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of change agenda agenda
Judy Shepard An update on efforts Join Mike Manning
helped make a hate by anti-gay activists from ‘Real World D.C.’
crimes bill law during to undo marriage as Halo marks its
a year to remember. rights in the city. name change to MOVA.
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2009 Year in Review

More celebration and heartbreak in fight for marriage rights, page 10
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D.C. gay bar Halo is changing its name to MOVA, the first four letters of owner Babak Movahedi’s last name.
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Gay attorney and businessman Babak Movahedi, owner of Logan Circle Spectrum, LLC, the
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He said the newly named MOVA bar in D.C. will soon institute other changes to support LGBT and D.C.- Psychiatrist / Psychoanalyst in Foggy Bottom, Individual & Couples Therapy
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confusion among customers if he retained the Halo name.
The new name, MOVA, was taken from the first four letters of Movahedi’s last name.
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ning same-sex marriage in the District.
Nickles filed the 46-page legal brief Dec. 18 in D.C. Superior Court for the city in opposition to a lawsuit
filed by same-sex marriage opponents, including Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of a church in Beltsville, Md.
The lawsuit calls for overturning a ruling by the D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics that a voter
initiative seeking to ban same-sex marriage cannot be held because it would violate the city’s
Human Rights Act. The board held that the city’s election law governing initiatives and referenda
bars such ballot measures if they would take away rights from minorities, including gays.
“[I]n exalting the people’s supposedly fundamental right of initiative above all else (except
apparently the prohibition on popular appropriation of funds), petitioners disregard the basic
republican principles that have governed the nation since its founding,” Nickles says in the brief.
“While petitioners treat the right of initiative as fundamental, the Founding Fathers recognized
the threat that an unchecked majority posed to the liberty of disfavored minorities and thus cre-
ated a republican form of government, even requiring the newly created Congress to ‘guarantee’
that form of government to ‘every state in the Union,’” Nickles says.
In their opposition to a ballot initiative on the marriage issue, LGBT activists have made simi-
lar arguments — that the city’s republican form of government empowers a City Council elected
by the voters to pass laws, such as a same-sex marriage bill, and that laws providing civil rights
for minorities should not be subjected to a popular vote.
Nickles called on the court to dismiss the lawsuit on other grounds, including a claim that it would
be counter to the Supreme Court decision of Lawrence v. Texas, in which the high court overturned
state sodomy laws. According to Nickles, the Lawrence decision, among other things, held that “moral
objections are not a sufficient basis for infringing on the fundamental rights of homosexuals.”
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localagenda: year in review

Top 10 local news stories of 2009

Marriage in D.C. have yet to charge anyone with the set to receive a $500,000 grant to
murder itself. The case continued to help it purchase a building; the
wasn’t the only big capture the attention of local gays as Center’s Crystal Meth Project, which
prosecutors and defense attorneys expected to receive a $150,000 ear-
development of the year sparred over evidence expected to be marked grant; the Mautner Project
presented at trial, which is scheduled for lesbian health, which expected to
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. to begin May 10. receive separate grants of $150,000 and $60,000; and Transgender

Among last year’s biggest sto- eight Health Empowerment, which was
slated to receive a grant of $150,000.
ries locally were tales of great vic- CLEVELAND BEATS D.C. IN BID
tories and heartbreaking losses. TO HOST GAY GAMES: Leaders of
the Gay Games, the world’s largest six
ten international LGBT sporting event,
voted in September to select
ZIEGFELD’S/SECRETS REOPENS: Cleveland over D.C. and Boston as unidentified man fatally stabbed a
Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, the popular gay the host city for the 2014 Gay Games. transgender woman as she and a
nightclub that offers drag entertain- The quadrennial event draws 12,000 friend were walking to a transgender
ment and nude male dancers, athletes and about 80,000 spectators services center near Second and Q
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
reopened in March in a warehouse for more than a week of Olympic style streets, N.W., on Aug. 26. D.C. police
building in the city’s Buzzard’s Point athletic competition, bringing millions investigated the murder as a possible A bill legalizing same-sex marriage that was sponsored by D.C. City Council mem-
section at 1824 Half St., S.W. It of dollars in revenue to the host city. hate crime targeting Tyli’a ‘NaNa Boo’ ber David Catania passed 11-2; Mayor Adrian Fenty signed it last month.
became the first of two of the eight Stunned officials with Metropolitan Mack, 21, because she was trans-
LGBT clubs displaced by the Washington Gaymes, Inc. and Team gender. The incident prompted trans-
Washington Nationals baseball stadi-
um to reopen. The Glorious Health
D.C., the two groups that spent nearly
six years promoting D.C. as a candi-
gender activists associated with the
D.C. group Transgender Health four the Washington Blade was shuttered
by parent company Window Media on
Club, which bills itself as a men’s spa date to host the 2014 games, were Empowerment to organize a rally at PARSON LEAVES GLLU, POLICE Nov. 16 following a Chapter 7 bank-
and art gallery, reopened in the sum- present in Cologne, Germany, when the site of Mack’s murder to raise the CHIEF FACES CRITICISM: Gay D.C. ruptcy filing. Former Blade employees
mer at 2120 West Virginia Ave., N.E. the Federation of Gay Games visibility of what they called a growing Police Sgt. Brett Parson, who served as regrouped and founded the DC
Gay activists have complained that announced its decision. A Gay number of local hate crimes targeting commander of the department’s Gay & Agenda, publishing the first issue four
city zoning laws and restrictions Games official told the Washington transgender people. Police said the Lesbian Liaison Unit, transferred to a days after the Blade’s closure. A
against nude dance entertainment in Blade that Cleveland won because assailant stabbed another transgen- new position in October as a supervi- month later, the owners of Lambda
most parts of the city have made it Ohio and surrounding states are less der woman who was walking with sory patrol officer in the Sixth Police Rising bookstore announced in
difficult for the other gay adult-orient- advanced in LGBT rights than D.C. Mack at the time of the incident. The District. Parson’s departure from the December that the store would close
ed clubs displaced by the stadium to and Boston, and holding the Gay second victim suffered non-life- GLLU came at a time when LGBT its doors for good in January, ending
find a new location. Most of the clubs Games there would provide a boost to threatening wounds, police said. activists charged that Police Chief more than 35 years of service as the
had been located on the unit block of efforts in the region to promote LGBT Cathy Lanier was dismantling the unit. city’s preeminent LGBT bookstore.
O St., S.E., which operated as an
adult gay entertainment enclave for
equality through the universal appeal
of sporting events. five Lanier said she is enacting a plan to
decentralize and expand the GLLU and
The store’s co-owner and founder,
Deacon Maccubbin, 66, said he plans
more than 25 years. PANIC DEFENSE DUPED other special police units by recruiting to retire and that he and his domestic
seven PROSECUTORS, ACTIVISTS SAY: more officers to become affiliated with partner of 32 years, Jim Bennett,
Police and prosecutors’ handling of
the September 2008 beating death of
the units while continuing to work as
regular patrol officers in one of the
decided they’d rather close the store
than sell it to a new owner who might
EVIDENCE CHALLENGED IN COUNCIL EARMARK GRANTS: gay bar patron Tony Randolph seven police districts. But LGBT organ- change its focus and mission.
ROBERT WONE CASE: Aug. 2 The City Council in July eliminated Hunter became a rallying cry for izations, including Gays & Lesbians Maccubbin said he and Bennett were
marked the third anniversary of the $1 million in city grants for four LGBT LGBT activists in July 2009, when a Opposing Violence and the D.C. Trans also closing the Lambda Rising store
murder of prominent Washington organizations, forcing the organiza- grand jury lowered charges against Coalition, have said Lanier effectively in Rehoboth Beach, Del.
attorney Robert Wone, who was tions to cut their budgets and, in an 18-year-old man arrested in the dismantled the GLLU before launching
stabbed to death in the Dupont Circle
home of three gay friends. The friends
some cases, lay off staff members.
Council Chair Vincent Gray (D-At
case from manslaughter to misde-
meanor assault. Activists accused
her decentralization plan.
— attorney Joseph Price, public rela-
tions executive Victor Zaborsky and
Large) said the elimination of the
grants was part of a decision to end
D.C. police and prosecutors of being
unduly influenced by defendant three D.C. COUNCIL, MAYOR APPROVE
massage therapist Dylan Ward — all earmarked, or non-competitive, Robert Hannah’s claim that he LOCAL HIV/AIDS CASES RISE 22 Adrian Fenty on Dec. 18 signed a bill
have been charged with obstruction of grants for more than 100 non-profit punched Hunter several times in self- PERCENT: A report released in March allowing same-sex marriages to be
justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice organizations in the city. The four defense after Hunter allegedly by the city’s HIV/AIDS administration performed in the nation’s capital in an
and evidence tampering in connection LGBT groups that lost the grants grabbed Hannah’s crotch and butt in showed the number of reported HIV or action hailed by activists as an historic
with Wone’s murder. But authorities included the D.C. Center, which was a sexually suggestive way. Hunter fell AIDS cases in the city increased 22 per- milestone in the city’s LGBT rights
onto the street as a result of the cent between 2006 and 2007. Similar to movement. The bill signing came
assault and sustained a fatal brain previous reports on HIV prevalence in three days after the City Council voted
injury when his head hit the pave- the city, the report found that men who 11-2 to give its final approval of the
ment. The activists called Hannah’s have sex with men account for the legislation, the Religious Freedom &
crotch-grabbing claim an attempt to largest number of people living with the Civil Marriage Equality Amendment
use the so-called “gay panic disease: 36.9 percent. People who con- Act of 2009. Most political observers
defense” as an alibi for anti-gay vio- tracted HIV/AIDS through heterosexual believe the Democratic-controlled
lence. A friend of Hunter’s, who was contact comprised 28.1 percent of the Congress will allow the measure to
present during the assault near a living HIV/AIDS cases, the report found. become law following a required con-
Northwest D.C. gay bar, said Hunter The report found that about 3 percent of gressional review of 30 legislative
never touched Hannah and that the the city’s population over age 12 had HIV days, which is expected to be com-
assault was unprovoked. But prose- or AIDS as of Dec. 31, 2007, making the pleted in March. Noting that Congress
cutors have said the friend gave con- District’s AIDS numbers the highest in has authority to overturn D.C. laws at
flicting accounts of what happened the nation based on the number of any time, not just during the 30 leg-
and was an unreliable witness. To the cases per 100,000 people. HIV/AIDS islative day review, same-sex mar-
dismay of activists, a D.C. Superior Administration Director Dr. Shannon riage opponents have vowed to con-
Court grand jury lowered charges Hader said the figures placed the city tinue urging Congress to kill the law.
against Hannah from a single count alongside African countries like Uganda They also have vowed to continue to
of felony manslaughter to a misde- in terms of HIV/AIDS prevalence. seek to overturn the law through a
meanor assault, to which he pleaded D.C. voter initiative or referendum. The

