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Get regular HIV/STD tests and cancer screenings. Give time. Volunteer! Get a check-up. Annual exams promote year-round wellness. Give money. Donate! Get active. Regular exercise keeps you healthy physically and spiritually.

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Capital Pride expected to draw 250,000 this weekend


Deborah Cox to headline Sunday festival after Saturdays parade
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS mlavers@washblade.com
The citys 37th annual pride celebration is expected to draw an estimated 100,000 people to Dupont Circle and Logan Circle on Saturday, when the parade kicks off at 4:30 p.m. The Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the D.C. Center, Maryland Mormons for Marriage Equality, the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League and the Human Rights Campaign are among the myriad groups that are scheduled to march. D.C. Council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1,) Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and David Catania (I-At Large) are among the local ofcials who are expected to take part. Up to 250,000 people are expected to attend the annual street festival that will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 3rd Streets, N.W., on Sunday. Deborah Cox will headline the event; while Boqueria, Dirty Martini, Lukes Lobster, Georgetown Cupcake and 350
A scene from last years Capital Pride. This years parade kicks off Saturday at 4:30, followed by Sundays annual street festival.
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Bakery will participate in the rst-ever Taste of Pride. Im thrilled with the commitment that our volunteers and our community and our board members have shown with the planning, said Ryan Bos, executive director of Capital Pride. Another new component of this years pride schedule is a series of three town hall meetings that examined a variety of topics. The D.C. Center hosted a panel at the Hotel Palomar on May 31 that addressed homelessness among LGBT youth in the District. Blade reporter Chris Johnson will moderate a panel of local gay elected ofcials who will discuss being out in politics at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives at 1201 17th St., N.W., on Thursday. Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro, Jr., will interview Mayor

Vincent Gray earlier in the evening. A Whitman-Walker Health-sponsored health forum will take place at the Metropolitan Community Church at 474 Ridge St., N.W., on June 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. We wanted to nd ways to provide more educational opportunities, said Bos. First held as a block party outside of what was then the Lambda Rising bookstore on 20th Street, N.W., in 1975; pride has grown into one of the citys most popular celebrations with nearly a months worth of parties, workshops and other events. Nearly 150 people attended the sixth annual Capital TransPride at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest on May 23. Thousands attended festivities associated with the 21st annual D.C. Black Pride that took place over the Memorial Day

weekend. Saint Thomas Parish in Dupont Circle hosted a Sunday Mass for D.C. Latino Pride on June 3; while other workshops and parties took place across the city. What you are doing is vitally important because the visibility you are giving to the Latino GLBT community is so well placed, said D.C. Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton during a forum on anti-LGBT employment discrimination that the Latino GLBT History Project organized at the Human Rights Campaign on May 30. Gautam Raghavan and Julie Rodriguez of the White Houses Ofce of Public Engagement also attended. Without you Im not sure that many Americans would understand the diversity within your own community, just as they dont understand who Latinos are, added Norton. Bos said he and other Capital Pride staff, board members and volunteers look forward to a good parade and festival. Im excited to go into the weekend with a strong team and put on another two events for the city, he said. Through this year, I hope folks get more inspired and want to engage. Our hope at Capital Pride is not just about these 15 days, but to be proud 365 days. The weather for the weekends festivities looks good, with sunny skies predicted and temperatures in the upper 80s.

Obamas Pride proclamation includes marriage


I personally believe in marriage equality for same-sex couples
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama for the rst time included support for marriage rights for gay couples in his annual proclamation commemorating June as Pride month. The president who has issued a Pride proclamation for each of his four years in ofce notes his personal support for marriage rights for gay couples in the 2012 proclamation issued on Friday following his recent announcement in favor of same-sex marriage during an ABC News interview. Last years proclamation made no mention of relationship recognition for gay couples. And because we must treat others the way we want to be treated, I personally believe in marriage equality for same-sex couples, Obama writes. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, echoed his praise for Obama when asked about the inclusion of marriage equality in the Pride proclamation. Support for the freedom to marry like strong, authentic leadership of a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law, saying no one in the country should be deemed a second-class citizen or denied basic rights. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story, Obama writes. From brave men and women who came out and spoke out, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, to activists and advocates who challenged unjust laws and marched on Washington, LGBT Americans and allies have achieved what once seemed inconceivable. This month, we reect on their enduring legacy, celebrate the movement that has made progress possible, and recommit to securing the fullest blessings of freedom for all Americans. The president also ticks off other accomplishments over his nearly three-anda-half years in ofce, including legislative repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, passage of hate crimes protections legislation, the enactment of a federal rule prohibiting LGBT discrimination in federal housing and a memorandum mandating hospitals offer visitation rights for same-sex couples. The proclamation also states, more remains to be done to ensure every single American is treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and says the Obama administration will continue to move forward in this area. However, the president makes no specic mention of further achievements that he wants to pursue. Absent from the proclamation is any mention of the lack of federal employment non-discrimination protections for LGBT workers. In April, the White House announced that it wouldnt issue at this time an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, opting instead to pursue legislation to institute these protections known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to Work, said hes not surprised that White House staffers excluded any mention of employment non-discrimination from the proclamation because workplace fairness for LGBT Americans is the one area of weakness and embarrassment in an otherwise impressive record of accomplishment by President Barack Obama. Still, Almeida offered general praise. I think that overall the proclamation is beautifully written and I am heartened that it mentions the need to make more progress on work that remains undone, Almeida said.

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Human Rights. I am very pleased, said Budd upon learning that the Council had approved her nomination. Im going to do all I can to do what the community expects of me, which is keeping my eyes open and making sure the rights of everybody are protected. Gray nominated Budd and Beninda in April to sit on the 15-member body that rules on discrimination complaints led under the D.C. Human Rights Act. They are the rst trans Washingtonians ever on the commission. D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) described the vote to the Blade as absolutely right on target. This is the kind of breakthrough we can commend the mayor for because we need this type of representation on the Human Rights Commission, he said. It was a very positive thing to be a part of. The Council also conrmed Grays reappointment of gay commissioner Michael E. Ward. marriage. Frank accepted the award with his anc Jim Ready at his side.

State Dept. brings foreign journalists to Blade ofce


Journalists from 20 nations visited the ofces of the Washington Blade on Monday as part of a special reporting tour organized by the U.S. State Department to brief the journalists on how the U.S. addresses LGBT-related issues. Blade editor Kevin Naff spoke to the journalists about how the Blade and other media outlets cover the LGBT community and how coverage from the LGBT press differs from coverage by mainline news organizations. LGBT issues are a human rights priority for Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton, said Dick Custin, deputy director of the State Departments Foreign Press Center, which organized the tour. Many of the journalists who will be joining us come from countries where homosexuality is not only stigmatized, it is punishable by imprisonment or even death, Custin said in an email prior to the journalists visit. The courageous participants on this tour are willing to report back to the readers, listeners and viewers in their home countries on how the U.S. is handling this important issue. The nations the journalists were from included: Albania, Chile, China, Croatia, Dominica, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Turkey and Uganda. Custin said the journalists on the tour include bloggers and reporters from TV, radio, newspapers and online media. One journalist from Uganda noted that in her country the Blades ofces would be ransacked and burned. Others wondered if the paper had ever been targeted by protests, while some wrongly assumed the government funded the papers operations. The session ended with many of the journalists offering international story ideas for the Blade to cover. We believe this tour would give journalists and their audiences worldwide a perspective on how the worlds leading democracy handles issues of sexual orientation and the sensitivities surrounding it, Custin said. In addition to their visit to the Blade ofces, the foreign journalists met with Diego Sanchez, the LGBT issues coordinator for U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and ofcials at the Pentagon that handle the dismantling of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, and gay members of the U.S. military. They then went to Annapolis to meet with openly gay state lawmakers. The State Department tour also was scheduled to take the journalists to the ofces of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage to glean insight into U.S. groups opposing LGBT rights. The seven-day tour was scheduled to travel to Philadelphia and New York City to enable participants to meet with law enforcement ofcials that work on efforts to curtail anti-LGBT hate crimes, leaders of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and organizers of the It Gets Better campaign, which seeks to curtail LGBT teen suicides.

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Council adopts anti-bullying bill


The D.C. City Council on Tuesday gave nal approval of an anti-bullying bill that requires schools and other city agencies to curtail bullying based on someones sexual orientation, gender identity and a wide range of other categories, including race, religion and ethnicity. The Youth Bullying and Prevention Act of 2012 was expected to be sent late this week to Mayor Vincent Gray, who has promised to sign it. Like all D.C. legislation, the bill must undergo a 30 legislative day review by Congress, which usually lasts between 60 and 90 calendar days. Capitol Hill observers expect the bill to clear the congressional review. The bill requires the citys public schools, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the D.C. public library system, and the University of the District of Columbia to develop comprehensive anti-bullying policies. LGBT advocates were part of a broad community coalition that lobbied the Council to pass the bill. LGBT groups also called on the Council to strengthen some of its provisions, resulting in signicant changes from the rst version of the bill introduced in January 2011. Similar to its rst-reading vote on the bill last month, the Council on Tuesday approved the measure by unanimous voice vote.

Whitman-Walker Health announced on Thursday that it will begin holding free legal clinics for its transgender clients next month. In partnership with Trans Legal Advocates of Washington, the clinic will allow trans people to meet with lawyers who can assist them with legally changing their name and gender on their drivers licenses, passports, birth certicates and other documents. Attorneys will also work with those who want to change their name and gender with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Motor Vehicles and other government agencies. The three clinics will take place at Whitman-Walker (1701 14th St., NW) on June 12, July 11 and Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary, but clients are encouraged to RSVP at either 202-939-7627 or lbrubaker@whitman-walker.org.

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Shakespeare Theatre wins regional Tony


For Shakespeare Theatre Companys gay artistic director Michael Kahn, 2012 is turning out to be a real banner year. Not only is his company celebrating its 25th anniversary season, its also being honored with the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award. And on Sunday evening when the nobs of American theater gather for the Tony Awards annual ceremony in New York, Kahn will be on hand to receive the prize. Kahn released a statement expressing his gratitude: I am so honored to have the work of the Shakespeare Theatre Company recognized in this way. This is a very touching tribute to have the work of all of the artists and staff who have been a part of our 25-year history acknowledged. The Regional Theatre Tony Award honors a nonprot, professional regional theater that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theater nationally.

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Gay law rm honored


The Washington Business Journal has named gayowned law rm Ackerman Brown PLLC as one of the citys Best Places to Work. Ackerman Brown was honored as one of the 50 top workplaces in the Washington area at the publications awards ceremony held on June 1, ranking third in its category. The ranking is determined by a quantitative employee survey. Its great to be recognized alongside so many accomplished employers in the Greater Washington area, added Glen H. Ackerman, partner in charge of the Washington, D.C. ofce, which represents the Blade in legal matters. We are committed to promoting a positive culture in the workplace.

Gay Mens Chorus honors Frank


The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington honored gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) with its Harmony Award at the beginning of the Heart Throbs concert on Saturday. Last Wednesday you celebrated the 25th anniversary of your coming out in 1987 the same year, coincidentally, that I came out, noted Tom Mounteer, board chair of the Chorus. I dont think either of us would have predicted in the year of our coming out that within just 25 years the sitting U.S. president would support same-sex marriage. And even more amazing, congressman, who would have thought, after you and Jim return to Washington later this summer, we would have a sitting member of Congress in a same-sex

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The D.C. Council on Tuesday approved the nomination of transgender activists Earline Budd and Alexandra Beninda to the D.C. Commission on

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Alleged IHOP shooter rejects plea deal


Case goes to grand jury; attack on gay man caught on video
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
A woman charged with shooting a gay man inside an International House of Pancakes restaurant in the citys Columbia Heights section in March rejected a plea bargain deal from prosecutors on Tuesday during a court status hearing. The governments offer called for keeping in place the charge of aggravated assault while armed led against Lashawn Yvonne Carson, 27, at the time of her arrest. However, the offer included a recommendation that she be sentenced to seven years in jail for an offense that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a possible ne of $10,000. D.C. Superior Court Judge J. Michael Ryan, who presided over the hearing, said the case would be sent to a grand jury, which observers said could indict Carson on the aggravated assault while armed charge as well as other charges, including a more
Lashawn Yvonne Carson is charged with shooting a gay man inside this IHOP restaurant in March.
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severe charge of assault with intent to kill and the listing of the case as a hate crime. D.C. police initially classied the case as an anti-gay hate crime. The U.S. Attorneys ofce dropped the hate crime designation when it led the case in court. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys ofce said its prosecutors normally hold off on deciding whether to list cases as hate crimes until they are presented before a grand jury. According to accounts by police and witnesses, Carson allegedly shot the victim in the abdomen about 6:30 a.m. on March 11 near the lobby of the IHOP restaurant after an off-duty D.C. police ofcer broke

up a physical altercation between Carson and several of her friends and the victim and at least two of his friends. A police arrest afdavit says the altercation began after people sitting with Carson at the restaurant made anti-gay remarks toward the victim and people sitting with him. The afdavit says video footage taken by a surveillance camera at the IHOP shows Carson walking up to the victim after the police ofcer stopped the two parties from ghting. The afdavit says the video shows Carson ring a single shot that struck the victim, who is shown clutching his abdomen and falling to the oor.

