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As LGBT rights advance, House Republicans

shift focus, take aim at immigrants


By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
As President Obama prepares an anticipated executive
order on immigration, some see a noteworthy shift in
GOP focus away from attacking LGBT rights in favor of
targeting the immigrant community.
The nal act of the U.S. House of Representatives
before adjourning for August recess was passing a bill
aimed at addressing the inux of Central American child
refugees seeking relief at the Texas border.
But instead of passing an emergency $3.7 billion in
supplemental funding requested by the White House
to enhance capacity for detainment, the chamber
passed by a 223-189 vote a much lower $694 million put
together by conservatives like Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa)
and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for a dierent purpose.
The legislation would adjust anti-tra cking laws so
the child refugees can be sent home quickly and without
deportation hearings. Additionally, it would terminate
the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA
program, which enables deferred action on deportation
D.C., Baltimore rattled by attacks,
as two killings remain unsolved
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS & LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The LGBT community in Baltimore and Washington is
reeling after a string of violent attacks on trans women this
summer, including two murders that remain unsolved.
A memorial service for two transgender women of
color who were murdered in Baltimore will take place on
Saturday.
The Spiritual Empowerment Center (2129 N. Charles
St.) will host the service in honor of Mia Henderson and
Kandy Hall that will take place on Aug. 16 from 1-4 p.m.
The body of Mia Henderson, whose brother is Los
Angeles Clippers shooting guard Reggie Bullock, was found
near Lake Ashburton on July 16. Authorities six weeks
earlier discovered Kandy Hall dead in a eld in Baltimores
Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood.
LGBT advocates with whom the Washington Blade has
spoken in recent weeks say Henderson and Halls deaths
have left the citys trans residents on edge.
The deaths of Mia and Kandy remind us that despite
making tremendous strides for LGBT equality, there is
still work to do to ensure that our community is safe and
free from violence, said Equality Maryland Executive
Director Carrie Evans.
Court records indicate both Henderson and Hall were
arrested for prostitution in Baltimore over the last decade.
A spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department
has not returned the Blades repeated requests for
comment on the status of the investigation into the
murders and a possible motive.
Jacqui Robarge, executive director of Power Inside,
a Baltimore-based organization that works with sex
workers and other vulnerable populations, told the Blade
on Tuesday she feels the police have not adequately
responded to the concerns of the citys LGBT residents.
She said many of her groups clients share the same
concern.
They are concerned that these murders are not being
prioritized, Robarge told the Blade. Its certainly harder
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HOPE IN MISS.
Lesbian minister ghts
for change, but says
Old South haunts life.
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Top 50 LGBT-friendly
colleges list includes
just one local school.
CARPE DIEM
Reactions to death of
Robin Williams include
ignorance, inspiration.
REGINALD ANTHONY KLAIBER is charged with assault
with a dangerous weapon in connection with the
stabbing of a trans teen aboard a Metro train last month.
PHOTO COURTESY OF METRO TRANSIT POLICE
As President Obama prepares an anticipated
executive order on immigration, some see a shift in
GOP focus away from attacking LGBT rights in favor of
targeting the immigrant community.
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Safeway assault case still open
An unidentied female suspect captured
on video assaulting a gay man at a Safeway
store at 5th and L Streets, N.W., on July 2 while
calling him faggot remains at large more
than a month after the incident sparked
widespread interest on social media.
This case is still open and under
investigation, said D.C. police
spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump. No
arrest at this time.
The victim of the alleged assault, local
Realtor Mark Rutstein, 40, told the Blade
at the time of the incident that the suspect
began punching him in the face and calling
him a faggot seconds after he approached
her at a customer service counter and
politely asked her if she was standing in line.
In attempting to defend himself
Rutstein said he pulled the woman to the
oor by her hair and held her down while
screaming for security to help him. He said
he released the woman when security
guards and an assistant manager arrived.
But to his dismay and over his
objections, the guards and the assistant
manager escorted the woman to the
door and allowed her to ee, according
to Rutstein. He said the manager then
refused his request to call police, telling
him a police station was located across
the street and he should go there if he
wanted police assistance.
Rutstein said he agged down a police
car outside the store, resulting in four
o cers arriving at the store to take a police
report. Two were from the departments
Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit.
While there, the o cers obtained
an electronic copy of video footage of
the alleged assault from the stores
security camera system. Police later
released photos taken from the video
and appealed to the public for help in
identifying the suspect.
In response to criticism over the
decision by Safeway employees to
allow the suspect to escape, a Safeway
spokesperson said the guards missed
seeing how the incident started and
assumed it was a ght between two
customers.
We have apologized to the customer
and are conducting our own investigation
as well as continue to cooperate with
law enforcement on their investigation,
Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle said
in a July 9 statement.
Police listed the incident as an anti-gay
hate crime.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Colleagues urge gay ANC
commissioner to resign

Eighteen Advisory Neighborhood


Commissioners representing districts
in each of the citys eight wards issued
a joint statement on Tuesday calling on
Dupont Circle ANC member Robert Leo
Dwyer to resign from his seat.
The commissioners statement cites
Dwyers alleged intolerant behavior,
which they called a possible hate crime,
in connection with his arrest on July 28
for allegedly assaulting a homeless man
while shouting a racial slur.
Dwyer, whos gay, has not responded
to numerous news media requests for
comment on his arrest in which police
charged him with simple assault. Last
week, Dwyer withdrew as a candidate
for re-election by not submitting to the
Board of Elections the petition signatures
required for being placed on the ballot in
the November election.
The joint statement by the
commissioners refers to a police report
saying the victim told police he saw Dwyer
tossing the belongings of a homeless man
into the street in front of the McDonalds
restaurant at 17th and Corcoran Streets,
N.W. The report says the victim alleges
that Dwyer sprayed him with a chemical
cleaning uid in a squirt bottle causing
him to suer skin irritation on his arms.
The report says the victim told police
Dwyer allegedly shouted a racial slur at
him during the incident. According to
the report, Dwyer, when asked by police
detectives if he made a racial slur, replied
by saying, I dont think so.
Anyone who feels the need to attack
a person who is homeless, then allegedly
use a racial slur that hes not even sure
that he used, is not t to hold public
o ce in my hometown, said Ward 8
Commissioner Anthony Lorenzo Green in
the joint statement.
Green, whos gay, added in the joint
statement, Commissioner Dwyer needs
to do whats right for the greater good of
the residents he represents and resign.
Among those who added their name to
the statement was Dwyers fellow Dupont
Circle ANC member Kishan Putta, who is
running for an at-large seat on the D.C.
City Council.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Gay Mens Chorus performer
Mark Hennen dies at 58
Mark Steven Hennen, a singer and dancer with the Gay Mens Chorus of
Washington for more than 10 years who has worked as a touring director for
internationally known entertainers, died June 15 at a hospice in Arlington, Va.,
following a six-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 58.
According to information provided by his friend Rick Davis, Hennen was
born and raised in West Branch, Mich., where he worked on his familys dairy
farm through his high school years. He graduated in 1980 from the University
of Detroit Mercy, a Jesuit school, where he received a bachelors degree with a
major in theater.
While pursuing a life-long career in the entertainment industry, Hennen lived
and worked in Minnesota, Rhode Island and California, among many other
places, Davis said in a biographical write-up.
Along the way he worked as an actor and model before becoming a tour
director for many big-name acts, Davis said. Among them was his role in handling
the logistics operations for a European tour of British singer-songwriter Phil
Collins and Collins rock group Genesis.
Hennen also toured with U.S. country music singer, songwriter and actress
Reba McEntire and with famed Beatles singer Ringo Star.
Most recently, Henning served for 11 years as a booking director for Feld
Entertainment, which produces the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey
Circus and Disney on Ice, among other entertainment acts.
To those in the entertainment industry, Mark was known as Radar, a moniker
he received from Phil Collins, who felt Marks work habits matched the dutifully
e cient character from the television show M*A*S*H, Davis said in his write-up.
Among other things, Hennen was a very active member of the Washington
National Cathedral Episcopal parish, Davis said.
The Gay Mens Chorus honored Hennen with its prestigious Harmony Award
recognizing his leadership and devotion to The Care Corps, a chorus project that
supports chorus members in times of illness and other personal hardships.
Hennen is survived by his two sisters and their spouses, Maurene and Larry
Hennen Schumann of Whitehall, Mich.; Lois and John Hennen Wheeler of Poway,
Calif.; a nephew, Paul, and his spouse Jenny Schuman of Spring, Tex.; and a
grandnephew and a number of grandnieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Marilyn Hennen of
West Branch, Mich. Hennen is also survived by his life-long friend Drew Bell and
a large loving family of friends.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at National City
Christian Church in Washington. Davis said Hennens remains were cremated
for scattering on the old Hennen farm near West Branch, Mich.
Hennen has requested that any memorial contributions be made to the
Federal City Performing Arts Association, Inc., the organization that operates the
Gay Mens Chorus of Washington, at 2000 P St., N.W., Suite 730, Washington,
D.C. 20036.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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MARK STEVEN HENNEN
This unidentied female suspect remains at
large after allegedly assaulting a gay man at
a Safeway.
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM AUGUST 15, 2014 05
Schwartz submits 6,500
signatures for mayoral race
Independent D.C. mayoral candidate Carol
Schwartz submitted more than 6,500 petition
signatures to the Board of Elections last week,
more than double the 3,000 signatures needed
to get on the ballot for the November election.
Not only was the number very strong, but
notable was that Carol personally gathered
over 2,000 of those signatures in all wards of
the city, a statement released by the Schwartz
campaign says.
I am grateful to the more than 70 volunteers
who gave so much time and energy and
received not one penny to help me get on the
ballot on Nov. 4, as well as the many more who
are helping in so many other ways, Schwartz
said. With our campaign, which has always been
more about people than money, I feel we have a
real chance for victory for all of us.
Similar to the campaign of rival mayoral
candidate David Catania, the Schwartz
campaign said a majority of the signatures
Schwartz submitted have been validated,
decreasing the chance of someone challenging
the signatures.
Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel
Bowser, who won the citys Democratic
primary in April, is given automatic placement
on the ballot in November without the need
for petition signatures.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Rehoboth gay candidates lose races
A gay candidate for mayor in the resort city
of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and two gays running
for the Rehoboth Board of Commissioners,
which serves as a city council, lost their races
on Saturday, Aug. 9, following campaigns that
focused on non-LGBT issues.
Gay businessman Tom McGlone nished
behind eight-term incumbent Mayor Sam
Cooper by a margin of 65 percent 35 percent.
McGlone received fewer votes this time than he
did in 2011, when he ran for the rst time against
Cooper in the Rehoboth mayors race. At that time,
Cooper beat McGlone by a margin of 58 percent to
42 percent.
It was a great campaign. My team did a
fantastic job, McGlone told the Daily Times of
Salisbury, Md. A number of good issues came
up for this, and I hope some of them resonate
with the mayor and the commissioners.
McGlone is managing partner and co-owner
of a nancial services rm with o ces in Lewes,
Del., and Sparks, Md.
The two gay candidates running for Rehoboth
Board of Commissioners Lawrence Myslewski and
John Meng were competing in a ve-candidate
race for two seats up for election this year.
Myslewski, an international personnel consultant
for the World Bank and former business owner
in Rehoboth, came in fourth place with 171 votes.
Meng, former owner of the Rehoboth gay bar
known as the L Bar, which closed earlier this year,
and a volunteer reghter, came in fth place with
163 votes.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Design announced for LGBT
Veterans Memorial in D.C.
Simple, stately monument planned for
Congressional Cemetery

