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ERIC FANNING holds the second-highest civilian position in

the U.S. Air Force.


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Govt program brings
advocates to Colombia
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By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
The rst training as part of a USAID-backed
public-private partnership designed to promote
LGBT rights around the world will take place in the
Colombian capital from May 30-June 2.
Advocates from across Colombia are expected
to attend the Bogot training that is designed to
teach participants how to become involved in the
countrys political process. The Gay and Lesbian
Victory Institute and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation
for Justice will conduct the four-day seminar with
Colombia Diversa, a nationwide LGBT advocacy
group, as part of the LGBT Global Development
Partnership that will contribute $11 million over the
next four years to activist groups in neighboring
Ecuador and other developing countries.
Colombia Diversa Executive Director Marcela
Snchez on Thursday will also moderate a panel on
the role out public ofcials play in the advancement
of LGBT rights in Colombia and the United States.
Bogot City Council member Anglica Lozano;
Tatiana Pieros, a transgender woman whom
Bogot Mayor Gustavo Petro appointed last
year to run the Colombian capitals social welfare
agency; Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute President
Chuck Wolfe and Francisco Herrero, director of
the Democratic National Institute, a group that
encourages underrepresented groups to become
involved in the South American countrys political
process, are scheduled to take part.
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Under Secretary Fanning on his career
and vision for an LGBT-inclusive military
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
After being bitten by the politics bug in 1988, a
gay Dartmouth college student would abandon
plans to pursue a career in architecture and instead
move to D.C., where he would ultimately ascend the
ranks to take on the second-highest civilian position
in the U.S. Air Force.
It was the New Hampshire primary after eight
years of Ronald Reagan that led Eric Fanning to shift
his career trajectory to politics and policy.
The campaign hooked me on politics. I found
my way into an internship on the Hill and decided I
wanted to come back, Fanning said. I got a great
job on the House Armed Services Committee,
which is not easy to do. I was very lucky to get that.
The chairman of the committee, for whom I was
research assistant, was, within 16 months, Clintons
rst defense secretary, so I was over here in the
Clinton Pentagon. The path kind of wrote itself very
early on.
Fanning, 44, reected on his career path and
vision for an LGBT-inclusive Air Force during an
interview with the Washington Blade in his ofce
at the Pentagon on Wednesday the rst media
interview hes granted since the U.S. Senate
conrmed him last month as under secretary of the
Air Force by voice vote.
After his initial work on Capitol Hill, Fanning
worked as special assistant to the Secretary of
Defense, and associate director of political affairs at
the White House. During the Bush administration,
he worked for Business Executives for National
Security, a D.C.-based think tank before joining
U.S. promoting LGBT rights abroad
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panel discussions, dance party
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
The ongoing immigration debate will
provide the backdrop for the seventh
annual D.C. Latino Pride that will take place
at various locations throughout the city from
May 30-June 6.
Unid@s Director Lisbeth Melendez-
Rivera was set to moderate a panel co-
organized by the Latino GLBT History
Project and the D.C. Latino Pride Advisory
Committee on how the issue impacts
LGBT Latinos. James Ferg-Cadima of the
Mexican American Legal Defense and
Educational Fund and Dilicia Molina of La
Clnica del Pueblo are among those who
were to take part in the event on Thursday
at the Human Rights Campaign.
Marco Antonio Quiroga, an
undocumented gay immigrant who works
for Immigration Equality, and Valerie Villalta,
a trans advocate who received asylum in the
U.S. in 2009 after she ed from her native El
Salvador to D.C., also discussed the issue.
This years celebration takes place
just days after the Senate Judiciary
Committee approved a comprehensive
immigration reform bill that did not include
amendments that would have allowed
gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-
born partners for residency and permitted
married same-sex couples to apply for
marriage-based green cards.
Not only were our LGBT families painfully
left behind, but politicians used my family as
an excuse for discrimination, Quiroga wrote
in a May 24 post to Immigration Equalitys
website. When politicians and pundits talk
about the Latino community and the gay
community as separate communities, they
exclude me. They exclude my family. This
false separation hurts our communities.
Members of the Latino GLBT History
Project were among the tens of thousands
of people who rallied for comprehensive
immigration reform outside the U.S. Capitol
last month. The group also worked with
CASA de Maryland and Equality Maryland
last year on a campaign designed to garner
additional support for Marylands same-
sex marriage law and in-state tuition for
undocumented immigrants.
Both ballot measures passed during last
Novembers referendum.
As an LGBT Latino group, immigration
reform is very important to us, David
Prez, president of the Latino GLBT History
Project, told the Washington Blade.
In addition to the immigration panel,
D.C. Latino Pride will also hold a bilingual
Mass at Metropolitan Community Church
in Northwest Washington on June 2 from
6 8 p.m. Joe El Especialista of El Zol 107.9
will deejay a party at Town on June 6 that
Candy Citron from the Spanish-language
radio stations Pedro Biaggi en la Maana
program will emcee.
Founded by Jos Gutierrez in 2000, the
Latino GLBT History Project has staged its
annual D.C. Latino Pride for seven years. It
also celebrated its eighth annual Hispanic
LGBT Heritage Awards in 2012.
This years D.C. Latino Pride will also take
place against the backdrop of a series of
LGBT-specic advances that have taken
place in countries throughout Latin America
over the last several months.
Pride is a really exciting time of the year
where we can all celebrate our culture, our
identity, Prez said. There are denitely
many reasons to celebrate LGBT equality
and great activities and legislation thats
passing throughout Latin America as well
as to renew our commitment to continue
to ght for LGBT equality for equal
treatment under the law for all Latinos
here in the United States and in many of
our members home countries throughout
Latin America.
Casa Ruby, the D.C. Center and other
LGBT rights organizations on Tuesday
announced they plan to hold an alternate
Latino Pride that will take place at various
locations throughout the metropolitan area
from June 4-9.
Prez disputed Casa Ruby CEO Ruby
Corados claims that the Latino GLBT
History Project left her group and others out
of this years Pride celebrations.
Casa Ruby was invited to be part of the
advisory committee, but decided not to
participate, he said.
Threatening letter, powder sent
to gay gun control advocate

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
D.C. police, Fire Department
investigators and FBI agents rushed
to the Human Rights Campaign
headquarters in downtown Washington
shortly after 5 p.m. on Memorial Day
to investigate a threatening letter
containing a suspicious powdery
substance, according to police and a
Fire Department spokesperson.
Fire Department investigators
determined from tests that the substance
found on the letter was not hazardous
and posed no threat to those who may
have come into contact with it, said Fire
Department spokesperson Lon Walls.
The letter, which had no return address
or name on it, was mailed to nationally
recognized gun control advocate Mark
Glaze, who had been working for the Raben
Group, a lobbying and political consulting
rm that rents space in the HRC building, a
police report and people familiar with the
incident said.
Although Robert Raben, founder and
owner of the Raben Group, and Glaze are
gay, the threatening letter addressed the
subject of gun control and had nothing
to do with LGBT rights, said Erika Soto
Lamb, communications director for Mayors
Against Illegal Guns, for which Glaze serves
as director.
Glaze reported that he arrived [at] his
ofce and retrieved his mail and then went
outside into the park area to open his
mail, the police report says. One of the
envelopes opened by [Glaze] contained a
threatening message which had a whitish
orange substance on the note, the police
report says.
Glaze left the envelope on the park
bench, which was located on the side of
the building. The letter was addressed
to Complainant 1 [Glaze] but there was
no return address or senders name, the
report says.
Glaze then called police, triggering
the arrival of police and Fire
Department members.
Ill be working with the FBI and MPD
to learn more, Raben told the Blade
in a statement. Im grateful no one is
physically injured, and sad that hard working
professionals have to be concerned about
this, but regrettably we do, he said.
A witness at the scene sent a text
message to a friend reporting that police
blocked the street near the intersection of
17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.,
where the HRC building is located, shortly
after Fire Department and police vehicles
arrived on the scene.
The witness also reported that police
put yellow crime scene tape around the
HRC building as law enforcement ofcials
conferred among each other.
Walls of the Fire Department said
the FBI routinely joins D.C. police
to investigate incidents in which
threatening communications are sent,
including those sent with a powdery
substance. He said the substance
almost always turns out to be harmless.
We get about two or three of these calls
each day, mostly on work days, he said.
But we always test it and investigate. We
take this very seriously.
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FBI investigates suspicious
envelope mailed to HRC building
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MARK GLAZE received a threatening letter at
his ofce located in the HRC building.
Latino Pride arrives amid immigration debate
A scene Irom last year's Latino Fride. This year's events run through June .
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Mayor taking steps to restore
payments for patients

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Whitman-Walker Health and several
other D.C. health care organizations
say they are continuing to provide
services to Medicaid clients with HIV/
AIDS following the announcement in
April that a city contractor had stopped
paying Medicaid claims.
Whitman-Walker and several other local
providers serving HIV/AIDS patients told
the Blade they have so far managed to
get by without getting paid for patients
on Medicaid following the nancial
collapse of a city contractor that has
operated D.C.s Medicaid program.
A Washington Post story on Sunday
reported that many small health care
providers, including doctors ofces and
small clinics serving low-income clients,
were struggling to keep their doors
open since the Medicaid payments
stopped last month.
The Medicaid problem began earlier
this year when Chartered Health Plan,
the company that arranged for Medicaid
payments to doctors, hospitals, and
other health care providers entered
into voluntary receivership after
encountering severe nancial problems.
Under its contract with the city,
Chartered managed Medicaid related
issues for more than 100,000 low-
income D.C. residents, according to a
statement released in April by the D.C.
Department of Health Care Finance.
The Post reported that Chartered
Health Plan, once a multimillion dollar
company, faced near nancial collapse
this year as an apparent result of
revelations in late 2010 that its owner,
Jeffrey E. Thompson, allegedly nanced
a shadow campaign in support of
Vincent Grays 2010 mayoral election.
The United States Attorneys
ofce continues to investigate issues
surrounding the campaign, which the
citys Ofce of Campaign Finance has
said violated the citys campaign nance
law. Gray has said he had no knowledge
of the so-called shadow campaign
and has cooperated with investigators
looking into the matter.
Whitman-Walker spokesperson Chip
Lewis said Chartered owes Whitman-
Walker just over $40,000 in back
Medicaid payments for patient services.
Whitman-Walker Health is absorbing
the delay in payments from Chartered
Health Plan within our current operations,
Lewis told the Blade. Going forward, we
do not anticipate this outstanding balance
will create a major nancial burden as
it is a relatively small amount of funds
compared to our monthly operating
budget of $2.2 million.
Ron Simmons, executive director
of Us Helping Us, and Lloyd Buckner,
executive director of MetroHealth,
formerly known as the Carl Vogel
Center, said the citys Medicaid payment
delays havent adversely impacted their
respective organizations at this time.
Both organizations provide services for
people with HIV/AIDS and both accept
patients on Medicaid, the two said.
Ofcials with La Clinica del Pueblo
and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which
provide services for people with HIV/
AIDS in D.C., couldnt immediately be
reached for comment.
In light of the nancial problems of
Chartered, I will be taking steps to protect
the Districts health care provider network
that has taken years for us to develop,
Mayor Gray said in a statement in April.
My primary goal is to protect the
stability of the community-based providers
that will be at risk of closing their doors and
turning away patients if there is a signicant
delay in being paid, Gray said.
Gray said that he directed his Deputy
Mayor for Health and Human Services,
BB Otero, and the Department of Health
Care Finance to develop a plan to provide
relief for providers hit the hardest by the
Medicaid payment cutoff.
The Post reported that since the time
of the mayors announcement last month
the city has retained a new company,
AmeriHealth Caritas of Philadelphia, to
replace Chartered Health as the citys
lead contractor for Medicaid services.
AIDS groups coping as contractor
stops paying Medicaid claims
I hope there will be an opportunity
to have a conversation about
opportunities for LGBT people to be
involved in their government, Wolfe
told the Washington Blade before he
traveled to Bogot.
The training will take place less than
a week after Vice President Biden met
with Colombian President Juan Manuel
Santos in Bogot during a six-day trip
that also brought him to Trinidad and
Tobago and Brazil.
Bidens ofce did not return the
Blades request for comment on whether
the vice president discussed LGBT-
specic issues with Santos. A senior
administration ofcial who briefed
reporters before the trip said the Obama
administrations objective is to work
with our partners across the hemisphere
to promote a hemisphere thats middle
class, secure and democratic.
They each have a government that
share our democratic values, that are
focused on delivering for their citizens
and on working as partners to advance
common interests across the region and
around the world, the ofcial said.
The Colombian Senate in April struck
down a bill that would have extended
marriage rights to same-sex couples.
The same chamber in 2007 defeated
a measure that would have allowed gays
and lesbians to enter into civil unions;
but the countrys Constitutional Court in
three separate rulings later that year and
in 2008 extended property, social security
and other rights to same-sex couples. The
tribunal in 2009 ruled gays and lesbians
who live together must receive the
same rights that unmarried heterosexual
couples receive under Colombian law.
The Constitutional Court in 2011
ruled the countrys Congress must pass
legislation within two years that extends
the same benets heterosexuals
receive through marriage to same-sex
couples. They can legally register their
relationships on June 20 if lawmakers
fail to act on this judicial mandate.
Lawmakers in the South American
country in 2011 also passed a new anti-
discrimination law that includes sexual
orientation.
Colombia was also among the
countries that helped secure passage of
the United Nations rst-ever resolution
in support of LGBT rights earlier in the
same year.
Colombia Diversa estimates 58 of the
reported 280 LGBT Colombians who
were murdered between 2010-2011 were
killed because of their sexual orientation
or gender identity and expression. A
report from the Latin American and
Caribbean Network of Transgender
Women (REDLACTRANS) notes 61 trans
women in Colombia have been reported
killed between 2005-2011.
Federico Ruz Mora of the Santamara
Fundacin, a group based in Cali that
advocates on behalf of trans women, told
the Blade last month while he and other
Colombian LGBT rights activists and
ofcials visited the United States that local
police often exacerbate the problem.
USAID in 2009 began to work with the
Colombian National Police on how to
more effectively engage the countrys
LGBT advocacy organizations. Law
enforcement personnel from Colombia,
Sweden and the United Kingdom took
part in a 2010 seminar the agency and
the Swedish Embassy co-sponsored
on how police can better interact with
LGBT Colombians.
Colombia Diversa and the Santamara
Fundacin has also received USAID
grants and other support to expand
their efforts to document anti-LGBT
violence and work with authorities to
better prosecute the perpetrators.
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among those in Colombia this week.

