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washingtonblade.com • vol. 42, issue 11 • march 18, 2011 • Still sharp after 40 years

‘Strategic blunder of monstrous proportions’ 


Insiders rip HRC, Gill decision to
cancel Maryland vote on marriage
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

The decision to cancel a March 11 vote on a same-sex marriage bill


in the Maryland House of Delegates was a mistake that could hurt rather
than help the chances for passing the bill within the next several years,
according to Maryland-based advocates who lobbied for the bill.
The advocates who expressed this view, some of whom spoke on
condition that they not be identified, said at least four national LGBT
groups put pressure on lawmakers through Equality Maryland, the state-
wide LGBT group, to withdraw the bill rather than risk a losing vote.
One of the advocates called the national groups and their political op-
eratives who came to Maryland to lobby for the bill well intentioned but
unfamiliar with the nuances and “rhythms” of the Maryland Legislature.
“I think this was a strategic blunder of monstrous proportions,” said
Mark McLaurin, political director of Maryland’s Local 500 of the Service
Employees International Union (SEIU), which lobbied for the bill.
McLaurin, a gay man who has lobbied the Maryland Legislature for
progressive causes for more than 15 years, said many insiders familiar
with the legislature don’t think a losing vote by a close margin would
hurt the bill’s chances in the future. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
On the other hand, McLaurin and others who favored taking a vote
Del. Luke Clippinger (right) was one of several openly gay delegates to speak last week on the House floor in favor of a failed bill
to legalize same-sex marriage.
Continues on page 14

New DOMA repeal effort


Nadler, Feinstein kick off efforts
to remove federal marriage ban
nightlifeagenda By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Blade and JR.’s to host Janet Jackson post-concert party Tuesday.
PAGE 34
House and Senate lawmakers on Wednes-
day pledged to lift the Defense of Marriage Act
from the books upon the introduction of legis-
lation that would repeal the anti-gay law that
bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
In the House, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
introduced the legislation, known as the Re-
spect for Marriage Act, along with 108 co-
sponsors. Among the supporters are the four
openly gay members of Congress: Reps.
Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-
socialagenda Wisc.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and David Cicil- Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
Local winners of $100,000 same-sex wedding contest tie the knot. ‘This defies common sense and harms thousands of mar-
PAGE 33 ried couples,’ said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).
Continues on page 5
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LOCALNEWS
Ethics complaint dismissed position while doing so.”
In a statement Beyer hailed the decision to dismiss
murder and that “rumors were spreading about the two
men.”
against Dana Beyer the case but expressed concern that the commission’s Prosecutors filed a motion last September objecting
earlier decision to find probable cause that she may to plans by the defense to argue that Navarro com-
The Montgomery County Ethics Commission on have violated ethics rules indicates the county’s ethics mitted the stabbing in self-defense. An attorney rep-
March 8 dismissed a complaint against retired eye sur- process is flawed. resenting Navarro could not be immediately reached
geon and transgender activist Dana Beyer that alleged “After having failed to defeat anti-discrimination pro- for comment.
Beyer violated county ethics rules in 2008 by improp- tections for transgender citizens in the County Council, The trial before Judge Lynn Leibovitz was expected
erly campaigning against a proposed referendum to and then failing to get their referendum on the ballot, a to last through this week.
overturn a transgender non-discrimination law. small group of narrow-minded, political motivated in- — LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The complaint was filed by Ruth Jacobs, president dividuals tried to obstruct justice a third time by going
of the Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Govern- after me personally,” she said.
ment, an anti-LGBT group. The group filed petitions Jacobs could not be immediately reached for com-
calling for a voter referendum to overturn a transgen-
der non-discrimination law passed by the Montgomery
ment.
— LOU CHIBBARO JR.
San Fran mayoral candidate
County Council in November 2007. seeks support in D.C.
The referendum never made it to the ballot because
supporters failed to gather the required number of peti-
tion signatures.
Murder trial opens A gay candidate running for mayor in San Francis-
co, who served for eight years on that city’s Board of
Beyer had been working at the time on the staff of in anti-gay ‘hate’ case Supervisors, is scheduled to hold a fundraiser in D.C.
County Council member Duchy Trachtenberg, an at- on March 21.
large Democrat, who authored the law. The law bans A trial began this week for a 26-year-old D.C. man D.C. area supporters of Bevan Dufty say Dufty has
discrimination in employment, housing, public accom- charged with first-degree murder while armed in con- the “drive, energy, responsiveness and effectiveness”
modations and other areas based on a person’s gen- nection with the November 2009 stabbing death of to be an excellent mayor and are calling on local ac-
der identity. a man that prosecutors have classified as an anti-gay tivists to contribute to his campaign. Dufty is a former
Jacobs alleged in her complaint that Beyer and oth- hate crime. D.C. resident who started his career as a staff mem-
ers opposed to the referendum improperly interfered In charging documents filed in D.C. Superior Court, ber to former U.S. Reps. Shirley Chisholm and Julian
with efforts by her group to gather signatures outside police and prosecutors said Justin L. Navarro, 26, Dixon, both Democrats.
various Giant Food stores by, among other things, “yell- stabbed D.C. resident Kevin Massey at least 18 times He is the only gay candidate in a field of eight com-
ing and screaming” at petition circulators and poten- inside Massey’s apartment in the 4200 block of 2nd St., peting for the mayoral post in the Nov. 8 election.
tial signers of the petitions. Jacobs also charged that N.W., on Nov. 6, 2009. Dufty’s campaign announced earlier this year that
Beyer abused her role as an employee of the County The court documents say an eyewitness told police he reversed an earlier decision to limit the amount of
Council by allegedly telling the manager of one of the the witness saw Navarro enter Massey’s bedroom after campaign contributions he would accept to $200 rath-
Giant stores that he would have “problems” with the asking the witness, “Where is the faggy ass nigger?” er than the legal limit of $500. He also initially vowed
county if he allowed the petitions to be circulated on “Witness 1 observed the defendant armed with a not to accept contributions from donors outside San
store property. large kitchen knife which the defendant used to thrust Francisco. Those restrictions hurt his campaign, ac-
Beyer denied the allegations, saying they were fab- into the decedent’s body,” a police arrest affidavit says. cording to political pundits, who noted he had fallen
ricated by Jacobs and others as a means of retaliating “Witness 1 stated that it observed the defendant thrust behind most of his competitors in funds raised.
against legitimate efforts by supporters of the non-dis- the knife into the decedent’s body twice before Witness In addition to seeking support from individual do-
crimination law to campaign against the referendum. 1 fled the apartment for its safety,” the affidavit says. nors in D.C., Dufty is applying for the endorsement of
“In order for [the ethics code] to be violated, the An eight-count grand jury indictment of Navarro the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a national group that
employee’s conduct must be on the job, include self- charges that, “the murder demonstrated the prejudice supports openly LGBT candidates for public office.
identification as a public employee, or otherwise entail of Justin L. Navarro…based on the actual or perceived Information about the D.C. event, set to take place
the prestige of office,” the Ethics Commission said in sexual orientation of Kevin Massey.” at a private residence near Dupont Circle, can be ob-
its ruling. “Assuming that Dr. Beyer did confront MCRG A law enforcement source said Navarro allegedly tained by contacting Jill McCarthy at 202-316-8006 or
volunteers, Giant Food managers, and patrons, there stabbed Massey because he incorrectly believed that jillmc6@gmail.com.
is no credible evidence that she invoked her county Massey had made a pass at him weeks before the — LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Correction
A story in the Feb. 24 issue of the
Washington Blade about the mur-
der of Temple Hills, Md., resident
Christopher Alan Trueheart on Feb.
13 incorrectly reported that a man
charged with the murder —D.C.
resident Eldridge Slaughter — was
Trueheart’s partner. A caption ac-
companying a photo published with
the story also incorrectly identi-
fied a man in the photo who posed
alongside Trueheart as Eldridge.
The person posing with Trueheart in
the photo, which was obtained from
Trueheart’s Facebook page, was
another man who was Trueheart’s
partner of two years. That person
is not implicated in the murder. The
mix-up was due to police sources
saying Eldridge and Trueheart were
Arena Stage honors Albee involved in a romantic relationship
and to someone who knew True-
heart, who incorrectly identified the
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater honored gay playwright Edward Albee with the American Artist Award man posing beside Trueheart in the
on Monday. Presenters included actors Tracy Letts and Amy Morton from Arena Stage’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Facebook photo as Eldridge. The
Woolf?” as well as award-winning actor Kathleen Turner. The American Artist Award honors an artist who has made a significant Blade regrets the error.
contribution to American theater.
— MICHAEL KEY
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LOCALNEWS

Stein Club endorses


Biddle for Council
All candidates express
support for LGBT rights
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the


city’s largest LGBT political group, endorsed
Democrat Sekou Biddle Monday night for an
at-large seat on the D.C. City Council that’s
up for grabs in an April 26 special election.
Biddle beat former Council member
Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5) and four
other Democratic candidates competing
for the club’s endorsement in a second Washington Blade photo by Michael Key

ballot vote, capturing 61.2 percent of ‘It’s exciting to get the support of Gertrude
the ballots cast. He needed at least 60 Stein Democratic Club members,’ Sekou
percent of the vote for the endorsement Biddle said after the vote. ‘I think I’ve shown
under the club’s election rules. in the four years since I’ve been serving the
city that I’ve made people proud and I’ve
The D.C. Democratic State Committee led and have really been a champion for the
appointed Biddle, a former Ward 4 school LGBT community.’
board member, to the at-large Council
seat on an interim basis in January under
rules established for filling vacant Coun- to speak. He has since promised to com-
cil seats. The seat became vacant when plete and return the questionnaire, and
Council member Kwame Brown (D-At- the club will post it on its website, ac-
Large) became Council Chair after win- cording to club officials.
ning election to that post in November. The questionnaire responses by
Stein members voted on the endorse- the six candidates who attended the
ment following a candidates’ forum held club’s endorsement meeting, which cov-
at Town nightclub in which Biddle and er a wide range of LGBT issues, can be
each of the other five candidates appear- viewed at steindemocrats.org.
ing before the club expressed strong “It’s exciting to get the support of Ger-
support for LGBT issues, including sup- trude Stein Democratic Club members,”
port for the city’s same-sex marriage law. Biddle said after the vote. “I think I’ve
Biddle won the club’s endorsement in shown in the four years since I’ve been
2007 in his successful race for a school serving the city that I’ve made people
board seat and was considered the favorite proud and I’ve led and have really been
for winning an endorsement again Monday. a champion for the LGBT community.”
But Orange, in a stronger showing than The Stein Club’s interim president, La-
expected, received 16 votes, or 38.7 per- teefah Williams, said the club’s officers
cent, of the 53 votes cast on the first bal- and members would decide within the next
lot, preventing Biddle from capturing the week on the amount of a campaign contri-
needed 60 percent to win. Biddle received
30 votes, or 56 percent, on the first ballot.
bution the club would make for the Biddle
campaign. She said the club would also
Trans Maryland rallies at Supreme Court
Ward 8 Democratic Committee president provide volunteers to help the campaign.
Jacque Patterson received four votes in the “We endorsed a candidate who’s very Activists from Trans Maryland and their allies held a rally in front of the U.S.
first ballot voting. Joshua Lopez, an aide to committed to LGBT issues,” Williams Supreme Court on Tuesday to demand that lawmakers reinstate language barring
former Mayor Adrian Fenty; Bryan Weaver, said. “We’re very fortunate that all of our discrimination in public accommodations to the proposed Gender Identity Anti-
a former Ward 1 Advisory Neighborhood at-large Council candidates are indeed Discrimination Bill in Maryland.
Commissioner; and Dorothy Douglas, a supportive of our issues.” The bill, if passed, would bar discrimination based on gender identity in employ-
former Ward 7 school board member, re- Nearly all special elections in D.C. ment and housing.
ceived one vote each in the first ballot vote. have been known for attracting a low vot- Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties), a
On the second ballot, which was lim- er turnout, making the outcome hard to strong LGBT rights supporter who has sponsored a transgender rights bill in the
ited to Biddle and Orange, Biddle re- predict, according to political observers. legislature since 2007, said she removed the public accommodations provision
ceived 30 votes compared to 19 votes The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics after determining it was the only way to obtain enough votes to pass the legislation.
received by Orange. issued a ruling on Tuesday disqualifying “The bottom line is discrimination is not right,” she told the Blade. “I have had
Three additional candidates running in Patterson as a candidate in the April 26 this bill now for over three years and initially I introduced it with the section on pub-
the April 26 special election were ineligible election, saying it determined he failed to lic accommodations, which I believe in.”
to compete for the Stein Club’s endorsement submit the required 3,000 petition signa- Ashley Love, a transgender and intersex advocate attending the rally, told the
because they are not Democrats. They in- tures needed to be placed on the ballot for Blade, “If the bill is passed in its compromised form, a transsexual woman may
clude Patrick Mara, a Republican and long- an at-large Council seat. In a separate rul- gain the protection to keep her job as a nurse at a Maryland hospital, but she could
time supporter of LGBT rights; Alan Page, a ing, the board confirmed that Mara obtained be denied emergency room care in the same hospital she is employed at if the staff
Statehood Green Party candidate; and inde- more than 3,000 signatures and qualifies were transphobic. For instance, Tyra Hunter was refused care for serious injuries
pendent candidate Arkan Haile. for placement on the ballot. The board in- by EMS worker Adrian Williams, and later by the physician. As a result, she died.
Democratic candidate Tom Brown did vestigated Patterson, Mara and Weaver’s Without public accommodations protections, this bill has no merit.”
not return a Stein Club questionnaire re- petitions in response to challenges filed by A committee vote on the measure in the Maryland House of Delegates is ex-
quired for the club’s endorsement and for the Biddle and Lopez campaigns. A board pected later this month.
participation in the forum. Although he spokesperson said the challenges against — MICHAEL KEY
attended the forum, he was not allowed Weaver’s petitions were dropped.
march 18, 2011 • washingtonblade.com 5

NATIONALNEWS
Megachurch asks choir to sign anti-gay statement
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Several choir members at Orange County’s Crystal
Cathedral say they’re upset over a document they’ve been asked to sign that takes
a strong stand against homosexuality, the Associated Press and other news outlets
reported this week.
The “Crystal Cathedral Worship Choir and Worship Team Covenant” recently
handed out to members states that they should commit to being Christians by fol-
lowing the Bible in every way, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday.
Former and current choir members say they are particularly offended by a state-
ment in the document that refers to homosexuality. Long-time church members say
this is the first time they have seen the cathedral take a firm stand against homo-
sexuality and are disturbed by it, the AP reported.
“I understand that in an era where images of family relationship and personal
sexuality are often confused, Crystal Cathedral Ministries believes that it is impor-
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
tant to teach and model the biblical view,” the covenant reads. “I understand that
Crystal Cathedral Ministries teaches that sexual intimacy is intended by God to
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) was among just 14 senators who voted against DOMA in 1996. only be within the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman.”
She’s among 18 senators who are co-sponsoring repeal.
Sheila Schuller Coleman, daughter of the founder and senior pastor of the
megachurch, issued a statement saying the document is intended to “clarify ex-

