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Record crowds expected for Capital Pride, Equality March

Protest group plans being carried out, among other ways, by
the selection of Unapologetically Proud
separate events; fedl as the theme of this years Capital Pride
agencies continue events.
Capital Pride Executive Director Ryan
to participate Bos said well over 250 contingents were
expected to participate in Saturdays
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. parade, including a wide variety of LGBT rights groups, both local and national.
Among the groups marching in the
Organizers of D.C.s annual Capital parade for the rst time, Bos said, is
Pride parade and festival scheduled for the local LGBT group Check It, whose
June 10 and 11 and more than a dozen This year could see record crowds as the Equality March for Unity and Pride dovetails with members had been involved in an LGBT
Capital Pride. youth gang with that same name and who
related events such as dance parties, art
exhibits and D.C. Latino Pride events that transformed themselves into a business
began June 3 were expected to draw as enterprise to produce and sell clothing.
many as 200,000 people or more from receive evidence-based information from the Washington Blade. We have a strong In whats being billed as a Capital Pride
the Mid-Atlantic region. seasoned, successful activists to organize team. Things have been well planned rst, a Pride Block Party is set to take place
And with the national Equality March their communities to win full equality, and well executed and I think its going to at 15th Street between Church Street and
for Unity and Pride scheduled to kick o said Khadijah Tribble, a D.C.-based activist come o beautifully, he said. P Street, N.W., along the parade route.
near the White House on Sunday, June 11, involved in organizing the Equality March. He said he doesnt think people Entertainment, food and a beer garden
many local activists say the total number In a statement released on Tuesday, will stay away due to concerns about will be among the features of the block
of people participating in all of these organizers said the Queer Resistance protesters led by No Justice No Pride or party, according to an announcement in
events could swell to several hundred Bootcamp would be held in two sessions, others who have expressed objections to the Pride Guide, a free publication that
thousand or more. from 12-1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m. at 755 what they said was business as usual lists all Pride events.
As of early this week, organizers of the 8th St., N.W. in D.C. by Capital Pride in the face of fears of Similar to the past several years, a
Equality March said they were uncertain Another potential unknown this year assaults on LGBT rights from the Trump number of U.S. government agencies will
about how many people would turn out is the size and amount of support for administration. have booths at the June 11 festival, which
for that event and continued to make several events planned by the recently I think people want to come, Delia will be on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,
appeals to supporters for nancial formed group No Justice No Pride, which said. They want to participate. They want between 3rd and 7th St., N.W. Among
contributions to pay for the logistical has criticized Capital Pride organizers to be together. We saw that last year. On them are the FBI, the CIA, the Department
arrangements needed for a rally on the for not changing their events from a the day of the festival we had an increase of Justice, the Oce of the Director of
Mall, where the march will end. celebration to a protest to reect the in the number of people. And I suspect National Intelligence and the Smithsonian
Equality March organizers announced changing political scene in 2017. that we will have a larger number this Institution. In past years, as was expected
on Wednesday a plan to hold a rally The group, which has called on Capital year than we did last year. this year, representatives of those
at the conclusion of the march on the Pride to drop many of its corporate He was referring to the shocking news agencies displayed literature seeking
National Mall. During the rally, speakers sponsors and to ban uniformed D.C. on the night before last years Capital to recruit people attending the festival
will address the marchs various platform police from participating in the parade Pride festival that a gunman had shot and to consider working for the agencies, a
issues, from racial justice and liberation and festival, has announced plans for its killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at development that many activists said was
for transgender individuals to youth own march on Friday night, June 9, and the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando. The unthinkable in the earlier years of the
empowerment and reproductive justice. a 3 p.m. rally on Saturday, June, 10, at killer, who was shot to death by police on LGBT rights movement.
Speakers and introducers at the rally McPherson Square in downtown D.C. the scene, made it known in phone calls Delia and Bos said they have not
include: Sara Ramirez, actor, singer and Postings on the groups Facebook that he had targeted the nightclub in a seen a drop o in the number of federal
activist; Asia Kate Dillon, actor; Mandy page show that a breakout group was planned terrorist attack. agencies participating in the parade or
Carter, co-founder of the National Black expected to leave the rally at 3:30 p.m. Some last year asked whether Capital festival this year because of the new
Justice Coalition; Dr. Imani Woody, and march toward the Capital Pride Pride should cancel its festival on grounds administration in the White House.
founding director and CEO, Marys House Parade route, which will travel from that such a large gathering of LGBT people In addition to the exhibitors booths,
for Older Adults; Aurora Lloyd, True Dupont Circle through various streets to so soon after the Pulse shooting rampage the festival this year will be the site of
Colors Fund Youth Fellow; Doug Kimmel, its destination at 14th and R Streets, N.W. could present a danger to participants. the annual Capital Pride concert on the
founder of SAGE; Chase Strangio, sta One source familiar with No Justice No But Delia announced that the festival festivals main stage near the U.S. Capitol.
attorney with the ACLUs LGBT & AIDS Pride said the intention is not to disrupt would take place as planned to give the Among the headliners scheduled to
Project; Charlie Carver, actor; Jason the Capital Pride Parade but to show LGBT community a place to rally and perform are Miley Cyrus, Tinashe, Vassy
Collins, NBA player, activist; NBA Global support for No Justice No Pride along the collectively mourn the loss of fellow LGBT and The Pointer Sisters.
Ambassador; Nicole Murray Ramirez, parade route. people in Orlando. A full list of all the Capital Pride related
National Co-Chair, International Court One night earlier, on June 9, No Although D.C. police stepped up their events can be viewed at
System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico. More Justice No Pride plans to lead another presence at the festival, no incidents or
speakers and introducers were expected march that will pass through the problems occurred and, as Delia said, a
to be announced later in the week. Visit most homonormative and wealthy greater number of people turned out. PRIDE COVERAGE INSIDE: for updates. neighborhoods in D.C., according to one This year, with the change over
David Bruinooge and the other of the groups Facebook postings. This is from the strong LGBT support shown Pointer Sisters, Tinashe, VASSY to perform,
PAGES 41-52
Equality March co-chairs announced on a family friendly march, the posting says. in the past eight years of the Obama
Tuesday that the march would be holding As of earlier this week the posting did administration to the uncertainty of the Parade and festival maps,
a Queer Resistance Bootcamp on the day not disclose the route of the planned Trump administration, Capital Pride
of the march to train march participants march on Friday, June 9. organizers have said a strong turnout Festival stage schedule,
from other cities as well as local activists Capital Pride President Bernie Delia, and a continued display of LGBT unity PAGE 62
in skills for community organizing and meanwhile, said he and his fellow and pride would deliver a strong message Guide to Equality March for Unity and Pride,
resistance needed to keep their activism organizers of the Capital Pride events are that the community continues to demand CENTER SPREAD
going long after the march. expecting a larger turnout than last year. its full equal rights. No Justice No Pride plans events,
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Pro-LGBT Delaware teacher forced out:

They were out to get her
Outraged students, nd the bus and get the kids back on the
bus, Gregory recalled Pfeier telling her.
parents believe anti-LGBT So she did not ride home on the bus
bias was motive with the students because she couldnt,
Gregory said. She was in that much pain.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. And these were 17 year olds and 18 year olds anyway, said Gregory, who noted
that at no time were the students left
LEWES, Del. A highly acclaimed unescorted by an adult.
teacher and theater director at a high Gregory and other parents familiar
school in Delaware near Rehoboth Beach with the New York trip said they were
who served as faculty adviser for the shocked when they learned that at
schools Gay-Straight Alliance Club was Fultons request, the Cape Henlopen
forced to submit her resignation earlier district school board voted to re Pfeier
this year based on what students and for cause at a school board meeting in
parents believe to be anti-LGBT bias. January. The vote to re her came after
Martha Pfeier, who heads the theater Fulton suspended her while ocials
department at Cape Henlopen High School were conducting an investigation into her
in the city of Lewes, is scheduled to end handling of the New York trip, sources
her seven-year stint at the school when the familiar with the school said.
spring 2017 semester ends on June 16. Sources familiar with the school also
Her departure follows a stormy two- said that Fultons action came after the
year period in which students, parents schools principal, Brian Donahue, looked
and others who know Pfeier say she was into the New York trip matter and did not
hounded by school administrators for what recommend that Pfeier be red.
her supporters say was her outspoken After consulting with representatives
support for the schools LGBT students in of the Cape Henlopen Education
her role as a committed straight ally. Association, which serves as a teachers
They were out to get her for years, said union, Pfeier reportedly agreed to an
a former school employee who spoke on oer by the school district that allowed
condition of not being identied. I think her to resign and retain her benets and
it was pretty much a trumped up charge teaching license, which could have been
against her. in jeopardy if she were red.
The former employee was referring The resignation oer came while Pfeier
to a decision by the superintendent was suering from sharp abdominal
of the Cape Henlopen School District, pain that a few days later was diagnosed
Robert Fulton, to charge Pfeier with as acute appendicitis that required
negligence and other alleged violations emergency surgery for an appendectomy.
for not escorting a group of nine theater Friends said that in the midst of the
students on a bus trip home from New appendicitis attack she had to decide
York City last December, where she took whether to accept the resignation oer or
them to see a Broadway play. reject it and request a hearing to appeal
Parents who know Pfeier said she was the ring by a deadline one day later.
also charged with disloyalty and willful Under what Pfeier considered duress
and persistent insubordination, charges she accepted the resignation oer, people
that the parents believe are linked to familiar with the situation said.
Pfeiers past actions supporting LGBT Fulton initially wanted her to leave
students in a manner deemed overly immediately, but according to parents
aggressive by the school administration and others who know Pfeier, Pfeier
and school district in conservative-leaning argued that if she left in January there
Sussex County, which was won by Donald MARTHA PFEIFFER (right) was forced to resign from her position as a teacher and the GSA would be no one available to direct and
adviser at Cape Henlopen High School in Delaware.
Trump in last years presidential election. coach the students for the plays and
Pfeier declined to be interviewed shows that were planned for the spring
for this story, saying she fears further semester, including the musical Aida.
repercussions from school district familiar with the New York trip, Pfeier to the bus, which was parked a little over a In the past year other shows performed
ocials if she were to talk to the media. became stricken with severe back pain block away, and on the bus for the return by the students under Pfeiers direction
But students and parents who know while in New York that was linked to a trip to Delaware. included Romeo and Juliet, Laramie
her, including Linda Gregory, president serious injury from a car accident that There was a group of parent Project, and The Legend of Sleepy
of the Lewes-Rehoboth Beach chapter occurred several years earlier. chaperones and they had another Hollow: An Evening with Poe.
of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and When she determined she could not ride teacher with them, Gregory told the Shortly before the school board voted
Gays, or PFLAG, told the Washington on the bus going back to Delaware, students Blade. And so she was in pain and she to re Pfeier, one of her theater students
Blade the superintendents allegations and parents said, Pfeier arranged for an told the mother chaperone who was won rst place in the Delaware state
were inaccurate and misleading. adult chaperone and another teacher to in her group, Im in pain. I need to take
According the parents and students accompany the students from the theater medication and I know you will be able to CONTINUES ON PAGE 08
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Pro-LGBT teacher forced to resign from Rehoboth-area school

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 06 know Pfeier as theater students or in her Earlier in the school year she asked because students are allowed to express
role as faculty adviser for the Gay-Straight the class, Who is gay? Lets get it out in their own thoughts, she said. There
division of the English Speaking Unions Alliance Club reached out to the Blade the open, Jones told the Blade. I raised are no disparaging comments. I have a
National Shakespeare Competition, which to express their concern over Pfeiers my hand and a friend raised her hand, very open dialogue in my classroom and
was held Jan. 28 at Cape Henlopen High. impending departure from the school. she said. freedom of ideas. I facilitate classroom
Pfeier has been credited with successfully I believe their actual reason for ring She then said I should get electro discussions.
coaching the student, senior Hannah Lowe, her is because all of the support she shock therapy because homosexuality Aiken added that she encourages students
who became the third Cape Henlopen gives for all of us, that she advocates leads to pedophilia and murder and that to express competing ideas on a wide range
theater student in the past six years, under for us, that she always sticks up for us its wrong, Jones continued. She said of topics. It is what it is, she said.
Pfeiers coaching, to win rst place in the and they dont like it and they dont like being a lesbian is one of the most disease- Arianna Carpenito, a Cape Henlopen
state ESU Shakespeare competition. her, said Nathaniel Nate Linton, a 10th- ridden lifestyles. She said that to me, too. senior who identies as a lesbian, said she
School ocials a short time later grade theater student at the school who She also told me I should not be gay was suspended from school last month
agreed to allow Pfeier to retain her identies as gay. because God would not want it. for wearing a T-shirt she made bearing
job until the end of the spring semester, And theyre against her, Linton Justin Jones, a psychiatrist and father the words, Cape condones racism,
prompting some parents of theater continued. And frankly I feel like they of Bella Jones, a Cape Henlopen High homophobia, sexism and bullying.
students to question the legitimacy of the are against us. So I feel them ring Ms. freshman who are not related to Sondra She said the suspension, which came
forced resignation. Pfeier is a way of kind of silencing us, Jones, said he decided to contact school after she initially declined to put on
Ginny Collins, the mother of two trying to put us down, condemning us. ocials after his daughter and other another shirt and remove the T-shirt,
daughters who have attended Cape Lintons boyfriend, Scott Nye, a Cape Cape students he talked to told him demonstrates that the school does not
Henlopen High School, called the allegations Henlopen senior and theater student similar stories about Aikens alleged allow a free exchange of ideas.
that Pfeier was negligent for allegedly who escorted Linton to the senior prom disparaging remarks about LGBT people Carpenito said she was prompted to
abandoning students on the New York eld last month, said he agrees with Lintons in the classroom. make and wear the T-shirt after hearing
trip a complete and utter falsehood. assessment but acknowledged he has not He said that at one point earlier this about an incident in which a female
This is a teacher who goes above and personally experienced discrimination year Bella Jones became so distressed student wrote the N word on a lab table
beyond in her job to help these kids, said for being gay from his fellow students. over Aikens views on a number of issues, in a science class that appeared to target
Collins. She stands up for these kids, gay I dont really feel like anyone attacks including abortion, that she skipped a black student in the class. The students
and transgender and bisexual. me for being gay except for certain Aikens class and got into trouble with the friends reportedly posted the racial slur
Kathryn Robinson, another parent of a teachers, he said. school administration. Justin Jones said on social media.
student at Cape Henlopen High, said she Nye and Madison Couture, a ninth- that prompted him to drive to the school Although the student was suspended
got to know Pfeier over the past year grade student who identies as a and ask to speak to Principal Donahue. for several days, Carpenito and some
since her son became involved in the transgender woman, are among several These are the kinds of things Im of the other LGBT students who spoke
theater program. Cape Henlopen High students who concerned about, he said in discussing with the Blade said they dont believe the
When it comes to the theater, shes expressed concern that while forcing Aikens reported comments in class. school responded in a forceful enough
done so much for the kids, Robinson Pfeier to resign, school ocials have Shes making these very outlandish way to the incident.
said. These kids look up to her. I cant failed to take any action against other connections between lifestyles that she The Cape Gazette newspaper published
even express how much that teacher teachers who make disparaging remarks disagrees with on moral grounds and an editorial on May 22 supporting
means to a lot of those students, and the about LGBT people. connects them to the sort of perversities Carpenitos right to wear the shirt she
reason why theyre where they are and They keep teachers that make like pedophilia, Jones said. made, saying she stood up for herself
the colleges theyve been accepted to are homophobic, racist and transphobic My child has values. I have values. We and others by wearing her shirt and by
because of her. remarks to the students but they can take have beliefs in high powers and being bringing her concerns directly to the
Added Robinson, And you know away a teacher thats actually ghting for good, decent people, he told the Blade. school and the school district.
they denitely 100 percent have it in for whats right and ghting for her students in But you know at school, I want my child The LGBT students and their parents,
her. They just absolutely dont like her. any way possible, Couture told the Blade. to be taught facts. Im not sending her meanwhile, said the banning of Carpenitos
Robinson was referring to the school It really hurts me and it makes me there to be preached to, to be necessarily T-shirt, which other students wore and
administration and school district ocials. really emotional, she said. Im not going moralized and certainly not given an were ordered to take o, the forced
When asked by the Blade to respond to to be able to go to her for the next two unbalanced view on these issues. resignation of Pfeier, and the apparent
claims by parents and students that Pfeier years of my high school life. If I have a Jones said that since the claims by the tolerance by the school administration of
was forced to resign over false allegations problem I dont know who I will conde students about Aikens alleged remarks Aikens anti-LGBT comments in class for
in connection with the New York eld trip, in and go to. are allegations that he has not heard rst the past three years or longer show that
Fulton said he could not disclose details Couture, Nye and at least three hand he asked the school administration the school is at best insensitive to the
surrounding the resignation due to privacy other Cape students have identied to conduct an investigation. concerns of LGBT students.
rules related to personnel matters. the schools Family and Consumer There are enough students Principal Donahue, who is retiring at the
Ms. Pfeier submitted a letter Sciences Department teacher Alayna complaining that they should take it end of the spring semester this month, has
requesting to resign from her teaching Aiken, who teaches a class called seriously, he said. They were very nice disputed such claims, saying the school
position and our Board of Education Human Development, as someone who and they heard me out and they asked prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination and
approved her request, Fulton said in an has made disparaging remarks about me to write a letter, and so I did. Its been supports its LGBT students. He has pointed
email. The resignation will occur at the homosexuality and LGBT people. six weeks or something like that and they to the schools welcoming of the Gay-
end of the school year, he said. Couture said Aiken insisted on havent responded, Jones said. Straight Alliance Club when it was formed
Your additional questions are related calling her by her birth name after she Aiken couldnt immediately be reached several years ago as a clear sign that LGBT
to district personnel and because of the transitioned as a trans woman, a gesture for comment this week. In June 2014 students are welcome at the school.
privacy rights of employees, I cannot that Couture considers disrespectful, when the Blade interviewed other Cape Im really sad that Mrs. Pfeier wont
comment on them, Fulton said. hostile and discriminatory based on her Henlopen students who told similar be at the high school next year because
gender identity. stories about Aikens alleged classroom she has been a tremendous advocate
Sondra Jones, a ninth grade student comments about homosexuality, the and support for the kids, said Gregory of
Students come to who identies as a lesbian, said she was Blade reached her by phone at the PFLAG. And Im just worried about who
Pfeiers defense startled when Aiken singled her out for school. She strongly denied making will be that person for them. Who is that
More than a half-dozen students negative remarks in the classroom, telling inappropriate or disparaging remarks safe person that they can go to and talk
currently enrolled at Cape Henlopen High her she should consider undergoing shock about any students. with? Who will champion their cause? I
School who identify as LGBT and who therapyto change her sexual orientation. Im not sure what youre talking about am concerned.
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Northam, Perriello to face off in Va. gubernatorial primary

