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Top 10 local stories of the year


A year that started on a down as governor,” he said. community meetings and the creation she attempted to strangle him in an
note for most with the inauguration of a school district sponsored altercation that started over a dispute
of President Trump ended with a 9. ANTI-LGBT GROUPS CHALLENGE committee to look into reports of anti- about who owned folding chairs used
stunning political upset in Virginia that TRANS POLICY IN FREDERICK LGBT bullying and harassment. at the reception.
lifted the spirits of LGBT advocates  A 17-year-old transgender student   Several students and parents who  Bonds had been charged by Fairfax
nationwide. Here, a look back at the in Frederick County, Md., filed a motion know now former teacher Martha County, Va., police with second-
biggest local stories of 2017. in federal court on Oct. 20 to defend Pfeiffer said they believe school degree murder at the time of the
the county school board against district officials forced her to resign incident. The not-guilty verdict came
a lawsuit seeking to overturn the because of her outspoken support for three months after a mistrial was
board’s sweeping policy of protecting LGBT students in her role as faculty declared in July at the conclusion of
trans students from discrimination adviser for Cape Henlopen High’s an earlier trial when the jury became
and harassment at school. Gay-Straight Alliance club. deadlocked and could not reach a
  James van Kuilenburg, an honor  Reports of bullying and complaints verdict for Bonds.
student at Governor Thomas Johnson by LGBT students that school officials  
High School in Frederick, filed his were ignoring their appeals for help
motion to intervene in the case as a surfaced at a June 19 community
defendant with the aim of presenting forum in Rehoboth Beach organized
a separate legal argument for why by the LGBT community center CAMP
the lawsuit lacks merit and should be Rehoboth.
dismissed by the U.S. District Court   Schools Superintendent Robert
of Maryland, according to a team of Fulton told the Blade he created the
attorneys representing him. Cape Henlopen LGBTQ Outreach
 The Frederick School Board adopted Committee following media reports
its transgender nondiscrimination of concerns expressed by students
policy in June with widespread at Cape Henlopen High that school
support from the community, officials were not adequately
Sen. RICH MADALENO announced in July his addressing longstanding concerns of
bid for governor. according to LGBT activists.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY   With legal representation from an anti-LGBT bullying at the school.
attorney known to be aligned with  
anti-LGBT groups, a cisgender female
10. MADALENO RUNNING student and her mother anonymously
FOR MD. GOVERNOR filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn
JIM GRAHAM died June 11.
Maryland State Sen. Rich Madaleno the policy on grounds that it violates WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
(D-Montgomery County), who students’ privacy rights.
became the first openly gay member  
of the Maryland General Assembly in 6. JIM GRAHAM DIES AT 71
2002, announced his candidacy for Jim Graham, a gay attorney who
governor in July. won election to four terms on the D.C.
  Madaleno, 52, is among the City Council after serving for 15 years
lawmakers and advocates who played as executive director of the Whitman-
a lead role in to secure passage of Walker Clinic during the height of the
Maryland’s same-sex marriage bill AIDS epidemic, died June 11 from
in 2012 under then-Gov. Martin complications associated with an
O’Malley. In addition to his outspoken intestinal infection. He was 71.
support for LGBT rights Madaleno is   During a ceremony in which
known in Annapolis among political Graham’s coffin lay in state in the John
insiders as a highly knowledgeable Tyonne Johns was stabbed to death; her A. Wilson Building, which serves as
lawmaker on a wide range of other accused killer was found not guilty. D.C.’s City Hall, Mayor Muriel Bowser,
issues, including financial matters. City Council Chair Phil Mendelson,
  Others competing with Madaleno and others who knew and worked
for the Democratic gubernatorial 7. VA. MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY IN for him spoke of what they called
nomination next year are Prince George’s KILLING OF LESBIAN CHEF Graham’s dedication and outspoken
County Executive Rushern Baker, former Martha Pfeiffer was forced to resign from her job   A Fairfax Circuit Court jury on advocacy for city residents who often
NAACP President Ben Jealous, and in Delaware. Oct. 4 found a former county parks were overlooked and in need of city
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY LOU CHIBBARO JR.
former State Department official Alec employee not guilty in the August services.
Ross. If he were to win the nomination 2016 stabbing death of lesbian chef  In a gesture considered appropriate
he would be running against incumbent 8. FORCED RESIGNATION OF and caterer Tyonne Johns during an by those who knew Graham and
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. PRO-LGBT DEL. TEACHER altercation at a wedding reception in his trademark fashion statement
 “I will never back down on civil rights, PROMPTS COMMUNITY a park that Johns catered. of always wearing a bowtie when
on LGBTQ rights, on workers’ rights, response     The verdict shocked friends and dressed for work, his former Council
on women’s rights, on voting rights,”  The forced resignation of a popular co-workers of Johns, who disputed staff members arranged for a rainbow
Madaleno said in his announcement LGBT supportive teacher and theater claims by defendant Kempton A. flag shaped into a giant bowtie to be
speech. “Our rights cannot and will director at Cape Henlopen High Bonds, 20, who testified that he draped over the coffin.
not be sacrificed with Rich Madaleno School in Lewes, Del., prompted stabbed Johns in self-defense after   “As we were thinking about all
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Pride protest, Gay Games disappointment and Danica wins


BY LOU CHIBBARO JR.
LCHIBBARO@WASHBLADE.COM

of the cultures that Jim touched, of very emotionally strongly that we can’t among some in the LGBT community
course the primary one was the gay tolerate anyone in our community about how Capital Pride should
community because that’s where he being targeted because of race operate each year.
came from,” said Calvin Woodland or religion or sexual orientation or  
Jr., who served as chief of staff for gender or gender identity or any of
Graham’s Council office. the protected classes,” she said in
  referring to groups protected under
5. REPORT SHOWS HATE CRIMES the D.C. hate crimes law.
ROSE 59 PERCENT  
  The number of anti-LGBT hate
crimes in the District of Columbia
increased in 2016 by 59 percent,
from 37 cases reported in 2015 to 59
cases reported in 2016, according
to the city’s annual bias-crime report
released in March.
 The report showed that hate crimes
No Justice No Pride protesters block the Pride
targeting people based on their parade in June.
“gender identity/expression” and WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

“sexual orientation” came in third and


fourth place in the percentage increase
among the categories of hate crimes, 2. Protesters disruPt DANICA ROEM stunned homophobe Bob
Marshall in November.
behind “ethnicity/national origin” and CAPITAL PRIDE PARADE WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
“religion” related hate crimes. But the Ten protesters from the local group
report said anti-trans and anti-LGB hate No Justice No Pride stood in the street
crimes continued their multi-year trend A crowd of supporters joined MAYOR BOWSER and locked arms to block the path of 1. DANICA ROEM UNSEATS BOB
of comprising the largest number of at a rally in support of D.C.’s Gay Games bid D.C.’s Capital Pride Parade on June Marshall in Va. house race 
hate crime cases. earlier this year. 10 on P Street, N.W., to voice what Transgender rights advocate and
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
 The number of reported anti-trans the group said was its objections former journalist Danica Roem made
hate crimes increased by 90 percent, to participation by D.C. police and history on Nov. 7 when she won
from 10 in 2015 to 19 in 2016. The certain corporate sponsors in the election to a seat in the Virginia House
number of anti-LGB hate crimes rose 3. D.C. LOSES BID TO annual Pride events. of delegates, becoming the first
by 48 percent, from 27 in 2015 to 40 HOST 2022 GAY GAMES   D.C. police, including Police Chief transgender person in the country set
in 2016, the report shows. The Federation of Gay Games in Peter Newsham, were present on the to be seated in a state legislature.
 At a news conference at which the October announced it had selected street when the disruption occurred.   Roem, a Democrat, drew both
report was released, Mayor Muriel Hong Kong over D.C. and Guadalajara, As angry parade participants shouted nationwide and international
Bowser and then acting Police Chief Mexico, to host the 2022 Gay Games, at the protesters to leave the street attention, in part, by defeating Bob
Peter Newsham reiterated the city’s the quadrennial international LGBT police rerouted the parade. Capital Marshall, a Republican who held the
commitment to combat hate crimes sports event that is expected to Pride organizers said the disruption seat in the House of Delegate’s 13th
targeting all population groups. attract as many as 15,000 athletes delayed the completion of the parade District in Northern Virginia’s outer
and thousands more spectators to the by about 90 minutes. suburbs of Washington, D.C. since
4. TRUMP APPOINTS host city.   No Justice No Pride members 1992 and who was known as the
LGBT-SUPPORTIVE U.S.   The announcement came days said the decision to block the parade state legislature’s most outspoken
ATTORNEY FOR D.C. after Mayor Muriel Bowser headed came after Capital Pride leaders, opponent of LGBT rights.
Jessie K. Liu, who President Trump a 32-member D.C. delegation that following a community meeting in  Political observers said Roem ran a
appointed as U.S. Attorney for the traveled to Paris to make the city’s which No Justice No Pride voiced highly effective and strategic campaign
District of Columbia, told a community final presentation on why it should be its concerns, declined to agree to that stressed local infrastructure
meeting in October that she is selected as the host city for the Games. the dissident group’s demands that issues. Her well researched proposals
committed to aggressively prosecuting Earlier in the year the FGG selected police, including the department’s for alleviating traffic congestion and
all forms of hate crimes, including D.C., Hong Kong, and Guadalajara as LGBT Liaison Unit, be banned from traffic backups along a route in her
those targeting LGBT people. the three finalists among more than a the parade. Protesters also wanted district that impacted large numbers
  Her office organized the meeting dozen cities that submitted bids for Capital Pride to drop its ties to several of residents as they commuted to and
in partnership with D.C. government becoming the host city.  corporate sponsors of the parade from work every day resonated with
officials and members of community Some speculated that the FGG’s and Pride festival set to take place voters, observers said.
groups, including the D.C. LGBT selection committee, which included the following day on grounds that the Despite Marshall and his supporters’
Center’s Anti-Violence Project. Europeans, may have passed over D.C. corporations had policies harmful to attempts to portray Roem as a militant
 “I want to thank our community and because of hostility toward President Native Americans and people of color activist promoting a transgender
government partners, the D.C. Anti- Trump. FGG officials insisted the despite their support for LGBT rights. “agenda” over the needs of the
Violence Project…and the Mayor’s selection was based strictly on its findings   Capital Pride leaders promised to district, Roem beat Marshall by a 54-
Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, following detailed site visits of which city reassess their corporate sponsorship 45 percent margin.
Transgender, and Questioning Affairs, could best host the Games and advance policies but said it was too late in the  
who helped our office plan this event the FGG’s objectives of advancing LGBT organizing to make any changes for  
tonight,” she said. equality in sports and society. the 2017 events. The protest triggered
 “As a woman of color myself I feel heated debate and disagreements
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Top 10 national news stories of 2017


From Trump’s attacks to sexual misconduct scandals, a look back
BY CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

As many predicted, 2017 brought


an end to the progressive Obama
era and the beginning of an assault
on LGBTQ rights from the new Trump
administration. Below is a ranking of
the 10 biggest LGBTQ stories of the
year as determined by Blade staff.

10. THE PUSH FOR ‘RELIGIOUS


FREEDOM’ BILLS
Although anti-LGBT forces sought
to pass an anti-trans bathroom bill in
Texas, the measure was defeated in
the state legislature following outcry
from the business community and
LGBT advocates. Residents of La Perla, an oceanfront
Actor KEVIN SPACEY drew widespread neighborhood in San Juan, that suffered
The measure, which would have condemnation after coming out as gay in the extensive damage during Hurricane Maria, have
barred transgender people from wake of sexual assault allegations against him. erected handwritten signs asking for water and ROY MOORE has a long anti-LGBT record.
other basic supplies.
using bathrooms in public schools,
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government buildings and public


