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4 years after his death, a Kameny memorial at last


Veterans Aairs
approves headstone
for gay rights pioneer
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
The U.S. Department of Veterans
Aairs this week approved a memorial
headstone for the late gay rights pioneer
Frank Kameny, clearing the way for the
installation of the headstone at D.C.s
Congressional Cemetery in time for a
possible Veterans Day tribute to Kameny.
The approval of the headstone, which
will recognize Kamenys status as a World
War II combat veteran, comes just over four
years after the nationally recognized LGBT
rights advocate died of natural causes at
his Washington home on Oct. 11, 2011.
It also follows a sometimes acrimonious
dispute between the person Kameny
named as heir to his estate, Timothy Clark,
and several of Kamenys longtime friends
and gay rights colleagues over plans for
a Kameny memorial site and ownership
rights to the plot at Congressional
Cemetery where Kamenys ashes were
initially planned to be interred.

FRANK KAMENY died in 2011; his


ashes were scattered at an undisclosed
location, according to a Veterans Aairs
spokesperson.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

VA ocials gave nal clearance for what


they call a memorial marker headstone after
Clark provided them with a letter disclosing
the disposition of Kamenys ashes.
According to a VA spokesperson,
regulations based on federal law require
that the disposition of the remains or
ashes of a veteran be known by the
Veterans Aairs Departments National
Cemetery Administration before a

decision can be made on whether to issue


a memorial stone like the one approved
for Kamenys memorial site.
Glen Ackerman, managing partner of
the D.C. law rm Ackerman Brown, which
represents the Kameny estate on Clarks
behalf, said in a press release that the rm
was happy to work with Congressional
Cemetery President Paul Williams; the
local LGBT charitable group Helping
Our Brothers and Sisters (HOBS), which
purchased the cemetery plot where the
Kameny headstone will be installed; and
Kamenys sister, Edna Kameny Lavaie, in
facilitating the approval of the headstone.
All Ms. Kameny had to do was tell me
what she needed, Ackerman said in an
email to the Blade. Communication is key!
He was referring to concerns raised
by Kamenys sister as well as Williams
and HOBS President Marvin Carter
about a statement released by Ackerman
Brown in February 2014 that Clark had
scrapped plans for interring half of the
ashes at Congressional Cemetery and
instead had interred Kamenys ashes
in an undisclosed location. The three
expressed concern that Clarks decision
not to reveal any additional information
about the disposition of the ashes would
result in the VA turning down their

application for the headstone.


Mr. Clark has decided to inter the
ashes at an undisclosed location, the
2014 statement by Ackerman Brown said.
Mr. Clark asks the community to respect
his wishes and his privacy.
But Ackerman also said at that time
that Clark and the Kameny estate would
be open to plans by the LGBT community
for a Kameny memorial. He told the Blade
in an email last week he was disappointed
that Congressional Cemetery, HOBS
and Edna Kameny Lavaie didnt initially
consult with the estate before ling their
joint application for the headstone.
Following news that the Kameny
headstone had been approved, the
parties on both sides of the dispute said
they were hopeful that all impediments
to a Kameny memorial were behind them
and the community would soon have a
place to pay tribute to Kameny and the
more than 50 years he dedicated to LGBT
equality and civil rights.
Jessica Schiefer, an ocial with the VAs
National Cemetery Administration, told
the Blade on Tuesday that her oce was
expediting the process of issuing the
memorial marker headstone for Kameny.
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Slain trans woman, suspect were romantic: prosecutor


Was killing hate crime
or domestic violence?
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Montgomery
County
States
Attorney John McCarthy said detectives
investigating the Oct. 15 shooting death
of 21-year-old transgender woman Zella
Ziona in an alley behind a Gaithersburg
area shopping center believe she may
have been in a romantic relationship with
the man charged with killing her.
Rico Hector LeBlond, 20, is charged
with rst-degree murder in connection
with Zionas slaying. Through his attorney
he waived his right to a bond hearing
in Montgomery County District Court in
Rockville on Monday, ensuring that he will
remain in jail at least until he returns to
court on Nov. 16 for a preliminary hearing.
The victim and defendant have
known each other since middle school,
McCarthy told the Washington Blade in a
telephone interview on Monday.
They have been friends for a long
time, he said. They kind of grew up
together. They also had some type
of relationship that we believe was a

RICO HECTOR LEBLOND, 20, is charged with


rst-degree murder in connection with Zella
Zionas slaying.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE DEPT.

romantic relationship.
Asked whether that relationship began
before or after Ziona began her transition
sometime earlier this year from male
to female, McCarthy said, It was my
understanding that it was after the transition.
Added McCarthy, the countys chief
prosecutor, Look, they have always
known each other like since they were 12
or 13 years oldTheir families know each
other. Everybody knows everybody here.

These are people that knew each other


and apparently they had a relationship
with one another.
According to McCarthy, the nature
of the relationship between Ziona and
LeBlond makes it dicult to immediately
determine whether the murder should be
classied as a hate crime.
The question is what was the motivating
factor behind the murder, he said. Thats
what the police are trying to determine.
Thats what were trying to determine.
And once the evidence once the facts
are determined then we can make a
judgment as to whether or not it ts within
the [hate crimes] law or not, he said.
For a hate crime we have to nd out why
you did it. We have to prove why you did
it, McCarthy added. The detectives are
continuing to work. Theyre looking at phone
records. Theyre looking at everything they
can to try to make a determination of why
this happened, he said.
And in order to satisfy the law were
going to have to satisfy a jury beyond a
reasonable doubt that it happened for a
particular reason, McCarthy said.
A police charging document led in
court on Oct. 17 following LeBlonds
arrest says witnesses told detectives that
LeBlond became very upset sometime

prior to the murder when Ziona


approached LeBlond at a shopping mall
in a amboyant way in the presence of
LeBlonds crew.
Zionas action greatly embarrassed
LeBlond in front of his peers, the
charging document says.
The charging document says on the
day of the murder LeBlond and other
young men with him approached Ziona in
an alley behind the Montgomery Village
Crossing shopping center and shot her
with a handgun.
It says that witnesses reported that
after initially shooting Ziona, the suspect
walked over to her, stood over her, and
red more rounds into her body.
A police statement says Ziona suered
gunshot wounds to the head and groin
area. She was taken to Suburban Hospital,
where she was pronounced dead a short
time later.
This is an execution, a premeditated
execution, McCarthy told the Blade on
Monday.
He said that regardless of whether
a hate crime charge is brought against
LeBlond, the 20-year-old faces a possible
sentence of life in prison without the
possibility of parole upon conviction on
the rst-degree murder charge.

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seat from Alexandria.


Palchik said she would have voted for the transgender non-discrimination measure
and the LGBT-inclusive Family Life Education curriculum, saying the two measures were
needed to protect the rights of students vulnerable to discrimination and bullying.
Reed has said she did not vote for the trans non-discrimination policy because
she believes the board needed more information through a cost-benet analysis
before voting on the measure. She has said she voted for an earlier measure banning
discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The election is scheduled to take place Nov. 3.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The Walk to End HIV is slated for this weekend.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Walk to End HIV set for


Saturday at Freedom Plaza

More than 5,000 D.C.-area residents were expected to participate in WhitmanWalker Healths annual Walk to End HIV, which was scheduled to kick o Saturday
morning, Oct. 24, at Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C.
Former child star Danny Pintauro, best known for his eight-year role as the
beloved Jonathan Bower in the 1980s ABC hit sitcom, Whos The Boss? was
scheduled to greet participants of the walk along with womens human rights
and reproductive justice advocate Dazon Dixon Diallo.
Both are to receive Whitman-Walkers Courage Award, the organizations most
prominent annual award, at a ceremony at Freedom Plaza prior to the kick-o of
the walk and a 5K Run to End HIV.
Pintauro attracted national media attention in September when he disclosed
in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he was diagnosed as HIV positive 12
years ago and that he believes he became infected through oral sex at a time
when he was addicted to crystal meth.
Dazon and Danny have been superheroes in the ght against HIV in very
distinct ways, and we are proud to present them with the Courage Award at the
Walk this year, said Whitman-Walker executive director Don Blanchon.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Group attacks pro-LGBT candidates in Fairfax


The anti-LGBT Traditional Values Coalition launched an email campaign earlier this month
attacking all but two members of the Fairfax County School Board for working against
students and parents by adopting what it says is a pro-gay and pro-transgender agenda.
The California-based group was referring to the boards approval this year of a policy
banning discrimination against transgender students and employees in the Fairfax
public school system and a Family Life Education curriculum that calls for teaching
about sexual orientation and gender identity in sex education classes in grades 7-10.
The current school boards recent actions demonstrate a deeply troubling pattern
of a (1) lack of transparency, at times to the point of deceit and a (2) total lack of
responsiveness to the point of hostility to the community of those sharing concerns
about family values and respect of faith issues, one of the groups emails to voters says.
The board voted 10 to 2 in support of the two LGBT supportive measures during
meetings where a majority of large audiences opposed the measures and booed and
jeered while school board members spoke in support of the proposals.
Phil Hicks, an ocial with the Metro D.C. chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends
of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), has testied before the school board at various public
hearings that he believes a majority of parents support the LGBT-supportive policies.
The Traditional Values Coalition has endorsed candidates challenging most of the
incumbents. In an action expected by LGBT activists, the group has endorsed the two school
board members who either abstained or voted against the two LGBT-supportive measures.
LGBT advocates and their allies have focused on one race in the Providence District
in which incumbent Patty Reed, who opposed the LGBT-supportive measures, is being
challenged by Dalia Palchik, a teacher who has expressed strong support for LGBT
rights. The district includes the western section of Falls Church.
Palchik has been endorsed by LGBT Democrats of Virginia and the states two openly
gay state legislators State Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria and State Del. Mark Sickles
of Fairfax. Also endorsing Palchik is Mark Levine, an openly gay candidate for a delegate

Bowser names new members


of LGBTQAdvisory Committee
In keeping with her policy of appointing new faces to the numerous city boards,
commissions and advisory committees, Mayor Muriel Bowser since taking oce in
January has replaced nearly all members of the Mayors LGBTQ Advisory Committee,
according to sources familiar with the committee.
Among the mayors changes was the replacement of gay Democratic activists Earl
Fowlkes and Barbara Helmick, who were appointed to the panel by Mayor Vincent Gray
and served as chair and vice chair. Bowser named David Perez, president of D.C.s GLBT
Latino History Project, as the new chair and National LGBTQ Task Force ocial Victoria
Kirby York as vice chair.
Others named by Bowser include D.C. attorneys Glen Ackerman and Ruth Eisenberg,
transgender activist Julius Agers, lesbian activist Letitia Gomez, LGBT seniors advocate
Imani Woody and mayoral staer and Brother Help Thyself President Jim Slattery.
Helmick said she and Fowlkes understand that the new mayor has the authority to
appoint her own people to committees and other government bodies that were created
to advise a sitting mayor.
Earl and I were invited to step down and we did, she said, noting that that message
was delivered to them by Sheila Alexander-Reid, director of the Mayors Oce of LGBTQ
Aairs who oversees the advisory committee.
Shortly after replacing Fowlkes on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee, Bowser appointed
him to the D.C. Commission on Human Rights, which required conrmation from the
City Council. The Council quickly approved his nomination in July at which time he was
sworn in as the Commissions third openly LGBT member.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Local transgender activist arrested on murder charge

LGBT activists were startled to learn earlier this week that Prince Georges County
police on Oct. 16 charged veteran transgender activist Gigi Thomas with rst-degree
murder for allegedly stabbing to death a 47-year-old man inside her residence in
Temple Hills, Md.
A police statement of probable cause led in court says police were called to the address
of 5712 Linda Lane in Temple Hills, where Thomas lived, about 7:50 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct. 16. Upon arrival they found Devale Lamont Avery of Fort Washington suering from
multiple stab wounds to the upper body, the statement says. It says Avery was pronounced
dead at the scene by emergency reghters who also responded to the scene.
Primarily, it appears an argument between the suspect and victim escalated into the
fatal stabbing, a separate police statement says. Thomas is facing a charge of rstdegree murder and is being held on a no bond status at the Department of Corrections,
the statement says.
The statement of probable cause says that after being transported to a police facility
for questioning Thomas waived her Miranda rights and admitted involvement in the
murder of Devale Lamont Avery.
A posting on the social media website ZoomInfo.com in 2008 says Thomas was
pursuing a masters degree in social work at the University of the District of Columbia
while working as a client advocate for the D.C. group Helping Individual Prostitutes
Survive (HIPS). The posting says Thomas had served in that capacity at HIPS for the
previous six years and was considered an expert on the subject of sex work and violence.
It says she also served on the board of directors for the D.C.-based group Transgender
Health Empowerment (THE).
In 2007 Thomas was among the honorees receiving the Capital Trans Pride
committees Engendered Spirit Award for her contributions to the trans community.
Budd told the Blade she was shocked to learn that Thomas had been arrested on a
murder charge, saying Thomas worked most recently as a mental health case manager
at a psychiatric facility on Bladensburg Road, N.E.
She is one of the highly recognized transgender women of D.C, Budd said.
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Anti-trans forces on attack in Houston


LGBT ordinance faces
Nov. 3 vote amid
oensive ad campaign
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
AsHouston residents prepare to vote on an
LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance,
anti-LGBT forces are taking the oensive with
fear-mongering advertisements aimed at
defeating the measure.
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance,
or HERO, will be presented to voters
on Nov. 3 as Proposition 1 a ballot
initiative seen as a crucial ght in the
battle to win LGBT non-discrimination
protections across the country.
The
measure
would
prohibit
discrimination in the nations fourth largest
city on the basis of several categories,
including sexual orientation and gender
identity, in the areas of employment,
services, contracting practices, housing
and public accommodations.
A slew of ads from the anti-LGBT
Campaign for Houston went online late
last week targeting the potential use
of bathrooms by transgender people
consistent with their gender identity as a
reason to defeat the measure.
In one 40-second advertisement, a
female voice says even transgender sex
oenders would be allowed to use a
bathroom, suggesting all trans people
would use this right for devious purposes.
Any man at any time could enter a
womens bathroom simply by claiming to
be a woman that day, says the voice.
The ending of the advertisement shows
a young girl entering a bathroom stall. A
male hiding in a neighboring stall follows
the girl in and slams the door behind him.
In another adthat went online Monday,
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick comes out
against the ordinance and erroneously
says the ordinance isnt about equal
rights, but allowing men to use the
womens restroom. Texas is among the
33 states without explicit statewide LGBT
non-discrimination protections in all
areas of the law.
The City of Houston Prop 1 is not
about equality, Patrick says. Thats
already the law. Its about allowing men
in womens locker rooms and bathrooms.
Whether youre a grandmother, mother,
daughter, granddaughter, sister or have
one, no one should have to share a public
restroom or locker room with a man.
Another 90-second ad that went public
last week builds o the rst ad, telling the
story ofa transgender sex oender in Dallas
who was charged with disorderly conduct for
inappropriate behavior with underage girls
in a womens locker room. The adrepeats a

Anti-trans TV ads depicting a young girl being


accosted by a man in a restroom are airing
in Houston.
IMAGE COURTESY OF YOUTUBE

clip of lesbian Mayor Annise Parker saying,


This just doesnt happen.
Yet another adis a cartoon stoking fears
about transgender women using public
restrooms. The TV spot, which features
a gym owner jailed for refusing access to
a female locker room for a transgender
person, is almost identical to an ad that
ran in Anchorage, Alaska, prior to a vote
in September in favor of a pro-LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in that city.
Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for
the pro-LGBT Houston Unites, said the new
adsarent a new oensive from the other
side, but a continuation of earlier eorts.
Lets be clear: Theyve been on the
oensive for 18 months talking about this
issue, Carlbom said, saying supporters
of the ordinance are in fact ahead in the
polls and spending.
According to a SurveyUSA poll
commissioned by local news aliate KPRC
2 News, 45 percent of Houston voters
say they intend to vote in favor of HERO,
followed by 36 percent who plan to vote
no and 20 percent who are undecided.
We certainly feel like its going to be
a dogght down to the end, so dont
get me wrong, Carlbom added. I think
absolutely were not taking anything for
granted.
Carlbom also pushed back on
assertions made in the anti-LGBT
ads about the ordinance enabling
inappropriate behavior in the bathrooms,
saying the arguments are absolutely
unfounded and just baseless.
Its illegal to harm and harass
somebody in a restroom and anyone who
does so will be arrested and prosecuted,
Carlbom said.
Opponents of the ordinance, Carlbom
said, are struggling to get their ads up
on the air and as a result of missing a
deadline, had time this week in which

their ads didnt appearon TV.


The ads went up online following an
announcement of a high-prole $10,000
donation to the anti-LGBT campaign by
billionaire and Houston Texans football
team owner Robert McNair.
Je Raines, media associate for ReThink
Media, said the donation demonstrates
big donors in political campaigns wield
inuence that aects peoples daily lives.
If the pro-discrimination group succeeds,
McNairs contribution will get credit for
legalized discrimination in Houston, Raines
said. LGBTQ workers shouldnt have to
worry about their boss ring them for their
sexual orientation let alone a single
billionaire who is completely unaliated
with their place of employment.
On Tuesday, the Faith Family Freedom
Fund, which seeksto defeat the Houston
ordinance and was established by the antiLGBT Family Research Council, sent an
email seeking more donations. The subject
line reads, Help the Houston Five Defeat
Mayor Parkers Ordinance, and reminds
potential supporters of an order seeking
to subpoena sermons from Houston
pastors before it was later rescinded.
We are producing a TV ad through our
Faith Family Freedom Fund and doing
alerts to the citys voters that will make
sure theyre informed about the truth
of this ordinance, the email says. It is
imperative that they hear from our side
not just what City Hall is telling them.
According to the Houston Chronicle,
supporters of the equal rights ordinance
raised more than $1.26 million for
the campaign as of early this month,
more than double the funds raised by
opponents. Both sides reportedly spent
more than $555,000, but the $521,000
the supporters of the measure have in
cash-on-hand exceeds the $58,000 in
coers of opponents.

