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Up to $7 million needed for

marriage ght; OMalley to


host beach fundraiser
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Marylanders for Marriage Equality is condent it can
run a winning campaign to defeat a voter referendum
seeking to kill Marylands same-sex marriage law on a
budget of between $5 million and $7 million, according
to the organizations campaign manager, Josh Levin.
We feel good about that budget, Levin told the
Blade last week. We feel like well be able to do the
things we need to do thanks to the effort of our coalition
and our partners who are going to be talking to voters,
who are going to be helping us in ways that Im not sure
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Bipartisan group calls for vote
on non-discrimination bill
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A Liparrisan roup ol nine senarors is Lackin rhe
idea of having the Senate panel with jurisdiction over
rhe Employmenr NonDiscriminarion Acr acvance rhe
legislation to the oor by a committee vote.
The roup is askin lor Sen. Tom Harkin (Dowa),
chair ol rhe Senare Healrh, Ecucarion, LaLor &
Fensions Commirree, ro holc a markup on ENDA in
the wake of the panels hearing on the legislation last
week and the senators remarks to the Washington
Blade immediately afterward that he wanted to poll
the committee about moving the bill forward.
In the week after the hearing, the Blade solicited
statements from the ofces of all 22 members of
the Senate panel on whether they want to see
the committee move the legislation to the Senate
loor. Those who responcec allrmarively were
spokespersons lor Sens. Jell Merkley (Dre.),
ENDA's leac sponsor, as well as Sens. BarLara Mikulski
(DMc.), Farry Murray (DWash.), Bernarc Sancers (
vr.), BoL Casey (DFa.), Al Franken (DMinn.), Michael
Benner (DColo.), Ficharc Blumenrhal (DConn.) anc
Mark Kirk (Fll.), rhe only FepuLlican on rhe panel
who responded to the Blades inquiry.
All 12 Democrars on rhe panel as well as Kirk, an
oriinal cosponsor ol rhe Lill are amon rhe 41 roral
cosponsors ol ENDA, so rhe Lill shoulc have no rrouLle
movin our ol commirree. The leislarion woulc Lar
employers in most situations in the public and private
workforce from discriminating against workers because
of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Sanders ofce accompanied his call for a committee
vore on ENDA wirh a sraremenr sayin rhe rime is now
ro pass ENDA ro enc worklorce ciscriminarion aainsr
LGBT people.
"As 've saic many rimes Lelore, ciscriminarion ol
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Marylanc Gov. MARTIN OMALLEY anc House Speaker Michael E. Busch are scheculec ro cohosr a June 2o luncraiser in
cean Ciry lor Marylancers lor Marriae Equaliry. Tickers lor rhe evenr srarr ar $1,000.
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Sophie B. Hawkins
returns with new album.
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Washington County
adopts partner benets
A Maryland county next month will begin
offering spousal benets to employees
who legally marry their same-sex partner.
Washington County adopted the policy
in response to a complaint that Lambda
Legal led with the Maryland Commission
on Human Rights on behalf of county
librarian William Taylor in March. He
and his partner of 17 years, Mark Noble,
married in D.C., in May 2010, but the
countys Department of Human Resources
denied Taylors application for spousal
benets in spite of Marylands recognition
of out-of-state same-sex marriages.
Im very pleased that the county
will now be treating its gay and lesbian
employees, like me, more fairly, said
Taylor in a Lambda Legal press release
that announced the new policy. I love
working at the library, but it has always
bothered me that my straight colleagues
were being compensated a lot more
than I was for the same work. Now thats
changed, and it means a lot to me.
The announcement comes less than a
month after the Maryland Court of Appeals
unanimously ruled that same-sex couples
who are legally married in other jurisdictions
can obtain a divorce in the state.
Were pleased that Washington
County has joined others in Maryland
in respecting the out-of-state marriages
of their gay and lesbian employees,
Susan Sommer, director of constitutional
litigation at Lambda Legal, told the Blade.
The new Washington County policy
that takes effect next month also
coincides with the campaign to defend
Marylands same-sex marriage law in a
likely November referendum.
We hope all gay and lesbian
Marylanders will be able to marry in their
own state, added Sommer.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Blade wins
journalism awards
The Washington Blade was honored
earlier this month by the D.C. chapter of
the Society of Professional Journalists with
two Dateline Awards.
Blade Editor Kevin Naff won rst place in
the weekly editorial/columns/commentary
category for an editorial titled, Whats
wrong with Marylands gays? The judges
said, This editorial holds an elected
ofcial accountable, with solid reporting,
for failing to represent his constituents.
Blade Features Editor Joey DiGuglielmo
took rst place in the weekly arts criticism
category for a piece titled, Men, music
and message, which judges described
as a nice example of colorful, descriptive
critical writing.
In addition, senior news reporter Lou
Chibbaro Jr. was a nalist in the general
news category for, Once homeless, gay
youth is college bound.
STAFF REPORTS
Virginia gets rst
openly gay judge
The Richmond Circuit Court late last week
approved the nomination of a gay prosecutor
to the citys General District Court.
I am humbled by the Circuit Courts
decision, Tracy Thorne-Begland, chief
deputy commonwealth attorney for the city
of Richmond, said in a statement. I look
forward to serving the citizens of the city of
Richmond as a jurist, and over the coming
months I hope that my service provides
comfort to all Virginians that I remain
committed to the faithful application of the
laws and constitutions of Virginia and the
United States of America.
The courts decision comes almost a
month after the Republican-controlled
House of Delegates rejected Thorne-
Beglands nomination. Del. Bob Marshall
(R-Prince William County) claimed before
the May 15 vote that the former Navy pilot
misrepresented himself when he failed
to disclose his sexual orientation when he
enlisted in 1992.
Marshall did not immediately return the
Blades request for comment. State Sen.
A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico,) who
sponsored Thorne-Beglands nomination
in the state Senate, applauded the
appointment.
I applaud the Circuit Court judges
for recognizing Mr. Thorne-Beglands
skill, qualications and competency and
putting aside bigotry, prejudice and false
excuses, he said. I have always had and
continue to have the utmost condence
in Mr. Thorne-Beglands ability to serve
our community and I am gratied to see
that the circuit court judges share my
condence.
Gov. Bob McDonnell also applauded
the appointment.
The governor believes Mr. Thorne-
Begland is well-qualied to serve on the
bench, spokesperson Taylor Thornley
told the Blade. He congratulates him on
the appointment.
The Richmond Circuit Court had the
authority to appoint Thorne-Begland on
an interim basis because lawmakers did
not ll the vacancy. His term is slated to
begin on July 1, but lawmakers could
rescind the temporary appointment once
they reconvene next year.
Equality Virginia is pleased the Circuit
Court, like most Virginians, recognizes
Tracy Thorne-Begland is a qualied
choice for the bench, said James Parrish,
executive director of Equality Virginia. The
LGBT community is excited he will be the
rst openly gay judge serving in the state.
Former Attorney General Richard
Cullen and former Virginia Bar Association
President James Meath were among
the ve prominent Richmond attorneys
who urged the court to appoint Thorne-
Begland in a letter they sent to Richmond
Circuit Court Judge Richard D. Taylor, Jr.,
on Tuesday. Meath, who chairs Williams
Mullen, told the Blade that he is very
pleased that the judges of the circuit court
saw t to appoint him.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Student wins history
contest with exhibit
Thousands of students, teachers, and
parents attended a ceremony at the
University of Maryland in College Park last
week in which a 17-year-old high school
student won the National History Day
Contest award for an exhibit on the 1969
Stonewall riots.
Nicholas Gupta, a student at Pensacola
High School in Florida, won the rst-
place award for a museum style exhibit
he worked on for 11 months called Out
of the Closet and Into the Streets: The
Stonewall Uprising of 1969.
Gupta, whos straight and just completed
his junior year at Pensacola High, said he
rst learned about the Stonewall riots
while searching for a topic for the contest.
Organizers of the annual contest called on
students to select a topic that ts into the
theme of revolution, reaction, and reform
in history.
When I read about the Stonewall
uprising it was something that really hit
me, Gupta told the Blade. You know,
wow, this is something that nobody really
talks about. Its kind of left out of the
history books.
The Stonewall riots took place in New
Yorks Greenwich Village in June 1969
after police raided a gay bar called the
Stonewall Inn. Police said they raided the
bar because it didnt have a liquor license
at a time when it was illegal to serve
alcohol to homosexuals in New York City.
In what was believed to be a rst of its
kind development, the gay male, lesbian,
and transgender patrons of the bar fought
back, throwing bottles and rocks as police
attempted the arrest them. The riots,
which took place over several days, have
been credited with triggering the modern
LGBT rights movement.
More than half a million elementary and
secondary school students participate in
the National History Day Contest each
year, according to a statement released
by the National History Day organization,
which is based on the University of
Maryland campus in College Park, Md.
Students choose historical topics related
to a theme and conduct extensive primary
and secondary research through libraries,
archives, museums, oral history interviews
and historic sites, the statement says.
Gupta said that after reviewing articles,
books and newspaper reports on the
Stonewall riots he traveled to New York
City, where he conducted additional
research at the New York Public Library.
While in New York, he visited the Stonewall
building, which is the current home of a
gay bar bearing that name.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
washingtonblade.com
04 JUNE 22, 2012 LOCAL NEWS
Lambda Legal led a complaint with the Maryland Commission on Human Rights on behalf of county
librarian WILLIAM TAYLOR (right) and his partner MARK NOBLE in March.
PHOTO COURTESY LAMBDA LEGAL
Police Log
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Departments Gay
& Lesbian Liaison Unit participated in the follow-
ing investigations:
n June 13, 12 memLers ol
the GLLU received a call from
a community member from a
different jurisdiction requesting
advice regarding a domestic
incident. The individual was
provided with appropriate
resource agency information.
n June 12, in rhe 300 Llock ol
37rh Srreer, S.E., a woman was
involved in a verbal altercation
with her neighbor. During the
altercation, the woman alleges
the suspect used homophobic
language toward her. No offense
took place.
n June 12, in rhe unir Llock
of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E., a
complainant was assaulted and
threatened by a suspect. The
two are engaged in a domestic
relationship.
n June 11, ar 8rh anc E srreers,
N.W., two complainants were
engaged in a verbal altercation
with another individual. They tried
to leave and the manager made
them wait for MPD to bar them
from the listed location.
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City mum on fear that
HIV patients wont get
ADAP prescriptions
lled after July 1
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Editors note: The Blade will update this story to provide
the citys side of this controversy as soon as the DOH
responds to our ongoing request for an interview with
the appropriate ofcial in charge of the D.C. ADAP drug
prescription program.
A decision by the D.C. Department of
Health to terminate its contract with a local
pharmacy chain that has administered the
citys AIDS Drug Assistance Program, or
ADAP, could prevent patients who rely on
the program from relling their prescriptions
after July 1, according to a pharmacy owner
involved with the program.
Pharmacist Michael Kim, owner of
Grubbs Pharmacy, said Grubbs and an
as yet undetermined number of other
city pharmacies will stop serving ADAP
patients beginning July 1, when a new city-
administered program goes into effect.
Kim said the pharmacies choosing not to
participate say a decision by DOH to cut in
half its reimbursement payment for ADAP
drug prescriptions and to keep the lower
payment in place for the next ve years
makes it too costly for the pharmacies to
process ADAP prescriptions.
This is going to be an absolute disaster,
said pharmacist Tamara Foreman, a
member of the D.C. Board of Pharmacies,
an independent entity that advises the city
on pharmacy-related matters.
The patients are not being notied,
said Foreman, who also serves on the board
of a non-prot organization that advocates
on behalf of pharmacy patients. They are
being told to anticipate a gap in service, but
theyre not being told where to go if their
pharmacy stops lling their prescription.
ADAP, a joint federal-state program,
was created under the Ryan White AIDS
Care Act in the early 1990s as a means of
providing life-saving AIDS drugs to low-
income patients as well as symptom-free
people with HIV who dont have private
health insurance coverage and cant afford
to pay for the drugs.
Many of the HIV medications, such as
anti-retroviral drugs, cost between $1,000
to as much as $2,000 for a one-month
prescription, AIDS advocacy groups
familiar with ADAP have said.
The DOH did not immediately respond
to repeated requests by the Washington
Blade for an explanation for its decision
not to renew its ADAP contract with Care
Pharmacies, the local pharmacy chain that
has administered the drug prescription
aspect of ADAP in D.C. for 10-15 years.
A staffer with the citys AIDS
administration, who isnt authorized to
speak to the media, said DOH chose to
set up its own network of local pharmacies
to process ADAP drug prescriptions rather
than renew Care Pharmacies contract to
expand the options for patients.
The staffer said DOH wanted to bring
in more pharmacies and different types
of pharmacies, including those providing
mail order services, into the ADAP network
beyond the 24 that have been participating
under the Care Pharmacies network.
Kim, who serves on the Care Pharmacies
board of directors, said that in addition
to about 24 pharmacies that are part of
the Care Pharmacies franchise, several
unafliated pharmacies were part of
Cares ADAP network. Among them was
Whitman-Walker Health, the citys largest
private AIDS services provider which
has its own in-house pharmacy. Others
included the AIDS Healthcare Foundation,
a worldwide AIDS care provider that has
an in-house pharmacy in its D.C. ofce;
and Safeway supermarket stores, which
also have in-house pharmacies.
Foreman said the non-prot group
CMS Health Initiative, with which she is
afliated, has provided quality control
training and supervision under a city
contract to ensure that D.C. pharmacies
dispensing ADAP drugs meet the citys
requirements under the ADAP program
operated by Care Pharmacies.
