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In cities, 1 in 5 gay men has HIV
New CDC study shows higher infection rate for MSM of color
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org Nineteen percent of men who have sex with men in a study of 21 U.S. cities was found to be infected with HIV and nearly half did not know they were infected, according to a report released late last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report shows that among the men who have sex with men, or MSM, participating in the 21city study, young MSM and MSM of color were least likely to know their HIV status. “This study’s message is clear: HIV exacts a devastating toll on men who have sex with men in America’s major cities, and yet far too many of those who are infected don’t know it,” said Kevin Fenton, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/ AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “We need to increase access to HIV testing so that more MSM know their status, and we all must bring new energy, new approaches and new champions to the ﬁght against HIV among men who have sex with men,” Fenton said. A CDC statement says the study consisted of testing 8,153 MSM in 21 cities that participated in the CDC’s 2008 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System program. The program looks at HIV prevalence and awareness of HIV status among at-risk populations, the statement says. “While MSM of all races and Continues on page 24
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AIDS activists protested waiting lists for patients seeking life-saving medications on Wednesday at the White House. Full story, page 24.
A dismal future under GOP control?
Advocates fear ‘zero probability’ of pro-gay advances in next Congress
Time is running out to vote in our annual Best Of Gay DC contest. Visit washingtonblade.com to cast your vote! By CHRIS JOHNSON email@example.com LGBT rights supporters are bracing for a freeze on pro-gay legislation in the next two years if — as many pundits predict — Republicans take control of the U.S. House and Democrats have a reduced majority in the Senate. Patrick Egan, a gay New York University political science professor, said what he sees for outstanding pro-LGBT legislation in the 112th Congress is “not a pretty picture.” “I would say nothing’s going to happen,” Egan said. “You can see how difﬁcult it was getting any kind of pro-gay legislation out of two houses that were solidly controlled by Democrats, and the picture’s just going to get worse to the extent that Republicans gain power on Capitol Hill.” Egan said he couldn’t identify which bills — such as the Domestic Partnership Beneﬁts & Obligations Act or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — have a greater chance of passing than others because he thinks, “the probability of all of them is zero.” “I’m just so pessimistic about anything moving at all that I actually don’t think that question is very meaningful,” he said. Michael Cole, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, drew on the record of Republican control throughout the 1990s and early 2000s in his prediction of what could happen next year. “We saw what Republican leadership looked like in the House, and that was when we had a Federal Marriage Amendment being debated, it’s when we saw [the Defense of Marriage Act] passed, it’s where we saw a slew of efforts that delayed our Continues on page 22
Project Runway’s Tim Gunn was in town last week for Out for Work and even tended bar at Mova. PHOTOS PAGE 49
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Judge orders suspect held until trial
Federal worker was stabbed, doused with bleach
Washington Blade ﬁle photo by Michael Key
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org The man charged with the Aug. 8 stabbing death of gay federal worker Delando King was ordered held without bond until his trial during a court hearing last week. D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher ruled that prosecutors and police presented sufﬁcient evidence to show probable cause that Marcus McLean, 24, is implicated in the murder and would present a danger to the community if released. Fisher issued his ruling after Det. Hosam Nasr of the police homicide squad gave testimony about the police investigation that linked McLean to King’s death and prompted authorities to charge him with ﬁrst-degree murder while armed on Aug. 14. He’s been held in jail since the time of his arrest. Much of Nasr’s testimony reiterated allegations made in a four-page police afﬁdavit in support of McLean’s arrest, which authorities ﬁled in court at the time of the arrest. Among other things, it says an autopsy found that King had been stabbed 30 times in his apartment and his body had been doused with bleach. Police found King’s body lying on his bed in his apartment in an upscale apartment building at 1117 10th St., N.W., on Aug. 9. Nasr testiﬁed that McLean told police at the time of his arrest that he used bleach to clean his ﬁngerprints from the apartment and poured bleach on King’s body as part of a means of hiding evidence that he learned through the TV crime show “CSI,” which focuses on crime scene evidence. Nasr said police believe McLean met King at the Dupont Circle gay bar Omega on the night of the murder. The police afﬁdavit says Omega’s management helped in the investigation by providing police with video surveillance footage showing King and McLean were in the bar together about 1:27 a.m. on Aug. 8 In recounting details in the afﬁdavit, Nasr testiﬁed that police observed video surveillance footage that captured McLean and King entering King’s apartment building on the night of the murder. He said additional video footage showed him leaving the building alone a short time later while carrying a bag believed to contain items he stole from
Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large), chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, will preside over the Oct. 14 hearing on the D.C. notary marriage bill.
Bill would allow notaries to perform marriages
The D.C. City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing Oct. 14 on a bill that would authorize notaries to perform marriages in the city. In a little noticed development, Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Jack Evans (DWard 2), and David Catania (I-At-Large) introduced the Marriage Ofﬁciant Amendment Act of 2010 on June 1. Council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) signed on as co-sponsors. Introduction of the notary public marriage bill comes a little more than six months after same-sex marriage became legal in the District of Columbia. A spokesperson for Cheh, who is the lead introducer, said the bill is intended to give all couples another option for obtaining a civil marriage. Under the city’s current marriage law, civil marriages can only be performed by a judge or by a court-appointed “ofﬁciant” that almost always performs marriages at the D.C. Superior Court. The current law allows clergy members to perform religious marriage ceremonies at places of worship or other locations. “So by opening it up to notaries it’s giving people another option that requires neither any kind of religious association and you don’t have to go to a courthouse necessarily,” said Melissa Millar, Cheh’s legislative counsel. Carly Heitz, a spokesperson for the American Society of Notaries, said three other states allow notaries public to perform marriages — Florida, North Carolina and Maine. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large), chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, will preside over the Oct. 14 hearing on the D.C. notary marriage bill. Those interested in testifying should contact the committee at 202-724-7808. Bob Summersgill, a local gay activist who was among those coordinating efforts to pass the same-sex marriage bill, said he plans to testify in favor of the bill. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Delando King was stabbed to death in August.
Wone defendants to invoke Fifth Amendment
Three D.C. gay men charged in a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the 2006 murder of local attorney Robert Wone notiﬁed the court that the men would invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to testify in an upcoming civil trial, according to a lawyer involved in the case. Patrick Regan, the attorney representing Wone’s widow and family members who ﬁled the lawsuit, discussed the defendants’ position on possible testimony following a Sept. 16 status hearing at D.C. Superior Court. He told reporters that defense lawyers informed him the defendants don’t plan to offer written testimony and most likely would not testify at a civil trial now set for Oct. 17, 2011. “Defendants don’t assert their Fifth Amendment rights if they are not guilty of something,” the Washington Post quoted Regan as saying. Regan and other attorneys representing the Wone family told Judge Brook Hedge at the hearing that they plan to ﬁle a motion to force the men to testify. Hedge or another judge is expected to issue a ruling on whether the defendants should be compelled to testify at some time prior to the start of the trial. Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward were acquitted of charges of evidence tampering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with Wone’s murder during a criminal trial earlier this year. No one has been charged with the murder. Arthur Spitzer, an attorney with the D.C.-area chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits people from being forced to testify at any proceeding that could result in their incriminating themselves. As a result of their acquittal in the criminal case, Price, Zaborsky and Ward cannot be incriminated on the charges for which they were found not guilty. But Spitzer noted that the three men could be criminally implicated on other charges, including murder, should the government obtain sufﬁcient new evidence in the Wone case. Attorneys on both sides of the case did not respond to a request for comment by press time. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
King’s apartment. He testiﬁed that police further identiﬁed and linked McLean to King’s murder when they observed video footage of him making purchases at area stores, including a CVS store, while using a bank card discovered stolen from King’s apartment. Nasr said that just hours after the murder, McLean also used one of King’s bank cards to purchase a movie ticket at a Silver Spring, Md., theater to see the ﬁlm “Salt.” According to the afﬁdavit, McLean initially denied knowing King. When shown the video surveillance of him entering King’s apartment building, McLean admitted stabbing King but insisted it was in self-defense, the afﬁdavit says. It says McLean told detectives a ﬁght started after King attempted to force him to become a male prostitute and threatened to kill him by holding a knife to his throat. “Defendant McLean claimed that he began to stab the decedent in the chest and then he (defendant McLean) blacked out and does not remember the remainder of the stabbing,” the afﬁdavit says. Similar to an assertion in the afﬁdavit, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff disputed McLean’s claim of self-defense, noting that King was ﬁve-feet, ﬁve inches tall and weighed 140 pounds at the time of his death. She noted that McLean is 6 feet, seven inches tall and weighs about 230 pounds. Kia Sears, McLean’s attorney, disputed the police evidence in the case, saying she questioned the accuracy of the account police gave of what McLean told detectives after his arrest. Judge Fisher scheduled a felony status conference for Jan. 10. A trial date has yet to be scheduled.
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Lawsuit says D.C. could still host 2014 Gay Games
Ousted group sues games leaders, Cleveland for breach of contract
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. email@example.com A Cleveland-based foundation has charged in a lawsuit that leaders of the Gay Games conspired to illegally terminate its contract to operate the 2014 LGBT athletic event in Cleveland and fallout from that action could result in the event being moved to D.C. In its lawsuit ﬁled Sept. 2, the Cleveland Synergy Foundation charges that the Federation of Gay Games, the City of Cleveland, a top city ofﬁcial and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission – which had pledged to help promote the event – colluded to breach Synergy’s licensing agreement to operate the games. “Upon information and belief, FGG has already made inquiry whether the unsuccessful bid organization from Washington, D.C. and Boston would accept the 2014 Gay Games and host these games in their city,” the lawsuit says. “The license agreement with Synergy, and the enforcement thereof, is critical to the retention of the 2014 Gay Games in the Cities of Cleveland and Akron, as failure to honor the License Agreement requires the award of the 2014 Gay Games to either the second [or]…third place bidder,” the lawsuit says. At the time the FGG announced last October that it had chosen Cleveland-Akron over D.C. and Boston as the host city for the quadrennial event, it granted D.C. ﬁrst “runner-up” status and named Boson as the second runner-up city. In addition to breach of contract and “civil conspiracy,” the lawsuit charges the defendants with defamation, invasion of privacy and portraying Synergy in a “false light” by wrongfully claiming it failed to meet the terms of the licensing agreement. It also charges that FGG ofﬁcials are in violation of their own policies and rules by taking steps to ﬁnd another organization to operate the 2014 games in Cleveland. The lawsuit says the rules were incorporated into the bidding process for the 2014 games and are legally binding on the FGG. Among other things, the suit claims the rules prohibit the FGG from awarding the licensing agreement to another organization unless that organization submitted a bid for the games during the initial selection process. If the court determines those rules to be binding on the FGG, it would mean Cleveland could not host the games unless Synergy is brought back in as the operator because no other organization in the Cleveland area would be eligible to obtain the license. The Synergy Foundation, an LGBT group, submitted the bid on Cleveland’s behalf. The Metropolitan Washington Gaymes, Inc., the D.C. LGBT sports coalition that submitted a bid for D.C. to host the games, and a similar group in Boston would be the only two entities allowed to receive the licensing agreement other than Synergy if the court sides with the Synergy Foundation’s contention. Vince Micone, president of the Metropolitan Washington Gaymes, said the group’s board has obtained a copy of the lawsuit and is observing developments in Cleveland as they unfold. But he said it was too soon for the group to comment on whether the Gay Games should be moved to D.C. “We’ve taken no position whatsoever on this,” he said. “We just read it with interest as others would. From what we’ve heard from the Federation, we are basically in the status quo.” In a statement released in August, the FGG said it “ended its relationship with Cleveland Synergy Foundation (CSF), effective 6 July 2010.” Cleveland ofﬁcials, who noted that the city had agreed to provide funds to help organize the games, said prior to the termination announcement that Cleveland Synergy Foundation had failed to meet a deadline for submitting a required report detailing its progress and use of city funds. News media reports in Cleveland cited unnamed sources as saying the licensing termination was due, in part, to ﬁnancial irregularities by Cleveland Synergy.
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The 2010 Gay Games were held in August in Germany; the next event is slated for 2014 in Cleveland, but a new lawsuit could bring the games to D.C.
The lawsuit disputes those allegations, saying Synergy met all of its requirements and that it was the city and the FGG that failed to fulﬁll their requirements under the licensing agreement. FGG ofﬁcials, meanwhile, said their strong intention was to keep the Gay Games in Cleveland and seek out another qualiﬁed Cleveland organization to assume the licensing agreement to operate the games. In August, sources familiar with the FGG said Gay Games leaders decided in a closed meeting in Cologne, Germany to give Cleveland until the end of this year to develop a new
group and plan to host the games. If the city isn’t able to complete that process by that time, the FGG would consider offering the games to the runner up city, the sources said. FGG spokesperson Kelly Stevens said he would make inquires this week with FGG ofﬁcials in response to a Blade request for comment on the latest developments surrounding the lawsuit. In a statement released during the week the suit was ﬁled, the FGG said, “The Federation of Gay Games is disappointed with the recent legal challenge by Cleveland Synergy Foun-
dation. The Federation of Gay Games will review this with our attorneys and respond accordingly. The Federation of Gay Games remains committed to Gay Games IX Cleveland 2014.” Among other things, the lawsuit asks the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court for an injunction forcing the FGG to recognize the licensing agreement with Cleveland Synergy as being in full effect. It also calls for compensatory damages against the FGG and the city “in an amount to be proven at trial” but at a minimum of $225,000 plus interest, fees, and possible punitive damages.