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
The board of directors of the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgender Veterans Memorial Project has announced the
selection of the design for the monument, which is planned to be
placed in D.C.s Historic Congressional Cemetery.
An announcement released by Congressional Cemetery says the
design consists of three black granite panels standing 11 feet high,
ve feet wide and one foot thick.
Two of the o cial emblems of the nations six military branches
will be placed on each of the three pillars with the Navy and
Marines on one and the Army and Air Force and the Coast
Guard and Merchant Marines on the other two, according to the
announcement.
The monument is simple yet stately and will stand proudly on
its site just as those it represents served this country with pride, a
statement from the LGBT Veterans Memorial Project says.
The pillars will be placed in a triangle allowing space for visitors
to walk inside where there is a ag pole and inscriptions explaining
the Memorials meaning and the history behind it, the statement
says.
Nancy Russell, chair of the four-member National LGBT Memorial
Projects board, said the board is hopeful that the projects ongoing
fundraising eort will generate the projected $500,000 needed
to build and install the monument in time for a Memorial Day
dedication ceremony in 2015.
However, she said the installation may be moved to 2016 if
su cient funds arent raised in time.
Most of the funding for the project will come from LGBT veterans
who want to have their service memorialized by purchasing a
paver with their name and service information engraved on it to be
placed on the memorial grounds, the statement by project says.
Russell said additional funds are expected to be raised through
the purchase of space for the interment of cremated ashes of eligible veterans and their partners or spouses within the
memorial grounds if there is a demand for such interment.
According to Russell, the projects board sought proposals for the design of the monument through a design
competition but board members chose not to select the ve or six proposals submitted through the competition.
Instead, she said board member Marty Gunter proposed that the board itself whose members are all military veterans
with many years of military service behind them come up with a concept for the design and hire an architect to put it
on paper.
She said Gunter presented the board with the concept of the black granite pillars as he saw it and fellow board
members enthusiastically approved it and presented it to a San Antonio-based architect.
He did a beautiful job, she said of the architects nal design.
Paul Williams, president of Congressional Cemetery, which is privately owned by Christ Church of Capitol Hill, said the
non-prot LGBTVM has already purchased a site for the memorial. He said the site is located near the gravesite of U.S.
Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, who came out as gay on the cover of Time magazine in 1975 to become the rst active
duty service member to challenge the militarys ban on gays.
Matlovich, who died in 1988, was buried in a section of the cemetery that Williams says has since become the burial
site for other LGBT people, including gay military veterans, and has been referred to as the cemeterys gay corner.
Williams said in the cemeterys statement announcing the design approval for the National LGBT Veterans Memorial
that the gay section is thought to be the only LGBT cemetery section in the world.
We fully support the LGTVM project, and look forward to adding this important national memorial to our historic
grounds, he said in the statement.
Russell called on LGBT veterans and their straight allies and supporters to make a donation to the project through
its website at nlgbtvm.org or by mailing a contribution to NLGBTVM, P.O. Box 780514, San Antonio, Texas 78278-0514.
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A rendering of the planned LGBT memorial at
Congressional Cemetery.
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GOP candidate says
social issues play no part
in Md. guv race
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Republican Maryland gubernatorial
candidate Larry Hogan last week said his
position on marriage rights for same-sex
couples has evolved.
Hogan said on News Talk with Bruce
DePuyt on News Channel 8 in response
to a question about whether he voted for
the states same-sex marriage law in a
2012 referendum that he was originally
for civil unions.
I was a supporter of traditional
marriage, he told DePuyt. Its an issue
that I fully understand. The voters have
made their decision. I support their
decision and will uphold the law. Ive
evolved I guess on the issue.
Hogan said marriage rights for same-
sex couples, extending in-state tuition to
undocumented immigrants and other social
issues are really decided in Maryland.
They have no part in this campaign
whatsoever, he said. Weve been
completely focused on the issues that all
Marylanders are focused on right now,
and thats economic issues.
Hogan, who was a member of former
Gov. Bob Ehrlichs administration, told
the Washington Post in June he would
not seek to repeal Marylands same-sex
marriage law if elected governor.
Hogan told the Baltimore Sun editorial
board ahead of the June 24 primary that
he opposes a transgender rights bill that
Gov. Martin OMalley signed into law
earlier this year.
Carrie Evans, executive director of
Equality Maryland, welcomed Hogans
comments on same-sex marriage.
Hogans evolution on marriage
equality reects the reality of many
Marylanders who have kept an open
heart and open mind on this issue, she
told the Washington Blade. It is valuable
when people share their evolution to
demonstrate it is possible.
Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of
Log Cabin Republicans, echoed Evans.
Ive had some great conversations
with the Hogan campaign over the last
several weeks and its encouraging to
see this evolution on the issue, Angelo
told the Blade. Mr. Hogan is just one of
many Marylanders who has evolved on
this issue. He, like many Marylanders,
evidently sees civil marriage for
committed same-sex couples as no threat
to his way of life, and, like an increasing
number of Republicans, sees getting
beyond the marriage issue as a way to
grow the GOP voting base and win.
Hogan easily defeated Harford County
Executive David Craig, state Del. Ron George
(R-Anne Arundel County) and former
congressional candidate Charles Lollar in
the Republican gubernatorial primary.
He will face Lieutenant Gov. Anthony
Brown who supports marriage rights
for same-sex couples and Marylands
trans rights law that takes eect on
October 1 in the general election.
Hogan evolves on marriage
Va. Democrat declines to
defend ban on gay nuptials
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Virginia Attorney Mark Herring last
week petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court
to hear a case challenging the states
constitutional amendment that denes
marriage as between a man and a woman.
Virginias ban, quite simply, denies gay
people the equal protection of the law,
he wrote in a 53-page motion.
Herring also referenced the U.S.
Supreme Courts landmark 1967 decision
that struck down Virginias interracial
marriage ban.
In Loving v. Virginia, the court held
that Virginia violated the Due Process and
Equal Protection Clauses by refusing to
allow an interracial couple to marry, he
wrote, noting the justices in subsequent
decisions said ones ability to marry
is a fundamental right. The court has
also struck down laws discriminating
against gay people, nding no legitimate
governmental interest that could support
the laws in question.
Herring petitioned the justices to hear
the case less than two weeks after the 4th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond
upheld U.S. District Judge Arenda L.
Wright Allens ruling that struck down
Virginias same-sex marriage ban.
Prince William County Clerk Michle
McQuigg, who continues to defend the
amendment, last week signaled she plans
to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to
hear the case.
Adam Umhoefer, executive director of
the American Foundation for Equal Rights,
which is representing Timothy Bostic and
Tony London of Norfolk and Carol Schall and
Mary Townley of Chestereld in the lawsuit,
told the Washington Blade earlier this week
that he welcomes Herrings decision to ask
the justices to consider the issue.
The American Civil Liberties Union and
Lambda Legal, who are representing two
lesbian couples from the Shenandoah
Valley in a case against Virginias same-
sex marriage ban that has become a
class action, expressed opposition to
McQuiggs motion.
Senator McEachin is pleased and
appreciative of all the eorts our Attorney
General has made to ensure that all
Virginians receive equal opportunity,
justice and fairness, said Abbi Easter, a
spokesperson for state Sen. A. Donald
McEachin (D-Henrico) who supports
marriage rights for same-sex couples
and other LGBT-specic issues in the
commonwealth. Virginians deserve to be
able to marry the individual they love.
More than two-dozen federal and state
courts have ruled in favor of nuptials for
gays and lesbians since the U.S. Supreme
Court in June 2013 struck down a portion
of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
and attorneys representing Tulsa County
(Okla.) Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith
earlier this week petitioned the U.S.
Supreme Court to hear cases challenging
their respective states same-sex marriage
bans after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals upheld previous decisions that
found them unconstitutional.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in Cincinnati last week heard oral
arguments in lawsuits challenging the
constitutionality of same-sex marriage
bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and
Tennessee. Texas Attorney General Greg
Abbott late last month led an appeal
with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in New Orleans that seeks to overturn a
federal judges February ruling that struck
down his states gay nuptials ban.
The recent unbroken string of rulings
in favor of marriage for same-sex couples
and the American publics embrace of
marriage equality over the past few years
shows that the country is ready for a
Supreme Court decision vindicating same-
sex couples freedom to marry, said Joshua
Block of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and
Transgender Project. If the Supreme Court
decides to take one of these cases, we
are hopeful that the Court will a rm the
unanimous consensus of lower courts and
declare that states cannot deny same-sex
couples this basic freedom.
Herring announced shortly after
taking o ce in January he would not
defend Virginias marriage amendment
that voters in 2006 approved by a 57-43
percent margin.
He has subsequently argued against it
before Allen and the 4th Circuit.
While we are disappointed that
Attorney General Herring continues to
act in opposition to the Constitution
of Virginia and his sworn oath, I think
everyone is aware that one of the marriage
cases currently being argued, perhaps
Virginias, will end up at the Supreme
Court, said Family Foundation of Virginia
President Victoria Cobb, referring to 4th
Circuit Judge Paul Niemeyers dissenting
argument that same-sex marriage is not
a fundamental right.
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Herring petitions Supreme Court to hear marriage case
Virginia Attorney General MARK HERRING
last week petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court
to hear a case challenging his states same-
sex marriage ban.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Ive evolved I guess on the issue, said
Maryland gubernatorial candidate LARRY
HOGAN, a Republican.
PHOTO BY MARRH2; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA
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Closeted Fox anchor calls Robin Williams coward
NEW YORK A closeted Fox News host on Aug. 11 suggested Robin Williams
was a coward for taking his own life.
Something inside you is so horrible, or youre such a coward or whatever the
reason that you decide you have to end it, Shepard Smith said on the air shortly
after news of Williams death broke and reports he had been suering from
depression began to emerge. Robin Williams at 63 did that today.
Smith later expressed regret.
I have no way of knowing the depths of Mr. Williams suering, but I never
meant to suggest that he acted in any such manner, he said in a statement as
the Associated Press reported on Aug. 12. He was a one-of-a-kind American
treasure and I regret using any word during the hour-long special, reecting on
his extraordinary career, that would appear I disparaged him in any way.
Smith has faced persistent questions about his homosexuality over the years.
The Fox News anchor refused to answer the Washington Blades questions
about his sexual orientation during a fundraiser for the National Lesbian and Gay
Journalists Association in March. Blade editor Kevin Na outed Smith in 2005.
Shepard Smith has been cowering in Foxs closet for years, Na said this
week. He gives new meaning to the word coward.
GLAAD and Media Matters for America are among the groups and advocates
that have criticized the network for its coverage of LGBT issues.
LGBT groups respond to police shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. A group of LGBT advocacy organizations on Aug. 12
expressed their support for the family of a black Missouri teenager who was
fatally shot by a white police o cer.
The National Black Justice Coalition, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Transgender
Equality are among the groups that signed onto the letter in response to Michael
Browns death in a predominantly black St. Louis suburb on Aug. 8.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community cannot be
silent at this moment, because LGBT people come from all races, creeds, faiths
and backgrounds and because all movements of equality are deeply connected,
the letter reads. We are all part of the fabric of this nation and the promise of
liberty and justice for all is yet to be fullled.
Reports indicate Brown was unarmed when an o cer with the Ferguson
Police Department fatally shot him.
The shooting has sparked widespread protests in the city.
Local authorities have arrested dozens of people in connection with setting
stores on re, vandalism and even assaulting reporters as the Associated Press
reported.
The AP reported the o cer, whose identity has not been released, has been
placed on paid administrative leave.
The FBI and the St. Louis County Police Department continue to investigate
the incident.
The LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was
gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, reads the statement from the LGBT advocacy
groups. We stand with the mothers and fathers of young black men and women
who fear for the safety of their children each time they leave their homes.
Judge says DOMA decision
applies to federal laws,
not the states
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A county judge in Tennessee has upheld
the states ban on gay nuptials, reportedly
breaking a string of at least 30 court
victories in favor of marriage equality.
Ninth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge
Russell Simmons Jr. of Kingston upheld
the Tennessee ban in a seven-page
decision issued on Aug. 5 that became
electronically available on Monday.
The Court nds that marriage is a
fundamental right, Simmons writes.
However, neither the Tennessee
Supreme Court nor the United States
Supreme Court has ever decided that this
fundamental right under a states laws
extends beyond the traditional denition
of marriage as a union between one (1)
man and one (1) woman.
Simmons upheld both Tennessees
ban on same-sex marriage, approved by
voters as part of the state constitution
in 2006, and the states Anti-Recognition
Law prohibiting recognition of same-sex
marriages performed elsewhere.
Unlike other judges whove determined
bans on same-sex marriage cannot
withstand scrutiny following the U.S.
Supreme Courts decision against the
Defense of Marriage Act, Simmons
determined the DOMA decision doesnt
apply to cases against marriage laws
within the states.
The Windsor case is concerned with the
denition of marriage, only as it applies to
federal laws, and does not give an opinion
concerning whether one State must accept
as valid a same-sex marriage allowed in
another state, Simmons writes.
Instead, Simmons nds that a 1972
decision resulting from the marriage equality
case of Baker v. Nelson, which the Supreme
Court refused to hear for lack of federal
question, is still applicable to the courts.
Simmons emphasizes that his ruling
is only binding on this case and on this
court. Further, he invites appellate
courts to assess whether doctrinal
developments in the judicial system after
the Baker decision have changed judicial
precedent with respect to marriage.
That ruling from an appellate court
may come soon now that a three-judge
panel on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals has heard a federal challenge to
Tennessees ban on same-sex marriage. A
decision from the court is expected in a
month or two.
According to SCOTUSblogs Lyle
Denniston, the Tennessee ruling marks
the rst time in the 14 months since the
Supreme Court ruled against DOMA that
a court has determined a ban on same-
sex marriage is constitutional.
More than two dozen courts, from
trial courts to state supreme courts
and federal appeals courts, have faced
that constitutional issue, and the string
of decisions nullifying the bans was
unbroken until the Tennessee decision,
Denniston writes.
Marc Solomon, national campaign
director for the LGBT group Freedom
to Marry, said the loss for supporters
of marriage equality in this court is an
isolated one.
One wrong-headed decision out of
more than 35 cases since the landmark
victory at the Supreme Court last year isnt
too shabby, Solomon said. It also serves
as a reminder that, while weve been
winning, we havent yet won and so we
need to keep making the case in the court
of public opinion that Americas ready for
national resolution and that the denial
of marriage in Tennessee and elsewhere
has real, human consequences.
The lawsuit was led by Frederick
Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-
Borman, a gay couple that resides
in Tennessee, but married in Iowa
in 2010. The couple challenged the
constitutionality of the marriage laws
in Tennessee because theyre seeking a
divorce.
Although SCOTUSblog is asserting that
the Tennessee decision is the rst in
favor of a marriage ban since the DOMA
decision, the Human Rights Campaign is
disputing that characterization.
Other state judges have refused to
grant divorces to same-sex couples in
Mississippi and Florida as a result of
bans on same-sex marriage, HRC noted.
The string of rulings in favor of marriage
equality at the federal level also remains
unbroken.
We have consistently pointed to
the consecutive string of federal court
victories, as it would be inaccurate to
lump in state court rulings to that string
of wins, said Charles Joughlin, an HRC
spokesperson.
The decision comes several months
after Simmons, 70, announced he would
retire from the bench after completing his
eight-year term this year. Simmons was
appointed interim judge in 1990 by the
late Gov. Ned McWherter, a Democrat,
and won elections to continue serving on
the bench in 1992, 1998 and 2006.
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to haunt LGBT residents
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LAUREL, Miss. Rev. Brandiilyne Dear,
an ordained minister who grew up in
a small town in Mississippis Pine Belt,
was 11 years old when she had her rst
experience with a girl.
Their parents found out they had been
together because they could not hide the
hickies on their necks.
That was my best friend, Dear told
the Washington Blade during a July 9
interview at a coee shop in Laurel, a city
of about 18,000 residents that is roughly
90 miles southeast of Jackson, the state
capital. I was not able to see her anymore
after that. We got in a lot of trouble.
Dear has struggled and confronted
personal demons throughout most of her life.
She began to smoke marijuana shortly
after her rst same-sex sexual encounter
with her then-best friend.