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White House to host Pride reception
WASHINGTON The White House is hosting its annual reception
celebrating June as Pride month on June 13, marking the rst such celebration
in President Obamas second term.
One person invited to attend the event received an invitation last Thursday.
A White House ofcial conrmed the event is taking place June 13.
The Obama administration has held a Pride reception at the White House
for each of the previous four years President Obama has been in ofce.
Attendees are typically made up of leaders from the LGBT community,
including lawmakers, activists and celebrities. The occasion on June 13 marks
the fth such celebration at the White House.
Last year, the Pride celebration took place shortly after Obama came out in
support of marriage equality, which he referenced in his remarks to attendees.
And Americans may be still evolving when it comes to marriage equality
but as Ive indicated personally, Michelle and I have made up our minds
on this issue, Obama said.
Illinois poised to vote on marriage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. State lawmakers were expected to vote on a bill to
legalize same-sex marriage this week, according to media reports.
The state Senate endorsed the bill earlier this year; supporters of the
measure were trying to line up the needed 60 votes to pass it this week. The
assembly was scheduled to adjourn Friday. Visit washingtonblade.com for
updated reports.
If passed, Illinois would become the 13th state plus the District of Columbia
to legalize same-sex marriage.
HBOs Liberace biopic scores in ratings
HBOs Steven Soderbergh-helmed Liberace biopic Behind the
Candelabra debuted Sunday night with Michael Douglas earning rave
reviews in the title role and Matt Damon playing boy toy Scott Thorson.
The lm drew 2.4 million viewers in its rst airing, a new record for HBO,
and a total of 3.5 million viewers for its rst two showings.
The lm has inspired an avalanche of media attention. Thorson, whose
memoir the movie is based on, is in jail and was proled two weeks ago in the
New York Times.
And USA Today just ran a strong assessment of the singers life by
interviewing several people who knew him. Liberace died of AIDS in 1987.
Gay soccer player takes the eld
LOS ANGELES Robbie Rogers, a professional soccer player who came
out as gay in February, took the eld with his new team the Los Angeles
Galaxy for the rst time this week.
He thus became the rst openly gay male to compete in a major U.S.
professional team sport. No open gays have yet to compete in the NBA,
NFL, MLB or NHL. The NBAs Jason Collins came out as gay recently but is a
free agent and has not yet played since coming out.
Earlier today I was really nervous, Rogers said, according to a Reuters
report. OK, this is a soccer game. Ive done this a million times. But then
obviously I know, Im not naive, I know people are watching.
But president hopes for future
move to allow out leaders
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama praised the Boy
Scouts of Americas decision to lift its
ban on openly gay youth, but added
he hopes the organization will take
further action to allow openly gay Scout
leaders, according to the White House.
Shin Inouye, a White House
spokesperson, issued the response to
the 103-year-old organizations decision
to end its ban on gay youth last week
in response to an inquiry from the
Washington Blade.
The President welcomes the decision
by the Boy Scouts of America to open its
membership to all, regardless of sexual
orientation, Inouye said. He has long
believed that the Scouts is a valuable
organization that has helped educate
and build character in American boys
for more than a century.
Inouye added, He continues to
believe that leadership positions in the
Scouts should be open to all, regardless
of sexual orientation.
Last Thursday, the 1,400 members
of the Boy Scouts National Council
approved a resolution to end its ban on
gay youth from participating by a margin
of 61-38 percent. But the measure leaves
in place the ban on openly gay leaders.
Obamas views on the Boy Scouts
policy on gay members is particularly
signicant because, as president of
the United States, he also serves as
honorary president of the Boy Scouts.
Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts
spokesperson, responded to the White
House by saying the organization
continues to appreciate Obamas
support for the organization.
For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of
America has been a part of the fabric
of this nation, with a focus on working
together to deliver the nations
foremost youth program of character
development and values-based
leadership training, Smith said. We are
thankful President Obama recognizes
the value of the organization.
GLAAD praised Obamas statement.
As the Honorary President of the
Boy Scouts of America, this statement
on President Obamas support is
signicant, said Rich Ferraro, a GLAAD
spokesperson. Gay parents and adults
should be accepted into Scouting and
our campaign for change will continue
until that happens. As openly gay youth
begin participating in Scouting and
earn Eagle Rank, the Boy Scouts will
come to realize that gay Americans and
our families only strengthen Scouting as
an institution.
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Prominent gay Democratic Party
donor Jonathan Lewis is pledging
to cut off funds to the party over his
disappointment that bi-national same-
sex couples were excluded from the
immigration reform bill.
In a statement provided to the
Washington Blade on Tuesday, the
Miami-based philanthropist said hes
turning off the tap for Democrats and
urging others to do the same over
the immigration issue and President
Obamas reluctance to issue an
executive order barring LGBT workplace
discrimination.
During the immigration reform
debate Senate Democrats had the
opportunity to reverse some of the harm
caused by DOMA and they buckled
under pressure, essentially taking LGBT
families for granted, Lewis said. With
the president failing to deliver on his
promised federal contractor executive
order and with Senate Democrats
caving to Republican threats, now is the
time to stop investing in Democratic
cowardice and stand proud by
withholding donations until we see our
friends actions and deeds align with
their rhetoric I will be withholding my
donation and asking all of my friends
and family members to do the same
until such time.
Last week, Senate Judiciary Chair
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) withheld from the
committee amendments that would
allow gay Americans to sponsor their
foreign partners for residency along the
lines of the Uniting American Families
Act after Democrats on the committee
Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.),
Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.)
said they couldnt vote for the measures
out of fear of losing Republican support
for the larger bill.
Lewis, who provided money to fund
LGBT groups such as Freedom to Work
and GetEQUAL, provided the maximum
amount of $30,800 to the Democratic
National Committee and the maximum
amount of $2,500 to President Obamas
re-election campaign in the last election
cycle. His fortune comes from his family,
founders of Progressive Insurance.
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statement, nor did the DNC immediately
respond to a request for comment.
Lewis statement to the Blade builds
off an op-ed piece he published on the
same day in The Hufngton Post, titled
No More Excuses: Mr. President,
in which he calls on Obama to issue
the executive order barring federal
contractors from engaging in LGBT
workplace discrimination as a way to
make amends for the absence of UAFA
in immigration reform.
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Blade come on the eve of the annual
LGBT DNC gala held in New York City.
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gay NBA player Jason Collins are set to
headline the event while Love Song
singer Sara Bareilles will perform as the
musical guest. It remains to be seen
whether Lewis statements will have any
impact on the funds that the DNC raises
at the event.
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isnt universal among LGBT donors.
Bruce Bastian, a gay Utah-based
philanthropist known for his support
of the Human Rights Campaign,
told the Blade via email he blames
Republicans for the exclusion of UAFA
from immigration reform and said his
donations to Democrats will continue
to ow.
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Americans, I am very disappointed
that Republicans continue to dene
our relationships as less than straight
couples and have derailed the Uniting
American Families amendment,
Bastian said. But this is not the time
to pull back in support of any kind.
We are moving in the right direction.
Those who do not want us to have full
equality will continue to try to stop
our momentum. I will continue to ght
them with my time, effort and money.
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worked to include UAFA is saying Lewis
sentiment is shared by others whove
supported the Democratic Party.
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Immigration Equality, said hes heard
from Democratic donors that theyre
rethinking the political contributions
and priorities following the exclusion
of the amendment for gay couples from
immigration reform, although he wasnt
immediately able to provide names.
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conversations, signicant Democratic
donors have had with our executive
director and with other people working
on this said they were very disappointed
in what happened last week, and theyre
looking at where they invest their
donations moving forward, Ralls said.
Ralls further pointed to the comments
on Schumers Facebook page
expressing anger over his refusal to back
UAFA as part of immigration reform
along with warnings not to attend New
York City Pride as evidence this anger
is felt not just by donors, but the LGBT
community at large.
There is palpable anger among
the LGBT community in social media,
in conversations that weve had with
supporters, Ralls said. I do think there
will be a political price for senators to pay.
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By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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An 18-year-old lesbian arrested in
February for having consensual sex with
her then 14-year-old girlfriend and high
school classmate has rejected an offer by
a Florida prosecutor to lower the charge
against her in exchange for a guilty plea.
At the advice of her lawyers and
parents, Kaitlyn Hunt turned down an
offer to plead guilty to third-degree
felony child abuse, even though the
charge doesnt require her to be listed
as a sex offender and the prosecutor
promised to recommend she be
sentenced to home detention rather
than time in prison.
She is currently charged with two
counts of lewd or lascivious battery, a
second-degree felony that carries a
possible sentence of 15 years in prison
and lifelong registration as a sex offender.
Our client is a courageous teenager who
is choosing not to accept the current plea
offer by the State of Florida, said defense
attorneys A. Julia and Joseph Graves in a
statement released to the media.
This is a situation of two teenagers
who happen to be of the same sex
involved in a relationship, the attorneys
said. If this case involved a boy and a
girl, there would be no media attention
to this case.
Hunts decision to reject the plea offer
came after more than 100,000 supporters
from throughout the U.S. and several
other countries signed an online petition
initiated by her parents calling for the
prosecutor to drop the case.
In response to a campaign started
by her father, Steven Hunt Jr., and her
mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, about 30,000
supporters joined a Facebook group
called Free Kate.
The prosecutor, State Attorney Bruce
Colton of Indian River County in central
Florida, said his ofce has no plans to
drop the charge. He took exception to
claims by Hunts supporters that Hunt
was singled out because of her sexual
orientation, saying his ofce would have
led the same charge if an 18-year-old
male had a sexual encounter with a
14-year-old girl.
If one person is over the age of 18
and the other is between the age of 12
and 16, thats the crime, regardless of the
sex of either or both of them, the New
York Times quoted Colton as saying.
The State Attorneys Ofce tendered
an extremely lenient plea offer in
this case which would have ensured
the defendant avoided any term of
incarceration and the stigma of being
labeled a sex offender, Colton said in a
statement released on May 24. In fact,
in all probability, the defendant would
have avoided being a convicted felon.
Hunts parents and supporters said
that under the plea offer, a judge
would have the option of rejecting
the prosecutors recommendation and
could hand down a sentence of as much
as ve years in prison.
Colton said the case is now scheduled
to go to trial in mid-July. Observers said
the younger girl would likely be called as
a witness and asked about the intimate
details of her sexual relations with Hunt.
Hunts parents disclosed in a
statement posted on Facebook and in
the online petition that the arrest of their
daughter was initiated by the parents of
the younger girl, whose name has been
withheld from the public court record
because shes a minor.
According to Hunts parents and
lawyers, the other girls parents
contacted the county sheriffs ofce
after learning their daughter was in
a romantic relationship with an older
girl she met in school and that the
relationship involved sex.
They are out to destroy my daughter
because they feel like she made their
daughter gay, Hunts mother, Kelly
Hunt Smith, said in the petition.
They see being gay as wrong and
they blame my daughter, she said. Of
course, I see it 100 percent differently.
I dont see or label these girls as gay.
They are teenagers in high school
experimenting with their sexuality with
mutual consent.
Added Smith, And even if their
daughter is gay, who cares? She is still
their daughter.
Hunts parents and friends point out
that Hunt was a member her schools
womens basketball team, where she
met her girlfriend, and sang in the school
choir. They note that at the request
of the younger girls parents, school
ofcials expelled Hunt, preventing her
from graduating with her class this year.
An arrest afdavit led in court says
the younger girl told a detective with
the Indian River County Sheriffs Ofce
that she and Kaitlyn Hunt began dating
