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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 21 • may 21, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years

Key senator says hold off on ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal


Gates to have the study that is
Ben Nelson wants underway right now before we
to wait, follow make that final decision —
because it’s not a question of
guidance from Gates ‘whether,’ it’s a question of ‘how.’”
A vote on repealing “Don’t Ask,
By CHRIS JOHNSON Don’t Tell” as part of major defense
cjohnson@washblade.com budget legislation could take place
next week during the Senate Armed
A key U.S. senator has told the Services Committee markup of the
Blade that he opposes repealing fiscal year 2011 defense authoriza-
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at this time. tion bill. Markup proceedings are
In a brief exchange on Capitol scheduled to begin May 26 and are
Hill, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said closed to the public.
Tuesday he would vote against an It remains unclear whether
effort next week to overturn the law. there are enough votes on the
He said he wants to adhere to guid- committee to make repeal part of
ance from Defense Secretary the legislation. Mustering enough
Robert Gates and Chairman of the votes to repeal the statute could
Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael be a challenge for opponents of
Mullen on holding off on repeal. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” following
Asked whether he would vote Nelson’s comments.
Photo courtesy of Nelson’s office
in favor of a repeal measure, Repeal efforts were complicated
Nelson replied, “No, I want to fol- last month after Gates released a Sen. Ben Nelson, right, talks with U.S. Army General David Petraeus. Nelson this week said he would vote
low with the advice and the sug- against a legislative effort to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
gestions of Secretary of Defense Continues on page 14

Wone’s widow
takes the stand
Trial begins with gave money to a Virginia gay
localnews group that Joseph Price, one of
LGBT staff group returns to Capitol Hill wife’s testimony, the defendants, once chaired.
after hiatus, elects officers. Page 18 Price, 39, his domestic partner,
chilling 911 tape Victor Zaborsky, 44, and the cou-
ple’s housemate, Dylan Ward, 39,
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. are charged with obstruction of jus-
lchibbaro@washblade.com tice, conspiracy to obstruct justice
and evidence tampering in con-
The wife of slain attorney nection with Wone’s August 2006
Robert Wone testified this week stabbing death in their Dupont
about her husband’s friendship Circle area townhouse. No one has Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
with three gay men charged with been charged with the murder.
obstructing a police investigation If convicted on all three Katherine Wone, wife of slain attor-
into his murder. counts, the defendants face a ney Robert Wone, testified this
socialagenda Katherine Wone, who became possible maximum sentence of week about her husband’s relation-
Kellan Baker on his personal hero and the government’s first witness 38 years in prison. ship with the three gay men charged
the importance of privacy. Page 28 Monday in a complex and long- in connection with his murder.
awaited trial, said the couple Continues on page 10
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LOCALNEWS

Equality Virginia’s
CEO resigns
The chief executive officer of Equality Virginia has resigned his
position, according to a statement issued by the organization.
Jon Blair submitted his resignation April 30. Blair joined
Equality Virginia in January 2009, notably taking the helm of an
LGBT organization despite being straight.
Mark Board, chair of Equality Virginia’s board, said in the statement
that Blair’s resignation was “unsolicited, unexpected and without notice.”
David Lampo, vice president of Virginia Log Cabin and a for-
mer Equality Virginia board member, said his understanding was
Blair left Equality Virginia to take a job as campaign manager for
Democratic Alaskan gubernatorial candidate Ethan Berkowitz.
According to the statement, Jean Segner, another Equality
Virginia board member, will take up the role as interim CEO
immediately and will serve without compensation.
Board said Equality Virginia is “fortunate to have board mem-
bers ready to step up” to continue the work of the organization.
“The continuity of leadership offered by Jean Segner and our
current staff ensures that [Equality Virginia] will continue to move
forward effectively changing laws and changing lives,” Board said.
Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, Equality Virginia’s legislative
strategist and general counsel, told the Blade the organization
will be looking for a new CEO this summer after the membership
of the board transition July 1.
“I suspect that the search process and all of that won’t … start
until later this summer,” she said.
Lampo said those involved with the organization were “sur-
prised and shocked” by Blair’s resignation.
“I think he did a reasonably good job given the constraints that
a lot of organizations like that were under during the recession,
with the substantially decreased funding, and decreased interest
on the part of the GLBT community,” Lampo said.
Still, Lampo said Blair held a “political and partisan back-
ground” that affected his leadership at Equality Virginia.
“I think he always had trouble adjusting to the non-partisan atmos-
phere of an organization like Equality Virginia and the fact that he was-
n’t down in the partisan trenches during election time,” Lampo said.
CHRIS JOHNSON

D.C. man guilty in


anti-gay hate crime
A D.C. Superior Court jury last week rendered a guilty verdict for
a bias-related assault and robbery against one of two men charged
with attacking two teenagers in Southeast Washington in November.
The jury found Michael Cowan, 23, guilty of one count of
assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count of assault with
significant injury, according to a statement released by the U.S.
Attorney’s office. Both charges were considered bias-related.
The statement says witnesses observed Cowan calling one of the
two victims, a 17-year-old male, a “faggot” during the attack. The sec-
ond victim was a 19-year-old male, according to the statement.
The jury found a second defendant, Vernon Long, 25, guilty of
robbery and assault-related offenses, but acquitted him of the
government’s allegation that the two charges were bias-related.
The statement says the incident began the day before
Thanksgiving as the two victims were leaving a convenience
store along the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, S.E.
It says the two defendants attacked the victims from behind and
demanded they turn over their jackets.
“While the second victim was huddled in the fetal position on the
Washington Blade photos by Michael Key ground, Cowan and Long, along with accomplices, repeatedly
punched and kicked the second victim in the face and body,” says
Gay Men's Chorus celebrates Spring Affair the statement. “As the attack continued, Cowan (and possibly oth-
ers in the group) repeatedly called the second victim a ‘faggot.’”
The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington held its Spring Affair gala May 15, an event that saw awards go to Both defendants face a possible sentence of more than 10
Immigration Equality, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and chorus Artistic Director Jeff years in prison, and Cowan faces greater jail time under an
Buhrman for their community contributions. Deacon Maccubbin and Jim Bennett, former owners of the Lambda enhanced sentencing provision in the city’s hate crimes law.
Rising bookstore, also received a special commendation. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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LOCALNEWS

Fenty urged to invalidate Community celebrates


Kameny’s 85th birthday
award to anti-gay group At least three events
were set to take place this
week to celebrate the 85th
birthday of D.C. gay
6 Council members activist Frank Kameny,
say mayor’s apology who is credited with found-
ing the LGBT rights move-
isn’t enough ment in the District of
Columbia and playing a
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. key role in starting the
lchibbaro@washblade.com modern gay rights move-
ment nationwide.
Six members of the D.C. City The Gertrude Stein
Photo by Joe Tresh
Council and seven LGBT-support- Democratic Club, the city’s
ive organizations have signed a largest LGBT political group Frank Kameny, who is credited with
petition calling on Mayor Adrian that Kameny helped found founding the LGBT rights movement
Fenty to invalidate a certificate of in 1976, is hosting a recep- in D.C., turned 85 years old this week.
appreciation he awarded to the tion in Kameny’s honor
leader of the anti-gay group Parents Friday, May 21, at the LGBT Community Center at 1810 14th St.,
& Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays. N.W., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The mayor’s office has issued an The event was to include a special presentation on Kameny’s
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
apology for what it said was a “staff role in the D.C. LGBT community by fellow activist Paul Kunzler,
error” that led to the award being Several local officials and LGBT-supportive groups are asking D.C. Mayor also one of the founders of the Stein Club.
mistakenly issued last November to Adrian Fenty to invalidate a certificate of appreciation his office mistak- The National Stonewall Democrats was to hold another birth-
PFOX Executive Director Regina enly awarded to an anti-gay group’s leader. day celebration for Kameny on Thursday at the AFL-CIO building
Griggs for her “dedication, commit- on 16th Street, N.W., near the White House.
ment and outstanding contributions” must invalidate the certificate of through Facebook, said most of And a group of Kameny friends and fellow activists was sched-
to the group. appreciation and publicly con- the organizations signing the uled to hold a separate event honoring his life’s work on behalf of
The petition says its signers demn PFOX for its policies that document were approached gay rights on Wednesday night at the Artist Inn Bed & Breakfast at
appreciate Fenty’s acknowledg- undermine the dignity of LGBT because they support LGBT 1824 R St., N.W., near Dupont Circle.
ment that the award was a mis- people and threaten the mental people likely to be negatively The event, which was sponsored by the local gay-oriented
take. But it says further action by and physical health of the most affected by groups like PFOX. foundation, Helping Our Brothers & Sisters, was asking for dona-
the mayor is needed. vulnerable of our community.” He noted that the Trevor tions by attendees to go toward a special Kameny fund that will
“This mistake has empowered It adds, “We find this course of Project, for example, works to pre- “help support Frank Kameny in his later years of life,” according to
an anti-gay organization to increase action to be necessary and our vent LGBT teen suicide. LGBT a Facebook announcement of the event.
its fundraising and to legitimize itself names below indicate our formal activists have said the “reparative David Bradberry, lead organizer of the event, said local artist Don
in ways it would not have otherwise request for the mayor to act affir- therapy” programs advocated by Patron, who was also helping to organize the event, has made about
been able to,” it says. matively to bring this situation to PFOX have been shown to harm a dozen oil paintings of Kameny. Bradberry said some were made
“PFOX believes that homosexu- a prompt and meaningful end.” self-esteem among LGBT youth, from photos of Kameny taken in years past, including during his serv-
ality is a mental disorder that needs The organizations signing the putting them at greater risk for ice in the Army during World War II. The paintings were to be sold in
to be cured by ‘reparative therapy,’” petition include Gay, Lesbian & depression and suicide. a silent auction at the event to help raise money for the Kameny fund.
says the petition. “Not only is this Straight Education Network; Hudson said organizers of “Kameny is the father of the modern gay movement, and his
harmful to young people struggling Parents, Families & Friends of the petition did not immediately achievements are legend,” the announcement says.
to understand their sexuality, but Lesbians & Gays National; Metro hear back from all D.C. Council “He was one of the leaders of the first gay rights demonstrations at
every major medical, psychologi- D.C. PFLAG; Trevor Project; members approached to add the White House, State Department, and Philadelphia’s Independence
cal, and educational association in Americans for Democratic Action; their names. Hall — four years before Stonewall,” it says. “He founded or co-found-
America says it is wrong, ineffec- Greater Washington Americans A spokesperson for gay D.C. ed the D.C. chapters of the Mattachine Society and Gay Activists
tive, and dangerous.” for Democratic Action; and the Council member David Catania (I- Alliance and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.”
The Council members who Capital Area Gay & Lesbian At Large), whose name wasn’t on
added their names to the petition are Chamber of Commerce. the petition that was submitted to LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Michael Brown (D-At Large), Phil Mafara Hobson, a spokesper- Fenty’s office, said Catania was
Mendelson (D-At Large), Jim son for the mayor, said last week not asked to sign the document.
Graham (D-Ward 1), Jack Evans (D- that the mayor’s office had not “Council member Catania was Capital Pride director to step down
Ward 2), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), received the petition on May 12, not asked to sign this petition,” The executive director of Capital Pride is planning to step
and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7). when gay activist Lane Hudson said Ben Young, Catania’s chief down from her role following this year’s celebration.
Also adding their names to the said he planned to deliver it. of staff. “But rest assured that he Dyana Mason will leave Capital Pride Alliance at the end of
document were gay Dupont Hudson told the Blade he e- believes PFOX is a reprehensi- July, when her contract expires, to pursue an advanced degree
Circle Advisory Neighborhood mailed the petition to the mayor’s ble organization.” at the University of Southern California. Capital Pride Alliance
Commissioner Jack Jacobson office on that day through a section Hudson, who is supporting announced Mason’s plans Friday.
and four gay elected officials of the D.C. government web site D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Mason, who’s originally from California, is planning to pursue
from the Maryland and Virginia that invites the public to submit Gray’s candidacy for mayor, a doctorate in policy management.
suburbs. They include Rich comments to the mayor. Hudson noted that he didn’t ask Gray to Michael Lutz, president of the Capital Pride board of directors,
Madaleno and Anne Kaiser of the said he decided to submit it through sign the petition because doing said that while Mason “will be missed greatly, we also support
Maryland House of Delegates, the web site rather than personally so would give it the appearance and applaud her aspirations, and wish her the very best.”
Adam Ebbin of the Virginia deliver it because the site is a des- of a partisan political effort. “We were very fortunate to have Dyana with us as Capital
House of Delegates, and Patrick ignated way for the public to com- “I didn’t want to put him in the Pride transitioned to its own self-perpetuating entity,” he said.
Wojahn of the College Park, Md., municate with the mayor. position to look like this is a political “Her role as a servant-leader helped us to reach many of our
City Council. Washington Blade Hobson could not be reached by move on his part, because this is growth goals earlier than expected.”
editor Kevin Naff also signed on. mid-week to confirm whether some- about more than politics,” he said. Capital Pride Alliance will post a formal job announcement to
“It is incredibly important for one from the mayor’s office retrieved Gray issued a statement calling its web site, capitalpride.org, May 22. A selection process will
Mayor Fenty to make it clear that the petition from the web site. the mayor’s certificate of apprecia- take place over the summer, and Capital Pride Alliance aims to
PFOX doesn’t have the support Hudson, who said he was tion for the PFOX leader an announce Mason’s successor this fall.
of the District of Columbia,” the among a small group of local “embarrassment” to the city and an JOSHUA LYNSEN
petition says. “To do that, he activists to start the petition effort insult to the LGBT community.
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“In 2006, I did say that I believed that
D.C. City Council members Jim marriage is between a man and a
Graham (D-Ward 1), who is gay, and woman,” Orange said in his statement
Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) won endorse- released last week. “We have come a
ments Monday from the Gertrude Stein long way in the journey of life. Today, I
Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT stand on the right side of history.”
political group. Gay activist Bob Summersgill, who
The two incumbents, both of whom helped coordinate the lobbying campaign in
voted for legislation to legalize same-sex support of the D.C. same-sex marriage bill
marriage in the District, are running for last year, said he was pleased that Orange
re-election in the city’s Sept. 14 has changed his position on the issue. But
Democratic primary. he was skeptical that Orange would win
Club members voted by lopsided mar- support from many LGBT voters.
gins to endorse the two men during a club “He wasn’t with us when this was a
candidate forum and endorsement meet- tough issue,” said Summersgill. “Now he’s
ing for the wards 1 and 5 races, held at with us when it’s a safe issue.”
the Thurgood Marshall Building at 12th At the Stein Club meeting Monday,
and T streets, N.W., in Ward 1. Graham and Thomas pledged to work hard
The meeting took place less than a week to ensure that the same-sex marriage law
after former Ward 5 Council member remains on the books by opposing efforts to
Vincent Orange, a Democrat, announced hold a voter initiative to overturn it.
Sidney W. Binks III, Ph.D. his candidacy for the Council chairman’s The main challengers to Graham and
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Wone trial’s opening includes 911 tape, paramedic’s testimony


