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Presidents tweets dont and disruption that transgender in the military
would entail.
address plight of those Trumps announcement comes after
already serving Defense Secretary James Mattis announced
hed push back the target date for allowing
openly transgender people to enlist in the
By CHRIS JOHNSON armed forces from July 1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018, citing a need for additional six-month review
of transgender service. Its unclear why Trump
President Trump tweeted on Wednesday has made the decision to bar transgender
the U.S. military will not accept or allow troops from the armed forces before the
transgender people in the armed forces in expected completion of this review.
any capacity, citing dubious claims of medical Last year, under the Obama administration,
costs and disruptions of allowing them to former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter
serve. after a year-long review lifted the medical
After consultation with my Generals and regulation banning transgender people
military experts, please be advised that the from serving in the armed forces. Although
United States Government will not accept or transgender people could come out without
allow Transgender individuals to serve in any fear of discharge, openly transgender people
capacity in the U.S. Military, Trump tweeted. wouldnt be allowed to enlist until a later time,
Our military must be focused on decisive which Mattis later pushed back.
DONALD TRUMP tweeted transgender people wont be allowed in the
and overwhelming victory and cannot be U.S. military.
burdened with the tremendous medical costs CONTINUES ON PAGE 13 WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

D.C. man guilty in love triangle murder case

Police said defendant bludgeoned In its third day of deliberations the jury found Jerey Under D.C. law the penalty for a conviction of rst-
two roommates with hammer Bernard Neal guilty of murdering Leon Young, 22, and degree murder includes a mandatory minimum
Delano Wingeld, 23, who witnesses said were at one sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. time his closest friends as well as roommates. sentence of life in prison. Police and prosecutors said the murders took place Tuesdays verdict followed a two-and-a-half week
in June of 2014 inside a house at 1846 8th St., N.E. trial in which prosecutors and defense attorneys
A D.C. Superior Court jury this week found a 24-year- that was owned by Neals grandmother and in which clashed over the motive behind the murders. From
old District man guilty of rst-degree premeditated Neal, Young, Wingeld, and other roommates resided the beginning of the trial the defense argued that Neal
murder while armed for allegedly using a hammer at various times. killed Young in self-defense after Young confessed
to bludgeon to death his two roommates with whom Chief Judge Robert Morin, who presided over the
witnesses said he had sexual relations. trial, scheduled a sentencing for Neal on Oct. 20. CONTINUES ON PAGE 17


Rehoboth bar owner Trump adviser Scaramucci Early 00s mainstay Branch
sentenced for DUI, supports marriage equality, talks music, label feud on
police car chase. donated to LGBT causes. eve of 9:30 club show.


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Trans woman
Comings & Goings injured in BB gun
attack in Baltimore
New roles for locals at ConferenceDirect and EDF Victim shot ve times
after suspect asked
about her gender
The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our communi-
ty. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards
of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at By STEVE CHARING
A transgender woman named Channel
Michael H. Sicheri has taken a new position as global account executive was shot with a BB gun by a motorist on
with ConferenceDirect, a leading provider of global meeting planning solutions. July 22 in Baltimore, according to police.
Sicheri said he is proud to be working with them the company because, We Ava Pipitone, executive director of The
help clients save time and money by securing the best hotel accommodations, Baltimore Transgender Alliance, told the
meeting space, conference venues and hospitality services available at the most Blade that Channel, who was hospitalized
favorable terms possible. after the attack, has since been released.
Sicheri has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. He has According to a Baltimore Police
worked at hotels including the Omni Shoreham Hotel, as a senior sales manager; Department report, the victim told
the Loews Madison Hotel, as a national sales manager; and the Hilton Alexandria police that she was standing outside the
Mark Center, as sales manager. In addition to his work with ConferenceDirect he Eagle nightclub at the intersection of
is an owner of Cruise Planners, Travelisto. MICHAEL H. SICHERI Charles and 21st Streets on July 22. At
Sicheri is a past vice president of Alexandria Gay Lesbian Association; past PHOTO COURTESY OF SICHERI approximately 1:48 a.m., an unidentied
president of Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He also served suspect driving a blue or gray four-door
in the United States Navy. He is a Persian Gulf War veteran stationed on the USS vehicle with a sunroof called over to the
Theodore Roosevelt. He graduated from Mercyhurst University with a bachelors victim claiming he needed to ask her a
in Business/Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management. question.
Mark W. Rupp recently began a new position with the Environmental She walked over to the drivers side
Defense Fund (EDF) as director, Wildlife Campaign. Within the organization he door. The victim described the suspect to
will coordinate the activities and strategies among several EDF functional areas: police as a black male with black hair that
political aairs, ecosystems, marketing and communications and legal. He will was cruddy style with the top bleached
also facilitate activities and strategies with outside partners and coalitions and and appeared to have on a white shirt.
represent EDF to elected ocials and members of the administration. The suspect then asked, Are you a girl or
After President Trumps election, Rupp left his position at the U.S. Environmental a boy? The victim replied, What do I look
Protection Agency where he served as deputy associate administrator for like?
intergovernmental relations. Prior to that, he worked for former Washington State He then pulled out a silver BB gun
Gov. Christine Gregoire as director of her D.C. oce and as legislative counsel to and shot the victim ve times in her
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). forehead, right eye and other parts of her
He worked as a law clerk for both the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) body. The victim told police that when
and the San Francisco Environmental Law and Justice Clinic. Rupp has been active she was shot she fell to the ground and
in the community as a member of the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington, D.C., that when she realized she was still alive,
and was on the board of the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice. MARK W. RUPP ran away from the area. The suspect ed
He has received numerous awards including a 2016 Recognition for Service to PHOTO COURTESY OF RUPP
in an unknown direction.
the Environment and the States, Environmental Council of States (ECOS); 2012 She told police she was taken to a
Appreciation for Leadership on behalf of the Chair, Western Governors Association; hospital for treatment by a friend and a
and 2005 Distinguished Congressional Sta Award, National Association of witness.
Community Health Centers. The responding ocer informed LGBT
Scott Widmeyer was recently named chair of the School of Media and Public Liaison Sgt. Kevin Bailey of the incident.
Aairs Council at The George Washington University. The National Council for If you want to help, talk to people in
Mediaand Public Aairs functions as the directorsadvisory body for the School your circles of inuence. Ignorance and
of Media and Public Aairs (SMPA). Comprised of distinguished national and transphobia are killing us. And bridge
international alumni and friends, the Council works to address issues impacting this divide, Pipitone said. Know your
the growth and development of SMPA. In addition, members help to promote the neighbors. When the temperature goes
mission of the university and SMPA through their work on the Council. up so does violence. We are not going to
Widmeyer is a founding managing partner at Finn Partners and founder of sit here and wait to react. Channel was
Widmeyer Communications. Talking about Finn Partners, he said, In June, we shot in an area where white queers enjoy
celebrated the fourth anniversary of Widmeyer Communications joining Finn a signicant amount of safety. Why?
Partners. Its been a good and evolving endeavor. At mid-year, Finn Partners, a Detectives from the Northern District
global marketing communications rm, is approaching nearly 600 employees in are continuing to investigate this incident.
14 oces throughout the U.S. and globally.Our most recent acquisition of Ying SCOTT WIDMEYER Anyone with information can call Metro
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Madaleno runs as progressive leader in Md. gubernatorial race

Mont. Co. Democrat
would be countrys rst
openly gay governor


KENSINGTON, Md. Maryland state

Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery
County) describes himself as a
progressive leader among the
Democratic candidates who are running
for governor.
Madaleno pointed out to the Washington
Blade during a nearly hour-long interview
at his Kensington campaign oce last
week that he is the lead sponsor of a bill
that would raise the states minimum wage
to $15 an hour. The Montgomery County
Democrat also noted he has played an RICHARD MADALENO (D-Montgomery County) speaks with the Washington Blade outside his Kensington, Md., campaign oce on July 20.
active role in the extension of marriage WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
and other rights to LGBT Marylanders over
the last two decades.
Not only do I have a record of Director Dana Beyer, who ran against him criticized the governor on a host of Should Trump resign?
supporting and leading on progressive in the 2014 Democratic primary. other issues that include his handling Madaleno spoke with the Blade six
issues, I have a record of getting them Madaleno told the Blade he would of the proposed Purple Line between months to the day after President
done, said Madaleno. absolutely support a bill that would Bethesda and New Carrollton and Trumps inauguration.
Madaleno on July 17 formally announced formally repeal Marylands sodomy law. appointing Maryland State Board of Madaleno said it would be nice
he is running to succeed Republican Gov. [We would do] all of those things to Education President Andrew Smarick if (Trump) would just resign over
Larry Hogan. His husband, Mark Madaleno make sure that we are in alignment of and Maryland Health Care Commission his campaigns reported collusion
Hodge, and their two children, Jackson keeping the promise that we have made Chair Robert Mot, who have ties to with Russia in the 2016 presidential
and Katie, joined him at his campaign to LGBTQ Marylanders, he said. the conservative American Enterprise election, but he stopped short of saying
announcement that he made at Universities Institute and Heritage Foundation think the president should be impeached.
at Shady Grove in North Potomac. Hogan ambivalent onLGBT issues tanks respectively. Madaleno told the Blade he supports
Madaleno, 52, has represented the Hes going to ll his second-term Maryland Attorney General Brian Froshs
18th Senate District since 2007. A recent poll indicates Hogan is the administration with more and more decision to le a federal lawsuit last
He became the rst openly gay person second most popular governor in the of these people associated with these month that alleges Trump is violating the
elected to the Maryland General Assembly U.S., with a 68 percent approval rating. right-wing think tanks in Washington to U.S. Constitutions Emoluments Clause
in 2002. Madaleno also worked for state Madaleno has nevertheless emerged as try and use Maryland as a Petrie dish because his businesses accept payments
Sen. Barbara Homan (D-Baltimore City) one of Hogansmost vocal critics. for crazy right-wing ideas, especially from foreign governments.
and the late state Del. Pete Rawlings Hogan said during his campaign against if Virginia succeeds in having another Im just as anxious about Mike Pence,
(D-Baltimore City). then-Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown Democratic governor, said Madaleno, Madaleno told the Blade. Pence shares
I know more about the Baltimore that his position on marriage rights for referring to the 2017 Virginia many of the same, very bad and very
region than I think people assume, he same-sex couples has evolved, even gubernatorial race in which Lieutanant regressive ideas. He just does it with
told the Blade. though he voted against the 2012 law Gov. Ralph Northam is running against better hair and maybe less drama.
Former NAACP President Benjamin that legalized them. Madaleno told the former Republican National Committee Its still hard to believe that Donald
Jealous, Prince Georges County Executive Blade that Hogan has been ambivalent Chair Ed Gillespie to succeed Gov. Terry Trump is president of the United States
Rushern Baker and former State onLGBT-specic issues. McAulie. Their avenue is not going to and every day theres a new revelation,
Department ocial Alec Ross are among He recognizes that he cannot win with be Richmond, but Annapolis. he added. Its so frightening because you
the Democrats who have also announced his true feelings coming out, he said. Madaleno also questioned Hogans dont know.
they are challenging Hogan. Madaleno He said he would work to ensure ability to respond to the possible repeal Hogan did not publicly supportTrump
would become the rst openly gay man LGBT Marylanders and their families of the Aordable Care Act then-President during the campaign.
elected governor in the U.S. if he were to can access all of the rights they have Obama signed in 2010. Madaleno sought to compare Hoganto
win in 2018. in the state birth certicates for There are going to be all sorts of Trump, noting he reappointed acting
I would be immensely proud of having trans people who have transitioned decisions that are passed on to the Planning Secretary Wendi Peters and
that distinction, said Madaleno. and children of same-sex couples if states, said Madaleno. What sort of acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader
Madaleno, who joined the FreeState he were elected. Madaleno added he governor do you want making those in spite of the fact the Maryland Senate
Justice board of directors in 2000, is would also appoint judges who will decisions for the state? Do you want a did not approve their nominations.
among the lawmakers and advocates faithfully follow the rules of the laws conservative Republican or do you want a Hogan dismissed Froshs opinion earlier
who led eorts to secure passage of the of the state and the rules that the U.S. progressive Democrat whos going to be this month that said it is illegal to pay his
states same-sex marriage bill then-Gov. Supreme Court has laid out. looking out for all the people of the state, cabinet nominees.
Martin OMalley signed into law in 2012. Madaleno has challenged Hogans who believes health care is a human right Hogan displays some of the same
Madaleno in 2014 introduced a support of the use of public funds and were stronger when people have executive arrogance that Trump does,
transgender rights measure that took to private schools that are not access to quality, aordable health care said Madaleno. He does it in a more
eect later in the year. He also defeated required to comply with Marylands or o you want someone who believes in subtle way or it gets less attention because
Gender Rights Maryland Executive nondiscrimination law. He has also the unfeterred free market? Trump is sucking up all the oxygen.

