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washingtonblade.com • vol. 42, issue 04 • january 28, 2011 • Still sharp after 40 years

Obama to end ‘Don’t Ask’ this year

Pledges to implement repeal in
State of the Union address

President Obama earned praise from many LGBT advocates on

Tuesday for pledging during his State of the Union address to imple-
ment an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before the year is out.
In his speech, Obama observed that members of the U.S. military
come from “every corner of this country” and are black, white, Chris-
tian, Jewish and Muslim.
“And, yes, we know that some of them are gay,” Obama said. “Start-
ing this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country
they love because of who they love.”
In the House chamber, where Obama delivered the speech before
a joint session of Congress, lawmakers reacted to the remarks largely
along party lines — with Democrats applauding the comments and
Republicans taking no action.
Among those who stood as they applauded were House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.),
who were both seen as key in pushing forward legislation allowing for
repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last year.
Notably, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the leading opponent in the Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
U.S. Senate last year of repealing the military’s gay ban, also applaud-
‘Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love,’
Continues on page 14 President Obama said during his State of the Union address.

Gay man charged with ‘hate crime’

Says he defended himself
against basher on 17th Street
filmagenda lchibbaros@washblade.com
D.C. Shorts Film Festival offers gay themes this weekend.
PAGE 19 D.C. police Sunday night charged a gay
man with a gay-related hate crime follow-
ing an altercation with a panhandler on the
sidewalk outside the 17th Street, N.W. gay
bar JR.’s.
The United States Attorney’s office
dropped the hate crime designation the Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
next day at an arraignment in D.C. Superior Kevin Perry was arrested and accused of using an anti-gay
Court for Kevin “Jaden” Perry, 35, who says slur against a panhandler. But Perry is gay and insists he was
he’s a member of the local group called the one insulted.
Radical Faeries.
queery But based on a police account of what happened, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office
charged him with assault, possession of a prohibited weapon (a chain), and threats to do bodily harm
Tina Frundt on surviving human trafficking & helping youth.
Continues on page 12
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Lawmakers hail introduction of Md. marriage bill

Vote in Senate gun control, child welfare and promotion
of electric vehicles.
expected in February Missing from O’Malley’s legislative
agenda are the marriage bill and a sepa-
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. rate bill expected to be introduced this
lchibbaro@washblade.com year to ban employment discrimination
against transgender residents.
Members of the Maryland Legislature Asked why O’Malley didn’t include
joined LGBT activists at a news confer- the marriage and transgender bills in his
ence at the state capitol in Annapolis agenda list, his press secretary, Shaun
Tuesday to formally launch a campaign Adamec, said in an e-mail that the gov-
to pass a same-sex marriage bill that ernor includes only those bills he intro-
backers introduced the previous week. duces himself in his agenda list. Adamec
The Religious Freedom and Civil Mar- said O’Malley supports additional bills
riage Protection Act is expected to come that members of the legislature introduce
up for a committee hearing in the State and that he fully supports and plans to
Senate the first week of February and likely sign both the marriage bill and transgen-
will be sent to the Senate floor for debate der rights bill.
and a vote as soon as Feb. 7, according to “The Governor has been very clear that
sources familiar with the measure. achieving equity for all Marylanders con-
Political insiders have said they be- tinues to be a priority of his,” Adamec said.
lieve supporters have the votes this year “We are here today as part of a growing
to pass the measure in the Senate, where Washington Blade photo by Michael Key movement across the country toward fair-
it has died in committee in past years. Supporters of same-sex marriage held a news conference this week in Annapolis to introduce ness and respect for all families,” said Sean
Sources close to the bill’s sponsors say a marriage equality bill. Eldridge, political director of Freedom to
the bill is expected to move to the House Marry, at Tuesday’s news conference.
of Delegates for consideration in March, The two-page bill calls for amending The same poll showed O’Malley had a “Same-sex couples are now free to
where it is widely expected to pass. Final the state’s family law, which currently job approval rating 58 percent, the high- marry in five states and next door in the
passage is expected in early April. says, “Only a marriage between a man est approval he’s had since becoming District of Columbia, as well as a dozen
“I am very proud to be a sponsor of and a woman is valid in this state.” The governor, according to the Post. Thirty countries worldwide,” he said. “And in
this legislation,” said House of Delegates new language in the Religious Freedom percent of those polled disapprove of each of these places, the sky has not fall-
Majority Leader Kumar Barve (D-Mont. and Civil Marriage Protection Act would O’Malley’s job performance and 13 per- en, and families have been helped, with
County), who holds the No. 2 leadership rewrite that provision to state, “Only a cent were not sure, the poll shows. no one hurt. Because there is no good
position in that body. “This bill is a testa- marriage between two individuals who Although O’Malley’s stated commit- reason to continue excluding same-sex
ment to what it means to be an American are not otherwise prohibited from marry- ment to sign a marriage bill has been couples from marriage, Freedom to Marry
and what it means to be free and equal ing is valid in this state.” widely reported in the media, the high ap- supports the work of our Maryland part-
in our society.” A second provision in the bill states proval rating hasn’t changed his decision ners to pass the Religious Freedom and
Barve was one of more than 25 law- that “an official of a religious institution or not to take an active role in lobbying for Civil Marriage Protection Act,” he said.
makers and LGBT advocates and their body authorized to solemnize marriages the marriage bill. “Make no doubt about it – Maryland is
supporters who attended the Jan. 25 may not be required to solemnize any And in a related development, ready for marriage equality, and we will
news conference in Annapolis. marriage in violation of the right to free ex- O’Malley released his legislative agenda not stop until it is no longer denied to our
Sen. Rob Garagiola (D-Mont. County), ercise of religion guaranteed by the First for the 2011 session of the legislature families,” said Del. Heather Mizeur (D-
the Senate Majority Leader and a sponsor Amendment to the United States Constitu- that includes at least 15 bills addressing Montgomery County), one of five lesbian
of the marriage bill, told the gathering that tion and by the Maryland Constitution and a variety of issues, including healthcare, members of the House of Delegates.
gay and straight couples are “no differ- Maryland Declaration of Rights.”
ent” in their capacity to love one another. Backers say the latter provision, which
“It’s time that the rights already en- is similar to a provision in D.C.’s same-
joyed by many who can obtain a mar-
riage license in Maryland are enjoyed
sex marriage law, is aimed at assuring
religious leaders that churches and other
by all regardless of gender and sexual faith-based institutions cannot be forced
orientation,” he said. to perform same-sex marriages. John Butler, 43
The official registry of bills on the Equality Maryland and the national
Maryland Legislature’s website shows same-sex marriage advocacy group John Butler, a gay man who’d lived in Arlington, Va.,
that the Religious Freedom and Civil Freedom to Marry jointly sponsored the died suddenly on Dec. 31. He was 43.
Marriage Protection Act was introduced Tuesday news conference. Butler was at a New Year’s Eve party when he be-
in the House of Delegates on Jan. 20 with Officials with both groups said they were came ill. He was pronounced dead en route to a hospital
17 sponsors and referred to the Commit- hopeful that growing support for same-sex and died of a brain aneurysm according to his friend,
tee on the Judiciary. marriage in the state, as reflected in public Jack Mackey. Butler had been in good health and was a fitness instructor at a
The registry shows that the marriage opinion polls, would help supporters beat Gold’s Gym in Arlington.
bill was introduced in the Senate on Jan. back a well-funded opposition campaign Butler was born in Fort Smith, Ark., on Aug. 23, 1967. He spent a year in Brazil
21 with 18 sponsors, including Garagiola by the National Organization for Marriage as an exchange student and graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with
and Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery (NOM) to defeat the bill. a degree in international business.
County), who is gay. It was sent to the NOM President Brian Brown said the He’d lived abroad and in Atlanta before coming to the D.C. area in 2007 where
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. group would immediately file a petition to he was in the human relations department of the U.S. Postal Service.
Morgan Meneses-Sheets, executive bring a same-sex marriage bill before vot- He participated in marathons in Dublin and Amsterdam and enjoyed travel. He
director of the statewide LGBT group ers in a referendum if the legislature pass- was fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and also knew some Italian and French.
Equality Maryland, the lead advocate for es it and Gov. Martin O’Malley signs it. A funeral was held Jan. 6 in Greensboro, N.C., where his family lives. He’s sur-
the bill, said another copy of the identi- O’Malley, a Democrat, has said he would vived by his parents, Nancy and Dan Butler, brother Bradley, nephew Austin, and
cal bill was introduced in the House of sign the bill if the legislature passes it. other relatives.
Delegates Tuesday with 56 sponsors, in- A statewide poll commissioned by the His D.C.-area friends are having a gathering in his memory Feb. 5 at the home
cluding Barve, whose name was not on Washington Post and released this week of one of Butler’s friends in Alexandria. The gathering will be held at 4556 Strut-
the first House bill introduced last week. shows that 51 percent of Maryland voters field Lane in the club room. For more information, contact Lee Castillo at leecas-
“This is the bill we will be pushing,” she favor a law allowing same-sex couples to tillo20005@gmail.com or 703-209-5291.
said. “It’s very common to introduce more marry, while 44 percent oppose such a law. JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
than one bill. It happens all the time.” Five percent had no response on the issue.
january 28, 2011 • washingtonblade.com 5
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Mayor names new head of GLBT Affairs

