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Debt deal could jeopardize HIV/AIDS funds
Prevention, drug programs threatened by agreement
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
The resolution of the debt ceiling negotiations between the White House and congressional leaders has HIV/AIDS advocates concerned that federal funds for prevention and drug initiatives could be on the chopping block as a result of the agreement. The agreement — which enables President Obama to raise the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion and eliminates the need for another increase until 2013 — also requires a total of nearly $2.5 trillion in spending cuts to reduce the federal deficit, which could affect federally funded HIV/AIDS programs. Carl Schmid, deputy executive director of the AIDS Institute, said any cuts to federal spending as a result of the deal will likely “impact HIV programs in a negative way.” “There will be less money to go around and it will be more competition over that smaller amount of funding,” Schmid said. “And there can be direct cuts to our programs particularly if they are taken across the board. Not going in the right direction if we are going to end AIDS let alone prevent new infections and provide care and treatment to
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PRESIDENT OBAMA signed a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling that calls for nearly $2.5 trillion in spending cuts that could impact HIV/AIDS prevention and other programs.
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Once homeless, gay youth is college bound
‘There are still good people in the world’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
Kadeem Swenson, a 19-year-old gay man, is far more interested in talking about his future than he is about his past. Last week, at the Blade’s request, Swenson talked about what his activist friends and city officials are calling an extraordinary journey over the past two years from his status as a homeless youth to his current role as a college student and intern in the office of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. “There are still good people in the world,” he said, when asked what lessons he learned from his recent experiences. Swenson is taking summer courses at the Community College of the University of the District of Columbia. He will begin a full-time class schedule at the community college as a freshman in September. He’s doing his internship under a city youth leadership program in the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs, with the office’s director, Jeffrey Richardson, acting as his supervisor and mentor. Richardson said he was pleased to allow Swenson to take a few days off two weeks ago to attend a student leadership camp on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The event was organized by Campus Pride, a national LGBT organization working with students that invited Swenson to attend through a scholarship. “I got a lot out of it,” Swenson said. “There were a lot of workshops and some real great keynote speakers. They work on action planning to build relationships and bring about change, not only on campuses but just in general.” Shane Windmeyer, founder and executive director of Campus Pride, said he invited Swenson to attend the event after reading about Swenson’s plight as a homeless gay youth in the Blade last November.
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THEN: Last November, KADEEM SWENSON posed in shadow for this Blade photo, homeless and fearful of being recognized.

NOW: Today, Swenson is off the streets, interning in Mayor Gray’s office and preparing to start college full time in the fall.
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Mayor Gray to meet with transgender activists
Mayor Vincent Gray was scheduled to meet on Thursday with representatives of the transgender community, marking the first known time that a D.C. mayor has devoted a meeting exclusively to transgender-related issues. Jeffrey Richardson, director of the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs, said Gray accepted a request by local transgender activist Jeri Hughes to hold such a meeting to discuss, among other things, ways that the city can boost employment opportunities within the transgender community. Hughes told the Blade she would ask the mayor to call on the D.C. Department of Employment Services and the city’s Office of Human Rights to curtail what she calls flagrant discrimination by employers against transgender residents seeking entry-level jobs. Hughes said transgender residents have reported such discrimination from private sector employers as well as some D.C. government agencies. According to Hughes, employers appear to be violating the D.C. Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on gender identity, by denying jobs to transgender people, especially young transgender women, solely on the basis of their gender identity. “These are girls who are qualified for these entry level jobs at places like McDonald’s and the like,” Hughes said. “They are being turned away and their job applications ignored.” Hughes said she would ask Gray to arrange for the Department of Employment Services and Office of Human Rights to hire or designate at least one full-time staff member to work on transgenderrelated employment and transgender-related nondiscrimination issues.

Sibley Hospital disputes lesbians’ allegation of discrimination
A spokesperson for D.C.’s Sibley Memorial Hospital disputed a claim by three members of the D.C. City Council that the hospital appears to have discriminated against a married lesbian couple last month by making it more difficult for them to obtain a birth certificate for their newborn child. In a July 28 letter to Sibley Hospital President Robert Sloan, Council members Phil Mendelson (D-At-large), David Catania (I-At-Large), and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) said they were contacted by a lesbian mother who had given birth at Sibley. The Council members said the mother told them the hospital had a policy of requiring married same-sex couples to “prove the legitimacy of their relationship, a burden not placed on opposite-sex couples, before they can obtain their newborn’s birth certificate.” According to the letter, the hospital informed the lesbian couple that same-sex couples were required to provide a marriage certificate to verify their marriage while opposite-sex couples were “presumed married” and were not required to provide additional information to document their marriage. “This requirement, whether isolated to this incident or an aspect of hospital policy, is wrong, discriminatory, and antithetical to the District’s laws providing equal rights and equal dignity to all residents,” the three Council members said in their letter. Sheilah Roy, Sibley’s director of public relations and marketing, told the Blade on Monday that the hospital was following a directive it received from the D.C. Office of Vital Records. Roy said the directive came in an e-mail dated Jan. 22, 2010, and calls on all city hospitals to verify the marriage of same-sex couples before providing those couples with a birth certificate of a child bearing the names of both members of the couple. “The parents must provide a copy of the certified marriage license or domestic partnership registration,” Roy quoted the directive as saying. “Attention must be paid to the relationship between the partners,” she quoted the directive as saying. “Close relatives registered as domestic partners may not have the second partner added [to the birth certificate] when the partner is related by blood.” The last sentence Roy quoted pertains to a provision in the D.C. domestic partnership law that allows blood relatives, such as a parent and an adult child or siblings, to become domestic partners. “In other words, it says that we are required to ask for a marriage license or domestic partner registration,” Roy said. “So we were following what we were told to do by the D.C. government.” American University law professor Nancy Polikoff, a recognized expert on family law pertaining to same-sex couples, said the city’s domestic partnership law and a separate parental rights law require that same-sex couples be treated the same as opposite-sex couples in all areas, including the issuance of birth certificates by hospitals. She said the directive issued by the city’s Office of Vital Records, if correctly described by the Sibley spokesperson, appears to be an incorrect interpretation existing D.C. law. Mahlori Isaacs, a spokesperson for the D.C. Department of Health, of which the Office of Vital Records is a part, said she would make inquires to confirm the accuracy of the directive that the Office of Vital Records sent to Sibley and other city hospitals.

Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur and singer Melissa Etheridge struck up a friendship during the 2008 presidential election.
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Melissa Etheridge raising money for Maryland Del. Mizeur
Lesbian singer Melissa Etheridge is scheduled to host a fundraising reception for Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur (D) on Tuesday in Baltimore. Mizeur is a lesbian running for re-election to the House of Delegates, where she has represented Takoma Park and Silver Spring since 2007. Etheridge, who will be in Baltimore for a concert at Pier Six Pavilion that night, will host a pre-concert meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. for Mizeur supporters. Tickets are $1,000 and mostly sold out, according to Mizeur who added that donors interested in attending should contact her campaign directly. Attendance is being capped at “no more than 20,” she added. For those who can’t afford the $1,000 price tag, the campaign is offering a chance to win a ticket in an online raffle. To enter, visit secure.actblue.com/page/ melissaformizeur and make a $5 donation. One winner will be chosen to attend the reception and concert. Mizeur met Etheridge during the 2008 presidential campaign, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were wooing the votes of Democratic superdelegates during the primary, including Mizeur. Etheridge called Mizeur on behalf of Obama’s campaign. “We hit it off on the phone, because of our shared love of politics,” Mizeur said. “She’s a Midwesterner and we have the same values and got on really well.” The two met that June at a concert and have become friends since then. Etheridge stayed with Mizeur and her spouse during Obama’s inauguration. Mizeur, reacting to last month’s news that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to introduce a marriage equality bill during the 2012 legislative session, said the announcement provides a “significant boost for our efforts.” “We really do believe his sponsorship of the bill is the shot of momentum we need to win support for the bill this session,” she said. “There’s no bigger megaphone in the capital than the governor’s office.”