Houston United has already been


airing TV adsin support of the ordinance.
One ad depicts Steven, a carpenter,
who has come to terms with Dylan, a
transgender colleague and contractor.
When I learned Dylan was transgender
and had transitioned from female to male,
I was uncomfortable at rst, Steven says.
But over time, we all got past it. Dylan is
a great plumber still works just as hard
as the rest of us.
Carlbom made his own pitch for
fundraising, saying the vote on the
Houston ordinance will be really close
and his campaign needs help to get out
the counter message.
I believe we can win, Carlbom said.
We have a lot more money to raise
in order to fully fund this campaign. If
we dont raise that money, Ill be very
concerned about the outcome.
Early voting began on Monday and
will continue until Oct. 30, so voters in
Houston are already able to cast their
votes on the ordinance.
The campaign seeking to defeat
the ordinance didnt respond to the
Washington Blades request to contribute
to this article.
Dan Quinn, spokesperson for the
pro-LGBT Texas Freedom Network, said
anti-LGBT forces have run a deeply
deceitful campaign, but was optimistic
the ordinance would nonetheless
succeed provided turnout is strong
on Election Day.
My feeling has been that most
Houstonians think its wrong to
discriminate against anyone because of
who they are or whom they love, and so
far the polling on HERO shows thats the
case, Quinn said. But city elections are
typically low-turnout aairs, especially in
Texas. So who actually goes to the polls is
the critical factor now.

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State Deptartment to phase out DP benets


Activists criticize move,
which takes eect in 2018
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
The State Department has announced
that itwillno longer oer domestic partner
benets to unmarried gay couples.
Diplomatic and consular posts on Oct.
14 notied Foreign Service personnel
that the State Department will begin
to phase out the Same-Sex Domestic
Partner program on Dec. 14. The SSDP
will ocially end on Sept. 30, 2018.
Foreign Service personnel who are
posted in a country in which same-sex
couples do not have marriage rights may
request up to 10 days of administrative
leave in order to travel to the U.S. or another
jurisdiction in which they can legally tie the
knot. Unmarried heterosexual partners
can also take advantage of this policy.
Under
Secretary
of
State
for
Management Patrick Kennedy told the
Washington Blade on Monday that ending
domestic partner benets for Foreign
Service personnel is a direct result of the
U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that
extended marriage rights to same-sex
couples throughout the country.
When Obergefell v. Hodges legalized
same-sex marriage throughout the
United States, federal spousal benets

Under Secretary of State for Management


PATRICK KENNEDY said ending DP benets
for Foreign Service personnel is a direct result
of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT

administrated by the department became


available equally to married oppositeand same-sex couples, he said.
Kennedy further noted the State
Department worked with the Justice
Department and others to align our
policy with the law as it stands following
the Obergefell ruling and the 2013 U.S.
Supreme Court ruling that struck down
a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Because married same-sex couples
are now able to receive a wide array of
benets available to any married couple
in the federal government, the original
justication for the SSDP program no
longer exists, Kennedy told the Blade.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


in 2009 announced same-sex partners of
Foreign Service personnel were eligible
to receive diplomatic passports, access
to medical facilities at overseas posts,
coverage of emergency travel to visit
ill or injured relatives or employees and
other benets.
Kennedy
last
December
told
representatives
of
GLIFAA,
which
represents LGBT Foreign Service members,
the State Department had planned
to move forward with the proposed
elimination of the SSDP program. This
announcement came in response to a
heterosexual couple who led a complaint
with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission that asked the agency to
recognize them as domestic partners.
Then-GLIFAA President Selim Ariturk
told the Blade in January that many of his
organizations members are from states
that had yet to extend marriage rights
to same-sex couples. He said legally
married foreign-born partners of GLIFAA
members could face additional threats in
their respective homelands.
Ariturk spoke with the Blade more than
ve months before the U.S. Supreme Court
issued its ruling in the Obergefell case.
The department has employees
assigned in over 150 countries worldwide,
and we understand that there might be
very challenging circumstances for samesex couples in some countries, Kennedy

told the Blade. The departments career


development ocers work with all our
employees to accommodate specic
concerns to the extent we are able.
GLIFAA in a statement it released last
week reiterated its opposition to the
rolling back of domestic partner benets.
I cant imagine how the family who
led this complaint would nd this a fair
resolution, said GLIFAA President Regina
Jun. GLIFAA supports equal treatment
and fair protections for all employees,
and having protections available for
families that have dierent needs.
Jun told the Blade on Monday that
GLIFAA plans to work with members who
may fall under the new policys hardship
exemption clause.
We are working closely with members
who are in very challenging situations
and need this protection for their safety,
she said.
Federal benets have long been based
on being married, Kennedy told the Blade
in response to GLIFAAs criticisms. Since
the Windsor and Obergefell decisions, the
department has been focused on now
being able to provide the full range of
benets pension, health insurance and
more to same sex married couples, as
opposite married couples have enjoyed
for years. The SSDP program was a bridge
until the time that same-sex couples
reached parity with opposite-sex couples
in terms of marriage and federal benets.

Obama admin denounces ex-gay therapy


Says we must end
discrimination, educate
health providers
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Obama administration has issued a
new report hailed as groundbreaking for
outlining best practices to support LGBT
youth, including a repudiation of widely
discredited ex-gay conversion therapy.
Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to Obama,
said in a conference call with reporters
the intent of the report is to ensure the
advice that LGBT youth receive is guided
by love, nurturing and science.
Its not our job to tell parents how
to raise their children, but it is our
responsibility to provide parents with the
scientic evidence necessary in order for
them to make the best possible decisions
when raising their children, Jarrett said.
We do strongly believe that young
people should be valued for who they

are no matter what they look like, where


theyre from, the gender with which they
identify, or who they love.
The 76-page report, titled Ending
Conversion Therapy: Supporting and
Arming LGBTQ Youth was made public
Thursday by the Substance Abuse &
Mental Health Services Administration, or
SAMHSA, a group of medical and health
experts within the Department of Health
& Human Services.
When dealing with a sensitive topic such
as gender identity or sexual orientation in
young people, it is essential that families,
educators, caregivers, and providers seek
the best available information and advice,
SAMHSA Acting Administrator Kana
Enomoto said. SAMHSAs report provides
this information, as well as resources
young people, families and others can
use to promote healthy development
for all youth.
The report oers recommendations for
families, medical providers and educators
to promote positive development for
LGBT youth despite the still pervasive
interpersonal, institutional and societal

bias and discrimination against sexual


and gender minorities.
Included in the report is guidance for
families that may have objections to LGBT
people based on religious and moral
grounds that says parents dont have to
choose between their LGBTQ child and
their culture or their morals and values.
Many parents who are struggling
believe that responding with positive
reactions such as expressing aection
once they learn that a child is LGBTQ
will condone or encourage a behavior or
identity that is at odds with their beliefs,
the report says. However, expressing
aection for an LGBTQ child is a key
supportive behavior that helps protect
their child against health risks and
increases connectedness.
A key component of the report is
oering a path forward to ending
conversion therapy aimed at changing
a minors sexual orientation or gender
identity, which has been repudiated
by all major medical and psychological
organizations.
The path to end this practice, according

to the report, consists of reducing


discrimination overall against LGBT
people, disseminating information to
behavioral health providers and changes
in government policy.
Many individuals, organizations, and
several state legislatures have taken steps
to regulate and eliminate the practice
of conversion therapy, the report says.
Eorts to end the practice of conversion
therapy have included legislative bans
and causes of action alleging consumer
fraud, among others. Future eorts
may include federal regulatory action,
advancement of legislation at the state
and federal level, and additional activities
by the administration.
In April, the Obama administration
endorsed bans on conversion therapy,
advocating a state-by-state path to
prohibit the practice. A total of four states
and D.C. to date have passed laws barring
conversion therapy for minors. Rep. Ted
Lieu (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation
in Congress that seeks to bar conversion
therapy across the country by classifying
the practice as fraud.

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Clinton addresses evolution on marriage


White House defends
Democratic frontrunner
on issue
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton addressed last week her evolution
from opposition to support for same-sex
marriage, saying her views changed as a
result of personal relationships.
Clinton made the remarks during
a town hall at Keene State College in
New Hampshire when responding to
an attendee who identied himself as
a bisexual student and asked her to
compare her change in position to others
who remained rm in their views.
Yes my views did evolve, and I think most
people my age would say the same thing
there might be some exceptions, Clinton
said. But largely because of my strong
opposition to discrimination of any sort
and my personal relationships with a lot of
people over the years, I certainly concluded
that marriage equality should be the law
of the land, and I was thrilled when the
Supreme Court made it the law of the land.
While acknowledging her changing views
on marriage, Clinton maintained shes
always been an advocate for LGBT people.
If you speak with the Human Rights

HILLARY CLINTON talks marriage at a town


hall meeting at Keene State College.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CSPAN

Campaign or any of the large advocacy


groups, they will tell you that they count
on me and that you can count on me,
Clinton said.
Clinton recalled she was the rst and
only rst lady to march in a Pride parade
when she took part in the New York City
parade during her initial runfor the U.S.
Senate in 2000.
I have been an advocate, a vocal,
visible advocate for equality and against
discrimination, Clinton said.
Looking forward, Clinton said shell
enforce
marriage
equality,
but

additional action is needed to end antiLGBT discrimination in other areas.


A lot of states now, because of the
constitutional decision, you can get
married on Saturday and get red
on Monday because we still permit
discrimination in employment and in
public accommodations, Clinton said.
Clinton reiterated her support for the
Equality Act, which she endorsed upon its
introduction in July, and went so far as to
call it her highest priority.
Marriage isnt the end of the debate,
its along the path to true equality, and
you will be able to count on me to ght
for you, Clinton concluded.
Although she supported civil unions,
Clinton declined to back same-sex marriage
throughout her tenure as rst lady, a U.S.
senator from New York, a 2008 presidential
candidate orassecretary of state.
Clinton announced her support for samesex marriage in 2013 in a video from the
Human Rights Campaign. During a recent
appearance on Ellen, Cheslea Clinton said
she absolutely pushed her mother Hillary
to endorse marriage equality.
In a related development, the White House
defended Clintons record on marriage,
though it is mostly staying out of the 2016
campaign questions over that record.
Under
questioning
from
the
Washington Blade, White House Press
Secretary Josh Earnest defended on
Tuesday Clintons evolution on the issue.

Earnest said hes unaware of any


reason why Clinton couldnt come out in
support of same-sex marriage during her
tenure as secretary of state, but added
hes not the best person to ask.
I didnt work at the State Department
so I wouldnt have sort of the most keen
sensibility to what pressures she may have
been under in that role, Earnest said.
Earnest referred the inquiry to the
Clinton campaign as well as a second
question on whether the public can infer
Clinton remained opposed to gay nuptials
throughout her time as secretary of state
even after President Obama came out for
marriage equality in 2012.
But Earnest defended Clinton when
asked if her changing views on marriage
should be viewed dierently than other
issues on which shes changed her
opinion, such as Keystone XL or the
Trans-Pacic Partnership.
When it comes to her views on samesex marriage, I take her at her word that
her views on this topic underwent the kind
of change that a lot of peoples views have
over the last several years, Earnest said.
And I think many people have noted the
signicance of this changing debate in our
country and this changing debate in our
political system. And the president certainly
believes that it reects important progress
that our country has made.
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Biden wont run for president in 2016


Says nation must continue
to expand LGBT rights
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Despite pressure on him to run and
media reports indicating he would enter
the 2016 fray, Vice President Joseph
Biden announced on Wednesday he
wont pursue a bid for the White House.
Biden made the announcement in
the Rose Garden of the White House
with his wife, second lady Jill Biden, and
President Obama. The vice president said
hes concluded the window in which he
could run a successful campaign for the
presidency has closed.
I believe were out of time, the time
necessary to mount a winning campaign
for the nomination, Biden added.
Although hes not running for the
White House, Biden said he will continue
to speak out over the course of his next
15 months as vice president. At the top
of his list of policy concerns is convincing

Vice President JOE BIDEN announced he


wont run for president.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Congress to act to cure cancer, saying


there are Democrats and Republicans on
the Hill who share our passion.
After recently losing his son, former
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden,
to brain cancer, Biden said he thinks
Congress could agree to a plan of action.

If I could be anything, I would have wanted


to have been the president that ended
cancer, Biden said. Because its possible.
Biden, whos popular in the LGBT
community for his support for related
issues, also enumerated the rights of the
LGBT community as among the things for
which the nation must continue to strive.
I also believe we need to keep moving
forward in the arc of this nation toward
justice: the rights of the LGBT community,
immigration reform, equal pay for women
and protecting their safety from violence,
rooting out institutional racism, Biden said.
The vice president didnt endorse former
secretary of state Hillary Clinton or any
other candidate seeking the Democratic
nomination for president, but running
away from what he indicated were the
successes of the Obama administration
would be a tragic mistake.
The American people have worked too
hard, and we have have come too far for
that, Biden said. Democrats should not
only defend this record and protect this
record. They should run on the record.
Obama made no remarks other than to

say the Rose Garden is a pretty nice place


when Biden thanked him for use of the area
of the White House for the announcement.
On Twitter, Human Rights Campaign
President Chad Grin commended Biden
for including LGBT people in his remarks,
saying it was consistent with his entire career.
Even though it was relatively late in the
game, many had expected Biden to enter
the race for the Democratic presidential
nomination. On Monday, Rep. Brandon Boyle
(D-Pa.), a freshman member of Congress,
said on Twitter a very good source told
him Biden would run for president. Fox
News published an article shortly afterward
based on multiple anonymous sources
asserting the vice president would seek the
nomination in 2016.
Over the course of 2015, Biden has
made moves suggesting he might run
for president, such as making remarks in
the early primary states of Iowa and New
Hampshire, and reaching out to the LGBT
community, which is considered a key
constituency of the Democratic Party.
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Catholic school rejects gay wedding announcements


Belen Jesuit in Miami
cites church teachings
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Former students of an all-male Catholic
high school in Miami are questioning its
decision not to publish same-sex wedding
announcements in its alumni magazine.
Victor Vianello, who graduated from
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1976,
sent what he described to the Washington
Blade on Thursday as a very short and
sweet announcement about his Jan. 21
marriage to Joseph Cross, his partner of
16 years, in New York to the Belen Alumni
Association on Aug. 12.
Vianello a few weeks later posted a message
to the Belen LGBTA Alumni Facebook
page about the fact he had yet to receive a
response to his Aug. 12 email. Belen Alumni
Association Executive Director Mariano Loret
de Mola on Oct. 13 told Vianello in an email
that the group is not at liberty to publicize
this announcement because of the Catholic
identity of our school.
I was very sad because I graduated
from the school in 1976, Vianello told the
Blade. Im 57, going on 58 years old. My
partner and I have been together for 16
years. Im totally not an activist or political.

The fact they wouldnt even acknowledge


the most important thing in my life was
very sad. I was taken aback.
This has really taken me by surprise,
he added.
Richard
Rodriguez-Mah,
who
graduated from the school in 2000,
received a nearly identical email from
Loret on Oct. 12 in response to the blurb
about his marriage to his husband, Cdric
Rodriguez-Mah, he sent on Sept. 24.
The
Belen
Alumni
Associations
magazine in 2010 cropped Cdric
Rodriguez-Mah out of a picture that
Richard Rodriguez-Mah had submitted
for publication.
That denitely put a damper on things
if you will, Richard Rodriguez-Mah told
the Blade last week during an interview. I
will always speak highly of the education [I
received], but theyre denitely not collecting
funds from me like other schools.
Belen opened in Havana in 1854, but
relocated to Miami in 1961 after the
Cuban revolution.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro,
former Florida Congressman Joe Garcia,
gay American Express Global Business
Travel Vice President Joaqun Avi,
former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, former
Univision Networks President Cesar
Conde and blogger Perez Hilton are
among the schools alumni.

Loret himself graduated from the


school in 1958. The Belen Alumni
Association currently has nearly 7,000
active members.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
is always happy to hear about our
alumni and their successes in life, both
professional and private, said Rev.
Pedro Suarez, the schools president, in
a statement sent to the Blade on Friday.
Suarez acknowledged the schools alumni
association received an email requesting
to announce a same-sex marriage in their
publication. He reiterated in his statement
the comments Loret made to Vianello and
Rodriguez-Mah.
The Catholic Church recognizes that
marriage is between a man and a woman
and because of the Catholic identity of the
school, Belen is not at liberty to publish
same-sex marriage announcements in
any of its publications, said Suarez. The
couples that made the request were notied
privately and respectfully of the decision.
More than 300 people have signed a
Change.org petition that urges the alumni
association to publish Vianello and Cross
wedding announcement in the magazine.
Members of the Belen LGBTA Alum
Facebook page have also begun to share
pictures of themselves with their partners
and spouses in the hope that the school
will reconsider its decision.

This is a place we all admire a lot,


Alex Correoso, a gay man who graduated
from Belen in 2006 and created the
Facebook page, told the Blade on Friday
during a telephone interview from Miami.
Regardless of what the church doctrine
is, I have to feel disappointed.
Javi Perez, a gay man who graduated
from Belen in 2009, agreed.
Our high school has no problem asking for
donations or asking for endorsements of the
school because of their successful alumni,
he told the Blade on Thursday, noting he
and his partner recently became engaged.
As soon as it has something to do with their
personal success, they turn the other cheek.
It should be published because its not
about the school, added Perez, referring
to the wedding announcements. Were not
asking Belen Jesuit to marry us at the school.
News that the Belen Alumni Association
is refusing to publish same-sex wedding
announcements in its magazine broke
less than a month after Pope Francis, a
Jesuit, visited the U.S. and Cuba.
LGBT Catholics and their supporters
have welcomed the Vaticans more
moderate tone on marriage rights for
same-sex couples and homosexuality
since Francis became pope in March 2013.
Church teachings on the aforementioned
issues have remained the same under
the Argentine-born pontis papacy.

