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Kye Allums, a trans basketball player at GW, praised as role model for young athletes. PAGE 23
Defendant in killing of Brian Betts pleads guilty to first-degree felony murder. PAGE 2
Newly elected Maryland lawmaker Mary Washington makes history and is confident marriage equality is coming soon. PAGE 15
washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 46 • november 12, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
Homeless gay teen survives streets, eyes college
Youth lived in D.C. abandoned buildings while on honor roll at local high school
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. email@example.com Kadeem Swenson looks forward to graduating from D.C.’s Ballou STAY High School in June and is applying for admission to college. He gets good grades and his principal considers him a promising student with a good future. But the strapping, 6-foot-tall 18-year-old, who came out as gay at age 16, says he spent most of the past year hiding a part of his life that became far more difficult to deal with than his sexual orientation. Forced by his parents to leave his home in Waldorf, Md., two years ago after he told them he’s gay, Swenson stayed with friends and relatives in D.C. and North Carolina for several months. He and his grandmother then prevailed upon his mother to enroll him in Ballou STAY, one of the D.C. public school system’s vocational and academic high schools that offer classes at night. Continues on page 4
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Kadeem Swenson says his parents kicked him out of the house for being gay two years ago. He spent a year living in abandoned buildings in D.C. while attending Ballou STAY school.
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By CHRIS JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org Supporters of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal are pushing the Senate to end the law in the lame duck session of Congress amid questions about whether sufficient support exists to complete the task by year’s end. One Democratic aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Blade that Senate passage of major defense budget legislation to which “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is attached would require “all the stars aligning” as well as active support from President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Asked this week whether those elements were coming into alignment as the lame duck session approaches, the aide said, “Hell no. We ain’t anyBarney Frank says ‘zero chance’ of pro-LGBT bills in next Congress. PAGE 10 where near alignment.” Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told reporters on Tuesday that passing the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill with the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal language presents challenges. “We’re trying to get both things accomplished, and we just don’t know if we can,” Levin said, according to the Grand Rapids Press. “Republicans have filibustered the whole defense bill because of that [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’] provision. There’s some people who say that unless the defense bill has that provision, that we shouldn’t pass it,” he continued. “My position is, we should try to get both things done some way or another.” Media reports circulated this week that Levin was engaged in talks with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to advance the defense authorization bill after stripping it of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal language. But while some see challenges in moving forContinues on page 14
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A 19-year-old D.C. man pleaded guilty Monday to firstdegree felony murder in connection with the April 14 shooting death of gay D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts. Alante Saunders, one of four teenagers charged in Betts’ murder, agreed to a plea bargain agreement offered by prosecutors that is expected to result in a sentence reduced from life in prison to 40 years. The plea took place during a hearing before a Montgomery County Circuit court judge in Rockville. Betts was found shot to death April 15 in his Silver Spring, Md. house. Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Sherri Koch told Judge John Debelius in a hearing that evidence shows that Saunders shot Betts to death in the second floor bedroom of his house after meeting the popular middle school principal through an Internet chat line. Sources familiar with the case have said the chat line where the two met caters to gay men seeking to meet other men for sex. In details of the case that had not previously been disclosed, Koch told the court that Betts told Saunders that the door to his house would be unlocked and instructed him to enter and walk upstairs to his bedroom upon his arrival. Police and prosecutors have said Saunders and three other men, one 19 and two 18, hatched a plan to meet someone on the chat line for the purpose of committing a robbery. Saunders’ lawyer, David Felsen, and Koch agreed that Saunders and the others charged in the case did not intend to kill Betts. “This was, for want of a better word, a robbery that went bad,” said Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy at a news conference following the guilty plea. “This case should serve as a reminder to all those in the community who use chat lines that there are dangers,” he said at the news conference. Neither McCarthy nor Koch, in her courtroom remarks, mentioned that Betts was gay or that the youths charged with his murder met him through a gay sex chat line. Court observers believe the State’s Attorney’s office is negotiating with attorneys representing the other defendants over possible plea bargain agreements that would avoid the need for a trial. The others charged in the case are Joel Johnson, 19; Sharif Tau Lancaster and Deontra Gray, both 18. Each is charged with murder, even though authorities believe they may not have been in Betts’ house at the time of the shooting. Police have said some or all of the other three men entered the house at some point after the shooting to help Saunders steal Betts’ belongings, including credit cards and his car. Saunders is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 23. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Teen pleads guilty to murder of gay principal
ocal support for marriage equality, but respectfully disagree with him on his recent statement. Maryland voters just embraced two important pro-marriage candidates in re-electing Gov. O’Malley and the AG. … With this kind of support for equality, we believe the Legislature will do the right thing, honor the trust that the electorate has placed in its members, and enact marriage equality legislation during the upcoming session.” KEVIN NAFF
The owner of the D.C. gay bar Mova filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 20 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami, Fla., according to court documents. Mova owner Babak Movahedi filed the bankruptcy documents through Logan Circle Spectrum, LLC, the company that owns Mova bars in both Washington and Miami Beach. Movahedi is the sole shareholder of the company, according to bankruptcy documents. Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows companies unable to pay creditors to reorganize and make arrangements to pay off the debt over an extended time period without going out of business. Movahedi has said he intends to keep his Mova bars open. The bankruptcy filing shows that Logan Circle Spectrum, which is headquartered in South Miami Beach, has liabilities totaling $874,817 and assets totaling $72,507. The largest single creditor is PNC Bank, which is owed more than $560,000, according to the filing. Gay D.C. businessman and drag performer David Lett and Lett’s company, Harlet Enterprises, Inc., holds the primary lease to the building in which Mova D.C. is located at 1435 P St., N.W. The bankruptcy filing records show that Mova owes Harlet, Mova’s landlord, $77,745. It says the money owed to Lett and Harlet Enterprises is for “leases, permits, agreements, personal property, furniture, fixtures, equipment and all other assets located in or upon the premise or used in connection with the business conducted in the premises.” LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Gay bar Mova files for bankruptcy in Florida
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Former D.C. Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti was named co-chair of Vincent Gray’s transition team’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Public Safety.
Gray makes first gay appointment
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray last week named gay former D.C. Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti as co-chair of his transition team’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Public Safety. Spagnoletti, who served as attorney general during the administration of former Mayor Anthony Williams, is currently a partner in the D.C. law firm Schertler & Onorato, which specializes in criminal and civil litigation. Earlier this year, Spagnoletti took part in a widely reported trial as defense attorney for Dylan Ward, one of three gay men charged with obstruction of justice, evidence tampering and conspiracy in connection with the 2006 murder of Washington attorney Robert Wone. A D.C. Superior Court judge found Ward and fellow defendants Joseph Price and Victor Zaborsky not guilty on all charges. Prior to becoming attorney general, Spagnoletti served as a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office in D.C. He is credited with helping to create programs to assist LGBT crime victims, including victims of hate crimes and domestic violence. His appointment by Gray to a mayoral transition team panel that will make recommendations on public safety issues comes at a time when LGBT activists have raised concern that D.C. police have not adequately addressed anti-LGBT hate crimes in recent years. “This committee will look at the agencies responsible for public safety and make recommendations on how to best ensure safe neighborhoods; and examine the government’s legal service operations and make recommendations for improvement,” an announcement by Gray of his transition team says. Gray named Karl Racine, a local attorney and former Clinton administration White House legal counsel, as co-chair of the transition team’s Legal Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Spagnoletti and Racine are two of 14 transition team appointments that Gray announced at a news conference on Wednesday. Others include former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, former Clinton administration official Alice Rivlin, and former George Washington University President Joel Trachtenberg. Mayoral transition team leaders usually don’t go on to permanent appointments by D.C. mayors, although some have served as informal advisers.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler told a gay business group this week that he doesn’t expect lawmakers to pass a same-sex marriage bill next year. “We won’t get marriage equality in the legislative session this year,” Gansler told the Maryland Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. “It will happen through the courts.” He cited a coalition of Republicans, Catholics and certain older black lawmakers who oppose same-sex marriage as the reason for the lack of movement. A marriage bill is among Equality Maryland’s top legislative priorities and hopes for progress were high after three gay and lesbian candidates joined four openly gay incumbents in winning last week’s elections. Maryland now has seven openly gay and lesbian state lawmakers. “Attorney General Gansler stated that a marriage equality bill is unlikely to advance in the General Assembly due to lack of support from certain constituencies,” said Charles Butler, Equality Maryland’s board chair, in a statement to the Blade. “We appreciate the AG’s unequiv-
Md. attorney gen’l: No marriage bill in 2011
The University of Maryland’s One Project won the 2010 National Orientation Directors Association’s Innovative Program Award. The One Project is the First-Year Experience program for LGBT and ally students at the university developed by Dian Squire, assistant director of orientation. It is a joint effort by the Office of LGBT Equity (lgbt.umd.edu) and the Orientation Office (orientation.umd.edu). “We’re just really looking to connect students to other students … and the community at large,” Squire said. The award gives the program a professional stamp of approval because it comes from an association that specializes in these types of programs, he said. “The criteria for the award is, one, it’s innovative, and two, that the NODA board sees that the program can be taken and used anywhere in the nation,” Squire said. The program is meant to help students make a smooth transition to college and “represents a hope that the LGBTQA community can come together in an intellectual, social and civically minded way to support each other through the first year of college.” “I went to Luke Jensen [director of the Office of LGBT Equity] and asked if there was something I could do,” Squire said as to why he developed the One Project. “He said ‘Why don’t we start a first year program?’ and I took that small seed and ran with it.” The award will be presented at the association’s annual conference, Nov. 6-9 in St. Louis. For more information on the One Project or NODA, visit their respective websites, theoneprojectumd.com and nodaweb.org. JULIETTE M. EBNER
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Gay honor student hid homeless status from school
Continued from page 1 He stayed at the D.C. home of a student friend and her mother until the family moved to Chicago last year, leaving Swenson without a place to live. Believing a return to his mother and stepfather’s home in Waldorf wasn’t an option, Swenson said he set up residence in abandoned apartment buildings in the city’s Congress Heights section near Ballou. With some financial support from his grandmother, he managed to get through his junior and part of his senior year at Ballou while hiding the fact that he lived a secret life as a homeless person. He stayed most of the time in a debris-strewn abandoned apartment building a few blocks from his school with no electricity or running water. “I never really told anybody because I didn’t want anybody to have pity on me,” he said. In what school officials and LGBT homeless youth advocate Earline Budd call an extraordinary story, Swenson told the Blade how he maintained a positive outlook and an overarching desire to succeed at school under the most trying circumstances. “I want to go to college and study business,” he said. “And I don’t want to just run a business I want to own it.” Through the help of one of Ballou’s guidance counselors and its principal, Swenson hooked up last month with Budd and Transgender Health Empowerment, a private, non-profit group that operates the Wanda Alston House for LGBT youth. Last week, T.H.E. placed Swenson in the Alston House, ending a chapter in his life that he says has made him a stronger person but which also has created “considerable stress.” “His story is specifically why we opened up the Alston House, because kids are still being put out of their house because they’re gay,” said Brian Watson, T.H.E.’s director of programs. “And he’s a really good kid. He was going to school despite the fact that he was homeless,” Watson said. “That says a lot about him.” With the help of one of his Ballou teachers, Swenson says he has applied for admission to Colorado College, a liberal arts school in Colorado Springs, which offers the type of business program he says he’d like to enter. Earlier this year he had an interview with one of the college’s recruiters who came to the D.C. area to talk to local
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Kadeem Swenson now stays at the Alston House and hopes to attend college in Colorado to study business.
