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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 53 • december 31, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years

From repeal of
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
to a mid-term
Democratic ‘shellacking,’
we count down the
top stories of 2010.
2 washingtonblade.com • december 31, 2010

NEWS
Austin gay bashing prompted by hug Wilton Manors, Fla., were partners and appear to have
been murdered, the South Florida Gay News reported.
Catania turned down on DALLAS — Two The bodies of Kevin Powell, 47, and Steve Ad-
committee assignment Austin, Texas, men ams, 52, former residents of Hollywood, Fla., were
claim they were the vic- discovered by the sister of one of the victims who
D.C. Council member Kwame Brown (D-At-Large), who tims of a hate crime the called police when her brother failed to arrive at her
becomes Council chair Jan. 2, turned down a request by day after Christmas, home for planned holiday festivities. Powell had Dia-
Council member David Catania (I-At-Large) that he create a according to a reports betes and his sister was fearful he may have need-
new education committee and appoint Catania as chair. from the Dallas Voice, ed medical care.
Brown turned down a similar request by Council member a gay Texas paper, and Investigators are looking for the victims’ vehicle,
Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), who, like Catania, had been cam- On Top Magazine, a a black 2003 Saturn Vue with Florida tag 989VRL.
paigning behind the scenes for Brown to name her chair of Cleveland-based na- The investigation continues. At this time, investiga-
an education panel. tional gay news web- tors do not have a motive and have not named any
Brown instead decided to follow the course set by his pre- site. suspect. The South Florida Gay News called the
decessor, Council Chair Vincent Gray, who becomes mayor Bobby Beltran and case a “double homicide” but did not give details
the same day Brown becomes Council chair. Brown will keep Christopher Ortega say about how the men appear to have been murdered.
education issues and oversight of the D.C. public school sys- the attack was prompt-
tem under the auspices of the Committee of the Whole. And
Brown, like Gray, will be chair of that committee, on which all
ed by an embrace they
shared after leaving
Allentown, Pa., considers extending
13 Council members serve. a downtown gay bar medical benefits to gay couples
While a disappointment to Catania, AIDS activists and ad- called Rain early Sun- ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Allentown, a small town in
Photo courtesy of Dallas Voice
vocates for health care reform will likely be pleased that Cata- day morning. Five men eastern Pennsylvania, may soon become the first
nia will remain chair of the Council’s Committee on Health. who saw them hug Austin, Texas hate crime municipality in the Lehigh Valley to offer medical
victim Bobby Beltran.
Catania, who is gay, has been credited with pushing through yelled homophobic benefits to partners of gay employees, whether ac-
sweeping changes in the city’s AIDS office and Department slurs at the two from inside their car. The men say tive or retired, the Morning Call, a regional Pennsyl-
of Health that activists have said have greatly improved the they were punched, kicked and yelled at for about vania paper, reported this week.
services to people with HIV/AIDS and other health conditions. three minutes minutes. About 20 people observed Under a domestic partnership bill before coun-
In a separate action, Brown reassigned gay Council mem- it but didn’t try to intervene, the Voice reported. The cil, partners of gay employees would be eligible for
ber Jim Graham (D-At-Large) from his post as chair of the attack ended when one of the men warned the oth- health benefits as long as the couple can illustrate
Committee on Public Works and Transportation to become ers that police were coming, On Top reported. they live together and are jointly responsible for
chair of the Committee on Human Services. Council member The men told a Texas NBC news affiliate the po- household finances, the Call reported.
Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who has chaired the Human Ser- lice were not helpful and said, “We’ll never catch Many private companies and institutions in the
vices panel, will take over the Public Works and Transporta- these guys.” Lehigh Valley, such as Muhlenberg College and the
tion Committee. Morning Call, offer similar benefits, as does the city
Brown did not say why he made the switch between Gra-
ham and Wells. Graham told the Washington Post he is “fine”
Gay W.Va. miner accuses of Philadelphia.
“This is about equality and doing the right thing
with the change, saying he comes from a background in hu- employer of sexual harassment for our very hard-working city staff members,” Adri-
man services programs as the former head of the Whitman- CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Troubled coal producer an Shanker, a city resident and vice president of the
Walker Clinic. Massey Energy Co. is facing more legal problems, Pennsylvania Diversity Network, which supports the
— LOU CHIBBARO JR. this time in the form of a sexual harassment lawsuit Lehigh Valley’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgen-
filed by a gay miner, according to an Associated der community, told the Call.
Press report. He said the bill is “about recruiting and retaining
Kameny FB page formed to Sam Hall’s lawsuit claims he endured years of
verbal abuse and threats from co-workers and man-
the most talented employees for the city of Allen-
town.”
help longtime activist financially agers at several Massey mines in West Virginia. The The bill, introduced on Dec. 15 and slated for a
A volunteer member of the local gay charitable group lawsuit names Massey subsidiary Spartan Mining final vote as early as next month, has broad support
Helping Our Brothers and Sisters (HOBS) has created a Co. and a Spartan foreman as defendants, the re- among council members, who say gay couples de-
Facebook page intended to facilitate financial contributions port said. serve the same benefits as their heterosexual coun-
to support veteran gay rights leader Frank Kameny. Hall’s lawsuit chiefly seeks a court order requiring terparts, the Call said.
In a letter to HOBS supporters and others in the LGBT Spartan’s management to put an end to the threats, Mayor Ed Pawlowski has yet to reveal his position
community, Ben Carver announced that he has created a intimidation, name calling and the like. And it seeks on the measure, saying it’s “under review.”
“Buy Frank a drink,” page on Facebook, with the intent of court-ordered monitoring by the West Virginia Human
enabling members of the community to make a $10 dona-
tion in lieu of buying Kameny a drink to thank him for his
Rights Commission, as well as unspecified damages.
“He wants to be a coal miner and he wants to be
Gay man leads N.C.
more than 50 years of work on behalf of LGBT causes. protected and safe,” Hall’s lawyer, Roger Forman, told church association
“I’m writing you today because while Mr. Kameny lives the AP. “This is a dangerous job and you can’t be pre- RALEIGH, N.C. — The newly elected president
very simply, he has struggled to make ends meet on his slim occupied about what other people are going to do.” of the North Carolina Council of Churches is gay, a
pension,” Carver said. “Also, while his mind is sharp, he has Hall still works for Massey, where he started his significant point as churches in the south are often
difficulty managing his finances. To be brief, one of our great- mining career in 2005. He has stayed with the com- slower in accepting gays into church life.
est heroes needs help.” pany, transferring as mines ran out of coal and closed The News Observer, a North Carolina paper, re-
Marvin Carter, HOBS’ founder and president, noted that over the years, the AP report said. Through it all, he’s ported that Stan Kimer, is one of only two of the coun-
during a HOBS Christmas luncheon for Kameny, the na- put up with harsh treatment from name-calling co- try’s 33 similar church councils that has elected an
tionally known activist told of his attendance at President workers, according to the complaint. openly gay leader. That makes Kimer’s presidency
Obama’s signing of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill and “He didn’t want to sue anybody, he wanted to of the N.C. Council — a coalition of 17 Christian de-
how Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shook his hand at work it out,” Forman told the AP. “There needs to be nominations and eight individual churches that work
the event. some education of people who act that way.” on social issues — historic in the South.
Kameny, a World War II combat veteran, has been cred- At one mine, a co-worker allegedly spray painted As president, Kimer leads a 35-member govern-
ited with starting a paralegal service to help gay and lesbian a picture depicting Hall engaged in a gay sexual act ing board that sets the council’s direction on a host
service members under investigation for their sexual orien- and attaching a sign accusing Hall of pedophilia to his of social issues, including racial equality, health
tation in the 1970s, becoming the first known gay-run effort car. At another mine, Hall “became seriously worried care, immigrant rights and environmental conserva-
to stop gays from being discharged from the military. The because the harassing slurs accelerated to violent tion. He was elected to a one-year term and could
paralegal service was one of many Kameny initiatives and threats, such as ‘I would like to see all faggots die.’” run for a second one-year term.
advocacy campaigns he organized over the years on behalf Kimer, who retired from IBM last year after serv-
of LGBT rights.
The Kameny page can be found by doing a Facebook
Florida men found murdered ing as director of sales operations for its global
business services, is now a private consultant. He
search for “buy Frank a drink.” on Christmas were partners lives in Raleigh with his partner of 19 years, Rich
— LOU CHIBBARO JR. WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Two men whose bod- Roark, a loan manager for Capital Bank, the Ob-
ies were found last week inside their rented home in server reported.
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THE YEAR THAT WAS LOCAL NEWS

D.C. marriage law makes history

Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key

The year 2010 saw same-sex couples le- Attorney Gloria Allred (right) is representing The Blade came back in April after its shut- Mike Manning, who is bi, was among cast
gally marry for the first time in D.C. Ange- the family of Brian Betts, who was murdered down in November 2009. In the interim, the members of MTV’s ‘Real World D.C.,’ which
lisa Young and Sinjhoyla Townsend were in April. publication was known as DC Agenda. aired in early 2010.
among the first to wed.

A look at the top 10 final appeal on the question of whether time of the incident — have pleaded of Delegates from Baltimore, becoming
the city should be forced to hold the guilty through plea bargain offers by the first black lesbian to be elected to the
local stories of the year referendum. prosecutors in Montgomery County, Maryland Legislature and just the sec-
Md., where Betts was shot to death in ond black lesbian to win a seat in a state

#2 Fenty loses to Gray


By LOU CHIBBARO JR. his house on April 15. Nineteen-year-old legislature in the U.S.
lchibbaro@washblade.com Alante Saunders, who admitted he shot Lesbian Bonnie Cullison and gay can-
Betts accidentally during a robbery, was didate Luke Clippinger each won seats
Mayor Adrian Fenty lost his re-election sentenced to 40 years in jail. in the House of Delegates. All seven are

#1 Same-sex couples
bid to City Council chair Vincent Gray Saunders acknowledged to police that Democrats.
in the city’s Sept. 14 Democratic pri- he hatched a plan to meet someone on

marry in D.C. #5 Not guilty verdict


mary. Although the two candidates each the chat line for the purpose of robbing
have a strong record of support on LGBT them, a disclosure that created alarm in

in Wone case
issues, including support for the same- the gay community over potential danger
A long line of same-sex couples sex marriage law, Gray received the of meeting sex partners online.
snaked its way through a corridor at the strong backing of most LGBT organiza- Two attorneys representing Betts’
D.C. Superior Court’s Marriage Bureau tions and activists. family have called on the U.S. Justice Three gay men charged with obstruction
on March 3, the first day the couples Like other constituency groups, a Department to investigate whether Saun- of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice,
could apply for a marriage license under number of LGBT leaders said Fenty ap- ders should be charged under the Mat- and evidence tampering in connection with
the city’s Religious Freedom and Mar- peared to have lost touch with the needs thew Shepard federal hate crimes law. the 2006 murder of D.C. attorney Robert
riage Equality Amendment Act. and concerns of the LGBT community. “Brian was a gay man and we believe Wone were found not guilty of the charges
The Act was approved by the City They noted that he declined to speak an investigation should be opened un- in June following a sensational trial.
Council and signed by Mayor Adrian out, for example, on the growing number der that law to determine whether a hate In a development that stunned court-
Fenty in December 2009, making D.C. the of anti-LGBT hate crimes and rarely at- crime has or has not been committed,” room spectators and Wone’s family mem-
sixth jurisdiction in the country to legalize tended LGBT events or meetings. said attorney Gloria Allred. bers, D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn
same-sex marriage. The weddings began But election returns showed that Leibovitz said it was “very probable” that

#4 Md. elects 7 out


in March following the completion of a re- Fenty beat Gray in nearly all voter pre- defendants Joseph Price, Victor Zabor-
quired congressional review of the law. cincts where large numbers of gays sky and Dylan Ward engaged in a mas-

gays; Beyer loses race


Under the watchful eye of nearly two- live such as Dupont Circle, Adams sive cover-up of the murder and know
dozen television cameras and news pho- Morgan, Logan Circle and Capitol Hill. the identity of Wone’s killer, as asserted
tographers, two lesbian couples and a gay Areas where high concentrations of by prosecutors.
male couple were among the first same-sex black gays live voted overwhelmingly Seven openly gay candidates – four But she said the government failed to
couples to wed—in ceremonies held at the for Gray, highlighting the city-wide ra- incumbents and three newcomers – prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the
Human Rights Campaign headquarters. cial divide in the election, with blacks were elected to the Maryland Legislature men committed the offenses with which
“Today was like a dream for me,” said voting mostly for Gray and whites vot- in November, boosting chances that the they were charged, forcing her to issue a
Angelisa Young, 47, minutes after her ing mostly for Fenty. legislature will pass a same-sex mar- not-guilty verdict in the non-jury trial. The
wedding to Sinjhoyla Townsend, 41, her riage law in 2011. defendants waived their right to a jury trial.