Gray pledges to work
closely with Richardson
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray last week
named the president of the Gertrude
Stein Democratic Club, Jeffrey Richard-
son, as his new director of the mayor’s
Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Trans-
gender Affairs.
At a news conference at the mayor’s
office Friday morning, Gray called Rich-
ardson “a respected and credible voice
for the GLBT community,” and noted that
he played a key role in efforts, which
Gray supported, to help pass the city’s
same-sex marriage law.
“The District of Columbia has one of
the largest and most diverse GLBT com-
munities in the nation,” Gray said. “And
in the spirit of one city, Mr. Richardson
will lead collaborative efforts with these
constituents, the community at-large, Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
and the government.”
Mayor Vince Gray called Jeffrey Richardson ‘a respected and credible voice for the GLBT community.’
The City Council created the Office of
GLBT Affairs through legislation signed
by former Mayor Anthony Williams. The community in the city and have lots of folks I and Youth Investment Trust Corpora- “Jeff Richardson will make a great di-
legislation established the office’s direc- work closely with, lots of friends,” Gray said. tion, where he managed the awarding of rector of the mayor’s Office of LGBT Af-
tor as a cabinet-level position. “And Jeff is one of those people…So I don’t grants to help fund anti-truancy, drop-out fairs,” said gay Democratic activist and
Richardson replaces Christopher think there’s any question that I will spend a prevention, and family-related initiatives. Stein Club member Peter Rosenstein.
Dyer, who served as director of the GLBT lot of time with Jeff. We know each other. We He received a master’s degree in so- “His knowledge of D.C. and our issues,
Affairs Office under Mayor Adrian Fenty. have a great relationship. And I want to be a cial work from Howard University and a and the trust that Mayor Gray has in him,
The Stein Club is the city’s largest part of helping to support his efforts.” bachelor’s degree from the University of will allow him to work with the diverse seg-
LGBT political organization. It endorsed At the same news conference, Gray North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ments of the LGBT community and make
Gray for mayor over Fenty last August announced the appointment of two other “The District is gaining a true public progress on the issues we care about.”
following a club candidates’ forum in high-level city officials – Victor Hoskins as servant and the Stein Club is excited Rick Rosendall, vice president of the
which Gray and Fenty talked about their Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic about Jeffrey’s ability to ensure that LGBT Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance, char-
plans for addressing LGBT issues. Development and Phillip Lattimore III as residents have a voice at the highest lev- acterized as “good news” Richardson’s
Gray was asked at the news confer- director of the Office of Risk Management. els of city government,” said a statement appointment to the GLBT Affairs post.
ence if he plans to meet from time to time Richardson currently serves as director released by the club. “He has been a pleasure to work with in
with Richardson in light of the disclosure of national programs for the Center for Pro- “As a social worker, non-profit profes- his capacity as president of the Gertrude
by Dyer in an interview with the Blade ear- gressive Leadership, where he manages sional, and community activist, Jeffrey Stein Democratic Club, during which he
lier this month that he never had a face- programs aimed at developing progressive has experience working with all segments was an excellent coalition partner in our
to-face, sit-down meeting with Fenty. Dyer leaders to work in national politics, policy- of the District’s population,” the club state- community’s final push for civil marriage
said he communicated often with Fenty making, and advocacy roles, according to ment says. “His experience will enable equality,” Rosendall said. “He continued a
through a “chain of command” comprised information released by the mayor’s office. him to bring diverse groups together and commendable trend among recent Stein
of high-level mayoral assistants. Richardson previously served as a to effectively advocate for all constituen- Club presidents of amicable cooperation
“I have spent a lot of time with the GLBT program officer with the D.C. Children cies within the LGBT community.” with GLAA on a range of LGBT issues.”

Kameny visited by DiCaprio, Black

Actor, writer researching DiCaprio and Black sought Kameny’s
insight on the chilling atmosphere of the
Hoover in “J. Edgar,” which is being di-
rected by Clint Eastwood and produced
new film on J. Edgar Hoover 1950s and 1960s in Washington for gays by Warner Brothers. Black, nationally ac-
and others who often were targets of claimed for writing the script for “Milk,”
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Hoover’s FBI, according to Kameny. the film about San Francisco gay rights
lchibbaro@washblade.com He said the two arrived in a limousine leader Harvey Milk, wrote the script for “J.
and were not accompanied by anyone Edgar.” Its release is projected for 2012.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and award- else other than the driver, who did not Black, who is gay, has yet to disclose
winning screen writer Dustin Lance Black come into the house. any details of the script or story line for
visited pioneering gay activist Frank Ka- “They had been over at the Justice the film. But the film industry blog Band
meny last week at Kameny’s Washington Department prior to coming to my place,” of Thebes reports that Armie Hammer,
home to talk about the FBI for the upcom- Kameny said. who stars in the film “Social Network,”
ing film “J. Edgar,” a dramatized biography Kameny founded the Mattachine So- will play the character Clyde Tolson,
of founding FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. ciety of Washington in 1961, D.C.’s first Hoover’s right-hand man at the FBI and
Kameny told the Blade the one-hour gay organization. He told the Washington the notorious FBI director’s rumored lov-
visit was arranged by Richard Socarides, Blade in interviews that the FBI and D.C. er. Actress Judi Dench has been tapped Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key

the gay former Clinton administration offi- police closely monitored the group and to star as Hoover’s mother. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and screenwriter
cial who later worked for a Hollywood film sent “plants” and undercover investiga- Kameny said he told DiCaprio and Dustin Lance Black visited local activist
studio. Socarides is head of the LGBT tors to attend its meetings. Black about his own extraordinary encoun- Frank Kameny last week while researching
advocacy group Equality Matters. DiCaprio has been selected to star as ter with the FBI and Hoover in the early the new film ‘J. Edgar.’
january 28, 2011 • washingtonblade.com 7

Milk’s shop to house Trevor Project/HRC center
Gibbs dodges question on WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign announced a long-term part-
nership with the Trevor Project, a national organization focused on suicide preven-

Obama’s marriage support tion among gay youth, at the site of Harvey Milk’s old camera shop in San Fran-
cisco’s Castro neighborhood.
The late Milk was the first gay man to be elected to San Francisco’s board of su-
President backed equality pervisors but was murdered. The Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT
Historical Society will also partner with HRC and Trevor on the plan.
in 1996 questionnaire HRC recently drew criticism from gay activists for its plan to put a gift shop at the
location at 575 Castro Street. It’s open now but a grand opening is planned in May.
cjohnson@washblade.com UCC nominates first openly gay pastor to post
White House Press Secretary Rob- WASHINGTON — The United Church of Christ has nominated its first openly
ert Gibbs this week dodged a question gay candidate to serve the 1.1-million-member denomination as one of its top
about whether President Obama has elected national officers.
“backtracked” from his earlier support of Rev. J. Bennett Guess, 44, was selected by a search committee to serve as a
same-sex marriage. member of the UCC’s five-person Collegium of Officers and to head Local Church
In 1996, while campaigning for an Il- Ministries, one of the church’s four national bodies. Guess’ selection must be af-
linois Senate seat, Obama indicated his firmed by a board of directors in April, before his name is put forward for election by
support on a candidate questionnaire for 1,000 delegates attending the UCC’s biennial General Synod in July in Tampa, Fla.
the Windy City Times, writing, “I favor le- Washington Blade photo by Michael Key Guess, who directs the UCC’s publishing, identity and communication ministry,
galizing same-sex marriages, and would White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been a member of the denomination’s national staff for more than a decade
fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” declined to say whether President Obama has and has been active in LGBT activism throughout his ministry.
Asked Monday about the question- backed away from support of marriage equality.
naire by the Washington Blade, Gibbs
declined to address it directly. supports full repeal of the Defense of Mar-
Activist, mother of hate crime victim, dies
“I think there’s a whole host of issues riage Act, which prohibits the federal gov- TULA, Okla. — Carolyn Wagner, a straight LGBT ally and founder of Families
that I would direct you to the campaign on ernment from recognizing same-sex unions. United Against Hate (FUAH), died Jan. 18 in Tulsa, Okla.
— on different questionnaires and I would Later during the conference, Medi- Wagner was the mother of William Wagner, a gay hate crime survivor who was
again reiterate what the president has aite’s Tommy Christopher asked whether assaulted in 1996 at age 16. The family won a lawsuit in which the Supreme Court
said recently on that issue,” Gibbs said. the president has finally reached some upheld rights for students regardless of gender, sexual orientation or gender iden-
Asked whether he questions the accu- new position on same-sex marriage. tity. The incident inspired Wagner to found FUAH.
racy of the 1996 questionnaire response, “As I said earlier, I don’t have an up- She died of cancer, hepatitis and liver failure.
Gibbs replied, “Again, I’m happy to send date to what — to reiterating that it’s
you the several thousand clips of which
went around during the course of 2008
something that he thinks a lot about,”
Gibbs said.
ROTC protests inspired by anti-trans bias
on a whole host of those issues.” A number of gay rights supporters have PALO ALTO, Calif. — Several student organizations have launched a campaign
Following his response to the second called on Obama to declare support for against the return of ROTC to college campuses because the military doesn’t pro-
Blade question, Gibbs said, “Thanks same-sex marriage. On Sunday, the New vide benefits for retired trans service members.
guys,” seeming to indicate that he would York Times published an editorial from gay The National Marriage Boycott, a youth-led LGBT rights organization, has called
take no more questions. Gibbs stayed at political pundit and sex columnist Dan for youth activists on college campuses that include gender identity in their non-
the podium after reporters in the White Savage, who urged the president to ad- discrimination clauses to oppose ROTC. At Stanford University, Students for Queer
House press corps pressed him to take dress marriage rights for gay couples. Liberation, a gay rights group, is lobbying against ROTC’s return.
more questions. A partial transcript of the exchange with
Shin Inouye, a White House spokes-
person, clarified that press briefings tra-
Gibbs over the marriage issue follows: Hearing set for gay couples seeking rights
ditionally wrap up when the AP reporter Washington Blade: Back in 1996, HELENA, Mont. — Arguments were set for this week in the case of six Montana
signals an end to the briefing. when the president was running to be- gay couples suing the state for the same rights as married couples in making deci-
“As the transcript clearly shows, the come an Illinois state senator, he stated in sions affecting their family’s health care and finances, the Associated Press reported.
AP reporter noted the end of the press questionnaire response to what is now the The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, say the state Con-
briefing with the customary ‘thank Windy City Times that he supports same- stitution’s equal protection and privacy clauses guarantee those legal protections.
you.’ Even after that, Gibbs did stay on sex marriage. He wrote, “I favor legalizing The ACLU is asking District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock to rule in their favor without
to take 18 additional questions,” Inouye same-sex marriages, and would fight ef- a trial, according to the AP report.
said. ” To suggest that he would step forts to prohibit such marriages.” That’s Attorney General Steve Bullock has asked the court to dismiss the case. He
away from the podium before the briefing not the president’s current position. Has says spousal benefits are limited by definition to married couples, and the Montana
is over is not only wrong, it’s offensive.” he backtracked on an earlier commitment Constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.
In the 1996 questionnaire response, he made to gay and lesbian Americans?
Obama unequivocally stated his support
for same-sex marriage, which is differ-
Robert Gibbs: I think there’s a whole
host of issues that I would direct you to
Hawaii Legislature to debate civil unions
ent from his current position on the issue. the campaign on — on different question- HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are beginning debate on a bill creating civil unions
His position since has been that marriage naires and I would again reiterate what the that would grant same-sex couples many of the same rights as married couples, the AP
should be reserved for one man and one president has said recently on that issue. reported. A Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear testimony this week.
woman. Still, the president has suggested Blade: But do you dispute the accu- A nearly identical measure passed the state legislature but was vetoed by Republican
his position could “evolve” on the matter racy of this questionnaire response? then-Gov. Linda Lingle. New Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie supports civil unions.
and said last month he’s “wrestling” with Gibbs: Again, I’m happy to send you
the idea of marriage rights for gay couples.
“Like a lot of people, I’m wrestling with
the several thousand clips of which went
around during the course of 2008 on a
Arson of gay man’s home probed as hate crime
this,” Obama said in an interview last whole host of those issues. CARROLLTON, Ga. — Investigators in Georgia’s Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
month with The Advocate. “I’ve wrestled Thanks guys. … are getting help from the FBI to find out who threatened a gay man there and fol-
with the fact that marriage traditionally Mediaite: I also asked you if the presi- lowed through with an apparent hate crime, the Times Georgian reported.
has had a different connotation. But I dent — he said his personal view on On Jan. 22 a rock wrapped with a threatening note containing anti-gay slurs was
also have a lot of very close friends who same-sex marriage is evolving and so thrown through the window of the home of Christopher Staples, a 43-year-old dis-
are married gay or lesbian couples.” I wanted to follow-up and see has he abled Alvin Drive resident. The next day about 6 a.m. his house was set on fire. Sta-
Although he opposes same-sex mar- come to a new personal view – ples was able to escape unharmed and is staying with friends, the paper reported.
riage, Obama as a U.S. senator voted Gibbs: As I said earlier, I don’t have Carrollton Fire Department Chief Jimmy Bearden told the Times Georgian the
against a U.S. constitutional amendment an update to what — to reiterating that fire was started intentionally.
banning same-sex marriage and said he it’s something that he thinks a lot about.
8 washingtonblade.com • january 28, 2011


