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Brief Summary of Patient Information


about GENVOYA
GENVOYA (jen-VOY-uh)
(elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide) tablets
Important: Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should
not be taken with GENVOYA.
There may be new information about GENVOYA. This information is only a summary and
does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition
or treatment.

What is the most important information I should know


about GENVOYA?
GENVOYA can cause serious side effects, including:
Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis).
Lactic acidosis may happen in some people who take GENVOYA. Lactic acidosis is a
serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Lactic acidosis can be hard to identify
early, because the symptoms could seem like symptoms of other health problems. Call
your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following symptoms,
which could be signs of lactic acidosis:

feel very weak or tired


have unusual (not normal) muscle pain
have trouble breathing
have stomach pain with nausea or vomiting
feel cold, especially in your arms and legs
feel dizzy or lightheaded
have a fast or irregular heartbeat

Severe liver problems. Severe liver problems may happen in people who take
GENVOYA. In some cases, these liver problems can lead to death. Your liver may become
large and you may develop fat in your liver.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any
of the following symptoms of liver problems:
your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice)
dark tea-colored urine
light-colored bowel movements (stools)
loss of appetite for several days or longer
nausea
stomach pain
You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are
female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking GENVOYA for a long time.
Worsening of Hepatitis B infection. GENVOYA is not for use to treat chronic hepatitis B
virus (HBV). If you have HBV infection and take GENVOYA, your HBV may get worse (flareup) if you stop taking GENVOYA. A flare-up is when your HBV infection suddenly returns
in a worse way than before.
Do not run out of GENVOYA. Refill your prescription or talk to your healthcare provider
before your GENVOYA is all gone.
Do not stop taking GENVOYA without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If you stop taking GENVOYA, your healthcare provider will need to check your health
often and do blood tests regularly for several months to check your HBV infection.
Tell your healthcare provider about any new or unusual symptoms you may have
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What is GENVOYA?
GENVOYA is a prescription medicine that is used without other HIV-1 medicines to
treat HIV-1 in people 12 years of age and older:
who have not received HIV-1 medicines in the past or
to replace their current HIV-1 medicines in people who have been on the same HIV-1
medicines for at least 6 months, have an amount of HIV-1 in their blood (viral load)
that is less than 50 copies/mL, and have never failed past HIV-1 treatment
HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS.
GENVOYA contains the prescription medicines elvitegravir (VITEKTA), cobicistat
(TYBOST), emtricitabine (EMTRIVA) and tenofovir alafenamide.
It is not known if GENVOYA is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
When used to treat HIV-1 infection, GENVOYA may:
Reduce the amount of HIV-1 in your blood.
This is called viral load.
Increase the number of CD4+ (T) cells in your blood that help fight off other infections.
Reducing the amount of HIV-1 and increasing the CD4+ (T) cells in your blood may help
improve your immune system. This may reduce your risk of death or getting infections
that can happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections).
GENVOYA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. You must stay on continuous HIV-1
therapy to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.
Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection to others:
Do not share or re-use needles or other injection equipment.
Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like
toothbrushes and razor blades.
Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using
a latex or polyurethane condom to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen,
vaginal secretions, or blood.
Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how to prevent passing
HIV-1 to other people.

Who should not take GENVOYA?


Do not take GENVOYA if you also take a medicine that contains:
alfuzosin hydrochloride (Uroxatral)
carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, Tegretol-XR, Teril)
cisapride (Propulsid, Propulsid Quicksolv)
ergot-containing medicines, including: dihydroergotamine mesylate (D.H.E. 45,
Migranal), ergotamine tartrate
(Cafergot, Migergot, Ergostat, Medihaler Ergotamine, Wigraine, Wigrettes),
and methylergonovine maleate (Ergotrate, Methergine)
lovastatin (Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor)
midazolam, when taken by mouth
phenobarbital (Luminal)
phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek)
pimozide (Orap)
rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rifater, Rimactane)
sildenafil (Revatio), when used for treating lung problems
simvastatin (Simcor, Vytorin, Zocor)
triazolam (Halcion)
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Before taking GENVOYA, tell your healthcare provider if you:


have liver problems including hepatitis B infection
have kidney or bone problems
have any other medical conditions
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if GENVOYA can harm
your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while
taking GENVOYA.
Pregnancy registry: there is a pregnancy registry for women who take HIV-1
medicines during pregnancy. The purpose of this registry is to collect information
about the health of you and your baby. Talk with your healthcare provider about
how you can take part in this registry.
are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take GENVOYA.
You should not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1
to your baby.
At least one of the medicines in GENVOYA can pass to your baby in your breast
milk. It is not known if the other medicines in GENVOYA can pass into your
breast milk.
Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including
prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Other
medicines may affect how GENVOYA works.
Some medicines may interact with GENVOYA. Keep a list of your medicines and show
it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that
interact with GENVOYA.
Do not start a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider.
Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take GENVOYA with
other medicines.

How should I take GENVOYA?

Take GENVOYA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. GENVOYA is
taken by itself (not with other HIV-1 medicines) to treat HIV-1 infection.

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GENVOYA is usually taken 1 time each day.


Take GENVOYA with food.
If you need to take a medicine for indigestion (antacid) that contains aluminum and

magnesium hydroxide or calcium carbonate during treatment with GENVOYA, take


it at least 2 hours before or after you take GENVOYA.
Do not change your dose or stop taking GENVOYA without first talking with your
healthcare provider. Stay under a healthcare providers care when taking GENVOYA.
Do not miss a dose of GENVOYA.
If you take too much GENVOYA, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest
hospital emergency room right away.
When your GENVOYA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare
provider or pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of virus in your
blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus
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What are the possible side effects of GENVOYA?


GENVOYA may cause serious side effects, including:
See What is the most important information I should know about
GENVOYA?
Changes in body fat can happen in people who take HIV-1 medicine. These
changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (buffalo
hump), breast, and around the middle of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the
legs, arms and face may also happen. The exact cause and long-term health
effects of these conditions are not known.
Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can
happen when you start taking HIV-1 medicines. Your immune system may get
stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a
long time. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you start having any new
symptoms after starting your HIV-1 medicine.
New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare
provider should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys before you start
and while you are taking GENVOYA. Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop
taking GENVOYA if you develop new or worse kidney problems.
Bone problems can happen in some people who take GENVOYA. Bone problems
may include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your
healthcare provider may need to do tests to check your bones.
The most common side effect of GENVOYA is nausea.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that
does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of GENVOYA. For more information,
ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
General information about the safe and effective use
of GENVOYA.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient
Information leaflet. Do not use GENVOYA for a condition for which it was not prescribed.
Do not give GENVOYA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
It may harm them.
This Brief Summary summarizes the most important information about GENVOYA.
If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask
your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about GENVOYA that is
written for health professionals.
For more information, call 1-800-445-3235 or go to www.GENVOYA.com.
Keep GENVOYA and all medicines out of reach of children.
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EMTRIVA, GENVOYA, the GENVOYA Logo, GILEAD, the GILEAD Logo, GSI, TYBOST, and
VITEKTA are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other
marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.
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LO CA L N E W S

Gay burglar arrested after Twitter postings

A gay man charged on Feb. 1 with ve counts of burglary was identied by police as a suspect
in a series of break-ins at businesses in downtown D.C. in December and January, according to a
police arrest adavit led in D.C. Superior Court.
The adavit says Thomas Matthew Collodel, 33, was tracked down after he allegedly broke
into the upscale Bentley condominium apartment building at 1328 14th Street, N.W. on Dec. 30
and used a computer at the concierge desk to log on to his Twitter account.
The computers browser history indicated that the computer recently had been used to
access a Twitter page, the adavit says. It says the page was Collodels Twitter page and
included photos of him that enabled police to identify him from separate photos captured of
him by the Bentleys security cameras.
According to the adavit, security cameras enabled police to identify Collodel as the alleged
burglar at several other downtown and Dupont Circle area businesses in December and
January, including the Iron Gate restaurant at 1734 N St., N.W. and an oce building at 1525
M St., N.W.
A separate police adavit says Collodel put up a violent struggle when police spotted him
on Jan. 30 walking at 15th and N Streets, N.W. and attempted to arrest him. The adavit says
Collodel attempted to punch one of the ocers and kicked the ocer several times in the groin
area before he was subdued and placed in handcus.
A capped syringe was recovered from defendant Collodels person at the time of his arrest,
the adavit says.
Charging documents show he was later charged with assaulting a police ocer in addition
to the burglary charges.
Yet another police adavit dated Feb. 1 says Collodel allegedly severely damaged a
bathroom at Howard University Hospital at some point after being taken there following his
arrest. The adavit doesnt mention why he was taken to the hospital.
The sink and underlying pipes were almost entirely destroyed and water was rushing from
the pipes, the adavit says. The light xture in the ceiling had been ripped away and the
metal electrical box, to which the xture had been mounted, was dangling from the ceiling by
electrical wire, it says.
Court records show that on Feb. 4 D.C. Superior Court Judge Joseph Beshouri ordered
Collodel released from jail, where he had been held since the time of his arrest, and ordered he
be placed at a halfway house. He is scheduled to appear at a felony status hearing on March 1.
Neither Collodel nor his attorney, University of the District of Columbia law professor Colin
Durham, could be reached for comment.
Although previous court records listed Collodel as a resident of McLean, Va., the current
court charging documents say he had no xed address.
People who know him say he has posted messages on various social media sites in recent
years indicating he was gay and was seeking to meet other men for dates.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

GLAA announces service award winners

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., announced on Wednesday that
it has named local LGBT activists June Crenshaw and Sterling Washington and D.C. Oce of
Human Rights Director Monica Palacio as recipients of its 2016 Distinguished Service Award.
The group says it presents the annual award to individuals and organizations that have
served with distinction the LGBT community in the nations capital and the surrounding
metropolitan area.
Crenshaw serves as chair of the Board of the Rainbow Response Coalition, which addresses
issues related to domestic violence aecting the LGBT community. Crenshaw also serves as a
board member and emeritus chair of Whitman-Walker Health as well as a member of the Board
of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign. She previously served on the Community Advisory
Board of Lesbian Services Programs and Black Lesbian Support Group at Whitman-Walker.
Washington served as director of the Mayors Oce of GLBT Aairs for two years under the
administration of Mayor Vincent Gray. Prior to that post, Washington served as Resource and
Grant Development Manager for the D.C.-based national group Center for Black Equity and
worked on various projects for the D.C. AIDS services group Us Helping Us-People Into Living,
Inc.
Palacio, an attorney, has served as the citys Oce of Human Rights director since March
2014. She is credited with initiating a groundbreaking six-month OHR study in 2015 that
revealed anti-transgender job discrimination by 48 percent of city employers. GLAA says in a
write-up that she brings twenty years of experience in civil rights, strengthening communities
in crisis and coalition building for social justice. She previously directed the OHRs Language
Access program and served as a member of the D.C. Commission on Human Rights.
GLAA says the awards will be presented at the groups 45th Anniversary Reception on April
21 at Policy Restaurant and Lounge at 1904 14th St., N.W.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Announces candidacy
to resume role as
public servant
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Former D.C. Mayor Vincent
Gray mentioned his longstanding
support
for
LGBT
equality,
including same-sex marriage,
during a radio interview and news
conference in which he announced
his candidacy for the Ward 7 City
Council seat in the citys June 14
Democratic primary.
Gray ocially announced his
run for the Council seat during an
appearance on WAMU Radios Kojo
Nnamdi Show last week, ending
months of speculation that he
was considering returning to D.C.
politics after losing his race for a
second term as mayor in 2014.
When people ask why I am
returning to the campaign trail, I
tell them, Because we have a lot
of work to do. If we dont do it, who
will? Gray said in a statement
released at the WAMU studio.
Since late last year Gray said
he had been deliberating over
whether to run for the Ward 7
seat, which is held by Democratic
incumbent Yvette Alexander, or
the at-large Council seat held by
Democrat Vincent Orange.
In his radio interview Gray
pointed to a poll showing he held
a considerable lead as a candidate
for either of the two seats. Political
observers have said his chances
of winning the Ward 7 seat are
considered greater, in part,
because hes a longtime Ward 7
resident and won election to that
seat before going on to win election
as Council Chair and as mayor.
Gray talked about his support for
marriage equality during a listener
call-in period on the Nnamdi show.
Gay activist and Gray supporter
Lane Hudson called and asked
Gray if Alexanders 2009 vote
against the citys gay marriage law
played a role in his decision to run
against her now.
It did not, Gray said. But I think
youre right. Ive been a strong
proponent of issues aecting the
LGBT community in the District of
Columbia, he said in referring to
a comment by Hudson that Gray
has supported LGBT rights since
before he ran for public oce.

Former D.C. Mayor VINCENT GRAY is


running for the Ward 7 Council seat.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

I was chair of the Council


when we passed the law to create
marriage equality, Gray said. And
you certainly remember that was a
ery time. Things have changed a lot
in the years since then, thankfully.
Added Gray: I tried to get
everybody on the Council to vote
for this. There were a couple of
members who did not vote for that
and Council member Alexander
was one of those. Im sure she had
her reasons for it.
Earlier in his interview on the
Nnamdi show and during a news
conference at the WAMU oces
immediately after the show
Gray criticized Alexander for not
adequately addressing constituentrelated matters in Ward 7.
Tiany Browne, director of
communications for Alexanders
Council oce, told the Blade on
Thursday that Alexander had no
immediate comment on Grays
candidacy.
I will say at this time she
really doesnt have any thoughts
or
opinions
about
todays
announcement, Browne said.
It was sort of expected and no
big surprise. Right now shes just
continuing to focus on the work
that shes doing for Ward 7 and
her role as chair of the Committee
on Health and Human Services.
Aside from her opposition to the
marriage equality bill, Alexander
has been supportive of other LGBTrelated bills and issues during her
tenure on the Council. She was
co-introducer of a bill approved
by the Council on Tuesday that
requires doctors and other
licensed health care providers in
the city to undergo LGBT cultural
competency training in continuing
education programs.
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NATIONAL NEWS

Gay teachers sex video stolen, posted to school site


Ark. ocials re victim
of cyber hate crime

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
A gay teacher at a high school in a
suburb of Little Rock, Ark., was red from
his job in October after an unidentied
computer hacker gained access to a
video of him and an adult male partner
having sex and posted the video le on
his schools website, where it was viewed
by students.
Brian Cody Bray, 29, said he was
mortied when a co-worker at the
school informed him by phone on Sept.
29 while he was home on sick leave that
the video had been posted on his faculty
page on the website of Maumelle Charter
High School in Maumelle, Ark.
Pretty much immediately after that
phone call I went to the bathroom and
threw up, Bray told the Washington
Blade. I was just in shock that oh my
God, this is something that will impact
my career, impact my life and what am I
going to do?
The schools principal and the executive
director of the school district summoned
him to a meeting the following week,
where he said he attempted to explain
that someone hacked into his email
account and apparently gained access to
his user names and passwords for various
accounts, including his account with the
online le storage site known as DropBox.
Among other things, the DropBox
folder contained a video recording of
an intimate encounter between myself
and another informed, consenting
adult male, Bray wrote on a website he
recently created to explain an incident
that he calls a cyber hate crime.
According to screen shots of his DropBox
site, the hacker changed the name of the
DropBox folder in which the video le was
stored from Private to FagTeachBray, a
clear sign, Bray says, that the hacker had
targeted him because hes gay.
He said that although he didnt discuss
his sexual orientation with students it
was widely known at the school that he
is gay. Bray taught several math classes
and physics.
The video was rst posted on the school
website on Monday, Sept. 28, according
to a posting time stamp on the site,
Bray said. On that same day, someone
identifying himself as Jonathan began
sending text messages to one of Brays
students telling the student that his
teacher Bray was a fag and that the
student should look at the video.
Bray, who posted a screen shot of
the text message exchanges between
Jonathan and the student, said he

BRIAN CODY BRAY says someone hacked his


computer and stole a video of him having sex
with a consensual male partner, then posted
the le to his schools site.

was a thorough investigation, including


an examination of his DropBox les and
records, the board determined there was
insucient evidence that he violated the
ethics code for Arkansas educators, Bray
said he was informed by the board in a
written notice.
Bray said that school ocials initially
told him they reported the incident to
the Maumelle Police Department and
possibly the Pulaski Countys Sheris
Oce. He said he was told the FBI was also
investigating the case. But he later learned
when contacting the police that no ocial
report had been led by the school.
He has since led his own police
complaint, Bray told the Blade, but he
isnt sure any of the local law enforcement
agencies, including the FBI, are seriously
investigating the case.