in November 2012, three months after
Hunt turned 18 in August 2012, and
while she was 14 and a freshman. Hunt
was a senior, authorities said.
The afdavit says the younger girl
told the detective the two began having
sexual relations before Christmas 2012
and the sex continued through January
2013. It says the younger girl disclosed
their rst sexual encounter took place
in a bathroom at Sebastian River High
School, where the two went to school.
On at least one occasion, the two had
sex in Hunts bedroom at her parents
home in Sebastian, Fla., a community
located near the City of Vero Beach, the
afdavit says.
It says that the younger girl cooperated
with sheriffs investigators by agreeing to
their request that she allow investigators
to record a phone conversation she
initiated with Hunt. The afdavit says the
younger girl asked about their sexual
encounters during the conversation,
prompting Hunt to acknowledge that
the sexual encounters took place.
Based on that controlled phone
call, as the afdavit calls it, the Sheriffs
detective arrested Hunt on Feb. 16.
It says Hunt waived her Miranda right
to remain silent and admitted to the
detective that she and the younger girl
engaged in consenting sex.
Your afant asked Kaitlyn if she
knew it was wrong to have sex with [the
younger girl] due to [her] being 14 years
old, the afdavit says. Kaitlyn stated
she didnt think about it because [the
younger girl] acted older.
CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
Lesbian student rejects plea in sex-with-minor arrest
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12 MAY 31, 2013 NATl ONAL NEWS
KAITLYN HUNT, 18, Iaces 15 years in prison Ior
a consensual relationship with a younger teen.
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provided non-discrimination protections to transgender workers.
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which enforces federal laws against workplace discrimination.
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drafting the EEOCs new Strategic Enforcement Plan, which explicitly lists
workplace protections for LGBT Americans among the Commissions national
priorities, Almeida said.
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100,000 protest French marriage law
More than 100,000 people marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday in
opposition to Frances new same-sex marriage law, which took effect this week.
Police said an estimated 150,000 same-sex marriage opponents took part in the
protest in the French capital. La Manif Pour Tous, the group that led the campaign
against the same-sex marriage law, said in a press release the march drew one million
people.
French television reported authorities arrested 231 people who clashed with
police at the end of the march.
Despite all of the governments attempts to intimidate, this protest will go down
in history as an immense success, La Manif Pour Tous said. It was the great shock
of hope that France needs.
President Franois Hollande on May 18 signed his countrys same-sex marriage
bill into law after the French Constitutional Council rejected a challenge to it. The
measure received nal approval in the French National Assembly last month amid
growing concerns the rhetoric against it had sparked a spate of anti-gay attacks
across the country.
Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau of Montpellier were to become the rst gay
couple to tie the knot in France on Wednesday.
Loving and committed gay and lesbian couples should be able to get married
no matter who they are or where they live, said Andre Banks, executive director of
All Out, a group that rallied support for the French same-sex marriage law. We are
so happy that France has made the world a freer and more beautiful place for gays
and lesbians.
Neighboring Belgium and Spain are among countries in which gays and lesbians
can legally marry.
Gay couples in Uruguay and New Zealand will be able to tie the knot in August
once their same-sex marriage laws take effect.
Brazils National Council of Justice on May 14 ruled registrars cannot deny marriage
licenses to same-sex couples.
The Colombian Senate last month overwhelmingly rejected a same-sex marriage
bill. Gays and lesbians will be able to legally register their relationships in the South
American country on June 20 if lawmakers fail to act upon a 2011 ruling from the
nations highest court that mandated them to pass legislation within two years that
extends the same benets heterosexuals receive through marriage to same-sex
couples.
The British House of Lords next month is slated to debate a measure that would
extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in England and Wales.
Russian police arrest 30 at Moscow Pride
Russian police last week arrested 30 gay activists who attempted to stage a Pride
celebration in Moscow.
Reuters reported authorities took the advocates into custody outside Moscow
City Hall for violating the Russian capitals ban on gay rights marches. A photo that
Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride, posted to his Facebook page shows
a man punching him in the face before his arrest.
Gay Star News on Friday reported Russian authorities came to Alekseevs home
and warned him, his mother and another Pride organizer that they could face charges
under Russian law if they staged the event.
I dont know what will happen tomorrow and how many people will be courageous
enough to turn up for Moscow Pride, Alekseev told the website.
The Moscow arrests took place against the backdrop of increasing criticism of the
Russian government for widespread anti-LGBT discrimination and violence in the
country.
The State Department in January criticized the passage of a bill in the Russian
Duma that would prohibit the promotion of homosexuality to minors. Russian
lawmakers are expected to give nal approval to the measure in the coming weeks.
A St. Petersburg court in February upheld a previous ruling that dismissed a
lawsuit against Madonna for violating the citys ban on homosexual propaganda
to children during an August 2012 concert.
Two men remain in custody after they allegedly sodomized Vladislav Tornovoi with
empty beer bottles and set his body on re near Volgograd on May 10 after he
reportedly came out to them following a night of drinking.
Gay Ukrainian advocates rally
Dozens of advocates held the Ukraines rst gay rights rally in the countrys capital,
Kiev, in spite of an earlier court ruling that banned it on the same day Russian
authorities arrested Moscow Pride participants.
The Ukraine march took place eight days after thousands of people attacked a
few dozen Georgian gay rights advocates who tried to rally in Tbilisi, the countrys
capital, to commemorate the annual International Day Against Homophobia.
Irakli Vacharadze, founder of Identoba, a Georgian LGBT advocacy group that
organized the rally, told the Washington Blade earlier this month that violence
against gays and lesbians in the former Soviet republic remains a serious concern.
He said on May 19, two days after the mob attacked him and other rally participants
that, we are sitting in our homes and cant get out.
As for Alekseev, authorities released him from custody a few hours after his arrest.
I am now safe and in the safe location, he said in post to his Facebook page on
Saturday. We did it! Thanks to all [who] came out without fear despite the bans.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Puerto Rico guv signs LGBT bills into law
Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garca Padilla on Wednesday signed two
bills that would ban anti-LGBT discrimination on the island and add sexual
orientation and gender identity and expression to the U.S. commonwealths
domestic violence laws.
The dignity of being a human being is inviolable because we are all the
same and we must be equal under the law, the governor said in a tweet
before he signed the measures at his ofcial residence in San Juan. Today
is a great day for Puerto Rico. I feel that I have fullled my duty as a Christian
to sign these laws.
The Puerto Rico Senate on Monday approved an amended version of the
non-discrimination bill that passed by a 29-22 vote margin in the islands House
of Representatives on Friday. Lawmakers on the same day also approved the
domestic violence measure.
The Puerto Rico Senate rst approved the non-discrimination bill on May
16 by a 15-11 vote margin.
Its a new day in Puerto Rico, Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force told the Washington Blade before Garca signed the
measures into law. After years of struggle, we are on the brink of equality.
Puerto Rico will be a place for all.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz and singer Ricky Martin are among
those who have also applauded the passage of the two bills.
A number of prominent Puerto Rican religious leaders criticized lawmakers
who supported the measures.
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Puerto Rico resident HECTOR MALDONADO stands outside the island's capital on May 1 beIore
the Senate approved a non-discrimination bill.
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Once President Obama assumed
ofce, Fanning went to work as Deputy
Chief Management Ofcer for the
Department of the Navy and continued
in that role until he was nominated
in July for his role as Air Force under
secretary. In that role as part of Air Force
leadership, Fanning is responsible for
affairs on behalf of the secretary of the
Air Force, including organizing, training
and equipping the service. Fanning,
whos single, lives in Logan Circle and
works at the Pentagon.
Throughout his service in the
government, Fanning has witnessed the
enactment of Dont Ask, Dont Tell
in 1993 as well as the ban on openly
gay service members being lifted
after President Obama signed repeal
legislation in December 2010.
Dont Ask, Dont Tell was
implemented when I got here,
Fanning said. That wasnt a particularly
fun experience listening to the senior
generals and admirals talk about those
issues now it was 20-plus years ago.
It made this last round more rewarding
just to see the change in the attitudes in
the senior uniform leadership.
Although he said hes never felt like
hes been discriminated against while
working at the Pentagon, Fanning said
working for an institution that would
have discharged him for being openly
gay if he had served on the uniform side
was challenging and he was on pins
and needles as legislation to repeal the
law met obstacles in Congress.
I left the Pentagon before the re-
election and then didnt come back
until this administration when we had a
president who said he was going to end
it, Fanning said. It was very difcult when
we were getting to the end of the rst two
years and it wasnt clear if we were going
to be able to repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
I didnt know what I was going to do if we
didnt get the repeal through because
some people couldnt work because they
were openly gay or lesbian.
Fanning isnt a stranger to LGBT
advocacy work. From 2004 to 2007,
he served on the board of the Gay &
Lesbian Victory Fund. Fanning said hes
limited in the degree to which he can
take part in LGBT organizations, but
does contribute to pro-LGBT causes.
Among them was a recent donation
to Scouts for Equality, the organization
the led the way for the Boy Scouts to
approve a resolution ending its ban on
gay youth.
I think those organizations are
important, Fanning said. Its one of
the reasons I gave so much time to the
Victory Fund. But I dont think theres
anything as important as just living an
open life of integrity and productivity.
... The more of us that are out and just
doing the normal course of work of
what we do as brothers, sisters, sons,
colleagues, neighbors, I think thats one
of the most important things we can do.
Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Victory Fund,
said Fanning represents what LGBT
Americans can achieve and said his
new role in the Air Force appropriately
ts someone who helped elect LGBT
people as a Victory Fund member.
Erics appointment is another positive
step for LGBT Americans, who have
begun to reject the idea that authenticity
and public service are incompatible,
Wolfe said. As a Victory Fund board
member, Eric worked to make it possible
for talented, committed leaders to serve
the public regardless of their sexual
orientation or gender identity. Its tting
that he has now become a high-prole
example of that mission.
Like many gay Americans, Fanning
said hes closely monitoring the
proceedings at the Supreme Court on
two prominent gay rights cases: one
challenging Californias Proposition 8,
the other challenging the Defense of
Marriage Act. Fanning said the case
against DOMA is also professionally
important to him because that law
precludes major partner benets
including health and pension benets
from owing to service members with
same-sex partners.
It has a signicant impact on the
Department of Defense as well because
so many of these benets conversations
are tied up with DOMA, which is a federal
law that we have to follow, Fanning
said. In some ways, DOMA, which I
think is a terrible law, made the repeal of
Dont Ask, Dont Tell easier because it
took some of the more emotional issues
off the table, but in terms of extending
benets, I think everyone who serves in
uniform should have full access to legal
benets, and so, DOMA is the main
roadblock to that.
Fanning also takes the helm of the Air
Force after an announcement in February
that the Pentagon would extend to
service members with same-sex partners
limited benets that are available to
them under DOMA. Most of these
benets are the result of issuing these
partners military IDs so they have access
to commissaries and other programs.
The goal to implement these is by by
Aug. 31, but no later than Oct. 1.
When we deploy airmen in this case,
they need to know their families are
being taken care of when theyre back
home, Fanning said. The families are
involved in deployments; were taking
families away for extended periods of
time. So, I think extending those types
of benets to people who are serving in
uniform, volunteered for those risks is
very important. So, Im glad to see that
its going forward.
With the process leading to those
benets underway, Fanning also said he
supports other outstanding initiatives
sought by advocates in particular the
LGBT military group OutServe-SLDN
on behalf of LGBT service members while
emphasizing he was speaking in a personal
capacity in support of those ideas.
One of them was an explicit non-
discrimination policy on sexual
orientation in the military that would
protect gay service members who
