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By BLADE STAFF
So far in 2015, 21 transgender people
have been killed in violent attacks,
according to the National Coalition of
Anti-Violence Programs.
In recognition of Transgender Day of
Remembrance today (Nov. 20), the Blades
reporting sta reached out to police and
public ocials involved in investigating
and prosecuting those cases. Updates on
each case follow.
(They were reported by Lou Chibbaro
Jr., Joey DiGuglielmo, Chris Johnson,
Michael K. Lavers, Mariah Cooper and
Michael Key.)
ZELLA ZIONA, 21
GAITHERSBURG, MD.

Zella Ziona, 21, was shot multiple times


in the head and body in an alley behind
a shopping center in Gaithersburg, Md.,
in the early evening of Oct. 15, and was
pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at
8:12 p.m. that same day, according to a
police report.
The following day police charged Rico
Hector LeBlond, 20, with rst-degree
murder in connection with Zionas death.
He has been held without bond since the
time of his arrest on Oct. 16.
On Nov. 12 a Montgomery County
Grand Jury indicted LeBlond on a murder
charge, saying he did feloniously and
willfully and deliberately and with
premeditation kill and murder Ziona. The
indictment doesnt classify the murder as
a hate crime.
Montgomery County States Attorney
John McCarthy, the lead prosecutor in
the case, told the Washington Blade that
his oce and police investigators looked
carefully into whether to list the incident
as a hate crime, and initially could not
nd sucient evidence to do so.

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We remember
21 trans people have been murdered so far in 2015;
here are their stories and updates on their cases
McCarthy said investigators discovered
that Ziona and LeBlond had known each
other and had been friends since the
two were in middle school. He said the
police investigation also found that the
two appeared to have been in a romantic
relationship sometime after Ziona began
transitioning.
The police charging document led
in court says witnesses told police that
Ziona and LeBlond had been having a
simmering dispute a short time before
the murder. The dispute started, the
document says, when Ziona approached
LeBlond and a group of his male friends
at another shopping center while acting
amboyantly towards LeBlond and greatly
embarrassed him in front of his peers.
The charging document says that upon
learning that Ziona was at the Montgomery
Village Crossing shopping center on Oct.
15, LeBlond, with the help of other young
men with him, lured Ziona to the alley
behind the shopping center. Witnesses
told police that after initially ring a shot
that hit Ziona, LeBlond allegedly walked
over to her, stood over her, and red more
rounds into her body.
Much of the incident, except for the
shooting, was captured on surveillance
video from the shopping center, the
charging document says. It says Ziona
suered gunshot wounds to the head
and groin area.
A trial date for LeBlond had not been
scheduled as of Nov. 16. LC
PAPI EDWARDS, 20
LOUISVILLE, KY.
Papi Edwards, 20, whose friends have
said identied as a transgender woman,
was shot to death at a Louisville, Ky., hotel
on Jan. 9, by a suspect who reportedly
met her through an online site, according
to one of her friends.
The friend, whose videotaped interview
with police became part of the public
court records, said she and two other
transgender friends who were with
Edwards at the Fern Valley Hotel at the
time of the shooting, believe suspect
Henry Gleaves, 20, shot Edwards because
she was transgender.
Multiple news media outlets have
reported that the friend, who has asked
to be identied only by the name Tiany,
said that Gleaves became angry shortly
after arriving at the hotel room where
Edwards and the three other trans
women were staying, when Edwards
informed him that she was transgender.
Buzzfeed News, which was one of

the rst news outlets to view the police


videotaped interview of Tiany, reported
that Tiany said Edwards tried to
avoid potentially surprising Gleaves by
identifying herself as a trans person.
The dude said, What the fuck? and he
left, Buzzfeed quoted Tiany as saying.
A police charging document led in
Jeerson County Circuit Court in Louisville
says witnesses told police that Edwards
and the three others with her walked
out of the hotel into a parking lot where
they planned to leave to buy cigarettes.
But Edwards walked back into the hotel
to get something she forgot to bring with
her, and minutes later a suspect later
identied as Gleaves fatally shot her,
police have said.
Pepi got shot because she was a
transgender female, Buzzfeed quoted
Tiany as saying. That is exactly why she
was killed because of gender identity.
But shortly after Gleaves arrest three
days later on a charge of murder, a
Louisville police spokesperson said police
considered claims about Edwards gender
identity to be irrelevant to the case, and
that police would continue to identify
Edwards as a male using her birth name
Sherman Edwards, which is listed on all
police and court records.
Assistant Commonwealths Attorney
John Balenovich, the lead prosecutor in
the case, told the Washington Blade this
week that Edwards clearly presented
herself as a female and that his oce
would be bringing up issues related to
her gender identity at Gleaves trail, which
is scheduled to begin April 5, 2016.
Balenovich said he presented the case
before a grand jury in January and an
indictment on murder was quickly obtained.
He said that in July, after his oce obtained
additional information that Gleaves made
several phone calls from jail asking friends
to destroy evidence, including text messages
on Gleaves cell phone, he obtained a second
indictment against Gleaves on a charge of
evidence tampering.
He said he could neither conrm nor
deny media reports that Edwards had
arranged to meet Gleaves at the hotel
to engage in sex for money, saying all
relevant evidence surrounding the case
would be presented at trial.
Chris Hartman, director of the Louisvillebased LGBT advocacy group Fairness
Campaign, said the group expressed strong
concern to Louisville police about the initial
statement by the police spokesperson that
Edwards gender identity was not relevant
to the case. LC

TY UNDERWOOD, 24
TYLER, TEXAS

Ty Underwood, 24, a transgender


woman, was found shot to death inside
a red Toyota Camry she had been driving
shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 26 in a residential
neighborhood in Tyler, Texas, according to
information released by Tyler police.
Police said they were called to the scene
by nearby residents, some of whom saw
the car had crashed near a utility pole and
others reported hearing gunshots. Police
said Underwood had been shot several
times, which caused her to lose control of the
vehicle. She was declared dead at the scene.
Less than a month later police
announced they had arrested a football
player at Texas College named Carlton
Ray Champion Jr., 21, in connection
with Underwoods murder. A police
arrest adavit led in court says police
learned through their investigation that
Underwood and Champion had been
dating for several weeks prior to the
murder and the two were believed to have
met through a mobile app called Kik.
The adavit says one of the detectives
interviewed Champions father, who
reportedly said his son initially thought
Underwood was a female and was
surprised and upset when he learned she
was transgender.
But Tyler police spokesperson Ocer
Don Martin told news media outlets that
police did not believe the murder was a
hate crime after learning through their
investigation that Champion reportedly
knew that Underwood was transgender
while continuing to see her.
The arrest adavit states that police
obtained the content of text messages
and possible online communication
between Underwood and Champion after
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conscating Champions tablet computer.


After reading the text between Champion
Jr. and Underwood, it was clear that the two
have had sexual relations with each other, a
detective stated in the adavit.
The adavit says the shooting took
place shortly after Underwood sent
Champion a message saying she no
longer wanted to see him, suggesting
that he was seeing someone else and
felt he was treating her badly. He replied,
according to the adavit that this
aint done and reportedly persuaded
Underwood to meet up with him.
Police have said ballistics evidence indicates
that shots may have been red from inside
the car as well as from the outside.
Champion has pleaded not guilty to the
rst-degree murder charge led against
him. A trial date had not been set as of
this week. LC
YAZMIN VASH PAYNE, 33
LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles police reported that city


reghters found transgender woman
Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, stabbed multiple
times in the bedroom of her apartment in the
citys Van Nuys neighborhood after the room
had been set on re about 5 a.m. on Jan. 31.
Paramedics pronounced Payne dead
at the scene after reghters quickly
extinguished the re.
The following day a man police
identied as Paynes boyfriend, Ezekiel
Dear, 25, turned himself in at a local
police station while accompanied by a
pastor and reportedly admitted to having
stabbed Payne.
Police have charged Dear with felony
murder and the commission of arson
at an inhabited structure, according to
charging documents led in Los Angeles
County Superior Court. He has been held
on $1 million bail since the time of his
arrest on Feb. 1. Court records show a
trial date has yet to be scheduled.
KABC-TV News reported that neighbors
said Payne and Dear had moved into
the apartment a short time before the
stabbing and that Payne was open about
being transgender.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles

NEWS

Sgt. K. Thompson of the Kansas City


Police told the Blade there are no updates.
Presently we have not been advised
of any updates in this case nor have we
been advised of any arrests, she said.
Were still urging the community to reach
out to our hotline on this.JD

County District Attorneys Oce, which is


prosecuting the case, said she was not at
liberty to disclose whether investigators
have established a motive for the murder.
The case has not been listed as a hate
crime. LC
TAJA GABRIELLE DE JESUS, 33
SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco police reported that


Taja Gabrielle DeJesus, a 36-year-old
transgender woman, was found stabbed
to death in a stairwell in the citys Bayview
District about 9 a.m. on Feb. 1.
A San Francisco police spokesperson
didnt immediately respond to a Blade
request for further information on the
status of the case. But, according to the
San Francisco Chronicle, police on Feb. 6
said they identied a suspect in the case
but declined to provide further details
other than to say they did not believe the
murder was a hate crime.
Around that same time, the San
Francisco Weekly reported that police
sources identied the suspect as James
Hayes, 49, who was found dead in an
apparent suicide. San Francisco Weekly
reported that police discovered him
hanging by his neck from a fence behind
a warehouse a half-mile from where
DeJesuss body was found.
Authorities have yet to disclose
whether they have learned of a motive for
the murder and what, if any, relationship
DeJesus may have had with Hayes.
Pamela DeJesus, the victims mother, told
the San Francisco Chronicle that her daughter
was from San Jose and moved to San
Francisco because it would provide a more
supportive environment for transgender
people. Pamela DeJesus said Taja Gabrielle
was active in her Bayview church and
volunteered for a local food pantry.
Taja was beautiful inside and out, the
mother said. She was the rock for our
family. LC
ELISHA WALKER, 20
SMITHFIELD, N.C.
In August, it was reported that the
remains of a Rowan County, N.C., woman
were found in a crude grave in a wooded
area. Elisha Walker had been reported
missing in November 2014. Local media

PENNY PROUD, 21
NEW ORLEANS

outlets said Walker was reported to


live an alternative lifestyle of a nonheterosexual male.
Angel Dejesus Arias, 23, was charged
with murder and felony larceny of a motor
vehicle following the discovery. Arias was
already in custody on an unrelated drug
charge and is being held without bond,
according to WXII12, a regional news
outlet. Arias is a member of the Latin
Kings street gang, the article said.
Lt. Chad Moose of the Rowan County,
N.C., Sheris Oce said it may take
about two years for the trial to start.
Well have a trial date but nothing
is set up yet, Moose told the Blade last
week. Hes being held without bond.
Moose said some investigative work
continues.
Were still doing some follow-up stu,
but nothing major, he said. Phone
records and stu like that.
The case has not been classied as a
hate crime. JD
TAMARA DOMINGUEZ, 36
KANSAS CITY, MO.

Penny Proud was fatally shot multiple


times about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 near
the intersection of Ursulines Avenue and
North Claiborne Avenue in Treme, a New
Orleans neighborhood.
The
transgender
woman
was
pronounced dead at the scene according
to the New Orleans Police Department.
The investigation remains ongoing nine
months later, police told the Washington
Blade.
Its still open but we havent gotten
anything lately, we havent gotten any
leads, said Ocer Frank Robertson, an
LGBT liaison ocer of the department. It
all depends on when we get leads. Some
cases can go on for years. I try to get all
the LGBT stu and this case is still open.
The case has not been classied as a
hate crime. JD
KANDIS CAPRI, 35
PHOENIX

Tamara Dominguez was hit by a truck


then run over several times on Aug. 15 in
Kansas City, Mo., according to police.
Her family was told by police her car
was found near Independence Avenue,
according to KCTV News. They told
reporters they dont know why she was
there or whom she may have been with.
Witnesses reported seeing an argument
but details are scant, the article said.
The case has not been classied as a
hate crime.

Kandis Capri, a black transgender


woman, was shot and killed at an
apartment complex near 43rd and
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Thomas Road in Phoenix on Aug. 11,


according to ABC 15, a regional aliate.
Last month, police released video
taken at a nearby convenience store
that shows Capri walking with the
investigative lead before the shooting.
Capri was found in the parking lot of the
La Reserve Apartments with multiple
gunshot wounds. She was transported
to the hospital and pronounced dead.
The suspect was seen leaving the area on
foot, police told ABC 15.
No mention was made in local media
reports of the case being designated as
a hate crime. Washington Blade calls to
Phoenix Police were not returned. JD

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shooting by both ocers, wrote Morrissey


in a letter to Denver Police Chief Robert
White. That is, their decisions to shoot Ms.
Hernandez were justiable in light of the
manner in which she drove the car in close
and dangerous proximity to them.
Hernandezs family had previously
called for a federal investigation into the
shooting. ML
KRISTINA GOMEZ REINWALD, 46
MIAMI

and two other trans women stabbed


her to death during what they described
as a domestic dispute.
Felton has been charged with murder
and possession of an instrument of
crime in connection with Chanels death.
Kevin Bethel of the Philadelphia Police
Department told the Philadelphia Gay
News that Felton did not kill Chanel
because of her gender identity.
A spokesperson for the Philadelphia
Police Department told the Blade last
week that the case is going through the
legal system. ML

Shade Schuler, 22, was found murdered


on July 29 in a eld near the medical
district in Dallas. Not much is known
about the oense. The Dallas Police
Department had no updates and the case
remains open. Anyone with information
is asked to contact Detective Chaney with
the Dallas Police Department Homicide
Unit at 214-671-3650. CJ
AMBER MONROE, 20
DETROIT

MERCEDES WILLIAMSON, 17
GEORGE COUNTY, MISS.

LAMIA BEARD, 30
NORFOLK, VA.

The Norfolk Police Department shortly


before 4 a.m. on Jan. 17 received a 911
call that said Lamia Beard had been shot
on East 25th Street in the citys Park Place
neighborhood. She died from her injuries
several hours later at a local hospital.
Ocer Daniel Hudson of the Norfolk
Police Department told the Washington
Blade earlier this month that no arrests
have been made in Beards case. He
asked anybody with information to call
1-888-LOCKUUP.
Hudson said there is currently no
concrete evidence to classify Beards
murder as a hate crime.
Virginias hate crimes law does not
include gender identity. ML
JESSICA HERNANDEZ, 17
DENVER
Two Denver police ocers on Jan. 26
shot Jessica Hernandez to death as she
drove a stolen car through an alley.
The National LGBTQ Task Forces
annual Creating Change Conference
took place in Denver less than two weeks
after Hernandezs death. Mayor Michael
Hancock cancelled his speech to the
gathering after LGBT rights advocates
stormed the stage to protest the shooting.
District Attorney Mitchell Morrissey in
June declined to le charges against the
two ocers who shot Hernandez.
The facts show this was a defensive

Kristina Gomez Reinwald was found


stabbed to death on Feb. 15 in the house
on S.W. 58th Court that she shared with
her stepfather and brother.
Gomez who was also known as
Kristina Grant Innity was a wellknown performer in Miami Beach.
The Miami-Dade Police Department
originally ruled Gomezs death as a suicide,
but media reports indicate it was a homicide.
The Miami-Dade Police Department did
not return the Washington Blades repeated
requests for comment on the status of the
investigation into Gomezs death. Anyone
with information can call Miami-Dade
Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
Floridas hate crimes law does not
include gender identity. ML
LONDYN CHANEL, 21
PHILADELPHIA

Mississippi prosecutors say a selfprofessed gang member killed Mercedes


Williamson and dumped her body behind
his fathers home.
Authorities found Williamsons partially
decomposed body near Lucedale, Miss.,
on June 2. A spokesperson with the
George County Sheris Oce conrmed
to the Washington Blade that Josh
Brandon Vallum has been indicted on
murder charges in the case.
The case has been turned over to
the district attorneys oce in George
County, said the spokesperson.
Williamson lived in Theodore, Ala.,
which is roughly 50 miles southeast of
where her body was found.
Mississippis hate crimes law does not
include gender identity. ML

Amber Monroe, 20, was found on Aug.