She said that in order to be approved
by the city to dispense ADAP drugs, a
pharmacy is required to provide patient
counseling and a series of other patient-
related services, including checks to make
sure patients remain compliant with their
drug regimen and dont drop out of the
program, placing their health at risk. She
said all pharmacies in the program must
provide free delivery service to patients.
Foreman and Kim also noted that
under rules established by the D.C. DOH,
pharmacies participating in the citys ADAP
program are reimbursed under a drug
replenishment system. The system,
which saved money for the city, requires the
pharmacies to pay wholesale pharmaceutical
supplies the rst months prescription for all
new patients. The city then replenished the
pharmacies with supplies of drugs for all
subsequent prescriptions.
Kim said the system requires a
pharmacy to pay out of pocket for the
rst prescription, which could come to
between $1,000 and $2,000. He said he
now fears that the expected fewer number
of pharmacies that join the citys in-house
network will be hit by dozens of patients
dropped from the pharmacies like Grubbs
that chose not to join the new network.
They could be facing an initial payment
of $40,000 in a single month, Kim said.
Many of them just cant absorb that. They
are small, independent pharmacies.
Kim disputes claims by sources from the
DOH that the new city-operated network
will include improved services and options
from the network scheduled to end July 1.
Basically, in my opinion, its all about
money, he said. They feel that they are
paying too much for the ADAP program.
If you look at their program, they just took
the current program thats being run by
Care Pharmacies and then they put it out
and stamped it with their name and they
cut the reimbursement in half. And thats
it, he said.
So if they say theyve improved the
program somewhat thats a at out lie because
they havent done anything to the program
except cut the reimbursement in half.
He said the current per-prescription
reimbursement to Care Pharmacies is
$20.50. DOH has invited pharmacies to
apply to be accepted into the new program
for a reimbursement of $10.50, he said.
I can tell you that $10.50 was the rate
that was given to us about 10 years ago,
Kim said. It just doesnt cover the costs.
Whitman-Walker and AIDS Healthcare
Foundation are among the local pharmacy
providers that have signed up to be part of
the new city ADAP network, representatives
of the two organizations said.
Jerame Zelner, regional director of AIDS
Healthcare Foundations pharmacies, said
AHF is very concerned that many ADAP
patients in D.C. will be unable to re-ll their
prescriptions if a large number of local
pharmacies that once participated in the
program dont join the new city network.
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Gay Night Out at Nationals draws 4,000
About 4,000 LGBT sports fans and their friends turned out to the Washington
Nationals Stadium Tuesday for the eighth annual Night Out at the Nationals,
breaking the attendance record for previous years, organizers said.
Weve never gone that high, said Brent Minor, executive director of Team
D.C., the local LGBT sports group that organizes the annual event.
For the seventh year in a row, the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington sang the
National Anthem at the game, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd.
Although the Nationals lost the game to the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 5-4,
Minor and other organizers of the event said the LGBT attendees were thrilled
over the event and plan to attend future baseball games at the stadium.
Prior to the start of the game, gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) was given the
honor of throwing the ceremonial rst pitch of the game as a crowd of Team
D.C. and gay Chorus members stood by on the eld.
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous also participated in the pre-game
ceremony by joining Nationals manager Davey Johnson in bringing the ofcial
lineup card of Nationals players to the umpires. Participating in this ceremonial
task has long been considered a tradition of Major League Baseball used to
bestow honor and respect on a community leader.
It was kind of our way to recognize and thank the NAACP for their support of
marriage equality that they recently came out with, said Minor, who noted that
Jealous immediately accepted Team D.C.s invitation to participate in the event.
In a post-game interview with the Blade, Jealous said he remains cautiously
optimistic that Maryland voters will support the states same-sex marriage law in
the likely November referendum.
Theres a very good chance, but with any ght youve got to stay in ghting
position right up until the very end, he said.
Also participating in the pre-game ceremony was D.C. Police Sgt. Brett Parson,
former commander of the departments Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, whos gay.
Parson was given the task of declaring from the eld Play Ball! the traditional
kick off for a game.
LOU CHIBBARO JR. & MICHAEL K. LAVERS
washingtonblade.com
0 JUNE 22, 2012 LOCAL NEWS
The eighth annual Night Out at the Nationals was held Tuesday. The Nats lost, 5-4.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Pharmacies accuse D.C. of threatening AIDS drug program
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Oregon event seeks to
combat homophobia
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
A transgender former George
Washington University basketball player
was among the nearly 30 people who took
part in an LGBT sports summit at Nikes
world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.,
from June 14-17.
Kye Allums, who came out as trans in
a 2010 interview with the LGBT sports
website Outsports.com, joined Team DC
President Les Johnson and National Center
for Lesbian Rights policy counsel Ashland
Johnson, who also lives in D.C., at the
confab. Campus Pride, ESPN, Nike and the
National Collegiate Athletic Association
were among the 20 organizations that sent
representatives to the summit.
During the three-day gathering,
participants drafted four broad goals on
which they will work over the next four years
to end harassment and discrimination
against LGBT athletes and coaches.
These include collaborations with major
professional sports leagues to make them
more LGBT inclusive, increased visibility of
out collegiate athletes and coaches and the
implementation of LGBT-inclusive policies
in at least ve adult and youth recreational
leagues. The fourth objective is to have at
least two million young people hear what
summit organizers describe as an inclusive
denition of athletic champion.
We were denitely able to come up with
a beginning and a start on how to approach
that in pre-dening what a champion really
is, said Allums, whose foundation I M
Enough seeks to support both trans and
non-trans athletes through scholarships. He
also seeks to create trans visibility through
photography, art and storytelling.
Just because you win a championship
doesnt mean youre a champion, added
Allums. A champion is someone that
treats their teammates with respect and
allows them to be whoever they want to
be regardless of race, gender identity,
sexual orientation, size and age.
Outsports.com co-founder Cyd Zeigler,
Jr., National Center for Lesbian Rights
Sports Director Helen Carroll and Pat Grifn
of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education
Network conceived of the summit nine
months ago in response to what they
described as a lack of communication
and cohesion among groups ghting
homophobia and transphobia in sports.
I wanted to get everybody in the
room to talk about this and work through
whatevers stopping us from working
together as a team, Zeigler told the Blade.
LGBT athletes have gained more
visibility in recent years with former
NFL player Esera Tuaolo, former NBA
center John Amaechi, Womens National
Basketball Association player Sheryl
Swoopes and most recently former
Redskin Wade Davis publicly discussing
their sexual orientation.
In spite of these out athletes, LGBT
visibility remains an issue in collegiate and
professional sports.
Sherri Murrell, the head womens
basketball coach at Portland State
University who attended the summit,
remains the only out lesbian coach in
NCAA Division I womens basketball. Kirk
Walker, head softball coach at Oregon
State University, is also gay.
Were tired of just waiting around
and progress being really slow so we got
together, said Johnson as he discussed
the summit. Were trying to do something
bold and get Nike behind us. And weve
got some fresh ideas.
Several summit participants also
marched with the Nike contingent in the
Portland Pride Parade that coincided with
the end of the gathering.
Its the Nike LGBT Sports Summit, but it
really is a collaboration between Nike and
a bunch of us who want to get this done,
stressed Zeigler, referring to the sporting
apparels support of the gathering. Being
yourself and maximizing your potential
these are all important pieces of Nikes brand.
What were doing is matching Nikes brand.
Anti-gay group readying General Mills boycott
WASHINGTON After General Mills came out against a proposed amendment
to the Minnesota Constitution limiting marriage rights to opposite-sex couples
only, the National Organization for Marriage seems to be preparing to duplicate
its unsuccessful Starbucks boycott, this time aiming its ire at the cereal giant.
According to the Human Rights Campaigns NOM Exposed blog, the group
which has helped funnel millions into campaigns against same-sex marriage
across the country has purchased the website dumpgeneralmills.com, which
mirrors the dumpstarbucks.com website used in its anti-Starbucks campaign.
NOM began boycotting Starbucks in March, and has only collected a few
thousand commitments to shun the coffee retailer, and has recently removed the
total of pledges from its site, in comparison with SumOfUs.orgs counter-campaign
which garnered more than 650,000 thank you signatures for the company.
General Mills incurred NOMs wrath when the food companys vice president
of global diversity released a statement calling the effort to amend the state
constitution not in the best interest of our employees or our state economy,
and said the company was strongly opposed to the ballot measure.
Michigan House passes anti-gay bill
LANSING, Mich. The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a bill named
after an Eastern Michigan University student counselor who was dismissed from her
position for refusing to work with a gay student because of her religious beliefs.
According to the Hufngton Post, the Julea Ward bill will prohibit universities from
taking action against students in counseling, social work or psychology programs who
refuse to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conict
with a sincerely held religious belief of the student. The bill also requires that student
to refer the client to another counselor that will provide support.
The underlying lawsuit is not about religion and not about homosexuality, said
Leigh Greden, director of government and community relations for EMU. Its about the
right of university to insist that their students complete their academic assignments.
Worlds rst gay brewery opens
SAN DIEGO Hillcrest Brewing @QueensOfBeer on Twitter claimed it is
the worlds rst gay brewery this week when it opens its doors, according to the
San Diego Union-Tribune.
The craft brewery is the brainchild of gay restaurateur Chris Shaw, whose Mos
Universe family of restaurants all cater to an LGBT audience.
All of our restaurants have always been marketed for the gay community. Thats
our passion, said Shaw. We built the place to be comfortable for everyone to
enjoy, but our primary focus is on the LGBT community.
GOProud endorses Romney for president
GOProud, an organization of gay conservatives and their straight allies, this
week ofcially endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
Most gay Americans like their straight counterparts are not better off than
they were four years ago, said Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProuds executive director. The
truth is that gay people are living in the disastrous failed Obama economy too.
President Obama and his friends on the left want this election to be about
divisive social issues, because the Presidents record on jobs and the economy is
indefensible, continued LaSalvia. At this critical juncture, we need a president
with the experience and expertise to turn this economy around. Someone who
knows how the free markets work former Gov. Mitt Romney is that candidate.
The Log Cabin Republicans have yet to announce whether it will endorse in the race.
Romney supports a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
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a proposed amendment to Minnesotas constitution barring
marriage rights for same-sex couples.
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hes president
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President Obama pledged at this years
White House Pride reception that hell
continue to be an advocate for the LGBT
community for as long as hes in the White
House, calling on attendees to dream big
and as openly as you want.
And as long as I have the privilege of
being your president, I promise you, you
wont just have a friend in the White House,
you will have a fellow advocate for an
America where no matter what you look
like or where you come from or who you
love, you can dream big dreams and dream
as openly as you want, Obama said.
The reception comes near the
conclusion of Obamas rst term and
he wasnt shy about touting his pro-LGBT
achievements over the past three-a-half
years, including repeal of Dont Ask, Dont
Tell and dropping defense of the Defense
of Marriage Act in court. Repealing the
militarys gay ban got the most applause
from the audience; the runner up was
dropping defense of DOMA in court.
One other signicant action by Obama
was also included in his remarks: his recent
endorsement of marriage equality.
And Americans may be still evolving
when it comes to marriage equality but
as Ive indicated personally, Michelle and
I have made up our minds on this issue,
Obama said.
An estimated 500 people came to the
event, which took place in the East Room
of the White House. A military band
welcomed guests. Attendees munched on
hors doeuvres served on tables adorned
with red and pink roses.
Those who came largely consisted of
LGBT advocates from around the country
and LGBT people who held important
roles in the federal government. Among
the attendees were openly gay members
of the Obama administration, including
Ofce of Personnel Management Director
John Berry, chair of the Export-Import Bank
Fred Hochberg and chair of the Council on
Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley. Also on
hand: Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor
of California; gay actor Matt Bomer; and gay
MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts.
Obama noted that his administration
has seen many achievements on LGBT
rights as he encouraged attendees to
continue pressing forward
After decades of inaction and
indifference, you have every reason and right
to push, loudly and forcefully, for equality,
Obama said. But three years ago, I also
promised you this: I said that even if it took
more time than we would like, we would see
progress, we would see success, we would
see real and lasting change. And together,
thats what were witnessing.
Another success that Obama mentioned
was the lifting of the HIV travel ban. The
president acknowledged this action has
enabled D.C. to host the International
AIDS Conference in July marking the
rst time the United States has hosted the
conference since 1990.
While touting his accomplishments,
Obama said weve got more to do and
identied two LGBT issues that he said still
need to be addressed further: passage of
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
and bullying in schools.
Americans may feel more comfortable
bringing their partners to the ofce
barbecue, but were still waiting for a fully
inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination
Act, Obama said. Congress needs to pass
that legislation, so that no American is ever
red simply for being gay or transgender.
The reception marks the fourth time
that Obama has hosted a Pride reception
at the White House. In each of the three
previous years of his administration,
the president has held a reception to
commemorate June as Pride month.
This years Pride reception marks the
rst time openly gay service members
participated while in uniform. A handful
wearing uniforms from the various military
branches could be seen mingling in the
crowd, although they declined to talk to
reporters during the event.
Josh Seefried, co-director of OutServe,
was among the active duty service
members who participated and said
afterward he was proud to attend.
I was incredibly proud to be there not
only with the people we worked side by
side with to repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell
but for the rst time with my military peers
as well, Seefried said. It was surreal.The
presidents speech showed leadership
from the top and Im proud to call him my
commander-in-chief.