universities based on their gender forward, which essentially ended “helped change hearts and minds, Moore this year in a special election
identity, seemed dead when it failed Spacey’s career. Netflix fired Spacey, his including mine.” for a U.S. Senate seat.
to pass during the general session, Gore Vidal biopic was cancelled and he Moore was defeated after nine
but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called was cut from scenes in the Ridley Scott 7. HURRICANE MARIA women accused him sexual misconduct.
a special session exclusively for the film “All the Money in the World.” DEVASTATES PUERTO RICO Six said he inappropriately dated them
purpose of passing the bill. Also accused of sexual misconduct Amid a Trump administration decades ago when they were teenagers
Major businesses — including IBM, was George Takei. A former model response widely seen as inadequate, and he was in his 30s. Three others
which has a large presence in Texas — said the “Star Trek” actor groped him in much of Puerto Rico this year was accused him of sexual assault.
opposed the legislation. Although the 1981. Takei denied the allegation devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Over the course of his long career,
Senate approved the legislation, the and was able to weather it after no Maria, including its LGBT residents and Moore established an anti-LGBT
House didn’t follow suit and the bill subsequent allegations emerged. an HIV/AIDS organization. record. Moore urged Alabama
finally died. An estimated 70 percent of the probate judges to refuse to marry
Although the bathroom bill was 8. EDITH WINDSOR DIES island was without power six weeks same-sex couples after the 2015
defeated, the legislature passed and Four years after her historic victory after the storm, which claimed the Supreme Court ruling for marriage
Abbott signed into law an anti-LGBT at the U.S. Supreme Court against lives of nearly 500 people there. More equality, which resulted in him being
“religious freedom” measure allowing the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, than 50,000 Puerto Rico residents removed as Chief Justice of the
taxpayer-funded adoption agencies Edith Windsor died this year at age 88. were displaced from their homes, Alabama Supreme Court.
in Texas to refuse placements to LGBT Dubbed the “mother of marriage many of whom resorted to consuming Jones, however, was endorsed by the
homes. South Dakota and Alabama equality,” Windsor sued the U.S. water from a contaminated site. Human Rights Campaign and supports
enacted similar laws this year. government because under DOMA Also without power was the San LGBT rights. He said on video President
she was required to pay $363,000 Juan-based organization Bill’s Kitchen, Trump was wrong to have rescinded Title
9. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT in estate taxes after the death of which delivers meals to people with IX guidance protecting transgender
SCANDALS ENSNARE her spouse, Thea Speyer. In 2013, HIV/AIDS. Food and Friends in D.C. students to ban transgender people
SPACEY, TAKEI Windsor’s lawsuit led the Supreme donated between $30,000-$35,000 from the U.S. military.
The tidal wave of allegations of Court to strike down the law in a to the organization to buy a generator
sexual misconduct this year that decision that was a precursor to the for the Puerto Rico organization. 5. VEGAS REPLACES ORLANDO AS
brought down numerous public 2015 ruling guaranteeing marriage San Juan Mayor Yulín Cruz, a DEADLIEST SHOOTING
figures beginning with Hollywood equality nationwide. Democrat, called the situation a A deadly attack at a country music
mogul Harvey Weinstein also affected After the decision, Windsor “terrifying humanitarian crisis” and show in Las Vegas this year surpassed
gay men in media. continued her activism, serving as called for the U.S. government to speed the massacre at a gay nightclub in
“Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp grand marshal for Capital Pride up its response. That angered President Orlando, Fla., as the worst mass
accused Kevin Spacey of sexually in 2016. Windsor supported the Trump, who tweeted Puerto Rico officials shooting in modern U.S. history.
assaulting him in 1986, when Rapp was Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton “want everything to be done for them.” The shooter, Stephen Paddock, killed
14. The “House of Cards” star issued a in the 2016 election. 59 people by converting an assault
statement saying he didn’t recall the At her memorial service at Temple 6. ROY MOORE LOSES SENATE BID rifle into an automatic weapon and
incident and was coming out as gay. Emanu-el in New York City, Clinton In an answer to the prayers of
That didn’t stop outcry against him made a surprise appearance and LGBT people, Democrat Doug Jones
and 15 more accusers from coming honored Windsor as someone who defeated notorious homophobe Roy CONTINUES ON PAGE 10
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 08 for D.C. on June 11. transgender people of color elected in this administration’s actions toward
Although protesters were energized, any public office in the United States. LGBTQ people and our families.”
the media attention to the march was Meanwhile, Tyler Titus won election to “He has turned back the clock on
firing upon concert-goers from a room scant in comparison to coverage of the the Erie School Board in Pennsylvania, decades of progress, or is attempting
in Mandalay Bay hotel. An additional Women’s March. Some insiders said Lisa Middleton won election to the to turn back the clock on decades of
546 individuals were wounded. the event was haphazardly organized Palm Springs City Council and Stephe progress that we have made not only
The motive for Paddock, who killed and saved at the last minute by Koontz won a spot on the Doraville City in our community, but also for people
himself as law enforcement officials contributions from the Human Rights Council in Georgia. in this country who are women, who
entered his room, remains unknown. Campaign and Planned Parenthood. are black, who are immigrants, who are
Among the victims was a Utah The Washington Blade also made a Muslim, who are poor — and he has been
gay couple: Cameron Robinson and financial contribution to the march. a disaster for democracy,” Carey said.
Robert Eardley. Robinson died after The first major rollback from the
being struck in the neck. Eardley was 3. SUPREME COURT HEARS Trump administration on LGBT rights
wounded after being shot in the back. MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP CASE was the revocation in February of
The tragedy — and an additional In its first major consideration of Obama-era guidance that assured
shooting this year at a church in a gay rights case since the ruling for transgender kids have access to
Sutherland Springs, Texas — did nothing marriage equality, the U.S. Supreme school restrooms consistent with
to influence Congress to advance gun Court this year heard arguments on their gender identity. Bucking the
control legislation amid ongoing efforts whether the First Amendment allows views of numerous courts, the
from activists like Gays Against Guns to a Colorado baker to deny making Trump administration asserted the
convince lawmakers to act. wedding cakes to same-sex couples prohibition of sex discrimination
despite a state non-discrimination law. under Title IX of the Education
The Supreme Court agreed to take Amendments of 1972 doesn’t apply
up the Masterpiece Cakeshop case to transgender discrimination.
after state courts determined Jack As a result of the decision, the U.S.
Phillips violated the Colorado Anti- DONALD TRUMP took office this year and Supreme Court nixed consideration
Discrimination Act by refusing to make almost immediately began attacking LGBT of transgender student Gavin Grimm’s
rights. lawsuit against his Virginia high
wedding cakes for Charlie Craig and WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
David Mullins, who sought to purchase school, which barred him from the
a custom-made cake for their wedding boys’ room. Grimm graduated without
in 2012, but were denied service. 1. TRUMP TAKES OFFICE, BREAKS relief, although his lawsuit remains
U.S. Associate Justice Anthony PROMISE TO SUPPORT pending in lower federal courts.
Kennedy gave conflicting signals LGBT AMERICANS The Education Department issued
during oral arguments. At times, Although President Trump a new memo asserting discrimination
Kennedy expressed concern about campaigned in 2016 on being a friend and harassment against transgender
the dignity of the same-sex couple, to LGBT people, his first year in office students in school may amount to
but Kennedy also expressed was marked by an erosion of LGBT rights sex discrimination under federal
consternation Colorado wasn’t after significant gains in recent years. law, but the issue of bathrooms isn’t
tolerant of Phillips’ religious beliefs. The infuriation within the LGBT necessarily covered Title IX.
Thousands protested the Trump administration Oral arguments yielded no clear community over Trump’s hostility to A few months later in July, Trump
in June.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY indication of how the court will rule. A LGBT rights spanned the entirety of announced via Twitter transgender
decision is expected in June. 2017 and stood in stark contrast to people won’t be able to serve in the
progress during the Obama years. U.S. military “in any capacity.” That
4. NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH 2. TRANS CANDIDATES SCORE The attacks helped fuel the “resist” tweet and subsequent guidance to the
DRAWS THOUSANDS HISTORIC WINS movement against him, making the U.S. military reversed the Obama-era
Tens of thousands of protesters took Transgender candidates won a slew “Year of Trump” the Washington change scrapping medical regulations
to the streets this year for the National of historic victories in local races this Blade’s No. 1 story for 2017. against their service and enabling
Equality March on Washington, year on Election Day, a milestone that A ban on transgender people in the them to serve in the armed forces.
including many demonstrators who could lead to more wins in 2018. military, withdrawal of Title IX guidance As a result of four separate lawsuits
waved Pride flags and carried signs in The most prominent win belonged assuring transgender students access and court orders against the ban, the
opposition to President Trump. to Danica Roem, a transgender to the bathroom consistent with their Pentagon was barred from enforcing
An estimated 50,000-80,000 journalist in Virginia who unseated gender identity, arguments in litigation Trump’s policy, which meant the
people demonstrated in the streets notoriously anti-LGBT Del. Bob LGBT people aren’t protected under administration was blocked from kicking
of D.C. and marched in front of the Marshall. Roem was set to become existing civil rights law and intervention out troops for being transgender
White House before emptying onto the first openly transgender person on behalf of an anti-gay baker before or denying payment for gender
the National Mall. elected and seated in a state the U.S. Supreme Court are a few reassignment surgery. The U.S. armed
The Women’s March on Washington, legislature in the United States. high-profile ways the administration forces were also required to admit
which drew between 440,000 to Other transgender candidates undermined LGBT rights in Trump’s qualified transgender enlistees starting
500,000 people as well as 5 million — Andrew Jenkins and Phillipe first year at the White House. Jan. 1 consistent with a target date set
supporters worldwide, served as the Cunningham — claimed notable Rea Carey, executive director by Defense Secretary James Mattis in a
inspiration for the Equality March. victories in the election for the of the National LGBTQ Task Force June 30 letter prior to Trump’s tweet.
The idea came about after New York Minneapolis City Council. Both were said the first year of the Trump
gay activist David Bruinooge started a the first transgender candidates elected administration has been “horrendous,
Facebook page scheduling the march to a major U.S. city council and the first horrific and hellish when it comes to CONTINUES ON PAGE 11
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 Cakeshop case if U.S. Associate LGBT appointments, although they’re republic of Chechnya, U.S. ambassador
Justice Neil Gorsuch wasn’t confirmed few and far between compared to the to the United Nations Nikki Haley said
to the bench. Appointed by Trump in hundreds former President Obama she was “disturbed” by the reports and
The Trump administration went after January, Gorsuch was opposed by appointed to the administration at all Tillerson privately raised the issue in a
the other components of the LGBT major LGBT rights groups. Since his levels of government and the judiciary.  letter to the Russian Foreign Minister
community after the U.S. Seventh Circuit confirmation, the Supreme Court took The highest-profile openly gay Trump Sergey Lavrov.
Court of Appeals ruled Title VII of the up the Masterpiece Cakeshop case appointee is Richard Grenell, a Fox News The U.S. mission to the United Nations
Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars sex and he has issued dissents arguing the commentator and foreign policy expert also joined with France and Brazil to
discrimination in the workplace, also fight for marriage equality isn’t over who was nominated as U.S. ambassador block efforts from Egypt and Russia to
prohibits employment discrimination after the 2015 Obergefell decision. to Germany. Democrats are blocking remove from an Olympics resolution a
on the basis of sexual orientation. Trump also ignored the LGBT his confirmation over comments he reference to Principle 6 of the Olympics
When the issue came before the community in more symbolic ways, such made about the appearance of women Charter, which bars discrimination on
U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, as neglecting to issue a proclamation on Twitter.  the basis of sexual orientation.
the Justice Department voluntarily recognizing June as Pride month. Other openly gay appointments are Jessica Stern, executive director
filed a friend-of-the-court brief and The Trump administration has been James Abbott, who was confirmed of OutRight Action, cited these
sent a high-ranking attorney to argue found to have eliminated questions in to the Federal Labor Relations examples as indications LGBT rights
existing civil rights law doesn’t protect federal surveys allowing respondents Authority; David Glawe, under “are increasingly integrated into U.S.
gay people from discrimination. That to identify as LGBT and reportedly secretary for intelligence and analysis foreign policy in spite of the president.”
move put the Justice Department at barred the Centers for Disease Control at the Department of Homeland “We have succeeded by working
odds with another U.S. agency, the from the using the word “transgender” Security; and Claudia Slacik, who was with allies within this government,
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity among other science-related words nominated, but not yet confirmed, to allies from other governments, using
Commission, which has determined from budget documents.  the board of the U.S. Export-Import long-standing policies, and motivating
Title VII protects gay people. Additionally, the administration’s Bank. Trump also re-nominated lesbian unlikely suspects to recognize that
Transgender people came next. budget request would have restricted Democrat Chai Feldblum to the U.S. LGBTI people globally deserve
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions funding for civil rights enforcement Equal Employment Opportunity our respect,” Stern said. “All of this
in October issued a memo declaring and cuts HIV/AIDS programs and Commission, which by law requires happens because our movement is
anti-trans discrimination also doesn’t research by billions of dollars. appointments of both parties. strong, loud and insistent.”
amount to sex discrimination under Carey said these items — especially Gregory Angelo, president of However, Stern said the Trump
existing law, reversing a memo from U.S. the “religious freedom” guidance, Log Cabin Republicans, noted his administration’s approach to foreign
Attorney General Eric Holder asserting which she said is “extraordinarily organization withheld its endorsement policy as a whole has by far not been
transgender people are covered. damaging, and will have long-term from Trump as a candidate in 2016, but without failures or inconsistent with
That wasn’t the only the time impacts for the country” — are among also pledged to call “a ball a ball, and a his domestic LGBT policy.
Sessions issued a memo endangering the big-ticket items, but “there are strike a strike” if he became president.  “Trump’s foreign policy has been
LGBT rights. In the aftermath of dozens and dozens of things that have “This administration has done things about isolationism, militarism,
Trump’s “religious freedom” executive happened that aren’t in the news.” that are worthy of praise like maintaining Muslim-bashing, border construction,
order, Sessions issued a memo “I’ve been working in Washington, the LGBT non-discrimination executive the control of women’s bodies, and
asserting broad protections from D.C., since 1989, and I have worked order, like acknowledging the human an overall rejection of human rights,”
individuals and businesses under with Democratic and Republican rights abuses of gay men in particular Stern said. “In that sense, his foreign
the Religious Freedom Restoration administrations, I worked through Bush in the refugee executive order that and domestic policies have been
Act. Without limiting principle in the 1 and Bush 2,” Carey said. “And this is was put out earlier this year and the remarkably aligned.”
document against discrimination, a nothing like those administrations. We appointment of openly gay individuals, What’s next? The administration will
Social Security worker could refuse always have policy differences, but I several of whom are members of likely continue to fight transgender
to process applications for same- think the kind of haphazard and harmful Log Cabin, to prominent posts in his military service in the courts even if
sex spousal benefits, or an employer nature of so-called governing by this administration,” Angelo said. accession begins on Jan. 1 as well as
could refuse to grant family and administration is certainly something ButAngelo said his organization opposed LGBT protections under existing civil
medical leave to LGBT families. that our community hasn’t seen.” the Trump administration’s elimination of rights law. Depending on the outcome
The Justice Department also took the The actions against LGBT people, transgender student guidance and the of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case at
side of “religious freedom” over LGBT Carey said, are consistent with the Trump transgender military ban. the Supreme Court, the administration
rights at the U.S. Supreme Court when administration’s efforts targeting other Treatment of LGBT issues is will likely embrace a decision in favor
justices considered the Masterpiece communities, such as the travel ban arguably different in certain U.S. of the anti-gay baker, or reject a ruling
Cakeshop case. A Colorado baker on Muslim countries, the elimination agencies, most notably the State in favor of the same-sex couple who
seeking a First Amendment right to of deferred deportation for DREAMers Department. Secretary of State Rex unsuccessfully sought a wedding cake
refuse to make wedding cakes for and the elimination of the contraception Tillerson retained the position of U.S. from him.
same-sex couples brought the case. requirement in health care. special envoy for international LGBT Carey said she expects the Trump
The Trump administration sent to Defenders of Trump on LGBT issues rights, and although Randy Berry administration to “still take actions
argue on behalf of the baker U.S. will point to a statement issued earlier in left the role, the State Department is that will be harmful to our community”
Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who the year in which the White House said expected to fill it. Tillerson also has — such as U.S. agencies implementing
indicated during oral augments a Trump is “respectful and supportive issued statements recognizing June the religious freedom guidance
shopkeeper should be able to put up of LGBTQ rights” and would keep in as Pride month and the Transgender against LGBT people — but any such
a sign saying no wedding cakes for place a 2014 executive order signed Day of Remembrance. actions against LGBT people will
same-sex couples — a belief the White by President Obama barring federal Although President Trump and the “absolutely” be met with opposition
House said Trump shares. contractors from engaging in anti- White House have said nothing about from the community.
The Supreme Court would likely not LGBT workplace discrimination. reports of anti-gay persecution and
have even taken up the Masterpiece Trump also made at least openly four concentration camps in the Russian n CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Top 10 international stories of the year