DOMA repeal bills introduced pectations placed on them as ministry leaders.” Coleman also apologized for the
pain the covenant has caused some choir members.
Don Neuen, the cathedral’s longtime choir director, left the church last year
in U.S. House and Senate because he disagreed with Gretchen Schuller Penner’s view that choir members
should be “vetted” to make sure they are good Christians, the Register reported.
John Charles, a spokesman for the cathedral, said this does not mean gays are
Continued from page 1 basic human right.” banned from the choir.
“Every loving couple in America de- “This contract is to educate choir members about what our church believes in,”
line (D-R.I.). serves this right, and no politician should he said.
On the same day, Sen. Dianne Fein- stand in their way,” Gillibrand said. “Mar-
stein (D-Calif.), among the 14 senators riage is the foundation for strong families;
who voted against DOMA in 1996, in- it gives couples the base they need to Texas Dem official draws heat for comments
troduced companion legislation in the build a long-lasting life together, start a
Senate. Among the 18 co-sponsors of family, raise children and put their chil- SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The chairman of the Democratic Party for Bexar Coun-
the Senate bill are Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), dren on the successful path for their fu- ty, Texas, is drawing heat around the country for comments he made to a state
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chris Coons ture.” newspaper last week that said gays were like polio-stricken children and Stonewall
(D-Del.) and Richard Blumenthal (D- Gillibrand commended states through- Democrats, a gay group, is akin to Nazis.
Conn.). out the country for legalizing same-sex In immediate response, State Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie called on
Feinstein’s introduction of the bill in the marriage and added she “looks forward Dan Ramos to resign his post. Texas Stonewall Democrats called on him to apolo-
Senate marks the first time that DOMA to the day ... when marriage equality is gize or resign. And Bexar County Young Democrats urged him to apologize and
repeal legislation has been put forward the law of the land from coast to coast.” resign “for his profane display of bigotry.”
in the upper chamber of Congress since Passed by Congress in 1996, DOMA Among his more incendiary comments to the San Antonio Current last week,
the law’s passage 15 years ago. was signed into law by President Clin- Ramos said, “I liken [Stonewall Democrats] to the Tea Party — the Tea Party and
At a news conference on Wednesday, ton. Both Clinton and the bill’s sponsor at the fucking Nazi Party — because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo,
Nadler denounced DOMA for treating the time, former Republican Congress- and I don’t give a shit who knows that. That’s the truth. Just like the blacks, they’re
married same-sex couples as “complete man Bob Barr, have come out for repeal strong. And there’s nothing wrong — they’re Americans — but you can’t get your
strangers” under federal law. of the legislation. way just because you’re black.”
“This defies common sense and DOMA has two components: one that Richie lambasted Ramos’ “bigoted attitudes.” Not only that, Richie blamed Ra-
harms thousands of married couples prohibits the federal government from mos in a prepared statement for a “constant state of turmoil” in the Bexar County
who are denied federal responsibilities recognizing same-sex marriage and an- party.
and rights, including access to programs other that allows states not to recognize San Antonio State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer filed legislation last
like Social Security, that other couples such marriages performed in other juris- week that would give state party leaders power to remove county chairs for “in-
can count on when getting married,” dictions. competency or official misconduct.”
Nadler said. As a result of the component of DOMA
Baldwin said those who have been known as Section 3, married same-sex
fighting DOMA since it became law have couples cannot participate in federal Four N.Y. teens charged in fatal attack
always known fairness and justice were programs. For instance, they can’t file
on their side. joint federal income faxes, receive spou- NEW YORK — Four teenagers have been charged in connection with an al-
“Repealing DOMA is important sym- sal benefits under Social Security or leged bias attack in Queens that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man, NY1, a
bolically and substantively,” Baldwin obtain exemptions of the estate tax law New York City-based news affiliate reported this week.
said. “Now that we have repealed ‘Don’t upon the death of one of the spouses. Police say it began around midnight Saturday after five teenagers crashed a
Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the Defense of Marriage At the House news conference, Evan birthday party that had been advertised on Facebook on 90th Street in Wood-
Act remains the only example of overt Wolfson, executive director of Freedom haven.
discrimination against gays and lesbians to Marry, said repeal of DOMA is impor- Once inside, investigators say the teens smashed windows and yelled anti-gay
written into our federal statutes.” tant because “we do not have second- slurs while flashing gang signs. They then chased Anthony Collao, 18, as he was
In a separate conference later in the class citizens, and we should not have leaving the party and beat him with a pipe.
day, Feinstein noted that DOMA bars second-class marriages.” Collao was put on life support, but died Monday at Jamaica Hospital.
married same-sex couples from obtain- “To be excluded from marriage ... is The host of the party, who did not want his identity released, tells NY1 that while
ing access to government programs that personal and a real hardship,” Wolfson the suspects were not invited, they are known in the neighborhood.
straight couples enjoy for economic sta- said. “It is an indignity and it is manifest He also says while he himself is gay, Collao was not and doesn’t understand
bility. injustice when it is discrimination prac- why he was attacked.
“Right now, because of DOMA, these ticed by the government.” Court papers identify the suspects as Luis Tabales, 16, Alex Velez, 16, Chris-
couples cannot take advantage of fed- In addition to repealing DOMA, the tophe Lozada, 17 and Nolis Ogando, 17.
eral protections available to every other Respect for Marriage Act contains a They are being held on bail and face charges of gang assault, manslaughter
married couple in this country,” she said. “certainty provision” that would allow and criminal possession of a weapon. As of late Tuesday, police were still looking
Gillibrand said the fight to repeal same-sex couples married in one juri- for a fifth suspect. The hate crime task force is involved in the investigation.
DOMA is about fairness and called the
ability to get married and start a family “a Continues on page 12
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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate)


Patient Information
How should I take REYATAZ?
REYATAZ® (RAY-ah-taz) t Take REYATAZ once every day exactly as instructed by your healthcare
(generic name = atazanavir sulfate) provider. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the amount of REYATAZ
Capsules that is right for you.
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ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with REYATAZ. is 300 mg once daily with 100 mg of NORVIR® (ritonavir) once daily
Read the section “What important information should I know about taking REYATAZ taken with food. For adults who are unable to tolerate ritonavir, 400 mg
with other medicines?” (two 200-mg capsules) once daily (without NORVIR®) taken with food
Read the Patient Information that comes with REYATAZ before you start using it is recommended.
and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet provides  t 'PSBEVMUTXIPIBWFUBLFOBOUJ)*7NFEJDJOFTJOUIFQBTU UIFVTVBM
a summary about REYATAZ and does not include everything there is to know dose is 300 mg plus 100 mg of NORVIR® (ritonavir) once daily taken
about your medicine. This information does not take the place of talking with your with food.
healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. t :PVS EPTF XJMM EFQFOE PO ZPVS MJWFS GVODUJPO BOE PO UIF PUIFS BOUJ)*7
What is REYATAZ? medicines that you are taking. REYATAZ is always used with other anti-HIV
REYATAZ is a prescription medicine used with other anti-HIV medicines to treat medicines. If you are taking REYATAZ with SUSTIVA® (efavirenz) or with
people who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the VIREAD® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), you should also be taking NORVIR®
virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). REYATAZ is a (ritonavir).
type of anti-HIV medicine called a protease inhibitor. HIV infection destroys CD4+ t Always take REYATAZ with food (a meal or snack) to help it work better.
(T) cells, which are important to the immune system. The immune system helps Swallow the capsules whole. Do not open the capsules. Take REYATAZ at
fight infection. After a large number of (T) cells are destroyed, AIDS develops. the same time each day.
REYATAZ helps to block HIV protease, an enzyme that is needed for the HIV t If you are taking antacids or didanosine (VIDEX® or VIDEX® EC), take
virus to multiply. REYATAZ may lower the amount of HIV in your blood, help your REYATAZ 2 hours before or 1 hour after these medicines.
body keep its supply of CD4+ (T) cells, and reduce the risk of death and illness
associated with HIV. t If you are taking medicines for indigestion, heartburn, or ulcers
such as AXID® (nizatidine), PEPCID AC® (famotidine), TAGAMET®
Does REYATAZ cure HIV or AIDS? (cimetidine), ZANTAC® (ranitidine), AcipHex® (rabeprazole), NEXIUM®
REYATAZ does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. At present there is no cure for (esomeprazole), PREVACID® (lansoprazole), PRILOSEC® (omeprazole),
HIV infection. People taking REYATAZ may still get opportunistic infections or other or PROTONIX® (pantoprazole), talk to your healthcare provider.
conditions that happen with HIV infection. Opportunistic infections are infections t Do not change your dose or stop taking REYATAZ without first talking
that develop because the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are with your healthcare provider. It is important to stay under a healthcare
pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) provider’s care while taking REYATAZ.
infections. It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly
while taking REYATAZ. t When your supply of REYATAZ starts to run low, get more from your
healthcare provider or pharmacy. It is important not to run out of REYATAZ.
REYATAZ does not lower your chance of passing HIV to other people through The amount of HIV in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for
sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. For your even a short time.
health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safer sex by
using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to lower the chance of sexual t If you miss a dose of REYATAZ, take it as soon as possible and then take
contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Never use or share dirty needles. your next scheduled dose at its regular time. If, however, it is within 6 hours
of your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Wait and take the next dose
Who should not take REYATAZ? at the regular time. Do not double the next dose. It is important that you
Do not take REYATAZ if you: do not miss any doses of REYATAZ or your other anti-HIV medicines.
t are taking certain medicines. (See “What important information should I t If you take more than the prescribed dose of REYATAZ, call your
know about taking REYATAZ with other medicines?”) Serious life-threatening healthcare provider or poison control center right away.
side effects or death may happen. Before you take REYATAZ, tell your Can children take REYATAZ?
healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking or planning to take. Dosing recommendations are available for children 6 years of age and older for
These include other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, REYATAZ Capsules. Dosing recommendations are not available for children from
and herbal supplements. 3 months to less than 6 years of age. REYATAZ should not be used in babies under
t are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients. The active ingredient the age of 3 months.
is atazanavir sulfate. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of
ingredients in REYATAZ. Tell your healthcare provider if you think you have What are the possible side effects of REYATAZ?
had an allergic reaction to any of these ingredients. The following list of side effects is not complete. Report any new or continuing
symptoms to your healthcare provider. If you have questions about side effects,
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take REYATAZ? ask your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may be able to help you
Tell your healthcare provider: manage these side effects.
t If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if The following side effects have been reported with REYATAZ:
REYATAZ can harm your unborn baby. Pregnant women have experienced t mild rash (redness and itching) without other symptoms sometimes occurs
serious side effects when taking REYATAZ with other HIV medicines called in patients taking REYATAZ, most often in the first few weeks after the
nucleoside analogues. You and your healthcare provider will need to decide medicine is started. Rashes usually go away within 2 weeks with no change
if REYATAZ is right for you. If you use REYATAZ while you are pregnant, talk in treatment. Tell your healthcare provider if rash occurs.
to your healthcare provider about the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry. t severe rash: In a small number of patients, a rash can develop that is
t If you are breast-feeding. You should not breast-feed if you are HIV-positive associated with other symptoms which could be serious and potentially
because of the chance of passing HIV to your baby. Also, it is not known if cause death.
REYATAZ can pass into your breast milk and if it can harm your baby. If you If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms stop using
are a woman who has or will have a baby, talk with your healthcare provider REYATAZ and call your healthcare provider right away:
about the best way to feed your baby.  t TIPSUOFTTPGCSFBUI
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medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Keep a list of your medicines t yellowing of the skin or eyes. These effects may be due to increases
with you to show your healthcare provider. For more information, see “What in bilirubin levels in the blood (bilirubin is made by the liver). Call your
important information should I know about taking REYATAZ with other healthcare provider if your skin or the white part of your eyes turn yellow.
medicines?” and “Who should not take REYATAZ?” Some medicines can Although these effects may not be damaging to your liver, skin, or eyes, it is
cause serious side effects if taken with REYATAZ. important to tell your healthcare provider promptly if they occur.

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REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate)


t a change in the way your heart beats (heart rhythm change). Call your t  FEJDJOFTGPSBCOPSNBMIFBSUSIZUIN$03%"30/&® (amiodarone), lidocaine,
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healthcare provider right away if you get dizzy or lightheaded. These could quinidine (also known as CARDIOQUIN® 26*/*%&9®, and others).
be symptoms of a heart problem. t .:$0#65*/® (rifabutin, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis).
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patients may need changes in their diabetes medicine. t $06."%*/® (warfarin).
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get worse when you take anti-HIV medicines like REYATAZ. (desipramine), SINEQUAN® (doxepin), SURMONTIL® (trimipramine),
t kidney stones have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ. If you TOFRANIL® (imipramine), or VIVACTIL® (protriptyline).
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urine, pain when you urinate) tell your healthcare provider promptly. (cyclosporin), RAPAMUNE® (sirolimus), or PROGRAF® (tacrolimus).
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t changes in body fat. These changes may include an increased amount of treat allergic symptoms or asthma. Your doctor may choose not to keep you
fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the on fluticasone, especially if you are also taking NORVIR®.
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and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time. Mediterranean fever.
Other common side effects of REYATAZ taken with other anti-HIV medicines
include nausea; headache; stomach pain; vomiting; diarrhea; depression; fever; The following medicines may require a change in the dose or dose schedule
dizziness; trouble sleeping; numbness, tingling, or burning of hands or feet; and of either REYATAZ or the other medicine:
muscle pain. t */7*3"4&® (saquinavir).
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inflammation) have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ. t 4645*7"® (efavirenz).
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used with these medicines. COVERA-HS® or ISOPTIN SR® (verapamil) and others.
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methylergonovine such as CAFERGOT®, MIGRANAL®, D.H.E. 45®, ergotrate t .FEJDJOFT GPS JOEJHFTUJPO  IFBSUCVSO  PS VMDFST TVDI BT "9*%® (nizatidine),
maleate, METHERGINE®, and others (used for migraine headaches). PEPCID AC® (famotidine), TAGAMET® (cimetidine), or ZANTAC® (ranitidine).
t 03"1® (pimozide, used for Tourette’s disorder). Talk to your healthcare provider about choosing an effective method of
t 13016-4*%® (cisapride, used for certain stomach problems). contraception. REYATAZ may affect the safety and effectiveness of hormonal
t 5SJB[PMBN BMTPLOPXOBT)"-$*0/® (used for insomnia). contraceptives such as birth control pills or the contraceptive patch. Hormonal
t .JEB[PMBN  BMTP LOPXO BT 7&34&%® (used for sedation), when taken by contraceptives do not prevent the spread of HIV to others.
mouth. Remember:
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serious side effects: 2. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take.
t $".1504"3® (irinotecan, used for cancer). 3. Do not start a new medicine without talking to your healthcare provider.
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t Cholesterol-lowering medicines MEVACOR® (lovastatin) or ZOCOR® (simvastatin). Do not store this medicine in a damp place such as a bathroom medicine
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t 3&7"5*0® (sildenafil, used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension). t ,FFQZPVSNFEJDJOFJOBUJHIUMZDMPTFEDPOUBJOFS
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the amount of REYATAZ in your blood. This may lead to an increased HIV viral keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. Dispose of
load. Resistance to REYATAZ or cross-resistance to other HIV medicines may unused medicines through community take-back disposal programs when
EFWFMPQ available or place REYATAZ in an unrecognizable, closed container in the
t 3JGBNQJO BMTPLOPXOBT3*."$5"/&®, RIFADIN®, RIFATER®, or RIFAMATE®, household trash.
used for tuberculosis). General information about REYATAZ
t 4U+PIOTXPSU(Hypericum perforatum), an herbal product sold as a dietary This medicine was prescribed for your particular condition. Do not use REYATAZ
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t 7*3".6/&® (nevirapine, used for HIV infection). same symptoms you have. It may harm them. Keep REYATAZ and all medicines
The following medicines are not recommended with REYATAZ: out of the reach of children and pets.
t 4&3&7&/5%*4,64® (salmeterol) and ADVAIR® (salmeterol with fluticasone), This summary does not include everything there is to know about REYATAZ.
used to treat asthma, emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in
also known as COPD. patient information leaflets. Remember no written summary can replace careful
Do not take the following medicine if you are taking REYATAZ and NORVIR® discussion with your healthcare provider. If you would like more information, talk
together: XJUIZPVSIFBMUIDBSFQSPWJEFSPSZPVDBODBMM
t 7'&/%® (voriconazole). What are the ingredients in REYATAZ?
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schedule may be needed): magnesium stearate, gelatin, FD&C Blue #2, and titanium dioxide.
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NATIONALNEWS

