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Couples make history testifying against DOMA


Senate hears from spouses, activists about burdens of marriage ban
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
A Senate hearing Wednesday on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act featured poignant testimony from couples in same-sex marriages, who described how the anti-gay law has harmed them. The hearing, which took place before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the rst ever before Congress on repeal of DOMA, the 1996 law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The hearing was intended to highlight the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation pending before Congress that would repeal DOMA. Ron Wallen, an Indio. Calif., resident, who married his partner of 55 years in 2008, said hes unable to make payments on his home following the death of his spouse, Tom Carrollo, four months ago. Had he been in an opposite-sex marriage, he would have been able to receive Social Security benets to help pay for the cost of living. I am selling the last house I shared with my husband in a panic sale because I cant afford the mortgage and expenses, Wallen said. I am spending my days and nights sorting through our possessions, packing boxes to move even while I am still answering the condolence cards that come in the mail. Susan Murray, who lives in Ferrisburgh, Vt., with her spouse, Karen Murray, said she also faces nancial inequities as a result of DOMA. Murray was the co-counsel in the lawsuit Baker v. Vermont, which established civil unions in Vermont in 2000. One issue Murray cited was the additional tax that she and her spouse have to pay on employer-based insurance coverage provided to them through her spouses employer, Fletcher Allen Health Care. Because of DOMA, I am not considered Karens spouse, so the value of that health insurance coverage for me ($6,200 a year) is considered taxable income to Karen, Murray said. She therefore has to pay
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Because of DOMA, I am not considered Karens spouse, said SUSAN MURRAY, who lives in Ferrisburgh, Vt., with her spouse, Karen Murray, in recounting the nancial inequities they have faced because of DOMA.
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Skin Issue

Expensive year for gay donors


Baldwin Senate race, Obama re-election, ballot measures to compete for funds
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
An expected race for the U.S. Senate next year by lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) will likely intensify an unprecedented demand for fundraising within the LGBT community for the 2012 elections on the national, state and local levels, according to LGBT advocacy groups. Political observers in Wisconsin say Baldwin has emerged as the leading Democratic contender to compete for a Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, who announced that he wont run for another term next year. With Baldwin said to have a decent chance of becoming the nations rst openly gay senator, LGBT rights groups from throughout the country are gearing up to raise funds for her campaign, even though she isnt expected to ofcially announce her candidacy until later this summer. Fundraising among LGBT donors for a Baldwin Senate campaign will come at a time when those same donors are being called on to give money to the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama and to the campaigns of LGBT and LGBT-supportive candidates running for Congress, state legislatures, and city and town government posts. LGBT donors are also expected to be tapped for contributions to campaigns opposing state ballot measures seeking to ban same-sex marriage or to legalize the right of gay couples to marry in as many as ve states in 2012. Chuck Wolfe, executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which raises money for LGBT candidates, said the cost of a Baldwin Senate race would likely rise to between $15 million and $20 million. So if our community can be a signicant player in that race, and we hope it will be, that will mean a signicant investment, he said. And I would expect to see the LGBT community play an important role in that race.
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GOProud leader victim of anti-gay assault


LaSalvia, attacked near Union Station, critical of hate crimes laws
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
The head of the conservative gay Republican group GOProud was attacked on a secluded street behind Union Station while riding home from work on his bicycle on July 15 by a male teenager who called him a faggot. Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProuds executive director, said the unidentied youth punched him in the chest about 8:30 p.m. as he rode past the youth and six or seven other male teenagers who were with the person that struck him on 2nd Street, N.E. just north of L Street. I was on my bike when I approached them, LaSalvia told the Blade in an e-mail. Just as I got up to them, the assailant lunged off the sidewalk toward me on the street and delivered a punch across my chest. The momentum of my bicycling driving me into his st and arm caused a shocking pain like Ive never felt before, he said. Just as I began to realize what was happening, I heard it. The words are still ringing in my ears as I write this today F____ faggot! LaSalvia said in his e-mail. It was clear to me in that moment that my sexual orientation had motivated this attack. LaSalvia said that after barely catching himself from falling to the ground, he reached into his backpack for his cell phone, with the thought of calling the police. That action prompted one of the teenagers accompanying the attacker to say, Does he have a gun? LaSalvia told the Blade. The attacker and a few of the others with him puffed up their chests and were clearly ready to continue the attack, he said. But seconds later, the group ed the scene after he kept his hand inside his backpack, allowing them to wonder if I was reaching for a gun. He said he then rode home and called the police non-emergency number. A receptionist taking the call instructed him to call 911, saying an ofcer would come to his house to take a report. But LaSalvia said he didnt feel it necessary to take up police time for what was no longer an emergency. He said he chose instead to wait until morning to le a police report. According to LaSalvia, on Saturday morning, July 16, he went to the headquarters ofce of the police Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, which is located in the Sun Trust Bank building on Dupont Circle. Upon his arrival, no one answered the doorbell, said LaSalvia, even though he noticed people were inside the ofce. He said a sign on the door advised visitors to call the GLLUs pager number, which he did, he said. However, as of Monday He said those days are all but gone, and authorities now routinely prosecute crimes against gays and other groups, even if they are not ofcially classied as hate crimes in states that dont have hate crimes laws. The Obama administration and a coalition of Democratic and Republican members of Congress that voted to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Prevention Act in 2009 said the law could act as a deterrent to hate crimes by drawing attention to such crimes and building strong opposition to hate violence in society. Activists supporting the federal hate crimes law also noted that it includes protections for transgender people. Activists said the transgender community, along with gays and lesbians, could now rely on the federal government to prosecute anti-LGBT hate crimes if a state or local law enforcement agency declines to prosecute such crimes against them. LaSalvia said he is aware that D.C.s hate crimes law, as well as similar laws in other states, allow judges to hand down a stricter sentence to criminals convicted of committing a hate crime. My argument is Im ne with that but it didnt do anything to deter him from doing it, he said of the youth who attacked him. And thats my whole point about why did we spend so much political capital for [the federal hate crimes law] when, OK, its retribution, but it still does nothing to prevent hate crimes.

Why did we spend so much political capital for [the federal hate crimes law] when, OK, its retribution, but it still does nothing to prevent hate crimes, said GOProuds JIMMY LASALVIA, who was attacked this week near Union Station.
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morning, no one from the GLLU returned his message. Sgt. Carlos Mejia, the GLLUs supervisor, told the Blade on Monday that the unit is phasing out the pager number, which he said is part of an antiquated system that sometimes malfunctions. Mejia said the GLLU and the police department have distributed literature and public notices advising citizens to contact the unit on its new 24-hour smart phone number of 202-506-0714. LaSalia, in a phone interview, said he later reached the GLLU and that one of its members, Sgt. Joe Morquecho, interviewed him about the incident and made a report that lists the incident as a hate crime. He gave me the name of the detective handling the case and I was just contacted by a victims services representative, LaSalvia said. So the police departments been very good to follow up with me and talk to me about this. LaSalvia informed friends about the attack in a message on his Facebook page. Mejia said the GLLU ofce is not staffed 24 hours a day. One police source said civilian volunteers sometimes work in the ofce when the ofcers are out in the eld. The volunteers are instructed not to answer the door since they are not trained to work directly with the public, the source said. I realize now that this is something that should be reported, LaSalvia said. LaSalvia described his attacker as a black male appearing about 17 or 18 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing about 145 pounds. He said the attacker was wearing gym shorts and had his shirt off, exposing a slim but muscular build. LaSalvia said the attacker had a medium skin complexion and very short hair almost like a shaved head. GOProud describes itself on its website as an organization representing gay conservatives and their alliescommitted to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a condent foreign policy.

Although D.C. police have listed the assault against him as a hate crime, LaSalvia acknowledged that he and GOProud have emerged as critics of the federal and state hate crimes laws. We do not oppose hate crimes laws but I happen to think theyre a waste of time because they dont do anything to prevent violent crimes from occurring and they have outlasted their usefulness, he said. According to LaSalvia, hate crimes laws would have been useful in the past, when state and federal law enforcement ofcials often did not prosecute crimes targeting gays and other minorities such as blacks.

Obituary: Joey Piccolo, 48


Former Washington resident Joey Piccolo died July 6 in Miami of liver cancer according to his friend, Malcolm Stallons. Piccolo, who worked as a gay escort and was known in gay porn circles as Storm, was born in New York City in August, 1962. He was kicked out for being gay when he was 17, hed once told Stallons, because I liked boys instead of girls. After several years working as an escort in D.C., where he met Stallons, Piccolo moved to South Carolina in 2000 to be near his father. Later he moved to Key West. Stallons eventually wrote a book about his years in D.C. with the gay escort scene. Piccolo helped him compile it. It was eventually published as Mack and the Boys.

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Gay man running for mayor in Rehoboth


Challenger faces uphill ght against 21-year incumbent
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
A 48-year-old gay man who owns a nancial services company is running for mayor in the popular Delaware resort town of Rehoboth Beach on a platform of government reform and improved relations with community-based businesses. Tom McGlone, who has lived in Rehoboth with his domestic partner for the past ve years, is challenging seventerm incumbent Samuel Cooper, who has been mayor since 1990. Rehoboth has long been a favorite beach destination for gays and lesbians in the mid-Atlantic region, including D.C. and Baltimore. The town has a large number of LGBT residents as well as tourists and owners of vacation homes. With the election set to take place Aug. 13, some of the towns gay residents and gay business owners have complained that Cooper and his allies on the seven-member Rehoboth Board of Commissioners, which serves as the towns legislative body, have unfairly targeted gay-owned businesses for regulatory enforcement action. Tension over the enforcement action came to a head last September when police arrested the co-owner of the gay restaurant and bar Aqua Grill on a charge that the establishment was operating an outdoor patio later than a mandatory closing time of 11 p.m. Police later acknowledged that the arrest was a mistake and dropped the charge. At the time of the arrest, the ofcers didnt know that Aqua was among several businesses exempt from the patio restriction under rules that allow establishments to keep patios open if they had them before the 11 p.m. closing time was enacted into law. Other small businesses, including nongay bars and restaurants, cited the action against Aqua as one example of an outof-control regulatory crackdown against businesses popular with visitors and residents, both gay and straight. Cooper disputes those allegations, saying the city has enforced codes equally among all types of businesses. He said the codes are aimed at restricting excessive noise and use of outdoor spaces by bars and restaurants that can disturb nearby residents. He acknowledged that police and city regulatory ofcials made a mistake in arresting Aqua co-owner Bill Shields, who was booked and nger printed before being released. What Ive told everybody else is that the way that was handled was not the best it was wrong, in fact, Cooper told the Blade. But the desire to keep Rehoboth from becoming a party town, a bar town is I think valid and is very much on my mind. McGlone told the Blade in an interview this week that he doesnt believe gay businesses, such as bars and restaurants, are being targeted because they are gay owned. Instead, he said both gay and nongay businesses have faced what he calls a poorly administered effort by the mayor and town ofcials to enforce regulations. The big issue right now is the fact that local government has lost its credibility with a segment of the population, he said. And as a result of that, as things are occurring, in many cases things are being misperceived because of this lack of credibility. He said strife among the mayor and members of the Board of Commissioners has grown in recent years, indicating to him and others that new blood is needed in the mayors ofce. McGlone pointed to one of his campaign signs that says, Change the tone, Vote McGlone. Cooper, who spoke to the Blade by phone on Tuesday, said his long record of accomplishment in running the city for more than 20 years belies such claims and shows that he has worked hard to retain Rehoboths reputation as a highly desirable place to live and visit. He notes that Rehoboth was recognized recently by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental group, for having one of the nations cleanest beaches. He points to the National Geographic Society listing Rehoboth as having the sixth best boardwalk in the country. So thats really kind of my message that we seem to have a town that is a very popular place with a lot of people with different backgrounds, Cooper said. So I would like to think weve done something really good here. And why would you want to change that formula? D.C. gay activist Peter Rosenstein, who owns a condominium just outside the Rehoboth city limits, said a coalition of gay and non-gay residents, businesses and homeowners is backing McGlone as a reform candidate who reects the concerns of many of the town s newer residents. Rosenstein said Rehoboth has changed from the sleepy beach side town it was 40 years ago to become a diverse destination for vacationers, permanent residents and retirees, most of whom favor a vibrant nightlife and the shops, restaurants and upscale bars that have opened within the past decade.
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Hannah gets 100 days in jail on new charges