MARIELA CASTRO, the daughter of Cuban PEDRO SANTOS, who’s gay, told the Blade his San Juan Mayor CARMEN YULÍN CRUZ has
President Raúl Castro, spearheads LGBT-specific father, former Vice President Francisco Santos, criticized the Trump administation’s response to
issues. strongly opposes the peace agreement. the hurricanes
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Here are the top 10 international 14. Ana Brnabić on June 29 became deny it happened or help people and orientation and gender identity
LGBT news stories of 2017, as ranked by Serbia’s first woman and openly try to make it work,” he said, referring remained pervasive throughout the
the Washington Blade’s editorial staff. lesbian prime minister. to the war that killed more than world in 2017.
Michelle Súarez, who is the first 200,000 people. David Valle, a prominent LGBT
10. TRUMP ROLLS BACK openly transgender person elected to rights advocate in Honduras, was
NORMALIZED U.S., CUBA the Uruguayan Senate, was officially 7. HURRICANES DEVASTATE brutally attacked inside his home in
RELATIONS sworn in on Oct. 11. Diane Rodríguez CARIBBEAN LGBT COMMUNITIES the country’s capital of Tegucigalpa in
President Trump on June 16 earlier this year won a seat in Ecuador’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused July. Karla Avelar, executive director
reinstated travel and trade restrictions congress when she ran on the ticket of widespread destruction throughout of Comunicando y Capacitando a
with Cuba. current Congressman Carlos Vera. the Caribbean in September. Mujeres Trans, a Salvadoran trans
The directive that Trump signed Irma caused widespread destruction advocacy group, in October sought
at a theater in Miami’s Little Havana 8. LGBT-INCLUSIVE COLOMBIAN in Barbuda, St. Barts, St. Martin, refuge in Ireland after she received
neighborhood bans individual “people- PEACE AGREEMENT Anguilla, the U.S. and British Virgin death threats.
to-people” trips to the Communist IMPLEMENTED Islands, the Turks and Caicos and the She spoke with the Blade on Sept.
island. It also says Americans who The Colombian government and Florida Keys. It also damaged an LGBT 22 in her office in the Salvadoran
travel to Cuba on organized trips the Revolutionary Armed Forces of community center in Santo Domingo, capital of San Salvador.
must “engage in a full-time schedule Colombia in 2017 began to implement Cuba, when it made landfall on the “To work in the fight for the human
of activities that enhance contact an LGBT-inclusive peace agreement island’s north central coast on Sept. 9 rights of my community is part of my
with the Cuban people, support civil that ended a decades-long war. with 160 mph winds. conviction,” she said. “This is the vision
society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban Representatives of Caribe Afirmativo Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico that I have for the future, to see that
people’s independence from Cuban and Colombia Diversa — two LGBT on Sept. 20 with 155 mph winds. my country gets better.”
authorities.” advocacy groups — are among those The hurricane caused widespread U.N. High Commissioner for Human
Then-President Obama in 2014 who took part in peace talks that took damage in Dominica and St. Croix Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein earlier
announced the U.S. would begin to place in Havana. Caribe Afirmativo before hitting the U.S. commonwealth. this month acknowledged during
normalize relations with Cuba. has opened four “Houses of Peace” in People with HIV/AIDS who live on a Capitol Hill panel that anti-LGBT
Mariela Castro, the daughter of northern Colombia in support of the the hurricane-battered islands were violence persists around the world. He
Cuban President Raúl Castro who agreement. unable to access medications in the specifically cited a Slovenian activist
spearheads LGBT-specific issues, Voters in October 2016 narrowly aftermath of the storms. who told him in September that
is among those who remain highly rejected the agreement in a Activists in Puerto Rico with whom homophobic attacks have increased
critical of the U.S. embargo against referendum. The country’s Congress the Blade spoke after Maria said the “very suddenly” in his country, despite
Cuba that remains in place. The later ratified it after President Juan hurricane has made LGBT people even efforts to extend rights to the country’s
Cuban government said Trump’s Manuel Santos renegotiated it. more vulnerable to discrimination LGBT community.
policy favors an “extreme minority” of Santos’ gay nephew, Pedro Santos, because of their sexual orientation “When you’re fighting for rights, you
exiles who live in Florida. told the Washington Blade in and gender identity. San Juan Mayor don’t relax for one moment,” said al-
September during an interview in the Carmen Yulín Cruz — who champions Hussein.
9. LGBT CANDIDATES AROUND Colombian capital of Bogotá that his LGBT rights in the U.S. commonwealth
THE WORLD WIN ELECTION father, former Vice President Francisco — remains among the most vocal 5. MORE COUNTRIES LEGALIZE
A number of prominent LGBT Santos, strongly opposes the critics of the federal government’s MARRIAGE
elected officials took office around the agreement. Pedro Santos nevertheless response to Maria. Same-sex couples in several
world in 2017. said he is willing to support the countries won marriage rights in 2017.
Gay Irish Prime Minister Leo agreement’s implementation. 6. ANTI-LGBT VIOLENCE PERSISTS The Australian House of
Varadkar assumed office on June “I can just cry about it and try to Violence based on sexual Representatives on Dec. 7 nearly
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The world hates Trump; hurricanes create havoc


BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com

Canadian Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN has sought
apologized to Canadians who suffered to dismiss reports of an anti-gay crackdown in
persecution under his country’s laws. Chechnya. The world hates DONALD TRUMP.
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unanimously approved a same-sex She has also urged Chilean lawmakers like never before to support their of President Trump and his foreign
marriage bill. Gays and lesbians can to approve a trans rights bill. LGBTI friends and family members.” policy.
begin to marry in the country on Jan. 9. Panamanian First Lady Lorena Andrea Ayala, executive director
Lawmakers in Germany and Malta Castillo was the grand marshal of 2. ANTI-LGBT CRACKDOWNS IN of Espacio de Mujeres Lesbianas
in 2017 approved measures that Panama City’s Pride parade in July. CHECHNYA, EGYPT por la Diversidad, an LGBT advocacy
extended marriage rights to same-sex Costa Rican Vice President Ana Anti-LGBT crackdowns in several group in El Salvador, in September
couples. Helena Chacón — who, like Castillo, parts of the world made headlines in described Trump’s immigration policy
The Austrian Constitutional Court on is a vocal supporter of LGBT rights, is 2017. as “inhumane.” Ayaz Shalal, a human
Dec. 5 ruled same-sex couples will be among those who spoke at a same- Novaya Gazeta, an independent rights activist from Kurdistan, was
able to tie the knot by the beginning sex marriage conference that took Russian newspaper, in April reported unable to attend a Human Rights
of 2019. The Taiwanese Constitutional place in her country’s capital of San authorities in Chechnya have arrested Campaign conference in D.C. earlier
Court on May 24  said same-sex José in November. more than 100 men because of their this year because Iraq was among the
couples will be able to legally marry sexual orientation since the beginning countries the Trump administration
if lawmakers fail to “amend or enact 3. AUSTRALIA VOTERS BACK of the year. At least three of these men included in its controversial travel ban.
relevant laws” within two years. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE died after their arrest, while others Iraq was not included in a revised
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet A majority of Australian voters were beaten and tortured and sent to version of the policy, but advocates
on Aug. 28 introduced a bill that would who participated in a non-binding a secret prison. remained highly critical of Trump
extend marriage and adoption rights plebiscite on whether to extend The crackdown has also targeted throughout 2017.
to same-sex couples. Lawmakers in marriage rights to same-sex couples women they suspect are lesbians. The U.S. on Sept. 29 voted against a
Bermuda this month approved a bill voted “yes.” The Kremlin has claimed it has U.N. Human Rights Council resolution
that would rescind marriage rights The results that the Australian launched an investigation into the that included a provision condemning
for same-sex couples in the British Bureau of Statistics announced on allegations, even though Russian the death penalty for those found
territory. Nov. 14 indicated 61.6 percent of President Vladimir Putin has sought guilty of committing consensual
voters said “yes,” compared to 38 to downplay or even dismiss these same-sex sexual acts. Trump has also
4. WORLD LEADERS PROMOTE percent of voters who said “no.” Nearly reports. Chechen President Ramzan not publicly condemned the anti-
LGBT RIGHTS 80 percent of eligible voters took Kadyrov, who is a close Putin ally, in LGBT crackdown in Chechnya.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin part in the plebiscite for which Prime July said he doesn’t “have any gays” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Trudeau is among the world leaders Minister Malcolm Turnbull called in the semi-autonomous Russian Randy Berry is no longer the special
who championed LGBT rights in 2017. Australian lawmakers approved a republic. U.S. envoy for the promotion of LGBT
Trudeau on Nov. 28 apologized to same-sex marriage bill less than a Human rights advocates have said and intersex rights abroad. The U.S.
Canadians who suffered persecution month later. Egyptian authorities since September nevertheless continues to promote
and discrimination under his Alex Greenwich, a member of the have arrested dozens of LGBT people. these issues abroad.
country’s anti-LGBT laws and policies. New South Wales Parliament who co- They have also criticized officials in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this
Trudeau, along with French President chairs Australian Marriage Equality, Azerbaijan for arresting more than year acknowledged Pride month and
Emmanuel Macron and German a group that campaigned in support 80 people in September on grounds the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, has of the issue, told the Blade on Dec. they were protecting public morality The U.S., France and Brazil  blocked
publicly condemned the crackdown 10 during the Victory Institute’s and health. Russian and Egyptian efforts  to
against LGBT Chechens that began International LGBTQ Leaders remove a gay-inclusive reference
earlier this year. Conference in D.C. the plebiscite 1. TRUMP SPARKS OUTRAGE to discrimination from an Olympics
Bachelet on Aug. 28 introduced a “was an experience nobody wanted.” AROUND THE WORLD resolution the U.N. General Assembly
bill that would extend marriage and Greenwich nevertheless added the LGBT rights advocates around the unanimously adopted on Nov. 13.
adoption rights to same-sex couples. “yes” campaign “galvanized people world in 2017 were sharply critical
14 • DECEM B E R 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 Y EA R I N P H OTO S

MARTEL BROWN, Jr. of Pittsburgh is chosen as Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather at the Mr. Mid-Atlantic ‘Gays for Trump’ hold a ‘DeploraBall’ at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Md. following the inauguration
Leather Contest on Jan. 15 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20.
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Several million people gather in protest of the Trump presidency in cities across the globe following WERK for Peace holds a ‘dance protest’ in front of Trump International Hotel to highlight the anti-LGBT
the inauguration of Donald Trump. policies of the Trump administration on Feb. 3.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

President Trump speaks to his first Joint Session of Congress on Feb. 28. Baltimore’s Grand Central celebrates its 25th anniversary on March 25.
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16 • DECEM B E R 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 Y EA R I N P H OTO S

