalize consensual same-sex sexual
website,reportedthe arrests took place at relations in the country.
a sauna in Central Jakarta that is popular Indonesian authorities in February 2016
with gay men. The website posted pictures shut down an Islamic school for transgender
of dozens of men who were trying to people in the city of Yogyakarta.
conceal their identities after their arrest. The board of directors of Nahdlatul
Human Rights Watch in a press Ulama which is the worlds largest
release noted authorities on Oct. 7 had Muslim organization with more than 40
released most of those who were arrested. million members in the same month
The press release indicates four men and urged the Indonesian government to
a woman who work at the sauna remain in take immediate measures to stop all
custody and face charges of violating the Police in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Oct. 6 arrested 51 people who were attending propaganda against LGBT normalization
countrys anti-pornography law. a gay party at a sauna. The raid took place against the backdrop of an ongoing LGBT rights and deviant activities and ban parties
crackdown in the country that has the support of conservative lawmakers.
That law prohibits such acts as sex campaigning for LGBT rights. Lembaya
parties, the use of pornography, and deviant Kesehatan Nahdlatul Ulama, which is
sexual acts, which is dened to include sex Java province on Sept. 2 forcibly evicted 12 semi-autonomous Aceh province, two part of Nahdlatul Ulama,received a $2.6
with corpses, sex with animals, oral sex, women they suspected to be lesbians days later received 82 lashes in front of million grant from the U.S. Agency for
anal sex,lesbian sex and male homosexual from their village after they entered their hundreds of people after a sharia court International Development in order to
sex,says Human Rights Watch. home. The NGO also notes police in the convicted them of having sex. bolster its ability to detect tuberculosis
city of Medan in North Sumatra province Human Rights Watch notes police in cases and treat them from 2012-2017.
Police launched anti-LGBT witch hunt on June 8 arrested five suspected the city of Surabaya in East Java province It is ironic that instead of Islamist
lesbians, released a video of the raid and on April 30 arrested 14 gay and bisexual vigilantes and thugs, now the police is
The arrests at the Jakarta sauna took shared their names with local reporters. men at a private party and forced them to engaged in an anti-LGBT witch hunt,
place against the backdrop of an ongoing Jakarta police on May 21 arrested 141 undergo HIV tests. Dd Oetomo, an LGBT rights advocate
LGBT rights crackdown in the worlds men who were taking part in a gay sex President Joko Widodo inan interview from Surabaya, told the Washington
most populous Muslim-majority country. party at a sauna. Two men in the city of with BBC Indonesia last October said he Blade on Monday.
Human Rights Watchsayspolice in West Banda Aceh, which is the capital of the opposes discrimination based on sexual

Philippines bill would extend sweeping LGBT protections

SOGIE Bill passed Known as #EqualityChamps, Bag- questions in the same way. Sometimes has negotiated it with us, constantly
ao and other members of the house this involved sitting behind them and consulting the community is so important.
unanimously have been leaders pushing for the sending index cards of how to answer the These provisions of the law are provisions
in House Sept. 20 SOGIE Bill through the 17th Congress. questions of other senators. that came from the community.
In her speech before the vote, Bag-ao Rainbow Rights was one of several Tamayo is hopeful that the Senate will
By HELEN PARSHALL thanked Geraldine Roman, who is the organizations working to raise awareness in nish its version of the SOGIE Bill this year.
rst transgender person elected to the the broader LGBT community and mobilize If the bill passes in the Senate, the
A landmark non-discrimination bill Philippine Congress,To de Venecia and support for the bill. From gathering and next step is a bicameral process, said
that passed in the Philippine House of Tom Villarin, among other members of sharing stories of LGBT Filipinos, to trending Tamayo. Representatives from the
Representatives would ensure extensive the House of Representatives, who were on Twitter, the #YESToEquality campaign lower and upper house will harmonize
protections for LGBT people if approved key partners in moving the bill forward. has been vocal in the country. the legislation. After that it will be sent to
by the countrys Senate. This proposed piece of legislation Tamayo gave the example of a ght the executive, and President Duterte can
House Bill 4982, or the SOGIE Bill as it is a product of a long history where familiar to American advocates the either sign it, veto it or allow it to lapse
is called, passed unanimously on Sept. lawmakers are not the only ones who debate over an amendment pertaining to into law.
20. Its protections cover access to public were involved citizens also actively public restrooms. If the process drags on too long,
services, employment, health service, participated. It is a product of relentless Access to both public and private Tamayo told the Washington Blade she
education and much more. campaigning, said Bag-ao. facilities should be open for everybody. worries next election cycle will prevent
The legislation is now before the Philippine Jazz Tamayo, president of Rainbow Its non-negotiable, said Tamayo. We substantive work being done to move
Senate for a period of interpretation and Rights, an LGBT advocacy group, was know for a fact that most of our cases in Bag-aos work through the upper house.
amendments before it can be voted on. deeply involved in the work of developing the Philippines are mostly trans women The ght for equality is the ght of all
I rise today to register my vote for House the legislation, helping to provide key who cannot access these facilities or persons, said Bag-ao as she prepared
Bill 4982, said Congresswoman Kaka insight into its provisions. are scared of being embarrassed. If you to cast her vote, And in this ght, our
Bag-ao in a speech delivered in Filipino Part of the process of this legislation take out the washrooms from this bill, currency is the love for our fellow persons
before the House of Representatives. 18 was to be back sta for the Congress, we will remember. and the hope for a society that is more
years have passed since the battle for said Tamayo. Most of our champions are This bill would not have happened just, more open, and more equal . . . My
equality began through this proposed not members of the LGBT community, without Congresswoman Kaka Bag- vote is a sweet yes to love, dignity, and
piece of legislation. and so theyre not always able to answer ao, added Tamayo. The way she human rights.

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Gay-run super PAC seeks to help Democrats win back state legislatures
David Cohen seeks victories terms of LGBT rights. Just this year alone, Virginia may have to be a two-cycle
statestook a variety of paths on the issue. ip, with additional eorts needed for
ahead of 2020 redistricting Many states enacted measures banning Democratic wins in 2019.
widely discredited ex-gay therapy for Cohen said eorts in Virginia consist
By CHRIS JOHNSON youth, other undermined LGBT adoption of its own operations and working rights with religious freedom measure, with other groups like organized labor
and in Texas, the state legislature went and NARAL as well new groups that
A newly launched super PAC is seeking into special sessions to consider, but emerged after the 2016 election.
to make gains for Democrats in state ultimately fail to pass, an anti-transgender Were really focused on testing
legislatures, and the operation is run bathroom bill. out new technologies, testing out our
by an openly gay former Barack Obama I think that this is an area in particular methodology and making sure that we
campaign ocial who helped propel him where states have led, Cohen said. And are able to scale up in smart, ecient
to victory in 2008. so, we saw that through the marriage ways for next year, Cohen said.
Forward Majority, which launched ghts, and, I think, well probably see Around 15 races are the focus of
in September, has deployed $1 million it in workplace protections, and then Forward Majoritys eorts in Virginia,
to win seats next month in the Virginia potentially in terms of pushing back on which Cohen said would serve as the
election with the bold ambition of some of the most egregious things in prototype for other races in 2018.
Democrats taking control of the General recent years coming from places like One of the great things about Virginia
Assembly. Those eorts will be used as a Mississippi. So, I think theres like two for a prototype is that were able to talk
prototype for state legislative wins in the sides of that coin. with the state party and the coordinated
midterm and 2020 elections, which be Collaborating with Forward Majority side, Cohen said. Its not really an
key at that time because congressional From left,SOLLY COHEN,DAVID COHEN, is the National Democratic Redistricting independent expenditure in same sense
redistricting will be underway and state executive director of Forward Majority, Committee led by former Attorney General because you can talk and coordinate
legislatures have a signicant voice in PHOTO COURTESY OF TIM HOGAN Eric Holder. The two groups complement much more so than youre able to in
that process. each other: The National Democratic other states.
David Cohen, whos gay and executive Redistricting Committee seeks to end One race important to the LGBT
director of Forward Majority, said in an federal government is, in some respects, gerrymandering of congressional districts community in Virginia is transgender
interview with the Washington Blade on starts to fail in that regard, Cohen said. in favor of Republicans, while Forward journalist Danica Roems bid to unseat
Monday that ensuring state legislative Theres plenty of ways where we can Majority seeks to ensure Democratic anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince
wins for Democrats is crucial because actually push back on federal policy, control state legislatures, which in William) in the states 13th district. If
theyre really the frontline of policy on and that weve seen already in terms many cases are responsible for shaping she wins, Roem will have defeated a
many issues. of climate, where states are starting to congressional districts. notoriously anti-LGBT lawmaker and
First and foremost is ensuring that band together to do what they can as The rst order of business for Forward could be the rst openly trans person
we have a progressive majority that can a coalition, and I think well continue to Majority is wins for Democratic candidates elected and seated to a state legislature
tackle important issues, but that also see that. in the Virginia state legislature, which will in the United States.
can ensure that we should have some As Cohen pointed out, the inuence hold elections next month. According to
level of protection, particularly as the of the states is particularly heavy in overview documents for the super PAC, CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