high school seniors. He showed a Blade reporter and photographer the abandoned building that became his home, leading his guests up a debris-covered stairway to a third-floor, one bedroom apartment with carpeted floors that were well preserved, suggesting the building had only recently been abandoned. He pointed to the area where he placed a small mat that became his bed. The kitchen and bathroom plumbing fixtures had been ripped out and lay on the floor in the small apartment. The unlocked apartment door was still in place, enabling Swenson to secure a small degree of privacy while staying there. “I thought a lot about going to college in Colorado and getting away from D.C.,” he said later, recounting his thoughts while huddling at night in the abandoned flat. Swenson said he followed a routine to get by in his unusual living arrangement. He washed at his school and used the bathrooms at nearby fast food restaurants. He cleaned his clothes at a neighborhood laundry. He tried to sneak in and out of the abandoned building located on the 100 block of Wayne Place, S.E., through an unlocked outer door out of fear that someone might follow him inside and attack him if he were to be seen entering and leaving. He occasionally stayed at the homes of men he met at gay bars or clubs, he said, enabling him to take a short leave from the abandoned building. But his visits to the homes of his newfound acquaintances were usually short. And a few older men he met at the clubs made it clear they wanted sexual favors. “I didn’t want to do that,” Swenson said. He managed to maintain a cell phone through money he earned
in a part-time job as a busboy in a restaurant. But an on-the-job injury from a fall prevented him from continuing to work, he said. In early October, running low on money and realizing he had reached a point where he might not be able to continue without a safe and more stable place to live, he approached a Ballou administrator and asked for help. “I just walked to her office and didn’t tell her I’m homeless,” Swenson said. “I told her that my parents kicked me out and I just need somewhere to stay for a little while. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it.” In what turned out to be a lucky break, the administrator, Sharon Edwards, knew Earline Budd, the longtime transgender activist who has met with Ballou faculty and administrators on transgender and homeless youth issues. Budd serves as an outreach official with Transgender Health Empowerment., a D.C. transgender advocacy group that, among other things, provides services to homeless youth who are gay, lesbian and bisexual as well as transgendered. With the consent of Ballou STAY School principal Wilbert Miller and school guidance counselor Helene Miller, Edwards sent Swenson to T.H.E.’s North Capitol Street offices to meet Budd. “Miss Edwards gave me a brochure and said I want you to call these people. She said I don’t want you to be offended by the name, Transgender Empowerment, because you don’t have to be transgendered to get services,” Swenson said. “So I was like, O.K., I’ll go there, and I just went. And when I got there I spoke to somebody else and they introduced me to Miss Budd,” he said. “They said she’ll help you with anything you need help with, and she has.” Budd, upon meeting Swenson, immediately sprung into
action on his behalf, calling city agencies and members of the City Council to help find an emergency youth facility to provide Swenson a place to stay. “I have a youth in crisis and is age 18, currently homeless to the streets and is sleeping in abandoned buildings,” Budd said in an Oct. 7 e-mail to Council members, city officials and members of the news media. “I have been working with this youth since Oct. 5, 2010 and he is a very bright young man who deserves more than just talk,” she said in the e-mail. “He is currently enrolled at Ballou Stay, where he is on the honor roll and is said to be in school every day. When asked about his living conditions, he states, ‘Well, I have got to get an education and sleeping in abandoned buildings is not going to kill me.’” Through Budd’s calls and emails, the Sasha Bruce House, a youth shelter in Northeast D.C. near Capitol Hill, arranged to provide Swenson with a room on a temporary basis. Budd and Watson arranged a short time later for Swenson to be admitted to T.H.E.’s Alston House, which is located in a renovated, multi-bedroom house in Northeast D.C. Swenson moved into the Alston House last week. Swenson said he hopes to remain in the Alston House until he completes his course work at Ballou in January and enters college in September. He will participate in Ballou’s graduation commencement ceremony in June. At a reporter’s request, Swenson said he made an attempt to reach his mother through a family friend so the Blade could offer her an opportunity to comment on her son’s plight over the past two years. “I just talked to my godmother and my godmother got in touch with my mom,” Swenson
said. “And she said she doesn’t want any part of this,” he said. Asked if it was his understanding that his mother did not want to talk to a reporter, Swenson said, “Yeah, that’s right.” Miller, the Ballou STAY School principal, said he had no idea Swenson was homeless during most of his two-year tenure at the school until Swenson told Edwards about his situation in early October. “He’s one of our most cordial and interactive students,” Miller said. “He has a great rapport with the staff and the students, and he’s always been interested in college.” Miller said Ballou STAY High School’s teachers and staff are familiar with LGBT-related issues as they relate to the school system and would have taken immediate steps to help Swenson find a place to live had they known about his homeless status. “He always looked well groomed,” said Miller. “He said, ‘I took care of my hygiene things before I came to school.’ He said ‘I couldn’t go around looking like I was homeless.’” Ballou STAY High School shares the same campus but is a separate entity from Ballou Senior High School. Miller said the school system created STAY schools as an alternative educational environment to meet the special needs of a wide range of students at any age who wish to complete high school. The school offers both vocational and academic, college preparatory courses. He said about half of the students, like Swenson, are between 16 and 18, with many in their 20s and early 30s and others as old as 60. The college-like class system allows students to take as few or as many classes each semester to accommodate their need to work or, in many cases, to raise children, he said.
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Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson said he will not retire from public life and will continue to visit campuses and forums. He said he will devote his time to worldwide evangelism and LGBT advocacy.
Bishop Robinson to retire; cites strain of debate
CONCORD, N.H. — The first openly gay bishop elected in the worldwide Anglican Communion — whose election caused a firestorm of debate about the scriptures and homosexuality — announced Nov. 6 that he’s retiring in 2013 because the controversies have “taken their toll” on him, his family and followers, the Guardian and several news outlets reported. Bishop Gene Robinson, who was consecrated in the diocese of New Hampshire in 2003 and will turn 65 in 2013, said he will opt for an early retirement because “the constant strain” has become too much to bear. The controversy hasn’t calmed — last year traditionalists in North America broke away from the U.S. Episcopal church to set up their own network. This year Episcopalians — the U.S. arm of the Anglican Church — consecrated a lesbian to the post of assistant bishop in Los Angeles. “Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop, have been a constant strain, not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark, who has faithfully stood with me every minute of the last seven years, and in some ways, you,” Robinson said in a Guardian quote.
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‘After Tuesday’s election, in which gay marriage lost big, it’s pretty clear gay marriage advocates have failed to win the majority of Americans and so are turning once again to courts,’ said Maggie Gallagher, chair of the National Organization for Marriage.
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Advocates claim ‘no legitimate reason’ for statute
By CHRIS JOHNSON email@example.com LGBT rights groups are continuing efforts to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act with two new federal lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the statute. On Tuesday, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and the American Civil Liberties Union filed two separate lawsuits against Section 3 of DOMA, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. Mary Bonauto, GLAD’s civil rights project director, said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters that the federal government has no valid reason to engage in the regulation of marriage. “We think there’s no legitimate reason whatsoever for the federal government to take one group of people who are already married and treat them differently from every other married couple,” she said. Bonauto added that the authority to determine who can marry in the United States has traditionally been left to the states and said DOMA is the only federal law in U.S. history “that puts the federal government in the marriage business.” The cases contend that DOMA violates the equal protection rights of samesex couples under the U.S. Constitution. James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and AIDS project, said DOMA is unconstitutional because the U.S. government “defers to state’s determination of whether a couple is married in every single context except when the couple is a same-sex married couple.” “In that case, the federal government pretends that the couple isn’t married, but instead are strangers one to the other,” Esseks said. “That’s discrimination, and it violates the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.” The GLAD lawsuit, known as Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, is pending before the U.S. District Court of Connecticut and was filed on behalf of five married same-sex couples and a widower who reside in Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. Each of the plaintiffs was denied the federal benefits of marriage in one respect or another, such as Social Security or the right to care for a spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act. Joanne Pedersen, 57 and a Waterford, Conn., resident, said she’s participating in the lawsuit because although she’s a retiree of the Department of Naval Intelligence, DOMA prohibits her from insuring her spouse and partner of 12 years, who has a chronic lung condition. “The naval community treated Ann just like other spouses, except when it came to sharing my benefits,” Pedersen said. “We both have some serious health challenges, and Ann has chronic health issues that make working stressful and draining for her. But Ann can’t hope to retire because DOMA prevents us from sharing health benefits.” The ACLU lawsuit, known as Windsor v. United States, is pending before the U.S. District Court of Southern District of New York and was filed on behalf of a New York resident who had to pay $350,000 in federal estate taxes to receive her spouse’s inheritance. Edith Windsor was partnered with Thea Spyer for 44 years before Spyer died last year after a battle with multiple sclerosis. The two married in Canada in 2007 and their marriage was recognized by the state of New York. “After Thea died, the fact that the federal government refused to recognize our marriage was devastating,” Windsor said in a statement. “In the midst of my grief at the loss of the love of my life, I had to deal with my own government saying that we weren’t a family.” Now that the organizations have filed the suits, the U.S. government has 60 Continues on page 13
Supreme Court refuses to step into custody dispute
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has declined to step into a lesbian custody dispute between a woman who has renounced her homosexuality and her former partner, the Associated Press reported this week. The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from Lisa Miller, the biological mother of an 8-year-old girl. Miller wanted the court to undo a Virginia court decision allowing her ex, Janet Jenkins, visitation rights with the girl. Jenkins is from Vermont. Miller is from Virginia. They had a Vermont civil union in 2000. Their daughter has been the subject of a long-running legal fight. Miller got involved with a conservative arm of Christianity and says she’s no longer a lesbian. She and her daughter did not appear for a court-ordered custody swap in January. Their whereabouts are unknown.