DC Agenda photo by Aram Vartian

guilty. A judge sentenced him to the
maximum penalty of 180 days in jail, two opponents have challenged an elec-
tion board ruling that an initiative or
a sentence that some activists called WASHINGTON BLADE, LAMBDA referendum cannot be held on the
The Lambda Rising bookstore will close this month after a 35-year run. a miscarriage of justice in an incident RISING CLOSE: Just weeks after cel- marriage bill because it would violate
that led to a gay man’s death. ebrating the paper’s 40th anniversary, the D.C. Human Rights Act.
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nationalagenda: story of the year

A precarious walk
down the aisle
Developments in the battle for same-sex marriage rights took place in
numerous places throughout the country last year.

• The State Supreme Court in IOWA in April unanimously overturned a

statutory ban on same-sex marriage, granting marriage rights to same-sex
couples there. It was the first unanimous decision from a court in support of
same-sex marriage, and the first win for gay nuptials in America’s heartland.

• Shortly after, the VERMONT Legislature overturned a veto from Gov.

Jim Douglas (R) to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. April’s vote
in the Vermont State House was 100-49 and had exactly the number of
affirmative votes needed to overturn the governor’s veto.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
• In April, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty signed into law a bill allowing gay
After a stinging defeat in Maine, LGBT rights supporters closed the year with a victory in D.C., as the city legalized same- nuptials performed elsewhere to be recognized in the District. The victo-
sex marriage. ry gave way to more jubilation in December when Fenty signed into law
a bill allowing same-sex marriages to be performed in D.C. The law is
subject to a 30-day congressional review, but opponents are expected to
find overturning the law difficult in a Democratic-controlled Congress.

Marriage was the story Still, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), ranking Republican of a House sub-
committee with jurisdiction over D.C., has sworn to fight to repeal the law.