Kim Davis ghts same-sex marriage in Romania

Kentucky county clerk Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Timisoara and Iai and denominational lines, he added.
throughout their nine-day visit. Romanians are determined to prevent
traveled to country ahead The Liberty Counsel said Davis and such injustice from ever happening again
of referendum Mihet have met with two archbishops in their country.
of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Romanian activist sharply criticizes
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS are scheduled to meet other leaders of Davis, Liberty Counsel the religious denomination that is the Romania is a country in southeastern
countrys largest. Europe that borders Bulgaria, Serbia,
A Kentucky county clerk who went to jail They are also providing numerous Hungary, Ukraine, and Moldova. Romania
for refusing to issue marriage licenses to television and radio interviews and meeting joined the European Union in 2007.
same-sex couples is currently in Romania. with civic leaders as well as members Davis is in Romania ahead of a
The Liberty Counsel on Tuesday in a of Parliament, reads the groups press referendum on whether to amend the
press release said Kim Davis and Harry release. Their conferences are carried live countrys constitution to dene marriage
Mihet, who is the anti-LGBT legal groups on social media channels and have so far as between a man and a woman that
vice president of legal aairs and its chief garnered over 50,000 live viewers. could take place as early as next month.
litigation counsel, are visiting Romania The Liberty Counsel said Iai ocials on Romanian law currently bans gays and
Rowan County (Ky.) County ClerkKIM DAVIS,
this week to discuss the impact of same- Tuesday honored David and Mihet with a left, is in Romania to campaign in support of lesbians from legally marrying, but it does
sex marriage on religious liberty and traditional Bread and Salt reception. a referendum on whether to dene marriage not ban civil partnerships between same-
as between a man and a woman.
freedom of conscience. I am so glad for this amazing PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LIBERTY COUNSEL
sex or heterosexual couples. Opponents
The press release indicates Davis and opportunity to nally introduce Rowan of marriage rights for same-sex couples
Mihet, who was born in Romania and County Clerk Kim Davis personally to in 2015 collected 3 million signatures
grew up during Nicolae Ceauescus my Romanian people, said Mihet in the not-so-long-ago days when they were the countrys total population is slightly
dictatorship that ended when a violent Liberty Counsel press release. Her story themselves persecuted and imprisoned less than 20 million people in support
revolution overthrew him in 1989, are resonates loudly with them, and they are for their conscience. of the referendum.
holding conferences in the Romanian receiving her tearfully and very warmly, The freedom of conscience
capital of Bucharest and the cities of because they can still remember the transcends national, cultural, religious CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

1 4 O CTO B E R 1 3 , 2017 NATIONAL NEWS

Sessions issues anti-LGBT religious freedom guidance

White House insists
policy does not authorize


U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions on

Oct. 6 issued broad guidance allowing
individuals and businesses to act in the
name of religious freedom often used
an exercise for anti-LGBT discrimination
without fear of government reprisal.
Sessions said in a statement his
action which consists of a memo to
administrative agencies, and another
memo to Justice Department attorneys
would enhance the bedrock principle in
the United States of religious freedom.
Our freedom as citizens has always
been inextricably linked with our religious
freedom as a people, Sessions said.
It has protected both the freedom to
worship and the freedom not to believe.
Every American has a right to believe,
worship, and exercise their faith. The The Justice Department underJEFF SESSIONShas issued broad guidance religious freedom.
protections for this right, enshrined
in our Constitution and laws, serve to PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE; COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

declare and protect this important part of

our heritage. important passages asserting the primacy of Research Council. that already exist within federal law.
A background memo accompanying religious freedom that could be construed President Trump and the Department The memos are the latest in a string of
the new guidance insists the move does to allow anti-LGBT discrimination. of Justice are putting federal government actions from the Trump administration,
not authorize anyone to discriminate on Under the principles of the guidance, for agencies on notice: You will not only respect and Sessions in particular, undermining
the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, example, a Social Security administrator the freedom of every American to believe LGBT rights. It comes one day after
sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity charged with processing benets applications but live according to those beliefs, Perkins Sessions instructed the Justice Department
in violation of federal law or change could see an application for same-sex said in a statement. This is a freedom that to no longer interpret the prohibition on
existing federal and state protections. spousal benets and refuse to process that has been a fundamental part of our society sex discrimination under Title VII of the
But key portions of the memos should application for religious reasons. since the beginning of our nation. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to apply to cases of
be troubling to proponents of LGBT Also included in the guidance is a section Sessions issues the guidance as a result transgender discrimination.
rights. The memo to agencies allows asserting religious organization acting of an executive order Trump signed in The religious freedom guidance also
individuals to act or abstain from action on their beliefs shouldnt be penalized in May empowering the attorney general comes on the same day the Trump
according to their religious beliefs and competition for federal contracts. That to issue religious freedom guidance. administration rolled back a mandate
prohibits the government from targeting could conict with former President Although the executive order said under the Aordable Care Act requiring
religious individuals and organizations Obamas 2014 executive order barring nothing about LGBT issues, many feared businesses to include birth control as
for acting on those beliefs. anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace, handing that authority to Sessions would part of insurance coverage. Both actions
The memo asserts the 1993 Religious which President Trump said hed uphold, enable to him direct the government to were the result of Trumps executive
Freedom Restoration Act applies not and green-light anti-LGBT discrimination discriminate against LGBT people. order in May.
just to people, but organizations and among federal contractors in other Drew Hudson, a Justice Department It remains to be seen if legal
some for-prot companies. Further, capacities, such as the denial of services. spokesperson, echoed the sentiment the organizations will le lawsuits over the
the guidance says RFRA doesnt permit Rebecca Isaacs, executive director guidance doesnt enable discrimination guidance for compromising the rights of
the federal government to second- of the Equality Federation, said in anti-LGBT or otherwise in response LGBT people and others.
guess a religious belief and asserts the a statement the religious freedom to a Washington Blade inquiry on how Rachel Tiven, executive director of
strict scrutiny standard under the law is guidance is a license to discriminate and that could be the case given the language Lambda Legal, said in a statement
exceptionally demanding. an attack on the values of freedom and within the document. her organization will hold the Trump
In the memo to Justice Department fairness that make this nation great. The guidance does not authorize administration to its assertion the
attorneys, Sessions urged his It opens the door for discrimination in anyone to discriminate on the basis of religious freedom guidance doesnt allow
subordinates to keep in mind the primacy the workplace and public services, ying race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual anti-LGBT discrimination.
of religious freedom in actions such as in the face of the majority of Americans orientation, or gender identity in violation Todays DOJ memo is a road map
drafting rules within the administration. of whom over 70 percent believe laws of federal law, Hudson said. The for federal agencies: guiding them to
Although the memo asserts the change should protect LGBTQ people from guidance also does not change existing discriminate against women and LGBT
wont enable anti-LGBT discrimination discrimination, Isaacs said. state or federal protections for minority people, Tiven said. The White House
under the law, that language is found no Commending the Trump administration groups, including members of the LGBT says the guidance does not authorize
where as a limiting principle in the memos for the memoranda was Tony Perkins, community. The guidance explains the anyone to discriminate and Lambda
themselves. That assurance is left out in president of the anti-LGBT Family relevant protections for religious liberty Legal will make sure it doesnt.
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Pedro Santos: LGBT Colombians still face struggles