Served 6 months in 2008 death of gay Md. man
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
Robert Hannah, a 20-year-old D.C. man who served six months in jail for a 2008 assault that led to the death of gay Maryland resident Tony Randolph Hunter, was sentenced on July 19 to 100 days in jail on new charges unrelated to the Hunter case. In the latest case, Hannah pleaded guilty on July 14 to possession of marijuana following a drug arrest the previous month and to attempted threats against his girlfriend in a separate domestic violence related case in which he was arrested on June 19. The two new cases came after he completed his sentence in the Hunter case, for which he pleaded guilty to a single count of simple assault. Police and prosecutors initially charged him with manslaughter after an investigation found that Hunter suffered a fatal brain injury in September 2009 as a result of falling to the ground and hitting his head on the pavement after Hannah punched him near a D.C. gay bar. A grand jury lowered the charge to simple assault after prosecutors with the U.S. Attorneys ofce said they case and all but 100 days of prison time in the marijuana case, requiring Hannah to serve a total of 100 days in jail. Lopez also ordered that Hannah be placed on two years of supervised probation upon his release and that he undergo drug and alcohol testing and treatment as well as anger management counseling. The sentence came after the U.S. Attorneys ofce submitted a presentencing memorandum asking the judge to sentence Hannah to the maximum 180 days for each of the two charges and to require that he serve the sentences consecutively. The defendant stands before this Court with a previous conviction of simple assault, an assault that resulted in the death of Tony Randolph Hunter, the sentencing memo says. Unfortunately, the facts of this most recent domestic violence case make abundantly clear that Mr. Hannah learned nothing from the death of Tony Randolph Hunter, says the governments memo. Richard Toth, Hannahs attorney, declined to comment when contacted by the Blade. Court papers show that the attempted threat and simple assault charges were classied as a domestic violence incident that D.C. police said involved Hannah allegedly using physical force to pull his girlfriend against her will into a street. Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), a D.C. group, and residents of the Shaw neighborhood where Hannah lives said they planned to le community impact statements with the court urging the judge to hand down a stringent sentence. LGBT and community activists have been following Hannahs involvement in the criminal justice system since he was released from jail after serving a maximum six-month sentence in connection with the Hunter case. In a highly controversial action, the U.S. Attorneys ofce allowed Hannah to plead guilty to simple assault over an incident in which he admitted punching Hunter in the face after the two crossed paths on the street while Hunter and a friend were walking to a gay bar. Hunter fell backwards into a fence before falling to the ground and hitting his head on the pavement, resulting in a brain injury that the citys medical examiner said caused his death. Hannah told police he hit Hunter in selfdefense after Hunter allegedly touched his crotch and buttocks in a sexually suggestive way. Police said a witness backed up Hannahs story. A friend of Hunters, who was also on the scene, told police Hunter never touched Hannah and that the attack against Hunter was unprovoked.

ROBERT HANNAH pleaded guilty on July 14 to possession of marijuana following a drug arrest the previous month and to attempted threats against his girlfriend.

lacked sufcient evidence to support the manslaughter charge. The action by the grand jury triggered expressions of outrage from LGBT activists, who said they believed Hannah targeted Hunter for an anti-gay attack. At a July 19 sentencing hearing, Superior Court Judge Jose Lopez sentenced Hannah to the maximum 180 days in jail for both the marijuana possession and attempted threats charges. But he suspended all of the jail time in the threats

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International AIDS Society calls for large-scale adoption of PrEP & PEP
ROME The worlds leading association of HIV health professionals has called for an end to the debate over studies that have shown both that use of early combination antiretroviral therapy by HIV-infected individuals and the daily use of HIV drugs by HIV-negative individuals signicantly reduce HIV transmission. The International AIDS Society will be highlighting the results of three African studies showing a signicant reduction in HIV transmission rates between partners in opposite-sex sero-discordant relationships, in which only one of the two partners is infected with HIV. Preliminary results from similar studies in American communities of men who have sex with men are beginning to show similar results. However, while the Global Network of People living with HIV heralded the success of the studies, the group cautioned the IAS to consider the health-risks of taking the sometimes toxic drugs, and encouraged the group to work to make the drugs more affordable as well as to consider the health risks associated with the regiments. The results of these studies highlight yet again the essential role of affordable ARVs in prevention. They are a major breakthrough allowing a new vision on current prevention efforts, Kevin Moody, GNP+ Coordinator and CEO, said in a statement. Serious concerns remain about the long-term health effects for HIVnegative people when taking antiretrovirals for HIV prevention.

Court upholds ban on Dont Ask discharges


But open gays still blocked from joining armed forces
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
A federal appellate court issued an order late last week prohibiting the U.S. government from discharging additional service members under Dont Ask, Dont Tell while allowing recruiters to continue to bar openly gay people from enlisting in the armed forces. The order from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals partially reinstates a stay on an injunction barring the enforcement of Dont Ask, Dont Tell. The injunction was reissued by the appellate court last week after it was rst issued by a U.S. district court last year. [T]he stay entered November 1, 2010, is reinstated temporarily in all respects except one, the order states. The district courts judgment shall continue in effect insofar as it enjoins appellants from investigating, penalizing, or discharging anyone from the military pursuant to the Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy. The decision comes from a three-judge panel within the Ninth Circuit made up of Chief Judge Alex Kozinski and Circuit Judges Kim Wardlow and Richard Paez. An injunction barring the Pentagon from discharging service members under Dont Ask, Dont Tell means prohibiting open gays from enlisting in the armed forces is the only part of the law remaining in effect. The Ninth Circuit partially reinstated the stay upon request from the Obama administration, which requested an emergency stay on the injunction that was issued in the case of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States. The injunction was rst put in place last year by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips after she determined that Dont Ask, Dont Tell was unconstitutional, but only lasted for eight days before the Ninth Circuit placed a stay on the order upon request from the U.S. government. The order from the appellate court last week reversed this decision. Eileen Lainez, a Pentagon spokesperson, said the Defense Department is studying the appellate courts order with the Justice Department and will continue to provide guidance to the eld as appropriate. The temporary transition that Congress and the president established as a prerequisite to the repeal of [Dont Ask, Dont Tell] has been underway for several months and we are nearing presenting certication for decision to the president, the secretary of defense and the chairman

Opponents of new California gay history curriculum mandate launch petition drive
SACRAMENTO The FAIR Education Act, signed last week in California mandating school districts include the contributions of people with disabilities and LGBT individuals in history curriculum is already under attack by a concerned group. On July 15, the group began the process of gathering 504,760 signatures to qualify a ballot measure asking voters to overturn the law (SB 48). The Traditional Values Association has suggested that the law will be used to indoctrinate children to not only accept but to endorse homosexuality. Equality California, however, whose members lobbied for the laws passage, believes its on the right side of history and said in a statement, We set out to ensure that California students learn fair and accurate information about the rich and diverse history of LGBT people and people with disabilities as well as their contributions to society.

ALEX NICHOLSON, executive director of Servicemembers United, said the Ninth Circuit did the right thing in rejecting the U.S. governments request to reinstate Dont Ask, Dont Tell in full.
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Gay men selected to ll Utah House vacancy, run state Democratic Party
SALT LAKE CITY Utah Democratic Party leaders have selected two openly gay men for top positions in the state, including an appointment to the state House. Saturday, Democratic convention voters overwhelmingly chose art dealer and Equality Utah founder, Jim Dabakis state party chair, on a 528-71 vote. The party also selected former Equality Utah board member, Brian Doughty, to ll Jackie Buiskupskis seat in the 30th District after the openly gay legislator resigned when she moved out of her district. According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Doughty resigned from the Equality Utah Board to pursue the seat.

New York couples wishing to marry Sunday will have to take a number
NEW YORK CITY While New York City will open some city clerk ofces a day early on Sunday to allow same-sex couples to marry, not everyone who has applied will get a license on day one of marriage equality in the Empire State. From Tuesday until Thursday at noon, hundreds of the 2,661 same-sex couples who have applied for licences were able to register for a lottery that will select 764 couples to marry in the city that day, which will break the record for most marriages performed in Americas largest city by more than 100. More than 60 judges from around the state are volunteering to be on hand to waive the 24-hour waiting period normally required for couples to marry after they have received their licences. Several cities besides New York City will also open on Sunday to perform marriages including Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. Meanwhile, the city of Niagra Falls plans Sunday to hold a mass-wedding ceremony for same-sex couples on Luna Island with the falls lit in rainbow colors as a backdrop for the event.

of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the next few weeks, she added. A spokesperson for the Justice Department declined to comment. In a brief led prior to order coming down from the Ninth Circuit, Log Cabin Republicans assert the court should keep the injunction in place because U.S. government cannot justify the continued expulsion of service members under Dont Ask, Dont Tell. The parties, and thousands of gay and lesbian servicemembers now serving honorably but in silence, would be left whipsawed, wondering from day to day what the current state of their constitutional rights might be, the ling states. Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United and sole named veteran plaintiff in the lawsuit, said the Ninth Circuit did the right thing in rejecting the U.S. governments request to reinstate Dont Ask, Dont Tell in full. The situation with nally ending this outdated and discriminatory federal policy has become absolutely ridiculous, Nicholson said. This law is unconstitutional on its face, it is virtually dead in practice, and no one should be trying to resuscitate it at this point. The executive branch has been exceptionally unreasonable in the amount of time it has now let the legislative certication process drag out. It is simply not right to put the men and women of our armed forces through this circus any longer. Under the repeal law signed in December, Dont Ask, Dont Tell will be off the books when 60 days pass after the president, the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify the U.S. military is ready for open service. Troops have been participating in training since February to prepare for Dont Ask, Dont Tell, but certication has yet to take place.

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White House mum on Bachmanns ex-gay therapy


Minn. clinic took in $137,000 in Medicaid payments
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to comment this week when asked about President Obamas position on widely discredited ex-gay reparative therapy aimed at changing gay individuals into becoming straight. Under questioning from the Washington Blade, Carney said he hasnt had any conversations with the president on reparative therapy or whether Medicaid funding should support the practice and deferred inquiries to the Department of Health & Human Services. I havent had any conversation with him and I think that I would steer you to HHS since it involves Medicaid funding, Carney said. I dont really have any comment. Pressed further Monday on whether Obama could possibly support reparative therapy if he describes himself as a erce advocate for LGBT Americans, Carney replied, I havent spoken to him about it, so I dont want to characterize his thoughts on this. The fact is the issue of Medicaid funding is best asked of HHS. The Minnesota-based clinic Bachmann & Associates, co-owned by Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, has received signicant media attention after Truth Wins Out posted a report earlier this month revealing the clinic engages in reparative therapy. In a subsequent interview with the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Marcus Bachmann, the spouse of Michele Bachmann and operator of the clinic, said the ex-gay practices are used at the clients discretion. Despite Marcus Bachmanns assertion that ex-gay therapy is only offered to those who ask for it, the clinic has continued to receive criticism because its engaging in a discredited practice that could harm LGBT people. Further, Bachmann & Associates has been shown to be the recipient of federal funds. According to NBC News, the clinic has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling more than $137,000 for the treatment of patients since 2005. These payments are in addition to $24,000 in federal and state funds that Bachmann & Associates received in recent years under a state grant to train its employees. Its unclear whether these federal and state funds are compensating the clinic for reparative therapy or if this money is reimbursing Bachmann & Associates for other practices. Carney also declined to comment on whether the president would be open to issuing an executive order spelling out that federal funds wont be used to discriminate against or harm LGBT Americans. Im not going to negotiate on behalf of the president or venture a guess on what he may or may not be open to, Carney said. Again, on the specic issue of Medicaid funding, Ill send you to HHS. In the wake of revelations about Bachmann & Associates, such a directive has been seen as a way for the administration to make clear that the U.S. government wont subsidize ex-gay therapy. Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, said he thinks Carney would discover if he asks Obama about ex-gay therapy that the president doesnt think being gay is a disease. Im sure if and when he asks the president he would and has been clear that he doesnt think being gay is a mental illness, Socarides said. So federal funds should certainly not be used to cure it. Socarides reiterated reports that Bachmann & Associates participates in ex-gay therapy and receives federal funds are another reason we need the executive order prohibiting federal funds being used to discriminate against LGBT Americans. Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, also said the Obama administration should make it clear that no federal funds will be used to subsidize reparative therapy. Moreover, no federal funds should be given to any medical practice that engages in such therapy, even if the funds are allocated for different areas, Besen added. Those who offer such therapy are committing consumer fraud by charging clients for a service that does not work.

