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A large crowd gathered late Sunday night at the White House to celebrate the killing of Osama bin Laden. Servicemembers United, a gay group working to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ distributed
hundreds of American flags at the event.

Bin Laden’s death triggers celebrations

Gay victim’s mother relieved In the aftermath of the attacks, the stories of LGBT community and our military are,” Hoagland said in an
victims slowly emerged, from Father Mychal Judge, NBC interview.
terrorist ‘has no one to face who died ministering to fallen firefighters in New York, In Washington, local residents streamed to the White
now except his God’ to Mark Bingham, who helped bring down United House late Sunday night as news of bin Laden’s killing
Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania before it could reach emerged. Local gays joined in the celebration at the
By CHRIS JOHNSON its intended target in Washington. White House after news broke that the U.S. military had Alice Hoagland, Bingham’s mother, reflected on the killed bin Laden in a daring raid.
killing of the terrorist leader. On Sunday, President Obama announced that after a
The death this week of Osama bin Laden brought “I think it is a point in time of which the American firefight in Abbottabad, Pakistan, U.S. forces had killed
back a torrent of memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, people can be very proud, which we can take stock
terrorist attacks for families and friends of victims. in and realize how very valuable our intelligence CONTINUES ON PAGE 18

50 and fabulous Stark calls on Obama

to back adoption bill
Mame Dennis leads the
Academy of Washington
in celebrating its golden
anniversary this weekend.
PAGE 27 Measure would bar discrimination Deserves a Family Act, said he wants the White House
to support his bill fully in response to a question from
against LGBT families the Washington Blade on what he’d like to see from
the administration on the issue.

Standing up By CHRIS JOHNSON
“I’d like to see the administration support our
position more definitively,” Stark said. “I’ve had some
troubles often determining where the administration is
Local LGBT advocates A California congressman this week introduced on issues, and I think it’s time that President Obama
ask City Council to legislation that would bar discrimination against LGBT steps up to the bar and makes this — supports it
strengthen anti-bullying people in adoption cases while calling on President wholeheartedly.”
Obama to endorse the bill “wholeheartedly.” Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, said in
measure at hearing. During a news conference, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.),
PAGE 4 the sponsor of the legislation, known as the Every Child CONTINUES ON PAGE 20
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Council urged to strengthen anti-bullying bill

Activists, experts AIDS; Annie Kaplan, president of the Trial to Capitol Hill for final clearance by Congress. that is reasonably perceived as being
Lawyers Association of Metropolitan D.C.; The LGBT advocates who testified motivated either by any actual or
say measure lacks Rick Rosendall, vice president of the Gay & at Monday’s hearing said their main perceived characteristic, such as race,
reporting provisions Lesbian Activists Alliance; Bob Summersgill, objective is to persuade the Council to color, religion, ancestry, national origin,
Ward 3 Advisory Neighborhood adopt the proposed changes they have gender, sexual orientation, gender
Commissioner and former GLAA president; submitted in the form of one or more identity and expression, or a mental,
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. and Christopher Dyer, former director of the amendments to the bill. physical or sensory handicap, or by any Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs. “Thank you for your testimony, which other distinguishing characteristic…”
Also expressing support for the bill has been tremendously helpful,” Bowser The definition says that in order to be
At least eight witnesses representing were Chad Ferguson, director of the told several of the witnesses, including considered harassment, intimidation or
LGBT organizations told a D.C. City Office of Youth Engagement for D.C. those representing LGBT organizations. bullying under the bill’s school-related
Council committee on Monday that an Public Schools; Jesus Aguirre, director of Catania, who was the only other provisions, the act in question must be
anti-bullying bill introduced in January is the Department of Parks and Recreation; committee member to attend the hearing, understood by a “reasonable person” to
an important first step in addressing the and Micki Freeny, coordinator of children’s also praised the witnesses and expressed have the “effect of harming or damaging
problem of bullying and harassment in the services for the D.C. public library system. support for a comprehensive anti-bullying the student’s property, or placing a student
city’s schools, parks and libraries. Most of these witnesses — but not the three bill “with teeth.” in reasonable fear of harm to his person or
But the LGBT representatives – as well government officials — called on the Council Bowser said she and her Council damage to his property…”
as other witnesses – testified that the to add these new provisions to the bill: colleagues were open to the suggestions It says an act can be labeled as
Bullying and Intimidation Prevention Act • A required reporting system to keep and recommendations of the witnesses harassment, intimidation or bullying if it
of 2011 lacks sufficient implementation track of incidents of bullying and harassment but made no commitment to adopt the has the “effect of insulting or demeaning
and accountability provisions needed to that would allow the city to gather data on proposed changes. any student or group of students in such
ensure its effective enforcement. the prevalence and types of harassment and The legislation defines harassment, as a way as to cause substantial disruption
“It does not benefit students to pass bullying incidents and how well the law is intimidation or bullying as “any gesture in, or substantial interference with, the
a new anti-bullying law unless there working to curtail such incidents. or written, verbal or physical act, orderly operation of a school, university,
are real accountability standards and • An improved and strengthened including electronic communication, recreation facility, or library.”
implementation processes in place,” said implementation provision that, among other
Alison Gill, public policy manager for things, creates an implementation task force
the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education consisting of community advocates and
Network (GLSEN), a national group that officials from affected city agencies.
advocates for LGBT-supportive polices in • The bill’s definition of bullying,
the nation’s schools. intimidation and harassment should
“The District of Columbia has been a be broadened to include the full list of
pioneer on issues such as nondiscrimination protected groups and characteristics in
in schools and yet is one of only a handful the D.C. Human Rights Act. In addition,
of jurisdictions in this country without an the bill should include protections against
D.C. Mayor VINCENT GRAY has said a
anti-bullying law,” Gill said. bullying and harassment targeting people severe city revenue shortfall due to
Gill and the other witnesses spoke for who they associate with. the recession has forced him to propose
before the Council’s Committee on “Students may experience bullying not cuts in many city agencies.
Libraries, Parks and Recreation, one of two based on who they are, but based on the
committees with jurisdiction over the anti- people that they associate with and therefore WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

bullying bill. need to be explicitly protected for this

While saying bullying and harassment reason,” GLSEN’s Gill said in her testimony.
is a serious problem that affects all young The bill has been assigned to the
people, they pointed to studies showing Council’s Committee of the Whole in GLAA opposes budget cut for police review office
that the problem has had a greater impact addition to the Committee on Libraries,
on LGBT youth. Parks and Recreation. The Committee The Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance is calling on the D.C. Council to reject
“Bullying and harassment has often of the Whole, whose ranks include all a proposal by Mayor Vincent Gray to reduce the budget of the Office of Police
increased adverse effects on marginalized 13 Council members, has jurisdiction Complaints, which investigates allegations of police abuse of citizens.
students, including those who identify as over the city’s public and charter school LGBT activists pushed for the creation of a police Civilian Complaint Review
lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,” systems and plays a role in deciding on all Board, which later became the Office of Police Complaints, in the 1970s at a time
Gill told the committee. school-related legislation. when allegations of police officer abuse of LGBT people surfaced more frequently
“According to GLSEN’s 2009 National Council Chair Kwame Brown (D-At- than in recent years.
School Climate Survey, nearly nine out of Large), chair of the Committee of the Gray’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal calls for reducing the OPC budget by just
10 LGBT students experience verbal or Whole, is a co-introducer of the Bullying under $200,000, from $2,057,589 in fiscal year 2011 to $1,858,546 in fiscal year 2012.
physical harassment in school,” she said. and Intimidation Prevention Act, along Philip Eure, OPC’s executive director, told a City Council hearing on April 8 that
“Thirty percent missed at least one day of with Council member Jim Graham the cuts – while appearing modest – would result in a reduction in the number of
school in the past month because they felt (D-Ward 1), who is gay; and Council investigators that the office uses to look into allegations of police abuse of citizens.
unsafe or uncomfortable.” members Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) and “The value of this independent agency, which employs the best practices of
The bill requires the city’s public and Michael Brown (D-At-Large). citizen oversight of law enforcement, is reflected in the 5.8 percent increase in
charter schools, the Department of Parks Council member Muriel Bowser complaints and the 6.6 percent increase in case closings in Fiscal Year 2010 over
and Recreation, the city’s public libraries, (D-Ward 4), chair of the Committee on the previous year,” said GLAA Vice President Rick Rosendall in a letter to the
and the University of the District of Columbia Libraries, Parks and Recreation, which Council committee that oversees police issues.
to adopt “a policy prohibiting harassment, held Monday’s hearing, is a co-sponsor “The result of OPC’s excellent work is not just the identification of areas for
intimidation or bullying” in their respective of the bill along with six other Council improvement or the adjudication of misconduct charges, but the confidence provided
facilities, buildings and grounds. members, including gay Council member both to citizens and to the great majority of good officers that police misconduct
Others testifying in support of the bill and David Catania (I-At-Large). complaints will receive impartial investigation and timely resolution,” Rosendall said.
calling for adding various strengthening City Hall observers say support for the Gray has said a severe city revenue shortfall due to the recession has forced him
provisions included Andrew Barnett, bill on the Council is overwhelming. With to propose cuts in many city agencies. The Council is scheduled to vote on the
executive director of the Sexual Minority Mayor Vincent Gray saying he would sign mayor’s budget later this year.
Youth Assistance League (SMYAL); Amy the measure, there’s little doubt that some LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Morgan of the D.C. Trans Coalition; Adam form of an anti-bullying bill will clear the city’s
Tenner, executive director of Metro Teen legislative process this year and make its way
WASHINGTON BLADE. COM MAY 0 6 , 2 0 1 1 • 0 5

Bowman takes helm of Equality Maryland

Lynne Bowman began her tenure as
interim executive director of Equality
Maryland on Monday.
Bowman has served as director of
programs and services for the Equality
Federation, a national association of
state LGBT groups. She is also a founder
of Equality Ohio and most recently
served as campaign manager for Ohio
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher’s U.S. Senate bid.
Equality Maryland said it would
now begin the search for a permanent LYNNE BOWMAN
executive director.
Bowman told the Blade that she is PHOTO COURTESY OF EQUALITY MARYLAND

not in the running for the permanent

director’s position. She said her
appointment lasts until the end of August but can be extended if a new permanent
director isn’t in place at that time.
“I will be assisting the board in conducting the search,” she said. “That’s
something I’ve done a number of times in my background. So rather than focusing
on trying to secure a job for myself, I’ll be focusing on stabilizing the organization
and moving the agenda forward.”
She acknowledges that she has never worked with the Maryland Legislature
House Minority Leader NANCY PELOSI hired Timothy Merritt to serve as
before. But Bowman said she believes her background in working with legislators her deputy director of scheduling.
in other states and her experience in managing non-profit organizations will enable
her to keep Equality Maryland on track in pushing its legislative goals in the eight WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

months before the Maryland Legislature convenes its 2012 session in January.
“I think that every legislature or assembly is similar in that fact that they are

Gay staffer to serve

different,” she said. “And it takes figuring out the personalities and some of the
targets and the issues, which could be done, I would say, fairly easily by partnering
with the people who are already there.”
She plans to take steps to arrange meetings with members of the State Senate
and House of Delegates — including the contingent of eight openly gay or