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Smithsonian accepts conversion

therapy documents
The Mattachine Society of Washington has presented the Smithsonian
Institutions National Museum of American History with two documents from
the now-defunct Love In Action organization that once served as the nations
largest residential facility seeking to change people from gay to straight through
so-called conversion therapy.
Mattachine President Charles Francis said he presented the documents
to museum ocials at a luncheon attended by Garrard Conley, author of the
recently published book Boy Erased, which tells of Conleys experience as a
patient at Love In Actions conversion therapy facility in 2004.
Conley describes in the book how he has fully accepted himself as a gay
man after surviving his stay at the Love In Action facility, which was located in
Memphis, Tenn.
Many groups, people, and events have shaped LGBT history and it is part of TIMOTHY DRABIC was sentenced to two years of probation and a three-year suspended prison
our work as historians to document the inuences, said Katherine Ott, Curator term.
of the National Museum of American History in commenting on the conversion
therapy documents. The history of the United States is big and always changing
and we do our best to capture that for the future, she said.
One of the documents given to the museum is a handbook on how to overcome
homosexuality that was given to Conley when he rst checked into the Love In
Action program in 2004 as a college freshman at the request of his parents. Rehoboth gay bar owner
pleads guilty to DUI
The second document is a 325-page teaching manual that Mattachine Society
of Washington obtained from the Love In Action archive of John J. Smid, the head
of Love In Action who has since come out as gay after renouncing the work of
his group. Joining Conley at the Smithsonian luncheon was his mother, Martha
Conley, who has since come to accept her son as a proud mother of a gay man,
according to Francis. Suspended prison sentence, probation for L Bars Drabic
A movie based on Conleys book in which actors Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe
and other Hollywood stars will portray Conley and other people in the book was By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
announced last month and was expected to begin production in the fall.
The co-owner of the Rehoboth Beach gay bar Double L was sentenced to two years
of probation and a suspended three-year prison term on July 19 after pleading guilty in
Bowser greeted warmly at Log Cabin meeting Sussex County Superior Court to driving under the inuence (DUI) and disregarding a
police ocers signal to stop the vehicle he was driving, according to a spokesperson for
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser received loud applause and multiple requests to the Oce of the Delaware Attorney General.
have her picture taken with members of Log Cabin Republicans of the District The guilty plea and sentence for Timothy Drabic came a little over six months after he
of Columbia during her appearance last week as an invited guest speaker at the was arrested on Dec. 30 following a high-speed chase that began in Ocean City, Md., and
organizations regularly scheduled July meeting. ended in Delaware near the Maryland border, according to a police statement.
About 50 members of the group attended the meeting, held in an upstairs The statement by Ocean View, Del., police said Drabic, a Rehoboth Beach resident,
room at the Exiles bar and restaurant at 1610 U St., N.W. was observed driving a black SUV about 4:30 a.m. in a northbound direction in the
Its really wonderful to be here with you tonight, said Bowser, a Democrat. southbound lane of Coastal Highway in Ocean City at speeds up to 100 miles per
I want to thank all of you for inviting me to come and chat tonight. And I come hour. The statement said he did not stop his SUV until Ocean View police deployed tire
with great news, she said. Our city is doing well. Its doing super well actually. deation devices on the road, causing the vehicles front left tire to deate.
In her 15-minute talk before taking questions for another 30 minutes the It was at that time that Ocean View police, with assistance from Delaware State Police,
mayor noted that D.C. has had a surplus budget for more than 20 consecutive placed Drabic under arrest on the DUI and disregarding an ocers signal to stop
years and has an excellent bond rating by Wall Street all attributes, she charges along with a third charge of driving a vehicle at unreasonable or imprudent
said,that the Republican Party has considered important. speeds. The third charge was apparently dropped at the time Drabic pled guilty to the
Pointing out that the Republican Party has also long pushed for autonomy and other two charges on July 19.
more decision making by states and local governments rather than the federal Drabics latest court appearance also came four months after his business partner,
government, she called on Log Cabin members to become actively involved in Terry Snoddy, announced on Facebook that the Double L, which had been in business
pushing for D.C. statehood. for nearly 20 years under previous owners, would be closing indenitely for the
You like local government, right? said Bowser. Were local government. Were foreseeable future. The bar has remained closed since March.
as local as it gets. And we love to say if we pay taxes we should have representation. John H. Cordrey, commissioner for the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control
She was referring to D.C.s lack of voting representation in Congress and the Commission, told the Washington Blade on Monday that the Double L still retains its
quest by statehood advocates to make D.C. the nations 51st state with two U.S. liquor license. But he said the Commission earlier this year charged Drabic with a civil
senators and a voting member of the House of Representatives. violation of failing to report his arrest to the commission as required under Delaware law.
Chris Allen, the D.C. Log Cabin president, said the group reached out to Cordrey said a hearing to determine what, if any, penalty should be given to the Double
Bowser in the spirit of bipartisanship. L in response to Drabics violation was scheduled for May 25. He said the hearing was
Our group has been very open to having bipartisan talks, especially in D.C. postponed at the request of Drabics attorney on grounds of a health issue for Drabic
where we dont have representatives on the Council anymore, he said. So we and because of a possible sale of the bar.
were thrilled that the mayor took time out of her schedule to speak to us. And Under Delaware law, principal owners of businesses with liquor licenses are required
I think she addressed a lot of our members questions very well. I think theyre to report an arrest and the disposition of the arrest to his oce, Cordrey said. He said
satised with the answers that she gave. that as of Monday his oce had not been informed of a disposition of Drabics DUI case.
Allen said D.C. Log Cabin has not taken a position on D.C. statehood. Drabics attorney for the DUI case, Eric Mooney, couldnt immediately be reached
LOU CHIBBARO JR. for comment. Eric Hacker, an attorney representing the Double L on the matter of the
liquor commission violation led against Drabic, declined to comment.
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HIV, you didnt take

my hope, and you wont
take my life.
Vernial - Washington, DC
Living with HIV since 1987.

Throughout my 32 years of heroin addiction, HIV treatment wasnt a real priority. But after getting clean in rehab,
I found hope and have been on HIV treatment ever since. Now that Im living a healthy life, I have the strength and
passion to help others as an HIV testing counselor. Ive been where they are. So when newly diagnosed people see
what treatment has done for me, its the hope they need at a critical time. Now, as a musician and Sunday school
teacher, Im able to reach out to my community and share the benefits of my experience.
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Get in care. Stay in care. Live well.

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The announcement Scaramucci would become White House communications

director preceded news White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned over
objections to the appointment. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, formerly deputy White House
press secretary, has been promoted to Spicers old role after his resignation.
Also reportedly objecting to Spicer was White House Chief of Sta Reince Priebus
and White House strategist Steve Bannon. Its unclear whether Scaramuccis positions
on LGBT rights were among the views to which Spicer and other administration ocials
Scaramuccis support for LGBT rights isnt limited to those remarks. As an organizer of
SALT, an annual political and business conference in Las Vegas for hedge fund managers,
Scaramucci had invited as a speaker TV personality and transgender Republican
advocate Caitlyn Jenner. A report last year in the Hungton Post on business support
for LGBT rights quotes him as saying, We dont want to be on the wrong side of history.
On Twitter, Scaramucci has also criticized North Carolinas anti-LGBT House Bill 2,
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI is the new White House communications director. calling the measure prohibiting transgender people from using the restroom in schools
and government buildings shameful.
Chad Grin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement to the
Washington Blade he sees an opportunity for the Trump administration to reverse
course in the aftermath of Scaramuccis appointment.

New Trump communications Anthony has been strong supporter of LGBTQ rights in the past, and we hope he is
able to inuence the Trump administration to abandon their attacks on all those who
make up our diverse community, Grin said.

chief backs LGBT rights

The Human Rights Campaign didnt respond to an email inquiry to conrm whether
Scaramucci was in fact a donor to the organization.