Election seen as Virginia have a shared vision of Virginia
that is free from discrimination. Parrish
referendum on Trump also noted the lieutenant governor has
stood side-by-side with our community
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS every day since his election to the Virginia Senate.
Virginias statewide nondiscrimination
Lieutenant Gov. Ralph Northam and bill does not include sexual orientation
former Congressman Tom Perriello and gender identity.
will face o in Virginias Democratic Northam said there is still a lot of work
gubernatorial primary on June 13. to do to combat anti-LGBT discrimination
Both candidates told the Washington in Virginia. He told the Blade these eorts
Blade in separate interviews this week that begin with good leadership.
the race to succeed Gov. Terry McAulie I will be a brick wall and stand against
is a referendum on President Trump. any type of legislation that discriminates
Northam and Perriello also highlighted against anyone, particularly against the
their support of LGBT-specic issues. LGBT community, said Northam.
Virginians want someone who will Perriello praised Equality Virginia,
stand up to his hatred and bigotry, said even though its PAC endorsed Northam.
Northam. Perriello told the Blade he would veto
Perriello told the Blade that Trumps hateful legislation on bathroom access
election was the rise of something much and bills that would discriminate against
scarier than Republicans gaining control Va. Lt. Gov. RALPH NORTHAM Former Rep. TOM PERRIELLO LGBT Virginians.
of the White House and maintaining their Former Republican National
majorities in Congress. Perriello added Committee Chair Ed Gillespie, state Sen.
Virginia is the rst big move to rebuke their gender identity and prohibited appointed Perriello as the Special U.S. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) and
the president. municipalities from enacting LGBT- Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Corey Stewart are the Republicans who
Trump and his allies have gured out inclusive nondiscrimination measures. He was in the position when Congolese are vying to succeed Gov. Terry McAulie.
progressives know how to march and Northam attended the 2015 wedding President Joseph Kabila agreed to step U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and
resist, Perriello told the Blade. This is of Tim Bostic and Tony London, two down by the end of this year as part of an Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have both
the rst serious statewide test. men from Norfolk who are among the agreement he reached with opposition endorsed Perriello. McAulie, Herring and
Northam, 57, was born on Virginias same-sex couples who led a federal parties in the Central African country. U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (D-
Eastern Shore. He became a second lawsuit against Virginias constitutional Immigrant rights and criminal justice Va.) are among those who have endorsed
lieutenant in the U.S. Army after he amendment that denes marriage as reform are among the issues that Northam.
graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. between a man and a woman. Perrielloscampaign highlights. Its all about relationships, Northam
Northam completed a pediatric Northam told the Blade he is very Perriello noted to the Blade he voted told the Blade as he discussed Perriello.
residency at Brooke Army Medical Center proud of what McAulie has done to for the Matthew Shepard and James This is something that I have fought for
in San Antonio and child neurology advance LGBT-specic issues in Virginia, Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in for 10 years. There are continued attacks
fellowships at Walter Reed Army Medical which includes vetoing a bill earlier this 2009 that added sexual orientation and coming from the other side of the aisle.
Center in D.C. and Johns Hopkins Hospital year that critics contend would have gender identity to the federal hate crimes Northam further suggested Perriello
in Baltimore. He was among the doctors allowed discrimination against gay and law and the bill that repealed Dont Ask, does not fully understand the issues
at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in lesbian couples. Northam also said Dont Tell. and lacks the relationships in order
Germany who treated wounded soldiers Attorney General Mark Herring who Perriello ina GayRVA op-edsaid Trump to eectively govern Virginia. Perriello
during Operation Desert Storm. announced in 2014 that he would no took us backwards earlier this year when described Northam as a very good man,
Northam served eight years of active longer defend the marriage amendment herescinded the Obama administrations but dismissed his criticism.
duty, rising to the rank of major. He has done courageous work in Virginia. guidance on how public schools should As a sitting lieutenant governor he has
began to practice pediatric neurology at We have worked very hard on accommodate transgender students. a tougher ability to go with that message,
Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters equality, Northam told the Blade, while He also praised Gavin Grimm, a trans Perriello told the Blade.
in Norfolk after Operation Desert Storm. noting anti-LGBT discrimination persists student at Gloucester County High School
Northam told the Blade he decided in Virginias schools and in the workplace. who led a federal lawsuit against his
to run for the Virginia Senate in 2007, in Perriello, 42, was born and raised in school districts bathroom policy.
Trans woman challenging
part, because he had a lot of frustrations Charlottesville. He has displayed leadership and Bob Marshall
with the insurance companies. He also He was a special adviser to the sacrice that too many fail to show over Danica Roem, a trans journalist, is
noted cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay Prosecutor of the Special Court for a lifetime, wrote Perriello in theGayRVA among the Democrats who are challenging
was among the other issues about which Sierra Leone that prosecuted former op-ed.Because of his courage to tell his state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William
he was concerned. Liberian President Charles Taylor for story and stand up against injustice, he County) in the 13th District.
I gured I could be a bystander or war crimes he committed during the is now leading a movement of people Marshall, who has been in the Virginia
make a dierence, he said. West African countrys civil war from from all across the country who believe House of Delegates since 1992, is
Northam has been Virginias lieutenant 1991-2002. Perriello later worked for ours is an inclusive nation. I am proud among the General Assemblys most
governor since 2014. the International Center for Transitional to be one of them, and I am proud to vocal opponents of LGBT rights. Roem
He cast the tie-breaking vote in the state Justice, the Century Foundation and the #StandwithGavin. would become the rst openly trans
Senate that allowed the passage of a bill National Council of Churches of Christ. person elected to the General Assembly
that sought to ban discrimination against Perriello represented Virginias 5th if she defeats the Prince William County
state and local government employees Congressional District in the U.S. House
Equality Va. PAC Republican in November.
because of their sexual orientation or of Representatives from 2009-2011. backs Northam People like Bob Marshall, they need to
gender identity. Northam has repeatedly He became president of the Center for Equality Virginias political action go, Northam told the Blade.
criticized North Carolinas House Bill 2, American Progress, a liberal D.C. think committee last monthendorsed Northam. He described Roem as courageous.
which banned transgender people from tank, in 2011. James Parrish, the groups executive Im totally supportive of her, said
using public bathrooms consistent with Then-President Obama in 2015 director, said Northam and Equality Northam.
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I was only 16 years old when I discovered that I was born with HIV. My mother passed away from the disease, but
until getting tested at a community health fair, I had no idea, that I too, was living with HIV. Within a few months of
my diagnosis, I got on treatment to control my viral load. Since then, Ive stayed on treatment and in good health.
Getting tested saved my life and Ive used my experience to help youth learn about HIV prevention, testing and
fighting stigma. Today, I enjoy friends, family and living life to the fullest. Christopher 1, HIV 0.
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HIV, lifes a game, and

with treatment, Im
winning it day by day.
Christopher - Washington, DC
Living with HIV since 1987.


Get in care. Stay in care. Live well.

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DC Allen and Ken Flick: Partners in life,

business and LGBT community growth
D.C. duo pioneered transgender individuals. Two months
ago, 14 Crew Club sta members toured
a local gay business Casa Ruby when delivering a check to
while empowering support the facility.
advocacy groups Allen is adamant and articulate
regarding what motivates the couples
charitable giving-back. Its an illusion that
By MARK LEE we have all of our rights and dont have
to ght for them anymore, he points
As the Washington region celebrates out, adding that this is the reason that
the annual Capital Pride parade and he and Flick have split our philanthropic
festival this weekend, the contribution activities between service and activism.
that D.C. businessmen and Crew Club Other recipients have included Food
founders DC Allen and Ken Flick have and Friends, the Gay and Lesbian Activists
made to the growth and development Alliance (GLAA), Us Helping Us, the D.C.
of the LGBT community in the nations governments Oce of GLBT Aairs,
capital is particularly noteworthy. and Whitman-Walker Health. They have
Flick and Allen, partners in life and also lent their support to Team D.C.,
business, highlight through their D.C. Sentinels Basketball Team, Federal
exemplary leading role a legacy of gay KEN FLICK and DC ALLEN have contributed to the development and growth of a broad and Triangles Soccer Club, We Are Everywhere
business owners who have fueled local diverse range of local and national LGBT groups Bowling League, D.C. Gay Flag Football
advocacy groups, community-building PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLEN
League, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club,
initiatives, and direct service projects. Reel Armations, Miss Adams Morgan
The entrepreneurial duo, a longtime warm gregariousness and easygoing men and their sexuality, Allen says. Pageant, Centaur Motorcycle Club,
couple that married at the District manner for which the couple is known. The Crew Club has long been committed Federation for All D.C. Families, and the
courthouse in 2012, has quietly A Washington-born native who grew to working for a safer and healthier local Imperial Court of Washington, D.C.
and consistently contributed to the up in suburban Maryland, Flick earned gay community, providing on-site testing Their municence also extends to
development and growth of a broad and an undergraduate degree at Georgetown for HIV, syphilis and other sexually national LGBT organizations such as the
diverse range of local and national LGBT University and masters of Urban transmitted infections since opening. The NAMES Project and AIDS Memorial Quilt,
groups of all types and sizes. Planning from the University of Virginia. business funded, and was instrumental in Lambda Legal, CenterLink, Stonewall
During the past two decades, the He worked at the Maryland Department initiating, a $40,000 advertising campaign Museum and Library, National LGBTQ
continuing nancial benefactions of Allen of Transportation for more than 20 in local LGBT media promoting awareness Task Force, and SAGE Advocacy and
and Flick on behalf of multiple business years and served as state liaison to the of a resurgence of syphilis. That eort Services for LGBT Elders. Allen and Flick
ventures have totaled nearly $650,000 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit was widely credited with reducing the also support organizations in the Fort
in direct funding. Authority beginning with the creation of rate of infections among gay men in the Lauderdale area, where they maintain
Co-owners of the Crew Club, a gay- Metrorail in the 1970s, also working with metropolitan area, alongside nancing a home, including SunServe, Equality
oriented gym and spa located in the the regions Council of Governments. safer-sex Tool Kit distribution expenses. Florida, the Gay Mens Chorus of South
bustling Logan Circle neighborhood at Allen, who cuts an outsized stature The Crew Club also supported the Florida, Our Fund, and the Pride Center of
1321 14th St., N.W., south of P Street, with an even bigger personality, grew formation and development of the award- South Florida.
Allen and Flick launched the business up in the Boston suburbs, where he winning Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit Allen has been presented the
in 1995. At the time, the now-bustling studied hotel management. He worked (GLLU) of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Distinguished Service Award by the
commercial area was a desolate strip of in the restaurant and bar industry in Department, and has forged strong ties Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, the
largely vacant and underutilized buildings both Boston and Manhattan, the latter with GLLU personnel. Distinguished Service Award by the D.C.
with scant enterprise destinations. while achieving success and prominent Other beneciaries represent a Center, and an Outstanding Volunteer
Allen recalls a local resident stating at a theater, musical and movie roles as a comprehensive list of entities engaging Service Award by Brother, Help Thyself
community meeting during the early days New York actor, singer and dancer. broad swaths of community life. Allen was the recipient of the Capital Area
of operation, Ive never seen so many After subsequently opening a coee Four years ago, the Crew Club donated Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
men in suits in the neighborhood. shop with friends in Boston, a series of $25,000 to the then-expanding and Business Leadership Award in 2012. He
Also distinguishing the venue from brutal gay bashings in the Fenway cruising relocating D.C. Center, the Washington received the Washington Blade Best
its inception and reected in a major area angered Allen and led him to open a areas LGBT community center, to help Business Person designation in 2014.
recent refurbishment is the attractive social club with a gym and spa. Inspired by build out new oces and meeting space Crew Club was also named Best Place
interior design, high-end appointments, attending a Quentin Crisp lecture regarding at the Reeves Center a few blocks north to Meet Men Other Than Grindr two
comfortable ambience, signature attention his being gay at a time in history when it of the Crew Club at 14th and U streets. years ago. Were retro in that regard,
to detail, and patron service standards at was dangerous to be so, Allen discerned The Center is a project for which Allen, notes Allen, seeking human interaction,
the well-run and award-winning facility. The a community need for a social place and in particular, remains passionate. He is battling to be sex positive and promoting
Crew Club has earned a national distinction a center for community HIV education, as quick to encourage older LGBT residents healthy behaviors.
for oering a full-range of amenities and he had seen throughout Europe. I wasnt to include the organization when planning Additional information on the Crew
representing the highest hallmarks of going to let anyone stop me, Allen recalls, for estate distributions. Club is available online at
quality within the industry. We needed a place to go. In each of the past two years, Casa
Flick, who primarily manages the It was this motivation, and a move Ruby has been the recipient of $10,000
administrative aspects of the business to D.C., that prompted the Crew donations for its work oering life-
and other enterprise engagements from Club development as an activist and saving services and programs to the MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur and
community business advocate. Follow on Twit-
the couples Fort Lauderdale home when community supported space with a most vulnerable members of the LGBT ter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at OurBusiness-
not at their D.C. residence, shares the mission to build a positive view of gay community and providing support for
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Del. gay man who alleged police abuse found guilty

Anti-gay bias allegation case, presented as evidence a video
recording taken from the hospitals
not mentioned in trial security cameras that shows Lizama and
his friend enter the hospitals emergency
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. department. The video footage shows Lizama moving about and raising his
arms in what appeared to be an agitated
GEORGETOWN, Del. A 66-year- state as he talked to one of the nurses at
old gay man who led a complaint the admissions desk.
against a police ocer in Lewes, Del., for Beauregard said she based her
allegedly using excessive force to arrest verdict on what she called credible
him in January during an altercation at and consistent testimony by Marshall,
a hospital emergency room was found Peacock and Woodward. She said the
guilty by a Delaware judge on Tuesday three witnesses along with the video
on misdemeanor charges of disorderly recording at the trial convinced her that
conduct, menacing, and resisting arrest. Lizamas behavior was, in fact, posing a
Judge Rosemary Beauregard of the potential danger to the hospital sta and
Sussex County Court of Common Pleas ROBAIRE G. LIZAMA was found guilty of several misdemeanor charges. other visitors and proved he committed
announced at the conclusion of a non- PHOTO COURTESY OF LIZAMA
the misdemeanor oenses of disorderly
jury trial in Georgetown, Del., that a state conduct, menacing and resisting arrest.
prosecutor proved beyond a reasonable He denied he acted in a threatening or In response to questioning by Lingo, The judge called Lizamas testimony at
doubt that Robaire G. Lizama engaged menacing way or that he refused to leave Marshall and Peacock acknowledged that the trial inconsistent and contradictory.
in hysterical and abusive behavior at the emergency room when asked to do Lizama was admitted to the emergency All three of those witnesses thought
the hospital that justied his arrest and so by one of the nurses. department for treatment after his arrest. something bad was going to happen, she
conrmed he committed the three oenses. Jaqueline Marshall, the emergency room Lingo presented a photo of Lizama as said. He put the public at risk and he put
In a development that court observers nurse who participated in the treatment evidence that showed a gash over his eye his friend at risk, said Beauregard, saying
said was routine for a misdemeanor of Lizamas friend, and hospital security and pointed to Lizamas testimony that the disturbance Lizama was creating could
case like this one, Beauregard handed ocer Julian Peacock testied that Lizama the injury required a plastic bandage to have interfered with the nurses and doctors
down an immediate sentence for Lizama while understandably upset that his friend stop the bleeding, eort to diagnose and treat the friend.
that included a 30-day suspended jail may have been suering from a heart Assistant State Attorney General
term, six months of court-monitored attack behaved in such an aggressive Paul Seward, the lead prosecutor in the CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
probation, and a $600 ne plus $57 in and hysterical way that the nursing sta
court reimbursement costs. became alarmed and felt threatened.
In another development likely to Marshall, Peacock and Ocer
surprise LGBT activists familiar with the
case, Lizamas public defender attorney
Woodyard each testied that Lizama
lunged at Woodyard while Woodyard Suspect in trans murder rejects plea offer
Heather Lingo made no mention during and Peacock were escorting Lizama out of
the trial of Lizamas written complaint to the emergency room area to the hospitals One of four suspects charged with
the Lewes Police Department in February lobby, where they told him he would have rst-degree murder while armed in
alleging that the arresting ocer singled to wait while his friend was treated. the July 4, 2016 shooting death of D.C.
him out because hes gay. Woodyard told the court he couldnt transgender woman Deeniquia Dee
When approached by the Blade after immediately determine whether Lizama Dee Dodds has rejected an oer
the trial Lingo declined to comment, was armed when Lizama suddenly turned by prosecutors to plead guilty to an
saying she would have nothing more to toward him in an aggressive way. He said undisclosed lesser charge, according
say about the case. he decided to taken him down on the to D.C. Superior Court records.
I dont think he would grab a straight oor out of concern that Lizama could have The records show that an attorney
man, bear hug him and then body slam harmed the nurses and others walking representing Jolonta Little, 26, of
him to the ground and try to tell him through the emergency room area. Southeast D.C., who was arrested for
hes being arrested, Lizama told the Woodyard and Peacock testied that the murder last September, made a DEENIQUIA DEE DEE DODDS was killed
Washington Blade at the time he led when Woodyard tried to handcu Lizama counter oer for another possible on July 4, 2016.
his complaint with Lewes Police Chief after telling him he was under arrest, guilty plea which was also rejected by
Thomas Sell in February. Lizama resisted the ocers attempts prosecutors with the U.S. Attorneys
Lizama, a former D.C. resident who to place cus on one of his hands and oce.
lives in Lewes, has accused Ocer Tyrone struggled with the ocer and Peacock on Little has been held in jail without bond since the time of his arrest. Court
Woodyard of fabricating the charges the oor. This prompted another nurse records show a jury trial has been scheduled for him and co-defendant Monte
against him after throwing him to the to enter the fray and assist in restraining Johnson, 21, also of Southeast D.C., for June 11, 2018. Both men are scheduled
oor, causing a head injury during a Lizama, the two testied. to appear in court for a status hearing on July 20 of this year.
Jan. 25 incident at Beebe Healthcare, a Lizama testied that he turned toward A trial date has yet to be scheduled for the other two defendants, Shareem
hospital in Lewes. Woodyard because he was trying to nd Hall, 22, of District Heights, Md.; and Cyheme Hall, 21, of Southeast D.C.
The arrest report prepared by Woodyard his way to the entrance to the hospital D.C. police led an arrest adavit in court last September disclosing that four
says Lizama had been acting in a disorderly lobby and in no way was attempting to men later who were later charged in Dodds murder were implicated in a series
manner after he accompanied a female attack or harm Woodyard. He said he didnt of armed robberies of transgender women, including Dodds, in two locations in
friend to the emergency room who had resist the ocers attempt to handcu him D.C. in the early morning hours of July 4.
been experiencing chest pain. Lizama but was moving about because he was in Neither police nor prosecutors have said whether the two Halls charged in the
testied at the trial that he was concerned pain and was trying to place his hand over case are related or which of the four men shot Dodds in the neck, which led to
that nurses who admitted and began to his forehead above his eye, which was her death nine days later.
treat his friend werent being compassionate bleeding after his head struck the oor LOU CHIBBARO JR.
in their handling of the situation. when Woodyard knocked him down.
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Trump declines to issue Pride proclamation

Silence ends tradition National Ocean Month. Absent from of hosting annual receptions at the based shelter and center for trans
the list was anything related to Pride. White House recognizing June as women of color and immigrants.
under Clinton, Obama The White House last month Pride month. It seems unlikely Trump Meanwhile, LGBT affinity groups
didnt rule out the possibility that would continue that practice and hold for federal agencies are continuing
By CHRIS JOHNSON Trump would recognize Pride, telling a similar reception after declining to their traditions of holding events to the Washington Blade the decision issue a Pride proclamation, not to observe Pride. Agencies known to
would be announced at the time of mention his unpopularity with the the Blade that are hosting events
President Trump declined to issue the June proclamations. But after the LGBT community after policies such are the Pentagon, the Small Business
a proclamation designating June White House omitted Pride from its as revoking Obama-era guidance Administration, the Department of
as a time for celebration of Pride, series of proclamations on Wednesday, assuring transgender kids have access Housing & Urban Development and
breaking with an eight-year tradition the White House didnt respond to a to school bathrooms consistent with the Justice Department.
of the Obama administration. request on whether a recognition of their gender identity. A representative of HUD GLOVE told
By the end of the last weekday in May, Pride would be forthcoming. Instead, a group of former LGBT the Blade HUD Secretary Carson was
President Obama each year during his The tradition of presidential Obama administration officials, led invited to speak at the HUD event.
two termsin the White House issued a Pride proclamations started under by former White House LGBT liaison It remains to be seen whether hell
proclamation recognizing Pride. Trump, President Clinton, although President Gautam Raghavan and Aditi Hardikar, take that opportunity given an anti-
on the other hand, has issued no such George W. Bush discontinued that are planning a NOT the White House LGBT record that includes comparing
proclamation or even recognized practice during his time in office. Pride Party, taking a cue from homosexuality to bestiality and calling
June as Pride month from his Twitter Obama renewed that tradition Samantha Bees Not the White House transgender people abnormal.
account. for each of his eight years in the Correspondents Dinner event. For the Pentagon event on June 12,
Trump on the last day of May White House, recognizing not only The event is scheduled to take place DOD Pride invited Defense Secretary
issued five separate proclamations Pride in his proclamations but also June 10 to coincide with Capital Pride James Mattis to speak. A DOD
recognizing June as National achievements in LGBT rights, such as and the 2017 Equality March. Set spokesperson said the departments
Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal and the to attend are Valerie Jarrett, former leadership instead will send a lower
African-American Music Appreciation U.S. Supreme Court ruling for same- senior adviser to President Obama, and level official, Tony Kurta, acting under
Month, National Homeownership sex marriage nationwide. former Army Secretary Eric Fanning. secretary of defense for personnel
Month, Great Outdoors Month and Obama also started a tradition Proceeds will go to Casa Ruby, a D.C.- and readiness.