as Pelosi scheduler
lesbian legislators — immediately, she said.
Bowman said she has considerable experience in fundraising and is looking
forward to strengthening Equality Maryland’s donor base. But she said she hadn’t
had a chance to examine the group’s finances in detail and could not yet determine
whether it would be prudent to hire a new development director immediately or
to do so at a later date.
“If I would say anything else at this point it would be that a strong state-based
organization is critical to passing state-based legislation” like the marriage
Merritt active in work for Pelosi — Drew Hammill, her
deputy communications director, and
equality and gender identity non-discrimination bills that came up but failed this LGBT Congressional Kenneth DeGraff, her policy adviser for
year, she said. Staff Association energy and technology issues — in her
D.C. office. Another gay staffer, Dan
LOU CHIBBARO JR. Bernal, serves as district director for
By CHRIS JOHNSON Pelosi’s San Francisco office. Merritt, who holds a bachelor’s degree
OBITUARY in international studies and development
David Lawrence Bongard, 51 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from the University of North Texas, is also
(D-Calif.) has appointed a gay Hill staffer active in the LGBT Congressional Staff
to serve in her D.C. office as scheduler. Association.
David Lawrence Bongard died in his sleep on March 31. He was 51 and had Timothy Merritt, who was hired to Kat Skiles, spokesperson for the LGBT
lived in Alexandria, Va. become Pelosi’s deputy director of Congressional Staff Association, said
Bongard was a historian, editor, author and teacher born June 19, 1959. He was scheduling, began his duties Monday. Merritt’s new job in Pelosi’s office coincides
gay and, according to his partner, Christopher Cox, he died of congestive heart Merritt most recently worked for Rep. with his transition from being the group’s
failure. He was a native of a small town in New Jersey but his family moved when Gene Green (D-Texas) as the lawmaker’s membership director to its vice president.
he was a child. He spent most of his adult life in the D.C. area. communications director and scheduler. “Whether contributing his talents as
In 1980 he graduated college, completing his four-year degree in three years Additionally, Merritt handled small the communications director to a red
through the Honours Tutorial College at Ohio University; he then moved on to business legislative issues for Green. state Democrat or fighting for equality
earn his master’s at the University of Maryland. In a statement, Pelosi welcomed Merritt as a board member on the LGBT
Among his many contributions, Bongard is credited in seven books that he to her staff and said his past work will make Congressional Staff Association — Tim
helped create: “How to Defeat Saddam Hussein,” “If War Comes How to Defeat him an important contributor to her efforts has proven that the best way to be
Saddam Hussein,” “Future Wars, Harper Encyclopedia of Military Biography,” to improve the economic conditions of anything is to be yourself,” Skiles said.
“Hitler’s Last Gamble,” “Nontraditional War and Peace” and the “International the country. “Poised, thoughtful and driven, Tim
Military and Defense Encyclopedia Volume I (of 6).” “In each of his roles with Congressman thrives in team-oriented and collaborative
He worked for a time at the National Archives and most recently was teaching Green’s office, Timothy brought incredible efforts where his leadership invigorates
classes at Potomac College. precision, commitment and intellect to team involvement and cooperation.”
He was an avid reader, when he wasn’t writing or teaching, a whiz at “Jeopardy!”, his work,” Pelosi said. “Those qualities Skiles added that without a doubt, Merritt
and a master of innumerable facts and trivia. will quickly make Timothy an essential will be “an incredible asset” to Pelosi.
“He will be dearly missed by friends, family and coworkers alike,” Cox said. member of my team as we continue our “In our longing for a world where no
efforts to create jobs, strengthen the one feels the need to hide in the closet
JOEY DiGUGLIELMO middle class, and reduce the deficit in a it is incredibly exciting to see someone
responsible way.” who is out and proud soaring to such high
Merritt will join other gay staffers who heights,” she said.
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National LGBT
CUOMO says same-sex
marriage is a priority.

youth advocacy Cuomo ‘optimistic’ N.Y. will legalize marriage

group to close doors

ALBANY, N.W. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, closely allied with the Senate
Republican majority that once blocked gay marriage, said Tuesday he’s now optimistic
it will be legalized in New York, the AP reported. “I know it’s failed before, but I think this
is a different day,” Cuomo was quoted in the AP story as saying. “I’ll bring more urgency
in the next few weeks.” The Democrat says he believes the Senate will produce the
32 votes needed for passage in the six weeks remaining in the legislative session. The
GOP majority in the Senate has strongly supported Cuomo’s fiscal platform, including
NYAC officials say The NYAC website shows that the group cutting state spending, a 2-percent cap in the growth of property taxes and rejection
of tax increases. Now Cuomo needs help to pass what he has identified of his highest
currently has four employees, including
money woes led to Leong, along with interns and volunteers. priority policy goals, the AP said. Cuomo said talks with legislative leaders as well as the
shutdown decision Its offices are located at 1638 R St., N.W., rising public poll numbers for gay marriage are among his reasons for optimism. Both
sides are girding for a showdown after the bill’s surprising defeat in 2009, the AP wrote.
near Dupont Circle.
LGBT leaders familiar with NYAC this
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. week praised its work on LGBT youth, saying the group became a pioneer in R.I. gay marriage advocates not giving up
recognizing during its early years the need
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition for addressing youth-related issues. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Advocates of gay marriage delivered a message to Rhode Island
(NYAC), a Washington-based national “Like others, I was sad to hear that state lawmakers who blocked a same-sex marriage bill this year, informing them they’re
organization that advocated on behalf NYAC will be closing its doors,” said Rea being targeted for defeat in the next election, the Associated Press reported this week.
of LGBT youth for more than 18 years, Carey, executive director of the National Hundreds of Rhode Islanders rallied at the Statehouse Tuesday in favor of gay marriage
announced on Monday that it would close Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Carey served as — despite legislative leaders who say they’ll consider a compromise measure to create
its doors for good on May 13. NYAC’s first full-time executive director in civil unions instead. Those at the rally vowed political revenge on those lawmakers who
“The organization has been the late 1990s. opposed making Rhode Island the sixth state to recognize gay marriage, the AP reported.
experiencing financial hardship for years,” In a statement released on Tuesday, “The 2012 election cycle starts now,” Kate Brock, executive director of the group Ocean
the group said in an announcement on its Carey said “the staff, board, youth and State Action, told a cheering crowd on the Statehouse steps. “We start recruiting
Facebook page. “This is a very difficult adults associated with NYAC over the candidates now. We start building our war chests now. Don’t get mad. Get elected.”
decision and was not made lightly.” years have changed the lives of thousands Meanwhile, House lawmakers introduced civil union legislation designed to give gay
The group’s interim executive director, and thousands of LGBTQ youth in ways couples the same state rights afforded to married couples. Rep. Peter Petrarca, D-Lincoln,
Asha Leong, told the Blade the NYAC that are profound, inspirational and will the bill’s sponsor, said he supports gay marriage but that it has no chance of passing this
board struggled over the past six months carry on long into the future.” year. He said the rights granted through civil unions are a better than none at all.
to obtain new sources of revenue from Andrew Barnett, executive director of
foundations and other donors at a time D.C.’s Sexual Minority Youth Assistance
when its declining donor base was made League (SMYAL), which was among the New York gay murder not a hate crime: police
worse by the national recession. local organizations to receive support
Leong said that in recent years, at least from NYAC, praised NYAC for its work. ELMIRA, N.Y. — Police aren’t disclosing a possible motive for the murder of a gay
80 percent of NYAC’s annual budget of “For the past 18 years, NYAC has been nightclub owner in Elmira, N.Y., but it does not appear to be a hate crime, the Corning
between $400,000 and $500,000 came a key national leader by empowering Leader reported this week. Louis Duffy, 20, of Horseheads, is charged with second-
from a single federal grant from the LGBTQ youth to be a part of the movement degree murder for allegedly shooting Clinton “Billy” Lewis, 53, early Sunday morning
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and for social justice for all,” Barnett said. at Lewis’ apartment on North Main Street in downtown Elmira, the Leader reported.
Prevention. She said the CDC lowered “NYAC’s youth organizing programs have Lewis owned Chill, a gay bar at the corner of West Fifth and North Main streets, and had
the grant from $427,500 last year to raised the voices of LGBTQ youth from all organized events in the gay community. Lewis previously owned another gay bar, Angles,
$406,125 for NYAC’s current fiscal year. The over the country.” now closed. Duffy and Lewis were acquaintances, police told the Leader. “I really can’t
grant was for HIV testing and prevention Adam Tenner, executive director of the disclose the actual motive, but I will say it was a personal issue,” said Capt. Joseph Kain of
programs targeting black and Latino gay D.C.-based Metro Teen AIDS and one the Elmira Police Department. “The victim was not killed as a direct result of being gay, it
male, bisexual, and transgender youth. of NYAC’s founding board members, does not appear to be a hate crime. Police found Lewis shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday. He
She said a mostly new board of directors said the group’s demise may be part of was found shot and died while receiving medical attention at a nearby hospital.
led by board president Amita Swadhin of a pattern he sees both in LGBT and non-
New York scrambled over the past six months LGBT non-profit organizations.
to reverse the organization’s narrowing donor “When the bulk of a group’s funding Dallas gay couple found murdered inside burned apt.
base and dependence on a single federal comes from one source, it can create
funding source for most of its budget. an unevenness that’s hard to correct,” DALLAS — Two men found dead inside a burned Northeast Dallas apartment last
“We have for many years largely been said Tenner, who long ago left the NYAC week were an interracial gay couple, Dallas police confirmed to the Dallas Voice, a gay
an HIV/AIDS organization,” said Leong, board. “As to what finally did in the paper there. Michael Humphrey, 59, and Clayton Capshaw, 61, were found inside their
who joined NYAC as interim director in agency, the imbalance of the funding mix first-floor unit at the Villa Joya Apartments on Woodmeadow Parkway. After responding
January. “This government contract has and the lack of a clear, actionable vision in to a fire call at about 4:10 a.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue crews extinguished the flames before
been the bulk of our work, which has the organization over the past five or six finding the victims inside the apartment. Authorities say the men appeared to have died
been another struggle because I think years” played a significant role, he said. in a violent attack before the fire was set in an attempt to destroy evidence from the
that our past vision was not only a health “And unfortunately, this amazing group murders. Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for Dallas Police Department, said detectives
involvement organization but also to be an of people who currently serve on the have no reason to believe the murders were a hate crime, but he added that the motive is
LGBT youth empowerment development board I think got there too late to really unknown, the Voice reported. It’s not being investigated as a hate crime.
organization.” save it,” he said.
10 • MAY 06, 2011 10/15/10 5:13 PM Page 1 WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

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Tell your healthcare provider if you: • If you notice any symptoms of infection, contact your healthcare
• Are pregnant: Women should not become pregnant while taking provider right away.
ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks after stopping ATRIPLA. Serious birth defects • Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic
have been seen in children of women treated during pregnancy with reaction (including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat),
one of the medicines in ATRIPLA. Women must use a reliable form of shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain, weakness, and indigestion.
barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also
You should take ATRIPLA once daily on an empty stomach. Taking
use other methods of birth control, while on ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks
ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome.
after stopping ATRIPLA.
• Are breastfeeding: Women with HIV should not breastfeed ATRIPLA is one of several treatment options your doctor may consider.
because they can pass HIV through their milk to the baby. Also,
ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause serious harm You are encouraged to report negative side effects
to the baby. of prescription drugs to the FDA.
• Have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Patient Information on the following pages.

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ATRIPLA is the #1 prescribed HIV regimen.*

•Only ATRIPLA combines 3 HIV medications in 1 pill daily.

• Proven to lower viral load to undetectable in approximately
7 out of 10 patients new to therapy, and also raise T-cell‡ (CD4+)
count to help control HIV through 3 years of a clinical study.§
•ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent
passing HIV-1 to others.

Selected Important Safety Information:

Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA have developed
the following: a serious condition of acid buildup in the blood (lactic
acidosis), and serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity). For patients
with both HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis may suddenly
worsen if ATRIPLA is discontinued.
Please see detailed and additional Important Safety Information,
including the bolded information to the left.

Defined as a viral load of less than 400 copies/mL.

Average increase of 312 cells/mm3.
In this study, 227 patients took the meds in ATRIPLA.

Patient model. Individual results may vary.

Your doctor may prescribe ATRIPLA alone

or with other HIV medications.
Talk to your doctor to see if ATRIPLA is right for you.