• In CALIFORNIA, the State Supreme Court in May made a disheart-

ening decision for supporters of gay nuptials when it upheld the constitu-

of the year in 2009 those statuses were not the same.” “Maine also showed that we have to
tionality of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the Golden
State. The court noted, however, that same-sex marriages performed in
California before the ban went into effect remain valid. Also in California,
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed into law in October legislation
clarifying that same-sex marriages performed elsewhere before Prop 8
Celebrations in D.C. Joining Massachusetts and push forward just a notch beyond where passed would be considered valid marriages in the Golden State. For
followed heartbreaks Connecticut this year in legalizing
same-sex marriage were four states
we are and bring over another small
slice of people who have not yet seen
same-sex couples that married elsewhere after Prop 8 was passed, the
law also grants the legal benefits of marriage without the nomenclature.
in Maine, New York — Iowa, Vermont, Maine and New the visibility of gay families,” he said. “If
Hampshire — as well as D.C. The we had had those conversations, and • MAINE Gov. John Baldacci (D) signed into law in May legalization
victory in Maine was short-lived, that greater bit of visibility with just that provided marriage rights for same-sex couples there, making him the
By CHRIS JOHNSON though, as voters there overturned 16,000 more people, we would have first governor in the country to sign same-sex marriage legislation into the decision in November through a held the freedom to marry in Maine.” law. The victory was short-lived, however, as the Maine electorate in
“people’s veto” at the ballot box. In addition to the advancement of November approved by 53 percent a “people’s veto” repealing the law.
Supporters of LGBT rights faced Social conservatives highlighted same-sex marriage rights, 2009 also
many ups and downs in 2009, but no the loss of same-sex marriage in saw greater support for gay nuptials • In NEW HAMPSHIRE, Gov. John Lynch (D) in June signed into law a bill
issue proved as tumultuous or Maine — in addition to the failure of among the electorate, according to granting marriage rights for same-sex couples within the Granite State. The gov-
gained as much attention as the the New York State Senate to pass recent polls. ernor would only sign the legislation after lawmakers added language clarifying
ongoing fight over marriage rights. marriage legislation in December — One noteworthy poll from April that religious organizations wouldn’t be forced to recognize the marriages.
Alternating between legislative as evidence of resistance to granting published by Washington Post-ABC
defeats in Maine and New York and vic- marriage rights to gay and lesbian News found, for the first time, a plural- • The NEW YORK Assembly twice this year passed legalization that
tories in four states and Washington, couples throughout the country. ity of Americans in favor of same-sex would have allowed same-sex marriage in the Empire State, making it the
D.C., the issue figured prominently into Jenny Tyree, marriage analyst for marriage. Among those polled, 49 per- largest in the country to have gay nuptials, but the State Senate rejected
the national discourse. The momentum Focus on the Family Action, said the cent said they favored marriage rights the bill in December, 24-38.
behind efforts to extend marriage repeal of the marriage law in Maine for same-sex couples, while 46 per-
rights to same-sex couples last year “further clarified” that “the majority of cent said they should be illegal. • In NEW JERSEY, the legislature could this month vote on same-sex
was unprecedented and often gave Americans support the ‘one-man, Badgett said recent polling shows marriage, but the results are uncertain. The Senate Judiciary Committee
gay rights activists reason to celebrate. one-woman’ definition of marriage.” that while same-sex marriage still in December reported out the bill, 7-6, but it’s questionable whether there
Evan Wolfson, executive director “There were judicial and legislative doesn’t enjoy support from a majority are sufficient votes to pass the legislation on the Senate floor.
of Freedom to Marry, called the decisions that redefined marriage in a of Americans, attitudes are changing.
advancement of same-sex marriage handful of states and in the District,” “There’s not yet a majority, but there • Movement to expand rights for married same-sex couples also took
in 2009 a “capstone to a decade of she said. “That was disheartening, but is increasing support,” she said. “And I place in CONGRESS. In September, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced
extraordinary progress.” ultimately, we’re pleased that Maine think it’s quite possible that people that the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage
“At the end of the decade,” he affirmed the decision of voters in 30 will change their minds over time.” Act and allow the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages. But
said, “[we have] five states plus the other states who say they did not want But Tyree discounted the recent key supporters on Capitol Hill have said other pro-LGBT bills would take pri-
District of Columbia having the free- marriage to be redefined.” polling data, and said the numbers ority, and Nadler recently said the DOMA repeal won’t happen next year.
dom to marry, others shimmering But Wolfson cautioned against read- don’t reflect what happens when
within reach and well more than a ing too much into Maine voters’ decision same-sex marriage is brought to the • The advancement of same-sex marriage occurred abroad as far away as
third of Americans living in a place to overturn the marriage law, arguing voters in individual states. SWEDEN and MEXICO. In April, the Swedish parliament legalized gay nup-
where same-sex couples have at that “we’ve been there before and when “It seems like when they really have tials, making the country the fifth in Europe to pass a law allowing same-sex
least some measure of statewide we stuck with it, we went on to win.” a chance to think about it, they decided marriage. And in December, Mexico City also made history when city law-
recognition and protection.” “Let’s remember that in 1998, the to continue to define it between one makers passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage within the municipality.
M.V. Lee Badgett, a lesbian eco- Maine Legislature passed a non-dis- man and one woman,” she said. “Yes, CHRIS JOHNSON
nomics professor at the University of crimination law, and that was over- the national polling has some merit, but
Massachusetts, Amherst, said the turned by the voters, too,” he said. it doesn’t seem to have been any real
advancement of same-sex marriage is “And then we passed it again in the predictive factor at the state level.” people on same-sex marriage is same-sex marriage among young
striking particularly in states that already legislature in 2000, and it was over- Polls also continue to show strong “really still in play.” people shows the battle can be won,
allowed relationship recognition. turned again. And then we passed it a support for same-sex marriage among “I think that the jury is still out on what but at the same time “doesn’t make
“I think the main thing that we third time in 2005, and only then were young people. The Washington Post- they will decide as they start families and the battle self-winning.”
learned is that states are ready to we able to sustain it at the ballot.” ABC News poll, for example, found become more aware of what’s at stake “We have to mobilize those
legalize same-sex marriage and it Wolfson said continuing the con- that among responders under the with the push for redefining marriage,” young people; we have to engage
happened in several places that have versations about why marriage rights age of 35, two-thirds supported she said. “Nothing is inevitable, and I them,” he said. “There is no mar-
civil unions or domestic partnerships,” are important for same-sex couples same-sex marriage. think that that is true of how they cur- riage without engagement, and
she said. “Legislators realized, [at] the will protect those rights in the future But despite that level of support, rently feel about redefining marriage.” there is no way to secure social jus-
request of their constituents, that when they’re challenged. Tyree said the position of young Wolfson said the support for tice without doing the work.”
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nationalagenda: year in review

Obama, Kennedy and a year of change

Washington was center August at age 77. Human Rights
Campaign President Joe Solmonese seven

stage for much of 2009 noted that Kennedy championed GAY MAN LEADS U.S. OFFICE
LGBT issues in Congress before OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT:
By JOSHUA LYNSEN doing so was politically acceptable John Berry became the Obama and offered a strong voice of support administration’s highest-ranking open-
in the 1980s when the HIV/AIDS epi- ly gay official in May when he was
From President Obama’s inau- demic began taking the lives of gay sworn in as director of the U.S. Office
guration to the National Equality men. Kennedy went on to become a of Personnel Management. The cere-
March, the last 12 months brought staunch supporter of same-sex mar- mony notably occurred at OPM head-
a variety of real and symbolic riage and in 1996 was among 14 quarters in Northwest Washington —
change for LGBT Americans. senators to vote on the Senate floor the same building where officials once
Marriage was the top story of the against the Defense of Marriage carried out a policy that allowed them
year, but here are the 10 other Act. He also spoke on the Senate to deny employment to gays seeking
biggest stories of 2009. floor against the anti-gay Federal federal jobs. On hand for the event
Marriage Amendment in 2004. was longtime gay civil rights activist
ten “Make no mistake,” he said, “a vote
for the federal marriage constitution-
Frank Kameny, who was fired by the
federal government in 1957 because
BARACK OBAMA BECOMES al amendment is a vote against civil of his sexual orientation. Berry lauded
44TH PRESIDENT: Telling a mas- unions, domestic partnerships and Kameny, noting that Kameny’s work
sive National Mall crowd that, “all are other efforts by states to treat gays made Berry’s appointment possible.
equal, all are free,” Barack Obama and lesbians fairly under the law.” “For that, Frank, I personally thank you
became the nation’s 44th president for your leadership, your passion, and
Jan. 20. Gays from across the coun-
try joined the estimated 1.8 million eight your persistence and express our
nation’s appreciation for your courage
people on Capitol Hill who watched GAY FEDERAL WORKERS GET in teaching America to live up to our
Obama take the oath of office. LIMITED BENEFITS: President promise and our potential,” Berry said.
Seconds after Obama took the oath, Obama took what activists described
a detailed narrative describing
Obama’s support for gay rights legis-
as his “first step” on gay civil rights in
June when he signed a presidential six DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
lation was published to the White memorandum granting a limited OBAMA CHEERED AT PRIDE Tens of thousands of LGBT rights supporters descended on Washington in
House web site. The page noted number of federal employee benefits EVENT: President Obama and his October for the National Equality March.
Obama’s support for a gay and trans- to the same-sex partners of federal wife won cheers and shouts of “I love
gender inclusive hate crimes bill, an workers. Among the new benefits you!” from lesbian, gay, bisexual and
employment non-discrimination bill were long-term care insurance and transgender activists during a White U.S. Justice Department defended the the bill, President Obama signed the
covering gays and transgender peo- the use of sick time to care for a House celebration in June commem- anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act by cit- Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr.
ple, and overturning “Don’t Ask, domestic partner and non-biological, orating Pride and marking the 40th ing child rearing and procreation as rea- Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law
Don’t Tell,” among other issues. The non-adopted child. Additionally, the anniversary of the Stonewall sons why a court should dismiss a legal in October as part of the Fiscal Year
section also mentioned Obama’s call same-sex partners of U.S. Foreign Rebellion. The gathering came as challenge of it. Some gay Democratic 2010 Defense Authorization Act. The
to repeal the anti-gay Defense of Service workers were granted many activists urged the president to activists who supported Obama in the act allows the Justice Department to
Marriage Act and his support for new access to the use of medical facilities take greater action on LGBT issues, 2008 presidential election said adminis- assist in the prosecution of hate
legislation that would provide full at overseas posts, medical evacua- including the repeal of the anti-gay tration insiders told them the president crimes based on actual or perceived
marriage-related rights and benefits tion privileges from such posts and Defense of Marriage Act and “Don’t was not directly consulted on the brief’s sexual orientation and gender iden-
for same-sex couples joined in civil inclusion of same-sex families in Ask, Don’t Tell.” Obama told the wording, but he nonetheless drew signif- tity, among other categories. “After
unions or domestic partnerships. overseas housing allocations. crowd that the nation “cannot — and icant criticism. When the Justice more than a decade of opposition
Notably absent from the list was will not — put aside issues of basic Department acted again in August to and delay, we passed inclusive hate
nine health insurance and retirement ben-
efits. White House officials said the
equality” and that he seeks “an
America in which no one feels the
defend DOMA against a separate chal-
lenge, the language was toned down
crimes legislation to help protect
our citizens form violence based on
NATION MOURNS KENNEDY: administration is prohibited from pro- pain of discrimination based on who and included a note that “this administra- what they look like, who they love,
Sen. Edward Kennedy was remem- viding the perks to the same-sex you are or who you love.” tion does not support DOMA as a mat- how they pray or who they are,”
bered as the LGBT community’s partners of federal workers without a ter of policy, believes that it is discrimina- Obama said. Opponents had
“strongest advocate in the United
States Senate” when he died in
change in the civil service personnel
statute and the Defense of Marriage five tory, and supports its repeal.” argued the law was tantamount to
creating thought crimes and could
HOUSTON: Gay rights advocates her- three limit free speech rights.

