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OCTOBER

16

2015

VOLUME 46

ISSUE 42

AMERICAS GAY NEWS SOURCE

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Democrats draw sharp


contrast with GOP
over LGBT issues
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT issuesdid not gure prominently
during the rst Democratic presidential
debate on Tuesday, but somecandidates
including Hillary Clinton in her widely
praised performance sought to weave
support for the LGBT community into their
responses, drawing a key contrast between
them and their Republican counterparts.
Only once didLGBT rights get framed
as part of a question: When moderator
and CNN reporter Anderson Cooper
noted Clintons changes in positions,
including same-sex marriage, and asked
whether shell say anything to get elected.
Well, actually, I have been very
consistent, Clinton replied. Over the
HILLARY CLINTON was one of three Democratic presidential hopefuls who cited LGBT rights on Tuesday.

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Memorial plans stalled four


years after activists death
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

FRANK KAMENY died on Oct. 11, 2011.


Plans for a memorial at Congressional
Cemetery remain in limbo.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

The president of D.C.s Congressional Cemetery says hes


hopeful that a memorial headstone for the late gay rights pioneer
Frank Kameny issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Aairs
will be installed at the cemetery in the near future.
But Paul Williams, who has headed the historic cemetery
since 2012, said yet another obstacle surfaced earlier this

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year in a four-year eort to establish a memorial site for


Kameny in Washington.
Kameny died of natural causes at his D.C. home on Oct.
11, 2011. He was 86. His passing came a short time after the
Library of Congress accepted the donation of his voluminous
collection of papers detailing his work on behalf of LGBT
equality over a period of more than 50 years.
According to Williams, the Veterans Aairs Department
informed him it could not approve an application that he
and Kamenys sister, Edna Kameny Lavaie, submitted for the
headstone until it learns of the disposition of Kamenys ashes.
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HIT JOB?

INN & OUT

STEPPING OUT

Senate panel mum


on ethics complaint
against Sen. Baldwin.

Renowned chef Patrick


OConnell to auction dream
wedding package for HRC.

Whitman-Walkers annual
Walk to End HIV
slated for next weekend.

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LO CA L N E W S

Survey to count Md. homeless population


Gay state lawmakers
spearheading eort
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Maryland lawmakers and advocates
have counted for the rst time the
number of homeless youth and young
adults who live in the state.
The count known as Youth Reach
Md. began on Sept. 28 and continued
through Oct. 5. It took place in Baltimore
City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Prince
Georges and Washington Counties
alongside the Lower Eastern Shore.
The survey asked respondents a series
of questions, including those that focus on
their sexual orientation and gender identity
and race. It also seeks to identify the reason
why they are homeless and whether they
have been able to access services.
The University of Maryland School of
Social Work will compile the results into
a report that the Maryland Departments
of Housing and Community Development
and Planning will review. A nal report is

Gay state. Sen. RICH MADALENO, along


with state Del. Mary Washington, are
spearheading eorts to count Marylands
homeless population.
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expected to be released to the General


Assembly early next year.
State
Del.
Mary
Washington

(D-Baltimore City) and state Sen. Rich


Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) are
among those spearheading the eort.
The two gay lawmakers co-chair the
General Assemblys Joint Committee on
Ending Homelessness.
Establishing a process that engages
youth experiencing homelessness in
reaching out to peers and informing
solutions is critical to addressing this
problem, Washington told the Blade.
This issue has been at the heart of my
legislative agenda for over three years,
and Im so pleased to be working with
committed experts and volunteers in the
eld to develop real solutions.
Madaleno said the survey will really
allow us to understand the scope of the
problem we are facing.
We know there are young people on
the street, but we dont know how many
there are and how they ended up in
that situation, the Montgomery County
Democrat told the Blade. This survey will
help us to determine the underlying issues
for youths experiencing homelessness.
It is important for us to get a better
understanding of these factors so we can

determine how best to allocate resources.


Republican Gov. Larry Hogan supports
the initiative.
Getting an accurate count of the
number of homeless youth in our state is
Marylands rst step forward in assuring
that every young person enjoys the
benets of a safe, secure and nurturing
home, said the governor in a statement
that Washington provided to the Blade.
Studies indicate that up to 40 percent
of homeless youth in the U.S. are lesbian,
gay, bisexual or transgender.
Ingrid Lfgren of the Homeless Persons
Representations Project, a Baltimorebased organization that advocates on
behalf of those who are homeless, noted
to the Blade that there is a lack of data
in Maryland to eectively gauge the
problem in the state.
She said the survey would allow her
and other advocates to more eectively
respond to homelessness in Maryland.
We want to move quickly from data
collection to concrete action to address
their needs and systemic problems
that perpetuate youth and young adult
homelessness, said Lfgren.

Are Rehoboths new homes too big?


Voters to decide on
zoning changes Nov. 7
By PETER SCHOTT
Full and part-time residents and
owners of Rehoboth Beach property will
have the opportunity to weigh in on the
issue of home sizes in this summer resort
town popular with the LGBT community.
On Nov. 7, a referendum will be held on
zoning changes recommended by the
towns Board of Commissioners.
A longtime battle has pitted neighbors
against each other, and according to
property owner Rich Barnett, People
are saying the whole zoning issue and
referendum has been nastier and more
vicious than in recent memory. Barnett,
who is gay, says that the two competing
groups fanning the ames on this issue
are led by gays and lesbians.
Neighbors began raising issues about the
impact of larger homes on their area about
two years ago and the Commission began
the formal process to consider zoning
ordinance changes in September 2014.
After about 18 hearings, the Commission
voted 6-1 in July to amend the existing code
to prevent the proliferation of what some
people consider mini-hotels homes in
some cases with six or more bedrooms.
According to a press release by the newly

formed Rehoboth Neighbors United,


these homes, entirely out of scale to their
neighborhoods, many with swimming
pools, have increased noise and congestion
and decreased the green space that makes
our city so beautiful and unique.
The proposed ordinance changes,
according to Commissioner Stan Mills,
would increase required yard space, and
change the footprint for houses.
Opponents of the ordinance feel that
such an ordinance violates their property
rights and thus led a petition to require
the city to hold a referendum. Although
they initially fell short of the required
number of signatures needed to bring
about such an election, proponents
were allowed additional time to gather
signatures and within the allotted three
days secured enough signatures to bring
the issue to a vote.
Susan Gay of Rehoboth Neighbors
United said that the opposition is being
fueled by the real estate industry,
which already pumped a lot of money
communicating negative messages over
the summer in an attempt to keep the
ordinance from being passed. Gay added
their sole interest is to make it as easy as
possible to build as much as possible in
Rehoboth Beach.
Eugene Lawson, a well-known Rehoboth
Beach attorney and property owner who
led the petition drive said, if somebody

A contentious referendum is scheduled for Nov. 7 in Rehoboth Beach, Del.


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is spending a million and a half bucks for


a lot, you would think theyd be able to
build the house they want. Lawson, who
has owned property in Rehoboth with his
partner of 43 years, also contends that,
I have also seen the city use its power
to deny property rights. He recalls that
as an owner of the Strand Restaurant,
which opened in 1988, he was targeted
for having a gay establishment and was
denied a liquor license.
Gay contends, however, that those
large homes essentially become rentals
and that while the owners of these mini-

hotels may reap immediate economic


benet from rentals to large groups of
visitors, the value of their neighbors
property is being decreased due to these
negative eects.
Mills pointed out that another problem
the city wants to address is that although
there is a 3 percent gross rental fee for
units that are rented, the city has not
adequately monitored the rentals. The
ordinance would require the listing of
contact persons for the properties that
are rented in hopes of improving the
monitoring process.

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LO CA L N E W S

Ryan White Planning Council members ousted in shakeup


Former members question
mayors action, say federal
rules may have been violated

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser last month


may have removed as many as 30 or more
members of the Metropolitan Washington
Regional Ryan White Planning Council in a
major shakeup that surprised and roiled
local AIDS activists.
Bowser and her director of the citys
AIDS oce, Michael Kharfen, were in
the process of appointing replacements
for the ousted members. But former
members and activists familiar with the
development said the mayors oce
had yet to publicly disclose who the new
members were.
We need to know what is really going
on and what their intent is because theyre
not saying anything, said Laurence Smith,
a member of the Planning Council from
Prince Georges County who is among
those whose membership was terminated.
They dissolved us as of last month and
they still dont have the new Council fully
in place, he said.

In response to a Blade inquiry, mayoral


spokesperson Christina Harper said
late Wednesday that the mayor plans
to announce the new members in the
coming weeks.
Since taking oce, Mayor Bowser did
a top to bottom review of all boards and
commissions, Harper told the Blade in
an email response to a series of Blade
questions about the Ryan White Planning
Council changes.
With recent changes in the health
insurance and health care systems,
the mayor identied a need to appoint
members to the Council with expertise in
system reforms and analysis of health care
utilization to plan for an optimal Ryan White
HIV/AIDS Program, Harper said.
The decision to reconstitute the
Planning Council was made to enhance
the capacity of the Council to plan for the
care and support services of people living
with HIV/AIDS in the eligible metropolitan
area, she said.
Under the federal Ryan White CARE Act
of 1990, which created planning councils in
D.C. and other major metropolitan areas
across the country, Bowser and mayors in
other cities have full authority to appoint
and remove members of the councils.
The Metropolitan Washington Regional
Ryan White Planning Council covers Ryan

White related programs in Maryland, Virginia,


and parts of West Virginia as well as D.C.
The Ryan White law assigned the
Planning Councils, among other things,
the task of deciding how federal AIDS
funds under the Ryan White program
should be allocated among local programs
operated by municipal government
agencies or private organizations and
health care providers under contract with
local governments.
AIDS activists point out that the
federal statute requires mayors and their
subordinates to follow strict guidelines
calling for Planning Council members to
reect the diverse populations they serve,
especially people with HIV/AIDS. The Ryan
White statute calls for at least one-third
of the Planning Council members to be
people with HIV who are not aliated
with an organization or service provider
that receives Ryan White funds.
Others who have traditionally served on
the Planning Council are local government
ocials, representatives of communitybased health organizations and health
care providers, and AIDS advocates.
A handbook published by the Health
Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA), an arm of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services that
administers the Ryan White program,

says mayors in cities in which Ryan White


Planning Councils operate must adopt
procedures that ensure open meetings
and an open nominations process to
identify nominees for the planning council.
According to the handbook, Openness
requires
member
vacancies
and
nomination criteria to be widely advertised.
Smith and former Planning Council
members Ron Swanda and Geno Dunnington
told the Washington Blade that members of
the Council rst learned of Bowsers plans
for the shakeup at the Councils regularly
scheduled meeting on Aug. 27.
The three said Kharfen, who heads
the citys HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and
Tuberculosis Administration, known as
HAHSTA, announced at the meeting that
the mayor was reorganizing the Council
and that anyone who wanted to remain
a member had to reapply and go through
the same vetting process through which
new members must undergo.
They said they were unaware of a
public announcement by HAHSTA or the
mayors oce informing the community
that there were vacancies on the Planning
Council, a development that could be a
violation of federal rules for recruiting and
appointing Planning Council members.
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Gay Va. man les EEOC complaint against Catholic diocese


Says he was red after
bishop learned he was
married to man
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
A Virginia man claims he was red from
a Catholic assisted living facility earlier
this year because he is gay and married
to his partner.
John Murphy in a complaint his lawyer,
H. Aubrey Ford, III, led with the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission
on Sept. 24 said he began working as the
executive director of St. Francis Home, which
the Catholic Diocese of Richmond owns and
operates, on March 23 of this year.
Murphy in a press release that Equality
Virginia, a statewide LGBT advocacy
organization, released on Tuesday said
the president of the St. Francis Homes
board of directors that hired him
indicated his sexual orientation and
marriage were not a problem.
Murphy says he lled out the necessary
paperwork to secure employee benets
after he started working in the position.
The home then forwarded it to the
diocese for processing.

The complaint alleges Bishop Francis


Xavier DiLorenzo ordered the board to
re Murphy once he learned he was gay
and was married to a man.
The board unanimously refused
to terminate Murphy, and DiLorenzo
appointed lay representatives to go to
the home and re him on April 1 without
severance pay, reasonable health care
coverage or other termination benets.
Murphy says numerous board
members resigned in protest.
The Equality Virginia press release
indicates that Murphy in his complaint
references a July ruling from the EEOC
that said discrimination based upon
sexual orientation amounts to sex
discrimination under Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964. The complaint also
notes the U.S. Supreme Court decision
in the Obergefell case that said same-sex
couples have the constitutional right to
marry throughout the country.
I expect to be judged by my job
performance, but I am appalled and
deeply hurt that the bishop of the church
I grew up in would suddenly re me solely
because of the gender of the person I
share my life with a person to whom I
am lawfully married, according to the U.S.
Supreme Court, said Murphy.