Warm reception for Gray on 17th Street
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org D.C.’s presumptive mayor-elect Vincent Gray shook hands with customers of the 17th Street gay bar JR.’s on Saturday, Sept. 25, during an appearance at the ﬁrst annual 17th Street Festival, which celebrated the popular Dupont Circle area restaurant and entertainment strip. Many of the LGBT residents and visitors along the section of 17th Street between P and R streets, N.W., where the festival was held and where three gay bars and one gay restaurant are located, approached Gray to congratulate him on his victory in the Sept. 14 mayoral primary. A number of them posed for photos with him as he walked along the street chatting with festival goers. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key Among those who greeted Gray at the festival was veteran D.C. Christopher Dyer, Mayor Adrian Fenty’s gay activist Frank Kameny. City ofﬁcials honored Kameny earlier GLBT Affairs director, wore a Vincent Gray this year by designating a section of 17th Street where the festival sticker at last weekend’s 17th Street Festival. was held as “Kameny Way.” Also attending the festival was Christopher Dyer, director of Mayor Adrian Fenty’s Ofﬁce of GLBT Affairs. Dyer, who wore a “Gray” campaign sticker on his shirt, acknowledged that he campaigned for Fenty’s re-election and was disappointed that his boss lost to Gray in the Democratic primary. Faced with only token opposition, Gray is considered the odds-on favorite to win the general election. Others attending the festival included D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), whose ward includes the 17th Street strip; and Council members David Catania (I-At-Large) and Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large). Mendelson, who won re-nomination for his seat in the Sept. 14 primary, and Catania are also running in the November election. Both are considered strong favorites to win. Catania, who is gay, had a booth at the festival. “I want to be the mayor for everyone, not just the people who voted for me,” Gray said after shaking hands with JR.’s customers in an outdoor beer garden that the bar set up for the festival. He was responding to a reporter’s question about his appearance in a part of the city where voters backed Fenty in the Sept. 14 primary. Speaking earlier from a stage at the festival, Gray invited Dupont Circle area residents to attend a Ward 2 town hall meeting this fall, one of eight town hall meetings he’s organizing throughout the city to obtain input from city residents.
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Plouffe blames McConnell for ‘Don’t Ask’ defeat
BALTIMORE — David Plouffe, President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, blamed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the Senate’s failure to advance “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal last week. Plouffe, speaking at a book-signing event in Baltimore on Sept. 23, told an audience of about 200 people that Senate Republican leadership feared that showing support for repealing the military’s gay ban would depress voter turnout in the midterm elections. “McConnell got 12 Republican senators in a room and said, ‘If we do this, it’s going to hurt our turnout,’” Plouffe said. He cited Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine as among those in the room. Plouffe claimed that McConnell told the senators, “we’ll do it in December,” suggesting that the Senate would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with bipartisan support after the elections. — KEVIN NAFF
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President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager accused Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell of thwarting repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
Republican John Dennis, who is challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, supports repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and the Defense of Marriage Act.
10 states join brief opposing same-sex marriage
WASHINGTON — Wyoming and nine other states have urged a federal appeals court in California to overturn a ruling that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the Associated Press reported. A federal judge ruled last month that there was no legitimate state interest in preventing same-sex marriages and that “moral disapproval” alone wasn’t sufﬁcient reason to justify banning it. The case is being appealed. The amicus brief sent Friday said states, not federal courts, should have ﬁnal say on the matter. The states that joined the brief against gay marriage are Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.
GOP candidate seeks LGBT help in ousting Pelosi
Dennis wins Log Cabin endorsement, faces uphill battle
By CHRIS JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org The Republican candidate running against Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is looking for help from LGBT voters in his quest to unseat the House speaker. John Dennis, in his ﬁrst run for political ofﬁce, is running against Pelosi to represent California’s 8th congressional district. He’s described on his website as “an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur” as well as “a pro-liberty San Franciscan.” Dennis has earned the endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans and last week spoke at the organization’s annual dinner in D.C. to cultivate support among gay Republicans. During his remarks, the Republican candidate said one thing he was delighted to discover over the course of his campaign is that gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk supported Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in his 1964 bid for the presidency against then-President Lyndon Johnson. “On the surface, it doesn’t make sense, but if you think about the preStonewall era, it makes complete sense,” Dennis said. “The community had a tough time with government. Government was oppressing it and always on its back. But Barry’s libertarian streak actually connected with the community.” Dennis emphasized the libertarian elements of the GOP and said those tenets mean the LGBT community “rightfully belongs in the Republican Party with our emphasis on individual liberty.” Dennis said he’s running against an opponent who represents Democratic control of Washington and dissatisfaction with the federal government. He said he’s noticed a lot of e-mails from Republican challengers saying their Democratic opponents vote either 94 percent of the time or 96 percent of the time with Pelosi. “I can guarantee you one thing,” Dennis said. “My opponent votes 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi.” Dennis spoke with the Blade about his support for LGBT issues following his speech at the Log Cabin dinner. Pelosi hasn’t scheduled a time to talk with the Blade during the 111th Congress despite repeated requests for an interview over the past year. Among Dennis’ pro-LGBT positions is his support for repeal of laws seen as discriminatory against LGBT people. He said he backs repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as well as the Defense of Marriage Act. “I don’t think marriage is a government issue,” he said. “It’s certainly not a federal government issue. So, those are issues that I’d be happy to support in the gay community.” Dennis also said in 2008 he voted against Proposition 8 in California, which ended same-sex marriage in the state. He said his position against Prop 8 is consistent with his view that government should not be in “the marriage business.” “It was very exclusionary, that law, and didn’t go to solve the problem,” Dennis said. “It just said, ‘OK, well, this is for us and then you guys do whatever you’re going to do.’ And I thought it was a little aggressive.” Dennis added he thinks U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s recent ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional was “the right decision” and said he expressed his support for the ruling on his blog. Still, Dennis hesitated when asked if he supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar job discrimination against LGBT people in most settings. Dennis said his support on ENDA will depend on how the legislation “is presented” and said there’s a “ﬂip-side” to the legislation. “Do you end up forcing homophobes or anti-homosexual groups — do you end up protecting their right to be employed by homosexuals when there’s an Continues on page 20
Coulter at Homocon: ‘Marriage is not a civil right’
NEW YORK — Controversial conservative political commentator Ann Coulter appeared at a gay conservative event this weekend in New York, GOProud’s inaugural Homocon, and told attendees they should, like her, oppose same-sex marriage. “I should warn you,” she said according to reports, “I’ve never failed to talk gays out of gay marriage.” Coulter said lacking the legal right to marry allows gays to get out of their relationships more easily and that marriage should be strictly for procreation. She also said marriage isn’t a civil right because gays “aren’t black.” She also said the 14th Amendment only applies to blacks, not women, LGBT people or other minorities. Some asked Coulter during a question/answer session if opposition to samesex marriage is in line with the conservative principles of limited government and whether she believes homosexuality is a choice, a question she reportedly declined to answer. In response to a question from GOProud chairman Chris Barron, Coulter implied that conservative opposition to same-sex marriage from politicians who beneﬁted from no-fault divorce was hypocritical.
Anti-gay marriage group sues over R.I. election law
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A group that opposes same-sex marriage has sued the Rhode Island Board of Elections, saying it wants to run ads in the governor’s race and other contests but doesn’t want to have to comply with the state’s campaign ﬁnance laws, according to an Associated Press report. The National Organization for Marriage says in a federal lawsuit that it should not be forced to report its expenditures or comply with spending limits or bans that are required for political action committees. The group argues it shouldn’t be considered a PAC because it’s not controlled by a political purpose and does not spend most of its money on Rhode Island’s political races. It says the rules for PACs are burdensome and interfere with free speech. “You have to negotiate the myriad regulations that apply, and for a lot of organizations, it’s just not worth it,” the AP quoted Jeffrey Gallant, a lawyer with the James Madison Center for Free Speech, which is representing the anti-gay marriage group, as saying. “These laws are a deterrent for free and open speech in political matters.” Rhode Island is one of two New England states that does not allow same-sex marriage. Gallant told the AP the organization’s lawsuit was supported by a recent blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision that freed businesses and unions to directly spend money on federal elections.
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Maj. Margaret Witt was discharged in 2006 after serving in the Air Force for 19 years as a flight nurse.
Wash. court rules to reinstate lesbian officer
Decision finds Witt’s presence doesn’t undermine unit cohesion
By CHRIS JOHNSON A federal court in Washington State on Sept. 24 ruled that a lesbian Air Force officer discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” should be reinstated into the U.S. armed forces because the government cannot prove that her presence in the military undermined unit cohesion. In the case of Witt v. Air Force, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton determined that Maj. Margaret Witt, who was discharged in 2006 after serving in the Air Force for 19 years as a flight nurse, should be allowed back into the military “at the earliest possible moment.” “The Court concludes that [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’], when applied to Major Margaret Witt, does not further the government’s interest in promoting military readiness, unit morale and cohesion,” the decision states. Leighton rules that Witt’s expulsion under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” violates her due process rights under the Fifth Amendment. In a statement provided by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented her in the lawsuit, Witt said she’s “thrilled” with the decision and she “appreciate[s] the Court’s belief in the professionalism of the military.” “Many people forget that the U.S. military is the most diverse workforce in the world — we are extremely versed in adaption,” Witt said. “Thousands of men and women who are gay and lesbian honorably serve this country in our military. Wounded personnel never asked me about my sexual orientation. They were just glad to see me.” Unlike the decision recently reached by a California federal court in the case of Log Cabin v. United States, the decision in the Witt case doesn’t overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The order is strictly applied to Witt and only allows her to return to her duties in the Air Force. The U.S. Justice Department didn’t immediately respond to Blade’s request for comment on the ruling or whether the Obama administration would appeal the decision to a higher court. In 2008, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case to the district court in Washington, overturning an earlier decision by the court. The appellate court ordered the lower court to determine whether the U.S. military could prove Witt’s presence in the Air Force harmed unit cohesion before discharging her. In six days of testimony that took place earlier this month, several witnesses spoke in favor of Witt and her performance in the Air Force. The decision on Friday states that the evidence presented showed Witt was an “exemplary officer.” “Major Witt’s approach to the factfinding mission of this Court was to present testimony of members and former members of her unit ... who testified persuasively that serving with Margaret Witt and other known or suspected gay and lesbian service members did not adversely affect unit morale and cohesion,” the decision states. “To the contrary, it was Major Witt’s suspension and ultimate discharge that caused a loss of morale throughout the squadron.” Doug NeJaime, a gay law professor at Loyola Law School, said the court’s decision isn’t surprising considering the level of scrutiny mandated by the Ninth Circuit. He added the decision sets “a really good precedent for potential other discharges” that would require the government, at least in the Ninth Circuit, to continue the burden of showing that discharging a service member under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is in the best interest of unit cohesion and morale. NeJaime said the Obama administration could appeal the decision to the Ninth Circuit, but added he thinks an appeal is unlikely because the order only applies to one person. “The Justice Department is in a difficult position, and you would think that since this only applies to Maj. Witt, it might make sense not to see this any further and just let things end here, which, I think, is probably what we’re going to see happen,” NeJaime said.
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ATRIPLA Important Safety Information and Indication
INDICATION ATRIPLA® (efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate [DF] 300 mg) is a prescription medication used alone as a complete regimen or with other medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV-1 to others. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get infections that develop because the immune system is weak or other conditions that happen with HIV-1 infection. Do not stop taking ATRIPLA unless directed by your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly. • Have ever had seizures: Seizures have occurred in patients taking a component of ATRIPLA, usually in those with a history of seizures. If you have ever had seizures, or take medicine for seizures, your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or monitor you. • Have ever had mental illness or use drugs or alcohol. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of the following serious or common side effects:
Serious side effects associated with ATRIPLA: • Severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior have been reported by a small number of patients. Some patients have had thoughts of suicide, and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur more often in patients who have had mental illness. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Contact your healthcare provider right away if you get the following • Kidney problems (including decline or failure of kidney function). If you have had kidney problems, or take other medicines that may side effects or conditions associated with ATRIPLA: cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider should do regular • Nausea, vomiting, unusual muscle pain, and/or weakness. These blood tests. Symptoms that may be related to kidney problems include may be signs of a buildup of acid in the blood (lactic acidosis), a high volume of urine, thirst, muscle pain, and muscle weakness. which is a serious medical condition. • Light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, and/or if your skin or the • Other serious liver problems. Some patients have experienced serious liver problems, including liver failure resulting in transplantation whites of your eyes turn yellow. These may be signs of serious or death. Most of these serious side effects occurred in patients with a liver problems. chronic liver disease such as hepatitis infection, but there have also • If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), your liver disease been a few reports in patients without any existing liver disease. may suddenly get worse if you stop taking ATRIPLA. • Bone changes. Lab tests show changes in the bones of patients treated Do not take ATRIPLA if you are taking the following medicines with tenofovir DF, a component of ATRIPLA. Some HIV patients treated because serious and life-threatening side effects may occur when with tenofovir DF developed thinning of the bones (osteopenia), which ® ® taken together: Vascor (bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride), could lead to fractures. Also, bone pain and softening of the bone Versed® (midazolam), Orap® (pimozide), Halcion® (triazolam), (which may lead to fractures) may occur as a consequence of kidney or ergot medications (for example, Wigraine® and Cafergot®). problems. If you have had bone problems in the past, your healthcare In addition, ATRIPLA should not be taken with: provider may want to check your bones. Combivir® (lamivudine/zidovudine), EMTRIVA® (emtricitabine), Epivir® Common side effects: or Epivir-HBV® (lamivudine), Epzicom® (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), SUSTIVA® (efavirenz), Trizivir® (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), • Dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble TRUVADA® (emtricitabine/tenofovir DF), or VIREAD® (tenofovir DF), concentrating, and/or unusual dreams. These side effects tend to because they contain the same or similar active ingredients as ATRIPLA. go away after taking ATRIPLA for a few weeks. These symptoms may ATRIPLA should not be used with HEPSERA® (adefovir dipivoxil). be more severe with the use of alcohol and/or mood-altering (street) drugs. If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, and/or are drowsy, Vfend® (voriconazole) or REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) with or without avoid activities that may be dangerous, such as driving or operating Norvir® (ritonavir) should not be taken with ATRIPLA since they may lose their effect and may also increase the chance of having side effects machinery. from ATRIPLA. Fortovase® or Invirase® (saquinavir) should not be used • Rash is a common side effect that usually goes away without any as the only protease inhibitor in combination with ATRIPLA. change in treatment, but may be serious in a small number of patients. Taking ATRIPLA with St. John’s wort or products containing St. John’s wort • Other common side effects include: tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, is not recommended as it may cause decreased levels of ATRIPLA, gas, and diarrhea. increased viral load, and possible resistance to ATRIPLA or Other possible side effects: cross-resistance to other anti-HIV drugs. This list of medicines is not complete. Discuss with your healthcare • Changes in body fat have been seen in some people taking anti-HIV-1 medicines. The cause and long-term health effects are not known. provider all prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking or plan to take. • Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen. Tell your healthcare provider if you: • If you notice any symptoms of infection, contact your healthcare provider right away. • Are pregnant: Women should not become pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks after stopping ATRIPLA. Serious birth defects • Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic have been seen in children of women treated during pregnancy with reaction (including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), one of the medicines in ATRIPLA. Women must use a reliable form of shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain, weakness, and indigestion. barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also use other methods of birth control, while on ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks You should take ATRIPLA once daily on an empty stomach. Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome. after stopping ATRIPLA. • Are breastfeeding: Women with HIV should not breastfeed because they can pass HIV through their milk to the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause serious harm to the baby. • Have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection.