Debra Green, a spokesperson for the


FBI Field Oce in Little Rock, said, It
would be inappropriate for us to make
a comment at this time, on the Bray
case. Ocials with the Maumelle Police
and Pulaski County Sheris Oce didnt
immediately respond to calls from the
Blade seeking to determine if they are
investigating the case and attempting to
identify the hacker.
Arkansas doesnt have a state hate
crimes law, preventing the case from
being prosecuted as a hate crime if
a suspect is eventually identied and
arrested. Under Arkansass criminal code,
the type of computer hacking committed
by the suspect against Bray is considered
a felony oense.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAY

believes that Jonathan is the hacker,


whom Bray doesnt believe is a student.
The student who received the text
messages reported that the sender had
his own cell phone number blocked on
his text messages.
According to Bray, he had the students
phone number on his computer les
along with the numbers of other students
who he sometimes called about schoolrelated activities. He believes the hacker
obtained those numbers when he or she
gained access to his personal les.
Bray said he was not surprised when
school district executive director Rob
McGill and school principal Kimberly Willis
informed him at an Oct. 8 meeting that they
had no alternative but to terminate him.
Of course I had to be dismissed at
the time because I had lost any kind of
authority with my students there, Bray
said he was told. He initially didnt disagree
with that assessment, he told the Blade,
noting that he wasnt emotionally ready
to return to the classroom and resume
teaching.
But he said he now believes school
ocials acted unfairly by refusing to
provide him with severance pay and by
suggesting to the school community
that he was at fault for what happened
despite his explanation that the video
was posted to the school website by a
malicious hacker.
McGill and Willis didnt immediately
respond to calls from the Blade seeking
comment.
School ocials also led an ethics
complaint against him with the Arkansas
Professional Licensure Standards Board,
which has authority to revoke teachers
licenses, on grounds that he had at least
some responsibility for the posting of a
pornographic video on the schools website.
On Jan. 12, following what Bray said

A Philadelphia jury on Dec. 18, 2015, convicted KATHRYN KNOTT, center, on four
counts related to an attack on a gay couple in 2014.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Woman gets jail time in Philly attack


A woman was sentenced to ve to 10 months in jail on Monday for a group
attack on a gay couple in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Kathryn Knott, a police chiefs daughter, was part of a 15-person group
thatverbally and physically assaulted Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught.She
was convicted by a jury in December of four misdemeanors - simple assault,
conspiracy to commit simple assault and two counts of reckless endangermentin
the attack against the couple.
The victims testied that Knott, who is from Southampton, Pa., yelled an antigay slur at them and threw a punch at Hesse.
While there were homophobic slurs that initiated this event, it could have been
any type of hateful slur, Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington said.
Covington continued that the attack is a violation of human rights and this
court recognizes it as such, Philly.com reported.
In addition to jail time, Knott, 25, was ordered to attend anger management
classes and must stay out of Philadelphia during her two year probation,
according to Philly.com.
Hesse and Haught were punched multiple times with Haught being knocked
to the ground bleeding and semiconscious.
Haught testied that Knott and her friends seemed carefree leaving the
scene of the attack, which was captured on surveillance video. He said he
cannot get past that Knott and her friends left us.
Knott told Hesse and HaughtI am so sorry for what happened to you both,
and asked for the couples forgiveness. She said the incident has educated
people, me included.
MARIAH COOPER

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NATIONAL NEWS

Trump, Sanders triumph in New Hampshire


Landslide victories
for anti-establishment
candidates
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
MANCHESTER, N.H. Donald Trump
and Sen. Bernard Sanders were the
winners by signicant margins Tuesday
in the New Hampshire presidential
primaries for their respective parties.
Major media outlets declared both
candidates the winners of the contests
immediately afterpolls closed in the state
at 8 p.m.
With 89 percent of precincts reporting,
Trump claimed 35 percent of the vote in
the Republican primary, followed by John
Kasich at 16 percent, Ted Cruz at 12, and
Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio at 11 percent.
Each of the other candidates earned
less than 10 percent of the vote, including
Chris Christie, who was considered to
have badly needed a win in the state. All

eyes were also on Rubio after his thirdplace nish in Iowa to see his if his widely
panned debate performance Saturday
would aect his New Hampshire results.
On the Democratic side, with 89 percent
of precincts reporting, Sanders won
60 percent of the vote compared to 38
percent won by Hillary Clinton. Sanders
secured a decisivewin in the state after a
virtual tiewith Clinton in Iowa.
Consistent with his pledge in
the campaign, Trump said during his
victory speech in Manchester were going
to start winning again.
Kasich, taking the prize as the
establishment winner in New Hampshire
among Republican candidates, pledged in
his speech at the Grappone Conference
Center in Concord to lead followers to
solve the problems of America.
Christie, following a poor showing in
New Hampshire, said hes taking stock
of the situation, which could be a signal
he willsoon drop out of the race.
Celebrating his victory at Concord High
School, Sanders seemed to wipe away
a tear from his eyes and he thanked

supporters who campaigned for him in


New Hampshire.
Together, we sent a message that will
echo from Wall Street to Washington,
from Maine to California, and that is that
the government of our great country
belongs to all of the people and not just a
handful of wealthy campaign contributors
and their Super PACs, Sanders said.
In her concession speech at Southern
New Hampshire University, Clinton
congratulated Sanders on his win, but
took a page from his book by pledging to
tackle campaign nance reform and rein
in Wall Street.
We also agree that Wall Street can
never be allowed to again threaten Main
Street, and I will ght to rein in Wall Street,
Clinton said. And you know what? I know
how to do it. So when I tell you no bank
can be too big to fail and no executive too
powerful to jail, you can count on it.
Seemingly takinga knock at Trump and
the nature of his campaign, Clinton said,
People have every right to be angry, but
theyre also hungry, theyre hungry for
solutions. What are we doing to do?

Gregory Angelo, president of Log


Cabin Republicans, said voters in New
Hampshire made two bold choices with
the selection of winners in the primary.
Democrats made the decision to
support a candidate with a genuine
record of supporting the LGBT community
when it mattered; Republicans in
the Granite State chose a candidate
opposed to discrimination based on
sexual orientation, Angelo said. Log
Cabin Republicans does not endorse in
primaries and we still have a long way
to go before either party has a nominee,
but tonight the people of New Hampshire
should be commended for setting the
tone of subsequent primaries by standing
on the side of equality while the eyes of
the nation were focused on them.
The next contests in the presidential
race are Nevada and South Carolina. In
Nevada, the Democratic caucus is set
for Feb. 20 and the Republican caucus
is set for Feb. 23. In South Carolina,
the Republican primary is set for Feb.
20 and the Democratic primary is
set for Feb. 27.

Sanders supporters very happy over win


By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
CONCORD, N.H. Supporters of U.S.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who were
gathered in a high school gymnasium in
Concord, N.H., on Tuesday enthusiastically
cheered when they learned he had won
the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
MSNBC and other cable networks
projected that Sanders had defeated former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shortly
after all of the polls had closed at 8 p.m.
A man began dancing inside the
Concord High School gymnasium while
holding a Sanders sign. Others began
chanting Bernie Sanders not for sale
and Bernie Sanders has our back. We
dont need no super PAC.
A woman wearing a hijab and several
men of color were among those who
were standing on a set of risers that had
been set up behind the podium from
which Sanders spoke. The Rocky theme
song played in anticipation of the selfdescribed Democratic Socialists arrival.
The crowd erupted in applause and
even stomped the oor with their feet
as Sanders and his family entered
the gymnasium. Clinton nished giving
her concession speech at Southern New
Hampshire University in Hooksett less
than 10 minutes earlier.
Im really very happy to see him
win, Myna Proal of Newmarket told the

KATHARINE DEMERS, a senior at Concord High School in Concord, N.H., on Feb. 9, voted in her
rst New Hampshire primary.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Washington Blade.
Sanders supporters with whom the
Blade spoke in the days leading up to
the primary said they were excited to
vote for him.Minh Nguyen of Manchester
described Sanders as a very honest man.
Im supporting Sen. Sanders because
he really is there looking out for everyday
people like me, he told the Blade.
Katharine Demers, a senior at Concord
High School who lives in Concord, voted
for the rst time on Tuesday.
She told the Blade before Sanders

spoke to his jubilant supporters that his


support of LGBT rights is one of the main
reasons why she voted for him.
That was huge for me, Demers said.
He was so bold and he grew up in a
dierent era, but its still okay. I was like
yes, this is so cool.
Sanders defeated Clinton by a 60-38
percent margin.
Donald Trump won the Republican
primary with 34 percent of the vote. Ohio
Gov. John Kasich came in second with 16
percent.

Hes a genuine candidate, said Alona


Brosh, a senior at the University of New
Hampshire whose parents who live in
Chantilly, Va., on Feb. 4.
Brosh was among the students who
were at the University of New Hampshire
Oce of Multicultural Student Aairs
before a debate between Sanders and
Clinton that took place on campus.
Casey ODea, a student from East Lyme,
Conn., who is president of Trans UNH, a
support group for trans and gender nonconforming students, told the Blade that
his views line up with those of Sanders.
Evan Smith, a sociology and justice studies
major from Portland, Maine, agreed.
He was a lot more relatable than
Hillary Clinton, Smith told the Blade,
referring to the Sanders rally he attended
on campus last fall. You could actually
tell really where he stood on topics.
Mo Baxley, a former member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives,
made a similar point as she spoke in
support of Sanders during the New
Hampshire Democratic Partys annual
fundraiser that took place at Manchesters
Verizon Wireless Arena on Feb. 5.
Bernie stood up for the LGBT
community 30 years ago when it wasnt
easy, Baxley told the Blade. He just did
it because instinctively he knew it was the
right thing to do.
He stood with us and Im standing with
him, she added.

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NATIONAL NEWS

N.H. Dem Party chair: Trump win unfortunate

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair RAY BUCKLEY in downtown Manchester, N.H., on Feb.
8.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Buckley blasts Sen. Ayotte


for marriage opposition
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
MANCHESTER, N.H. The chair of the New
Hampshire Democratic Party on Monday said
it would be unfortunate if Donald Trump
wins his states Republican primary.
It would be very unfortunate for the
primary if he was successful, Ray Buckley
told the Washington Blade.
Buckley, who is gay, spoke with the
Blade in a coee shop in downtown
Manchester that is across the street from
a group of windows in an oce building
that has dozens of Trump campaign signs
taped to it.
The former member of the New
Hampshire House of Representatives
described Trump as outrageous and
someone who crosses the line in nearly
every instance. Buckley also told the
Blade that the Republican Party has been
feeding that sort of behavior as a way to
undermine President Obama.
Now its coming back and biting them
in the ass, said Buckley.
Buckley spoke with the Blade a couple
of hours before a gay man challenged
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over his
opposition to marriage rights for samesex couples at a Manchester restaurant
that the family of gay New Hampshire
Executive Councilman Chris Pappas owns
and operates. Trump himself later in the
day spoke to thousands of his supporters
at the nearby Verizon Wireless Arena.
Its all hate and fear and gloom and
doom, Buckley told the Blade, referring
to the Republican presidential candidates
and their rhetoric ahead of the primary.
Its just trying to scare the bejesus out of

the voters.
Buckley said this rhetoric counters
that from the Democratic presidential
candidates.
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie
Sanders are bringing a positive message
of hope, talking about how we can make
America better, he told the Blade.
Both Clinton and Sanders on Feb. 5
spoke at the New Hampshire Democratic
Partys annual fundraiser that also took
place at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Sanders, a self-described Democratic
Socialist, highlighted his vote against the
Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. Clinton for
her part referenced anti-LGBT discrimination
in her speech to the thousands of people
who attended the event.
Buckley is also a vice-chair of the
Democratic National Committee. The
New Hampshire Democratic Party and
the DNC prevent him from publicly
endorsing a specic candidate.
Buckley in response to a question
about issues that have not been
discussed ahead of the primary said that
both Sanders and Clinton have pretty
much covered it all. Buckley criticized
the Republican candidates for not talking
about the ongoing water crisis in Flint,
Mich., in Saturdays debate that took place
at St. Anselm College in Manchester.
Their talking points and discussions are
so far o the edge and of the mainstream,
he told the Blade. I watch those debates
and its just baing to me how they think
that theyre going to get back to the center
for the general election.
Buckley during the interview also
criticized U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.),
who is facing a challenge from Democratic
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.
Buckley noted Ayottes opposition to
marriage rights for same-sex couples,
even though the majority of New

Hampshire Republicans support the


issue. He also criticized her over her
positions against raising the minimum
wage and increased gun safety measures.
These are overwhelmingly positions
that shes against the people of New
Hampshire, said Buckley.
Buckley predicted that Ayotte in
November will lose to Hassan.
I just dont see that she has the sort of
warmth and connection with the people
of New Hampshire that (U.S. Sen.) Jeanne
Shaheen has, Buckley told the Blade.
Buckley throughout the interview praised
New Hampshire residents who vote in their
states rst-in-the-nation primary.
It is really something we take very
seriously, he told the Blade. While it
might look really fun on television, to
most voters its work. They interview the
candidates. They go out and go and meet
with them and talk with them.
Buckley said that New Hampshire
voters also help raise awareness of
issues, such as heroin and opiate use
that has reached epidemic levels in the

state and around the country. He added


that the primary and the Iowa caucuses
in recent election cycles have also proven
that speaking against marriage rights for
same-sex couples is no longer an eective
campaign strategy.
[New Hampshire is] uniquely qualied
to have the rst primary because we really
encourage participation, Buckley told the
Blade. Civil responsibility is very much
part of being from New Hampshire.
Buckley also responded to critics of
New
Hampshires
rst-in-the-nation
primary who say the state is small and
lacks diversity.
He noted the large Latino and AfricanAmerican
populations
in
Nevada
and South Carolina, which hold their
respective caucuses and primaries later
this month. Buckley added that LGBTspecic issues and other concerns get
brought forward in the four early voting
states that probably wouldnt be in some
of the other states.
So for our community, New Hampshire
plays a critical role, he said.

Baxter campaigns for Clinton in N.H.