Dear took ecstasy and other drugs when
she lived in Birmingham, Ala., in her mid-20s.
She told the Blade she began taking crystal
meth once she returned to Mississippi.
When I was 28 years old, I had lost
everything, Dear told the Blade. I woke up
in a hotel room; a cheap hotel and I didnt
have anywhere to go. I had lost everything
and I had to call my mother. Im 28 years
old, Im having to call mom. I didnt have
anywhere to go and she came and got me.
I had an experience with God
Dears son was 11 years old when they
moved into her mothers home.
If you live under mommas roof you
live by mommas rules, Dear told the
Blade. Thats just how it is in the South.
You have to do what momma says; I dont
care if youre 40 or 14.
Dear said her mother, whom she described
as a big Christian, made her go to church.
I walked into this church and these
people were a little hyper, she said,
noting she had grown up Methodist.
I laid on the back pew and drew in the
books. And so I go in here and they were
raising their hands and theyre doing the
thing and theyre amen and hallelujah.
Dear was still living with her crystal meth
addiction when she rst went to the church.
Im just sitting there going these people
are nuts, and mind you Im a junkie at
the time, she said. Im a complete drug
addict and Im sitting in the church saying
these people are nuts.
Dears mother had volunteered her to
paint a childrens mural inside the church.
A youth pastor insisted that she attend
a weekend-long retreat known as an
encounter in September 2003.
Dear resisted, even hiding in another
room to avoid him. She nally relented
and said she would go as a way to get him
to leave her alone.
I went to this encounter and I had an
experience with God, I mean a genuine
experience with God, Dear told the
Blade. I never wanted another drug,
never used another drug.
After that weekend, I just knew I
wanted to help people, she added. I just
felt the call of God and it was very strong.
Dear in 2005 established a ministry for drug
addicts in Laurel called Dying to Live Ministries.
I thought my life was a mess, she said.
I thought I had this horrible addiction, and
I was a terrible drug addict. But I started
working with drug addicts and I thought
wow, Im Mother Teresa compared to these
people. I mean they would come in and they
were just in horrible shape. I connected with
people and I was able to help them.
Dear met the couple that currently runs
the ministry when they were struggling
with their own addiction the woman was
in jail where she had been put on house
arrest and her husband participated in the
program as an alternative to prison. Dear
married the couple.
I saved a lot of people from prison,
she said.
She opened a center for recovering
drug addicts in 2012 after a 19-year-old
man who had joined her ministry died in
a car accident.
Chris McDaniel, a local lawyer who
challenged incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad
Cochran (R-Miss.) in the states June
primary, is among those who attended
the groundbreaking.
It was really tragic, said Dear, referring
to the mans sudden death. I decided I
wanted to do more. I was having meetings
every week and I had the jail ministry. I had
all this going on, but I wanted to do more.
Pray the gay away
Dear told the Blade that many of those
who sought help through her ministry
were gay men and lesbians.
A lot of the LGBT people did cope
through drugs and alcohol, so I had a lot
of gay people in my ministry, she said.
Of course I was trying to pray the gay
away and rehabilitate, so I was involved
in reparative therapy to a degree.
She described the impact of reparative
therapy as devastating.
Youre telling people that you know God
can deliver you through homosexuality,
you just have to believe, you have to have
faith, said Dear. When God doesnt heal
you or make you straight, you must have
gone too far. God doesnt love you and
youre not worth saving. Your self-worth
is just depleted, completely depleted. Its
just a big thing. I started to see that in the
last two years of my ministry.
Dear said a judge referred a lesbian to
her ministry during the time she had begun
to grapple with her own sexual orientation.
The recovering drug addicts partner,
Brandi, attended meetings with her.
She came in with her partner, said
Dear. Shes like Im here to support her. I
dont want to be here.
Shes completely against church and
against pastors and understandably so
because of the way LGBT people have
been treated in the church, she added.
Brandis partner subsequently died
from an aneurism.
Dear became kind of close with Brandi
after she presided over her partners funeral.
She came into the ministry and she
started working toward getting straight,
and she just didnt, said Dear. She wasnt
straight. Of course it didnt work.
Brandi soon began to date another
woman, and Dear told the Blade the
church blackballed her.
It was really, really bad, she said. She
was very vocal about it on social media
and we were very vocal about it on social
media. We were bullying her.
It was during this period that Dear met
her current partner Susan Mangum when
she approached her at the womens gym
she owns and where the lesbian who had
just been kicked out of her church worked
out to see if the business would donate
memberships for those in her ministry.
Im standing kind of behind my
secretary and giving her my spiel and
telling her what I needed and what I
wanted, said Dear. Shes just looking at
me and Im thinking lord, shes going to
kick my ass. Shes going to get up out of
this chair and kick my ass.
Mangum was initially skeptical of the
request, but she eventually agreed.
Dear also bought a membership for
herself and began to work out at the gym.
I started going to the gym and I
thought Susan was just cute, she told
the Blade, noting Mangums partner of
eight years had recently left her and took
their children. Susan wasnt doing real
well at the time. And Pastor Brandiilyne
goes into minister mode. Im trying to
minister to her and I listened to her a lot.
She talked a lot, so I listened and we really
just became great friends.
Dear was married to her then-husband,
but she soon began to fall head over
heels in love with her.
Here I am, freaking out at this point,
Im like I dont know what to do, she said.
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Im married rst of all and Im Pastor
Brandiilyne and this is Mississippi and
this cant happen. Thats when I started
to think and go back. Thats when I
remembered my little 11-year-old aair.
I lost everything
Dear nearly passed out during a boxing
class one day, so Mangum brought her to
her home.
She went upstairs to get a shower and
get changed, Dear told the Blade. She
came back down and I was just like Ive got
to do something about this. Its making
me physically sick. I cant function. Ive got
to do something about this.
Dear said she told Mangum that she
is crazy about you and she is falling in
love with you.
She was sitting on the other end of
the couch, said Dear. She raised up and
said hell no. I was just like, well, that is not
what I had envisioned.
She said no, hell no, you have this
great life, she added. Youre Pastor
Brandiilyne, Im not going to let you screw
up your life. You dont understand what
this is going to do with you.
Dear and Mangum agreed to remain
friends, but a couple of weeks later
decided they were just going to pursue it.
Dear told the Blade that she had already
decided to leave her church because she
didnt like the way it treated people.
I didnt like the way they treated the
LGBT community, she said. I was just as
bad, but you do what youre told to do.
You follow the leader.
Dear told the Blade that she decided
to tell the couple who are now running
her ministry because they were my best
friends, very close to me.
I came out to them and told them, she
said. They outed me to my pastor and
my pastor resigned me from the pulpit
the next day.
Dear described the day she came out
as the most liberating moment of my
life that was quickly becoming the most
devastating. She lost her ministry, her
family and her husband.
My pastors were like my father and
my mother, said Dear, noting she spent
every major holiday with them as she
became emotional. I literally spent all of
my time with them. So I lost everything. It
was a rejection that went so deep and it
was so painful. Its indescribable.
Dear founded the Dandelion Project, a
support group for LGBT people who live
in Laurel and the surrounding areas.
Theres so much more to it than just
a weed, she told the Blade, noting how
she began studying the dandelion after
she saw one while driving down a local
road. A dandelion is a beautiful thing
and its a great thing and its a good
thing. Theyre everywhere and you cant
stop them.
The group has more than 50
members, many of whom meet weekly
at her Laurel home.
The Dandelion Project has produced a
number of video campaigns that promote
acceptance of LGBT people.
Dear and other members of the
Dandelion Project also appear in L Word
Mississippi: Hate the Sin, a documentary
that premiered on Showtime on Friday.
Were so much more than our
sexuality, said Dear. I dont know how
it is everywhere, but here in the South
when people nd out your sexuality, the
rest of your identity is overshadowed by
stereotypes. Its the rst thing they see.
Its like hi lesbian and thats it. They cant
get beyond that.
They cant see that youre intelligent;
they cant see that youre professionals;
they cant see that youre business owners,
she added. They only see your sexuality
and immediately its a negative thing.
Youre a pervert, youre demon-possessed.
The Dandelion Project was also
involved in the campaign against a law
Senate Bill 2681 that opponents
contend allows businesses to deny
services to LGBT people based on their
religious beliefs.
You dont have to have a law that
says you can do it because of religious
beliefs, said Dear. You can just do it
because youre a business owner. You
can say you know Im not going to serve
you because you dont have on your
shirt or you dont have on your shoes or
whatever reason. It was basically were
going to stand up and tell the gays how
we really feel. Thats how we feel. Thats
how I feel about it.
Dear said the American Family
Association, a Mississippi-based anti-LGBT
organization the Southern Poverty Law
Center lists as a hate group, said in an article
that her gym is among the businesses that
are discriminating against Christianity.
The AFA removed the reference after Dear
threatened to sue and her lawyer sent a
cease and desist letter.
Were battling with them, she said.
Theyre calling us bullies. The fact of the
matter is theyre bullies.
Old South still haunts us
Dear told the Blade she feels the old
South still haunts us like a ghost of the past.
The Confederate ag is the centerpiece
of our state ag, she said, referring to SB
2681. We just cant seem to get away from
it. In the South people are proud; people
are very proud and theyre proud of their
heritage. That includes that mindset.
She is nevertheless proud of
Mississippi.
Mississippi is moving to the front in
the ght for equality, and Im very proud
of where its going, said Dear. I dont
think anybody expected Mississippi to
progress so quickly and for people to
stand up and say, hey, you know were
not going to take this anymore and were
not going to be quiet and were not going
to be your sweet Southern girl and were
not going to keep our mouths shut and
were not going to be the Southern belles.
Were standing up for our rights.
Dear told the Blade she and other
members of her group are very excited
about the growing momentum behind
marriage rights for same-sex couples, the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act and
other LGBT issues across the country.
She nevertheless said nuptials for gays
and lesbians will not become legal in
Mississippi until the U.S. Supreme Court
rules on it.
Thats how were going to get it here,
said Dear.
She also said she welcomes the Human
Rights Campaign with whom she
interviewed for a job she did not receive
and other national LGBT advocacy
groups that want to work in Mississippi.
I think a lot of people feel like they
just swooped in and took the reigns away
from us, said Dear. Weve been working
a lot and I think a lot of people feel that
way. I think theyre handling themselves
pretty well here.
Dear said the Dandelion Project encourages
people to come out and live out.
Society needs to see us and our
hometown needs to see us, she told the
Blade. They need to see us in Walmart
and holding hands or just walking close
to one another.
Susan was initially reluctant to hold
Dears hand in public places, but she has
subsequently changed her mind.
Im not willing to live quietly, said
Dear. We need to live authentic lives
and our communities need to see us and
so we really encourage people to live
authentic lives, especially in this area.
Dear told the Blade she would love
to leave Mississippi, but has decided to
remain in her state and ght.
If I dont stay here and ght, I leave it
to the next generation and I feel thats
irresponsible, she said. So if I can make
a change and make a dierence than Ill
just stay. This is my state and you know
what Ive just decided that youre not
going to run me o. Im going to live
my life and Im going to do everything I
possibly can to change things.
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Members of the Dandelion Project meet in
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WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
An unfortunate picture
of the U.S.
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
President Obama is facing criticism
over his decision to invite anti-LGBT
African heads of state to the White House
last week.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni,
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan,
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh,
Cameroonian President Paul Biya and his
wife are among those who posed for pictures
with Obama and rst lady Michelle Obama
during a White House dinner last Tuesday.
Rolling out the literal red carpet for
some of Africas longest serving dictators
that clearly do not respect the fundamental
human rights of their citizens will always
paint an unfortunate picture of the U.S.
and our relationship with the continent,
Jerey Smith of the Robert F. Kennedy
Center for Justice and Human Rights told
the Washington Blade. It provides easy
ammunition to critics who claim the U.S. is
only interested in working with those who
lend a hand in the ght against terrorism,
like Uganda, or those who sit on vast oil
reserves, as in Nigeria.
Nikki Mawanda, a transgender advocate
from Uganda who is currently seeking
asylum in the U.S., also questioned
Obamas decision to invite Museveni to
the White House.
Its basically beyond proper, Mawanda
told the Blade. It shows us the president
is very comfortable with what Museveni is
doing and basically they can sit and mingle.
The dinner took place during a three-
day summit in D.C. attended by nearly 50
African heads of state.
Obama referred to gay rights during
a business forum that Secretary of
Commerce Penny Pritzker and former New
York City Mayor Bloomberg co-hosted at
the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Southwest
Washington. The president said at the
White House dinner that African health
workers saving lives from HIV/AIDS and
advocates standing up for justice and the
rule of law are among those who have
inspired him and his family.
Obama did not specically mention
LGBT rights during a Wednesday press
conference at the end of the summit.
Secretary of State John Kerry last week
specically applauded Frank Mugisha,
executive director of Sexual Minorities
Uganda, a Ugandan LGBT advocacy
group, during a forum in Northwest D.C.
The Human Rights Campaign is among
the organizations that urged Obama to
highlight LGBT rights during the summit.
The summit was a unique opportunity
to engage with African leaders and
their delegations on the importance
of preserving the fundamental human
rights of LGBT Africans, HRC Director
of Global Engagement Ty Cobb told the
Blade in response to a question about
Obama inviting Museveni and other anti-
LGBT African heads of state to the White
House. What matters most is whether
the United States commitment to
championing the rights of LGBT Africans
was reinforced.
Homosexuality remains criminalized in
more than 30 African countries.
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould
Abdel Aziz is among the African heads
of state who attended the White House
dinner, even though those convicted of
consensual same-sex acts in his country
face the death penalty.
Museveni in February signed into law
the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill
under which those convicted of repeated
same-sex sexual acts face life in prison.
The White House subsequently cut aid
to Uganda that funded HIV/AIDS programs
and other initiatives. The Obama
administration in June announced a travel
ban against Ugandan o cials responsible
for anti-LGBT human rights abuses.
The Ugandan Constitutional Court
earlier this month struck down the Anti-
Homosexuality Bill, but parliamentarians
plan to reintroduce it.
Jonathan in January signed a draconian
bill into law that, among other things,
punishes those who enter into same-
sex marriages in Nigeria with up to 14
years in prison. Jammeh a few weeks
later described gay men as vermin in
a speech that commemorated Gambias
independence from the U.K.
Cameroonian authorities since 2010 have
prosecuted dozens of people under the
countrys penal code that imposes a sentence
of up to ve years in prison for anyone
convicted of same-sex sexual activity.
The State Department in July 2013
condemned the murder of Eric Ohena
Lembembe, a prominent Cameroonian
LGBT rights advocate.
In spite of the African countrys anti-
LGBT rights record, Cameroonian First
Lady Chantal Biyas distinctive hairstyle
has generated buzz in some gay circles.
Obama criticized for welcoming African dictators
to nd witnesses if the community is
largely homeless, addicted or engaged in
sex work. That shouldnt be an end point.
Anyone with information about the
murders of Henderson and Hall is urged to
call Metro Crime Stoppers at (866) 7-LOCKUP.
Meanwhile, in Washington, a brazen
attack on a trans teen aboard a Metro
train shocked local residents last month.
A D.C. Superior Court judge last
week ordered a Beltsville, Md. man
charged with stabbing the 15-year-old
transgender woman on a Metro train on
July 30 to undergo a 45-day psychiatric
evaluation and treatment regimen.
Magistrate Judge Lori Parker
issued the order at the request of
defense attorney Veronice Holt, whos
representing Reginald Anthony Klaiber,
24. Metro Transit Police have charged
Klaiber with assault with a dangerous
weapon in connection with the stabbing
and classied the incident as an anti-
transgender hate crime.
The United States Attorneys o ce,
which is prosecuting the case, upheld the
hate crime designation when prosecutors
led charging papers in court.
At a status hearing on Aug. 8, Assistant
U.S. Attorney Christopher Bruckmann said
the government had no objections to Holts
request for the 45-day psychiatric evaluation,
which was expected to take place at the D.C.
Jail where Klaiber is being held.
A police a davit led in court in support
of Klaibers arrest says Klaiber allegedly
taunted the 15-year-old victim repeatedly,
saying you are a boyyou got a dick
before pulling out a knife and stabbing
her in the back on a Green Line train as it
approached the Fort Totten Station.
The a davit says Klaiber also called the
victim and two friends accompanying her
faggots and threatened to stab them
while chasing them on the Fort Totten
Station platform after the train stopped
and the doors opened.
Court records show that Klaiber is also
identied in some court documents as
Reginald Kaliber.
The victim was treated and released
from Washington Hospital Center for
a non-life threatening stab wound,
according to Metro police.
Parkers decision to order the mental
health evaluation came two days after
another judge approved a request by Holt
that Klaiber undergo a one-day preliminary
mental health exam. The ndings of that
exam, which were presented to the court
on Aug. 8, were not publicly released.
Phyllis Jones, a spokesperson for the
D.C. Department of Behavioral Health,
which has jurisdiction over St. Elizabeths
Hospital, a city-run psychiatric facility, said
a 45-day evaluation routinely involves