the Blade as crazy. Juan Manuel Santos was Colombias

Im just sobbing and sobbing for one defense minister during Uribes
hour until my father tells me, Youre gay, government. Voters in 2010 elected Juan
right? and I tell him, Yes Im gay, he recalled, Manuel Santos to succeed Uribe, who
noting his parents reaction was beautiful. was unable to run for a third term under
the countrys constitution.
I can talk from a place of privilege Juan Manuel Santos had already begun
to move away from Uribes right-wing
Pedro Santos sat down with the Blade policies by the time he took oce. These
against the backdrop of the expansion dierences became stark after Juan
of rights based on sexual orientation Manuel Santos and FARC Commander
and gender identity in Colombia and the Rodrigo Timochenko Londoo in 2016
implementation of an LGBT-inclusive announced a peace deal to end the
peace agreement between the countrys decades-long war that killed more than
government and the Revolutionary 200,000 people.
Armed Forces of Colombia that his uncle Colombia Diversa and Caribe Armativo
helped to broker. two Colombian LGBT advocacy groups
Gays and lesbians have been able to took part in the peace talks that began
legally marry in Colombia since the countrys in Havana in 2012. A rainbow crosswalk at an intersection in the Chapinero neighborhood of the Colombian
Constitutional Court in 2016 ruled banning Uribe in 2013 founded the right- capital of Bogot.
marriage between same-sex couples was wing Center Democratic Party (Partido
unconstitutional. The Colombian Congress Centro Democrtico in Spanish) of which
in May rejected a proposed referendum Francisco Santos is a member. started using the Christian vote and the
on whether to rescind adoption rights to Uribe and Ordez ahead of last very conservative vote to go against those Pedro Santos was not in the U.S. when
same-sex couples. Octobers referendum on the agreement education (standards) so a lot of people President Trump was elected.
Juan Manuel Santos government in urged Colombians to oppose it because it came out to protest those things. Lozano in March told the Blade she
2015 issued a decree to notaries and put the stability of the family at risk. was concerned the Trump administration
registrars that said transgender people They sharply criticized Juan Manuel Pedro Santos supports peace would cut aid to Colombia. Pedro
could legally change their name and Santos and then-Education Minister Santos said this concern has decreased
gender on identication cards and other Gina Parody in the months leading up to The Colombian congress last November amid growing tensions between the
government documents without surgery. the vote over a proposed handbook that ratied the peace agreement. U.S. and North Korea and Trumps
Anglica Lozano a bisexual woman contained guidance on how schools can FARC guerrillas have moved into rhetoric towards immigrants and other
who is the first openly LGBT person respond to LGBT-specic issues. Uribe resettlement areas the Colombian disadvantaged groups.
elected to the countrys congress and Ordez used the controversy to government established, but they have The precedent that hes setting is Im
in March told the Blade during an galvanize opposition to the agreement, criticized them because of a lack of water white so I have the power to mock you
exclusive interview that she plans to which Juan Manuel Santos and and other basic infrastructure. The guerrillas and I have the power, like I own you
run for a seat in the Colombian Senate. Londoosignedin the city of Cartagena have ocially disarmed under U.N. basically, Pedro Santos told the Blade,
Her partner, Sen. Claudia Lpez, is six days before the referendum. supervision and formed a political party. referring to Trumps response to the
running for president as a candidate Pedro Santos recalled the streets were Pedro Santos noted his father and his white supremacist rally in Charlottesville,
for the centrist Green Alliance (Alianza lled with homophobes, with people who party are very against the agreement. Va., on Aug. 12. All of this is just letting
Verde in Spanish.) were chanting that we were not humans, He told the Blade he was also opposed to white people know its okay to be racist,
Violence and discrimination based on that we should not deserve a vote or we it before congress ratied it. which is not and this is setting a horrible
sexual orientation and gender identity should not deserve to get married. These people have massacred us for precedent for the U.S.
remains commonplace in Colombia, It was for the rst time that I really 50 years, said Pedro Santos. They have Pedro Santos also discussed the Trumps
in spite of these advances. Former got scared that I actually live in a country literally played football with our heads, decision to end the Deferred Action
President lvaro Uribe under whose where theres no space for me, he told thats how crazy they were. Its things that for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
administration Francisco Santos served the Blade. I had never felt that way people cant imagine, right, so they came that has allowed roughly 800,000 young
as the countrys vice president and before. It was very scary. here and they say we want peace. undocumented immigrants to remain in
former Inspector General Alejandro Pedro Santos cousin, who is Juan Pedro Santos mocked the FARCs the U.S. and obtain work permits.
Ordez are among the most vocal Manuel Santos son, outed him on Twitter ability to form a political party under the He told the Blade he has undocumented
opponents of LGBT rights in the country. in August 2016 when he asked his father agreement. He also told the Blade the friends who have been living in the U.S.
Pedro Santos a photographer who during the protests, Im just wondering decision to award Juan Manuel Santos for their whole lives. Pedro Santos
lives part-time in Brooklyn, N.Y., and spent what Pancho Santos may feel about the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize should have added some of his friends relatives have
the bulk of his childhood in Spain last having a gay son. raised a few eyebrows over here. been deported.
spoke with his uncle ve years ago at his He literally outed me, Pedro Santos In spite of his reservations, Pedro It hits very close to me because Im a
sisters graduation. Pedro Santos told told the Blade. No one knew I existed. Santos told the Blade he is willing to brown kid, he said. I am someone who
the Blade that his uncle is somewhat Pedro Santos said he understood his support the agreements implementation. is looked down upon. People dont know
responsible for advancing LGBT rights in cousins motives because I understand I can just cry about it and try to deny it how to dierentiate it over there (in the
Colombia, but acknowledged violence and what my fathers party was doing is happened or help people and try to make U.S.) and even if I come from a family that
discrimination remains a serious problem. very wrong. it work, he said. has more money I am still a brown kid.
I can talk from a place of privilege, But I dont think you should mix family and Pedro Santos told the Blade his father Pedro Santos ended the interview with
said Pedro Santos. Im a gay male and politics, he added. It just agitated everything. respects his position. a blunt assessment of how Colombians
there are a lot of trans women and trans Voters narrowly rejected the Hes very ne with everything I do because view Trump.
men that dont come with the same luck agreement during the referendum that he understands Im very neutral to everything, Everybody hates him, he told the Blade.
as we do. sharply divided the country. he said. He respects my position. Even the people who are the closest to
My fathers party misconstrued the the far-right think hes atrocious.
Fathers party misconstrued truth truth, Pedro Santos told the Blade. They Everybody hates Trump in Colombia
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Closet takes toll in workplace: study

ATHENS, Ga. Work and home life suer when people in same-sex
relationships try to hide their sexual orientation from co-workers, a new study
nds according to HealthDay.
Hiding your sexual orientation can be thought of as a demand of the job, in
that youre having to hide it and devise strategies, from using dierent pronouns,
not mentioning your spouse or not including your spouse in work-related parties
or other functions, said study rst author Rachel Williamson. She is a doctoral
candidate in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Georgia.
The ndings were published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior.
The eorts required to hide sexual orientation from a supervisor impact the
partners family satisfaction. The partner being less satised at home explains
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Study: 65% of trans youth considered suicide

EDMONTON, Alberta Almost 65 percent of transgender youth in
Alberta between the ages of 19-25 have considered suicide at some point in
their lives, CBC News, an Edmonton outlet, reports.
More than 90 percent oftrans youth in Alberta between 14-18 years old dont
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DentalBug Sta 2016-2017 out. And almost 40 percent of trans youth in the Prairie provinces have been
physically forced to have sex, CBC News reports.
Those are some of the most alarming statistics revealed in a national survey
of transgender youthreleased on Wednesday.
The survey of more than 900 young people, titled the Canadian Trans Youth
Health Survey,included a special regional report on Alberta, CBC News reports.
The report lls a signicant data gap that has sometimes prevented action
on transyouth mental health, said Kris Wells,the lead Alberta researcher and
Jeanette Suh John Tsaknis director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University
DMD DDS Indra Mustapha of Alberta.
Maria Hodas DDS, MS
DDS People who resist LGBT issues, they keep saying, Show us the evidence in
Alberta, Wells said. Now the evidence is here, its compelling. And we need
our leaders, our policy-makers, our legislators to take action to address these
alarming statistics ... because theyre not going to change on their own, CBC
News reports.
The detailed survey was conducted online and included more than 100
respondents from Alberta. The survey dened transgender as when a persons
sex and gender do not match.
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Dogs teach D.C. Council, city regulators a new trick

