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Author Aiden Local trans woman Vice President Biden
Shaw on life arrested in carjacking administers oath to
after porn and of Sen. Bob Corker’s gay ambassador
prostitution. daughter in city. to New Zealand,
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End of an era, as Lambda Rising to close


Owner Maccubbin says decided they would rather close the Lambda Rising’s mission: to provide
stores than sell them to a new owner up-to-date information to a communi-
‘mission accomplished’ who might change their focus and ty that could not obtain it elsewhere.
mission. He said he first opened the store
“The phrase ‘mission accom- in June 1974 in a converted town-
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. plished’ has gotten a bad rap in house on 20th Street, N.W., near
lchibbaro@dcagenda.com recent years but in this case, it cer- Dupont Circle, with an initial invest-
tainly applies,” Maccubbin said. ment of $3,000 and an additional
Lambda Rising, a bookstore serv- “When we set out to establish $1,000 borrowed from a local gay
ing the LGBT community in the Lambda Rising in 1974, it was activist. The shop consisted of 300
nation’s capital for 35 years, is clos- intended as a demonstration of the square feet of space and just 250
ing its D.C. store in Dupont Circle and demand for gay and lesbian litera- gay and lesbian book titles.
its remaining out-of-town store in ture,” he said, noting that few if any “That’s all there were at the time,”
Rehoboth Beach, Del., in January. mainstream bookstores and news- Maccubbin said.
The closings, announced last stands carried gay-related books and The store, along with the LGBT com-
week, become another in a series of periodicals at the time. munity and gay civil rights movement,
gay bookstores that have shut down “Today, 35 years later, nearly grew dramatically over the next three
in recent years in other cities, includ- every general bookstore carries decades, moving in 1977 to a larger
ing New York and Baltimore. GLBT books, often featuring them in storefront space on S Street, N.W., a few
Deacon Maccubbin, 66, the special sections,” he said. blocks away. In 1984, the store moved to
store’s founder and co-owner, told Maccubbin said the Internet also its current location at 1625 Connecticut
D.C. Agenda in an exclusive inter- enables people today to access Ave., N.W., in a storefront building that DC Agenda photo by Aram Vartian
view that he plans to retire soon and LGBT-related information from Maccubbin and Bennett own.
that he and co-owner Jim Bennett, almost any location in the country, Lambda Rising will close in January after a 35-year run.
his domestic partner of 32 years, accomplishing yet another part of Continues on page 6

No DOMA repeal
next year: Nadler
Congressman says bill — known as the Respect for
virginiaagenda Marriage Act — at the end of the two-

Smokers forced into the cold at Freddie’s Beach Bar as


‘can’t pass right now,’ year session starting in 2011.
“The Respect for Marriage Act is a
Virginia’s smoking ban goes into effect. Page 10 sees action on other bill that we can’t pass right now; we
know we can’t pass it right now,” he said.
measures in 2010 Nadler said Congress won’t take up
the DOMA repeal next year because
By CHRIS JOHNSON other LGBT-related bills, including the
cjohnson@dcagenda.com Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
legislation providing partner benefits for
The sponsor of a bill that would over- LGBT federal workers and a repeal of
turn the Defense of Marriage Act said “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” are taking prece-
repeal won’t happen in this Congress dence. Supporters hope to pass those
and that efforts next year will instead be measures by the end of 2010. DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
focused on building support on the issue. “The Respect for Marriage Act
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said comes up after that, maybe at the Rep. Jerrold Nadler said the Respect
in an interview with DC Agenda that end of the next Congress, maybe for Marriage Act, which would over-
nightlifeagenda lawmakers will work on passing other afterward,” he said. turn the Defense of Marriage Act,
pro-LGBT bills next year, and could won’t pass next year.
Miss Gaye America D.C. pageant at Ziegfeld’s. Page 30 take up legislation to repeal DOMA Continues on page 16
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localagenda

Fenty pledges to meet with Trans woman charged


in carjacking of
AIDS activists after sit-in arrests U.S. senator’s daughter
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has she said. “We knew a woman who
agreed to meet with representatives of was [number] 382 on the waiting list A transgender woman awaiting possible placement in a court-ordered
an AIDS group coalition that staged a and she called to get an update on counseling program was one of two people charged last week with alleged-
sit-in outside his office Dec. 1 as part where she was,” Campbell said. ly carjacking a vehicle a U.S. senator’s daughter was driving in D.C.
of a World AIDS Day protest. “They said, ‘We’re not giving num- Prince George’s County police arrested two suspects at a Taco Bell
Two people with the group D.C. bers anymore.’ They’ll tell someone restaurant in Seat Pleasant, Md., about an hour after they allegedly pulled
Fights Back were arrested during the who applies for housing now that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s daughter Julia Corker, 22, from her Chevrolet
sit-in after they refused to obey a there are about this many people on Tahoe while she was stopped at a red light at Seventh and D streets,
police order to stop blocking an the list and you’ll have to wait about N.W., police said. The two reportedly drove away in the vehicle and later
entrance in the John A. Wilson city three to five years.” parked it outside the Taco Bell, which is located near a police station.
hall building. Dena Iverson, a spokesperson for The transgender woman, who according to D.C. court records uses the
Christine Campbell, vice presi- the Department of Health, said her name Gabrielle, was identified by police by her legal name, DeWalden
dent for national advocacy at office was “continuing its efforts to Connor, 22, of Capitol Heights, Md. The other suspect was identified as
Housing Works, which pushes for maximize funding for housing assis- Steven Alston, 25, of Northeast D.C. Both suspects were held this week in
subsidized housing programs for tance and [will] work with those wait- Prince George’s County on $75,000 bond pending their extradition to D.C.
low-income people with HIV/AIDS, ing for housing to help them access Records in D.C. Superior Court show that at the time of her arrest,
said her group joined the protest services or other potential routes to Connor was awaiting placement in a special diversion program following
because the city has failed to reduce stable housing situations.” an Oct. 21 arrest in D.C. on a charge of sexual solicitation. The records
a three-year waiting list for AIDS- Michael Kharen, a spokesperson show the diversion program is operated by Helping Individual Prostitutes
related housing in the District. for the city’s AIDS office, said the Survive, which is based in Adams Morgan.
She said repeated meetings with waiting list for a federally funded HIPS Executive Director Cyndee Clay said privacy rules prevented her
officials at the city’s Department of AIDS housing program stands at from disclosing the names of participants in the program. She said the court
Health and the mayor’s office result- about 500 names. He said there are and the U.S. Attorney’s office have retained HIPS to operate the program,
ed in “nothing happening,” prompting other housing assistance programs which provides counseling and skills training for trans women arrested on
the groups to stage the sit-in to for people with AIDS in addition to prostitution related charges. Diversion programs call for the dropping of first-
Photo by Joe Tresh demand a meeting with the mayor. the federally funded one, and the city offense charges against enrollees if they successfully complete the program.
“The system has to be fixed if is taking steps to place people in Court records show that Superior Court Judge Kaye Christian was
Mayor Adrian Fenty we’re actually going to have better need into those programs. scheduled to rule Dec. 17 on whether Connor should be accepted into the
health outcomes here in the District,” LOU CHIBBARO JR. HIPS program. It could not immediately be determined if the carjacking
arrest would adversely affect her chances of being accepted in the program.
According to an account released by the senator’s office, D.C. police,
Capitol Hill police, the FBI, and Prince George’s County police responded with-
in minutes of Julie Corker’s report of the carjacking. The law enforcement agen-
cies arranged for the tracking of the vehicle through its OnStar anti-theft, glob-
al positioning device, police said, which resulted in county police finding the car.
Police charged Connor and Alston with unauthorized use of a vehicle
and theft of over $500. The two could be charged with additional offenses
upon extradition to D.C.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Gay group to co-sponsor


conservative convention
A gay conservative group will co-sponsor a prominent national conserva-
tive convention next year and could have a speaking role at the engagement.
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, told DC Agenda on
Tuesday that his group will be among those sponsoring the Conservative
Political Action Conference, which is set to take place in D.C. in February.
“It’s the most important annual gathering of conservatives in the coun-
try,” he said. “And it’s important for gay people and gay conservatives to
have a voice at that conference. And we’re glad to be there and to provide
that representation.”
LaSalvia said his group contributed $4,000 — the minimum amount
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key needed — to co-sponsor the conference. He said it’s unclear at this point
whether GOProud’s sponsorship means one of its members will speak at
The D.C. Council is set to vote Dec. 15 for the second and final time on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. the event, but noted that information should emerge in the coming weeks.
A spokesperson for CPAC didn’t immediately respond to DC Agenda’s
request for comment.

D.C. marriage equality rally set for Dec. 14 It’s not the first time a gay group has been among the sponsors for
CPAC. In 2005, the Log Cabin Republicans was among the co-sponsors.
Patrick Guerriero, then-president of Log Cabin, and Chris Barron, now
A rally in support of the D.C. of other groups and members of the passes the measure and Mayor GOProud’s board chair but then Log Cabin’s political director, represent-
same-sex marriage bill is scheduled City Council who back the marriage Adrian Fenty signs the bill, as he ed the organization at the event, according to ABC News.
to take place Dec. 14 at a city recre- bill also are expected to participate. has promised, and the bill is sent to At the time, ABC News reported that the American Conservative
ation center — the night before the Meanwhile, in anticipation of the Capitol Hill. Union, which coordinates CPAC, wanted to have Guerriero debate Family
City Council holds its second and Council’s expected approval of the bill, Both Democratic and Republican Research Council President Tony Perkins during a panel discussion.
final vote on the Religious Freedom & Ward 5 Advisory Neighborhood observers on Capitol Hill have agreed But a conservative source told ABC News that the Family Research
Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Commissioner Robert King announced that the Democratic-controlled Congress Council wouldn’t participate in the debate and hinted it might withdraw its
Act of 2009. this week that he’s sent letters to every is expected to block attempts by co-sponsorship unless the panel was canceled. A Family Research
The rally, set to begin at 7 p.m. at member of Congress calling on the fed- same-sex marriage opponents to Council spokesperson denied that her organization threatened to with-
the Kennedy Recreation Center at eral lawmakers to block or overturn the overturn the bill. Democrats have said draw its sponsorship, but the panel never took place.
1401 Seventh St., N.W., is being D.C. same-sex marriage measure. D.C.’s local, home-rule government LaSalvia said he’s not expecting GOProud’s sponsorship of next year’s
hosted by the same-sex marriage Like all D.C. bills, the marriage should be allowed to pass its own laws CPAC to be controversial.
advocacy group Campaign for All measure must undergo a congres- unhampered by Congress, even if “I mean, we’re conservatives just like the other participants of the confer-
D.C. Families, D.C. Clergy United for sional review of 30 legislative days. some members of Congress don’t ence, and so we’ll be there as part of the conservative movement,” he said.
Marriage Equality, and the Human The review is expected to begin agree with a particular law. CHRIS JOHNSON
Rights Campaign. Representatives later this month after the Council LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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‘HIV will never be curable,’ doctor tells forum