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• Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using a latex
ATRIPLA® (uh TRIP luh) Tablets or polyurethane condom or other barrier to reduce the chance of sexual contact with semen,
ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with ATRIPLA. vaginal secretions, or blood.
Please also read the section “MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA.” Who should not take ATRIPLA?
Generic name: efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (eh FAH vih renz, em tri SIT Together with your healthcare provider, you need to decide whether ATRIPLA is right for you.
uh bean and te NOE’ fo veer dye soe PROX il FYOU mar ate) Do not take ATRIPLA if you are allergic to ATRIPLA or any of its ingredients. The active ingredients
Read the Patient Information that comes with ATRIPLA® (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil of ATRIPLA are efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. See the end of this leaflet for a complete
fumarate) before you start taking it and each time you get a refill since there may be new list of ingredients.
information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ATRIPLA? Tell your healthcare
your medical condition or treatment. You should stay under a healthcare provider’s care when taking provider if you:
ATRIPLA. Do not change or stop your medicine without first talking with your healthcare • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (see “What should I avoid while taking
provider. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about ATRIPLA. ATRIPLA?”).
What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA? • Are breast-feeding (see “What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?”).
• Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA (which contains nucleoside • Have kidney problems or are undergoing kidney dialysis treatment.
analogs) have developed a serious condition called lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid • Have bone problems.
in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in the
hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or • Have liver problems, including hepatitis B virus infection. Your healthcare provider may
symptoms of lactic acidosis: want to do tests to check your liver while you take ATRIPLA.
• You feel very weak or tired. • Have ever had mental illness or are using drugs or alcohol.
• You have unusual (not normal) muscle pain. • Have ever had seizures or are taking medicine for seizures.
• You have trouble breathing. What important information should I know about taking other medicines with ATRIPLA?
• You have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting. ATRIPLA may change the effect of other medicines, including the ones for HIV-1, and may
cause serious side effects. Your healthcare provider may change your other medicines or change
• You feel cold, especially in your arms and legs. their doses. Other medicines, including herbal products, may affect ATRIPLA. For this reason, it is
• You feel dizzy or lightheaded. very important to let all your healthcare providers and pharmacists know what medications, herbal
• You have a fast or irregular heartbeat. supplements, or vitamins you are taking.
• Some people who have taken medicines like ATRIPLA have developed serious liver MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA
problems called hepatotoxicity, with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver • The following medicines may cause serious and life-threatening side effects when taken
(steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or with ATRIPLA. You should not take any of these medicines while taking ATRIPLA: Vascor
symptoms of liver problems: (bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride), Versed (midazolam), Orap (pimozide), Halcion (triazolam),
• Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice). ergot medications (for example, Wigraine and Cafergot).
• Your urine turns dark. • ATRIPLA also should not be used with Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), EMTRIVA, Epivir,
• Your bowel movements (stools) turn light in color. Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), Trizivir (abacavir
• You don’t feel like eating food for several days or longer. sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), SUSTIVA, TRUVADA, or VIREAD.
• You feel sick to your stomach (nausea). • Vfend (voriconazole) should not be taken with ATRIPLA since it may lose its effect or may
• You have lower stomach area (abdominal) pain. increase the chance of having side effects from ATRIPLA.
• You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or liver problems if you are female, very • Do not take St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), or products containing St. John’s
overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside analog-containing medicines, like wort with ATRIPLA. St. John’s wort is an herbal product sold as a dietary supplement. Talk
ATRIPLA, for a long time. with your healthcare provider if you are taking or are planning to take St. John’s wort. Taking
• If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and you stop taking ATRIPLA, you St. John’s wort may decrease ATRIPLA levels and lead to increased viral load and possible
may get a “flare-up” of your hepatitis. A “flare-up” is when the disease suddenly resistance to ATRIPLA or cross-resistance to other anti-HIV-1 drugs.
returns in a worse way than before. Patients with HBV who stop taking ATRIPLA need close • ATRIPLA should not be used with HEPSERA® (adefovir dipivoxil).
medical follow-up for several months, including medical exams and blood tests to check for It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following:
hepatitis that could be getting worse. ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so • Fortovase, Invirase (saquinavir), Biaxin (clarithromycin), Noxafil (posaconazole), or
you must discuss your HBV therapy with your healthcare provider. Sporanox (itraconazole); these medicines may need to be replaced with another
What is ATRIPLA? medicine when taken with ATRIPLA.
ATRIPLA contains 3 medicines, SUSTIVA® (efavirenz), EMTRIVA® (emtricitabine) and VIREAD® • Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem or Tiazac (diltiazem), Covera HS or Isoptin
(tenofovir disoproxil fumarate also called tenofovir DF) combined in one pill. EMTRIVA and VIREAD (verapamil) and others; Crixivan (indinavir), Selzentry (maraviroc); the immunosuppressant
are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors medicines cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune, and others), Prograf (tacrolimus), or
(NRTIs) and SUSTIVA is an HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). Rapamune (sirolimus); Methadone; Mycobutin (rifabutin); Rifampin; cholesterol-lowering
VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components of TRUVADA®. ATRIPLA can be used alone as a complete medicines such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin sodium), and Zocor
regimen, or in combination with other anti-HIV-1 medicines to treat people with HIV-1 infection. (simvastatin); or Zoloft (sertraline); these medicines may need to have their dose
ATRIPLA is for adults age 18 and over. ATRIPLA has not been studied in children under age 18 or changed when taken with ATRIPLA.
adults over age 65. • Videx, Videx EC (didanosine); tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) may increase the
HIV infection destroys CD4+ T cells, which are important to the immune system. The immune system amount of didanosine in your blood, which could result in more side effects. You may need
helps fight infection. After a large number of T cells are destroyed, acquired immune deficiency to be monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and didanosine together. Also, the
syndrome (AIDS) develops. dose of didanosine may need to be changed.
ATRIPLA helps block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a viral chemical in your body (enzyme) that is • Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) or Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir); these medicines may increase the
needed for HIV-1 to multiply. ATRIPLA lowers the amount of HIV-1 in the blood (viral load). ATRIPLA amount of tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) in your blood, which could result in more
may also help to increase the number of T cells (CD4+ cells), allowing your immune system to side effects. Reyataz is not recommended with ATRIPLA. You may need to be monitored
improve. Lowering the amount of HIV-1 in the blood lowers the chance of death or infections that more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and Kaletra together. Also, the dose of Kaletra may
happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections). need to be changed.
Does ATRIPLA cure HIV-1 or AIDS? • Medicine for seizures [for example, Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine), or
ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not known phenobarbital]; your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or
at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that check drug levels in your blood from time to time.
happen with HIV-1 infection. Opportunistic infections are infections that develop because the These are not all the medicines that may cause problems if you take ATRIPLA. Be sure to tell
immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and your healthcare provider about all medicines that you take.
Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. It is very important that you see your healthcare Keep a complete list of all the prescription and nonprescription medicines as well as any herbal
provider regularly while taking ATRIPLA. remedies that you are taking, how much you take, and how often you take them. Make a new list
Does ATRIPLA reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others? when medicines or herbal remedies are added or stopped, or if the dose changes. Give copies of
ATRIPLA has not been shown to lower your chance of passing HIV-1 to other people through this list to all of your healthcare providers and pharmacists every time you visit your healthcare
sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. provider or fill a prescription. This will give your healthcare provider a complete picture of the
• Do not share needles or other injection equipment. medicines you use. Then he or she can decide the best approach for your situation.
• Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like
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How should I take ATRIPLA? • Changes in bone mineral density (thinning bones). Laboratory tests show changes in the
• Take the exact amount of ATRIPLA your healthcare provider prescribes. Never change the bones of patients treated with tenofovir DF, a component of ATRIPLA. Some HIV patients
dose on your own. Do not stop this medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to stop. treated with tenofovir DF developed thinning of the bones (osteopenia) which could lead to
• You should take ATRIPLA on an empty stomach. fractures. If you have had bone problems in the past, your healthcare provider may need to
• Swallow ATRIPLA with water. do tests to check your bone mineral density or may prescribe medicines to help your bone
mineral density. Additionally, bone pain and softening of the bone (which may contribute to
• Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome. fractures) may occur as a consequence of kidney problems.
• Do not miss a dose of ATRIPLA. If you forget to take ATRIPLA, take the missed dose right Common side effects:
away, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not double the next dose. Carry on with
your regular dosing schedule. If you need help in planning the best times to take your Patients may have dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, and/or
medicine, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. unusual dreams during treatment with ATRIPLA. These side effects may be reduced if you take
ATRIPLA at bedtime on an empty stomach. They also tend to go away after you have taken the
• If you believe you took more than the prescribed amount of ATRIPLA, contact your local medicine for a few weeks. If you have these common side effects, such as dizziness, it does not
poison control center or emergency room right away. mean that you will also have serious psychiatric problems, such as severe depression, strange
• Tell your healthcare provider if you start any new medicine or change how you take old ones. thoughts, or angry behavior. Tell your healthcare provider right away if any of these side effects
Your doses may need adjustment. continue or if they bother you. It is possible that these symptoms may be more severe if ATRIPLA is
• When your ATRIPLA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or used with alcohol or mood altering (street) drugs.
pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of virus in your blood may increase if If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, or are drowsy, avoid activities that may be dangerous,
the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to ATRIPLA such as driving or operating machinery.
and become harder to treat. Rash may be common. Rashes usually go away without any change in treatment. In a small number
• Your healthcare provider may want to do blood tests to check for certain side effects while of patients, rash may be serious. If you develop a rash, call your healthcare provider right away.
you take ATRIPLA. Other common side effects include tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, gas, and diarrhea.
What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA? Other possible side effects with ATRIPLA:
• Women should not become pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks after • Changes in body fat. Changes in body fat develop in some patients taking anti-HIV-1
stopping it. Serious birth defects have been seen in the babies of animals and women medicine. These changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck
treated with efavirenz (a component of ATRIPLA) during pregnancy. It is not known whether (“buffalo hump”), in the breasts, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and
efavirenz caused these defects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these fat changes are not
pregnant. Also talk with your healthcare provider if you want to become pregnant. known.
• Women should not rely only on hormone-based birth control, such as pills, injections, or • Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen with ATRIPLA.
implants, because ATRIPLA may make these contraceptives ineffective. Women must use a
reliable form of barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also use • In some patients with advanced HIV infection (AIDS), signs and symptoms of inflammation
other methods of birth control. Efavirenz, a component of ATRIPLA, may remain in your blood from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV treatment is started. It is believed that
for a time after therapy is stopped. Therefore, you should continue to use contraceptive these symptoms are due to an improvement in the body’s immune response, enabling the
measures for 12 weeks after you stop taking ATRIPLA. body to fight infections that may have been present with no obvious symptoms. If you notice
any symptoms of infection, please inform your doctor immediately.
• Do not breast-feed if you are taking ATRIPLA. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention recommend that mothers with HIV not breast-feed because they can pass the HIV • Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic reaction (including swelling
through their milk to the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause serious of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain, weakness and
harm to the baby. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding. You should indigestion.
stop breast-feeding or may need to use a different medicine. Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you notice any side effects while taking ATRIPLA.
• Taking ATRIPLA with alcohol or other medicines causing similar side effects as ATRIPLA, such Contact your healthcare provider before stopping ATRIPLA because of side effects or for any other
as drowsiness, may increase those side effects. reason.
• Do not take any other medicines, including prescription and nonprescription medicines and This is not a complete list of side effects possible with ATRIPLA. Ask your healthcare provider or
herbal products, without checking with your healthcare provider. pharmacist for a more complete list of side effects of ATRIPLA and all the medicines you will take.
• Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection since ATRIPLA does not stop you from How do I store ATRIPLA?
passing the HIV-1 infection to others. • Keep ATRIPLA and all other medicines out of reach of children.
What are the possible side effects of ATRIPLA? • Store ATRIPLA at room temperature 77 °F (25 °C).
ATRIPLA may cause the following serious side effects: • Keep ATRIPLA in its original container and keep the container tightly closed.
• Lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency • Do not keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. If you throw any
and may need to be treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you medicines away make sure that children will not find them.
get signs of lactic acidosis. (See “What is the most important information I should know General information about ATRIPLA:
about ATRIPLA?”) Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information
• Serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in leaflets. Do not use ATRIPLA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ATRIPLA to
the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any signs of liver other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
problems. (See “What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?”) This leaflet summarizes the most important information about ATRIPLA. If you would like more
• “Flare-ups” of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, in which the disease suddenly returns in information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist
a worse way than before, can occur if you have HBV and you stop taking ATRIPLA. Your for information about ATRIPLA that is written for health professionals.
healthcare provider will monitor your condition for several months after stopping ATRIPLA if Do not use ATRIPLA if the seal over bottle opening is broken or missing.
you have both HIV-1 and HBV infection and may recommend treatment for your HBV. ATRIPLA What are the ingredients of ATRIPLA?
is not approved for the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection. If you have advanced liver Active Ingredients: efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate
disease and stop treatment with ATRIPLA, the “flare-up” of hepatitis B may cause your liver
function to decline. Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose,
magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate. The film coating contains black iron oxide, polyethylene
• Serious psychiatric problems. A small number of patients may experience severe glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, red iron oxide, talc, and titanium dioxide.
depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior while taking ATRIPLA. Some patients have
thoughts of suicide and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur
more often in patients who have had mental illness. Contact your healthcare provider right
away if you think you are having these psychiatric symptoms, so your healthcare provider May 2010
can decide if you should continue to take ATRIPLA. ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. EMTRIVA, TRUVADA,
• Kidney problems (including decline or failure of kidney function). If you have had kidney HEPSERA and VIREAD are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. SUSTIVA is a trademark
problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma Company. Reyataz and Videx are trademarks of
healthcare provider should do regular blood tests to check your kidneys. Symptoms that may Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Pravachol is a trademark of ER Squibb & Sons, LLC. Other
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Gay Calif. mayor seeks House seat