Continued from page 1 the investigation based on a vast defendants’ house through a wall weapon. Although fibers found on
array of crime scene findings. shared by the two houses on the the knife matched that of a towel,
In testimony divided across two “This case is not about sexual night of the murder. He said he did no fibers were found that matched
days, Katherine Wone said her orientation,” he told D.C. Superior not check the time when he heard the shirt Wone wore and which
husband, who became friends Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz, who the scream, but said he remem- had been pierced by the knife
with Price during their days as stu- is poised to decide the men’s bered hearing his wife watching the used to kill him, Kirschner said in
dents together at Virginia’s College fate after the defendants opted to 11 p.m. news on Channel 7. His his opening argument.
of William & Mary, arranged to forego a jury trial. wife backed up that account during Police evidence experts and
spend the night at the men’s “This case is not about the her own testimony. findings from an autopsy on
house on Aug. 2, 2006. personal relationship of these Based on that account, police Wone also showed the blood on
She said he planned to work late three. There is nothing negative and prosecutors have said the knife covered the entire
at his job in D.C. as general counsel that can be inferred due to the between 12 and 49 minutes blade, even though the depth of
for Radio Free Asia and decided not sexual orientation or lifestyle elapsed from the time of the the wounds on Wone’s chest
to drive home that night to the cou- choices of these men,” he said. scream and the time Zaborsky indicated that blood would not
ple’s house in Oakton, Va. But he noted that Price, called 911 at 11:49 p.m. have covered the full length of
“Do you remember Robert say- Zaborsky and Ward “had power- Investigators have said the the blade, Kirschner said.
ing he and Joe were good ful bonds among them,” which scream could have marked the time Kirschner has said this was
friends?” defense attorney Bernard amounted to a “tight knit family” Wone was stabbed. A delay of even further evidence that the men
Grimm asked Katherine Wone dur- that is protecting its members 12 minutes in making the 911 call tampered with the crime scene
ing cross-examination. from the harm that would come could have been used to clean the to mislead police. He noted that
“Yes,” she said. to them “if the truth came out.” crime scene and hide or discard a cutlery set found in Ward’s
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
“Did you ever see a crossed other evidence linked to the murder. bedroom had one knife missing.
word between Joe and Robert?” Defense attorney Bernard Grimm, 911 tape stirs courtroom The Thomas’ testimony was When investigators obtained a
Grimm asked. who represents Joseph Price, said Katherine Wone’s calm testi- followed by testimony from Jeff duplicate knife from the manu-
“No,” she replied. homicide detectives investigating mony was offset Tuesday after- Baker, one of the first of the para- facturer, they found it matched
In response to questions from the murder of Robert Wone mis- noon when prosecutors played a medics to arrive at the house in the size and depth of Wone’s
Grimm, Katherine Wone said her handled the case. dramatic audio tape of Zaborsky’s response to the 911 call. wounds better than the bloody
husband was aware that Price was 911 call reporting that Wone had Baker said the first of several knife found at the scene, further
involved with Equality Virginia, a All of this, he said, was evi- been stabbed in his house. highly unusual murder scene suggesting that someone other
statewide gay civil rights group, and dence of crime scene tampering On the recording, which lasts observations he made came dur- than an intruder and someone
that he supported the cause of and completely dispelled the about 12 minutes, a near hyster- ing his encounter with Ward, who known to the defendants was
equal rights for “all people.” defendants’ claim that an intrud- ical Zaborsky is heard making a was standing at the top of the sec- responsible for the murder.
She told of how she and Robert er killed Wone. desperate plea for help. He tells ond floor staircase when Baker Defense attorneys disputed
Wone accepted an invitation from Defense attorneys represent- the 911 operator that a male approach the room where Wone’s these assertions in their opening
Price to attend an Equality Virginia ing the three gay men countered friend visiting the house “is not body was found. He noted that arguments, saying their own
fundraising dinner in Richmond one that the evidence doesn’t support conscious” after being stabbed. when he asked Ward what hap- expert witnesses would testify
year before the murder. And she any of the government’s allega- When the operator asked him pened, Ward ignored him and that the cotton fibers on the knife
confirmed that a photo of the tions, including an assertion that who stabbed the person, Zaborsky retreated into his bedroom. could not be accurately linked to
Wones and Price that Grimm more blood should have been replied, “I don’t know who stabbed Upon entering the room either the towel or Wone’s shirt.
showed her on the witness stand found on the scene. him. We don’t know how they got in. where Wone was lying lifeless on Instead, they said the fibers are
was taken at the dinner. They planned to call an expert The person has one of our knives. a pull-out sofa bed, Baker said, found in the ambient air and on
The three defendants have said witness, a cardiac surgeon, who is … I’m afraid to go downstairs.” he was startled at what he saw. all objects and were meaning-
through their lawyers that an expected to testify that the single The operator then urged Wone was lying “flat on his back” less as evidence in a stabbing.
intruder killed Robert Wone after stab wound piercing Wone’s heart Zaborsky to use a towel to stop with three stab wounds to his What really happened, Schertler
entering their house from a rear would have killed him within five the bleeding by pressing it firmly chest with almost no blood on his said in his opening argument, is
door while the men slept in their seconds, shutting down the heart’s on the stab wound. He replied body or on the bed, he said. that the defendants are telling the
bedrooms. Each of their attorneys ability to pump blood. A stopped that his housemate, meaning This was highly unusual for a truth in saying they were not
stressed during opening argu- heart, rather than a sinister plot Price, was already doing that in stabbing, Baker said, based on involved in the murder and that an
ments that their clients’ friendship postulated by the government, was the guest bedroom where the his experience in responding to intruder killed Robert Wone.
with Wone demonstrated they had the reason little or no blood was stabbing victim was staying. hundreds of stabbings during his D.C. attorney Dale Edwin
no motive to harm him and that the seen, defense attorneys said. In a development that prosecu- 14 years as a paramedic. Sanders, who practices criminal law
government had failed to find a From the moment homicide tors have called highly significant, He said Price was sitting on the and is not associated with the case,
motive for the murder. detectives arrived at the house to Zaborsky is heard on the tape bed next to Wone’s lifeless body. said the part of the government’s
But Assistant U.S. Attorney investigate the murder, they asking the operator, “What time is There was no towel on Wone’s case that appears the strongest is its
Glenn Kirschner, the lead prose- became “marred and infatuated in a it?” The operator, sounding sur- wounds and Price’s hands had no assertion that no evidence exists to
cutor, noted in his opening argu- theory based on ignorance,” prised, repeated the question signs of blood, which would be show an intruder entered the house
ment that the men tampered with prompting them to suspect the men before responding, “11:54.” expected if he had been holding to kill Wone. He noted that in cases
the crime scene and repeatedly were involved in the murder, said One day earlier, in his opening the towel on Wone’s chest. based on circumstantial evidence,
misled police and homicide detec- Grimm, who is Price’s attorney. argument, prosecutor Kirschner Baker said he later observed sometimes “missing” evidence
tives investigating the murder. He “Why is a straight man coming said that Zaborsky’s question about a light streak of blood on Wone’s becomes the key to the case.
said the defendants know — but to the house of a gay man,” Grimm the time was among the indicators abdomen that appeared as if it “It’s largely a circumstantial
refuse to disclose — the identity of quoted a detective as saying while that he participated in a conspiracy had been “wiped.” case,” he said. “There’s no smok-
the person or people who fatally interviewing the defendants. to conceal from investigators what Kirschner said in his opening ing gun, but the government has
stabbed Wone in the chest. Grimm and David Schertler, really happened during Wone’s argument that investigators presented a neatly interwoven
Among other things, Kirschner Ward’s attorney, said in their brief stay at the men’s house. found the towel in the room, but it mosaic of 100 pieces of evi-
noted that paramedics and crime opening arguments that the three Investigators believe Wone had only a small amount of blood dence that all fit together.”
scene investigators found almost defendants’ sexual orientation and arrived at the house shortly after on it. He noted that Price told Other observers at the trial
no blood on Wone’s body or the their three-way relationship played 10:30 p.m. Kirschner followed up on police he found one of the knives said the defense was ready to
bed where he was found with a role in shaping police and pros- the chronology of the incident when from the men’s kitchen in the discredit or downplay the gov-
three large stab wounds. There ecutor assumptions that they, he next called as witnesses William room where Wone was stabbed. ernment’s evidence with the aim
were no signs of a struggle, no rather than an intruder, were and Claudia Thomas, a married Authorities later reported that of establishing enough doubt
defensive wounds on his arms, involved in the murder. couple who live in the townhouse cotton fibers found on the knife that Leibovitz would have to find
no signs of forced entry into the Kirschner challenged that adjoining the defendants’ house at indicated that blood had been the men not guilty.
house, and nothing was dis- assertion, however, saying 1509 Swann St., N.W. taken from Wone’s wounds and Attorneys on both sides have
turbed or taken from the house, investigators have linked the William Thomas testified that he wiped onto the knife with a towel to predicted the trial would last
Kirschner said. men to a conspiracy to obstruct heard a scream coming from the make it look like the murder about five weeks.
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NATIONALBRIEFS
NATIONALNEWS
Episcopal Church ordains
2nd openly gay bishop
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Episcopal Church has ordained its second openly gay bishop.
Church spokesman Bob Williams says the Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool of Baltimore
was consecrated May 15 at a ceremony attended by 3,000 people in Long Beach,
Calif., according to the Associated Press.
Glasspool and another female bishop are
also the first two women bishops ordained in the
114-year history of the Diocese of Los Angeles.
Glasspool and the Rev. Canon Diane Jardine
Bruce were elected last December.
In a profile published on the Episcopal Diocese of
Los Angeles web site, Glasspool said it was during
her college years that she realized she was called to
serve in the ministry. She noted it was during this
same time that she realized her sexual orientation.
“Both these areas were sources of intense
struggle for me, as I wrestled with such questions
Photo courtesy of the Episcopal
as did God hate me, since I was a homosexual?” Diocese of Los Angeles
she said. “Or did God love me? Did I hate — or
love — myself? Was it really possible, not to men- Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool of
tion appropriate, for women to be priests?” Baltimore became the Episcopal
After being ordained in 1981, Glasspool said she Church’s second openly gay bish-
met her partner Becki Sander in Boston as she was op during a ceremony May 15 in
studying for a dual degree in theology and social Long Beach, Calif.
work. The couple has been together since 1988.
In 1992, Glasspool began a nine-year stint as rector at St. Margaret’s Episcopal
Church in Annapolis, Md. Glasspool said she strove to be truthful about who she was
and “when asked directly about my sexuality, I responded honestly and directly.”
Glasspool became canon to the bishops of the Diocese of Maryland in 2001, where
she remained until becoming bishop of the Los Angeles diocese.
The Episcopal Church, which is the Anglican body in the United States, caused tur-
moil in the church in 2003 by consecrating the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene
Robinson of New Hampshire.
Breakaway Episcopal conservatives have formed a rival church, the Anglican
Church in North America.
Photo courtesy of Task Force