Bullying claims the life of Pennsylvania teen
MIDDLEBURG, Pa. — Students at Midd-West High School in Middleburg, Pa., are mourning the suicide of a freshman who ran in front of a truck at 3 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the Daily Item, a regional newspaper. Brandon Bitner, 14, had been a victim of intense bullying students told the Item. He walked about 13 miles from his home to a busy road where he met his death. He’d left a suicide note at home. “It was because of bullying,” Takara Jo Folk told the Item. “It was not about race or gender but they bullied him for his sexual preferences and the way he dressed. Which they wrongly accused him of.” His death came just days after an anti-bullying assembly was held at the school. Student Briana Boyer said the students didn’t take the assembly seriously and joked about it.
Mich. asst. attorney gen’l fired for harassing student
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan removed its assistant attorney general, Andrew Shirvell, on Monday for allegedly harassing a gay student leader, actions that had prompted condemnation from local officials and the University of Michigan to ban the state official from campus, according to a report from All Headline News. Shirvell, 30, was fired after a two-day disciplinary hearing on allegations he had harassed and stalked Chris Armstrong, the first openly gay president of the University of Michigan’s student assembly, AHN reported. The former assistant attorney general had said he was exercising his First Amendment rights during his personal time. But Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who previously defended Shirvell’s free speech rights, said Shirvell was removed because he harassed Armstrong and lied to investigators during the hearings. Cox cited three visits Shirvell made to the student’s home, one at 1:30 a.m. Shirvell had also followed Armstrong while the student was out with friends in Ann Arbor, and made calls to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, where Armstrong was an intern, in an attempt to have the student fired.
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By CHRIS JOHNSON email@example.com U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) decision to pursue a bid as minority leader in the upcoming Congress is being met with unanimous support among the openly gay members of Congress as some LGBT advocates expressed regret that more pro-gay legislation didn’t pass during her tenure as presiding officer. After Pelosi announced her decision to run for House minority leader last Please check your ad copy for accuracy. The ad willmembers of Congress week, openly gay be presumed correct if proof declared their support for her decision corrections are not submitted and praised her this by 24 hrs. of receipt ofwork representing San copy of your ad. Congress for 23 years and Francisco in her work in the last four years as speaker. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only out lesbian in Congress, said in a statement to the Blade that she’s among those endorsing Pelosi in her decision to become Democratic leader in the next Congress. “I remain loyal to Nancy Pelosi,” Baldwin said. “In the last two years, she accomplished things that we’ve been trying to do for decades. Without her unique leadership passing health care reform, [the stimulus package], higher education reform, Wall Street reform, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and the Housepassed Energy and Climate Change bill would never have happened.” In an interview with the Washington Blade on Monday, Rep. Barney Frank (DMass.), the longest-serving openly gay member of Congress, also said he backs Pelosi’s decision to stay on as Democratic leader. He’s often spoken highly of her commitment to LGBT issues. “I’m supporting her; I think she’ll win,” Frank told the Blade. Also among those expressing support for Pelosi’s continued leadership is Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), a gay lawmaker who last week issued a statement praising Pelosi’s decision and her support for the LGBT community. “I strongly support the speaker and her decision to run for Democratic leader,” Polis said. “She has been a longstanding and ardent supporter of the LGBT community and I will do anything to help continue her leadership. The speaker has led the Democrats out of the wilderness before and I am confident she can do it again.” David Cicilline, the Rhode Island politician who last week was elected to become the fourth openly gay member of Congress, also endorses Pelosi’s move. Richard Luchette, a spokesperson for Cicilline, said the congressman-elect “will be supporting Nancy Pelosi for minority leader.” During the course of her tenure as speaker since 2007, Pelosi has pushed through a number of pro-LGBT bills through the U.S. House. The chamber passed hate crimes protections legislation in 2007 and again in 2009. Pelosi also mustered enough votes in 2007 to pass through the House a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that later died. This year, a measure that would lead to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal passed the House by a 40-vote majority. The health care reform legislation that Pelosi dragged to the finish line earlier this year increases access to Medicaid for people with HIV and improves Medicare Part D by closing the “donut-hole” for people participating in AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. Additionally, the law prohibits insurance companies from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions, such as HIV status. But despite Pelosi’s success in the House with pro-LGBT legislation, only hate crimes legislation also successfully passed through the Senate during her time as speaker. Additionally, Pelosi has endured criticism for not moving forward with a trans-inclusive ENDA during the 111th Congress. Drew Hammill, who’s gay and a Pelosi spokesperson, said the California lawmaker has been “a staunch advocate” Continues on page 12
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Gay congressman hopeful on ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal in lame duck
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org Gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who won re-election last week in one of his toughest challenges, said LGBT legislation would have no chance of passing in Congress under the Republican-controlled House next year. In an interview Tuesday with Washington Blade, Frank also said he was confident that the Senate, of which Democrats retained control, would join President Obama in blocking any anti-gay bills that conservative Republicans might introduce over the next two years. “Next year there’s no chance of anything happening,” he said of pro-LGBT legislation. “There’s zero chance.” He added, “It will be a status quo. They don’t have the votes to hurt us but we don’t have the votes to advance anything in the cause.” Frank also said he was certain that Republicans would fail in an attempt to overturn D.C.’s same-sex marriage law. “Do you think Barack Obama is going to sign a bill to repeal the D.C. marriage law,” he said. “It won’t go through the Senate. There is no chance that could happen. None — zero.” Frank noted that only five out of 179 House Republicans voted earlier this year to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “The Republicans have become much more anti-gay in their voting patterns,” he said. “There is zero chance of anything good happening with Republicans in control of the House.” Frank said he was hopeful that the Senate would vote to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the congressional lame duck session over the next two weeks. The House passed a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal measure earlier this year as part of a defense authorization bill. The Senate killed a similar defense authorization bill containing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal language in a filibuster organized by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Every Senate Republican voted against a cloture motion to break the filibuster. Frank noted that a number of GOP senators cited the Senate bill’s inclusion of a controversial immigration provision known as the DREAM Act as their reason for want to vote because [Senate Majority Leader] Harry [Reid] was going to put the DREAM Act in there on immigration. He now says he’s not going to put the DREAM Act in there. He’s going to put that in some other place. So now the question is why do Republicans — Sen. Snow, Sen. Collins and Sen. Brown — what reason would they have for voting against the whole bill? And I spoke today to Pete Rouse [the acting White House Chief of Staff] and to Sen. Reid and Sen. [Richard] Durbin [DIll.] and Sen. [Carl] Levin [DMich.], and they all agree. They want to pass the defense bill with ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in it. They have two weeks. The question is whether Republicans filibuster it to death. But the Democrats are going to try very hard to do it. I think by the way, that’s why [Secretary of Defense Robert] Gates spoke out. I am sure, nobody’s told me this, but I’m sure the president said to Harry Reid, look, we’ve got to get this done. And Reid said fine, would it be helpful if I got some military support? And eventually Gates spoke out as he did. Washington Blade: Your press person sent us a copy of your statement on that today. Frank: I’ve spent — I made a lot of phone calls today. Plus, one fear was I saw, oh well, they’ll take ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ back out of the defense bill. It won’t pass in the House if they do that. I believe the speaker wouldn’t allow it to come up. Blade: Do you mean next year? Frank: No, [Rep. John] Boehner [R-Ohio, who will become Speaker of the House in January] is not who I was talking about. The thought was that the Republicans would say if they took ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ out of the [defense] bill this year in the lame duck session they would get it passed. And my answer is that’s not going to get them anywhere because we wouldn’t pass it in the House. We will not accept — there’s been some speculation about that — and the answer is no, the House — we’re going to tell the Senate that’s not going to work. And I don’t think the Senate is planning to do that. Harry is not planning to do that. … ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal is in the defense authorization bill. What I just said was there was some suggestion that [Sen. John] McCain [R-Ariz.] would say strip that out and I’ll let you pass the defense bill. And the answer is that won’t work because the House won’t pass it. In other words, the Democratic leadership is thoroughly committed to getting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repealed. The only question is — you know, Log Cabin says, oh, the Democrats couldn’t do it. Well they got us five Republican votes in the House … And no Republican votes in the Senate. The Democrats can’t do that all by ourselves without a single Republican supporter. Blade: Did Harry Reid give an indication of when he might bring it up? Frank: Right away — they only have two weeks. He’s committed to getting it done. He and I talked to the three — the Democratic leader, the Democratic whip, the Democratic committee chairman … They all agree they want to get it done. Unfortunately, if we have no Republican votes it can’t be done. So the question is will any Republicans and their supporters get us anything? Blade: What’s the prospect of advancing LGBT-related bills next year, when the Republicans take charge of the House? Frank: Next year there’s no chance of anything happening. There’s zero chance. We got five Republican votes out of 179 to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The Republicans have become much more anti-gay in their voting patterns. There is zero chance of anything good happening with Republicans in control of the House. Blade: Have you heard of anything about a Log Cabin supported gay-related tax reform bill? They won’t give us any details but the head of Log Cabin says that’s the first thing they’re going to work on next year and he thinks they might get Republican support. Frank: If they’re suggesting that there will be Republican support for recognition of same-sex marriage that’s a lie and they know it. There’s no chance of that. Blade: I asked them about that and he wouldn’t give me details but — Frank: Yes, the Log Cabin club would like to make it easier for taxing — they would like to reduce taxes for rich people. I understand that. But there will be no help for gay people. Now for some of them, I think their income is skewed pretty high anyway. So they’ll feel good about it. But, no, there is zero chance that the Republicans will do anything that would recognize same-sex couples. Blade: What about ENDA? He did say they would try to move ENDA. Frank: There is zero chance of them doing anything on ENDA — zero. Blade: Then the next step is whether the Republican majority or some Republicans will try to harm gay people such as attempting to repeal D.C.’s samesex marriage law. Frank: They can’t. That would take the president and the Senate … Do you think Barack Obama is going to sign a bill to repeal the D.C. marriage law? It won’t go through the Senate. There is no chance that could happen. None, zero. Blade: So essentially it’s going to be a standstill? Frank: It will be a status quo. The one thing we have a chance for is ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal in this lame duck session. And we can get that if we get any Republican cooperation. … On the other hand, they don’t have the votes to hurt us but we don’t have the votes to advance anything in the cause. Blade: What’s your prediction on Nancy Pelosi’s decision to