Sanders gives drug CEOs donation to Whitman-Walker


Shkreli raised price
of life-saving AIDS med
by 5,000 percent
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The
pharmaceutical
CEO
who
sparked controversy for raising the
cost of life-saving AIDS medication by
5,000 percent has donated to Bernard
Sanders presidential campaign, but
the Democratic candidate has found a
dierent use for the money.
As rst reported by the Boston Globe,
Sanders gave the $2,700 donation from
Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin
Shkreli to Whitman-Walker Healthin D.C.
Michael Briggs, a Sanders spokesperson,
conrmed the money from Shkreli was
given to Whitman-Walker because the
clinic is a highly regarded community
health center which was at the forefront in
caring for HIV/AIDS patients.
The donation by the campaign to
Whitman-Walker was an attempt to
put some of Shkrelis money to good

Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.) sent a $2,700


campaign donation from Martin Shkreli to
Whitman-Walker Health.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

use, Briggs said. We thought it was


appropriate given his clear attempt to
gouge the gay community by charging
exorbitant prices for an AIDS medication.
According to the Boston Globe, Shkreli
donated the $2,700 to the Sanders
campaign the maximum individual
contribution during an election cycle
on Sept. 28.

Shawn
Jain,
a
Whitman-Walker
spokesperson,
said
the
health
facilityreceived the $2,700 donation from
the Sanders campaign on Friday and
welcomes the contribution.
We are thankful to the campaign for
their generous donation and are humbled
that out of all the worthy charities out
there, they chose us, Jain said.
Shrekli, who gained nationwide
attention for raising the cost of Daraprim
from $13.50 to $750, is an unlikely
Sanders supporter. In addition to the
donation, Shrekli has on his Twitter
account expressed support for the
candidate multiple times.
During the rst Democratic presidential
debate, Sanders, an advocate of lower
drug costs, said he would lump Wall
Street and the pharmaceutical industry
at the top of my list of people who do not
like me. In his capacity as top Democrat
on the Senate Health, Education, Labor
& Pensions Committee, Sanders has
signed a letter to Turing Pharmaceuticals
on the price increase. According to the
Boston Globe, Shrekli said he made the
donation to Sanders campaign in hopes of
meeting with the candidate to explain the

reasoning for the Daraprim cost increase,


which he has said is necessary to pay
for medical research. After controversy
ensued over the price increase, Shrekli
said he would lower the cost of the drug,
but has yet to take that action or say by
how much. Via Twitter, Shrekli said giving
the donation to Whitman-Walker amounts
to the candidate accepting the money.
The decision by Turing Pharmaceuticals
to raise the cost of Daraprim has also
invoked the ire of Democratic presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton, who said in a
speech to supporters of the Human Rights
Campaign this month her administration
wouldwork to keep drug prices down.
With pressure from me and others,
the CEO of the drug company says hell
lower the price, but he hasnt done it yet,
Clinton said. And every day that he stalls,
people with HIV are forced to worry and
wait and pay hundreds of dollars more
for medication that keeps them well.
That is wrong and as president, Ill take
on the drug companies, Ill cap out-ofpocket expenses for people with chronic
diseases like HIV/AIDS. You shouldnt
have to go bankrupt to get the care you
need to stay alive and healthy.

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JUSTIN TRUDEAU won a commanding victory in this weeks Canadian elections.


PHOTO BY JUSTIN LONG; COURTESY FLICKR

Pro-LGBT Trudeau
triumphs in Canada
Canadian LGBT rights advocates on Monday welcomed Justin Trudeaus
unexpected defeat of long-time Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that Trudeaus Liberal Party
won 54 percent of the seats in the Canadian Parliament, compared with the 29
percent that Harpers Conservative Party retained.
I want to say this to this countrys friends around the world: Many of you
have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in
the world over the past 10 years, Trudeau told his supporters in Ottawa after
the election results, according to the Associated Press. Well, I have a simple
message for you on behalf of 35 million Canadians. Were back.
Trudeau, who is the son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is the rst
Canadian prime minister to have marched in a Pride parade.
The younger Trudeau during the campaign pledged to end the countrys ban
on gay blood and organ donors that Harper expanded. The prime ministerelect also said he would support eorts to add gender identity to the Canadian
Human Rights Act and the countrys hate crimes law.
He made his positions pretty clear, Kim Vance, executive director of ARC
International, a global LGBT advocacy group, told the Washington Blade during a
telephone interview from Nova Scotia. The fear of the rollback of rights is gone now.
Vance said Harpers party during the campaign tried to create fear and divide
us along many lines.
Clearly Trudeaus message was to unite and move us forward and reestablish
Canadas reputation that respects human rights and advance a human rights
agenda, said Vance.
The Canadian Parliament will have six openly LGBT members as a result of
Mondays elections.
Liberal Party MPs Scott Brison of Nova Scotia and Rob Oliphant of Ontario and
New Democratic Party MP Randall Garrison of British Columbia won re-election
in their respective races. Randy Boissonnault of Alberta and Seamus ORegan
of Newfoundland and Sheri Benson of Saskatchewan, who are members of
the Liberal and New Democratic Parties respectively, also gained seats in the
Canadian Parliament.
Daily Xtra, a Canadian LGBT newspaper, reported that Boissonault and
Benson are the rst openly gay MPs to represent their respective provinces
in the Canadian Parliament. The publication said Benson will be the only out
lesbian parliamentarian in Ottawa.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Gay Polish priest: Coming out was liberation


A gay Polish priest who came out earlier this month on the eve of a meeting of Catholic
bishops to discuss the family on Monday described his decision as his liberation.
[It was a] liberation for a priest who is gay and who was gay for all of his life in
a homophobic society like the Catholic Church, Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa told the
Washington Blade during a Skype interview from the Spanish city of Barcelona.
Charamsa spoke with the Blade less than three weeks after he came out to newspapers
inItaly and his native Poland.

The Polish monsignor in 2003 began working for the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith, which implements church teachings on homosexuality and other issues.
Charamsa in 2011 became the second secretary of the International Theological
Commission that prepares studies for the doctrinal body.
Charamsa and his boyfriend Eduard, who is from the Catalonia region of Spain, had
planned to hold an Oct. 3 press conference outside the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith in Rome. The two men moved the event to a restaurant after the Vatican
removed him from the post.
For me Eduard was a gift from God, Charamsa told the Blade.
Charamsa, 43, became a priest in 1997. He began working at the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith six years later.
Cardinal Angelo Amato in 2007 as the then-secretary of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith described marriage rights for same-sex couples as evil. The
doctrinal body in a letter more than two decades earlier said homosexuality must be
seen as an objective disorder.
Pope Benedict XVI, known colloquially as Gods Rottweiler as head of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981-2005, said before he became pope
that those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies
or support the so-called gay culture cannot become priests.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last month said transgender people
are unable become godparents. A Chilean newspaper on Sept. 9 published emails
between two cardinals that showed they conspired to prevent a gay man from being
named to a sex abuse commission that Pope Francis created.
Catholic bishops on Oct. 4 began their three-week gathering during which they will
vote on a document that specically addresses the family. LGBT advocates and their
allies have criticized the Vatican over leaked drafts of the documents that reiterate its
opposition to unions between gays and lesbians.
I suered for what the church taught about persons like me, Charamsa told the
Blade. It oended my dignity and kept no fundamentals in the reality, which I can
know from my experiences, from my sentiments, my desire to love, my capacity for
relationships with others.
Charamsa told the Blade he took particular issue with a 2005 edict against gay priests.
It was a real oense to me, he said. I am a good priest with my homosexual
sensibility, with my homosexual outreach, with my homosexual capacity to sacrice me
to other people.
We have horrible language of hate, language of violence, stigmatization,
marginalization, discrimination of homosexual people, added Charamsa. We judge in
the congregation.
Charamsa was teaching theology at Gregorian University and the Pontical
Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome when he came out.
The Vatican in its announcement that revealed Charamsas termination from the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said he could no longer teach at papal
institutions.
The decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the synod
appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the synod assembly to
undue media pressure, said Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson, in a
statement to CBS News.
Charamsa described the church as irresponsible when the Blade asked him about
Lombardis comments. The gay monsignor also criticized Bishop Ryszard Kasyna of the
Diocese of Pelplin in Poland over his decision to suspend him from his duties as a priest.
This is in my conscience, this is in my relation with God and also with the church,
Charamsa told the Blade. It was very responsible. The church is irresponsible.
LGBT Catholics and their supporters have welcomed the Vaticans more moderate
tone on homosexuality, marriage rights for same-sex couples and other issues since
Francis became pope in 2013, including his comments that gay men and lesbians should
not be judged or marginalized.
Church teachings on homosexuality and other issues have not changed.
Charamsa noted to the Blade that Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires
who was then known as Jorge Bergoglio, in 2010 described marriage rights for same-sex
couples in Argentina as demonic.
When the pope asks who am I to judge...he must cancel this instruction to be tolerant,
said Francis, referring to church teachings. It is only cosmetic in the church for the media,
for journalists, for people who hear these words and say oh this is a great man who is
very open. But no, in the church we have the persecution of homosexual persons.
Charamsa repeatedly stressed to the Blade that he is a good priest, even though he
has come out as gay and acknowledged he is in a relationship with another man. The
Polish monsignor said he plans to advocate on behalf of LGBT Catholics.
Its my dream, said Charamsa. I began to study these questions, these problems
a few years ago. Of course it was my private study and nobody knew that and I didnt
publish anything because it was impossible to say something. Yes, yes, my dream is to
do something a little to repair, to correct these years of silence.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

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The second annual Gender Conference East, a gathering aimed at


supporting children and youth across the gender spectrum as well as their
families and the professionals working with them, is scheduled to take place
Nov. 13-14 at the Radisson North Baltimore Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr. in
Lutherville-Timonium.
The conference is co-sponsored by Gender Spectrum, PFLAG-Howard
County, the Ackerman Institutes Gender and Family Project, and is joined
this year by FreeState Legal Project and Chase Brextons LGBT Health
Resource Center (LHRC). It will be divided into two segments: a Professional
Day on Friday, Nov. 13 and a Family Day on Saturday, Nov. 14.
The Professional Day activities will include workshops, discussions
and networking for education, legal, medical, mental health, and social
service professionals to better understand serving transgender youth. The
workshops will include: Schools in Transition and Family Acceptance and
Rejection Panel.
In addition, there will be a networking happy hour for professionals who
want to linger and discuss their learning and cement new contacts and a meet
and greet for families travelling from out of town. In 2014, 150 professionals
participated and 250 are expected this year.
The Family and Youth day oers tracks for the kids and workshops for the
parents. Workshops include: Teen-2-Parent/Parent-2-Teen: Opening the Door
for Dialogue and Bringing Our Whole Selves to the Table: A Panel of Parents
and Young Adults. Last year, 300 participated while this year organizers are
anticipating over 400.
Gender Conference East is the culmination of my dream, seven years
ago, when my family nally understood our child to be trans and had to
travel to the West Coast for a family-focused conference about gender in
our children, Catherine Hyde, Mid-Atlantic regional director of PFLAG, told
the Blade. Our professional day is aimed at helping increase the number of
trained professionals supporting our children and their families. The family
day is for the children and their parents and caregivers to nd a safe space to
learn more and meet other people on a similar journey of raising trans and
gender creative children.
The conference was motivated by studies that indicate transgender children
are at high risk of bullying in school, suicide attempts and homelessness. More
than 40 percent of trans children will attempt suicide before they are 18.
The deadline for online registration is Nov. 1.
To register, visit
genderconferenceeast.org/join-us22.html.
For more information, visit genderconferenceeast.org or email info@
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The health inequality is reected in terms of long-term illness, sexual illness
and stress, and also by alcohol, cannabis and cigarette consumption.
The report revealed that every sixth homosexual man consumed more
than the recommended 21 units of alcohol a week, compared to every tenth
heterosexual man, and that more than every fourth homosexual man smoked
daily, compared to every sixth heterosexual man, the Post reports.
Furthermore, half of the bisexual women feel stressed, compared to under a
third of heterosexual women.
The report was commissionedfor Copenhagen Municipality, which has already
discussed the reports conclusions with several LGBT organizations and urged the
government and other municipalities in Denmark to use the report to improve
conditions for the LGBT community nationwide, the Copenhagen Post reports.

World Medical Assoc. adopts trans guidelines


LONDON The World Medical Association has adopted new transgender
guidelines for doctors, Gay Star News reports.
At its annual general assembly in Moscow last weekend, nearly 60 national
medical associations agreed that aordable transgender health care should be
made available to everyone who experiences gender dysphoria.
The guidelines, which were proposed by the German Medical Association, aim
to increase doctors knowledge and sensitivity towards transgender people and
their unique health issues.
They also explicitly rejected all forms of coercive treatment or forced behavior
modication.
The WMA acknowledged that there were cultural sensitivities to these issues
in some parts of the world, but stressed that cultural, political or religious
considerations must not take precedence over the rights, health and well-being
of transgender people.
We condemn all forms of discrimination, stigmatization and violence against
transgender people and want to see appropriate legal measures to protect their
equal civil rights, said WMA President Sir Michael Marmot, the Gay Star News reports.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. California prison ocials are setting the rst standards for
which transgender inmates should receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery after
spending years in court ghting to block the operations, the Associated Press reports.
In a policy that took eect Tuesday and was reviewed by the Associated Press, prison
mental health professionals would refer the inmates for the surgery. To qualify for the
surgery, inmates must be diagnosed with what is formally known as gender dysphoria;
have expressed a desire for sex-reassignment surgery for at least two years; and have
lived as a member of the preferred gender for at least 12 months, the AP reports.
The announcement comes after California became the rst state to agree to pay for
one inmates surgery and refused to provide the surgery to a second inmate who has
since been paroled, the AP article notes.
The guidelines are believed to be the rst in the nation by a prison system, according
to Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the federal court-appointed ocial who controls
Californias prison medical care. They were developed in cooperation with the California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which oversees inmates mental health
care.
We understood there needed to be some uniform protocols in place that focused on
the need for surgery when it was medically necessary, when there werent any alternatives
that were feasible, she said according to the Associated Press article. The standards are
similar to those used by medical providers outside the prison system, she said.
The eight-page document calls for inmates who request the surgery and meet the
basic criteria to be referred for evaluation to a committee of two medical doctors, two
psychiatrists and two psychologists, which would make a recommendation to another
higher-level committee of medical professionals, the AP article notes.
The policy prohibits procedures which are considered merely cosmetic, including hair
removal, face lifts, breast augmentations or other implants, which Hayhoe said will help
hold down the cost to taxpayers. She previously estimated the cost could near $100,000,
though the Transgender Law Center in Oakland, which has represented several inmates,
told the AP that gure is exaggerated.

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VIEWPOINT

What happened in Vegas


Winning and spinning in the
presidential pageant

RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.


Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.

Reality began to dawn last week in the


Democratic presidential race, and was
not altogether welcome.
Some Bernie Sanders supporters,
rudely awakened from their White House
dreams, got mad over Hillary Clintons
surge after the Oct. 13 debate in Las Vegas. So they denied it, attacked the pundits, charged CNN with being in the tank
for Hillary, and started a petition for the
president to intervene. (Its amazing what
you can do these days by executive order.)
Bernies fanatics cited focus groups and
online polls that were as reliable as oldtime Chicago ballot boxes. I withdrew from
their Facebook frenzy for the same reason
I gave up arguing with the crazy lady with a
horn who always runs for mayor of Washington: It only encourages her.
Cantankerousness does sometimes
pay o, as when Sanders and John McCain cooperated to pass VA reform. But
riding public anger only gets you so far.
Caught between the rights Washington
doesnt work elect us and well prove
it! and Clintons Im a progressive who

likes to get things done, Sanders declares that he needs a revolution. Is that a
slogan or an epitaph?
The signs are not good. Some of Bernies revolutionaries were upset with
his statement that their hero Edward
Snowden should pay a penalty for violating the Espionage Act, though Sanders acknowledged that Snowdens revelations about NSA domestic surveillance
played a very important role in educating
the American public. Clinton, meanwhile,
was less sympathetic, saying somewhat
disingenuously that Snowden could have
been a whistle-blower. (She also refused
to regret voting for the Patriot Act.)
Here we see the lefts disconnect from
reality. You cannot invoke the rule of law
when Kim Davis dees federal court rulings
on marriage equality, only to dismiss it in
another case because you agree with the
lawbreaker. Refusing to distinguish what
should be from what is, the left impairs its
inuence over what can be changed.
Sanders showed his own progress
when he said Black Lives Matter and
spoke the name of Sandra Bland, a black
woman who died in police custody. And
he admirably donated a $2,700 contribution from prescription drug proteer
Martin Shkreli to D.C.s Whitman-Walker
Health. But he upset some supporters
when he helped Clinton by saying, The
American people are sick and tired of
hearing about your damn emails. She
thanked him, and the crowd cheered.
But the media are not sick of the emails,
nor will the Republicans on the Benghazi
Committee be, even if their questions at
the Oct. 22 hearing are delivered from
under brown paper bags.

