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Important: Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should
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GENVOYA can cause serious side effects, including:
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HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS.
GENVOYA contains the prescription medicines elvitegravir (VITEKTA), cobicistat
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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.
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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
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GENVOYA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. You must stay on continuous HIV-1
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toothbrushes and razor blades.
Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using
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and methylergonovine maleate (Ergotrate, Methergine)
lovastatin (Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor)
midazolam, when taken by mouth
phenobarbital (Luminal)
phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek)
pimozide (Orap)
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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
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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
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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
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You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that
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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
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Take GENVOYA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. GENVOYA is
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If you need to take a medicine for indigestion (antacid) that contains aluminum and

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Do not change your dose or stop taking GENVOYA without first talking with your
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See What is the most important information I should know about
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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
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New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare
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Bone problems can happen in some people who take GENVOYA. Bone problems
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The most common side effect of GENVOYA is nausea.
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General information about the safe and effective use
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Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient
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Do not give GENVOYA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
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This Brief Summary summarizes the most important information about GENVOYA.
If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask
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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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Gay couple beaten, robbed on Metro by youth gang


Horried victims
say train operator
ignored pleas for help
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A gay man said he and his partner were
beaten and robbed on a Green Line Metro
train shortly after 1 a.m. on Nov. 22 by as
many as a dozen or more teenagers during a
harrowing ride in which the train conductor
ignored their pleas over an emergency call
box to stop the train and call police.
Gaithersburg, Md., resident Calvin
Lawrence, 48, and his partner Joseph
Howard, 43, feared for their lives as
the youths menaced them and other
passengers while the train conductor
continued to operate the train as if nothing
had happened for at least four stops
between the Fort Totten and Shaw-Howard
University stations, Lawrence said.
Although the train stopped at each of
the stations, Lawrence said the conductor
quickly closed the doors and continued
moving the train to the next station
instead of waiting for police to arrive as
Lawrence said he urged the conductor to
do over the emergency intercom system.
Meanwhile, at least one of the male
attackers called Howard a faggot while
kicking him in the head and chest after
several of the attackers knocked him to the
oor, according to Lawrence, who contacted
the Blade about the incident last week.
Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel said
the case is being actively investigated by
the Metro Transit Police Department.
MTPD ocers stopped multiple
individuals matching the description of
the suspects that night, Stessel told the
Blade in an email. However, none could be
positively identied by the victims, he said.
MTPD detectives continue to review
hours of video footage from stations up and
down the Green Line to identify potential
suspects, Stessel said. These images
will be developed into a photo spread
and presented to the victims to see if any
suspect(s) can be positively identied.
Lawrence disputes Stessels claim that
none of the victims could identify any of
the suspects stopped by police.
They showed me one girl and one guy
and I couldnt I.D. them, he said. But
Joey did I.D. the girl that hit him.
Stessel released to the Blade a
redacted version of the Metro Transit
Police report of the incident. The report
lists the incident as a robbery force and
violence. It specically says the incident
was not a hate crime.
Similar to Lawrences account to the
Blade, the report says the incident started
when a group of disorderly juveniles were