Wisecracking Pistole and lighten the serious message pared to 2,388 African-American Among his other observations is
about how exposure to HIV is still a males and 1,122 females, and 883 what he called the antiviral “drug of
mixes humor with real fear, while peppering the audi- Hispanic males and 263 females. the month” phenomenon, spurring
ence with sobering facts and figures Exposure rates per 100,000 people some patients to say, “I want to try it,”
sobering message at underscoring that reality. were estimated for 2006 at 220 something Pistole said should be dis-
community event “Yes, it’s a controllable situation —
with antiretroviral drugs — and you can
among Asian males and 46 females
and 340 American Indian and Alaska
couraged by doctors.
Following his address, Pistole took
live a normal lifespan, long enough in Native males and 127 females. questions and comments from the audi-
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN fact to die from something else, but we Pistole, 64, is an internal medicine ence, including a memorable exchange
Special to DC Agenda have to accept the fact that [HIV is] just specialist in private practice in the with Michael Sainte-Andress, a 60-year-
like herpes, that will also never be Washington, D.C., metropolitan area old resident of Logan Circle diagnosed
“Get tested, listen to the experts, cured, and you can’t take a vaccine for where he has been caring for HIV and with HIV in 1986.
and lead the responsible life,” the common cold either.” hepatitis C patients since 1982. “It’s very important to develop
declared Michael Pistole, the sexa- As for a vaccine to prevent expo- Exposure to the viruses continues, said empowerment,” Sainte-Andress said.
genarian sexologist and sometime sure, he said, “I’d like to think we could Pistole, with risky sexual behavior ram- “You are the captain of your ship and
wisecracking medical doctor speak- get a vaccine for HIV but with the com- pant now in cities like D.C. where the inci- everyone else on board is a deck hand.”
ing at a meeting on surviving the plexity of the virus, I’m not sure.” dence of virus carriers is skyrocketing, Pistole replied that “the doctor is
AIDS and hepatitis C viruses. Hepatitis B, for example, has a vaccine, especially among African Americans. not the captain of your ship, but he can
“Hepatitis C can be cured, but HIV he pointed out, but hepatitis C does not. According to Pistole, of total new be a little bit more than a deckhand.
will never be curable, since it gets As his slideshow continued, the infections recorded in 2006, 46 per- He can be on board as your engineer.”
into your DNA,” Pistole said. audience could literally read the writ- cent were African American, 36 per- Sainte-Andress is a local actor
Speaking before a group of about ing on the wall — currently 1.1 million cent were white, and 18 percent who recently played the role of
100 doctors, nurses, patients and other adults and adolescents exposed to the Hispanic, with approximately the Leonato in the Folger Theatre produc-
community members gathered at the virus in this country, with pockets of same such proportions for men, but tion of “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Photo by Leigh Slaughter Hotel Palomar for dinner and a “Survival greater exposure according to race, strikingly for women it was 61 percent The event was sponsored by Peter
Forum,” Pistole summed up his mes- ethnicity and gender. African American versus 23 percent Metaxotos, sole proprietor of Alpha
‘I’d like to think we could get a vaccine for sage of safer sex this way: “Realize it’s For example, per 100,000 people white. The highest risk factors remain Drugs, the Dupont Circle pharmacy at
HIV but with the complexity of the virus, not just you, it’s the rest of the world.” in the U.S. in 2006, the most recent IV drug use and male-to-male sexual 1638 R Street, N.W., Suite 260. The
I’m not sure,’ said Dr. Michael Pistole at Pistole’s message was punctuat- year for such data, there were an contact, which had been decreasing next such forum, Survival Forum VIII,
a community forum last week. ed by quips and risqué double- estimated 395 white males and 63 as a cause of exposure but is now will be held in January with a trans-
entrendres, to put people at ease females exposed to the virus, com- edging up again, said Pistole. gender summit planned for March.

Locals lament impending closure of Lambda Rising


Continued from page 1

In the intervening years, the two


opened branches of the store in
Baltimore, Norfolk, Va., and Rehoboth
Beach. In 2003, Lambda Rising bought
the Oscar Wilde Bookshop in New
York’s Greenwich Village, recognized
as the nation’s first gay bookstore, hav-
ing opened in 1967. Maccubbin said
Lambda Rising bought that store to
save it from closing.
After more than three years of
helping rebuild the Oscar Wilde
store, Lambda Rising sold it to its
manager, to return it to its status as a
locally owned business. But earlier
this year, due to the national eco-
nomic downturn, the New York owner
said he was forced to close the store.
In its three decades of operation,
Lambda Rising became one of the
nation’s first gay businesses to
advertise in mainstream publications
and the first to advertise on TV in the
1970s. It has brought in hundreds of
authors to its various store branches,
including Andy Warhol, Sandra
Bernhard, Armistead Maupin and
Rita Mae Brown.
“Closing the store now will certain-
ly leave something of a hole in
Washington’s literary and political DC Agenda photo by Aram Vartian
scene, and even though I’m excited
about the opportunities that will open Lambda Rising, which opened in 1974, will close in January as its owners prepare to retire.
up for us as we move into the next
phase of our life, there is a bittersweet Maccubbin said he and Bennett are as a nationally recognized gay com- of the publications found there will be our community,” he said.
component to it all,” said Maccubbin. happy to offer advice and support munity resource. unavailable elsewhere. Lambda Maccubbin said the store will
“But the book market has been for someone interested in opening But he said he regrets that at Rising will be truly missed. Progress begin a holiday sale as early as this
changing dramatically, the GLBT another LGBT bookstore in Washington. least one aspect of the store’s mis- is often sad.” weekend for many of its books and
community has been making Veteran D.C. gay activist Frank sion has not been accomplished. Rick Rosendall, vice president of other products, such as gifts items.
progress by leaps and bounds, and Kameny, who described himself as a “No non-gay bookstore that I the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance, He said a “huge liquidation sale” will
35 years is enough time for any per- loyal customer of Lambda Rising know of has a gay section with con- called Lambda Rising a “landmark” begin immediately after Christmas,
son to devote to any one thing,” he since it opened, said Maccubbin and tent remotely comparable to that of for the LGBT community. with the store expected to close in
said. “It’s just time to move on.” the store deserve “enormous credit” Lambda Rising,” he said. “And many “It will certainly be a major loss for early January.
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virginiaagenda

Butts out in the cold as Va. gay bar goes smoke free
have heaters on, too, but that would be
Some welcome pretty costly,” Lutz said. It would also
change at Freddie’s, lose functionality as additional seating,
he noted, due to the exposure.
others decry it Despite the complications, Lutz said
he expected to see many new cus-
tomers as a result of the changeover.
By HARLEY DENNETT “I had a lot of people come to me
Special to DC Agenda and say, ‘We would go to your place or
we’d go to your place more often but
There was fresh air, fresh faces we just can’t stand the smoke.’ I think
and perhaps not quite so many raspy- we’re going to get a lot of those people
voiced karaoke songs at Freddie’s coming now, which is a great thing.”
Beach Bar & Restaurant last week as Lutz said the smokers he talked to
Virginia went smoke free. had accepted the change.
Business hasn’t declined since “Anyone would admit that it was
the Dec. 1 changeover, and some an inevitability, it was going to hap-
patrons even said they were enticed pen. I don’t think we’re going to lose
back or came for the first time as a the smokers because where can
result of the smoking ban. they go? They can’t go to D.C.; they
“It’s much more pleasant inside,” can’t go to Maryland.
said Tom, a Crystal City man who “I’m an ex-smoker myself. I swore
declined to give his last name. A to myself I wouldn’t turn into one of
smoker, he has a non-smoking those bitchy ex-smokers. I can relate
partner. The pair shuffled back and and feel for the smokers and it’s
forth between the warmer entrance unfortunate that it’s in the dead of
patio and the cold of winter’s first winter. I know it’s difficult for them.”
snow outside. Freddie’s manager Ray Martin
“I support the ban,” he said. “I’ve confirmed that bar receipts were
only lived in Virginia for three years. unchanged this week.
Before that I lived in New York City. “For every customer that is maybe
They had the ban. Before that, staying home and smoking now, more
Boston. They had the ban. It’s an customers are coming out,” he said.
incentive to smoke less.” “Personally, I’m very pleased. My
D.C. and Maryland banned smok- smoking has been cut down to a third
ing in bars and restaurants in 2006 Photo by Vince Chong of what it used to be. Every smoker out
and 2008, respectively. Freddie’s was there really wishes they could quit.”
the last remaining gay bar in the Smokers at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant were forced into the winter cold last week, as Virginia’s smoking ban went into effect. Customers who can’t stand to aban-
metro area to allow smoking. don either Freddie’s or their cigarettes
Not everyone at Freddie’s sup- not the best thing to go outside.” but I want to go somewhere that has progress” he said, beginning with small could find hope in the bar owner’s plans
ports the ban. Ophelia Bottoms, On the first night of the ban, it rained, a smoking area.” changes like moving ashtrays outside. to open another Freddie’s in another
Freddie’s Saturday night DJ and drag Bottoms said, so five people were Freddie Lutz, the establishment’s “There was a lot of that sort of talk city, particularly in Florida.
host reserved her anger for the forced to huddle in the doorway while eponymous owner, said he’d have to [about a smoking deck] and the “I’m down in Fort Lauderdale look-
Virginian government. people were trying to get into the venue. check with the Health Department on smokers were trying to think of ways ing for a bar,” he said. “It is still smok-
“It was forced on us,” she said. “I Vince, a former Freddie’s employ- what changes could be made to we could get around it, we do the ing down here, interestingly enough.
think it’s funny that we’re the tobacco ee who declined to provide his last accommodate the displaced smokers. patio or something like that, but we Freddie’s has been a smoking bar all
state and you can’t smoke inside. I name, said he enjoyed being able to “I have a lot of smoking clientele, really wanted to try this cold turkey.” this time so it wouldn’t bother me.
perform in the city and Maryland, this smoke while he worked. and I’ve grown very fond of them over Virginia law would not permit “I was actually surprised — pleas-
was the only place left to perform “I understand that non-smokers the years,” he said. “They’re not bad Freddie’s former non-smoking patio to antly surprised — that Virginia did this.
where you could still smoke.” want to go somewhere that is smoke people, they just smoke. I really appre- be converted to a smoking area as it is I thought they’d be the absolute last
“Now it’s cold outside — really free, but as a smoker, we want some- ciate all of them and they’ve been loyal currently fitted, because of the flaps. because they’re such a tobacco state,
cold. When I’m not in drag it’s fine, where that has a balcony or a patio to me, faithful loyal customers.” “If we do that, the flaps would have so now if we could just get them to
but when it’s raining or snowing, it is with a roof,” he said. “I love Freddie’s, Returning that loyalty was “a work in to be open. It could get cold. We could legalize gay marriage, we’d be set.”