treatment as deemed appropriate by
psychiatrists provided by the city. She
said that in Klaibers case, where the
evaluation and treatment are taking place
at the jail, the psychiatrists would be from
Unity Healthcare, a private healthcare
organization under contract with the jail.
She said mental health professionals
associated with St. Elizabeths would make
the nal decision on whether Klaiber is
mentally competent to stand trial.
Holt told the court last Friday there was
a reason for what she said was Klaibers
lack of competency at the present time
but didnt disclose what the reason was.
She said she expects her client to be
restored to competency in 45 days.
Jones said the reason appears to be a
drug dependency problem that public court
records show Klaiber is currently facing.
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Suspect in trans stabbing faces 45-day evaluation
President BARACK OBAMA and rst lady MICHELLE OBAMA greet Ugandan President YOWERI
MUSEVENI at the White House on Aug. 5.
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for young, undocumented immigrants
who entered the country at an early age,
also known as DREAMers.
The House passed the legislation
following a hostile oor debate amid
expectations that President Obama is
prepared to use executive authority
in some way to protect as many as ve
million undocumented immigrants living
in the United States from deportation.
In a oor speech just before passage of
the House bill, Bachmann said the legislation
was intended to block Obama from taking
any additional administrative action.
So with this DACA bill, eectively, we
will put forward the strongest possible
legislative response that this body could
put forward, Bachmann said. We say in
this bill that the president has no power, no
authority administratively to grant permits
which would eectively grant amnesty to
5 to 6 million foreign nationals illegally
in the United States. In other words, Mr.
Speaker, we will put a handcu on one of
the presidents hands.
Bachmann later said Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) should bring
the Senate back into session to put the
other handcu on this lawless presidents
hands. Those remarks incensed gay Rep.
David Cicilline (D-R.I.) to the point that he
called for them to be stricken from the
congressional record, but that request
was rejected by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.),
on the grounds the request wasnt timely.
The legislation, which President Obama
has vowed to veto and has no chance
of passing in the Senate, was criticized
in a statement by White House Press
Secretary Josh Earnest upon passage.
The Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program prioritizes the limited
resources of the Department of
Homeland Security to deport dangerous
criminals rather than DREAMers, Earnest
said. It is extraordinary that House
Republicans are demanding that we
reverse that prioritization as a price for
getting the resources needed to deal with
the urgent humanitarian situation at the
border, reduce the immigration court
backlog, and address the root cause of
child migration.
It wasnt so long ago that Republican
control of Congress often meant attacks
on LGBT rights. In 1996, former Rep. Bob
Barr of Georgia led eorts in Congress to
pass the Defense of Marriage Act, a bill to
prohibit federal recognition of same-sex
marriages, after a court ruling in Hawaii
suggested the state could legalize same-
sex marriage. President Clinton signed
the law after his administration assured
Congress of the bills constitutionality.
Even under the Obama administration,
the chamber under the leadership of
House Speaker John Boehner during
the rst two years of Republican control
passed measures against LGBT people,
although they were more under the
radar. In addition to defending DOMA
in court after the Obama administration
announced it would no longer defend the
law, the House voted to a rm the federal
ban on same-sex marriage legislatively on
at least three separate occasions.
But that same hostility against LGBT
people has considerably diminished in
the current Congress, despite Republican
control. After the Supreme Court issued
rulings striking down Section 3 of DOMA,
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Texas) and Sen.
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the State
Marriage Defense Act to limit the ruling to
marriage-equality states, but the bills saw
no movement.
The chamber was quiet after President
Obama signed an executive order barring
anti-LGBT bias among federal contractors.
Not even the threat of backlash emerged
in Congress. When Boehner was asked
during a routine press conference whether
he had a reaction to the executive order, he
replied, Nope. The president signs a lot of
executive orders.
The responses to two separate
executive actions from Obama on
DREAMers and LGBT workers has
led to speculation about why the two
underrepresented groups are being
treated dierently.
Robert Raben, whos gay and president
of the D.C. consulting rm the Raben
Group, said the dierence boils down to
a single factor: Inuential white men are
working on behalf of LGBT rights, but not
immigration rights.
The single most important variable is
the presence or absence of white men,
Raben said. I believe LGBT issues have
mercifully done so well in the last 20
years because so many white men are
aected by it, and they have exercised
their money, their access and their
establishment orientation to ght for our
rights, and white men basically get what
they want in this country.
That same involvement from white
men, Raben said, isnt found in other
social justice issues, such as immigration,
voting rights, womens rights and
domestic violence.
Raben added the vote in the House
against child refugees and DREAMers
is absolutely evidence of the disparity
resulting from the participation of white
men on LGBT issues, but not other
progressive causes.
Ken Mehlman, Ted Olson and David
Boies all these white men stand up and
ght for this right, and you dont see that
on a rmative action, reproductive rights,
voting rights, right? Raben said.
Gregory Angelo, executive director of
the Log Cabin Republicans, accounted
for the dierence by saying the American
people are clamoring for congressional
action at the border, but arent making
the same request to curtail LGBT rights.
From a purely anecdotal perspective,
I can say that whenever Im visiting
members of the House, the phones are
ringing o the hook with constituents
demanding that Republicans address
border security rst before tackling
any other immigration-related issue,
Angelo said. Its relentless. When it
comes to opposition to LGBT protections,
Republicans have not seen the same
fervor among voters in their districts.
But not all observers see a dierence
in the way that Congress is treating the
immigration community and the LGBT
community.
Matt Foreman, director of gay and
immigrant programs at the San Francisco-
based Haas Jr. Fund, pointed to the lack
of movement in the House on LGBT
federal non-discrimination protections as
evidence that LGBT people arent out of
the woods when it comes to GOP disfavor.
The facts just dont bear that out: LGBT-
inclusive civil rights legislation remains
dead as a door nail; our movement hasnt
been able to win a basic civil rights bill in
any state for more than six years due to
Republican intransigence, Foreman said.
Foreman said Republicans acted
on immigration, but not the LGBT
executive order, because the executive
order that Obama may take to protect
undocumented immigrants from
deportation in the United States would
be much more sweeping.
The executive order involved simple
amendments to two executive orders
that are both over 40 years old and which
have been amended by Democratic
and Republican presidents, Foreman
said. No one is contesting a presidents
authority in this area. Thats certainly
not the case with the relief extended to
DREAMers through administrative action
or with the potential of the president
extending similar relief to up to ve
million more undocumented people.
Regardless of whether the two groups
are dierently situated, advocates
of immigration reform are already
impressing upon the LGBT community
that its resources are needed to help the
immigration community, especially when
needs for the two communities overlap.
On July 30 just before Congress
adjourned, the grassroots group
Southerners On New Ground and
Familia: Trans & Queer Liberation held
a sit-in for six hours at the o ces of
the LGBT Equality Caucus urging the
group to call for LGBT inclusion on any
executive action that Obama may take on
immigration reform.
The demands of the protesters were
four-fold: expand Deferred Action to
the fullest extent of the law; end all
programs involving law enforcement and
U.S. Immigration & Custom Enforcement
collaboration; elimination of the use of
solitary connement; and the expansion
of protections for LGBTQ and other
vulnerable populations under police and
ICE custody in detention centers.
We are proud that our country has a
congressional Equality Caucus and as
LGBTQ people we understand its role is
to represent our whole community, says
a letter to the caucus accompanying the
protest. Ending deportations and other
key issues are of equal importance to
the LGBTQ community as issues such as
employment and marriage.
Days after the protest, the LGBT Equality
Caucus issued a statement agreeing that
any executive action Obama takes on
immigration must be LGBT-inclusive and
include non-discrimination policies.
Any activity that discriminates against
the LGBT community, whether it is targeting
policing, bias in enforcement, harassment
in detention, failure to provide medically
necessary care, the unnecessary use of
solitary connement, or failure to respect
gender identity cannot be supported, the
caucus statement says.
Its those kinds of contributions from
the LGBT community to the immigrant
movement that the Haas Jr. Funds Foreman
said is a good thing and already underway.
There are tens of thousands of LGBT
people who are disproportionately
being harmed by the current, broken
system and we cant abandon them,
Foreman said. Moreover, the LGBT
movement cannot secure basic civil rights
protections in the 29 states that still lack
them without allies. And if we stand by
immigrants and their families now, they
will be with us in the future.
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GOP lawmakers shift attacks from gays to immigrants
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Rep. MICHELE BACHMANN pushed a bill
that would adjust anti-tra cking laws so the
child refugees can be sent home quickly and
without deportation hearings.
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GLCCB moves toward
more transparency
Having heard a good amount of criticism
at a GLCCB town hall meeting last month,
the board of directors and sta have taken
steps to increase transparency regarding
the boards business meetings and
nancial status. Using the organizations
website, glccb.org, the Center has posted
the minutes of board meetings from 2010-
2013 as well as displayed its 990 tax forms
for the past seven years. The GLCCBs
bylaws, strategic plan, application for
board of directors and other job listings
are also online.
The GLCCB Board of Directors is working
diligently to follow up on its commitment to
be more transparent with the community,
Mike McCarthy, the Centers board
president since 2013, told the Blade.
Were particularly excited to introduce
public participation in our monthly board
meetings. While we will need to place some
limits on attendance due to space and time
constraints, we invite community members
that would like to attend to sign up for
a meeting and present comments and
concerns directly to the board, or simply
learn more about the decisions made and
the process we follow.
Kelly Neel, the GLCCBs interim executive
director, intends to hold meetings with
the community throughout the coming
months with respect to Pride 2015 and
to do what is needed to build the GLCCB
into a viable, active community center
that serves and represents everyone and
to start mending our relationships.
The Quest
closes its doors
The Quest, a Highlandtown pub with a
neighborhood feel and a frequent venue
for drag performances, closed its doors
during an emotional Final Show weekend
on Aug. 9-10. Owner Tom Mathison, who
had been in the bar business for 32 years
including his ownership of a Fells Point gay
establishment called the Unicorn, sold The
Quest, which opened in March 2000.
Mathison lamented the plight of gay
bars in the city citing a lack of support
due to higher prices, the smoking ban,
the ability for people to hook-up via the
Internet and apps, and the fact many
young gay people now patronize straight
bars with their friends.
The Quests location away from the
bustling Mount Vernon gayborhood may
have been a factor as well. The Fleet
Street structure will be razed in favor of
new townhouses.
Two LGBT orgs
announce partnership
The Baltimore Center for Black
Equity and FreeState Legal Project, Inc.
announced a strategic partnership to
engage Black LGBTQ individuals in the
Baltimore community. This partnership
will include the Speak Fire! Dialogues, a
series of panel discussions about issues
relevant to the black LGBTQ community.
The rst panel, Celebrating Our
Community: Building Brave Spaces for
Black Transgender Folks, will take place
in November 2014.
Carlton Smith, the organizations
executive director, told the Blade, The
Baltimore Center for Black Equity is
building partnerships between various
communities to promote visibility and
leadership in the Black LGBTQ community
in Baltimore.
Smith is a member of the planning
committee that also includes local
activists Rev. O.M. Moise of the Apostolic
Catholic Church; Monica Yorkman,
Founder of Sistas of the T; and Saida
Agostini, Director of LGBTQ Resources
at FreeState Legal Project, as well as
the President of the Maryland and D.C.
Chapter of Black Trans Men Incorporated.
STEVE CHARING
The GLCCB Board of Directors is working
diligently to follow up on its commitment to
be more transparent with the community,
said MIKE MCCARTHY.
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LOU CHIBBARO JR. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than
30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for
the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of
social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court,
the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on
LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic
since it rst surfaced in the early 1980s. In June 2011, Chibbaro became the rst reporter from the LGBT press to
be inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Professional Chapter Hall of Fame, which recognizes
journalists of distinction who have worked in the news business for 25 years or longer.
LOCAL
CHRIS JOHNSON is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily
White House press briengs and is a member of the White House Correspondents Association. Hes worked with
the Washington Blade since 2008 and was a founding employee of the paper when it relaunched under local
ownership in 2009. Before coming to the Blade, Johnson covered defense issues for Inside Washington Publishers
and previously wrote for MIRS newsletter, a Lansing-based publication covering state political news in Michigan. A
Michigan native, Johnson graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 2003 with a degree in English
and Creative Writing. In 2013, the Blade was admitted to the White House Press Pool with Johnson taking the lead
in covering the president. This marked the rst time a gay newspaper has been invited to join ranks of mainstream
outlets covering the president.
POLITICAL/NATIONAL
MICHAEL K. LAVERS has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Marylands
same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the
consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since
his career began in 2002. Lavers work has appeared in the EDGE Media Network, Fire Island News, Village Voice,
Hufngton Post and other media outlets. He has also discussed LGBT-specic issues on the BBC, New York Times,
News Channel 8, WNYC in New York City other mainstream and LGBT publications. Lavers holds a degree in
journalism and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire.
INTERNATIONAL
Permit snafu derails Chicago health expo
CHICAGO A mixup over securing a permit for a sound system prevented Montrose
Rock, credited as the countrys largest one-day HIV testing event and health fair, from
happening this year during Chicagos Black Pride event, the Windy City Times, a gay
Chicago paper, reports.
A retooling of both the event and time will occur in 2015, according to organizer
Arig Cabbler. Its slated to take place on the Saturday before the Chicago Pride Parade.
Burnham and Union parks, both considered as locations in 2014, are possible locales
for next year, the Times reports.
The Rocks Coordinating Committee, which organizes the event, lost its tax-exempt
status as a non-prot last year, the Times reports citing the IRS. Cabbler told reporters
there that a new governing board has formed.
Even though a permit was not applied for at Montrose and the Lake, according to
documents obtained by the Windy City Times, Cabbler did prepare a permit application
on behalf of Brothers Health Collective for another park. Gabbler serves as the
collectives executive director.
Cabbler said Brothers Health Collective had served as primary scal sponsor. But, to
receive government funding, the organization had to hold the event instead of serving
as a sponsor.
Study nds STIs plague New Zealand gays
AUCKLAND, New Zealand One in 12 gay or bi men who participated in a health
survey in New Zealand in 2011 reported having an STI in the previous year, Gay New
Zealand reports. Chlamydia and gonorrhea were the most common.
The study, which has been published by international journal Sexually Transmitted Infections,
found having anal sex and more partners were associated with more STIs, the article said.
Having anal sex and more partners were associated with more STIs says co-
investigator Associate Professor Nigel Dickson, director of the Otago University-based
AIDS Epidemiology Group.
Condoms were protective the article quoted Dickson as having said. Men who
reported not using condoms about half the time or more when they had anal sex
were 70 percent more likely to report STIs compared to men who used condoms more
consistently, regardless of whether their partners were regular or casual.
The ndings are based on the Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Survey and national internet-
based Gay Online Sex Survey led by Dr. Peter Saxton of Auckland University, in collaboration
with Dickson and Tony Hughes from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. The surveys were
funded by the Ministry of Health. Saxton, who heads the Gay Mens Health Research Group at
the University of Auckland, says while HIV is the most serious sexually transmitted infection,
others can cause unpleasant problems for gay men, such as the human papiloma virus (HPV)
as a threat for anal and oral cancer in infected men.
Other STIs can increase the spread if HIV, Satson said.
LONDON Gay British men who go to sex parties where drugs are used are
being given free kits to protect them from HIV, the Evening Standard reports.
The Burrell Street sexual health clinic in Londons Southwark Borough, is the rst
in the U.K. to provide packs of clean syringes, spoons and thermometers in response
to the rise of chemsex, the Standard says.
So-called slamming parties can last for days and involve men often sharing
partners and having unprotected sex while under the inuence of illegal drugs such
as crystal meth and GBL.
The clinic has distributed more than 120 kits since December after a report
commissioned by three south London boroughs warned that men indulging in
chemsex were placing themselves at signicant risk, the Standard reports.
Robert Palmer, a psychotherapist at Burrell Street, said: Our slamming kits are by
no means designed to encourage men to take part in this trend. Theyre to ensure
that if men are choosing to inject, that they are doing it safely. The kits contain color-
codedneedles so each user can easily see which is theirs, lessening the chance of
using someone elses, the Evening Standard quoted him as having said.