Meanwhile, Vice President Bidens dithering over whether to run was overtaken
by Clintons strong showing. Its hard not
to sympathize; imagine watching someone
who was three spots behind you in the order of succession jump the line. He was still
considering a run as of this writing, but as
Farai Chideya at FiveThirtyEight said, Its
awfully hard to ride in to save the day when
the day doesnt seem to need saving.
Dont get me wrong: Biden and Sanders
are ne men. If Hillary has another case
of what the Republicans call Benghazi Flu,
either of them would make a ne choice
to prevent what would surely be a highly
entertaining Trump or Cruz presidency.
But were getting ahead of ourselves.
We havent even gotten to the rst caucus
or primary. Eight years ago at this point,
Barack Obama was just a junior senator
from Illinois who was not widely perceived as a threat to Clinton; the Birther
lunacy had not yet exploded.
Anything could happen. For example,
during the South Carolina primary, every
black person in the state could be pulling
down Confederate statues and forget to
vote, and the Clinton juggernaut would
come to a halt. A ery socialist might turn
out to be just what the voters wanted.
Alas for Sanders, Clintons post-debate
bump suggests that, barring a calamity,
she will lock up the nomination by early
spring. Sanders has inuenced the campaign with his laser focus on economic
inequality, but has done little to broaden
his appeal suciently to pose a serious
threat to Clinton. Playing games with online polls will not change that.
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The ongoing march for LGB healthcare equality


Turning Supreme Court
victories into real change
By TIMOTHY M. WESTMORELAND
& JEFFREY S. CROWLEY

Two Supreme Court rulings this summer


helped assure that the lesbian, gay, and
bisexual (LGB) community reaches health
care equality with their non-LGB peers.
TheKing v. Burwellcase upheld the federal subsidies created by the Aordable
Care Act (ACA) to help all income-eligible
people access aordable private plan insurance in the ACAs health care marketplaces.Consequently, nearly nine out of 10
LGB adults (88.9 percent) now have some
form of health insurance up from just 78.2
percent before the ACA was implemented.
These gains mirror those made across other segments of the population.
The ACA also includes provisions that prevent insurers and providers from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This provision
was not directly under question in theKing
v. Burwellcase. If, however, the Court had
ruled in favor of the laws opponents, it is

likely these protections would have reached


far fewer people.
The second case,Obergefell v. Hodges
which established a Constitutional guarantee for marriage equality across the United
States also had an impact on health care
in the LGB community. For the rst time
for many same-sex couples, a legally recognized marriage meant having access to
a spouses health insurance. This is to say
nothing of what the ruling clears up for
same-sex couples when it comes to hospital visits, do-not-resuscitate orders, and the
general eects on an individuals mental
and physical health of not having to worry
about whether or not the government accepts the validity of a couples relationship.
But as was evident from the court battle
over a Kentucky clerks responsibilities to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,
compliance with the Supreme Courts rulings
does not always come immediately or easily. Further, despite the newfound marriage
equality enshrined in law, the LGB community
still faces barriers to accessing health care at
equal rates as straight individuals. A new study
of survey data, published in the October issue
ofHealth Aairsand authored by researchers
at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., il-

lustrates that despite recent landmark cases


moving the needle on LGB rights and quality,
there is still work to be done.
The authors of the study nd that even
with the increase in the number of LGB
adults with health insurance, nearly a quarter of all LGB adults (24.4 percent) reported
having problems accessing care over the
past year compared to just 16.1 percent of
non-LGB adults reporting the same problems. This could be because many of the
newly insured had yet to nd a doctor or
they had so many health issues that went
untreated while they were uninsured that it
has simply taken more than 12 months to
access all the care that they require. Even
more troubling is the nding that more than
four in 10 LGB adults (42.6 percent) reported having an unmet care need as a direct
result of costs over the last twelve months,
compared to just 32.4 percent on non-LGB
adults reporting the same problem.
While these gaps may lessen, this is no
time for complacency. Now that the barrier of
health coverage has been reduced, the LGB
community and their providers must refocus
eorts on eliminating other access barriersin
order to eliminate disparities in knowledge of
HIV status; adapting the health system to pro-

mote widespread, aordable access to preexposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection; working to ensure early and sustained
access to antiretroviral therapy that leads to
viral suppression; and routinely screening
and treating for other sexually transmitted infections. It also means addressing a broader
array of issues directly aecting LGB people
including access to breast and cervical cancer
screening and tobacco cessation services,
among others. Before we turn our attention away from making the ACA work more
eectively, however, ongoing advocacy and
awareness-raising eorts are also needed in
the LGB community about what health insurance options are available, and which plans
best suit dierent individuals and families
and their specic health needs.
Though the federal government and the
court system have written some aspects of
equality into law, the march is not over yet.
It is now time to turn law into reality.
TIMOTHY WESTMORELAND is professor
from practice at the Georgetown University
Law Center, as well as a senior scholar at the
Law Centers ONeill Institute for National and
Global Health Law. JEFFREY S. CROWLEY is a
distinguished scholar and program director of
the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the ONeill
Institute.

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Super PAC in D.C. politics raises questions


Bowser should back legislation
to make practice illegal

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime Democratic


Party and LGBT rights activist. He is a regular
contributor to the Blade.

It was with a mixed reaction I read the


Washington Post column by Aaron Davis,
Big money for the White House and for Congress. Now for D.C. city hall, too? It raised the
issue of how supporters of Muriel Bowser
are raising big money the new political action committee that aims to raise $1 million
this year to further her agenda, including reelecting favored council members.
The founders of FreshPAC as they are
calling it are using the loophole in D.C. election law that allows them to raise unlimited
money in a non-election year. It is similar to
federal Super PACS and it has been accepting unlimited contributions. Ben Soto, the

treasurer of the PAC said, Were reaching


out to folks who are happy with the mayor
and who want to support her, and weve had
a really good response. That is not surprising as many people believe Muriel Bowser is
doing a good job.
I believe her vision for the future of the
District is the right one. She is trying to balance the need for city investment in new
business and make doing business in the
District easier while making investments in
aordable housing, job training, education
and public safety. Achieving the right balance is never easy and there will always be
those thinking you are doing it wrong.
The question is whether the right answer
to pushing the agenda forward is raising big
money from those who have direct business
interests in current city projects. One thing
the PAC is doing right is releasing the names
of all its donors so at a minimum people can
see a donors connections to city government and the mayor.
As I read the names of donors it does appear the PAC shouldnt have taken money
from some of them. Some are lightning rods
and remind residents of past questionable
issues Bowser had to deal with; some have
recently been appointed to a board or commission. The Post reported, Three men that

Bowser has appointed to powerful boards


and commissions also have contributed
$10,000 each before or after their position
conrmations. A fourth has given $2,500,
and a fth is serving as the PACs attorney
and is paid by the fund. Taking major donations from those people only looks bad and
those individuals might have been wise to
keep their wallets closed to keep from making themselves or the mayor look bad.
Like many, I believe the Supreme Court
decision in Citizens United was wrong and
hurt our political system. I support Hillary
Clinton who has said she will only nominate
Supreme Court justices who agree with her
that Citizens United needs to be overturned
and if needed would support a constitutional amendment to overturn it. At the same
time I dont think she should unilaterally tie
her hands in an election saying she wont
raise the money needed to win. I admire the
ability of the Sanders campaign to raise big
money from small donors, but in the general election even more money will be needed
to level the playing eld with Republicans.
In D.C., you could posit the same thing:
We should end all ability to raise unlimited
money but does a politician or his or her
supporters unilaterally say they wont raise
it while it is legal to do so?

D.C. is in many ways still a small town and


Congress has oversight of our budget and
legislation. We have a huge divide between
rich and poor and its getting bigger. We
have a Council quickly changing with eight
members serving fewer than four years. It is
understandable the mayor wants to build a
coalition on the Council to move her agenda forward. Nationally I would like to see a
Democratic president with a Democratic
Congress to move the presidents agenda
forward.
Craig Holman from Public Citizen said
about the PAC, Its exceedingly troubling.
This is nurturing a lack of reasonable regulation to keep companies from trying to buy
government contracts. I fully expect the city
to run into similar scandals that we saw under the previous mayor: This is on the road
to do so. In response, the mayors chief of
sta, John Falcicchio, who is not aliated
with the PAC said, What you have here is an
entity that was formed outside the government to promote and expand the mayors
agenda, and everything they do is reported.
It would help if Mayor Bowser stopped
fundraising for the PAC and didnt go to
events where the PAC is soliciting donations
and introduced legislation to make this illegal in the future.

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Lifetime Achievement
Vice President Joseph Biden

Vice President Joseph Biden, delivering the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaigns national dinner earlier this month,
touted the signicance of the court ruling on marriage, but also turned toward other issues relevant to the LGBT community.
The great arc of justice is the journey of this nation, and it continues to move in the right direction, Biden said. Were moving closer and
closer to the animating spirit of America because of all of you, not me, because of all of you.
Although hes previously articulated support for comprehensive legislation prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination, Biden took the
opportunity of his speech to explicitly endorse the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act to
include sexual orientation and gender identity.
I strongly support the Equality Act, and it will pass, it will pass, Biden said. It may not pass this Congress. It will pass because its
simple and its straightforward. Bidens support for the Equality Act makes him the rst ofcial in the Obama administration to explicitly
endorse the bill.
Biden in 2012 dubbed transgender rights the civil rights issue of our time, an assertion he repeated this month as he commended
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for starting a review expected to lead in May to an end of the ban on openly transgender service.
It took the secretary of defense about 10 minutes, Biden said. In July 2015 no longer is there any question, transgender people are
able to serve in the United States military. All Americans who are able to serve physically should be able to serve, Biden added.
Although Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 as a senator from Delaware, he later changed his position and opposed it.
He opposed efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage that began in 2002 and voted against the Federal Marriage
Amendment in 2006.

Hottest Local Pro Athlete


BRYCE HARPER
Washington Nationals
Runner-up: Ali Krieger
Best Massage
EDDIE WEINGART
Runner-up: Che Young

PHOTO BY SCOTT HENRICHSEN

Best Personal Trainer


GERARD BURLEY
Coach G
Runner-up: Anya Maleknasri

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Best Stylist
ENDERS BARBARAN
BANG SALONS METROPOLE LOCATION
Runner-up: Shar Raigner

Luckily for the patrons at Freddies Beach Bar, a perennial favorite in Crystal City (in, as
they say, YES, honey, VIRGINIA!), bartender Sarah Slocum really enjoys her job, saying,
I love that when I arrive at work, I feel like Im walking into a party with all my friends
already there I just happen to be the one that getsto make all the drinks!
Whether youre there for karaoke, bingo or a Freddies Follies drag show, theres
really never a dull moment at Freddies, although Slocum confesses to also enjoying the
quieter nights when she can chat in a more leisurely way with customers. While she has
a particular afnity for mixing martinis, Slocum likes presenting the Flashing Flamingo,
an in-your-face concoction of watermelon and pomegranate vodkas and lip-puckering
juices that arrives with a ashing ice cube oating in the depths of a shbowl-like glass: It
denitely lends some liquid courage to help you get up and sing karaoke, she says. (KH)

After working in accounts payable for


several years, Enders Barbaran was ready
for a change.
I didnt know exactly what I wanted
to do, but I knew it had to be something
different and I knew it had to happen
fast. So without a lot of thought, he went
to work as a shampoo assistant at Bang
Salons Metropole location where his thenroommate was working as a stylist.
Immediately I liked it, says Barbaran.
I instinctively like to bring out the best in
my clients whatever the job. The salon is an
environment where I can do that.
After several months on the job,
Barbaran gured he could do what the
stylists were doing so he enrolled in
cosmetology school. For the next year he
attended classes by day and shampooed
clients in the evening. Following
graduation, he received further training
at Bang and became a full-edged stylist
with his own chair in 2009.
I thank both Bangs owner and my
manager, says Barbaran. They had a lot
of faith in me. I wouldnt be where I am
without them.
Barbaran grew up in Lima, Peru,
surrounded by a family comprised of women.
I loved playing with my cousins hair, says
the stylist. And even when I was working in
accounts payable I played with my female
co-workers hair. Ive always liked hair. Id just
never thought to make it a profession.
Today, Barbaran remains at Bang Salon
where he cuts and colors both men and
women. My clients are like family to me
and I want them to be happy. Im humbled
to have won among a eld of excellent
stylists. I didnt campaign to win this. Its
truly a gift from my clients. (PF)

Freddies Beach Bar & Restaurant


555 South 23rd St., Arlington
freddiesbeachbar.com

Bang Salon Metropole


1519 15th St., N.W.
Bangsalon.com

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Best Bartender
SARAH SLOCUM
Runner-up: Jayson Smith (JR.s)

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Best Doctor
DR. RAYMOND MARTINS
Whitman-Walker Health
1701 14th St., N.W. & 1525 14th St., N.W.
2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., S.E.
whitman-walker.org
Runner-up: One Medical

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Best Real Estate Agent


VALERIE BLAKE
dchomequest.com
Runner-up: Stacey Williams-Zeiger

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Best Rehoboth Real Estate Agent


CHRIS BEAGLE
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
berkshirehathawayhs.com
Runner-up: Barbara Morales

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Best Lawyer

Best Rehoboth Bartender


CHRIS CHANDLER
(PURPLE PARROT)
Runner-up: Andrew Ennis (Blue Moon)

MICHELE ZAVOS
ZAVOS JUNCKER LAW GROUP
Runner-up: Patrick Menasco

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Best Artist
CHRIS JAY
Runner-up: David Claypool

Since I rst started hanging out in D.C. three years ago, I wanted to win this, says Chris
Jay, a professional photographer in the Baltimore/Washington area. Last year I wasnt
even nominated, and this year I turned up in three categories. Its the result of a lot of hard
work.
Jay, whos been taking photographs for 20 years, is currently focusing on a project
titled Kingxtaposition, a collection of work capturing the many faces of drag kings. Her
subjects to date have primarily been members of the D.C. Kings, a troupe with which shes
performed. But Jay has plans to expand.
Based in Howard County, Maryland, Jay wants to take her project on the road.
The goal is to start traveling the country and meeting kings and photographing them. This
project is big, but its not something Im doing for money. I just want to tell stories from the
perspective of someone who changes through the process of performing. I want to keep
digging into that.
At her business, Chris Jay Photos, Jay shoots portraits of performers, small business
owners and local artists.
I keep my prices reasonable so people can afford to promote themselves. I like to help them
realize what they see in their heads.
Her introduction to photography was at a JC Penny Portrait Studio where she worked
after graduating from high school. During the rst Christmas season, I shot bazillions of
family portraits and loved it. After that I worked for a company taking school portraits for
seven years.
Jays most personal work consists of self-portraits documenting her struggles with
depression. I like to raise awareness of what its like to live with a mental illness. My
everyday life isnt easy. But once I get going, its hard to stop me. (PF)
Chrisjayphoto.com

Michele Zavos has been an attorney in


the LGBT community for a long time. And
throughout her career, shes witnessed a
lot of change.
Most of it has come slowly, but over the
last few years things have happened more
quickly, she says.
As the managing partner and founder
of Zavos Juncker Law Group, Zavos has
litigated and helped change policy in the
District of Columbia, Maryland, and the
Commonwealth of Virginia to extend legal
protections to LGBT clients. She was the
winning attorney in Port v. Cowan, in which
the Maryland Court of Appeals held in
May of 2012 that Maryland must recognize
valid same-sex marriages from other
jurisdictions, which predated the passage
of marriage equality in Maryland.
Fifty percent of our clients are LGBT,
says Zavos who is married to Ellen Cull,
her partner of 22 years. Were a family law
rm on the cutting edge for developing
LGBT protection and representing people
in difcult circumstances as a result of how
family law has worked.
In 1982, Zavos started the rst Maybe
Baby group for lesbians and gay men
considering having children. My daughter
who is 30 was born with a donor dad,
says Zavos. So this is my passion and
interest and Ive been fortunate to make
it into a law practice. In family law there
remains a ways to go regarding the rights
of non-biological parents in same-sex
relationships and marriages. For LGBT
people in general theres still a lot to do,
particularly surrounding the area of trans
rights and employment and discrimination,
but thats outside of my practice area.
Looking ahead, Zavos says she is
committed to further expanding the
boundaries that protect LGBT families. (PF)
Zavos Junker Law Group
8455 Colesville Rd., No. 1500
Silver Spring, Md.
Zavosjunckerlawgroup.com

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Best Amateur Athlete


JEFF LARIVEE (STONEWALL
KICKBALL)
Runner-up: Matt Pearce
(D.C. Gay Flag Football League)
Best Local Columnist
EZRA KLEIN (VOX)
Runner-up: John Kelly (Washington Post)

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Best Cocktail
LEMON SQUEEZE
Duplex Diner
2004 18th St., N.W.
202-265-7828
duplexdiner.com
Runner-up: Sunday Sangria
(1905 Bistro & Bar)

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Best Clergy
BISHOP ALLYSON ABRAMS
Runner-up: Rev. David Lett

Bishop Allyson Abrams, founder and


current pastor of Empowerment Liberation
Cathedral, made headlines last year when
she married Bishop Diana Williams.
Abrams was serving as the rst female
pastor at Zion Progress Baptist Church in
Detroit when she married Williams, who is
a bishop emeritus with WashingtonsImani
Temple
African-American
Catholic
Congregation. Rumors of their wedding
quickly spread through the congregation
and Abrams resigned from the church.
The couple moved to D.C. and Abrams
founded her new LGBT-afrming church,
which currently holds services in the
sanctuary of the Church of the Ascension
in Silver Spring. (Empowerment Liberation
Cathedral was named Best House of
Worship and is proled separately.)
Abrams graduated from Howard
University with a Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical Engineering. She received
her masters of divinity and her doctorate
in ministry from United Theological
Seminary. She is the author of three
books and two of her sermons have
been published in The African American
Pulpit. She is also recognized for her
magnicent singing voice and sang with
the Young Adult Fellowship Ensemble at
D.C.s Metropolitan Baptist Church. She
has also taught at Ashland Theological
Seminary and Wayne County Community
College and served as a doctoral mentor
at Ecumenical Theological Seminary.
On a lighter note, Abrams also ofciated
at the 2014 wedding of singer Monifah
Carter and her girlfriend Terez Thorpe on
the nal episode of the reality TV show
R&B Divasof Atlanta.
Known for her ery, stirring messages
and electrifying prayers, she has been
asked to preach at pulpits across the
country. Abrams says her passion and gift
is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ
and helping Gods people. She looks
forward to continuing her social justice
work and ministry at Empowerment
Liberation Cathedral. (BTC)

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Bishop Allyson Abrams


Empowerment Liberation Cathedral
633 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring
240-720-7605
empowermentliberationcathedral.org

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Best Drag Show


LADIES OF TOWN
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
Town Danceboutique
2009 8th St., N.W.
towndc.com
Runner-up: D.C. Kings

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Best Gay-Friendly Straight Bar


DACHA BEER GARDEN
1600 7th St., N.W.
202-524-8790
dachadc.com
Runner-up: Black Cat

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Best Happy Hour & Hottest Bar Staff


NUMBER NINE
1435 P St., N.W.
numberninedc.com
Runner-ups: Bear Happy Hour/Nellies