Kaine proposes DP benefits for state workers


By CHRIS JOHNSON es associated with adding a person
cjohnson@dcagenda.com to the insurance rolls.
The new policy would apply not
The outgoing governor of Virginia is only to state workers with same-sex
working to extend health benefits to the partners, but also employees seek-
same-sex partners of state employees, ing to cover other individuals in their
but questions linger over whether his households, including opposite-sex
successor will accept the changes. partners and adult children.
Last week, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine McDonnell’s transition team didn’t
(D) directed his office to start drafting respond to DC Agenda’s request for
the regulations that would be required comment. At a press conference last
for the rule change, but he has only a week, the governor-elect expressed
few weeks left in office and, according concerns about what new costs the
to the Washington Post, the rules regulations would bring.
won’t be ready for implementation for “My first question is, what [is] the
another 18 months. The decision on cost to the state by expanding those
whether or not to enact the changes policies?” McDonnell said, according
will be left to Republican Gov.-elect to the Washington Post. “I am all for
Bob McDonnell. using business — public and private
Kaine spokesperson Lynda Tran — to expand health-care coverage.
was quoted in the Virginian-Pilot as … But what I don’t know is, what is Photo courtesy of governor.virginia.gov
saying the benefits won’t bring any the cost that has to be borne by the
new costs to the state because the state government versus the individ- Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is working to extend health benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees.
employee would take on any expens- ual new subscriber?”
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even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If your healthcare provider tells
also occur. The cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known
at this time.
EPZICOM contains abacavir, which is also contained in ZIAGEN (abacavir sulfate) and you that you can take EPZICOM again, start taking it when you are around medical
• EPZICOM is one of 3 medicines containing abacavir. Before starting EPZICOM, your TRIZIVIR® (abacavir sulfate, lamivudine, and zidovudine). Patients taking abacavir may Some HIV medicines, including those containing abacavir (ZIAGEN, EPZICOM, and
healthcare provider will review your medical history in order to avoid the use of help or people who can call a healthcare provider if you need one. TRIZIVIR), may increase your risk of heart attack. If you have heart problems, smoke,
have a serious allergic reaction (hypersensitivity reaction) that can cause death.
abacavir if you have experienced an allergic reaction to abacavir in the past. Your risk of this allergic reaction is much higher if you have a gene variation called A buildup of lactic acid in the blood and an enlarged liver, including fatal cases, have or suffer from diseases that increase your risk of heart disease, such as high blood
• In one study, more patients had a severe hypersensitivity reaction in HLA-B*5701 than if you do not. Your healthcare provider can determine with a blood test been reported. pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, tell your healthcare provider.
the abacavir once-daily group than in the abacavir twice-daily group. if you have this gene variation. If you get a symptom from 2 or more of the following Do not take EPZICOM if your liver does not function normally. The most common side effects seen with the drugs in EPZICOM dosed once daily were
• EPZICOM should not be used as part of a triple-nucleoside regimen. groups while taking EPZICOM, call your doctor right away to determine if you Some patients infected with both hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HIV have worsening of allergic reaction, trouble sleeping, depression, headache, tiredness, dizziness, nausea,
• EPZICOM does not cure HIV infection/AIDS or prevent passing HIV should stop taking this medicine. hepatitis after stopping lamivudine (a component of EPZICOM). Discuss any change in diarrhea, rash, fever, stomach pain, abnormal dreams, and anxiety. Most of the side
to others. 1. Fever treatment with your healthcare provider. If you have both HBV and HIV and stop treatment effects do not cause people to stop taking EPZICOM.
By prescription only. 2. Rash with EPZICOM, you should be closely monitored by your healthcare provider for at least
several months.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to 3. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal (stomach area) pain
the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Worsening of liver disease (sometimes resulting in death) has occurred in patients
4. Generally ill feeling, extreme tiredness, or achiness infected with both HIV and hepatitis C virus who are taking anti-HIV medicines and are
Please see additional important information about EPZICOM, including boxed 5. Shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat also being treated for hepatitis C with interferon with or without ribavirin. If you are taking
warnings, on the adjacent pages. Carefully read the Warning Card that your pharmacist gives you and carry it with you at EPZICOM as well as interferon with or without ribavirin and you experience side effects,
all times. be sure to tell your healthcare provider.
If you stop EPZICOM because of an allergic reaction, NEVER take EPZICOM or any When you start taking HIV medicines, your immune system may get stronger and could I’ve got the fight in me.
other abacavir-containing medicine (ZIAGEN, TRIZIVIR) again. If you take EPZICOM begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body, such as pneumonia, herpes
Save on your medication! or any other abacavir-containing medicine again after you have had an allergic reaction, virus, or tuberculosis. If you have new symptoms after starting your HIV medicines, be
Ask your doctor about the Patient Savings Card WITHIN HOURS you may get life-threatening symptoms that may include very low sure to tell your healthcare provider.
or visit www.mysupportcard.com to learn
how to save on your out-of-pocket expenses. blood pressure or death. Changes in body fat may occur in some patients taking antiretroviral therapy. These
Subject to eligibility. Restrictions apply. If you stop EPZICOM for any other reason, even for a few days, and you are not changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo
allergic to EPZICOM, talk with your healthcare provider before taking it again. hump”), breast, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may
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EPZICOM® (abacavir sulfate and lamivudine) Tablets How should I take EPZICOM?
MEDICATION GUIDE • Take EPZICOM by mouth exactly as your doctor prescribes it. The usual dose is 1 tablet once a day. Do not skip doses.
• You can take EPZICOM with or without food.
EPZICOM® (epv zih com) Tablets • If you miss a dose of EPZICOM, take the missed dose right away. Then, take the next dose at the usual time.
Generic name: abacavir (uH-BACK-ah-veer) sulfate and lamivudine (la-MIV-yoo-deen) • Do not let your EPZICOM run out.
Read the Medication Guide that comes with EPZICOM before you start taking it and each time you get a refill because • Starting EPZICOM again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an
there may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical allergic reaction to it before. If you run out of EPZICOM even for a few days, you must ask your doctor if you can
condition or your treatment. Be sure to carry your EPZICOM Warning Card with you at all times. start EPZICOM again. If your doctor tells you that you can take EPZICOM again, start taking it when you are around
medical help or people who can call a doctor if you need one.
What is the most important information I should know about EPZICOM?
• If you stop your anti-HIV drugs, even for a short time, the amount of virus in your blood may increase and
• Serious Allergic Reaction to Abacavir. EPZICOM contains abacavir (also contained in ZIAGEN® and TRIZIVIR®). the virus may become harder to treat.
Patients taking EPZICOM may have a serious allergic reaction (hypersensitivity reaction) that can cause death.
• If you take too much EPZICOM, call your doctor or poison control center right away.
Your risk of this allergic reaction is much higher if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701 than if
you do not. Your doctor can determine with a blood test if you have this gene variation. If you get a What should I avoid while taking EPZICOM?
symptom from 2 or more of the following groups while taking EPZICOM, call your doctor right away to • Do not take EPIVIR (lamivudine, 3TC), COMBIVIR (lamivudine and zidovudine), ZIAGEN (abacavir sulfate), or
determine if you should stop taking this medicine. TRIZIVIR (abacavir sulfate, lamivudine, and zidovudine) while taking EPZICOM. Some of these medicines are
already in EPZICOM.
Symptom(s) • Do not take zalcitabine (HIVID, ddC) while taking EPZICOM.
Group 1 Fever Avoid doing things that can spread HIV infection, as EPZICOM does not stop you from passing the HIV infection to others.
Group 2 Rash • Do not share needles or other injection equipment.
Group 3 Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal (stomach area) pain • Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes and razor blades.
Group 4 Generally ill feeling, extreme tiredness, or achiness • Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safe sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom
or other barrier method to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood.
Group 5 Shortness of breath, cough, sore throat
• Do not breastfeed. EPZICOM can be passed to babies in breast milk and could harm the baby. Also, mothers with
HIV should not breastfeed because HIV can be passed to the baby in the breast milk.
A list of these symptoms is on the Warning Card your pharmacist gives you. Carry this Warning Card with you.
If you stop EPZICOM because of an allergic reaction, NEVER take EPZICOM (abacavir sulfate and What are the possible side effects of EPZICOM?
lamivudine) or any other abacavir-containing medicine (ZIAGEN and TRIZIVIR) again. If you take EPZICOM can cause the following serious side effects:
EPZICOM or any other abacavir-containing medicine again after you have had an allergic reaction, WITHIN • Serious allergic reaction that can cause death. (See “What is the most important information I should know
HOURS you may get life-threatening symptoms that may include very low blood pressure or death. about EPZICOM?” at the beginning of this Medication Guide.)
If you stop EPZICOM for any other reason, even for a few days, and you are not allergic to EPZICOM, • Lactic acidosis with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) that can cause death. (See “What is the most important
talk with your doctor before taking it again. Taking EPZICOM again can cause a serious allergic or information I should know about EPZICOM?” at the beginning of this Medication Guide.)
life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If your doctor tells you • Worsening of HBV infection. (See “What is the most important information I should know about EPZICOM?” at the
that you can take EPZICOM again, start taking it when you are around medical help or people who can beginning of this Medication Guide.)
call a doctor if you need one. • Changes in immune system. When you start taking HIV medicines, your immune system may get stronger and
• Lactic Acidosis. Some human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) medicines, including EPZICOM, can cause a rare could begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body, such as pneumonia, herpes virus, or tuberculosis.
but serious condition called lactic acidosis with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly). Nausea and tiredness If you have new symptoms after starting your HIV medicines, be sure to tell your doctor.
that don’t get better may be symptoms of lactic acidosis. In some cases this condition can cause death. Women, • Changes in body fat. These changes have happened in patients taking antiretroviral medicines like EPZICOM. The
overweight people, and people who have taken HIV medicines like EPZICOM for a long time have a higher chance changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around
of getting lactic acidosis and liver enlargement. Lactic acidosis is a medical emergency and must be treated in the the back, chest, and stomach area. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and
hospital. long-term health effects of these conditions are not known.
• Worsening of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Patients with HBV infection, who take EPZICOM and then stop it, Some HIV medicines including EPZICOM may increase your risk of heart attack. If you have heart problems, smoke, or
may get “flare-ups” of their hepatitis. “Flare-up” is when the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before. suffer from diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes,
If you have HBV infection, your doctor should closely monitor your liver function for several months after stopping tell your doctor.
EPZICOM. You may need to take anti-HBV medicines. The most common side effects with EPZICOM are trouble sleeping, depression, headache, tiredness, dizziness, nausea,
• Use with interferon- and ribavirin-based regimens. Worsening of liver disease (sometimes resulting in death) diarrhea, rash, fever, stomach pain, abnormal dreams, and anxiety. Most of these side effects did not cause people to stop
has occurred in patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C virus who are taking anti-HIV medicines and are also taking EPZICOM.
being treated for hepatitis C with interferon with or without ribavirin. If you are taking EPZICOM as well as interferon This list of side effects is not complete. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects
with or without ribavirin and you experience side effects, be sure to tell your doctor. to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
EPZICOM can have other serious side effects. Be sure to read the section below entitled “What are the possible side How should I store EPZICOM?
effects of EPZICOM?”
• Store EPZICOM at room temperature between 59º to 86ºF (15º to 30ºC).
What is EPZICOM? • Keep EPZICOM and all medicines out of the reach of children.
EPZICOM is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV infection. EPZICOM includes 2 medicines: abacavir (ZIAGEN) and General information for safe and effective use of EPZICOM
lamivudine or 3TC (EPIVIR®). See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in EPZICOM. Both of Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in Medication Guides. Do not use EPZICOM
these medicines are called nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). When used together, they help for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give EPZICOM to other people, even if they have the same symptoms
lower the amount of HIV in your blood. This helps to keep your immune system as healthy as possible so that it can help that you have. It may harm them.
fight infection.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about EPZICOM. If you would like more information,
Different combinations of medicines are used to treat HIV infection. You and your doctor should discuss which talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for the information that is written for healthcare professionals
combination of medicines is best for you. or call 1-888-825-5249.
• EPZICOM does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. We do not know if EPZICOM will help you live longer or have fewer
of the medical problems that people get with HIV or AIDS. It is very important that you see your doctor regularly What are the ingredients in EPZICOM?
while you are taking EPZICOM. Active ingredients: abacavir sulfate and lamivudine
• EPZICOM does not lower the risk of passing HIV to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, Inactive ingredients: Each film-coated EPZICOM Tablet contains the inactive ingredients magnesium stearate,
or being exposed to your blood. For your health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safe microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium starch glycolate. The tablets are coated with a film (OPADRY® orange
sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier method to lower the chance of sexual contact with YS-1-13065-A) that is made of FD&C Yellow No. 6, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 400, polysorbate 80, and titanium
semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Never use or share dirty needles. dioxide.
Who should not take EPZICOM? COMBIVIR, EPIVIR, EPZICOM, TRIZIVIR, and ZIAGEN are registered trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline.
Do not take EPZICOM if you: *The brands listed are trademarks of their respective owners and are not trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline. The makers
• have ever had a serious allergic reaction (a hypersensitivity reaction) to EPZICOM or any other medicine of these brands are not affiliated with and do not endorse GlaxoSmithKline or its products.
that has abacavir as one of its ingredients (TRIZIVIR and ZIAGEN). See the end of this Medication Guide for
a complete list of ingredients in EPZICOM. This Medication Guide has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
• have a liver that does not function properly.
• are less than 18 years of age.
Before starting EPZICOM tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
• have been tested and know whether or not you have a particular gene variation called HLA-B*5701.
• are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. We do not know if EPZICOM will harm your unborn child.
You and your doctor will need to decide if EPZICOM is right for you. If you use EPZICOM while you are pregnant, talk
to your doctor about how you can be on the Antiviral Pregnancy Registry for EPZICOM.
• are breastfeeding. Some of the ingredients in EPZICOM can be passed to your baby in your breast milk. It is not
known if they could harm your baby. Also, mothers with HIV should not breastfeed because HIV can be passed
to the baby in the breast milk.
Lamivudine is manufactured under agreement from Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc, Basingstoke, UK
• have liver problems including hepatitis B virus infection.
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• have heart problems, smoke, or suffer from diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high
blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
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vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take any of the following medicines*: All rights reserved. Printed in USA. ECM463R0 October 2009
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• EPIVIR or EPIVIR-HBV® (lamivudine, 3TC), ZIAGEN (abacavir sulfate), COMBIVIR® (lamivudine and zidovudine),
or TRIZIVIR (abacavir sulfate, lamivudine, and zidovudine).
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‘New Yorkers have been betrayed’