Trump to address anti-LGBT leaders days before Equality March

President returns to Faith & life president, Reed said.
It wont be the rst time Trump has
Freedom Coalitions annual addressed the Faith & Freedom Coalition. Last
confab year during his presidential campaign, Trump
addressed the confab, calling his Democratic
opponent Hillary Clinton as crooked as they
By CHRIS JOHNSON come. Without saying anything explicitly anti-LGBT, Trump made references to certain
issues in ways that could be considered code
Days before the LGBT community plansto for support for undermining LGBT rights.
demonstrate at the Equality March for Unity In addition to Trump, speakers with
and Pride, President Trump is set to speak anti-LGBT reputations scheduled to
Thursday at a conference hosted by the attend are Vice President Mike Pence, Sen.
Faith & Freedom Coalition, an organization Ted Cruz (R-Texas), House Majority Whip
consisting of anti-LGBT leaders. Steve Scalise (R-Ohio) and James Dobson.
Ralph Reed, chair of Faith & Freedom In the past, the coalition has honored the
Coalition, announced Tuesday in a statement late Phyllis Schlay, a social conservative
Trump would headline the organizations activist who despite having a gay son took
annual Road To Majority conference at the anti-LGBT positions.
Omni Shoreham Hotel in D.C. On the Faith & Freedom Coalitions
President Trump won an overwhelming website, the organization doesnt explicitly
plurality of voters of faith last year and in articulate any anti-LGBT goals, but makes
the opening months of his administration clear one of its principles is respect for
faith-based voters remain his most loyal the sanctity and dignity of life, family, and
supporters and we are extremely excited marriage as the foundations of a free
that President Trump will once again society. Those words could be considered
address thousands of conservative activists code for undermining LGBT rights.
from across the country at Road To The Faith & Freedom Coalition
Majority, Reed said. RALPH REED, chair of Faith & Freedom Coalition, announced Tuesday Trump would headline announces Trump will speak before
Reed, who has compared court rulings in the organizations annual Road To Majority conference. attendees at its conference days before
favor same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Equality March and Pride celebrations
Court decision in favor of slavery in the throughout the country. Trump is set to
Dred Scott case, added Trump has already His administration has delivered of the most socially conservative Cabinet make an appearance at the event after
demonstrated his commitment to social on his campaign promises with the in our nations history, and a number of scrapping a tradition under the Obama
conservatives over the course of his brief conrmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to executive and legislative accomplishments administration of issuing a proclamation
administration. the U.S. Supreme Court, his appointment that conrm his commitment to be a pro- recognizing June as Pride month.
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Orlando to mark one year since Pulse massacre

Gunman killed 49 people at history. ght for those who are still suering,
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said Orlando City Commissioner
LGBT nightclub and others will attend a memorial at the Patty Sheehan in a press release that
Orange County Administration Center announced the Lake Eola tribute. This
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS on Monday at 10:30 a.m. A ceremony to June 12, our entire LGBTQ community honor the massacres victims and those and our allies need to stand together and
who survived it is scheduled to begin at continue to show that we are a strong,
EDITORS NOTE: The Blade will report from Or- Pulse at 11 a.m. united city that responds with love.
lando from June 11-13.
Olga Tan, a Grammy-award winning Nearly half of the 49 people who died
Monday marks one year since a Puerto Rican singer, and Sisaundra Lewis, inside Pulse were LGBT Puerto Ricans.
gunman killed 49 people and injured a semi-nalist on the sixth season of A memorial to the Puerto Rican victims is
53 others inside the Pulse nightclub in The Voice, are among those who are scheduled to take place in San Juan on June
Orlando, Fla. slated to perform at the Orlando Love 22. The Hispanic Federation and Proyecto
The city of Orlando and Orange Remembering Our Angels tribute that will Somos Orlando on June 13 are scheduled
County have designated Monday as take place at the Lake Eola Amphitheater to hold a meeting in Orlando that will
Orlando United Day A Day of Love at 7 p.m. A second gathering will take focus on how the Latino LGBT community
and Kindness. The Orlando United Day place at Pulse at 10 p.m. continues to recover from the massacre.
website says June 12 will be dedicated to The University of Central Florida will This tragedy was the worst in our
honoring the memory of the 49 innocent also pay tribute to the Pulse victims communitys history, Pedro Julio Serrano,
June 12 marks one year since a gunman
Pulse victims, supporting survivors and killed 49 people and injured 53 others when on Monday. Churches and community founder of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a
recognizing the compassion and love he opened re inside the Pulse nightclub in organizations in Orlando and throughout Puerto Rican LGBT advocacy group, told
that was displayed by the Central Florida Orlando, Fla. The club never reopened. Central Florida are scheduled to hold the Washington Blade. Were still healing,
community following the tragedy. their own vigils and memorials. mourning, resisting.
The gunman opened re inside Pulse What happened at Pulse was the A candlelight vigil to honor the
shortly after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. the gay clubs weekly Latino night, is the darkest day in our citys history, and we massacre victims is scheduled to take
The massacre, which took place during deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. continue to grieve for the victims and place in Dupont Circle on June 12 at 7 p.m.

One year later, Pulse underscores challenges of extremism

By CHRIS JOHNSON coordinated the attack. was banned in the United States until that Secretary Josh Earnest articulated the Ned Price, whos gay and worked under statute expired in 2004. request from the U.S. government for
the Obama administration at the CIA Price said the Orlando shooting as greater help from Silicon Valley.
Ahead of the one-year anniversary of and the National Security Council, said well as incidents in San Bernardino and Surely we can have a discussion about
the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub that the shooting echoed shootings in San Ft. Hood demonstrates the ease with ways to create, publish, and amplify content
left 49 dead and 53 wounded, national Bernardinoand Ft. Hood in Texas, which which terrorists and would-be terrorists from credible sources that counteracts the
security experts say lessons ofthe attack he called incidents of people who have can get their hands on rearms. radicalizing messaging from ISIL and other
have goneunheeded as similar incidents been inspired by extremist ideology. Just in the past several weeks, weve extremists, Earnest said. Given the way
inspired by violent extremism continue I think what Orlando did was really seen horric incidents in places like that technology works these days, there
across the globe. reinforce the scale and scope of the London and Manchester, but what surely are ways that we can disrupt paths
The issue of whether eorts to contain challenge that we face combatting this distinguishes the incidents were seeing to radicalization, to identify recruitment
extremism are sucient has risen to the ideology, Price said. in the United States, by and large at least, patterns, and to provide metrics that allow
fore after a spate of attacks in the United Mike Sexton, whos gay and a D.C.- is the fact that extremists here have us to measure the success of our counter-
Kingdom one at an Arianna Grande based national security analyst for a ready access to weapons, including semi- radicalization eorts.
concert in Manchester that left 22 dead and prominent security and risk management automatic weapons that are essentially Nearly one-and-a-half years later and
another attack on London Bridge that left rm, said making conclusions about the weapons of war turned against civilians on the anniversary of the Pulse shooting,
eight dead. Those incidents are consistent Orlando shooting is dicult because the in recreation centers and nightclubs and national security experts commended
with violence in Kabul, Paris, Istanbul, shooterwas killed during the attack, but on military bases, Price said. eorts from companies like Twitter and
Brussels, Berlin and San Bernadino as well the cumulative incidents of terrorism As the Blade reported six months after Facebook in deleting the social media
as the Pulse shooting on June 12, 2016. speak volumes about the need for the Pulse shootings, eorts to institute accounts of ISIS, but noted the inherent
Omar Mateen, the perpetrator of the improved security. gun control regulations even modest challenges in containing the threat.
Pulse shooting, gunned down patronsof The takeaway from that shooting proposals like enhanced background Price said even though the U.S.
the LGBT nightclub with an assault and other attacks like on the Brussels checks seem dead in the water with government has no special leverage over
weapon and a semi-automatic pistol after airport and on Ariana Grandes concert in President Trump in the White House and social media companies, they have made
pledging allegiance to ISIS on social media Manchester, to me, is that we arent doing Republicans allied with the National Rie good progress on their own consistent
and on a 911 phone call. Even during the enough to secure soft targets that lightly Association in charge of Congress. with First Amendment and technological
attack, Mateen made Facebook posts in trained or untrained ISIS operatives can One initiative the Obama administration limitations.
support of the Islamic extremist group. strike with relative ease, Sexton said. pursued was seeking cooperation from Twitter, Facebook, other social
According to CBS News, one of his That takeaway is more tactical and social media companies in shutting down networking sites have taken some positive
posts read, You kill innocent women and the burden falls upon individuals and accounts from ISIS. After all, Twitter steps in this regard, Price said. Thats not
children by doing us taste companies operating these facilities as banned gay conservative provocateur to say that we all couldnt do more.
the Islamic state vengeance...In the next well as their governments. Milo Yiannopolous for life after making Among the steps Price identied was
few days you will see attacks from the For the attacks in the United States, snide remarks about comedian Leslie taking down ISIS-linked accounts and
Islamic State in the usa. one aspect of the Pulse shooting that gun Jones, but ISIS is still able to propagate its establishing new mechanisms to block
Although the Islamic State of Iraq & control advocates continue to decry is the messages through the platform. extremist content.
Syria took credit for the massacre, theres ease with which individuals can procure In the aftermath of the San Bernardino
no evidence the terrorist group directly rearms. The assault rie used byMateen shooting, Obama White House Press CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Trump budget assailed for cuts to civil rights

Proposal would zap For the HHS Oce of Civil Rights, the Under former U.S. Attorney General EEOC, the budget calls for the elimination
Trump budget proposes a 15 percent cut Loretta Lynch, the civil rights division of 130 full-time sta positions from
agency charged with down from an estimated $53 million led a lawsuit against North Carolinas the latter agency since FY-17, although
enforcing LGBT order from FY-17 to $44 million in FY-18 and a anti-LGBT House Bill 2 based on the funding would be atlined at $364 million.
10 percent sta reduction, from 177 to 161. laws before the litigation was withdrawn Gruberg said the cuts were shocking
That oce is charged with enforcing under Trump. and the proposed merger spells trouble
By CHRIS JOHNSON Section 1557 of the Aordable Care At a time when they led the most because OFCCP has oversight authority Act, which bars discrimination on the criminal civil rights complaints and to investigate federal contractors for
basis of sex in health care. The Obama tracking complaints ever, this stang violations unlike EEOC, which generally
President Trumps commitment to administration issued a rule clarifying that cut will severely diminish the ability of DOJ awaits discrimination complaints led by
upholding civil rights for LGBT people provision applies to transgender people, civil rights to le and prosecute criminal employees before taking action.
has come into renewed question in the ensuring access to transition-related care and civil rights violations, Gruberg said.
wake of a budget proposal that makes and gender reassignment surgery. In addition to merging OFCCP with CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
substantial cuts to agencies enforcing non- Although U.S. District Judge Reed
discrimination laws and cumulative actions OConnor in Texas issued an injunction
over the course of his administration barring the Obama administration from
undermining those statutes. applying the Section 1557 to cases of
Trumps $4.1 trillion budget proposal
for scal year 2018 unveiled late
transgender discrimination, Gruberg said
the HHS Oce of Civil Rights presumably
Tillerson acknowledges Pride month
last month calls for major cuts from should still be investigating complaints
Obama-era levels to civil rights agencies from LGBT people of discrimination in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on
within federal departments across the health care and the cuts would be harmful. Wednesday issued a statement that
board, including the Justice Department, These are complaints that would not acknowledges Pride month.
the Department of Health & Human get the resources or stang needed to The Department of State arms
Services and the Education Department. ensure that they are investigated and its solidarity with the human
Also, the budget proposes the that LGBT people are getting the health rights defenders and civil society
elimination of the Labor Departments care that theyre entitled to without organizations working around the
Oce of Federal Contract Compliance discrimination, Gruberg said. world to uphold the fundamental
which is charged with enforcing President For the Education Departments freedoms of LGBTI persons to live
Obamas executive order barring anti- Oce of Civil Rights, which is charged with dignity and freedom, he said.
LGBT workplace discrimination among with enforcing Title IX of the Education We also recognize that LGBTI
federal contractors and merging Amendments of 1972, the funding is persons continue to face the threat of
it with the U.S. Equal Employment maintained between FY-17 and FY-18 at violence and discrimination, added
Opportunity Commission, the U.S. agency $107 million. However, with the same Tillerson in his statement. Violence
that enforces federal employment non- level of funding the proposed budget and discrimination targeting any
discrimination law. calls for a seven percent reduction in vulnerable group undermines
Sharita Gruberg, associate director of sta, from 569 employees to 523. our collective security as well as
LGBT research and communications for Courts are beginning to construe Title American values. When all persons
the Center for American Progress, said the IX, which bars discrimination on the basis are protected on the basis of equality
proposed cuts are really troubling for the of sex, to apply to LGBT students. The and with dignity, global stability is
continued enforcement of laws barring Obama administration issued guidance strengthened. We will continue to
discrimination against LGBT people. indicating schools that bar transgender support the human rights of LGBTI
There are cuts across every single kids from the restroom consistent with persons together with like-minded
federal agency charged with enforcing their gender identity may lose funding governments, businesses, and civil
civil rights laws and it would undo a lot of under this law, but U.S. Attorney General society organizations globally.
the gains that weve gotten over the last Je Sessions and Education Secretary Tillerson also said the U.S. remains
administration in ensuring that civil rights Betsy DeVos revoked the guidance. committed to human rights and Secretary of State REX TILLERSON on
arerobustly enforced, Gruberg said. Even though the Trump administration fundamental freedoms for all Wednesday issued a statement that
acknowledges Pride
A White House Oce of Management rescinded the guidance, Gruberg said the persons. Dignity and equality for all WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

& Budget ocial pointed to other aspects Education Departments Oce of Civil persons are among our founding
of the Trump budget the administration Rights is still charged with investigations constitutional principles, and these
says demonstrates a commitment to under Title IX, citing a 75 percent increase principles continue to drive U.S. diplomacy.
civil rights, such as $2.7 million for the in complaints from 2009 to 2015. Tillersons statement comes less than a week after the State Department
Education Departments Civil Rights Data The law is still the law and this would conrmed to the Washington Blade that embassies and consulates have
Collection program, which is three times hurt the oces ability to provide technical received guidance that allows them to recognize Pride month.
more than what was planned for FY-17. assistance about what their obligations President Trump has yet to issue a proclamation that ocially recognizes Pride
The presidents budget proposal are under the law even without the month, although Ivanka Trump on June 2 wished everyone a joyful #Pride2017
maintains the administrations guidance in place, Gruberg said. and said she is proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans
commitment to the enforcement of the For the Justice Departments Civil Rights who have made immense contributions to our society and economy. Neither
nations civil rights laws, the ocial Division, the Trump budget proposes the the White House nor Tillerson have yet to publicly comment on the ongoing
said. It straightlines funding for DOJs elimination of 121 sta positions. That crackdown against gay men in Chechnya.
Civil Rights Division, supporting eorts division is responsible for upholding civil Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz last month told
to combat human tracking; prosecute rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil participants of the World OutGames Miami Human Rights Conference in Miami
hate crimes; protect the rights of U.S. Rights Act of 1964, which bars employment Beach, Fla.,that Secretary of State Rex Tillersons assertion the U.S. may have
workers, service members, and veterans; discrimination based on sex, and the to set aside human rights in the name of promoting U.S. interests abroad is
safeguard the voting rights for all Violence Against Women Act, which morally repugnant and unacceptable.
Americans; and promote fair housing and specically bars anti-LGBT discrimination MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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Gay man poised to become next Irish prime minister

A gay man is poised to become
Irelands next prime minister.
Members of the ruling Fine
Gael party on June 2 elected
Leo Varadkar, who is of Indian
descent, as their next leader.
Varadkar, 38, will likely succeed
outgoing Prime Minister Enda
Kenny when the Irish Parliament
Supporters of Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro, take part in an
votes later this month. International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia March in Havana last month.

