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Francis calls for tolerant


society in historic U.S. visit
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Pope Francis called for a tolerant and
inclusive society on Wednesday during remarks
on his rst-ever trip to the United States.
On a cool autumn morning, Francis
called for an inclusive society and rejected
discrimination as he addressed an estimated
11,000 attendees at a welcoming ceremony
on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Together with their fellow citizens,


American Catholics are committed to building
a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive,
to safeguarding the rights of individuals and
communities, and to rejecting every form of
unjust discrimination, Francis said.
But Francis tempered his call for inclusion by
noting Catholics are concerned the eorts to
build an orderly society respect their deepest
concerns and the right to religious liberty.
That freedom reminds one of Americas
most
precious
possessions,
Francis
added. And, as my brothers, the United

Obama nominates Fanning


for high-ranking civilian post
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama has nominated gay Defense
Department ocial Eric Fanning for the position of
Army secretary, the White House announced last week.
If conrmed by the Senate, Fanning would become the
rst-ever openly gay person to serve in a Senate-conrmed
role as head of the civilian side of a military service.
Obama praised Fanning in a statement, saying the
ocials years in the Obama administration would be a
boon to the Army.
Eric brings many years of proven experience and

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POPE FRANCIS appeared Wednesday at the White House with PRESIDENT


OBAMA.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

exceptional leadership to this new role, Obama said. I


am grateful for his commitment to our men and women
in uniform, and I am condent he will help lead Americas
soldiers with distinction. I look forward to working with
Eric to keep our Army the very best in the world.
Fanning previously served as head of the civilian side
of a military service as acting Air Force secretary, but that
wasnt a Senate-conrmed role and endedafter the Senate
conrmed Deborah Lee James as Air Force secretary.
Currently, Fanning is acting under secretary of the
Army, which is an appointment that many observers saw
as a stepping stone to a nomination as Army secretary.
Obama has already nominated leader of Dont Ask,
Dont Tell repeal and former Rep. Patrick Murphy as
under secretary of the Army to replace Fanning in the
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In a 2013 Blade interview, ERIC FANNING said he


supports open trans service in the military.
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Questions surround gay officers


departure from LGBT police unit

Ocer Justin Markiewicz, who


was honored by D.C.s Capital Pride
organization in June for his exemplary
work as a member of the D.C. Police
Departments Gay and Lesbian
Liaison Unit, has left the unit and
began a new assignment on Tuesday
as a patrol ocer with the Sixth Police
District.
Police sources familiar with the
GLLU have said Markiewicz was
essentially forced out of his GLLU
post, even though he submitted an
ocial request to leave the unit.
Police spokesperson Gwendolyn
Crump said the department granted
Markiewiczs request to return to the
Sixth District and is unaware of any
issues that would have forced him to
Ocer JUSTIN MARKIEWICZ has left the
leave the GLLU.
GLLU.
My time at the GLLU has come to an
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
end, Markiewicz stated in a Facebook
posting on Sept. 18. Im sad that my
tenure at the GLLU has ended in the way it did but Im excited to continue the next
step in my career, he wrote in his posting.
Markiewicz has told the Blade police department rules prevent him from
talking to the media. But two police sources familiar with the GLLU said
Markiewicz requested that his indenite detail to the GLLU be ended and that
he be returned to his earlier assignment to the Sixth District because higher-up
police ocials had created a hostile work environment for him at the GLLU.
The sources said Markiewicz was subjected to greater scrutiny and what
appeared to others as unfair disciplinary action for alleged minor infractions of
rules and procedures after he led a harassment complaint against Capt. Edward
Delgado in August 2014. At the time Delgado served as commander of the Special
Liaison Division, which oversees the GLLU and three other police liaison units.
Sources said the complaint, which was led with the departments Internal
Aairs Division, accused Delgado of repeatedly addressing Markiewicz in person
and in emails as Justine. Markiewicz viewed Delgados action as a form of antigay harassment, the sources said.
Delgado was transferred to another assignment shortly after the complaint
was led, but spokesperson Crump said police personnel rules prevented the
department from disclosing the outcome of the Internal Aairs investigation
into Markiewiczs complaint.
According to the sources, Markiewiczs decision to leave the GLLU was based,
in part, on the news that Delgado had recently been reassigned to a position
that oversees the GLLU and the other liaison units after he was promoted to
the rank of inspector. His new position would place him once again in a role of
supervising Markiewicz had Markiewicz remained at the GLLU.
It is dicult to respond to sources familiar with MPD, Crump told the Blade
in an email on Tuesday. However, we will state categorically that we will not
tolerate retaliation in any form in MPD, she said.
Ocer Markiewicz made a request to end his detail to GLLU and that
request was granted, Crump said, adding that the department is unaware of
any retaliation claim. We encourage anyone who feels that they have been
retaliated against to le a complaint through proper channels.
Crump said Police Chief Cathy Lanier has yet to decide whether to assign
another ocer to replace Markiewicz at the GLLU. Markiewiczs departure
lowers the number of GLLU ocers assigned to the units headquarters in
Dupont Circle from ve to four. Sgt. Jessica Hawkins, who serves as the GLLUs
supervisor, is also considered a member of the unit.
We will continue to ensure trained members are available to assist on GLLUrelated calls, Crump said.
Hopefully this isnt goodbye forever and just a see you later, Markiewicz said
in his Facebook posting. I truly miss seeing everyone. Come visit me east of the
river, he said in referring to the Sixth Districts location in Southeast D.C.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

The words no gay were painted on a


building multiple times in Silver Spring.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Silver Spring buildings hit with anti-gay graffiti


The words no gay appeared more than 50 times Sunday night along the top of a
four-foot-high white cement wall that stands in front of a ower bed and shrubbery
surrounding an oce building in downtown Silver Spring, Md.
Tony Eastridge, the property manager for the 12-story upscale building at 1010
Wayne Ave., told the Washington Blade that his maintenance sta has painted over the
anti-gay grati at least three times over the past year, only to see it reappear shortly
after its removed.
Theres not a whole lot of crime here, Eastridge said. Its just this kind of stu, which
is unnecessary and uncalled for but unfortunately it happens.
He said one of the buildings security ocers called Montgomery County police on
Monday to report the grati incident. Lt. Jennifer McNeal, deputy commander for the
departments Third District, which includes Silver Spring, said police would open an
investigation into the grati incident.
Among other things, McNeal said police would seek assistance from the public. Unless
someone comes forward to help police identify the person or persons responsible for
the grati it will be dicult for police to close the case, she said.
According to McNeal, the scrawling of the grati along the top of the wall surrounding
the oce building has been classied as a form of vandalism.
Thomas Petry, a gay Silver Spring resident who has observed the no gay grati
while waiting at a bus stop for his daily commute to work in D.C., said the same person
also appears to be writing the words FBI gay, FBI gay dozens of times near where he
or she writes no gay, no gay.
I have no clue what that tie in is, Petry said. Maybe they blame the FBI for gays.
Petry said that over the past year or two he has observed similar grati appearing on
a similar white decorative wall in front of an adjacent oce building at 1100 Wayne Ave.,
which is owned by the same company as the other building, Brandywine Realty Trust.
McNeal said anyone with information that could help police identify the person
responsible for the grati should call the police non-emergency dispatchers oce at
301-279-8000.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Hillary Clinton to address HRC

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will address the Human Rights
Campaign on Oct. 3, the LGBT group announced today.
Clinton is scheduled to speak to about 800 of HRCs grassroots leaders, including
its board of directors, board of governors, sta and volunteer leaders and supporters
ahead of the organizations National Dinner.
Secretary Clinton is a tremendous advocate for equality and has been a tireless
champion for the advancement of LGBT rights as human rights around the globe, said
HRC President Chad Grin in a statement. A visionary leader ghting for an America
where everyone is treated with equal respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual
orientation or gender identity, were thrilled Secretary Clinton will join us to discuss the
challenges ahead in the ght for full federal equality.
HRCs 19th annual National Dinner will be held later that evening. Speakers for
that event are scheduled to be announced Friday. HRC has not yet announced an
endorsement in the 2016 presidential race.
HRC will soon be putting sta and resources on the ground in early states, starting
with Iowa and New Hampshire, in order to begin organizing and mobilizing members,
supporters, and pro-equality voters, JoDee Winterhof, HRCs senior vice presidentfor
policy and political aairs, told the Blade.
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Williams appointment to
atty genl office extended

D.C. attorney and lesbian activist


Lateefah Williams appointment in
May as an attorney adviser for the
Oce of the D.C. Attorney General
has been extended to until at least
Dec. 31, Williams told the Washington
Blade.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine
announced in June that he had named
Williams and Ward 8 community
activist and former D.C. Council
candidate Trayon White as sta
members of his oces newly created
Community Outreach Team.
Both Lateefah Williams and Trayon
White have successful experience
reaching out to District residents
from a wide array of backgrounds
including those from communities
LATEEFAH WILLIAMS appointment in
that too often are marginalized or
May as an attorney adviser for the Oce
overlooked, Racine said in a June
of the D.C. Attorney General has been
18 press release announcing the
extended.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
appointments.
The release said the appointments
were temporary and were scheduled
to end on Sept. 30. Williams said she and White were recently informed that
their appointments would be extended until at least the end of 2015.
Williams, a former president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the citys
largest LGBT political organization, was among the unsuccessful candidates
running against Racine last year in the citys rst election for the newly created
post of an elected attorney general.
She told members of the Stein Clubs regularly scheduled meeting last week
that Racine is deeply committed to protecting the rights of LGBT residents as
attorney general. Among other things, he has assigned her to reach out to labor
and LGBT organizations as part of her job duties with the oce.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Grosso introduces youth suicide prevention bill


D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large) said he worked with experts on LGBT
youth suicide to help him draft a bill he introduced on Tuesday that requires all school
based personnel in the citys public school system to receive suicide prevention training.
The Youth Suicide Prevention and School Climate Survey Act of 2015 calls on the D.C.
Oce of the State Superintendent of Education to adopt rules requiring that personnel
in all public and charter schools receive at least two hours of suicide prevention,
intervention and post-intervention training each year.
The legislation also requires all public and charter schools operating in the city to
administer school climate surveys to all students and school personnel to determine
whether an environment exists at a school that may contribute to emotional stress
among students that could lead to suicide.
Grosso said in a statement that he recognized the need for the legislation following
a June 23 hearing by the Councils Committee on Education in which experts testied
about the high rate of suicide attempts by D.C. middle school and high school students,
especially LGBT students.
He pointed to discussion at the hearing of a 2012 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention that found 33 percent of D.C. LGBT middle school
students had attempted suicide in their lifetime. The survey also found that 28 percent
of LGBT high school students in D.C. had attempted suicide within the previous year.
Throughout the summer, my oce worked with advocates from the D.C. Center
[for the LGBT Community], the Trevor Project, the American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention and others in the drafting of his bill, Grosso said. The Trevor Project
specializes in LGBT youth suicide prevention.
Grossos statement says nine of his fellow Council members signed on as cointroducers of the bill. They include Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) and

LO CA L N E W S
Council members Anita Bonds (D-At-Large), Elissa Silverman (I-At-Large), Brianne
Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4), Kenyan McDue
(D-Ward 5), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), and LaRuby May (D-Ward 8).
Grosso spokesperson Darby Hickey said Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and
Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) signed on as co-sponsors for the bill.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

KENDRA KULIGA, (front right) who performs as Ken Vegas, said she could no longer operate
the D.C. Kings.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

D.C. Kings give nal performance


The D.C. Kings, a local drag king troupe, had their nal performance Sunday night at
the Bier Baron Tavern. Founder Kendra Kuliga (who performs as Ken Vegas) said she
could no longer keep the group operating at the same level with other demands on her
time.
There were times when I had to really sacrice work in order to really make the
Kings continue, she said. Looking at where I am in my life now, I really cant do that
anymore.
Kuliga has her own graphic design business and said she will focus more on that.
The Kings, which celebrated their 15th anniversary in February, had about 25-30 active
performers over the last year and performed monthly. Vegas credits the late Cheryl
Spector with getting D.C. lesbians excited about drag king performance. In 1996, she
suggested a drag king contest for the Dyke March event. Kuliga entered and won.
Monthly shows started at Chaos after the Kings performed at Capital Pride in 1999.
More than 400 kings performed about 500 monthly shows since the groups inception.
For years, the group performed at Phase 1, D.C.s well-known lesbian nightclub. When it
closed for renovations early this year, the Kings started performing elsewhere. Although
the bar reopened, Kuliga said it would have been hard to continue there without former
Phase 1 manager Angela Lombardi.
Shes the real reason we were able to stay there so long, Kuliga said. She always
made sure we had our space at the Phase.
Kuliga said turning the group over to another organizer wasnt feasible.
I built a brand with the Kings in a very intentional way, she said. To give that over
to someone else would mean I could never really walk away.
She said shes condent, though, that local kings will nd other performance
opportunities. She said most of the kings were very supportive of her decision. She
will continue to produce other shows and said D.C. has not seen the last of Vegas, her
drag alter ego.
About 160 people attended last weekends nal performance, Kuliga said.
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NATIONAL NEWS

Walker drops out of


2016 presidential race
GOP hopeful second to
quit bid for White House
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

AMANDA SIMPSON is the new deputy assistant secretary of defense for operational
energy.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Pentagon swears in Amanda Simpson


WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Sept. 18 ocially swore in Amanda
Simpson as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for operational energy.
Simpson, who had previously been the executive director of the U.S. Army
Oce of Energy Initiatives, is now the highest-ranking openly transgender
ocial in the Obama administration.
With her extraordinary experience and talent, there is no doubt that Deputy
Assistant Secretary Simpson will excel in this important position of leadership
within the Department of Defense, said Human Rights Campaign President
Chad Grin in a statement. As an openly transgender American, her visibility
and leadership is also incredibly important, especially as the Department moves
to update the outdated regulations that continue to prevent transgender service
members from serving openly and honestly. We congratulate her as she takes
on this important role serving our great nation.