run for the Democratic leadership post as House Minority Leader? Frank: Oh, she’ll win. Blade: Your press spokesperson said you are supporting her. Frank: I’m supporting her. I think she’ll win. … And from the LGBT standpoint, nobody’s going to get elected to any Democratic [leadership] office who isn’t 100 percent supportive. Blade: In terms of your reelection campaign, did the ad attacking you from the conservative gay Republican group GOProud have any impact? Frank: I don’t think anybody knew about it. Can you answer a question? Blade: Yes. Frank: What is it they are proud of? Does anybody know? Blade: I guess they say they’re proud of being Republicans. Frank: You guess? My [opponent, Republican Sean Bielat] was against repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ He did not take a single pro-gay position. STORY CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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voting against the bill, saying they otherwise would have supported repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told him he won’t insert the DREAM Act immigration language in the defense authorization bill when he brings it to the Senate floor in the lame duck session. With the immigration language removed as an “excuse,” Frank said he’s hopeful that Republican senators who support repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will now join Democrats in supporting the overall defense bill to which repeal language will be attached. Among the GOP senators that repeal advocates hope will back the bill this time are Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snow, both from Maine. In one of his first comments on a campaign ad by the conservative gay Republican group GOProud opposing him in his re-election race, Frank said the ad had little or no impact on the election. He noted that his GOP opponent, Sean Bielat, opposes repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and is against “every other gay issue.” “So I have no idea who these people are,” he said of the GOProud group. “And they have no influence whatsoever. The LGBT community in my district continues to be virtually unanimously supportive.” The following is a transcript of the Blade’s interview with Rep. Frank, conducted on Tuesday. Rep. Barney Frank: I’ve been working today on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In fact, I think it’s time for people to hold the Republicans’ feet to the fire because we didn’t get any votes from them. Last time around, they had the excuse — some of them — that they didn’t
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Continued from page 8 road to reclaiming the House — and her speakership — nearly impossible in the foreseeable future,” the lobbyist said. Among LGBT rights supporters, Pelosi’s decision to continue as Democratic leader in the 112th Congress is inspiring mixed reactions. Some commend her for pushing through pro-gay bills while others said she could have done more. Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaign’s vice president of communications, said the decision on whether Pelosi would be able to stay on as minority leader is up to the Democratic caucus and “not any one group.” Still, he praised the Democratic lawmaker for her support for the LGBT community. “Speaker Pelosi has been a consistent ally and advocate not just for LGBT people but for all fair-minded Americans throughout her congressional career,” Sainz said. “She has vigorously supported full and equal rights for LGBT people long before it was politically acceptable to do so.” But John Aravosis, the gay editor of AMERICAblog, said Pelosi is responsible in part for the lack of progress on pro-LGBT legislation during the ﬁrst two years of President Obama’s administration. Still, while he said he’s not completely satisﬁed with Pelosi, Aravosis said other LGBT advocates in power deserve worse job evaluations. “All of our leaders let us down: HRC, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi,” Aravosis said. “Having said that, Nancy Pelosi strikes me as the least culpable of the four. I’m not happy that she wasn’t able to even get ENDA through committee, but I’m a lot less happy at the moment with HRC, President Obama and Harry Reid. Pelosi at least came through for us part-way, the others have been MIA the last two years.” GetEQUAL, the LGBT organization responsible for civil disobedience acts across the country, is calling on Pelosi to make public a plan for moving forward with LGBT legislation to win the group’s endorsement in her bid to become minority leader. The organization has protested the speaker both on Capitol Hill and in her home district of San Francisco for not moving forward with ENDA in the 111th Congress. Heather Cronk, managing director for GetEQUAL, maintained her organization is “interested in full equality for all LGBT Americans” and “happy to endorse” any member of Congress that can “commit to carrying the mantle of full federal LGBT equality.” “While GetEQUAL has protested Rep. Pelosi throughout 2010 to hold her accountable to her promises to the LGBT community, we’d be happy to endorse her if we see a concrete and realistic plan for moving pro-equality legislation through the House,” Cronk said. “We would also be happy to endorse any other representative who can offer such a plan. We’re seeking bold action for equality — and we’re far more interested in that end than in the political horse race that started the day after Election Day.”
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Time running short for ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Continued from page 1 ward with legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” others see a path forward if certain conditions are met. Winnie Stachelberg, senior vice president for external relations at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters that advocates are in a “solid position” to see legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before year’s end. Stachelberg cited recent public statements from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Gates to back that assertion. “The administration’s really strong statement [Monday], Sen. Reid’s statement saying they are not going to stand for a defense authorization bill that strips out the repeal measure are really strong signals that people are moving to a phase where it’s about procedures, not about the will to get this done,” Stachelberg said. In the statement on Monday, Pfeiffer said the White House “opposes any effort to strip ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ from the National Defense Authorization Act.” On Sunday, Gates made news when he told reporters that he supports legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but isn’t sure of the likelihood of that happening. Previously, he said waiting for the Pentagon working group report on the issue, due Dec. 1, would be the best approach for congressional action. “I would like to see the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ but I’m not sure what the prospects for that are,” Gates said. “And we’ll just have to see.” Jim Manley, a Reid spokesperson, said the senator wants to see passage of the defense authorization in lame duck, but added an agreement with Republicans is necessary to move forward. “Like Defense Secretary Gates, Sen. Reid strongly supports the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to help strengthen our volunteer force and is continuing to work toward passing the repeal this year,” Manley said. “He, of course, can’t do it alone. The senator needs Republicans to at least agree to have a debate on this issue — a debate he firmly believes the Senate should have.” In a joint statement on Tuesday, senators known for supporting repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” called for legislative action before the year’s end. Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Udall and that they’ll stand firm on the defense authorization bill in ensuring that it includes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal,” she said. Sarvis said he’s “very concerned” Gibbs didn’t list the defense authorization bill as a priority for the lame duck session, but said he doesn’t think in that instance the White House press secretary “was speaking for the president.” “The president has made it clear to some of us that he wants to get this done in the lame duck and I believe the president will be good on his word on this,” Sarvis said. Another possible game changer for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is the completion of the Pentagon working group study on implementing an end to the law. The group has a deadline of Dec. 1 to deliver its report to the defense secretary, but one source said a draft copy is already circulating within the Pentagon. Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, mentioned the circulation of the draft copy and said his understanding is Levin has asked the Pentagon for a report on the status of the Pentagon working group’s recommendations. “It’s appropriate that he do so when we know that a draft of that report is being circulated and that a draft of that report is in the hands of each one of the service chiefs,” Sarvis said. Last weekend, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, who assumed his position as service chief last month, said now isn’t the time for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and that he’s trying to determine how to “measure that risk” of ending the law. On Monday, the general’s comments were rebuked by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, who said he was “surprised” by Amos’ remarks and surprised he said them publicly. Sarvis said he thinks what he called Amos’ “tirade” is related to “his being disappointed in what he saw in that report.” Media reports have stated the report will reveal that a majority of U.S. troops don’t care if gays are serving openly in the U.S. armed forces. Could the report bolster legislative efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”? Stachelberg said the Dec. 1 deadline for the report gives senators ample time to review the findings and take action in lame duck. STORY CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs rankled LGBT advocates after he failed to mention ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal when asked about legislative priorities in the lame duck session of Congress.
(D-Colo.) said the Senate “should act immediately to debate and pass” the defense authorization bill along the with the repeal language in the lame duck session. “The Senate has passed a defense bill for forty-eight consecutive years,” the senators said. “We should not fail to meet that responsibility now, especially while our nation is at war. We must also act to put an end to the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy that not only discriminates against but also dishonors the service of gay and lesbian service members.” The senators said a failure to act legislatively on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal could mean “a federal judge may do so unilaterally in a way that is disruptive to our troops and ongoing military efforts.” Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips issued an injunction against enforcing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” that confirmed her earlier ruling striking down the statute, but her decision was stayed by a higher court upon appeal. “It is important that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ be dealt with this year, and it appears that the only way that can happen is if it’s on the defense bill,” the senators concluded. Influencing moderate senators who may have voted “no” when the defense bill previously came before the Senate in September to change their votes a second time around is seen as essential for moving forward. On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign announced that it deployed field organizers to eight states — Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia — to persuade senators there to vote in favor of the defense authorization bill and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. According to HRC, the
efforts include mobilizing veterans to speak out, holding public events and blanketing local media with pro-repeal messages. In a statement, Joe Solmonese, HRC’s president, said lawmakers have “one last chance” in the 111th Congress to “follow the advice of the president and top military leaders by sending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to the dustbin of history.” “It would be a travesty for a small group of senators to continue to hold hostage a bill with critical military equipment and pay raises just because some senators don’t want to even debate repeal,” Solmonese said. The time limit for acting on legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the lame duck session is among the challenges in getting it passed. Most repeal supporters say the Senate would need two weeks to debate and vote on the defense authorization bill, and more time is needed to conference the legislation with the U.S. House. One Republican aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the problem with passing the defense authorization bill isn’t having insufficient votes; it’s having insufficient time. The aide said waiting for a vote on defense authorization bill until December would mean repeal won’t happen this year. “If Reid is serious about bringing this up, he needs to bring it up next week, he needs to cancel Thanksgiving recess and he needs to get it off the floor and into conference that first week of December,” the aide said. But Stachelberg said she thinks Congress would stay in session for longer than what many Capitol Hill observers are expecting and would have more time to act on the defense authorization bill.