HUD proposes ban on gay, trans housing bias

Rule would impact federally HUD-assisted housing or housing whose
financing is insured by HUD “from inquiring
gress and mainline LGBT advocacy
groups in Washington, like the Human
funded programs about the sexual orientation or gender iden- Rights Campaign, have said an incre-
tity of an application for, or occupant of, the mental approach of pushing first for leg-
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. dwelling, whether renter or owner-occupied.” islation limited to employment protection
lchibbaro@washblade.com The HUD statement says the agency represents the best way to achieve ap-
“is proposing to institute this policy in its proval of such legislation.
The U.S. Department of Housing and rental assistance and home ownership Some LGBT activists have called for
Urban Development proposed a new rule programs, which include the Federal the immediate introduction of a broader
last week that would prohibit discrimi- Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage LGBT civil rights bill that covers housing,
nation based on sexual orientation and insurance programs, community devel- public accommodations and other areas
gender identity in federally funded and opment programs, and public and as- in addition to employment. So far, no law-
federally regulated housing programs. sisted housing programs.” maker has introduced such a bill.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, speak- In a telephone news conference, Don- Most political observers say no LGBT
ing on behalf of President Obama, said ovan said the new rule also requires ap- supportive legislation is expected to
the sweeping new rule would cover a wide plicants seeking federal housing grants emerge from Congress over the next two
range of programs serving millions of Amer- for a wide range of housing programs to years because the Republican-controlled
icans, including low-income subsidized comply with state and local anti-discrim- House of Representatives would block it.
housing and Federal Housing Administra- ination laws that protect LGBT people in HRC praised HUD’s proposed rule on
tion (FHA) mortgage insurance programs. 21 states. He said the protections under LGBT housing discrimination. In a state-
“This is a fundamental issue of fair- this provision would cover 43 percent of ment, it said the rule touches on some of
ness,” Donovan said. “With this pro- the U.S. population. the proposals in a package of 70 recom-
posed rule, we will make clear that a He said HUD was also conducting a mendations it submitted to the Obama
person’s eligibility for federal housing Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key first-ever national study of discrimination administration two years ago aimed at im-
programs is, and should be, based on ‘With this proposed rule, we will make clear against LGBT people in the rental and sale proving the lives of LGBT people through
their need and not on their sexual orien- that a person’s eligibility for federal housing pro- of housing. He said the study broadens executive action rather than legislation.
tation or gender identity.” grams is, and should be, based on their need HUD’s existing studies that regularly mea- “The policies proposed today will help
HUD officials said that under standard and not on their sexual orientation or gender sure housing discrimination based on race. some of the most vulnerable people in
rulemaking procedures, the proposed identity,’ said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Donovan and Deputy HUD Secretary our community and the nationwide survey
rule would be published in the Fed- Neil Coleman said HUD carefully re- will finally shed light on the discrimination
eral Register and open for public com- basis to determine a borrower’s eligibility viewed various federal housing laws to LGBT people face every day in trying to
ment during a 60-day comment period. for FHA-insured mortgage financing.” determine where HUD could intervene to make homes for themselves and their fami-
After that, the administration expects to • It clarifies that “families” that are oth- bar sexual orientation and gender iden- lies,” HRC president Joe Solmonese said.
finalize and fine-tune the rule and put it erwise eligible for HUD programs, “may tity discrimination under existing law. “Since the administration began, HRC
into effect, HUD officials said. not be excluded because one or more The Employment Non-Discrimination staff have met and communicated with
In a statement released Thursday, members of the family may be an LGBT Act (ENDA), an LGBT civil rights bill that numerous federal agencies on how to
HUD said the proposed rule includes individual, have an LGBT relationship, or has been stalled in Congress for years, implement these polices,” the HRC state-
these main elements: be perceived to be such an individual or does not include protections for housing- ment says. “Addressing discrimination in
• It prohibits lenders from “using sex- in such a relationship.” related discrimination. federal housing programs was part of
ual orientation or gender identity as a • It prohibits owners and operators of LGBT supportive members of Con- HRC’s recommendations for HUD.”

Obama has leeway in defense of DOMA: experts

Early arguments supporting doesn’t need to use every argument at
its disposal to defend the statute.
conversations with the Justice Depart-
ment to make clear that those arguments
marriage ban ‘appalling’ “They have great leeway in deciding were unacceptable and baseless. Fol-
what arguments they will make and what lowing those conversations, Kendell said
By CHRIS JOHNSON arguments they won’t make,” Cathcart the Obama administration made some
cjohnson@washblade.com said. “I don’t accept the notion that if changes in how it defended DOMA.
they have to defend, it means they have “They have made some accommoda-
The heads of the nation’s most promi- to throw in arguments that have been tions that well reflect the values that the
nent LGBT legal organizations say that the discredited and argue issues that should administration say[s] they espouse, but
Obama administration has considerable never see the light of day.” I think — I’ll speak for ourselves for our
leeway in how it defends the Defense of Kate Kendell, executive director of the purposes and to our case — they cer-
Marriage Act in court — even if officials be- National Center for Lesbian rights, noted tainly haven’t gone as far as they should
lieve they’re obligated to uphold the statute. the Obama administration has mounted go,” Kendell said.
The Obama administration’s defense “a more full-throated defense” than what Kendell added that even if the Obama
of DOMA, which prohibits the federal was necessary in its early defense of administration opted not to defend DOMA,
recognition of same-sex marriage, has DOMA. the Justice Department would have to for-
inspired debate among LGBT rights sup- The 2009 defense of DOMA in the case mally notify Congress to give lawmakers
porters about whether the Justice De- of Smelt v. United States, the first brief the the opportunity to defend the statute.
partment is required to defend the law. Obama administration filed in defense of “There is a possibility for the Justice
The LGBT advocates commented the law, inspired resentment in the LGBT Department not to defend, but that doesn’t
on the issue during an eQualityThinking community early last year for drawing on mean there won’t be a defense of the laws
panel on Monday in response to a ques- case law to compare same-sex marriage that Congress passes,” Kendell said.
tion from moderator and Washington to pedophilia and bestiality. GLAD has filed two lawsuits against
Blade editor Kevin Naff. “They included very offensive language DOMA: Gill v. Office of Personnel Man-
Kevin Cathcart, executive director around parenting,” Kendell said. “It wasn’t agement, which is pending before the Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key

of Lambda Legal, said he’s “not com- a direct comparison between LGBT rela- U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals, and President Obama’s Justice Department has
pletely convinced” the Justice Depart- tionships and pedophilia or bestiality, but Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Manage- argued that it is required to defend federal
ment is compelled to defend DOMA, but it was close enough, and it was appalling.” ment, which is pending before the U.S. laws, including those like DOMA that it con-
said even if it is, the administration Kendell said her organization has had District Court of Connecticut. siders unconstitutional.
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After ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal, what’s next?

‘Our goals have been met’

Groups that worked to advance “Don’t

Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal last year aren’t
resting on their laurels as they continue
to see work ahead in ensuring that open
service is implemented and gays in the
military are treated fairly.
In the near term, the main priority for
those organizations now that President
Obama has signed legislation allowing
for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is to
ensure that certification of open service
happens swiftly.
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of
the Servicemembers Legal Defense
Network, said his organization will pur-
sue open service as required by the law
signed by the president. Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key