ATRIPLA is one of several treatment options your doctor may consider.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see Patient Information on the following pages.
© 2010 Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. All rights reserved. ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. EMTRIVA, VIREAD, and TRUVADA are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. SUSTIVA and REYATAZ are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb. All other trademarks are owned by third parties. 697US09AB07046/TR6827 09/10
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“All my HIV meds in one pill daily. That’s for me.”
on ATRIPLA for 11/2 years
ATRIPLA is the #1 prescribed HIV regimen.*
• Only ATRIPLA combines 3 HIV medications in 1 pill daily. • Proven to lower viral load to undetectable in approximately 7 out of 10 patients new to therapy, and also raise T-cell‡ (CD4+) count to help control HIV through 3 years of a clinical study.§ • ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV-1 to others.
Selected Important Safety Information:
Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA have developed the following: a serious condition of acid buildup in the blood (lactic acidosis), and serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity). For patients with both HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis may suddenly worsen if ATRIPLA is discontinued. Please see detailed and additional Important Safety Information, including the bolded information to the left.
Defined as a viral load of less than 400 copies/mL. Average increase of 312 cells/mm3. § In this study, 227 patients took the meds in ATRIPLA.
Patient model. Individual results may vary.
Your doctor may prescribe ATRIPLA alone or with other HIV medications.
Talk to your doctor to see if ATRIPLA is right for you.
* Synovate Healthcare Data; US HIV Monitor, Q1 2010.
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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information ATRIPLA® (uh TRIP luh) Tablets ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with ATRIPLA. Please also read the section “MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA.” Generic name: efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (eh FAH vih renz, em tri SIT uh bean and te NOE’ fo veer dye soe PROX il FYOU mar ate) Read the Patient Information that comes with ATRIPLA® (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) before you start taking it and each time you get a refill since there may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. You should stay under a healthcare provider’s care when taking ATRIPLA. Do not change or stop your medicine without first talking with your healthcare provider. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about ATRIPLA. What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA? • Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA (which contains nucleoside analogs) have developed a serious condition called lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or symptoms of lactic acidosis: • You feel very weak or tired. • You have unusual (not normal) muscle pain. • You have trouble breathing. • You have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting. • You feel cold, especially in your arms and legs. • You feel dizzy or lightheaded. • You have a fast or irregular heartbeat. • Some people who have taken medicines like ATRIPLA have developed serious liver problems called hepatotoxicity, with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or symptoms of liver problems: • Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice). • Your urine turns dark. • Your bowel movements (stools) turn light in color. • You don’t feel like eating food for several days or longer. • You feel sick to your stomach (nausea). • You have lower stomach area (abdominal) pain. • You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside analog-containing medicines, like ATRIPLA, for a long time. • If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and you stop taking ATRIPLA, you may get a “flare-up” of your hepatitis. A “flare-up” is when the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Patients with HBV who stop taking ATRIPLA need close medical follow-up for several months, including medical exams and blood tests to check for hepatitis that could be getting worse. ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so you must discuss your HBV therapy with your healthcare provider. What is ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA contains 3 medicines, SUSTIVA® (efavirenz), EMTRIVA® (emtricitabine) and VIREAD® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate also called tenofovir DF) combined in one pill. EMTRIVA and VIREAD are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and SUSTIVA is an HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components of TRUVADA®. ATRIPLA can be used alone as a complete regimen, or in combination with other anti-HIV-1 medicines to treat people with HIV-1 infection. ATRIPLA is for adults age 18 and over. ATRIPLA has not been studied in children under age 18 or adults over age 65. HIV infection destroys CD4+ T cells, which are important to the immune system. The immune system helps fight infection. After a large number of T cells are destroyed, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) develops. ATRIPLA helps block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a viral chemical in your body (enzyme) that is needed for HIV-1 to multiply. ATRIPLA lowers the amount of HIV-1 in the blood (viral load). ATRIPLA may also help to increase the number of T cells (CD4+ cells), allowing your immune system to improve. Lowering the amount of HIV-1 in the blood lowers the chance of death or infections that happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections). Does ATRIPLA cure HIV-1 or AIDS? ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV-1 infection. Opportunistic infections are infections that develop because the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly while taking ATRIPLA. Does ATRIPLA reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others? ATRIPLA has not been shown to lower your chance of passing HIV-1 to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. • Do not share needles or other injection equipment. • Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes or razor blades.
ATRIPLA® (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to reduce the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Who should not take ATRIPLA? Together with your healthcare provider, you need to decide whether ATRIPLA is right for you. Do not take ATRIPLA if you are allergic to ATRIPLA or any of its ingredients. The active ingredients of ATRIPLA are efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ATRIPLA? Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (see “What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?”). • Are breast-feeding (see “What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?”). • Have kidney problems or are undergoing kidney dialysis treatment. • Have bone problems. • Have liver problems, including hepatitis B virus infection. Your healthcare provider may want to do tests to check your liver while you take ATRIPLA. • Have ever had mental illness or are using drugs or alcohol. • Have ever had seizures or are taking medicine for seizures. What important information should I know about taking other medicines with ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA may change the effect of other medicines, including the ones for HIV-1, and may cause serious side effects. Your healthcare provider may change your other medicines or change their doses. Other medicines, including herbal products, may affect ATRIPLA. For this reason, it is very important to let all your healthcare providers and pharmacists know what medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins you are taking. MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA • The following medicines may cause serious and life-threatening side effects when taken with ATRIPLA. You should not take any of these medicines while taking ATRIPLA: Vascor (bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride), Versed (midazolam), Orap (pimozide), Halcion (triazolam), ergot medications (for example, Wigraine and Cafergot). • ATRIPLA also should not be used with Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), EMTRIVA, Epivir, Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), SUSTIVA, TRUVADA, or VIREAD. • Vfend (voriconazole) should not be taken with ATRIPLA since it may lose its effect or may increase the chance of having side effects from ATRIPLA. • Do not take St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), or products containing St. John’s wort with ATRIPLA. St. John’s wort is an herbal product sold as a dietary supplement. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are taking or are planning to take St. John’s wort. Taking St. John’s wort may decrease ATRIPLA levels and lead to increased viral load and possible resistance to ATRIPLA or cross-resistance to other anti-HIV-1 drugs. • ATRIPLA should not be used with HEPSERA® (adefovir dipivoxil). It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following: • Fortovase, Invirase (saquinavir), Biaxin (clarithromycin), Noxafil (posaconazole), or Sporanox (itraconazole); these medicines may need to be replaced with another medicine when taken with ATRIPLA. • Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem or Tiazac (diltiazem), Covera HS or Isoptin (verapamil) and others; Crixivan (indinavir), Selzentry (maraviroc); the immunosuppressant medicines cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune, and others), Prograf (tacrolimus), or Rapamune (sirolimus); Methadone; Mycobutin (rifabutin); Rifampin; cholesterol-lowering medicines such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin sodium), and Zocor (simvastatin); or Zoloft (sertraline); these medicines may need to have their dose changed when taken with ATRIPLA. • Videx, Videx EC (didanosine); tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) may increase the amount of didanosine in your blood, which could result in more side effects. You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and didanosine together. Also, the dose of didanosine may need to be changed. • Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) or Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir); these medicines may increase the amount of tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) in your blood, which could result in more side effects. Reyataz is not recommended with ATRIPLA. You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and Kaletra together. Also, the dose of Kaletra may need to be changed. • Medicine for seizures [for example, Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine), or phenobarbital]; your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or check drug levels in your blood from time to time. These are not all the medicines that may cause problems if you take ATRIPLA. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines that you take. Keep a complete list of all the prescription and nonprescription medicines as well as any herbal remedies that you are taking, how much you take, and how often you take them. Make a new list when medicines or herbal remedies are added or stopped, or if the dose changes. Give copies of this list to all of your healthcare providers and pharmacists every time you visit your healthcare provider or fill a prescription. This will give your healthcare provider a complete picture of the medicines you use. Then he or she can decide the best approach for your situation. •
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ATRIPLA® (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) How should I take ATRIPLA? • Take the exact amount of ATRIPLA your healthcare provider prescribes. Never change the dose on your own. Do not stop this medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to stop. • You should take ATRIPLA on an empty stomach. • Swallow ATRIPLA with water. • Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome. • Do not miss a dose of ATRIPLA. If you forget to take ATRIPLA, take the missed dose right away, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not double the next dose. Carry on with your regular dosing schedule. If you need help in planning the best times to take your medicine, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. • If you believe you took more than the prescribed amount of ATRIPLA, contact your local poison control center or emergency room right away. • Tell your healthcare provider if you start any new medicine or change how you take old ones. Your doses may need adjustment. • When your ATRIPLA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to ATRIPLA and become harder to treat. • Your healthcare provider may want to do blood tests to check for certain side effects while you take ATRIPLA. What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA? • Women should not become pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks after stopping it. Serious birth defects have been seen in the babies of animals and women treated with efavirenz (a component of ATRIPLA) during pregnancy. It is not known whether efavirenz caused these defects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are pregnant. Also talk with your healthcare provider if you want to become pregnant. • Women should not rely only on hormone-based birth control, such as pills, injections, or implants, because ATRIPLA may make these contraceptives ineffective. Women must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also use other methods of birth control. Efavirenz, a component of ATRIPLA, may remain in your blood for a time after therapy is stopped. Therefore, you should continue to use contraceptive measures for 12 weeks after you stop taking ATRIPLA. • Do not breast-feed if you are taking ATRIPLA. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that mothers with HIV not breast-feed because they can pass the HIV through their milk to the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause serious harm to the baby. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding. You should stop breast-feeding or may need to use a different medicine. • Taking ATRIPLA with alcohol or other medicines causing similar side effects as ATRIPLA, such as drowsiness, may increase those side effects. • Do not take any other medicines, including prescription and nonprescription medicines and herbal products, without checking with your healthcare provider. • Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection since ATRIPLA does not stop you from passing the HIV-1 infection to others. What are the possible side effects of ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA may cause the following serious side effects: • Lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get signs of lactic acidosis. (See “What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?”) • Serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any signs of liver problems. (See “What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?”) • “Flare-ups” of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, in which the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before, can occur if you have HBV and you stop taking ATRIPLA. Your healthcare provider will monitor your condition for several months after stopping ATRIPLA if you have both HIV-1 and HBV infection and may recommend treatment for your HBV. ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection. If you have advanced liver disease and stop treatment with ATRIPLA, the “flare-up” of hepatitis B may cause your liver function to decline. • Serious psychiatric problems. A small number of patients may experience severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior while taking ATRIPLA. Some patients have thoughts of suicide and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur more often in patients who have had mental illness. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you think you are having these psychiatric symptoms, so your healthcare provider can decide if you should continue to take ATRIPLA. • Kidney problems (including decline or failure of kidney function). If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider should do regular blood tests to check your kidneys. Symptoms that may be related to kidney problems include a high volume of urine, thirst, muscle pain, and muscle weakness. • Other serious liver problems. Some patients have experienced serious liver problems including liver failure resulting in transplantation or death. Most of these serious side effects occurred in patients with a chronic liver disease such as hepatitis infection, but there have also been a few reports in patients without any existing liver disease. •
ATRIPLA® (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) Changes in bone mineral density (thinning bones). Laboratory tests show changes in the bones of patients treated with tenofovir DF, a component of ATRIPLA. Some HIV patients treated with tenofovir DF developed thinning of the bones (osteopenia) which could lead to fractures. If you have had bone problems in the past, your healthcare provider may need to do tests to check your bone mineral density or may prescribe medicines to help your bone mineral density. Additionally, bone pain and softening of the bone (which may contribute to fractures) may occur as a consequence of kidney problems. Common side effects: Patients may have dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, and/or unusual dreams during treatment with ATRIPLA. These side effects may be reduced if you take ATRIPLA at bedtime on an empty stomach. They also tend to go away after you have taken the medicine for a few weeks. If you have these common side effects, such as dizziness, it does not mean that you will also have serious psychiatric problems, such as severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior. Tell your healthcare provider right away if any of these side effects continue or if they bother you. It is possible that these symptoms may be more severe if ATRIPLA is used with alcohol or mood altering (street) drugs. If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, or are drowsy, avoid activities that may be dangerous, such as driving or operating machinery. Rash may be common. Rashes usually go away without any change in treatment. In a small number of patients, rash may be serious. If you develop a rash, call your healthcare provider right away. Other common side effects include tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, gas, and diarrhea. Other possible side effects with ATRIPLA: • Changes in body fat. Changes in body fat develop in some patients taking anti-HIV-1 medicine. These changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), in the breasts, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these fat changes are not known. • Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen with ATRIPLA. • In some patients with advanced HIV infection (AIDS), signs and symptoms of inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV treatment is started. It is believed that these symptoms are due to an improvement in the body’s immune response, enabling the body to fight infections that may have been present with no obvious symptoms. If you notice any symptoms of infection, please inform your doctor immediately. • Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic reaction (including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain, weakness and indigestion. 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Justice Dept. objects to ‘Don’t Ask’ injunction