Scaramucci: Ive given to HRC, Im for marriage equality

No word on Grenell as German ambassador
By CHRIS JOHNSON President Trump has yet to ocially
nominate a gay Republican to become
Marking an unusual shift for the Trump administration, the new White House the next U.S. ambassador to Germany,
communications chief has declared support for LGBT rights and professed to have despite media reports he would do so.
donated to LGBT groups. Maggie Haberman of the New York
Anthony Scaramucci, a prominent New York nancier, was named White House Times last week reported Trump
communications director last Friday, pledging during a news conference to work to had tapped Richard Grenell for the
reshape Trumps image amid widespread disapproval of his administration. position. A spokesperson for the U.S.
I think theres been at times a disconnect between the way we see the president and Senate Foreign Relations Committee
how much we love the president, and the way some of you perhaps see the president, on told the Blade on Monday it does
Scaramucci said. ... To use a Wall Street expression, there might be an albatross spread not have an intent to nominate from
between how well we are doing and how well some of you guys think we are doing, and the administration on Mr. Grenell.
were going to work hard to close that spread. Grenell, 50, was the spokesperson for
A Trump fundraiser, Scaramucci is a founder and co-managing partner of Skybridge the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. from
Media outlets reported last week that
Capital hedge fund and a former employee at Goldman Sachs. No stranger to defending 2001-2008. The Fox News contributor President Trump would name RICHARD
Trump on cable news, Scaramucci was the host of Wall Street Week on the Fox and former chair of the California GRENELL as ambassador to Germany.
Business Network and a regular contributor to Fox News. chapter of Log Cabin Republicans COURTESY OF RICHARD GRENELL VIA FLICKR
It was not long ago that Scaramucci professed his support for LGBT rights and was a Trump delegate to the 2016
defended Trump as an LGBT rights supporter. Republican National Convention.
In November, Scaramucci criticized the progressive movement for instituting political Trump has always made perfectly clear that he has a lot of gay friends,
correctness, which he said the average person rejects, but nonetheless insisted hes that he is totally for equality, Grenell told the Blade during an interview at the
a supporter of LGBT rights and has donated to the Human Rights Campaign and the convention. And for me, its actually, I know we have a lot of work to do within
American Unity PAC, a pro-LGBT Republican group. the Republican Party on gay rights, but its really emotional for me to be here on
Im also a gay rights activist, Scaramucci said. You can look it up. Ive given to my seventh convention.
American Unity PAC, Ive given to the Human Rights Campaign, Im for marriage equality. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in April 2012 hired Grenell as a
And by the way, thisll be the rst American president in U.S. history that enters the foreign policy spokesperson for his presidential campaign. Grenell resigned
White House with a pro-gay rights stance. from the post less than two weeks later amid criticism from social conservatives
Scaramucci erroneously said during the interview gay singer Elton John would perform who assailed his hiring and commentators who criticized what they described as
at Trumps inauguration. John denied that was the case. Scaramucci later admitted his misogynistic and homophobic tweets toward MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and
error on Twitter, but also reiterated his support for LGBT rights. other women.
The Blade has conrmed Scaramucci donated to the American Unity Fund, a non- Grenell was scheduled to headline an event for the California chapter of Log
prot pro-LGBT Republican organization. Scaramucci seems to have misspoken by Cabin Republicans in San Francisco on Thursday.
saying he contributed to the American Unity PAC, a political action committee. The Blade has reached out to Grenell and the White House.
Its hard to say what Scaramucci meant by Trump having a pro-gay rights stance, Six openly gay men served as ambassadors during the Obama administration.
let alone being the rst president to have that position following the milestone LGBT They represented the U.S. in the Dominican Republic, Spain and Andorra, Denmark,
achievements of the Obama administration. the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, Australia and Vietnam.
Since Trump has taken oce, hes rescinded guidance assuring transgender kids have Ted Osius, who is a long-time Foreign Service ocer, remains the U.S.
access to school restrooms consistent with their gender identity, failed to issue a Pride ambassador to Vietnam. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Departments
proclamation for the month of June and made numerous anti-LGBT appointments. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Randy Berry also remains the
Nonetheless, the White House has said Trump is respectful and supportive of LGBT special U.S. envoy to promote LGBT and intersex rights.
rights and would keep President Obamas 2014 executive order against anti-LGBT MICHAEL K. LAVERS
workplace discrimination.

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abandoned their caucus to vote no.

The vote was held open with only 48 senators voting to proceed before Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.), who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, entered the chamber
and voted yes, followed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Senators on both sides of the
aisle applauded McCain as he entered the chamber before he gave a thumbs up to
indicate support for the motion to proceed.
McCain, who had a visible scar above his left eye after his recent surgery to remove a
blood clot, said in a speech on the Senate oor even though he voted to proceed, hed
oppose nal approval without changes to the bill as it currently stands.
We Republicans have looked for a way to end [Obamacare] and replace it with
something else without paying a terrible political price, McCain said. We havent found
it yet, and Im sure will. All weve managed to make popular is a policy that wasnt very
popular when we started to get rid of it. I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate
to continue and allow amendments to be oered, I will not vote for this bill as it is today.
Prior to the vote, there was an open question about whether Sens. Shelley Moore
Capito (R-W.Va.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who said theyd oppose eorts to repeal
Obamacare without replacement, or Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas),
who said they opposed the replacement plan, would vote yes.
Sen. JOHN MCCAIN (R-Ariz.) joined his colleagues to vote to proceed with Obamacare repeal. They ended up following the rest of their caucus, but it remains to be seen if theyll
approve the nal legislation produced by the Senate.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued a statement after the vote decrying the motion to
proceed with Obamacare repeal as the rst step in the process to deprive millions of
health care.
Senate votes to proceed with These decisions mean health or illness and life or death to countless Americans,
Leahy said. And lets be clear: Republican senators have no idea what they voted for
Obamacare repeal with this motion to proceed. Millions upon millions of Americans health is at stake.
The bill with which senators agreed to proceed was the House version of Obamacare
repeal. Media reports indicated the Republican majority would seek to amend it with
Defying predictions last week that eorts to replace the Aordable Care Act were a skinny version of Trumpcare that includes repealing the Aordable Care Acts
dead in the water, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to proceed with legislation individual mandate, the employer mandate, and the medical device tax.
that would repeal the law. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the skinny version of
With Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the chamber in his duty as president Trumpcare would save about $225 billion over a decade and result in 15 million more
of the Senate, the chamber voted 51-50 to proceed withthe legislation. The initial tie uninsured by2026.
vote placed the responsibility for whether or not to move forward with the legislation LGBT groups opposed eorts to repeal Obamacare on the basis that many LGBT
on the shoulders of Pence, who cast the tie-breaking vote to proceed. people gained insurance as a result of President Obamas signature legislative
All 48 Senate Democrats were present and cast their votes in opposition to proceeding. achievement and because the measure would deny Medicaid reimbursements to
Only two Republicans Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) Planned Parenthood, which touts its health services for LGBT people.
A major criticism from LGBT groups as well as HIV/AIDS advocacy groups was
the inclusion in GOP plans to replace Obamacare of a provision to undo the Medicaid
expansion under the Aordable Care Act. That increased the income level to qualify
for care under that program to 133 percent of the poverty level provided the states
agreed to it.
An estimated 40 percent of people with HIV which continues to disproportionately
76 lawmakers call for return aect LGBT people received health care under Medicaid coverage.
of trans question in survey However, the skinny Trumpcare repeal bill seems to avoid the question of whether
or not to repeal the Medicaid expansion and defund Planned Parenthood for political
expediency. That measure was voted down late Tuesday night in the Senate.
A bipartisan group of 76 U.S. House members is calling on the White House to CHRIS JOHNSON
restore to a federal health survey for elders a question the Trump administration
has struck allowing them to identify as transgender.
In a letter dated July 21 and led by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), chair of the U.S. urged to ban intersex normalization surgeries
LGBT Aging Issues Task Force, lawmakers call on the White House Oce of
Management & Budget to reinstate the question in the National Survey of Older Two advocacy groups have called upon the U.S. to ban normalization surgeries on
Americans Act Participants or NSOAAP. intersex children.
We have to ensure we are meeting the needs of the most vulnerable among The Human Rights Watch and interACT note in a 185-page report they released on
us, Deutch said in a statement. Study after study has shown that transgender Tuesday that intersex people in the U.S. are subjected to medical practices that can
older adults face greater social isolation, food insecurity and disparate health inict irreversible physical and psychological harm on them starting in infancy.
impacts. It is cruel to remove a previously included transgender-specic The report summary indicates intersex children have undergone surgeries that
demographic question and, in essence, send a message to transgender seniors reduce the size of the clitoris for cosmetic reasons and remove gonads that force
that their needs are not important. them to receive hormone replacement therapy for the rest of their lives.
Earlier this year, the Administration on Community Living at the Department of Many of these procedures are done with the stated aim of making it easier for
Health & Human Services indicated it would eliminate from the NSOAAP questions children to grow up normal and integrate more easily into society by helping them
allowing LGBT elders to identify their sexual orientation and gender identity. Amid conform to a particular sex assignment, it reads. The results are often catastrophic,
pressure from LGBT rights supporters, HHS agreed to restore sexual orientation, the supposed benets are largely unproven, and there are generally no urgent health
but kept out a question allowing elders to identify as transgender. considerations at stake.
NSOAAP is a survey that evaluates whether the billions of dollars in HHS Procedures that could be delayed until intersex children are old enough to decide
funding for programs assisting older Americans is being eectively spent. LGBT whether they want them are instead performed on infants who then have to live with
advocates have said the questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, the consequences for a lifetime, adds the report.
which rst appeared in the survey in 2014, have yielded important data on Researchers interviewed 30 intersex adults, two intersex children, 17 parents of intersex
whether these resources have reached LGBT elders. children and 21 healthcare providers who work with intersex people. The report includes
CHRIS JOHNSON testimony from those who underwent so-called normalization surgery as children.
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Trump tweets U.S. military will not accept or allow trans troops
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 experimentation of the Obama era July 26, the same day former President order desegregating the U.S. military on
that has crippled our nations military. Truman in 1948 issued an executive the basis of race.
Trumps tweets indicate not only Perkins said. The military can now focus
a reversal of the delay in allowing its eorts on preparing to ght and win
transgender enlistments, but a total ban wars rather than being used to advance
on transgender people in the armed the Obama social agenda.
forces. It remains to be seen whether
openly transgender people currently in
Trumps announcement comes after
the publication of a Foreign Policy report DOJ set to reject LGBT workplace
the military will now be forced out.
The Washington Blade has placed
indicating Vice President Mike Pence, who
has a history over his career of opposing
protections: sources
a request seeking comment with the LGBT rights, has been quietly working
Defense Department on how the behind the scenes with members of
Pentagon will implement Trumps Congress to reverse transgender military
announcement and what it means for service.
transgender people currently in the Marc Lotter, a Pence spokesperson,
armed forces. however, denied in a statement to the
An estimated 15,500 transgender Washington Blade Pence had any talks
service members are already serving with lawmakers about the reversing the
in the armed forces. The RAND Corp. Obama-era change.
has determined the cost of gender As I said to that publication, the vice
reassignment surgeries for transgender president has been focused on health
troops would consume between $2.4 care, Lotter said. I am not aware of him
million and $8.4 million, which is a tiny having any conversations with members
fraction of the Pentagons multi-billion on that.
dollar budget. Trumps announcement also comes
Chad Grin, president of the Human shortly after the U.S. House rejected
Rights Campaign, tweeted criticism of an amendment proposed by Rep. Vicky JEFF SESSIONS is set to reject LGBT protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964, according to sources.
Trumps decision to bar transgender Hartzler (R-Mo.) to major defense policy PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE; COURTESY FLICKR
people from the armed forces. I know legislation that would have banned the
transgender service members and vets Pentagon from paying for transition-
who have done more to serve their related care for transgender troops. Given The U.S. Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions is set
country than @realdonaldtrump has in their dependence on this health care, to le a brief undermining eorts to ensure LGBT people are protected from
his entire life, he wrote. the amendment would have eectively discrimination under current federal civil rights law, according to two outside
Will Fischer, an Iraq War veteran and banned them from the armed forces. sources familiar with the eort.
director of government outreach for Before the U.S. House rejected her Although LGBT groups and a growing number of courts are taking the
the anti-Trump group VoteVets, said in amendment by a narrow 214-209 vote, view the prohibition on sex discrimination in employment under Title VII of the
a statement Trumps decision insults Hartzler estimated gender reassignment Civil Rights Act of 1964 also bars discrimination against LGBT people, sources
our professional military and hurts our surgery would cost $1.35 billion over say the Justice Department will le a brief in an employment discrimination case
ability to win. the course of 10 years a gure wildly before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals opposing that view.
Maybe Donald Trumps time at a fake higher than estimates from military James Esseks, director of the ACLUs LGBT and HIV Project, told the Washington
military school has skewed his view of the experts. Trump may have been relying Blade the Trump administration lingsuch a brief would be going out of its way
military, Fischer said. But for those of us on that dubious estimate when tweeting to undermine LGBT rights.
who have served, transgender service is the military would be burdened with This would be a gratuitous and extraordinary attack on LGBT peoples civil rights,
not a problem. In fact, when it allows the the tremendous medical costs of Esseks said. DOJ would be reaching out to oer its opinion on these issues, since they
best into our military, it is an asset. transgender service. are not a party to this case. Thats not championing LGBT people, its working armatively
Matthew Thorn, executive director The Family Research Council, which had to expose us to discrimination. But fortunately, whether the Civil Rights Act protects LGBT
of the LGBT military group OutServe- been pushing for reversal of transgender people is ultimately a question for the courts to resolve, and not for the attorney general.
SLDN, also condemned Trumps tweets military service, had cited an even more We are condent that the courts will come to the right decision here.
in a statement, suggesting a lawsuit outlandish gure, estimating transition- The case is known as Zarda v. Altitude Express and the plainti is the estate of
may be underway to undo Trumps new related care would cost $3.7 billion over deceased New York skydiver Donald Zarda, which alleges he was red from his
transgender military ban. the next 10 years. job in 2010 for being gay. Although a three-judge panel on the Second Circuit in
The readiness, eectiveness, and After the failure of the Hartzler April determined Title VII doesnt prohibit anti-gay discrimination, and therefore
lethality of the Armed Services comes amendment, Republican lawmakers doesnt apply to Zardas case, the court at the request of Lambda Legal has
from the commitment of our troops not werent giving up. A trio of anti-LGBT agreed to reconsider the ruling en banc, or before the full court.
the vagaries and bigotry of exclusionary lawmakers Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Before the deadline of Wednesday at close of business, sources say the Justice
policies, Thorn said. We are committed Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Steve King Department intends to le a friend-of-the-court brief that would arm the view
to transgender service members. We are (R-Iowa) submitted new amendments of the three-judge panel and argue the prohibition of sex discrimination under
going to ght for them as hard as they are to the House Rules Committee in an Title VII doesnt prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
ghting for the country. And were going attempt to restrict transgender military Additionally, sources say DOJ is going to take the opportunity to argue Title
to start by taking the ght to Donald service as part of the scal year 2018 VII also doesnt prohibit discrimination based on gender identity even though
Trump in the federal court. defense appropriations bill. transgender discrimination isnt at issue in the case.
Praising Trump for announcing a ban It remains to be seen whether Such a brief would reverse a position under former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder
on transgender people in the armed the House will proceed with those asserting discrimination on the basis of gender identity is prohibited under Title
forces was Tony Perkins, president of the amendments to codify restrictions on VII. In a 2014 memo, Holder wrote the Justice Department will no longer assert
anti-LGBT Family Research Council. transgender military service into law, Title VIIs prohibition on gender discrimination does not encompass gender
I applaud President Trump for or whether Trumps announcement will identity per se (including transgender discrimination).
keeping his promise to return to military persuade them to abandon the eort. CHRIS JOHNSON
priorities and not continue the social Trump makes his announcement on