By CHRIS JOHNSON GOP candidate would be
first member of Congress
A gay Republican from California could in same-sex marriage
become the first person in a same-sex
marriage elected to Congress if he wins a U.S.
House seat in an upcoming special election.
Mike Gin, who’s served as mayor of
Redondo Beach, Calif., since 2005, said
economic and education issues would be his
priorities if elected to Congress, but he would
welcome any benefit that his visibility as a gay
member of Congress in a same-sex marriage MIKE GIN (right) married his spouse,
would impart to LGBT youth.
Calif., before Prop 8 took effect.
“Certainly, we all need role models, and
being gay and being married is just a part PHOTO COURTESY OF GIN FOR CONGRESS

of who I am,” Gin said. “If somehow my

election would provide some inspiration
or maybe help a young person that’s very
conflicted about being gay, then I think that’s In what is likely to be a difficult race for Gin, former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe “It says a lot that Redondo Beach is one
a wonderful thing.” an all-party primary is set for May 17. If no retired in 2007. of California’s few debt-free cities under
Gin, 48, married his spouse, Christopher candidate wins a majority, the two candidates “I look at it just simply as part of who his leadership, and that Mike was able to
Kreidel, 50, an animator, at the Redondo who receive the most votes, regardless of I am,” Gin said. “I’ve been very fortunate raise more than $100,000 in the first three
Beach Historic “Morrell House” three days party, will participate in a run-off election on to be very open in my community and days of his campaign,” Cooper said. “He
before Proposition 8 passed in California, July 12 to determine who will represent the people have always treated me with is ready and able to join the GOP majority
eliminating same-sex marriage rights in the district in the U.S. House. tremendous respect and, even though in Congress fighting to create jobs and
state. The couple has been together 16 years. If elected, Gin would become the fifth they might agree with me on what they turn this economy around, and Log Cabin
The California mayor is pursuing a U.S. sitting openly gay member of Congress, might consider to be a lifestyle, or the Republicans will work to send him to
House seat to represent California’s 36th joining Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), particular political positions that I have, I Washington this summer.”
congressional district, which was vacated Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Jared Polis have always been very fortunate in being Gin has also won the endorsement of
when former Rep. Jane Harman left Congress (D-Colo.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.). treated with a great amount of respect.” 10 current or former mayors in the South
to become head of the Woodrow Wilson Gin would also be the first openly gay Job creation would be the top priority Bay of California and the Redondo Beach
International Center for Scholars. Republican to serve in Congress since for Gin. To stimulate the economy, Gin Chamber of Commerce.
said Congress should sustain community Although he’s emphasizing economic
block grants funds as well as the issues, Gin said LGBT issues would also
Workforce Investment Act, a 1998 law be on his agenda if elected to the House.
signed by then-President Clinton that Gin said upon taking his House seat he’d
Minn. House advances marriage ban created regional Workforce Investment join the LGBT Equality Caucus, which is
Boards throughout the country to entice chaired by the openly gay members of
business. Gin said House Republicans had Congress.
A Minnesota State House committee this week advanced a state constitutional proposed to defund the law, but he wants “To me, that’s really a non-issue because
amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. it to continue. I strongly believe in the rights affecting our
According to the Minnesota Independent, the Republican-controlled House “I view the budget not as a slash-and- community and legislation affecting our
Civil Law Committee approved the same-sex marriage ban after hours of burn approach as I think I’ve seen, especially community because it affects my family as
testimony by a 10-7 vote along party lines. Last week, a Minnesota State Senate over the past few months,” Gin said. “The well,” Gin said.
Committee advanced the companion version of the amendment. Workforce Investment Act has created Among the bills that Gin said he’d
Among those who offered testimony was Bishop Bob Battle of the Berean jobs, particularly in aerospace, and helped support are the Employment Non-
Church of God in Christ, who was quoted as saying, “I don’t consider gay us sustain jobs here in the community.” Discrimination Act, which would bar job
marriages as the same as whites not being allowed to marry blacks.” Another important issue for Gin is discrimination against LGBT people, and
“Gay marriage advocates have attempted to hijack the civil rights movement,” investment in education — particularly the Uniting American Families Act, which
Battle reportedly said. “I know what civil rights are, and gays in America have all in the fields of science, technology, would allow gay Americans to sponsor
the civil rights as anyone else.” engineering and mathematics. A former their foreign partners for residency in
But State Rep. Steve Simon, a Democrat, said the proposed constitutional computer technician for the aerospace the United States, as well as legislation
ban on same-sex marriage is an attempt “enshrine religious beliefs” into the and defense industries, Gin said science to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act,
Minnesota Constitution. education forms the foundation of the which prohibits federal recognition of
“How many more gay people does God have to create before we accept that talent needed in his district for the same-sex marriage.
God actually wants them around?” Simon said, reportedly eliciting shouts of advanced technical industries and he Gin’s work as an LGBT advocate has
approval and applause in the committee room. wants to see federal education grants in been limited, although he was involved
Simon reportedly added, “I truly believe that in a generation, if we pass this, these areas. in the fight against Prop 8 in 2008 by
that generation and maybe sooner will judge us all very harshly.” “We need more young people to taking part and contributing money to
House and Senate GOP leaders have said they expect both chambers to approve get excited about careers in science, a coalition of Republicans that were
the amendment. If the legislature approves the proposed constitutional amendment, engineering and mathematics in order to against the initiative. In 2000, Gin said
it will go before Minnesota voters in 2012. Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has said he opposes sustain that base of talent that we need he was also against Prop 22, which made
the measure, although his signature isn’t necessary to ratify the amendment. here in our local industries,” Gin said. a ban on same-sex marriage part of the
Same-sex marriage is already prohibited in Minnesota by statute, but passage of Gin’s emphasis on economic issues in state law.
the amendment would prohibit the legislature from legalizing same-sex marriage his campaign is part of the reason he won “Those are issues that I’ve come out
in the future or the state courts from finding a right to same-sex marriage in the an endorsement in his race from the Log in front of because, again, it affects my
state constitution. The measure’s supporters say the proposed constitutional Cabin Republicans. family as well,” Gin said. “I don’t consider
amendment leaves open the possibility for enacting civil unions in Minnesota. R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin’s executive myself an activist, but I’ve certainly been
director, said Gin has already proven he’s an advocate for legislation that affects
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Holder under fire for decision

to drop DOMA defense
Attorney general have been used in the DOMA defense —
they will use it other areas,” he said.
criticized during The attorney general added Congress
House hearing has the ability to approve funding for
the expense of hiring Clement without
reducing funds for the Justice Department.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the
sponsor of DOMA repeal legislation,
came to Holder’s defense during
the hearing and said the Obama
administration had no option but
to determine the anti-gay law was
unconstitutional following the 2003
Supreme Court decision striking down
state sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas.
“I don’t believe that the administration
had any choice in the matter at all by
Republican critics assailed the Obama looking at the legal precedence,” Nadler
administration’s decision to drop defense said. “There had been no determination
of DOMA and grilled Attorney General by any court, as far as I know, certainly
ERIC HOLDER over the issue this week. by any circuit, of the proper standard of
review after Lawrence. And if you look
at the normal criteria for determining
the standard of review that the Supreme
Court has enjoined upon us as to what a
suspect classification is ... it meets all the
By CHRIS JOHNSON “I recommended to the president that we one man and one woman, and 45 states tests, and you really had no choice but to not defend the statute and he agreed with in this country have also reached that go that route.”
that recommendation.” conclusion — either through a constitutional Nadler added he hopes Congress
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder endured But Holder’s answer apparently didn’t amendment ratified by the people as was doesn’t try to “start trying to intimidate”
a barrage of hostile questions from House satisfy Sensenbrenner, who railed against the case in Wisconsin or through statutory the Justice Department by threatening to
Republicans Tuesday over the Obama the Justice Department for what he said enactments by the legislature.” restrict funds as a result of the department’s
administration’s decision to drop defense of was abandoning its duty by dropping Sensenbrenner’s remarks on DOMA are decision over DOMA.
the Defense of Marriage Act in court. defense of DOMA. misleading in part because Section 3 of Other Republicans on the committee also
During an oversight hearing before “Sexual preference has never been a the statute has no impact on states where took jabs at Holder during their questioning
the House Judiciary Committee, protected class in any of our civil rights same-sex marriage isn’t available. The for dropping defense of DOMA.
Holder defended President Obama’s laws,” Sensenbrenner said. anti-gay law prohibits federal recognition Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a freshman
determination that DOMA is In response, Holder noted that federal of same-sex marriage only in jurisdictions Republican who won as a Tea Party challenger
unconstitutional in response to inquiries law anticipates that the executive branch where it’s available. in the 2010 election, asked if laws related
from GOP lawmakers amid other may determine that some laws shouldn’t Sensenbrenner added he would back to sexual orientation merited heightened
questions about the Justice Department’s be defended in court and affords Congress defunding the Justice Department for the scrutiny, why shouldn’t heightened scrutiny
role in preventing illegal immigration, the opportunity to take up defense of cost to the House of defending DOMA in apply to laws on allowing cousins to marry,
prosecuting terrorist suspects and such statutes if the administration declines court — a move proposed by House Speaker underaged marriage or polygamy.
stopping child pornography. to defend them. John Boehner (R-Ohio) last month after “Since Lawrence, two courts of appeals
Tough questioning for Holder particularly “The reasons for the determination he hired former U.S. Solicitor General Paul have upheld a rational basis test for
came from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner were, as I said, this different standard and Clement to take up defense of the statute. sexual orientation,” Gowdy said. “Why
(R-Wisc.), who recalled Holder’s Feb. 23 the fact that much has changed since the “I certainly would support an effort to would you single out the one court of
letter to Congress stating that the Justice passage of the bill 15 years or so ago,” have the cost of Congress’ defending appeals that has applied a higher level
Department would no longer defend Holder said. “The Supreme Court has ruled this provision ... come out of the Justice of scrutiny, ignoring the two that apply
DOMA in court and asked the attorney that criminalizing homosexual contact is Department’s appropriations, so that the to rational basis tests? That just strikes
general simply, “Why’d you do it?” unconstitutional. Congress has repealed message is sent down the street that an me as a political calculation and not a
Holder replied that litigation challenging the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.” attorney general or president can’t willy- constitutional calculation.”
DOMA in the Second Circuit — where But Sensenbrenner observed that nilly decide that a law that they have voted In response, Holder denied the decision
there’s no legal precedent for laws related Congress has never taken action to against — if they’d been in Congress the Justice Department made over DOMA
to sexual orientation — afforded the repeal DOMA since the anti-gay law at the time — is unconstitutional,” had a “political component” and said the
opportunity for the Justice Department to was enacted in 1996. Additionally, the Sensenbrenner said. Supreme Court would ultimately have
examine DOMA with heightened scrutiny Wisconsin lawmaker said the Lawrence Holder replied that lower courts have to address the issue of the anti-gay law’s
and to determine the anti-gay law was v. Texas decision that Holder referenced also come to the conclusion that DOMA constitutionality.
unconstitutional. was related only to the criminalization of is unconstitutional and the notion that Michael Mitchell, executive director of
“Applying the heightened scrutiny test, homosexual acts and that “Don’t Ask, the Justice Department should lose funds the National Stonewall Democrats, told
we did not think that the statute would Don’t Tell” was a personnel issue in the over the decision to drop defense of the the Washington Blade after the hearing
pass constitutional muster, and as a result, I Defense Department. anti-gay law is “inappropriate.” that he took offense to the suggestion
thought that we could not make reasonable “DOMA does not deal with either of “The lawyers in the Department of Justice that same-sex marriage is akin to the other
arguments in defense of the statute — these two items,” Sensenbrenner said. who would have worked on that case, unions Gowdy mentioned.
something that is done extremely rarely, “DOMA was an attempt to define for believe me, have more than a full-time job,
but happens occasionally,” Holder said. federal purposes that marriage is between and they will have to use the time that might CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “We just started passing them out to
complete strangers out there who were
bin Laden, founder of the international celebrating and grabbing anything with
terrorist group al-Qaeda, which was American flag colors or stars and stripes
responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that they could find,” Nicholson said. “We
and other terrorist attacks on the United literally saw tons of them on TV being
States and its allies. waived in front of the White House.”
“For over two decades, bin Laden has Nicholson said he doesn’t think the
been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and feelings of gay service members following
has continued to plot attacks against our the death of bin Laden differ much
country and our friends and allies,” Obama from those of straight service members
said. “The death of bin Laden marks the because both had been working for the
most significant achievement to date in our terrorist leader’s demise.
nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.” “Everybody’s shedding their identifying
Even before Obama’s announcement characteristics — like being gay — and
concluded, an estimated 2,500 people just showing solidarity with some common
started gathering at the White House American identity,” Nicholson said.
— many waiving American flags and Political observers are already
draping them over their shoulders as predicting that bin Laden’s death will
others chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!” — to bolster Obama’s chances for re-election
commemorate the U.S. victory. in 2012.
Greg Taylor, 25, a gay D.C. resident, Lane Hudson, a gay D.C. Democratic
said he came to the White House because activist, said Obama’s victory would likely
was “super excited” to learn bin Laden enable him to win re-election as well as
was killed after U.S. officials had been pursue other issues on his agenda.
searching for him for more than 10 years.
“We wanted to celebrate with our fellow
Americans and show our patriotism,”
Taylor said. “We were really pumped. We
were kind of getting tired and ready to go
to bed, but then we got so excited, and
now we’re awake and we just want to sing
the National Anthem.”
David Grant, 23, a gay D.C. resident,
said the death of bin Laden at the hands
of U.S. forces inspired a sense of unity that
has been lacking for some time.
“We can finally unite around something
after having been opposed to each other
these few years,” Grant said. “I wanted to
celebrate with our president. It feels great
because I feel we’ve been united for the
first time in a very long time.”
Smoke filled the night air as some people
who attended the celebration waived
sparklers. One person who took part held up An estimated 2,500 people gathered at the
a sign reading, “Osama bin Later: Courtesy White House Sunday night, many waiving
of the Red, White and Blue.” American flags and draping them over their
Other participants climbed into the shoulders as others chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
trees before the White House and in WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Lafayette Park where they shouted
cheers and waived flags. A shirtless male
participant climbed onto a streetlight
before the White House and performed a
set of chin-ups as the crowd cheered. “Attaining the elusive goal of killing bin Hoagland added that she would have McCain, who delivered a eulogy at
Alex Nicholson, executive director of Laden changes the game and empowers liked to have seen bin Laden stand trial for Bingham’s funeral, told the Washington
Servicemembers United, said he wanted the president in an entirely new way,” his crimes, but said she’s lost faith in the Blade he views Bingham as one of his gay
to join the celebration to express the Hudson said. “He is almost assured of re- Article III courts because she said “certain heroes.
sense of great joy that he felt now that a election and now we will find out how he liberal groups following their own agenda Hoagland said during her “Today Show”
major chapter in the war on terrorism had will use his newfound political capital.” have taken the essence of the 9/11 appearance that she continues to be
concluded. Hoagland praised both President struggle out of the hands of the families, proud of Bingham and other passengers
“I think there’s a lot of symbolic Obama and former President George W. and that is a travesty.” in their work in redirecting Flight 93 from
significance in this for a lot of people, and Bush for their work in finding bin Laden Controversy has ensued over whether its intended target.
so there’s a lot of relief and jubilation that and bringing him to justice. to try the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist suspects “I’m very proud of what Mark did along
I personally felt and I think a lot of people “Barack Obama has been real friend to in military or civilian courts, although U.S. with his fellow passengers,” Hoagland
were sharing,” Nicholson said. the 9/11 families and he’s working hard Attorney General Eric Holder has recently said. “A little group of guys in the back
Upon arriving at the gathering, Nicholson to fulfill the promises that he has made,” said the suspects would be tried in military of a pitching 747 that took a vote and
distributed an armful of the American flags Hoagland told NBC. “And George W. tribunals. decided they were going to run forward
that Servicemembers United had deposited Bush deserves a great deal of credit. “The short answer is, in some way, I’m armed with nothing more than their fists
in November 2007 along the National Mall He promised the 9/11 families that he really relieved [bin Laden] has no one to and whatever they could find on board
to honor the then-12,000 service members would not relent in his effort to find the face now except his God,” Hoagland said. to fight real evil — people who were
who had been discharged under “Don’t perpetuators of the bloodshed of 9/11,” During the 2008 presidential campaign, determined to kill them and anyone else
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Stark introduces adoption anti-discrimination bill