#3 Principal Brian
partner of 12 years. Meanwhile, Dana Beyer, a retired eye They are now scheduled to for a sec-
“I always felt like it would come true. surgeon and political activist, lost her bid ond trial in a $20 million wrongful death

Betts murdered
But it’s here now, and it’s really real,” she to become the first transgender person lawsuit that Wone’s wife and family mem-
said. “We want to thank everyone who elected to the Maryland Legislature. Beyer bers filed against them, which is expect-
made this possible.” ran for a seat in the House of Delegates ed to begin in the spring.
Opponents of same-sex marriage, The murder in April of highly ac- from a district in Montgomery County. They have claimed an unknown
led by Maryland minister Harry Jack- claimed D.C. middle school principal Among the winners were gay incum- intruder killed Wone after entering
son, lost a series of court challenges Brian Betts, who was gay, by a 19-year- bents Richard Madeleno, a member of their upscale townhouse near Dupont
seeking to force the city to hold a voter old man he met though an Internet chat the State Senate; and lesbian House of Circle, where Wone was spending the
referendum on whether the law should line for men interested in sex with men Delegates members Anne Kaiser, Heath- night after working late in his nearby
be overturned. The U.S. Supreme drew extensive media attention. er Mizeur and Maggie McIntosh. Among office. Wone, whose wife said he was
Court is expected to decide in Janu- Three of the four youths charged in the challengers to win was Mary Wash-
ary whether accept or reject Jackson’s the case — three 19 and one 18 at the ington, who captured a seat in the House Continues on page 5
december 31, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 5

LOCAL NEWS

Counting down the


year’s top local stories
Continued from page 4
#8 Trans woman
straight, had been longtime friends
claims assault by
with the three defendants.
Police and prosecutors argued there
D.C. cop
was no evidence of a break-in at the
house and an autopsy showed Wone ap- Transgender activists have said D.C.
peared to have been immobilized – pos- police may have violated policies for ad-
sibly by a paralytic drug – before being dressing the transgender community in
stabbed three times in the chest. a Dec. 1 incident in which a transgender
woman said she was assaulted by an off-

#6 Md. recognizes
duty police officer.
Chloe Alexander Moore, 25, was ar-

out-of-state gay
rested on a charge of assault for spray-
ing a chemical repellent into the face

marriages
of Officer Raphael Radon. Radon was
dressed in civilian clothes and, according
to Moore, assaulted her after calling her
Maryland Attorney General Doug- names, leading her to believe she was in
las Gansler issued a long-awaited legal imminent danger. She said she squirted
opinion in February saying same-sex Radon with pepper spray in self-defense
marriages performed in other states and and did not know he was a police officer.
countries most likely would have full legal

#9 Washington
standing in Maryland.
But in his 53-page opinion, Gansler

Blade re-launches
said the Maryland Court of Appeals
would have the final say in the mat-
ter if opponents of same-sex marriage
decide to contest the legal standing of The Washington Blade resumed publish-
married same-sex couples living in or ing as a local, independently owned news-
visiting the state. paper in April after a November 2009 bank-
Gansler’s opinion was hailed by LGBT ruptcy filing by its parent company, Window
activists and gay couples, who said they Media, forced it to shut down after 40 years
planned to marry in D.C. beginning in of service as an LGBT publication.
March, when the District’s same-sex mar- Blade staff members, with the help of lo-
riage law took effect. But outraged op- cal advertisers and community supporters,
ponents of same-sex marriage vowed to launched the D.C. Agenda newspaper to fill
contest the Gansler opinion, and some in for the Blade immediately after the Blade
called on the state legislature to impeach shutdown. Following months of preparation,
him over the issue. publisher Lynne Brown, editor Kevin Naff,
and sales executive Brian Pitts formed a new

#7 GLOV calls for


company that bought the Blade’s name and
remaining assets from the bankruptcy court.

attention to hate crimes


The D.C. group Gays and Lesbians #10 MTV’s ‘Real
World’ showcases D.C.
Opposing Violence (GLOV) says 2010
marked yet another year in which LGBT
people were the victims in more than
70 percent of the total number of hate D.C.’s gay community joined in the sus-
crimes reported in the District. pense and merriment in early 2010 when
The LGBT community became MTV’s reality series “Real World” pre-
alarmed earlier in the year when D.C. miered its “Real World: D.C.” episodes,
police issued an alert about nearly a which were filmed in the District in 2009.
half-dozen anti-gay assaults occur- Much of the filming took place in a Du-
ring near gay bars in the Dupont Circle pont Circle mansion, where the cast resid-
and Logan Circle areas. In one case, ed while they visited Washington’s historic
a group of teenage males and females sites as well as many nightlife venues. Cast
assaulted a gay man walking on P member Mike Manning, who is bisexual,
Street near Dupont Circle while shout- was filmed in some of the city’s gay bars
ing anti-gay names. and clubs and was followed by an MTV
With teenagers and young adults video crew when he attended the Oct. 2009
emerging as the perpetrators in most of Human Rights Campaign dinner, in which
the anti-LGBT hate crimes, GLOV and President Obama was the keynote speaker.
other activists groups have called on the MTV crews filmed another cast mem-
city’s public school system to increase ber at the Washington Blade’s then offic-
diversity awareness programs foster bet- es in the National Press Building as she
ter understanding of LGBT people. worked as a Blade photographer.
6 washingtonblade.com • december 31, 2010

THE YEAR THAT WAS STORY OF THE YEAR

‘Don’t Ask’ repeal is year’s top story


Rollercoaster fight ends
with Obama’s signature
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

The passage of legislation to end the


17-year-old ban on service by open gays
in the U.S. military after a year-long fight
makes the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” saga
the story of the year for 2010.
Throughout the course of the year, sup-
porters of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal
endured a rollercoaster ride during which
many observers predicted efforts to lift the
military’s gay ban would end in failure.
In January, President Obama set up Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
the path for repeal in his State of the President Obama ended the year on a high note by signing repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ on Dec. 22.
Union address.
“This year, I will work with Congress and to pass a repeal of the law as part of those expressing discontent over the service members regarding openly gay
our military to finally repeal the law that de- major defense budget legislation pend- procedural conditions for the defense people in the U.S. military. Of the more
nies gay Americans the right to serve the ing before Congress as part of the fis- authorization. than 115,000 who responded, 70 per-
country they love because of who they are,” cal year 2011 defense authorization The motion to proceed on the defense cent said they believed repeal would
Obama said. “It’s the right thing to do.” bill. In 1993, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was authorization bill failed 56-43, four votes have a positive, mixed or no effect on a
Efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” enacted into law as part of the defense short of the 60 votes necessary to pro- unit’s ability to get the job done.
got a significant boost in February dur- authorization bill and LGBT advocates ceed with the legislation. Reid pledged Hopes were high that with the Penta-
ing a Senate Armed Services Committee believed attaching a measure as part of to bring up the legislation again, but the gon report, the Senate would be able to
hearing when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs defense spending legislation would bol- bill’s fate was uncertain. move forward with the defense authori-
of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen announced that ster chances for success of repeal. When Republicans took control of the zation and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.
he personally supports the service of But the path to passage of repeal en- House in the November elections, it be- But those hopes were dashed on Dec.
openly gay people in the U.S. military. countered a significant roadblock in April came clear that Congress needed to act 9 when a motion to proceed on the de-
“It is my personal belief that allowing when Gates wrote a letter to Congress before the end of the year. fense authorization bill failed 57-40.
gays and lesbians to serve openly would saying he’s “strongly opposed” to any leg- With the legislative route to end- Immediately following the vote, Sen.
be the right thing to do,” Mullen said. “No islative change to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in limbo, an- Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Col-
matter how I look at the issue, I cannot es- before the Pentagon study is complete. other route to end the military’s gay ban lins called a news conference and an-
cape being troubled by the fact that we In May, the House attached the repeal opened up in September when a Califor- nounced they would introduce stand-
have in place a policy which forces young measure as part of the defense authori- nia federal court ruled that the law was alone “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation
men and women to lie about who they are zation bill as an amendment by a vote of unconstitutional in the case of Log Cabin — a move seen by many as a “Hail Mary”
in order to defend their fellow citizens.” 234-194 before approving the legislation Republicans v. United States. pass to make repeal happen before the
Mullen’s support for ending “Don’t as a whole. On the same day, the Senate In October, U.S. District Court Judge end of the year.
Ask, Don’t Tell” is seen by many as the Armed Services Committee did the same Virginia Phillips affirmed her earlier rul- With limited time remaining in the lame
lynchpin that ultimately led to repeal of to its version of the bill before reporting it ing by issuing an injunction enjoining the duck session, the U.S. House on Dec.
the law because he is an authoritative out to the Senate floor. U.S. government from the enforcement 15 approved “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” yet
voice in the military and was seen as out- On the House floor, Rep. Patrick Mur- of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” again as a standalone measure by a vote
side the influence of LGBT advocates. phy (D-Pa.), an Iraq war veteran and the The U.S. Justice Department ap- 250-175. The move enabled the House
During the same hearing, Defense Sec- sponsor of repeal legislation, urged his pealed the decision to the U.S. Ninth to send the legislation to the Senate as
retary Robert Gates unveiled plans to es- colleagues to approve an end to the mili- Circuit Court of Appeals and asked for “privileged” bill, shaving off the first 30
tablish a Pentagon working group study of tary’s gay ban. a stay in the injunction, arguing that the hours of debate that would have other-
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” that would determine Following the votes, the prospects Pentagon needs time to implement a re- wise been needed in the Senate.
the best way to implement repeal of the for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal seemed peal of the law. After the Senate approved the extension
law should Congress should take action. bright. But the efforts to move forward with On Oct. 21, the Ninth Circuit granted of the Bush-era tax cuts, repeal advocates
Gates appointed Jeh Johnson, the Pen- the legislation were stymied as the Senate the stay in the injunction, ending the became optimistic that 60 votes were pres-
tagon’s general counsel, and Gen. Carter didn’t take up the measure for months. In eight-day period in which gays could ent to support the legislation as Sens. Scott
Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe, July, McCain objected to a motion to pro- serve openly in the U.S. military. Brown (R-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas-
as co-chairs of the working group, and di- ceed to the defense authorization bill upon But the court action put increased ka), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) signaled
rected them to produce a study by Dec. 1. lawmakers’ return from August recess. pressure on Congress to repeal “Don’t they would support repeal.
At the same hearing, U.S. senators In September, Senate Majority Leader Ask, Don’t Tell” before the year was out. On Dec. 18, repeal advocates finally
opposed to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” re- Harry Reid (D-Nev.) file cloture to proceed White House Press Secretary Robert cleared the last major hurdle for “Don’t
peal expressed consternation over plans on the defense authorization bill regardless Gibbs maintained Congress should re- Ask, Don’t Tell” when the Senate invoked
to move forward and Mullen’s declared of the objections from any other senator. peal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislatively cloture on the legislation by a vote of 63-
support for allowing gays to serve openly At first, many LGBT advocates were before the courts strike down the statute 33. On the same day, the Senate agreed to
in the armed forces. Sen. John McCain confident that 60 votes were present in to provide the Pentagon more wiggle- final passage of the bill by a vote of 65-31.
(R-Ariz.) said he was “deeply disappoint- the U.S. Senate to proceed to defense room with implementation. LGBT advocates heralded the Sen-
ed” by Gates’ statement and the defense legislation over McCain’s objection. But Efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t ate vote — the first time Congress has
secretary’s plans to move forward with this support began to crumble away as Tell” received another significant boost approved a pro-gay bill as a standalone
a study to determine how to implement many U.S. senators said they disap- on Nov. 30 when the Pentagon finally measure — as an unprecedented ac-
repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as op- proved of the limited number of amend- released its study and found that repeal complishment for LGBT Americans.
posed to whether it should be repealed. ments that would be allowed. could be implemented with low risk to the President Obama brought to a close
As the study on implementing an end On the Senate floor, Sen. Susan Col- armed forces over the long term. on Dec. 22 the legislative journey to end
to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was underway, lins (R-Maine), who voted for the repeal The 256-page report included the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” when he signed
those seeking to end the law made plans amendment in committee, was among results of survey sent out to 400,000 the repeal legislation into law.
december 31, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 7

THE YEAR THAT WAS NATIONAL NEWS

LGBT suicides capture national attention


‘It Gets Better,’ elections, this year by the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Prop 8 among year’s top “This study’s message is clear: HIV ex-
national stories acts a devastating toll on men who have
sex with men in America’s major cities, and
yet far too many of those who are infected
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. & don’t know it,” said Kevin Fenton, director
CHRIS JOHNSON of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS,
Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
The story of the year was repeal of The report, published in September,
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but there were shows that among the men who have sex
many other big stories that kept us busy with men, or MSM, participating in the 21-
this year. Here are the rest of the top 10. city study, young MSM and MSM of color
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key were least likely to know their HIV status.