Feinstein pledges long ght against DOMA


If we dont succeed this session, we will try again
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) maintained this week that backers of legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act are in the ght for the long march and will continue pushing for the bills passage even if it doesnt make it through this Congress. Feinstein, sponsor of DOMA repeal legislation known as the Respect for Marriage Act, asserted supporters will continue to press on with the measure at the National Press Club during a news conference intended to highlight the bill and a Senate hearing that took place Wednesday on the measure. I want to assure you that this isnt a cause which we are going to drop, Feinstein said. We are not faint hearts about this. If we dont succeed this session, we will try again next session. If we dont succeed next session, we will try again the following session, but, believe me, we will continue this effort until the battle is won. Among the 14 senators who voted against DOMA when it came before the Senate in 1996, Feinstein said she opposed the measure at the time because she thought it was unconstitutional and continues to believe that to this day about the anti-gay law. Following the news conference which was organized by the Courage Campaign, a progressive organization working to build support in the Senate for DOMA repeal reporters questioned Feinstein about the prospects for passing repeal legislation during the 112th Congress. Observers have said passage of any proLGBT bill including DOMA repeal wouldnt happen as long as Republicans remain in control of the House. Asked whether she thinks DOMA repeal would pass the Republican-controlled House, Feinstein acknowledged passage in that chamber remains a challenge, but reiterated were in this for the long march, not just for the short haul. Observing that litigation is making its way through the federal courts that could strike down DOMA, Feinstein said she wants legislative repeal of DOMA in addition to having the judiciary rule against the law. Asked whether she had a preference for legislative or judicial action, the California Democrat replied, I think we should do both, so that we secure the arena forever. The necessary 10 votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee are present to report out the legislation to the oor. Each of the Democrats on the committee has signaled through co-sponsorship or on-the-record comments they would support the bill. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the panel, could report out the legislation to the oor, if he so chose, following the hearing. However, Feinstein said a timeframe hasnt yet been established for when the legislation would proceed to the oor

Sen. DIANNE FEINSTEIN assured LGBT rights supporters this week that she would continue to ght for DOMA repeal if this Congress fails to do it.
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or even if it would happen this Congress as she acknowledged that the votes are present in committee to move forward. Theres no timeframe right now and this is I believe we have votes from all Democrats, so whether well pass it out on a majority basis, I dont know, Feinstein said. Feinstein maintained that the purpose of the upcoming hearing would be to demonstrate the hardship that DOMA has on married same-sex couples. Under questioning from the Washington Blade, Feinstein also responded to criticism about the scheduled witnesses for the hearing being all white and the lack of representation of bi-national couples at the

hearing. Gay activist Dan Choi has spoken out against the selection of the witnesses for being what he called exclusively white and privileged, even though the hearing notice indicates the same-sex couples set to testify have suffered economic hardship because of DOMA. Every couple has a different story to tell, Feinstein said. Thats for sure. The point is, these are all legally married people. And the point is marriage is the preserve of the state, not the federal government. Just as all family matters, abortion, adoption, inheritance are really state law. Thats why one state is different from another state.

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ATRIPLA Important Safety Information and Indication


INDICATION ATRIPLA (efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate [DF] 300 mg) is a prescription medication used alone as a complete regimen or with other medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV-1 to others. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get infections that develop because the immune system is weak or other conditions that happen with HIV-1 infection. Do not stop taking ATRIPLA unless directed by your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly. Have ever had seizures: Seizures have occurred in patients taking a component of ATRIPLA, usually in those with a history of seizures. If you have ever had seizures, or take medicine for seizures, your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or monitor you. Have ever had mental illness or use drugs or alcohol. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of the following serious or common side effects:

Serious side effects associated with ATRIPLA: Severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior have been reported by a small number of patients. Some patients have had thoughts of suicide, and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur more often in patients who have had mental illness. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Contact your healthcare provider right away if you get the following Kidney problems (including decline or failure of kidney function). If you have had kidney problems, or take other medicines that may side effects or conditions associated with ATRIPLA: Nausea, vomiting, unusual muscle pain, and/or weakness. These cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider should do regular blood tests. Symptoms that may be related to kidney problems include may be signs of a buildup of acid in the blood (lactic acidosis), a high volume of urine, thirst, muscle pain, and muscle weakness. which is a serious medical condition. Light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, and/or if your skin or the Other serious liver problems. Some patients have experienced serious liver problems, including liver failure resulting in transplantation whites of your eyes turn yellow. These may be signs of serious or death. Most of these serious side effects occurred in patients with a liver problems. chronic liver disease such as hepatitis infection, but there have also If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), your liver disease been a few reports in patients without any existing liver disease. may suddenly get worse if you stop taking ATRIPLA. Bone changes. Lab tests show changes in the bones of patients treated Do not take ATRIPLA if you are taking the following medicines with tenofovir DF, a component of ATRIPLA. Some HIV patients treated because serious and life-threatening side effects may occur when with tenofovir DF developed thinning of the bones (osteopenia), which taken together: Vascor (bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride), could lead to fractures. Also, bone pain and softening of the bone Versed (midazolam), Orap (pimozide), Halcion (triazolam), (which may lead to fractures) may occur as a consequence of kidney or ergot medications (for example, Wigraine and Cafergot). problems. If you have had bone problems in the past, your healthcare In addition, ATRIPLA should not be taken with: provider may want to check your bones. Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), EMTRIVA (emtricitabine), Epivir Common side effects: or Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), SUSTIVA (efavirenz), Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), Dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble TRUVADA (emtricitabine/tenofovir DF), or VIREAD (tenofovir DF), concentrating, and/or unusual dreams. These side effects tend to because they contain the same or similar active ingredients as ATRIPLA. go away after taking ATRIPLA for a few weeks. These symptoms may ATRIPLA should not be used with HEPSERA (adefovir dipivoxil). be more severe with the use of alcohol and/or mood-altering (street) drugs. If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, and/or are drowsy, Vfend (voriconazole) or REYATAZ (atazanavir sulfate) with or without avoid activities that may be dangerous, such as driving or operating Norvir (ritonavir) should not be taken with ATRIPLA since they may lose their effect and may also increase the chance of having side effects machinery. from ATRIPLA. Fortovase or Invirase (saquinavir) should not be used Rash is a common side effect that usually goes away without any as the only protease inhibitor in combination with ATRIPLA. change in treatment, but may be serious in a small number of patients. Taking ATRIPLA with St. Johns wort or products containing St. Johns wort Other common side effects include: tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, is not recommended as it may cause decreased levels of ATRIPLA, gas, and diarrhea. increased viral load, and possible resistance to ATRIPLA or Other possible side effects: cross-resistance to other anti-HIV drugs. This list of medicines is not complete. Discuss with your healthcare Changes in body fat have been seen in some people taking anti-HIV-1 medicines. The cause and long-term health effects are not known. provider all prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking or plan to take. Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen. Tell your healthcare provider if you: If you notice any symptoms of infection, contact your healthcare provider right away. Are pregnant: Women should not become pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks after stopping ATRIPLA. Serious birth defects Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic have been seen in children of women treated during pregnancy with reaction (including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), one of the medicines in ATRIPLA. Women must use a reliable form of shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain, weakness, and indigestion. barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also You should take ATRIPLA once daily on an empty stomach. Taking use other methods of birth control, while on ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome. after stopping ATRIPLA. Are breastfeeding: Women with HIV should not breastfeed ATRIPLA is one of several treatment options your doctor may consider. because they can pass HIV through their milk to the baby. Also, You are encouraged to report negative side effects ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause serious harm to the baby. of prescription drugs to the FDA. Have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Patient Information on the following pages.


2010 Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. All rights reserved. ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. EMTRIVA, VIREAD, and TRUVADA are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. SUSTIVA and REYATAZ are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb. All other trademarks are owned by third parties.

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My entire HIV regimen in one pill daily. For me, thats great.
on ATRIPLA for 2 years

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ATRIPLA is the #1 prescribed HIV regimen.*


About ATRIPLA:
Only ATRIPLA combines 3 HIV medications in 1 pill daily. Proven to lower viral load to undetectable in approximately 7 out of 10 patients new to therapy, and also raise T-cell (CD4+) count to help control HIV through 3 years of a clinical study. ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV-1 to others.

Selected Important Safety Information:


Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA have developed the following: a serious condition of acid buildup in the blood (lactic acidosis), and serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity). For patients with both HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis may suddenly worsen if ATRIPLA is discontinued. Please see detailed and additional Important Safety Information, including the bolded information to the left.

Defined as a viral load of less than 400 copies/mL. Average increase of 312 cells/mm3. In this study, 227 patients took the meds in ATRIPLA.
Patient model. Individual results may vary.

Your doctor may prescribe ATRIPLA alone or with other HIV medications.

Talk to your doctor to see if ATRIPLA is right for you.


* Synovate Healthcare Data; US HIV Monitor, Q1 2010.

To learn more, visit www.ATRIPLA.com

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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information ATRIPLA (uh TRIP luh) Tablets
ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate). Please also read the section MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA. Generic name: efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (eh FAH vih renz, em tri SIT uh bean and te NOE fo veer dye soe PROX il FYOU mar ate) Read the Patient Information that comes with ATRIPLA before you start taking it and each time you get a refill since there may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. You should stay under a healthcare providers care when taking ATRIPLA. Do not change or stop your medicine without first talking with your healthcare provider. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about ATRIPLA. What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA? Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA (which contains nucleoside analogs) have developed a serious condition called lactic acidosis (build up of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or symptoms of lactic acidosis: You feel very weak or tired. You have unusual (not normal) muscle pain. You have trouble breathing. You have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting. You feel cold, especially in your arms and legs. You feel dizzy or lightheaded. You have a fast or irregular heartbeat. Some people who have taken medicines like ATRIPLA have developed serious liver problems called hepatotoxicity, with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or symptoms of liver problems: Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice). Your urine turns dark. Your bowel movements (stools) turn light in color. You dont feel like eating food for several days or longer. You feel sick to your stomach (nausea). You have lower stomach area (abdominal) pain. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside analog-containing medicines, like ATRIPLA, for a long time. If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and you stop taking ATRIPLA, you may get a flare-up of your hepatitis. A flare-up is when the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Patients with HBV who stop taking ATRIPLA need close medical follow-up for several months, including medical exams and blood tests to check for hepatitis that could be getting worse. ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so you must discuss your HBV therapy with your healthcare provider. What is ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA contains 3 medicines, SUSTIVA (efavirenz), EMTRIVA (emtricitabine) and VIREAD (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate also called tenofovir DF) combined in one pill. EMTRIVA and VIREAD are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and SUSTIVA is an HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components of TRUVADA. ATRIPLA can be used alone as a complete regimen, or in combination with other anti-HIV-1 medicines to treat people with HIV-1 infection. ATRIPLA is for adults age 18 and over. ATRIPLA has not been studied in children under age 18 or adults over age 65. HIV infection destroys CD4+ T cells, which are important to the immune system. The immune system helps fight infection. After a large number of T cells are destroyed, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) develops. ATRIPLA helps block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a viral chemical in your body (enzyme) that is needed for HIV-1 to multiply. ATRIPLA lowers the amount of HIV-1 in the blood (viral load). ATRIPLA may also help to increase the number of T cells (CD4+ cells), allowing your immune system to improve. Lowering the amount of HIV-1 in the blood lowers the chance of death or infections that happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections). Does ATRIPLA cure HIV-1 or AIDS? ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV-1 infection. Opportunistic infections are infections that develop because the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly while taking ATRIPLA. Does ATRIPLA reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others? ATRIPLA has not been shown to lower your chance of passing HIV-1 to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. Do not share needles or other injection equipment.

ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes or razor blades. Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to reduce the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Who should not take ATRIPLA? Together with your healthcare provider, you need to decide whether ATRIPLA is right for you. Do not take ATRIPLA if you are allergic to ATRIPLA or any of its ingredients. The active ingredients of ATRIPLA are efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ATRIPLA? Tell your healthcare provider if you: Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (see What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?). Are breastfeeding (see What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?). Have kidney problems or are undergoing kidney dialysis treatment. Have bone problems. Have liver problems, including hepatitis B virus infection. Your healthcare provider may want to do tests to check your liver while you take ATRIPLA or may switch you to another medicine. Have ever had mental illness or are using drugs or alcohol. Have ever had seizures or are taking medicine for seizures. What important information should I know about taking other medicines with ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA may change the effect of other medicines, including the ones for HIV-1, and may cause serious side effects. Your healthcare provider may change your other medicines or change their doses. Other medicines, including herbal products, may affect ATRIPLA. For this reason, it is very important to let all your healthcare providers and pharmacists know what medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins you are taking. MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA The following medicines may cause serious and life-threatening side effects when taken with ATRIPLA. You should not take any of these medicines while taking ATRIPLA: Vascor (bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride), Versed (midazolam), Orap (pimozide), Halcion (triazolam), ergot medications (for example, Wigraine and Cafergot). ATRIPLA also should not be used with Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), EMTRIVA, Epivir, Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), SUSTIVA, TRUVADA, or VIREAD. Vfend (voriconazole) should not be taken with ATRIPLA since it may lose its effect or may increase the chance of having side effects from ATRIPLA. Do not take St. Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum), or products containing St. Johns wort with ATRIPLA. St. Johns wort is an herbal product sold as a dietary supplement. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are taking or are planning to take St. Johns wort. Taking St. Johns wort may decrease ATRIPLA levels and lead to increased viral load and possible resistance to ATRIPLA or cross-resistance to other anti-HIV-1 drugs. ATRIPLA should not be used with HEPSERA (adefovir dipivoxil). It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following: Fortovase, Invirase (saquinavir), Biaxin (clarithromycin), Noxafil (posaconazole), or Sporanox (itraconazole); these medicines may need to be replaced with another medicine when taken with ATRIPLA. Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem or Tiazac (diltiazem), Covera HS or Isoptin (verapamil) and others; Crixivan (indinavir), Selzentry (maraviroc); the immunosuppressant medicines cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune, and others), Prograf (tacrolimus), or Rapamune (sirolimus); Methadone; Mycobutin (rifabutin); Rifampin; cholesterol-lowering medicines such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin sodium), and Zocor (simvastatin); or Zoloft (sertraline); these medicines may need to have their dose changed when taken with ATRIPLA. Videx, Videx EC (didanosine); tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) may increase the amount of didanosine in your blood, which could result in more side effects. You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and didanosine together. Also, the dose of didanosine may need to be changed. Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) or Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir); these medicines may increase the amount of tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) in your blood, which could result in more side effects. Reyataz is not recommended with ATRIPLA. You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and Kaletra together. Also, the dose of Kaletra may need to be changed. Medicine for seizures [for example, Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine), or phenobarbital]; your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or check drug levels in your blood from time to time. These are not all the medicines that may cause problems if you take ATRIPLA. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines that you take. Keep a complete list of all the prescription and nonprescription medicines as well as any herbal remedies that you are taking, how much you take, and how often you take them. Make a new list when medicines or herbal remedies are added or stopped, or if the dose changes. Give copies of this list to all of your healthcare providers and pharmacists every time you visit your healthcare

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ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) provider or fill a prescription. This will give your healthcare provider a complete picture of the medicines you use. Then he or she can decide the best approach for your situation. How should I take ATRIPLA? Take the exact amount of ATRIPLA your healthcare provider prescribes. Never change the dose on your own. Do not stop this medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to stop. You should take ATRIPLA on an empty stomach. Swallow ATRIPLA with water. Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome. Do not miss a dose of ATRIPLA. If you forget to take ATRIPLA, take the missed dose right away, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not double the next dose. Carry on with your regular dosing schedule. If you need help in planning the best times to take your medicine, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. If you believe you took more than the prescribed amount of ATRIPLA, contact your local poison control center or emergency room right away. Tell your healthcare provider if you start any new medicine or change how you take old ones. Your doses may need adjustment. When your ATRIPLA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to ATRIPLA and become harder to treat. Your healthcare provider may want to do blood tests to check for certain side effects while you take ATRIPLA. What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA? Women should not become pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks after stopping it. Serious birth defects have been seen in the babies of animals and women treated with efavirenz (a component of ATRIPLA) during pregnancy. It is not known whether efavirenz caused these defects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are pregnant. Also talk with your healthcare provider if you want to become pregnant. Women should not rely only on hormone-based birth control, such as pills, injections, or implants, because ATRIPLA may make these contraceptives ineffective. Women must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also use other methods of birth control. Efavirenz, a component of ATRIPLA, may remain in your blood for a time after therapy is stopped. Therefore, you should continue to use contraceptive measures for 12 weeks after you stop taking ATRIPLA. Do not breast-feed if you are taking ATRIPLA. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that mothers with HIV not breast-feed because they can pass the HIV through their milk to the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause serious harm to the baby. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding. You should stop breast-feeding or may need to use a different medicine. Taking ATRIPLA with alcohol or other medicines causing similar side effects as ATRIPLA, such as drowsiness, may increase those side effects. Do not take any other medicines, including prescription and nonprescription medicines and herbal products, without checking with your healthcare provider. Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection since ATRIPLA does not stop you from passing the HIV-1 infection to others. What are the possible side effects of ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA may cause the following serious side effects: Lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get signs of lactic acidosis. (See What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?) Serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any signs of liver problems. (See What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?) Flare-ups of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, in which the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before, can occur if you have HBV and you stop taking ATRIPLA. Your healthcare provider will monitor your condition for several months after stopping ATRIPLA if you have both HIV-1 and HBV infection and may recommend treatment for your HBV. ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection. If you have advanced liver disease and stop treatment with ATRIPLA, the flare-up of hepatitis B may cause your liver function to decline. Serious psychiatric problems. A small number of patients may experience severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior while taking ATRIPLA. Some patients have thoughts of suicide and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur more often in patients who have had mental illness. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you think you are having these psychiatric symptoms, so your healthcare provider can decide if you should continue to take ATRIPLA. Kidney problems (including decline or failure of kidney function). If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider should do regular blood tests to check your kidneys. Symptoms that may be related to kidney problems include a high volume of urine, thirst, muscle pain, and muscle weakness. Other serious liver problems. Some patients have experienced serious liver problems including liver failure resulting in transplantation or death. Most of these serious side effects

ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) occurred in patients with a chronic liver disease such as hepatitis infection, but there have also been a few reports in patients without any existing liver disease. Changes in bone mineral density (thinning bones). Laboratory tests show changes in the bones of patients treated with tenofovir DF, a component of ATRIPLA. Some HIV patients treated with tenofovir DF developed thinning of the bones (osteopenia) which could lead to fractures. If you have had bone problems in the past, your healthcare provider may need to do tests to check your bone mineral density or may prescribe medicines to help your bone mineral density. Additionally, bone pain and softening of the bone (which may contribute to fractures) may occur as a consequence of kidney problems. Common side effects: Patients may have dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, and/or unusual dreams during treatment with ATRIPLA. These side effects may be reduced if you take ATRIPLA at bedtime on an empty stomach. They also tend to go away after you have taken the medicine for a few weeks. If you have these common side effects, such as dizziness, it does not mean that you will also have serious psychiatric problems, such as severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior. Tell your healthcare provider right away if any of these side effects continue or if they bother you. It is possible that these symptoms may be more severe if ATRIPLA is used with alcohol or mood altering (street) drugs. If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, or are drowsy, avoid activities that may be dangerous, such as driving or operating machinery. Rash may be common. Rashes usually go away without any change in treatment. In a small number of patients, rash may be serious. If you develop a rash, call your healthcare provider right away. Other common side effects include tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, gas, and diarrhea. Other possible side effects with ATRIPLA: Changes in body fat. Changes in body fat develop in some patients taking anti-HIV-1 medicine. These changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (buffalo hump), in the breasts, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these fat changes are not known. Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen with ATRIPLA. In some patients with advanced HIV infection (AIDS), signs and symptoms of inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV treatment is started. It is believed that these symptoms are due to an improvement in the bodys immune response, enabling the body to fight infections that may have been present with no obvious symptoms. If you notice any symptoms of infection, please inform your doctor immediately. Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic reaction (including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain, weakness and indigestion. Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you notice any side effects while taking ATRIPLA. Contact your healthcare provider before stopping ATRIPLA because of side effects or for any other reason. This is not a complete list of side effects possible with ATRIPLA. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a more complete list of side effects of ATRIPLA and all the medicines you will take. How do I store ATRIPLA? Keep ATRIPLA and all other medicines out of reach of children. Store ATRIPLA at room temperature 77 F (25 C). Keep ATRIPLA in its original container and keep the container tightly closed. Do not keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. If you throw any medicines away make sure that children will not find them. 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Senate conrms rst out gay male to federal bench


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The U.S. Senate made history on Monday by conrming for the rst time ever an openly gay male to serve as a federal judge. By a vote of 80-13, the Senate conrmed J. Paul Oetken, whom President Obama nominated in January to sit on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. A simple majority was required to conrm Oetken. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, praised the Senate for what he said was a historic vote in conrming an openly gay male to the federal bench. Conrmation of Paul Oetken serves as a role model for all LGBT people interested in serving on the judiciary and shows LGBT youth that hard work pays off, Solmonese said. Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, also commended the Senate for conrming Obamas nomination in a statement, although he made no mention of the nominees sexual orientation. The president welcomes the conrmation of Mr. Oetken and is condent that he will serve the American people with distinction from the district court bench, Inouye said. Denis Dison, spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said the LGBT community still has a lot of rsts to achieve and the Oetken conrmation is great news. The Victory Fund has been advocating for LGBT appointments in the Obama administration through its Presidential Appointments Project. It wasnt even two decades ago that openly LGBT people had a hard time even being considered for a presidential appointment, and some who got nominated faced erce opposition in the Senate, Dison said. Today, more than 200 LGBT Americans have been appointed by President Obama, and more than 25 of those were nominated for Senate-conrmable positions. No Democrat voted against the Oetken nomination. The Republican votes against the nomination were Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jerry Moran (R-Ky.) James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Senators who didnt vote on the nomination were Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and David Vitter (R-La.).

The Senate this week conrmed J. PAUL OETKEN to the federal bench by a vote of 80-13.
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Oetken is rst openly gay male to be conrmed to the federal bench, but not the rst openly LGBT person. U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts, an out lesbian who currently sits on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is considered the rst openly LGBT person to sit on a federal court. She was appointed during the Clinton administration. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who ruled against Californias ban on samesex marriage Proposition 8 last year, has also come out as gay. However, he only told reporters about his sexual orientation after he retired from the bench. With only two openly gay people conrmed by the Senate to the federal bench, Solmonese said greater representation of LGBT people is still needed on the judiciary. The federal bench is greatly lacking LGBT diversity and with thousands of qualied LGBT attorneys in the [United States], there is no reason why the federal bench should not better reect the composition of our country, Solmonese said. The Senate conrmed Oetken to the position after 30 minutes of debate in which senators from both sides of the aisle praised Oetken and encouraged senators to vote for his nomination. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who recommended the nomination to Obama, praised Oetken on the Senate oor for his excellence in legal work and the moderation of his views, but also made special note of his sexual orientation. As the rst openly gay man to be conrmed as a federal judge and to serve on the federal bench, he will be a symbol of how much we have achieved as a country in just the last few decades, Schumer said. And importantly, he will give hope to many talented young lawyers who, until

now, thought their paths might be limited because of their sexual orientation. When Paul becomes Judge Oetken, he will be living proof to all those young lawyers that it really does get better. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved Oetken unanimously by voice vote in April, said Americans should be proud of President Obama for taking this critical step to break down another barrier and increase diversity in the federal judiciary. All of us in the Senate can also be proud that Mr. Oetken was reported with the support of every member of the Judiciary Committee Democratic and Republican and will be conrmed by what I believe will be an overwhelming vote in the Senate, Leahy said. It is a sign that, as a nation, we have taken a new and welcome step on the path of ensuring that our federal judiciary better reects all Americans. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also spoke favorably of Oetken on the Senate oor calling the nominee qualied and noting the nominee hails from his home state of Iowa while encouraging other senators to vote for the nomination. However, Grassley didnt mention Oetkens sexual orientation on the oor of the Senate. I support this nomination and congratulate him on his professional accomplishments, Grassley said. Oetken has practiced law at Debevoise and Plimpton, and since 2004, served as associate general counsel at Cablevision. From 1999 to 2001, Oetken was associate counsel to President Clinton and specialized in First Amendment issues, presidential appointments, ethics, civil rights and legal policy. Additionally, Oetken served in various

capacities as an LGBT advocate. The nominee has been involved with Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union. Oetken also co-authored a U.S. Supreme Court friend-of-the-court brief in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down sodomy laws throughout the country. Oetken isnt the only openly gay judicial nominee that the Senate has advanced closer to a position on the federal bench. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 14-4 the nomination of Alison Nathan, an out lesbian whom Obama also selected to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Another openly gay judicial nominee, Edward DuMont, has been nominated for a position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to take up his nomination. In a statement provided to the Washington Blade, Hagan, one of the senators who didnt vote on the Oetken nomination, praised the Senate conrmation of the appointee. I applaud the overwhelming bipartisan support for the nomination of Paul Oetken to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Hagan said. A great day for the LGBT community and the nation. Sadie Weiner, a Hagan spokesperson, said the North Carolina Democrat didnt vote on the Oetken nomination because the senator was delayed while traveling by aircraft. On Monday, Sen. Hagan was in Charlotte to speak to a camp for highschool aged young women interested in pursuing studies and careers in high technology industries, Weiner said. Her scheduled ight from Charlotte back to Washington was delayed several times causing her to miss the Senate vote on Judge Oetkens nomination.