Numerous attendees told the Washington
Blade at the event they were thrilled to
receive invitations and show their support
for Obama as Election Day approaches.
Mark Segal, publisher of the
Philadelphia Gay News, said its important
for the LGBT community to work to re-
elect Obama after he took a political risk
by coming out for marriage equality.
I think its interesting thats he taken
such a major chance in support for this
community, and I hope this community
answers that challenge, Segal said.
Mary Burns, executive director of the
Indianapolis, Ind., based Indiana Youth
Group, said she was ecstatic to attend
the reception and doesnt know anyone
else whos been invited to the White House.
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As long as I have the privilege of being your
president, I promise you, you wont just have a
friend in the White House, you will have a fellow
advocate, said PRESIDENT OBAMA at last
weeks White House Pride Month reception.
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Human Rights Campaign President
Chad Grifn and Secretary of Health
& Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
unveiled HRCs annual report evaluating
the LGBT friendliness of medical facilities
throughout the country at a media
appearance Tuesday.
The two appeared together at a news
conference at Howard University Medical
Center a facility that received a perfect
score in the new report to talk about the
ndings in HRCs 2012 Healthcare Equality
Index, which is the fth such report from
the organization.
Grifn said during the news conference
that medical facilities shouldnt deny a
patient the ability to see a loved one
whether its a same-sex or opposite-sex
partner while visiting a hospital.
At no time are we more vulnerable than
when were lying on an emergency room
gurney or in a hospital bed, Grifn said.
Its a scary time; not a time to be alone,
and we desperately need our loved one by
our side. And of course, thats exactly where
they want to be, not sitting in a waiting room
feeling scared or helpless, or even worse, in
a car racing home to nd legal papers that
prove our relationships while critical medical
decisions are being made without us.
Sebelius noted the Obama
administrations work on improving LGBT
health, mentioning accomplishments such
as the hospital visitation memorandum and
a move to bar insurers from discriminating
on the basis of LGBT status.
A lot of these improvement dont get
the biggest press headlines, but they
reect how every day in dozens of small
ways every agency and division in our
department is working to make things
better for LGBT individuals and families
we serve, Sebelius said.
This years index includes 407 respondents
that volunteered to ll out a survey on key
aspects of treatment of LGBT patients and
staff, including patient non-discrimination
policies, visitation polices, employment
non-discrimination policies and training in
LGBT patient-centered care.
The report saw a 40 percent increase in
participating respondents from last year.
Additionally, there were 237 facilities a
162 percent increase in facilities that
received a perfect score and were dubbed
a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.
Wayne Frederick, Howard University
provost and chief academic ofcer, said
Howard University Hospital was delighted
to be included among the facilities that
received a perfect score in the index.
Patient-centered care is a universal
standard and is expected of all
health care providers and health care
institutions, Frederick said. It is a
standard that is deserved by all people
regardless of race, nationality, gender,
sexual orientation or gender identity.
The D.C.-based Whitman-Walker
Health also received a perfect score in the
index .
Don Blanchon, Whitman-Walkers
executive director, said hes excited and
honored his organizations work has been
recognized by HRC.
Whitman-Walker was founded more
than 30 years ago to offer high quality
and afrming health care for metropolitan
D.C.s LGBT community at a time when
that was almost non-existent, Blanchon
said. We are very proud to not only be
recognized but to join the company of
other health care groups around the
nation who are working to ensure equal
access to high quality care.
Although more facilities than ever
volunteered to ll out the survey, 18
states arent represented: Alaska, Idaho,
Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New
Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska,
North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, West
Virginia, Vermont and Connecticut.
On the same day that HRC issued
its report, the Department of Health &
Human Services issued its own annual
report identifying seven key LGBT
accomplishments in the past year as well
as goals moving forward. Among them are
the National Institutes of Health issuing a
report identifying LGBT health gaps and
opportunities; the Centers for Disease
Control issuing data on domestic violence
for LGBT couples; and the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services making a
training video about LGBT elder Americans.
HRC, Sebelius unveil report on hospitals
White House says
no executive order
at this time
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obamas action last week
protecting many young, undocumented
immigrants from deportation has won
praise in progressive circles including
among LGBT advocates but the
move raises a question: Can the LGBT
community now expect that the previously
denied administrative actions theyve
been seeking will come to fruition?
On Friday, the Obama administration
announced that an estimated 800,000
young undocumented immigrants who
were brought into the United States will be
considered for relief from removal from the
country if they meet certain criteria. Among
the criteria is whether the person in question
has a college education or has served in
the military. Those criteria would have
protected such immigrants from deportation
had Congress passed the DREAM Act.
During remarks in the White House
Rose Garden, Obama announced the
policy change and said it was a means to
keep talented people in the United States.
As I said in my speech on the economy
yesterday, it makes no sense to expel
talented young people, who, for all intents
and purposes, are Americans theyve
been raised as Americans; understand
themselves to be part of this country to
expel these young people who want to
staff our labs, or start new businesses, or
defend our country simply because of the
actions of their parents or because of
the inaction of politicians, Obama said.
Excitement among immigration rights
advocates ensued and hundreds of young
people swarmed the White House to rally
in support of the presidents action. And this
praise was echoed by LGBT rights advocates.
Rea Carey, executive director of the
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, was
among those who praised the move.
We applaud the Obama administration
for taking this monumental and inspiring
step, Carey said. It shows true
leadership. It is heartening to know that
hundreds of thousands of young people
will no longer have to live in daily fear of
being forced out of the country, away from
the life and dreams they have built.
But the policy change marks a
turnabout for the administration, which
had previously stated it wanted legislative
action on the DREAM Act as opposed to
pursuing executive action.
In September remarks before the
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institutes
annual gala, Obama talked about wanting
Congress to take action on the DREAM Act
I wish I had a magic wand and could
make this all happen on my own, Obama
said. There are times where until Nancy
Pelosi is speaker again Id like to work
my way around Congress. But the fact is,
even as we work towards a day when I can
sign an immigration bill, weve got laws on
the books that have to be upheld.
To be fair, Obama didnt completely rule
out executive action on the DREAM Act at
the gala. Saying how we enforce those
laws is also important, the president
noted the Department of Homeland
Security is taking common-sense steps for
immigration enforcement.
But the remarks should ring a bell. Theyre
along the lines of similar talking points that
administration ofcials have expressed
in regard to actions sought by the LGBT
community. Now that the administration has
taken action to help young, undocumented
immigrants, will it reconsider its position on
those other actions?
Perhaps the most high-prole
outstanding request of the administration
is an executive order requiring contractors
doing business with the federal
government to have employment non-
discrimination policies inclusive of sexual
orientation and gender identity. In April,
the White House announced it wouldnt
take such action at this time and was
opting instead for a legislative solution.
Felipe Matos, GetEQUALs national
eld director and a gay, undocumented
immigrant, said last week following the
announcement that hes happy with
Obamas action, but wants to see more
efforts on employment non-discrimination.
Im still reeling from the news and
overjoyed by the announcement but
my heart has just enough room in it for
another executive order, Matos said.
Its my hope that President Obama will
make today especially historic by signing
another executive order one that will
guarantee that I have the right to work
freely and openly as an immigrant, but
also as a gay American.
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HRC President CHAD GRIFFIN at Tuesdays
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any kind is not what America is supposed
to be about, Sanders said. Yet only 16
states, including my own state of Vermont,
and D.C. currently prohibit discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender
identity. I will fully support Sen. Merkley and
Chairman Harkin in their efforts to move
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
out of committee, because no Americans
should have to live with the fear of losing
their jobs simply because of who they are.
The support that Murrays ofce conveyed
to the Blade echoes the sentiment she
expressed about moving the legislation
forward during the committee hearing
last week. Murray was explicit in calling for
a markup, saying she wants to see ENDA
pass out of committee expeditiously. In
response, Harkin said, I hope so.
But speaking to the Washington
Blade after the hearing, Harkin was non-
committal about holding a markup, saying
he wants to speak with panel members
before moving forward.
Im going to poll my committee and see,
Harkin said. Right now, Im kind of up to
here in getting [Food & Drug Administration]
bill through, as you know. We got it through
the Senate; weve got to work with the House
on that trying to get that put to bed, and
then Im going to poll the committee and see
what we want to do.
The Senate HELP Committee didnt
respond to a request for comment on the
possibility of holding a markup on ENDA.
Its unclear whether the seven senators
who expressed support for a markup to
the Blades solicitation is enough support
for Harkin to schedule a markup.
Tico Almeida, president of Freedom
to Work, said a markup would enable the
committee to make technical changes to
the bill before taking it to the Senate oor
for nal passage.
Senate rules allow leader Reid to bring
ENDA to the oor of the Senate without
a committee vote, but a committee mark-
up would present a good opportunity
for Chairman Harkin to make technical
improvements to ENDA, for example, by
xing the legal loophole created by a bad
Supreme Court decision called Gross vs.
FBL Financial, Almeida said. Mr. Harkin
recently introduced legislation to x the
same loophole in the age discrimination
statute, and ENDA needs the same x to
be incorporated into the bill.
Ian Thompson, legislative representative
for the American Civil Liberties Union, also
backed the idea of a committee markup
as a way to advance ENDA.
The Senate HELP Committee should
move forward with a markup of this critical
and long overdue legislation that will
allow American workers who stand side-
by-side at the workplace and contribute
with equal measure in their jobs to also
stand on the same equal footing under
the law, Thompson said.
Thompson added the committee
should make modications to the bill
when it comes up for consideration:
(a) narrowing the legislations exemption
so that it doesnt provide religious
organizations with a blank check
to discriminate against LGBT people
for any reason and not just religious
teachings, and (b) removing a provision
that expands the Defense of Marriage
Act and allows employers in states where
same-sex couples can legally marry to
treat married gay employees as unmarried
for the purposes of employee benets.
Reporting the legislation to the oor
would be similar to what Sen. Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt.) did for the Respect for Marriage
Act, legislation that would repeal the
Defense of Marriage Act. In November,
Leahy held a markup on the bill in the
Senate Judiciary Committee, passing the
bill via a party-line vote.
A committee markup may be the furthest
extent to which ENDA can advance during
the 112th Congress. The 41 co-sponsors
of the legislation fall signicantly short
of the 60 votes needed to overcome a
Senate libuster. Additionally, its highly
unlikely that the Republican-controlled
House would consider ENDA as long as
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is
the presiding ofcer of that chamber.
The ofce of Sen. Jeff Bingaman
(D-N.M.) reiterated the senators support
for ENDA in response to the Blade inquiry
without explicitly calling for a markup.
Jude McCartin, a Bingaman spokesperson
said, Sen. Bingaman is a cosponsor of
the bill and as such intends to vote for
it. McCartin didnt respond to follow up
inquiries to clarify whether this means
Bingaman wants to see a markup.
But some of the committee members
who responded afrmatively to the idea of a
markup Merkley, Murray, Casey and Kirk
went further and volunteered they also want
to see a oor vote on the legislation despite
the lack of assured passage of the legislation.
Even a vote that failed would demonstrate
where senators stand on the bill and which
lawmakers ENDA supporters should work to
expel on Election Day.
Merkley expressed support for the idea
of a markup and oor vote in response to
a question from the Washington Blade
during a conference call with reporters
following the ENDA hearing last week.
I support any effort that takes this
issue forward whether its a markup in
committee or it going straight to the
oor, Merkley said. Ill defer to the
leadership of the committee on the most
effective legislative strategy, but I think it is
long past time for the Senate as a whole to
debate and vote on this bill.
In a statement to the Blade, Casey
expressed support for a Senate vote on
ENDA in a statement accompanying his
backing a markup of the bill.
I hope that the Senate moves
quickly toward bipartisan passage of
the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act, Casey said. This common-sense
legislation ensures that employees are
judged on their skills and abilities in
the workplace and not on their sexual
orientation or gender identity and I am
hopeful that it will see swift passage.
Kirks support for both a markup and
oor vote on ENDA puts him ahead of
many Democrats on where he wants
to take the legislation. Kate Dickens, a
Kirk spokesperson, said, Sen. Kirk is
supportive of committee passage and
oor consideration of ENDA.
Christian Berle, deputy executive
director of the Log Cabin Republicans,
said his organization supports Kirks call to
advance the legislation as far as possible
in the Senate.
Jobs and the economy must be
the rst priority for Congress, and the
freedom to work is fundamental to getting
all Americans back to work, Berle said.
Log Cabin Republicans support Sen.
Mark Kirks effort to secure a markup both
in committee and on the oor. Sen. Harry
Reid remains the majority leader and
could easily schedule a vote to maintain
his commitment to equality and should
not delay in doing so.
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Levins comments came at a time when
virtually all of the states political observers
believe opponents of the marriage
equality law will obtain far more than the
number of petition signatures they need
to place the referendum on the ballot in
the Nov. 6 election.
The referendum language, which the
Maryland State Board of Elections wont
draft until August, is expected to ask voters
to approve or overturn a law passed earlier
this year by the Maryland General Assembly
legalizing same-sex marriage. The law also
allows churches and religious organizations
to refuse to perform such marriages.
Both sides have begun raising and
spending money to wage their respective
campaigns for and against the same-sex
marriage law. But Marylands election law
doesnt require the campaigns to publicly
disclose the amount of money they have
raised or spent until Oct. 12, when the rst of
three campaign nance reports for a state
referendum is due to be led, according to
Jared DeMarinis, a spokesperson for the
election board.
He said the second campaign nance
report must be led on Oct. 26 and the
third on Nov. 27, 21 days after the election.
