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An interview with Vincent Gray
Gray promises to fight hate crimes, AIDS
Council chair won’t defer to police chief on gay liaison unit
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series featuring exclusive interviews with the two leading Democratic candidates for mayor. An interview with Mayor Adrian Fenty was published last week and is available online. By LOU CHIBBARO JR. email@example.com D.C. City Council Chairman Vincent Gray said that, if elected mayor, he would take a more aggressive approach to fighting hate crimes targeting LGBT people and would make HIV/AIDS prevention efforts one of his highest priorities. In an Aug. 20 interview with the Washington Blade, Gray also said he would take strong steps to address a wide range of issues of concern to local LGBT residents, including speaking out against efforts to overturn the city’s same-sex marriage law through a ballot initiative. Gray, the main rival to Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, challenged a position Fenty disclosed in a separate interview with the Blade — that he has deferred to Police Chief
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Cathy Lanier on her approach to decentralizing the department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit. Some LGBT activists have expressed support for the decentralization plan, which includes the creation of affiliate GLLU officers stationed throughout the city. But they have objected to Lanier’s decision to reduce the number of full-time GLLU officers assigned Continues on page 12
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‘I can’t remember the last time I missed participating in the Pride parade. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t involved in Black Pride activities,’ said D.C. City Council Chair Vincent Gray. ‘I’ve been a consistent supporter.’
Troop survey draws criticism
Advice for LGBT parents sending kids to school for the first time. Page 33
Activists assail ‘derogatory’ language in Pentagon questionnaire
By CHRIS JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org A new Pentagon study that aims to gather the views of military spouses on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal has invoked the ire of LGBT advocacy groups that are claiming bias in the questionnaire. According to the Defense Department, the survey went out Aug. 20 to 150,000 military households and is intended to inform the work of the Pentagon group working on a plan to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “We’re going to look at that
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information and develop an implementation plan for a possible repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” said Cynthia Smith, a Defense Department spokesperson. But LGBT rights groups advocating for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” say the survey questions are biased and assume a negative impact of repealing the 1993 law banning open service in the U.S. military. Among the survey questions are: • Has your spouse ever worked on a daily basis with an individual he or she believed to be a homosexual service member? • Compared with other service members in the community, how much did that service member participate in military social activities? Continues on page 14
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The Pentagon, under the direction of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, has distributed a second survey on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
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Gay comedian to entertain at Alston House benefit
D.C.-based gay standup comedian Sampson will entertain tonight at 10 p.m. at the D.C. Arts Center in Adams Morgan with his routine, “Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings.” Tickets are $15 and benefit the Wanda Alston House, Washington’s only home for homeless LGBT youth. Sampson, born Korrell McCormick, grew up in North Carolina, but has been in the D.C. area for 10 years. The 25year-old has been doing standup for about eight years and mixes social commentary with personal experiences about the foibles of the black and gay worlds, which often collide, a point he uses for comedic effect. He performs in straight and gay venues alike and says it hasn’t been a problem. “I’m just as funny as some of the straight comedians,” he says. “I don’t use the N-word and a bunch of [expletives]. It’s a different perspective, being openly gay. I can get away with more. Even flirting with men in the audience. Even the straight ones. They’re there to laugh and have fun, so they just go with it.” Sampson, who has performed at Titan, Town, EFN Lounge and Phase 1, says tonight’s performance is inspired by his sense of activism. But how does he balance the seriousness of his convictions with the lighthearted approach of a comedian? “I still don’t know,” he admits. “Honesty can be very funny and open a lot of dialogue through pointing out the absurd. That’s what makes it funny. People don’t stop to examine how they sound.” Brian Watson, who oversees Wanda’s House as a division of Transgender Health Empowerment, says the benefit was Sampson’s idea. Watson says he’s grateful for the aid. “Things are going OK at the House, but we received a budget cut last year and are expecting one this year also,” he said. “Due to limited income this year, we aren’t even having our annual anniversary reception usually held in September.” Watson said the House is full and has “a good group of kids,” but Transgender Health Empowerment will have to close its trans drop-in center on New York Avenue, N.W., this year because of the lack of funding through D.C. City Council members’ earmarks, which helped keep the drop-in center’s doors open. Tickets for tonight’s performance can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 202-462-7833. Guests are asked to arrive around 9:45 p.m. JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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Following the closure of EFN Lounge/Motley Bar, the Tuesday night packing parties for the FUK!T condom distribution campaign moved to Green Lantern.
Bears roam among 3 bars after Motley closes abruptly
Condom packing parties move to Green Lantern
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO email@example.com All the groups that used EFN Lounge/Motley Bar as a meeting place have found new homes, although the sudden closure of the former BeBar space may have caused one of the groups to splinter. The only groups that were meeting at EFN before its sudden closure Aug. 16 were the Tuesday night packing parties for the FUK!T condom distribution campaign and the Friday night Bear Happy Hour. Event promoter Jacob Pring, who used to hold several events at EFN, had already relocated his CODE and POZ events to Green Lantern, another gay bar near Thomas Circle. Pring helped facilitate the relocations. The packing party — an event that had been held at Motley, EFN’s upstairs space, since October and involved volunteers filling small plastic bags with condoms, lube and safe-sex information for distribution at local gay bars and restaurants — missed its Aug. 14 party as it had less than 24 hours notice of the bar’s closure. But the event returned this week at its new home in the upstairs of Green Lantern. Owner Greg Zehn said he’s happy to have them. “There’s no charge,” he said. “Any community group or nonprofit that wants to meet there, they can use it for their meetings. If it’s just sitting there empty, and I don’t have the upstairs open on Monday or Tuesday nights, I don’t mind letting them use it at all. I’m happy to help.” The D.C. Center, the city’s LGBT community center that recently relocated to a storefront location at 1318 U Street, N.W., is also holding its Bears Do Yoga classes at Green Lantern on Mondays as the new U Street location wasn’t conducive to yoga. “I think they had it there once and it just didn’t work well,” Zehn said. As news of EFN’s closure started spreading Aug. 13, the groups began to brainstorm ideas about where they could relocate. Pring helped Dan O’Neill and Terry Gerace, organizers of the FUK!T campaign, make arrangements with Zehn. Others in the bear community also helped facilitate connections. “We were lucky,” Gerace said. “[Green Lantern] stepped right up for us. It was much easier than I anticipated.” Gerace learned of EFN’s closure during a call from EFN bartender Matt Bamford, who also volunteers with FUK!T. “He said, ‘You better come pick up the dispenser,’” Gerace said. “We had stuff stored there. It came as a total surprise. They could have handled that a little better. It was bad for us, but 10 times worse for the staff.” The FUK!T campaign is in transition in other ways. Wednesday night parties that had been held at Mova, formerly known as Halo, is on hiatus. O’Neill said Mova’s impending move was a factor, but he also is going to medical school and needed to step back. A $60,000 grant from the D.C. Department of Health, though, should enable the campaign to continue. O’Neill and Gerace plan to hire a part-time employee to oversee the packing parties, which produce anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 packets to distribute in local gay bars and restaurants each weekend. Gerace and O’Neill are hoping to expand the effort’s reach with the grant money. “It’s critical that the community plays a role in this,” O’Neill said. “It allows them to have ownership, but it’s an integrated intervention. While people are providing the kits, they’re also learning about safe-sex practices themselves and helping their fellow gay men be less prone to engage in unsafe sex themselves. It adds ownership and we really rely on the community to supply these kits. “EFN Lounge provided a critical role and we’re sorry to see that go, but we’re looking to expand to additional nights and would love to have other bars and community organizations participate beyond just a place for us to pack kits.” The transition has been a bit murkier for the bears. Some competition has emerged for the coveted bear Friday evening crowd, a large informal group of gay men who jammed Motley every Friday. The crowd often spilled downstairs to EFN and made Fridays easily the bar’s most popular night in recent months. The bears had met at Motley since May 2009 when Nicholas Baatz, a Motley bartender, organized it as a gathering spot. Before Continues on page 16
Two gay men punched en route to U Street bar
A gay man who was walking along the U Street corridor with another gay man toward Nellie’s on Aug. 20 was attacked at about 11:30 p.m., one of the men told the Blade. And minutes after being punched, the man said, they encountered another gay man who also was attacked. The gay man who wasn’t attacked, a 27-year-old Columbia Heights resident who asked not to be identified because he does security work for an overseas non-profit, said he and his friend, who’s 31, had met on the corner of 14th and U streets, N.W., and were walking east on U Street when the attack happened near the Rite Aid between 13th and 14th streets. “There were tons and tons of people out,” said the man who wasn’t attacked. “We were just walking and talking, passing tons of people, and all of a sudden I saw someone turn around and I had that ‘something’s not right’ feeling really quickly. “They hit my friend on the side of the head. … My friend turned and was like, ‘What happened?’ and was looking to see, and the same person and one other person threw a couple more punches and then it just kind of ended itself. I got my friend sort of distanced away enough and those people kept walking.” The man who wasn’t attacked said the group consisted of three young black men and two young black women whom he guessed were either coming or going from one of the straight bars on U Street. He said the group didn’t say anything to them or appear to be trying to rob them. Continues on page 13
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D.C. campaign notebook
Mendelson could face Mayoral candidate calls for putting 2nd gay challenger
HIV status on driver’s licenses
D.C. mayoral candidate Leo Alexander startled some attendees of an Aug. 11 candidates’ forum focusing on HIV/AIDS when he said he’s considering pushing a requirement that the HIV status of D.C. residents be disclosed on their driver’s license. “We have to treat this as an epidemic and do what’s necessary to address it,” he said. Mayor Adrian Fenty did not attend the forum and City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, Fenty’s main rival, arrived at the forum a few minutes after Alexander mentioned his HIV driver’s license proposal. Two other mayoral candidates present when Alexander raised the issue, Sulaimon Brown and Ernest Johnson, did not comment on the proposal. About 100 people attended the forum, which was organized by local HIV/AIDS groups D.C. Fights Back and AIDSvote.org. It was held at the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. Christine Campbell, vice president for national advocacy and organizing for AIDS group Housing Works, and Ron McInnis, an official with the International AIDS Society, moderated the forum and asked the candidates questions before opening the event to questions from the audience. “That’s scary,” said Campbell
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Leo Alexander, a candidate for D.C. mayor, is considering pushing a regulation that would force driver’s licenses to display the bearer’s HIV status. after the forum, in discussing Alexander’s call for placing a person’s HIV-positive status on their driver’s license. “He seemed to be very serious about that.” Existing city law prohibits the Department of Health from publicly disclosing tests results for any sexually transmitted disease, including HIV. All four candidates present, including Gray, expressed strong support for strengthening the city’s programs combating AIDS. When one questioner asked the candidates how they would implement the city’s participation in President Obama’s recently released National HIV/AIDS
Strategy, Johnson said, “I don’t even know what it is, but I will make it better in D.C.” Saying he would find out what the Obama strategy is all about, he added, “I know people appreciate honesty.” Gray said he would build on the D.C. HIV prevention and testing strategies developed by Dr. Shannon Hader, director of the city’s HIV/AIDS Administration under Fenty, saying the epidemiological “tracking” Hader developed for HIV in the District has worked well. Hader resigned from her post earlier this year, triggering speculation that she had irreconcilable disagreements with the head of the city’s Department of Health, Dr. Pierre Vigilance, and that Fenty sided with Vigilance. Hader has said she left the AIDS agency to take a new job with an international health foundation. Hader attended the Aug. 11 forum but didn’t speak. “I feel that the candidates, while they know some about HIV and AIDS, that there is no real depth and they don’t have a lot of plans,” Campbell said. “I think that Vincent Gray was probably more well versed in the issues simply because he has had to deal with it in some of his previous positions,” she said. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
It’s widely known that D.C. City Council member Phil Mendelson, a longtime supporter of the LGBT community, is being challenged by Clark Ray, the gay former director of the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. But in a little-noticed development, Mendelson could face yet another gay challenger in the November general election. Darryl Moch, an ordained minister and assistant pastor at D.C.’s gay-oriented Inner Light Ministries, is one of two candidates running for the at-large seat in the Statehood Green Party primary. If Mendelson wins the Democratic primary and Moch defeats rival David Schwartzman in the Statehood Green primary, the two will go against each other in the general election. No Republican candidate is running for the seat. Moch told the Blade earlier this month that he’s running as an openly gay candidate with a focus on his party’s longtime mission: to secure congressional voting rights and eventual statehood for the District of Columbia. He said he would be an aggressive supporter of LGBT issues on the Council and is a strong backer of the city’s same-sex marriage equality law. “Overcoming the divisions that exist among religious, social and cultural groups is paramount,” Moch says on his campaign website, darryl4dc.com. “I believe that bridging those divides will improve the quality of life for everyone and ultimately, the disadvantaged residents within a community.” Moch also serves as executive director of the Labor Heritage Foundation, a D.C.-based non-profit group. In addition to Ray and Moch, three other out gay candidates are running in the Sept. 14 primary. D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is considered the favorite to win in the primary and the November general election. Gay Republican Marc Morgan, who is running unopposed in the GOP primary in September, is expected to face an uphill fight against Graham in the November general election. Gay Republican Timothy Day is running unopposed in the GOP primary in Ward 5. He is expected to be the general election rival of incumbent Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas, who is considered the favorite in the Democratic primary. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
GLAA candidate rankings to come
The Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance met Tuesday night in the National Press Building to rank candidates running for local office. The rankings were not immediately available. Look in next week’s edition for details of how the local candidates fared. GLAA sends questionnaires to candidates for local office and ranks them based on their responses — or lack thereof — to various questions concerning LGBT issues and other topics. Seventeen candidates responded, including D.C. City Council incumbents Mary Cheh, Harry Thomas, Jim Graham, Phil Mendelson, Tommy Wells and Kwame Brown; Council hopefuls Marc Morgan, Bryan Weaver, Darryl Moch, David Schwartzman, Clark Ray, Vincent Orange, Dorothy Douglas, Tim Day and Tracey Turner; and D.C. mayoral frontrunners Vince Gray and incumbent Adrian Fenty.
