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NOVEMBER

27

2015

VOLUME 46

ISSUE 48

Gay lawmakers assailed after voting


to block Syrian refugees
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
& CHRIS JOHNSON
Three out members of the U.S. House of Representatives
last week voted for a bill that would block Syrian and Iraqi
refugees from resettling in the United States, triggering
criticism from LGBT advocates.
U.S. Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), Jared Polis
(D-Colo.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) were among the
47 Democrats who supported the measure that passed
by a 289-137 margin.
The measure would suspend the White Houses plan
to allow 10,000 Syrians to resettle in the U.S. in scal
year 2016. The bill would also require the directors of

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the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of


Homeland Security and national intelligence to verify
each Syrian refugee is not a security risk before they are
allowed to enter the country.
Lawmakers approved the bill six days after the Islamic
State a Sunni militant group also known as Daesh
that controls portions of Syria and Iraq claimed
responsibility for a series of terrorist attacks in Paris that
left 130 people dead and more than 300 others injured.
The measure passed in the Republican-controlled
House by a veto-proof margin. Senate Democrats
announced they plan to block the bill.
The three lawmakers joined 44 other Democrats in
voting for the bill, even though President Obama has
threatened to veto it. They were quickly criticized by LGBT
advocates and moved to explain their votes.
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Casa Ruby scrambles to


open emergency shelter

Casa Ruby, operated by RUBY CORADO,


is planning to add 16 beds for homeless
LGBT youth this winter.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com

A campaign launched on Nov. 11


to raise $30,000 to enable Casa Ruby
to open an emergency shelter for
homeless LGBT youth in time for
freezing winter temperatures has
secured about half that amount as
of this week, according to Executive
Director Ruby Corado.

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Gay U.S. Rep. JARED POLIS (D-Colo.) is among the


three out members of the U.S. House who voted
for a bill that would block Syrian refugees from
resettling in the country.

Corado said Casa Ruby, a transgender


supportive LGBT community services
center, hopes to open a 16-bed
shelter as soon as this week in space
previously used as conference rooms
in its headquarters building at 2822
Georgia Ave., N.W.
Going into winter, we have a
housing crisis for LGBTQ youth,
Corado said in a statement launching
the campaign two weeks ago. We
need the communitys help to provide
housing and support before the cold
sets in, she said.
Family rejection can leave a young

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person alone and on the street, at risk


for violence and exposure, Corado
added. But this does not have to be
the case. Here at Casa Ruby, we are
truly forming a community for youth
with nowhere else to turn.
Corado noted that the new facility
would serve as an emergency
extension to an existing transitional
residential facility for homeless LGBT
youth that Casa Ruby opened earlier
this year. That facility operates in
a townhouse in the citys Columbia
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HAWKINS PRAISED

BLACK FRIDAY

WORLD AIDS DAY

GLLU supervisor helped


persuade trans woman
to surrender after shooting.

Holiday season arrives


in force. Our gift guide
has ideas for the home.

Local events include


concert by BETTY,
other commemorations.

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GENVOYA (jen-VOY-uh)
(elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide) tablets
Important: Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should
not be taken with GENVOYA.
There may be new information about GENVOYA. This information is only a summary and
does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition
or treatment.

What is the most important information I should know


about GENVOYA?
GENVOYA can cause serious side effects, including:
Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis).
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have unusual (not normal) muscle pain
have trouble breathing
have stomach pain with nausea or vomiting
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have a fast or irregular heartbeat

Severe liver problems. Severe liver problems may happen in people who take
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dark tea-colored urine
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loss of appetite for several days or longer
nausea
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GENVOYA is a prescription medicine that is used without other HIV-1 medicines to
treat HIV-1 in people 12 years of age and older:
who have not received HIV-1 medicines in the past or
to replace their current HIV-1 medicines in people who have been on the same HIV-1
medicines for at least 6 months, have an amount of HIV-1 in their blood (viral load)
that is less than 50 copies/mL, and have never failed past HIV-1 treatment
HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS.
GENVOYA contains the prescription medicines elvitegravir (VITEKTA), cobicistat
(TYBOST), emtricitabine (EMTRIVA) and tenofovir alafenamide.
It is not known if GENVOYA is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
When used to treat HIV-1 infection, GENVOYA may:
Reduce the amount of HIV-1 in your blood.
This is called viral load.
Increase the number of CD4+ (T) cells in your blood that help fight off other infections.
Reducing the amount of HIV-1 and increasing the CD4+ (T) cells in your blood may help
improve your immune system. This may reduce your risk of death or getting infections
that can happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections).
GENVOYA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. You must stay on continuous HIV-1
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Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like
toothbrushes and razor blades.
Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using
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vaginal secretions, or blood.
Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how to prevent passing
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Who should not take GENVOYA?


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alfuzosin hydrochloride (Uroxatral)
carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, Tegretol-XR, Teril)
cisapride (Propulsid, Propulsid Quicksolv)
ergot-containing medicines, including: dihydroergotamine mesylate (D.H.E. 45,
Migranal), ergotamine tartrate
(Cafergot, Migergot, Ergostat, Medihaler Ergotamine, Wigraine, Wigrettes),
and methylergonovine maleate (Ergotrate, Methergine)
lovastatin (Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor)
midazolam, when taken by mouth
phenobarbital (Luminal)
phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek)
pimozide (Orap)
rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rifater, Rimactane)
sildenafil (Revatio), when used for treating lung problems
simvastatin (Simcor, Vytorin, Zocor)
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have liver problems including hepatitis B infection
have kidney or bone problems
have any other medical conditions
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if GENVOYA can harm
your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while
taking GENVOYA.
Pregnancy registry: there is a pregnancy registry for women who take HIV-1
medicines during pregnancy. The purpose of this registry is to collect information
about the health of you and your baby. Talk with your healthcare provider about
how you can take part in this registry.
are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take GENVOYA.
You should not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1
to your baby.
At least one of the medicines in GENVOYA can pass to your baby in your breast
milk. It is not known if the other medicines in GENVOYA can pass into your
breast milk.
Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including
prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Other
medicines may affect how GENVOYA works.
Some medicines may interact with GENVOYA. Keep a list of your medicines and show
it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that
interact with GENVOYA.
Do not start a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider.
Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take GENVOYA with
other medicines.

How should I take GENVOYA?

Take GENVOYA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. GENVOYA is
taken by itself (not with other HIV-1 medicines) to treat HIV-1 infection.

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GENVOYA is usually taken 1 time each day.


Take GENVOYA with food.
If you need to take a medicine for indigestion (antacid) that contains aluminum and

magnesium hydroxide or calcium carbonate during treatment with GENVOYA, take


it at least 2 hours before or after you take GENVOYA.
Do not change your dose or stop taking GENVOYA without first talking with your
healthcare provider. Stay under a healthcare providers care when taking GENVOYA.
Do not miss a dose of GENVOYA.
If you take too much GENVOYA, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest
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When your GENVOYA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare
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GENVOYA may cause serious side effects, including:
See What is the most important information I should know about
GENVOYA?
Changes in body fat can happen in people who take HIV-1 medicine. These
changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (buffalo
hump), breast, and around the middle of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the
legs, arms and face may also happen. The exact cause and long-term health
effects of these conditions are not known.
Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can
happen when you start taking HIV-1 medicines. Your immune system may get
stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a
long time. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you start having any new
symptoms after starting your HIV-1 medicine.
New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare
provider should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys before you start
and while you are taking GENVOYA. Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop
taking GENVOYA if you develop new or worse kidney problems.
Bone problems can happen in some people who take GENVOYA. Bone problems
may include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your
healthcare provider may need to do tests to check your bones.
The most common side effect of GENVOYA is nausea.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that
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These are not all the possible side effects of GENVOYA. For more information,
ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
General information about the safe and effective use
of GENVOYA.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient
Information leaflet. Do not use GENVOYA for a condition for which it was not prescribed.
Do not give GENVOYA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
It may harm them.
This Brief Summary summarizes the most important information about GENVOYA.
If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask
your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about GENVOYA that is
written for health professionals.
For more information, call 1-800-445-3235 or go to www.GENVOYA.com.
Keep GENVOYA and all medicines out of reach of children.
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Comings & Goings


Leeds to open new bar; Penchina to chair Victory board
By PETER ROSENSTEIN
(Comings & Goings recognizes the achievements of members of the LGBT
community and highlights job openings in organizations working to advance LGBT
rights. Please continue to share information about yourself and let friends know they
can contact us at comingsandgoings@washblade.com.)
Congratulations to Daniel Penchina, recently
elected as co-chair of the Victory Campaign Board.
VCB is a national group of community leaders
dedicated to electing more openly LGBT candidates
to public oce by promoting the work of the Victory
Fund in their communities. Elected by their peers
to serve two-year terms, VCB members recruit
qualied openly LGBT candidates to run for oce
and review and endorse Victory Funds candidates
to ensure that LGBT voices are represented in
PHOTO COURTESY OF PENCHINA
government. From large cities to small towns, red
states to blue, VCB members are helping to raise DANIEL PENCHINA
awareness of Victory Funds work and its mission.
Daniel is an active member of the LGBT community
and a principal at the Raben Group. He previously
served as president of Q Street, the organization of
LGBT lobbyists, and worked on the Hill for a number
of members of Congress, including Jan Schakowsky,
Christopher Murphy and Jerrold Nadler.
We are also celebrating with Jamie Leeds, chef
extraordinaire and owner of Hanks Oyster Bar.
Her new bar, the Twisted Horn, will open in two
WB FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
weeks in the Petworth neighborhood of D.C. at
819 Upshur St., N.W. It will be managed by Megan JAMIE LEEDS
Coyle of Hanks. It is a craft cocktail bar with a
menu highlighting seasonally driven cocktails
made with local ingredients, house infusions
and innovative combinations, including such
unique drinks such as Scarlet Billows, Blackwell
Rum, Camparno Anitca and more. The menu will
include classic cocktails and craft beers such as
Day of the Dead Hefeweizen or Atlas Rowdy Rye
and wines available by the glass or bottle.
Guests are invited to partake of a Jamie LeedsPHOTO COURTESY OF HANKS OYSTER BAR
designed snack menu consisting of bar favorites
such as assorted pickles from their neighbors JEFF STRINE
Gordys Pickle Jar, as well as a selection of cheese and charcuterie, among other items.
The candlelit interior design and dcor is edgy and industrial, while maintaining a
neighborhood feel. The bar has 30 stools, with an additional 10 seats at high-top tables.
There are also plans to house an outdoor patio with approximately 40 seats. Information
at twistedhorndc.com. Congrats also go to Hanks Dupont manager, Je Strine, who
has been promoted to director of HR and training for Jaimes growing business.
Two good jobs are available at PFLAG National. PFLAG is the nations largest
family and ally organization supporting the LGBT community. PFLAG has more
than 400 chapters and 200,000 members.
Director of Development Amy Sauerwalt, a PFLAG parent with a teenager
who is transgender, is looking to add managers of major gifts and corporate
development to her team.
The Major Gifts Manager will have primary responsibility for planning, coordinating
and implementing the major donor and planned giving programs to meet the
organizations major gifts fundraising goals and planned giving program objectives.
They will also be responsible for coordination of other sta and board members
to cultivate additional solicitation. The Corporate Development Manager will
be responsible for soliciting, researching, cultivating and strengthening PFLAGs
corporate relationships resulting in gifts and grants to support PFLAGs organizational
and programmatic needs. To learn more, contact PFLAG at 202-467-8180.

CHARLES and IAN PARRISH (center) discuss building plans inside the gutted Baltimore Eagle.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY STEVE CHARING

Baltimore Eagle looks to


reopen in March
License ap, structural
problems create delays
By STEVE CHARING
After a three-member Baltimore City
Liquor Board on April 9 unanimously
denied the Baltimore Eagles building
ownership group a requested liquor
license transfer, Charles and Ian Parrish, a
father-son real estate development team,
vowed to re-open the bar, located at 2022
N. Charles St., following renovations.
That board ruled that the reconstruction
was not completed within the required 180
days, rendering the license dead. Ian Parrish
contends that he was told by the liquor board
that the license was secure and to proceed
with the renovations, which were hampered
by unforeseen structural problems and other
issues. Since then, the board was dissolved
and a new one appointed.
No other developer in this region
wanted to touch the Baltimore Eagle
project, and we still aim to prove them
wrong, Parrish told the Blade. This
team is moving forward. Were spending
over a million dollars to reconstruct the
Baltimore Eagle because this building
and this business are good for this city,
because our neighbors want to go back
to work, and because the loyal patrons of
the Eagle are still hoping to return.
He added, Mayor Rawlings-Blake
called for investment in Baltimore City;
well, weve made our investment, we
were promised a license, and here we are
still waiting for promises to be honored.
Attorneys for the Parrish team and
supporters appealed the boards decision
on Sept. 15 to a Baltimore City Appellate
Court but have yet to receive a ruling by
Judge Mays. Undaunted, the project is
moving forward.
When they rst purchased the building
and exploratory work was conducted, the

Parrishes saw that besides garbage and


debris removal, there were major structural
problems that needed to be addressed
and most of the building had to be gutted.
Currently, the buildings shell remains as
the early stages of rebuilding begin.
The
Parrish
development
team
explained in a statement that it has
designed an energy-ecient building
with an entirely new oor plan that will
improve trac ow and make better use
of the space. Visitors will discover new
services, including a restaurant, a fullservice leather shop, and event catering.
Plans have been made to also include
an entertainment area in the multilevel structure as well as a dress codeexclusive area for members of the leather
community.
While the Parrish family owns the land
and the building, the Baltimore Eagle is
owned by Chuck King and Robert Gasser
who are leasing the property. They will
have full responsibility for the operation
of the bar. King is the general manager.
Were thrilled to revitalize a home for
Marylands leather community, King
said in a statement. Were dedicated to
making The Baltimore Eagle innovative,
edgy and fun for newcomers, while
preserving the culture and attitude that
attracted guests from all over the world.
Members of the community are eagerly
anticipating the re-opening, which is
targeted for March 2016. Im happy
to hear and see there is such a great
buzz in the community of a new bar
opening, Rich Wertman, treasurer of The
Shipmates Club of Baltimore, a leather
organization, told the Blade. I feel like Im
coming home to a place where my leather
roots started.
The Baltimore Eagle, founded in 1991,
closed in 2012 following the death of its
previous owner, Richard Richardson. For
more information on the progress of the
renovations, visit thebaltimoreeagle.com.