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey and others are calling on
Congress to immediately pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Atlanta AIDS initiative unites
many to focus on policy
ENDA supporters ATLANTA — Clergy, elected officials, the medical community, activists and advocates for
HIV/AIDS prevention are joining forces to fight the epidemic in the African-American community.

demand action now
The Associated Press reported that the National Black Leadership Commission on
AIDS is opening an Atlanta affiliate. The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer
Baptist Church, will lead the group.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that Atlanta has the 11th-
But immediate vote unlikely Mara Keisling, executive director of the highest AIDS rate in the country.
National Center for Transgender Equality, Warnock said most efforts in the city have been centered around education, treatment,
as congressional recess nears emphasized the importance of passing prevention and basic services. The commission’s work will focus on public policy issues
ENDA to provide protections for transgen- including legislation, school curriculum and educating clergy on addressing the disease.
By CHRIS JOHNSON der people seeking employment.
cjohnson@washblade.com “All of our organizations get calls every

Several LGBT organizations are calling


on Congress to take immediate action on the
week — sometimes every day of the week
— from people who are losing jobs from
lesbians in Manhattan, Kansas, to trans-
Puerto Rican man pleads
Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as
potential delays threaten to scuttle the bill.
Advocates made their case for the
gender people in Louisiana,” she said.
Keisling said a recent study conducted
by her organization found that 27 percent of
guilty in killing of gay teen
passage of ENDA, a federal measure that transgender people were fired because of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A man accused of decapitating a gay teenager and
would bar job bias against LGBT people their gender identity and 97 percent of trans burning his body pleaded guilty to first-degree murder May 12 and was sentenced to
in most public and private workforce set- people have faced harassment at work. 99 years in prison.
tings, during a press conference Tuesday “As somebody who has done survey The Associated Press reported that the case gained national attention because
at the National Press Club in D.C. research most of my professional life, I activists demanded that U.S. authorities prosecute it as a hate crime, with supporters
Rea Carey, executive director of the can tell you, you never see 97 per- holding vigils in a dozen cities including New York and Los Angeles.
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, said cent,” Keisling said. “That’s everybody.” Police said Juan Martinez Matos, 26, told them he hated homosexuals but that he
ENDA supporters are demanding Congress Despite the calls for immediate action, had offered the victim cocaine in exchange for sex.
“pass without delay” the bill to ensure that it’s unlikely the House will take action on The body of 19-year-old college student Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found in
LGBT people have “the right to join with oth- ENDA in the coming weeks due to sched- November along a rural road in the southeastern mountain town of Cayey. Lopez was
ers in contributing our talent, skills and uling issues. well known as a volunteer for organizations advocating HIV prevention and gay rights.
expertise to this nation’s workforce.” A Democratic leadership aide, who “Nothing is going to bring Jorge Steven back, but today, a bit of justice was done,”
“We are at the end of our patience,” she spoke to the Blade on the condition of said Pedro Julio Serrano, a spokesman for the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
said. “In this Congress alone, we have anonymity, said U.S. House Speaker Martinez’s attorney, Celimar Gracia, told Primera Hora newspaper that prosecutors
organized over 200 constituent Hill visits to dropped several weapon-violation charges in exchange for the plea.
members of the House and the Senate.” Continues on page 17 “He felt this was the best way to end this case,” Gracia was quoted as saying.
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NATIONALNEWS

Obama hasn’t lobbied senators on ‘Don’t Ask,’ sources say


Continued from page 1 wants military leaders to be able
to speak up on this issue.
letter to Congress saying he would “President Obama is absolutely
“strongly oppose” repeal before the right to solicit the input and support of
Pentagon completes at year’s end his top military commanders about
its study on the issue. Since then, the effects of repealing the ‘Don’t Ask,
supporters of repeal — including Don’t Tell’ policy,” he said. “I will make
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) — have a final decision after receiving the
advocated for a compromise in input of our top commanders.”
which Congress would vote now to Some of the targeted senators
repeal the law but delay implemen- were staying mum this week on
tation of repeal until 2011. how they’d vote should an amend-
Asked whether he would be ment come before them. Byrd’s
open to such a measure, Nelson office declined to comment in
appeared to be unaware that response to a Blade inquiry on the
such an approach to “Don’t Ask, issue. Brown’s office didn’t respond
Don’t Tell” has been under con- to multiple requests for comment.
sideration, but was reluctant to
support the idea. Obama MIA in repeal effort?
“I don’t know,” Nelson said. “I As supporters of repeal work to
haven’t seen that legislation. I gather support, one notable
know there’s probably some sup- absence among those lending a
port for that, but I think it’s been hand is President Barack Obama.
made pretty clear by Secretary Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Gates that we shouldn’t take any was one of Obama’s campaign
action until the study is complet- promises, but a number of senators
ed, and that’s my position. That’s say the White House hasn’t con-
where I’m going to stay.” Photo by Pete Souza; courtesy of White House
tacted them to move them one way
Nelson’s statements came as or the other on the issue.
a disappointment to people who President Obama has yet to lobby key senators to support repeal this year of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ according In public statements on the
had identified him as an uncom- to several Hill sources. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” issue, the
mitted vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t White House has consistently
Tell” that could be moved in favor Senate, told the Blade that sup- mentation legislation as the optimal publicly, although none of these refrained from saying Obama
of repeal this year. porters of repeal are “working path for a successful vote on end- six have been as explicit as Ben supports attaching repeal as part
He was among six senators that hard” to find a way forward for ing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year. Nelson in their opposition. of the defense authorization bill.
LGBT organizations, including the passage in the committee. Lieberman said supporters Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has Asked whether the White
Human Rights Campaign, had lob- “Obviously, we were set back are looking at alternatives, maintained on several occasions House is being helpful in building
bied through a grassroots cam- somewhat from the letter by including a bill “to enact repeal, the importance of the Pentagon support, Lieberman suggested
paign to vote in favor of repeal. The Secretary Gates, but we’re talk- but have it not be this year, to study as a means to inform the president could be playing a
other five are Sens. Evan Bayh (D- ing to every member of the com- have it not be effective until Congress on how to approach greater role.
Ind.), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Scott mittee,” he said. “We have some, either sometime next year” or repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “I mean, they’re obviously for
Brown (R-Mass.), Bill Nelson (D- I think, creative ideas about how until the Pentagon working group Asked this week whether he’s this, so we need their help,” he said.
Fla.), and Jim Webb (D-Va.). to deal with … concerns that issues a certification of its study. made a decision on how he’ll Nicholson said he didn’t know if
Alex Nicholson, executive direc- Secretary Gates expressed.” “I think Secretary Gates was vote should an amendment the White House had been helpful in
tor of Servicemembers United, said Lieberman said he’s uncertain really talking about he doesn’t come before him, Webb replied, moving senators in favor of repeal,
Ben Nelson is only one of the six if the votes are there for pas- want us to do this until the rank- “I think we need to respect the but noted that he hasn’t “seen any
key senators and estimated that sage, but noted that “it’s impor- and-file military has had a process that Secretary Gates evidence of that, certainly.”
only two or three votes from those tant to get this done this year.” chance to be heard,” Lieberman and Adm. Mullen put in place.” Each of the targeted senators to
six are needed to advance repeal. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), said. “So we’re trying to find a Webb had a similar response whom the Blade spoke said they
“If Sen. Nelson is entrenching another member of the Senate way to take legislative action this when asked whether his position had not heard from the White House
himself that hard on that side of Armed Services Committee and year, but still respect the opin- would be any different for delayed or the Pentagon on the issue.
the vote, then I think he risks put- a strong proponent of repeal, ions of the military and maybe implementation legislation. Asked whether the White
ting himself down on the wrong said he doesn’t think anyone delay the implementation until “I think we should honor the House or the Pentagon had con-
side of history,” Nicholson said. knows whether the votes are sometime next year.” process that they’ve put in place,” tacted him to influence his vote
“That’s something he’s going to there in the committee for repeal, Lieberman said a number of dif- Webb said. “I think people should on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Ben
have to live with for the rest of his but he’s “feeling guardedly opti- ferent ideas are being discussed understand that it’s a pretty signif- Nelson replied, “No, no.”
career, and that’s going to be mistic” about the prospects. among committee members, but icant historical event in terms of Jessica Smith, a Webb spokesper-
part of his legacy.” “It’s crucial that we take this delayed implementation legislation what Adm. Mullen said during that son, echoed those remarks in
Nicholson said Nelson’s appar- opportunity to lift it,” he said. “seems to be the one that com- hearing in February.” response to a Blade inquiry.
ent unfamiliarity with delayed “There’s different ideas about how mands the most support.” The offices of Bill Nelson and “As for the White House or the
implementation legislation could to best work with the Pentagon on Also noting that delayed imple- Bayh sent statements to the Blade Pentagon contacting our office?”
mean that high-level discussions this approach, but I still think you mentation could have traction is that were similarly non-committal in she said. “I don’t believe so.”
with him on moving forward with could study and repeal.” Udall, who said such a bill is “one how the senators would vote. The Similarly, McLaughlin said he
that plan hadn’t yet occurred. Nicholson said he thinks sup- of the ideas” being discussed. statements were virtually identical doesn’t believe the White House
porters “have a really good shot” at “That still remains my pre- to those the offices sent to the or the Pentagon has contacted
‘Don’t Ask’ getting the two or three votes nec- ferred course,” he said. “In other Blade last month. Bill Nelson to inform his vote on
opponents push on essary to win repeal during words, you would make it very Dan McLaughlin, spokesperson the issue.
Even with Nelson representing a Senate markup next week. clear the law is repealed, and for Bill Nelson, said the senator is “To my knowledge, neither the
“no” vote on repeal during the com- “It’s really going to come down to then you put in place the time- “inclined” to support repeal, but White House nor the Pentagon
mittee vote, supporters of ending some of the one-on-one conversa- frame by which you implement “wants to see Secretary Gates’ study has recently contacted Bill about
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are moving tions that Levin and Lieberman are the changes that are necessary.” on how it would impact the military.” this issue,” McLaughlin said.
forward with plans for a vote next having this week with their col- Despite this push and work In a statement, Bayh said his A White House spokesperson
week during the committee markup. leagues on the committee,” he said. toward a compromise, the six tar- “personal belief” is that people didn’t immediately respond to
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I- In the wake of the Gates letter, geted members of the Senate serving their country in the the Blade’s request for comment
Conn.), the sponsor of stand- many repeal supporters see push- Armed Services Committee have armed forces “ought to be able to on why Obama hasn’t reached
alone repeal legislation in the ing forward with delayed imple- been reluctant to endorse repeal serve it openly,” but noted that he out to the senators.
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HEALTHBRIEFS

Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key

‘This legislation would cost about two-hundredths of a percent of the federal govern-
ment’s overall costs for the civilian workforce,’ Sen. Joseph Lieberman said.

Senate nearing vote on


DP benefits for fed workers
WASHINGTON — The Senate could vote on a bill extending benefits to the same-
sex partners of gay federal employees “within weeks,” aides to Sen. Joseph Lieberman
(I-Conn.) told the Washington Post this week.
Lieberman, lead sponsor of the measure, said the vote should come before July 4.
The benefits would cost an estimated $310 million through 2020, according to the
Congressional Budget Office.
“This legislation would cost about two-hundredths of a percent of the federal gov-
ernment’s overall costs for the civilian workforce,” Lieberman told the Post. “That is a
very small price to pay for the improvements we would see in recruitment, retention,
and morale. OPM has committed to provide an offset for the legislation before it is
enacted, making it that much more reasonable.”
The offsets haven’t been announced yet. A House version of the DP benefits bill
passed last year.

Chicago clinic investigates


mishandling of federal funds
CHICAGO — One of the nation’s largest gay health centers is investigating allegations that
staff mishandled federal funds for an HIV/AIDS study, according to the Associated Press.
Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center receives up to $4 million a year from the
National Institutes of Health for participating in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study.
Howard Brown CEO Jamal Edwards wouldn’t say how much money allegedly was
mishandled, but the controversy led to the departures of the previous CEO and chief
financial officer, AP reported.
Clinic leaders have said there’s no evidence the money was used for personal gain.