Kwame Brown takes gay bar tour, attends drag show
D.C. City Council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large), who is running in a hotly contested race for the Council Chairman’s seat, took his campaign on a gay bar tour Aug. 14 with campaign adviser and longtime gay activist Phil Pannell at his side. Brown began his tour at Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street, N.W., and made visits to the D.C. Eagle downtown; Remington’s, Phase One and Bachelors Mill on Capitol Hill; and Ziegfeld’s in Southwest before going to Lace and Delta Elite in Northeast. With Pannell and other cam- Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key paign workers seated beside him, Brown watched Ziegfeld’s Kwame Brown drag show, with female illusionist Donnell Robinson, who performs as Ella Fitzgerald, leading a group of drag performers. At least two of the performers had “Kwame Brown” stickers attached to their sequined gowns. “It’s great to get out in the community and visit our local businesses that provide jobs and support the community, every community,” Brown said. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance members Craig Howell and Rick Rosendall share a toast during Tuesday’s candidate ranking meeting. Frank Kameny is at left. GLAA members Rick Rosendall, Craig Howell, Frank Kameny, Ron Swanda, Geri Hughes, Cartwright Moore, Barrett Brick, Miguel Tuason and Bob Summersgill pored over the responses to determine the rankings. JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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Investors urge Target to look at political giving
MINNEAPOLIS — A few Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. institutional shareholders weighed in April 19 on the flap over the companies’ political donations in Minnesota, urging the boards of both retailers to increase their oversight of campaign contributions. The Associated Press reported that Walden Asset Management and Trillium Asset Management Corp., both of Boston, and Bethesda, Md.-based Calvert Asset Management Co. filed shareholder resolutions with both companies. Together, the three firms control less than 1 percent of each company’s outstanding shares — 1.1 million Target shares worth $57.5 million and 344,000 Best Buy shares worth $11.3 million — but they are moving the debate over the political giving to a new arena. Target gave $150,000 and Best Buy $100,000 to a business-focused political Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key fund helping a conservative Republican Shareholders of Target and Best Buy gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, trigare asking the companies to increase gering a national backlash from LGBT rights their oversight of campaign contribu- groups. The companies made the donations tions following donations to an anti-gay after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling freed them to spend corporate funds on Minnesota gubernatorial candidate. elections. The candidate, state legislator Tom Emmer, opposes marriage equality and other rights for same-sex couples. “A good corporate political contribution policy should prevent the kind of debacle Target and Best Buy walked into,” the Associated Press reported Trillium vice president Shelley Alpern as saying. “We expect companies to evaluate candidates based upon the range of their positions — not simply one area — and assess whether they are in alignment with their core values. But these companies’ policies are clearly lacking that.” The shareholders said the donations don’t mesh with corporate values that include workplace protections for gay employees and risk harming the companies’ brands. Walden senior vice president Tim Smith said such giving can have “a major negative impact on company reputations and business,” according to the Associated Press. The Target resolution urges the board to review the effect of future political contributions on the company’s public image, sales and profitability and to consider the cost of backing a candidate whose politics conflict with the company’s public stances. Spokeswoman Amy Reilly said Minneapolis-based Target had nothing to add to previous statements on the matter, including an apology from Chief Executive Officer Gregg Steinhafel. A spokeswoman for Richfield, Minn.-based Best Buy didn’t immediately respond to a message.
Obama names gay man to HHS in recess appointment
By CHRIS JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org President Obama last week made a recess appointment for a gay presidential nominee awaiting confirmation to a highlevel position at the Department of Health & Human Services. The president appointed Richard Sorian as assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Health & Human Services, along with three other nominees. The recess appointment enables the appointees to take their positions in the Obama administration without having to go through Senate confirmation. “At a time when our nation faces so many pressing challenges, I urge members of the Senate to stop playing politics with our highly qualified nominees, and fulfill their responsibilities of advice and consent,” Obama said in a statement. “Until they do, I reserve the right to act within my authority to do what is best for the American people.” Sorian was among three openly gay presidential nominees awaiting Senate confirmation to their positions. The other openly gay nominees who have yet to receive confirmation are Michael Camunez, who was nominated to become assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance, and Beatrice Hanson, who was nominated to become director of the Justice Department’s Office of Victims of Crime. Prior to his presidential appointment, Sorian was vice president for public policy and external relations for the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Before that role, Sorian was director of public affairs for the Center for Studying Health System Change and a project director at the Georgetown University Institute for Health Care Research & Policy.
Antiwar activists rally around suspected leaker
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The gay Army private suspected in one of the largest unauthorized disclosures of classified information in U.S. history has become a hero to many anti-war activists who have joined an international effort to free him. According to the Associated Press, at demonstrations this month in New York, Oklahoma City and Quantico, Va., where Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is being held, dozens of supporters have shouted, “Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime.” The same slogan appears beside Manning’s smiling face on buttons and posters offered by Courage to Resist, an Oakland, Calif.-based support group for U.S. troops who refuse to fight. The group has raised about $45,000 from nearly 750 people in 18 countries to help pay for a civilian defense lawyer for Manning, project director Jeff Paterson told the Associated Press. “I think we have an imperative to support those people who’ve seen the horrors of battle and want to share that reality with the American people,” Paterson said. Manning, 22, a former intelligence analyst in Baghdad, faces possible court-martial on charges that he illegally downloaded classified material. If tried and convicted, he could be sentenced to 52 years in prison. The material he allegedly leaked included 2007 video of a laughing U.S. Apache helicopter crew gunning down 11 men who were later found to include a Reuters news photographer and his driver. The Pentagon concluded the troops acted appropriately. The video was posted in April on WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website, and labeled “Collateral Murder.”
Trial set for minister who performed same-sex weddings
SAN FRANCISCO — A retired Presbyterian minister is facing a church trial for marrying same-sex couples during the brief period when it was legal in California. The Rev. Jane Spahr has been accused of publicly, intentionally and repeatedly violating church doctrine when she presided at the weddings of 16 couples between June and November of 2008. The Associated Press reported that 11 of the couples were expected to testify as witnesses at the trial that was to begin this week at the Presbytery of the Redwoods in Napa. It’s the second time the 67-year-old Spahr has faced sanctions from the Presbyterian Church, according to the Associated Press. A regional church court convicted her in 2007 for marrying two lesbian couples, but the church’s top court later acquitted her, saying the ceremonies were not real marriages.
Bradley Manning The Pentagon suspects Manning is also the source of 77,000 classified Afghan war reports that WikiLeaks posted in July and 15,000 more such documents that WikiLeaks says it intends to publish in coming weeks. U.S. officials say the disclosures have endangered innocent people or confidential informants. Manning, a native of Crescent, Okla., who lived in Potomac, Md. before joining the Army, has been assigned military lawyers who declined to comment on the charges. According to the Associated Press, he has not yet retained a civilian attorney. He was arrested in May after telling an online confidant, who later turned him in to authorities, that he had sent classified information to WikiLeaks.
Ricky Martin’s autobiography dueYORK November release his memoir titled simply “Me” on in — Ricky Martin is set to NEW
Nov. 2. The Associated Press reported the book will also be released in Spanish the same day. That edition will be titled “Yo,” which is Spanish for “I” and “me.” Martin has said that preparing to write the book was one of the reasons he decided to reveal earlier this year that he is gay. Martin said in a statement Thursday that the project led him to extract memories that he had erased from his mind. He says the book was not easy but allowed for an “incredible spiritual journey.”
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Gay candidate in Fla. loses bid for Congress
Galvin, Flippen fail to win Democratic nods
By CHRIS JOHNSON email@example.com Florida’s primaries on Tuesday brought unwelcome ends for two high-profile gay candidates seeking office. Scott Galvin, a North Miami City Council member, lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to represent Florida’s 17th congressional district in the U.S. House. He was among nine Democratic candidates seeking the nomination in the primary to pursue a run for Congress. The victor was Frederica Wilson, a state senator who received almost 35 percent of the vote. In comparison, Galvin received about 6 percent of the vote. The number of votes he received placed him eighth among the nine candidates. Galvin said he lost because Wilson “decimated the field” with a strong campaign and because she had the support of the district. “There was nobody even close to her,” he said. “She clearly ran a very good campaign that reflected her standing in the community.” Denis Dison, spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which endorsed Galvin in his bid, attributed the loss in part to the amount of money that opponents funneled into the race during its final weeks. “It was one of those situations where you could see a path to victory if certain things fell the right way, and so that’s why he earned our endorsement,” Dison said. “Unfortunately, there was a ton of money dumped into the race in the last few weeks.” Dison noted that Rudolph Moise, another Democratic candidate who lost the primary, put $1 million of own money into the race. Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, said many things needed to happen for Galvin to have won the primary. She noted the vote would have had to split almost uniformly among the candidates, and Galvin would have needed an extraordinary turnout of supporters. “I think he executed the things that were in his control, and the things that got in his way were outside of his field,” she said. Another factor that Dison said contributed to Galvin’s loss was that he was the only white candidate among nine choices in a largely Haitian-American district. No Republican candidate has filed to run in the general election in this Democratic-safe seat, so Wilson is now the presumptive U.S. House member in the district. In another Florida race, Justin Flippen, a tourism project coordinator for the Fort Lauderdale area, lost the Democratic nomination to run for a state legislative seat representing a district in South Florida. The incumbent Democratic legislator in the race, Gwyndolen Clarke-Reid, captured almost 56 percent of the vote, while Flippen took 44 percent. Flippen said he pursued a run against Clarke-Reid because she wasn’t faithful to the principles of the Democratic Party as a lawmaker and didn’t back proLGBT legislation. Dison speculated that Flippen’s loss was in part the result of the significant amount of money Clarke-Reid raised, some of which Dison said came from anti-gay contributors. “She certainly had the money to compete,” Dison said. “She is the incumbent, so there was a bit of an advantage there.” Although Flippen lost, Smith said he did a “fantastic job” in his campaign and noted he came within a small margin of victory: 334 votes. Additionally, Smith noted that Flippen’s entrance into the race prompted ClarkeReid to become a co-sponsor of additional pro-LGBT bills in the state legislature. Despite the losses by Galvin and Flippen, Smith said the election on the whole was “a terrific night” for pro-LGBT candidates and a negative one for anti-gay candidates. In the race for the Republican nomination to become the next Florida governor, state Attorney General Bill McCollum, who supported efforts to keep adoption by gays illegal in Florida, lost his bid to former health-care executive Rick Scott. Additionally, state Sen. Dan Gilbert, who championed antibullying legislation in the state legislature, won the Democratic nomination to become Florida’s next attorney general over state Sen. Dave Aronberg. “We endorsed [Gilbert] when the other Democrat was considered the favorite,” Smith said. “And he absolutely just cleared the board.” Gay candidates running in other states found success Tuesday. Jack Jackson, Jr., who’s gay and a member of the Navajo Nation, won a three-way race for a seat in the Arizona Senate. Steve Howard, who’s gay, won the Democratic nomination to become Vermont’s next lieutenant governor.