feel theyre suffering discrimination
or harassment. Currently, service
members have no recourse for anti-gay
discrimination outside of their chain
of command. In respect to calls for an
explicit non-discrimination policy, the
Pentagon has consistently said it treats
all service members with respect without
committing to a new policy.
Speaking personally, I always think
its important to have non-discrimination
policies codied to include everyone,
Fanning said. The military, because it
has a chain of command, has a different
attitude about this and a different
way to try to go about protecting
airmen, sailors, soldiers, Marines but
Eric Fanning? Yes. I personally like to see
these things in writing and codied.
While some advocates have said
President Obama should issue a non-
discrimination executive order to protect
gay service members, OutServe-SLDN
has shifted its focus to calling on Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel to include out
service members in non-discrimination
and anti-harassment protections.
Fanning said his preference is for the
policy to originate from the Pentagon.
My view about government is you
should always use those resources that
are available to you rst before you move
up to the next level, so I think there are
a number of things we can do inside
this building for the Department of
Defense, Fanning said. If the president
wanted to do that for the government
at large, thats a different issue, but we
have the ability within the Department of
Defense to codify this without having the
president issue an executive order.
Fanning also said he backs the idea
of openly transgender service in the
military. Currently, openly transgender
people are unable to serve in the armed
forces and face a medical discharge if
their gender identity becomes known.
I think that the military is stronger,
institutions are stronger, and society
is stronger the more inclusive that we
are, Fanning said. So, wherever we
can root out discrimination, I think its a
positive thing.
Allyson Robinson, executive director
of OutServe-SLDN, praised Fanning for
expressing support for the initiatives
and said his vision for the military brings
the institution into alignment with the
21st century.
Under Secretary Fanning shares the
same vision we have at OutServe-SLDN:
a U.S. military that leads the nation in
LGBT inclusion rather than lagging
behind it, Robinson said. The steps
hes suggested would bring our armed
forces in line with proven best inclusion
practices of some of Americas most
effective organizations, including our
largest defense contractors, and of
some of our strongest allies, like Great
Britain and Israel. Its encouraging to see
this kind of forward thinking from one of
our top military leaders.
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Charm City LGBT Film Festival nears
The second annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival is bringing to Baltimore
feature lms celebrating queer lives, offering insight into civil rights issues
and reveling in gay Pride at the Creative Alliance. These lms, according to
the Alliance, are at turns hilarious, riveting, heart breaking and sexy, will
delight and enlighten, no matter where you fall on the Kinsey scale!
On June 6, the festival begins with a Film Fest kick-off party at 8 p.m.
featuring local entertainers including Sabrina Chap and the Charm City Kitty
Club Players and the lm The Celluloid Closet will be presented.
On June 7 at 7 p.m. Cloudburst will be shown starring Oscar winners
Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker. At 9 p.m., I Am Divine will be
presented, a lm about Baltimores own Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine
(1945-1988), who worked with his good friend and director John Waters.
On June 8 at 5 p.m. there will be a free screening of Difcult Love that
offers vignettes of the difcult lives and loves of lesbians in contemporary
South Africa. At 7 p.m. Stud Life will be shown, in which hot butches and
beautiful femmes introduce us to Londons stud club subculture. Rounding
out the program at 9 p.m. will be the presentation of the lm Love or
Whatever. Its a story about a therapist whose perfect life unravels when his
boyfriend leaves him for a woman.
Two more lms are screening on June 9. At 5 p.m., Chris Arnolds lm,
Trans recounts the incredible transformation of 7-year-old Danon, a
condent, loveable transgender girl. Parents, grandparents and siblings
speak about the journey with her. The festival wraps up at 7:30 p.m. with the
lm Elliot Loves, which chronicles the life of Elliot, a smart Dominican kid as
he transitions from boy to man.
Tickets are $12, Creative Alliance Members $7. A weekend pass costs
$60 and $35 for members. The Creative Alliance is located at 3134 Eastern
Ave., Baltimore. For more information, email info@creativealliance.org, or call
410-276-1651.
Improving the sexual health of black men
Dr. Carl Latkin of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public
Health is conducting a paid research study called SNAP. The study aims to explore
sexual health promotion strategies among black men and is seeking black men
age 18 or older who have had sex with black men and live in Baltimore.
African-American men who have had sex with men and may be: HIV positive/
negative; gay, bisexual, same gender loving or straight are asked to call 800-
967-5710 or text 443-253-6729. All calls and participation are kept condential.
Dave Koz to perform in Columbia
Eight-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz will perform with
special guests Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot in Columbia, Md.,
at the 21st Annual Capital Jazz Fest on June 8 in support of his upcoming CD,
Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, scheduled to be released on June 11.
Koz came out as gay in 2004. Later the same year, he was named by People
magazine as one of its 50 Hottest Bachelors.
Festival tickets may be purchased online through TicketFly.com.
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Marriage bans take psychological toll
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counterparts in other states, new analysis of research from the National Institutes of
Health found according to a report last week in Think Progress.
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percent after the amendments passed, the article said.
Gender identity disorder removed from manual
SAN DIEGO The term gender identity disorder has been removed from the new
edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders released over the
weekend of May 18, San Diego LGBT Weekly reported citing CNN.
The manual includes criteria used by mental health professionals to diagnose patients
and is used by insurance companies and schools for coverage and provisions needed by
those with mental disorders. This is the rst time the manual has been revised since 1994,
the article said.
In the new edition, the term gender identity disorder, which some mental health
specialists and LGBT activists considered stigmatizing, was replaced with gender
dysphoria, which focuses only on those who feel distressed by their gender identity,
Sand Diego LGBT Weekly reported. Homosexuality was removed from the manual in
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Canada revises MSM blood donation policy
NEW YORK Canadian Blood Services, a non-prot that manages the countrys
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blood will end this summer though some restrictions will remain in place, the Hufngton
Post reported.
The lifetime ban will be lifted and replaced with a ve-year deferral period, Health
Canada, the national public health department, said in a statement. Gay men who havent
had sex with men in ve years will now be eligible to give, the report said.
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no way endanger the blood supply. While gay men are prohibited from blood donation
in the U.S., Britain and Australia have one-year deferral periods while South Africas is six
months, Hufngton Post reported. Canadas new policy goes into effect July 22.
Meningitis vaccines not
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SEATTLE Public health ofcials in Seattle are not recommending gay men there
be vaccinated against the strain of bacterial meningitis that infected 23 men in New
York and killed seven, Komo 4 News, a regional ABC afliate, reported last week.
Seattle & King County Public Health ofcials said there has only been one case
of meningitis in the state so far this year and there is no evidence of increased
infection. The United States Centers for Disease Control is also not recommending
a mass vaccination for gay men. A West Hollywood man who died last month had
a different strain of meningitis than the New York City residents, Komo 4 said.
Because the vaccine is somewhat expensive (about $150) and only lasts about
two years, Seattle health ofcials said only those planning to visit New York and
have sex there should be vaccinated. But those who want it for peace of mind,
theres no harm doctors told Komo 4 reporters.
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, chief of epidemiology for Seattle & King County Public
Health, said theres been an overreaction to the New York outbreak.
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fear that this is going to be the next big epidemic but its not going to be.
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and can be spread through kissing, having sex, sharing food or utensils, drinking
glasses, etc. It requires immediate medical attention to prevent brain damage,
hearing loss or death.
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OK, its ofcial: Summer is here. Yes, those
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the year, this is a glorious time when we get
to nally show off the fruits of our labor.
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top of it, to say the least, and you may be
dreading this time of year. Im here to let
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also be a time to reenergize you into some
new activities for a healthy lifestyle.
First off, lets be real we all arent
gym people. The thought of curling
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or not, Im the same way. I started my tness
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kid, and then I grew into playing sports. I
would much rather get into a sports game
or compete in some activity to stay t, than
drag myself into the gym.
At any rate, I nd that many of the
exercises we are doing in the gym dont
compare to the benets of activities we can
do outside. The outdoor activities tend to
work your body in various planes of motion
and use groups of muscles rather than
one muscle at a time, making them more
functional and therefore better for you.
Use the start of the summer months and
this nice weather to try some new outdoor
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Bike Right: Biking around town can be
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money at the pump. Plus you can burn an
extra 500 or more calories throughout the
day if you use a bike for your commute. I
love the calorie burn I get, but the best
part about biking is what it does for my
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routine and youll quickly see that those
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the right places. With city bike share stations
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easier to give biking a go.
Sports Body: Theres a reason we
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directions a bunch. My favorites are ag
football, soccer, basketball and volleyball
because they force you to sprint and jump
in different directions, which always has my
abs looking quite nice.
Kayak Attack: I decided to risk
getting my hair wet and try kayaking,
and it was awesome. Not only did I burn
off all of my drinks from the weekend
(vodka sodas of course), but the next
day my whole mid-section was sore
from engaging my core so much while
rowing. The resistance of the water
helps to shape your back and arms while
getting cardio that is easy on your joints.
Make the most of this summer. Use it as
a starting block to engage in your tness
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When you work for years with your
little lesbian nose to the grindstone on
the project of achieving full equality for
LGBT people, you can miss some cul-
tural signiers. Thats what I tell myself.
And thats what I told my friends daugh-
ter when she schooled me for thinking
that Yanni and Raf were one and the
same person. Heres a helpful mnemon-
ic: one toured with John Tesh.
My homo-cultural narrow view also
blinded me to the ne points of vam-
pires and zombies. The two are not the
same. Who knew? Apparently I could
learn a few helpful things about small
town prejudice and governance from
watching the neo-vampires of the True
Blood allegory. And I do look forward
to organizing a True Blood Matinee
Film Festival when Im in assisted living
at Casa Gay Manana. Therell be snacks
in the solarium!
Whereas vampires need a hemo-drip
every now and again, they look otherwise
normal with maybe an exaggerated inci-
sor or two and a pallor that is Goth. They
tend to be solitary. They can be sexy.
Vampires walk among us; they could be
sitting next to you at a coda meeting.
Not so with zombies. Oh youll know
them. They are the dead re-animated.
They were in that Michael Jackson video.
They travel in packs. They are not sexy.
According to Zombi-Leaks, since zom-
bies are already dead, its hard to kill
them. What you have to do is destroy
their brains and, like the rest of us, they
have very thick skulls. Were talking axes.
I bring up these distinctions because
I had been watching the defeated, left-
for-dead Republicans. In soul-searching
self-crit post-election sessions, they
tried to gure out what went wrong.
Was it that they had totally antagonized
women, ignored Latinos and failed to
keep blacks from voting? It wasnt the
money. Unlike at H&M, never had so
much bought so little.
Instead of focusing too long on sub-
stance, The Grand Opposition Party
took the easier, softer way and decided
just to rebrand. Im sorry to report this
did not involve actual red-hot brand-
ing irons. The cadaverous Bobby Jindal
seemed to be pushing for a Stupid
Party brand. I liked it but it got no trac-
tion. With the decimation of actual ele-
phants, some thought extinction might
taint the Republican brand further.
And one day I thought, Why am
I watching this? This is exactly how I
missed the whole Yanni-Raf, Vampire/
Zombie thing. Et voila! There it was.