Irelands Minister of Social

Protection, would be the countrys
rst openly gay prime minister. Anti-gay crackdowns overshadow
global Pride commemorations
His father was born in India.
Varadkar would also become
Irelands rst prime minister of
Indian descent.
If my election of leader of Fine Madrid, Kiev among cities Education, and other LGBT rights
Gael today has shown anything, advocates participated in marches and
it is that prejudice has no hold holding parades, marches other events across Cuba last month that
in this republic, Varadkar told commemorated the International Day
supporters after his election as By MICHAEL K. LAVERS Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
leader of Fine Gael, according to Advocates in the Salvadoran capital of San
the Irish Times. Salvador are scheduled to commemorate
Members of Fine Gael elected Advocates around the world plan to Pride later this month.
Varadkar as their partys leaders LEO VARADKAR is poised to become Irelands celebrate Pride month with parades, More than 70 countries around the
rst openly gay prime minister.
slightly more than two years after PHOTO BY INFOMATIQ; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA marches and other events. world criminalize consensual same-sex
Ireland became the rst country More than three million people are sexual relations. Homosexuality remains
in which same-sex couples expected to attend the World Pride punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, Iran,
received marriage rights through a popular vote. Madrid 2017 Parade on July 1. Mauritania and a handful of other nations.
Gays and lesbians have been able to legally marry in Ireland since November 2015. The worlds rst bisexual-themed Pride This years Pride season will take place
Ireland decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations in 1993. parade will take place in the Israeli city of against the backdrop of ongoing anti-gay
A law that allows transgender people to legally change their gender without Tel Aviv on June 9. Kyiv Pride an eight- crackdowns in Chechnya and Indonesia
medical intervention took eect in September 2015. day series of events in the Ukrainian and mounting international criticism of
Varadkar is poised to become the fourth openly gay or lesbian person to head capital that ends with an LGBT and the Trump administrations foreign policy.
a government. Jhanna Sigurardttir was the prime minister of Iceland from intersex rights march on June 18 is Discrimination and violence based on sexual
2009-2013. Elio Di Rupo was the prime minister of Belgium from 2011-2014. scheduled to begin on the same day. orientation and gender identity remain
Xavier Bettel has been the prime minister of Luxembourg since 2013. Kyiv Pride is a peaceful human rights pervasive in several parts of the world.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS demonstration that appears as (the) Given the current atmosphere, I dont
realization of the freedom of peaceful think its safe to hold Pride marches in
assembly, freedom of speech and Indonesia, Dd Oetomo, an LGBT rights
Man arrested for planning attack at Tel Aviv Pride expression for (the) LGBTI community advocate from the Indonesian city of
and stands for drawing attention to the Surabaya, told the Blade earlier this week.
Israeli police on June 3 arrested a man who allegedly threatened to carry out problems faced by LGBTI people, reads Helem, a Lebanese LGBT advocacy
a terror attack during this weeks Tel Aviv Pride parade. the Kyiv Pride website. group, last month held a series of events
The Times of Israel reported the 20-year-old man from Bnei Brak, a primarily Tens of thousands of people took that marked the International Day
ultra-Orthodox city that is located a few miles east of Tel Aviv, made the threat part in an Equality Parade in the Polish Against Homophobia and Transphobia,
on his Facebook page. The newspaper said the man wrote in Hebrew, Whos capital of Warsaw on June 3. London, which commemorates the World Health
coming with me to carry out a terror attack at the Pride march? Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Athens are Organizations decision to declassify
Ynetnews, an Israeli news website, reported the man wrote in another among the other European cities in which homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Facebook post that he was bored. Pride events are scheduled to take place The Beirut venue at which the events
More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the parade on Friday. in the coming weeks and months. were originally scheduled to take place
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality fully sponsors the parade, which is the largest Panamanian rst lady Lorena Castillo de abruptly cancelled them because
Pride celebration in the Middle East. This years event will be the worlds rst Varela is among those who are expected Lebanese authorities said they could not
bisexual-themed Pride parade. to participate in a Pride march in Panama guarantee participants safety.
Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, killed Shira Banki, a 16-year-old, and City on July 1. The event will take place LGBT activists in Tunisia last month held
injured six others during the 2015 Jerusalem Pride parade. Schlissel stabbed against the backdrop of two same-sex a public event that commemorated the
three people during the same event in 2005. marriage cases that are currently before International Day Against Homophobia
The 2015 attack took place less than a month after Schlissel completed a 10- the Panama Supreme Court. and Transphobia.
year prison sentence in connection with the 2005 stabbings. A Jerusalem court The Movement for Homosexual A Tunisian activist with whom the Blade
last June sentenced Schlissel to life in prison plus 31 years for the 2015 attack. Integration and Liberation, a Chilean spoke on Tuesday said the police took a
We face hate against LGBT people all year long, but as Pride month is here, LGBT advocacy group, on June 24 will poster that advertised the event and
the level of hate is on the increase, the Aguda, the Israeli National LGBT Task hold a march in the countrys capital of demanded to talk with the organizer
Force, told the Washington Blade on Tuesday. Santiago in support of marriage for same- before they left. The activist said there are
We will continue to march with pride and with no fear for our rights, equality sex couples and a transgender rights law. no Pride-related events scheduled to take
and freedom for ourselves and all those dierent in our society, said the Aguda. Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban place in the North African country.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS President Ral Castro who directs the
countrys National Center for Sexual CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Serving students Frederick mayor issues Pride proclamation

age 18 months
through Grade 12 Frederick City Mayor Randy McClement and the Board of Aldermen on June 1 issued
a proclamation naming June 2017 as LGBTQ Pride Month during a ceremony at City Hall.
The proclamation was presented to representatives of The Frederick Center, a ve-year-
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LGBTQ community of central Maryland and its allies.
In the proclamation, McClement states, the [LGBTQ] community is encouraged to
observe the month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate
diversity and recognize those whose many and varied contributions have enriched our
society. Be it further proclaimed, that we, as a community, will work to build a bridge
Limited spaces available to understanding and acceptance, so that all people are aorded the same rights and
in select grade levels. Kristopher Fair, board chair of The Frederick Center and a candidate for alderman in
Frederick, recognizes the signicance.
The City Of Frederick continues to be a beacon in western Maryland for how to arm
our LGBTQ community, Fair told the Blade. This proclamation speaks to all citizens that
the city recognizes the history of our communities and that they stand arm-in-arm with us
to celebrate LGBTQ culture and against agents of bigotry and hate.
Frederick Pride will take place June 24. For more information about The Frederick
Center, visit

Call for a Baltimore community center seeks board members

tour today!

New board members are being sought for the 40-year-old GLBT Community Center
of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB). The centers leadership notes that a full and

(301) 576-2800 productive board is critical in maximizing the centers growth.

GLCCB is on the upswing of a remarkable transformation some thought was
impossible, former executive director and current board president Jabari Lyles told
the Blade. We listened to our community, owned up to our criticisms, and re-laid the
foundation for the community center Baltimore needs.
Lyles explained that the GLCCB performs services for community members who need
it most and that a strong board will make decisions that will help reach out to the LGBT
Our sta serves hundreds of family members each month with events, seminars
and case management, Lyles said. Each year, we produce Marylands largest LGBTQ
event, Baltimore Pride. Every day our doors are open is a day an intentional, safe space
is available to those who need it. We will only be able to continue this work with a strong,
resourced board of directors.
He added, We are looking for innovative, experienced individuals who are poised to
address the priorities of our community and our city.
If interested in a position on the GLCCB board of directors, contact the center for a link
to an online application.

Baltimore to remember Pulse victims

On the one-year anniversary of the horric shooting spree by Omar Mateen at
Orlandos Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people, Baltimore will join other cities throughout
the U.S. to remember the victims.
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Last year following the massacre, several vigils took place in Baltimore as well as in
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Mumps outbreak hits gay Los Angeles men

LOS ANGELES More than 40 people in Los Angeles County and surrounding
regions have been diagnosed with mumps, prompting public health ocials
Thursday to declare an outbreak and issue an alert to physicians and providers
to be aware of it, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
In the alert, public health ocials said many of the cases were initially
misdiagnosed and there was a reliance of using false negative results. Its unclear
when this occurred. Health ocials also did not release the conditions of those
who were diagnosed. A response from Los Angeles County public health ocials
was not immediately forthcoming last week, the Daily News reported.
But health ocials said most of the patients are men who have sex with men,
and the majority of the cases were linked to patients being at large venues
such as gyms, bars, theaters and nightclubs. Some of the patients are women
and straight men who have social connections to men who have sex with men,

health ocials noted.
The majority of cases have had no documentation of complete vaccination;
however, some cases were fully vaccinated, according to the alert.
Mumps is highly infectious and spreads among those living in close quarters

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In March, seven men in L.A. County were diagnosed with mumps as part of two
dierent clusters and occurred in men who have sex with men. It was unclear if
presents those cases were related to the recent outbreak, the Daily News reports.
A major factor contributing to outbreaks of mumps is being in a crowded

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environment, according to the alert. Also, certain behaviors that result in
exchanging saliva, such as kissing or sharing utensils, cups, lipstick or cigarettes,
may increase the spread of the virus.
Friday, June 16 Symptoms include fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of appetite, a low-
grade fever and swelling of the salivary glands, according to health experts. In
adult men, mumps can sometimes lead to sterility.
Nationwide, 2,570 people have been diagnosed with mumps from January
to April of this year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and
See this classic film under the stars Prevention.
The agency reports that mumps is no longer common in the United States,
like nowhere else in DC! but some outbreaks have been reported. Last year, there were 5,833 cases, the
Daily News reports.
Let Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds sweep you off your feet. Before the U.S. mumps vaccination program started in 1967, about 186,000 cases
Come early and set out your elaborate spread for the picnic were reported each year, but the actual number of cases was likely much higher due
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more than 99 percent decrease in mumps cases in the United States.
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announced. The data shows the number of diagnoses has doubled in ve years, with most
cases occurring in gay and bisexual men.
Film begins around 8:45pm. It follows warnings from health ocials that risky sexual behaviors including
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Divas Outdoors is part of the Dina Merrill Film Program and is The gures from Public Health England show 5,920 syphilis diagnoses in
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2012. PHE said that the cases were mostly associated with transmission in gay,
bisexual or other men who have sex with men.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection thats usually caught by having sex with someone
whos infected. It can usually be treated with a short course of antibiotics, but if
left untreated can cause serious long-term problems.
Last year ocials warned of increasing outbreaks after a historical decline in
the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the specter of HIV pandemic encouraged
safer sex.
Since then, advances in treatment mean young people with HIV now have
near normal life expectancy, while game-changing preventive drugs reduce the
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signicant o of your plate and allows you to shift your focus to your job or

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other obligations quickly. We all love checking something important o the list.
Avoiding the worry of whether you will get your workout in alleviates stress
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interferes with your exercise plans.


After a morning workout, youll most likely nd yourself more awake, aware
and focused. Eciency goes through the roof. For the rst few hours after a
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Saturdays at 7 p.m. throughout the day will likely never be higher. Work that normally takes two
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If life were easy, happiness would be hard to come by. Its human nature to

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because when we do, we nd a deeper level of satisfaction and accomplishment.
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The euphoria of Pride, the tragedy of Pulse

Support federally funded research on
This year, 33,000 gun violence. And prevent those convict-
Americans will lose The tragedy at Pulse forever intertwines ed of committing hate crimes from pur-
their lives to gun violence June as both Pride Month and National chasing guns.
For too long, lawmakers have failed in
Gun Violence Awareness Month, their responsibility to ensure the public
By JASON LINDSAY two recognitions at competing purposes. safety by not taking action to reduce gun
violence. No other country faces the daily
It was only last year that the story was onslaught of shootings and murders that
unfolding. Just one year ago that the horror Gun violence is not new, of course. The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence the United States does, and yet an-
was being told. Only 12 months ago that But the increase in mass shootings in re- was born out of the Pulse tragedy, and other 93 people will be killed today, and
lives were ended, the country wept, and the cent years from Columbine to Fort Hood, works at the intersection of LGBTQ equal- another 93 will be killed tomorrow, and
way we look at everything changed. from Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook, from ity and support for sensible gun reforms. so on. Every day.
On June 12, 2016, 49 individuals were Charleston to now Orlando has raised Since our founding weve focused on mo- The tragedy at Pulse forever inter-
murdered in the most gruesome mass the stakes. People are being targeted be- bilizing the LGBTQ community and our twines June as both Pride Month and Na-
attack of gun violence in U.S. history. cause theyre gay, or African American, or allies; raising funds to elect pro-LGBTQ tional Gun Violence Awareness Month,
That it occurred at a celebration at children. People are being targeted for candidates who support sensible gun re- two recognitions at competing purposes.
Pulse nightclub in Orlando during a Pride who they are, for just being. forms; and serving as the voice of the LG- That alone shows how much more work
Month Latin Night party made it even Just a year earlier, our Pride Month was BTQ community in the movement to stop we have to do.
more hurtful. Gay bars are safe spaces centered on marriage equality, and joy of senseless gun tragedies. To get involved, volunteer or donate to
for the LGBTQ community, a place where being treated equally across the country, This year alone, 33,000 Americans will help enact real gun reform, visit our web-
you can be who you are, or who you want in courthouses as well as cafes. Now, we lose their lives to gun violence, includ- site at Like us on Facebook
to be, without judgment. shared with other communities that have ing mass casualty shootings, accidents and follow us on Twitter @Pride_Fund.
This violence shattered the notion of endured senseless violence that equality and suicide. When will we reach the tip-
safe spaces, at least temporarily. It cast the shared sorrow of grief. ping point? The Pride Funds gun reform
JASON LINDSAY is founder and executive
a dark cloud over the City of Orlando, For the LGBTQ community, our sense of platform is non-controversial and achiev- director of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence,
and its LGBTQ and Latin communities, purpose ourished. This deadly violence able although maybe not in the short a political action committee that will support
as death touched everyone there. And it invaded Pride Month, our time when we term, given the political realities: Expand state and federal candidates who will act on
sensible gun policy reforms and champion
thrust the issue of gun violence once celebrate being free, being Americans, background checks to cover all gun sales. LGBTQ equality. Lindsay is a seasoned political
again onto the national agenda, as pol- being able to show our love and share Prohibit suspected terrorists from pur- operative with 13 years of experience working
in politics, government and campaigns. He
iticians and policymakers, legislators and our love with others. This intrusion solidi- chasing guns. Restrict access to assault served for 14 years in the U.S. Army Reserve
lobbyists debated how to respond. ed our resolve to ght. weapons and high capacity magazines. and was deployed to Iraq in 2003.


Commemorating our dead celebrates our lives

often failed to truthfully tell the stories of The movie uses video to bring the sub- Beard is just the tip of the iceberg. The
New lm shines light on NY many LGBTQ lives. When my life partner jects of some Times obits to life. We see writer Susan Sontag died in 2004. Though,
Times obituary department Anne died in 2001, her Washington Post fascinating images from Elinor Smith, a she was briey married to Philip Rie, pho-
obit referred to me as her companion. record-setting aviatrix named female pilot tographer Annie Leibovitz was her long-
Obit, directed by Vanessa Gould, is an of the year in 1930, to the John F. Kennedy time partner. Sontags New York Times
engaging look at the Times Obits desk. and Richard Nixon presidential campaign and Los Angeles Times obituaries didnt in-
Through interviews with editors, writers debates. In 1931, the Times fearing that clude her relationship with Leibovitz. (Fox
and researchers, the lm depicts what its Smith might not survive her ying exploits, wrote Sontags New York Times obit.)
like to write the story of the life of some- interviewed Smith for an advance obit. Who could count the number of people
one whos died (from Philip Seymour Ho- (The Times interviews some people about who died at the height of the AIDS epi-
man to Betty James who named the Slinky their lives while theyre still alive.) Smith demic whose obits omitted any mention
KATHI WOLFE, a writer and poet, is a regular toy) under deadline pressure. Je Roth, gave the Grim Reaper a run for his money: of their being gay?
contributor to the Blade. who runs the Times morgue, shows us she lived until 2010. William P. Wilson, who When astronaut Sally Ride died in 2012,
the room where clips (photos, reviews, ar- died in 2014, advised JFK on how to use TV few of her obituaries said that she was
I dont want you to die. But, Im dying to ticles, etc.) documenting the lives of those in the 1960 election debates. lesbian and had a partner.
read your obit when you do. whove died have been kept for decades. Its counterintuitive, perhaps, but obit- In Obit, Fox says that as the cultural cli-
Since seeing Obit, a new documentary Roth says that in the morgue, he found uaries have next to nothing to do with mate has begun to change for people of color
about the New York Times obituaries de- a photo of Pete Seeger, age 2, with his death and absolutely everything to do and women, more women and minorities
partment, Ive been thinking about obits. parents, who were musicians, perform- with life, says writer Margalit Fox. are being written about in Times obituaries.
How morbid, you might feel, to think about ing at an open-air concert. Literally life is Unfortunately, far too often, LGBTQ I wish that Fox and the others interviewed in
obituaries, especially during Pride season. there from the very beginning, he says. people have not been brought fully to life Obit, had talked about whether more obitu-
But, as odd as it might seem, youd be wrong. Theres never a dull moment in the obit in obituaries. Take James Beard. As the aries are being written at the Times that in-
In the hands of good writers, obits section. Literally, I show up in the morn- New York Times columnist Frank Bruni clude the sexuality of LGBTQ people.
are the best reads. By telling our stories, ing and say, Whos dead? a writer says. noted in a recent column, the Times obit Despite this caveat, Obit is well-worth
though often in only 700-1,000 words, A fortunate death is one you hear (along with the AP and many other pa- checking out. During Pride season, its a
they help to make us, famous or not, a about at 9 a.m, jokes another writer, al- pers) didnt say that the cookbook writer fab reminder that commemorating our
part of history. Until recently, obituaries luding to relentlessly looming deadlines. James Beard, who died in 1985, was gay. dead celebrates our lives.

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Join the Equality March on June 11

around the world, we ask all those who sup- a fair chance in our justice system. It is only Liaison Unit. We can do that and still speak
Standing up for those most port human and civil rights to join with us when we stand together that we make prog- out and ght the horric injustices faced by
marginalized among us and speak out. We will march in unity and ress and secure all our rights. African Americans, trans women and other
with pride, demanding fairness and equal- The idea for this march began with one minority communities perpetrated by some
ity for those most marginalized among us activist watching the success of the womens members of police forces across the nation.
and for those most marginalized in the march. Then a small group of dedicated in- Hopefully those activists will join with others,
greater community. dividuals came together to begin planning. including Capital Pride, which supports the
The focus of the march must be to chal- They bent over backwards to ensure the very diverse group of co-chairs and honorary
lenge those who have made themselves the public face of the march would be diverse. chairs of the June 11 march recognizing we are
enemy of decency and justice. That enemy That it would be representative of grass- stronger when we stand together.
today is represented by the president of the roots activists. Mistakes were made. There If we are to move forward as a community
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights United States and many around him, includ- were the usual ghts over whether corpora- we cannot sweep our own dierences under
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly ing Steve Bannon and others who would tions and our national organizations should the rug. We need to face them head on, talk
for the Blade.
gladly take away the rights we have fought be approached for support and debates about them, and work to create change. While
so hard for. The Republican leaders in Con- over what constituted enough diversity. The that work goes on we must respect the desire
On June 11, we put aside our dierences gress who refuse to bring to the oor and feelings enunciated at those early meetings of various communities to celebrate Pride in
for at least one day, join hands, and speak out debate the Equality Act. The presidents cabi- were real and heartfelt. In the end, the name the way they choose and do so in safe spaces.
together in the Equality March for Unity and net represented by Betsy DeVos, secretary of the march was decided on to represent We must respect and support Black Pride,
Pride. We know within the LGBTQ+ commu- of education, who has stated under oath what we all came to believe; it was impor- Trans Pride, Youth Pride and any group that
nity there are many of the same issues as in she wouldnt ght any state wanting to dis- tant to make a statement about being proud feels they want to celebrate Pride within their
the greater community; issues such as racism, criminate against the LGBTQ+ community of who we are and the need to unite our own community and how they choose. Each
transphobia, economic inequality. But for one and other minorities. community in shared goals. of us is entitled to that.
Sunday let us believe in the possibility of build- We recognize the LGBTQ+ community can- Recently, a small group of activists decided But on June 11 let us join with one voice
ing and ghting for a better future together. To not stand alone. We will march with women to attack Capital Pride for some of its policies. speaking to power and proudly march, Mo-
achieve that better future we must be able to when they march; we will march with immi- I dont know about other cities and states but bilizing LGBTQ+ communities, our loved ones
talk to each other and learn from each other, grants when they march; we stand with those in the District of Columbia we celebrate out and our allies with particular focus on those
as much as we need to talk to and change the demanding action on climate change; and we members of the Metropolitan Police Depart- who have been actively silenced and neglect-
community around us. will continue to stand with those who are de- ment (MPD) and celebrate that an out trans- ed in the ght to arm and protect our rights,
On June 11 in D.C., and in sister marches nied access to their voting rights and denied gender sergeant was named head of the LGBT our safety and our full humanity.