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200 turn out for Trans Day of Remembrance


Organizers disappointed
mayor, police chief
didnt attend
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
More than 200 people packed the
Metropolitan Community Church of
Washington on Nov. 20 to commemorate
the lives of transgender people who died
at the hands of hate violence in the U.S.
and abroad over the past year.
The event, the annual Transgender Day
of Remembrance, included a ceremonial
reading of the names of 22 transgender
women who were killed in the U.S. in 2015
as well as several dozen trans people also
murdered this year in other countries.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance
occurs annually on Nov. 20 to honor
those who have been murdered because
of transphobia and those who have
survived gender-based violence, a
statement released by organizers of the
event says.
The overarching goal is to bring
attention to the continued violence
endured by the transgender community
with continued hope that together we can
end such violence and intolerance, the
statement says.
Transgender activist Alexa Rodriquez
read the names of trans people murdered
in Latin American countries while three
fellow Latina trans women held a 30-footlong banner with photos of about a
dozen of the victims along with Spanish
language newspaper articles reporting on
the killings.
Rodriquez said many of the killings
took place in Brazil and El Salvador.
Among those speaking at the event
were D.C. Council member David Grosso
(I-At-Large); Marvin Bowser, brother of
Mayor Muriel Bowser; and Sgt. Jessica
Hawkins, supervisor of the D.C. police
departments Gay and Lesbian Liaison
Unit, who last year became the rst
transgender ocer to be appointed to
the position.
Veteran transgender activist Earline
Budd, the lead organizer of the Trans
Day of Remembrance event, said she was
disappointed that Mayor Bowser and D.C.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier did not attend
the event. Bowsers predecessor, Mayor
Vincent Gray, and Lanier each attended
and spoke at the event last year.
Marvin Bowser said Mayor Bowser, who
had the event listed on her schedule one
day earlier, had to cancel her appearance
after feeling exhausted from the strain
of her trip to China the previous week
to promote business investment and
tourism for the city. The reason for

MCC of Washington hosted the annual Trans


Day of Remembrance, which was attended
by activist EARLINE BUDD (left) Council
member DAVID GROSSO (right) and city
ocials.
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Laniers cancellation couldnt immediately


be determined.
She
had
given
her
personal
commitment to being here, Budd told
the Blade. And we never got a notice that
she was not going to be here.
The Trans Day of Remembrance came
two days after D.C. police arrested a
transgender activist during a protest
demonstration in the citys Columbia
Heights section in which protesters
blocked trac during evening rush hour.
The arrest of trans activist Jes Grobman
on a charge of allegedly assaulting a police
ocer and disobeying a lawful order to
stop blocking trac was denounced by
more than two dozen fellow protesters,
who had assembled on the sidewalk next to
the Columbia Heights Metro station at 14th
and Irving Streets, N.W., to draw attention to
abuse of trans people by law enforcement
agencies throughout the country.
The U.S. Attorneys Oce dropped the
charge of assaulting a police ocer but
left in place the charge of disobeying a
police order. The National LGBTQ Task
Force issued a statement condemning
Grobmans arrest, saying police could
have exercised restraint in responding to
the protest.
Budd said she did not think Lanier
decided against attending the Trans
Day of Remembrance event out of fear
of being booed by the trans activists
attending the event, some of whom also
participated in the protest on Nov. 18.
She would not have been booed,
said Budd. She has the respect of the
community, Budd said, noting that
Lanier was received warmly during her
appearance at the event last year.
Grosso, a longtime supporter of the
LGBT community, read a resolution
unanimously approved by the City Council
formally recognizing the Transgender
Day of Remembrance. Marvin Bowser
and Sheila Alexander Reid, director of the

Mayors Oce of LGBTQ Aairs, presented


an ocial proclamation from the mayor
declaring Nov. 20 Transgender Day of
Remembrance in the District of Columbia.
Marvin Bowser and Grosso noted that
discrimination and violence targeting
the D.C. trans community continues
despite the fact that D.C. has in place the
nations strongest legal protections for
transgender people.
Its not so much because we havent
tried, but because there needs to be
a mindset change, Grosso told the
gathering. You need to change the
culture here entirely and begin to see
people as human beings from day one
and not this horrible stigma and these
horrible prejudices that we send and let
grow in our communities, he said.
More than a dozen representatives
of the local trans community, including
several youths, spoke about their
personal experiences of discrimination
and violence.
Im a transgender woman, said
Kimora Green. No matter if youre
Hispanic, black, Caucasian, no matter if
youre passable or not, we all go through
the trials and tribulations of being told,
Oh faggot stay away from me, or being
told Youre a man, or being told, You just
need to die kill yourself, she said. Ive
been told that many a time.
Green and others who told of similar
experiences said they have emerged as
survivors who have become stronger
and more determined to ght for their
rights and push for change in societys
perception of trans people.
Others who spoke and participated in
the event were Ruby Corado, founder
and director of Casa Ruby, the local LGBT
community services center; Lourdes
Ashley Hunter, the national transgender
rights advocate and chief operating
ocer at Casa Ruby; and veteran D.C.
trans activists Dee Curry, Jessica Xavier

and Jeri Hughes.


Chad Grin, president of the Human
Rights Campaign; and Lt. Cheryl Crawley,
commander of the police Special Liaison
Division, which oversees the Gay and
Lesbian Liaison Unit, also attended the
event but did not speak.
Hawkins told the gathering she is
happy to be in a position on the police
force where she can work with the LGBT
community in which she is a part. After
listening to her fellow trans brothers
and sisters recount the diculties they
sometimes face, Hawkins said she, too,
has encountered such hassles.
Even though Im a police ocer, I still
get the looks, she said. I still get the
ridicule. I still get people saying stupid
things to me.
But she said the department and the
chief are committed to protecting the
rights of the citys diverse population,
including the trans community.
I know theres a lot of distrust with
the police, she said. If you hear of a bad
outcome or a bad interaction between
someone thats my brother and sister and
an ocer, let me know. I promise we will
take care of it.
Rev. Dwayne Johnson, pastor of
Metropolitan Community Church of
Washington, which ministers to the LGBT
community, delivered an opening prayer
at the event. Rev. Abena McCray-Peters
of D.C. Unity Fellowship Church, which
also has a largely LGBT congregation,
ociated over the reading of the names.
Curry, who received a standing ovation
for the remarks she delivered at the
event, told the Blade it would have a
lasting impact on the community.
I think this was one of the best
Transgender Days of Remembrance since
the inception of the whole program,she
said. I think that the diversity and the
unity I can feel the spirit here and I was
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NATIONAL NEWS

White House honors LGBT


artists as Champions of Change
Nine ordinary
people whove done
extraordinary things
The Wichita Metro Community Church has been repeatedly vandalized.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KAKE-TV

Pro-LGBT church repeatedly vandalized


WICHITA, Kan. A local church says it has been targeted because it supports
LGBT rights.
Rev. Jackie Carter of the Wichita Metro Community Church told KAKE, a local
television station, that vandals have broken 84 windows over the last year. She
said she has also received threats over her support of LGBT-specic issues.
Its getting very old and people feel threatened, Carter told KAKE.
Carter said the vandalism and threats began in November 2014 after same-sex
couples began to legally marry in Sedgwick County, in which Wichita is located.
KAKE reported that more than half of the churchs congregants are LGBT.
Carter said it costs between $20-$70 to x each damaged window.
She told KAKE that the church has also raised money to install security
cameras, but the threats and the vandalism continue. Carter added people have
also tried to steal her churchs property.

KKK targets LGBT ordinance in Florida


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Ku Klux Klan has distributed iers against a
proposed ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation
and gender identity.
A supporter of the proposal on Nov. 21 posted to Facebook a picture of the
ier that reads, stop AIDS, support gay bashing and homosexual men and
their sexual acts are disgusting and inhuman. The handout also calls for ocials
to ban non-white immigration, outlaw Haitians and deport mud people.
Clearly we see that there are still the lowest forms of human behavior and
bigotry, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry told FloridaPolitics.com.
The Florida Times-Union reported that police on Nov. 20 arrested a man who
allegedly threatened to attack a meeting on the proposed ordinance.

Mass. gay man claims school red him


DEDHAM, Mass. A Massachusetts judge on Dec. 1 will hold a hearing in the
case of a man who claims a Catholic girls school red him because he and his
husband are married.
Matt Barrett in his complaint that Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
led with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination notes that
Fontbonne Academy in the Boston suburb of Milton in July 2013 hired him as its
director of Food Services.
Barrett says that he listed his husband, Ed Suplee, as his emergency contact
in the paperwork he lled out. Barrett in his complaint alleges the school said it
would no longer hire him because he is gay and married to a man.
If Im planning and making meals for students, Im not sure what my being
gay has to do with the job, said Barrett in a GLAD press release. Ive always
done well in my work, and was excited about working at Fontbonne.All I did was
ll out the form honestly.

By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT artists who seek to draw attention
to issues ranging from transgender military
service to Latino families with LGBT children
were honored Monday at the White House
as Champions of Change.
Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to
President Obama, was among the White
House ocials congratulating the nine
recognized individuals at the event in the
Eisenhower Executive Oce Building.
Champions of Change is really my
favorite event that we have here because
it makes me hopeful, Jarrett said.
Sometimes in Washington, you can lose
that hopefulness and what it is all about,
honoring ordinary people whove done
just extraordinary things.
The Champions of Change program was
created for the White House to feature
individuals who seek to empower and inspire
their communities. The event on Monday,
White House LGBT Artists Champions
of Change, featured honorees the
White House selected for their artistry in
advocating for the LGBT community.
At the event, Jarrett touted President
Obamas
support
for
the
LGBT
community, including his celebration
in the White House Rose Garden of the
U.S. Supreme Courts decision in favor
of same-sex marriage and his recent
endorsement of the Equality Act.
We also know that there are limits to
what we can do in the White House, and
the best way to improve our culture is to
change our culture, Jarrett said. And the
best way to change our culture is to involve
all of you. The arts has always played
such a fundamental role in improving the
quality of culture in our country.
Secretary of Housing & Urban
Development Julian Castro was also
present at the event and praised the
artists for contributing to progress.
Im convinced that Heaven and history
hold a special place for those who are
willing to speak out and act out in the
service to justice, Castro said.
Heres a list of the nine LGBT artists
recognized by the White House:
Marco Castro-Bojorquez, community

educator in Lambda Legals Western


Regional Oce in Los Angeles, who has
produced and directed several short lms
and documentaries.
Fiona Dawson, a bisexual advocate
and Silver Spring, Md., resident who
established TransMilitary to share the lives
of transgender people in the armed forces
serving under the threat of discharge.
In a statement, Dawson attributed
her success to the LGBT military group
SPARTA and drew attention to her lm,
Transgender, at War and in Love, for
which shes being recognized.
However, our work is not done,
Dawson said. The full length documentary
needs to be made so the world may truly
understand the depth of commitment from
our American transgender soldiers, sailors,
airmen, marines, and Coast Guardsmen.
Jess Dugan, a St. Louis, Mo., artist
who explores issues of sexuality
through photography within the LGBT
communities for the past decade.
Joanna Homan, a Brooklyn, N.Y.,
resident and a 12-year veteran of slam
poetry who works at the nonprot Peace
is Loud.
A.J. King, a D.C. resident who serves
as the founder of Breaking Ground,
which seeks to tell the life stories of men
and trans youth of color in D.C. through
musical theater, and identify non-violent
conict resolution.
Pidgeon Pagonis, a Chicago-based
intersex activist who seeks to expand the
visibility of issues related to the intersex
community by facilitating workshops and
presentations around the world.
Lee Levingston Perine, a D.C. resident
who founded Makers Lab in D.C., which
seeks to support queer communities by
creating spaces that celebrate life, art and
queer culture. The Lab recently received
a grant for the Last Night Project, a storycollecting project that explores black
queer space in D.C.
L.J. Roberts, a Joshua Tree, N.Y.-based
visual artist who creates large-scale knitted
installations investigating overlaps of
queer and trans politics, activism, protest,
craft and the ongoing AIDS epidemic
through an intersectional feminist lens.
Steven Romeo, a Birmingham, Ala.,
resident and executive director for The
Change Project, an arts and storytelling
organization seeking to transform
discrimination against all LGBT people
into acceptance through the art of
photography and educational resources.

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MIKE MICHAUDwas conrmed toa position in the Labor Department.


WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Former Utah state Rep. JACKIE BISKUPSKI (D) was


declared the winner in her bid to become Salt
Lake City mayor.
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Gay nominee conrmed to Labor post


The U.S. Senate last week conrmed to a senior position in the Labor
Department an openly gay nominee who formerly served in Congress and
sought to become governor of Maine.
By unanimous consent as part of a group of 11 presidential appointments,
Michael Michaud was conrmed as assistant secretary of labor for veterans
employment and training.
President Obama nominated Michaud in May tothe position heading up the
Labor Departments Oce of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment
& Training. The agency seeks to direct the departments services to veterans,
including job training, counseling and employment placement.
The White House declined to comment on the conrmation.
Michaud, a Democrat, had served as a member of Congress representing
Maines 2nd congressional district from 2003 to 2015. In 2013, Michaud came
out as gay as he was kicking o his campaign to become the next governor
ofMaine.
Had Michaud been elected in 2014, he would have been the rst openly gay
person elected as governor in the United States, but the candidate ultimately lost
to Republican incumbent Gov. Paul LePage in a challenging year for Democrats.
Michaud is no stranger to work on veterans aairs. In 2012, the House
Democratic Caucus designated him to serve as ranking member on the House
Committee on Veterans Aairs.
Another out nominee whose conrmation remains pending before the Senate
is that of Eric Fanning, whom Obama nominated in September to become Army
secretary. Fanning is already serving in the capacity as acting Army secretary
following the departure of John McHugh, the services former civilian chief.
CHRIS JOHNSON

Lesbian declared winner in Salt Lake City mayoral race


Its ocial: Following her apparent win at the ballot against the incumbent mayor of
Salt Lake City on Election Day, lesbian candidate Jackie Biskupski last week was declared
the winner of the race.
Biskupski beat out current Mayor Ralph Becker with 51.55 percent of the vote.
Although she had the lead in the unocial vote count on Election Day, she wasnt
declared the winner until last week.
Upon taking oce, shell be the rst openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City and chief
executive of the city at the heart of the Mormon Church.
Biskupski, a former member ofthe state legislature, is also a single mother. She has
a child named Archie whom shes been raising since he was born in 2009. She formally
adopted him in 2010.
The lesbian candidate was declared the winner as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints has taken criticism for a newly announced policy prohibiting the baptism of
children raised by married same-sex parents. According to media reports, thousands of
LDS members have submitted letters of resignation as a result of the decision.
In a statement on her website earlier this month, Biskupski expressed concern about
the new policy, saying shes heard from people unhappy with the decision.
The conversations I have had over the past 24 hours, regarding the LDS Church
policy to exclude children living in same-sex households from membership, have
been with people of all walks of life, both Mormon and non-Mormon, Biskupski said.
The common theme is both shock and concern for children not just those directly

impacted but all children in our community who are witnessing a form of injustice
that no child should experience.
Upon news Biskupski was declared the winner in the mayoral race, a spokesperson
for the LDS Church commended her for her win in a statement to the Washington Blade.
We congratulate Jackie Biskupski on her successful campaign and election as mayor
of Salt Lake City, the spokesperson said. We recognize her as well for her public service
and contributions to the state during her former service as a member of the Utah
Legislature. Church leaders have enjoyed cordial and productive relationships with
those who had previously served as mayor of Utahs capital city, and we look forward to
working closely with Mayor Biskupski and her administration going forward.
The spokesperson added, We also wish to thank Mayor Ralph Becker for his years of
service to the city and wish him well in his future endeavors.
CHRIS JOHNSON

HRC releases corporate equality index


The Human Rights Campaigns annual corporate equality index now ranks companies
on whether they have anti-LGBT discrimination policies in place for their overseas
employees.
The organization last week in a press release said that Apple, Airbnb, Chevron,
Citigroup, Google, Marriott International and the Walt Disney Company are among the
407 companies that received a perfect 100 score in the 2016 Corporate Equality Index.
HRC President Chad Grin attended an event in Mexico City with representatives of
American Express, Dow and IBM. Ocials from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and members
of Pride Connection, a group that advocates for LGBT equality in the workplace in the
Latin American country, also took part.
This year represents a milestone in the history of the CEI, and corporate America
continues to break new ground in the ght for LGBT equality, said Grin in the press
release that announced the 2016 Corporate Equality Index. Our nations top companies
this year have risen in record-breaking numbers to the challenge of extending nondiscrimination protections to their LGBT employees around the globe.
HRC launched the Corporate Equality Index in 2002.
LGBT rights advocates have previously criticized the organization over the way it
ranks corporations.
Masha Gessen, a Russian journalist and prominent LGBT rights advocate, told the
Washington Blade during a 2014 interview that multinational companies that do not
oer the same benets to their LGBT employees in other countries that their U.S.
counterparts receive should not be landing on the Corporate Equality Index.
Scott Long, a former Human Rights Watch staer, noted that Marriott supports
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisis repressive and homophobic government. The
advocate also singled out BP, which received a perfect score in this years Corporate
Equality Index.
A global index is useless unless it measures how companies take human rights into
account in their deals with homophobes and dictators, Long told the Blade in an email.
And to measure that, the Human Rights Campaign would need to take human rights
more seriously drop the narrow focus on paper policies, look at companies broad
records and analyze the rights implications of where the money goes.
Pride at Work Executive Director Jerame Davis in a statement specically criticized
HRC for awarding Walmart and T-Mobile high scores in the index.
We are disappointed that the HRC Corporate Equality Index rewards big corporations
for questionable employment practices without taking into consideration the lived
experiences of the LGBTQ working people in those corporations, he said in a statement.
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Portuguese lawmakers on Nov. 20, approved a bill that would extend adoption rights
to same-sex couples in the country.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Portuguese lawmakers
approve adoption bill
Portuguese lawmakers last week approved a bill that would extend adoption
rights to same-sex couples.
All but one member of the Socialist Party and other center-left parties that
have a majority in the Portuguese Parliament voted for the measure. Nineteen
members of the center-right Social Democratic Party also backed the bill.
Advocates began their campaign in support of adoption rights for same-sex
couples in the predominantly Roman Catholic country in 2001.
Gays and lesbians began to legally marry in Portugal in 2010. The law that
extended marriage rights to same-sex couples contains a provision that prohibits
them from adopting children.
A 2001 law that allowed same-sex couples to enter into what Paulo Crte-Real
of ILGA-Portugal, a Portuguese advocacy group, described to the Washington
Blade as de facto unions contained a similar provision. Gays and lesbians
received second-parent adoption rights in 2013.
This is a mark not only in LGBT rights, but also human rights, Paula Antunes,
a Portuguese LGBT rights advocate, told the Blade after the vote. Finally we will
be able to tell our children that they can have their families recognized as real
and equal by the state.
Same-sex couples in neighboring Spain received marriage and adoption rights
in 2005.
Antunes referenced former Spanish Prime Minister Jos Lus Rodrguez
Zapatero, who was in oce at the time, as she discussed Fridays vote.
We are not legislating to distant and strange people, said Rodrguez, as
Antunes noted to the Blade. We are expanding happiness opportunities for our
neighbors, our coworkers, our friends and our families and at the same time, we
are building a better country. For a decent society is one that does not humiliate
its members.
Religious groups criticized the vote.
Adoption should only be done by couples, and a couple is a man and
a woman, said Manuel Barbosa of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference,
according to Dirio de Noticias, a Portuguese newspaper.
The Parliament on Nov. 27 is expected to consider a measure that would allow
lesbian couples to conceive children through articial insemination.
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Nigerian police arrest 21 men for anal sex: report


Nigerian police have reportedly arrested 21 men who allegedly engaged in same-sex
sexual activity.
Punch, a Nigerian newspaper, on Monday reported that police in the city of Asaba in
Delta State arrested the men who were identied as students at two government-run
colleges.
The publication did not report when the arrests took place, but it described the
colleges as a beehive of perverse sexual acts.
We had it on good authority that the male students allegedly engaged in anal sex,
Celestina Kalu, a spokesperson for the Delta State Police, told Punch. The suspects,

upon interrogation, made useful statements to the police while investigations are
ongoing.
The Delta State Police did not return the Washington Blades request for comment.
The reported arrests coincide with reports that police in Lagos State arrested two
teenagers who were having homosexual sex.
Bisi Alimi, a gay Nigerian advocate who received asylum in the U.K. in 2008, told
the Blade on Monday that police in Borno State over the last three weeks have been
arresting innocent citizens on the allegation of homosexuality.
This is becoming a crisis, said Alimi, referring to the reported arrests.
Nigeria is among the more than 70 countries in which consensual same-sex sexual
relations remain criminalized.
Then-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 signed a law that punishes those who
enter into a same-sex marriage with up to 14 years in prison. The statute also bans
membership in an LGBT advocacy group.
President Muhammadu Buhari in March defeated Jonathan in the countrys
presidential election.
Secretary of State John Kerry in July raised Nigerias LGBT rights record with Buhari
during a meeting in Washington.
State Department spokesperson Mark Toner acknowledged to the Blade on Monday
during his daily press brieng that he had seen the reports of the arrests at Delta State.
He said the State Department has not been able to conrm their credibility or their
veracity.
We obviously take LGBT issues very seriously and its something weve raised
consistently with the Nigerian government, Toner told the Blade. But in terms of this
specic case we just dont have any more details.
The Nigerian government did not return the Blades request for comment.
Buhari last month during a celebration of Nigerias independence from the U.K. said
his country has all the attributes of a great nation.
President Buhari is widely recognized and respected as an exemplary leader on
the African continent, and this reputation comes with serious responsibilities, Jerey
Smith of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights told the Blade on Monday, referring to
the aforementioned comments. Should this be true, then surely some of those key
attributes would be equality and respect for basic human dignity, regardless of the
sexual orientation or gender identity of Nigerian citizens.

U.S. officials meet jailed Malaysian leaders family


Senior members of the National Security Council on Saturday met with the family
of a leading Malaysian opposition gure who is serving a ve-year prison sentence for
sodomy.
The meeting with former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahims family took place in
the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
The meeting coincided with President Obamas visit to the Southeast Asian country.
Obama on Nov. 20 met with Nisha Ayub of Justice for Sisters, a group that advocates on
behalf of transgender Malaysians, and other members of the countrys civil society. The
president on the same day told reporters during a press conference with Prime Minister
Najib Razak that he raised the countrys human rights record during their meeting.
We talked about the importance of civil society and issues, not just in Malaysia but
in the region in general, and how we can promote those values that will encourage
continued development and opportunity and prosperity, said Obama.
Obama on Sunday during a press conference before returning to the U.S. defended
the Trans-Pacic Partnership, a controversial trade agreement that Malaysian LGBT
rights advocates and labor groups in the U.S. and elsewhere have sharply criticized.
Malaysia is among the Pacic Rim countries that would join TPP.
A lot of the work that we do the Open Government Partnership that we set up
through United Nations, the bilateral work we do in terms of improving transparency,
the principles and rules that weve embedded in TPP all those things are designed to
raise the bar, to have people set sights that are a little bit higher, said Obama.
The president did not meet with Anwars family while in the Southeast Asian nation.
Malaysia is among the more than 70 countries in which consensual same-sex sexual
relations remain criminalized.
The Malaysian Federal Court earlier this year upheld Anwars conviction under the
countrys anti-sodomy law.
Secretary of State John Kerry in August raised Anwars case with Najib while he was
in Kuala Lumpur. The National Security Council and the U.N. High Commissioner for
Human Rights have also criticized the opposition leaders conviction.
The Malaysian Federal Court last month overturned a landmark ruling that declared
unconstitutional a law in the state of Negeri Sembilan banning Muslim men from
wearing womens clothes in public. Najib in August said his government will not defend
LGBT rights and other issues that are not within the context of Islam.
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Victory Fund backs gay lawmakers after refugee vote


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Our nation has long stood as a beacon


of freedom, but after the events of the
last few weeks some leaders have given
into fear and turned their backs on
refugees, said Maloney in a statement
he released after the vote. These actions
are reprehensible, and present a false
choice between our values and our
security. Its understandable that people
are scared, and Americans have a right to
know that the process we use to screen
refugees will keep us safe. I have faith
in our system, and I dont believe these
refugees the overwhelming majority
of whom are women, elderly, and
children threaten our communities
or national security. So instead of
slowing the program or pausing it,
the administration should agree to
immediately certify refugees if they pass
the current extensive screenings and we
should all refocus on actual threats.
Sinema also issued a statement in
which she explained her vote.
The Islamic State is a legitimate,
immediate threat to the United States,
said the Arizona Democrat. Congress
and the administration have a duty to
keep our country safe from terrorism,
and this legislation provides an added
level of security to our robust refugee
vetting process.
Welcoming refugees is part of
Americas legacy, and we must continue
to be a safe haven for the most
vulnerable in our world, she added.
Todays bill strengthens our already
thorough refugee screening process so
we can both keep our country safe and
continue to shelter those in need.
I support allowing greater numbers
of refugees eeing violence beyond
the administrations suggested number
of 10,000 to nd safety here, and I
support improving our vetting system to
ensure that those we admit will make our
country safer, Polis told the Washington
Blade in a statement.
The SAFE (Security Against Foreign
Enemies) Act enables us to continue
accepting refugees while strengthening
our already-extensive vetting process so
that we are taking every step within our
power to ensure the safety of the American
people, added the Colorado Democrat.
The three lawmakers faced criticism
from constituents and others over their
vote in favor of the bill.
Today you voted for fear, wrote a
man on Sinemas Facebook page. You
have essentially sided with the terrorists
and what they want by making it virtually
impossible for refugees to come here.
Jamie McGonnigal, an LGBT rights
advocate in D.C., also criticized the three
lawmakers, tweeting: Sad to see #LGBT
lawmakers do bigoted things. We should