Zombies are the perfect Republican
brand. Just when you think they are ab-
solutely put-a-fork-in-it-done, dead they
come lurching back. You cant beat them
back with a fact-axe. Now the zomboid
Mitch McConnell, Darrell Issa or Ted
Cruz yaw to the corridor microphone
or hearing table to jaw about talking
points, IRS investigations and DOJ
and the Associated Press. And where
are those Uber-Zombie Koch Brothers?
Though zombies they demand blood.
Im joshing. I havent been paying
much attention. The whole month of
May Ive been on pins and needles, in
suspended animation, waiting to hear
if the Supreme Court thinks Im a fully
alive human being and thus entitled to
full equality.
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Catania misinformed, biased
By BEN YOUNG
Peter Rosensteins comments in the
Washington Blade about Council member
David Catanias work as the chairman of the
D.C. Councils Committee on Education are
misinformed at best, biased at worst. Re-
cently, Rosenstein, an outspoken defender
of the mayor, suggested that the commit-
tees scal year 2014 budget recommenda-
tion politicized the issue of education and
infringed on the mayors supremacy on this
issue. Previously, he took exception with the
committees engagement of the education
practice at Hogan Lovells LLP to assist with
developing and drafting legislation, which
he argued would bypass the input of other
education stakeholders in the District. He is
wrong on both counts.
When it comes to the Councils role in
public education, Rosenstein is entitled to
his opinion, but he should acquaint him-
self with the Districts law governing this
issue. Title I of the District of Columbia
Public Education Reform Amendment Act
of 2007 (PERA) did not, as Rosenstein
states, place control of education policy
and approved funding in the hands of the
mayors ofce and the chancellor. Instead,
the PERA reorganized the traditional public
school system (DCPS) as a subordinate
agency of the mayor similar to other execu-
tive agencies and set up a governing struc-
ture that also includes the Council, the State
Board of Education, and the Ofce of the
State Superintendent for Education. Impor-
tantly, Section 104 of PERA states explicitly,
[t]he Council may, following its review
of the mayors budget proposal, modify
the funding and other resource levels, in-
cluding full-time equivalent allocations, al-
located by the plan to individual schools
Council member Catania supports may-
oral authority over curricula, operations,
personnel and other executive functions,
as specied in Section 103 of the law. In
fact, he worked hard to help bring about
this reform six years ago. The law, however,
dictates that the Council plays a critical role
in policy, oversight and appropriations.
And thank goodness.
Without the committees intervention,
the mayors budget proposal would have
devastated the budgets of many of the
Districts most important middle and high
schools, including Eliot-Hine Middle School
(a 17 percent cut), Hardy Middle School (a
13 percent cut), and Ballou High School (an
11 percent cut). In a city with an accumu-
lated reserve of $1.5 billion and a proposed
budget that grows by approximately $700
million (7 percent), the Council has a right
to and should question how such cuts
will improve the achievement of students
attending these schools. In addition to sta-
bilizing these school budgets, the commit-
tee restored funding for school librarians,
increased funding for summer learning
programs and invested in the previously
unfunded education ombudsman as a re-
source for parents struggling to navigate
the maze of public education in the District.
Both the committees budget recom-
mendations and its legislative work with Ho-
gan Lovells are rooted in Council member
Catanias tireless efforts to solicit the feed-
back of parents, educators and other stake-
holders involved with public education in
the District. In fact, far from bypassing these
individuals, Catania has toured the District
seeking feedback from front line educators
and parents. Already, he has spent count-
less hours speaking with the principals and
teachers at more than 50 public schools and
counting. This spring, he will spend 20 eve-
nings engaging the parents of public school
students at PTA meetings in the District.
On its current trajectory, it will take the
District approximately 30 years to reach its
stated 75 percent goals for prociency in
math and reading. This ought to be unac-
ceptable to everyone. The only way to get
there sooner is to approach the issue with
thoughtfulness and urgency. These are
the qualities that Council member Catania
brings to the effort to improve public edu-
cation in the District.
D.C. Council plays critical role in education
D.C.s limited, long-delayed
medical marijuana
effort risks irrelevancy
Marijuana is almost certain to infuse next
years D.C. mayoral and Council campaigns.
Meanwhile, the citys long-delayed medi-
cal marijuana program still struggles to get
off the ground. The opening of the Districts
rst dispensary has been pushed back
again, until sometime this summer when
cultivation center-grown product becomes
available and patients receive authorization
cards following city approval of a doctor
recommendation form. Already there have
been complaints that the recently launched
approval system has lagged in processing
patient requests.
Its been a tortuous road to this point
following voter sanction of the nations still
most restrictive program in 1998 with 69
percent in favor, a nine-year prohibition
on implementation by Congress, subse-
quent D.C. Council approval in 2009, and
nearly four years waiting for the city to -
nally launch distribution to the few patients
eligible to participate on the basis of ap-
plicable ailment.
That process was further delayed by
the opposition of Council members rep-
resenting the citys political wards where
available and undeveloped industrial-
zoned land and buildings appropriate for
growing marijuana exist. Limiting the lo-
cation and number of cultivation centers
by shamelessly characterizing the harvest
of medicine as suitable only for a dump-
ing ground, sufcient product quantity
to meet the eventual patient demand re-
mains a problem.
The rapid public shift in attitude en-
gendering normalization of marijuana
use here and elsewhere, however, threat-
ens to render medical use programs ulti-
mately irrelevant.
With voter approval of marijuana le-
galization in two states last November
and quick progress in implementing
state-sanctioned and taxed sales, along
with decriminalization in nearly a third of
states and only selective enforcement
in others, the federal government faces
a difcult choice: either launch a crack-
down attempt or cede defeat on the
leafy terrain of the most unpopular por-
tion of the war on drugs.
One of two announced D.C. mayoral
candidates, Ward 6 Council member Tom-
my Wells, plans to introduce legislation this
summer decriminalizing the possession of
small amounts of pot. Three other legisla-
tors have already announced that they sup-
port such a law, and Wells has expressed
hope that a majority of his colleagues will
co-sponsor a bill. At-Large Council member
David Grosso, having been arrested in 1993
at the age of 22 for possessing marijuana in
Florida, has publicly called for considering
outright legalization.
A recent local poll indicates over-
whelming support for decriminalization by
75 percent of D.C. voting-age residents,
despite oversampling those over 45 years
old. A plurality of 42 percent endorsed le-
galization for possession of small amounts
sold and taxed by licensed stores, with an
additional 21 percent somewhat in sup-
port. Only one-quarter would strongly
oppose legalization.
Even those Council members hesitant
to embrace decriminalization are publicly
expressing concerns regarding the strik-
ing racial and socio-economic disparities in
enforcement and the impact of an arrest re-
cord for what remains classied as a most-
dangerous federal Schedule 1 substance.
If not approved by the Council, reform
advocates are pledging to put a referen-
dum question on the ballot. D.C. Council
Chair Phil Mendelson has indicated he
would be ne with that although hesitant
to rile up Congress to intervene against leg-
islative action, he cedes that voter approval
might not provoke the same response.
Possession of personal-use amounts of
marijuana will eventually be as common-
place as medical marijuana programs are
now. A dramatic change in public attitudes
over a relatively short period of time ex-
ceeds even the growing support for mar-
riage equality.
Deriving tax revenues from the manufac-
ture and sale of a substance popular with
a large percentage of the public will grow
to be as intoxicating to government as the
smell of a lit joint is to those who inhale it.
The question for many will become
whether it is necessary to purchase marijua-
na from an illegal marketplace source while
facing a nominal or nonexistent penalty, or
whether pot will be available at commercial
retail locations.
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BEN YOUNG is chief of staff for D.C. Council
member David Catania.
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In the past two weeks the LGBT commu-
nity responded to two different situations;
one in the public arena and the other in a
private organization.
The Boy Scouts voted to admit gay
scouts. Though some think scouting is qua-
si-public, the organizations right to set its
own membership standards was afrmed
by the Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of
America v. Dale. Still, localities such as New
York City have prohibited the Scouts from
using public buildings for their meetings as
long as they continue to discriminate on the
basis of sexual orientation.
The debate on this vote in the LGBT
community has been vociferous. Some ap-
plauded the scouts and others only bashed
them. Lorri Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles
Gay and Lesbian Center, said, What I do
know is that, in this day and age, it is neither
acceptable nor progress to allow gay boys
to participate as scouts for a few years, only
to harshly expel them from any involvement
the moment they turn 18. She went on to
say, This is a calculated and craven strategy
to win back the support of the many corpo-
rate sponsors that have stopped funding
the BSA, costing the organization millions
of dollars in lost revenue, because of its dis-
criminatory policies.
Chad Grifn, president of the Human
Rights Campaign, said, Today is a historic
day for Boy Scouts across the country who
want to be a part of this great American in-
stitution but the new policy doesnt go far
enough. Parents and adults of good moral
character, regardless of sexual orientation,
should be able to volunteer their time to
mentor the next generation of Americans.
And Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for
Equality, said, The Boy Scouts of America
can do better. We welcome the news that
the ban on gay Scouts is history, but our
work isnt over until we honor the Scout Law
by making this American institution open
and afrming to all.
As a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer,
Explorer Advisor and former member of
the National Committee, Scouting for the
Handicapped, scouting was good to me. I
was inducted into the Order of the Arrow
and received my Ner Tamid (Scoutings
Jewish Medal). Growing up a city kid, scout-
ing gave me experiences I wouldnt have
otherwise had camping, Ten Mile River
Summer Camp, Philmont Ranch and go-
ing to the 25th National Jamboree in Colo-
rado Springs. To me this vote is a rst step
that should be positively viewed. We must
keep the pressure on to remove the ban
on gay leaders and continue the ban on us-
ing public buildings. Corporate boycotts of
scouting should continue until they end all
discrimination.
This will happen with both outside pres-
sure and openly gay scouts moving up the
ladder and becoming ready for leadership.
It will happen because of young Eagle
Scouts like Zach Wahls who will keep the
pressure on with the support of the entire
LGBT community and our allies.
The other issue faced by the LGBT com-
munity last week was that some of our
strongest allies in Congress backed off their
demand that the Uniting American Families
Act be included as an amendment in the
immigration reform bill. Sen. Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt.) withdrew the amendment when Re-
publicans threatened to abandon the entire
bill and Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck
Schumer (D-N.Y.) said they wouldnt vote for
the amendment in committee. It seems the
president also backed off his demand that it
be included. This created a restorm in the
LGBT community.
Former Congressman Barney Frank
(D-Mass.) was pilloried for being reason-
able when he said this bill is too important
to 12 million members of the Hispanic
community to chance it being scuttled
because we arent in it. I support Barney.
This issue may be settled for those in
states where gay marriage is legal if, as
assumed, Section 3 of DOMA is ruled
unconstitutional. The LGBT community
cannot be the ones to stop a bill that if it
doesnt pass now may not see the light of
day again for a decade. The amendment
should be brought up on the Senate oor
to get senators on the record even if it
doesnt pass.
We must never be satised with less than
full equality but we cant stop progress for
others as we ght for our own.
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Scouting, immigration create frustration
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for
the Blade.
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Stoner Winslett, Artistic Director
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Anne Mueller, InterimArtistic Director
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Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director
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Iain Webb, Director
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Septime Webre, Artistic Director
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Roy Kaiser, Artistic Director
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How long have you been out and
who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out to myself in 1979, then
gradually came out to family and
friends. It was no big deal to my family
and my late partners family. We were
both loved and accepted completely.
The only question I got was, Why did
you wait so long to say it?
Whos your LGBT hero?
Harvey Milk
Whats Washingtons best
nightspot, past or present?
The Eagle
Describe your dream wedding.
One with my dream man.