“Congress has to pass a [continuing resolution] and deal with expiring tax cuts,” Stachelberg said. “We anticipate that these issues will take longer than most people anticipate. A longer lame duck increases the likelihood of passing the defense authorization bill with ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in it.” Even with a longer lame duck session, whether “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a priority for the administration remains in question. Last week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs didn’t mention repeal when asked during a news conference about legislative priorities in the lame duck session of Congress. Instead, Gibbs mentioned extending tax cuts to middle-class Americans and ratification of the START treaty, a nuclear arms reduction agreement with Russia. Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, criticized the remarks and said the administration needs to make clear that it’ll push for repeal during lame duck. “These omissions stand in stark contrast to what the president and his staff are saying elsewhere,” Nicholson said. “Mr. President, either your administration is with us or it’s against us, and a mediocre level of public advocacy from your White House is not standing with us.” Stachelberg said she thinks Dan Pfeiffer’s statement on Monday offers a better sense of what the White House is thinking as opposed to Gibbs’ comments. “Rather than looking earlier in the day from Gibbs’ comments ... I would look to the later comments from Dan Pfeiffer showing that the administration really does care that this gets done
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By DAVID J. HOFFMAN Mary Washington is not only a newly elected Maryland state legislator, who won her seat as a Democrat in the 141-member House of Delegates on Nov. 2. She is also only the second out black lesbian elected to statewide ofﬁce in the nation. And she’s conﬁdent about the expansion of LGBT rights in decidedly blue Maryland. Does she see same-sex marriage rights coming soon? “Yes,” she says, “I’m very encouraged that we will absolutely see recognition of civil marriage in Maryland within the next four years.” Washington was endorsed by the Ministerial Alliance, the most prominent area inter-denominational coalition. She adds that “gays and lesbians have moved so far in Maryland already, and I strongly feel that we also now need to focus on protections for transgendered people.” She recognizes that Maryland bucked “a red tide on Election Day,” when Democrats lost more than 650 state legislative seats nationwide. “Maryland now stands as a beacon of hope for progress and social justice,” according to Washington. The reason the Republican riptide faltered in Maryland is that, “we have a tradition of moderation and civility and we don’t typically have strong, ultra-conservative voters,” and that “we also know how to organize our candidates for great campaigns.” But even so, dirty tricks were employed late on Election Day, when robocalls — what Washington called “ugly phone calls” to suppress minority turnout — went to more than 50,000 voters, urging them to “relax” and stay home instead of voting. According to stories in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, the automated calls were at the behest of a political operative working for former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, the Republican who lost the rematch race to Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat. Washington, 48, the eldest of six children, is a Philadelphia High School for Girls graduate. She took a while to complete college, calling herself “a very non-traditional student” who had to work for several years and then enrolled in Antioch University’s branch campus in Philadelphia. She earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certiﬁcate in 1987. While in college she was already politically active, she says, protesting often against Reagan-era social and economic policies. She coordinated volunteers for voter registration during the Rainbow Coalition’s Freedom Summer in 1984. In 1989, she moved to Baltimore to begin a doctoral study in sociology at Johns Hopkins University, where she was elected president of the university’s Graduate Student Association. With her emphasis on demographic studies, population statistics and education, she focused in particular on racial data gathered through the U.S. Census. As for Baltimore, it was love at ﬁrst sight PROOF#: 1996, she for the city, she now says. But in 1 began a four-year stint teaching sociology at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and then in 2000 she won a post-doctoral fellowship back in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, she was exploring her sexual orientation and coming out, but she mostly keeps such aspects of her personal life, including details on the person she is dating now, private. After her return to Baltimore, she founded the city’s HousingStat program, targeting the municipal housing agency to make it more accountable to the needs of residents. In her own northeast Baltimore neighborhood, she served as president of the Abell Improvement Association for two years. In 2006, she ran for but narrowly lost election to the House of Delegates. Then, in 2007-2008 she was an organizer in Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. But she also had her eye on running again in the next state legislative election in 2010. This time Washington ran on the “leadership team” in the 43rd District on a slate with Sen. Joan Carter Conway and Dels. Curt Anderson and 18-year House veteran Maggie McIntosh, also a lesbian.
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An inauguration speech for Vince Gray
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By PETER ROSENSTEIN Today, as I take the oath of office as Mayor of the Capital of these great United States, let the word go forth that the Mayor and the people of the District of Columbia are committed to beginning the hard work of becoming “One City” with full democracy. Our efforts will focus on being a city that meets the needs of all its residents, from our children to our seniors, rich and poor and every range of the economic spectrum. To those east of the river and west of the river, to those who were born black, white, Latino, Asian, gay, straight, bi or transgender, I commit to you that I will do all in my power to make the District of Columbia a place where you and your families can live, work and recreate in safety, with hope for a better future. It won’t be easy. We need to take a step back and try to understand each other and learn to respect each other. We need to end the racism, sexism and homophobia that still rear their ugly heads in our city. We need to educate our children to understand each other and respect our differences and commit to ending hate crimes and make bullying unacceptable. As we face economic hardships and a recession in our nation I commit to working with the City Council and communities to redouble our efforts to bring our budget under control. We will need to look deep into our souls and determine what people’s basic needs are that government must provide. I believe they include police protection to ensure safety on the streets and in our homes. A safety net for those less fortunate including a roof over their heads for the homeless, healthcare, food for families in need and continued aggressive reform of our education system so that we provide the tools and opportunity for all children to achieve their highest aspirations and graduate to better lives able to support themselves and their families. With a budget of more than $8 billion we can provide those basics and more. We can make all our neighborhoods places where people want to live. We can encourage the arts and culture that make a society great. We can protect our environment. We can be the place that welcomes millions of visitors each year with a successful hospitality industry and we can be the place that provides the type of workforce development for our residents that will prepare them for the jobs of the future. All this must be done openly and transparently. We will have to tighten our belts and cut budgets. If we work together and share the pain that will cause we will leave no one behind. We must continue planning for better economic times and be ready as budgets allow to move forward aggressively with rebuilding our city. In the meantime we will restructure our regulatory system and make D.C. the most businessfriendly city in the nation. We will continue to improve our schools
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The following comments were posted to our website. Visit washingtonblade.com to join the discussion. Re: “Catania, Graham breeze to victory; 7 gays win in Md.” (news, Nov. 3) I’m going to toss out an idea to the gay community. If every gay person in the USA – 20 million or more – could spare $5 per month, we could build a billion dollar war chest, and elect probably another 200 gay people to important offices. And wouldn’t that make a difference? You bet. I’m the guy who threw $53,000 at the Maine Prop 1 and California Prop 8 fights. But I don’t have that kind of money to do it again. The big question, and I invite the Blade and Kevin Naff to help, is how do we get the gay community out of its closet of assuming you can’t win and just hiding, and coming up with that billion dollars? That money could probably be matched by good straight people who are wealthy — something I realized by attending the HRC dinner last month and seeing the obvious older and obvious very wealthy straight couples by the thousand or so who attended. That’s my next project. I hope the community will support not me (your str8 friend) but yourselves. Think about it. —Stan JamesQ Re: “Elections over, there’s still time for change” (editorial by Kevin Naff, Nov. 3) Michael Bloomberg has little chance of actually winning but would be in a position to push Obama further left on LGBT issues during the mad scramble for gay votes and cash. Also, if a fiscal conservative like Bloomy were to come out for gay marriage, this would make the entire issue slightly less politically taboo. I still put my money on Hillary in 2012 — just a gut feeling — but think she will need to play it “safe” on most social issues when the main issues will be jobs, jobs and jobs. Obama is a failure on just too many levels. —Stephen Marcus Everyone wrote off Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush after the midterms. It’s an easy trap to fall into but it has proven, at least recently, that the opposition party tends to overreach and blow their chances in a presidential election. Don’t count Obama out. With the Tea Party loonies in Congress for the next two years, America will be waxing nostalgic for sanity come 2012. —Steve
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Sondheim tributes highlight his gay sensibilities
Legendary composer helps us survive ‘Being Alive’
By KATHI WOLFE With my first love I listened to Ethel Merman sing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” in “Gypsy.” I learned there’s “Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy Tonight” from seeing “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and discovered the irony of “Being Alive” when I, then 20-something, heard the cast album of “Company.” I bet my old vinyl Judy Collins album that you sing “Send in the Clowns” in the shower. I’m not alone. Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics and music are etched onto the DNA of many of our lives. Even tone-deaf aficionados like me. Especially, those of us who are queer. This year the gay Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner turned 80 and everything’s coming up Sondheim. “Finishing the Hat,” a coffee table book of Sondheim’s collected lyrics from 1954 to 1981 (“with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes”) is just out, his 1966 TV musical “Evening Primrose” is now on DVD for the first time, and his 1971 musical “Follies” will be performed at the Kennedy Center this spring. Why does Sondheim matter? Because his lyrics, his music, have been instrumental (forgive the pun) in shaping not only musical theater but the sensibility of queers. Before Sondheim began composing, in most shows, including his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II’s musicals, “the characters are not much more than collections of characteristics — verbal tics and quirks, like Southern accents or bad grammar, which individualize a character only the way a black hat signifies a villain,” he writes in the introduction to “Finishing the Hat.” Along with “Songwriters like Kander and Ebb — we all explored the new territory with playwrights who happily accepted the notion that musicals could be more than constructs of block comedy scenes and novelty songs leavened by the occasional ballad … Thus ‘West Side Story,’ etc.,” Sondheim adds. In addition to creating characters with inner lives who were more than mannerisms, Sondheim injected irony into musicals. “Company,” centered around the birthday party for a single 35-year-old man named Bobby who ruminates on marriage, is one of his most ironic shows. “… Many plays from Restoration comedy onward have been purveyors of irony,” Sondheim writes. “Brecht built a body of work on it — and a number of musicals like ‘Cabaret’ contained ironic moments — but ‘Company’ was suffused with it.” “Company” is the first Broadway musical to be defined not by satire or sentiment, but by irony, Sondheim, who calls himself “the romantic,” says. This irony, underscored with the bittersweet and romantic, takes the form of characters’ observations — on themselves, other characters — life’s ambiguities. Recently, a gay friend told me, “I can’t sit through many musicals unless they’re [by] Stephen Sondheim.” I’d wager that my pal, like many of us queer folk, is impatient with the sentimentality and lack of character development in more traditional shows, but in love with the sophisticated intelligence and emotionally satisfying irony of Sondheim’s musicals. There’s nothing as delicious as the “meat” pies in “Sweeney Todd.” Sondheim didn’t come out as queer until he was 40 when “Company” opened on Broadway and didn’t have a long-term relationship until he was 61. Before starting work on “Company,” he talked at length with his friend Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers’ daughter, about what being married was like. Their conversation “gave me the confidence to go ahead and write the score,” Sondheim writes. “The outsider feeling — somebody who people want to both kiss and kill — occurred quite early in my life,” Sondheim told an interviewer. I wouldn’t want to say that Sondheim’s feeling of being an “outsider” is based solely on his sexual orientation. Many creative artists feel as if they’re outsiders in a culture that often devalues the arts. Yet, Sondheim, born in 1930, came of age at a time when queers had to be closeted, and I can’t help but think being gay played a key role in forming his sensibility. Sondheim’s irony has helped us cope with homophobia in the past and will toughen our hides in future battles. “I’ll always be there/As frightened as you,/To help us survive/being Aalive, being alive,” he wrote in “Being Alive,” a song from “Company.” Thank you Mr. Sondheim for always being there and for helping us survive “Being Alive.”