The report, by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, warned
that chemsex could be to blame for rising rates of HIV and sexually transmitted
infections among men who have sex with men. Lambeth and Southwark have the
highest rates of HIV in the UK.
Researchers found that while chemsex was uncommon, vulnerable men were
putting themselves and their partners at risk by engaging, the paper said.
Sex party kits distributed to U.K. gay men engaging in chemsex include color-coded syringes to reduce HIV infection via needles.
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LGBT issues take a back
seat and thats OK
There was a lot of discussion last week
during and after the African Leaders Sum-
mit in Washington, D.C. over whether
President Obama mentioned LGBT rights
enough and whether he should have
rolled out the red carpet for some of the
African leaders at the White House.
In a Washington Blade column, Jerey
Smith of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for
Justice and Human Rights is quoted as say-
ing, Rolling out the literal red carpet for
some of Africas longest serving dictators
that clearly do not respect the fundamen-
tal human rights of their citizens will always
paint an unfortunate picture of the U.S. and
our relationship with the continent. It pro-
vides easy ammunition to critics who claim
the U.S. is only interested in working with
those who lend a hand in the ght against
terrorism, like Uganda, or those who sit on
vast oil reserves, as in Nigeria.
It seems to me this may be the view
of Smith but is not the view of most of
the world. Rather, in the long run, not
working with and developing closer rela-
tionships with these countries would do
harm to our ability to champion civil and
human rights for everyone.
We learned long ago we cannot change
the world by simply waiving a wand or
wishing it so. Even in our own country we
have a long way to go before everyone
has their full civil and human rights. So
should other countries that may be more
advanced in these areas than we are say
they wont talk to or invite our president
to dinner? This approach makes no sense.
Many years ago there were those who
said we shouldnt be talking to China and
it took the unlikely leadership of Richard
Nixon to change that. He understood that
to disregard one billion people made no
sense and if we could have political and
economic relations with China we were
better able to have some inuence on
their people and leadership to bring
about change. China has come a long way
since that time and still has a long way to
go. But through ongoing relationships
and economic ties, the United States can
claim to have helped move things for-
ward for many people in China.
I hope that the stronger political and
economic ties the president forged dur-
ing the African summit will make a dier-
ence in many of the African nations that
lag so far behind us in providing human
and civil rights for their people. Those ties
will give us more clout to pressure them
on these issues in the future.
The foreign policy of the United States
must always include a strong civil and hu-
man rights plank and that must be an im-
portant part of our dealing with nations
around the world. But that doesnt mean it
will be part of every conversation or on every
agenda. Those complaining that President
Obama or members of his administration
didnt bring up LGBT rights often enough
during the summit, or at all in his nal state-
ment on the African summit, are wrong to
chastise him for that. LGBT rights or for that
matter civil and human rights for all people,
were not the focus of this summit. As it was,
the president had a hard enough time get-
ting any attention to the summit due to the
Ebola epidemic; the Israel/Hamas ght; and
the ISIS attacks in Iraq.
I have often criticized this administra-
tion for being too slow to move on LGBT
issues and when they did using them for
political purposes. But we have made
more progress domestically on LGBT is-
sues than in any previous administra-
tion. In addition, this administration has
placed a strong focus at USAID to advance
LGBT issues around the world and these
initiatives often occur out of the spot-
light. USAID is working to include LGBT
human and civil rights issues in our deal-
ings with foreign governments and their
people. That work had the strong support
of Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was
Secretary of State and support continues
under Secretary John Kerry. Their support
has translated into initiatives advanced
by Claire Lucas, senior adviser for Public-
Private Partnerships in the O ce of Inno-
vation and Development Alliances (IDEA)
and she and USAID sta have received
support for their eorts from Rajiv Shah,
USAID administrator.
Progress on civil and human rights for
all people is always too slow because
while we ght for those rights suering
continues. So while these issues may not
be on the agenda at every meeting they
must continue to be a focus that under-
lies all that we do.
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Should other countries that may be more
advanced in these areas say they wont
talk to or invite our president to dinner?
EDI TORI AL CARTOON
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade.
Did Obama do enough
at Africa summit?
Local elections ofer only
endless series of small
special interest forums
Elections in the nations capital are an
embarrassment.
Not only does it take until the wee
hours of the next morning for the D.C.
Board of Elections to provide even a pre-
liminary count of the increasingly declin-
ing and historically low percentages of
voters casting ballots, local electoral con-
tests continue to be conducted as if D.C.
is a sleepy small town.
This reality was underscored in recent
days by continued controversy over so-
called mayoral debates that erupted
again among candidates. Even though
the types of events theyre talking about
are not, in fact, actual debates at all.
Mayoral candidates are currently en-
couraged to traipse around town at-
tending a mind-numbing and seemingly
endless series of forums conducted by
small citizens groups and special inter-
est organizations that only startlingly
tiny numbers of people attend or garner
much attention from outside their par-
ticular ranks or exclusionary network of
supporters. These events might as well
be held in the dark in a locked room
somewhere secret, oering scant access
to una liated residents and generating
little interest among regular voters.
No real-world, high-prole debates are
conducted and none are televised or widely
broadcast so as to be a valuable source of
information or provide an opportunity for
voters to understand how candidates stack
up against one another on the critical is-
sues confronting city government.
In fact, lets stop referring to these
panel discussions held by self-anointed
and self-interested groups as debates,
which, by conventional denition, they
are not. These narrow-audience minor-
league events can continue as an on-the-
ground face-to-face supplemental oppor-
tunity for candidates to directly interact
with specic groups of voters in more
intimate settings. But they provide a poor
substitute for communicating with voters
as a whole or focusing the larger commu-
nity on local elections and issues.
Rather than treating election discourse
as if a discussion of condo association
bylaws or a meeting of a private club, a
regular series of mayoral debates should
be conducted by appropriate nonparti-
san organizations as is common in other
major cities. If District o cials want to be
able to maintain a poker face when ad-
vocating for statehood for the District, lo-
cal elections for the top political position
should include the type of public debate
common among states.
Such events, of course, are not a pana-
cea for all that ails local elections or causes
low voter interest. Broadcast candidate de-
bates can be as vapid and vacuous as any
other type of political event. But they oer
a high value opportunity for the broadest
number of residents to pay attention, get
engaged and discover who the candidates
are and what each would do if elected.
Most importantly, rather than allowing
candidates to dictate the terms of public
discussion including the type, timing
and number of events and the ballot-
qualied contenders allowed to partici-
pate candidates should be told how
such events are going to be conducted by
nonpartisan sponsors.
D.C. should start acting like a city all
grown up and conducting communal con-
versation in a modern and eective man-
ner. Every eort should be undertaken to
involve the entire community in the elec-
toral process.
There are additional remedies critical to
improving interest and increasing partici-
pation in elections. Allowing all voters
including those not aligned with a political
party and registered as independent vot-
ers to fully participate in elections is at
the top of the list. This means adopting an
election protocol of the variable types that
growing numbers of states and the vast
majority of municipalities have adopted.
Instead of civic leaders and city resi-
dents alike bemoaning the lack of interest
and engagement by the citizenry in public
aairs and the dismal and declining par-
ticipation of even registered voters in local
elections, its time to do something about
it. D.C. cannot expect improvement with-
out rst allowing full voter participation
and ensuring genuine candidate debates.
We should make applying for the job a
more rigorous process involving the en-
tire electorate. Its the only way we all win.
I am among the
millions who live with
debilitating condition
I am among the untold numbers of
people who remain deeply saddened by
the death of Robin Williams, who took his
own life in his home outside San Francis-
co on Aug. 11. I sat stunned on the couch
in the den of our Dupont Circle apart-
ment as my partner and I watched news
reports that indicated the celebrated
actor and comedian committed suicide
after suering from what some have de-
scribed as severe depression.
Reading the details of how Williams
hanged himself with a belt in the bed-
room of his Marin County home nearly
brought me to tears.
This tragic news hit too close to home
because I am among the millions of
Americans who live with some form of
depression.
My doctor diagnosed me with the dis-
order in September 2012 after I sent him
a late night e-mail in which I admitted
that I was likely experiencing many of
the symptoms associated with depres-
sion: mood swings and a lack of energy
in particular. The best way I can catego-
rize this disorder for those who are for-
tunate enough not to live with it is that it
is comparable to walking through a thick
fog that leaves you disoriented and saps
your strength.
I had done enough research before
reaching out to my doctor to understand
that I had likely lived with the disorder for
quite some time. I had and continue to
have a very fullling personal and pro-
fessional life and a family that uncondi-
tionally accepts me as a gay man, so there
was no reason for me to feel so bad.
I simply reached a point where I want-
ed to conrm my own suspicions and do
something about it.
I am fortunate enough to live with a
mild form of depression that allows me
to function normally with a low dose of
prescription medication that costs less
than $2 a month with insurance that I am
privileged to have. I am also fortunate to
have a doctor and a partner who contin-
ue to remind me there is nothing wrong
with me simply because I am living with
a disorder.
There are days when I struggle with
mood swings and a lack of energy for no
apparent reason, but overall I am able to
live my life on my own terms without any
disruptions.
Others who live with depression are far
less fortunate.
I have never been someone who wants
people to feel sorry for me, and I certainly
dont expect anyone to start now because
I have publicly discussed the fact that I
live with depression. It is simply a part of
my story.
Williams untimely death provides a
stark reminder that millions of people in
this country and around the world live
with this disorder, and some of them un-
fortunately lose their struggle. I celebrate
this amazing man on the sad occasion of
his untimely death and keep those who
live with depression and struggle with it
in my thoughts.
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur
and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
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D.C. voters deserve a series of real mayoral debates
Robin Williams depression a familiar battle
Actor ROBIN WILLIAMS took his own life this
week after a long battle with depression.
PHOTO BY S_BUKLEY; COURTESY OF BIGSTOCK
MICHAEL K. LAVERS is a reporter for the
Washington Blade. Reach him at mlavers@
washblade.com.
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By MARIAH COOPER
Campus Pride, a non-prot organization
aimed at creating more LGBT-friendly
colleges and universities, has released its
list of the Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges.
University of Maryland, College Park is
the only local school to make the list.
(Campus Pride is announcing the list in
conjunction with Washington Blade and
Hu ngton Post.)
Shane Windmeyer, one of the founders
of Campus Pride, was also one of the
researchers for the list. He says he hopes
high school students and their families can
look at the list to help determine which
institution is best, and safest, for their needs.
The list was compiled from those
schools that achieved the highest ratings
in categories such as LGBT academic life,
LGBT student life, LGBT housing and more.
Dr. Marliee Lindemann, former director
of the LGBT Studies program at University
of Maryland, is excited for the schools
inclusion on the list. She believes that the
schools extensive LGBT studies program
with a major and minor certicate is
one of the reasons Maryland made the
list. She also credits Marylands gender-
inclusive housing, students sharing the
same housing regardless of sex, gender
or gender identity, as another reason for
Marylands LGBT success.
Weve gotten very active in the LGBT
community on campus, she says. The
university has made a lot of wonderful
recent progress. Were very proud.
University of Maryland, College Park
also made the list in 2012 and 2013.
Campus Pride bills itself as the leading
national organization for creating
safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and
universities. In 2007, the national nonprot
launched its LGBT-Friendly Campus Pride
Index to serve as a benchmark of LGBT-
inclusive policies, programs and practices
across the country. For the last seven
years, about 600 colleges and universities
(public, private, two-year and four-year)
have utilized the online assessment tool
to improve safety and overall campus
climate for LGBT students.
The primary goals of the LGBT-Friendly
Campus Pride Index are to establish
a national standard for improving the
quality of life for LGBT students and
allies on college campuses and to assist
campuses in becoming more LGBT-
friendly. The index rates colleges and
universities using a ve (highest) to one
(lowest) star rating system. A school may
choose to come out on the Index at
anytime. Not all colleges/universities that
take the index have chosen to list their
information to the public.
This years list is here but visit
campusprideindex.com for information
on more than 400 LGBT-friendly colleges
and universities.
AMHERST COLLEGE
AUGSBURG COLLEGE
BROWN UNIVERSITY
CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
CORNELL UNIVERSITY
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
EMORY UNIVERSITY
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
ITHACA COLLEGE
MACALESTER COLLEGE
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
OBERLIN COLLEGE
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
POMONA COLLEGE
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
TULANE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - DULUTH
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - TWIN CITIES
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MILWAUKEE
WAREN WILSON COLLEGE
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
WA S HI NGT ONBL A DE . C OM V OL UME 4 5 I S S UE 3 3 A UGUS T 1 5 2 0 1 4 P A GE 2 5
Campus Pride
releases annual list
of nations most
welcoming schools
More LGBT student clubs
registered in Md., Va.
than D.C. proper
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Following is a list of Gay-Straight
Alliance (GSA) school clubs that have
registered as encouraged with
SMYALs (Supporting and Mentoring
Youth Advocates and Leaders) D.C.
Regional GSA Network.
With school not yet in session, SMYAL
representatives say there are some
instances in which a club may become
inactive from one school year to the next,
so the organization updates information as
its received. SMYAL conducts workshops
for GSAs on transitioning leadership so
that GSAs stay active regardless of when
their founders graduate.
At the beginning of each year, we do
a registration drive, so ideally GSAs re-
register each year to avoid confusion,
SMYALs Anika Warner said in an e-mail.
This list is not meant to be exhaustive as
Warner says shes heard of some clubs in
the region that have not registered. Visit
smyal.org later in the school year for an
updated list or contact a school directly to
inquire about the possible presence of a
GSA on a school not listed here.
E.L. HAYNES PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
4501 Kansas Ave., N.W.
Washington
ROOSEVELT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
SPEAK (Students Promoting Equality at
Roosevelt)
4301 13th St., N.W.
Washington
ANNANDALE HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
4700 Medford Dr.
Annandale, VA
HERNDON HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
700 Bennett St.
Herndon, VA
SOUTH LAKES HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
11400 South Lakes Dr.
Reston, VA
J.E.B. STUART HIGH SCHOOL
J.E.B. Stuart GSA
3301 Peace Valley Lane
Falls Church, VA
COLONIAL FORGE HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
550 Courthouse Road
Staord, VA
H-B WOODLAWN SECONDARY PROGRAM
Queer Straight Alliance
4100 Vacation Lane
Arlington, VA
DAMASCUS HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
25921 Ridge Rd.
Damascus, MD
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL
LETS GAB
7601 Hanover Parkway
Greenbelt, MD
NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
7000 Adelphi Road
Hyattsville, MD
OXON HILL HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, MD
BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE HIGH SCHOOL
Horizons
4301 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD
DULANEY HIGH SCHOOL
Spectrum
255 E. Padonia Road
Timonium, MD
NORTHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
919 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD
PAINT BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Paint Branch Gay Straight Alliance
14121 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD
ROCKVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
2100 Baltimore Rd.
Rockville, MD
BARRIE SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD
BULLIS SCHOOL
Gay Straight Alliance
10601 Falls Rd.
Potomac, MD
GEORGETOWN DAY SCHOOL
Rainbow Connections
4200 Davenport St., N.W.
Washington
PRINCE GEORGES
COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Students for Gender and Sexual
Equality (SGSE)
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD
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A GSA summit held last year at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
Where to nd a local GSA
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How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
I have been out since I was around
18 years old and the hardest person to
tell was my mother. At that time I think
she believed I would grow out of being a
tomboy and not live a gay lifestyle.
Whos your LGBT hero?
Angela Davis. I was raised by a mother
who grew up in the 60s, so images
and literature from the Black Power
movement were always around me.
Seeing pictures of Angela Davis amongst
mainly men with her st in the air made
me feel like I could do anything.
Whats Washingtons best
nightspot, past or present?
The Hung Jury. I have so many
memories of meeting great people,
dancing all night and getting a little
drunk in those days.I met my rst long-
term girlfriend there.