The victim recovered from what police said was a serious but non-life threatening wound to his liver. Carson was initially held without bond. On May 3, another judge agreed to release her to home connement, with the requirement that she wear an electronic ankle bracelet. Carson wore the ankle bracelet in court on Tuesday. Her attorney, Patrick Christmas, told the court that Carson, who is pregnant, has complied with all requirements of the home release order issued on May 3 by Judge Magistrate Frederick Sullivan. William Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys ofce, said that while the maximum sentence for aggravated assault while armed is 30 years in prison, the courts guidelines for such a charge range from a four- to 10-year prison term depending on the circumstances of individual cases. Gay D.C. attorney Dale Edwin Sanders, who practices criminal law in D.C. and Virginia, called the seven-year sentence offered by the government a real good offer given the fact that Carsons action was captured on video. I would take that in a heartbeat, he said. Christmas, Carsons attorney, couldnt immediately be reached for comment.

Gray names gay attorney to lead ethics board


Move comes as Kwame Brown faces campaign nance investigation
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has nominated gay former D.C. attorney general Robert Spagnoletti to serve as chair of the citys newly created Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, which is charged with investigating allegations of ethics violations by public ofcials and city employees. Gray announced his decision to nominate Spagnoletti and two others to the three-member board at a news conference on Tuesday. The nominations came nearly six months after the D.C. Council passed legislation in December creating the board following a public outcry over several widely reported allegations of ethical breaches by city ofcials, including ofcials with Grays 2010 election campaign. These nominees have extensive experience in law, public service and ethics as well as sterling professional and personal reputations in our city, Gray said in a statement. I have faith that they will serve the people of the District well in safeguarding the trust that our residents place in their elected representatives. The boards responsibilities include investigating allegations of violations of ethics laws by D.C. government employees and public ofcials. The board is also responsible for issuing new rules and regulations concerning the ethical conduct of city employees and public ofcials and for conducting mandatory training on the city governments code of conduct. Spagnoletti served as the citys attorney general under the administration of former Mayor Anthony Williams, who appointed him to the post. Prior to his term as attorney general, Spagnoletti served from 1990 to 2003 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he became known as a skilled prosecutor. After leaving ofce as D.C. attorney general in 2006, Spagnoletti became a partner in the D.C. law rm Schertler & Onorato LLP, with a practice in both criminal law and civil litigation. He also served as president of the D.C. Bar. Spagnoletti, 49, lives in the citys Shepherd Park neighborhood with his partner and their two sons. Gray nominated to the ethics board Republican attorney Laura Richards who recently retired as deputy general counsel and staff attorney for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Deborah Lathen, a consultant, corporate lawyer and former ofcial with the Federal Communications Commission. All three nominees must be conrmed by the Council. The legislation creating the board requires that no more than two of the boards members can come from the same political party. Bob Kabel, the gay chair of the D.C. Republican Party, called Richards, a Republican, an excellent choice for the position. The board is best served with a diversity of opinions and Mrs. Richards would bring just that, Kabel said in a statement. The mayor made a strong choice by nominating Mrs. Richards and we are thankful that he was inclusive of the Districts Republican Party when making his selection. In creating the board last December, the Council acted in response to calls from community activists and government watchdog groups for a re-writing and strengthening of the citys existing ethics in government rules, which critics said were too weak. Some of the same activists and groups criticized Gray for taking too long to nominate the members of the ethics board. Gray said he wanted to seek out the best possible nominees for the panel. The nominations come shortly after a federal judge sentenced former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) to prison after he pleaded guilty to embezzling city funds. Last month, two former ofcials who worked on Grays mayoral election campaign pleaded guilty to election law violations. The two were accused of arranging for campaign funds to be used to clandestinely pay a mayoral candidate with no chance of winning to denounce and heckle former Mayor Adrian Fenty during campaign debates. Fenty was Grays main rival in the campaign for mayor. D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown (D-At-Large) is also under investigation by the U.S. Attorneys ofce for alleged campaign nance violations. Spagnoletti surfaced in the news in 2011 when he served on the defense team in a civil case in which three gay men were named in a wrongful death lawsuit by the wife of slain attorney Robert Wone. The civil trial took place after the three men Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward were acquitted on obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges related to Wones death. Wone was found stabbed to death in the mens Dupont Circle area townhouse in August 2006. No one has been charged with the murder. The two parties reached an out-ofcourt settlement in which the defendants agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Cathy Wone. Spagnoletti and the other attorneys declined to disclose the amount of the settlement.

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AIDS Quilt returning to D.C.


Will be displayed on National Mall July 21-25
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The entire AIDS Memorial Quilt will return to Washington for the rst time in more than 15 years next month. The quilts 48,000 panels will remain on the National Mall from July 21-25 to coincide with the start of the International AIDS Conference. More than 40 locations throughout the D.C. metropolitan area will display portions of the quilt through July 27. The Washington Nationals will showcase panels in the outeld during the July 7 game with some of the proceeds going to Team Up to Fight AIDS! and Whitman-Walker Health. The NAMES Project Foundation, the Atlanta-based group that cares for the quilt, will also showcase 8,000 panels at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival from June 27-July 1 and July 4-8. Julie Rhoad, the groups president, said her organization will offer quilting workshops, a performance stage and interactive exhibits during the 10-day festival that draws an estimated one million people to the National Mall each year. For them to take on AIDS and do it through the lens of the quilt is quite extraordinary, she told the Blade. Its a very important piece for us to be on the national stage in that way. The NAMES Project has also worked with the University of Iowa to design a mobile app that will allow visitors to search for specic names, sign a digital guestbook and view the quilt from different angles. A 60 digital touch screen will allow people to access an interactive timeline of the history of both the AIDS epidemic and the quilt. This is an extraordinary kind of historical experience, said Anne Balsamo, professor at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California who coordinated these digital initiatives. Its been 16 years since the last time it was laid out. The quilt has grown signicantly since then. Cleve Jones and a handful of others began to make the quilt in San Francisco in 1987 as a way to memorialize those who had succumbed to AIDS. It was displayed on the National Mall for the rst time later that year. The NAMES Project brought 8,000 panels to the Ellipse to commemorate National HIV Testing Day in 2004. This year marks the rst time the entire quilt will be on display anywhere since 1996.

The AIDS Memorial Quilts 48,000 panels return to D.C. next month to coincide with the International AIDS Conference.
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Its a pivotal time in HIV and AIDS, said Rhoad. Its a pivotal time for the quilt. It was probably meant to be that we come back this year. Whitman-Walker Director of Development David Chalfant noted that

he found a panel while the quilt was last in D.C. that had been made for a college friend whom he did not know had died. He said he was overcome with emotion.
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Howard Theatre to host first queer party in 60 years


Pride event recalls Moms Mableys decadent 1940s celebration
By PHIL REESE preese@washblade.com
Back in the 1940s, when an after party for a Moms Mabley show was raided by police at a nightclub owned by D.C.s female Al Capone, Odessa Madre, the attendees werent ready to go home, so they kept their decadent queer party going at the Howard Theatre. At least thats what Marc Powers, director of marketing for the Howard Theatre, has gathered from accounts from those who knew Jackie Moms Mabley, and those who were part of the Howard Theatre community in its heyday. Moms Mabley played the Howard Theatre, Powers said. When that got shut down they were like damn, where are we going to go? Might as well just go back to the Howard! More than 60 years later, the theater will host its rst ofcial LGBT event when Brightest Young Things and Capital Pride present WildLife, featuring a queer lineup, here at the Howard, said John Marble of Brightest Young Things about the lesserknown gay stories that dot the 101-year history of the theater. The story of the Howard Theatres long lost gay party is almost too fantastic. Because the party was unofcial, there was no written record. Powers said its an important part of the recently restored theaters distinguished history. D.C.s most notorious madam treating her good friend a top comic who conrmed suspicions she was a lesbian before she died to a smorgasbord of her favorite things. It was tting that the rst artist to play the Howard Theatre for its third grand re-opening on April 13 was black lesbian comic Wanda Sykes, echoing Mableys last live performance on April 17, 1975 at the second grand re-opening of the theater weeks before her death. Though Mabley was not closeted, she wasnt known as a lesbian to most of her fans, as her onstage persona was quite the opposite. But off-stage, Mabley was known as a pioneer, dressing androgynously and appearing in drag in movies like The Emperor Jones. The assumed original location of the party, Madres agship Jill Joint a nickname for an establishment that trafcked in illegal gambling, drugs, liquor and prostitution the Club Madre was located at 2204 14th St., N.W., the site of the new Mova lounge. The club offered liquor by the shot, numbers by the book and girls by the hour, The Washington Post wrote in a 1980 piece on Madre. The late comedienne Jackie Moms Mabley performed there free, spending her days in Washington as Odessas guest. The two became like sisters. Were talking about a three-decade relationship, here, Powers said of the companionship that Madre and Mabley shared from the 1940s through the 1970s. Though unrecorded until now, Powers said that its important to recover and preserve the gay history of the historic Howard Theatre as well, and the connection with Mabley/Madre as well as Duke Ellingtons writing partner Billy Strayhorn, another notable gay character in Howards history. We dont know if Madre was at the Madre at the time, Powers said of the after-party, which Powers described as a hen party. She had rooms, clubs, and restaurants all over the city. She had moving, rotating circles. But Odessa was the host of the party.
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After her after-party was raided by police, JACKIE MOMS MABLEY reportedly kept her hen party going at the Howard Theatre.
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including recording artist and New York City personality Amanda Lepore, JD Samson of Le Tigre and MEN, Natty Boom and more. The party is set for Friday, 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit dcpride2012. eventbrite.com for more information. Now its not happening under the cloak of the night, Powers says about the difference between Mableys impromptu girls party and Fridays Pride party. Its being advertised in the Blade and City Paper and the Washington Post. This is very much our history as well,

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Equality Illinois: Civil unions not working


CHICAGO Equality Illinois this week released the results of a study of the states one-year-old civil unions law, concluding the law failed to provide same-sex couples with adequate rights and protections in comparison to marriage. The Equality Illinois ndings show the nearly 5,000 couples that took advantage of the unions faced unequal treatment when ling for taxes, obtaining health insurance, buying a house and even getting a civil union license in some parts of the state, according to LGBT site Chicago Phoenix. Couples also reported difculty with such small issues as picking up or dropping off prescriptions for a sick spouse at pharmacies. Many reported individuals and institutions unfamiliar with the scope of the law denied service to these couples based on the fact that the couples were still not married. As we feared, civil unions have not turned out to be equal to civil marriages, Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said in a statement. In area after area, couples were either treated unequally or denied their rights. As we learned in history, separate does not make equal.

Appeals court declines to reconsider Prop 8 decision


Move sets up potential Supreme Court showdown
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS mlavers@washblade.com
A federal appeals court in San Francisco announced Tuesday that it denied a request to reconsider a February ruling that struck down Californias voter-approved ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Proposition 8 supporters requested that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals allow an 11-judge panel to review a decision made by a threejudge panel that found the Golden States ban on nuptials for gays and lesbians unconstitutional. Now retired U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker in August 2010 found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Supporters of the voter-approved ban on marriage for gays and lesbians appealed the decision. This is a monumental day and our case has now entered its nal chapter, said Chad Grifn, board president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights during a conference call with reporters. We began the nal chapter of the Proposition 8 case today and the end is now in sight. Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson agreed. Todays decision by the Ninth Circuit to deny a rehearing of Perry vs. Brown brings committed same-sex couples in California one step closer to being able to marry, he said. Its now been three-and-a-half years since the freedom to marry was stripped from loving and committed same-sex couples. It is long past time for this gay exception to marriage in California to come to an end. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) described the Ninth Courts decision as another step toward bringing Prop 8 to its rightful place in the dustbin of history. By declining to rehear this case, the Ninth Circuit reafrmed a victory for civil rights for the LGBT community and for all Californians, she added. The Ninth Circuits decision comes less than a week after three judges with the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. President Obama last month announced his support for marriage rights for same-sex couples during a White House interview with ABC News. Judge Diarmuid OScannlain referenced Obamas comments that marriage remains in the purview of the states in his dissenting opinion onto which Judges Jay Bybee and Carlos Bea signed. He further noted the presidents assertion during the interview that he would like to see the debate over marriage rights for same-sex couples continue in a respectful way. Today our court has silenced any such respectful conversation, wrote OScannlain. Prop 8 supporters announced moments after the Ninth Circuit announced its decision that they will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Perry v. Brown. Marriage is a universal good that has been honored by diverse cultures and faiths for the entire history of Western Civilization, said Brian Raum, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund. The Protectmarriage.com legal team looks forward to standing before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the peoples right to preserve the fundamental building block of civilization, especially since the dissent accompanying todays decision strongly supports our arguments. The democratic process and the most important human institution marriage shouldnt be overthrown based on the demands of Hollywood activists. National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown echoed Raum. We are calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve our democratic rights and overturn this action of judicial arrogance, he said. Observers note that the case would go before the justices sometime next year if they agree to hear it. The Ninth Circuit has wisely declined to review the Prop 8 case, West Hollywood (Calif.) Mayor John Duran told the Blade. If the U.S. Supreme Court also denies review, California will return to a freedom to marry. Meanwhile, Maryland voters face a likely referendum on the states samesex marriage law in November. A proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota would ban nuptials for gays and lesbians. Maine voters will consider a ballot measure in November that would allow same-sex couples to tie the knot in their state. While the U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately decide the outcome of this case, we must all continue to walk that path in this case and other courtrooms, in legislatures, at ballot boxes and at kitchen table until all LGBT people are fully and equally part of the American community, said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

Gay candidates seek ofce in Colo., N.M.