a statement that Obama believes that

adoption rights should be afforded to all
Americans and supports the goals of the
legislation, but stopped short of offering
an explicit endorsement of Stark’s bill. The
lack of outright support comes in contrast
to the president’s position on other pro-
LGBT initiatives, such as the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act or “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” repeal.
“The president has long believed that Reps. PETE STARK (left) and JIM MCGOVERN
we must ensure adoption rights for all on Tuesday introduced the Every Child Deserves
couples and individuals, regardless of a Family Act.
their sexual orientation,” Inouye said. “He
recognizes that adoptive families come in WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

many forms, and that we must do all we

can to break down barriers to ensure that all
qualified caregivers have the ability to serve
as adoptive families. While we have not from adoption just because of sexual law and by state policy. We cannot have it or the Republicans will in opposition to
reviewed this specific legislation, we share orientation is wrong,” McGovern said. “It policies that disadvantage and allow it. The hearings may not be favorable, but
its goals to expand adoption rights and makes no sense, especially when so many children to linger in foster care, those there may very well be hearings on it.”
move the dialogue forward on this issue.” children are in foster care waiting to be who categorically exclude certain families As of Tuesday, the legislation had
The Every Child Deserves a Family adopted. The current patchwork of unfair and put other kids in legal limbo because no Republican co-sponsors, although
Act, which has 33 original co-sponsors, state laws and policies … is denying multiple second parents are not allowed to adopt.” Stark suggested that the bill may gain
would restrict federal funds for states kids to permanent safe and stable homes.” Jennifer Chrisler, executive director GOP support because he’s spoken to a
that allow discrimination in adoption or The issue of LGBT adoption has already of the Family Equality Council, said the Republican lawmaker who has indicated
foster care placement based on the sexual emerged as an issue for a Republican who legislation is needed to counter what she interest. Stark didn’t identify the U.S.
orientation, marital status or gender could be considering a run in the 2012 called “despicable” attempts at the state House member.
identity of potential parents — as well presidential campaign. According to Think level aimed at impairing the right to adopt The list of original co-sponsors for the
as LGBT children seeking homes. Sen. Progress, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, for LGBT people. legislation notably lacks the names of
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is expected to who’s considering a White House bid, said “These efforts are divisive, there are Democratic lawmakers who usually sign
introduce companion legislation in June in a speech Monday before the FAMILY despicable, and they push a political on to pro-LGBT legislation — including
in the Senate. Leader in Iowa that adoption is a “privilege” agenda at the expense who some of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Some states recently have taken steps to which LGBT people aren’t entitled. those children who are most vulnerable (D-Calif.) as well as gay Reps. Barney Frank
to bar potential LGBT parents from “A lesbian woman walked up to me and — the thousands of kids who are living in (D-Mass.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).
adopting. Last month, Arizona Gov. Jan said, ‘Why are you denying me my right?’” foster care, [excluding them] from loving, The offices for each of those lawmakers
Brewer (R) signed legislation that would Santorum said. “I said, ‘Well, because it’s permanent homes,” Chrisler said. didn’t immediately respond to the Blade’s
give primary consideration in adoptive not a right.’ It’s a privilege. It’s a privilege Amy Coleman, a Massachusetts foster care request for comment on the legislation.
placement to opposite-sex married that society recognizes because society alum who was adopted at age 16 by lesbian The Human Rights Campaign maintained
couples. Additionally, Virginia’s State sees intrinsic value to that relationship parents, pressed for legislation allowing full the Obama administration is already
Board of Social Services recently rejected over any other relationship.” adoption rights for LGBT families by recalling working to address adoption discrimination
adding protections against discrimination During the news conference, Stark the story of her own adoption. through administrative means.
in adoption cases on the basis of sexual blasted Santorum for his anti-gay “My moms have been loving, wonderful Fred Sainz, HRC’s vice president of
orientation as well as other statuses. comments and said the former senator’s parents and will continue to be loving, communications, said the Department
At the news conference, Stark billed the opinion is no longer relevant because he wonderful parents,” Coleman said. “I of Health & Human Services is “doing
legislation as a means to ensure children was voted out in 2006. just felt it was important to come down a substantial amount of work” as part
living in the foster care system have access “Rick who?” Stark said. “There was and share that so that other foster kids of HRC’s “All Children All Families”
to a greater number of adoptive families a guy in Congress years ago named know that there are homes out there for initiative, an agency by agency approach
— including households with single Santorum, but I think he left. He lost, but them that might not be traditional, but to preventing LGBT discrimination in
parents or same-sex parents. [has been] following that path ever since. I are definitely wanting to take them in, so adoption cases, which aims for the same
“What’s in the child’s best interest is what think that’s nonsense.” they don’t have to spend their rest of their results as Stark’s legislation.
the bill is trying to promote,” Stark said. Organizations that work on LGBT time in foster care wondering if there is “At the same time, HRC is working with
“There is no information that shows that advocacy and child welfare — including someone who can, or will, adopt them.” the HHS to provide greater incentives to
children raised by a single parent or gay or the Family Equality Council and Parents, Advancing the legislation will be states, tribes and territories which receive
lesbian parent households have any more Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays — challenging in the Republican-controlled federal funds to establish more inclusive
or less problems than all other children.” praised Stark for introducing the legislation House, where the bill will likely be assigned practices,” Sainz said. “The Informational
According to Stark’s office, about 25,000 as a means to end discrimination and to the House Ways & Means Committee. Memorandum on LGBT youth and families
children age out of the foster care system allow more children to find homes. The office of the committee chair, Rep. which went out two weeks ago, and was
annually. More than 500,000 children are in Linda Spears, vice president of policy Dave Camp (R-Mich.), didn’t immediately largely a result of our advocacy, is a good
foster care and 120,000 of them available and public affairs for the Child Welfare respond to the Blade’s request for example of that ongoing work.”
for adoption. League of America, said passage of the comment on the measure. Sainz was referring to an April 6 memo
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), an Every Child Deserves a Family Act would Stark said he hasn’t spoken with Camp from HHS encouraging child welfare
original co-sponsor for the bill, said the help ensure children who are waiting in about the Every Child Deserves a Family agencies to serve better the needs of LGBT
Every Child Deserves a Family Act is foster care can find homes. Act, but added the adoption issue could youth in the foster care system. The memo
necessary to eliminate discrimination “We must recognize that statutory come before the House Ways & Means states agencies should avail themselves of
against potential LGBT parents and to frameworks are absolutely essential in Committee in some capacity. federal funds for training staff on serving
iron out the differences in adoption policy order to get this job done,” Spears said. “I suppose that we’ll have a hearing LGBT children and called LGBT potential
throughout the country. “We cannot have policies in which kids on this at some point — one way or the parents an untapped resource for providing
“Automatically disqualifying LGBT parents are systemically disadvantaged by state other,” Stark said. “The press will require homes for LGBT youth.

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Accepting cash to advance discrimination

Clement’s DOMA defense About what King & Spalding did: me add what Clement is not: He is not not acknowledge that King & Spalding
there is no doubt that their withdrawal a poorly paid public interest or pro-bono made a difficult, albeit correct, decision?
is not a noble calling was a very difficult decision with signifi- attorney trying to obtain justice for his in- Maybe they felt the need to appear bi-
cant ramifications for the firm. We should digent or disenfranchised minority client, partisan, but to what end?
By MICHAEL McHUGH all send a note of thanks, because their as was the case when attorneys brought I am pretty sure that none of the sup-
withdrawal sent a powerful message to the case of Brown v. Board of Education porters of DOMA are going to change
Much has been written about King & our society that it is not acceptable to dis- to challenge school segregation and their minds about Obama, so what was
Spalding withdrawing from representing criminate against same-sex couples, and other civil rights cases with which we are to be gained? More importantly, their
the House of Representatives in defend- that at least one very well-known law firm all familiar; he is an extremely successful comments give legitimacy to Clement’s
ing the indefensible Defense of Marriage will not allow itself to be used to further attorney representing the Republican-led efforts to uphold DOMA. With allies like
Act. King & Spalding withdrew from the discrimination against the LGBT com- House, one of the most powerful institu- that, who needs enemies?
representation after it received a lot of munity. Symbols are important, and what tions in our nation. Would Obama, Kagan or Holder make
negative criticism from clients and the King & Spalding did was huge. In this representation, no one should the same comments if Clement were
public at large. The attorney leading the As for Paul Clement, he is, without pretend that Clement is doing anything defending laws against interracial mar-
case, former Bush administration Solici- question, an incredibly skilled attorney other than accepting very large fees in riage, or laws banning the right of African
tor General Paul Clement, resigned, and who is at the very top of the legal pro- exchange for using his Solicitor Gen- Americans or Jews to marry? I sincerely
then took the case over to the firm of fession. But to suppose that his repre- eral aura and legal skills to advance the doubt it.
Bancroft PLLC, where he will continue to sentation of the House is some noble act discriminatory agenda of a very wealthy Our job then, going forward, is to
defend DOMA with other Bush adminis- ignores the reality of this case and large and powerful client that is seeking to help educate the administration and our
tration attorneys. After King & Spalding firm legal practice. Law firms are busi- deny the fundamental right to marry perceived allies about what is at stake in
withdrew, President Obama, U.S. Attor- nesses, and businesses are about making to more than 9 million Americans. It’s these cases, which is nothing less than
ney General Eric Holder, and Supreme money. There are reports in the media American; it’s legal; and it’s even ethical; our fundamental right to marriage, and
Court Justice Elena Kagan all made state- that Clement earns an incredible $5 mil- but there is nothing noble about further- through it, to be recognized as equal par-
ments criticizing the circumstances of the lion per year. I cannot verify that number, ing discrimination. ticipants in our American society.
withdrawal by King & Spalding, and sup- but suffice it to say that firms only pay As for Obama, Holder and Kagan, they
porting Clement for upholding what they large salaries to attorneys who can bring were flatly wrong, and what is most con-
deemed to be the finest traditions of the in big clients that generate big fees. Sim- founding about their comments is that
Michael McHugh is with the McHugh Law Firm
legal profession by representing an un- ply put, in his current job, Clement’s role there was no reason for them to com- in Arlington, Va. Reach him at mmchugh@
popular cause. They were wrong. is that of a very well paid hired gun. Let ment at all. If they had to comment, why