8 shot to death in Detroit. According to
a local media report, she was shot while
coming out of a vehicle and pronounced
dead at the hospital. No additional
information was known at the time of
her death. The Detroit Police Department
didnt respond to Blade inquiries about
the status of the case. CJ
ASHTON OHARA, 25
DETROIT

SHADE SCHULER, 22
DALLAS
Ashton OHara, 25, was found murdered
on July 14 in a eld in Detroit. According
to a local media report, no information
was known about the motive for OHaras
murder. The Detroit Police Department
didnt respond to Blade inquiries about
the status of the case. CJ
Londyn Chanel was stabbed to death
outside an abandoned house in North
Philadelphia on May 18.
Police say that Raheam Felton who
lived in the abandoned house with Chanel

INDIA CLARK, 25
TAMPA, FLA.
India Clark was found dead from a
gunshot wound to her head on July 21
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K.C. HAGGARD, 66
FRESNO, CALIF.
K.C. Haggard, 66, was stabbed to death
in the street in Fresno, Calif., on July 23.
The driver of an SUV summoned K.C.
Haggard over before fatally stabbing
her in the neck from his car. Haggard
remained on the street for 20 minutes
before a passerby called paramedics.
After being rushed to the Community
Regional Medical Center, she was
pronounced dead. Local transgender
activists are calling for this homicide
to be investigated as a hate crime. The
case remains open. Police are asking
individuals with information to call Lt.
Burke Farrah at 559-621-2414. CJ

in a park area of the University Area


Community Center in Tampa, Fla. Days
later on July 29, detectives arrested Keith
Lamayne Gaillard for the killing and
charged him with rst-degree murder.
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personal relationship. CJ

JASMINE COLLINS, 32
KANSAS CITY, MO.
Jasmine Collins, 32, was stabbed to
death outside her apartment complex in
Kansas City, Mo., on June 23.
As reported by the Guardian, court
documents state that Collins, who was

identied as male in an initial homicide


incident report, went to Tia Townsel, an
acquaintance from her complex, for a
haircut. They started arguing over a pair
of shoes and a physical altercation began
in the apartment and continued into the
parking lot. Collins hit Townsel over the
head with a vodka bottle. Then Townsel
retrieved a knife from her apartment and
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Majority of D.C. hate crimes target gay, trans residents


2014 FBI report
shows slight national
decline in attacks
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Out of a total of 70 hate crime incidents
reported in D.C. in 2014, 29 (41 percent)
were motivated by the victims sexual
orientation and 15 (21 percent) were
motivated by the victims gender identity,
according to an FBI hate crime statistics
report released this week.
The report shows that 13 (19 percent)
of the 70 D.C. hate crime incidents in
2014 were motivated by the victims race,
and 8 (11 percent) were based on the
victims religion.
Four reported D.C. hate crime incidents
in 2014 were based on the victims
ethnicity and one reported incident was
based on the victims disability, the FBI
report shows, with each amounting to
less than 1 percent of the total hate crime
incidents in the District that year.
The FBIs annual hate crimes report
has found that LGBT-related hate crimes
in D.C. have been the highest among the
dierent categories of reported hate
crimes in the city each year for at least the
past 10 years.
The latest report shows that D.C. hate
crimes based on sexual orientation
dropped slightly between 2013 and 2014
from 32 to 29 out of a total of 60 reported
hate crimes in the District in 2013. D.C.
hate crimes based on gender identity
increased slightly from 12 in 2013 to 15 in

2014, the report shows.


The latest report shows that there were
just two reported hate crime incidents
based on sexual orientation in Maryland
in 2014, a decrease from seven reported
in 2013. The report shows there were no
gender identity-related hate crimes in
Maryland in 2013 and 2014.
In Virginia, the latest report shows
there were 22 hate crime incidents based
on the victims sexual orientation in 2014
compared to 12 such incidents in 2013.
Similar to Maryland, the FBI reports show
there were no reported hate crimes
based on gender identity in Virginia in
2013 or 2014.
Delaware had three reported hate
crime incidents based on sexual
orientation in both 2014 and 2013 and
none based on gender identity during
those two years, the FBI report shows.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence
Programs, an LGBT advocacy group
based in New York, has said it believes
many hate crimes targeting gays and
transgender people throughout the
country remain unreported. The group
has said the annual FBI reports most
likely under report the actual number of
hate crimes targeting LGBT people.
The FBI report released this week shows
that a total of 5,462 single hate crime
incidents were reported in 2014 by law
enforcement agencies across the country.
Out of that total, 18.6 percent of the
incidents were motivated by the victims
sexual orientation, the report says.
It says just 1.8 percent of the reported hate
crime incidents nationwide in 2014 were
motivated by the victims gender identity.
Forty-seven percent the highest

Out of 70 hate crimes reported in D.C. in 2014, 41 percent were motivated by the victims
sexual orientation, according to the FBI.
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category were motivated by the


victims race; 18.6 percent the same
gure as that for sexual orientation
were motivated by the victims religion;
1.5 percent were based on the victims
disability; and 0.6 percent were based on
the victims gender, the FBI report says.
The overall nationwide figure of
5,462 hate crime incidents in 2014
represents a decrease from 2013, when
there were 5,928 hate crime incidents
reported to law enforcement agencies,
the report says.
According
to
the
report,
law
enforcement agencies reported a total
of 1,178 hate crime oenses based on
sexual orientation bias. The report breaks
that gure down into these categories:

58 percent were listed as anti-gay


(male) bias.
23.6 percent were classied as antilesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender
(mixed group) bias.
14.3 percent were classied as antilesbian bias.
2.6 percent were classied as antibisexual bias.
1.5 percent were classied as antiheterosexual bias.
In the area of gender identity bias,
the report says a total of 109 such
incidents were reported by law
enforcement agencies nationwide.
69 were anti-transgender.
40 were anti-gender non-conforming.

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GLOV changes name to D.C. Anti-Violence Project


The D.C. group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, which is a project of
the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, has changed its name to the D.C. AntiViolence Project (DC AVP), the D.C. Center announced last week.
The Center has taken steps since September to reorganize and revitalize GLOV
after it became largely inactive for most of 2015 when its leaders stepped down
due to time constraints related to their regular jobs.
This name change is more inclusive of all the members of the LGBT community
and signals a broadening perspective when addressing LGBT violence in D.C.,
the Center said in a statement. D.C. AVP will be expanding its work to address
how LGBT people of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals
are aected by hate and bias violence, the statement says.
It says DC AVP will continue projects begun by GLOV that provide resources for
the community such as its Violence Response Hotline, which has been operating
since 2014. The D.C. Center statement says that in 2016 DC AVP will also begin
providing counseling and support groups for LGBT survivors of violent crimes.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

HIPS celebrates grand opening on H Street

HIPS, an LGBT supportive organization that describes itself as a harmreduction services nonprot for communities impacted by sexual exchange and
drug use, was scheduled to celebrate the grand opening of its new Center for
Health and Achievement at 906 H St., N.E., on Thursday, Nov. 19.
D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large) and ocials from the mayors
oce as well as community leaders were expected to attend the event.
Among those on the HIPS sta working with Executive Director Cyndee Clay to
carry out its mission is longtime D.C. transgender advocate Earline Budd.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Ruth Spiegel dies at 88


Ruth Helen Weinstein Spiegel died Oct. 22
at the Cohen-Rosen Residence at the Hebrew
Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md.,
according to her family. She was 88 and died of
old age her family said.
Two of Spiegels three sons were gay and she
had multiple LGBT descendants according to
her son, Charles Spiegel of San Francisco. She
marched in Capital Pride parades with PFLAG
and had a pink granite triangle installed at the
family plot at Congressional Cemetery.
Spiegel was born in 1927 to Isidor and
RUTH HELEN WEINSTEIN SPIEGEL
Frances Weinstein, grew up in Brooklyn and
Great Neck, N.Y. Services were held Oct. 25 at
the Congressional Cemetery Chapel.She was predeceased on Oct. 23, 1997 by
her husband, George Spiegel, a Washington attorney.
Spiegel valued education, her family said.She was a graduate of Great Neck
High School and Wellesley College (1948) where she was followed by her sister
and niece. She was active in her childrens preschool and as a PTA leader at
Pinecrest Elementary School, both in Woodmore, Silver Spring, Md.She worked
rst at Little Brown & Co. in Boston.
While raising a family, among the other publishers she worked for as an editor
was the Princeton University Press, Bollingen Series. Simultaneously Spiegel
earned a masters degree in classics at the Catholic University of America.She
re-entered full-time work at the Smithsonian Institution Press in 1974 for the
next 27 years, retiring as managing editor.
Spiegel lived for a decade in San Francisco largely to be near her youngest
granddaughter.She was a member of PFLAG of Washington, and the American
Association of University Women.
She is survived by sons John (Silver Spring, Md.), Ladd (New York City)
and Charles (San Francisco); her sister Anne Miller (White Plains, N.Y.); ve
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made in her name to a charity of your choice or to the
Anacostia Community Museum Smithsonian Institution.
JOEY DiGUGLIELMO

SOPHIA DALKE was charged with assault on a police ocer while armed following a stando
Monday.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK

Armed trans woman arrested


after 10-hour standoff
GLLU, trans cop help
persuade suspect
to surrender
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
The D.C. police departments Gay and
Lesbian Liaison Unit and its transgender
supervisor,
Sgt.
Jessica
Hawkins,
played a role in persuading a 31-yearold transgender woman to peacefully
surrender after a 10-hour stando on
the roof of a downtown oce building on
Monday in which she red a handgun and
threatened to kill herself and harm others.
According to a police news release and
a separate police report, ocers charged
Sophia Dalke of Springeld, Va., with
assault on a police ocer while armed.
The arrest came about 10:30 a.m.Monday
after Dalke agreed to peacefully leave a
location in which she positioned herself
on the roof deck of an upscale oce
building at 1999 K St., N.W.
The MPD GLLU reported Suspect 1 told
MPD that she wanted to commit suicide,
the highly redacted public version of the
police report says. Suspect 1 told MPD
that she had just shot out the glass door
leading to the roof top, the report says.
The report adds: On the scene, sounds
of several gunshots could be heard.
Gunshots were red in the area where
police personnel were arriving.
The report says Sgt. Hawkins was
among three ocers that provided
assistance to the departments Emergency
Response Team that was dispatched to
the scene. The press release says the
ocers arrived shortly after 12:19 a.m.
after being alerted that an adult female
in crisis [was] threatening harm to herself
and others.
The police press release, which makes
no mention that Dalke is transgender,
says a barricade incident was declared
after Dalke discharged a rearm.
As the stando extended into the

morning rush hour, police closed the


1900 block of K Street and a number
of surrounding streets as a means of
extra precaution, even though ocials
said they didnt believe pedestrians or
motorists were in immediate danger. The
street closings caused a massive trac
and pedestrian gridlock, preventing
hundreds of people from getting to their
oces for the start of the workday.
Neither the police report nor press
release discloses that Dalke is transgender.
The press release makes no mention of the
GLLU or Sgt. Hawkins involvement in the
police response to the incident.
But on her Facebook page Dalke openly
discusses her status as a trans woman
and her experiences in transitioning in a
series of postings over the past several
months. In a posting late Sunday night
or early Monday morning Dalke stated,
Sorry all, Im dead tonight.
That posting prompted three of her
friends to post messages of support
that suggested they somehow learned
Dalkewas considering taking her own life
or lashing out at others at the site of the
oce building.
Lt. Sean Conboy, a police spokesperson,
said he could not comment on whether
the GLLU or the GLLU supervisor, Sgt.
Hawkins, played a role in the police eort
to persuade Dalke to peacefully surrender.
As of late Monday, police ocials did
not disclose why or how Dalke entered
the oce building on K Street after
midnight on Monday.
Local transgender advocate Dana
Beyer said she doesnt know Dalke but
has spoken with others who know her.
Beyer said people who know Dalke said
she worked in one of the oces in the
building, enabling her to gain access to
the building early Monday morning.
The police stando with Dalke comes
at a time when D.C. Police Chief Cathy
Lanier has redeployed members of the
GLLU and other specialized police units
to street patrol duties unrelated to their
regular specialized mission several times
each month.

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Congressional forum focuses on anti-trans violence


Advocates call for
more action to
combat discrimination
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The newly formed Transgender Equality
Task Force kicked o on Capitol Hill
on Tuesday with a forum dedicated to
transgender issues amid a record number
of trans murders throughout the country.
The two-and-a-half-hour long, twopanel event touched on a range of trans
issues, but the murders of at least 21 trans
people in 2015 alone was the primary
focus of discussion for lawmakers and
trans advocates who testied.
Representing the New York-based AntiViolence Project was trans advocate and
community organizer Lala Zannell, who
said hate crime prosecution will only go
so far and Congress must prohibit antitrans discrimination.
Putting someone in jail in Los Angeles
for a hate crime is not going to stop a
transgender woman from being killed in
Philadelphia, Zannell said. Housing and
a job might.
Catherine Hyde, regional director of
Mid-Atlantic PFLAG, was emotional as she
delivered testimony about the challenges
she faced raising a trans daughter,
including at one point fearing her child
was dead when she went missing.
We need comprehensive legislation
to protect our children, in school, at
work and in public places, Hyde said.
Legislation engenders education and
replaces ignorance with understanding.
And it is understanding that will help keep
our kids safe, and allow them to grow into
the productive members of society that
we all want them to be.
Kylar Broadus, executive director of the
Trans People of Color Coalition, said the
lack of trust within the trans community
for law enforcement ocials remains a
signicant problem.
Trans people are arrested just for
carrying condoms and automatically
proled as sex workers, Broadus said. I
have represented many trans people in
various situations in our criminal justice
system and the system is never favorable
in any way to trans people either by
denying access to hormone or other
trans-related care, including appropriate
attire, besides the abuse that occurs
behind the locked doors.
A common theme among the witnesses
was frustration over the lack of federal data
on the U.S. trans population, which trans
advocates say would enhance visibility.
Harper Jean Tobin, policy director for
the National Center for Transgender
Equality, said the federal government

Rep. JARED POLIS (D-Colo.) shakes LALA ZANNELLs hand before a congressional forum on
violence against the transgender community on Nov. 17.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY TYLER GRIGSBY

has been almost entirely negligent in


determining the number of trans people
in in the U.S. or the murder rate within
the population.
Because of this lack of federal research,
not only do we not know the extent of the
violence problem against us, we dont
even know the nature of the problem,
Tobin said. The murder victims who have
been discussed today, and many others
who have survived violent attacks have
been victims of bias crimes, domestic and
intimate partner violence. Some have
been targeted as sex workers, and others
in other situations. But we do not know
the extent of each because the federal
government has not studied it.
Other LGBT advocates who dont
identify as trans also testied and
presented concrete policy steps Congress
could take to aid the trans community.
Human Rights Campaign President
Chad Grin testied on the second panel
saying anti-trans violence is an epidemic
thats raging across the country and
ravaging our communities.
We must end this violence and work
together to provide meaningful answers
that ensure a better today and a brighter
tomorrow a day when transgender kids
grow up living full lives, free to be who
they are without fear of discrimination
or violence, Grin said. A day when
they dont simply have an opportunity to
survive, but the opportunity to thrive.
Grin called on Congress to pass the
Equality Act to make clear anti-trans
discrimination is prohibited in addition
to updating anti-bullying laws to include
trans students, ensuring homeless trans
youth access to safety by passing the
Runaway & Homeless Youth & Tracking
Prevention Act and requiring mandatory

reporting of bias-motivated crime data.