DENVER LGBT political candidates in Colorado are hoping to capture wins in the June 26 primary to double the number of gay state legislators from four to eight. Last week, Colorado House minority leader Mark Ferrandino introduced the four candidates vying to join him and the other three gay lawmakers this fall, according to the Denver Post. Paul Rosenthal, Joann Ginal, Dominick Moreno, and Jesse Ulibarri are all running in Democratic-leaning districts, and their candidacies excite state Sen. Pat Steadman. I think the legislature is going to look more and more like Colorado, Sen. Steadman, told the Post. I think thats a good thing for the democratic process. In addition, the Victory Fund this week announced that Jacob Candelaria former executive director of Equality New Mexico won a decisive Democratic primary for a spot in the New Mexico Senate. With no Republican opponent in November, Candelaria will become New Mexicos rst and only openly LGBT lawmaker, and one of the youngest state lawmakers in the country.

N.C. GOP platform OKs anti-gay bias


CHARLOTTE Following the passage of Amendment One last month, adding language to the North Carolina Constitution banning any ofcial recognition of same-sex couples, the state GOP platform is clarifying precisely where it stands with the states LGBT community. Government should treat all citizens impartially, without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political afliation or national origin, the document begins, according to ThinkProgress. We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category. The plank, found in the newly approved platforms Article III: Individual Liberty, adds insult to injury for many in the states LGBT community, which campaigned aggressively against the ballot measure that passed by a wide margin. The Republican Party took control of the North Carolina Legislature in 2010 for the rst time since 1870, allowing for the marriage bill long blocked by the Democrats in the legislature to nally pass and go to the ballot.

Lutheran leader sentenced on child porn charges


MILWAUKEE According to Truth Wins Out, a watchdog group specializing in anti-gay advocates, Joel W. Hochmuth, was sentenced to one year in jail with work release privileges and 10 years probation for the possession of child pornography. At the time of his arrest, Hochmuth was the communications director for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a conservative branch of Lutheranism known for using particularly strong language condemning same-sex couples. Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus were members of a church belonging to this synod until six days before she ofcially launched her bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Marcus Bachmanns counseling practice has been accused of prescribing reparative or conversion therapy to gay patients. Hochmuth was red by the WELS after he was arrested and his computer which contained pornographic images and video of children was seized.

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A new era begins for HRC under Chad Grifn


Immediate challenges include marriage ghts, re-electing Obama
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
After seven years leading the Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese steps down next week, bringing change to the nations largest LGBT rights organization just ve months before a critical presidential election. On Monday, Chad Grifn will ofcially take over as president of HRC, which, with an annual budget of $40 million and about 150 full-time employees, is often seen as the political and cultural lead for the LGBT community. Grifn was named HRCs new leader in March and replaces Solmonese, who has headed the organization since March 2005. Solmonese saw many historic and positive changes for the LGBT community in his seven years at the helm. Among them are the defeat of the Federal Marriage Amendment during the Bush years, the ght to repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell and, most recently, the rst sitting U.S. president coming out in support of same-sex marriage. Major challenges await Grifn, including the effort to re-elect President Obama, who has already won HRCs endorsement. Also ahead, ghts over marriage on the ballot in Minnesota, Maine, Maryland and Washington State as well as pursuing long-awaited federal employment nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. Will Grifn take HRC in a new direction or bring a different style of leadership? The organization has often been criticized in the blogosphere for being too timid in taking on the Democratic establishment and not representing the queer faction of the LGBT community. Will the new leadership foster a new perception of the organization? Grifn is best known for his work as board chair of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and its federal lawsuit challenging Californias Proposition 8, but hes also had an extensive career ghting for progressive causes. According to his bio on AFERs website, Grifn is founding partner of political and communications strategy rm Grifn-Schake, and taken on the tobacco and oil industries while advocating for issues such as clean energy, universal health care, stem cell research and early childhood education. Another open question sparking plenty of speculation concerns HRCs stafng. Will Grifn bring in his own people as he takes the helm? Some staffers including David Smith, HRCs vice president of programs have been working in the LGBT rights movement since the early 1990s. Its possible other HRC staffers may take Solmoneses exit as a cue to make their own departure. doesnt think anything is wrong with the organization, but acknowledged that all organizations need to periodically change leadership and look internally at themselves and see how they can do a better job. The world is changing on our issues and I think every year or two years organizations need to look at how the world is changing and gure out how we can do a better job, he said. Grifn has already taken a more aggressive stance in pushing public ofcials to support marriage equality even before hes ofcially assumed his duties. Last month, after Vice President Joe Biden said on NBCs Meet the Press that hes absolutely comfortable with married gay couples having the same exact rights as straight couples which many media outlets reported as support for marriage equality Solmonese issued a statement saying hes encouraged by Bidens comments without explicitly calling it an endorsement. But Grifn went a step further, telling media outlets that without a doubt Bidens remarks were an endorsement of marriage equality. In an interview with the Washington Post, Grifn said only in Washington and only in politics could someone parse the words of what the vice president said and Biden was very clear and very direct when asked if he was comfortable with gay marriage. Obama came out for same-sex marriage days later and Bidens remarks have since been interpreted as an endorsement of marriage rights for gay couples (prompting Biden reportedly to apologize to the president for stepping out ahead of the president). Following Obamas endorsement of marriage, Grifn issued another statement through HRC calling on members of Congress to follow the presidents lead. The American public has expressed interest in where their elected ofcials stand on the issue of marriage for gay and lesbian couples, Grifn said. The president has had the courage and integrity to speak out for marriage equality. Now is the time for members of Congress to do so too. Shortly thereafter, some public ofcials followed suit, including House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). John Aravosis, editor of AMERICAblog, said Grifn has already demonstrated considerable skill as an activist, but said keeping up his effectiveness will be challenging after he ofcially assumes his new duties. Chad has proven himself an effective activist with proven political smarts, Aravosis said. The challenge for Chad will be maintaining his scrappy effectiveness while at the helm of a large organization not always known for being nimble and edgy. I think it can be done, but hell have his work cut out for him.

CHAD GRIFFIN assumes his new role as HRC president on Monday.


PHOTO BY DIANA WALKER; COURTESY OF AFER

Both Solmonese and Grifn were unavailable for interviews for this article. LGBT rights advocates had different takes on their predictions for the leadership style of Grifn compared to Solmonese. Winnie Stachelberg, vice president of external affairs at the Center for American Progress, called Grifn a stupendous choice and a passionate advocate ... for the range of issues that confront our community, but characterized the new leadership as a continuation of the work seen under Solmonese. Were not pivoting, Stachelberg said. Its not as if weve moved from a leadership style of Joe Solmonese and were moving to the leadership style of Chad Grifn. What I think is encouraging about the shift from Joe to Chad is just the leadership that both of them have, the respect that both of them have not only in the LGBT community, but in the progressive community more broadly. Michael Petrelis, a gay San Franciscobased blogger who has criticized HRC, was skeptical of any change and remained critical of HRC, calling the organization an elitist social network known more for opening LGBT checkbooks for Democrats than being interested in engaging with the larger LGBT community. Among the goals that Petrelis called on Grifn to pursue at HRC were his plan for regional town halls, transparency over board of directors meetings and decisions, greater engagement with grassroots activists and ordinary LGBT people as well as a commitment to members of the community who dont want to get married or join the military. The DNA of HRC is not wired to allow one man to change the institutional culture and Ive heard nothing from Chad indicating that he wants to reform the organization, Petrelis said. All I expect of HRC regardless of who the executive leadership team comprises, is fealty to the Democratic Party and a commitment to keep the community from getting too pushy and uppity in

demanding erce advocacy and lasting change from our friends. But Stachelberg, formerly HRCs political director, disputed the notion that HRC had been reluctant to criticize the Obama administration or Democratic leadership when the need arose. Theyve criticized the administration when theyve seemed the most strategic, and theyve worked with the administration and the Democratic establishment, as you call it, in lots of key ways, Stachelberg said. They dont always agree with the Democratic leadership in the House and the Senate, and they make that clear. They dont always agree with how a Democrat in a state operates, and I think theyve made that clear. Steve Elmendorf, a gay Democratic lobbyist, said he hopes HRC will focus on the presidential election and making sure President Obama stays in the White House. We have a presidential campaign, with, I think, the clearest difference weve ever seen between two candidates, Elmendorf said. I think there are obviously other priorities in the House and the Senate and the ballot initiatives, but I think that the community and I dont speak for HRC but I hope that its No. 1 goal between now and Election Day is to make sure that Barack Obama wins. In the long term, Elmendorf said the LGBT rights movement must reach out to public ofcials whove been on the fence about LGBT support especially Republicans. I think that a lot of politicians, particularly on the Republican side, are behind where the voters are, Elmendorf said. I think Barack Obama and gay marriage was hugely important and symbolic. We have to grow that on the other side, though. We have to get some Republicans to step out and show that its OK to be on the correct side on our issues, and you can do that and get re-elected. Elmendorf said hes been a fan of HRC under the leadership of Solmonese and

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Grenell says both parties play politics with gay equality


Former Romney staffer humbled by support after stepping down
By KEVIN NAFF knaff@washblade.com
Richard Grenell, the gay man who resigned from Mitt Romneys campaign after intense criticism of his hiring from the left and right, said his stepping down should not be seen as a sign that a Romney administration would be hostile to gays. I would caution you not to jump to any conclusions about what this means for hiring gays in a Romney administration, Grenell said in an interview with the Washington Blade. You cant compare campaigns to governing. Noting that he did not want to speak for the campaign, Grenell said he was overwhelmed and humbled by messages of support he received from Republicans during the ap. He sees the reaction to his resignation as a sign that the Republican Party is gradually moving in the right direction on gay rights. I received an overwhelming number of private emails, texts and calls from Republicans sending their support, Grenell said. The private support was overwhelming and humbling; the public support wasnt. Its frustrating but also encouraging at the same time because Ive been involved in the party long enough to remember when the private support wasnt there. He noted that no elected Republican in Washington spoke out against his joining the Romney campaign. Grenell was hired by the Romney campaign in April as foreign policy spokesperson after informally advising the foreign policy team for about six months. He said his sexual orientation was never an issue during the interview process. Everyone Ive been working with knows Im gay and knew my partner, he said. Im very out; its not something I ever hide. I dont have the ability to not be myself and talk about my life with my partner. Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is among the Romney advisers who Grenell said were supportive. Grenell worked in the George W. Bush administration as United States spokesman at the U.N. Theres not a Republican who doesnt know Im gay, he added. The [Romney] campaign was unequivocally supportive and said that doesnt matter to us or to the governor and that we hire according to experience and qualications. But that support didnt extend to the right wing of the Republican Party. Shortly after Grenells appointment, Christian conservatives pounced, criticizing Romney and suggesting that his hiring an openly gay man constituted an attack on families. foreign policy issues he wanted to discuss. I care very deeply about national security issues and it became increasingly clear that I wasnt going to be talking about national security, Grenell told the Blade. The far left and far right wanted to talk about my personal life and my stance on gay marriage. For someone whos hired to talk about the presidents failed policies on Iran and North Korea, thats frustrating, he continued in explaining his decision to resign. These are my issues foreign policy and thats what I spend my time with. Its ironic, too, because I served eight years in a high-prole position in the Bush administration, comfortably out, but national campaigns are hyper-partisan operations. The Romney campaign has declined Blade requests for comment and interview requests throughout the primary season. The campaign issued a statement to reporters in response to Grenells resignation. We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons, said Matt Rhoades, Romneys campaign manager, in a statement. We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualications for the position he was hired to ll. Grenell declined to say what the campaign could have done differently that might have encouraged him to stay on. Campaigns are not the real world, he noted. They have hyper-partisan activists on both sides shooting to kill. Its not governing. The evidence shows Obama was an amazing campaigner and a terrible governor. Asked about Romneys record on LGBT issues, which includes signing a pledge from the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage that says he would support a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Grenell urged both Democrats and Republicans to view gay rights as a civil rights issue. I wish that Gov. Romney would not view gay equality as a partisan issue, he said, its a civil rights issue. He continued, The Democratic strategy is to point out extremists in my party and play politics with the issue. I recognize the historic nature of Obamas personal stance on gay marriage. What I dont hear from Democratic partisans is a critique on the fact that he hasnt changed his policies. Asked to elaborate, he said that Obama supports the right of states to decide marriage for themselves, something Grenell opposes. We gay conservatives are ghting within our party on a daily basis and critique our own party, he said. I dont see that critique on the Democratic side. The extreme lefties are just as intolerant as the far right.
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Theres not a Republican who doesnt know Im gay, said RICHARD GRENELL, former foreign policy spokesperson for Mitt Romneys campaign.
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Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, Tweeted, If personnel is policy, his message to the pro-family community: drop dead. Later, Matthew Franck wrote in the National Journal, Whatever ne record he compiled in the Bush administration, Grenell is more passionate about same-sex marriage than anything else. Further, Franck suggested that Grenell who supports marriage equality would jump ship and support President Obama if Obama endorsed same-sex marriage during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. Obama, of course, has since endorsed marriage equality. Im not endorsing Obama, Grenell said. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of playing politics with gay equality. Grenell echoed the sentiment expressed by many gay conservatives that they sometimes feel unwelcome in the Republican Party and equally unwelcome in the LGBT community. The claim that gays should be barred from conservative activism is a bipartisan bigoted view, he said. The far left doesnt want a gay to be conservative; the far right doesnt want a conservative to be gay. I dont have the luxury of being a one-issue voter. Im more thoughtful and complex than that. I am comfortably gay and conservative. The criticism of Grenells hiring didnt come exclusively from conservatives. Bloggers and commentators on the left denounced Grenell, too, mostly over Tweets he sent that were deemed misogynistic and even homophobic. One Tweet, in particular, sparked outrage among LGBT critics. Grenell wrote, rachel maddow needs to take a breath and put on a necklace. Michelangelo Signorile, who hosts an LGBT-themed talk show on SiriusXM radio, wrote, It was the kind of crack many people would expect from a homophobic straight guy. Im not a mean-spirited person,