alded the victory of lesbian Annise

Parker in her bid to become Houston’s
YEAR RUN: After chronicling the LGBT one
next mayor as a triumph for LGBT community for 40 years, the Washington NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH
Americans. Parker, a Democrat and Blade published its final issue Friday, HITS WASHINGTON: Tens of thou-
city controller for Houston, won the Nov. 13. Abruptly forced to close as its sands of protesters descended on
December election after taking 53 per- parent company, Window Media, went the nation’s capital in October to urge
cent of the vote. Her win marked the into Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the Blade Congress and President Obama to
seventh time she’d won a citywide was widely acknowledged as the LGBT extend full legal equality to LGBT
election in Houston and made the city community’s newspaper of record. It people. Featuring a mix of veteran
the most populous in the country to covered a range of issues — from the speakers and young faces, the week-
elect an openly LGBT mayor. Paul outbreak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to end event included a march past the
Scott, executive director for Equality the advent of same-sex marriage — White House that ended outside the
Texas, said Parker’s victory was signif- with a depth unmatched by mainstream U.S. Capitol. Participants carried rain-
icant on many levels. “I think in some media outlets. But coverage of local and bow-colored flags and held signs call-
ways, we’ve seen the ceiling being national LGBT issues did not end when ing for immediate action to enact
broken, not only within the Houston the Blade locked its doors. Strongly sup- equality. The bright, nearly cloudless
area and Texas, but also nationally in ported by Blade advertisers and read- sky and unseasonably warm weather
terms of an open lesbian being elect- ers, the newspaper’s staff quickly found- welcomed crowds as several high-
ed into the highest-level office in the ed a new publication and distributed the profile speakers called the partici-
metropolitan area for the fourth largest first issue Nov. 20. The DC Agenda, a pants to action. “If you believe we are
city in the country,” he said. local, employee-owned business, is equal, then it is time to act like it,” said
Photo by Joe Tresh now in its seventh week. Cleve Jones, a longtime gay activist
Rich Murry turns his back on Rick Warren, the Saddleback Church pastor who
four and one of the chief organizers of the
opposes same-sex marriage, during President Barack Obama's Inauguration in
January. Many gays were upset that Obama chose Warren to give the inaugu- JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CRITI- two march. “A free and equal people do
not tolerate prioritization of their
ral invocation. CIZED FOR DOMA DEFENSE: Gay OBAMA SIGNS HATE CRIMES rights. They do not accept compro-
activists were outraged in June when the BILL: Despite several efforts to derail mises. They do not accept delays.”
january 1, 2010 • 13

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I AM A “All my life, I’ve powered through any problem that came up. But when I was
diagnosed with HIV, it stopped me in my tracks. It took a while, but now I realize
I have to keep going. And the more I use my mind, my body, and my strength against
HIV, the more I learn how powerful I really am.

“My meds are a big help. When I asked my doctor about my options,

he told me about EPZICOM.

“Turns out that, in combination with other medications, it’s clinically

proven to help keep HIV from making copies and infecting healthy
cells. And, 68% of patients taking a regimen with EPZICOM had
their viral load become undetectable in less than one year. On top of
that, they had a 93% increase in their T-cell counts.*

“Less than a year later, I’ve reached another milestone—my HIV
is undetectable.” †

Ask your doctor if EPZICOM is right for you.

Learn more at

*HEAT study of 688 patients defines undetectable as a viral load less than 50 copies/mL. Baseline median T-cell count for patients receiving EPZICOM was 214 cells/mm3
and at 48 weeks, patients saw a median increase of 201 cells/mm3 in their T-cell count.

Not an actual patient testimonial. Based on collection of real patient experiences. Individual results may vary.

• EPZICOM, in combination with other antiretroviral agents, is indicated

for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults.
Important Safety Information ®
Taking EPZICOM again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction,
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, 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 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
16 • january 1, 2010

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 kidney problems.
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• have heart problems, smoke, or suffer from diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high
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nationalagenda: a look ahead

Year ahead filled with promise, pitfalls

2010 could see 2010. Frank previously told the
Washington Blade that he expected a
replace it with a non-discrimination policy.
Major federal bills making their
State and local elections of interest
include the governor’s races in
movement on ENDA, vote on the issue “no later than February.” way through the legislative process Maryland, California and New York.
One gay Republican group said this year are poised to include some Also, all 62 state Senate seats in New
‘Don’t Ask’ repeal those plans might have hit a snag, LGBT-related provisions. York will be up for grabs, and last
however, after Pelosi told freshmen At DC Agenda deadline, a pending year’s failed same-sex marriage vote
By HARLEY DENNETT members that House-initiated contro- health care reform package was expect- could figure into some of the races.
Special to DC Agenda versial votes wouldn’t happen in 2010. ed to extend recognition of LGBT health “Stonewall Democrats’ hope for
“This shows the Democratic leader- issues in several areas, such as 2010 is that the LGBT community now
U.S. House Speaker Nancy ship has no interest in fulfilling the com- research categories. And efforts are understands acutely — after stinging
Pelosi’s recent comment that her mitments they made to the LGBT com- ongoing to make LGBT concerns a part defeats like the one in the New York
2010 agenda wouldn’t include contro- munity,” said Charles Moran, a Log of immigration reform, despite the lack Senate and in the governor’s mansions
versial votes unless the Senate acts Cabin Republicans spokesperson. of such language in the initial bill. in New Jersey and Virginia — that
first has disappointed some LGBT The Republican group’s highest The Uniting American Families electing pro-equality Democrats is an
lobbyists on Capitol Hill. priority is repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Act, which would recognize same-sex essential part of fighting for equal
There are several LGBT-related bills Tell,” and Moran said members have partners for immigration purposes, rights,” said Michael Mitchell, executive
pending at the federal level, including become increasingly frustrated with has 118 co-sponsors in the House director of Stonewall Democrats.
repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the President Obama over the issue. and 23 co-sponsors in the Senate. It “We need more people in office
enactment of employment non-discrim- DC Agenda photo by Michael Key Moran said Log Cabin’s supporters has stalled in a House subcommittee who refuse to engage in the politics of
ination and extending benefits to the Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) has a in 2010 will lobby for the “Don’t Ask, and Senate committee; it’s unclear fear and instead govern from a place
same-sex partners of federal workers. busy year ahead as LGBT rights sup- Don’t Tell” repeal to be included in how prominently the bill will figure into where equality means everyone, and
But the closest to a sure thing will porters expect action on a range of bills. the 2011 defense authorization bill. this year’s immigration debate. we hope that in 2010, more LGBT peo-
be Congress permitting D.C.’s recently Separately, Moran said Log Cabin Also unclear is how much closer ple will join the fight to put them there.”
passed same-sex marriage law to ranking Republican Sen. Susan Collins members are hoping that a lawsuit chal- federal officials will come this year to The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
stand. Lobbyists on both sides of the (R-Maine), which lobbyists saw as a lenging the constitutionality of “Don’t recognizing the rights of same-sex was upbeat about the role that LGBT
issue have said it’s unlikely that the sign it would get the necessary support Ask, Don’t Tell” will succeed. The case, couples. The Respect for Marriage voices would play in the 2010 elec-
Democratic-controlled Congress would to pass in the Senate if allowed a vote. which argues that declaring sexual ori- Act, an effort to repeal the Defense tions, noting that more than 100
move to derail the law. The bill has 26 Senate co-sponsors. entation is a protected form of free of Marriage Act that was introduced openly LGBT candidates are slated
Meanwhile, action could come on U.S. Office of Personnel Management speech, will see its next hearing in April. by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), has for endorsement and assistance.
the Domestic Partnership Benefits & Director John Berry is expected to pro- Another effort to overturn “Don’t Ask, 107 House co-sponsors. Nadler “The bulk of our candidates will be
Obligations Act for federal workers vide offset savings in his department Don’t Tell,” the Military Readiness recently told DC Agenda he doesn’t at the state level, but we’ve already
with same-sex partners, a priority for early this year, a necessary precursor Enhancement Act, currently has 186 co- expect the bill to pass this year. endorsed one candidate for Congress:
Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and to the bill’s Senate floor vote. sponsors in the House and has been Meanwhile, LGBT advocacy organ- Steve Pougnet, who is running against
Barney Frank (D-Mass.). The Employment Non-Discrimination referred to the Subcommittee on Military izations have started looking at the [Republican U.S. Rep.] Mary Bono
The bill was reported out of a Act, meanwhile, has been subject to sig- Personnel. The bill would repeal the ban November elections to advance their Mack,” said Denis Dison, a Victory
Senate committee with support from nificant lobbying with high expectations in on openly gay service members and priorities and politicians of choice. Fund vice president.
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Looking ahead with optimism Vol. 1, Issue 7