DeMarinis said the election law requires
organizations seeking to place the marriage
equality law on the ballot in a referendum
to le nance reports during the petition
gathering process, which began earlier
this year and continues through June 30.
Those groups were required to disclose
the receipt and expenditure of funds linked
solely to the petition process during the
past several months.
In what may come as a surprise to
advocates of campaign nance disclosure
laws, Marylanders for Marriage Equality
isnt required to disclose the amount of
money it raises and spends and the names
of its rst round of donors until Oct. 12.
The identity of its donors that contribute
money between Oct. 26 and Election Day
on Nov. 6 wont have to be disclosed until
21 days after the election.
When asked last week by the Blade how
much the campaign has raised so far, Levin
said, I dont think Im going to comment
on that one.
Some LGBT rights advocates in
Maryland and elsewhere have expressed
concern that Marylanders for Marriage
Equality will need as much as $10 million to
$12 million to wage an effective campaign
to defeat the referendum and allow the
same-sex marriage law to take effect.
These advocates, most of whom spoke
to the Blade on condition that they not
be identied, said Marylands marriage
equality campaign will be competing for
big donors and other contributors with the
marriage equality campaigns in Maine,
Minnesota and Washington State, where
similar marriage referendums will be on
the ballot in November.
The big donors, both gay and LGBT-
supportive allies, are also being lobbied
heavily to make large contributions to
President Obamas re-election campaign,
placing further strain on the pool of funds
needed by the pro-same-sex marriage
campaigns.
I dont see Maryland having a very
easy time pulling $10 million out to run
this, said Andy Szekeres, a professional
fundraiser from Denver, whos gay.
Szekeres is the former partner in a Denver-
based fundraising company that raised
more than $37 million for various political
campaigns over the past several years.
I think theyre grossly underestimating
the resources that theyre going to need,
he said of Marylanders for Marriage Equality.
According to Szekeres, who was
hired last year to help the statewide
LGBT group Equality Maryland boost its
fundraising efforts, the marriage equality
side in Maryland must purchase TV ads
in the expensive Washington, D.C. and
Baltimore media markets.
He said he sees no evidence so far
that the campaign has begun to buy and
reserve TV ad time now, when the cost
is lower than it will be in September and
October, when the referendum campaign
heats up and the Obama campaign and
Maryland congressional candidates ood
the airways with TV commercials.
Evan Wolfson, executive director of
the national marriage equality advocacy
group Freedom to Marry, said his group
is deeply embedded in the marriage
referendum campaigns in Maine,
Minnesota, and Washington State and is
helping those campaigns raise money. He
told the Blade that the money needed to
win marriage equality in those three states
will well exceed $25 million.
He said Marylands marriage equality
campaign will need $10 million plus
to successfully fend off the referendum
seeking to kill the states same-sex
marriage law.
Wolfson has declined to comment on
why Freedom to Marry has not joined
the coalition of groups that that formed
Marylanders for Marriage Equality.
Campaign nance reports led in Maine,
Minnesota, and Washington show that
Freedom to Marry has contributed
thousands of dollars to the marriage
equality campaigns in those states.
Levin and other ofcials with
Marylanders for Marriage Equality dispute
Szekeres and Wolfsons assessment of the
campaigns fundraising needs, saying they
believe they will have the resources to run
an aggressive and effective grassroots
campaign throughout the state.
Im not worried, said Levin. Weve
got a lot of folks around the country
who are working on this issue and weve
got four states where its on the ballot.
And I think that supporters around the
country are going to look at all four states.
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Baltimore fundraiser features HRCs Grifn
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The head of the campaign to defend
Marylands same-sex marriage law stressed
last week that he remains condent
that voters will support nuptials for gays
and lesbians in the likely November
referendum.
We feel pretty good, said Josh Levin,
campaign director for Marylanders for
Marriage Equality, told the Blade in an
exclusive interview during a fundraiser for
his organization at Bay Caf in Baltimore.
The story since the beginning of the year
has been momentum growing; whether
that was passing the bill, signing it into
law, the presidents announcement [in
support of marriage rights for same-sex couples,] the NAACP nationally coming
out in our favor. Were just trying to build upon that as we go forward.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Grifn, Equality Maryland executive
director Carrie Evans and state Dels. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City) and
Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) were among the roughly 175 people who
attended. Marylanders for Marriage Equality spokesperson Kevin Nix told the
Blade after the fundraiser that it raised a few thousand dollars, but he did not
have an exact gure.
Levin stressed he remains condent that he can run what he described as a winning
campaign with between $5 and $7 million. Marylanders for Marriage Equality earlier
this month opened two campaign ofces in Baltimore and Silver Spring, and plans to
have several others across the state in the coming weeks and months.
The campaign recently hired 12 new staffers and promoted Manley Calhoun to
deputy eld director.
We feel like well be able to do the things we need to do thanks to the efforts
of our coalition and our partners who are going to be talking to voters, said Levin.
The fundraiser took place a day after President Barack Obama urged Maryland
voters during a Baltimore campaign event to support the states same-sex
marriage law in November.
A Public Policy Polling survey in May found that 57 percent of Marylanders would
support nuptials for gays and lesbians in the referendum. The same poll found that
55 percent of the states black voters back marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
Our poll numbers are probably the best in the country of the states where
we are looking at this issue on the ballot right now, noted Levin in reference to
Maine, Minnesota and Washington voters who will consider same-sex marriage
referendum and constitutional amendments in November. Thats thanks to the
effort that the president made with his announcementreinforced last night here
in Baltimore. Thats the work on the ground of our partners, our staff and all the
people who worked so hard to get the bill passed.
Levin further highlighted the contributions that he said Equality Maryland,
the ACLU of Maryland, the Service Employees International Union and other
organized labor groups have made to the campaign.
The work that they bring to the table is incredibly valuable, he said.
An unofcial count posted to the Maryland State Board of Elections website last
week shows that ofcials have validated 109,317 of the 113,000 signatures that the
Maryland Marriage Alliance submitted late last month. The organization needed to
collect 55,736 signatures by June 30 to prompt a referendum on the issue.
We can be the rst state in the country to pass this on the ballot, said Levin in
response to a question about whether he feels other states marriage referendums
and Obamas re-election campaign will prompt donors not to give to the Maryland
effort. We need help to get there and we want to make sure that we can be
successful here and in other states. I hope that Maryland can help chart the way.
JOSH LEVIN spoke at a Baltimore
fundraiser last week.
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Hopefully theyll support all four.
Levin pointed to a poll last month
commissioned by the campaign and
conducted by the rm Public Policy
Polling showing support for the same-sex
marriage law leading among likely voters
in Maryland by a margin of 57 percent to
37 percent. The same poll showed the
marriage equality side leading among
black voters in the state by a margin of 55
percent to 36 percent.
The poll ndings, released on May 24,
showed a dramatic increase in support of
same-sex marriage by black voters following
President Obamas announcement that he
and rst lady Michelle Obama believe gay
and lesbian couples should be allowed to
legally marry.
Although the Public Policy Polling poll was
commissioned by Marylanders for Marriage
Equality, ofcials with the group note that
a separate ABC News-Washington Post
poll released around the same time found
that 59 percent of blacks across the country
expressed support for same-sex marriage.
I think weve opened some eyes and
changed some minds about Maryland here
in the last couple of months, Levin said.
Our poll numbers are probably the best
in the country of the states where we are
looking at this issue on the ballot right now.
He added, I know that Im learning
from my fellow campaign managers in
the other states about whats working
there. Were talking. Were trying to work
together. Its not a rivalry. Its a partnership.
We all want to move this forward.
Marylanders for Marriage Equality
spokesperson Kevin Nix also points out
that the groups coalition partners are
especially inuential and knowledgeable
on Maryland politics. They include
the NAACP of Maryland, the ACLU of
Maryland, Equality Maryland, the Human
Rights Campaign, the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force, and the Service
Employees International Union (SEIU) of
Maryland, among other organizations.
LGBT advocates say the marriage
equality side is likely to benet from
Marylands status as a solid Democratic
state expected to vote strongly for
Obama in the presidential election taking
place at the same time as the marriage
referendum. With polls showing that
Democratic voters in general and Obama
voters in particular tend to support same-
sex marriage rights at higher levels than
other voters, the presidential election will
likely be a major boost to the campaign in
favor of Marylands marriage equality law.
Polls conducted earlier this year also
showed that as many as 30 percent of
Maryland voters saying they plan to vote
for Republican presidential candidate Mitt
Romney also support same-sex marriage.
LGBT advocates in Maryland are also
hopeful that Gov. Martin OMalley, who
enjoys widespread popularity throughout
the state, will follow through with his
promise to campaign vigorously in support
of the same-sex marriage law and help
raise money for the campaign. OMalley
has been credited with playing a key role in
persuading the legislature to pass the law.
OMalleys chief fundraising consultant,
Colleen Martin Lauer of the fundraising rm
Martin-Lauer Associates, is working with
the campaign, Lauer told the Blade. She
declined to provide details on what her rm
is doing, deferring inquires to the campaign.
OMalley and Maryland House Speaker
Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel County)
are scheduled to co-host a June 26
fundraiser in Ocean City for Marylanders
for Marriage Equality. According to the
Washington Post, tickets for the event
start at $1,000.
Szekeres said hes rooting for the
success of the Maryland campaign as well
as the pro-marriage equality campaigns in
Maine, Minnesota and Washington. But
he said other states have had similarly
strong coalitions, with polling numbers
showing the same-sex marriage side
ahead. He notes that same-sex marriage
has lost in each of the 32 states that have
had ballot measures on the issue.
The 2008 approval of Californias
Proposition 8, which overturned that states
gay marriage law, and the 2009 defeat of
a same-sex marriage law approved by the
Maine legislature that year were especially
heartbreaking, Szekeres and others
familiar with those ballot measures said.
California voters approved Proposition 8 by
a margin of 52 to 48 percent following polling
numbers showing the marriage equality side
was ahead. Polls showed that Maines same-
sex marriage law would survive the referendum
vote shortly before voters rejected the law by a
margin of 53 to 47 percent.
Opponents of a Maine same-sex
marriage law passed by the state
legislature initiated the 2009 referendum,
which killed the law before it took effect.
This years referendum in Maine was
initiated by same-sex marriage supporters,
who want Maine to become the rst state
to put a same-sex marriage law in place
through a popular election.
We lose these things 52 to 48 percent
across the country, said Szekeres. Ive
been at these things and our polling
showed we were much higher in Maine [in
2009] than we were. People lie to pollsters.
They dont want to be bigots to the
pollsters but they are when they go vote.
He and others familiar with same-sex
marriage ballot campaigns have said TV
ads by opponents that allege that gay
marriage is harmful to children and the
traditional family continue to succeed in
persuading a majority of voters to turn
against marriage equality.
Again, if they think they can run this on
a shoestring budget because 57 percent of
the people six months out from the election
tell pollsters they support us, thats not going
to happen, said Szekeres in discussing
the Maryland referendum. There will be
a lot of negative advertising and negative
advertising works. And we just dont seem
to have an effective response.
Nix said Marylanders for Marriage
Equality retained the D.C.-based national
advertising rm Dixon-Davis Media Group
to prepare the campaigns TV ads on
behalf of the same-sex marriage law.
The rms website describes itself as a full-
service strategic communications company
and advertising agency serving Democratic
candidates, campaigns and causes.
Nix said the campaign has also retained
the Hart Research polling company
to conduct internal polls to help the
campaign develop the best possible
messages for persuading voters to
support marriage equality.
Matthew Crenson, professor emeritus
of political science at Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore, said he has
observed a shift in the electorate that
is likely to break the gay marriage losing
streak on ballot measures.
I think theres a better than 50-50
chance that Maryland will become the
rst state to approve gay marriage in a
referendum, he said.
One decisive event was when the
NAACP endorsed [marriage equality]
because African Americans in Maryland,
especially those closely attached to
churches, have traditionally been opposed
to gay marriage and gay rights, he said.
But the NAACP dened this as a civil
rights issue, which is similar to the kind of
issues that African Americans have raised
in the past, he said. And I think that
introduced a kind of shift in the electorate
that makes it more than likely that [same-
sex marriage] will pass.
Maryland political observer Michael J.
Wilson, a Montgomery County resident
and former executive director of the
national group Americans for Democratic
Action, said he too senses a shift in the
direction of voters upholding the same-
sex marriage law.
I think theres reason to be hopeful,
he said, adding that the ability of the
marriage equality side to turn out their
supporters at the polls will be a crucial
factor in the outcome.
In Maryland, if you carry Baltimore
City, Baltimore County, Montgomery
County, and Prince Georges County by a
big enough margin, you win a statewide
election, Wilson said. If you carry those
big counties you can win the state, even if
the other counties go 60 to 40 against you.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.
Marriage ghts in 4 states competing for funds
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With sun-splashed, comfortably warm
temperatures adding to an already festive
atmosphere, the organizers of Baltimores
37th annual Pride could not have ordered
up a more perfect weekend for June 16-
17. In the past, Pride-goers typically had to
endure steamy, sticky conditions.
Following the traditional high-heel race,
the parade traveled up Charles Street
through Mount Vernon with its array of
oats, marchers and vehicles. Colorful
confetti, beads, candy and a host of other
items were tossed to onlookers that were
at least ve deep on both sides of the
street at certain points along the route.