New LGBT newspaper to launch in L.A.


LOS ANGELES The founder of New Yorks Gay City News has launched a
newspaper that will serve Los Angeles LGBT community.
Troy Masters and Mirror Media Group, which publishes several neighborhood
publications in Los Angeles, will publish the rst print issue of The Pride LA on Oct. 9.
Masters told Gay City News that the publication will be a biweekly newspaper
that will cover West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park,
downtown Los Angeles and universities that are located in those areas. He said he
will publish 20,000 copies of the rst issue that will also be available on its website.
Not every publisher has quite as much luck as I have had over 30 years,
Masters told Gay City News, reecting on the decades he has spent working
in LGBT media. The progress for my media operations and the trajectory of
gay rights have both been a sharp upward curve. I am thrilled to have this
opportunity in Los Angeles.

Doritos makes rainbow-colored chips


PLANO, Texas Doritos has announced that it will produce rainbow-colored
chips as part of a partnership with the It Gets Better Project.
Yahoo News reported Doritos Rainbows are tortilla chips that come in the
colors of the Pride ag: green, blue, purple, red and orange. The website said
they are only available in its Cool Ranch avor.
Yahoo said the Doritos are only available to those who make a donation of at
least $10 to the It Gets Better Project.
Theres nothing bolder than being yourself, reads the package, according to Yahoo.
Frito-Lay, which is based in Texas, makes Doritos and other snack foods.

Republican presidential candidate


Scott Walker announced this week hes
discontinuing his bid for the presidency,
making him the second candidate to drop
out of the 2016 race after Rick Perry also
ended his run.
After the New York Times rst
reported Walker was planning to quit his
presidential bid, the Wisconsin governor
made his exit ocial during a news
conference in Madison, Wis.
Today, I believe that Im being called
to lead by helping to clear the eld in
this race so that a positive, conservative
message can rise to the top of the eld,
Walker said. With this in mind, I will
suspend my campaign immediately.
Walker also encouraged other GOP
contenders to exit the eld so that the
voters can focus on a limited number
of candidates who can oer a positive,
conservative alternative to the current
front-runner, which as it stand in the polls
is real estate mogul and TV personality
Donald Trump.
Concluding his speech by thanking
family and supporters, Walker said, Most
of all, I want to thank God. I want to thank
God for his abundant grace. Win or lose, it
has always been more than enough.
Upon his entry into the race in July,
Walker held the lead among Republicans
in Iowa likely to vote in the caucuses. But
after Trump rose in popularity and Walker
was saddled with bad reviews for his
performances at the rst two Republican
presidential debates, the Wisconsin
governors support bottomed out.
A CNN/ORC poll published on Sunday
indicated he was polling at 0 percent
among thepresidential candidates.
Although he hails from a moderate
state in the Midwest, Walker had some
of the most anti-LGBT positions of any
Republican candidate in the presidential
race. Even before the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled in favor of same-sex marriage
nationwide, Walker said he supports a
U.S. constitutional amendment against
the decision that would return the
marriage issue to the states.
As a result of this decision, the only
alternative left for the American people
is to support an amendment to the U.S.
Constitution to rearm the ability of the
states to continue to dene marriage,
Walker said at the time of the ruling.

Gov. SCOTT WALKER (R-Wis.) has quit his


presidential bid.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Chances of passage are unlikely, but


Walker promised to uphold religious
freedom in a way seen to enable antiLGBT discrimination.
In addition to endorsing the First
Amendment Defense Act, federal religious
freedom legislation seeking to prohibit
government action against opponents
of same-sex marriage, Walker said his
administration would act unilaterally to
uphold religious liberty.
That means making sure that we
uphold the Constitution, which says you
have the freedom of religion, Walker said.
Not freedom from religion, the freedom
of religion. And that means, Ill just speak
about it, our Justice Department, our I.R.S.
and others out there, will uphold that.
But Walker made his biggest splash
in terms of anti-LGBT views when, right
before the Boy Scouts lifted its ban on gay
adults, the candidate said he supports the
gay ban because it protected children.
Amid outcry from LGBT advocates,
including the Human Rights Campaign,
which called on him to apologize for
suggesting gay men are pedophiles,
Walker
recast
his
statement
in
subsequent media interviews, saying he
didnt mean physical protection, but
protecting Boy Scouts from political and
media discussion.
Walker also said he wouldnt change
military policy when asked about the
Obama administrations plan to end the
regulation prohibiting openly transgender
service in the U.S. armed forces.

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Campaign seeks national park to honor Stonewall Riots


Nadler announces
plans days before
debut of lm on uprising
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
More than 40 years ago, after witnessing
the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City,
lesbian activist Martha Shelley led the
coordination of a parade observing the oneyear anniversary of the historic event. That
subsequent demonstration on Christopher
Street started the annual tradition of Pride
parades in support of LGBT rights.
Now shes working with a new campaign
calling for designation of a national park site
recognizing the initial uprising that was key
to starting the modern LGBT movement.
Its important for people to know the
history, and instead of being a shameful
secret and being the kind of people who
get destroyed really for being who they
are, we ought to be celebrated for who
we are, Shelley said. And its important
for people to understand change has
happened, those kinds of changes,
because ordinary people protest, because
ordinary people are out in the street.
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
announced this week the new initiative
at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.
Joined by LGBT advocates and community
allies, they called for designation of
a national park site days before the
debut of the Stonewall motion picture
depicting the uprising for which theyre
seeking recognition.
In an interview with the Washington
Blade, Nadler said the designation of
a national monument recognizing the
riots which began after patrons of
the Stonewall Inn fought back against
police during a raid is important for
many reasons.
The National Park Service, through
national monuments, through national
battleelds, all kinds of national things,
illustrates the story of this country,
Nadler said. Its important to expand
the diversity of this story presented by
the National Park Service, in this case,
to present the story of the struggle for
civil rights of LGBT Americans. There is
nothing in the National Park System that
deals with this, and thats a huge omission
in terms of the history of this country, the
history of this struggle and the ongoing
struggle for human rights.
Of the more than 400 national parks
in America, two-thirds are dedicated to
sites of cultural and historic signicance.
The Womens Rights National Historical
Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y., tells the story of
the rst Womens Rights Convention held
there in July 1848. In Alabama, the Selma

New Yorks Stonewall Inn was the scene of unrest widely credited with sparking the modern
LGBT rights movement.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

to Montgomery National Historic Trail


traces the march led by black activists in
their struggle for civil rights.
Drawing
on
President
Obamas
invocation of Selma, Seneca Falls and
Stonewall in his second inaugural
address, Nadler said the designation of
a site for Stonewall would enable the
National Park Service to tell the whole
story of the civil rights movement.
Among the groups coordinating
the campaign is the National Parks
Conservation Association, a non-prot
that advocates for the national parks and
the National Park Service.
Cortney Worrall, Northeast regional
director for the National Parks Conservation
Association, said her organization about
a year ago started to hold informal
discussions with New Yorks LGBT
community about designating a national
monument for the Stonewall uprising.
Over several months, the overwhelming
feedback that we received was Please do!
Worrall said. It was just overwhelmingly
positive and pointed us in the direction
that this could be a national campaign
to establish the rst LGBT unit within the
park system to commemorate the birth of
the modern LGBT civil rights movement.
Other supporters of the campaign
include Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), all but one
member of New York Citys delegation
to the U.S. House, 13 state senators, 36
state Assembly members, ve city council
members as well as the Human Rights
Campaign, the American Civil Liberties
Union and Log Cabin Republicans.
The
U.S.
government
already
designated the privately owned Stonewall
Inn in 2000 as a national historic
landmark, but thats considered a lowertier designation given to 2,500 sites
throughout the country.
Last year, the Department of the
Interior announced it was undertaking

a theme study to examine ways to


incorporate LGBT stories into the
National Park Service. The new eort to
have a national monument dedicated
to the Stonewall Riots shares a similar
goal, but is separate and distinct from the
agency-led initiative.
Worrall identied two ways to designate
a national park. The formal way is through
legislation passed by Congress; the other
is for the president under the authority of
a 1906 law known as the Antiquities Act to
designate a national monument.
Its a designation of national
monument, butfor all intents and
purposes, it is a national park, Worrall
said. He would be designating it as a
national park. And he does not require
congressional approval for this at
all; this is something that he has the
administrative authority to do.
The White House didnt immediately
respond to a request for comment on
whether President Obama would be
willing to designate a national monument
for the Stonewall demonstrations.
Jessica Kershaw, a spokesperson for
the Department of the Interior, said the
Obama administration isnt in a position
to comment on the proposal.
That should not diminish the
departments commitment to capturing
and telling a broader story of our
nation and more stories reective of all
Americans and their experience, as the
park service approaches its centennial
in the next year, Kershaw said. That
commitment is exemplied in the services
current work underway to research and
collect these stories and sites through its
ongoing LGBT theme study.
Worrall said those behind the campaign
have informed the White House about the
initiative, but weve not heard anything
other than that theyre interested in
hearing more.

As for the legislative route, Nadler said


he plans to soon introduce a bill that
would designate a national park in honor
of the Stonewall uprising. Still, the New
York lawmaker said in the GOP-controlled
Congress hes not terribly hopeful that
my Republican colleagues will rush to
celebrate the freedom that was fought
for at Stonewall.
Its the fear of a potential Republican
administration in 2017 thats prompting
Nadler to call for Obama to act before
his second term is over. Nadlersaid hes
condent Obama will take action when
land ownership issues regarding the site
are resolved.
If, God forbid, a Republican happens to
be elected president, and this hasnt been
already, one doesnt have condence
in the fact that Log Cabin Republicans
are supporting this means that Donald
Trump, or [Scott] Walker, or whoever it
might be would do so, Nadler said. We
hope its before then.
One site advocates are pushing
for designation as a historic site to
commemorate the Stonewall uprising
is Christopher Park, the area across the
street from the Stonewall Inn where the
rioting began.
But the president can only designate a
national monument on federal property
and Christopher Park is owned by New
York City. Advocates pushing for the
recognition are seeking to have New York
City Parks & Recreation transfer ownership
of the park to the federal government.
Nadler said the process for such
a transfer requires involvement from
New York City and a meeting of the
local community board to meet, adding,
I hope and believe it will not be an
insurmountable issue.
We dont know exactly what would be
designated, but, for example, the park in
front of the Stonewall Inn is owned by the
city, so somehow, and wed have to work
that out, Nadler said. It has to become at
least legally federal land, and the National
Park Service is working with New York
City to gure out how to meet the federal
legal requirements so the president can
make the designation.
Among those to speak at the launch
for the new campaign is New York City
Department of Parks & Recreation
Commissioner Mitchell Silver.
Memorializing the historic events that
occurred at Stonewall goes a long way
toward validating the struggle, and sacrice
of self, that many in the LGBTQ community
made then and continue to make now,
Silver said in a statement. Lets make
history again, nearly 50 years later.
The New York City Department of Parks
& Recreation didnt respond to a followup email on whether that means the city
would be open to transferring Christopher
Park to the federal government.

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LGBT Catholics among those welcoming pope to D.C.