Victory Fund President and CEO AISHA


MOODIE-MILLS is standing by gay and bi
lawmakers who voted for a bill to restrict
entry of Syrian refugees into the U.S.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

know better.
State Department spokesperson Mark
Toner earlier this week told reporters
that all refugees undergo rigorous
screening and security checks before
they are allowed to resettle in the U.S.
He said Syrian refugees go through...
additional forms of security screenings.
Advocates have urged the White House
to allow 500 LGBT Syrians to resettle in
the U.S. in the 2016 scal year. Log Cabin
Republicans is among the groups that
support calls to block Syrian refugees from
entering the country after the Paris attacks.
Despite anger with the gay and bi
House members over the vote, the head
of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund said
the organization is standing by them in
the upcoming election.
Aisha Moodie-Mills, CEO of the
Victory Fund, made the remarks in a
brief interview with the Washington
Blade after her speech Friday during
the 2015 International LGBT Leadership
Conference in Las Vegas.
Moodie-Mills said she was made aware
of the disappointmentin the lawmakers
votes via Twitter, but on the issue of
endorsements said the Victory Fund and
the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute are
not policy advocacy organizations.
I dont have an opinion about...whos
doing what, where about Syria, Moodie-Mills
said. Because Syria, I tell you, is certainly not
my policy expertise, and it is the furthest
thing from Victory Institutes expertise.
Moodie-Mills said the Victory Fund
continues to have three criteria for
endorsing candidates: They must be viable,
pro-choice and in favor of LGBT rights.
Thats about as deep in the weeds on
any policy ideas or legislative maneuvers
that we get, she added. Other

organizations are dealing with issues and


issue advocacy, but thats not the role
that we play. And for our candidates and
for our elected ocials, we surely dont
get involved in the devil of the details of
how they legislate and what they vote for
and what they support.
Among other critics of the lawmakers
was Michelangelo Signorile, a New
York-based radio host who said on his
Facebook page the votes are totally
shameful and the Victory Fund should
dump the three lawmakers.
Equality should be litmus test of
anyone in LGBT Equality Caucus in
Congress, Signorile said. And realize
that these individuals voted against
desperate LGBT Syrian refugees there
was hope 500 of the refugee spaces
would be set aside for them.
Moodie-Mills, who assumed her role as
head of the Victory Fund seven months ago,
said despite the change in leadership at the
organization she sees no changes right
now to the groups endorsement process.
In the past, Victorys win rate has
hovered somewhere around 70 percent,
which is higher than both political
parties, or the Tea Party for sure,
Moodie-Mills said. At any given time, the
really competitive races for both political
parties arent that high. And it has been
because our current endorsement
process is pretty rigorous, so we make
sure were getting people who can
actually win. And thats a big deal for us.
Moodie-Mills addressed the issue of
endorsements just weeks after Election
Day, when some Victory Fund-endorsed
candidates won, like lesbian candidate
Jackie Biskupski in her bid to become
Salt Lake Citys mayor, while others lost,
like lesbian candidate Ginny Deerin in

Charleston, S.C.
According to the Victory Fund, the win
rate for endorsed candidates in the 2015
election cycle was 65 percent.
Moodie-Mills said 2015 ended up being
a hard year, but she drew attention to the
Deerin campaign, saying it was a success at
some level despite the loss at the polls.
Her being there shifted the narrative and
the conversation around ideas, MoodieMills said. Her being a queer woman
ended up being a non-factor [amid] all the
dierent things that she did to transform
that landscape. So, its sad that she didnt
win, its disappointing she didnt win, but
the investment that was made there has
absolutely created some infrastructure
and growth for us that we can go back and
be able to win the next time.
For the upcoming election in 2016,
Moodie-Mills said she couldnt project
the number of candidates Victory Fund
would support, but endorsements would
come soon.
Among the openly gay candidates
pursuing a bid for Congress is
Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims,
a Democrat who declared in October
his candidacy to run for the states 2nd
congressional district. In that race,
Moodie-Mills said shes pretty sure were
going to endorse relatively soon.
About 18 openly LGBT candidates are
either exploring or pursuing a bid for
Congress, Moodie-Mills said, calling that
number unprecedented.
Thats a lot of people, Moodie-Mills
said. Victorys not endorsing all of them.
We havent endorsed many of them at
this point, but itll be interesting to see
those applications come through. Its
pretty exciting to be in such a sea change
with so many running for Congress.

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Heights neighborhood. She said Casa


Ruby expects to expand that program to
accommodate another six LGBT youth in
the near future.
In addition to providing temporary
housing, the program oers residents a
variety of services such as counseling and
referrals to job training programs.
The new, soon-to-open emergency
shelter will be limited to days when
temperatures fall below freezing and
the city declares a hypothermia alert,
Corado said. She said LGBT youth, like
other homeless people, can go to one
of several other shelters operated by
community organizations and usually
funded by the city.
But based on reports Casa Ruby has
received from many of its clients, LGBT
youth, especially transgender youth,
often feel unsafe or unwelcome in the

Casa Ruby plans to open a 16-bed shelter as


soon as this week in space previously used
as conference rooms in its headquarters
building at 2822 Georgia Ave., N.W.
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existing shelters, Corado said.


So were just oering another option,
she said. They can come to the Casa
Ruby hypothermia shelter.
The funds being sought are needed to
fully furnish and sta the shelter space

for a ve-month period of December


through April, according to Corado.
We are calling on people across
Washington, D.C., including the LGBTQ
community and our allies, to help us
provide LGBTQ youth with shelter and a

home so that they do not have to face the


cold of winter living on the street, she said.
The Casa Ruby statement says those
interested in making a donation for
the shelter can do so through bit.ly/
emergencylgbtqyouthfund.

GLLU supervisor praised for handling of standoff


Hawkins credited with
persuading trans
shooter to surrender

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


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The transgender supervisor of the D.C.
police departments Gay and Lesbian
Liaison Unit, Sgt. Jessica Hawkins, was
the rst police ocer on the scene at a
downtown oce building on Nov. 15,
where an armed transgender woman
holed up on the roof triggered a 10-hour
stando that nearly brought the citys
business district to a halt.
According to a police arrest adavit
led in D.C. Superior Court, a friend
of 31-year-old trans woman Sophia
Dalke called Hawkins about 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15, to report that Dalke was
threatening to commit suicide.
Sgt. Hawkins was familiar with the
defendant and called her to check on
her, the adavit says. The defendant
told Sgt. Hawkins that she wanted to
end her life by jumping o a building,
that she had a .45 caliber handgun in her
possession, and that she was going to
shoot out the windows of nearby oce
buildings, the adavit states.
It says Dalke went to the upscale oce
building at 1999 K St., N.W., where her
LinkedIn page says she worked as an
IT support specialist for an agricultural
investment company called Farmer Mac.
Sgt. Hawkins responded to the
location and requested MPD assistance

SOPHIA DALKE triggered a stando with


police after ring shots from a downtown
rooftop last week.
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over the radio, according to the adavit.


It says that shortly after the rst police
scout car arrived Hawkins heard a
gunshot from the buildings roof as well
as over the phone.
Sgt. Hawkins then heard two more
gunshots from the roof. The responding
ocers who were on the street outside
of the oense location took cover, says
the adavit.
That development, coming on the heels
of the terrorist shootings and attacks in
Paris one week earlier, prompted D.C.
police to shut down surrounding streets,
set up a command post and declare a

barricade situation was unfolding, the


adavit says.
As the stando extended into the
Monday morning rush hour on Nov. 16,
a massive trac jam was created and
hundreds of workers both in vehicles and
on foot were prevented from getting to
their oces.
With the police Emergency Response
Team and its hostage/crisis negotiator
team on the scene, Dalke nally
surrendered peacefully about 10:30 a.m.,
the adavit says. But it took police nearly
two more hours before they reopened
surrounding streets and sidewalks,
according to media reports.
Hawkins has declined to comment on
her role in responding to the stando,
saying she isnt authorized to speak
to the media. Police spokesperson Lt.
Sean Conboy has said police would not
comment on Hawkins involvement in the
police response to the stando.
But transgender activist Earline Budd,
the lead organizer of D.C.s Nov. 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance,
told a crowd of more than 200 people
attending the event that she considered
Hawkins a hero for her eorts in helping
to prevent what Budd said could have
turned into a bloodbath.
Budd said she also learned that Lt.
Cheryl Crawley, commander of the police
Special Liaison Division, which oversees
the GLLU, was also on the scene of the
oce building stando.
The police adavit says that after
Dalke surrendered and was arrested on a
charge of assault on a police ocer while
armed investigators went to the rooftop

and observed that a double pane window


had been shot out. It says police found
a black Heckler and Koch .40 caliber
handgun on a window ledge along with
shell casings, a live round of ammunition
and a loaded magazine.
It says police ocers on the roof also
observed shattered glass windows on the
8th and 11th oors of an adjacent oce
building. All of the broken windows
appeared to be the result of being shot
out, the adavit says.
It says that after being taken into
custody at the Second Police District,
Dalke waived her Miranda rights and told
detectives her life had devolved recently
and that she intended to die that night
by jumping o the roof of the building.
She told MPD members that she [did]
not intend to hurt anyone and believed
that no one would be harmed because the
buildings were dark, the adavit says.
The defendant did not have a license
to carry a rearm in the District of
Columbia, it says. The defendant did not
have registration for the ammunition.
Court records show that Dalke has been
hospitalized since the time of her arrest
resulting in a delay in her appearance in
court, where a judge is to decide whether
she should be held or released while
awaiting trial. She was scheduled to
appear in court for a presentment hearing
on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
In addition to saying she worked for
Farmer Mac, Dalke says on her LinkedIn
page that she also served as a volunteer
for Transgender Legal Advocates of
Washington, which is also known as
Trans Law.

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The Baltimore chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
will host its annual Crossroads Conference Sunday from noon-6 p.m. at Morgan
State University.
According to the organizers, The event provides an opportunity for students
of color and their allies to discuss racial justice, unpack the intersections of
identities, build community, and organize to create safer spaces in Baltimore
City and its schools.
Workshops include Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation, Storytelling and
Sharing - What It Means to be an LGBTQ POC, and Healing, Resiliency, and
Resistance.
Our annual Crossroads Conference is an event built by LGBTQ students of
color, says Michael Franklin, co-chair and partnerships and operations manager
of GLSEN Baltimore in a statement. As people all over the city continue to
work against the impact of systemic racism, this event will bring our students
narratives to the forefront.
For more information about GLSEN Baltimore, visit glsen.org/baltimore.

World AIDS Day events planned


The BMore Aware of HIV Planning Committee, a broad coalition of community
organizations including Celebration of Community, will present a series of free
events to commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. They will be held at the
Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, at 10 E. Mt. Vernon Place in Baltimore.
From 3-7 p.m. there will be HIV testing. A health fair will take place from 3:306:30 p.m. There will be a reading of names from the Book of Life from 4-6:30
p.m.
Celebration of Community will host a Candlelight Vigil from 6:30-7 p.m. as part
of a larger Baltimore Citywide Candlelight Vigil coordinated and supported by
the BMore Aware of HIV Planning Committee. Other partner vigils will be held
at organizations and faith communities throughout the region at the same time.
A World AIDS Day Interfaith Service to honor both those living and those
who have died with HIV/AIDS will take place from 7:15-8:30 p.m. followed by a
reception that will last until 9:30 p.m.

Young Professionals to talk entrepreneurship

The LGBTQ Young Professionals Network (YPN) of Maryland will present a


panel discussion on starting, growing and maintaining a booming business while
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LONDON Citing a printing error, Indonesias health ministry has apologized for
hundreds of posters placed on trains in Jakarta last weekend that said HIV can be
transmitted through mosquito bites, swimming, food, saliva, sweat and sneezing,
Gay Star News reports.
Senior Ministry Ocial Muhammad Subuh said the printing company that
manufactured the posters missed the word not and failed to get nal approval
from ocials before printing them.
We have made a public apology and now the banners are being removed and
replaced with the correct ones, Subuh told the Agence France Presse, which has a
bureau in Jakarta. It was an honest mistake.
HIV activist Fajar Jasmin tweeted that the botched campaign, designed to debunk
myths surrounding the disease, was a, stupid, fatal mistake, Gay Star News reports.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The UKs Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunization has
conrmed its recommendation that the HPV vaccine, given to young women there since
2008 to prevent higher risk of cervical cancer, should be given to men who have sex with
men up to age 45 who attend HIV clincs, Care2 reports.
Previous discussions of administering the vaccine to all boys age 11 and up would be
cost prohibitive. Research has discovered signicant increased risk of HPV infection
leading to cancerous cell growth that can potentially case anal and prostate cancer in
men, Care2 reports.
In the U.S., the CDC in August nalized its recommendation that boys ages 11 and 12
should be given the vaccine Gardisal as a means to prevent HPV and genital warts.
The UK committee has now considered the revised analysis, which indicates that it is
highly likely a program to vaccinate men who have sex with men (MSM) up to 40 years
of age attending HIV clinics would be cost-eective, as long as the vaccine is procured,
and the program is delivered at a cost-eective price, the Care2 article notes. Committee
representatives said its reasonable to extrapolate the ndings to those MSM aged
45 years, although there is too much uncertainty in the data to extrapolate further.
Committee sta also agrees that there should no longer be a lower age limit, previously
set at 16 years of age, the article said.
The committee also said that the HPV vaccine roll out couldalso target trans women and
men, people who engage in sex work, and also HIV-positive men and women, though it
makes these recommendations based on extrapolations of data and not direct evidence.
The committee therefore is tellingdoctors and health workers to use their discretion if
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Maloney, Sinema, Polis
pander to fear in Syria vote

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights


and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade.