#2 Youth suicides
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was demoted

#6 Three more
in November, after Republicans picked up a
whopping 63 House seats, flipping control of
lead to “It Gets the chamber.
countries legalize
Better” Campaign same-sex marriage
John Boehner (R-Ohio), who scored a
“0” in the Human Rights Campaign’s Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
most recent congressional scorecard, Annise Parker was elected mayor of Houston,
as House speaker. Democrats retained Portugal, Iceland and Argentina be- the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.
control of the U.S. Senate, but will have came the latest three countries to legalize
a reduced majority of 53 seats. same-sex marriage in 2010, with Iceland against homosexuality to include the
Still, the LGBT community enjoyed becoming the world’s first nation to do so death penalty or life imprisonment.
one bright spot in the election through with an openly gay head of state in office. The proposed law, introduced by
the win of David Cicilline, a gay mayor Lesbian Johanna Sigurdardottir, who Ugandan Parliament member David
of Providence, R.I., to the House. Upon became Iceland’s prime minister in Bahati, who has ties to fundamentalist
the start of the 112th Congress in Janu- 2009, faced virtually no opposition when Christian groups in the U.S., drew op-
ary, Cicilline will become the fourth sitting she and her Social Democratic Party in- position from the U.S. State Department
openly gay member of Congress. troduced a same-sex marriage bill into and members of the U.S. Congress.
the island nation’s parliament. According Bahati has said he would not seek a

#4 Proposition 8
to Reuters News Service, the legislation vote on his bill until after the country’s
passed by a vote of 49-0. February 2011 elections.

court battle
The situation was far different in Argen-
The suicide of Tyler Clementi, whose room-
#9 Gay service
mate set up an Internet-connected camera tina, where the Catholic Church raised
to spy on him, helped bring national attention strong objections to a same-sex marriage

member held in
to anti-LGBT bullying. California’s Proposition 8, the ballot mea- proposal backed by the majority-Catholic
sure that amended the state’s constitution nation’s president, Cristina Fernandez.

WikiLeaks scandal
A rash of suicides committed by gay to halt gay marriage, has been a non-stop But church opposition failed to sway pub-
youths throughout the country this year battle in the court of law — and the court of lic opinion and a majority of lawmakers.
prompted the “It Gets Better” campaign in public opinion — since it passed in 2008.
which prominent U.S. officials and LGBT A federal lawsuit seeking to overturn A 22-year-old gay U.S. service member

#7 Lesbian mayor
leaders advise teens struggling with their the ban, led by famed attorneys Ted Ol- emerged in August as the prime suspect
sexual orientation that their lives will improve. son and David Boies, advanced in August, in the investigation of leaked classified

takes office in Houston


Four gay youths took their lives in Sep- when U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn documents and videos to WikiLeaks, the
tember, reportedly after they had been Walker ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional. controversial whistle-blowing website that
bullied because of their sexual orienta- But rather than allowing gay couples has rocked U.S. intelligence agencies.
tion. Among those who committed sui- to resume marrying in California, Walker Lesbian Annise Parker was inaugu- Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been
cide was Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old issued a stay on his ruling pending the rated as mayor of Houston in January, held since August in solitary confinement at
Rutgers University freshman who leaped outcome of inevitable appeals. While becoming the first openly gay person a brig in the U.S. Marine base in Quantico,
off the George Washington Bridge con- California state leaders, including Gov. elected mayor of a U.S. city with a popu- Va., while military and civilian authorities
necting New York and New Jersey. Arnold Schwarzenegger, refused to de- lation greater than 1 million. continue their investigation into the leaks.
In response to the suicides, Dan Sav- fend the law, the “Yes on 8” campaign Parker became Houston’s first out gay

#10 Mass. judge


age, a gay Seattle, Wash.-based activist, challenged the ruling as expected. elected official in 1997 when she won elec-
founded the “It Gets Better” project, an A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit tion to the City Council. She held her Coun-

rules DOMA
online video channel in which U.S. officials U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in cil post until she won election in 2003 as the
and LGBT leaders urge youth to look to the appeal on Dec. 6, in which supporters city’s controller. She came in first place in

unconstitutional
a brighter future. President Obama was of the ban argued that gay marriage “will her November 2009 bid for mayor but didn’t
among the officials to appear in a video. make children prematurely preoccupied receive enough votes to avoid a run-off
with issues of sexuality.” The appeals pan- election, which she won in December 2009.

#3 Democrats get
el is expected to issue its decision in 2011. A U.S. District Court judge in Mas-
sachusetts ruled in July that the federal

clobbered in midterms #5 CDC: 1 in 5 gay #8 ‘Kill the Gays’ bill


Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is
unconstitutional because it violates the

men has HIV in cities draws attention


right of same-sex married couples to
Democrats this year sustained heavy equal protection under the law.
losses in the mid-term elections and lost DOMA defines marriage under federal
control of the U.S. House to Republicans, Nineteen percent of men who have LGBT and human rights activists law as a union only between a man and
which will likely kill LGBT rights advanc- sex with men in a study of 21 U.S. cit- across the globe voiced opposition a woman and bars same-sex unions from
es in Congress for at least two years. ies was found to be infected with HIV and outrage over a bill introduced into access to all federal marriage-related
Republicans claimed 63 seats in a re- and nearly half did not know they were the Parliament of Uganda that calls for benefits such as Social Security pen-
sult that will lead to the ascent of Rep. infected, according to a report released strengthening the country’s criminal law sions for married spouses.
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THE YEAR THAT WAS PHOTOGRAPHY Washington Blade photos and captions by Michael Key

Lt. Dan Choi led a group of protesters to the gates of the White House where he chained himself
to the fence in protest of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law in March. The Mautner Project named gay D.C. Council member David Catania ‘Man of Mautner 2010.’

ENDA activists staged a protest at the U.S. Capitol in July. We were able to be there at the right time LGBT civil rights pioneer Frank Kameny held his 85th birthday at Artists Inn Residence surrounded
to catch the action before police took them into custody. by friends and grateful community members in May.

Kathy Griffin came to town in March to attend some of the DADT Senate hearings and an HRC
Attorney Gloria Allred is shown here comforting the sister of slain middle school teacher Brian rally that followed. During the hearing, she had a little outburst, calling a senator ‘poopie-pants’
Betts. Betts’s family hired Allred to represent the victim’s interests. before storming out.

One of my favorite parts of my job is to photograph interviews with newsmakers. Here, the Blade’s A spate of anti-gay crimes continued in D.C. with the brutal assault on Cobalt sound man, Sean
Chris Johnson (right) talks to Rep. Patrick Murphy shortly after his loss in the mid-term elections. Morris.. He let me set up a photo-shoot with him, even though his mouth was wired shut.
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The forecast
By SUE GOODHART for FHA is a bit less than 4.75% with no
points which equals a principal and inter-
The real estate forecast for 2011 could est payment of $2,160.
not be brighter in the Washington Metro Taxes on the property are $280 a
area. The employment rate is improving month and insurance about $40.
and interest rates, while ticking up slight- The total payment is $2,480 per month
ly, remain the lowest in history. In many but will feel like $2,000 because of the
areas one can buy a home with an FHA current tax structure and the tax savings
loan with only 3.5% down, have the seller you would realize from being a home-
cover closing costs, and pay a monthly owner. Renting a townhome in the same
mortgage for what it costs to rent. area runs about $2000.
Here is a good example: My listing There are many examples of be-
at 333 Mount Vernon Avenue is priced at ing able to own for the cost of renting
$429,000 and is in the popular Del Ray throughout the metro area. The numbers
neighborhood of Alexandria. It is walk- work a bit better when buying a property
ing distance to the Braddock Road Metro that is not a condo. Alexandria is one
and has 2 bedrooms, one bath, a deck, area where you can find such properties
and a finished lower level. Parking is that are very close to metro.
never a problem. If you are someone who has not owned
With a 3.5% down payment, a buyer before, there is no better time than now to
would be financing $414,000. purchase. The risk of falling prices in our
Purchasers can ask the seller to con- areas is going by the wayside as fore-
tribute 3% toward their closing costs closures and short sales are becoming
which means the buyer will only need a very small share of our current hous-
to come up with a little over $15,000. ing stock. If you currently own a prop-
Additionally, purchasers can be gift- erty you have outgrown now is the time
ed the money for down payments or to move up while prices are still reason-
closing costs from friends or family able. It is likely that your smaller home
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INDICATION: REYATAZ is a prescription medicine used in combination with other medicines


to treat people who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). REYATAZ has
been studied in a 48-week trial in patients who have taken anti-HIV medicines and a 96-week
trial in patients who have never taken anti-HIV medicines.
On REYATAZ, h
REYATAZ does not cure HIV or lower your chance of passing HIV to others.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:
Wedn
Do not take REYATAZ if you are taking the following medicines due to potential for
serious, life-threatening side effects or death: Versed® (midazolam) when taken by mouth, esda y
Halcion® (triazolam), ergot medicines (dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, and
Ma ry
birthd ’s
methylergonovine such as Cafergot®, Migranal®, D.H.E. 45®, ergotrate maleate, Methergine®,
and others), Propulsid® (cisapride), or Orap® (pimozide).
Do not take REYATAZ with the following medicines due to potential for serious
side effects: Camptosar® (irinotecan), Crixivan® (indinavir), Mevacor® (lovastatin), ay
Zocor® (simvastatin), Uroxatral® (alfuzosin), or Revatio® (sildenafil).
Do not take REYATAZ with the following medicines as they may lower the amount of pa rty
REYATAZ in your blood, which may lead to increased HIV viral load and resistance to
REYATAZ or other anti-HIV medicines: rifampin (also known as Rimactane®, Rifadin®,
Rifater®, or Rifamate®), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)-containing products, or
Viramune® (nevirapine).
Serevent Diskus® (salmeterol) and Advair® (salmeterol with fluticasone) are not recommended

Thursda y
with REYATAZ.
Do not take Vfend® (voriconazole) if you are taking REYATAZ and Norvir® (ritonavir).
The above lists of medicines are not complete. Taking REYATAZ with some other medicines
may require your therapy to be monitored more closely or may require a change in dose
or dose schedule of REYATAZ or the other medicine. Discuss with your healthcare provider all 5:30
C h oi r e
prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamin and herbal supplements, or other health
preparations you are taking or plan to take.