Obama administration calls proposal ‘untenable’
By CHRIS JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org The U.S. Justice Department last week issued an objection to a proposed judgment seeking to bar enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on the basis that a military-wide injunction of the statute is “untenable.” The Obama administration issued the 19-page objection in the wake of the California federal court ruling in the case of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States that found “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is unconstitutional. Plaintiffs in the case had sought an injunction against the enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a result of their victory, but the Justice Department urged U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips not to issue that order. Instead, the Justice Department asks the court to limit the injunction to members of the Log Cabin Republicans who serve in the armed forces. The next step in the process is for Phillips to determine what judgment she will enter in the case. The Obama administration will then have 60 days to make an appeal to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs maintained Please check your ad copy President Obama be for accuracy. The ad willis committed to legispresumed repealingproof latively correct if “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” corrections are not submitted even though his administration ﬁled the by 24 hrs. of receipt of this objection. copy of your ad. “This ﬁling in no way diminishes the president’s ﬁrm commitment to achieve a legislative repeal of [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’] — indeed, it clearly shows why Congress must act to end this misguided policy,” Gibbs said. But advocates working for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal are expressing indignation over the Obama administration’s objection to the injunction. Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United and sole named plaintiff in the lawsuit, said Obama is “certainly taking his so-called ‘duty to defend’ this anti-gay military as far as he possibly can.” “Two blows from the White House in one week is a bit much,” Nicholson said. “First, the president cannot ﬁnd the time to make any phone calls to senators to help us avoid a crushing loss on Tuesday, although he does manage to ﬁnd the time to call the WNBA national champions to congratulate them on their victory. Then, the president once again goes much farther than he has to in defense of the discriminatory and unconstitutional ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law.” R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the National Log Cabin Republicans,
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ATLANTA — The mood at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning was one of cheer and elation as thousands of parishioners gathered to show their devoted support to their bishop, Eddie Long. Long, embroiled in scandal after four young men ﬁled lawsuits against him last week alleging he used his power as their spiritual leader to coerce them into sexual relationships, told the some 8,000 gathered for the 8 a.m. service that he was like David ﬁghting Goliath. “I feel like David against Goliath, but I got ﬁve rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet,” he said after a brief sermon and then walked off the dais. Congregants cheered and stood and applauded Long. A press conference was held after the service at about 10 a.m. It was believed Long would take questions at the press conference, but his attorney said before Long addressed reporters no questions would be allowed. “As advice from counsel I’m not going to address the allegations and the attacks,” he said. He said he didn’t want his case tried in the court of public opinion but rather in the court of justice. “I will say I will ﬁght, ﬁght very vigorously these charges. I’ve been at this church 23 years and this is the ﬁrst time I’m realizing how important we are to get this much attention.” He then said he and the church would continue its missionary work in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. He said he’s always worked with youth as well and will continue to do so and his church will continue to do what it has been doing. Long was ﬂanked by his wife and other supporters, including a young man wearing a T-shirt that read, “I Support Bishop Long.” When he ﬁnished speaking, several reporters shouted questions, including, “Are you innocent?” but Long ignored them and he and his entourage just walked off the stage. People began arriving at the church before 6 a.m. and stood outside the front doors of the church waiting to enter at about 7 a.m. A small prayer circle of about 10 people formed to pray for Long. One woman in the circle said they should pray for Long, his family, his grandchildren and even those who have brought the allegations against him. Numerous ushers wearing white gloves and black suits with the New Birth emblem guided people to seats once the
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doors were opened. For more than an hour, more than 100 of mostly men gathered in a group at the front of the church praying and applauding loudly. When Long ﬁnally came out at 9 a.m. with his wife, he was greeted by a thunderous standing ovation of thousands. He took in the applause for several minutes and when he ﬁnally spoke he tried to make light of the situation by greeting members as well as the “rest” of the people who were in attendance. And because the service was televised, he also said he wanted to “greet the world.” Long said his ﬁrst responsibility was to his family during the most difﬁcult time in his life. His next responsibility was to his other family of New Birth. “You don’t have to tell us anything,” one person shouted, bringing a grin to Long’s face. After the service, several church members refused interviews with the media. One young man, Joshua Buggs, 25, was ﬁlling up his car with gas at the Citgo down the street from the megachurch. He said he’s attended New Birth on and off since he was 17 but speciﬁcally avoided attending today’s services because of the crowd. “This is not a regular Sunday at New Birth, this is more so like a New Year Sunday,” he said as trafﬁc trickled past the gas station. He said he does not believe the allegations against his bishop because one of the accusers, Maurice Robinson, was arrested in June for robbing Long’s ofﬁce and charged with stealing the pastor’s iPad and jewelry and other items.
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Continued from page 8 for not moving forward with a House vote on ENDA is washing its hands of the race. Robin McGehee, co-founder of GetEQUAL, which has staged acts of civil disobedience throughout the country over Pelosi’s inaction this Congress over ENDA, said voters in the speaker’s district should “determine for themselves how well she is representing [them] and fighting for their equality.” “Our equality knows no political party; we are not beholden to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party,” McGehee said. “Whoever wins the election can expect us to hold them accountable on their commitments to the LGBT community.” Dennis faces an uphill fight to unseat Pelosi -— to say the least — in the Democratic stronghold of California’s 8th congressional district, which includes San Francisco. Members of the Green Party often fare better than Republicans in the district. Pelosi has consistently won election in the area since she first sought a U.S. House seat in 1988. Pelosi often wins these races with more than 80 percent of the vote. Dennis also has major deficit against Pelosi in terms of fundraising. The speaker has raised nearly $2 million this campaign cycle while Dennis has $650,000, according to the most recent Federal Election Campaign reports. Pelosi has $214,000 in cash on hand while Dennis has $58,000. Pelosi also has no campaign debt while Dennis has $53,000. Still, Dennis said he sees a path to victory because his internal polling numbers show that Pelosi’s support is growing soft among independents and Democrats. “If we win all the votes of people who say they won’t vote for her, plus have a good turnout for the Republicans, we’ll actually have enough votes to defeat her,” Dennis said. Cooper acknowledged that Dennis is facing an “uphill battle” and said he thinks the Republican candidate realizes the challenge. Still, Cooper said he thinks Pelosi could be vulnerable because of the number of House Democrats who are distancing themselves from Pelosi in campaign ads. During his speech, Dennis acknowledged that running in San Francisco is “challenging” for a Republican and said he has to do “special things” to build support. A recent web ad from the Dennis campaign depicts Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz” and criticizes her for leading the way in what the ad describes as rampant spending in Washington and burdensome taxation. “It went viral,” Dennis said. “We were mentioned in a lot of shows. Jay Leno included us in his monologue. It’s been seen about 630,000 times. And I will say that there is a coven of witches in ... New Jersey that vehemently oppose us over this.” Dennis noted that he received the Log Cabin endorsement right after the publication of the ad, which he said shows, “I really am a friend of the Friends of Dorothy.”
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Experts fear pro-gay bills doomed under GOP control
Continued from page 1 progress,” Cole said. Cole said the possibility of a hostile Congress underscores the need for LGBT rights supporters to work to elect friendly lawmakers during the campaign season. “I don’t want to be too fatalistic about where things are going to end up because while there’s six weeks until the election, six weeks is a long time, and no one can honestly say they’ll know what’s going to happen,” Cole said. Still, political experts across the board are predicting that Republicans will achieve enough gains in the U.S. House on Election Day to take a majority in the chamber. Nate Silver, founder of the FiveThirtyEight blog, estimated last week that Republicans have a 65 percent chance of taking the House. His model projects that Republicans will go from holding 188 seats to approximately 223 seats and give them a narrow majority. Earlier this month, Cook Political Report on its website also identified Republicans as modest favorites to take control of the House. “The Cook Political Report’s current outlook is for a Republican net gain of at least 40 seats,” the website states. “A turnover of 39 seats would tip majority status into Republican hands.” Such an outcome would lead to the retirement of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the ascension of House Minority Leader John Boehner (ROhio) to her role. Many Washington insiders are anticipating that House Democrats will be facing bad news on Election Day. At a recent D.C. fundraiser where Pelosi didn’t appear at the expected time, attendees joked that she was delayed because she was trying to get rid of a tape-measure wielding Boehner from her office. Cole said the possibility of Boehner taking control of the House would be bad news for LGBT people and noted HRC has previously given the minority leader — as well as others in Republican leadership, such as Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.) — a “0” on its congressional scorecards. “These are the people who would be deciding the agenda of what gets to the floor,” Cole said. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), a lawmaker known for her support for the LGBT community and cosponsor of numerous pro-LGBT bills in Congress, said she’s unsure of what will happen with these bills if her party takes control of the House as she criticized the current Democratic majority for not taking action. “I don’t know what will happen with Republicans,” she told the Blade last week. “I know what’s happening now. I don’t really get an opportunity to get to vote on those [bills] very often on the floor.” Ros-Lehtinen was also reluctant to say that she’d be the champion of pro-LGBT legislation under GOP control in the House. “I think that there are a lot of champions in a bi-partisan way on these issues,” she said. “I would not consider myself a champion of anything, but I’m proud to support the bills. But right now, it’s Democrat control, so you got to ask [U.S. House Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi] what’s up.” Even with fears and uncertainty about how a GOP-controlled Congress would handle LGBT issues, the Republicans haven’t been emphasizing social issues in their quest to retake Congress. The House Republicans’ “Pledge to America,” which was unveiled last week, notably has little to do with social issues and instead plays up economic policy. The pledge has one line saying Republicans will work to defend “traditional marriage.” Other issues, such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” aren’t mentioned in the document. Brian Moulton, HRC’s chief legislative counsel, wrote in a blog posting last week that the document shows LGBT people wouldn’t fare well under a Republican-controlled Congress. “While the document focuses heavily on economic issues, its ‘pledge’ also includes hostility to LGBT equality, promising support for ‘traditional marriage’ and, in a thinly veiled attack on LGBT advances through legislation and the courts, criticizing actions that ‘thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values,’” Moulton said. Even under Republican control, options would be available to the Democratic minority to work to pass pro-LGBT legislation. One possibility would be to pass bills through a discharge petition, a maneuver that could bring legislation that’s bottled up in committee to the House floor. Supporters of pro-LGBT bills in the Democratic minority could find Republican moderates to sign the discharge petition to obtain 218 signatures needed to move forward with the legislation. But Egan was skeptical about the use of a discharge
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petition to pass pro-LGBT legislation and said he doesn’t think moderate Republicans would join such an effort. “The few moderate Republicans who are left are going to be worried about a primary challenge from their right in the cycle,” Egan said. “One of the true ways to invite a primary challenge from your right-wing is to vote for LGBT-friendly legislation.” As Democrats face dismal prospects in the House, LGBT rights supporters may be able to look to a Democratic-controlled Senate to advance progay legislation. In the Senate, where only one-third of the seats are up for grabs during any given election cycle, the forecast is better for the Democrats, although Republican gains are still expected. Silver estimates that Republicans have an 18 percent chance of taking the Senate. Still, his model projects Democrats will go from having 59 seats in the chamber to having an estimated 52.2 seats. The reduced Democratic majority in the Senate may mean that the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster in the chamber could be further out of reach. Still, Democratic control in the
Senate could provide the opportunity of amending larger pieces of legislation with pro-LGBT measures in the chamber in the hopes that such language would survive in conference committee for both chambers to approve and send to the president’s desk. Such a tactic would be similar to how the Senate in 2000 amended major defense legislation with a hate crimes protections measure as a way forward. The hate crimes measure didn’t become law that year and only made it into the books last year as part of defense legislation signed by President Obama. But Egan was skeptical about the prospects of being able to move forward with pro-LGBT legislation in the Senate even by amending larger legislation. “That sort of tactic tends to be blocked by Republican senators who are social conservatives, and I would imagine that would continue to happen in the next session,” Egan said. Egan said he expects a number of Democratic senators will be replaced after Election Day with “hard-core social conservatives” and said the scenario under which pro-LGBT legislation advances under those circumstances seems “really unlikely.” With a possible block on pro-
LGBT legislation in the upcoming Congress, eyes could be on Obama to make administrative changes beneficial to the LGBT community as opposed to having to rely on enacting legislation. Matt Foreman, program director for LGBT and immigrant rights at the Haas Jr. Fund, said the Obama administration has at its disposal the means to help the LGBT community regardless of the election results in November. “There are dozens and dozens of ways in which the Obama administration can continue to change federal policies and practices to improve the response of the federal government to needs of LGBT people,” Foreman said. Foreman said he thinks advocates often elevate legislation over potential policy changes, such as funding for community centers and anti-violence programs as well as determining how a family is defined in the health care reform and how jobs programs treat LGBT applicants. “All of those things are incredibly important to people, so I think that even if strong anti-LGBT majorities take control of Congress, there will still be lots and lots of opportunities to make progress within the administration,” Foreman said.