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States Bishops, have reminded us, all are


called to be vigilant, precisely as good
citizens, to preserve and defend that
freedom from everything that would
threaten or compromise it.
Although Francis never explicitly
mentioned LGBT issues in his address,
his call for inclusion is consistent with his
reputation for espousing more moderate
views on LGBT rights. Although the
Catholic Church remains opposed to
same-sex marriage, Francis in a widely

publicized interview said of gay priests,


Who am I to judge?
The pope addressed other issues more
explicitly. As immigration remains a hot
topic in American politics and Republican
presidential candidates have embraced
extreme positions on the issue, Francis
began his speech by noting his own
immigration status in his country.
As a son of an immigrant family, I am
happy to be a guest in this country, which was
largely built by such families, Francis said.
Francis also during his speech
discussed eorts to address climate

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church on Sept. 23 gathered on the corner of


Connecticut Avenue and M Street, N.W., near the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
to protest Pope Francis.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Motorcade passes HRC building


Pope Francis motorcade passed the Human Rights Campaign building
in Northwest D.C. on Wednesday as the ponti made his way to the nearby
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
Members of Dignity Washington were among the hundreds of people who
gathered outside the building at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and 17th
Street, N.W., in hopes they would have a chance to see the pope.
Dignity Washington members held a banner that read, Pope Francis: The
spirit is speaking through us, with a reference to LGBT Catholics. Others wore
blue T-shirts that asked the ponti whether he would welcome us home.
A large banner urging the Vatican to welcome LGBT Catholics back into the
church hung from the side of the HRC building.
Were welcoming the pope, Larry Ranly of Dignity Washington told the
Washington Blade before Francis arrived at St. Matthews Cathedral. I would
ask the pope to welcome us.
Dan Anderson of D.C. and his anc, Jim Rineerd, walked to HRC after
attending the White House ceremony during which President Obama ocially
welcomed Francis to the U.S.
The energy was pretty amazing, Anderson told the Blade. Everybody was
just so pleased to be there knowing what was coming.
Anderson added Francis is changing the world as pope instead of just living
in the old dogma.
A handful of members of the Westboro Baptist Church gathered on the corner
of Connecticut Avenue and M Street, N.W., near St. Matthews Cathedral on
Wednesday to protest Francis. They appeared to have left the area by the time
the ponti and his motorcade arrived.
Francis was scheduled to pray with U.S. bishops before celebrating Mass at the
Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast Washington.
The ponti on Thursday was slated to speak to members of Congress and
visit St. Patricks Catholic Church and Catholic Charities of the Archbishop of
Washington before traveling to New York.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Onlookers wave ags as Pope Francis visits the White House.


WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

change and the opening of relations


between the United States and Cuba.
In a speech welcoming Francis, President
Obama touted the positive impact of the
Catholic Church around the world as well
as his unique qualities as pope.
You remind us that in the eyes of
God our measure as individuals, and our
measure as a society, is not determined
by wealth or power or station or celebrity,
but by how well we hew to scriptures call
to lift up the poor and the marginalized
to stand up for justice and against
inequality, and to ensure that every
human being is able to live in dignity
because we are all made in the image of
God, Obama said.
In the meeting that followed between
Obama and Francis in the Oval Oce, the
president presented the popewith a dove
sculpture that incorporates an original
armature bar from the Statue of Liberty
and a key from the Maryland home of
Elizabeth Ann Seton, the rst native-born
American to be declared a saint.
The South Lawn was packed with the
11,000 attendees who waved miniature
American ags and ags of Vatican
City. Many of the male attendees were

dressed in suits and ties as women were


in their Sunday best for the occasion.
Some of the high-prole LGBT
attendees includedRev. Gene Robinson,
the rst openly gay Episcopal bishop;
gay Catholic blogger Aaron Ledesma;
and Margie Winter, a Philadelphia-area
teacher red from a Catholic school in
2007 over her same-sex marriage.
Although the Obama administration
was criticized for inviting LGBT activists to
the ceremony by an anonymous Vatican
ocial in a Wall Street Journal article (a
report later disputed by Vatican adviser
Father Thomas Rosica) and Republican
presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the
White House has shrugged o the criticism.
After the ceremony, Ledesma told the
Blade it was an honor to take part in the
ceremony along with other members of
the LGBT community.
Pope Francis speech was powerful,
Ledesma said. He talked about
respecting all individuals and the
marginalized. He said we are called to
show compassion and ght against
injustice and discrimination. Hes leading
with inclusion. Pope Francis is the Pope
of Inclusion.

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Cardinal turns down invitation to attend Dignity Mass


Ocial says gay Catholic
group doesnt support
church teachings

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who heads the


Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, has
turned down an invitation by the LGBT
Catholic group Dignity Washington to
attend a Sunday Mass with the group
at St. Margarets Episcopal Church near
Dupont Circle.
An ocial with the Archdiocese
informed Dignity Washington in a Sept. 3
letter of Wuerls decision not to join the
group at its weekly Mass or at its social
gathering following the Mass. Dignity
released the letter to the media for the
rst time after its Sept. 20 Sunday Mass.
The letter came as Dignity members in
Washington and across the country were
hopeful that Pope Franciss visit to the United
States, including the nations capital this
week, would nudge the Catholic Church in the
United States into taking a more welcoming
stance toward the LGBT community that
many believe Francis has taken.
Is it correct that your community is
founded upon the assertion that the
Catholic Churchs teaching on chastity is
inconsistent with her armation of the
dignity of all? William W. Gorman, the
Archdioceses Associate Moderator of
the Curia, asked Dignity President Daniel
Barutta in his letter announcing Wurels
decision not to attend a Dignity Mass or
social gathering.
The Churchs teaching magisterium does
not accept this assertion, and attendance
at a gathering such as the one you propose
could symbolically communicate the
opposite, thereby causing confusion,
Gorman said in his letter.
Gorman was referring to the
longstanding teaching by the Catholic
Church that sexual relations are only
allowed for heterosexual couples joined
in a marriage recognized by the church
and that those not joined in such a
marriage must remain chaste or celibate.
The response from the letter inviting
him to come to either our social or our
mass is very disappointing, Barutta told
the Blade. We took him at his word
that he was trying to be more open
minded and walk with us and be with the
community at large like Pope Francis is
trying to be, said Barutta.
What we got back is pretty much what
weve been hearing, Barutta said. What
weve been hearing for the last 25 years was
we dont promote chastity. Were not really
Catholic and were not valid and therefore
hes not coming to meet with us.
Added Barutta, So the Pope is saying

Cardinal DONALD WUERL turned down an invitation from Dignity Washington to attend a
Sunday Mass with the group.

one thing and the Archdiocese is saying


another. And quite frankly, were very
disappointed.
In his letter inviting Wuerl to attend a
Dignity Mass or social gathering, Barutta
noted that the Cardinal stated at a recent
news conference that he admired Pope
Franciss call for more inclusiveness.
Barutta quoted Wuerl as stating that Francis
keeps saying, Go out. Go out and meet
people where they are. And in that encounter,
walk with them, accompany them.
In this new spirit of openness which
has energized the Church we all love,

we invite you to join Dignity Washington


(D.C.s largest LGBT Catholic group) as we
celebrate a Catholic Mass at St. Margarets
Episcopal Church, Barutta wrote.
We love the Scriptures, and our
Liturgy, and the Faith tradition that has
shaped our lives, Barutta told Wuerl in
his invitation. Indeed, although we have
been exiled from Catholic buildings and
rejected by Catholic leaders because
we want to live our sexuality openly and
without apologies, we are still Catholic and
we still look to you for leadership, he said.
That is why we invite you, in the words

of Jesus to his rst disciples, to Come and


see (John 1:39).
In his letter informing Barutta of Wuerls
decision to decline the invitation, Gorman
suggested that not all gay Catholics agree
with Dignitys position.
There are many persons who live with
same-sex attraction and who believe that
the Churchs teaching on chastity leads
us to better understand our God-given
dignity and its relationship to the meaning
of sexuality and love, Gorman wrote.
Many persons have been treated
badly by others in the body of Christ, and
this I sincerely regret, Gorman said in
his letter. However, every Catholic has
the responsibility to seek communion
with the Church and to believe what the
Church believes.
Cardinal Wuerl was among the rst to
greet Pope Francis, along with President
Obama, as Francis arrived by plane on
Sept. 22 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland
in his rst-ever visit to the United States.
Barutta noted that Wuerl lives near St.
Margarets Church and sometimes walks
past the church as Dignity members are
arriving for Sunday evening Mass. He
said that if Wuerl has ruled out attending
a Dignity mass, members of the group
would be happy to meet with him at
another location.
If he wants to meet at a coee shop
or at his oce, at the Cathedral, at the
Basilica, wed love to meet with him,
Barutta said. Well meet him on the
Metro if we have to.

White House shrugs off criticism over papal invites


White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest shrugged o on Monday criticisms ofthe Obama administration for its selection
of attendees which include LGBT activists for the Wednesday address from Pope Francis II.
I will say there was no theological test that was administered prior to giving out tickets to stand on the South Lawn
Wednesday morning, Earnest said in response to a question from CNN.
The administration invited more than 15,000 people to witness Francis address at the White Houseon Wednesday. Among
the guests were Rev. Gene Robinson, the rst openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, gay Catholic blogger Aaron Ledesma
and Sister Simone Campbell, a nun who supports abortion rights.
But in a report in the Wall Street Journal, an anonymous senior Vatican ocial expressed concern about the attendees,
saying their participation could be seen as an endorsement by Pope Francis.
Earnest pointed to comments made by other senior Vatican ocials who expressed excitement about the popes visit to
the White House, including Vatican adviser Father Thomas Rosica, who on Fox News Sunday denied the Wall Street Journal
report.
I think that he can speak more directly to the perspective of Pope Francis when it comes to the ceremony, but I can tell you
that the White House planned a ceremony that would ensure that Pope Francis would receive the kind of warm welcome that
reects the kind of warm feelings that 300 million Americans have about him and his leadership, Earnest said.
Jumping in on the criticism over the invites was anti-LGBT Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who took to
Twitter to criticizethe invites and called them an attack on Christianity.
Huckabee tweeted: Classless decision by @POTUS to transform @Pontifex visit into a politicized cattle call is an insult to
millions of Catholics #PopeInUS
He continued, @POTUS show of disrespect for @Pontifex is a new low for an admin that will go down as most anti-Christian
in American history Why is it that @POTUS goes to extremes to accommodate Muslim terrorists but shows nothing but
disdain for Christians?
Earnest was succinct when asked whether he had a reaction to Huckabees criticisms.
I dont, Earnest said.
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Armys No. 2 civilian position.


Fanning has served in various roles
at the Pentagon over the course of the
Obama administration, including deputy
under secretary of the Navy, under
secretary of the Air Force, acting secretary
of the Air Force, Pentagon chief of sta
and acting under secretary of the Army.
A former board member of the Gay
& Lesbian Victory Fund, Fanning is
no stranger to LGBT rights. In a 2013
interview with the Washington Blade,
Fanning said he supports openly
transgender service and, as has now
come to pass, adding sexual orientation
to the list of protected classes under the
Military Equal Opportunity policy.
Matthew Thorn, interim executive
director of OutServe-SLDN, said hes
thrilled with Fannings nomination to
the No. 1 civilian post in the Army.
Having an openly gay individual in highlevel positions within the Department of
Defense helps to set the tone at the top
and provides an opportunity to bring
better understanding about both the
shared and the unique needs of LGBT
individuals in the military and their
families, Thorn said.
Also praising Fanning was Defense
Secretary Ashton Carter, who said
nominatingthe ocialas Army secretary
is an excellent choice.
Eric served as my rst chief of sta
at the Pentagon, and it has been a
privilege over the course of my career
to work alongside him and watch
him develop into one of our countrys
most knowledgeable, dedicated, and
experienced public servants, Carter
said. I know he will strengthen our Army,
build on its best traditions, and prepare
our ground forces to confront a new
generation of challenges.