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Gray aims to strengthen D.C. police’s GLLU
Continued from page 1 to its headquarters and to end the practice of assigning a police sergeant to head the unit as his or her sole responsibility. At a time when a disproportionate number of the hate crimes in the city are being committed against LGBT people, officials with Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence and other activists have said the GLLU’s headquarters staff of full-time, highly trained officers should not be reduced. “I don’t think it should be an either-or proposition,” Gray told the Blade, saying a decentralized GLLU with trained affiliate officers should compliment a fully staffed headquarters office. “I think it’s been very effective in establishing relationships and addressing issues, especially looking at hate crimes and [the] underlying reasons for those hate crimes,” he said. “And I think this is a policy position on how we propose to address the issues that affect a very important part of our community. So it’s not something that I would defer on,” he said. “It’s something I certainly would work with the chief on obviously because the chief is the person who has to implement it. “But I think people expect people in the mayoral position, the Council chair position, to have positions on issues and then work to see that they’re implemented.” Gray has declined to say whether he would replace Lanier or other high-level Fenty appointees, noting it would not be appropriate to make those decisions until after the election. Fenty acknowledged in his interview with the Blade that he hadn’t been as visible as he should have been in the LGBT community, including attending LGBT events and speaking out more on issues such as hate crimes. Fenty vowed to be much more visible in the community if elected to another term. But some of Fenty’s LGBT supporters, including former Lambda Rising Bookstore owner Deacon Maccubbin, have leveled the same criticism against Gray, saying that up until the time Gray decided to run for mayor, he also had not been visible or attended many events in the LGBT community. “I’m sure they would say that because they’re his supporters,” Gray said. “I can’t remember the last time I missed participating in the Pride parade. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t involved in Black Pride activities. So it’s understandable that his supporters would make a statement like that, but they’re wrong.” Following are excerpts of the Blade’s interview with Gray. Visit washingtonblade.com for the full transcript and a video of the interview. Washington Blade: You and Mayor Fenty have a record of support on LGBT issues and you voted for and the mayor signed the same-sex marriage equality bill. What, if anything, would you do differently from Mayor Fenty and the Fenty administration relating to LGBT issues? Vincent Gray: Well, I certainly want to make sure that I continue my aggressive support that has been there as a Ward 7 Council member and as Council Chairman. Certainly, you can be absolutely sure that we won’t be extending proclamations or any kind of resolutions or proclamations that are anti-LGBT on issues that are important to the LGBT community. I spoke out on that when it occurred. Also, I’m supportive of stepped up efforts on hate crimes. I think it’s fairly clear now that a disproportionately large number of hate crimes in the city have been focused on members of the LGBT community. And I think a related matter is what we do with the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit. The mayor and his administration have moved to deploy those members out to other areas of the police force. And they’ve talked about doing more sensitivity training with the officers on our police force. I don’t think it should be an either-or proposition. I think the GLLU has demonstrated its effectiveness in, one, getting to know the issues affecting the GLBT community. I think it’s been very effective in establishing relationships and addressing issues, especially looking at hate crimes and [the] underlying reasons for those hate crimes. So not only will I retain the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, I want to hire a sergeant who will really be responsible for managing that unit or have one deployed there. In addition to that, I do support sensitivity training, but I don’t think it should be one or the other. I think it should be both. In fact, I think the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit really ought to be the place where we develop the expertise, retain the expertise and see that they spearhead the training of other officers in conjunction with the [Mayor’s] Office of GLBT Affairs. Blade: When we asked the mayor about the GLLU earlier this week, he said he wants to defer to Chief Cathy Lanier on this because she’s the expert on policing strategy and politicians shouldn’t be intruding on these matters. He said the chief has done an excellent job on all police matters and if she wants to make these changes with the GLLU, he supports her decision to do so. Gray: I think people expect leadership. And certainly you don’t want to get down and start micromanaging agencies. I would never do that and I’ve never done that in my life. But people come to these positions as the mayor as the leader of the city. And we are expected to and it’s appropriate that we have policy positions. And I think this is a policy position on how we propose to address the issues that affect a very important part of our community. So it’s not something that I would defer on. It’s something I certainly would work with the chief on, obviously, because the chief is the person who has to implement it. But I think people expect people in the mayoral position, the Council chair position to have positions on issues and then work to see that they’re implemented. Blade: One of the things we asked the mayor about is that there have been complaints by some in the LGBT community that he hasn’t been visible enough in the community. He told us, as he’s been saying on the campaign trail, that he acknowledges he hasn’t been visible enough in the community and he promises he’ll be much more visible in his second term. But on the other hand, some of his supporters have told us that until you decided to run for mayor, they don’t recall having seen you at many LGBT meetings and events, either. Gray: I’m sure they would say that because they’re his supporters. I have been a consistent supporter of the GLBT community. I’ve been a consistent supporter focusing on an issue, which we know affects the GLBT community, and that is HIV/AIDS. I can’t remember the last time I missed participating in the Pride parade. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t involved in Black Pride activities. I’ve been a consistent supporter. So it’s understandable that his supporters would make a statement like that, but they’re wrong. Blade: On the marriage question, if opponents of same-sex marriage succeed through a court order to force a ballot measure allowing voters to decide whether to overturn the same-sex marriage law, what would you say to the voters on that? Would you campaign to keep the law on the books? Gray: I’ve been very clear about my unequivocal support for marriage equality. I have stood strong, I have stood fast and I will continue to do that in the belief that the Council clearly had the authority as elective representatives of the people — that we have a very strong human rights law in the District of Columbia that makes it clear that we shouldn’t put anything out before the people that would actually take rights away from folks … and that’s been corroborated by the courts. So I would continue to be as strong as I have been in the past in supporting marriage equality. Blade: Do you think it would be a very acrimonious campaign? Gray: Oh, I think it could well be. This is an acrimonious issue. I think we’re fortunate that it hasn’t been more acrimonious than it probably could be. It’s clear that all along the way, every step of the way, that the support has been there for moving forward with this issue. But I don’t think that that will stop those who are opposed to it. Certainly, the victory in California where the proposition there was not supported by the courts — I think we’re in the forefront of change. And what’s going on here eventually will move across the country and I think there will come a day in this nation where people will raise questions about what was this all about. Blade: On the issue of AIDS, what would you do differently to fight the AIDS epidemic in the city than the current administration? Gray: Well, first of all, I’ve been a very strong — as the director of Human Services, I was the director that created the first agency on HIV/AIDS. I was also the director of Human Services when we created the first five-year strategic plan. So I have a track record that long predates this administration in support of this issue. As the Council member of Ward 7, I was responsible for developing what initially was called the Ward 7 Initiative. Then it became East of the River Initiative and now it’s the Effi-Barry Initiative, which focuses on putting more resources into East of the River communities where the epidemic is growing — or pandemic — is growing the fastest. One of the ideas behind this was to build the capacity of organizations that are not traditionally known as HIV/AIDS agencies so that we increase the arsenal of organizations that are focusing on this. So frankly, [I] would build on the initiative that I have been a proponent, architect of, advocate for long predating this administration. We don’t have a permanent AIDS, HAHSTA [HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Disease & Tuberculosis Administration] director at this stage. I’d get the best person we possibly can get into that job and make it clear that it is a priority of the Gray administration. I’d work more with our traditional institutions. We need to do more in our schools to educate our kids. As we talk about health issues in the schools, we need to help kids understand what the virus is, how it’s transmitted and the reality that it’s beyond — way beyond at this stage — the old saw of men having sex with men. It’s well beyond that. It’s heterosexual transmission at this stage. We’ve got people coming out of correctional institutions who return to relationships and transmit the virus, IV drug use. I was a huge proponent of condom distribution as well as needle distribution. As director of the Department of Human Services, we were foreclosed for many years from funding a needle distribution program in the city with public dollars because of congressional interference in our efforts here in the city. We’ve now gotten past that. We need to have the most aggressive needle exchange, needle distribution program. It’s been proven to work in cities across America. I think we may have as much as 250 cities now that have needle exchange programs. We were one of the early ones. We had to do it through Prevention Works, which is a privately supported effort. So much of what I would support, frankly, represents those things that I’ve been doing for years and have been in the forefront of and long pre-date this administration’s efforts. Some of what this administration is doing is building upon things that I started. Blade: You mentioned that we don’t have a permanent director of the AIDS office at the moment. Dr. Shannon Hader, who was the director of that agency, resigned abruptly earlier this year. Some are speculating that she left over an irreconcilable disagreement with the director of the Department of Health, Dr. Pierre Vigilance, and the mayor sided with him. Council member David Catania has said her departure will adversely impact the AIDS office in the short term. Do you have any thoughts on this or any idea why she left? Gray: I really don’t. I’ve heard the same things that you cited. I don’t have first-hand knowledge of that. I do know that Dr. Hader is an internationally respected professional who certainly has some demonstrable contributions to the fight against this condition and the development of our capacity to fight this condition. But, again, I don’t know firsthand the reason why she left. Story continues at washingtonblade.com.
Continued from page 4 He said one man in the group was “thin and wiry.” Another was “heftier,” and a third was a “bigger guy” with shoulder-length dreads who did most of the punching. He noted that there was no verbal exchange during the attack, but the two girls laughed while his friend was being punched. Seconds after the attack, another gay man approached them and asked if they’d been attacked, saying he had just been punched as well. The man who wasn’t attacked said the other gay man, whom he didn’t know, also was en route to Nellie’s when he was punched by the same group. They called police and waited together. Neither man who was attacked was seriously injured. The man who wasn’t attacked said he believes they were targeted because they are gay. “I don’t know for sure because they didn’t say anything, but there were so many people around, they could have caused problems with anyone, but we were attacked. Then like 15 seconds later another gay guy is attacked on the same block? There’s no doubt in my mind that’s what it was.” Police arrested Tracee Freeman on Aug. 20 on simple assault and hate crime charges stemming from an incident at 1448 U Street at 11:16 p.m. that day. It wasn’t immediately clear if the incident tied to Freeman’s arrest was the same attack reported above or another attack. The victim cited in the police report said Freeman punched him in the chest and called him a faggot, according to the report. JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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‘Housewives’ charity event a bust
A party for “Real Housewives of D.C.” held at the now-closed EFN Lounge on Aug. 5 with show stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi raised no money for an AIDS charity. Ads for the event said an unspecified portion of the proceeds would be given to Dab the AIDS Bear Project, an organization that, according to its founder, works in collaboration with the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, a registered 501c3 organization. The Blade could not independently confirm the connection between the two organizations before deadline, but Dab Garner, founder and CEO of Dab the AIDS Bear Project said Howard Cromwell, a gay Washingtonian who publishes D.C.’s Most Fabulous Magazine, told him that the event, was not successful and therefore no donation would be made. Cromwell, who asked that questions about the event be submitted via e-mail and then did not respond, told Garner in an e-mail dated Aug. 12 that he couldn’t send any money to the charity because the event was not profitable. “The goal was to donate 40 percent of the profit to each organization,” Cromwell wrote in the e-mail, which Garner shared with the Blade. “Unfortunately, we did not pull a profit from this event as expected. We barely broke even. Even though this event wasn’t financially successful for the charity organizations involved, we feel that it was still a huge success media-wise shedding a national spotlight on your organization.” Garner said he sent teddy bears for the housewives to pose with for publicity shots at the party, but Michaele Salahi was the only cast member to attend. Other cast members attended a separate and official premiere party for the show. Cromwell, Garner said, forgot to bring the teddy bears to the party and hasn’t returned them. Garner uses the teddy bears to promote his charity. Garner, a 29-year HIV survivor, met Cromwell last year at an AIDS Drug Assistance Program Summit in Washington and said Cromwell approached his organization about being a benefactor of the “Housewives” party. Other groups appear to have also been jilted. The New York Post reported that Honor & Remember was to receive 40 percent of the profits from Cromwell’s event, but also was told the event made no money so no donation would be given. Staff at Honor & Remember did not respond to the Blade’s requests for comment. Tickets for Cromwell’s party ranged from $25 to $500. Bill Gray, who was manager of EFN Lounge at the time of the event and on scene that night, said the event seemed chaotic. “They comped most of the tickets for press and their friends,” he said. “It seemed like a joke.” JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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An Aug. 5 ‘Real Housewives’ party hosted by Tareq and Michaele Salahi failed to turn a profit, meaning no money went to any of the charities named as beneficiaries in promotional materials for the event.
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New troop survey on ‘Don’t Ask’ draws criticism
Continued from page 1 • Would a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” affect your preference for your spouse’s plans for his or her future in the military? • Assume “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is repealed and you live in on-base housing. If a gay or lesbian service member lived in your neighborhood with their partner, would you stay on-base or would you try to move out? Alex Nicholson, executive director of the Servicemembers United, said Monday in a statement that the spousal survey was even more derogatory toward gay and lesbian personnel than a previous survey sent directly to U.S. troops. “While it is wise to solicit and consider military spouse input on policy changes that will have a major impact on military families, it is extremely unwise to do so for issues that have minimal impact on spouses while also using poorly designed, biased and derogatory survey instruments,” Nicholson said. Nicholson added that the Pentagon should be concerned with what he called “real family readiness issues,” such as excessive deployments, inadequate mental health support and low troop pay. Michael Cole, a Human Rights Campaign spokesperson, said in response to a Blade inquiry on the survey that his organization doesn’t believe the survey is necessary in the first place. “Gay and lesbian troops are serving now, albeit in silence,” Cole said. “Given that this entire process is about how, not if, to implement repeal, we look forward to the day sometime soon when all of these are non-issues to open service.” The spousal survey comes on the heels of another survey the Pentagon issued to 450,000 troops to collect their views on eliminating “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” According to the Pentagon, only about one-quarter of those surveys were returned by their due date on Aug. 25. Smith said the Pentagon received 110,000 of the 450,000 surveys it distributed. Nicholson said such a return rate shows troops have little interest in the survey and don’t care about changing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “While the Department of Defense and [survey coordinator] Westat are spinning the low response rate to the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ survey as expected and sufficient, neither are disclosing the fact that the military leaders have had to put significant pressure on troops on multiple occasions to even get this level of response,” Nicholson said. “Some commanders and senior leaders have even told subordinates that participation is mandatory.” Nicholson said the limited responses degrade of the credibility of the survey and “violate ethical standards that prevent researchers from compelling respondents to participate in survey research.” In addition to seeking input from military spouses, the Pentagon also is working with LGBT groups to find a way to obtain feedback from the samesex partners of U.S. service members without outing those troops under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Smith said the Pentagon is “currently in the process” of working with advocacy groups to determine how to reach out to partners of gay and lesbian service members. Trevor Thomas, spokesperson for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said SLDN is among the groups with which the Pentagon is consulting on this matter. “While there are legal questions and concerns around confidentiality, we’re working to find the safest approach possible and make sure their important voices are heard,” he said. fessionals and combat aviators. The report cites a Governmental Accountability Office study saying 757 troops with “critical occupations” were fired between fiscal years 1994 and 2003; • hampering recruitment and retention by shrinking the pool of potential enlistees for the U.S. military. The report cites a study from the Williams Institute at the University of California that says 41,000 qualified gay Americans may join the U.S. armed forces if the ban on open service were lifted; • imposing financial costs on the U.S. military. The report cites a 2005 GAO study saying “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has cost the military $190.5 million: $95.4 million to recruit replacements for service members separated under the policy and $95.1 million to train them; • wasting the time of officers who must investigate and discharge outed gay, lesbian and bisexual troops. In a statement, Nathaniel Frank, who wrote the report as a senior fellow at the Palm Center, said the work is intended to draw new attention to the damage that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” inflicts on the military.