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New CDC study shows alarming HIV infection rates
Continued from page 1 ethnicities were severely affected, black MSM were particularly impacted: 28 percent of black MSM were HIV-infected, compared to 18 percent of Hispanic and 16 percent of white MSM,” the CDC statement says. “The study also found a strong link between socioeconomic status and HIV among MSM: prevalence increased as education and income decreased, and awareness of HIV status was higher among MSM with greater education and income,” it says. “These findings echo similar disparities found in recent NHBS research among heterosexuals.” The CDC study follows the release earlier this year of President Barack Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy document, which, among other things, calls for allocating greater resources for HIV prevention programs targeting MSM. “The United States cannot reduce the number of HIV infections nationally without better addressing HIV among gay and bisexual men,” the Obama strategy document says. “Given the starkness and the enduring nature of the disparate impact on gay and bisexual men, it is important to significantly reprioritize resources and attention to this community.” Carl Schmid, deputy executive director of the AIDS Institute, a national advocacy group on HIV issues, praised the Obama strategy document as an important step in pushing for more aggressive HIV prevention programs. But he said there’s little evidence so far that the strategy’s recommendations on MSM have been carried out. “This alarming new data provides further evidence that prevention efforts for gay men have not been adequate to meet the growing epidemic and should be dramatically scaled up if we are going to prevent HIV infections in our country,” he said. “The severity of the impact of HIV in the gay community is nothing new,” Schmid said. “What has been missing is an appropriate response by our government at the federal, state and local levels and the gay community itself.” Schmid said that despite the long history of HIV having a greater impact on gay men, “there are only a handful of approved behavioral interventions for men who have sex with men and even fewer targeted for a specific race or ethnicity.” He was referring to CDC-approved intervention programs for HIV that must be adopted in order for community-based organizations, such as D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Clinic, to obtain certain federal grants. The data for the CDC study was collected in 2008, before the Obama strategy document was developed, and Schmid said he was hopeful that the strategy document’s recommendations would be quickly put into place. “This study showed many of these same trends among MSM in D.C.,” said Ray Martins, WhitmanWalker’s chief medical officer. “In D.C., the study found that one in every seven MSM is infected with HIV and 42 percent of participants were unaware they had HIV, even though 70 percent of participants had seen a doctor in the previous 12 months,” Martins said. “One in every three AfricanAmerican MSM in D.C. over the age of 30 tested positive for HIV,” he said. The CDC study, which was published in its journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, included these additional findings: • “Among racial/ethnic groups, black MSM with HIV were least likely to be aware of their infection (59 percent unaware, vs. 46 percent for Hispanic MSM and 26 percent for white MSM).” • “While young MSM (under age 30) had lower HIV prevalence than older men, they were far more likely to be unaware of their HIV infection. Among MSM aged 18 to 29 who had HIV, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) were unaware, versus 37 percent for men age 30 and older.”
AIDS groups stage White House protest
Obama, Hill Dems criticized over AIDS drug funding
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org About 50 AIDS activists carried signs made with empty pill bottles in front of the White House Wednesday in a protest over what they say is a failure by President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress to allocate emergency funds for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program known as ADAP. The activists, led by the national AIDS advocacy groups Housing Works and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said the pill bottles represent the more than 3,200 people in nine states currently on waiting lists to receive life-saving AIDS drugs. “These are pill bottles that need to be filled with prescriptions,” said Christine Campbell, Housing Works’ vice president for national advocacy and organizing. “Over 3,000 people are on these waiting lists. These represent lives,” She said. Campbell and Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, called on the White House and Congress to immediately approve a supplemental funding allocation of $101 million, which they said was needed to eliminate the waiting lists before the end of the year. Other groups that participated in the White House protest included ADAP Advocacy Association, Campaign to End AIDS, and Community Access National Network. Organizers crafted the signs by attaching the pill bottles to poster boards to form words that spelled out the names of nine states with ADAP waiting lists and slogans such as “ADAP Saves Lives” and “Wait Lists = Death.” As tourists and passersby stood on the sidewalk in front of the White House, several of the protesters spoke to a small crowd that gathered to observe the demonstration. “I am one of those patients that are on these waiting lists,” said Rick Lanza, who traveled from Ohio to participate in the protest. “I have had medication through ADAP since 1997 and this year my medication has been cut off,” he said. “Without these medications, I’m going to die, and I’m not ready to,” he said. In a news conference on Tuesday, three AIDS patients joined Campbell, Weinstein and officials with other AIDS groups in describing their fears of contracting AIDS-related illnesses that could threaten their lives if waiting lists force them off their medications. “I have no idea where I’m going to get my mediation in November,” said Jacksonville, Fla., resident Jeffrey Voyles, who told of how state officials informed him he would likely be placed on an ADAP waiting list. “My [viral load] numbers have been undetectable since I’ve started the medication and right now I have a lot of fear about
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A spokesperson defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s record on HIV/AIDS, noting, ‘Since becoming speaker, discretionary funding for HIV/AIDS has increased by over $500 million.’
becoming resistant from the medications that I’ve been on for four years,” he said. Voyles was referring to warnings by AIDS doctors that interrupting a regimen of anti-retroviral drugs that check the AIDS virus could lead to the virus becoming resistant to the drugs, making them ineffective when someone resumes taking them. ADAP is part of the federal Ryan White CARE Act program. It operates in partnership with all 50 states, which share in meeting the cost of subsidizing drugs that could cost $10,000 or more for a patient each year. The program is aimed at low-income people who don’t have private health insurance or who are not eligible for government health programs like Medicaid. State and federal health officials say the severe shortage in funding for the program is due to several developments, including the economic recession that has greatly curtailed revenue flowing into states. The number of people in need of the program has also shot up due to the success of the drugs, which are keeping most AIDS patients alive and relatively healthy. The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, which conducts an annual assessment of state ADAPs, determined earlier this year that $126 million in federal supplemental funds was needed to eliminate the waiting lists. The Obama administration responded by allocating $25 million, a sum most AIDS groups say is inadequate. With support from the White House, a House of Representatives appropriations panel approved a $50 million increase in the ADAP budget for fiscal year 2011. But the Obama administration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have declined to back a Republican-backed bill in the Senate that calls for immediately transferring $126 million in unspent funds from the multi-billion dollar federal stimulus program to ADAP. Go to www.washblade.com for a more detailed version of this story.
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GOP will regret obstructionism
Sabotaging ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal offends younger voters
By KEVIN NAFF In yet another indication that the GOP is happy to be the party of old, southern, straight, white men, Senate Republicans last week banded together — joined by Arkansas Democrats — to derail repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Although President Obama isn’t blameless in this debacle — the White House was MIA throughout the repeal process — the blame for this latest disappointing setback lies squarely with Republicans who are determined to obstruct everything they can, while biding time until the mid-term elections. They have seriously miscalculated on this one. The American public overwhelmingly favors repeal, by as much as 80 percent in recent polls. Yet, this Congress failed to advance the defense authorization bill that contains repeal language. It’s a stunning outcome and one that young voters in particular won’t forget. Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor must be held accountable for their votes, too. But where are the voices of the so-called moderate Republicans? Some of the most prominent Republicans, along with military leaders and one federal judge, have said “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” constitutes unconstitutional discrimination. Yet not one of them had the courage to stand up to their party and do the right thing to end this odious law. To make matters worse, the nation’s two gay conservative groups, GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans, released mindboggling statements pinning the blame on Sen. Harry Reid for allegedly failing to compromise. “Sen. Reid failed to reach a compromise with Republicans and our military service members will need to wait until the November elections are over for the U.S. Senate to vote on a repeal,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin’s executive director. “This partisan arrogance is an example of why voters will be turning away from Democrats on Nov. 2.” Well, let’s hope voters don’t turn to these Republicans for help in ending discrimination. Not to be outdone, GOProud, which is becoming quite adept at bomb throwing, released a statement accusing Reid of killing “Don’t Ask” repeal. “The defeat of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal lies solely with Harry Reid and the Democrat leadership. Harry Reid is playing political games with the lives of the brave gay men and women serving in our military. It’s clear now that Lady Gaga should have held her Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal rally in Nevada instead of Maine.” This is delusional. Putting aside the deliberately obnoxious practice of referring to the Democratic Party as the “Democrat Party,” this statement fails to address the Republicans’ unwillingness to advance anything on the president’s agenda. And ridiculing Lady Gaga, who has 7 million Twitter followers awaiting her every instruction, is naïve and further evidence that Republicans are woefully out of touch with young voters. It will be those voters who will deliver the GOP its comeuppance. It won’t happen in November. And it might not happen in 2012. But the next generation is watching — and they’re pissed at John McCain and the rest of his merry band of dinosaurs playing games with the livelihoods of thousands of brave gay and lesbian service members.
Kevin Naff is editor of the Washington Blade and can be reached at email@example.com.
Looking forward to the Vince Gray years
By PETER ROSENSTEIN Lots of people have been offering advice to Vince Gray since his victory in the Democratic primary — and he isn’t even mayorelect until after Nov. 2. I had the opportunity during the campaign to share my thoughts on a number of issues with Gray, including on the LGBT community, on education, economic development and public safety and reviewed his policy papers before they were released. The fear mongering that I have seen in columns and on blogs about Gray turning back the clock in D.C. are just that — fear mongering of the worst kind. Nothing in Gray’s history would lead anyone to think he will turn back the clock on progress. He has spent a career moving people and our city forward as evidenced by his work in the non-profit sector and his leading the D.C. Council to pass education reform, civil marriage equality and universal early childhood education. Why anyone would think he now wants to go backwards makes no sense at all. Gray will have the chance to make a real difference in people’s lives. He has already met with and is committed to working with GLOV and the Rainbow Response Coalition. He has proven he will speak out on issues of equality and fairness. But he will also have work to do to heal the divide in our city exacerbated by the last administration. There is a great opportunity for the teachers union to show that they want to be partners in education reform with Gray, who has said he will move forward aggressively on school reform. That can be done without the antagonism created by Michelle Rhee. Gray will continue the work begun by Anthony Williams and carried on by Adrian Fenty to modernize city agencies and have them become truly responsive to the citizens of the District. Gray can do this and still not fire employees circumventing due process and then being forced to hire them back. We can right-size the government in a fair way. Even the private sector has to do that. Gray will lead us away from the notion that everything in this city must be viewed against a backdrop of race. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” We are not there yet but Gray can move us closer to that dream. We need to look at the economic disparities in the District and take those into account as we set our policies and priorities. The priorities of the new administration must be education, public safety and economic development. We need to continue to rebuild our school system for all the children now in it, and to attract new taxpaying residents to move here. We must make our streets safer and revamp our juvenile justice system as well as provide programs for young people that will keep them out of the system. We should restructure our tax system and regulatory structure to make D.C. business friendly and attract taxpaying businesses and jobs to the District. Let’s be creative and maybe not build a new recreation center and library on each block, but a recreation center with an education component or mini-library/computer center incorporated so that people can swim, play ball and learn in the same building. I look forward to the Vincent Gray years. I hope that some of the editors of the Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner, and those few self-serving columnists always looking for something nasty or outrageous to say, will allow him the time to prove he can succeed before talking gloom and doom.
Peter Rosenstein is a D.C.-based LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.
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Homocon was an affair to remember
Gay conservatives, Ann Coulter celebrate our fabulous freedom
By JESSICA LEE It was an affair to remember. Last Saturday, GOProud hosted Homocon, which it plans as an annual event, appropriating a term that has been used derisively to describe gay conservatives. The event took place at the Manhattan apartment of Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of Pay Pal, who is based in the Bay Area. The purpose of the event was to welcome GOProud supporters in a New York City venue and also make a national splash. But controversy quickly ensued as controversial Ann Coulter was the featured speaker. The event was something to behold: lots of hot young volunteers wearing tight “freedom is fabulous” T-shirts (a phrase coined in this column and newspaper), even hotter bartenders and wait staff and an apartment that made me wish that I had co-founded Pay Pal. As I mingled around the room, I met people from just about everywhere. I met three Canadians who flew into New York just for Homocon. Other folks who traveled for the event were a North Carolinian, a Brit and a few from Los Angeles. There were also a lot of people from the District, GOProud’s home turf. In sum, there were a lot of interesting people at the event, including a world-famous porn star. And, despite Esquire calling it a room of gay men, there were several women there. One of them was Margaret Hoover. She is a fabulous straight woman who is dedicated to marriage equality and is part of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. AFER’s purpose is to achieve marriage equality and is funding Ted Olson and David Boies’ court fight against Proposition 8. Hoover had this to say about the event: “What’s unique about GOProud, particularly this event, is that they are the only group that actively strives to engage their skeptics. Debating Joe Farah and inviting Ann Coulter to speak demonstrates the best of the American system — that when we talk to each other reasonably, with respect and persistence, we can win hearts and minds. Hearts were changed at the World Net Daily Take America Back conference. With Ann, we listened and ist sensibility. I think that bodes well for gay conservatives, because Americans really want what is best for their families and the future. Supporting gays might be at odds with their faith, or may not be, but the bottom line, especially with Obama, is that we now know that this nation is at risk, that we must work shoulder to shoulder, that we have more in common than not even though there are people who say otherwise. I think tonight is very exciting because it highlights my generation that is the power generation that realizes what is important, what we need to do now, and it bodes well for the future. It also sends a very good message to young people: that there is a different way of doing things, and it is at least worth considering. And I think that a lot of people now are open to different ideas because what they were told was going to work with Barack Obama not only didn’t, but it is destroying things that are very important in our lives. Lee: And don’t you think that when you give the government the power to help you, via ENDA or something similar, you also give the government the power to discriminate against you. And if you look at it, it is the federal government that does 99 percent of the discrimination against gay people. Bruce: Well, exactly. If you are looking to the federal government you are looking to politicians and politicians only care about themselves. You can look at the Clintons — they did more damage to gay civil rights than any Republican ever in office. So politicians are politicians. No one is going to be our daddy. No one is going to be our savior but ourselves. As long as you look to the government to feel good about yourself in the morning, you’re in trouble. As long as you are looking for someone else to help you, then you are putting off something that you have to do yourself.