Last week, 47 Democrats in the House


voted to suspend the plan put forth by
President Obama to bring 10,000 Syrian
refugees to the United States in scal
year 2016. They joined 242 Republicans
in voting for the bill.
While it is disappointing to see Republicans voting against allowing refugees
into the country they do represent the
party of exclusion. Their leading candidate for president suggested we make
Muslim Americans register like Hitler and
his Nazis made the Jews do in Germany.
He wants to kick 11 million people out of
the country. So, while reprehensible, their
votes were expected. I am less sanguine
about Democrats voting for this and totally unwilling to accept explanations
from gay and bi Democratic members of
Congress Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Kyrsten Sinema
(D-Ariz.) for their votes in favor of this bill.
They voted to protect their own asses in
the next election and should nd it dicult to look in the mirror today.
For Maloney, this isnt the rst time he
has voted with Republicans. According to
the Gay City News, On September 30, 2013
in the decisive vote, Maloney, who is gay,
was one of nine Democrats who defected,
voting with the Republicans on the bill that
has essentially left the government without
the money needed to keep it running. Its
doors have been shuttered ever since.
In talking about Sinemas vote, radio
host Michelangelo Signorile wrote, She
is the worst: She was actually an attorney
for an Iraqi refugee in 07, arguing that his
vetting was taking too long, over 2 years,
discriminated against based on his nationality. Now she votes this way. Shes a
total fraud.
The question we must ask is whether

these members of Congress crossed the


line in giving up principle to save their
seats. Our nation was built on the backs
of immigrants. My parents were immigrants. The debate on whether to welcome immigrants and refugees brings
out the best and the worst in the people
of our nation. The votes cast by Maloney,
Sinema and Polis are simply playing into
the worst and pandering to fear. This is
not a vote they will be proud of.
As gay and bisexual individuals they
should only look at the discrimination
their brothers and sisters have faced
both here and around the world to know
this is wrong. History informs them as homosexuals they could have been rounded up with the Jews in Nazi Germany,
made to wear identifying symbols, and
put to death. Would they have voted to
delay applications by their brothers and
sisters in the LGBT community from getting into the United Sates as refugees at
that time? Shame if their answer is yes.
Unnecessarily delaying refugees who are
escaping persecution is what they voted
for. They need only look back a relatively
few years to when we wrongly interred
Japanese Americans based on fear, and
then Joseph McCarthy trying to imprison

communists and kick every gay person


out of government to realize how wrong
their votes were. They wouldnt be in
Congress were it not for the brave people
who stood on principle and fought those
policies.
Sinema said of her vote, The Islamic
State is a legitimate, immediate threat
to the United States. Congress and the
administration have a duty to keep our
country safe from terrorism, and this legislation provides an added level of security to our robust refugee vetting process.
She must know thats not an acceptable
excuse for doing the wrong thing.
These three members of Congress
should have listened to Hillary Clinton,
who said, We cannot allow terrorists to
intimidate us into abandoning our values
and humanitarian obligations. Turning
away orphans, applying a religious test,
discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every single Syrian refugee that is just not who we are. We are
better than that.
Delaying for years accepting those
wanting to take refuge in our country
will do nothing to make us safer and only
gives in to terrorists who want these refugees to have nowhere to turn.
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Gay Parisians: We must not live in fear


Restrictions on assembly
undermine terror ght
By ARNAUD GAUTHIER-FAWAS
The French Parliament last week voted to extend the state of emergency for
another three months following the recent terror attacks. With this choice, the
deputies will have a direct impact on the
restrictions on civil liberties and militant
mobilizations of LGBT communities,
mainly freedom of assembly in a public
space. This ultra-security response to the
attacks is not the right response to terrorism. To compel activists to silence is exactly what the terrorists wanted and will
allow them to win.
Nov. 20 was the Transgender Day of
Remembrance, which was held to bring
together trans people and friends around
the commemoration of murdered trans
people. It was to have taken place on the

steps of the Htel de Ville (Paris City Hall.)


Banned by the police, local organizations
were forced to move the event at the last
minute to a room inside the LGBT Center
of Paris where the ceremony nally took
place.
It is important to continue to be vigilant to make sure that freedom for which
we fought are not restricted...it shows
that even in a democracy, rights should
never be taken away under pressure,
said Clmence Zamora Cruz, a member
of Transgender Europe (TGEU).
The police have also cancelled protest
marches that were scheduled to take
place on Nov. 25 to commemorate the
International Day for the Elimination
of Violence against Women. Amandine
Miguel, a spokesperson for Inter-LGBT,
explained that outside actions would be
replaced by online ones where activists
will share digital visuals that show key
gures about violence against women
on social networks.

To compel activists to silence is exactly


what the terrorists wanted and will
allow them to win.
Women are subject to specic invisible violence, e.g. refugees, fall victim to
sexual violence both during their exile
but also arrivals because shelter centers
are dedicated for men, she said. A nonmixed womens equivalent doesnt exist.
Events to commemorate World AIDS
Day were also scheduled to take place in
Paris on Dec. 1.
This is a symbolic and very important
day for heavily aected LGBT communities. It calls together both health associations that ght against HIV/AIDS and
LGBT activist organizations.
We are waiting for permission or prohibition of the march by the police, Act
Up-Paris President Mikal Zenouda said.
They were already really cautious before

the attacks because of the management


of security issues around the COP21 and
the fact that our march goes through Paris main streets. Due to the high level of
tension linked to the presence of numerous heads of state they refuse to mobilize
police on our event at the expense of the
security of the summit.
Jrme Beaug, co-chair of Inter-LGBT
sums up the current mood in the LGBT
community in Paris.
We need to take back the streets, he
says. We need to make sure we not live
in fear.
ARNAUD GAUTHIER-FAWAS is a spokesperson
for international relations for Inter-LGBT, a
coalition of French advocacy groups.

CO MM UNI K A TE

An awkward Thanksgiving for Bush family


Wannabe 45 tries to redeem
43 who tried to redeem 41

KATE CLINTON is a longtime humorist and


regular Blade contributor.

This Thanksgiving, I will be cooking for


my dear partners family. There will be 10
of us. They all love the smell of turkey, but
only two of us non-vegetarians actually
eat it. I have ordered a two-pound turkey,
organic of course, and plan to jam eight
pounds of bread into it. They will sneak
tastes of my world famous turkey stuing, but basically all they really care about
are my mashed potatoes. Hint: horseradish.
About two hours before dinner is
ready, someone will slip unbidden into
the kitchen and start making chana masala or palak paneer. I wont stop them.

I would trace the recent terrorist events


in Paris back to Iron Ass Cheney,
Arrogant Rumsfeld and George Bushs folly
in Iraq, but I will save it for the International
War Crimes Tribunal that meets nearly
every day in my head.
American Thanksgiving dinner needs all
the help it can get, especially if that dinner is made by an Irish-American woman
raised by a mother who thought garlic
came in salt form.
And I am never oended when the
jars of Pataks garlic relish or mango
pickle discreetly appear on the table. I am
thankful for the tastes I have grown accustomed to with my Indian in-laws. I am
grateful they feel comfortable taking the
avor enhancement initiative and that we
have navigated earlier awkward cultural
dierences.
Of course, this year the award for
Most Awkward Thanksgiving Family Dinner goes to the Bush Family. Awkward.
Though its technically not in the awkward
dinner category, for me nothing can ever

replace that Thanksgiving moment of


Sarah Palin yammering on camera about
something World War Three whatnot
while behind her an old coot fed a turkey into a wood-chipper.
The death star of awkwardness hangs
heavy over the House of the Bush Dynasty this November. I dont know what that
sentence means either, but I was aiming for something that really conveyed a
meta-narrative of extreme awkwardness
with a touch of Game of Thrones.
Jon Meachams biography, Destiny and
Power: The American Odyssey of George
Herbert Walker Bush, is the turkey-avored elephant in the dining room. And
maybe the Bushes are still WASP enough
to be able to avoid the whole topic at the
family gathering, but I sure wish some

helpful waiter would leave his iPhone in


record mode on the Stickley sideboard.
Until that audio is released, I picture
a Norman Rockwell scene with thought
bubbles. Bush heads bent over a turkey
more bronzed than John Boehner. Bush
41: Yes, I called Cheney an Iron Ass.
Bush 43: Nyah, nyah, Dad likes me better than you. Poor Jeb: Really? Now? The
book now. Dad? Barbara: (Mued) And
who told you not to run?
In interviews with Bush 41 for the
book, Meacham writes that both Barbara and George claim they never said
or even implied that Jeb would have
made a better president than George.
The whole family is proudly non-introspective. What a few sessions of family therapy might have done for this
country. That the appalling ineptitude
of poor Jeb in any way rehabilitates his
brother George is galling.
I would trace the recent terrorist events
in Paris back to Iron Ass Cheney, Arrogant
Rumsfeld and George Bushs folly in Iraq
for you, but I will save it for my brief before
the International War Crimes Tribunal that
meets nearly every day in my head. Now I
must begin the dinner prep. I am o to decan and slice the cranberry sauce.

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Georgetown should surrender, not be held hostage


Businesses struggle to
revitalize commerce against
ANC, citizen group objection

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur


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

While the village-like historic district has


retained its architectural charm, Georgetown
has lost its soul.
Once a primary destination for hometown residents, the area had long been a
premier shopping, dining and socializing
district in D.C. Until advisory neighborhood
commissioners and a citizens group exerted a combined inuence nearly three decades ago to impose articial marketplace
restrictions that would have made Soviet
apparatchiks proud.
Of notable irony, the Georgetown liquor license moratorium, the citys very rst among
the very few now largely abandoned experi-

ments in arbitrary licensing limits in only a


handful of hyper-localized retail areas, went
into eect the same year the Berlin Wall
came down.
Georgetown became a mere victim of a
failed prohibition regime once fancied by bureaucrats. One that savvier neighborhoods of
Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan have been
slowly shedding, although too timidly, in an
attempt to undo the damage done.
All four neighborhoods with the ve notorious license bans beginning 15 to 26 years
ago experienced a reduction in amenities
and an explosion of regret. Both engendered
variable loosening of restrictions so minor
they failed to revive much business investment interest. Commercially successful areas
simply rejected falling for the scheme in the
rst place, including by overwhelming opposition in the vibrant Logan Circle, Shaw and U
Street neighborhoods three years ago.
Georgetown has apparently learned little
observing the ineectualness of lifting only a
little of the bans or the benet of never having made the marketplace mistake.
A decade after the repeatedly renewed
moratorium was rst imposed in 1989, the
Georgetown Business Improvement District
(BID) organization was established for the
purpose of protecting and enhancing the accessibility, attractiveness and overall appeal
of Georgetowns commercial district. In re-

cent years the BID has been loudly sounding


alarms that the area has become one of those
places you can easily forget even exists and
rarely, if ever, feel compelled to patronize.
The group has highlighted eroded economic vitality and crumbling commercial viability of a once bustling retail and restaurantbar scene.
In September, the Georgetown BID released a white paper on the areas liquor
license restrictions, detailing a litany of market-manipulating eects that have rendered
abandoned licenses available by atrophy
unattractive and unutilized. The organizations leadership sought to negotiate a deal
to avoid continued opposition to ending the
moratorium by the ANC and Citizens Association of Georgetown, both of which will vote
this week on an ill-advised compromise offered to the recalcitrant groups.
ANC-2E vice chair Bill Starrels recently
proclaimed that eliminating the ban would
create chaos. He is presumably alleging
destruction other than what has befallen
Georgetowns ailing retail environment.
Starrels hopes to overrule city law by imposing cookie-cutter restrictions allowing
only restaurants, not bars, and forcing early
closing hours, prohibiting alcohol service after midnight, banning amplied recorded
music and other unpopular operating limits.
He doesnt seem to realize the explosion in

nighttime enterprise across the city reects


strong community desire for multi-activity
and late-night venues oering combinations
of dining, drinking, lounging and dancing.
Hes apparently chasing ghosts from a formerly broke-down alcohol-licensing agency
for which operators advocated repair to allow for more ecient and fair administration.
Starrels and fellow-travelers in statesanctioned economic planning appear to
have coerced a clearly cowered BID into
counterproductive diplomacy with denizens.
The BID has acceded to demands rendering
regulatory reform meaningless and is recommending restrictions on potential licensees
so deal-breaking that takers will remain atlined.
BID CEO and president Joe Sternliebs
concessions on no longer advocating a clear
moratorium end and endorsing ANC-negotiated bans on essential nightlife activities are
shameful. It will only relegate Georgetown to
continued commercial decline.
Under those negotiated terms, businesses and residents should simply surrender
and refuse being held hostage. At least they
wouldnt advance the false premise city law
grants ANCs the ability to superimpose blanket policies on permissible activities at dining and drinking establishments.
Better that one neighborhood suer a selfinicted demise than bring harm to others.
VIEWPOINT

Crip faces erased from queer life and spaces


New anthology shines light
on underrepresented group

KATHI WOLFE, a regular contributor to the


Blade, was the winner of the 2014 Stonewall
Chapbook Competition.