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income tax, as well as FICA and Medicare tax, on that phantom income unlike her other married colleagues. Andrew Sorbo, a Cheshire, Conn., resident and retired history teacher, also testied about nancial troubles he faced after his spouse, Colin Atterbury, died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. Among other things, Sorbo said he was denied the right to be included in his deceased spouses medical insurance plan through the federal government. When I retired as a teacher in 2005, I had no alternative except to pay for my insurance coverage in full through my former school district, at a much higher cost than if I could have been covered under Colins plan as a spouse, Sorbo said. Last year, my insurance payments consumed almost a third of my $24,000 teacher pension. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the committee, spoke out in his opening statement for passage of the Respect for Marriage Act and said it would allow same-sex couples married under state law to receive federal benets. Nothing in this bill would obligate any person, religious organization, state, or locality to perform a marriage between two persons of the same sex, Leahy said. What would change, and what must change, is the federal governments treatment of statesanctioned marriage. The time has come for the federal government to recognize that these married couples deserve the same legal protections afforded to opposite-sex married couples. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the DOMA repeal legislation, maintained that the anti-gay law should be off the books because marriage, as well as other issues related to family such as adoption and divorce, have been under the jurisdiction of state law. Family law has traditionally been the preserve of state law, Feinstein said. The single exception is DOMA. Chief Justice [William] Rehnquist once wrote that family law has been left to the states from time immemorial, and not without good reason. He was right. Passed by Congress in 1996, DOMA was signed into law by President Clinton. Both Clinton and the bills sponsor at the time, former Republican Rep. Bob Barr, have come out for repeal of the law. DOMA has two components: one that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage and another that allows states not to recognize such marriages performed in other jurisdictions. As a result of the component of DOMA known as Section 3, married same-sex couples cannot participate in federal programs. For instance, they cant le joint federal income taxes, receive spousal benets under Social Security or obtain exemptions of the estate tax law upon the death of one of the spouses. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who represents a state where same-sex marriage

will be available next week, emphasized the scal reasons for repealing DOMA and predicted that lifting the anti-gay law from the books would, on balance, likely increase federal revenue. According to Schumer, in 2004 the Congressional Budget Ofce found that DOMA repeal at the time would have increased revenues by less than $400 million a year from 2005 through 2010, and by $500 million to $700 million annually from 2011 through 2014. I think that there are three fundamental principles at stake here, Schumer continued. Repealing DOMA makes good scal sense, it respects states rights to make their own determinations about marriage, and it treats all married people the same. Its fair, it makes sense, and its time. The sole committee member to speak out against DOMA repeal during the hearing was Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking Republican on the committee. Grassley, who represents a state where same-sex marriage is legal, said he opposes the Respect for Marriage Act because he believes marriage should be reserved for one man and one woman. The bill before us today is entitled the Respect for Marriage Act, Grassley said. George Orwell would have marveled at the time. A bill to restore marriage would restore marriage as it has been known one man, one woman. That is the view of marriage that I support. This bill would undermine, not restore marriage by repealing it. Grassley and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) were the only Republican senators who made an appearance at the DOMA hearing. Grassley was the only GOP committee member who asked questions of the witnesses. Witnesses who married someone of the same-sex testied about how DOMA negatively affected their relationship or their ability to receive benets after the death of their spouse. The hearing took place on the heels of an announcement from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday that President Obama supports the Respect for Marriage Act. I can tell you that the president has long called for legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people families, friends and neighbors, Carney said. He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Congressman Nadler, which would take DOMA off the books once and for all. This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian the same rights and legal protections as straight couples. President Obama has previously said he supports legislative repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, but has yet to come out in support of the Respect for Marriage Act, which is the specic measure pending before Congress that would repeal the law.

During the hearing, Grassley erroneously said that Obama until Tuesday was a supporter of DOMA. During the 2008 campaign, Obama made full repeal of DOMA one of his campaign promises.

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House members also testied on both sides of the Respect for Marriage Act. Two Democratic members Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the sponsor of the bill, and John Lewis (D-Ga.) favored DOMA repeal, while Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a lawmaker known for his anti-gay views, opposed it. Nadler maintained that not just samesex couples but children being raised by LGBT parents are among those who are affected by the discrimination of DOMA. No legitimate federal interest in the welfare of children is ever advanced by withholding protection for some children based on the desire to express mild disapproval of their parents, Nadler said. It dees common sense to claim that its necessary to harm or exclude the children of married same-sex couples in order to somehow protect the children of opposite-sex couples. Similarly, Lewis expressed disbelief that Congress has yet to act on something as fundamental as allowing Americans the right to marry the person they choose. I nd it hard to believe that in the year 2011, theres still the need to hold hearings and debate on whether or not to allow people to marry the one they love, Lewis said. Lewis said DOMA imposes similar discrimination that blacks endured in the South under segregation and recalled the discrimination he faced as a child growing up in Southern Alabama. As a child, I tasted the bitter fruits and racism and discrimination, and I did not like it, Lewis said. And in 1996, when Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, the taste of that old bitter fruit lled my mouth once again. King, countering those arguments, based his testimony against repeal of DOMA on the basis that marriage is intended for procreation and thus should be reserved for one man and one woman because the union can produce children. The other side argues that you cant choose who you love and that the union between two men and two women is equal to that of one man and one woman, King said. These are the same arguments that are used to promote marriage between fathers and daughters, mothers and sons or even polygamous relationships. Expert witnesses on both sides of DOMA testied before lawmakers. LGBT advocates maintained DOMA should be repealed to lift the burden of discrimination against same-sex couples, while supporters of DOMA said the antigay law is necessary to keep marriage as between one man and one woman. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, was among the LGBT

advocates who testied during the hearing. He addressed the nancial burdens DOMA imposes on same-sex couples. DOMA means that the many protections the federal government provides for the health and nancial security of American families remain out of reach for same-sex couples and their children, Solmonese said. Same-sex spouses of federal employees and active members of the military are denied access to health insurance coverage and a host of other benets. Even when private sector companies voluntarily provide spousal health benets, they are taxed, making it nancially burdensome if not impossible for gay and lesbian couples to make use of these fair-minded policies. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said DOMA carves out a gay exception in the way the U.S. government traditionally and currently treats married couples. DOMA divides those married at the state level into rst-class marriages for those the federal government prefers and second-class marriages for those the federal government doesnt like, Wolfson said. But in America, we dont have second-class citizens, and we shouldnt have second-class marriages either. Arguing in favor of DOMA, anti-gay advocates maintained the importance of keeping marriage between one man and one woman. Austin Nimrocks, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, said the purpose of family and relationships is to procreate and raise children. Accordingly, from the lexicographers who have dened marriage, to the eminent scholars in every relevant academic discipline who have explained marriage, to the legislatures and courts that have given legal recognition and effect to marriage, they all demonstrate that an animating purpose of marriage in every society is to increase the likelihood that procreative relationships benet society, Nimrocks said. Marriage between a man and a woman is a long standing, world-wide idea that is a building block of society. Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics & Public Policy Center, warned that DOMA repeal could require the federal government to recognize not only same-sex marriages but also polygamous relationships. If the male-female nature of traditional marriage can be dismissed as an artifact and its inherent link to procreation denied, then surely the distinction between a marriage of two persons and a marriage of three or more is all the more arbitrary and irrational, Whelan said. Its doubtful that any further sliding down the slippery slope would be necessary to get to polyamory: unlike the novelty of same-sex marriage, the polygamous version of polyamory has been widely practiced throughout history and is therefore arguably up the slope from same-sex marriage.
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Rep. TAMMY BALDWIN is expected to formally announce her candidacy for the Senate later this summer in a race that could cost as much as $20 million.
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I am not well versed on all of the races or ballot measures, Bastian told the Blade this week. That said, I believe the most important goal for the LGBT community in 2012 should be to re-elect President Obama. Why? Just look at the alternatives! The Human Rights Campaign has already endorsed Obamas re-election bid and is expected to continue its past practice of contributing campaign funds to LGBT-supportive candidates through its political action committee. The HRC PAC contributed just over $800,000 to candidates in 2010 and just under $1.1 million to candidates in 2008, according to HRCs vice president for communications, Fred Sainz. The 2012 election year provides our community with a number of opportunities, including the successful reelection of our president, and a number of vulnerabilities, Sainz said. Unfortunately, the one ingredient that all of them share is the need for nancial resources to be successful, he said. We will continue to monitor the landscape, work closely with our partners on these various contents and will make smart and realistic investments at the appropriate time. Evan Wolfson, executive director of the marriage equality advocacy group Freedom to Marry, said the appropriate

time to address the expected marriagerelated ballot measures is now. He is calling on LGBT contributors to help raise money for the defeat of a ballot measure in Minnesota, where marriage equality opponents are asking voters to approve a state constitutional amendment dening marriage as a union only between and man and a woman. In Oregon and Maine, LGBT rights groups are taking steps to place on the ballot initiatives calling for overturning existing same-sex marriage bans. The proposed ballot measure would also put in place laws to give same-sex couples the legal right to marry. Ballot measures seeking to ban samesex marriage are also a possibility in Maryland and North Carolina in 2012. A ballot measure in Maryland is only expected to take place if the state legislature votes to legalize same-sex marriage, a development that LGBT advocacy groups and supportive lawmakers say is a possibility. Its unfortunately too early to be sure if were going to have enough money but its not too early to be doing the work, said Wolfson, in discussing the effort for winning marriage equality rights in Maine and Oregon and defeat marriage bans in the other states.

So we really need to step up and invest in the early persuasion and organizing that are the key to winning, Wolfson said. I strongly encourage funders, large and small, to make the best use of the money and time the most crucial element beginning now so we can move hearts and minds in advance of the end game. Thats how we win. The two co-founders of eQualityGiving. org, an LGBT political donors group, said they plan to follow the same process for advising and guiding LGBT donors in 2012 as they have in past election years. Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover, a Miamibased couple, said their organization sets specic criteria related to the level of support a candidate must express on LGBT issues before the group places that candidate on its list as a possible recipient for contributions from LGBT donors. We want them to support all of the criteria, said Juan Ahonen-Jover. We base our recommendations on their positions on our issues, he said. He said the group doesnt keep track of how much money its members give to candidates but he believes donors afliated with the group contribute a sizable amount of money to congressional and state legislative candidates throughout the country.

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

To hear the presidents progressive critics describe Obamas rst term, youd think it was George W. Bush all over again. From former Army Lt. Dan Choi to the folks at Equality Matters to a horde of disgruntled liberal bloggers, Obama cant catch a break. Hes anti-equality because he wont publicly endorse marriage. He didnt repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell fast enough. His Justice Department cant be trusted. Rather than praise Obama and others responsible for scheduling this weeks rst-ever Senate hearings on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, Choi slammed the process, complaining that the scheduled witnesses for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing are exclusively white and privileged. Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, said Obama should stop trying to have it both ways by remaining in opposition to same-sex marriage while saying his position could evolve as he demonstrates support for married samesex couples in other ways. When he says his position is evolving, hes not for same-sex marriage or against it, Socarides said. If the president wants to be on the right side of history, he needs to start leading on this issue now, or hes going to be left in the dust by other progressive leaders who are already on board. Socarides, of course, served as principal adviser on gay issues to President Bill Clinton from 1993-1999, when Clinton signed both Dont Ask, Dont Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act. Clinton didnt just sign DOMA, he bragged about it in 1996 campaign ads broadcast on Christian radio stations. And while Bill Clinton belatedly and reluctantly announced support for same-sex marriage, his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, still describes marriage as between a man and a woman. Her opinion is factually wrong, given that same-sex marriage is the law in a handful of states, D.C. and a growing list of foreign countries. The idea that Clinton acolytes, includ-

PRESIDENT OBAMAs list of pro-LGBT accomplishments is long and unparalleled for an American president.
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ing former adviser Paul Begala, are joining the chorus of Obama critics is laughable. Sure, Obama ought to endorse marriage equality and he will sometime in the next two years. But he long ago left the Clintons in the dust when it comes to advocating for LGBT equality. Maybe its because I was in D.C. covering the entire George W. Bush era and remember all too well the dearth of positive gay news during that time save for a couple of momentous court rulings but the Obama criticism rings hollow. His list of pro-LGBT accomplishments is long and unrivaled for an American president. Is the culture of victimhood so entrenched in the LGBT community that we can no longer recognize a true ally when he invites us into the White House? Obama has told us repeatedly that we should continue to push and criticize and many of us have and will. But the mindless harping evolve already! will have one lasting result: to depress LGBT voter turnout and donor enthusiasm in 2012. The Human Rights Campaign was assailed for its early endorsement of Obamas re-election, an absurd criticism given the sorry lot of homophobes running for the Republican nomination. After three years of progress and polls shifting in favor of LGBT equality, Michele Bachmann and her allegedly heterosexual husband Marcus have brought the discredited practice of ex-gay therapy back to the headlines. One of the top GOP contenders thinks homosexuality is a choice and that we can be cured. Kudos to Truth Wins Out for going undercover to expose what we all suspected was happening at the Bachmanns counseling center: the discredited practice of reparative therapy. It would be entertaining if not for the incalculable damage ex-gay therapy causes to young people confused about

their sexual orientation. The revelation begs the question: Is Michele Bachmanns husband also a client? Has Marcus Bachmann undergone therapy to change from gay to straight? The Bachmanns have lied about the clinics work for years and denied accusations of trying to cure gay people. The video from TWO proves it. In it, a counselor tells the TWO investigator that its possible to be totally free of same-sex attraction. This would all amount to yet another GOP sideshow if not for new polls showing Michele Bachmann taking the lead over Mitt Romney in Iowa. The state of the Republican Party should be cause for great alarm, not just among LGBT people, but sensible Americans of all stripes. The Tea Party faction of the GOP is willing to force the United States into default, unleashing untold nancial disaster, all in the name of destroying President Obama and reclaiming the White House. The job of president wont be worth spit if the country defaults on its debts and were sent into another Great Depression, something the last Republican president nearly wrought. Mainstream Republicans, including those at Log Cabin, must denounce Bachmann and the media should continue to hound her at every stop until she directly answers questions about the dangerous practices underway at her familys counseling center. In addition, if federal money went to support this clinics work, the government must investigate and demand a refund. There is too much momentum in the LGBT movement now to risk a RomneyBachmann ticket prevailing next year. Obamas critics are right to demand more, but there comes a time in politics to sober up and deal with the reality of whats attainable and which battles require more time to win.