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White House honors AIDS activists Simmons and Tenner
Two leaders of AIDS advocacy organizations in D.C. were honored last month by the White House as “Champions of Change” through a program that recognizes Americans who help the country meet challenges of the 21st century. The White House selected Ron Simmons, executive director of Us Helping Us, and Adam Tenner, executive director of Metro Teen AIDS, in June for the category of “Champions of Change: Fighting AIDS.” A White House statement announcing their selection says that under Simmons’ leadership, Us Helping Us grew into one of the nation’s largest black AIDS organizations. The group provides services for HIV-infected black gay men, women, transgender persons and youth. The statement notes that since 1992 Simmons raised more than $22 million to fund the programs and services of Us Helping Us. The White House statement says Tenner, who has headed Metro Teen AIDS since 2001, has worked in a variety of HIV prevention and adolescent health promotion capacities for more than 20 years. It says he initiated D.C.’s first HIV prevention programs for young gay men as well as programs that make sure young people with HIV receive needed services.

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Mass walk-out at trans woman’s funeral
Activist says preacher gave anti-trans sermon
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
Remarks by a pastor who presided over the July 27 funeral service for Lashai Mclean, a transgender woman who was shot to death in D.C. last month, prompted as many as 100 people in attendance to walk out of the church in protest, according to activists who were present. “Basically, he said that God let her get killed so that people could get saved,” said D.C. gay activist and comedian Sampson McCormack, who attended the service. “And that came after somebody, I think it was a deacon, said when you live a certain lifestyle this is the consequence you have to pay.” McCormack and D.C. resident Arriel Horton said they knew Mclean and were among more than 300 people attending her funeral service at Purity Baptist Church near Capitol Hill. D.C. police said Mclean, 23, was shot near the corner of 61st and Dix Streets, N.E., in a case where investigators have yet to determine a motive and to identify a suspect. Transgender activists say they are concerned that Mclean may have been targeted due to her status as a transgender woman, even though police say they have no immediate evidence to classify the incident as a hate crime. the transgender community. “My perception of some things is strictly from the perception of the Bible,” he said. “Sin is sin is sin. I don’t care who you are. There’s no perfect person on this planet. Whether you’re the pope or the poorest person, all of us sin. So my remarks would never be disparaging at all. I preached the Gospel. I don’t think I was harsh.” Montgomery said he’s deeply saddened over Mclean’s untimely death. He said one of his objectives in delivering the eulogy was to comfort the family. “I have nothing to do with Myles’ life choices,” he said. “And I don’t have a problem with Lashai. That’s what she decided to do. I decided to be a preacher,” he said. “I will say this. We all make choices, and some choices are good and some choices are bad. And there’s consequences for all our choices, good and bad, and I would never say that in a disparaging way.” Rev. Robin Toogood, pastor of Purity Baptist Church, said his church agreed to host the service after the funeral home that made the funeral arrangements approached him. He said funeral home officials told him that Montgomery’s church in Suitland, to which Mclean’s family members had ties, was too small to accommodate the number of people expected to attend the service. Toogood said he gave welcoming remarks at the service before turning over the service to Montgomery. Horton, who said he was a friend of Mclean’s, said people began to leave the church while Montgomery delivered the eulogy. “Where I was sitting, most people walked out before he finished,” he said. “I was just kind of stunned,” said McCormack. “I was just sitting there listening and I and the other people were looking at each other and people in the back just started getting up and left. It was like a mass exit.” D.C. transgender activists Earline Budd and Jeri Hughes, who knew Lashai Mclean through their work with the D.C. transgender services organization Transgender Health Empowerment, said they recognize how Montgomery’s remarks could have been offensive to those attending the service, especially Mclean’s friends. But the two noted that Mclean’s family members, who were struggling over Mclean’s status as a transgender woman, organized the service and selected Pastor Montgomery to preside. Budd said some of Mclean’s family members are members of Montgomery’s church. “The pastor seemed to be more conciliatory after some people started to leave,” Budd said. Hughes said she thought most of the people who walked out did so because the service lasted a long time and many were becoming tired. “I wasn’t particularly offended, even though I didn’t agree with him,” Hughes said of Montgomery. “He was talking about what preachers talk about — sin and all of that. He’s just being a preacher.”

LASHAI MCLEAN was shot to death in D.C. last month.

McCormack and Horton told the Blade that a sermon delivered by Rev. A.W. Montgomery Sr., pastor of Agape Missionary Baptist Church in Suitland, Md., who presided over the funeral service, offended many of those in attendance, including many of Mclean’s transgender friends. The two also said friends of Mclean became angry when clergy and others speaking at the service referred to Mclean as “he.” McCormack said many in the audience responded by shouting the word “she.” In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Montgomery disputed claims that his remarks at the service were disrespectful or disparaging toward Lashai Mclean or

Trans woman escapes D.C. shooting attack
Police issue alert of ‘emerging pattern’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
An unidentified suspect fired a semiautomatic handgun at a transgender woman at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, just one block from the site where a transgender woman was shot to death less than two weeks earlier, D.C. police announced on Tuesday. Police said the suspect missed hitting the victim in the latest case. But they said that since transgender women were the target in both incidents, “the cases are being investigated as a potential emerging pattern” of crimes against the transgender community. “The victim was in the 6200 block of Dix Street, N.E., when a suspect approached on foot,” a police statement says in describing the shooting on Sunday. “The suspect asked for change and without waiting for a reply pulled a semi-automatic handgun and shot at the victim, without hitting the victim.” The statement describes the suspect as a black male, 17 to 19 years of age, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds, with a dark complexion. It says detectives from the Six District are investigating the case. The latest incident follows the July 20 shooting death of transgender woman Lashai Mclean, 23, who was attacked on the 6100 block of Dix Street, N.E. at about 4:30 a.m. Police say they have yet to identify a suspect or motive in that case. However, in the statement released Tuesday about the shooting of the second transgender woman, police for the first time provided a description of two unidentified suspects in the Mclean case. “The suspects are described as two black males in their late teens to early 20s,” the police statement says. “The first suspect is described as being 6-feet-tall with a thin build and light complexion,” it says. “The shooter is described as being shorter and having a darker complexion than the other suspect.” The statement adds that the shooter “started asking a question, and without provocation” pulled out a handgun and fired, killing Mclean. Officials with the D.C. group Transgender Health Empowerment, which had provided assistance to Mclean, said a transgender woman was with Mclean at the time of the shooting. The T.H.E. officials have said the woman, whose identity is being withheld, was cooperating with police in the investigation. Police and residents living near the 6100 block of Dix Street, N.E., have said the area is a well-known nighttime meeting place for male-to-female transgender prostitutes and the male clients who seek their services. Transgender activists have said transgender women also socialize in that area and not all trans women hanging out there are prostitutes. The 6100 block of Dix Street is located less than two blocks from Eastern Avenue, which serves as the border line between D.C. and Prince George’s County, Md. Authorities have said that section of Eastern Avenue is also known as a gathering place for transgender sex workers. “The Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District, the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU), and Prince George’s County Police Department have teamed together to enhance patrol efforts in the area where the crimes have occurred,” the police statement says. “The GLLU is focusing on making contact with people in the area. We will ensure that fliers are distributed on both crimes.” The statement says D.C. police are also enlisting the support of community groups such as T.H.E. and other members of the transgender community to distribute safety messages to those who hang out in that location. “Do not walk alone,” says one of the messages. The other says, “Report suspicious persons and activities immediately to us.” Anyone with information about the Mclean murder or the latest shooting attack along the 6200 block of Dix Street, N.E., is asked to call D.C. police at 202727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME. The department offers a reward of $25,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in D.C.