Gays in Asia-Pacific region


denied access to HIV care
HONG KONG — Up to 90 percent of gay men in the Asia-Pacific region are denied
access to HIV/AIDS drugs and medical care because of anti-gay laws in many locales,
according to a new U.N. report.
Gay male sex is illegal in nearly half the region’s countries and the report says this
is worsening a situation in which infection rates are climbing, the BBC reported.
The anti-gay governments were urged to reform legal systems and policing to
ensure an effective response to the AIDS epidemic.
The report, produced jointly by the U.N. Development Program and the Asia Pacific Coalition
on Male Sexual Health, noted that several countries including Nepal, India, the Philippines and
South Korea had brought in new laws and policies to address the problem, BBC reported.
“However, these are exceptional developments and action is required to improve the
legal environment in all countries,” it added.
The report said homosexuals and bisexuals can potentially account for between 10-
30 percent of new HIV infections in a typical Asian country.
Nineteen out of 48 countries in the region criminalized male-to-male sex and these
laws often led to human rights violations, BBC reported.
Punishments for sex between men ranged from the death penalty in Afghanistan
and northwest Pakistan to whipping in Malaysia and Indonesia’s Aceh region, the
report found. Even if punishments were not enforced, they provided the basis for extor-
tion, harassment and violence, it said.
may 21, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 17

NATIONALNEWS

Motion to recommit could derail ENDA in House


Continued from page 12 “I don’t think we’re more worried about absence, Carey said Joe Solmonese, HRC’s “The Speaker, Chairman [Barney]
a gender identity motion to recommit, at president, had been invited to attend, but Frank, Chairman [George] Miller and
Nancy Pelosi held a conference call with this point, than we are against just a mis- was unable due to travel commitments. Reps. [Tammy] Baldwin and [Jared] Polis
LGBT leaders on Monday in which she chievous, shameful, cynical motion to “What I will say is that the Human Rights are focused on securing the votes needed
said ENDA passage would have to be put recommit that could include gay people, Campaign has continued to be a very strong to pass ENDA and defeat a harmful
off until later. could include trans people,” she said. ally in the coalition of organizations, specifi- motion-to-recommit,” he said. “On a call
According to the aide, Pelosi said her “Advancing human rights is sometimes cally pushing for an inclusive bill for all of our the Speaker had with a number of LGBT
preference was to move forward with a about taking risks.” community,” Carey said. organizations [Monday], she said that she
vote on ENDA, but the opportunity for an The Human Rights Campaign didn’t In response to a Blade query as to why didn’t intend to leave this Congress with-
amendment on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” join Tuesday’s news conference at the HRC didn’t join the conference, Michael Cole, out a vote on ENDA. We’re focused on
could naturally come up as an amend- National Press Club. an HRC spokesperson, responded with a getting the votes necessary to pass the
ment next week when the House takes up Asked during the event about HRC’s statement on the general situation with ENDA. bill once it does come to the floor.”
defense budget legislation.
“Some of the groups want to vote on
both things next week, and there is physi-
cally not the time to do that,” the aide said.
After completing work next week, the
House is scheduled for a week-long recess
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off a vote on ENDA and perhaps endan-
gering the bill as lawmakers move toward
the thick of campaign season.
Also problematic for the passage of
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ENDA in the House is a legislative floor
maneuver available to opponents: the
show and the new jellyfish exhibit at the National Aquarium. Then explore
motion to recommit. The maneuver forces
a vote on sending the legislation back to dinosaurs at the Maryland Science Center. If they’re not too tuckered out, they
the committee that approved it — possibly
with or without instructions. can meet the polar bears at the Maryland Zoo, climb a three-story tree
In an effort to kill the bill, opponents of
ENDA could employ a motion to recommit house at Port Discovery Children’s Museum, get up close and personal
that might strip the transgender protec-
tions from the legislation, or affect some with pop culture icons at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum or ride the rails
other aspect of the bill’s language. Some
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Should lawmakers pass the legislation
in the House, passage in the Senate is
doubtful. Multiple sources have told the
Blade that supporters do not have the 60
votes needed in that chamber to over-
come a filibuster.
But LGBT leaders remain optimistic
about the support for ENDA in the House.
Keisling said the legislation is “ripe” for
passage because it currently has 202 co-
sponsors, which she said is the greatest
number of co-sponsors for any piece of
pro-LGBT legislation in Congress. Having
202 co-sponsors means just 16 additional
votes are needed for passage when the
bill comes to the floor.
Carey said she believes the votes are
there for passage of ENDA on the House
floor and for defeating a motion to recom-
mit that would strip from the bill its trans-
gender language.
“We are calling for Congress to take up
its responsibility to represent its con-
stituents, and we are among them,” she
said. “We believe we have the votes in the
House — both on the bill and to make
sure that the bill remains inclusive of our
community.”
One reporter asked during the press con-
ference how confident ENDA supporters are
that the legislation could survive a motion to
recommit that’s narrower than stripping out
the gender identity protections.
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NATIONALNEWS

LGBT staffer group returns to Capitol Hill


‘We’re going to be
building relationships’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

Openly gay staffers on Capitol


Hill could find new opportunities
to network and advance pro-gay
legislation now that an LGBT
staff association has returned
following a period of dormancy.
The group, named the LGBT
Congressional Staff Association,
seeks to facilitate communica-
tion among LGBT staffers work-
ing for members of the U.S.
House of Representatives.
Scott Simpson, deputy press
secretary for Rep. Marcia Fudge
(D-Ohio), officially took the reins
of the organization Monday after
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
dues-paying members voted him
and other new board members Members of the newly re-launched LGBT Congressional Staff Association intend to focus on networking and behind-the-scenes policy work.
into leadership roles.
In a Blade interview, Simpson, itself to being the most vocal Mass.), will serve as policy director another issue in which Simpson “I’m very pleased to support this
who’s 26 and gay, said the organ- organization,” he said. for the organization. said his organization would be new iteration of the LGBT staff
ization plans to take a low-profile But Simpson said LGBT staffers In a statement to the Blade, involved. With same-sex marriage association,” she said. “In addition
approach to advance the needs on the Hill in recent months wanted Sanchez said he’s honored to be now legal in D.C., he noted that to serving as a networking and
of LGBT staffers and advance to give new life to the organization, the first openly transgender many LGBT staffers are able to social group, this organization will
pro-LGBT policy in Congress. to make it more open and “continue board member of the re- marry and want the federal bene- help us advocate for more equitable
“We’re uniquely positioned to on with the legacy of breaking bar- launched organization. fits associated with marriage. policies in and out of government.”
work with a targeted audience riers” that emerged when the asso- “The new bylaws and my corpo- “Those directly affect our Simpson said the out mem-
and work with however many ciation was founded. rate career expertise in diversity members because the federal bers of Congress aren’t technical-
hundreds of Hill staffers we can Simpson said the group has management will let me lead and government is prohibited from ly eligible to become members of
find,” he said. “We’re not going to been in the process of being work with my staffer colleagues to recognizing the validity of our the organization because they
be out there trying to get the reinvented for the past three to fortify how current laws and issues relationships,” he said. aren’t staffers. Still, he noted that
[Washington] Post to quote us or six months and, as part of its re- affect us and to repair any gaps to Additionally, Simpson said a their sponsorship makes the
anything; we’re going to be build- launch, tweaked its bylaws and enrich the lives and careers of cur- goal of the organization is group able to use the U.S. House
ing relationships.” took on the LGBT Congressional rent and future LGBT people work- advancing the careers of LGBT web servers and e-mail system.
The group’s re-launch comes Staff Association name. ing on the Hill,” he said. staffers so they can serve in “If not for them, the organiza-
after an earlier version of the New goals for the organiza- positions that give them more tion wouldn’t exist,” he said. “If we
organization was founded about tion include developing a web Group will work to influence to move pro-LGBT leg- need anything, we go to them
15 years ago. site and forming a women’s cau- influence LGBT policy islation through Congress. because they’re our members.”
Simpson said the group — cus that will have its own specif- Simpson said the organization “If a job opens up that someone Simpson said he expects the
previously known as the Gay & ic programming. would work to influence LGBT poli- wants, we’re going to get together LGBT Congressional Staff
Lesbian Congressional Staff The organization’s member- cy matters related to bills on Capitol to use our network as a group to Association to have a collabora-
Association — was founded to ship varies widely depending on Hill, such as the Employment Non- figure out how we can best get the tive relationship with the Gay,
draw attention to the presence of how it’s counted. Simpson said Discrimination Act and repeal of person in this position, if they’re Lesbian & Allies Senate Staff
LGBT staffers on the Hill. there are about 50 dues-paying “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” qualified for it,” he said. Caucus, the affinity group for LGBT
“It was a very big deal, at least members, but 400 are registered He said he wants to network But group activities won’t be staffers working in the U.S. Senate.
for us, on the Hill when it got on the group’s e-mail list. One task with LGBT staffers to educate them all work. Simpson said network- Among the events in which both
started,” Simpson said. “It did a the organization is considering, on the issues and expand the num- ing opportunities would also groups would plan joint participa-
lot of good stuff for visibility at the Simpson noted, is some type of ber of co-sponsors on those bills. include recreational events, such tion are social and educational
time when there were some con- “census” to determine how many “We’re going to be doing train- as happy hours. activities as well as marching in
gressmen who outright said, ‘We LGBT staffers work on the Hill. ing and education on that,” he said. “A lot of it is getting together the same contingent next month
would never hire a gay staffer.’” Simpson said the number of “We want to make sure that we are and going to happy hours, just during the Capital Pride parade.
Simpson said the LGBT LGBT people working as Capitol connecting and networking as meeting and greeting, even in a “I’ve been talking with them,”
Congressional Staff Association Hill staffers might surprise those many of these gay staffers in every non-drinking setting, believe it or Simpson said. “They’ve been
responded at the time by having living outside the Beltway. He office, in every party across geog- not,” he said. helping us organize this newer
press conferences to “show that also noted that LGBT staffers raphy to know what’s up.” Elected officials have been reinvention for a while, so we’ve
there are actually LGBT people” “don’t line up with any particular Simpson said one bill his organ- helping re-launch the LGBT been very close.”
who work on Capitol Hill. caucus,” and can be found work- ization is particularly pushing is the Congressional Staff Association. Alex Levy, co-chair of GLASS
In recent years, Simpson said ing with either Democratic or Domestic Partnership Benefits & The openly gay members of and legislative aide to Sen.
the organization had the appear- Republican members. Obligations Act. The legislation Congress — Reps. Barney Frank Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said
ance of being dormant because “There are a lot of LGBT staffers would make same-sex partners of (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D- his organization is “thrilled” to
it was continuing a commitment on the Hill and that’s a strength that federal workers eligible for the Wis.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) have the opportunity to collabo-
made when it was founded of we can tap into,” he said. same benefits available to the — have sponsored the organiza- rate with another LGBT group.
protecting the identities of mem- Some established and notable spouses of straight workers, includ- tion as an official staff group. “They have lots of energy and
bers who weren’t openly gay. LGBT staffers comprise the LGBT ing health and pension benefits. In a statement, Baldwin said it looks to be a dynamic leader-
“They wanted that soft influ- Congressional Staff Association Repealing the Defense of she’s proud to sponsor the organi- ship team, and we intend to work
ence on policy and they wanted board. Diego Sanchez, who’s Marriage Act, a move that would zation because LGBT staffers collaboratively with them to work
to protect the identities of their transgender and senior legislative allow the federal government to work in many capacities on the Hill for the interests of LGBT Hill
staffers, and that doesn’t lend adviser to Rep. Barney Frank (D- recognize same-sex marriages, is for members of both parties. staffers,” Levy said.
may 21, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 19
INTERNATIONALNEWS

Portugal’s president ratifies


same-sex marriage law 
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s conservative president announced Monday he is
ratifying a law allowing same-sex marriage in the predominantly Catholic country.
The head of state’s decision to permit the enactment of a bill passed by Parliament
in January makes Portugal the sixth European coun-
try allowing same-sex couples to wed, the
Associated Press reported.
President Anibal Cavaco Silva said in a nationally
televised address he regretted that the country’s politi-
cal parties had failed to reach a compromise during
days of heated debate in Parliament four months ago.
Vetoing the bill would only send it back to
Parliament where lawmakers would overturn his
decision, he said, adding that the country needed to
focus on overcoming an economic crisis that has
increased unemployment and deepened poverty.
The Socialist government’s bill was backed by all of
Portugal’s left-of-center parties, who together have a
majority in Parliament. Right-of-center parties opposed
Photo courtesy of European Comminnion
the measure and demanded a national referendum.
“Given that fact, I feel I should not contribute to a Portuguese President Anibal
pointless extension of this debate, which would only Cavaco Silva decided this week
serve to deepen the divisions between the to ratify a law allowing same-sex
Portuguese and divert the attention of politicians marriage in the country.
away from the grave problems affecting us,” Cavaco
Silva was quoted as saying.
He said that, in ratifying the law, he was setting aside “personal convictions.”
Elsewhere in Europe, gay marriage is permitted in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain,
Sweden and Norway.

