WashingtonBlade.com Volume 43, Number 15, April 13, 2012 | Defense Of Marriage Act | Lgbt Rights In The United States

Sen.

Schumer vows
congressional probe into
discrimination complaint
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A gay man has charged in a discrimination
complaint that he was fired last week from
his job at the Library of Congress after
being harassed and humiliated for more
than a year by a supervisor who repeatedly
cited passages from the Bible condemning
homosexuality.
Peter TerVeer, 30, a management analyst
at the Library of Congress’s Office of the
Inspector General since 2008, says in his
complaint that supervisor John R. Mech
created a hostile work environment for him
to such a degree that he suffered severe
stress, forcing him to take disability leave last
fall and earlier this year.
“I contend that I have been subjected
to a hostile work environment by Mr. Mech
since August 2009 on the basis of my sex
(male), sexual orientation (homosexual),
and religion (non-denominational Christian/
Agnostic),” TerVeer states in an affidavit
accompanying his complaint.
“I maintain that Mr. Mech has acted to
impose his religious beliefs on me,” TerVeer
says in the affidavit.
TerVeer’s attorney, Thomas Simeone, said
he will likely file a discrimination related
lawsuit against the library on TerVeer’s
behalf regardless of how the federal Equal
Employment Opportunity office at the
Library, which is deliberating over the
complaint, rules on the matter.
Gayle Osterberg, director of
communications for the Library of Congress,
said TerVeer’s complaint is considered a
personnel matter and the library never
comments on personnel-related issues
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Advocates cheer departure
of campaign’s most anti-gay
candidate
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Rick Santorum announced on Tuesday
he would no longer pursue the Republican
nominarion lor rhe Whire House, encinç
the campaign of arguably the most anti-gay
candidate seeking the presidency.
Durinç a speech in GerrysLurç, Fa., rhe
former U.S. senator announced he decided
to suspend his campaign after taking a break
to care for his three-year-old daughter who
was hospitalized over the weekend.
"We mace a cecision ro çer inro rhis race
at our kitchen table against all the odds, and
we made a decision over the weekend that
while this presidential race, for us, is over
for me, and we will suspend our campaign
effective today, we are not done fighting,”
Santorum said.
The departing candidate took no
questions after his exit speech, nor did he
endorse another candidate.
Santorum, who represented Pennsylvania
in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2006, won 11
states and earned 285 delegates, the second
highest of all the presidential candidates
behind Mitt Romney.
The candidate’s exit comes before the
primary in his home state of Pennsylvania
on April 24. Polls showed Santorum was
narrowly ahead in the race. According to a
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PETER TERVEER, 30, a management analyst at the Library of Congress, says his boss
cited biblical passages to him after he was outed as gay on Facebook.
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Library of Congress staffer says
boss fired him for being gay
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Mayor hosts screening of
documentary film ‘Bully’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was scheduled
to announce a citywide anti-bullying
initiative Wednesday night at a private
screening hosted by the mayor’s office of
the documentary film “Bully.”
“This comprehensive plan brings
together D.C. government agencies,
nonprofit organizations, community
partners, and educators across the city to
find solutions to confront and eradicate
bullying across the District,” a statement
released by the mayor’s office says.
The statement says the initiative, called
the Anti-Bullying Action Plan, is to be
led by the city’s Office of Human Rights,
according to the statement.
Gray’s anti-bullying plan comes less
than two weeks before a D.C. City Council
committee was expected to vote on an
anti-bullying bill that has been stalled in the
Council for nearly two years. The bill calls
for the city’s public and charter schools,
the Department of Parks and Recreation,
the public library system and the University
of the District of Columbia to develop
comprehensive anti-bullying policies.
A spokesperson for Council member
Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), whose
committee is expected to vote on the bill,
said he was uncertain when the bill would
be voted on by the full Council.
The mayor’s proposal calls for the
creation of a “multi-stakeholder task
force, the commissioning of a research
report, creation of a model anti-bully
policy and standards, and a “D.C. Agency
and Stakeholder Forum.”
The statement released by the mayor’s
office says the task force would consist
of the city’s police chief, chancellor of
the D.C. Public Schools, director of the
mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs; director of
the Department of Parks and Recreation,
director of the Department of Health,
the head of the Department of Youth
Rehabilitation Services, the director of the
Office of Disability Rights, head of the Child
and Family Services Administration, and
the University of the District of Columbia.
“The problem of bullying transcends
the school yard,” said Gustavo Velasquez,
director of the D.C. Office of Human
Rights. “It is a fundamental issue of human
rights, and requires the entire city to be
present to promote solutions,” he said.
“We need to investigate where the
bullying occurs in the city and what makes
the District different from other cities in
incidents of bullying so we can develop
and implement solutions to best help our
youth,” Velasquez said.
Gray said in a statement that his plan’s
“multi-sector approach” would seek
to address the bullying problem in a
comprehensive way.
“When one in five children are targets of
bullying each day, and these events all too
often lead to severe social and emotional
crises for our youth, we must let our youth
know that we hear them,” Gray said.
“We must come together – government,
nonprofits, advocates, teachers and parents
– to eradicate bullying in the District, and
promote safe and inclusive schools.”
The screening of the documentary
“Bully” was to take place at the E Street
Cinema.
Charles Allen, chief of staff for Council
member Wells, said one of the reasons
the Council’s anti-bullying bill had been
stalled was an initial inability to determine
where funds could be identified to pay for
implementing the legislation.
In his statement issued prior to his
announcement of his anti-bullying
initiative, Gray did not say what the cost
of his plan would be and how funds would
be obtained to pay for it.
Gray announces bullying ‘action plan’
More pressure on
president to issue exec
order on workplace bias
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The White House remains mum about
the idea of President Obama issuing an
executive order requiring federal contractors
to bar discrimination against LGBT workers
— despite a call Monday for him to take
action from a gay couple that participated in
the annual Easter Egg Roll event.
Under questioning from NBC News’
Kristen Welker on Monday, White House
Press Secretary Jay Carney said he has
no updates on “possible or proposed
executive orders” when asked to respond
to the gay couple’s request.
“I don’t have updates for you on
possible or proposed executive orders,”
Carney said. “I would note that we’re
delighted that that couple and many
others were delighted to attend the Easter
Egg Roll and, again, I don’t have anything
more on the executive order.”
Jarrod Scarbrough and Les Sewell, who
hail from Albuquerque, N.M., and have
been partners for 18 years, intended to ask
Obama to issue an executive order requiring
companies doing business with the federal
government to have non-discrimination
policies protecting LGBT workers during the
White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
Asked by NBC News about why the
couple was attending the event, Carney
said the couple was invited along with
other “families of all kinds” that had been
asked to attend.
“Well, they’re here because they were
invited and the president — you know,
many, many people — families of all kinds
are invited to this wonderful event and
the president is delighted that they and
others were able to attend,” Carney said.
Asked to comment further on the
couple’s actions, Carney reiterated
previous comments he’s made in response
to LGBT-related inquiries on Obama’s
record on LGBT issues.
“I don’t have anything for you on
a specific executive order,” Carney
said. “What I can tell you is, I think, the
president’s position on LGBT issues —
record, rather — is well known and one
that he and we are very proud of.”
The exchange marks the first time that
a mainstream media outlet has publicly
questioned an administration official about
the proposed executive order. Previously,
all inquiries had come from the LGBT press.
During a conference call with reporters
Monday, Scarbrough said he’s seeking
the executive order because he works for
a federal contractor, United Healthcare.
According to the Human Rights
Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality
Index, the company already has non-
discrimination policies set up inclusive of
sexual orientation and gender identity.
But Scarbrough said he “felt it was
important to push President Obama
on an executive order” because United
Healthcare’s policy is voluntary and he’s
being relocated to Florida, which has no
statutory non-discrimination protections
for LGBT people in the workplace.
“Because of those reasons, I feel that
it is important to advocate for myself,
my family and any other families around
the nation who are affected by this as
well,” Scarbrough said.
But the couple didn’t have the
opportunity to speak with Obama. Heather
Cronk, managing director of GetEQUAL,
told the Washington Blade, “He was gone
by the time their slot was up.”
The couple is one voice in a growing choir that
is urging Obama to take action. Last week, 72
House Democrats wrote a letter to Obama
urging him to issue the order. The Mexican
American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
became the first non-LGBT civil rights group to
endorse the executive order.
Multiple sources have said the Labor and
Justice Departments have cleared such a
measure, but the White House has remained
silent on whether it will take such action.
Since the executive order is similar
in its goal to the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act, the directive has
sometimes been referred to as the
“ENDA” executive order. However, the
order would be more limited in scope
because it only affects federal contractors.
Gay couple’s Easter plea for help from Obama
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‘We must come together — government,
nonprofits, advocates, teachers and parents —
to eradicate bullying in the District, and promote
safe and inclusive schools,’ said D.C. Mayor
VINCENT GRAY.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
A gay couple that attended this week’s Easter Egg Roll at the White House called on PRESIDENT OBAMA
to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers.
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‘Glee’ actress to speak at
Equality Va. dinner
Actress Dot-Marie Jones, who portrays
a high school football coach in the popular
TV series “Glee,” was to be a featured
speaker at the statewide LGBT group
Equality Virginia’s 9th Annual Dinner in
Richmond on Saturday.
Joining Jones as a featured guest and
speaker was David McFarland, interim
executive director and CEO of the Trevor
Project, a national group that organizes
programs to curtail LGBT teen suicide.
“The Annual Commonwealth Dinner
is Equality Virginia’s signature event and
Virginia’s largest black-tie gala gathering
for the Commonwealth’s GLBT community
and their supporters,” according to a
statement on the group’s website.
In addition to live entertainment and a
silent auction, the dinner will include the
presentation of Equality Virginia’s annual
“OUTstanding Virginians” award to five
people in recognition of their “courage
and dedication to equality” for the LGBT
community.
The five are Nicholas Benton, editor
and publisher of the Falls Church, Va.,
News-Press and a longtime advocate
for LGBT rights causes; Sally Baird, a
member of the Arlington, Va., school
board since 2006 and the state’s first out
lesbian elected to public office; Hugh
Copeland, founder of the Norfolk-based
theater company The Hurrah Players and
a highly acclaimed teacher of theater;
Jean Elliott, communications manager
at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts
and Human Sciences and a recognized
advocate for LGBT equality; and Edward
Strickler, a Charlottesville-based public
health advocate who has worked to fight
AIDS through programs supportive of the
LGBT community.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Kameny estate drops
lawsuit against two activists
Timothy Lamont Clark, who was named
by the late gay rights leader Frank Kameny
as the main beneficiary of Kameny’s
estate, has withdrawn a lawsuit he filed
last month against two of four friends and
fellow activists of Kameny’s.
Through his attorneys, Clark on March
29 asked a D.C. Superior Court judge to
dismiss the lawsuit against Charles Francis
and Bob Witeck. One of the attorneys,
Glen Ackerman, said the suit was dropped
after Francis and Witeck agreed to return
to the estate property that the suit claimed
the two men “wrongfully” removed from
Kameny’s house shortly after he died last
October.
Ackerman said Francis returned 17
boxes containing a wide array of Kameny’s
belongings, including a World War II-era
military uniform and military metals, which
Ackerman said belong to Kameny’s estate.
He said Witeck returned a collection
photographs.
Francis and Witeck said before the suit
was filed that they had taken the items for
safekeeping and planned to return them.
Kameny’s will named Clark as his personal
representative as well as the beneficiary of
his house and all other possessions except
his papers, which he bequeathed to the
Library of Congress.
The two others named in Clark’s lawsuit
— Richard Rosendall and Marvin Carter
— have yet to return items they allegedly
took from Kameny’s house shortly after
Kameny died, Ackerman said.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Referendum fails for
Baltimore Co. trans law

In a little-noticed development,
opponents of a transgender non-
discrimination law approved earlier this
year by the Baltimore County Council
attempted to kill the law by circulating
petitions to gather signatures needed to
place it on the ballot in a referendum.
Organizers announced on Tuesday that
they failed to obtain signatures from the
required three percent of voters in the
county needed to place the law on the
ballot. The law bans discrimination against
transgender people in the county in the
area of employment, housing and public
accommodations.
With the referendum process
stopped, the law took effect Monday.
Baltimore County becomes the fourth
jurisdiction in Maryland to put in place
a non-discrimination law protecting the
transgender community. Baltimore City,
Montgomery County and Howard County
have similar laws on the books.
Dana Beyer, executive director of the
statewide transgender advocacy group
Gender Rights Maryland, said the group
is considering pushing for a trans non-
discrimination measure in Prince George’s
County next year.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
obituary
Vann Chen, 52
Vann Chen, a longtime D.C. resident
and self-employed tailor and clothing
designer, died March 31 at his Dupont
Circle area apartment. He was 52.
Danny Aviance, his close friend and
roommate for 17 years, said Chen died
in his sleep. He said the city’s Medical
Examiner’s office was still in the process of
determining the cause of death.
Aviance said Chen was the youngest of
nine children born and raised in Vietnam
to Chinese parents. He said Chen arrived
with family members in the U.S. in 1979
or 1980 on the West Coast. Aviance said
Chen initially moved to the D.C. area
to help his sister operate a family-run
restaurant in Falls Church, Va.
During the years that Chen shared an
apartment with him on 16th Street, N.W.,
near Dupont Circle, Aviance said Chen
established a following as an acclaimed
clothes maker who enjoyed making a
living sewing.
“He had a style like nobody else,”
Aviance said. “He did everything from
wedding dresses to throw pillows. He
literally threaded his way into people’s
lives.”
Aviance and Chen’s friend Eileen
Rappoport said Chen also was well known
in the 1990s and early 2000s as a popular
figure at D.C. gay nightclubs, including
Tracks and later Velvet Nation before the
two clubs closed to make way for real
estate development.
Rappoport called Chen an “icon” in the
D.C. area to those who were regulars at
some of those clubs, especially Tracks.
“When Vann arrived, it was a party,” she
said. “His talent in bringing life and light
to anywhere he went is legendary.”
Rappoport added, “He was also a
talented designer and seamstress. Many
a bride walked down the aisle in a Vann
Chen original. And like his work with
fabric, Vann weaved himself into my life
and the life of many creating a family that
celebrated the best of life and grieved
when the worst occurred. He was there
to support each and every one of us and
made us better people along the way.”
Aviance said he remembers Chen as
“the funniest, kindest, sweetest person”
he ever knew.
Chen’s friend David Delatour said Chen
excelled in interior design as well as
clothing design and the term “tailor” by
itself wouldn’t do him justice.
“Vann was a high-end artist. His canvas
was the human body and the home, and
his paint was fabric and the needle,” said
Delatour. “I have never seen anyone do
what he did with his craft.”
Delatour and Mark Lee, a nightlife
advocate and former owner of the gay
nightclub Lizard Lounge and other
venues, said Chen was also a generous
supporter of community fundraisers at
the clubs, especially those for AIDS- and
LGBT-related causes.
A memorial service is planned for April
28 at 9 p.m. with midnight toast on Chen’s
birthday, at Townhouse Tavern Upstairs
(next to Cobalt), 17
th
and R streets, N.W.
In accordance with his wishes, Chen was
cremated, with his ashes to be sent to
Vietnam, where they will be buried at the
site of his parents’ interment, Aviance said.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Police Log
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit participated in the following investigations:
º Òn April 4 in rhe 4200 Llock ol Gaulr Flace, N.E., a woman reporrec rhar srarrinç
in the fall of 2011 a suspect has threatened to kill her and used homophobic slurs
toward her. The case remains open.
º Òn April 4, ar Chaplin Srreer & E Srreer, S.E., a woman reporrec she was walkinç
at the listed location when suspects approached her from behind and surrounded
her. One subject called her a homophobic slur and then she was assaulted. The
case remains open.
º Òn April 3 in rhe 200 Llock ol Acams Srreer, N.E., rwo complainanrs reporr
engaging in a verbal altercation over watching TV. No assault took place. The two
are in a domestic relationship and reside together.
º Òn April 3, in rhe 1200 Llock ol 4ºrh Flace, N.E., rwo complainanrs reporr rhar
they were engaged in a verbal altercation over finances. The two reside together.
No assault took place.
º Òn April 8, in rhe 2300 Llock ol F Srreer, S.E., a woman reporrec she was involvec
in a verbal altercation with a suspect, who punched her several times in the face.
The suspect was arrested. The two are involved in a domestic relationship.