The Council acted quickly and, notably, emergency bill to expedite the policy in a carrier or on a leash at all times. Dogs
Restaurant and bar owners without requiring yet another licensing ap- change and accelerate its taking eect. are not allowed inside venues or in food
can decide to allow dogs on plication, approval process, public comment Announcement of the Council resolution preparation areas.
outdoor space period, agency permit or business fees. and permanent legislation came with a clear Quite the concept in a jurisdiction no-
Most important, they did so without creat- admonition: Unbelievably, the Department of torious for a bone-headed tendency to
ing the regulatory hurdle of granting advisory Healths limited time and resources are being over-regulate community businesses and
neighborhood commissions, citizens associa- marshaled to wage [a] War on Pets [and the] force them into the proverbial dog house
tions and small ad-hoc groups of individuals agency seems unable to properly prioritize life of red tape and restriction.
to intervene by licensing protest to extract or death health care challenges over matters It was a welcomed stance by District
special restrictions or create a resulting com- of far lesser concern. Enterprise owners of all regulate-as-reex elected ocials and rule-
petitive disadvantage among businesses that types, long weary of regulatory mandates by makers known more for instituting layers of
plague local hospitality operators through a government decient in managing its own bureaucracy for both commerce and con-
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur other existing permit protocols. business operations, barked their approval. sumers and, in this instance, canines.
and community business advocate. Follow Sudden forays by the D.C. Department The legislation, entitled Dining with It is not likely that legalizing the option
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at of Health, without advisory notication of Dogs, was unanimously approved. Passage to allow dogs on outdoor space will sig-
an essentially unknown and previously prompted immediate indication by Mayor nicantly increase the number of bars and
unenforced rule, resulted in the agency Muriel Bowser that she would sign the bill. restaurants adopting the policy. A sizable
It wasnt so much the speed by which the ordering dining and drinking establish- The health department was directed to cease percentage of customers prefer dog-free
D.C. Council last week favorably dispatched ments welcoming dogs on outdoor space enforcement of the obscure prohibition. environments. It is why most venues do
the issue of business owners deciding to immediately cease the practice. This In essence, dogs taught D.C. Council mem- not allow dogs on open-air sidewalk ca-
whether to allow customers to be accompa- provoked rapid Council response. bers and city regulators an important new trick fs or outdoor patios, or limited to certain
nied by dogs on unenclosed sidewalk cafs The enforcement action quickly proved that a commonsense approach providing for days or during designated times on their
and outdoor patios at bars and restaurants. to be an extremely unpopular blunder business freedom of choice is bow-wow best. event schedule.
It was that city legislators and you that generated howls of protest by busi- Simple and sensible provisions include What the Councils action does do, how-
might want to be seated for this if un- ness operators, canine owners and even only that a sign be posted by venues choos- ever, is allow bar and restaurant owners
aware voted to allow the marketplace those without a dog in the ght. ing to allow dogs indicating they are wel- the freedom to make an independent de-
to function unfettered by letting local It took only a handful of days after come on outdoor spaces with an exterior cision best suiting their business model
venues, typically neighborhood-centric agency inspectors initiated the crack- entrance not requiring passage through an while accommodating market demand
establishments, determine their policy down for D.C. Council member Vincent interior area, permit businesses to restrict and available commercial opportunity.
based on proprietor preference and pa- Gray, joined by Brianne Nadeau, Charles types of dogs based on breed, size, or tem- The D.C. Council and the city govern-
tron receptivity. Allen and Brandon Todd, to introduce an perament, and that patrons keep their dogs ment should yap like that more often.


Pope Francis once again attacks transgender people

Claim of wanting to and overshadow the much smaller trans- arise from consensus on elimination of of welcoming transgender people into
gender communitys attempt to educate gender dierences. the rest of humanity, the canceling out
eliminate gender from people about what we really need. Speak with a variety of transgender peo- of gender dierences of which the pope
society is false, drives fear I give the pope the benet of doubt, ple from all walks of life and youll nd a warns is overkill, though it may (or may
allowing that he cares deeply about eth- variety of opinions, ideas, and values. Ive not) be desirable for other reasons.
BY SUZI CHASE ics and would not knowingly spread lies noticed we disagree widely except when it The false claim that we want to elimi-
about a marginalized and oppressed comes to two points. First, we want to be nate gender from society is not a harm-
On Thursday, Oct. 5, Pope Francis made group. That if he knew the truth, he would treated as human beings. And second, we less misunderstanding. It drives the fear
his most transparent condemnation yet of feel morally driven to set the record want our genders armed. that feeds the anti-trans bathroom laws
the lifesaving medical procedures that al- straight. To that end, I hope these words We dont want being trans to stand in springing up around our country like
low transgender people to live authentic somehow reach his ears. the way of jobs, housing, access to ev- poison ivy. It fuels the popularity of the
lives. Speaking to the Pontical Academy No, Your Holiness, transgender peo- eryday goods and services or personal current administrations push to strip
for Life, he decried the biological and psy- ple do not transition in hopes of elimi- safety. And we want what every cisgen- transgender schoolchildren of legal pro-
chical manipulation of sexual dierence, nating the dierences between male der person, including Pope Francis, takes tections. Trans people have used public
which biomedical technology allows us to and female. for granted: That our gender not be sub- restrooms for generations. No one mind-
perceive as completely available to free Yes, there are trans people, as well as ject to question or suspicion. Francis can ed until power-hungry politicians began
choice which he claimed seeks to cancel many, many cisgender people who would look down every day and see a body that spreading fear that this is all leading to a
out dierences between the sexes. like gender to become less of a prison, matches who he knows himself to be. We total elimination of gendered restrooms
This is a widely articulated falsehood. its tendencies and traditions no longer require nothing less. It is not through any and changing spaces. Not much can be
The anti-LGBT web is full of such smear dictating lives. Some may see eliminat- choice of ours that medical intervention done about their willingness to oppress
stories claiming transgender people re- ing gender altogether as the best means may be needed to bring that about, just trans people for personal gain. But may-
ally want to eliminate all dierences be- to do this, just as others may be quite as it is not out of choice that he needs no be someone as deeply scrupulous as the
tween male and female. However, Pope comfortable with traditional gender such intervention. pope can be convinced to stop paving the
Francis doesnt write for an alt-right rag. roles.Like any group thrown together by What we ask can all be achieved easily way with fear-mongering untruths.
He is a revered holy man whose word is accident of biology, the trans population without entirely eliminating gender. We
respected by more than a billion people represents a variety of viewpoints. It is a only need to recognize the existence of
worldwide. When he gives voice to dis- blatant lie to say that our demands for gender diversity beyond what is allowed SUZI CHASE is a Maryland-based freelance
paraging myths, those myths grow wings social and medical supports for transition by binary thinking. For the simple task writer.
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CHEYENNE JACKSON says being on American Horror Story and RuPauls Drag Race have been
career highlights.

A case of Cheyenne
On eve of Wolf Trap appearance, out actor/singer on family life, Horror Story, Drag Race and more


Cheyenne Jackson likes to portray Family life is awesome. Its busy, its loud, Wolf Trap engagement. BLADE: So this isnt really a show you
himself as a normal guy. Hes sitting in his the days are long but the weeks and JACKSON: Im very excited because I do here and there, its more its own
car outside his dry cleaner in Los Angeles months are short. Just two days ago they havent done a show in quite a while. Its thing?
on Monday when we talk. turned 1. I cant even believe its been a been a crazy year. Being a dad and just JACKSON: Its its own thing for sure.
Its just mid-morning but one of his year already but its great. things in my life. Some personal things. Some of the songs Ive done here and there
1-year-old twins had him up at 3:30 a.m. I lost my father a few months back. So in one way or another but its gonna be
Hes teething and needed a little TLC, BLADE: Do they usually sleep doing shows and doing concerts hasnt very intimate, very personal and fun.
Jackson says. through the night? really been in the forefront of my mind
After feeding the babies, a jaunt to JACKSON: Weve been really adamant but when this gig came to me, I thought BLADE: What kind of instrumental
Barrys Bootcamp and a trip to the and committed to a sleep schedule and this would be a good opportunity to get backing will you have?
cleaners, the 42-year-old Broadway we knew going into this we were going to back into it and nd some of my favorite JACKSON: Just me and my musical
vet and actor/singer has time to chat be the ones doing the care. We dont have songs from dierent shows Ive done. director, just me and piano. Hes such a
in advance of his weekend show at the help at night or on weekends. I dont want Im gonna do a couple new tunes, things savant. He plays piano like ve people are
Barns at Wolf Trap. His comments have a nanny sleeping in my house at night. Ive always wanted to do, so its really a playing the piano. But yeah, its just us.
been slightly edited for length. I think its just weird. So we knew we mix. Ill take some songs, a couple songs
needed a schedule. I would say about from each of the albums Ive done, mix it BLADE: Whats the set feel like on
WASHINGTON BLADE: How is family 98 percent of the time they sleep about in with some covers and things Ive been American Horror Story? Does the
life? How are (husband) Jason (Landau) 11 hours. Its awesome. working on, then a couple of originals. Its creepiness of the show aect the set
and the twins? going to be a totally special new night.
CHEYENNE JACKSON: Theyre amazing. BLADE: Tell us a little about your