Palm Center report shows ‘Don’t Ask’ costs
In a related development, the Palm Center, a think tank on gays in the military at the University of California, Santa Barbara, last week published a report outlining 12 “costs” of the law. The report, titled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Detailing the Damage,” cites several ways in which the U.S. military has been harmed as a result of having the law in place for 17 years. According to the report, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” harms the armed services by: • wasting the talents of essential personnel with critical skills who were fired for their sexual orientation, including Arabic language specialists, medical pro-
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D.C. gay bars vie for bear business
Continued from page 4 that, the bears had been meeting every Friday off and on at Cobalt, both before and after Titan/Ramrod opened and closed. Baatz, who’s known as Pup Charger in the bear community, tried to get the group somewhat more organized last year. “It had kind of been at Cobalt since Titan closed, really almost by default since it was the only space big enough with both floors,” Batz said. “I didn’t really have anything to do with it. I was just a participant, a normal customer, until Motley Bar opened. That’s when I started kind of trying to round everybody up and get solidified as a group and when we started coming together as a community. I kind of took the spearhead.” Bear Happy Hour at Motley typically drew about 300 people. The bear’s Facebook page, which has about 800 members, instructed those interested to go to Town, which agreed to open its doors early for the bears from 6 to 10 p.m. Baatz said the first week at Town went well. “They loved it, they really did,” he said of his fellow bears. “It was busy enough that it felt like we filled the entire downstairs, but there was still room to move. The energy was really high and everybody was in a really good mood. We were really disappointed when [Motley] closed and a lot [of them] were very kind of down. Their spirits were down before this was arranged and you could definitely see people were on edge.” But Zehn said quite a few from the bear crowd chose Green Lantern, which made efforts to woo the crowd, over Town. Pizza is served on Fridays at 8 p.m. for the bears and shirtless-bears-drinkfree specials are offered during certain hours. Last week’s event was touted as a fundraiser, with 10 percent of profits going to Brother Help Thyself, a local AIDS charity. And from 6-11 p.m. starting this Friday, Zehn is offering valet parking. “We’re definitely promoting Bear Happy Hour,” Zehn said. “They always wanted a larger space but sometimes a smaller space is cruisier.” Parking is a factor and perhaps one reason Bear Happy Hour worked well at Motley, which was on Ninth Street, N.W., near the Convention Center. The bar was a significant distance from Dupont and Logan circles and 17th Street, where many D.C. gay bars are located. “A lot of the bears are less urban — they come in from Maryland or Virginia, so parking was an issue,” Zehn said. “That’s why we’re trying the valet parking for just $8. If they show their claim ticket, they’ll get their first drink free.” Baatz said parking didn’t seem to be a problem near Town’s U Street corridor location. “Everybody I talked to said it wasn’t a problem because it was still early,” Baatz said. Cobalt attracted some bears with its usual Friday night happy hour, according to blog reports and Cobalt general manager Mark Rutstein, who said there had been discussions about the bear party possibly returning to Cobalt months before EFN closed. “I didn’t count, but based on sales, I’m guessing we had about 200 more than usual last Friday night,” Rutstein said. “We already had a pretty good Friday happy hour crowd anyway, so they kind of all mixed together. I think they missed Cobalt. So I think for the first few weeks it’s going to be them migrating between Green Lantern, Cobalt and probably ending up at Town. It was a revolving door here. I know that. But we also had a good amount who stayed the whole time.” The only thing different on Rutstein’s end was bringing in DJ Jim Gade, who formerly spun at Bear Happy Hours, to spin last weekend. He also spun at Motley for Bear Happy Hour. Rutstein said discussions on local bear blog sites have gotten a bit heated. “They manufactured that Cobalt doesn’t want the bears or doesn’t treat the bears right or only wants the bears for the money,” Rutstein said. “Well, you tell me any bar that doesn’t want business. So this guy Nick [Baatz] is saying he’s just doing it for the community or so he could hang out with his friends, but let’s be real. He was also going to be behind the bar and making money from tips, so it got real nasty.” Rutstein said he’d love to have the bears and is willing to make some provisions for them — smoking patio, games they’ve requested, a bear DJ — but not to the extent that other bars are doing. “Are we going to give away free pizza and dollar drafts?” he said. “Absolutely not. That doesn’t make any money for anybody, so I’ll leave that for the other bars.” And the plot may soon thicken. Some blogs said that during Bears Do Yoga on Monday, rumors circulated that Motley may reopen for Friday nights to accommodate the bears, and possibly for other, special events. Nothing could be confirmed before Blade deadline. And what of the EFN/Motley employees? Former assistant general manager Raven Cullen said most of the employees are still figuring out their next moves. “I think we’re all still in the process of where to go from here,” he said. “This was really just a few days ago that this all happened, so I think most people are still trying to figure out what they’re trying to do.”
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U.K. adoption charity can’t ban gay couples
LONDON — A Catholic adoption advisory service that refuses to help gay couples cannot win an exemption from antidiscrimination laws, Britain’s charity regulator said Aug. 19. The Associated Press reported that Catholic Care, a charity in Leeds, northern England, had argued that as a religious group it should be allowed to offer adoption-support services only to heterosexuals. It said its funding from the Roman Catholic church was dependent on its policy of helping only married heterosexual couples to adopt. In March, it won a High Court appeal of the original decision in the case, but Photo courtesy of Catholic Care, Diocese of Leeds in a final ruling Britain’s Charity Commission said the group’s policy A regulator has ruled that Catholic Care, an adopwas discriminatory and breached tion charity in England under the direction of European human rights laws. Bishop Arthur Roche, cannot be granted an The commission ordered the group exception from anti-discrimination laws. This to either cease its work to place chil- means the charity must either consider same-sex dren with adoptive parents or to abide couples as prospective parents or cease its worth. by equality laws — meaning it would need to consider gay couples as prospective parents. “The charity is very disappointed with the outcome, Catholic Care will now consider whether there is any other way in which the charity can continue to support families seeking to adopt children in need,” the group said in a statement. Andrew Hind, Charity Commission chief executive, said that under British equality laws there almost no circumstances in which organizations are allowed to discriminate on the basis of a person’s sexuality. “We have concluded that in this case the reasons Catholic Care have set out do not justify their wish to discriminate,” the Associated Press reported Hind as saying. Other Catholic agencies have either withdrawn from placing children or have cut their ties with the church since the British government imposed anti-discrimination rules in 2007. “The law is carefully weighted to balance the rights of organizations such as religious charities and the rights of minority groups such as those with a particular sexual orientation,” Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission said in a statement. “We believe the outcome in this case helps reinforce that balance.”
Germany considering income tax equality for same-sex couples
BERLIN — Germany’s justice minister says she is considering changes to income tax laws to iron out disadvantages for same-sex couples. Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told the Muenchner Merkur newspaper she thinks same-sex legal partners should be granted income tax breaks similar to those enjoyed by heterosexual married couples, the Associated Press reported Aug. 19. Germany’s highest court last week ruled that gay partners are entitled to the same inheritance tax privilege as heterosexual spouses. A decision on income tax rules is pending — a touchy issue as the constitution privileges marriage. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger says the government shouldn’t wait for the court’s decision as the direction of its rulings is clear.
Mexican Catholics, gay rights protesters face off over marriage
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Gay rights activists and a group of Roman Catholics in Mexico yelled insults at each other Sunday during dueling demonstrations over samesex marriage. Some 200 gay rights activists waved rainbow flags and held signs reading, “Thank God I’m gay” at a plaza next to the cathedral in Guadalajara, the Associated Press reported. A similar number of protesters opposed to marriage equality prayed at the cathedral’s doors. One of them ripped up a sign held by a gay rights activist, prompting screaming by both sides. It was the second confrontation in two days in Guadalajara, according to the Associated Press. Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez stirred controversy by suggesting Mexico’s Supreme Court was bribed to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by homosexual couples.
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Thrill of striking out on your own
Head of 360 Group relocated from Boston to build business in D.C.
By GARRETT PECK, J. MAX BARGER & ERNESTO SANTALLA Striking out on your own and moving to a new city where you know almost no one is a scary prospect for just about everyone. But that’s what James Jones, managing partner of 360 Sustainability Group, did when he moved to D.C. from Boston, just a year after founding the eight-person company. Jones had a leg-up in the community: several years ago he was the managing director of Boston’s version of CAGLCC. He immediately got involved in CAGLCC not only to build business opportunities, but also to build personal contacts and friendships. “I know what the chamber can do for your business,” Jones says. “I was new to the city – it is really a great avenue for me to get involved.” 360 is in the business of management consulting, centering on organizational development, communications, CSR and environmental sustainability. “We try to help organizations be more efficient, sustainable and socially engaged, but also develop an effective branding and communications strategy to get their message out,” Jones explains. They work with businesses and nonprofits of all sizes to help build a competitive advantage. Key to Jones’ work is building collaborative partnerships between stakeholders. “We really need to work together to improve our economy and address social issues. The government can’t do it alone; nor can corporations and non-profits. What we do at 360 is build partnerships and find solutions.” 360 is currently working with a national not-for-profit, helping them develop capacity-building strategies around corporate partnerships, board recruitment, organizational effectiveness and marketing. “I believe strongly in public service and being civically engaged,” Jones adds, who transitioned very quickly into the local community. “Washington is all about making a difference and that’s our mission at 360 – to make a difference.” Learn more about 360 Sustainability Group at 360sgroup.com. Contact James Jones at jjones@360SGroup.com. particularly for small businesses. However, he said, “Chairman Gray has more of a focus in this area. On the other hand, he is in a unique position to criticize the current administration.” Joe Kapp, of Lincoln Financial Advisors, noted the different views on the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit in the city’s police force. “Fenty thinks the unit can be dissolved and provide increased ‘sensitivity training’ to police officers. Gray thinks it’s possible to do both. Feeling safe and the success of businesses in neighborhoods where hate crimes have been committed go hand in hand.” Who is going to be the next Democratic candidate for D.C. mayor? If you’re voting Democratic and are decided or undecided, go to fentyreelect.com and vincegrayformayor.com to learn more about these candidates’ plans for D.C.’s future.
Fenty, Gray and CAGLCC
On Sept. 14, the Democratic mayoral primary decides who is most likely going to be D.C.’s next mayor. The top contenders for the job, incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent Gray, attended a Forum hosted by CAGLCC and DCMAP on Aug. 12 at the Washington Hilton. “This was the first time the LGBT community had a one-onone public forum with D.C. mayoral candidates,” observed Ken White, CAGLCC board president and vice president of Signal Financial Services. “LGBT business is significant in the D.C. metro area. We intend to engage political leaders in this type of dialogue on a regular basis.” Travis Slocum, a CAGLCC board member, notes both candidates’ platforms have plans in place for economic development in D.C.,
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CAGLCC supporter EPS Printing Solutions recently merged with Spectrum Printing and Graphics. Mike Larson, a CAGLCC board member, now devotes his
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Boycott politicians, not Target
Condemning a retailer while two-faced Democrats get a pass
By KEVIN NAFF The news that Target donated $150,000 to MN Forward, a group that supports Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer (who happens to oppose marriage equality), has triggered investor protests, extensive national media coverage and demonstrations at stores. Everyone loves a boycott! One group even protested inside a Target store and announced over a loud speaker, “When shopping at Target know that your money is fueling hate and discrimination. Today’s bigot special: two-ply toilet tissue, because when you’re full of shit like Target is, you need something to wipe the shame with.” Target is, well, an obvious target for such crude tactics, given that gay shoppers have embraced the trendy retailer over down-market rival Walmart. How could Target support “bigotry” after we bought all those iPods, stainless steel coffee makers and fabulous faux fur throws? The answer, of course, is that Target isn’t funding bigotry. In fact, HRC has lauded the company’s “model employment policies.” The donation was made to support a candidate who pledged to lower corporate taxes in Minnesota. The fact that Emmer opposes marriage equality was incidental and puts The only criteria needed to win the support of most LGBT state lobbyist groups like Equality Maryland is a pledge to be marginally better than the Republican. And so Democrats like O’Malley (and Obama) aren’t targeted with protests and boycotts, but rewarded with campaign cash and standing ovations. Meanwhile, misguided gay activists are invading Target stores to demand their equality. Even HRC got in on the act, holding negotiations with Target about making an equivalent $150,000 donation to a pro-LGBT organization, reportedly to OutFront Minnesota or Project 515, two state LGBT groups. Those talks broke down and the donation wasn’t made, prompting HRC to make its own $150,000 donation to pro-equality candidates. It’s an odd paradox: Why are we so quick to jump on a corporate boycott — even one targeting a high-profile gay-friendly business — yet when it comes to politicians, our advocates are just as quick to turn the other cheek? If the community at large could muster the indignation it has discovered for Target and direct it at some of the politicians who have broken their promises, we could break out of the current logjam in Congress and finally advance some of the long-stalled bills that now appear doomed.
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LGBT activists have taken aim at Target for donating money to an antigay Minnesota politician. him in good company. Most Democrats, including President Obama and Vice President Biden, also oppose same-sex marriage. Locally, you’d be hardpressed to find a prominent Maryland or Virginia Democrat who supports marriage equality. But that doesn’t stop our lobbyists from working hard to elect them. And re-elect them. Just last week, Equality Maryland announced that Gov. Martin O’Malley, who stubbornly stands by his outdated civil unions position, will be the featured speaker at its annual October fundraiser. This is a prime example of why things never change: LGBT Democrats line up like sheep each October before an election and hand their money and votes to politicians who never deliver on their promises to us. In four years as governor, O’Malley has claimed to support civil unions but never done anything to advance them.