º Òn April 8, in rhe 800 Llock ol 4crh Srreer, N.E., a complainanr anc a suspecr were
engaged in a verbal altercation that escalated into an assault. The suspect threw a
chair at the victim striking her in the face causing minor injuries. The suspect was
arrested on scene.

º Òn April 8, in rhe 1800 Llock ol D Srreer, N.E., a complainanr anc a suspecr
were engaged in an argument. The suspect left the location and returned with a
handgun and fired a shot and was arrested.
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Baldwin raises $2 million in 1
st
quarter
MADISON — In a message via Twitter on Wednesday, Rep. Tammy Baldwin
(D-Wis.) announced she secured $2 million in the first quarter of 2012 from 24,260
supporters in her bid to become the first openly gay person elected to the U.S.
Senate.
“The support for our campaign to fight for the middle class and stand up to
the powerful special interests is humbling and invigorating,” Baldwin wrote in a
subsequent tweet.
Baldwin — who is seeking to replace Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) — says she’s
in a “strong position” with $2.7 million in cash on hand and more than 40,000
individual supporters for her campaign, and has in previous cycles outraised her
closest Republican rival, former Gov. Tommy Thompson, by a factor of four.
GLAAD, Miss Universe agree on trans inclusion
NEW YORK — After initially barring Jenna Talackova from competing for the
Canadian Miss Universe title, the organization behind the pageant has reinstated
the trans beauty queen and said it will no longer bar trans contestants from
participating, according to GLAAD.
“For more than two weeks, the Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Trump
made it clear to GLAAD that they were open to making a policy change to include
women who are transgender,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick.
“We appreciate that he and his team responded swiftly and appropriately”
“Jenna and all of the LGBT advocates who have called for this change and
spoken out in support of transgender women are to be commended,” Graddick
continued. “At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal
opportunities in housing, employment and medical care, today’s decision is in
line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the
country.”
Pro-Prop 8 witness opposes N.C. amendment
RALEIGH — A central witness for the proponents of Proposition 8 in the Perry v.
Schwarzenegger federal case has used a News & Observer editorial to advocate
against North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment banning state
recognition of same-sex couples.
David Blankenhorn and Elizabeth Marquart began the piece by asserting their
opposition to same-sex marriage, but go on to say the proposed amendment
goes too far and could have far-reaching legal consequences not yet known.
“For one thing, it means that North Carolina could not, now or ever, take any
step or devise any policy to extend legal recognition and protection to same-sex
couples,” the pair write. “No domestic partnership laws. No civil unions. Nothing.”
Polling for the amendment has been mixed recently, and some advocates are
optimistic that this could be the first such ballot measure defeated since such
a measure was voted down in Arizona in 2006, before a less stringent version
passed two years later.
Lambda Legal sues Ohio school over T-shirt
WAYNESVILLE, Ohio — When Maverick Couch wore a T-shirt to school reading,
“Jesus is not a Homophobe” on the 2011 National Day of Silence, the school
threatened him with suspension.
Couch, however, researched his free speech rights and came to the conclusion
the school could not bar him from wearing the shirt, so the high school student
challenged the school.
A year later, Lambda Legal announced it would represent Couch as he sues the
Waynesville school district for the right to wear the shirt.
“Schools should be in the business of educating students about First
Amendment freedoms, not trampling on their right to express themselves,” said
Christopher Clark, Senior Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal.
Earlier this week, the school agreed to allow Couch to wear the shirt as the case
proceeds through the courts.
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‘President has long
opposed divisive and
discriminatory efforts’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Obama campaign has officially
stated that the president’s opposition to
“divisive and discriminatory” measures
targeting LGBT families extends to a
pending anti-gay marriage ballot initiative
in Minnesota.
In a statement released this week,
the Obama campaign’s Minnesota
communications director, Kristin Sosanie,
said Obama “does not support” the
measure, which would make a ban on same-
sex marriage part of the state constitution.
“While the president does not weigh
in on every single ballot measure in
every state, the record is clear that the
president has long opposed divisive and
discriminatory efforts to deny rights and
benefits to same-sex couples,” Sosanie
said. “That’s what the Minnesota ballot
initiative would do – it would single out
and discriminate against committed gay
and lesbian couples – and that’s why the
president does not support it.”
The statement is identical to the
statement the Obama campaign issued
against a similar anti-gay ballot measure
that’s pending in North Carolina. The
only difference is that the state has been
changed from Minnesota to North Carolina.
White House Press Secretary Jay
Carney has had similar words when asked
about anti-gay marriage measures during
White House news conferences, saying
the president has “long opposed divisive
and discriminatory efforts that deny rights
and benefits to same-sex couples.”
In an organizational statement,
Minnesotans United for All Families
thanked the Obama campaign for coming
out against the amendment.
“We’re happy that President Obama
and Minnesotans from all walks of life
see this amendment for what it is — a
government exclusion to a group of
people simply because of who they are,”
the organization said.
Like the North Carolina statement, the
statement on Minnesota is an update
from a statement the White House put
out against the amendment earlier in May
when the legislature first voted to send the
measure to voters. The statement at the
time didn’t as clearly articulate opposition
to the measure.
“The president has long opposed
divisive and discriminatory efforts to
deny rights and benefits to same-sex
couples or to take such rights away,”
Shin Inouye, White House spokesperson,
said at the time. “While he believes this
is an issue best addressed by the states,
he also believes that committed gay
couples should have the same rights and
responsibilities afforded to any married
couple in this country.”
While the Obama campaign has
weighed in on ballot measures in
Minnesota and North Carolina, it has said
nothing about the pro-marriage equality
measure in Maine, nor anything about
possible referenda over marriage equality
laws in Washington State and Maryland.
Obama said he could “evolve” to support
same-sex marriage, but hasn’t yet publicly
backed marriage rights for gay couples.
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With expiration of student
visa, woman faces
deportation to Pakistan
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is seeking to
aid a married lesbian couple in his state
by asking the Department of Homeland
Security to take administrative action
to ensure the foreign national in the
relationship won’t be deported to Pakistan.
In a redacted letter dated March 27 and
obtained last week by the Washington
Blade, Kerry asks Secretary of Homeland
Security Janet Napolitano to hold in
abeyance the I-130 marriage-based green
card petition for the couple until the
Defense of Marriage Act is overturned
either by Congress or the courts.
“I know that you and I both believe
that every family is worthy of recognition
and respect, and that no family should
be torn apart based on a discriminatory
law,” Kerry writes. “Abeyance will allow
this remarkable young couple to move
forward with their dream of building a life
together at home in Massachusetts.”
The couple is using their first names
only, Gloria, a Pakistani national, and
Jackie, who are both 24 and reside
together in Beverly, Mass. The two met
as roommates in college in 2008 and
their shared Christian faith brought them
closer. After falling in love, they married in
Massachusetts in October.
But Gloria’s student visa expired after
she could no longer afford tuition and had
to stop attending school last year, ending
her legal status in the country and putting
her in a situation where she could be
deported to Pakistan.
In March, Jackie filed a marriage-based
green card petition to sponsor Gloria
for residency in the United States. U.S.
Citizenship & Immigration Services has
yet to make a decision on the petition,
but it will likely be denied unless it’s held
in abeyance because DOMA prohibits
federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Their attorney, Lavi Soloway, co-founder
of Stop the Deportations and partner at
Masliah & Soloway, redacted their last
names in the letter he gave to the Blade,
saying he did so at their request out of
concern for their safety and safety of family
members overseas. He also declined to
disclose the school they both attended.
Recalling that the Obama
administration has determined DOMA
was unconstitutional and stopped
defending the anti-gay law in court, Kerry
writes this announcement last year left
many same-sex couples “wondering how
that will apply to their pending cases” and
enables an opportunity for action.
“Among those harmed by the
discrimination enshrined in law by
DOMA are many of my constituents
in Massachusetts who face separation
from husbands, wives, grandparents,
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First non-LGBT rights group
to announce support
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
An organization known as the “law firm for
the Latino community” has become the first
non-LGBT civil rights group to announce
support for an executive order that would
require federal contractors to have LGBT-
inclusive non-discrimination policies.
In a letter dated April 5, Thomas Saenz,
president of the Mexican American
Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or
MALDEF, calls on President Obama to take
administrative action to prohibit companies
that do business with the U.S. government
from discriminating on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity.
“I write to urge you to build on your
successful ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative in one
concrete way,” Saenz said. “Specifically,
MALDEF asks that you sign an executive
order to ban federal contractors from
engaging in workplace discrimination against
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
individuals, including LGBT Latinos.”
Saenz urges the president to issue the
order because the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act, legislation that would
bar job bias against LGBT people, has
stalled in Congress for years.
“In recent years, multiple Congresses
have failed to pass the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which
would ban workplace bias based on
actual or perceived sexual orientation or
gender identity,” Saenz writes. “MALDEF
believes the time is now right to promote
workplace fairness for LGBT individuals by
taking strong executive action.”
Making the case for the order, Saenz
recalls that previous presidents — from
Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton — have
issued executive orders barring workplace
discrimination. He also cites the military
contractor DynCorp LLC, which implemented
an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policy
after it came under scrutiny for anti-gay
harassment on the job; and he notes that top
government contractors, such as Lockheed
Martin, Raytheon and Boeing already have
such policies in place.
Since the executive order is similar in its
goal to ENDA, the directive has sometimes
been referred to as the “ENDA” executive
order. However, the order would be more
limited in scope because it only affects
federal contractors.
Multiple sources, speaking on condition
of anonymity, have told the Blade
the Labor and Justice Departments have
cleared such a measure, but the White
House has remained silent on whether
it will take such action. A White House
spokesperson didn’t immediately respond
to a request for comment on the letter.
Since its founding in 1968, MALDEF has
aimed to promote social change in the areas
of education, employment and immigrant
rights. One victory came in 1982, when a
MALDEF-backed lawsuit known as Plyler
v. Doe prompted the Supreme Court to
strike down a Texas law that allowed school
districts to charge children tuition if their
parents were undocumented immigrants.
The organization has also won legal victories
to make the drawing of Texas congressional
districts more fair to the Latino community.
MALDEF has also taken part in helping
advance LGBT rights. The organization has
filed “friend-of-the-court” briefs in favor of
overturning California’s Proposition 8 and is
part of a coalition supporting the repeal of
the Defense of Marriage Act. MALDEF has
worked to support passage of the Uniting
American Families Act, which would allow gay
Americans to sponsor their foreign spouses
for residency in the United States, and
was among the first organizations to stand
with Immigration Equality in calling for the
passage of LGBT-inclusive comprehensive
immigration reform legislation.
According to polling made public last
week by the Human Rights Campaign,
Latinos across America strongly support
of the executive order. The poll, which
found 73 percent of Americans support
the directive, also found the order polls at
72 percent among likely Latino voters in
the 2012 election.
Additionally, the letter comes on the
heels of the publication Thursday of the Pew
Hispanic Center’s 2011 National Survey of
Latinos poll showing 59 percent of Hispanic
voters believe homosexuality should “be
accepted by society.” According to the
report, the data is in line with the general
public. Among the public at large, 58 precent
say homosexuality should be accepted.
The letter makes the group the first non-
LGBT civil rights organization to endorse the
executive order, but not the first non-LGBT
group. Last fall, the United Electrical, Radio
and Machine Workers of America, which
bills itself as an organization for “rank and file”
workers adopted a pro-LGBT resolution that
includes support for an executive order
protecting LGBT people against workplace
discrimination. Mary Kay Henry, a lesbian
and president of the Service Employees
International Union, endorsed the order in
an interview with the Washington Blade in
June during Netroots Nation.
Support for the idea of the executive
order is building. Earlier this week, a group
of 72 U.S. House members sent a letter to
Obama calling on him to issue the directive,
saying the measure would ”extend
important workplace protections to millions
of Americans, while at the same time laying
the groundwork for Congressional passage
of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
.” Rep Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), who drafted
the letter, distributed it among colleagues.
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grandchildren, extended family, colleagues
and community,” the senator says.
Kerry writes that the case of Gloria and
Jackie “clearly justifies” action because
of the potentially harsh treatment Gloria
would face if sent back to Pakistan.
Homosexuality is a crime punishable by
jail time there and Christians have been
known to face persecution in the country.
“She is certain that if she is forced
to return to Pakistan, her life will be in
danger, not only because of her sexual
orientation and her marriage to a United
States citizen, but for religious reasons as
well,” Kerry writes.
It’s not the first time Kerry has asked the
Obama administration to take action to
stop the separation of bi-national same-
sex couples. In April 2011, Kerry led a
group of 12 senators who signed a letter
to Justice Department and Department
of Homeland Security asking that the
marriage-based green card petitions for
these couples be held in abeyance.
In a phone interview, Gloria said she
and her spouse “feel very frustrated” they
face this situation that wouldn’t be before
them if they were an opposite-sex couple.
She said she believes the effort will be
worthwhile if “some positive outcome
could come out of all this work that we’re
putting into it.”
Additionally, Gloria said she dreads the
prospect of having to return to Pakistan
and face persecution because of her
religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
“That would be just a devastating
situation,” Gloria said. “We don’t even want
to think about it. We have built our lives
together here in America and our home is
here. Our friends and family, and everything
that we’ve built together is here.”
In a statement, Jackie also expressed
frustration that DOMA precludes her from
protecting her spouse and that the Obama
administration hasn’t yet taken action to
protect married bi-national couples.
“It hurts, as an American, to think that my
government causes me and my wife so much
distress by allowing DOMA to do so much
harm,” Jackie said. “It is not what I expected
of President Obama; I expected more. My
wife and I met in college over three and half
years [ago] and plan to continue building
our lives together. Part of our future will now
be this fight for full equality.”
Jackie added that coming out publicly
with their story wasn’t an easy decision
because they fear it may mean backlash for
Gloria’s family in Pakistan — as well as for
Gloria if she’s forced to return to the country.
“But we will not stand by helpless while
our marriage is treated as nothing by the
federal government,” Jackie said. “I know
that our president in his heart does not
want to do harm to our marriage, and I am
disappointed that he’s letting this happen
when he has the power to stop it.”
Soloway said the president’s opposition
to DOMA should be “matched
with deeds,” and that halting the
denial of marriage-based green card
petitions would be consistent with the
administration’s stated belief that same-
sex couples shouldn’t be forced to make
a choice between staying together and
staying in the country.
“The president has an opportunity to
develop policy that protects all LGBT
families impacted by DOMA,” Soloway
said. “He must now act to save Jackie and
Gloria and thousands of lesbian and gay
bi-national couples who, just like them,
want nothing more than to be able to live
their lives in peace.”
LGBT rights supporters have repeatedly
asked the Obama administration to hold
the marriage-based green cards for bi-
national same-sex couples in abeyance on
several occasions, and each time, officials
have responded that they’ll continue to
enforce DOMA while it’s on the books.
According to The Advocate, LGBT
groups met with White House officials
in January to discuss the possibility of
putting the green cards in abeyance and
administration officials told the advocates
that such action wouldn’t be taken.
Peter Boogard, a DHS spokesperson,
expressed a similar sentiment when asked
by the Blade to comment on the Kerry letter.
“DHS responds directly to members
of Congress, not through the media,”
Boogard said. “Pursuant to the attorney
general’s guidance, the Defense of
Marriage Act remains in effect and
the executive branch, including the
Department of Homeland Security,
will continue to enforce it unless and
until Congress repeals it, or there is
a final judicial determination that it is
unconstitutional.”
While the administration hasn’t taken
action to hold the marriage-based green
card applications in abeyance, it has said
it would include bi-national same-sex
couples as part of an effort announced in
August to take low-priority cases out of
the deportation pipeline by granting them
prosecutorial discretion.
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pertaining to an individual employee.
She said that under library rules, neither
John Mech, an accountant and lead auditor
for the library’s Office of The Inspector
General, nor any other library employee
familiar with TerVeer’s case would be
permitted to comment on the case.
Simeone said a key factor in the
case is that library officials promoted
TerVeer three times and praised his
work and that negative job performance
reviews suddenly began after Mech
learned TerVeer was gay.
Asked about a policy adopted by
the Library of Congress in the 1990s
prohibiting employment discrimination
based on sexual orientation, Osterberg
declined to confirm whether such a policy
is still in effect.
“We adhere to Title 7, period,” she said,
referring to a provision in existing U.S. civil
rights law that bans job discrimination
based on race, religion, national origin,
sex and other criteria but not on sexual
orientation.
An internal “Librarian’s Policy Statement
Regarding Non-Discrimination” issued
to Library of Congress Employees on
May 6, 2010, reiterates the 1990s-era
statement pertaining to sexual orientation
discrimination.
“Discrimination on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex (including sexual
harassment), national origin, age,
disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity, and/or political affiliation will not
be tolerated,” the statement says.
Osterberg declined to disclose whether
that and previous sexual orientation non-
discrimination statements were still in effect.
TerVeer’s complaint, filed with the
EEOC, follows a September 2008 federal