LGBT Pride events are celebrations and nothing less

stantly growing number of locales is both And thats progress, emphasized the with Pride celebrations.
Business allies have inspiring and instructive. founder of Pride events in D.C. First, they dont appear to know much
well-earned participation LGBT Pride events are celebrations, and That progress has allowed Pride to become about the history of Pride events in D.C., and
in these community events nothing less. an iconic major annual city event attracting even less about the nancial requirements of
These signature events are the communi- both supporters and dollars from substantial staging these events.
ty-building occasions common to the fabric components of the business community. Con- Second, they prattle on about pipelines,
of hometown LGBT life across the country. tinuation and growth rely on further enhanc- prisons, and public policies that are not
They provide opportunities for assembling ing that support, as producing Pride is now a LGBT related, while refusing to accept the
together, coalescing as a group while expand- seven-gure business itself. communitys divergent perspectives on non-
ing interactive connections, commemorat- The world has watched while both small LGBT issues.
ing achievements and advocating additional businesses and large corporations have stood Third, they fail to recognize that these cor-
advancements, welcoming new members with the LGBT community in localized skir- porate sponsors are the businesses forging
and honoring those no longer present, and mishes and national battles alike. More often fundamental change. A nancial institution
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur above all else having a good time. than not, it is corporate support turning the that has been a perennial Pride sponsor, and
and community business advocate. Follow These celebratory events wouldnt be possi- tide and winning political victories. which these radicals seek to pillory and pro-
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at ble, or even come to exist, without the backing In contemporary gay culture, it is well hibit from participating, is a longstanding lead-
of businesses and corporate allies. Financial established that corporate commerce now er in adopting both LGBT-friendly workplace
support from the business community is es- serves as the primary force in the advance- policies and marketplace practices beginning
There is an axiom utilized by D.C. Capital sential to these undertakings, and always has ment of LGBT equality nationwide. Business in 1987 and expanded in 2004. This record has
Pride to encapsulate the spirit and value of been. Everywhere. allies and the engagement of enterprise earned the bank a perfect rating for LGBT cor-
the annual LGBT festivities held each June, this In D.C., the local Pride celebration rst pioneer the path toward lesbian, gay, and porate policy.
week for the 43rd time in the nations capital. began in 1975 and was organized by a busi- transgender acceptance, civil protection and Even more oddly bizarre, this small group of
Every Pride is someones rst Pride. ness owner. equal treatment. objectors seems to think businesses hire out-
In cities and towns across America, in That businessperson, now-retired Dea- Businesses have well earned their wel- of-work actors to populate parade contingents
places both large and small, the early sum- con Maccubbin, told the Washington Busi- comed participation in LGBT events and the or sta festival booths when it is employees,
mer heralds local Pride events that enjoy ness Journal two years ago when honored vast majority of the community embraces often part of large and robust workplace asso-
either a long legacy or a short history. Pe- as parade grand marshal alongside his hus- their support of Pride festivities. ciations and industry networks, who do.
rusing photos and reading reports of the band Jim Bennett, that Capital Pride is very, There are multiple ironies in the complaint With any luck, the little band of pouty far-left
parades, festivals, concerts, street fairs and very large and very, very corporate its of the tiny contingent of self-avowed anti-capi- protesters wont prove how unpopular they
other community events either grand in done with very, very large donations, from talist No Justice No Pride naysayers who have are among the rank-and-le by blockading the
scale or simply small in size held in a con- very, very big businesses. this year whined about business involvement Pride parade or disrupting the festival.
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The Pointer Sisters today are RUTH POINTER, center, with daughter ISSA, left, and granddaughter


So Excited for Pride


Theres a lot more to the Pointer Sisters WASHINGTON BLADE: Your memoir parents were when you were growing POINTER: You know, I really dont
than their most well-known hits. Still So Excited! last year was noted up. Did they sort of gradually accept the know a specic time. Ive always had, you
Originally, sisters June and Bonnie for being unusually candid. What kind kind of music the group was doing? Did it know, friends that were a little dierent in
Pointer started singing as a duo in 1969. of reception did you get to it overall? take them a long time to come around? dierent ways, but I never thought it was
By 1972, they were a quartet with sisters RUTH POINTER: You know, it was POINTER: Yes, they did loosen up. I anything wrong with them. They were just
Anita and Ruth having joined them. Their very positive. I think that Im just among think it comes from getting to a place dierent.
eponymous debut album came out the a group of people that are writing these where youre just exhausted from ghting
following year and they worked as a types of memoirs most recently just about and disagreeing and being rigid and I BLADE: Im sure your views evolved
quartet until 1978 and were known for a life of recovery and redemption and know I nd that in my own life with my on that over the years like most other
highly eclectic musical experimentation. experience, especially in this business. own children. You know, after a while I folks, right?
They even won a 1975 Grammy in a I really, really appreciate the response I just try to gure out how I can love them POINTER: Yeah, oh absolutely.
country category for their song Fairytale. got. Im sure there were some negative for who they are as opposed to how I
Their biggest songs came in the 80s ones as well from what Im told but I dont want them to be and I think my parents BLADE: Have the Pointer Sisters
with June, Ruth and Anita releasing read that stu. came to that realization and just decided played many Pride events? Do you
monster chart hits like Slow Hand, to just love us as opposed to trying to remember the rst?
Jump (for My Love) and Im So Excited. BLADE: You were up front with your mold us and make us into these starch POINTER: I dont remember the rst
For about the last eight years, the group drug and alcohol use in the 80s. Do you Christians that they were. It just wasnt one but weve always had a huge, you
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daughter Issa Pointer and granddaughter more of a free pass on this kind of thing I consider myself a Christian today but I from the Bay Area, San Francisco, you
Sadako Pointer. June died in 2006. Anita than women? With somebody like, say, think a lot of religions and practices have know, Haight-Ashbury. Sylvester, the
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The Pointer Sisters will headline at Stevie Nicks, everybody acts so forlorn things are a little dierent now. which is what we always set out to do, just
the Capital Pride concert on the Capitol like, Oh, she had a serious problem, have a good time.
Concert Stage at 3rd & Pennsylvania and shes asked about it ad nauseam. BLADE: I imagine gay issues were
Ave. on Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m. Ruth POINTER: In a way I think I do, but thought of as the ultimate sin, right? BLADE: What do you have planned
Pointer, 71, took a few minutes last week thats sort of what I think is a gender bias POINTER: I didnt even know anything for your D.C. performance?
from her home in Massachusetts where in almost everything. You know, its just about that when I was a kid. I had no clue. POINTER: Well, we just want to have a
she was helping her granddaughter move the way of the world. really good time at any event. Where were
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Many artists who are lucky to chart those albums. It was like I wrote it then I we play a lot of big events, we know came out. Whats the status on that?
hits on the Billboard charts at all often had to live it. what kind of works, we have personal KRISTINE W.: The album is nished.
see the law of diminishing returns relationships and its very cool. I try Were probably going to put out a couple
kick in gradually over time, even with BLADE: Are the songs more universal to use the remixes to cover as big of singles, then drop the album or maybe
consistently good material. than you originally realized or do you a territory as possible. The Loop Soop put it on pre-order. Were looking into
Somehow, though, Kristine W. has have a sixth sense? version is like a tropical, Miami kind of that right now. But its gonna be amazing.
managed to maintain a staggeringly KRISTINE W.: I think theyre more vibe so thats kind of like sipping cocktails
impressive record on the U.S. Dance universal than I really thought, although and chilling at your house. If you pick em
charts. Shes had 14 no. 1 singles over a my grandfather had this gift of kind of right, they can aord you a chance of CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
nearly 20-year period. Of the 19 singles seeing into the future and so did his reaching a wider audience than if you just
shes charted there, the lowest she ever mother, my grandmother, Elizabeth who put out a couple versions.
peaked at was no. 4. She had another Im named after. I dont know if I didnt get
smash last summer with Out There, some of that too. Sometimes I get certain BLADE: Tell us about your upcoming An indoor/outdoor music festival and concert
which made it to No. 3. signs in dreams or Ill get this really single Stars.
Shes in D.C. this weekend to headline weird epiphany. I ght it all the time but KRISTINE W.: Stars is really special. Its Saturday, June 10
10 p.m.
at the Distrkt C Pride Indoor/Outdoor sometimes it just kind of overtakes me. a song I wrote a couple yars ago and kind Ocial mens party of Capital Pride
Festival & Concert. She spoke by phone of sat on but in a strange way, its kind of DJs Jared Conner and Joe Gauthreaux
with the Blade, her rst interview with BLADE: What was your favorite mirroring my life right now and what Im Inaya Day
us since 2012, last week, from her home remix of Out There, your latest hit? going through. But not just for me, its
in Las Vegas. Her comments have been KRISTINE W: I think the Moto Blanco universal. Everybody who listens to it Sunday, June 11
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going to be on the album because it takes can just see it in their reaction. Were
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been? as watching a crowd having a good time right now. Kristine W
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TINASHE says she cant wait to perform at Capital Pride this weekend and really bring it.

Tinashe time

Rising pop/R&B star Tinashe has been working on? Is it part of Joyride or love to work with Little Dragon. Theres just your regular concerts when you
steadily making a name for herself from something else? so many dierent people. I really love the perform at Prides?
the charts to her unwavering support TINASHE: Im always just being creative collaborative process so for me thats always TINASHE: Yeah. The last Pride show I
for the LGBT community. The 24 year and working on new music. So I feel like fun. Im down to work with a lot of people. did was amazing, the energy was insane.
old became a radio hit with her debut Im just continuing the creative process Everyone was singing along. Im really
single 2 On from her freshman album, whether it ends up on Joyride or BLADE: Whats the sound going to excited hopefully to get back on that
Aquarius. Since then, she has released something else. be like for Joyride? Similar to your stage and get a lot of their support again.
her second album Nightride and previous work?
opened arena tours for Nicki Minaj, Katy BLADE: Whats your creative process TINASHE: I think it always has an essence BLADE: Have you ever performed in
Perry and Maroon 5. like? of where Ive been. Thats always important D.C.?
She has collaborations with big-name TINASHE: You cant really box the to me. But at the same time, theres a lot of TINASHE: I think I performed there on
artists like Britney Spears, Chance the creative process. Its really dierent all growth. I think thats really exciting as well. my tour but its been awhile so Im excited
Rapper and Usher under her belt. Tinashe the time. I go with it depending on the It does sound like where Ive been but at the to come back.
also holds the honor of being chosen by day, the mood and the environment Im same time theres an evolution.
Janet Jackson to perform a tribute for the in. All those factors play into it. BLADE: What can people expect from
veteran pop star at the BET Awards. BLADE: Youre performing at Capital your performance?
Tinashe, who has stated she doesnt BLADE: Do you ever get frustrated when Pride and youve performed at other TINASHE: Im going to perform songs
like to label her sexuality and is attracted your fans ask, Wheres the new music? Prides as well. Why is being a supporter from my debut album Aquarius as well
to everyone, has been known to send TINASHE: Oh, denitely. But I of the LGBT community so important as new stu from Nightride. Im always
supportive tweets to her LGBT fans. The understand where it comes from. I to you? so ready to bring a very high-energy
songstress spoke with the Washington appreciate their tenacity. TINASHE: Im just a huge believer in performance so I cant wait to get up on
Blade about her upcoming album Joyride, equality everywhere. Ive been a supporter stage and really bring it.
her dream collaborations and why BLADE: You had a huge collaboration of the LGBT community for a really long time.
performing at Capital Pride is special to her. with Britney Spears on Slumber For me, it just seems like a basic human right BLADE: Any message youd like to
Party. Is there anyone else youd love that everyone should be able to love whoever share with your LGBT fans?
WASHINGTON BLADE: Youve been to collaborate with? they want to love. I feel like its always an TINASHE: I would say just live in
posting on social media how excited TINASHE: In my brain, the top of my life important cause to stand for equality. condence. Dont ever live in fear and
you are to be in the studio this would be Sade and Janet Jackson. Those just enjoy your life to the fullest. Dont let
summer. Can you tease what youre are the ultimate goals. Aside from them, Id BLADE: Is the vibe dierent from anybody tell you that your love is wrong.
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VASSY says she considers herself an ambassador for equal rights and human rights.


VASSY has been dominating the dance in the indie-pop world. My success in the same reason. Theres a real celebration.
music scene since her 2014 collaboration dance world started just a couple years BLADE: Only a few Australian artists The energy in the air is very special. I
with David Guetta and Showtek on the ago because I had a record with David like Kylie Minogue, Sia and Iggy Azalea really enjoy doing Pride festivals. Its
seven times double-platinum single, Guetta that did extremely well. That have made names for themselves in a completely dierent energy. Theres
Bad. record launched me into the dance world the U.S. Whats it been like for you an so much love in the air. Theres no
The Australian music artist had another and put me on the map. A year later I had an Australian artist breaking into the judgement. Its really special actually.
hit in 2015 with her collaboration with a really big record with Tisto and it just U.S. music industry?
Tisto and KSHMR on Secrets, a track kept going. VASSY: Ive been based here in America, BLADE: Why are you a LGBT ally?
that went to No. 1 in 20 countries. She so its cool. I feel like Australians are VASSY: I have very close friends and
also released her solo single Nothing to BLADE: What about the dance music pretty hard working and were laid back. family who are part of that community.
Lose in 2016 that has received more than scene is dierent from the indie-pop We dont feel entitled so we are very, We I helped my best friend come out at 14.
three million views on YouTube. scene? gotta earn it. We gotta put the work in. This is a community thats close to me,
Her LGBT advocacy includes being an VASSY: Essentially, its the same in Thats the Australian ethic. its around me, its my world. Theyre my
ambassador for the NOH8 Campaign, terms of songwriting for me. Although, family and friends. These are people I
an organization that promotes LGBT and theres more emphasis on the hook. It BLADE: Youre an ambassador for the love and Ill do anything to protect people
human equality in marriage, education, doesnt change too much for me in terms NO8 Campaign. Why did you decide to I love.
social media, among other avenues. A of an artist and writing. become apart of that?
Pride event veteran, shell be at Capital VASSY: Ive been an ambassador for BLADE: Whats your Capital Pride
Pride this weekend with a performance BLADE: The song Bad with David a lot of campaigns in regards to human performance going to be like?
planned between 2-4 p.m. on the Concert Guetta became a huge dance hit. Did rights and equal rights. Its been a VASSY: Its going to be fun. Im going
Stage (3rd & Pennsylvania Ave.) at the you expect the song to blow up like it passionate area of mine for many years. to perform all my big hits that everyone
Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 11. did? So naturally, I was approached by them. loves and knows the lyrics to. Im really
The 34 year old chatted with the VASSY: You know, no. It really took o. As a public gure, its always my duty excited for a Capitol Hill sing-along to
Washington Blade about her Australian That record did so freaking well. We had to any organization that I think is doing that. Im gonna have some dancers who
work ethic, her favorite part about Pride a good feeling about it but I didnt expect good. So if I can attach myself to that and are part of the local gay community. So
and helping her best friend come out at all that. then help them with their cause and get I want to give them that platform. Its
14 years old. the word out. about celebrating that day. Its a very
BLADE: What are some upcoming monumental year with politics and where
WASHINGTON BLADE: How did you projects youre working on? BLADE: Do you notice a dierence things are at. I think its really important
get started making music and getting VASSY: Ive got a couple new releases when you perform at Pride events for us all to come together to just keep
into the dance music scene? coming out in the summer. I cant say versus non-LGBT events? reminding people that its important to
VASSY: My career started in Australia yet with who but there is some cool new VASSY: Yeah. Prides are awesome embrace and accept people and give
a few years ago. I had success out there music coming up. because everyone comes together for the everyone a fair go.
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PRESIDENT TRUMP declined to recognize June as Pride month and has revoked Obama-era
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From revoking trans of LGBTQ rights. So, whos right? workplace discrimination. General Jeff Sessions and Education
protections to ignoring To the surprise of many, the start of The Trump administration also defied Secretary Betsy DeVos revoking Obama-
the administration saw limited support the wishes of anti-LGBT advocates seeking era guidance instructing schools that
Pride month
for LGBT rights. The White House to purge the State Department of LGBT discrimination targeting trans kids,
within days of the new administration rights supporters by keeping in place such as denying them access to the
By CHRIS JOHNSON issued a statement declaring Trump is Randy Berry in his role as special envoy restroom consistent with their gender respectful and supportive of LGBTQ for global international LGBT rights. identity, is unlawful.
rights and would keep in place an In terms of anti-LGBT actions, the Under Sessions, the Justice
Critics of President Trump claim hes a executive order signed by President most concrete actions have undermined Department also withdrew litigation
disaster for LGBT equality. The White House Obama in 2014 that barred federal transgender rights. Most prominently, against North Carolinas anti-LGBT law
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ContinueD FROM pag e 04 order, called Promoting Free Speech In addition, President Trump declined research, but Schmid said the extentof
after it was replaced despite assertions and Religious Liberty, gives U.S. to issue a proclamation designating cuts in the budget was a surprise.
from civil rights groups the new law is Attorney General Jeff Sessions authority June as Pride month, breaking with Among the more drastic cuts is a $186
discriminatory. The department also to interpret existing federal laws and a tradition started under the Obama million reduction in Centers for Disease
missed a deadline to appeal a court regulations in a way that could result in administration. Trump on the last day of Control funding for HIV/AIDS, Viral
injunction barring enforcement of an discrimination against LGBT people. May issued five separate proclamations Hepatitis, STIs, and TB prevention. A full
Obama-era regulation assuring trans In essence, the executive order recognizing June as National Caribbean- $150 million of the reduction wouldcome
people have access to health care, punts the question of how and American Heritage Month, African- from HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
including gender reassignment surgery. where the administration will permit American Music Appreciation Month, For research, on the chopping block is
Another metric for presidential discrimination against LGBT people National Homeownership Month, the National Institutes for Health, which
commitment to LGBT rights has been to Jeff Sessions, a man who has Great Outdoors Month and National handles HIV/AIDS research for the federal
making openly LGBT appointments, an consistently denied LGBTQ people Ocean Month. Absent from the list was government and was working on a cure
effort Obama undertook, which led to a equality under the law, the Human anything related to Pride. under President Obama. The budget seeks
record number of openly LGBT appointees. Rights Campaign said in a statement. Trumps budget proposal is another a massive $7.2 billion reduction to NIH
By contrast, Trump has yet to make This sweeping approach could source of concern for LGBT advocates. generally and a $550 million reduction to
a single high-profile, openly LGBT result in an unprecedented expansion Proponents of funding to combat HIV/ HIV/AIDS research specifically, according
appointment. of religious exemptions affecting AIDS continue to express alarm over to the AIDS Institute.
Meanwhile, Trump appointments employment, services and programs, cuts to federal programs, which in On international LGBT rights, the
include Roger Severino as assistant the HRC statement says. some cases are massive, in the budget Trump administration has already
secretary of civil rights at the Department But Gregory Angelo, president of proposal that President Trump unveiled seen a human rights crisis after the
of Health & Human Services, which Log Cabin Republicans, disputed that last month amid questions of whether emergence of reports of arrests and
essentially places an anti-transgender assessment, saying the text of the order Congress will agree to the reductions. torture of gay and bisexual men in
activist in charge of defending trans makes absolutely no mention of anything Carl Schmid, deputy director of the Russias semi-autonomous Republic
health. LGBT advocates helped derail the to do with the LGBT community. AIDS Institute, said the decrease in of Chechnya. More than 100 men have
confirmation of Trumps first choice for Not only is the text of the funding for HIV/AIDS proposed in the been tortured and at least four killed
Army secretary, Mark Green, who has executive order completely agnostic Trump administrations $4.1 trillion in what media reports are calling
taken anti-LGBT positions during his on LGBT-related matters, the Trump budget request was pretty shocking concentration camps.
career as a state legislator and said being administration has now explicitly after years of bipartisan agreement to After some prodding, U.S. Ambassador
trans is a disease. asserted that there were no plans for confront the disease. to the U.N. Nikki Haley has said the U.S.
Many LGBT advocates breathed a a separate order that addressed LGBT We always think there are ways to government is disturbed by reports
sigh of relief after learning that a long- issues, said Angelo. improve, ways to change things, were of kidnapping, torture and murder of
awaited religious freedom executive The main provision of the order directs open to that, Schmid said. Were not people in Chechnya, although Trump
order issued by President Trump in the IRS to use maximum enforcement one of the people that say, No, no, no. himself has remained silent.
May did not include specific anti-LGBT discretion to ease restrictions on But I dont think cutting the budget this When asked by the Blade at the
provisions that media reports said were churches and religious organizations drastically is a way to change things. 100-day mark of the administration to
included in an earlier draft of the order. with a tax-exempt status that would The budget blueprint unveiled in grade Trumps performance, all major
But officials with several national allow them to engage partisan politics, March by the White House Office LGBT rights organizations with the
LGBT advocacy organizations expressed including possible endorsement of of Management & Budget indicated exception of Log Cabin Republicans
concern that the two-page executive candidates running for public office. proposed cuts for HIV screening and gave Trump an F.
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Why they march