Winnie Stachelberg, vice president of
external aairs at the Center for American
Progress, said although recent statistics
demonstrate an overall drop in violence
against the LGBT community, anti-trans
violence in on the rise.
The 22 lives lost to anti-transgender
violence so far this year, as well as the
countless others who experience nonfatal violence, should serve as a sobering
reminder that much work remains ahead
of us, Stachelberg said.
Among the actions Stachelberg said
shes seeking from Congress is lifting the
congressionally imposed bed mandate
requiring immigration ocials to detain
34,000 people a day, a policy she said
has trapped many transgender people in
unsafe situations.
We urge Congress to use its legislative
authority to remove that quota and lower
the risk that a transgender person seeking
refuge in our country is traumatized while
in our care, Stachelberg said.
Other advocates who testied were trans
writer and advocate Joanna Cifredo; Maj.
Irene Burks, assistant inspector general
of the Prince Georges County Police
Department; Isa Noyola, program director
for the Transgender Law Center; and
Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director
of the National Black Justice Coalition.
Lawmakers who are among the nine
members of the Transgender Equality
Task Force and some who arent
oered views on advancing trans rights
and questioned witnesses.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
made an unscheduled appearance at the
forum and oered thoughts on the signicance
of the occasion, invoking the words of civil rights
leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Content of character: That is the only


test in America, Hoyer said. We must
ensure its the only test in America.
Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) chairs the
Transgender Equality Task Force and
chaired the rst of the two panels for
the forum. Honda, who has a trans
granddaughter, said a key for advancing
trans rights would be wordsmithing on
the issue.
Honda said the forum itself wouldnt
be the last word of the task force, noting,
Were going to have more of these.
Were going to have hearings and more
hearings so that this can get out more
into the community.
The
California
lawmaker
cited
upcoming actions, including a resolution
designating November as Transgender
Acceptance Month, a letter to the
administration seeking action on antitrans violence, a letter to the Federal
Trade Commission seeking a ban on
widely discredited conversion therapy
and a letter to the Census Bureau for
enhanced data collection.
Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), whos
gay and a co-chair of the LGBT Equality
Caucus, chaired the second panel,
emphasizing the importance of trans
inclusion within the LGBT community.
Transgender
Americans
face
discrimination and violence at levels that
many other communities in our nation
cannot imagine, Takano said. We call
it our combined community, the LGBT
community, but it is clear that even as we
make progress in advancing equality for
L, for G and B, too often the rights of T
have been left behind.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who
advocates on behalf of immigrants, said
he attended the forum out of a sense of
solidarity with the LGBT community.
When the community I represent
including the LGBTQ community
is under attack and threatened with
violence, I expect people to stand up,
Gutierrez said. Just as I expect people
to stand up and stand with us when the
Puerto Rican community is under attack,
when Latinos and immigrant communities
are under attack, and when the words of
public gures and so-called leaders incite
or provoke people to violence.
Other lawmakers present at the
hearing were Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Jerrold
Nadler (D-N.Y.), Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.),
David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.)
and Alan Lowenthal (D-N.Y.).
The event was a congressional forum,
which isnt technically the same thing
as a congressional hearing. A formal
congressional hearing on trans issues
would be unlikely in the Republicancontrolled Congress.
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NATIONAL NEWS

Gay soldier says HIV status leaked to Army unit


Pentagon investigating
possible violation of
privacy rules

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com

A Pentagon spokesperson said the


Army is investigating an allegation by
a gay soldier that a colonel in charge of
an Army unit based in Arlington, Va.,
improperly directed subordinates to
compile and circulate a list of soldiers
who had tested positive for HIV.
Sgt. Joseph Wittig told the Washington
Blade that his name was among those on
the list circulated over the past two years
at the Army Physical Disability Agency
located in an oce building in the Crystal
City section of Arlington less than a mile
from the Pentagon.
I had just found out before I got
here, he said, noting that he learned he
was HIV positive shortly before he was
transferred from Ft. Collins, Colo., to a
new assignment at the Physical Disability
Agency oce, known as the PDA, in
Crystal City in 2013.
And they spread it all over the world
as if it was something like, oh, hes got a
cold, Wittig said. They were doing, oh,
hes got HIV. Well, youre not supposed to
do that. Its a major privacy violation.
Wittig, 34, has been on active duty with
the Army for just over 12 years. He has
served two tours in Iraq and a tour in
Haiti as part of the U.S. mission to provide
humanitarian aid following a massive
earthquake there.
He said he was diagnosed as HIV
positive in 2012 and was still adjusting to
and grappling with the diagnosis when
he was transferred the following year to
Crystal City.
We are looking into this matter
and will implement the appropriate
action(s), Pentagon spokesperson Paul
Prince told the Blade in a Nov. 9 email.
Army leadership views all allegations of
violations of soldiers privacy as a very
serious matter, he said.
Prince said the Army is prohibited by
law to conrm the names, units or duty
assignments of soldiers who may be Human
Immunodeciency Virus (HIV) positive.
He added: Ultimately, protecting
personal privacy information (PPI) for all
soldiers is among our top priorities. The
Army ensures this protection by training
all personnel to executive Army and DOD
directed PPI measures, and holding those
accountable who violate the policies.
Another Pentagon spokesperson, Maj.
Ben Sakrisson, told the Blade in an email
that military health care providers and
military commanders and their designees
are exempt from privacy rules related

Sgt. JOSEPH WITTIG said his name was among those on a list of HIV-positive personnel
circulated at an Army unit.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

to service members personal health


information under certain circumstances.
Further dissemination of Personal
Health Information (including but not
limited to HIV status) is limited to those
with a need to know that information in
the performance of their duties, he said.
Wittig said that up until the time he
contacted the Blade, the Army had not
responded to a formal complaint he
led in July 2014 with the Army Inspector
Generals Oce at Fort Myer in Arlington
about what he considers an illegal breach
of his HIV status and privacy rights.
His complaint identies Army Col. Carl
Johnson, who served as director of the
Army Physical Disability Agency from
July 2012 to October 2014, as the ocial
who allegedly directed sta members to
compile the list of HIV-positive soldiers
assigned to the agency.
Johnson didnt immediately respond
to a request for comment. His LinkedIn
page says he has retired from the Army
and currently serves as vice president
of the Training Management Division at
ASM Research, a Fairfax, Va.-based data
management consulting company that
does defense contracting work.
Wittig said he was pleasantly surprised
on Nov. 6, when Col. Todd Garlic, the
current director of the Physical Disability
Agency, visited him at Walter Reed
Medical Center in Bethesda, where Wittig
is now assigned, and apologized for what
happened in connection with the release
of his HIV status.
Now they are doing a formal
investigation because they found that list,
Wittig said he was told. They have now
encrypted it and put it into a secure le.
Wittig said he was transferred from
the Crystal City oce to Walter Reed in
Bethesda so he can undergo psychiatric
treatment and support on a daily basis
for the severe anxiety and stress he has
experienced since his HIV status was
leaked during his previous assignment at

the Physical Disability Agency.


He said it was especially devastating

to him that his HIV status would be


disclosed at an agency charged with
helping members of the Army transition
from active duty to civilian life while
they face serious illnesses or warrelated injuries.
Although his former co-workers at the
agency didnt outwardly talk about his HIV
status he said their actions and attitude
toward him and others whose HIVpositive status was leaked through the list
clearly sensed they were being ostracized
and stigmatized.
On one occasion at an oce potluck
dinner, Wittig said, he noticed that people
working at a food table immediately
removed the serving spoons that he used
to lift food from the table to his plate.
People with HIV are made to feel so
low, he said. No one should feel they are
garbage. It really gets to you. You dont do
that to people.

Ala. lesbian seeks Supreme


Court help in adoption
A lesbian mother in Alabama is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse
a decision refusing recognition of her as an adoptive parent of three children.
The woman, who goes by the moniker A.L. before the court, led a writ of
certiorari petitioning the court for review in addition to a stay request on the
Alabama Supreme Court decision denying her access to her children.
I love my children more than anything, V.L. said. I havent had visitation with
my kids since April, and there isnt a moment that goes by that I dont think
about them and pray that well be able to be together again soon. I just want to
hold them and feel their arms around me. No parent and child should ever be
separated because a court refuses to follow the law and recognize adoptions
from other states.
V.L. adopted the children in Georgia in 2007 when she was in a relationship
with E.L., the childs biological mother who allowed V.L. to do a second-parent
adoption. The couple has now split and E.L. refuses to allow V.L. to see the
children, arguing the Georgia adoption is invalid where they now live in Alabama.
On Sept. 18, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an order refusing to
recognize V.L.s adoption in Georgia and declaring it void. The decision breaks
from precedent requiring states to honor court judgments from other states.
As a result of an earlier Alabama order, V.L. has not had visitation with her
children ages 12, 10 and 10 for nearly seven months, even though she has
raised them since their birth.
The petition V.L. led before the U.S. Supreme Court presents the question of
whether the Full Faith & Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution permits a court
to deny recognition to an adoption judgment previously issued by a court from
another state based on the determination that judgment was in error.
V.L is represented by the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian
Rights, Adam Unikowsky and Paul Smith of Jenner & Block as well as Alabama
attorneys Heather Fann of Boyd, Fernambucq, Dunn & Fann, P.C., and Traci Vella
of Vella & King.
The Alabama Supreme Courts ruling violates the Full Faith and Credit Clause of
the U.S. Constitution, NCLR Family Law Director Cathy Sakimura in a statement.
The Constitution requires every state to give full faith and credit to adoptions
granted by courts in other states, regardless of whether it agrees with another
states adoption policy or thinks the adoption was wrongly granted. The Alabama
Supreme Court had no legal ability to second-guess the Georgia courts judgment.
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Cruz says Syrian refugees should be barred


Sees no terrorist threat
from Christians after
pastors anti-gay tirade
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Just days after attending an Iowa
conference hosted by an evangelical
media personality who called for the death
penalty for gays, Republican presidential
candidate Ted Cruz now saystheres no
meaningful risk of Christians committing
terrorist attacks.
There is no meaningful risk of
Christians committing acts of terror, Cruz
is quoted as saying in the Washington
Post. If there were a group of radical
Christians pledging to murder anyone
who had a dierent religious view than
they, we would have a dierent national
security situation.
The U.S. senator from Texas made
the remarks Sunday in the early primary
state of South Carolina in the context of
explaining his view that Muslim refugees
from Syria should be barred from the
United States, but borders should be
open to displaced Christians.
But it is precisely the Obama
administrations
unwillingness
to
recognize that or ask those questions

Sen. TED CRUZ (R-Texas) remains silent on a


pastors tirade.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

that makes them so unable to ght


this enemy, Cruz is quoted as saying.
Because they pretend as if there is no
religious aspect to this.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also
said Sunday assistance for Middle East
refugees should be focused on Christians.
We should focus our eorts as it
relates to refugees on the Christians that
are being slaughtered, Bush said on
CNNs State of the Union.
On Monday, Republican governors

from Michigan, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana,


Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois,
Massachusetts pledged they wouldscreen
out Syrian refugees from their states.
President Obama criticized those who
would refuse access to Syrian refugees,
saying, Slamming the door in their faces
would be a betrayal of our values.
Cruzs comments ignore the call
made at the recent National Religious
Liberty Conference by Iowa evangelical
leader Kevin Swanson, who delivered a
ery tirade in favor of the government
rounding up gay people and executing
them in the name of Christianity.
Its not a gay time, Swanson said.
These are the people with the sores, the
gaping sores, the sores that are pussy
and gross. And people are coming in and
carving happy faces on the sores. Thats
not a nice thing to do. Dont you dare
carve happy faces on open pussy sores.
Swanson continued that the death
penalty for gay people shouldnt be
carried out immediately because they
need time to repent.
Cruz appeared on the same stage
as Swanson at the event along with
fellow GOP presidential hopefuls Mike
Huckabee and Bobby Jindal. Each of
these candidates has remained silent
on the views expressed by Swanson
and their campaigns havent responded

to a request for comment from the


Washington Blade on whether theyd
repudiate the remarks.
The Cruz campaign didnt respond
to a request for comment on why the
candidate thinks theres no meaningful
risk of Christians committing terrorism
in the aftermath of Swansons remarks.
The Texas senator is no stranger to
making anti-LGBT comments on his
own. Hes contemplating restoring Dont
Ask, Dont Tell and opposes openly
transgender military service.
Cruz has signed a pledge from the
anti-gay National Organization for
Marriage to oppose same-sex nuptials
and has introduced in the U.S. Senate
a constitutional amendment against
the Supreme Courts ruling in favor of
marriage equality.
On Saturday at a rally for religious
freedom at Bob Jones University, Cruz
said marriage equality is not settled and
hell continue to ght it, according to the
South Carolina-based Greenville Online.
Its not the law of the land, Cruz is quoted
as saying. Its not the Constitution. Its not
legitimate and we will stand and ght.
The candidate took to task other
candidates like Bush and John Kasich,
whove said its time to move on after the
marriage decision despite their opposition
to it. Cruz called their positions sad.

Marriage plaintiff Obergefell endorses Clinton


We need Hillary Clinton
in the White House
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The lead plainti in the lawsuit that
resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court
ruling in favor of marriage equality has
thrown his support behind Democratic
presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
In a statement to the Washington Blade,
Ohio marriage plainti Jim Obergefell said
Clinton is the best candidate to continue
the ght for LGBT rights and to defeat
Republicans seeking to roll back progress.
We have fought to not only change
laws, but to change hearts, and now we
need a president who will help us ght
to eliminate the injustices that occur
regularly in our community, and the
best person to do that is Hillary Clinton,
Obergefell said. Hillary is a proven leader
who will not only ensure that states are
implementing marriage equality, but
will work to end discrimination in our
community whether its by passing the
Equality Act or through state measures.I

Obergefell v. Hodges lead plainti JAMES


OBERGEFELL this week endorsed Hillary
Clinton for president.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

refuse to let Republicans undo the


progress that weve made, and that is
why we need Hillary Clinton in the White
House because she will be by our side as
we break down barriers and nally reach
full equality for all.
Obergefell has risen to national

prominence not only for being the


namesake plainti in the landmark case
of Obergefell v. Hodges, but also for his
personal story. As his partner John Arthur
was battling Lou Gehrigs disease, the
couple ew from Ohio to Maryland and
married on the tarmac at BWI Airport
before immediately returning home.
Arthur died before the Supreme Court
decision upholding recognition of the
couples marriage was handed down.
Clinton said in a statement Obergefell
made history and changed America for
the better, pledging with his help to
continue the advancement of LGBT rights.
There are still too many places
where LGBT Americans are targeted
for harassment and violence, and there
are too many young people who are
uncertain and scared of what their
future might hold, Clinton said. Right
now in America, you can get married on
Saturday and be red from your job on
Monday just because of who you love.
I see the injustices that are happening
in our country, and that is why Im
committed to working with Jim and
others to end discrimination against the
LGBT community once and for all.