Marriage bill’s defeat “Sadly, we didn’t lose on the merits, Another 14 months would be the
but we lost because of politicians’ lack longest it would take to bring the
in state Senate of political courage to do the right thing,” marriage bill to the floor of the
he said. “Seeing insufficient support on Senate again, Rouse said.
marks major setback the Democratic side, key Republicans “If we have to have this bill come up
communicated that they were unwilling after the elections, clearly the 2010
By CHRIS JOHNSON to follow their conscience and take a election and who’s running again for
cjohnson@dcagenda.com tough political vote if they couldn’t make office ... all of that will be important,” he
the difference on a losing bill.” said. “Supporters of marriage equality
The defeat of same-sex marriage Pinello said Republican Assembly and opponents of marriage equality will
legislation in the New York State member Dede Scozzafava’s recent be focusing like a laser beam on the
Senate last week was a devastating failed bid for Congress also had an primary and general elections in 2010.”
blow to gay rights supporters, leaving effect on GOP senators. Scozzafava, Pinello, however, said that 2013
many to wonder how the bill could fail who has voted in favor of same-sex might be a more realistic time for same-
after its advocates had expressed con- marriage three times, ran for Congress sex marriage to pass in New York.
fidence in the measure’s passage. in a special election this year, but with- He said after Senate districts are
The New York State Senate on Dec. drew her candidacy after a third-party redrawn following the 2010 Census,
2 voted 24-38 against the legalization conservative candidate challenged there would be an opportunity to elect
Photo courtesy New York State Senate
of same-sex marriage, a lopsided mar- her because of her position on mar- more supporters of same-sex marriage
gin that raised questions for those who State Sen. Tom Duane, who’s gay and was the prime sponsor of the marriage leg- riage, among other issues. to the Senate in the 2012 elections.
were watching the bill’s progress. islation, said he was ‘enraged, deeply disappointed and profoundly saddened’ “I think there was some fallout as a With Democrats in control of both
State Sen. Tom Duane, who’s gay, when his chamber voted against the bill. result of that on the Senate Republican chambers of the New York Legislature,
was the prime sponsor of the Senate side,” Pinello said. “I can’t believe that Senate districts could be redrawn in
marriage legislation. He had media “There are a number of factions The legislation failed in the Senate the Republican caucus is so uniformly ways that are more favorable to
outlets he was “optimistic” about the within the Democratic caucus in the even though the bill had strong support opposed to marriage equality that not Democrats, meaning more supporters
proposal’s chances before senators Senate that makes cohesiveness in in the Assembly, which approved the even one or more would have favored it.” of gay nuptials could be elected to the
killed the bill. that caucus extremely difficult, unlike measure for a third time Dec. 2, 88-51. Although the bill was voted down, Senate in 2012 to take office in 2013
Duane, who didn’t respond to the Republican caucus, which is much Gov. David Paterson (D) also was a Pinello said having the vote last and vote for marriage legislation.
D.C. Agenda’s request for an inter- more united in its position,” he said. “I strong advocate for the marriage bill. week was appropriate because “to “I think it’s possible that there
view, issued a statement saying he think the vote [Dec. 2] reflected that.” Pinello said the legislation failed keep putting it off is just unaccept- won’t be a favorable vote in the New
felt “betrayed” following the vote. Marty Rouse, the Human Rights in the Senate — but passed in the able as a political matter.” York State Senate until 2013 on the
“Promises made were not hon- Campaign’s national field director, Assembly — because senators “are “So, now that their votes are record- issue of marriage equality — four
ored,” he said. “The lesbian, gay, bisex- also said he thinks the marriage bill out of touch with their constituents.” ed, activists can try to target those peo- years from now,” he said.
ual and transgender (LGBT) communi- failed because of the politically tenu- He said polling data shows a major- ple — especially in the Democratic Still, Rouse said he was optimistic
ty, and all fair-minded New Yorkers ous situation in the Senate. He noted ity of Long Island residents favor same- Party, but also Republicans — who and he didn’t think there’s “anyone
have been betrayed. I am enraged, that Democrats briefly lost control of sex marriage and noted that three- voted against marriage equality, in next involved in politics in New York State
deeply disappointed and profoundly the chamber in a coup earlier this quarters of that region’s Senate dele- year’s legislative election cycle,” he said. that doesn’t think there is ... support for
saddened by the vote today.” year before regaining leadership. gation voted against the marriage bill. Asked whether the bill should this bill becoming law in the near future.”
Groups advocating for passage of “It’s difficult to pass legislation when Eight Democratic senators voted have come to the floor, Rouse He noted that State Sen. Ruben
the marriage bill included Empire State you have a change in Senate leader- against the marriage bill Wednesday. All replied, “I’m not going to second Diaz Sr. was the only lawmaker to
Pride Agenda and Gill Action Fund. ship, a new and tenuous Senate major- Republican senators voted against it. guess the decisions that were made.” speak out against the marriage bill on
Those organizations didn’t respond to ity,” he said. “There is a lot of politics in Jeff Cook, a legislative adviser for But the failed attempt means sup- the Senate floor and no Republicans
D.C. Agenda’s request for comment. play in passing any sort of legislation.” the Log Cabin Republicans who had porters of same-sex marriage will have voiced opposition during debate.
Dan Pinello, a gay government pro- Rouse said the marriage bill failed lobbied GOP lawmakers on the bill, to wait before marriage rights for gay “That tells me there is support for
fessor at the City University of New not because of the merits of the leg- said there was no Republican back- couples become available in New York. this bill waiting for the right time for this
York, said the Senate was unable to islation, but because of political ing because the dissent among Rouse said there is no reason why bill to come up,” he said. “And so, for
pass the marriage bill because the issues in the Senate. Democrats meant GOP support supporters shouldn’t work to bring the me, it’s not a matter of if this is going to
Democratic Party, which narrowly con- “This has much more to do about wouldn’t have made a difference. bill up again in the “very near future,” become law, it’s a matter of when this
trols the Senate, 32-30, is “in disarray, politics and very little, if anything, to Before the vote, Cook had said he and said it’s possible for Senate lead- bill is going to become law, and for var-
basically — not only on this particular do about the merits of the marriage was expecting Republican votes in ership to find a way to have another ious reasons, unfortunately, early this
policy issue, but more generally.” bill itself,” he said. favor of the legislation. vote within a few weeks. week was not the right time.”

Gay ambassador to New Zealand takes oath Standing next to Huebner during swearing-in ceremony, and noted the
Biden hails nation’s the ceremony was Duane McWaine, U.S. affords him the opportunity to
‘true diversity’ his partner of 20 years and a psychi-
atrist. The mothers of Huebner and
serve as ambassador even though
his family came from humble begin-
McWaine also were in the audience, nings and he’s gay.
By CHRIS JOHNSON and were escorted by Biden. “I can imagine few other coun-
cjohnson@dcagenda.com The vice president said that tries on Earth where someone like
Huebner wasn’t chosen for the me could serve in this role,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden cited ambassador position because of his “My grandfather was an immigrant
the administration’s belief that sexual sexual orientation; Biden noted that coal miner; my father was a meat
orientation is an important element of Huebner’s professional accomplish- cutter. I was sworn in today stand-
diversity before swearing in last week ments qualified him for the role. ing next to my spouse who happens
the first openly gay U.S. ambassador Most recently head of the to be a different race and of the
nominated by President Obama. Shanghai-based China & International same gender as I am. In America,
“I believe and President Obama Disputes division for the law firm such a trajectory is not only possi-
strongly believes that America proj- Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, ble, it is natural.”
ects its best face to the world when it Huebner also has a history in LGBT The appointment of Hueber
reflects the true diversity of our coun- activism. He served as a board mem- makes him the third openly gay
try — whether it’s race, religion, gen- ber of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance ambassador to serve the U.S.
der or sexual orientation,” he said. Against Defamation and served as the President Bill Clinton nominated
Biden made brief remarks before group’s general counsel, according to James Hormel as U.S. ambassador
swearing in David Huebner as the U.S. a GLAAD statement released when to Luxembourg, and former DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
ambassador to New Zealand and Huebner was nominated. President George W. Bush nominat-
Samoa. The U.S. Senate confirmed Huebner mentioned his sexual ed Michael Guest as U.S. ambassa- Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath to David Huebner (center), the first
Huebner for the role last month. orientation in remarks following his dor to Romania. openly gay ambassador appointed by President Obama.
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Nadler expects same-sex marriage will pass in N.Y.