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How long have you been out and who Basis Whose Name I Know, Whom I Dont
was the hardest person to tell? Have to Pay, Who is Not Married and is
PHOTO BY LES TALUSAN; COURTESY CABICO I came out when I was 20 after I Conscious: the Regie Cabico Story.
wrote and performed my rst poems
for a poetry slam. The introduction to If science discovered a way to change
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO the anthology Aloud: Voices from the sexual orientation, what would you do? Nuyorican Poets Cafe, outed me as Turn everyone into a Regie-sexual.
a gay Filipino. The hardest person to
Regie Cabico loves the challenge of a one-man show. confront was myself coming from a What do you believe in beyond the
Solo shows are an incredible art form, the local poet, actor and author says. Catholic background. physical world?
Its a challenge guring out what one person can say to justify themselves Poetry is the architecture of the soul.
being on stage that long. Whos your LGBT hero?
How does a queer boy in Maryland navigate his dream of becoming Coco from Essex Hemphill Whats your advice for LGBT
Fame? Cabicos self-penned show Faith, Hope & Regie is an autobiographical movement leaders?
story of his formative years as the gay child of Catholic immigrants. Whats Washingtons best nightspot, Give space to people of color,
His performance is one of six being oered this weekend (Oct. 13-14) past or present? immigrants and people with disabilities.
as part of the D.C. Queer Theatre Festivals Going Solo show which also La Ti Do cabaret series at Bistro Bistro. Its not all RuPauls Drag Race.
features DesLesslin George-Warren, Xemiyulu Manibusan, Elizabeth McCain,
Christopher Prince and J. Scales. Its part of the festivals mission to unleash Describe your dream wedding. What would you walk
and celebrate the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, One gigantic, white across hot coals for?
audiences and community. chocolate-mousse cake. My muse and freedom of speech.
Performances are both nights at 7 p.m. at the Anacostia Arts Center (1231
Good Hope Rd., S.E.). Tickets and packages range from $20-50. Details at What non-LGBT issue are you most What LGBT stereotype passionate about? annoys you most?
A longtime performer, Cabico has been featured on NPR and has taken Arts education. Gay Asian, subservient slave sidekick
prizes at D.C.s Story District and various national poetry slams. in search of Indiana Jones white guy.
Cabico, a Clinton, Md., native, came to Washington 11 years ago after nearly What historical outcome
two decades in New York to run a non-prot. Hes single, lives in Columbia would you change? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Heights and enjoys roller skating and reading poetry and plays in his free time. The 2016 U.S. presidential election results The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
and the invention of the Electoral College.
Whats the most overrated
Whats been the most memorable pop social custom?
culture moment of your lifetime? A Scru woof.
Irene Cara singing Out Here On My
Own on Fame. What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
On what do you insist? Sainthood canonization, but I think
I insist on free hugs, consensual that boat has passed.
massages and free internet.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
What was your last Facebook The East Village New York days of a
post or Tweet? Madonna being discovered have died.
National Coming Out Day at Maret
High School with Angelique Palmer plus Why Washington?
a standing O! Ballet training paid o! Washington has a great theater
community and a growing spoken
If your life were a book, what would word and literary movement. The D.C.
the title be? Commission for the Arts & Humanities
Roller Skating on Rainbows: the Regie is an all-encompassing support as is
202.747.2077 Cabico Story. Or how about I Just Want
to Have Sex With Someone on a Regular
Center Arts of the D.C. Center.
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This Week in the Arts provided by

14. Bier Baron Tavern. Happy Hour FMMC. Greenspring.
Comedy Show. Thru Nov 16. Cafe Dali Quartet with Orlando Cotto,
Saint-Ex. Mundane Aight Comedy w/ percussion. Oct 15. National Gallery of
Adelle and Kevin. Thru Nov 13. The Art.
Passenger. U Dont Know Jack w/ Cellist Matt Haimovitz. Oct 15. The
Jack. Thru Nov 15. Town Tavern DC. Alden. Old Firehouse Teen Center.
Capital Laughs.

Matthew Bournes The Red Shoes. Folger Shakespeare Library. Painting
Thru Oct 15. Kazunori Kumagai and Shakespeare. Thru Feb 11.
Yumi Kurosawa. Oct 18. Mariinsky Kennedy Center. The Art of Robert
Ballet: La Bayadre. Oct 17-Oct 22. Risko. Thru Oct 27. Fantasy in Japan
Kennedy Center. Blue. Thru Dec 3.
Qubcois Concert & Dance. Oct Dumbarton Oaks Library and
An Act of God 15. Washington Revels. Cedar Lane Collection. Women in Art. Thru Mar
Thru Nov 26. Signature Theatre. Church. 31. Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Pilobolus: Shadowland. Oct 13. Oaks Collections. Thru Mar 31.
God is back. And hes got a lot to say. Inhabiting the body of beloved DC actor Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of
Tom Story, and anked by his ever-faithful archangels, the Supreme Being gifts Argentina. Oct 14. GMU Center for the Goethe-Institut. Brilliant Dilletantes.
his mortals with an entirely new set of Ten Commandments in a sinfully funny Arts. Thru Oct 28.
whirlwind of comedy heaven. A Night in the Garden of Spain. Library of Congress. Drawing Justice:
Oct 14. National Chamber Ensemble. The Art of Courtroom Illustration.
Evenings at Dumbarton Oaks! Thru Oct 28. Echoes of the Great War:
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Enjoy current exhibitions with friends, explore the Byzantine and Pre-
MUSIC Thru Jan 1.
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ornate Renaissance-inspired Music Room to the sleek modernist Philip Johnson 19. AMP. Munch: Color in Context. Thru Jan 28.
Pavilion. Admission is free, with a cash bar. Leslie Odom Jr.. Oct 14-Oct 15. Rene
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Join Gourmet Symphony for its second annual Oktoberfest celebration Center. Magnetic Fields: Expanding American
featuring Bavarian-style street foods by Chef Javier Marquina, a new festbier Sphinx Virtuosi. Oct 15. Washington Abstraction, 1960s to Today. Oct 13-Jan
from Atlas Brew Works, wine tastings from The Winebow Group, festive music Performing Arts at Kennedy Center. 21.
performed by members of Barclay Brass, and a costume contest. National Portrait Gallery. Marlene
Sergio Mendes. Oct 19. Strathmore. Dietrich: Dressed for the Image.
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De Maeyer-Kende Duo. Oct 15-Oct
16. Dumbarton Oaks Library and
Collection. gallery Neptune & Brown. David X
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Hong, piano. Oct 19. The Embassy Nov 18.
Series. Embassy of South Africa. The Art League. M. Jane Johnson: Splendid Fortitude. Thru Nov 5.
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Folger Theatre. songs). Oct 15. JCCNV. Sarah Chang and Zuill Bailey. Oct Zenith Sculpture Space. Black Artists
Whoopi Goldberg. Oct 13. Stones in His Pockets. Thru Oct 15. 14. Sarah Chang and Santiago of Today: Reinventing Tomorrow! Thru
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Citys When Life Gives You Clemens. Antigone. Thru Oct 13. The Clarice. Philharmonic. Strathmore. Glen Echo Park. Stephanie George:
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Nov 26. Kennedy Center. Death of a Salesman. Thru Oct 22. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. Lines. Thru Oct 22. Fords Theatre. Oct 13. Cheyenne Jackson. Oct 15. JCCNV. Rough Around the Edges
In The Heights. Thru Oct 22. Our P3M5: Digital Eye @BlindWhino. Troker. Oct 18. Paco Pea. Oct 19. Works in Paper by Ronni Jolles. Thru
Town. Thru Nov 12. Olney Theatre. Oct 16-Oct 17. Goethe-Institut. Blind Wolf Trap. The Barns. Nov 28. Whino. Ritmo Cubano! Oct 14. Smithsonian
A Little Night Music. Thru Oct 15.
Signature Theatre.
Kingdom of Earth. Oct 16. The
Accidental Pilgrim. Thru Oct 28. DC
Anacostia Museum.
Calvary Baptist Church Concert
The Eect. Thru Oct 29. Studio Arts Center (DCAC). Series. Oct 13. Calvary Baptist Church. BlackRock. Oil & Water. Oct 15.
Theatre. Phil & a Mic with Phil Mike. Thru Nov Greenspring Concert Series. Oct 14.
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THE INDOMITABLE SOUL BAND Time to get those heels out!
The 17th Street High Heel Race is Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m.
SUN, OCT 15 The race route starts at 17th and R Street, N.W. and continues down to JR.s
THE STEEL WHEELS Bar & Grill (1518 17th St., N.W.). Arrive early to see the parade of costumed
W/ THE HONEY DEWDROPS queens before the race. Participants gather as early as 6 p.m. Funds raised will
benet the cost of the event and the event organizer, Historic Dupont Circle
TUES, OCT 17 Main Streets.
AN EVENING WITH HOLLY BOWLING For more details, visit