White House hosts anti-bullying conference


Obamas urge parents death threats [and was] followed home.
It was just one thing after another. And
to be more involved in I also had a friend commit suicide after
children’s lives several attempts. So, the main goal of
GLAUD is homelessness, suicide pre-
vention and anti-bullying work.”
By CHRIS JOHNSON Laiseki attended the breakout session
cjohnson@washblade.com focused on cyber-bullying and said he
proposed that law enforcement officials
President Obama last week opened have the tools to intervene immediately
the doors of the White House to anti- when such harassment takes place.
bullying advocates for a conference in “We can immediately track down the
which participants discussed harass- [Internet protocol] address and go from
ment of students and devised strategies there,” Laiseki said. “And both of the
to curtail bullying. representatives [from the Obama ad-
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
In remarks starting off the conference, ministration] were in agreement. And we
Obama said if the conference had one President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spoke last week at a White House conference took notes actually and discussed it for
on bullying, telling attendees that bullying is not a harmless rite of passage. at least one-third of the meeting.”
goal, it would be dispel the myth that bul-
lying is “a harmless rite of passage or an Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets
inevitable part of growing up.” daughters, Malia and Sasha. technical assistance center specifically Better” online video campaign aimed at
“It’s not,” he said. “Bullying can have “As parents, this issue really hits home dedicated to bullying prevention.” helping troubled LGBT teens, said the
destructive consequences for our young for us,” she said. “As parents, it breaks Secretary of Health & Human Services conference was of “tremendous sym-
people. And it’s not something we have our hearts to think that any child feels Kathleen Sebelius urged teachers and bolic importance” because it identified
to accept. As parents and students, as afraid every day in the classroom, or on others to speak out when anti-gay slurs bullying as a national problem, but said
teachers and members of the commu- the playground, or even online. It breaks are used in schools. more could be done with the issue of par-
nity, we can take steps — all of us — to our hearts to think about any parent los- “Building safe neighborhoods and ents being the bullies of LGBT youth.
help prevent bullying and create a cli- ing a child to bullying, or just wondering schools where young people can thrive “What was never addressed is when
mate in our schools in which all of our whether their kids will be safe when they is a job for all of us,” Sebelius said. “It the parents are the bullies,” Savage said.
children can feel safe; a climate in which leave for school in the morning.” means speaking out next time you hear “LGBT kids whose parents reject them
they all can feel like they belong.” Michelle Obama urged parents “to a homophobic slur, stepping in when you are eight times likelier to attempt sui-
The conference, in which about 150 stu- make a real effort to be engaged in our see someone being preyed upon and let- cide; kids who are LGBT are four times.
dents, parents, teachers and anti-bullying children’s lives” and to listen to them and ting your local education leaders — from It literally doubles the risk of the already
advocates participated, wasn’t specifically be there when needed. principals to schools — know that bullying quadrupled risk of suicide for LGBT kids
directed toward the bullying of LGBT stu- “We need to get involved in their is not an isolated part of growing up. It’s a when their families reject them.”
dents, although harassment of children be- schools and in their activities so that we serious danger for all of our children.” Legislation pending before Congress
cause of their sexual orientation or gender know what they’re up to, both in and out Participants had a largely positive known as the Student Non-Discrimination
identity was often mentioned. of the classroom,” she said. “And when reaction to the event and thought it was Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act
Bullying of LGBT students received something is wrong, we need to speak productive in devising strategies to would address the issue of LGBT bullying
renewed attention late last year when up, and we need to take action.” thwart bullying. of students in schools. Savage, who’s gay
several young men who were gay or per- Following the president’s remarks, Val- In a statement, Jeff Krehely, director of and a sex-advice columnist, said the pas-
ceived to be gay took their own lives af- erie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, the LGBT research and communications sage of this legislation would be effective.
ter they were reportedly bullied. Among led a panel discussion of anti-bullying ex- project at the Center for American Prog- “It puts schools on notice,” Savage
them was Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers perts to discuss ways that parents, admin- ress, said the conference “put a national said. “It establishes a national sense
University student, who leaped off the istrators and government officials can work spotlight” on bullying and its potentially of accountability. Schools are reactive.
George Washington Bridge in Septem- to curtail harassment of students. “destructive impact.” They don’t like to be sued. They don’t like
ber after a video was posted online of Points that were mentioned included “Although the event is born out of to get in trouble with the folks that pay
him reportedly having a sexual encoun- recommending that parents be friends with tragedies, the conference will hopefully the bills — at the federal or state level
ter with another man in his dorm room. their children on Facebook for oversight spark a robust national discussion about — and it really creates a way for school
During his remarks, Obama noted purposes and how the behavior of those what we can all do to stop this problem,” administrators and school boards to be
that students who are gay are among the who perpetuate bullying must also be ad- Krehely said. “With an increase in bul- held accountable.”
types of young people who often face dressed as part of anti-bullying efforts. lying and full-on assaults on youth who Shannon Cuttle, director of Safe
bullying at school. After the panel, conference participants are perceived to be gay or transgender, Schools Action Network, said she felt the
“A third of middle school and high school split into five break-out sessions for more as well as those who are perceived to event was effective because it drew at-
students have reported being bullied during extensive debate on particular issues re- be Muslim, now is the right time to show tention to the issue of bullying.
the school year,” Obama said. “Almost 3 mil- lated to bullying. Topics of the breakout leadership on this issue.” “I think that anytime that you can col-
lion students have said they were pushed, sessions included cyber-bullying and in- Caleb Laiseki, executive director of lectively get a group of people to work in
shoved, tripped, even spit on. It’s also more school programs to confront bullying. the Arizona-based Gays & Lesbians collaboration to try to discuss this issue,
likely to affect kids that are seen as different, Top Obama administration officials United Against Discrimination, said the it’s going to put a dent in the issue,” Cut-
whether it’s because of the color of their skin, during a wrap-up session at the close of conference was “much more productive” tle said. “Today is making the right step.
the clothes they wear, the disability they may the conference emphasized the support than he expected. Being able to bring people from across
have, or sexual orientation.” that anti-bullying advocates have in the “I’m coming from Arizona, and Arizo- America — teachers, administrators, in-
Obama also announced that his ad- White House. na can’t even pass the anti-bullying bill dividuals and students — that’s key.”
ministration had launched a new website, Education Secretary Arne Duncan an- through committee, so I was extremely But Cuttle, a lesbian D.C. activist, said
stopbullying.gov, as a resource housed nounced a new initiative — a technical as- happy to see the White House was very the best way to address the issue of bul-
within the Department of Health & Hu- sistance center, which would specifically dedicated to this,” Laiseki said. lying in schools is to confront harassment
man Services for parents, students and address harassment to complement anti- Laiseki, who’s 16 and gay, dropped with “boots on the ground.”
teachers on how to confront the issue of bullying efforts that are already underway. out of high school after he was bullied “We have to be able to go into the
bullying in schools. The website is set to “By trying to highlight these best prac- because of his sexual orientation and schools, we have to have conversations and
provide information on the risks of bullying tices, we will help state and local policy completed his education by earning a we have to be able to discuss the issue,”
and its warning signs and effects. makers and educators work to keep chil- general equivalency diploma. He found- she said. “We have to be able to have those
First lady Michelle Obama, who in- dren safe and provide the best learning ed GLUAD to help address the problems honest, open conversations with teachers
troduced the president at the start of environment for all students,” Duncan he faced in school. and school administrators, and as parents
the event, said the issue of bullying is said. “We can provide support, which “The reason I started the organization and students, we need to talk to our school
personal for both her and her husband is why I’m happy to announce today our was because I was pushed into lock- boards and local officials and be able to put
because of their concern for their two department’s intention to establish a new ers and humiliated,” he said. “I received rules and policies in place to keep kids safe.”
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Tongues wagging over gay Cabinet member


Will Obama name en that relationship and mean a lot for not
only LGBT-owned businesses, but busi-
the White House with seniority in charge
of LGBT policy issues,” Socarides said.
“The work that he’s done at the Export-
Import Bank and his commitment to help-
nation’s first out nesses in general,” Nelson said. The Presidential Appointments Project, ing build exports for the next five years has
commerce secretary? Nelson noted that Locke signed a
memorandum of understanding with
a Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund-led initia-
tive, has been pushing for the appoint-
been a huge help to the president and the
administration,” Nelson said. “Certainly, his
NGLCC to collaborate on key depart- ment of openly LGBT officials within the understanding of business and commerce
By CHRIS JOHNSON ment initiatives, which will remain in ef- Obama administration. The Victory Fund would serve the president well.”
cjohnson@washblade.com fect for five years. Among other things, declined to comment for this article. Phil Cogan, an Export-Import Bank
the partnership helps promote contract- Fred Hochberg, who’s gay and direc- spokesperson, said Hochberg would
An upcoming vacancy in the White ing opportunities for LGBT-owned small tor of the Export-Import Bank of the Unit- be happy to engage in any position
House cabinet has tongues wagging in businesses with the U.S. government. ed States, has emerged at the top of the the president asks him to fill during the
the LGBT community over whether Presi- Richard Socarides, president of list of LGBT business experts who could course of the Obama administration.
dent Obama will make history by appoint- Equality Matters, also said the nomina- fill the role of commerce secretary. “He’s honored to have the job he has
ing an openly gay commerce secretary. tion of an openly LGBT person to the role Hochberg, who has a background in now, but he would serve the administra-
Last week, Obama announced his of commerce secretary would be signifi- business management and once served tion in any way that he’s asked to,” Co-
nomination of current Commerce Sec- cant for the Obama administration. as deputy administrator of the Small gan said.
retary Gary Locke to become U.S. am- “I think it would be an important first Business Administration, was cited in Another openly gay contender for the
bassador to China. Provided he meets for there to be an openly gay cabinet 2009 as a contender for the position of position of commerce secretary could
the 60-vote threshold to receive Senate member, and I think President Obama, commerce secretary when it was first be Jim Kolbe, a former Republican
confirmation, the vacancy created by while he’s president, should definitely try open in the Obama administration. congressman from Arizona. An expert
Locke’s departure would create the op- to make that happen,” Socarides said. Socarides said Hochberg is a solid on trade, Kolbe left Congress and now
portunity for the appointment of an open- But Socarides added the LGBT com- contender for the position because he’s works as a fellow at the German-Marshall
ly LGBT person to his former role. munity is “a little bit beyond the politics close to the president and “extremely Fund, where he has specialized in trans-
The nomination of an openly LGBT of appointments” and said nominating well qualified.” Atlantic trade issues.
person to the position of commerce sec- an openly LGBT commerce secretary “Fred is perpetually on the list of peo- Nelson counted Kolbe as among
retary would be historic because no one would be less significant than other ac- ple who would be a good commerce those who could fit the bill for commerce
from the LGBT community has ever been tions Obama could take. secretary because he’s part of the Dem- secretary.
nominated for a cabinet-level position. The LGBT community would be better ocratic establishment, he’s served and Kolbe endorsed Republican presi-
Justin Nelson, president of the Na- served, Socarides said, by the appoint- been confirmed before and he has a dential nominee John McCain during the
tional Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Com- ment of an LGBT person within the presi- stellar business background,” Socarides 2008 election, which could work against
merce, said the appointment of an open- dent’s circle of close advisers, where he said. “He certainly, I’m sure, would be on him in winning a position within the
ly LGBT commerce secretary would be or she could have an important impact anybody’s short list.” Obama administration.
fantastic and bolster the relationship that on LGBT issues. Nelson also said Hochberg would be Kolbe told the Blade it is highly unlike-
already exists between the Commerce “I would love to see a gay cabinet a fantastic choice for the position of com- ly he is under consideration for the post.
Department and LGBT people. member, but I think it’s more important merce secretary because of his previous
“I think it would only seek to strength- that President Obama put somebody at work in the administration. Continues at washingtonblade.com.

DOMA repeal effort likely ‘a long road’


Continued from page 5 “Right at that moment, it really, really lems. Frank said he changed his mind their names on the bill initially before
hit me — the difference between, ‘Yes, because of the importance of educating it’s introduced shows a considerable
diction to continue to receive the federal we were all celebrating being married in House members. amount of support for it, obviously.”
benefits of marriage even if they move to California,’ but in the eyes of our govern- “It just seemed to me that that was the In the Democratic-controlled Senate,
a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex ment, we were not,’” Rizzo said. more important message to get across at passage would be difficult even if all 53
marriage. Several lawsuits seeking to overturn the this point,” Frank said. “I’m less worried Democrats in the chamber voted to ap-
But the proposed legislation wouldn’t part of DOMA prohibiting federal recogni- about the distraction on the question of prove the repeal legislation. A spokes-
cover all relationship recognition that tion of same-sex couples are making their the recognition by one state violating an- person for Senate Majority Leader Harry
same-sex couples can access through- way through the courts. Last month, Presi- other state’s right.” Reid (D-Nev.) didn’t respond on short no-
out the United States. Gay couples in civ- dent Obama declared the law unconstitu- Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesper- tice to the Washington Blade’s request to
il unions or domestic partnerships aren’t tional and said he would no longer defend son, explained that Pelosi rarely co- comment on the bill.
covered under the legislation. the statute against litigation in court, al- sponsored any legislation during the A Senate Democratic aide, who spoke
Married same-sex couples that claim though House Speaker John Boehner has time when Democrats held a majority in on condition of anonymity, said leadership
they’ve experienced hardship under directed counsel to defend the law. the chamber. from the Obama administration and educa-
DOMA were present at the news confer- Nadler said opponents of the law “She sponsored bills very rarely as tion of members of Congress has to happen
ences to advocate for the law’s repeal. shouldn’t wait for the lawsuits to end be- speaker, and she has fought against before DOMA repeal moves forward.
Pali Cooper, a chiropractor from Corte fore moving ahead legislatively. discrimination her entire congressional “What is on everyone’s radar is bud-
Madera, Calif., who married her spouse, “Rather than delegating the issue career, regardless of what bills she has get: Budget 1, Budget 2, Budget 3,” the
Jeanne Rizzo, executive director of the to the court, Congress should repeal sponsored as speaker or leader,” Ham- aide said. “That’s what everyone is think-
Breast Cancer Fund, in 2008 when same- DOMA now and bring an end to the harm mill said. ing about right now in the Senate. The
sex marriage was legal in California, said it causes gay and lesbian families each Despite the new support for the legis- problem is you’re going to have to get
DOMA prevented her and her spouse and every day,” Nadler said. lation in Congress, passage of DOMA re- 60 votes in the Senate for this thing, and
from receiving full rights under the law. The House version of the DOMA re- peal legislation remains an uphill battle to that’s a high hurdle, especially with 53
“We’re married in California, but we’re peal legislation has new co-sponsors say the least -- especially with a Republi- Democrats.”
single with the government, and it’s con- that weren’t seen in the 111th Congress can majority in the House. A spokesper- Shin Inouye, a White House spokes-
fusing, cumbersome and it’s simply un- when the bill was first introduced in that son for Boehner declined to comment on person, said the president is committed
necessary,” Cooper said. chamber, including Frank, House Minority the Respect for Marriage Act. to DOMA repeal and will work with Con-
Rizzo recalled that when returning from Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Nadler said the Republican-controlled gress to move ahead on the issue.
a trip abroad, U.S. Customs forced she Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). House Judiciary Committee is “uncom- “The president has long said that
and her spouse to re-enter into the United In the previous Congress, Frank said mitted at this point” on whether to take DOMA is discriminatory and should be
States in separate waiting lines because he wasn’t a co-sponsor of the legislation up the Respect for Marriage Act. repealed by Congress,” Inouye said.
they weren’t legally married in the eyes of because he thought the certainty provi- “We’re going to ask for that,” Nadler
the federal government. sion of the bill would cause political prob- added. “The fact that 108 people put Continues at washingtonblade.com.
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Activists divided over decision to cancel Md. vote