Calvary Baptist Church in Washington adopts a new senior minister model with married couple Rev.
SALLY SARRATT and Rev. MARIA SWEARINGEN. New officers are sworn in as the head of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance.
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Human Rights Campaign activists protest in front of the Russian ambassador’s residence on May 9
The Equality Act is reintroduced on Capitol Hill on May 2. following an anti-LGBT crackdown in Chechnya.
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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs ‘And The Tony Goes To’ at the Lincoln Theatre on
June 3. Cumberland, Md. holds its first pride celebration
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Activists protest President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military service at a rally in front of
the White House on July 26. Family members embrace in sorrow following the verdict in the murder case for Deoni Jones.
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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs at the D.C. United Night Out on Sept. 09. Northern Virginia Pride is held at Bull Run National Park in Manassas, Va. on Oct. 1.
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The protest group ‘No Justice No Pride’ blocks the entrances to the Human Rights Campaign National Activists stand before the United States Supreme Court as oral arguments are held in the ‘Masterpiece
Dinner because of HRC’s affiliation with Wells Fargo, among other concerns. Cakeshop’ case in December.
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Robert Osborne, Liz Smith, ‘True Blood’s’ Nelsan Ellis also died this year
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EDITH WINDSOR JIM NABORS ROBERT OSBORNE


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Many acclaimed LGBT people died Huffington Post. complications of esophageal cancer in sex married couples. The Windsor
in 2017 from the world of politics, the Gilbert Baker, creator of the Manhattan on Aug. 17. He produced decision struck down the Defense
entertainment industry and beyond. rainbow flag, known as the “gay Betsy and served as general manager to of Marriage Act, which prohibited
They include: Ross,” died at 65 at his New York City more than 70 Broadway, Off Broadway same-sex couples from receiving the
Acclaimed British actor Alec home on March 31. The first rainbow and national touring productions. 1,138 federal benefits available to
McCowen died, at 91, on Feb. 6 at his flags were unveiled during the San Gay Republican operative Arthur heterosexual married couples. “I had
London home. He was renowned for Francisco 1978 gay pride parade. “We J. Finkelstein, who helped boost the the privilege to speak with Edie a few
playing Mark in the one-man show “St. ... watched and saw the flags, and their careers of conservative Republicans days ago, and to tell her one more
Mark’s Gospel.” faces lit up,” gay rights activist Clive from James. L. Buckley to Jesse Helms, time what a difference she made to
Max Ferra, founding director of New Jones told the New York Times. “It died at 72, from metastasized lung the country we love,” former President
York City’s INTAR Hispanic American needed no explanation. People knew cancer on Aug. 18 at his Ipswich, Mass., Barack Obama said.
Arts Center, died at 79 on February 4 in immediately that it was our flag.” home. He “sells his talents to lawmakers Gossip column doyenne Liz Smith,
Miami. The Center nurtured numerous William M. Hoffman, who wrote the who would outlaw his family’s very died on Nov. 12 at 94 at her Manhattan
Latino playwrights, including Pulitzer groundbreaking play “As Is” during the existence,” a New York Times columnist home. For decades, Smith on New
Prize winner Nilo Cruz, Lisa Loomer and height of the AIDS epidemic and the said of Finkelstein in 1996. York City TV and in the tabloids (from
Milcha Sanchez-Scott. Ferra left Cuba, libretto for John Corigliano’s opera Gay novelist Mark Merlis died the Daily News to the New York Post)
his native country, in 1958. “There were “The Ghosts of Versailles,” died at 78 of on Aug. 15 at 67 from pneumonia regaled viewers and readers with
a bunch of young Latino playwrights cardiac arrest in the Bronx on April 29. associated with amyotrophic lateral tidbits about the lives of the rich
coming of age who were writing plays Gay attorney Jim Graham, who was sclerosis at a Philadelphia hospital. and famous. She had relationships
in English that had a Hispanic essence,” elected to four terms on D.C. Council, In his debut 1996 novel “American withe men and women, including
he told the “New York Times, “but there died at 71 on June 11 at George Studies” and three subsequent works, archaeologist Iris Love.
was no arena for them.” Washington Hospital following Merlis wrote sensitively about the joy, Drag pageant impresario Jack
Turner Classic Movies host Robert complications from an intestinal turmoil and pride of American 20th Doroshow died at 78 in Manhattan.
Osborne, a lifelong aficionado of Old infection. “LGBT activists ... say he century gay life. As drag queen Flawless Sabrina,
Hollywood and its movies, died at 84 played a key role in advancing the Kate Millett, the queer, Doroshow began organizing shows
on March 6 in his Manhattan home. city’s fight against HIV/AIDS during groundbreaking second wave feminist in 1959. “The Queen,” a documentary
During his 25 years at TCM, he told the early years of the epidemic while writer, whose iconic 1970 book “Sexual about his 1967 Town Hall show in New
viewers intriguing stories about stars serving as executive director of Politics, transformed our cultural York, is a queer cultural touchstone.
from Bette Davis to Audrey Hepburn. Whitman-Walker from 1984-1999,” understanding of gender roles, died at Actor Jim Nabors, known for
“I love those people,” Osborne told the Blade reported. 82 from cardiac arrest while on vacation playing Gomer Pyle on the CBS TV
“CBS Sunday Morning.” “These were Queer actor Nelsan Ellis, who in Paris with her spouse Sophie Keir. shows “The Andy Griffith Show” and
people that once ruled the world.” played Lafayette Reynolds, a gay When “Sexual Politics” came out, the “Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C.,” died at 87 on
GeorgeWeinberg,thepsychotherapist cook, on the HBO vampire series “True New York Times called the work “the Nov. 30 at his home in Honolulu. Stan
who coined the term homophobia in Blood” died at 39 on July 8 of heart Bible of women’s Lliberation.” Cadwallader, his husband, said he
the 1960s, died on March 20 in New failure due to alcohol withdrawal. Ellis Marriage equality icon Edith (Edie) had been in ill health for more than a
York City at 87 of cancer. “As long as gay waged a long battle with alcohol and Windsor died at 88 in Manhattan year. Nabors said that he “never made
people suffer from homophobic acts, the drug addiction. on Sept. 12. In her landmark case a big secret” about being queer, but
word (homophobia) will remain crucial Tony Award-winning producer the Supreme Court for the first time he didn’t officially come out until he
to our humanity,” Weinberg wrote in the Stuart J. Thompson died at 62 from granted federal recognition to same- married Cadwallader in 2013.
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Unfit president attacks transgender military ban by announcing his public office for private profit and were disrupted by radicals who displayed
that trans recruits could enlist beginning in frequently visiting his golf courses while their totalitarian mindset by demanding
public institutions; special January. United Nations Ambassador Nikki charging exorbitant fees to the Secret that the entire LGBT community embrace
election sets him back Haley, widely touted as a likely presidential Service for protecting him there. their hostility toward businesses and police.
contender, had defended the rights of women Trump’s quest to erase Barack Obama’s It makes no sense to bar friendly police like
who accused Trump of sexual harassment to legacy included rescinding regulations D.C.’s LGBT Liaison Unit, nor to ban businesses
be heard. Now Trump was rebuked by voters while distracting people with his tweet with high Corporate Equality Index scores as
in one of the nation’s deepest-red states after storms. The FBI was a mixed bag, on one pride sponsors. In June, D.C. police simply
going all in on behalf of a twice-disgraced hand issuing a scurrilous report on “black rerouted the parade around the No Justice
judge and accused child molester. identity extremism” that smeared and No Pride activists blocking the street.
Watching the fountain in front of the endangered civil rights activists, on the Those self-righteous anti-capitalists must
presidential mansion, I could almost hear a other hand acting as a bulwark against a have shaken their heads at the post-Oscars
collective sigh of relief. It had been a long, Trump dictatorship. Calvin Klein ad campaign featuring actors from
dark year as Trump outdid himself daily The #MeToo movement to expose Best Picture winner Moonlight, particularly
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist. with false, ignorant, crude, spiteful, self- sexual harassment by men in public office, the chiseled, expressive breakout talent,
Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.
absorbed and reckless words and actions entertainment, and news media surged as Trevante Rhodes. Sometimes a business
as our 45th president. victims found their voices. Those brought low transaction can be lifted by inspiration. The
I lack space for the full catalog of included movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, notion that business is inherently predatory,
Leaves skittered across the brick path presidential offenses and embarrassments. conductor James Levine, actor Kevin Spacey, like the notion that masculinity is inherently
on a deserted Lafayette Square the night Suffice it to say that he talked like a slow Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Trent Franks, and toxic, is the sort of dogma that blinds us to
Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore on Dec. third grader, relied on InfoWars and Sen. Al Franken. Trump brazened it out, but opportunity and progress.
12. It was 25 degrees. Thirty months before, Fox News instead of our intelligence found himself a fortnight before Christmas On election night, a friend texted me
a crowd had gathered on a warm summer services, undermined allies in Congress tweeting grudging congratulations to an about Moore’s refusal to concede as I
night as the White House north front was lit and overseas, threatened nuclear war, Alabama Democrat. walked north through the park toward a
in rainbow colors in honor of the marriage praised Nazis and white supremacists, The recruitment announcement by bus stop where restaurant workers waited.
equality victory in Obergefell. This night I treated storm-damaged territories like Pentagon officials on Dec. 11 displayed Over my shoulder, the flag above the
greeted a lone protester keeping vigil in a foreign countries, demanded the firing once again the resistance to Trump’s White House flapped in the winter breeze.
small tent behind hand-written posters. of protesting athletes, attacked everyone transphobia by military leaders whose The republic endures.
Donald Trump, to put it mildly, had had from the free press to refugees, obstructed sense of honor is utterly foreign to their
a bad week. The Pentagon had responded justice, and was rebuked by Britain’s Tory commander in chief. Copyright © 2017 by Richard J.
to another setback in federal court for his prime minister – all while leveraging Pride parades in many American cities Rosendall. All rights reserved.

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A toast to a better 2018


New year brings support them, took to the streets to say in This includes taking money from public Congress are still clearly obsessed with
a loud and clear voice “we will resist.” Then education to fund private schools; rolling Hillary Clinton even though he won the
key election as the came the Science March, the Immigration back as many parts of the Affordable Care election.
resistance ramps up March, the Environmental March and the Act as possible even without new legislation; As the year comes to an end we are
March for LGBTQ+ Equality. We have shown and trying to keep transgender people in the middle —  some think it’s just the
we will resist what we saw coming down the from serving in the military among other beginning — of a tipping point in how society
pike and I don’t think many of us expected disgusting initiatives including recently tolerates sexual harassment. We are finally
it to be as bad as it is. Donald Trump, while rolling back net neutrality. reconsidering what will be acceptable
not getting any major legislation passed When it comes to foreign affairs, Trump behavior for men toward women and what
(this column being written before a final is scaring the world with his positions and do we do to punish them for unacceptable
vote on his disastrous tax reform package), statements. He is doing everything possible to past behavior.
has managed to take us backwards in nearly get us into a war alienating nearly every one of Recently, we have seen a glimmer of
every area of life. Trump has set a tone in the our long-time allies. He appointed a Secretary hope the American people won’t accept
country allowing the Klu Klux Klan and Nazis of State with no statecraft experience and is quietly what Trump and the Republican
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights to feel he actually welcomes their support. decimating the State Department to the point Congress are doing to us. Democrats took
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for The first step backwards was the it can’t function. Good people are resigning over the governorship in New Jersey, held
the Blade.
nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch because they don’t want to be associated on to the one in Virginia by a large margin,
to the Supreme Court. His right-wing vision with what he is doing. and made huge gains in Virginia legislative
of America will hurt us for decades. Just as Politically, we see Trump ensnared in a races. Transgender candidates won races
I can’t imagine a worse start to 2017 than will all the other lower-level federal judges massive investigation of whether or not he across the nation. Women in huge numbers
Donald Trump being inaugurated as the Trump is nominating and the Republican or anyone else in his campaign colluded are running for office at every level including
nation’s 45th president. My Blade column Senate is confirming. Then came the ban with the Russians to win the election. We lesbians Angie Craig in MN 2nd district
immediately following his election was a on immigrants and the nominations and know Russia interfered and we are seeing and Gina Ortiz Jones in San Antonio, both
simple statement in a black border “Let Us confirmation of a slew of Cabinet secretaries by dribs and drabs more and more of his running for Congress. We took heart when
Pray.” We quickly understood prayer wasn’t in areas from Education to Environment to high-level campaign staff being indicted. in Alabama enough voters actually voted for
going to do it and instead we had to take to Health and Human Services; all with an ultra- Now the Special Counsel is apparently decency for Democrat Doug Jones to win.
the streets and then VOTE. conservative leaning hell-bent on rolling looking at whether Trump can be charged So a toast to 2018 and to the people who
First came the Jan. 21 ‘Women’s March’ back every progressive gain made during with obstruction of justice for trying to end will stand up, speak out and vote to put
where millions of women, and the men who the eight years of the Obama administration. the investigation. He and Republicans in Democrats back in office.
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10. AARON CARTER a sexual experience with negative for all STDs. His drug secured an autobiography old interview clip surfaced
COMES OUT, GETS another man when he was 17. test revealed he tested positive book deal with Simon & of him saying that sexual
BUSTED FOR POT Carter claimed that Madison for marijuana, Benzodiazepines Schuster and was invited relationships between
Pop singer Aaron Carter, Parker, his girlfriend at the (Xanax) and opiates as a guest on “Real Time 13-year-old boys and adult
at the time 29 though he’s time, broke up with him when (hydrocodone). After initially with Bill Maher.” He kicked men could be positive. His
since turned 30, came out he told her he was bisexual. refusing to go to rehab on the off a university speaking comments caused him to
as bisexual in an open letter Parker denied his sexuality show, Carter entered rehab in engagement tour which lose his job as senior editor
posted on Twitter in August.  was the reason for their spilt. October and was released in drew numerous protesters for Breitbart News, to have
“There’s something I’d like He also said that his older December.  to University of California, his book deal with Simon
to say that I feel is important brother Nick Carter had not Berkley. The protest became & Schuster revoked and
for myself and my identity reached out to him since he 9. MILO YIANNOPOULOS violent as protesters refused to be disinvited from the
that has been weighing on came out.  GOES DOWN to let Yiannopoulos, who has Conservative Political Action
my chest for nearly half of Carter brought his struggles Milo Yiannopoulos’ swift made racist, misogynistic, Conference. 
my life,” Carter writes. “This with drug addiction, plastic descent from rising alt- transphobic and xenophobic Despite the negative press,
doesn’t bring me shame, just surgery and his family on right media personality remarks, to speak at the Yiannopoulos tried to keep his
a weight and burden I have a tumultuous September to a defamed journalist university. President Donald career afloat. His publishing
held onto for a long time that episode of “The Doctors.” On shunned even from his own Trump even weighed in on company Dangerous
I would like lifted off me.” the show, Carter learned he conservative community was Twitter threatening to cut the Books published his book
The star revealed he has weighed only 115 pounds at 6 peppered with controversy.  school’s federal funding for “Dangerous.” Yiannopoulos
been attracted to both feet tall. He said he feared his The year started out not allowing free speech.  closed out the year on a
genders since he was 13. weight loss was due to being promisingly for the British Yiannopoulos’ success personal note marrying his
He also shared that he had HIV-positive. However, he tested political commentator who came to a halt when an boyfriend, identified only as
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BY JOEY DIGUGLIELMO & MARIAH COOPER