on the train and that one of them, listed


as Suspect 1, robbed a 14-year-old boy,
identied only as Victim 1, of his iPhone.
The report says Victim 2, whom Lawrence
identies as his partner Joseph Howard,
attempted to stop Suspect 1 from targeting
the 14-year old, prompting Suspect 1 to
proceed to punch and kick Howard about
the right temple, both knees, right shin, and
left ribs causing abrasions.
As Lawrence tells it, Suspect 1 is a teenage
girl who he observed a few minutes earlier
walking up and down the train car acting
suspiciously. He said the girl attacked the
14-year-old boy shortly after Howard got
up to look at a Metro map and was standing
near where the attack occurred.
The next thing I know I hear Joey go,
hey, stop that, Lawrence told the Blade.
Well that girl and six other youth they
had beaten up the kid and took his
tennis shoes. So Joseph went to the call
box, the emergency call boxto let the
driver know, hey, there are people getting
jumped by a mob of teenagers.
Assuming the train conductor would
keep the train in place at the next station
while calling police, Lawrence said he
signaled Howard to meet him at the train
door to make a quick exit and call for help.
But by the time he reached the train
door he saw that the girl who had attacked
the 14-year-old boy had grabbed Howard
by his sweatshirt.
By the time I got to him the girl had
pounded him in the head, he said. And
then all of a sudden out of nowhere 12
teenagers had him down on the ground
kicking him in the head, stomping him in
the chest, Lawrence recounted. I threw
myself into the middle of it, he said,
adding, I tried to get him up and they
stole his iPad and iPhone and all of that.
Lawrence said he was especially
concerned because Howard had suered
a stroke 10 years ago due to a ruptured
blood vessel in the left side of his brain
near where the attackers were hitting him
in the head.
In the midst of the commotion he
managed to pull Howard, who was
bleeding, away from the attackers and
joined other passengers in eeing into
another train car, Lawrence said. To his
and Howards dismay, he said the train
conductor continued to operate the train,
stopping briey at the next few stations
and continuing along the Green Line route.
Lawrence said he and Howard stepped
into the door and looked into the station
each time the train stopped, but were
afraid to get o because the stations
appeared deserted and they feared the
attackers who could be seen in the next
train car might come after them.
It was not until the train reached the
Shaw-Howard University Station that he
saw a Metro employee sweeping the oor

next to the escalators that he shouted for


help. This time the train remained stopped
and within minutes Metro Police ocers
arrived on the scene, Lawrence said.
He said police immediately called for an
ambulance, which took Howard to nearby
Howard University Hospital, according to
the police report.
The call to summon police came
from the train operator, said Stessel,
who answered no when asked if the
train operator acted improperly by not
stopping the train sooner.
Lawrence said he was troubled when told
by the Blade that the Metro Police report
doesnt list the incident as a hate crime.
They were making fun of him before
they fully came up because his right side
he doesnt have full use of it, said
Lawrence in describing the eects of
Howards stroke.
Sometimes his hands sit in a certain
way, Lawrence said. And the kids were
walking by doing that gay fag thing. And
when the guy was kicking him he was

calling him fag.


Stessel said police may not have listed
the case as a hate crime because Howard
wasnt the original target of the attackers.
In this case, the original crime is the
robbery of Victim 1, he said. Victim
2 [Howard] was not the target of the
robbery, and he was assaulted by the
suspect only after attempting to come to
the aid of Victim 1, who was not known to
him, Stessel said.
A bias motivation can be added by
prosecutors when the case is papered
if the evidence will support it, Stessel
continued in his email to the Blade. This
remains an open and active investigation.
He noted that Metro Police listed the
2014 stabbing of a teenage transgender
woman on a Metro train as a hate crime.
In that case, the victim and her friends
reported that a suspect who was arrested
on the scene shouted anti-trans slurs at
the victim immediately before stabbing
her. The victim was treated for non-life
threatening wounds.

CHRYS KEFALAS
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRYS KEFALAS FOR U.S. SENATE

Gay Republican seeks U.S. Senate seat in Md.


A gay Republican who is running for retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulskis (DMd.) seat said he supports a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender
identity to federal civil rights law.
The legislation is needed, Chrys Kefalas told the Washington Blade during an
interview, referring to the Equality Act. Lets move it ... its time to get it done.
Kefalas, who was former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlichs legal counsel, spoke
with the Blade two days after he formally announced his campaign.
Mikulski is among the Equality Acts original co-sponsors. U.S. Reps. Chris Van
Hollen and Donna Edwards two Democrats who are also seeking the longtime
incumbents seat in the U.S. Senate also co-sponsored the measure.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

New gay bar Trade opens


A new local gay bar, Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.), held its grand opening on Dec. 7.
John Guggenmos, co-owner of gay bars Number Nine and Town Danceboutique,
proposedplans to open the tavern with his business partner earlier this year.
Initial plans for the bar included a dance oor and live DJs.
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Comings & Goings Women tell of fear of


Tafel takes minister post at D.C. church
By PETER ROSENSTEIN
The Comings and Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining
boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at
comingsandgoings@washblade.com.