2010 holds much Tell,” which experts also hope will

come this year.
promise as we turn the All of this action on LGBT-related KEVIN NAFF
legislation comes during an election
page on another mixed year, as the mid-terms arrive in
News & Multimedia Editor
November. Will conservative Democrats
year for LGBT rights get cold feet on our issues with the
Features Editor
midterms looming? It’s a fair question, JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
By KEVIN NAFF but there is so much momentum now that I’m confident in more legislative Sr. News Reporter
wins in the near term. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The inauguration of the nation’s Rep. Jerry Nadler recently told the
first black president. A national LGBT Agenda not to expect any movement News Reporter
march on Washington. A Stonewall on repeal of the Defense of Marriage CHRIS JOHNSON
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
commemoration at the White House. Act this year. It’s a disappointment, Staff Photographer
The federal hate crimes bill is signed The highlight of 2009 in D.C. came in December when Mayor Adrian Fenty signed especially since President Obama MICHAEL KEY
into law. Maine voters reject marriage a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The Council passed the measure 11-2. supports DOMA repeal, but there are
rights for gay couples. The Washington enough other priorities to keep our
Blade celebrates 40 years, then engaged early; politicians spoke out ding ceremonies that will begin tak- congressional allies busy in 2010. PRODUCTION
weeks later, is shut down. Same-sex and stood up to our bigoted critics, ing place this spring. With more states marrying same-sex Creative Director
marriage is legalized in D.C. unbowed by their angry threats. The Meanwhile, in nearby Maryland, a couples or recognizing such mar-
Covering just a few of those mainstream media played a vocal, move to recognize those legal mar- riages, the federal government will
momentous stories would make for a aggressive role pushing for our riages being conducted just across not be able to avoid the subject of WEB
memorable year in the LGBT press, equality. And on a personal note, I the border should be resolved soon. DOMA for much longer. Online Creative and DCATV
but 2009 brought all of those and was proud of the Blade’s work, partic- Maryland Attorney General Doug Another key event to watch in 2010 Exec. Producer ARAM VARTIAN
more. Now, as we look ahead to ularly Lou Chibbaro Jr.’s exposé of Gansler, a vocal LGBT rights support- is the lawsuit challenging California’s
2010, there are a handful of stories Harry Jackson’s dubious claims of er, has dragged his feet on issuing a Proposition 8 filed by Ted Olson and SALES & ADMINISTRATION
and upcoming events that have me in D.C. residency as he worked over- legal opinion, which was requested David Boies, two nationally prominent Ad Operations Manager
an optimistic mood. time to thwart marriage rights. No one eight months ago. Such opinions nor- lawyers with Supreme Court experi- JEANNI CENTOFANTI
First, we are on the verge of witness- should be allowed to come into the mally take eight to 12 weeks, but ence who make for strange bedfel-
ing same-sex couples walk the aisle in city, bully its residents and politicians Gansler spent the better part of 2009 lows. The trial is scheduled to begin Sr. Acct. Executive
Washington, D.C. The city joins a hand- and dictate its policies. dithering over whether state law Jan. 11 and may be televised. BRIAN PITTS
ful of states — Massachusetts, Iowa, Of course, nothing in D.C. politics is allows for legal recognition of same- And closer to home, 2010 also Sr. Acct. Executive
New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut ever really settled thanks to the Home sex marriages. Legal experts have holds much promise for the new DC ANDREW HARTSFIELD
— that wed same-sex couples. Mayor Rule charter that gives Congress ulti- insisted Maryland should recognize Agenda. The now employee-owned
Adrian Fenty signed the bill two weeks mate authority over the city’s budget the unions. Gansler can’t duck and business is free from out-of-town cor- Acct. Executive
ago and now it must survive the 30-day and affairs. Rest assured that if the hide forever; 2010 should bring porate control, allowing us more free- JERYL PARADE
congressional review period. Assuming Republicans retake the House in answers and soon the state’s same- dom to innovate and reconnect with our
it does, D.C.’s gay and lesbian couples 2010, local activists will have their sex couples could be marrying in D.C. local audience while expanding our Classifieds Manager
could be marrying by March. work cut out for them as conservatives and driving home to have those mar- coverage that a large national reader- DANIELLE KING
The successful fight for marriage take aim at the marriage law during riages recognized by the Free State. ship has come to expect. Look for major
rights proved exhilarating and inspir- the annual budgeting approval On the national agenda for 2010, changes ahead as we re-launch our Acct. Executive
ing to watch unfold and other states process. We’ve seen it before, as there’s hope that Congress will final- web site with more breaking news and
contemplating such a move should Congress meddled with the city’s nee- ly pass the Employment Non- analysis and introduce new print fea- Distribution Coordinator
take lessons from the activists here. dle exchange program and progres- Discrimination Act and the Domestic tures, including local business and ROBBIE BARNETT
Black and white residents joined in a sive domestic partner registry. Partnership Benefits & Obligations nightlife coverage. Happy New Year.
coalition with gays and straight allies Despite the inevitable fights Act. Sources tell us to expect move-
from all wards of the city; faith leaders ahead to preserve marriage rights, it ment on both in early 2010. Also on Kevin Naff is editor of DC Agenda. Accounting services provided
from multiple denominations were will be a joy to witness the legal wed- deck: a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Reach him at by Martin & Wall, P.C. C.P.A.
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Ringing in the New Year with three resolutions EDITORIAL POSITIONS