The Associated Press on Tuesday


reported that Diana Sims Snider, a
spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese
of Richmond, declined to comment
on Murphys specic allegations. She
nevertheless described them as a First
Amendment issue.
We expect that a Catholic organization
or any religious organization should
be able to follow the teachings of our
faith, Snider told the AP, referring to
marriage. We are saying: This is what we
do as Catholics, this is what we expect of
our employees because this is what we
believe to be true.
Murphy is not the rst LGBT person
who claims a Catholic institution red
them because of their marital status.
Margie Winters, a former teacher at a
Catholic school in suburban Philadelphia,
lost her job in July after she married her
long-time partner. Lonnie Billard, a gay
substitute teacher, in January said he lost
his job as a substitute teacher at a Roman
Catholic high school in Charlotte, N.C.,
after he announced on Facebook that he
planned to marry his partner.
Mr. Murphys ring is part of a
tragic and concerning pattern of highly
eective employees being dismissed
from Catholic institutions simply because

of who they are and whom they love,


said Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive
director of DignityUSA, an LGBT Catholic
organization, in the Equality Virginia
press release. We have seen dozens of
competent, valued people red after
exercising their civil right to marry a
same-sex partner, even if they have been
honest up front about their status, and
assured there was no problem
This kind of action, usually at the direction
of a church ocial, violates core Catholic
teachings about the dignity of work and
the right of employees to not experience
discrimination, added Duddy-Burke. It also
is not supported by most Catholics.
Ford led the complaint with the
EEOC on the same day that Pope Francis
traveled to New York from D.C. during his
trip to the U.S.
Francis on Sept. 23 had a private
meeting with Yayo Grassi, a gay man he
taught in his native Argentina in the 1960s,
and his partner at the Papal Nunciature
in Northwest Washington. The Vatican
has distanced itself from claims that Kim
Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who refuses
to issue marriage licenses to same-sex
couples because of her religious beliefs,
met with Francis the following day before
he left the nations capital.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Baldwin calls for probe into


1954 blackmail scheme
Son blames Sen. Lester
Hunts suicide on
anti-gay threats

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
KIESHA JENKINS was killed Oct. 6 in Philadelphia.
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Arrest made in trans womans murder


PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia police have arrested a man in connection with
a transgender womans murder.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that police arrested Pedro Redding, 24,
on Oct. 11 and charged him with murder, conspiracy and other charges in
connection with Kiesha Jenkinss death.
Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police Department told reporters during
an Oct. 12 press conference that Redding and three other men attacked Jenkins
at the intersection of 13th and Wingohocking streets early on Oct. 6. One of the
men shot Jenkins twice in the back when she fought back.
A judge on Oct. 12 denied Redding bail.
Police continue to search for the three other men who allegedly attacked and
killed Jenkins.
Its gratifying to see the beginnings of a quick resolution to Ms. Jenkinss
murder after the murders of so many trans women of color have gone unsolved
for so very long, Kathy Padilla, a local trans advocate, told the Washington Blade
after Reddings arrest.

N.H. Republican seeks conversion therapy ban


CONCORD, N.H. A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire is seeking to
ban so-called conversion therapy to minors in the state.
You cant convert peoples sexuality, state Rep. Eric Schleien (R-Hudson) told
the Associated Press. I think most people get that.
Schleien told the AP that he expects his measure will face opposition based
on parental rights or religious liberty arguments. Several of his Republican
colleagues have already spoken out against the proposal.
Theres no way anyones going to convince me that its proper or good to ban
therapy for children, or a person of any age, that thinks that they are or want
to be a gender other than what they biologically are, state Rep. David Bates
(R-Windham) told the AP.
Lawmakers are expected to consider the issue in January once they reconvene.
New Hampshire would join California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon and D.C. in
banning conversion therapy to minors if legislators approve Schleiens proposal.

Fla. county expands DP registry


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Broward County Commission on Oct. 13 voted
unanimously to expand the jurisdictions domestic partner registry.
Equality Florida, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, in a press release said the
expanded registry will, among other things, ensure the county will recognize
same-sex partnerships that are registered outside its jurisdiction.
Todays vote is an armation of the enduring value of domestic partnership
policies and ensures that thousands of unmarried, committed couples in
Broward County will continue to have vital protections for their families, said
Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer in a statement.
Gays and lesbians have been able to legally marry in Florida since January.
Even as we celebrate marriage equality, it is important to understand that
some couples do not marry for reasons both personal and practical but that these
families are just as deserving of health care and other protections, said Pollitzer.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), the


rst openly lesbian member of Congress,
added her voice to calls by activists that the
Justice Department open an investigation
into an alleged 1954 blackmail scheme
that led to the suicide of Democratic Sen.
Lester Hunt of Wyoming.
In an Oct. 1 letter to Attorney General
Loretta Lynch, Baldwin pointed to
information reported in a recent Yahoo
News documentary and by other
investigators that at least two of Hunts
Senate colleagues threatened to disclose
that his son was arrested in Washington
for soliciting gay sex unless he gives up
his seat in the Senate.
Political observers at the time believed
that a decision by Hunt not to run for reelection in 1954 would most likely result
in his being replaced by a Republican,
which would shift control of the Senate
from Democrats to Republicans in the
midst of the anti-communist and antigay purges orchestrated by Sen. Joe
McCarthy (R-Wisc.).
In a development that shocked the
nations political establishment, Hunt
brought a rie to his Senate oce on
June 19, 1954 and shot himself to death.
His son, now 87, said in the Yahoo News
documentary that he believes his father
took his own life after being blackmailed
by then-Sens. Styles Bridges (R-N.H.) and
Herman Welker (R-Iowa).
Both were allies of McCarthy.
Researchers familiar with the incident
believe McCarthy was part of the
blackmail conspiracy, in part, because
Hunt was an outspoken critic of McCarthy
and what he called the excesses during
the so-called McCarthy era witch hunts
against government workers and U.S.
military ocials.
While decades have passed since this
tragic incident, it remains a troubling
example of the misdeeds of the
McCarthy era and the role homophobia
and bigotry has played in the history
of our nation, including at the highest
levels of federal government, Baldwin
said in her letter to Lynch.
I believe it is important for the
integrity of the Senate and our continued
eorts to acknowledge and learn from
the mistakes of our past that a formal
investigation of Senator Hunts death
take place, she said.

Except for Sen. Hunts son, Lester C.


Hunt Jr., all of the principals believed to
have been part of the alleged blackmail
scheme or victimized by it are deceased.
Charles Francis, president of the
recently revived gay rights organization
Mattachine Society of Washington, said
a Justice Department investigation into
the matter is needed to unearth more
government documents that may shed
further light on how such a scheme could
have taken place at a time when the U.S.
Civil Service Commission was purging
gays from the federal workforce.
Francis, whose organization has been
compiling
government
documents
related to the 1950s-era anti-gay
purges, cooperated with Michael Isiko,
chief investigative correspondent for
Yahoo News, in the production of the
documentary on the Hunt case, which
is entitled, Uniquely Nasty: The U.S
Governments War on Gays.
Justice Department spokesperson
Dena Iverson said the department is
reviewing Baldwins letter and letters
by others asking for a DOJinvestigation
into the alleged blackmail scheme
targeting Hunt.
Hunt Jr. has conrmed reports based on
D.C. police records that he was arrested
on June 9, 1953 on a charge of soliciting
an immoral act in Lafayette Park across
the street from the White House.
Information reported in a 2013
biography of Sen. Hunt and in the Uniquely
Nasty documentary shows that Sens.
Bridges and Welker reportedly pressured
D.C. police and the U.S. Attorneys Oce
into changing their initial decision to drop
the charge against Hunt Jr. and to move
ahead with the prosecution. Hunt Jr. was
eventually convicted of the charge and
ned $100.
Hunt Jr. states in the documentary that
the two senators then threatened his
father by saying they would inundate his
state with 25,000 pamphlets revealing
that his son was convicted of soliciting
homosexual sex in Washington unless
Sen. Hunt gave up his Senate seat before
the 1954 elections.
It is shocking to me that no formal
investigation
was
ever
conducted
by either the Senate or the Justice
Department, Hunt Jr. said in his own
letter to Attorney General Lynch in July.
Given the egregious nature of the matter,
it seems to me that although belated, a
formal review of the case is warranted
and I am writing to ask that it be done.
Sen. Hunts suicide is believed to have
been the impetus for the widely read 1959
novel Advise and Consent, which was
later made into a popular Hollywood lm.

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Fla. company patents element extraction process


Gay-backed Periodic
Products hopes to reduce
foreign dependence
on minerals
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
A Florida company with a signicant
number of gay investors has developed
technology that allows for the extraction
of rare earth elements from the waste left
behind from the mining of phosphorous.
Periodic Products, which is based in
Fort Lauderdale, has patented the use of
a solution that removes the elements out
of the post-mining waste.
The material is then ltered through
polymers to which the elements bond. It is
then washed once again through the solution.
Joseph Laurino, founder and chief
executive of Periodic Products, told the
Washington Blade that his company two
years ago approached the Florida Industry
and Phosphorous Institute, a staterun organization that seeks to address

Periodic Products, a Florida-based company with a number of gay and lesbian investors,
has patented technology that will allow for the U.S. to obtain the majority of the rare earth
elements used in the country each year.

pollution from the phosphorous industry.


The Sun-Sentinel reported the Florida
Legislature established the research
center in 1978. The newspaper said
Periodic Products in June received a
$50,000 grant from the Florida Industry
and Phosphorous Institute to prove the
products potential commercial viability.
The environmental impact of getting
these rare elements is basically zero,

Laurino told the Blade. Theres no reason


to dig another mine. Theres no mine to
pollute another body of water.
Laurino noted roughly half of his
companys investors are gay or lesbian.
The community has been very, very
supportive, he said.
The 17 rare earth elements are used in a
variety of products that include cell phones,
speakers, batteries, catalytic converters in

automobiles, jet engines and even missiles.


More than 90 percent of the worlds
supply of these elements comes from
China. The Mountain Pass Mine in
California had produced 7,000 tons of
them each year, but it closed in August
when its owner led for bankruptcy.
There are literally hundreds of pounds of
these in every tank, in every aircraft carrier,
said Laurino. There are huge issues in the
national security of the country.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
in March introduced a bill that would
designate rare earth elements as a
critical mineral and elevate them to
infrastructure status. U.S. Rep. Mark
Amodei (R-Nev.) in April introduced a
similar resolution that is designed to spur
domestic production of these minerals.
Laurino told the Blade that his
companys technology would allow
for about 80 percent of the rare earth
elements the U.S. uses annually to come
from a domestic source.
These elements are used in most of
the modern things we take for granted,
Laurino told the Blade. We now do not
have a domestic source.

Salt Lake City could get its rst lesbian mayor


Biskupski seeks to lead city
at heart of Mormon Church
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
If Jackie Biskupski is successful in her
bid to become the next mayor of Salt Lake
City, an out lesbian will leadthe city at the
heart of the Church of Latter-day Saints.
Ahead of the non-partisan mayoral
election of Nov. 3, Biskupski acknowledged
in a phone interview with the Washington
Blade the symbolic importance of her bid.
We are in the capital city of the Mormon
Church, Biskupski said. They were really
behind Prop 8 in California. They were one
of the bigger advocates for pushing Prop 8
and getting it passed in California. For our
community, weve been really diligently
working to overcome Prop 8 and our own
ban on marriage [equality] here.
A single mother, Biskupski has a child
named Archie whom shes been raising
since she picked him up in the hospital
when he was born in 2009. She formally
adopted him in 2010.
Biskupski said she sought to challenge
incumbent Mayor Ralph Becker because
she felt key issues like the school-toprison pipeline, drug tracking and the
high number of homeless people were
spiraling out of control on his watch.

Former Utah state Rep. JACKIE BISKUPSKI (D)


is running for Salt Lake City mayor.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BISKUPSKI

The mayor was very focused on a


federal appointment by the Obama
administration that essentially turned the
city over to his chief of sta, she said.
Thats not who we voted for and certainly
the mayor was not managing things well.
Thats why I got in.
As part of her vision for continuing to

move Salt Lake City in a very progressive


direction, Bikupski said shell focus
on economic development. Additionally,
shes seeking improved administration
of the citys homeless shelter and
streamlining processes for zoning
and information sharing among law
enforcement agencies.
The campaign isnt Biskupskis rst
foray into the political arena. From 1999
to 2011, she represented the 30th district
in the Utah State House, which comprises
parts of Sugar House, Central Salt Lake
and South Salt Lake, as the rst openly
gay person in the Utah Legislature.
During her time in the state legislature,
Biskupski said she took the lead in
attempting to beat back anti-LGBT
legislation. Among them were measures
against same-sex marriage, although
such eorts were ultimately successful.
At the time, Biskupski said she was able
to incorporate language on the record to
demonstrate thediscriminatory intent of
the laws, which she said enabled courts
to overturn them.
There were very strategic questions
that I was asking, or gave to other people
to get up and ask, to make sure we got
specic things on record, Biskupski said.
And then, those things were used later
on in these court battles to help win
marriage equality.
Following the passage of LGBT non-

discrimination legislation in the state for


employment and housing, Biskupski said
shed like to see that measure expanded
to include public accommodations and
Salt Lake City should lead the way with an
ordinance to that eect.
Biskupski isnt a Mormon, but said she
has worked with the LDS Church and
spoken with ocials about if they were
going to try to run interference and my
ability to be a candidate in this race.
When she rst ran for oce as out
lesbian in the 1990s, Biskupski said
Mormons were speaking out in church
about her candidacy, but said now the
situation has changed.
The relationship is evolving quite
nicely, I think, and Ive been very
appreciative of their open door to me and
theyve been very appreciative of my very
blatant question process, she said.
An LDS spokesperson referred a
question on Bikupskis candidacy to the
Mormon policy on political neutrality,
which says the church is neutral on
matters of politics in all nations where it
is established.
Although
shes
challenging
an
incumbent, Biskupski appears to be in a
strong position. In the primary election
on Aug. 11, she was the top vote-getter,
snagging 46.2 percent of the vote
compared to Mayor Ralph Becker, who
won 30.7 percent.