Congratulations are in order for


Rich Tafel. Many know Rich from his
politics but what isnt as well known is
that following graduation from Harvard
Divinity School, he served as Assistant
to the Minister of Harvards Memorial
Church under the leadership of the Rev.
Peter J. Gomes. Later he was ordained as
a Swedenborgian minister and currently
represents the denomination on the
governing board of the National Council
of Churches. For the past decade he has
served as chair of Wayfarers Chapel in
Los Angeles, a national monument to
Emanuel Swedenborg.
Rich has been a leader in the arena
PHOTO COURTESY OF TAFEL
of social justice in public policy. As
RICH
TAFEL
founder of Log Cabin Republicans, Tafel
was one of the earliest advocates for marriage equality. In 2003, he created his
own strategy company oering leadership coaching on important issues such as
AIDS programs for Africa and civil rights programs in Latin America.
It was recently announced by the Church of the Holy City in Washington, the
National Swedenborgian Church, that Rev. Tafel will become its minister on Dec.
6.
According to the press release the Swedenborgian faith is uniquely inclusive
believing that we should live a life of love and seek to fulll our greatest purpose
with a vision of an innitely loving God, whose warmth and light can deepen our
inner life and give direction to our spiritual journey. The iconic English Gothic
structure at 1611 16th St., N.W., was dedicated in 1896, with members of the
Dupont family among the original founders.
Tafel has summed up this opportunity saying, Church has gotten a bad
reputation among the rising generation and often for good reason. We hope
to build something new a welcoming community of people inspired by their
faith who are active in making much needed change in our world. We want to be
a home for a next generation of spiritual entrepreneurs. Tafel also announced
The church will be hosting Christmas Eve service with families that are mixed
marriage Christian and Jewish, and he will have rabbis ociating with him. Rich
will continue his strategy work as well.
Another member of our community, Carlos Maza, just accepted a new position
at Media Matters for America. The announcement was made by Media Matters
Research Director Matt Gertz who said, For the past three years, Carlos Maza
has done an incredible job building Media Matters LGBT program into one of
the signature pieces of our research department. In his new role as Multimedia
Research Fellow, Carlos will take the lead in conceiving, producing, and starring
in a series of new video products that will promote and further Media Matters
existing work to build our brand. These will include everything from quick video
primers on emerging controversies to lengthy breakdowns of existing research
products to proles of perpetrators of misinformation.
Carlos will continue as LGBT Program Director while we search for a dynamic
replacement to sustain and build on the great work he has done. Over the next
several months, he will help us hire and train a new LGBT Program Director and
continue to work closely with Media Matters existing LGBT Research Associate.
Media Matters for America is a progressive, D.C-based, nonprot research
and information center dedicated to monitoring, analyzing and correcting
conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Information on the LGBT
program directors position can be found at mediamatters.org.

D.C. street harassment

Council hearing highlights


eorts to address
longstanding problem

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
Three transgender women joined more
than 20 heterosexual women in giving
rst-hand accounts of the sometimes
daily humiliation and fear they experience
from street harassment in the nations
capital during a rst-of-its-kind D.C.
Council hearing on Dec. 3.
The women and nearly a dozen supportive
men who also testied at the hearing said
the perpetrators of street harassment
overwhelmingly are straight men.
Unfortunately, many residents of the
District have experienced some form of
street harassment, which can include
vulgar remarks, heckling, insults, innuendo,
stalking, leering, fondling, indecent
exposure, and other forms of public
humiliation, said a statement released
by D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau
(D-Ward 1), who initiated the hearing.
Street harassment often focuses on
an individuals perceived gender, gender
identity, race or ethnicity, or disability,
Nadeau said in the statement. Several
witnesses said LGBT people are often
targets of such harassment.
At Nadeaus request, Council member
Anita Bonds (D-At-Large), who chairs the
Councils Committee on Housing and
Community Development, and Council
member Kenyan McDue (D-Ward 5),
who chairs the Council Committee on
the Judiciary, called a joint hearing on the
subject by the two committees. Bonds
chaired the hearing.
Bonds and McDue said their
respective committees would be open
to proposed legislation to address the
problem of street harassment. But
Nadeau and many of the witnesses called
street harassment a form of cultural
bias and intolerance that could best be
remedied through public education.
Several young women who testied,
including D.C. resident Valentine Love,
said they had been victims of sexual
assault in the past. Having to face
verbal sexual harassment on the street
by abusive men who sometimes make
vulgar remarks as they cross paths with
her triggers ashbacks of the sexual
abuse she experienced as a child, Love
told the hearing.
Too many men feel we are objects and
they have a right to us, she said. I would
like to stop feeling like a victim every time