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“John,” in Hawaii.  of home products like shower for both its leads. unusually dramatic season, no clear standout winner,
curtains and throw pillows though. Latina diva Valentina went to Sasha Velour who
8. ‘CALL ME BY YOUR featuring Tom art.  7.  SeaSon 9 of emerged early on as a strong bested Peppermint, Shea
NAME,’ ‘TOM OF FINLAND’ “Call Me By Your Name,” a ‘RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE’ contender but was sent Coulee and Trinity Taylor for
AMONG YEAR’S leisurely paced gay romance MAKES ‘HERSTORY’ packing on episode nine the title of America’s Next
BEST FILMS story between a 24-year- It was a banner year for after pissing off Ru for initially Drag Superstar. 
It was a strong year for old intern (Armie Hammer) “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in declining to remove a veil RuPaul won his second
LGBT-themed movies but two and the 17-year-old son several ways. Debuting in during the lip-sync against consecutive Emmy Award for
especially stand out — “Tom of his employer (Timothee March on new home VH1, the Debbie Downer Nina Bo’nina hosting.
of Finland” and “Call Me By Chalamet) in Italy circa 1983, queens went apeshit when Brown. She said later she was
Your Name.”  has drawn strong reviews for Lady Gaga walked into the in shock and hadn’t bothered 6. ‘WONDER WOMAN’
“Tom,” a Finnish its taste and restraint. work room and was featured to learn the words to the LASSOS BOFFO
biographical drama directed “(Director Luca) Guadagnino as the guest judge. song, which all the queens BOX OFFICE
by Dome Karukoski, stars and his actors emphasize Seeming to genuinely are given in advance should Although she’d been
Pekka Strang as Touko tenderness and feeling enjoy herself throughout the they land in the bottom two. seen in 2016’s “Batman v.
Laakosenen, better known capturing the magic of first- episode, Gaga helped series The drama continued, Superman: Dawn of Justice,”
as the titular artist who time dalliance in a way that regulars Michelle Visage, though, on perhaps the Wonder Woman finally got
specialized in mid-century makes it seem, if not wholly Ross Matthews and Carson bitchiest reunion episode her own film this year with
homoerotic art. The film innocent, at least wholesome,” Kressley assess the queens’ of the series’ entire run with a June release starring Gal
inspired a Tom of Finland a Blade critic wrote.  interpretations of classic several queens calling out Gadot as the titular character
renaissance of sorts with It’s up for three Golden Gaga looks. Valentina on her fake charm.  and winningly helmed by
books and an extensive line Globe Awards including nods It turned out to be an The finale, despite featuring Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) who
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won universal praise for her “packed with gripping action The series was praised for and Diana will premiere in 2018.  moments. Beyond that, actors
effort. sequences but also leavened its period detail and grand, were switched out to play
Filmed over a six-month with generous doses of sweeping recreations of 4.  ‘When We Rise’ their role’s older counterparts,
period starting in November comedy and deepened pivotal moments such as a dRaWs mixed RevieWs  making the timeline rather
2015 (development started with serious considerations long tracking shot showing “When We Rise,” an ABC confusing.”
in 1996), it set numerous box about the horrors of war and Lange walking backstage at miniseries about LGBT rights that Ratings, too, were weak
office records. It was the fifth mankind’s capacity for both the 1963 Academy Awards. aired Feb. 27-March 3, drew so- for the series starring Guy
highest-grossing superhero love and hatred.” Though declining so reviews from the mainstream Pearce, Mary Louise-Parker,
film in the U.S. and the 20th somewhat in ratings after a press but was sharply criticized Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie
highest-grossing film ever 5. ‘FEUD’ REVIVES strong start, the series fared in the gay press. O’Donnell as Cleve Jones,
stateside. It made more than COMPLICATED decently overall. Its debut was Writing for the Blade, Roma Pauline Guy, Pat Norman
$800 million internationally PARTNERSHIP OF the most-watched program columnist Brock Thompson, and Del Martin, respectively.
and is the best-ranked DAVIS, CRAWFORD on FX that week.  said it had serious problems.  Its first episode drew 3.26
superhero film on Rotten “Feud,” an FX series from The series had an “Though I very much million viewers to come in last
Tomatoes. The American Film Ryan Murphy, devoted its unexpected coda with Olivia appreciate what ‘When of the four major networks
Institute called it one of the maiden season of eight de Havilland, a real-life friend of We Rise’ was attempting, for its time slot. Viewership
best 10 films of 2017. episodes to the rivalry of Bette Davis who replaced Crawford I couldn’t see past its dropped sharply thereafter.
Gadot plays the Amazon Davis and Joan Crawford, co- in their planned follow-up problems,” Thompson said. Scheduling was shifted after
princess Diana, a highly stars in the 1962 cult classic “Baby Jane” movie “Hush … “Its tone was preachy. Its President Trump addressed
trained fighter who’s been “Whatever Happened to Hush Sweet Charlotte,” sued messages about unity and Congress live on Feb. 28. 
raised on the hidden island Baby Jane.” the creators claiming in a strength in diversity landed Helmed by multiple
of Themyscira by her mother Jessica Lange starred lawsuit filed a day before her like anvils. I stopped counting directors including writer
Queen Hippolyta (Connie as Crawford and Susan 101st birthday that she was the clunky cliched lines like Dustin Lance Black and Gus
Nielsen). The island’s security Sarandon played Davis. Both inaccurately portrayed and her ‘we are stronger together,’ or Van Sant, the eight-episode
is breached when American were nominated for Emmys, likeness was used without her ‘you don’t know how strong arc was framed as an epic, 45-
pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) though the show won none of permission. Catherine Zeta- we are,’ or perhaps ‘strength. year survey of the entire gay
crashes his plane on the the 10 Primetime Emmys for Jones played her in the series.  let’s get some and be strong rights movement. 
island. which it was nominated (it won A second season of 10 with it together.’ All this gave
The Blade said it was two Creative Arts Emmys). episodes devoted to Charles way to some melodramatic 3. CHELSEA MANNING
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makes glam debut  accessibility, normalcy, calm.” — averaging more than 10 BEST PICTURE IN was the true winner. 
million viewers per episode SHOCKING ENVELOPE Beatty and Dunaway had
After being released from 2. ‘WILL & GRACE’ AND — and reviews have been MISTAKE been handed the wrong
prison at Fort Leavenworth ‘DYNASTY’ RETURN mostly positive. It was supposed to be one envelope, a duplicate of
on May 17 after nearly seven After 11 years off the air, A 10th season has already of those nice little Oscar the Best Actress envelope
years in prison for leaking “Will & Grace” returned been approved.  moments longtime fans of (“La La Land’s” Emma Stone
750,000 documents (some to NBC Thursday nights in Much less successful, the Academy Awards cherish had won that award). Upon
classified) to WikiLeaks, September to launch a new, however, has been the — beloved stars of yesteryear seeing its contents, Beatty
many were curious to see 16-episode run and ninth “Dynasty” reboot, which stride onstage reunited to was flummoxed; Dunaway,
how Chelsea Manning would season.  debuted in October on the give an award. Many stars thinking he was joshing for
segue into civilian life. The original cast — Eric CW with an all-new cast have done it over the years suspense, saw “La La Land”
Manning, 29, made her McCormack, Debra Messing, featuring James Mackay as — Jimmy Stewart and Kim and announced it as the
glam debut in the September Sean Hayes and Megan Steven Carrington, Fallon’s Novak, Paul Newman and winner. 
issue of Vogue in a red Norma Mullally — were back after a (Elizabeth Gillies) gay Elizabeth Taylor. This year it Dubbed the biggest gaffe
Kamall swimsuit and other planned one-off mini-episode environmentalist brother. was Warren Beatty and Faye in Oscar history, it turned
high-fashion outfits with low- that ran last fall timed to the Now his being gay is no big Dunaway, stars of 1967’s out to be the mistake of
key styling by Phyllis Posnick presidential election. issue to dad Blake and gold “Bonnie and Clyde.” PricewaterhouseCoopers’
and was praised for not being The first new episodes of digger Sammy Jo is now a On the 50th anniversary managing partner Brian
as sexualized and in-your- the show since 2006 found gay man. Oh, and the Colbys of their cinematic classic, Cullinan who’d been Tweeting
face as Caitlyn Jenner was the familiar gang at the are black this time.  they came on stage at the backstage. He and Martha
when she made her debut in White House, navigating Reviews have been highly Dolby Theatre on Feb. 26 to Ruiz, who each had copies
Vanity Fair in 2015. middle-aged gay dating, Jack mixed with Variety saying hand out the top prize of the of the evening’s envelopes,
“This is a far cry from the discovering he’s a grandfather it “barely gets out of the evening. “La La Land” was were later relieved of any
haughty, hyper-feminine (with a gay grandson), Will gate before it begins to lose announced as the winner but future Oscar duties though
Hollywood unveiling of making senior partner, an steam.” Ratings have been it quickly became apparent they kept their jobs. 
Caitlyn Jenner,” wrote Robin appearance by Beverley anemic, averaging less than as its producers were giving “Moonlight” became the
Givhan in the Washington Leslie (Leslie Jordan) and a million viewers per episode.  their acceptance speeches first LGBT-themed film and
Post. She called Manning’s many more hijinks.  that a mistake had been made first film with an all-black cast
photos a “message of … Ratings have been solid 1. ‘MOONLIGHT’ WINS and gay-themed “Moonlight” to win Best Picture. 
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queery SASHA ADAMS