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Shelley Berkley for Senate in Nevada


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realize why it will be so expensive. Money will be pouring in for Republican Heller from across the nation from every ultraconservative group out there. It is important for the LGBT community to be a part of the coalition that will counter that inux of funds with both campaign funds and workers. Berkley is a Democrat who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk when it comes to civil and human rights for all. She has a laser focus on rebuilding the economy in a way that will put her constituents back to work. She understands that the rst thing we need to do to bring down the decit is get people back to work. She is a realist. She is always ready to reach across the aisle to forge good legislation but she will never give up her principles to do so. She has a 100 percent positive voting record on LGBT issues while her opponents record is 100 percent negative. He lacks the understanding that supporting ENDA isnt special legislation but simple fairness and the right thing to do. Although he opposed the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, Berkley supported it and understood why both Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen said that repeal is not only the right thing to do but is actually good for the nation and will strengthen our military. Berkley and her constituents know that broadening the understanding of and ensuring everyones rights is the right thing to do. She supports immigration reform because we are a nation of immigrants. She ghts for jobs because she knows that when people can pay their taxes, pay their mortgages and keep their homes the nation is better off. Shelley Berkley understands how bad the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) budget is for her constituents and seniors everywhere.

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

Some political pundits are talking about the Democrats taking back the House in 2012 but possibly losing the Senate. There is one Democratic candidate in a small swing state, population 2.7 million, with a real chance to win a Senate seat currently held by a Republican who is retiring. Shelley Berkley, the seven-term congresswoman representing the people of the 1st District of Nevada is that candidate. Berkley was rst elected in 1998 and has what most would concede is a safe seat. She represents the southern portion of Nevada including Las Vegas, which is where most of the states population resides. Her opponent in the race for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Ensign, a Republican, is Dean Heller, an ultraconservative member of Congress in his third term in the House. This race will be closely watched and will be expensive. In 2010 Majority Leader Harry Reid spent nearly $28 million defending his seat against Tea Party opponent Sharron Angle. Berkley estimates that her race will cost $18 million. Thats a lot of money to raise. But if we remember that this seat could be the difference in the Democrats holding the Senate you

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She will work to reform our entitlement programs such as Medicare but will continue to oppose the Republican plan of issuing a voucher instead of guaranteeing all seniors health care. She knows that is the wrong way to do it. Berkley understands that limiting healthcare can have serious repercussions. An example would be having to tell a child who needs a prosthetic leg due to an accident or illness that they can only have one even when we know they will outgrow it or telling an adult on Medicaid that we will no longer pay for a needed prosthetic to enable you to go back to work and support your family. Berkley knows that balancing the fed-

eral budget on the backs of the poor and middle class in her state as Republicans want to do is wrong. She believes that we need to cut federal spending but at the same time we must insist that the rich and corporations pay their fair share. Shelley Berkley deserves the support of all Nevadans and fair-minded persons across the nation. She will be a senator who ghts to see that our nation guarantees civil and human rights for all people. Berkley understands that when we all assume our fair share of responsibility and when people running for ofce do so to bring us together rather than divide us, we will have better lives and our children will have a brighter future.

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Re: Choi slams DOMA hearing witnesses as exclusively white and privileged (news, July 18) I think its important to remember that this is a governing body that does things such as considering it credible to hold hearings on transgender rights without including even a single actual transgender witness. Its hardly surprising and in fact is just yet more evidence that the D.C. bubble these people operate in, from Obama on down, is just as impenetrable and as out of touch with whats really going on in this country as ever. They dont understand us or our issues, nor do they have any real desire to. This is nothing more than political posturing by Democrats to win the favor and solidify the support of wealthy (read: white) gays and lesbians with an election approach-

ing. As is just about always the case with these people, theyre focusing on where the money is: With the wealthy, and that means with those who are white. Even Barney Frank has said openly (in this very paper, I believe) that DOMA is going nowhere in Congress until ENDA is dealt with, and that means its going to be on the shelf for a long time to come, if current indications are any guide. When youre dealing with people who cant even bring themselves to hold hearings with witnesses who actually represent the people and issues theyre discussing, much less actually take on those issues legislatively as they promise us so profusely that they will when they need our support at election time, this is what were going to get. Get used to it. Rebecca Juro Dan, maybe you should read the full witness list and written statement list.

There you will nd me, with my three adopted children, who are of various backgrounds, and none of us are privileged. We are on the list, as is Ron, because we lost my spouse and my childrens other mom last year to pulmonary brosis. She was a Navy vet. How about supporting those who have stood up and gone public and made an impact in our local communities rather than staging big splashy demonstrations? Ron lives in very conservative Indio, and I live in Riverside, and both couples fought Prop 8 on the home front while facing illness and then death. This is a time to stand together, not to pick a ght. If DOMA goes down, then we all win our civil rights. Go support Ron he is aged and grieving and stressed. Be a community. Jill Johnson-Young If Choi became a supporter of HRC, he would have received HRC President

Joe Solmoneses e-mail asking people to share their story so he can tell Congress. Solmonese understands its not all about him, something Choi needs to learn. Until then, stop being a tool or just go away. HRCSupporter I second what Jill Johnson-Young and HRC Supporter have already said here. This is a time to be standing together and not be trying to cause trouble and division within our community. Dan Choi: you need to have the chip on your shoulder removed before the weight of it destroys you. I feel sorry that you feel the need to criticize even those whose actions would make this country a better place for you to live and be accepted. Janice Dan Choi is becoming the gay rights version of Cindy Shaheen. Take a break buddy, we got this, really. Bludhurst

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. For most of us, sun worshipping is a weekend activity that requires a little sunscreen to avoid a burn. But for those whose summer jobs involve spending all day in the sun, a safe skincare regimen is a must. We spoke last weekend to lifeguards and outdoor bartenders in Rehoboth Beach, Del., about their approach to protecting their skin from the suns potentially damaging rays. Daily exposure to the sun allows for production of Vitamin D. Vitamin D allows us to develop stronger bones and maintain a healthy immune system. But too much exposure to the sun can put you at a higher risk for damaging your skin and developing skin cancer. This leads to a bit of a conundrum. Do you sit under an umbrella all day and avoid damaging your skin, but miss out on the healthy benets of Vitamin D? Or could the desire for golden brown skin outweigh the risks? Kim Richardson of Milford, Del., is a Rehoboth Beach lifeguard. Richardson has a practical way of approaching her skin-care regimen for those long shifts up on the chair. She washes her face twice a day and uses Neutrogena SPF 45 for her face and Coppertone Sport SPF 30 for her body. Her partner-in-crime on the lifeguard chair, Keith Hocker of Lewes, Del., has also learned from his experiences as a lifeguard. My nose always peels when I just use regular sunscreen, he says. So he covers his nose and the base of his eyes in turquoise zinc oxide a slightly modern update to the iconic image of a lifeguard with white zinc oxide on his nose. The lifeguards are setting a good example for skincare in Rehoboth. But not everyone is quite as attuned to the need for sunscreen. We talked to two employees at Aqua Grill on Baltimore Avenue who take a more laid back approach to skincare.

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Kyle Scott, of Dover, Del., is a bouncer at the popular bar and restaurant and Josh Buchness of Rehoboth Beach is a bartender there. These guys make money while halfnaked. Protecting their assets should be important to them. When asked about his skin care practices, Scott stated that he simply washes with soap and takes showers. What about SPF? Nope. Scott says matter-of-factly, I usually get burned once real bad and then, thats it. This is clearly the laissez-faire approach to skincare. Buchness seems to realize the value of a great tan and offered an unorthodox recipe for achieving that extra-browned look. I usually use Diet Coke and baby oil together, baste in the sun, get some color, he said. Diet Coke and baby oil? That approach conjures

images of Kramer from Seinfeld rubbing butter on his body and baking in the sun. Like many other things in life that seemingly make us feel good but certainly can have negative side effects, your daily sun exposure is best enjoyed in moderation. To minimize damage to your skin, experts recommend avoiding exposure during the peak hours of noon to 2 p.m.; applying sunscreen every two hours and after swimming or excessive sweating; and wearing hats and sitting in the shade. Its also important to remember that sunscreen prevents burns, but it does not prevent cancer. For more information on safe tanning and the facts about skin cancer and melanoma, visit skincancer. org/tanning.

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Saying I do to matching tattoos


By CAROLYN SZCZEPANSKI
You already know the punch line to the most-told joke about gay women. What does a lesbian bring to a second date? A U-Haul. My partner Nicole and I skipped right over the moving in part and went straight for something that would make even award-winning PFLAG parents cringe: We got matching tattoos. OK, so it wasnt exactly our second date. It was Labor Day 2006 and we had been dating for a few months. I was in my mid-20s, working for a newspaper in Des Moines, Iowa, and, to make ends meet on my journalists poverty wage, I got a second job at an art house movie theater. Nicole was my boss. There are few things I hate more than romantic comedies, but I fell head over heels in the three minutes it took her to teach me how to sell the movie tickets. Later, I got a job offer from a much bigger newspaper and moved to Kansas City. It was only a three-hour drive from Des Moines to KC and that trip became a weekly journey for one of us. Now, before I go any further, its important to provide several points of context. 1. I mercilessly mock anyone with cheesy body art, including, but not limited to, stars, moons, butteries and Chinese symbols, if the individual in question is not, in fact, from China. 2. I hate hearts almost as much as rainbows (sorry) and 3. my least favorite color is red. OK, back to the story. After an afternoon of drinking beer at a Renaissance Fair with friends, we did what any self-respecting lesbians would: We went to Johnnys Sports Bar to watch some womens basketball and kept drinking. We started talking about our directly opposite personalities one of our favorite topics of discussion. Im a hyper-independent, workaholic Gemini, who feels like an underachiever if home before 9 p.m. Nicole is a nurturing, nesting Cancer who says I love you to her dog and means it. The irony of our situation suddenly took shape on a bar napkin. I drunkenly started sketching a heart in a box. A black heart in a red box. A red heart in a black box. Somehow that imagery seemed like the most brilliant commentary on our unlikely relationship. The next morning, we went to Outlaw Ink bar napkins in hand and got those hearts tattooed on our wrists. Opposite wrists, of course. In less than ve minutes I had permanently marked a highly visible part of my body with the type of body art that I had previously assigned to people who love Celine Dion and shop at Forever 21. And I love it. Dont worry. Were not completely codependent. We have our own individual tattoos, too. My philosophy for all of them is the same. Before I go under the gun, I need to know that, 30 years from now, no matter how much Ive changed, that image has meaning. With Nicole, that certainly comes instantaneously like the U-Haul on the second date. I

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Once youre over 35 to 40 you want an anti-aging cream, Dr. Tina Alster, MD, professor at Georgetown University and director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington. She suggests products containing ascorbic acid, which is vitamin C. I love ascorbic acid. It has a lot of antioxidant properties. It reduces wrinkles and promotes collagen synthesis, she says. For Jonith Breadon, MD, Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery, Chicago, skin discoloration and wrinkles are the biggest patient complaints. She recommends a product containing hydroquinone to eliminate discoloration and one with hyaluronic acid to plump up skin. She also advises better skin care as the best line of defense. The rst thing I tell patients is to get a good sunscreen, Breadon says.