Continued from page 1

Nadler’s legislation would over-


turn DOMA, allowing the federal gov-
ernment to recognize same-sex mar-
riages. It also has a “certainty provi-
sion” that would allow same-sex cou-
ples to marry in one state and still
receive federal benefits even if they
move to another state where gay
nuptials aren’t recognized.
In lieu of passage in this
Congress, Nadler said the task for
supporters is to find more co-spon-
sors for the bill. As of Tuesday, the bill
had 105 co-sponsors. Nadler predict-
ed support would grow.
“And I think if some of these other
bills pass, it’ll become more — the idea
becomes less avant garde,” he said.
In response to Nadler’s remarks
that a DOMA repeal won’t happen
next year, Evan Wolfson, executive
director of Freedom to Marry, said, “I
don’t think we should begin the con-
versation about when it’s going to
happen. I think we should begin the
conversation with how do we build
support and make it happen.”
“There are two ways to talk about
our movement,” he said. “One is to talk
about what it’s really about, to actually
make the case for inclusion and fairness
and freedom, to talk about why mar-
riage matters. … The other is to spend
all our time talking about the chess
game or the political horse race, and we
spend too much time on the latter and DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
not enough time doing the former.”
Wolfson said supporters should Rep. Jerrold Nadler said of his home state that ‘as long as we keep a Democratic governor and state Senate in the next election, we’ll get a gay marriage bill rela-
begin the conversation “by each one tively soon in New York.’
of us calling our senators and mem-
ber of Congress, asking them to sign Although supporters have said been occupied with other tasks. atively soon in New York.” “There are a lot of cross pressures
on to the bill.” other bills will take priority this “Some of the people we’re dealing As the number of states with and we haven’t had those — we’ve
Congress, advocates for the DOMA with are very busy with a number of same-sex marriage grow, Nadler started but we haven’t finished those
Strategic decisions repeal have hoped for congressional other things,” he said. “There’s not a said support for the Respect for conversations at this point,” he said.
Nadler’s prediction that a DOMA hearings on marriage by the end of sense of urgency, the sense that this Marriage Act also will build. But Steve Ralls, a spokesperson
repeal won’t happen by the end of next year. bill has to have a Senate sponsor right “Especially as a number of states for Immigration Equality, said he’s
next year comes after other key But Nadler, who chairs a House now because it’s going to pass right have gay marriage, and the sky “optimistic” immigration reform meas-
potential supporters have said other Judiciary subcommittee with jurisdic- now, because it’s not, so we’re talking.” doesn’t fall in, and nobody comes in ures will include UAFA at their debut
LGBT legislation will be a priority. tion over marriage, said he wouldn’t Even without a sense of urgency and busts up regular marriages — because supporters, including other
At the time the Respect for Marriage commit to holding hearings on the among lawmakers, Nadler said he thinks other than what’s busting up anyway lawmakers, immigration groups and
Act was introduced in September, Drew issue by the end of next year and DOMA should be repealed because it’s — I think the issue will recede in the LGBT groups, have been lobbying for
Hammill, a spokesperson for House would hear only testimony “when we “a stain on the national honor.” sense that people will lose their an inclusive bill for some time.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said the speaker think it’s advantageous to do so.” “Even if you didn’t have a lot of prac- sense of the novelty,” he said. “I don’t know what the final compre-
is “focused on legislative items that we “And that’s a strategic decision, a tical effects, which obviously it does hensive immigration reform will look like,
can enact into law now,” including ENDA. tactical decision you have to make,” have, it’s wrong to keep such things on but I remain optimistic that it will include
And gay Rep. Barney Frank (D- he said. “As things go on, we’ll have the books,” he said. “The honor of the
Gay immigration bill lesbian and gay families,” he said.
Mass.) hasn’t signed on as a co- to see how things go. Right now, the country demands we repeal it.” could join reform debate In the event that comprehensive
sponsor to Nadler’s bill, saying that thing is get the idea out there to get Same-sex marriage is only legal in Another bill Nadler is champi- immigration reform legislation does-
lawmakers will instead focus on other pressure built, to get more sponsors five states throughout the country, but oning in the House is the Uniting n’t include UAFA when it debuts,
LGBT issues this Congress and the — and that’s the way to go.” Nadler predicted that number would American Families Act, which would Nadler said he’s working on making
bill’s certainty provision could cause Asked whether Democratic lead- grow in coming years, and would enable gay Americans to sponsor sure there are votes in the House
political problems for House mem- ership requested that he not hold include his home state of New York. their foreign partners for residency. Judiciary Committee to amend the
bers seeking re-election. hearings on marriage, Nadler The Empire State was seen to be With an effort to pass comprehensive bill to include such a provision.
Nadler said he hasn’t “had too replied, “No, they did not.” on the precipice of legalizing same- immigration reform expected in Nadler said he’s “hopeful” there
many conversations” with Pelosi on the Nadler said he expects a Senate sex marriage, but the hopes of sup- Congress next year, advocates are will be enough votes for an amend-
proposed DOMA repeal since it was companion to the Respect for porters were dashed last week when trying to include UAFA as a provision ment, but added “that’ll be a big fight,
introduced, but noted that the speaker Marriage Act would be introduced the state Senate killed a bill that in the larger legislation. if necessary.”
has privately encouraged House mem- early next year, noting there are a would have granted marriage rights Nadler said the White House “I haven’t taken any votes or whip
bers to co-sponsor the bill. number of potential sponsors for the for same-sex couples. Nadler, who seems to want to take on immigration counts or done any kind of that work,
As for Frank, Nadler also said he Senate legislation. served in the New York Assembly for reform in the spring and said UAFA but certainly it will be something that
hasn’t spoken much with the Advocates have named Sen. 16 years before being elected to supporters will “make a major thrust we’ll have to work at and the gay com-
Massachusetts lawmaker on the Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) as a prime Congress, said same-sex marriage to make this part of the comprehen- munity and everybody will have to be
issue since the bill’s introduction. target in talks because he chairs a will nonetheless be legalized in the sive immigration reform debate.” pressuring the individual members of
“We have a disagreement on the Senate Judiciary subcommittee with state in a few years. The lawmakers drafting compre- the committee,” Nadler said. “A lot of
strategy on this obviously, as we had jurisdiction over marriage. Nadler “I’d be very surprised if New York hensive immigration reform legisla- the members of the committee, the
a disagreement on the strategy over said Feingold would “possibly” cham- didn’t pass a gay marriage bill in the tion are Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Democratic members especially, say
the non-inclusive ENDA last pion the Senate legislation. next two years, and I’ve been studying Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Sen. they’re very great friends with the gay
[Congress] where we no longer have Nadler said a Senate bill has yet New York politics for 40 years,” he said. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Nadler said community … and this’ll be an oppor-
that disagreement,” he said. “And, I to emerge so many months after the “And as long as we keep a Democratic it’s “hard to say” whether those bills tunity to show that they are, bar none.”
presume, in the end, we will not have House introduction in September governor and state Senate in the next would include a UAFA provision upon
a disagreement on this.” because potential supporters have election, we’ll get a gay marriage bill rel- their introduction. Continues on page 17
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ENDA stalls as key supporters tackle financial reform


Continued from page 16 gay and straight — and that should Asked whether President Obama from the Ninth Circuit judge to pro- whether to vote for repeal and mili-
be Congress’ priority.” could have spoken more forcefully on vide health benefits to the partner of tary operations at the same time.
One major obstacle that UAFA sup- Asked whether he would support LGBT issues since the start of his a lesbian federal employee. “You don’t want to put people in the
porters will face is opposition from immigration reform legislation that does- administration, Nadler replied, “I think he “It’s not enough just for them to position of saying, ‘You vote against
Catholic leaders. The U.S. Conference n’t include a UAFA provision, Nadler could have been more forthright on say, ‘It’s been busy,’” he said. “Well, it Afghanistan funding, you’re voting
of Catholic Bishops has urged lawmak- replied, “I hope it doesn’t come to that.” some of them.” He declined to elaborate. hasn’t been busy — or so busy that against [repealing] “Don’t Ask, Don’t
ers to exclude the provision from immi- “All my efforts are designed to In response to recent criticism that they couldn’t take swipes at us.” Tell,”’ or vice-versa,” he said. “So maybe
gration reform because church leaders make sure it doesn’t come to that, so lawmakers have been putting off action Aravois commended Nadler for being you need a new option or something.
support reform, but oppose the LGBT- I’m not going to get into what hap- on ENDA, Nadler said some key sup- outspoken on LGBT issues, but ques- These are tactical considerations, which
specific provision. pens at that point,” he said. porters of the bill have been occupied tioned whether Nadler would criticize a you have to look at as things unfold.”
Nadler said opposition to UAFA with other issues. He noted the sponsor Democratic Congress as a Democratic Nadler said he, for example, didn’t
from Catholic leaders will make inclu- of the bill is Frank, who, as chair of the lawmaker, and whether Congress would, “like this idea of sending more troops
sion of the measure in the bill “a very
‘We will see a fair House Financial Services Committee, in fact, take up LGBT issues next year. to Afghanistan,” although he sup-
difficult fight.” amount of action’ is also working on the Troubled Asset “Good luck passing gay rights leg- ports a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.
“So, there will be some who will be During his Agenda interview, Nadler Relief Program legislation. islation right before an election,” he With public approval polls showing
tempted to say, ‘Wait a minute, let’s not also addressed arguments that the “Why aren’t we doing ENDA right said. “Democrats don’t have balls in support waning for Democrats, Nadler
alienate some of our major supporters Obama administration and Congress now?” he said. “But what else are off years — they certainly don’t have predicted congressional Democrats will
on this legislation to pass it,’” he said. haven’t made sufficient progress on some of the key people doing? them right before elections, on gay lose seats in the 2010 election, but
“There’ll be others of us saying, ‘Hey, LGBT issues since the start of this year. They’re over their heads with the issues especially.” added a hope that the party won’t lose
no, if you’re doing a comprehensive The lawmaker said Congress has financial reform, which no one antici- With regard to the LGBT legislation “too many” seats. He noted that the
bill, it’s got to be comprehensive. You had a significant workload this year pated six months ago. I suspect that that Congress would take up next year, November results would largely depend
can’t just leave certain people out.” — including the passage of two once that is out of the way, which it Nadler expressed uncertainty about on how well the economy is faring.
Even with opposition from annual budgets as well as stimulus should be soon, these kind of issues the prediction that Congress would Even with Democrats potentially in
Catholic leaders, Ralls said the list of and relief legislation for financial can come to the fore again.” repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” next year danger, Nadler said he didn’t think
religious groups who support the institutions — and that advocates for But John Aravosis, a gay blogger as part of the authorization bill for the lawmakers would avoid LGBT issues
inclusion of UAFA in immigration LGBT issues would be better to who has been leading an LGBT boy- fiscal year 2011 defense budget. Frank next year to reduce a perceived risk of
reform “is very long and diverse,” and make judgments on Congress’ work cott of the Democratic National told the media last month that was the alienating voters before the election.
includes Quakers and Episcopalians. at the end of next year. Committee, criticized the notion that way he envisioned repeal. “I think we’re going to face most of
“If the Conference of Catholic “I think it would be very fair by the Congress hasn’t acted on LGBT But Nadler said repeal through these issues this Congress, mostly
Bishops decides that they’re willing time the election rolls around next issues because lawmakers have the defense budget might not be the next year,” he said. “I’m assuming
to throw the immigrant community October to say we haven’t done been busy with other issues. best way to overturn “Don’t Ask, that the gay community is going to
under the bus because of the inclu- enough on these issues,” he said. “I He said the Obama administra- Don’t Tell.” With the president calling keep the pressure on. I mean, don’t
sion of LGBT couples, I think that think a lot of things have been fer- tion has found time to take swipes at for escalation of operations in go to sleep because I said it as that.
would be a shame because, at the menting and cooking. I think we will the LGBT community by defending Afghanistan, Nadler said such a pro- If the gay community keeps the pres-
end of the day, immigration reform see a fair amount of action on these DOMA in court and, more recently, vision would put more liberal mem- sure on, then I think that, yes, we’ll
can help millions of families — both issues in next year’s session.” saying it couldn’t follow a court order bers of Congress in a quandary over probably face most of these issues.”