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Ann Coulter spoke out against same-sex marriage at last week’s Homocon event.
disagreed, but the effort to reach out instead of speaking in an echo chamber is remarkable.” And I also disagreed. Coulter went on a rant against gay marriage. She also does not like lesbians, as was demonstrated by her calling the Mississippi high schooler who wanted to take her girlfriend to the prom an “annoying lesbian.” When Coulter says that she likes gays, she means gay males. But Coulter was only a small part of a bigger event. Tammy Bruce, an author, Fox News commentator and lesbian feminist who ran the Los Angeles chapter of NOW for several years was at Homocon. We got a chance to chat in the hall of Thiel’s apartment: Jessica Lee: What was your overall reaction to the Homocon event tonight? Tammy Bruce: I think it’s terrific; it’s our generation. Lee: Can you define “our generation?” Bruce: Our generation is we who are moving into our 40s and 50s and had to deal with AIDS and the ignorance on that issue. It is a generation that has moved from wanting more from government to realizing that maybe less government is the answer. As we get older, we have a sense that we are now in charge of our lives and the country. And while our lives are not necessarily easy, we are doing well because we are Americans. And we have to ask ourselves why we are doing well, especially being in New York today where Iranian leader
Ahmadinijad has recently been. That reminds you of the power and importance of this nation and the power of importance of what we can do with it. So our generation, and being a right of center gay, is about embracing who you are, knowing the importance of activism but also being respectful that we wake up first as Americans every day. As we get older, we also see what works and was doesn’t. We have learned that liberalism does not work. That is why, when someone like Barack Obama, who is my age, doesn’t get it, something is wrong with that person. Lee: Don’t you also think that the young voters who embraced Obama had never seen the Carter years, gas rationing and stagflation, and take prosperity as a given? Bruce: It is a younger generation, and just like every younger generation there is a whole host of things that they have missed. Our responsibility as people who have gone through certain things, going through the Carter years and the ’70s and ’80s, AIDS and the abortion wars — any time when any group wants to interfere with the nature of who we are and what we do, however that manifests, at first we worked on it thinking that government is the answer, but you find out as you get older that it is not. Whenever government gets involved not only does it get screwed up, but then they want more power. Then we
lose our individual power. The only answer regardless of the economic situation is for people to be able to live the lives that they want to live: personally, in business and as entrepreneurs. Lee: Tonight Ann Coulter made a comment that gays are high income and therefore should not complain about being discriminated against. Is that not the same argument that has been used against Jews for centuries? Bruce: It is. And the interesting thing is that we do earn more money, because the system has forced us to be independent. Those who are more successful are more isolated from government controls and support and we find ways to make our lives better. Lee: Because we can’t rely on our families or the government? Bruce: Exactly. And so when you look at that in a larger context, those who rely on government are still in poverty and hurting right now. It’s not about being a Jew or being gay, it is about striking out on one’s own. That is the thing that makes a person a success. Lee: Which is what Jews have always had to do to survive. Bruce: Exactly. So when you look at, historically, what works and what doesn’t, we know what works. What works is small government, individual initiative and the American individual-
Jessica Lee is a board member of GOProud and regular contributor to the Blade. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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My two bits on Penn Quarter
By Valerie M. Blake Prudential Carruthers REALTORS® “Do you think she just woke up one morning and said, ‘I think I’ll go to law school today’?” asks Professor Callahan of his associate while discussing law student Elle Woods, the protagonist of the movie Legally Blonde.” That line rings true because I actually did just wake up one day and decide to become a real estate agent. My first career spanned 24 years of my life and took me, among other places, to Washington, DC, where I worked at an office building just north of Massachusetts Avenue, NW from 1982 to 1986 and again from 1988 to 1990. In the interim years not much changed. The House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women, still stood at 5th and Mass, the guy who made fried baloney and cheese sandwiches still served from his storefront on I Street and then there was Chinatown, where you could partake of exotic dishes, nibble on dim sum, or slurp noodles galore. Now, fast forward to 2010, where the burned-out rowhouses along Mass Avenue have been replaced with high-rise condos and apartments, a gourmet Safeway, accessible by Circulator bus, has supplanted a parking lot, and whoops and cheers for the home team emanate from the Verizon Center. Even my old office building has had a facelift. The gritty emptiness I remember is gone and the area running south of Mass Avenue to Pennsylvania and, depending on whom you ask, west from 5th to 10th Streets, NW now sports a chi-chi name: The Penn Quarter. I call it DC’s Times Square. Love dining out? Theater and Movies? Museums and Art? Spectator sports? It’s all there. Want to travel by Metro? There are four of them in a rainbow of colors within an easy walk. Need a bit of exercise? Join a nearby fitness center or head out for a morning run around The National Mall. Where ten years ago, this area had no identity, by 2007 Money Magazine had named Penn Quarter #7 on its list of Best Neighborhoods to Retire. Whether working or retired, residents there enjoy the benefits of an amenity-rich and often carfree environment. The Penn Quarter condo buildings were erected primarily in the early 1990s and from 2002 to 2007. Many of them have been artfully designed with exteriors
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that blend beautifully with the surrounding historical façades of downtown DC and offer distinctive amenities and services. A 24-hour concierge, a rooftop pool and even a residents-only movie theater are common. According to the Metropolitan Regional Information System (accessed 9/27/10) there are currently 30 properties available for sale in 12 buildings, ranging in price from $330,000 to $1.1 million.
Fifty condos have sold in Penn Quarter this year, with an additional 8 under contract. The average sales price of a one bedroom condo has been just under $400,000, with two-bedrooms commanding nearly $600,000 on average. Luxury units have sold for up to $1.2 million and more. You can live the simple life at 550 square feet, live large at 2200 square feet, or choose something in between, but save a little extra money in your bud-
get for condo fees, which average about $500 each month but can be as high as $1300 or more in some buildings. A garage parking space, if you can find one to buy, can easily add $40,000 to your mortgage, but rental parking is often available for around $250 per month. If renting an apartment better suits your needs, choose from several buildings in Penn Quarter itself or on nearby Massachusetts Avenue. Monthly rent for a studio apartment generally starts at $1,400. A minimum of $1,900 will get you onebedroom and at $2,600 you can select from small two-bedroom units. A two-bedroom plus den, penthouse-level apartment can run as high as $7,500 per month; such is the cost of luxury and convenience. Statesman William Penn once said, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” Actor Sean Penn is quoted as saying, “there’s…a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored.” As for my two bits, I say “Make the most of your time by living in an area of DC where you can enjoy lots of wonderful stuff – Penn Quarter.”
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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO email@example.com Whitman-Walker Clinic has a little magic up its sleeve for this year’s AIDS Walk Washington this weekend. Lynda Carter — and does she really need an introduction? — is this year’s celebrity grand marshal. “We felt that as a long-time D.C. resident and as someone who has had a substantial following in the LGBT community since the 1970s, Lynda Carter would be a great choice to lead this year’s Walk,” says Chip Lewis, Whitman-Walker’s director of communications. “And she has brought a tremendous amount of energy and excitement to this year’s event already.” The Walk, in its 24th year, is Whitman-Walker’s biggest fundraiser of the year and typically accounts for about 5 percent of its total operating funds. Walkers and runners secure sponsors for their participation. Last year the Clinic set a $1 million goal and raised about $900,000 with 6,028 walkers, 1,108 runners, 484 teams and 450 volunteers. NBC Channel 4 anchor Craig Melvin will emcee. The Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the national anthem and gay singer Peter Fox will perform a new song, “Change the World,” that he’s selling to benefit the walk. The National Danish Performance Team and Kaution Dance Kru will perform after the walk. Runners can still register online until 1 p.m. today. Walkers can register online until 8 tonight. After that, registrations will be taken at the Warner Building at 12th and E, N.W. starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. During an interview with the Blade, Carter talked about why she’s participating, her longtime Continues on page 45
Lynda Carter is this year’s AIDS Walk Washington grand marshal. (Photo by Karl Simone)
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QUEERY: 20 Questions for Joe Izzo
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO firstname.lastname@example.org AIDS Walk Washington — slated for Saturday — has gone through several ups and downs over its 24-year history. Joe Izzo, a psychotherapist at WhitmanWalker Clinic, the organization the AIDS Walk benefits, has been there all along. Izzo started at the Clinic in 1986, also the first year of the Walk. He remembers a group of about 600 that first year walking on the National Mall. It grew considerably over the years and boomed throughout the 1990s with about 35,000 walkers and runners at its peak. But 9-11 took a devastating toll on the annual event, which the Clinic relies heavily upon for a significant chunk of its annual funding. Scheduled for less than a month after the 2001 terrorist attacks, only about 2,500 showed up that year. “It’s planned a year in advance and Washington Blade photo by Michael Key obviously we had no idea what was going to happen that day in September,” Izzo says. “People were just terrified to go out and be in a public place that soon after, especially on the Mall of all places. So it’s been building up ever since then, but we’ve never reached the numbers we had in the ‘90s.” Izzo is setting his own records, though. Last year he broke the $2,000 threshold for the first time with his individual sponsorship. As of this week, he’s up to $1,600 for this year. Izzo, a 62-year-old Brooklyn native, has been in the D.C. area since 1965 and in the city itself since 1977. He lives with his partner, Tom, whom he met at the Eagle in December, 1992, in Washington’s Brookland neighborhood. He enjoys reading, walking and gardening in his spare time. How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? I came out in June of 1979 at the age of 31, here in D.C. I was still a member of a Roman Catholic-teaching Brotherhood and a campus minister at the Catholic University of America at the time. This was the beginning of the end for me with the Catholic Church as I started a support group for the gay and lesbian students, faculty and staff at Catholic. This, along with my advocacy of ordination for women in Roman Catholicism “cooked my goose” with the Vatican and by the end of 1982 I was forced out of the Order and the Church. Since both of my parents were very devote Italian/German Catholics, coming out to them was particularly difficult. They eventually became very accepting and supportive and my mother wrote a letter to Pope John Paul II in 1986 to tell him and Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) that they were wrong in what they were teaching about gay people. Who’s your gay hero? I have many gay heroes, but since I’m a very political person, the one who stands out above all is Harvey Milk. What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? I used to enjoy going to Tracks Dance Club and welcomed many a New Year at their New Year’s Eve Parties. What’s your dream gay wedding? I love the simplicity and directness of marriage under the care of my Quaker Meeting. No fanfare, no clergy officiating — just a simple gathering of friends in silent worship, witnessing two people’s commitment of love to each other. Friends Meeting of Washington has been joining all couples, regardless of gender, since 1992. We just celebrated our first “legal” Gay marriage on Sept. 18th. It was a real sense of victory and triumph. What non-gay issue are you most passionate about? I have always been a dedicated environmentalist and am currently in the process of “greening” my home with sustainable materials and solar panels to generate my own electricity. What historical outcome would you change? The failure of the U.S. Congress to pass the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) and their pathetic support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). What do you believe in beyond the physical world? I’m a non-theist but I’m in awe of the ultimate, incomprehensible mystery of the universe and the energy that sustains and expands it. What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? I attended a fund raising concert for an Appalachian Children’s Hospital with George Harrison and Ravi Shankar in the 1970s. I was sitting in the nose bleed section of the old Capital Center. I got high just from breathing the air, which was blue/brown from pot smoke. On what do you insist? A non-violent approach to resolving human conflicts. My non-gay heroes have been Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? As a person who has become an introvert in middle and later life, I deplore social networking technology and have never used anything except e-mail and telephone. I like my privacy! If your life were a book, what would the title be? “The Grapes of Wrath.” I’ve always believed in using anger for social change and the uplift of the dispossessed and marginalized. If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do? I would actively protest tampering with something that wasn’t broken in the first place. I believe in allowing nature/evolution to take its own course without unnecessary human meddling. What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders? Stop putting so much emphasis on repealing DADT. With all the homophobes in the military services, self-identifying lesbians and gay men will be the first victims of friendly fire. As a pacifist, I oppose all forms of murder, even those sanctioned by governments. I don’t want any men, women or children killed in war. What would you walk across hot coals for? Peace between Israel and the Palestinians and all other warring factions throughout the world. What gay stereotype annoys you most? The mistaken belief promoted by the Religious Right that LGBT people are pedophiles. What’s your favorite gay movie? Matches my Gay Hero — “MILK.” What’s the most overrated social custom? Arriving “fashionably” late for a party. That’s just damn rude! What trophy or prize do you most covet? All the jackets, baseball caps, back packs, T-shirts and scarves that I’ve earned over the last 24 years for my fund raising efforts for AIDSWalk Washington. What do you wish you’d known at 18? That I was a gay man and that it was pointless and demeaning to remain in the closet for another 13 years. Why Washington? I don’t have to travel far from my home in Northeast D.C. to attend all the rallies, protests and demonstrations for peace, justice and human rights.
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Hiking is a great way to get outdoors for exercise and work entirely different muscle groups.
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It’s important to vary your exercise routine
By KEVIN M. NORRIS Prior to this weekend the only hiking I had ever really done was in the Blue Mountains in Australia, but that was quite easy and I was in much better physical condition. After all, I was in Sydney to compete in the 2002 Gay Games. Spontaneously, while camping in West Virginia, I went on a hiking excursion with two other people, Greg and Steve (seasoned and in better shape than I). I left myself open to their lead and was excited for the unexpected. I had a slight inkling that I would be challenged and I was a bit intimidated. We started out on Please check your ad copy an easy path that for accuracy. The ad will be had already been cleared, which was presumed correct if not very steep. Soon we quite easy and proof corrections are not submitted went off path and headed toward the diby 24 hrs. of receipt of this copy of your ad. peak. rection of the Steve marked the trail by tying fluorescent ribbon around trees every so often so we could find our way back. As we went off path the terrain got steeper and more challenging. My heart rate increased, I was sweating and I started to feel many muscles in my legs engaged. The muscles were waking up and talking back to me. Going up the mountain, I was using my hamstrings, glutes and lower extremity muscles like the calves and achilles. These muscles began to fatigue quicker than I wanted, but I trudged on. The grade got steeper and more difficult and I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. By now there were no paths and we were heading up. Greg and Steve were moving at a challenging pace, but for the most part I was not too far behind. The real challenge started when the grade became the steepest and we had to use all four limbs and climb up what was clearly no longer a hill but a mountain. And then we began rock climbing up the remainder of the peak. I took very short rests because I did not want my body to rebel. Greg and Steve were reassuring and kept me posted as to how far we had to go. On more than one occasion, I contemplated going back because I felt as if I had enough and while I had some time constraints, truth be told, I was looking for a way out. I doubted my abilities for a moment or two. I was so glad I prevailed. We reached the peak and the vista was spectacular. We were at one of the dozens of mountainous peaks of the Shenandoah Valley. It was about 9 a.m., a bit hazy and you could see for miles. I’m not sure what the elevation was, but it was high. We marveled at the beauty of the view and took some pictures. The experience was breathtaking. I was told the descent would be much quicker, which I thought for a moment may involve rolling. We climbed down the steep rocks first and our pace was much more cautious as we paid particular attention to our footing. At some point I slipped on a rock, twisted my ankle and scraped my knee. There was blood, but I was OK. Our pace was indeed quicker and much less challenging but more dangerous. I felt like I had to be more aware of my every step. I was no longer using my hamstrings, but more quadriceps muscles and the pace required more core strength, balance and agility. My heart rate was much less elevated going down the mountain. We followed the fluorescent tree ties and quickly made our way back to the clear path with much less incline. The entire hike took almost two hours, which went by quickly, and while I was tired I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I had just completed my first real hike and, according to Greg and Steve, they rated the hike challenging. It was definitely not for a beginner. It’s always important to vary your exercise routine to shake things up and get out of your comfort zone. I have discovered a new activity that does all that for me and I am excited to add this to my repertoire of physical activity.