MANCHESTER, N.H. Actress Meredith Baxter is among those who traveled
to New Hampshire ahead of the states primary to campaign on behalf of former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
I dont remember a time when we had a candidate that was exquisitely
prepared to be the president, Baxter told the Washington Blade on Feb. 5
during an interview at the New Hampshire Democratic Partys annual fundraiser
that took place at Manchesters Verizon Wireless Arena.
Baxter spoke with the Blade hours after she and other Clinton supporters
went door-to-door in Manchester during a snowstorm. They also canvassed in
New Hampshires Lakes Region on Sunday before the Super Bowl.
Baxter noted Clintons work in support of health care reform in the 1990s during
her husbands presidency. She also pointed out that the former secretary of state
leaned across the aisle in the U.S. Senate when she represented New York.
Baxter told the Blade that Clinton understands all the dynamics of
international issues because she is a former secretary of state. Baxter also
questioned the way that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would respond to the
so-called Islamic State.
She has a wealth of information in her head already, said Baxter. Sanders
can talk about it a little bit and then he has to cut to Wall Street.
Baxter told the Blade that Clintons support of marriage rights for same-sex
couples and other LGBT-specic issues are icing on the cake.
Baxter, who starred in Family and Family Ties in the 1970s and 1980s, came
out as a lesbian in 2009.
Baxter during the interview criticized the Republican presidential candidates.
She specically singled out Donald Trump for his rhetoric and overall style on
the campaign trail.
For the most part its disheartening to see what they have reduced themselves
to, said Baxter. Trump set the level and it seems like everyone raced to meet it.
Hes being ugly, hes being rude.
Baxter described Ohio Gov. John Kasich as the only Republican candidate
who has anything to oer.
Hes terrible on social issues, but at least hes a man you can have a discussion
with, said Baxter.
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NATIONAL NEWS

Rubio drops in for lunch,


offends gay patron
MANCHESTER, N.H. It would have simply been another snowy Monday in
February in my hometown if the eyes of the political world werent squarely
transxed upon the Queen City on the eve of the New Hampshire primary.
I arrived at the Puritan Backroom, which is a landmark in Manchesters North
End, shortly after noon.
The hostess brought me to a small booth near the bar that provided ample
room for me to work on my laptop.
I ordered fried New England clams with green beans, a small Greek salad
and a diet coke before I began to transcribe my interview with New Hampshire
Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley that I did earlier in the day at a coee shop
in downtown Manchester. The waitress who took my order brought it to the
booth about 20 minutes later.
I ate a handful of clams as I continued to transcribe my interview.
A few minutes later a commotion that was coming from the other side of my
booth caught my attention. I took o my headphones, looked up from my laptop
and saw U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and his 8-year-old son Dominick greeting
some of my fellow diners.
I quickly grabbed my iPhone from which I was transcribing my interview
and my camera and joined the press scrum that was surrounding the Florida
Republican in front of the bar.
Rubio seemed genuinely relaxed as he spoke to diners and Puritan Backroom
employees. He even told his son that he would order for him the restaurants
famous chicken tenders.
I returned to my booth about 10 minutes later, and uploaded the pictures that
I had taken to my my laptop. I then watched Rubio speak with the three people
who were sitting at a table across from me.
I began to once again eat my lunch as Rubio walked to the other side of the
large dining room and greeted more people. I quickly nished transcribing my
interview, and before I knew it the Florida Republican and his entourage had left
the restaurant.
My waitress told me that Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate
who has yet to visit the Puritan Backroom that gay New Hampshire Executive
Councilman Chris Pappas family owns and operates. Her response to my
question and in particular the almost blaze way she answered it did not
surprise me, considering that presidential candidates regularly visited the high
school from which I graduated a few months after the 2000 primary.
My alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, is also a popular destination
for White House hopefuls.
I left the Puritan Backroom around 2 p.m. and drove across the Merrimack
River to attend a Rubio campaign event at a restaurant in the town of Gostown.
I arrived about half an hour later and read a New York Times article that said
a gay man at the Puritan Backroom had had a testy exchange with the Florida
Republican over his opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples.
I honestly had no idea that the exchange had even taken place while I was
there because the booth in which I was sitting was on the other side of the dining
room. I nevertheless used a lot of colorful language to describe the fact that I
wasnt the one who had broken the story.
The New York Times reported that Timothy Kierstead asked the Florida
Republican at the Puritan Backroom in the citys North End, Why do you want to
put me back in the closet?
Rubio told Kierstead that he can live any way you want. The New York Times
reported the Florida Republican rearmed his opposition to marriage rights for
same-sex couples.
Thats your belief, responded Kierstead, according to the New York Times.
The New York Times said that Kierstead, who is married, pointed out that
same-sex couples can legally marry in New Hampshire and across the country.
Rubio reportedly ended the tense exchange by telling him that he respects your
opinion.
Typical politician, said Kierstead, according to the New York Times.
The New York Times reported that a 92-year-old woman who was also at the
restaurant asked Rubio whether U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is gay.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

DONALD TRUMP quoted an attendee who called Ted Cruz a pussy.


WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Trump calls Cruz a pussy at rally


MANCHESTER, N.H. On the eve of the primary in New Hampshire, Donald Trump
sought to energize supporters by apparently quoting a female attendee who called one
of his chief rivals for the Republican nomination a pussy.
Trump made the remarks at a rally in the Verizon Wireless Arena, where attendees
braved the snow that fell throughout the day to see the Republican presidential frontrunner.
Although the Washington Blade couldnt distinctly hear the attendee, Trump drew
attention to her words after he was talking about the performances of his competitors
at the most recent Republican debate, including that of Ted Cruz.
She just said a terrible thing, Trump said. You know what she said? Shout it out
because I dont want to say it. Youre not allowed to say and I never expect to hear
that from you again. She said I never expect to hear that from you again she said,
Hes a pussy.
The audience roared with applause as Trump chastised the attendee in a way that
didnt seem serious, saying, What kind of people do I have here?
Recalling earlier criticism he faced in the press for not correcting a rally attendee who
called President Obama a Muslim, Trump said, I want to just tell you right now, maam,
youre reprimanded, OK? Can she stay? Can she stay? Youre reprimanded. So, for the
press, this is a serious reprimand.
The Blade placed a call tothe Cruz campaign seeking comment on Trumps use of
the epithet.
In addition to mocking Cruz, Trump also took a jab at Marco Rubio for his widely
panned debate performance on Saturday, saying the U.S. senator from Florida was
sweating like a dog and having a hard time.
Attendees in the audience waved signs bearing Trumps campaign slogan Make
American Great Again as others had black sweatshirts with Trump 2016 across the
front. On at least two occasions, security escorted out of the building protesters who
heckled Trump. The candidate pointed out the protestors, saying he enjoys them at his
events because thats the only time cameras turn to the audience and show its size.
One participant walked around the lower oor in a suit and haircut resembling Trump
in apparant attempt to impersonate the candidate. Trump pointed him out, saying, I
hope I dont look like that. The candidate called on the Trump impersonator to join him
on stage, but the attendee stayed away.
Trump bragged about enjoying a double-digit lead in the polls ahead of the New
Hampshire primary, saying Weve been No. 1 in the polls every single week.
Much of Trumps remarks consisted of repeating pledges he made throughout his
campaign, such as building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; protecting the Second
Amendment right to bear arms; and repealing and replacing Obamacare with a health
care system that enables competitive bidding on drugs and prevents people from
dying in the streets. Trump pledged to restore Merry Christmas to the American
lexicon, triggering big applause.
When Trump noted comments from the Mexican president that his country wont pay
for a wall along the border, Trump quipped, The walls going to just get bigger when he
has the attitude.
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Out-of-towners join the fray in N.H.


Gay Sanders supporter
visits Granite State
for rst time
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
BEDFORD, N.H. Jay Lassiter, a selfdescribed gay guy from New Jersey,
and two students from Mount Holyoke
College in Massachusetts on Feb. 6 were
standing on the edge of a snow-covered
parking lot outside of a campaign rally
for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the
Manchester suburb of Bedford.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker were on
stage with Christie as he spoke to hundreds
of his supporters. Lassiter and the two
Mount Holyoke College students who were
outside were holding signs that described
Christie as a con man and a fraud.
I had to endure him vetoing my right
to marry my partner, Lassiter told the
Washington Blade, referring to Christies
veto of a bill that would have extended
marriage rights to same-sex couples in
New Jersey. I wanted to come up and
enjoy watching his campaign go up in
ames rsthand.
Emily Myers, one of the Mount Holyoke
College students who is originally from
New Mexico, nodded in agreement.
His whole approach to politics is
incredibly wrong and self-serving, she
told the Blade.
Lassiter and Myers are among those
who are not from New Hampshire who
have traveled to the state ahead of its
rst-in-the-nation primary.
The Human Rights Campaign, which
has endorsed former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, opened an oce on Elm
Street in downtown Manchester.
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of
Commerce President Justin Nelson, Out
and Equal CEO Selisse Berry and actress
Meredith Baxter are among those who
have come to New Hampshire in recent
days to campaign in support of the
former secretary of state. Gay New York
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was
also in Manchester, which is the states
largest city, over the weekend to canvass
on behalf of Clinton.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in
recent days has campaigned on behalf
of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in New
Hampshire. Former rst lady Barbara
Bush on Feb. 4 pushed her walker
through the snow as she arrived at a
campaign event for her son in Derry.
Leslie Harkins of Jamestown, R.I.,
and Kathy Flanagan of Columbia, Md.,
were among the members of the
fabulous force of Clinton supporters

From left: EMILY MYERS, AMY MYERS and


JAY LASSITER protest New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie outside a campaign event in
Bedford, N.H., on Feb. 6.
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who canvassed on her behalf in New


Hampshires Lakes Region. Jerey
Marburg-Goodman, a gay man who
owns an apartment in Dupont Circle,
on Tuesday was to have stood outside a
polling place in Wolfeboro, a town on the
eastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in
which former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney owns a home.
Its really, really important for my little
teeny, tiny voice to be heard, Harkins told
the Blade on Sunday as she and Flanagan
watched the Super Bowl at the Tilton Inn
in Tilton with other Clinton supporters.
Harkins earlier in the day spoke with 10
people.
She conceded to the Blade that people
in New Hampshire are known for their
pretty curmudgeonly kind of attitudes.
Harkins, who is originally from Maine,
said the people including a 78-year-old
woman who invited her into her home
with whom she spoke were wonderful.
I feel really good about being here,
said Harkins.
Flanagan drove to New Hampshire
from her home in Maryland in order to
campaign in support of Clinton.
She told the Blade that she feels very
strongly about Hillary. Flanagan was
also quick to criticize the Republican
presidential candidates over their stance
on LGBT-specic issues and Planned
Parenthood.
The Republicans want to go backwards
and have men controlling womens
bodies again, she said.
Deroux Alexander, a gay man from
Jamaica who now lives in New York,
traveled to New Hampshire for the rst
time this past weekend to volunteer on
behalf of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)s
campaign.

He and other supporters of the selfdescribed Democratic Socialist canvassed


in Concord.
We were generally warmly received,
Alexander told the Blade on Monday during
a telephone interview from New York.
People are very serious about their politics.
Alexander said he took note of the

plethora of campaign signs that had been


placed on the sides of the interstate. He
also told the Blade that there was a lot
of snow on the ground while he was in
New Hampshire.
I cant wait until Tuesday, said
Alexander. My heart is still in New
Hampshire.

Va. House committee kills two anti-LGBT bills


Virginia lawmakers on Tuesday killed two bills that critics contend would have
allowed anti-LGBT discrimination.
Members of the Virginia House of Delegates General Laws Committee
tabled House Bill 781, which would have required people to use restrooms in
schools and public buildings that correspond to their biological gender. House
Bill 385, which would have prevented municipalities from enacting anti-LGBT
discrimination measures, also failed to get out of committee.
State Dels. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) and Bob Marshall (R-Prince William
County) introduced HB 781 and HB 385 respectively.
Thanks to the help of thousands of supporters contacting their legislators,
including parents and transgender youth who wrote letters to their elected
representatives and the folks that testied in front of committees, we were able
to defeat these discriminatory bills, wrote Equality Virginia, a statewide LGBT
advocacy group, on its Facebook page.
The committee tabled the two bills on the same day that Equality Virginia held
its annual lobby day in Richmond.
Members of the Virginia Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday
approved Senate Bill 41, which would allow ocials to deny marriage licenses to
same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs.
State Sen. Charles Carrico (R-Galax) introduced SB 41.
Marriage equality is the law of the land, but SB 41 seeks to foster unfair
discrimination, said gay state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) in a statement.
We should be ghting to end that discrimination not working to protect it
under the false guise of religious freedom.
A spokesperson for Gov. Terry McAulie told the Washington Blade last month
that he would veto SB 41 if it were to reach his desk.
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N.H. congressional race could pit gay vs. gay


OConnor seeks Dem nod,
as Innis vies to represent
GOP in House race
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
MANCHESTER, N.H. During the
week of the presidential primary in New
Hampshire, another race was brewing
in the state that could pit two openly
gay candidates one Democrat, one
Republican against each other.
In a bid to represent New Hampshires
1st
congressional
district,
Shawn
OConnor,
a
gay
businessperson
and lawyer who founded the college
admission advisory rm Stratus Prep
before selling the company, is competing
against former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter for
the Democratic nomination.
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, gay
business professor Dan Innis the former
dean of the business school at the University
of New Hampshire is for a second time
challenging incumbent Rep. Frank Guinta
(R-N.H.) after having lost the Republican
nomination to the lawmaker in 2014.
If both candidates succeed in
winning their partys nomination on the
day of the congressional primary on Sept.
13, New Hampshires 1st congressional
district would be home to a national rst:
Two openly gay congressional candidates
nominated by major parties competing
against each other for a U.S. House seat.
In separate interviews with the
Washington Blade, the two candidates
outlined their visions if elected to
Congress and their plans reveal stark
dierences.
OConnor said he formed an exploratory
committee to pursue a congressional
bid in February 2015 before Shea-Porter
announced shed pursue a sixth run
because people are ready for a change.
When this race went Republican last
time, its gone back-and-forth between
the same two members of Congress for
about 10 years: Carol Shea-Porter and
Frank Guinta, OConnor said. I think its a
seat that the right Democrat can denitely
hold, and therefore, I decided to toss my
hat into the ring without knowing who
else might run.
Among the items on OConnors agenda
are what he called bread-and-butter
issues: Making it easier for small business
owners to succeed and investing in
infrastructure. According to OConnor,
351 of the bridges in New Hampshire are
designated as red list, which means they
have a series of documented deciencies
getting worse over time.
But OConnor, who has endorsed
Bernard Sanders in the presidential

Gay congressional candidates DAN INNIS (left) and SHAWN OCONNOR could compete against
each other in the general election.
INNIS: WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS; OCONNOR: PHOTO COURTESY OF CREAGER COLE COMMUNICATIONS

election, also identied income inequality


as among the issues he wants to tackle.
Until the minimum wage is raised to
$15 an hour, OConnor said hell only
accept the current minimum wage as a
salary from Congress, which would be
$15,080 a year, and donate the remaining
$159,000 to New Hampshire charities.
Im willing to put my money where my
mouth is, and I just think its immoral to
accept a salary of $174,000 a year and
go around telling people its OK to live on
$7.25 an hour, OConnor said.
Innis said hes pursuing another bid for
Congress because he had a good showing
in the 2014 Republican congressional
primary, earning 41 percent of the vote in
the race against Guinta.
Coming in at 41 percent as a rst-time
candidate against a semi-incumbent?
That aint bad. Innis said, adding he
thinks he took that percentage of the vote
because he ran as a problem solver, not
a political insider.
But Innis took Guinta to task for
allegedly violating campaign nance laws
by taking $355,000 donated to him by his
parents during his rst House campaign
in 2010. As a result of a settlement with
the Federal Election Commission, Guinta
in May 2015 paid a $15,000 ne and
agreed to return his parents money.
Innis said the donation was unlawful
and shamed Guinta for calling his
opponents liars for bringing it up.
And the liar was Frank. Period, Innis
said. He broke the law, he knew he broke
the law. He denied it for years, and when he
was ned, he tried to further cover it up.
In terms of policy dierences, Innis
said he diers with Guinta in some areas,
although he doesnt think the dierence
is terribly dramatic.
I sit closer to New Hampshire on a
number of social issues, and Id further
argue Im more scally conservative than
just about anyone youd meet, Innis said.