Describe your dream wedding.


On a beach facing the water at
sunset. Theres such a surreal beauty in
being near the most critical element to
mankind water!

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
I am very passionate about
acknowledging and spreading awareness
on the importance of mental health.

What historical outcome


would you change?
Slavery
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
The death of Michael Jackson.

On what do you insist?


I insist on being treated with the same
level of respect and professionalism that
I show toward others.
What was your last Facebook
post or Tweet?
Life can be di cult for some ... while
we mourn losses, lets not forget the
better place they are resting in. At the
end of the day, no one truly knows
another persons struggles....#CarryON

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
Carry On

If science discovered a way to change


sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would remain the same. I enjoy being
a woman. As a woman, I enjoy knowing
that I naturally have something men
dont the ability to carry and produce
another human being. (However, I
slightly envy the fact that men can tinkle
standing up or anywhere for that matter.)
What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?
I spiritually believe souls transform
when they leave the physical world, but
what happens is truly unknown and Im
OK with that.

Whats your advice for LGBT


movement leaders?
Make sure that your platforms and
views encompass all races.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
To save my wife and/or marry Oprah
Winfrey.

What LGBT stereotype


annoys you most?
People are of a particular orientation
based on the way they dress.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


Gay: Brokeback Mountain. Lesbian:
Bound

Whats the most


overrated social custom?
My wife is going to get me for this one
but opening car doors.

What trophy or prize


do you most covet?
I did a TV show on MTV back in 97 and
was able to interview and play basketball
with a new NBA star at the time named
Kobe Bryant. After the taping, he gave
me many items, but the most signicant
one was an autographed basketball. The
ball is in a case on my dresser and its
denitely my most coveted prize.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
At 18 I wish I would have known that I
wasnt invincible and life truly is shorter
than you think.