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‘Mission Accomplished’ at Lambda Rising dcagenda


Vol. 1, Issue 4
City’s gay community PUBLISHER
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EDITORIAL
without iconic bookstore Editor
KEVIN NAFF
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knaff@dcagenda.com JOSHUA LYNSEN
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The times they keep changing. Features Editor
The DC Agenda broke news last JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
week that Lambda Rising, a corner- jdiguglielmo@dcagenda.com
stone of the city’s LGBT community Sr. News Reporter
since it opened in 1974, will close its LOU CHIBBARO JR.
doors in early 2010. lchibbaro@dcagenda.com
Deacon Maccubbin, the store’s News Reporter
CHRIS JOHNSON
founder and co-owner, said he plans
cjohnson@dcagenda.com
to retire and that he and co-owner Jim Staff Photographer
Bennett, his partner of 32 years, MICHAEL KEY
decided they would rather close than mkey@dcagenda.com
sell to a new owner who might change
the focus and mission of the business. PRODUCTION
In addition to the D.C. store, Art Director
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applies,” Maccubbin said, noting that avartian@dcagenda.com
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The growing acceptance of homo- JEANNI CENTOFANTI
sexuality (at least in some urban Lambda Rising will be closing its doors after more than three decades as the heart of the local LGBT community. jcentofanti@dcagenda.com
areas and liberal enclaves) has miti- Sr. Acct. Executive
gated the need for certain gay-specif- turned to Lambda Rising as teens for having kids when they were younger, when I needed to vent and offered BRIAN PITTS
ic businesses. Unlike previous gener- information on gay life and reassur- finally come to terms with their sexu- his support to us in this new venture. bpitts@dcagenda.com
ations of gay youth, young gay people ance that we weren’t alone. I can’t al orientation and come out, they Deacon and Jim have earned Sr. Acct. Executive
today can find endless information imagine gay D.C. without it. come to Lambda Rising for help. their retirement after decades of ANDREW HARTSFIELD
and resources online. But Lambda I remember walking nervously Just three weeks ago, when the service to the community. They’ve ahartsfield@dcagenda.com
Rising represented so much more into the store as a teenager, afraid of Washington Blade was shuttered by helped more people than they proba- Acct. Executive
than a place to buy books. It has being spotted by someone and its parent company, I found myself bly realize. Congratulations to them JERYL PARADE
served as a hub of the LGBT commu- outed. It was a scene played out inexplicably drawn to Lambda Rising. for accomplishing their life’s mission. jparade@dcagenda.com
Classifieds Manager
nity and a beacon for closeted youth thousands of times over the years. I walked in and asked to see Deacon, DANIELLE KING
yearning for a sense of identity. Even today, as older gay men who who ushered me into his upstairs Kevin Naff is editor of the DC Agenda. dking@dcagenda.com
So many of us, myself included, were pressured into marriage and office. He was a sounding board Reach him at knaff@dcagenda.com. Display Classifieds Sales
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The following comments were post- sion. For years and years, this book- have trouble deciding where in Dupont else. NOWHERE else can these books
ed to DCAgenda.com regarding the store was the lighthouse for gay peo- Circle to go to dinner, we’d just say, “Let’s be browsed on the bookshelves, Distributed by Media Point, LLC
news that Lambda Rising will be clos- ple in this area. Adieu and thank you. meet at Lambda Rising and decide looked over, and perhaps bought.
ing its doors in early 2010. Visit Now, where are we to get gay birth- then.” Most times at least one of us (Sorry folks, but the Internet just does- EDITORIAL POSITIONS
of DC Agenda are expressed in
DCAgenda.com to join the discussion. day cards? — Serenity would end up buying something as we n’t cut it here.) Through graduate editorials and in editors’ notes
waited to make a decision. And, of school and beyond, I often spent my as determined by the paper’s
25 years ago, a scared lonely 20- Where to get gay cards? Get ‘em course, I always brought friends from out last few dollars on books I saw at editors. Other opinions are those of the
year-old kid in rural Alabama read NOW at Lambda Rising. Seriously, of town to Lambda Rising. People in Lambda, because I wasn’t sure I would writers and do not necessarily represent
about Lambda Rising in a book in “that come on in and stock up on all those most parts of the country have never see them again. An enormous, enor- the opinion of DC Agenda or its staff.
section” of his college library, and sent sexy, campy and outrageous birthday seen such a place. I guess the Internet, mous loss. — John Beddingfield © 2009, TWB Employee
off for one of Lambda Rising’s cata- cards you just won’t be able to find the big bookstore chains and our own Acquisition, LLC. All rights reserved.
logs. Lambda Rising, in the words of anywhere else. Lambda Rising will political success in assimilating into the How do you adjust to the loss of
Auntie Mame, “opened doors for me.
Doors I never dreamed existed.” In a
continue to be open for business
through the end of the year, so come
larger culture have doomed community
businesses like Lambda Rising. Deacon
another community institution? The
good news is that Deacon and Jim will From the staff
very real way, Lambda Rising saved on by and say “goodbye” in person. and Jim, thanks for all you’ve done for us still be with us and they are also com- This is the fourth edition of the
my life. My earliest education in gay — Deacon Maccubbin and all the best! — Bob Dardano munity institutions. It is important that new DC Agenda, brought to you
history and culture is due entirely to the the work of Lambda Rising as a de by the same staff responsible for
amazing books I ordered from Lambda This is so sad but an indication of Deacon: Your store helped me to facto community center, bookstore the Washington Blade, which was
Rising, and they continue to enrich my how the book trade has changed so come out. Enough said. Thank you and gathering place not be forgotten. abruptly shuttered by parent com-
life to this day. I never made it to the much over the past 35 years. It is hard for being part of my life, our lives. — As with Dr. Kameny’s home and office, pany Window Media last month.
actual store, but Lambda Rising will for a niche bookseller to compete with Joel Lawson Rainbow History will now examine the
always hold a special place in my on-line stores like Amazon and B&N. possibility of securing landmark status Thank you for your patience as we
heart. Deacon and Jim, you will never Still, I’m surprised. I was at Lambda This is incredibly sad. I would dis- for 1625 Connecticut and for 1724 navigate this unexpected change. We
know how many lives you have saved Rising’s D.C. store on Sunday and the agree heartily that a mission has been 20th St., NW. — Mark Meinke continue to be awed by the outpour-
far beyond the DC area, and I thank place was quite crowded with cus- accomplished. One can go to some ing of local community support for DC
you from the bottom of MY heart for tomers. Perhaps this is not typical but Barnes & Nobles or some Borders We’re all getting old together and Agenda and will respond to all offers
saving mine. — Bill Smith what I observed suggested a healthy, (while they last) and find a few basic what an incredible journey it has of assistance as soon as possible.
robust business. — Rick Sincere gay and lesbian fiction books, but noth- been. I came here in 1979 to the city
This is the end of Dupont as the ing out of the ordinary. Lambda Rising I have since called home for many Please visit savetheblade.com to
center of gay life in D.C. That book- This is very, very sad. For over 20 has been so wonderful at offering mag- years from Raleigh, N.C. What a spe- make a financial contribution to the
store was the anchor. This is in some years Lambda Rising has been my azines like White Crane, books on the- cial place in all of our hearts Lambda new venture or DCAgenda.com for
ways a very sad day for D.C. I can’t bookstore, gift shop and de facto com- ology, spirituality, history, mystery, fic- became and will be forever be etched updated news and information.
blame Mr. Maccubbin for his deci- munity center. When friends and I would tion, porn (yes, porn), and everything into our souls. — Michael 9
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Take it from a black, gay Republican…