For Innis, the No. 1 crisis facing the


country in contrast to the views of
others who say its the Islamic State of
Iraq & Syria or climate change is the
nations $19 trillion debt.
Its money, and we dont have enough,
Innis said. And we spend too much.
Weve got to bring these two things in
balance, and if we dont the country
and Im not overstating this the country
is doomed, right? I understand business.
I studied business. Ive got an advanced
degree in this stu. So, Im not blowing
smoke. I know what Im talking about.
Were doomed.
Innis was coy about whom hes backing
in the presidential election, but said the
way candidates approach LGBT rights is
something he factors into his support.
There are certain candidates that are
more open to equality issues, and those are
the candidates that Id certainly get behind,
Innis said. There are other candidates who
are clearly closed to equality and its very,
very dicult to support them, and you
know who those are.
In terms of LGBT rights, OConnor
identied as a priority a federal LGBT
non-discrimination bill known as the
Equality Act to make sure LGBT equality
is complete, but also said we must
ensurethe United States is a real social,
moral leader on international LGBT
rights.
Once we get full equality nationwide,
and weve accomplished marriage, I think
that incorporating LGBT rights more fully
into our international policy would be
really important, particularly in Africa,
OConnor said.
Innis said if hes elected, hed push
for a federal prohibition on employment
discrimination against LGBT people,
arguing his position in the Republican
caucus would hasten its passage.
If youve got a majority party that has
the ability to bring that thing forward, and

then you add someone to the party who


is gay and whos aected by this stu,
who can speak to the other members and
leadership, I think the dynamic changes,
Innis said. It always changes when you
get to know someone and when youve
got them sitting there with you dealing
with the issue, and I do think well have
more success in pushing that forward if
candidates like me are elected.
Innis said he couldnt immediately
commit to co-sponsoring the Equality
Act, but based on what he heard on the
legislation as described by the Blade said
it sounds like something that is easy to
support.
Both candidates had diering takes
on the idea of facing o in the general
election as a gay candidate against a gay
opponent.
OConnor said it would be exciting and
reect the progress made on acceptance
of LGBT people in New Hampshire.
I think the nice thing about it in a way
is in a purple state like New Hampshire
trending blue, but purple to have
two LGBT candidates face o in a general
election really demonstrates that were
becoming fully integrated into the political
system, which I think is wonderful,
OConnor said.
But OConnor said the national LGBT
community should support him if they
both were to receive their nominations
if Innis wont back armative action,
support womens reproductive freedom
or ght income inequality.
Dan Innis has a very conservative
he doesnt have a voting record but
based on his statements, hes a pretty
conservative candidate, OConnor said.
I believe the LGBT community as a
community has been marginalized for
decades, if not centuries, and theres a
responsibility to help others.
Innis expressed skepticism OConnor
would be able to beat Shea-Porter. If he
had to face o against him in the general
election, Innis said the gay vs. gay nature
of the race wouldnt matter to him.
I think Ive dened myself as a candidate
on the issues and on my background and
my experience, and people now are used
to the idea and more interested in what I
have to say on the issues, Innis said.
They both face challenges in defeating
an incumbent on one hand and one-time
incumbent on the other who have name
recognition in New Hampshire. Innis has
the added challenge of facing another
potential competitor for the Republican
nomination: State Rep. Pamela Tucker.
Nathan Gonzalez, editor of the
Rothenberg & Gonzalez Political Report,
said its hard to put specic odds on
an OConnor vs. Innis matchup, but its
unlikely both candidates will make it to
the general election.

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Despite the fact Maryland has enjoyed marriage equality since 2013 and
comprehensive protections based on gender identity since 2014, a report issued
on Feb. 3 by the Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Federation notes
there is still work to do on behalf of LGBT residents.
The second annual State Equality Index assesses statewide LGBT-related
legislation and policies, good and bad, in ve areas: parenting laws and policies;
non-discrimination laws and policies; hate crimes laws; youth-related laws and
policies; and health and safety laws and policies. Based on that review, the SEI
assigns states to one of four distinct categories. Maryland is included in the
Building Equality categorythe third highest-ranking of the four.
The report notes that although Maryland scored well in parenting laws
that involve joint adoption, no legislation exists for second-parent adoption,
surrogacy laws or consent to insemination.
While anti-bullying rules have been enacted, the report indicates that there
are no statewide school suicide prevention policies, laws to include transgender
students in sports, any protections from conversion therapy, laws to address
LGBT youth homelessness, LGBT-inclusive sex education laws, and LGBTinclusive LGBT juvenile justice policies. Moreover, several shortcomings are
noted in the area of transgender health and safety in the state.
As we can see, Maryland is on-track to be one of the most progressive states
in the country on LGBTQ legal issues, but we still have a lot of work to do both in
updating policies and making sure that those written policies translate into lived
equality for LGBTQ people and families in Maryland, Patrick Paschall, executive
director of FreeState Legal/Equality Maryland, told the Blade.
Paschall noted that the organization is arguing in the Maryland Court of
Appeals to x the inequity of the state not having de facto parent recognition
or parental presumption for same-sex couples.
To review the full report, visit HRC.org.

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The company went dark during 2015-16 as it transitioned to new leadership
headed by artistic director and CEO Sean Elias. This season, the season of dark
play, explores through a multitude of genres and theatrical mediums the dark
game play that we all partake in, either willingly or forcefully, for pleasure or
survival, within the modern American experience, Elias said in a statement.
The theatrical lineup beginning in the fall of 2016 will include: The Wild Party
(the rst time Iron Crow will present a musical), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit
Them, Fucking A, Zero Hour, Booty Candy, and The Rocky Horror Show.
All but the last show will be presented at the Baltimore Theatre Project.
In addition, Iron Crow Theatre will launch the Queer: Broaden Your
Denition campaign featuring portraits and stories from Baltimores local queer
community. Queer, as explained by Elias, is dened as renegade, unorthodox
and not the norm.
This campaign invites people to see, hear and experience a piece of the queer
community that is very much alive here in Baltimore, said Jeanette Wooten, Iron
Crow Theatres public relations manager. This is the rst campaign of its kind in
the theatres history.
For more information, visit ironcrowtheatre.org.
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Cuomo blocks conversion therapy in N.Y.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday hes taking executive action
against widely discredited ex-gay conversion therapyin New York.
Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally awed practice that is
counter to everything this state stands for, Cuomo said in a statement.New York
has been at the forefront of acceptance and equality for the LGBT community
for decades and today we are continuing that legacy and leading by example.
We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people
for simply being who they are.
The multi-agency regulations ban public and private health care insurers from
covering the conversion therapy in New York and bar certain mental health
facilities from conducting the practice on minors.
Jurisdictions in the United States that have banned ex-gay therapy for minors
through legislative means are California, D.C., Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon.
The practice of conversion therapy, or an attempt to change an individuals
sexual orientation, is widely considered quack medicineand opposed by major
mental health organizations like the American Psychiatric Association and the
American Psychological Association.
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therapy, with improved quality of life reported within 12 months of initiating
therapy by both female-to-male and male-to-female transgender individuals,
according to an article published in Transgender Health, a new peer-reviewed
open access journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, News Medical
reports.
Jaclyn White Hughto and Sari Reisner, Fenway Health, Boston Childrens
Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
in Boston and Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Conn., reviewed the
evidence from published studies of transgender adults treated with hormone
therapy for gender identity disorder.
The researchers report the changes in mental health status including
depression and anxiety and quality of life outcomes after three-six months
and 12 months of hormone treatment compared to baseline measures. They
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Is Sarandon aware of the global LGBT
rights initiative Hillary launched in December 2011?
Sanders opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 on states rights grounds.
He endorsed marriage equality in 2009;
but in 1982 he described marriage as a
lifelong commitment between husband
and wife. Granted, that was typical for
the time. Few gay activists then focused
on marriage. In 1981, AIDS had hit American cities, and D.C.s rst attempt to repeal its sodomy law was blocked by Congress. That was the year I came out to my
family. I didnt have my rst argument
with a politician on same-sex marriage
until 1994, 15 years before D.C. enacted
marriage equality.
D.C.s marriage equality victory resulted not from revolution but from strategizing, researching, organizing, drafting, negotiating, messaging and electioneering.
It required careful preparation, coalition
building and long-cultivated relationships
with public ocials. It ripened via sustained work that began long before the
nal bill was written.
Those seeking change must honor the
struggle, not just the result. History will
record the details of the marriage equality eort, and how the community, not
E DIT OR IA L C A R T OON

politicians, drove it; in any case, determining who was rst does not chart the
course ahead. In moving forward, the allies we persuaded will be crucial, as will
the altered expectations of young people.
On Feb. 18, I am to speak to the Gay/
Straight Alliance at the high school that
my father attended in the 1930s. In those
days it housed Central High. It became
Cardozo in 1950 when it was transferred
from the white school system to the black
school system. That was before Bolling
v. Sharpe desegregated the District of
Columbia Public Schools in 1954. Back
then, someone like me would have been
arrested, not invited to talk to students
about public advocacy.
My father adjusted to my being gay.
Had he lived longer, he might also have
adjusted to my loving a black man. He
might have seen his sons return to his
old school as a small sign of healing
across generations.
Recriminations over who was late to
various struggles are an indulgence we
can ill aord. Reactionaries are threatening to reverse historic gains. We must not
pull apart, but build on victory together
by showing our nation a better path forward. Sanders, to his credit, disavowed
the sexist behavior of some of his supporters. But that may only demonstrate
the inability of rhetoric to solve a problem.
However frustratingly, we will not suddenly gain the votes for someones ideal
version of legislation that could only pass
imperfectly when Democrats last controlled Congress. We build our strength
step by step, as the black people of Montgomery, Ala. did 60 years ago when they
walked to work for over a year rather
than accept discrimination on municipal
buses.
A seat on a bus is small when weighed
against the federal Civil Rights Act and the
Voting Rights Act that came years later, or
the election of a black man as president
ve decades later. But those early steps
were powerful ones.
The most experienced and best-prepared presidential candidate this year
happens to be a woman. Let us not look
for excuses to miss the moment, or make
the perfect the enemy of the good. We
have too much at stake, and too much
work ahead. Progress does not happen
magically at once. As Shakespeare said,
Ripeness is all.
Copyright 2016 by Richard J. Rosendall.
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Todays youth lack understanding of history


Twitter feminist displays myopic
view in backing Sanders

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime Democratic


Party and LGBT rights activist. He is a regular
contributor to the Blade.

While I applaud those young people


today who have a passion for activism,
many of them show by their comments
a total lack of understanding of history
or any appreciation for what happened
before they were born. This was brought
home to me again in a Washington Post
story highlighting a young 17-year-old activist, Alexis Isabel Moncada.
According to the column, Moncada has
a Twitter account called @feministculture
with 170,000 followers. Abby Phillip and
Francis Sellers write, Some have argued
in recent months that Sanders, with his
calls to end income inequality and make

college free, is arguably the more feminist candidate. Hillary doesnt seem to
address those huge issues, said Alexis
Isabel Moncada. She added Clintons personal wealth and her life as a former rst
lady and secretary of state create a disconnect with the entirety of women.
That this young person can have such a
myopic view of the world is attributable to
a number of factors. First, there has been
no overwhelming event that has happened
here in the United States in her lifetime to
captivate her attention or cause her to take
the time to look at historic perspectives and
causes. Another could be the poor education she is getting wherever she goes to
school. Another could be she is more interested in gaining Twitter followers than in
being factually correct or nuanced in what
she says. The same thing can be said of Bernie Sanders, the candidate she is supporting, but then he is saying simplistic things
meant to appeal to her.
The last major event the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred when Moncada
was one year old. So some might ask: Who
can blame her for not understanding the
ght women have waged for decades to
try to pass the Equal Rights Amendment?
Or to understand what it meant for femi-

nist leaders like Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Barbara Jordan, Ellie Smeal, Shirley
Chisholm, Supreme Court Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg and a host of others to
ght for and ensure she had the right to a
safe and legal abortion, and the right for
all women to control their own health and
not pay more for health insurance simply
because they are a woman; or the fragility
of keeping those rights.
She is too young to personally know
and apparently never read the history
of the womens movement. She doesnt
know what it meant to women around
the world when Hillary courageously went
to Beijing in 1995, when every man in the
Clinton administration told her not to, to
speak out for womans rights and condemn the Chinese policy of one child per
family that led to the killing of female babies. To understand if not for women suffragettes she still wouldnt have the right
to vote next year when she turns 18. To
understand when she talks about ending
income inequality that in the history of the
nation we have had only men as president
and not one has managed to do that or ensure women get equal pay for equal work.
Hillarys serving as rst lady of the
United States and Secretary of State have

given her the knowledge and experience


to lead the world. But Moncada is telling
her Twitter followers that relying on a
74-year-old white male United States Senator, who has never held a job other than
politician and has no major accomplishments to his credit, is the better leader to
make progress for women.
She is apparently willing to put her future into the hands of another old white
man who has never had any role in gaining equal rights for women and who lacks
experience in what a president needs to
do. In fact at the age of 30 as reported in
the New York Post, Sanders wrote about
women in a newspaper called the Vermont Freeman, A man goes home and
masturbates his typical fantasy, A woman
on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman
abused. A woman enjoys intercourse with
her man as she fantasizes being raped by
3 men simultaneously. They go on to
report he wrote this at the time he was
running for both the U.S. Senate and governor of Vermont on the leftist Liberty
Union Party line.
We need activists like Moncada. Lets
hope she takes the time to educate herself and gets a broader understanding of
the world than she has today.

V I E WPO I NT

The Rehoboth Effect: Why are gay men nicer on vacation?


We can be meaner to one
another than the bullies were
By BROCK THOMPSON
Lets face it: As a community we can
indeed be our own worst enemy. From
cutting drag queens to catty comments in
the club, gay men can be just plain nasty
to each other at times. Michael Musto
wrote on Monday for Out magazine that,
too many times, we try to turn community into mutiny. The reason for this is a
topic for another column. But what I nd
curious is just how nice we can be once
out of our element.
My friends and I just got back from
Aspen Gay Ski Week. Boys, bears, snow,
annel, twinks tumbling down mountains,
all what you might expect. Gay Ski Week
was my rst gay destination vacation in
some time, and I was astonished as to
how well gays seemed to be treating one
another. In a word, men were just being
nice. While at a party one night, I asked
my friend with whom I was traveling if he
had noticed it too. Its the Rehoboth Effect, he said. Gays are just typically nicer

Its a lot easier to snag a boy for the weekend,


or the night, or the moment, with a bit
of honey rather than vinegar.
to each other when theyre on vacation.
But why? Informal polling generally fell
into three camps.
First, the fantasy. Gay men can land in
just about any city not typically theirs and
be just about anyone they want without
having to lie about it. Yes, one could become Brock Thompson, sophisticated
man about town or Brock Thompson,
ferocious top, or any other version of
themselves they typically dont see themselves as. Gay men can play just about
any role knowing that their time there has
an expiration date on it. Once they return
home, there are few repercussions. Its a
shame that sometimes that fantasy plays
out as just being a nice person. But, we
take what we can get, right?
Secondly, guys I talked to referred to

the shroud. More accurately, the lifting


of the shroud. The postwar gay ock to
major cities is a curious migration trend.
Many of us who came from rural and
small town America had the idea that
once safely in the connes of a city, we
would nd ourselves among our own
in some sort of gay utopia. While this is
more or less true, we also learn that as
gay men, we can be just as mean to one
another, sometimes sadly even more so
than the bullies we may have come into
contact with growing up. Once outside
their element, some us can lift the shroud
of insecurity and proceed with greater
ease. The old pitfalls and social snares
arent around to snag us.
Lastly, the most popular opinion as
to why gay men treat each other better

while on vacation is the seduction. Or,


as a friend told me when I put the question to him, gay men want some. This
is more or less true for all of us. Its a lot
easier to snag a boy for the weekend, or
the night, or the moment, with a bit of
honey rather than vinegar. While most
of our straight counterparts are rationalizing that second dessert because Im on
vacation, gay men are still passing on
dessert, but trying nonetheless for some
sugar using the same justication. The
rst two theories here may not really apply to D.C. and Rehoboth, two locations
that share practically a pipeline between
them during the summer months. Its the
same people, just with a sandy backdrop
and tay.
Musto ends his article saying that,
there are enough people out there who
are against us. Lets target them, not each
other. OK, my fellow queers? That may
be a bit of a tall order for some of us. But
until then, well always have the Rehoboth
Eect.

BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based writer who


contributes regularly to the Blade.

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MARIO AUSTIN
Age: 27
Occupation: Marketing professional/yoga instructor
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? Im looking for a man whos very comfortable in his own
skin. Condence mixed with an amazing personality go a very long way. I also love a man who
is willing to give yoga a try!
Biggest turn-off: Pessimism. Lifes too short to not be grateful for each day.
Biggest turn-on: A killer smile. Theres nothing like a condent guy smiling from ear to ear.
Hobbies: I love working out, swimming, reading, writing, traveling and teaching yoga.
Describe your ideal rst date: A fun activity. Whether its a go-kart race or trip to a museum, I
always enjoy dates out of the norm.
Favorite TV show: The Golden Girls (of course)
Celebrity crush: Michael B. Jordan.
One obscure fact about yourself: Im very physically exible.

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JACQUETTE MCGHEE
Age: 36
Occupation: Refugee ofcer
Identify as: Queer
What are you looking for in a mate? Someone who can go anywhere in the world with me
and laugh at even the smallest and simplest things that life has to offer. My ideal mate would not
take themselves seriously but at the same time has ambition and passion in whatever they strive
to do in life. I tend to be drawn to naturally femme women who have some sort of creative juices
and are independent. Perhaps the most important thing is someone who shows kindness to
humankind and is truly genuine about it on all levels.
Biggest turn-off: Rudeness; does not have a passport
Biggest turn-on: Speaks more than two languages; beautiful eyes (color doesnt matter)
Hobbies: Travel, ballet, basketball, swimming, pottery, theater, tap dancing, cooking gourmet
organic meals, second-hand shopping in New York City, running to Arabic music, hiking
Describe your ideal rst date: To go to a traditional teahouse and chat to see if there is any
chemistry because sometimes peoples characters come out while stewing over a pot of tea.
Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones and MasterChef Junior
Celebrity crush: Salma Hayek
One obscure fact about yourself: I still take bubble baths before I go to bed (not every day)
and even though I own a rubber ducky, I dont include it in the bath sessions.
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BROCK THOMPSON
Age: 38
Occupation: Realtor
Identify as: Homosexual
What are you looking for in a mate? Compassion. Also,
willing to overlook certain aws.
Biggest turn-off: Smoking, gum chewing, abject racism
Biggest turn-on: Is he looking to buy or sell a home?
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, falconry.
Describe your ideal rst date: A roaring re made up
of Mike Huckabee books. Some boxed wine. Some Joni
Mitchell playing. Nothing fancy.
Favorite TV show: ALF, 60 Minutes
Celebrity crush: Former Michigan Sen. Carl Levin
One obscure fact about yourself: The Broadway hit Miss
Saigon was taken from my fth-grade short story, Saigon
Sally and Her American Boyfriend.

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ALLISON TURNER
Age: 22
Occupation: Communications
Identify as: Bisexual
What are you looking for in a mate? Im looking for the
sincerity and kindness of a Hufepuff. Also someone whos
a good nder because I tend to lose things a lot.
Biggest turn-off: No Netix compatibility. If we cant
marathon Nurse Jackie together, its probably not going
to work out.
Biggest turn-on: Ambition and passion. I love when
people know what they want and have a plan to do it!
Hobbies: Playing clarinet with the D.C. Different Drummers,
getting lost in the city and walking around until I nd
something fun, pretending that Im good at cooking.
Describe your ideal rst date: We magically get tickets to
see the Broadway hit musical Hamilton.
Favorite TV show: Broad City
Celebrity crush: Julianne Moores character from The Big
Lebowski and Brad Pitts character from Thelma & Louise
One obscure fact about yourself: I listen to far more
Dixieland music than anyone realizes.

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ALEX LEVIN
Age: 37
Occupation: Executive pastry chef
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? A great sense of
humor, handsome and smart are qualities that always
grab my attention. In a relationship, I am also looking
for someone who prioritizes trust, intimacy, respect and
open communication, who embraces commitment as an
adventure.
Biggest turn-off: Flakiness is the absolute biggest turn off.
Sorry, I cant stand any bit of it.
Biggest turn-on: Condence
Hobbies: Love cooking and baking, travel, restaurants,
going to the movies, skiing and most important of all,
chilling.
Describe your ideal rst date: Going on a hike its such
a great way to get to know each other. If its a go, then
grabbing a bite to eat together.
Favorite TV show: The Wire or Breaking Bad
Celebrity crush: Aaron Paul
One obscure fact about yourself: My eyes used to be very
blue but then became very green when I was 33. I freaked
out and went to the doctor, who calmed me down and told
me to just go with it.

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ADAM SMITH
Age: 33
Occupation: Communications director
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? Im looking for a guy who likes and laughs at: himself,
my bad jokes, politics and dancing (by both of us).
Biggest turn-off: Weird hang-ups about masculinity
Biggest turn-on: A sense of humor, preferably with a beard attached
Hobbies: Playing bocce, watching 30 Rock reruns, hanging out with friends, traveling when I
can.
Describe your ideal rst date: We have plenty of time to talk and get to know each other.
Start with a drink or two at some dark bar and then grab dinner and talk about the new season
of Broad City.
Favorite TV show: 30 Rock
Celebrity crush: Dolly Parton
One obscure fact about yourself: As a teenager, I competed in public speaking tournaments
and attended a national tournament for it once.

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OLIVIA CONETTA
Age: 24
Occupation: Consultant
Identify as: Lesbian
What are you looking for in a mate? Looking for a (wo)man with a focus and a temper who can
open up a map and see between one and two.
Biggest turn-off: A lack of curiosity.
Biggest turn-on: The condence that comes from not taking yourself too seriously.
Hobbies: Playing guitar in my band, going to concerts, reading, walking around D.C. and
hanging with friends.
Describe your ideal rst date: Low-key dinner followed by a show or cultural event.
Favorite TV show: Transparent
Celebrity crush: Annie Clark
One obscure fact about yourself: My rst real gig was at a restaurant on Long Island called
Tupelo Honey with a bunch of 40-year-old dudes. I was 16 and wore Abercrombie. A lot has
changed since then.

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Age: 1.8 Billion Seconds. Thats 57 if youre bad at math.
Occupation: Owner/photographer of John Jack
Photography.
Identify as: #smart #kind #important #loyal #creative #tall #gay
What are you looking for in a mate? My ideal mate hates
pia coladas and getting caught in the rain. Hes not much
into yoga. He has half a brain. He likes making love at
midnight wearing Superman capes. Hes singing along in
his head now and in pretty good shape.
Biggest turn-off: Closed minds. We dont have to agree
on everything, but, if you demonstrate you can only see the
world from one perspective without articulating your beliefs
with facts, Ill shut down and move on. Intellectually curious
minds are attractive and keep me interested.
Biggest turn-on: A guy who is secure with his uniqueness,
has a sense of humor and a genuine laugh and smile. I think
you cant truly have one of those things without the others.
Hobbies: When I am not taking or editing photographs,
I am amassing quite a collection of Capital Bikeshare
miles, unused JR.s drink tickets and broken Grindr/Scruff
promises to meet for coffee.
Describe your ideal rst date: Free breakfast in bed.
Favorite TV show: Broad City. Those ladies get it.
Celebrity crush: Brienne of Tarth. She could crush anyone.
One obscure fact about yourself: During college summers
(78, 79, 80), I read meters for Philadelphia Electric. So I was
basically in every business, home and basement throughout
Center City, Fairmount and South Philly. Yes, I have stories.
Youll have to read my memoir if you want to know.

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CHRISTOPHER BARNHILL
Age: 28
Occupation: Health educator/case manager
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? A guy who
understands the value of being in a relationship and giving
each other personal space to maintain their individuality,
personal friendships and commitment to life goals.
Biggest turn-off: Men who crowd my personal space
Biggest turn-on: Funny and cute smile
Hobbies: Im a loner so my hobbies include being at
home, spending time with my nephews, giving back to my
community, singing and dancing even though Im terrible
at both. I also enjoy working as an advocate for those
living with HIV and need support. A part of that support is
working with the CDC in the HIV Treatment
Works campaign.
Describe your ideal rst date: Something that is crafty like
pottery or competitive like bowling.
Favorite TV show: Moesha (I love Brandy)
Celebrity crush: Kendrick Lamar
One obscure fact about yourself: Even though I have had
the experience of speaking to large groups and been on
TV, Im very nervous in groups and often will nd a way to
break away to be alone for a few minutes.

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SASANKA JINADASA
Age: 22
Occupation: Capacity building and community resource
manager at HIPS
Identify as: Queer hard femme
What are you looking for in a mate? Someone who will
take me to taco Tuesday and/or someone who knows the
answer to what you gonna, what you gonna do with that
dessert?
Biggest turn-off: humanitariansoftinder.com
Biggest turn-on: Passionate dorks and good kissers
Hobbies: Thinking about capitalistic violence and wearing
dark lipstick
Describe your ideal rst date: Crepes at Coffy Cafe
Favorite TV show: The Good Wife
Celebrity crush: Kajol
One obscure fact about yourself: I eat spicier food than
you.

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Age: 23
Occupation: Realtor
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? First and foremost, honesty. I think its a necessary
ingredient for any meaningful relationship. After that: condence, ambition, spontaneity and a
quick wit.
Biggest turn-off: Insecurity. Everyone feels insecure at times but its about overcoming those
feelings.
Biggest turn-on: My biggest turn on has to be laughter. If you can make me laugh, youve sold
me.
Hobbies: My hobbies include cooking, anything active, real estate, interior design and travel.
Describe your ideal rst date: My ideal rst date would be something that pushes your
comfort zone. Instead of grabbing drinks, lets go do something we both havent already done.
Favorite TV show: Will & Grace
Celebrity crush: Nyle DiMarco
One obscure fact about yourself: I was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

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CHRIS JAY
Age: 35
Occupation: Graphic designer/photographer
Identify as: Lesbian?
What are you looking for in a mate? Im looking for a partner. Someone who understands
my hustle and will support it. It would be awesome if she has a hustle of her own. I am attracted
to go getters and strong women. She has to have a great sense of humor, knows how to have
fun and is outgoing.
Biggest turn-off: Someone who is close-minded and feels like they have nothing left to learn.
Also someone who is content with their current situation. I need someone who is always
looking to do more with life.
Biggest turn-on: Someone who makes me laugh. It doesnt hurt to laugh at my awful jokes
too.
Hobbies: Producing and performing in drag and burlesque shows around D.C. Being on
stage is such a rush and it is completely addicting.
Describe your ideal rst date: I like to keep it simple with a good meal and drinks at a place
that isnt too loud for good conversation. Anything that allows us to get to know each other
better.
Favorite TV show: Drunk History
Celebrity crush: Janet Jackson
One obscure fact about yourself: I love watching shows like American Dad and Archer. I
have a very weird sense of humor.

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ALLEN SPAHR
Age: 29
Occupation: Graphic artist
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? Someone optimistic,
light-hearted, witty, not afraid of new things, active and
adventurous, enjoys going out, enjoys staying in just as
much and nds being a smart-ass humorous. (Oh! And they
have to deal with my trash reality TV watching. Doesnt have
to understand it, but has to deal with it.)
Biggest turn-off: A huge ego.
Biggest turn-on: A huge ... sense of humor.
Hobbies: Traveling, online shopping, hanging with friends,
reading from time to time, movies, the usual stuff.
Describe your ideal rst date: Thats a tough one. Id have
to say April 25th. Because its not too hot, not too cold. All
you need is a light jacket.
Favorite TV show: Friends
Celebrity crush: Channing Tatum
One obscure fact about yourself: Super clumsy, Im
usually that person walking into something, falling off of
something or just taking a spill for no reason at all.

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TERRANCE LANEY
Age: 31
Occupation: Deputy director Mayors Ofce of LGBTQ
Affairs
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? Im looking for
someone who has an incredible capacity to love on a
deeply spiritual level. My ideal partner is adventurous,
ambitious, humble, patient, forgiving, trusting and
trustworthy.
Biggest turn-off: Impatience, arrogance and men who are
self absorbed and inconsiderate of others.
Biggest turn-on: A man who pays attention to detail
and knows how to turn the most mundane moments into
magical moments.
Hobbies: I love exercise and tness, travel and the arts.
I spend a lot of time at comedy clubs and small concert
venues around the city.
Describe your ideal rst date: A really good stand-up
comedy show, you can learn a lot about a person from
watching the things he laughs at. And I am more attractive
when I smile and laugh.
Favorite TV show: Six Feet Under is the greatest TV show
of all time.
Celebrity crush: Odell Beckham Jr.
One obscure fact about yourself: I really want to be a
farmer.

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SARAH SLOCUM
Age: 34
Occupation: Bartender
Identify as: Lesbian
What are you looking for in a mate? Sense of humor,
witty, laid back, active, kind. I wanted to put that into a clever
paragraph, but you got a list instead.
Biggest turn-off: Arrogance and being condescending.
Biggest turn-on: Tattoos for days and a little bit of sass
(well-placed tattoos, of course).
Hobbies: Hanging with my dog, Rico; hiking, gym time
with friends
Describe your ideal rst date: Are you down for ice cream
in the winter?
Favorite TV show: Bobs Burgers
Celebrity crush: Emma Stone
One obscure fact about yourself: Im a big softy and I can
juggle.

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KIDD OSHEA
Age: 36
Occupation: TV personality
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? Someone who can make me laugh. I want a partner
who can teach me new things. I want to complement his life, not complete it. Im looking for an
activity and travel partner and someone to create new experiences with.
Biggest turn-off: Rudeness, attitude
Biggest turn-on: A strong, masculine and condent man.
Hobbies: Running, tness, travel, movies, Packers and cocktails with friends
Describe your ideal rst date: Three vodka sodas and see where it goes
Favorite TV show: Shark Tank
Celebrity crush: Nick Jonas
One obscure fact about yourself: Ive never seen any of the Star Wars movies and I dont
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KRIS OSETH
Age: 35
Occupation: Psychotherapist in private practice and at Whitman-Walker Health
Identify as: Genderqueer
What are you looking for in a mate? A femme who loves trans-masculinity, is self-aware,
driven and passionate about what they do. Someone who loves adventure, appreciates
community and wants to bring joy into the lives of others. Also, someone who doesnt mind
slowing down, doing absolutely nothing and watching absurd TV shows with me once in a
while.
Biggest turn-off: Lack of self-awareness, apathy, transphobia.
Biggest turn-on: Kindness, altruism, insight, determination, someone who wants to leave their
mark and a little bit (or a lot) of sass.
Hobbies: In all honesty, work keeps me pretty busy, but in my free time I like bodybuilding,
watching a game or playing poker with friends, checking out local queer and burlesque
performance and getting involved with local trans/queer support groups. Im starting a new
LGBTQ harm reduction support group for substance use every third Saturday of the month at
the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community.
Describe your ideal rst date: I really love a lot of what is happening in the queer
performance scene. So probably some kind of culinary adventure followed by an evening stroll
by the water in Georgetown, and then checking out a local show.
Favorite TV show: Top Chef
Celebrity crush: Lady Gaga
One obscure fact about yourself: On my birthday, I dont eat birthday cake. Donuts are where
its at.