Calif. bill would mandate teaching LGBT history

Move would inspire Glendora High School, testified at a State
Senate committee hearing in support of the
students, help Fair Education Act (SB48). “As a gay young
combat bullying If we are taught our history, more LGBT students man, I struggled with accepting my sexual
will think of schools as safe places of identity for years. In school I never learned
that people like me had achieved great
learning instead of as things like leading a civil rights movement,”
breeding grounds for bullies. Baiseri said at the hearing. “Instead, I had
only learned stereotypes. I’m thankful the
Senate passed SB48 so that someday other
students like me can learn our history.”
Inclusive and Respectful Education (FAIR) ted suicide), “knowing about LGBT history Opponents are convinced that the law
Act — (if it becomes law) will do much will make schools safer.” would perpetuate a “homosexual agen-
Kathi Wolfe is a writer, poet and regular contributor to combat this ignorance and fear. If the “It will help LGBT kids, and straight kids, da” and encourage “immorality” in the
to the Blade. She can be reached through this bill is enacted, California will become the too,” Leno added, “to learn about the gay schools. The California Catholic Confer-
publication. first state in the country to require teach- civil rights movement. We’re censoring his- ence of Bishops calls the bill “unneces-
ing of LGBT history in schools. tory. Kids learn that there was an African sary and overly intrusive.”
Thankfully, I’ve forgotten most of what The proposed law would require the American named Martin Luther King, Jr. The issue of “homosexuality is far
school was like. But I remember one thing all contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and But they don’t know about Harvey Milk.” from settled,” a conservative activist and
too well: no one other than me in the United transgender people to the economic, po- Teaching LGBT history would “pro- school board member from Sacramento
States ever had been queer, and if they were, litical and social development in California mote an atmosphere of ... respect for stu- told the New York Times. “It is all part of
they must have been some sick puppies. and the United States to be include in so- dents of all sexual orientations and gen- the same agenda.”
Why did I feel that way? Because I didn’t cial science textbooks. No specific curricula der orientations,” wrote Carolyn Laub, LGBT history in schools isn’t about
see anyone like me in my history books. or examples of instruction would be man- executive director of the Gay-Straight teaching a “gay agenda” or sex, Leno
There were no queer politicians, inventors dated and schools wouldn’t be required to Alliance Network, in an e-mail. said. “Though some of the opponents
or civil rights heroes. It’s no wonder that revise or purchase new textbooks. “Research by the California Safe seem fixated on body parts,” Leno added.
kids were scared of boys who liked boys Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) the Schools Coalition shows that students are The FAIR Education Act is expected
or girls who liked girls. Or that schoolyard first openly gay man to be elected to the less than half as likely to be bullied based to reach the California General Assembly
bullies picked on queer classmates. California State Senate, is the author of the on sexual orientation or gender identity,” by the end of summer. Leno is “hopeful”
Unfortunately, even now when same-sex FAIR Education Act (which is sponsored by Laub added, “in schools where the major- that the Assembly will pass the bill and
couples can marry in six states, some kids, Equality California and the Gay-Straight Al- ity of students report that LGBT people that Gov. Jerry Brown will sign it.
queer and straight, come away from school liance Network). His passion for the legisla- are included in classroom discussion.” I hope the bill passes and that other
with the same stereotypes and ignorance, tion grew out of “the epidemic of bullying Learning that you’re a part of a group states follow California’s lead. If we are
and bullies still target LGBT students. and suicide,” Leno said in a telephone in- with a cultural and political history can be taught our history, more LGBT students will
Legislation recently passed by the Cal- terview (referring to LGBT students nation- life saving to a young person questioning think of schools as safe places of learning
ifornia State Senate — the Fair, Accurate, wide who had been bullied and/or commit- his or her sexuality. Isaiah Baiseri, a senior at instead of as breeding grounds for bullies.


D.C. gives ANCs ‘great weight’ on medical marijuana

Influence to exceed legislation last year and the slow-moving The same people with undue influ- turf overlords (they are, after all, “advi-
and nearly year-long District bureaucracy’s ence and the ability to stall and deny by sory” in nature, not real-life legislators
power over bars, release of rulemaking for implementing the delay the licensing approval of bars, res- charged with either establishing or imple-
restaurants, nightclubs law, most observers consider it likely that taurants and nightclubs – small neighbor- menting governing regulations), coupled
D.C. will finally see the opening of up to hood-centric councils known as Advisory with push-back from a citizenry no longer
five dispensaries and 10 cultivation centers Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) — amused (or, in the case of newer resi-
later this year or in early 2012. are to be granted “great weight” and an dents, “shocked and appalled” is more
Although District regulations establish the extraordinary business applicant scoring accurate) by their over-the-top antics and
most restrictive limitations compared to the recommendation under District govern- derailment of robust neighborhood envi-
15 states that have legalized medical mari- ment licensing rules now in the pipeline ronments and desired community social
juana, D.C. has been commended by many to prepare for the eventual regulatory amenities. ANCs still manage, however, to
advocates for taking a necessarily cautious consideration of applicants. wreak havoc over most of that they touch.
approach regarding who qualifies for treat- ANCs are given the power to base their Throw in instances of conflict-of-interest,
Mark Lee is a local small business manager and long- ment and who may prescribe treatment. This scoring comments on the “potential adverse questionable decision-making procedures,
time community business advocate. Reach him at despite the startling limitation permitting impact of the proposed business location to missing and mismanaged public funds, inclusion of only those suffering from HIV/ the neighborhood, an overconcentration or “pay-to-play” investment trade-offs for
AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and multiple scle- lack of cultivation centers or dispensaries in regulatory support, personal aggrandize-
The long slog to implementing medi- rosis, modest allowed monthly quantity, pro- the affected ward and its proximity to sub- ment, rule-bending inconsistencies and an
cal marijuana distribution in D.C. con- hibition against home cultivation, expensive stance abuse treatment centers, day care absence of oversight to the mix — do we,
tinues to progress at an excruciatingly licensing fees and small number of available centers and halfway houses.” ahem, really want these people deciding
glacial pace. But that is not the most dis- business licenses all proving controversial. Of course, it has become widely evident matters regarding legal drug distribution?
turbing development in the District’s on- When the D.C. government issued re- to an increasingly incredulous public in re- Licensing rules emanating from Mayor
going preparatory process for licensing vised regulations late last month it went cent years how easily ANCs have been able Vincent Gray’s administration to extend
businesses to open and operate. largely unnoticed that an additional entity to shoehorn almost any complaint into the power to ANCs in the approval of licens-
A voter initiative approved by 69 per- would account for up to 50 points in the applicable regulatory context. es for medical marijuana dispensaries
cent of D.C. voters in 1998 took one step scoring system to qualify and select the Ironically, the actual influence of ANCs and cultivation centers should be a huge
closer to becoming reality in late 2009 businesses and locations to be licensed. concerning liquor license matters has di- disappointment to advocates and health-
when Congress ended a nine-year ban on This entity accounts for 50 points on a scale minished in the past several years. To their care professionals.
implementing the law. Following subse- of only 250 requiring a minimum score of chagrin, this is a result of a consistently
quent D.C. Council approval of enabling 200 to be eligible for consideration. buffoonish overreach as self-perceived CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM




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Actress Sally Field, whose much-lampooned “you like me” Oscar acceptance
speech has been in the pop culture vernacular for decades now, had a clever retort
to those still eager to scorn her earnestness when Entertainment Weekly invited her
in 2007.
“You know what,” she said. “I invite you to say what you like when you win your
second Oscar, because the chances of that are slim to none.”
Members of Washington’s drag community have known that for eons and in part stung
by both familial ostracism and an early ’60s lack of venue — even in the city’s gay bars of
the day — for drag performing and socializing, a handful of gender-bending enthusiasts
formed The Academy of Washington and gave each other Oscar-esque statuettes among
dozens of other titles and trophies. The annual “best actress” and “best actor” prizes —
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have gained prominence within the Academy since they were first awarded in 1962, less

Put the blame on Mame Academy denizen Dennis leads than a year after the group formalized under the direction of the late Allen Kress, who,
in the Academy, was known as Elizabeth Taylor.
group in golden anniversary Formerly known as The Academy Awards of Washington Inc., — when the group
went online about 10 years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
insisted they stop using its name — the group
is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. On
Saturday, current best actor Sting (Karl La Cour)
and his “real life” partner Kelly Garrett (Joey King)
will pass the torch to two other members (Ophelia
Bottoms and Carlton Stephyns) in an elaborate
ceremony that, like many Academy functions, is likely
to run several hours.
The awarding of the statuettes — now known safely
as “Golden Boys” — is a big deal to members. They
gathered Sunday at Ziegfeld’s, as they do most weekends,
for a nearly five-hour marathon performance to honor Sting
and Garrett with performances lip synced to pop standards like “(I’ve
Had) The Time of My Life” and “You Light Up My Life.”
Den mother Mame Dennis (Carl Rizzi) says she’s proud the
organization has endured and thrived under her leadership. “The
Godfather” (Bill Oates) convinced she and Fanny Brice (the late Alex Carlino)
to rejoin after a tumultuous period and lead the group with Taylor in 1973. Taylor
was “chairman of the board,” Dennis president and Brice vice president.
“It’s organized and people like that,” Dennis says. “A lot of these newer people
like the feeling of belonging to something and not just floundering along on their
MAME DENNIS (Carl Rizzi) as Best Actress of the Academy in 1975.
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PERSON TO TELL? Go about my business as usual.
The hardest person to come out to
was myself. After that, I started coming WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
out to other people when I was 25. THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
After earning a law degree from Georgetown and practicing a short time in
insurance defense and personal injury work, Lateefah Williams wasn’t fulfilled
and wondered if practicing law was her destiny.
Barbara Jordan, Bayard WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
A campaign management training program in Chicago that resulted in her
Rustin, Audre Lorde MOVEMENT LEADERS?
working several months on the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley
To be inclusive and ensure
(D-Nev.) found Williams getting “the political bug,” as she puts it.
WHAT’S WASHINGTON’S BEST that all members of the LGBT
“I was still a fairly recent law school graduate and still figuring out what I wanted to
NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT? community are at the table during the
do,” she says. “There was nothing holding me back really, so I decided to go for it.”
Merge @ Club Daedalus decision-making process.
Williams has stayed active in politics as the mid-Atlantic rep on the Judicial
Council for Young Democrats of America and locally as the new president of
the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, a D.C.-based LGBT political group. She’d
Small and low-key HOT COALS FOR?
been attending meetings for about four years and sees the Stein Club as a great
To protect my immediate
way to combine her joint passions for Democratic politics and LGBT rights.
WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU family and close friends.
“It’s a very strong club and it’s in a good place,” she says. “But like everything,
it can be improved upon. I’d like to see the club’s outreach expanded into the
Education and youth issues WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
communities that are not as familiar with it, into other parts of the city where
there aren’t as many LGBT residents. I’d love for us to have activities in all eight
WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME That all lesbians should identify
wards and get some new members from a broader range of communities.”
WOULD YOU CHANGE? as femme or dom/butch and
By day, Williams works as political and legislative director for Amalgamated
The assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin those who do not should change to
Transit Union Local 689, a union that represents about 11,000 current and retired
Luther King, Jr. and the civil unrest that fit in one of those boxes.
Metro employees. It’s by far Metro’s biggest employee union and Williams says
followed, causing the destruction of
her legal background, though not required, comes in handy.
then-vibrant commercial corridors in WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
The 34-year-old Williams, a lesbian, grew up in Prince George’s County, Md.,
black communities. MOVIE?
and still has family in both Maryland and the District. She’s out to her family but
“Milk” and “The Aggressives”
single. Williams lives on Capitol Hill in the H Street Corridor/Atlas neighborhood
in Ward 6.
She never misses a Redskins game and enjoys basketball too. She likes
reading, politics and following current events in her free time.
The emergence of cell phones and the Women are expected to be domestic.
Internet; Ellen DeGeneres coming out in
a national sitcom; social media’s impact WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
on electing President Barack Obama. MOST COVET?
I don’t covet recognition, but the
ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST? biggest prize I can receive is the
Everyone should be knowledge that I have made a
treated with respect. positive impact on the world.

“I voted today in the D.C. special The world is not always fair and you
election. If you are a D.C. resident and will experience setbacks, but don’t let
you didn’t vote during early voting, them affect your confidence, bring you
please vote today! Also, note that D.C. down or keep you from moving forward.
has same day voter registration,
so there is no excuse!” WHY WASHINGTON?
I was raised in the Washington
IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT suburbs, so I am originally from this area.
WOULD THE TITLE BE? I chose to move into the city because of
“Scribbles of a Sensitive Soul” the easy access to cultural
amenities, the convenience and the
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There’s a difference between one-time cheaters and chronic infidelity.