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Members of the D.C. Sentinels, an area gay basketball team, at a recent pick-up game.
A different kind of pick-up game
Gay basketball lovers form D.C. Sentinels
By KEVIN MAJOROS All across the United States, men and women are feeding their love for the sport of basketball by playing pickup games in open gym settings. The scene is casual and quite often the gyms are eventually shut down leaving the players scrambling for another location that ﬁts their needs. Tim Francis was one of those players going from gym to gym. After the closing of his gym in 2007, he decided to form a memberbased LGBT basketball team run by an executive board of players and named it the D.C. Sentinels. The team follows the guidelines established by the National Gay Basketball Association (NGBA) and have grown to a roster of 43 members. The Sentinels practice twice a week with two coaches at different locations in the D.C. area. The players run drills as a unit and then break apart into the expected teams for future tournaments. They competed in their ﬁrst tournament in Amsterdam in 2008 and have since traveled the United States competing in NGBA sponsored tournaments. Fresh off their bronze medal at the 2010 Cologne Gay Games, they will be hosting the Capital Classic II on October 16-17 at the Capital Sports Complex in District Heights, Md. Tournaments sanctioned by the NGBA are ﬁve-on-ﬁve play with two 20 minute halves. The Sentinels are expecting 30 teams from across the United States with rosters of up to 10 per team with four of the teams consisting of Sentinels players. The team is funded by member dues, local contributions and fundraising. They hold an annual rafﬂe and have conceived another annual event called Splash which is a multi-faceted pool party that has grown leaps and bounds in its two years. Part of the proceeds from fundraising are used to provide a commitment to the community. Recent outreach has included support to Us Helping Us, Food & Friends, Whitman-Walker, Susan G. Komen and AIDS Walk. As a spectator and volunteer at the Sentinel’s ﬁrst tournament in 2008, I was impressed by the level of play and the diversity of the players. The Sentinels themselves range in height from 5 feet, 7 inches to 6 feet, 9 inches. For details on the upcoming tournament and the team, go to www.teamdcbasketball.org.
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Beat the Clock Happy Hour at Nellie’s, 900 U St., N.W., is tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. All bottles, Miller Light, or house vodka drinks are $1 from 5 to 6 p.m., $2 from 6 to 7 p.m. and $3 from 7 to 8 p.m. AIM presents Jason DeRulo at Rams Head Live! with Auburn tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $27.50 can be purchased at ramsheadlive.com. Gloss presents Halloween Scream Dance Party at Apex, 1415 22nd St., N.W., tonight at 9 p.m. featuring music by DJ Rosie in the main room and a show by the D.C. Kings and the D.C. Gurly Show at midnight. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costume. There will be $3 long island iced teas all night. Cover is $10. Attendees must be 18 to enter. RAW will be at Green Lantern, 1335 Green Court N.W., tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. featuring resident DJs Bill and Shea plus guest DJs the Witches of Shade: DJ Boom Boom Box and DJ Soft Shoe. Also featuring Colby Keller and his “spanking station.” There’s no cover before 11 p.m. and a $5 cover after 11. There will be an open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. on the second floor. DJ Seth Gold and NiteCamp will be at Town, 2009 8th St., N.W., tonight at 10 p.m. For those 21 and older, cover is $5 before 11 p.m. and $10 after. For those 18 to 20, cover is $10 all night. “So you think you’re a drag queen?” will also be tonight starting at 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $70. Visit busboysandpoets.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Superheroes in 3D at Town, 2009 8th St., N.W., is tonight. Everyone will received 3D glasses on the way in and the club will be offering multiple Superhero 3D experiences. Music will be provided by Kidd Madonny from Miami. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 after. Must be 21 or older to enter.
Team D.C. presents the 2010 Champions Brunch today at 11 a.m. at Nellie’s, 900 U St., N.W., with unlimited brunch and mimosas with special guest speaker, former NFL Commissioner, Paul Tagliabue. The Campions Awards recognizes leaders in the LGBT Sport community and include MVP Award, Trailblazer Award and Community Support Award. The brunch is $30 per person and tickets can be purchased at teamdc.org.
Monday, Oct. 4
D.C. Center is having its volunteer night tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Center is located at 1318 U St., N.W. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. Out artist Brandi Carlile will be performing at Rams Head Live with Katie Herzig tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased at ramsheadlive.com.
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Saturday, Oct. 2
The 24th annual AIDS Walk Washington to benefit the Whitman-Walker Clinic is today starting at 7 a.m. Same-day registration for the walk only, the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt display and other activities begin at 7. A program of music, speakers and warm-up exercises being at 8:15 a.m. The fourth annual 5k timed run begins at 9 a.m. and the AIDS Walk step off begins at 9:15. Visit aidswalkwashington.org for more information and to pre-register. Cobalt and LevelOne will be holding the Official AIDS Walk Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit AIDS Walk Washington. LevelOne is located at 1639 R St., N.W. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will be holding its ninth annual Gay Day today. The event will be a special weddingthemed day to celebrate gay marriage in D.C. Visit hillwoodmseum.org for more information including program fees. There will be an opening reception for “Action Painting: the work of M.M. Panas” at City Gallery, 804 H St., N.E., tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Seth Glier will be at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave., East, in Vienna, Va., at 8 p.m. Glier is a 20-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist from Mass. His debut album is “The Trouble with People.” Furious Dance Party at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St., N.W., is tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight to celebrate the publication of Alice Walker’s new volume of poetry, “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing” with featured speakers Walker and Ben Jealous, President of NAACP.
Tuesday, Oct. 5
Burgundy Crescent Volunteers needs help packing safer sex kits for FUK!T from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct., N.W.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
“Fagbug” will be shown on the deck at Nellie’s, 900 U St., N.W., tonight at 8 p.m. following a happy hour at 5 p.m. “Fagbug” is a documentary following Erin Davies’ 58-day cross-country trip in her car to evoke a dialogue about homophobia after it was tagged with the words “fag” and “u r gay.” Mautner Project presents its Speakers Series: African American Women who Partner with Women Health Issues with D. Magrini and Rachelle Dixon tonight at Equality Maryland, 1201 Sharp St., in Baltimore, at 6:30 p.m. BookMen D.C., an informal group of men who are interested in gay literature (both fiction and non-fiction), will be diccussing “The Satyricon” by Petronius at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Sumner School, 1201 17th St., N.W. Visit bookmendc.blogspot.com for more information.
Thursday, Oct. 7
“Happy Hours” at the Fireplace, 2161 P St., N.W., is today from 1 to 11 p.m. From 1 to 8 p.m. is “Happy Hour with Tommy” downstairs. From 3 to 8 p.m. is “Happy Hour with Scott” upstairs. Rail drinks and domestic beer are $2.50 until 11 p.m. Rail vodka is $2 from 9 to 11 p.m. VJ Dina Valentine will be downstairs.
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1 in 7 gay or bisexual men in DC is HIV-positive.
Lynda Carter Grand Marshal
Saturday October 2, 2010
A 5K fundraising walk & timed run. Call 202.332.walk for more info.
Support WWC by downloading the 2010 AIDS Walk Commemorative Anthem CHANGE THE WORLD at www.PeterFoxMusic.net Live performance at opening ceremony
benefiting & produced by
Photo by Karl Simone
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THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE
HOT HITS AND HIDDEN JEWELS
King Arthur Through October 31 Synetic Theater Crystal City Theatre 800-494-8497 synetictheater.org Synetic’s inaugural season will kick off with a new, wordless epic --King Arthur. Drawing from a rich pool of centuries-old myths and legends and starring Ben Cunis, King Arthur will weave together mystery, magic, heroes, and romance in a new adaptation that will see the legend. Sabrina Fair October 1 - October 24 Ford’s Theatre 202-397-7328 fords.org With sparkling wit and intelligence, Sabrina Fair considers true love hindered by class, race and social conventions. When the daughter of the Larrabees’ chauffeur returns from a year in Paris, she bewitches the Larrabee brothers with her youthful vitality and newly found sophistication. Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy Through January 09 National Gallery of Art nga.gov Sixteen examples of the fantastic composite heads painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo will be featured in this exhibition, their first appearance in the United States. Bizarre yet scientifically accurate, the unusual heads are composed of plants, animals, and objects. Additional works, including drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer, and small bronzes.
CREDITS: The Guide to Arts & Culture is supplied by CulturalCapital.com, a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. KING ARTHUR: Supplied by Synetic Theater; SABRINA FAIR: Supplied by Ford’s Theatre; ARCIMBOLDO: Supplied by The National Gallery of Art.
Friday, Oct 1
Wild Music: Songs & Sounds of Life. National Geographic. 202-857-7588. events.nationalgeographic.com
Trio X in Concert. Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus. 301-699-1819. joesmovement.org
Sunday, Oct 3
Thursday, Oct 7
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Christian Tetzlaff, violin, plays Beethoven. National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org Washington National Opera: Salome. Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center. 202-295-2400. dc-opera.org
Masterworks of Three Centuries 20102011 concert series. Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at Smithsonian National Museum of American History. 202-633-3030. residentassociates.org The Nu Band in Concert. Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus. 301699-1819. joesmovement.org
Monday, Oct 4
Saturday, Oct 2
In Series - Bicentennial Opera Tribute & Pocket Oprat Double Bill. Source Theatre. 202-204-7763. inseries.org
David Sedaris. Lisner Auditorium. lisner.org The ‘F’ Word: Traditional Poetic Forms. The Writer’s Center. 301-654-8664. writer.org
Tuesday, Oct 5
Sunday, Oct 3
Treasures of Peru:Tantalizing Culture, Incomparable Nature. Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at Smithsonian Ripley Center. 202-633-3030. residentassociates.org
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net
Wednesday, Oct 6
Monday, Oct 4
Artist in Residence: Matt Wigler, jazz & blues piano. Strathmore. 301-5815100. strathmore.org
Watercolorist Michele Rea’s Vantage Point. The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org
Thursday, Oct 7
Oct 2 - Oct 3
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Norway Comes to Washington. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. 703-548-0885. alexsym.org
After Hours with the Alliance Francaise. Kreeger Museum. 202-338-3552. kreegermuseum.org Music in the Mansion: Paul Galbraith, classical guitar. Strathmore. 301-5815100. strathmore.org Robbie Schaefer. The Barns at Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org
Oct 1 - Oct 3
El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador presents Unspoken Words - Dance Latin America. Dance Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org
Oct 6 - Oct 7
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. kennedy-center.org
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Friday, Oct 1
Avery Sharpe Trio. Montpelier Arts Center. 301-377-7800. pgparks.com NOW at Night. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. programs.corcoran.org The Embassy Series Presents: Music of Iraq- Safaafir. Iraqi Cultural Center. 202-625-2361. embassyseries.org UM School of Music - UM Symphony Orchestra: White Heat. Clarice Smith at Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu
American Century Theater: Paddy Chayefsky’s The Tenth Man. American Century Theater at Gunston Theatre Two. 703-998-4555. americancentury.org Circle Mirror Transformation. The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org El caballero de Olmedo/The Knight from Olmedo. GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org El bosque de mis libros. GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven. The Studio Theatre. 202-3323300. studiotheatre.org
National Gallery of Art nga.gov Edvard Munch: Master Prints; German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1580-1900; In the Tower: Mark Rothko; American Modernism: The Shein Collection Corcoran Gallery of Art corcoran.org Spencer Finch: My Business, with the Cloud Museum of Women in the Arts nmwa. org Books Without Words: The Visual Poetry of Elisabetta Gut
Saturday, Oct 2
Billy Taylor Trio. The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org Ledisi in Concert. Strathmore. 301-5815100. strathmore.org Samson & Delilah - All Roads Film Festival. National Geographic. 202-8577700. events.nationalgeographic.com
Relative: Recent Paintings and Drawings. Gallery plan b. galleryplanb.com Rebecca Key: Archetype. Transformer. transformergallery.org Val Cushing Vessels Exhibition. Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org Beltway Poetry Slam. The Fridge DC. 202-664-4151. thefridgedc.com
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Visit us at cfa.gmu.edu
Saturday, October 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 3 at 4 p.m.
“MOMIX dazzles with undefinable grace, personality.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune) This new modern dance creation, the green-themed Botanica, follows the rhythms of New England’s seasons, the evolution of the world, and the passing of a day. Flowers bloom, go to seed and die; vegetable, animal, and mineral—all in human form—combine and metamorphose. The stunning costumes and props by Michael Curry (The Lion King) bring you into a whimsical and enchanting landscape. An herbal remedy for whatever ails you, Botanica is an event not to be missed! $46, $38, $23
Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m.