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GORDON BUD LAKE and his husband are unable to take their daughter, CARMEN
SANTOS LAKE, third from left, out of Thailand because her surrogate mother objects.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GORDON LAKE

Gay couple seeks help from


U.S. officials in surrogacy case
A Florida man and his husband continue to urge U.S. ocials to support their
eorts to leave Thailand with their infant daughter, even though the woman
who gave birth to her objects to the fact they are a same-sex couple.
The Bangkok Post reported that Gordon Bud Lake and Manuel Santos Valero
on Oct. 8 submitted more than 160,000 signatures they collected through their
Change.org petition to Secretary of State John Kerry and Thai Prime Minister
Prayut Chan-ocha to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.
Lake told the Washington Blade in a previous interview that he met the
surrogate mother in person for the rst time before she gave birth to his
daughter, Carmen Santos Lake, at a Bangkok hospital on Jan. 17.
Lake said he visited the surrogate mother in the hospital with his son lvaro,
who was born through a surrogate in India in 2013, after his daughter was born.
Lake told the Blade that his husband, who is from Spain, did not accompany him.
Lake said the surrogate who is not his daughters biological mother
agreed to list him on her birth certicate as her father. He told the Blade during
the same interview that the surrogate also signed a consent form that allowed
him to take her from the hospital.
Lake said he found out a few weeks later that the surrogate objected to the
fact he and his husband are a same-sex couple and werent an ordinary family.
The embassy has issued a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or CRBA which
certies a child who was born overseas is an American citizen at the time of their
birth. Ocials have yet to issue a U.S. passport for Lakes daughter because the
surrogate mother her legal guardian under Thai law has not given her consent.
Carmen is an American citizen but we are not able to leave although it is
obviously in Carmens best interest, reads Lakes petition. We hate to say it,
but as far as we know the United States has done next to nothing to help us.
While the embassy will answer emails and requests for meetings, there has
been little moral support and we are made to feel more like a problem to them
than American citizens in a horrible situation that needs to be resolved, it adds.
A new law that outlaws surrogacy for foreigners in Thailand took eect in July.
The Thai government over the weekend did not respond to the Blades request
for comment.
Niles Cole, spokesperson for the State Departments Bureau of Consular
Aairs, told the Blade on Oct. 9 that U.S. authorities have urged Thai authorities
to grandfather in essential surrogacy cases and resolve the outstanding ones.
Cole told the Blade that embassy ocials have also worked with Lake to
document his daughters U.S. citizenship. Cole said U.S. law nevertheless prevents
the United States from issuing an American passport to a U.S. citizen minor
absent the legal consent of the guardian or the legally recognized guardian.
The protection of U.S. citizens abroad is always one of our top priorities, Cole told
the Blade. Thats what we focus on. Thats what we try to provide to U.S. citizens. In
this particular case we provided all possible consular assistance that we can.
The real challenge again is the absent permission from the guardian, he
added. [Without it] the U.S. government is unable to issue a passport.
Lake on Monday declined to respond to Coles comments.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark RUFUS GIFFORD (left) and husband STEPHEN DEVINCENT
PHOTO COURTESY OF INSTAGRAM

U.S. ambassador to Denmark marries partner


Gay U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Giord on Saturday married his partner in
the Danish capital.
Giord on his Twitter page said he and Stephen DeVincent tied the knot at Copenhagen
City Hall, where the rst legally recognized same-sex unions took place in 1989.
Giord has represented the U.S. in Denmark since 2013.
He is among the six openly gay ambassadors representing the Obama administration
overseas.
U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry married his partner, Curtis Yee, in 2013 at
a D.C. church. U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe Daniel Baer exchanged vows with his partner, Brian Walsh, in Vienna in 2014.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in August presided over the ceremony
during which U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius and his husband, Clayton Bond,
renewed their wedding vows.
U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James Wally Brewster and his husband,
Bob Satawake, married in 2013 on the same day that Vice President Biden swore him
in. U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra James Costos and his partner, Michael Smith,
have been together for 14 years.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

State Department: TPP will advance human rights


A State Department ocial on Friday said a controversial trade agreement between
the U.S. and 11 other Pacic Rim countries would further advance human rights in the
region.
We believe that the Trans-Pacic Partnership will greatly aid the eorts to advance
human rights in the Asia-Pacic region, the ocial told the Washington Blade.
The ocial spoke with the Blade less than a week after negotiators who had gathered
in Atlanta came to an agreement on TPP.
The nal text of the agreement has yet to be released, but the White House says TPP
would eliminate more than 18,000 taris that countries place on American exports.
The Obama administration notes TPP contains new labor and environmental
standards, protects the intellectual property of multinational corporations and
prioritizes transparency and anticorruption. New York Congressman Gregory Meeks
told the Blade earlier this year that TPP also contains enforceable standards with
regards to human rights.
Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,
Singapore and Vietnam would join TPP if they ratify it.
Homosexuality remains criminalized in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.
Brunei which is located on the island of Borneo last year began to implement a
new legal code based on Sharia law that punishes those convicted of homosexuality by
stoning them to death.
Malaysias highest court in February upheld former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar
Ibrahims conviction under the countrys anti-sodomy law. The same tribunal on
Thursday overturned a landmark ruling that declared unconstitutional a state law
banning Muslim men from wearing womens clothes in public.
It is inexcusable that we are marching toward giving these countries preferential
access to our markets without ensuring the most basic human rights protections for
their citizens, Jerame Davis, executive director of Pride at Work, told the Blade.
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course of my entire life, I have always


fought for the same values and principles,
but, like most human beings including
those of us who run for oce I do
absorb new information. I do look at
whats happening in the world.
Additionally, the former secretary
of
state
enumerated
continuing
discrimination
against
the
LGBT
community as among the divides in the
country she would seek to heal upon
taking oce.
Clinton won applause from the
audienceafter former Rhode Island Gov.
Lincoln Chafee said he wouldnt back
down from his criticism of her email
controversy and went further to raise
concerns about Americas credibility.
Asked if she had a response, Clinton had
a one-word answer: No.
Besides Clinton, two other candidates
on stage also expressed support for LGBT
rights, although the reviews overall for
their debate performances were dismal
compared to Clintons.

MARTIN OMALLEY was grilled by CNNs


Anderson Cooper over his zero-tolerance
crime policies while mayor of Baltimore.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Former Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley


bookended his debate performance
with declarations of support for LGBT
rights. In his opening statement, OMalley
identied passage of marriage equality in
his state as among his accomplishments.
In his closing statement, OMalley said
young people under 30 being unwilling

to deny rights to gay couples or bash


immigrants tells me we are moving
to a more connected, generous and
compassionate place.
Chafee cited his early support as a
Republican for same-sex marriage as
evidence hes a block of granite in terms
of consistency on the issues (although
that image was undermined when he
explained away his vote to repeal the
Glass-Steagall banking law in 1999 by
saying it was my very rst vote in the
U.S. Senate).
U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) didnt
mention LGBT issues and instead largely
stuck to his mantra ofcombattingincome
inequality and Wall Street corruption.
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) also
didnt bring up LGBT issues and stood out
from fellow Democrats by opposing the
Iran deal, expressing skepticism about
gun safety laws and decliningto embrace
Black Lives Matter.
Although
hes
considering
a
presidential bid, Vice President Joseph
Biden has yet to announce whether he
willenter the 2016 eld and didnt make

an appearance on stage. Harvard law


professor Lawrence Lessig, a Democratic
candidate who sought LGBT help in
appearing on stage via an interview with
the Washington Blade, didnt meet the
standards to qualify for the debate.
By voicing support for LGBT rights,
the Democratic slate drew a contrast
between themselves and Republican
opponents whove used the debate stage
to oppose LGBT rights.
During the second debate, former
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took the opportunity
to say he agrees with former Arkansas
Gov. Mike Huckabee in his support for
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who
deed the Supreme Court ruling in favor
of same-sex marriage and was jailed for
her actions.
Huckabee during the rst Republican
debate expressed opposition to openly
transgender military service and called
it a social experiment. Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas), former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum
and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal pledged
executive action on religious liberty seen
to enable anti-LGBT discrimination.

Senate panel mum on complaint against Baldwin


Spokesperson calls ethics
allegation political hit job
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Six months after a former sta
member accused U.S. Sen. Tammy
Baldwin (D-Wisc.) of improperly ring her
as part of a political cover-up, the Senate
Select Committee on Ethics has declined
to comment on the status of an ethics
complaint against Baldwin led by the
ex-staer.
In a development widely reported in
the Wisconsin press but largely ignored
elsewhere, Marquette Baylor, former
deputy state director of Baldwins
Milwaukee oce, charges in her
complaint that Baldwin unfairly blamed
her for mishandling an issue involving a
U.S. Veterans Administration hospital in
the state.
Baylor claims it was Baldwins chief of
sta, Bill Murat, and poor management
procedures put in place by Baldwin that
resulted in the oce not responding in a
timely way to a tip by a constituent that
doctors at the Tomah VA Medical Center
were endangering the lives of patients by
over prescribing narcotics type drugs.
The alleged slow response by Baldwins
oce became the subject of widespread
media attention in Wisconsin when news

surfaced that a Marine Corps veteran


being treated at the Tomah facility died
from an adverse reaction to one or more
of the drugs he had been given there.
A spokesperson for the bipartisan
Senate Ethics Committee declined to
comment when asked about the Baldwin
case. A write-up about the committees
procedures for handling ethics cases
posted on its website says the panel has a
longstanding policy of neither conrming
nor denying that a case is even pending
until it completes an investigation and
determines whether Senate rules related
to ethics have been violated.
At the time Baylor led her ethics
complaint on April 19, John Kraus,
Baldwins
communications
director,
called the complaint a political hit
job, saying Baylor was being used by
Baldwins Republican adversaries who
were making baseless allegations.
Baylor led her complaint two months
after the Republican Party of Wisconsin
led a separate complaint before the
Senate Ethics Committee accusing Baldwin
of failing to act on information that the
Tomah hospital was endangering patients.
The GOP complaint also accuses
Baldwin of an ethics breach because she
allegedly oered a severance package to
Baylor following her ring in exchange
for her silence on the Tomah Hospital
matter. In her own complaint, Baylor says
she rejected the severance oer.

A former sta member has accused U.S. Sen. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wisc.) of improperly ring
her as part of a political cover-up.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Its sad that Marquette Baylor


has chosen to be used as a pawn by
Senator Baldwins right-wing Republican
opponents in what is nothing more than
a political hit job by a go-to Republican
rm, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
quoted Kraus as saying.
He was referring to a Republican law
rm in Kansas City that Baylor retained
to help her le the complaint.
Senator
Baldwin
has
taken
responsibility for mistakes in her oce,
including Marquette Baylors and others,

and she has taken steps so that these


kind of mistakes never happen again, the
Journal Sentinel quotes Kraus as saying.
She has made it clear that Marquette
Baylor was terminated because of longterm issues of poor performance on a
range of issues.
Baldwins oce has said it has taken
a number of steps to initiate a full
investigation into the Tomah Hospitals
practices of prescribing certain narcotics
to patients, including patients with
substance abuse problems.

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Williams said he reluctantly told VA


ocials neither he nor Lavaie knew
the whereabouts of Kamenys ashes or
cremains, as the VA describes them,
because the man Kameny named in his
will as his heir has declined to disclose
that information.
In a development that stunned LGBT
activists, Timothy Clark, who Kameny
named as personal representative of his
estate, disclosed through his attorneys
in February 2014 that he decided to inter
Kamenys ashes at an undisclosed location.
Clarks statement came after the local
LGBT charitable group Helping Our
Brothers and Sisters (HOBS) purchased
a plot at Congressional Cemetery with
the intent that Kamenys ashes would
be interred there. Kameny friend and
associate Charles Francis, who played
a lead role in arranging for Kamenys
papers to be donated to the Library of
Congress, also arranged for a Veterans
Administration authorized headstone for
the cemetery plot in honor of Kamenys
role as a World War II combat veteran.
The headstone was installed at the
cemetery site along with a footstone
with the words Gay is Good, a slogan
Kameny coined in the 1960s, before both
stones were removed when a dispute
between the Kameny estate and HOBS in
2012 led to uncertainty over whether the
ashes would be interred at the site.
Williams said VA ocials requested
that the veterans headstone be removed
because it was designed to be placed only
at a site where the remains of a veteran
were interred.
The decision regarding interment
of Frank Kamenys ashes rests solely
with Timothy Clark, the Personal
Representative of the Estate of Franklin E.
Kameny, said the 2014 statement issued
by the D.C. law rm Ackerman Brown on
behalf of Clark.
Mr. Clark has decided to inter the ashes
at an undisclosed location, the statement
said. Mr. Clark asks the community to
respect his wishes and his privacy.
The statement represented a change
from earlier statements by Clark,
including one he made to the Blade
that he planned to release half of the
ashes for burial at a memorial site at
Congressional Cemetery while keeping
the other half for his personal reection.
Glen Ackerman, managing partner of
Ackerman Brown, said at the time his
rm released the statement on behalf
of Clark in 2014 that the estate would
welcome inquiries by anyone interested in
establishing a public memorial for Kameny.
In an email to the Blade last week,
Ackerman said neither Congressional
Cemetery nor Kamenys sister contacted

the estate at the time they submitted


their application for the headstone.
It would have been nice if Edna
Kameny and Paul Williams would have
worked with the Estate prior to ordering
the headstone, he said.It is interesting
that the public continues to initiate
actions that aect the Estate without
communicating with the Estate.
He added, The public continues to
diminish Franks choice. Timothy Clark
is Franks choice. Dr. Kameny chose Mr.
Clark to administer his Estate.
Jessica Schiefer, an ocial with the
National Cemetery Administration, an
arm of the Department of Veterans
Aairs, told the Blade that a federal law
governing the issuance of headstones for
deceased veterans places restrictions on
when such stones can be issued.

She said that in cases like Kamenys,


where a stone is to be placed at a site
where the remains are not interred, a
stone known as a memorial marker stone
cannot be issued by the department if the
ashes are interred at another location or
if they are being held in someones home
or another location.
Under regulations based on a federal
statute, she said, a memorial marker
stone for Kameny could only be issued
if his ashes were scattered without
interment of any portion of the ashes.
Williams said another Veterans
Aairs Department ocial gave him a
dierent version of the departments
requirements. He said he was told in
writing that the department only needed
to know the disposition of the ashes as
a condition for issuing the memorial

marker stone.
He said that if the Veterans Aairs
Department turns down the application
for the ocial veterans headstone
Congressional Cemetery would work
with HOBS to solicit contributions from
the community to purchase a private
headstone for the Kameny memorial site
at the cemetery.
Such a stone would likely cost between
$2,000 and $3,000, he said.
The Kameny memorial site is located
just behind the gravesite of the late
gay rights leader and U.S. Air Force Sgt.
Leonard Matlovich, who, with Kamenys
assistance in 1975, became the rst
active duty military service member to
come out of the closet and challenge the
militarys ban on gay service members.
Matlovich died in 1987.