Continued from page 1 land’s staffers working the halls of the
legislature in Annapolis.
on the marriage bill said the legislature It was the national groups, rather than
has a history of not taking up highly con- Equality Maryland, that had the ear of
troversial bills two years in a row. McLau- supportive lawmakers, including the
rin said he fears that the bill won’t come LGBT Caucus members, during the days
back for a vote until 2015, even though leading up to the scheduled vote on the
Speaker of the House Michael Busch (D- bill in the House, McLaurin and other in-
Anne Arundel County) said he would try siders said.
to bring the measure back in 2012. In a March 10 e-mail sent to LGBT Cau-
Busch said supporters appeared to cus members and other lawmakers sup-
fall just a few votes shy of the 71 votes porting the bill, representatives of Free-
needed to pass the bill in the 141-mem- dom to Marry, Gill Action and HRC urged
ber House. However, he said wavering the lawmakers to postpone the vote.
delegates might have chosen to vote “With the rights of so many Maryland-
“yes,” raising the possibility that the bill ers on the line, we wanted to flag our se-
could have passed. rious concern about going to a floor vote
Several knowledgeable sources, who tomorrow when it’s not been confirmed
spoke on condition of anonymity, agreed we have 71 votes,” the e-mail says. “Vari-
with McLaurin’s assessment. ous counts have us at 69 or 70 but not 71
“Gill and HRC decided it was detri- or beyond.”
mental to the larger movement to have Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
The e-mail adds, “The decision on
the vote go down,” one source said. The Maryland House of Delegates failed to vote on a marriage equality bill last week after two whether to ask the leadership to move
“Gays and lesbians in Maryland de- and a half hours of emotional debate on the issue. forward or postpone the vote rests with
served a debate and a vote on legislation our openly LGBT legislators and other
that we waited years for.” Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), and cials. She said she left it up to them to sponsors (in consultation with EQMD)
Another source criticized Busch’s House of Delegates members Maggie decide on whether or not a vote should who know their colleagues far better than
handling of the bill. McIntosh, Mary Washington, and Luke be taken. we do, and who have so courageously
“[Speaker Michael] Busch could have Clippinger, each Democrats from Balti- McLaurin, a former member of the led the way.”
squeezed harder but didn’t. This is a new more; Heather Mizeur, Bonnie Cullison, Equality Maryland board, said the advo- The e-mail was signed by Bill Smith
House of Delegates and this man didn’t and Anne Kaiser, each Democrats from cates who wanted the vote to go forward and Sarah Vaughn, national political di-
bother to take the temperature of the Montgomery County; and Peter Murphy, believe it would have been worth “a roll rector and deputy political director of Gill
new House of Delegates. I was shocked. a Democrat from Charles County. of the dice” to determine if supporters Action; Marty Rouse and Sultan Shakir,
I thought House leadership was more Spokespersons for Equality Maryland, had the 71 votes needed to pass the bill. the lead officials at HRC’s field office;
strategic, intelligent and powerful than the statewide LGBT group that led the “In the worst case scenario we would and Marc Solomon, national campaign
this and it all evaporated. lobbying effort for the bill, and officials have come up two or three votes short,” director for Freedom to Marry.
“God forbid we put our swing vote with the national groups Freedom to he said. “And I think that a loss by two In a separate e-mail sent the next
Democrats on the line to take a vote for Marry and Human Rights Campaign de- or three votes would be much more gal- day to most of the same people, HRC’s
our families. Or maybe the Speaker has fended the decision to withdraw the bill. vanizing to the community of supporters Rouse warned of serious political con-
lost control of his chamber.” They said the decision was made that we’re going to need to rally and ac- sequences if a vote on the marriage bill
There was also criticism of Gov. Martin jointly by the bill’s lead sponsors, includ- complish this goal.” were to be taken.
O’Malley, who the sources faulted for not ing the one gay male and six lesbian McLaurin added, “Either way it was “I plead with you to please delay this
taking a more public stand in support of delegates, who determined it was better going to get billed as a failure. I’d rather vote,” he said. “It would be devastating
the bill. to postpone the vote than to risk a los- have on record who’s with us and who’s to suffer a huge loss. There will be vitriol
“O’Malley stopped by Friday for a ing vote, which they said would be per- against us.” and pain that may take years to soothe.”
photo op with marriage supporters,” one ceived as a defeat. Another former Equality Maryland Rouse said he also feared that a los-
source said. “What a vacant gesture at “This is a strategic effort to give our- board member, David Toth, wrote in a ing vote would damage relationships be-
the 11th hour. You couldn’t write an op-ed selves more time to make the case and Facebook posting that the group was tween the LGBT community and lawmak-
the week before?” win,” said Evan Wolfson, executive direc- deleting messages left on its own Face- ers who voted against the bill.
The Civil Marriage Protection Act won tor of Freedom to Marry. “And all of us book page that were posted by a large “I am sure that relationships are al-
approval in the Maryland Senate earlier believe we can win. It’s just a matter of number of supporters who expressed ready frayed, but, if there are impas-
this month. It died last Friday for at least nailing down the votes and getting there.” outrage over the decision not to have a sioned speeches on the floor, and tears
this year when the House of Delegates HRC spokesperson Fred Sainz said vote on the bill. shed, and we still lose, those relation-
approved by voice vote a motion to send the decision to cancel the vote came af- “Anyone who is asking questions of ships will be damaged even more. The
it back to committee. ter it became clear that supporters didn’t EqMD or its staff is having their posts de- air in the chamber will be toxic for months
All of the bill’s sponsors, including sev- have the votes to pass it. leted like crazy,” he wrote. “After donat- if not years,” he said.
en openly gay members of the House of “This was a shared decision by all the ing thousands of dollars and working on McLaurin said at least some of the
Delegates, appeared to support the mo- stakeholders – Equality Maryland, the the board for over six years I simply find strained relations that Rouse mentioned
tion, a development that stunned LGBT state’s LGBT Caucus, Gill Action, Free- this appalling.” have already come about, in part, be-
activists watching the proceedings from dom to Marry, and HRC,” he said. “It was Wolfson of Freedom to Marry cau- cause of the impassioned debate on the
the visitors’ gallery. the consensus belief that the best way to tioned that a public fight over the deci- House floor that took place on March 11.
The motion to recommit the bill to win marriage in Maryland was by a delay sion not to have a vote could hurt efforts He said he was puzzled over why those
committee came after supporters and and not by losing a vote.” to bring the bill back next year. making the decision chose to have the
opponents engaged in an emotional, Officials with Gill Action, a philan- “This is a temporary pause in the vot- debate and not go one step further to al-
two-and-a-half hour debate over the thropic group founded by gay busi- ing and it’s not a pause in the work,” he low a vote to take place.
bill. Most of the activists for and against nessman Tim Gill in Colorado that funds said. “So we don’t need finger pointing According to McLaurin, Speaker
the bill watching from the galleries didn’t LGBT rights causes, did not return a call and recriminations, we need redoubling Busch left it up to the bill’s supporters
know that the bill’s sponsors had decid- seeking comment. the effort to win.” and Equality Maryland to make the final
ed beforehand to cancel the vote. An official with the Gay & Lesbian Vic- Although Equality Maryland, led by call on whether to have a vote.
McLaurin said he learned from those tory Fund, Robin Brand, also pushed for executive director, Morgan Meneses- “From what I’ve been told by people in
attending strategy meetings that the postponing the vote, activists familiar Sheets, was billed as the lead organiza- the know, he said, ‘What’s your pleasure?
eight-member LGBT Caucus of the legis- with the legislature said. Brand told the tion calling the shots, insiders say field I’ll defer to you.’”
lature was divided over whether to post- Blade she discussed the issue with the workers from the national groups like “And so from my understanding, there
pone the House vote. gay delegates in the Victory Fund’s role Freedom to Marry, HRC and Gill Action was a lot of pressure from the national
The caucus includes Sen. Richard of working with openly gay elected offi- Fund far outnumbered Equality Mary- Continues on page 16
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Carney, Obama mum on Md. marriage failure


By CHRIS JOHNSON Shin Inouye, a White House spokes-
cjohnson@washblade.com person, said in response to the letter that
Obama is committed to offering same-
White House Press Secretary Jay Car- sex couples the same rights as married
ney was tight-lipped on Monday about any opposite-sex couples.
reaction from President Obama on the re- “The president has long said that gay
cent failure of same-sex marriage legisla- and lesbian couples should have the
tion to advance in Maryland or whether the same rights and benefits as straight mar-
president would soon make an announce- ried couples, and his administration has
ment in support of marriage equality. already taken steps towards that end
Taking questions from the Washing- and will continue to do so,” Inouye said.
ton Blade, Carney said he had no new A partial transcript of the exchange
information on the president’s position between Carney and the Blade follows:
on marriage since the president’s an-
nouncement in December that he’s Washington Blade: Last week, the
“wrestling” with the issue. Maryland statehouse recommitted a bill
“The president’s position on gay mar- legalizing same-sex marriage to commit-
riage is well known,” Carney said. “He tee because proponents didn’t feel like
addressed this in December at the press they had enough votes for passage. The
conference and I don’t have anything measure is effectively dead for this year
new for you on that.” even though Democrats have control of
Pressed on whether the president the chamber. By not supporting same-
is unconcerned about the failure of the sex marriage, is the president, as head
marriage bill to advance in Maryland, of the Democratic Party, giving cover to
Carney replied, “I don’t have anything for Democrats in that chamber who don’t
you on that either.” support the bill?
Last week, the Maryland House of Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key Jay Carney: Chris, the president’s
Delegates by voice vote recommitted White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated President Obama’s position on marriage position on gay marriage is well known.
to committee a bill that would legalize and declined to respond specifically to the news in Maryland. He addressed this in December at the
same-sex marriage after proponents felt press conference and I don’t have any-
that they didn’t have the 71 votes nec- letter to President Obama urging him to protections, rights, and responsibilities for thing new for you on that.
essary for passage. Backers of the bill endorse same-sex marriage in the wake which there is no substitute.”
said they would make another attempt to of his decision to no longer defend the The letter says that the issue of wheth- Blade: So is the president not con-
bring it to the floor in 2012. Defense of Marriage Act in court. Among er to “end discrimination in marriage” is cerned that this measure failed to prog-
Carney has previously said Obama the signers are lesbian talk show host El- a problem that America has faced before ress in that chamber?
is “grappling” with the issue of same- len DeGeneres and her spouse Portia; and that “clarity from the president” is Carney: I don’t have anything for you
sex marriage. But Carney on Monday gay singer Rufus Wainwright; straight needed to move forward. on that either.
wouldn’t say whether this struggle would actress Anne Hathway; gay media mo- “You can offer hope to millions of
end in the president endorsing marriage gul David Geffen; and Freedom to Marry young gay and lesbian Americans who Blade: One last question, one last
rights for gay couples. Asked whether executive director Evan Wolfson. are facing discrimination,” the letter question. The proponents of this bill
the president would come out in favor of “Mr. President, marriage matters,” the states. “You can tell them that their future said they’re going to try again in 2012.
same-sex marriage before efforts start letter states. “In law, in love, in life, mar- is bright, that they, too, will be able to You said he’s grappling with the issue of
again to legalize gay nuptials in Mary- riage says ‘we are family’ in a way that grow up and marry the person that they same-sex marriage. The president said
land in 2012, Carney replied, “I don’t nothing else does. Marriage is the coming love, that the pursuit of happiness truly he’s wrestling with it. Is he going to pin
have any timing for you on that either.” together of two lives, marked by a public belongs to all of us.” down support for marriage equality and
In related marriage news on Monday, promise of love and responsibility in front Freedom to Marry is asking other sup- make an announcement before next year
a total of 31 celebrities, athletes and of friends and family. And marriage brings porters of same-sex marriage to sign the in time for these efforts –
leaders in the technology field in con- not only public respect and personal sig- letter online. As of Monday afternoon, the Carney: I don’t have any timing for
junction with Freedom to Marry sent a nificance, but also a safety net of legal letter had more than 10,000 signers. you on that either.

Will Md. have stomach for 2012 marriage fight?