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ASHLAND JOHNSON
Age: 32
Occupation: Civil rights lawyer
Identify as: Gay
What are you looking for in a mate? A partnership with
someone who moves me.
Biggest turn-off: Turtlenecks
Biggest turn-on: A woman who knows the difference
between a man-to-man and zone. Or a great smile.
Hobbies: Sports, infusing bourbon, biking, photography
and vintage cameras
Describe your ideal rst date: Afternoon art exhibit
followed by cocktails and dinner at a cozy bistro. Low lights
and close contact. Witty repartee.
Favorite TV show: X-Files
Celebrity crush: Melissa Harris-Perry
One obscure fact about yourself: I can name more than
10 different Star Trek species.

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ALEXANDRA WATERS
Age: 28
Occupation: Creative account coordinator
Identify as: Queer
What are you looking for in a mate? A wild explorer
condent enough to choose her own adventure. A creative
spirit with the ability to both waltz intellectually and get
down on a dance oor. A friend with an appreciation for
beautiful anomalies.
Biggest turn-off: Jealousy
Biggest turn-on: Watching someone get lost in their
greatest passion, most recent curiosity or nerdy obsession.
Hobbies: Scavenging abandoned objects I can turn into
art, biking ercely through D.C. streets, composing letters
sent with stamps, standing breathless in front of beautiful
art and hosting extravagant brunches.
Describe your ideal rst date: First, wed grab coffee.
Once were both chatting with the enthusiasm only a rst
date and caffeine could inspire, wed start walking. Maybe
Id be brave enough to hold your hand, since at this point
Id be smitten. Wed stumble along hand in hand and see
where the world takes us.
Favorite TV show: Lets talk about books!
Celebrity crush: Melissa Harris-Perry, Rachel Maddow,
Anderson Cooper see the pattern?
One obscure fact about yourself: I was once a drag and
burlesque performer so am well versed in the art of glitter

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DITO SEVILLA
Age: 37
Occupation: Bar manager
Identify as: Fabulously
What are you looking for in a mate? A mate? Ive always
wanted to meet a man with whom I share mutual admiration,
attraction and respect, and then the rest would be easy. Well,
thats what they said, but here I am lling this thing out, trolling
a newspaper for a date. Its so retro. This will be in print, right?
Biggest turn-off: Self doubt, weakness, cruelty, ugly feet,
Bernie Sanders.
Biggest turn-on: Self-condence, power, kindness,
pedicures, Hillary Clinton
Hobbies: Insert clich. I love stuff. I love learning, reading
and discussing the little things that make history interesting. I
love art and photography. Ive recently been looking for the
perfect Honeycrisp apple, and I enjoy all holidays immensely.
I love politics, but thats more a congenital condition than a
hobby. I could people watch for hours. Also, I have one of the
worlds best dogs, so I tend to let him decide.
Describe your ideal rst date: Creating a lasting
connection for life, or a few hours; Ive been lucky enough
to have experienced both and cant recommend either.
First dates are wonderful for exploring those aws in each
other that one either nds adorable or awful.
Favorite TV show: Golden Girls, Frasier, Seinfeld. I
know, I know but I am 37.
Celebrity crush: If dropped from the right height, Oprah
could certainly crush me.
One obscure fact about yourself: Im actually quite shy.
But dont tell anyone.

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Standing from left are VIN TESTA, MICHAEL HAMMERSTROM, MAUREEN MCCARTY, REBECCA PILAR-BUCKWALTER-POZA, DOUGIE MEYER and MARK NELSON. Seated from left are SARAH BURRIS,
JOANNA CIFREDO, MICHELLE RAYMOND and Devin Barrington Ward.

Blade singles class


of 2015 weighs in
From STAFF REPORTS

SARAH K. BURRIS
What is your relationship status now,
one year after being named a Blade
Most EligibleSingle? In a relationship.
Where/how did you meet? Through
friends.
How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most Eligible Single?
Did it lead to any dates? It was fun but
didnt lead to any dates.
Any advice to this years winners?
Apparently you have to campaign to
win the whole thing. I totally didnt know
that or I probably would have. Dont just
be one of those people who is like, If I
deserve it Ill win no. Someone who
campaigns to get the most people to vote
for them will win.

CHRISTOPHER McVICKER
What is your relationship status now,
one year after being named a Blade
Most Eligible Single? Ive been in a
relationship for about two months now.
Hes dreamy.
Where/how did you meet? Through
mutual friends. We started talking about
videogames and it was love at nerd sight.
How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most Eligible Single?
Did it lead to any dates? I got a lot
of Facebook messages from random
strangers and my friends routinely
brought it up around new people to try
and make me blush. It didnt lead to any
dates but Im terrible at making the rst

move.
Any advice to this years winners?
Congrats! Take advantage of the local
stardom and follow up. The people
reaching out already know something
about you and they like what they see.
Plus, its an easy conversation starter.

SAM NITZ
What is your relationship status now,
one year after being named a Blade
Most Eligible Single? Im recently single
again.
Where/how did you meet? Met on
OkCupid, dumped after the Redskins lost
their playo game.
How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most EligibleSingle? Did
it lead to any dates? Blade experience
didnt lead to any dates unfortunately.
Any advice to this years winners? Put
an email address in your prole/interview
so that people can get in contact with you.

MARK NELSON
What is your relationship status now,
one year after being named a Blade
Most EligibleSingle? In a relationship.
Where/how did you meet? My best
friend introduced us.
How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most Eligible Single?
Did it lead to any dates? Fun night out.
Not by anyone I was interested in
Any advice to this years winners? Its a
numbers game.

#ReadytoMingle
Where/how did you meet? n/a
How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most Eligible Single?
Did it lead to any dates? The experience
was exciting. It was fun to be recognized
by the Blade and to get myself out into the
community. Though it did not lead to any
dates, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Any advice to this years winners?
Attend the party, meet people and be
social. Once the party is over, identify
your interests/hobbies and enroll/join
a group or organization that caters to
them. I have learned over my past ve
years in D.C. that my future husband is
not in these bars/clubs. Most of all, have
fun and keep it cute!

MELVIN THOMAS
What is your relationship status now,
one year after being named a Blade
Most EligibleSingle? Taken!
Where/how did you meet? OkCupid.
How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most Eligible Single did it lead to any dates? Despite being
ridiculed by some of my (supportive
and loving) friends, it opened me up to
meeting new people and reopening some
previous options.
Any advice to this years winners? Yes
youre single, but youre still awesome!
Dont rush into anything, but do take
risks. Risk will lead to growth, that growth
may becomean opportunity.Good luck!

VIN TESTA

REBECCA PILAR
BUCKWALTER-POZA

What is your relationship status now,


one year after being named a Blade
Most Eligible Single? I am still single.

What is your relationship status now,


one year after being named a Blade
Most EligibleSingle? Single

Where/how did you meet? n/a


How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most EligibleSingle- did
it lead to any dates? Gillian Anderson
never called.
Any advice to this years winners?
Smile.

EV ELLINGTON
What is your relationship status now,
one year after being named a Blade
Most EligibleSingle? I have a girlfriend.
Where/how did you meet? We met in
early October at our mutual church, All
Souls Unitarian.
How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most EligibleSingle. Did
it lead to any dates? It was cool. I cant
say it lead to any dates, but it denitely
became a great date conversation topic.
It is the rst thing that comes up when
you Google my name after all!
Any advice to this years winners? Have
fun with the process and just be yourself.

MICHAEL HAMMERSTROM
What is your relationship status now,
one year after being named a Blade
Most EligibleSingle? Dating, but still on
the market!
Where/how did you meet? n/a
How was the experience of being
named a Blade Most EligibleSingle? Did
it lead to any dates? The best part was
that my friends and co-workers outside
of the LGBTQ community thought I was a
rock star. It made for a great conversation
starter on dates.
Any advice to this years winners?
Enjoy the party and bring a posse.

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MICHELLE VISAGE says D.C. feels like home.

Drag Race judge to


host Blade singles party
this weekend
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Michelle Visage, the no-holds-barred
judge on RuPauls Drag Race, says she
loves Town, D.C. in general, (Town owner)
Ed Bailey and gay life here. Shell be here
this weekend for the Blades Most Eligible
Singles contest and says shes up for
whatever they want me to do. We caught
up with her by phone this week from her
Los Angeles home. Her comments have
been edited for length.
WASHINGTON BLADE: So you like
coming to our fair city?
MICHELLE VISAGE: Im from New
Jersey so D.C. feels kind of familiar to me.
Its that coast, its my peeps. Its an innercity vibe, which I love. Everybody walks
and the gays are so loving and funny
and open and see no color. Thats kind of
beautiful about D.C.
BLADE: And Town?
VISAGE: Its like visiting family. Most of
the time I end up just hanging out and
dancing because the DJs are so good. I
dont do that at many nightclubs but I do
at Town. It was like this weird connection
the rst time I was there and I stayed til
like 4 in the morning dancing.
BLADE: We have such a rich drag
community here yet our girls never seem
to make it on the show. Why?
VISAGE: Well, there was Tatianna
(season two) but overall theres no antiD.C. sentiment or anti- San Francisco or
anywhere else. Its all what you do with
your audition tape. If you just phone it
in, youre not gonna get on the show. If
you overproduce the hell out of it, I dont

know that youll get on either. Its about


showing your true colors because Ru
looks at all those tapes and Ru can see
through bullshit plain and simple. But
I love BaNaka, I love Tatianna. Its got
nothing to do with D.C.
BLADE: Whats your advice for our
Washington Blade Most Eligible Singles?
VISAGE: Its OK to be picky. People
say, Youre never gonna nd somebody
because youre too picky. But its OK to
be picky because nobody wants to settle
in life. When you settle you have regrets
and resentment. But there is such as
thing as being too picky. My big pet
peeve with my single girlfriends or single
gay friends is when they say things like,
Uh-uh, hes not my type. I dont want
to hear that. I married the complete
opposite of what my type was but if I
hadnt had an open mind, I would never
have met my husband. Id always dated
African-American and Latino men and my
husband is white. Be open to anything
and everything that comes your way.
Also, personality trumps looks any day.
Open your mind.
BLADE: Would your Drag Race
critiques be dierent, do you think, if you
saw what goes on in the work room?
VISAGE: They know me very well and
they know to keep me out for a reason.
Im there to judge a challenge. If I saw
the work room and got to know them,
Id start pulling for certain people. I can
separate, like obviously on All Stars, I
know the girls by then, but I think theyre
really smart to keep me out. I would look
at them dierently if I knew them.
BLADE: Was there any guest celebrity
judge who was markedly dierent from
their public persona then the cameras
werent rolling?
VISAGE: I was so excited to meet Rose
McGowan because Ive been obsessed
with her my whole life so when I met

her I wanted us to be initially like, Oh


my God, youre my soul mate, and she
had no time for me at all. So my ego was
wounded by the fact that she didnt want
to be my best friend. Thats not negative, it
was my issue. She was just very stoic and
to herself and her people but maybe she
has to be. She grew up in this business
and its not easy. But most of the time
the celebrity judges are obsessed with
the show and are more excited to do our
show than any other show theyve been
on. I hear that all the time.
BLADE: Cross-country road trip Ross
Matthews, Carson Kressley or Santino Rice?
VISAGE: Oh my God, thats like
Sophies Choice! Ross will kill me if I
say Carson and Carson will kill me if I say
Ross. Santinos out of the picture. Can I go
halfway and pick one of them up?
BLADE: Sure
VISAGE: Thats what wed have to do
or else get a station wagon so we could
all t and all our clothes. I spend more
time with Carson but I love them both so
much, I really couldnt pick.
BLADE: Adore, Ginger why do
people go on this show if they cant sew?
Um, hello?
VISAGE: I know, its like every fucking
season, you know theres going to be a
Snatch Game, you know theres going to
be a sewing challenge. Either take a
class or at least mentally prepare yourself
like look at BenDeLaCreme. Shes a wiz
with a glue gun and won the sewing
challenge with a glue gun. If you go on
a reality show unprepared, you have no
one to blame but yourself.
BLADE: The show so often strikes me
as a microcosm of real life. Agree?
VISAGE: In real life, we compete every
day with ourselves, out bank accounts,
whatever the situation. You could say
theres no $100,000 prize at the end but

there is because if you succeed and do


really well, there is a prize waiting for you
at the end. Obviously in real life you dont
have to make puppets that look like me
and Santino, but there is competition at
every turn. Sometimes its just, How am I
going to pay my rent?
BLADE: In your Seduction days you
opened for Milli Vanilli. Did you know it
was a sham?
VISAGE: No! I was dating Fabrice,
the French one. We had an aair when
I was on the road with them. He had
the thickest French accent yet when he
rapped he sounded like he was from the
Bronx. I wondered how he did that but
I just thought it was like when you hear
someone British sing and you dont realize
theyre British until they speak. I thought
it was something like that. And back in
1989, 1990, we all sang to tracks, those
of us with these highly choreographed
shows. Madonna, Janet Jackson, New
Kids everybody did it. Our mics were
live but we had backing tracks to support
it. I did wonder how they were able to
completely lose their accents in the
studio, but the backing tracks, no, that
didnt seem unusual to me for the time.
BLADE: I understand the show is huge
in Australia where youre heading soon.
Why does it explode in certain markets?
VISAGE: Its obvious its places where
theres a huge gay market and places
like England, Australia, New York City
where theres a rich drag history. Any of
those places we go, its gonna be huge.
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Choreography by Marius Petipa (1898),


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Trade, Woof Den and


Uproar target gay clientele
By MARIAH COOPER
mcooper@washblade.com
The start of the new year has brought
an unusual urry of activity with three
new gay bars and a fourth slated to
open soon on the scene to spice up
District nightlife.
Trade (1410 14th St., N.W) is one of
the fresher faces on the block having
opened in December. The bar holds
typical nightlife hours open Monday
through Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday
and Sunday at 2 p.m. Owned by business
trio Ed Bailey, John Guggenmos and Jim
Boyle, the same owners as Town and
Number Nine, their concept for the bar
was something dierent. Its website bills
it as a dive bar.
We just tried to make something thats
a little bit dierent from what exists
currently so that it can be appreciated
in a new way hopefully, Bailey says. We
tried to program it a little dierently with
not the same stu that you can just hear
at any old bar, not predictable music.
Predicability is something Bailey thinks
has become a problem on the gay bar
scene and he hopes Trade (tradebardc.
com) will change that.
We wanted to do something that we
thought would resonate for those maybe
who have found the current bars to not
be as intriguing as they might want and
try to give them something that seems
dierent, Bailey says.
Standing out is also something Steven

Champagne, co-operating manager of


Woof Den Sports Bar (1723 Connecticut
Ave., N.W.), also aims for.
Champagne, who is gay, says he has
noticed the gay bar scene can have
unfriendly vibes. He says Woof Den will
be more accepting.
Its that non-attitude, non-pretentious,
non-clique feeling, he says. When you
go to my place, everyone is welcome.
Nobody should feel like theyre not
welcome. I feel like what thats what gay
bars have lost these days.
Woof Den, located downstairs from
the Salty Dog Tavern, has only been open
for two weeks but Champagne, who
manages the bar with co-operator Hicham
Moutawakil, says they have big plans for
the spot. Bear happy hours on Sundays,
a cop/military night on Wednesdays and
a pool league night are all in the works.
Its hours of operation are seven days a
week, open at 4 p.m. every day.
Other bars settling in amongst the
gay bar scene are Uproar Lounge &
Restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) and
the soon-to-open Dirty Goose (913 U
St., N.W.). Uproar, a bear bar (uproardc.
com), boasts a full food menu along with
frequent happy hours including with local
bear group Bear Nonsense. The bar has
been tapped to host events for Human
Rights Campaign such as Her HRC events.
The bar also includes an open rooftop
deck with seating available.
The Dirty Goose, which is marketing
itself as a more upscale gay bar, will be
located next to Nelliess Sports Bar. The
new bars website (thedirtygoosedc.com)
says its grand opening will be in spring of
this year.