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D.C. man convicted in murders of two roommates


to having killed Wingeld and lunged at

Neal with a knife in a jealous range.
Prosecutors argued that the motive
was unclear but was most likely due to
disputes over money needed to pay the
expenses for the house. They speculated
that Neal killed one of his two roommates
over an argument and the other because
he witnessed the rst murder.
Kevin J. McCants, one of two defense
attorneys who represented Neal, told the
Washington Blade the defense plans to
appeal the verdict.
The government, based on the
emotions of this case, was overly
sensational in closing arguments,
McCants said. It was improper. It was
unfair. And were going to appeal.
One of two prosecutors in the case,
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana Fulton,
called on the jury in her closing arguments
to base its verdict strictly on the facts of
the case, which she said proved beyond DELANO WINGFIELD (left) and LEON YOUNG were bludgeoned to death in 2014.
a reasonable doubt that Neal was guilty. PHOTOS COURTESY U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICE
Fulton disputed the defenses claim
that Neal killed Young in self-defense
after Young lunged at him with a knife house and covered it with an air mattress cooperated with police about what process of arranging to move out to live
in a jealous range after saying he had and put a plastic bag over Youngs head happened between him and Young. with other friends he made at one of the
just killed Wingeld. She argued that the reportedly to stop the bleeding. Instead He didnt lawyer up, Madden said. two jobs.
preponderance of evidence presented by of calling police or an ambulance, Fulton Citing Neals statement to police, It was he who was planning to leave
witnesses left the actual motive behind continued in her closing arguments, Neal Madden told the jury that Neal had been the house, Fulton told the jury. And
the murders unclear, although she said drove to Florida in Youngs car. asleep in his room and was awakened the love triangle? Where is this coming
it suggested that the three men fought A police arrest adavit states that when he heard Young climb down from from? she said. What love triangle?
over money needed to pay the bills for a short time after one of Neals uncles the attic. There is no evidence of that. Its just what
the house. discovered Youngs body in the attic He is naked and he is shaking and the defense attorneys said.
Fulton noted that Young had two jobs after coming to the house to do routine carrying a knife, Madden quoted Neal Added Fulton: Leon did not want
and paid money he thought was to go maintenance work, police discovered as saying to police. When Neal asked anything to do with the defendant.
to the overhead for the house only to Wingelds body buried in a shallow him what happened Young told him he He was trying to get away from the
discover the electricity and water had been grave in the backyard. had just killed Delano Wingeld, Madden defendant.
turned o because the bills werent paid. McCants and fellow defense attorney recounted to the jury. Then Young came Although she didnt use the term
She pointed to autopsy reports Michael Madden argued that Neal killed after Neal after Neil picked up Youngs smoking gun, Fulton pointed out that
showing that Young was struck in the Young in self-defense after Young lunged phone, Madden continued. Neal mentioned to police during a
head at least 26 times by an object with at him with a knife in a jealous rage upon This prompted Neal to pick up a voluntary interview, at which he appeared
a at rounded tip that appeared to be a realizing that Neal and Wingeld had become hammer and hit Young once as Young to mix up in his own mind the two
hammer and that Wingeld was similarly romantically closer at his own exclusion. lunged at him with the knife, Madden murders, that Young was naked at the
hit in the head with what appeared to be In closing arguments, Madden said. That did not stop Leon, Madden time he allegedly attacked Neal with the
a hammer multiple times. Citing other reiterated the defense case that the said. He hit Leon again and Leon knife except that he had a pair of socks
forensic evidence she said it appeared murders were the result of a love triangle dropped, said Madden, who added that on his feet. According to Fulton, the police
that Young was attacked while lying gone badly among the three men. Neal freaked out and continued to hit report showed that it was Wingelds body
down sleeping in his room, evidence she He noted that Young, who had been Young for another ve minutes. that was found buried in the nude except
said refuted the defense claim that Neal romantically involved with Neal, believed Neal then did some stupid things, for a pair of socks on his feet.
killed young in self-defense. Neal was switching his romantic interests Madden said. He cleaned up the mess The only person who could have
While holding in her hands two toward Wingeld. and ed to Florida, the defense attorney known that Delanos body had socks on
hammers that homicide investigators Madden pointed to witnesses who told the jury. But he added that Neal was the defendant, Fulton told the jury.
said Neal used to crush Young and testied that Young had threatened Neal came back and cooperated with police. For them to build a murder case o
Wingelds skulls with multiple blows, with a knife at least once before during a In a rebuttal period given to of socks is a tragedy and an injustice,
Fulton said Neal had to consciously dispute at the house. He also pointed to prosecutors in criminal trials, prosecutor defense attorney McCants told the Blade.
decide to hit the two men each and every medical records showing that Young had Fulton told the jury evidence showed that They normally wore socks. It was an old
time in an act of premeditation with the been hospitalized several times for mental Neal had planned to leave the country house with wood oors. And that was a
intent to kill. health emergencies, with one medical but returned to D.C. only after he ran out statement that has haunted us for a long
Every swing is a decision to kill, she told report stating that Young displayed of money and called on his family to send period of time, he said.
the jury. And thats what the defendant homicidal ideation. All of this showed that him enough money to come back. We thought the jury would decide
did. These are full body swings. Neal had reason to believe Young posed a She said that Young wrote in a personal this case on the facts and not on what
Fulton also cited statements Neal potential danger toward him. journal submitted as evidence that he hes not charged with and that being
made to police that he carried Youngs Madden also pointed out that Neal had become disillusioned over his living the statements he made to the police,
body up a ladder into the attic of the returned on his own from Florida and arrangement at the house and was in the said McCants.
Keep your promise to protect each other. WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

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HIV transmission nil when poz partner on meds
PARIS HIV-positive people taking regular antiretroviral medication have
pretty much a zero chance of infecting others during either gay or straight sex,
according to a large-scale study of gay men presented at the ninth International
AIDS Conference on HIV Science in Parish this week, CNN reports.
HIV experts emphasized this aspect of prevention, highlighting the
Undetectable equals Untransmissible campaign, during a press conference at
the international meeting. The campaign works to encourage people worldwide
to stay on treatment by ensuring they understand that doing so could mean
they cannot infect others, CNN reports.
This message is not aligned with the status quo in terms of the care people
infected with HIV receive today, says Bruce Richman, founder and executive

director of Prevention Access Campaign and the Undetectable = Untransmittable
initiative. This is transmission-stopping information, he said, according to CNN.
New vaccine results have shown promise at the meeting this week and in
recent studies, but are still far from becoming a reality to end the epidemic.
In the largest-ever trial on HIV transmission risk among gay men, Australian researchers
explored the sex lives and HIV rates of more than 350 same-sex couples where one
person is HIV positive. The couples were from Brazil, Thailand and Australia, CNN reports.