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Anti-gay group’s tax-exempt status yanked
CHICAGO — Despite long being certified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “hate group,” Illinois-based Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality has maintained its tax-free non-profit status since 2006, and its president, Peter LaBarbera, has continued to bill himself as a credible source to media outlets on LGBT issues. However, as of June 10 donations to the organization will not be considered tax-exempt after losing 501(c)3 status for “failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years,” according to LGBT blog and watchdog group, ExGayWatch.

White House close to naming new LGBT liaison
Bond set to depart later this month
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
The White House is close to naming its new LGBT liaison and has already designated an official within the Obama administration for the role, the Washington Blade has learned. According to two sources, the official who will replace Brian Bond, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, after he departs this month identifies as LGBT and is currently working within the executive branch of government. The sources declined to identify the new LGBT liaison; it’s unclear when the White House will officially announce the new official. Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, said he has “no updates” on the identity of the new LGBT liaison. Inouye previously said the Obama administration intends to have someone in place to succeed Bond by the time he leaves in the middle of this month. Bond, who handled outreach to the LGBT community as part of his portfolio, is leaving the White House to become the Democratic National Committee’s director of constituency outreach as President Obama ramps up his re-election campaign for 2012. In the wake of Bond’s announcement that he would leave the position, some LGBT advocates have been calling for the appointment of a more senior LGBT adviser who could more directly and consistently counsel Obama on LGBT issues. One Democratic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed skepticism that there would be any modifications to Bond’s position after he leaves because senior White House officials have been happy with Bond’s work. “I know that [senior adviser to the president Valerie] Jarrett is extremely fond of [Bond] and thinks he’s done a fantastic job,” the source said. “I’m pretty confident that they want someone who has the same qualities, but I don’t know what candidate they have.” A number of individuals within the administration who identify as LGBT could be candidates for the position. According to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, more than 200 LGBT people have been appointed to serve in the Obama administration, and more than 25 of those were nominated for Senate-confirmable positions. Vic Basile, who currently serves as counselor to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management director John Berry, is one potential candidate for the role because of his ties to the LGBT community. Basile

Tea Party group accused of voter fraud in Wis.
MILWAUKEE — Tea Party activist group, Americans for Prosperity and anti-LGBT group Wisconsin Family Action are accused of voter fraud after allegedly mailing absentee ballots with inaccurate deadline dates and wrong return addresses to Democratic voters in districts where two Republican senators face recall. Several voters reported receiving the ballots with instructions to return “by August 11,” two days after the actual Aug. 9 deadline, and asks for ballots to be mailed not to the County Clerk, but to “Application Processing Center,” at a mailing address belonging to the anti-gay WFA, all according to the Minnesota Independent online newspaper. “I’m sure the liberals will try to make a mountain out of a molehill in an attempt to distract voters’ attention from the issues,” Wisconsin state director of Americans for Prosperity, Matt Seaholm told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, calling the mistakes “typos.”

S.C. paper prints same-sex wedding announcement
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The State, a prominent South Carolina newspaper, this week published the New York wedding announcement of two men native to South Carolina who have been together since 1984. It was the first time the paper has published a same-sex wedding announcement. Gregory Smith and William Hasty III, who were both commissioned officers in the Army, met in Columbia S.C., raised two sons, and were finally married in Mamaroneck, N.Y. on July 26, 2011, two days after same-sex marriages began to be recognized. The paper developed a policy of printing same-sex wedding announcements of local couples who marry in states where such marriages are legal.

BRIAN BOND announced that he is leaving his post at the White House to join the DNC.
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3 reports show state of LGBT acceptance
WASHINGTON — Three separate reports released on Wednesday show significant gains and ongoing challenges for the LGBT community in terms of college campus inclusively, television responsibility and equal access under the law. Campus Pride released its annual “LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index,” which seeks to help campuses assess their ongoing efforts to provide a more “inclusive, welcoming and respectful,” college experience. According to the report, campuses receiving a perfect 5-star rating rose from 19 in 2010 to 33. However, Campus Pride also found that only seven percent of American colleges have institutional support for LGBT students, only thirteen percent include sexual orientation in campus non-discrimination statements, and only six percent include gender identity in those same statements. Also on Wednesday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released its annual Network Responsibility Index, grading television networks on positive LGBT portrayals. ABC Family is only the second network ever to receive an “excellent” rating in the report, with positive LGBT impressions included in more than 55 percent of all programming hours. CW topped broadcast networks at 33 percent of programming hours and A&E, TBS received failing grades. CBS was named “least improved” broadcast network over the course of 5 years. Finally, the Movement Advancement Project released its biennial Momentum report, highlighting “challenges among accelerating change.” The report cited public opinion supporting marriage equality, as well as significant gains in relationship recognition with marriage expanding from two to six states and civil recognition extended in six new states in two years. The report also celebrated a tremendous increase in LGBT-inclusive policy at the federal level, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” striking of adoption bans in Arkansas and Florida, strengthening of employment protections in four states, and anti-bullying laws in six states.

and Berry are gay and have been seen as having an advisory role to the White House on LGBT issues. A longtime LGBT activist, Basile served as the first executive director of the Human Rights Campaign from 1983 to 1989 and later co-founded the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund in 1991. Basile couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on whether he’s a contender for the position. Another name that has emerged in speculation about Bond’s successor is Matt Nosanchuk, who joined the Justice Department in 2009 as senior counselor to the assistant attorney general for the civil rights division and as LGBT liaison for the department. Among his duties was oversight of the implementation of the new federal hate crimes law. Nosanchuk has also worked on LGBT initiatives, but most of this work has been within the organizations that aren’t focused on LGBT issues. At the group Third Way, Nosanchuk established and directed the organization’s Gay Equality Initiative. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Nosanchuk was on the LGBT policy committee on the Obama campaign and worked on the Obama for America campaign staff as state research director in Florida and Regional LGBT outreach director in South Florida. Nosanchuk didn’t immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment on whether he’s a contender for the White House LGBT liaison position.

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HHS to study lifting ban on gay blood donors
Kerry applauds move; workshop planned for later this year
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
The Department of Health & Human Services has identified four areas of study to pursue before the regulatory ban on gay men donating blood can be lifted. In a question-and-answer document requested by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) made public last week, the department outlined steps that the Blood, Organ, and Tissue Safety Working Group have identified as necessary before gay and bisexual man are allowed to donate blood. Proposed studies are aimed to address the following four issues: • how the risk of blood transmissible diseases in the current donor population relate to risk factors in donors; • the root cause of Quarantine Release Errors, or the accidental release of blood not cleared for use; • if potential donors correctly understand the current questionnaire and if men who have sex with men would comply with modified deferral criteria; and • if an alternative screening strategy, such as pre- and post-qualifying donation infectious disease testing, for men who have sex with men would assure blood safety while enabling collection of data that could demonstrate safe blood collection. Under current regulation, men who have had sex with other men since 1977 — even once — aren’t eligible to donate blood. Last year, the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety & Availability for HHS voted to recommend that the ban not be changed and cited insufficient scientific data to support revision of the policy. However, the committee also recommended additional research to support a policy allowing low-risk gay and bisexual men to donate blood. The Q&A prepared by HHS asserts that the department is evaluating these four concerns. To determine the relationship between the risk of transmitting blood diseases with risk factors in donors, HHS has this year instituted a study of baseline data. To determine potential errors in release of blood not cleared for use, HHS plans to hold a public workshop with blood establishments and stakeholders later this year. “The Department’s Blood, Organ, Tissue Senior Executive Council is currently assessing how the above mentioned studies can be supported with limited resources to include long term monitoring through a national hemovigilance program (monitoring or surveillance of the blood supply and blood recipients),” the document states. Asked whether HHS officials foresee an end to the gay donor ban, HHS doesn’t explicitly say whether the ban will come to end, but that the department is willing to revisit the issue after more information is gathered. “The Department has worked to develop a plan that will yield scientific data that are currently needed to re-evaluate the policy based on the ACBSA,” HHS states. “When these studies are complete, the Department is committed to a full evidence-based evaluation of the policy. If the data indicate that a change is possible while protecting the blood supply, we will consider a change to the policy.” In statements, Kerry and Quigley applauded HHS for taking additional steps to lift the ban on gay blood donors. Kerry said he’s been “working on this a long time in a serious way” and is glad HHS “responded with concrete steps to finally remove this policy from the books.” “HHS is doing their due-diligence and we plan to stay focused on the end game — a safe blood supply and an end to this discriminatory ban,” Kerry said. Quigley said the announcement from HHS means “we’re moving in the direction of finally ending this antiquated and discriminatory policy.” “Sen. Kerry and I will continue to push for a behavior-based screening process both in the name of fairness and a safer blood supply,” Quigley said. LGBT advocates also praised HHS for taking steps toward allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood. Nathan Schaefer, director of public policy at the New York-based Gay Men’s Health Clinic, said he’s “pleased to see” the U.S. government take “critical steps to review outdated blood donation policies.”