The following were submitted as letters to the editor or comments to our website. Visit washingtonblade.com to join the discussion. While a sitting Illinois senator, Barack Obama voted for the D.C. Voting Rights Act. During his campaign for the White House, Obama overwhelmingly won the District of Columbia presidential primary and he received all 15 votes at the Colorado convention. In November 2008, Obama received the District’s three electoral votes, continuing the District’s perfect record of never casting its presidential votes for the Republican Party since it was first granted those rights in 1964 via the 23rd Amendment. Mayor Adrian Fenty proclaimed that a President Obama would work hard to obtain our voting rights and threw his support behind him. Since then, our mayor does get invited to some wonderful events at the White House and takes the president to Ben’s Chili Bowl. I wish the mayor had the sense to ask the president to pass our voting rights bill while asking him to pass the mustard! Meanwhile, back on the Hill, Eleanor Holmes Norton toils away and gets what appears to be zero support from the White House on her quest for voting rights. At one point the president says his plate is too full with other matters. I will grant him that war and health care and the economy do take the president’s time. But let’s get real! Would it have taken him any time to order someone to change his car fleet’s license tags to the one that most of us have on our cars? A concerted effort was made to ask him for a one-liner in the State of the Union urging passage of the D.C. voting right bill. His response was a resounding “no.” I am on DC Vote’s board of directors. During a gathering of some of my fellow directors, I theorized that one of the reasons for Obama’s lack of support was the administration’s internalized racism or fear of being perceived as too controlled by the African-American community. Judging from the looks on some of their faces, they thought I was drinking the water from the Anacostia River. Our city, the capital of a nation that fights wars for democracy and human rights, has a chief executive not willing to spend any political capital to put an end to the plantation mentality on the Hill. Is our president afraid that since this District of Columbia is a majority black city that the right would accuse him of selling out? As always, actions speak louder than words and our president disappoints those who welcomed him to Washington. — John Klenert Re: “Mayor promises greater visibility in LGBT community” (news, Aug. 19) Visibility — after four years? Funny how politicians get religion right around re-election time. At present, isn’t the front-and-center issue for the D.C. gay community that of safety? We get the kind of government we demand. Are you satisfied? — Bill Keep up the great work mayor! The farther we get away from the past dark days of Marion Barry and the giveaways, the better off we, the citizens of this city, will be. — Frankie James
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A new kind of Republican for Council
Look beyond party politics at the polls this year
By MARC MORGAN The other day, I was confronted by a concerned Ward 1 resident with one simple question. Although I’ve been asked this question over a thousand times, I’m compelled to offer up the same response that I gave this resident. The question was direct and to the point, and definitely one that deserves a response and explanation: “Mr. Morgan, why are you a Republican?” As a resident of the District of Columbia, I realize that the word “Republican” is taboo. In a city that is overwhelming Democrat, Republican’s are few and far between. I’m a Republican because I believe that for the Republican Party to get back to the virtues that it was founded on – those
Where are our local jobs that are promised every year? Why are we seeing an increase in crime and homelessness?
virtues of equality, justice, fairness, and economic prosperity, they need progressive minded people like me to remind them every day that the Party of Lincoln is not the Party of today. The Republican Party is not about race, sexual orientation, age or gender…it is about ideals and ideals I believe in. Yes, I’m a Republican. I’m pro equality, pro environment and have worked tirelessly to protect human rights and defend equality. I support preserving our natural resources and believe that green technologies will create new jobs for local residents. I also support small business as the key to unlocking our economic woes. I’m a Republican that believes the primary role of government is to work with residents to build programs and services that actually address the needs of the community, and to leverage funding that will help sustain them. So, am I the “typical” Republican? Of course not! I’m the new face of the Republican Party, and a candidate that has a history of working with Democrats to build sound programs around HIV/AIDS, green economics, and small business development. Don’t label me as a “Just another Republican” until you have the opportunity to understand that my focus is on our economic prosperity, safety, and security. Simply put, I am working to bring more jobs backs to the District of Columbia and make this a more livable city. At cians? While you fight for the right to live in peace and marry the person you love, they placate the very groups guided by hate and fear who oppose you because of who and how you love. Every move they make is calculated to ensure their reelection and if they have to sacrifice the LGBTQ community to get it, they will do it every time. They want and need your votes, but they want and need those other votes more. They keep you dangling on the end of their dulcet promise of wait a little longer while they shift and spin and in doing so guarantee your struggle will go on and on while you wait and wait. That struggle has been far too long already and while it has been marked by significant victories, no thanks to either O’Malley or Ehrlich, it has seen far too many defeats. Yes, there has been good legislation passed, but gender identity anti-discrimination and marriage equality languish in Maryland’s General Assembly and may do so a long time to come. There is a solution and it’s been in front of us all the time: support, work for and, most importantly, vote for the party and its candidates who will represent and fight for you: the Green Party. I am Maria Allwine, the Green Party candidate for governor of Maryland and I have always publicly fought for the LGBTQ community for one reason only – because it is the moral, just and right thing to do. I work with progressive legislators in the Maryland General Assembly on many issues and lobby with Equality Maryland. When I ran for Baltimore City Council president in 2007 (I received 17 percent of the vote), I was the only candidate to state unequivocal support for marriage equality on my website, campaign literature and at public speaking events. How can anyone running for elected office do any less? One of the 10 Key Values of The Green Party is ending discrimination and fighting for gen-
the same time, I am working to bring funding into the city to support programs like affordable housing, HIV/AIDS prevention, and expanded services for our elderly and disabled, and making sure these programs are fully funded so we don’t have to worry about them being cut each year during the budget process. For too long the other side has had complete control of the debate, and I am not happy with the result. Where are our local jobs that are promised every year? Where are our minorityowned businesses in our culturally rich neighborhoods? Why are we seeing an increase in crime and homelessness? I’m not asking the residents of Ward 1 to change their party affiliation; I’m asking the residents of Ward 1 to just once, look beyond party and politics. Let’s stand together and look toward progress and growth. I’m asking the residents of Ward 1 to support a common sense approach to creating more jobs, a stronger
school system, and a climate that supports business development. Just once, take a chance on a progressive minded Republican that will work with and for the people of Ward 1 to ensure their needs are met with efficiency and progress. For over 12 years, we’ve had nothing but the status quo. Right now, we need something new, something and someone fresh and different. We need balance and fairness, and a playing field where everyone can participate. So, again, ask yourself, “Why would I support a Republican?” All I ask is that just once, you look beyond party politics and names. Just once, support a candidate who desires nothing more than to work with and for his neighbors to improve our quality of life!
Marc Morgan is a candidate for D.C. Council from Ward 1. Reach him via morganfordc.com.
Vote pro-LGBT Green Party in Maryland
Tired of O’Malley and Ehrlich? There’s an alternative
By MARIA ALLWINE Aren’t you sick and tired of the empty promises and the shifting rhetoric from Martin O’Malley and the Democratic Party, who promise you everything and deliver nothing? Aren’t you tired of fighting for “your rights” when those rights are already inherently yours? Aren’t you angry waiting for equal protection under the law to guarantee you the same safeguards as everyone else? Don’t you resent working hard just to make sure legislation aimed at rolling back the gains you’ve made doesn’t become law? And aren’t you utterly disgusted by politicians, like Robert Ehrlich, who deny you your right to legal marriage because of a belief in “traditional marriage” and O’Malley, who doesn’t have the guts to say he will sign a marriage equality bill? What is wrong with these politi-
Aren’t you sick and tired of the utter lack of courage and political will on Martin O’Malley’s part and the absolute immorality of Robert Ehrlich’s stand on marriage equality?
der and sexual equality and an end to homophobia. Green Party candidates across the country always publicly support these goals and yet we are rarely endorsed by the LGBTQ community. It’s time for that to change. I strongly believe that until the LGBTQ community cuts the umbilical cord to the Democratic Party, you will struggle for a much longer time than you would if you support candidates who fight for you because we know it’s right, not because we covet your votes. It can no longer be enough for elected officials to “believe” in you, if they’re not fighting for you, their belief means nothing in the long run. Even if I do not win, by supporting and voting for me, you will send a strong message to the Democratic Party that the LGBTQ
community will wait no longer and will now support candidates who fight for you. Only when the constituencies that the Democratic Party takes for granted (and no longer represents or fights for) break from that party and support candidates who deserve it, will anything change for the better. You know as I do that Martin O’Malley and Robert Ehrlich are two sides of the same coin with minor differences. The election of either of them guarantees that the LGBTQ community will continue to be ignored and will continue to struggle for rights that are already inherently yours. Aren’t you sick and tired of the utter lack of courage and political will on Martin O’Malley’s part and the absolute immorality of Robert Ehrlich’s stand on marriage equality? I know I am and have been for a long time. It’s time to leave them and their parties in the dust and join with me and the Green Party. I ask for your vote on Nov. 2.
Maria Allwine is the Maryland Green Party candidate for governor. Reach her via allwineforgovernor.org.
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CONDO... CO-OP, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Many buyers these days are quite savvy when it comes to condominium shopping, and not uncommonly, they also have an agent who knows the ins and outs of all the buildings in the area and has the resources to research the many properties they are less familiar with. For the most part, Condominiums seem fairly straightforward, since what is included in the monthly condo fee is itemized in the condo documents. Co-ops, on the other hand, seem to leave buyers, and sometimes agents, a bit wide-eyed and perplexed. Even when the technical differences are spelled out, people continue to ponder, “what’s the difference?”. First, the condominium... Condos are found in urban locations as well as in the suburbs and are defined as “real property” ownership as opposed to personal property, like your car. A condo combines fee simple or real property ownership for each individual unit together with an individual interest in all the common areas and facilities of the association. Common areas include the hallways, lobby, pool and land that is outside of each individually owned unit. The common areas and the land on which the building stands are held by all condominium unit owners as tenants in common. Buying a condo makes sense if the buyer intends to own the property for at least 3 years or desires association so you may be required to use the approved lender. A good listing agent for a particular co-op should provide a list of lenders willing to provide financing for qualified buyers. Co-ops can offer great value and substantial savings in settlement costs. This type of ownership makes sense if the buyer intends to own for 3 for more years, has little or limited need to rent to a tenant, and agrees with the overall objectives of the cooperative. Additionally, those higher monthly fees may include all utilities which is attractive to many budget-minded buyers. While there are similarities to condos and co-ops, the differences should not be ignored. The deals are out there for both types of living and always remember you are really looking to find a new place to call home. So, when you’re out shopping with your agent on that 90 degree day and hiking from one building to the next and the word co-op comes up, you now can feel a bit more comfortable (heat excluded) in saying, I’d like to check out this really nice place listed as a co-op. Ron Whitesell is a Real Estate agent with Century 21 Redwood Realty (703.528.8195) and can be reached at 202.656.7355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy of Ron Whitesell to rent to a tenant some time in the future. Although the ability to rent is highly probable, condominiums usually set maximum investor ratios in order to maintain property values and owners may have to wait until the number of rented units allows it. Traditionally, condo owners are first-time home buyers who transition from renting to property ownership and homeowners looking to down-size while enjoying most of the benefits of fee simple ownership. Co-ops are more commonly found in large, densely populated cities such as New York, DC and Chicago. This is because the establishment of a cooperative was a means to transfer older rental buildings into owner occupied properties. In general terms, a co-operative unit is considered an interest in personal property because the co-op corporation has fee simple title or real title ownership of the entire property. This corporation gives each member/owner the right to occupy a portion, basically known as a ‘unit’. A person’s interest ownership in the corporation and the right to occupy a unit is considered an ownership interest in personal property and not in real estate. Membership in the corporation is proven by a certificate of stock and a proprietary lease. Simply stated, a co-op is a corporation, owned and operated by it’s members (you) and formed to provide housing for it’s members. Now what about those fees? Many say they understand condo fees but are confused by co-op fees. Because a co-operative is considered personal property rather than real estate, there is no deed, and therefore no transfer or recordation taxes are collected at closing. The co-operative itself usually has an underlying mortgage that is used for major improvements or acquisition. Each individual co-op unit is responsible for a portion of the underlying mortgage, usually paying it down through a portion of the monthly fee. When an owner sells, the balance of the unit's share of the underlying mortgage transfers to the new owner. If the payment will be included in the monthly fee, the balance of the underlying mortgage is subtracted from the sales price to determine the net amount that the buyer will finance. Obtaining financing for a condominium purchase is quite standard and available from most lenders, and is similar to single family home financing. Co-op’s, however, are a bit different. Co-op financing is offered by relatively fewer lending institutions and often involves additional reviews and approvals. Also, co-ops typically have minimum cash downpayment requirements, which may be higher than those required by lenders. Not all lending institutions which offer co-op financing have a Recognition Agreement with each and every co-operative
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‘All gay parents should be part of some kind of support system with other gay parents so that children can look around and say, ‘gee I’m not the only one with this kind of family,’’ said local attorney and parent Susan Silber.