Grenell said of the Twitter controversy. I attempted to be funny and I wasnt and I see how very hurtful that could be. I apologized immediately for that. Grenell said he regrets some of the Tweets and acknowledged that he deleted hundreds of Tweets after the criticism. The fact is when I was confronted by some on the left that I had inappropriate Tweets, I reviewed those Tweets and in reviewing the roughly seven Tweets that people pointed out, there were some I couldnt nd so I deleted everything before January 2012. He added that the impression he deleted hundreds of misogynistic Tweets was ridiculous, I love strong women. In addition to Maddow, Grenell targeted Hillary Clinton and Callista Gingrich in some Tweets. The angry reaction to his Twitter feed amounted to an attack from the Obama campaign, Grenell said. Its the classic Obama playbook, he said. Republicans are either racist, homophobic or misogynistic. Im not a hurtful person. The Tweets, he said, were never discussed internally at the Romney campaign. Perhaps the last straw for Grenell came in late April, when he helped organize a conference call with reporters to discuss national security issues. As the New York Times reported last month, Grenell was told by a senior Romney aide not to speak on the call because the campaign wanted him to lay low for now. The Times story depicted Grenell as seething over the slight. When asked about the Times story, Grenell did not dispute the account but declined to comment further. Days later, Grenell announced his resignation from the Romney campaign. Senior campaign staffers tried to talk him out of leaving. Aides to Romney were convinced the controversy would blow over, the Times reported. But Grenell quit anyway. He said he was frustrated that the media and his critics were focused on his personal life and not on the important

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Rep. Steny Hoyers daughter comes out as lesbian


Hemmer seeks role in defending Maryland marriage law
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
Stefany Hoyer Hemmer has two reasons to come out publicly as a lesbian: her fathers recent endorsement of marriage equality and the likely upcoming battle at the ballot in Maryland over same-sex marriage. My father, as you know, just came out in support of gay marriage, Hemmer said. The momentum in Maryland right now for the adoption of the gay marriage law is fastpaced. Im 43 years of age, and Ive been gay my whole life and I just gured this is a good time to lend my name to the cause. In an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade, Hemmer one of three daughters of House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) made for the rst time a public statement that shes a lesbian. She said a limited number of people including family and some friends knew she was gay, but she hadnt yet made a public statement about her sexual orientation. This was not his idea at all, Hemmer said. It was mine completely, but hes very supportive. I talked to him before I did this, and hes on board. Obviously, its a little nerve-racking for me to do this, but theres something inside of me thats telling me I need to do it. Hemmer said she consulted her father before making a public statement that she is gay and he was supportive. The decision comes on the heels of Hoyers announcement in favor of marriage equality. The Maryland lawmakers statement came just days after President Obamas endorsement of marriage equality. Because I believe that equal treatment is a central tenet of our nation, I believe that extending the denition of marriage to committed relationships between two people, irrespective of their sex, is the right thing to do and will not, in any way, undermine the institution of marriage so important to our society nor impose a threat to any individual marriage, Hoyer said. It will, however, extend the respect due to every one of our fellow citizens that we would want for ourselves and our children. Hemmer said reading her fathers endorsement of same-sex marriage inspired her to come out publicly and do more for the LGBT community even though she said shes always known her father supported LGBT rights. Im personally an advocate, and Im certainly not one to hide my sexuality, but Ive never out there with it politically, Hemmer said. So, I think when my dad actually came out with a statement, it triggered a want in me to further the cause, and I think that hes powerful enough, and Im frankly, smart enough, to do it. So, yeah, that was really the impetus. Hemmer said she knew her father wrote the statement himself because it was his style of writing and she commended him afterwards, but had no knowledge beforehand that he would adopt that position or issue those words. We had a brief [conversation] because we were at a birthday party for my grandson, but I said, Good job coming out for marriage equality! Hemmer said. He said, Thank you, thank you. We just kind of had a brief conversation about how its been a long time coming, and he was happy to have been able to do that. A registered psychiatric nurse who works as a clinical nurse liaison for Marylands Department of Health & Mental Hygiene in the mental hygiene administration, Hemmer has been living with her partner of 18 months on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Although Hemmer declined to offer her partners name or age, Hemmer said shes a nurse as well and they live together in Queen Anne, Md., with three cats and a chihuahua. Were pretty normal, really, Hemmer said. Nothing is exciting and grand other than the day-to-day stuff. I have a pretty normal kind of existence. Hemmer was once married to a man about 20 years ago named Tim Hemmer, whos an electrician and works at the Smithsonian. Hemmer said she struggled with her sexual orientation and entered into the marriage as a way to assert she wasnt a lesbian, but the couple divorced when she was 23. Out of that marriage, Hemmer had a daughter, Judith Gray, whos now 25 and has young children of her own. In the wake of her fathers endorsement of same-sex marriage and the possible referendum on the states recently signed same-sex marriage law, Hemmer said shes committed to taking a role to preserve marriage equality in Maryland. Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland have already submitted 113,000 signatures to put marriage equality on the ballot, which far exceeds the necesary 55,736 names, so the initiative will likely be on the ballot. Hemmer said she hasnt previously been involved in LGBT advocacy and hasnt even made any donations to any LGBT rights groups but has already reached out to the Human Rights Campaign to get involved with the Maryland effort and expects to work with her father to speak out for marriage equality. Hemmer said she would consider getting married in Maryland if the law survives the referendum, but has no immediate plans to tie the knot. I think my father is going to lend himself to the campaign as well, Hemmer said. However, I think I will initially be an adjunct to him. I will go places with him and maybe speak, but I think that role will evolve. Basically, Im here and what do you think I can do for you. You guys are the experts, you tell me what I can do. I think this helps. I think talking to them, going out, being visible. said he is proud that his daughter intends to add her voice to the Maryland ght. Im pleased that Stefany is adding her voice to those across Maryland and the country calling for marriage equality, Hoyer said. This is about ensuring all families receive equal treatment under the law. As more people speak out, the more momentum this effort gains to give every family the dignity and respect they deserve. Hemmer said she never explicitly told her father that she was gay, although she had spoken with her mother, Judy Pickett Hoyer, about being a lesbian. In 2003, Hemmer had one of her sisters break the news and later showed up at his house with a girlfriend. He was very welcoming, Hemmer said. Of course, my sister had prepped him. He was not the least bit shaken or upset and very pleasantly just a nice guy. Hes always been respectful of my privacy, so unless I initiate a conversation with him about pretty much anything thats private, he doesnt get into my personal business, which I respect. But hes been great. Hoyer isnt the rst senior member of Congress to have an openly LGBT member of his family. Dick Gephardt, a former House Democratic leader, has a daughter, Chrissy Gephardt, who came out prior to his 2004 presidential campaign. Hemmer said she has seen Chrissy Gephardt speak in 2005 at Camp Rehoboth, an LGBT community organization based in Rehoboth Beach, Del. A number of Republican public ofcials have LGBT family members. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) has a trans son, Rodrigo Lehtinen, whos been involved with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and its Creating Change conference. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a half-sister, Candace Gingrich-Jones, who has worked with the Human Rights Campaign and has criticized him for his anti-gay views. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has a lesbian daughter, Mary Cheney. Even though Hemmer said coming out is a little scary for her, she doesnt think therell be any serious backlash for either her or her father as a result. And if there is, its going to be from people who clearly dont matter, Hemmer said. The Republican Party might have something to say about it thats not very nice. But what am I going to do? It is what it is. In fact, Hemmer said she hopes her coming out will be a positive step in helping to preserve to right to marry for gay couples in Maryland that will build upon her fathers support for same-sex marriage. Im doing this because I think that the time is now to do it, Hemmer said. I was not the impetus for him; he was the impetus for me. And I just want to make sure that people understand that. Having said that, he told me the other night, Ill support whatever you do. He knows that its important. Thats the way I feel. Its an opportunity for me to make a difference, and thats what I hope to do.

Im doing this because I think that the time is now to do it, said STEFANY HOYER HEMMER of her decision to come out in an interview with the Blade.
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Even though Hoyer delivered the statement in favor of marriage equality just last month, the lawmaker has been known for his support for LGBT rights. During the legislative battle to repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell, Hoyer took the lead in the House and submitted standalone legislation to the oor along with former Rep. Patrick Murphy to repeal the militarys gay ban during the lame duck session of the 111th Congress. Hemmer said shes very proud of her fathers role in repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell and predicted his support for LGBT rights would continue, but said that effort didnt inspire her as much as her fathers support for marriage equality Everything he does in terms of gay rights and civil rights really makes me proud, Hemmer said. So, I think that he will continue to do that, and I think that he will continue to lead in the equality ght in Maryland with the referendum. Hemmer said her father sometimes consults her about legislative issues including LGBT issues but acknowledged he has numerous consultants working for him. She said she had a conversation with him about Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal at the time, but didnt immediately recall how the conversation went other than she gathered her father thought it was an unjust law. In a statement issued to the Blade, Hoyer

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two critically acclaimed books; co-founding the lauded Meyerhoff Scholarship program; appearing in Spike Lees Academy Awardnominated documentary, Four Little Girls; and being chosen as one of seven of the Washington Posts Top American Leaders. In April, Time magazine recognized him as one of the worlds 100 most inuential people. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Hrabowski as our inaugural annual business keynote speaker, said Ted Hart, president and co-founder of the Maryland Corporate Council, a professional networking group for LGBT Marylanders. Anyone who has ever heard one of his speeches can attest to the remarkable personality and energy he brings to every enterprise. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will also give remarks. The event is open for attendance to individuals and businesses. The direction of the Maryland Corporate Councils mission, objectives and events will also be reviewed during the breakfast program. The event is sponsored by Venable LLP, Saul Ewing LLP and Ernst & Young. Companies interested in sponsorship may contact membership@marylandcorporate. org or call 888-592-5777, ext. 1. Membership in the Maryland Corporate Council is not required for table or ticket purchase. Tickets for members are $75; non-members, $90. For more information and to register, visit marylandcorporate.org.

Maryland Corporate Council hosts breakfast


The Maryland Corporate Councils Annual Business Breakfast will be held on Wednesday from 8-10 a.m. at the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore. Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III will deliver the keynote address at the signature yearly event. Dr. Hrabowski is well known for transforming the science program at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) into one of the most respected in the country; authoring

Baltimore Catholics organizing for marriage


Baltimore-area Catholics who support the states marriage equality law will meet at Goucher College, Towson, on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. to discuss ways to prevent the law from being repealed in a potential referendum in November. Sister Jeannine Gramick, a Catholic nun, will be the main speaker for the day where Catholics will discuss how the Catholic tradition of justice supports the idea of marriage equality for same-gender couples. Sister Gramick, a Maryland resident, has been a Catholic advocate for gay and lesbian equality and justice for more than 40 years. The event is being sponsored by the Catholics for Marriage Equality Maryland coalition, which is comprised of faithful Catholic individuals and organizations, including: Baltimore Catholic Parishioners for Marriage Equality, Dignity/Washington, New Ways Ministry, Quixote Center/Catholics Speak Out, Thomas More Project, Viva House, Women-Church-Baltimore, and WATER Womens Alliance for Theology, Ethics & Ritual. In addition to Sister Gramick, the program will include a panel of speakers, including gay and lesbian people, family members and community leaders. For more information, visit: facebook. com/pages/Catholics-for-MarriageEquality- Maryland/453683111325075, or call 301-277-5674.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake denounced the tactics being used by the National Organization for Marriage. The anti-gay group that produced infamous race-baiting memos has funded a signicant portion of the Maryland Marriage Alliances signature gathering efforts, according to ofcial disclosure reports led with the state. The Alliance spent about $70,000 collecting signatures, with about $25,000 in cash coming from NOM. It also gave the Alliance an additional $58,000 of in-kind donations for the petition drive. Regardless of where you are on the marriage issue, there is no room for racial exploitation, said Rawlings-Blake. Marriage equality is about building stronger families and protecting children of same-sex couples, and their efforts to divide Marylanders based on race is a tactic that will hurt us all. In March a federal court ordered NOMs internal documents to be unsealed. One of NOMs key goals, according to the documents, is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks two key Democratic constituencies Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key.

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The event is free but it will be $5 to park. For more information, visit honfest.net.

Baltimore HonFest recalls 60s culture


HonFest, an annual festival that celebrates the historic working women of Baltimore, is this weekend on 36th Street in the Hampden neighborhood. Started in 1994, HonFest has grown into a nationally recognized festival. Women can participate to become Baltimores Best Hon by sporting beehive hairdos, bright-blue eye shadow and spandex pants. Exhibitions include local musicians and artists.