court decision finding that the Library of
Congress violated federal law against
sex discrimination by denying a job to a
transgender woman.
In that case, the library had determined
that the applicant was qualified and hired
her shortly before she announced she was
transitioning from male to female. When
officials learned that David Schroer was
transitioning to Diane Schroer they rescinded
the job offer and refused to hire Schroer.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled
in September 2008 that the library’s
refusal to hire Schroer violated a federal
law prohibiting sex discrimination, a
development hailed by the ACLU as an
important breakthrough for transgender
rights. The library decided against
appealing the case and agreed to an out-
of-court settlement with Diane Schroer in
which it paid her compensatory damages.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who
chairs a joint congressional committee
that oversees the Library of Congress, said
on Tuesday that the committee would look
into allegations that the library engaged in
discrimination by firing TerVeer.
“We certainly believe that there should
be no discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation,” Schumer told the Blade
Tuesday following a news conference on
an unrelated issue. “So we’re going to
look into this specific case and make sure
that justice is done.”
“That’s something I’ve stood for my
whole career,” said Schumer in referring to
policies aimed at barring job discrimination
based on sexual orientation.
“I’m head of the committee on the
library, and so we will make sure we get to
the bottom of this,” he said.
An official congressional directory of
committees on the House and Senate
websites shows that Schumer is chair
of the Joint Committee on the Library,
which has jurisdiction over “the affairs and
administration of the Library of Congress.”
Other senators on the committee
include Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick
Leahy (D-Vt.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). House
members include Rep. Gregg Harper
(R-Miss.), who serves as vice chair; and
Reps. Daniel Lungren (R-Calif.), Robert
Brady (D-Pa.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and
Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.).
At a news conference Wednesday
morning, held in front of the library building
where TerVeer worked, attorney Simeone
said Sen. Schumer’s expressed interest in
the case, as first reported on Tuesday by
the Blade, has boosted TerVeer’s hopes
that library officials will take steps to quickly
respond to TerVeer’s complaint.
“On behalf of Peter, we welcome
and applaud his involvement in this
case,” Simeone said. “We will cooperate
fully,” he said, should Schumer open a
congressional investigation.
“We may also reach out to other
members of Congress,” he said. “And
our reason for doing so and our reason
for being here today is this case…is not
just about making [TerVeer] whole, but
Schumer to probe bias charge at library
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Gay staffer says superior ‘stalked’ him
he wants to expose what happened here
at the Library of Congress. And after he
exposes it he wants to make sure it doesn’t
happen again.”
About a dozen Library of Congress
employees supportive of TerVeer
gathered outside the building to listen to
the news conference. Some said they were
members of the library’s LGBT employees
group called GLOBE.
Asked why he waited nearly two years to
file his complaint with the EEO office at the
library after alleging he was subjected to
discriminatory action by his supervisor since
August 2009, TerVeer said he had hoped the
matter could be resolved without his having
to file a formal complaint.
“I’m from a small town in Michigan,” he
said. “I came here and this was a job of a
lifetime. This was everything to me.”
TerVeer added that he expected to
make a career at the Library of Congress
and the thought of leaving was devastating
to him, prompting him to try to find a way
to resolve the discriminatory action by his
boss short of filing an official complaint.
He said the hostile work environment,
however, eventually forced him to take
unpaid disability leave beginning in
October 2011. He said he has not been back
on the payroll since then, causing a financial
hardship that resulted in the loss of his
apartment and the likelihood that he may
have to return to his mother’s in Michigan.
Christopher Wiggins, a publicist helping
TerVeer said both he and Simeone were
working on the case on a pro bono basis.
He said the ACLU and the national LGBT
litigation group Lambda Legal were
looking into whether they might join in the
legal effort to help TerVeer get his job back.
Library of Congress:
‘AWOL’ for 37 days?
In a March 29 letter to TerVeer, Karl W.
Schornagel, the library’s Inspector General
and head of the division where TerVeer
worked, said he approved TerVeer’s firing
on grounds that TerVeer had been absent
from work without approved leave or
“AWOL” since Jan. 4, 2012.
Schornagel states in the letter that
under library personnel rules, absence
without approved leave is considered
a form of misconduct that could lead to
disciplinary action, including dismissal.
“I considered that you failed to report for
duty as scheduled for over 37 consecutive
workdays and failed to properly request
approved leave despite being reminded of the
proper procedures for requesting approved
leave and advised of the consequences of
your failure to report for duty as scheduled,”
Schornagel said in his letter.
TerVeer told the Blade that library
officials approved disability leave he had
requested in October 2011 at the urging
of his therapist and doctor based on the
therapist’s determination that a hostile
work environment at the library caused
him to suffer severe mental stress.
According to TerVeer, the unpaid
disability leave approved by the library
expired in January 2012. He said library
officials declined his request for a transfer to
another office and demanded he return to
duty with Mech remaining as his supervisor.
Simeone, TerVeer’s attorney, said library
rules may have allowed TerVeer to apply
for an extended disability leave. But he
said TerVeer by that time had exhausted his
financial resources following three months
of unpaid leave and couldn’t afford to pay
doctors and his therapist for the necessary
examination and documentation needed
to apply for extended disability leave.
“He was in a bind,” said Simeone. “He
loved working there and he wanted to
continue. And as you can tell, he needed
the money. He tried to get a transfer to a
new setting or a new area, but it was just
not possible. They wouldn’t do that.”
Simeone said going back to the
office where TerVeer knew he would be
subjected to the same harassment and
stress wasn’t an option he could accept.
Outed by boss’s daughter
TerVeer told the Blade he never intended
to come out as gay at work when he first
started his job at the library in February 2008.
He said he had recently moved to D.C. from
rural Western Michigan, which he said was
devastated by the economic recession.
With a bachelor’s degree in business
management from Hope College in
Michigan and his enrollment at the University
of Maryland for a degree in accounting
and auditing, TerVeer said the start of his
employment at the library’s Office of The
Inspector General appeared to be a perfect
fit for his chosen career path.
“The first year and a half, almost two
years I was there I was closeted and
essentially I was kind of the golden boy in
the office,” he said. “He took me under
his wing and we had a cordial discourse,”
he said of Mech. “And he appeared to
come off initially as really nice.”
TerVeer said the cordial relationship was
based, in part, on their shared interest in
sports and TerVeer’s role as captain of a
school football team in Michigan. At one
point Mech invited him to join his wife and
son at a University of Maryland football
game, TerVeer said.
As TerVeer tells it, his problems started
just after that, when Mech invited him to
“look up his daughter” in the late summer
or early fall of 2009. Within days, said
TerVeer, Mech’s daughter Katie contacted
him on Facebook and asked to become
Facebook friends.
He said he accepted her request after
using the appropriate Facebook privacy
controls to hide information on his own
Facebook page that identified him as gay.
But a short time later, Facebook put in
place changes in its settings in such a way
that TerVeer’s link to a Facebook group in
support of gay adoptions became publicly
visible, TerVeer said.
“I get home one day and she saw it and
commented and she said, ‘You’re not one
of those weirdoes are you?’ I said I am
actually, in fact, one of those weird ones
if you’re referring to the fact that I’m gay.”
TerVeer said Katie Mech initially said she
wasn’t troubled by this discovery, saying
she had a good friend in San Francisco
who’s gay.
However, the following day TerVeer
said he discovered that she had both
“de-friended” and blocked him from her
Facebook page. Within days of that, John
Mech began raising his religious beliefs
with TerVeer in emails and in face-to-face
conversations with him, TerVeer said.
“All of a sudden now, every time I’m
going into his office he’s starting off with a
religious conversation. Then it comes out
where he pointed out he was a believer
with a literal translation of the Bible,” said
TerVeer. “Then he goes specifically into
homosexuality.”
TerVeer said he knew then that Katie
Mech informed her father that he is gay.
In his affidavit, TerVeer said things came
to a head on June 21, 2010.
“He came into my office on that date
and said he wanted to educate me on hell
and that it was a sin to be a homosexual,”
TerVeer says in the affidavit. “He said
he hoped I repented because the Bible
was very clear about what God does to
homosexuals.”
Among other things, TerVeer says in
the affidavit that Mech quoted the Old
Testament passage of Leviticus, stating,
“If a man lies with a man as one lies with
a woman, both of them have done what
is detestable. They must be put to death;
their blood will be on their heads.”
TerVeer says in the affidavit, “He stated
that as a homosexual I could never succeed
because it was against God’s law.”
Four days later, on June 25, 2010,
Mech spoke with TerVeer about TerVeer’s
annual performance review and TerVeer
expressed concern that his ratings were
lower than he believed they should be, he
says in the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, he politely
told Mech he was concerned that the
lower performance review might be biased
because of Mech’s strongly expressed
religious beliefs toward homosexuality.
“Mr. Mech became extremely upset and
vehemently denied that my homosexuality
and his personal views had an impact
on his rating of me,” TerVeer says in the
affidavit. “He accused me of attempting
to injure his career and reputation and to
‘bring down the Library.’”
TerVeer says in his affidavit that
beginning in July 2010 through the middle
of 2011 Mech appeared to be “piling on”
work assignments in an effort to set him
up to fail. He said one particular project
he was assigned to handle by himself had
been previously worked on by six full-time
employees and took more than a year to
complete, yet he was told to complete it
during a shorter period of time.
“I believe that Mr. Mech gave me this
assignment to set me up for failure and to
give him a better opportunity to identify
and manufacture deficiencies in my
performance,” TerVeer says in the affidavit.
“I believe he decided in advance to give me
negative ratings in my next performance
review and began to create a record of
alleged ‘job deficiencies’ to support this.”
In an effort to appeal what he
believed to be an unfairly negative job
performance rating calling for denying
him a normally routine “step” pay
increase, TerVeer said he approached
Mech’s supervisor, Nicholas Christopher,
the assistant inspector general for audits.
“Mr. Christopher declined to change my
performance evaluation and denied me a
WIGI [Within Grade Increase]” in pay, he
says in the affidavit.
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Rasmussen poll published on Thursday,
42 percent of likely voters are supporting
Santorum, while 38 percent of likely voters
support Romney.
Many observers had already declared
the primary season over. Romney
appeared to be the frontrunner for the
GOP nomination after winning three
primaries in Wisconsin, D.C. and Maryland.
Romney had also amassed 661 delegates,
which is more than the other Republican
candidates combined.
Dan Pinello, who’s gay and a
government professor at City University of
New York, said he doesn’t think Santorum’s
departure “seriously affects the race” and
the candidate exited because his money
dried up.
“Romney was spending $2 million in the
Pennsylvania primary alone, and Santorum
had nothing to fight back with,” Pinello
said. “Plus, all the endorsements of party
insiders were going to Romney. Better to
bow out than be humiliated in your own
home state.”
In the past couple weeks, Romney
secured endorsements from Sen.
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and House Budget
Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
— both seen as rising stars within the
Republican Party.
Santorum had taken many anti-
gay positions over the course of his
campaign and backed a Federal Marriage
Amendment barring same-sex marriage
throughout the country.
Last year, Santorum was among the
GOP hopefuls who signed a pledge
from the anti-gay National Organization
for Marriage committing himself to
backing a Federal Marriage Amendment,
defending the Defense of Marriage Act
in court, and establishing a commission
on “religious liberty” to investigate the
alleged harassment of same-sex marriage
opponents.
Santorum also said he would reinstate
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” if elected to the
White House, pledging in a public forum
to the anti-gay Family Research Council’s
Tony Perkins in March to reverse repeal of
the military’s gay ban.
“I don’t believe [open service is] in the
best interest of our men and women in
uniform,” Santorum said. “That doesn’t
mean that people who are gay and lesbian
can’t serve, it’s just that they can serve in
the context of what, I think, everybody in
the military does — keep their own private
matters to themselves and serve this
country accordingly.”
When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
was in effect from 1994 to 2011, an
estimated 14,346 service members were
expelled from the military. Many of those
troops were expelled even though they
made no declaration about their sexual
orientation.
FRC’s Perkins praised Santorum upon
his exit from the race, saying he carried a
“message of faith, family and freedom”
over the course of the campaign.
“Millions of voters flocked to Rick
not because he was a Republican, but
because he passionately articulated the
connection between America’s financial
greatness and its moral and cultural
wholeness,” Perkins said. “He realizes
that real problem-solving starts with an
understanding that the economy and the
family are indivisible.”
Perkins and other evangelicals were
among the nearly 170 anti-gay leaders
who rallied behind Santorum in January at
a conference in Brenham, Texas, to discuss
the GOP primary race and top policy goals
for a Republican administration.
Santorum became notorious for
vocalizing his opposition to same-sex
marriage throughout his campaign.
On the day Washington State legalized
same-sex marriage on Feb. 13, Santorum
traveled to the state and derided the news
in a speech, urging opponents of the law
to bring the law to a referendum before
voters in November.
“There are ebbs and flows in every
battle, and this is not the final word,”
Santorum said before supporters in
Olympia, Wash.
In the past year of campaigning,
Santorum went as far as saying “our country
will fail” as a result of same-sex marriage
and raised eyebrows in August when he
said same-sex marriage is like “saying this
glass of water is a glass of beer.”
In January, Santorum drew fire for
vocalizing his opposition to same-sex
marriage when campaigning in the
libertarian state of New Hampshire, which
has legalized same-sex marriage.
“Marriage is a privilege,” Santorum
said. “It is not a right. It is privilege
given by society, held up by society, for
purposes that it provides some societal
good, and I would make the argument,
some extraordinary societal good.”
Prior to his final campaign appearance in
New Hampshire on Jan. 10, protesters from
the Occupy movement jeered Santorum,
chanting “Bi-got! Bi-got! Bi-got!”
After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on
Feb. 8 ruled against California’s Proposition
8, Santorum railed against the decision.
“The Ninth Circuit decision yesterday
said that marriage, if you believe in
traditional marriage, between a man and
a woman and exclusively that, you are in
fact, the only reason you could possibly
believe that, is because you are a bigot,”
Santorum said. ”Your belief of marriage
between a man and a woman is purely
irrational based on hatred and bigotry.”
It’s this kind of anti-gay rhetoric that
made LGBT advocates happy to see
Santorum exit the race.
Jerame Davis, executive director of the
National Stonewall Democrats, said the
anti-gay positions that Santorum staked
out during his campaign made him “a stain
on the Republican Party,” but predicted
the candidate wouldn’t vanish from public
view now that he’s departed the race.
“It was always clear that Santorum was
not going to be the GOP nominee, but
unfortunately we haven’t seen the last of him,”
Davis said. “His brand of ultra-conservatism
and rank piety appealed to a particular slice
of the Republican electorate.”
R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of
the Log Cabin Republicans, had a more
positive spin on Santorum’s departure,
saying the end of his anti-gay rhetoric
would enable the GOP to appeal to a
broader constituency as Election Day
draws closer.
“The departure of Rick Santorum’s
divisive social politics from the race puts
moderate, independent and younger
conservative voters in play,” Cooper said.
“The time is now for the Republican Party
to capitalize by presenting an inclusive,
united front focused on economic growth,
exploration of natural resources and
defending national interests abroad.”
Advocates said Santorum’s exit
reinforces the notion that LGBT people
should be prepared for Romney to
become the Republican presidential
nominee — whether they support his
candidacy or not.
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of
GOProud, said Romney had already sealed
the nomination even before Santorum
dropped out of the race. LaSalvia has
personally endorsed Romney’s candidacy.
“Rick Santorum has recognized the
political reality that most in the party
have acknowledged for weeks now –
Mitt Romney will be the nominee of the
Republican Party,” LaSalvia said.
Michael Cole-Schwartz, a spokesperson
for the Human Rights Campaign,
said Santorum’s exit means the LGBT
community needs only to focus on
Romney’s anti-gay positions.
“We now go from two leading
candidates that would take LGBT rights
completely backward in this country to
one candidate who’d do the same,”
Cole-Schwartz said. “While we might not
be faced with Sen. Santorum’s extreme
rhetoric anymore, we’re left with Gov.
Romney whose anti-LGBT positions aren’t
substantively much different.”
Romney has signed the same anti-gay
pledge from NOM and has criticized
Obama for dropping the government’s
defense of the Defense of Marriage
Act in court. Still, the GOP frontrunner
has said he doesn’t think the political
wherewithal will be present in Congress
to pass a Federal Marriage Amendment,
and he has no plans to return to “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Santorum’s departure means that only
two Republican candidates other than
Romney remain in the race: Rep. Ron Paul
(R-Texas) and former U.S. House Speaker
Newt Gingrich. But Paul hasn’t won any
states in the primaries, and Gingrich’s
campaign has all but run out of gas.
Obama appears to be leading Romney
as the primary season comes to an end.
According to a Washington Post-ABC
News poll published Tuesday, registered
voters favored Obama by 51 percent,
while 44 percent were behind Romney.
Romney takes center stage as Santorum exits
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Archbishop-designate weighs in on marriage
William Lori, who will be installed as Baltimore’s 16th archbishop on May 16, has
already weighed in on Maryland’s pending marriage referendum.
“I would describe myself as a person who recognizes that we got needs and
challenges of all sorts, including a large cultural challenge. I think we address that
in a creative and life-giving way,” Lori said in an April 2 interview with WBAL-TV.
Noting that Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Catholic, signed the Civil Marriage
Protection Act last month, Lori said he looks forward to meeting O’Malley. And
he intends to work with other area church leaders to have voters overturn the law
by referendum.
“So we’re going to work. We’re going to pray but in the spirit of charity and
civility, but with a lot of determination too,” the soft-spoken leader stated.
Lori, 60, was appointed Baltimore’s next archbishop on March 23 by Pope
Benedict XVI, succeeding Edwin Cardinal O’Brien.
Gay teen’s killer gets life without parole
Dante Parrish, 37, was sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole
on April 3 for the November 2009 murder of 15-year-old Jason Mattison, Jr. in
Baltimore. The sentence is the most severe punishment in Maryland short of the
death penalty.
Baltimore Circuit Judge John Addison Howard quoted an old Scottish prayer