Huckabee attacks Fanning


Meanwhile, Republican presidential
candidate Mike Huckabee invoked the
ire of LGBT advocates aftercriticizing the
nomination of Fanning but each of
theGOPpresidential candidates remains
silent on the attack.
The Washington Blade contacted each of
the campaigns ofthe 15 candidates running
for president (as well as the campaign of
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker before he
dropped out of the race), but days after
Huckabees remarks none of the contenders
responded to the request for comment.
After the White House announced
President Obama nominated Fanning
for the No. 1 civilian position in the Army,
Huckabee took Obama to task in aFacebook
post, saying the choice was an attempt at
appeasing Americas homosexuals.
Veterans suicide is out-of-control and

Republican candidates are silent on attacks by former Arkansas Gov. MIKE HUCKABEE on the nomination of Eric Fanning as Army secretary.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

military readiness is dangerously low, yet


Obama is so obsessed with pandering to
liberal interest groups hes nominated
an openly gay civilian to run the Army,
Huckabee said. Homosexuality is not a
job qualication.
LGBT advocates that have called on
presidential candidates to repudiate
Huckabees remarks include the Human
Rights Campaign and OutServe-SLDN.
Thorn also called on Huckabee to
apologize for his comments.
This nomination is not about pandering,
it is about appointing an individual who
will best serve the most technologically
developed Army the world has ever
known, Thorn said. Our lack of military
readiness and veterans suicides, that Mr.
Huckabee claims are not being honored in
this appointment, are not policies of Erics
or the Obama administration. They were
left over from eight years of President
George W. Bushs presidency. We, as an
electorate, have yet to hear any plans
or policies from any of the Republican
presidential candidates to address the
concerns highlighted by Mr. Huckabee.
TJ Helmstetter, a spokesperson for the
Democratic National Committee, said the
silence from the Republican candidates
suggests they agree with Huckabees
attack on Fanning.
With his attack on Secretary-designate
Fanning, Mike Huckabee is essentially
saying that you cant be both gay and

qualied to lead, Helmstetter said. We


in the LGBT community are used to
extreme ignorance coming from Mike
Huckabee. But his comments are more
dangerous when they go unchallenged
by his Republican colleagues running
for president. By failing to distance
themselves from anti-LGBT sentiment,
they are condoning it.
Just recently, one Republican candidate
has stood with Huckabee on an anti-LGBT
position. During the second Republican
presidential debate, former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush said he agrees with Huckabees
support for Rowan County Clerk Kim
Davis refusal to issue marriage licenses
after the Supreme Courts ruling on
same-sex marriage. Huckabee appeared
with Davis on stage at a rally when she
was released from jail after being found
in contempt of court.
Candidates seeking the Democratic
nomination,
however,
took
the
opportunity to criticize Huckabee.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley
said in a statement to the Washington
Blade that Huckabees comments
amount to bigotry.
President Obama has nominated Eric
Fanning, a patriotic and dedicated person
fully capable of serving as secretary of
the Army, OMalley said. I believe Gov.
Huckabees bigoted rant against this
nominee is not in the interest of our
nation or our national security.

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln


Chafee expressed a similar sentimentin
a statement to the Blade, saying the law
forbids anti-gay bias.
Enough of the bigotry Mr. Huckabee,
Chafee said. Eric Fanning should be
evaluated solely for his qualications,
record and vision for the job. The law
forbids discrimination on the basis of his
race, color, religion, creed, sex, or sexual
orientation.
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig
turned Huckabees own words against
the candidate in another statement to
the Blade.
I think the obsession is Huckabees,
Lessig said. It is time for him to let the
hate go, and allow citizens to serve their
country as citizens. President Obama
is showing leadership. We should all
support him openly.
A spokesperson for the campaign of
former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
deferred to a tweet from her campaign
saying the Fanning nomination was a
proud step forward. A follow-up email on
whether the campaign had anything to say
about Huckabees attack wasnt returned.
Not responding to a request for
comment on the Democratic side were
the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Bernard
Sanders (I-Vt.) and former U.S. Sen.
Jim Webb of Virginia. The White House
also hasnt responded to a request for
comment on the remarks.

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Baltimores Hippo says goodbye in just two weeks.


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The Club Hippo, a mainstay in Baltimores LGBT community for 43 years, has
announced its closing dates. The last night for the dance club portion of the bar
will be Saturday, Sept. 26 while the last drag show will take place on Sunday,
Sept. 27. The last night for the Saloon and Karaoke bars will be Saturday, Oct. 3.
The following statement was posted on the Hippos Facebook page:
From all of us at The Hippo....the closing dates are at hand. We would like to
thank each and every one of you who has visited and supported us for 43 years.
We hope to see many of you in these last nal weeks ahead. Thank you from the
bottom of our hearts.
The Hippo announced its closing in May to coincide with the retirement of
its owner Chuck Bowers. Bowers will continue to own the building but it will be
converted into a CVS drugstore.
Members of Baltimores LGBT community knew of the eventual closing
scheduled for later this year but some expressed surprise and disappointment
that it was taking place this soon.
Well that was abrupt, said Paul Hummel, a one-time employee at the Hippo.
Im hoping I can come by one last time, but this didnt leave a lot of notice. Such
a bummer.
Bowers declined to discuss the reason for the sooner-than-expected closing.

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called Count Me In, Maryland. TRT is a stakeholders group convened by the
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According to the projects website, countmeinmaryland.com, Anyone who
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one they were assigned at birth is eligible to participate.
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Daraprim maker says price will be reduced


WASHINGTON The pharmaceutical company
boss under re for increasing the price of the drug
Daraprim more than 5,000 percent this week said he
would lower the cost of the life-saving medication, NBC
News reports.
Martin Shkreli did not say what the new price would
be. No word on when the price will be announced.
He told NBC News the decision came to outrage
expressed this week when the company announced it
was changing the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill.
Yes it is absolutely a reaction there were mistakes
made with respect to helping people understand why
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we took this action, I think that it makes sense to lower
relented and said he
would reduce the price
the price in response to the anger that was felt by
of Daraprim.
people, Shkreli, 32, told NBC News.
Turing Pharmaceuticals of New York bought the
drug from Impax Laboratories in August for $55 million and raised the price.
Shkreli said Tuesday the price would be lowered to allow the company to break
even or make a smaller prot.
Daraprim ghts toxoplasmosis. The infection is particularly dangerous for
people who have weakened immune systems, like AIDS patients, as well as for
pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Shkreli, the founder and CEO of Turing, had said the money from the increase
would be used to develop better treatment for toxoplasmosis that have fewer
side eects. He told NBC News Tuesday that drugs like Daraprim will not exist if
small companies cannot get a return on their investment.
Its very easy to see a large drug price increase and say Gosh, those people
must be gouging. But when you nd out that the company is not really making
any money, what does that mean? Shkreli said in a phone interview with NBC
News Tuesday. Its very hard stu to understand.
The Human Rights Campaign was among the critics of the increase.
Your greed in raising the single-pill price from less than $15 to more than $750
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MOSCOW When Russian health care ocials announced last week they
would start replacing foreign HIV medication with drugs produced in Russia,
patients rights advocates were quick to point out that HIV patients have
complained that domestic drugs are ineective and have undesirable side
eects. Patients themselves say that drug shortages are a far bigger problem for
them, the Moscow Times reports.
Medical experts and NGO activists agree that the move over to domestic
medication announced as part of the import substitution campaign sweeping
Russia pales in comparison with frequent drug decits all over the country
that force patients to wait for months for their treatment, the Times article said.
The number of HIV patients [in Russia] is increasing faster than the funds to
nance treatment, and the worsening economic situation is contributing to it
too, so the lack of funds is an issue (in drug shortages), said Vadim Pokrovsky,
head of the Moscow-based Federal Center for Fighting AIDS and Russias most
renowned specialist in the matter, to the Moscow Times.
The number of registered cases grows every year and is very likely to reach
one million by 2016, Pokrovsky told the Moscow Times in written comments.

Argentina ends gay blood donation ban


NEW YORK Argentina ended its ban on gay and bisexual men donating
blood on Tuesday, a decision that may have an impact on countries like the U.S.
that still restrict blood donations from men who admit same-sex relationships,
Time reports.
Health Minister Daniel Golln said the decision was scientically and
technically accurate, Slate reports. Gay rights advocates in the country have
been advocating for a law change for 15 years.
The U.S. ban remains in eect for any men whove had sex with another man
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Appeasing the ignorati


GOP sinks in brainlessness
and bile

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Any suciently shameless and ambitious


politician knows that a smoothly delivered
fabrication on live television impresses millions more than will read the next days refutations. Take Carly Fiorina (please), the neverquite-senator from California with her bag of
imaginary business triumphs, whose numbers shot up after her well-delivered zingers
at last weeks Republican presidential debate.
Never mind that repeated investigations of Benghazi have turned up no sinister actions by Hillary Clinton. Never mind
that several state investigations have
turned up no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood. Carly has to appease the Ignorati
(as I dub the right-wing base), so she touts
a nonexistent fetus-harvesting video.
Just as her $40 million golden parachute
cushioned the impact of being sacked by
Hewlett Packard, her bump in the polls
softened the blow of being called a liar.
The facts dont matter any more. Donald
Trump pushes a discredited link between
vaccines and autism. Mike Huckabee says the
Dred Scott decision remains in eect despite
the citizenship clause of the 14th Amend-

ment. Ben Carson says no Muslim should be


president, ignoring the Constitutions Article
VI prohibition against religious tests for public
oce. Marco Rubio dubiously claims North
Korea has the capacity to hit America with a
nuclear weapon. Jeb Bush says, My brother
kept us safe, as if 9/11 never happened. Bobby Jindal (in the undercard debate) raises
the specter of an inux of terrorists by falsely
saying Obama wants to short-circuit the vetting process for Syrian refugees. If one lie
ops, you move on to the next.
At a rally on Sept. 17, Trump, a leading
Obama birther, responded amicably to
a mans call to get rid of American Muslims. He answered the resulting furor
with, I love the Muslims.
This mad march of misinformation is
more than mere coee chat fodder. Spreading baseless fears of vaccines endangers the
public health. Portraying America as weak
promotes wasteful military spending while
our domestic infrastructure crumbles. Stoking Islamophobia endangers lives at home
and strains relations abroad.
As any 12-year-old on a playground can
tell you, assuming he hasnt been shot by
police, discriminatory proling does not
only target adults. In Texas, as the world
now knows, police refused to admit they
were wrong despite having arrested
14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing
a clock to school even though they knew it
wasnt a bomb. They tried to cover themselves by calling it a hoax bomb, though
he never said it was anything but a clock.
Some suggested that anything with
wires and a clock looks like a bomb. Saying I dont know what it is, so it must be a
bomb is true in the same sense as when
youre unable to identify a disk-shaped

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cloud over a mountain and conclude that


it must be an alien spaceship.
This is called the argument from ignorance. There are too many examples already in this campaign, from Huckabees
exhibitionistic constitutional cluelessness
to Trumps endless bullshitting. Condently mouthing urban legends no more
makes you an expert in climate science or
medicine than playing Neil deGrasse Tyson makes you an astrophysicist.
Proling disproportionately targets
people of color. This harms the America
we have, in defense of one that exists
only in the minds of people clinging desperately to unmerited privilege. As Edward R. Murrow said in 1954, We will not
be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep into our history and our
doctrine, and remember that we are not
descended from fearful men.
The brown-skinned teenager who tinkers with clocks today might make an engineering breakthrough in a decade or two.
We cannot aord to squander the gifts and
crush the hopes of a growing portion of our
population, as we do when we encourage
reexive bias. If we are going to demonize young Ahmed, we might as well revise
the security warning on the Metro to See
something, say something, learn nothing.
The GOPs pageant of know-nothings
will not end any time soon. We who know
better must do more than resist joining
the rabble; we must raise our voices.
Once stirred up, a mob is hard to quell
and can cause mayhem beyond the imaginings of the instigators.
This toilet needs a plunger.
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Lets do the Time Warp again!


Rocky Horror Picture Show
turns 40

KATHI WOLFE, a writer and poet, is a regular


contributor to the Blade.

Unfurl the toilet paper! Throw the toast!


Get out the shnet stockings and gloves!
Ive got something to say, damnit, Janet!
Its the 40th anniversary of the cult movie
The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Rocky, the phenom embraced by acionados since its release in 1975 is just
out on Blu-ray in time for Halloween.
The lm starring Barry Bostwick and
Susan Sarandon as Brad and Janet, the
virginal young couple whose lives are forever changed after a night spent with the
cross-dressing, mad-scientist Dr. FrankN-Furter (Tim Curry), has been featured
in movies and TV shows from Fame
to The Perks of Being a Wallower to
Glee. Rocky, perhaps, the longest-running feature lm, is still shown in some

theaters. The Library of Congress, added


the movie to the U.S. National Film Registry in 2005.
In our fragmented culture, there arent
many things loved by people of dierent
stripes and generations throughout their
lives. Yet, Rocky fans include everyone
from rst responders to government
workers to college students to hipsters
to boomers. Id bet Rockys birth tank that
you remember where you were when
you rst saw Frank-N-Furter (the sweet,
alien transvestite), Magenta, Columbia
and the other denizens of Transylvania.
I rst saw Rocky Horror with friends
in New York in the late 1970s. What I remember most is our giddiness from not
only the joint wed shared before entering
the theater but from the campy singing,
dancing, gender-bending, free-spirited
sexuality and punk costumes on screen.
(Though, we likely wouldnt have called it
gender-bending or punk then.) Here
was a movie that, along with lovingly parodying the Hollywood sci- and horror
icks that so many of us adored, encouraged sexuality and dierence.
Less than a decade after Stonewall,
when only recently being gay had been
considered a mental illness, we were
watching Transylvanians of all genders
and permutations joyously doing the

time warp in Rocky Horror. True, we


were far from being anywhere near as innocent as Brad and Janet. Even so, it was
transforming to see the couple enjoying
sex with Frank-N-Furter without fear of

thinks, my friend George, who worked for


the rst Bush administration told me, I
saw it in Washington, D.C. in the afternoon
with a few other people. We laughed and
sang the whole time! It was great!