Gay GOP group barred from sponsoring CPAC
GOProud ‘deeply disappointed’ by decision
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
A gay Republican group that has riled critics on both the right and the left has been barred from full participation at an upcoming prominent national conservative convention. Last week, the board for the American Conservative Union voted to deny GOProud the opportunity to co-sponsor the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, which is set to take place in February in D.C. The gay group was a co-sponsor for the event in both 2010 and 2011. The decision means GOProud won’t be able to pay to have a booth at the exhibition hall, nor will the organization have its name appear on promotional materials for CPAC 2012. Kristy Campbell, spokesperson for the American Conservative Union, said ACU Chair Al Cardenas took the issue of GOProud’s participation — as well as other groups — to the board “given controversies surrounding a few CPAC 2011 co-sponsors” and “concerns raised by a number of our board members.” The board, Campbell said, voted to bar GOProud from CPAC 2012 cosponsorship. She declined to comment on the final vote tally for the decision, Additionally, Campbell said the board also considered barring David Horowitz, a conservative author who writes about liberal political bias and indoctrination at universities. However, he was ultimately not barred from participating. GOProud’s board members said in a joint statement they were “deeply disappointed” with the ACU’s decision to bar the organization from co-sponsorship at CPAC 2012 and said ACU has a “right to do so, but a decision like this will have consequences.” “For the last two years, GOProud has sought to support CPAC and keep the conservative movement united,” the board members said. “Unfortunately, elements inside and outside of ACU have pushed their own narrow, divisive and sometimes personal agenda. They have done so at the expense of the conservative movement.” The board members added that the ACU’s decision is “truly sad” because it comes at a time “when we should be united and focused on defeating Barack Obama” in the 2012 race for the White House. “GOProud has been and will continue to be an outspoken proponent of conservative values and conservative policy,” the board said. “This organization will continue to work to bring conservatives of all stripes together to save this country and defeat the left. Obviously, that work will no longer be done at CPAC, but it will be done.” Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, declined to comment further on the decision to bar his organization from co-sponsorsing CPAC 2012 beyond the statement issued by the board of directors. GOProud’s participation at CPAC had incurred the wrath of social conservative groups that pledged to boycott sponsorship of the event over the gay conservative group’s involvement. These groups include Family Research Council, Concerned Women For America, Liberty Counsel and Liberty University. In 2011, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a social conservative and Tea Party favorite, also declined to participate at CPAC. Also last year, GOProud board chair Chris Barron took heat from conservatives after he described Cleta Mitchell, chair of the ACU Foundation, as “a nasty bigot” in an interview. Barron apologized, but ACU chair Cardenas told FrumForum that “it’s going to be difficult to continue the relationship” with GOProud and expressed disappointment in the group’s reaction to the furor over its participation at the event. “I have been disappointed with their website and their quotes in the media, taunting organizations that are respected in our movement and part of our movement, and that’s not acceptable,” Cardenas was quoted as saying. “And that puts them in a difficult light in terms of how I view things.” GOProud has also been criticized by many LGBT rights activists for, among other things, reaching out to Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann for potential support in 2012 race for the White House.

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nor would she comment on the board’s reasoning for excluding the gay group from full participation at the event. “As always, individual members of these organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend CPAC,” Campbell added. “We look forward to hosting an extraordinarily successful CPAC 2012 in our nation’s capital next February.” GOProud wasn’t the only group that was excluded from full participation at CPAC. The board also voted to bar the John Birch Society, a political advocacy group that supports limited government and opposes economic interventionism and is known for holding extreme right-wing views. The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the society as a “‘Patriot Group.”

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Won’t say if federal funds paid for practice at family clinic
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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann continues to evade questions about whether she thinks reparative therapy can change gay people into being straight and whether federal money is subsidizing the debunked practice at the Minnesota-based clinic she co-owns with her husband. During an appearance last week at a National Press Club luncheon, Bachmann declined to directly address a question submitted by the Washington Blade regarding her views on “ex-gay” therapy — as well as whether Bachmann & Associates, which has been shown to provide it, receives federal funds to do so. Instead, she talked about her marriage and said her husband Marcus Bachmann is not running for the White House. “I’m extremely proud of my husband,” Michele Bachmann said. “I have tremendous respect and admiration for him, and we’ll celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary this coming September. But I am running for the presidency of the the luncheon. In response to another inquiry, Bachmann emphasized the role her faith plays in her decision-making as a public servant and said that would continue if she’s elected president. “I am a Christian,” Bachmann said. “And as president of the United States, I will pray every day and ask the Lord to give me guidance.” Fred Sainz, vice president of communications for the Human Rights Campaign, criticized Bachmann for dodging the question on “ex-gay” therapy and said it demonstrates she’s out of touch with the American people. “Michele Bachmann’s silence indicates that she knows her beliefs — and the work her husband performs at his clinic — are jarringly out of step with those of everyday Americans,” Sainz said. “Every single leading scientific and medical organization in this country has condemned reparative therapy as quackery. Large majorities of Americans support equality for LGBT Americans and her anti-gay track record is increasingly a problem for her failing campaign.” According to an HRC poll published last week and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 24 percent of the American public believes that gays
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MICHELE BACHMANN refuses to answer questions about her family’s clinic that practices ‘ex-gay’ therapy.
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United States. My husband is not running for the presidency, neither are my children, neither is our business, neither is our foster children. And I am more than happy to stand for questions on running for presidency of the United States.” Pressed by National Press Club President Mark Hamrick, who moderated the question-and-answer session, about whether she believes her personal finances are something that should be examined as she runs for the presidency,

Bachmann acknowledged that her life will be scrutinized during the campaign. “I am running for the presidency of the United States and I have no doubt that every jot and title of my life will be fully looked at and inspected prior to November 2012,” Bachmann said. Marcus Bachmann, a faith-based counselor who operates Bachmann & Associates, was seated next to the podium as Michele Bachmann made her remarks. Two of her children were also present at