practic
Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, planning to become
pregnant or breast-feed, or if you have end-stage kidney disease managed with hemodialysis
or severe liver dysfunction.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any side effects, symptoms, or conditions,
including the following:
• Mild rash (redness and itching) without other symptoms sometimes occurs in patients taking
REYATAZ, most often in the first few weeks after the medicine is started, and usually goes away
within 2 weeks with no change in treatment.
Bu y new
• Severe rash has occurred in a small number of patients taking REYATAZ. This type of rash is
associated with other symptoms that could be serious and potentially cause death. If you
develop a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop using REYATAZ and call
shoes
your healthcare provider right away: for Latish
– Shortness of breath
– General ill-feeling or “flu-like”
– Conjunctivitis (red or inflamed eyes,
like “pink-eye”)
a
symptoms – Blisters
– Fever – Mouth sores
– Muscle or joint aches – Swelling of your face
• Yellowing of the skin and/or eyes may occur due to increases in bilirubin levels
in the blood (bilirubin is made by the liver).
• A change in the way your heart beats may occur. You may feel
dizzy or lightheaded. These could be symptoms of a heart problem.
• Diabetes and high blood sugar may occur in patients taking
protease inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ. Some patients
may need changes in their diabetes medicine.
• If you have liver disease, including hepatitis B or C, it may
get worse when you take anti-HIV medicines like REYATAZ.
• Kidney stones have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ.
Signs or symptoms of kidney stones include pain in your side,
blood in your urine, and pain when you urinate.
• Some patients with hemophilia have increased bleeding problems
with protease inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ.
• Changes in body fat have been seen in some patients taking anti-HIV medicines.
Fight HIV your way.
The cause and long-term effects are not known at this time.
• Gallbladder disorders (including gallstones and gallbladder inflammation) have been
reported in patients taking REYATAZ.
Other common side effects of REYATAZ taken with other anti-HIV medicines include: nausea;
headache; stomach pain; vomiting; diarrhea; depression; fever; dizziness; trouble sleeping;
numbness, tingling, or burning of hands or feet; and muscle pain.
You should take REYATAZ once daily with food (a meal or snack). Swallow the capsules whole; do
not open the capsules. You should take REYATAZ and your other anti-HIV medicines exactly as
instructed by your healthcare provider. Please see Important Patient Information
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. about REYATAZ on the adjacent pages.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Individual results may vary.

Once-daily REYATAZ can help fight your HIV.


REYATAZ, a protease inhibitor (PI), in HIV combination therapy:
◆ Can help lower your viral load and raise your T-cell (CD4+ cell) count
Find out if you can save on REYATAZ.
◆ Has a low chance of diarrhea (shown in clinical trials)
Call 1-888-281-8981 or visit
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◆ Is taken once a day with a snack or meal
Subject to terms and conditions. Restrictions apply.
REYATAZ is one of several treatment options your doctor may consider.
Do not take REYATAZ if you are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients.
Ask your healthcare team about REYATAZ www.REYATAZ.com
REYATAZ does not cure HIV and has not been shown to reduce the risk of passing HIV to others.

REYATAZ is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb.


All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners
and not of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
© 2010 Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ 08543 U.S.A.
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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate)


Patient Information
How should I take REYATAZ?
REYATAZ® (RAY-ah-taz) t Take REYATAZ once every day exactly as instructed by your healthcare
(generic name = atazanavir sulfate) provider. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the amount of REYATAZ
Capsules that is right for you.
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ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with REYATAZ. is 300 mg once daily with 100 mg of NORVIR® (ritonavir) once daily
Read the section “What important information should I know about taking REYATAZ taken with food. For adults who are unable to tolerate ritonavir, 400 mg
with other medicines?” (two 200-mg capsules) once daily (without NORVIR®) taken with food
Read the Patient Information that comes with REYATAZ before you start using it is recommended.
and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet provides  t 'PSBEVMUTXIPIBWFUBLFOBOUJ)*7NFEJDJOFTJOUIFQBTU UIFVTVBM
a summary about REYATAZ and does not include everything there is to know dose is 300 mg plus 100 mg of NORVIR® (ritonavir) once daily taken
about your medicine. This information does not take the place of talking with your with food.
healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. t :PVS EPTF XJMM EFQFOE PO ZPVS MJWFS GVODUJPO BOE PO UIF PUIFS BOUJ)*7
What is REYATAZ? medicines that you are taking. REYATAZ is always used with other anti-HIV
REYATAZ is a prescription medicine used with other anti-HIV medicines to treat medicines. If you are taking REYATAZ with SUSTIVA® (efavirenz) or with
people who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the VIREAD® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), you should also be taking NORVIR®
virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). REYATAZ is a (ritonavir).
type of anti-HIV medicine called a protease inhibitor. HIV infection destroys CD4+ t Always take REYATAZ with food (a meal or snack) to help it work better.
(T) cells, which are important to the immune system. The immune system helps Swallow the capsules whole. Do not open the capsules. Take REYATAZ at
fight infection. After a large number of (T) cells are destroyed, AIDS develops. the same time each day.
REYATAZ helps to block HIV protease, an enzyme that is needed for the HIV t If you are taking antacids or didanosine (VIDEX® or VIDEX® EC), take
virus to multiply. REYATAZ may lower the amount of HIV in your blood, help your REYATAZ 2 hours before or 1 hour after these medicines.
body keep its supply of CD4+ (T) cells, and reduce the risk of death and illness
associated with HIV. t If you are taking medicines for indigestion, heartburn, or ulcers
such as AXID® (nizatidine), PEPCID AC® (famotidine), TAGAMET®
Does REYATAZ cure HIV or AIDS? (cimetidine), ZANTAC® (ranitidine), AcipHex® (rabeprazole), NEXIUM®
REYATAZ does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. At present there is no cure for (esomeprazole), PREVACID® (lansoprazole), PRILOSEC® (omeprazole),
HIV infection. People taking REYATAZ may still get opportunistic infections or other or PROTONIX® (pantoprazole), talk to your healthcare provider.
conditions that happen with HIV infection. Opportunistic infections are infections t Do not change your dose or stop taking REYATAZ without first talking
that develop because the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are with your healthcare provider. It is important to stay under a healthcare
pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) provider’s care while taking REYATAZ.
infections. It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly
while taking REYATAZ. t When your supply of REYATAZ starts to run low, get more from your
healthcare provider or pharmacy. It is important not to run out of REYATAZ.
REYATAZ does not lower your chance of passing HIV to other people through The amount of HIV in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for
sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. For your even a short time.
health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safer sex by
using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to lower the chance of sexual t If you miss a dose of REYATAZ, take it as soon as possible and then take
contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Never use or share dirty needles. your next scheduled dose at its regular time. If, however, it is within 6 hours
of your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Wait and take the next dose
Who should not take REYATAZ? at the regular time. Do not double the next dose. It is important that you
Do not take REYATAZ if you: do not miss any doses of REYATAZ or your other anti-HIV medicines.
t are taking certain medicines. (See “What important information should I t If you take more than the prescribed dose of REYATAZ, call your
know about taking REYATAZ with other medicines?”) Serious life-threatening healthcare provider or poison control center right away.
side effects or death may happen. Before you take REYATAZ, tell your Can children take REYATAZ?
healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking or planning to take. Dosing recommendations are available for children 6 years of age and older for
These include other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, REYATAZ Capsules. Dosing recommendations are not available for children from
and herbal supplements. 3 months to less than 6 years of age. REYATAZ should not be used in babies under
t are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients. The active ingredient the age of 3 months.
is atazanavir sulfate. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of
ingredients in REYATAZ. Tell your healthcare provider if you think you have What are the possible side effects of REYATAZ?
had an allergic reaction to any of these ingredients. The following list of side effects is not complete. Report any new or continuing
symptoms to your healthcare provider. If you have questions about side effects,
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take REYATAZ? ask your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may be able to help you
Tell your healthcare provider: manage these side effects.
t If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if The following side effects have been reported with REYATAZ:
REYATAZ can harm your unborn baby. Pregnant women have experienced t mild rash (redness and itching) without other symptoms sometimes occurs
serious side effects when taking REYATAZ with other HIV medicines called in patients taking REYATAZ, most often in the first few weeks after the
nucleoside analogues. You and your healthcare provider will need to decide medicine is started. Rashes usually go away within 2 weeks with no change
if REYATAZ is right for you. If you use REYATAZ while you are pregnant, talk in treatment. Tell your healthcare provider if rash occurs.
to your healthcare provider about the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry. t severe rash: In a small number of patients, a rash can develop that is
t If you are breast-feeding. You should not breast-feed if you are HIV-positive associated with other symptoms which could be serious and potentially
because of the chance of passing HIV to your baby. Also, it is not known if cause death.
REYATAZ can pass into your breast milk and if it can harm your baby. If you If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms stop using
are a woman who has or will have a baby, talk with your healthcare provider REYATAZ and call your healthcare provider right away:
about the best way to feed your baby.  t TIPSUOFTTPGCSFBUI
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important information should I know about taking REYATAZ with other healthcare provider if your skin or the white part of your eyes turn yellow.
medicines?” and “Who should not take REYATAZ?” Some medicines can Although these effects may not be damaging to your liver, skin, or eyes, it is
cause serious side effects if taken with REYATAZ. important to tell your healthcare provider promptly if they occur.

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REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate)