Long before Transparent or Modern


Family, Rocky Horror increased our
cultures comfort with sexuality and
gender non-conformity.
sodomy laws or other repercussions. At a
time when women were often expected
to be sexually passive, it was freeing to
see Janet boldly seeking sex. In an era
when coming out took guts, it was heartening to hear Dr. Frank-N-Furter exhort
us to Dont dream it, be it!
In the decades since its release, Rocky
Horror has been life changing for generations. A documentary about the lms
impact on its fans Rocky Horror Saved
My Life is in post-production. The movie
is a place for people who are a little outside of the mainstream to meet, and its
a rite of passage. Its a family lm, Lou
Adler, the executive producer of Rocky
Horror, told Rolling Stone.
Rocky Horror is people being themselves not giving a damn what anyone

Long before Transparent or Modern Family, The Rocky Horror Picture


Show increased our cultures comfort
with sexuality and gender non-conformity. My 70-something pal John hadnt met
many LGBT people before he saw Rocky
Horror when he was in his 30s. But, I
loved it! Frank- N-Furter was so likable, so
non-threatening, he said. One day, I was
driving with friends near Olney, Md. The
car was stopped for at a long trac light.
We got out and did the time-warp dance!
Has Rocky Horror gotten old, I recently asked a 30-year-old friend, who lives
in New York. No, she said, its still fun!
I saw it two years ago at midnight. People
were still dressing up!
Happy anniversary, Rocky Horror! Lets
do the time-warp, again!

CO MM UNI K A TE

State Fair in Syracuse goes gay and other signs of progress


Fall reunions a reminder of
how far weve come

KATE CLINTON is a longtime humorist and


regular Blade contributor.

This fall I returned to Syracuse for a


weekend of reunions: a family reunion
and my 50th Catholic high school reunion. Cosmically there was a lot going
on in my house of reunion.
I made plans to meet up with an old
friend who was a year behind me in
school. She asked, Cant you come early
and go to the Fair with me? Thursday is
Gay Day at the State Fair. Melissa Etheridge is headlining.

Gay Day at the State Fair. Said in an


un-ironic way. It was like hearing, 5 to 4
in favor of marriage equality, but somehow more visceral and incredible.
My hometown, Syracuse, is the site of the
New York State Fair. We Salt City folks are quite

Midway. When my rst customer ordered


a hot dog and a Bud, I had absolutely no
idea what a Bud was and got red.
Empire State LGBTs had been gathering informally at the Fair for years, but
Aug. 27, 2015 was the rst formally rec-

Right now, in an otherwise mad,


mean world, I feel whole and hopeful.
proud to be the host city. Everybody goes.
In my early years, I went to The Fair
with my mother who favored the quilt
shows, the baking and canning contests.
I wanted to go to the tractor pull.
In my teens, after a deliriously sexy
swoon of a summer at a Catholic girls
camp, I went with my counselor gal pals
to the Fairgrounds. To prolong the delirium of being together, we all lied about
our ages and got jobs.
I got a job at a hot dog stand on the

ognized, governor-proclaimed, widely advertised Pride Day. The morning started


with a ceremony raising the Rainbow Flag
over the Main Gate. The LGBT info booth
was at the center of the Center of Progress Building. Melissa rocked the main
stage for three hours for 17,000 people.
I wish Id been there.
I had my own Gay Day at my 50th high
school reunion. I banged from one vaguely
familiar older face to another as if I were in
a pinball machine. I tried to ush out an-

other kindred LGBT soul. Tilt! Sadly, no luck.


My former classmates, most still practicing
Catholics, all good people, all white and all
retired teachers, nurses, cops greeted
me warmly. Who am I to judge?
The Gay Days continued at my family
reunion. There it is no longer about coming out. After the initial tsuris, my siblings
have come around. Each has had his own
journey. Some were ne from the start.
Some shunned me. Some were guilttripped by their kids. I opened more of
my life to them. It takes time.
All have been won over by my dear
partner, now the ocial deejay of the
family reunion dance party, a joyful,
sweaty multi-generational jitterbugging,
shagging, voguing, bhangra mash-up.
Right now, in an otherwise mad, mean
world, I feel whole and hopeful. I am happy to be out in my family and now to my
old classmates. Sad to nd no one else.
Amazed that in my old stomping grounds,
where once gay people marched in the
small Pride parade with paper bags on
their heads, there are now Gay Days.

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The changing nature of our ongoing battles


Taking on the Vatican, Kim
Davis and other LGBT critics

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime LGBT rights


and Democratic Party activist.

Eric Fanning and Xavier High School


make us proud; Corrine Brown (D-Fla.)
needs to explain herself; the Vatican
needs to come into the 21st century; and
Kim Davis belongs in jail. The LGBT community was the focus of a series of headlines last week.
In Kentucky it was marriage licenses,
Lawyer for Deputy Clerk: Kim Davis
May Be Violating the Judges Order. In
New York City it was Xavier High School:
Room in Catholic School for Gay-Straight
Alliance. Then President Obama invited
gay and transgender Catholics to the

White House welcoming reception for


Pope Francis. The Washington Post editorialized about the Vatican raising objections about this, fearing the Pope would
be pictured with these guests indicating a
support that isnt there. Then, President
Nominates rst Openly Gay Army Secretary. Finally, Brown changes her vote and
says no to same-sex spouses getting benets in the military.
Despite the Kim Daviss of the world and
the Vaticans ocial position, acceptance
of LGBT people is moving forward and
quickly in many cases. The Kim Daviss of
the world will eventually be hoisted on
their own petard. Her claim of her religious beliefs being undermined by doing
her job are specious to say the least. Now
she is violating the agreement that got
her out of jail, promising not to interfere
with her deputies who are giving out marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She is
requiring them to use dierent forms and
one deputy has gone to court saying this
is interference. The view of a legal scholar
I spoke with suggested the best outcome
would be for the judge to order the oce
to go back to using the original form with
her name on it, she then res the deputy,

and the judge throws her ass back in jail.


A good idea all around.
But I take heart learning what is going on at Xavier High School in New York
City. A Roman Catholic school that has a
Gay-Straight Alliance demonstrates how
thinking is being transformed in both the
community at-large and in some of the
Catholic Church. The column in the New
York Times reads, This is a reection of a
moderating tone from the church. Students and their advisors met in a physics
classroom and on the walls hung a crucix and posters of Einstein and Homer
Simpson. Two ags anked the door. One
was the American Standard, while the
other was a rainbow banner of gay pride.
President Obama continues to ensure
openly LGBT people are part of every
event at the White House and are appointed to positions at the highest levels
of government. Only a few years after winning the ght to end Dont Ask, Dont Tell,
he nominated an openly gay man, Eric
Fanning, to be his Secretary of the Army.
Fanning is supremely qualied for the job
and it appears whether or not he is conrmed by a Republican Senate, it will have
more to do with the politics of all Obama

nominations rather than the fact he is gay.


As the LGBT community moves into the
future and toward gaining acceptance,
there will be many bumps along the road.
There will be legal issues to overcome
and cultural issues that will be even harder and take much longer. Organizations
like HRC and the Task Force, ghting for
our civil and human rights, will be ghting dierent battles from the ones they
fought in the past. We will have to reinforce our coalitions with allies in order to
move forward.
The Washington Blade recently published a column about an issue we will
see more and more often: More than one
member of the LGBT community running
for the same political oce. In this case,
it was for mayor of Palm Springs. It is an
issue the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
will have to grapple with when issuing its
endorsements and it most likely should
cause them to look again at their criteria
for supporting candidates more closely.
We will continue to make progress in
attaining our full civil and human rights if
we stick together and commit the needed
resources of time and money to the battles ahead.
VIEWPOINT

Gay Millennials can embrace Rubios vision


Now we need jobs and rising
incomes to solidify our marriages
By GABINO CUEVAS
Progress.There are several denitions
for the word but in the political context it
often applies as the development of an
individual or society in a direction considered more benecial than and superior to
the previous level.
Today we have a president that Millennials wildly supported in 2008, but who
appears to be managing Americas economic decline.
In an era in which many Millennials are
cynical because they face stubborn unemployment or underemployment, many
are looking for youthful alternatives that
do not represent the past, be it Democratic or Republican. I believe that youthful leader is Marco Rubio, who is compared by some to John F. Kennedy.Of all
the candidates currently running in the
crowded Republican primary eld, Rubio
stands out as a man who demonstrates
the enduring power of American exceptionalism and is capable of eectively
communicating conservative principles
to younger voters. He is also Hispanic and

will dramatically broaden his partys outreach to Hispanics and Latinos. If the GOP
does not signicantly increase its share of
the growing Hispanic vote, as well as its
share of the gay and Millennial vote, it will
suer defeats in 2016 and beyond. His
campaign has emphasized the need for
America to meet the challenges of the
ercely competitive new global economy
to ignite a New American Century.
Gay Millennials are well aware that they
are now forced to compete with educated
workers across the globe. They are more
receptive to a candidate who is condent
in our ability to prosper in the 21st century rather than those who encourage a
class warfare mentality based on the assumption that we can only succeed at the
expense of others. Millennials may be
ready to wise up and realize our outdated
tax code that penalizes middle class gay
entrepreneurs, just as much as it penalizes all U.S. employers and fosters Millennial under employment.
As Rubio puts it, these ideas dont move
us forward, these ideas move us backward. This is the sort of new candor that
Millennials are seeking in a president.
On other issues, Rubio is equally responsive to the concerns of younger voters. The plan he proposed to simplify the

tax code would unleash the potential of


LGBTworkers and business owners when
government eliminates the articial burdens placed on them by misguided policies and counterproductive regulations.
Rubio and increasingly many gay Millennials recognize that when our economy
is growing and thriving, employment isnt
a zero-sum game.
For gay Millennials who went into debt
so they could graduate with degrees that
ultimately failed to lead to jobs, Rubios
proposal to require that college faculty
advisers publish the average salaries of
the majors they recommend would go a
long way toward insuring new Millennials
make a profoundly better choice of their
major eld of study. And this all goes to
the essence of what progress actually
is. It means confronting and remedying
problems head-on with new strategies,
not pushing them further down the road.
Having seen them in practice while
growing up, more and more Millennials
are beginning to recognize that to continue fashionable Democratic policies
of expanding government power with
its scheduled 2016 $20 trillion debt has
more in common with Einsteins denition of insanity than with the dictionary
denition of progress. Their way leads

only to underachievement and a lethargic


economy. We can only counter their outdated ideas with better newer ideas.
As Rubio aptly describes it, Most people who have ever lived were trapped
by the circumstances of their birth, destined to live the life their parents had. But
America is dierent. Here, we are the children and grandchildren of people who
refused to accept this. If we do that, well
have achieved true progress, and that includes gay people.
While gay Millennials are predominantly
Democratic, often one-third and sometimes
more of gay voters quietly vote with the
GOP.Andthey have good reason to take a
second look at the GOP, given the Supreme
Court decision legalizing gay marriage,for it
was George W. Bushs former solicitor general, Ted Olsen, who won the California case
against Prop 8 (the ruling was made by a gay
Republican judge). Yet, make no mistake,
Millennials need long-term meaningful jobs
and rising incomes to solidify their marriages, be they gay or straight.Lets be all we can
be.Yes, America can!
GABINO CUEVAS is the former 2008
Entrepreneur of the Year winner from Hispanic
Business magazine in the Heavy Industry
category and serves on the board of Log Cabin
Republicans of Miami.

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Dr. Martin Luther King once said, If
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sweeper who did his job well.
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What non-LGBT issue are you most


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What historical outcome


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culture moment of your lifetime?
Watching Scissor Sisters rst major
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What was your last


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Let people make their own decision.