when handing down the sentence. “You are not a ghoul or a thing that goes
bump in the night. But you are every bit as frightening because you are real.”
Parrish was a convicted killer freed from prison with the help of the Innocence
Project in a 1999 murder. He killed Mattison 11 months later.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Hastings argued during the trial that
Mattison, who was openly gay and popular at school, was found stuffed into a
closet in an upstairs bedroom of an East Baltimore house in the 2400 block of
Llewelyn Avenue with a pillowcase jammed in his mouth. His throat was slashed
and he had been sexually assaulted.
Hastings pointed out that Mattison was virtually homeless because he was
reportedly not welcome in his mother’s home as a result of his sexual orientation.
He was living “place to place to keep a roof over his head,” she told jurors. He
had been living in the home of a relative at the time he was murdered.
However, his mother denied that accusation and responded at the hearing
through a statement read by a relative, “My son was never homeless. I did not put
him out because of his sexuality.”
Churches aiding referendum effort
The Maryland Marriage Alliance, an organization committed to defeating
the Civil Marriage Protection Act through a referendum in November, listed 12
churches on its website (marylandmarriagealliance.com) where petitions are
available.
In Baltimore City, for example, the following churches are distribution points for
the effort: Greater Harvest Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries
and Manna Bible Christian Church.
Rep. Frank to speak in Columbia
Gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will appear in Columbia on Monday. He will
speak at “The Other Barn,” 5851 Robert Oliver Place, from 7-10 p.m.
Frank will discuss the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer
Protection Act, among other issues. A Q&A session will follow his presentation.
Arundel LGBT group marks 2nd anniversary
EQUAAC, Anne Arundel County’s LGBT and straight ally social group, will
celebrate its second anniversary by hosting a happy hour Wednesday. It will take
place at 5:30 p.m. at the Wild Orchid Cafe, 200 Westgate Circle in Annapolis. All
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The Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave.) has two events
coming up this week.
On Saturday, the Patterson will be transformed into Wonderland for its “Alice in
Wonderland”-themed 2012 Marquee Ball.
The ball begins with a preview dinner at 6 p.m. to honor arts lawyer, Scott
Johnson with the Golden Formstone Award and Terry Rubenstein for her family’s
lifetime achievements in the arts. The dance party begins at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $40 in advance for the party, $35 for CA members and $185 for the dinner.
On Thursday, the Alliance is screening the film “From the Back of the Room,”
by D.C.-based director, Amy Oden, about women’s involvement in DIY punk
featuring interviews by women like Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre,
Allison Wolfe of Bratmobile and many more.
Tickets for the screening are $10, $5 for Alliance members. Doors open at
6:30 p.m. For more information on either events and to purchase tickets, visit
creativealliance.org.
Fashion show tries alternate approach
The Maryland Institute College of Arts presents the 19th annual benefit fashion
show Transcend on Saturday in the Brown Center in Falvey Hall (1301 W. Mount
Royal Ave.) at 8 p.m.
The designers featured in the show were asked to go beyond the expected and
their norm and audience members will be able to see the workings of their brains
and the manifestations of their inner thoughts and aspirations.
After the show, everyone is invited to mix and mingle with the designers
and view an exhibition of fashion-inspired photography, illustration and fiber
arts, including fashion pictorials of the students’ designs captured by celebrity
photographer Derek Blanks.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit mica.edu.
Gay group to hold tax program
The Maryland Corporate Council, a networking group for LGBT professionals,
is hosting “Tax Wise,” an LGBT tax program for anyone who is or hopes to be
partnered at the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf (1000 Fell St.) from 6 to 8 p.m.
The program will feature a short presentation covering tax implications of LGBT
relationships including joint property ownership and obtaining and protecting
deductions, from Denise Dodson, the executive director at Ernst & Young Tax Practice.
Registration is free for members and $15 for guests.
For more information and to register, visit marylandcoporate.org.
Estate planning for LGBT residents
FreeState Legal Project is hosting “Will-Power Party: Estate Planning for the
Rest of Us,” a workshop and pro bono assistance event at the Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (241 W. Chase St.) on
Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
During the event, people in need of simple wills, powers of attorney and
advance directives will be matched with attorneys and receive assistance in
drafting their estate documents.
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47 percent of state
residents now covered by
non-bias measures
This past week was a historic one for
Maryland, as the Baltimore County gender
identity anti-discrimination bill, Human Re-
lations 3-12, became law. This brings the
state’s population covered by similar protec-
tions, with nearly identical legal language,
up to 47 percent. Since most of the state’s
transgender population lives in the jurisdic-
tions with these protections — Montgomery
and Howard counties, as well as Baltimore
County and City — we can say that, for prac-
tical purposes, Maryland is now a much bet-
ter place in which to live.
The fundamentalist opposition from the
right, which wanted to overturn the legisla-
tion in its entirety, failed to come close to
collecting enough signatures to put the ref-
erendum process in motion. They couldn’t
muster the minimum, and even if they did it
is highly likely that 50 percent of those sig-
natures would have turned out to be invalid
anyway. Most importantly, the scare tactics
of these extremists fell on deaf ears as the
people of Baltimore County shouted them
down. In one town hall meeting residents
pounced on one of the leaders of the op-
position, telling him to stop picking on vul-
nerable people and focus on the real needs
of the county. Expanding fairness is always
easier when our allies in the streets and
meeting halls are willing to speak out force-
fully for what’s right.
Similarly, the fundamentalist opposi-
tion from the left, the so-called “radical
lesbian separatist feminists” who espouse
what could locally be called “Brennanism,”
failed to narrow the legislation to cover
only post-operative transsexual women.
Claiming that all such gender identity leg-
islation “harms females,” these folks, who
call themselves “female born female,”
have mounted attacks against the entire
trans community. They could, instead, be
actively working to protect women from
abuse by men, be it in their homes or the
workplace. Instead, without a shred of
evidence that gender identity legislation
harms anyone, they have belligerently cho-
sen to divide rather than unite.
Most importantly, our state laws fall nicely
into the developing rubric for gender iden-
tity and expression protections throughout
the country. As a result of the 11th Circuit
Court of Appeals decision last December,
trans and gender-nonconforming people
are protected under the 14th Amendment
of the U.S. Constitution. This decision ex-
pands the definition of sex discrimination
used throughout the government to include
gender expression as it applies to trans and
gender non-conforming individuals, a far,
far larger class than simply post-operative
transsexual women. And this new definition
will impact everyone in the private as well as
the public sphere, a huge and historic vic-
tory for the LGBT community.
Finally, this legislation has also been at-
tacked as instituting “Jim Crow” in Mary-
land, because of a clause relating to the
exclusion of “personal and private accom-
modations.” Nothing could be further from
the truth. Everyone deserves his or her pri-
vacy when it is appropriate, and there have
been no incidents in public restrooms or
showers in any of the jurisdictions with simi-
lar language within the state. Public bath-
rooms are not private accommodations.
Interestingly, the recent reactionary attack
by the University of Pittsburgh against its
transgender student body, prohibiting trans
persons from using the gender-appropriate
bathrooms on campus without an amended
birth certificate, is in direct contradiction of
Allegheny County law, which also has an
exclusion for “distinctly private, personal or
confidential.” It seems at times that it is only
when Maryland actually gets the job done
that opponents of all stripes care to attack.
Clearly, though, the job is not done.
The disparate impact in the state, with
half covered but half not, cannot be al-
lowed to stand. While we wait for the
next opportunity to enact a statewide
bill we need to proceed to include the
last large jurisdiction in the state, Prince
George’s County, which has a significant
trans population. And, of course, just
because we have legislation banning dis-
crimination doesn’t mean prejudice has
evaporated, and much work remains to
be done on the ground to improve the
lives of the trans and gender-non-con-
forming populations. Fortunately, groups
with adequate resources such as Balti-
more’s Transgender Response Team and
Equality Maryland are successfully do-
ing that work and making a very notice-
able difference. Gender Rights Maryland
stands ready to build on our legislative
successes as we look forward to 2013.
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In a surprisingly confrontational piece,
the Washington Blade’s Kevin Naff takes
aim at a number of national lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender equality orga-
nizations that joined a chorus of voices
supporting the family of Trayvon Martin as
they try to come to terms with the tragic
killing of the 17-year-old at the hands of
neighborhood watch captain George Zim-
merman and calling for justice in the case
where there has still been no arrest made.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights
(NCLR) was one of the organizations to
join this joint statement of support. I was
proud to be part of a movement that was
not only expressing sympathy for Tray-
von’s family, but addressing the urgent
need for action to address the pervasive
stereotyping and scapegoating of young
African-American men. But that pride has
been replaced by embarrassment by the
way it was misrepresented by this article
— as a crude accusation that Zimmerman
targeted Trayvon based on intentional ra-
cial bias. Naff’s piece also illustrates the
dangers of a perspective that inadvertent-
ly construct the LGBT community as white.
As an initial matter, Naff’s piece misun-
derstands the role that racial bias played
in this situation and the way systemic rac-
ism operates in this country. The statement
joined by several national LGBT groups
neither characterize this killing as a hate
crime nor Trayvon as a “hate crime martyr.”
I am not aware of anyone who claims
that Zimmerman intentionally targeted
Trayvon for this shooting because of Tray-
von’s race. The role that racial bias played
in this case was more subtle, but equally
fatal. It is undeniable that a number of fac-
tors likely contributed to why Zimmerman
thought, despite police warnings and no
evidence to support him, that Trayvon
posed a threat when he didn’t. But it is
equally undeniable that one of those fac-
tors was Trayvon’s race. That is the tragic
effect of a society that has created a cul-
ture of suspicion and an assumption of
criminality around young, black men.
Systemic racism is what tells neigh-
borhood watch captains that a black, un-
armed 17-year-old is more likely to need
to be watched as a potential threat than
to be watched out for. It is what enables
many commentators to claim that Florida’s
draconian self-defense law could justify
Zimmerman shooting an unarmed child.
The broader problem with Naff’s piece is
a broader problem with the way the LGBT
community is too often viewed and por-
trayed. There is a divisive and untrue insis-
tence that LGBT identity is a white identity
and an assumption that problems of racial
justice are for another community. Naff’s
curious and insulting terminology that we
are jumping on a bandwagon reveals this
bias. The implication is that we are joining a
cause that is not ours. It is that there are no
people in the LGBT community who look
at Trayvon Martin and see a brother or who
could echo President Obama’s words that
if they “had a son, he would look like Tray-
von.” It is that there are no LGBT people
who see reminders of the deadly effect of
systemic racism as their issue.
That implication is wrong. Naff is
wrong. Racial justice is an LGBT issue.
As we have seen recently, and I have
written about elsewhere, opponents of
equality have attempted to use this di-
visive strategy to make LGBT people of
color feel like their LGBT identity is in-
consistent with their racial identity, and it
happens at the expense of LGBT people
of color who are left with a damaging cul-
tural displacement. This is a tactic of our
opponents. We can’t do it to ourselves.
Trayvon’s death and the circumstances
surrounding it should alarm and outrage
every person who is committed to justice
and safety for all people regardless of
race. The LGBT community should be a
part of that group.
Media obsession with
alleged wrongdoing
overblown
Only 15 percent of eligible voters
turned out for D.C.’s April 3 primary.
There have been low voter turnouts in
primaries across the nation and there
are repercussions for everyone but espe-
cially for those who don’t vote and often
find themselves with elected politicians
they don’t like. By not voting they should
give up their right to complain. Now that
doesn’t mean they won’t complain and in
D.C. they do so often and loudly to any-
one willing to listen.
While there are many reasons for the
low turnout, a big one was that this was
a stealth primary. The Council moved
the election to April for the first time and
until the last three weeks there was little
discussion about it in most of the media.
There also was no presidential primary in
the Democratic Party, which makes up the
majority of the electorate in the District.
When the media did focus on the elec-
tion, it appeared as if they all concluded it
was only about ethics and all incumbents
were somehow guilty of wrong-doing. I
tend to agree with one pundit who said
that the general population got tired of
hearing this because despite all the real
or not so real scandals things in D.C. are
going really well.
We have a balanced budget and a
huge surplus. Like the rest of the coun-
try, the unemployment rate is beginning
to come down, albeit much too slowly;
the school system is slowly improving
and economic development is booming
with billions of dollars being invested in
the city. Bike lanes are being expanded,
garbage is being picked up, murders are
down again, streets are being cleaned
and citizen service complaints are being
processed faster than ever. In the LGBT
community, more attention is being paid
to issues other than marriage equality.
The District has an unusual political
reality. As a federal city, not a state, we
have no senators and a non-voting repre-
sentative in Congress. We have very few
local elected officials that impact our day-
to-day lives. When we turned the schools
over to the mayor, we emasculated the
elected school board and the number
became even fewer. Today there are only
14 elected officials, 13 council members
and the mayor for our local news organi-
zations to focus on.
There is fierce competition among lo-
cal media for who can get more scoops,
and bad news produces more front-page
bylines and on airtime than good news.
Count how often something good makes
the top of the news or the front page vs.
something bad and you know why report-
ers go after the bad news.
A simple survey of local news outlets
with one or more reporters covering the
mayor and Council highlights why we
may feel scandaled-out. There are report-
ers from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, News 8,
WAMU, WTOP, the Examiner, Washing-
ton Times, and Washington Post; then
add all the columnists (yes I plead guilty),
political blogs and neighborhood press
all competing to outdo each other for
what is in essence a very small audience.
The total number of reporters from each
of these outlets who at one time or an-
other covers the Council and the mayor
means that each of our elected officials
has more than one person each covering
their every move.
Government should be transparent,
but we have arrived at a situation where
to hype ratings and sell papers each outlet
appears to rehash each scandal and grab
for each miniscule bit of news to the point
where what was attention grabbing when it
was first reported has now gotten people
bored and in many cases just turned off.
While on-air and print news outlets try
to sell papers and up their ratings, report-
ing each possible suggested infraction as
a huge scandal, the public has become
immune to each story that doesn’t have
any big dose of new information. This
may be partly due to the fact that in this
latest round of scandal stories, which be-
gan in January, 2011, to date only one
Council member has been indicted. Six-
teen months later, for all the other sup-
posed scandals both big and small there
is no conclusion to the story; no official
finding of guilt or innocence or even
charges brought.
Running against an incumbent is al-
ways difficult. Running against an incum-
bent on ethics issues when there is no
proven wrongdoing is more difficult. And
running against an incumbent without an
exciting vision for change that directly im-
pacts people’s lives, which was the case
with most challengers in this past elec-
tion, only added to the reasons for the
small voter turnout.
washingtonblade.com
VI EWPOI NT AFRl L 13, 2012 º 2º
Peter Rosenstein is a D.C.-based LGBT rights and
Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.
I NSI DE LGBT WASHI NGTON
Scandals, low primary turnout in D.C.
This was a stealth primary. The Council moved the election
to April for the first time and until the last three weeks
there was little discussion about it in most of the media.
Trayvon’s death should concern all who seek justice
Maya Rupert is an attorney and serves as federal
policy director for the National Center for Lesbian
Rights. Reach her via nclrights.org.
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Developer, Universal
Gear owner Franco puts
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By MARK LEE
Last week was the anniversary of the 1968
riots in D.C., following the assassination of
Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis. The
ensuing five days of destruction that befell
Washington and filled the sky with smoke
scarred the city’s landscape for decades
and cut a hole in the heart of commerce
through the prominent local retail districts
of the era.
Washington neighborhoods hollowed
out by looting and fires are only now
beginning to fully finish recovering as
commercial and residential real estate
development repurposes the remaining
empty buildings and reconstructs many of
the last vacant lots across a wide swath of
the city. Nowhere has this transformation
been more dramatic than along the 14th
Street, N.W., commercial corridor, as it
intersects with U Street and stretches
northward into Columbia Heights.
It is in this area that long-time community
entrepreneur and local businessman
and real estate developer David Franco
continues to have a significant impact
on a still rapidly evolving landscape.
Uppermost in his mind has been this
guiding principle: “How can I impact
the community by creating a positive
environment and contribute effective
change in a concentrated area?”
A Washington-area native and lifelong
resident, Franco recalls his father vividly
detailing the riots of 44 years ago. Now 47,
he remembers the pride and gratitude in
the recounting of customers driving to the
family-owned clothing store in downtown
Washington at 12th and G streets, now
a Macy’s department store in the former
Hecht’s building, to stand in front waving on
potential looters. Appreciative of the years
of dedicated customer service conveyed to
generations of families, “not this place” they
implored in defending the business. The
store remained untouched throughout the
extended melee of anger and frustration.
Franco grew up understanding firsthand
the importance of providing attentive
and personalized customer service and
engendering this type of loyalty. He would
later infuse his own business activities with
building relationships in the marketplace.
A strong sense of ethics, a spirit of
community-mindedness and dedication
to the client experience and product
provided were to become the trademarks
of his future endeavors.
Following a three-year stint at the
University of Maryland where he studied
architecture, business and urban affairs,
Franco continued working with the family
enterprise, a successful local chain of
discount department stores, until 1989.
It was then that he became one of the
investors backing the management team
at the iconic nightclub Tracks that would
dominate the gay dance scene through
the next decade. He also partnered with
the group in opening Trumpets restaurant