t a change in the way your heart beats (heart rhythm change). Call your t  FEJDJOFTGPSBCOPSNBMIFBSUSIZUIN$03%"30/&® (amiodarone), lidocaine,
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healthcare provider right away if you get dizzy or lightheaded. These could quinidine (also known as CARDIOQUIN® 26*/*%&9®, and others).
be symptoms of a heart problem. t .:$0#65*/® (rifabutin, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis).
t diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) sometimes happen in t #613&/&9®  46#65&9®  46#090/&®, (buprenorphine or buprenorphine/
patients taking protease inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ. Some patients naloxone, used to treat pain and addiction to narcotic painkillers).
had diabetes before taking protease inhibitors while others did not. Some t 7"4$03® (bepridil, used for chest pain).
patients may need changes in their diabetes medicine. t $06."%*/® (warfarin).
t if you have liver disease including hepatitis B or C, your liver disease may t 5SJDZDMJD BOUJEFQSFTTBOUT TVDI BT &-"7*-® (amitriptyline), NORPRAMIN®
get worse when you take anti-HIV medicines like REYATAZ. (desipramine), SINEQUAN® (doxepin), SURMONTIL® (trimipramine),
t kidney stones have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ. If you TOFRANIL® (imipramine), or VIVACTIL® (protriptyline).
develop signs or symptoms of kidney stones (pain in your side, blood in your t .FEJDJOFTUPQSFWFOUPSHBOUSBOTQMBOUSFKFDUJPO4"/%*..6/&® or NEORAL®
urine, pain when you urinate) tell your healthcare provider promptly. (cyclosporin), RAPAMUNE® (sirolimus), or PROGRAF® (tacrolimus).
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protease inhibitors like REYATAZ. t 'MVUJDBTPOFQSPQJPOBUF '-0/"4&®, FLOVENT®), given by nose or inhaled to
t changes in body fat. These changes may include an increased amount of treat allergic symptoms or asthma. Your doctor may choose not to keep you
fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the on fluticasone, especially if you are also taking NORVIR®.
trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause t $PMDIJDJOF $0-$3:4®), used to prevent or treat gout or treat familial
and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time. Mediterranean fever.
Other common side effects of REYATAZ taken with other anti-HIV medicines
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dizziness; trouble sleeping; numbness, tingling, or burning of hands or feet; and of either REYATAZ or the other medicine:
muscle pain. t */7*3"4&® (saquinavir).
Gallbladder disorders (which may include gallstones and gallbladder t /037*3® (ritonavir).
inflammation) have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ. t 4645*7"® (efavirenz).
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medicines? t 7*%&9® (didanosine).
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be listed; tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take). t .:$0#65*/® (rifabutin).
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used with these medicines. COVERA-HS® or ISOPTIN SR® (verapamil) and others.
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methylergonovine such as CAFERGOT®, MIGRANAL®, D.H.E. 45®, ergotrate t .FEJDJOFT GPS JOEJHFTUJPO  IFBSUCVSO  PS VMDFST TVDI BT "9*%® (nizatidine),
maleate, METHERGINE®, and others (used for migraine headaches). PEPCID AC® (famotidine), TAGAMET® (cimetidine), or ZANTAC® (ranitidine).
t 03"1® (pimozide, used for Tourette’s disorder). Talk to your healthcare provider about choosing an effective method of
t 13016-4*%® (cisapride, used for certain stomach problems). contraception. REYATAZ may affect the safety and effectiveness of hormonal
t 5SJB[PMBN BMTPLOPXOBT)"-$*0/® (used for insomnia). contraceptives such as birth control pills or the contraceptive patch. Hormonal
t .JEB[PMBN  BMTP LOPXO BT 7&34&%® (used for sedation), when taken by contraceptives do not prevent the spread of HIV to others.
mouth. Remember:
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serious side effects: 2. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take.
t $".1504"3® (irinotecan, used for cancer). 3. Do not start a new medicine without talking to your healthcare provider.
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t Cholesterol-lowering medicines MEVACOR® (lovastatin) or ZOCOR® (simvastatin). Do not store this medicine in a damp place such as a bathroom medicine
t 6309"53"-® (alfuzosin, used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate). cabinet or near the kitchen sink.
t 3&7"5*0® (sildenafil, used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension). t ,FFQZPVSNFEJDJOFJOBUJHIUMZDMPTFEDPOUBJOFS
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the amount of REYATAZ in your blood. This may lead to an increased HIV viral keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. Dispose of
load. Resistance to REYATAZ or cross-resistance to other HIV medicines may unused medicines through community take-back disposal programs when
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t 3JGBNQJO BMTPLOPXOBT3*."$5"/&®, RIFADIN®, RIFATER®, or RIFAMATE®, household trash.
used for tuberculosis). General information about REYATAZ
t 4U+PIOTXPSU(Hypericum perforatum), an herbal product sold as a dietary This medicine was prescribed for your particular condition. Do not use REYATAZ
TVQQMFNFOU PSQSPEVDUTDPOUBJOJOH4U+PIOTXPSU for another condition. Do not give REYATAZ to other people, even if they have the
t 7*3".6/&® (nevirapine, used for HIV infection). same symptoms you have. It may harm them. Keep REYATAZ and all medicines
The following medicines are not recommended with REYATAZ: out of the reach of children and pets.
t 4&3&7&/5%*4,64® (salmeterol) and ADVAIR® (salmeterol with fluticasone), This summary does not include everything there is to know about REYATAZ.
used to treat asthma, emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in
also known as COPD. patient information leaflets. Remember no written summary can replace careful
Do not take the following medicine if you are taking REYATAZ and NORVIR® discussion with your healthcare provider. If you would like more information, talk
together: XJUIZPVSIFBMUIDBSFQSPWJEFSPSZPVDBODBMM
t 7'&/%® (voriconazole). What are the ingredients in REYATAZ?
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your therapy more closely (for some medicines a change in the dose or dose Inactive Ingredients: Crospovidone, lactose monohydrate (milk sugar),
schedule may be needed): magnesium stearate, gelatin, FD&C Blue #2, and titanium dioxide.
t $*"-*4® (tadalafil), LEVITRA® (vardenafil), or VIAGRA® (sildenafil), used to
treat erectile dysfunction. REYATAZ may increase the chances of serious 7*%&9® and REYATAZ® are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb
side effects that can happen with CIALIS, LEVITRA, or VIAGRA. Do not use Company. COUMADIN® and SUSTIVA® are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers
CIALIS, LEVITRA, or VIAGRA while you are taking REYATAZ unless your Squibb Pharma Company. DESYREL®JTBSFHJTUFSFEUSBEFNBSLPG.FBE+PIOTPO
healthcare provider tells you it is okay. and Company. Other brands listed are the trademarks of their respective owners
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arterial hypertension.
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chance of serious side effects if you take REYATAZ with this cholesterol-
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The year’s best quotes


From classic lines to mammoth blunders,
gay topics kept tongues wagging

COMPILED By LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN, GEORGIA VOICE

“I am proud to say that I am a


fortunate homosexual man.
I am very blessed to be who I am.”
— Pop singer Ricky Martin, in a coming out message on his website which cited his two sons
as his inspiration to speak out (Rickymartinmusic.com, March 29)

“You know if I could go back in time, I would lez it up 24


hours. Believe me, one thing I would not miss?
Balls. Terrible little things.”
— Betty White in the “Gingey” skit, one of several with gay jokes that were part of her May 8 ap-
pearance as host of “Saturday Night Live.” (NBC.com, May 8)

“Tired Gay succumbs to Dix in 200 meters”


— Headline on a July 3 Reuters article about Walter Dix beating Tyson Gay in the 200 meters
at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League track meet. (Reuters.com, July 3)

“Please spare me the 40-minute


dissertation on how fabulous ‘Glee’ is.
It’s 2010. You can just come right out and say you’re gay.”
— Comedian Bill Maher in his “New Rules for Emmy,” a humorous take on the Aug. 29 television
awards broadcast (HollywoodReporter.com, Aug. 26)

“When I sit here and I hear adulterers and womanizers and


folks cheating on their wives and down-low brothers say-
ing they are going to vote against this [civil unions] bill, it
turns my stomach … We know what you do at night!”
— Illinois State Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago) as the Illinois Senate debated a bill to offer
civil unions to gay couples, which passed Dec. 1. The governor has pledged to sign it into law.
(Queerty.com, Dec. 1)

Continues on page 32
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QUEERY: 20 QUESTIONS FOR STEVE CLEMONS

By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO How long have you been out and who very, very big points across the board if
joeyd@washblade.com was the hardest person to tell? DADT passes the Senate tomorrow. This
Since 1992. One of my mentors, Chalm- is a big deal. There will be great fanfare
Steve Clemons reads a lot. He’s never fully ers Johnson, was tough for me but went and celebration or lots of tears tomorrow.
caught up on the thousands of e-mails he gets well. Also my husband’s mom, whose sis-
daily and he’s inundated with what he calls a ter was spreading rumors that I was hav- If your life were a book, what would
“gusher” of information. But it’s part of what gives ing an affair with Andrew’s mom. Untrue of the title be?
his blog, the Washington Note, its sharp edge course — the affair was with her son. “America’s Gay Machiavelli”
and keeps him in demand as a commentator on
cable news. Who’s your gay hero? If science discovered a way to change
“It’s constant and I do a pretty good job of Alexander the Great, Leonardo Da sexual orientation, what would you do?
keeping up with it, absorbing information quickly,” Vinci, Michelangelo, John Maynard Stay exactly as I am.
he says. “So the chances are high that I will know Keynes, Frank Kameny, Pedro Zamora,
an angle or a twist to ask about. You gotta be Andrew Tobias What do you believe in beyond the
informed — that’s a big part of it. If not, you’ll be physical world?
derivative.” What is Washington’s best nightspot, Energy
Clemons started his blog with his friend Josh past or present?
Marshall in 2004 as an outlet for his dual passion Nellie’s (Cobalt is close second). What’s your advice for LGBT move-
of foreign policy and economic “stuff,” that he ment leaders?
wasn’t doing much with at his day job as a senior Describe your dream gay wedding. Remember that their job is to eventu-
fellow at the American Strategy Program at the Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Had it — eloped and got married on ally put the LGBT business out of busi-
New America Foundation, a centrist think tank the steps of San Francisco City Hall with a ness, not become too comfortable with
he co-founded 12 years ago. He got on the national radar quickly and was named a couple of other gay couples in August 2008 the status quo struggles. We want equal-
blog favorite this year by Time magazine. A well-timed scoop in 2006 about former and on-looking tourists applauding like crazy ity, fairness, an end to discrimination —
United Nations Ambassador John Bolton and a cancelled hearing earned him more when my husband and I kissed. In 1996 had and we need to keep the pressure up all
than 6 million hits in a single day. an LTC-BBQ (long-term commitment barbe- the time to move our rights forward.
Clemons, a 48-year-old Bartlesville, Okla., native, has been in Washington 16 cue at my father-in-law’s. Also very cool.)
years. Before that, he spent 14 years in Los Angeles where he directed the Japan What would you walk across hot
America Society of Southern California. What non-gay issue are you most coals for?
His philosophy on being openly gay is, “I don’t shy away from it, but I don’t wear passionate about? An end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (ouch,
it on my sleeve either.” Improving the direction of U.S. for- those are hot!), gay marriage in America,
He and his partner, Andrew Oros, have been together 19 years and live in Dupont eign policy — getting Israel/Palestine saving anyone in Matthew Shepard’s
Circle with their dog, Oakley, a Weimaraner. resolved, ending the Afghanistan war, shoes, my friends in need, my husband.
Clemons enjoys blogging, running, biking, fishing, reading and selling small getting Iran on a non-nuclear course,
items on eBay in his spare time. normalizing relations with Cuba, etc. What gay stereotype annoys you most?
The notion that gay men are pedo-
What historical outcome would you philes or that effeminacy and being gay
change? are in lockstep.
I would have preferred Monica Lewinsky
to have an affair with Bill Clinton after he was What’s your favorite gay movie?
president rather than during his time in of- “Longtime Companion” (“Another
fice. We might then have gotten Israel/Pal- Country” comes in close second)
estine two-state solution in place and have
resolved the North Korea nuclear mess ear- What’s the most overrated social custom?
ly. This in turn might have helped Al Gore Wearing ties — can we just get rid of
get elected over Bush, preempted the inva- them all?
sion of Iraq and probably wouldn’t have had
the same Iran challenge we have today. What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Any national bass fishing trophy —
What’s been the most memorable pop and maybe a Pulitzer for blogging.
culture moment of your lifetime?
I went as “media” to the HRC dinner fea- What do you wish you’d known at 18?
turing President Obama. During “media avail- That it was really, really all going to be OK.
ability” I met the cast of “Glee” as well as Lady
Gaga while waiting to meet Matthew Shepard’s Why Washington?
parents. I didn’t know who “Glee” and Lady Because Washington is the sun around
Gaga were (though in retrospect I had heard which politicos here and around the world or-
Gaga’s music — just didn’t know the name of bit. D.C. is a free trade zone for pursuing any
the singer) and only recognized Jane Lynch cause — and to get a better world, whether
from “Julie and Julia.” Now I love Gaga and through ending LGBT discrimination or im-
“Glee” obsessively. Other cool thing is that proving America’s foreign policy course, one
Darren Star, creater of “Beverly Hills 90210,” has to compete effectively in the game here.
“Melrose Place,” and “Sex in the City,” was
my best friend in college. Took Darren to the
White House Correspondents dinner this year
and sat him next to Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent
Scowcroft, Denis McDonough and Joshua
Marshall. It was really hot when Bradley Coo-
per, Cynthia Nixon and other Darren discover-
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THE YEAR THAT WAS FILM