What non-LGBT issue are
you most passionate about?
Social justice for everyone.

What historical outcome
would you change?
The Holocaust

Whats been the most
memorable pop culture
moment of your lifetime?
Shortly after moving to the D.C.
area, I was invited to the opening
night party of the Paul Taylor Dance
Company and met the lead male
dancer, whom I had a crush on. I got
so abbergasted upon meeting him
that I couldnt speak and just babbled
incoherently. He smiled at me, then
walked away to meet others. From
that time on I knew I would love it
here in D.C.
On what do you insist?
Punctuality and honesty

What was your last
Facebook post or Tweet?
A snarky remark to a snarky
friend who was stuck at an airport;
something about check-in vs. chicken.

If your life were a book,
what would the title be?
He Did the Best He Could

If science discovered a way to
change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
Nothing. Now if they found a pill
that could make me lose weight and
have big muscles, then we could talk.
What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?
That the creative power of the
universe made everyone of us to
experience our lives to the fullest.
That the spirit within us is a gift from
that source that we must return in the
same or better condition than when
we received it. That if you look deeply
into the eyes of another you can see
that divine spirit within them as well of
the reection of your own spirit.

Whats your advice for
LGBT movement leaders?
Dont turn our friends and supporters
into our enemies. Be grateful for
whatever help they can provide. Its OK
to push for our rights, but dont push
so hard that someone gets hurt.

What would you walk
across hot coals for?
To eliminate groundless
hatred and bigotry.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
That all gay men are limp wrested,
effeminate queens; only some of us
are that way.
Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Short Bus