“Dec. 22 was a great day, but the real- ‘The reality is ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is still the law. So, our first priority is the first 90, the first 180 days is to get certification,’ said Aubrey Sarvis,
ity is, we don’t have repeal,” Sarvis said. executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
“The reality is ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is still
the law. So, our first priority is the first 90, vide legal services to gay service mem- Among the outstanding jobs that macy” of having gay troops serve with
the first 180 days is to get certification.” bers who are facing discharges or who Belkin cited are providing employee re- straight service members was among
Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm have questions about coming out while sources to liaison between gay troops her favorite phrases.
Center, a think tank on gays in the mili- in service. and the Pentagon; promoting public The Center for Military Readiness
tary at the University of California, Santa “I think, as an organization, SLDN education on transgender people in the didn’t respond to multiple requests on
Barbara, said his organization will be in will still be here providing legal servic- U.S. military; and working with the De- what the organization will pursue now
“monitoring mode” for possibly the re- es, working with Congress on oversight partment of Veterans Affairs to create that legislation has been passed to re-
mainder of the year. and being a resource to the Pentagon to programming for gay service members. peal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“The finishing line is here, but we make open service a reality,” he said. Beyond the upcoming year, Belkin Belkin noted that Donnelly pursued
haven’t crossed it yet, unless and until we Sarvis said since the legislation was said he isn’t sure what tasks the Palm keeping gays out of the military as part
get certification and good regulations,” signed, SLDN has heard from more than Center will pursue, but added he sus- of a broader effort that includes prevent-
Belkin said. “Our job at this point is to 225 service members who’ve called pects consultation with other organiza- ing women from serving in combat.
just make sure that the process continues with questions about continuing to serve tions could be on the agenda. “Her broad concern is the feminization of
and that if there’s any foot-dragging at the safely or receiving benefits in the post- “We’ll be offering advice or pro-bo- the military,” Belkin said. “So, there are a lot of
Pentagon, that we call attention to it.” repeal military. no consulting to any organization that ways in which she has tried to roll the country
Belkin said he anticipates the Palm Further, Sarvis said ensuring gay ser- wants to learn some of the lessons that back to the 20th or the 19th century, so she
Center will produce another study about vice members receive the same benefits we learned along the way about public has plenty of culture wars left to fight.”
three or six months after certification is afforded to straight service members education and how to use social science Whether groups that have focused
issued to determine if implementation would be another aim for SLDN. to inform public policy conversations,” on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will have re-
was successful. “The post-repeal focus, in large part, Belkin said. duced resources now that legislative ac-
The measure Obama signed would will be parity for LGBT service members Pro-LGBT groups that took on “Don’t tion is complete also remains in question.
only enact open service after the presi- -- particularly parity with respect to ben- Ask, Don’t Tell” as part of a portfolio that in- Sarvis said “time will tell” what kind
dent, the defense secretary and the efits: health benefits, GI benefits across cluded other issues plan to continue to use of resources SLDN will have as he ac-
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certi- the board,” Sarvis said. resources for other items on the agenda. knowledged the organization’s board
fy that the U.S. military is ready for “Don’t The Pentagon report on “Don’t Ask, Fred Sainz, HRC’s vice president of approved in November -- and reaffirmed
Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Don’t Tell” — published Nov. 30 — states communications, said his organization in December -- a slightly smaller budget
Further, after certification takes place, that the Defense of Marriage Act prohib- last year contributed about $3.5 million from what it had last year.
a 60-day waiting period for congressio- its the U.S. military from affording many to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal effort. According to Sarvis, SLDN’s board
nal review must pass before gays can benefits to same-sex partners of service But he cautioned against asking where approved a budget for 2011 that was
serve openly in the U.S. military without members, but other benefits, such as that money would go this year. around 12.5 percent smaller than it was
fear of discharge. death benefits and hospital visitation ac- “It’s not necessarily a fair posit to say, in 2010. He said it decreased from $2.4
In the State of the Union address on cess, would still be available. ‘You have these resources, which you million to $2.2 million.
Tuesday, Obama committed to certify- Sarvis said a combination of DOMA dedicated to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” what Belkin said he doesn’t think the Palm
ing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal before and other regulations prohibit gay ser- are you going to do with that pot of mon- Center will have same budget as it had
the year is out. The president said he ex- vice members from receiving the same ey now?’” Sainz said. “Because as you in previous years and said the organiza-
pects certification to happen in a “matter benefits as their straight counterparts, know, the [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’] issue tion plans to stop fundraising.
of months” in an interview last month with but there is some leeway. changed considerably over the course of “We have endowments that will keep
The Advocate. “There are some instances where the the year and we don’t yet know either the sustaining us at a lower level capacity,
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has [defense] secretary has some authority opportunities or the vulnerabilities that but, I think, for the most part, once “Don’t
said he won’t issue certification for open with respect to definitional changes for we have going into this coming year.” Ask, Don’t Tell” is gone, then the biggest
service until new regulations are drafted dependents ... but for most benefits, par- One lingering question: What will anti-gay part of our mission will be over, and we’ll
and training has been instituted in the ticularly involving spouses ... DOMA is a groups dedicated to keeping “Don’t Ask, be one of those organizations that’s for-
armed forces. big barrier,” Sarvis said. Don’t Tell” on the books do now that legisla- tunate enough to say, ‘Our goals have
Beyond certification, groups working on Belkin also acknowledged that a num- tive action on repealing the law is complete. been met,’” Belkin said.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” foresee a number of ber of tasks will remain even after cer- Elaine Donnelly, president of the Mich- Servicemembers United couldn’t be
outstanding tasks that will remain, includ- tification takes place and open service igan-based Center for Military Readi- reached for comment on what the orga-
ing providing legal services and ensuring is implemented -- although he said he ness, was among the leading advocates nization intends to pursue now that leg-
that benefits are offered to gay troops. doesn’t know if the Palm Center would be attempting to stop gays from serving islative action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Sarvis said SLDN will continue to pro- the best organization to address them. openly in the military. The “forced inti- repeal is complete.
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Gay man accused of

assaulting panhandler
Continued from page 1 Officer La Vida Ellerbe, who is an affiliate
member of the police’s Gay & Lesbian Li-
to the panhandler. A judge released him aison Unit, was on the scene and played a
on his own recognizance while he awaits role in listing the incident as a hate crime.
a possible trial. The police report says the panhandler
Perry and two friends who were with and the witness reported that Perry swung
him dispute the allegations, saying the his chain at the panhandler and missed
panhandler started the incident by call- hitting him. An attempt to hit someone is
ing Perry a faggot and raising his fists considered an assault even if the attempt
near Perry’s face when Perry refused the fails under criminal assault laws.
man’s request for money. According to the police report, the
“I never assaulted the guy,” Perry told panhandler and the witness said the
the Blade at the courthouse after his ar- chain fell out of Perry’s hand and land-
raignment. “I called him out for calling ed on the ground and the panhandler
me a faggot,” he said. “I was on 17th picked it up and started to run away. It
Street on a gay street and I just wasn’t says Perry chased after the man. It says
going to take that.” the panhandler reported Perry punched
A police report filed in court, based on him in the upper back with a closed fist.
accounts by the panhandler and an un- The witness reported seeing Perry “throw
identified witness, quotes Perry as call- a punch” toward the panhandler’s back,
ing the panhandler a “faggot” at the time the police report says.
Perry allegedly assaulted him. Perry denies he swung the chain at
“I will kill you. You’re a faggot,” the re- the panhandler, saying he swung it in
port quotes Perry as saying. “I’m a real the air in a circular motion as a warning
faggot, bitch. You don’t want to fuck with that he would use it to defend himself if
a real faggot, bitch. I will fucking kill you.” the panhandler attacked him. Perry said
When asked about the police report, the panhandler swung the chain in the
Perry said he never threatened to kill same circular motion but leaned forward
the panhandler and never physically as- toward him when the panhandler picked
saulted him. He said he used the word up the chain after Perry dropped it.
faggot in the form of a question after the Perry said that in the heat of the mo-
panhandler hurled that word at him. ment, after the panhandler raised his
be seen. be heard. be fierce! “What I said was, ‘faggot? I’ll show you
a faggot. I’ll whup your ass if you hit me,’”
fists like a boxer, he may have lunged at
the man with his fist “but I never actually
Perry told the Blade. “I never threatened made contact.”
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’s w
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Thank you for the incredible coverage and exposure that that’s when I lost it because I don’t take At the courthouse, Perry said he
GMCW received for Men in Tights: A Pink Nutcracker. The that shit,” he said. “I refuse to be victim- feared that the panhandler was about to
video that Steve produced is the finest we’ve seen and was ized. You know, if you act like a victim hit him because he raised his fists and
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Roy Alexander, one of two friends who assault him.
well written and engaging article was clearly widely read
were with Perry at the time of the inci- He pleaded not guilty to the charg-
by the GLBT community and dent, backed up Perry’s version of what es and was released by a judge, who
“Our success could not have
shared with great enthusiasm happened. He said that while Perry did agreed to a request by Assistant U.S.
been achieved without the
by our Chorus members and call the panhandler names as the two Attorney James Perez that Perry be pro-
abundant and unwavering
colleagues throughout the support of The Blade.” “cussed at each other,” he never heard hibited from returning to the 1500 block
Perry threaten to harm the man. of 17th Street., N.W., where JR.’s is lo-
country. We saw direct results at
“I was right there,” Alexander said. “The cated, until the case is resolved. Perry is
the box office from the article linked to Michael’s marvelous photo at police talked to me. I told them what hap- scheduled to return to court for a hear-
the top of your home page. We truly appreciate these efforts and the pened … The fact that I’m not even men- ing on Feb. 14.
generous web time and space that the article garnered. tioned in the police report says something.” William Miller, a spokesperson for the
“There’s been a lot of gay bashings U.S. Attorney’s office, said he couldn’t
In addition to surpassing our season subscription goal for the 2011 in this city, and we seem to get attacked immediately determine why prosecutors
because we come across as weak,” Al- didn’t classify the charges against Perry
season, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington surpassed our VERY
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ambitious single ticket attendance goal for the performance. It was stands up for himself he gets accused of all cases at the arraignment stage, pros-
an ambitious goal. It required a team effort and much hard work, but a crime. This is just insane.” ecutors could file additional charges at a
we crushed it. Our success could not have been achieved without the D.C. police initially charged Perry with later date if new information surfaces to
abundant and unwavering support of The Blade. a bias-related assault with a dangerous warrant such charges.
weapon (a chain); felony threats; and “These are the initial charges,” he
simple assault after the panhandler and said.
– Your Friends at the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington a witness told police Perry attempted The police report describes Perry’s
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Obama commits to open service in SOTU