Participants denounce march encouraging the president to
Trump, seek to preserve issue his tax returns.
Chris Cormier Maggiano, a gay
Obama-era gains
D.C. Democratic activist, said he sees
participation in the march as the next
By CHRIS JOHNSON step after taking part with his spouse, Chase Maggiano, in protests and marches
nearly each week since the inauguration.
The Equality March for Unity and Pride We were able to get married in
is set to bring LGBT rights into focus September in large part because LGBT
after a series of anti-Trump marches on people and our allies fought hard for
a range of issues, but some participants decades to win the freedom to marry,
say LGBT rights are just one motivating Cormier Maggiano said. If we dont
factor for their decision to march. have our voices heard now, Trump and
After all, President Trump has taken Republicans will dodamage to our
not only controversial actions against JOHN FLUHARTY, former chair of the Delaware Republican Party, said hes a speaker at the event in community and our families including
LGBT rights, such as making anti-LGBT Delaware to demonstrate Republicans can be in support of LGBT rights. taking away our healthcare and gutting
appointments and withdrawing guidance WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY DAMIEN SALAS vital government programs. Thats why
protecting transgender students, but has we changed our plans for a family trip to
riled the progressive community with In March, HUD issued two agency restroom they think is right for them make sure we are in D.C. for the march.
actions such as a travel ban on Muslim notices aimed at protecting LGBT and later that hes with the state on The march in D.C is but one LGBT
countries and threats to undermine people who are homeless. One sought the law. Under questioning from the demonstration on June 11. Other marches
abortion rights and the decision to to notify residents of HUD-funded Washington Blade, White House Press are planned in cities across the country
abandon the Paris climate accord. facilities their right to be free from Secretary Sean Spicer had no comment ranging from New York to Chicago to Los
For a president who has declined anti-LGBT discrimination under HUD on the new law signed by Cooper, saying Angeles. The annual Pride parade in Los
to sign a religious freedom order regulations; the other announced a it doesnt merit federal attention. Angeles has been converted to a resist
enabling anti-LGBT discrimination and survey to evaluate the impact of HUDs Asked in what contingent shed take march in protest of Trump.
pledged to keep in place the Obama- youth homeless prevention initiative. part in during the march, Lewis jokingly John Fluharty, whos gay and former
era executive order against anti-LGBT The underlying rule prohibiting said it would be the contingent of chair of the Delaware Republican Party,
workplace discrimination, the attempts discrimination in housing against LGBT people who are terrified, justifiably said hes a speaker at the event in
to undermine LGBT rights may seem people remains in place. so, adding it would likely be with her Delaware to demonstrate Republicans
small in comparison. Lewis also criticized Trump for his friends. Lewis said shell hold up a sign can be in support of LGBT rights.
Sian Lewis, a lesbian D.C. resident, inaction on North Carolinas anti-LGBT on protecting LGBT rights, especially I was a hardcore conservative
said LGBT issues are the No. 1 reason law. Last year, former North Carolina Gov. the right to marry and fair housing, and growing up I mean a hardcore
for her participation in the march, citing Pat McCrory signed a law barring cities her spouse will hold up a sign reading, conservative so this has as much to do
progress made during the Obama years from enacting pro-LGBT ordinances Restore Justice in North Carolina. with authenticity on my part as it does
and just seeing it being rolled back and transgender people from using the I think more than anything, were with anything else, Flurharty said.
slowly but surely under Trump. bathroom consistent with their gender going to bring LGBTQ communities Theres no reason why the Republican
One particular action with which Lewis identity. After defeating him in the together, which is something that Party should not be pro-LGBTQ rights.
took issue is the weakening of guidance election on the promise of repeal, Gov. really needs to happen, Lewis said. Theres no reason, and the more
at the Department of Housing & Urban Roy Cooper signed a replacement to the I went to the womens march, I went Republicans that are engaged in these
Development prohibiting discrimination law critics say is still discriminatory. to this march, I went to that march. I sorts of activities, the better.
in housing against LGBT people. My wife is from North Carolina. We go think what marches are doing now is Fluharty said his remarks will focus on
There used to be protections for down there a lot, Lewis said. What has becoming more than a one-time event. the importance of being authentic even
LGBT people for housing under HUD, happened to transgender folks is really After the climate march, folks got if that takes courage as owning who you
and all that was just taken away under terrible, and we all know that, and to have the instructions on how to go back home are and being able to stand up for it and
Ben Carson, who was appointed by president not step in and the president really and organize in their community. So Im those that you love regardless of party.
Trump, Lewis said. And thats a big not take a stance and allow discrimination to looking forward to that for this march. I think its part of a larger narrative,
deal because its been my experience that continue really doesnt set a [good] precedent The LGBT march is the latest in a Fluharty said. You got this going on in
its really difficult to find housing when for the rest of the country. series of marches in D.C. that started Wilmington. I think theyre going in a
youre an LGBT person. People can be Trump. during his presidential with the Womens March on Washington couple other cities also sort of mini-
discriminatory and to have our federal campaign, took a variety of stances on the day after the inauguration and has marches. So its part of a large narrative.
government be discriminatory with the North Carolina law, saying at first included the march for science, march The larger narrative is intolerance,
federal housing, thats not a good sign. transgender people should use the against climate change and the tax bigotry is no longer acceptable.
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For us, this is step one

Organizers stress
diversity, representation
for Equality March


So just how did the Equality March

for Unity and Pride come about?
David Bruinooge, a producer who
handles branded entertainment for
music video service Vevo, had been
wanting to get more involved in political
activism the last few years and says in
January watching the Womens March
on TV from his Brooklyn home, he
thought something similar was needed
for LGBT issues.
I was just really blown away and
inspired by what I was seeing,
Bruinooge says, and I thought, Why
isnt the LGBT community doing
something like this?
He threw the idea out on Facebook as
a status update and almost immediately
friends agreed it was a great idea. It
didnt take long for him to make it
Coming from producing, I knew
this would require a tremendous
commitment, so I thought about it for
a couple hours and then said, Lets do
this. This is that opportunity of how ANIKA SIMPSON says she wanted to be sure there was diverse representation among organizers.
I can be more active so I created the
Facebook event page and from there,
the reaction was almost immediate.
Bruinooge was soon talking to rights have been held in 1979, 1987, Trump hootenanny. transgender rights, transphobia, racial
Washington residents and activists and 1993, 2000 and 2009. Crowd sizes are We want to put the focus on members injustice, income inequality, LGBT
very quickly, he says the train was notoriously hard to accurately gauge of our community who dont necessarily elder and disability rights, LGBT youth
rolling. Online meetings were held but outlets reported between 150,000- get the spotlight and on the issues that issues, homelessness, bi-phobia, HIV/
and Bruinooge started making nearly 500,000+ at previous marches. Activists affect them, Bruinooge says. We want AIDS issues and much more are part of
weekly trips to D.C. From the start, he point to legislative victories such as the march to put those people and those the dialogue.
says, organizers had an open-door, the Matthew Shepard Act and the end issues truly at the center. Personally as a The time felt right to re-energize
open-table policy. of Dont Ask, Dont Tell as having cis-gay white male of privilege, I realize our community at large to make sure
The Equality March for Unity and been partially spurred by the National there are members of our community, that everyones on board, we all have
Pride will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Equality March of October 2009. our allies and even the public at large each others backs and to make sure
on Sunday, June 11 on the National Mall. So what exactly is this years march who sort of thought the fight is over that everyone gets full equality, equity,
So far, 38,000 have RSVPd on Facebook all about and what do organizers hope because gay marriage passed, but that access and inclusion.
that theyre going. Another 122,000 are to accomplish? Bruinooge and others couldnt be further from the truth. Anika Simpson coordinates the
interested. Other D.C. marches for gay say its much more than a big anti- Bruinooge says issues like CONTINUES ON PAGE 12
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Organizers on how the

march came to be

Womens and Gender Studies program

at Morgan State University. Shes a
D.C. resident and self-described queer,
black feminist. She got involved with
the organizing committee in February
as one of 13 co-chairs and says after
consulting with local African-American
D.C. residents, she agreed the march
needed people of color involved in a
leadership capacity.
Simpson says the mission has evolved
slightly over the last few months.
Its not just an anti-Trump, anti-
administration effort, she says.
Were trying to mobilize our various
communities to address the tremendous
needs that we have. Theres a continued
assault on our rights and our dignity
as human beings thats coming from
multiple fronts and its not just the
federal government. This is a vehicle
to deal with our internal concerns,
our intersectional concerns and the
external issues were facing.
Planning meetings have been tense at
times, Simpson says, but to her, thats
not a bad thing.
I actually would be skeptical if anyone
said, Yeah, everythings been great,
because that means no real work is being
done, she says. If youre gonna talk
about anti-black racism and transphobia, DAVID BRUINOOGE says the time felt right for a national LGBT march.
those are hard conversations to have. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUINOOGE

Ive stuck around because we have a

leadership team that is majority people to many other partner events that occur streets., N.W., walk south on 17th, turn rights groups to plan the march. About
of color. Our voices have been heard during the Pride celebration, Delia left on Pennsylvania Avenue, walk in 60 solidarity events are being held in
and our white co-chairs are listening wrote in an e-mail. Its part of the front of the White House, then turn various cities around the country for
and learning and theres an openness weekends narrative that this year is right and head south on 15th Street, those who cant make it to Washington.
to come of our concerns which is great not business as usual. N.W. to Constitution Avenue, and end He says its impossible to guess how
because its not easy or comfortable. In addition to being a chance for on the National Mall at 7th Street, N.W. many may show up.
The march was purposefully timed march attendees from out of town to Bruinooge says logistical matters For us, this is step one, Bruinooge
to coincide with the Capital Pride mingle with D.C.-based activists and such as portable toilets, water, sound, says. We cant accomplish everything
festivities. Pride organizers were Capital Pride attendees, Delia says permits, stage mechanics, medics we want in one day, but hopefully
involved with march planners within a he hopes locals can inspire visitors to and more have been challenges. He our community and our allies will
day or two of the event being posted on reach out to organizations back home says there have been both pros (being be affected by this and will build off
Facebook, says Bernie Delia, president and get involved in ways that make able to move quickly) and cons (lack the march and have action items that
of the board of directors of the Capital a positive difference for the LGBT of infrastructure and connections) to they can follow up with, much like the
Pride Alliance. community. mobilizing as a grassroots effort as womens march model. That would be
We consider the march to be similar Marchers will gather at 17th and I opposed to working with national LGBT a successful day to me.
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Our history of marching

on Washington
A look back at the previous
five major national LGBT demonstrations


As thousands descend on Washington for the Equality March for Unity and Pride,
its important to remember that the LGBT community has quite a bit of experience
executing national demonstrations. Here, we take a look back through the
photographic archives of the Blade at five previous major LGBT demonstrations in
D.C. Text by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.; photos compiled by Michael Key.


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National March
on Washington
for Lesbian and
Gay Rights
In what LGBT advocates and political
observers considered an historic first,
LGBT people from throughout the
country came to the nations capital
on Oct. 14, 1979 for the nations first
National March on Washington for
Lesbian and Gay Rights.
The idea of a gay march on
Washington similar to the famous 1963
March on Washington for African-
American rights initiated by Martin
Luther King, Jr. had been pushed by
San Francisco gay Supervisor Harvey
Milk shortly before his assassination in
1978. New York gay activist Steve Ault
and New York lesbian activist Joyce
Hunter have been credited with moving
Milks plans forward.
marches that followed in subsequent
years, there were conflicting reports
on the size of the turnout. The U.S.
Park Police, which at the time gave
crowd estimates for public events,
initially estimated the turnout for
the march to be 75,000 but later said
between 25,000 and 50,000 people
turned out.
Organizers of the march insisted that
more than 100,000 people turned out.
Whatever the turnout, the event
drew national media attention to the
LGBT rights movement and, according
LGBT advocates, motivated thousands
of LGBT people to become active in the
movement to secure their rights who
were not involved before.
A five-point platform for the march
called for passage by Congress of a
comprehensive lesbian and gay civil
rights bill; a presidential executive order
banning discrimination based on sexual
orientation in the federal workforce, the
military, federally contracted private
employers; repeal of all anti-gay/lesbian
laws; an end to discrimination in child
custody disputes for gay and lesbian 1979
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parents; and protections for gay and

lesbian youth against discrimination at
home or in schools.
The march began near the Capitol
and traveled along Pennsylvania
Avenue to the White House before
ending on the grounds of the
Washington Monument, where a rally
with speakers was held.

National March on
Washington for
Lesbian and
Gay Rights
Activists familiar with the Oct. 11,
1987 march say that while it called
advances as the 1979 march, it was
prompted by two major developments
the widespread belief that the
administration of President Ronald
Reagan had failed to adequately
respond to the AIDS epidemic and
the 1986 U.S. Supreme Court decision
upholding state sodomy laws, which
made it a crime for consenting adults
of the same gender to engage in
sexual relations.
This time, U.S. Park Police
estimated the turnout to be at least
200,000. Organizers declared the
turnout to be well over 300,000,
making the 1987 march and rally the
largest LGBT demonstration ever held
in the U.S.
Media coverage of the march and
rally was heightened by the decision
by creators of the AIDS Memorial
Quilt to display the quilt for the first
time on the National Mall on the same
day as the march.
During the days following the
march, some participants staged a
civil disobedience demonstration on
the steps of the Supreme Court to
protest the sodomy law ruling that
resulted in arrests.
Among the speakers at the march
rally, which was held on the grounds of
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the U.S. Capitol, where gay U.S. Reps.

Barney Frank and Gerry Studds, both
Democrats from Massachusetts; former
National Organization for Women
president Eleanor Smeal; United
Farm Workers Union president Cesar
Chavez; and civil rights leader and
then-presidential candidate Rev. Jesse
Items added to the platform beyond
those included for the 1979 march
included a call for legal recognition of
lesbian and gay relationships; repeal
of sodomy laws applying to consenting
adults; an end to discrimination against
people with HIV/AIDS; reproductive
freedom for women; and an end to racism
in the U.S. and an end to apartheid in
South Africa.

1993 1987


Washington for
Lesbian, Gay and
Bi-Equal Rights
and Liberation
Plans for the third march on
Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi-
Equal Rights and Liberation, as it was
officially named, began prior to the 1992
presidential election while George H. W.
Bush was president.
By the time the march took place
on April 25, President Bill Clinton,
who expressed support for gay rights
during his election campaign, had
been in office for just over two months.
While march organizers were generally
optimistic over a Clinton White House,
some expressed concern that the new
president appeared to be backing down
from his promise to lift the ban on gays
in the military following opposition to
the proposal by many in Congress.
Thus a major theme of the 1993
march and its large rally at the site of
the U.S. Capitol was the call to lift the
ban. Among those playing a visible
role in the march were gay and lesbian
veterans, some of whom wore their 1993
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military uniforms.
Another vocal message delivered
at the march was strong opposition
to Colorados Amendment 2, a ballot
measure passed by voters that banned
cities and counties in the state from
adopting anti-discrimination laws
protecting gays and lesbians.
AIDS activists and members of
the AIDS protest group ACT UP also
emerged as highly visible participants
in the march, which traveled from the
White House to the Capitol.
By 5 p.m., hours after the march began,
marchers could be seen at the far end of
the National Mall near the Washington
Monument still streaming onto the Mall,
which appeared to be completely filled
with people involved in the march. This
prompted organizers to declare they had
reached their goal of drawing a turnout
of a million people. As with the previous
a significantly lower figure, putting the
turnout at 300,000.
Some participants expressed
disappointment that Clinton declined an
invitation to speak at the rally and also
didnt agree to record a video message
to be shown at the rally. Instead, he sent
a written message to be read at the rally
expressing strong support for LGBT
rights and increased funds for the fight
against AIDS.
Then-D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt
Kelly, then-New York City Mayor David
Dinkins, and U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone
(D-Minn.), were among the speakers at
the rally.

Millennium March
on Washington
for Equality
Held on April 30, 2000, the fourth
national LGBT march on Washington,
named the Millennium March on
Washington for Equality, drew
hundreds of thousands of LGBT people
and their supporters despite a rocky
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start that sparked strong divisions

among LGBT activists.
In a break from the first three gay
Washington marches, which were
initiated by individual activists, the
Millennium March was initiated by the
Human Rights Campaign, the nations
largest LGBT civil rights group, and
the Rev. Troy Perry, leader of the
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan
Community Churches.
Rather than seek input from
grassroots activists and local LGBT
groups, HRC and Perry formed a march
committee on their own and hired
lesbian comedian and events producer
Robin Tyler, who had been calling for
another gay march, as the marchs
executive producer. In a press release
announcing the march, the committee
boasted that corporate sponsors were
being lined up to help finance the march
and a long list of celebrities, most of
whom were gay or lesbian, would be
performing at a concert during the
weekend of the planned march.
Infuriated over what they called a top
down, undemocratic structure, many
LGBT activists denounced the proposed
march and vowed to organize a boycott. 2000
But as criticism mounted, HRC and Perry
agreed to make changes to broaden the
organizing committee and vowed to
make the march the most diverse LGBT
event ever held. Transgender activists
and LGBT people of color were brought
into leadership positions.
With the November 2000 presidential
election approaching, many LGBT
activists agreed a national LGBT march
would be an important showing of
LGBT political clout. Similar to the 1993
march, the National Mall appeared
filled with march participants on April
20, 2000, prompting organizers and
many observers to estimate the turnout
to be 800,000. A short time before the
Millennial March was held, U.S. Park
Police discontinued making crowd
estimates for events on the Mall.
Meanwhile, this time President
Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, who
was running for president, spoke to the
crowd through a large video screen on
the Mall near the Capitol, where the
rally was held. 2000
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An array of entertainers and

celebrities, including Melissa Etheridge,
Martina Navratilova, and actress Anne
Heche, appeared on the stage at the
rally. On the evening before the march,
an HRC-produced concert at D.C.s RFK
Stadium called Equality Rocks, drew a
sold-out crowd, which saw performances
by Etheridge, George Michael, Pet Shop
Boys, and k.d. Lang.
All of this drew extensive media
coverage that for the most part omitted
any mention of the internal LGBT strife
surrounding the march and portrayed
the event as a successful demonstration
for LGBT equality.