As you check the labels on potions touting their age-reversing qualities you may regret you didnt pay better attention during high school chemistry. Peptides, ascorbic acid and antioxidants are some of the terms youll come across. But when youre spending $50 or more on a tiny jar and a promise you want more than a list of chemicals. You want some assurance that the ingredients will give you a more youthful appearance. The pricey products in department stores and drug stores fall under a broad category called cosmeceuticals, a blend of cosmetics and medicinal ingredients. Logan Circles newest full However, because the products are service salon and spa! classied as cosmetics, not medicines, little study has been done on their efcacy. ADVERTISING PROOF Come check out our team of That may be changing thanks to work ISSUE DATE: 05.20.11 SALES REPRESENTATIVE: CURTIS DORGAN (cdorgan@washblade.com) being done at the University of Illinois at talented artists serving all of Chicago. REVIEW AD FOR COPY AND DESIGN ACCURACY. Revisions must be submitted within 24 hours of the date of proof. Proof will be considered final and will be submitted for publication if revision is not submitted within 24 hours of My research is looking at the true the date of proof. Revisions will not be accepted after 12:01 pm wednesday, the week of publication.Brown naff pitts NS omnimedia llc (dba the washington blade) is not responsible for the your hair of your ad. body needs. content and/or design and Advertiser is responsible for any legal liability arising out of or relating to the advertisement, and/or any material to which users GN effectiveness of anti-wrinkle products, can link through the advertisement. Advertiser represents that its advertisement will not violate any criminal laws or EVISIONS any rgihts of third parties, including, but not limited to, such violations as infringement or misapporpriation of any says J. Regan Thomas, MD, head of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, music, image, or other proprietary or propety right, false advertising, unfair /LOGO REVISIONS competition, defamation, invasion of privacy or rights of celebrity, violation of anti-discrimination law or regulation, Otolaryngology (the study of ear, nose or any other right of any person or entity. Advertiser agrees to idemnify brown naff pitts omnimedia llc (dba the ADVERTISER SIGNATURE SIONS washington blade) and to hold brown naff pitts omnimedia llc (dba the washington blade) harmless from any and all By signing this proof you are agreeing to your contract obligations with the and throat diseases), at UIC. liability, loss, damages, claims, or causes of action, including reasonable legal fees and expenses that may be incurred washington blade newspaper. This includes but is not limited to placement, by brown naff pitts omnimedia llc, arising out of or related to advertisers breach of any of the foregoing representations payment and insertion schedule. and warranties. The ingredients hes targeting in his ongoing experiments are forms of vitamin C, topical estrogen, soy cream, peptides and retoinic acid and alpha hydroxy acids. Announcing the opening of LogAn 14 Med SpA Were looking at effects [in mice] on Allergan certified Botox and Juvederm cosmetic specialists the microscopic level. The ingredient could be sealing off the skin, but does it performing the latest in Age Management at Logan 14. have a real effect on the cells of the skin? Thomas says. Meanwhile dermatologists in private th 1314 B 14 St. NW, WDC 202-506-6868 www.logan14salonspa.com practice offer their own recommendations based on results with their patients.

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One morning you look in the mirror and they are there; creeping across your forehead and lurking around the edges of your eyes and mouth. They are wrinkles. For many people, wrinkles are a natural part of the skins aging process, says Dr. Howard L. Brooks, dermatologist and director of SKIN: Cosmetic Dermatology of Georgetown. Fortunately, there are many products and procedures available to temporarily eliminate wrinkles. Treatment of wrinkles depends primarily on the size and depth of the wrinkles. Small surface wrinkles can often be treated with over-the-counter or professionally available skin care products. This option requires consistent use of the products to maintain the effect, and, the effect often lessens over time as the skin continues to age and the wrinkles become deeper. A chemical peel is another option for ne wrinkles. This involves the application of a mild acid to the skin to improve the texture by removing damaged outer layers. Various laser skin resurfacing treatments are also used to provide the same basic results as a chemical peel As wrinkles progress, so do the treatment options. For deep wrinkles or furrows, more intense chemical peels and laser procedures can be used, as well as injectables. There are two basic types of injectables for treating wrinkles: botulinum toxin-based products and llers. The two botulinum toxin products currently available in the U.S. are Botox and Dysport. These products work by blocking nerve signals to muscles, reducing activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles. Fillers, as the word implies, are various types of solutions that are injected under the surface of the skin used to plump up wrinkles and ll in lost volume. Commonly used llers include Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane. As every persons skin care need differs, I spend a lot of time with my patients explaining the benets and the expected results of the many options available. says Brooks, who has been trained in treating wrinkles and other skin rejuvenation procedures.

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Theres a happening on 14th Street. It has all the essential 60s elements: music, sex, drugs, counterculture sensibility, art, some dancing, and even a cast of Warhol superstars. But be warned its a violent crime scene too. The Studio 2ndStages summer show Pop! is a musical mystery that asks not so much who shot Andy Warhol (everyone knows it was radical feminist writer and hanger-on Valerie Solanos who pulled the trigger), but why? Was the non-lethal shooting a random act of craziness or did the seemingly soulless Warhol ask for it? In 90 fast-paced minutes of song, fun, and complaint, were asked to gure it out. Action kicks off interactively, and getting seated is parted of the fun. On entering Studio Stage 4, theatergoers nd a party already in progress lled with scenesters (costumed in bell bottoms, fringy vests and mod frocks by Ivania Stack) and a few artists in action. Here a woman paints the inside of a bathtub; across the room, a videographer lms a young man in various states of undress. His image is projected largely on a back wall. Set designer Giorgos Tsappas has morphed the black box venue into a slightly smaller version of Warhols legendary Factory (his silver-walled Manhattan studio/ party space) with aluminum foil and varied touches of iconography including brightly labeled Brillo boxes and 15 outsized handgun silk screens. Eventually the milling about ends, the stage lights come up and we meet the famously bewigged Warhol played with marvelous languor by Tom Story. We learn he has blithely offered each of his minions an empty brown paper lunch bag in lieu of money or contracts (no wonder he was shot). And in response to that shooting, he utters an underwhelming Ouch, quickly setting the tone and introducing Warhol in all of his deadpan glory. Sleuthing begins in earnest when the evenings hostess transsexual star Candy Darling (young actor Matthew Delorenzo) assigns detective duties to Factory factotum Gerard Malanga (Luke Tudball) and opera-loving, speed freak Ondine (Sean-Maurice Lynch) who proceeds to snort up the chalk used to mark where Warhols injured body had fallen. While all and sundry are suspect, inspector magnifying glasses are trained on a trio of Factory ladies: beautiful heiress turned junkie, Edie Sedgewick (Marylee Adams); smart, sexy Viva (Deborah Lubega); and nally the fore-mentioned Valerie Solanas (Rachel Zampelli), the proud lesbian author of the SCUM (society for cutting up men) manifesto. Seems each has her reasons to resent Warhol, and all three are called on to express it rather formulaically in song. The score (played by a terric sixperson band led by Christopher Youstra) makes reference to various musical genres rock, Latin, vaudeville and Gospel. Highlights include a spot lit Candy Darling singing a lament to her fading star, and the madcap funeral sequence in which the cast dons outr clerical garb and sing long and loud about their injured leader. Even Mama Wahola (the artists original surname) makes the scene. Then theres Big Gun, a rousing disparagement of the male member sung by Solanas backed by Edie and Viva. But whats missing from the score considering many of the Factory girls and boys prodigious drug habits is a musical paean to heroine or maybe a zippy patter song about methamphetamine. Stylishly staged by Studio 2ndStages artistic director Keith Alan Barker, the production is a strong collaboration of designers and performers. Theyve recreated a feel for the Factory in a musical theater setting not easy. Pop! makes revisiting the crime scene fun.
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Gay singer/songwriter ERIC HIMAN is in town this weekend.

Himan to play D.C. date


Eric Himan, an award-winning gay singer/songwriter, plays Sollys U St. Tavern on Sunday at 7 p.m. on his way to the SiriusXMs The Coffee House in New York to record some of his tracks live. Hilman has been featured in The Advocates 40 under 40, Out Magazines Out 100 and LOGO #1 Click List Artist. Tickets are $5 at the door. No advance sales.

The Young Playwrights Theaters award-winning student theater ensemble, the Young Playwrights Workshop, will be performing their original play, Out of the Shadow, on Saturday at noon in the Baldacchino Tent of Fort Fringe (607 New York Ave.) as part of Capital Fringe. As the only Fringe play this year written and performed by a youth ensemble, D.C. students take a stand against bullying by presenting multiple perspectives and sharing important stories. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased online at capfringe.org. For more information on the play and the workshop, visit yptdc.org.

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The D.C. Gay Flag Football League is having its rst Gay Bowl Championship game between the Washington Generals and the D.C. Admirals on Sunday at 10 a.m. to see who will be the A team at the Gay Bowl in Houston this year. The game, which takes place at Carter Barron (4850 Colorado Ave., N.W.), is the rst in a series of three to determine the best D.C. traveling team. The second game will be July 31 at 10 a.m. with a third game if necessary following at 11:30 p.m. For more information on the league and to see team rosters, visit dcgf.org.

Magnolias production in D.C.


Keegan Theatre is closing its 2011 season with Steel Magnolias, which opens Saturday at 8 p.m. and will run through Aug. 21 at Church Street Theater (1742 Church St., N.W.). Magnolias follows the life of six Southern women as they gossip, needle and harangue each other as well as comfort and repair one another. Directed by Mark Rhea, Magnolias will star mother/daughter combo Sheri Herren and MLynn and Laura Herren as Shelby. Rounding out the cast is Linda High, Jane Petkofsky, Larissa Gallagher and Brianna Letourneau. General admission tickets are $35 and $30 for students and seniors and can be purchased by calling 703-892-0202 or by e-mailing boxofce@keegantheatre.com.

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Spooky Movie Film Festival Summer Series - El Monstro Del Mar/Dark Souls, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.

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SAT, JUL 23

Golden Dragon Acrobats from China, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

Steel Magnolias, Keegan Theatre, Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com.

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Miranda Cosgrove, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

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Born Guilty Trilogy, The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. 202-824-0449. theatrelab.org.

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The Goo Goo Dolls w/ Michelle Branch & Parachute, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

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CLYB O UR NE PA R K , T H R U S UN, A U G 1 4 W O O LLY MAM M O T H. 2 0 2 - 3 9 3 - 3 9 3 9 . W OOL LYMA MMOTH . N ET A white community in 1950s Chicago splinters over the black family about to move in. Fast-forward to our present day, and the same house represents very different demographics as we climb through the looking-glass of Lorraine Hansberrys classic A Raisin in the Sun. These hilarious and horrifying neighbors pitch a battle over territory and legacy that reveals how far our ideas about race and gentrication have evolved--or have they? CAP I TAL F RI N GE - F IN A L D AY S Thru July 24th - Venues throughout the DC. Final two days to attend productions from new and established artists. Partial list shown below. For complete listings visit shows.capfringe.org. S AT J UL 23 ART NO UV E A U : N E W S T Y L E F OR A N EW CEN TU RY. A L L - DAY S E MI NAR, S M IT HS O N IA N R E S ID E N T A SSOCIATE PROGRA M, RI P LE Y CE NT E R . 202- 633- 3030 . R E S ID E N TA S S O C IAT E S . ORG. Learn about the origins, historical inuences on the style, and identifying characteristics of the chief protagonists of Art Nouveau, an artistic movement which quickly spread across Europe, England, and America at the turn of the 20th century. P E RU: S ACRE D GE O GR A P HY T UE , J UL 26 NAT I O NAL G EO GR A P HIC . 2 0 2 - 8 5 7 - 7 0 00 . N GL IV E. ORG/ DC. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis returns to the Andes, where a unique culture with both indigenous American and Spanish European roots maintains a reverent connection with the land.
The Guide to Arts & Culture is provided by CultureCapital.com a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. Photo courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

Grease, Olney Theatre Center. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org. Local Color, Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com.

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2nd Annual Fool for All: Tales of Courage and Poultry; 70 Million Tons; A Day at the Museum; A Year of Living Dangerously; Redrum & The Bedroom; Alice, An Evening with Alice Roosevelt Longworth; Assembly Required: Comedy A to Y; Boston Marriage. 866-811-4111. shows. capfringe.org.

Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead Sidney Lumet Retrospective, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. Summer Outdoor Concert: Oli Brown Band, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.

THU, JUL 28

NSO at Wolf Trap: The 5 Browns, NSO, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

ONGOING STAGE
Visit to a Small Planet, American Century Theater, Gunston Theatre Two. 703-998-4555. americancentury.org. Wicked, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Pop! Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.

SUN, JUL 24

A Wild Play; An Hour With Ken Johnson; Belle Parricide; Caught in Dantes Fifth: The Naked Truth of Kindred Spirits; CRAVE; Cry for the Gods: The Last Queen of Hawaii; Destination? Slammer; Divas Just Wanna Have Fun; Fat Men in Skirts; for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. 866-811-4111. shows.capfringe.org.