and lounge on the 17th Street dining and
entertainment strip near Dupont Circle.
Soon after, during the April 1993
weekend of the national March on
Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi
Equal Rights and Liberation, Franco
would launch a clothing and accessories
store with then business partner and
commercial interior designer Keith Clark.
Universal Gear, located above Trumpets
in a street level retail space at the corner
of 17th and Q streets, quickly skyrocketed
in popularity, outfitting many a gay man
casually attired for work, play or the gym.
The store would soon expand into a second
level, nearly doubling in size with a complete
interior renovation and striking new layout.
Franco would later explore market
opportunities with since discontinued
stores in Atlanta and Chicago’s Boystown,
as well as opening a thriving Manhattan
store in the heart of Chelsea and another
in Rehoboth Beach. Universal Gear is
adding a second New York location early
next month in the trendy Hell’s Kitchen
midtown west neighborhood at 9th
Avenue and 49th Street.
In tandem with his development
activities in the 14th and U area and
following his customer base eastward, the
local Universal Gear relocated to 14th and
P streets in November 2007, becoming an
expansive new neighborhood retail anchor.
Franco had earlier discovered that
his passion for architecture and urban
planning would lead him to residential
real estate development, first renovating
and marketing a 12-unit condo building
on Chapin Street in Columbia Heights with
business partner Jeff Blum, with whom he
co-founded Level 2 Development. Excited
by the then-booming pre-recession
housing market, they started looking
around for additional opportunities and set
their sights on developing a larger project.
A Scorpio, Franco admits to “loving a
challenge.”
This led Franco and Blum to undertake
one of the largest and most prominent
residential development projects along
14th Street.
Located at Florida Avenue and standing
as the gateway at the sloping incline into
adjoining Columbia Heights, the massive
View 14 building and its 185 rental units
and 30,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail
space — replacing an auto repair garage
and an unattractive array of satellite dishes
and communication towers — became a
harbinger and symbol of extensive change
in the area. David calls one of the penthouse
units with a south-facing pinnacle terrace
overlooking the area home.
Construction cranes are once again
jutting into the sky along the high-density
thoroughfare. The outline of a large glass-
clad apartment building across the street
from View 14, originally designed by Level
2 and subsequently sold to another firm
for construction following initial planning,
is quickly progressing toward completion.
Level 2 Development will next begin
construction of a 144-unit studio and one-
bedroom apartment project on 14th Street
at Wallach Place, only steps south of U
Street. Groundbreaking for the yet-to-be-
named project, located at 1919 14th St.,
will signal the Level 2 duo’s next project in
the District, undertaken in association with
Keener-Squire Properties.
The long road to project approval was
not an easy one, according to Franco. He
compares the process to the infamously
cumbersome regulatory obstacles
experienced by restaurant and bar owners
under the city’s liquor licensing regimen.
Acknowledging that some neighborhood
residents are often skeptical regardless
of the track record of a local business,
he notes that an “overabundant sense
of empowerment” by small numbers of
frequently ill-informed neighborhood
opponents of change and small citizens
groups requires advance calculation of
the substantial expense for both hard and
soft costs related to project delays and
extensive round-robin negotiations. This
results in higher rental or sale prices and can
endanger project viability.
Underscoring how challenging a place
the District can be to conduct business,
Franco longs for local entrepreneurs to
be respected as shared stakeholders. He
points out that better cooperation would
yield greater benefits for all.
Franco does not hesitate to confirm that
a new ethos has taken hold for housing
construction and resident lifestyles in the
most vibrant and developing areas of
the city. “We’re betting the ranch on it,”
he offers, describing a distinct consumer
preference for smaller home environs with
modern finishes and amenities designed
for a diverse demography drawn to a life
largely experienced outside the front door.
“That’s how we live now,” he adds,
identifying retail stores and shops of all types,
dining and entertainment destinations and
social watering holes as current interactive
magnets and contemporary gathering
places. Franco points out that demand for
such community spots will likely continue
to outpace capacity as the area — already
experiencing the city’s greatest growth and
a dramatic recent double-digit percentage
population increase — adds more than
3,000 new residents in the next year.
Despite the business hurdles and
regulatory obstacles, Franco remains
committed to pursuing additional projects
and public/private partnerships with and
in the city he loves and lives. Enlivened by
the development process and passionate
about the results is what continues to
motivate and inspire his efforts to play an
ongoing role in the creation of a livable
and engaging urban environment.
Mark Lee is a local small business manager and long-time
community business advocate. Reach him at OurBusiness-
Matters@gmail.com.
Universal Gear owner DAVID FRANCO
discovered that his passion for architecture
and urban planning would lead him to
residential real estate development.
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Construction on 14th Street N.W. in
Washington is nothing new — anyone
who frequents the uber-gay area has been
seeing chain-link fences, closed sidewalks
and cranes for months as various massive
projects are underway. But with ground
now broken for the Louis, the former
Utopia spot at 14th and U that will be
a mixed-use space featuring 267 new
apartments and 30,000 square feet of
retail street-level space, it feels like the
whole stretch is one massive construction
zone from about R to W.
With so many projects underway at
once, what effect will all this ultimately
have on the street? And what is planned
at each spot?
It’s an unusual part of town in that past
Thomas Circle and the downtown area,
14th varies extensively in character and
nature. Much denser with commercial
business than its 13th or 15th street
neighbors, 14th encompasses parts of
three different neighborhoods (Logan,
Columbia Heights and the U Street
corridor), several ANC zones and two
city wards (one and two). It’s also a street
that has seen massive change in the last
decade. And if all the construction seems
rather sudden, long-time residents and
those following city zoning news know
these projects have all been in the works
for years. Much of the simultaneous
ground breaking is due to financing now
being more readily available than it was
in the few years just after the 2008 stock
market crash.
“Those of us who live here have known
about these projects for five to six years,”
says Ramon Estrada, the 2B09 ANC
commissioner that encompasses part of
the street. “When a project is approved
by zoning, they have a two-year window
but some of these projects hit right in the
middle of the recession so they asked the
ANC for extensions. We wanted these
projects to be built so all we had to do was
re-approve them.”
Among the projects underway are:
º The aloremenrionec Louis, a mixec
use project that will replace the Taco Bell/
KFC and other shops formerly on the
west side of 14th Street just south of U.
The project, according to developer JBG,
will be a nine-story, 267-unit apartment
building with street-level retail space. JGB
partnered with developer Georgetown
Strategic Capital after their original plans
stalled (the project was originally called
Utopia). Construction started in February.
JB and Georgetown Strategic Capital
are working with architect Eric Colbert &
Associates and interior designer Cecconi
Simone on the project, according to Urban
Turf, a site that monitors new condos and
apartments coming to D.C.
º Disrricr Concos, anorher JBG pro|ecr,
is a 125-unit residential project being built
at the corner of 14th and S, according to
Urban Turf and other sources. This is the
spot that was formerly a Whitman-Walker
AIDS drop-in clinic. Originally planned as
condos, the building will now be studio,
one- and two-bedroom apartments.
º The massive Jellerson 14W pro|ecr
(Jefferson14w.com), a Perseus Realty
and Jefferson Apartment Group project
at 14th and W, N.W. that will have 231
apartments, a 40,000 square-foot YMCA
and 10,000 square feet of street-level retail
that’s slated to be finished by fall.
º Ar 14rh anc Belmonr (rhe 2400 Llock),
a nine-story high-rise that, according
to the Prince of Petworth blog, will
be 255 condos, street-level retail with
underground parking and other amenities.
This spot was formerly the Nehemiah Strip
Mall.
º view 14 (view14.com) has Leen
finished since 2010 (and has been sold)
but still has retail space for rent and
represents the new wave of development
on the street. The 185-unit building was
originally planned as condos but is now
rental apartments.
º Several çay D.C. resicenrs rhe Blace
spoke with said the changes are mostly
positive.
º Level 2 Developmenr plans a seven
story, 144-unit condo building at 1905 and
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1917 14th Street by the Carpet & Furniture
shop. This project is more in the planning
stage and has met with some opposition
from residents.
º Two conco Luilcinçs are çoinç in ar
14th and R — one in the Verizon building,
the other in the former auto repair shop
beside Miss Pixie’s. Look for between 30
and 40 condos in each.
“I think first of all on the 14th Street
corridor there was just enough land
available for some of these really cool
projects,” says Evan Johnson, a local
Realtor who’s gay and has an eponymous
real estate group. “Whether they’re
apartments or condos, I’d obviously prefer
condos since I’m in the sales side, but
either way, the more residents it brings in,
that brings the opportunity to build more
stores … I think it provides a tremendous
opportunity to clean up some of the older
buildings that needed attention and it’s
still close enough to Dupont and Logan …
that it’s a highly sought-after area. I don’t
see any real negative impact.”
As the projects were being considered,
City Council member Jim Graham (Ward
1) said he had some concerns, but they’ve
been addressed.
“I’m certainly glad we’re keeping the
post office,” Graham, who’s gay, says.
“They will have ground floor space with
street access at the Reeve building. I
welcome all this new activity because
we have worked very hard and very
successfully to keep our low-income
housing. Many of the big buildings
north of Florida Avenue are low income
apartment buildings that we have not
only preserved, but they’ve also been
rehabilitated all the way north of the
Target. We haven’t lost that diversity and
that’s very important as we welcome new
people into the area.”
Tim Christensen, president of the
Logan Circle Community Association and
a Logan resident since 1989, says there
are some concerns Logan residents have
such as parking restrictions and extended
hours for liquor sales, but he’s been active
in voicing his concerns and those of his
neighbors with their ANC elected officials.
“I’m a huge fan of mixed-use
development and we’ve seen a lot of it in
Logan through the years,” Christensen,
who’s gay, says. “I think one of the biggest
challenges for our businesses will be
making sure they have enough foot traffic
throughout the daytime on Mondays
through Fridays.”
And as for the hustle and bustle of the
actual construction? Estrada says he hasn’t
heard any significant grumbling about it.
“I think it’s just a temporary
inconvenience. All of these neighbors
are aware of the extent of how big these
projects are so I think everybody is dealing
with it just fine. I haven’t received any
complaints.”
And why so many rentals over condos?
The reasons are complicated. According
to Mark Wellborn, editor-in-chief of Urban
Turf, large projects have to meet certain
benchmarks in where their financing
is coming from if the units are being
sold (a percentage has to be from non-
government sources). Rental units don’t
carry the same stipulations making them
easier to get started.
Observers predict the apartments, once
finished, will rent for about $2,500 a month
for a one-bedroom and will bring a 15-18
percent increase in residents to the area
likely to match a similar spike the area saw
since the 2000 Census. The new residents
are not expected to drastically alter the
percentage of LGBT residents in Logan or
Columbia Heights.
“I think it will be good for gay people
overall,” Graham says.
14th Street under
construction
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The weather as of late has been a bit
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been very clear: the spring real estate
market is here. The numbers are all up,
both from previous months and from last
year too.
March saw 36.6 percent more sales
volume than last month, which is not
abnormal for performance changes from
February to March, but we also saw 1.26
percentage higher volume than last year
at this time. In addition, the median sale
price was up 6.59 percent from last March,
the average sale price was up 7.87 percent
and the total days the average property
was on the market before fetching a
contract was down by about two.
These numbers help the statistically
oriented see what is obvious to everyone
else: things are crazy now! The Dwight &
David Group had its most productive week
ever last week, netting nine contracts in
seven days, at a total volume of about $4.5
million. Almost all of those contracts were
won by beating out other buyers and a few
of them were all-out bidding wars. One in
particular escalated almost $60,000 over
asking price with five offers on the property.
Those who have watched real estate
for a while recognize this phenomenon
as the hallmark of the mid-2000s, where
a listing would sell as soon as it hit the
market and buyers had to be willing to
escalate far above asking price to get a
home. Sellers love that scenario, but then
find they are sometimes stuck, because
they end up suffering as a buyer on their
next transaction. Therefore, most industry
practitioners are happy to have a healthy
market with steady, but not spiking,
growth, and to be able to find a property
for their buyers without having a bidding
war with every offer.
Sellers looking to take advantage of
these favorable market conditions are
not too late. Generally, the market stays
strong throughout spring and summer in
the D.C. area, but it’s usually best to get
to market at least a week before Memorial
Day to avoid missing the beach-bound
crowd. Also, since the Washington area
can be pretty balmy, it’s nice to be on
the market before it becomes too hot
for house hunting to be enjoyable. While
uncommon, it has happened that a casual
open house visit from a curious neighbor
has ended up selling a house and that
happens less when it’s really hot or really
cold out.
Certainly the first step in marketing
your home is to contact a qualified agent
to represent you. Remember that in
essence, you’re hiring the agent, not their
broker, so don’t assume all agents from
one brokerage are the same. Do your
homework to find the agent who knows
the area, spends money wisely (but freely)
on marketing, has the best photographs
of previous listings and the most
comprehensive marketing plan. They will
likely also have the best connections for
contractors and handymen to take care
of any lingering maintenance issues, and
perhaps even stagers to really make your
home shine with luxurious furnishings.
You and your agent should be able to
get minor fixes done and some staging
in place within a week or two. Then a
professional photographer should take
the most flattering photos possible, which
should be disbursed far and wide across
the internet, and also mailed directly to
potential buyers’ homes. The broker’s
opens and public open houses can begin,
and if you’re priced well and presented
perfectly, you should expect offers
abounding. With a little focus, you and
your agent can get your home up to snuff
with more than enough time to ride the
spring sales wave to a handsome profit.
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Spring sales
are blooming
David Bediz is principal at the Dwight & David Group at
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, which has sold
more than $200 million since its inception in 2005. David is
a 2012 Director oI GCAAR, the local Realtor association,
and has been Ieatured on HGTV's 'Get it Sold and De-
signed to Sell.' He can be reached at 202-352-845ó or via
dwightanddavid.com.
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The groundbreaking television series “In
the Life” received an impressive gift for its
20
th
anniversary celebration — a $1 million
donation from board co-chair and New
York philanthropist Henry van Ameringen.
This timely award gives the organization
a chance to celebrate its milestone while
planning for the next 20 years.
The media-shy Ameringen writes
movingly about the importance of “In the
Life” in a blog entry for the Huffington
Post. The 82-year-old activist remembers
growing up in a time when “the absence
of images reflecting real gay life made
it easy for people to assume we were
everything bad that was said about us.”
This was exacerbated when the AIDS
epidemic struck the gay community in the
1980s and Ameringen, like many other
LGBT activists, became politicized.
“Staying on the sidelines was
impossible,” he writes. “The government
was doing absolutely nothing to halt the
spread of this disease nor help those
who were suffering. AIDS was seen as
a ‘gay disease,’ and with so few positive
portrayals of gays in the media, and
far fewer gay people being out at the
time, most Americans believed all the
stereotypes they had heard about us.”
However, the premiere of “In the Life” in
1992 contributed to the change in the media
and political landscape. Ameringen notes,
“The simple fact that there was a television
program, airing on public television stations
around the country, that represented LGBT
people in such a genuine and accurate
manner was stunning.” Veteran media expert
and activist Cathy Renna says that “ ‘In the
Life’ has become the ‘60 Minutes’ of LGBT
journalism” and credits the show for creating
a large and diverse audience for LGBT stories.
Michelle Kristel, executive director
of In the Life Media, says that quality
and content have been the key to the
program’s longevity.
“In the early days,” she says, “we led
from a place of novelty and uniqueness.
When we were first broadcast in 1992, you
just didn’t have out, proud gay and lesbian
people on television. We were pioneers.
But what has sustained us is the quality of
our content and the fact that we are telling
stories about real people and the critical
issues facing our community.”
The celebration of the show’s
anniversary is already underway. The
20
th
season kicked off with a red carpet
gala and an October 2011 episode that
looked back at the history of the show.
Kristel explains that “In the Life” began
as a variety show hosted by lesbian
comedian Kate Clinton, but that over time
it evolved into a behind-the-desk news
show with in-the-field reporting before
assuming the short-form documentary
format it has today. Over time, the award-
winning show has also developed a robust
online presence with web exclusives that
supplement its television programming.
Kristel says the staff had a blast putting
together the retrospective show. “It’s
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David Chalfant and his partner, Brian Hegedus, live in D.C. but sometimes
feel they’re in a remote area — near the Fort Totten Metro station, they’re
isolated enough that no Washington take-out spots will deliver to them and
those in Takoma Park, Md., won’t cross the line.
“We’re kind of way out there,” he says.
It’s still close enough, though, that he can bike to work at Whitman-Walker
Health where he’s director of development. Though relatively new in the
position — he’s been there a year and a half — he believes fully in its mission.
“I heard a couple the other day say they come here not only to be healthy
but to be whole,” he says. “There’s a great sense of pride that comes in helping
make people’s lives better.”
There are a few tickets remaining for “Be the Care!,” the organization’s annual
spring gala slated for Thursday at the Carnegie Institution for Science where
the Partner for Life award will be given to U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen
Sebelius. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150. Visit Whitman-walker.org for
details.
Chalfant, a 47-year-old Suffern, N.Y., native, has spent most of his life in
or near Washington with long stints in Arizona (1984-1991) and Los Angeles
(1996-2004) and even a couple years in Shanghai. He’s worked in fundraising for
several organizations and also worked in landscape architecture.
He and Hegedus have been together about two years. He enjoys restoring
vintage cars and sharing dinners with his family in his free time.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT
AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST
PERSON TO TELL?
Over 20 years. My ex fiancé because I
didn’t want her to think my love for her
was not true.
WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO?
Elizabeth Birch