A total of 76 units participated a new
record, according to Donald Young, Pride
Parade coordinator. Young also co-emceed
the event with Shawnna Alexander. Taking
part were representatives from most of
Baltimores bars and clubs, including
The Lodge in Boonsboro, Md., a large
assortment of LGBT and LGBT-friendly
organizations and businesses, health
organizations and political groups.
The parades Grand Marshal, June
Horner, 75, a PFLAG Mom, marched with
her gay son Mark. Horner eschewed a
closed vehicle and opted to walk the
route.
Three judges evaluated the entries. The
Best Car/Motorcycle entry was awarded to
C.O.M.M.A.N.D., a leather organization.
Euforia, Latina night from the Club Hippo,
won the Best Marching Group category.
And AIDS Action Baltimore took the Best
Float prize.
I feel that Baltimore Pride 2012 was
a huge success, said Young. I had a
great team to work with, especially Trevor
Ankeny and Gary Wolnitzek (president
and director of programs, respectively of
the Gay and Lesbian Community Center
of Baltimore that produces Pride). These
two individuals made my work at running
the parade and high heel race so easy and
I am proud and honored to have served
on the same team with them.
At the conclusion of the parade, the
merriment transitioned to the Baltimore
Pride Block Party that attracted thousands
of LGBT folks, allies and neighborhood
residents. The throng spread beyond the
normal connes of Eager and Charles
Streets to nearby parking lots where
tailgating parties, complete with DJ-led
beat-thumping music, ensued. Food
and beverage vendors as well as those
offering LGBT-related clothing and
accessories were available. A couple of
adult performers, Max Ryder and Pierre
Fitch, courtesy of TLA/Gay.com, were in a
new Adult Zone to pose for photos.
A series of entertainers, headlined by
British-born and New York-based Neon
Hitch, rocked the party.
On Sunday, the venue shifted to Druid
Hill Park. An estimated crowd of more
than 5,000 attended the slightly less
frenetic festival where some 80 vendors
from LGBT organizations and friendly
businesses lined the paths to offer their
services or wares.
The 2012 edition of Baltimore Pride
had a stronger political feel than usual
given the looming referendum on the
Civil Marriage Protection Act and the
presidential election in November. More
than a dozen volunteers and paid staff
of Marylanders for Marriage Equality
combed the area handing out stickers,
canvassing attendees and urging them
to sign pledge forms that signify their
intent to vote for marriage equality.
Obama campaign representatives sought
donations, sold T-shirts and enlisted
volunteers. The Human Rights Campaign
also staffed a booth at the festival.
Carrie Evans, executive director of
Equality Maryland and Karess Taylor-
Hughes from the Marylanders for
Marriage Equality campaign delivered
brief speeches.
Baltimore Pride is the principal
fundraiser for the GLCCB.
STEVE CHARING
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annual Baltimore Pride festivities last weekend,
which had a more political vibe this year given the
referendum battle over marriage equality.
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Ageless show explores
dance in several genres
Baltimore Theatre Project (45 West
Preston St.) hosts Ageless Grace, an
annual concert presented by Dance
Baltimore that features performances by
dancers 40 and older, on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Dancers in this years production are
both former professional dancers as well
as community dancers who perform for
fun in more recreational forms.
The show will feature dances from all
genres include tap, modern, jazz and
more. The companies participating
include Tapischore, Itinerant Dance
Theater, Dance Alchemy, Nyame Nti and
New Era Dance Company. There will also
be solo performances by Torens Johnson
and Maria Broom.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the
door and $10 for seniors, students and
Dance Baltimore members. For more
information and to purchase tickets, visit
theatreproject.org.
Throwback and more at
Grand Central
Grand Central (1001/1003 N. Charles
St.) has several events this week.
Tonight is the clubs weekly dance party
with $2.50 drinks until 11 p.m. Sapphos is
having its own happy hour from 8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday has two-for-one drinks until
8 p.m. and Throwback, featuring all
90s music with DJ Arturo. Admission to
Throwback is $5.
Monday and Tuesday, Grand Central
has karaoke with host Nikki Cox from 10
p.m. to 1 a.m.
Wednesday is Hump Wednesdays,
an electropop, alternative, indie dance
night with DJ Arturo.
The week ends Thursday with ladies
night featuring DJ Lems and $2.50 drinks
until 11 p.m. and happy hour from 4-8 p.m.
Weekend Pride event in
Frederick, Md., Saturday
Fredericks LGBT Community Center is
hosting a Picnic in the Park on Saturday
at Ballenger Creek Park (5420 Ballenger
Creek Pike) at noon.
The day will include kid-friendly music
provided by a DJ, games, speakers
and community resources, including at
least six non-prots on hand to provide
information.
Participants are expected to bring their
own food and beverages. Leashed social
dogs are permitted.
The picnic will be held rain or shine as
there is covered seating for more than
100 people. The group will be meeting
in shelter No. 1 and has also reserved the
adjacent ball eld.
New Fells Point show
opens tonight
Fells Point Corner Theatre (251
South Ann St.) has a new show Shana
Unsettled, opening tonight at 8 p.m.
The show follows Shana Uzali, who
lives in a state of constant turmoil and
instability. She is stuck in a fantastical
world she created and is visited by various
character trying to help her get out of a
place of indecision and fear.
Directed by Jim Knipple and Janel
Miley, Shana stars Alisa Brock, Kelly
Cavanaugh, Jamie Driskill, James Giza
and Judy Pojda.
Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at
8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and June 29 and
July 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. The show
will run through July 15.
For more information and to purchase
tickets, visit fpct.org.
MARIA BROOM will perform in Ageless Grace this
weekend in Baltimore.
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Despite scandals,
D.C. economy envied
by most cities
Cutting taxes often doesnt boost the
economy and denitely doesnt boost
trust in politicians.
It can be bad when done to pander to
lobbyists clamoring for cuts benetting
only a few. On the national level we spent
the last decade cutting taxes for the rich
and for many businesses and no rational
person can claim our economy is better
for it. In the District, some claim we pay
exorbitant taxes, which are bad for busi-
ness and growth. The facts contradict
that as we have huge gains in population
percentage-wise bigger than any state
in the country and an economic boom
that has seen billions of dollars pour into
the city.
Before calling for lower business taxes,
we should survey our business owners to
see which of them live in the District and
how many of their employees live here.
We may nd many of them live outside
the District and pay no income tax here.
We are prohibited by Congress from
charging a commuter tax, so even if you
receive income here but live in Virginia
or Maryland, we cant collect taxes from
you. Studies have shown that we only tax
about 66 percent of the income actually
earned in the District.
We should restructure some business
regulations to assist small businesses,
while being mindful that regulations have
nothing to do with politicians being guilty
of crimes. Harry Thomas, Jr. was a thief
and Kwame Brown committed mortgage
fraud. Neither crime had anything to do
with the tax structure or the regulatory
system. A regulation I support changing
is the so-called voluntary agreement,
which is often a coerced agreement. Cur-
rently ve people can stop a bar or res-
taurant from opening or cause thousands
of dollars in legal fees before they do,
to ght over issues like seating capacity.
That isnt Democracy when a few people
can dictate to an entire community.
In D.C., we have 14 elected ofcials
with any real power; the school board
and ANCs are basically advisory. Thirteen
Council members and the mayor have
power but even they can be held hostage
to both budgetary and legislative review
by the Congress. Everything those 14 of-
cials do is scrutinized by a robust press
corps often ghting over who can break
the next real or supposed scandal. That
gets a lead spot on the broadcast or the
front page. Reporting good news may
get 30 seconds somewhere in the broad-
cast or a column buried in the Metro sec-
tion. There are so many local reporters,
most of whom do a great job, that each
of our elected ofcials can be covered 24
hours a day by more than one person.
Its crucial to remember that despite
political scandals, the District is the envy
of most cities and states with regard to
our nances, population growth, improv-
ing environment, economic growth and
technology in government. That doesnt
excuse any politician from punishment
for a crime they may commit and I ap-
plaud the U.S. Attorney for moving for-
ward with his investigations. What it does
show is that the crimes of our politicians
wont bring our city down.
We are one of the greenest cities in
the nation; one of only seven jurisdictions
with marriage equality; and we have ever
expanding bike lanes. We are moving
forward with school reform and have a
robust Charter School system. We are the
No. 1 city in the nation to do business in
according to MarketWatch and the No. 1
city in the nation that college graduates
want to move to. In the area of healthcare
we have the fewest uninsured children of
any state and the second lowest number
of uninsured adults. We have had bal-
anced budgets for the past 14 years as
required by law and have more than a bil-
lion dollars in our reserve fund. We have
more than $3 billion in current economic
activity with cranes going up all across
the city and nearly $11 billion more in the
economic pipeline.
We need to rid ourselves of any crooked
politician but not convince ourselves that
our politicians are any better or worse than
those in the rest of the nation. In Novem-
ber, the voters of the District will have the
proverbial chance to throw the bums out
or re-elect those they feel are responsible
for the great shape our city is in. I urge peo-
ple to choose carefully and not get caught
up in the false hype about how bad our city
is. We have good and bad politicians and a
lot of great people that go to work for our
government everyday putting in a long and
honest days work. Let us not tar everyone
with the same brush.
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Hanks Oyster Bar battle
illustrates need
for regulatory reform
Its a pity that hearings conducted
by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control
(ABC) Board are not videotaped.
If they were, every D.C. Council mem-
ber and the mayor could be strapped in
chairs and forced to view the entire mind-
numbing four-and-a-half hour alcohol
licensing protest hearing held last week
that proved to be a stunning illustration
of what is wrong with the citys current
regulatory process. District elected of-
cials would eyeball rsthand the mess
they have allowed to plague restaurant
and bar alcohol licensing procedures for
far too long.
The infamous seven-year battle waged
by a group of only six Dupont Circle area
objectors against respected and award-
winning restaurant Hanks Oyster Bar
exemplies problems inherent in the cur-
rent licensing system. The popular neigh-
borhood business operated by lesbian
chef-owner Jamie Leeds, located adja-
cent to the corner of 17th and Q streets,
was forced to close half of its outdoor pa-
tio beginning on the day the recent Capi-
tal Pride parade oated by due to the
relentless efforts of the required gang of
ve or more license protesters.
At the hearing on June 13, the pro-
tagonists in this infuriating tale awkwardly
hemmed and hawed on the witness stand
as they were repeatedly unable to explain
to the board why they had been unre-
sponsive to multiple entreaties by Leeds
to meet in early 2010 to discuss the re-
strictions of a so-called Voluntary Agree-
ment they forced upon the business in
2005. Incredulously, they cited only a
claim nowhere in evidence for a demand-
ed Powerpoint presentation on all de-
tails prior to even agreeing to talk.
The original operating restrictions,
including seating capacity limits, had al-
lowed the highly anticipated restaurant
to nally open but subsequently pre-
vented the opportunity to expand into
an adjacent vacant space unexpectedly
made possible by modications to an
area licensing moratorium. Leeds had
little choice but to seek relief through
termination of the agreement, eventually
granted later that year.
The latest hearing was required by a
May 17 District Court of Appeals remand
of the issue for additional ABC Board
review resulting from a lawsuit initiated
by the protesters. The appeals court
ruled that the board had not considered
all elements required for a Voluntary
Agreement termination, acknowledging
confusion originating with poorly con-
structed regulatory language.
Discerning the groups motivation
for intransigence is easy. Obstinacy had
conveyed to them inordinate power
in years past. If they simply refused to
meet, what could the business do? The
tiny group understood that, once again
and as bestowed by city rules, they held
all the high cards.
The questions are simple: How much
longer will elected ofcials permit small
and unrepresentative groups to unfairly
derail the licensing process and abuse
the system? When will city leaders re-
serve community input to the open and
accessible public forum provided by
the elected Advisory Neighborhood
Commission (ANC) accountable to all
residents? Does the District government
possess the common sense to put a stop
to out-of-balance procedures thwarting
local amenities and community small
businesses fueling the citys signature
hometown hospitality economy?
As it stands now, small ad hoc groups
comprised of only ve individuals and
self-identied commonly unrepresenta-
tive citizens groups some formed pri-
marily to interject themselves into licens-
ing matters utilize outsized abilities to
delay or deny alcohol licensing approvals
or force licensees into signing restrictive
Voluntary Agreements to survive.
Reforming this madness should be a
top priority for Jim Graham, who chairs
the Council committee with oversight
of alcohol licensing, along with his col-
leagues and the mayor. Instead of kow-
towing to the loud voices of the few, its
time for Graham to step up and put an
end to these ridiculous city rules.
Jack Evans, representing the mid-
town commercial district stretching from
Georgetown to the U.S. Capitol with
the largest number of alcohol-licensed
businesses, also has a responsibility to
initiate reform of current archaic proce-
dures. As Committee on Finance and
Revenue chair, he should understand
the importance of common sense and
fairness in managing local economic
development and reaping the revenues
generated by the citys largest private
sector business segment.
As both politicians know, concerned
constituents are awaiting action. Its time
to x this folly.
U.S. should grant asylum to
foreign same-sex partners
By JASON A. DZUBOW

As an immigration attorney, I often
meet same-sex, bi-national couples
that are unable to remain together due
to the Defense of Marriage Act. While
a U.S. citizen can sponsor his oppo-
site-sex spouse for lawful permanent
residency in the United States, thanks
to DOMA, same-sex couples even
if they are legally married under state
law do not have this option. In the
United States today, there are approxi-
mately 36,000 such couples, many with
children, who face separation.