Twilight on the Terrace starts Pride weekend

Twilight on the Terrace benet cocktail party will be held at Gertrudes Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Drive) on June 15 from 7-11 p.m. The evening will include a silent auction including artwork, gift certicates to restaurants and shops, themed gift baskets, a Myrtle Beach vacation, an
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Bal imore welcomes your family wi h pride.

There are so many surprises for families in Baltimore, even the most energetic kids have a hard time keeping up. You can take them to the dolphin show and the new jellyfish exhibit at the National Aquarium. Then explore dinosaurs at the Maryland Science Center. If theyre not too tuckered out, they can meet the polar bears at the Maryland Zoo, climb a three-story tree house at Port Discovery Childrens Museum, get up close and personal with pop culture icons at Geppis Entertainment Museum or ride the rails at the B&O Railroad Museum. To receive your free Baltimore LGBT Visitor Guide call 1-87 7-Bal imore or visit Bal imore.org / lgb .

autographed photo of Doris Day and dates with local celebrities. Guests will also be able to meet Baltimore actor Vincent de Paul. There will be hors doeuvres, a four-hour open bar and dancing to DJ Alex Funk. Tickets are $100. For details, visit baltimorepride.org.

Iron Crow Theatre Companys The Typographers Dream, a play by Adam Bock, runs through June 16 at the Johns Hopkins Universitys Swirnow Theatre (33rd St. and Charles St., Baltimore). The play centers on a three characters: a stenographer, geographer and typographer. As the play progresses, the characters reveals how theyre dened by their jobs and the meaning and notions of their lives are called into question. Bock is gay and has been nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards. The play runs every night at 8 p.m. Regular tickets are $17 while students and seniors are $12. For more information, go to ironcrowtheatre.com

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Mount Vernon club starts Baltimore Pride celebrations


S.H.E. Productions is kicking off Baltimore Pride at Grand Central (1001 North Charles St., Baltimore) with a party event on Thursday at 9 p.m. S.H.E. Productions is an event production company in the Baltimore area that specializes in LGBT events of various types. Its staff often performs at clubs but they also host high energy boot camps for tness and outings/excursions. Grand Central is surrounded by several eateries and is within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and the Walters Art Museum. Cover is $5 at the door. For details, visit centralstationpub.com or visit sheproductionsevents.com.
Celebra e Bal imore Pride, June 15-17, 2012 Learn more a Bal imore.org/lgb .

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As we celebrate Pride, lets thank the president for changing the game From Steny Hoyer to Jay-Z, the nation is listening to our thoughtful president and nding the courage to support our full participation in society.
crosshairs eight years ago. At the time, President Bush did a masterful job of using the issue against his opponent. Kerry twisted himself into knots trying to rationalize his opposition to a federal constitutional amendment, while supporting a state amendment in Massachusetts. Former President Clinton reportedly advised Kerry to support the federal amendment advocated by Bush. (Clintons people denied that claim, but widely respected Democratic consultant Bob Shrum wrote in his book that Clinton offered that piece of cynical advice to Kerry.) The Democrats were caught off guard and had no discernible or intellectually honest and consistent response. Just eight short years later, who could have predicted the new, radically altered landscape? Mehlman is openly gay and working to advance marriage equality; Bill Clinton, Vice President Biden, Laura Bush and Dick Cheney support marriage rights for gays; the nations rst black president along with the NAACP supports it, too. Whats brilliant and gratifying about Obamas announcement is that he has turned the tables on the Republicans: They are now on the defensive, caught off guard by the swift-moving current of progressive change on this issue. Asked about Obamas marriage support, Mitt Romneys campaign manager, Eric Fehrnstrom appeared ustered and tripped over himself trying not to offend gays and sound like a dinosaur. Romney supports a federal amendment banning same-sex marriage, but has tried to soften the anti-gay rhetoric, knowing it doesnt resonate with independent voters who will likely decide this election. Obamas announcement has inspired and will continue to inspire many others from diverse backgrounds to get off the fence and back equality. From Steny Hoyer to Jay-Z, the nation is listening to our thoughtful president and nding the courage to support our full participation in society. So, as we gather this week to celebrate an especially joyous Pride season, let us thank President Obama and pledge to work and vote for his second term. The biggest threat to the LGBT movement in this country is Mitt Romney, an unprincipled ip-opper who has signed a pledge to support a constitutional ban on our marriages.

Kevin Naff is editor of Washington Blade and can be reached at knaff@washblade.com.

President Obamas recent endorsement of marriage equality is historic and noteworthy for plenty of obvious reasons. But looking back just eight years and examining how marriage was used during the 2004 election illustrates just how dramatically things have changed and what a stroke of political genius Obamas announcement really was. Back then, President Bush was running for re-election against Democrat John Kerry. Eleven states had gay marriage bans on the ballot, a strategy pushed by Karl Rove and Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman. They were: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah. All passed with overwhelming support; all but two (Michigan and Oregon) were approved with more than 60 percent of the vote. Researchers have since noted that those marriage amendments did not increase Republican voter turnout compared to the other 39 states so Bushs re-election cannot be blamed on them. But theres no question that gay and lesbian couples were very much in the

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November election a seminal moment for LGBT community
we must be political again. In less than ve months we will have what could be the seminal election of our time for our community. We have never been so close to achieving the goals that those at Stonewall were willing to ght for. As we march and party and celebrate the achievements of the last few years, including winning marriage equality in six states and the District of Columbia; repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell; the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and other gains, we are faced with a Republican Party whose candidate for president along with many of their congressional candidates have sworn to do everything in their power to turn back the clock and try to bring back the days when most of us had to be in the closet just to survive. There will be hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people coming to Pride celebrations in cities across the nation this June. This year we must make sure that they all come out again in November to vote. Maybe we need to plan a second Pride celebration in each city and town across America for Election Day, Nov. 6. We know that this election will be won or lost based on who can get their voters to the polls. If the LGBT community intends to move forward and we truly wont accept anything less than our full civil and human rights, we must act now. While not everyone can afford to give money, or is comfortable coming to meetings or speaking out, there is one thing we can all do and that is to vote. The ballot box is one place where everyone can speak out. It doesnt cost money and no one else knows how you are voting. Each and every one of us needs to make a personal commitment to ourselves, to those we love and to future generations to use the civil right we do have and VOTE on Nov. 6. That is what Pride is really about and this year more than ever each of us must feel that pride within ourselves. As a community we can come together and ght for marriage equality, passage of ENDA, the right to adopt and to live our lives fully. We need to thank those that make that ght public each day. But if each of us doesnt exercise our civil right to vote we could lose all the other rights we have fought for. Pride this year needs to be about a commitment to ensure that every person who isnt already registered walks away with a voter registration card, lls it out and sends it in to the Board of Elections. It is about a commitment to see that the next president of the United States, and the members of the Senate, will nominate and conrm Supreme Court Justices who vote to uphold our civil and human rights. It needs to be about a vote for a president and a Congress who pledge to move toward full civil and human rights for the LGBT community, rather than electing those that have pledged to turn back the clock. This election needs to be about us. And the us being not only the LGBT community but all minorities who believe that this country was founded on the backs of immigrants with a commitment to give us all an equal chance to live full and productive lives and the opportunities to succeed. This year LGBT Pride must be about our commitment to stand up to the bigots and the homophobes and declare, whether we do it silently at the ballot box, or out loud on the streets, that the time for America to fulll its promise and to grant us our full civil and human rights is now.

Peter Rosenstein is a D.C.-based LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.

The annual Pride celebrations have turned into one big party and often those parties are for the young, or at least the young at heart. What were once mostly political events have become parades and festivals with cheering and drinking; we often forget the political implications of how they began. The reason for that is the progress the LGBT community has made in the last 35 years toward winning our rights. But this year, more than in recent years, while we party and celebrate our successes

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Celebration offers personal afrmation, community connection
It is considered virtually impossible to be elected to political ofce in D.C. except perhaps a hyper-local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) position in a scarce few outlier neighborhoods without being supportive of LGBT civil equality. Two gay politicians have long served on the D.C. Council. We are employed at all levels of local government and are active in all dimensions of broader community engagement, local issue advocacy and civic decision-making. Being a locally focused gay community political activist in Washington has become roughly equivalent to the circumstance of the Maytag repairman famously characterized in commercials rst televised in 1967, two years before the Stonewall Rebellion that launched the modern gay civil rights movement and which the annual Pride celebrations held across the country commemorate. There just isnt that much to do. There are scant business segments, industries, professions, or communal or social environments in the District you wont nd us. We really are absolutely everywhere. Except for a few lingering myths held by some that our lives are intrinsically more fabulous or that we receive some special training in haute couture fashion, most of our neighbors treat us with the same level of benign disinterest that is the measure of interaction with their other urban neighbors. When plopped down at night on the sofa after a long day we might be watching RuPauls Drag Race instead of Americas Got Talent or maybe not but were just as likely to nd a little mindless solace in front of the TV as the people next door. In other words, we have become extraordinarily ordinary as residents of the nations capital. Thats how it should be. Or at least thats what weve collectively chosen to become. Although our neighbors from surrounding locales in adjoining Maryland and Virginia are granted varying, and lesser, degrees of ofcial recognition and civil protection, life for most of us in the metropolitan area is one of integration not of much unique concern to others. Over time and with rapidly accelerating momentum, acceptance and assimilation, including respect for our personal relationships, is increasingly the norm. The genesis of whatever obstacles we may confront or challenges we may encounter for the most part have little to do with our personal identities and relational, even familial, constructs. As a result, we have the freedom to choose more geographically dispersed, less community cohesive domiciles and increasingly diverse contours of living than ever before. And we do. Our personal search for identity, sense of belonging, circle of friends and a place to call home is less gay-centric today than at any time since those hustlers, drag queens, students and other patrons fought back against the police in that now historic Christopher Street bar and the slogan Gay Power became the rallying cry of the era. While the annual gay Pride event schedule, parade and festival may not merit the same place on many a personal calendar as in years past, each June brings an opportunity for recalling our history, those who led us to where we are today, the memories of those no longer with us, the liberties still denied and the excitement of even better days to come. Most important, though, is that at every Pride in every city or town every summer it is someones rst time. For them its a chance to connect with something larger and a multiplicity of community endeavors, afrm their humanity and discover the condence and comfort to move through the world. That, above all else, is the reason our annual freedom celebrations remain important. For at least a day, or a weekend, we all feel a little bit more than ordinary.

Mark Lee is a local small business manager and longtime community business advocate. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

Its certainly not Kansas and isnt exactly Oz, but for gay and lesbian Americans there is no better place to call home than the District of Columbia, all other things being equal. LGBT residents of D.C. enjoy an expansive complement of rights and protections equivalent to or exceeding those found anywhere else among the states. We are welcomed and embraced as full and equal citizens able to traverse life without much concern for legal or legislative matters related to sexual orientation at least insofar as issues within local prerogatives not subject to exclusively federal governance.

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New research conrms gaydar but use it wisely
you can. Though gaydar is as real as art or pornography to those who feel it, like beauty, its truth may (metaphorically) be in the eye of the beholder. Its reality hasnt been veried until now. Gaydar, for some people some of the to identify sexual orientation overall, gaydar judgments were about 60 percent accurate, Tabak and Zayas wrote in an article in the New York Times. Since youd be right 50 percent of the time if you randomly guessed if someone was gay

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Gaydar doesnt make you homophobic, they say, any more than perceiving the differences between men and womens faces, turns you into a sexist.
time is real, according to research published in the May 15 issue of the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One. The study was conducted by Joshua A. Tabak, a doctoral candidate in social and personality psychology at the University of Washington, and Vivian Zayas, an assistant professor of psychology at Cornell University. To nd out how accurate gaydar is, the researchers had study participants look very briey (for 50 milliseconds) at photos mens and womens faces. To keep the experiment free of cultural cues, there were no hairstyles, glasses, piercings or tattoos in the pictures. Even any makeup was digitally removed from the faces in the photographs. Even when viewing such bare faces so briey, participants demonstrated an ability or lesbian, 60 percent doesnt seem to make gaydar much more accurate than ipping a coin to identify if someone is gay. Yet this nding is statistically signicant several times above the margin of error, Tabak and Zayas wrote, we...have...discovered such effects in more than a dozen experiments. In the study, participants correctly identied the sexual orientation of more of the women whose faces were photographed than of the men whose faces were in the photos (64 percent accurately guessed which women were lesbian; 57 percent correctly surmised the mens sexuality). The researchers speculate that the difference in accuracy might be due to cultural gender stereotyping. Mens faces that are viewed as being even slightly effeminate

There was a woman in my poetry workshop who I instantly pegged as lesbian. She had short hair, frequented Home Depot and played in the Air Force band. Until one day my classmate said, Im not gay, but a lot of people think I am. My husband and I are used to it. Our queer friends laugh with us about gaydar, she added. You gotta love gaydar. Whether youre an out and proud queer or an entrenched homophobe, many of us experience it. You look at a stranger from across the room or hear a hosts voice on the radio, and within seconds, you can tell if someone is gay. Well, you think

are more often perceived as being gay; while womens faces, even when seen as slightly masculine may still be identied as straight, say Tabak and Zayas. In our culture, it is considered much more problematic for a boy to play with Barbie dolls than for a girl to play rough-and-tumble sports, they astutely note. Gaydar isnt driven by homophobia, Tabak and Zayas insist. It doesnt make you homophobic, they say, any more than perceiving the differences between men and womens faces, turns you into a sexist. It defuses the right-wing argument that if gay men and lesbians would remain closeted, gay rights protection wouldnt be needed, the researchers say, since sexual orientation can be detected through appearance alone. Of course, gaydar per se isnt homophobic. Historically, when we couldnt be out, it was a way for us to nd each other. Today, gaydar can be a useful social tool and, I confess, a guilty pleasure. Its fun to guess which celebs are queer. Yet, gaydar, if used unfairly, can be hurtful. Take my straight friend Fred who was rejected for the ministry because he was incorrectly perceived to be gay. Even with all of their research, you shouldnt trust gaydar too much in your everyday life, Tabak and Zayas say. Lets use it responsibly.