Gay couple convicted in


Malawi faces 14-year term
BLANTYRE, Malawi — A judge convicted a gay couple Tuesday of charges that could
send them to jail for 14 years following an engagement celebration, a ruling activists fear
could send others into hiding and hamper the fight against AIDS, according to AP reports. indulge your senses
Malawi’s government has been defiant in the face of international criticism over the
couple’s prosecution since they were arrested in December.
The AP reported that Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a 20-year-old hotel janitor, and his unem-
ployed partner Steven Monjeza, 26, were arrested the day after they celebrated their engage-
ment with a party at the hotel where Chimbalanga worked — an apparent first in Malawi.
Undule Mwakasungula, a gay rights activist in Malawi, said the couple’s decision to
declare their relationship with an engagement ceremony appears to have been personal,
not political. Others have been prosecuted under the law but this case was different
because the two men were open about their homosexuality, Mwakasungula said.
The couple was convicted of unnatural acts and gross indecency. Blantyre Chief
Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa said the sentencing will take place on Thursday
and they could be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
The verdict is “extremely disturbing,” said Michaela Clayton of the Namibia-based
AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, saying it could encourage anti-gay senti-
ment in the region as well as set back the fight against AIDS.
Gay people forced underground in Africa are unlikely to seek counseling and treatment
for AIDS, activists say. In Malawi, nearly 1 million people — an estimated 12 percent of the
population — are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the AP reported.
Homosexuality is illegal in at least 37 countries in Africa, including Malawi.

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Can you be a good gay and conservative? that of the National Organization the administration of our “fierce
The increasingly The conservative movement for Marriage, which was posi- advocate,” despite his promise to
popular answer is ‘yes’ is changing and becoming dramatically tioned one booth away from ours. repeal, is now urging Congress
not to vote for repeal this year.
Indeed, the results of the CPAC
By JESSICA LEE straw poll confirmed what we It is clear the gay community is
more inclusive. were experiencing — only 1 per- taken for granted by the
My name is Jessica Lee. I am cent of CPAC attendees said Democratic Party. No matter how
gay and a conservative. Sounds a experiences caused my political is the country’s premier conserva- same-sex marriage was an issue much money we give them or
little like the first step in a 12-step views to shift and I embraced the tive event and in 2010 had more of concern for them. In fact, my how many doors we knock on for
recovery program, right? Alas, conservative and libertarian val- than 10,000 attendees. We were experience at the conference led their candidates our issues are
some folks on the left think a 12- ues of free minds, free markets pleasantly surprised by the reac- me to conclude that it is easier never a priority. And not until we
step program is exactly what I and limited government. I also tion that our decision received. coming out to conservatives as make Democrats compete for our
need. The idea that a woman came to believe that there is a While one or two organizations, gay than it is coming out as a con- money and our votes will they be.
could be gay and hold right of cen- very compelling case to be made such as Jerry Falwell’s Liberty servative to gays. I know as gay conservatives,
ter political beliefs is anathema to for a conservative/libertarian University, announced they would The second factor that is chal- we have an uphill battle.
much of the gay community. approach to advancing equality. boycott the event because of our lenging the ideological hegemony I understand how entrenched
I have been offered an opportu- Traditionally, there has been a participation, the overwhelming of the gay community is the the Democratic Party is within
nity here to present the views of rigid ideological hegemony in the reaction from the organizers of disappointing performance of our community. But you can be a
gay conservatives like me. As a gay community. Namely, there is a CPAC and many other conserva- the Obama administration and good gay person who supports
board member of GOProud, an widely held belief that one cannot tive groups and bloggers strongly Congress in advancing equality of equality and not be a Democrat.
advocacy organization for gay be a good gay person and support supported our co-sponsorship. opportunity for our community. Gay conservatives share many
conservatives and our allies, I equality without being a Democrat. At the event, GOProud had a Even with large majorities in the of the same goals as our friends
believe strongly that there are Fortunately, this is starting to booth and I was part of the team House and the Senate and control on the left, even if we may dis-
many conservative policy initia- change, mainly for two reasons. manning it. Frankly, I did not know of the White House, Democrats agree on the best
tives that could improve the every- The first reason for this change what to expect and braced myself have failed to deliver on their cam- policy route to get
day lives of gays and lesbians. is that the conservative movement for hostile reactions. What hap- paign promises to us. us there.
I didn’t spring from the womb a itself is changing and becoming pened was the opposite, as we “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the
Goldwater conservative. I grew up dramatically more inclusive. were overwhelmed by offers of most dramatic and disappointing Jessica Lee is a new
in a staunchly liberal household I saw this growing inclusiveness support and encouragement from example of the Democrats’ fail- board member of
GOProud and regular
and held those ideals during my first-hand as GOProud co-spon- the many attendees who made a ure. Despite overwhelming public contributor to the Blade.
youth. Over the years, however, sored this year’s Conservative point of visiting our booth. In fact, support for repeal, Congress is Reach her at
jlee@goproud.org.
my personal and professional Political Action Conference. CPAC our booth was much busier than at an impasse on the issue and

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Balanced Marketing
Brings Buyers
Old and new mation about potential properties But with all the features an online
than a static print advertisement can presence offers both sellers and buy-
strategies work best provide. Buyers like the ability to view ers, the Internet isn’t the end all, be
multiple photos and detailed all. Let’s face it — sometimes we all
working together descriptions of properties, not to like to pick up a local paper for a little
mention previous sale data, tax break from all the tweets, pokes and
Real estate agents, and sellers records, mortgage estimates and emails we endure all day long. When
themselves, often wonder where more. 80 percent of buyers say they we have time to read a real paper
they get the most bang for their find online photos and descriptions instead, we often pick up the local
advertising buck when marketing a useful in the home search process. publication to find out what is hap-
home. Traditional postcards, print The internet doesn’t just make pening in our backyard. We don’t just
ads and flyers seem passé and, for a pleasant experience for buy- read for news; we browse the ads to
since the advent of internet advertis- ers—it results in quicker, higher see which boutique or restaurant is
ing, are becoming less and less pop- sales too. A strong online presence having an event or sale, which con-
ular. Since so many buyers begin results in a potential buyer driving by cert is in town or which charity is hav-
their search online and are attracted houses that pique their interest ing an event. Further, most of us like
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to the interactive nature of internet online, and if that home has strong to support the local establishments in
home browsing, most agents and curb appeal a buyer is more likely to our neighborhood. If you were think- managed postcard campaigns are tended gardens and shrubs.
sellers understand the value of a contact an agent to see the inside. ing of moving to a new neighbor- still an effective component of any Without a solid foundation of attrac-
strong web presence. But the inter- Nationally, 77% of buyers drive by a hood, wouldn’t you look at the local marketing strategy. tive photography, both old and new
net is saturated with information, and home they saw online first and 60% paper to get a feel for the area? A Of course, the keystone of both marketing strategies will suffer.
newspapers are still out there, so go into a home they saw online first, specific local publication has a very traditional and new media market- To properly market a home it is a
which strategy works best? The according to the 2009 Profile of strong influence, and buyers will ing success is good photography. two prong approach: both the 24-
answer: both, working together. Homebuyers and Sellers conducted often generate an overall impression They say a picture is worth a thou- hour online gallery and traditional
Our society has evolved to the by National Association of Realtors. of a neighborhood or locality in part sand words, and it’s true. If a home’s marketing methods like neighbor-
point that the internet is no longer This all results in a much higher from the local publications found in it. exterior is not eye-catching in a pic- hood newspapers and postcards
just a work tool. We are online at the probability they will actually pur- As much as we would all like to ture, why would it pique a buyer’s that catch someone’s eye that’s in the
office, at home, in the car, and on the chase the home in the end. deny it, postcards are also very effec- curiosity to actually visit, much less market to buy. If you want your home
metro (if you can get a signal!). In Sellers and their agents also are tive in real estate marketing. True, to put in an offer? Sellers must to sell, put both traditional media and
fact, we’re online just about every- able to take advantage of another 90% may be thrown in the garbage make sure their house looks sharp technology to work for you.
where. Some of us are more online online advantage: trackability. without even a glance at the photos, the day of the photo shoot. If neces-
junkies than others, but almost all Realtor.com, WashingtonPost.com, and there is an environmental impact sary, sellers should consider hiring a Kevin McDuffie
buyers are internet savvy these Trulia, Zillow and many other real- to postcard mailing that must be staging consultant to ensure the Senior VP / Managing Broker
days. In fact, 90% of homebuyers estate websites allow sellers and respected. But if a recipient is even inside looks like a welcoming space Coldwell Banker Residential
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Return to
Rehoboth
After the worst winter in recent memory,
who isn’t ready for some beach time? The
new summer season is already underway in
Rehoboth Beach, Del. Here are 10 of our
favorite places to go and things to do in
D.C.’s very own gay beach getaway.

1. Visit CAMP REHOBOTH, 37 Baltimore


Ave. From poker tournaments and film festi-
vals to AA meetings and mental illness sup-
port groups, Rehoboth’s LGBT community
center, which turns 20 this year, has some-
thing for everyone.

2. Have dinner at BLUE MOON, 35


Baltimore Ave. You’ve been there a million
times for happy hour and karaoke, but did
you know the Moon is also one of the best
restaurants in town?

3. Enjoy live music or a DJ at the FROGG


POND, First & Rehoboth Avenue. The Pond
isn’t just a popular lesbian bar. It’s a wel-
coming place for everyone and home to reg-
ular live music performances and DJs.

4. Hit the beach. Poodle Beach, at the


south end of the boardwalk, is popular with
gay men, but don’t forget NORTH SHORES
and the state park a short drive away
Photo by Murrey Archibald; courtesy of Camp Rehoboth
(destateparks.com). It’s quieter and, if you
Tony Burns with a few of the photo albums he donated to Camp Rehoboth’s library. The collection spans 30 years in 70 albums and is know a local with a four-wheel drive, you can
comprised of more than 50,000 shots. ride right onto the sand (with the proper per-
mit) with your cooler, grill and fishing pole.

A life in pictures
5. Margaritas at MARIACHI, 14
Wilmington Ave. After a hot day on the sand,
there’s no better way to cool off than with a
margarita on the second-floor outdoor deck
at Mariachi. Owner Yolanda and her atten-
tive staff will take good care of you. Be sure
Rehoboth’s Tony Burns had two homes, one in Alexandria, Va.,
and another, where he now lives full-
which is essentially the basement I don’t
have for life. … And I’ve integrated some
to request the corner table with unobstruct-
ed ocean views.
donates life’s work — time, in Rehoboth Beach, Del. And there things here. I always like to think of
are two climate-controlled storage units. myself as a historian and archivist but 6. RENT A BIKE and get out of town.
50,000 photos — to the But this isn’t a pack rat or hoarder- some might call me a pack rat. It just Most visitors never leave the town of
community he loves style compulsion — it’s all meticulously
organized. It became a running joke
depends who’s doing the analyzing.”
Burns’ trademark, though, especially in
Rehoboth, but there’s more to see. Rent a
bike, cross Route 1 and explore the bay
with his friends when he downsized to Rehoboth, is his photography. He’s been and marshes. Or ride one of the several
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO one residence. shooting dinners and dances, protests trails, like the Junction & Breakwater or
“People didn’t think I could do it,” and brunches — you name it — for 30 nature trail at Gordon’s Pond. Dewey
Tony Burns is a documenter and collector. Burns, who’s gay, says. “I took the furni- years. The Detroit native grew up with Beach is just a mile or so down Route 1
He has a mammoth music collection ture to a local auction. I mean if you can’t seven younger sisters and has spent and Lewes is a short ride with its own
representing everything short of MP3s use it, you know. But there are 60 boxes decades taking shots of his siblings and restaurants and quaint shops.
(he doesn’t do computers): 78s, 45s, of archives, all labeled, each with an
CDs, 8 tracks and LPs. For 30 years he index that went in the storage space, Continues on page 34 Continues on page 34
28 washingtonblade.com • may 21, 2010