D.C. Council member BRIANNE NADEAU


(D-Ward 1) initiated the hearing on street
harassment.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

I leave the house.


Transgender activist Ruby Corado,
founder and director of the LGBT
community services center Casa Ruby,
and two trans women who are Casa
Ruby clients each told of their personal
encounters with street harassment in
testimony before the hearing.
This is a very personal issue for me,
Corado said. And it is one that not only
aects women who are born genetically
as women. It aects trans women. It
aects young gay boys or feminine people
who are deemed vulnerable, she said.
I personally feel that there should
be legislation banning this type of
harassment, Corado added. There
should be legal consequences because
very often I have faced people that if I had
not mentioned the police and them being
arrested they would continue. So a simple
campaign is not going to stop this.
Joining Corado at the witness table
were 20-year-old Tanisha Phillips, a trans
woman who said she has been victimized
by sexual assault and street harassment
since the age of 15, and trans Latina
Lisa Alfaro, who testied in Spanish with
Corado translating.
Also testifying was Sheila Alexander Reid,
director of Mayor Muriel Bowsers Oce of
LGBTQ Aairs. Reid said the mayors oce
stands ready to help in any way it can to
address the issue of street harassment.
Other witnesses, including Assistant
D.C. Police Chief Kimberly Missouri and
D.C. Oce of Human Rights Director
Monica Palacio, said constitutional
free-speech protections may prevent
legislative sanctions against verbal
harassment in many instances.
Missouri said actions by perpetrators
such as unwelcome fondling or touching can
be prosecuted as a form of sexual assault.
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Judge criticizes Kan. agency in custody case


OLATHE, Kan. A judge in a 2013 ruling that reporters obtained earlier this
month concludes the Kansas Department for Children and Families conducted
a witch hunt against lesbian foster parents.
The Wichita Eagle reported that Johnson County District Judge Kathleen Sloan
removed a 16-month-old from the agencys custody after she ruled it placed
their concerns for the gay/lesbian classication over the childs interests. The
newspaper said the child had lived with the women shortly after his birth.
State Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita) called for DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore to lose
her job over the ruling.
The agency declined to comment on Sloans decision.

Ill. school district upholds trans settlement


PALATINE, Ill. An Illinois school district on Dec. 7 opted not to rescind an
agreement that provides locker room access to a transgender student.
The Chicago Tribune reported members of the Township High School District
211 Board of Education upheld the agreement that it had reached with the U.S.
Department of Education. The newspaper said the board members made their
decision after a contentious meeting that lasted two hours.
We never expected to be back here tonight, mere days after hundreds of
hours invested in listening, discussing and debating an important issue for our
district and its students, said Board President Mucia Burke, according to the
Chicago Tribune.
Dorie Nolt, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Education, welcomed
the decision.
We are pleased that the district has chosen to live up to the binding
agreement it made and to its obligations under federal civil rights law, she told
the Washington Blade in a statement. The agreement reached between the
Department of Education and the district protects civil rights as well as student
privacy. We look forward to continuing to work with District 211 to fully and
eectively implement the terms of the resolution agreement.