What do you believe in


beyond the physical world?
Karma

Whats your advice for LGBT


movement leaders?
I feel that the majority of our current
leaders are doing a ne job.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
My husband

What LGBT stereotype


annoys you most?
I think stereotypes are based in truth.
We all need to laugh at ourselves more.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


But Im A Cheerleader and Gods And
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In D.C., waiting for someone to talk to
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In November 2013, the Consumer
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Procedures Act (RESPA) and Truth in
Lending Act (TILA) disclosures and
regulations. This means that all settlements
for real estate in the United States must
now use new closing disclosure forms.
Initially, the new TRID forms and
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amount of changes to the lender industry,
these changes were delayed to begin on
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Homeowners who have been through
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review of the approved loan. For example,
starting on Oct. 3, all closing forms must be
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drastic dierence from our current practice
and home purchases can be closed once
the nal HUD-1 statement is produced
(normally two days prior to settlement).
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seven days before closing. This way, the
three-day review period will not provide
any surprises.
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likely push the contract period to 45 days
because of the increase in review period
after loan approval. This number of days
may shorten eventually to 40 days, but
the rst months of implementing new
forms and review periods will need a
conservative number of days to close.
For buyers who are interested in
purchasing a home over the next month,
there should certainly be an understanding
of being prepared in the loan process.
These procedures are certainly not a
surprise to the industry, but they will take
time to adjust for all parties.
Sellers who are putting their homes on
the market this fall should understand
how these changes might aect their sale.
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focused, oers that include nancing
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predatory lending. This initial rollout of
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time for the market to respond, but
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JONNY BEAUCHAMP, left, as Ray, and VLAD ALEXIS as


Cong in Stonewall. Although the lmmakers have been
accused of whitewashing history, it does include several
Latino and African-American gender-nonconforming
characters.

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When the world got its rst look at the
Stonewall trailer in August, reaction was
swift and withering with some even calling
for LGBT people to boycott the lm, a
dramatization of the 1969 New York riots
that were a turning point for gay rights.
The lm was assailed, from snarky
social media posts (Ah yes! That

wonderful point in gay history where


super models got really angry) to
outright vitriol. Pat Cordova-Go, who
identies as a transwomyn of color is
calling for a boycott with the Gay-Straight
Alliance Network. Do not throw money
at the capitalistic industry that fails to
recognize true s/heros. Do not support a
lm that erases our history. Do not watch
Stonewall, she writes.
The beefs are essentially that historical
events have been whitewashed, that
trans characters are pushed to the
sidelines and played by non-trans actors
and that, as Tim Teeman wrote for the

Daily Beast, everyone appears to have


been bused in from laughably predictable
central casting. The events are centered
around a ctional character named
Danny, a white Midwestern teen kicked
out of his home for being gay. Ironically,
few have pointed out that Jeremy Irvine,
the 25-year-old War Horse actor who
plays him, is straight.
Irvine, director Roland Emmerich and
writer Jon Robin Baitz (all white, the latter
two gay) have defended the lm, which
opens on Friday, Sept. 25 (its screening at
area theaters such as Landmark E Street
Cinema, ArcLight Bethesda, Angelika Film

Center and more). They counter that most


of the criticism is based on the trailer,
not the lm itself, that the true events of
the riots are shrouded in myth and that
any dramatization uses artistic license
to varying degrees. Legendary gay writer
Larry Kramer defended the lmmakers.
Emmerich, widely known for helming
major lms like Independence Day
(1996), Godzilla (1998) and the Mel
Gibson vehicle The Patriot (2000), is
already at work on his next project. The
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Dan Savage brings his amateur porn festival Hump! to Gallery 788 (3602
Hickory Ave., Baltimore) on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8 and 10 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 2 at 8
and 10 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6, 8 and 10 p.m.
Eighteen of the best lms from Savages west coast lm festival Hump! will be
screened on the tour. Films shown are a mix of LGBT, straight and kink. All the
lms star ordinary people who created ve-minute porn lms to win cash prizes.
Tickets are $20 for each showing. For more information, visit humptour.
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Boi play and fashion


show this weekend

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fashion show experience at Thearc
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Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
Boi, Pull Your Pants Up is a collection
of short ction stories by William
Caldwell. The stories focus on sexual
identity, promiscuity and sexual violence
in urban America. 50 Shades of Fashion
is a fashion show with an S&M theme,
featuring looks containing leather, sheers,
lace, spikes, chains and more.
Preferred seating tickets are $50,
standard seating tickets are $40 and
general admission tickets are $30. Doors
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Notable guests include U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, actress Melissa Fitzgerald,
U.S. Reps. David Cicilline, Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Pocan, Eleanor Holmes
Norton and Mark Takano. Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth will also
make an appearance. VIP hour is from 6-7 p.m. and the main event starts at 7
p.m. Money raised will be used for Gay Bowl XVI.
Tailgater tickets are $50 and include one drink ticket and access to the event.
All Star Sponsor tickets are $100 and include two drink tickets and recognition
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access to VIP hour. Heisman Sponsor tickets are $1,000 and include open bar on
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For more details, visit dcg.org.

Heroes honored
in photo exhibit
The D.C. Center displays Our Heroes,
a black-and-white photography exhibit,
on Friday, Sept. 25th at 6 p.m. The exhibit
will run through Thursday, October 15 at
the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.).
The exhibit chronicles the people,
places, events and things that make
up the history of HIV/AIDS from 19832015 in D.C. The exhibit now features
more than 24 additional photos added
to the collection. The exhibit is also on
permanent display at the Martin Luther
King Jr. Library. Admission is free.
For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

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Silverbration festivities
scheduled for early October
By MARIAH COOPER
CAMP Rehoboth celebrates 25 years
of service to the community with its
Silverbration weekend on Friday, Oct. 9
and Sunday, Oct. 11.
Oct. 9 will be the Silver Gala at Nassau
Valley Vineyards (32165 Winery Way,
Lewes, Del.) from 7-11 p.m. and will
feature illusionist Christopher Peterson.
The Silver Block Party will be Oct. 11 on
the second block of Baltimore Avenue
and will run from noon-4 p.m.
Murray Archibald, board president of
the LGBT community center that serves
the Rehoboth Beach community, says the
planning committee has been working on
this anniversary weekend since last year.
Despite having other big events to work
on, such as Sundance, their biggest event
festival of the year over Labor Day weekend,
they were able to organize the two events.
According to Archibald, the gala will have
a more traditional vibe with a band and

dancing. There will also be food served


from several restaurants in the area.
Peterson will emcee the night. General
admission tickets for the gala are $100.
General admission tickets with seating are
$125. Gala table sponsor tickets are $1,500.
The block party is new for CAMP
Rehoboth. Plans for vendors, food trucks
and a stage in front of CAMP Rehoboth
for dierent performances have well
been underway. Archibald says the city
has allowed CAMP Rehoboth to close o
the second block of Baltimore Avenue,
something they usually dont do, for the
party. Admission to the block party is free
but there is a suggested $10 donation.
The gala and block party are the two
celebration events planned for the
weekend but CAMP Rehoboth will remain
open throughout that weekend for
visitors to stop by.
Archibald is amazed to see the growth
CAMP Rehoboth has made in the past
25 years.
Its grown from a little tiny room where
people said, Youre crazy. What are you
doing, to the full community center and
being able to serve the community the

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STEVE ELKINS (left) and Murray ARCHIBALD of CAMP Rehoboth are gearing up for a busy October
celebrating the community centers 25 years.

way we do, Archibald says. Not just the


community but all of Delaware. Even if
something gay related is going on in the
news anywhere, we get a call.
He thinks that all of the hard work
CAMP Rehoboth has put into helping
the community has caused the same
community to want to celebrate with them.
Part of our goal was to be a bridge to
the whole community when we started it
and I think the community is celebrating,
Archibald says.
Although
CAMP
Rehoboth
has
established itself as a staple in the
LGBT Delaware community, it goes far

beyond just servicing that community.


Archibald says that CAMP Rehoboths
close proximity to D.C., Baltimore and
Philadelphia has allowed it to spread its
vision beyond the resort town.
Archibald also says that despite
originally serving only the LGBT
community it has now become an
important part of Delaware as whole.
People gay and straight turn to CAMP
Rehoboth for things, Archibald says. It used
to strike us as funny, but it doesnt anymore.
Were visible, were downtown, were
involved in things. It really shows that were
involved at all levels of the community.

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An Evening With Bernadette Peters


Sep 26. GMU Center for the Arts.
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Hailed as the foremost interpreter of Stephen Sondheims music, two-time


Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters is accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra
to sing highlights from her long and illustrious career.

Chick Corea & Bla Fleck


Sep 30. Washington Performing Arts and Strathmore.
301-581-5100. washingtonperformingarts.org.

With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from jazz,
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music from their Grammy-winning duet album, The Enchantment.

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Sep 25. Folger Theatre.
202-544-7077. folger.edu.

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cocktail and hors doeuvre recipe book mixes equal parts booze and Bard for
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Cake O. Sep 29-Nov 22. Signature
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signature-theatre.org.
Roe. Sep 28. Wagner, Max! Wagner! Sep
25-Sep 26. Shear Madness. Ongoing.
Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324.
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Chimerica. Thru Oct 18. Animal. Sep
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Women Laughing Alone With Salad.
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202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
Queens Girl in the World. Thru Oct 11.
Theater J. 202-518-9400. theaterj.org.
Hoodlarious starring Tony Roberts.
Sep 29. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
thehowardtheatre.com.
Ironbound. Thru Oct 4. Round
House Theatre. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
Hay Fever. Thru Sep 27. Bad Dog. Sep
30-Oct 25. Olney Theatre. 301-924-3400.
olneytheatre.org.
YERMA (Barren). Thru Oct 4. GALA
Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174.
galatheatre.org.
The Guard - Womens Voices Theater
Festival. Sep 25-Oct 18. Fords Theatre.
800-982-2787. fords.org.

DANCE
Ballet Folklrico de Mxico de Amalia
Hernndez. Sep 29. Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Tango Lovers-The Best Musical
Show of the Year. Sep 26. GW Lisner
Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
Huang Yi & KUKA. Sep 25.
Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

MUSIC

Buy
Discount Tickets

Washington Saxophone Quartet. Sep


27. National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.
nga.gov.
Chaise Lounge. Sep 26. AMP.
301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com.
WNO: Carmen. Thru Oct 3. NSO Pops:
Rajaton: Best of The Beatles. Sep
25-Sep 26. NSO: Donald Runnicles,
conductor: Olga Peretyatko, soprano.
Oct 1-Oct 3. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Itzhak Perlman (violin) &
Emanuel Ax (piano). Sep 28. WPA.
Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
Heidi Martin: ABBEY! Thru Sep 26.
Eldar. Sep 26. Atlas. 202-399-7993.
atlasarts.org.
Black Uhuru. Sep 25. Eric Roberson.

Sep 25. Down South Bounce. Sep 26.


Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Easterlin
Present: Touristes. Sep 27. Sunday R&B
Brunch with Vocalist Shirleta Settles.
Sep 27. Lalah Hathaway. Sep 26-Sep
28. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
thehowardtheatre.com.
Csar Orozco. Sep 25. Montpelier Arts
Center. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Gustave
Caillebotte: The Painters Eye. Thru Oct
4. Vermeers Woman in Blue Reading a
Letter from the Rijksmuseum. Thru Dec
1. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Archives. Spirited Republic:
Alcohol in American History. Thru Jan 10.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
Vanessa Bells Hogarth Press Designs.
Thru Nov 13. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community
Museum. How the Civil War Changed
Washington. Thru Nov 15. 202-633-4820.
anacostia.si.edu.
Sandy Spring Museum. Two for One.
Thru Oct 25. Weaving Community.
Thru Dec 30. 301-774-0022.
sandyspringmuseum.org.
National Geographic. Monster Fish.
Thru Oct 11. Indiana Jones. Thru Jan 3.
202-857-7000. nglive.org.

GALLERIES
DCCAH. AFP16 Visual Arts Exhibition.
Thru Sep 30. 202-724-5613.
dcarts.dc.gov.
Strathmore. Women Chefs: Artists in
the Kitchen. Thru Nov 8. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Art League Gallery. Wijati
Soemantoro. Thru Oct 5. 703-683-1780.
theartleague.org.
Arts Club of Washington. September
Art Exhibition. Thru Sep 26.
202-331-7282. artsclubofwashington.org.
Gallery Neptune & Brown. Picasso to
Kentridge. Thru Oct 18. 202-986-1200.
neptuneneart.com.
IDB Sta Association Art Gallery
(ISAAG). Argentine artist Horacio Tubio
and Colombian artist Luis German
Ardila. Thru Sep 25. 202-623-2217.
idbstaassociationartgallery.org.
Robert Brown Gallery. Flattening
the Form: Drawings and Prints by
Contemporary Sculptors. Thru Oct 17.
202-338-0353. robertbrowngallery.com.
Target Gallery. Angel Soldier Dance
Sublime. Thru Oct 18. 703-838-4565.
torpedofactory.org.
District Architecture Center. Nature in
the Walkable City. Thru Oct 3.
202-347-9403. aiadac.com.
Zenith Sculpture Space. Works
of Hadrian Mendoza. Thru Sep 26.
Figuratively Speaking. Sep 29-Jan 9.
zenithgallery.com.

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FROM DIRECTOR ROLAND EMMERICH


AND WRITER JON ROBIN BAITZ

PHOTO BY LONNIE TAGUE; COURTESY OF GALA HISPANIC THEATRE

MABEL DEL POZA, center, as the title character in Yerma. Galas smart production never veers into
melodrama.