Whats the most overrated
social custom?
People asking, How are you?
when they really dont care.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
I dont seek any prizes (other than
the Publishers Clearing House Grand
Prize.) If someone says thank you or
good job after Ive done something,
thats great.
What do you wish
youd known at 18?
That I was gay. When I look back, I
recognize all the signs, but I was just very
naive and oblivious to them in myself.
Why Washington?
I moved here with my job at the
break up of the Bell System.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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Allan Armus says its good for LGBT faith-minded folks to join forces
on occasion.
So often we hear that this or that church is against LGBT people and
have taken it upon themselves to speak for some church, synagogue or
mosque, he says. We want to prove that theyre not really representing
their faith community. By joining together, we achieve a critical mass. Were
saying you dont have a monopoly on what youre saying on what the
faith means and how it should treat LGBT people.
The 30
th
anniversary Pride Week Interfaith Service is Tuesday evening at
7:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ (945 G St., N.W.).
Rev. Harry Knox, president of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
will speak. Shirli Hughes & Ovation will provide music (details available at
capitalpride.org under the events listings). About 200 attend most years.
It is my belief that every religion has some element of truth and no religion
has all the truth, Armus, treasurer at Bet Mishpachah, says. And I think
these religions that say everybody must be my religion are misguided.
Armus has been active at Bet Mishpachah since he came to Washington
in 1983. He got involved with the Washington Area Gay & Lesbian Interfaith
Alliance (which changed into the Celebration of the Spirit Coalition in 2000)
in 1985, just a few years after it formed. This years Interfaith Service will
incorporate elements of services from previous years for the anniversary.
Armus, a 69-year-old Fairview, N.J., native is retired from Verizon
Communications where he was director for nance until 2000. His late
partner, Mark Goldfarb, died in 1999.
Armus lives in Arlington and enjoys music, volunteering, theater,
motorcycles, meditation, reading and massage in his free time.
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Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) hosts the
ofcial Capital Pride Womens Party
tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission
is $10 and limited to guests 21 and
over. Visit capitalpride.org or the
Phase 1 Facebook page for details.
Ziegfelds Secrets (1824 Half St.,
S.W.) hosts the ofcial Capital Pride
Mens Party tonight from 10 p.m.-2
a.m. Admission is limited to guests 21
and over. For more information, visit
capitalpride.org or secretsdc.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
The D.C. Center hosts the
Stonewall Kickball Drag Ball
Game this afternoon from 2-6 p.m.
in Stead Park (1625 P St., N.W.). Visit
thedccenter.org or the event on
Facebook for more details.
Team D.C., One In Ten and Capital
Pride present a Day In the Park
from 6-10 p.m. following the Kickball
Dragball game in Stead Park (1625
P St., N.W.). Guests are welcome
to have a picnic, play games and
watch an outdoor movie. For more
information, visit the event on
Facebook or capitalpride.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 3
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) presents
Music in the Night this evening
from 8-11 p.m. Joshua Morgan, an
actor and co-artistic director at No
Rules Theatre, will host the events
performances and sing-a-longs. For
more details and to purchase tickets,
visit capitalpride.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
The First Congregational United
Church of Christ (945 G St., N.W.) holds
the ofcial Pride Week Interfaith
Service tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. Over
20 faith communities will gather to
celebrate LGBT pride, and Rev. Harry
Knox is featured as the guest speaker.
Visit capitalpride.org or the event on
Facebook for more information.
Busboys and Poets (1025 5th St.,
N.W.) hosts a Womens Spoken Word
open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. this
evening. Women of all backgrounds
are encouraged to share their stories.
For details, visit capitalpride.org or
busboysandpoets.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
Phase 1 of Dupont (1415 22nd St.,
N.W.) hosts a ladies Jell-o wrestling
competition this evening from 9 p.m.-
1 a.m. For more information, visit the
event on Facebook or capitalpride.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
The Latino GLBT History Project
hosts the annual D.C. Latino Pride
Fiesta Dance Party tonight at Town
(2009 8th St., N.W.) from 10 p.m.-2
a.m. Performances starring Carmen
Carrera from RuPauls Drag Race
begin at 10:30. Tickets are $10 and
admission is 18 and up. Visit towndc.
com for more information and
latinolgbthistory.com to purchase
tickets in advance.
AARP (601 E St., N.W.) hosts a
community discussion, Town Hall:
LGBT Golden Years, this evening
from 7-9 p.m. Continued civil rights
advocacy and LGBT equity in
healthcare are among the topics for
discussion. For more details, visit
capitalpride.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
Brightest Young Things and Capital
Pride present Spandex: Ofcial
Opening Dance Party tonight at
the newly restored, historic Wonder
Bread Factory (621 S St., N.W.) at 9
p.m. Admission is 18 and up. Tickets
are $20 if purchased ahead of time
and $25 if purchased the day of the
party. Visit capitalpride.org for details.
The D.C. Front Runners launches
the Pride Run 5K tonight from 7-9
p.m. starting at the Congressional
Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.). Hundreds
of runners from the area will participate,
and a portion of the funds raised will
benet an LGBT athlete through the
Team DC Scholarship program. Visit
capitalpride.org or dcfrontrunners.org
for more information.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
The ofcial Capital Pride Parade is
today from 4:30-7:30 p.m., starting at P
and 22nd Streets and ending in Logan
Circle. About 100,000 spectators are
expected to attend, and around 170
organizations will participate. Lynda
Carter (TVs Wonder Woman) is
the super grand marshal. For more
information, visit capitalpride.org or
the event on Facebook.
Tagg Magazine, LURe and Capital
Pride host F.U.S.E.: The Capital
Pride Womens Main Event this
evening at Phase 1 of Dupont (1415
22nd St., N.W.). For details, visit
capitalpride.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
The ofcial Capital Pride Festival
is today along Pennsylvania Ave.
between 3rd and 7th Streets starting
at noon. The day will be full of food,
entertainment, music, education
and celebration. Icona Pop, Cher
Lloyd and Emeli Sand are this
years headlining performers. For
more information, visit the event on
Facebook or capitalpride.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts
the ofcial Capital Pride Closing
Party tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Admission is 18 and up and there
is a $5 cover charge beneting
Capital Pride. Visit cobaltdc.com or
capitalpride.org for details.
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By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Its not every day that a respectable
secretary with a talent for punctuation
becomes fodder for New York Citys tabloid
press, but in Michael Hollingers 2010 drama
Ghost-Writer (now at MetroStage) thats
just what happens.
When popular novelist Franklin Woolsey
(Paul Morella) drops dead in the middle of
dictating his latest book, loyal typist Myra
Babbage (Susan Lynkskey) forges ahead,
channeling her beloved boss words from
the beyond. While Myras unorthodox
approach to wrapping things up is a hit with
Woolseys editor and the curious public, the
novelists jealous widow is none too thrilled.
Set in 1919 Manhattan, the odd workplace
tale unfolds in Woolseys comfortable but
unpretentious studio. Myra is seated at her
typing table facing an unseen investigator
(the audience). In wordy monologue and
ashbacks she relays just how she came to
be a literary medium.
Fresh out of secretarial school, Myras
hired to take dictation from the businesslike
Woolsey. A whiz at the clunky manual
typing machine, she never misses a word.
As weeks become months and then years,
she respectfully but rmly corrects his
punctuation and eerily develops the ability
to anticipate his prose. The process moves
to the outskirts of collaboration, and a close
but chaste relationship evolves. There is
no longer any mention of Thursday night
dance classes or potential husbands. As
Myra becomes more heavily immersed in
Woolsey and his work, outside distractions
fade away. Her focus narrows.
Occasionally the formidable and
fashionably turned out Mrs. Woolsey (Helen
Hedman) pays unannounced visits to her
husbands studio. A dilettante poet who
once transcribed her husbands novels by
hand, she resents her husbands secretary.
After all it is Myra with whom Woolsey
spends the lions share of his waking hours.
And while she nds some comfort that Myra
is less pretty than her predecessor, Mrs.
Woolsey would still rather she go away. But
Myra isnt cowed; the studio is her domain
and Woolsey belongs partly to her too.
Ghost-Writer is cleanly staged by
John Vreeke (who is gay). In lesser hands,
this delicately rendered memory play/
ghostly mystery/love story might be a
sappy mishmash, but Vreekes direction
is insightfully keen and well-ordered and
his outstanding three-person cast gives
thoughtful, restrained performances. Hes
also assembled a particularly cohesive
design team. Together Alexander Keens
evocative lighting, Jane Finks suggestion
of walls and Robert Garners distant dance
class music and steam whistle from the East
river, play beautifully to the concepts of
memory and the metaphysical.
At rst glance, Lynskeys Myra is the
picture of no-nonsense practicality pulled
back hair and plain attire. But keep looking
and youll detect a sly smile and twinkly eye
behind the steel-rimmed spectacles; her
character is no mere typing automaton. Her
Myra has an inner world lled with romance
and the ourishes of art and music. For her,
awaiting Woolseys next utterance is an
exquisite pleasure. Typing each page is an
adventure. Lynskey captures all the layers.
Morella is terric as Woolsey. He
affectively melts from brusque boss to kindly
colleague. And as Mrs. Woolsey, Hedman
is a marvelous balance of overbearing and
vulnerable. Its a touching performance.
Ghost Writer is inspired by the real life
happenings of famed gay novelist Henry
James and his longtime secretary Theodora
Bosanquet. Like Myra, the devoted
Bosanquet did what she could to keep
the literary masters words owing. Unlike
Myra, she didnt hold a torch for her boss.
Bosanquet reportedly preferred women.
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The third annual Washington Blade Town Hall Pride Event will take place
on Friday at 7 p.m. in Room G-9 of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania
Ave., N.W.).
Longtime Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. will interview Mayor Vincent Gray
before a live audience in the events annual Conversation with the Mayor.
Attendees can then ask Gray their own questions.
For more information, visit washingtonblade.com.
Michael Kahn leads discussion on the art of acting
The Shakespeare Theater Company hosts Classic Conversations with
Michael Kahn on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Sydney Harmon Hall (610 F St.,
N.W.).
Classically trained actors Audra McDonald and Christopher Plummer will
join the Kahn (Shakespeares director) for a discussion on classical theater and
the art of acting.
McDonalds acting has received wide critical acclaim, earning her three
Tony Awards before the age of 30. She recently won the 2012 Tony Award for
The Gershwins Porgy and Bess and she has acted on television shows such
as NBCs Law and Order: SVU.
Plummer has won two Tony Awards and in 2012 won the Academy Award
for playing gay in Beginners. With a career spanning over half a century,
Plummer has played nearly all of the great classic Shakespearean roles.
Admission to the discussion is $20-35. For more information and to
purchase tickets online, visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.
GMCW celebrates
the seven deadly sins
The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington
kicks off Capital Pride week with
Seven, a satirical performance that
appeals to the guilty pleasures of the
seven deadly sins.
The group will perform Saturday at
8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lisner
Auditorium (730 21
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St., N.W.). The
show features a chorus of 150 singers
and 24 dancers, with song selections
that allude to themes of greed, lust,
envy, pride, sloth, wrath and gluttony.
Seven will feature numbers from
Broadway musicals like Chicago and
West Side Story, as well as popular
songs by Alanis Morissette, Pet Shop
Boys and other artists.
Tickets can be purchased online at
GMCW.org, or by phone at 202-293-1548.
TempTation holds
Jockz vs. Nerdz party
TempTation is hosting a Jockz vs.
Nerdz dance party tonight at the Howard
Theatre (620 T St., N.W.) at 11 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to dress up as
the high school stereotype of their choice.
Dj TWIN will be spinning his own blend
of tribal, house and mainstream remixes.
Admission is $10 and limited to guests
21 and over. Tickets can be purchased
online at thehowardtheatre.com. For
details on the dance party, visit the
event on Facebook titled TempTation
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entrees, Sixth Engine
charms overall
By JONATHAN HOWARD
Occasionally even the snobbiest of food
snobs have a day when they just want a
burger. Sometimes theres nothing more
satisfying then the basics.
This is how I was feeling one evening
as we were headed to Art and Soul to
enjoy another amazing meal, but really all
I wanted was a burger. As we were in the
car headed to dinner we drove past Sixth
Engine (438 Massachusetts Ave NW) and
in front of this rehouse-turned-restaurant
were several people eating what looked like
delicious burgers. I immediately decided
this would be the next place I would review,
a spot where I could go back to basics.
Engine Co. No. 6 is one of the oldest
rehouses in the District, built in 1855
for the Metropolitan Hook and Ladder
Company. The original MHL insignia still
appears above the entrance to the bistro.
Sixth Engine was born from the re in
the bellies of ve long time friends and
D.C. restaurateurs: Jeremy Carman, Gavin
Coleman, Paul Holder, Paul Madrid and
Tim Walsh. The owners loved the building
and worked hard to preserve its charm and
history and meld it all beautifully within a
functioning restaurant, one of their greatest
successes overall.
Four friends and I arrived on a warm
Tuesday evening. I was still craving comfort
food and was excited to order just that.
However, while the entre menu reads
like a twist on a tavern, the appetizers are
a bit more lavish. We all ordered different
entrees as well as a few appetizers and sides
for the table.
To start, the waiter brought hush puppies,
baked potato gnocchi, and mac-n-cheese to
the table. The hush puppies were perfectly
fried savory balls of southern goodness. The
baked potato gnocchi tasted like miniature-
baked potatoes with the cheddar, bacon,
chives and crme fraiche, but it lost some of
its pasta characteristics. The mac-n-cheese
with black trufe oil and goat cheese was
my favorite as it was dominated by the
sharp tanginess of the fresh goat cheese
that was mixed into the pasta. If youre not a
fan of goat cheese this is not a dish for you
as nothing, not even the trufe oil, could cut
that intense avor.
Some of us opted for the Sixth Engine
spin on the basics I was craving for dinner
and others chose more intricate entres.
The cheeseburger, the pork roll sandwich,
the roasted chicken breast, the mushroom
fettuccine and the mussels were all
delivered to our table.
I was holding out high hopes for my pork
sandwich. I couldnt wait for a bite of the
moist pork balanced by the crispy roll. But
when I looked at my plate I couldnt even
see the pork. I had to do some gardening
before eating and trim back the arugula
plant that was overtaking my sandwich.
I was disappointed by the dry pork and
the bun that had been sogged by the
avorless herbed goat cheese spread. I
should have stuck to my original craving
and had the cheeseburger, which was
a good basic burger, although slightly
overcooked. The mussels were slightly
shy and the mushroom fettuccine was
off balance with the earthiness of the
mushrooms overpowering the more
delicate avors of the dish. The roasted
chicken breast with dark meat succotash
and pan gravy was the only dish that was
completely unscathed by this table of
picky foodies. The chicken was tender
and avorful.
Maybe you cant bring foodies back to
the basics without us criticizing the slight
aws, our expectations perhaps rendered
unrealistic after expecting too much
perfection at ne dining establishments.
Sixth Engine never claims to be that so
maybe we were too harsh in our judgments.
While I would not return for the pork
sandwich, I would probably come back
for the chicken or the burger, and I would
denitely return for the mac-n-cheese. So
if youre in the neighborhood and want a
restaurant with a great ambiance and some
strong basic dishes, give Sixth Engine a try
and let us know what you think.
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The Club (5268 Williamsport
Pike, Martinsburg, W.Va.) hosts The
Decardeza Dynasty: A Royal Family
of Illusion tonight. Doors open at 6 p.m.
and the drag show starts at 10:30. The
cover is $5, or $20 for unlimited rail and
draft beverages from 8:30-midnight. Visit
the Facebook event, The Club: The
Decardeza Dynasty, for more details.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear
Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m.
Admission is limited to guests 21 and
over. There is no cover charge. For more
information, visit towndc.com.
Whitman-Walker Health provides
free HIV testing from 10 p.m-12:30
a.m. tonight at Glorious Health Club
(2120 West Virginia Ave., N.E.). For more
details, visit whitman-walker.org.
The AFI Silver (8633 Colesville Rd., Silver
Spring, Md.) hosts the opening screening
of We Steal Secrets: The Story of
WikiLeaks this evening (no screening
time had been announced by Blade press
time). The documentary details Julian
Assanges creation of his controversial
website and its facilitation of the largest
security breach in U.S. history. Visit a.
com/silver for more information.
The D.C. Queer Theater Festival
continues tonight and Saturday night
at Flashpoint Theater (916 G St., N.W.)
The festival features six short plays
that chronicle joys and hardships
faced by the LGBT community, as
well as performances by D.C.-based
slam poets. Tickets are $15 and the
proceeds benet The D.C. Center
for the LGBT Community. For more
information and to purchase tickets,
visit dcqueertheatrefest.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
DJ Cottontail spins tonight at
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.), wearing his
signature pink rabbit suit. Doors open
at 10 p.m. and admission is limited to
guests 21 and over. Cover is $8 from 10-
11 p.m., and $12 after 11. Visit towndc.
com for details.
The Dupont-Kalorama Museums
Consortium starts its annual Museum
Walk Weekend today from 10 a.m.-4
p.m. The event features free admission
to nine neighborhood museums,
including The Phillips Collection and
Woodrow Wilson House, as well
as a variety of special programs. If
interested in volunteering, contact
Katherine Neill Ridgeley at kridgeley@
societyofthecincinnati,org. Visit
dkmuseums.com for more information.
The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.)
hosts Hellmouth Happy Hour
tonight at 7 p.m. One episode of the
gay cult classic television show Buffy
The Vampire Slayer screens and a drink
special will be served. Admission is free.
Visit blackcatdc.com for details.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2

The Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
hosts karaoke tonight from 9 p.m.-
midnight. There will also be pool, video
gaming systems and card games. Doors
open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is
$3 after 9. For more information, visit
bachelorsmill.com.
Love Makes a Family, a traveling
exhibit of photos of LGBT families, has its
opening reception this evening at 7:45
p.m. at Arlington Central Public Library
(1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington). The
exhibit was arranged by the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Arlington. The
exhibit will be on display during regular
library hours throughout June.
The D.C. Center hosts the Stonewall
Kickball Drag Ball Game this afternoon
from 2-6 p.m. in Stead Park (17th St. &
P St., N.W.). Visit thedccenter.org or the
event on Facebook for more details.
The Dupont-Kalorama Museums
Consortium continues its annual Museum
Walk Weekend today from 1-5 p.m. The
event features free admission to nine
neighborhood museums, including The
Phillips Collection and Woodrow Wilson
House, as well as a variety of special
programs. If interested in volunteering,
contact Katherine Neill Ridgeley at
kridgeley@societyofthecincinnati.org. Visit
dkmuseums.com for more information.