Continued from page 1

ed following Obama’s remarks on “Don’t

Ask, Don’t Tell.”
The president’s remarks suggested
that he will issue certification for repeal
of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before the end
of the year. Under the law Obama signed
on Dec. 22, repeal won’t take effect until
he, the defense secretary and the chair-
man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify the
U.S. military is ready for repeal.
Asked via e-mail to clarify whether the
remarks indeed mean Obama is com-
mitted to issuing certification before the
year is out, Shin Inouye, a White House
spokesperson, confirmed that indeed is
the president’s plan.
In a statement, Aubrey Sarvis, execu-
tive director of the Servicemembers Le-
gal Defense Network, said his organiza-
tion is “pleased” the president expects
that gays will be able to serve openly in
the U.S. military by the end of the year.
“In fact, we think there should be cer-
tification from the president, Secretary
Robert Gates and JCS Chairman Mi-
chael Mullen in this quarter,” Sarvis said.
“We need to make ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal a
Washington Blade file photo
reality sooner rather than later.”
Obama immediately followed his re- Daniel Hernandez, a gay intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords credited with saving her life, sat in first lady Michelle Obama’s box during the State of
marks on allowing gays to serve in the the Union address this week.
military by stating that the time has come
for colleges to allow military recruiters and renewed his call for the passage of what’s best for our kids.” employment protections for lesbian, gay,
and ROTC programs back on campus. comprehensive immigration reform. “You see, we know what’s possible bisexual and transgender people and
Some schools had prohibited the mili- “I am prepared to work with Repub- from our children when reform isn’t just a ending the costly and unjust federal mar-
tary from recruiting on campus because licans and Democrats to protect our top-down mandate, but the work of local riage ban,” Carey said.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” conflicts with their borders, enforce our laws and address teachers and principals, school boards But the president’s State of the Union
non-discrimination policies. the millions of undocumented workers and communities,” he said. address predominantly focused on spur-
“And with that change, I call on all our who are now living in the shadows,” he Passage of federal anti-bullying leg- ring job growth through education and
college campuses to open their doors said. “And let’s stop expelling talented, islation received renewed attention late infrastructure improvements as well as
to our military recruiters and ROTC,” responsible young people who could be last year in the wake of a rash of suicides deficit reduction by cutting federal gov-
Obama said. “It is time to leave behind staffing our research labs or starting a of gay teens who reportedly took their ernment programs.
the divisive battles of the past. It is time new business, who could be further en- own lives after they had been bullied. “Our free enterprise system is what
to move forward as one nation.” riching this nation.” Despite Obama’s call to update feder- drives innovation,” Obama said. “But
But Mara Keisling, executive director Passage of immigration reform could al education laws, Eliza Byard, executive because it’s not always profitable for
of the National Center for Transgender present an opportunity to include the director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight companies to invest in basic research,
Equality, said schools with non-discrim- Uniting American Families Act — legisla- Education Network, said she’s disap- throughout our history, our government
ination policies protecting LGBT people tion that would end restrictions prohibit- pointed the president didn’t explicitly ad- has provided cutting-edge scientists and
should continue prohibiting the military ing bi-national same-sex couples from dress bullying in his speech. inventors with the support that they need.
from coming to campus — even after re- staying together in the United States. “It was disappointing to hear nothing That’s what planted the seeds for the In-
peal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — because Steve Ralls, spokesperson for Immi- about the need for schools to foster a ternet. That’s what helped make possible
openly transgender people still aren’t al- gration Equality, said “it’s good to hear” culture of respect amid all the talk of high things like computer chips and GPS.”
lowed in the armed forces. that immigration remains a priority for the standards and in the wake of seismic Obama called this time for the country
“Students on campuses like Stanford administration. waves of tragedy for our community last a “Sputnik moment,” recalling how even
and Harvard have already pointed out “It is an issue where there is room for fall,” Byard said. “Students can’t achieve, though the Soviet Union launched the
that the repeal of this policy, while an bi-partisan agreement,” Ralls said. “I innovate and graduate if they’re scared first person into space in the 1950s, the
improvement, still does not allow trans- think on both sides of the political aisle, to go to school, and we all lose if they United States was able to beat Russia in
gender people to serve openly or to join there’s recognition that comprehensive grow up in a culture where difference is the space race by landing the first per-
the military,” she said. “We support the immigration reform needs to be tackled.” despised.” son on the moon.
organizing efforts of students on those Ralls said a UAFA-inclusive compre- Other LGBT rights supporters also In an online video response to the State
campuses and others in continuing to hensive immigration reform bill “does expressed disappointment that Obama of the Union address, lesbian Rep. Tam-
advocate for the exclusion of the military provide the best opportunity to move didn’t go further in his speech to address my Baldwin (D-Wis.) said the president
from their campuses as long as the mili- UAFA forward” in Congress. other issues, such as employment non- “put out a challenge not just to compete
tary continues to discriminate.” Also during his speech, Obama ex- discrimination and marriage rights. to the global marketplace, but to win.”
Obama mentioned other initiatives pressed his desire to renew education Rea Carey, executive director of the “We know that in order to do that, we
during his speech that were welcome laws that are currently on the books, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, need to have the best educated work-
news for LGBT advocates — even though which could present Congress the op- said Obama shouldn’t settle on repeal of force, the most innovative scientists and
they weren’t specifically LGBT-related — portunity to pass the Student Non-Dis- “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as the final accom- the most creative entrepreneurs,” Bald-
because they represented opportunities crimination Act or the Safe Schools Im- plishment for the LGBT community. win said. “I’m excited about this chal-
to pass pro-gay legislation. provement Act. “If the president is truly serious about lenge because I know we can do it — and
During his address, the president said Obama said the Bush-era No Child job creation and boosting America’s I plan on bringing some great Wisconsin
he “strongly believe[s]” Congress should Left Behind law should be replaced “with economic well-being, he must provide ideas to the table as we respond to this
“take on” the issue of illegal immigration a law that’s more flexible and focused on leadership and action in helping to pass challenge.”
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Access to housing for every family

LGBT Americans arbitrarily excluded from some
housing opportunities.
It clarifies HUD regulations to
ensure that all eligible families
should soon benefit For instance, two years ago have the opportunity to partici-
from HUD programs ‘Two years ago Michelle DeShane, a lesbian, Michelle DeShane, a lesbian,
wanted to add her partner Mitch,
pate in HUD programs regard-
less of marital status, sexual ori-

wanted to add her partner Mitch, a transgender a transgender male, to her hous-
ing voucher. The local housing
entation or gender identity.
And it prohibits inquiries re-
male, to her housing voucher. The local housing authority denied her request be- garding sexual orientation or
Martin Luther King, Jr. fa-
mously said that, “the arc of authority denied her request because the cause the couple did not meet
its definition of “family.”
gender identity and makes clear
that gender identity and sexual
the moral universe is long, but couple did not meet its definition of ‘family.’’ The housing authority then orientation should not and can-
it bends towards justice.” Last referred the couple to a neigh- not be part of any lending deci-
month, we were reminded of Dr. boring housing authority — be- sion when it comes to getting an
King’s insight once again, as cause, as they were apparently FHA-insured mortgage.
President Obama signed legis- told, the neighboring housing Every American family
lation repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t authority “accepts everyone — should have the opportunity to
Tell” into law. It was a moment, ment of Housing and Urban nounced a new rule ensuring even Martians.” make a home for themselves
the president noted, “more than Development (HUD) is part of LGBT individuals and couples That’s not right. No one free from discrimination. That is
two centuries in the making.” that commitment, as we work can benefit from HUD programs. should be subject to that kind of why this rule is so important —
The historic repeal of “Don’t to make inclusivity and diver- Our proposed regulations will treatment or denied access to and it’s why all of us at HUD are
Ask Don’t Tell” is only one part sity cornerstones of America’s make clear that the term “fam- federal housing assistance be- so proud to announce it.
of the Obama administration’s housing policy. Indeed, from ily” includes LGBT individuals cause of their sexual orientation
larger fight on behalf of the conducting the first-ever na- and couples as eligible ben- or gender identity.
LGBT community. Whether it is tional study of LGBT housing eficiaries of our public housing And so, through this pro-
giving same-sex couples hos- discrimination to instructing and Housing Choice Voucher posed rule, the Obama admin-
pital visitation rights or ensuring our staff to be vigilant about programs. istration is ensuring that when
federal workers can afford long- whether any LGBT-based hous- Unfortunately, while HUD it comes to housing assistance
term care for their partners, this ing discrimination complaints programs are designed and ad- funded with taxpayer dollars,
administration is committed to can be pursued through the ministered to provide a decent they won’t be.
fighting discrimination against Fair Housing Act, we’ve worked home for every American, we’ve Specifically, it adds “sexual
gay, lesbian, bisexual and to ensure our core housing pro- seen evidence that lesbian, gay, orientation” and “gender iden-
Shaun Donovan is the U.S. Secretary
transgender people. grams are open to all. bisexual, and transgender indi- tity” to the list of definitions ap- of Housing and Urban Development.
I’m proud that the Depart- That’s why we recently an- viduals and families are being plicable to HUD programs.

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From the Short ‘Gayby’. (Image courtesy of D.C. Shorts)

Succinct cinema
Theatrical bon mots abound at
this weekend’s shorts festival
comedies especially were the norm for early film fare — nel wholly dedicated to them, and the BBC Film Net-
with a total of 220 shorts alone filmed by the Hal Roach work also showcases curated shorts. And every year,
The long and the short of it is that no one can really Studio for the “Our Gang” series (otherwise known as London-based Shorts International, which in addition to
agree on what’s a film short. “The Little Rascals”), from the 1920s through 1944. ShortsTV also offers an HD channel of shorts on the Dish
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Many of Charlie Chaplin’s “Little Tramp’ comedies were satellite network, arranges for the release in movie the-
annual purveyor of the coveted Oscars and arbiter of shorts and so were the early films of Buster Keaton and aters of the current crop of Oscar-nominated shorts — to
film in general, draws the boundary line between feature Laurel and Hardy. be shown this year for one week beginning Feb. 11 at
length and short films at 40 minutes. The Internet Movie In the 1930s, the system of distributing film to movie the Landmark E Street Cinema in D.C.
Database draws the line at 45 minutes. houses changed radically as studios began to insist on Gann expects the D.C. upsurge of interest in film
The only rough consensus today is that short films are sending out a package — take it or leave it — consist- shorts to continue with a sizable audience turnout for
not seen as commercial, that they are typically the first ing of a main and supporting feature and a cartoon and this weekend’s festival. He also hopes that people will
stage for young filmmakers and that the main venue to see newsreel. The so-called “two-reel shorts” promptly went be interested enough to ask to join the selection com-
them is at film festivals and on Internet sites like YouTube. into commercial decline and even Hal Roach moved Lau- mittee for the 2011 festival to be held here in September.
But some of the edgiest and most creative film work rel and Hardy full-time into feature-length films after 1935. This weekend there are specialty blocks planned for for-
today is in these short subjects. And the D.C. Film Alli- “The magic of making a short film is in reducing a story eign films, local films, documentaries and animation, as
ance brings a batch of them for viewing in clusters, to- line to the bare essentials, getting to the heart fast and cut- well as those pitched to LGBT tastes. Free films for the
night and Saturday night, in the D.C. Shorts Film Festival ting out all the fluff,” says D.C. Shorts festival sponsor Jon family are also offered at noon at Saturday.
at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, on D.C.’s H Street Gann, director of the D.C. Film Alliance. He acknowledg- Four of the LGBT themed shorts are shown under the
N.E. corridor. Some of the best from the past seven es, however, that “the sad part is that nearly all short films rubric of “Celebrating Diversity” tonight at 7:30. Another
years of the festival are being billed as “Rewind” and go unseen by audiences and we’re here to change that. two — 13-minute-long “signage” (by local writer-director
some of those, grouped together under the heading of Where else can you see around 10 films in two hours?” and actor Rick Hammerly and featuring gay D.C. ac-
“Diversity,” focus on LGBT issues. Four of those films are He’s glad that with the surge of new interest in film- tor Jeffrey Johnson) and and seven-minute-long “Little
shown tonight at 7:30 p.m. ing shorts has also come a spurt of interest in viewing
Short films were the norm until the 1920s and short them. One pay TV channel, ShortsTV, is the first chan- Continues on page 35
20 washingtonblade.com • january 28, 2011