U.S. Associate Justice SONIA SOTOMAYOR performed the wedding of INGRID DURAN and CATHERINE PINO.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PINO

Sotomayor presides over lesbian couples wedding


U.S. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor ociated on Saturday the wedding of a lesbian couple with a history of LGBT advocacy,
the Washington Blade has learned.
Sotomayorperformed the wedding of Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino, who are founders of D&P Creative Strategies. The
organization seeks to increase the role of corporate, legislative and philanthropic eorts in addressing concerns of Latinos,
women and LGBT people.
According to one source familiar with the event, the wedding took place in D.C. at Potomac View Terrace. U.S. Treasurer
Rosa Gumataotao Rios, Rep. Xavier Beccera (D-Calif.), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) were present for the ceremony, the source said.
Sotomayor is now the third sitting justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who is known to have performed a same-sex marriage.
U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan have previously presided over such ceremonies. In August,
Ginsburg also renewed the vows of U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius to his spouse, Clayton Bond.
When the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its historic ruling for nationwide same-sex marriage in June, Sotomayor, an Obama
appointee, joined U.S. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion. Sotomayor also was in the majority for the
decision against the Defense of Marriage Act, but was in the dissent in the ruling that determined opponents of Prop 8 didnt
have standing in court, which restored marriage equality to California.
CHRIS JOHNSON

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BA LT I MO RE N E W S

The LGBT Health


Resource Center at
Chase Brexton Health
Care opened on Oct. 8.
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COURTESY OF FLICKR.COM

Chase Brexton launches


LGBT Health Resource Center
The new LGBT Health Resource Center (LHRC) at Baltimore-based Chase
Brexton Health Care was launched on Oct. 8 with an all-day public open house.
Local LGBT organization members, health care service providers and others visited
the Centers new second oor oces to learn more about the LHRC services.
LHRC of Chase Brexton Health Care establishes a safe space for LGBTQ
individuals and their families to access information about accepting and
competent service providers that help enhance quality of life. The LHRC
functions as an information clearinghouse, a space for education and training
and it develops community-based programming that adapts to the needs of
LGBTQ individuals in the region.
The grand opening showcased the LHRCs function as a central clearinghouse
for guiding individuals to health care providers, housing information, legal
resources and other available assets in the community. Individuals seeking
services can access the LHRC by phone, online or in person at Chase Brexton
Health Cares Mount Vernon location.
LHRCs executive director Nate Sweeney discussed the mission of the new
center and introduced sta members who were present at the ocial ribboncutting event later that afternoon. He explained Chase Brextons transformation
from a small gay mens health clinic located at the Chase Street building that
housed Baltimores gay and lesbian community center in 1977, to an expansive
presence in health care that currently has 29,000 patients serviced at ve sites
throughout the state.
Sta members provide training on LGBTQ medical, psychosocial and other
health-related issues to health care experts outside of Chase Brexton Health
Care and across the broader health service industry. This focused education is
meant to ensure that providers deliver arming and welcoming care to patients
who might not otherwise feel comfortable self-identifying to their provider or
who might avoid seeking services for fear of discrimination.
For more information about LHRC visit chasebrexton.org.

More changes at community center


At its board meeting on Oct. 13, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) announced that
Paul Liller, the centers deputy director, submitted his resignation.
Jabari Lyles, the board president, will serve as acting executive director until
more permanent leadership is identied, according to an announcement on
the GLCCBs Facebook page. Lyles will temporarily recuse himself as a voting
member of the board while he holds this position; however, he will remain on
the board as a non-voting member.
The board also announced that the GLCCB fall fundraiser OutRageous
- Ghosts and Ghouls scheduled for Oct. 31 has been cancelled and all ticket
purchases will be refunded.
In addition, the GLCCB announced that it will hold a community town hall
meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Large Community Room
at Chase Brextons Mount Vernon building, 1111 North Charles St. in Baltimore.
Pride 2015 and plans for Pride 2016 will be discussed, and the board will address
any concerns from the community.
For more information, contact Lyles at jlyles@glccb.org.
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NEW YORK U.S. researchers say theyve come up with a formula that can
show someones sexual orientation by looking at genetic changes, NBC News
reports.
Full details of the study have not been made public, but the research, being
presented at a meeting of genetics experts, suggests a variety of factors come
together to help determine whether someone is gay or straight, NBC reports.
To our knowledge, this is the rst example of a predictive model for sexual
orientation based on molecular markers, said Tuck Ngun, a researcher at the
David Geen School of Medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles, who
led the study. Other experts said Ngun may be going too far in saying he can
predict someones sexual orientation by looking at his or her genes. His study
group was very small.
Ngun told an American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Baltimore that
he looked at epigenetic (non-inherited) changes called methylation in 47 pairs
of male twins. Identical twins have the same underlying DNA, but the epigenetic
changes can make big dierences in what happens to them later in life, NBC
News reports.
In 37 of the twin pairs, one brother was homosexual and the other wasnt. In
10 pairs, both brothers were. Ngun and his colleagues came up with a computer
algorithm, a formula, that suggested that patterns of methylation in nine regions
were associated with sexual orientation 67 percent of the time.
Sexual attraction is such a fundamental part of life, but its not something we
know a lot about at the genetic and molecular level. I hope that this research
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The ndings come from in-depth, qualitative interviews with 25 gay men
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Interviewees typically reported a period of sexual abstinence immediately
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When participants did start to have sex again, they found themselves in an
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Overdoing it?

We need
alternatives to
antiretroviral
therapy

High-intensity workouts
arent always the smart move
Between sprinting, jumping,
crawling, ball slamming, rope
tossing, hammer swinging and
tire ipping, the tness industry
has brought the intensity of a D.C.
political meet up group into the
gym.
The more we look around, the
GERARD BURLEY is a D.C.-based personal
more you see a shift in every studio
trainer. Reach him via @CoachGFit or coachg@
to this culture of high-intensity
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workouts. The ideology nowadays
is that if you arent dying then you
arent working out. I constantly hear people describing how good classes are by
how many times they threw up or how dizzy they got. No maam.
Even the relaxing exibility and core workouts in the city like yoga and pilates
have to be prefaced with power and hardcore in order to get people into the
classes. Are they now yelling namaste? What happened to the g word, gradual?
Well Im here to tell you that gradual tness gains are still in style, despite what
most studios may be telling you.
How much is too much? The less time that you have, the more intense your
exercises should be, but this has to also be a gradual progression. Even for
elite athletes, good intensity must be balanced with proper rest, recovery and
variation of workouts. Any good trainer or athlete knows your workouts need to
be periodized.
Periodization is basically varying out the types of workouts you do to allow
your body to focus on specic goals and to allow the body to get proper rest and
recovery. How often you workout and how intense your workouts are should be
dictated by your personal tness level. Weekly I see beginners in high-intensity
classes doing the same exact exercises and weights that someone of a high level
is doing. They usually end up doing the exercises wrong, potentially hurting
themselves. Do we wonder why our injuries in exercise classes have gone up? Its
because workouts are now teaching to the elite and not to the middle.
Surviving the high intensity class: When starting a class, I recommend
you rst research the class and its instructors. If you can, talk to people who
have been to the class to get a feel if its for you. If you are researching your
restaurants more than your trainer, theres a problem.
You only have one body so lets make sure that you are careful with it.
Once at the class for the rst time make sure you introduce yourself to the
instructor and tell them its your rst class. This small introduction will help
the instructor remember you and pay more attention to you during the class.
More attention and direction from the instructor generally means less chance
that youll get hurt.
Good instructors should be ready to give you variations of the same exercises
if they see you struggling. If you feel like something is not right, make sure to ask
for a variation. If the teacher cant give you a modication then dont go back.
The calories arent worth the risk.
Rest, Run, Repeat: High intensity should be the anomaly not the norm. The
whole point of a high-intensity workout is to shock your body and break it down
so that it needs a longer time and more calories to recover. This doesnt happen
if there is not ample recovery.
I recommend you participate in high-intensity workouts a limit of three or
four times a week. Rest and recovery doesnt always mean just staying still.
Try low-intensity yoga classes, cycle classes and foam roller classes combined
with proper nutrition to help your body rebuild. The key is to include classes or
workouts that dont challenge the body in the same ways that the high intensity
workouts do.
Whenever starting a high-intensity training plan, its important that it is adopted
gradually, coupled with rest days and supplemented by varying workouts. The
most important part of any tness plan is that it challenges you while keeping
you safe. Remember uncomfortable is good, but pain is bad so get out there
and work smart.

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Let Kameny rest in peace


Shameful aftermath of activists
death an embarrassment to
those who admired him

KEVIN NAFF is editor of the Washington Blade


and can be reached at kna@washblade.com.

Pioneering gay activist Frank Kameny


died four years ago, yet his remains were
never interred at Congressional Cemetery, where a plot was purchased for
them, and there is still no memorial in
D.C. to honor his legacy.
The saga of what happened to Kamenys estate and his remains is long
and twisted and well documented in the
Blade over the past four years. Its been
ugly, with the estate ling frivolous lawsuits against some of the communitys
best known and respected activists who
spent years selessly caring for Kameny
late in his life. Community leaders like
Bob Witeck, Rick Rosendall, Charles Francis and Marvin Carter worked and sacriced to help their friend Kameny and
were rewarded with hurtful gossip and
accusations and even lawsuits. They are
honorable men and deserved better.
Fast forward a few years and the estate,

represented by Ackerman Brown PLLC


and local gay attorney Glen Ackerman, is
now criticizing Congressional Cemetery
President Paul Williams and even Kamenys
89-year-old sister, Edna Kameny Lavaie.
Williams told the Blade last week that
hes hopeful a memorial headstone for
Kameny issued by the U.S. Department
of Veterans Aairs will be installed at the
cemetery soon. According to Williams, the
Veterans Aairs Department informed
him it could not approve an application
that he and Kamenys sister submitted
for the headstone until it learns of the
disposition of Kamenys ashes. Williams
said he told VA ocials neither he nor Lavaie knew the whereabouts of Kamenys
ashes because the man Kameny named
in his will as his heir has declined to disclose that information. Timothy Clark,
who Kameny named as personal representative of his estate, disclosed through
his attorneys in February 2014 that he decided to inter Kamenys ashes at an undisclosed location, despite previously telling
the Blade that he would release half the
ashes for burial at Congressional.
Ackerman, who once represented the
Blade, last week said that neither Congressional Cemetery nor Kamenys sister contacted the estate at the time they submitted their application for the headstone. It
would have been nice if Edna Kameny and
Paul Williams would have worked with the
Estate prior to ordering the headstone, he
said. It is interesting that the public continues to initiate actions that aect the Estate

without communicating with the Estate. The


public continues to diminish Franks choice.
Timothy Clark is Franks choice. Dr. Kameny
chose Mr. Clark to administer his Estate.
Unfortunately, Kameny did name Clark
as his heir. But Congressional Cemetery
doesnt need the estates permission for
this memorial. If Clark wont release half
the ashes, which he said he would do, then
the estate should release a letter detailing
what happened to them so that Williams
and Congressional can work with Veterans
Aairs to obtain the memorial stone.
Williams has won acclaim and international media attention for his creative, successful management of the historic cemetery. He is also gay and has worked hard
behind the scenes for several years to secure a proper place to memorialize Kameny
alongside other gay rights pioneers like Air
Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, who is buried
at Congressional. He doesnt deserve the
runaround from Clark or Veterans Aairs.
Ackerman can help put an end to all
the acrimony that has followed Kamenys
death by detailing publicly what happened
to the remains so Congressionals memorial can proceed. Its time for an end to this
sad saga, which undermines Kamenys legacy and which Kameny himself would have
hated. If the estate wont cooperate and instead wants to continue picking ghts with
reputable community leaders, then maybe
someone will cut a check for the estimated $3,000 to purchase a private memorial
stone that doesnt require any help from
the VA, Ackerman or the elusive Clark.
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Extremist Paid Leave Act is more stunt than smart


Controversial D.C. Council
proposal designed for
headlines not good policy

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur


and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

Its an idealized proposal designed-forheadlines, and thats the problem.


While good intentions can be commendable, allowing those who have never been
on the check-writing end of a private sector payroll or are without enterprise management experience to scheme a starkly
excessive employment mandate is not.
That is what has befallen D.C. yet again.
A controversial Universal Paid Leave
Act introduced last week by a bare majority of D.C. Council members would
establish a massive new city government
entitlement program and impose a new
business tax to pay for it. Their trial-bal-

loon stratagem is well outside the parameters of mainstream political discourse.


The ultimate risk is that the notoriously
negative cumulative costs of conducting business in D.C. will further worsen.
Astute observers warn it will result in
dissuading employers oering the highgrowth and good-pay jobs the city is
working hard to retain and attract from
remaining or locating within the District.
The startling announcement of this
legislative eort and additional taxation
sent shockwaves through an already beleaguered business community as they
heard the news.
This measure, if approved sometime
next year, would a year later guarantee
all part-time and full-time workers employed in the District up to an extraordinary 16 weeks of paid time o for a range
of qualifying family and medical leave
reasons. Some have already begun to demand the inevitable proliferation of leave
justications and qualifying situations.
It would be the most expansive and
expensive employee leave entitlement
in the nation. Only three states mandate
private sector paid leave, for more reasonable periods of time and at only partial wage payment. None are exclusively
employer-funded. In California and New
Jersey, the maximum benet is six weeks

partial paid leave and Rhode Islands partial pay period is limited to four weeks.
The proposed D.C. plan dictates nearly
three times the maximum leave elsewhere, and at full pay for those earning
up to $52,000. The vast numbers earning
higher wages would receive both $1,000
each week and half the rest of their salary
up to a weekly maximum of $3,000.
Local businesses, of course, bear the
burden of funding this outsized nancial gambit through a special new tax to
be levied on D.C. employers. All nonfederal employers would pay nearly or fully
one-percent on all salaries of $50,000
or more, less for lower wages. Self-employed residents not opting out of the
program, those working outside the District and federal government employees
must self-pay the tax. The tax would rise
to a at one-percent, or higher, on all
wages if actual receipts prove insucient
to cover outlays.
The tsunami of media coverage is undoubtedly what the seven legislators
backing the bill relished. Extremist precedent-setting propositions are too often
the glitzy goal of D.C. politicos, with acclaim for being rst to promote the most
radical prescription the prize.
Their proposal, however, has generated more side-eye reaction among Dis-

trict residents and employees than they


appear to realize.
Public skepticism is warranted. This plan
portends deferred or denied wage increases
for the typical employee. Many workers are
keenly aware of the salary, benet, workhours and hiring preference implications.
Both employers and employees are wary of
the governments propensity for program expansion and lackadaisical scal projections.
The extravagance of this edict if not
left to a sympathetic business marketplace to continue designing, propagating
and integrating must be scaled back by
half or more.
Skepticism whether funding formulas
will withstand actual payment obligations
must also be rigorously examined. Raising
employer taxation higher than estimated
is not an option lowering it to mitigate
competitive disadvantage is imperative.
If adopted, this gargantuan government-imposed entitlement will represent
the nations largest wage tax-and-transfer. It will be plopped on top of growthdebilitating business tax rates among the
highest in the country.
The predictable eects are all-too-real,
along with the probability of more commutes to jobs located outside the District.
Headlines may be glamorous, but they
are no substitute for good policy.