Each couple reported their sexual activity when visiting clinics involved in
the trial and HIV-negative partners were regularly tested to diagnose any new
infections, CNN reports. The couples participating reported having sex almost
17,000 times without condoms between them over four years, and none of
those times resulted in new infections.
There was not a single linked HIV infection in these couples, said Andrew Grulich,
professor of epidemiology at the University of New South Wales in Australia, who led the

study. Nobody became infected from their partner, CNN quoted him as having said.
Three new infections were discovered during the trial, but analysis of the
virus showed they had come from sex outside of the relationships, not from the
person on treatment within the couple, CNN reports.
Sex without a condom is not necessarily advised, however, to prevent risk of
other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This (group) had very high STIs,
Grulich told CNN, adding that 20 percent of the men in the trial developed STIs
each year, yet there were zero HIV infections.
Approximately 10 percent of men had STIs associated with anal sex, which experts had
previously thought aided HIV transmission, Gulich said, according to the CNN article.

U.K. relaxes blood donation laws

LONDON Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being
relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing
procedures, the BBC reports.
Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last
sexual activity instead of 12. And sex workers, who were previously barred from
donating, now can, subject to the same three-month rule, the BBC reports.
Experts said the move would give more people the opportunity to donate
blood without aecting blood supply safety.
The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs, which
advises UK health departments, recommended the changes after concluding
that new testing systems were accurate and donors were good at complying
with the rules, the BBC reports.
All blood that is donated in the UK undergoes a mandatory test for Hepatitis B
and C, and HIV, plus a couple of other viruses.
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Prof. James Neuberger, from the committee, said, Technologies to pick up the
presence of the virus have greatly improved, so we can now pick up viruses at a
much earlier stage in the infection, and therefore its much easier to tell if a blood
donor has the virus, according to the BBC article.
The rule changes will come into force at blood donation centers in Scotland in
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Will A Better Deal win it for Democrats?

Lets hope voters again this week. Were going to make sure that were those lies because they were both frustrated not good enough to say we want single-payer
change their minds in 2018 able to reach the American people in a clear and scared. They couldnt get the jobs they healthcare; or have a tax plan that cant get
and compelling fashion. They went on to re- wanted, their adult kids were back living in the votes to pass. The same goes for a plan
port A Better Deal:Better Jobs, Better Wages, their basement, they were having a hard to make college aordable, rebuild our infra-
Better Future is the new slogan hatched after time aording health insurance or if they had structure, or work to impact climate change.
months ofstrategy sessions on Capitol Hill and it couldnt aord to use it because the copays The most dicult thing for some Demo-
late-night dinners at Washington restaurants were too high. They were afraid of this new crats to deal with is the concept of com-
hosted by Schumer, Pelosi, Jeries and other world where diversity created more compe- promise. Our Founding Fathers (and yes
rank-and-le House and Senate lawmakers. tition and was upending life as they knew it. there should have been founding moth-
What has already begun is what Democrats So how do we Democrats assuage those ers) set up a government requiring com-
do best; they are arguing and attacking each fears and overcome their frustrations. What promise to get anything done. Lets not
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights other over the choice of the slogan. If we are are the better deals we will oer them? promise the moon only to fail miserably
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade. smart we wont waste our time doing that. In- Democrats need their policy wonks to write like the Republicans.
stead we will work on the legislative initiatives the legislation we promise to pass if the Barack Obama won the White House in
Democrats have a new slogan A Bet- to back up the slogan and actually produce American people give us back the major- 2008 with the slogan Hope and Change.
ter Deal they hope will win them back the the better jobs, better wages and a better fu- ity in Congress. We need legislation every He captured the peoples imagination
Congress in 2018. Will it work? Who knows? ture. That is where the rubber will hit the road. Democrat can support, from Mississippi to because things had gotten so bad they
Based on other slogans it could. Americans We must accept the fact that Americans Montana, New York to California. If we arent needed hope for the future. They knew we
are slogan happy. Considering they elected as Hakeem Jeries suggests read the ready we will be in the same place Repub- needed change from the disastrous Bush
Trump based on a set of lies under the slogan headlines and not the ne print. But its not licans are in today with a series of empty administration. But within two years, in the
Make America Great Again anything is pos- the slogan, rather how in plain English and promises not being able to pass anything mid-term elections of 2010, the American
sible. Based on that election policy wonks like Spanish, based on the voting population, because we will be ghting with ourselves. people handed Democrats a disastrous de-
me are in the minority. So if this is the slogan we communicate what the policies we es- So I posit to our Democratic leaders; you feat in elections for Congress, state houses
members of Congress agreed on, go for it. pouse and will pass will do for people. must put together a series of bills that can get and state legislatures. In some ways that
The Washington Post reported, Republi- Donald Trump won based on a pack of the 218 votes needed in the House of Rep- is what gives Democrats hope for 2018.
cans talk in headlines; Democrats speak in ne lies. He said he would guarantee easily af- resentatives and 51 votes in the Senate if we Americans do change their minds. Let us
print, concededRep. Hakeem Jeries (D-N.Y.), fordable health insurance; he would reopen do get the chance to lead again. It might not give them a reason, something more than
who co-chaired a team of House lawmakers the coal mines; and he would reopen facto- be good enough to just say we want a $15 just a slogan however good it might be, to
tasked with leading the revamp. That ends ries. A big group of Americans bought into minimum wage if we cant get that passed. Its vote Democratic across the board.


The undead anti-gay past

landmark 2015 marriage equality victory The deadly consequences of anti-gay One of the treats in Uniquely Nasty is
Unearthing the lost history of in Obergefell goes by the false monicker persecution are illustrated in Uniquely listening to actor George Takei read from
government persecution of religious freedom. It is no more about Nasty by the story of Wyoming Sen. Les- long-hidden memos by FBI director J. Edgar
freedom than it was when restauranteurs ter Hunt, who was blackmailed by hench- Hoover, the closet case who persecuted
refused service to people whose skin color men of Sen. Joe McCarthy over the arrest generations of homos. Another is watch-
they didnt like. of Hunts son for soliciting sex with a male ing the 2015 seaside gay wedding of Charlie
If your concept of freedom is exclusive to undercover ocer in Lafayette Park, and Baker, who fought back with help from Ka-
one group, then you are defending not free- shot himself to death in his Senate oce meny after being red by the National Bu-
dom but supremacy. The social contract on in 1954. Few people know that story today, reau of Standards in 1971.
which our republic is based requires mutual though it inspired the bestselling novel and The ocial justications for the perse-
respect. This inescapable network of mutu- movie Advise and Consent. cution explored in Isikos documentary
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist. ality, as Dr. King put it, is both inseparable Another forgotten bit of history un- went from the old security risk canard (the
Reach him at from the American project and targeted by earthed by Mattachine after Uniquely evidence-free claim that gays posed such
equalitys enemies in each generation. Nasty was a report by the Mississippi State a risk was akin to the current voter fraud
The attention paid to the compulsively The 30-minute documentary Uniquely Sovereignty Commission in 1964 that was pretext for vote suppression), to the citation
lying, brazenly ignorant grifter in the Oval Nasty: The U.S. Governments War on Gays, used to scuttle voter registration and civil of popular revulsion toward homosexuality.
Oce, while legitimate and necessary, pro- produced by Yahoo News and reported rights work at Rust College, an HBCU in Holly My own 32-year federal career, from 1979 to
vides cover for Republican eorts to reverse by Michael Isiko, received an Edward R. Springs, Miss., by smearing its president, fac- 2011, was made possible by the struggles of
decades of progress on a host of issues and Murrow Award in the News Documentary ulty and students as oddballs and homos. brave people like Kameny and Baker.
to undermine our representative democ- category in 2016. It portrays eorts by the One Student Nonviolent Coordinating Com- In connection with Uniquely Nasty, Ya-
racy. These threats require multitasking and Mattachine Society of Washington, originally mittee activist at Rust who stirred the wrath hoo News published a cache of long-secret
division of labor among those resisting the founded by the late Frank Kameny but with of state ocials that year was Frank Smith, government memos uncovered by Mat-
slide toward authoritarianism. a new mission of archive activism under who decades later served four terms on the tachine. Persistent anti-LGBT persecution
An instructive lesson is found in the often the leadership of Charles Francis and Pate D.C. Council and founded the African Ameri- eorts like Mississippis HB 1523 teach us
lost and buried history of anti-gay discrimi- Felts. With help from pro bono attorneys at can Civil War Memorial and Museum. the importance of preserving and studying
nation in America. The animus behind that McDermott, Will & Emery, Mattachine has Francis, who moderated a July 17 panel our history. As Mississippi novelist William
discrimination is alive and well, like the ra- combed through archives and newly declas- discussion on the Rust episode as part of the Faulkner wrote, The past is never dead. Its
cial, gender, and religious biases that are sied documents to educate and motivate March on Washington Film Festival, calls it a not even past.
its cousins. The strategy that has gained a new generation of thought leaders, the le- classic example of homophobia in service to Copyright 2017 by Richard J.
momentum in state legislatures since the gal community and the media. racism. Can you say intersectionality? Rosendall. All rights reserved.