LGBT parents offer advice to those enrolling kids for first time
By JULIETTE M. EBNER Although students often experience anxiety and stress at the beginning of a new school year, the same can hold true for parents, particularly for LGBT parents unsure of how a new school and its teachers and administrators will accept their families. Richard Gervase, a board
member at Rainbow Families D.C., a nonprofit organization for LGBT families and their allies, has a son entering fourth grade and another starting kindergarten at a private school. Visiting your child’s school and speaking to the teacher and principal about your family is the best advice Gervase said he has for LGBT parents sending their kids to school for the first time. “We started this whole process of working with the schools when they were in preschool,” said Gervase. “Get in as early as possible to meet with the teacher ... even before school and just start
the conversation about your family. You can’t control the random things that another child might say or if another family has issues about our family, but to have the teacher be kind of primed and kind of on your side is really important.” Susan Silber, an attorney in Takoma Park, has two adult children, a daughter, 27, and son, 21. She agrees that getting to the teachers and administrators early helps, but she emphasized it’s important to describe your family to school officials in a way that is familiar to the child. “The most important thing is that people describe the family to
the teacher or the school administrators in the way the child knows the family,” said Silber. “The child should get support reflected back of their real family rather than having to distort their own image based on some sense of what a family should be.” Gervase echoed those sentiments. “We go by Daddy and Papa to the kids,” said Gervase. “We have experienced on the playground before, I’m Papa, where some other parent would call me Daddy. It’s kind of like calling someone named Jane, Susan or Bob. It’s a completely different
person in the child’s life.” John Parkhurst has twin boys who started fourth grade in public school this week and he adds talking to other gay parents really helps. “Choosing a school, and one where you know there are other gay families and you know the environment is favorable and highly diverse.” said Parkhurst. “I talked to other gay parents and went to a school several of my friends had chosen.” Silber agreed that finding other LGBT parents is important. “All gay parents should be part of some kind of support sysContinues on page 44
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QUEERY: 20 Questions for Bill Gray
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO Bill Gray is in a period of transition. He left EFN Lounge/Motley Bar shortly before it closed abruptly last week and is formulating a potential new business plan he calls Grind Espresso Bar. But he wants to find co-partners before proceeding. The 34-year-old Philadelphia native earned a business degree in Pittsburgh but returned to Philly where he opened seven Jazz & Java coffee shops in the region between 1997 and 2005. The chain was eventually sold to Saxbys. Gray moved to D.C. in the summer of 2005 but then moved to Tuscon, Ariz., for about a year (2006 mostly) before settling in Washington in early 2007, where he became a staple bartender of the local gay scene having mixed drinks at several bars and clubs before taking the reins at EFN Lounge/Motley about 18 months ago. Several of his relocation decisions have been motivated by love, which led him to relocate both to Arizona and D.C. “I think I was raised to be an Italian housewife,” he says. “Just kidding, though that is why I moved to Arizona for my boyfriend at the time who was an engineer. I did what I felt was right for my family at the time.” He admits to being a hopeless romantic and is in a new relationship now but doesn’t want to talk details. He says hardcore chiseled abs — Gray’s are displayed in all their glory on his Facebook page — are “not that How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? I have been out for 17 years. The hardest person to tell was definitely my mother. I went away to college in ‘93 and wrote her a letter apologizing for being gay and I understood if she and Dad didn’t want me around. I had multiple suicide attempts before writing that letter to the point where I had to come out for my sanity. I was rejected at first and welcomed eventually. Who’s your gay hero? I have a few gay heroes.Professionally, I admire anybody who steps out in business and makes it; most notably David von Storch of Vida Fitness and Thomas McGuire of WorkSpaces. I also admire everyone who has served in our military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” They have more strength and courage than anyone I know. What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? Good question. I am just going to personalize this. I have the best time when I go to event-driven parties. I’ve been a bartender and have worked at most of the nightspots in this city. I loved working at Cobalt when I first arrived in D.C., I loved the family feel of working at Nellie’s, I loved the energy at Town. I loved the sense of accomplishment at EFN/Motley. In my opinion, there is no “best” nightspot. I do enjoy all of the spots but tend to make my choice based on what event is going on, which seems to be the trend in D.C. Describe your dream gay wedding. I think what most people don’t know about me is that I am a hopeless romantic. My dream wedding would take place in a locale that is conservative with friends and family. I think I will be the one proposing because I am the type to set up the romantic proposal setting. What non-gay issue are you most passionate about? The medical reform that our president pushed through Congress. What historical outcome would you change? The assassination of JFK. What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? MTV! On what do you insist? Expressing an informed opinion before making assertions. What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? “Saying Goodbye for Now …” If your life were a book, what would the title be? “Gray’s EFN Anatomy” If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do? I am very happy with the way God has created me. I would choose God over science in this instance.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
What do you believe in beyond the physical world? My heart/soul/spirit will be all I have for eternity. I have to live everyday with those three things in mind. What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders? My advice is simple and seems to work for most: “You attract more flies with honey rather than vinegar.” What would you walk across hot coals for? My family. What gay stereotype annoys you most? I have embraced all facets of our community. Stereotypes certainly apply to some. I would say the inability to be monogamous. What’s your favorite gay movie? I used to volunteer with the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Philly so I have seen a bunch. I would have to say “Touch of Pink” is one of my favorites. I also liked “It’s My Party,” but it makes me cry too much. What’s the most overrated social custom? I remember being a child and my mother would scold me if I didn’t remove my hat when I entered a home. I think that is pretty overrated. What trophy or prize do you most covet? Two off the top of my head. I was voted Best Bartender in D.C. in 2008 by City Paper. That meant a lot to me as it wasn’t just the gay community. I was recently named the Community Partner of the Year by the Non-Profit Al Sura. What do you wish you’d known at 18? That everything I did at that age would impact my future as significantly as it has. Why Washington? I moved here for love. I always follow my heart above all else. My next career will hopefully keep me here as I have grown attached to the city.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
difficult to get; I learned a long time ago that abs are mainly hidden because of diet, not how many crunches I can do. I try to eat a balanced diet and stay away from overeating, but I definitely have a weakness for chocolate and ice cream. I inhale the stuff.” Gray says being a successful bartender is more about personality, being genuine and making good drinks than being a pretty face. He went through a few bumpy years with his family after coming out but says they came around after a few years of missed holidays. Gray lives in Thomas Circle and loves working out at Vida, spending long hours with his boyfriend watching old movies, window shopping, coffee tasting and going to spots outside the gayborhood. He’s ready to start the next chapter of his professional life and says, “the sky is the limit.”
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Friday, Aug. 27
OFFICIAL 2011 RIPPED GENES CALENDAR RELEASE PARTY tonight at the Engineer’s Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 W. Mount Vernon Pl., Baltimore, tonight at 8 p.m. View the work of renowned photographer, Robert Mercer Jr. and the swimwear fashion show. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md., will be showing the D.C.area premiere of “ALL ABOUT EVIL” at 9:30 p.m. The directorial debut of Joshua Grannell (better known as Peaches Christ), “All About Evil” is a twisted black comedy with performances by Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Noah Segan, cult icon Mink Stole, and Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira). MICHAEL JACKSON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION tonight at 9:30 club, 815 V St., N.W., with a marathon DJ set by DJ Dredd and a video tribute. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at 930.com. GAY DISTRICT, a weekly, non-church affiliated discussion and social group for GBTQ men between 18 and 35, meets tonight from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave., N.W. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. THE DC GURLY SHOW is gonna give this summer ending thing one more go with a GooGoo for GaGa show tonight at Phase 1, 525 8th St., S.E. There will be a $5 cover and doors open at 9 p.m. APEX DRAG SEARCH tonight at Apex, 1415 22nd St., N.W., hosted by Big Daddy and Arione DeCardeza with the winner being picked by audience participation. Grand prize includes $50 cash and a booking with Kristina Kelly and her Girls of Glamour. Showtime is 11 p.m. There will be a $10 cover charge and you must be 18 or older to enter and 21 and older to drink. NOVA GL Professionals, the Straight Eights Car Club, DCthirtysomething, DC Lambda Squares, and DC Ice Breakers co-host the 3RD ANNUAL LAZY RIVER TUBING with optional picnic and dinner on the Shenandoah near Harper’s Ferry. Bring-your-own picnic is at noon, tubing is at 2 p.m. and dinner at Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse in Gaithersburg is at approximately 5:30 p.m. Visit dcicebreakers.com for more information. THE OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THE GODFATHER OF GO GO CHUCK BROWN featuring D Floyd, Ms. Kim, Lissen, and Be’la Dona, an all female GoGo Band, will be at the 9:30 club, 815 V St., N.W., at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 930.com ELECTRIK at Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct., N.W., hosted by Timur Tugberk at 10 p.m. This new dance party features the best in dance, electro, deep and dirty house, trance, and circuit music provided by DJ Tom from Prague. Arrive early and enjoy an open rail vodka bar and no cover from 10 to 11:30 p.m. The party continues with a $5 cover. Enjoy a $17 all-you-candrink Bacardi buffet from 10 p.m. to closing.
Photo courtesy Peaches Christ
The D.C.-area premiere of ‘All About Evil’ featuring Peaches Christ is tonight at AFI.
Monday, Aug. 30
THE DISTANT RELATIVES TOUR featuring NAS and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley with Gyptian will be at the 9:30 club, 815 V St., N.W. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $44 and can be purchased at 930.com.
Sunday, Aug. 29
CAMP REHOBOTH AND THE SEASHORE STRIDERS will host the inaugural Sundance 5k: Run, Walk, or Sashay! in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to kick off Sundance Week. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. with pre-registration starting at 6 a.m. Rock the Bells with Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim, KRS-One, Lauryn Hill, Slick Rick, and more will be at Meriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets range from $66 to $150.50 and can be purchased at merriweathermusic.com. Inspired by the queer tea dances of the San Francisco area, OVEREASY: A TEA DANCE FOR LADIES AND THEIR FRIENDS will be at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, 1104 H St., N.E., from 3 to 9 p.m. On the back patio, Chef Kywon’ll be grilling up perfect summer afternoon fare and Leslie will be serving oversized Bloody Mary’s and mimosas to chase the Sunday blues away at the bar. There is no cover for this event but remember that Miss Whiskey’s is cash only.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Join BURGUNDY CRESCENT VOLUNTEERS to help pack safer sex kits from 7-9 p.m. at FUK!T’s new packing location, The Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct., N.W.
ner is needed. Visit lambdabridge.com and click on “Social Bridge in Washington, D.C.” DC ICE BREAKERS SKATING AND SOCIAL AT THE KETTLER CAPITALS ICEPLEX, on the top of the Ballston Common Mall parking garage, 627 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va. Skating is $8 plus $3 for skate rental and goes from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m with a social at a local bar from 9 p.m. to whenever.
Thursday, Sept. 2
Kele of Bloc Party with DOES IT OFFEND YOU YEAH? and Innerpartysystem will be at the 9:30 club, 815 V St., N.W., at 6:30 p.m. This is a new date and all Aug. 7 tickets will be honored. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 930.com. THE DC CENTER FALL RECEPTION will be held at the Artists Inn Residence, 1824 R St., N.W., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. The Atlas Performing Arts Center presents SUMMER FILM SERIES: GAY 101 SHOWING “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Sally Field at the Paul Sprenger Theatre, 1333 H St., N.E., at 8 p.m. Buy tickets at atlasarts.org or at the box office one hour prior to the movie.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland presents the exhibition, “THE VERY QUEER PORTRAITS OF HEYD FONTENOT” by Austin, Texas-based artist Heyd Fontenot. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a discussion with the artist at a later date. “GRAY PRIDE” FUNDRAISER to support Vincent Gray for Mayor from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the rooftop pool at the Donovan house. THE TOM DAVARON SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB will meet at 7:30 p.m., at the Dignity Center, 721 8th St., S.E., (across from Marine Barracks) for Social Bridge. No part-
Saturday, Aug. 28
Join BURGUNDY CRESCENT VOLUNTEERS help prep for Books Plus, the nonprofit library store at MLK Jr. Memorial D.C. Public Library, 901 G St., N.W., 8th Annual DCPL fall book sale. Volunteers will be unpacking boxes, selecting interesting titles and sorting them by category on book carts. Volunteers will get special pricing and dibs on books they would like to purchase.
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THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE
HOT HITS AND HIDDEN JEWELS
DONNA SUMMER Sunday, August 29 Wolf Trap 1-877-WOLFTRAP wolftrap.org Catchy hits “Last Dance”, “She Works Hard for Her Money”, “Hot Stuff” and others fill the night with electric energy by this Grammy-winning dance club queen. CHERRY SMOKE August 27 - September 5 Round House Theatre Silver Spring 240-644-1100 roundhousetheatre.org Cherry Smoke-by James McManus, winner of the 2006 Princess Grace Award for playwriting, directed by Jessica Burgess and featuring Tim Getman, Julia Proctor, Jjana Valentiner, and Cliff Williams. Fish was born in fire, and takes care of himself. In the economically devastated area between Pittsburgh and West Virginia, he makes a living in the underground boxing matches. SOMETHING YOU DID August 28 - October 3 Theater J 800-494-8497 washingtondcjcc.org Theater J produces thought-provoking, publicly engaged, personal, passionate and entertaining plays and musicals that celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part of the Jewish cultural legacy. Dedicated above all to a pursuit of artistic excellence, Theater J takes its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums and outreach programs. SCAPES: THE ANNUAL LANDSCAPE EXHIBIT Through September 6 The Art League 703-683-1780 theartleague.org The landscape has been visually rendered since the beginning of time and remains one of the most venerable subjects in art. For Scapes, the annual August landscape exhibit at The Art League Gallery, member artists submitted works inspired by and depicting all elements of our external world.
The Guide to Arts & Culture is supplied by CulturalCapital.com, a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. SCAPES: Supplied by The Art League; CHERRY SMOKE: Supplied by Round House Theatre; SOMETHING YOU DID: Supplied by Theater J; DONNA SUMMER: Supplied by Wolf Trap.
tuesday, august 31
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Wolf Trap. 1-877WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
wednesday, september 01
FACULTY EXHIBITION. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org.
friday, august 27
LA FEMME. Arlington Artists Alliance at Arlington County Board Offices. arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
sunday, august 29
NOISES OFF. The Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com. PASSING STRANGE. The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org. TAKE YOU HOME. Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. SCENA Theatre at H Street Playhouse. 703-683-2428. scenatheater.org.
tuesday, august 31
PLAY BALL. Arlington Artists Alliance at Arlington YMCA. arlingtonartistsalliance.org. SAMPLES 2003 BY ROBERTO BOCCI. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. 202-5476839. chaw.org.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
friday, august 27
CINEMA UNDER THE STARS: THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG. Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org. TONY BENNETT. Wolf Trap. 1-877WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
saturday, august 28
CINEMA UNDER THE STAR: JAWS. Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org. DOLLEY AT DUMBARTON DAY! Dumbarton House. 202-337-2288. dumbartonhouse.org. THE ART OF COOKERY. Riversdale House Museum. 301-864-0420. pgparks.com. THE ULTIMATE DOO-WOP SHOW. Wolf Trap. 703-255-1868. wolftrap.org.
tuesday, august 31
BELTWAY POETRY SLAM LAUNCH. The Fridge DC. 202-664-4151. thefridgedc.com.
ART BY THE YARD: WOMEN DESIGN MID-CENTURY BRITAIN. The Textile Museum. 202 667 0441. textilemuseum.org. WOMEN TO WATCH 2010 BODY OF WORK: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON FIGURE PAINTING. National Museum of Women in the Arts. nmwa.org. CHUCK CLOSE PRINTS: PROCESS AND COLLABORATION. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-397-7328. corcoran.org. FROM PRISON TO ARTS CENTER: 100 YEARS AT THE WORKHOUSE. Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org. SINK THE BELGRANO! SCENA Theatre at H Street Playhouse. 703-683-2824. scenatheater.org. DA VINCI -THE GENIUS. National Geographic. 202-857-7588. events.nationalgeographic.com. JUNE WAYNE’S, DOROTHY SERIES. National Museum of Women in the Arts. JUYEON KIM: THE IN-BETWEEN. National Museum of Women in the Arts. nmwa.org. THE COLLABORATIVE PRINT: WORKS FROM SOLO IMPRESSION. National Museum of Women in the Arts. nmwa.org. IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net. RARE: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES. National Geographic. events.nationalgeographic.com. HISTORY ON FOOT: ELIZABETH KECKLY. Ford’s Theatre. 202-347-4833. fordstheatre.org. MONTPELIER FALL JAZZ SERIES. Montpelier Arts Center. 301-377-7800. pgparks.com. HISTORY ON FOOT: DETECTIVE MCDEVITT. Ford’s Theatre. 202-3474833. fords.org. EDVARD MUNCH: MASTER PRINTS. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. GERMAN MASTER DRAWINGS FROM THE WOLFGANG RATJEN COLLECTION, 1580-1900. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. IN THE TOWER: MARK ROTHKO. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. AMERICAN MODERNISM:THE SHEIN COLLECTION. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. THE ART OF LIVING: TEXTILE FURNISHINGS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION. The Textile Museum. 202667-0441. textilemuseum.org. TORTURE AT THE WORKHOUSE. Workhouse Arts Center at The Workhouse Museum. 703-584-2900. workhousemuseums.org.
friday, august 27
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN: MILES STIEBEL (SMOOTH JAZZ VIOLINIST). National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
SKETCHING IN THE ATRIUM. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. CHALK DRAWINGS. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-397-7328. programs.corcoran.org. CM DUPRE’S ALICE. The Art League at National Harbor. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org. DISCOVERING THE CIVIL WAR - BEGINNINGS. National Archives. archives.gov. DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90%. National Geographic. 202-857-7588. events.nationalgeographic.com. BEAT MEMORIES: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALLEN GINSBERG. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
saturday, august 28
VIRGINIA VIRTUOSI. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. RUG AND TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNING: COLLECTOR’S POTPOURRI. The Textile Museum. 202-667-0441. textilemuseum.org.
wednesday, september 1
ASK-A-CURATOR, ASK-A-CONSERVATOR. The Textile Museum. 202-667-0441. textilemuseum.org.