Memorable movie moments


David Geffen’s boyfriend. So of course
it’s gay catnip on celluloid. Aguilera
plays Ali, small-town girl with big voice,
who comes to an L.A. strip club, has a
G-rated romance with a “metrosexual”
club bartender hottie played by real-life
but straight hottie Cam Gigandet.
Cher co-stars (her first screen role
since appearing as herself in 2003’s so-
so “Stuck on You”) as former club dancer
Tess, now struggling to keep the place
open. Stanley Tucci plays the nightclub’s
manager and Tess’s gay best friend, re-
prising his similar role with Meryl Streep
from “The Devil Wears Prada.” Released
during Thanksgiving week, it has earned
mixed reviews but respectable crowds.
There are gay films galore released
during 2010 but not marketed for main-
stream audiences like fetish-themed gay
romantic comedy “Bear City,” which was
screened briefly in Washington earlier
this year and is already out on DVD.
Young twink Tyler (a very attractive Joe
Conti) finds other twinks to be turn-offs,
and just as opposites are said to attract,
he pines only for the hirsute and hefty.
The beardless chub and fur-chaser soon
discovers New York’s “bear scene” and is
literally sucked in. Make no mistake, the
film features hot daddies and is ripe with
raunch with full-frontal sex scenes. It is also
Still courtesy of Mandalay Vision
funny and reminds us that bodies comes in
all shapes and sizes and so does desire.
‘The Kids Are All Right,’ a family dramedy with Annette Bening (left) and Julianne Moore playing lesbian parents, is up for three Golden Globe A similar theme comes in a documen-
awards and was one of the high points in this year’s LGBT-themed films.
tary “The Adonis Factor,” a film by Christo-
pher Hines that focuses on the body-con-
Several big stars played Single Man,” also co-stars in “The Kids Are cop who switched sides to become a scious world of gay men, where “lookism”
All Right,” a hit comedy-drama, helmed self-described “gay, gay, gay” con artist, is so often decisive and face-lifts and pec-
gay this year in ‘Kids,’ by out lesbian director Lisa Cholodenko who meets sweetly dim, self-described implants become serious options to stay
‘Man,’ ‘Morris’ and more who together with Stuart Blumberg wrote “blond, blue-eyed and queer” Phillip in the game. It comes with a price tag of
the screenplay. All three are nominated for Morris (McGregor) in the Big House, and course, and not merely financial, to pay
Golden Globes this year, with the winners after a brief prison courtship Phillip tells for the dermatologists, plastic surgeons
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN to be announced on Jan. 16: Moore for him, “enough romance, let’s fuck.” And and bodybuilding steroids. The film is
Best Actress, as is the film itself for Best they do. And then Steven escapes from now available on DVD and follows up
Films with LGBT themes or those with Picture and Best Screenplay. prison four times and runs through mul- Hines’ 2009 feature “The Butch Factor” on
likely interest to gays came out this year One of the Sundance 2010 breakout tiple impersonations and grand cons to what it means to be gay and a man today.
in a flood tide. hits, it won a large audience in general be reunited with Phillip. Finally, several other gay-indies also
This profusion came on the heels of a release this summer with a story featur- Also launched at Sundance but then deserve attention. “Strapped” blends
banner year in 2009, led by such A-list ing Moore as Jules, the housewifey-half delayed for release due to various legal influences from David Lynch and gay
hits as “A Single Man,” gay first-time di- of a long-time lesbian couple with An- battles as well as uncertainty over how to director Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Pri-
rector Tom Ford’s stunning adaptation of nette Bening as the doctor-breadwinner market such a candid depiction of same- vate Idaho” as it follows a young hus-
the slender novel by gay author Christo- Nic. Though it’s never made clear if they sex sex, this was finally released earlier tler played by Ben Bonenfant through
pher Isherwood. are actually married, Jules refers to her- this month, but although not yet in wide his successive one-night-stands into a
But since “A Single Man” went into self as “married.” And they each have distribution, to the surprise of many it has dark night of the soul. It’s a puzzle piece
wide release only in 2010 (it came out given birth to a child — now teenagers actually been posting sizable grosses. as he becomes caught in a nightmare-
last December simply to qualify for Os- — using the same anonymous sperm do- Though not without its flaws, it should be labyrinth and it will keep you tense until
car noms), it really qualifies as a film to nor. The kids call him their “donor dad” seen for sure, especially for the knock- the end when we begin to see through
be mentioned here. It stars Colin Firth — and when they track him down, he turns it-out-of-the-park performance of Carrey his many masks, only one of which is as
now also lionized for a likely Oscar win up in the not-so-happy home of Nic and and the more-subdued-yet-equally effec- “deep-throat Eddie.” See this one when it
for 2010 as Best Actor for his role as King Jules in the person of bohemian motor- tive screen presence of McGregor. is released on DVD next month.
George VI in what may in fact be this cyclist Paul, played wonderfully well by The ubiquitous actor James Franco — Also worth seeing on DVD is “All
year’s best film, “The King’s Speech.” But Mark Ruffalo, also rightly nominated for a already nominated for a Golden Globe Boys,” — a Finnish documentary about
this earlier film traces one day in the life Golden Globe, as Best Supporting Actor. Best Actor nod this year for “127 Hours” the ugly underbelly of the Czech gay-
of a middle-aged suicidal man George The film has already won a raft of New and an almost certain Oscar nominee for porn industry by writer-director Markku
Falconer, despondent over the death of York Film Critics awards and looks like a that role — plays gay one more time in Heikkinen, a gripping reality-film showing
his long-time lover Jim in an auto acci- strong Oscar contender. It was released “Howl.” After playing the slain San Fran- the highs and lows behind the sex-lives
dent eight months earlier. on DVD and Blu-ray last month. cisco politician’s lover in “Milk,” this time of the gay-for-pay pretty boys of Eastern
Fashion designer Tom Ford himself After years of distribution obstacles, Franco stars as gay poet Allen Ginsberg Europe. One sad story is what happens
financed his first film as a director, on “I Love You, Phillip Morris” finally hit in an “indie” biopic by gay writer-direc- to Ruda who becomes porn star Aaron
a modest $7 million budget, but he has screens. Deemed “too gay” by some po- tors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Hawke and for three years also the per-
produced a work that is luminous to see, tential backers, it finds big-name actors about the author of the Beat anthem sonal property of porn producer Dan
of heart-breaking beauty on the screen, Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor locking “Howl” and the 1957 trial to contest its Komar but who ends up alcoholic and
and with an ending both unexpected and lips and much more in this over-the-top publication as obscene. homeless. Seduced by their brief en-
perfect. It won the award for outstanding but real-life story of true love launched With a Golden Globe nom as Best counter with fame and possible fortune
film in wide release at the GLAAD Media inside a prison cell. Musical, the uber-garish “Burlesque” and fueled by Viagra, these youths soon
Awards this January. This is a must-see Carrey with rubber-faced and hyper- stars ultra-diva Cher and budding-diva discover how fleeting such porno-fame is
film, now available on DVD. drive glee plays Steven Jay Russell, a Christina Aguilera and was written and when they end up spat out after aging
Julianne Moore, who co-starred in “A seemingly happily married Christian-right directed by openly gay Steve Antin, once out of their brief shelf life.
24 washingtonblade.com • december 31, 2010

THE YEAR THAT WAS music

Milestones and missteps


few albums, which sometimes found her
veering way too close to snoozeville. It’s
great to hear her rocking out again.
Liza Minnelli released the little-noticed
“Confessions” in September, her first stu-
dio album in nearly 15 years.
The Indigo Girls were all over the
map with their surreal October release
“Holly Happy Days” which, despite its
nod to Hanukkah with a Woody Guthrie
cover featured several surprising nods
to Christianity such as the French carol
“Angels We Have Heard on High” and a
country version of “O Holy Night.” Annie
Lennox had one of the year’s more inter-
esting holiday albums with her “Christ-
mas Cornucopia.”
Adam Lambert, the gay “Idol” runner-
up, stayed busy this year with his first
tour, “Glam Nation,” which made a mem-
orable D.C. stop in June at the 9:30 club.
A live EP dropped earlier this month.
Look for a new studio album next year.
Photo courtesy of Decca
Cyndi Lauper, easily the world’s most
gay-friendly straight act, released a blues
Gay singer Clay Aiken had one of the year’s unexpected pleasures with his lovely standards collection, ‘Tried and True.’ album, “Memphis Blues,” in June and
earned solid reviews and a Grammy nom-
Best 2010 gay musical It was, perhaps, Elton John’s least gay
album in years, but his recent collabora-
concert appearance drew mixed reviews
as did a half-hearted remix album. Look
ination. Look for a live DVD from the tour,
which came to D.C. last month, in 2011.
treats were not always in tion with forgotten vet Leon Russell, “The for a new studio album from her in 2011. It was a great year for Kylie Minogue
the pop culture limelight Union,” resulted in a critical triumph. Roll-
ing Stone called the T Bone Burnett-pro-
Rhianna’s “Loud” dropped in Novem-
ber and continued her hit streak with
fans. Her 11th studio album “Aphrodite”
was released worldwide in June and this
duced disc worthy of the artists’ best work. two No. 1 U.S. singles, “Only Girl (In the month a Christmas EP was released on
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO Taylor Swift may seem bland com- World” and “What’s My Name?” iTunes. Single “All the Lovers” topped
joeyd@washblade.com pared to Lady Gaga but her country There was a new “Glee” soundtrack the U.S. Dance Club chart and, though
crossover domination continued with this album almost every month this year but Minogue has always been more popular
It was a strange year musically, one year’s “Speak Now,” a savvy collection of April’s “Power of Madonna” collection abroad, she still managed a decent show-
that got rolling with a surreal all-star re- catchy hits. was perhaps the most memorable. The ing on the album charts with a No. 19
make of “We Are the World” that had Swedish diva Robyn — what is it with “Glee” juggernaut will surely continue in peak, her second-highest charter here.
fossils like Barbra Streisand and Gladys the Swedes and dance music? — deliv- the new year. Gay singer Clay Aiken went retro in
Knight (where were they on the original?) ered the year’s best dance album with Electropop British gay-fronted group June with “Tried and True,” a standards
rubbing shoulders with younger acts and “Body Talk,” a pummeling collection of Goldfrapp released its fifth studio album collection. Though the concept has
found the Indigo Girls releasing a Christ- memorable club rattlers like “Fembot,” “Head First” in March, featuring retro-’80s been run into the ground after umpteen
mas album of all things. “Dancing On My Own” and “Don’t Fuck- sounds. releases from Rod Stewart, Aiken’s the
And while the mainstream was abuzz ing Tell Me What To Do.” Gay Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi released kind of singer who, despite his youth,
with new albums from Kanye and Eminem, Katy Perry, of “I Kissed a Girl” fame, a solo effort in April, called “Go,” which has the vocal oomph to breathe new life
several gay releases got some notice. teamed up with pop masterminds Max received mostly strong reviews and had a into these classics. His covers of “Can’t
The Scissor Sisters, featuring gay front Martin and Dr. Luke for one of the year’s strong chart showing in the U.S. Take My Eyes Off Of You” and “Mack the
man Jake Shears, are, perhaps, the clos- best pop albums, “Teenage Dream,” Gay singer/songwriter Rufus Wain- Knife” are especially good. He soars on
est thing the gay world has to the Black which dropped in August and topped wright dropped his sixth studio album the latter.
Eyed Peas. On third album “Night Work,” the Billboard album chart. It’s also up for “All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu” in One of the year’s biggest disappoint-
which dropped in June, lyrics like “I think several Grammys. April. It’s a classy and stripped-down ments was a dud from Christina Aguilera
I need a rubber tonight” were splashed Even with no new album out, Lady record that finds inspiration in Shake- called “Bionic,” another June release that
over neo-disco and new wave beats Gaga kept things interesting, if occasion- speare’s sonnets. found the overwrought singer all over the
courtesy of Madonna vet Stuart Price. ally uneven, this year. Her “Telephone” Melissa Etheridge, perhaps the most stylistic map with few memorable results.
Local indie lesbian singer/songwriter video with Beyonce was an epic, nearly famous lesbian rock star, released her The album bombed — it’s only halfway
Mara Levi released her third album, “We Lis- 10-minute clip on a Michael Jackson- 10th studio album “Fearless Love” in to gold status in the U.S. six months after
ten to Fools” (digital only release) in October. scope scale, but her September D.C. April. It’s more rock-oriented than her last its release.

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THE YEAR THAT WAS TV

‘Glee’ tops tube’s treats

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Rodiney Santiago (left) and Reichen Lehmkuhl in Logo’s ‘A List: New York,’ the gayest reality
show on TV this fall.