MONDAY, JUNE 3

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts its weekly
Mondays a total drag [show]! party
starting at 9 p.m. with host Kristina Kelly.
$4 vodka specials will be served until close.
For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.
Mombian, an award-winning LGBT
parenting website, posts all blog
entries submitted for the eighth annual
Blogging for LGBT Families Day today.
The event, held each year during June,
is run by Mombian and sponsored by
Family Equality Council. The blog posts
raise awareness about the diversity of
LGBT families and the prejudices they
face. Visit mombian.com to view posts
and participate.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut
Ave., N.W.) features performances by
jazz musician Bill Magic Lavender Bey
from 8-11 p.m. this evening. Admission is
free. Visit blackfoxlounge.com for details.
Melissa Ferrick releases her new
album the truth is today. Known for her
indie-rock sound, Ferrick experiments
with an alternative-country approach on
this album. For more information and to
pre-order an autographed copy of the
truth is, visit melissaferrick.com.
Matthew Morrison releases his new
album Where It All Began today. Partial
proceeds for the pre-sale of the album
will benet Human Rights Campaign.
Morrison features classic standards,
many from Broadway musicals, on
the album. For more information, visit
matthewmorrison.com.
The D.C. Trans Coalition hosts its
monthly planning meeting tonight from
7:30-9 p.m. at Casa Ruby (2822 Georgia
Ave., N.W.). For more information, visit
dctranscoalition.org.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

Whitman-Walker Health (1701
14th St., N.W.) holds its HIV+ Newly
Diagnosed Support Group tonight
from 7-8:30 p.m. Its a condential
support group for anyone recently
diagnosed with HIV and is inclusive of
all genders and sexual orientations.
Attendees must call 202-797-3580 or
email peersupport@whitman-walker.
org to register. Visit whitman-walker.org
for more information.
The Lambda Bridge Club meets
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center
(721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge. No
partner needed. Visit lambdadc.org, or
call 301-345-1571 for more details.
Bookmen D.C., an informal literature
group for gay men, discusses Michael
Cunninghams novel By Nightfall
this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Tenleytown
Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). All
are welcome. For more information, visit
bookmendc.blogspot.com.
The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.)
presents Story League Contest: Gay
Love tonight at 8 p.m. for guests 21
and over. Seven LGBT contestants
tell seven-minute stories on their love
relationships and four expert judges
will decide who wins a $250 prize.
Admission is $12. For more information
and to pre-submit a story idea, visit
blackcatdc.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts a hot
body contest from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
tonight to kick off Pride. Contestants can
win up to $200 in prizes. Admission is
free and $2 rail drinks will be served from
9-11 p.m. Visit cobaltdc.com for details.
Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) features
Rock the Rainbow Karaoke at 9 p.m.
this evening for Pride week. Admission
is free and limited to guests 21 and over.
For more information, visit the Phase 1
Facebook page or phase1dc.com.
The Fireplace (2161 P St., N.W.) hosts
a happy hour today from 1-8 p.m.
Admission is free and limited to guests
21 and over and $3 rail liquor drinks and
domestic beer will be served. For more
details, visit replacedc.com.
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MATTHEW MORRISON, an LGBT ally, releases a new album called 'Where lt All Began' Tuesday
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Look out for our photographer army at the Pride Parade!
Washington Blade: How are you
spending the holiday?
Sasha Gradiva: Im with some friends
here in L.A. trying to gure out how
were going to spend the day.
Blade: You live in L.A., right?
Gradiva: Yes, but I travel madly so I
dont get to spend much time here.
Blade: On average, how much are
you home vs. on the road?
Gradiva: Im probably gone about 70
percent of the time. Ill be out for three
weeks, then back a week, then maybe
out another four.
Blade: What are you doing musically
these days?
Gradiva: I am working most often on
new music. Writing and recording and
getting a new show together, which Im
very involved in personally. Every single
stage of the show. I pay a lot of attention
to costume and sets and the videos that
play on the screen behind me. My shows
are very important and Im making sure
everything is exactly the way I want it.
Blade: Do you record mostly in L.A.
or elsewhere?
Gradiva: Mostly in L.A. My single
Come With Us is coming out very,
very soon. Were literally putting the
nishing touches on the campaign right
now and working on the nal mix. Its a
very detailed process. I was performing
a remixed version of it on my tour last
year and got really amazing responses.
People really love the track.
Blade: Will this be on an album, an
EP or just a single release?
Gradiva: Its part of an EP, which were
hoping to release closer to August.
I have maybe like 20 songs ready to
record and thats what Im focusing on
while Im here in L.A. There are a lot of
producers in Trickys camp Im very lucky
to get introduced to so were trying to
nd something new. Im working really
hard to create something new that
hasnt been done before.
Blade: So often in electronic dance
music, the producers get much of the
credit while some pop stars not all
certainly are seen as the outlet but
not really the visionary, more so than
in other genres perhaps. Does that
dynamic bother you?
Gradiva: No, because Im very
involved. My songs are really born out
of guitar or Ill go to the studio and
produce something basic on guitar
myself or play my songs on the piano.
Im very involved, though. I pay attention
to every lyric. I want something deep,
meaningful and universal. I love the
process creating and perfecting.
Blade: Creating an image as a
dance artist is so essential but is there
ever a clash between being perhaps
aloof or mysterious for a photo shoot
or in a video or even on stage, but
then in interviews or with social media
presenting yourself to fans as a real
person who eats, sleeps, shops, etc. like
everyone else? Does one diminish the
other?
Gradiva: I dont nd it hard at all to
be down to earth or to talk to fans. I
totally say no because I think perception
of art and show business has changed
tremendously since maybe like 10 years
ago and I literally feel that theres (in
embracing) all the new things with social
media and the internet, it broadens your
reach in a lot of ways but at the same
time, theres some anxiety because
theres no curtain anymore. Even when
you have nothing left to give. People
can see through it all now and theyll
know exactly who you are. They see your
Tweets and your pictures and this wall is
dissolved. Its good but its challenging
at the same time. The solution for this
is just to relax and be available and
be yourself and this will be the best
protection from anxiety that you could
have. Weve chosen this path to be in
front of many people and we commit to
sharing our life and vision with them. Its
an important gift, not a curse.
Blade: But did the old system allow
celebrities to have more mystique?
Gradiva: The entire machine was
working differently back then. Now
thats just impossible. If youre going
to be behind the curtain, youre going
to stay behind the curtain. You need to
be accessible and available and share
everything with fans. Thats why youll be
a successful artist, not because you hide
something. It might be more difcult
for the artists to deal with, but its more
honest. If an artist is dumb, fans will know
right away. Of if youre not genuine,
theyll pick up on that. Its a little bit brutal
but its honest and I prefer honesty.
Blade: You got a lot of press buzz for
the guns you wore to the Grammys last
year. When the dust settled, do you feel
the message you wanted to convey came
across or was there some sense youd
become simply the girl in the gun dress.
Gradiva: I denitely got a lot of
attention, which I didnt expect from the
peace movement and the anti-violence
movement. I meant it as a political
statement if you will for people to pay
attention to how much energy and
money and sources the world spends on
useless things. The most horrible things
in the world are wars and producing
weapons and drugs and when you think
about how many things people could
use this money for that would be so
much better, people arent even curious
to hear the research thats been done
on this which is very much available by
the way. Our society just seems not to
be there spiritually yet to address that.
That was my attempt and we got good
results. I want to do more socially to
make the world a better place because I
think thats exactly what were supposed
to do, not just sing and have fun.
Blade: Are you straight?
Gradiva: At the present time, yes.
Blade: How did you end up playing
Pride events? Is it just a logical t
considering the kind of music you
make or do you have some personal
investment in the community?
Gradiva: I feel very connected to my
gay audience. I guess its a destiny. The
gay audience has been the rst ones to
support my music. And it saddens me
that in my native country, in Russia, they
dont allow gay Pride. I will be ghting as
much as I can for gay rights. Its denitely
something that touches me a lot.
Blade: You had released a few
albums in Russia and seemed to be on
your way with a music career there. Why
did you uproot and move to the U.S.?
Gradiva: All the music that inspired
me growing up was from America and
Europe people like Michael Jackson,
Cyndi Lauper, Depeche Mode and I
always wanted bigger stages, to travel
the world. Id had two albums that were
very successful but at some point while
I was still young I just thought, Well,
I want to move and do this it will
either be in this lifetime or in the next,
so I decided to do it in this lifetime. My
friends and colleagues thought I was
completely out of my mind because it
was not logical at all, but this is what Ive
done and the reaction in America so far
has been so rewarding. It actually makes
me cry, its really touching.
CONTI NUED FROM PAGE 31
washingtonblade.com
50 MAY 31, 2013 ARTS & ENTERTAl NMENT
Gradiva prepping single for imminent release
SASHA GRADIVA says she left a successful
music career in Russia because she'd never
have worldwide impact unless she broadened
her Ian base into English-speaking countries.
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Debt is generally
non-dischargeable
By MITCHELL B. WEITZMAN
One of the most signicant debt obli-
gations a person can incur, a government
insured student loan, is generally non-dis-
chargeable in bankruptcy. This applies to
the borrowing student and any person co-
signing or guaranteeing the loan. The sole
exception is if the debtor can demonstrate
undue hardship on the part of the debtor
or his or her dependants, an extremely dif-
cult standard to meet under federal law.
Relevant sections of the Bankruptcy
Code provide, in part, that a debtor in bank-
ruptcy will not obtain a discharge from any
debt (i) for an educational benet over-
payment or loan or made, insured, or guar-
anteed by a governmental unit, or made
under any program funded in whole or in
part by a governmental unit or nonprot in-
stitution; or (ii) an obligation to repay funds
received as an educational benet, scholar-
ship, or stipend; or (iii) any other educational
loan that is a qualied educational loan as
dened in [the Internal Revenue Code], in-
curred by a debtor who is an individual.
The rationale for non-dischargeability is
to motivate lenders to make educational
loans widely available for a college educa-
tion, highly valued by society. As the court
decision discussed below notes, student
loan programs afford individuals in all
walks of life the opportunity to obtain an
education and that a well-educated so-
ciety is critical to our general welfare and
prosperity. Another decision put it this
way: [i]n return for giving aid to individu-
als who represent poor credit risks, [federal
law] strips these individuals of the refuge of
bankruptcy in all but extreme circumstanc-
es. Several court decisions have addressed
undue hardship.
In a case in which the debtor persuaded
two lower courts that she was entitled to
the undue hardship exception, the United
States Court of Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit reversed, holding that she failed to
meet the following high standard, to show:
(1) she cannot maintain a minimal standard
of living and repay the loans, (2) additional
circumstances exist that illustrate she will not
be able to repay the loans for a substantial
part of the repayment period, and (3) she at-
tempted to repay the loans in good faith. In
re Sandra Jane Frushour, 433 F.3d 393 (4th
Cir. 2005), the Fourth Circuit noted that un-
due hardship means more than inability
to pay ones debts. In that case the debtor
owed $12,148 in student loan debt, was in
her 40s at the time of ling bankruptcy, had a
seven-year-old child for whom she received
no child support, changed jobs frequent-
ly, initially making between $18,000 and
$20,000 per year, and then far less, $7,000 to
$10,000 per year, when the tourism industry
in which she worked experienced a sharp
downturn following the events of Sept. 11,
2001. At the time of her bankruptcy, she
earned gross income of $998 per month,
drove a used Volvo with over 250,000 miles,
and had only $200 to allocate to housing
per month. Even under these difcult cir-
cumstances, the appeals court held that she
was not entitled to a discharge because she
refused to participate in a debt-consolida-
tion program made available through a fed-
eral program that would have required her
to pay 20 percent of the difference between
her gross income and the federal poverty
guidelines for her family size, preferring to
obtain a complete fresh start with no re-
maining payment obligations.
These facts illustrate how difcult
ones circumstances must be in order
to obtain a discharge for federally in-
sured student loan debt.
FINANCIAL
Govt insured student
loans and bankruptcy
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