Kathi Wolfe is a writer, poet and regular contributor to the Blade. She can be reached through this publication.
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By DAVID BEDIZ, REALTOR Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage In my last column I discussed the merits and the real data supporting a pet friendly condominium policy to increase or maintain property values. The value of allowing dogs actually can be measured as more than 15% higher in terms of price per square foot, averaged across many popular DC zip codes. That is an incredibly high increase in value, which equates to $75,000 for a $500,000 condo unit. But there is an even better reason to make sure you’re involved in the rulemaking and general management of your condominium, and perhaps even to join your condo’s board. This condominium rule can actually reduce your home’s value far more than a restrictive pet policy, and, interestingly, it may seem like an advantage the whole time you own your unit… but then bite you hard when you want to sell: it’s your condominium’s rental policy. Most condominiums pride themselves on the fact that the owners have more autonomy than their cooperative counterparts (which in reality is not really true). Condo owners really do “own” their unit and then have a partial ownership interest in the common areas, whereas cooperative unit owners have a percentage ownership in the whole building and technically lease their unit from the corporation they are part of. In reality, this has only a slight effect on the day-today enjoyment of the spaces; in either unit, in most buildings, condo and coop owners have equally liberal policies on renovations and each owner generally has the same responsibilities to maintain and replace appliances and other systems within their units without the ﬁnancial participation of the corporation or condo board. The one big difference between most condos and coops is their rental policies. Most condos have few restrictions for leasing, whereas most coops restrict the rental of units by their term (usually 2 years maximum, whereupon the owner most reoccupy the unit or sell) and even by their start time (most require the owners to occupy the unit for at least one year before renting it out). Some coops do not allow rentals at all. These rental restrictions are one obvious reason that coops generally sell for less than condos, and they may seem unfair or draconian especially when the market is a little softer, and when buyers are concerned about what their options would be if they lost their job or had to move out of the city unexpectedly. But the opposite—a completely relaxed rental policy with no real restrictions—can be equally if not more risky for condominium owners, while during their ownership they may feel it is an advantage. The reason? Financing. This real estate market has beneﬁted from low rates, relatively easy lending procedures for qualiﬁed buyers, and lots of lenders to choose from. But when the rental rate in a building gets too high, say over 50%, the lending pool doesn’t just shrink… it virtually disappears. There are exceptions, but basically any buyer who wants to buy in a building that has that high an investor ratio must either buy it with all cash and cut the lender out entirely, or put down at least 20% and become an owneroccupant with some lenders who offer a “limited review” loan. While this latter option seems to keep the door open for buildings with lots of renters, the requirement of a 20% minimum downpayment, plus owner occupancy, plus the fear of changes in the future that could even eliminate this option, may scare off a large chunk of potential buyers for your property. Further, since most buyers have less than 20% to put down on a property, they will end up with either FHA loans that allow no more than 50% investors no matter what, or a conventional loan that will require PMI, or
Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI guidelines for conventional loans have changed somewhat since the 2008 market meltdown, and now no property will qualify for PMI that has over 30% investors. Therefore any condominium with between 30 and 50% tenants will either require a 20% minimum downpayment or an FHA loan (which has a 1% Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium or UMIP). All these numbers, limits and exceptions may seem confusing, but the bottom line is this: relaxed rental policies add value to condos because they give condo owners options in uncertain times—but there must be a limit. Condos that are too lax with their policies will end up becoming apartment buildings with a lot of individual owners. And besides the inherent problems with that scenario (decreased investment in building maintenance, gridlock at board and annual meetings and a general decay of the property and unit values), there then becomes an enormous problem that no buyers can purchase in
the building without a large downpayment or all cash. That sharp decrease in the buyer pool has enormous impact on property values as per the age-old law of supply and demand, and on top of that could lengthen your unit’s time on market to a frustratingly long period. So what’s the answer? As always, get involved! Go to your board meetings, speak up when the issues come up and vote members in who care about maintaining the quality of the building and the values of your unit. Encourage the board members to draft rules in writing about a 49% limit to rented units, or perhaps even fewer. Better yet, get on the board itself and help shape the future of your largest investment— and draft reasonable guidelines to prevent your condominium from becoming an apartment building.
David Bediz is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and part of the Dwight and David Real Estate Group. He can be reached at 202 352 8456 or through www. DwightandDavid.com
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By JuLIeTTe M. eBNeR In a time when athletes, like many others in the public eye, are still afraid to come out as gay, it’s surprising to hear of a college athlete coming out as transgender. But Kye Allums, a transgender male, has done just that. Allums, a junior interior design major, is a shooting guard for the George Washington University’s women’s basketball team, the Colonials. He grew up in Hugo, Minn., and has been playing basketball since seventh grade. It wasn’t until his freshman year of college that he came to realize who he was. “I finally got away from home, got away from just everybody really, and I was on my own,” he says. “I had a chance to think about who I really was, what I actually liked, and I found out that I was a transgender man.” Allums cut his hair during his freshman year as well, but says it had nothing to do with how he felt. He didn’t like having to fix his hair. Allums is the first transgender male student-athlete to play for the university’s women’s basketball team and one of the first in the NCAA. “[Allums] is a role model for countless other transgender young people both as an athlete and a human being,” Shannon Minter, legal director of National Center for Lesbian Rights, says. “Because of his courage, transgender youth know they can follow in his footsteps and be sucPhotos courtesy of George Washington University
Kye Allums, a junior interior design major, is a shooting guard for the George Washington University’s women’s basketball team, the Colonials.
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QUEERY: 20 Questions for Philip Clark
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO email@example.com Philip Clark has a thing for books. The 30-yearold high school librarian even says books played a huge part in his coming-out story. “It really does tie directly into my sexuality,” the Arlington, Va., resident says. “When you’re coming out as a teen and there’s not a lot of information around, you quickly become a really good researcher. I wanted to find out more about what being gay was all about and what other gay people were about so I found a bunch of novels with gay characters and tried to read as much as I could about who I was.” Washington Blade photo by Michael Key Seeds were planted that are still bearing fruit. A collection of gay literature on the SMYAL bookshelves instilled Clark with an appreciation for contemporary gay authors. Over the years, though, he’s been saddened to find many of them have died of AIDS and their writings have gone out of print and are hard to find. During a Lambda Literary Foundation awards reception in New York in 2005, Clark met David Groff who’d been friends with legendary gay author Paul Monette (who died of AIDS in the mid-’90s) and was managing his estate. The two bonded over their mutual love of poetry and spent years putting together “Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS,” an anthology that finally made its way to print this year. “I see it as a way of giving back and showing appreciation to these writers whose work meant a lot to me and was very sustaining to me when I was a teen,” Clark says. A reading from the collection will be held on Nov. 30 for World AIDS Day at the True Reformer Building in Washington. The book can be found on Amazon and other online outlets. His love of LGBT history also led him to the Rainbow History Project, the board of which he now chairs. That group’s 10th anniversary event is Tuesday in the Sumner School’s Great Hall at 1201 17th St. at 6:30 p.m. Clark grew up in Arlington and went to college in Williamsburg. He loves anything book related — reading, writing, collecting, selling, promoting and “getting the best of them into other people’s hands.” He has an aversion to reading on screen and admits he’s “very” old-fashioned despite being just 30. How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? I started letting people know when I was 14. Parents are always the biggest hurdle — even when, as mine did, they react in a reasonable way. Who’s your gay hero? There are so many, past and present, but I’ve admired the late gay drag singer Sylvester since I was a teenager. His courage and songs were a positive force. More broadly, all the men and women whose energy and forthrightness and guts have built our culture and brought us what equality we have. What is Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? Soho Tea and Coffee has always been a hospitable place for me. I realize that’s not the usual image people have of a nightspot, but, hey, they’re open late. Describe your dream gay wedding. I’m conflicted about the whole gay marriage idea and the current obsession with gay weddings does nothing for me. What non-gay issue are you most passionate about? Literacy in all its forms. If I see someone’s place and they don’t have books, I really wonder what’s wrong with them. What historical outcome would you change? Any one of a number of genocides. off, blandly mainstream gays and lesbians can rub elbows with politicians and celebrities who deign to pat their heads and tell them that LGBT people are tolerated. It should be about ensuring that our elders are respected and loved, that our youth are taught their history and taken care of, that effeminate gay men and butch dykes and drag queens are able to walk the streets without fear of being bashed and go to work without fear of being fired and that the love and the sex we share is shown to be so powerful that even the most scared and confused would rather risk blowing open the doors of their closets than miss out on it all. But it’s easier to get dressed up and go to a party or to stick an equality bumper sticker on your car than to do the grand imaginative work this would require, so I don’t expect it to happen. What would you walk across hot coals for? It’s clichéd, but anyone I love. What gay stereotype annoys you most? I’m more annoyed by how gay people sometimes treat each other than by what others think about us. What’s your favorite gay movie? “The Crying Game.” There’s so much more going on there than the existence of Jaye Davidson’s appendage. What’s the most overrated social custom? Alcohol consumption as a way to have fun. People tell me that I’d actually have to drink in order to understand how great it is, but I’m not interested. What trophy or prize do you most covet? I’m content, but it would be nice if the Wizards could win a championship during my lifetime. It would reward 25 years and counting of rooting for them futilely. What do you wish you’d known at 18? Not to take everything in life so seriously. Why Washington? I love the history, the architecture, the museums — but the preoccupation with politics, the glut of lawyers, the humid weather? Keep ‘em! I’m thinking about relocating to New England.