Foundations pledge $20 million for trans rights


NEW YORK Two foundations on Dec. 8 announced they will contribute at
least $20 million over the next ve years to an initiative that seeks to promote
transgender rights around the world.
The Arcus Foundation and the NoVo Foundation said they will contribute
money to the Global Trans Initiative.
The Global Trans Initiative is a coordinated response to the alarming and
pervasive range of disparities found within transgender communities, said Arcus
Foundation Executive Director Kevin Jennings in a press release that announced
the contributions. Together with our partners, we are committed to delivering
increased and necessary resources to those in the eld working tirelessly to end
the violence and discrimination facing transgender people around the world.
The press release notes that more than 1,700 trans people have been reported
murdered over the last seven years. It also indicates that 20 percent of trans
people in the U.S. have been homeless at some point in their lives.
The majority of the Global Trans Initiatives work will focus on violence and
discrimination against trans women of color and gender variant communities in
developing countries.
The epidemic of violence facing transgender women and girls across the
globe is a crisis by any measure, said NoVo Foundation Executive Director
Pamela Shifman. We are determined to partner with others to help address this
urgent need.

White House Press Secretary JOSH EARNEST


WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

White House: No quota, but


priority for LGBT Syrians
Help for the most
vulnerable refugees
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Amid reports of violence targetingLGBT
people committed by the Islamic State
of Iraq & Syria, the White House said
Tuesday it wont set aside a specic
number of slots for LGBT Syrian refugees,
but will make cases of persecution like
the kind faced by LGBT people a priority
for asylum.
White House Press Josh Earnest
explained the administrations position
in response to a question from the
Washington Blade following President
Obamas speech in the Oval Oce
on Sunday focusing on the nations
commitment to dismantle ISIS. In the
address, Obama called ISIS thugs and
killers and called the organization part
of a cult of death.
Speaking generally about the widely
reported atrocities committed by ISIS,
Earnest said the tactics of the terrorist
group have shown a callous disregard
for basic human rights.
And it is certainly no secret that there
are a variety of ways in which they oend
those basic rights and trample those rights,
Earnest said. Thats one of the reasons
the president has mobilized such a strong
international coalition to destroy them.
Earnest also rejected calls to set aside
500 slots for LGBT people among the
anticipated additional 10,000 incoming
refugees Obama has pledged to
accommodate from Syria. Instead, he
said the administration would make
cases of individuals deemed to be the
most vulnerable a priority.
When it comes to our refugee
resettlement eorts, the United States
does not set aside quotas like what you
just described, Earnest said. But what
the United States does do, in terms of
resettling refugees, is prioritize the cases

of those who are deemed to be the most


vulnerable those who have been
subjected to acts of torture, those who
have been singled out because of their
minority status in one way or another.
Asked by the Blade to clarify that the most
vulnerable would include LGBT people facing
persecution, Earnest said LGBT people would
be among the groups facing persecution that
would meet that denition.
There are no quotas that are set aside,
but the process that we have implemented
does prioritize the cases of those who have
been subjected to torture, including like
the torture that you described, or might
have been singled out for their status as a
minority, whether thats a racial minority or
an ethnic minority or a religious minority,
or even somebody an LGBT person,
Earnest said.
Earnest also took a dig a Republican
governors who said they wont allow
Syrian refugees to settle within their
states and House Republicans for passing
the American Security Against Foreign
Enemies Act of 2015, which critics say
would eectively bar Syrian refugees
from entering the United States.
I think it underscores the commitment
of the United States to lead on this issue,
Earnest said. And its why the president
has strongly disagreed with the eort of
some Republicans who have suggested
that it would be in our interest to
somehow shut down the program.
A State Department spokesperson
echoed the administrations position
no quota would be set for LGBT Syrian
refugees, although cases of extreme
persecution would be made a priority.
As of August, Islamic State militants
had reportedly executed more than 30
men in Iraq and Syria over allegations
they engaged in sodomy.
Leading calls to set aside slots for 500
LGBT Syrian refugees is the Organization
for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, or ORAM,
which initiated an online petition seeking
that accommodation. As of Tuesday, the
petition was signed by 34,863 people.