V I E W PO I NT

Freeheld reminds us that quest for equality isnt easy


In this era of Kim Davis, we
cant afford to be complacent

KATHI WOLFE, a writer and poet, is a regular


contributor to the Blade.

You cant be her life partner, the admissions person in the hospital oncology
department told me when I wanted to
be with my late partner Anne who would
soon undergo surgery. Youll have to be
her sister to come in here.
I ashed back to my encounter with entrenched inequality in 2001 before most of
us had even dreamed of marriage equality, when I saw the newly released movie
Freeheld. The lm, inspired by the 2007
Oscar-winning documentary of the same
name, is based on the true story of a Ocean
County, N.J. lesbian couple a detective,

Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and her partner Stacie Andree, a mechanic (Ellen Page).
Laurel and Stacie meet, date, dance, fall
in love, move in together and register as
domestic partners. When Laurel becomes
terminally ill with lung cancer, she wants
Stacie to receive her pension when she
dies. But even though the two are domestic partners, the County freeholders insist that giving Laurels pension to Stacie
would violate the sanctity of marriage.
Freeheld, with Michael Shannon as
Laurels partner Dane Wells on the police
force, and Steve Carell as LGBT activist Steven Goldstein, depicts the arduous battle
the couple must ght in the last months
of Laurels life for an essential benet that
hetero married couples take for granted.
In the documentary Freeheld, Laurel
says on her death her pension would go to
Stacie, were it not the for fact that were
not a heterosexual couple.
Freeheld is a vivid and moving reminder that the quest for queer equality
isnt an impersonal, orderly campaign.
Sure, to achieve justice, you need to
have an incisive legal and media strategy
along with the support of celebs and po-

liticos. Yet, our struggle isnt only waged


by queer activists, renowned litigators or
famous actors. Often, ordinary LGBT
people from cops to teachers to waiters
to mechanics to poets, who have no taste
for activism or the limelight, must ght
for their civil rights at the gut-punching,
personal, messy solar plexus of life.
I remember insisting to a paramedic
that I should be told what was going on
with Anne after shed had a seizure. Are
you related to her, he asked. Is she just
your roommate?
My friend Shannons late partner Letty
was a Presbyterian minister. In 2005, after
Connecticut legalized civil unions, Letty and
Shannon along with three other couples
whod also had civil unions and friends from
their church, had a ceremony at their home.
Yet, because Letty died in 2007 before samesex marriage was legalized by the Supreme
Court, Shannon is still struggling to receive
Lettys pension from the Presbyterian
Church. Because Letty died before SCOTUS
marriage decision, I had to pay federal inheritance tax, Shannon told me.
In Freeheld, we see Laurel and Stacie
not only speaking before the County free-

holders but coping with hair loss, nausea,


weakness and other graphic details of
Laurels illness and treatment. Stacie and
I are just average people, Laurel tells the
freeholders. Wed like to hold on to our
house to remember how much we love
each other.
In my career Ive never asked for special treatment, Im only asking for equality, adds Laurel, whos been a policewoman for 23 years.
Watching Freeheld, it seemed as if
centuries have passed a mere decade after Laurel and Stacie so valiantly fought
for justice. Today, a same-sex married
couple in their situation wouldnt have
to ght this battle. When [the Supreme
Court] nally made the decision it was
like a sigh of relief, Moore told the New
York Times. Because you realized we
have changed as a culture.
Freeheld brings Laurel and Stacies
story to a wide audience. Lets honor
these heroes by remembering our history and working for justice. Theres been
a sea change in the cultural landscape
since Freeheld. But in this era of Kim
Davis, we cant aord to be complacent.

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VIEWPOINT

Being positive in D.C. is not a negative


Disclosure laws in other states
open door to discrimination
By DONOVAN TROTT
For most millennials its hard to imagine the panic caused by the onset of the
HIV/AIDS pandemic nearly 40 years ago;
there hasnt been anything like it since.
Of course STDs have been around since
Christopher Columbus brought syphilis
to the new world but AIDS marked the
rst time since modern medicine that sex
could carry such deadly risks.
When the virus rst took hold of the
gay community, treatments were scarce
and misinformation, as it tends to when
scary things happen, spread like wildre. Those who were infected were pitied as the walking dead and even worse,
shunned and discriminated against for
fear of contagion. Its hard to blame that
rst generation that had to encounter
AIDS for the mistakes they made and the
stigma they created around people living
with the virus. Fear is a powerful and in-

toxicating force that can warp us into the


worst version of ourselves. And it was
during this period of fear that laws sprang
up across the country aimed at those HIVpositive individuals who dared to pursue
a normal sex life post infection.
Thirty-two states and two territories enacted laws, some felonies, that did little
more than criminalize positive individuals for simply inhabiting their own bodies.
Whats worse, most of those laws are still on
the books today; the vast majority predate
1990 and all of the gains we have made in
combating the virus. D.C. is one of too few
states and territories that have no such laws.
In D.C., it is the right, as it should be, of every
HIV-positive individual to decide when and if
to disclose their status to a sexual partner.
You can hop and skip across the rest of
the country and nd no shortage of cases
involving consensual sex between adults being prosecuted. A woman with HIV in Georgia
received an eight-year sentence for failing
to disclose her HIV status, despite the trial
testimony of two witnesses that her sexual
partner was aware of her HIV-positive status. Right across the state line, in Maryland,

a 29-year-old HIV-positive man was charged


with seven counts of reckless endangerment
and seven counts of knowingly attempting to
transfer HIV after he had consensual sex with
a woman he met online and did not disclose
his HIV status. And in Iowa a man with HIV,
who had an undetectable viral load, received
a 25-year sentence after a one-time sexual
encounter during which he used a condom;
his sentence was suspended, but he had to
register as a sex oender.
The laws used to prosecute these
people exist in a realm that is void of
any medical reasoning or empirical data.
There has never been a single study proving any non-disclosure law has actually
worked to drive down the rate of transmission and most of them dont even take
into account intent to spread the virus. In
fact, none of these laws require that any
actual transmission need to have taken
place in order to prosecute.
Now this isnt to say that HIV-positive
individuals always act with the utmost
caution and Im not saying an honest
dialogue shouldnt be the foundation of
any sexual encounter, regardless of how

brief. But forcing HIV-positive individuals


to disclose their status in any scenario
whether it be an encounter that could
lead to potential transmission or otherwise opens that individual up to discrimination from a host of sources; be it social
stigmatization, housing discrimination or
even loss of their job. The choice to reveal
ones status should be all their own.
Safe sex in the year 2015 has evolved to
encompass more than just condoms. With
tangible options like pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, as well as knowledge of what
it means to be positive and undetectable,
we are better armed against transmission
than at any other point in history. This
makes it easier than ever to accept what
has always been a universal truth: Every
sexually active individual, and no one else,
has the responsibility to protect themselves by practicing safe sex. I am proud to
live in the nations capital where the routine scapegoating of the HIV-positive community is not the law of the land.
DONOVAN TROTT is a D.C. native and locally
based writer.

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Time to end D.C. private school vouchers


Politicians must unite against
efforts to undermine home rule

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime LGBT rights


and Democratic Party activist.

Kudos to the eight D.C. Council members


(Grosso, Allen, May, Silverman, Bonds, Alexander, Nadeau and Evans) who are standing up to Congress asking them to end
what has been called the D.C. Opportunity
Scholarship program. A raspberry to the
two Democrats, Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.)
and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) who are supporting the program and overriding local government in the District of Columbia.
I understand when Republicans like Sen.
Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) do, but its unconscionable for Democrats who claim they believe in the Districts right to govern itself. If
Booker and Feinstein want children in their
own states to have this opportunity they

should introduce such a bill but should


stop trying to play God with the people of
the District, using us as a petri dish for programs they cant get support for at home.
The money allocated for this program
pays for children to go to religious schools
that openly discriminate against gay and lesbian children, teachers and parents. In addition there is no real academic gain shown
for the children who use these scholarships.
While I think the mayor is doing a great
job its time to speak up on this issue as well.
The president has tried to end this program,
which interferes in home rule and he should
have the support of every elected ocial in
the District. The statement by Michael Czin,
the mayors spokesperson as reported in
the Washington Post, We support federal
funding that benets District residents is
not acceptable. Would the mayor accept
other federal money going to programs or
entities discriminating against a large portion of residents in the District?
We cannot demand budget and legislative self-determination and then be willing
to close our eyes to such blatant acts of overreaching and sidestepping this principle. We
cant have it both ways. This private voucher
program call it any other fancy name
you like has allowed students to attend
schools that oer widely disparate experi-

ences, according to the Washington Post,


with no oversight and no accountability.
Over the past eight years the schools in
D.C. have denitely improved and we have
the most vibrant public charter school opportunities for children anywhere in the
nation. Currently D.C. children and their
parents have the widest array of options
on schools in the nation. Any public money available should be spent on improving
education for all children in those schools
and not just the few who opt out.
Our nation is built on the concept of
a free public education for all children.
There can be no question we should be
spending more money to improve those
opportunities. Education Reform in the
District has begun to show fairly dramatic
improvements in how we educate our children and we have raised the standards to
which we hold students, teachers and administrators. The District has adopted the
Common Core curriculum and is raising
the bar for all students. Graduation rates
are slowly beginning to improve and every
dollar we have needs to go into those public schools to ensure continued progress.
Also important is putting money into programs to ensure our children are prepared
to learn. The Clinton Foundation initiative
Too Small to Fail is one that should be

funded across the nation and could have a


signicant impact on how District children
do in school. We know the rst ve years
of a childs life are a huge determinant as
to how much of their God-given potential
they will reach. Science tells us our brains
grow the most in the rst years of our life
and giving parents and communities the
tools and knowledge to help their child from
birth to three, before they start what should
be fully funded pre-K programs, is crucial to
their eventual success. That is where any additional federal money could be spent and
these programs are ones our Council and
mayor should support and fund with taxpayer money not some private voucher
program that simply takes money that could
be used for all public school programs.
As a 37-year resident of the District
of Columbia who has taken an active
role in civic life, I want to see my mayor
and Council stand together on issues of
principle. I want them to take the kind
of stands those eight Council members
have when writing to Rep. Jason Chaetz
(R-Utah), chair of the House Committee
on Oversight and Government Reform, to
end private school vouchers.
We need to stand together and ght
back when Congress passes legislation
undermining home rule.

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PATRICK OCONNELL (left) at the Inn at Little Washington.


PHOTO BY GORDON BEALL

Renowned chef Patrick OConnell teams


with HRC to oer lavish wedding prize
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
The Inn at Little Washington is a bit like the Meryl Streep of its domain: not wholly
impervious to the occasional ranking slippage or so-so review, yet possessing so many
across-the-board top awards and ve-star raves, its reputation is beyond impeccable.
Top rankings from the 2015 Forbes Travel Guide, the American Automobile
Association, Travel+Leisure and Le Chef Magazine, rave reviews from the Washington
Post and D.C. Modern Luxury and a grand award from Wine Spectator (for the 21st
consecutive year) are just the recent accolades. The coee table book The Inn at Little
Washington: a Magnicent Obsession made the New York Times bestseller list for
fashion, manners and customs in May and oers sumptuous photos of the Inns lavish

and gilded interiors.


Owned by chef/proprietor Patrick OConnell, unocially dubbed the pope of
American cuisine, the Inn is in Washington, Va., located 67 miles southwest of
Washington, D.C., in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has 24 guest rooms,
an 80-seat restaurant that has earned many top reviews from the most prestigious
publications and a 13,000-bottle wine cellar. The Inn is open year round every night
except Tuesday.
This year OConnell is again participating in the Human Rights Campaigns annual
Chefs for Equality event on Tuesday, Oct. 20. But this year, for the rst time, hes oering
an auction item in which attendees can win an all-inclusive wedding package including
dinner for 14 at the Inn with OConnell himself ociating.
Over tea one sunny and quite warm afternoon in early September, OConnell spent
an hour reecting on his career, the price of being out and how he has maintained the
Inns reputation over the decades. His comments have been slightly edited for length.
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Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R J O N N MA RC
How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
I came out to my friends midnight on
New Years Eve, January 2008. I was a
senior in high school. I came out to my
family Jan. 12, 2008. My mom and dad
were the hardest to tell. They didnt take
it well and its still a work in progress.
Whos your LGBT hero?
My great aunt, Rita, was the most
supportive person in my life. She knew
I was gay even before I did. She took
me to political LGBT events in the
Wisconsin capital and was a constant
LGBT supporter. Even beyond that
she was always going out of her way
for everyone, acting like a mother to
anyone who was in need of guidance.
Even as she aged, she still would roll her
wheelchair across the dance oor at the
gay bar. She was an outstanding person
and had so much love for everyone.
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By JOEY DiGULIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Local artist JONNMARC is using his work for good causes.
On Friday, Oct. 23 from 7-11:30 p.m., hell have a one-night solo exhibition
called Jungle Blowat L2 Lounge (3315 Cadys Alley, Georgetown). Proceeds
from the $20 tickets will support the charities David Pattinsons American
Future, which promotes greater economic opportunity and involvement for
a lost generation of American youth, and Green DMV, an eco non-prot that
works with small businesses. JONNMARCs paintings acrylics on canvas of
various size will be for sale as well.
Reaching out to people and always challenging myself to be better and
grow toward my goals have always been hot on my mind, says the 26-yearold Oconomowoc, Wis., native, born Jonathan Willie. DPAF is an amazing
charity working toward these goals by investing in the job market future for
graduates right out of school and Green DMV works to create sustainable
programs that will benet the environment.
These themes will be explored in the exhibit (get tickets at jonnmarc.com).
Jungle Blow examines conict in many areas dissecting it and laying it out
in subtle jungle motifs, JONNMARC says. Conict with our environment,
conict with each other, global crisis all are thoughts on my mind while
working on this.
After stints in Maryland and New Jersey, JONNMARC settled in Washington
in late 2013. Hes single and lives in D.C.s NOMA neighborhood. He enjoys
painting and looking for adventure in his free time.