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What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? I got to see Alison Moyet sing live, solo, at the 9:30 club. It may not mean much to anyone else, but she tore the roof off and ruined me for all future concerts. On what do you insist? That Amazon is evil. Do not buy from Amazon. Thank you. What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? I posted Joan Armatrading’s video for “Drop the Pilot.” I’m a big ’80s music fan, and that’s one joyous, sexy song. If your life were a book, what would the title be? “The Patron Saint of Lost Causes.” If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do? Run in the opposite direction from the scientists. What do you believe in beyond the physical world? To quote Linus from Peanuts: “The theological implications of that are way beyond me.” What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders? OK, getting on my soapbox: each of us individually should be a leader, so let’s get our own house and thinking in order. What’s the movement’s purpose? It’s not (or shouldn’t be) about making sure that well-
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The Richard Montgomery High School Black Maskers Drama Club presents Moisés Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project,” a play based on interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyo., after the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, tonight at 7 p.m. in the Richard Montgomery Auditorium (250 Richard Montgomery Drive) in Rockville. Tickets may be purchased in advance at richardmontgomerydrama.ticketleap.net or at the door, and are $5 for students and $13 for adults. Bethesda’s monthly art walk is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Ten local galleries will be staying open. Attendees are invited to view the artwork, enjoy free refreshments and to shop. The participating galleries and studios are the Blue House (7770 Woodmont Ave.), Fraser Gallery (7700E. Wisconsin Ave.), Gallery 360 (4836 Rugby Ave.), Gallery Frame Avenue (4919 Cordell Ave.), Gallery St. Elmo (4938 St. Elmo Ave.), Orchard Gallery (7917 Norfolk Ave.), St. Elmo’s Fire Gallery (4828 St. Elmo Ave.), Upstairs Art Studios (4948 St. Elmo Ave.), Washington School of Photography (4850 Rugby Ave.) and Waverly Street Gallery (4600 East-West Highway.). Towson University Dance Company presents “Grace and Flow,” an evening of dance tonight at 8 p.m. The program includes the second act of “Swan Lake,” the classical ballet restaged by Runqiao Du, the work of Tim Veach and the choreographed works of the Towson University dance faculty including Jaye Knutson, Nancy Romita, Nicole A. Martinell and Sandra Perez. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Bookmen D.C., an informal group of men interested in gay literature, meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles Sumner School and Archives (1201 17th St., N.W.) to discuss selections from “Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS” edited by David Groff and Philip Clark. All are welcome. The Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Drive) is hosting “Warhol: the Last Decade,” an exhibit featuring over 50 large-scale works that marked Andy Warhol’s last decade. This is the last stop of a national tour. Some of the works shown include fright wig self-portraits and three variations on Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission ranges from free for children 5 and younger to $15 for adults. For more information, visit warhol.artbma.org. college student, tonight at 7 p.m. in the Richard Montgomery Auditorium (250 Richard Montgomery Drive) in Rockville. Tickets may be purchased in advance at richardmontgomerydrama.ticketleap.net or at the door, and are $5 for students and $13 for adults. The Birchmere and AM Productions present Straight No Chaser, a male a cappella group, performing at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (1212 Cathedral St.) in Baltimore tonight at 8 p.m. For more information on the group, visit sncmusic. com. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. The D.C. Strokes Rowing Club will celebrate 20 years of rowing tonight at Casa Italiana Language School (595 1/2 3rd St., N.W.) from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased by registering at dcstrokes.org. Folding/Unfolding: Collider, a 3D modeling and interactive exhibit and workshop opens tonight at Artispehere (1101 Wilson Blvd.) in Arlington with an opening reception at 8 p.m. featuring burlesque figure drawing with Velvet Kensington and Private Tails and an after party at 11 p.m. with queer band Rad Pony, who has played at Phasefest the past two years, and DJs Natty Boom and Matt Bailer. Blowoff, a dance party featuring gay DJs, will be at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight. Doors opens at 11:30 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at 930.com. Allie Wilson and Jacob Nathaniel Pring present Cotton Candy at Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) tonight at 10 p.m. upstairs featuring DJs David Merrill and Bryan Yamasaki. Attendees must be 18 or older to attend. There’s a $5 cover.
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‘Folks Like Us’ by Paula Lantz, is on display at Touchstone Gallery through Nov. 28.
Sunday, Nov. 14
D.C. native actress and playwright Ellen McLaughlin, who originated the role of the angel in gay playwright Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” on Broadway in the early ‘90s, will perform her play “Penelope” at the Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh St.) in Bethesda, tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for guests. For more information, call 301654-8664 or visit writer.org. GayParazzi will tour the National Arboretum (3501 New York Ave., N.E.) today meeting outside the visitor’s center at 10 a.m. There’s free admission and parking. Sign up at GayParazzi.com. LAMBDA SCI-FI will have its monthly meeting and social of LGBT science fiction, fantasy and horror fans today at 1:30 p.m. at 1414 17th St., N.W. Call James at 202-232-3141 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. For more information, visit the group’s website lambdascifi.org. The Pocket Gays will be hosting “Spanksgiving” today on the enclosed and heated roof deck of Local 16 (1602 U St., N.W.) from 3 to 9 p.m. DJ vANNIEty KILLS will be providing the music. This is a free event.
at 7 p.m. Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John will captain teams composed of Andre Agassi, James Blake, Stefanie Graf, Anna Kournikova, Martina Navratilova and more. This event will raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local D.C. area AIDS charities. Tickets range from $40 to $120. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit wtt.com. The National Portrait Gallery is showing an exhibit that focuses on sexual differences in the making of modern American portraiture. “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” is the first major museum exhibit of its kind. The museum is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Women’s Wednesday will be at Mixology tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mixology is D.C. premier matchmaking service for gays and lesbians. Register at caglcc.org. The Zenith Gallery (1111 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) opens “Universe” featuring artwork by Anne Marchand and Craig Schaffer tonight. Both artists deal with the abstract, Marchand through paintings and Schaffer through sculpture. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food & Friends Slice of Life and Nellie’s will be hosting a pie-eating contest and bake sale tonight at 7 p.m. The contest is limited to 16 participants and is first come, first entered. For more information, including the rules of the contest, and to register for the event, visit nelliesdc.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Rainbow History Project will celebrate its 10th anniversary tonight at the Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives (1201 17th St., N.W.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The reception will feature a one-night-only exhibit of items from RHP’s archives including T-shirts from the collection of the late lesbian archivist Cheryl Spector. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit rainbowhistory.org. 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.
Thursday, Nov. 18
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) will be hosting a “theater look-in” for “Hair” today from 5 to 6 p.m. Attendees will get an insider’s look at the production and have the opportunity to ask the artists questions. This event will be in the Terrace Gallery and tickets are $12. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit kennedy-center.org. There will be a special happy hour at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) to benefit the Trevor Project tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. A $10 donation at the door will go directly to the Trevor Project and Cobalt will honor the donation with a free drink ticket.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Shi-Queeta-Lee will be celebrating her 46th birthday today with Cirque Du Soleil’s “Red Party” at Town featuring the release of her 2011 calendar from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be a $10 cover. The Richard Montgomery High School Black Maskers Drama Club presents Moisés Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project,” a play based on interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyo., after the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay
Monday, Nov. 15
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A group of celebrated actors praised gay director and D.C. theater icon Michael Kahn this week, including Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Christine Baranski and Laura Linney.
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By PETER ROSENSTEIN Michael Kahn, the renowned local gay director, was honored with the Richard Bauer Award from the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archives (WAPAVA) on Nov. 8. WAPAVA is one of only two equity recognized theater archives in the nation. Most theater aﬁcionados in Washington and around the nation know that Kahn is one of the foremost directors of Shakespeare in the nation today. What many people don’t know is that he was the head of the acting department at Julliard for many years where he mentored and taught hundreds of actors and directors working in theater today. At Monday’s awards ceremony at the Harman Theater, many of those actors and directors either came in person to pay tribute or sent letters because they were working in productions in cities around the world. The audience was ﬁrst treated to a reading of “The Rehearsal” by Maurice Baring that was directed by Alan Paul, the talented associate artistic director at the Shakespeare. The actors, including the brilliant Tom Story, who played Lady Macbeth, and Anthony Cochrane reading Macbeth, were all there to honor Kahn. Then David Muse, the new artistic director of Studio Theatre, began the tributes with a heartfelt thanks to Kahn, crediting his mentoring and teaching as the reason for his success. Some of the letters read to Kahn — many brought tears and laughter to both Kahn and the audience — came from his friends. They included words from Terrence McNally, who was a student with Kahn at Columbia and who reminisced about being directed by him in a play and their set designer being Andy Warhol. Additional funny and heartfelt tributes came from Elizabeth Ashley, Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Christine Baranski (who ended hers with “call me”), Laura Linney and Zelda Fichandler from Arena Stage. Then a surprise guest, lesbian actress Kelly McGillis, came to the podium. She spoke of her ﬁrst audition for Kahn when she auditioned to enter Julliard more than 30 years ago. She has since performed in nine plays in Washington for the Shakespeare Theatre. She has had a successful stage career, though she remains best known for her starring role opposite Tom Cruise in “Top Gun.” The evening came to an end with Halo Wines presenting the Richard Bauer Award. Kahn spoke, reminding the audience that he is not only a talented director and teacher, but also a wonderfully warm and funny human being.