How long have you been out and who impossible.
was the hardest person to tell?
I came out at about 18 or 19 and it was On what do you insist?
hardest to tell myself. Growing up in a RESPECT. You do not have to agree with
small town in a church-oriented family, it me, but you will respect me as a person.
was hard to determine what to do when
you have such a hard Southern Baptist What was your last Facebook post or
upbringing. I eventually learned that my Tweet?
relationship with God has nothing to do NO JURY DUTY TOMORROW
with anyone else and their views. I’m now
happy and love myself. If your life were a book, what would
the title be?
Who’s your LGBT hero? “Eagle Scouts Can Be Drag Queens Too!”
My LGBT hero is my gay father, David. We
lived in the same area and he basically If science discovered a way to change
rescued me and let me know it was OK. sexual orientation, what would you
He taught me about gay culture but still do?
made me buckle down in school and do HELL NO! I have finally come to terms
my best. He was always there and he still of loving me! I love me! I love my life, no
would be if I needed him to this day. He matter how crazy it can be.
taught me it was OK to be me.  
  What do you believe in beyond the
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, physical world? 
past or present?  God, love, peace and happiness
My first recollection of D.C. nightlife was
Nation and Apex. I was so young and What’s your advice for LGBT
naïve. But I definitely had the best times movement leaders?
PHOTO BY BOBBY DICANIO; COURTESY ADAMS

there. After I moved here, my first gay bar Keep fighting. You inspire so many
was JR.’s. It was my second home (you people and so many people support you.
could always find me there) when I first They may not be loud and screaming The D.C.-based drag entertainer answers 20 gay questions
moved to the area. beside you, but trust you make a
difference to them. By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
Describe your dream wedding. joeyd@washblade.com
If there were one it would be simple and What would you walk across hot coals
I’d be surrounded by people who love for? New Year’s Eve at Town Danceboutique is a festive way to ring in the New
me for me. The reception and bachelor Family (which includes my chosen family). Year.
party would be a night from the hangover “It’s always really busy and packed,” says Sasha Adams, a local drag
probably. What LGBT stereotype annoys you entertainer who’ll be performing that night along with Tatianna, Banaka, Riley
  most? Knoxx, hostess Lena Lett and guest performer Trixie Mattel (who’ll be on 2018’s
What non-LGBT issue are you most Drag queen = feminine. I’m more butch “All Stars” season three), from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season seven. “Everyone
passionate about? than most people know. is ready to party and filled with so much energy. It really gives you a high on
HIV Education. Your health is your life no stage.”
matter what your status is. Protect, love What’s your favorite LGBT movie? Drag show tickets are $35 and are available at flavorus.com. Doors open at
and educate yourself and others. Too many, but first to come mind is 9 p.m.; show starts at 9:30. All other admissions will be at the door. Admission
probably “Latter Days.” after the show is $25. DJs Ed Bailey and Joe Gauthreaux will spin. Details at
What historical outcome would you towndc.com.
change? What’s the most overrated social Adams, aka Richard Christmas, works by day as a contractor with the federal
Most people would change everything. custom? government and performs four-five times per week as Sasha. She won this
I would change nothing. Living through Saying please and thank you. year’s Best Drag Queen award in the Blade’s annual Best of Gay D.C. readers’
issues is what makes us better as a people, poll. She started performing about five years ago at Town via her pal, Shiqueeta
makes us stronger and makes us grow. What trophy or prize do you most Lee.
covet? “She called me one day and said she needed a filler and to not fuck it up,”
What’s been the most memorable pop My health and my family. Adams says. “I guess I did pretty well as I have been allowed to perform
culture moment of your lifetime? regularly since then.”
Seeing an African-American president, What do you wish you’d known at 18? At midnight, she plans to be with her friends and “just people I love.”
Barack Obama. With my grandmother That life gets much better and you can do “I don’t think I’ll kiss anyone as I’m not ruining my makeup,” she says. “But I
being about 80 years old, it bought whatever you set your mind to. can’t say it won’t happen.”
joy and tears to me for her to see that, Her wish for 2018 is health, happiness, achieving my goals and “maybe to
especially since she grew up during Why Washington? find someone to share my time with.”
segregation. I honestly thought I would Why not? It’s a beautiful city with lots to The 35-year-old Charlottesville, Va., native came to D.C. 10 years ago for
never see it in my lifetime. Growing up do. work. She’s single and lives in Columbia Heights. She enjoys dance, travel,
it always seemed as something that was food, men and drinks in her free time.
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Super-gay (as usual) D.C. theatrical year


‘Wig Out,’ ‘Los Otros’ among 2017 highlights
BY PATRICK FOLLIARD

The year in theater was eclectic and Armfeldt in Signature Theatre’s sublime
engaging, peppered with premiers production of Stephen Sondheim’s
and reprises. There were new faces, “A Little Night Musical,” she dazzled
names, and titles as well as the audiences with her heartfelt and
familiar. It was year of change and revelatory rendition of the show’s
more of the same, both challenging standard “Send In The Clowns.”
and comforting. Rick Hammerly dedicated the
In February, Studio Theatre trod year to directing. Best known for his
intriguing ground with Morgan Helen Hayes Award-winning turn as
Gould’s new dramedy “I Wanna the titular transgender heroine in
Fucking Tear You Apart,” a darkly Signature’s production of the rock
funny play about friendship and musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,”
the politics of niceness and beauty, Hammerly says, “This year I decided
and more specifically friendships that if I wanted people to think of me as
between gay men and overweight anything other than Hedwig, I needed
straight women. For the play’s D.C. to step it up and show people what I’m
premier, New York-based Gould (who interested in, and that’s directing.”
also directed) cast out actor Tommy From summer through early winter,
Heleringer as the young gay man and he directed three well-reviewed
Nicole Spiezio as his big bestie. plays back to back: a delightful youth
Studio explored complicated production titled “Junie B. Jones Is
relationships further with its summer Not A Crook” at Adventure Theatre
production “Wig Out!” penned by MTC; British playwright Cordelia
out playwright Tarrell Alvin Mcraney’s Lynn’s “Lela & Co.” at Factory 449
whose “In Moonlight Black Boys Look (where Hammerly is artistic producing
Blue” inspired the Academy Award- director) showcasing the dramatic
winning film “Moonlight.” “Wig prowess of his colleague and friend
Out!” is a love story set in the African- Felicia Curry in an intense but optimistic
American drag ball scene (think Jennie look at cross-border human trafficking
Livingston’s seminal 1990 documentary and how male relatives are usually
“Paris Is Burning.”). Michael Kevin complicit in such situations; and lastly
Darnall as the House of Light’s sexual WSC Bard’s “Emilie: La Marquise Du
predator father and Jamyl Dobson as Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight,”
its aging, insecure drag mother were a smart comedy penned by prolific
standouts in a strong cast. playwright Lauren Gunderson.
Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre “Each production was my vision of
presented the excellent “Los Otros,” a the play and directorially that’s exactly
subtly made, grownup two-hander with you want. Directing has been incredibly
music by out composer Michael John gratifying and currently it’s where I find
LaChisua. It starred Broadway actors the most satisfaction. That’s not to say
Judy McLane and Philip Hernández that I’m leaving the stage.”
as two very different middle-aged Hammerly closed out the year by
Californians — she’s white and straight once again donning his fat suit and
and he’s Mexican American and gay — playing goodhearted Mr. Fezziwig in
who live oddly parallel lives. RICK HAMMERLY, seen here with FELICIA CURRY, dedicated most of his year to directing with three Ford’s Theatre’s annual production of
The Kennedy Center hosted back-to-back, well-received local productions. “A Christmas Carol.” And looking
a summer of fun that included forward he’s slated to assistant
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the national tour of Rodgers & direct Ford’s “Jefferson’s Gardens,”


Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Dawkins “Charm” starring transgender presented “Draw the Circle,” Mashuq an exploration of contradictions
Out actor Jose Llana added a playful actor B’Ellana Duquesne as Mama, an Mushtaq Deen’s one-man show between our founding fathers’
dimension to the stubborn Siamese etiquette instructor in an urban LGBT recounting his tricky, real life transition ideals and the realities of freedom in
sovereign and Laura Michelle Kelly center. Dawkins drew inspiration from from female to male in a traditional America. For spring, he’s cast to play
was luminous as Anna, the plucky Chicago’s real-life Mama Gloria Allen, Muslim-American family. mature drag queen Miss Tracy Mills in
English governess. a transgender, African-American For some out artists, 2017 was a time Round House Theatre’s production of
The increasingly dynamic Mosaic woman who taught deportment to for taking chances and exploring new playwright Matthew Lopez’s comedy
Theater Company added transgender low-income, transgender and often directions. Celebrated local actor Holly “The Legend of Georgia McBride” to
to its topical mix. In January, they homeless teens in Chicago. Twyford sang in her first musical. As be staged by Tom Story, another out
presented out playwright Philip And more recently Mosaic the middle-aged stage star Desiree actor who also directs.
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The year of ‘Wonder Woman’


Big-budget spectacular bookended with insightful story of its creator ‘Professor Marston’
BY BRIAN T. CARNEY

It was a very good year for movies, Amanda Quaid’s genderqueer marvel
especially for queer movies large and small. of stop-action animation, and “The
In a very competitive field, the best Whole World,” a moving story of love
LGBT movie of 2017 was “Professor and family by talented Spanish artist
Marston and the Wonder Women.” Julián Quintanilla.
Directed by the amazing Angela The AFI Silver Theatre has also
Robinson (an out and proud woman of been an oasis. Throughout the year its
color), the film explores the real-world programmers host the latest indie movies,
origins of the iconic Wonder Woman well-crafted retrospectives of Hollywood
character. Marston was involved in and global classics, and ground-breaking
a polyamorous relationship with international film festivals, highlighting
two women and drew on both their the work of queer artists throughout all of
relationship and his controversial their rich offerings.
theories about submission and A few final items to wrap up the year:
domination to create the classic comic A shout out to film restorers who are
book. Robinson explores their love bringing queer classics back to their
with great sensitivity and eroticism original luster. This year, the Cohen
and without sensationalism and also Media Collection released restored
celebrates the power of creativity and movies from the Merchant Ivory library,
intellectual curiosity. including the gay classic “Maurice.”
Paired with that, the most notable Late last year, they released a
mainstream movie of the year lush restoration of Julie Dash’s
GAL GADOT as ‘Wonder Woman.’ She proved a worthy successor to LGBT ally Lynda Carter.
(although not necessarily the best) PHOTO COURTESY WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT
revolutionary “Daughters of the
was “Wonder Woman.” Even before Dust” and 13 Gen released a restored
the Weinstein scandal and related print of Cheryl Dunye’s delightful
revelations rocked Hollywood, Patty more would be a spoiler. Disney’s Sense of an Ending” with magnificent ground-breaking mockumentary
Jenkins and her team made huge live-action “Beauty and the Beast” performances by Jim Broadbent “The Watermelon Woman.”
strides for women, setting box office surprised audiences by outing LeFou, and Charlotte Rampling, and the A spotlight on a fascinating trend:
records and creating a powerful who became Disney’s first openly gay thoughtful and visually inventive “War women gone wild. “Girls Trip,” “Bad
female superhero who is both character. And, judging by the double for the Planet of the Apes.” Mom’s Christmas,” “Snatched”
commanding and caring. Gal Gadot frame on the family ofrenda in the LGBT audiences in Washington are and “Rough Night” all explored
proved to be a worthy successor to stunning “Coco,” Tío Felipe and Tío fortunate to have several presenters the cinematic appeal of female
LGBT ally extraordinaire Lynda Carter. Oscar may be Miguel’s guncles. that are champions of queer misbehavior and the challenge of
Standouts among the other big Other notable LGBT releases filmmakers. The Avalon, which hosted blending comedy, raunchiness and
LGBT releases were Terence Davies’ included “I Dream in Another the D.C. premiere of the new cult sentimentality. “Rough Night” even
stirring “A Quiet Passion” with Language,” “Beach Rats,” “The classic “A Very Sordid Wedding,” included several unruly gay, lesbian
Cynthia Nixon’s bold performance as First Girl I Loved,” the Norwegian the Landmark Theatres (the E Street and bisexual characters.
poet Emily Dickinson; “BPM;” “God’s psychological thriller “Thelma,” “After Cinema, the Atlantic Plumbing A word on late arrivals. While D.C. is
Own Country,” a worthy descendant Louie” with searing performances Cinema, the Bethesda Row Cinema getting more notice from Hollywood
of “Brokeback Mountain”; Guillermo from Alan Cumming and David Drake, and the West End Cinema) and the studios, some movies still get here
Del Toro’s breathtaking “The Shape “My Friend Dahmer,” “Princess Angelikas (the Pop-Up at Union after the flurry of year-end releases in
of Water”; “Battle of the Sexes”; Cyd,” “Tom of Finland,” “Signature Market and the Mosaic in Fairfax) all New York and Los Angeles. This year’s
“My Cousin Rachel” and, Todd Move” by the dazzling triple threat present mainstream releases along late treats will include “Phantom
Haynes’ visionary masterwork Fawzia Mizra, and “Dusk” by rising with great indie movies. Thread,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in
“Wonderstruck.” There was also, of trans director Jake Graf. There are also great film festivals Liverpool,” “I, Tonya” “Hello, Again”
course, the somewhat disappointing Among LGBT documentaries, all over the region, including D.C.’s and, hopefully, “The Current War.”
“Call Me by Your Name” which there’s the heartbreaking “Memories legendary Reel Affirmations, AFI Docs, There’s also “A Fantastic Woman”
featured finely layered performances of a Penitent Heart” by break-out the Maryland Film Festival in its new starring trans actress Daniele Vega as a
by Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar director Cecilia Aldarondo and the home at the wonderfully refurbished trans woman whose world is torn apart
and Timothée Chalamet, a weak searing “Whose Streets?” directed Parkway Theatre, the Annapolis Film when her boyfriend suddenly dies.
performance by a miscast Armie by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, Festival, the D.C. Independent Film And finally, some coming
Hammer and uneven direction by along with “Strong Island,” “Major!” Festival, the Rosebud Festival, the attractions. Follow the Blade on
Luca Guadagnino. and “Chavela.” wide-ranging Washington Jewish Facebook and Twitter (@WashBlade)
It should also be noted that three Some of the mainstream releases Film Festival and the acclaimed for the 2017 “Top Ten” from Blade film
other big releases had some interesting worth remembering include Middleburg Film Festival. There’s also critic Brian T. Carney (@BTCarney) and
appearances by gay characters. The “Mudbound,” “The Florida Project,” the internationally renowned D.C. the Dorian Awards (@DorianAwards)
cast of the wonderful “Lady Bird” “Beatriz at Dinner,” “Brigsby Bear,” Shorts, which this year brought area from GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ
includes a gay character, but to say “Patti Cake$,” “The Big Sick,” “The audiences such treasures as “Toys,” Entertainment Critics).
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The album as art form