QUEERY: 20 Questions for Kellan Baker


By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO How long have you been out and If your life were a book,
who was the hardest person to tell? what would the title be?
Kellan Baker, 28, is one of those how- I have always known that I was different “A Survival Guide to Life with High
does-he-find-the-time overachievers whose from most of the other little kids in ele- Femmes: How to Balance Your Mother,
accomplishments are staggering. He’s been mentary school and from what people Your Girlfriend and Your Cat.”
in Washington since 2008 working full-time expected me to be. The process of
as a senior policy associate for the National understanding what it means to me to If science discovered a way to
Coalition for LGBT Health while simultane- be queer and how I express that has change sexual orientation,
ously working on a master’s in global public been a lifelong process that isn’t fin- what would you do?
health policy and international development ished yet, though I’m 28 now. The peo- Start a recruitment drive for Team
at George Washington University. ple with whom I’ve had the hardest con- Queer – since they think they can
The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native, who versations are my mom and dad – change us, why not return the favor?
identifies as queer, started aiming high in we’ve gone through a lot together and
college where he double majored in astro- are now closer than ever. What do you believe in
physics and Russian literature. He’d read a beyond the physical world?
translation of famous Russian novel “The Who’s your gay hero? I’m a cradle Episcopalian, though I’m
Master and the Margarita” and felt he was- Bayard Rustin, one of the leaders of the still not sure what implications that has
n’t getting a full appreciation for the civil rights movement who was also a for my “religious” beliefs about any high-
nuances, so he learned Russian and even- gay man. His activism for civil rights, jus- er powers. I love the liturgy and history
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
tually spent three-and-a-half years in tice and peace was informed by his sex- of the Episcopal Church, as well as its
Moscow working as a translator of scientif- completely unfair, but by the same token, uality but not defined by it, and for me, insistence on reason alongside scrip-
ic papers and later as a reporter. seeing what goes on in other countries that’s the ideal. Sexual orientation, gen- ture and tradition.
“I just love Russian language and cul- … it’s exposed me to things that I was der identity, skin color, or whatever might
ture,” he says. “It’s very different. It’s like able to take for granted in the states.” be the issue that drives our passion and What’s your advice for
anytime you’re living somewhere and liv- There were some practical considerations gets us out of bed in the morning, should LGBT movement leaders?
ing and understanding the language and as well. “At some point I realized nobody never be the be all, end all of who we are Think outside the gay box – work with
not having this filtered version and not wanted to read my devastatingly original either as people or as activists. other movements to focus on issues
having someone else decide what’s inter- thoughts on Dostoyevsky, shockingly, so I got that impact more than just LGBT people
esting, what’s funny, what’s word play.” into public health,” he says self-deprecatingly. What’s Washington’s best nightspot, and to show that we really are an inte-
Baker, who’s also fluent in German Baker lives in Brightwood and is on the past or present? gral part of the fabric of all kinds of fam-
and French, says he was about 14 when board of the D.C. Center. He formerly co- For getting my dance on, I can never beat ilies and communities.
he began to realize he was different. It chaired D.C. for Marriage. He’s in a rela- a good night at Town. I don’t get out often
eventually led him into LGBT activism, a tionship and is happy in Washington enough, though, so I’m sure there are lots What would you walk across
passion that grew more intense during where he says he’ll likely stay after gradu- of great places that I’m missing. hot coals for?
his years abroad. “A lot of issues in the ation, at least for a while though he’d like Cat food that meets my cat’s demand-
states are completely messed up and to eventually live and work abroad again. What’s your dream gay wedding? ing requirements, particularly when I’ve
My dream wedding – gay or not – is been out of town and she’s giving me
in a beautiful, natural setting sur- the cold shoulder.
rounded by family and friends. A hill-
side winery in Santa Ynez Valley in What gay stereotype
Southern California comes to mind, annoys you most?
or a spring wedding in D.C. (before That gay is an acceptable convenient
the weather gets hot). shorthand for the entire LGBT commu-
nity and that all LGBT people are white
What non-gay issue are and well off.
you most passionate about?
I worked for Special Olympics for a long What’s your favorite
time both in the U.S. and abroad and gay movie?
have always loved the sense of pulling “Some Like It Hot”
together and camaraderie that Special
Olympics teams have. Everyone’s in it to What’s the most overrated
win it, but also just to have a great time. social custom?
That having e-mail and a mobile phone
What historical outcome means you should be instantly accessi-
would you change? ble at all times.
I would learn how to stop worrying and
love the bomb. No, really, it’s hard to What trophy or prize
pick just one. How about the creation of do you most covet?
HMOs by Richard Nixon? I just got a A MacArthur Fellowship
doctor’s bill the other day in which insur-
ance had denied the doctor $400, paid What do you wish
$100, and left me with the balance of you’d known at 18?
almost $200. Isn’t that what we suppos- That I’m not as important as
edly pay insurance premiums to avoid? I thought I was.

What’s been the most memorable Why Washington?


pop culture moment of your lifetime? I came to D.C. for graduate school
The release of the complete seasons of after spending four years abroad in
“Sex and the City” on DVD. Russia and Austria and absolutely
love it. I especially love the sense of
On what do you insist? almost small-town community that
My privacy. can happen in a city only 10 miles
square, the varied and distinct neigh-
What was your last Facebook borhoods, and the trails in Rock
post or Tweet? Creek Park. D.C. to me is the perfect
LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN: The mix of an intimate, livable city and a
official match schedule for 2010 FIFA hotbed of fascinating domestic and
World Cup in South Africa. international work.
may 21, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 29

D
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HAPPY HOUR
FOR DOGS!
(Owners Welcome Too.)
Drink Specials & FREE Giveaways

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Every Wednesday 4-8pm
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Friday, May 21
PANDORA BOXX from season 2 of
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event with Universal Gear swimsuit fash-
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pop music spun by drag DJ Summer
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21+, $10 cover for 18-20.
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Featuring country/western and disco/club
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Wedding DIRECTORY

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SOCIALAGENDA

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Photo by Joe Tresh; page 27 teaser photo by Joe Tresh

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner (left) and Rev. Lorilyn Candy Holmes were married in March
by Rev. Dwayne Johnson. The city has seen a spike in marriage license applications since
same-sex marriage was legalized earlier this year.

Marriage applications
skyrocket in D.C.
tastic rooms ‘The largest influx sex couples,” said Aisha Mills, president of
the Campaign for All D.C. Families, which
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riage license in the District of Columbia can say that certainly this is the largest
has continued to rise dramatically since influx of applications they’ve had.”
licenses became available to same-sex Mills noted that she and her partner, who
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According to Leah Gurowitz, a encountered delays in scheduling a civil
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DCAGENDA

Gay Rehoboth photographer What’s doing

‘ ’
donates collection to center  in Rehoboth Continued from page 27
Continued from page 27
All my life I've taken energy from interacting 7. Happy hour at AQUA, 57 Baltimore Ave. The outdoor deck
31 nieces and nephews. Though and shirtless servers attract crowds throughout the season. Get
he spent his career working in with people. I guess it's my love of history there on the early side, because a long line forms most weekends.
Washington in the Department of
Health and Human Services, pho- and archives and taking photographs really 8. SHOP, SHOP, SHOP. Rehoboth’s many and varied shops
tography was always his passion. are the other main attraction besides the beach. This year saw
“All my life I’ve taken energy captures something that you can look the closing of Lambda Rising, but another LGBT store has
from interacting with people,” opened across the street, PROUD BOOKSTORE, owned by for-
Burns says. “I guess it’s my love back on and appreciate years later. mer Lambda employee Jocques LeClair (on Baltimore Avenue in
of history and archives and tak- Village by the Sea). There are home decorating, clothing, art and
ing photographs really captures years and then all of a sudden you right back.’ He disappeared and other shops (many of them gay-owned), so spend time perusing
something that you can look do. I don’t have a photographic came back with a photograph of the locally owned stores before hitting the outlets on Route 1.
back on and appreciate years memory, but I can remember the me. He’s just got an encyclope-
later. And also I have found that events people were at and even if dic memory for those things. He 9. People watching and Bloodys at PURPLE PARROT, 134
people like to have remem- I haven’t seen them for four or five remembers everything. So and Rehoboth Ave. The gay-owned Parrot is popular all week, but our
brances of the different events years, I can pick out their photo- so lived in this house and he’s favorite time to go is Sundays. Grab one of the six-top tables in
that they participated in.” graph almost immediately.” been with this person and his front along with a Bloody Mary and watch the beachgoers on
Burns enjoys shocking people Steve Elkins, Camp Rehoboth’s mother worked in the Clinton Rehoboth Avenue. The good food, friendly service and always-
he bumps into at random and executive director, says Burns’ administration. It’s amazing.” upbeat music make for a memorable way to end the weekend.
handing them photos out of a col- memory is staggering. A reception in Burns’ honor will
lection of about 600 shots he carts “He always makes like six be held Saturday at Camp 10. Have your photo taken by TONY BURNS. If your photo
around with him. He always prints copies,” Elkins says. “One for his Rehoboth from 4 to 6 p.m. Burns hasn’t appeared in Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, then you’re not
duplicates and tries to make sure albums and one for everybody in has donated his vast photo collec- going out enough. Tony has been documenting Rehoboth’s
everyone in his photos eventually the photo. And he just carries tion — more than 50,000 photos social scene for 30 years and will be honored this weekend for
gets a copy of his or her own. them around till he sees them. in 70 leather albums — to the his dedication — and for the donation of his incomparable photo
“It’s fun surprising people. One of my first memories of him library at Camp Rehoboth. He collection to CAMP Rehoboth. (See related story in this issue.)
Almost like bird watching. You may was in New York. I ran into him in —Blade staff reports
not see somebody for several Manhattan. He says, ‘Wait, I’ll be Continues on page 38
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THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE