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Best Live Music


9:30 CLUB
815 V St., N.W.
930.com
Runner-up: Howard Theatre

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Best Businessperson

Best Hill Staffer

HOWARD BROOKS

Runner-up: Kevin Knight

Runner-up: Scott Roewer, The Organizing Agency

Yesenia Chavez is already a voice to be reckoned with on


Capitol Hill. Since arriving in Washington in August 2013,
this rising star has been an out and proud spokesperson for
women, people of color and the LGBT community.
Shes currently a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative
Ral M. Grijalva, a Democrat from Arizonas Third District.
Her legislative portfolio includes LGBT issues, human rights,
womens rights, small business, gun violence, veterans affairs
and voting rights. In addition, she serves as the staff contact for
the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Congressional
Asian Pacic American Caucus. Chavez began working on the
Hill when she was selected as one of four Victory Congressional
Interns by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute in 2013.
Chavez is also an At-Large Director for the LGBT
Congressional Staff Association, which is an ofcial, nonpartisan congressional staff organization that promotes career
development opportunities for LGBT congressional staffers.
Chavezs focus is on building member outreach toward women
and staffers of color and she has initiated queer people of color
and womens lunches to build community and to strengthen
the groups diversity.
In 2014, Chavez was named one of the 20 Queer People
of Color You Should Know by Houstons Outsmart Magazine.
A graduate of the University of Houston, she received the
Universitys Community Involvement Scholarship from the
LGBT Resource Center and the Difference Maker Award from
the University Commission on Women. Shes also a Hometown
Mentor for the College Success Foundation. (BTC)

The talented physician Howard L. Brooks, MD, has been medical


director at the popular SKIN Cosmetic Dermatology Center of
Georgetown since 2007. He is recognized as a leader in non-invasive
body and facial rejuvenation for men and women.
Brooks says that SKIN blends the professional services of a
physicians ofce with the relaxing environment of a day spa, but
emphasizes that patients need to play an active role in the health of
their skin. SKIN offers clients a wide array of aesthetic, cosmetic and
medical treatment options.
Brooks and the staff at SKIN have received overwhelmingly positive
reviews. Patients appreciated their efciency and friendliness and praised
Brooks for his ability to listen and ask great questions, his skill at making
quick and clear recommendations, his caring manner and honesty.
Brooks is agraduate of Howard University College of Medicine. He
completed his medical internship at Franklin Square Medical Center
in Baltimore; his residency at Howard University Hospital included
stints at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Childrens National
Medical Center and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
He often appears as an expert resource for local and national
media outlets including the Washington Blade, CNN, Fox Morning
News, NewsChannel 8 and WTOP. He is an attending instructor for the
University Health Center at University of Maryland and is the author (or
co-author) ofnumerous scientic and clinical articles in peer reviewed
journals and texts. He is also a member of the Capital Area Physicians
for Human Rights and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. (BTC)
Dr. Howard Brooks
SKIN Dermatology of Georgetown
2233 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., no. 230
202-298-7546
georgetownskin.com

YESENIA CHAVEZ

Yesenia Chavez
1511 Longworth House Ofce Building
202-225-2435
grijalva.house.gov

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Best Neighborhood Bar


PHASE 1
525 8th St., S.E.
phase1dc.com
Runner-up: JR.s
Best Outside-the-District Bar
FREDDIES BEACH BAR
555 S. 23rd St. Arlington, Va.
freddiesbeachbar.com
Runner-up: Blue Iguana

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Best Outdoor Drinking


TOWN PATIO
Town Danceboutique
2009 8th St., N.W.
towndc.com
Runner-up: Dacha Beer Garden

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL
1330 MARYLAND AVE, SW
WASHINGTON, DC
metro accessible from
the Smithsonian &
LEnfant Plaza stations
valet parking available

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Best Guys Night Out


SECRETS
1824 Half St., S.W.
secretsdc.com
Runner-up: Town

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Best Trans Advocate


THOMAS COUGHLIN
Runner-up: Ruby Corado

This is the second year that Thomas Coughlin has been named Best Trans Advocate in
the Blades Best of Gay D.C. Readers Poll Awards. When he won last year, he was a staff
psychotherapist and transgender health advocate at Whitman-Walker Health. Hes now in
private practice with an ofce near Dupont Circle.
A long-time D.C. resident, Coughlin joined the Army in 1986 and was stationed at the
Pentagon. After his service, he decided to stay in the area and earned a masters degree
in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University He came out as gay in
1985 and began to come out as trans in 1999. He currently lives in Silver Spring with his
wife and stepchildren (and their dog Maize).
In a 2014 Queery prole in the Blade, Coughlin said his LGBT heroes were those in the
community facing harassment, discrimination and oppression every single day, but still nding
the courage to live their truth. Seriously, thats the heroic stuff. That passion clearly underlines
his approach to counseling. As he says on his website, sometimes creating or maintaining a
happy,satisfying life requires help. I support you in your journeytoward your true self.
Coughlin has also been a leader in providing transgender cultural competency training
to businesses, educational institutions and private agencies that wish to learn more about
transgender lives. He works with organizations to help them understand and support
transgender employees and assists professionals who wish to better serve their clients in
providingcompassionate and competent care to members of the transgender community. (BTC)
Thomas Coughlin, LPC, NCC
1633 Q St., N.W., Suite 210
thomascoughlinlpc.com

Best Girls Night Out


BARE BY LURE
Every third Saturday of the month at
Cobalt
1639 R St., N.W.
cobaltdc.com
Runner-up: Phase 1

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Best Place to Find


Someone Besides Grindr
CREW CLUB
1321 14th St., N.W.
crewclub.net
Runner-up: Town

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DONT MISS THE CONVERSATION


Indias Third Gender: Transgender People in Hindu Society
NOV. 3, 7 P.M.
Following a recent Indian Supreme Court ruling that acknowledges the existence
of a third gender, journalist Michael Edison Hayden and photographer Sami Siva
documented the countrys transgender women during the annual Koovagam
festival. Hear them talk about their experiences at this free event, presented by
the Pulitzer Center, Arcus Foundation and the Religious Freedom Center of the
Newseum Institute.
Register at newseum.org.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CENTER


NEWSEUM INSTITUTE

RELIGIOUSFREEDOMCENTER.ORG
555 PENNSYLVANIA AVE., N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C.

Michael Edison Hayden

Sami Siva

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Best Rehoboth Bar


BLUE MOON
35 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
bluemoonrehoboth.com
Runner-up: Aqua

PHOTO BY BLAIR GETZ MEZIBOV

Best Chef

Best Rooftop
NELLIES SPORTS BAR
900 U St., N.W.
nelliessportsbar.com
Runner-up: Penthouse Pool & Lounge

JOS ANDRS
Runner-up: Mike Isabella,
Mike Isabella Concepts

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Best Straight Ally


MEGHAN DAVIES
Runner-up: Maya Rupert

Meghan Davies, Whitman-Walker Healths chief of operations and program integration,


has supported D.C.s LGBT community through her work with Whitman-Walker.
Her job has her overseeing many aspects of Whitman-Walker Health including
community health, clinical infrastructure, therapy-based services and more.
Previously, Davies was Whitman-Walker Healths director of community health. She
assisted with the Breast Health Initiative, HIV counseling, Whitman-Walkers +1 HIV Peer
Support Program and PALS, a program advocating for LGBT seniors.
Her other background efforts include being an HIV prevention volunteer in the Peace
Corps. She also holds a masters degree in public health from George Washington
University. (MC)

You cant throw a plate of tapas in D.C.


without hitting a Jos Andrs restaurant
these days, so its no wonder that the
ebullient Spanish-born chef would get the
nod in this category.
With nearly a dozen restaurants in the
region, its easy to get your hands on
Andrs food, whether its a bocata the
Spanish version of a deli sandwich from
his roving food truck Pepe, Lebaneseinspired crispy Brussels sprouts at Zaytinya,
or deviled eggs spiked with jalapeo at
American Eats Tavern that speak to the
chefs exploration of his adopted countrys
classic dishes. Andrs foray into fast-casual
this year with the opening of the veggiecentric Beefsteak in Foggy Bottom and
Dupont Circle solidied his role as a chef
who wants to connect with every single
diner in this city on some level, whether
through tomatoes, turkey or tequila.
Still, even while building a veritable
dining empire, Andrs has also committed
considerable time and resources to
supporting healthy eating efforts at D.C.
Central Kitchen, teaching students at
George Washington University about
how the food supply chain affects global
security and engaging local kids in First
Lady Michelle Obamas Lets Move!
campaign to ght childhood obesity.
Always accessible, Jos Andrs is the kind
of celebrity chef who knows how to keep
it real, and that keeps us at his tables. (KH)

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Best Burger
FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES
Various D.C. locations
fiveguys.com
Runner-up: Shake Shack

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Best Coffee Shop


TRYST
2459 18th St., N.W.
trystdc.com
Runner-up: The Coffee Bar

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Best Date Restaurant


BUSBOYS & POETS
2021 14th St., N.W.
1025 5th St., N.W.
625 Monroe St., N.E.
busboysandpoets.com
Runner-up: Floriana

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Local Hero
DAVID FRANCO

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Best Local TV Personality


WENDY RIEGER
Runner-up: Chuck Bell

NBC4s Wendy Rieger stumbled upon broadcast journalism when she was a college
drop-out looking to make money as an actress. She found a job reading the news on
camera in Norfolk, Va., and fell in love with the business.
The job inspired Rieger to return to school and she earned her degree in broadcast
journalism from American University.
Rieger, a frequent emcee for SMYALs fall brunches, was struck by the injustice young
LGBT people faced when she was doing a story on SMYAL and at the time was not allowed
to say the location for fear of it being attacked.
What kind of insanity is that? In a civilized country, Rieger says. It turns my stomach to
think that people still harbor that much hatred for something that is unlike them.
Rieger says that growing up in the South and seeing the racism African Americans faced
raised her awareness about how poorly people can be treated for being different. When she
moved to D.C., she had gay friends and noticed similar injustices that made her want to speak
out. She hopes her public persona can help LGBT issues progress in a positive direction.
If my name in any way takes away some of the fear or anxiety someone may feel
because this is an unknown to them and I can help show them that these people are
people living their lives and its normal, its going to be for the greater good in the end,
Rieger says. (MC)

David Franco, principal and co-founder of


real estate development Level 2 Development,
has a passion for housing displacement that
stems from a personal place.
Francos family owned Jay Dees
Childrens Apparel, a discount department
store in D.C., from 1937-1983 and were
forced to shut down.
Franco, who spent his childhood
growing up in the store, vividly remembers
how he felt.
I remember standing there across
the street the day that the wrecking ball
demolished the store, Franco says. It was
really an impactful moment, just feeling
displaced, feeling like my family had been
displaced.
That moment led Franco to spearhead
housing preservation efforts. In 2005,
Franco joined forces with Jubilee Housing
to help preserve Cresthill Apartments for
the Sankoka Tenants Association, a 48-unit
building. The partnership led to creating
home ownership opportunities for low- to
medium-income residents specically for
the 14th Street corridor.
Franco, who also owns mens clothing
store Universal Gear on 14th Street, has
also served on Mayor Fentys D.C. Housing
and Community Developments Housing
Protection Trust Fund Board. (MC)

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Best Dessert
GRASSROOTS GOURMET
104 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
grassrootsgourmet.org
Runner-up: Three Fifty Bakery

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Best French Restaurant


LE DIPLOMATE
1601 14th St., N.W.
lediplomatedc.com
Runner-up: Bistrot Du Coin

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PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISPY KREME

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Best Doughnut
KRISPY KREME
1350 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
krispykreme.com
Runner-up: Astro Donut

Best DJ
MATT BAILER
Runner-up: Rosie Hicks

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Best Burlesque Dancer


PRIVATE TAILS
Runner-up: GiGi Holliday

Miss Private Tails is an international entertainer and professional ecdysiast who says her
mission is to inspire and electrify. Born just outside of Hollywood, Calif., she has been
performing burlesque since 2005 and has been based in D.C. for the past eight years. She
is Miss Gay United States Capital City Femme Fatale (2013) and the eternal Miss Nubian
DMV (2009) and was the First Miss Phase 1 (2010). She is also the regional promoter for
Burlypicks, the only international talent competition focused on burlesque and variety.
Her scintillating act draws on a wide variety of inuences including classical burlesque,
hip-hop, boi-lesque and Broadway. She currently has more than 100 polished routines in
her performance repertoire, but she also enjoys the creative process of developing new
numbers and looks forward to the opportunity to whip up a fresh new performance for an
enthusiastic audience. Shes been dancing and entertaining since childhood and received
a bachelors degree in theater from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., with a focus on
both acting and directing.
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pockets of her audience, but also notes that since burlesque is the art of the tease, she
doesnt necessarily have to show a lot of skin to have an entertaining performance. In fact,
she cleans it up every year as the emcee of D.C. Youth Pride every April.
You can see her at Unfastened: DC at Phase 1 on Nov. 6. (BTC)
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ongoing success boils down to the music.
I dont know how to throw a party per
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and think other people will love too.
His two monthly dance parties, Peach
Pit and Mixtape (with co-host DJ Shea Van
Horn), have been staples of gay nightlife
for six and seven years respectively. While
Mixtape melds new and older music and
rotates venues (Black Cat, 9:30, Howard
Theatre and Town), Peach Pit is strictly 90s
music and stays put at DC9.
Bailer also spins at Nellies on Fridays,
and occasionally La Boum, a boozy brunch
at LEnfant Caf in Adams Morgan. Unlike
DJs who use laptops, Bainer relies on CDs,
so technically, yes, he spins. I describe
myself as middle school, Bailer says. Im
somewhere between laptop and vinyl. My
favorite music includes 90s, house, old hip
hop, pop and remixes.
Growing up in Camp Springs, Md.,
Bailer was hooked on radio. At 10, he was
already listening to (and recording) Casey
Kasems American Top 40. I loved nding
new music and introducing it to my family
and friends. I still do.
After studying theater at Duke University
in North Carolina in the 90s, Bailer spent
two-and-a-half years in Los Angeles DJing
some, but mostly doing drugs. He returned
to D.C. and got sober in 2003. Soon after he
began picking up DJ gigs at Omega, a Guess
Store and recovery sober dances. Eventually
he connected with Cobalt and work became
steadier. In 2009, he gave up his day job at
an ofce and hasnt looked back since.
Today I feel like Im doing what Im on
the planet to do. That may change one
day, but not today. (PF)

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Runner-up: Pizza Paradiso

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Best Drag King


AVERY AUSTIN
Runner-up: Sebastian Katz

Avery Austin, the drag king persona of


New Orleans native Anna Wimpelberg,
was born in 2004 when Wimpelberg hit
the drag king scene in Boston.
Since then, Wimpelberg joined Kings N
Things, an Austin, Texas drag king troupe,
before moving to the District. Wimpelberg
joined the now-defunct D.C. kings troupe
in 2011.
She enjoys using plot lines and musicals
to form her performances. She also likes to
take inspiration from the television show
Glee to create her characters show.
When she isnt performing, Wimpelberg
is a HIV research specialist for WhitmanWalker Health. A graduate of Mount
Holyoke College, she has degrees in
psychology and education. (MC)

Best Singer or Band


FRANKIE & BETTY
Runner-up: Tom Goss

This is the second win for the insanely fun queertastic group Frankie & Betty. The bank
kicked it off four years ago when Rachel Bauchman (singer, bass, guitar) and Jessie Strick
(lead guitar) met at an open mic at Phase 2. With their love of pop culture references
and obnoxious jokes, the duo immediately hit it off and started performing together. Six
months ago they added drummer Judy Bad to the mix.
Frankie & Betty have become active members of the D.C. music community as well as
hosts for local burlesque shows. Their style is fast, fun and light. Strick says, Its morphed
into a really fun live show now. We love to banter and interact with the audience. We love
joking around with each other and to play some fun songs in between.
They say their musical inuences are Florence and the Machine, Le Tigre, Tegan and
Sara, Feist and Santigold, but (with tongues rmly planted in cheek), they also admit that
MGD, JB, PBR and OPP are major inuences. Strick says a recent highlight was playing
the 9:30 Club for Phasefest. That was by far the most exciting gig for the band to date,
she says. We have all dreamed of playing that stage since we were little girls, so it was
honestly a dream come true and a memory we will never forget.
The band has been taking a break lately to celebrate Rachels wedding, but they will
update their Facebook page when they start booking new gigs. And they offer this impish
guarantee: We make sure that every audience member leaves a performance with a smile
on their face from having been a part of both a musical and comedic experience. (BTC)
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Best Pricey Restaurant


Thats Totally Worth It
PALM RESTAURANT
1225 19th St., N.W.
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Runner-up: Thai Crossing

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Best Rehoboth Restaurant


DOS LOCOS
208 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
doslocos.com
Runner-up: Blue Moon

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Best Alt Party


MIXTAPE
Runner-up: Peach Pit

DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer host


Mixtape, an alternative dance party, on the
second Saturday of each month. Locations
vary. The fourth annual Mixtape Halloween
party is on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Howard
Theatre. Its at the 9:30 Club on Saturday,
Nov. 14 and at the Black Cat on Saturday,
Dec. 12.