of DC Agenda are expressed in
editorials and in editors’ notes
as determined by the paper’s
ry speeches of Harry Jackson and his open and ongoing dialogue with those make a resolution to our community. editors. Other opinions are those of the
These steps will help colleagues, who are already on Capitol who remain uncomfortable with mar- 1. Have a conversation with 10 writers and do not necessarily represent
the opinion of DC Agenda or its staff.
preserve marriage rights, Hill spreading lies about our families
and asking Congress to take away
riage equality. We need to simply but
consistently speak the truth about mar-
friends or family members about our
lives and our families and why mar- © 2009, TWB Employee
which our opponents from us the same rights and responsi- riage equality — that having the govern- riage equality, or whatever issue mat- Acquisition, LLC. All rights reserved.
bilities enjoyed by our heterosexual ment extend equal rights to all does not ters to you, is important to you and to
are working to undo brothers and sisters in marriage.
Extremist groups such as the
violate the deeply held convictions of
those who oppose marriage equality.
our community.
2. Thank the D.C. City Council for From the staff
By NICK McCOY National Organization for Marriage Unfortunately, the National its leadership and the thoughtful This is the seventh edition of the
have already begun to make automat- Organization for Marriage along with manner in which it went about pass- new DC Agenda, brought to you
Last year proved to be a year in ed calls to District residents — stirring Harry Jackson and other opponents ing marriage equality legislation by the same staff responsible for
which the LGBT community and its up hatred and fear about our fami- are saying the opposite about our 3. Have conversations in your place the Washington Blade, which was
allies would make further strides lies. Having seen their anti-marriage families. It is up to us to make sure of worship about marriage equality. For abruptly shuttered by parent com-
toward ensuring the promise of our equality campaigns succeed in other that opponents of marriage equality more information about clergy in the pany Window Media last year.
nation’s credo that all are created jurisdictions, they believe that they can are not the only or loudest voice that District who support marriage equality,
equal. Here in D.C., with Mayor again be successful in the District of is heard. Our community must con- visit Thank you for your patience as we
Adrian Fenty signing a marriage Columbia. If we are to be victorious, tinue sharing the fact that marriage Last year brought us to the brink navigate this unexpected change.
equality bill that was passed with the we must not become complacent. equality strengthens our laws, our of making history in the District. What We are all volunteers who continue
overwhelming support of the City We have been successful to date community and our families. 2010 will bring is largely in our own to be awed by the outpouring of local
Council, we saw another step for- in laying the groundwork for a diverse The District’s LGBT community hands. After ringing in the New Year, community support for DC Agenda
ward in ensuring equal rights for all campaign that has the capacity to and its allies have rallied, celebrated we all need to get to work so that and will respond to all offers of assis-
D.C. residents. But we must remain reach out to communities across the and witnessed justice for our citizens there’s plenty more ringing (of wed- tance as soon as possible.
vigilant to ensure that our newly won District. The record turnout of citizens on the issue of marriage equality. ding bells) next year and beyond.
freedoms are preserved. testifying for two days in support of Now the marriage equality move- Please visit to
Opponents of marriage equality are marriage equality before the City ment needs your help to ensure that Nick McCoy is a field organizer make a financial contribution to the
already working to take away our victo- Council is just one of several demon- marriage equality will become law in for HRC and a D.C.-based mar- new venture or for
ry here in D.C. We are all aware of the strations of our strong support. our nation’s capital. In ringing in the riage rights activist. Reach him at updated news and information.
unfounded, untruthful and inflammato- We must continue to establish an New Year, I propose that we each
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friday, jan. 1 or call 202-462-0535 for 17th and R streets. RSVP at
Halo celebrates its new name and mis- more information or visit the group’s web- with the link
sion with a party tonight from 7-9 p.m. site at SOCIALITE SATURDAYS, a monthly
featuring “THE REAL WORLD D.C.’S” A new Friday night drag show at ladies-only event, is tonight at 10:30
MIKE MANNING. The bar will now be Ziegfeld’s has started with a new host- p.m. at Mezza Luna Lounge, located
known as MOVA and will embrace green ess. THE LADIES OF ILLUSION host- at 1140 19th St., N.W. It benefits D.C.
practices while encouraging philanthropy ed by Kristina Kelly has performances Center, Washington’s gay community
and community outreach. MOVA is locat- every Friday at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. center, and Women in the Life
ed at 1435 P St., N.W. Visit BET MISHPACHAH, a gay synagogue Association, a black lesbian social jus-
or call 202-797-9730 for info. located at the D.C. JCC at 16th and Q tice organization. Visit
THE ADVENTURING OUTDOORS streets, N.W., holds Ereve Shabbat for more information.
GROUP, a local gay hiking group, will services every Friday at 8:30 p.m. fol- Town has a drag contest tonight called
meet at 11 a.m. at the Dupont Circle lowed by an Oneg Shabbat social. “So You Think You’re a Drag Queen?”
Metro Station elevator (or at 11:45 at Morning services are held on the second featuring a performance by celebrity
Great Falls Tavern) for a hike to Falls and fourth Saturdays of each month at guest judge, BEBE, winner of reality
Overlook for lunch. The group will then 10 a.m. followed by Kiddush luncheon. show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Contestants
hike to Swain’s Lock, with the C&O Canal Visit for more information. can enter the contest online at
on one side and the Potomac on the Town is located at 2009 8th Photo by Rene Cervantes; courtesy of MTV
other. It’s planned as an easy hike, about St., N.W. Doors open at 10 p.m.
five miles total. Bring beverages, lunch saturday, jan. 2  Mike Manning from MTV’S ‘REAL WORLD D.C.’ will host a party celebrating
and a few dollars for admission, trans- DC METRO LGBT IT PROFESSIONALS Halo’s name change to MOVA on Jan. 1.
portation and trip fees. E-mail craighow- meets today at 10 a.m. at SteamCafe at sunday, jan. 3 
Catholic group, celebrates Mass for the HOLLABACK, a social club and sup- Velvet Rope is located at 200 E.
LGBT community every Sunday at 6 port group for trans people, presented Redwood St. in Baltimore.
p.m. at St. Margaret’s, located at 1820 by Alpha Drugs, is tonight at 1638 R The Capital Area Gay & Lesbian
Connecticut Ave., N.W. Call 202-546- St., N.W., Suite 260. To RSVP, call Dee Chamber of Commerce is attending a
2245 for more information or visit digni- Curry at 202-290-0324. production of “RENT” tonight at the Keegan Theatre located at 1742
Church St., N.W. Members will get a
wednesday, jan. 6  discount on their tickets at $30. For
monday, jan. 4 An HIV/AIDS SUPPORT GROUP, pre- more information, visit
D.C. CENTER is having volunteer night sented by Alpha Drugs, is tonight at
tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Center’s 1638 R St., N.W., Suite 260. Dinner will
new location at the corner of 14th and S be served but reservations are friday, jan. 8
streets, N.W. Pizza and soda are provid- required. To RSVP, call 301-735-2805 National City Christian Church has
ed. Volunteers will make safe-sex kits for or 301-674-8901. organ recitals every Friday at 12:15
the HIV Working Group, do data entry for LADIES FIRST NIGHT is tonight and p.m. The series, dubbed “MAGICAL,
D.C. for Marriage and other activities. Visit every Wednesday at Fab Lounge, located MYSTICAL, MUSICAL MACHINE,” is for more information. at 1805 Connecticut Ave., N.W. For more led by Charles Miller, the church’s min-
Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St., N.W., information, visit ister of music, who’s gay. Several
holds “POKERFACE,” a Texas hold ‘em D.C. CENTER has gay career develop- organists in the series have also been
poker night every Monday at 8 p.m. It’s free ment today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the gay. NCC is located at 5 Thomas
to play and prizes are awarded. Visit nel- Center’s new location at the intersec- Circle, N.W. For more information, visit for more information. tion of 14th and S streets, N.W. Trained or call 202-797-0103.
and experienced volunteer counselors A Broadway touring version of
will offer support with job searches, “HAIRSPRAY” plays Baltimore’s Lyric
tuesday, jan. 5  interview skills, resume writing and Opera House tonight at 8 p.m. and
POZ, a bar night for HIV-positive men individual career goal counseling. The Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets range
and men open to dating HIV-positive program, also offered at gay communi- from $45 to $65. Visit lyricopera-
men regardless of their own HIV sta- ty centers in other cities, has been for more information.
tus, is held every Tuesday night from adapted for the D.C. region. Visit thed-
7 p.m. to midnight at Motley Bar, for more information.
located above EFN Lounge at 1318 saturday, jan. 9 
19th St., N.W. The event is organized D.C. LAMBDA SQUARES, a local gay
by HIV-positive party promoter Jacob thursday, jan. 7 square dancing group, starts a new
Pring. Visit the group’s Facebook IN THE LYFE, parties for lesbians and Plus class (not the beginner class)
page at for more gay men, are held each Thursday at the today at 10 a.m. at the Barkley
information. Also at Motley Bar that Velvet Rope in Baltimore. Cover is $5 Condominiums in Arlington, Va. The
Photo courtesy of Logo night, members of the HIV Working before 11 p.m. and $10 thereafter. Open class will run until 4 p.m. with an hour
Group will pack safe sex kits for a bar all night deals are available for $20. break for lunch. Cost is $75 in advance;
BEBE ZAHARA, winner of ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race,’ will perform at Town on Saturday “packing party.” These parties take This is an Onyx Entertainment event. $80 at the door. The class meets on
night at a special drag contest dubbed, ‘So You Think You’re a Drag Queen.’ place every Tuesday at EFN Lounge For more information, visit onyx-enter- Saturdays through Feb. 6. Visit dclamb-
unless otherwise noted. or call 443-220-4671. The for more information.
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socialagenda: pop culture rewind