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people with HIV/AIDS.” All federal funding of discretionary HIV/ AIDS programs could see an impact as a result of the decision, Schmid said, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and AIDS research programs. Additionally, Schmid said AIDS Drug Assistance Programs could be cut and already lengthy wait lists to receive medication through this program could be extended. “It’s going to be harder and harder to make the case for our programs, but, hopefully, Congress will be receptive to our voices and concerns about the importance of preventing HIV in our country and to provide care and treatment for people who are HIV positive,” Schmid said. The concerns come as the CDC on Wednesday unveiled new numbers showing that HIV incidence in the United States continues to be a problem affecting young gay and bisexual men, although as a whole infection rates have been relatively stable in recent years. New infections among among young men who have sex with men increased 34 percent between 2006 and 2009, while infections among young, black men who

have sex with men increased 48 percent from 4,400 in 2006 to 6,500 in 2009. Fred Sainz, vice president of the Human Rights Campaign, said any concerns HRC would have over the debt deal depends on what cuts to federal programs are eventually made. However, he noted for time being, those cuts have yet to be identified and maintained it’s too early to cry foul. “We are consulting with our coalition partners to better assess the situation,” Sainz said. “We would be concerned, for instance, if programs that fund critical HIV/ AIDS were cut. There is no knowledge yet so we’re not in a position to know.” Obama signed the deal into law on Tuesday after both chambers of Congress approved the measure. The Democraticcontrolled Senate approved the measure on Tuesday by a vote of 74-26 while the Republican-controlled House passed the measure by a vote of 269-161. Prior to the signing, Obama delivered a statement in the White House Rose Garden in which he said the federal government will have to make tough choices to reduce spending, and no programs will be excluded from cuts. “This compromise requires that both parties work together on a larger plan to cut the deficit, which is important for

the long-term health of our economy,” Obama said. “And since you can’t close the deficit with just spending cuts, we’ll need a balanced approach where everything is on the table.” The agreement calls for a first tranche of spending cuts that total nearly $1 trillion over ten years. Those cuts include $350 billion from the defense budget, but the remaining cuts could impact discretionary HIV/AIDS initiatives. However, Medicare and Medicaid — as well as the services they provide to people with living with HIV/AIDS — are protected under this first round of cuts. To institute more cuts, the deal creates a bipartisan panel that has become known as a “Super Congress” made up of congressional leaders and will be required to identify an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction that could include entitlement program reductions and tax reform. Both Medicare and Medicaid as well as discretionary HIV/AIDS initiatives could be on the chopping block for this round of cuts. The committee must report out legislation by Nov. 23 and Congress is required to vote on committee recommendations by Dec. 23. Should Congress fail to act on the committee’s recommendations, a trigger

mechanism will be enacted for mandatory spending cuts. Those cuts — which would begin in January 2013 — will be split 50/50 between domestic and defense spending, although Social Security, Medicare beneficiaries and “low-income programs” would be exempt from those cuts. Additionally, Obama has pledged to veto any extension of the Bush-era highincome tax cuts as a means to increase government revenue should Congress fail to come up with a balanced deal. In a joint statement, Kathleen Squires, chair of the HIV Medicine Association, and Jim Raper, c0-chair of the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition, urged Congress not to target HIV/AIDS programs in its search for funding cuts in federal programs. “Congress has outlined a framework for enacting major cuts to the federal budget over the next decade that could have far reaching consequences for people living with, and at risk for, HIV infection here and abroad,” Squires and Raper said. “We urge members of Congress to seriously consider the human impact of the funding and policy decisions that they will be making in the coming months.”
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can be converted into being straight through intensive psychological therapy or prayer while 69 percent believe such practices are ineffective. HRC has called on Republican presidential candidates to disavow reparative therapy.

It’s not the first time Bachmann, who represents Minnesota in the U.S. House, has evaded a question about the widely discredited “ex-gay” therapy that has been revealed to take place at Bachmann & Associates. In an interview earlier this month with WQAD, an Iowa ABC news affiliate, Bachmann had a virtually identical response

when asked about the practices at her clinic. “I’m running for the presidency of the United States,” she said. “As I said, again, we’re very proud of our business, and we’re proud of all our job creators in the United States. That’s what people really care about, and that’s what people are talking to me about all across Iowa.”

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According to WQAD, the Bachmann campaign later retaliated against the station for asking the question by denying affiliated reporters the opportunity to speak with the Republican presidential candidate even after promising an interview. Truth Wins Out, an LGBT group dedicated to fighting “ex-gay” conversion therapy, revealed in a report earlier this month that Bachmann & Associates engages in the practice. John Becker, a gay activist with the group, feigned a desire to change his sexual orientation and videotaped reparative therapy sessions at the clinic that aimed to change him into being straight. Marcus Bachmann, a faith-based counselor, said in a subsequent interview with the Minnesota Star-Tribune that his clinic only offers “ex-gay” therapy “at the client’s discretion.” Despite Marcus Bachmann’s assertion, the clinic has continued to receive criticism because it’s engaging in a discredited practice that could harm LGBT people. Further, Bachmann & Associates has been shown to be the recipient of federal funds. According to NBC News, the clinic has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling more than $137,000 for the treatment of patients since 2005. It’s unclear whether these federal and state funds are compensating the clinic for reparative therapy or if this money is reimbursing Bachmann & Associates for other practices. A brief transcript of the exchange between the moderator and Bachmann follows: Moderator: A question that has been in the news — and I think so far your husband has been the one to address it — this comes from a local reporter for the Washington Blade who says, “Recent reporting has revealed the clinic you co-own with your husband engages in a kind of therapy that is meant to help people get over their homosexuality. Do you believe that reparative therapy can change gay people into being straight and has any federal funding gone to your clinic for the practice? Michele Bachmann: Well, I’m extremely proud of my husband. I have tremendous respect and admiration for him, and we’ll celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary this coming September. But I am running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency, neither are my children, neither is our business, neither is our foster children. And I am more than happy to stand for questions on running for presidency of the United States. Moderator: So, just to be clear then, you don’t believe that your personal finances are something that should be questioned by the American people? Bachmann: I am running for the presidency of the United States and I have no doubt that every jot and title of my life will be fully looked at and inspected prior to November 2012.

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“I was quite inspired by his story,” Windmeyer said. Those who know Swenson in the LGBT community in D.C. have said they’ve been impressed by how he made the best of the circumstances he faced, including the circumstances that led to his becoming homeless. That two-year period began when his parents kicked him out of their house in Waldorf, Md., after he told them he’s gay. He responded by coming to D.C., where he temporarily moved in with a student friend and persuaded his mother to enroll him in D.C.’s Ballou STAY High School. A short time later, his friend and her family moved to another city, leaving him without a place to live. Without telling his teachers and schoolmates at Ballou, he moved into an abandoned apartment building in the city’s Congress Heights neighborhood near the school. “I never really told anybody because I didn’t want anybody to have pity on me,” he told the Blade in an interview last November. He managed to get through his junior and part of his senior year at Ballou with some financial help from his grandmother while living a secret life as a homeless person. He said he stayed most of the time

in the abandoned apartment building, with no electricity or running water. He used nearby fast food restaurants and his school for eating and cleaning and other personal needs. He used a nearby selfservice laundry to clean his clothes. Last October, running low on money and deciding he wanted to find a safer and more stable place to live, Swenson confided in a school administrator that his parents “kicked me out” and he was looking for a place to live. The administrator put him in touch with activist Earline Budd, whom the administrator met through Budd’s work in LGBT youth homeless programs. Budd, an outreach official with Transgender Health Empowerment, took immediate steps to find Swenson a temporary place to stay at a private shelter. She and Brian Watson, another official at T.H.E., then arranged for Swenson to move into the Wanda Alston House, which T.H.E. operates with the help of city funding. The multi-bedroom house in Northeast D.C. was opened to provide a place for homeless LGBT youth to live while they seek a more permanent living arrangement. Swenson said he stayed at the Alston House from November of last year until shortly after his graduation in June from Ballou, when he moved into a dormitory on the UDC campus to take summer

courses in English, math and philosophy. He says he has big plans for his education, with an eye on eventually landing a career in the international media industry. “I haven’t decided what I want to do within international media, but I want to do something that deals with music, television and movies – on the business side,” he said. He’s starting his studies at the UDC community college in the liberal arts area, with a plan to transfer to a four-year college in another state. “I’m looking at UCLA among other schools,” he said. His college plans will depend on a means of obtaining financing, hopefully through a scholarship, he said. Windmeyer of Campus Pride said his organization helps promising LGBT students find scholarships and financial aid, and he plans to work with Swenson on that front. Swenson said his discovery that good people exist in the world has come about through what he says has been the help he has received from people he’s met over the past year through a network of contacts in the LGBT community and the D.C. government. He received a scholarship from an association representing Korean grocers through a contact he met from D.C. gay