Why Washington?
Ive always said I would never leave
D.C. unless I moved out of the country.
I love D.C., my roots are here. I am a
true Washingtonian I was born here,
schooled here, I got my rst job here.
Theres so much history, nightlife, a
melting pot of people, great restaurants
its the Nations Capital. What more
can you ask for?
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DJ MIM or Amina Morrissey-Brown as shes known in her everyday life
has done what many dream of. Five years ago she quit her corporate
job with Verizon to pursue her passion music and DJing full time. The
30-something Washington native says a 2008 visit to the Philippines proved
life altering.
They were doing a lot of hip-hop over there and although I wasnt
particularly surprised by that, just seeing the DJs at the parties using their
laptops and stu, which was so dierent from using records from the crates
and all that, it just really sparked my interest in investing in some equipment
and pursuing it as a full-time job, she says.
Shes the resident house DJ at Lucky Strike (701 7th St., N.W.), the bowling
alley near the Verizon Center, and she and her wife, Marisol, also do womens
party nightlife events as MIMSOL Entertainment Company. On Fridays, she
spins a lesbian party at Vita Lounge among other events. Visit djmimdc.com
for information on all her appearances.
MIM a childhood nickname has been in the Washington area her whole
life and lives in Southeast. She enjoys playing basketball, organizing her music
catalog and spending quiet time with Marisol in her free time.
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Serio-comic Calvary
is nely played
murder mystery
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
Calvary opens with a bombshell.
I rst tasted semen when I was 7 years
old, is the rather shocking opening line of
this ne new lm by Irish writer and director
John Michael McDonagh, a darkly comic
existential murder mystery that delves
into the riddles of faith, sexuality, revenge
and ultimately forgiveness. It opens today
(Friday) at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver
Spring and continues its run at the Angelika
Film Center Mosaic and the Landmark E
Street and Bethesda Row Cinemas.
The line is spoken to Father James (the
magnicent Brendan Gleeson) in the
confessional. An unseen male parishioner
reveals that he was raped repeatedly by
a priest (now dead) when he was a child.
He also reveals that he has developed a
monstrous plan for vengeance. Im going to
kill you, Father, the man announces calmly.
Theres no point in killing a bad priest. Im
going to kill you because youre innocent.
He gives Father James until the
following Sunday to settle his aairs. In
the week he has left, the priest tends to
his tattered ock and family while stoically
facing escalating acts of resentment
and violence against him. The tiny Irish
village on the coast of County Sligo is full
of hidden secrets and desires and the
townspeople slowly turn against Father
James despite (or possibly because of) his
innate goodness.
The movie is anchored by Gleesons
powerful performance. The barrel-
chested actor (perhaps best known
to American audiences as Mad Dog
Moody in the Harry Potter movies) is a
commanding screen presence whether
hes quietly listening to his troubled
parishioners or striding across a windy
beach. His craggy face is incredibly
expressive; his subtle responses to the
horric revelations of child abuse and the
terrifying threat against his own life during
the opening scene in the confessional are
a master class in cinematic acting.
He is given strong back-up from a
solid supporting cast, each character
providing a fresh set of challenges for
the overwhelmed cleric. His troubled
daughter Fiona (played by rising British
star Kelly Reilly) arrives for a visit with
her wrists wrapped in bandages from a
botched suicide attempt. (She ruefully
observes that she should have sliced
down instead of across.)
Her arrival forces the priest to
address his conicting roles as Father
and father, especially Fionas feelings
of abandonment from when Father
James entered the priesthood following
the death of his wife. As the two slowly
explore and tentatively begin to rebuild
their relationship, he visits his other
parishioners, who are also now suspects
in his impending murder.
They include the troubled triangle of Jack,
Veronica and Simon. Veronica is the bored
unfaithful wife of Jack, the local butcher,
played by Chris ODowd (known for his
breakout role in the comedy Bridesmaids
and his Tony-nominated performance
opposite James Franco in Of Mice and
Men). Her latest lover is the African
mechanic Simon Asamoah. The tangled trio
sneer at Father James while still reaching out
to him for guidance and attention.
Theres also the decadent banker
Michel Fitzgerald, who tries to buy the
respect of the priest; cynical surgeon
Frank Harte, who debates the existence of
God with Father James; lovelorn Milo; and
disgruntled pub owner Brendan Lynch,
who remembers Father James drinking
days all too clearly. Finally, theres Father
James chilling prison meeting with local
serial killer Freddie Joyce (played by
Gleesons real-life son, Domhnall) who is
unrepentant for his brutal crimes.
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Amos digs deep for Geraldines tour
Tori Amos brings her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour to DAR Constitution Hall
(1776 D St., N.W.) Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Amos began performing live at local gay bars while living in Silver Spring
and Rockville, Md. before moving to Los Angeles. She became a commercial
success with her rst solo album Little Earthquakes released in 1992. The tour
supports her 14th studio album Unrepentant Geraldines, which debuted at
number seven on Billboards Top 200 Chart. The tour has found Amos, famous
for reinventing her set list from night to night, pulling out all kinds of obscure
songs and wildly unexpected covers in addition to staples like Cornake Girl
and Precious Things from her early albums.
Tickets are $60. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.
Freedom Fighters comes to Lincoln
Freedom Fighters and Friends, a multimedia event and panel discussion
about Bayard Rustin and James Baldwin, is at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St.,
N.W.) Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents this event in
celebration of the anniversary of the March on Washington. Rustin was a
prominent civil rights activist alongside Martin Luther King Jr. He was also an
avid gay rights activist.
Admission is free. For more information, visit dcarts.dc.gov.
Summer Hummer
benet returns
Summer Hummer: Mnage
a Trois, a burlesque benet for
theatreWashingtons Taking Care of Our
Own fund, is at Signature Theatre (4200
Campbell Ave., Va.) Monday at 8 p.m.
The burlesque show includes more
than 60 singers, dancers and strippers
giving risqu performances. Taking Care
of Our Own assists theater professionals
who are in need due to personal
emergencies. This is Summer Hummers
third annual burlesque benet.
Tickets are $35 for general admission
and $75 for prime reserved seating. For
more details, visit theatrewashington.org.
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George actor Elder on
the rigors of artistic life
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
At 32, Claybourne Elder is living the
theater dream with a charmed career.
The handsome out actors rst big break
came playing Hollis Bessemer, the young
gay heir in the original o-Broadway
production of Stephen Sondheims Road
Show in 2008.
Id just moved to New York and went
on an open chorus call never dreaming
Id be cast, he says. They asked me back
and I got the part. Suddenly I was playing
across from two actors I revere, Michael
Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani, and
Sondheim was sitting around drinking
coee and giving notes. It was unreal.
Elder has worked nonstop ever since
on Broadway and beyond, interpreting
extant parts and creating roles like
Clyde Barrows likable brother Buck
in the Broadway musical Bonnie &
Clyde, and aviator Charles Lindbergh
in Take Flight. He played Ollie, a New
Orleans prostitute in One Arm, Moiss
Kaufmans dramatic adaptation of
Tennessee Williams same-titled short
story and unnished screenplay.
And now hes tackling the part of
George in Signature Theatres production
of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapines
wondrous musical Sunday in the Park with
George, a role Elder has had his eye, and
ear, on for a long time. The story focuses
on the struggles of French painter Georges
Seurat (called George in the musical).
Hes surrounded by his lover Dot, and
his masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon on
the Island of Le Grande Jatte and those
characters depicted in the painting. In the
second act, Georges sculptor descendant
(also named George and also played by
Elder) strives to make sense of life, love and
art in 1980s New York City.
For many musical theater lovers,
Sunday in the Park with George holds a
special place in the canon.
Its my favorite among all the children,
says Elder laughing. Its true. The show
has so many universal themes. People
connect to it in deep ways. Its an
emotionally charged theatrical event.
And my part is magically written, he
adds. I couldnt ask for a part written
more perfectly in my range. Im a tenor
with a dash of baritone. My songs have
lovely rich lower things and then go up
high. Its technically challenging but in a
very pleasurable way, never needlessly
challenging. Sondheim never writes
music to impress. He doesnt have to.
Matthew Gardiner, the Signature
productions director, concurs on
Sundays specialness. Ever since
rst watching the original Broadway
production on VHS tape in middle school,
Ive always wanted to do this musical.
The score sung by Mandy Patinkin and
Bernadette Peters is forever seared on my
brain. Its perfection and for my money, it
has some of the best music ever written.
It speaks to what it is to be an artist. And
what it means to connect with people and
achieve harmony in our lives.
Finding the right actor to play George
was imperative to Signatures production,
Gardiner says. There were casting
sessions in New York and Washington.
We were looking for a strong, quiet
presence. Theres something serious
going on behind Elders eyes. In tandem
with him being a fantastic singer and a
great actor, hes a likable and engaging
person someone to root for. Thats not
something you can direct.
Elder, who graduated from the
University of Utah with a degree in
dramaturgy, confesses to being sort of
a geek. His major allowed him to study
works within historical and philosophical
contexts. As an actor, he uses extensive
research to get a handle on his characters.
And it works. Fans sometimes dont
recognize him from one show to the next.
Well, thats what actors do, Elder says.
We disappear into the role.
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32 AUGUST 15, 2014 THE GUI DE TO ARTS & CULTURE
THEATRE
Disneys The Lion King. Thru Aug 17.
Shear Madness. Thru Dec 31.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Stupid F##king Bird. Thru Aug 17.
Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939.
woollymammoth.net.
Sunday in the Park with George.
Thru Sep 21. Signature Theatre.
703-820-9771. Signature-theatre.org.
Swing Time The Musical!
Thru Nov 30. Burke Theater: US Navy
Memorial. swingtimethemusical.com.
She Kills Monsters. Aug 15-Sep 14.
Rorschach Theatre. Atlas. 202-399-7993.
rorschachtheatre.com.
An Evening with Danny Kaye.
Thru Aug 16. American Century
Theater. Gunston. 703-998-4555.
americancentury.org.
MUSI C
Jazz in the Garden: Swingtopia. Aug 15.
National Gallery of Art. NGA Sculpture
Garden. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Best of Strathmore Tribute Shows.
Aug 16. DakhaBrakha. Aug 20.
Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Yanni. Aug 15. ABBA The Concert.
Aug 16. Josh Groban with Wolf Trap
Orchestra. Aug 19-Aug 20. Robyn +
Ryksopp. Aug 21. Wolf Trap.
877-965-3872. wolftrap.org.
Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions.
Aug 15. Warner Theatre. 202-397-7328.
warnertheatredc.com.
Art on 8th: Aspen Grove. Aug 21.
Dance Place & Monroe St. Market.
202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
Trouble Funk + Junkyard Band. Aug
15. Eric Roberson. Aug 15-16. Maxi
Priest. Aug 20. Dave Weckl Acoustic
Band with Quraishi. Aug 15. Charles
Covington, Steve Abshire, and Ken
Kimery. Aug 16. Ezekiels Wheels. Aug
18. Carlos Nunez. Aug 19. The Quebe
Sisters Band. Aug 20. Navy Band
Cruisers. Aug 21. Kennedy Centers
Millennium Stage. 202-416-8524.
kennedy-center.org.
MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Degas/Cassatt.
Thru Oct 5. Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out,
Looking In. Thru Nov 30. Celebrating Van
Gogh. Thru Sep 7. The Color of Nature:
Recent Acquisitions of Landscape
Watercolors. Thru Sep 14. Titians Dana.
Thru Nov 2. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Peruvian Gold
Ancient Treasures Unearthed. Thru Sep
2. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.
National Archives. Making Their
Mark. Thru Jan 5. 202-357-5000.
archivesfoundation.org.
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Free Summer
Saturdays. Thru Aug 30. American
Journeys - Visions of Place. Thru Sep 21.
American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley.
Thru Sep 28. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org.
The Phillips Collection. Made In The
USA: American Masters From The Phillips
Collection, 1850-1970. Thru Aug 31.
202-387-2151. phillipscollection.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Total
Art: Contemporary Video. Thru Oct
12. The First Woman Graphic Novelist:
Helena Bochorkov-Dittrichov. Thru
Nov 14. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Dumbarton House. Homefront 1812:
Friends, Family & Foe. Thru Nov 2.
Thru Nov 2. 202-337-2288.
dumbartonhouse.org.
GALLERI ES
Strathmore. Fine Artists in Residence.
Thru Aug 24. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Artisphere. Christine Sun Kim. Thru Aug
17. Gina Matchitt: Being There. Thru Sep
21. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.
The Art League Gallery. Scapes. Thru
Sep 1. Structures. Thru Sep 1. 703-683-
1780. theartleague.org.
Washington Project for the Arts. Lobby
Project: Anthony Palliparambil Jr. Thru
Aug 29. 1200 First St. NE. wpadc.org.
VisArts. RIPPLE. Thru Aug 17. Jackie
Hoysted. Thru Aug 17. Ruth Lozner.
Thru Aug 17. 301-315-8200.
visartsatrockville.org.
Joan Hisaoka Gallery. Altered Ego. Thru
Aug 23. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org.
DCCAH. Visual Arts Exhibition featuring
2015 Artist Fellowship Program. Thru
Sep 1. 202-724-5613. dcarts.dc.gov.
Gallery plan b. The General Public. Thru
Aug 24. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com.
Target Gallery. Transient States.
Thru Aug 31. 703-838-4565.
torpedofactory.org.
Torpedo Factory Art Center. Penelope
Barringers FLORA{L}. Thru Aug 31.
Aquatics. Thru Aug 31. 703-838-4565.
torpedofactory.org.
Washington Studio School. Mary
Freedman: Outgrowths and Passages.
Thru Aug 16.
washingtonstudioschool.org.
Gallery Underground. Making Their
Mark: Art Brut. Thru Aug 23.
571-483-0652.
arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
Partner has to decide on
her own if shes ready to
quit drinking
HI MICHAEL,
My girlfriends drinking is ruining our
relationship. Is there some way to get her
to cut back?
This is an escalating problem. At rst
it seemed mostly that Lisa would drink
a lot when we were out with our friends.
I didnt think much of it because all of
us can drink a fair amount when were
together. But then she began to get a
little too buzzed shed irt overtly with
other women or have trouble walking.
One night she lost her laptop at the bar.
This started getting on my nerves and I
began noticing that she was also drinking
more and more at home. Its not much
fun to spend the evening with her when
her speech is slurred, her eyes are glazed
(when theyre open) and she passes out
as soon as her head hits the pillow.
Lately I cringe whenever I hear a beer
can open or ice cubes drop into a glass.
I feel like shes not in control of her
drinking and that its taking over our life.
I dont want to be with someone whose
main relationship is with alcohol. When
I try to talk with her, all shell say is that
she doesnt drink more than our friends
do and if she didnt drink when we go out,
she would have a bad time and our friends
would think shes boring. Also, she thinks
Im exaggerating about how unavailable
she is at home due to being wasted.
What can I do?
MICHAEL REPLIES:
You cant get someone else to stop
drinking. Lisa will stop if and when shes
ready to stop on her own.
What you can do is gure out your own
bottom line. Are you willing to stay in a
relationship with Lisa as she is? Or would
you rather be alone?
If you decide to stay, you will have a
better life if you can nd a way to enjoy
what is good in your relationship and
give up trying to change what you cant.
Figuring out how to not be driven crazy
by your partners substance abuse is
really hard work. Like many people
in your shoes, you might get some
help by attending Al-Anon meetings,
the support fellowship for families
and friends based on the principles of
Alcoholics Anonymous.
If you decide that you dont want to
stay if Lisa continues to drink, you need to
let her know. But only take this step if you
mean it. Avoid making threats as a tool
to try to get what you want. That strategy
erodes any good feeling between two
people and once you introduce it into a
relationship, its hard to eradicate.
Its possible Lisa will decide shed
rather get sober than lose you. However,
keep in mind that people abuse drugs
and alcohol for complex, deep-seated
reasons; this is especially true in the
LGBT community, where substance
abuse rates are estimated at 20 to 30
percent. Lisa might not be willing or
able to look at underlying problems and
make changes right now, so that might
seem like she is choosing alcohol over
staying with you.
No matter what you ultimately decide
about your future, can you let Lisa know
youre concerned about how she might be
hurting, and encourage her to nd ways to
address what may be bothering her?
You didnt say anything positive about
your relationship with Lisa. I am sure there
are some good parts, but I still wonder
about your motives for wanting to stay if
your connection is as bad as you say. Do
you enjoy being miserable or ignored? Is
there anything appealing about being the
long-suering spouse? Or about feeling
superior to your girlfriend? These are
important things for you to gure out
about yourself.
Looking at your own unexplored issues
isnt easy, so please nd a therapist
who isnt going to baby you or pity your
predicament, to help you understand
what might be keeping you where you are.
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM
ADVI CE AUGUST 15, 2014 33
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed
psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying
information has been changed for reasons
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to
Michael@personalgrowthzone.com.
TODAY
D.C. Gurly Show presents Save a Horse,
Ride a Gurly, a country-themed burlesque
show, at Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) tonight
at 9:30 p.m. Performances by Lyndi Luxe,
MissBikini Atoll and many more. Cover
is $10. There is a cash only bar. For more
information, visit phase1dc.com.
Gay District meets at the D.C. Center
(1318 U St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30-9:30
p.m. The facilitated group discussion
covers building understanding of gay
culture and personal identity and
awareness of community events for
LGBT men between the ages of 18 and
35 in the D.C. area. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or gaydistrict.org.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear
Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m.
There is no cover charge and admission
is limited to guests 21 and over. For more
information, visit towndc.com.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts a
happy hour today from 5-9 p.m. All drinks
are half price. Admission is free. For more
information, visit numberninedc.com.
SATURDAY, AUG. 16
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for the
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at
the Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington
Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) at 11:45 a.m.
today. You will be paired with a dog on a
leash to walk around and play with. Wear
casual clothes. For more information,
visit burgundycrescent.org.
Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist
Church (7400 Temple Springs, Md.)