Yekaterina Kondaurova with Andrei Ermakov, photo by Valentin Baranovsky

Trade bills itself as a dive bar alternative to slick D.C. gay bars like Number Nine, from the same
owners.

February 2328 | Opera House


with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Principal casting is available at kennedy-center.org

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ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN
How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
Seven years. Moving to the DMV
essentially was my coming out. The
hardest person to tell was my dad. He,
and all of my family, have come a long
way over the years to the point that my
partner is invited to join for holidays and
family vacations.

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By JOEY DiGULIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Andrew McLaughlin is thriving in his eld of opera.
I am fascinated by operas ability to synthesize so many art forms, says
the Canton, Pa., native. By integrating singing with theater, dance and
symphony, were able to tell stories in an incredible, and in my opinion, the
most spectacular way.
McLaughlin, a baritone, has been singing professionally since 2011. He
plays Gregorio in Virginia Operas production of Romeo et Juliette by Charles
Gounod, a production he says is full of elaborate costumes, has a stellar cast
and is quite musically rich.
If you were a fan of Showtimes The Tudors, youll feel right at home in this
production, he says.
Opening night was Feb. 5 in Norfolk and it makes its D.C.-area debut this
weekend at George Mason Universitys Center for the Arts with performances
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Its a co-production
with Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore and Grand Rapids
Opera and tours through mid-May.
More information and tickets are available at vaopera.org. Read more
about McLaughlin at andrewmclaughlinbaritone.com.
McLaughlin lives with his partner in Logan Circle when hes not on tour. He
enjoys piano, collecting vintage opera ads and exploring D.C. neighborhoods
in his free time.

202.747.2077

Whos your LGBT hero?


Jim Obergefell and Chad Grin. I am
in awe of their commitment to LGBT
equality, particularly in a time when it
would be easy to take a breather and
claim victory.

Whats Washingtons
best nightspot, past or present?
I love outdoor spaces, so Town Patio.

Describe your dream wedding.


My partner would probably freak out if
I started to dish about this, so Ill take a
pass on this question!

What non-LGBT issue


are you most passionate about?
Reforming gun legislation.

What historical outcome


would you change?
Dont Ask, Dont Tell

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
Barack Obamas election.

On what do you insist?


The right shoes and a stylish haircut.

What was your last


Facebook post or Tweet?
Formation World Tour!! Whos in??
#beyonc #formationworldtour

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
Finding my Voice

If science discovered a way


to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
Protest

What do you believe in


beyond the physical world?
Energy centers, chakras, qi.

Whats your advice for LGBT


movement leaders?
Continue to nd ways to engage younger
generations in learning about the history
of our community so they may develop

a continued passion and appreciation


for those who have paved the way for
their lives as LGBT individuals. In the
opera world, we are challenged with
nding ways to engage audiences
from all generations and as we win
many victories in the ght for equality,
I foresee the same challenge for LGBT
movement leaders.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
Why would I walk across them when I
could just walk around them?

What LGBT stereotype


annoys you most?
Its not necessarily a stereotype, but
I am discouraged when members
of our community ascribe narrow
classications to themselves and others.
As part of a community with a history
of being victimized by others, each of
us should particularly strive to be as
inclusive as possible.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


Prayers for Bobby. This movie is what
inspired me to come out. After seeing
it, I called the Trevor Project for help
with coming out. I thought it might be a
good place to nd someone with whom
I could discuss the coming out process
and who I might tell rst. It sure was. I
came out to my best friend three days
later and never looked back.

Whats the most


overrated social custom?
Being fashionably late. Late is late.

What trophy or prize


do you most covet?
There is a rigorous competition season
for all opera singers that begins in
early spring. Ill let you know how that
turns out! I am particularly looking
forward to competing in the McCammon
International Voice Competition in Fort
Worth, Texas in March.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
That it would be more fun to kiss boys
than girls.

Why Washington?
I went to graduate school in College Park,
Md., and I would regularly explore D.C.
on weekends. I fell in love with the city
and moved there immediately following
graduation. I quickly made quality friends
and built a supportive career network,
both of which have kept me calling
Washington home for the last ve years.

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New gay dance party debuts


Scru presents Distrkt C, a monthly dance party, at D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning
Rd., N.E.) on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 a.m.
DJ Manny Lehman and DJ Mark DeMarko will play music for the night. Rocco
Steele and Ray Diesel will make appearances. The promoter is Bruce Yelk, seen
here. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $40 after midnight.
For more information, visit distrktc.com.

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Synetic relaunches
Romeo and Juliet
Synetic Theater (1800 S. Bell St.,
Arlington, Va.) presents Romeo and
Juliet running Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8
p.m. through March 27.
This production tells the classic
Shakespearean tale set inside a clock
with no dialogue. The show has won two
Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding
Resident Play and Ensemble. The show
stars Zana Gankhuyag, Irina Kavsadze,
Randy Snight, Chris Galindo, Katherine
Rattini, Ryan Sellers and Kathy Gordon.
Tickets start at $35.
For more details, visit synetictheater.org.

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Burlesque-A-Pades returns
Burlesque-A-Pades in Loveland, a Valentines Day-themed burlesque show, is
at the Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) on Sunday, Feb. 14
at 7:30 p.m.
The show stars Angie Pontani (seen here), the Maine Attraction, Perle
Noire, Helen Pontani, Cheri Nuit. Baltimore music duo Sunny Sighed and Bald
Lightening will also perform. Murray Hill will host the night. Angie Pontani has
performed alongside Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $29.50. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit birchmere.com.

CAMP Rehoboth Chorus and the Gay


Mens Chorus of Washington both have
concerts this weekend.
CAMP Rehoboth presents Sassy,
Brassy & Classy at Epworth United
Methodist Church (19285 Rd., Rehoboth
Beach, Del.) on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.,
Saturday Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday,
Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. The show features
music from Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga,
Madonna, Elton John and more. The
Saturday and Sunday shows are sold-out.
Tickets are $20. For more details, visit
camprehoboth.com/events.
Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers
from Gay Mens Chorus perform The Way
We Were at Atlas Performing Arts Center
in the Lang Theatre (1333 H St., N.E.) on
Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb.
13 at 5 and 8 p.m. The chorus will perform
new arrangements of popular songs such
as Run to You, Hide & Seek, True Colors
and more. Tickets range from $20-39. For
more information, visit gmcw.org.

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PHOTO BY STAN WEINSTEIN; COURTESY OF GALA THEATRE

LUZ NICOLAS, left, and ANA VERONICA MUNOZ in Seorita y Madame.

Beauty product legends


clash in Gala production
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
When you think epic female feuds,
typically Bette Davis and Joan Crawford,
or Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of
Scots come to mind. Now you can add
beauty biz pioneers Helena Rubinstein
and Elizabeth Arden to the ranks.
In his play Seorita y Madame:
the secret War of Elizabeth Arden &
Helena Rubinstein, now making its
U.S. premiere at Gala Hispanic Theatre,
Venezuelan playwright Gustavo Ott
proers a detailed recount of the intense
rivalry. Contemporaries born in the latter
19th century, Arden and Rubinstein
essentially introduced makeup and
beauty creams to the world. With new
stylishly packaged products and neverbefore-seen marketing techniques, they
revolutionized an industry. Driven by
rivalry and erce oneupmanship, both
women garnered power and riches
beyond their wildest ambitions.
Details of the fabled feud unfold in
retrospect with Rubinstein (Ana Vernica
Muoz) and Arden (Luz Nicols), both
at the apex of their success and power,
telling their stories to a poised reporter
(Cecilia De Feo) and her cameraman
(Manuex) whose footage is projected
as outsized images on the set. As they
recollect, each initially refuses to utter
her counterparts name. But eventually it
becomes impossible not to discuss their
own successes without describing the
inuence of their respective archrivals.
As the dueling dames, Muoz and
Nicols are a complementary team:
Munozs Rubinstein is a steely, businesses
woman wholl stop at nothing to succeed.
In her cream-colored Chanel suit, she
expresses disdain with the raising of an
eyebrow. Like her salons trademark
red doors, Nicols Arden is bold and

passionate. She ails and screeches. Her


ery, plunging dress and a glamorous
loose pageboy are antithetical to her
rivals studied reserve.
Both had salons worldwide, but it was
in New York City where the pairs rivalry
intensied. And though it seems their
paths would have certainly crossed,
the women astonishingly never met in
real life. But playwright Ott imagines a
strained meeting in which they amusingly
size each other up.
Performed in Spanish with English
surtitles, Seorita y Madame places
two heavyweight personalities in a
light comedy. Still, there are darker
moments despite her money and
power, Rubinstein loses two sisters in the
holocaust and Arden is forced to defend
herself against accusations of antiSemitism.
Director Consuelo Trums staging is
lively and varied, making a few expository
dry spells easier to get through. The
broader comedy moments could benet
from reining in. Christopher Annas-Lees
serviceable set with its obligatory red
door and vintage advertisements is ne,
but it doesnt reect the luxe of the ladies
establishments and products. Claudia
Apontes composition and sound moves
the story through the decades.
Lorena Sabogal and Thais Menndez
admirably assay a multitude of women
mothers, sisters, assistants, clients and
celebrities. Out actor Carlos Castillo plays
all the mens parts. With great nuance he
goes from lawyers to lovers to husbands
to Nazis, and most notably the ladies
eventual big competition Charles Revlon.
These vowed enemies left similar
legacies as trailblazing entrepreneurs.
SEORITA Y MADAME: THE SECRET WAR OF
ELIZABETH ARDEN & HELENA RUBINSTEIN
Through Feb. 28
Gala Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th St., NW
$15-50
202-2354-7174
Galatheatre.org

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YOUR LINK TO THE ARTS IN METRO DC

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs


Feb 14. Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.

Iconic performer Alan Cumming transforms Valentines Day into a cabaret, with
the sappy silly love songs everyone secretly adores. With a superb side order
of an Adele-Gaga-Katy Perry mash-up he likes to call Someone on the Edge of
Firework, Cumming oers a smart, fun, and absolutely melodic tribute to love in
the time of pop culture.

The Glass Menagerie.


Thru Feb 21. Fords Theatre.
202-347-4833. fords.org.

This iconic, emotional and enduring family drama made Tennessee Williams
famous and has become a classic of the American repertoire.

Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze.


Thru Jul 10. National Portrait Gallery.
202-633-8300. npg.si.edu.

This exhibition features 53 portraits of luminaries who have been at the top
of their elds, such as: Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Britney Spears,
Michelle Obama, Serena Williams & Kobe Bryant. Taken together, these
portraits allow us to question celebrity and peel back its layers.

Mark Morris Dance Group


Feb 19-20. GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.

In celebration of its 35th anniversary season, Mark Morris Dance Group


presents new works and treasured gems from Mark Morriss expansive
repertoire performed by the companys talented dancers and musicians.
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THEATRE
The Newly Dead Game. Feb 13. AMP.
301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com.
OLIVRio: A Brazilian Twist. Thru Feb
21. Shear Madness. Ongoing.
The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
A Midsummer Nights Dream. Thru Mar 6.
Folger Theatre. 202-544-7077. folger.edu.
Adam Devine. Feb 13. GW Lisner
Auditorium. 202-994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu.
Road Show. Feb 16-Mar 13. Signature
Theatre. 703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org.
Between Riverside and Crazy. Thru Feb
28. Constellations. Thru Mar 7.
Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
Guards At The Taj. Thru Feb 28.
Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939.
woollymammoth.net.
The Sisters Rosensweig. Thru Feb 21.
Theater J. 202-518-9400. theaterj.org.
Seorita y Madame: The Secret
War of Elizabeth Arden and Helena
Rubinstein. Thru Feb 28. GALA Hispanic
Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org.
Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical.
Thru Mar 6. Olney Theatre.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
District Comedy. Feb 13. BlackRock.
240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org.
Virginia Opera: Romeo and Juliet. Feb
13-Feb 14. GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.
Picasso at the Lapine Agile. Thru Feb
13. Keegan Theatre. 202-265-3767.
keegantheatre.com.
The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound.
Thru Feb 14. Shakespeare Theatre.
Lansburgh Theatre. 202-547-1122.
shakespearetheatre.org.

DANCE
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.
Feb 12-Feb 13. The Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Contra-Tiempo. Feb 13-Feb 14. Dance
Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org.

MUSIC
Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour. Feb
14. Dan Tepfers Acoustic Informatics.
Feb 18. Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Cann Duo. Feb 14. National Gallery
of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Julia Nixon. Feb 12. Chaise Lounge.
Feb 14. AMP. 301-581-5100.
ampbystrathmore.com.
WNO: Lost in the Stars. Feb 12-Feb 20.
A Family Aair: The Whiteld Family
Band. Feb 13. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Feb 12.
GW Lisner Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
Roomful of Teeth & American
Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Feb 13. WPA at Sixth & I Historic
Synagogue. Master Class with

Leon Fleisher. Feb 13. Budapest


Festival Orchestra. Feb 15. WPA at
The Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
The Prince & Michael Jackson
Experience. Feb 12. Amel Larrieux.
Feb 12. The Dream. Feb 13. Maysa.
Feb 14. Daley. Feb 15. Living Colour.
Feb 18. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
thehowardtheatre.com.
Ruthie Foster. Feb 14. Shenandoah
Run. Feb 18. BlackRock. 240-912-1058.
blackrockcenter.org.
ASO: The Dramatic. Feb 13.
Schlesinger Concert Hall. 703-548-0885.
schlesingercenter.com.
VOCES8. Feb 12. Bill Frisell. Feb 13.
Marcia Ball. Feb 14. Graham Nash. Feb
15-Feb 16. The Jones Family Singers.
Feb 18. The Barns. 877-965-3872.
wolftrap.org.
Valentines Viennese Ball.
Feb 13. Embassy Experiences.
Embassy of Austria. 301-519-8030.
embassyexperiences.com.
Jazz in the Round: Mark G. Meadows.
Feb 12. Sandy Spring Museum.
301-774-0022. sandyspringmuseum.org.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Power and
Pathos. Thru Mar 20. Celebrating
Photography. Thru Mar 27.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
Pathmakers. Thru Feb 28. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
Smithsonian Anacostia Museum.
Twelve Years That Shook And Shaped
Washington: 1963-1975. Thru Oct 23.
202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu.
National Geographic. Pristine Seas.
Thru Mar 27. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.
National Portrait Gallery. Alexander
Gardner Photographs, 1859-1872. Thru
Mar 3. 202-633-8300. npg.si.edu.