Whats Washingtons
best nightspot, past or present?
Soundcheck was pretty amazing the
other night, but it might just have been
the visiting DJ that made it so good!
Mixtape is consistently good. Bear Happy
Hour is my favorite pre-nighttime spot.
Describe your dream wedding.
I have yet to meet my dream man,
but I would want it outside maybe at
a vineyard. Lots of friends, made-up
traditions. I love Indian weddings.
Theyre full of amazing rituals and tons of
amazing food and family. Maybe Ill steal
some of their customs and make them
my own. I used to have a really elaborate
answer to this question, but I have
learned to plan less and enjoy more, so
Im going to take my own advice.

What non-LGBT issue


are you most passionate about?
Sharing my artwork with other people.
Trying to understand how to more
eectively visually communicate toward
making change. Im pretty passionate
about everything and have always loved
that quality about myself.
What historical outcome
would you change?
I wouldnt change the past. We can only
live forward.

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
Lady Gaga had her career boost during
college.
On what do you insist?
People need more manners. Chocolate is
amazing. Nothing beats the fall months
and windy nights. Chase after what you
love until you get that adrenaline rush.

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What was your last


Facebook post or Tweet?
FB post: I reposted an article titled:

Research says overthinking worriers


are probably creative geniuses.TWEET:
Make sure you get your tickets to my
upcoming exhibition!

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
The Curious Little Engine That Did and
Will
If science discovered a way
to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
As long as there is still love in the world,
it doesnt matter how the plumbing goes
together or who is sticking what inside
of whom.

What do you believe in beyond the


physical world?
I am spiritual and believe in God.
However I still think we have more to
learn and discover about life, religion
and many, many other things.

Whats your advice for LGBT


movement leaders?
LGBT youth. I dont want other kids
feeling like I did when I came out or
having to experience the same struggles.
So please continue to make a dierence.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
Baby animals being held by my friends.

What LGBT stereotype


annoys you most?
That sex is the most important part of life.
Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Its not a movie, and its not exclusively
LGBT, but there are such amazing
moments in the Netix series Sense
8. Everyone should strive to live life
with the amount of passion that the
characters from that show do.

Whats the most


overrated social custom?
I would rather wear my cute underwear
out in public. Why do I feel like I
constantly have to dress up in this city?
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
An art exhibition at the Museum of
Modern Art, Whitney Museum of
American Art, Tate name the highprole gallery.

What do you wish youd known at 18?


An art history degree, with a minor
in business and marketing at a major
university is a much faster way to
become a successful studio artist. Art
school is not! Life always continues,
tomorrow always comes.
Why Washington?
It was an accident because of
the job I got, but then I started to really
care about my people here.

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Mrs. Engles author to visit Kramerbooks


Gay author Gavin McCrea joins writer and critic Bethane Patrick to discuss his
new book Mrs. Engles at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Caf (1517 Connecticut
Ave., N.W.) on Monday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Mrs. Engles is the reimagined tale of Lizzie Burns, the lover of the co-author
of The Communist Manifesto, Frederick Engles. The novel, previously published
in the U.K., makes his U.S. debut on Oct 13. Admission to the discussion is free.
For more information, visit kramers.com.

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Do I have something
on my face?
Pearl, co-runner-up of RuPauls Drag
Race season seven, will be at Town (2009 8th
St., N.W.) on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 p.m.
Meet-and-greet tickets are available
for $20. They ensure a seat to the show,
early access to the venue at 9 p.m. and a
meeting with Pearl and photo. There are
no general admission tickets but there is
a $12 cover. Doors open at 10 p.m. for
general admission.
Pearl got o to a rough Drag Race
start but pulled her act together, took the
judges critiques to heart and came out in
the top three by seasons end. Although
Ginger and Violet were here for Pride,
this is Pearls rst D.C. appearance. Violet
returns Nov. 11 for a show at the Fillmore
in Silver Spring, Md.
For more details, visit towndc.com.

Blues/folk/soul duo
to give benet show
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Best of Gay D.C. party is Oct. 22


The Washington Blade hosts its Best of Gay D.C. party at Town (2009 8th St.,
N.W.) on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 6-9 p.m.
The party will celebrate the winners from the Blades Best of Gay D.C. There
will be complimentary Stoli cocktails from 6-9 p.m. Performances will include
Frankie & Betty, Destiny B. Childs, Summer Camp and Avery Austin. BaNaka will
host. Food samplings from various Best of Gay D.C. nalists will also be available
for tasting.
Tickets are $10. For more information, visit bestofgaydc.com.

Lesbian duo Mouths of Babes, along


with Julia Weldon, perform at Universalist
Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd.,
Arlington, Va.) on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.
Mouths of Babes consists of Ty
Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth. Their
debut EP Faith & Fumes was released
last year. The show is a Voices United
Concert to benet Americans United for
Separation of Church and State. General
admission tickets are $20 and student
and senior tickets are $10.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
mouthsbabes.

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RONALD K. BROWN
The Walk to End HIV attracts thousands every October to raise money for HIV and AIDS organizations.

Annual Whitman-Walker
event has superhero
theme this year
By MARIAH COOPER
The Walk to End HIV, a fundraising
walk and 5K run benetting WhitmanWalker Health, is on Saturday, Oct. 24
starting and ending at Freedom Plaza
(Pennsylvania Ave., and 13th St., N.W.)
beginning at 7 a.m.
This year the walk is Superhero-themed
with six Whitman-Walker sta dressed in
custom-made superhero costumes on
ads all over the District. Participants in
the Walk to End HIV are also encouraged
to come dressed in superhero costumes.
Shawn Jain, the clinics director of
communications, says the sta believed
a superhero theme would be a fun idea
since the walk is so close to Halloween.
However, the theme goes deeper than just
some silliness for walkers and runners.
We wanted to emphasize that everyone
has a role to play in the ght against HIV in
D.C., Jain says. Whether youre an advocate
or you are someone new to the ght or
just wanting to participate in the walk and
maybe fundraise a little bit or just tell your
friends the importance of getting tested.
Registration for the walk begins at
7 a.m. At 8:15 a.m. the 5K run begins
along with music, speakers and warm-up
exercises. The Walk to End HIV starts at
9:15 a.m. After the walk and run are over,
there will be a post-Walk celebration with
more music and recognition of the top
fundraising individuals and teams.
General walk registration is $25.
Student and senior walk registration is
$15. The general-timed run registration is
$35. If someone doesnt feel like coming
out the walk on the day of, they are
welcome to contribute to the sleep walker
registration for $40 and will receive a
Walk to End HIV T-shirt in the mail.
The Courage Award will be given to

two recipients. Clinic sta describes the


Courage Award as being given to a person
living with HIV or AIDS who has shown
remarkable courage and leadership in
the ght against the disease. This year
the recipients will be Danny Pintauro,
known for his role on Whos the Boss?
who recently came out as HIV positive,
and Dazon Dixon Diallo, an advocate in
helping ght against HIV/AIDS particularly
with women.
This year, Whitman-Walker Health is
expecting an estimated 5,000 people
to attend. Last year, the event drew in
4,844 people and on average 5,0007,000 people join the walk annually. Jain
says they expect numbers to remain
consistent to previous years.
In addition, Whitman-Walker Health
has announced its goal of raising
$850,000. The funding would benet
Whitman-Walker Health as well as other
community organizations committed to
ght HIV such as HIPS, the D.C. Center,
the Womens Collective, Elizabeth Glaser
Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Josephs
House, NOVASalud and more. Last year,
they were able to raise about $675,000.
Jain says that since a lot of the HIV
support these organizations give is free,
they especially need funding to keep
eorts going. These eorts include HIV
testing, distribution of condoms and lube
and other HIV-related trainings in the
community. Jain believes all these things
have led HIV case numbers to go down.
Weve seen tremendous progress
against HIV here in D.C., Jain says. If
were going to continue to make progress,
were going to need to continue to invest
in the things we know work.
Jain hopes that the Walk to End HIV can
once again contribute to the ght against
HIV as it has done it previous years.
Whether its education, whether its
testing, whether its making sure the
people who test positive are referred to
and stay in care. This fundraiser is going
directly into those services.

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YOUR LINK TO THE ARTS IN METRO D.C.

Cake O
Thru Nov 22. Signature Theatre.
703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org.

Oct 16 is Pride Night. Its the 48th Annual Millberry Cake O. The legendary
jackpot: one million dollars for the best homemade sugary delight. After a chilly
pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their
oven mitts and square o. Part of the Womens Voices Theater Festival.

The National Circus and Acrobats of the


Peoples Republic of China: Peking Dreams
Oct 16-17. GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.

Marvel at the unparalleled grace, agility, exibility, and athleticism displayed by


these highly trained artists in their various acts of juggling, contortion, and balance.

Haydn Creation
Oct 18. Cathedral Choral Society at
Washington National Cathedral.
202-537-2228. cathedralchoralsociety.org.

Told through the words of Genesis, Psalms, and Miltons Paradise Lost, this
dazzling story of the beginning of the world secured Haydns place as one of
the greatest composers of all time.

History of the Cocktail: Out of the Dark Ages: 1970s-1990s


Oct 17. National Archives.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.

From Disco to Grunge, cocktails seemed anachronistic or, worse, overly stylized
and supercial in their construction. Was this a dismal time for drinking or is
there some smidgeon of fun and creativity we might draw from this era? This
seminar will include a tasting of specialty cocktails.
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THEATRE
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Thru Oct 25. Antigone. Oct 22-25. Shear
Madness. Ongoing. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
David Sedaris. Oct 22. GW Lisner
Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
Girlstar. Thru Nov 15. Signature Theatre.
703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org.
Bad Dog. Thru Oct 25. Olney Theatre.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Nuevas Aventuras De Don Quijote.
Oct 19-31. GALA Hispanic Theatre.
202-234-7174. galatheatre.org.
Chimerica. Thru Oct 18. Animal. Thru
Oct 25. Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
Queens Girl in the World. Thru Oct 18.
Theater J. 202-518-9400. theaterj.org.
The Night Alive. Oct 21-Nov 13.
Round House Theatre. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
District Comedy. Oct 17. Indian
Inks The Elephant Wrestler.
Oct 18. BlackRock. 240-912-1058.
blackrockcenter.org.
Vincent. Thru Oct 18. Workhouse Arts
Center. 703-584-2900.
workhousearts.org.
Redder Blood by Helen Pafumi. Oct 19.
JCCNV. 703-323-0880. jccnv.org.
The Magic Tree. Thru Nov 13. The
Dealer of Ballynafeigh. Oct 17-Nov
14. Keegan Theatre. 202-265-3767.
keegantheatre.com.
The Guard. Thru Oct 18. An Evening
with Mark Russell. Oct 19. Fords
Theatre. 800-982-2787. fords.org.
Intimate Apparel. Thru Oct 17.
Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

DANCE
Velocity Dance Festival. Thru Oct 17.
WPA. Sidney Harman Hall. 202-785-9727.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
alight dance theater. Oct 17-Oct 18.
Dance Place. 202-269-1600.
danceplace.org.
Vertigo Dance Company.
Oct 22. BlackRock. 240-912-1058.
blackrockcenter.org.

MUSIC
John Kocur & Herb and Hanson.
Oct 21. Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Poulenc Trio. Oct 18. National Gallery of
Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Pigpen Theatre Co. Oct 16. Albert
Cummings. Oct 22. AMP. 301-581-5100.
ampbystrathmore.com.
Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin
Spectacular. Oct 16. GW Lisner
Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
Herbert Schuch, piano. Oct 17. WPA
at Kennedy Center. Edgar Meyer &
Christian McBride. Oct 22. WPA at Sixth

& I Historic Synagogue. 202-785-9727.


washingtonperformingarts.org.
Iva Bittov. Oct 22. Atlas. 202-399-7993.
atlasarts.org.
Jessies Girl. Oct 16. Mother Falcon
and Ben Sollee. Oct 17. The Fresh
Kids of Bel-Air. Oct 17. Dave Davies.
Oct 20. The Underachievers. Oct
22. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
thehowardtheatre.com.
The Maccabeats. Oct 18. JCCNV.
703-537-3000. jccnv.org.
Julie Fowlis. Oct 17. The Alden.
703-790-9223. mcleancenter.org.
Julian Lage Trio. Oct 16. Imani Winds.
Oct 22. Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Crystal Bowersox with Seth Glier. Oct
16. Old Dominion. Oct 22. Wolf Trap.
877-965-3872. wolftrap.org.
Wesley Hymn Project. Oct 18. Choral
Arts Society. Metropolitan Memorial
UMC. 202-244-3669. choralarts.org.
Coplands The Tender Land. Oct 17-Oct
25. In Series. GALA Hispanic Theatre.
202-204-7763. inseries.org.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Vermeers
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter. Thru
Dec 1. The Serial Impulse at Gemini
G.E.L. Thru Feb 7. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Archives. Spirited
Republic. 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. How the Civil
War Changed Washington. Thru Nov 15.
202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu.
National Geographic. Indiana Jones.
Thru Jan 3. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.
Sandy Spring Museum. Two for
One. Thru Oct 25. 301-774-0022.
sandyspringmuseum.org.