2 2 J ULY 2 8 , 2 0 1 7 VIEWPOINT

Paul Kuhns will x Rehoboths nancial mess the City Hall Task Force. While it is true that to come and go, our business community local, county and state peers, perhaps he
Voters must rebuke Mayor the new City Hall was the subject of numer- struggles with the indierence and lack of should talk with ocials of our county,
Cooper and choose change ous public hearings and discussion, Mayor support shown by the citys leadership and, state and federal governments he will
Cooper has made numerous decisions on in particular, that of Mayor Cooper. learn something dierent. While I am not
By RICHARD PERRY his own without the consent of the commis- I am shocked by Frank Coopers assertion sure what line items Frank Cooper has in-
sioners, including most recently approving that homophobia does not exist. To be sure, cluded in his $35 million of county, state
Frank Coopers defense of Mayor Sam and paying for cost overruns amounting to we have come a long way in overcoming the and federal assistance it is simply un-
Cooper in a recent Blade op-ed came as no millions of dollars putting the cost of the homophobia that existed for years but it was true that taxpayers are not asked to repay
surprise to me. As a former candidate for City Hall project well over the $18 million ap- not without constant struggle and the hard through local taxes some of the amounts
the Board of Commissioners in the past two proved by referendum of the property own- work and dedication of many who suered the city receives.
years and as someone who closely follows ers of Rehoboth Beach. Only when called persecution along the way. I found it ironic as I Frank Cooper does not spend much time
the issues and politics of Rehoboth Beach, I, out by certain commissioners has Mayor drove down Baltimore Avenue this past Satur- attempting to refute Rosensteins accusa-
like many others, know Frank Cooper to be Cooper begun to involve our elected Board day afternoon to see Frank Cooper sitting on tions of scal mismanagement or incom-
an apologist for, and a proponent of, May- of Commissioners in these decisions. More- the patio of the Aqua Grill, a gay-owned and petent decision-making. Perhaps the rea-
or Sam Cooper and whatever policies the over, the $18 million bond referendum, gay-friendly establishment. Perhaps Frank son for his inability to refute these claims is
mayor promotes. What is also no surprise composed and orchestrated by Mayor Coo- Cooper has forgotten, conveniently, that the obvious. The nancial mess our city faces,
to me is that Frank Cooper does not under- per, was clearly based on estimates of cost owner of that establishment, as well as two witness the mismanagement of the new
stand that his half-truths are no less fake and contingencies that have proven to be of the owners of the Blue Moon, were once City Hall complex, is ample evidence that
news that he claims is now common place erroneous and wholly inadequate. Today, hauled o in handcus one of only many our citys nances suer from lack of nan-
in the media. As to Peter Rosensteins quali- many budgeted costs have been backed ways in which these establishments and their cial planning, sound decision-making and
cations to comment on the issues aecting out to make it appear as though the project owners were harassed by Mayor Coopers project management, and a lack of pure
the citizens of Rehoboth Beach, one should is closer to being on budget than it actually administration policies. These kinds of actions common sense. It is no wonder that Frank
know that Rosenstein spends as much time is. In fact, even using our limited reserves in against these businesses and their owners Cooper cannot nd his own words to claim
here, if not more time, than a lot of people the citys treasury, the city doesnt even have could not have occurred in a community un- otherwise. Make no mistake, this is a crisis
who actually are property owners and even enough funding to pay for landscaping. less they were sanctioned by those in control of nancial mismanagement that has per-
registered voters in Rehoboth Beach. As for Frank Coopers claims that busi- of its government. And, if Frank Cooper had a sisted for far too long and must be brought
Frank Cooper should do some fact check- nesses, including gay-owned and gay-friendly real understanding of how the business com- to an end. It is time for the taxpayers of
ing. Contrary to his assertions that Rosen- businesses, thrive because city leadership munity feels, he would also know that they Rehoboth Beach to recognize that they will
steins article is full of inaccuracies, false- allows them to be protable and ourish suer in silence for fear of retribution and soon be asked to pay the piper. The buck
hoods and dangerous innuendo, Frank could not be further from the truth. If you talk retaliation. Anyone who is honest will tell you stops at Mayor Cooper.
Coopers defense of Mayor Sam Cooper to business owners and proprietors, you (and that is a fact. Thankfully, it appears that the I suggest to Frank Cooper that he take
suers from exactly those deciencies. For Mr. Cooper) would know that they survive in business community has had enough and will his own advice and deal with the truth
starters, Frank Coopers assertion that Paul spite of the city leaderships attitude and lack now stand up and make their voices heard. the whole truth!
Kuhns, the person running against Mayor of interest in helping the business communi- As for Frank Coopers allegation that
Cooper, served on the City Hall Task Force is ty prosper and survive. While it is not unusual Rosensteins claims that Mayor Cooper RICHARD PERRY is a resident of Rehoboth
absolutely false. Kuhns has never served on in a resort community for some businesses does not have adequate relationships with Beach, Del.


For gays, is it OK to mock Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

Forget her frumpy style and is just how many Sarah Huckabee Sanders rather questionable ethics when it came Whos to say, really? But this much is
will be wondering around. And lets face it, to soliciting gifts and later when she took certain, looks matter far too much in this
focus on the lies a lot of us wait until the last minute when it a position as an election poll watcher, White House, and that starts from the
comes to assembling our drag outts, and something that even the most fair-mind- top, from the president himself dress-
mimicking Sarah Huckabee Sanders, with ed person would consider iy at best. ing down Sean Spicer over his bland, ill-
a rather boxy dress and snarl to match, So, as you can see, I think the whole fam- tting suits, to his intrusive comments on
wouldnt be too dicult to throw together. ily has rather questionable values. But its the looks of visitors and foreign heads of
But what Im wondering, is it OK to make always a little uneasy when gays begin to state. Remember earlier this month when
fun of a persons appearance, even some- bully, seeing as how many of us might have Trump told French President Macrons
one as ridiculous, in her lying anyway, as been victims of bullying ourselves. But bul- wife, youre in such good shape, dur-
Sarah Huckabee Sanders? lying can be subtle, and can even come ing his recent visit there. And who could
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance I want to be completely honest with from their side and toward their own. The forget his treatment of MSNBC host Mika
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade. you. Ive been feuding with the Huckabee new White House Communications Direc- Brzezinski?A whole other column should
clan for years. And Ive mainly left Sarah tor Anthony Scaramucci advised Sanders, be on why looks matter so much to the
We still have a month to go more or Huckabee Sanders out of it. I grew up in via national television, to continue to take current administration. Its frankly bizarre
less, but interns are starting to go back to Arkansas, and imagine as a teenage boy advantage of a hair and makeup person. and unsettling when you think about it.
wherever they came from, gays are talk- just coming to terms with his sexuality, And if public gures are fair game, where Maybe for now we should ask our-
ing of their plans post Labor Day, all of hearing your governor say that HIV-pos- is the line and criticizing them? Can we selves if its OK to join in on the chorus.
these signs point to summer in the Dis- itive people should be corralled into con- make fun of her style, but not her appear- Forget that she looks tired, frumpish, for-
trict winding down. And that means that centration camps. Delightful, right? My ance? Can we make fun of that ridiculous get that string of pearls that might actu-
the Miss Adams Morgan Pageant is just distaste for all things Huckabee contin- mid-South accent that at times warrants ally be some sort of candy. Lets not fo-
around the corner. ued into adulthood, and came to a head subtitles? Or is that the line? Should we just cus on any of that. Focus on her lies, her
When it comes to that fantastic drag ex- with a terse email exchange between me stick to substance, or lack there of, when it enabling of authoritarianism. Everything
travaganza, what Im really waiting to see and Huckabee matron, Janet, over her comes to national gures? else is a distraction.
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2 4 J ULY 2 8 , 2 0 1 7 W A SH I N G T O N BLA D E . CO M

MICHELLE BRANCH says the pop music industry is working with outdated business models that
arent fair to artists.

Moments with Michelle

After white-hot, early 00s run, anti-Britney Branch returns with new album, new tour and new perspective on life

In 14 years, Michelle Branch went from Branch married her bass playerTeddy Branch chatted with the Washington Blade with a solo country record. I had been
making radio hits to people wondering, Landau and gave birth to their now-11- right before a sound check about where shes writing a bunch of Wreckers material
Whatever happened to Michelle Branch? year-old daughter, Owen. Branch delved been these last 14 years, how much the music but then we broke up so I just decided
Branch came out with her rst hit single into country with her band the Wreckers, scene has changed and what its actually like to record it myself. Thats when I started
Everywhere from her debut album The with musician Jessica Harp in 2005. After being Carltons doppelgnger. getting problems. I had the president of
Spirit Room in 2001 at 18 years old. Known the duo disbanded, Branch found herself that label tell me, Youre not country
as the Anti-Britney, along with fellow caught in a cycle of creating content that WASHINGTON BLADE: Since your enough to do this album by yourself. So I
alternative-pop queens Avril Lavigne and her label wouldnt let her release. In 2015, 2003 album Hotel Paper you seemed took the record to L.A. and they said, No,
Vanessa Carlton, Branchs angsty lyrics the singers personal life also hit a rough to disappear from the mainstream as a this isnt pop enough. Its too country for
and guitar playing were the opposite of patch when she divorced Landau. solo artist. But behind the scenes you us. So that record got shelved. I watched
Spears bubblegum pop sound. Her music Now nally free of her contract, Branch were battling your label. What were like four label presidents get red while
videos for Everywhere, All You Wanted has released her rst album since 2003, some of the label issues you were I was there. I basically ended up being a
and Goodbye to You propelled her to a Hopeless Romantic, on a new label, having post-Hotel Paper? victim of corporate restructuring. I ended
frequent spot on the TRL Top 10. Verve Records. The edgy, alternative MICHELLE BRANCH: Well, post-Hotel up turning in a full country album and
Her next album Hotel Paper produced sound is back but at 33 years old, Branch Paper I actually rst started a band then I followed it up with a full pop record
the hit single, Are You Happy Now?, a is no longer the angsty teen she was. called the Wreckers. It was like a country that got shelved as well. They wouldnt let
You Outta Know by Alanis Morissette This is also her rst collaboration with side project of mine. We were doing me out of my contract. So I nally got out
for the early 00s generation that the Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney. really successful. We had a Grammy of my contract in 2014 and thats when I
received plenty of radio airplay. She also Carney started as her music partner and nomination, a number one song, we started writing this record.
collaborated with big-name artists such went on to become her anc; the couple went platinum and we were on tour.
as Sheryl Crow. She even won a Grammy got engaged in July. So everything was going great up until BLADE: On your new album
for her work with Santana on The Game Her rst solo tour in years stops by 9:30 about 2007. Thats when the Wreckers Hopeless Romantic you collaborated
of Love in 2003. Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Friday, Aug 4 for broke up. Thats when it started getting
Then silence. a sold-out performance. complicated. I followed up the Wreckers CONTINUES ON PAGE 35

2 6 J ULY 2 8 , 2 0 1 7 Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R MO N T A N A D E BO R


How long have you been out and who
You might think the circus world would be pretty open minded on LGBT was the hardest person to tell? If science discovered a way to change
issues, but thats not necessarily the case. I grew up pretty obviously queer (lots sexual orientation, what would
About four years ago, some local performers who were interested in of bowl cuts and juniors section annel). you do?
bringing queer themes to the circus were told the market didnt exist for There was no big conversation with my Absolutely nothing
circus arts shows featuring LGBT characters. family, I feel lucky. I nd it challenging when
This was the guidance theyd been given by all their coaches and mentors, the topic comes up with newer students in What do you believe in beyond the
says director Elliot Proebstel. Gay performers were encouraged to develop my aerial classes however. Its hard to judge physical world?
acts that were strictly technical and never communicated romance between how someone I havent met before will I believe art transcends time and
two men, for example. react, even in a safe environment. physical boundaries but I dont believe in
Proebstel felt otherwise and forged ahead founding Sweet Spot Aerial life after death.
Productions in 2015 as a vehicle for bringing to life our vision for the Whos your LGBT hero?
narratives that werent yet being told on modern circus stages. Rain Dove, a model who is an Whats your advice for LGBT
The group will perform Smoky Mirrors: an Aerial Exploration of Gender exceptional person and dees all societal movement leaders?
and Sexual Identity on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, gender expectations. Please never be silenced. We need you
Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.). Tickets now more than ever.
are $25. Visit for details. Whats Washingtons best nightspot,
Montana DeBor took gymnastics as a child and began circus classes in past or present? What would you walk across hot
college. Shes been studying for ve years and performing the last two. Shes Phase One coals for?
one of 12 Sweet Spot members performing a range of ground and aerial My circus family. I feel like one of them
modern circus arts. DeBor will perform on the Spanish web, a rope with a Describe your dream wedding. probably already does this in an act.
loop at the top from which shes spun. A wedding happening in a world
Queer themes are represented throughout the acts. DeBors character where marriage equality exists globally. What LGBT stereotype annoys
dives into an acrobatic journey of self acceptance. you most?
DeBor performs full time. The 26-year-old Arlington, Va., native is dating What non-LGBT issue are you most The stereotype that gender and
and lives in the H Street Corridor. She enjoys playing the violin, painting and passionate about? sexuality are black or white. The
hip-hop classes in her free time. Womens reproductive rights. spectrums for both are innite.