Work of gay 30s playwright


revived at Gala
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Federico Garca Lorca didnt stand a
chance. When Francos fascist troops rose
to power during the Spanish Civil War,
there was no place for a freethinking, gay
dramatist internationally acclaimed
and critical of the opposition in their
nationalist plan. So in August of 1936, one
of Francos death squads abducted Lorca
and shot him to death. He was 38.
And though Lorcas body was never
recovered, his works endure. His most
important plays are tragedies featuring
strong and complex women: Blood
Wedding (1933), Yerma (1934) and
The House of Bernarda Alba (1936). All
set in the Spanish countryside, theyre
collectively dubbed Lorcas rural trilogy.
And now Gala Hispanic Theatre mounts
a searing, modern-feeling Yerma
(translates as Barren) helmed by out
Spanish director Jos Luis Arellano Garca.
The title character longs for a baby but
cant conceive. She blames her husband
whom she rightly assumes doesnt want
children, a desire thats anathema to
both her and the surrounding villagers:
A woman from the country who doesnt
bear children is as useless as a handful of
thorns even sinful!
Director Garca makes us feel
Yermas unrelenting pain. Even during
intermission, a miserable family dinner
plays out on stage. Yerma is collapsed at
the kitchen table while her husband and
his two shrouded sisters eat in silence
except for the clanging of metal spoons
against ceramic bowls. Its a stylized
production that somehow never crosses
over to melodrama.
The script and set add to the intensity.
In his world premier adaptation of Lorcas
luminously poetic text, Fernando J. Lopez,
a Spanish writer who is gay, eectively
pares a larger cast down to its ve
essential characters (not counting the
sisters who appear briey): Yerma; her
husband, Juan; Victor, a lusty shepherd;

new mother Maria; and Dolores, an


amalgam older woman character.
Scenic designer Sylvia de Marta serves up
a stark set of corrugated metal and stainless
steel. A swathe of dirt (in which the actors
sometimes ail and roll) borders the front
of the stage. The set is lit with alternating
soft and harsh uorescent lighting. The
actors are costumed in contemporary, very
casual summer clothes.
Mabel del Pozos Yerma is passionate,
denitely earthy, and generally miserable.
Though not exactly clawing, her hands
are never far from her loins. Yerma
wants a baby badly. She communes with
the unborn son she desires, sometimes
speaking aloud to him. She believes his
addition to the household would x her
otherwise unhappy life.
There are two men in Yermas life
Juan (played by out actor Eric Robledo)
the cold husband that her father chose
for her. By day he works the land and
at night counts his money. Yerma is too
much for Juan. Hed prefer a contented
wife who remained quietly in the home
and didnt nag him about lovemaking and
ways to conceive.
Then there is Victor (Iker Lastra), a
family friend with whom Yerma steals
charged but chaste moments.
The players are well cast. With a dancers
poise, Natalia Miranda-Guzmn assays
Yermas friend Maria, an ambivalent
young mother who so easily conceived but
was never eager to start a family. A sad
moment comes when Yerma poignantly
and enviously notes that Marias new
baby has his mothers eyes. And Dolores,
a freewheeling mother many times over is
played by Luz Nicols who unbeknownst
to last Fridays audience was performing
on a newly broken foot.
Yerma is performed in Spanish
with gracefully translated, easy-to-read
English surtitles.
YERMA
Through Oct. 4
Gala Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th St. NW
$20-42.
202- 234-7174
Galatheatre.org

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25 as Reel Armations holds a birthday
party for the iconic lm Paris Is Burning.
The 1990 documentary by Jennie
Livingston chronicles the ball culture in
New York City in the late 1980s. Against
a backdrop of cheering crowds, witty
commentary and blazing house music,
gay and trans ball children compete
in an evolving array of categories that
recognize both realness and fantasy. The
movie combines footage of the fabulous
balls and interviews with the house
mothers and rising icons of the house
culture, capturing how new families and a
deant queer culture were formed in the
face of poverty and oppression.
The fabulous House Mother Rayceen
Pendarvis of D.C.s Team Rayceen, who
will preside over Reel Armations miniball, says, Paris Is Burning allowed
mainstream society an opportunity to
have a glimpse into the lives of people who
were black, Latin, gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender at a time when not only were
such people discriminated against, but our
very existence was rarely acknowledged.
Pendarvis says the lm also, examined
intersectionality long before that term
was coined. It spoke volumes to the
determination and willpower of a group
of people who against many odds
created a safe space where not only were
they tolerated and accepted, they were
celebrated and free to express themselves.
Cast member James Goode, who
appears as the clever master of
ceremonies under the name Junior
Labeija, also notes that the balls have
deep roots in African-American history.

He says the late Paris Dupree, the Queen


of Hearts, who was the originator and
creator of the Paris Is Burning Ball,
made him realize that, the ballroom
community was the next generation that
stemmed from the Harlem Renaissance.
The Reel Armations mini-ball will start
at 6:30 p.m. at the oce of the Human
Rights Campaign on Rhode Island Ave.,
N.W. Filmgoers will enter on the red carpet
and can be photographed in front of the
banners for both Reel Armations and the
Testing Makes Us Stronger campaign. The
screening will start at 7 p.m., followed by a
panel discussion and book signing
The panel discussion will include cast
members Sol William Pendavis and
Freddie Pendavis. Sol was one of the rst
people to bring the Military category to
the ballroom (his erce performance is
one of the unexpected highlights of the
movie). He says appearing in the movie,
Gave me a more positive view on life
and where I could go. I realized the sky
was the limit. He reminds audiences to
approach the lm with an open mind and
an open heart and to appreciate the unity
of the ball family that made so much
progress possible.
The cast members will be joined by
Lucas Hilderbrand, author of Paris
Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic, an
excellent guide to the making of the lm
and some of the controversies that have
arisen since it was released. Lucas notes
that the movie has remained timely and
looks forward to a great conversation
with the Reel Armations audience.
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SCREENING AND MINI-BALL
Friday, Sept. 25
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
$25
reelarmations.org

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ITS SOME KIND OF

WONDERFUL!

MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed


psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying
information has been changed for reasons
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to
Michael@personalgrowthzone.com.

DEAR MICHAEL,
My boyfriend and I are getting married
next June. Were very excited. Weve been
a couple for four years and were each
others rst serious relationship.
Were putting a lot of eort into
planning the perfect wedding and we
think that we should put even more eort
into building a great marriage.
So far its been smooth sailing we
really get along well, agree on most
things, and (corny as it sounds) are deeply
in love. But we want to be prepared for
the tough times that will surely arise.
Everyone keeps warning us that marriage
isnt always easy.
So, we thought of asking you: What are
your recommendations for how we can
be great husbands to each other?
MICHAEL REPLIES:
Congratulations on your upcoming
wedding and on being so thoughtful
about your future together. Im happy to
give you my top suggestions for how you
can have a great marriage.
Know that perfection is impossible:
Every couple will ght at times, hate each
other occasionally and disagree about
important topics. Think about marriage
as an ongoing challenge to get along well
with another person on a life-long journey
in very tight quarters. All along the way,
you will have to deal with the unexpected,
collaborate on tackling problems and learn
to tolerate disappointment. Youll have to
work hard to keep yourselves calm. And no
matter what, at times you will explode.
Dont expect your partner to meet your
needs: Theres a popular view that your
spouse should be like an ideal parent, who
will comfort you when youre upset, pamper
you when youre worn and generally provide
you with a safe haven in life.
Of course, marriage can sometimes be
cozy and warm, and its a good idea for
spouses to be caring and considerate
toward each other. But taking care of
yourself is your own job. When both

partners aspire to be strong, selfsucient individuals, you increase the


likelihood that when one of you slips, the
other will gladly help you up.
Advocate for what you want and let
go of the results: While you are welcome
to speak your mind, please dont try to
control what your husband wants to do
or how he thinks.
Dont try to be right: If youre right,
then hes wrong. And you dont want to
have a marriage where theres a winner
and a loser.
Instead, accept that youre two dierent
people. Consequently, its inevitable that
youll have dierent ways of seeing things,
dierent preferences, dierent goals and
dierent outlooks.
Wondering how you can make
decisions about important matters when
you dont see eye to eye?
Avoid
compromise:
Compromise
means that you meet in the middle, that you
each give something up. Often this means
that neither of you really gets what you
want. It can also mean that you sacrice
this time around because he sacriced last
time, which is a recipe for score-keeping,
deprivation and dissatisfaction.
As an alternative, consider major
disagreements as opportunities to talk
about why each of you wants what you
want. Cultivate an attitude of generosity
toward each other, meaning that as often
as possible and only if you can do so
wholeheartedly you are willing to lean
in your husbands direction because
you recognize that something is really
important to him.
Finally, here are two bonus suggestions
especially for gay couples:
Keep your marriage out of the closet:
Whenever possible, be open about who
the two of you are to each other. Even
today, much of the world is dangerous
for gay people. You can lose your job in
many U.S. states for being gay and lose
your life in other places. So of course it
makes sense to be careful. But hiding
your relationship from friends, loved
ones and even strangers can take a big
toll on how you feel about yourselves and
about your marriage.
Think carefully about outside sex: You
havent mentioned if the two of you are
monogamous, but if you are considering
outside hookups, dont rush into anything
you might regret. Jealousy and hurt feelings
cause wounds that are hard to heal. Trust,
once damaged, is hard to repair. If youre
going to have an open relationship, be
certain that youre both prepared to risk
the possible consequences.
Readers: Do you have other suggestions?
Email me and I can feature your ideas in a
future column.

NY1

Photo: Joan Marcus

Some things to avoid if you


want domestic bliss

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4 0 SEPTE MB ER 25, 2015

CA LE N D A R
presents Golden Boy Review, the rst
show of its 53rd season, at La Cabana (3614
14th St., N.W.) today at 3 p.m. Doors open
at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more details,
visit theacademyofwashingtoninc.com.

E-mail calendar items to calendars@washblade.


com two weeks prior to your event. Space is limited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time.

MONDAY, SEPT. 28

TODAY
The Mautner Project, an organization
dedicated to improving the health
of queer women, celebrates its 25th
anniversary at Dock 5 Union Market
(1309 5th St., N.E.) tonight at 8 p.m. There
will be food and open bar stations set up
throughout Union Market. Ebone Bell,
Jamie Lee Henry and Schroeder Stribling
will be honored. The Gem Fatales and DJ
Deedub will perform. There will also be a
rae. Tickets are $250. For more details,
visit whitman-walker.org.
Bear Nonsense hosts a Bear Happy
Hour at Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St.,
N.E.) from 5-10 p.m. D.C. Brau will provide
premium local beer. D.C. DjS TNX will
spin. There will also be a rae to benet
the Wanda Alston Foundation. There is
no cover charge. For more information,
visit facebook.com/bearnonsense.
Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance
(AGLA) and the Imperial Court of
Washington present USO show, a tribute
to men and women who have served in
the military, at Freddies Beach Bar and
Restaurant (555 23rd St., Arlington, Va.)
from 6-9 p.m. There will be a social hour
from 6-7 p.m. The drag show is from 7-9
p.m. For more details, visit facebook.
com/arlingtonlgbt.
A LGB support group meets today
from 10-11:30 a.m. at 16220 S. Frederick
Rd., Gaithersburg, Md., for individuals
in Montgomery County. The group
will discuss coming out of marriage,
homophobia, parenting issues, nding
intimate relationships, LGB resources
in the suburbs and more. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Women in Their 20s, a social
discussion group for LBT and all women
interested in women, meets today at
the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to join. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
Landmark Music Festival is at West
Potomac Park (West Basin Dr., S.W.) today
and Sunday. Lineup includes fun. lead
singer Nate Ruess, Drake, the Strokes,
TV on the Radio, and many more. Single
day passes are $105, early bird two-day
passes are $150 and regular two-day
passes are $175. Kids 10 and under have
free access to the festival with a ticketed
adult. There will also be a kid zone with
temporary tattoos, punk hair dos and
music lessons. Tickets include admission
to the festival, park attractions and
bars located throughout the park. For
more details and a list of set times, visit
landmarkfestival.org.