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Best Seafood Restaurant


HANKS OYSTER BAR
1624 Q St., N.W.
1026 King St., Alexandria, Va.
633 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.
hanksoysterbar.com
Runner-up: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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COURTESY OF MIXTAPE

WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO


BY MICHAEL KEY

Best Steak Restaurant


ANNIES PARAMOUNT STEAK
AND SEAFOOD HOUSE
1609 17th St., N.W.
Runner-up: Ruths Chris Steak House

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Best Drag Queen


DESTINY B. CHILDS
Runner-up: Summer Camp

You may have seen Destiny B. Childs (Richard Legg) performing at a number of local venues,
but her act is anything but small. With stints at the Academy of Washington Inc., Ziegfelds/
Secrets and Freddies Beach Bar, she has become a staple in the local drag community.
A Pensacola, Fla., native, Legg was stationed at Walter Reed when in the U.S. Army in
1996. He decided to stay in the area and later decided to try performing in drag in 2003.
His drag mother Ophelia Bottoms (Charles McWilliams) praised his performance and with
her encouragement, he continued performing.
Since then, Childs has continued performing all over the District. She regularly emcees
on the main stage at Capital Pride and was Empress II in the Imperial Court of Washington
two years ago. (MC)

Best Sushi
STICKY RICE
1224 H St., N.E.
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Runner-up: Sushi Taro

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Best Wine Bar


BARCELONA
1622 14th St., N.W.
barcelonawinebar.com
Runner-up: Vinoteca

PHOTO BY FIONA SHIELDS; COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

Best Va. Winery


LINDEN VINEYARDS
Runner-up: Breaux Vineyards

PHOTO BY T.TSENG; COURTESY FLICKR

Best Restaurant
Youd Wait in Line For
ROSES LUXURY
Runner-up: Barcelona

Just two years ago, Roses Luxury was barely a twinkle in the eyes of D.C. diners, who
were hard-pressed to understand why anyone would stand in line for up to four hours to
get a table at this Capitol Hill gem.
With a 20-year lease, Roses Luxury aims to stand the test of time and chef-owner Aaron
Silverman thinks that standing in line that is, not taking reservations is the best way
to make the restaurant truly open for all, since no one can book up the tables months in
advance. This begs a question: Is it worth it? The simple answer: yes.
Theres a reason why Roses Luxury has been racking up accolades from Bon Appetit
which named it Americas Best New Restaurant in 2014 along with just about every
news outlet in D.C.: the food is innovative, intelligent and undeniably special. On Roses
current menu, you might nd yourself with a salad of crispy pigs ear with a fresh salsa of
mango and cabbage or hand-cut chitarra, a porous pasta that holds sauce particularly
well in this case, a soffritto of caramelized cauliower and white wine. So, go ahead and
get in line. Itll be worth the wait and you can get a treat from nearby District Doughnut
to munch until your tables ready. (KH)
Roses Luxury
717 8th St., S.E.
rosesluxury.com

Just an hour outside the Beltway lies


an oasis of peace and tranquility, along
with some pretty impressive wine. This is
Linden Vineyards, where, thankfully, you
wont nd buses full of tipsy tour-goers or
hobby winemakers.
What you will nd is Jim Law, a true
working winemaker and former Peace
Corps volunteer with deep roots in
vineyard agriculture who is constantly
tinkering with his vines in an effort to
produce
character-driven
sauvignon
blanc, riesling and chardonnay, just to
name a few of the award-winning wines
in its cellars. A visit to Linden is not to
be undertaken lightly, and certainly not
with a boisterous group of friends, as the
vineyard will not accommodate groups
larger than six and limits its deck and
grounds on Saturdays and Sundays only
to members of their Case Club (anyone
who purchases a case of wine becomes a
member automatically).
Whether or not you are part of the
club, its worth it to arrive in time for the
11:30 a.m. weekend tours of the cellar
and vineyard, offering serious insight into
the craft of winemaking, which just might
make you the star of the conversation at
the next dinner party when you arrive
with, of course, a bottle or two from
Lindens cellars. (KH)
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POPVILLE
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Runner-up: BYT
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Runner-up: Waze
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Best Real Estate Group


BEDIZ GROUP
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Runner-up: The Evan and Mark Team

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Best Boozy
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Runner-up: Level One
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Best Asian Restaurant


BEAU THAI

Runner-up: Thaitanic

The original location of Beau Thai opened in Shaw in 2010 under the direction of
husbands Ralph Brabham and Drew Portereld and chef Aschara Viggsittaboot with a
goal to bring authentic Thai cuisine that didnt rely on curry from a can.
Now expanded to new sites in Shaw and Mount Pleasant (with a noodle shop at the original
spot on New Jersey Ave. NW), Beau Thai continues to impress diners with fresh ingredients
and thoughtful preparation. Because the curry paste is actually made from scratch at Beau
Thai, its worth ordering up at least one curry for the table an interesting combination is
the marinated duck with grapes, pineapple and tomato and be sure to try the Pad Thai, a
classic that can sometimes be made overly sweet, ostensibly to suit the American palate, but
has a tangy undertone of tamarind here. The brunch menu at the Mount Pleasant location
offers some fun fusion twists on the classics, from the Egg Drop Grits made with Thai rice
soup to the Hangover Special, a tempting concoction of fried eggs with sweet Thai sausage
and taro home fries. Top it all off with a Homemade Ginger Beer, which blends a ginger-lime
pure with Singha, and that hangover will be just a memory. (KH)
Beau Thai
3162 Mount Pleasant St., N.W. (Mount Pleasant)
1550 7th St., N.W., Unit A (Shaw)
beauthaidc.com

As they like to say at La Boum, this is not


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What youll nd at La Boum, once it transforms
from its slightly more staid persona as
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coming out of that phone booth dressed as
Superman), is a raucous, Champagne-lled
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but the alcohol is plentiful.
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way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Named
one of the top 100 brunches in the country,
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your reservation begins. Champagne bottles
arrive wrapped in aming sparklers, eggs
Norvgienne will soak up the alcohol, the DJ
keeps Katy Perry and Madonna spinning, and
dancing on the tables well, why not? (KH)
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2000 18th St., N.W.
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THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
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Best Condo Building


THE SHAY
1924 8th St., N.W.
theshay.com
Runner-up: Atlantic Plumbing
Best Workout Spot
VIDA FITNESS
1517 15th St., N.W.
1612 U St., N.W.
999 9th St., N.W.
vidafitness.com
Runner-up: Elevate Fitness

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Best Local Brewery


PHOTO BY MIKE; COURTESY FLICKR

Best Caterer
OLD BLUE BBQ
Runner-up: Patrick Vanas Events

If youre on the lookout for hosting an event with some good old
Southern hospitality, Old Blue BBQ is ready to pile on the comfort
food. An array of meats, including baby back ribs, brisket, salmon
and tri-tip are smoked over locally sourced oak and maple but
the grilling doesnt stop there. Bacon-wrapped jalapeo poppers,
smoked tomato jam crostini, smoked artichoke dip (oh yes), and
even grilled fruit drizzled with white chocolate are other ways that
Old Blue kicks it up a notch, taking the menu from down-home
barbecue to rustic chic, whether youre looking to host a company
picnic or a family wedding. (KH)
Old Blue BBQ
4580 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, Va.
oldbluebbq.com

DC BRAU
Runner-up: Capitol City

Its hard to remember a time when there werent breweries and


distilleries dotting the city, but, just a scant few years ago, D.C. was
actually a hand-crafted alcohol desert. That all changed in 2009
when beer buddies Jeff Hancock and Brandon Skall decided to
open the citys rst brewery in more than 50 years, locating their
operations in a largely industrial neighborhood in Northeast D.C.
just before the Maryland line.
First they turned out some really tasty brews that have now
become mainstays in bars and grocery stores across the area,
then the social media-savvy duo managed to do something pretty
astonishing: They actually turned their off-the-beaten-path brewery
into an unlikely weekend destination, luring food trucks, deejays
and artists to create a hipsters paradise of tastings and tours. Stop
by on Friday evenings for half-priced pint night and dont forget
to wear closed-toe shoes for the free brewery tours on Saturday
afternoons. (KH)
DC Brau
3178-B Bladensburg Rd., NE
dcbrau.com

Best Gayborhood
LOGAN CIRCLE
Runner-up: 17th Street

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Best Hardware Store


LOGAN HARDWARE
1734 14th St., N.W.
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Runner-up: Annies Ace Hardware

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Best Home Furnishings &


Best Second-Hand Stuff
MISS PIXIES FURNISHINGS
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1626 14th St., N.W.
Runner-ups: Hudson & Crane
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Best
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AMSTERDAM FALAFELSHOP
Runner-up: Chipotle

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Best Indian
RASIKA
Runner-up: Ghar E Kabob

Theres a good reason why Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam won a James Beard Award
last year the avors and textures coming from his kitchens at both the Penn Quarter and
West End locations are layered yet distinct, playful yet rened, and clearly designed to
make us rethink our preconceived notions about Indian food.
Youll nd no bland lentil mush here or doughy samosas; instead, look for bright splashes
of saffron and fresh curry leaves, crisp shards of coconut and punches of vinegar, all
hallmarks of what is probably the best Indian cuisine to be found anywhere in the United
States and weve got it right here in D.C. Even better, Rasika is a reasonably priced ne
dining restaurant that is not stingy on its hours, being open for lunch, dinner and pretty
much every holiday. It offers Sunday brunch at the West End restaurant with such delights as
Coconut Jaggery Pancakes and Eggs Kejiriwal; and a chefs tasting menu that proves Indian
food can be perfectly paired with ne wines instead of just Taj Mahal. (KH)
Rasika
633 D St. NW (Penn Quarter)
1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW (West End)
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Not only does Amsterdam Falafelshop


keep hours that are designed to cater to
bleary hungover mornings as well as late
nights stumbling home from the bar, this
quick-service local chain left no doubt as
to who they think their clientele are when
they created a pot-pairing menu and $4.20
sandwiches all in celebration of April 20.
Whats not to love about a sandwich
called the OG Kush, a combination of
beets, turnips and tahini designed to
complement the woodsy undertones
of the OG Kush strain, a pairing said
to promote a heightened sensory
awareness? Whether your vice is weed or
baba ganoush, Amsterdam Falafelshop
has got you covered with fast falafel balls
served either in pita or bowls, 22 toppings,
and uber-crispy fries with a lip-smacking
curried ketchup, all for less than the cost
of that last cocktail you probably shouldnt
have ordered. (KH)
Amsterdam Falafelshop
2425 18th St. NW (Adams Morgan)
1830 14th St. NW (Logan Circle/U Street)
429 LEnfant Plaza SW (LEnfant Plaza)
Suite 420 Promenade
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THE W
515 15th St., N.W.
wwashingtondc.com
Runner-up: Hotel Palomar

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Best LGBT Social Group


STONEWALL SPORTS
stonewallsports.org
Runner-up: Gay Mens
Chorus of Washington

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Best LGBT Support Group &


Best Non-Profit
SMYAL
Supporting and Mentoring Youth
Advocates and Leaders
410 7th St., S.E.
smyal.org
Runner-ups: HIPS/The D.C. Center

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Best Sandwich
TAYLOR GOURMET
Runner-up: Sundervich

When two guys from Philly decided to open up a hoagie shop on the barely burgeoning
H Street corridor back in 2008, the idea was to make really good, fresh sandwiches with
homemade air. Since then, Taylor Gourmet has expanded to 10 locations in the region,
proving that apparently we were all hungry for a hoagie.
With an eye on quality, all the beef, pork, and turkey is roasted in-house, the bread
is baked locally, and the Italian-style cured meats are sourced from Virginia, giving a
decidedly local spin on Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks and Italian hoagies stuffed with
everything from sausage, onion and peppers to hand-rolled meatballs topped with fresh
marinara. While youre there, dont forget to order up a side of the crispy polenta fries
you wont regret it. (KH)
Taylor Gourmet
Ten locations across D.C., Maryland and Virginia
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Best
Food
Truck
RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND
Runner-up: Rito Loco

Theres something about the friendly


red gingham-clad exterior of the Red Hook
Lobster Pound truck as it perches along
the curb that just makes you want to don
a bib and sink your teeth into a crustacean.
If youre a New Englander longing for
some lobstah or just a wannabe then
this truck is the place to get your x,
whether its the Connecticut-style lobster
roll, a simple concoction of buttered roll
lled with chunks of lobster meat spritzed
with fresh lemon juice, the classic Maine
lobster roll dressed in housemade mayo,
or the utterly decadent lobster mac n
cheese and dont forget to add Cape
Cod potato chips and Maine Root Soda.
Its kind of like having a day at the shore,
even if its only 30 minutes on a bench at
Farragut Square. (KH)
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Find out where the truck is on Twitter:
@LobstertruckDC
redhooklobsterdc.com

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Best LGBT Sports Team


WASHINGTON SCANDALS RUGBY
FOOTBALL CLUB
scandalsrfc.org
Runner-up: Flippin Not Trippin

Best Pet Business


DOGGY STYLE BAKERY,
BOUTIQUE & PET SPA
1825 18th St., N.W.
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Runner-up: City Dogs Rescue

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Best Place to Take Kids


SMITHSONIANS NATIONAL ZOO
3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
nationalzoo.si.edu
Runner-up: Smithsonians National Air
and Space Museum
Best Salon/Spa
LOGAN 14
1314 14th St., N.W.
logan14salonspa.com
Runner-up: Bang Salon

Best Local Twitter Feed


@DCHOMOS
Runner-up: @popville

If you want to know whats going on in LGBT D.C., you need to follow @DCHomos on Twitter.
Described as News, noise, food, men, sports, art, charity, fashion, TV, happy thoughts, all
things gay and D.C. Sentinel, silent and sure, its a delightful mlange of everything serious
and sublime about the nations capital in 140 characters or less.
The mastermind behind @DCHomos is Josie Romero. When he moved to D.C. from Miami
Beach six years ago, he didnt know anyone in town. But with his experience in the tech
industry, he knew that Twitter was just starting to catch on and that D.C. was one of the rst
cities to embrace tweeting.
So he decided to use the new technology to help build a circle of friends. That was before
Twitter had a search function, so he looked for screen names that included D.C. He slowly
compiled a list of kindred souls and started posting lists of local happy hours. About 18
months ago, Romero turned the feed in a different direction. He added a focus on news and
social issues, especially marriage equality.
Basically, he describes the feed as things I share on Twitter instead of Facebook. He does
note that the feed attracts a lot of negative feedback, which he tends to ignore.
Ive adopted a Dont Feed the Trolls policy. I try to keep things positive.
As of press time, @DCHomos has made more than 110,000 tweets, is following 27,300 users
and has over 75,300 followers. Romero has also started live tweeting events (he had a lot of
fun at the recent Reel Afrmations Paris Is Burning mini-ball), so be sure to keep him in the
loop. (BTC)
@dchomos
dchomos.com

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Best Reason to Go to Baltimore


NATIONAL AQUARIUM
501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore
aqua.org
Runner-up: The Hippo

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Best Theater
KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE
PERFORMING ARTS
2700 F St., N.W.
kennedy-center.org
Runner-up: Studio Theatre

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Best Theater Production


DEAR EVAN HANSEN
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arenastage.org
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CITYPAWS ANIMAL HOSPITAL
1823 14th St., N.W.
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THE ORGANIZING AGENCY


Runner-up: Town

When out businessman Scott Roewer talks about organizing and closets, hes not necessarily talking about politics. Hes probably
talking about organizing your closets to harmonize your life. As Roewer likes to point out, anyone can organize your space, but it takes
a professional to organize you.
After working as a music educator and an event planner, Roewer decided to apply his fervent entrepreneurial spirit and creative expertise
to helping clients organize their lives. He founded the Organizing Agency in 2004 to help clients create productivity systems for their homes
and ofces. The Agency also provides stress-free moving planning and offers workshops on shaping spaces and managing time.
A native of Bellevue, Neb., Roewer earned his Certied Professional Organizer designation in 2007 and is an active member of the
National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). He is also the co-author of Get Organized Today, a book about strategic
organizing, and has been a contributor to Time magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, MSNBC, Today, HGTV and Martha Stewart Living.
Inspired by the excess encountered in their work, the Organizing Agency team makes giving back to the community a priority. Roewer
and his staff are active supporters of the Unstoppable Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Dress for Success and Soles4Souls. He is also a
member of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Roewer has been widely recognized for his professional and philanthropic work. In 2008NAPO-Washington, D.C. awarded him with
its inaugural Professional Organizer of the Year Award and in 2012 NAPO recognized him with its highest honor, the Founders Award.
In 2011, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds named him Joint Base Andrews Hometown Hero, an honor that included a ight with the
Thunderbirds in their F-16 Fighter Jet. (BTC)
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811 4th St., N.W., Suite1013
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Best Rehoboth Business


BAD HAIR DAY
20 Lake Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
badhairday.biz
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Best House
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EMPOWERMENT LIBERATION CATHEDRAL
Runner-up: Foundry United Methodist Church

The Raben Group is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity in working with clients
and in managing its workplace. Founded in 2001 by former Assistant Attorney General
Robert Raben, the Raben Group has grown to more than 50 employees with ofces in
Washington, Los Angeles and New York City.
Its mission is to identify opportunities and solve problems for clients in the corporate,
nonprot, foundation and government sectors.The Raben Group is a multi-lingual, multicultural, diverse group of colleagues united not just by a profession, but by a common
commitment to equality and justice. It brings together a diverse collection of professionals
with deep roots in law and progressive public policy and works to solve complex public
policy problems across a spectrum of issues.
The agencys practice areas include strategic communications, diversity and community,
and public policy advocacy, with a special emphasis on LGBT strategies. The Raben Group
specializes in building bipartisan coalitions of allies (sometimes unlikely ones) to help
achieve a clients goals.
The rm is also dedicated to community service. According to its website, We are
united not only by our interest in public policy, but by our shared values. Many of us
volunteer for philanthropic organizations. Others serve on the boards of national and
local non-prots. As a rm, we help organize charity events and endeavor to donate a
certain amount of our time to pro bono projects. For example, Raben is also the founder
of the March on Washington Film Festival.
And, they add, We always keep our sense of humor. Thats what keeps a workplace
fresh. (BTC)

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has grown rapidly since it was founded by
the dynamic Bishop Allyson Abrams last
year. (Bishop Abrams was selected as the
Best Clergy and is proled separately.)
While it is growing, the Empowerment
Liberation Cathedral has found a home at
the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in
Silver Spring. The Rector at Ascension is
the openly lesbian Rev. Joan E. Beilstein,
who befriended Abrams when she
resigned from her position as pastor of a
Detroit church after she came out in 2013.
The Empowerment Liberation Cathedral
is an inclusive, welcoming congregation
open to people of all backgrounds, straight
or gay. As the mission statement makes
clear, Everyone is invited to experience
our worship no matter your gender, race,
age, sexual orientation, identication,
handicap or former faith background.
The church aims to provide a sense of
worthiness and acceptance to all people
and to transform lives through programs,
services, advocacy and community action.
It is afliated with the Association of
Welcoming & Afrming Baptist and the
Fellowship of Metropolitan Community
Churches.
In addition to Sunday services, the
church offers a wide variety of activities.
There are ministries focused on youth,
seniors, singles, couples, people affected
by HIV/AIDS, praise dance, music and
social justice. There is also an active
virtual ministry, which offers a conference
call Bible study on Wednesday evenings,
along with streaming services and a
popular YouTube channel. Abrams has
also launched a GoFundMe campaign
to help spur the growth of the edgling
church. (BTC)

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633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring
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Most LGBT-Friendly Workplace


THE RABEN GROUP
Runner-up: Whitman-Walker Health

The staff of the


Washington Blade would
like to congratulate all
the nominees and winners
and thank all of our
advertisers and sponsors,
especially WhitmanWalker Health, our
presenting sponsor.
Thanks also to Ed Bailey
and the staff at Town
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hosting this years
Best Of Gay DC party.
Thanks to Wendy Rieger,
Destiny B. Childs, Drew
Fisher and Tim Baird for
appearing on the cover of
this issue. (And that pose
was Wendys idea, BTW.)
(Winners were selected by Blade readers
who voted online; about 20,000 votes were
cast, the most ever. Nominees were similarly
submitted online by readers; the top ve vote
getters became nalists in each of nearly 100
categories, our most ever.)
ON THE COVER: Destiny B. Childs (Best Drag
Queen) gets her makeup attended to by Wendy
Rieger (Best TV personality) as Drew Fisher and
Tim Baird, bartenders at Number Nine (Hottest
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parents. Thankfully, my dad recognized
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issues. He even found a youth group for
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Whos your LGBT hero?
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how about Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey
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and practiced part-time throughout his college years.
He credits the technique with helping him recover from a serious 2001 car
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It was then that I decided I wanted to do this full time and help others with
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Weingart is this years winner in the Best Massage category for Best of Gay
D.C. He was runner-up last year and won the title in 2013.
I feel incredibly honored to win, he says. I take my practice very seriously
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Whats Washingtons best


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I always have a great time at the Green
Lantern and Nellies!