Recently, a federal appeals court in
Boston found that a provision of DOMA
related to federal tax benets for mar-
ried same-sex couples was unconstitu-
tional. This ruling might bode well for
same-sex, bi-national couples, but the
court held that its ruling would not be en-
forced until the Supreme Court decides
the issue. Given the current makeup of
the high court, it seems unlikely that the
law will be struck down anytime soon.
In the meantime, there is something
President Obama can do now to help
such couples: Grant asylum to the foreign
partner. Asylum is an immigration benet
that allows an alien to remain permanent-
ly in the United States if he or she dem-
onstrates a well-founded fear of persecu-
tion in their home country on account of
race, religion, nationality, particular social
group or political opinion.
Under current law, gay people are eli-
gible for asylum if they demonstrate that
they will be persecuted in their coun-
try. The problem with obtaining asylum
for many same-sex couples is that they
come from countries where they do not
face persecution, as that term has been
dened by case law. However, since the
Department of Justice determines what
counts as persecution, the Obama
administration has the power to create a
denition of persecution that includes all
same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens. If so-
cial conservatives can dene marriage
as a union between a man and a woman,
why cant progressives dene persecu-
tion as the forced separation of same-
sex couples due to immigration restric-
tions? If the foreign-born partner can
demonstrate this type of persecution,
he should be granted asylum.
Although this denition of persecution
stretches the normal meaning of the term,
there is precedent for such a move. For
example, the Cuban Adjustment Act es-
sentially declares that anyone who es-
capes from Cuba is a refugee, eligible to
remain permanently in the U.S. Also, peo-
ple who were victims of coercive family
planning (like forced abortions) in China
are eligible for asylum. For the most part,
people from these two groups would not
meet the requirements for asylum, but
because Congress has created special
categories for them, they are eligible to
remain in the United States.
While the rules for China and Cuba
are laws passed by Congress, the Execu-
tive Branch has acted unilaterally to ex-
pand the denition of who qualies for
asylum. For example, in 1996, the Jus-
tice Department held that victims of fe-
male genital mutilation were eligible for
asylum. And in 2004, the Department of
Homeland Security concluded that do-
mestic violence could form the basis for
an asylum claim.
President Obama has already con-
cluded that the relevant portion of
DOMA is unconstitutional and his ad-
ministration has refused to defend the
law in court. So why not do something
for the thousands of same-sex couples
faced with forced separation? The De-
partment of Justice could dene per-
secution as the forced separation of
married same-sex couples, and it could
grant asylum to the foreign partners. If
DOMA is repealed or overturned, the
government could re-visit this denition
of persecution. But as long as this mean-
spirited law remains on the books, the
Obama administration should do every-
thing in its power to mitigate the harm.
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Time to x D.C.s liquor licensing mess
Obama can help bi-national couples
Mark Lee is a local small business manager and long-
time community business advocate. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
Jason A. Dzubow is an immigration attorney with
Dzubow, Sarapu & Pilcher in Washington. Reach him
via DzubowLaw.com.
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How hard is it in this day and age to
bounce back from a pop music career
misstep? One likes to think pop culture
America ultimately voting with its
pocketbook of course eventually
rewards and rediscovers the deserving.
One thinks of Kelly Clarkson who
managed a comeback after the ill-advised
downer (though it still went Platinum) 2007
album My December. And love her or
hate her, Mariah Carey beat the odds with
the monster-selling Emancipation of
Mimi after her epic Glitter failure (both
lm and soundtrack).
But what if your supposed misstep isnt
even a bad album? Sophie B. Hawkins
was well on her way to establishing a
distinguished career by the end of the
90s. She was red hot right out of the
gate Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover,
which hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100
in 1992, is a dening song of the era.
She was nominated for the Best New
Artist Grammy that year (co-nominated
with Billy Ray Cyrus, Kriss Kross and Jon
Secada; Arrested Development won). She
survived the sophomore jinx with another
mammoth hit As I Lay Me Down, a VH-1
staple from her second album Whaler
that peaked at No. 6 during a 44-week run
on the Hot 100 and a whopping 67 weeks
(six at No. 1) on the AC chart. Unless you
were in a convent that year, you heard it
many, many times.
With that kind of start, the sky was
conceivably the limit and expectations
ran extremely high for her 1999 follow-
up, Timbre. But trouble loomed its
a famous story, actually: Hawkins then
label (Sony) only reluctantly released
rst single Lose Your Way with a
banjo accompaniment. They argued it
was poison for pop radio. Hawkins said
it was essential. Though re-released
independently in 2001 and followed by
an indie follow-up called Wilderness in
2004, Hawkins lost her commercial, but
not her artistic, footing. Wilderness
turned out to be an unfortunately apt title
she spent years wandering.
Perhaps this wasnt a total surprise,
though. Anybody whod paid attention
knew Hawkins had a wild streak. She
shimmied and writhed like a woman
possessed on her duet with Melissa
Etheridge on the latters VH-1 special
in 1995 with a slate of then-hot female
singer/songwriters like Joan Osborne,
Jewel and Paula Cole. Those who caught
Hawkins in concert knew of her penchant
for the unconventional. As her audiences
got smaller, her jeans got more shredded,
her stream-of-consciousness stage
meanderings more uid. She wrangled
memorably with Howard Stern about why
she doesnt shave her legs.
Though shes long shunned labels for
sexual orientation, the fact that shes been
in a same-sex relationship with lmmaker
Gigi Gaston for several years (Gastons The
Cream Will Rise follows Hawkins on an
early tour) is one of the more conventional
aspects of her persona. And its easy to
forget that her wildly eclectic albums are
full of intricately crafted and sometimes
epic, sometimes disarming power pop that
at times rivals Joni Mitchells best stuff for
complexity and lyrical depth check out
Mysteries We Understand, Only Love
Help Me Breathe and I Need Nothing
Else especially.
Her hit singles are only part of the story.
An early MusicHound review said, Dig
(further) than (the hits) and her abilities to
seamlessly weave in and out of jazz, folk
and dance, all driven by a kind of tribal
percussion sensibility (emerge).
But Hawkins, now 44, is starting to
sound her age. Not vocally her singing
still has the luster that struck her chart gold
all those years ago, but her insights during
an hour-long phone chat last week show
a woman whos thought long and hard
about life, pop culture popularity cycles,
music making in the Internet age and much
more. With no apparent time constraints,
Hawkins gamely goes anywhere the
questions take her and beyond, from hair
tips and why shes a dog person to the
deeper story behind the banjo battles and
her still-complicated relationship with her
mother (explored memorably in Cream).
The impetus for all this is her interminably
delayed new album The Crossing, her
rst collection of new material in seven
years, which nally dropped last week.
People were always telling me, Oh,
you sold out with Tongues and Tales, or,
Oh, you sold out with Whaler. Im not
saying Tongues and Tales was just art
for arts sake, but that was really the best
I could to try and reach people, Hawkins
says. Those albums were the least weird I
could possibly be. You want your music to
reach people, you want it to get out there
to as many as possible, otherwise its too
isolating. Its like masturbation, youre not
doing it with anybody.
Hawkins considers herself part of a
group of 90s women singer/songwriters
she mentions Paula Cole and Tori Amos as
peers who barely squeezed through
the music industry gate before the doors
shut altogether, from the advent of le
sharing to endless label buyouts that left
precious few major players in the game.
Yes, there are still women hitmakers
Rihanna, Adele but theyre few and far
between and getting younger all the time.
I think everybody knew what was going
to happen, the chilly winds were already
blowing, she says. I felt with the rst
album like, Wow, I really got away with
something in spite of all this. Then with
Whaler it felt like that again, although that
was really the beginning of the ght. In
the 90s, it really started turning against the
individual artist into this totally corporate
thing in every way. It was like, Oh, Im
with this group, Im with that group, this is
Sophies sound, this is the lesbian sound,
the country artist, the right wing, the left
wing I feel like several of us just barely
squeaked through in spite of all that.
And yes, some of that line of thinking
is whats led Hawkins to shun traditional
LGBT labels.
She admits she and Gaston have been
in an exclusive relationship (Gaston is also
her manager), but says a lack of general
perception of nuance causes her to avoid
ART S AND E NT E RTAI NME NT WAS H NGT NB L ADE . CM v L ME 4 3 S S E 2 5 J NE 2 2 2 0 1 2 FAGE 2 7
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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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Bryce Romero has an interesting
spin on the merchandise that his
employer the Human Rights
Campaign hawks at its three shops
(in Washington, Provincetown and
San Francisco, the latter in Harvey
Milks old Castro-based camera shop).
In gay hubs, the T-shirts and stickers
are a way to show LGBT support
but elsewhere, the yellow-and-navy
equal logos are sometimes a way for
gays to be out to each other without
necessarily being out to anyone else.
In some cases, its like the
secret handshake, the 28-year-old
Scottsdale, Ariz., native says. Some people dont have the liberty of being in
a place like D.C. where its OK to be openly gay. In a number of places in the
Midwest and in the South, wearing your HRC merchandise is a way of identifying
yourself without being identiable.
Romero is HRCs consumer marketing assistant and works at the agencys
main ofce in Washington where hes lived for just more than a year. He guesses
the group takes in about a million dollars each year in merchandise, the prots
of which go back to the organization. In addition to the usual sweatshirts and
key chains, the company sometimes makes collectible items such as Christopher
Radko Christmas tree ornaments and Kenneth Cole-designed shirts.
His work with HRC a bit different than what he studied getting an
undergraduate degree in PR/advertising and a masters in international
communications is a way to help the organization continue its work.
I have an underlying passion for global change and effecting change and
moving momentum forward, he says.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT
AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST
PERSON TO TELL?
Ive never been unofcially out of the
closet. At the age of 5-6, I was already
sporting Billy Idol hair and wearing the
child equivalent of sorts. Ofcially, Ive
been out since about the age of 14. The
most difcult person to tell was probably
my college roommates in Texas. Theres
always a bit of fear telling that to
someone with whom youre going to be
sharing close quarters particularly at a
Christian university in Texas.
WHOS YOUR LGBT HERO?
Do I have to pick just one? Truthfully,
Im inspired each and every day by our
interns and those LGBT folk younger
than me who wholeheartedly live their
lives openly and honestly. Also, Sylvester
because he worked those sequined
dresses like a true DIVA!
WHATS WASHINGTONS BEST
NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT?
Cobalt? Anywhere on 17th Street to
be honest as I always know Ill run into a
friend.
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING.
Itd be an elegant sunset wedding
surrounded by friends, family and loved
ones in one of my absolute favorite
places in the world the Masai Mara
National Reserve in Kenya. Theres
something uniquely special and
incredibly magical about the game
reserve I couldnt imagine getting
married anywhere else.
WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU
MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Well Im pretty much a professional
homosexual so theres not much time for
much else, however Ive got a huge soft
spot for animals.
WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME
WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Having just nished a book about
James Gareld, I started thinking
about this yesterday! Truthfully, history
happens and changing it seems
inauthentic to our progress as people.
WHATS BEEN THE MOST
MEMORABLE POP CULTURE
MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME?
Ellen DeGeneres coming out. Its
terribly clich but, to me, it put America
on its current trajectory toward greater
acceptance of LGBT Americans as well
as starting a conversation about equality.
Thats pretty damn cool.
ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST?
Laughter, smiles and congeniality.
WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK
POST OR TWEET?
FB: Bryce Romero would marry the
night but theres no morning-after pill.
Twitter: Link to the BuzzFeed picture
of Hillary Clinton and turn and work
and serve hunnny
IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT
WOULD THE TITLE BE?
What Color Should I Wear To Bed?
IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO
CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Heck no, I wouldnt change. Somebody
has to bring the glitter to the party.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
Oh Im totally a rm believer in the
paranormal and spirits.
WHATS YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
MOVEMENT LEADERS?
Dont compromise but compromise.
This isnt a you-or-me issue but rather a
you and me issue.
WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS
HOT COALS FOR?
A half-full glass of water. Or for the ability
to keep my mother alive for as long as I live.
WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
YOU MOST?
Were liberal in all facets of our life.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
MOVIE?
Paris Is Burning with Prayers for
Bobby coming a very close second.
WHATS THE MOST OVERRATED
SOCIAL CUSTOM?
Beating around the bush just get
to the point. Patience is not a virtue Ive
been known to possess ever.
WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
MOST COVET?
If I have to go to a black-tie reception
to collect the trophy or prize, I wouldnt
want it. So maybe a Worlds Best
Friend award?
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUD KNOWN
AT 18?
How to drive, how to love and
how to shake off the past.
WHY WASHINGTON?
Certainly not the weather, thats for
sure! Theres nowhere else quite like the
swamp and I would be hard pressed to
trade the passionate people, vibrant
nightlife, cultural amenities and cheap
booze for anywhere else. All kidding aside,
Washington really embodies that notion of
a cosmopolitan city its everything!
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By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Larry Kramers The Normal Heart,
is aging well, breathtakingly so. This was
proved last year on Broadway and its being
demonstrated again with a powerfully searing
production now playing at Arena Stage.
When Kramers biographical take on the
early days of the AIDS crisis premiered in
New York in 1985, gay men were dying in
large numbers and then-President Reagan
had yet to utter the word AIDS publicly, so
not surprisingly the gay playwrights words
reportedly rang angry and alarmed. Today,
Arenas stripped-down and fast-paced revival
helmed by gay director George C. Wolfe
(who co-staged the Tony-winning Broadway
version) still conveys the fury and fear while
embracing the empathy and sadness also
found in Kramers stunning play.
Kramers script wastes no time in
establishing the horror of the situation.