Obergefell, who has been promoted by


the Human Rights Campaign for his role in
the marriage case,hasnt shied away from
politics in the aftermath of the case. He
introduced President Obama at a recent
LGBT fundraiser for the Democratic
National Committee in New York and was
among the attendees before Clintons
speech to HRCsupporters last month.
From his Twitter account, Obergefell
has also taken at jab at former Arkansas
Gov. Mike Huckabee for saying hed
ignore as president the Supreme Court
ruling in favor of same-sex marriage:
Huckabee: As President I Will Ignore
Obergefell. Obergefell: I ignore Huckabee
because he will never be President.
The Obergefell endorsement of Clinton
comes days after she was considered to
have delivered a strong performance at
the most recent Democratic presidential
debate in Des Moines, Iowa. According
to a Public Policy Poll published after
the debate Saturday, 67 percent of
respondents thought Clinton won,
followed by 20 percent who thought U.S.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) prevailed and
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French LGBT advocacy groups condemn terrorist attacks


Gay Parisians frequent
concert hall where
89 people killed

with Paris annual Pride celebration took


place at the popular concert venue in
June. A gay party was scheduled to take
place at Bataclan on Saturday.
Gauthier-Fawas told the Blade that
he was at his apartment near the Elysee
Palace, which is slightly less than three
miles away from Bataclan, when the
attacks took place.
He told the Blade that he learned his
friends were safe once they posted on
Facebook.
Gauthier-Fawas said many Inter-LGBT
members who were in Avignon for their
conference live in the area in which the
attacks took place.
If they were not in Avignon, they would
have been in that district at the moment
of the attack, he said. Its a very popular
area for LGBT people.
Guillaume Bonnet, another French
LGBT rights advocate, told Newsweek
that he and his parents were eating
dinner at a restaurant near Le Carillon
when he heard what he initially thought

By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
French LGBT advocacy groups have
condemned the series of terrorist attacks in
Paris last Friday that left 129 people dead.
Jrme Beaug, co-chair of Inter-LGBT,
a coalition of French advocacy groups, on
Twitter described the attacks as ignoble.
He also expressed his support for the
victims and law enforcement ocials who
are working right now to keep us safe.
Faced with horror and violence, faced
with terrorism and persecution, we will
remain united and stand stronger than
ever, wrote Beaug on his Twitter page.
Many advocates who are aliated with
Inter-LGBT were attending a conference
in the French city of Avignon when the
attacks took place.
Amaud
Gauthier-Fawas,
a
spokesperson for Inter-LGBT, told the
Washington Blade during an interview
from Paris that the gathering on Saturday
began with a moment of silence.
The LGBT Center of Paris le-de-France
on its website posted a statement
that expressed its condolences to the
victims. La Manif Pour Tous, a group that
organized eorts against the extension
of marriage rights to same-sex couples
in France in 2013, on its Twitter page
described the attacks as terrible.
We keep all the victims, the injured,
the families and law enforcement in our
thoughts, said La Manif Pour Tous.
French Ambassador to the U.S.
Grard Araud, who is gay, on Saturday
joined White House Chief of Sta Denis
McDonough and hundreds of others who
gathered at Lafayette Square adjacent
to the White House to pay tribute to the
victims. Araud led the crowd in singing
the French national anthem before
people placed candles and owers at the
base of a statue of Gen. Marquis Gilbert
de Lafayette.
The attacks began around 9:20 p.m.
local time when the rst of three suicide
bombers blew themselves up outside the
Stade de France.
A football match between France and
Germany was taking place when the rst
and second incidents took place. French
President Franois Hollande and German
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
were among the 80,000 people who were
inside the stadium for the match.
A group of gunmen with semiautomatic ries at around 9:25 p.m.
opened re at Le Carillon, a bar in the
10th arrondissement that is roughly 4.7
miles south of the Stade de France. One

Hundreds gathered in Lafayette Park on Nov.


14 to honor the victims of the Paris terrorist
attacks.
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of the assailants opened re at Le Petit


Cambodge, a nearby restaurant.
The BBC reported that 15 people died
at the bar and restaurant. Another ve
people were killed at La Cosa Nostra, a
pizzeria that is a few blocks away from Le
Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge.
Nineteen people were killed at La Belle
quipe, a bar in the 11th arrondissement,
when two gunmen opened re. One of
the assailants blew himself up outside of
Le Comptoir Voltaire, a restaurant in the
10th arrondissement.
Local authorities say three gunmen
stormed Bataclan, a popular concert
hall in the 10th arrondissement, around
9:50 p.m. as Eagles of Death Metal, an
American rock group, was performing.
The assailants killed 89 people before
police ended the nearly three-hour siege.
Striking Paris in my view, like striking
New York, is symbolic of the ght our
epoch is engulfed in: Two opposite views
of where our world is heading to, Fabrice
Houdart, a gay man from Paris who is a
country ocer for the Maghreb at the
World Bank, told the Blade on Saturday.
Sure we will prevail but at the cost of our
fragile trust in human kind.
The 10th arrondissement, which is
adjacent to Le Marais in which a number
of gay bars and clubs are located, is a
popular place for LGBT Parisians to live.
Several gay-specic parties take place
at Bataclan each month.
An Inter-LGBT fundraiser that coincided

were reworks.
Bonnet told the magazine that the
restaurants owner pulled down the
security curtains as people were running
and screaming down the street.
He said he and his parents left the
restaurant and drove to his home, which
is less than 200 feet away from the Italian
restaurant in which ve people were killed.
I could see police everywhere, Bonnet
told Newsweek. People were screaming. I
understood I couldnt go home that night.
The Paris attacks took place a day after
twin suicide bombings killed more than 40
people in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
Two men in January attacked the
oces of Charlie Hebdo, a French
satirical magazine that had previously
published controversial cartoons of the
Prophet Muhammed. The assailants
who indicated they had ties to Islamic
extremists killed the publications editor
and 11 others.
Charlie Hebdos oces are a few blocks
away from Bataclan.

Disagreement over plight


of Syrian refugees
LGBT advocates are divided over calls to block the resettlement of Syrian
refugees in the U.S. in the wake of last weeks terrorist attacks in Paris.
The governors of Maryland, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and
more than 20 other states have urged the Obama administration to no longer
resettle Syrian refugees in their respective jurisdictions. Ohio Gov. John Kasich,
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other Republican presidential candidates have
made similar requests.
The governors of Virginia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Washington are
among those who said they would not seek to prevent the resettlement of
Syrian refugees in their respective states.
Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values, President
Obama told reporters on Monday during a press conference at the G-20 summit
in Turkey.
Obama stressed all refugees undergo rigorous screening and security checks
before they can resettle in the U.S.
Any carte blanche policy for the acceptance of Syrian refugees into this
country needs to be put on hold immediately given the atrocities that took place
in Paris mere days ago, Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo told
the Washington Blade on Monday.
Tarek Zeidan of Helem, a Lebanese LGBT advocacy group that works with
Syrian refugees, told the Blade on Tuesday from Beirut that he is shocked by
the governors who think they had the authority and the gumption to make such
a decision.
The U.N. High Commission for Refugees says there were 1,075,637 registered
Syrian refugees in Lebanon as of Oct. 31.
Ten thousand is quite a small number compared to the millions that are here
in Lebanon, said Zeidan, who spoke with the Blade less than a week after two
suicide bombers killed more than 40 people in Beirut. I havent seen any cases
whereby refugees in the United States havent necessarily become an organized
political group or a security risk.
The Islamic State which has executed more than 30 men in Syria and Iraq
who were accused of committing sodomy has claimed responsibility for the
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Halloween event called OutRageous without authorization. OutRageous was
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the results this week of a study that analyzed the real world use of pre-exposure
prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, Whitman-Walker Health announced.
The form of PrEP involved in the study was a daily anti-HIV pill called Truvada
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the incidence of STIs and HIV infection in men who have sex with men and
transgender women. One hundred of the 557 total participants were enrolled at
the study at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington.
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acquiring HIV.
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black student protesters
Recent events at Mizzou
recall a life-changing 1992
episode at Penn State

KEVIN NAFF is editor of the Washington Blade


and can be reached at kna@washblade.com.

The issue of race relations on college


campuses reemerged last week following
highly publicized incidents at Yale and the
University of Missouri that triggered protests at schools across the country. Much
of the reaction and commentary included
patronizing remarks that minimized and
trivialized the plight of African-American
and other minority students navigating
life on majority-white campuses.
At Missouri, students protested a string
of racist incidents that were largely ignored by administrators, leading to the
resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and Columbia
campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. They
stepped down only after the football team
threatened a boycott, jeopardizing lucrative sports revenue for the school. The
athletes brave act of deance should be
a template for students elsewhere looking for creative and eective ways to ght
back against apathetic administrators.
Meanwhile, at Yale, a black undergraduate student claimed that she was barred
from a fraternitys white girls only party.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon denied the report.
In another incident, a faculty member
was accused of racial insensitivity after
defending students right to wear potentially oensive Halloween costumes. The
seemingly isolated incidents at Yale and
Mizzou have proven anything but, with
solidarity protests being staged across
the country.
Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump predictably sided
with the status quo. I think the two people that resigned are weak, ineective

people, he told Fox News. Ben Carson


assailed the politically correct police for
the resignations.
Numerous publications and commentators have weighed in, belittling the
students and ignoring the larger issues.
This isnt about Halloween costumes or
the coddling of spoiled elites who miss
their helicopter parents. Its about the
disparate treatment of minority students
everywhere who face real obstacles to
obtaining their education and degrees
that are mostly unknown to their white
counterparts.

fearful of having to make an unexpected


stop in rural Pennsylvania along the way
to State College.
The university was overwhelmingly
white, with just 3.1 percent black enrollment. Many students were from small
towns with zero black population. I had
a roommate who had never met a black
person before arriving on campus. When
he saw a photo of me with my black prom
date from high school, he said, You took
a black girl to prom?! What did your parents say?
Such was the atmosphere for minority

There are no easy solutions to these


entrenched problems, but weve seen the
result of propagating the status quo, from
Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond.

The recent incidents call to mind my


own eye-opening experience with race issues as a student at Penn State University
in 1992, where I served as editorial page
editor for the Daily Collegian student
newspaper.
Back then, Penn State saw protests led
by black students decrying low minority enrollment and inadequate eorts by
the university to retain minority students.
There were sit-ins and street demonstrations. One of my regular columnists, a
black student, penned a column titled,
African Americans should not trust devilish white people. It contained some
harsh language and warnings to fellow
black students to bear arms to defend
themselves. White people are irredeemable racists, who have never loved or
cared about black people, he wrote.
The column wasnt the most profound
or original take on race, but it certainly
reected the genuine fear and isolation
that many black students felt on campus. One black friend told me that when
traveling to campus from home, he
gassed up his car in New York City and
didnt stop again until he pulled into his
dorm four and a half hours later, ever

students. And so when I edited the column, I knew it would get a lot of attention
on campus but I was young and nave and
had no idea the maelstrom that it would
trigger. On the day it was published, I received an early morning phone call at my
apartment from the newspaper oce.
Kevin, you need to get down here. There
are protesters picketing the oce.
When I arrived, there were two white
students pacing in front of my oce carrying signs bearing crosshairs that read,
White Man, Shoot Here. It was startling
but hardly a mass protest. I dismissed it
as minor and went about my day. Later,
I got a call from an Associated Press reporter in Harrisburg whod heard about
the protest. I explained that it was a brief
demonstration by just two people. He
wrote a story that moved across the AP
state wire that night while I was still in the
oce. Our news editor agged it for me.
It read that our oces were besieged by
a wave of protests following publication of the column. I was disappointed by
the irresponsible sensationalism of the
AP writer but it was only the state wire.
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story moved across the national AP wire
and appeared in every major newspaper
in the country the next morning. All hell
broke loose.
The oce phones rang incessantly.
Penn State administrators denounced
us in the media as a hate publication.
Student organizations yanked their advertising. Oprah, Donahue, Sally Jessy
and Geraldo called seeking interviews
with the author and me. The story was
covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and every media critic
and major news outlet. Death threats began arriving to our oces. The authors
life was threatened in a ier distributed
across campus with a ries crosshairs
superimposed across his photo. I received a death threat at my apartment
from the Ku Klux Klan, which operated in
a nearby town. The police visited my ofce oering protection. Alumni canceled
donations to the university and admin-

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istrators searched for ways to retaliate
against the newspaper, which is an independent corporation unaliated with
Penn State. Professors denounced our
actions openly in classes. Collegian staers were harassed on the streets.
Despite all the fear mongering in the
media about us instigating a race war
at Penn State, the only violence we
saw came in the form of death threats
against newspaper sta. Its surreal to
turn on the radio or TV and hear your
name being trashed by commentators.
I was labeled a drug addict, racist,
crazy and worse. I lost a job oer because of the uproar.
All this because Id defended a black
sta member whod written a column
from a place of fear and isolation. Yes,
he wrote some inammatory things.
But on a college campus, students deserve a wide berth when exploring complicated and emotional issues for the
rst time on their own. As former Yale
University President Benno Schmidt
once said, A university ought to be the
last place where people are inhibited by

fear of punishment from expressing ignorance or even hate, so long as others


are left free to answer.
It was a life-changing experience and
I wish every practicing journalist could
walk for a day in the shoes of someone
being castigated by the national media.
It taught me the importance of fairness.
Words matter and they can hurt when applied recklessly.
Fast-forward nearly a quarter century,
and to my dismay students are still grappling with the same issues of racism and
low minority enrollment and retention.
Indeed, the list of grievances from University of Missouri students is strikingly similar to a list compiled by students in the
1960s. As the Hungton Post reported
last week, The 1969 list expressed concern about the nonchalant attitude on
the part of the university, saying it made
it a haven for comprehensive institutionalized racist and political repression.
Those feelings were echoed by many protesters this week.
Instead of dismissing these students
concerns, we should listen and help. The

condescending response from Trump,


the Wall Street Journal editorial board
and others ignores the genuine fears of
students who face threats of violence
and racist epithets one of which was
scrawled in human excrement at Missouri.
Often its the covert manifestations of
racism that sting most, like the indierent
response of administrators and media
critics. Or the persistent problems with
retaining minority students and faculty
at major universities that are instead focused on building multi-billion dollar endowments while neglecting needs of current students.
There are no easy solutions to these
entrenched problems, but weve seen the
result of propagating the status quo, from
Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond. At
the very least, we can listen to these students respectfully and engage with them.
Football players dont boycott games and
students dont initiate hunger strikes for
kicks or attention. The problems are real.
As Spike Lee implored us in his 1988 lm
School Daze, Wake up!