activist and Ward 8 community leader Phil Pannell that is helping him pay his tuition at UDC. Through other local activists, Swenson met education advocate and local community philanthropist Peggy Cooper Cafritz, who has provided him with a grant to help him with his education and living expenses. In September, Swenson will be featured in a report on the LGBT public television series In the Life, which is scheduled to air on D.C.’s WETA-Channel 26 at an as yet to be announced date. A camera crew from In the Life followed Swenson around in the mayor’s office and traveled to Vanderbilt University in Nashville to follow him as he attended seminars and other events at the Camp Pride. “I can say I’ve learned a lot in the last year,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of stuff in the community, I spoke at Youth Pride. I was a speaker at Black Pride.” Among the highlights of his activities associated with his internship at City Hall, Swenson said, was the opportunity to march in the city’s Capital Pride Parade with the mayor and his contingent of city officials. “I made a lot of connections and I’ve had a lot of help on the way and I know that I’ll be OK because I have so many resources that I can turn to,” he said. “And I’m in a position now that I can help other people by telling them about these resources.”

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In the case of Council member Harry Thomas, Jr. the Council stripped him of his committee chairmanship and marginalized him. Unfortunately, that hurts the people he represents so you would think he would step aside in their interest.
well work many hours and are responsive to their constituents. But there have always been conflicts of interest with their second jobs. Some work for consulting firms or law firms whose clients have interests in the District. They may be as honest as the day is long but those conflicts are there, even if only in appearance. For full-time service we could raise the salary to $150,000 and be assured that many highly qualified people would run for the job. They may not want to stay for 20 years if they feel they need more money for their families but that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. It would truly be public service. The ethics issues are getting in the way of highlighting some of the positive things that the Council and the administration are accomplishing. The outstanding issues with the mayor’s campaign aren’t helping the situation either. Some of our local newspapers and columnists find it more interesting to report on the ethics problems than on the work that is being done. I am not blaming them for the problems or making excuses for anyone, but more balanced reporting and editorials, highlighting both the good and the bad, would be helpful for residents. Mayor Gray released a report on the first 200 days of his administration and there are some really positive things happening. Many have been glossed over as not headline worthy or relegated to the inside pages while ethical lapses are on mittee chair saying he wants to work with Mayor Gray to move forward on additional budget autonomy for the District. Then there is the smooth operation of the 14,000-strong summer youth employment program; the Ward 8 citizen summit that attracted more than 600 attendees; the continued forward movement on education reform that now includes working with charter schools, which serve 39 percent of the District’s children; and breaking ground on City Center with potentially 1,350 temporary construction jobs and 3,500 permanent jobs. Add to that securing Grad School USA as a permanent tenant at The Wharf in Southwest, the new HIV/AIDS Commission, and submitting and passing a fiscally and structurally sound and balanced budget. Not too shabby for the first six months. The administration and the Council have shown a renewed focus on hate crimes and domestic violence issues, and have begun to insist that the police chief work with the LGBT community. Ethics violators, wherever and whoever they are, must feel the bright light of public scrutiny and crimes must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But at the same time, the work of government goes on and we must report on the issues facing all communities, and on administration and Council successes in dealing with them, by shining that same bright light there.

The lack of ethical behavior on the part of some D.C. City Council members cries out for its members to clean up their act and enact a serious ethics law. There has always been the hint of inappropriateness with their Constituent Service Funds, so it’s time to abolish them. Instead of doling out unregulated cash from what are in essence slush funds, Council members should be able to share information with constituents on where they can go to get help — whether it’s a city agency, non-profit or local faithbased organization. The District has limited options to rid itself of politicians charged with a crime but not convicted. In the case of Council member Harry Thomas, Jr. we are in the same position as the Prince George’s County Council was with Leslie Johnson. Until she was convicted of a felony they couldn’t force her resignation. They did what our Council has done to Thomas, namely stripping him of his committee chairmanship and marginalizing him. Unfortunately that hurts the people he represents so you would think he would step aside in their interest. But since that can’t be forced, it could take the people of Ward 5 rising up against him. Some other Council members are under a cloud as well, which makes it difficult for them to speak out against Thomas. It’s time we rethink the job of Council member and make it a full-time position.

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The summer is a perfect time to consider who we want in charge at the Wilson Building next year. Given our current leadership, it’s also a great time to consider running for office to replace them. We all deserve better. Next year’s City Council primary date is April 3. For the most part in this overwhelmingly Democratic city, odds favor whoever wins in April. LGBT Washingtonians — leaders in business, neighbor-

hoods and community organizations — should consider bids to replace some longtime City Council members who may no longer be serving us well. If you live in Wards 2, 4, 7 or 8, you should consider whether you could do a better job than your current representatives on the Council. Two at-large seats will also be available, so experienced leaders thinking about serving on the Council needn’t limit themselves to their own ward boundaries. Finally Board of Education seats in the same Wards and all ANC seats are also available for those

interested and qualified. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund will help talented and committed leaders determine if there’s a path to victory in a particular political race. If you believe you would make an excellent candidate for elective office, come talk to us and let’s determine whether a run for office is right for you. Our city needs new leadership and new voices, and our local LGBT community is among the most talented in the country. — John Klenert, Victory Campaign board member

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Single people relegated to second-class status
I support marriage, but it’s not for everyone
ples don’t receive many of the financial benefits (from Social Security survivors benefits to health insurance) or societal recognition bestowed on heterosexual married couples. I believe the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) should be repealed. If I could have, I’d have married my late partner Anne in a heartbeat. I’m a hopeless romantic — a waterworks at weddings (no matter how tacky). One day I hope to meet the love of my life, and then, if both of us want, we’ll find wedded bliss at Niagara Falls. Being in a relationship could be wonderful. But I don’t feel the need to rush to become part of a couple, much less get married. For now, like other LGBT and straight people, I enjoy being single. Some of us are single by choice; others are single due to circumstances such as the death of a spouse. The cultural stereotype is that single people are lonely and leading unfulfilled lives. Other misperceptions run the gamut from believing that we’re asexual workaholics to thinking that we’re hyper-sexed narcissists. Granted, there’s some truth in stereotypes. Sure there are some overworked, over-sexed single folks. But most of us are no more horny, self-absorbed or career-obsessed than our married peers. Not every same-sex couple is anxious to wed. Even when they love each other dearly, some couples opt (in the six states and Washington, D.C. where same-sex marriage is legal) for domestic partnerships instead of marriage. Their reasons vary. Sometimes, same-sex couples believe getting married would be too legally complicated until the federal government recognizes same-sex marriage. Others feel that marriage places too much emphasis on monogamy or believe that matrimony is oppressive. “I support same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue,” a writer told me at a literary retreat in California in 2008, “but it’s not for me. Remember the Lesley Gore song ‘You Don’t Own Me?’ Marriage is a hierarchical straight institution.” Historically, the LGBT community has been welcoming to single people. Single people from “spinsters” to artists have been respected in our culture. Unconventional “families of choice” — made up of single people, couples and their friends have been a crucial part of the fabric of queer life. Yet, ironically, as many of us who are single or in same-sex couples not wishing to wed fight for marriage equality, we often find ourselves devalued by the LGBT community and the culture at large. Family members, friends and co-workers wonder why we’re not in relationships or looking for partners; or, if we’re coupled, why we don’t wed in a nanosecond. As a graduate student, I remember being seated at the children’s table at family functions because I was single. Now single people are too often metaphorically seated at the children’s table in the LGBT community. Increasingly, if you’re not coupled or married, you’re met with a mixture of pity, condescension and disbelief. “Isn’t your life empty?” a just-married woman asked me at a party recently. “I couldn’t live without a wife.” I fear that the pressure to wed could hurt LGBT couples in practical ways. Last month, the New York Times reported that some companies since the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York now require same-sex couples to marry in order to receive health insurance. I applaud same-sex marriage. But I invite the LGBT community to celebrate single people.