It’s been such a shell-shocking year explores a wider palette of sonic 8. Ryan Adams are long, trippy and resplendently
in so many ways that the luxury of space. Despite being pigeonholed ‘Prisoner’ beautiful. They are also timeless:
being diverted by artists who continue with a lazy and meaningless label Moon Duo’s hypnotic rhythms, rich
to create richly inspired new music is (“shoegaze” is almost as annoying as Always prolific and restless, Ryan layers of dreamy guitar and keyboard,
perhaps more important than ever. “grunge” or “Britpop”), the albums are Adams has settled into what might and sinuous melodies travel from the
You wouldn’t know it by looking at the quite different. Both have an added be the finest sustained groove of his late ‘60s, weave through the ‘70s into
dreadfully malnourished pop charts, poignancy and world-weariness, career. His self-titled 2014 release was the present and back again. Put it on
but 2017 yielded a long list of superb perhaps inevitable for artists who were his best in a decade (and perhaps for any random music aficionado and
new albums.  in their 20s during their “heyday” and his career peak so far), and his first ask what year it was released, you’re
The 10 (well, make that 12 actually) are now in the upper-reaches of their collection of original material since liable to get guesses of any year from
albums listed below are among 40s. Still, both bands are obviously then is almost as good. “Prisoner” 1968 through … 2017? Yeah, we still
those that must not be lost in the fully invested in the new material and shows Adams continuing a seemingly need excursions into hazy psychedelic
cacophony of a constant stream of the songs glow with unmistakable endless ability to churn out great dreamland to escape the sometimes
music and endless other information inspiration and intensity.  songs, but there’s a gravitas and rotten stench of reality and Moon Duo
bombarding us. Each album grittiness borne from experience that provides the perfect vehicle. 
reinforces the certainty that music is 9. Kehlani his early-career classics “Gold” and
for catharsis and healing as much as “Heartbreaker” lack. Emotions are raw 6. Moses Sumney
for entertainment, and this process ‘SweetSexySavage’ and close to the bone on “Prisoner,”
manifests itself in wildly diverse styles This year was dreadful for pop music with a garage-rock sensibility ‘Aromanticism’
and voices. All have substantial LGBT overall, but “SweetSexySavage,” the somewhat reminiscent of early Tom Maybe it’s the year, or generation,
followings as the lines between gay sleek and bold debut by Kehlani, is Petty & the Heartbreakers.  for “Aromanticism.” It’s always been
and straight acts becomes increasingly an obvious exception. The album is mythology that one must attach to
a non-issue for music fans.  perfectly described by its title, much 7. Moon Duo another human to attain happiness,
the same as TLC’s “CrazySexyCool” although that angle isn’t often
10. Ride two decades earlier. Kehlani is a ‘Occult Architecture explored in popular music. Of course,

‘The Weather Diaries’/


talented and versatile singer, able Volumes 1 and 2’ it’s hard to even put that kind of
to deliver a wicked edge when she label on Sumney’s work. His debut
Slowdive ‘Slowdive’ chooses. She merges pop, soul, EDM The pairing of Wooden Shjips “Aromanticism” exists in a gauzy
and hip-hop vibes on songs that show guitarist Ripley Johnson with connective dimension that touches on
Yeah, it’s cheating, but it’s impossible off the power of her voice (“Piece of keyboardist Sanae Yamada as Moon sweet soul, jazz, electronica, orchestral
to choose between these superb Mind,” for instance) and range from Duo continues to work magic with and folk — kinda. Sumney never really
comebacks by two of the cornerstone doggedly defiant (“Undercover”) to two thematically connected albums lands on any of these labels, but rather
bands of the ‘90s “shoegaze” sub- achingly vulnerable (“Advice”). The released several months apart. The two hints and swirls like a glittery mist just
genre: Ride’s first album in 21 years hit single “CRZY” could be a younger volumes of “Occult Architecture” are out of reach and firmly in his own
and the first for Slowdive in 22. and more fiercely untamed version zoned-out psychedelic bliss, music for realm. Sumney’s sublime voice, often
“Slowdive” is perhaps more in line of Rihanna. At only 22, Kehlani’s late at night when the haze of smoke is presented in an exquisite falsetto,
with the narcotic rock dreaminess debut is the kind of triumph on so thick the stereo lights might as well is the human anchor that wraps the
for which the band is known, while which a massively successful career be blurry red eyes staring out from ethereal sounds of his imagination
“The Weather Diaries” is spikier and can be built.  some lost corner of space. The tracks around a heart trying to function
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Dismal year for pop yields several wildly creative sonic tapestries
BY CHRIS GERARD

alone in a culture that typically views the heartland on “All American Made.” overbearing, colorful but dreamy and farewell show turned into a box set,
such a state as naturally unfulfilling Although generally defined as a pleasantly chill. It’s an epic 23-track so his announcement of a return was
and incomplete. “Aromanticism” is country singer, Price incorporates a midnight mix-tape cobbled together met with some degree of cynicism.
as stunning a collection of decidedly variety of flavors into her gritty and by an intuitively talented artist that “American Dream” shows conclusively
unromantic yet life-affirming songs as deeply felt studies of life and love. It’s will indeed have the listener drunk on that Murphy made the right decision,
you’re likely to ever hear.  not all weepy maudlin ballads, though, sound by the end.  as it may be his finest work yet. 
with rave-ups like the opener “Don’t Say Murphy operates via long electronic
5. The National It” channeling the dynamic charm of 2. Algiers grooves that echo the hypnotic
Dolly Parton with the steely-eyed vision rhythms of Talking Heads’ “Remain in
‘Sleep Well Beast’ of the great Lucinda Williams. Price’s ‘The Underside of Power’ Light” while seamlessly appropriating
Cerebral but also soul-baringly voice is fresh and disarming and there It’s a tall order to follow a debut as from sources like alt-rock and disco,
real, there are few bands that tap so is always more there than first meets the good as Algiers’ self-titled 2015 release, among others. “American Dream” is
convincingly into the human experience ear. “All American Made” is loaded with but their second album “The Underside a sharp collection of sardonic pop,
as the National. The wounded baritone piercing observations on modern life of Power” is a steamroller of human alternately melancholy and defiant.
of vocalist Matt Berninger is often despite its sometimes breezy nature. angst, raging against the machine not Murphy presents a different kind of
whispery and half-spoken, somewhat Price is a first-rate songwriter, able to in slogans or cliches but with viscerally struggle: the bubbling uncertainty
akin to Lou Reed. There is no more express poignancy while still tappin’ the gripping and emotionally charged that dominates our reality, the pent-up
wrenching and honest a periscope toes when she feels like it.  electro-rock assaults. Complex, tense anger riddled with a gnawing fear that
directly into a soul’s internal monologue and defiantly in-your-face, Algiers perhaps things really are too late and
as the stream-of-conscious “Walk it 3. Thundercat doesn’t hold back for a second. the bad guys have won. 
Back.” On the tense title-track, Berninger Fortunately they have the boundless Lest that sound like a misery we can
croaks out in jaded melancholy but, as ‘Drunk’ talent and innovation to present their achieve simply by reading the day’s
always, never allows himself to break. Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat dystopian visions with enough manic news, Murphy sets the percolating
Stripped down electronic-tinged rock showcases his razor-sharp wit, energy to reach out of the speakers and unease to a consistently thrilling and
with plenty of space for the sounds to dextrous musical versatility and physically shake the listener into action. inventive feast for the ears, surprising
breathe, “Sleep Well Beast” is the latest boundless imagination on “Drunk,” his “The Underside of Power” is audacious and ingeniously constructed.
top-notch offering by a band that for all third and by far most accomplished and experimental electronic rock that Listening to “American Dream” feels
their acclaim still flies under the radar. But release. “Drunk” is a bracing marriage sounds exactly like much of 2017 has like waking up and wanting to believe
then, given the unflinching introspection of hip-hop, jazz and electronic felt. Now do something.   you are indeed reading fake news, but
of their music and the time and repeated elements expressed through song the pulsing anxiety building in the pit
listens required to truly unravel it, they snippets with soulful melodies 1. LCD Soundsystem of your stomach tells you that it’s all
could hardly fly any other way.  sparked with sonic flourishes in every very real. It’s no American dream at all. 
direction. Some of his collaborators ‘American Dream’ We are untethered in a strange land
4. Margo Price include A-listers with whom he’s “American Dream” is a very different with no maps to find our way, but hey,
worked before (Kendrick Lamar, Flying album than Algiers’ but it sounds like at least we can shuffle off into oblivion
‘All American Made’ Lotus and Kamasi Washington to 2017 as well, albeit different aspects jamming to funky airtight grooves that
Following her outstanding 2016 name a few) and some less expected through a different prism. James wrap around our brains as tightly as
debut “Midwestern Farmer’s Daughter,” names (Michael McDonald and Kenny Murphy had famously retired LCD Paul Ryan’s chokehold on the throats
Margo Price digs even deeper into Loggins). “Drunk” is bold but not Soundsystem, concluding with an epic of the 99 percent.
34 • DECEM B E R 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 BOOKS

Page turners galore


‘Last to See Me,’ ‘The Trick’ among best novels of 2017
BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

Trust me on this: when you read Everything about “The Trick” by by Bren McClain and “The Ada but also how Hollywood used to work
more than 300 books a year, you come Emanuel Bergmann is going to captivate Decades” by Paula Martinac were back in its heyday.
across some that are not so good. you. Everything. It’s the story of an old man close runners-up. The first is about a For the reader who loves a cheer-
Thankfully, you come across more who lived a full, tumultuous, dangerous mother’s love; the second is a look at worthy story, “Never Caught” by
of them that are good, great, or even life; and a little boy who’s losing what he history through the eyes of two lesbian Erica Armstrong Dumbar is the story
stellar. Here’s my list of the best of 2017, loves best and decides to trust the most women. Both are worth a second look. of Oney, who was owned by George
those things that you absolutely can not unlikely person to fix it. It’s about love, most Washington. Through a series of
miss, the books you should want in your of all, but it’s not sappy — it’s funny and NON-FICTION: laws, Washington tried to keep her
hands now, in no certain order. charming and you can’t miss it. enslaved but she was smarter than he
Here’s another chiller, but for a Have you ever wondered where thought. Not only did she escape, but
FICTION: different reason: “When the English your feet have been? That may be an she stayed free right beneath his nose.
Fall” by David Williams. It’s the story odd question, until you’ve read “The It’s a tale that will make you outraged,
Anyone who’s read the “Little House of the end of the world, told from the Ground Beneath Us” by Paul Bogard. but it’ll also amaze you.
on the Prairie” books and loved them point-of-view of a quiet, introspective Indeed, this book is about dirt but Here’s a surprise: “Scores” by Michael
will want to read “Caroline: Little Amish man. It’s one of those “what if?” that’s not all: you’ll read what that dirt D. Blutrich. It’s the true story of a gay man
House, Revisited” by Sarah Miller. novels, with a slight twist of the weird. consists of, what else is down there, how who ran his New York City nightclub
This book imagines the thoughts and The ending will leave you squirming, scientists find fossils and remains, what with help from the Italian mafia. When
dreams of Laura Ingalls’ mother; the so what’s not to love? keeps our ground stable (or doesn’t) he was arrested for something totally
surprise is that Miller lets Caroline And finally — a Christmas tale that and what comes from what’s below. unrelated, he decided to work with
Ingalls be frustrated, angry and real. can be read any time: “The Deal of a There never seems to be an end to authorities to shut the mob down. Just a
For those who need a good scare, Lifetime” by Frederick Backman is the the ubiquitous Hollywood biography, little bit dangerous? Yep, and a rompish
“The Last to See Me” by M Dressler is story of a man who hates Christmas but “Hank & Jim: the Fifty-Year can’t-miss, too.
what you need. Narrated by a woman because of all the horrible things that Friendship of Henry Fonda and Another pleasant surprise was “The
who’s dead/not dead, it’s a cat-and- have happened in his life. What would James Stewart” by Scott Eyman is a Long Haul” by Finn Murphy. It’s a slice-
mouse tale of a “hunter” who comes he give to make the holiday better? keeper. It’s warm and funny, but also of-life look at over-the-road trucking,
to rid an old mansion of a mischievous Read this under-70-page book but very sad and poignant. This book including some of those kinds of
spirit. But does he have the right spirit? bring the tissues. That is all. will give you lots of insight, not only stories you’d ask a trucker, if you could.
Gotta find out for yourself. Bonus: “One Good Mama Bone” to these two stars and their families, For the curious, it’s a must-have.
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Pride at play
Wetskins, Triangles and more enjoy banner year
BY KEVIN MAJOROS

Stonewall Climbing was one of the new LGBT sports leagues to debut in the region this year.
PHOTO COURTESY STONEWALL CLIMBING