What historical outcome would Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
you change? Tomboy
Something that happened this past
November comes to mind. Whats the most overrated
social custom?
Whats been the most memorable pop Texting. I love phone calls.
culture moment of your lifetime?
Anything Beyonces ever done. What trophy or prize do you
most covet?
On what do you insist? Ive always wanted to win at
Honesty Jell-O wrestling.

What was your last Facebook post What do you wish youd known at 18?
or Tweet? Its OK to take an unconventional path.
A photo of myself in Goodwill looking
for costumes wearing platform heels. Why Washington?
Because its lled with art and creative
If your life were a book, what would inspiration. You just have to know where
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Great Expectations
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on movie recommendations
Sta picks featured but if thats all we ever do, we miss a lot. Tangerine (2015) tells the story exposing viewers to an LGBT community
in Xnity service The Blades recommendations in no of transgender sex worker Sin-Dee most had never heard of before. (KN)
particular order are: who takes her best friend, fellow trans Larry Kramer in Love and
FROM STAFF REPORTS Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) sex worker Alexandra, on a hunt to Anger (2015) is a touching, compelling
does what all great lms should do it confront her cheating boyfriend. The documentary that does a great job
Washington Blade sta recently transcends the specics of the characters indie comedy, which was shot entirely on capturing the landmark activist and writer
collaborated on a series of lives and makes you feel what theyre iPhones, approaches the harsh realities of realistically. You leave understanding
recommendations to be featured on feeling. You dont have to be a lesbian to transgender sex work with a dark, gritty what made him great and what fueled
Comcasts Xnity LGBTQ Film & TV feel swept away by the unbridled erotic humor starring transgender actresses.(MC) his righteous indignation but that doesnt
Collection, a community-driven library of passion here. (JD) Outrage (2009) is a documentary make him any softer around the edges. (JD)
about 800 TV shows and movies with gay The Trans List (2016) is a well-paced, on outing in which the Blade is featured. Moonlight (2016) was a historic
and trans characters and storylines. doc from Timothy Greeneld-Sanders It addresses Nas outing of FOX News moment for LGBT lm. Ten years
Participating in the project were Blade from HBO that explores the lives of 11 anchor Shepard Smith in 2005. (KN) after anti-gay bigotry cost Brokeback
Editor Kevin Na, Blade Features Editor diverse, trans Americans. Over the course Celluloid Closet (1995) is an Mountain the Oscar for best picture,
Joey DiGuglielmo and Sta Writer Mariah of it, you start to realize how absurd the important lm chronicling the history Moonlight came along and smashed
Cooper.Comcast subscribers will soon be I dont get it arguments are against trans of how Hollywood portrayed LGBT that glass ceiling for the community.(KN)
able to access the Blades picks via the on- folks. Whats not to get? Its not an esoteric characters from censorship of gay So why so many documentaries?
demand service. concept. This should be required viewing storylines to repeated enforcement of That is kind of curious and we didnt
You always feel a little unqualied for every red state U.S. citizen. (JD) anti-LGBT stereotypes. (KN) plan that, DiGuglielmo says. Id say
tackling a project like this because unlike Bridegroom (2013) is a documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine probably the format appeals to our
a critic who sees pretty much everything, about an unmarried gay couples love (2014) whittles brilliantly through the journalistic instincts and also perhaps
the list of stu weve each seen isnt story and the devastating aftermath hagiography weve collectively built now that weve been through 100 years-
exhaustive, DiGuglielmo says. However, when one of them falls four stories to around the slain hate crimes victim and plus of cinematic narrative, theres
Ive learned that sometimes the most an untimely death. The lm explores the gives us a fresh perspective on his life and something really unfettered about docs
satisfying options are things that werent struggles unmarried same-sex couples untimely death. (JD) that seems to resonate especially well
necessarily on your own radar for had to be a part of health decisions and Paris is Burning (1990) is a with LGBT lives and events.
whatever reason. We tend to gravitate funeral proceedings without having legal groundbreaking, iconic lm chronicling Details are online at corporate.
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movies inspired died young; he was only 31. I had this
young lmmaker sense that there was something awry in
the way people talked about his death.
Something smelled wrong. The more
By BRIAN T. CARNEY I talked to people about it, the more I
Impressions talked to my mom, we just started talking
FREE Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo only met about the fact that he was gay and he had
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his funeral had a deep impact on her. Aldarondo nally tracked down her
We went to Puerto Rico for his funeral uncles partner Aquin and learned about
when I was 6, she says, and it was my rst her uncles life as a gay man in New York ever brush with death and grieving adults.

It was a really indelible experience.
City. Miguel called himself Michael and
worked as an actor and bartender. He
Cosmetic, Implants, Sleep Apnea, Sedation In the wake of her sons death, and Aquin were together 12 years and led
Aldarondos grandmother Carmen an active social and sexual life in the citys
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dental experience better. performances. mother. She begged him to renounce his
He had this kind of legendary status in gay lifestyle so he could go to heaven; he
my family, Aldarondo says. refused and died of AIDS in 1987. Before
But, she later realized her grandmother her death in 1996, Carmen told her friends
had created a scrapbook of the son she and family that Miguel had repented on
wanted, not the son she had. his deathbed; Aquin denies that his lover
Aldarondos investigation into her ever renounced his true identity.
uncles life began on 2008 when she At a certain point, Aldarondo says, I
was helping her mother Nylda clean out realized it was such an interesting story it
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Educated at Brown, Harvard,

and Johns Hopkins
JIREH AKI, left, and JEFF HUGHES are avid members of Adventuring, a local outdoors LGBT group. Washingtonian Magazine Top Doc
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has opened him up to other clubs under
camaraderie, decompression the Team D.C. umbrella such as Capital
in hiking trails Climbers and the D.C. Front Runners.
The Adventuring hikes are a wonderful
way to escape the hustle of the city. The
By KEVIN MAJOROS tour guides are a wealth of knowledge
about local history and its nice to put it
This week in the ongoing Washington to sight and see where things took place,
Blade series spotlighting the members of Aki says. I am hoping to bring in more
the LGBT sports community, we meet two younger adults so this continues to be an
members of the outdoors club, Adventuring. active and successful club.
Adventuring leads hikes year-round The life path of Je Hughes is just
along with biking, tubing and rafting in about as winding as the trails he likes to
the summer months. Many of their hikes hike. Band, choir and theater lled his life
are along the historic trails and vistas that in Pittsburgh in high school because the
are in abundance in the Washington area sports he tried didnt interest him.
including hikes through Rock Creek Park, After graduating from University of
Civil War battleelds and the C&O Canal. Pittsburgh, he attended Georgetown
This weekend the group will host the Law and subsequently began practicing
Whiteoak Canyon-Robertson Hike on law. From there he segued into legal
Saturday and the Blackberry Ice Cream Hike and government consulting and is now
on Sunday. On the weekend of Aug. 12-13, working as an independent health & Laser Liposuction
members will join the Capital Climbers (rock lifestyle coach.
climbing) in Shenandoah Park for the Big My encore career is doing something I Pec and Ab Etching
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After six years of active duty in the Air Hughes came out later in life and he
Force, Jireh Aki was looking for an outlet wasnt sure about where he belonged in the
into the LGBT community that involved community. It was a combination of things Laser Hair Removal
the outdoors. He found the Adventuring that made him stick with Adventuring after Botox & Skin Care
group on a Meetup post. discovering the group in 2005.
I attended my rst hike in Shenandoah It was a very easy way to become Transgender Surgeries
National Park and fell in love with the more comfortable with being gay. I began Ultherapy
group. One of the rst members I met meeting good people and it was a relaxed
became my best friend, Aki says. The atmosphere, Hughes says. Over time I
members are welcoming and inviting and
encompass a diverse age group.
also started to fall in love with being in
the woods. It has become a x; I need
Aki grew up in Long Beach, Calif., that time out in nature away from the
and played no sports while attending a city, the cars and the stress.
performing arts high school. After a year Hughes, Adventurings president, also
at University of California, Santa Cruz, he enjoys that the history of the club is
joined the Air Force and arrived in D.C. in being preserved by reinventing hikes that
2012 after being stationed in Okinawa. He began in 1979. One is the Skyline Drive
was deployed in 2013 and returned to the to Hoover Camp hike which is recreated
area to serve at Andrews Air Force Base. each year using a dierent route.
He is currently working as a government Some of our original members still join
contractor for the Department of Defense us and one of my favorite hikes is through
and attending University of Maryland Shenandoah followed by a day spent in
with an emphasis on global politics with Harpers Ferry, Hughes says. The areas
a background in security. we hike are lled with natural beauty and
Now serving as the Adventuring steeped in history. Its exhilarating.
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Washington DCs Premiere Jazz Supper Club

Getting wiggy
Summer Studio production
explores black drag culture

The smitten protagonists in Wig Out!,

the current Studio Theatre production,
meet in a cute way.
Theyre on the subway when drag
queen Ms. Nina (Michael Rishawn), PHOTO BY TERESA WOOD, COURTESY STUDIO
after a night on the town, asks attractive
stranger Eric (out actor Jaysen Wright) if EDWIN BROWN III, left, and DESMOND BING
in Wig Out!
hes gay.

Eric reluctantly says he is but adds that
he likes men. So Nina sheds her wig and III) and her butch boyfriend DJ Deitys
assorted drag to reveal Wilson, a well- (perfectly played by out actor Desmond
Carrie Big Boo Black from Orange is the New Black muscled young man with a shaved head. Bing) ongoing eort to resolve a rocky
After a long second look, Eric rethinks the relationship. House happenings are
Friday, August 11 thru Sunday, August 13 situation and the pair goes home together. diligently reported by a Greek chorus/

BLUES ALLEY But its not happily-ever-after for Eric

and Ms. Nina. Drag is a huge part of Ms.
tight urban girl group named for the
Fates: Faith (Dane Figueroa Edidi), Fate
Ninas life. Shes a key member of the (Melissa Victor) and Faye (Isabel Jasa).
House of Light where shes required to After intermission, Wig Out! takes you
1073 Wisconsin Ave. play glamour girl at all times. But she also to the ball. And while its challenging to
wants Eric to be a part of this world and bring that kind of excitement and raw
that proves problematic. energy to Studios black box space, the
Its through Erics eyes that the productions design team, led by director
audience peers into Harlems Ball Kent Gash, does an admirable job. Set
culture, the decades-old, mostly black designer Jason Sherwood creates a
LGBT subculture in which participants ball venue with elevator doors and a
SATURDAY, JULY 29 from dierent houses walk for trophies cruciform runway festooned with drag

and prizes at balls. The events ercely world mementos newspaper clipping,
competitive categories include Femme old invites, feathers and snapshots. And
Queen Realness, Butch Queen Realness, Frank Labovitz costumes the cast in a
Legendary/Iconic and Face. Drag range of street drag and competition
balls rst came to mainstream attention gowns. David Lamont Wilson supplies
through the unforgettable documentary a hot soundscape against which the