TV season featured Sophie Anne Ancleq, Hadley Hale and


Pam, the last of which was so popular,
characters grappling actress Kristin Bauer was signed on as a
with their identities series regular.
One of the most surprising lead, queer
characters was Dr. Elanore O’Hara,
By JULIETTE M. EBNER played by Eve Best, on Showtime’s
“Nurse Jackie.” This year it was revealed
This year has been one of the best for she was bisexual when her on-again-off-
LGBT visibility on television. again girlfriend made an appearance.
“Glee,” with two openly gay actors, CBS’s “The Good Wife” started off a
Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer, and some little slow with character Kalinda Shar-
compelling storylines for Colfer’s charac- ma’s sexuality. Hints had been dropped,
ter Kurt, led the pack. but Kalinda’s first kiss scene left a lot
Kurt’s storyline this season has rung open for interpretation. The show’s pro-
true. Almost sounding like it was ripped ducers have been quoted as saying that
from the headlines, Kurt has had to deal having the characters kiss behind a door
with bullying from one of the football
players, leading up to his bully kissing
was not out of “fear,” but so the storyline
could be developed more.
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Kurt changed schools after this in-
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on television. ABC Family’s show, “Pretty
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THE YEAR THAT WAS THEATER

Partnerships and productions


Nights at the Opera.”
Gay director José Luis Arellano Gar-
cía made the trip from Spain to Columbia
Heights to stage an earthy and athletic
production of Lope de Vega’s “El cabal-
lero de Olmedo” (“The Knight from Olm-
edo”) at Gala Hispanic Theatre. García’s
partner, David R. Peralto, provided a
varying pulse to the circa 1620 tragedy
with his own period-sounding composi-
tions and selected folk music.
For a short time in October, D.C. au-
diences were delighted with the brilliant
work of British director Declan Donnellan
and his longtime partner (professional
and personal) set designer Nick Ormer-
od. As part of the Chekhov International
Theatre Festival, the couple brought stel-
lar productions (performed in Russian by
fabulous Russian actors) of Chekhov’s
“Three Sisters” and an all-male produc-
tion of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to
the Kennedy Center.
Photo by Victor Sintsov; courtesy of the Festival
Local theater couple Christopher
Henley (Washington Shakespeare Com-
This all-male production of ‘Twelfth Night’ from Chekhov International Theatre Festival in October was a highlight of this year’s regional theatrical offerings. pany’s artistic director) and Jay Hardee
successfully continued their collabora-
Several collaborative vin, in “Falsettos.” He performed two
one-woman shows — his pink-haired
acted and imaginatively staged.
At Studio Theatre (a favorite with
tion on and off stage in 2010. In addition
to marrying in the fall, the talented pair
efforts among the year’s drag persona Galactica act and “After Blade readers), gay director Serge Se- recently co-staged a strikingly inventive
theatrical bright spots the Garden — Edie Beale LIVE at Reno
Sweeney” — locally and on tour. True to
iden drew excellent performances from
small casts in two plays featuring com-
production of “Richard III” in the com-
pany’s spanking new black box space
industrious form, Johnson is closing the plex, intergenerational relationships: in Arlington’s Artisphere. Earlier this
By PATRICK FOLLIARD year with a new non-lip syncing Galac- “Sixty Miles to Silver Lake,” and Tracey year, Hardee directed Henley as “He,”
tica cabaret show tonight at Noi’s Nook Letts’ comedy “Superior Donuts.” the embodiment of state-inflicted evil in
Despite a still-struggling economy, it’s on 14th Street, N.W. Many good things came from out of the world English language premiere of
been a pretty good year for theater in the Holly Twyford tested her range in town this year including the New York- Chilean playwright Marco Antonio de la
D.C. area. Along with the crowd-pleasing 2010, playing a tap dancing pig in Ad- based, gay actor Nicholas Rodriguez. Parra’s “Every Young Woman’s Desire,”
big musicals, there has been a wide va- venture Theatre’s summer production Currently playing cowboy Curly in Arena an intense allegory of Pinochet’s brutal
riety of riskier and more offbeat produc- “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” Twyford, Stage’s hit production “Oklahoma!,” the dictatorship.
tions. Interestingly, the year that brought an award-winning local actor who is handsome young Broadway actor be- On April 8 at the Warner Theatre in
marriage equality to the nation’s capital gay returned to children’s theater after a came widely known for playing earnest- what was definitely one of the highlights
also saw an unusually high number of long absence in order to give her young but-sexy activist Nick Chavez, the third of the theater year, famed gay playwright
LGBT couples (some married, others daughter a chance to see what mommy man in a tumultuous gay love triangle on Terrence McNally, 70, warmly presented
not) enjoying productive theatrical col- does for a living. More recently, Twyford TV’s “One Life to Live.” Rodriguez initially the Helen Hayes Tribute to his “friend,
laborations. played Pamela, a boozy, country club came to Washington in the spring to play colleague and ex,” the even more fa-
Ganymede Arts, D.C.’s only compa- cougar in Signature’s premiere of Ken Latin lover Fabrizio in Adam Guettel’s mous gay playwright Edward Albee (the
ny dedicated to the LGBT experience, Ludwig’s comedy “A Fox on the Fairway,” gorgeous musical “The Light in the Pi- pair were lovers in the 1960s). McNally
grabbed theatergoers’ attention with a show to which her little girl was most azza” (also at Arena). lauded Albee’s genius as evidenced by
two terrific musical productions in 2010: probably not invited. Veteran gay actor John Glover is a long list of extraordinary works, includ-
“Naked Boys Singing” in the spring, and In September, Factory 449 continued usually found in New York or L.A., but ing “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,”
more recently “Falsettos,” Lapine and building its reputation for impressive and in March he came to town and put his “The Zoo Story,” “A Delicate Balance”
Williams’ gay-themed musical about love challenging work with Erik Ehn’s “The Saint stamp on the part of over-the-top opera and more (Albee has multiple Tonys and
and family in the time of AIDS. Plays,” an exploration of traditional saints queen Mendy (a role originally created Pulitzers). At a small party the night be-
Surely one of the harder working in contemporary settings. Directed and by gay actor Nathan Lane) in Terrence fore the awards, Albee, 82, shared with
folks in local theater, Ganymede’s gay produced respectively by John Moletress McNally’s “The Lisbon Traviatia.” The the Blade his appreciation of the ener-
artistic director Jeffrey Johnson staged and Rick Hammerly, both of whom are gay, production was part of the Kennedy getic D.C. theater scene and its intelli-
both shows and played the lead, Mar- the ensemble production was beautifully Center’s mini-festival “Terrence McNally’s gent audiences.

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CALENDAR
New Years Eve Parties
Ziegfeld’s/Secrets (1824 Half St., S.W.)
New Years Eve party tonight will feature a cash
balloon drop, party favors and a free split of
champagne.
Lace Lounge’s (2214 Rhode Island Ave.,
N.E.) New Year’s Eve party “Midnight Kiss” is
tonight from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. There will be a
complimentary breakfast buffet and cham-
pagne and a cash drop at midnight. Pre-sale
ticket holders will get express VIP entry. Pre-
sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at
lacedc.com. Tickets at the door start at $20.
Image courtesy of the Andy Warhol Museum Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) presents New
A few of Andy Warhol’s cheeky variations on ‘The Last Supper’ are on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of ‘Warhol: the Last Years Eve tonight with two parties. DJ Melissa
Decade.’ will be in the main arena with Michael Brandon
with Caliente in the east wing lounge. There will
Today Saturday, Jan. 1 tion Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct., N.W. be complimentary champagne and assorted
Nellie’s (800 U St., N.W.) will have party favors. Cover charge is $15 and doors
Special Agent Galactica with Homo/Sonic is tonight at 9:30 p.m. drag bingo featuring Shi-Queeta-Lee open at 9 p.m.
Christopher Wingert starring in “The at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. and Beat the Clock Eatonville Restaurant (2121 14th St., N.W.)
Only Gal in Town,” will be at go mama featuring DJs Natty Boom and Zack happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. presents “A New Orleans New Year’s Eve” to-
go! (1809 14 St., N.W.) tonight at 8 and Michael of the New Gay. This is an night with two dinners. The first beings at 6:30
p.m. The show will feature songs writ- event is all ages and has a $10 cover. and features a three-course dinner. The second
ten by or made famous by Stephen Johnny Vicious will be at Town
Wednesday, Jan. 5 seating begins at 10 p.m. with a four-course
Sondheim, Quincy Jones, Ray Ste- (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight. Doors “Shear Madness,” a comedy who- meal, champagne toast, party favors, live jazz
vens, Richard Rodgers, Ann-Marga- open at 10 p.m. The cover charge is dunit, will be performed at the Ken- and the official ball drop on the big screen. Tick-
ret, Dust Springfield, Mary Rodgers, $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 after. nedy Center Theater Lab (2700 F ets are $39 for the first seating and $59 for the
Cy Coleman and more. Tickets are Refresh is tonight from 9 p.m. to St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. “Madness” takes second. For more information and to purchase
$10 and can be purchased at the door 2 a.m. at the Lodge (21614 National place in present-day Georgetown, in tickets, visit eatonvillerestaurant.com.
or at ganymedearts.org. Pike) in Boonesboro. Drink specials the Shear Madness Hair Styling Salon. Remington’s (639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.)
BYT presents DJs and beer to- include $1 Busch Light cans and $5 Visit kennedy-center.org for more in- New Year’s Eve Country Masquerade Ball will
night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. at the Bohe- XXL ReFresher all night long. There’s a formation and to purchase tickets. begin at 8 p.m. There will be dancing, party
mian Caverns entertainment/hospitality $5 cover before 11 p.m. and $8 after. The Baltimore Museum of Art (10 favors, a balloon drop, midnight champagne
complex. DJs Chris Burns and friends Trombone Shorty and Orleans Art Museum Drive) will have a collec- toast and more. Cover is $10. For more infor-
will be on the second floor in LIV Night- Avenue will be performing at 9:30 tion tour today at 2 p.m. showcasing mation, visit RemingtonsWDC.com.
club. A dozen local bands will play Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight at 8 art that inspires contemplation. Wicked Jezabel presents Wicked New
cover songs on the first floor in Hominy p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be pur- Year’s Even Bash tonight starting at 9 p.m.
and Homo Erectus DJs and friends chased at 930.com. at Second Chance Saloon (5888 Robert Oli-
will be in the Gay Jamboree Opium
Thursday, Jan. 6 ver Place) in Columbia with an opening perfor-
Den with Stalactights in the basement. The Lincoln Center Theater pres- mance by Triple Goddess Tribal Middle Eastern
Early bird tickets are $55. For more in-
Sunday, Jan. 2 ents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Dance. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased
formation and to purchase tickets, visit The Kinsey Sicks will be performing “South Pacific” today at the Ken- at wickedjezabel.com. Ten percent of the ticket
brightestyoungthings.com. “Oy Vey in a Manger” today at 3 p.m. nedy Center opera house (2700 F St., sales will be donated to the Mautner Project.
The American City Diner (5532 and again at 7:30 p.m. at the Theater J N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) will have a New
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) will be show- in the Washington DCJCC’s Aaron and $39 to $150 and can be purchased at Years Eve party starting at 10 p.m. Djs BacK-
ing the film “Dr. Strangelove” starring Cecile Goldman Theater (1529 16th St., kennedy-center.org. 2bACk will be counting down the top 10 video
Peter Sellers and George C. Scott to- N.W.). Tickets range from $35 to $60 and of 2010 and Tatianna of RuPaul’s Drag race
night. The movie starts at 8 p.m. The can be purchased by calling 800-494- will perform live in the drag show at 10:30 p.m.
full menu will be available. Admission TIXS or visiting boxofficetickets.com.
Friday, Jan. 7 X-Faction and the Ladies of Town will also be
is free. For more information, visit The Baltimore Museum of Art (10 The Dance Party will be at 9:30 performing live. Tickets are $20 and can be
americancitydiner.com. Art Museum Drive) will be holding its Club with Wallpaper, K-Flay, Ra Ra purchased in advanced at Universal Gear or
The Baltimore Museum of Art (10 first free family Sunday of the year to- Rasputin and lowercaseletters at 8 online at groovetickets.com and at the door.
Art Museum Drive) is hosting “Warhol: day from 2 to 5 p.m. This week’s ac- p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be pur- Ultrabar D.C. will having a New Year’s party
the Last Decade,” an exhibit featuring tivity is making “magical mobiles.” All chased at 930.com. tonight at 10 p.m. with six bars, four DJs, a
more than 50 large-scale works that materials are provided. The D.C. Center will have its champagne toast at midnight, buffet, midnight
marked Andy Warhol’s last decade. monthly open mic night tonight from balloon drop, party favors and more. Tickets
This is the last stop of a national tour. 8 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. are $40 and can be purchased at ultrabardc.
Some of the works shown include
Monday, Jan. 3 and performer can sign up until 8. com.
fright wig self-portraits and three vari- The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) This night will feature the work of the The Lodge will have a New Year’s Eve party
ations on Da Vinci’s “The Last Sup- will have its volunteer night tonight Brother Tongue Poetry Workshop tonight from 7 to 2 a.m. There will be a best
per.” The museum is open from 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more informa- participants. dressed contest with cash and bar tab prizes,
a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission ranges tion, visit thedccenter.org. champagne fountain, party favors and more.
from free for children 5 and younger to The National Portrait Gallery is Tickets are $25 for two or $15 per person in
$15 for adults. For more information, showing an exhibit that focuses on
Saturday, Jan. 8 advanced until Dec. 27., $30 for two or $20 per
visit warhol.artbma.org. sexual differences in the making The NSO Teddy Bear Concert: person at the door. and can be purchased at
Four college football bowl games of modern American portraiture. “Fancy That!” will have three perfor- thelodgemd.com.
will be on today at Nellie’s (900 U “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in mances of a one-woman show with NSO Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (1104
St., N.W.) today: the Meineke Car Care American Portraiture” is the first major violinist Marissa Regini today at 11 a.m., H St., N.E.) and Jimmy Valentines Lonely
Bowl with South Florida and Clemson museum exhibit of its kind. The muse- 1:30 and 5 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Hearts Club (1103 Bladensburg Rd., N.E.) will
starts at noon. The Hyundai Sun Bowl um is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Family Theatre (2700 F St., N.W.). be hosting a “Double Whammy,” with a spon-
with Notre Dame and Miami starts at 2 and admission is free. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will sored shuttle service between the two bars
p.m. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl with hosts its fifth annual photography ex- every half hour and drop-offs at Union Station
George and UCF starts at 3:30 p.m. hibit and reception tonight from 5 to 7 starting at 12:30 a.m. Attendees must be 25 or
and the Chick-fil-A Bowl ends the night
Tuesday, Jan. 4 p.m. at CHAW (545 7th St., S.E.) featur- older. An open bar ticket with access to both
with South Carolina and Florida State Join Burgundy Crescent Volunteers ing works from local and regional artists. bars is $90 and access to either one bar is $25.
at 7:30 p.m. and DJ Wesley D will be to help pack safer sex kits from 7 to 9 Admission to the opening and exhibi- Tickets are limited.
playing music and videos all night. p.m. tonight at FUK!T’s new packing loca- tion is free and will continue until Feb. 4.
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THE YEAR THAT WAS A&E