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A gutsy take on a Vonnegut cult classic
Longacre Lea’s ‘Cat’s Cradle’ is ambitious, timely
By PATRICK FOLLIARD It takes guts to fiddle with a cult classic. In adapting and staging Kurt Vonnegut’s muchloved novel “Cat’s Cradle,” Longacre Lea Productions’ artistic director Kathleen Akerley proves not only that she’s long on confidence, but also that she grasps the book’s intelligent and devilishly satirical spirit. When Vonnegut penned the 1963 work, nuclear proliferation was very much on America’s mind. (Sadly, today not a lot has changed.) In “Cat’s Cradle,” he spoofs the West’s absolute devotion to modern science: Ironically, rather than improving our lives, these advancements move us closer to the end of the world. Employing science fiction and a healthy dose of dark humor, the author thrashes out the horrors of the modern world. Akerley offers a pretty straight forward rendition of Vonnegut’s vision.
Through Sept. 6 Longacre Lea Productions Catholic University’s Callan Theatre 3801 Harewood Rd., N.E. 202-460-2148 longacrelea.org The story begins in fictional Ilium, New York, where writer Jonah is researching his new book, “The Day the World Ended,” an account of what (the also fictional) scientist Felix Hoenikker, one of the inventors of the atomic bomb, was doing at the exact moment that the weapon was dropped on Hiroshima. While interviewing a selection of colorful, local contacts, Jonah (an even-keeled everyman played by the excellent Michael Glenn) becomes increasingly immersed in Hoenikker’s oddish life as well as the lives of the late scientist’s offbeat, adult children. Continued research puts Jonah on a plane to San Lorenzo, a tin pot republic located somewhere in the Caribbean. While in the air, he meets two of Hoenikker’s three children, Angela and Newton, a little person. Once on the ground, he meets the third and oldest, wackiest
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Don’t miss ‘CAT’S CRADLE’ at Catholic University through Sept. 6. sibling Franklin (Joe Brack), who serves as San Lorenzo’s Minister of Science and Progress. To Jonah’s dismay, he learns that each of the Hoenikker offspring possess a portion of their father’s last invention — Ice Nine — a substance that is (rather unwittingly) more lethal than the A-bomb. Consequently, an endof-the-world scenario soon ensues. With the exception of Glenn, who plays Jonah, other members of the versatile 10-person take on at least two characters — a veritable kaleidoscope primarily composed of distinctly American types. Danny Gavigan and Suzanne Richard respectively play — to great effect — a low key Ilium bartender and a wisecracking hooker. In an inspired stroke of crossgender casting, the pair returns as the genteel Angela Hoenikker and her unassuming brother Newton. Heather Haney is terrific as Hazel, the eternally optimistic Hoosier. Gay actor Christopher Henley
wonderfully portrays both haughty scientist Asa Breed, and later Horlick Minton, the cynical American ambassador to San Lorenzo. Marcia Kirtland is completely convincing as the ambassador’s perceptive wife, Claire. Henley’s real life partner, Jay Hardee, very admirably pulls double duty as a perky, wig-wearing flight attendant and an American expat artist in San Lorenzo. Clocking in at nearly three hours with two intermissions, this “Cat’s Cradle” is decidedly long, but thankfully not slow-moving — for the most part it keeps a swift pace. At times (particularly with some of the San Lorenzo scenes), the narrative becomes a little ungainly and a tad too heavy on exposition, but these shortcomings are redeemed by Akerley’s splendidly inventive staging and the show’s particularly able actors. Assisted by John Burkland’s evocative lighting as well as Neil McFadden’s impressive and meticulously executed sound design, the often smoke-drenched multi-leveled, monochromatic gray set (compliments of Tom Donahue) magically morphs into far flung locales.
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Exploring the mysteries of Leonardo
Exhibit reveals a ‘superhuman’ artist, inventor
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN “His mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote.” Thus wrote art historian Helen Gardner about the archetype of Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci. But is there a mystery still about Leonardo’s sexual orientation? This giant polymath of the High Renaissance — painter, sculptor, scientist, civil and military engineer, architect, mathematician, musician, anatomist, botanist and writer — appears to have no close relationships with women, except for one. He kept his private life indeed quite secret. His sexual orientation has been the subject of analysis and speculation and even satire. He has been thought by many, including Sigmund Freud, to have been gay, but Freud believed him to have merely been latent — gayoriented but that those desires were unfulfilled. Some have concluded that he was chastely gay, traumatically stung into sexless celibacy after a charge against him of sodomy with a male prostitute in 1476 when he was 24. Or instead, as the art historian Kenneth Clark supposed, was Leonardo intimate with two of his pupils? One of them confided to Leonardo’s brothers after his death that the great man’s feelings for his young students were “sviscerato et ardentissimo” (“deeply felt and most ardent love”). And then there are Leonardo’s private, erotic drawings of one of those pupils, also his ward, the notorious boy known by his welldeserved nickname “Salai” (the little unclean one), who came to live with Leonardo when he was a 10-year-old in 1490 when the painter was 38, and lived with him for 30 more years. Other paintings, especially “John the Baptist” and “Bacchus,” depict androgyny and homoeroticism. An exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, “Da Vinci the Genius,” which closes there on Sept. 12, should help to sweep away some of the myster-
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National Geographic Society 1145 17th St., N.W. Free, 9 a.m. through Sept. 12 ies surrounding da Vinci, the man who was perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived, whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his vast powers of invention. The exhibit, which concentrates on his scientific and engineering side as much as his artistic scope, illustrates the point made by the historian Marco Resci who declared of Leonardo that his vision of the world was cooly rational and empirical and not mysterious at all. For example, in the National Geographic exhibit, which offers a stunning catalogue of the range of da Vinci’s epic genius, consider the section on flight, summed up by Leonardo himself in these words: “There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, t’is for some other.” For Leonardo was the first to look at the science of flight and in the process to create the engineering of aeronautics.
Historians have long speculated that Leonardo da Vinci was gay, citing his homoerotic work and relationships with young male students. Leonardo began this study working on the design for flying machines based on wing movements he observed closely by analyzing the flight patterns of birds and bats and dissecting them to study the anatomy of their wings. Later, however, he
realized that humans — with less than a quarter of their weight in their arms and chest muscles — would simply never have the strength to fly like birds. So he began instead to investigate flight without wing movement, by careful study of wind velocity and ways to use air currents to reach great heights. And his ideas, sketched in his many notebooks using his striking mirror-image cursive (being left handed, it was easier for him to write from right to left), foreshadow the use of gliders, airplanes and helicopters and also parachutes of today. The genius of the National Geographic Exhibit is how it demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo’s genius. It is a comprehensive traveling presentation that required more than a decade to complete and features a vast array of full-scale machine inventions built according to his personal “codices” (or notebooks). It also includes reproductions of his most famous paintings, including the “Mona Lisa.” To understand the mystery and the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
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Working out an intervention
Jackie Warner returns to Bravo with new show, ‘Thintervention’
By JULIETTE M. EBNER “Thintervention” is unlike other weight-loss shows on television today, according to Jackie Warner, 42, best known for her other Bravo show, “Work Out.” “I don’t think this is a weight-loss show. I think it’s a life-changing show,” Warner said in an interview with the Blade this week. “I think people are having to deal with and work on a different level in life, not just to lose the 20- to 60-pound goal.” “A work out from the inside out,” added Craig Ramsay, the other trainer on the show. “Thintervention with Jackie Warner” follows Warner as she helps eight clients reach their weight loss goal and change their habits to keep the weight off. “I’m really interested in dealing with that whole person. I want their life to be happier,” said Warner. “I want them to have a better quality of living.” Everything Warner teaches her clients in the show comes from her book, “This is Why You’re Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever).” “Every secret, every tip, the culmination of my career, is in this book,” said Warner. “Each and every individual ... got a copy of the book. That was their bible. They were to read it cover to cover.” Warner offered up a few of her best tips. “Always eat the whole fruit, never juice,” said Warner. “Juice hasn’t touched my lips in like 15 years. It’s loaded with sugar and doesn’t have much nutritional value.” One of the clients is Jenna Keough, 54, a former Playboy centerfold, best known for starring in another Bravo series, “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” “I felt like the little ones didn’t give me any respect,” said Keough about being the oldest of the cast. “But that could have just been me being a complainer. I definitely felt my age when I went home.” There were several factors that led Keough to join the show. “Andy Cohen from Bravo originally suggested to me,” said Keough. “I tried everything. I needed someone to kick me in the butt.” “I think I told Jenna in the beginning that she was my favorite housewife,” said Warner in response to a question about how Keough came to the show, “but we did not know each other previously.” The new show is different from “Work Out” in that it doesn’t follow Warner’s personal life. Warner, a lesbian, allowed Bravo’s cameras to record the ups and downs of previous relationships on the earlier show, but not this time. “On Work Out, I had to be very vulnerable and I had to be honest and I had to allow that insertion of the cameras,” Warner said, when asked if the new show was easier on her personal life. “I had to be more engaged than ‘Work Out.’ On ‘Work Out’ I had to think of me. In this project, I had to think outside of me. I had to think of [the clients] only.” There are other differences between the two shows. Warner is now an executive producer. “‘Work Out’ happened to me,” said Warner. “I made ‘Thintervention’ happen.” “Thintervention with Jackie Warner” premieres Sept. 6 at 10:15 p.m. on Bravo. It will start at 10 p.m. for the rest of the season.
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LGBT parents face unique challenges as school starts
Continued from page 33 tem with other gay parents so that children can look around and say, ‘gee I’m not the only one with this kind of family,’” said Silber. “It should be something people think about, making sure that their kids know other kids with gay families.” There are other issues that may surface that do not have directly to do with the parent’s sexual orientation. Gervase and his partner adopted both of their children from abroad. That aspect of their family needs to be discussed as well. Teachers need to know how open the family is about the child being adopted. “We got to know what kinds of assignments and projects they did that might touch on family issues,” said Gervase. “A lot of schools are avoiding [Mother’s Day and Father’s Day] assignments. There are other things to be on the lookout for, a lot of younger classes asked the kids to bring in a baby picture or family picture.” “The teachers, every single year, have been just fine to say, ‘well you can just do you dad instead,” said Parkhurst when asked abut Mother’s Day projects in the classroom. “So every year they’ve brought me home something on Mother’s Day.” These kinds of assignments need to be discussed because a child who is adopted may not have any baby pictures because they may have been adopted when they were older. Some classes have students create family trees that could raise the same issues and questions. “As part of the initial conversation with the teacher, we’ve asked to think through any assignments, to give them some ideas about the kinds of things we might be concerned about,” said Gervase. When meeting with your child’s teacher, Gervase suggests not only offering to be a resource, but bringing some resources, such as books or articles on LGBT families. “We always tried to see ourselves as partners in educating the teacher or teachers and administration and, in general, I think that is really appreciated,” said Gervase. “There may be a little bit of nervousness, on the school’s end, if you’re the first, or they are concerned about saying something wrong. I think you really can disarm that by coming in and being really comfortable and asking if they have any questions. Gervase and Silber suggest offering yourself as a resource for when issues arise in the classroom. “You can sort of make this alliance where you’re not critical of the teacher but you want to be a resource so that if something happens, she might even turn to you and talk about how to respond,” said Gervase. “For example, a question of gay marriage came up in the classroom, and the teacher called on us to talk about it.” “I think every parent should act as a mentor, almost diplomat, to try to raise issues,” said Silber. “Figure out how to sensitize the co-parents or co-teachers to these realities we have.”
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SUSAN SILBER has two adult children and urges LGBT parents to network with other gay parents for support. Gervase suggested bringing in a copy of the Welcoming School guide, produced by the Human Rights Campaign. “[It] has been super helpful to us,” said Gervase. “When [the kids] were in preschool, we actually wrote some stuff like that.” “Give it to every principal, because there is so much good information,” Gervase. “First, [parents should] read it themselves if they don’t already know about it.” The guide includes a list of resources where teachers can learn more. “There is a tremendous bibliography, so one of the things our school did was take that bibliography and every teacher read one of the books that had a family diversity theme,” said Gervase. “They each used it in the classroom for discussion then met and compared notes to figure out which ones worked well at which age.” “There are also legal issues around actual legal authority to do things,” said Silber. She said it’s important to ensure the school knows that the parent who may not have adopted the child has the authority to do things like pick the child up from school or be called when something goes wrong and the other parent is not home. “The ideal thing is to use the school experience as a way of reminding yourself that both parents should have legal authority,” said Silber. “In the absence of [adoption] at least have some legal documents that give authority from the legal parent to the other parent.” Parkhurst admits that one of the toughest aspects of back-to-school season has nothing to do with being a gay parent — but rather just being a parent in general. “Looking at their little faces when they’re trying to be brave. They do what they’re supposed to do and be where they are supposed to be, and the parents just sort of stand there and let them go,” said Parkhurst. “The first ... one of my boys was really good and strong about it, but ... when he saw me at 3:15, his little lip started to quiver, but it wasn’t anything compared to me. Teachers were pulling me aside and giving me a box of Kleenex.”