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Trump ban on Muslims exactly what ISIS wants


LGBT groups condemn plan
as oensive, un-American
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
LGBT advocacy groups this week
blasted Republican presidential candidate
Donald Trump over his proposed ban on
Muslims from entering the United States.
Trumps comments were oensive,
disgraceful
and
fundamentally
unAmerican, Brandon Lorenz of the Human
Rights Campaign told the Washington
Blade in a statement. Not only that, theyre
dangerous and an aront to the values that
we as a nation believe in and champion.
National LGBTQ Task Force Action
Fund Executive Director Rea Carey
said her organization wholeheartedly
condemns and rejects Trumps call to
stop Muslims from entering the United
States. Immigration Equality Executive
Director Caroline Dessert expressed a
similar sentiment to the Blade.
Banning groups of people en masse
from the U.S. based on their religion
would be both morally reprehensible
and terrible policy, said Dessert. As
weve seen from past discriminatory
policies specically laws aimed at our
communities that banned gay people and
later people living with HIV from entering
the U.S. the U.S. loses out on talented
people, loses its status as a global human
rights leader, and gains absolutely
nothing in exchange.
As a nation built by immigrants, any
kind of blanket ban based on religion is
simply un-American, she added.

Disqualies Trump
from presidency
White House Press Secretary Josh
Earnest told reporters during his daily press
brieng that Trumps proposal disqualies
him from serving as president.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
was among the billionaires Republican
challengers who criticized his proposal.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) did as
well, but Earnest criticized the Wisconsin
Republican for saying he would still
vote for Trump if he were his partys
presidential nominee.
Former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (IVt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin
OMalley have all sharply criticized Trump
over his proposal.
OMalley tweeted, @realdonaldtrump
removes all doubt: he is running for
President as a fascist demagogue.
Tarek Zeidan of Helem, a Lebanese
LGBT advocacy group, noted to the

LGBT advocacy groups have condemned


DONALD TRUMPs proposed ban on Muslims
entering the country.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY LEE WHITMAN

Donald Trumps plan is despicable, unAmerican, and appeals to the basest fears
and bigotry of human nature, said U.S. Rep.
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY (D-N.Y.).
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Blade on Tuesday during an interview


from Beirut that people in his country
have reacted to Trumps proposal
with revulsion. The advocate further
compared the Republican presidential
candidates controversial comments
against Muslims and other groups to
the rhetoric of the Islamic State. Donald
Trump is the other side of the ISIS coin,
which feeds on this notion of clashes
of civilizations, Zeidan told the Blade.
Theres us versus them. And if youre not
with us youre against us.
This is exactly what ISIS wants, he
added. Anything that feeds into this ISIS
vision of Islam and the rest isnt doing
anybody any favors.
Trump
made
his
controversial
announcement less than a week after a
mass shooting at a California social service
center left 14 people dead and more than
20 others injured. Authorities say that
Syed Farook and his Pakistani-born wife,

Tashfeen Malik, opened re on a holiday


party that was taking place inside the
Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
President Obama on Sunday during a
speech from the Oval Oce described
the shooting as an act of terrorism. The
U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 19
voted for a bill that would suspend the
resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees
in the U.S. ISIS which controls large
swaths of Syria and Iraq a few days
earlier claimed responsibility for the Paris
terrorist attacks that left 130 people dead
and more than 300 others injured.
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
(D-N.Y.), one of the three gay members
of Congress who backed the bill, criticized
Trumps proposal.
Donald Trumps plan is despicable,
un-American, and appeals to the basest
fears and bigotry of human nature,
Maloney told the Blade in a statement on
Tuesday. Rather than focusing on such
vile proposals we should be focusing on
strengthening our visa and immigration
system and developing a real strategy to
defeat the threat of ISIS and terrorism.
U.S. Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and
Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who also backed
the measure that would suspend the
resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees
in the U.S., did not return the Blades
request for comment. Gay California
Congressman Mark Takano on Tuesday
noted in response to Trumps proposal
that his parents were among those sent
to internment camps during World War II.
Takano tweeted, A helpful list for @
realDonaldTrump...these are people who
should not be interned like my parents in
1942: Syrian refugees, Muslims, anyone.
He continued, There are more than
5,800 Muslims currently serving in the US
military. Lets see if we can get through
the day without insulting them.
Zeidan noted to the Blade that U.S. Sen.
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Florida