National Equality
March 2009

Held on Oct. 11, 2009 on National

Coming Out Day, the National Equality
March is believed to have attracted
about 150,000 people to Washington on
a relatively short notice.
Longtime gay rights advocate David
Mixner is credited with initiating
the march in an effort to build on the
groundswell of LGBT activism on social
media generated by the approval by
California voters of Proposition 8, a
ballot measure that overturned the
states same-sex marriage law.
San Francisco gay rights leader
Cleve Jones, founder of the Names
Project that created the AIDS
Memorial Quilt, became involved as
one of the lead organizers along with
lesbian activist Robin McGehee and
gay activist Kip Williams.
Similar to the previous LGBT
Washington marches, the 2009 march
traveled from the White House to the
U.S. Capitol, where about two-dozen
speakers, including mainline civil rights
leaders, LGBT leaders, and supportive
elected officials spoke in support of
marriage equality, a federal LGBT non-
discrimination bill, and repealing the
militarys Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy.
The march took place during President
Barack Obamas first year in office, and 2009
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some of the march speakers expressed

concern that he wasnt moving fast
enough on his campaign promises to
back LGBT rights legislation.
Among those who spoke and
performed at the rally was bisexual
singer and LGBT rights supporter
Lady Gaga.
Unlike the previous LGBT Washington
marches, that mainly closed their books
in debt, the 2009 march generated a
surplus in funds that organizers gave
to existing grassroots LGBT rights
Among the key goals of march
organizers was to put in place a network of
grassroots LGBT organizers in each of the
nations 435 congressional districts to push
for LGBT equality under the auspices of a
new group called Equality Across America.
But activists familiar with the group
acknowledge that goal was never reached
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For more information, visit facebook. 15th Street N.W. between P Street and 10 p.m. DJs for the day evening include Michelle Raymond Band
Team Peaches
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The Dirty Goose (913 U St., N.W.) hosts 4-10 p.m. There will be a beer garden, Dee Martello and more. Ms. Brittany Lynn
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Ladies of Pop: Pride Edition on Friday, food and entertainment. Entry is free. For hosts both days. Saturday tickets are Mykul Jay Valentine
June 9 from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. There will be more information, visit $80 and Sunday tickets are $85. Two-day Pointer Sisters
surprise drink specials all night. Music Resist This hosts No Justice No Pride: passes are $150. For more details and to Freddies Follies
RuPauls Drag Race nalist TBD
playlist will be the biggest hits from D.C. Day of Action, a day of multiple purchase tickets, visit Mr. and Miss Capital Pride
pop divas. For more information, visit events in resistance of Capital Pride, on Mixtape hosts its Pride Party at 9:30 Demarcko Pride presents Enkore Saturday, June 10. Direct Action March Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 6-8 p.m.
D.C. Front Runners hosts its sold-out will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location is to be 10 from 11 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Shea Van Horn RuPauls Drag Race nalist TBD
Pride Run & Walk 5K at Congressional determined. The Night March will follow and DJ Matt bailer will play a mix of indie Tinashe
Miley Cyrus
Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.) on Friday, June that evening from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. on 18th dance, electronic and house. Cover is $15.
9 at 7 p.m. There will be a Finish Line Street. Resist This and Trans Women of Event is all ages. For more details, visit 8-10 p.m.
DJ Tracy Young
Party following the run. For more details, Color Collective host QT Night of Healing
visit and Resistance at the Festival Center DCMJ hosts Cannabis Pride All- Monument Festival Stage (6th & Constitution)
The Washington Blade hosts Kate (1640 Columbia Rd., N.W.) from 7-10 p.m. Nighter at Dupont Circle (1 Dupont Circle,
1-2 p.m.
Clintons stand-up comedy show Knock! There will be food, art, entertainment and N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 at 9 a.m. until Kenisha Coleman
Knock! Whos There? Zombie Apocalypse! an open mic for people to share their Sunday, June 11 at 9 a.m. The 24-hour Jordon Bolden
Capital Cabaret Drag
at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) on talents or reections. For more details, event will feature speakers, DJs and a
Friday, June 9 from 7-8 p.m. VIP tickets are visit Liberty Pole to support cannabis pride. 2-3 p.m.
$100 and include front-row seating and a Capital Pride hosts Crack of Noon For more information, visit facebook. Billy Winn
Russell Elliot
meet and greet. General admission tickets Pride Brunch at the Showroom (1099 com/dcmj2014. Capital Cabaret Drag
range from $40-60. For more information, 14th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 from The Equality March for Unity and
3-4 p.m.
visit 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Crack of Noon Pride is on Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m.- Brenna Sinclaire
Capital Pride and Brightest Young Pride Brunch is from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. The route begins on I Street and D.C. Gurly Show
Things hosts the ocial Pride 2017 It includes a brunch buet, open bar and 17th Street N.W. and will head south on D.C. Front Runners
Cobalt Pride Idol Winner
opening party, Rainbow Resistance, meet and greet with Pride VIPs. Liquid 15th Street N.W. to Constitution Avenue. Oasis Dance Co.
at the Rainbow Warehouse (1585 New Brunch is from 1-4 p.m. and features an The march ends on the National Mall at
4-5 p.m.
York Ave., N.E.) on Friday, June 9 from open bar, light food and entertainment. Seventh Street N.W. Line-up begins at Capital Cabaret Drag
9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Star Wars-themed DJ Matt Bailer will play music. Both 9 a.m. on I Street between 14th Street Posh Hammer
party will feature live performances from events include bottomless champagne, and 17th Street. For more details, visit Erick Blu
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Tiany, Ultra Nat and Cupcakke. DJ Will mimosas, Bloody Marys, cocktails and
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Robert Ball
tracks. Tickets are $30. Day-of tickets will includes access to the Liquid Brunch. Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between Capital Cabaret Drag
be available. For more information, visit Liquid Brunch tickets range from $70-80. Third Street and Seventh Street N.W. on Heather Mae For more information, visit capitalpride. Sunday, June 11 from noon-7 p.m. There Alise King
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) org/events/parade-brunch-2017. will be 300 exhibitors featuring local and Dupont Dance Tent (6th & Pennsylvania)
hosts Otter Crossing Pride on Friday, Lure D.C. hosts Fuse: Capital Prides community groups, businesses, food
noon-1 p.m.
June 9 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Bright Light Main Womens Event, at the Howard vendors and more. Exhibit hours are from Keenan Orr
Bright Light will headline the event. Cover Theatre (620 T St., N.W.) on Saturday, June noon-7 p.m. The Capital Pride concert
is $10. A portion of proceeds will benet 10 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Jai Syncere, DJ will feature performances from Miley 1-2 p.m.
DJ Mike Reimer
Immigration Equality. For more details, Tezrah and DJ Elet()x will play music. The Cyrus, the Pointer Sisters, Tinashe and
visit DystRucXion Dancers will perform with VASSY. Concert hours are from 1-9 p.m. 2-3 p.m.
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Capital Pride Parade kicks o at 22nd special guest Fierce Collabo. Drink specials Admission is free. For more information,
Street and P Street on Saturday, June 10 all night. Admission is $15. For more visit 3-4 p.m.
from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The route travels information, visit Pride Fund to End Gun Violence holds Lemz
through the Dupont Circle and Logan Distrkt C hosts a two-day music festival a candlelight vigil to remember Pulse at 4-5 p.m.
Circle neighborhoods. The parade will and dance party at the D.C. Eagle (3701 the fountain in Dupont Circle (1 Dupont Vodkatrina
include Capital Pride Heroes, Engendered Benning Rd., N.E.). On Saturday, June 10 Circle, N.W.) on Monday, June 12 from 5-6 p.m.
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How long have you been out and who What was your last Facebook post or
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I feel like there was never a out for Asking if someone can give me a ride
me. My entire life people knew I was a this afternoon up the street with some
queerido. Even was beat up a few times equipment that I have with me for a
at school for it. I think it was as early training that I am doing tonight.
as third grade that I knew I wasnt a
he when my teacher insisted on over If your life were a book, what would
gendering me. It just wasnt until I was 20 the title be?
that I fully came to terms with me being You Really Want to Read This Book. This
a she. Shit Actually Happened

Whos your LGBT hero? If science discovered a way to change

Can I be my own hero? Do I need to have sexual orientation, what would you do?
just one hero? In a world full of mentors, Laugh
lovers, history experts, teachers all
contributing to my growth, there are too What do you believe in beyond the
many to name. physical world?
Life and death.
Whats Washingtons best nightspot,
past or present? Whats your advice for LGBT
Malcom X Park, Zeba or any place with a movement leaders?
rooftop and a small crowd. Stop taking money from snakes.
Describe your dream wedding. What would you walk across hot coals

QUEERY: Emmelia Talarico

Forget the wedding, I just want to for?
delegate at the reception. My feet are baby soft, Ill pass!

What non-LGBT issue are you most What LGBT stereotype annoys you
passionate about? most?
The local organizer answers 20 gay questions This question is frustrating. The That trans women are gay men.
LGBTQ2S community is diverse as hell.
Its reductive to assume that there are Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
any non-LGBT issues. That aside, Ive I really liked Tangerine aside from it
been a labor organizer since I was young. being trauma porn for cis people.
Pride season isnt all just beads, feather boas and feel-good debauchery. We might have I even worked on a worker campaign for
started protesting society in general, but over the decades, a movement has emerged in a few years that focused on leveraging Whats the most overrated social
which sometimes factions under the LGBT umbrella have beefs with each other. President Obama to raise the federal custom?
Thats the premise behind the No Justice, No Pride movement, which as of this contractor wage to $10.10. I grew up Bio families.
week, has nearly 800 members on Facebook. The group will hold its Night March working class and my mother died from
on Friday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Circle for a family-friendly event where D.C.s a drug overdose when I was young. So, What trophy or prize do you most
queer and trans community is uniting to march against the corporatization of Pride. Ive been working all my life to support covet?
On Saturday, June 10 at 3:30 p.m., the group will gather in McPherson Square to protest myself and labor organizing is the one I am a humble person, I dont need a
the LGBT movements collusion with systems of oppression that further marginalize thing that keeps calling me back. prize.
queer and trans individuals. Look for the events on Facebook for further details.
Emmelia Talarico, a self-described coordinator, organizer, agitator, disruptor and lover What historical outcome would you What do you wish youd known at 18?
says shes had issues with Wells Fargo being a sponsor of Capital Pride for a few years change? That you could get mones in D.C.
but during inauguration protests in January, she realized she and her cohorts had the Im not much for presidential elections
potential to make this the most eective year yet at showing Capital Pride the damage because I believe real change is most Why Washington?
that their sponsors do to queer and trans people, particularly those of color, she says. eective locally but I would like to have D.C. (I will not call it Washington; you
Were the backbone of the LGBTQ community, but were often tossed aside, seen Bernie not get cheated. must be thinking of Congress) has
ignored and told to work within a system that is killing us, Talarico says. While our become a home to me. As someone who
cis gay and lesbian counterparts use these statistics to work for their own trans- Whats been the most memorable pop had to move yearly in their youth when
exclusive liberation. We cannot be idle and allow cis gay and lesbian activists to culture moment of your lifetime? their mom was still alive, I dont know
speak for us only when it is politically useful for them to do so. We must ght back Pop culture is not revolutionary. what long-time friends are. Every year
and bring Pride back to its roots. Its not just a party to celebrate how comfortable I would have to leave my relationships
cis, white gay men of a certain socioeconomic level have become. The reality is we On what do you insist? and move to new city and sometimes
are being attacked on all sides and enough is enough. Im conscious of the impact non-native state. D.C. is where Ive had the longest
Talarico is from Bridgeport, Conn., and has also lived in New York and San Francisco. D.C. residents have on native D.C. relationships, friends and families. D.C.
Shes been in the D.C. area for about six years o and on. She and husband Brian Perera residents. They often get pushed out and allowed me to transition, D.C. gave me a
live in Silver Spring, Md., after being homeless for a time in the District. Aordable city I think about that daily. Despite my faults, support network (even if its a small one)
housing is also an issue for Talarico, whos trans. She works for Americans for Transit, a its been a personal goal and belief of while I transitioned.
national non-prot for transit rider organizations where she works to organize riders to mine to keep organizing and doing what
stand up to WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority). I can to make this city a better place for
Talarico enjoys cycling, DJing, organizing and art in her free time. those who have lived and struggled here.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 with Issa on stage for eight months before aint singing no Kumbaya bullshit, Im
she was born and my granddaughter has outta here. We all just laughed, you know? BLADE: Do you think much about the
playing determines what were going to just always been around our music all her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? I know its
have, what were going to wear. Its just life. We had to make some adjustments in BLADE: Do you think Bonnie felt left not just based on fame or chart stats,
things that we want to be appropriate for the music because unlike my sisters, they out when you all went through the but there are many acts inducted that
the engagement were doing. Were just didnt grow up singing together so that roof after she left? had a lot fewer hits than you guys did.
excited about it. Its always an exciting instinct that me and Anita and Bonnie and POINTER: We werent even in touch POINTER: Of course I think about that.
time to play for a gay audience. Its always June had didnt exist between Issa and with her during those years. Bonnie was Are you kidding me? Yes, yes indeed! But
just so much fun. Sadako. We had to teach them the notes estranged and away from us for almost you know the other thing is that there are
and the moves whereas it was so easy for 30 years. We didnt talk, we didnt speak, a lot of groups that I admire that arent
BLADE: Mary Wilson has had several me and my sisters because we just kind there was nothing, no communication. in there either, you know? That when
exhibits of the Supremes gowns in of automatically moved together and And I really think that it had a lot to do I hear the names come up on a yearly
recent years. I know the Pointer Sisters automatically knew what we were going with the man that she was with. So I dont basis of the people going in, a lot of times
were a whole dierent kind of act but to do. It was a little bit of a challenge but know what she was feeling but Im sure Im thinking, God, I thought they were
do you have all your stage clothes from they got it down. she might have felt that way. already in there. So, you know, it is what
over the years and would you ever it is.
exhibit any of that stu anywhere? BLADE: How long have they each BLADE: How did it come about that
POINTER: No, we havent kept been in the group? Im So Excited was remixed and BLADE: Is it political? Maybe because
everything. I know my sister Anita keeps POINTER: Issa has been with us since became a much bigger hit than it had your biggest hits were 80s pop hits,
most everything. She has things that I 2002. Sadako came in about eight years been before? that era isnt taken as seriously
dont have. But we still have some things, ago when Issa got pregnant with my rst POINTER: We had an album called perhaps?
we dont have everything. I dont know grandson. They know what theyre Im So Excited and the song was kind POINTER: I really dont know.
what she has because we were given a doing by now. of overlooked and we had put so much
lot of things. Especially, like when we did love and eort into writing that song, so BLADE: Do you miss recording?
The Carol Burnett Show and Bob Mackie BLADE: Back in the 70s and 80s, if a when the album Breakout came up, we POINTER: I do, I do.
was making all of our wardrobe for those group won a Grammy, did you each get told Richard Perry, our producer, we said,
shows. Carol was so gracious and just let us one or was it just one trophy for the Look, we need to re-release this song. BLADE: Do you think you would ever
keep the costumes that were made for us. group? We said, Its just a shame that its been do any recording with your daughter
POINTER: We each got one, yeah. so overlooked and we know its a hit. And and granddaughter?
BLADE: Wow. thats kind of how it happened. POINTER: I hope we can but right
POINTER: Yes, I know, I know! BLADE: What memory stands out now, you know, its interesting. Ive heard
most in your mind from We Are the BLADE: Labels can be funny about people talk about wanting to try out new
BLADE: How is Anita? Do you see her World? stu like that. Did it take any arm material but the audience really loves the
often? POINTER: The fact that I realized that twisting? old stu. You know, I remember even
POINTER: I dont see her that often there would never, ever be that group of POINTER: No, they really didnt, you years ago, wed try out new material and
because Im on the East Coast and shes people together in one room ever again. know, argue with us on that issue. They they just sit there looking at you like a
on the West Coast. You know, when Im in My God, when I look back and think of accepted it and were willing to put it on deer in headlights so then you pull out
L.A. we try to get together and see each all the people that were in that room. the next album. And the rest is history. something old and they go crazy. So we
other so thats when I can see her. We talk People I admired before I even got in the just stick with what we love and what they
occasionally. My sister Bonnie and I text business and people that I will forever BLADE: How did you decide who love.
and talk on a regular basis and thats just admire Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, would sing lead?
kind of the way we live our lives. I have two Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, POINTER: We knew that Anita had a BLADE: About what percentage of
older brothers and we talk all the time. So Al Jarreau, Janet, no wait, LaToya, Bette lot to do with initiating that song, the the year do you spend traveling these
we stay in touch pretty much like most Midler, Tina Turner, Dionne (Warwick), writing with Trevor Lawrence and we all days?
families would. Nothing exceptional. oh, I could go on and on. Its just like, felt equally agreeable that her voice was POINTER: Hmmmm, I dont know. I
wow. I was in awe of everybody. well suited for that song so it wasnt really never tried to gure that out but I know
BLADE: Are you still friendly with a big issue or argument. its a lot. More than I ever expected it to
(former Temptations lead singer) BLADE: So even though you all were be at this age, at this time in my life. But
Dennis Edwards? (ex-husband and huge stars, you were still starstruck? BLADE: But in general how would its OK because I appreciate it so much
father of Pointers daughter, Issa.) Do POINTER: Absolutely, oh yeah. Im a fan you divvy up lead vocal duties? and I enjoy it so much. I think I enjoy it
you ever see him? of everybodys. POINTER: We would go through a now more than I did then.
POINTER: I dont see him. Hes in Saint series of trying out dierent voices.
Louis, I believe, and we have a daughter BLADE: Were there a lot of egos on Richard would take each of us to sing a BLADE: What would you say to
together whos singing with me now and display? certain song and then we would all decide someone struggling with addiction?
shes in touch with him and his current POINTER: There was a banner placed which one we liked the best. So thats just POINTER: First of all just admit that
wife, Brenda. But hes in the hospital, you across the top of the studio as we came how we did it. you have a problem. People just dont
know, trying to recover from meningitis in that said, Leave your ego at the door. want to admit theres a problem or they
and now pneumonia. So were sort of BLADE: The Pointer Sisters are think they can handle it on their own. Im
praying every day that he makes a full BLADE: Did it work? heavily known for dabbling in many so saddened with the deaths of Prince,
recovery but we just dont know. Its really POINTER: I think everybody did that genres. Did you ever get label pushback Michael Jackson and I was just noticing
quite serious. except maybe Waylon Jennings (laughs). for that? this thing even with Tiger Woods the
POINTER: We never really got much other day and I was saying, God, they just
BLADE: Whats it like singing and BLADE: Of all people. pushback. We always knew we didnt dont get it. These opioids are gonna kill
traveling with your daughter and POINTER: It was like all of a sudden want to be pigeonholed. We liked singing them and theyve got to get a handle on it
granddaughter? Did that just sort of Stevie Wonder wanted to try to put in everything and I just think we just were and realize they cant beat the drug, you
come about organically? some kind of African lyric in the song and lucky and blest enough that the producers know? You gotta get help and you gotta
POINTER: It was kind of a natural thing Waylon went o and he said, Im outta we worked with liked that kind of variety. admit that its an issue that you cant just
only because they were pretty much born here. Came down out of the bleachers We were willing to try things and they play around with and think, Oh well, this
into this business with me. I was pregnant where we were all standing and said, I were willing to try things with us. wont hurt me. You gotta get help.
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The last time Maulik Pancholy graced Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul, this to his involvement with STC, he served on out to him. And he responded. I like to
the stage at Shakespeare Theatre years playette titled Met By Moonlight the Presidents Advisory Commission on do more than attend a dinner or write a
Companys Harman Hall, he wore a is loosely based on A Midsummer Nights Asian Americans and Pacic Islanders. check, he says.
dress. Last summer, the out actor best Dream and features 20 Members of He was appointed during the Obama Of course politics are especially
known from TVs Weeds and 30 Rock, Congress, 31 notable Washingtonians administration, but after President Trump personal these days, Pancholy says. Will
played the title role in companys all-male and professional actors including Emily took oce, Pancholy and other appointees on the Hill brings people together in a fun
production of The Taming of the Shrew. Swallow, Ian Kahn, Veanne Cox and resigned citing his immigration policy and non-pressured way and raises awareness
Now hes returning presumably in pants Pancholy as mischievous Puck. disturbing campaign rhetoric. about funding for the arts, a timely cause
as special guest of Will on the Hill, STCs Set in hot, sticky D.C. summer, the While it lasted, the Commission and important cause.
one-night-only annual fundraiser. story follows government bigshots futile brought me to Washington for meetings. Theres more D.C. in his future. Next
When asked to participate, I attempt to escape the city for cooler I met a lot of people. It was interesting season Pancholy is slated to star in the
immediately accepted, says Pancholy environs. When circumstances prevent to learn how the White House and world premiere of playwright Ken Urbans
whos based in New York where he lives them from exiting the city, these mortals Washington politics work. I havent The Remains at Studio Theatre. Studios
with his husband, chef/caterer Ryan decamp to nearby woods where they abandoned the causes I care about, Artistic Director David Muse is directing.
Corvaia. I have great respect for Michael meet Shakespearian fairies Oberon, mostly LGBT and Asian American Im looking forward to it a lot. Both
Kahn (STCs out artistic director) and want Puck and the King of Fairyland. Summer nonprots. Its important. I know how it is David and Ken are friends, he says. Its a
to do what I can to help support this madness ensues and lessons are learned to grow up being dierent. project that Ive been involved with from
beautiful, mostly Shakespeare-dedicated all around. He was born in India but grew up in the start and has become an ongoing
venue and its many programs. Proceeds from this event support STCs Ohio, Indiana and Tampa, Fla. He majored collaboration.
The popular bipartisan event brings many education, artistic and community in theater at Northwestern University,
together both political and theater engagement programs, including in- where he received his bachelors degree
heavyweights. Its a reliably lively show school workshops and educational in 1995. He then attended the Yale School WILL ON THE HILL
June 12
infused with comedic references to resources that inspire new and diverse of Drama, where he received his Master Shakespeare Theatre Company
contemporary politics. Penned by audiences and deepen the connection to of Fine Arts in 2003. His career has been a Sidney Harman Hall
Peter Byrne with assistance from D.C.s classical theater in learners of all ages. combination of theater, TV and lm work. 610 F St., N.W.
West Wing Writers and directed by STC Pancholy is no stranger to politics. Prior As his star rose, the non-prots reached
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Was she? forced to spend his winters in warmer romance that is both lovely and deadly. wily Rainaldi and Simon Russell Beale
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Whos to blame? has met their cousin Rachel Sangalletti. is sublime. Weisz, who won the Academy brief appearance as the lawyer Couch.
In My Cousin Rachel, people keep Ambrose and Rachel are quickly married, Award for her performance in 2003s The The real discovery in this cast, however,
asking questions. And one of the great but Ambrose soon falls ill and suspects Constant Gardener, gives an amazingly is Holliday Grainger as Louise Kendall
delights of this ne movie is that there that he is being poisoned by his new wife. subtle performance that keeps both her (Lucrezia Borgia in the Showtime series
are no denitive answers just hints Philip travels to Italy to investigate, but castmates and the audience o balance. The Borgias) who makes a wonderful
and clues and shifting perspectives. discovers that the only inhabitant of the Its great fun to watch the character and foil to Rachel. Dressed in light colors
Every audience member will have to Villa Sangalletti is the mysterious (and the actor play with 19th century sexual that nicely contrast Rachels somber
make up his or her own mind about what amboyant) Rainaldi, who tells Philip that mores, sometimes rebelling against mourning, Louise seems to be the
happened and why, and about the true his uncle is dead and that Rachel has left. them, sometimes using them as a shield. devoted childhood friend of Philip and a
nature of the mysterious title character. Director Roger Michell, who also The supporting cast is strong, although model of English womanhood. While she
Based on the novel by bisexual author adapted the screenplay, handles this the servants and farm sta all seem is wary of Rachels motives, she defends
Daphne du Maurier, who also wrote intrigue with a deft touch. The moody at and one-dimensional and rather her against Philips dark accusations.
Rebecca and The Birds, My Cousin psychological drama moves along at a uninterested in the events unfolding With powerful performances from
Rachel centers on young Philip Ashley who quick pace, and Michell and company around them. Sam Clain (Their Finest Weisz and Grainger and a probing
has been raised by his uncle Ambrose on provide enough excitement and and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) exploration of sexuality, gender roles and
the large family estate in Cornwall. Except information to keep audiences thoroughly gives a well-grounded performance as sexual mores, My Cousin Rachel is highly
for the occasional visitor, the only females engaged in the action and guessing the innocent and earnest young heir who recommended for LGBT audiences. Its a
allowed in the house were the dogs. One about everyones motives and intentions. wavers between devotion and doubt. Iain sumptuous period drama that serves as a
of the rare female visitors is Louise Kendall, Working closely with composer Rael Jones Glenn is a strong presence as Kendall, mirror into our own times.
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Demand has been heavy for a new limited-edition beer from DC Brau that will be sold in local
restaurants and grocery stores during Pride week.