WHAT’S WASHINGTON’S BEST
NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT?
The Kennedy Center

DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING.
Just the two of you, with an officiate
and family on the beach in Oregon with
no one else around for miles.
WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU
MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Conservation of our oceans

WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME
WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Gore v Bush
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST
MEMORABLE POP CULTURE
MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME?
When texting replaced a friendly voice
on the phone.
ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST?
That people in my life bring their A
game and understand that it doesn’t
cost anything extra to be kind.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK
POST OR TWEET?
My brother Mark and sister Julie are
the finest people I know!

IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT
WOULD THE TITLE BE?
What’s Next?
IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO
CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Ask them to keep it to themselves.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
That we were all put here for a reason
and that since there is no absolute proof
of what is beyond the physical world —
we better do our best job while we are
here.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
MOVEMENT LEADERS?
That LGBT issues are basic human
rights issues and when we let opponents
divide us with hate, everyone loses.

WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS
HOT COALS FOR?
A person in need.

WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
YOU MOST?
The very fact that LGBT stereotypes
exist.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
MOVIE?
“Big Eden”

WHAT IS THE MOST OVERRATED
SOCIAL CUSTOM?
“Let’s do lunch.” Nobody
ever means it.
WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
MOST COVET?
A happy life.

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN
AT 18?
That people are irreplaceable and that
there is nothing two smart people can’t
figure out together.