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President Obamas historic announcement endorsing marriage equality stands as perhaps the most prominent example of straight ally support for the LGBT rights movement. But there are many allies working hard to advance equality, from U.S. senators to ministers to community volunteers. Here, we introduce a few straight allies making a difference.

SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) remains one of Capitol Hills most visible allies, a role she embraces. She co-sponsored a Senate bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and championed the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell in late 2010. I strongly believe that equality is an inalienable American right and should not be ascribed based on gender, race, religion or sexuality, Gillibrand says, noting that the end of the ban on openly gay and lesbian service members strengthened national security. Every American, no matter who you are, or who you love, should be able to serve their country with honesty and integrity. Gillibrand had previously backed civil unions for gays and lesbians, but she

enthusiastically endorsed marriage rights for same-sex couples once then-New York Gov. David Paterson appointed her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate in 2009. Gillibrand described President Barack Obamas endorsement of nuptials for gays and lesbians during an ABC News interview last month as a watershed moment in American history that will provide the leadership needed to nally repeal DOMA and win the unnished ght for equality for all Americans. She also ofciated at a same-sex wedding after New Yorks law that allows same-sex couples to legally marry in the state took effect last July. I have more friends getting married this summer, which Im looking forward to, says Gillibrand. She became teary eyed when she watched New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and her long-time partner Kim Catullo walk down the aisle with their fathers at their May 19 wedding in Manhattan. I wish them an enormous life of happiness together. During a 2010 interview with the Fire Island News, the senator said shes a former partner in the New York law rm that David Boies, the lawyer who argued against Californias Proposition 8 in federal court alongside former Solicitor General Ted Olson, co-founded in 1997. Gillibrand did not cite a specic moment that prompted her to become an ally, but she referenced her own family when referring to marriage and other LGBT rights. It is just clear to me that these issues

fundamentally go right to the core founding principles of this country equality, justice and fairness, Gillibrand says. All of Americas families should be protected by the federal rights and benets that accrue to families. My gay friends who are married, or have children, deserve every bit of protection that my husband and I enjoy. Its a matter of right versus wrong, its a matter of core values of humanity and fairness and freedom and the ability of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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When Missy Toms marched in the Capital Pride parade last year, her rst, it was a monumental event.

I had never been in it or even seen it before, she says. But I tell you what, when we turned the corner and saw all those people at Dupont Circle, just seeing the joy, the excitement, they were just so proud and happy and just in that moment, it just all clicked for me that this is such an important thing that brings all these different people together. Every age, every level of income, theyre just all there and celebrating and it was such a beautiful experience for me. I was thinking, Oh my gosh, this is how it should be everyday. Toms is the director of external affairs for Capital Pride and handles the fundraising and marketing for the organization. This is her second year in the job and she splits her time between D.C. and Cleveland where she and her husband and three children (ages 13, 9 and 5) live. She knew former Capital Pride president Mike Lutz and saw the chance to do the job last year as a good way to be around her mother who was battling cancer at the time and lived in D.C. (she died in January). I knew she was in her last year so it just worked out that I got to be here a lot and spend a lot of time with her last year, she says. My contract is on a year-to-year basis, so Im doing it again this year. But aside from personal logistics, Toms says Pride is important. Her brother came out to her when he was 17 and her best friend from college (It sounds so clich, but its true, she says), Steve, was gay. It was just always something I was
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bad or were going to hell for this. The Wileys Dennis is on sabbatical now and was unavailable for comment are iconoclasts in the D.C. black church world as Baptist ministers whose church is unabashedly open and afrming to LGBT worshipers. Their church, located in Ward 8s Bellevue neighborhood, has been through major changes in the 27 years theyve been there (Denniss father was the former minister). Though they have roughly the same number of attendees on an average Sunday morning about 400 give or take as they had a decade ago, about half the congregation left after they conducted their rst same-sex union ceremony in 2007. It was over a period of about ve years, she says. It wasnt like a mass exodus, but we did lose a lot of people but on the other hand, weve been continually gaining as well and had a lot of people come who have a much stronger social justice stance. Many people identify us by our stance on LGBT issues but thats not really the biggest part of who we are. It just happens to be one of the things we teach and believe. In addition to a belief that scriptural passages seeming to condemn gay sex have been misconstrued over the centuries, Wiley says the bigger picture for her is her belief in what she calls liberation theology. We see Jesus as the great liberator and Jesus is a person who was not afraid to count the cost, she says. You see this example so often in the Bible, with so many of the prophets of the Old Testament who were not afraid to speak truth to power. Part of our stance is that we cannot be politically correct all the time. We must do what we feel the Bible has called us to do. Was it hard at rst? Yes. But when you really take injustice issues and see that as a big part of your life, theres no other way. Can you speak to every single social injustice issue thats out there? No. But this is one issue that were very clear that weve been called to speak to.

familiar and comfortable with, she says. I wasnt political about it then. I got much more aggressive about that as I got older. Toms says its been surprisingly easy teaching her kids about gay issues. We explained to them about marriage, about Dont Ask, Dont Tell, and my brother got married a few years ago in D.C. right after the law was passed here, so they got to see a gay wedding and I explained to them why this was so important so they completely understand. Kids are so ahead of adults a lot of times on these issues.

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Don Blanchon has served as executive director of Whitman-Walker Health since May 2006 and throughout his tenure, he has made many changes to the organization. I have the amazing job of leading one of the best LGBT non-prots on the planet, Blanchon says. Just this year, Whitman-Walker announced that its revenue in 2011 left the health center with a $2.6 million budget surplus. This is the second year in a row the center has posted a surplus. Blanchons work as a straight ally comes from his relationship with his younger brother, Robert, who died in 1999 from complications of HIV/AIDS. The two were very close, considered to

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be Irish twins, born 14 months apart, and Blanchon credits his brother, who was out at an early age, for making him who he is today. I saw rst hand how he struggled with coming out ... saw him struggle to ght HIV every day and ... ultimately what the complications from HIV did to him from a health perspective, Blanchon says. If you love somebody dearly like I love my brother, when you see somebody really struggle ... then ultimately lose their life to something like HIV ... it has a tremendously powerful impact on how youre living and how you make decisions about how you use your time. Born and raised in New England, Blanchon says he always had an independent view of things, believing in equality and social justice. His parents believed in the importance of community, however its dened. Its a personal conviction from my upbringing, Blanchon says of his work for the LGBT community. Blanchon says he always circles back to the idea that people love one another. Because of the political atmosphere in D.C., he believes Washingtonians sometimes are more divisive in how some problems are approached as opposed to trying to work together. This is something that Im learning as a straight ally ... we do a lot of labeling ... both inside and outside the LGBT community and what often times we miss is each of us is especially unique and has gifts and talents and is deserving of love and friendship, Blanchon says.

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Kelly attended her friends 2004 samesex commitment ceremony. Ominous storm clouds had gathered above the garden in which the couple and their friends had gathered, but a rainbow suddenly appeared as the men began to exchange their vows. It was shockingly beautiful, Kelly says. After that ceremony I began to awaken to the possibility that God could approve of a same-sex union. Kelly moved to California after she graduated from BYU, but she soon found herself at the epicenter of the debate over the repeal of the states same-sex marriage law. Mormon leaders backed Proposition 8 that voters approved in 2008. The backlash against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was swift. This was a terrible time to be a Mormon, and the whole campaign and Mormon participation in it made me sick with worry and agony, she says. I was really torn by the pounding of the drums for Prop 8 by the church, and what I felt was right. In the end I voted against Prop 8, but it was a very difcult decision because the church was so heavy handed about the issue. A family tragedy made Kelly realize more than ever that her voice within the church was vitally important. Her husbands cousin took his life in 2010 Kelly noted that Todd Ransom was the third gay person to commit suicide in Utah that month. She emotionally recalled at an LGBT Mormon conference at a Northwest Washington church in April that Ransoms family responded to his sexual orientation as though it was a burden that had been placed upon them.

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Adam Strasberg, founder of the political media consulting rm Bright Idea Creative, is the son of legendary acting teachers Anna and Lee Strasberg. Hes been married to his wife Nora for more than 10 years and says he still plays Dungeons and Dragons. But every Sunday in spring and fall, Adam is known on Carter Barron Field as the captain and quarterback of Tie Dye Blue Tsunami named by Strasbergs two boys, ages 8 and 5. Theyre the rst undefeated team in the history of the D.C. Gay Flag Football League. Hes been the straight guy in the gay league since the late 1990s. Before there was an organized league, we were just some guys playing pickup on the Mall, Strasberg says about how he got involved in the game. I didnt know it was gay guys for a long time. Basically it was a game with some friends and I just played for like a year and a half or something, and one day I got there early
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We acknowledge our oneness with all of Gods creation and invite gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons to share our faith, our community life, and our ministries. ~ Foundrys Statement of Reconciliation

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waiting for the guys to come set up, and a guy showed up, and said, Is this the game that they advertised in the Blade? Strasberg says after more than a decade of play with the group, hes always felt accepted, and that hes even recognized and thanked for his involvement in the league, especially since members of the league recorded an It Gets Better video. The only time it was ever an issue was last year at Gay Bowl, there was an issue about how many straight guys can be on a team, says Strasberg of the Houston championship, saying such exclusion never happens in Washington. It was kind of a silly thing. Strasberg says hes been a member of other ag football leagues in the past, but has dropped out because he didnt feel comfortable. In the D.C. Gay Flag Football League, hes always felt a great sense of camaraderie. The guys are super competitive, but everybody has the right spirit, Strasberg said. I would never think of leaving. Strasberg says its a privilege to play with the league. Heres the great thing about gay ag football. Its an opportunity for people to express who they really are, in all senses of the word. I feel like Im the one who is honored to be part of the league.

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Lea Gilmore is more than just an internationally renowned, classically trained pianist and an award-winning blues, gospel and jazz singer who has appeared in more than 45 musical and dramatic theater productions. She is also a deeply religious humanitarian who sings the praises of justice and equality all over the world. The quest for marriage equality in Maryland is one of many causes that Gilmore rmly believes in and has worked hard to achieve. Shes a former deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and a founding member of the Maryland Black Family Alliance. The group advocates for fairness, justice and equality for Maryland black families, including those headed by same-sex households. Over the years she has worked to urge passage of bills that would legalize marriage for same-sex couples. Before I went to college, I had never met gay people and had never known any in my Baptist church, Gilmore says. When I was a student at Morgan State, I was heavily involved in theater and through that involvement I met many gays. In addition, I saw some family members

come out as gay or lesbian and was upset at the ostracism. This affected her. Injustice against a group of people is unacceptable, she says. Gilmore feels African-American clergy who oppose same-sex marriage, should know better as to how the Bible has been used in the past to keep us in our place. She bristles at some pastors in the media spotlight, such as Del. Emmett C. Burns, Jr. (D-Baltimore County) and Rev. Derek McCoy who vehemently oppose same-sex marriage and use the Bible as a rationale. In her testimony against an anti-marriage equality bill sponsored by Del. Burns in the House Judiciary Committee in 2010, Gilmore argued, As African Americans, we know more than most how discrimination is wrong, hurtful and detrimental to all communities ...While we respect those with differing opinions, religious traditions should never be used as a weapon against our fellow citizens, or given as the rationale to defeat civil protections. We have trod that dark path before. Two years later, on March 1, Gov. Martin OMalley signed the law that legalizes same-sex marriage in Maryland. Gilmore, who has been married for more than 28 years, told the Blade then, This is a day that is just so amazing for me. I along with so many others have longed for this day. This is a day we got to see justice happening in Maryland. Gilmore not only draws on her talents to make beautiful music, but to help realize equality for all. I am deeply committed to the ght for LGBT equality, and as my grandmother said I aint tired yet.

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York City as assistant legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. In connection to her ACLU work, Norton spoke out in support of gay rights as early as 1967, two years before New Yorks Stonewall Riots of 1969, according to Cartwright Moore, a member of Nortons congressional staff. In 1970, then-Mayor John Lindsay appointed her as head of the New York City Human Rights Commission, where she served until 1977. Norton served from 1977 to 1981 as head of the U.S. Equality Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington under President Jimmy Carter. Since 1982 and continuing through her tenure in Congress, Norton has served as a professor of law at Georgetown University. Local gay activists have said they were impressed with Nortons knowledge and understanding of the gay rights movement when she entered the race for the citys congressional delegate seat in 1990 in the Democratic primary. Nortons main opponent was then-D.C. Council member Betty Ann Kane (D-At-Large), a strong supporter of LGBT rights. Although impressed with Nortons grasp of LGBT issues, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, an LGBT group, endorsed Kane over Norton, saying Kane had a longstanding record of support on gay issues during her tenure as a Council member. Norton beat Kane in the primary by a 39-33 percent margin and easily won the general election in November 1990. The Stein Club and nearly all the citys LGBT political activists have backed Norton in every election since that time, including her bid this year for her 12th term in ofce, in which shes running unopposed.