Describe your dream wedding.


I fancy the idea of a traditional church
wedding with a cozy reception in the
company of close friends and family.

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
Gun violence prevention!

What historical outcome


would you change?
The assassinations of President John
F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. They each
had the ability to shape our country
and world so much more than they had
before their untimely deaths.

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
That would have to be Madonna during
her Blond Ambition Tour. She tested
every boundary set in place and kicked
down the door for more freedom in
artistic expression.

On what do you insist?


Treating others with respect and
kindness as well as chewing with your
mouth closed.
What was your last
Facebook post or Tweet?
Fewer guns, fewer gun-related deaths.
Its not rocket science, folks!

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
In Search of Lost Time

If science discovered a way


to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
I would stay exactly the way I was born.
I believe my sexuality is a God-given gift
and the challenges Ive conquered from
being a gay man have only made me a
stronger person.

What do you believe in


beyond the physical world?
Im incredibly spiritual and I believe that
we are all made in the likeness of an allloving creator. I know life exists beyond
our inevitable mortality but have never
felt hard-pressed to convince others of
what I believe and know to be true.

Whats your advice for


LGBT movement leaders?
Continue to stand united in bridging the
gaps that divide us in our community.
Also, educate the younger generations
on the pioneers of the LGBT community
who brought us to where we are today.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
It may sound so clich to say, but I would
truly walk across hot coals for peace. In
the entire history of humanity, people
have had to learn to adapt and live
with the pains of war and strife. Let the
people know peace!
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
What LGBT stereotypes dont annoy me?
However, I especially loathe the neverending stereotypes and categories we
continue to place on members of our
own community.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


Again, its really tough to pick one but if I
must, it would surely be Beautiful Thing
from 1996.

Whats the most


overrated social custom?
Saying bless you when somebody
sneezes. Sneezing can be so socially
awkward (think of a palm full of snot
if you cant grab a tissue in time) and
drawing more attention to somebody
sneezing, really puts the pressure on.
Plus its an anciently superstitious
custom anyway.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
I once won a contest with a short story
I wrote in high school. Ive always loved
to write, but know its not one of my
greatest strengths. Winning that simple
contest showed me that I could do
just about anything, if I sincerely apply
myself.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
That time starts to y the older you get.
Though Im not necessarily regretful of
past decisions in my life, there are some
opportunities at 18 that I wished I would
have taken advantage of.

Why Washington?
I love D.C. because its lled with rich
history, has many activities to partake
in and I really do appreciate the
multicultural diversity of those we share
the city with.

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THEATER

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From left are NADINE MALOUF as Salome, RAMZI CHOUKAIR as Iokanaan and OLWEN FOUERE as Nameless Woman in Salome at Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Biblical femme fatale gets


feminist makeover
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
With Salom, adapter/director Yal
Farber turns the biblical tale on its head.
While Farber uses Oscar Wildes thenscandalous 1883 Salom as the premise
Herods stepdaughter Salom demands
the head of Iokanaan (John the Baptist)
on a silver platter as reward for dancing
the Dance of the Seven Veils her oneact now playing at the Shakespeare
Theatre Company is otherwise something
entirely new. Rather than cast Salom
as a vengeful femme fatale, Farber reimagines her as an agent of revolution.
The action unfolds backwards. It begins
at the end insists narrator Nameless
Woman (ercely played Olwen Four),
the older Salom and an embodiment of
unnamed women from the past. She sets
the scene in Roman-ruled Jerusalem where
Pontius Pilate is top dog. Hes focused
in no particular order on collecting

taxes, building aqueducts and keeping the


populace at heel. Lesser powers include
the debauched Herod (Ismael Kanater)
and the Sanhedrin (played with perfect
posture by Yuval Boim and Je Hayenga)
who maintain the Hebrews religious
tradition and collect Temple tax.
Unsurprisingly theres a whi of
insurrection in the air. The people are
overburdened by the occupation and
looking for a messiah. Enter Iokanaan
(Ramzi Choukair), a baptizer spreading
ideas of rebellion and insurrection. His
lines are delivered exclusively in Arabic
(his words are translated by the ever
present Nameless Woman and Yeshua
the Madman played by Ricahrd Saudek).
As Nameless Woman moves the story
back in time, the younger Salom (the
excellent Nadine Malouf) sits mutely,
hooded and bound to a chair. By
instigating the killing of Iokannan, she
has lifted the radical zealot to martyr
status, exactly what Pilate didnt want.
Moving further back to a fortress on the
edge of the Dead Sea where Iokannan is
held captive in an underground cistern,

Maloufs Salom comes to life. Curious


and determined, she uses her smarts
and sensuality to persuade the jailors
(Shahar Isaac and Elan Zar) to allow her
to descend a long wooden ladder to the
prisoners damp cell. There, the heavily
bearded Iokannan clad in his signature
scratchy loincloth, baptizes the young
woman. Reborn through water, Salom
is determined to defy her abuser and the
powers that be. Its both a pivotal spiritual
and political moment for her.
Lyrical,
visually
striking
and
meticulously staged, Salom is a sensory
and audible pleasure as well as a world
premiere production and STCs entry in
the citywide Womens Voices Theater
Festival. Composer and sound designer
Mark Bennetts ambient music sets the
mood with drumming and tolling and the
keening and operatic from cast members
Lubana Al Quntar and Tamar Ilana.
Susan Hilgertys set morphs from a
bare stage littered with straight back
chairs and long sawhorse tables to an
unfamiliar place of varied elements like
falling sand, billowing veil-like curtains

and water. Lit evocatively by Donald


Holder, the set adapts itself to many
moods and locales. Under Ami Shulmans
movement
direction,
the
graceful
12-person cast moves slowly, almost
trancelike, or they are very still on the
sometimes rotating stage. And while
the movement is deliberate and almost
sluggish, the production never drags.
Farbers
Salom
certainly
isnt
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see mantrap enticing holy man with
a well-choreographed strip tease la
Rita Hayworth in the big screen version.
Though still sexually charged, this is more
about womens voices, self-determination
and political uprising.

SALOM
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GABY HOFFMAN in Lyle, an eerie and satisfying thriller.

Reel Armations plans


Halloween double bill
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
This year, Reel Armations celebrates
Halloween with a pair of very scary movies
by two emergent lesbian lmmakers.
The Night Is Ours, is the creepiest of
date movies. Olivia asks her tomboy friend
Morgan to sneak her out of the house.
They enjoy a romantic night under the
stars, but things look decidedly dierent
by the light of day. The short features
wonderful performances by Jacqueline
Emerson and Bex Taylor-Klaus, as well as
a brief appearance by Guinevere Turner
(Go Fish) as Olivias distraught mother.
Writer/Director Aubree Bernier-Clarke
tells her disturbing tale with great style
and eciency. Produced as part of AFIs
prestigious Directing Workshop for
Women, The Night Is Ours is a tightly
wound thriller by an artist to watch out
for (aubreebernierclarke.com).

Lyle has been called the lesbian


Rosemarys Baby, but that convenient
shorthand doesnt really give director
Stewart Thorndikes rst full-length
feature the credit it deserves. Where
Rosemarys Baby is all about the slow
reveal of a devilish secret, Lyle is about
uncertainty and ambiguity. The movie
centers on Leah, a pregnant lesbian
mother who moves to a beautiful new
Brooklyn apartment with her girlfriend
June, a record producer who has just
gotten her rst big break. Leah is left
alone to unpack and care for their toddler
Lyle (shes a girl, but June wanted a boy).
Creepy things start to happen (or do
they?) and Leah slips into a downward
spiral fueled by panic and hysteria.
Gaby Homann (HBOs Girls and
Amazons Transparent) is superb
as the prickly and fearful Leah. She
carefully builds the characters sense
of desperation as she researches the
buildings bloody history and suers a
terrible loss, but she always leave some

fascinating room for doubt. Her unsettling


performance is intense and electrifying.
Ingrid Jungermann is wonderfully
opaque as the producer who may
have gone too far to land her rst hit.
Homann and Jungermann create a
strong on-screen relationship between
the two women; their sexuality is not
an issue, which is refreshing, but they
certainly have enough other issues to
keep their therapist busy.
Rebecca Street is wonderful as Karen,
the downstairs neighbor who is either
slightly kooky or seriously unhinged.
Her razor-sharp performance is by turns
comic and creepy and contributes to
the growing sense of dread. There are
also strong supporting performances by
Ashlie Atkinson as the couples gentle
therapist, Michael Chase as Leahs friend
Threes and especially Kim Allen as Taylor,
the mysterious model who lives upstairs.
Writer/director Stewart Thorndike
works
wonders
with
a
microbudget. Collaborating closely with

cinematographer Grant Greenberg, her


cinematic palette includes lots of weird
angles, odd cuts and eerily lingering
shots. Theres also a brilliantly edited
Skype call between Lean and Threes that
coldly documents one of the movies
scariest sequences. Its one of the most
spine-chilling lm sequences ever shot.
Lyle is just over an hour long which is
both a plus and a minus. The storytelling is
admirably compact (and in fact the pacing
lags in a few spots), but the distressing
nale seems a little rushed and could use
a little more room to breathe. It leaves
some key questions unanswered, but its
far more interesting to have mysteries
left to unravel than to have everything
neatly explained.

THE NIGHT IS OURS/LYLE


Reel Armations
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1630 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
Friday, Oct. 31
7 and 9:15 p.m.
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Antigone Rising has also recently started a non-prot organization, Girl Bands
Rock, which inspires young girls to pursue careers in music. Piano-violin duo
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Get your heels ready!


The 29th annual 17th Street High Heel
Race is on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in
Dupont Circle.
The parade begins at 7 p.m. and the
race starts at 9. The grand marshals for
the night will be Mayor Muriel Bowser,
BaNaka and Birdie LaCage. Race
registration is at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.).
For more details, search 17th Street
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Birchmere goes spooky for Ravens Night


Ravens Night, a Halloween-themed burlesque show, comes to the Birchmere
(3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Va.) on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m.
Drag king performer Ken Vegas and burlesque dancer Belladonna coordinate
the event. The show is part dinner concert, costume party, cabaret and a Worlds
Fair-style sideshow. Guests are encouraged to come in costume.
Tickets are $25. For more information, visit ravensnight.com.

Dierent Drummers don drag


D.C. Dierent Drummers Does Drag VI
is at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Sunday,
Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Kristina Kelly will host the night.
Gladys Kravitz will make a special guest
appearance. Proceeds benet Dierent
Drummers. Guests must be 21 and older
for admittance. Cover is $10.
For more information, visit dcdd.org.

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TAB HUNTER, right, credits his partner ALLAN GLASER, with bringing his life story to the screen.

Hunky 50s actor on Divine,


Tallulah and more
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
At age 84, openly gay actor Tab Hunter still
has the boyish good looks, easy charm and
buoyant optimism that made him one of
Hollywoods leading heartthrobs in the 1950s.
Hes happy to be back in the spotlight with the
release of the new documentary Tab Hunter
Condential, based on his 2006 memoir.
Hunter credits his long-time partner,
Hollywood producer Allan Glaser, with
getting him to write the memoir. Hunter
remembers, Allan said, I think you should
write a book, and I said, Who would read
a book about me? Allan said, Youd be
surprised. So I thought about it long and
hard. I nally gured they may as well get
it from the horses mouth and not from
some horses ass after Im dead and gone.
In the book, Hunter conrmed decadesold rumors about his sexuality, including
his relationship with Anthony Perkins.
Looking back at their relationship, Hunter
remembers that Perkins was dierent
than his screen persona.
Tony Perkins had a reputation for
being very broody, Hunter recalls.
Broody was very big in Hollywood at that
time. And he was very moody, but he was
also very intelligent with a quick sense of
humor. They were involved with each
other for three years, but drifted apart
after Hunter suspected that Perkins stole
a plum role from him.
Hunters memoir was a big hit and
Allan started work on a lm documentary

version. Hunter is proud of his partners


work on the lm. Allan worked really
hard putting it together, he says. The
producer is the person who causes it all
to happen. He raised all the money, hired
the director, got all the interviews and
stills. It took him six years to do it.
Tab Hunter Condential will be
bringing Hunter to the D.C. area this
week. The lm opens tonight (Friday,
Oct. 23) at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union
Market and Hunter will be there in
person on Sunday, Oct. 25. The lm will
also be part of the Middleburg (Virgina)
Film Festival this weekend and Hunter is
looking forward to being back in Virginia.
I am so looking forward to that. I used
to have a farm out there. Thats heaven
on earth, one of my favorite places in the
world, he says. Sheilas done a great job
with that festival.
The teen idol and gay role model was
born Arthur Andrew Kelm in New York
City in 1931. After brief stints in the Coast
Guard (he was discharged for lying about
his age) and at a riding academy (hes had a
life-long love of horses), the edgling actor
got an introduction to famous Hollywood
agent Henry Willson. Willson renamed
him, saying that he wanted to tab him
with a catchy new name. Hunter came
from his skills as a horseman who rode
hunters and jumpers.
Hunter wryly remembers that Willson
originally wanted him to change his name
to Troy Donahue. He scos, Can you
believe that Henry Willson wanted to stick
that name on me? Ironically, the name
later want to another New York native

named Merle Johnson who succeeded


Hunter as Hollywoods leading heartthrob.
The newly minted Hunter was quickly
snatched up by the legendary Jack Warner
at Warner Brothers. Despite rumors about
his sexuality, Hunter quickly became a
star. From 1955 through 1959 he was the
top grossing star for Warner Brothers and
his chart-topping singles also helped to
launch the Warner Brothers Records label.
As the new documentary details, Hunter
grew frustrated by his restrictive deal with
Warner Brothers and he bought out his
contract with the studio. Unfortunately,
without the protection of the studios press
oce, and with the rise of new heartthrob
Troy Donahue, Hunter slid into infamy and
then obscurity. He starred on Broadway
with his friend Tallulah Bankhead in
Tennessee Williams The Milk Train
Doesnt Stop Here Anymore, but the show
only lasted ve performances. Hunter
also worked in dinner theaters across the
country as well as appearing as a guest
star in numerous television shows and
acting in a number of B-movies. Things
changed in 1981 when he got a call from
trashy lm director John Waters.
John called me when I was doing a play
in Indianapolis, Hunter says. He asked
if I knew who he was and I said I was a
big fan. I loved Mondo Trasho and Pink
Flamingos. And then he said, Before we
go any further, how would you feel about
kissing a 350-pound transvestite? I said,
Well, Ive kissed a hell of a lot worse.
With that, Hunter was cast in the cult
hit Polyester and sprang back into the
public spotlight. He was only on the set

for a week (thats all Waters could aord),


but Hunter still has fond memories of that
shoot and his plus-size co-star, Divine.
John is such a great character, Hunter
says. Hes like a friendly undertaker. Hes
one of the sweetest people in the world
with his little Adolphe Menjou mustache.
Hes so creative. He is just wonderful. So
was Divine. That was a lot of fun.
Hunters appearance in Polyester also
led to his meeting with his partner of 30plus years. I originally met Allan at the
studios at Twentieth Century Fox, Hunter
says. I brought him a project Id been
working on called The Reverend and
Rosie. He liked the idea. It was his idea to
change the title to Lust in the Dust and to
bring in Divine and Lainie Kazan. The only
sad thing is that we didnt get John Waters
to direct, but we sure tried.
Nowadays, Hunter spends most of
his time on his beloved Santa Barbara
ranch with Allan and his horses, but hes
enjoying promoting the documentary
and meeting fans old and new.
I was an old man just out at the barn
every day with my horses shoveling out
the real stu, he says. But theyre really
keeping me busy with the documentary.
Im just overwhelmed by the response.

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YOUR LINK TO THE ARTS IN METRO DC

The Dealer of Ballynafeigh


Thru Nov 14. Keegan Theatre.
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The bosss niece is in a coma and Billys job is simple: scare the dealer who sold
the girl the bad stu. Billy is prepared for his bad-ass torture mission, except he
has to bring his Ma along (its her night for the car, after all). The best-laid plans
take an unfortunate turn -- and now, the boss is out for Billy, Ma has the drugs,
and the cash shrunk in the wash. Part of the Womens Voices Theater Festival.

Bob McDonald
Oct 29. AMP by Strathmore.
301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com.

Local theater favorite Bob McDonald turns AMP into a smoky lounge as he channels
Frank Sinatra in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the crooners birth. Join Bob
and his band for an evening of Sinatra classics worthy of any rat pack.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE with Jason Moran and The


Bandwagon
Oct 28-Oct 30. Kennedy Center.
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Collaborating for Jason+, a new multidisciplinary series, Kennedy Center Artistic


Director for Jazz Jason Moran and celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown
bring together their respective ensembles for a night of jazz and dance.