WHY WASHINGTON?
Smart is sexy.
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Saturday marks the opening of a series of spaces opening in the commercial corridor
of Historic Anacostia with Lumen8Anacostia, a 12-hour festival of light, art, music and
more starting at noon.
Events begin at noon at Lightbox (2235 Shannon Place, S.E.) with opening remarks on
the cargo bay stage and SHAM pop up shop and DJs on the main stage. Both stages
will have various performers, the cargo bay stage closing at 6 p.m. and the main stage
remaining busy until midnight.
There’s also the “Party Behind the Big Chair” (2020 Shannon Place, S.E.) with performers
such as Yung Yeaga and Cee Love, starting at 4:15 p.m.
Part of a project by D.C.’s Office of Planning, vacant and underutilized storefronts and
empty lots have been transformed into an artist showcase/village for three to six months.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit lumen8anacostia.
com.
Scott Nevins plays two shows at MCC-DC
Openly gay comedian, celebrity and
television personality Scott Nevins will be
appearing at Metropolitan Community
Church (474 Ridge St., N.W.) tonight and
Saturday at 8 p.m.
Nevins, who appears on truTV’s show,
“The Smoking Gun Presents,” has worked
with some of Hollywood’s biggest starts
including Barry Manilow, Susan Lucci,
Idina Menzel, Hal Sparks and more.
Nevins has been awarded an Out There
award, was nominated for a HX Award and
Glammy Award in 2004 and a MAC Award
in 2007 and was chosen by “New York
Magazine” in their “Best of New York”
issue.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased
online at mccdc.com. Proceeds will
benefit the outreach and service programs
at MCC.
Gay Broadway star at Birchmere Sunday
Original Broadway cast members of “Rent” Adam Pascal and openly gay Anthony
Rapp play the Birchmere Music Hall (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria) Sunday at
7:30 p.m.
Rapp, who came out when he was 18, originated the role of Mark Cohen, best friend
and roommate of Pascal’s Roger Davis. He has also released a solo album, “Look
Around,” and appeared in many theatre productions, TV shows and films including the
film version of “Rent.”
Rapp has also written a memoir “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical
Rent,” which was released in 2006 and premiered as a show at the Pittsburgh City Theatre
in 2008.
Tickets are $39.50 and available online at ticketmaster.com.
Victory Fund to host annual brunch
The Victory Fund is having its National Champagne Brunch on Sunday at the
Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) at 11 a.m. featuring Tammy
Baldwin.
This year’s theme is “Strength in Numbers” and Victory Fund will be honoring
the eight openly gay and lesbian members of the Maryland legislature: Luke
Clippinger, Bonnie Cullison, Anne Kaiser, Richard Madaleno, Maggie McIntosh,
Heather Mizeur, Peter Murphy and Mary Washington.
Individual tickets are $150 and a table with ten seats is $1,500.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit victoryfund.org.
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New Woolly production
eye-popping but
underdeveloped
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
While very different, drag and puppetry
actually have some things in common. To
be good, both require artifice, heaps of
imagination and a little magic. In co-creating
“Arias with a Twist” (at Woolly Mammoth
through May 6) New York drag performer
Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist
bring together their respective, formidable
talents to create a wild ride.
The 90-minute, psychedelic odyssey kicks
off in outer space. When we meet the show’s
beleaguered heroine Joey (portrayed by
Arias as a mix of dim damsel and hard-
boiled party girl), she’s been abducted
by aliens. Strapped to a metal wheel, she
unconvincingly objects “I’m a virgin,” as the
glow-eyed extraterrestrials introduce her to
their biggest mechanical probe. From there,
Joey, falls to earth and lands in an Eden-
like jungle where — “Holy Shitake!” — she
gobbles down a sparkly disco mushroom
(hallucinogenic, of course), and the most
trippy part of her journey ensues.
Twist (the show’s designer and
director), lighting designer Ayumu “Poe”
Saegusa and projection designer Daniel
Brodie surround Joey with outsized
flowers, pinwheels, kaleidoscopes,
Muppet-like dodo birds, butterflies,
disembodied white-gloved hands, and,
most impressively, 20-foot-long, purple
octopus tentacles. The magic mushrooms
experience explodes from mellow to fiery,
taking Joey straight to a flame-filled hell
where she performs a Vegas-y number
(and more) with two muscly, massively
endowed backup demons.
Inevitably Joey crashes. From a darkened
stage, she awakens alone and weakly asks
the audience “What time is it?” before
seguing into a torchy rendition of pop hit
“All By Myself.” (Throughout the show
Arias sings a mixture pop standards and
bluesy ballads dotted with low growls and
ear-piercing Yma Sumac squeaks.) But like
Dorothy, Joey realizes “there’s no place like
home,” and for her that means Manhattan.
In no time, our high-heeled star
hilariously descends upon Gotham like
the 50-foot woman, clomping her way
downtown, taking out a few cabs and
assorted commuters on the way. Despite a
raucous return, she’s welcomed home with
open arms: a spinning collage of headlines
announces “Joey Arias Returns From
Outer Space!” Her triumphant comeback
entails a singing engagement at a smart
club. Joey flirts with the cute band
members (charmingly crafted 80-year-
old puppets passed down from Twist’s
bandleader grandfather) and naughtily
banters with the audience (a real Arias
strength). Before the final curtain, she is
joined by a chorus of big-legged beauties
and ultimately appears half-naked atop a
multi-tiered cake in an elaborate number
inspired by 1930s Hollywood.
Arias’ bag of tried-and-true tricks (that
vintage pinup appeal, the Billie Holiday
rasp and those hilarious deadpan double
takes) along with Twist’s whimsical, wildly
inventive puppetry expand a one gal show
into something vast (including a cast of
dozens animated by six unseen puppeteers)
and delightfully unpredictable.
Manfred Thierry Mugler (the famed
French couturier added the “Manfred” when
he dramatically transformed into a massive
bodybuilder a few years back) dresses
Joey in a restricted wardrobe of punishing
foundation garment with strategically
placed black bands, and later a gorgeous
black mermaid gown. The look creates a
sort of chic armor; but despite her fierce
attire, Joey is vulnerable and amusingly
susceptible to all sorts of temptation.
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Drag/puppet stew
‘ARIAS WITH A TWIST’
Through May 6
Woolly Mammoth
641 D Street, NW
$30-$55
202-393-3939
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JOEY ARIAS in ‘Arias with a Twist.’
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FLUID: Rhythms, Transitions &
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202-483-8600. smithcenter.org.
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Working the Musical, Keegan Theatre,
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WED, APR 18
Come Fly Away, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
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301-924-3400. olneytheatre2.org.
The Whipping Man, Theater J.
202-777-3214. washingtondcjcc.org.
THU, APR 19
Maryland Dance Ensemble, Clarice Smith.
301-405-ARTS.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Andrew Litton, conductor, NSO, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Puro Tango, GALA Hispanic Theatre.
202-234-7174. galatheatre.org.
LAST CHANCE
SUN, APR 15
ALICE (in wonderland), The Washington
Ballet, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
washingtonballet.org.
Princess of Kaguya, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Wear. Strut. Occupy., Corcoran Gallery of
Art. 202-639-1700. corcoran.edu.
Jenny Sidhu Mullins – The Art On The Art
Bus Project & Luis Sierra: Somewhere Over
The Digital Prism, Artisphere.
703-875-1100. artisphere.com.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
APR 13 - APR 14
Occupy GALA, GALA Hispanic Theatre.
202-234-7174. galatheatre.org.
APR 14 - APR 15
Paul Zaloom, Dance Place. 202-269-1600.
danceplace.org.
APRIL 19 - APRIL 22
Jazz at the Jefferson, Cherry Blossom
Festival, Jefferson Memorial.
nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
FRI, APR 13
Chelsey Green & Green Project w/
Synchronicity, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Moscow Festival Ballet: The Sleeping
Beauty, GMU Center for the Arts.
703-993-2787. eagle.gmu.edu.
Rachel Barton Pine, The Barns Wolf Trap.
1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
Visio-Disco: A Remix of Music and Art.
National Portrait Gallery. 202-633-3030.
residentassociates.org.
SAT, APR 14
Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella,
GMU Center for the Arts. 703-993-2787.
eagle.gmu.edu.
Japanese Street Festival, Cherry
Blossom Festival, 12th Street
& Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
Wes Montgomery, Baird Auditorium.
202-633-3030. residentassociates.org.
Tappenstance Presents Hit The Floor.
Jack Guidone Theater. 202-520-3692.
joyofmotion.org.
SUN, APR 15
Friday Morning Music Club 125th
Anniversary Gala Concert, Schlesinger.
703-534-5726. fmmc.org.
TUE, APR 17
The Music of Bill Monroe with Rowan,
Rice, McCourys, Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
WED, APR 18
Paco de Lucia, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
ONGOING STAGE
Crown of Shadows: the wake of odysseus,
Round House Theatre, Round House
Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
1776, Ford’s Theatre. 202-347-4833.
fords.org.
On The Waterfront, American Century
Theater, Gunston Arts Center.
703-998-4555. americancentury.org.
The Seafarer by Conor McPherson,
SCENA Theatre, H Street Playhouse.
703-683-2824. ScenaTheater.org.
Dogugaeshi with a Twist, National Cherry
Blossom Festival, The Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Arias With A Twist, Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling
Bee, Workhouse Arts Center.
703-584-2900. workhousearts.org.
ONGOING EXHIBITIONS
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Tim
Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers.
202-639-1700. corcoran.org.
Kreeger Museum. JOAN MIRO From the
Collection of The Kreeger Museum.
202-338-3552. kreegermuseum.org.
National Gallery of Art. Colorful Realm:
Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings,
In the Tower: Mel Bochner, Picasso’s
Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing
Tradition. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Titanic: 100
Year Obsession, Samurai: The Warrior
Transformed. 202-857-7000. nglive.org/dc.
Museum of Women in the Arts. 25 x
25: R(ad)ical Love: Sister Mary Corita,
Royalists to Romantics, New York Avenue
Sculpture Project: Chakaia Booker.
202-783-5000. NMWA.ORG
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FRI , APRI L 13 THROUGH SAT, APRI L 14
KENNEDY CENTER. 202- 467- 4600. KENNEDY- CENTER. ORG.
Sweet Honey In The Rock and the NSO join forces for a world premiere of Bill
Banfield’s Affirmations. The Grammy Award-winning a cappella group brings its
renowned African American vocal styles to this important NSO co-commission.
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SAT, APRI L 14
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Synetic returns to comedy and presents the eighth installment in the Silent
Shakespeare series, The Taming of the Shrew. Irina Tsikurishvili will play the title
character in one of the Bard’s best-known romantic comedies, while the ensemble
brings its signature physicality and aesthetic to reinvent this remarkable, fiery war
of the sexes.
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121 distinguished craft artists, 44 of them new to the show this year, show one-of-
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and wearable art.
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Dance diva playing
blossoms, Town Saturday
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
It’s 11 a.m. on a recent weekday in Burbank,
Calif., and Kristine W. is in a happy mood —
she just got measured for alterations for a
dress she’s going to wear this weekend for
one of her D.C. performances.
“It’s a relief,” she says en route to a
rehearsal. “You have to have something
great to wear in a parade. We just left
the costume shop where they fitted it.
Sometimes that’s the biggest challenge
— finding something to wear.”
The dance diva who’s famous for having
scored a whopping 16 No. 1 hits on the
Billboard Hot Dance Club chart over a 20-
year recording career, has two gigs slated
for D.C. this weekend — she’ll perform in
a cherry blossom parade then Saturday
night around midnight she’ll do a 20-minute
mini-set at Town. Though she’s only briefly
cracked the Hot 100, she trails only Madonna
and Beyonce as the top dance charter for
the ‘00s and has had more consecutive
dance No. 1s than any other artist.
She’s looking forward to returning to
Town, she says.
“It’s an amazing club and Ed (Bailey) is a
great guy. And you know, it’s a real club, it’s
the real deal. Some clubs are very put on but
this is Town, a real club with real chill DJs.”
The dancing queen is a bit of an
enigma — she’s vague on personal
details though she’s talked publicly about
being a Washington state native and a
cancer survivor. She admits to being “in a
relationship at the moment,” but declines
to elaborate. She has “a couple of very
cool kids,” a girl and a boy, 11 and 12.
“They’re in school and having a great time.
My girl plays the violin and my boy is a guitar
player and a great golfer.” Kristine has lived
in Las Vegas for about 18 years. She says it’s
a great home base though she’s on the road
“at least” 60 percent of the year on average.
She’s been successful at continuing her
chart success despite the rampant music
industry changes over the last several
years. Kristine says her performances fuel
her recording efforts. Her last album, a jazz
project that had several remixed singles,
did well and led to some cabaret gigs
for her. Next up is a mostly new album
— eight new songs and four hits in newly
remixed versions for a project slated to
drop in early June.
Despite all the high-concept
photography and sonic production,
Kristine says she lives a mostly low-key life
when she’s not working.
“I don’t live a flashy life and I mostly put
everything back into my music. My shows
have subsidized my music. I put everything
into promotion, pay my graphic artist,
my project manager, then my livelihood
comes from my live shows.”
Kristine gives mostly succinct answers
during a 20-minute phone chat, but a
question about her earliest gay influences
inspires a story.
“The choir director at our church was
gay but nobody ever talked about it,” she
says. “There’s no way he would have come
out but he was one of my best friends. My
mom would pretend to be his girlfriend
and all four of us — my dad had died
when we were little, we were like 2, 3, 4
or 5 when he died — but he stepped in
and because I was so crazy about music,
he really had an influence on me. So he
taught sixth grade and had this award-
winning children’s choir, and my mom was
like we totally get it that you could not say
anything, it would ruin his career, but then
later they were naming a school after him.
He died of cancer when I was like 13. He
would love it now that I have such a gay
following with my music. I’m pretty sure
he probably died of AIDS but back then
everybody just said it was cancer.”
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Catching up
with Kristine W.
KRISTINE W
Town Danceboutique
2009 8th Street, NW
Doors — 10 p.m.
Performance — midnight
Cover — $8 before 11; $12 after
Towndc.com
Dance diva KRISTINE W. has two D.C. engagements slated for Saturday
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TODAY
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays Wolf
Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna) tonight at 8
p.m. Tickets are $35 and available online
at wolftrap.org.
Women in Their Twenties, a social
discussion and dinner group, meets
tonight from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the D.C.
Center (1318 U St., N.W.).
Town’s (2009 8th St., N.W.) Bear Happy
Hour presents “Bearaoke” tonight from 7
to 10 p.m. on the first floor, with mistress
of ceremonies Tre. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Special Agent Galactica’s Happy Hour
Cabaret Show is tonight at the Black Fox
Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) from
6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more
information, visit pinkhairedone.com.
Strathmore’s Friday Night
Eclectic continues tonight with Chelsey
Green and the Green Project with
Synchronicxity at the Mansion (10701
Rockville Pike, North Bethesda) at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at
the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more
information and to purchase tickets, visit
strathmore.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Mixtape D.C. is tonight at the Black Cat
(1811 14th St., N.W.), a dance party for queer
music lovers and their pals that features DJs
Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer playing an
eclectic mix of electro, alt-pop, indie rock,
house, disco, new wave and anything else
danceable. There is a $10 cover for this
event. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Court,
N.W.) and 495 Bears presents “Bears Can
Dance” tonight at 9 p.m. with DJ Bobby T.
There is no cover for this event.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) has a couple
things going on tonight. Raja, winner
of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will appear,
Kristine W. (see interview on page 51),
an international dance music icon, will
perform and DJ Jerome Farley will be
spinning. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is
$8 before 11 p.m. and $12 afterward.
Australian quartet the Jezabels play
Red Palace (1212 H St., N.E.) tonight at
9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12
day of the show and available online at
redpalacedc.com. Doors open at 8 p.m.
DJ vANNIEty Kills presents
“Anniething Goes” tonight at Jimmy
Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club (1103
Bladensburg Rd., N.E.) at 10 p.m. with
back-to-back sets featuring guest DJs
Juan and Hugo Zapata, Slant, Charles
Martin and Prab K.
Openly gay puppeteer Paul Zaloom
brings his latest solo comic puppet show
“White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet
Show” to Dance Place (3225 8th St., N.E.)
tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general
admisison, $17 for DP Members, seniors
and teachers, $10 for college students and
$8 for children 17 and younger. Zaloom
will also perform on Sunday at 7 p.m. For
more information and to purchase tickets,
visit danceplace.org.
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
(6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda), Bethesda
Jewish Congregation and the River Road
Unitarian Universalist Congregation are
co-sponsoring the “Community Of
Caring AIDS Benefit Concert” tonight
featuring jazz pianist, Fred Hersch at
7:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation
of $35, $25 for seniors and students. The
proceeds will be divided equally among
Dennis Avenue Health Center HIV/AIDS
Program, La Clinica del Pueblo of D.C.
and the Association of Francois-Xavier
Bagnoud South Africa Program. For more
information, visit bradleyhillschurch.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
The All-American Rejects play 9:30
Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight. Tickets
are $30 and available online at 930.com.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Busboys & Poets presents “Borderlines:
A Bilingual Spanish-English Open
Mic” tonight at 5 p.m. in the Zinn room
of its Hyattsville location (5331 Baltimore
Ave., Suite 104) hosted by Henry Mills. The
sign-up sheet opens at 4 p.m.
Rams Head OnStage (33 West St.,
Annapolis) is having a salute to Elton
John with tribute artist Almost Elton John
and the Rocket Band tonight at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $45 and available online at
tickets.ramsheadonstage.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 16
Regie Cabico and DonMike Mendoza
host “La-Ti-Do D.C.” tonight at Black Fox
Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)
from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Cover is $10 and
includes a rail cocktail or house wine.
Busboys & Poets presents an author
event featuring Michael G. Long tonight
in the Langston Room of its 14th and V
streets location (2021 14th St., N.W.) at
6:30 p.m. Long will be discussing and
signing his new book, “I Must Resist:
Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters.”
TUESDAY, APRIL 17
Say Anything performs at Black Cat
(1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight. Tickets are
$18 in advance, $12 day of show and
available online at blackcatdc.com. Doors
open at 7 p.m.
Javier Colon, winner of NBC’s “The
Voice,” plays Rams Head OnStage (33
West St., Annapolis) tonight at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $28.50 and available online at
tickets.ramsheadonstage.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
D.C. Ice Breakers hosts its monthly
open skate tonight from 8 to 9 p.m. at
the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, on top of the
Ballston Common Mall parking garage
(627 N Glebe Rd.) in Arlington. After
skating the group will hit a local bar for
a social hour. Skating is $8 plus $3 for
skate rental. For more information, visit
dcicebreakers.com.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club for gay bridge players meets tonight
for social bridge at the Dignity Center (721
8th Street, S.E.). No partner is needed.
Visit lambdabridge.com for details and
click on “social bridge in Washington.”
THURSDAY, APRIL 19
Fountains of Wayne plays 9:30 Club
(815 V St., N.W.) tonight. Tickets are $25
and available online at 930.com. Doors
open at 7 p.m.
There is a University of Maryland
graduate and professional student happy
hour tonight at Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.)
from 6 to 8 p.m.
Openly gay comedian Erin Foley plays
Riot Act Comedy Theater (801 E St., N.W.)
starting tonight at 8 p.m. with John Betz Jr.,
and Will Hessler opening. Tickets are $20
and available online at riotactcomedy.com.
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with LGBT participants. Recurring events must be
re-submitted each time.
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gay puppeteer PAUL ZALOOM operates diminutive characters and sets in a toy theater history.
The action is live hi-deI video-Ied onto a large screen behind Zaloom so the audience can see
what is going on.
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Gay advice columnist has
new MTV sex show