QUEERY: 20 questions for Tina Frundt

joeyd@washblade.com How long have you been out and who If science discovered a way to change
was the hardest person to tell? sexual orientation, what would you
Tina Frundt had a harrowing childhood. I have been out as bi since I was 11 do?
Shuffled around in foster care and abused until or 12. Nobody in my family supported it Nothing — why change perfection?
age 12, she was then adopted but felt her parents but my mother always told me even if she
didn’t understand her. She fell under the influence didn’t agree, never stop being who I was What do you believe in beyond the
of a man a decade older who showered her with at- for anyone. physical world?
tention and listened to her problems and within six I’ll let you know as soon as I find out.
months convinced her to run away to be with him in Who’s your LGBT hero?
Cleveland. Anybody who is true to who they are. What’s your advice for LGBT move-
She was too naive to realize his ulterior motives ment leaders?
then but soon found herself working as a prostitute What’s Washington’s best nightspot, To learn more about how LGBTQ youth
in his human trafficking business that almost imme- past or present? are being affected by sex trafficking.
diately turned abusive. Hung Jury — those were the days.
The 36-year-old Chicago native was with him for about a year and a half from the What would you walk across hot
time she was 14 to 15. She was reunited with her parents — whom she says were Describe your dream wedding. coals for?
wonderful, though they’ve since died — and says it took her 10 years to get her life On a beach. Better laws and services for all do-
straightened out. mestic sex trafficking victims.
“It was a lot of trauma,” Frundt says. “Especially with healthy relationships. I still What non-LGBT issue are you most
struggle with that.” passionate about? What LGBT stereotype annoys you
She later formed Courtney’s House, a D.C.-based non-profit that helps youths es- There are non-LGBT issues? most?
cape domestic sex trafficking and commercial sex exploitation. It was founded in 2008 That if you’re bi you’re confused or it
and operates on a $450,000 annual budget that comes from foundations, church- What historical outcome would you takes three drinks and then you’re bi.
es, corporations and private donors. It encompasses an undisclosed group home in change?
Northern Virginia with long-term housing (six months to three years) for girls age 11 to Slavery. I mean, really, when did we What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
17 and an emergency drop-in center for those aged 12 to 21. The organization’s four think this was a good idea? “The L Word.” I know it’s a TV series
employees and a team of 30 volunteers also do street outreach on weekends. instead of a movie, but hey!
“It’s not always an issue of orientation,” Frundt, who’s bi, says. “But it’s how they What’s been the most memorable pop
identify because it’s what they know.” culture moment of your lifetime? What’s the most overrated social
Frundt identifies as bisexual and says she’s dated more women than men over Seeing what would happen if Madon- custom?
the years. na and Grace Jones had a baby = Lady Saying sorry all the time when it’s not
Frundt is in a relationship but doesn’t disclose specifics. She lives with her two Gaga. appropriate.
daughters — ages 13 and 18 — in the D.C. area and enjoys cooking and dancing
in her free time. On what do you insist? What trophy or prize do you most
Laws to protect U.S. boys, girls and covet?
transgender kids from child sex trafficking. The Frederick Douglass Award for
saving myself and more than 500 victims
What was your last Facebook post or from sex trafficking.
Larry’s Lounge Tweet?
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Your Neighborhood Bar Love. That I had something to say even
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If your life were a book, what would
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Photo courtesy of Mark Morris Dance Group

The Mark Morris Dance Group celebrates its 30th anniversary with a tour that will be in Fairfax Feb. 5-6. You may be eligible to participate in a
Gay-helmed dance company at George Mason ways to simplify your HIV treatment. This
He is the dancing world’s strapping bad boy, with a fullback’s girth and at 6 feet, study will see if a simplified investigational
2 inches tall, he towers over many other dancers, though these days he is now HIV treatment regimen is safe and
largely retired from performing. And he has been called by Time Magazine “the effective. Qualified study participants will
most prodigiously gifted choreographer of the post-Balanchine era.”
He is 54-year-old Mark Morris, founder and still chieftain of the world-renowned receive all study medication and study
Mark Morris Dance Group, now in its 30th year during a 17-month-long anniversary related care at no cost for up to 48 weeks
season touring to 20 cities including the D.C. area on Feb. 5 and 6, in performanc- and insurance is not required.
es and discussions at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
“We have been coming to Fairfax many years,” says Morris, who’s gay and looks YOU MAY QUALIFY IF YOU:
to the D.C. area for its “steady and devoted audience for what we do.” • Are at least 18 years of age
Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5, at George Mason
University’s Center for the Arts at its campus, at the intersection of Braddock Road • Are HIV positive
and Route 123, in Fairfax City, Va. Tickets are $22, $36 and $44, by phone at 888- • Currently take an antiretroviral therapy
945-2468 or visit www.cfa.gmu.edu. that includes Reyataz + Norvir + Truvada
DAVID J. HOFFMAN and are doing well

Alvin Ailey dance company celebrates 50th

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its 50th anniversary with
seven performances at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) starting Tuesday.
It’s named after the choreographer, a gay groundbreaker in his field who died of
AIDS in 1989.
All of the group’s performances will include “Revelations,” a tribute to Ailey’s
African-American heritage that uses traditional spirituals to explore the places of
“deepest grief and holiest joy in the human soul,” as their promo material states.
On Tuesday at 7 p.m., Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 5 at 1:30 p.m., the company
will be performing “Anointed,” “Cry and the Hunt” in addition to “Revelations.” On 202-741-2230
Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.,, the company will perform “Night Crea- Aimee Desrosiers
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“Revelations.” The second performance on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and the Feb. 6 per-
formance at 1:30 p.m. will include “Three Black Kings,” “In/Side” and “Forgotten
Time.” On Feb. 5 after the matinee, there will be a free post-performance discus-
sion with a moderator and members of the company.
Tickets range from $30 to $99 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org.
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CALENDAR the Birchmere Dec. 17. (Photo courtesy of the Roches)

The John Scofield and Joe
Lovana Quartet will perform
tonight at 8 p.m. at the Music
Center at Strathmore (5301
Tuckerman Lane) in North
Bethesda. Guitarist Scofield
and saxophonist Lovano will be
joined by drummer Bill Stew-
art and bassist Matt Penman.
Tickets range from $35 to $65
and can be purchased online at
The Lodge (21614 National
Pike) in Boonsboro presents
“Return of the Divas” starring
drag queens Stephanie Mi-
chaels, Ashley Bannks and
Nicole James tonight at 10:30
p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and
cover is $5 from 8 to 11 p.m.
and $8 after.
The Best of D.C. Shorts
film festival “Rewind,” starts
today at the Atlas Performing Image courtesy of Touchstone

Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) ‘Common Ground’ by Michele Cormier is part of the ‘Color of Love’ exhibition that will be on display from Feb. 4-27 at Touchstone Gallery on New York Ave.
with events going on in two in Washington.
theaters. Theater one will open
with a wine reception at 6 p.m. show, “The Only Gal in Town” will be at the Merrifield loca- of the Holy City as part of its tonight at the Dignity Center,
to welcome the filmmakers, a tonight at 8 p.m. at Noi’s Nook tion (8104 Lee Highway) with Music with Angels concert se- 721 8th St., S.E., (across from
showing of the festival directors’ in go mama go! (1809 14th St., a seminar on color and interest ries. This is a free event. Marine Barracks) for social
favorites at 7 p.m., another wine N.W.). Tickets are $15 and can in winter gardens. Chuck Croft bridge. No partner is needed.
reception at 8:30 p.m. and end be purchased online at gany- from the Northern Virginia Bon- Monday, Jan. 31 Visit lambdabridge.com and
with Best of D.C. Shorts 2010, medearts.org or at the door. The sai Society will be at the Fair click on “Social Bridge in Wash-
part one at 9:30 p.m. Theater show debuted on New Year’s Oaks location (12101 Lee High- The Helen Hayes Awards ington” for more information.
two will start with a showing of Eve but is returning for an en- way) in Fairfax, with a seminar presents “Showtunes and The Human Rights Watch
films from the past seven years core performance. on growing bonsai, and Regina Cocktails” tonight from 7 to Film Festival will be screening
which celebrate diversity at Suzanne Westenhoefer will Lanctot, a plant specialist, will 10 p.m. at the Jefferson’s Quill “Out in the Silence” tonight at
7:30 and Best of D.C. Shorts be performing tonight at 8 p.m. be at the Gainesville location Bar (1200 16th St., N.W.) featur- 7 p.m. at the West End Cinema
part two at 10 p.m. The festival at the Birchmere (3701 Mt. Ver- (6895 Wellington Rd.) talking ing pianist Glenn Pearson and (2301 M St., N.W.) as part of the
continues through Saturday. For non Ave.) in Alexandria. Tickets about cacti, succulents and guests from Washington stag- traveling festival. The filmmak-
more information, visit rewind. are $45 and can be purchased easy care houseplants. es. Admission is free and 20 ers and LGBT Festival acting
dcshorts.com. online at birchmere.com. Gross National Product percent of the proceeds will be director Boris Dittrich will be
Jens Praet’s first solo U.S. Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) returns with “The Sound of donated to support the Awards. present to answer questions.
exhibition, “Fossilized,” is on presents “VIP (Video Interactive Palin” at Atlas Performing Professionals in the City Tickets can be purchased at
display at Industry Gallery Playground)” tonight featuring Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) will be hosting a seated speed westendcinema.com and are
(1358 Florida Ave., N.E.). Praet’s DJ 45Z Music videos will e play- tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range dating for bisexual and lesbian $11 for adults, $9 for seniors
work is created from shredded ing in the main room all night. from $10 to $20 and can be pur- women tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. and students and $8 for military.
magazines and documents. He Drag queen Kristina Kelly and chased at atlas arts.org. at Chi-Cha Lounge (1624 U St.,
used shredded and recycled her “Girls of Glamour” will per- The 15th anniversary Mary- N.W.) The event is $20 if pur- Thursday, Feb. 3
copies of Art in America, Capi- form at 11 p.m. Cover is $10 and land State Police Polar Bear chased by 5 p.m. on Friday. For
tol File, Details, Fast Company attendees must be 18 or older. Plunge is today at 8 a.m. at more information and to purchase Victoria Jaymes, the Face
and Robb Report mixed with Mautner Project presents its Sandy Point Beach (1100 E. tickets, visit prosinthecity.com. of Illusion, will be perform-
clear resin to create his art. The first meeting of SHE Circle, a College Parkway) in Annapolis. ing tonight at 10 p.m. at Alero
gallery is open from noon to 6 wellness community by and for Many different events will be Tuesday, Feb. 1 Restaurant Columbia Heights
p.m. For more information, visit African-American lesbian and going on throughout the day, (3345 14th St., N.W.).
industrygallerydc.com. bisexual women, today from including DJ Pauly D of MTV’s The Shakespeare Theatre The Association of Writ-
Lace Lounge (2214 Rhode 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metropoli- Jersey Shore as the featured Company presents “Cymbe- ers and Writing Programs
Island Ave., N.E.) presents tan Community Church-D.C. performing inside the Rams line,” directed by Rebecca Conference features a queer
Social Climax from 10 p.m. to (474 Ridge St., N.W.). For more Head Ice Lounge from 12:30 Bayla Taichman, tonight at reading, “3 Dollar Bill” tonight
3 a.m. with free drinks before information and to RSVP, e-mail to 4 p.m. For more information 7:30 p.m. at the Lansburgh from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at
11:30 p.m. Attendees must be rdixon@mautnerproject.org or and the complete schedule of Theatre (450 7th St., N.W.). the Human Rights Campaign
21 or older and there is a $10 dmagrini@mautnerproject.org. events, visit plungemd.com. Tickets range from $37 to $70 Equality Forum (1640 Rhode
cover. For more information, Shift, a gay-themed indie and can be purchased online at Island Ave., N.W.). Some of the
visit lacedc.com. rock/electro/pop dance party, Sunday, Jan. 30 shakespearetheatre.org. readers include Monica Carter,
DJ Lil’ E hosts Lady Gaga presents the Winter Blue Ball Robyn will be performing Reginald Harris, Charles Jen-
vs. Madonna vs. M.I.A. with tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Buddha-Bar D.C. (455 Mas- tonight with Diamond Rings sen, Eileen Myles and Justin
Lems at Rams Head Live (20 at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.). DJ sachusetts Ave., N.W.) begins and Natalia Kills at 8 p.m. at Torres. Books will be available
Market Place) in Baltimore to- vAnniety Kills will be spinning its weekly “Somewhere Over the Rams Head Live (20 Market for purchase during intermis-
night at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are all night upstairs while DJ Shea Rainbow Sundays” tonight from Place) in Baltimore. Doors open sion and after the event.
$10. For more information and Van Horn spins from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Drink specials at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and
to purchase tickets, visit rams- 12:30 a.m. down stairs and DJ will include $6 signature cock- can be purchased by visiting Friday, Feb. 4
headlive.com. Majr spins after him. tails and $5 mixed drinks. ramsheadlive.com.
Merrifield Garden Center Mijail Tumanov, 22, will be Touchstone Gallery (901
Saturday, Jan. 29 continues its series of free performing piano works by Wednesday, Feb. 2 New York Ave., N.W.) is host-
seminars today with three Beethoven, Chopin, Tchai- ing an opening reception to-
Special Agent Galactica new topics. Mary Kirk Mene- kovsky and Rachmaninov to- The Tom Davaron Social night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for its
returns with an all sung, live fee, a landscape designer, day at 3:30 p.m. at the Church Bridge Club will meet at 7:30 newest exhibit, “Color of Love”
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Every Man Can