… our strength lies
‘Religion has been used as a weapon all
in our diversity
throughout history. This is especially true with
By ROBERT TURNER the case of slavery here in the United States.’
A week ago, a friend of mine post-
ed an open question to conserva- out of the marriage business and parts of the Bible to focus on. Yes,
tives: “How many conservative posi- only allow churches to marry cou- the Bible does condemn homosexu-
tions must one hold on the issues in ples. Then the state could provide ality. But I know that God made me
order to be considered a conserva- civil unions or domestic partnerships in His image. He didn’t create me
tive?” But in order to answer that to any who applied — gay and simply to condemn me to hell from
question, you must first define what a straight alike. the get go.
conservative is. Fundamentalists bloviate because The Bible also says an eye for an
The conservatism I believe in is a they want everyone to adhere to their eye. And then there are the Ten
combination of lower taxes, less gov- Photo by istockphoto.com/kledge way of life, forgetting that this is Commandments. I recall that when
ernment spending, freer trade, freer America where we hold certain truths the Defense of Marriage Act was
markets, individual liberty, personal Many have asked me how I can to that question. I then quickly follow to be self-evident. Phrases like reli- being pushed through Congress, the
responsibility and a strong anti- be gay, yet call myself a Republican up with, “Then isn’t it equally racist to gious freedom, and separation of very supporters who were vehement-
Communist foreign policy. or a conservative. To them, I say the say we all think alike?” church and state don’t fit into their ly championing the legislation were
I believe there are two forms of answer is easy. It’s a similar answer I To those who ask the gay/ small-minded worlds. They always go themselves guilty of violating several
conservatism: fundamentalism and give to those who pose the same Republican question, I merely point back to the Bible, often citing of the commandments.
true conservatism. I see fundamen- question about me being black and to a rainbow flag and echo the Leviticus, but forgetting passages like If you truly believe in the founda-
talist conservatism as a recent Republican. A long time ago, I looked mantra “strength through diversity.” Matthew 5:10, John 13:34, and tions of America and our Constitution,
dogma, having become popular with at the issues on both sides of the When it comes to marriage equal- Psalms 129:2. and one nation under God, indivisi-
the rise of the Christian Coalition and political spectrum. While there are a ity, I simply must repudiate any argu- The Bible says many things, like ble, with liberty and justice for all,
the religious right in the mid-80s. few on the left I agree with, there are ment for not allowing gays to marry. If it’s an abomination to eat shellfish or then you must strive for just that —
Now, while I am a religious person, I many more on the right that fit my one truly wants to protect the sancti- cut your hair. It also allows for a liberty and justice for all.
do not adhere to all of their dictates. belief structure. ty of marriage, then the government man to beat his wife, but that is not
Religion has been used as a weapon To those who ask the black/ should make it incredibly hard to get an acceptable practice today in Robert Turner is president of The
all throughout history. This is espe- Republican question, I ask, “Is it racist a divorce and outlaw annulments America. It’s funny how like liberals Turner Group, a D.C.-based govern-
cially true with the case of slavery to say that all blacks look alike?” I’ve altogether. If it’s a religious argu- with the Constitution, fundamental- ment relations firm. Reach him at
here in the United States. yet to encounter anyone who says no ment, then get the state completely ists like to pick and choose which robert@turner-dc.com.
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The orchestra will be conducted by the p.m. at St. Margaret’s, located at 1820 Wednesday at FAB LOUNGE, located at
legendary composer/conductor Marvin Connecticut Ave., N.W. Call 202-546- 1805 Connecticut Ave., N.W. For more infor-
Hamlisch and will feature jazz vocal ensem- 2245 for more information or visit mation, visit www.myspace.com/ladiesfirst.
ble Afro Blue, tenor Jonathan Ansell, flutist www.dignitywashington.org.
Emma Resmini and many Christmas sea- thursday, dec. 17
son favorites like “O Holy Night,” “Sleigh monday, dec. 14 Gay filmmaker JOHN WATERS performs
Ride” and “White Christmas.” Tickets range LEVEL ONE, a gay-owned restaurant in tonight at 7:30 p.m. in “A John Waters
from $20 to $80. Visit www.kennedy-cen- the basement of Cobalt at 1639 R Street, Christmas” at the BIRCHMERE, located
ter.org for more information. N.W., has pasta night every Monday with at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., in Alexandria.
A new Friday night drag show at choice of three sauces, salad and Tickets are $39.50. Visit www.birch-
ZIEGFELD’S has started with a new dessert for $12.95 Bottles of wine are mere.com for more information.
hostess. The Ladies of Illusion host- half price from 5 p.m. on every Monday New York-based drag queen MIMI
ed by Kristina Kelly has performances and Wednesday nights. Visit www.level- IMFURST, makes her Washington
every Friday at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. onedc.com for more information. debut tonight as the VIRGIN MARY in
“She Rex,” a queer celebration of the NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR at 900 U “Madonna’s Christmas Celebration,”
ladies of rock ‘n’ roll, is slated for tonight Street, N.W., holds “Pokerface,” a tonight and Friday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
(and every second Friday of the month) Texas hold ‘em poker night every respectively, at EFN Lounge. The show
at CHAOS & PANDEMONIUM, located Monday at 8 p.m. It’s free to play and purports to “set the record straight” as
at 1725 Columbia Road, N.W. in prizes are awarded. Visit www.nelliess- to the real events surrounding the birth
Washington. Event starts at 9:30 p.m. portsbar.com for more information. and life of Jesus with original music and
and there’s no cover. Ages 21 and up. parodies of holiday favorites and Top 40
tuesday, dec. 15 hits. It’s the fourth annual installment of
saturday, dec. 12 Local drag queen Shi-Queeta-Lee Imfurst’s “Virgin Mary” series in which
TOWN has its annual White Party hosts drag bingo every Tuesday this the drag queen explores the psyche of
tonight with guest DJ Twisted Dee (aka month at NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR a teen mother and 13-year-old bride.
Denise Gurney), a lesbian spinner who from 6 to 10 p.m. She’s selling copies A promo video is available at
has established herself as a premier DJ of her 2010 calendar. Nellie’s is located www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDrMIpD0
at gay events in Fire Island and at vari- at 900 U Street, N.W. 06A. Tickets for the 90-minute show are
ous circuit parties around the world. HOLLABACK, a social club and sup- $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Those attending are encouraged to port group for trans people, presented Visit www.virginmarylive.com for tickets
wear white. Doors open at 9 p.m. A drag by Alpha Drugs, is tonight at 1638 R and more information.
show starts at 10. Cover is $10 from 9 to Street, N.W., Suite 260. To RSVP, call
11 p.m. and $15 after 11. Town is locat- Photo courtesy Imfurst Dee Curry at 202-290-0324. friday, dec. 18
ed at 2009 8th Street, N.W. Visit THE GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF
www.towndc.com for more information. New York-based drag queen MIMI IMFURST will perform as the Virgin Mary in wednesday, dec. 16 WASHINGTON will perform its holiday
ADVENTURING OUTDOOR GROUP is “Madonna’s Christmas Celebration” at EFN Lounge tonight and Saturday. Lesbian comedian JUDY GOLD opens in musical, “Snow White and 175
taking what’s being described as an easy “Mommy Queerest!” tonight at 7:30 Faeries,” tonight and Saturday at 8
hike today with the Chrysalis Arts and The Capitol Pride Symphonic Band, the EFN Lounge. VIP admission is at 5 p.m.; p.m. It’s a Theater J production that will be p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lisner
Culture Group through the Wilderness Pride Wind Ensemble and D.C. Swing! general admission opens at 6:30 p.m. DJ performed in the GOLDMAN THEATER Auditorium on the George Washington
Battlefield, west of Fredericksburg, Va. will perform under the direction of con- Brennan Sullivan will spin. An ugliest hol- IN THE MORRIS CAFRITZ CENTER University campus, located at 730 21st
Leader Craig Howell will explain the ductor Joe Bello. Tickets are $20 or $10 iday sweater contest will be held and local FOR THE ARTS in the Edlavitch Building Street in Washington. The event is
area’s Civil War significance and the cur- for seniors and students. They’re avail- drag queen Shi-Queeta-Lee hosts. located at 1529 16th Street, N.W. in being billed as winter music and a mini-
rent controversy associated with a pro- able at www.dcdd.org or at Lambda General admission is $20 but VIP ($50) Washington (part of the D.C. Jewish musical of the classic fairy tail with the
posed Walmart near the site. The hike Rising in Dupont Circle. Those attending and sponsorship tickets ($250) are also Community Center). Gold is the star of chorus’s own spin on it. Tickets range
will be about six miles. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food available. EFN Lounge is located at 1318 the critically acclaimed “25 Questions for from $20 to $50 and can be purchased
are encouraged to bring drinks, lunch item to be donated to Food & Friends. 9th Street, N.W. Tickets can be pur- a Jewish Mother.” This new production, at www.gmcw.org or 202-293-1548.
and about $8 for transportation and trip An ’80s dance party called “Eighties chased at www.hrc.org/dcholidayparty. which she co-wrote with Eric Kornfeld Drag performer MARTHA GRAHAM
fees. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Mayhem” will be held tonight at the A Chanukah concert for human rights and Bob Smith, is being billed as an edgy, CRACKER performs a two-night cabaret
station attendant’s kiosk at the King BLACK CAT with DJs Steve EP, Killa K will be performed today at 4 p.m. at multi-media comic memoir with original engagement tonight and Saturday at 8
Street Metro stop. For more information, and Krasty McNasty. Visit www.black- TEMPLE SHALOM in Chevy Chase, music featuring Gold’s humorous take on p.m. at GALA Theatre, located at 3333
e-mail craighowell1@verizon.net or call catdc.com for more information. Black Md., featuring Greg Wall and the being a gay mom, anti-depressants, nurs- 14th Street, N.W. Tickets are $25 and
202-462-0535. Cat is located at 1811 14th Street, N.W. Later Prophets, a Jewish jazz musi- ing homes and raising two boys in New $30. The event is being billed as an out-
D.C.’S DIFFERENT DRUMMERS will cian. Tumel Jazz with Rob Coltun will York. The show runs through Jan. 3. rageous theater and live music event with
perform a holiday show tonight called sunday, dec. 13 also perform. Rabbi David Shneyer Tickets range from $30 to $55 but are half DITO VAN REIGERSBERG of the Pig
“Make the Season Bright!” at 8 at HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN has its will lead a Chanukah sing-along time. off for those 35 and younger. For tickets or Iron Theatre Company performing a
Lutheran Church of the Reformation, annual holiday party, dubbed “Meet Me A portion of the proceeds will be donat- more information, call 800-494-TIXS or comedic drag routine. Visit www.galathe-
located at 212 East Capitol Street, N.E. Under the Mistletoe” this year, tonight at ed to Equality Maryland. Tickets are visit www.theaterj.org. atre.org for more information.

Celebrating the wholeness and holiness of Lesbian, Gay,


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When I first came to Dignity/Washington, I was seeking a Catholic community that
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Aiden Shaw on surviving porn, prostitution