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Staying connected while on vacation


Grim realities intrude while
sailing Atlantic with new friends

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime Democratic


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

When planning my recent vacation,


one of the main decisions was whether to
disconnect from the Internet or not. My
days in Rome and a two-week transatlantic cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette were
something I had looked forward to for
nearly a year. As a news junkie my decision included whether disconnecting cold
turkey would be stressful. It turns out
choosing to stay connected was the right
thing for me. It also meant that I wouldnt
have to go through 2,000 emails up my
arrival home.
It was quickly apparent even had I disconnected plenty of people both in Rome
and on-board ship were more than happy to discuss what was going on in the
world. MSNBC and FAUX news were available on TV in the room. Neither of which
I would watch at home but was drawn

Facebook safe nder is a terric tool, allowing


people who had communicated with friends in
Paris to let us all know they were OK.
to them to nd out about the elections
in the U.S. and then the horric ISIS attacks and massacre in Paris. Finding out
whether my friends in Paris were OK was
paramount. Facebook safe nder is a terric tool, allowing people who had communicated with friends in Paris to let us
all know they were OK.
Whether it was over a meal or at the
pool, the world never totally stayed away.
Two guys from Houston shared their
concerns and disgust over the election
results there. My new Australian friends
wondered how soon their country would
legalize gay marriage. The many foreign
members of the crew shared concerns
about their families in countries in turmoil and being bombed. My passion for
Hillary Clinton was shared by Melinda
Bates who lectured a number of times
on-board regarding her experiences as
head of the White House Visitors Oce
during the Clinton presidency. She met
Bill at Georgetown, volunteered on his
presidential campaign, and ended up
spending nearly a decade in the White

House. We had lunch and talked about


Hillarys campaign and how she wanted
to get involved.
The rst seven days of the cruise we
stopped at ve ports of call. Then there
were seven days at sea. While I am great
at doing nothing and met the greatest
people to do it with, early mornings and
late nights, when my friends continued
drinking, I could connect, write and share
my columns with the Blade and Hungton Post. Then go online to Facebook and
see what the world was thinking, share
my pictures and make more than a few
comments. It was gratifying to see one
of my columns tweeted by hundreds and
liked by thousands knowing it was written
somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic
Ocean.
Being one of the oldest in the group
of my new on-board friends my recollections on how we communicated before
the Internet were sometimes humorous to them. Actually being on-board
and meeting face-to-face from morning to night was a reminder of how we

used to make friends before apps. There


were people on board who take four or
ve cruises each year. Two new friends
from Traverse City, Mich., who I hope to
see again have been on 69 cruises and
have two booked in 2016 and booked
one while we were on-board for January
2017 from Australia to New Zealand. I
said I would join them until it hit me that
would have me away from D.C. on Jan.
20, 2017, a day on which I hope to be celebrating history with the inauguration of
the rst woman president of the United
States.
I am writing this a day before we dock
in Ft. Lauderdale and my ight back to
reality. The Paris massacre brought back
reality in a major way to all of us and we
recognized how fortunate we were to be
on this cruise and how our good fortune
meant we had to do more for those not
so fortunate.
We took group pictures and made
commitments to stay in touch with new
friends. Had dinner at the Lawn Club, a
specialty restaurant on board. We danced
to the music at the Martini Bar and
strolled the ship in balmy weather. Again,
we knew how fortunate we were.
Back in D.C. and readying this column
for submission I am listening to President
Obama speak from the G-20 meeting and
talking about the threats to world peace
we all need to deal with. Reality once
again takes precedence over vacation.

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VIEWPOINT

Battle hymn of the blowhards


Republicans promote panic
in Paris aftermath

RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.


Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.

As many Americans sang La Marseillaise and expressed solidarity with the


French after the terrorist attacks in Paris
on Nov. 13, Republicans rushed to seize
political advantage.
Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee threatened savage bombing campaigns. Cruz,
possibly inspired by Herod the Great,
promised he would not worry about
slaughtering innocents. These holy warriors will say anything to win cheers from
the xenophobic, Christianist GOP base,

Western leaders have begun using the Arabic acronym for ISIS, Daesh, which has
a mocking connotation. Declaring yourself a caliphate does not make you one.
We must respond to the attacks intelligently and in cooperation with our allies. We cannot simply bomb our way to
safety. We cannot wall ourselves o from
a world in which we are deeply engaged
commercially and culturally, and in which
we extensively project ourselves militarily. We cannot prevail unilaterally or by
holding ourselves above the rest of the
world. We cannot paper over legitimate
grievances resulting from our past actions.
As Edward R. Murrow said in delivering the political epitaph of Sen. Joseph
McCarthy in 1954, We will not be driven
by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig
deep in our own history and our doctrine
and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.
Surveying the psych ward of Republican candidates, exploiting fear may oer
their best chance of retaking the White
House. Three factors make this doubtful:

nals being stockpiled by some anarchists and paranoiacs are likelier to be


used against federal agents or people
of color with car breakdowns than Islamist fanatics.
Conservatives portrayal of Obama as
a hapless commander in chief runs up
against his record: He got bin Laden, his

Our evident indifference toward nonEuropeans renders us derelict in facing the global threat; but Republicans
are too busy insulting them to recognize them as vital allies. Donald Trump
imitates the Chinese saying, We want
deal. His bold new insight is a Charlie
Chan impression?
E D I T O RI A L CA RT O O N

With their pandering to intolerance and knownothingism, Republicans are on the verge of an
electoral disaster in 2016.
ignoring the spectacular failure of reexive, ill-targeted militarism in the past.
Meanwhile, President Obamas Pentagon
quietly took out ISIS leaders in Syria and
Libya.
Instead of showing strength amid
tragedy, conservatives turned cowardly
and demanded that Syrian refugees be
turned away lest a jihadist be lurking
among them. Never mind the major role
America played in creating chaos in Syria,
where civilian deaths dwarf those in Paris. On the night of the attacks, ordinary
Parisians took stranded strangers into
their homes. They displayed more courage than is being asked of Americans.
Despite more than half of Americas governors absurdly announcing their own
harsh immigration policies, refugees face
extensive screening procedures.
Muslims across the world have denounced the attacks. Ignoring this hampers the relationships we need to defeat the extremists. Appropriately, many

a war-weary public, the candidates lack


of discipline or understanding, and our
former Secretary of State.
While the Republicans excoriate Hillary
Clinton for failing to use their designated
magic words to describe the jihadists,
she demonstrates the calm single-mindedness needed to defeat civilizations
enemies and not just win primaries. Despite her aws, she is head and shoulders above the competition. She speaks
knowledgeably about conicts all over the
world, and knows the players. She is the
seasoned pro with Situation Room experience. Contrasted with their ery rhetoric, her steadiness will lift her as Obamas
lifted him during the 2008 nancial crisis.
Republicans eagerness to bomb
regardless of the target reminds me
of mockery directed toward German
rocket scientist (and American space
program architect) Wernher von Braun
in 1960: I Aim at the Stars (but sometimes I hit London). The private arse-

credible threat of force led to the removal


of Syrias chemical weapons, and the nuclear sanctions he and Clinton assembled
brought Iran to the negotiating table.
The war with Daesh is on many
fronts. We do not fight it coherently if
we focus only on attacks against Western targets while ignoring (say) the
suicide bombings in Beirut on Nov. 12.

With their pandering to intolerance and


know-nothingism, Republicans are on the
verge of an electoral disaster in 2016.
Stoking panic over terrorism may be
their only gambit. But weve been there
before. Let us make sure that we are not
deceived again.
Copyright 2015 by Richard J. Rosendall.
All rights reserved.

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From theatrical plays to concerts to
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Washington area is rich with holiday
productions of every genre. Were calling
this gift guide part one but in a few cases,
you may be your own recipient!
AT THE BALLET
Hope Garden Childrens Ballet Theatre
presents A Christmas Carol at the F
Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville (603
Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Md.) at 1:30
and 7 p.m., Nov. 28. The classic ballet
features rich costumes and moving music
by Debussy. Tickets are $22. For more
information, visit hgcbtstore.org.
Robert Joffreys awe-inspiring staging
of the perennial classic The Nutcracker
will enjoy its nal performances at the
Kennedy Centers Opera House at 7 p.m.,

Nov. 25, 27-29; 1 p.m. and Nov. 27-29.


Tickets from $55. For more information,
visit kennedy-center.org.
The Washington Ballet welcomes
the holiday season by presenting The
Nutcracker Nov. 28-29 at the THEARC
(1901 Mississippi Ave., S.E.), and Dec.
3-27 at the historic Warner Theatre
(3515 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). Septime
Webres
critically
acclaimed
ballet
transports audiences back in time to
historic Washington in a one-of-a-kind
production set in 1882 Georgetown
and starring George Washington as the
heroic Nutcracker, King George III as the
villainous Rat King, Anacostia Indians,
frontiersmen and many other all-American
delights. Tickets range from $34-99. For
more information, visit washingtonballet.
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MUSICAL MELODIES
A cappella quintet Calmus will perform
Christmas carols from around the world,
featuring pieces from the Netherlands,
Puerto Rico, Ireland and more, at a special
holiday concert at the Barns at Wolf
Trap (1635 Trap Road) at 7:30 p.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $35. For more
information, visit wolftrap.org.
Sound of Music fans will delight in the
Kennedy Centers NSO Pops: the von Trapps
& Stephanie J. Block Family Holiday show
at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10; 8 p.m., Dec. 11 and Dec.
12; and 2 p.m., Dec. 12. Tickets begin at $20.
Songs from the great-grandchildren of the
cherished Sound of Music von Trapp family
join musical theater star Stephanie J. Block
and the NSO Pops. For more information,
visit kennedy-center.org.
The Washington National Opera presents
Hansel and Gretel at the Kennedy Centers
Terrace Theater at 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 12-13
and Dec. 18-20. The show features current
and former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
alongside the WNO Childrens Chorus.
Tickets start at $59. For more information,
visit kennedy-center.org.
Acclaimed a cappella group, Chanticleer,
brings soaring Christmas carols to George
Mason Universitys Center for the Arts (4373
Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax) at 8 p.m., Nov. 28;
and at the Hylton Performing Arts Center
(10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas)
at 8 p.m., Nov. 29. Expect ancient hymns,
venerated sacred songs, contemporary
classics, gospel spirituals and treasured
American and European carols. Tickets
range from $32-54. Fore more information,
visit cfa.gmu.edu.
Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will
perform with the Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra for the holiday spectacular, Tis
the Season on Dec. 10 at the Music Center
at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
Bethesda). Tickets range from $25-99. For
more information, visit strathmore.org.
The Dave Koz Christmas Tour with
guests Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfer
and Bill Medley returns to the Strathmore
(5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda)
on Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4888. Details at strathmore.org.

SING ALONG!
Wolf Trap presents its annual holiday
sing-a-longon Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.
at the Filene Center (1645 Trap Road),
featuring Christmas carols and Hanukkah
songs by choir and vocal groups and the
United States Marine Band. Admission is
free and guests are encouraged to bring
an unwrapped gift to donate as part of
the Toys for Tots campaign. For more
information, visit wolftrap.org.
The 45th annual Kennedy Center
Messiah Sing-Along takes place at 8
p.m., Dec. 23 at the Concert Hall. Tickets are
free but reservations are required. Guest
conductor Barry Hemphill leads the Kennedy
Center Opera House Orchestra, guest
soloists and audience in a glorious singalong of Handels beloved masterpiece. For
more information, visit kennedy-center.org.
The 10th annual Congressional
Chorus holiday concert and sing along
presents the American Youth Chorus
leading holiday favorites at 4 and 7 p.m.,
Dec. 13 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
(1333 H St., NE). For more information,
visit congressionalchorus.org.
TRADITIONAL FAVORITES
TheGay Mens Chorus of Washington
presents Rewrapped, Dec. 5-6, 12-13
at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.).
Expect signature holiday classics and new
arrangements of seasonal favorites.Dont
be surprised to see a visit from Ole St.
Nick himself. Tickets range from $13-35
and can be purchased at gmcw.org.
The National Symphony Orchestra
presents Handels Messiah at 7 p.m. Dec.
17; 8 p.m., Dec. 18-19; and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20
at Kennedy Centers Concert Hall. Conductor
Nathalie Stutzman leads soloists Emke
Barath (soprano), Sara Mingardo (contralto),
Lawrence Wiliford (tenor), Burak Bilgili (bass)
and the University of Maryland Concert
Choir (Edward Maclary, music director) in the
holiday classic. Tickets start at $15. For more
information, visit kennedy-center.org.
The 25th annual NPRs A Jazz Piano
Christmas takes place at 7 and 9 p.m., Dec.
4 at the Terrace Theater. NEA Jazz Master
Kenny Barron will perform with Fred Hersch
and Joey Alexander. Tickets are $59. For
more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

The 17th annual All-Star Christmas Day


Jazz Jam will take place on Kennedy Centers
Millennium Stage at 6 p.m., Dec. 25. For more
information, visit kennedy-center.org.
Legendary lmmaker John Waters will
give his take on the holiday season with his
show, A John Waters Christmas playing
the Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave.)
in Alexandria on Dec. 21. Delving into his
passion for lunatic exploitation Christmas
movies and the unhealthy urge to remake all
his own lms into seasonal childrens classics,
The Pope of Trash will give you a Joyeaux
Noel like no other. Tickets are $49.50.
ON STAGE
The annual Fords Theatre (511 Tenth St.
NW) production of A Christmas Carol is
being staged Nov. 19-Dec. 31. Adapted by
Michael Wilson and directed by Michael
Baron, join the ghosts of Christmas Past,
Present and Future as they lead the
miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of
transformation and redemption.For more
information, visit fordstheatre.org.
The Olney Theater (2001 Olney-Sandy
Spring Rd.) in Olney is bringing back
storyteller Paul Morella in a one-man
performance of A Christmas Carol: A
Ghost Story of Christmas, Nov. 27-Dec.
27. Tickets for all shows begin at $26 and
can be purchased by calling the box ofce
at 301-924-3400. For more information,
visit olneytheatre.org.
The Annapolis Shakespeare Company
(111 Chinquapin Round Road, no.114,
Annapolis) presents Its a Wonderful
Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry,
Dec. 4-Jan. 3. For more information, visit
annapolisshakespeare.org.
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
(7 S. Calvert St, Baltimore) holds its annual
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens,
Dec. 4-23. Tickets are $25. For more
information, visit chesapeakeshakespeare.
com.
MetroStage (1201 North Royal St.,
Alexandria) present A Broadway
Christmas Carol starring Peter Boyer,
Michael Sharp, Tracey Stephens and
Howard Bretibart, Nov. 24-Dec. 27. Tickets
start at $20. For more information, visit
metrostage.org.
Black Nativity returns to the Theater
Alliance Stage (2020 Shannon Place,
S.E.) as Langston Hughes chronicles and

celebrates the birth of Jesus, while also


celebrating the birth of blackness. This
classic story is told through gospel, blues,
funk, jazz and dance. The show runs from
Nov. 25 to Jan. 3. For more information,
visit theateralliance.com.
Super Art Fights second annual NonDenominational Holiday Spectacular
plays the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.)
on Dec. 4 with four art ghts featuring
mashups of pro wrestling, live art, improv
comedy and more. Tickets are $15. Doors
open at 9 p.m. Details at blackcatdc.com.
Sorry and Regular Singing, the nal
two plays in The Apple Family Cycle by
Richard Nelson continue at Studio Theatre
(1501 14th St., N.W.) in rotation through
Dec. 13. Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon
opens Dec. 3. Details at studiotheatre.org.
The American Opera Initiative of the
Washington National Opera continues
with three pairings of new opera
composers and librettists each with new
one-act operas based on contemporary
American stories in sem-staged concert
performances at 7 and 9 p.m. on
Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the Kennedy Center
Terrace Theater (2700 F St., N.W.). Details
at kennedy-center.org.
Big Band Holidays featuring the
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with
Wynton Marsalis and Denzal Sinclaire and
Audrey Shakir plays the Music Center at
Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
Bethesda, Md.) at 8 p.m. on Saturday,
Dec. 12. Tickets start at $58. Details at
washingtonperformingarts.org.
Santa visits American Plant every
weekend in December. On Saturdays,
hes at its 5258 River Road location and
Sundays at 7405 River Road each day from
noon-2 p.m. (dates are Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13,
19 and 20). Get all your holiday shopping,
home decorating, tree, photos with Santa
and more at American Plant. Details at
americanplant.net.
WELCOME 2016!
The Kennedy Centers annual New
Years Eve concert returns with a funky
edge at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St.
N.W.) with Chaka Khan at 8:30 p.m. The
evening culminates with a party in the
Grand Foyer to ring in 2016. Tickets range
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Blockbusters, docs, revivals, indie fare and more on Dec. slate


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AFI Silver in downtown Silver Spring gets the queer holiday season o to a glittery
start with three classic Hollywood musicals shown on the big screen over Thanksgiving
weekend. For its 60th anniversary, Oklahoma! will be shown in a newly restored print.
There will also be screenings of The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.
In December, AFI Silver presents the AFI European Union Film Showcase, which
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How long have you been out and
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The Theater J folks seem to know murky family dramas play well over
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Homosexuals Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.
This year, the company is oering Sons of the Prophet, a 2012 Pulitzer
Prize nalist and dark comedy by Stephen Karam in which two gay brothers
in Pennsylvania experience a terrible year in which their father dies in a freak
accident with a plastic deer decoy. They think it cant get much worse but it
does as health, sanity and family are called into question.
The show runs through Sunday, Dec. 20, with various matinees and
performance times. Full schedule is online at theater.org. Several post-show
discussions are scheduled for various performances. Tickets start at $37. The
theater is in the D.C. Jewish Community Center at 1529 16th St., N.W.
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These days Im into places with a quiet,
cool neighborhood feel. Room 11 is
about ve minutes from my place, so Im
there a lot.