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Nicholas Rodriguez as Curly and Eleasha Gamble as Laurey in ‘Oklahoma!’ at Arena Stage’s new Mead Center for American Theater. Rodriguez, who’s gay, is entirely convincing as a straight character and generates genuine chemistry with Gamble.
Triangles and triumphs
Stage warhorse ‘Oklahoma’ proves solid choice for new Arena space
By PATRICK FOLLIARD When Arena Stage announced plans to inaugurate its breathtakingly renovated Southwest waterfront campus with “Oklahoma!” months ago, there were a few grumbles: Why mark the anticipated moment with an old, oft-produced musical? As it turns out, director Molly Smith’s rock-solid, rollicking production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s groundbreaking classic couldn’t be better suited for the occasion. Current, diverse and alive, Smith’s “Oklahoma!” is as fresh as the company’s newly redesigned digs. Set in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma territory, the 1943 Broadway hit is credited with being the first modern musical to integrate music and dance into its plot. The story revolves around two love triangles: Laurey, a headstrong farm girl, who plays hard to get with handsome cowboy Curly while stringing along another guy — dangerous farmhand Jud Fry. Simultaneously, a more comic threesome — Ado Annie, the girl who “cain’t say no,” and her suitors: besotted cowboy Will Parker and Ali Hakim, a traveling Persian peddler – work out their romantic issues. Smith (who is also Arena’s artistic director) has cast Eleasha Gamble and Nicholas Rodriquez, both actors of color, as Laurey and Curly, leading parts traditionally played by white actors. The result is fabulous — not only are the players terrifically talented, but the casting reflects actual life in the territory and Arena’s multi-cultural mission. Rodriguez, who played Tarzan on Broadway and gay rights activist Nick Chavez on daytime soap “One Life to Live,” first appeared at Arena last season in “Light in the Piazza” as Fabrizio, a romantic young Italian who falls for a slightly mentally challenged American girl. With his gorgeous voice and dark good looks, he was terrific in the part. As Curly, Rodriguez again destroys the fallacy that gay actors cannot credibly play straight romantic leads. Not only is he believable, but the chemistry between him and the talented Gamble, who brings the perfect balance of strength and vulnerability to her role, is palpable. The remainder of the diverse cast is excellent as well. Lead by musical director George Fulginiti Shakar, the dozen-or-so-person orchestra perched offstage in an under construction frontier school house compliments of set designer Eugene Lee, vibrantly interprets the show’s mythic score including songs like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and, of course, “Oklahoma!” “Oklahoma!” is Smith’s best musical endeavor since ably tackling one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s other hits, “South Pacific” almost eight years ago. Across the Potomac in Rosslyn, Washington Shakespeare Company (WSC) is christening its new home – a black box Washington Blade space in Arlington County’s recently opened Artisphere – with an enthralling, futuristically Fri, Nov. 12, 2010 stylish production of Shakespeare’s “Rich1/8H (4.75” x 2.6875”) ard III.” Like Arena, WSC has also made some smart casting choices — particularly Landmark Theatres/CO in giving Frank Britton the title role. Britton, who’s black and bisexual, gives a layered, nuanced performance as “that foul bunch-backed toad” is a pleasure to behold. Co-directors (and newlyweds) Christopher Henley and Jay Hardee have also cast women as the king’s advisors (roles originally written for men), adding an intriguing texture to the production. Here Annie Houston as Stanley expresses a mother’s love for her endangered son; there are hints of a lingering romance between Barbara Papendorp’s Catesby and the doomed Hastings played by Joe Palka. And in no other “Richard III,” as I recall, does the scheming Buckingham (Adrienne Nelson) rock big blonde hair a la Angie Dickinson circa 1964. It’s a great season opener for WSC.
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The afternoon celebrates great American song with the man who penned some of the most memorable Broadway classics of the last 50 years, from West Side Story to Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd and more.
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Just after Halloween comes a darkly funny inquest on the fate of a certain six-year-old beauty queen. This pitch-black funhouse ride into America’s suburban psyche shows how our obsessions with youth, beauty, and race can conjure a bizarre cultural phenomenon like JonBenet Ramsey.
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Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy Through Jan 9 National Gallery of Art nga.gov
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Sixteen examples of the composite heads painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, bizarre but with scientifically accurate components, are featured in their first appearance in the United States. The unusual heads are composed of plants, animals, and other objects that relate to the figure represented.
Strathmore Museum Shop Around, Strathmore. strathmore.org On Display: Emancipation Proclamation, National Archives. 202-357-5000. archives.gov
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Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color Through Jan 9 Museum of Women in the Arts nmwa.org
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This retrospective features more than 70 paintings, textiles, and sketches from the pioneering African American artist’s 75-year career. Jones was inspired by the social struggles that she witnessed in the U.S. as well as by her travels, from Martha’s Vineyard and France to Haiti.
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Sarah Vowell, Lisner Auditorium. lisner.org
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The Seasons Project, Strathmore. 301581-5100. strathmore.org Tracie Morris in Concert, Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus. 301699-1819. joesmovement.org Post Impressionism Lecture Series: The Landscapes of Pierre Bonnard, Kreeger Museum. 202-338-3552. kreegermuseum.org
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Art After Hours: Iridescence Trio, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org Edwin McCain, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Music, The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org
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Glimpse by Lee Newman, Washington Printmakers Gallery. washingtonprintmakers.com New Paintings by Sheep Jones, Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com The Sumi - e Society Exhibition, Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. WorkhouseArts.org Mark(in)g Time: New Paintings by Janis Goodman by Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions, Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions. 202-255-5050. Tang: Freedom & Its Owner, Transformer. transformergallery.org Small Works by Arlington Artists Alliance, Arlington Art Gallery. arlingtonartistsalliance.org All Mixed Up: A Juried Exhibition of Mixed Media Work, Brentwood Arts Exchange. 301-277-2863. Mind Sets: Andrew Carnie, Terry Gips, and Meg Walker, Montpelier Arts Center. 301-377-7800. pgparks.com Robert Keating’s The C&O Canal: Places and Stories, The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org
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By WILLIAM GEORGE November. Later this year, he will debut a small retail operation for takeaway breakfast and market items. The intimate ﬁnedining room in the original space will continue to serve prix ﬁxe and tasting menus, while the original bistro space will remain dedicated to the newly expanded menu. One restaurant named for a fruit leads to another for Persimmon’s chef-owner Damian Salvatore, whose neighborhood-oriented Wild Tomato will soon be serving pizza, salads and moderately priced American entrees to the Potomac food crowd. Big front windows, buttery yellow walls, a sage-colored stone bar and mahogany butcher-block tables, along with food-focused artwork, will create an attractive ambiance for casual dining and informal get-togethers over cocktails, craft beers and wines (7945 MacArthur Blvd.). If you watch Food Network, chances are you’ve seen a competition show about restaurants on wheels. CapMac, a roving pastaria, will be hitting D.C. streets in the next few weeks, serving signature mac ‘n’ pimento cheese, chicken Parmesan meatballs and ziti, and whole-wheat noodles with beans and seasonal vegetables, along with hearty soups and desserts. It’s the brainchild of chef Brian Arnoff, who brings talents honed at Bourbon Steak and Boston’s Sportello to the burgeoning local food-truck scene. Arnoff says he was inspired by the macaroni stands that once lined the streets of New York’s Little Italy to make authentic and affordable fresh food. The general public can take a weekend to splurge and let out its collective belts at the 2010 Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show, happening Saturday and Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. More than 300 specialty food, beer and wine sellers, caterers and party planners will be exhibiting and many will offer samples for grazing. Local talents will join celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Paula Deen and Rachael Ray for food demos. There will be a separate beer, wine and spirits tasting pavilion, a sit-down wine dinner with “Top Chef” ﬁnalist Carla Hall, workshops and an area for the kids. General admission (which lets you cruise the exhibits and some demonstrations) is $25 per person ($13 per child 4–12) with additional charges for other features (801 Mount Vernon Pl. N.W.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
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1409 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20005 202-265-3055 Logan Circle area restaurant and bar (Dupont Circle Metro) popular with the theater crowd and featuring open-mike nights, karaoke and other special events.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘I don’t like knowing that other people are afraid to be themselves,’ basketball player Kye Allums says.
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Continued from page 23 “The support that [Allums] has received from his coach and his teammates is incredibly heartening,” Minter says. “The university is ... providing a great example for other schools of how to support and respect a transgender player. This has been an incredibly positive experience for everyone involved and it has changed the face of college sports forever.” The report addresses issues that may come up in competitive sports considering that many teams are segregated by sex and some athletes may question the fairness of a transgender athlete playing on either a women’s or men’s team, depending on the situation. Allums’ decision to postpone hormone therapy is what allows him to remain on the women’s team and keep his scholarship. A large part of his decision is based on the fact that testosterone is a banned substance within the NCAA because it could give athletes an unfair advantage. Allums is planning on pursuing hormone therapy once his college basketball career is over. GWU will open its 2010-11 season on Saturday against Green Bay in the Best Buy Classics in Minneapolis and its first home game will be Thursday against Coppin State. The Colonials finished last season 6-22. Allums started 20 of the 26 games he played.
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17th Annual Art for Life Auction
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Art for Life is a benefit cocktail reception and art auction spotlighting artists from around the world. Proceeds from this event go to support Whitman-Walker Clinic’s HIV/AIDS prevention services in communities of color. Additional information, online ticket sales & artwork previews at www.wwc.org/artforlife or call 202.797.3543.
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