The LGBT sports community in the 2017 with close to 300 players on 20 women’s teams notched third place where they won 171 medals at the
Washington metro area has continued teams. Their travel teams contested in and one of their master’s men’s teams International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics
to thrive through the leadership skills tournaments in Chicago and Rehoboth took third place in their division at World Championships. In October
of each respective team. In 2017, Beach along with Gay Bowl in Boston. the Gay Softball World Series in they hosted more than 100 swimmers
about 25 LGBT-based teams that The Federal Triangles Soccer Club Portland. The CAPS just returned from at the Columbus Day Classic at Wilson
represent a diverse cross-section of hosted another successful season the Bourbon Street Classic in New Aquatic Center.
the LGBT community competed in of the Summer of Freedom Soccer Orleans. All three of the local rugby teams,
locally hosted leagues along with League along with competing in other The D.C. Sentinels basketball team Washington Scandals, Washington
tournaments around the world. District leagues and tournament play. traveled to tournaments in Minneapolis Renegades and the Baltimore
The Capital Tennis Association The Washington Wetskins water and Philadelphia. Their weekly pick-up Flamingos, are playing in USA Rugby’s
launched a free Beginner’s Basics polo team hosted the Washington games continue along with the launch Mid-Atlantic Senior Men’s Division
program for members to learn basic Wetskins Fall Invitational in October of the next season of the Washington IV conference. They are also playing
skills and techniques. In September at the Takoma Aquatic Center and D.C. Gay Basketball League. in tournaments and will travel to the
they hosted Capital Classic XXV and welcomed 12 teams from the Eastern The Stonewall Sports umbrella Bingham Cup in Amsterdam in 2018.
in addition, offered four seasons of Seaboard. They also traveled to organization continues to host play Along with their successes at out-
league play. They picked up their multiple tournaments including the through Stonewall Kickball, Stonewall of-town tournaments, many of the
third straight win at the Atlantic Cup in International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Dodgeball, Stonewall Bocce, Stonewall teams hosted their own tournaments
October defeating teams from Boston, World Championships in Miami. Climbing, Stonewall Billiards and in D.C. and ran their own leagues.
New York and Philadelphia. Their The Chesapeake and Potomac Stonewall Yoga. The fourth annual Registrations for new seasons will
players are also competing globally Softball League hosted its biggest Stonewall Sports National Tournament begin for many of the clubs in January.
in other tournaments on the Gay and MAGIC tournament in July at was held in July at locations throughout The LGBT sports community of D.C.
Lesbian Tennis Alliance world tour. Watkins Regional Park with 44 teams D.C. including the National Mall. continues to evolve and this year’s
The D.C. Gay Flag Football League participating. At the ASANA Softball The District of Columbia Aquatics new additions included Stonewall
completed seasons 14 and 15 in World Series in Austin, one of their Club traveled to Miami in May Climbing and Rogue Darts.
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Should old acquaintance be forgot …


New Year’s Eve party options abound in D.C. and beyond
BY MARIAH COOPER
mcooper@washblade.com

The Yards (355 Water St., S.E.) will spin tracks on the backstage.
presents a family-friendly countdown Tickets are $30. For more details, visit
from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids can enjoy a blackcatdc.com.
trackless train ride through the Yards, Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St., N.E.)
face painting, balloon artistry, music presents New Year’s Eve Blowout at 8
and more. Admission is free. For more p.m. with an all night open bar, limited
details, visit theyardsdc.com. appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. DJs
Xavier Entertainment hosts New will play on the first and second floor.
Years Eve Time Square, a gay men’s Tickets are $85 in advance and $100
New Year’s Eve party, at Karma DC day of show. For more information, visit
(2221 Adams Pl., N.E.) from 10 p.m.- rockandrollhoteldc.com.
4 a.m. There will be two DJs, live Lindy Promotions hosts its New
entertainment and a complimentary Year’s Eve party at the Washington Hilton
champagne toast. General admission (1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) at 9 p.m.
tickets are $20. VIP tickets are $40 EDM DJ Vice will perform. There will be
and include VIP cutline entry all night, a five-hour premium open bar, dinner
entry to the VIP section, a light buffet buffet from 9-11 p.m., complimentary
and coat check. For more information, party favors, champagne toast and a
visit xavierpartydc.com. balloon drop. General admission tickets
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts a New are $99. Premiere VIP Access tickets
Year’s Eve party at 9 p.m. Trixie Mattel, are $119 and include an additional
Tatianna, Banaka and Riley Knoxx will 30-minute open bar. VIP ticket packages
perform in the drag show at 9:30 p.m. range from $139-159 and offer reserved
Lena Lotts hosts the show. Tickets are tables, early admission and an extra
$35. Guests not attending the party will 30-minute open bar. For more details,
be allowed into the club at 11 p.m. DJ visit lindypromo.com.
Ed Bailey and DJ Joe Gauthreaux will Ziegfeld’s/Secrets (1824 Half
play music upstairs. Admission for the Who will BANAKA be kissing to ring in 2018? Find out at Town on Dec. 31. Street, S.W.) has a New Year’s Eve party
after the show is $25. For more details, from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. featuring naked
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visit towndc.com. dancers, party favors, champagne and


The Qrew and Tagg Magazine band performing in the lobby. Guests Caribbean island band and an Irish a cash balloon drop at midnight. For
host Cosmic Q Year’s Eve, a ladies will be greeted with a complimentary band. There will be an open bar, two more information, visit ziegfelds.com.
New Year’s Eve party, at Lucky Strike glass of Prosecco and the opportunity midnight balloon drops, karaoke and Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts
(701 7th St., N.W.) from 10 p.m.-2 to take red carpet photos with fashion party favors. Presidential tickets are a New Year’s Eve party at 10 p.m.
a.m. DJ Jai Syncere and DJ Tezrah models wearing outfits featuring local $249 and offer 7:30 p.m. admission, featuring performances from Archie
will spin tracks all night. There will designer brands. The ballroom opens a cocktail reception and appetizers Hamilton, Chez Damier, Eddie C,
be gift bags for the first 150 people, at 10 p.m. for the party with music and a three-course sit-down dinner M.A.N.D.Y., Matthew Dear, Punisher
a complimentary champagne toast, from DJ Vito Lee. Individual tickets are with dessert buffet. Ambassador and more. Tickets range from $50-60.
free food, happy hour specials, free $54 and includes two complimentary Level tickets are $205 and offer the For more details, visit flashdc.com.
D.C. Brau Beer and games. General glasses of Prosecco, one on the red dinner and dessert buffet with 9 p.m. Decades (1219 Connecticut
admission tickets are $25 and include carpet and one at midnight. The dinner admission. Post-dinner admission is Ave., N.W.) presents “Back II the
a free buffet from 10-11 p.m. and package is $159 and includes a three- $110 and gives access to the party. Future,” a retro gala, at 8 p.m. The
champagne toast. VIP tables are course dinner, a complimentary glass Dinner not included. party will feature ‘80s music and a
$385 and include four tickets, buffet, of Prosecco and a complimentary New Year’s Eve at the Pandora complimentary bar from 8-9 p.m.
one bottle or beer tower, bottomless midnight toast. Couples dinner and VIP Seafood House and Bar (36 Maryland Tickets are $40. For more information,
spinach/salsa dip and tortilla chips hotel suite package is $150 and offers a Ave., Rockville, Md.) is from 6 p.m.-2 visit decadesdc.com.
and champagne toast. The Ultimate three-course dinner, luxury hotel suite, a.m. Tickets are $128.74 for the three- Lighthouse D.C. hosts Gatsby Gala,
VIP Package includes the tickets, two complimentary bottle of Prosecco in course dinner and four-hour open bar. a New Year’s Eve charity benefit, at
reserved bowling lanes, an exclusive room, two glasses of complimentary Tickets are $70.68 for just the open Josephine Butler Parks Center (2437
VIP lounge, complimentary bottle of sparkling wine with dinner and New bar. Admission is $33.72 for entry 15th St., N.W.) from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
red wine and everything else in the VIP Year’s Day brunch for two. with cash bar and a midnight toast. All proceeds benefit homeless and
table package. For more information, Black Tie New Year’s Eve Gala For information on all BKE events, visit low-income families transitioning
visit taggmagazine.com/nye. will be at the Washington Marriott facebook.com/eventsbke. to affordable housing. There will be
BKE hosts three New Year’s Eve Wardman Park (2660 Woodley Rd., Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) an open bar, food, a live jazz band,
parties this year. First is the New Year’s N.W.) from 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Each hosts its New Year’s Eve Ball at 7 p.m. swing lessons, dance and costume
Eve Fashion Gala at the St. Gregory ballroom will represent an international Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra and competitions and more. Tickets start at
Hotel (2033 M St., N.W.) from 9 p.m.-3 DJ with music entertainment including Tony Anthony & His Malvivants will $121. For more details, visit facebook.
a.m. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. with a live DJs, a jazz orchestra, Latin salsa band, perform on the main stage. DJ Dredd com/lighthousewdc.
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FMMC: Strathmore Concert Series. Jan 4. Thru May 20. Antebellum Portraits by
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kennedy-center.org. npg.si.edu.
Woodrow Wilson House. The Ghost
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today
Thru Jan 21. National Museum of Women in the Arts.
MUSEUMS Fleet of Mallows Bay. Thru Feb 28.
woodrowwilsonhouse.org.
nmwa.org. Folger Shakespeare Library. Painting
Featuring evocative prints, unconventional sculptures, and monumental
paintings by twenty-one artists born between 1891 and 1981, Magnetic
Shakespeare. Thru Feb 11. folger.edu.
National Archives. Remembering
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Fields places abstract works by multiple generations of black women Vietnam. Thru Jan 6. District Architecture Center. The AIA|DC
artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of archivesfoundation.org. 2017 Awards Show. Thru Jan 26.
abstract art—for the first time. Dumbarton Oaks. Highlights from aiadac.com.
the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book gallery Neptune & Brown. Wolf
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Dec 31. Alexandria Waterfront. Textiles. Thru Mar 31. Women in in Monotypes. Thru Jan 6.
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Performers include traditional jazz & country bands and rising pop stars, in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections. Gallery Underground. This is America
as well as clowns making balloon sculptures, face painters and magicians Thru Mar 31. Collecting in Paris and - National Juried Art Exhibition. Thru
for children. Events begin at 10:00 am and culminate with a fireworks London, 1912–1919. Thru Mar 31. Dec 29. arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
display at midnight. doaks.org. Glen Echo Park. Holiday Art Show and
Kreeger Museum. Reinstallation of the Sale. Thru Jan 7. glenechopark.org.
Curve of Departure Permanent Collection. Thru Dec 31. Goethe. German Jazz (Deutscher
Thru Jan 7. Studio Theatre. kreegermuseum.org. Jazz). Thru Jan 26. goethe.de.
studiotheatre.org. Library of Congress. Drawing Justice: Hill Center. Michael Ford: HOMEPLACE.
The night before a funeral, family members gather in a single hotel room The Art of Courtroom Illustration. Thru Dec 30. Joanathan Bessaci: Maps.
in New Mexico, shuffling sleeping arrangements, dealing with absent Thru Jan 31. Echoes of the Great War: Thru Dec 30. Judith Peck: Gathering
family members, and preparing for their uncertain futures. A play about American Experiences of World War Shards. Thru Dec 30. Scott Warren: World
the moments you decide how much you will give to someone you owe I. Thru Jan 1. loc.gov. Views. Thru Dec 30. Rachael Bohlander:
nothing to. National Gallery of Art. In the Library: Art of Empowerment. Thru Dec 30.
Jost Amman and Sixteenth- Karin Edgett: Truth. Thru Dec 30. Charlie
The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens Century Woodcut Illustration. Thru Visconage: Cool Guy Alert! Jan 4-Feb 25.
Thru Dec 31. Kennedy Center. Jan 4. Bosch to Bloemaert: Early Stitched: Stories told in Clay, Fiber, Textiles
kennedy-center.org. Netherlandish Drawings from the and Paints. Jan 4-Feb 25. Capitol Hill Art
The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, League Juried Invitational 2018. Jan 4-Feb
and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Rotterdam. Thru Jan 7. Vermeer 25. hillcenterdc.org.
and the Masters of Genre Painting: JCCNV. Charitable Art | Omanoot
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Edvard Munch: Color in Context. Thru Korean Cultural Center DC. Two
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from Robert B. Menschel. Thru Jan Confront Humanity and Nature. Thru Jan
28. In the Tower: Anne Truitt. Thru Apr 24. koreaculturedc.org.
THEATRE mosaictheater.org. 1. Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’. Thru Oct Montpelier Arts Center. Portraits of US.
An American in Paris. Thru Jan 7. The Annie. Thru Jan 7. Olney Theatre. 28. nga.gov. Thru Dec 31. Chloe Irla: Year One.
Illusionists. Thru Jan 7. Kennedy olneytheatre.org. National Geographic. Wild: Michael Thru Dec 31. Sushama Parikh. Thru
Center. kennedy-center.org. The Second City Presents Nothing to Lose Nichols. Thru Jan 12. Tomb of Christ. Dec 31. arts.pgparks.com.
A Christmas Carol. Thru Dec 31. Ford’s (But Our Chains). Thru Dec 31. Woolly Thru Aug 15. nglive.org. Publick Playhouse. Michael Moses.
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An Irish Carol. Thru Dec 31. Keegan H Street Comedy Night w/ ET (Stand-Up Inside the Dinner Party Studio. Thru The Art League. Petite December.
Theatre. keegantheatre.com. Comedy). Thru Feb 24. Jan 5. nmwa.org. Thru Jan 7. Darryl Halbrooks: Natura
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Theatre. sigtheatre.org. capitallaughs.com. By Candlelight. Dec 29. history. Waverly Street Gallery. Holiday
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Les Misérables. Thru Jan 7. National
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Rev. Gene Robinson gives a sermon


at St. Thomas’ Parish (1810 16th St.,
N.W.) on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Robinson was the first openly gay
priest to be consecrated as bishop in a
Christian denomination. He resigned
as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of
New Hampshire in 2013. After moving
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For more details, visit stthomasdc.og.

“Les Miserables” at the National Theater.


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