W/ 1000 FUEGOS AND CHRISTINA HOLMES Ive Written a Letter to Daddy
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St.,
FRI & SAT, OCT 20 & 21 2 NIGHTS N.W.) screens the classic lm What Ever
AN EVENING WITH THE FAB FAUX Happened to Baby Jane? on Sunday, Oct.
THE BEATLES 1966-1967 & 1969-1970 22 from 7-9 p.m.
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starred
SUN, OCT 22 in the 1962 lm directed by Robert Aldrich.
MARTIN SEXTON TRIO The thriller follows a washed-up child
W/ REBECCA HAVILAND & WHISKEY HEART actress who holds her paraplegic sister
captive in a Hollywood mansion. Its lming
SUN, OCT 27 was the subject of this years Emmy-
ALL GOOD PRESENTS nominated FX series Feud. Tickets are $5.
MELVIN SEALS & JGB For more information, visit facebook.
Reel Armations promises packed weekend
SAT, OCT 28 Reel Armations hosts its international LGBT lm festival at Gala Hispanic
RECKLESS KELLY Theatre (3333 14th St., N.W.) Oct. 19-22.
Blades Best of Gay
W/ CHRIS BERARDO & THE DESBERARDOS The opening night lm is Signature Move (seen here) on Thursday, Oct. 19 D.C. party is Oct. 19
from 7-9 p.m. The coming-of-age drama tells the story of a young woman who Washington Blade hosts its 17th annual
WED, NOV 1 nds herself in a relationship with another woman while her mother tries to Best of Gay D.C. party at Town (2009 8th St.,
A BENEFIT FOR SONGWRITING WITH nd her a husband. Other lms showing throughout the weekend include Gods N.W.) on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6-9 p.m.
Own Country, The Feels, Saturday Church and Apricot Groves, among The party, presented by the D.C.
FEAT. DARDEN SMITH, others. The closing night lm will be Freakshow on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 Department of Health, will celebrate
RADNEY FOSTER, p.m. Freakshow follows the young life of former club kid James St. James. It the winners of the Blades 2017 Best
AND MARY GAUTHIER stars newcomer Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Laverne Cox and Bette Midler. of Gay D.C. Awards. Pamala Stanley,
On Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 p.m.-midnight there will be a lmmaker Q&A Sasha Adams Sanchez and other Best Of
THURS, NOV 2 with reception following the screening of the girls and boys short lms. There nalists will perform. Festivities will be
DEL MCCOURY BAND will be craft cocktails, food and music by DJ Mim. Tickets are $25. hosted by Destiny B. Childs. There will
Individual lm screening tickets are $12. Threesome lm pass is $30 and gives be complimentary drinks provided by
entry into three lms with reserved seating. Six-pack lm pass gives entry into Tequila Avion and Absolute from 6-8 p.m.
six lms with reserved seating. Festival passes for access to all 10 lms range Guests must be 21 and older. Advanced
from $110-325. tickets are $15. Tickets day of the event
For a complete list of lm screenings and festival passes, visit are $20. For more information, visit
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Cocktail reception & silent auction
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Begins at noon

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

D.C. Queer Theatre Festival is at
Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good
Hope Rd., S.E.) tonight and Saturday
night at 7 p.m. Six LGBT playwrights
will perform including their one-man/
woman shows. Performers will include
Elizabeth McCain, Christopher Prince,
DeLesslin George-Warren, Xemiyulu
Manibusan, J. Scales and Regie Cabico.
General admission tickets for one
night are $20. General admission
tickets for two nights are $35. VIP
tickets for one night are $35 and for
two nights are $50. VIP tickets include
entry to the opening night reception,
VIP seating and two complimentary
cocktails. For more information, visit
The Wharf (690 Water St., S.W.)
continues its grand opening celebration
today from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. There will
be live music and entertainment all day PHOTO BY ALBERT SANCHEZ; COURTESY KEN PHILIPS GROUP

including a performance by Gay Mens MARGARET CHO returns to D.C. this weekend for another outrageous comedy performance.
Chorus of Washington. Other activities
will be yoga on the pier, smores at the
Wharf re pit and a silent disco. Festivities are encouraged to bring their dogs and a Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) hosts its The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
continue through Sunday. For more blanket or lawn chair. There will be a food monthly support group meeting at the Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
details, visit truck on site serving breakfast and coee. D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social
Against Me! performs at 9:30 Club (815 For more information, visit concertopera. from 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit bridge. No partner needed. For more
V St., N.W.) tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. org/outside. information, call 301-345-1571.
Bleached and the Dirty Nil open the show. The 30th annual Miss Adams Morgan
Tickets are $25. For more information Pageant is at Washington Hilton (1919 TUESDAY, OCT. 17 THURSDAY, OCT. 19
and to purchase tickets, visit Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight from
Bear Nonsense hosts a bear happy 6-11:30 p.m. This years theme is Broads The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) OutServe-SLDN hosts the opening
hour at Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St., N.E.) on Broadway. Amanda LaMancha hosts hosts its FUK!T Packing Party from reception for its sixth annual LGBT Military
today from 5-10 p.m. DJ Adrian Collazo the pageant. For more details, search 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit Community Conference at Dupont Circle
will spin tracks until 9 p.m. There will be Miss Adams Morgan XXX: Broads on or Hotel (1500 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.)
drink specials. No cover. For more details, Broadway on Facebook. tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Former
visit v WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning and
Gamma D.C., a support group for men SUNDAY, OCT. 15 former Deputy Assistant Secretary of
in mixed-orientation relationships, meets The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington Defense for Operational Energy Amanda
at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 The 50th annual Dupont Circle hosts A Sondheim Halloween, an open Simpson will be at the reception. On
Vermont Ave., N.W.) today from 7:30- House Tour on 16th Street N.W. today mic night, at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) Friday and Saturday various panel
9:30 p.m. The group is for men who are from noon-5 p.m. The tour will include tonight from 8-11 p.m. Attendees are discussions with guests. On Saturday,
attracted to men but are currently, or were 14 townhouses, converted condos encouraged to sing songs by Sondheim. Oct. 21 there will also be a Red, White
at one point, in relationships with women. and apartments as well as Embassies, Sheet music will be provided but guests and Blue dinner featuring special guest
Meeting locations are in private residences. institutional buildings and churches. can bring their own. Accompanist Sharon McGowan. Tickets are $75. For a
For more information about the group and Afternoon tea at the Temple of the Alex Tang will accompany. There complete list of events and to purchase
location, visit Scottish Rite (1730 16th St., N.W.) will will be drink specials. No cover. For tickets, visit
be included in the tour. Advance tickets more details, visit Nice Jewish Boys D.C. hosts its
SATURDAY, OCT. 14 are $40. Tickets day of the tour at $50 gaymenschorusofwashington. October happy hour at Number Nine
and will be available for purchase at D.C. Strokes Rowing Club hosts its (1435 P St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m.
Comedian Margaret Cho brings her the Temple of the Scottish Rite from 11 Novice team fundraiser at Nellies Sports There will be two for one happy hour
stand-up show Fresh O the Bloat to a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit Bar (900 U St., N.W.) tonight from 6:30- specials. For more details, search for the
the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) 9:30 p.m. There will be drink specials group on Facebook.
tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. The D.C. Chamber Orchestra and raes. For more information, visit
Tickets range from $20-58. For more presents a free concert at the Church LOOKING AHEAD The Washington-
details, visit of the Reformation (212 East Capitol St., Bookmen D.C., an informal gay mens area chapter of Old Lesbians Organizing
Washington Concert Opera hosts N.E.) today at 3 p.m. Admission is free but literature group, discusses Hidden: for Change for lesbians 60 and older will
Opera Outside, a free performance, at donations are welcome. the Intimate Lives of Gay Men Past and meet on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. at La
Meridian Hill Park (16th St. and W St., Present by Clinton Elliott, at the D.C. Center Madeleine (7607 Old Georgetown Rd.,
N.W.) today from 11 a.m.-noon. Amy MONDAY, OCT. 16 (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. All Bethesda, Md.) near the Bethesda Metro
Owens and Norman Garrett will perform are welcome. For more information, visit stop. The group works to establish lesbian
alongside pianist David Hanton. Guests Parents, Families, and Friends of community and work for social justice.
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Mariinsky Ballet
Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director
Yuri Fateev, Deputy Director of the Ballet Company Star of Wonder
Well-made new
La Bayadre feature tells how comic
book icon came to be
An unbroken line of arabesques that stops
the heart with its grace The Telegraph (London)
Professor Marston and the Wonder
Women is a remarkable movie that
tells the true queer origin story of the
iconic feminist superhero Wonder
Woman. Written and directed by Angela
Robinson (The L Word), the lm brings
a fascinating piece of American cultural BELLA HEATHCOTE, LUKE EVANS and
history to compelling cinematic life. REBECCA HALL in Professor Marston and the
Its a passionate exploration of the Wonder Women.
human mind and heart and a erce PHOTO COURTESY ANNAPURNA PICTURES
condemnation of prejudice and prudery.
The professor is Dr. William Moulton
Marston (Luke Evans), an unconventional and well-developed characters and
but respected psychologist and inventor. she subtly captures the evolution of
Its 1928 and hes teaching at Radclie and the polyamorous relationship from
ghting Harvard to get his wife Elizabeth the perspectives of all three partners.
(Rebecca Hall) the academic credentials The dialogue is natural and unforced;
she deserves. They both acknowledge Robinson eortlessly captures a rich
shes much smarter than he. variety of moods from the thrill of
Marston has developed the creation to the depths of frustration and
controversial DISC theory which from the joys of banter and teaching to
proposes that all human interactions the heat of sexual passion. Her direction
Oxana Skorik and Andrei Yermakov, photo by Natasha Razina

can be broken down into four behaviors: is supple and beautifully paced.
dominance, inducement, submission and A great example of Robinsons work
compliance. He also believes that women is the scenes that show the Marstons
are the superior sex and that men should developing an early version of the lie
submit to their loving leadership. detector. Working from Elizabeths
Their lives begin to change when they observation that her blood pressure rises
hire Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), one of when she becomes emotional, she and
Williams students, to be their research William develop a working prototype of
assistant. Byrne was the niece of Margaret the machine. To test it, the three quiz
Sanger and the daughter of Ethel Byrne, each other about their evolving feelings
two ery birth control advocates. for each other. The scenes are a great
The three begin to discover that they celebration of creativity and intellectual
have deep feelings for each other along inquiry that are also emotionally exposed
with an interest in BDSM and role play. and deeply moving.
They form a romantic triad but soon Robinson gets robust support from
discover that real life is more complicated her cast and creative team. Along with
than Marstons theories. Marston loses Editor Jerey M. Werner, Director of
his teaching position, Olive becomes Photography Bryce Fortner executes a
pregnant and Elizabeth is forced to work as beautiful visual palette for the movie.