Youre blind, a woman exclaimed to


me in Boston one night in a lesbian bookstore when Id just come out. Who would
date someone like you?
Recently, at the airport in Orlando, Fla.,
a gay man, without irony, told me I was
inspirational because Id put a cup of
coee on a table without spilling it.
Welcome to my world! My experience of
being queer and having a disability is far
from unique. Nearly one in ve Americans
(51.2 million) has a disability, and there are
3-5 million people who are LGBT and have

a disability, according to the U.S. Census


Bureau. The late Thea Spyer, the spouse
for more than four decades of Edith Windsor who heroically fought against DOMA,
had multiple sclerosis. April DeBoer and
Joyce Rowse, who were among the plaintis in the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, adopted children with special
needs. Yet, 25 years since the Americans
with Disabilities Act became law and despite our numbers and humanity, ignorance, prejudice and inaccessibility have
erased queer and crip faces from queer
life and spaces. (Some of us have reclaimed the word crip as an umbrella term
for people with disabilities.)
QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology,
edited by Raymond Luczak, (Squares &
Rebels), bears witness to voices long unheard and lives historically unseen in our
community. In the anthology, 48 writers
from around the world in ction, nonction, comics and poetry deantly break
through the code of discrimination, scorn
and pity. Sometimes terms like intersectionality and diversity are just clichs
that change nothing. Thats not the case
with this volume. QDA presents a cornu-

copia of intersectionality from Monique


Flynn, a queer femme working against the
stigma around mental illness to Sara Ibrahim, who lives in the Middle East, is interested in race and disability and working
on her rst novel, to Lydia Brown, an East
Asian queer, genderqueer, asexual and
autistic activist and writer. Carl Wayne
Denney writes poignantly about a deaf
couples loving support for their child in
the piece Our Son Is a Beautiful Girl. (A
few of my poems are in QDA.)
Luczak, a Gallaudet University graduate
who lives in Minneapolis, is a gay, deaf
poet, playwright and novelist who has
written and edited 18 books. He thought
about doing QDA for a few years, Luczak,
told me in an email, but I wasnt sure if
I was up to the task. Then one day I decided, why not? I sent out a call for submissions and it snowballed from there.
The main reason he did the book, Luczak
added, is simply the fact that the disabled
LGBT community has been ignored for way
too long, and that I might help change that.
Many in the LGBT community dont believe that we who are queer and crip enjoy
sex or even should be intimate (especial-

ly, not with them). QDA eviscerates such


taboos. I want my body to state clearly
that I have a sexuality, and that I know
what it is and how to use it!, writes Jax
Jacki Brown, a disability and queer rights
activist, writer, spoken-word performer,
independent disability theater producer
and wheelchair user in Melbourne, Australia, in The Politics of Pashing about
publicly kissing her girlfriend.
This pride-lled proclamation of my
sexuality is...an act of resistance against
the myth that those of us with non-normative bodies are sexually undesirable,
weak or passive, she adds.
The mix of disability and sexuality may
be too much for those raised on Hollywood or adult-lm standards of beauty,
Luczak writes in the introduction to QDA.
We are not superheroes nor as helpless
as you think, he writes.
Forget about all those inspirational,
maudlin, sob stories of people with disability overcoming their disabilities. QDA will
bring you face-to-face with out and proud
queer and crip people. As Luczak writes,
Interact with us. Make friends. Maybe
youll fall in love. (Hey, you never know!)

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bills itself as the best and
oldest antique mall in the
D.C. area. Hard-to-nd
vintage gift possibilities
abound here on two
oors. (Photo by James
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Coffeetable books make great home gifts. Encyclopedia


Madonnica 20: Madonna from A to Z ($65) is a massive reboot
of Matthew Rettenmunds unauthorized 1995 classic. At nearly
600 pages, its positively exhaustive in its scope and detail
and is equally fun for casual or hardcore fans. (Cover photo by
Richard Corman; image courtesy the Karpel Group)

Evolution Home (6239 Shields Ave., Alexanria, Va.) could


certainly never be accused of being anti-gay. This art
print from Rock Gap Interiors ($50) is one of thousands of
potential gift options at this antique/consignment shop,
one of the best we know of in the region.(Blade photo by
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French-themed home decor and gifts, opened
at Cathedral Commons (3318 Wisconsin
Ave., N.W.) in June, its second location in the
area (the other is in Shirlington, Va.). More
information at levillagemarche.com. (Photo
courtesy the shop)

Weve mentioned it other years but it bears repeating if you want pretty much any conceivable
Christmas ornament, the best shop we know of in the region is undoubtedly the Christmas Attic
(125 S. Union St.) in Old Town Alexandria where the entire upstairs is devoted to Christmas year
round. (Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

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can touch them. Prices vary.
Their two Bethesda stores (at
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Ellen DeGeneres: Home ($21 hardcover; $16.99 Kindle) offers at 304-page glimpse into
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BETTY
World AIDS concert
The Hamilton
600 14th St., N.W.
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Doors 6:30 p.m.
Show 7:30 p.m.
$20-30
From left are ELIZABETH ZIFF, AMY ZIFF and ALYSON PALMER of BETTY.
PHOTO BY ERIN SCHAFF

D.C. band gearing up for World AIDS Day show


By MARIAH COOPER
mcooper@washblade.com
For fans of The L Word,BETTY has been in your living room for years.
The band, originating in Washington, formed after performing at a party for the
original owner of the 9:30 Club, Dodie Bowers. Since then, sisters Amy and Elizabeth Zi
and Alyson Palmer have performed at numerous LGBT rights, pro-choice and HIV/AIDS
awareness events. With Amy on vocals and cello, Elizabeth on vocals and guitar and
Palmer on vocals and bass, the trio, who now reside in New York City, are approaching
their 30th anniversary and performing at the Hamilton for World AIDS Day on Tuesday,
Dec. 1. A portion of the prots will benet Whitman-Walker Health.
During a phone interview in the recording studio, Amy and Elizabeth discussed their
new album, ties to D.C. and how they feel about being called a lesbian band.
WASHINGTON BLADE: What are you working on in the recording studio?
ELIZABETH: Were working on our next album it should be out in springtime. Our next
full album with the producer Mike Thorn.
BLADE: Whats the recording process been like so far?
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Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R D E LO N T E SI MP KI N S

DELONTE SIMPKINS
How long have you been out and
who was the hardest person to tell?
Six years and the hardest person to tell
was my biological father.
Whos your LGBT hero?
Everyone who has paved the way for the
upcoming LGBT young men and women
like me.

Whats Washingtons best


nightspot, past or present?
The Fireplace, Cobalt and Capital D.C.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICAHEL KEY

By JOEY DiGULIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Love it or hate it, Black Friday is a cultural institution that appears here to stay.
Today Delonte Simpkins, an associate manager at Bualo Exchange is at
his usual spot on the sales oor at Bualo Exchange (1318 14th St., N.W.), the
vintage and used clothing shop near Thomas Circle known by fans as one of
the best such shops in the city (also check out the Georgetown location at
3279 M St., N.W.).
Simpkins is a 22-year-old New Jersey native whos been in the Washington
area for about 15 years.
I came here with my family and a fresh start, he says. I was practically
born here.
Hes single and lives in Northwest Washington. Also a dancer, Simpkins
enjoys dancing, performing, coaching, shopping, clubbing and living life in
his free time.

202.747.2077

Describe your dream wedding.


In a huge ballroom with a high ceiling.
Decorated tables and lights all over.
Surrounded by family and friends. My
favorite song being sung by one of my
talented friends as I walk down the aisle
with an Italian tted tuxedo with veil
that surrounds my entire body. Looking
forward at the love of my life and my
wedding party standing tall as they enter
the journey of marriage with me.

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
Youth empowerment

What historical outcome


would you change?
Martin Luther King being assassinated

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
Lady Gaga starting an uprising for the
gay community.

On what do you insist?


I insist on being a well-established
dancer in my lifetime by simply having
raw talent .

What was your last Facebook post or


Tweet?
I love my life with commitment,
passion, drive and consistency I can
never fail.

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
Hes One in a Million

If science discovered a way

to change sexual orientation,


what would you do?
I would ask why. Let fate be as it is.

What do you believe in


beyond the physical world?
I believe in love after love. I can feel the
beat inside.

Whats your advice for


LGBT movement leaders?
Continue to stand up for the silent.
Its never a moment to be quiet when
theres so much to be said. We all are a
movement within ourselves and with you
all voicing your beliefs, it builds a voice
and character for the LGBT community.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
To save a life and/or my own. To be free
or free someone of their slavery.

What LGBT stereotype


annoys you most?
The clichs of sexual preference being
based on the masculinity or femininity.
Be who you are and like what you want
to like. Dont box me in a category
because of how I appear to the gay
scene. Your allegations are most likely
wrong.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


The Skinny and Leave it on the Floor

Whats the most


overrated social custom?
Jackd
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
Dance trophies and plaques, certicates
and medals
What do you wish youd known at 18?
I wish I would have known that being gay
is basically a full-time job. And that gay
men are some of the most interesting
beings in the world.

Why Washington?
Washington because it represents the
people. We stand together against all
odds and thats what lifes about.

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NOEL GORDON and GREG MILLETT with Whitman-Walker Health CEO DON BLANCHON, left, and
NASEEM SHAFI, Whitman-Walkers deputy executive director.

Whitman-Walker honorees
say health care access
is key factor
By MARIAH COOPER
mcooper@washblade.com
Whitman-Walker Health began its
recognition of World AIDS Day early by
awarding Nol Gordon and Gregorio
Millett with its Impact Award on Nov. 10.
The Impact Award acknowledged
Gordon and Milletts backgrounds in HIV
awareness and prevention. Although
their paths were slightly dierent, their
goal of spreading HIV awareness and
prevention in black gay and bisexual
communities are the same.
Gordon is the senior specialist for HIV
prevention and health equity at Human
Rights Campaign. His work has been featured
in publications such as Boston Globe, the
Associated Press, Hungton Post and USA
Today. He cites his reason for his passion for
HIV issues in black, gay male communities as
his own, personal experiences.
One of the rst things my mother said
to me when I came out is that she didnt
want me to get HIV and die, Gordon says.
He was curious about the stigma that
black gay and bisexual men are more
prone to HIV. He decided to explore the
issue and it became a career path.
It motivated me to ask the question,
Why do people who look like me and
came from the same background as me
have high rates of HIV and that personal
interest bloomed into a professional
interest, Gordon says.
Millett experienced a similar personal
connection turning into a professional
one. He grew up in New York City where
his father worked at St. Vincents Hospital
with HIV patients. Millet witnessed many
of his friends dying from the disease
while in college. Witnessing the problem
rst-hand spurned him to seek solutions.
He has worked on federal HIV policy in
the White House and at the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention and is


one of the principal writer for President
Obamas National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
His work has been published in health
journals including Journal of the American
Medical Association, AIDS, American
Psychology and Health Aair.
Millett says the reason black gay and
bisexual men have such high rates of
HIV is that they are less likely to have
access to health care than white gay men.
If theyre less likely to have health care
access, theyre less likely to be diagnosed.
Gordon also believes that the stigma
against black gay and bisexual men is a
large part of the problem.
For a long time, many people thought
that black gay and bisexual men were part
of the down-low phenomena, Gordon says.
Which to say black gay men were closeted
because of homophobia in the black
community. So they would have sex with
each other and then they would have sex
with their female partners and thats sort of
how HIV was spread in the community.
That societal stigma has been refuted
by research including Milletts. Millet says
that black gay and bisexual men engage
in less risky sex and have fewer sexual
partners than white gay men. However,
since black gay and bisexual men have
less access to health care and also face
other issues such as poverty, their rates
of HIV are higher.
Gordon thinks the way to reduce HIV in
this group is to target the societal issues
they face.
I think some of the policy solutions are
more aordable access to sex education
to quality LGBT cultural care, Gordon
says. Its also about making sure these
men have the economic ability to pursue
their lives in ways that they want and get
high paying jobs in their environment.
Also showcasing positive images of
black gay and bisexual men in media
so that people are more likely to have
compassion in their hearts for the issues
faced by these men.
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to Music Center at Strathmore (10701 Rockville Pike., North Bethesda, Md.) on
Friday, Dec. 4.
Koz will be joined by R&B singer Jonathan Butler, jazz and funk saxophonist
Candy Dulfer and Bill Medley from the Righteous Brothers. The tour returns
for its 18th year to celebrate the holidays. Koz, who is Jewish, will perform a
collection of Christmas songs along with Butler, Dulfer and Medley. Tickets
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Carpenter will perform Samuel Barbers Toccata Festiva on the Rubinstein
Family Organ. The performance is part of the National Symphony Orchestra
(NSO) show. Conductor Sarah Hicks will also perform Billy the Kid by Aaron
Copland, The Chairman Dances by John Adams and Dance Overture by
Paul Creston. Composer Mason Bates will also debut his piece Mothership.
Following the Thursday, Dec. 3 performance there will be a free discussion with
the artists and Nigel Bloom, NSO director of artistic planning. After the Saturday,
Dec. 5 performance, Carpenter will have a CD signing.
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anniversary of Pride, at the Human Rights
Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.)
on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
There will be food, drinks and music.
Capital Pride will acknowledge its
sponsors and partners as well as look
ahead to the launch of the Capital Pride
Grant program. General tickets are $15
and include two beverage tickets and
complimentary food tastings. VIP tickets
are $30 and include an open bar and
complimentary food tastings.
For more information, visit capitalpride.org.

Miss Pixies to hold


holiday market event
Miss Pixies (1626 14th St., N.W.) holds
its third annual holiday market on Friday,
Dec. 4 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Local vendors will be selling their
items. Miss Pixies will also be having a 20
percent o sale. Snacks will be provided
and there will be a live gypsy-jazz music
performance.
For more details, visit misspixies.com.

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JEFF MCCARTHY as Fagin and the company of Oliver! at Arena Stage.

Arena production is
dark yet lively
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
In the run up to Arena Stages Oliver!,
Director Molly Smith promised a
production straddling varied London eras
and shes certainly delivered.
Assisted by a dream design team, Smith
melds a gloomy world of work houses,
child labor, petty thefts with iPhones,
urban camping and drugs, smartly
showing the ongoing struggle of the citys
have-nots. Its an exciting approach to the
timelessness of a beloved tale.
The rst Charles Dickens novel
successfully adapted for the stage,
Oliver! follows the travails of young
orphan Oliver Twist as he bounces from
one fraught-lled situation to the next
until nally landing safely into the arms
of his long-lost middle-class grandfather
thanks to the intrepid intervention of a
goodhearted hooker named Nancy.