Continued from page 14 thought the vote would be much closer. national groups fly in from L.A. and New “Do you think they will have the stom-
Gay State Sen. Tom Duane (D-Manhat- York and train in from D.C. and conduct ach to do that again next year without
organizations not to pull the trigger on a tan) said he believed he had lined up this campaign because we’re fundamen- any reasonable expectation of a different
vote unless you are certain you had 71 enough votes to pass the measure. But tally different. We’re a different body.” outcome because they’re still pitching
votes because apparently it would de- when a roll-call vote started, a few wa- If some of the national group represen- the same ideas to the same audience?”
moralize our [same-sex marriage] efforts vering senators voted no, causing what tatives had been in Annapolis at the time “No one would be happier to be
in Rhode Island and New York,” said observers called a cascading or “ava- the legislature debated a highly conten- wrong about this than me,” he said. “But
McLaurin. lanche” effect, prompting others whose tious bill to repeal the state’s death penal- I just don’t think that I am. And I know I’m
“I say poppycock. Pulling the bill from support was shaky to vote no. ty in 2007 or during several abortion relat- not alone. Some of the chief strategists
the floor is a defeat every bit as much as McLaurin said such a development ed debates in the 1990s they would have behind this bill feel the same way I do.”
a losing vote is,” he said. could not happen in the Maryland House seen a great reluctance to revisit these Wolfson of Freedom to Marry disputes
McLaurin said he thinks some of the of Delegates because all votes are cast issues a second time, McLaurin said. that assessment.
national LGBT officials pushing for a electronically at the same time. No one “What I fear is next year there’s just not “Anyone who is making comments
delay in the Maryland vote had a funda- knows who votes which way until the final going to be the stomach to do this again,” to you or to anyone else suggesting that
mental misunderstanding that the Mary- tally is released seconds after the votes are he said in discussing the marriage bill. “If somehow this is over and it’s now a cause
land House of Delegates would act like cast. Pages on the floor then distribute a you listened to the debate on the floor, for finger pointing has failed to understand
the New York State Senate acted in 2008, printout showing how the delegates voted. everyone spoke of how deeply divided that it’s not over,” he said. “We’re in the
when it defeated a same-same marriage “That’s why one of my underlying the House was, how deeply emotional midst of the work and we all should keep
bill by a 38-24 vote. themes is you’ve got to know the Mary- this was, how it frayed relationships, how our eye on the prize of doing what we can
Most supporters of the New York bill land Legislature,” he said. “We can’t have people weren’t speaking to each other. to round up the last few votes and win.”
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have waited so long for justice. our relationships as legitimate. But our allies sold us out. timidated by NOM and Del. Don PhOtO editOr
miChAel Key
In all their hateful gloating after And there are more subtle They are weak and afraid and Dwyer and put their own self- mkey@washblade.com
the bill’s defeat, opponents like ways this discrimination affects driven by self-preservation. interests aside to do what’s right.
those at the National Organiza- us. After 13 years together, my Lawmakers who campaigned Perhaps the most gratifying mo- CreAtive
tion for Marriage seem to forget relationship with my partner isn’t on support for marriage equal- ment of the House debate came CreAtive direCtOr
JAmes m neAl
that this isn’t about a bunch of viewed as equal to our straight ity and co-sponsored the bill when Del. Peter Murphy stood jneal@washblade.com ext. 8074
gays wanting to throw a fabulous counterparts. It is always some- pulled out and opposed it. The up to correct a colleague who’d seniOr GrAPhiC desiGner
wedding reception. It’s about thing less than, even though betrayals of Dels. Sam Arora (D- said the House had six openly riChArd W.C. sKiPPOn
real people — committed cou- we’ve seen our straight friends Montgomery County), Jill Carter gay members. Murphy bravely rskippon@washblade.com
ples and families facing discrim- and family members marry, di- (D-Baltimore), Tiffany Alston came out in an interview with me
sAles & AdministrAtiOn
ination and adversity because of vorce and remarry. They imme- (D-Prince George’s) and Melvin last week. A grandfather of two, sr. ACCt. exeCutive
our second-class status. diately enjoy the legal benefits Stukes (D-Baltimore) must not Murphy represents conservative BriAn Pitts
My heart broke last week for and instant respect afforded by be forgotten. No LGBT money, southern Maryland, yet found bpitts@washblade.com ext. 8089
so many of those Marylanders that word, “marriage,” while we votes or support for those back- the courage to take a public ACCt. exeCutive
I’ve come to know and respect are referred to by the cold and stabbing traitors. stand when it counted the most. Jeryl PArAde
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ACCt. exeCutive
couples together for 40 years meaningless term. And it’s in- cus of openly LGBT state leg- correct the record — there are Curtis dOrGAn
now worried about having to re- sulting. Our society has a term islators in the country, yet they now seven, he said. cdorgan@washblade.com ext. 8076
turn to the closet as they move for our relationship — marriage couldn’t sway one or two votes As Murphy stood up, McIn- ACCt. exeCutive
to retirement communities. Gay — but lawmakers aren’t willing to to bring the bill across the finish tosh sat down — because she dAn hAZArd
line. Maybe Sen. Rich Madale- knew the fix was in. The Hu- dhazard@washblade.com ext. 8077
no could host a Lobbying 101 man Rights Campaign and Gill ClAssified AdvertisinG
seminar in the House. He was Action intervened and urged PhilliP G. rOCKstrOh
‘Democrats who say they support us able to shepherd the bill, with the LGBT Caucus and Equal-
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INSIDELGBTWASHINGTON

A disappointing start for Mayor Gray


But it’s too soon serve the safety net for those
most in need. They voted to
age of 12 and receiving my
first “pay-off” for working in a
to get nostalgic ‘The ‘missteps’ of giving jobs to employees’ continue education reform with campaign, getting to shake
for Fenty children and raising salaries for some in the
community involvement and ex-
pect to see a steady improve-
JFK’s hand in New York before
the election, I know something

By PETER ROSENSTEIN
administration have only given ammunition to ment in our school system over
the next four years. They voted
about political patronage. I have
absolutely no problem with pa-
those that want to see a crisis.’ for this mayor to work closely tronage if those getting patron-
Disappointing is the word I with Congress and our delegate age jobs are qualified. After all,
use to describe the first months for more independence and real who should get first crack at
of the Gray administration. I rec- home rule and to continue the jobs if not those who supported
ognize that some good things improvement in city agency re- you? But everyone needs to
have happened. The mayor has buy that Fenty bumper sticker crucial issues facing D.C. resi- sponse to the public. They voted be vetted and those who don’t
appointed excellent deputy may- or get all nostalgic about the dents — moving forward on edu- to treat both city employees and meet the grade should be told
ors, announced Kaya Henderson former mayor’s cute little Smart cation reform, fighting HIV/AIDS its residents with respect. with no uncertainty, no job!
as DCPS Chancellor, formed a Car. Remember, Fenty had a and the right-sizing of our bud- Ten weeks, and his first bud- But as the saying goes, let
new high level HIV/AIDS Com- Lincoln Navigator, too, and it get. Spending is out of whack get not submitted to the Council us not lose sight of the forest for
mission and is moving forward was fully loaded with its own and we have punted problems isn’t enough time to make judg- the trees. We are facing difficult
on a slew of initiatives. scandals. Maybe Gray is just into the future instead of dealing ments on where the city is head- times at both the federal and
But all this is overshadowed front-loading his debacles, get- with the reality of current revenue. ed. I understand some want to the District level. Budgets will
by the unproven allegations of ting his screw-ups out of the The city and the LGBT com- pounce all over the administra- be cut and taxes and fees may
a losing minor mayoral candi- way in his first 100 days and munity need to move forward on tion but when the Washington be increased. Let’s keep our
date. What Gray has called mis- moving on.” Consider also as a myriad of issues that require Post uses page one banner eyes on the big picture because
steps I consider accepting bad some wax nostalgic that our no new money but rather may- headlines to report unproven that is what will impact our lives
advice from erstwhile “friends.” former mayor has just gone on oral coordination. The director allegations the same weekend in the long run.
I am not surprised, nor should TV and endorsed the full sub- of the Mayor’s GLBT Office must the first independent report on
he be, by how quickly some are stance and politics of Wiscon- work with GLOV on hate crimes, the takeover of the schools by
willing to declare a “crisis” in sin Gov. Scott Walker. with the Rainbow Response the previous mayor appears be-
government. But the “missteps” The U.S. Attorney’s Office Coalition on domestic violence, low the fold in the Metro section,
of giving jobs to employees’ must look at these allegations and with the MPD on strength- one must question motives. The
children and raising salaries for and do so quickly. If crimes oc- ening the GLLU. Post writes an editorial criticiz-
some in his administration have curred they need to be pun- Gray has three years and ing Jack Evans for introducing
only given ammunition to those ished. Gray must shed some of 9ninemonths to prove that he a bill to politicize the school
that want to see a crisis. the friends who appear more in- knows and can do better. Many system and only mentions in the
Petula Dvorak in the Wash- terested in their own gains than voted for him understanding his last line that the mayor has al- Peter Rosenstein is a D.C.-based LGBT
rights and Democratic Party activist. He
ington Post said, “tempting as it those of the city. We can’t be commitment to balancing the ready said he would veto it. writes regularly for the Blade.
may be, this is not the time to sidetracked from working on the budget in a way that will pre- Being in politics since the

Homophobia rears its ugly head in Md.


Continued from page 18 has been celebrated and feted underestimate the influence of timore lacks a vocal and visible hurt, disappointed and disil-
by LGBT activists and donors black pastors. Equality Mary- activist presence. So it will fall lusioned by what happened. I
switched his view after hearing from around the country, de- land failed to solidify support to Equality Maryland to finally expect better results in a state
the sickening, bigoted testi- spite his outdated support for among black lawmakers from get tough with those who take with monopolistic Democratic
mony in the Senate committee civil unions. In a 2007 interview, Baltimore City and Prince our money and votes and then control. Marriage equality isn’t
hearing. Or to Sen. Allan Kittle- O’Malley told me he would sign George’s County. And when toss us under the bus. some bizarre, threatening or
man, the former Senate minority a marriage bill if the legislature the preaching began on Sun- Sadly, it really does come abstract concept. It’s a real-
leader who gave up that post could pass it, knowing there days in February, several black back to simple homophobia. ity in a growing list of countries
over his unexpected support for was zero chance of that hap- delegates caved under the Democrats who say they sup- around the world. It’s a reality in
marriage equality. pening anytime soon. He reit- pressure. Equality Maryland port us during their campaigns five U.S. states. I can hop on the
The people at HRC and Gill erated that pledge this year to must take a page from their go soft because they, deep MARC train and get married in
are strategic and well inten- the LGBT media but was more counterparts in D.C., where the down, don’t really think our re- neighboring D.C.
tioned, but this was a bad call. circumspect about it when talk- visibility of pro-gay black min- lationships are equal to their As Maryland’s Attorney Gen-
In a state dominated by Demo- ing to the mainstream press. In isters and the involvement of own marriages. Others cave eral Douglas Gansler has said,
crats, this vote should never have the run up to the House vote, black gay and lesbian couples to pressure from pastors be- marriage equality is inevitable
been in doubt. But it fell apart O’Malley reportedly helped lob- were at the center of their suc- cause somewhere beneath the in all 50 states. We know the
because support was soft. How by some delegates. Either he cessful strategy. surface promises, they’re not work that lies ahead and so we
will we know who really supports lied or he’s just ineffective. In addition to cultivating so sure we’re not sinners des- must pick ourselves up and get
us and is deserving of our money Where was his public advo- black support, advocates must tined for hell. The governor tells on with it with a renewed sense
and votes in the next election if cacy during the session? His grow a backbone and work us in private that he supports of urgency and passion.
we don’t take the vote? Cancel- wife found time to record a vid- to oust Dels. Arora, Carter, us, but can’t find his voice in
ing the vote only gives cover to eo for the “It Gets Better” cam- Alston and Stukes. Arora rep- public because it might offend
cowards. The collective sigh of paign but Maryland’s first couple resents liberal Montgomery conservatives who hate us irra-
relief in the House last Friday was lost their voice when it came to County. Surely we can find a tionally — and O’Malley might
deafening. Even the LGBT Cau- marriage equality. We know the marriage equality supporter need some of those votes in a
cus didn’t speak up to oppose O’Malleys are privately support- there. Stukes and Carter are future run for Senate. And some
the motion to send the bill back to ive and have gay friends and from Baltimore, which suffers members of the LGBT Caucus,
committee. Whew! Kick the can family members, but their un- from a dearth of LGBT activ- too, lose their voice because
down the road, avoid a vote and willingness to speak out under- ism. If a politician in D.C. had they’re terrified of being known
let’s call it a day. mined the effort to pass the bill. done what Carter and Stukes as the “gay delegate.” As if Kevin Naff is editor of Washington
No one was more relieved So what now? One key les- did, they’d be hammered and that’s a bad thing. Blade and can be reached at knaff@
washblade.com.
than Gov. Martin O’Malley, who son from this failure: Do not drummed out of office. But Bal- As a lifelong Marylander, I’m
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A rainbow of resources
Gay parents, “maybe, just maybe,” she says,
“considering parenthood and in-
Grant-Murphy, referring to the
new contract, which went into ef-
families find terested in learning more about fect Feb. 1, between the District
growing support the options for building a family.”
This “gayby-boom” and at-
of Columbia’s Child and Family
Services placement administra-
network tendance at the “Maybe Baby” tion unit and the child welfare
classes — offered by Rainbow agency, KidsPeace, where she
Families, a D.C. area group (Kahn has worked for nearly two years
By DAVID HOFFMAN is its board chair) — according as a family resource specialist.
to her “began to spike in about Founded in 1882, KidsPeace,
Today we know there is not 2006,” at first more so among which is a private charity with
just one way to see family. women, “but now there’s a steady services in nine states includ-
Instead, we see many differ- increase among men also.” ing D.C., Maryland and Virginia,
ent forms and fashions of fam- Family planning, she says, sees this challenge as a priority,
ily, not captured by one cookie- is really what it’s all about. And including “Q” — for questioning
cutter model. increasingly, it also includes a — in its categories of sexual ori-
Ellen Kahn, a lesbian, under- choice to become a temporary entation, especially as they apply
stands full well what it means to parent, through foster care, as well to youth. For KidsPeace, says
choose parenting. She studied as a permanent parent, whether Grant-Murphy, the philosophy is Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
families as a profession after all, in through maternal surrogacy or one that brings “a unified, com- Ellen Kahn of Rainbow Families D.C., shown here with her two daughters, says
her career as a social worker. She sperm donors or regular adoption. prehensive approach to treat- interest in gay parenting is expanding and younger prospective parents are con-
directs the Family Project at Human Whether it’s becoming a fos- ment” of troubled and at-risk kids. tacting her group for resources.
Rights Campaign, so it is her per- ter parent, or taking the step to “We look at this as a case-by-
sonal project as an advocate and adopt a child already in foster case scenario,” she says, “where homes she calls “affirming” for that, “we don’t discriminate.”
educator. But also she brings her care, Kahn says that “in general the goal is permanency for the such kids, each one housing an Foster parents must become
passion for family building home to in our community more and more child,” whether that comes in the LGBT young person, two of them licensed through a process that
Silver Spring, where she lives with folks are saying ‘I need to get form of the child’s return to its bio- clearly “out,” a 16-year male and a begins with an application and
her partner of 22 years. They were educated’ about foster care and logical family, adoption or guard- 17-year-old female. The other two is followed by a background
married in D.C. last year and have adopting kids from foster care,” ianship, but it can also include a have not disclosed their orienta- check with documentation,
two daughters ages 8 and 11. and that such decisions often transitional approach to help a tion yet, she says, “but there are evaluation of references, train-
As she spoke of the so-called include “waiting a little longer child, to meet an immediate need behaviors” that suggest such a ing and interviews and home
“gayby boom,” she stopped to for younger kids, or on the other that’s temporary in nature, in fos- same-sex orientation. study. Each foster parent is
say that today parenting has be- hand, when they don’t see them- ter care placements that she says KidsPeace is seeking more fos- eligible to receive a monthly
come “a commonplace choice” selves as changing diapers,” “can be as short as a week, in an ter homes in the D.C. metro area — stipend, the amount for which
for LGBT people, and that “there to decide instead to become a emergency situation, but ideally as well as people willing to adopt is determined by whether the
are various paths” to get there. foster parent or adoptive parent not longer than 18-24 months.” or become a guardian — who are placement is what Grant-Mur-
“Now,” she says, gays “can see to someone older, even like the Under the new KidsPeace willing to take on the special chal- phy terms “either more tradi-
yourself with kids, if you want.” self-identified LGBT teenagers contract with the D.C. govern- lenges of housing such kids. But tional or more therapeutic.”
As a barometer for the con- that Kenya Grant-Murphy places ment, “we have to have a certain she points out that to become a Families take many forms.
tinuing boom in LGBT parent- in foster care but ideally wants to number of homes available for foster parent is necessarily “an Sometimes it’s one of the parents
ing, she says to look at “Mayby see in permanent homes. LGBTQ kids,” she says, “because intrusive process,” for any foster who comes out as LGBT, not
Baby,” the eight-week class “The push has come for us if we get such a referral, we want parents, who can be either a single the child. Sometimes it turns out
for LGBT prospective parents, to place LGBTQ self-identified to be able to place that individual parent or a two-parent household,
single or partnered, who are children,” says social worker right away.” Currently she has four and she declares emphatically Continues on page 26