October 1722, 2017 | Opera House a secretary to support the growing family.
Inspired by his psychological theories
Production Designer Carl Sprague and
Costume Designer Donna Maloney create
and their role play, as well as pair of a lovely period feel for the movie.
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra Olives bracelets, Marston began to The entire cast turns in strong
Casting available at develop the character of Wonder Woman, and nuanced performances. Hall is
a champion for freedom and justice. He witty, brilliant, supportive and deeply
convinces editor M.C. Gaines (Oliver Platt) vulnerable as needed. Marston turns in
to publish his comic book. a powerful performance as the professor
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director of the Child Study Association of honesty, Heathcote is radiant.
America; scenes of her interrogation of Even among indie movies, Professor
Marston are very eectively interspersed Marston and the Wonder Women
Support for Ballet at the Kennedy Center is provided by C. Michael Kojaian.
Russian Cultural Initiatives are supported by The Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
throughout the movie. is extraordinary for its serious and
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of Robinson tells this amazing story sensual exploration of a polyamorous
the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
with incredible skill and passion. Her relationship, as well as for its celebration
inventive script is full of interesting of creativity and intellectual discourse.
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New take on Our Town

Classic Americana piece out from his window, George feels the
reimagined with puppets same. In Grovers Corner boys and girls
grow up and marry. Even the few who go
By PATRICK FOLLIARD away to college return to the town.

Thornton Wilders Our Town and puppets.
The two arent usually coupled, but that hasnt
deterred innovative director/ adapter Aaron
Though tagged as one of the smartest girls
ever to pass through Grovers Corners public
schools, Emilys ambition dims as she focuses
on marriage to classmate and wannabe
Posner from bringing them together. farmer George. Yet dreams occasionally
In his engaging new production of the ame up, even in remote corners of New
1938 American classic about love, loss England. Georges mother, Mrs. Gibbs
and regret in small town America now (Megan Anderson) longs to spend an
playing at Olney Theatre Center, Posner inheritance on a trip to Paris where people
uses just seven actors to play key roles dont speak English and dont even want to,
and scarily expressive puppets to play but like a Fourth of July sparkler, her dream
the remainder of the townspeople. soon zzles out. Instead, after Mrs. Gibbs
Aaron explains his inspiration in the death that legacy is spent to buy a state-of-
program notes. Hed been working on another the-art water trough for her sons farm.
show with Our Towns puppet designer But small-town life is not for everyone.
Aaron Cromie when he noticed a group of Case in point, Simon Stimson, the organist
puppets seated onstage during a break. at the Congregationalist Church, here a
Posner immediately likened the tableau to disheveled puppet. Jolly church lady Luella
Our Towns nal act (the cemetery scenes Soames, also a puppet (delightfully animated
which ordinarily have a group of actors sitting by Odom), gossips about Stimsons
stock-still in straight back chairs.). increasingly frequent drunkenness. Emilys
His rst instinct was right. When the father and editor of the town paper,
racially diverse puppets, about the size of Mr. Webb (played by the excellent Todd
small children, are seated on tiny chairs Scoeld), says, Well, hes seen a peck of
in the cemetery they indeed appear trouble, one thing after another. Later we
solemn and eternal. And when theyre up learn that Stimson hangs himself in his barn
and moving (manipulated and animated and eventually ends up in the cemetery on
by the equally diverse cast) theyre the hill where proves embittered in death.
endearing but a little hammy. Its been put forth by more than one Wilder
Like many lives, Our Town is divided scholar that Stimson represents a closeted
into three acts: birth, marriage and death. gay man destroyed by life in a small town.
For the residents of Wilders Grovers Wilder was gay, but never openly so.
Corner, New Hampshire, their daily lives Hes been described as exceedingly
are played out on Misha Kachmans discreet and a little self-loathing around
unadorned wooden set is a traverse stage the edges. But his friends and close
with mirror image house facades on either associates knew he was gay. During the
end. Flat whitewashed plywood clouds 1930s, he had a romantic relationship
hang above. The set is simple. Props with Samuel Steward, a writer,
are nonexistent (per Wilders direction). pornographer, tattoo artist and one-time
The blank space between the houses college professor, but reportedly was
alternately serves as front yards, gardens, never too comfortable with intimacy.
churches, Main Street and a graveyard.
Neighbors George Gibbs (William
M-TH 11:30AM-10PM F-SAT 11:30AM-11PM Vaughan) and Emily Webb (Cindy De La OUR TOWN
Cruz) have known each other all their Through Nov. 12
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Fall in D.C. is a great time for getting
Happy Hour $3-$4-$5-$6-$7 out and about to have new experiences,
Appetizers, Martinis & Drinks - 4PM-7PM especially after a long, hot summer spent
*** hanging out in the local beer garden.
Whether its trying out autumnal restaurant
Sky-Bar Warm Fall Nights specials or hitting up local weekend festivals,
A new line of cocktails at the Hay-Adams Hotel
$7.00 Champagne & Sparkling Drinks its an opportunity to expand your horizons. feature clever coaster caricatures.
Live DJ Wed-Sat - Different Vibe Nightly But sometimes the experience in the
autumn is heavy on pumpkin spiced PHOTO COURTESY THE HAY-ADAMS
Season Closing Party: Tues-October 31 cocktails or festivals lled with random
Halloween Costume Contest collections of oerings, from fried rice
*** to Sno-cones to Girl Scout cookies. The to many countries, cultures and cuisines.
object becomes to eat and drink, but The open-air food market and the
Chillin Patio Specials theres not much else to the experience. renovated museum will be open from 5
Pitchers, Platters, Buckets But, then again, this is a think-tank p.m.-midnight on Saturday and from 11
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Because we just cant get enough of a variety of cooking demonstrations from
politics, especially in these roller-coaster across the Asian spectrum, including
times when Twitter is set aame nearly ones by Himalayan chef Dorjee Tsering
every day, be sure to stop into O the of Dorjee Momo, Laotian chef Bobby
Record at the Hay-Adams Hotel (800 Pradachith of Thip Khao and Padaek and
It wasnt Adam and Eve, but Adam and STEVE 16th St., N.W.) this month, where theyre Bahrainian chef Bassam Al Alawi. Be sure
God clarifies a few things in this whirlwind continuing their stellar tradition of politically to sample the Taiwanese shaved ice, nd
themed cocktails accompanied by seriously out what Uyghur cuisine is and sip on
of comedy heaven collectible cartoon-adorned coasters. some traditional tea. Youre sure to nd
Available this month are four cocktails out that not all dumplings are the same.
distinctly themed on current headlines: If youre havent had your ll of food and
Prost, Meddler in the Rye, the 38th culture following IlluminAsia, then mark

an act of
Parallel and Kikis Concerto each your calendar for the Smithsonians Food
accompanied by exceedingly clever History Weekend at the National Museum
coasters created by political cartoonists of American History, Oct. 26-28, when

Ann Telnaes, Matt Wuerker and Kevin scholars and chefs delve into the nitty gritty
KAL Kallaugher. Were not saying that of how food inuences culture and vice versa.
the drinks arent good they are, and Some of the highlights of the event
they also feature D.C.-made liquors from include free roundtable discussions on Oct.
One Eight Distilling and Don Ciccio & Figli. 27 such as Migration Nation, a session
But who can resist coasters with images exploring how migration throughout
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of German Chancellor Angela Merkel American history has shaped regional food
hefting a giant beer stein, Russian President traditions, and Tales of Three Dishes,
Vladimir Putin sucking down vodka shots in which three culinarians an African-
(shirtless, of course), Korean Workers Party American food historian, a Jewish cookbook
Chairman Kim Jong-un pouring out some author and a Mexican chef each discuss
Bomb Bay Gin and Supreme Court Justice how a specic dish is an expression of both
Ruth Bader Ginsberg weighing olives in the their personal histories and cultures.
Scales of Justice? We cant. On Oct. 28, live demonstrations will take
To celebrate the grand reopening of the place in the museums demonstration
Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Gallery after a kitchen, including one by Top Chef fan
nearly two-year renovation, the Asian arts favorite Sheldon Simeon, who will share
museum is hosting a free weekend-long Chicken Hekka, a popular dish from his

Now through November 26 Asian night market on the National Mall

Oct. 14-15. IlluminAsia: A Festival of
Asian Art, Food and Cultures will feature
native Hawaii, and a discussion titled The
Culinary Diplomacy Project promises to
provide plenty of food for thought about
Pride Nights: November 3 & 17 plenty of music and crafts but the unifying
theme is learning about Asian cultures
the role that food can play in bridging the
global cultural divide.
through food. Set aside any ideas you have | 703 820 9771 about what Asian food is because Asia is, KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
of course, a vast continent that plays hosts and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.
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31st Annual
17th Street
High Heel Race
Tuesday October 24 | 7PM


DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, BaNaka
and Ruby Corado

To Volunteer and get the best view, arrive at JRs at 6:30PM


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Pink Martini Spoiler memoir

with China Forbes Mis-matched romance tale is How do you make every minute count?
poignant, touching After being told he was going to die, Cowan
married Ausiello in a City Hall ceremony that
came perilously close to not happening. It
was followed by a memorable honeymoon
and chemotherapy.