Veterans of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, the talented, innovative, young musicians known as Brooklyn Rider have garnered the attention of critics and audiences alike with brilliant explorations of classic works by Beethoven, Bach, and Haydn, as well as the music of more contemporary composers such as Philip Glass, Derek Bermel, and Osvaldo Golijov. Playing for new audiences and at new venues is an essential part of their creative mission, as they perform in venues as varied as Joe’s Pub in New York City and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. “Few young artists are so versatile.” (New Yorker) $40, $32, $20
On the Fairfax campus, six miles west of Beltway exit 54 at the intersection of Braddock Road and Rt. 123.
Center for the Arts
888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu
INTRODUCING YOUR NEW FAVORITE COCKTAIL THAT YOU HAVEN’T TRIED YET.
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Available at all Clyde's Restaurant Group locations: Clyde's of Georgetown, Tysons Corner, Columbia, Reston, Chevy Chase, Mark Center, and Gallery Place; Old Ebbitt Grill; The Tombs; Tower Oaks Lodge and Willow Creek Farm. clydes.com facebook.com/ClydesRestaurant twitter.com/Clydes
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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.
3734 10th St. NE Washington, DC 20017 202-546-5979 thedeltaelite.com Longtime bar popular with African-American men in Brookland neighborhood; hosts regular ladies night. Check web site for 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.
1409 Playbill Café
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.
1637 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-328-0100 dupontitaliankitchen.com In Dupont Circle area, above Dupont Italian Kitchen.
aCaDemy of Washington
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.
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.
annie’s ParamoUnt steaK hoUse
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.
1609 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-232-0395 In Dupont Circle area; popular longtime restaurant and steakhouse with recently renovated Upstairs Lounge.
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.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
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.
Mara Levi, left, at last weekend’s Phasefest at Phase 1.
LGBTQ NIGHT @ blaCK sqUirrel
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.
2427 18th St., NW Washington DC 20009 Party featuring disco house, electro, indie pop, dance and industrial every Friday night.
1722 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 Multi-level after-hours dance club attracts a mixed crowd but remains gay-friendly.
Piano bar attracts a mostly male crowd, though welcoming to women and straight patrons.
1104 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-544-1931 Longtime bar popular with African-American men in Capitol Hill area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Port in a storm
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.
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.
Danceboutique 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.
1 W. Biddle St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-837-3906 Mount Vernon-area downstairs bar attracts men and women; friendly service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3607 Fleet St. Baltimore, MD 21224 410-563-2617 Neighborhood bar in Highlandtown area is popular with men and women and offers billiards.
Where the girls go
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.
wherethegirlsgo.com Queer women’s events in the D.C. area. Check web site for latest info.
1836 18th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-483-1483 Dupont Circle area bar and restaurant popular with both men and women.
1735 Maryland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-6965 Longtime bar and restaurant popular with African-American clientele.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
639 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-347-6025 dceagle.com The popular Levi/leather bar’s origins date 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.
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.”
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
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This year’s Hillwood Gay Day to honor D.C.’s right to wed
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN “Gay Day” at Hillwood features everything matrimonial as well as fun for kids. It’s this Saturday at D.C.’s fabled estate, museum and gardens. “Where fabulous lives” is rightly the tag-line for the 36-room mansion, nestled on 25 acres encircled by woods and with 16,000 art objects from Faberge Easter Eggs produced for the Russian Imperial Court to Beauvais 18th-century French tapestries to Sevres porcelain. But on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hillwood — a decorative arts museum and the former home and gardens of Post cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post — will come alive with morning activities for LGBT families with their kids and in the afternoon with festivities specially keyed to same-sex couples contemplating getting married in D.C. “We are thrilled to celebrate the newfound right of hundreds of couples who can now legally marry in D.C.,” said Hillwood media relations head Lynn Rossotti, “so this year we’ve added new wedding-themed elements to make Gay Day at Hillwood new for this year.” According to Rossotti, marriage-related events include “punch on the portico styled like a wedding reception, story telling about marriage equality and a community bulletin board to post pictures, thoughts, quotes, wedding vows and tips. The D.C. Lambda Squares will also lead square dancing and Broadway love songs will be performed by the Rock Creek Singers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. The morning begins on the mansion’s south portico with a family garden party co-hosted with Rainbow Families and includes breakfast treats, a performance of “Royal Russian Adventures” by Adventure Theatre, an “imagination station” (featuring books, games and fancy dress-up) and Russian wedding gown arts activities, followed by tee time on the estate’s putting green. Afternoon festivities switch gears beginning with three gallery talks — at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. — by curator Howard Kurtz about Mrs. Post’s wedding dress from her 1958 marriage to Herbert May. At 1 and 3 p.m., D.C. Lambda Squares will lead square dancing. At 2 and 4, Speakeasy D.C. will present three storytellers that Rossotti called “real people who will share their personal stories about what marriage equality means to them.” At 2:30 and 3:30, the Rock Creek Singers perform. From 4 to 6 p.m., participants can en-
Photo courtesy of Hillwood
A fall shot of Hillwood’s French Parterre.
joy a wedding-style reception with hors d’oeuvres and punch on the mansion portico, with floral displays and a reproduction of a feature of the Post-May wedding, that Rossotti called “a gazebo-May pole with carved wooden poles surrounding a table for refreshments with its very midcentury ‘retro’ look of the 1950s era.” Since 2001, Hillwood created an advisory committee of area LGBT leaders and has stressed outreach to the LGBT community, hosting past “Gay Day” annual events and summer outdoor film classics. Hillwood received an “Ally of the Year” award in 2007 from the Capi-
tal Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. This year’s “Gay Day” is co-sponsored by Spectrum Printing and Graphics and ACKC — Artfully Chocolate Kingsbury Confections. Admission fees for the “Gay Day” special family hours from 10 a.m. to noon are $12. From noon to 6 p.m., admission is $12 ($10 for Hillwood members), $7 for college students. There’s no charge for children and teens under 18 all day. Hillwood is at 4155 Linnean Ave., N.W., about one mile north of the National Zoo, above Tilden Street between Connecticut Avenue and Rock Creek Park.
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Carter calls AIDS an ‘equal rights’ issue
Continued from page 33 popularity with gays and lesbians and, oh yeah, she also graciously indulged us with some behind-the-scenes details of a certain famous TV show she did back in the ‘70s. “I’m just a big believer in civil rights and you know, civil rights are civil rights and it’s really as simple as that,” the actress/ singer says during a phone chat from the ofﬁce of her Potomac, Md., home. “We are all what we are. I can’t ever make myself a small person. Unless I cut off my feet, I will never be under 5 feet. I have blue eyes. I will never have dark brown eyes. I am what I am and that’s that. I just think, ‘Get over yourselves.’ Not the gay and lesbian community, but the supposedly straight community — who are as kinky as all get out — I’m just astounded that [someone’s sexual orientation] matters to anybody. It’s such a non-issue in my own heart and mind … That’s part of who you are and it’s such a small part of your life. You’ve got family and friends, a job, dreams. You also happen to be gay. So what?” Carter, who’s lent her name to everything from irritable bowel syndrome to breast cancer, says there are lots of reasons she agreed to participate this year — she considers the Washington area, where she’s lived for decades, home. “Oh yeah, I’m deﬁnitely supporting my home territory,” she says. “One in 20 people in D.C. have HIV. That’s shocking. But it’s not exclusive to my feelings to D.C. If I can bring even one person to this event who would not have come to the table otherwise, then at least I’ve contributed something. But hopefully I’ll bring a lot more.” She also says she’s been touched by the gay adulation and devotion she’s enjoyed for many years. “The AIDS Walk, well, sadly, it has been so tied to the gay and lesbian community,” Carter says. “They’ve been so viliﬁed and this viliﬁcation that’s been heaped upon them in connection with HIV has really led to the belief among many heterosexuals and many young people that it doesn’t apply to them. They think, ‘Oh, I don’t lead a dangerous life.’ But that’s really a great disservice.” Carter says supporting AIDS and gay causes resonates with her because of her strong belief in equal rights for everyone. “I’m very outspoken and justice issues just get to me,” she says. “I’m for equal rights and AIDS and HIV is an equal opportunity disease. However people with AIDS are discriminated against even though AIDS itself doesn’t discriminate. It’ll get anybody.” AIDS Walk Washington Saturday Freedom Plaza 13th Street/Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Rally at 8:15 a.m. Timed run begins at 9 a.m. Walk begins at 9:15 a.m. aidswalkwashington.org
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Looking back on ‘Wonder Woman’
Though it’s been more than 30 years since “Wonder Woman’s” original run, Carter embraces the show and its legion of gay fans. It’s so popular with gays, there was even a 2008 book (“The Q Guide to Wonder Woman”) by gay author Mike Pingel that explored the show’s queer appeal and sensitivities. Carter, still stunning at 59, talked at length with the Blade about the show, its legacy and how she remembers it now. WASHINGTON BLADE: You did a few voiceovers and appeared in some of the “making of” featurettes when the show came out on DVD a few years ago. Did you watch it again? LYNDA CARTER: No, I didn’t really. I tried to show my kids once in awhile and my niece and nephew, but I didn’t sit down and watch it myself, not that at all. I really love her and I really think she’s great and I particularly love the idea of her. So there’s so many things I like about it but I’m busy living my life now, so I don’t think about it a lot. BLADE: Did you keep many of the dolls and TV Guide covers and that kind of stuff? CARTER: I have a few things here in the house. A phone and I’m looking right now in my den at a pillow the cameraman’s wife hand stitched. It really doesn’t look like her, but it’s such a cool thing and I’ve kept it all these years. I’m trying to preserve some things for my children. They might want to look at them or sell them, but it certainly is a big piece of my life and continues to be. BLADE: But a lot of it is in storage? CARTER: Yes. I have hired some wonderful people who work for me and one of their jobs was to try to consolidate all the “Wonder Woman” memorabilia and get it all in one place. Some of the really valuable stuff, I have someplace else. BLADE: So did you feel after three seasons the concept had run its course or would you have liked the show to have run longer? Were you ready to move on to Continues on page 47
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Photo by C. Stanley Photography; courtesy of Factory 449
From left, Lisa Hodsoll, David Lamont Wilson, Belen Oyola-Rebaza, Zehra Fazal, Sun King Davis and Lorena Sabogal in Factory 449’s current production ‘The Saint Plays.’
Saints go marching into modernity
Christian icons revisited cleverly in new Factory production
By PATRICK FOLLIARD Like much that is experimental, “The Saint Plays” by Erik Ehn can be hard to follow, sometimes frustratingly so. But when produced by a bold young company like Factory 449, it can also be visually compelling and gloriously performed by an able ensemble cast. In six plays of varying length, Ehn smashes the lives of traditional Catholic saints into a contemporary, feverishly mystical retelling — some more recognizable than others: “Wholly Joan’s” places the Maid of Orleans (Zehra Fazal) in a modern day battleﬁeld subject to the whimsy of her captors and the voices that have compelled her to dress as a man and wage battle. In “Locus,” a shades-sporting John the Baptist (Sun King Davis) contends with the insolent Salome (Belen Oyola-Rebaza) whose enticing veils have been replaced with a short-skirted majorette uniform. A serenely mournful Saint Rose of Lima (beautifully played by Lisa Hodsoll) is featured in both “Thistle” and “The Monkey Seller.” The ﬁrst relays Ruﬁna Amaya’s (Lorena Sabogal) chilling testimony about the 1981 rape and murder of hundreds of civilians in El Mozote by U.S.-backed Salvadorian forces. The second (especially penned by Ehn for this production) explores the 1978 mass suicide at Jamestown, Guyana. Dexter Hamlett is terriﬁc as both the cult leader Jim Jones and the Bible’s Zacchaeus (the tiny tax collector who climbed the sycamore tree to see Christ). “Tobacco” features a hardboiled homeless woman (Hodsoll again) with plenty to say. In “The Freak,” an ultimately embittered narrator (Allyson Harkey) tells the fantastic story of a miraculously winged schoolgirl (Betsy Rosen) who baptizes the foot of a medieval knight (David Lamont Wilson). Designer Greg Stevens successfully morphs the intimate Church Street Theater into the grounds of a traveling circus with wobbly caravans and worn, outsized banners advertising the saints. He also costumes the cast in the drab gear beﬁtting a group of down-and-out itinerants; but still, the plays aren’t moored to this vaguely Great Depression era-setting. Thanks in large part to Cory Ryan Frank’s lighting, the set easily lends itself to other times and locales including a trailer park in Albuquerque, Manhattan’s lower east side and a classroom at a California university. Ehn’s plays are peppered with jarring epiphanic moments. Similarly, the production’s gay director John Moletress and his design team create some striking and undeniably memorable images: A covey of seen-only-to-her virgin bride attendants surround St. Joan. Joined in a huddle and lit from beneath they become the ﬂickering hot ﬂames surrounding the saint’s death stake. A woman unexpectedly breaks through a Hefty bag — she tells her story from behind a cracked window pain. John the Baptist’s severed heads speaks as it rests on a patio grill. A tiny mechanical toy monkey bangs cymbals alone on an empty stage. Factory 449 is still deﬁning its aesthetic. Like the year old company’s inaugural hit production “4.48 Psychosis,” its current season opener makes good use of video and ﬁlm. Moletress’ direction continues to be inventive, beautifully bringing to life the playwright’s themes of hope, loss and redemption. The production employs theatrical styles from Greco masks, puppetry, postmodern visuals and an onstage musician.
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Mara Levi, upper left, performs at last weekend’s Phasefest at Phase 1 in Washington. The other photos are Phasefest attendees.
Frank Kameny, left, speaks at last weekend’s 17th Street Festival. The other photos in this section were also taken at the festival, which organizers plan as an annual event.
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Attendees at Sunday’s fall brunch for the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) included Vincent Gray (third photo from top in this column), who’ll likely be the District’s next mayor.
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