Splash &
1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. houses story unfolds.
Out, African-American playwright Things really kick o when sassy jester
Tarrell Alvin McCraneys take on this world Loki (Alex Mills) from the rival House
is poetic, poignant and loads of fun. Rife of DiAbolique delivers a challenge to
with romance, rivals, inghting and lust, compete in a high-stakes ball. This small
the House of Light is never boring. But but showy part gives Mills a chance to
its still a safe haven for its members and show his mindboggling contortionist

SPINNING AT THE allows a tremendous outlet for positive skills. And then the second act is mostly
PRIDE PARTY creativity and performance. ball hosted by emcee Serena (Frank
DJ ROSIE The standouts in a powerhouse cast Britton) from the House of DiAbolique.
DJ CENTRIK SATURDAY are House of Light elders Lucian (Michael Shes a sort of wild mix of kabuki and
A D V E R T I Kevin S I N G Darnall) P R O O Fand Rey-Rey (Jamyl German punk rock goddess Nina Hagen
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an evening with

MIDNIGHT NORTH Distrkt C readies Winter White Party
THURS, AUG 3 DJ Manny Lehman will spin at Distrkt Cs Winter White Party on Saturday, Aug.
JACOBS, 12 at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.).
OutWrite 2017 celebrates
The event will begin at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. White attire is suggested, but
JOHN GINTY, & FRIENDS not required. LGBT authors
FRI, AUG 4 Details at
HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND OutWrite 2017: A Celebration of LGBT
FEAT. PAUL & DIMITRI OF THE YEONAS BROTHERS BAND Literature is Aug. 4-6 at the D.C. Center
and features authors, poets, panel
SAT, AUG 5 discussions and more.
AN EVENING WITH Cecilia Tan, an author and editor with
SPLINTERED SUNLIGHT Circlet Press, will give the keynote address.
The weekend will continue with
SUN, AUG 6 readings, panels and book sales on
AN EVENING WITH BOX OF RAIN Saturday and a full day of workshops on
Sunday at the Center (2000 14th St., N.W.).
WED, AUG 9 SOLD OUT The event is free and open to the public.
AN EVENING WITH For more information, visit thedccenter.
THURS, AUG 10 MidCity Dog Days
CAROLYN WONDERLAND is next weekend
More than 20,000 visitors are expected
JUAN DE MARCOS & to attend the MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk
event was founded in 2000 with just one
block of vendors and has since expanded
AJ CROCE AND ROBBIE FULKS The King and I runs through Aug. 20 to about 100 local businesses.
The festival was created in an eort to
support these local businesses and give
THE ROOSEVELTS The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) is running its production of the Tony attendees a laid-back way to explore the
W/ HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL Award-winning musical The King and I through Sunday, Aug. 20. The production neighborhood.
is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher and tells the story of the The event spans 14th St., N.W. between
complicated romance between the King of Siam and an English schoolteacher. Thomas Circle and Florida Ave., and U
Tickets range from $49-159 depending on seat and showtime. St. from 7th to 17th streets. Bang Salon,
For more information and showtimes, visit lululemon and Soul Cycle are a few of the
participating vendors this year.
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com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim- The D.C. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events a local drag outt, present Singing With
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time. the Sisters tonight at the Green Lantern
(1335 Green Ct., N.W.) from 9:30 p.m.-
12:30 a.m. Hymns, pop songs or show
tunes are welcome. Proceeds generated
TODAY will go to benet Casa Ruby. Look for the
event on Facebook for details.
The 2017 Masculine of Center
conference begins today and continues TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
through Sunday, July 30 at the Tysons
Corner Marriott (8028 Leesburg Pike, The Barclay Brass will perform today
Tysons, Va.). The event features 21 at noon at Church of the Epiphany for its
workshops, three keynote speakers and Tuesday Concert Series. The ensemble
special events like music showcases. will perform works by J.S. Bach, Stevie
Tickets start at $150. For more Wonder and a new piece called The
information, visit Eternity Gate by Kent Baker written for
Reel Armations presents 195 Lewis the ensemble. The church is at 1317 G St.,
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Human Rights N.W. Its free and open to the public.
Campaign Equality Center (1640 Rhode Erin Brockovich is being screened
Island Ave N.W.). The dramedy series tonight at the Georgetown Waterfront
centers the realities of being black, queer, Park at 7 p.m. This year marks the third
and polyamorous in New York City. The annual outdoor series and the lineup
event is free. For more information, visit honors women in lm. Attendees are advised to bring a blanket. The event
Northern Virginias rst three-day comic is free. For more information, visit
and gaming convention NOVA begins
today at 4 p.m. and continues through Covenant Baptist United Church
Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton (1700 Tysons of Christ, a local, LGBT-arming
Blvd., McLean, Va.). Three cast members congregation, has its Night Out for
from Stranger Things will be in attendance Safety and Liberation D.C. tonight
as well as Kelly Hu from Arrow. Tickets are from 6-10 p.m. at the church (2845 S.
$85 for all three days. For more information, Capitol St., S.W.). The event is billed as
visit an opportunity to come together as a
Homosuperior, Jail Solidarity, the community and discuss our visions, ideas
Alements and Symptom perform tonight and plans to get there. Vendors, music,
at Slash Run (201 Upshur St., N.W.). food, child care, kids activities and more
Tickets are $7. For more information, visit will be available.
Gamma, a support group for gay or WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2
bi men who have been in relationships
with women meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Ask Rayceen Show is tonight at
at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 6 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign
Vermont Ave., N.W.). Equality Center (1640 Rhode Island Ave
N.W.). The event will include the annual
SATURDAY, JULY 29 poetry slam as well as interviews with
Six Flags America (13710 Central Ave., is free. For more information, visit
Upper Marlboro, Md.) will hold the fth Soul legend ARETHA FRANKLIN returns to Wolf Trap on Saturday, July 29.
annual Pride Splash and Ride today The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club
from 10:30 a.m. until midnight. Attendees will meet tonight at 7:30 pm, at the Dignity
can spend the day at the amusement at James Hobans Irish Restaurant & Bar identity, culture, community and struggle. Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for Social Bridge.
park then the pool party begins at 8 p.m. (1 Dupont Cir., N.W.) today at 1 p.m. Look for the event on Facebook for details. No partner needed. Phone 301-345-1571
Tickets are $42. For more information, Attendees are invited to create their own Where the Girls Go has its OverEasy for more information.
visit terrariums as they engage in conversation Tea Dance July edition today from 3-8 Bookmen D.C. will meet this evening
Aretha Franklin performs tonight at over dinner and drinks. All supplies will p.m. at Dodge City D.C. (917 U St., N.W.). to discuss In the Empire of the Air, by
Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) at be provided. Tickets are $45. For details, DJs Abby, Mim and Vanniety Kills will spin Donald Britton. Newcomers are welcome.
8 p.m. Franklin is known for soulful hits visit tracks. OverEasy is a trans-positive, all- The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the
like Respect and Chain of Fools. Tickets The RAMMY Awards Gala, in which gender-inclusive, anti-racist, pro-makeout Tenleytown Library (4450 Wisconsin
start at $40. Details at awards are given out to D.C. restaurant space. Ages 21 and up. Look for the event Ave., N.W. ) For more information, visit
Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance industry professionals, is tonight from on Facebook for details.
Company returns to Dance Place (3225 5-11 p.m. at the Washington Convention
8th St., N.E.) tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday Center (801 Mt. Vernon P., N.W.). Details MONDAY, JULY 31 THURSDAY, AUGUST 3
night at 7 p.m. The evening will feature at
Anna Sokolows choreography including Palestinian Tales: a Storytelling Queen and Adam Lambert perform Blondie and Garbages Rage and
Chakra, a piece that brings Bharata Workshop is today from 2-4:30 p.m. tonight at the Verizon Center (601 F St., Rapture Tour heads to Wolf Traps
Natyam and Modern dance together. at the Potters House (1658 Columbia N.W.). Queen is a band that formed in Filene Center (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.)
Tickets start at $15. Rd., N.W.). This event is a free workshop the 70s known for hits like Bohemian tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show
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The big unanswered question is why
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to living together. Two, he thinks you are

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move into my own place. Jack has not of you are so new as a couple and have so
agreed to this proposal. little history together. He could only easily
How do we work through this situation become resentful. And so could you, in the

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 record label there were moments. Like had so many people comment back saying, BLADE: Youve shown your support
when I was on Warner Brothers I thought, Yeah I was at that show and it was so for the Tegan and Sara Foundation.
with Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. OK, maybe Im never, ever going to get annoying. I couldnt see because someones Why is it important for you to be an
How did that come about? a record out again. But once I switched phone was in my face. I feel like theres a LGBT ally?
BRANCH: Patrick and I met at a Grammy labels it just felt completely dierent. certain time and place where you should be BRANCH: Its so important because
party. But he was on my list of people There was a totally dierent energy. present. The whole point of live music is to human equality, human rights, should be
to ask about producing. I wanted to nd actually see it, feel it and be a part of it. Its for everybody. It shouldnt be for just one
someone with more of a rock background BLADE: Prince used to say record a collaborative eort. The audience is just type of person. Love is love. Theres a line
and I liked another band that he produced contracts are like slavery and that he as much part of a show as whoever is on from one of the songs on my album called
called Tennis that I loved. And I walked would tell young artists not to sign. stage. If you want to lm the whole thing Heartbreak Now. It says, You cant
into the party and saw him on the other Would you give the same advice? you might as well just go watch YouTube help who you love and I truly believe it.
side of the room and was like Oh, this is BRANCH: Yeah. I mean I just think videos of the show and not be at the show. I think its completely preposterous to
perfect. I can actually go ask him myself. the record business is a dying business. Its not at every show but just the last few discriminate against someone based on
So, we started talking and he was like, So many of these huge companies are shows Ive noticed it and it bummed me who they love or how they identify.
Where have you been? What have you just following old, dinosaur methods out. I think that theres denitely a time and
been up to? I love your voice. You should of doing things and ultimately its all a place for technology. BLADE: So whats next?
be making music. When I told him what because of wanting to make money and BRANCH: More music. I was just talking
Id been through at the record label he the artists suer. So I would denitely BLADE: You and Vanessa Carlton with Patrick that the minute this tour gets
immediately was like, I want to help. Send encourage younger artists to be as debuted around the same time and done were going to go home and start
me music. And thats how it started. independent as possible. were always compared. Did it ever recording a new record. My goal now that Im
annoy you? free is to just make as much music as possible
BLADE: Even though you switched BLADE: You tweeted the other day BRANCH: Not at all. Shes amazing. I and be able to play shows whenever I can.
labels and had a new collaborator you noticed how people had their think the only thing that gets annoying is
in Patrick did you fear this music cell phones out at your concerts now that still to this day people are like, Oh
wouldnt see the light of day like your versus the last time you toured. Do my god, will you please play that song Friday, Aug. 4
other material? you think people have lost the ability A Thousand Miles? Im like, Thats not 8 p.m.
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label and started recording, it all felt great. BRANCH: I dont think everyone has. much as I do so weve just gotten used to
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