Year’s best quips and quotes


Continued from page 21 “I think I’ve been in every gay club from New couples; I cannot lie about either part of me has faithfully stood with me every minute of
York to California. I would be in clubs with nor would I ask any pastor to do this.” the last seven years, and in some ways, you.”
“What I really meant was that the sound of my recorders in my pocket, taping people
the guitar is very happy.” talking. But at the end of the day, I drew more Rev. Jane Spahr, during testimony in her Presbyterian U.S. Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who became the
Church trial for marrying same-sex couples. Spahr was Anglican Communion’s first openly gay bishop in 2003,
— Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, backtracking from my sisters and my mother. I’ve been found guilty and censured. (New York Times, Aug. 28) announcing his retirement seven years early
after initially saying the guitar hook on Michael Jackson’s mimicking them my whole life. (The Guardian, Nov. 7)
“Black or White” was “gay.” (Spinner, March 15) They’re in my bones. “And thank you to all the gays for remaking
this video over and over again.” “I don’t think any gay person is going to be
“I feel like the biggest weight is off my shoul- Actor Nelsan Ellis, who is straight, on how he creates
happy and bring joy to themselves and other
the character of Lafayette, the flamboyant gay Louisiana
ders, Publicity stunt my ass, this is my life” man he portrays on HBO’s vampire series “True Blood.” Lady Gaga, accepting the Video Music Award for Best people unless they can be honest about their
(Philadelphia Inquirer, July 4) Female Video for her song “Bad Romance.”
Momentary lesbian Kim Zolciak on Twitter (MTV.com, Sept. 12) sexuality, and if other people don’t like that
(TV Guide, March 24) honestly, that’s a comment on them and not on
“Like maybe I’m having a clandestine affair the person who is being honest.”
“I would not be surprised if Oprah is gay. “I think we should just try to make
with Ricky Martin. I know it’s really gonna
If she is, she is. It certainly fits.” heterosexual divorce illegal.”
upset a lot of gay men — I’m sure hundreds of Actor Sir Ian McKellen, who came out in 1988,
‘em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Iconic filmmaker John Waters on how gay and lesbian expressing his fear that some managers and agents
Author Erica Jong, a friend of talk show maven Oprah continue to pressure gay actors not to come out.
Winfrey, as quoted in Kitty Kelley’s new book, “Oprah: A
Bridge — but I ain’t available. couples can achieve marriage equality.
(Popeater.com, Nov. 5)
I ain’t gay. Sorry.” (Associated Press, Sept. 13)
Biography.” (USA Today, April 11)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) responding in a New “All women are lesbians except those “In terms of a leading man, a heterosexual, play-
“There are half a million kids in foster care in ing a homosexual … do you worry about your
York Times interview to long-standing rumors about his that don’t know it yet.”
America. To have public officials deem homo- sexual orientation (WLTX.com, July 1) image as a leading man and a heterosexual?”
sexuals unworthy of parenting is disastrous for Lesbian feminist writer and cultural critic Jill Johnston,
the nation, for equality and for humanity and, “To boost development, a city needs to be author of “Lesbian Nation,” during a 1971 debate over Talk show host David Letterman, stammering as he
Mike, for Christianity.” open to a full range of people, especially the feminism. Johnston died Sept. 18 at age 81. questioned actor Jim Carrey about his new film “I Love
(New York Times, Sept. 21) You, Phillip Morris,” in which Carrey plays a likable gay
innovative ones who break barriers, like people con artist. (ABC, Nov. 19)
Lesbian comedian and talk show host Rosie O’Donnell of the gay community.”
in an April 24 chat with former Arkansas Gov. Mike “One of the reasons I was interested in
Huckabee on her Sirius radio show. Huckabee, who
Houston, Tex., Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly gay exploring this character is we don’t often see a “Boy, we haven’t grown at all, have we? We
ran for president in 2008 and may run in 2012, criticized
gay adoption last month by saying that “children are not mayor of a major U.S. city, in remarks at the Shanghai guy my age gay on television, explored in an are still children in the schoolyard. For god’s
puppies.” (New York Daily News, April 24) World Expo. Parker led a 60-member Houston business intelligent, dignified, funny, serious way. So I sake, Dave, have you ever seen a gay man?”
delegation to the Chinese city. (Xinhua, Aug. 2)
thought, when David approached me with it
“What I’m saying is that I think the ideal en- three years ago and said, what if Saul’s gay? Actor Jim Carrey, responding to David Letterman’s
“You have a rare opportunity to right a wrong I said, bring it on.” questions. (ABC, Nov. 19)
vironment for children is in a relationship that
and I pray to God that you will take it. As an
has both a mother and a father.”
African American you understand the ugliness Actor Ron Rifkin on Uncle Saul, the older, newly out, “I don’t want to underplay this, because I
Mike Huckabee, attempting to explain his remarks to of hate and the pain of discrimination. This is HIV-positive man he plays on the ABC series “Brother understand it is very significant. But I don’t
and Sisters,” which premiered its new season last week.
Rosie O’Donnell. (New York Daily News, April 24) not a battle of heterosexual against homosexu- (Advocate.com, Sept. 23) want to overplay it either. I don’t want people
al, but a struggle of justice against injustice.” to think I am anything other than an associate
“I prayed every day for God to change me and “I know what it’s like to be bullied and teased municipal court judge.”
it was, ‘Dear God, please don’t let me be gay. I Black LGBT activist C.D. Kirven in an open letter to
Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., requesting every single day, and I know that it may seem
promise to be a good person.’ … Young people a meeting to discuss King’s claim that gay marriage is like there is no chance of happiness left. But I Attorney Phyllis Frye, on her appointment to the Houston
in every corner of America are being told by “genocide” at a recent anti-gay marriage rally in Atlanta bench, making her the first openly transgender judge in
(Cherrygrrl.com, Aug. 9)
promise you there is a world full of acceptance Texas. (Houston Chronicle, Nov. 22)
their churches … that they are damaged goods and love just waiting for you to find it.”
and they are not. I have to stand up.
“I believe that Thomas Jefferson said: ‘If it “In the light of this broad and profound vision
I’m in a unique position.” Actor Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on “Glee,”
neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket in a PSA for The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour, toll- of human sexuality and the problems it currently
Chely Wright on why she decided to come out publicly what difference is it to me?’” free confidential hotline for gay and questioning youth. faces, the Pope reaffirms that ‘the Church does
(Toronto Sun, May 19) (TrevorProject.org) not of course consider condoms to be the authen-
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, when asked tic and moral solution’ to the problem of AIDS.”
“I promise you I did not kiss her and it is on “The O’Reilly Factor” if he thinks gay marriage is “go- “With a voice like this, you know I got to be a
ing to harm the country.” (Washingtonpost.com, Aug. 12) New Yorker. But I’m also an American.
ridiculous that two entertainers can’t even rock Statement from the Vatican after Pope Benedict said in
out with each other without the media making And to me that means justice and equality an interview that condoms, which the Catholic Church
“So, get this: David and I are expecting twins and liberty for everyone.” bans, may be appropriate for HIV prevention in certain
it some type of story.” this fall. We’re super excited/nervous/thrilled.” situations like male prostitutes.
(NationalPost.com, Nov. 22)
Pop singer Miley Cyrus, 17, defending her recent Actress Fran Drescher in a video for a new Human
Actor Neil Patrick Harris, announcing via Twitter that he Rights Campaign ad series that urging New Yorkers to
performance on “Britain’s Got Talent,” in which the Daily
Mail reported she simulated a kiss — but did not actually
and his partner, David Burtka, will become parents via support gay marriage. (On Top Magazine, Oct. 21) “That means the next TSA official that gives
surrogacy. The babies were born in October. you an enhanced pat-down could be a prac-
touch lips — with a female backup dancer.
(USMagazine.com, Aug. 14)
(Us Magazine, June 5) “After a hurricane comes a rainbow.” ticing homosexual secretly getting pleasure
“I always am confused why they don’t worry from your submission.”
“I think if two people love each other, then what Lyric from “Firework,” the new Katy Perry song that
the hell? I think that everyone should have the about shows that don’t have any gay char- includes two boys kissing in the music video. The New
Eugene Delgaudio, a member of the Loudoun County
acters on them. They should put some focus York Times noted the current string of gay-inclusive pop
chance to be equally miserable, if they want.” songs. (New York Times, Nov. 5) (Va.) Board of Supervisors and president of the conser-
on them as well, but we’ll give the audience vative group Public Advocate of the United States, in an
exactly what they need.” e-mail denouncing the TSA’s inclusive non-discrimina-
Rapper Eminem, who has previously been criticized for “It will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor’s tion statement (WTOP, Nov. 30)
anti-gay lyrics, supporting gay marriage in an interview
with the New York Times Magazine Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam on the ABC series ‘I Will Survive’ as the gay anthem.”
(The Guardian, June 18) “Modern Family,” on how his character will finally kiss “It was like the pink elephant in the room that
partner Mitchell on the hit show – but allegedly not Sir Elton John on the title track to Lady GaGa’s new was never touched upon until it was the day
because of a Facebook campaign and other critics album, “Born this Way,” set to be released in early 2011.
“Please don’t tell me that God made Adam clamoring for a gay kiss (E! Online, Aug. 23) (Entertainment Weekly via the New York Times, Nov. 5) to shoot. Then we just did it really quickly and
and Eve, not Adam and Steve. If the Bible story called it a day.”
is literally true, who did Cain marry?” “This church asks me to be in the closet about “Death threats, and the now-worldwide
my sexual orientation and about my faith. I controversy surrounding your election of me as Actress Mila Kunis discussing her lesbian sex scene
Cox newspapers columnist Cynthia Tucker, arguing that with Natalie Portman in the new movie “Black Swan”;
allowing same-sex couples to marry will not weaken am a Christian lesbian pastor who marries bishop, have been a constant strain, not just on Kunis says she asked her father not to watch the scene.
heterosexual marriage (AJC.com, June 18) heterosexual couples and lesbian and gay me, but on my beloved husband, Mark, who (MTV.com, Nov. 30)
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