Kathi Wolfe is a writer, poet and regular contributor to the Blade. She can be reached through this publication.

On July 24, as the first same-sex couples wed in New York, my 80-something, straight pal Louise called me. “They look so happy on TV!” she said, “Don’t you want to find a nice woman and get married? You could go to Niagara Falls!” Whenever a state (or jurisdiction) legalizes same-sex marriage, a loving friend calls to convince me, a single lesbian, to hop aboard the marriage train. I support same-sex marriage. Until marriage equality in this country is achieved, LGBT people will be secondclass citizens. Unmarried same-sex cou-

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GOProud, Bachmann and the new gay right
Those who support freedom from ‘death taxes’ over freedom to marry become more visible
By SEAN COTTER
GOProud, a gay conservative group that has built its image through identification with the Tea Party, came out recently with a statement condemning the glitter bombing of a family counseling clinic co-owned by potential Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband. Christopher Barron, chair of GOProud’s board, was interviewed by the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis and said of the incident, “No rational person can look at that behavior and think that this is actually good for average gay people. All it does is reinforce the worst, most negative, nasty stereotypes about gay people.” The clinic had been a target for criticism by activists and media pundits alike for its use of abusive gay reparative therapy techniques and promotion of the “ex-gay” cause. Contrary to what would be expected from a group that bills itself as acting in defense of LGBT civil liberties, GOProud has behaved as though the clinic and the procedures it performs are completely irrelevant to their community, and declined to use their position to speak out against reparative therapy. Rather, their greatest concern is that some flamboyant, liberal, activist gays might make gays like themselves look bad in front of the Bachmanns. When pressed by the Advocate for further explanation, Barron stated that he does not believe that the clinic engages in “ex-gay” therapy and called the prospect of having a national conversation about reparative therapy “silly.” There is a great deal that we can learn from these exchanges. GOProud may bill itself as a gay organization, but its priorities could not be clearer. They simply believe that lower taxes for corporations, repeal of the so-called “death tax” and the privatization of Social Security are more important goals to strive for than any real defense of the rights of LGBT people. For a national gay political group to take such a posture that is not only conservative but also enabling of homophobia is unprecedented. When the Gay Liberation movement began, it was explicitly leftist. Essays and manifestos from these activists tell us that to be “gay” was meant to be something new. It meant not just having same-sex attractions, but also espousing a certain set of political beliefs. To come out of the closet was not simply a personal choice, but a radical political act. They were believers in social justice. They were against the Vietnam War, and what they viewed as imperialism in the third world. As times changed and the original movement faded away, the politics became more fragmented. And yet through the struggles gay communities have faced over the past decades, they have always retained the mission of fighting for social justice, at least in name. This is why gays have been so heavily identified with the left and the vision of the nation held by the Democratic Party. But with the achievement of many crucial LGBT policy victories and the rise of a secular (if only in name) conservative Tea Party movement, this Democratic leaning is likely to shift more and more. Perhaps this apathy toward real gay rights is a sign of complacency driven by years of successes in achieving gay civil rights in this country. In the Obama era, gay people have become more mainstream than ever. But this makes GOProud’s response to the work of people like Marcus Bachmann and his wife, who make a living off the idea that homosexuality is a sickness that needs to disappear, all the more puzzling and infuriating. GOProud and the gay Tea Party-ers are not the only gay people who are conservative, and they certainly are not the most successful gay conservative group (see recent historic legal victories by the Log Cabin Republicans), but in media coverage they are becoming increasingly visible. As with Tea Party-identified politicians like Bachmann, they have gained more attention by making exactly these types of inflammatory statements and gestures. There is little incentive for them to stop until they get their way. Perhaps there have always existed gays on the right, closeted and otherwise, who have taken a more extreme stance than simply holding conservative or libertarian ideas on specific issues. These gays have worked for and campaigned and legislated agendas that have explicitly sought to curtail not only their own rights, but to reverse the social and civil rights measures for women and minorities that gay political activists have supported in the past. The rise of a group like GOProud may be a sign that it is becoming more acceptable for these gays to bring their extreme economic ideologies out of the closet.
Sean Cotter is a New York-based author who studied LGBT history and literature. Reach him at scotter@ gm.slc.edu.

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Local gay flag league players model in benefit calendar
By DAVID PLACHER
The D.C. Gay Flag Football League enlisted some of its hottest players to create its first 24-month calendar. The theme is Shirts & Skins, with many players exposing their well-defined chests, while other models dress in snazzy attire. “The calendar is not risqué, no nudes, no underwear shots, just a great professional product,” says William Waybourn, a volunteer photographer on the project. “Something people can send home to their family and something people can be proud of.” At least half of the profits from the sales will go to LGBT projects, mostly scholarships for openly gay high school athletes. Brandon Waggoner, commissioner for the league and a model in the calendar, says the standards and selection process are still being determined but the league hopes to award the first scholarships in 2012. “We really want to help students,” Waggoner says. “We are determined to make this happen.” A launch party is planned for Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Longview Art Gallery (1234 9th St., N.W.) with open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Sponsors include Nellie’s Sports Bar, JR.’s Bar & Grill, Hugo Boss, Victory Fund, Washington Blade, Hollywood Tans and Blue Moon. The league is a competitive flag football group that caters to the gay and lesbian community and its supporters. When the 2010 fall season started, there were seven teams and 102 players. Interest has increased and now there are 12 teams with nearly 200 players. “The players are very dedicated to the sport and to their respected teams,” says Jeff Spitko, the league’s communications
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washingtonblade.com 20 • AUGUST 05, 2011 QUEERY: 20 QUESTIONS FOR R. CLARKE COOPER

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST PERSON TO TELL? I’ve been out since 2001. Telling family members was the most difficult part of coming out, but it turned out to be a very affirming aspect of being out. WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO? My late godfather, Uncle Larry. He and his partner Bob were my initial support network and provided me the sense that everything was going to be just fine. WHAT IS WASHINGTON’S BEST NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT? For nostalgia, a drink or comfort food, I head to Billy Martin’s Tavern. My mother’s parents had a few dates there prior to World War II. For just getting a drink, either the bar at The Palm or the much beloved and low-key Tune Inn on Capitol Hill. DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING. Erik and I have talked about inviting family and friends to an Episcopal wedding ceremony along with a reception. We have yet to discuss scope or details. WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT? National security and foreign policy are personal and professional interests. WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME WOULD YOU CHANGE? As carved into the National Archives, “What is past is prologue.” So while history cannot be changed, it is incumbent upon us to affect our present and advance to the future. As Abraham Lincoln often said, “onward and upward.” WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE POP CULTURE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME? Having post-concert drinks with one of my best friends and the B-52s. It was totally random, which made it even more fun. ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST? Applying protocol and respect in personal and professional engagement. WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK POST OR TWEET? @RClarkeCooper on Twitter: Just #reenlisted a good @USArmy #soldier today at the WW II memorial. #Hooah!; on Facebook: Back on Capitol Hill lobbying for tax reform and domestic partner tax parity. IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD THE TITLE BE? “Pax Americana and a Life after the Cold War” IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO

CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? My orientation is God given. No need to change it. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND THE PHYSICAL WORLD? Christ is my savior and through him there is eternal life. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT MOVEMENT LEADERS? Be respectful when messaging and be mindful of one’s audience when educating an elected official or a particular group. There are many potential allies for our community. Also, showing appreciation for support of our community will encourage current allies and help develop new ones. WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS HOT COALS FOR? My feet are so calloused from rowing crew in school and later Army boots, I probably could walk across coals without issue. WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS YOU MOST? LGBT voters are monolithic. Many LGBT voters do have a global perspective, and yes, some of us are conservative. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT MOVIE? “Clueless.” Hilarious 20th century take on Jane Austin’s “Emma.” Like many high school girls, Cher naively and repeatedly fails to recognize a boy she wants to date is gay. This is even after watching Spartacus with him! WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED SOCIAL CUSTOM? Lengthy receiving lines at an event could be dispensed with or at least reduced down to five people or less in a line. WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU MOST COVET? No answer — I don’t want to jinx myself. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN AT 18? Coming out was not the lonely and horrible experience I had conjured up in my mind. Turns out, coming out was a tremendous relief. WHY WASHINGTON? I chose Washington because it is our nation’s capital. Immediately after my senior year of university, I arrived in D.C. like many policy wonks before me to serve as a congressional intern. The member I interned for was Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She hired me on her staff at the end of the summer and has remained a friend and mentor throughout my career.