By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com

The Blade caught up with Dan Savage
last week — he’s plugging his new MTV
show “Savage U” (Tuesdays at 11 p.m.)
and took a few minutes out of a dizzying
schedule of writing advice columns,
editing newspapers, hosting the new
show and being an anti-bullying advocate
— in addition to being a family man — to
riff on this and that.
BLADE: There’ve been so many cable
sex advice shows over the years — the
old MSNBC shows, Sue Johanson and
even MTV’s own “Loveline” with Dr. Drew
and Adam for those of us old enough to
remember it. What can yours add that
hasn’t been done before or does every
generation need its own sex advice show?
SAVAGE: Hopefully what I bring to it is
what I bring to “Savage Love” (his syndicated
advice columnist which runs locally in City
Paper) — a sex-positive, kink-positive
take and one that embraces pleasure as a
legitimate goal that celebrates people’s
desire. A lot of what I’ve seen is really kind
of sex negative that starts first with no,
then with maybe. “Savage Love” works its
way from maybe to yes to yes, definitely …
there’s a school of thinking that says, “Oh my
God, you can’t have sex if there’s any risk,”
but there’s risk in all kinds of things. What
needs to be discussed is how to mitigate
the risk as much as possible but then at a
certain point yes, you have a right to go for
it. You also have to be able to shoulder the
consequences. … There’s always a risk but
you don’t hear people advocating against
sky diving or snowboarding. There’s a whole
bunch of people who will drop dead today
from eating chicken salad and yeah, you’d
be an idiot to leave it out in the sun for three
days and then eat it, so we can apply that
same brainy shit to sex.
BLADE: How do you get these college
students to go on the air and say, “I have
herpes” or “I’m a virgin.” Are you involved
in finding them or do producers do that?
SAVAGE: There are producers who do
that ahead of time. I need to be hearing
about their stories for the first time when
we film, so there are layers of producers
who vet them ahead of time. There are a
lot of old farts like me who think YouTube
and Facebook and Twitter and all that is
something new and always will be, but for
somebody who’s 19 and basically grew up
with this stuff, they have different attitudes
about privacy … we’ve started some
taping and then stopped ….
BLADE: Why? What would be an
example of someone whose story
shouldn’t be aired?
SAVAGE: This was someone who
obviously had a deeper-seated medical
issue that became evident on camera and
we felt talking about the issue would have
unfairly outed the person and would have
been kind of dishonest so we unplugged
the mics … we try to be honest and honor
the kids without exploiting anyone.
BLADE: You seem so much nicer on the
show than in your column where you often
seem very exasperated and caustic. Why?
SAVAGE: Well I told someone in the
premiere episode they were an idiot so
I’m a little caustic here and there on the
show but I think in the column, some of it
is having to boil so much down to fit the
space that it can make me seem more
caustic and sarcastic than I am. I’ve had
people say for the podcast I seem so much
nicer but that’s the benefit of being able to
run my mouth. It’s a different venue … also
on the show, I’m a lot more willing to cut
these kids some slack because they’re 18.
I’m a lot more patient with an 18-year-old
fuck up than I am with a 38-year-old fuck
up. It’s like of course you’re fucked up when
you’re 18 because 18 is fucked up anyway.
BLADE: Are you of the school of thought
that a Santorum nomination would have
been better for Obama than a Romney
nomination or does any Santorum success
cause you to shudder?
SAVAGE: I agree with Bill Maher on
that — I don’t trust the American people
enough to have had Santorum be the
nominee. This is a country that elected
Bush, at least once, he stole it the first
time, but I would take Romney over
Santorum though they’re two bars set so
low they’re basically on the floor.
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Sex advice columnist DAN SAVAGE on the campus of University of Maryland taping an episode of
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Former D.C. resident
training for
Paralympic Games
By KEVIN MAJOROS
In 1994, Jason Beagle was in a car
accident that left him with shattered
vertebrae, paralyzed from the waist down.
Spinal fusion and many months of therapy
enabled Beagle to regain the use of his legs.
Eventually, he was able to walk without
a cane but still had to deal with physical
limitations and some paralysis. After
moving to D.C. to pursue work as a
director at the Shakespeare Theatre,
Beagle decided to test his body and
joined the LGBT sports team, Chesapeake
and Potomac Softball (CAPS).
“I wanted to try a sport that I had
played before the accident,” said Beagle.
“It turned out that softball was a little bit
beyond my limits.”
In 2007, he joined another LGBT sports
team, the DC Strokes Rowing Club
(DCSRC) and entered the “Learn to Row”
program. Beagle ended up falling in love
with the sport and went on to compete
in rowing regattas with the team and
eventually became president of the club.
With the encouragement of DCSRC
Coach Patrick Johnson, Beagle joined
Capital Adaptive which was a new program
offered by the Capital Rowing Club.
Capital Adaptive was formed to introduce
the Washington area’s population of
disabled military veterans and civilians to
the sport of rowing.
“I wanted to see what it was like to row
with other athletes with disabilities,” says
Beagle. “I was classified as an adaptive
rower with functional use of his legs, trunk
and arms (LTA).”
At the start of 2011, Beagle received
an email from U.S. Rowing Coach, Karen
Lewis, inviting him to a development
camp at the Oklahoma City National High
Performance Center (OKC-NHPC). At the
conclusion of the development camp, he
was invited to the international selection
camp for adaptive rowers to be contested
in June 2011.
With only 10 weeks to train, and along
with help from the DC Strokes and
Capital Adaptive, Beagle adopted a
high performance training program that
consisted of four hours of rowing a day
along with his 45-hour work week.
Beagle ended up losing his seat race
at the selection camp and returned to
D.C. disappointed, but committed to the
sport of rowing. He continued racing with
the DC Strokes and competed in several
adaptive rowing sprint races.
In July 2011, Beagle received another
invitation from Coach Karen Lewis.
This one was an invitation to consider
moving to Oklahoma City and applying
for residency at the OKC-NHPC. After
several weeks of consideration and a trip
to Oklahoma City for the U.S. Master’s
National Championships, Beagle decided
to take the plunge and his application for
residency was accepted.
In December 2011, Beagle quit his job
in D.C., packed up his car and moved to
Oklahoma City. He is now in residence
with more than 20 high performance
rowers at the OKC-NHPC, which includes
adaptive rowers and able-bodied rowers.
At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, rowing
was added to the sports lineup for the
first time. As designated by FISA, the
international rowing federation, there are
three categories in Paralympic rowing.
Arms only (A), Trunk and Arms (TA) and
Legs, Trunk and Arms (LTA).
Beagle is now in heavy training for a
chance to compete for the USA at the
2012 London Paralympics. A typical day
for Beagle consists of 12 miles of rowing
in the Oklahoma River, six hours of work at
Chesapeake Energy and another 12 miles
on the river in the evening.
Somewhere in the course of a week
he also fits in ergometer training, weight
training, biking, light running and time in
the indoor high propulsion rowing tank.
All the hard training has given Beagle
some incredible results. “My time for 1,000
meters has improved by 35 seconds,” says
Beagle. “That currently ranks me second
in the United States in the LTA category.”
The selection camp for the 2012
London Paralympics will be contested
in Charlottesville, Va., beginning on
May 25 on the Rivanna River. The United
States prequalified a boat for London in
the LTA category, which is a four-person
mixed sweep boat (4+) at the 2011 World
Championships in Bled, Slovenia.
During the course of the two-week
selection camp, four men and four women
will be selected to compete in seat racing.
Over the course of several days, the eight
rowers will rotate spots in the four-person
sweep boat looking for the combination
that will result in the fastest time. The final
selection will consist of the fastest two
men and two women.
Getting into the mindset of an elite
athlete has been an interesting challenge for
Beagle. “Sometimes, because of my theater
background, I feel like I am training for opening
night of a play,” he says. “I have never pushed
my body this hard and am looking forward to
what challenges lie ahead.”
Regardless of the outcome in
Charlottesville next month, Beagle will
remain at the OKC-NHPC through the
2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“I am enjoying it in Oklahoma City,” says
Beagle. “The LGBT community here is
quite social and the various cliques seem
to be very accepting of each other.”
Everyone here in D.C. will be rooting for
Jason as he rows his way to London for a
shot at the gold medal.
Information on local rowing is at dcstrokes.
org and capitalrowing.org. Information on
U.S. Rowing is at okc-nhpc.org.
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No matter how fulfilling, open and
supportive relationships in our adult lives
can be, they sometimes fall apart as if
there was never true love in the first place.
Sad as it may be, for some, it’s inevitable.
Circumstances may change while you and
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regardless of the strength of the
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We’ve listed the top five issues that we’ve
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Stubbornness or unwillingness
to compromise. Speaking from both
personal and professional experience,
stubbornness is a quality that can easily
cause rifts in relationships, and is actually
also quite common. Relationships are all
about understanding and compromise.
Think about this first from your own
perspective. Would you date you? Would
you stand for the demands you make?
If the answer is no to either of these
questions, you should rethink what you’re
asking of your partner. Consider the idea
that a relationship is a partnership — it’s
about two people, not one.
Cheating. This is obviously something
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unfortunately it happens quite often. If
you are the person considering looking
outside your relationship for more of a
physical or emotional connection, you
need to discuss this with your partner.
We don’t mean sitting her/him down and
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you — what do you think?” We believe
that almost any issue can be overcome
with the right amount of communication.
If something is lacking in your relationship,
discuss it with your partner. Clarity and
resolving your issues can dissolve the want
or need to look outside your relationships.
Financial discrepancy/
miscommunication. The biggest
problem that comes with a huge
financial discrepancy between partners is
insecurity. If there is an understanding in
the very beginning of a relationship that
one person is more financially stable than
the other, this won’t become an issue.
However, when it gets left untouched,
there will usually be a point where the “less
stable” person has feelings of insecurity
or even intimidation that (s)he doesn’t
bring enough to the table. We often hear
from the more financially stable individual
that (s)he doesn’t mind if her/his partner
isn’t as wealthy as her/himself when in a
committed relationship. But again, the
conversation must be had, as early on as
possible, in order to avoid one or both
people experiencing uncomfortable
feelings surrounding money.
Resentment. This is the sneakiest of
all the issues because it goes undetected
and can fester for years at a time.
Resentment usually begins small, where
one partner is annoyed by something
minor — such as a mannerism or tone.
We will hear from clients, “I hate when he
does X.” But then when asked if he ever
told his partner what was bothering him,
the answer is usually “no.” The only way
you’ll get your partner to change or shift
his attitude is by communicating your
thoughts. If you truly love your partner,
tell her/him how you feel.
Repression/passive aggressiveness.
Resentment often leads to repression of
feelings. Why is it that when we get into
a relationship that we sometimes feel
the need to hide our concerns? Isn’t the
whole point of being with someone to
share your thoughts and feel comfortably
vulnerable with? If you hold back your
thoughts and bury them deep within,
you will never reach the highest level
of intimacy and trust that exists in all
healthy long-term relationships. Passive
aggressiveness is similar, in that bringing
up issues to discuss by way of another
issue only intensifies the first problem at
hand. Resentment often leads to passive
aggressive behavior, which may also
snowball into cheating. Avoid all of these
by being direct with your partner.
In the end, it’s wise to look inside and
ask yourself if you would date you —
with all your feelings, insecurities and
with all you bring to the relationship.
Everyone has a baggage, and everyone
has needs. How you work through your
thoughts and present issues to your
partner is what will determine if your
relationship is meant to be.
Top 5 reasons
relationships end
For more advice, follow us on Twitter @MixologyDC, @
MegNovinskie, @KimRosenbergDC or e-mail us at advice@
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We had a lot of fun putting it together
and taking in the depth and breadth of
all that we’ve done over the years.” The
anniversary celebration will culminate
in the annual June Pride Brunch where
supporters can “eat, drink and be merry”
while watching New York’s Pride Parade
from the windows of “In the Life’s” studios
on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
When asked about the importance of
the show, Kristel points out that the impact
of the series goes beyond its television
and online audiences. For example, this
month’s episode, “Becoming Me,” which
chronicles the lives of families dealing with
transgender and non-gender-conforming
children, is already becoming a resource
for educators, parenting groups like
PFLAG and social service agencies. Kristel
says, “The show is a beautiful articulation of
what we do really well, which is to take an
issue and tell personal stories that relate to
the issue and that make it tangible for our
audiences. We worked on this piece for nine
months and we were able to go in-depth
with the eight families we interviewed and
really understand their journeys.”
Kristel also cites the impact of the show
on legislators and policy-makers. The
two-part episode on HIV criminalization
educated viewers about a little-known
fact. “Very few people,” Kristel points out,
“realize that in many places you can go to
prison for attempted murder for having
consensual sex if you are HIV-positive.”
The first part of the episode, “Legalizing
Stigma,” which aired in December 2010,
was shown at the first-ever congressional
hearing on HIV stigmatization and led
to the introduction of legislation to
rescind those laws. The second part,
“Perpetuating Stigma,” which aired in
February 2011, was shown at this year’s
United Nations AIDS conference in Oslo
and was referenced as a resource in the
Oslo Declaration.
In addition, the celebrated web
exclusive “Injustice at Every Turn”
brought to life a report on transgender
discrimination that was produced by the
National Center for Transgender Equality
and the National Gay and Lesbian Task
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Kristel said. “I read the report and I
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transgender people are facing.’ But the
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are going to read a report like that, so we
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one of the things we do well, to take an
issue and put a human face on it and
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understanding of the lives that people
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Kristel is quick to point out that “In the
Life” also produces some fun stories as
well. A recent episode profiled the late
Sam Steward, a sexual renegade, writer and
pornographer. With a hearty chuckle, Kristel
relates that “he started life as an English
professor, but found that the life of an
academic didn’t suit him particularly well. He
left that to become a writer of erotica and a
tattoo artist. Along the way, he documented,
in some detail, his sexual escapades. He had
a wooden card catalog that he called “The
Stud File” with little cards and descriptions
of everybody that he ever had sex with and
with pertinent details about their physiques
and their skills.”
Ameringen’s gift comes at a critical
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and to explore the issues that affect
them. About $100,000 of the donation
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Kristel says, “The media landscape
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“In the Life” airs locally on WETA and
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Ronald James Mace
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Name of Decedent
Ronald E. Lyons
1901 Research Boulevard, Suite 500
Rockville, Maryland 20850
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unknown shall enter their appearance
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