Seated in their doctors waiting room (circa
1981 Manhattan), several gay men tensely
discuss the still nameless plague that is
making them ill and killing their friends.
They talk early symptoms (swollen glands,
night sweats, fatigue), treatment (almost
nothing) and chances of survival (slim).
As one patient exits the ofce revealing
a youthful face jarringly marred by Kaposi
sarcoma lesions, another enters collapsing
from the effects of a violent seizure. The
plague is on and its going to get worse.
The action focuses on irascible but
likeable writer/activist Ned Weeks, a
Kramer stand-in superbly played with
nuance and great heart by Patrick Been.
After several informational meetings and
an examination with Dr. Brookner (Patricia
Wittig), a prickly physician whose patients
include many of the epidemics rst
victims, Ned is convinced that gay men
will need to save themselves. He suspects
the disease is sexually transmitted.
Determined to rally gays to action,
Ned creates an advocacy group similar
to Gay Mens Health Crisis (co-founded
by Kramer), and manages to grow the
organization despite a lack of support from
closeted New York City Mayor Ed Koch
and a largely apathetic gay community.
Eventually, Neds co-members, wrongly
but understandably, reject his increasingly
angry style as well as his promotion of total
abstinence (the concept of safe sex would
come later). We just feel that you cant
tell people how to live, says Bruce (Nick
Mennell), one of the organizations more
popular members. Ned is forced out.
More than a tirade, The Normal Heart
is also an absorbing family drama. Ned
has the love and support of his hotshot
lawyer brother played by John Procaccino,
but yearns for his total acceptance. Its also
a medical mystery and quite strikingly, a
sweet love story. While the plague rages,
Ned unexpectedly nds love with Felix,
a New York Times style writer beautifully
played by handsome gay actor Luke
Macfarlane. Hes Neds rst serious lover.
In the second act when Felix is
diagnosed with the deadly virus, he warns
Ned that things will become messy, and
indeed they do. Messy and heartbreaking,
as evidenced by the ongoing snifes and
stied sobs heard throughout Arenas
Kreeger Theatre.
Plague weary, the central characters
nally crack in a series of emotionally raw
monologues. Beleaguered activist Mickey
(subtly played by Michael Berresse) considers
suicide; the typically reserved Dr. Brookner
rails against the smug government doctor
who refuses her application for a grant;
conservative Bruce, a bank V.P. and former
Green Beret, dissolves to tears explaining
his late lovers humiliating death; and Ned
ercely expresses his disappointment with
the gay communitys inadequate early
response to the epidemic.
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D.C. residents have
multiple opportunities
to see AIDS memorial in
coming weeks
By WILL OWEN
The 1 million annual visitors to the
Smithsonian Folklife Festival have rarely
expected to engage in an international
discourse about AIDS at the event in the
past. This year, however, attendees can
tell their own stories regarding HIV/AIDS
through a variety of creative outlets and add
to the already massive AIDS Memorial Quilt
that will blanket part of the National Mall.
For the rst time in the festivals history,
the Smithsonian Center of Folklife and
Cultural Heritage is collaborating with
the NAMES Project Foundation with the
program Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding
the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
The NAMES Project Foundation,
established in 1987, is the Atlanta-based
international organization that houses
and maintains the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
About 8,000 of the quilts 48,000 panels
will be featured at the Folklife Festival to
commemorate the quilts 25th anniversary
and educate visitors about how art has been
utilized to address an international epidemic.
Its a lovely collaborative effort between
the Smithsonian Center of Folklife and
Cultural Heritage, who are the presenters
along with us, Julie Rhoad, executive
director of the NAMES Project, says. Its
been a delight working with the curatorial
team at the Smithsonian.
The festival starts Wednesday and will
continue through July 1, and will be held again
from July 4-8 on the National Mall between
7th and 14th streets. Admission to all events is
free. Festival hours are from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
each day and special events such as concerts
and dance parties begin at 6 p.m.
Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS
Memorial Quilt will include a multitude of
craft demonstrations, dance and musical
performances, theater, childrens activity
areas and interactive discussions that will
complement the presence of the quilt at the
festival. Many of the featured performances
will be by artists who have been affected by
HIV and AIDS. Visitors will have the opportunity
to help make panels that will be incorporated
into the quilt, and to tell their own stories.
We receive a new panel on the average
every day, every year. Right now we have I
think several hundred that are already in our
possession that during the Folklife Festival
we will have Gert, whos been with us 25
years, bundle and sew them on the National
Mall, Rhoad says. Theres a whole host of
creativity and expression around HIV and
AIDS and the domestic and global efforts in
expression, all centered and viewed through
the lens of what the quilt has done.
In the event of a rain, the NAMES Project
has an expertly organized plan called the
rain fold to protect the quilt.
Each time weve been in D.C. weve
had to deploy the plan. Amazingly, what
happens is we have plastic and we have a
way it gets folded up, then we take it under
tents, Rhoad says. Its an amazing thing
to see. Its what happens when youre in
the presence of the quilt.
In addition to their display at the Folklife
Festival, many of the quilts 48,000 panels
will be on the National Mall again from July
21-25 during the start of the International
AIDS Conference. About 40 locations
throughout the Washington metropolitan
area will also display portions of the quilt
through July 27. Visit quilt2012.org for
more details on when and where the quilt
will be displayed in the area.
Its important to work as hard as we can to
get to D.C. and to make this display a reality. It
certainly gets people talking. It certainly calls
on society to really think about our humanity
and to really think about our connection to
one another, Rhoad says. What a gift to be
on the Smithsonian stage.
The NAMES Project staff deeply
appreciates support from festival visitors
for their cause.
Support comes in many ways time,
talent, treasure. Each is valued by us,
Rhoad says. It takes a great deal of support
to move the quilt to D.C. It takes even more
to get it ready for its next adventure.
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Unfurling the Quilt
The AIDS Quilt during a previous display in Washington.
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Streisand impersonator comes to Baltimore
Barbra Streisand impersonator Carla DelVillaggio will perform at the Gordon
Center for Performing Arts (3506 Gynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills) on Sunday at 3 p.m.
DelVillaggio has been performing for 25 years and began her Streisand
impersonation project in 2006. She has received several awards including Best
Overall Celebrity Re-Creation Award at the Sunburst Convention of Celebrity
Tribute Artists for 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Tickets range from $40-45. For more information, visit simplystreisand.net.
Harpers Ferry holds second Gay Pride Day

River Riders (408 Alstadts Hill Rd., Harpers Ferry) is hosting its second annual Gay Pride
Day on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Activities include family-friendly adventures such as kayaking, canoeing, biking and
tubing. The day concludes with a drag show.
River Riders is a service that provides equipment to those who want to go rafting,
tubing, kayaking and similar adventures.
Space is being offered to venders who will be promoting awareness and information for
free. Venders will be responsible for their own tents, tables, chairs and other equipment.
Chefs Best slated for Tuesday
Food & Friends is celebrating its 22nd annual Chefs Best Dinner and Auction Presented
by the NACDS Foundation on Tuesday at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave.,
N.W.). VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the main event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Food & Friends is a service that provides meals and nutrition to members of the
community with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.
Fifty-ve of the best chefs in the region are invited to make delicious cuisine for 1,200
guests while enjoying a silent auction. Through the generosity of attendees, Food &
Friends hopes to serve 2,800 individuals more than 1.2 million meals. The event will also
be honoring CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield for their dedication to the group.
For more information about the event, visit foodandfriends.org/chefsbest.
Volunteer Fair recruits to benet the LGBT community
The D.C. Center is co-sponsoring the Districts second annual LGBT Volunteer Fair at
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Saturday from 7-10 p.m.
The volunteer fair is a way for prospective volunteers to learn about opportunities to
volunteer in the LGBT community. The event will also have LGBT organizations recruiting
for volunteers.
Center staff will be present to answer questions about volunteering there.
For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
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Barbra Streisand impersonator CARLA DELVILLAGGIO plays the Gordon Center this weekend.
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By MEGHANN NOVINSKIE &
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The idea of getting back out there
after a signicant relationship ends is
daunting.
For many, starting over from scratch
is so frightening, it may be the last thing
they want to do, despite the fact that they
may have a goal of nding a life partner.
Anxiety, depression and self-doubt are
just a few of the harsh feelings that easily
arise when considering dating again.
For others, getting back out there
may mean throwing themselves at online
dating sites or the bar scene, just to ll the
void their ex-partner used to satisfy. This
behavior can also lead to unwanted feelings
of depression because going on multiple
dates all at once can be just a Band-Aid
in wanting to cover up the wounds from
a break-up. Either way, adjustments can
be made to ready oneself for his/her next
relationship in a healthy way.
First and foremost, take time to grieve
your past relationship. Rushing back
to dating after a short period can only
lengthen your healing process. Talking
to friends and family about what was
most hurtful about your breakup is a start,
but truly reecting and moving past the
relationship is more easily managed if
youre proactive about your healing. Hire
a relationship coach or therapist for a brief
time to net out and understand why the
relationship ended, how it made you feel
and know what changes need to be made
in seeking a mate in the future (including
dating people from a different pool,
working on your communication skills and
understanding your non-negotiables
in a future partner). Theres no specic
amount of time that effectively allows
people to feel ready to date again; its
what approach you take to move on that
will determine how long this will take.
Though this is hard for many, try not to
jump into another relationship directly after
ending your last one. If you feel ready to
date, then by all means, do it. But be mindful
and be sure that this person isnt just lling
space, but is rather enhancing your life and
is truly a step in the right direction.
Also take time for yourself. Breakups
are extremely stressful for most people,
regardless of who ended the relationship.
Surround yourself with things and people you
love and who support you. Dont frequent
the coffee shops and neighborhood places
that might remind you of your ex try new
places and meet new people. The faster you
can embrace your new single self, the easier
moving on will be.
After you are in a good space following
the steps above, make a plan about how
you see yourself dating again. Online
dating is a great way to get your feet wet
(again) there are so many different
people online and one can easily arrange
dates soon after booting up a prole. But
be sure not to make the same mistakes
you may have made before.
Avoid red ags that trigger thoughts of
your ex and be open to meeting lots of
different types of people. For those more
selective and with less free time on their
hands, hire a dating coach or matchmaker
and work with this person on establishing
realistic dating goals and who might be
the best match for you. There are dating
experts all over the D.C. area nd the
best one that suits your personality and
lifestyle, be proactive and get out there.
Once youve decided youre ready to
date and your plan (e.g. online dating,
matchmaker, friend set ups, new social
group, etc.) is in place, there are a few
key things to remember. First, be open
minded. You and your ex broke up, so
whereas you may want similar qualities in
your future partner, dont look endlessly
for this persons twin. Be open to different
geographic locations, different ages and
different backgrounds. The person you
dated previously didnt work for you, so
be open to something different.
Getting back out there
Its tough to start dating again after an unpleasant breakup. Give yourself time and be proactive
about it when youre ready.
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25 x 25: Artists Books from the NMWA
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Double Indemnity, Round House
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Urban Decay 3, Workhouse Arts Center.
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Rust Reconstructed by Pete McCutchen,
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RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles, Wolf Trap.
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Jazz in the Garden: John Lee, National
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National Festival Orchestra,
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Norah Jones, Wolf Trap.
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Mingle at the Museum, The Smithsonian
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Memphis & First You Dream: The Music of
Kander and Ebb, Kennedy Center.
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Bachelorette & The Animals and Children
Took To The Street, Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
The History of Invulnerability, Theater J.
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Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,
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Spring Awakening & Cuchullain, Keegan
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Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All
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Corcoran Gallery of Art. Free Summer
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National Gallery of Art. Joan Mir: The
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The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished
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National Geographic. Titanic: 100 Year
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Kreeger Museum. Special Exhibition:
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Museum of Women in the Arts. R(ad)
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Romantics, Mamacita Linda: Letters Between
Frida Kahlo and her Mother, Women
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DC JCC. Graphic Details: Confessional
Comics by Jewish Women. 202-518-9400.
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Goethe-Institut. Daniel Libeskind:
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289-1200. goethe.de.
JCCNV. Fine Arts Summer Spotlight. 703-
323-0880. jccnv.org.
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By KEVIN MAJOROS
While there are many competitive LGBT
sports clubs in the Washington area, there
are also clubs that offer a non-competitive
atmosphere for those wishing to get some
exercise.
Adventuring is an outdoor club for
the LGBT community that offers a variety
of excursions for people looking to be
physically active.
Started in the early 1980s, the group
leads hiking trips every weekend all
year long. From May to September, the
group adds other activities such as biking,
camping, backpacking and canoeing.
Our typical hike consists of ve to 20
people, says Jeff Hughes, president.
Surprisingly the New Years Day hike is
usually our largest turnout with 42 people
showing up this past year.
Throughout the winter months, the
group can be found hiking locally across
trails that offer many sights from the rich
history of the D.C. area. The trips can range
from short to long and from easy to hard.
We have a diverse group of hikers that
includes Civil War buffs and a geologist,
Hughes says. For people interested in
local history, the hikes are a great learning
experience.
During the summer months, the
Adventuring hikers often trek out to
the more mountainous areas to enjoy
the cooler temperatures afforded by the
higher altitudes.
Starting in May every year, the group
begins a weekly Arlington evening bike
ride series on Tuesday nights. The weekly
ride maintains a relaxed pace utilizing a 19-
mile loop through the city to the Lincoln
and Anacostia Parks. At the conclusion of
the ride is an optional social dinner at a
local restaurant.