Once a cheater,
always a cheater?
Yes, there’s a cure overcoming this unfortunate event could
bring the couple closer together. Do we
for chronic infidelity condone cheating as a means to bring hard
issues to the table? Absolutely not. But if
By MEGHANN NOVINSKIE & this situation arises and proactive steps are
KIM ROSENBERG taken, it’s possible a new appreciation for
each other could be found.
How many times have you been cheated “Chronic” cheaters typically do it for
on? Or perhaps a better question to ask is: the thrill, the experience, or the guilty
How many times have you cheated on your pleasure, almost like an addiction. These
partner? people can’t keep their focus on one person


Maybe we should question first what (or can’t keep their zipper zipped). They
actually “counts” as cheating? We think secretly weren’t interested in being in a
that actions speak louder than words relationship in the first place and certainly
here. Harmless flirting won’t put you in didn’t consider that they were hurting
the cheaters anonymous group, generally anyone when they cheated. This doesn’t
speaking. But just because you had a
couple too many martinis last night when
you sloppily kissed someone else, doesn’t
mean that chronic cheaters are doomed
for a life of lying and singledom; they can
turn around their old ways. But many times
Friday, May 20th at 8 p.m.
mean it “doesn’t count.” This, our friends, this means working through issues with a
qualifies as cheating. OK, so most of us
have indulged in the undeniable-chemistry-
hookup situation. So is the cliché be true
therapist, a relationship coach, or just good
old fashioned maturing. For some, they just
need to put their cheating habits to rest,
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Working through infidelity is definitely of their relationship.
common — many have experienced this, What about open relationships?
especially in our early years of dating. As The idea that open relationships are
we mature, we become more aware of generally viewed as acceptable changes
what is important to us in a relationship one’s perception about cheating. If an
and are more able to discern whom we open relationship is truly “open,” the
choose to date. A word of advice: Don’t word “cheating” probably doesn’t exist.
stay in a relationship where you are However, just because you’ve been in an
considering cheating on your partner. open relationship before, don’t assume all
Unfortunately, many of us have cheated your relationships will be the same way.
on a partner at one time. It’s important to For those of you born yesterday, here
clarify and put these big bad cheaters into are common signs of infidelity: Seeming
two categories — chronic cheaters who distant, strange phone calls at strange times,
give in to that insatiable (or drunken) lust unexplained expenses, abnormal amount of
and those of us who “did it once.” texting, not coming home at a normal time,
The “Did It Once” people probably and acting overly defensive.
cheated because of issues within their The moral of the column this week is
relationship. Whether there was a lack of not to let people tell you “once a cheater,
sex, intimacy, or attention, clearly something always a cheater.”
was missing. Sure, there is an exception to
every rule. However, if the issues behind QUESTIONS?
the cheating are addressed by both parties, E-mail us at
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even had a “splash zone” where a certain
rare chance to see Aussie section of the venue’s crowd would get
legend in D.C. area wet. Still, even a few elements missing
did not detract from the final result.
Whether she was appearing on stage
By ROBBIE BARNETT riding a carousel horse for “Illusion”
or a chariot for “I Believe in You,” she
Just like the Greek goddess she seemed to be topping herself with each
embodies in her show, Kylie Minogue performance. A rock rendition of her
served love, beauty and sexuality to her biggest dancefloor hit “Can’t Get You Out
fans at the Patriot Center Saturday in her of My Head” was unexpected and may
PRESENTS “Aphrodite Live Tour.” have been the highlight of the evening.
Even though she has been a successful She channeled Breathless Mahoney for a
“We promised to never leave eachother.”
international superstar since the late ’80s, vampy lounge version of her club hit “Slow”
this is only the second time the 42-year-old and when it came to performing material
A FILM BY GASPAR NOÉ Aussie native has ever toured the U.S. — off of her new album, she made some
the first time being only a handful of dates welcomed alterations as well. One that
in cities like New York and Los Angeles stood out was a mash-up of 2002’s “Love at
in 2009. So, this was a rare opportunity First Sight” mixed with the ‘Aphrodite’ track
for Kylie lovers here in the States to catch “Can’t Beat This Feeling.” After embracing
NO ONE a glimpse of her live. Only achieving suspended white winged dancers in
UNDER 18 success here in 2001 with her dance album “Looking for an Angel” she went right into
“Fever,” she has always hovered on the an amazing cover of The Eurythmics’ ‘80s hit
outskirts of the American mainstream and “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with my
her fans have predominately been gay Heart).” Don’t be surprised if she releases
men. And she certainly knows what her fans that as a single in the future.
Fri & Sat, May 6 & 7 at Midnight! would want from her in a live show. In this Minogue showed off her top-notch
case: ancient Greece meets discotheque. vocals and gave hardcore fans a treat with
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Starting things off with the title track of the stripped down ballad “If You Don’t Love
her current album “Aphrodite,” she rose Me” from her 1994 self-titled album. Fans
from below the stage on a gold shell and hoping to hear her ’80s hits “I Should Be So
dressed in full-on Greek garb looking Lucky” and “The Loco-Motion” were left
youthful and gorgeous. Fog machines set disappointed. The oldest hits she performed
the scene while the stage was adorned were the mostly unknown “Better the Devil
with elaborate columns and staircases. You Know” and “What Do I have to Do”
A gaggle of attractive, well-built male from her 1990 album “Rhythm of Love.”
dancers decorated the stage for virtually Switching out the two lesser known tracks
the entire show. Female dancers, two for the more familiar favorites would have
backup singers, acrobats and a full band been a wiser choice. The show-stopping
were also part of her on-stage posse. finale was her current hit “All the Lovers”
It was quite a theatrical spectacle and — an appropriate way to end such a high
on par with the grand-scale productions energy and unified show.
of Madonna, Cher and Bette Midler. It Throughout the tight 24-track, two-
felt more suited for a stint in glitzy Las hour extravaganza, she made several eye-
Vegas rather than a space limiting venue popping costume changes.
on a college campus. In fact, the U.S. leg And though Minogue left most of the
of her tour had to be cut down from the heavy action to her dancers (think Cher),
extravagant European shows due to space she’s never been known for her dancing in
and traveling concerns. In those shows the first place. Her sugary music made for
she had much larger stages to fit props a joyful, fun evening.
mother’s day
MUSIC MAY 06, 2011 • 31



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STEVIE NICKS returns this week with her first studio album in a decade, ‘In Your Dreams.’
goat cheese, cider vinaigrette prix fix mEnu
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crispy artichokes, pea sprouts $33.00++/person
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seared sea scallops
lemon risotto, green asparagus, ramp pesto
oven roasted beef tenderloin
Rock’s high priestess to Me,” like first single “Secret Love,” the
dauphinoise potatoes, spring vegetables
Edgar Allen Poe-inspired “Annabel Lee”
returns with melodically and the slightly lighter, slightly slower eggs benedict
rich but vocally reserved “Everybody Loves You.” Several songs smoked salmon, green asparagus, hollandaise sauce
start slow but then blossom in unexpected
new album ways — the rugged, jangly beat on “Wide
Sargasso Sea” doesn’t kick in until the desserts
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO second verse; “Moonlight (a Vampire’s vanilla crème brûlée
Dream),” the strangest, catchiest track here, served with warm madeleine
The music business circa 2011 is, as also builds.
everybody knows, in the toilet. It’s a Most of the album follows these light cream cheese mousse
blessing and a curse for all involved — rock/A.C.-flavored vibes and tempos. The poached rhubarb, strawberries
consumers, of course, have the option of lone rocker is also one of the album’s best
buying songs one at a time, but that means cuts — the lyrically brilliant “Ghosts Are
album sales aren’t what they used to be so Gone,” an incisive snapshot of how past
there’s little incentive for veteran artists to loves still haunt.
make records. All the money’s in touring. Things get rather unexpected in the
Top-tier acts who still release albums final three tracks. “You May Be the One,” a
every couple years are mostly doing it to bluesy, torchy number, provides welcomed
satiate their muses. So it’s no wonder it contrast musically while penultimate cut
took Stevie Nicks, 62, a full 10 years to get “Italian Summer” finds Nicks actually
back to making a proper solo album. belting something out for a change. Her
“In Your Dreams,” out Tuesday, is her vocal strengths, especially in recent years,
first studio album since 2001’s “Trouble in have lied mostly in her distinctive timbre
Shangri-La” and it’s been an excrutiatingly rather than oomph. She never had the lung
long wait. power of, say, Annie Lennox or Ann Wilson
For all her ‘80s industriousness — she (Heart), but she flirts with it on “Summer.”
churned out an amazing amount of product Here’s hoping she includes that in her live
both on her own and with Fleetwood Mac in show — it has the potential to be a huge
that whirlwind decade — boy, did we pay for show-stopping moment.
it in the ‘00s. There were gems along the way The only dud is the odd, spare “Soldier’s
— the 2003 Mac album “Say You Will” is an Angel,” a duet with Buckingham that
underrated tour de force for her and Lindsey never catches fire. It’s a shame, too — it
Buckingham — but fans hoping she’d have has a lovely lyric. Much better is “Cheaper
a career renaissance after kicking years of Than Free,” a duet with Stewart that closes
drug problems were sorely disappointed. the record on a tender, understated note.
“Dreams,” a classy and melodically If there’s any overarching
rich collaboration with Dave Stewart (The disappointment to the whole thing, it’s
Eurythmics), arrives with anticipation set at simply that Nicks feels a little too relaxed,
fever-pitch levels. It’s been such a long wait,
there’s almost no way the album could live
up to expectations. But setting that aside
a little vocally middle of the road. Nobody,
of course, is expecting her to tear it up
like the wild woman she was in her early
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pretty obvious from the first spin this is been great if Stewart and co-producer
one of Nicks’ strongest, most consistent Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette) could
albums, perhaps even her best since have elicited a little of the vocal energy
1985’s “Rock a Little.” It blows 1994’s she brought to legendary cuts like “Stand by The dupont Circle Hotel
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overall a better, more cohesive album. stately, grand and highly welcomed return
Several songs chug along with a mid- to recording from one of rock’s best, and sTay COnnECTEd!
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‘TREES AT LOCK 24’ by Harvey Kupferberg is part of the photography exhibit, ‘Infrared: The Invisible Light’ at Touchstone Gallery. An opening reception is schedule for tonight.

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two weeks prior to your event. Space is limited so
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TODAY (516 8th St., S.E.) and the D.C. Center present drag brunch hosted by Shi-Queeta Lee starring Bernadette Peters, will be
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) is two-time world poetry slam champion Buddy today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The brunch performed tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
hosting an open mic night tonight from 8 Wakefield tonight at 7:30 p.m. buffet is $20, which includes a free mimosa. range from $45 to $150 and can be
to 10 p.m. hosted by Mike Brazell. DJ Drew G will be performing at Town The Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s 54th purchased online at
RAW, hosted by DJs Bil Todd and Shea (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight with music and annual Mother’s Day House and Garden The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance will
Van Horn with special guest DJ Sirlinda, video downstairs by Wess. Doors open at 10 Tours are today from noon to 5 p.m. hold a membership meeting tonight from 7 to
will be at Green Lantern (1335 Green p.m. There is an $8 cover before 11 and $12 Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the 8 p.m. at the Charles Sumner School Museum
Court, N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. after. All attendees must be 21 or older. tour weekend. For more information and and Archive (1201 17th St., N.W.).
Free entry before 11 p.m. with a $5 cover 52 O Street Studios is holding open to purchase tickets, visit DCBiWomen will have its monthly dinner
after. There will be an open bar from 10 studios today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St.,
to 11 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older. There will be workshops, discussions and MONDAY, MAY 9 N.W.) tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more
DJ Tracy Young will be spinning at performances. This event will continue Professionals in the City and the D.C. information, visit
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight at 10 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit Center are hosting a speed dating event
Aja Feen is giving same-sex argentine for lesbian and bisexual women at Chi- WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
tango lessons at Ballet Teatro Internacional Cobalt’s (1639 R St., N.W.) second Cha Lounge (1624 U St., N.W.) from 7 to Washington Wetskins Water Polo team
(1643 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight annual amateur DJ contest starts today 9 p.m. Attendees will date for about an is having its monthly happy hour at Nellie’s
from 8 to 9:30 p.m. with practice time and at 4 p.m. The club will provide CDJs and hour and then be able to mingle with (900 U St., N.W.) tonight from 5 to 8 p.m.
social dancing from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. For turntables for participants to use. To enter, everyone. After the event, matches can The Academy is hosting a panel discussion
more information, call 202-588-8282. send your name, DJ name, phone number be made online. Tickets are $20. For more tonight featuring Mame Dennis, Destiny B.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., and e-mail to information, visit Childs and Carlton Stevens as part of its 50th
N.W.) is hosting an opening reception tonight For more information, visit Bears do Yoga at Green Lantern (1335 anniversary tonight at the National Trust for
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for its newest exhibit Code has its monthly installment Green Court N.W.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. Historic Preservation (1785 Massachusetts
“Life Is Too Serious” featuring paintings and tonight at Green Lantern (1335 Green Class lasts for an hour and serves as an Ave., N.W.) from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
drawings by Marcia Coppel and “Infrared: Court, N.W.). Gear, rubber, skin, uniform introduction to yoga for people of all The Big Gay Book Group will meet tonight
The Invisible Light” featuring photographs or leather dress code will be strictly different body types and physical abilities. at 7:00 p.m. at 1155 F Street, N.W., Suite 200.
by Harvey Kupferberg. enforced. Music provided by DJ Frank It’s taught by Michael Brazell. For more The book discussed will be “The 19th Wife”
The Lodge (21614 National Pike) in Wild. Admission is $10. All attendees must information, visit by David Ebershoff. For more information,
Boonsboro is hosting May Madness be 18 or older. There will be an open bar visit or e-mail
featuring drag performers Stephanie from 9 to 10 p.m. TUESDAY, MAY 10
Michaels, Nicole James, Sasha Renee, Chi The Lodge (21614 National Pike) in Beeswax, a newly formed, Washington-
Chi Ray Colby and Araya Sparxx tonight Boonsboro is hosting “Villains and Hos: The based arts promotion and advisory service THURSDAY, MAY 12
at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover from 9 to Slutty Party” tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. working with artists, dealers, collectors and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
10:30 p.m. and an $8 cover after. For more Prizes, including $40 cash, $20 bar tab and free galleries, is hosting its second monthly D.C. has its monthly piano bar/open mic
information, visit drinks, will be given for best costume. Artists Networking Happy Hour tonight at the tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at Black Fox
Science Club (1136 19th St., N.W.) from 6 to 9 Lounge (1723 Conn. Ave., N.W.). Singers
SATURDAY, MAY 7 SUNDAY, MAY 8 p.m. There is a $5 cover. of all levels are welcome to sing alone or
The Beltway Poetry Slam, The Fridge D.C. Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) has its weekly “Follies,” an award-winning musical with members of the Chorus.
BURLESQUE MAY 06, 2011 • 33


The D.C. Gurly Show is the area’s premier burlesque troupe fostering an encouraging and
supportive community of performers and fans.