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WORLD STAGES: Sancho: An Act of
Remembrance. Oct 23-Oct 24. Beautiful:
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Antigone. Thru Oct 25. Shear Madness.
Ongoing. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Tracy Lynn Olivera Halloween
Spooktacular. Oct 27-31. Girlstar.
Thru Nov 15. Cake O. Thru Nov 22.
Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Animal. Thru Oct 25. The Apple Family
Cycle: Sorry. Oct 28-Dec 13. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Winners And Losers. Oct 26-Nov
22. Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939.
woollymammoth.net.
Bad Dog. Thru Oct 25. Olney Theatre.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Avenue Q. Thru Nov 22. Constellation
Theatre Company. Source Theatre. 202204-7741. constellationtheatre.org.
The Magic Tree. Thru Nov 13. Keegan
Theatre. 202-265-3767. keegantheatre.com.
Aaron Coplands The Tender Land.
Thru Oct 25. In Series. GALA Hispanic
Theatre. 202-204-7763. inseries.org.

DANCE
Compaia Flamenca Jos Porcel:
Flamenco Fire. Oct 23. Krasnoyarsk
National Dance Company. Oct 25.
Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Americas Got Talent Live: The All-Stars
Tour! Oct 28. GW Lisner Auditorium. 202994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Oct
23. Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

MUSIC

A Dierent Approach
Thru Oct 31. Zenith Gallery.
202-783-2963. zenithgallery.com.

Utilizing various dierent mediums of metal, paint, and collage, these artists
interpret their unique vision of our world through the unied language of
artistic expression. Works by Pattie Porter Firestone, Michael Madzo, Joey
Manlapaz and Bill Mead.
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NGA String Quartet. Oct 23. NGA Piano
Trio. Oct 24. NGA Orchestra. Oct 25.
National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.
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Nicholas Davis. Oct 25. AMP. 301-5815100. ampbystrathmore.com.
NSO Pops: Steve Martin and the Steep
Canyon Rangers. Oct 23-24. NSO:
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor:
Lang Lang, piano. Oct 29-31. NSO.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedycenter.org.
Mariza. Oct 24. GW Lisner Auditorium.
202-994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu.
Sir Andrs Schi, piano. Oct 26.
WPA at Strathmore. Evgeny Kissin,
piano. Oct 28. Steven Isserlis (cello)
& Robert Levin (fortepiano). Oct 29.
WPA at Kennedy Center. Rob Kapilows
What Makes It Great? Oct 25. WPA
& The Smithsonian Associates at
Church of the Epiphany. 202-633-3030.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
Ariel Quartet. Oct 24. Kreeger Museum.
202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org.

Ran Blake Concert. Oct 23. Atlas. 202399-7993. atlasarts.org.


Bell Biv Devoe. Oct 23. Musiq
Soulchild. Oct 24-25. Big K.R.I.T. Oct
27. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
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Solas. Oct 25. BlackRock. 240-912-1058.
blackrockcenter.org.
Big Band Halloween Scream. Oct
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Jonathan Biss, pianist. Oct 23. Willie
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Keyboard Conversations with Jerey
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888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.
Raphal Svre, Clarinet; Paul
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Series at Embassy of Luxembourg.
Eduardo Rojas, piano. Oct 29. The
Embassy Series at Residence of the
Colombian Ambassador. 202-625-2361.
embassyseries.org.
New Dominion Chorale. Oct 25. Rachel
M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. 703-4429404. schlesingercenter.com.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Vermeers
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter from
the Rijksmuseum. Thru Dec 1. The Serial
Impulse at Gemini G.E.L. Thru Feb 7. 202737-4215. nga.gov.
National Archives. Spirited Republic:
Alcohol in American History. Thru Jan 10.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
Vanessa Bells Hogarth Press Designs.
Thru Nov 13. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Smithsonian Anacostia. 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. Weaving
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GALLERIES
Strathmore. Women Chefs: Artists in
the Kitchen. Thru Nov 8. 301-581-5100.
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The Art League Gallery. Sheila
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theartleague.org.
JCCNV. Blue Like Me. Thru Dec 14. 703323-0880. jccnv.org.
IDB Sta Association Art Gallery
(ISAAG). Pino Mascia: Ammentus, Bronze
on Canvas. Thru Oct 30. 202-623-2217.
idbstaassociationartgallery.org.
Zenith Sculpture Space. Figuratively
Speaking. Thru Jan 9. zenithgallery.com.
Arts Club of Washington. October 2015
Art Exhibition. Thru Oct 31. 202-3317282. artsclubofwashington.org.
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From left are ANDREW GOLDSTEIN, Braeden Lange and NICK WELTON at the Courage Game match.

Lacrosse player happy to be


role model for gay youth
By KEVIN MAJOROS
During a 2005 segment on ESPNs
SportsCenter, Dartmouth lacrosse goalie
Andrew Goldstein uttered the words, Im
gay, this is me. Im going to be myself. Im
not going to hide because you like it.
Goldstein had come out to friends
and teammates in 2003, but those were
courageous words to speak publicly
considering the climate of sports culture
at the time, especially team sports.
Goldstein was a two-time all-American
lacrosse player and after graduating from
Dartmouth in 2005, he was drafted by
the Boston Cannons and became the
rst openly gay team-sport athlete to be
signed by a professional sports team.
The following summer he was picked
up by the Long Island Lizards and played
one season with them before ending his
lacrosse career to pursue his Ph.D. in
molecular biology.
Sports were a big part of Goldsteins life
as a youth in Milton, Mass., and he grew

up playing soccer, football, ice hockey and


lacrosse. Before leaving for UCLA to begin
his doctoral studies, he returned to his
rst sport of ice hockey and played with
the LGBT team, Boston Pride Hockey.
After arriving in the Los Angeles area,
Goldstein joined the L.A. Blades ice hockey
team and played with them at the 2010 Gay
Games in Cologne, Germany. His return to
lacrosse happened in 2013 when he was
recruited by the Israeli national lacrosse team
where he found himself in the spotlight again.
A year and a half later, across the
country in Philadelphia, a 12-year-old
lacrosse player came out as gay and
found himself struggling with the process.
Braeden Langes father remembered
Goldsteins story and reached out to him.
Braedens story brought up so many
memories about my own experience,
Goldstein says. I had been through the
same struggles he was going through. I
had been there.
Goldstein lmed a video of support to
send to Braeden and asked four other
gay lacrosse players to do the same.
The pair ended up meeting in person in
Philadelphia in April.
When I rst met him, we simply played

catch with lacrosse sticks for two hours,


Goldstein says. Meeting him gave all those
years of holding it inside a purpose. That I
could share that with Braeden meant a lot.
The game of catch that day sparked a
seed that had been planted in Goldsteins
head the prior year by Seattle-based
lacrosse player and coach, Nick Welton,
who had reached out to Goldstein about
starting a high-performance LGBT lacrosse
team that would represent the LGBT
community and its allies. They then realized
they only knew three other gay players.
The idea evolved into organizing a
Courage Game for Braeden and any
other young athlete who deserves to
know that there is LGBT support in the
lacrosse community. Welton took the lead
on the project and brought on Lacrosse
All Stars and You Can Play as sponsors.
It started as an adult pick-up game and
grew from there to include kids, Welton
says. We knew the Division I National
Championship lacrosse game would be in
Philadelphia so we planned the event for
the same weekend in May. We wanted to
present the game of lacrosse as it is played.
Idaho native Welton grew up playing
lacrosse, continued in college at Lehigh

University and now plays with Coopers


Lacrosse Club in the Seattle-area. He
coaches youth through high school
lacrosse at Bellevue.
The resulting Courage Game and the
subsequent special on Goldstein and Lange
on ESPNs SportsCenter, was a testament
to what can be accomplished through
support, community and role models.
Its important for young players to
have positive reinforcement from older
players, Welton says. We are planning
to hold the Courage Game again next
year with the intent to bring on female
lacrosse players for a game.
Andrew Goldstein can be found these
days, happily married to husband Jamie
Duneier in L.A., involved in his research
with prostate cancer and working
towards being a professor at UCLA. He is
also back playing ice hockey and speaks
at high schools to raise awareness.
The game is where all that other stu gets
left behind, says Goldstein referring to the
power of sports. I wanted Braeden to know
that sports will always be there for him.
Goldstein will be speaking at the Team
DCs Night of Champions Awards Dinner
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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 night tonight at 8 p.m. Win
prizes. Free to play. For more information,
visit nelliessportsbar.com.

TODAY
Constellation
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Company
presents a preview of Avenue Q at
Source (1835 14th St., N.W.) tonight
at 8 p.m. The play tells the story of a
man who moves to the neighborhood
of Avenue Q in New York City and
encounters a group of mischievous
puppets. The show runs through Nov.
23. Tickets are $15.For more details,
visit constellationtheatre.org.
The V D.C. presents Glitther, a ladies
dance party, at Zeba Bar (3423 14th
St., N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ
Deedub Tezrah will spin. Drink specials
will be from 9-11 p.m. and include $3
PBRs, $5 Fireball shots and half-priced
pizza. For more information, visit
facebook.com/thevdcevents.
LezLink Events presents Not Ya
Mammas Speed Dating, a womens
speed dating event, at Phase 1 (525 8th
St., S.E.) tonight from 9-11 p.m. Tickets
are $12. For more details, visit phase1dc.
com.
D.C. Bear Crue presents Bearoke
with KJ-Tre at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.)
tonight from 6-11 p.m. The rst ve
singers get a free drink ticket. Doors
open at 6 p.m. Entry ends at 9:30 p.m.
Drink specials are until 11 p.m. The
specials include $4 rail drinks until
11 p.m., $4 Bud Lights until 10 p.m.,
$4 draft pints until 10 p.m. and $8
draft pitchers until 10 p.m. There will
also be free pizza at 7 p.m. For more
information, visit dcbearcrue.com.
DJ Shea Van Horn presents Dark and
Stormy, an alternative dance party, at
Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight
from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Music played
will be a mix of electronic-dance, goth,
new wave and more. Tickets are $5.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
darkandstormydc.
Women in Their 20s, a social
discussion group for LBT and all women
interested in women, meets today at
the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to join. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.

SATURDAY, OCT. 24
Human Rights Campaign (1630 Rhode
Island Ave., N.W.) hosts Athletes for
Equality Marine Corps Marathon Team
Dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. today. Marine
Corps runners can enter free. Guest
tickets are $25. For more information,
visit hrc.org/events.
Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts
a Halloween-themed Gay/Bash, a gay
dance party, tonight at 9:30 p.m. There
will be performances and appearances
by Heidi Glum, Rumor Millz, Salvadora

TUESDAY, OCT. 27
Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
oers all drinks half price tonight until 2
a.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards.
Admission is free. Must be 21 and over.
For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a
rap group, a support group for LGBT
youth, today from 5-6:30 p.m. For more
information, visit smyal.org.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28

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ANDREW LIPPA oers a master class in composition at AMP Strathmore on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Dali, Jaxknife Haunt and more. DJ Deedub


will spin. Donna Slash will host the party.
Tickets are $10. For more details, visit
blackcatdc.com.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts CTRL:
Blackout, a gay dance party, tonight
at 11 p.m. DJ Adam Koussari-Amin, DJ
Devon Trotter and DJ Je Prior will spin.
The party celebrates the anniversary of
the release of Britney Spearss album
Blackout. The drag show starts at 10:30
p.m. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the party
starts at 11 p.m. Cover is $12. For more
information, visit towndc.com.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct.,
N.W.) presents Rockboxx tonight at
9 p.m. DJ Jim Gade will play a mix of
classic, indie, alternative and new wave
rock music. Drink specials include $4
Fireball and $5 Barcardi. There is no
cover charge. For more details, visit
greenlanterndc.com.

SUNDAY, OCT. 25
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 one
show at 10:30 a.m. and another show
at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.

MONDAY, OCT. 26
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

Gay
Tony
Award-nominated
composer Andrew Lippa gives a
masterclass at AMP by Strathmore at
Pike and Rose (11810 Grand Park Ave.,
North Bethesda, Md.) from 3:30-5:30
p.m. today as part of Young Artists of
America Education Series. Lippa has
composed for the lms The Addams
Family, Big Fish, I Am Harvey Milk
and more. He will be working with
current Young Artists in America
singers on their upcoming show Jekyll
& Hyde in Concert. Admission to the
class is free. For more information, visit
youngartistsamerica.org.
The Lambda Bridge Club meets
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center
(721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No
reservations required and new comers
welcome. If you need a partner, call 703407-6540.

THURSDAY, OCT. 29
Gays
and
Lesbians
Opposing
Violence (GLOV) hold a meeting at the
D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight
from 7-8:30 p.m. GLOV works to reduce
violence against LGBT individuals through
community outreach, education and
assisting members of anti-LGBT violence.
For more details, visit thedccenter.org.
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 today
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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82 OC T OB E R 23, 2015

Struggling Muslim
sees no easy way out

MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed


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

DEAR MICHAEL,

Im 23 and have known I am gay since


I was about 8.Although I was born in the
United States, my familys strict Muslim
culture and way of life is very dierent
from how my American friends families
live and think.
I have gay friends and believe
their families had an innitely easier
time accepting them than my family
ever could. Tolerance of dierence,
including homosexuality, has become
a mainstream value in this country so
that even when a family does not accept
their gay child, it is clear to everyone that
their stance is wrong.But my family and
their community consider homosexuality
a grave sin and a huge shame to bring
upon ones family.
So I am struggling in a way that I dont
think my gay friends can understand.
Especially because I am male, my family
has expectations of me (marriage,
children, a position in the community)
that I believe I am obligated to fulll.
I feel like I am going crazy. I have no
desire to be with a woman and would
love to have a relationship with a man.
Yet I can not come out without being cut
o by my family and shaming them to
their relatives and their community.
My romantic life consists of sporadic
hookups, which are very unsatisfying. I
feel like I am in a no-win situation. Is there
any way out that I am not seeing?
MICHAEL REPLIES:
Your dilemma, while awful, is more

A D V I CE

common than you think. Families of all


kinds reject their gay children. Tolerance
of gay people has increased recently, but
it is not the norm in many parts of our
country and certainly not in the world.
Anyone who is dierent and does not
want to live a life of hiding has the same
painful struggle.
Weve seen growing acceptance of gay
people over the past decades because many
of us have been willing to let those around
us know the truth about our lives, pushing
them to challenge their negative beliefs.
But there are no guarantees for
anyone coming out that their loved ones
will accept them.This is as true today as it
was 40 years ago. Some people, because
of religious, cultural, political or personal
beliefs, will never come around.
So when you come out, you need to
be willing to accept that although your
life may change for the better in some
important ways, you may also lose some
people you love.
I agree with your assessment that
you face heartbreaking consequences
whether you choose to come out or not.
You may lose your family and cause them
great pain or you may lead a miserable,
false personal life.You are going to have
to choose which of these you are more
willing to tolerate.
Some might counsel you not to stay
in the closet. Why protect your family
from pain that is actually due to their own
homonegativity? Why would you want
to indulge their bigotry by sacricing the
possibility of leading an authentic life, just
so that they can maintain the fantasy that
you are straight?
But those who would give you this
advice havent walked in your shoes
and dont know the extent to which you
may value your relationship with your
family. Only you can decide whether
the ramications of your coming out are
worth your living an honest life.
Of course, its also worth considering
that if no one comes out, nothing changes.
As I wrote, your dilemma is not specic
to your faith or culture or family. Its also
not specic to your being gay. Life, in
part, is about facing tough choices that
have no easy solutions and possibly awful
consequences. Our job is to gure out
what is most important to us, what kind
of life we want to lead and who we want
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By DAVID BEDIZ
Sales in D.C. continue to shatter records, both in the quantity and value of
homes purchased, but also in the unbelievably low level of inventory of available
properties. Some neighborhoods, like
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Circle, have maintained this record for
yearsto the delight of sellers and the
detriment of buyers. But one neighborhood in particular has become the newest epicenter of D.C.s meteoric real estate shift: Shaw.
Shaw, an area that serves as an umbrella
for smaller enclaves like Mount Vernon Triangle, Blagden Alley and the U-Street Corridor, was named for Union Civil War Colonel
Robert Gould Shaw of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The area was
developed originally by freed slaves and
was known as Uptown as it was then in
the uppermost part of the federal city of
Washington, within the larger District of
Columbia (interestingly, Florida Avenue
was then called Boundary Street because it
was the upper limit of the city). The spirit
of Shaw reached a high during the Harlem
Renaissance of the late 19th and early 20th
centuries, a time when African-American
culture blossomed with famous authors,
poets, musicians and entertainers. Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington, two of the
periods most notable contributors, grew
up in the neighborhood.
After a period of decline following the

riots in 1968, the neighborhood has begun to ourish again. This is thanks to
several factors: diminished inventory
throughout the city, redevelopment of
local landmarks like the Howard Theatre,
creation of many large housing projects,
and improvements in general infrastructure. But even as the area changes, a
pervasive spirit continues to imbue Shaw
with a special avor all its own.
While the area was originally the uppermost limit of the city, its now considered
to be at the heart of it all. Close to the geographic center of the District, it has three
Metro stations and countless restaurants,
bars and other entertainment venues. Two
historic theaters and the O-Street Northern Market (which was originally similar to
Capitol Hills Eastern Market) have been
redeveloped within its bounds. Victorian
row homes of every shape and size exist
next to brand-new condominiums, and
pop-up structures (like them or not) have
also shaped the look of the neighborhood.
In short, its a haven for diversity at the
center of everything D.C.
The sales statistics reect the renewed
focus on Shaw. Shaws median sale price
in the rst quarter of 2015 was up more
than 15 percent while the city as a whole
was only up 5 percent. That same quarter Logan Circle was actually down 28.3
percent and Dupont/Adams Morgan was
down 10 percent too. On the whole, the
values are changing in Shaw faster than
any other part of the city at the moment,
with some units already selling at more
than $1,000 per square foot.
Washingtons real estate trend has
been ongoing for more than a decade,

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those peaks yet, even eight years later.
Shaw takes it a step further, increasing
in median home value 28 percent since
2005. The median sale price in the neighborhood is now just about $600,000, compared to Washingtons $521,000. If trends

continue, the neighborhood, recently


thought of as only boarded-up homes
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