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Corcoran Gallery of Art. Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran, Chris Martin: Painting Big, Washington Color and Light. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. Kreeger Museum. Tom Wesselmann DRAWS. 202-338-3552. kreegermuseum.org. National Gallery of Art. Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/Ronde de Nuit, A Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome: The Capitoline Venus, In the Tower: Nam June Paik. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. National Geographic. Race to the End of the Earth Exhibition, Machu Picchu: A Lost City Uncovered, Photographs from the Hiram Bingham Expeditions 19111915, The Etruscans: An Ancient Italian Civilization. 202-857-7700. nglive.org/dc. Museum of Women in the Arts. Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Womens Lithographs from Tamarind, The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.

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Brian McKnight: Just Me Tour, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. Jazz in the Garden: Elikeh, National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. NSO at Wolf Trap: Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org. Artistic Visions: Opening Reception, Arlington Artists Alliance, The Gallery at Convergence. 703-998-6260. arlingtonartistsalliance.org.

ONGOING GALLERIES
Frieze Project: Leila Holtsman; Barcode Orchestra, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. JAT Paper Brass & Process, Schlesinger, Fisher Art Gallery at Schlesinger. 703-845-6156. nvcc.edu.

SAT, JUL 23

Emmylou Harris, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

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One of the larger LGBT sports group in the D.C area is the D.C. Front Runners. About 300 members strong, they can often be seen running or walking in groups throughout different sections of the city. Founded in 1981, the group offers a variety of options for people looking for a regular schedule of exercise. They belong to an extensive network of Front Runner clubs that have representation around the world. Currently there are about 100 Front Runner chapters, representing 36 states and 10 countries. Annual member dues for the group are $25 for individuals, $40 for households and $10 for students. Members receive weekly e-mail updates, a quarterly newsletter, running store discounts, entry into an intra-club race/walk circuit competition, access to race training programs and invitations to club social functions. The walking circuit is hosted on Saturday mornings, Tuesday evenings and on federal holidays in the morning. The group either meets at 23rd and P streets N.W. or at Union Station. The walk is between 3 and 4 miles with the path taken varying between several different loops. The pace of the walkers can be brisk or just a leisurely stroll. The group will make sure you are not walking alone. The run circuit meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings and on federal holiday mornings. These are non-competitive runs and depending on the day, they run along Rock Creek Park, the National Mall and the Potomac River. They also meet at either 23rd and P Street N.W. or Union Station. The distance and pace is at the discretion of each runner and the leaders will help you nd someone with similar needs. It is common for Saturday morning runs to have about 50 in attendance.

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with a wet underwear contest, wet lube wrestling, prize packages and Manhunt giveaways. The Black Cat is hosting Confusion an indie dance party with DJs Jennder and William Alberque tonight bringing together old-school electro, big 80s, britpop, glam, NYC funk, indie, old school, dance oor classics and more. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. This is a free event. Tribute2, the nal exhibition at Irvine Contemporarys 14th street location (1412 14th St., N.W.) opens today with a reception with the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit features works by Shepard Fairey, Gaia, Melissa Ichiuji, Alexa Meade, Oliver Vernon and more. For more information, visit irvinecontemporary.com. teamdc.org. MuralsD.C. is launching its 2011 program with The Art of Vandalism: A Close Up Look at Grafti in D.C. tonight at 6 p.m. in the Langston Room at Busboys & Poetss 14th and V location (2021 14th St., N.W.). The panel and presenters will include former taggers, artists, people from agencies that clean grafti and those who fund public art. For more information, visit busboysandpoets.com.

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The Brightest Young Gays presents X-Mas in July tonight at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. featuring Tight Fang, DJ staylo and more. There is a $10 cover that will benet Live It Learn It, an organization whose mission is to boost student academic achievement and motivation by supplementing conventional classroom instruction with rigorous, academically focused trips to DCs world-class resources. The musical Wicked will be performed at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Wicked tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, before Dorothy landed in Oz. Tickets range from $37 to $250 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org. Remingtons (639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) is having a special ladies night tonight from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. with DJ Nan, dance lessons at 9 p.m. and no cover before 10 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing Sondheims Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tonight at Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd.) in Vienna. Tickets range from $20 to $70 and can be purchased online at wolftrap.org.

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The Junior League of Northern Virginia is having a Back-to-School Health Fair for uninsured and underinsured, lowincome children in need of physicals and immunizations to enter school for the rst time today at Arlandria Health Center (2 East Glebe Rd.) in Alexandra from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information and advance registration, call 703-535-5418. The Soundry Players are putting on their rst production tonight with Hiding All Away, an original one-act play by local experimental playwright, Jake Baskin at The Soundry (316 Dominion Rd.) in Vienna tonight from 8 to 9 p.m. Admission is $2. Spunk-E productions presents Slippery When Wet at Green Lantern (1335 Green Court N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) presents Venus in Fur a play by David Ives which tells the story of an actress who arrives unscheduled for an audition and ends up in a battle for power, today at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $46 to $57 and can be purchased online. The plays run has been extended through July 31. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit studiotheatre.org. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents The Complete World of Sports (abridged) tonight at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $49 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org. Nellies (900 U St., N.W.) hosts its weekly Guil-tea Dance today from 3 to 8 p.m. featuring guilty pleasure pop music provided by DJ Shea Van Horn and sweet tea vodka specials.

Rainbow Response is having a volunteer meet and greet tonight at the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Lambda Bridge Club meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) across from Marine Barracks for duplicate bridge. No reservations are needed and newcomers welcome. For more information or if a partner is needed, visit lambdabridge.com. Green Lantern (1331 Green Court, N.W.) will host the weekly Poz D.C. happy hour upstairs from 8 p.m. to midnight. DJs C-Dubz, Keith Hoffman, Jason Horswill and T-N-T Music factory will be spinning. Jacob Pring will host and bartend.

THURSDAY, JULY 28

MONDAY, JULY 25

SAGE Metro D.C. is holding its monthly meeting tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.).

TUESDAY, JULY 26

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance will hold a membership meeting tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. in room 120 at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave.). Team D.C. presents Night Out at the Mystics today at 7 p.m. as they take on the San Antonio Silver Stars at the Verizon Center (601 F St., N.W.). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Busboys & Poets will be hosting a reading and book signing with four local authors at its new Hyattsville location (5331 Baltimore Ave., Suite 104) tonight at 6 p.m. The four authors are Julia Duin, David Levy, Richard Morris and William Loizeaux. This is a free event. Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., N.W.) presents Art Deck-O, an exhibit featuring the works of 54 D.C. artists who produced creative designs that form a deck of playing cards. The works were then turned into a functional playing cards. Both the original work and the playing cards will be on display. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Country music star Keith Urban brings his Get Closer 2011 World Tour to the Verizon Center (601 F St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. Colony House (1700 Lee Highway) and the Washington Blade present

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Theres something fun about people who are of means and do have access and discovering their lives can be just as exciting, dramatic and disappointing as yours. Plus its an ensemble show and people love ensembles because they can pick their favorite and tune in to see how theyre faring. Even the ones people hate I hate to say character because its reality, but in the sense of being a dramatic narrative, they do sort of become characters you still love to watch the ones you hate. Reichen, during a gym break (its legsand-shoulders day; he goes seven days a week), says he learned early on to let go of the naysayers. It was also hard, he says, watching the rst season and seeing how much was left out that would have added context to some of the less-attering scenes. I used to read the blogs but then half way through, I stopped. I got rid of my Google alert and I have become a much happier person, he says. I kind of live in my own world. There were so many comments about my relationship with Rodiney, they said I didnt care about him, I just brought him here and dropped him, but the truth is I made sure he had everything he needed and every opportunity he wanted and you know got him on his feet so he could pursue the stuff he wanted to do. It was such a slap in the face to watch this kind of play out in a very one-sided way Rodiney knew it too. He was like, Oh my god, he tried his best and Reichens not like that with me at all. Letting go of the negative energy has centered Reichen in other ways, he says. It helped him shrug off the full frontal nude photos that surfaced recently of him. He admitted the photos shot from the neck down are of him. If that had happened ve years ago, I think I would have shut myself into a mental institution, he says. But now my skin is so thick, I knew as soon as they surfaced, there would be every possible reaction. People would make fun of me, they would hate me, some people would like them you just get to a point where you can deal with it whether its good or bad. It totally sucks that they surfaced without my permission it was supposed to be a private thing, not something I broadcast for the whole world but I wasnt gonna pull an Anthony Wiener and lie about it. I was like, Yeah, its me, go ahead and start shooting your arrows and lets get it over with. I did mention that a lot of gay men do this kind of thing. I dont feel I did anything immoral or illegal. It just so happens that because it was me, people cared. Rodiney agrees the show complicated their dating life and admits he was nave about what he was getting into when he signed on. Last year was not easy for me, he

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says. It was very intense. Its like I do the show and I forget I have the cameras there but its who I am and theyre shooting me. There were a lot of difcult people who liked to create drama in my life. Im the kind of person who just wants to live my life and not worry about somebody elses life. The couple broke up in November, shortly after the rst season started airing. Rodiney admits the show was a factor. Might they still be together without A-List? Id say it was half and half, he says. The show helped us to break up. We started to date and moved to New York together just six months into the relationship. It was very stressful for us. I cant handle that. Reichen says he and Rodiney are now friends in the best way possible and says the second season has been much easier to shoot since hes not in a relationship. Its been more focused on my business ventures, he says. When it comes to the drama, Ive been off the pedestal in the best way possible. New this season is 25-year-old Nyasha Zimucha, a straight entrepreneur and mega-achiever who runs her own business, hair-and-wig shop Embrace Your Hair. She was previously a judge on Little Miss Perfect. Shes a native of South Africa and came to the United States in 2001. Shes been in New York three years and knew A-List-er Mike Ruiz before joining the cast. She says her presence adds an

interesting punch to the new season. I think youre going to be very entertained at how some of these relationships develop, both positive and negative, she says. Its an interesting mix. Here you have this straight black girl with these six white, very handsome, very accomplished gay men. I think its historic because theres really been nothing like it on television. Youre going to see not just the ghts but the fun too, and I think that will be fun for the audience. The second season is still taping even as its rst episodes are set to air. Three are fully edited and in the can. Pupa says he doesnt know how long theyll shoot until he feels they have enough footage to bring the storylines to a sensible conclusion. So how organic or contrived are the scenarios and does editing, obviously a necessity, sometimes distort the narrative? Like on any show, we like there to be a beginning, a middle and an end, Pupa says. You want to see the cast members start somewhere and end somewhere else. For each one its different. Last season we were still shooting until 10 days before the last episode, which is really unusual for this type of show but its a lot more real than people think. They think its all very planned out but its really not. We ended last season with an argument between Austin and Reichen. That happened less than two weeks before it aired. None of the participants were contractually obligated to return for the second season. And the producers dont

tell them they have to meet with certain people or attend certain events. They take suggestions, though, and say they want to do their part to make the show as compelling as possible. Its a nice relationship with cast and production, Reichen says. We all understand the result is trying to create something that people will want to watch. Camera crews follow cast members six days per week for about 10 hours each day when the show is shooting. Pupa says the cast does its best to schedule things more likely to be interesting when the show is shooting and save the boring stuff like meeting with lawyers for their business ventures off-camera. Reichen, for instance, says he traveled much of the six months between the two seasons, though he did see all the cast members at least once during that time, most often at charity events, which he says draw little media attention. He guesses he was only in New York for about 60 days of that six months. Hes been busy prepping a new book and getting ready to launch a fragrance line. Often the best moments happen when the full cast is together. Thats when we have the greatest dynamic, Pupa says. Everybody loves Ryan. If hes throwing a party, you know the whole cast will be there. If Austin throws a party, we dont know who will walk through the door. And what about Austin is he really the troublemaker he seemed to be from season one? Reichen says theres some stuff between them that goes down in season two. Youll just have to watch, he says. Rodiney has a tougher assessment. I dont trust him and we cannot be friends, he says. Hes the kind of person I want him far away from my life. Hes evil and he does crazy stuff and I dont want him part of my life. Pupa says Austin is realitys answer to characters like Alexis and J.R. The golden rule of docu soap TV is that just because someone is hated doesnt mean theyre not watchable, he says. Its a Joan Collins thing for sure. Sometimes you dont want to admit to liking Austin, but you love watching him. Nyasha says the title is a bit of a misnomer and says the show ultimately works because its real and people from all walks of life can relate. What its really about is interesting, dynamic people living in New York, she says. Some have great careers and some aint doing nothing, but it unfolds as great TV because its honest. Even a young straight woman can relate to this or that. Some might think, I dont relate, what the hell am I doing watching this crap? but any level of negative is part of the drama of any relationship and theres not one person who doesnt have some level of drama. If there is, give me their number. Its just heightened because its on TV.

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