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The Republican Party is further along on LGBT rights and same-sex marriage than you might guess, according to Meghan McCain. As a Republican, I just meet a lot of Republicans that privately say they dont think gay marriage is that big of an issue, McCain said. They privately support it, but publicly they dont want to because it goes against the grain of being a Republican. I just feel like if everyone would start being honest about the actual feelings about the issue that more progress would be made. McCain the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gained notoriety during the 2008 presidential campaign for her blog, McCain Blogette, about her experience on the campaign trail. A supporter of same-sex marriage, McCain spoke at the 2009 convention of the Log

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IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Nothing WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND THE PHYSICAL WORLD? That our energy is interconnected and we evolve into something else. I do believe there is something greater than us. WHATS YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT MOVEMENT LEADERS? Dont waste time on debating what issue to ght for next. Just ght and stand up for what you believe. Theres plenty of resources and agencies that we can support and ght from all sides. WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS HOT COALS FOR? Dark chocolate, but also to help my family and close friends. WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS YOU MOST? None really annoy me because our community is so diverse. What annoys me is when people dont acknowledge the diversity within our community. WHATS YOUR FAVORITE LGBT MOVIE? Broken Hearts Club WHATS THE MOST OVERRATED SOCIAL CUSTOM? Shaving WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU MOST COVET? My nishing medal from the rst marathon I did. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUD KNOWN AT 18? That its OK to Be True. Be You! I actually wish I would have known that and had the condence to be that much younger, especially through high school. WHY WASHINGTON? Theres so much energy in this region. I love the diversity within the District but also the ease of travel to areas close by like Baltimore, Philly, NYC, Rehoboth, etc.

WHOS YOUR LGBT HERO? Id have to give props to Ellen. WHATS WASHINGTONS BEST NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT? I miss Nation, but also really enjoyed Tracks, which was around for one more year when I moved to the area. The closing party was one of my favorite nights. Nothing like closing the place down with a breakfast buffet at the end of the night (morning) and sitting down on the dance oor eating scrambled eggs, bacon and pancakes. DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING. Not sure Ill ever get married, but if I were it would be simple with family and close friends. Honeymoon would involve an element of nature and adventure. WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT? Classism WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME WOULD YOU CHANGE? The assassination of Martin Luther King. Im curious if hed still be alive if the LGBT movement would have made progress much quicker. WHATS BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE POP CULTURE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME? Id have to say Michael Jackson and MTV. I can still remember the night the Thriller video debuted. ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST? Non-smoking WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK POST OR TWEET? I think I may have either severely sprained or broke my ankle.

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Ryan Bos switched gears after a 15-year career working in residential life on campus at University of Maryland Baltimore County last October to take the reins at Capital Pride where hes executive director. It was really a way of getting back to my passion and what I grew up with, the 38-year-old gay Michigan City, Ind., native says. My family had always been involved in non-prot work. For years, we coordinated a large ethnic musical festival back in northwest Indiana, so I grew up with this kind of work. Bos says his new job has brought with it, as one would imagine, a learning curve, but he says now that Pride season is here, things are coming together. The events so far have surpassed my expectations, he says. Im really excited about the weekend. Bos says LGBT Washingtonians have an exciting weekend in store. I think so many people see it as just the parade and the festival and its so much more than that, he says. It really is an opportunity to be true, be you. Its a time to really celebrate, let your hair down and be yourself. Bos is single and says hes content to be so. Before coming to this area he rst landed in Catonsville, Md., but has been living in D.C. the past three years he was in Muncie, Ind., earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ball State University. Bos lives in the Mount Vernon Square area and enjoys swimming, softball, volunteering, running and watching TV in his free time. For more on Capital Pride, see pages 60-68 or visit capitalpride.org.

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Eclectic group of performers to play Pride stage Sunday
Blade staff spoke with several performers slated to appear on the Capital Pride festival stage Sunday. Here are some of the highlights. Headliner Deborah Cox remembers performing at Capital Pride once before. The heat is what stands out in her mind. When shes not traveling she guesses shes on the road about 70 percent of the time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children (ages 8, 5 and 3). As one might imagine, she loves classic R&B and says she owns every album Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin ever released. Shes exploring more jazz Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald these days. She plans a 30-minute set at Capital Pride. I always research what songs did well in certain markets so it will be a custom show, she says. And it will be erce. Crystal Waters newest single, Le Bump, with Yolanda Be Cool, was released in 2011. Overall, Waters has 16 No. 1 and top 10 singles in more than 15 countries. She had two other songs make the Billboard Hot 100, What I Need and Say If You Feel Alright. She had several other songs hit the U.S. Dance charts, including ve number ones. Waters was nominated for three American Music Awards in 1991, an MTV Video Music Award and four Billboard Music Awards in 1994, winning Top-Selling Hot Dance Music Club Play Single for 100% Pure Love. The D.C. Cowboys are prepared for an emotional nal Capital Pride appearance. Founder Kevin Platte one of this years Pride heroes isnt sure where or when the nal performance will be, he says this is absolutely their last time at Capital Pride. I just want folks to remember us as a group that left smiles on the faces of people who watched us, Platte says. Weve always had such a good time doing it, we just want to make sure weve passed that on to our fans and the people in the audience as well. Alma Tropicalia is also slated to perform. The LGBT Community has seen some She thanks the organizers of Capital Pride for the chance to perform for D.C.s LGBT community again and for the incredible work they do in bringing our diverse community together. Simulover is two out performers: famous DJ and producer Alex Lauterstein and singer and producer SIRPAUL. Lauterstein and SIRPAUL think of themselves as partners in crime. They met 12 years ago when Lauterstein was the rst DJ to play SIRPAULs song. They always knew they wanted to work together and when they nally got their schedules synced Simulover was born. It is time to go beyond labels, SIRPAUL says. Its not gay marriage, it is marriage, and it isnt cute that you are married; Its what two people who love each other do. SIRPAUL recently married his husband Paul and feels strongly about eliminating the labels that hold our community back. Both Lauterstein and SIRPAUL have been involved in the gay community and culture for years and the community and culture inuences their music. They believe they have something to offer everyone and hope to see a large D.C. crowd at their Pride performance. Xavier Toscano loves Pride festivals because they give the community a chance to get together and celebrate our lives and our accomplishments. It is not all about the glitz and glamour but instead about living our lives and being happy with ourselves. Toscano, who was afraid of performing early on has now overcome many of those fears, although right before he gets on stage he is going through his performance in his head, and hoping he doesnt forget his lyrics, which he shyly admitted to doing early on in his career. He promised to not forget his lyrics for Capital Pride and put on an amazing show. At last years Capital Pride, Consuelo Costin performed in front of about 400,000 people. I had a great time. With the pulse, the drive, the energy, being around such diversity all celebrating one cause, was a memorial experience. Costin says. Shes straight but staunchly supports the gay community because she feels strongly about equality and people being who they are. Costin will be back for this years D.C. pride, bringing another awesome show. Shell also perform at Los Angeles Pride.

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great victories this year and D.C. Pride is a great way for us to celebrate that, says gay member Bill Dempsey. Alma Tropiclia is all about recognizing diverse backgrounds, so playing at Pride makes a lot of sense for us artistically. The band released its rst recording in April a self-titled EP available for digital download. Expect big percussion and a mix of styles at the bands Pride performance. Life is a journey, says hunky gay singer Aiden Leslie, another Pride singer. And I am expressing this journey through my music. Leslie has never performed in D.C. and is looking forward to rocking it out and kicking off an exciting summer. He will be starting off his time in Washington with a

special performance with Pepper MaShay at Secrets. He is also planning on debuting a new single on the Capital Pride stage along with three other songs. Ani Hesse, 13, has been attending pride events with her two moms, Dana and Dale, for as long as she can remember, but this years Capital Pride marks the rst time that she will be part of the entertainment. Im so excited, says Ani. I love performing for big audiences. I cant wait. Crys Matthews performed at Capital Pride last year, but this years performance will have a special signicance: her ance will be in the audience. Matthews and her partner recently became engaged and plan to marry in 2013.

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Capital Pride is far from the only gay Pride event in the region with fabulous festivities and must-see entertainment. Those celebrating the LGBT community can continue the fun by taking road-trips to pride festivals in Baltimore, New York and the Outer Banks, N.C. The Baltimore Pride Celebration has been Marylands largest LGBT visibility event since 1975. Baltimores Pride Parade and Block Party are on June 16 from 4-10 p.m. in the heart of the citys historic gay neighborhood, Mount Vernon. The Pride Festival on June 17 is held in lakeside Druid Hill Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Baltimore Pride attracts roughly 30,000 people annually from all over the MidAtlantic. Trevor Ankeny, co-chair of Baltimore Pride, expects an even higher turnout this year. I think with the new attractions more people will want to come check them out, Ankeny says. We have more activities going on during the day. Before we had a lot of entertainment without many activities. One of the new attractions is the Adult Zone, a tent at the Block Party where guests can mingle with adult lm stars such as Max Ryder and Pierre Fitch. Dance Dance Revolution! (DDR!) is another new addition at the Block Party. The Pride Festival Family Zone will expand this year, with carnival games brought by Camp Highlight (a summer camp for children of LGBT parents) and arts and crafts activities. Up-and-coming pop artist Neon Hitch is the Block Partys headlining performer. Shes a really good performance artist. She denitely has dance hits right now, Ankeny says. I think shell really put on a good show. Shes different and unique. Neon Hitch is quickly garnering popularity. She recently collaborated with Gym Class Heroes on their hit track Ass Back Home, and her delightfully provocative song F U Betta went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Charts. She already has developed a strong gay fan base by going on a U.S. gay club tour last year and performing at Las Vegas Pride. Other Baltimore Pride events include Twilight on the Terrace, a cocktail party beneting Baltimore Pride on June 15 at Gertrudes Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Dr. Baltimore, Md.) from 7-11 p.m., and the High Heel Race at 3 p.m. on June 16 (corner of Charles and Read Streets in Baltimore). For more details on Baltimore Pride, visit baltimorepride.org. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have their Pride festivals and parades the same weekend as D.C.s, so hitting those would be tough but theyve both lined up solid guests. Talk show host Wendy Williams will be in Philly (phillypride.org) and Melissa Etheridge will headline with a 90-minute concert in Pittsburgh (pittsburghpride.org). New York City Pride, of course, is a hugely popular weeklong celebration of LGBT visibility. The NYC Pride Rally kicks off the weeks festivities on June 16 from 3-6 p.m. at the East River Bandshell. The Rally features motivating speakers and popular performers, with Jai Rodgriguez from Chelsea Lately as this years MCs.
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Wolf Traps summer season is heating up with a week full of concerts. World-renowned contemporary instrumentalist Yanni begins the week tonight at 8 p.m. The concert will include music from his previous shows as well as songs from his newest album, Truth of Touch. Tickets range from $30-$55. Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat come together on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The duo has performed several duets during previous joint tours. Tickets range from $25-$40. Wolf Trap has its 23rd annual Louisiana Swamp Romp on Sunday at 2 p.m. The concert will feature Allen Toussaint Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Big Sams Funky Nation. Southern dishes will also be available on the plaza. Tickets are $25. Country superstar Martina McBride comes to Wolf Trap on Wednesday with Grammynominated David Nail. McBride is a four-time Country Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year and dedicated her single, Im Gonna Love You Through It to cancer survivors, performing on a pink-li Empire State Building to raise breast cancer awareness. Tickets range from $35 to $48. Bonnie Raitt plays Thursday with special guest Mavis Staples. Tickets range from $30-$48. For more information on the concerts and to purchase tickets, visit wolftrap.org.

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Kramer classic Normal Heart opens D.C. run


Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theaters production of the 2011 Tony-awaring winning production of Larry Kramers The Normal Heart, directed by George C. Wolfe, opens today. The cast includes original cast members Patrick Breen and Luke MacFarlane, returning in new roles, and original production understudy Jon Levenson, as well as Patricia Wettig from ABCs Brothers & Sisters and thirtysomething, Broadway stars Tom Berklund, Michael Berresse, Christopher J. Hanke, Nick Mennell, Chris Dinolgo and John Procaccino. The Normal Heart tells the story of a group of friends struggling with the mysterious disease ravaging New Yorks gay community, looking at sexual politics during the AIDS crisis. This production is an Afliated Independent Event of AIDS 2012, the biennial International Conference, to be held in D.C. from July 22-27. To spread awareness of the ongoing ght against AIDS, Arena will be holding related events and partnering with organizations throughout the productions run. Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the Mead Center along with images from the HIV/AIDS relation collections of the Archives Center at the Smithsonians National Museum of American History. Local clinics and HIV testing providers will have HIV testing vans parked outside the Mead Center on select weekends and panel discussions with guest speakers will follow select matinees. Arena Stage and the Washington AIDS Partnership will host a benet performance on July 23. The evening will include a pre-performance VIP cocktail hour, intermission champagne toast and a dance party following the performance. Tickets range from $40-$94. Tickets for the benet performance events start at $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit arenastage.org.