Photo by C. Stanley Photography; courtesy of No Rules

Director Joshua Morgan watches a rehearsal of ‘Touch,’ the current production of No Rules
Theatre Company.

Breaking the ‘Rules’

Two-year-old gay-helmed in Winston Salem isn’t necessarily going
to be as well-received in Washington. For
theater company takes instance, earlier this season some D.C.
unexpected approach theatergoers turned their noses up to
our production of ‘You’re a Good Man,
Charlie Brown.’ Similarly, some audience
By PATRICK FOLLIARD members in Winston-Salem have had
problems with the sex scenes in ‘Touch’
Starting a new theater company is (the company’s current production di-
daunting. To start up with a dual-city op- rected by Morgan and opening next
eration is downright loco. week at H Street Playhouse) which are
But that’s exactly what the founders of incredibly tame by D.C. standards.”
No Rules Theatre Company did, and af- At first, the young company shied away
ter almost two years of mounting produc- from tackling “Touch,” Toni Press-Coffman’s
tions in both Washington and Winston- drama about a young astronomer who at-
Salem, N.C., they are off and running. tempts to rebuild his life with a vulnerable
Lead by three 20-something University of prostitute after his wife is brutally murdered.
North Carolina School of the Arts alums The 15-member group’s leadership agreed
(managing producer Anne Kohn and co- that it was a difficult play that required in-
artistic directors Brian Sutow and Joshua credibly special actors; it was something
Morgan, who is gay), the burgeoning they thought they might want to revisit after
company is striving to fulfill its mission of a few seasons. But when it came time to se-
presenting broad-spectrum, high qual- lect a play to follow their frothy fall musical
ity theater and making plans for a third, (“You’re Good Man, Charlie Brown”), they
vastly expanded season. reconsidered.
Initially, actor/director Morgan was un- “Because our mission is truly to pres-
interested in being part of a new theater ent broad programming for a wise audi-
company. “There were so many already. I ence base that’s experiential and viscer-
wasn’t so sure that the world really needed al and we are serious about challenging
yet another one,” he says. ourselves,” Morgan says. “We decided
But after Kohn, Morgan and Sutow de- the time was right.”
cided to move their North Carolina produc- Morgan became interested in theater
tion of John Cameron Mitchell’s trans-glam- as a high school freshman in Montclair,
punk rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry N.J. Around the same time, he met his
Inch” to Washington for a second run in first boyfriend. Morgan wasn’t too con-
June of 2009, the trio (who are now all D.C.- cerned what his mother would he think.
based) was so encouraged and embraced He remembered her telling him when he
by the local theater community that Morgan was a little boy: “If you were gay, I’d be
rather speedily changed his mind. swinging from the rafters.” Today, she DC’s only gay male owned
Soon after, the newly formed group’s regularly calls from home offering to set matchmaking service for gay men.
dual city model began to take shape. up her son with prospective boyfriends.
“At first I thought it was crazy to focus on “My work takes me to a lot of differ-
two markets, but now I see it as a major ad-
vantage in building strong projects through
ent cities and towns, and it seems to
me where there are gay people, there is
Offering unique strategies to help you reach your
longer runs and being able to tap into more life, culture and understanding,” Morgan full potential in dating, love, and relationships.
than on market for fundraising,” says Jere- says. “I think being gay helps me to be
my Skidmore talented D.C. director and No more open and that makes me a better
Rules board member. “Another advantage director and actor.” Start dating again in 2011.
is that No Rules was started by a group of
people who all spent years in school togeth- ‘TOuCh’
er. Jumping into a venture with an ensemble
of people who actually share the load and
Feb. 4-7
No Rules Theatre Company 202.588.7554
know how to work together is huge.” H Street Playhouse
Morgan says, “Playing in two cities 1365 H Street, N.E.
is challenging both logistically and in www.norulestheatre.org
terms of the plays we present. What flies
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Sat, Jan. 29 Christian Scott, Wolf Trap. 877-965-
Papa Day, Ford’s Theatre. 202-397- 3872. wolftrap.org.
7328. fords.org. The Cool School, Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Tales of the Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre. 202-639-1770. programs.corcoran.org.
202-397-7328. fords.org.
Resonant Forms: An Exhibition The Carpetbagger’s Children, Ford’s
Featuring the Artworks of Alonzo
Davis, Martha Jackson Jarvis and Theatre. 202-397-7328. fords.org.
Fran, Brentwood Arts Exchange. 301- Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O’Neill,
277-2863. pgparks.com. American Century Theater, Gunston Theatre

Magic by G.K. Chesterton

Wed, Feb. 2 Two. 703-998-4555. americancentury.org.
America I AM, National Geographic. 202- National Symphony Orchestra:
Through Sun, Jan 30 857-7700. events.nationalgeographic.com. Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Washington Stage Guild Charming Billy, Round House / Beethoven & Zemlinsky, National
Undercroft Theatre Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100.
Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center.
240-582-0050 roundhousetheatre.org.
stageguild.org Artist in Residence: Alicia Ward, cello, 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
A brilliantly witty story of faith versus reason. Chesterton, the master of paradox Strathmore. strathmore.org. Tynan, The Studio Theatre. 202-332-
and author of the famed Father Brown mystery stories, presents the dire conse- Ultraviolet to Infrared: Paul Reed 50 3300. studiotheatre.org.
quences of losing, not one’s belief, but one’s skepticism. A great play not seen in Years, Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584- Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet,
the USA for decades. 2900. workhousearts.org. The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
Thu, Feb. 3 studiotheatre.org.
La c·ndida ErÈndira/ Innocent ErÈndira
and her Heartless Grandmother,
GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174. ONGOING EXHIBITONS
galatheatre.org. Corcoran Gallery of Art. corcoran.org.
Washington Color and Light.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Synetic Washington, DC Artists, Monoprints: 20
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The Textile Museum. 202-667-0441.
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Photos of Holly Twyford, Nancy Robinette and Kimberly Schraf by Scott Suchman.
A captivating portrait
of three sisters …

… and the resilience of

the human spirit.

Photo by Jim Coates; courtesy of Keegan

From left, Mark A Rhea, Jon Townson and Michael Innocenti in ‘A Shadow of Honor. It closes
Sunday at the Keegan Theatre.