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Legal protections
Paychecks stop.
Life goes on.
for our families
Community’s baby boom
Retirement can include necessitates planning
adoption in Maryland and D.C. In Vir-
ginia, the best available option is a joint
custody court order.
a steady income. By SUSAN SILBER
Each parent must have standby
guardianship and a will that names a
guardian to raise one’s child and a trust
I have always loved the Robert Frost or guardianship to provide financially for
Learn how you can put your confident line that “home is where they have to the child’s needs.
take you in.” In my 30 years of legal Be aware of DOMA (Defense of
retirement more within reach. practice, I have seen enormous change Marriage Act). DOMA has two disas-
in how we support one another and how trous effects on the legal recognition
we honor the families we create in the of our families: DOMA allows each
Call me today at 301-320-1457. larger world. state to decide whether to recognize
When opponents of marriage equal- same-sex marriages from another
ity argued in Annapolis once again state. Thus, a married gay couple
that marriage between a man and a could pass in and out of recognition
Marguerita Cheng, CFP®, CRPC® woman is uniquely entitled to the insti- as they drive across country. If they
Financial Advisor tution of marriage because only in this had a car accident in Arkansas, they
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM way can we have children, the argu- would not be allowed to sue for the
practitioner ments now seem not only archaic but wrongful death of their spouse.
ridiculous. Our community is bearing, DOMA defines marriage as only be-
6400 Goldsboro Rd Suite 550 adopting and raising children in a veri- tween a man and a woman for all federal
Bethesda, MD 20817 table baby boom. legal purposes. Thus, even if you marry
(301)320-1457 The question is not whether the LG- in D.C., you will not have equal federal
BTQ community is creating families (we rights, for example, regarding federal
marguerita.m.cheng@ampf.com are). The question is how legally to pro- taxes, Social Security, etc. Fortunately,
CA License #: 0G89743 tect these family relationships, especial- the Justice Department recently an-
ly in times of stress and transition. The nounced that it would not defend this
legal tools we employ vary enormously aspect of DOMA in pending litigation.
from state to state. This article should It is just as important to legally sup-
not substitute for legal consultation port our families at the time of break-
about your particular family. Here I will ups as at the time of formation. All too
simply lay out key principles for you and often, members of our community argue
Brokerage, investment and financial advisory your loved ones to consider. against LGBTQ family stability in the
When you decide to form a family, courts. Sometimes, biological parents
services are made available through Ameriprise clarify your financial arrangements. En- selfishly seek to negate the bonds their
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© 2010 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. (D.C. only as of March, 2010) or recog- laboratively, with a collaboratively certi-
nizes out-of-state marriage (Maryland), fied attorney and coach.
seek advice regarding the legal conse- Be aware that civil unions, domes-
quences of marriage before you marry. tic partnerships and marriages may
Pre-nuptial agreements can vary be difficult to dissolve. For example,
the legal terms of a marriage. If your if you marry in Canada, you must be a
jurisdiction recognizes domestic part- resident of Canada for one year before
nerships, understand the benefits and you can seek a divorce. Seek legal ad-
obligations. Whatever family structure vice before you enter a legal status. You
you choose, plan for your death or in- have many more options at the front end
capacity: when you are in love, than when you are
Grant a power of attorney to a trusted breaking up.
person who can manage your financial We are privileged to live in times
affairs. when our families have the opportunity
Execute an advance medical direc- to prosper. But we should judge our ac-
KidsPeace is seeking foster parents for children who have self tive that establishes who will handle complishments as a community by how
identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. your health-related decisions. well we protect our weakest members
Execute a will. and achieve equality and justice for all
KidsPeace takes extra care in placing the right kids into the right homes. We will provide If you choose to bring children into our diverse families.
you with special training and professional, round-the-clock support. You don’t need to be your family, careful legal planning is es-
wealthy or married. You don’t need to have kids of your own or a Ph.D. in child psychology. sential to protect and promote the stabil-
What you do need is a desire to provide a safe, nurturing environment to a child. ity of your parent-child relationship.
Ensure that, if both partners will par- Susan Silber practices family law in D.C.
Call us today between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. M–F at 866-4-KIDSPEACE (866-454-3773) and Maryland and is a lesbian mom of two
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High camp fun for the season


Continued from page 21

to be both. Just ask Alison Delpercio,


who works with Kahn at HRC’s Family
Project by day. But in her spare time,
this 26-year-old has a special mission
No, we mean and tennis shoes are required.
For more information, visit sum-
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and crafts. A single week costs
$380 and the first session starts
— to reach out to those young people
real camp — as mer.beauvoirschool.org. tion, visit Corcoran.org. June 20. Both camps will have
trying to “navigate,” as she calls it, the
choppy waters of adolescence while
in summer fun for Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
(545 7th St., S.E.) puts on a sum-
TIC Summer Camp (4620
Dittmar Rd.) in Arlington is a
special activities such as pizza
day and water games day. For
facing the added challenge of learning
that a parent is gay.
kids. Here are a mer program called “Island Arts technology- and sports-based more information, visit wood- She knows the feeling. When she
Adventure,” which is two week camp for children 7 to 16 at landhorse.com.
few of the region’s sessions that run from June 20 three locations. The technol- Jonah’s Treehouse (2121
was 15, her father told her that he is gay,
and she admits today that, “my initial re-
offerings to Aug. 12 for children ages 5 to
13. Each session is divided into
ogy choices are programming,
robotics, web design, anima-
Wisconsin Ave., C-1 Level)
has a summer camp for chil-
action was one of fear, because I didn’t
know what this meant for my family.”
morning and afternoon camps. tion, filmmaking, digital arts and dren ages 3 to 6 that runs “My feelings were, ‘What does this
By JULIETTE EBNER In the morning, the campers will digital music. All campers get from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Regis- mean for my family and what will change,’
focus on an island such as In- a sports period each day and tration is done by week with and also ‘How can I support my dad
Imagination Stage, part of donesia or Hawaii and then the their choices are soccer, basket- a different theme each week. through this?’” Today, she says, “I wish
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd.) afternoon camps are more rec- ball, gymnastics, dance, team For more information, visit jo- I’d had something like COLAGE when I
in Arlington, has many summer reation based. Campers must handball, street hockey, ultimate nahstreehouse.com. was younger going through this, because
camps for children of all ages, have turned 5 by June 1 and frisbee, flag football, softball, The Studio Theatre Acting then I felt like I was the only person in the
starting at 4 and going all the completed a year of kindergar- capture the flag, volleyball and Conservatory (1501 14th St., world who had a gay dad, until I met with
way through high school. There ten or equivalent education. For crazy games. Campers can N.W.) has summer workshops for other families just like mine, and that was
is the Arts Explorer camp for more information, visit chaw.org. also choose drama or tennis for young actors ages 12 to 17. The amazing.”
children ages 4 and 5. Children The Corcoran Gallery of Art an additional cost. Campers are Young Actors Ensemble will run Based in San Francisco but with a
ages 6 and 7 can go to the Arts has a camp for children ages 5 expected to provide their own from June 27 to July 21. The cur- local chapter in D.C., COLAGE — Chil-
Adventure camp. The other to 16 called “Camp Creativity.” lunch. There are four sessions riculum includes theater games, dren of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
camps are either four weeks The camp is divided into four age throughout the summer start- pantomimes, improvisations, en- — is a national movement, she says, of
long or a week-long flex camp. groups. The groups for children ing June 20. The base tuition is semble work, monologues and young people and adults with one or
There’s also a Filmmaking 5 to 10 meet at the Georgetown $820 per session. For more in- scene study. Actors acquire bet- more LGBT parents. Delpercio joined the
Camp for children grades five campus (1801 35th St., N.W.) formation, visit ticcamp.com. ter skills in concentration, obser- local chapter in early 2009 and began to
to 12 that last either one or three and the other groups meet at Woodland Horse Center vation, response and interplay. “co-facilitate a monthly youth group for
weeks and dance camps. For the gallery’s downtown campus (16301 New Hampshire Ave.) Placement auditions are June 18 middle-schoolers,” kids in sixth through
more information, visit imagi- (500 17th St., N.W.). Studio A has in Silver Spring has two sum- so instructors can better develop eighth grades, “who have one or more
nationstage.org. Beauvoir, the campers experimenting with a mer camps available this year. individual students to their full- LGBTQ parents, to help them lose their
National Cathedral Elementary variety of materials as they inves- There’s the Pony Pals Summer est potential. The program costs feelings of isolation, and so they can
School, (3500 Woodley Rd., tigate themes in art. Studio B al- Camp for children ages 5 to 7 $550. Scholarships are available. learn from each other.”
N.W.) has multiple summer pro- lows campers to explore a variety and the Horsemanship Summer For more information, visit studio- Delpercio, who came out herself
grams for different age groups of artists and themes while devel- Camp for children ages 8 to 15. theatre.org. as lesbian when she was 20, says
from ages 3 to 11 that run oping their artistic skills. Studio C Horsemanship campers get two Cleveland Park Club (3433 she is proud of how her own family
throughout the summer. Costs has campers concentrating on riding lessons, horsemanship 33rd Place, N.W.) has a sum- toughed it out when her father dis-
of the camps vary program to skill development and they get to lessons, interactive lectures and mer camp that runs from June closed that he was gay five years
program. Brown bag lunches try out things like fashion illustra- do arts and crafts. A two-week 13 to Aug. 12 for children ages earlier, because she says that “it was
and snacks will be provided for tion and cartooning. Studio D has sessions costs $760 and the 5 to 9 and counselors-in-train- a struggle but we have come out
all-day campers and half-day campers building their skills in fig- first session starts June 13. Pony ing ages 11 to 16. Campers stronger.” More information is avail-
campers will receive snacks. ure drawing, digital photography Pals are given a daily riding les- participate in a variety of activi- able at metrodc@colage.org.
Children are encouraged to and fashion illustration. Campers son, horsemanship lessons, ties. For more information, visit
dress comfortably and sock can be signed up for one to eight interactive lectures and do arts clevelandparkclub.org.
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20 years of ‘VICTORY’
Celebrating two decades of
helping LGBT candidates
win public office

Sherry Harris, a former member of Seattle City


Council, was the first Victory Fund-endorsed
candidate. She’ll be in town this weekend to speak at
the organization’s anniversary brunch.
(Photo courtesy of Harris)

By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO “Someone just told us about it, I’m not sure who,” Har- Bean — had noticed that a group called Emily’s List
joeyd@washblade.com ris says. “But we went over to their offices. … They were had, since 1985, done wonders at helping female can-
going to be having an event while I was there and said, didates campaign competitively against better-funded
Sometimes being conspicuous is a good thing. ‘Why don’t you come to this event?,’ and referred me to male opponents by establishing a network of donors
It was for Sherry Harris, an electrical engineer in Se- that. I was happy to hear about the organization but I who agreed to contribute at least $100 to two or more
attle who holds the record for being the first candidate wasn’t expecting anything.” List-endorsed candidates. Basile and Bean wondered
ever endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, an Harris was asked to speak that night and found her- if the model could be adapted to help more gays and
organization that works to help LGBT candidates get self with support. She says a “process” the Fund put her lesbians get into office. After researching the idea, they
elected to public office at all levels of government. through — which it does to this day to vet candidates – came to feel such an entity was desperately needed.
The group, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this was “more of a formality” in those early years. “I believe it helps change people’s opinions about
weekend with a Sunday brunch at the Hilton in Washing- On a mailing list sent to Fund supporters, Harris says members of our community and lets everybody else know
ton (go to victoryfund.org for details), helped Harris win her status as a black lesbian helped her stand out. there isn’t a special agenda, they have the same agenda,”
a four-year term on Seattle City Council. “I seemed to draw a lot of money,” she says. “I did says Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund president. “They’re there
Harris, who’ll be in town this weekend to speak at the very well. Back then there were almost no black women working on what their constituents need. Their transporta-
brunch, remembers that her involvement with the then- running. I think I stood out because I was so unusual.” tion needs, from fixing potholes to building a new highway
new fund in 1991, started innocuously. Though Harris served only one term — she lost her connector. They’re there doing what everybody else is do-
She was in D.C. to meet with former U.S. Rep. Jolene bid for a second — she is essential to the Victory Fund ing and the idea that they’re there and simply changing the
Unsoeld (D-Wash.) and heard about the Fund through story. It, too, began innocuously.
friends. Two gay political activists — Vic Basile and Terry Continues on page 32
30 washingtonblade.com • march 18, 2011

QUEERY: 20 questions for Ryan Williams


By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com

All-male productions obviously mean


some guys have to take female roles. Ryan
Williams, a gay 33-year-old Philadelphia na-
tive, is proving he’s game for it as Miss Mona
Stangley (played by Dolly Parton in the film
version) in the Gay Men’s Chorus of Wash-
ington’s production this weekend of “Best Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
It opens tonight at 8 at the Lisner Auditorium on the George Washington Univer- Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
sity campus. Additional performances are Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3. Tickets
range from $30 to $50. Visit gmcw.org for more information. How long have you been out and who On what do you insist?
Williams is excited about the show. was the hardest person to tell? If you’ve gone an entire day without
“The Chorus shines brightest when they do a stage production of this magnitude,” I’ve been out since June 2000. The saying “thank you,” you’re leading a sad
he says. “It requires so many talents beyond singing and dancing. Every detail you hardest person to tell was my mother. Her existence.
see on stage, from the intricate design of the massive set to the ‘70s-era costumes, response was as if she had dusted off
are taken with great care and love to deliver a great performance.” the PFLAG manual from her nightstand What was your last Facebook post or
He calls it “a gorgeous show.” It tells of a Texas-based brothel in the late ‘70s and read off the bullet points on what to Tweet?
that’s been around for 100 years but faces heat when a TV reporter starts investigat- say when her son FINALLY comes out. Thank You TIVO for the TRAIN WRECK
ing. The original opened on Broadway in 1978 and enjoyed a four-year run. The weight was lifted and I regret never that is Celebrity Apprentice #GaryBusey
Williams says “Hard Candy Christmas,” which the Chorus previewed at its holiday doing it sooner.
concert last year, is his favorite moment. If your life were a book, what would
“It’s a song filled with such raw emotion and after getting to know these talented Who’s your LGBT hero? the title be?
guys over the past few months, it feels like they’re leaving my home for real every I worked at a large non-profit during “Say What? Tales of a Thirty-Some-
time I hear it,” he says. my coming out experience that had three thing Smart Ass”
Williams has been in the D.C. area for 10 years and in the Chorus for seven. He’s openly gay men in various departments.
on the Chorus’s board of directors and development committee. He also participated They were heroes to me and never knew If science discovered a way to change
in Chorus productions of “Grease” and “Wizard of Oz.” it because they led by example. They sexual orientation, what would you
By day, he’s a partner in a non-profit consulting firm. He moved to the area upon each excelled in their careers, grew in do?
finishing college at Penn State. personal and professional relationships I’d ask the scientists why haven’t they
He’s always loved music and says every life should have its own soundtrack. Wil- and lived their lives openly and honestly discovered a cure for Multiple sclerosis,
liams is single and lives in Arlington. He also enjoys politics, arts, travel, entertain- in a conservative work environment. To cancer or HIV — priorities people, priori-
ing, college football and discovering great restaurants. me, heroes aren’t the celebrities who ties!
come out as part of their PR strategy or
musicians who use our community for al- What do you believe in beyond the
bum sales. They’re the everyday women physical world?
and men who live their lives fully and ex- I believe in God. It’s the organized re-
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pect basic human rights. ligions that turn me off.