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What’s on the menu as summer dining scene fades
Geoff Tracy’s new book, Freshii’s healthful choices and ‘Top Chef’ drama
By WILLIAM GEORGE If you’ve ever found yourself at a formal event wondering which course you’re on or which fork to use, D.C. restaurant The Caucus Room (401 9th St. NW) is hosting an event to help you overcome your fears. On Sept. 13, Alexandra Kovach and other members of the Caucus Room staff are offering a three-course dinner to provide diners with a tutorial on proper ordering etiquette, flatware usage and a simple approach to appropriate dinner conversation. Intended for those who either need a refresher course on business etiquette or those whose table manners are in dire need of an overhaul are invited to attend. Cost is $59 per person and the seating is at 7 p.m. Business attire is suggested. Contact Cristina Cravedi in special events to reserve your place at the table, 202-393-3223. “Baby Love,” available Aug. 31, highlights techniques for preparing meals for children ages 6 months to 18 months old using less processed, more organic ingredients for a fraction of the cost of jarred baby food. Co-authored with his wife, MSNBC chief correspondent Norah O’Donnell, “Baby Love” teaches the new generation of health conscious parents how to make two weeks worth of baby food in less than an hour per week, “even if you’ve never cooked a day in your life.” The book is available at Amazon.com. For those of us trying to dodge the influx of super calorie meals on the go, there’s a new player on the scene. Freshii, a new health food quick service eatery in Dupont Circle (20th and M streets, N.W.) offers a variety of healthful alternatives at accessible prices. Since its doors opened in April, Freshii has steadily gained a foothold in an area where foot traffic abounds, already serving close to 40,000 customers. Menu items include burritos, wraps, soups and salads, along with a formidable breakfast selection and a fat-free, probiotic yogurt bar to calm the sweet cravings. The most innovative feature of the Freshii website is a calculator that allows you to build your own entrée and keeps a nutritional tally as ingredients are added or subtracted. It’s perfect for those of us who really want to see the difference in fat content between feta and blue cheese and how it will affect those pesky calories we all seem to be counting. (freshii.com) Four weeks remain in this cycle of food competition mainstay “Top Chef,” and it seems as though Chef Alex Reznik’s luck has finally run out. Following the infamous “Peagate” scandal at The Palm, Reznik skated past elimination during a tumultuous Restaurant Wars by running the front of house for the winning team, yet not ostensibly preparing a dish for service. Despite the efforts of Chefs Kevin Sbraga and Kenny Gilbert to get Reznik eliminated, the judges decided that the rules of the competition would be upheld and that Reznik would be allowed to stay simply by virtue of his being on the winning team. Chef Gilbert, thought to be a favorite to win the competition, was in turn told to “pack his knives and go.” However, the next week’s challenge, set at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., proved to be Reznik’s proverbial Waterloo. After a dismal performance in a quickfire challenge judged by molecular gastronomist Wylie Dusfresne, Reznik utterly failed at the elimination task dubbed “Covert Cuisine.” The challenge was to take a standard dish and prepare it in such a way that it was unrecognizable at first glance, but unmistakable upon tasting. Sleeper powerhouse Chef Tiffany Derry of Beaumont, Texas won with a deconstructed Greek gyro consisting of a roasted leg of lamb served with smoky eggplant, tomatoes and pickled onions. Chef Reznik’s version of veal parmesan was marred by poor execution and faulty ingredient choices. Head judge Tom Colicchio even went so far as to say that he had eaten better food “out of a box.” It goes to show that in the end, there’s no worse karma than kitchen karma. This week, the chefs take on running a concession stand at Nationals Park. (bravotv.com)
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Chef ALEX REZNIK has made it to the final four weeks of competition on ‘Top Chef D.C.,’ but is his luck about to run out? Washington Chef Geoff Tracy of Chef Geoff’s has a new book on the horizon focusing on the importance of nutrition in children.
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Golf sees revival after Olympic reinstatement
Lambda Links offers tournaments, weekly play through Oct. 31
By KEVIN MAJOROS With the rise and fall of Tiger Woods and the reinstatement of golf for the 2016 summer Olympics, the sport is experiencing a mini revival. The Lambda Links Golf Club is the local LGBT chapter of the sport boasting a membership roster of 80 players. The members play each weekend from April 1 to Oct. 31, rotating weekly between Saturday and Sunday. Membership is $35 and entitles the players to three guest passes for the season and priority tee times for themselves and guests with passes. Also included is eligibility for official United States Golf Association (USGA) handicap as a member of a sanctioned USGA golf club. The Links play different courses every weekend in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro area utilizing the stroke play format. Matt LaChance, secretary of the Links stated, “The costs range from $40 However, nonmembers must wait until Thursday before the playing weekend to request a tee time slot, taking what is still available. A nonmember is a person who does not have a guest pass from a current club member. A nonmember or guest may also participate in the special club events for an extra cost of $10. They may also participate in the club championship but are not eligible for prizes or trophies. The remaining events for the 2010 season are the club championship on Sept. 25 and the Halloween tournament on Oct. 31. Inquiries can be directed to email@example.com Check out the Lambda Links at lambdalinks.org
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The Lambda Links play weekly through Oct. 31.
Gay Games update
to $80 for 18 holes depending on the course.” In stroke play, golfers record the number of strokes taken at each of the 18 holes and the player with the lowest score is the winner. When taking the handicap into consideration, the player subtracts their handicap from the total score to generate their net score, and the player with the lowest net score is the winner. Handicaps are essentially a representative of the average over par of a number of a player’s previous above average rounds, adjusted for course difficulty. To keep things interesting, the Lambda Links toss in six special club events during the season, which include a four-person scramble event, a two-person best ball event and the season end club championship. If you are interested in becoming a member, the Links welcome all skill levels though the following criteria must be met: • You have played at least five 18-hole rounds of golf. • You know about pace of play. • You are familiar with the rules of golf. • You are familiar with golf etiquette. Nonmembers may play with the Links for an extra $5 each time. A couple of local athletes were omitted from the last column’s Cologne Gay Games medal count: Karen Dixon took gold in golf and power lifting; Jay Walton won two bronze medals in figure skating.
Kevin Majoros has been a member of the District of Columbia Aquatics Club since 1996 and a Team DC board member since 2006. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1639 R St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-462-6569 cobaltdc.com In Dupont Circle area; popular with men but check schedule for other events. to the 1960s. Features billiards, regular tournaments and other special events. Located near the convention center, two blocks north of Gallery Place Metro.
1435 P St., NW Washington, DC 20005 202-797-9730 halodc.com Trendy Logan Circle bar and lounge popular with men features regular happy hour and other specials. Formerly known as Halo, MOVA re-launched in early 2010 as a environmentally friendly bar with an emphasis on community service.
3734 10th St. NE Washington, DC 20017 202-546-5979 thedeltaelite.com Longtime bar popular with AfricanAmerican men in Brookland neighborhood; hosts regular ladies night. Check web site for special events.
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1409 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20005 202-265-3055 Logan Circle area restaurant and bar (Dupont Circle Metro) popular with the theater crowd and featuring open-mike nights, karaoke and other special events.
NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR
900 U St., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-332-6355 nelliessportsbar.com Sports bar featuring poker events, drag bingo, trivia contests and other specials. Popular bar with massive outdoor deck and plenty of TVs for watching sports.
1637 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-328-0100 dupontitaliankitchen.com In Dupont Circle area, above Dupont Italian Kitchen.
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thewashingtonacademy.com Longtime organizers of drag events in the city; most events held at Ziegfeld’s. See web site for full list of upcoming events.
OMEGA DUPLEX DINER
2004 18th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-265-9599 duplexdiner.com Popular restaurant and bar in the Adams Morgan area; happy hour specials and many other special events. See web site for updated schedule. 2122 P St., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-223-4917 omegadc.com Dupont Circle area bar and club popular with men featuring dancing, drag and other special events.
ANNIE’S PARAMOUNT STEAK HOUSE
1609 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-232-0395 In Dupont Circle area; popular longtime restaurant and steakhouse with recently renovated Upstairs Lounge.
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525 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 phase1dc.com twitter.com/phase1dc The Phase opened in 1970 and remains a popular lesbian bar and club. Features regular special events, including Jell-O wrestling, ’80s theme nights and more. Check web site for details.
1805 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-797-1122 thefablounge.com In Dupont Circle area; popular with men but hosts regular women’s events.
1722 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 Multi-level after-hours dance club attracts a mixed crowd but remains gay-friendly.
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870 Park Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-4993 leonsbaltimore.tripod.com In business for more than 50 years, Leon’s is the oldest gay bar in Baltimore and among the oldest in the country. Friendly bar with jukebox gets especially busy on Sunday nights. Tyson Place is a restaurant bar located behind Leon’s with a separate entrance.
1415 22nd St., NW Washington, DC 20037 202-296-0505 apex-dc.com In Dupont Circle area; popular with men, but check schedule regularly for other events.
2161 P St., NW Washington, DC 20037 202-293-1293 In Dupont Circle area; neighborhood bar popular with men.
2002 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218 410-82-EAGLE Longtime Levi/leather bar not far from Mount Vernon offers friendly bar, billiards, outdoor patio, videos and a full store for your leather needs. Mostly men, but welcoming to women.
1104 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-544-1931 Longtime bar popular with AfricanAmerican men in Capitol Hill area.
QUEER PULP @ BLACK SQUIRREL
2427 18th St., NW Washington DC 20009 Alternative party for queer people featuring disco house, electro, indie pop, dance and industrial every Friday night.
PORT IN A STORM
4330 E. Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21224 410-534-0014 Friendly neighborhood lesbian bar gets especially popular when the Ravens play. Features billiards, music and more.
1335 Green Court, NW Washington, DC 20005 greenlanterndc.com twitter.com/greenlanterndc Friendly bar for men hosts regular happy hours and special events, including karaoke and shirtless drink special nights. Check web site for details. McPherson Square Metro.
500 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-543-5906 bananacafedc.com Popular Capitol Hill area restaurant and bar (Eastern Market Metro) for both men and women. Features Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican cuisine.
639 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-543-3113 remingtonswdc.com twitter.com/remingtonsWDC Popular country/Western nightclub in Capitol Hill neighborhood with more than 6,000 square feet of space for dancing and billiards. One half block west of Eastern Market Metro.
1 W. Biddle St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-837-3906 Mount Vernon-area downstairs bar attracts men and women; friendly service.
3607 Fleet St. Baltimore, MD 21224 410-563-2617 Neighborhood bar in Highlandtown area is popular with men and women and offers billiards.
205 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-225-3100 Another of Baltimore’s friendly neighborhood bars in Mount Vernon featuring billiards, jukebox and welcoming service.
1519 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-328-0090 jrswdc.com Longtime friendly Dupont Circle area bar popular with men; videos, regular special events.
815 V St., NW Washington, DC 20001 blowoff.us Created by musicians Bob Mould and Richard Morel, Blowoff is an occasional dance event popular with men. Events are held in clubs around the country; D.C.’s Blowoff parties are held at the 9:30 club in the popular U Street corridor.
2009 8th St., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-234-TOWN towndc.com Dance club and bar popular with men and women, features regular drag performances. U Street Metro.
1001 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-752-7133 centralstationpub.com Part of the Grand Central complex, Sappho’s attracts a lesbian crowd and offers comfy couches, outdoor patio and more in its second floor location.
1735 Maryland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-6965 Longtime bar and restaurant popular with African-American clientele.
2214 Rhode Island Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 202-832-3888 lacedc.com Every night is ladies night at Lace; features regular special events for women in Brookland neighborhood. Check web site for details on happy hour specials.
1639 R St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-462-6569 cobaltdc.com In Dupont Circle area; part of complex of LGBT businesses at this address, including Level One restaurant on street level and 30 Degrees bar.
1001 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-752-7133 centralstationpub.com Large entertainment complex featuring friendly pub, lesbian bar Sappho’s upstairs and a dance club on the first floor.
911 F St., NW Washington, DC 20004 ultrabardc.com twitter.com/UltraBar Large dance club with gay-friendly events and vibe located downtown near Metro Center.
FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR
555 23rd St. South Arlington, VA 22202 703-685-0555 Freddie Lutz’s Virginia establishment includes a restaurant and friendly bar, regular specials and is popular with men and women. Crystal City Metro.
1836 18th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-483-1483 Dupont Circle area bar and restaurant popular with both men and women.
WHERE THE GIRLS GO
wherethegirlsgo.com Queer women's events in the D.C. area. Check web site for latest info.
1 W. Eager St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-547-0069 clubhippo.com Large club popular with men and women featuring billiards, top DJs/dancing, karaoke, videos and more. Opened in 1972, Hippo’s motto is “where everyone is welcome.”
1321 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20005 202-319-1333 crewclub.net Men’s 24-hour gym in Logan Circle area, featuring steam rooms, lounges, private dressing rooms and more.
1824 Half St., SW Washington, DC 20024 202-863-0670 secretsdc.com Featuring all-nude male dancers Wednesdays-Sundays, drag performances, large dance floor and many regular special events, contests and more. Large parking lot available; located in Buzzard’s Point warehouse district.
Different locations mixtapedc.com twitter.com/MIXTAPEdc Alternative dance party for queer men and women featuring electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco and New Wave. Check web site for 2010 schedule of events.
9855 N. Washington Blvd. Laurel, MD 20723 301-498-8202 pwssportsbar.com Restaurant and bar is popular with gay and lesbian sports fans and is known for its superb burgers.
JAY’S ON READ
225 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-225-0188 Piano bar attracts a mostly male crowd, though welcoming to women and straight patrons.
639 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-347-6025 dceagle.com The popular Levi/leather bar’s origins date
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