Describe your dream wedding.


Christopher and I are planning that right
now. Were getting married in October
2016.Were both city people, so it was
important to us to have it in the heart of
the city. Were doing it downtown at the
City Club, which is right by Metro Center.
But beyond that its really about bringing
the people you love together to bear
witness to a commitment you want to
make to the person you want to spend
the rest of your life with. The rest mostly
takes care of itself.

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
Protecting a womans right to
reproductive choice; advocating for the
rights of people of color and immigrants,
especially when it comes to how they are
(mis)treated by the legal and criminal
justice systems.

What historical outcome


would you change?
The Bush v. Gore Supreme Court
decision.

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
Watching Halle Berry become the rst
African-American woman to win the Best
Actress Oscar.
On what do you insist?
Respect is always a great starting point.

What was your last


Facebook post or Tweet?
My last post was about successfully

closing at a show called Now Comes the


Night at 1st Stage Theatre and being
excited about rehearsals for Sons of the
Prophet at Theatre J.

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
What a Mess
If science discovered a way
to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
Destroy it

What do you believe


in beyond the physical world?
Theres this show I love called The
Leftovers. For its second season theyre
using a song by Iris DeMent that says, I
choose to let the mystery be.

Whats your advice for


LGBT movement leaders?
Be inclusive and think about the
marginalized members of our
community.Keep ghting.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
My friends and my anc.

What LGBT stereotype


annoys you most?
The stereotypes dont bother me. The
cliquishness of some groups of people
do. We should be kind to one another.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


The Hours
Whats the most
overrated social custom?
Tipping your server. As someone whos
been a server in the past, this isnt an
optional thing. Its not a tip, its their
wage. We should be tipping at least
20 percent and it should already be
included in the bill someone gets at the
end of their meal.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
I have a little green piggy bank that says
Happy Thesis! on it from when I did
The Pillowman at Indiana University. It
represents the completion of my formal
acting training and brings back lots of
great memories from grad school.

What do you wish youd known at 18?


Learning doesnt stop in school.

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The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts the opening reception for Beyond
Erotic by David Marquardt on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibit is a collection of 10 oil paintings of male escorts, adult lm stars
and masseurs. Each painting includes audio commentary. The exhibit runs
through Friday, Dec. 4. Adult lm star Dirk Caber will also make an appearance.
For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

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Get your drag on!


The Imperial Court of Washington holds
its rst-ever Drag Market at Ziegfelds/
Secrets (1824 Half St., S.W.) on Saturday,
Nov. 21 from 3-8 p.m.
The Drag Market is a yard and bake sale.
Local drag performers such as Veronica
Blake will have tables selling jewelry,
costumes, shoes, gowns and more.
Proceeds benet charity. Admission to
the market is $5.
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Classic Albums Live will perform Fleetwood Macs landmark album Rumours
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Bethesda, Md.) on Black Friday (Friday, Nov. 27) at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $29-49. For more information, visit strathmore.org.

D.C. Queer Theatre Festival presents


Playtime: A 24 Hour Queer Theatre
Festival at Anacostia Arts Center (1231
Good Hope Rd., S.E.) on Saturday, Nov. 21
with performances at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
The festival is a performance of six new
and original plays by local playwrights.
The plays themes are focused on local
and queer subjects. Rayceen Pendarvis
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PHOTO BY STAN BAROUH; COURTESY OF MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY

DESMOND BING, left, and FREDDIE BENNETT.

Mosaics maiden outing


inspires out actor
to explore his roots
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
For a long time out actor Desmond Bing
tried to hide his African heritage, or at
least not bring it to the forefront, he says.
However, since he began playing
Raymond in Jay O. Sanders world
premiere Unexplored Interior, the epic
story of the 1994 Rwandan massacre seen
mostly through the eyes of a burgeoning
African lmmaker, all that has changed.
At the open call audition, I was asked if
I could do an African accent, Bing says. I
spoke like my mother who is from Liberia in
West African. I was born in Minnesota, but
I guess it was my heritage that landed me
the part. Since then, playing Raymond has
prompted me to embrace my lineage and
culture. Ive developed a strong desire to visit
Africa, something Ive never done before.
In Unexplored Interior, young
lmmaker Raymond returns from New
York to his native Rwanda in search of
his beloved grandfather following 100
days of terror in which the majority Hutus
murdered 800,000 of the minority Tutsis.
The powerful drama interweaves stories
of romance and friendship between
members of the opposing tribes before,
during and after the genocide. Ably
staged by Derek Goldman and skillfully
acted by a top-notch cast, this new work
is the impressive inaugural production of
Mosaic Theater Company.
I was 10 when the genocide happened
and can remember my parents taking
about it and seeing it on the news. But
I didnt know a lot until after we started
rehearsal, Bing says. Rwandan suering
is a long story. In the 1800s Belgians King
Leopold II who exploited the regions
slaughtered 10 million people. Theres a
line in the play that says nobody cared
because these people were black. During
the 1994 massacre President Clinton was
criticized for not intervening.
Last season Bing played in another
heavy work, Theater Alliances Occupied
Territories, a Vietnam War play that
questions how bodies, minds and souls are
vast territories altered by relentless conict.

Too often we shy away from important


stories that need to be told because they
make us uncomfortable. Processes for
both plays were uncomfortable, Bing
says. But stories need to be told despite
the discomfort. My goal was to help
share the story the best way I could.
But at this point, I wouldnt turn down a
Shakespeare part, particularly a comedy.
In rst approaching the play, Bing says he
saw the subject strictly in black and white,
but as he became more immersed in the
details, he began to see things more gray.
Those who carried out the killing were
told youre with us or you die too. It was
something they were to do to protect
their country and their livelihoods. I was
able to see things from a Hutu perspective
more than before.
At 15 his father (also Liberian) died and the
family moved to Maryland where he became
interested in acting. He pursued a theater
degree at the well-regarded University of
North Carolina School of the Arts.
I was out in college. At that point I
decided closets were for clothes, not me.
Still when Id do a show and friends would
say, Oh my god, I couldnt even tell you
were gay. You were so straight on stage.
Its acting. Im acting, Id tell them.
Sometimes art imitates life. In
Unexplored Interior, Raymonds closest
friend Alphonse is played by Bings real life
best friend Freddie Bennett. Also an openly
gay actor, Bennett met Bing in college.
Both Bennett and Bing are part of an
ever-widening pool of talented, openly
gay African-American working actors.
Bennett came from New York to D.C.
to appear in the Shakespeare Theatre
Companys stunning production of The
Tempest last season. Next, along with
Bing, he was cast in Occupied Territories,
and now Unexplored Interior.
Acting with your best friend oers a lot,
Bennett says. Its nice when its easy and
fun, but then we also nd new layers of
whats beneath our friendship and whats
beneath the work that we both have to give.
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$40-60
202-399-7993
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JANET JACKSON has a No. 1 album, sold out world tour and rst-time nomination to the Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame.

MIKE LITHERLAND

Jackson poised for


Rock Hall, thanks partly
to gay mega fan

What I love about her audience


its everyone from young kids to
grandparents, white, black, straight, gay
it says a lot about her name and brand,
she attracts everybody, Litherland says.
Apart from his stint on stage with her
years ago, Litherland has never met Jackson.
And what would he say to her if he could?
I would just thank her for providing
a soundtrack to my life, he says. Shes
been there through every major point of
my life, from childhood to adolescence to
college to adulthood. I can relate to just
about every album. I would denitely
thank her for that and for loving her fans.
And Id try not to gush too much.
Hes already seen the new tour a few
times, including opening night in August and
raves about the Unbreakable album. I like
every track, he says. Its mellower, shes
49 but she has a lot to say. Unbreakable is
dedicated to her fans and she truly feels the
bond with us is unbreakable.
With all her new success, critics and fans
alike are condent that this is Jacksons year
to enter the Rock Hall. And dont just take
Litherlands word for it; Jackson has some
high-prole supporters this time around,
including Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris.
One could say if Madonna is in,
Janet Jackson should be in, Harris told
Cleveland.com. She dominated that
era and has been such an inspiration to
todays stars.
Jackson is among 15 nominees to the
Hall this year, including Chic, the Smiths
and N.W.A. Five are expected to win
induction after a vote by roughly 700
members. The Rock Hall allows fans
to vote for their favorites at rockhall.
org, through Dec. 9. The top ve win a
mostly symbolic single extra vote added
to their nal totals. Voting ends Dec. 9
and an announcement on the winners is
expected in mid-December.

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If Janet Jackson is voted into the Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame next month, it will be
at least in some small part due to the
eorts of mega fan Mike Litherland.
Jackson, who ranks no. 7 on Billboards
new list of biggest acts of all time, has
been passed over for the Rock Hall honor
since she was rst eligible in 2007. But
after a decade in the musical wilderness
following her infamous Super Bowl
performance, Jackson is back in a big way
with a No. 1 album Unbreakable (her
seventh, making her only the third artist
after Springsteen and Streisand to score
No. 1 albums in each of the past four
decades), a sold-out world tour and her
rst Rock Hall nomination.
Litherland has worked since 2012 to get
Jackson into the Hall. He started a Facebook
page that year titled, Induct Janet Jackson
into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which
has more than 80,000 followers.
People are really behind Janet again,
Litherland told the Blade. It was the cool
thing to do to bash Janet Jackson after the
Super Bowl and her fans took a beating.
But its all changed and everybody wants
to see her succeed again. This induction
would be the icing on the cake.
Theres been a lot of speculation about
the perceived Jackson snub, with many
assuming the Super Bowl fallout ruined
her chances for Rock Hall induction. But
Litherland says her long absence from
the music scene is likely to blame and
the critical and commercial success of

Unbreakable reminded Rock Hall voters


that shes still a force in the industry.
She hadnt had a new album in quite
a while, Litherland said, adding that her
close association with producers Jimmy
Jam and Terry Lewis led some to question
her contributions. She doesnt get the
credit shes due but Janet is no puppet. If
you look at Janet and Madonnas careers,
they are very similar; if Madonnas in,
Janet should be too.
Litherland, 44, lives with his partner of
nearly 20 years in Atlanta and works as a
digital marketing manager for AT&T. Hes
attended each of Jacksons world tours,
usually multiple times, and says her 1989
Rhythm Nation album changed his life.
He was a senior in high school.
My friends were into the punk/alt music
but, for me, Janet was an escape, he recalls.
She was just empowering and powerful
and the message was so strong that you
couldnt ignore it. It was so dierent and
it blew me away and I was obsessed. Once I
saw her live, I was mesmerized.
Jackson even pulled Litherland from
the audience to dance on stage with
her during her 1994 janet. tour stop in
Chicago. I like to think she recognizes
me; my partner and I follow her around
on tour and she makes eye contact and
waves but who knows?
Litherland says Jacksons diva persona
and club hits made her popular with gay
fans but that the messages in her lyrics
are what really appeal to him. He cites her
No. 1 single Together Again as among
his favorites; the song raised money
for AIDS research and was dedicated to
friends she lost to the disease.
It wasnt a downer song, its very
uplifting, a love song to those no longer
with us, he said. It still resonates today.
Those uplifting messages draw fans
from all walks of life.

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KYLIE MINOGUE leaves her dancing beats mostly behind on a warm and lush new Christmas album.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
AT 6:00PM
Down Under wonder
Minogue releases
Christmas album
By CHRIS GERARD
Its that most wonderful time of the
year again the annual rush of new
holiday albums is upon us.
This year Australian pop icon Kylie
Minogue gets into the festive spirit with
her rst holiday album, Kylie Christmas.
Holiday albums are ubiquitous this time
of year and its easy to understand why.
They can be produced rather quickly and
can be reintroduced for a new round of
sales every holiday season.
Of course, some are better than others.
Many artists go through the motions and
produce what amounts to a karaoke collection
of the same old Christmas standards that
weve heard a million times before, while
others put more care and ingenuity into
their project. Thankfully Kylie Christmas
is of the latter variety. Its an engaging and
entertaining mix of old standards and new
songs with a couple of duets and surprises
thrown in for good measure.
Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
is the buoyant opener and its brimming
with good cheer and smiles. For the most
part, Minogue goes for a more traditional
arrangement and instrumentation, giving
Kylie Christmas an elegant warmth. Apart
from a couple tracks, this is not dance diva
Christmas with heavy electronic beats.
Through the magic of studio technology,
Minogue duets with Frank Sinatra on Santa
Claus is Comin To Town, again mixing the
classic with the modern and creating a
sheer delight.
Its hard to match Chrissie Hyndes exquisite
vocal on the Pretenders bittersweet classic
2000 Miles, but Minogue does her best.
She sings the song with grace and reverence.
Minogue and British comedian James Corden
deliver a beautiful duet on the old Yaz classic
Only You. While its not a holiday song per
se, the romantic ballads expression of love
ts beautifully with the festive favorites.