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, What’s your advice for LGBT move-
past or present? ment leaders?
Annie’s Paramount Steak House at 3 Keep fighting!
a.m. on a Saturday night! I swear it looks
like the Cantina scene from “Star Wars.” What would you walk across hot
I love people watching and after a great coals for?
night out, Annie’s has never let me down. My family

Describe your dream wedding. What LGBT stereotype annoys you


Come back to me when I have a fi- most?
ance. Hell, come back to me when I’m Self-loathing gays
dating regularly. For now, know the wed-
ding must feature “As” by Stevie Wonder. What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Trick” (1999). The scene between
What non-LGBT issue are you most Mark and Gabriel before they leave the
passionate about? diner bathroom is one of the most roman-
Youth voice and empowerment. Noth- tic scenes I’ve ever seen.
KEEP THEM CLEAN. NATURALLY. ing freaks me out more than a young per-
son who doesn’t feel as though they can What’s the most overrated social
freely speak their mind. custom?
Did I mention the self-loathing?
What historical outcome would you
change? What trophy or prize do you most
Nothing. Everything happens for a covet?
reason. My late grandfather’s wristwatch.

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William Waybourn, a former Blade co- U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) first
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952 LGBT candidates over 20 years that our community are elected to office,” he
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the organization’s most successful with most powerful and effective ways we
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AL PACINO U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), our community serving in elected office.
now in her seventh term in the House, There’s no question the Victory Fund has
credits the Fund for helping her achieve done it very successfully.”
her goals. Gay candidates sometimes seek help
“The Victory Fund’s early support and from the Fund; other times the Fund con-
mentoring not only helped me get elect- tacts them. To receive an endorsement,
Fri & Sat, March 18 & 19 at 11:30pm! ed to the Wisconsin State Assembly, but they must go through a four-day training
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crucial financial backing to run for a seat tween 150 and 200 are trained each year.
in Congress,” Baldwin wrote in an e-mail. Candidates are evaluated for their “vi-
“By propelling openly LGBT candidates ability” as opposed to “winability,” Wolfe
into office, the Victory Fund continues to says. He says the Fund looks for “reason-
change the face of American politics for able investments” and potential leaders
the better.” who’ll be “solid” once they’re in office.
State Sen. Matt McCoy (D-Iowa) said Fund staff does sometimes contact
in an e-mail that his years in office, aided suspected LGBT officials and persuade
by the Fund, have helped achieve pro- them to come out and seek endorse-
gay strides there. ment. The Fund made a “case study”
“Iowa is well positioned on equality video using gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis
issues having adopted the non-discrim- (D-Colo.) as an example.
ination act and applied this to [LGBT] A Victory Fund endorsement can
citizens,” McCoy wrote. “Iowa has also mean direct cash, independent expen-
adopted anti-bullying legislation that bans ditures, bundled money, technical assis-
school and cyber bullying based upon tance, field work or staffing, depending
real or perceived sexual orientation or on the needs of the candidate.
gender identity. I have had the privilege to Additional anniversary brunches will be
serve while these progressive decisions held in Houston (April 17); Sacramento,
were adopted and signed into law. I be- Calif. (Oct. 23); and New York (Sept. 18).
lieve that having a visible, out gay state A San Diego brunch was held in February.
senator has positively impacted the pub- The Fund is based in Washington.
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SOCIALAGENDA

Gay couple’s $100,000 wedding


Locals say contest payoff Cox says. “Nothing about this was private.
We had to let the world know what we were
leagues and the public.
Although they didn’t win, the journey
was worth loss of privacy doing and why we were doing it. And yeah, brought them closer as a couple and as
it was about winning, but it was also about a family. They’ve since shared their sto-
By SARAH McKIBBEN getting … our personal story out, about ry as keynote speakers at several local
love surmounting all odds.” events and they plan to continue to be
Local couple Carl Cox and Darin Hen- Cox and Henderson weren’t the only pair vocal about marriage in their home state
derson know what it’s like to come out in a whose relationship was placed under a mi- of Indiana.
big way — as do the other contestants of croscope, however. Six couples competed “The experience has been very affirm-
the nation’s first same-sex wedding contest. for the final prize and runners up Tonya ing and liberating,” Agnew says. “It has
The competition, a bid by local ven- Agnew and Amy Crampton confronted empowered us as a couple and I really feel
dors to commemorate marriage equality in a challenge of a different kind. Parents to like it changed us in a very positive way.”
D.C., promoted the diverse stories of gay two boys, Jesse and Leo, the women had Agnew is also thankful for the close
couples all over the U.S. hoping to wed. to broadcast their relationship and family bond the contest created between the
The winners, Cox and Henderson, across the Midwest town of Lafayette, Ind. finalists. She and her partner attended
earned thousands of online votes last When they learned they were finalists, they their friends’ wedding, along with fellow
summer and cemented their union on were somewhat apprehensive. runners up Kareem Murphy and De-
March 4 with the top prize — a $100,000 “I had a tendency to think of all the Wayne Davis.
all-inclusive wedding. The men, who mar- reasons why we shouldn’t go through Murphy and Davis, longtime Maryland
ried at Metropolitan Community Church, with this,” Crampton says. “It was scary residents, spoke highly of the contest-
were honored to have their relationship to put my family out there.” inspired opportunity to make their rela-
legally recognized. But it’s family that ultimately inspired tionship public. “The contest was a won-
Nevertheless, the contest challenged the couple to continue on. “Once you’ve derful experience for us … we got the
them in ways they’d never imagined. become a parent, there’s really not a chance to tell our story to thousands of
“[Carl and Darin] had to be out in their choice whether or not you can hide,” people,” Murphy says.
lives, out with their friends, out with ev- Crampton says. “I have to be out, I have For Cox and Henderson, the wedding
erybody in a way that they’ve never been to portray how proud I am and I can’t was simply the culmination of a long jour-
before,” says Michael Kress, a local worry about anyone else’s comfort level. ney of self-discovery.
photographer who headed the Freedom- Raising two boys, I know how important it “To have so many people standing in
2Wed contest. is to model behavior for them.” your corner, saying what you’re doing Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key

“When we first decided to get married, To the couple’s amazement, the en- is wonderful … standing up for you … I Carl Cox and Darin Henderson, a local
we didn’t even know what that was going tire town rallied behind them and they can’t tell you how much it means,” Hen- couple, won a $100,000 wedding contest and
to feel like, what it was going to look like,” drew in support from family, friends, col- derson says. were married earlier this month in Washington.

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Today the Moultrie Courthouse (500 tresses Shabana Azmi and Nan-
Indiana Ave., N.W.) from 9 a.m. dita Das. This screening is part of
The Committee on the Judi- to 4 p.m. For more information, maximum India. Tickets are $12
ciary will have its annual oversight visit dcbar.org/youthlawfair. This and can be purchased online at
hearing on the Metropolitan Police is a free event. kennedy-center.org.
Department today at 10 a.m. Per- La Clinica Del Pueble/ Victory Fund is celebrating
sons wishing to testify should con- Mpoderate! Youth Center will be 20 years of success in growing
tract Brian Moore at 202.724.7808 working in partnership with HAH- the number of openly LGBT lead-
or bmoore@dccouncil.us. STA to makeover the S.E. STD ers in elected offices across the
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., Clinic waiting room (1900 Massa- country with its National Cham-
N.W.) is hosting its first open in- chusetts Ave., S.E., Bldg. 8) and pagne Brunch today from 11
terest meeting for the 2012 Gay will be holding a planning meet- a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington
Men’s Heath Summit at 6 p.m. ing today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave.).
today. Different issues will be dis- Capital Queer Prom is to- Congressman David Cicilline,
cussed from locational logistics night from 7 to 11:30 p.m. aboard Oregon Secretary of State Kate
to what the event will look like. the Spirit of Mount Vernon. Brown and University of Michigan
Ziegfeld’s (1824 Half St., Mixtape D.C. is tonight the Student Assembly President Chris
S.W.) presents Miss Gay D.C. Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St., N.E.) Armstrong will be present. This
American review tonight with from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Mixtape event will feature a silent auction.
Coti Collins, Coco Montrese, Vic- is a dance party for queer music Individual tickets are $150. For
toria DePaula, Catia Lee Love, lovers and their pals that features more information and to purchase Photo courtesy of Live Nation
Jessica Jade, Victoria Parker, DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt tickets, visit victoryfund.org. Feeling nasty? JR.’s and the Blade are sponsoring a post-concert party in
Ashley Bannks, Gigi Couture Bailer playing an eclectic mix of Burgundy Crescent Volun- honor of Janet Jackson. Join us Tuesday beginning at 9:30 p.m. at JR.’s for
and Monet Dupree. Doors open electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, teers are celebrating their 10th Janet music and videos and drink specials for those with ticket stubs from
at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover un- disco, new wave and anything else anniversary with a happy hour her concert that night. JR.’s is at 1519 17th St., N.W.
til 10:30 and a $10 afterward. danceable. There is a $5 cover for at Pinzimini Lounge at the Wes-
Gay District presents St. Pat- this 21 and older event. tin Arlington Gateway (801 N. Michael Brazell. For more infor- Rock & Roll Hotel’s (1353
ty’s Gay Happy Hour tonight from The Servicemembers Legal Glebe Rd.) from 5 to 7 p.m. mation, visit dccenter.org. H St., N.E.) WTF Wednesdays
7 to 9:30 p.m. at Larry’s Lounge Defense Network’s 19th annual Pocket Gays present “Sham- presents “Freaks and Geeks”
(1836 18th St., N.W.) Stay for an national dinner “Making History, erock Sunday School” tonight at Tuesday, March 22 tonight. Doors open at 7 p.m.
extended happy hour with a $4 Moving Forward” is tonight at the Local 16 (1602 U St., N.W.) from and the show begins at 7:30.
donation to Gay District. National Building Museum (401 3 to 9 p.m. There is no cover. The Gay and Lesbian Ac- Three 50-minute episodes will
D.C. Women in Their Thirties F St., N.W.) The reception begins More Light Presbyterians will tivists Alliance will be holding be shown on the big screen.
will meet tonight at 8 p.m. at the at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30. host a special screening and dis- a membership meeting tonight There’s limited seating and at-
D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.). MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is the cussion of the film “Bullied” today from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Charles tendees are welcome to bring
The New Gay presents Homo/ master of ceremonies and Demo- from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Church of Sumner School Museum and their own seats. This is a free,
Sonic at the Black Cat (1811 14th cratic Minority Whip, Rep. Steny the Pilgrims (2201 P St., N.W.) Archive (1201 17th St., N.W.). 21-and-older event.
St., N.W.) tonight from 9:30 p.m. Hoyer is the keynote speaker. For with special guests Diane Bruce, Janet Jackson’s Number
to 3 a.m. with DJs Zack and Mi- more information and to purchase director of Health and Wellness Ones, Up Close and Personal Thursday, March 24
chael. This is an all ages party tickets, visit sldn.org. and Andrew Barnett, the execu- World Tour comes to DAR Con-
and there is a $10 cover. The Ladies of Lure present tive director of Sexual Minority stitution Hall (1776 D St., N.W.) Dance Gavin Dance will be
Caliente Grande is tonight “Bare: Military Style” at Cobalt Youth Action League (SMYAL). for the first of two concerts to- performing at Rams Head Live
at Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight at 10 night at 8 p.m. Tickets range (20 Market Place) in Baltimore
starting at 9 p.m. DJ Michael p.m. with DJs Rosie and Keen- Monday, March 21 from $98 to $149 and can be with Iwrestledabearonce, In
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hall. There is a $10 cover a SLDN national dinner ticket group for survivors of intimate Thursday, also at 8 p.m. olate tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets
charge. Attendees must be 18 will get in free. partner violence from 6:30 to 8 are $15 and can be purchased
to enter, 21 to drink. p.m. at the WEAVE Lighthouse Wednesday, March 23 online at ramsheadlive.com.
Sunday, March 20 Center for Healing (5321 First This is an all-ages show.
Saturday, March 19 Place, N.E.). The D.C. Center (1318 U St.,
The Kennedy Center (2700 F Bears do Yoga at Green Lan- N.W.) will be holding volunteer E-mail calendar items to cal-
The 12th annual Youth Law St., N.W.) will be showing the film tern (1335 Green Court N.W.) training today at 6:30 p.m. Train- endars@washblade.com two
Fair, a joint effort of the D.C. Su- “Fire,” the first Indian film to por- tonight at 6:30 p.m. Class lasts ing is require for all new front weeks prior to your event.
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will focus on cyberbullying with at 1:30 p.m. There will be an in- introduction to yoga for people for all current front desk volun- given to LGBT-specific events
a mock trial, youth speak out troduction and a post-screening of all different body types and teers. Other volunteers are also or general events with LGBT
sessions and raffle giveways at question and answer with ac- physical abilities. It’s taught by welcome to attend. participants. D.C.-area only.

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By KEVIN MAJOROS A few years ago, CAPS formed Friends
of the League for people who want to be
The Chesapeake and Potomac Softball a part of the group without playing. For
League (CAPS) is gearing up for its 29th $10 you can become a member and at-
season, which kicks off May 1 at Watkins tend the season kick-off party at Cobalt
2 Cardinal Park Drive SE Suite 103A Regional Park in Upper Marlboro. on April 30 and also the end-of-season
Leesburg, VA 20175 The group has three remaining early party at Nellie’s on July 31.
(571) 420-2936 www.altheamedspa.com bird registration events, which will take CAPS is a member of the North
place at Cobalt on Saturday, PW’s Sports American Gay Amateur Athletic Alli-
Bar on March 26 and Freddie’s on March ance (NAGAAA) and the Amateur Sports
27. The registration events are an op- Alliance of North America (ASANA).
portunity to meet the board of directors, NAGAAA is a huge organization, which
coaches and other players along with boasts 680 teams and more than 10,000
getting $10 off the cost of joining, which players in 41 cities across North Amer-
is normally $50. ica. Each year it hosts the Gay Softball
CAPS was founded in 1983 and over World Series. In 2010, CAPS sent four
the years has become one of the larger teams to the event held in Columbus,
LGBT sports teams in the area. There are Ohio. CAPS currently has a bid in for the
currently 500 players on 27 teams with 2013 World Series and is competing with
multiple divisions. Portland and Dallas for the selection.
There are three open divisions con- Ed Vincent, CAPS League Commis-
sisting of both men and women with sioner stated that if they are accepted
three different skill categories: B, C and as the host city, D.C. can expect to see
D. There are two women’s divisions — B more than 2,000 players come into the
and C. The season runs for nine weeks area for the event.
and each team plays 18 games during In addition to regular season play, the
that period on consecutive Sundays. players also travel to a few tournaments
For those who may be apprehensive throughout the 41-city NAGAAA member
about playing or just want to recheck circuit. For more information on CAPS,
their abilities, the group offers a skills go to capssoftball.org
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ARTSINBRIEF
Jackie Beat at Cobalt tonight with two shows
Drag queen and celebrity entertainer Jackie Beat
will have two performances at Cobalt (1639 R St.,
N.W.) tonight.
First, at 9 p.m., Beat will be performing a dinner
show downstairs at Level One. She’ll move upstairs at
midnight for another show with DJ DeMarko.
Beat is the drag persona of Kent Fuher. She has
appeared in many movies such as “Bam Bam and

Michael
Celeste” and on television, including an episode of
“Sex and the City.”
Beat also writes a weekly column, “Little Miss
Know-It-All,” for FrontiersWeb.com, covering topics
like Facebook, movie fashions and many others. The
event will feature free vodka drinks will be available

Feinstein
from 11 p.m. to midnight upstairs. DJ Keenan Orr will
spin. Reservations for Beat’s dinner show can be Photo courtesy of Jackie Beat
made at opentable.com. For more information, visit Jackie Beat (aka Kent
cobaltdc.com. Fuher) is at Cobalt tonight.