presents its Fish Fry and Blues Concert
and Open Mic starring Anthony
SwampDog Clark and the All Star
Blues Band today from 1:30-5 p.m. The
sh fry takes place at 3:30 p.m. There is
a suggested donation for the sh fry that
includes a full plate with two llets, sides
and a selection of beverages. The concert
is free. For more details, visit dmuuc.org.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) presents
Summer Camp!, a drag show, tonight.
Doors open at 10 p.m. Show starts at
10:30 p.m. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m.
and $12 after 11 p.m. Admission is
limited to guests 21 and over. For more
information, visit towndc.com.
Mad Momos (3605 14th St., N.W.) hosts
Summer Heat Bash, a lesbian dance
party with DJ India, tonight from 10:45
p.m.-3 a.m. All guests with the astrological
sign Leo are free until midnight. Admission
is $10 before midnight. For more details,
visit deejayindia.com.
NovaSalud, Inc. hosts Open that Closet
Door Fashion Show at the Mansion at
O Street (2020 O St., N.W.) tonight from
7-10 p.m. The fashion show features
clothing from designer Juan Jose Saenz-
Ferreyros. The show benets NovaSalud,
Inc.s HIV testing and prevention services
particularly for the LGBT community
especially transgender and young gay
males. There will also be hors doeuvres, a
cash bar and a ticket auction with $13,000
in prizes. For more information, visit
novasaludinc.com.
SUNDAY, AUG. 17
Shi-Queeta-Lee presents A Drag
Salute to the Divas and Anniversary
Show: Disney Edition, impersonations
of popular Disney characters such as
Ariel and Malecent, at the Howard
Theatre (620 T St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day
of show. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more
information, visit thehowardtheatre.com.
Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
MONDAY, AUG. 18
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.)
hosts coee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay
black men to discuss topics that aect
them today, share perspectives and have
meaningful conversations. For details,
visit uhupil.org.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts poker night tonight at 8 p.m. Win
prizes. Free to play. For more information,
visit nelliessportsbar.com.
TUESDAY, AUG. 19
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free
and condential HIV testing drop-
in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more
information, visit smyal.org.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party
tonight from 7-9 p.m. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20
Bookmen D.C., an informal mens gay
literature group, discusses the novella
Saint Monster by Allan Gurganus, the
story of a boy who witnesses his mothers
aair, at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
For details, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social
bridge. No partner needed. For more
information, call 301-345-1571.
THURSDAY, AUG. 21
The Penthouse Pool Club (1612 U St.,
N.W.) hosts its Dog Days of Summer Pool
Party to honor its social media supporters
tonight from 6-close. There will be half-
priced cocktails from 6-9 p.m., appetizers,
a DJ and prizes. For more details, visit
facebook.com/penthousepoolclub.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
N.W.) oers a six-week introductory
mindfulness meditation class every
Thursday starting today from 5:30-6:30
p.m. Classes are free and open to those
who have meditation practice and those
who are looking to start a practice.
Bring cushions if necessary. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
The D.C. Center and Pros in the City
host speed dating for gay and bisexual
men at Chi Cha Lounge (1624 U St.,
N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. Dating is
approximately one hour. After enjoy a
mixer with fellow speed daters. Cash bar.
Check in is at 7 p.m. and dating begins
at 7:20 p.m. Cost is $30. For details, visit
thedccenter.org.
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New hybrids, diesels and
other fuel-saving
rides impressive
By JOE PHILLIPS
Size matters when it comes to fuel-
friendly vehicles, right? Compacts are
eco-friendly, mid-sizers are mediocre
and SUVs are major gas guzzlers. But
thats not as true as it used to be. Todays
models generally get better mileage than
their predecessors.
FORD FIESTA
$18,000
Mpg: 28 city/36 highway
0-to-60 mph: 8.9 seconds
The feisty Fiesta isnt a tuner car, but its
close. Spiy, spry and loaded with standard
features (including seven airbags) this
entry-level hottie is a nice surprise. Theres
blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist (to
prevent roll-back on an incline) and an
emergency function that automatically
connects your cell phone to a 911 operator.
Luxe-like options: heated seats, rearview
camera and parking sensors. Available as
sedan or hatchback, the Fiesta comes with
choice of three fuel-e cient engines. One
is capable but pokey and the other two
are spunky turbos. This year theres also
the kickin ST model (hatchback only), with
sport-tuned suspension, muscular cladding
and dual exhaust tips.
LINCOLN MKZ HYBRID
$39,000
Mpg: 22 city/33 highway
0-to-60 mph: 7.2 seconds
How to bring Lincoln back from
extinction? Thats the question as the brand
known as a mainstay for livery services
and funerals tries to re-build its luxury-
car cred. Gone are the dowdy designs of
Town Cars and such, replaced on the MKZ
with a fresh, mod look that boasts a severe
grille and ground-hugging prole. Theres
also a sharply sloped rear roof, though it
greatly reduces rear-seat headroom. And
while the interior is techy and road-trip
comfy (check out the power massaging
front seats), theres some cheap plastic that
ghts with the upscale wood trim and an
oh-so-slow infotainment system. Still, this
mid-size hybrid handles corners like a pro,
is full of the latest safety gear and even has
an automated parallel-parking system.
MERCEDES E250 BLUETEC
$51,000
Mpg: 28 city/45 highway
0-to-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
After driving this Mercedes BlueTec to
New York City and back on just one tank
of gas, who wouldnt be a clean-diesel
fan? All the Benz niceties are here: swanky
interior, sure steering, safety features galore
(including automatic braking with pedestrian
protection). Just dont expect racecar thrills
0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds is tepid, at best.
But then, this is a 4,400-pound, mid-size
sedan with only a four-cylinder diesel (the
last time Mercedes sold one of those engines
in the U.S. was 1985). This E-Class really is
more eco-chic than sport-sedan savvy like,
say, a BMW or Audi. But the bolstered seats
do have a tight Euro feel, and the 14-speaker
Harman Kardon stereo is superb.
SUBARU XV CROSSTREK HYBRID
$25,000
Mpg: 22 city/30 highway
0-to-60 mph: 9.9 mph
Subarus small, well-rounded crossover
gets a hybrid model this year. Styling on the
Crosstrek is fun, but not o-putting (like the
ill-fated Honda Crosstour or yikes! that
bizarro Pontiac Aztec). And high ground
clearance gives the driver great visibility.
While acceleration can be slow, especially
from a standing start, the paddle shifters
really help. As with all Subaru sound systems,
this one isnt crisp or powerful enough for
aspiring DJs. But the cabin is quiet and the
manual seats are surprisingly comfortable.
Theres also plenty of leg room, even in the
backseat, though cargo space is practically
nil. This pint-size hauler ts in almost any
parking spot and gets high ratings in crash
tests and reliability.
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FORD FIESTA
MERCEDES E250 BLUETEC LINCOLN MKZ HYBRID
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The International Gay Games began on Saturday in Cleveland with several events culminating in the Opening Ceremony.
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36 AUGUST 15, 2014 PHOTOS BY MI CHAEL KEY
Local womens football
team enjoys
breaking barriers
By MARIAH COOPER
EDITORS NOTE: Kevin Majoros is in Ohio
covering the Gay Games, so Mariah Cooper is
lling in for him for this weeks sports column.
Majoros will return with his regular column in
the Aug. 29 edition. Visit washingtonblade.com
for coverage of the Gay Games.
Throwing like a girl is taken as an insult
more often than not. But for members
of Washington Prodigy, a local all-female
football team, the phrase is a compliment.
Washington Prodigy was conceived
from a small group of like-minded women
on another local female football team, the
D.C. Divas. Some players werent happy
with the direction the team was going.
The attitude on the team was changing
and became less about football, Jordyn
White, general manager and defensive
player, says. It didnt seem player focused.
Tiany Matthews, Washington Prodigy
owner and middle linebacker, decided it
didnt have to be the end of the road for
those players who wanted to leave D.C.
Divas. She began to talk to other team
owners and decided that she wanted to
try starting a team herself.
In 2012, Washington Prodigy was
formed. But it wasnt an easy task to get
the team going.
Funding came out of my pocket,
Matthews says. The rst season was
the hardest part. Players were paying
for uniforms. We didnt have sponsors
because no one knew who we were.
Matthews, who has been playing
football since she was young, says
womens football has grown signicantly
over the years.
When I rst started there werent any
women playing, she says. We get a lot of
girls on the team who are younger where its
more OK now for them. Its almost co-ed.
More women getting involved in football
is Whites favorite part of being on the
team. She loves watching the new girls join
the team and grow in their success.
People come from all dierent athletic
backgrounds and for some, its nothing
like theyve ever done. Seeing them
cultivate all that teaching and having that
a-ha moment is exciting to watch.
The stereotype that women cant play
football because its a male-dominated
sport is one Washington Prodigy
encounters often. Player Crystal Boyd
thinks its totally false.
We can do anything a man can do,
Boyd says. We can compete just like they
can if were given the platform to do it.
Were just as competitive as they are.
White wants people to understand
that women are able to play football just
like men do because they arent playing
against men.
There are women stronger and more
aggressive than other women just like there
are men, she says. I see it as being equal.
The team is a diverse mix of local
women. Players range from ages 21-45
and work in various professions as well as
some having families. Players are a mix of
straight and LGBT with Matthews, White
and Boyd all being LGBT. The teams
diversity has Washington Prodigy wanting
all women to know that they can play too.
Were not a special, select breed or type
of woman, White says. Any woman who
has the desire to play can play. We are just a
selection of women excited to do something
that a few years ago wasnt even possible.
Still women playing football, which at
one time seemed a fantasy, is still hard
for people to accept.
The biggest struggle is proving that we
can play the sport, Matthews says. They
say girls cant play and that its too tough,
but any sport is tough.
The team is part of the Independent
Womens Football League and Team D.C.
Their season, which runs from January
through April, leads them all over the
East Coast to play against other all-female
football teams.
Matthews favorite aspect is the sense
of community it brings.
I met my two best friends playing
football, she says. Its like a big family
because of everything we have to deal
with as women. Thats my favorite part,
other than trying to knock someone out.
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O cial team photo of Washington Prodigy.
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The International Gay Games continued in Cleveland on Sunday with sports and the opening of the Festival Village.
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In 2013, the Washington Blade debuted its
rst Sports Issue. Super Bowl champion
Brendon Ayanbadejo served as guest
editor and a wide range of personalities
contributed, from Russell Simmons to the
head of the NFL Players Association to Billie
Jean King. The issue was warmly received
and covered by national mainstream media,
including USA Today, Washington Post, BET,
CBS Sports, Yahoo Sports and many more.
Im excited to serve as guest editor of
the Washington Blades second annual
Sports Issue, said Megan Rapinoe.
Greater LGBT inclusion in sport is
making signicant progress, and I am
proud to support the work being done to
enable the next generation of
LGBT athletes to come out.
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Why arent more young
workers choosing to
purchase a home?
By TIM SAVOY
Last weekend, I hosted an open house
in Kalorama. My property, a newly listed
studio condominium, much larger than
your average micro-e ciency, was full of
charm and priced just above $220,000,
very reasonable for the Kalorama market.
This was truly a rst-time buyers dream
place. With each passing walk-in, I made
two observations. First, half of my walk-
ins were middle-aged investors hoping
to purchase a property to lease to young
D.C. residents. Second, the other half of
my visitors were young millennials who
could barely fathom the concept of home
buying in Washington. Clearly, there was
something lost in translation about pur-
chasing in D.C.
Last week, Harvard University released
a report from its Joint Center for Housing
Studies that documented the proportion
of renters in the 85 most populous metro
areas compared to those that could af-
ford to buy in those markets. The results,
44 percent of all renters aged 25-34 (the
late millennials) can aord to purchase
a similar property in the D.C. area. Com-
pared to other large cities such as New
York and San Francisco, where 30.3 and
17.1 percent of older millennials are able
to buy respectively, the D.C. metro area
seems to be a better place for late millen-
nials to buy.
These ndings are similar to reports
from early 2014 when Trulia reported
that buying property is overall 34 percent
cheaper than renting in the D.C. metro-
politan area. Within the city itself, it is 27
percent more costly to rent than to pur-
chase property. Sure, the argument can
be made that the Washington, D.C. metro
area is quite expansive when compared
to that of other large metropolitan areas.
However regardless of its metro area,
Washington is still seeing a discrepancy
between those who are able to buy yet
choose to rent.
The question then must be why are
later age millennials those who have
established steady careers and stable
salaries not purchasing property in
a marketplace they can aord? Both of
these reports cite that student debt and
high standards of living can scare rst-
time homebuyers away from the dream
of purchasing property. Thus, a perpetual
cycle is in place for the D.C. market; that
is, local developers continue to invest in
rental property that is then rented to ten-
ants who can aord to purchase a similar
property at the same cost or less.
Standard fears of home buying still lin-
ger in any conversation with a rst-time
homebuyer: fear of return on investment,
nance confusion, anxiety with making a
big purchase and many other objections
all buyers have when purchasing their
rst property. However, each of these
fears, while rational and normal, can be
easily addressed.
Currently, interest rates on mortgages
are still quite low at 4.3 percent. Many lat-
er millennials may not remember a time
when rates were much higher (for some,
as high as 10 or 11 percent). While inter-
est rates are low, young buyers should
take the time to investigate the option of
purchasing property.
Any young professional who is curi-
ous about purchasing property should
consider speaking to a mortgage lender
or real estate agent to understand the
real estate market and buying process
or, even simpler, downloading a free
mortgage and nance calculator to un-
derstand what a payment on a property
may look like. Yes, the thought of pur-
chasing your rst property can be daunt-
ing; however, when broken down and
fully understood, you may be surprised
by what you nd.
REAL ESTATE
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TIM SAVOY is a real estate agent with Cold-
well Banker Residential Brokerage, Dupont
Circle. Tim specializes in working with rst-time
homebuyers. Reach him at 202-400-0534 or
timothy.savoy@cbmove.com.
Buying vs. renting
in late millennial market
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Eclectic interior, furniture,
clothing, artist retail
collaborative opens Sept. 26
By MARK LEE
When Districtologie opens in late Septem-
ber near the Union Market food and retail
warehouse emporium, the emerging enter-
prise will represent the eclectic design vision
of founder and curator Zach Sherif. The free-
lance interior designer also celebrated for
his hand-blown glass chandelier creations
will soon launch a collaborative retail venture
lling the expansive light-infused ground-oor
level of the Union Arts building at 411 New
York Ave. in a rapidly developing section of
Northeast Washington nearly at the center of
the District.
Set to christen the operation with a grand
opening party on Sept. 26, Sherif has as-
sembled a diverse array of local designers,
sculptors, painters, photographers, antique
purveyors and other creators and collectors
whose works and goods will be available for
purchase. Retail vendors will establish sepa-
rate display vignettes throughout the large
industrial loft-like space, featuring concrete
oors and exposed lighting and ductwork be-
low 14-foot ceilings.
Its not unlike the Meatpacking District
in New York City, the 52-year-old Egyptian-
born and Manhattan-raised Sherif explains,
a place to discover unique, unpredictable
and unfamiliar local and global resources and
artist-produced items for living and home
melded together in one place. In addition to
retail sales, handled by on-site management
sta, the venue will provide an opportunity to
connect with creative businesses for custom
orders and contract design projects. Partici-
pating artists and vendors will serve as a re-
source to one another as well as to clientele,
Sherif adds.
Carpets and textiles from Silk Road Traders,
Central American pottery from Mundo Village,
up-cycled home furnishings and furniture
pieces from Yeatman & Levin, vintage clothing
and fashion items alongside curiosities from
Old New Collectiv, and Sherifs own District
Lighting Works are among those whose goods
and collections will enliven the gallery-style en-
vironment. A multitude of items for modern
living oering an unusual blend of cultural in-
uences from the past and present and from
nearby and across the globe will be oered.
Aordability is a key component, notes
Sherif. An emphasis on exceptional quality
well-priced is his customer objective. Goods
will be suitable for spacious home interiors or
the compact condo or apartment of nearby
neighborhoods in a wide range of price points
and product types. Sherif has set a goal of in-
corporating diverse local talent and welcom-
ing a broad cross-section of customers.
This dynamic new cooperative retail under-
taking is as natural a blend for Sherif as the
signature interior decorating style for which
he has long been known. It is symbolized by
the Bloomingdale neighborhood home inte-
rior he and husband and commuting New
York telecon company executive Paul Cerruti
spent a year renovating. A Parsons School of
Design graduate with a degree in social sci-
ence and ne art, Sherif has explored how
art and visual elements aect the psyche and
the psychology of media and color through-
out his 25-year career.
Growing up in New York reveling in its di-
verse culture with classmates and friends
from far-ung places while attending the
United Nations International School, Sherifs
design inspiration reects his personal his-
tory. The former fashion journalist, restaurant
owner, creative director, publication editor,
lm and music video producer and business
proprietor achieved professional interior de-
sign prominence by contrasting contempo-
rary and classic elements from around the
world for residences, resorts, boutique hotels,
as well as the occasional o ce and restaurant.
Moving to D.C. ve years ago, Sherif fell in
love with the openness to the sky and the citys
energy. Now the world-wise and well-traveled
designers home, he hopes to contribute to
the cosmopolitan style of the place with which
he and Cerruti have fallen in love.
For details on the Sept. 26 grand opening
event, contact Districtologie at 202-271-3836.
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur and
community business advocate. Follow on Twit-
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