Chris Martin of Coldplay wrote


Everyday Is Like Christmas, and its the
one track on the album produced by
Europop hitmakers Stargate (who also
produced Coldplays upcoming album A
Head Full of Dreams). Not surprisingly,
its the one song that sounds like it
could t on just about any of Minogues
recent albums, with soaring vocals and
keyboards over a smooth electronic beat.
While it does have a more modern vibe
than the old-school stylings of most of the
album, it still ts nicely into the collection
as it has such joyous charm.
Minogue resurrects the new wave
chestnut Christmas Wrapping, originally
recorded by the Waitresses, and reinvents
it as a duet with Iggy Pop. Im Gonna
Be Warm This Winter is a pleasantly
nostalgic holiday gem originally recorded
by Connie Francis.
Santa Baby seems like an obvious
choice for Minogue and she delivers it with
plenty of verve. She coos through the song
with an obvious nod to Madonnas famous
take from the 1987 classic compilation
A Very Special Christmas. Christmas
Isnt Christmas Til You Get Here is one of
several new tracks co-written by Minogue,
and while it probably wont go down as a
new Christmas classic, its a jubilant holiday
confection that will immerse even the
Grinchiest into good holiday cheer.
Minogue closes the main disc with a
sparkling version of the standard Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Its one of
the seasons most magical carols and even
though weve all heard it a million times,
Minogue gives us ample reason to enjoy
it yet again. The deluxe edition of Kylie
Christmas is worth seeking out for the three
bonus tracks, especially the high energy
duet with her sister Dannii, 100 Degrees.
Kylie Christmas is fun and festive,
with moments of real heart and emotion.
Minogue clearly tried to make this project
a treat for her fans and she succeeds
beautifully. Whimsical and nostalgic but
with a modern sheen, Kylie Christmas
is a delight for anybody who loves to get
into the holiday spirit by singing along.

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YOUR LINK TO THE ARTS IN METRO DC

Pericles
Thru Dec 20. Folger Theatre.
202-544-7077. folger.edu.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, sets sail on an extraordinary journey through the


decades and is blown from the coasts of Phoenicia to Greece and to Turkey.
Chased by the wicked King of Antioch, Pericles nds his true love in Thaisa and
loses her and their daughter Marina on the rough seas.

The Jorey Ballet: Joreys The Nutcracker


Nov 25-29. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

Robert Joreys awe-inspiring staging of the perennial classic boastslarger-thanlife Victorian America scenery and costumes, entrancing storytelling, Tchaikovskys
beloved score, and invigorating dancing that could only be found in a dream.

Tony DeSare.
Nov 22. AMP by Strathmore.
301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com.

From Sinatra to Prince, from Mercer to McCartney, Tony DeSare mixes it up,
handling every genre with a jaunty grace and unleashing just enough surprises (like
hilarious impersonations of iconic performers) to keep his audience on their toes.

Artomatic 2015
Thru Dec 12. Artomatic.
artomatic.org.

Artomatic is well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts


communities that create unique and exciting events for tens of thousands of visitors
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THEATRE
Ted Alexandro. Nov 20. AMP.
301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com.
Barbara Cooks Spotlight: John Lloyd
Young. Nov 20. Sheer Madness.
Ongoing. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Cake O. Thru Nov 22.
Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Sorry. Thru Dec 13. Regular Singing.
Thru Dec 13. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Winners And Losers. Thru Nov 22.
Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939.
woollymammoth.net.
Sons of the Prophet. Thru Dec 20.
Theater J. 202-518-9400. theaterj.org.
The Moth StorySLAM: Home. Nov
23. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
thehowardtheatre.com.
Broadways Next H!T Musical.
Nov 21. BlackRock. 240-912-1058.
blackrockcenter.org.
Guys and Dolls. Thru Dec 27. Olney
Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
A Christmas Carol. Thru Dec 31. Fords
Theatre. 202-347-4833. fords.org.
Avenue Q. Thru Nov 22. Constellation
Theatre Company. Source Theatre.
202-204-7741. constellationtheatre.org.

DANCE
Devi Dance Theater, Somapa Thai
Dance Company & Santi Budaya
Indonesian Performing Arts. Nov
21-22. Dance Place. 202-269-1600.
danceplace.org.
Second Season: Dance Cinema and
Snake Telegram. Nov 20-22.
Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Bollywood Masala Orchestra and
Dancers of India: The Spirit of India.
Nov 21. GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.

MUSIC
The Tenors. Nov 21. Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
National Gallery of Art New Music
Ensemble. Nov 22. NGA.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Bernard/Ebb Showcase. Nov 21. AMP.
301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com.
WNO: Appomattox. Thru Nov 22. NSO:
Jiri Belohlvek, conductor: Igor Levit,
piano. Thru Nov 21. NSO.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Joey Alexander Trio. Nov 21.
Anonymous 4 & Bruce Molsky, ddle.
Nov 22. Washington Performing Arts.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.
202-785-9727.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
Jamie Baum Septet +. Nov 21. Atlas.
202-399-7993. atlasarts.org.
Loose Ends feat. Jane Eugene. Nov 20.
Dom Kennedy. Nov 21. Macy Gray. Nov

22. Ray, Goodman & Brown. Nov 24.


A Thanksgiving Eve Jam feat. Team
Familiar. Nov 25. Howard Theatre.
202-803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.
Crooked Road Tour. Nov 22. BlackRock.
240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org.
Cantors Cabaret. Nov 22. JCCNV.
703-537-3000. jccnv.org.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Vermeers
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter. Thru
Dec 1. The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L..
Thru Feb 7. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Archives. Spirited
Republic. Thru Jan 10. 202-357-5000.
archivesfoundation.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
Esther Bubley Up Front. Thru Jan 17.
Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and
Design, Midcentury and Today. Thru Feb
28. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Prince Georges African American
Museum and Cultural Center. Now: A
Photographic Survey of Prince Georges
County, Maryland. Thru Jan 31. 301-8090440. pgaamcc.org.
Sandy Spring Museum. Weaving
Community. Thru Dec 30. 301-774-0022.
sandyspringmuseum.org.
Smithsonian Anacostia. Hand of
Freedom: The Life and Legacy of the
Plummer Family. Thru Dec 27.
202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu.
National Geographic. Indiana Jones.
Thru Jan 3. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.

GALLERIES
Arlington Mill Community Center.
Living Diversity: Columbia Pike
Documentary Project. Thru Dec 31.
arlingtonarts.org.
VisArts at Rockville. Project 837: Home
and Homelessness, Part 2. Thru Dec
13. KATE WESTFALL: DAEDAL Adj. rich,
intricate, adorned. Thru Dec 13.
301-315-8200. visartsatrockville.org.
Zenith Sculpture Space. Figuratively
Speaking. Thru Jan 9. zenithgallery.com.
JCCNV. Blue Like Me. Thru Dec 14.
703-323-0880. jccnv.org.
Fisher Art Gallery. Shanthi
Chandrasekar. Thru Dec 20.
703-534-5726. schlesingercenter.com.
Gallery Neptune & Brown. Wolf
Kahn. Nov 21-Jan 9. 202-986-1200.
neptuneneart.com.
Glen Echo Park. Glass Evolution. Thru
Nov 22. 301-634-2222. glenechopark.org.
IDB Sta Association Art
Gallery (ISAAG). John D. Antone.
Thru Nov 20. 202-623-2217.
idbstaassociationartgallery.org.
The Art League Gallery. Artistic Vision:
Redening the Picture Frame. Thru Nov
29. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
WPA at Shinola: Martin Swift. Thru Jan 8.
202-470-0200. wpadc.org.
DCAC. Singles Faire: Intimate Gestures.
Thru Jan 31. 202-462-7833.
dcartscenter.org.

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E-mail calendar items to calendars@washblade.


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

TODAY
D.C.
Gurly
Show
presents
Spanxxgiving, a Thanksgiving-themed
burlesque show, at Phase 1 (525 8th St.,
S.E.) tonight at 9:30 p.m. There is a $20
cover. For more details, visit facebook.
com/dcgurlyshow.
DC Bar Cre presents Bearlesque at
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from 6-11
p.m. Performers include La Dolce Spina,
Harry Otter and Connor Michaelchuk.
This is also the Beltway Bears annual
Share-a-Bear fundraiser. Bring teddy
bears and other stued animals and
donate money to the Childrens National
Medical Center. The show begins at 8:30
p.m. For more information, visit facebook.
com/bearhappyhour.
The Ladies of Lure present Bare, a
womens dance party, at Cobalt (1639
R St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
DJ Rosie and DJ Keenan Orr will provide
music. The DystRucXion Dancers will also
perform. There will be drink specials all
night. Admission is $7 before midnight
and $10 after. For more details, visit
facebook.com/luredc.
A LGB support group meets today
from 10-11:30 a.m. at 16220 S. Frederick
Rd., Gaithersburg, Md., for individuals
in Montgomery County. The group
will discuss coming out of marriage,
homophobia, parenting issues, nding
intimate relationships, LGB resources
in the suburbs and more. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Gay District meets at the D.C. Center
(2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 8:309:30 p.m. The facilitated group discussion
covers building understanding of gay
culture and personal identity and
awareness of community events for LGBT
men between the ages of 18-35 in the D.C.
area. For more details, visit thedccenter.
org or gaydistrict.org.
Various
Transgender
Day
of
Remembrance events are happening in
the area. The Metropolitan Community
Church (474 Ridge St., N.W.) holds an
observance this evening at 6 p.m. For
more information, visit mccdc.com.
Rockville United Church (355 Linthicum
St., Rockville, Md.) hosts an Transgender
Remembrance event tonight at 7 p.m. For
details, visit rockvilleunitedchurch.com.

SATURDAY, NOV. 21
Basis Instinct presents Thotsgiving,
a queer burlesque show, at Phase 1
(525 8th St., S.E.) tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 at the door. For more
details search Basic Instinct Presents:
Thotsgiving on Facebook.
The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd.,
N.E.) presents its Mr. D.C. Eagle contest

PHOTO BY CHERYL MANN

The Jorey Ballets The Nutcracker runs Nov. 25-29 at the Kennedy Center.

tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. The title


holder will go on to represent D.C. Eagle
and the leather community. For more
information, visit dceagle.com.
Drag performer Summer Camp
performs a drag show at Town (2009
8th St., N.W.) tonight. Drew G will spin
upstairs. Doors open at 10 p.m. The show
starts at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $12. For
more details, visit towndc.com.
LezLink presents the Singles Brunch
Club, a brunch meet-up for lesbian,
bisexual and transgender singles, at Salty
Dog Tavern (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)
from noon-3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and
include bottomless mimosas. For more
information, search LezLink Events on
Facebook.
Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance
(AGLA) hosts a brunch at Freddies Beach
Bar (555 23rd St., Arlington, Va.) today from
11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a breakfast
buet with made-to-order omelets and
Belgian waes. Coee, soda and juice
will also be available. Cost is $9.99 for the
buet. Anyone is welcome and guests
do not have to be members of AGLA to
attend. For more details, visit agla.org.

SUNDAY, NOV. 22
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with shows
at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more
information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

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.

anyone who identies outside of the


gender binary as bi-gender, a-gender,
gender-uid or any label outside of
cis-gender. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.

MONDAY, NOV. 23

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..)


hosts coee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts poker night tonight at 8 p.m. Win
prizes. Free to play. For more information,
visit nelliessportsbar.com.

The Jorey Ballet presents its rst


D.C. performance of The Nutcracker
at the Kennedy Center tonight at 7 p.m.
The performance runs through Nov. 29.
Tickets range from $55-200. For more
details, visit kennedy-center.org.

TUESDAY, NOV. 24
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.
Genderqueer D.C. holds a discussion
group at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
N.W.) at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is for

THURSDAY, NOV. 26
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
hosts a Thanksgiving dinner today from
1-5 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. and dinner
begins at 2 p.m. Food will be provided by
Food and Friends. Guests are invited to
bring their favorite music, board games
and holiday traditions to share. For more
details, visit thedccenter.org.
The Mansion on O Street (2020 O St.,
N.W.) hosts a Thanksgiving lunch and
tour from noon-6 p.m. today. Enjoy a
Thanksgiving meal and after explore the
themed rooms in the mansion. Guests
can also browse the mansions collection
of manuscripts, books, art, memorabilia
and signature guitars. Tickets are $70 per
person. For more details, visit omansion.
com/thanksgiving.

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Partners insistence on
bringing play pal home
rattles hubby

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.

MICHAEL,
My husband Andrew and I have been
together for almost 40 years. Weve
always been monogamous.
When we rst got together we made the
decision that we wanted our relationship
to be just us. We certainly were going
against the 1970s norm, but the decision
saved our lives. Almost all our friends
unknowingly contracted HIV and died of
AIDS in the 1980s.
Last year Andrew told me that he
wanted to start having sex with other
men. Having just turned 60, hes decided
that life is too short to miss out. While I
can understand his desires and am not
trying to stop him, were at loggerheads
on two points.
First, Andrew is using condoms and
taking PrEP but Im still terried he might
catch some STD, so I no longer have
unprotected sex with him. He says Im
paranoid, but we watched our friends
start dying in 1982 from an unknown virus
and I dont want to go down the same
road. Im terribly sad that hes taking risks
with his health and Im unwilling to take
risks with mine.
Second, Andrew has gotten attached to a
young man (24 years old) whom hes been
having a lot of sexual contact with. He wants
me to welcome George into our home but
it would hurt me to see them together. He
invited George to our annual Thanksgiving
celebration without asking me and I want
him to rescind the invitation.
Andrew says Im making a mountain
out of a molehill and that George is not a
threat, but I am not comfortable.
I think Andrew has lost his mind, taking
risks with his health and disregarding my
feelings. Am I wrong?
MICHAEL REPLIES:
Nothing is necessarily wrong when
couples have major dierences. Even

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when strongly divergent views lead to a


painful crisis, this can be an opportunity
for partners to learn more about each
other, get more clarity about where they
each stand and what they most value,
and perhaps draw closer.
That said, the lack of collaboration
and consideration in your marriage is
alarming. It would be easy to simply view
you as the victim of Andrews thoughtless
behavior, but I think theres more going
on than that.
I understand that Andrews turning
60 has given him a major case of FOMO
(fear of missing out) and YOLO (you
only live once) regarding sex outside
your relationship. But how do you make
sense of his apparent disregard for your
concerns about unprotected sex and for
your wish not to have his sex partner as
your Thanksgiving guest?
Ask yourself how your relationship
has been over the years. Warm and
caring? Or have there been episodes of
withholding and previous instances of
cruelty? If Andrew has a history of similar
behaviors, I wonder how you addressed
them and why you stayed.
While it isnt easy to look at our own
contributions to relationship woes,
theres great value in doing so. Have
there been times when youve insisted on
taking a path that was inconsiderate or
hurtful to Andrew? Could his behavior be
some sort of retaliation?
I wonder if you and Andrew have a
history of getting locked in struggles
where neither of you wants to give in
to the others wishes. Its often dicult
for men in relationships with men to do
what our partners want instead of what
we want. If you get stuck in this dynamic,
you are in for long, bitter standos.
I also wonder how the two of you
have dealt with conicts, dierences
and dicult subjects. Before last year,
did Andrew ever express any lack of
satisfaction with your sex life? Did
you? Have sex, fantasies, and even the
possibility of outside relationships been
topics that were permissible for the two
of you to discuss? If the two of you have
never developed a way to collaboratively
deal with tough issues, it makes sense
that your relationship would combust
when you encounter them.
If you want to stay married happily
married you and Andrew have serious
work ahead to gure out the roots of the
enmity Im noting and to learn how to
address dierences without blowing up.
This is one of those instances where an
advice column is not going to solve your
problem, so I urge you to nd a therapist
with expertise helping couples in conict.
Good luck.