Not just pasties

and G-strings
DC Gurly Show demeaning. It honors all the shapes and
sizes that women are, and shows how each
brings burlesque to body is sexy in its own right. It celebrates
area audiences humanity, sensuality and relationship.
The D.C. Gurly Show is the area’s premier
burlesque troupe fostering an encouraging
By LAURA MARAVILLA and supportive community of performers

Cher and Christina Aguilera just did it.

and fans. It was founded in 2005 by Kitty
Victorian. Since then, the D.C. Gurlies have
Celebrating 30 years
The Pussycat Dolls did it. Dita Von Teese been performing monthly throughout your
does it. D.C. Gurly Show does it — right in city. D.C. Gurly Show is home to some well-
your backyard. known performers: Kitty Victorian, Coco
But what is burlesque? A rich source
of music, dance and comedy. When
Monroe, Sindalicious, Private Tails, Velvet
Kensington and Bambi Galore, to name a Saturday, June 4
at 8 pm
burlesque began in Europe in the 1800s, few. These performers have gained notoriety
it was theatrical entertainment for the in the D.C. area and around the country.
working class whose main purpose was to The Gurlies perform the third
“burlesque” — or parody — cultural norms Wednesday or Friday (alternately) at Phase
of the upper classes. Burlesque has, from
the beginning, questioned traditional roles
One and at First Fridays at Apex with the
D.C. Kings. They also have other venues Sunday, June 5
and ideas of both gender and sexuality.
“Without question, however, burlesque’s
and show dates lined up through the
spring and summer. And you don’t want at 3 pm
principal legacy as a cultural form was to miss them on the main stage at Pride.
So what can you expect to see at a DC
its establishment of patterns of gender
representation that forever changed the Gurly Show? A wide variety of performers Lisner Auditorium
role of the woman on the American stage with a diverse range of talents. Some of
and later influenced her role on the screen ... the Gurlies have dance or theater training,
The very sight of a female body not covered
by the accepted costume of bourgeois
some sing and others simply love to disrobe
in front of an audience. Solos, duets, and For tickets:
respectability forcefully if playfully called group numbers make up the show, as well
attention to the entire question of the ‘place’
of woman in American society,” wrote
as banter from the lovely hostess. The stage
will be graced with vivacious vixens like
call 202.293.1548
Robert G. Allen, in “Horrible Prettiness:
Burlesque and American Culture.”
Velvet Kensington, Coco Monroe, Missy
Aggravation, Private Tails, Lola Rose, Grena
or visit
The pasties and G-string aspect of Dean, Anna Steasya, Felon Whoreness and
burlesque appeared in the 1920s when Sindalicious.
Prohibition attitudes were closing the For more information on the DC Gurly
burlesque halls. Regardless of the level Show, visit Catch the
of reveal, the burlesque show is a high- next performance tonight at 11 p.m. at
energy romp. It is fun and titillating. It Apex, 1415 22nd St., N.W. Season Sponsors Media Sponsor Proud Sponsors Presenting Sponsors
Steve Herman & John F. Benton & David W. Briggs,
is lighthearted in its suggestiveness. It John DiBenedetto Joshua T. Hatfield Smith & Neil Dixon
is playfully naughty. It is not vulgar or CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM and Tom Mounteer

HOT HITS AND HIDDEN JEWELS OPENINGS Aurora Opera Theatre, Rosslyn Spectrum.
FRI, MAY 6 KC Jazz Club: Yotam Silberstein with
IphigÈnie en Tauride, Washington Special Guest Roy Assaf, Kennedy Center.
National Opera, Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324.
202-295-2400. Time Leaves us these Bones, Joe’s
WED, MAY 11 Movement Emporium. 301-699-1819.
Amadeus, Round House Theatre SUN, MAY 8
Bethesda. 240-644-1100. Naomi Rosenblum: A History of Women Photographers, Museum of Women
The Moscows of Nantucket, Theater J. in the Arts. 202-783-5000.
800-494-8497. The Emerson String Quartet, SRA
THU, MAY 12 Program, Baird Auditorium, Museum
Night and Day, Washington Shakespeare of Natural History. 202-633-3030.
Company, Artisphere. 888-841-2787. WED, MAY 11
Art After Hours: Charlie Barnett Duo,
Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
SAT, MAY 7 Music in the Mansion: Sharona Joshua,
Broadwood piano, Strathmore.
K E N NE DY CE N T E R . 2 0 2 - 4 6 7 - 4 6 0 0 . K E N N EDY- CEN TER. ORG. SAT, MAY 7
Winner of seven Tonys, Follies is one of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s 301-581-5100.
Stage Door, American Century Theater,
greatest works. All of life’s might-have-beens take center stage as two couples On the Road with Andrew McCarthy,
Gunston Theatre Two. 703-998-4555.
rehash past times and favorite songs amid the crumbling magnificence of their National Geographic. 202-857-7700.
old theater. With a star-studded cast including principals Bernadette Peters, Jan
Maxwell, Danny Burstein, and Ron Raines as , and starring Elaine Paige. Blues for an Alabama Sky, African
Continuum Theatre Company, Atlas. 202-
W O ME N S E X, & D E S IR E
FRI , MAY 6 & S AT, M AY 7 SUN, MAY 8
Liberty Smith, Ford’s Theatre. 202-397-
D AN CE P L ACE . 2 0 2 - 2 6 9 - 1 6 0 0 . D A N C E PL A CE. ORG. New Electric Ballroom, Studio Theatre.
Women, Sex, & Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like a Ho, Sometimes You Don’t 202-332-3300.
Farragut North, Olney Theatre Center.
is a multi-media investigation of how women navigate sex, desire, choice, and King Lear, Synetic Theatre. 703-824-8060.
perception. Through dance, personal stories and video images, Gesel Mason
National Pastime, Keegan Theatre,
tackles powerful issues and reflects the struggle, humor and pleasure we Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202.
encounter as sexual beings -- whatever our erotic choices may be.

National Symphony Orchestra: Neeme Kreeger Museum. Tom Wesselmann
Jrvi, conductor / Yefim Bronfman, piano, DRAWS. 202-338-3552.
plays Tchaikovsky, Kennedy Center. National Gallery of Art. Venice: Canaletto
800-444-1324. and His Rivals, Gauguin: Maker of Myth,
Gabriel Metsu, Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/
Ronde de Nuit, 1629-1667, In the Tower:
Nam June Paik, From Impressionism to
ONE NIGHT ONLY Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Eye
FRI, MAY 6 Wonder: Photography from the Bank of
L A MI S S I O N. Carl Tanner and Friends in Concert, America Collection. 202-783-5000.
TH U, MAY 12
SMI T H S O NI AN A M E R IC A N A RT M U S E U M. 2 0 2 - 6 3 3 - 3 0 3 0 .
A traditional Latino father (Benjamin Bratt) in San Francisco’s Mission District
(where low-riders are but one symbol of machismo) struggles to come to terms
with his teenage son’s homosexuality. This film screening is part of Film Forward:
Advancing Cultural Dialogue.

N E XT AT T H E C OR C OR A N : B FA C L A S S OF 2 0 1 1 .
TH R U S UN, M AY 2 2
2 02- 639- 1700 . C O R C O R A N . OR G.
This major exhibition gives visitors the unique opportunity to view the thesis work of the
college’s graduating seniors in a museum setting. The dynamic, interactive exhibition
represents a variety of disciplines and intentions and features work by students from the
Corcoran’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in design, fine art, and photography.

The Guide to Arts & Culture is provided by Your Link to Arts in Metro DC, A program
of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. Photos courtesy of The Kennedy Center & Smithsonian
Resident Associate Program. New Hope, Bucks County Pa.
BOOKS MAY 06, 2011 • 35

Painting by Dwayne Dunlevy

DO tell-equality for all.

An encounter with Judy Garland proved seminal for gay author Elliot Tiber. May 11th - 15th
8th Annual Pride Event & Parade

Encountering Judy

Gay memoirist recalls focused on money. While that bought the

American Dream, it didn’t endear her to
pivotal path crossing her only son.
with legendary singer It didn’t help that she repeatedly told
Elliot that he was “worthless.”
As soon as he could escape his family,
Elliot did. With meager possessions and
big dreams, he left home via subway to
Manhattan, changed his surname to Tiber
and rented a filthy “artist studio” in the Village.
There, he hoped to find love, acceptance as a
gay man and a career as an artist.
But painting wasn’t Tiber’s only talent;
Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was 3 he had an aptitude for display and quickly
years old. She lives in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 found work as a window dresser. A natural
books. Reach her at networker, he maneuvered his way into
better jobs with richer clients, opened
Elliot Teichberg was 8 when he first saw his own interior decorating business and
Judy Garland. branched out into party planning.
Now known as Elliot Tiber, he recalls It was at one of those parties — lavish,
the life-altering events that led to it. He opulent, over-the-top and planned for a
describes them as both the best and worst club-owning, gay-hating Mobster who just
of times in his new book, “Palm Trees on happened to know Judy — that Tiber had
the Hudson: a True Story of the Mob, Judy his best/worst situation…
Garland and Interior Decorating,” another “Palm Trees on the Hudson” is kind of
memoir from the gay author present at a hidden gem. It will probably never end
such pivotal culture-defining moments as up on a fancy display. You’ll never find it
Woodstock and Stonewall. on the bestseller list, but you’ll enjoy it as
Garland was singing to him that first much as if it was.
time, and he wished he could join her in A prequel to a prior memoir, this book
Oz. He was “spellbound” by her voice and starts with author Elliot Tiber’s childhood
by the “longing and hope she expressed.” and meanders forth to a highlight that’s
He never forgot that afternoon. funnier now than I’m sure it was 40-odd
Movies were always important to years ago. Tiber, who once dabbled in
young Elliot while he was growing up in stand-up comedy, tells a good story and
Brooklyn. They were equally important to his recollections of Manhattan society and
his mother, who took the free dishes the being gay in the 1960s are priceless.
theater handed out and resold them at “Palm Trees on the Hudson” may be a
her store. bit of a challenge to find, but it’s very much
To say that Mrs. Teichberg was thrifty worth the look.
is to make an understatement. Born in
Russia and nearly killed while fleeing ‘PALM TREES ON THE HUDSON’
By Elliot Tiber
Cossack soldiers, she spent her life Square One Publishers, 2011
36 • MAY 06, 2011 OUT & ABOUT


On the road again

Jacob Nathaniel Pring and Charger Stone have joined forces to create a new party,
Truck Stop, that premiered last week at District (2473 18th St., N.W.).
There will be Truck Stop events all month, each week featuring a new guest DJ and
guest bartenders. This week, DJ Rich Morel of Blowoff will be spinning and Reg Tyson
and Matt Gillette will be tending bar.
Each week will also feature the “Best Tool Competition” with $4,000 in cash prizes over
four weeks.
There is a $5 cover and all attendees must be 21 or older.

Gay self-help guru to appear

Gay author Donald Van de Mark will be giving
a talk and signing his book, “The Good Among
the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable,
Creative and Joyous People” at Barnes & Noble
(555 12th St., N.W.) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A self-help book, “The Good Among the
Great” lists 19 personality traits that can be
developed illustrated with stories drawn from
PHOTO BY EMILY CHASTAIN; COURTESY OF GMCW more than 20 years interviewing prominent
Potomac Fever, a mini-group of singers from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, performs this leaders for CNN, CNBC and other television
weekend at MCC. news programs. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AUTHOR

Harmony and romance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents “Crazy Little Thing Called
Love” on Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. with Potomac Fever and the MonuMENtals