Adventuring operates as a nonprot
and there are no member dues. The only
costs for their activities are trip fees ($2 for
day trips or $4 for overnight trips), park
entrance fees and the sharing of driving
expenses if cars are necessary.
The group has a monthly newsletter
that gives an overview of upcoming
events, trips and activities. About 600 are
on the email list and about 150 hikers and
75 bikers are active in the group.
Upcoming trips:
June 24 American Chestnut Land
Trust Hike
June 26 Arlington evening bike ride
(weekly)
July 4 Great Falls (Md.) holiday hike
July 4 Great Falls (Md.) holiday ride
July 7 Blackberry ice cream hike
July 15 Adventuring summer picnic
Aug. 5 Paw Paw tunnel hike
Aug. 25-26 Big Meadows weekend
Sept. 3 Wilson Bridge hike
Oct. 6-10 Biking in the Finger Lakes
(New York)
For more information on Adventuring
or to sign up for the free email newsletter,
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D.C. Center is doing outreach at Towns
Bear Happy Hour (2009 8
th
St., N.W.)
tonight at 6:30. There is no cover charge.
For details, visit thedccenter.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) is hosting its
weekly Boys Life party tonight at 11.
There is no cover charge and the party
includes a open bar until midnight. For
more information, visit cobaltdc.com.
Whitman-Walker Health clinic is having
HIV testing at Bachelors Mill (1104 8
th
St.,
S.E.) tonight at 10:30. Admission is $3 after
11. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.
Special Agent Galactica is playing
Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut
Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6-9. Music
includes pieces by Pat Benatar, Judy
Garland, Stevie Nicks, Nancy Sinatra and
Ray Stevens. Admission is free. For more
information, visit pinkhairedone.com.
Phase 1 ( 525 8
th
St., S.E.) is holding its
Vixen Variety Games of Thrones show
tonight at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. For
details, visit phase1dc.com.
Millennium Stage Performances
presents, Just Tap, a performance by a
D.C.-based tap dance company, tonight
at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.)
starting at 6 p.m. The event is free. For
more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23
The New Wave Singers, a chorus of
LGBT and straight singers, perform today
at Diversity Awareness Weekend hosted
by St. Paulss United Church of Christ (17
Bond St., Westminster) at 3. For more
information, visit newwavesingers.org.
Burgundy Crescent is volunteering to set
up for the Equality Garden Party: Celebrating
Family and Friends today at the Samet
Chateau (1000 Parrs Ridge Dr., Spencerville).
The party is a fundraiser event by Equality
Maryland. Volunteers are needed to set up
from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and to work the actual
event from 4-10 p.m. For more information,
visit burgundycrescent.com.
Town (2009 8
th
St., N.W.) celebrates
DJ Randy Bettis newest GayDays CD
tonight at 10. Cover is $8 before 11 pm
and $12 after. For more information, visit
towndc.com.
Club Hippo (1 West Eager St., Baltimore)
hosts a dance party with DJ Jayson Royce
tonight at 10. Cover charge is $6. For more
information, visit clubhippo.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24
PrimeTimers of D.C. are hosting an
evening on the rooftop of the residences
at Thomas Circle (1330 Massachusetts
Ave., N.W.) from 4-7 p.m. There is
complimentary valet parking and the
evening will include drinks and hors
doeuvres. This event requires attendees
to RSVP. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org
Busboys and Poets (1025 5
th
St., N.W.) is
hosting a free screening of the lm Pariah
tonight at 8. The movie is focused on a
adolescent African-American girl who is
accepting her identity as a lesbian. For more
information, visit busboysandpoets.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 25
Author Ezra Nepon appears for a
reading and discussion of the peoples
history of progressive Jewish activism in the
1980s tonight at 7. The discussion will be
at the DCJCC Library (1529 16
th
St., N.W.).
The event is free but RSVP is requested. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.
Whitman-Walker Health clinic (1104
8
th
St., S.E.) is holding its HIV Newly
Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7.
Registration is required to attend. For more
information, visit whitman-walker.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
A community conversation about how
to promote pride in health is being hosted
by the Whitman-Walker Health clinic
tonight at the Metropolitan Community
Church (474 Ridge Street, NW) starting
at 7. The event is free. For details, visit
whitman-walker.org.
Millennium Stage presents Serenade!
Washington, D.C. Choral Festival at
the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.)
tonight at 6 p.m. The performance
showcases the best talent from around
the world including Countermeasure and
Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society. For more
information, visit kennedy-center.org.
The FUK!T packing party is tonight at
Green Lantern (1335 Green Court N.W.)
tonight at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged
to bring friends and see how many FUK!T or
TOOLK!TS they can pack in two hours. For
more information, visit thedccenter.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) is hosting its
weekly Flashback party with DJ Jason
Royce tonight. There is no cover; 21 and
older. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
Whitman-Walker Health clinic is
holding HIV testing at Walgreens (3524
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) in honor of
National HIV Testing Day today from 3-7
p.m. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.
Hillyer International Arts and Artists
(9 Hillyer Court, N.W.) is hosting a panel
discussion of distinguished artists and
curators about the Richard Prince legal case
tonight at 7, a photo-related case about
copyright issues. This event is free and
open to the public. For more information,
visit adahrosegallery@gmail.com.
An HIV Prevention Working Group
meeting tonight at 7 at the D.C. Center for
the LGBT Community (1318 U St., N.W).
This event is free. For more information,
visit thedccenter.org.
Chi Cha Lounge (1624 U St., N.W.) is
hosting speed dating for gay men in their
20s and 30s tonight at 7. You must be at
least 21 to attend. For more information,
visit thedccenter.org.
Lambda Bridge Club plays duplicate
bridge tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity
Center (721 8
th
Street, S.E., across from the
Marine Barracks). No reservations needed
and newcomers are welcome. Those needing
a partner should visit lambdabridge.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
Millennium Stage presents Quetzal
at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.)
tonight at 6 p.m. The L.A. group blends
Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz,
R&B and rock. This event is free. For more
information, visit kennedy-center.org.
Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence
(GLOV) meets tonight at 7 at the D.C.
Center (1318 U St., N.W.). The goal of
this group is to reduce violence against
members of the LGBT community. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.
The Lambda Sci-Fi book group
meets tonight to discuss Gods War by
Kammeron Hurley. Bring a snack and/or
non-alcoholic drink to share. The group
meets at 1425 S Street N.W. at 7 p.m. For
details, visit lambdasci.org.
The play Cut/Uncut by Steve Langley
is being presented tonight at 7 p.m. at
the Blackburn Center on the campus
of Howard University (2397 Sixth Street,
N.W.). It explores how the HIV/AIDS crisis
brought disparate people together in
the early 90s. Its part of the D.C. Black
Theater Festival which continues through
July 1 and features several LGBT-themed
productions. Ticket information and
festival details are at dcbtf.org.
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certain language.
Its because nobody listens, Hawkins
says. They just want to say it, and shut up
and not hear any more about it. I love the
word bisexual but it has such a negative
connotation, I dont know why. Its like this
big, scary thing for people so Ive tried to
come up with something thats what I really
think I am Im denitely not heterosexual
or homosexual, I love men and women
equally and passionately. Im just having a
relationship right now with a woman and I
think there are very few men I could have a
relationship with. Im a very singular person.
Im committed to this woman, but if I were
not, Id probably be alone.
The years since Wilderness have not
been inactive for Hawkins. She became a
mother her son with Gaston, Dashiell,
is 3. She popped up at the Grammys pre-
show as a presenter, campaigned avidly
for Hillary Clintons presidential campaign,
released several singles along the way
including one (The Land, the Sea and
the Sky) as a benet for the Waterkeeper
Alliance, an environmental group.
She released a live album and her song
Life is a Bomb was on the soundtrack
for the 2011 Garry Marshall lm New
Years Eve, a feat Hawkins says was wildly
against the odds. She also tweaked The
Crossing endlessly as the years went by
and various proposed release dates came
and went. Hawkins says its a miracle the
album came out at all.
She also worked with Gaston on a
musical for Kristin Chenoweth thats on
hold until Chenoweths producer of choice
is available and she has high hopes for an
October musical in Los Angeles (Hawkins
lives in Venice, Calif., and has been on the
West Coast for more than a decade) in
which shell star as Janis Joplin.
Hawkins says she knew instinctively, she
was supposed to do the Joplin piece.
My reaction was just, Yes, and I never
say yes to anything right away. I just think
theres something I can do with Janis that
will speak to every creative person out
there who feels overlooked or treated in a
way thats not fair. If we can get this ball
in the basket, I have a good feeling about
this, I think it could be a slam dunk. It will
be so relevant to now, it really gives me a
freedom I cannot even tell you.
Hawkins guesses, counting the
Chenoweth musical and The Crossing
material, shes written about 300 songs in
the last seven years. The album will include
acoustic remakes of Damn and As I
Lay Me Down. Hawkins has a distribution
deal with EMI for the release.
Hawkins says shes a huge dog lover
because she could never have one as a
kid. She loves them because theres no
barrier to their affection and presence.
Of her trademark abundant tresses,
Hawkins says her only hair care tip is to
avoid washing it as much as possible.
She insists hers looks best when its been
weeks since the last shampoo.
Thats when I always get the most
compliments, people saying Oh, you
have such great hair.
Shes also realistic about The
Crossings commercial prospects. She
says shell never stoop to giving her
music away but realizes the chances of
duplicating her early chart success are
practically nil.
On one hand, Hawkins says her
art (she paints too) is something she
couldnt not do. Conversely, she says
its Gaston who has urged her to continue
against increasingly difcult industry and
commercial odds.
Shes so much more than a manager,
Hawkins says. Things bother her more than
they bother me. Oh, believe me, I would
have just gone away by now and written and
painted by myself if it werent for her. I dont
think I could have survived but she tells me,
Youre not giving up, youre a great artist,
it kills me that people dont see this. She
really takes it on as one of her missions.
So in hindsight, was the banjo battle
worth it?
Hawkins says the story has gotten
oversimplied as a kind of cautionary tale
for supposedly overambitious pop singers
as in, Remember Sophie B. Hawkins?
Look what happened to her.
She says it was more an issue of increasing
pressure to write songs in huge groups of
collaboration Hawkins found unwieldy and
artistically stiing. She says she would have
agreed to remove the banjo line for the
radio version and kept it on a remix or B-side
version (Believe me, all those scenarios
were discussed), but push came to shove
when label execs put their foot down over
her using it for a live TV appearance.
It was really the straw that broke the
camels back, she says. It was such a
clear thing to me. They were taking away
my horse, in a way. I thought, I cant ride
into battle without my horse. I cant win
without the horse. It just made me realize
we werent on the same team anymore.
They were no longer rooting for me to
win, they were trying to destroy me.
Hawkins says shes learned to nd rewards
in non-traditional places. Even though her
relationship with her mother is still every
bit as complicated as it was portrayed in
Cream, Hawkins says there are sparks of
healing and inspiration there too.
There are artistic people out there
struggling who never make at all, she
says. So when somebody tells me they
get it, its like winning an Oscar. My mother
called me the other day and told me shed
listened to the new album. She said shed
felt it, whatever it was, this profound thing
in the music. If your parents are alive and
you get that, thats my Grammy.
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FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM Representing the GLBT
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IMMIGRATION LAWYER. SPECIALTY in LGBT
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2009 Beetle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /5O8GG7,reen, 42G77 mi. . . . $14,991
2007 GLI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /1O128O,Silver, 55781 mi. . . . $14,991
2010 Bettle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /O1OO41, Black, 8GO52 mi. . . . $15,693
2011 Jetta SE . . . . . . . . . /82G582, Silver, 48GOO mi. . . . $15,994
2008 Passat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /2O47OG, Blue, G5OO1 mi. . . . $16,794
2012 Jetta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /88O2O5, white, G872 mi. . . . $16,991
2010 Jetta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /OG2725, Blue, 881O4 mi. . . . $16,991
2011 Jetta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /8OG778, ray, 2O814 mi. . . . $17,991
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IN STOCK
G558662
/784428G, Fower windows, Fower Locks, Remote
Keyless, MP3
2011 Jetta SE. . . . . . . . . /888822, Black, 8222G mi. . . . $17,994
2010 Jetta Wolfsburg. . . /15277G, Black, 84447 mi. . . . $18,494
2009 Tiguan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /OOO784, Blue, G8O77 mi. . . . $18,694
2009 Passat . . . . . . . . . . . . . /O45O12, Silver, 48781 mi. . . . $19,693
2010 CC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /5O1G5G, Silver, 41488 mi. . . . $19,793
2012 Jetta SE . . . . . . . . . . . #307003, White, 4957 mi. . . . $19,994
2012 CC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /5O8158, white, 814OO mi. . . . $21,991
2009 Touareg . . . . . . . . /O1G115, Brown, G1148 mi. . . . $22,994
2012 CC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /522215, ray, 272GG mi. . . . $23,991
2012 GTI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /1O4142, Black, 18O5O mi. . . . $25,991
2012 GTI
/42254G2, Bluetooth, CB Chanqer, Aluminumwheels
1.9%
72mos.
MSRP
$
24,765
LEASE FOR
36 MONTHS
$
279 /mo*
2012 GOLF 2 DOOR
/82782O5, Bluetooth, Fower windows, Fower Locks
1.9%
for
60 mos.
MSRP
$
18,765
LEASE FOR
36 MONTHS
$
199 /mo*
MSRP
$
21,235
LEASE FOR
36 MONTHS
$
239 /mo*
2012 JETTA SPORTWAGEN S
/5G8GG42, Bluetooth, heated Seat, Fower Locks
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