from gaga to ‘glee’

Remembering the
gayest moments in
2009 pop culture

These year-end lists always

break down into two categories:
acts or releases that are ostensi-
bly gay versus those that aren’t
but have strong LGBT appeal.
We’ve focused on the former but
have left plenty of room for the lat-
ter. I mean, for real, in a year
depressingly ripe with celebrity
deaths, was there a sadder day for
gay men than the April 25 death of
Bea Arthur? The “Maude”/”Golden
Girls” actress was straight but had
that queer je ne sais quoi that Photo courtesy of
can’t be fully explained.
So with no further ado and in Fox's 'GLEE' became a breakout hit in 2009, featuring a strong gay sensibility and
no particular order, here are five lots of fabulous musical numbers.
gay pop culture moments to
remember from last year. And one inspirational pablum aimed at the er column. For now, we’ll just applaud
booby prize for good measure. demographic that keeps the makers of Lambert’s sexy stage moves and
mom jeans in business, Adam rejoice that finally, for the first time since
1. “GLEE” (Fox; on hiatus but will Lambert, this year’s “Idol” runner-up, is Freddie Mercury, we have a gay rock
return April 13). Under the creative edgy and in your face. Though he wait- star who can be equally convincing as
helm of gay writer/creator Ryan ed until after his “Idol” fate was sealed both rock god and gay man. Honorable
Murphy, this addictive new series to come out (it took Aiken years), mention: Janet Jackson performing
oozes gay sensibility as it follows the Lambert is an unabashedly gay celebri- “Scream” at the VMAs in September.
William McKinley High School’s “New ty whose openness, even in 2009, was 3. LADY GAGA. Though her hit Photo by Joe Tresh
Directions!” show choir through the refreshing. Lambert drew criticism for album “The Fame” dropped in 2008 (it
ups and downs of teen life and per- his Nov. 22 American Music Awards was re-released this year with bonus No one dominated 2009 pop culture like bi artist LADY GAGA, who took time out
formance with, as Entertainment performance in which he kissed his cuts), this year felt like the year Gaga of her busy schedule to speak at the National Equality March in October.
Weekly put it, “happy jazz hands and male keyboardist and indulged in some came into her own as a mega-domi-
melismas.” The cultural impact is highly sexualized crotch/face action nating force both in the mainstream for a change. Honorable mention: brought nearly the same kind of pride
impossible to argue — this year’s run with another supporting player. Love pop culture zeitgeist and to a legion of Rihanna “Rated R” we felt when Ellen hosted the Oscars in
averaged 8 million fans per week and him or hate him, Lambert has to be gay fans who embraced her with an 4. DEATH OF BEA ARTHUR. 2007. Yes, there’s room for heightened
more than 1.7 million “Glee” songs applauded for exposing the blatant across-the-board enthusiasm that was Yeah, we knew she was getting up gay visibility but having one of our own
(pop hits and show tune standards re- homophobia evident in the fallout. Yeah, reminiscent of, well, every performer there, but it didn’t seem possible she so front and center brings the same
imagined by the characters in show- Madonna’s 2003 VMA kiss with Britney Gaga’s ripped off from Madonna to was just a few years shy of 90. kind of pleasure we feel watching
stopping episode high points) were caused some commotion but it was Gwen Stefani to Grace Jones. But as Perhaps it was because Arthur didn’t Barney Frank on the Sunday morning
downloaded since May. And it’ll prob- deemed “safe” by the media powers derivative as she is, time, lest the become a household name until mid- talk shows. Out best and brightest,
ably get even gayer. Look for a new that be because everybody knows both naysayers fear, will surely test her met- dle age (she was already 50 when regardless of their arenas, are no
episode this spring that will find the Brit and Madge are straight. It was all tle (Madge, of course, was dismissed “Maude” debuted in 1972). Or per- longer held back solely because of their
cast tackling Madonna hits. Honorable for show. Who knows what Lambert as a squeaky-voiced Marilyn Monroe haps it was because we kind of had it sexual orientation. Honorable mention:
mention: “Modern Family” (ABC) and his bandmates do after the show clone early on). And Gaga deserves in our heads that Estelle Getty, who T.R. Knight leaves “Grey’s Anatomy”
2. ADAM LAMBERT performs at but the possibility that they might actu- the gay brownie points she’s earned died last year, was older because after seeing his role drastically reduced.
the AMAs. Adam Lambert is everything ally kiss other boys offstage suddenly by acknowledging her bisexuality and she’d been so convincing playing
Clay Aiken, his “American Idol” super- makes it offensive. There’s also the squeezing in appearances at the HRC Arthur’s mother on “The Golden Girls” And just to indulge our inner catti-
star second-place predecessor, isn’t. reverse-sexist fact that the straight dinner and this fall’s National Equality (Arthur, ironically, was a year older ness, one pop culture moment that
While Aiken, who, yes, has a lovely world is less shocked by girl-on-girl March. It’s nice to have a dance diva than Getty). Whatever the reason, it showed great promise but bombed:
voice, plays it uber-safe with bland action than male/male. But that’s anoth- who actually sleeps with her own sex was still something of a shock when Return of VH-1 “Divas” in September. It
the news came in April that Arthur had sounded like a good idea. Who couldn’t
succumbed to a cancer nobody knew resist the idea of returning to a series
she had. Not Michael Jackson shock- that brought us such unforgettable
ing, of course, but a jolt nonetheless. moments as Aretha Franklin and Carol
Suddenly in the space of barely a King duetting on “Natural Woman”
year, half the “Golden Girls” cast is (while heavyweights like Celine Dion
dead. If there was a silver lining to the and Mariah Carey were reduced to
cloud, it was seeing Arthur’s “Girls” backup singers), RuPaul performing
co-star Betty White, with whom she “I’m Coming Out” on the Diana Ross
had a sometimes icy relationship, tribute edition in 2000 or Stevie Nicks
remember her so fondly. Honorable joining the Dixie Chicks on their cover of
mention: Death of Farrah Fawcett. “Landslide”? But for a show famous for
5. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS attracting big names like Whitney
becomes the go-to guy for award Houston, Cher and Tina Turner, this
shows. Yeah, we’ve loved Harris since year’s return after a five-year hiatus felt
his “Doogie” days. And unlike, oh, say anti-climactic. Sure, former “Idol” con-
the aforementioned Clay Aiken, Harris testants Jordin Sparks, Kelly Clarkson
was never a celebrity we just knew was and Jennifer Hudson are great singers
gay all along. When he came out in but when these newbies are joined by
2006, it was just one of those nice turn teenybopper Miley Cyrus as the head-
of events that felt right. But what had us liners, it’s a sad day in pop culture.
cheering this year were his witty and Perhaps guests Melissa Etheridge and
urbane appearances hosting two big- Sheryl Crow, who ended up stealing
Photo courtesy of time award shows. The double wham- the show, are too earthy to be Divas
ADAM LAMBERT set tongues wagging after his AMA performance, which featured simulated oral sex and a same-sex smooch. my of having him host both the Tonys in headliners, but it would have made for a
June and the Emmys in September far more interesting show.
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audioagenda: year in review