you think this was done partly on a sub- begin when any addiction takes over.”
HIV-positive author conscious level to keep anyone from Agenda: When you tested posi-
writes about selling getting too close to you?
Shaw: I can see how it may seem
tive for HIV, what was your reaction?
How well did you handle it?
his innocence like that there could be a great bit of sub Shaw: I handled it as well as can
context, however, unfortunately, it just be expected. It’s not like it was any big
By TYRONE FORD wasn’t that deep. To be truthful, we surprise to me, so I just carried on.
Special to DC Agenda never thought of things like that at the
time. It’s just how things were at the Agenda: Why did you decide to
To categorize Aiden Shaw as just time, due to all the drugs — not to men- go public about your HIV status?
a prostitute and porn star would be tion information wasn’t available like it is Shaw: I have never withheld the
both lazy and obvious. now. Everyone has a cell phone now, truth about anything, so this was no
With more than 50 adult films to his when back then if you wanted to reach different. I was surrounded by sup-
name and years spent as a prostitute, someone you needed to make an effort. portive people, like Chi Chi LaRue,
he is approachable, intelligent and a who all were incredible.
survivor. Shaw was in Washington ear- Photo by James and James
Agenda: You make reference to
lier this month to promote his newest reading “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Agenda: Looking back on your
book, “Sordid Truths: Selling My Aiden Shaw Wilde whenever you felt unsure of film career, are there any that meant
Innocence for a Taste of Stardom,” and yourself. What part of the story do the most to you?
appear at EFN Lounge/Motley Bar. that you loved iconography and the pas- naked when I’m home, but you see you identify most with? Is this some- Shaw: I can’t really say any one
The owner of EFN Lounge, Bill sionate yet brutal imagery of Catholicism. when I’m by myself, I prefer to be thing you still practice? film meant the most to me. Really,
Gray, said he asked Shaw to make an Where do you believe this love stemmed clothed at all times — nearly to the point Shaw: Absolutely. It’s timeless each film was just publicity, which is
appearance at the establishment’s from and do you still have it? of showering in a bathing suit. But work and I believe it will always affect me. really what it’s all about. The more I
Friday night “Bearly CODE” happy hour. Shaw: I’ve always thought religious is work, and being naked is the uniform I always recommend everyone read got my name and face out there, the
“I didn’t want him to come and sign iconography was beautiful, even since I for the job I was doing, and I was com- it at least once. better off I was.
books,” Bill said. “I wanted him to just was a child. You see, to me it’s not about pletely comfortable in that. Anyone who
come and meet the guys of D.C., sign the beliefs behind it but the artistic wears a uniform during the day for any Agenda: Towards the end of the Agenda: What are your thoughts
autographs — just socialize. He really beauty of the objects themselves. job wants to change out of it as soon as book, you write, “Just say no to deal- on today’s young gay guys in the
fits in with the crowd that comes to the day is done, don’t they? I can say ing drugs, not taking them.” You stat- adult film industry?
Motley, so it really made sense.” Agenda: You say that while work- the same thing: That [after] being naked ed at your book signing that you are Shaw: I don’t really watch much
DC Agenda spoke with Aiden ing as a prostitute, undressed, you felt all day, it’s nice to just have the clothes now sober. Has your opinion changed of it, to be honest. Who is good and
about his book, his time as a prosti- less exposed, and that naked was your back on while not working. on this topic? who isn’t is such a personal choice
tute and more. uniform. Were you always so comfort- Shaw: “What the real problem is depending on what you find sexy. I
able in your skin? Were there ever Agenda: There are some instances with most people is they become addict- find the demeanor of someone far
Agenda: In “Sordid Truths,” when instances where you were less sure? in the book where you discuss not ed. Addiction is the real problem, not more attractive, the way he looks at
describing the cross you’d made of “twigs Shaw: It’s funny about that. Some knowing or sharing certain pieces of necessarily the usage. Not that I’m con- me, or holds his mouth in a particular
and thorny red roses,” you make mention people think I may just walk around information about people in your life. Do doning the usage, but the real problems way, than any one physical trait.
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By PATRICK FOLLIARD the country. Wonder how that sits
with Studio’s typically senior-heavy
Best known for playing varied audiences?
eccentrics and batty matrons, terrific This “Cadillac” is meticulously
local actor Nancy Robinette is at it designed and well acted. Alex Jaeger
again. This time it’s Mrs. Laura is spot-on with the early Eisenhower
Partridge, an offbeat, seemingly era corporate drag, and James
insignificant, middle-aged woman Kronzer’s classy revolving set magi-
who shakes up corporate America in cally transforms into various offices.
The Studio Theatre’s revival of Erik Trester’s sound and projections
Howard Teichmann and George S. are first rate. The entire cast is very
Kaufman’s 1953 hit comedy, “The fine. Laura Dunlop and Russell Jonas
Solid Gold Cadillac.” are assets as the young, romantically
A modern fairytale about the tri- involved office underlings.
umph of the little guy over big busi- Still, there are problems: Director
ness, “Cadillac” undoubtedly res- Paul Mullins might have goosed-up the
onates today. A minor but determined first act — the pacing drags and the
stockholder in General Products, Mrs. laughs suffer. McKeever’s dramatic
Partridge (who knows nothing about recitation feels endless and the vintage-
business and consults her horoscope looking pseudo news footage featuring
before making a move) takes on some Photo by Scott Suchman; courtesy of Studio Theatre local TV news personalities is fun, but
rather odious executives (David Sabin, less would be more. Overall, the sec-
James Slaughter, Paul L. Nolan, and Michael Goodwin as Edward L McKeever and Nancy Robinette as Laura Partridge in ‘THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC.’ ond act is faster and more amusing.
Leo Erickson) with surprising results. While Robinette’s Partridge isn’t
While stymieing the fat cats at every Partridge revels in the limelight that ing her improbable heroine. $175,000 annual salary. But the as memorable as her celebrated
turn, she rather unwittingly wins the — again rather unwittingly — has Like with TV’s “Mad Men,” it’s fun most glaringly dated aspect of the comic turn as the tone-deaf singing
support and attentions of the powerful, come with her new mission. to time travel in “Cadillac” and expe- more than half-century old comedy socialite Florence Foster Jenkins in
aging alpha male Edward L. McKeever Robinette adds perfect measures of rience the Dictaphone, cigars at the is its attitude toward the central Studio’s “Souvenir” a couple seasons
(Michael Goodwin). temper, innocence, determination workplace, and outrage at the chair- character’s age. In her early 50s, back, it’s always a pleasure to watch
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Let it ‘Snow’
Gay Men’s Chorus finds ‘Snow White and
175 Faeries’
inspiration in fairy tale Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
classic for holiday show Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street, N.W.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO $20 to $50
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The relationship between the Evil 202-293-1548 DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
Queen and Snow White in “Snow
White and 175 Faeries,” this year’s THE GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON performed at this year’s Capital Pride.
holiday show for the Gay Men’s absolutely charming, I have no trou-
Chorus of Washington, is, as you ble,” Crews says. “I project as his rival, the Lisner Auditorium on the George halves. The first is more of a concert, all GMCW shows, our goal is to
might expect, much different from the which I never would in real life. I don’t Washington University campus and featuring seasonal favorites like entertain but we also try to advocate
relationship the actors playing them want to be Jay. I can be up there on the plays throughout the weekend, was “Deck the Halls,” “Sleigh Ride” and and educate about LGBT people and
have. The Queen, of course, wants stage and I think he is a little better conceived as a gay adaptation of the “Winter Wonderland.” A contempo- who we are and what we’re about.”
Snow White killed, but the actors are looking than me after all, so I just classic fairy tale. About 200 singers rary song called simply “Snow,” which That will come about in a couple
enjoying a cross-generational cama- decide I have to have him killed.” and actors will be on stage. Chorus member Stu Wales calls ways, cast members say.
raderie and mentorship. In the show’s back story, the Rehearsals began in late summer. “beautiful” and “stirring,” will also be Harrison calls Nancy, the “diva dwarf.”
Chip Crews, 59, who plays the Queen is the widow of Snow White’s Director John Moran, who has direct- performed. Then “Snow White” com- “We have fabulous costumes and
Queen, says he has little in common father. The malevolence the Queen ed several shows for the Chorus since prises the second half. choreography,” he says. “It’s very boy
with his character, the only female role feels toward Snow White, presented returning in 2005 after a lengthy hia- So what does “Snow White” have band meets 17th Street. The dwarves
in the cast, which he plays in drag. here as a young, gay romantic lead, tus, says several Chorus members to do with Christmas? represent the gym rat, the leader of
“I’m tempted to say hardly any- requires some acting, Crews says. conceived the show and fleshed it out “Overall the show is called ‘Snow,’ the pack, the uber queen. I think the
thing [in common] at all because I’m “The role here is to be threatening together over many months. with the first half being very holiday audience will really recognize their
such a lovely person,” Crews says and the director has been very sup- “It’s not like doing ‘My Fair Lady’ oriented,” says Jarred Harrison, who friends and perhaps even themselves.
with a self-deprecating laugh. “I don’t portive about making her not just a where you’re presented with a script plays Nancy, one of the seven It’s really just a new and upbeat and
think I act like that but, in fact, I do bitchy drag queen,” he says. “She that many professionals have worked dwarves, re-imagined here as gay very gay take on the original fairy tale.”
understand her.” orders Snow White killed and is on and all the kinks are worked out,” archetypes (the others are Sturdy, Moran says it’s not all fluff, though.
Jay Garvey, 25, whose Snow White delighted when she thinks it’s hap- he says. “This arrives as a skeleton Cuddly, Spanky, Hose and Bitter). The show climaxes with Prince
is a male character in this parallel uni- pened. I don’t know if there’s been a and you have to flesh it out. “Snow White fit in with the snow Charming proposing to Snow White, a
verse re-imagining, says he kids time in my life when I’ve ordered Sometimes it’s as simple as just theme and the mini musical in the story point that the Chorus uses to
Crews, telling him Crews is “my somebody killed. I’d like to think I making sure it makes sense.” second act, it really brings a light hol- make a point about same-sex marriage.
mama.” Crews has been in the Chorus would never do that, but it’s a fun Those involved are describing this iday feel even though it’s not specifi- “Fairy tales always have a moral
for 19 years. This is Garvey’s first show. thing to do on the stage.” incarnation as “a musical farce.” The cally holiday oriented. But it’s a fairy or a lesson to teach,” he says. “That’s
“When I’m there and Jay, who’s This show, which debuts tonight in evening will be divided into two tale we all know and love and as with what they do best.”
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DC Agenda photos by Michael Key


Contestants worked the stage at Ziegfeld’s on Dec. 6.
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A range of holiday ideas, and the high has not passed 40 scant and sexy men’s underwear. I dis-
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to printed briefs Choose a thick cable knit sweater I realized this would make a fun and
($150-$250) at Universal. No lads, memorable gift. It shows you can be
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old, rather Ben Sherman’s creations If you like the direction I’m going
December is a time to be merry of today. He has really mastered the with this, but think a mesh thong may
with friends, family, and, of course, art of taking functional fashion and be too much, then ask to see the Ed
fashion. Not only are the holidays a making it look fabulous. Hardy underwear section. Here you
time to tour the area’s inventory of gifts If you’re thinking, “How am I going will find some flamboyant, yet still
for others, but it is also a time for local to show up at Nellies or Halo in a masculine, printed briefs and boxer-
boutiques to showcase their winter col- thick cable knit sweater?” then snag briefs ($40). These are more my
lections that will fill our wardrobes for Ben Sherman’s Popular Blazer style, plus to spice it up you could
the next three months. Below are some ($250). It screams sexy, successful throw on a matching trucker cap.
great gift ideas for your significant oth- and shows off your great form. The final item that I think more of
ers — but also for yourself. If you weren’t thinking I was loco for us in D.C. could use: stylish briefcase-
This week, I’d like to focus on a recommending a stylish shawl-neck murses. Universal Gear sells a variety
store with which we’re all familiar — sweater, then take a peek at Projek of man bags in styles to match all of
that is if you happen to be gay and Raw’s faux fur-lined zip-up sweaters our personalities. I like to find tradition-
have lived in D.C. for any significant ($180). I am a fan of furry fashions — al styles with a contemporary flare. My
amount of time over the past decade. especially when it’s faux. You can choice would be Knomo Tokyo’s Wet
Universal Gear has led the pack of never go wrong covering up your mus- Slim briefcase ($150). It is large
fashion boutiques popular with gay cle tee or American Apparel V with a enough to fit your laptop, and a T-shirt
men for as long as I can remember. cable-knit zip-up with faux fur. These and LAX shorts for the gym later. It is
Over the years, I have been able to pieces make a great gift idea and keep stylish enough to help you stand out
find many brands and pieces that you you warm while still looking great. on the Red Line, yet classic enough to
would never typically find outside of I discovered something else go with any job or outfit.
New York, Miami or LA. After a recent Universal now carries — something I Bags always make a great gift
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some great winter and holiday trends. print briefs and undies! Cute underwear use it and if you do have one, it can Photos courtesy of Universal Gear
I know it is very important to many doesn’t just make for a great gift idea, it never hurt to have more.
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