Lollytart, a queer dance party, hosts


a happy hour at Kabin (1337 Connecticut
Ave., N.W.) from 6-8:30 p.m. Drink specials
include $4 beers, $5 rail drinks and $6
house wines. For more information, visit
facebook.com/lollytartdc.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..) hosts
coee drop-in hours this morning from 10
a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community.
Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy
complimentary coee and conversation
with other community members. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 29
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a
Rap Group, a support group for LGBT
youth, today from 5-6:30 p.m. For more
information, visit smyal.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30

PHOTO COURTESY OF LANDMARK

Ally NATE RUESS plays the Landmark Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

CTRL, a gay dance party, is at Town


(2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight at 11 p.m. DJ
Adam Koussari-Amin, DJ Je Prior, and DJ
Devon Trotter will play a mix of electronic
pop music. Doors open at 10 p.m. The drag
show starts at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $12. For
more information, visit towndc.com.
Snow Day presents a 90s-themed bar
crawl in Dupont Circle today from 2-10
p.m. Tickets are $25 and include access
to participating bars such as the Front
Page, Sign of the Whale, Ozio, Rumors,
Mad Hatter and many more. It also
includes access to drink specials such as
$2 Bud Lights, $3 Southern Comfort and
Lime shots, $4 Jack Fire shots and many
more. For more details, visit facebook.
com/90sbarcrawl.
Peaches Presents: Room Service, a
dance party and music performance, is at
18th and U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St.,
N.W.) tonight at 9 p.m. There will be live
performances by Peaches, Jaxknife Haunt
and Pussy Noir. DJ Joey will play music

for the night. There will also be drink


specials and a costume contest. For more
information, visit duplexdiner.com.
KhushDC and Anthology of Booty
present Bootystan, a queer dance party
for the Desi community, at Green
Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight
from 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Ushka, DJ Kristy
La Rat, DJ Mothershiester and DJ India
Nile will spin tracks for the night. Music
will be Chutney Soca, Bhangra, Hindi
reggaeton, dancehall, diaspora pop and
more. For more details, visit facebook.
com/anthologyofbooty.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
Country singer Loretta Lynn performs
with the von Trapps at the Lincoln Theatre
(1215 U St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Doors
open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from
$55-75. For more information, visit
thelincolndc.com.
The Academy of Washington Inc.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival


hosts a Grand Sake Tasting at Carnegie
Library (801 K St., N.W.) tonight from
7-9 p.m. Fifty Japanese breweries will
oer tasting of their beverages. Local
restaurants will also be serving Japanese
cuisine. Admission includes craft beer
tastings, sake and shch. VIP tickets
are $150 and include early admission
to the tasting at 6 p.m. and a gift bag.
General admission tickets are $100.
Admission is limited to guests 21 and
over and a photo ID must be brought
for verication. For more details, visit
nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight
at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th
St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations
required and new comers welcome. If you
need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
Lollytart, a queer dance party, hosts a
happy hour at the Wonderland Ballroom
(1101 Kenyon St., N.W.) tonight from 6-8
p.m. For more information, visit facebook.
com/lollytartdc.

THURSDAY, OCT. 1
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Womens
Leadership Institute, a group for LBT
women and their straight allies ages 13-21
to discuss female sexuality, relationships
and womens rights from 5-7 p.m. For
more information, visit smyal.org.
Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
holds a happy hour today from 5-7:30
p.m. All drinks are half price. There will
be pool, video gaming systems and cards.
Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. DJ Bling, DJ
Freaky and DJ Tim-Nice will play music
for the night. For more information, visit
bachelorsmill.com.

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PHOTO BY JAY FRANK

BRYAN FRANK in action.

By KEVIN MAJOROS
It is the middle of the night and triathlete
Bryan Frank wakes up to the sound of
hissing in his bedroom. Earlier that day he
had changed the front tubes on both his
road bike and his time-trial bike and one
of them had started to go at.
When I realized what it was, I was like,
What the hell? I didnt even get to ride on
that tube, Frank says. And despite what
people say, I dont sleep with my bikes,
they were just in my bedroom.
Later that day, when he was 30 miles
into his bike ride, the second bike went
at as well. Two at tires in one day.
The bikes are lucky to nd a spot among
Franks gear as his apartment looks like
multiple athletes are in residence with
bikes, running shoes, cycling shoes,
sports clothing, bibs and caps scattered
throughout the place. His favorite running
shoe by Mizuno has been discontinued
and he has been buying them up on the
internet and stashing them in his closet.
They are all necessities on the road that
leads to his plans on Oct. 10. Frank will be
living the dream that all triathletes dream;
he will be competing in the 2015 Ironman
World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
After racing in qualifying Ironman
events in Lake Placid in 2011 and Austria
in 2013, Frank made the cut at the
Chattanooga Ironman in Sept., 2014.
Kona is the pinnacle of triathlon races
and two years ago I never thought I would
qualify, said Frank shortly after the
Chattanooga race.
In a race that turned up a dead body
in the Tennessee River during the swim
and a vandal who tossed oil and tacks on
the course during the bike, Frank hung
tough during the run to nish between
a Russian athlete and a Danish athlete to
clinch the fourth place spot.
Shortly after nishing, he headed to the
recovery tent and was told that he had
qualied for Kona. He scrambled to nd
his parents who had been cheering him
on from the sidelines.

My body started breaking down during


the run and I began to feel my Kona
dreams fading, Frank says. When I found
my parents after the race, I was glad for
the rain that was hiding my tears of joy.
His nal time was 9:36:17.
Frank, who works in biological
research, is sponsored by Rose Physical
Therapy and the Snapple Triathlon Elite
Team. He is a Dallas native, has lived in
the D.C. area since 2008, is the treasurer
of D.C. Triathlon Club and is a member of
its LGBT oshoot, TriOUT.
His life for the past 12 months has been
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by phone from his Los Angeles home. His


comments have been slightly edited for
length.
WASHINGTON BLADE: What was the
genesis of Stonewall?
ROLAND EMMERICH: Actually a
producer friend of mine, Michael Fossat,
proposed it to me. I was kind of like,
I dont know, with so many great gay
directors, why should I do a gay movie?
But then I started checking it out and read
a lot and at the same time I took a tour
of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
and saw the homeless youth program
and I realized that 40 percent of homeless
youth are LGBT. Compared to the overall
population, thats actually quite a big
number and so slowly I kind of started
thinking that maybe this is something for
me. We started looking for a writer and I
read this terric play by Robbie Baitz and
it kind of came together. First we wrote a
script and then we took it from there.
BLADE: The trailer got a lot of criticism.
Did it give the wrong impression of the
lm or were people too quick to judge the
lm based on it?
EMMERICH: I like the trailer. We
premiered it at the GLAAD awards and it
got a standing ovation. Nobody had any
criticism of it there. Its very unfortunate
that some people kind of felt it was kind
of some sort of whitewashing, but it isnt.
The lm itself uses a white character as a
catalyst but the lm itself is actually quite
ethnically diverse. It has, you know, like
all facets of the LGBT community both
historic and invented. I didnt comment on
it much because I really felt I didnt want to
comment on criticism of the trailer.
BLADE: Im not a lmmaker. What
dramatic purpose does it serve to have
a character such as Danny to center the
action around? Why was that a device you
wanted to utilize?
EMMERICH: Well, a friend of mine told
me his story and that interested me a lot
because its still a story that happens today
with kids getting thrown out of their homes
for being gay. These are often quaint kind
of middle-class homes and then they end
up on the street and I just felt that would be
a unique approach because these stories
show that you can be in that situation and
hold on to your dignity and your dream and
not lose them in the process. So it was a
coming-of-age story with kids, which I could
imagine very well. Also, the overall theme
was one of unrequited love. When you look
at the movie, its a lot about people who
love somebody and its not that the other
person doesnt love them, but they cannot
be together and yet at the end they all come
together and create something great. That

Director ROLAND EMMERICH says Stonewall,


despite its relatively small budget, was a tough
lm to get made.
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was overall, dramatically, Id say, when I


started with Robbie, you rst talk about the
approach you want to take. We are also big
(J.D.) Salinger fans and he was a big writer
in the 60s, you know. So that was a type of
an inuence, and it all came together from
there. When you do your research on this,
you realize theres not really one standout
character in these riots. I loved the idea
that it was this group of homeless kids that
we know about who were part of it. Just an
overall riot of many people who had just
had it. You know how riots happen. It was
actually really sparked by a lesbian who
resisted arrest. Thats what really threw
everything into high gear.
BLADE: Theoretically could the lm
have worked with somebody like Marsha
P. Johnson as the protagonist? Could
you have gotten a green light with that
approach?
EMMERICH: Well we never did get a
green light. I gave my own green light. I
love the Marsha P. Johnson character. I
have friends who are trans women, but
it felt to me like Im a white male, Im
openly gay and we can have all forms
of sexuality in this lm, but I think its
good to use somebody very close to
yourself, you know, and nd truth in that.
We also didnt want to make the Jonny
Beauchamp character (Ray, a composite)
as just Sylvia Rivera because she was the
one who said she was at the Stonewall
that night. I didnt want to invent stu
around Sylvia. She was not a club kid
and didnt really have any relationship

like that. So all this kind of came together


through discussions and we used a lot of
historical characters but also with these
invented characters. I thought it was a
better approach, at least for me, to show
the feel this time had. We talked to some
Stonewall veterans and we only found
white guys, you know? I think actually
there was one who wanted to call me but
then this person died shortly after.

we had some photographic backgrounds


and maybe only one or two scenes were
bluescreen, the march and one other
scene. It was a very gritty atmosphere
on the set and I think the actors get
something out of that. I got a lot of
knowledge working on those big movies
that I could use in Stonewall, you know?
I just kind of know how to make things
realistic looking when theyre not.

BLADE: How was the shoot?


EMMERICH: Well it was odd because
we wanted to make it rst on location in
New York but it was too expensive and
we found theyd never let us do what we
wanted to do there. New York is a very
expensive town. So we ended up doing it
in Montreal where we were able to use
some Canadian actors and get a huge tax
rebate. Once we decided to lm it there,
everything came together nicely. We had
a very nice shoot, like 42 days, and it was
one, big, happy family.

BLADE: Sometimes controversy works


in your favor. Will it help you here?
EMMERICH: Maybe it brought more
attention to the lm. I dont know if
people would have known about it
otherwise. Now at least the gay people
know. Sometimes a controversy works
against you and sometimes it works for
you. We wont know till it comes out. Its
an interesting dynamic. Nobody knows
what will happen but you never know
this with any movie what will happen.
Im quite content. Im already making my
next movie. Im very proud of the movie
we did and everybody who was involved.

BLADE: Was it hard to get it nanced?


EMMERICH: It was about $17 million
and we got like $4 million back in tax
rebates and the rest we did as a pre-sale
to Germany and other countries. A friend
of mine and I put in the rest. We went to
all my usual contacts and they all said,
Oh, this is too niche, theres no real big
name in it, and blah, blah, blah.
BLADE: Are the Hollywood bean
counters squeamish about gay themes or
is there a legit point in the math?
EMMERICH: No, theyre not. When
somebody like, you know, Sean Penn
takes on Harvey Milk, theyre all there
because they know thats an actor who can
win an Oscar. So theres more incentive to
do lms like that where the actor can be
the incentive. They also say things like,
Why is he making a movie like that, why
is he not making one of his big movies
where we can make a lot of money? And
Im saying, I will make those movies, but
I want to make other movies too. I like
these smaller projects sometimes, like
Anonymous. Nobody wanted me to do
that one either, but its ne.
BLADE: Whats it like making a small
lm like Stonewall versus a big-budget
action spectacle like Independence Day?
Do the headaches increase with the scope
as one might expect or not necessarily?
EMMERICH: I think it is more complex
making a lm like Independence Day
because youre dealing with a little bit
more complex techniques, like shooting
half the movie on bluescreen, where
its very, very tough to keep the actors
involved. Stonewall was a very dierent
method, a very old-fashioned method
actually, where we actually built the
street and everything, then in the back

BLADE: How much straight support will


the movie need to be successful?
EMMERICH: That will be a very
interesting thing. When we tested
the movie, it actually tested better with
straight people than gay because straight
people dont have all this sense of they
think they know what it was about. Gay
people think, Oh, it was because Judy
Garland died, and they think they know
the story, where as straight audiences
dont think like that. They think, What
was the story like and how did I get into
the story and what did I learn? They
were actually amazed at how emotional
they got in the story. I hope for a wider
audience but its also not a big release. Its
like a 100-print release, so its perfect for
me. Well see what happens.
BLADE: Have you been out your entire
career?
EMMERICH: At the beginning in Germany
I wasnt out because I never wanted to
become the gay director and it was kind
of a typical thing in Germany, if you were
out it was like you were a gay director and
you only did gay movies, so I didnt think
it was good to come out. It was also a
dierent time. Then I came to America and,
of course, my friends knew, but at a certain
point I realized Im making big movies, I
can be out, so I came out. This was like
maybe 20 years ago, which was a bit late.
Im 59 turning 60, so it was a little dierent
time. For me, Stonewall represents this
mythical moment. I went to Christopher
Street the rst time I was in New York and
stood in front of the Stonewall and it was
always kind of like Germany to me. A little
bit of this coming out, this proud moment
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