HOT HITS AND ONGOING through may 23
HIDDEN JEWELS STEVE SZABO: THE EASTERN SHORE DING REN, OBSERVATIONS & INTER-
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS AND OTHER IMAGES. Arts/Harmony Hall VENTIONS. Montpelier Arts Center. 301-
Through May 22 Regional Center. 301-203-6070. pgparks.com. 377-7800. pgparks.com.
Ford's Theatre RIFAR EL CORAZÓN / HEARTSTRINGS. THE GRADUATE. The Keegan Theatre
202-347-4833 Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Arts Center. at Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202.
fords.org 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org. keegantheatre.com.
In one of the most popular musicals of THE BEST OF FRIENDS. Washington GENIUS3. The Washington Ballet at
all time, meet the well-meaning flower Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre. 240- Sidney Harman Hall. washingtonballet.org.
shop employee Seymour Krelborn 582-0050. stageguild.org.
and his wisecracking carnivorous DUKE ELLINGTON'S SOPHISTICATED
plant, Audrey II. Seymour delights in LADIES. Arena Stage at Lincoln Theatre. ONE NIGHT ONLY
the attention his leafy friend attracts, but when Audrey II develops a craving for 202-488-3300. arenastage.org. friday, may 21
human flesh, the situation spins out of control. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. SPRING FOLLIES. Fairfax Choral Society
Round House Theatre Bethesda. 240- at Ernst Community Cultural Center. 703-
THE MIKADO - GILBERT & SULLIVAN 644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. 642-3277. fairfaxchoralsociety.org.
PLAYERS THE SACRED MADE REAL: SPANISH FILM SERIES: STILL VOICES, INNER
May 21 - May 22 PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, 1600- LIVES: THE JOURNALS OF ALAIN
The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National 1700. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. CAVALIER: PORTRAITS D'ALAIN CAV-
Park for the Performing Arts HAMLET. Washington National Opera at The ALIER. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
703-255-1868 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing FRIDAY MORNING MUSIC CLUB:
wolftrap.org Arts. 800-US-OPERA. dc-opera.org. CHAMBER PROGRAM. Sumner School
A timeless classic, this satirical operetta MIKVEH. Theater J at Washington DC Museum at Ingleside at Rock Creek.
spins a mythical tale of romantic triangles, Jewish Community Center. 800-494-
blundering officials and clever coincidences. 8497. washingtondcjcc.org. saturday, may 22
The score includes 'Three Little Maids From CLASSICAL REALISM: NEW WORKS SEASON FINALE WITH HERITAGE SIGNA-
School' and 'A Wand'ring Minstrel I.' BY TERESA OAXACA. The Art League. TURE CHORALE AND METROPOLITAN
703-683-1780. theartleague.org. CHORUS SINGING CARMINA BURANA.
BEAT MEMORIES: THE PHOTOGRAPHS MIDDLE EAST FESTIVAL: VOICE OF Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at Rachel M.
OF ALLEN GINSBERG THE WOMAN. Theater J at Washington Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at
Through September 6 DC Jewish Community Center. 800-494- Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria
National Gallery of Art 8497. washingtondcjcc.org. Campus. 703-548-0885. alexsym.org.
nga.gov AMERICAN BUFFALO. The Studio THE POLISH MASTERS AND SCHU-
The first scholarly exhibition of American poet Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org. MANN. National Philharmonic at Strathmore.
Allen Ginsberg's photographs explores all GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES. 301-581-5100. nationalphilharmonic.org.
facets of his work in photography. Some eighty Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. 202- WALKINGTOWN DC: EAST VILLAGE
works on display range from Ginsberg's por- 393-3939. woollymammoth.net. OF GEORGETOWN. Dumbarton House.
traits of Beat writers Jack Kerouac and William CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT SERIES. 202-337-2288. dumbartonhouse.org.
S. Burroughs from the 1950s to his later pho- Dumbarton House. dumbartonhouse.org.
tographs made in the 1980s and 1990s. DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90%. sunday, may 23
National Geographic Museum. 202-857- CARMINA BURANA, MATINEE PER-
ART BY THE YARD: WOMEN DESIGN 7588. events.nationalgeographic.com. FORMANCE. Alexandria Symphony
MID-CENTURY BRITAIN IN THE TOWER: MARK ROTHKO. Orchestra at Rachel M. Schlesinger
Through September 12 National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern
The Textile Museum AMERICAN MODERNISM: THE SHEIN Virginia Community College, Alexandria
202-667-0441 COLLECTION. National Gallery of Art. Campus. 703-548-0885. alexsym.org.
textilemuseum.org nga.gov. LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: SEE-
The art of textile design changed radically after World War THE ART OF LIVING: TEXTILE FUR- ING WITH THE EYES OF ANGELS: THE
II as Britain was transformed from a country devastated NISHINGS FROM THE PERMANENT PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALLEN GINSBERG.
by war into an optimistic consumer society. Three women COLLECTION. The Textile Museum. 202- National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
designers were pivotal in this artistic revolution, incorpo- 667-0441. textilemuseum.org.
rating dramatic saturated colors and bold motifs inspired HISTORY ON FOOT: DETECTIVE wednesday, may 26
by modern artists. MCDEVITT. Ford's Theatre. 202-347- THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA.
4833. fords.org. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
The Guide to Arts & Culture is supplied by CulturalCapital.com, a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. STEPHEN SALTERS SINGS AFRICAN
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: Christopher Kale Jones as Seymour in the Ford's Theatre production of "Little Shop of
AMERICAN COMPOSERS. Vocal Arts Society
Horrors," directed by Coy Middlebrook. Photo by T. Charles Erickson; ALLEN GINSBERG: Jack Kerouac wandering
along East 7th street ..., 1953, gelatin silver print, printed 1984-1997, (c) Copyright 2010 The Allen Ginsberg LLC. All rights
LAST CHANCE at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
reserved; THE MIKADO: Photo supplied by Wolf Trap; ART BY THE YARD: Photo supplied by The Textile Museum through may 22 Arts. 202-467-4600. vocalartssociety.org.
MARY LOU WILLIAMS WOMEN IN
JAZZ FESTIVAL - 15TH ANNIVER- thursday, may 27
SARY. The John F. Kennedy Center for MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
the Performing Arts. 202-467-4600. WITH SPECIAL GUEST THE WAILERS.
kennedy-center.org. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National
BALTIMORE WATERCOLOR SOCIETY'S Park for the Performing Arts. 1-877-
2010 MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION. Strathmore.
strathmore.org.
JOHN ADAMS, CONDUCTOR / LEILA OPENINGS
JOSEFOWICZ, VIOLIN. National wednesday, may 26
Symphony Orchestra at The John F. TREADWELL: BRIGHT AND DARK. The
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. American Century Theater at Theatre on the
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Run. 703-998-4555. americancentury.org.
PEPA LEON. Reyes + Davis
Independent Exhibitions. 202-255-5050.
reyesdavis.com. LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
KAFKA'S METAMORPHOSIS. Synetic through may 22
Theater at Rosslyn Spectrum. 800-494- LITARTLANTIC. The Writer's Center.
8497. synetictheater.org. 301-654-8664. writer.org.
may 21, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 37

THEATERAGENDA

‘’
Seeking love in all the wrong places
Last weekend to dent of the St. Mark’s directly — “Where do we find the ‘Oliver’
catch stellar
Where is love? Players. “The ‘Other’ can be
someone who has an opinion
elusive feeling that we crave ...
from something determined by
(closes May 22, 8 p.m.)
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
performance of ‘Oliver’ Where do we find the polar opposite of yours,” and physical attraction and body sen- 3rd and A streets, S.E.
for Dale the “Other-ness” of sations to something deeper and For tickets call 202-546-9670
the elusive feeling “Oliver” is in part its period set- indefinable?” That is the heart- stmarksplayers.org
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN ting — the sinister and thread- beat that draws us to the deeper
that we crave? bare life of children in an era in meaning of “Oliver,” and the rea- through this choice role with
“Food, glorious food!” which only about one in five son the show is so rightly housed comic elan and dances his way
So sing the starving pauper benefits from dynamic musical received any education at all. within the sacred yet very dra- with total amoral glee into the
children and orphaned young direction by J. N. Wickert III and Instead, most mid-Victorian matic space of this red-brick audience’s rightful favorite.
Oliver Twist at the opening of this well-executed choreography by English children got their real-world Victorian Gothic venue at 3rd In fact, one in the audience,
enduring musical treat, “Oliver,” Debbie Clark, all under the direc- education very young in sweat- and A streets, S.E. seven-year-old Ian Patzman-
in a rousing number that sets the torial leadership of the two- shop factories and punitive work- “Acting, glorious acting!” — Rivard, said the acting was espe-
stage in this Capitol Hill rendition decades St. Marks Players’ vet- houses. Often their only escape and first-rate singing and danc- cially good in this show. Fresh off
of a feast of musical theater by eran Kevin Sockwell, whose from this pathway to nowhere was ing — is the medium here for his own role in St. Peter’s
the St. Marks Players. years of experience show in this a life of urban crime. Dickens’ message. First, there Interparish School production of
But only two more performanc- seamlessly executed classic. So Oliver and his unwashed is the almost tragic figure of “Mulan,” Ian said he would “would
es remain since it closes on The original “Oliver” was first group of fellow outcasts seek out Fagin, portrayed with visible like to play the Artful Dodger,
Saturday, May 22. So seize the staged in London in 1960 and love in all the wrong places as heartache as well as slyly avun- because he’s the leader of the pick-
time and get thee to St. Mark’s next on Broadway in 1963 and Oliver asks the central question cular knavery by the simply bril- pockets and he makes bad look
Church and see this familiar then translated memorably to of each of our own lives, “Where liant Walter Smith, whose great good, and that’s really good acting.”
Charles Dickens tale come alive the screen in 1968 where it won is Love?” And it is the strength song, “Reviewing the Situation,” Finally, there is Oliver himself,
on the wide stage in the long nave the Best Picture and a raft of of that love that keeps Oliver ends the show on an almost played by young Rudy Schreiber,
of St. Marks Episcopal Church, other Oscars that year. It is pure amid the likes of Fagin and plaintive note. Jr., “happy to be joining the cast,”
home to some of the D.C. area’s based, of course, on Dickens’ his gang of criminal riff-raff, the Second, there is the comic he says, in his “dream role,” Rudy
consistently best community the- novel, set around 1850 and writ- worst of London’s proletariat relief of the Artful Dodger, all captivates as Oliver, showing the
ater for the past 27 years. ten to humanize the plight of the underworld. But that evil is also double-jointed animation and all boy’s tender side as well as his
“Show, glorious show!” could London poor. typified with a light-fingered a blur of hands and feet and effort to bluff his way as tough
headline this review — the show “‘Oliver’ is a kind of conver- touch by the antic spirit of the swivel hips during the great song enough to survive in the
is quite simply that good. Based sation with the ‘Other,’” says the Artful Dodger. of welcome to Oliver, “Consider Darwinian world of Fagin’s gang
on the songs and story by Lionel show’s openly gay producer, “Where is love?” — director Yourself (part of the family).” of pickpockets and the truly
Bart, the St. Marks production Jerry M. Dale, Jr., also presi- Sockwell puts this question Patrick Jordan mugs his way wicked Bill Sykes.

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JOIN ME IN DCAGENDA
THE FIGHT Burns’ photo collection
AGAINST documents LGBT history
HIV/AIDS Continued from page 34
Reception for Tony Burns
donated money to have the library renovat- Saturday, 4-6 p.m.
ed and feels it’s an appropriate home for Camp Rehoboth Community Center
his shots, which have also run for years in 37 Baltimore Ave.
Letters from Camp Rehoboth, the commu- Rehoboth Beach, DE
nity center’s publication. camprehoboth.com
Each album is identified by month and the
collection is arranged chronologically. Most of still doesn’t have a computer and prints
the events are from Washington or out his digital photos in kiosks. He calls
Rehoboth, but Burns has also shot in himself a “background person” and says
Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York over that’s just where he’s happiest. He shuns
the years. They’re mostly gay events — social networking and had to be cajoled
Victory Fund brunches, Human Rights into agreeing to the reception.
Campaign dinners, AIDS benefits and more “I just like to be in the background,” he
— but Burns says the gay and straight com- says. “During my years in the Department,
munities are so merged in Rehoboth, he and I held some rather responsible posi-
doesn’t make much of a distinction anymore. tions, it just made me feel good to know I
Though he loves the D.C. area, he was enabling the secretary to look good
says Rehoboth is where he’s happiest. and it’s just something I’ve always felt
He says it’s become much more viable as strongly about in my life. If you can con-
a year-round community than when he tribute to somebody who really has talents
Def
Defeating
eating HIV ttakes
akes action. first bought his beach house in 1977. to communicate with others in a much
HIV-negativ
HIV-negativee men between
between 18
18 and 45 years
years of age can take
take action by
by volunteering
volunteering “It’s really the pot of gold at the end of stronger fashion than you could yourself, I
in an HIV vvaccine
accine research study.
research study. There is no risk of infection
infection from
from the vaccine,
vaccine, and the rainbow,” he says. “I think it’s the gay get satisfaction from that. And it’s always fun
yyou
ou will be compensated for
compensated for your
your participation.
par ticipation. destination in the whole country.” for there to be perhaps a little mystery.
Burns, who’s had boyfriends at various Today with Facebook and Twitter, it’s almost
TTY
Call 1-866-833-LIFE, TT 1-866-411-1010,
Y 1-866-411-1010, times but is single now, avoided going like ‘1984.’ You lose your mystique when
email
email vvaccines@nih.gov
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or visit
visit digital for years but is now glad he did. He your laundry is all there hanging out to dry.”
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autoagenda