The show kicks o with Food, Glorious


food a raucous Stomp-inspired number
featuring Oliver and a rowdy band of
acrobatic orphan boys banging pie pans.
Next Oliver is sold to an abusive but
fashion-forward family of undertakers.
Yet like most staged productions of
Oliver! things dont take o until Oliver
meets up with the Artful Dodger (the
excellent Kyle Coman), a pickpocket and
street kid who invites him to join career
criminal Fagins band of boy criminals.
With music, lyrics and book by Lionel
Bart, Oliver! premiered in Londons West
End in 1960. The shows darker moments
are buoyed by camaraderie among
thieves and an uplifting score that includes
Consider Yourself, Id Do Anything and
the beer hall song Oom-Pah-Pah. Arenas
version updates the music and dance and
heightens the darkness.
Before the show begins, a lone boom
box sitting on an otherwise empty stage
serves as a tip that this isnt Oliver! as
usual. Under Paul Sportellis musical
direction, the 13-member orchestra

tucked away under the stage adds an


urban funk feel to Barts familiar score
without detracting from recognizable
classics.
Parker
Esses
athletic
choreography is a terric blend of
traditional and street moves.
Oliver is played by Jake Heston Miller,
a towheaded fourth grader (but looks
younger) from Arlington. Millers Oliver is
a scrappy kid, making his ghting, running
away and bonding with street urchins all the
more believable. Yet hes still exceedingly
young and vulnerable especially when
singing Where Is Love? while resting atop
a con. And later when Fagin oers him a
nightcap, Oliver places the proered silver
ask on his head and crawls into bed.
Talented New York actor Je McCarthys
Fagin is no hideous old skinint. Hes more
a career crook whos slid into middle age
and is making ends meet leading a band
of underage moneymakers. His current
occupation seems a temporary gig among
many shady gigs.
As mohawked Nancy, prostitute and
girlfriend to the feared Bill Sikes, Eleasha

Gamble is a powerhouse. Its hard to believe


she puts up with Sikes, but alas shes in
love. Shes also a mother gure to Fagins
wayward boys. She gathers them around
story circle style and belts an ode her
freewheeling lifestyle with Its a Fine life.
Wade Laboissonieres costumes are
a mlange of East Village punk holey
leggings and battered kilts as well as
Victorian cutaways and contemporary
street clothes. Londons Bobbies look
entirely current in their reective vests,
and Stephen Gregory Smiths hapless Dr.
Grimwig is a modern dandy whod make
Vogues Hamish Bowles proud.
Though suused in Dickensian poverty
past and present, Smiths Oliver!oers
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2016 Vice President
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Pideler coming out of the custom pied oven at Ankara, a Turkish restaurant in Dupont Circle.

Ankara surprises
with tasty fare,
unexpectedly good wine
By KRISTEN HARTKE
Thanksgiving may have given you
plenty of leftovers, but if youre weary of
such traditional fare, then another kind
of turkey is awaiting you at Ankara (1320
19th St., N.W.).
This
copper-accented
Turkish
restaurant just across the street from the
Dupont Circle South Metro (ankaradc.
net) is cozy enough for cool fall weather
with a menu full of light options perfectly
designed for all those post-Thanksgiving
I-really-shouldnt-have-had-a-secondpiece-of-pie regrets.
Mediterranean meze is the star at
Ankara, with a wide variety of small plates
to share, including sakuka, a garlicky
blend of eggplant, tomato and roasted
red pepper; zeytinyali enginar, chilled
artichoke stued with carrots, peas and
diced potato; and mercimek kfte, a
gritty mixture, reminiscent of tabouli, of
red lentil and bulgar wheat mixed with
chopped herbs. Follow the meze with a
palate-cleansing salad of winter greens,
fresh citrus, red onion and mint in a bright
vinaigrette and those mashed potatoes
will soon become a distant memory.
For chilly November weather, nothing
could be more appropriate at Ankara than
indulging in pideler, the Turkish version of
pizza, baked in Ankaras custom pide oven.
The pide crust pus up light and crispy,
stued with a variety of combinations,
from minced beef and lamb with
tomatoes, onions and parsley to spinach
and kasar cheese with onions and red and

green peppers. Top them o with an egg


for a comforting autumnal meal.
Surprisingly, it turns out that Turkish
wines are a pleasant surprise for those of
us who have been scarred by turpentinescented Greek retsina and assumed that
all wines from that geographical region
must be of a similar resinated variety.
Our apologies to Turkey. Often called
the birthplace of agriculture, Turkey lays
claim to having the oldest winemaking
history in the world, dating back some
7,000 years and with 800 indigenous
grape varieties.
D.C.-area sommelier Andrew Stover is
eager to educate the uninitiated about
Turkish wines and with good reason.
Many of the Turkish wines are
indigenous grape varietals that are
unknown to most guests but oer
comparative avors to some of the
internationally known grape varieties,
says Stover, a Wine Enthusiast 40 Under
40 Tastemaker who recently curated
a new wine list at Ankara focusing on
several lesser-known varietals. Some
Turkish wines to explore while enjoying
your meze and pide include Emir, a lively
citrus-forward white; Kalecik Karasi, a
vibrant red with aromas of red currant
and cherry; and kzgz, a peppery red
wine from the Anatolia region with a juicy
Zinfandel quality.
Finish o your meal with Turkish ay or
tea served in a glass cup with tiny Turkish
sugar cubes on the side or, if you dare,
rich Turkish coee, brewed the traditional
way in copper cezve and presented in
petite porcelain cups an elegant nish to
an antidote for holiday gluttony.
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food and
beverage writer; follow her kitchen adventures
on Twitter, @khartke.

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ERIC JEROME DICKEY

Quasi-sequel is latest
from author Dickey

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER has been reading


since she was 3 years old.She lives in Wisconsin
with two dogs and 12,000 books. Reach her at
bookwormsez@yahoo.com.

You have to tell somebody.


Theres a secret inside you, one youve
been keeping far too long and youre
about to burst. You need to talk about it.
You need some advice, some perspective.
As in the new novel Naughtier than Nice
by Eric Jerome Dickey, if you dont talk
about this issue soon, it could be the
death of you.
Last Christmas Eve had been a
memorable one for Frankie McBroom, for
the wrong reasons: that was the day she
spent thinking about how to cancel her
wedding to Franklin Carruthers. Hed been
her soul mate, her one-and-only, until she
discovered he was a married man.
As the eldest McBroom sister, Frankie
felt as though she needed to set an
example and she fought hard to forget
Franklin. She wished her relationship with
him had been like what youngest sister
Tommie had with her Blue. Or like what
middle sister Livvy had with Tony. But no,
Frankie had something else altogether.
Tommie McBroom felt bad that she
was cheating on her anc.
Down deep, she loved Blue but hed
betrayed her: he knew how much she
wanted a family and yet hed had surgery
to prevent it, which proved he didnt care
about her. Beale Streets, on the other
hand, listened to her. Yes, Beale was a
few years younger than Tommie, but that

didnt matter when they were making love.


The delicate chain surrounding Livvy
McBroom-Barreras ankle spoke to Livvy
of dierent times, of days when she and
Tony were estranged and she rst slept
with a woman. The charm on the chain
reminded her of things she learned and
lovers who disappeared from her life so
suddenly. She thought of them often,
especially when she and Tony brought
another woman to their bed.
It was hard to believe that a year had
gone by since Frankie caught Franklin in
a lie. So much had happened since last
Christmas, so much that wasnt discussed.
Tommies life was taking a turn. Livvys life
seemed to be going backwards.
And Frankie? She was dealing with
a blown-up phone, an acid-ruined car,
bricks through her windows, belongings
rearranged in her home, all signs of a stalker.
So you like a little spice with your Christmas
nog? Or maybe some extra pepper in your
peppermints? Then Naughtier than Nice
will make you very jolly.
In this somewhat-sequel, author Eric
Jerome Dickey made a list of everything
you want in a holiday drama cheating,
scandalous pasts, sex, murder and light
humor, and its obviously checked twice
to add even more of the above. Although
this book can be read as a standalone,
readers then get to revisit some of
Dickeys best characters from other
novels. His usual themes are mashed-up
and theres a very nice gotcha or three
scattered throughout this book.
That, and the fast-moving action, made
me ho-ho-ho for this not-so-holiday holiday
book and Dickey fans old and new will love
it. Just beware: start Naughtier than Nice
and youll just have to tell somebody.

NAUGHTIER THAN NICE


By Eric Jerome Dickey
Dutton
$25.95
357 pages

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HOT HITS & HIDDEN JEWELS


From CultureCapital.com
YOUR LINK TO THE ARTS IN METRO DC

NSO: Sarah Hicks, conductor: Cameron Carpenter, organ


Dec 3-5. National Symphony Orchestra. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

Organist Cameron Carpenter returns for Barbers Toccata Festiva. Sarah Hicks
also conducts Coplands Billy the Kid Suite, Mason Batess Mothership, Adamss
The Chairman Dances, and Crestons Dance Overture.

Sons of the Prophet


Thru Dec 20. Theater J.
202-518-9400. theaterj.org.

A 2012 Pulitzer Prize nalist dark comedy that laughs in the face of human
suering.

Tudor Nights: Make Merry in the Mansion!


Dec 3. Tudor Place Historic House.
202-965-0400. tudorplace.org.

See Tudor Place sparkle in a holiday installation that blends contemporary


design with the traditions of 200 years. Enjoy seasonal libations and delicious
snacks and appetizers, and tour a mansion decorated to dazzle.

The Science of Taste


Dec 3. National Geographic.
202-857-7000. nationalgeographic.com.

During this unique event, awaken your senses and your mind with innovative
food and drink pairings. Then, learn the scienceand artbehind what tastes
good, what tastes bad, and why we even taste at all.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KENNEDY CENTER

Get Out More!

THEATRE
Bright Star. Dec 2-Jan 10. Shear
Madness. Ongoing. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Pericles. Thru Dec 20. Folger Theatre.
202-544-7077. folger.edu.
Guys and Dolls. Thru Dec 27. Olney
Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Regular Singing. Thru Dec 13. Sorry.
Thru Dec 13. Bad Jews. Dec 3-Jan
3. Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
A Christmas Carol. Thru Dec 31. Fords
Theatre. 202-347-4833. fords.org.
By George, By Ira, By Gershwin. Nov
29-Dec 20. In Series. Source Theatre.
202-204-7763. inseries.org.
Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio
Play. Thru Dec 6. Washington Stage
Guild. Undercroft Theatre. 240-582-0050.
stageguild.org.

DANCE
The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Dec 3.
Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Jorey Ballet: Joreys The
Nutcracker. Thru Nov 29. Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.

MUSIC
National Gallery of Art Orchestra. Nov
29. NGA. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac
Rumours. Nov 27. Carmen Balthrop.
Dec 2. Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
WNO: American Opera Initiative:
Three 20-Minute Operas. Dec 2. NSO
Pops: Home Alone: 25th Anniversary
Film with Live Orchestra. Nov 27-28.
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: The
Tallis Scholars. Dec 3. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Break Science. Nov 27. Eddie Palmieri
Salsa Orchestra. Nov 27. The Harlem
Gospel Choir. Nov 29. Go-Go Brunch
feat. The Chuck Brown Band. Nov
29. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
thehowardtheatre.com.
A Chanticleer Christmas. Nov 28.
GMU Center for the Arts. 888-945-2468.
cfa.gmu.edu.
Tchaikovskys Serenade. Nov 28-29.
National Philharmonic. Strathmore.
301-581-5100. nationalphilharmonic.org.
Virgil Boutellis-Taft, violin; Soonie
Han, piano. Dec 2. The Embassy Series.
Embassy of France. 202-625-2361.
embassyseries.org.
Korean Percussion Ensemble. Nov 30.
New Music at Maryland. Dec 1. Orion
Weiss, piano. Dec 3. Clarice Smith.
301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Newmyer Flyer Tribute to Dream
Discs: The Wild, The Innocent & The E
Street Shue / Moondance. Nov 28.
Eric Hutchinson. Dec 2. John Eaton -

The Roaring Twenties: A Salute to the


Jazz Age. Nov 27-Feb 27. Wolf Trap.
877-965-3872. wolftrap.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. Celebrating
Photography at the National Gallery of
Art: Recent Gifts. Thru Mar 27.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Archives. Spirited Republic:
Alcohol in American History. Thru Jan 10.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
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.
Smithsonian Anacostia. Hand of
Freedom: The Life and Legacy of the
Plummer Family. Thru Dec 27.
202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu.
Prince Georges African American
Museum and Cultural Center. Now: A
Photographic Survey of Prince Georges
County, Maryland. Thru Jan 31.
301-809-0440. pgaamcc.org.
Sandy Spring Museum. Weaving
Community. Thru Dec 30. 301-774-0022.
sandyspringmuseum.org.
National Geographic. Indiana Jones.
Thru Jan 3. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.

GALLERIES
Strathmore. The 82nd Annual Exhibition
of Fine Art in Miniature. Thru Jan 3.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Arlington Mill Community Center.
Living Diversity: Columbia Pike
Documentary Project. Thru Dec 31.
arlingtonarts.org.
The Art League Gallery. Artistic Vision:
Redening the Picture Frame. Thru Nov
29. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
Torpedo Factory Art Center. 2015 PostGraduate Residency Exhibition. Thru Nov
29. 703-838-4565. torpedofactory.org.
Zenith Sculpture Space. Figuratively
Speaking. Thru Jan 9. zenithgallery.com.
VisArts at Rockville. Project 837: Home
and Homelessness, Part 2. Thru Dec 13.
Kate Westfall: Daidal Adj. rich, intricate,
adorned. Thru Dec 13. 301-315-8200.
visartsatrockville.org.
WPA at Shinola: Martin Swift. Thru Jan 8.
202-470-0200. wpadc.org.
Fisher Art Gallery. Shanthi
Chandrasekar. Thru Dec 20.
703-534-5726. schlesingercenter.com.
Gallery Neptune & Brown. Wolf Kahn
- Americas Printmaker: Monotypes
and Editions. Thru Jan 9. 202-986-1200.
neptuneneart.com.
JCCNV. Blue Like Me. Thru Dec 14.
703-323-0880. jccnv.org.
Glen Echo Park. Holiday Art Show &
Sale. Nov 27-Jan 10. 301-634-2222.
glenechopark.org.