the year in pop music

Michael’s death, leader among the cornerstone gay “Push” by Sapphire, has earned the
divas, as her solid comeback effort “I singer the strongest notices of her
Rihanna’s woes and Look to You” topped the charts and low-key acting career.
birthed hits in the title track and the Pop and controversy go together
divas that won’t rest ultra-glam disco throwback “Million like horse and carriage, and this year
Dollar Bill.” Critics were quick to point was no exception. There was KANYE
By S.E. Flemming Jr. out that her pipes aren’t what they WEST’S infamous interruption of
Special to DC Agenda used to be, but writing her off may be Taylor Swift’s MTV VMAs acceptance
premature. If time can do for Nippy speech, an outburst that’s proved a
This year, pop had the makings of what it did for Natalie Cole, we may boon to the country upstart’s career.
a Broadway spectacle. Conflict, get glimmers of the “You Give Good The comical part? West and Swift were
death, love woes and randy delight Love” gold in the future. For now, it’s Billboard’s top male and female artists
abounded, with the cast of charac- just good to have her back. for 2009. Then we had out power-pop
ters bringing one of the more inter- Elsewhere, MADONNA com- divo ADAM LAMBERT, who caused a
esting blends of music and melodra- memorated more than two decades collective gasp with his oral-sex simu-
ma in recent years to a fever pitch. of divadom with “Celebration,” a lating American Music Awards per-
And it was quite a ride. Photo courtesy of
multi-format career retrospective. formance. Still, no two stars proved
The death of “King of Pop” The single and video of the same more polarizing than CHRIS BROWN
MICHAEL JACKSON eclipsed all MICHAEL JACKSON died at age 50 in June, sparking months of memorable tributes. name were frenzied and fresh, com- and RIHANNA, whose sordid tale of
things in the realm of recorded music. plete with Madonna getting her domestic abuse still seems surreal.
Jackson’s untimely death at 50 spurred singer collected a whopping four tro- ing gay icon LADY GAGA, whose dance on like no other chick over 50. They’ve both spent plenty of time in the
reflection on not only his musical lega- phies at the 2009 American Music blend of hooks and histrionics yielded Fellow icon JANET JACKSON, who press opining about the lessons
cy but just how much, for better or Awards. No matter what you think of four chart-topping singles and made issued the outstanding compilation they’ve learned but their art doesn’t
worse, the kingdom he ruled has him, he’s still the blueprint. her the year’s breakout star and a top “Number Ones,” set things ablaze hot show it, as Brown’s “Graffiti” and
changed. While the likes of BEYONCE In a year replete with goodies for concert attraction. Pop princess on the heels of her MTV VMA tribute Rihanna’s “Rated R,” while competent,
and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE are icons the children to savor, Beyonce was BRITNEY SPEARS capped an amaz- to her late brother with “Make Me,” are hardly career-defining achieve-
for today’s listeners, performers these pegged by many to pick up Jackson’s ing comeback with the catchy single easily her best single in years and a ments. A little time out of the spotlight
days just don’t produce events that mantle. It’s not likely she’ll reach those “3,” a surprise No. 1 hit this past No. 1 smash on the Billboard dance would do them both some good.
burst forth with the vibrancy of an “Off heights, but she could come close. October that proves she can still make chart. As for MARIAH CAREY, her Without a doubt, 2009 kept us
the Wall” or “Thriller.” And in an era of Though “I Am … Sasha Fierce” hit you move. And while not yet stars “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” dancing with feet planted in the past
24-hour cable news and gossip blogs, shelves late last year, the album and Stateside, U.K. duo LA ROUX offered proved a disappointment in compari- and the future. Considering that the
the joy that once made pop music what its half dozen hit singles are still going up one of the best jams of the year son to “The Emancipation of Mimi” start of a decade brings new icons,
it was is no more. But Jackson’s magic strong, with “Single Ladies” and its with the synth-happy “Bulletproof,” a and “E=MC2.” However, Carey’s got trends and good-old fashioned
is indeed working: The lavish concert video remaining staples at radio, ditty that would make The Human another reason to sing: Her minimal- drama, this year just might have
film “This Is It” and its soundtrack YouTube and beyond. “Video Phone,” League and Depeche Mode proud. ist portrayal of a social worker in been a prelude to the best show yet.
album both went to No. 1, while the late her latest outing, pairs her with aspir- WHITNEY HOUSTON proved the “Precious,” based on the novel It will be tough to top, that’s for sure.

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‘Larger than Life’ Oscar-winning turn four years later in
“Jezebel” as a beautiful southern
“Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,”
the only movie the two starred in
captures many sides belle, her vast range is chronicled together. The photos from this period
and amazing to behold. are quite a hoot with an aging Davis in
of enigmatic star The added treat of including the the character of the grotesque Baby
movie poster art is a nice touch. Any Jane Hudson and Crawford mugging
By ROBBIE BARNETT fan of Davis’ will squeal with delight for the camera as Jane’s crippled in seeing a full-page movie poster for and tormented sister, Blanche.
“The Letter,” in which she is famous- Unintentional camp at its finest.
Academy Award winner. Camp ly holding a smoking gun with a look After taking the photographic ride
icon. Bitch. What hasn’t already been of subtle horror on her face, her eyes of her entire illustrious career, to reach
said about Bette Davis? Countless doing all the talking. the end of the book and come upon
biographies – many long out of print – Alongside glamorous studio por- the photos of Davis during the last
explore the life of the star and all have traits and film character images are years of her life is gasp inducing.
one thing in common: They tend to be candid snapshots of Davis. Whether Perhaps the most poignant photo in
heavy on words and light on images. catching her in a playful mood dur- the entire bunch is on the very last
In “Bette Davis: Larger than Life,” a ing down time on a movie set, as a page – a simple shot from 1989 of an
coffee table book by George Perry volunteer serving food to GIs during unrecognizable Davis holding one of
and Richard Schickel, it’s not the text, World War II, painting her nails at her trademark cigarettes. She appears
but the bountiful and stunning photo- home or reading over the script for as a shriveled shell of the dominating
graphs that make this a must-own for “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte” presence she once was, a victim of ill-
fans of the film legend. More than 250 with co-star Olivia de Havilland, ness and a life of hard living. Her face
glossy pages bursting with photos in these are especially insightful and a is virtually expressionless, but at the
color and black and white — many welcome contrast to all those seri- same it says so much.
that have rarely been seen — show- ous and dramatic shots Davis is Her look seems to say, “I did it the
case the life and career of one of known for. Although Hollywood hard way,” which is one of her signa-
Hollywood’s greatest stars. images dominate, photos of her ture quotes and is even engraved on
After a predictable introduction personal life are included as well. her tombstone. In the background,
written by Richard Schickel, the pho- Several pages are dedicated to her and slightly out of focus, is an enor-
tos are displayed in chronological childhood, early adult life and her mous portrait of her younger self in
order, film by film with George Perry family – Davis had three children her career-defining role as Margo
writing the synopsis of each movie and four husbands. Channing from 1950’s “All About
and clever quotes by Davis sprinkled For aficionados of the legendary Eve.” The smoke from her extended
throughout. From her 1934 breakout feud between Davis and movie star cigarette wafts in the air in front of A new coffee table book devoted to the career of BETTE DAVIS captures her life
role in “Of Human Bondage” portray- contemporary Joan Crawford, a full the portrait as it trails off and evapo- from childhood to 1989.
ing a slovenly amoral waitress, to her page is dedicated in a section on rates out of sight.
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