Five rides under $25,000


Four-wheel fun on Convertible Sonata midsize sedan, with a
MINI COOPER physique so sexy it screams Derek
a budget — the top $24,500 Jeter. Best-in-class fuel economy,
low-cost rides  Mpg: 26 city36 highway
Serious but silly. From the retro,
high crash scores and lengthy war-
ranties are a bonus. So is the low
By JOE PHILLIPS almost nerdy design to the Frisbee- price, especially considering all the
sized speedometer, the MINI Cooper standard options: satellite radio, Hyundai Sonata (sedan)
How to have fun in the age of aus- is playful yet practical. At 146 inches iPod/Bluetooth interface, heated
terity? Some automakers just make it long, this ragtop fits anywhere. Fuel sideview mirrors and steering-wheel
too easy, with trendy designs, beau- economy is stellar. And there’s audio controls. Two downsides: low
coup features and bargain-basement decent cargo space with the rear headroom and a small opening for
prices. Here are five of the best inex- seats down. Safety gear is tops, with the trunk, though there’s more room
pensive rides, all under $25,000. oversized airbags, traction/stability here than in many full-sized sedans.
control and pop-up rollover bars.
Coupe Another plus: primo braking. Few
KIA FORTE KOUP sub-priced cars handle as well, espe- SUV
$16,600 cially when skirting potholes. And CHEVY EQUINOX
Mpg: 25 city/34 highway hill-start assist prevents the MINI $22,700
Sure, the highly anticipated Chevy from rolling backward at stoplights. Mpg: 22 city/32 highway
Cruze is expected to knock the wind- While all versions come with perky Bloated inventory. A bulging payroll.
socks off the competition when it hits engines, the John Cooper Works edi- Too many brands. For years, GM was
showrooms this fall. But the darling of tion—at $10,000 more—feels and “The Biggest Loser.” But not anymore.
subcompacts is still the Kia Forte Koup. sounds like a $90,000 Porsche. The General dumped Pontiac, sold off
Short, smart and sassy, this pint-sized Hummer and Saab, and added muscle
two-door was sketched by a former to its product line, including the restyled
Audi designer. But Kia did more than Sedan Chevy Equinox. Choice of two strapping
KIA Forte Koup
just sprinkle pixie dust on the outside: HYUNDAI SONATA engines (a class-leading four-cylinder or
the acceleration, steering and braking 19,200 peppy V6), both with top-notch fuel
are spot-on. And the sport-tuned SX Mpg: 24 city/35 highway mileage. Handling is so-so yet comfort- Luxury Built on the popular S40 sedan chas-
model has manual shifting that’s as How many homeruns can able. And there are plenty of features: VOLVO C30 sis, the C30 hatchback has a sure
good as the pricier Golf GTI. The cabin Hyundai hit? They scored with the sliding/reclining backseats, tinted rear $24,600 ride and lots of visibility with the large
is simple but, well, a bit bland. And a Sante Fe, Tucson and Veracruz windows, Bluetooth, touchscreen nav Mpg: 21 city/29 highway rear window. There’s no rear-seat
telescoping steering wheel isn’t avail- crossovers — the latter a true Lexus- system, backup camera, and power tail- The quirky Volvo C30 is in a class legroom, so this isn’t a family hauler.
able on low-end LX and EX versions. beater. And the Genesis full-size gate. Inside, there’s a sleek dual-cowl by itself: triangular profile, skyscraper But there’s plenty of power, thanks to
Still, Bluetooth is standard, the trunk is sedan and coupe could be playing dash, snazzy stereo/climate controls taillights and bulldog-like snout. It all the 227-hp turbo that scoots from 0
roomy and there are gobs of options. for Mercedes. Now comes the and handsome two-tone colors. works, in a Lyle Lovett sort of way. to 60 in just 6.4 seconds.
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202-265-3055 neighborhood; hosts regular ladies night. rock, house, disco and New Wave. Check
Logan Circle area restaurant and bar Check web site for special events. web site for 2010 schedule of events.
(Dupont Circle Metro) popular with the
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nights, karaoke and other special events. 1637 17th St., NW 1435 P St., NW
Washington, DC 20009 Washington, DC 20005
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202-232-0395 Popular restaurant and bar in the 900 U St., NW
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restaurant and steakhouse with recently
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specials and many other special events.
See web site for updated schedule.
202-332-6355
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baltimore LEON’S/
TYSON PLACE
Sports bar featuring poker events, drag 1722 870 Park Ave.
APEX EFN LOUNGE/MOTLEY BAR bingo, trivia contests and other specials. 1722 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201
1415 22nd St., NW 1318 9th St., NW Popular bar with massive outdoor deck Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-4993
Washington, DC 20037 Washington, DC 20001 and plenty of TVs for watching sports. Multi-level after-hours dance club attracts leonsbaltimore.tripod.com
202-296-0505 202-341-8281 • 202-642-4537 a mixed crowd but remains gay-friendly. In business for more than 50 years,
apex-dc.com efnlounge.com • motleybar.com OMEGA Leon’s is the oldest gay bar in
In Dupont Circle area; popular with men, but twitter.com/EFN_Lounge 2122 P St., NW BALTIMORE EAGLE Baltimore and among the oldest in
check schedule regularly for other events. Funky, edgy neighborhood lounge in Washington, DC 20036 2002 N. Charles St. the country. Friendly bar with jukebox
Logan Circle with special events galore. 202-223-4917 Baltimore, MD 21218 gets especially busy on Sunday nights.
BACHELOR’S MILL Popular with men and women; features omegadc.com 410-82-EAGLE Tyson Place is a restaurant bar
1104 8th St., SE dancing, videos. Check web site for Dupont Circle area bar and club popular Longtime Levi/leather bar not far located behind Leon’s with a
Washington, DC 20003 event schedule. with men featuring dancing, drag and from Mount Vernon offers friendly bar, separate entrance.
202-544-1931 other special events. billiards, outdoor patio, videos and a
Longtime bar popular with African- FAB LOUNGE full store for your leather needs. PORT IN A STORM
American men in Capitol Hill area. 1805 Connecticut Ave., NW PHASE 1 Mostly men, but welcoming to women. 4330 E. Lombard St.
Washington, DC 20009 525 8th St., SE Baltimore, MD 21224
BANANA CAFÉ 202-797-1122 Washington, DC 20003 CLUB PHOENIX 410-534-0014
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Washington, DC 20003 In Dupont Circle area; popular with men twitter.com/phase1dc Baltimore, MD 21201 especially popular when the Ravens
202-543-5906 but hosts regular women’s events. The Phase opened in 1970 and remains 410-837-3906 play. Features billiards, music and more.
bananacafedc.com a popular lesbian bar and club. Features Mount Vernon-area downstairs bar
Popular Capitol Hill area restaurant and FIREPLACE regular special events, including Jell-O attracts men and women; friendly service. QUEST
bar (Eastern Market Metro) for both men 2161 P St., NW wrestling, 80s theme nights and more. 3607 Fleet St.
and women. Features Cuban, Mexican Washington, DC 20037 Check web site for details. DRINKERY Baltimore, MD 21224
and Puerto Rican cuisine. 202-293-1293 205 W. Read St. 410-563-2617
In Dupont Circle area; neighborhood bar REMINGTONS Baltimore, MD 21201 Neighborhood bar in Highlandtown
BLOWOFF popular with men. 639 Pennsylvania Ave., SE 410-225-3100 area is popular with men and women
815 V St., NW Washington, DC 20003 Another of Baltimore’s friendly neighbor- and offers billiards.
Washington, DC 20001 GREEN LANTERN 202-543-3113 hood bars in Mount Vernon featuring
blowoff.us 1335 Green Court, NW remingtonswdc.com billiards, jukebox and welcoming service. SAPPHOS
Created by musicians Bob Mould and Washington, DC 20005 twitter.com/remingtonsWDC 1001 N. Charles St.
Richard Morel, Blowoff is an occasional greenlanterndc.com Popular country/Western nightclub in Capitol GALLERY Baltimore, MD 21201
dance event popular with men. Events are twitter.com/greenlanterndc Hill neighborhood with more than 6,000 1735 Maryland Ave. 410-752-7133
held in clubs around the country; D.C.’s Friendly bar for men hosts regular happy square feet of space for dancing and billiards. Baltimore, MD 21201 centralstationpub.com
Blowoff parties are held at the 9:30 club hours and special events, including One half block west of Eastern Market Metro. 410-539-6965 Part of the Grand Central complex,
in the popular U Street corridor. karaoke and shirtless drink special Longtime bar and restaurant popular Sappho’s attracts a lesbian crowd
nights. Check web site for details. TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE with African-American clientele. and offers comfy couches, outdoor
B.O.I. PRODUCTIONS McPherson Square Metro. 2009 8th St., NW patio and more in its second
boimarketing.com//community.html Washington, DC 20001 GRAND CENTRAL floor location.
Organizes regular women’s events around JACK’S 202-234-TOWN 1001 N. Charles St.
town. Check web site for updated information. 1527 17th St., NW towndc.com Baltimore, MD 21201
Washington, DC 20036 Dance club and bar popular with men 410-752-7133
COBALT
1639 R St., NW
202-332-6767
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and women, features regular drag per-
formances. U Street Metro.
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Large entertainment complex featuring
northern va
Washington, DC 20009 Dupont Circle area restaurant popular friendly pub, lesbian bar Sappho’s upstairs FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR
202-462-6569 with men and women. ULTRABAR and a dance club on the first floor. 555 23rd St. South
cobaltdc.com 911 F St., NW Arlington, VA 22202
In Dupont Circle area; part of complex JR.’S Washington, DC 20004 HIPPO 703-685-0555
of LGBT businesses at this address, 1519 17th St., NW ultrabardc.com 1 W. Eager St. Freddie Lutz’s Virginia establishment
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street level and 30 Degrees bar. 202-328-0090 Large dance club with gay-friendly 410-547-0069 regular specials and is popular with
jrswdc.com events and vibe located downtown near clubhippo.com men and women. Crystal City Metro.
CREW CLUB Longtime friendly Dupont Circle area Metro Center. Large club popular with men and
1321 14th St., NW bar popular with men; videos, regular women featuring billiards, top
Washington, DC 20005 special events. ZIEGFELD’S/SECRETS DJs/dancing, karaoke, videos and
202-319-1333
crewclub.net LACE
1824 Half St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
more. Opened in 1972, Hippo’s motto
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Men’s 24-hour gym in Logan Circle area, 2214 Rhode Island Ave., NE 202-863-0670 PW’S
featuring steam rooms, lounges, Washington, DC 20018 secretsdc.com JAY’S ON READ 9855 N. Washington Blvd.
private dressing rooms and more. 202-832-3888 Featuring all-nude male dancers 225 W. Read St. Laurel, MD 20723
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Washington, DC 20001 in Brookland neighborhood. Check web Large parking lot available; located in crowd, though welcoming to women and lesbian sports fans and is known
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2 Lovely Levels! Sparkling Hardwood Floors!
Fireplace! Washer/Dryer! Modern Kitchen!
PW’s now has BUZZTIME ELECTRONIC TRIVIA and Parking! Incredible Location! 2 Bedrooms,
BUZZTIME Texas Holdem. Interactive electronic trivia,
players can compete against other players or teams
Sundays 1 1/2 Bathrooms! $2500 + Utilities
• Happy Hour All Night ONE MONTH FREE RENT !
and be ranked against other players nationwide. • Games on the Big Screen
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Mondays 301.983.3275
• Buzztime Trivia contest and
50 Cents Off Bottles and Drafts
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS - Chevy Chase Circle
• Games on the Big Screen
7/10 Mile to Friendship Heights METRO. CALL DAN REICHARD, REALTOR, about this 2-
**1 Bedroom Deluxe! Fireplace! Washer/Dryer! br 2-ba treetop chalet on 3+ acres adjoining GW
Tuesdays Modern Kitchen! National Forest in Lost River WV. 304-897-8162.
• Happy Hour All Night Newly Renovated/Remodeled! $1500 + Elec $185,000. David Rudich, Broker, Lost River, WV.
**2 Lovely Levels! Sparkling Hardwood Floors! See more at www.lostriverrealestate.com.
Wednesdays Fireplace! Washer/Dryer! Modern Kitchen!
• Free Pool, 50 Cents Off Bottles and Drafts Parking! Incredible Location! 2 Bedrooms,
1 1/2 Bathrooms! $2500 + Utilities
Thursdays ONE MONTH FREE RENT ! Looking to
• Karaoke in the Show Lounge

Fridays
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301.983.3275
advertise in
We Offer
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• Alternating Weeks, 1st and 3rd DJ,
2nd and 4th Drag Show CAPITAL PARK DC Studio $800/month, just
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blocks from Waterside & Federal Center Metro.
Saturdays Quiet neighborhood private patio, parking avail-
able, call (202) 488-4720. Competitive Rates,
A short drive from DC, Baltimore and Annapolis. • Karaoke
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PW’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Contact
9855 Washington Blvd. N • Laurel, MD 20723 Phil Rockstroh at
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WASHINGTON DC FURNISHED HOUSING
APARTMENTS & LODGING. 1 to 3 blocks to US DEADLINES: All Ads MUST be
Capitol grounds, Supreme Court, LOC. (202) received by Monday at 5:00 p.m. to
544-4419. Veteran owned small business be included in that week’s issue.
www.capitolhillstay.com Online ad submissions through
our website are accepted until
SALE / DE Monday at 5:00 p.m. for the same
NEWLY RESTORED VICTORIAN IN MILTON’S week’s edition.
HISTORIC DISTRICT. Close to Lewes &
Rehoboth. Unique wood & brick features. Extra
large kitchen, 2 Mst 2-1/2 baths, 2 porches, large The deadline for Encounters,
walk-up attic, laundry room, outdoor shower. Escorts and Bodywork ads is
$349,500. Come be a part of this artistic, historic Monday at 5:00 p.m. for the same
village. J.D.Fisher, owner, 302-684-4777
week’s edition.

SALE / MD PERSONAL ADS ARE FREE but


limited to 25 words or less and must
HISTORIC MOUNT RAINIER
Handy-Dandy House Needs Work - $169,995 be submitted online. All ads will
Great Opportunity,but be ready to work hard! appear on this site. However, only
Several other wonderful Mount Rainier houses the first twenty will appear in the
in great condition print edition. All Personal ads must
from $199,995 - $329,000
include an e-mail address.
LARRY PERRIN, Realtor (R)
301.983.0601 LJPerrin@aol.com Th e H O L I DAY D E A D L I N E
fo r Classifieds, Home and
COLLEGE PARK - WALK TO METRO Personals ads for Washington
Super Value,short walk to METRO! Blade is Monday at 5:00 p.m.
3 Bedroom Home with Basement!
$229,995 ENHANCE your ad with with
LARRY PERRIN, Realtor (R) any of the following features:
301.983.0601 LJPerrin@aol.com

$19.50 for 1st 25 words


SHARE / VA
MANASSAS: M-nonsmoker, share bath, W/D full priv- Photo/Logo ($35)
ileges, Directv Utilities included. Available immediately Hyperlink to any e-mail/
703-969-8521 $595 joeylambda@comtekmail.com
website ($2)
washingtonblade.com Headline style MD ($10)
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