GALLERIES
Strathmore. Art in Motion. Thru Feb 21.
Line by Line. Thru Feb 21. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Art League Gallery. The Student/
Faculty Show. Feb 17-Feb 28.
703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
BlackRock. Handmade: Explorations in
Fiber Art. Thru Feb 27. 301-528-2260.
blackrockcenter.org.
JCCNV. Local Color and More. Thru Apr
4. 703-323-0880. jccnv.org.
District Architecture Center.
Photography Scavenger Hunt!
#DAClovesDC. Feb 13-Feb 15.
202-347-9403. aiadac.com.
WPA. Other Worlds, Other Stories. Thru
Feb 20. 202-234-7103. wpadc.org.
ReCreative Spaces. Arthur Kwon
Lee. Thru Mar 31. 202-907-5934.
recreativespaces.com.
Gallery Neptune & Brown. Masha
Trebukova and Oleg Kudryashov. Thru Feb
21. 202-986-1200. neptuneneart.com.

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MICHAEL,
How do you get your girlfriend to be
there for you when you need her?
Sheila and I started dating after we met
in college here in D.C. I was a freshman
and she was a senior. She stayed in town
for a job after graduating a few years
back and I am a recent grad, having just
gotten my degree in December.
I have been having a really hard time
with the transition from being a student
to working. The employment search
was stressful and now I have a dicult,
demanding job that I dont think is for me.
Im nervous and scared, needing Sheila to
help me gure out how to cope and what
direction to take.
But shes been getting less and less
supportive. She seems irritated when I ask
for a hug or to reassure me that everything
will be OK. That makes me feel worse.
Last week she snapped at me, telling
me shes feeling overwhelmed in her
own job and cant help me right now. She
said that our relationship feels very onesided to her. I know Im asking for a lot,
but I really am having a hard time and her
response made me feel even more alone.
I told her that and she wouldnt answer.
This is especially hard because I dont
have any other support.
MICHAEL REPLIES:
Whether youre ready or not, you are
being handed a chance to start taking
responsibility for yourself.
Stop trying to push Sheila, or youll just

A D V I CE

push her further away. If she wanted to


behave dierently, she would. Youre
going to have to accept a hard truth
that none of us like: other people, our
partners included, arent obligated to do
what we want them to do.
Its denitely not Sheilas job to soothe
you, even though you can feel really great
when she does.
Like indulging in a great dessert, getting
soothing from our partners is best done
sparingly. Otherwise, we risk wearing them
out with our neediness. And it does sound to
me like Sheila is nally feeling overwhelmed
after years of comforting you.
Instead of being bitter, or trying to
pressure or guilt her into helping you,
I urge you to put your energy into
becoming more self-reliant.
How?
First, by looking for support elsewhere.
Youre going to have to nd some new friends
in town, because Sheila is no longer willing
to be the pillar you lean on. Broadening your
support network may take time, so consider
getting a therapist, pronto, to have someone
else to talk to and strategize with.
Second, and most importantly, you
have to gure out ways to soothe yourself.
While this isnt an easy task, you have no
alternative. Other peoples reassurances
can feel nice in the moment, but they
dont really stick. Only your own belief in
your resilience will keep you feeling good
about yourself and your life, long term.
I cant tell you exactly how to develop
this belief. Youre going to have to gure
it out for yourself. But I can tell you that
it will involve challenging yourself to deal
with whatever life throws at you without
looking for someone else to steady you.
You will get strong by learning that you can
survive. Think of it as on-the-job training.
Intrigued? Good. Because youre facing
an opportunity, right now, to survive
Sheilas unwillingness to baby you and
to accept the impossibility of altering
someone elses behavior. You can only
change yourself.
Want some motivation? Keep in mind that
strength is an alluring character trait, just as
neediness is unappealing. Also, you cannot
have a relationship of equals if one person
frequently uses the other as a crutch.

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FE B R U A R Y 12, 2016 53

KURT WEILL / MAXWELL ANDERSON

LOST IN
THE STARS
Starring Eric Owens

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LONG AND TREADWAY

JEREMY LONG, left, and ROBERT TREADWAY, a rookie and vet respectively in CARA.

Local gay bowling league


oers fun, mentoring
By KEVIN MAJOROS
Mentoring new members is common
in Washingtons LGBT sports leagues and
the Capital Area Rainbowlers Association
is no dierent.
CARA hosts nine fall/winter leagues
along with three summer leagues and hosts
the annual Capital Halloween Invitational
Tournament. This year the tournament
celebrates its 35th anniversary.
Jeremy Long enjoyed his time in the D.C.
area for an internship and contract work,
so he applied for a job in his eld of child
welfare and moved here in August, 2014.
Originally from Denver, Long grew up
playing tennis and competing as a junior
cyclist. During his college years, he played club
tennis at the University of Northern Colorado.
After arriving in D.C., he did some
research on the LGBT sports teams in the
area and reached out to the Rainbowlers.
He had never been in the sport in an adult
league setting and he joined the summer
league as a late addition in 2015.
Bowling is one of the easier sports to
pick up as a rookie because there is such
diversity in the skill levels, Long says. I
found the veterans to be very welcoming
and accepting of me. If you are good or
bad, you are still a benet to your team,
especially in handicap bowling.
Long is now in his rst fall/winter
bowling league and says his teammates
are always oering help and tips to
develop his skills. He has already
competed in the Halloween Invitational
and has traveled to Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh for tournaments.
Last year he started back with his
college sport of tennis and is playing with
the Capital Tennis Association.
I am having an absolute blast, Long
says. The camaraderie is incredible for
me. Even if you compete badly, everyone
still wants you around.
Robert Treadway has been the

president of the Capital Area Rainbowlers


Association for four-and-a-half years and
has been the tournament director for the
Halloween Invitational multiple times. He
started bowling at age 6 while growing up
in New Orleans.
After receiving his degree in journalism
from Loyola University New Orleans,
Treadway came to D.C. for internships
with the Washington Times and the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch. He loved the area
and ended up moving here in 2004 to
work with trade associations.
His rst boss was gay and he
subsequently met other bowlers through
him and joined the club in 2004. Treadway
remembers what it meant to him joining
as a rookie and is now oering that same
support to the newbies who are joining.
When I rst joined, I was new to the
city and besides giving me tips and
teaching me the courtesies of the game,
my teammates showed me that it not just
a completion, but also a place to make
good friends, he says.
The Rainbowlers oer skill enhancement
clinics with bowlers who are certied by
the United States Bowling Congress and
special events such as mini-tournaments,
scotch doubles and a crazy tournament.
For the veterans, after you have done
something for so long, its good to mix it
up and experience the newness again,
Treadway says. For the rookies, it gives
them tournament experience and the
opportunity to experience a new format.
Treadway has competed all over the
United States from Fort Lauderdale
to Syracuse. He will be traveling to
tournaments in Philadelphia, Atlanta
and Raleigh to promote the Halloween
tournament in D.C.
He has also been a competitor with the
Capital Tennis Association for four years
and last month he placed second place
with his doubles partner in the C Division
at the Sin City Shootout in Las Vegas.
Joining the Rainbowlers has been one of
the best things I have ever done, Treadway
says. The social rewards are huge and it
gave me the condence to try tennis.

WHEN FAITH IS SHAKEN,


THE TRUTH SHALL SET US FREE.

February 1220 | Eisenhower Theater


Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.

WNOs season is presented with the support of Daniel and Gayle DAniello.

David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.

Support for Lost in the Stars is provided by


Anne Kline Pohanka and Geoffrey Pohanka.

WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity


of Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.
General Dynamics is the Presenting Sponsor of WNOs 2015-2016 Season.

Eric Owenss performances as Stephen Kumalo on February 12 and 13


are underwritten by Mrs. Alexander J. Tachmindji.
This production is also funded in part by Joe and Judy Antonucci and
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc. New York, NY.

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E-mail calendar items to calendars@washblade.


com two weeks prior to your event. Space is limited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time.

MONDAY, FEB. 15
Human Rights Campaign hosts its
ocial Her HRC Ladies Brunch at
Hanks Oyster Bar (1624 Q St., N.W.).
Admission is $25. This event is part
of Her HRCs weekend celebration.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
humanrightscampaign.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..)
hosts coee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

TODAY
Lavender Languages, a language
and sexuality conference, is at American
University (4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.)
today through Sunday. The conference
will include a workshop led by David
Peterson on Critical Discourse Analysis, a
book discussion on Queer Brown Voices
by Salvador Vidal-Ortiz and Leti Gomez
and a research panel on projects about
gender, sexuality and language in the
U.S., Ireland and Argentina. Tickets for
those who are employed is $20 and for
students tickets are $10. For a complete
schedule of events, visit American.edu/
cas/anthropology/lavender-languages.
Women in Their 20s, a social
discussion group for LBT and all women
interested in women, meets today at
the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to join. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.
A LGB support group meets today
from 10-11:30 a.m. at 16220 S. Frederick
Rd., Gaithersburg, Md., for individuals
in Montgomery County. The group
will discuss coming out of marriage,
homophobia, parenting issues, nding
intimate relationships, LGB resources
in the suburbs and more. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.

TUESDAY, FEB. 16

SATURDAY, FEB. 13
In celebration of Galentines Day,
GLOE at Theater J (1529 16th St., N.W.)
presents The Sisters Rosenweig today at
3 p.m. The play, by Wendy Wasserstein,
explores three Jewish-American womens
romantic lives and the special friendships
they have with gay men. At 5:30 p.m. there
will be a post-show discussion with cast
members and relationship experts about
the relationship between straight women
and gay men. Tickets are $20 with coupon
code GLOE. For more information, visit
washingtondcjcc.org.
Sock It To Me presents Cupids Undie
Run, an organized underwear run for the
Childrens Tumor Foundation, starting
at Asia D.C. & Eden Nightclub (1720 I St.,
N.W.) today from noon- 4 p.m. Doors
open at noon. Awards ceremony starts
at 1:15 p.m. The run begins at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $55. For more details, visit
cupidsundierun.com.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts Jox, an underwear party, tonight at 9
p.m. DJ David Merrill will play music. There
will be drink specials all night. Clothes
check is available. Cover is $5. For more
information, visit greenlanterndc.com.
Highwaymen TNT presents My Fuzzy
Valentine, a dance party, at the D.C. Eagle
(3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight from 9
p.m.-midnight. There will be jello shooters,

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Choral chamber ensemble Seraphic


Fire performs at St. Pauls Episcopal
(2430 K St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m.
They will perform Mozarts Requiem.
Patrick Dupre Quigley will conduct.
Admission is free. For more information,
visit seraphicre.org.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party from
7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.
Bachelors Mill has half-price drinks
all night from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. tonight. They
also have pool, video gaming systems
and cards. Admission is free. For more
details, visit bachelorsmill.com.

ALAN CUMMING performs at the Strathmore with an anti-Valentines Day show Sunday night.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17

draft beer and more. There is no cover.


For more details, visit dceagle.com.

Bookmen D.C., an informal mens gay


literature group, in honor of Black History
Month will discuss Silverchest, Carl
Phillipss 2013 poetry collection, at the
D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight
at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For details,
visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social
bridge. No partner needed. For more
information, call 301-345-1571.

SUNDAY, FEB. 14
Music Center at Strathmore (10701
Rockville Pk., North Bethesda, Md.)
presents
Alan
Cumming
Sings
Sappy Songs, an ant-Valentines Day
performance, at 8 p.m. Cumming will sing
love songs from Adele, Rufus Wainwright,
Annie Lennox, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and
more in a theatrical performance. Tickets
range from $35-85. For more details, visit
Strathmore.org.
Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance
(AGLA) hosts a Valentines dinner at
Freddies Beach Bar & Restaurant (555
23rd St., South, Arlington, Va.) at 6 p.m.
No RSVP is necessary. All are welcome.
For more information, visit agla.org.
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers for D.C. Central
Kitchen (425 2nd St., N.W.) from 9 a.m.noon. Volunteers will cook alongside
chefs who are graduates of D.C.
Central Kitchens job training program.
To volunteer, RSVP at jonathan@

burgundycrescent.org.
For
more
information, visit burgundycrescent.org.
D.C. Metro Circle of Friends presents
an evening of dance and romance at
Kellogg Conference Hotel Ballroom at
Gallaudet University (800 Florida Ave.,
N.E.) tonight from 8 p.m.-midnight.
Dress attire is after 5. There will
be hors doeuvres and a cash bar.
Tickets are $55. For more details, email
dcmcircleoriends2014@gmail.com.
Human Rights Campaign hosts Her
HRC DJ Battle at Town (2009 8th St.,
N.W.) tonight from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Four
local DJs will compete from 8 p.m.
until midnight. Wicked Jezebel, an
all-female band, will also perform.
Hors doeuvres will be served. VIP
admission includes a meet and greet
at Uproar (630 Florida Ave., N.W.) with
an open bar and early admission to
the event at 7 p.m. General admission
begins at 8 p.m. VIP tickets are $50
and general admission is $20. VIP
plus brunch on Monday is $75 and
general admission plus brunch is $45.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
humanrightscampaign.

THURSDAY, FEB. 18
Singer/songwriter
Meshell
Ndegeocello performs at the Hamilton
(600 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Violin and viola duo Chargaux will open
the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $37-46.50. For more
information, visit live.thehamiltondc.com.
SWERV Magazine hosts a party in
celebration of its January/February issue
at Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) which
featuring LGBT web series Bait, Triangle,
Whorizm and more. For details, visit
facebook.com/swervmagazine.

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Feb.7. Funds were raised for
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for an LGBT youth
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The city real estate market in winter


Less inventory, fewer
buyers braving the weather
By TED SMITH
Winter is the time for hibernation,
and the Washington real estate market
typically shuts down from Thanksgiving
through the middle of January. There is
less inventory for sale and fewer buyers
willing to brave the cold to go out viewing.
This winter of 2015-2016 doesnt seem
much dierent, so in this article I thought
Id look at what the trends have been for
the last eight winters, and to extrapolate
what that shows us about the winter that
were in now.
First, some words of explanation: the
graph shows data for November through
January of each winter since November
of 2008. Although the time frames are
discontinuous (i.e. there are no values
plotted between successive winters),
nevertheless the trend shown by the
line graphs approximately follows the
12-month trend for that particular year.
So here are the big lessons:
First, the inventory of available homes
(active listings) has been declining since

2008, while the number of sold homes


has been relatively constant each month
(right at about 500). Given that gure of
500 homes sold per month, that means
that each additional 500 homes on the
market represents another months
worth of inventory to sell. In the winter of 2008, with about 400 homes sold
and about 3200 active listings, we had
about an eight-month supply of homes.
(3200/400=8. Remember that even the
sold inventory counts as part of the active
inventory before it is sold.) Most Realtors
consider that a balanced market between
buyers and sellers is represented by a sixmonth supply of homes. So we could say
that the winter market in 2008-2009 was
slightly tilted in favor of buyers.
However, the market began tilting toward sellers, when the supply of available
homes fell in the winters of 2009-2010
and 2010-2011 to ve months of inventory, then 3.5 months worth in 2011-2012.
Since the winter of 2012, we have been
in a sellers market, where the available
supply of homes has held fairly steady at
two months for four winters (1,000 active
listings divided by 500 sold listings).
What about median sold prices? Median sold prices in the winter markets

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typically lag somewhat behind those for


the whole year. However, as you can see
from the chart, sometimes they did and
sometimes they didnt during the last
eight years. For this last winter, median
prices did lag a bit behind, which suggests that this winter may be a better
time to buy if you can brave the cold and
accept the limited inventory of homes for
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