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R. Clarke Cooper had a varied and impressive career before taking the helm of Log Cabin Republicans last year. Immediately prior, the Tallahassee, Fla., native worked as a lobbyist for an American-Indian client. He’d previously spent three years in Iraq, working variously in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and on active duty as a member of the Army reserve. He was also a counselor at the United States Mission at the United Nations and a legislative affairs adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He started in the Bush administration in 2001 as assistant director of the National Park Service for Legislative and Congressional Affairs and had previously worked for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Washington in that state’s Federal Affairs Office. So how does one go from being in the Army reserves and working in the Bush administration to head of Log Cabin Republicans? Cooper says it was never as much of an issue as one might imagine. “I was very open to the government about my orientation,” he says. “I wanted to mitigate any chances of blackmail that could compromise national security. … No one decided to target me, or if they did it had no influence.” Cooper, who’d been active in Log Cabin prior to joining its staff, speaks highly of Bush and his administration’s policies. He says gay and lesbian couples were always treated respectfully and partners’ names were included on White House invitations. Cooper supported the invasion of Iraq “based on the intelligence we had at the time.” And he supported House Speaker John Boehner through the debt ceiling controversy. Cooper and his boyfriend of six months, Erik (Cooper declines to share his last name), plan to wed but have no timeframe in mind yet. He says they knew early on in the relationship that it had long-term potential. They’re in the process of combining households now. He lives in Meridian Hill and is still in the Army reserves as a strategic intelligence officer. He relaxes by running with his Jack Russell Terrier, Zack

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GLLU seeks community input
Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV)’s Law Enforcement Committee is having a “Train the Trainer” session on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) The committee, headed by Joe Montoni and Kelly Pickard, assists with training the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) Metropolitan Police Department Police Officers. This event will serve as a training session for people who are interested in assisting with the GLLU trainings. For more information and to register, visit glovdc.org.

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Dance party features Madge, Brit and Gaga
Erin Myers, otherwise known as DJ Lil’E, will be hosting her Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. Britney dance party with special guest DJ Lemz on Saturday at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at 930.com. Lil’E will also be spinning on Aug. 12 at Black Cat with her Right Round party. For more information on Lil’E, visit djlile.com and youlovelike.blogspot.com.

Campy black comedy ‘Mangus!’ screening Thursday
One in Ten and Reel Affirmations present the “RA Xtra” film, “Mangus!” starring Leslie Jordan, Jennifer Coolidge, Heather Matarazzo and John Waters, at the E Street Cinema (555 11th St., N.W.) at 7 and 9:15 p.m. on Thursday. A campy dark comedy from Ash Christian, Mangus! follows Mangus Spedgwick as he works to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by playing Jesus in the high school’s annual production of “Jesus Christ Spectacular.” Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at reelaffirmations.org.

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Squares welcome new dancers
D.C. Lambda Squares is having an open house on Aug. 15 in Scott Hall at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Lambda Squares is an LGBT square dance club with smaller groups within to fit anyone’s schedule. The open house will include an introduction to modern square dancing, socializing and pizza. No partner or experience is necessary to attend. Please RSVP by emailing info@ dclambdasquares.org. For more information, visit dclambdasquares.org.

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OPENINGS
FRI, AUG 5
Offenbach - Tales of Hoffman, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

THU, AUG 11 Transient Opening Reception,

Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. getinvolved.corcoran.org. ‘Scapes, The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.

THU, AUG 11

Guys and Dolls, Wolf Trap, 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org. Ragtime, The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. 202-824-0449.

ONGOING STAGE
Wicked, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Sydney Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Clybourne Park, Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net. Pop!, The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org. Grease, Olney Theatre Center. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org. The Importance of Being Earnest, SCENA Theatre at H Street Playhouse, H Street Playhouse. 703-683-2824. ScenaTheater.org.

LAST CHANCE
CH ARL E S S AN D IS ON : R A GE , L O VE , HO PE, A N D DESPA IR T H RU S UN, A U G 1 4 CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART. 202-639-1700. CORCORAN.ORG. Using darkness as his canvas and language as his medium, Scottish-born artist Charles Sandison is known for creating hypnotic digital projections that fill galleries and cover architectural facades. For Rage, love, hope, and despair, Sandison generated computer code to simulate patterns of human behavior. Texts float across gallery walls and words explode like supernovae in the darkened space. S T E E L MAG NOL IA S T H RU AUG 21 KE E G AN T H E AT R E AT C HU R C H S T R E E T TH EATRE. 703- 892- 0202 . K E E GA N T HE AT R E . C O M . The quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a southern slice of life that’s as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie! In the world of Truvy’s local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair. O KT E T 9 T H U, AUG 11 T H E E MB AS S Y S E R IE S , E M B A S S Y OF S LOV EN IA . 202- 625- 2361 . E M B A S S Y S E R IE S . O R G. From operas to jazz arrangements, from folk song festivals to rock concerts, from Disney to Freddie this a cappella group - Oktet 9 - is hitting the stages with its unique mission of sharing all kinds of vocal music with people around the World. E 8: S CUL P T UR E T H RU S AT, AU G 1 3 T R ANS F O R MER . 2 0 2 - 4 8 3 - 1 1 0 2 . T R A N S FORMERGA L L ERY. ORG. Transformer’s 8th year of the Exercises for Emerging Artists program, features three individual, site specific installations by emerging sculptors: Oreen Cohen, Sean Lundgren, and Lindsay Rowinski.
The Guide to Arts & Culture is provided by CultureCapital.com a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. Photo courtesy of The Corcoran Gallery of Art.

SAT, AUG 6

Frieze Project : Leila Holtsman, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. Visit to a Small Planet, American Century Theater, Gunston Theatre Two. 703-998-4555. americancentury.org.

SUN, AUG 7

Rock Bottom, Landless Theatre Company, DCAC. 202-462-7833. landlesstheatrecompany.org.

ONGOING EXHIBITONS
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington Color and Light, Mads Gamdrup: Renunciation, Recent Photography Acquisitions, Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran, Chris Martin: Painting Big. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. National Gallery of Art. A Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome: The ‘Capitoline Venus’, In the Tower: Nam June Paik, Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Rajten Collection, The Gothic Spirit of John Taylor Arms, From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse’s ‘Gallery of the Louvre’. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. National Geographic. Race to the End of the Earth Exhibition, Machu Picchu: A Lost City Uncovered, Photographs from the Hiram Bingham Expeditions 1911-1915, The Etruscans: An Ancient Italian Civilization. 202-857-7700. nglive.org/dc. Museum of Women in the Arts. Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women’s Lithographs from Tamarind, The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.

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SAT, AUG 6

NSO at Wolf Trap: Arlo Guthrie & Time for Three, NSO, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

SUN, AUG 7

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org. Stars on Sunday: Nitehawks Swing and Gregg Smith, Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. WorkhouseArts.org.

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