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THE BMW KIDS BIKE

Snow globes, cuinks,


fancy pens and more
By JOE PHILLIPS
From Rolls-Royce cu links to a toocute-for-words doggie T-shirt from
Honda, there are plenty of auto-related
gifts to rev up your holidays this year.
LEXUS HOLIDAY SNOW GLOBE
If you still have nightmares of the
Wicked Witch of the West cackling as she
gazes into that scary crystal ball, then
theres the Lexus holiday snow globe
($60), complete with jolly snowman,
evergreen trees and a Lexus NX with the
automakers iconic red bow on top.

Shimano brakes/gears, a sleek gray frame


and ashy red-rimmed tires.
BENTLEY ARMCHAIR
Gearheads dont have to choose
between their living rooms and their
garages with the Bentley Richmond
armchair ($9,000). It uses fabric, color
and even high-end wood veneer from the
automakers cars, along with the Bentley
logo embroidered tastefully, of course
on the back cushion.
CADILLAC MOMA PEN
Cadillacs arty, aluminum ballpoint
pen ($36) has the MoMA logo lasered on
the cap and is available in silver with the
Cadillac logo. Proceeds from the sale help
support the museums programs.

ROLLS-ROYCE SPIRIT OF
ECSTASY CUFFLINKS
Handcrafted to match the chi-chi Spirit
of Ecstasy hood ornament, Rolls-Royce
cuinks ($90) are made of sterling silver and
rhodium plating to help prevent tarnishing.

MUSTANG CONSOLE TABLE


What better accouterment for a fan
cave than a Mustang console table
($6,000)? This one is modeled on a classic
1966 Stang, with chrome bumpers,
authentic tires and real working lights.

FORD GAS/BREAK SOCKS


The epitome of footwear kitsch, Fords
black socks ($12) with double-padded heels
have the automakers logo in white, with
GAS printed on the bottom of one sock and
BRK on the other. A big plus for those who
have trouble distinguishing right from left.

LAND ROVER LUGGAGE


Tally ho! If Globe-Trotter luggage is good
enough for the Queen, then its good enough
for all queens. Land Rovers suitcase/trunk
($2,250) helps celebrate the 60th anniversary
of the rst Overland Expedition road-trip
from London to Singapore. The blue case
has tan leather handles and straps, with a
printed cotton-weave interior displaying the
Overland Expedition route map.

FERRARI SPORT WATCH


For racing fans, the Scuderia Ferrari waterresistant watch ($255), based on Formula
One cars, has a resin case with silicone strap
and is analog, with chronograph/stopwatch,
date and quartz movement.
BMW BICYCLES
The BMW Kids bike ($270) lets tots push
themselves with their feet but for older kids
can be transformed into a true bicycle by
attaching pedals. Nifty standard features:
front handbrake, reectors, a bell and
the precursor to a glovebox a zippered
storage compartment. For adults, theres
the BMW Cruise M Bike ($1,350), with

HONDA DOGGIE T-SHIRT


How to make a grand entrance at
the dog park? Try the Honda T-shirt for
canines, made of 100-percent cotton
and with double stitching at the neck,
waistband and leg holes.
JAGUAR COLOGNE AND PERFUME
To keep up with James Bond in Spectre,
you need the villains $1 million, bloodorange Jaguar C-X75 super car. Or you
could just dab on some Jaguar cologne or
perfume ($15-30) and call it a day.

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Top Left: CATE BLANCHETT in Carol, a lesbian-themed 1950s-set dramedy. (Photo courtesy Weinstein Productions) Bottom Left: ELIZABETH BANKS, left, and JENNIFER LAWRENCE, right, in The
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. (Photo by Murray Close; courtesy Lionsgate Entertainment) Right: INGRID BERGMAN as seen in the documentary Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words. (Photo
courtesy Rialto Pictures)

Gems abound beyond Hunger Games, Star Wars


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brings the best in European cinema


to Washington audiences. Some LGBT
highlights of the showcase include The
Summer of Sangail(in Lithuanian with
English subtitles), a rapturous portrait
of two teenaged girls summertime love
aair; Fassbinder: To Love Without
Demands (in German with English
subtitles), a documentary by the Danish
lmmaker Christian Braad Thomsen
about his longtime friend Rainer Werner
Fassbinder, the infamous bisexual
German director; and The Lady in the
Van, inspired by gay British writer Alan
Bennetts encounter with a homeless
woman (played with gusto by Dame
Maggie Smith) who parks her battered
van on his property.
Finally, AFI Silver caps o the holiday
season with a special showing of
Tangerine, Sean Bakers dark farce
about transgender sex workers in Los
Angeles on Christmas Eve. Complete
schedules can be found at a.com/silver.
On Friday, Dec. 4, Reel Armations
marks World AIDS Day with a screening of
Desert Migration, a moving meditation
on aging and AIDS. Filmmaker Daniel
F. Cardone chronicles a day in the life
of a group of HIV-positive men who
have settled in Palm Springs, Calif., and
are facing the nancial, physical and

emotional challenges of being long-term


survivors. Details at reelarmations.org.
LGBT characters are at the center
of three mainstream holiday releases.
First up is Legend, which opens on
Wednesday, Nov. 25. The lm tracks the
rise and fall of Reggie and Ronnie Kray,
identical twins who brutally ruled the
organized crime scene in the East End of
London during the 1960s. Reggie is gay
and Ronnie is straight, and in this retelling
of the fabled story both twins are played
by coy Hollywood hottie Tom Hardy
(Inception and Mad Max: Road Fury).
Ronnie (the gay one) has glasses.
Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar earlier
this year as scientic pioneer Stephen
Hawking. Now hes back as transgender
pioneer Lili Erbe, one of the rst known
people to undergo gender-reassignment
surgery. The Danish Girl, which opens
in Washington on Friday, Dec. 11, tells
the remarkable story of Lili and Gerda
Wegener (Alicia Vikander) and their
changing relationship. Directed by Tom
Hooper (The Kings Speech and Les
Misrables), the movie also features
Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the
Madding Crowd), Amber Heard (Magic
Mike XXL) and openly gay Ben Whishaw
(the latest Q in Spectre, Skyfall and
other Bond movies).
Carol, slated to open in Washington
on Christmas Day, stars Cate Blanchett

and Rooney Mara as lesbian lovers in


1950s New York. Based on the novel The
Price of Salt by bisexual author Patricia
Highsmith (Strangers on a Train and
The Talented Mr. Ripley), the movie is
directed with visual air by gay auteur
Todd Haynes, who also directed Velvet
Goldmine and Far From Heaven. The
cast also includes out actor Sarah Paulsen
(American Horror Story) and Kyle
Chandler (Friday Night Lights).
While much of the attention will go
to two highly anticipated blockbusters,
several other general releases are also
worth taking a look at.
The rst blockbuster is The Hunger
Games: Mockingjay Part 2 which opens
Friday, Nov. 20 in theaters everywhere.
Directed by Francis Lawrence (who also
directed the video for Lady Gagas Bad
Romance), the movie stars Academy
Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence as
Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader
of the rebellion against President Snow
(Donald Sutherland). The outstanding
ensemble cast also includes Elizabeth
Banks as camp icon Ee Trinket; since
the character of Ee does not appear in
the Mockingjay novel, fans of both the
book and the movie may be in for a big
surprise as the Hunger Games franchise
comes to its explosive conclusion.
The other awkwardly titled blockbuster
is Star Wars Episode VII: The Force

Awakens (Dec. 18). Gay geeks have


already bought their tickets for the latest
installment of the epic sci- saga, which
will play at theaters across the region,
including the huge IMAX screens at the
Smithsonians Air and Space Museums.
With much less fanfare, Ingrid
Bergman: In Her Own Words opens
Nov. 20 at Landmarks Bethesda Row
Cinemas. This fascinating documentary
uses home movies to examine the
controversial life and career of the
international movie legend. Another
absorbing insider documentary is
Hitchcock/Truaut (Dec. 11) which
centers on a series of interviews between
the French New Wave director and
the twisted Hollywood lmmaker who
directed such queer classics as Rope
and Strangers on a Train.
Also opening Nov. 20 is the thriller
Secret in Their Eyes with Nicole
Kidman and Julia Roberts. Other
December releases include Macbeth,
a chilling adaptation of the Shakespeare
play starring Michael Fassbender and
Marion Cotillard, and Chi-Raq, Spike
Lees satiric retelling of the ancient
Greek comedy Lysistrata set in
modern-day Chicago.
Appropriately, the holiday lm season
closes with Joy, the multi-generational
saga about the family of inventor Joy
Mangano, creator of the Miracle Mop.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JETER & STILLMAN

ROB JETER, left, in his rst triathlon at Black Bear. JEREMY STILLMAN in action. They both say the
triathlon has stretched their athletic prowess.

Swimming, running and


cycling coalesce in
tough sport
By KEVIN MAJOROS
In the continuing Blade series on the
rookies and veterans that make up the
teams in the LGBT sports community of
D.C., we take a look at two athletes from
the TriOut triathlon club.
Of all the sports a person can choose,
the sport of triathlon can bring about
the most challenges in many aspects,
especially in regard to the need for
mentoring and teammates.
Considering that one has to master
the techniques required for swimming,
running and cycling along with all the
respective gear and training schedules,
surrounding oneself with a seasoned group
of teammates is paramount to success.
Rob Jeter grew up north of Seattle
and competed in swimming through
high school before taking a break during
his college years at Arizona State. After
arriving in D.C. in 2008 for his work as
a civil engineer, he joined the District of
Columbia Aquatics Club.
I wanted to get back into sports for health
reasons and for the social aspect, Jeter says.
Its important for me to have teammates
around for motivation and friendship.
Over seven years with the swim team,
he has competed in Hawaii, Iceland,
Seattle, Cleveland and Stockholm. Last
year he was convinced by a crossover
friend from triathlon, Jeremy Stillman, to
give that sport a try.
For a number of years, I had wanted
to try training for a triathlon, Jeter says. I
love cycling, but did not have any running
experience behind me.
With about 1,300 triathletes, the D.C.
Triathlon Club can be hard to nd a niche
in so Jeter, 41, joined its New Triathlete
Program through its LGBT oshoot,
TriOut. He immediately felt the benet of
having veteran triathletes to guide him.
Everyone at TriOut was very inspiring
and they are great examples for planning
the training regimen and competitions,
Jeter says. Our little group has a focus

list of triathlon events for the athletes to


compete in together.
Jeter completed his rst triathlon in May
in the Olympic distance at Black Bear in the
Poconos. When he emerged as one of the
leaders after the swim, he was cheered on
by his partner, Brendan, and his parents
who had own in from Seattle.
I really enjoyed the transitioning
between the swimming, running and
cycling and engaging all the muscle
groups, Jeter says. Next up I want to
do a half Ironman and eventually a full
Ironman. Now I have to gure out how to
t the training into my work travel.
Jeremy Stillman spent his youth in
Waccabuc, N.Y., dabbling in multiple
sports including running, swimming, skiing
and tennis. It wasnt until after he nished
his undergrad work at New York University
that his competitive res kicked in.
He completed his rst triathlon in the
sprint distance in New York in 2008 and
immediately found himself hooked.
When you start discovering you are
good at something, you develop a passion
for it, Stillman says. After that rst race, I
wanted more and I wanted to push myself.
Stillman moved to D.C. with his former
partner in 2009 and took on the Nations
Triathlon in the Olympic distance. He left
the area in 2011 for graduate work at
Emory University and returned in 2013,
now working in orthopedic surgery.
Besides his involvement with D.C.
Triathlon Club and TriOut, he has
completed three marathons including the
Boston Marathon this year.
I really relate to the rookies when they
come to TriOut; the nervousness, getting
all the gear together, Stillman says. They
push me to perfect my performance and
they inspire me to train harder.
Stillman says the veterans in TriOut
utilize the resources of D.C. Triathlon Club
to mentor the rookies and each year TriOut
has a training weekend in Lost River, W.Va.
After recently completing a half Ironman
in Miami, Stillman, 35, is targeting his rst
full Ironman for Lake Placid, N.Y. in July.
I will ramp up my training in January
for the Ironman, Stillman says. My
swimming will be inside and I will train on
the stationary bike inside, but I actually
like running outside in the winter.

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After more than eight years in my
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of roughly half the size. The timing was
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was right, so I leapt from one D.C. neighborhood to another.
Well, leapt is probably not exactly the
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less than ve months to get from Oer
Submitted to Sold.
Instead of leaping, I ran, tripped, faltered, got up, ran some more, waited impatiently, cried, screamed at the walls and
nally sat at the settlement table, pen in
hand, and signed away a tree. And I think
every real estate agent should have this
experience once every seven to 10 years.
Even though we pride ourselves on being problem solvers and insert ourselves
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clients, however, the dynamics change.
My recent move involved both the purchase and sale of a home, so I got to experience both sides of what my clients go
through. Its not that I havent done this
before. In fact, this was my 45th personal

transaction, but even after buying and


selling real estate for nearly 40 years, it
can still be daunting to experience rsthand the parts of the process that have
changed since the last time.
Some of the Oh, no! moments I experienced in my purchase included the following:
The stress of waiting for the sellers
response to my oer;
A horribly low appraisal that made it
necessary to use a dierent lender, change
loan programs and increase my anticipated
down payment by nearly 17 percent;
The resurrection of a fence dispute
with a neighbor;
A code issue involving the proximity
of the washer and dryer to the electrical
panel, and
A boiler that left me without heat for
the rst two days of occupancy.
Conversely, the smiling emojis of the
purchase transaction came with:
A fabulous agent representing the
sellers, who believes in doing the right
thing, even when he might have taken a
hard line on a contract;
A great lender who saved the day with
a creative loan package;
Wonderful sellers who wanted me to
have the home and put absolutely no pressure on me while we worked out the details;
An ecient title company that kept the
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Contractors who were able to make
repairs within days, not weeks.
I thought I was better equipped emotionally to sell my past home, but it turned
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After more than eight years in a 2,600-square-foot home, the author downsized.

A did a great job of xing the little


things that I had not found the time to do
(I dont pretend to be Ms. Fix-it any longer,
but I know how to write the check). I decluttered, staged and landscaped. I kept
the place in pristine condition with lights
on, blinds up and toilet seats down and I
got out of my own way for showings.
Nonetheless, with the rst appraisal on
my new place having caused a months
delay and the second appraisal still in
process, I feared selling the home I was
in without knowing for sure that I would
have somewhere to go. Silly me.
As a result of not taking a calculated
risk, I missed the spring and early summer markets, landing in the dead of August for my rst open house. Amid cries
of, why doesnt anyone buy my house
uttered a mere two days after holding it

open, I slapped myself and adjusted the


price until nding the right buyers.
In retrospect, nothing really happened
during either transaction that a shot or
two of 12-year-old single malt couldnt x,
but that didnt prevent me from periodically sitting in the middle of the oor tearing at my hair and blubbering like a baby.
In the end, I dried my eyes, pulled up
my big girl pants, looked at everything
objectively and ultimately ended up in my
fabulous new home, painfully aware of
how my clients may respond to hiccups
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Universalist Church in Arlington, at George Mason Drive & Route 50.
A.L.Y. is a group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth and Allies in
grades 7-12. Our goal is to give LGBTQ youth a safe place to gather. Trained facilitators lead the
youth group. Confidentiality maintained. For more info, contact: aly.pflagdc@gmail.com.
Our Washington DC Chapter of PFLAG may be reached at 202-638-3852.

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