Drag Race alums at Town this weekend


Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) is kicking off Pride weekend with performances from the stars of RuPauls Drag Race. Sharon Needles, Phi Phi OHara and Dida Ritz will all be performing during the clubs drag show starting at 10:30 p.m. They will also be sticking around to sign autographs and take pictures after the show. The club is continuing its Pride celebration with a dance party on Saturday featuring DJ Manny Lehman, the Ladies of Town and Tha Dance Camp. The Town drag show is hosted by Lena Lett and stars Tatiana, Shi-QueetaLee, Epiphany B Lee, BaNaka and special guests. Doors open at 9 p.m. and admission is $20. Friday night attendees must be 18 or older and Saturday night attendees must be 21 or older. For more information and future events, visit towndc.com.

Pariah screenings at Busboys & Poets


Busboys & Poets is offering a free screening of the lm, Pariah at each of its four locations throughout the month continuing Sunday at its 14th and V streets location (2021 14th St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Written and directed by Dee Rees, the lm follows Alike, a 17-year-old African American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn, as she embraces her identity as a lesbian and wonders how much she can conde in her family. The lm stars Adepero Oduye as Alike, Kim Wayans as her mother Audry, Charles Parnell as her father Arthur, Sahra Mellesse as her sister Sharonda, Pernell Walker as her friend Laura and Aasha Davis as Bina, a potential love interest. The other screenings will be June 17 at the Shirlington location at 7 p.m. and June 24 at the 5th and K streets location at 8 p.m.

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To hear young actor David Baur expound on the bliss of touring with the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast (now at National Theatre), you might think he is playing the lead or one of the more featured roles. In fact, hes a member of the ensemble whos best remembered as the tumbling carpet. Still, he loves the part, and so much more. Theres the memorable score by Alan Menken (music) and Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (lyrics), a supportive cast and crew, and traveling from city to city. And, as any actor will tell you, its always great to be working, but it gets even better Baurs anc, actor Matt Kopec, is in the show too. Also an ensemble member, Kopec plays a townsperson, assorted enchanted objects (knife, pepper pot and gargoyle), and has a short featured bit as creepy Monsieur dArque, director of the local insane asylum. The upbeat couple got together during their freshman year at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where they both studied theater. Since graduating in 2009, Baur and Kopec (who both turn 26 later this month) have worked in theater professionally without interruption and also managed jobs in the same shows more often than not, which is no easy thing to pull off. Weve been with Beauty and the Beast for a while. I joined the show in January 2011, Baur says. And Matt joined six months later in July. Just before I left to go on tour, Matt and I exchanged rings. We wore them on our right hands. And then last Thanksgiving on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, when we talked seriously about marriage for the rst time, we moved the rings to our left hands. When we actually do marry well upgrade our bands. Im thinking something from Tiffanys. But is all this working and living together too much togetherness? No, Kopec

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Bachelorette, The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org. The History of Invulnerability, Theater J. 202-777-3214. washingtondcjcc.org. Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net. Home of the Soldier, Synetic Theater, Crystal City Theatre. 800-494-8497. synetictheater.org. Puerto Ricofu!, GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org. Double Indemnity, Round House Theatre. 240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. The Bacchae & The Tooth Of Crime, WSC Avant Bard, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. Spring Awakening, Keegan Theatre. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com. Chinese Menu Improv & The Charlie Visconage Show, DCAC. 202-462-7822. dcartscenter.org.

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National Gallery of Art. Joan Mir: The Ladder of Escape . 202-737-4215. nga.gov. Kreeger Museum. Joan Mir From the Collection of The Kreeger Museum. 202-338-3552. kreegermuseum.org. National Geographic. Titanic: 100 Year Obsession, Beyond the Story: NG Unpublished 2011, Samurai: The Warrior Transformed. 202-857-7588. nglive.org/dc. Corcoran Gallery of Art. Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. Museum of Women in the Arts. R(ad)ical Love: Sister Mary Corita, Mamacita Linda: Letters Between Frida Kahlo and her Mother, Royalists to Romantics. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.

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Those interested should visit dckings.com for more information. Adventuring, a D.C.-area LGBT outdoor group, has its Arlington Evening Bike Ride tonight. The group meets at the Clarendon Metro at 6:25 p.m. and the bike ride begins promptly at 6:30. Bring a helmet, water and $2 for the club. For more details, visit adventuring.org.

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com, and more details on the event are on towndc.com. The Lambda Sci-Fi group hosts a gaming party today for LGBT science ction, fantasy and horror fans at 1425 S St. NW at 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack and non-alcoholic drink to share, and their favorite board, card, RPG or other game to play. The group will take a break to watch the Pride parade and get dinner. For more information, visit lambdasci.org or call 202-483-6369. Adventuring, a D.C.-area LGBT outdoor group, hikes on Maryland Heights today overlooking Harpers Ferry, W.V. The group meets at 9 a.m. at the GrosvenorStrathmore metro station. Please bring your own beverages, lunch, sturdy boots and bug spray. Transportation, admission and trip fees are $15. For more details, visit meetup.com/Adventuring-Gay-LesbianHiking-Biking. The Black Cat (1811 14 St. NW) hosts Hellmouth Happy Hour tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. One episode of the gay cult classic series Buffy The Vampire Slayer screens and a drink special is served. Tickets are free. For more information, visit blackcatdc.com. The Black Cat (1811 14 St. NW) hosts Gay/Bash! tonight at 10 p.m. DJs Joshua and Dean spin rock and pop hits all night. The event is open to people of all ages and admission is $5. For more details, visit blackcatdc.com.

Pariah, a lm about a teenage black womans lesbian identity and her rocky familial relationships, screens tonight at Busboys and Poets (2021 14 St. NW) from 8-10 p.m. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. Phase 1 (525 8 St. SE) hosts the D.C. Kings Show tonight with performances by local drag kings. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and limited to 21-andolder guests. For details, visit phase1dc. com. Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, helps out today at the Capital Pride festivities. If interested in participating, visit burgundycrescent.org.

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The Whitman-Walker Clinic (1701 14 St. NW) hosts an HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. Registration is required to attend the meeting, so call 202-939-7671 if interested. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org. Nellies (900 U St. NW) has its weekly Poker Face night starting at 8 p.m. this evening. Texas Hold Em is the featured poker game for guests. For details, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

Center Women, a group within the D.C. Center, gathers tonight at Mova (2204 14 St. NW) for the iCandy Happy Hour from 6-8 p.m. For details, visit thedccenter.org. Rainbow Response, a group that addresses domestic partner violence among LGBTQ people in the D.C. area, meets tonight at 6 p.m. at the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (5 Thomas Circle NW). For more information, visit thedccenter.org or rainbowresponse.org. The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8 St. SE) for duplicate bridge. No reservations are needed to participate and newcomers are welcome. For more details and if you need to nd a partner, visit lambdabrige.com.

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Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today from 9 a.m.noon for the D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2 St. NW). The activity is limited to 15 group members. Volunteers will help cook, but no prior experience is required. For more details, visit burgundycrescent.org.

DC Bi Women has its monthly group gathering tonight at the Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17 St. NW) from 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. The D.C. Kings, a local drag king troupe whose performances are not limited to just male impersonation, have a meeting tonight at Caf Collage (1346 T St. NW) for current members and those interested in joining the group. The meeting for new kings begins at 7 p.m., and the general meeting begins at 7:45.

The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington hosts an open mic night this evening from 8-11 p.m. at Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave. NW). Admission is free and those who sing get a free drink. For more information, visit blackfoxlounge.com. Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, helps Food and Friends (219 Riggs Rd. NE) with food preparation and grocery packing tonight from 6-8 p.m. The volunteer group size is limited to 10 per shift and will ll quickly. If interested, email jonathan@burgundycrescent.org and visit burgundycrescent.org or foodandfriends. org for more information. Cobalt (1639 R St. NW) hosts its weekly best package contest tonight with hosts Lena Lett and BaNaka. Participants in this exhibitionistic contest can win up to $200 in prizes. Tickets are $3, and 21-andolder attendees can buy $2 vodka drinks from 9-11 p.m. For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.

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The District of Columbia Aquatics Club swimmers are just returning from the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics World Championships in Reykjavik, Iceland. The event was held from May 30-June 4 and the club brought home multiple gold medals along with a second place nish in the team category. Next up for the Aquatics Club will be hosting the 21st annual Swim for Life on July 14. The event is a fundraiser for HIV/ AIDS nonprots as well as local watershed organizations. Swimmers will compete in races of varying distances beginning and ending at Rolphs Wharf on the Chester River. This is also a great opportunity for anyone training for a triathlon. Details on the event are at swimdcac.org. Congratulations to the D.C. Strokes Rowing Club or hosting a successful 19th running of the Stonewall Regatta which was contested last Sunday. About 500 rowers came in from across North America to D.C. to compete in a mix of mens and womens sprint races on the Anacostia. Stonewall is the only regatta in North America hosted by a gay and lesbian rowing team. The Rowing Club has had some impressive turnouts for its Learn to Row Program in the past few years. After completing that program, rowers are welcome to join the next level which is the Novice Program. This season they are welcoming an astonishing 58 new rowers to the Novice Program. Details are at dcstrokes.org. Former Learn to Row Program alumni and Club rower Jason Beagle just completed his bid for a spot on the United States Paralympics Rowing team headed to London this summer. After an intense week at selection camp in Charlottesville, Va., which capped off with several days of seat racing, Beagle was named rst alternate to the London squad in the Legs, Trunk and Arms category. Beagle will be returning to the High Performance Center in Oklahoma City to continue training for a spot on the team headed to the 2013 World Championships in South Korea. Those interested can follow him on Facebook at Jason Martin Beagle. Not to be outdone in the water by the rowers and swimmers, the D.C. Sentinels basketball team will be hosting Splash III on July 7 from 4-11 p.m. in Accokeek, Md. The event is a pool party fundraiser with a hot body competition, rafes and door prizes. Proceeds from the event will fund future basketball tournaments and local HIV/AIDS charities. The Sentinels traveled to Chicago on April 21 to compete in the Coady Roundball Classic. Their B team brought home second place in the lower B division. More information on the Sentinels and the pool party can be found at teamdcbasketball.org. The Federal Triangles Soccer Club will kick off the intra-club Summer of Freedom league on June 19. The league is D.C.s only LGBT soccer league and consists of nineon-nine coed formats with a minimum of three women on the eld at all times. The ofcial launch party is Tuesday at Duplex Diner. Find out more about all of the soccer leagues at federaltriangles.org. The Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club is just returning to D.C. after competing in the Bingham Cup in Manchester, England last weekend. The Bingham Cup is the world championship of gay and inclusive rugby teams and attracts roughly 1,500 players from 15 countries. Both of the Renegades squads performed well with the Blues losing in the seminal of the premier division and the Reds losing in the seminal of the bowl division after two periods of extra time. Check out the ruggers at dcrugby.com. Tickets are available for the eighth annual Night OUT at the Nationals to be hosted by Team D.C. on June 19. The event is the largest LGBT community night in professional sports in the United States. Details are at teamdc.org.

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Pride Week is always a highlight on the years social calendar. But to me, gay Pride is much more than just a one-weekend party,no matter how fabulous that party may be. Pride Week is a time to stop and reect on the past year and how far weve come. How much ground we have gained. The past year has denitely been a banner year. Gay marriage has remained at the forefront of the political and cultural discussion and the president of the United States has publicly declared his support. I wasnt sure Id ever see the day when the leader of the free world would take a positive stand on this issue. Together, we have accomplished a great deal and we are leaving a lasting impression on our politics, our culture and our communities. During Pride Week, I think we should pause to recognize and celebrate how deep that impact goes. As the manager of one of the areas top real estate ofces, Im particularly proud of our impact on our citys communities. Take Dupont Circle, for example. Before the gay community discovered Dupont in the 70s, it was a rundown, somewhat seedy area. But when Washingtons rst gay bookstore, Lambda Rising, opened in 1974, it attracted an eclectic crowd that thrived on being open minded and celebrating each others differences. The stores clientele couldnt help but notice the great location, cool architecture and, at the time, low prices, and they started snapping up and renovating the rundown buildings. Before long, this pride of ownership began showing on the outside, as well. Streets were cleaned up. Facades revitalized. As Dupont began attracting more afuent gay residents, the area slowly evolved into a trendy neighborhood with picturesque streets, coffee shops, great restaurants and stores. By the 90s, the neighborhood had developed a reputation for being a hip and trendy area. Word was out, and families and straight singles starting moving in as well. As the area became more gentried, many of the gays moved on to other emerging neighborhoods. Today, a much smaller percent of Dupont Circle remains gay. The average home price here has increased 10-20 times since the 70s a gure that would have shocked the urban pioneers who moved into the area almost 40 years ago. Weve seen a similar revitalization in Logan and Shaw. What were once rather rundown areas have been renovated, refurbished and reenergized by the gay community into premier locations. Its happened time and again, not just in D.C., but across the country. Think about New York Citys Greenwich Village and West Hollywood in Los Angles. In fact, I imagine you could nd a neighborhood like this in just about any major U.S. city. Even South Beach is a great example. Our pride in ownership has repeatedly led to the revitalization of entire neighborhoods and big swaths of our city. Which for me is just one more source of gay pride.

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