GALLERIES
Strathmore. Women Chefs: Artists in
the Kitchen. Thru Nov 8. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Art League Gallery. Sheila
Harrington. Thru Nov 1. 703-683-1780.
theartleague.org.
JCCNV. Blue Like Me. Oct 20-Dec 14.
703-323-0880. jccnv.org.
Gallery Neptune & Brown. Picasso to
Kentridge. Thru Oct 18. 202-986-1200.
neptuneneart.com.
Target Gallery. Angel Soldier Dance
Sublime. Thru Oct 18. 703-838-4565.
torpedofactory.org.
Zenith Gallery. A Dierent Approach.
Thru Oct 31. 202-783-2963.
zenithgallery.com.
WPA at Shinola. Martin Swift. Thru Jan 8.
202-470-0200. wpadc.org.
Robert Brown Gallery. Flattening
the Form. Thru Oct 17. 202-338-0353.
robertbrowngallery.com.

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Out actor TAB HUNTER in his hunky 50s heyday.

Cozy lm festival nestled


in Va. wine country
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
This years lineup at the Middleburg
Film Festival oers rst peeks at this years
Oscar contenders, along with fascinating
documentaries and a selection of foreign
language submissions to the Oscars. The
Festival also includes the chance to meet
Hollywood celebrities and enjoy ne food
and drink in Virginia wine country.
Its four days of fantastic lms in
a stunning setting, says Susan Koch,
executive director. And, we have some
really interesting guests coming.
It runs Oct. 22-25 in Middleburg, Va.,
an hour east of Washington. Details at
middleburglm.org.
This years festival will have a strong
focus on female directors, several of whom
will be in attendance to discuss their lms
with audience members. As Koch, also
a documentary lmmaker, says, I am
pleased that we have so many lms by
women directors at a time when gender
discrimination is such a huge issue. I think
thats an important dialogue to be having.
For example, director Catherine
Hardwicke (Twilight and Thirteen) will
be on hand to introduce D.C. audiences to
her new movie Miss You Already starring
Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore.
Meg Ryan will be in attendance for the
world premiere of her directorial debut
Ithaca. Shot in Virginia and based on
the classic novel The Human Comedy by
William Saroyan, the movie reunites Ryan
with Tom Hanks and stars her son Jack
Quaid (The Hunger Games).
Documentary producer and peace
activist Abigail Disney will discuss her
directorial debut The Armor of Light,
an acclaimed documentary about an
evangelical minister who becomes a guncontrol advocate.
LGBT cinephiles will be treated to
the regional premiere of Carol by gay
director Todd Haynes. Based on the
autobiographical novel The Price of Salt
by bisexual author Patricia Highsmith,
the movie chronicles the troubled aair
between a Manhattan socialite and a

department store clerk. The movie stars


Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and
features lesbian actress Sarah Paulson
(American Horror Story).
Tab Hunter, subject of the new
documentary Tab Hunter Condential, will
also be on hand to discuss his remarkable
Hollywood career. The former teen
heartthrob and recording star was the top
grossing star for Warner Brothers from 1955
through 1959. He later revived his career by
starring with Divine in Polyester (1981) and
Lust in the Dust (1985), as well as playing
the unusual high school biology teacher in
Grease 2. Hunter came out in his 2006
memoir, conrming long-standing rumors
about his homosexuality and his long-term
relationship with late actor Tony Perkins.
PFLAG promotes the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual,
Openly gay director Lee Daniels
and transgendered persons, their families and friends through:
(Empire), whose lm The Butler was a
highlight of the inaugural Middleburg Film
Support to cope with an adverse society.
Festival in 2013, will also be on hand to
Education to enlighten an ill-informed public.
meet with attendees on the nal morning
Advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.
of the Festival. The Festival also includes
Brooklyn, adapted from the novel by
Trained facilitators lead the Arlington Support Group and confidentiality is maintained. For
gay Irish writer Colm Tibin.
further information about the Arlington Support Group, contact us at arl.pflag@gmail.com.
The Festival opens with Spotlight, a
Our groups meet on the second Sunday of each month, from 3 4:30pm at the Unitarian
powerful lm about the team of investigative
Universalist Church in Arlington, at George Mason Drive & Route 50.
reporters at the Boston Globe who rst
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Steve Golin will be on hand to discuss the
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movie after the screening; he will also be the
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Our Washington DC Chapter of PFLAG may be reached at 202-638-3852.
series at the Boxwood Winery.
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com two weeks prior to your event. Space is limited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events
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TUESDAY, OCT. 20
The fourth annual Chefs for Equality
is at the Ritz-Carlton, West End (1150
22nd St., N.W.) tonight. The top chefs and
mixologists in the District will showcase
their skills for equality. Restaurants
participating include Cork, Bourbon
Steak, Vinoteca, Fainting Goat and many
more. There will also be an after party.
Tickets are $200. Tickets for the after
party are $50. For more information, visit
chefsforequality.org.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts rap
group, an LGBT youth support group,
today from 5-6:30 p.m. For details, visit
smyal.org.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party from
7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.

TODAY
Crystal Bowersox performs at the
Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Rd., Vienna,
Va.) tonight at 8 p.m. She will be joined
by singer-songwriter Seth Glier. Tickets
range from $26-28. For more details, visit
wolftrap.org.
Gay District meets at the D.C. Center
(2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 8:309:30 p.m. The facilitated group discussion
covers building understanding of gay
culture and personal identity and
awareness of community events for
LGBT men between the ages of 18 and
35 in the D.C. area. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or gaydistrict.org.
An 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.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21

SATURDAY, OCT. 17
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
(8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.)
presents the 40th anniversary screening
of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
tonight at 9 p.m. Drag performer Peaches
Christ will give a pre-show at 9 p.m. At
midnight, there will be a screening of The
Rocky Horror Picture Show with D.C. All
Star Shadowcast. General admission tickets
are $12. Senior, military and student tickets
are $10. Child tickets are $7. For more
information, visit silver.a.com.
The Imperial Court of Washington
D.C. hosts Investitures IV at Ziegfelds/
Secrets (1824 Half St., N.W.) tonight
from 6-9 p.m. Cover is $20 and includes
admission to the club after the event.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
imperialcourtdc.
Lure D.C. presents Bare, a lesbian dance
party, at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight
from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Rosie and DJ Keenan
Orr will spin. DystRucXion dancers will also
be performing. Cover is $7 before midnight
and $10 after. For more information, visit
facebook.com/lurewdc.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
hosts an American Sign Language class
for LGBT people today from 11 a.m.-1
p.m. Both hearing and deaf people are
welcome. There is a suggested donation
of $5 to pay for space and supplies. There
is room for 40 people and the class is rst
come, rst served. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org.
Basic Instinct presents its debut show
Icononasty, a variety burlesque show,
at Phase 1 (525 St., S.E.) tonight at 9 p.m.

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ANDERSON COOPER joins pal Andy Cohen in Washington this weekend for a show at the Warner
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The show showcases infamous sex icons


in history including Hollywood starlets,
historical queens and more. The show
is presented by James Fondle and Pussy
Noir. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Cover is
$10 at the door. For more information,
visit phase1dc.com.
A house tour and art show will be
held today in Bloomingdale from 1-5
p.m. (rain date is Sunday). The tour starts
at 1st and Rhode Island streets, N.W.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 today.
Admission to the art show and reception
alone is $15. Tickets are available at
Windows Market & Cafe or Big Bear Cafe
(both at 1st and Rhode Island). Details at
bloomingdalehousetour.com.
AC2: an Intimate Evening with
Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen, with
deep talk and shallow tales is tonight at
Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.). Both
are gay. Details at ticketmaster.com or
warnertheatredc.com.

SUNDAY, OCT. 18
The Academy of Washington hosts its
Debutante Ball and New Faces Show at La
Cabana Restaurante (3614 14th St., N.W.)
today at 3 p m.. They will be honoring
their Mister Debonair, Chip Jewel
Stephyns. Doors open at 2 p.m. Cover is

$10. For details, search the Academy of


Washington Inc. on Facebook.
Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly sunday drag brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with shows
at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more
information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

MONDAY, OCT. 19
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.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts Poker Face tonight at 8 p.m. Play
Texas Hold Em Poker for free. There
will be prizes. For more details, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.

Gertrude Stein Democratic Club


hosts its 39th annual Leadership Awards
at Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave.,
N.W.) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Early
Bird tickets are $60 and are available
until Oct. 20. General admission tickets
are $75 and may be purchased online
or at the door. For more details, visit
steindemocrats.org.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social
bridge. No partner needed. For more
information, call 301-345-1571.
Bookmen D.C. meets tonight to discuss
essays from Love, Christopher Street:
Reections of New York City edited by
Thomas Keith. The group meets at the
D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., suite
105) at 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Details at
bookmendc.blogspot.com.

THURSDAY, OCT. 22
David Sedaris will be at Lisner
Auditorium (730 21st St., N.W.) tonight
at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35-50. For
more details, visit lisner.gwu.edu.
Phase 1 and Ladies Rock This host an
open mic from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Singersongwriter Talya Tavor will perform.
All talents and skill levels are welcome.
This event is free. For more details, visit
facebook.com/ladiesrockthis.
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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Suzanne Farrell, Artistic Director


with the

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra


Scott Speck, conductor
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By KRISTEN HARTKE
For the rst 15 years or so of their
relationship, Jason Berry and Michael
Reginbogin shared their lives and home,
just as most couples do, moving from
Los Angeles to New York to Miami, with a
couple of stops along the way in Chicago
and Philadelphia.
Berrys senior management positions
with Rosa Mexicano, which eventually
led to his promotion to chief operating
ocer in 2011, and Reginbogins growing
career in designing and launching highly
acclaimed restaurant concepts such as
SUGARCANE and Tongue & Cheek in
Miami, kept them busy and on the move.
But, as has happened for many of us,
Madonna changed the course of their lives.
On a visit to D.C. in 2012 to see
a Madonna concert, a funny thing
happened, says Reginbogin: We fell
absolutely in love with this city. D.C.s mix
of traditional and modern architectural
styles and open green spaces appealed
immediately to Reginbogin, who grew up
in Germany and Switzerland, and Berry
was game to make the move to D.C. from
Miami, in search of a four-season climate
and closer proximity to New York.
The move less than two years ago was
only the tip of the iceberg. Once Berry
and Reginbogin got to the city, they
embarked on a full-scale renovation of
their 110-year-old home in the Spanish
Steps neighborhood of Dupont Circle and
decided to combine their professional
skills to form KNEAD Hospitality + Design,
which just launched its rst restaurant
concept in September at National Harbor:
Succotash (186 Waterfront St., National
Harbor, Md.; succotashrestaurant.com).
Were fairly risk-averse, Berry says.
The nice thing about our relationship
is that we know how to combine design
with aesthetic. Were pretty much aligned
on everything.
Once they decided that they wanted to
open a restaurant, Berry and Reginbogin
made a shortlist of the chefs they most
wanted to work with, leaning heavily
toward the idea of creating an upscale

Southern restaurant that would reect


what Berry calls the one true American
cuisine nice but not stuy.
Connecting with Chef Edward Lee, a
Top Chef alumnus with highly regarded
restaurants in Louisville, Ky., was a natural
progression, says Reginbogin.
Because Southern food can sometimes
be overly rustic, we wanted a chef with
edge and newness, and Edwards culinary
talent gives the menu that polish, he says.
The care that has gone both into the
physical design and menu of Succotash
is immediately evident: warm wood
tones, wrought iron accents and vintagestyle glassware recall the classic formal
restaurants often found in the deep South
tucked into Victorian mansions, while the
food is distinctly Southern with a twist.
The key is comfort, Berry says.
Everyone has a reference point when it
comes to Southern food, whether its fried
chicken, ribs or pulled pork. I love watching
the guests argue about the cornbread
its the passion that stirs the soul.
Indeed, cornbread was such a point of
contention that youll nd two versions
at Succotash Edward says no sugar
in cornbread, period, Berry says, but
Michael and I each grew up with the more
cake-y variety. So we have both. The
chefs savory version is served in a skillet
with a dollop of barely sweet sorghum
butter, while the corn muns lean more
toward a cupcake sans frosting.
Other oerings include a bright salad
of watermelon and fried peanuts with a
chionade of fresh mint that perfectly
exemplies classic Southern ingredients,
yet would be equally at home in an Asian
setting, the kind of dish that hints at
chef Lees collective life experience as a
Korean-American raised in Brooklyn who
has become a xture in modern American
Southern cuisine. The Dirty Chicken,
glazed with Gochuchang honey, Crispy
Catsh with a bright jalapeno-mint aioli,
and the lush Succotash Curry provide
other glimpses into a menu that manages
to be both clever and accessible.
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OConnell says gays among Inns best patrons


probably 50 seated guests. Here it usually
involves dinner and this one will as well.
Although this is not limited by gender.
Opposite-gender couples can bid on this
item as well. Were wide open.