Theater potpourri
Featuring Holly Twyford, Nancy Robinette and Kimberly Schraf
Last weekend to catch father’s death. Watch him in his motor-
mouth rush of words about the stress he
several worthy productions feels, his voice a strangled cry of pain
by Horton Foote
in the D.C. area held inside, and attention must be paid
when he pesters his wife Kathy, asking, Directed by Mark Ramont
“Didn’t you know that the South is the
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production at the Church Street The- body quakes in abject terror.
ater is the world premiere of Peter Coy’s
Washington Blade
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multi-layered melodrama about history, “A there’s a last minute Fri, Janin28,
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Shadow of Honor,” the story of two fami- house Theater schedule that permits an
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two troubled families in two places in time, bald dome and his sinewy sleek ebony
1907 and 2007. When past and present physique much on display, for he is shirt- PRESENTS
collide, something must give. And in each less much of the time, inhabits the role
case, the smoking gun is murder, one of the eponymous “Genesis” like he was
Can you ever really trust anyone?
committed by an 11-year-old boy when alive in the role, not acting it. As his per-
begged to pull the trigger by his father, formance unspools, inside an asylum for
damaged goods from Vietnam where he the criminally insane, where he has been
had earned, at great cost, a Silver Star. An- diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic
other shadow falls with the gunfire in 1907, (his doctor calls it “some form of delu-
when Ruffin decides he must kill the man sional psychosis”), his beautifully dan- TOMMY WISEAU’S
who deflowered his daughter and swears gerous mind always seem rational and
that “I’m a hero in the eyes of all true South- his story becomes increasingly credible
erners.” He tells his daughter, “I’ve taken of being literally a fallen angel. But the
my stand,” and later, “I love the South even question of whether he is sane or insane,
though it exists no more!” convict or saint, human or angel, is never
Michael Innocenti stars in a stand-out fully answered.
role as high school history teacher Tyler Worth a trip out to Reston’s Com-
McNeill, the boy now grown to manhood munity Center Stage Theater in Fairfax
Fri & Sat, January 28 & 29 at Midnight!
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Continues on page 30
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12 Last-chance options
at 5 Pm Continued from page 29 yond such wounds. Kanafani himself, as-
and 8 Pm sassinated in a 1972 car-bomb, probably
County is a play about the “gay gene” by the israeli Mossad, was a spokesman
ChurCh of (assuming one is ever located in the hu- for the militant Popular Front for the Lib-
the epiphany man genome) and the ethical dilemma of eration of Palestine, viewed by Israel and
whether parents might abort such a child Western governments at the time as a
as eugenic prophylaxis. Written by gay terrorist group. Yet in his novella, he ac-
playwright Jonathan Tolins and helmed knowledged that Jews in Israel had also
by gay director Andrew J.M. Regiec, suffered, not just Arabs, and his empathy
“The Twilight of the Golds” tests the limits for such suffering marked his work as an
of love and acceptance in a drama that unusual document to help build bridges.
ran briefly on Broadway in 1993. Then, But even so, in Israel, most theater com-
the actress Jennifer Grey (best known panies turned down the chance to pro-
for playing Frances “Baby” Houseman in duce “Return to Haifa” until the Cameri
the 1987 hit film “Dirty Dancing”) played Theater stepped forward, and the pro-
for tickets, call Suzanne (in Reston the role is played by duction itself was dogged by protestors
202.293.1548 Jennifer Cambert) who is pregnant and from Israel’s anti-Arab far-right.
whose husband, a genetic researcher, The play is gripping for its look into the
or visit discovers irregularities in the unborn heart of anger and the soul of reconcilia-
gmcw.org child’s genetic makeup. Though com- tion. You will not soon forget the feelings it
pletely healthy, the baby will likely be can stir. But Theater J has sought ways to
born gay, like Suzanne’s younger brother go beyond these feelings, however, with a
David, an opera set designer. companion series of other plays and dis-
Steve Herman and
John DiBenedetto
David (played in the Reston produc- cussions it calls “Voices from a Changing
tion by Andy Izquierdo) appears to have Middle East: Portraits of Home,” including
MEDIA SPONSOR it all: a loving partner, a supportive fam- on Sunday night the play by Ben Brown,
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graduate Tolins, a former writer and co- Weitzman maneuvered with British nota-
producer of “Queer as Folk” during its bles to support the right of Jews to return
Jim & Barbara Tozzi first season on Showtime in 2001 and to a Zionist Israel. For more information on
Melbourne Jenkins & Juan Febles
also an actor who played the gay quar- this series, see theaterj.org.
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Loser,” adapted “Twilight of the Golds”
for a Showtime movie in 1997, featur-
ing actors Brendan Fraser as David and ‘A SHADOW OF HONOR’
The Realtors you refer Jennifer Beals (of “Flashdance” fame) as by Peter Coy
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Sean Tarjyoto as Bobby in ‘The Queen,’ a short that will be shown this weekend that finds the gay youth enjoying vicarious liberation through a prom dress. (Still courtesy of D.C. Shorts)

D.C. film festival features gay, trans themes

Continued from page 19 ‘Freedom on the Rocks’ stills hope he will marry - for the U.S., his writer-director, Christina Choe, based
The only gay bar in Jerusalem, eventual refuge, and he now lives in a now in Brooklyn where she’s an master’s
Hands” (about a gender change dilem- Shushan, is a melting pot for LGBT small town near Cleveland. of film art candidate for writing-directing
ma) — are shown respectively Saturday Jews and Palestinian Arabs alike. In this The other four profiled also have real at Columbia University. She calls “The
at 3 and 4 p.m. in the blocks for local 10-minute documentary by Yun Suh, Ko- stories to tell — in addition to bar-owner Queen” — which was selected as “Best
D.C. and documentary films. rean-American Buddhist and bisexual, a Netanel; Adam Russo, a 19-year-old Is- of Fest” at the Palm Springs International
TV journalist and documentarian based raeli Jewish settler in the West Bank near Short Film Festival” and has also made
‘Diva’ in Berkeley, Calif., we hear from the bar Jerusalem, former soldier and now a the rounds of LGBT film festivals — a film
A seven-minute short from France, owner, 35-year-old Sa’ar Netanel, that gay rights activist; and a lesbian couple about a nerdy Korean-American teenage
this film (in French with subtitles) from the “Jerusalem is really a city of borders in their early 30s, an Israeli Arab nurse, boy, Bobby, stuck working at his family
D.C. Shorts 2007 festival is about mid- — there is a border between Jews and Samira Saraya, and a Jewish Israeli doc- dry-cleaning business on prom night.
dle-aged Vincent, a cross-dresser leav- Palestinians, between secular and ultra- tor, Ravit Geva, lovers for four years who Instead of doing his algebra, Bobby is
ing behind home and a failed romance. Orthodox, between straight and gay.” work at the same hospital, who embrace doodling a sketch of a superhero, outlin-
His heart is broken when his lover breaks Netanel, a secular Jew, opened the bar each other but also face tension between ing the crotch with hungry relish, while
off their 12-year relationship, telling him in 2003, the same year he won election them over ethnicity and the Intifada. being bothered by his mother (played
bluntly on the phone, “I’m not a faggot as Jerusalem’s first openly gay city coun- by Choe’s own mother) who wants only
and I never want to see you again.” cil member. He admit that “when I read in ‘Gayby’ to know about his plans for college and
Vincent blurts out that he will leave “this the Bible that I could be killed for being This 2010 comedy is 12 minutes of lecturing him that his grades aren’t good
little shit town forever” and move to Paris. gay, I understood what it was like to be droll social commentary and pure film enough. When she departs, leaving
Portrayed with poignant grace by Thomas Palestinian.” farce about the wish of Jenna, a perma- Bobby to clear the register and lock up,
Courcoul, we see him arrive at his Paris The film features interwoven stories nently single woman, to persuade her he relents and opens the door when the
hotel ready now for a new life, but still of the daily fight for dignity by five Israe- gay best friend to help her make a baby, high school prom queen begs to be let in,
sobbing, sniffling away his tears, until fi- lis — three Jews and two Arabs — who the old-fashioned way, not in a test-tube claiming a “fashion emergency” with her
nally relief comes with his sudden laugh at navigate the minefield of politics, religion or with a turkey baster. It’s a comedy but dress. But he only agrees to admit her
how pathetic he feels. He begins to finger and discrimination to live and love open- it’s well enough written and directed by after hours when he sees her hunky boy-
fondly a pink feather boa and then shaves ly, set against the construction by Israel Jonathan Lisecki that the meeting of the friend, played by actor Tamir Kapelian.
his chest (but only at the bra-line) and ap- of the separation wall and the struggle two old friends to discuss this awkward This leads to a fantasy interlude that’s
plies makeup, lipstick and wig. Next he is for a gay pride parade in the city. topic and then in the bedroom to con- both poignant and funny. Bobby is well
strolling a Paris park in a dress and pink “Everyone comes from their own ghet- summate it moves beyond the merely played by 19-year-old Sean Tarjyoto.
pumps and matching pink hat and hand- to,” says Sa’ar, “and meets at Shushan.” topical to the truly human.
bag, conveying a touch of further glamour Yun Suh says, of the five, “here’s a Actor Matthew Wilkas portrays the
(as well as to conceal any lingering tears) group that has been cast away by both disbelief at first and then the growing
with Jackie-O dark glasses. sides but is modeling for the larger so- discomfort Jenn’s friend feels as the ac-
After a park carousel ride in a private ciety what tolerance and co-existence tion moves swiftly towards the coital en- ‘RewinD: The BesT oF DC shoRTs’
reverie feeling so free, a young tough can look like.” But it begins as trouble counter. Yes, he concedes, that they had
7 and 9:30 p.m. in Theatre 1
suddenly snatches Vincent’s purse, and squared, for each of them is breaking done it before, in college, but insists that
7:30 and 10 p.m. in Theatre 2
the chase is on. Swiftly doffing wig, hat two of the biggest taboos of Middle east- “we were really, really drunk when we Today and Saturday
and pumps, Vincent pursues the purse ern society — same-sex relations and in- did it” then. But when she asks him if he
snatcher with preternatural feline grace timacy between Jews and Arabs. thinks he can still “do it,” his male bra- Films are also shown on Saturday beginning
and in a muscular showdown retrieves “It’s hard to be gay in Ramallah,” says vado immediately asserts itself - “What is at noon
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ly and strong. As the would-be thief slinks name for the devout Muslim Palestinian in anything. I’m a guy.” and drama
away, Vincent looks at first triumphant but who is shown on his prayer rug but also Lisecki shows a sure hand with this at noon for families and kids over 8.
then sobs and retraces her steps, until fi- dancing at Shushan as a drag queen — short look at a real-life dilemma that
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and determination taking first place. also follow the slender and attractive team. He lives in New York City among $50 all-access pass for all screenings
Writer-director Josephine MacKerras, Boody making his way at night from Ra- those in the milieu of “Jenn” (well acted or $12 per show. Available online
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London, but with a childhood spent in Jerusalem by the wall which he easily and is married to New Yorker magazine or at the Atlas box office.
Australia and China, studied filmmaking scales, also crawling through razor-wire music critic Alex Ross.
at New York University. “Diva” is a work and dodging Israeli Defense Force bor- The “Celebrating Diversity” block of LGBT
of real cinema skill, a simple story that der patrols to reach the sanctuary of ‘The Queen’ films is at 7:30 tonight in Theatre 2,
while other blocks, including films defined as
whets your appetite to see more, leaving Shushan. The film ends when Boody de- This clever-but-touching eight-minute
local, foreign, comedy, and documentary, are
you wondering about what came before cides he must leave home — where his comedy, from the D.C. Shorts festival in at different times — see website for details.
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