Pride in a can
Blade, DC Brau collaborate on limited-edition new beer

When employees of DC Brau, the we were planning on brewing three beers so that people will want to buy it. the run to 350 cases, Skall says, but
brewery that helped fuel the rebirth of for the Craft Brewers Conference. But we Wanting people to buy the beer is an then Whole Foods came in and said they
Washingtons beer and spirits industry, still wanted to make it happen. important goal of the whole project, wanted 250 cases for their D.C. stores.
started participating in the annual Capital Rutgers was surprised when DC Brau say both Rutgers and Skall, because We nally ended up at 782 cases total,
Pride Parade two years ago, there was did indeed gure out how to make it all proceeds from sales of Pride Pils and we even gave up the last 100 cases
one thing that they wanted to drink more happen, coming back to him in February have been earmarked for LGBT youth that we were going to have on hand at
than anything else: water. with a plan to brew 200 cases of its empowerment program, SMYAL, and the the brewery because we were getting so
Its been really hot out on the parade signature Brau Pils, a lightly hoppy brew Washington Blade Foundation, which many requests.
route every year, says Brandon Skall, with notes of pepper, lemon and grass, supports journalism projects and the Some of the stores, bars and
CEO and co-founder of D.C. Brau. We and then wrap the cans with a custom next generation of LGBT journalists. restaurants where Pride Pils can be found
bring kegs of water out there, not beer. image. Within a week, a contest was It was important to us that this beer be in June include Glens Garden Market,
However, when Skall does want to have a announced, looking for original designs a real vehicle for fundraising, Skall says. Dacha Beer Garden, Pizzeria Paradiso,
beer on a hot summer day, his preference for the limited-edition can. Matoto was particularly drawn to Rock and Roll Hotel and Schneiders of
is a German-style pilsner. Pilsner is the I wasnt really sure what to expect, enter the contest because SMYAL was a Capitol Hill, and the colorful can may
perfect kind of beer for that weather, Skall says Rutgers of the design competition. beneciary, saying, One of SMYALs goals is become quite a collectors item.
says. Its easy-drinking, crisp and light and We just wanted to give people a chance to help LGBTQ kids build condence. Thats If people do choose to display the can,
only about 4.5 percent alcohol. to express themselves. We ended up with what this image is about, too that and whether as a piece of artwork or a political
So when the Washington Blades director over 30 submissions, from a wide range of nding some lightness and fun in 2017. statement, artist Matoto is hopeful that
of marketing, Stephen Rutgers, approached people, which we then narrowed down to Rutgers also felt the need for a the message she wanted to convey with
DC Brau about making a branded beer for 12 before opening it up to a public vote. community-driven project during a time her design has a lasting impact.
Pride Week, Skall and head brewer and co- More than 5,000 votes came in, with when the LGBT community has real I like to draw unicorns because I think
founder Je Hancock knew exactly which the winning design depicting a unicorn concerns about the current political theyre a reminder that our uniqueness
beer they wanted to use. The trick was in sporting a purple mane and waving a climate and possible repercussions makes us special, she says. Its great
guring out how much they could actually rainbow ag. Josette Matoto, a graphic from a conservative agenda. I think this to see people speaking up about pride
produce and how to give it a uniquely artist and video producer for the year, especially after the election, that I this year and working to make sure that
Pride-focused spin. environmental non-prot organization really wanted to create something that everyone who identies as queer feels
In the early part of this year, Rutgers Friends of the Earth, says of her design, would showcase what our community elevated and celebrated by our events.
says, DC Brau wasnt even sure it was I always imagine unicorns as naturally has to oer, he says. There are a lot of Were not there, yet, but the more we
possible because of the logistics involved unapologetically proud creatures that emotions out there around Pride. celebrate the things that make us all
in producing just a small run of beer, so I give zero Fs what people think of them. In fact, the local Washington community unique unicorns, the closer well be.
kind of thought wed just have to try again For Rutgers, Matotos playful design embraced the Pride Pils concept so
for next year. accomplished one of his main goals: We quickly that Skall realized that 200 cases
We were already behind on production wanted a can that would look good on the of beer was not going to come close to KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
for our agship brands, Skall says, plus shelves of Whole Foods and other stores, satisfying the demand. We increased adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.
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E-mail calendar items to calendars@washblade. after party will feature a moon bounce Race alum Roxxxy Andrews will perform.
com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim- slip-slide. For more information, visit DJ Trayze spins tracks. General admission
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events tickets are $75. VIP tickets are $95 and
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time. Catharsis on the Mall hosts a party include patio-access for front-row viewing
at Dupont Underground (19 Dupont of the Pride parade. For more details, visit
Circle, N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Music lineup includes e.yore, Meegs, Mr.
TODAY Jennings and v:shal kanwar. Robin Bell SUNDAY, JUNE 11
will give a visual presentation. Funds
The Imperial Court of Washington will be raised for the free annual vigil Capital Pride and the Cherry Fund
D.C. hosts D.C. Beer Bar Takeover at the Catharsis on the Mall in November. No host Rise, the ocial Capital Pride
D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight alcohol will be served. Tickets start at afterhours party, at Flash (645 Florida Ave.,
at 10 p.m. There will be a 50/50 rae $35. For more details, visit N.W.) in the early morning from 4 a.m.-9:30
and draft beer and Jell-O shots. Funds catharsisonthemall. a.m. DJ Isaac Escalante and DJ X Gonzalez
raised will benet the Imperial Court of Womens Strength Coalition hosts Pull play music. Tickets are $50 online and $60
Washington D.C. and the Fallen Heroes for Pride D.C. at Balance Gym (1339 at the door. For more information, visit
Fund. For more details, visit facebook. Green Ct., N.W.) today from 10 a.m.-1
com/imperialcourtdc. p.m. The deadlift-only event will benet National Air and Space Museum (600
Bet Mishpachah and GLOE host National Casa Ruby and is open to everyone. Independence Ave., S.W.) presents a
Pride Shabbat at Sixth and I Synagogue (600 All lifters will have free entry into a special screening of Wonder Woman
I St., N.W.) tonight from 6:15-9 p.m. Rabbi silent rae with prizes including gym in IMAX and 3D today from 5:50-8:20
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light refreshments and LGBT trivia hosted For more details, visit Awesome Con ticket giveaway following
by a drag yenta. For more information, visit womensstrengthcoalition. the screening. Youth tickets are $13.50, Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) and Capital senior tickets are $14 and adult tickets
Capturing Fire Slam, a collective that Pride host Smells like Queen Spirit, are $15. For more details, visit facebook.
promotes queer and transgender artists, a gay dance party, today from noon com/smithsoniantheaters.
hosts Queer Squared: An Evening of until close. DJ Mikey Mo will play music Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts the PHOTO COURTESY OF ATHLETE ALLY

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#BlackTransMagick will perform Tickets be drink specials. Cover is free until 10 videos. Kitty Meow will give a special
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Pride presents Harmony tonight from Athlete Ally host a meet the athletes WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
10 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ MadScience and DJ photo-op reception today at noon. MONDAY, JUNE 12
Keenan Orr will spin tracks. There will Participating athletes include Colin Shaw, The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30
be drink specials. Cover is $10. For more Cooper Robinson, Lori Lindsey, Michael ASL Trivia D.C. hosts a LGBT Pride night p.m. tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th
information, visit Martin, Anthony Covell, Ashley Dai and at Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern & Market St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations
Promoter Joe Fiore presents Furball Shamilia Kohestani. For more details, visit (1356 Okie St., N.E.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. required and newcomers welcome. If you
at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) Prizes include a bar tab paid up to $150, $50 need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
tonight at 10 p.m. DJ Seth Breezy from The New Wave Singers of Baltimore gift cards or free shots. Voice interpreters The Big Gay Book Group meets at Trio
Atlanta and D.C.-based DJ Strikestone perform at Grace United Methodist will be provided. For more information, Restaurant (1537 17th St., N.W.) tonight at
will play music. Ticket information still to Church (5407 N. Charles St., Baltimore) visit 7 p.m. to discuss I Left It on the Mountain,
come. For more details, visit tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more a memoir by Kevin Sessums. For more
GAMMA, a peer-supported, self-help information, visit TUESDAY, JUNE 13 details, visit or
group for gay or bisexual men who have Comedian Fay Jacobs performs email
been involved with women, meets at her stand-up comedy show Aging Story District presents Seduce Me:
Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay at Cedar Stories About Persuasion and Temptation THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Vermont Ave., N.W.) tonight from 7:30- Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (9601 at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from
9:30 p.m. For more details, visit meetup. Cedar Ln., Bethesda, Md.) tonight at 7 p.m. 8-10 p.m. The stories will focus on the Eddie Izzard brings his Believe Me
com/gammaindc. Tickets are a suggested $20 donation. themes of fame, passion, good lucks Memoir Tour to the Lincoln Theatre
Its a rare D.C.-area performance for and charm. Featured storytellers will (1215 U St., N.W.) tonight from 7-10 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 the Rehoboth Beach-based lesbian include David Wolkin, Emily Tedesco, Izzard will discuss his book Believe Me,
entertainer and author. For more details, Taylor Williams-Durant, Len Kruger, Anne share personal photos, perform stand-
Rainbow Crosswalks Community visit Thomas and more. Ticket prices are $15. up and answer questions from the
Paint Party is at JR.s Bar and Grill (1519 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Outside food is welcome but outside audience. Tickets range from $50-60 and
17th St., N.W.) today from 11 a.m.-1:30 Garden (Independence Ave., S.W.) hosts drink is not allowed. For more details, include a copy of Izzards book. For more
p.m. D.C. residents and members of the Shadow/Casters, an after-hours art visit information, visit
LGBT community will gather together performance, on the Hirshhorn Plaza tonight DanceForInclusion holds a ash Lambda Legal celebrates the opening
to paint eight temporary rainbow and from 7:30-11 p.m. Performers include mob in the District to raise awareness of its sixth oce in D.C. with an opening
trans ags on cross walks on 17th Street. Jason Barnes (Pussy Noir), Alexandra Rex on the importance of inclusion, diversity party at Knight Center at the Newseum
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Taking Pride in our homes, yards and country

How to make positive cycling at theFt. Totten Transfer Station? upgrade may be needed to cut down on put a blanket on your water heater.
contributions to the Check their schedule at to heating costs and associated energy con- Keep your yard green. Why not have
learn when you may bring outdated elec- sumption. a shade tree planting party and use wa-
environment tronics, household hazardous waste, and You may also choose to have a profes- ter you have harvested from a rain barrel
personal documents for shredding. sional energy audit. The auditor may per- water capture system? And while youre
By VALERIE M. BLAKE Continue reducing paper in your life form an air pressure test by using a fan to planting, consider growing your own veg-
by printing on two sides, paying bills on- pull air out of the house and determine etables or creating a composting area.
On Thursday, June 1, our president an- line, contacting junk mail issuers to be whether the lowered air pressure inside Look to yards in Arizona and New Mex-
nounced the withdrawal of the United removed from their mailing lists, and us- identifies cracks and leaks. He or she ico for ideas on Xeriscaping and other
States from the Paris Climate Agreement, ing opt-out features for printed advertis- may also use an infrared video camera to ways to reduce your dependence on ir-
resulting in reactions ranging from disbe- ing. Whenever possible, use e-tickets for determine whether additional insulation rigation. Try your hand at a rock garden
lief to sadness to anger from scientists, flights, movies and concerts. is needed. Think of it as playing a war- or stone patio and, at minimum, turn on
environmentalists and their followers Transport yourself. Reduce pollu- time video game where, armed with your your sprinklers at night or when others
around the country and abroad. tion by limiting automobile use. Use the trusted infrared goggles, you can spot the are not using theirs.
Ironically, World Environment Day 2017 Metrorail or bus, ride your bicycle, or enemy approaching. If youre lucky enough to have an out-
fell on the following Monday, June 5, with walk whenever you can. You might even Have your HVAC system checked for door pool or hot tub, be sure to keep a
groups and individuals worldwide being find that keeping the Earth healthy has a backdrafting and make repairs as recom- cover on it when not in use. It will stay
encouraged to spend time outside enjoy- side benefit of keeping yourself getting mended by your contractor. If you still cleaner, the filter wont have to work as
ing nature, wildlife and local biodiversity. healthy too. use oil to heat your home, budget for hard and the water wont evaporate as
As we celebrate Pride weekend, I If you must have a car, look for one that conversion to natural gas and investigate quickly.
thought it appropriate to discuss ways we gets good gas mileage. A hybrid or even solar panels to provide additional energy And for my final recommendation: To
can take pride in our homes, our yards an electric car may be a good option. resources at a lower cost. Set your ther- keep from making your blood boil and
and our country by making positive con- Bone up on the EPA specifications before mostat lower in the winter and put on a your temperature rise, turn off cable
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are my suggestions. inflated and take the car for its scheduled Use Energy Star appliances, turn com- age or two should do the trick.
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tious about sorting cans, bottles and pa- do-it-yourself home energy audit by walk- throughout your home. Reduce your
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Your lung cancer can
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Rose, age 59, Texas

Smoking caused Roses lung cancer.

She had to move from the small town she

loved to get the treatment she needed,

including chemo, radiation and having part

of her lung removed. Recently, her

cancer spread to her brain. You can quit.