Capital Queer Prom to benefit Youth Pride


The fifth annual Capital Queer Prom is Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight abroad
Sunday, April 17 at 7pm the Spirit of Mount Vernon (600 Water St., S.W., Pier 4).
Queer Prom is a formal gala that gives LGBT men and women a second
Kennedy Center Concert Hall chance at their dream prom.
This year the celebration spans three days. There’s a pre-Prom maritime meet
and greet tonight from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Reef (2446 18th St., N.W.) that will
“Smooth, rippling, perfectly include complimentary wine, happy hour specials and music.
The celebration ends with a post-Prom drag brunch at Nellie’s (900 U St.,
N.W.). The brunch includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, complimentary mimosas,
manicured vocal and pianistic lines.” drag queen performances and a special treat exclusively for prom guests. Every
year, the prom benefits a local non-profit organization. This year it’ll benefit the
~ New York Times Youth Pride Alliance, an organization in its 15th year dedicated to creating safe
events and support for LGBT youth, including its annual Youth Pride Day, which is
Apr. 30.
The Queer Prom is for ages 21 and older. Tickets to the prom and brunch are
$95 each. Tickets are also available for the prom only and are $75 each. For more
information on Queer Prom and to purchase tickets, visit capitalqueerprom.com.

Miss Gay Regional Pageant this weekend


The Miss Gay D.C. America 2011
regional pageant is Saturday at Town
(2009 8th St., N.W.).
This is the 40th anniversary of the
Miss Gay America pageant, the first
female impersonator pageant.
The pageant has been an award
winning pageant since 2004 with
more than 50 contestants from across
the U.S. competing for the crown.
Pre-judging and evening gown
starts at 5:45 p.m. and the pageant
will begin at 6:45.
The winner will be crowned Miss
Gay D.C. America 2011 and receive
a prize package worth $4,025. The
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
first alternate will received a prize
package worth $2,000. Coti Collins (David Lowman) being crowned
Last year, Coti Collins not only won Miss Gay D.C. America last year.
Miss Gay D.C. America 2010, but
went on to be crowned Miss Gay America 2011.
Victoria DePaula, who won Miss Gay D.C. America in 2008, also went on to be
crowned Miss Gay America 2009.
Special guests at this year’s pageant will include Collins and DePaula, as well as
Jessica Jade, Miss Gay D.C. America 2009 and first runner-up for Miss Gay Ameri-
can 2010, Victoria Parker, Miss Gay D.C. America 2007, Ashley Bannks, Miss Gay
D.C. America 2006, Catia Lee Love, Miss Gay America 2000, Miss Peaches, Miss
Gay D.C. America 2005, Maxine Blue, Miss Gay D.C. America 1998 and Cham-
pagne Douglas, Miss Gay D.C. America 1990 and Miss Gay D.C. America 1991.
The pageant is also a multiple nominee and winner of the Best Regional Prelimi-
nary Pageant of the Year.
There will be a $10 cover.

(202) 785-9727 (WPAS) • WPAS.org For more information, visit missgaydcamerica.com.


— JULIETTE EBNER
march 18, 2011 • washingtonblade.com 39

Visit us at cfa.gmu.edu

Parsons Dance
with East Village Opera Company
Remember Me
Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
Virginia Opera Don’t miss this opportunity to see
Remember Me, a dynamic original modern
Madama Butterfly ballet telling a compelling tale of jealousy
and rivalry, and featuring David Parsons’
electrifying choreography, cutting-edge
Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. music from Grammy-nominated East Vil-
Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. lage Opera Company, stunning costumes
by Austin Scarlett (“Project Runway”) and
Virginia Opera concludes its dramatic multimedia special effects by Tony
season with a stunning production Award-winning Howell Binkley. The Village
of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Voice praised its “eye-popping effects, excel-
This beloved masterpiece transports audiences to the Japanese city of Nagasaki at the lent showbiz-savvy performers” and “lusty
turn of the 20th century. Cultures collide and tragedy follows when a flippant American sensual movement” and raved, “Parsons
officer takes a young geisha as his bride and then leaves her behind as he returns home enters the realm of pop spectacle with a
to the U.S. It’s a captivating opera which touches the heart with its deep human tragedy, vengeance!”
powerful music, and the extraordinary voices of the Virginia Opera. Sung in Italian with
English supertitles. $22, $36, $44
This tour of Parsons Dance is made possible by a grant
$44, $72, $86 – Friday
from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from
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IMAGE Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), oil on canvas, 36 1⁄4 x 25 9⁄16 in. (92 x 65 cm). Musée National Picasso, Paris.
© 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY
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THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE


HOT HITS AND HIDDEN JEWELS OPENINGS Sun, March 20
Sun, March 20 The Del McCoury Band, Strathmore.
Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/Ronde de strathmore.org.
Nuit, National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. Tue, March 22
Mon, March 21 Jonathan Biss, piano & Miriam Fried,
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve violin, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Jobs, Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. kennedy-center.org.
woollymammoth.net. Words & Music: Justin Trawick with
Wed, March 23 Christylez Bacon, ARTISPHERE.
Liberty Smith, Ford’s Theatre. artisphere.com.
202-397-7328. fords.org. Wed, March 23
Photograph 51, Theater J. Juan de Marcos & Afro-Cuban All
800-494-8497. washingtondcjcc.org. Stars, Strathmore. strathmore.org.
Investigation: Detective McDevitt,
Ford’s Theatre. 202-397-7328. fords.org. Thu, Mar 24
Lucy Kaplansky, Wolf Trap.
LAST CHANCE 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
Sat, March 19
Madame Butterfly, Washington National ONGOING STAGE
Opera, Kennedy Center. 202-295-2400. The Chosen, Theater J, Arena Stage.
dc-opera.org. 800-494-8497. washingtondcjcc.org.
Protest and Passion, In Series, Atlas.
Sun, March 20 202-204-7763. inseries.org.
Affectations, Joe’s Movement
Emporium. 301-699-1819. The 3 Rascals / A3vidos [Atrevidos],
Film: FIRE part maximum INDIA Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Teatro de la Luna, Gunston Theatre Two.
Sunday, March 20 Dreamcoat, Olney Theatre Center. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org.
Kennedy Center 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org 301-924-4485. olneytheatre.org. The Trip to Bountiful, Round House
Director Deepa Mehta’s groundbreaking Fire was the first Indian film to explicitly Juno and the Paycock, Washington Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100.
portray homosexual relations and continues to invite conversations on homosexual- Shakespeare Company, ARTISPHERE. 800- roundhousetheatre.org.
ity and freedom of speech 494-8497. washingtonshakespeare.org. Red Herring by Michael Hollinger,
Sculpture Garden Ice Rink, Washington Stage Guild, Undercroft
National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. Theatre. 240-582-0050. stageguild.org.
National Symphony Orchestra, Bootycandy, Woolly Mammoth.
Beethoven & Zemlinsky, 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org. ONGOING EXHIBITONS
Wed, March 23 National Gallery of Art. Venice: Canaletto
Artist in Residence: Nathan & Noble and His Rivals, Gauguin: Maker of Myth,
Jolley, jazz, Strathmore. strathmore.org. In the Tower: Nam June Paik, From
Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT Dale Collection. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
March 18 - March 20 National Geographic. Great Migrations:
Symposium on Lincoln’s A Photography Exhibition, America I AM,
Exhibition: Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals Assassination: New Perspectives, Beyond the Story: National Geographic
Through Monday, May 30 Surratt House Museum, Unpublished. 202-857-7700. events.
National Gallery of Art 202-737-4215. nga.gov Colony South Hotel. surratt.org. nationalgeographic.com.
The city of Venice inspired a school of competitive “view painters” whose achieve- March 19 - March 20 Museum of Women in the Arts. Eye Wonder:
ments count among the most brilliant in 18th-century art. The exhibition celebrates The Manganiyar Seduction, Photography from the Bank of America
the rich variety of these Venetian views, known as vedute, with 21 masterworks by Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Collection. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Canaletto and 34 by his rivals. kennedy-center.org. The Textile Museum. Second Lives:
The Guide to Arts & Culture is provided by CultureCapitol.com, Your link to the Arts in Metro DC, a program March 22 - March 23 The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles.
of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. Photos courtesy of The Kennedy Center and the National Kathy Mattea, Wolf Trap. 202-667-0441. textilemuseum.org.
Gallery of Art.
1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
March 22 - March 24 ONGOING GALLERIES
Paul Taylor Dance Company, Hamtdaa: Together & C2YN
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. (Countdown to Yuri’s Night)
kennedy-center.org. ARTISPHERE. 703-875-1100.
artisphere.com.
ONE NIGHT ONLY Works by Kathy Beynette, Patrick
Fri, March 18 Campbell, and Michele Montalbano,
Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Wolf Trap. Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711.
1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org. galleryplanb.com.
Lafayette Gilchrist, Montpelier Arts The Corsica Series & Knowing
Center. 301-377-7800. pgparks.com. Science, Seeing Art, Montpelier Arts
Center. 301-377-7800. pgparks.com.
Sat, March 19 Barry D. Lindley’s Water Marks
An Evening with Brahms, Choralis,
Strathmore. 301-581-5100. choralis.org. Exhibition, The Art League.
Inside the Artist’s Studio: Anil Revri, 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
Kreeger Museum, . 202-338-3552. Reflections Past and Present - Prints
kreegermuseum.org. by Lila Oliver Asher, Washington
WPAS: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Printmakers Gallery. 301-273-3660.
Kennedy Center. wpas.org. washingtonprintmakers.com.
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Notes from Down Under


By David Bediz, REALTOR cations, and many in transition-
Coldwell Banker al areas, are marketed using the
Residential Brokerage auction approach within a 6-7
week timeframe. Just as we do
During a visit to Australia two here, the initial consultation with
weeks ago, I was not only mes- clients involves a pricing strat-
merized by the amazing sights egy, a discussion of suggested
and beautiful weather, the improvements to the home (in-
friendly and attractive people, cluding painting, redecorat-
the fantastic food and fun-filled ing, staging and perhaps even
nightlife, but I was also truly some demolition and construc-
intrigued by the differences in tion), and then a proposed mar-
real estate sales as it is prac- keting plan. Once the home is
ticed there versus here at home. ready for market, it is not simply
What first caught my eye input into a Multiple Listing Ser-
were the panels erected in front vice as we do here. Instead, the
of each home for sale, which property is first marketed to reg-
instead of just a broker’s name istered buyers in the company’s
and phone number actually had contact list for a few weeks, and
large, gorgeous photos that then shown 2-3 times weekly
made each home look like a to the public for about 4 weeks
page from a Crate and Barrel prior to a public auction. Geize-
catalog. The panels also indi- kamp claims his company sells
cated the dates of a few open 90% of their properties at auc-
houses, planned in advance, tion the first time around, and
and then something surprising: those that don’t fetch the right
the date of the auction. Sure price at auction are then kept
enough, most homes sold in online and then marketed using
Sydney, and many other mar- “our” method.
kets throughout the country, are The benefits to the sellers are
sold on the spot by auctioneers clear using this method: they
and not in the way we generally generally deal with the sales
sell homes here in the States. process for a set period of time
I spoke with an agent named without the uncertainty of days
David Geizekamp, Director and and days on the market, anx-
Senior Auctioneer at Callagher iously awaiting any offer. They
Estate Agents about the way also benefit from the psycholo-
things are done there. Calla- gy and frenzy an auction gener- buying power of all the bidders. the auction to preview the prop-
David Bediz is a Realtor at Coldwell
gher is a Sydney-based family ally produces, whereby buyers Such a protocol is obviously erty, perform any inspections Banker Residential Brokerage and
company that was established often are motivated to bid high- more stressful for the buyers they may desire and consider part of the Dwight and David Real
in 1899, just over a hundred er as they see their competi- themselves, and certainly does the location and its value, they Estate Group. He can be reached
years following the colonization tors in front of them. Since the not allow for a lengthy period do have some time prior to the at 202 352 8456 or through www.
DwightandDavid.com. Callagher
of Australia itself. Geizekamp is auction has set requirements of time to consider the price the auction itself to consider whether Estate Agents can be found at
an energetic, articulate sales- for bidders in terms of an initial buyer may ultimately have to it’s really the right home for them. www.callagher.com.au.
person who says that almost deposit and the amount of the pay. However, because the buy- Continued next week: Is the
every property in desirable lo- down payment, sellers know the ers have almost a month prior to Australian system better than ours?

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in Rough Times
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By MARK LEE fewer than 20 inspectors for more than
5,000 food service locations.
Last week, local diners participated The front windows of local restau-
DAVE LLOYD & ASSOCIATES CANTOR JINNY MARSH in the annual “Dining Out for Life” ben- rants, delis, grocery stores and other
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703-593-3204 All Faiths restaurants. marred by frayed and yellowing plac-
WWW.DAVELLOYD.NET DC, VA, MD, NYC If D.C. Council member Mary Cheh ards displaying only an uninformative
ENTHUSIASTICALLY (D-Ward 3) gets her way, next year’s letter grade originating with the depart-
SERVING DC & VIRGINIA event participants will be confronted by ment’s last inspection.
a “letter grade” posted in front windows And what happens when a local res-
of restaurants supposedly indicating taurant gets a temporarily lower score
the “cleanliness” and “food safety” of based on “non-critical” demerits requir-
the establishment. ing a re-inspection within a few days?
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the lgbtq community’s news source ESkal FlOwERS “A, B, C, or F” grading system based inspector, although required by law.
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eye-roll-inducing effort attacking movie to conduct timely regular inspections or
theater popcorn butter and summer ice fulfill re-inspections, he suggests that
cream consumption.) the money would be best spent and pro-
Not one to pause before scheming vide better results for consumers “to hire
CERTIFIED new burdensome regulation of commu- more inspectors, provide better training
ARBORISTS nity businesses contributing mightily to
the city’s tax revenues, Cheh has again
for inspectors in the field and have in-
spectors do follow-ups.”
301.589.6181 proposed creating another layer of un- New York City is struggling to com-
necessary and unproductive govern- ply with a similar law passed last sum-
ment operation in a city facing a finan- mer, completing letter grades for only
cial crisis and a budget deficit in the half of the city’s food-serving locations.
hundreds of millions of dollars. The New York Times reports that the
Just ask her about her proposed bill data so far suggests that inspectors
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reports online for easy search access collaborative efforts with them to en-
on the District’s award-winning govern- sure effective implementation of exist-
ment website. ing public health standards to every-
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