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WASHINGTON BLADE: You became


ordained just to oer this wedding package?
PATRICK OCONNELL: I am not
ocially ordained at this time but my idea
was that we could create a singular oneof-a-kind opportunity and oer it for the
benet of HRC that would be very hard to
put a dollar value on. We thought it would
be kind of fun and novel at the same time.
We had begun to do some same-gender
weddings I always say same-gender
rather than same-s-e-x weddings because
I think for the public at large, thats a far
more appropriate term. I think if we had
used that language rather than using
s-e-x, we would have come along much
further, much faster.
BLADE: Why?
OCONNELL: Its a loaded word. Whats
the rst thing you think of when you think
of sex? The act, right? I think it was referred
to as such by our detractors knowing
that it would have charged, negative
signicance. But gender is gender. Its
uncharged. So I guess we had the rst
same-gender wedding in Rappahannock
County at the Inn and we managed to
discover that there was a judge who
was not only open to do it, but was also
a tribal member and it was delightful in
every way. That was about two years ago.
Then we had a few others. I realized
it was not a complex matter to be an
ociant I never intended to enter the
ministry, although I do a lot of ministering
just in my role as an employer. But in
general I shy away from labels because I
think they are limiting and work against
people and can be very damaging. They
always reduce an idea or a concept into
one word and thats kind of silly.
BLADE: But dont we need them on
some practical level?
OCONNELL: Well, no question. It
helps. But I think were all more than one
word and capable of being many things.
I rather like the term healer, which
encompasses nourishing and nurturing
people. Looking after their well being.
Ministering to them, et cetera.
BLADE: Did being out (OConnell
founded the Inn with his former partner
whom he eventually bought out) ever
hurt you?
OCONNELL: Oh, it almost had me
murdered on numerous occasions.
Yes, the hostility was venomous. There
was a small contingent of locals who
were feeling very much that something
extremely foreign was happening in their
midst when we started. They were unable
to understand what we were about and
then the fact that the business took o

PATRICK OCONNELL says slow growth over


many years helped the Inn cement its stellar
reputation.
PHOTO BY GORDON BEALL

immediately and became successful


started bringing in what were to them
outsiders. There are people who felt they
belonged here because they were born
here and then there are outsiders who
are an unproven entity. And of course you
have to think the worst because theyre
untested. When you have a track record,
when youve been some place for three
generations, then youre predictable.
BLADE: Isnt it funny, though, when one
of their own comes out?
OCONNELL: Isnt that the truth? Or
you see how they try to integrate it or
reconcile it. Or overlook it.
BLADE: How did the Chefs for Equality
package come about?
OCONNELL: Weve always tried to
be supportive (of HRC) and we wanted
people of all genders to know that it was
possible to have a marriage celebration
here and that it is possible to be married
here so we thought it would be wonderful
to create a fantasy wedding and take care
of all the details leaving the couple no
worries of a nancial sort or whether it
would come o. A lot of the stress of a
wedding is budget. How much up front?
How much will this or that cost? This
takes all that away so all you have to do is
come here and get married.
BLADE: How many gay weddings have
you had here?
OCONNELL: I think probably four or
ve. Some quite small. The biggest was

BLADE: Will you continue to ociate at


weddings here or is this a one-o?
OCONNELL: Initially the idea was that
I would make it available only once. We
have a minister on sta who has done
about 170 weddings here over 15 years.
He hasnt performed same-gender yet
but hes open to that. . Ive witnessed
many of his ceremonies and its always
charming when you have someone
whos rooted in the place where you are
married and is comfortable there, not
just somebody who walks in and has
never been here before. I think its a nice
touch to have the chef and owner of the
property oer to do this and it would be
a once-in-a-lifetime kind of situation. So
therefore it certainly potentially adds
value to the auction item.
BLADE: Has the Inn always had an
LGBT clientele?
OCONNELL: Always, yes yes yes. And
probably more and more each year.
BLADE: Are gays harder to please?
OCONNELL: Certainly not with
weddings. Overall I think theyre among
our most appreciative audience because
theyre knowledgeable and focused
on details and very responsive to the
ambience. Whats a little strange for
them sometimes is to be outside an
urban environment altogether and so
we take care to be sure that theyre
completely comfortable here. Were part
of a European-based association called
Relais & Chateauxand we have member
properties in 52 nations so through that
we see a lot of European guests. Its a very
nice thing to hear dierent languages
being spoken in the dining room on a
given night and to have this sense that
youve escaped Washington (D.C.) in a
way. We like to think of ourselves as a
little foreign embassy out here. Its out
in nowhere land and sometimes you can
lose a little of your baggage out here.
You feel much further from Washington
than you actually are. It has a good
healing energy and I think people feel
restored when they come here.
BLADE: Nobody can go 100 miles per
hour all the time. How do you maintain
such a high level over many years and not
get burned out?
OCONNELL: Its complicated but also
in a way very simple. Each day you have
to nd something that you can do better
than you did the day before so you have
some tangible sense of improvement

and evolution and it becomes ingrained


in your culture. The Inn has never
stopped. It has continued to evolve since
it was a garage. Almost every day weve
succeeded in making some improvement.
If we were to look back at a lm of what
we were like 10, 15, 20,25, 30 years ago,
it would laughable for most people
compared to where we are today Its
performance art and you have to netune it all the time and you have to be
incredibly self critical. Thats whats hard
for people. No one likes to be brutally
self critical, so we joke about it. We say
things like, We look like we almost know
what were doing. One day well have this
down. Basically were just real people
but ordinary people trying collectively to
do something extraordinary. As long as
everyone subscribes to that theory, then
thats whats called for and the only thing
thats going to work.
BLADE: How do you convey your vision
to the sta?
OCONNELL: You have to nd ways
to continue to energize your team, to
continue to challenge them and give
them something to dream about so
youre inspiring them all the time to not
only do their best but, like a trainer might
in a gym, if he can succeed in getting his
client more than they can do on their own,
then hes providing value. Its just like with
any sport swimming for instance, you
want to shorten your time on a sprint
or something like that. I love hearing
them when they come back and theyve
had these breakthroughs. Some of them
are quite young but they realize that the
progress theyre making here translates
into anything else they do in life. I love it
when a former sta person will come back
and maybe theyre a successful lawyer in
Washington or New York and they come
back and say the reason my career took
o the way it did its what I learned here,
how I learned to read people, to intuit
people, to think on my feet and be able
to do ve things at one time. My feeling
is there should be a point in every young
persons life when they benet from
working in a restaurant. Not only do you
get an appreciation for how hard it is
it is not easy work, its extremely taxing
mentally and physically but to be
able to subtly control an audience while
creating the illusion that the audience is
controlling you, is fascinating.
BLADE: How many are on sta?
OCONNELL: 140
BLADE: How much of the cooking do
you actually do?
OCONNELL: Im in the kitchen every
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night and generally Im in a position


where I can watch from one vantage
point what everyone is doing, like an
orchestra conductor. Theyre facing me
and Im facing them and there are no
hiding places. You develop a sixth sense
and you can feel when everything is on
and when its going to be a good night.
BLADE: And when things go wrong?
OCONNELL: With 140 people, theres
some sort of a personal crisis every day
so you have to be sure theyre OK and
see how its aecting the entire team.
You have to get all that out of the way
or its going to have a negative impact.
Humor is my greatest tool and weapon.
In the kitchen we can be as naughty and
outrageous as we want to be. Its about
not taking ourselves overly seriously. We
can have a little fun but not lose focus.
BLADE: If youre Robert De Niro, you
can go back and watch Raging Bull if
you want, or whatever. Food, though, is
ephemeral. What kind of legacy can you
build in an ephemeral medium?
OCONNELL: I think sometimes the
most beautiful things are the ephemeral
ones. Those that cant really be put into
words or saved with a snapshot. I stopped
taking pictures ages ago simply because
they were never as good as reality. And
there was never time to look at them.
Rarely did I nd one that did justice to the
moment. Very often youll be reminded of
an important occasion. Youll hear that an
experience was very important to a guest
and maybe theyll be on their deathbed
reminiscing and theyll have had an
occasion here that was unforgettable.
Thats very sweet, really, really nice. What
more do you need? Its why live theater
has greater value than lm. You can
watch a concert on television but why is
it that people when they sit there in an
auditorium and listen to an entertainer
sing, they feel ripped o when theyre
lip syncing? Because its just not the
same, its not in the moment. Thats
what we oer and I really do believe that
you reach people either consciously or
unconsciously. Even if they dont get all
the details, they can feel them.
BLADE: Do the accolades bring with
them a burden as well? The public comes
with much higher expectations when they
hear of all the accolades and ratings.
OCONNELL: The sta always joked
that I made the lies true. Early on I got a
call from Craig Claiborne, he was the New
York Times food writer, and he said, Did
you hear the news, the Zagat survey came
out and youre number one in America.
I said, Yeah. He said, the number

one resort. This was shortly after we


converted the garage. We never thought
of ourselves as a resort. We had no
amenities whatsoever. My rst thought
was that it must have been an error. Then
I thought, God, what am I gonna do? So
the next day I went out and bought two
bicycles and thats where that little slogan
came from. You make the lies true. The
next year they changed the category for
inns and we were number one for inns so
it was a little more appropriate. But yes,
each of them heightens expectations and
its hard to get that across to the sta.
One food writer once said she would hate
it if she were running a place and it was
called the best in the world because then
the simplest aw that would not even be
noticed or observed in a lesser restaurant
would stand out in neon and thats all
anybody would remember. So in that
regard, the clientele is less forgiving than
they would be almost anywhere else and
the expectations are greater, but in the
end its always about how we make them
feel. If we focus on that, on knowing each
person is dierent and has to be reached,
then its not overwhelming.
BLADE: Has it benetted you in the
long run being rather isolated out here?
OCONNELL: I think you see from
studying other restaurants you do see
chefs and proprietors buckle under
the pressure of being held up on this
incredible pedestal. Because of course
the media typically plays the game of
putting them up there and then shooting
them o. So weve been fortunate in
that were like an old tree that grew year
by year by year. We didnt just open
the doors and skyrocket because what
happens very often in those situations is
they get locked in and theyre so busy that
all they can do is maintain. Being here
in the country, we usually have a quiet
few weeks in the winter, weekends are
the same, but we have some very quiet
weeknights that can be these wonderful
opportunities to regroup and plan and
strategize and reinvent ourselves. Also
living out here has created a balance.
We dont go discoing after work like we
might if we were in the city. You take a
walk, you walk the dog if you have one,
you look at the moon. You take a few
deep breaths. You might read a little.
You learn to hate television. Then you
have a pretty good nights sleep listening
to the crickets. I think it helps create
longevity and its a fabulous antidote to
the incredible intensity that goes on here.
On a Saturday night when you might
have two critics and a head of state and
the pressure is just sort of throbbing, you
can step out and it feels like it was just
an illusion. I used to step out sometimes,
my head would be spinning, and Id look

across at the neighbors and theyre porch


sitting and you think, Who has the better
life? But then you remind yourself not to
get unbalanced by the intensity. It comes
in a wave, then it dissipates.
BLADE: Do you get millennials out here?
OCONNELL: Yes. They come in the
kitchen and say hi. And I say, First
time? They say, Yes, howd you know?
Because youre so young! They say their
parents have been coming for a long time
and thats very sweet to hear. Not long
ago a man came to propose and said hed
been coming here since he was 5. That
was really sweet.
BLADE: Society overall has gotten so
informal. People go everywhere looking
like slobs. Do you see it here?
OCONNELL: It is changing very
perceptively. We used to have a sort of
image of our client in our minds because
that was the majority. A very wellcoied woman in a Chanel suit who was
extremely well traveled and mentored
and schooled in social etiquette by
somebody and its very dierent now.
Then we had the computer generation
and we had people showing up wearing
tennis shoes without laces and you
thought, Well maybe theyve had a foot
operation, but no. It was the idea of, Im
a success in the computer world, in the IT
world, why would I make any eort. So
that was all ne. Weve always joked when
asked if we had a dress code, we say, Yes
no wet bikinis. Sometimes you see
Armani out in the nest restaurants in
Europe and he wears just a black T-shirt.
And hes probably the richest man ever to
walk in the place. The Italian and French
idea is that you shouldnt have anything
imposed on you. Its your personality
and who you are and thats acceptable.
If youre here, then youre supposed
to be here. You might be eccentric, you
might be odd as hell, you might look
like a banshee, but if youre here then
youre somebody. But it is a shame
that so much of the culture is being lost
as its being relaxed and supplanted by
something else.
BLADE: Whats the last great meal you
had in D.C.?
OCONNELL: It isnt quite that simple. Its
about what t my mood perfectly at that
moment and who I might have been with.
Its hard when youre in the biz to turn o
your critical faculty. Its nice to take a poor
friend or a 9-year-old child or someone
for whom anything is going to be, Wow,
this is really fun, because then you see it
through their eyes. I dine out alone a lot
and am quite comfortable doing that.
BLADE: Are you often recognized?

OCONNELL: Often and that can be


delightful except that you often end
up eating more than you wanted to eat
because youre sent a little taste of this
and that as a courtesy so it becomes a
diplomatic occasion and something that
has another element to it. Its ne if youre
in the mood for it like if its your birthday or
something its OK, but if you just stopped
in because you had low blood sugar and
you couldnt make it any further, then you
have to be on and its your night o, so
it can be tricky. But Im very appreciative
of the eort anyone makes whos in this
business because I know how hard it is.
BLADE: Theres a lot of back and forth
about following ones passions versus
pursuing more practical career paths. As
someone whos done the former, what
are your thoughts?
OCONNELL: Culturally we have a very
simple problem. America has led the
way in attempting to convince people
that there is only one goal and only one
game and that is money. The minute you
can free yourself of that and realize that
that can greatly limit you and that there
are many other sources of measuring
achievement and success, then youre
open to pursue more of something from
within and a direction thats more true
to yourself. My feeling has always been
if you do what you love and nd out
what you love and work toward mastery,
everything else will fall into place. Youre
not going to have to worry about money,
but mastery is something that requires a
great deal of sacrice and commitment
and most people simply arent willing
to make the sacrice and the degree of
commitment required. There are ways
to turn your liabilities into assets.
BLADE: Such as?
OCONNELL: You look at a gay person
who grows up and the rst thing they
have to do in my generation is disguise so
they dont get beaten or killed. Or at least
hated and scorned and whatever. It was
automatic. So that terrible adaptation is
also a tremendous strength. You want
me to play this? OK, I can play this. You
master acting right o the bat. You had
lemons and you made lemonade and you
did what you could but you ultimately
benetted from it.
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We all love Washington. Our worldclass city provides an increasingly eclectic
restaurant scene, theater, live music and
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will opt to take a plane to South Florida
or out to their ski retreat in Colorado.
The Jersey Shore and the Hamptons are
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drives from D.C.
Despite my love aair with carbohydrates, Im denitely a beach person. After
suering through the polar vortex with everyone else these last two winters, I started
my search in Miami Beach and ultimately
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about being a real estate agent is that you
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wherever you go. When on vacation, most
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other rms storefront windows. After I had


furniture, I quickly abandoned my promise
to myself to just relax and started handling
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ight and Uber in both places, its not that
much harder than getting to Rehoboth, as
long as you book it in advance. Plus, the
beach is appealing for most of the year,
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What youll pay for a vacation home varies tremendously. Town names and zip
codes in vacation destinations can span a
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Because buyers are more likely to default on second homes than their primary
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proposition than youre anticipating.
The most important question to ask
yourself is how much time you will really
have to go to it. Theres no point to having
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