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

Just like in the movies, youd planned to

grow old together.
Youd be the couple everyone smiled
at: two wrinkled beings, holding hands,
fussing good-naturedly at one another.
Still in love, like the movies, til death do
you part. But then, as in the new memoir
Spoiler Alert: the Hero Dies by Michael
Ausiello, someone changes the script.
When Michael Ausiello spotted
Christopher Kit Cowan at a New York
event for gay athletes, it was lust at PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK

rst sight. At 6-foot-something tall,

bespectacled Kit was geeky-sexy just
Ausiellos type and, although they kissed
and kissed some more that night, their How do you watch someone you love
rst date was near-disastrous. suer? How do you say goodbye?
They were dierent in so many ways: Of course, you know how this book
aesthetics, family, childhoods and ends. Its right there in the title, so youre
personalities. Ausiello thought Cowan probably not surprised. The rst thing
had amazing style; Cowan could barely youll want to know, though especially
get past Ausiellos Smurf collection. As if youre prone to cry is that Spoiler
time passed, they told one another olive Alert: the Hero Dies is not a book that
juice, (which sounds like I love you when will leave you howling. Ausiello jumps
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Emil de Cou, conductor helped Ausiello overcome his bullied endearing because its not mean-spirited;
past; Ausiello learned not to wake Cowan and that carries throughout.
With an eclectic, whimsical charm and a repertoire spanning too early. They moved in together, Thats not to mitigate the sadness
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out together and sought counseling. however: the humor sometimes feels
orchestra and singer China Forbes return to D.C. for a highly They wanted things to work. This was thin, as though Ausiello is protecting his
anticipated reunion with the NSO. for the long-term but, just over a decade readers from the full brunt of the horror
into their relationship, there were more of watching someone fade away. Theres
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bowel problems for some time, Cowan but youll see through it, and know better.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 sex Audra or Gaga?
JACKSON: (chuckles) Oh, I would never
or is it just like other sets? compare. But its the same kind of thing.
JACKSON: Its denitely its own thing. Audra and I have been friends for a long
Ive never been on a set like American time and we just really had to laugh
Horror Story. I think its because of the through that because it was also very
nature of the show and what the shows graphic and it was kind of the rst time
about, it lends itself to be a special kind either of us had done anything like that
of unique experience. First and foremost, to that extent. But the rst thing is to get
its shrouded in secrecy and everybody really comfortable with each other rst so
really respects that. Not everybody knows then you buy it as an audience member.
exactly whats happening from episode You cant get too in your head about it,
to episode and some people are just on a you just have to go for it and trust each
need-to-know basis. So its exciting and fun other. She was actually pregnant at the
as an actor to not know who knows what time and we had just gotten pregnant so
and just stay in the moment trying to bring we look at it now and laugh about what
everything to life. Because its such heavy we were both going through at the time.
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nd ways to keep it light when it needs BLADE: Is being on RuPauls Drag PHOTO COURTESY MANAGEMENT 360
to be. We dont just sit in the heaviness of Race as much fun as it looks? It
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emotional thing you need to go sit in the you were a guest judge last season. spoils you because then youll sing in some BLADE: Are you allowed to say if
corner to prep for, we try to keep it light. JACKSON: I have zero shame in saying other shitty little performance arts center in youll be on more Horror Story or do
its my very favorite show. Ive seen every the middle of somewhere and youre like, you know yet? Or are you focusing on
BLADE: How long did it take to lm episode of every season. Its so much Ugh. It denitely makes a huge dierence. (2018 series) American Woman now?
that sex scene with Lady Gaga and more than a reality show. I think its a very JACKSON: Im just kind of focusing on
how was it for you? important show right now in this world and BLADE: Does A Case of You have any what is right now. Ive had three great
JACKSON: (laughs) Well scenes take I love that it shows young gay men and what subtext for you being a former drinker seasons on the show. American Woman
way longer than youd think. That whole they go through. I think its amazing. I love or is it just a good Joni Mitchell song? Is will be in January I think.
sequence, I would say, I dont know RuPaul and hes been so wonderful to me it on the set list for this weekend?
maybe six hours? Its a lot. Every dierent over the years and hes a friend so yeah, I JACKSON: I will be singing that song BLADE: What can you tell us about
angle and every possible setup. And you always tell them anytime they need me, Im and its funny, I dont think of it in terms it? Are you lming it now?
know, its awkward and its funny and its there. I tried to make it work the last couple of wine or alcohol at all. Its about JACKSON: No, its all done. I was doing
silly. I always try to look at things like that seasons but just lming-wise, its dicult to relationships and connection. I have my it while I was doing Horror Story so that
instead of trying to take it super seriously work out with Horror Story or whatever Im own personal things I pull from it, but was tricky going back and forth, but it was
like, Oh my God, I cant believe Im sitting doing but yeah, its so much fun. booze isnt one of them for sure. great. Its set in 1975 and its basically a show
here naked with Lady Gaga. I just kind about feminists with Alicia Silverstone, Mena
of ip it on its ear. Shes so great and a BLADE: What seems the most BLADE: American Horror Story: Suvari and Jennifer Bartels. I just saw the
friend and she made it very comfortable. dierent actually being there versus Cult is all about phobias. Do you have rst four episodes and Im happy to say its
But sometimes you do kind of snap and how it seems on TV? any? very good and very sweet. I play Mena
think, Whats happening here, and you JACKSON: Lots of things. For one thing, JACKSON: Not really. I dont like ying Suvaris boyfriend and I got some great cool
look around and there are, you know, 30 I think people dont always realize all the but I wouldnt say its a phobia. stu to work with. I got some secrets in my
people standing around with microphones judges see is whats on the main stage. life and, you know, its a fun departure for
and booms and lters and lights and its They dont see all the work room stu BLADE: Youve talked before about me. It was fun to look like my dad in the 70s.
nuts. Its a crazy thing but its what we do. the audience sees, all the bickering and what a pivotal wake-up call 9-11 was
ghting and backstory. The judges, all for you. Do you think its more than BLADE: What was it like lming
BLADE: Hotel had a lot more sex they have to go by is what they see on the coincidence that you did the United Cult since its been based so closely
than other season. Do you think it ever main stage and with the challenges. So if 93 movie years later? on recent events?
got gratuitous? it seems like Michelle Visage and Carson JACKSON: I have thought of that before JACKSON: I think it was fascinating
JACKSON: No. I feel like every season and everybody, if they seem especially and I denitely think it was meant to be my how Ryan harnessed that into the show.
is its own animal and theres a reason for harsh and honest, its because thats their rst feature lm. It was denitely kismet I think its really savvy and cool.
everything. I never really question what only time to see it and make it fair. So because the subject matter had been the
(creator/producer) Ryan (Murphy) wants thats what I found interesting. impetus for me to really move to New York BLADE: Which season has been your
or envisions. I trust him implicitly. Hes and start to make things happen at age 27. favorite to lm? Hotel, Roanoke or
hired me four times so its one of those BLADE: Are the acoustics at Carnegie Cult?
things where sometimes you wonder if Hall as legendary as everybody says BLADE: I dont mean to sound JACKSON: Cults my favorite. I really
you can do what hes asking but then you they are or is it pretty much like other obsequious but you must get hit on loved my character last year but I only
think, Well, if he thinks I can do it, that good halls? constantly, even if people dont know had a couple really great scenes to do and
means I can probably do it. Is the show JACKSON: I dont really remember if I who you are. That has to get old, right? Hotel has such a soft place in my heart
really violent sometimes? Yeah. Is it really noticed such a vast dierence because I JACKSON: Uhhh, I dont know that it because it was my rst one and, you
super, hyper sexual? Yeah. Is it dark and think I was just having such an out-of-body happens all the time. Im not trying to know, I loved who I worked with. But this
creepy and confrontational? Yeah, but experience and trying to wrap my brain be fake modest. I mean, I denitely season is my favorite as far as the work
thats why its called American Horror around the fact that I was performing know when someone is hitting on me Ive been able to do.
Story and, you know, thats why my mom at Carnegie Hall. I just remember that it and it feels great. Who doesnt like to be
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