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Candlelight Vigil

December 1, 2015 at 6 p.m.


Sixth Floor, 1525 14th Street, NW
For more information, visit whitman-walker.org/worldaidsday

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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
DC Bar Cre hosts a black light Bear
Happy Hour at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.)
tonight from 6-11 p.m. There will be
Bearaoke with KJ-Tre from 8-9:50 p.m.
Come dressed in UV-reactive clothing
for a chance to win free drinks. The rst
ve singers also receive a free drink
ticket. Drink specials are $4 rail drinks
until 11 p.m., $4 Bud Lights until 10 p.m.,
$4 draft pints until 10 p.m. and $8 draft
pitchers until 10 p.m. There will also be
free pizza at 7 p.m. For more details, visit
dcbearcrue.com.
The V D.C. hosts glittHER, a ladies
dance party, at Zeba Bar (3423 14th
St., N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ
Deedub Tezrah will play. Drink specials
will be from 9-11 p.m. and include $3 PBRs
and $5 Fireball shots. There will also be
half-priced pizza. For more information,
visit facebook.com/thevdcevents.
DeJa Vu and Friends hosts their
second variety show and dance party at
Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) tonight
at 8 p.m. Wear all black in honor of Black
Friday. Cover is $10. For more details, visit
facebook.com/spotlightfridaysdc.
The Downtown Holiday Market
kicks o today and runs through Dec.
23. Various vendors will be selling
crafts, fashion, jewelry, home decor
and more. There will also be live music
performances throughout the month.
Alexas Empanadas, Vigilante Coee Co.,
Migues Magnicent Mini Donuts and the
Taste of Germany will be selling food. For
a list of performers and vendors, visit
downtownholidaymarket.com.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York
Ave., N.W.) presents Handpicked: Works
from Miriams Kitchen Studio Artists
through Nov. 29. The artwork was created
in Miriams Kitchens art therapy program.
The exhibit is in Gallery C. For more
information, visit touchstone gallery.com.

SATURDAY, NOV. 28
Team Rayceen presents a Saturday
night show series at Artomatic (8100
Corporate Dr., Hyattsville, Md.) from
9-11:30 p.m. Rayceen Pendarvis and Curt
Mariah will host. There will be live music,
comedy, poetry, burlesque and more. DJ
Honey will play music. Admission is free.
For more details, visit artomatic.org.
Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts
Gay/Bash tonight with a performance
at 11:30 p.m. and another at 1 a.m.
Performers include Heidi Glm, Rumor
Millz, Alotta McGriddles, Champagne
Supernova and Harley Q. Donna Slash
will host. DJ Dean Sullivan will play. Doors
open at 10 p.m. Cover is $8. For more
information, visit blackcatdc.com.

IMAGE COURTESY OF TOUCHSTONE GALLERY

Bird by Carl Foley is from Miriams Kitchen art therapy program and is on display at Touchstone Gallery. (Image courtesy Touchstone)

CityCenterDC holds its second


annual tree lightening ceremony
at the Park at CityCenter (10th St.,
N.W. and New York Ave., N.W.) today
at 6 p.m. A cappella group Vanderbilt
Melodores, winners of season 5 of
NBCs The Sing-Off, will perform.
NBC4s Eun Yang hosts. For more
details, visit citycenterdc.com/events.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts CTRL,
a dance party, tonight at 11 p.m. CTRLs
theme will be Unicornucopia and will have
glitter, disco balls and magical creatures.
DJ Je Prior, DJ Devon Trotter and DJ Adam
Koussari-Amin will play. Doors open at 10
p.m. The drag show starts at 10:30 p.m.
Cover is $12. For more information, visit
towndc.com.

SUNDAY, NOV. 29
Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance
(AGLA) will dine at Freddies Beach Bar
and Restaurant (555 23rd St., South,
Arlington, Va.) tonight from 6-7 p.m. All
are welcome. There is no cover charge.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
arlingtonlgbt.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today 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.

MONDAY, NOV. 30
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.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts Poker Face tonight at 8 p.m. Play
Texas Hold Em Poker for free. There
will be prizes. For more details, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.

TUESDAY, DEC. 1
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.
Bachelors Mill has half-price drinks
all night long from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. tonight.
They also have pool, video gaming
systems and cards. Admission is free. For
more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party from
7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social

bridge. No partner needed. For more


information, call 301-345-1571.
Bookmen D.C., an informal mens gay
book discussion group, meets tonight at
7:30 p.m. to discuss Breakfast at Tianys
by Truman Capote at the Cleveland Park
Library (3310 Connecticut Ave., N.W.).
All welcome. Details at bookmendc.
blogspot.com.

THURSDAY, DEC. 3
Human Rights Campaign hosts an
Ugly Sweater Happy Hour at Sudhouse
D.C. (1340 U St., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m.
today. There is a suggested $5 donation
at the door. There will also be prizes for
the best ugly sweater.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts its weekly Beat the Clock Happy
Hour tonight from 5-8 p.m. Drink specials
start at $2 and increase by a dollar
each hour. For more information, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Womens
Leadership Institute, a group for LBT
women and their straight allies ages 13-21
to discuss female sexuality, relationships
and womens rights today from 5-7 p.m.
For more information, visit smyal.org.
The D.C. Anti-Violence Project hosts
its holiday party at Number 9 (1435 P
St., N.W.) tonight from 6-8 p.m. Learn
about the organization and meet current
members. There is a $10 suggested
donation. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 4 P.M.
Music is an essential part of any Celtic Christmas celebration and this
performance is no exception. County Waterfords Dan offers up a
festive concert of high-spirited Celtic holiday songs along with a fair
share of storytelling, another longtime Irish tradition. We delightedly
welcome back these award-winning artists for an Irish holiday
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Transgender Day of Remembrance was observed at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington on Nov. 20.
More than 200 people attended the annual event.

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ELIZABETH: Its been good and


interesting because Mike produced
our rst album in 1991, so its nice to
be working with him again. Weve done
a couple of albums with him. Its an
interesting process to go back and look
20-something years ago and then to look
now. I think its a little bit more open
about change when you get to work with
somebody that youve known a long time.
You trust them a little bit more.
AMY: Were looking at some songs
that weve been performing and looking
at them dierently to record. Its fun, its
really opening them up.
BLADE: How did the band get started?
AMY: We started in Washington. We
advertised on the radio for a bass player
and I think Alison was the third. Alison
called me at the job I had at the time and
we talked for a really, really long time.
She came over to audition and basically
stayed almost all night.
ELIZABETH: Amy and I were actually
still living at our parents house. We were
little kids.
AMY: We laughed and starting working
on songs and that was that. It was the
beginning.
ELIZABETH: That was our rst band
together. Then Dodie Bowers from the
original 9:30 Club asked us to sing at her
Valentines Day party. She heard that we
sing a cappella sometimes so we sang a
cappella and then people loved it. So we
decided to start BETTY. Coming up in 2016
this is going to be our 30th anniversary.
BLADE: Youre also very involved in
LGBT rights and womens equality. What
made you decide to use your music this
way? Was it always the plan to be so
political?
AMY: I think weve always been
political. We came of age in D.C. and
it was a very political time. D.C. has
always been political and Im sure it still
is, because the industry there is politics.
So we were involved with feminist causes
and LGBT stu and AIDS work very early
on. It was just a part of who we were. You
went to Take Back the Night marches
and you went to pro-choice stu. When
we started doing music we performed at
them. It was sort of a synthesis of who we
were as feminists and who we were as
women at the time.
ELIZABETH: Also, AIDS started aecting
a lot of our friends. As musicians, we tried
to start singing or performing in any kind
of way, on any scale, that would make us
feel less helpless. Because our friends
were getting sick and dying. I dont know
what comes rst whether youre an arts
activist or an activist artist but they just
seemed to happen at the same time.

AMY: Also, at the time we actually did


some stu for Whitman-Walker and early
stu for gay Pride. No one played at gay
pride in the early days because people
were afraid. It was back when it was
hidden sort of behind P Street.
ELIZABETH: We were like, Of course
well play for gay Pride, and we thanked
our friends in the hospital and things
like that. Whitman-Walker is such a great
organization and has been around for so
long and its in D.C. so its really fun to be
back and to be able too give back a little
to the community in D.C.
BLADE: The band has also provided
the theme song for The L Word. How
did that collaboration come about? Did
you expect the show to be as popular as
it became?
ELIZABETH: Alex Hedison asked four
dierent bands to submit a theme song
because she really wanted the theme
song to reect the actual song. So we
submitted ours and three or four other
bands did and the network chose the
song, and they chose ours. We didnt
know the show was going to be such a
seminal, groundbreaking show. It was
really exciting to be a part of it. You have
to understand that we had been together
for 20 years already and then the show
happened so it opened up a whole new
thing for us. Especially in Europe and
South America so thats been really great
and really fun.
BLADE: Since the band has been
involved in things like The L Word and
LGBT rights, how much of that is a part of
your bands identity?
ELIZABETH: As an identity, its femaleidentied. Now, weve never really
labeled ourselves as a lesbian band
because Alyson is straight. Weve always
played for gay rights and lesbian rights
and trans rights. Weve done a lot of prochoice work, cancer and AIDS work. But
our music hopefully transcends politics.
AMY: Our music isnt really political. Its
fun and dance or folky or thoughtful. But
we like to involve ourselves in causes that
are important to us. But our music is pop
music.
ELIZABETH: Other people can label us
however they want. If they want us to be
a lesbian band then right on. If they want
us to be a gay band, ne. But we dont
really label ourselves because we dont
need to. I think labels hopefully are going
away a little bit. Except for the label of
being women and feminists.
BLADE:How do you nd performing in
D.C. dierent from your home base New
York?
AMY: We are always really excited to
go back to D.C. to perform. We actually
did the soundscape for an exhibit at the

Freer/Sackler museum right now. Its


called Peacock Room: Remix. Its the redo of Whistlers Peacock Room. We were
so excited to be a part of that and to be
a part of Darren Waterstons amazing
piece. So we did some events in synthesis
to promote that and to be a part of the
Smithsonian. A lot of old friends came
out and a lot of people that we hadnt
seen. When we did our o-Broadway
show Betty Rocks we were excited that
all of the references that we put in the
show really came to life when we were
performing in Washington. Thats when
we started as a band. That was a really
great time to perform our show there. It
was so exciting.
ELIZABETH: We havent been back to
play at a club in D.C. in a while. The last
time was at the 9:30 Club and that was
a few years ago. We heard the Hamilton
was fun. Whats always been great about
D.C. is that hopefully we get what we

always get, which is a nice mix of race and


gender and sexual identity as well.
AMY: People who knew us when we
lived there can bring other people that
dont know about us or their kids or their
parents.
ELIZABETH: People who know us from
The L Word and are curious to see how
we are live because were fun live.
BLADE: This show is also a holiday
show. What can people expect? Will you
be performing any of your new music?
AMY: I think a couple of our fresh
new songs that weve never performed
before will be there. And also some of
our holiday songs that weve written. And
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Reel Armations presents a screening of Desert Migration at Human
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A question fictional columnist Carrie Bradshaw might have pondered on the HBO series
Sex and the City is one that the delightfully
personable longtime owner of Kay Wigs has
provided an answer.
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has made a pilgrimage to her storefront for
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the long-running annual High Heel Race and
Miss Adams Morgan Pageant events.
Kee Kay Kim has worked in the hair trade
for 40 years, from when she and her husband, now a seminary-educated preacher,
immigrated to D.C. from South Korea in 1975.
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then-tousled downtown commercial district,
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name when purchasing the shop soon after.
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away, Kim would split her time between locations. She later consolidated under the vaulted
ceilings of a narrow shoebox-shaped storefront at 940 F St., N.W., neighbor to the original location of D.C.s famed 9:30 Club and the
former Fifth Column nightclub. For club-goers
in the 90s, the lighted Kay Wigs sign was a
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It was at that time 20 years ago that Philip
Gerlach, the Queen Bambi who would
later be crowned Miss Adams Morgan 2004
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In the words of a hardworking and dedicated small business operator, Kim describes
her entrepreneurial philosophy simply. Treat
customers with patience and kindness, she
notes, and you will be successful.
Kim relocated Kay Wigs to Capitol Hill 12
years ago last month, when development
drove commercial rents through the elevated
ceiling of her high-profile downtown shop.
Crowded into a cramped basement hideaway
below a storefront window at 325 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E., next to the Hawk n Dove and
Tune Inn eatery bars, the most impressive
aspect of the space remains Kims warm and
welcoming demeanor.
Kims customer base has been thinned over
the years by online merchandising, as well as
the rising popularity of hair pieces, weaves
and extensions offered by hair salons. Loyalty
among mainstay African-American women
seeking a Sunday-best coiffed appearance or
alternate look and gay men creating a drag
persona have stuck with her like the voluminous hairspray she employs when styling a
high to the heavens drag queen concoction.
Kay works out of a small space, five-year
Miss Adams Morgan Pageant participant Darryl Stephens says, but, oh, its like wig heaven.
Bring her a picture of what you want, he
adds, and shell deliver that look.
For many appreciative gay men, their drag
exploration began at Kay Wigs. It all begins
and ends with the wig, Gerlach points out.
The impending closing of Kims shop in
late December is a sentimental end to a fourdecade enterprise by a woman who added to
a communitys history by welcoming gay men
when others wouldnt.
The Going Out of Business Sale at Kay Wigs
continues through the end of December with
wigs discounted up to 75 percent. Mannequin heads are also available for purchase.
Call Kay at 202-543-6677 or visit KayWigs.com
for shop hours.
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