Gov. Jeb Bush are among the Republican


presidential candidates who have also
made controversial statements about
the resettlement of Syrian and Muslim
refugees in the U.S.
Trump didnt come up with this by
himself, said Zeidan. Trump just went
there, took it that extra mile.
Gay Rhode Island Congressman
David Cicilline on Tuesday referred to
Trumps comments without specically
mentioning the Republican presidential
candidate by name as he spoke at an
HRC and Human Rights First reception
at the Newseum that commemorated
International Human Rights Day.
Were experiencing some very ugly
and I think dangerous rhetoric here in
our own country that singles out and
targets people of one particular faith,
said Cicilline. Its really important for
all of us, for every American of every
background, of all religions, ethnicities,
political persuasions to condemn these
attacks against people of the Muslim faith
and to loudly proclaim our commitment
to freedom and equality for all people.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) during
the same event described intolerance as
a disease and the enemy of all of us.
Its us one day and someone else the
next, said the New York Republican. We
all have to keep an open mind to the
rights and privileges that we all value.
Log Cabin Republicans President
Gregory Angelo told the Blade that his
organization supports Maryland Gov.
Larry Hogan, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie
Baker and other governors who have
called for a thoughtful pause on the
resettlement of Syrian refugees in the
U.S. in the wake of the Paris terrorist
attacks until a thorough review of the
vetting process is undertaken.
A total ban on all Muslims entering the
United States is not only unconstitutional,
but a non-starter as well, said Angelo.

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Cruz, Huckabee back religious freedom bill


Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee are promising
to enact a religious freedom bill seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination if
elected president.
The candidates made the comments in separate interviews on EWTN News
with Robert George, a prominent conservative law professor at Princeton
University who said during his discussion with Cruz the U.S. Supreme Court
decision in favor of same-sex marriage was a tragic mistake.
The interview with Cruz was conducted on Nov. 25 and published on Nov. 30.
After decrying the legal reasoning behind the U.S. Supreme Courts decision in
favor of same-sex marriage, George asked Cruz whether in his rst 100 days in
oce he would push for passage of the First Amendment Defense Act.
Absolutely, yes, Cruz said. As you know, Im an original sponsor of that
legislation. And when it comes to religious liberty, religious liberty has been a
passion for me for decades.
Huckabee oered the same commitment to make the First Amendment
Defense Act a priority in response to the same question.
The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the federal government from
taking action against individuals who oppose same-sex marriage, although
individuals is dened broadly in the bill to include for-prot businesses.

Rubio would reverse Obamas LGBT exec order


Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has pledged to reverse
President Obamas executive order barring anti-LGBT workplace discrimination
among federal contractors, saying faith-based businesses are being compelled
to sin by government in their business conduct.
Rubio made the remarks during Thanksgiving week in the same interview with
the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he said the U.S. Supreme Courts
decision in favor of same-sex marriage is not settled law. The media outlet
didnt publish the portion of the interview in which Rubio talked about Obamas
order until Saturday.
After being questioned about maintaining religious freedom in the United
States, which is considered code by conservatives to mean enabling anti-LGBT
discrimination, Rubio said theres no doubt that we need to be extra vigilant
now about protecting religious liberty.
Much like Ted Cruz, Rubio said his administration would have a Justice
Department thats vigilant about ensuring that those who hold traditional
values are not being discriminated against.
That includes reversing any administrative decisions made by this president
that force religious, or religious motivated entities, Rubio said.
Rubio went on to discuss the Supreme Court rulings in favor of same-sex
marriage and abortion rights, saying the next president must appoint justices
who understand the U.S Constitution is not a living and breathing document.

Carson prefers ban on gays in military


LGBT advocates, military leaders and President Obama have said the U.S.
military is better o without Dont Ask, Dont Tell, but Ben Carson doesnt think
so, according to a recent report byNBC News.
The Republican presidential candidate reportedly said he prefers a U.S.
military under Dont Ask, Dont Tell and decried the movement toward openly
transgender service at a Waterloo, Iowa, town hall hosted by Concerned Veterans
for America.
I mean, why do you have to go around outing your sexuality? Carson
reportedly said. Its not necessary, you dont need to talk about that, we need to
talk about how we eliminate the enemy.
On transgender service, Carson is quoted as saying the last thing we need
to be doing is saying what would it be like if we introduced several transgender
people into this platoon.
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Sexual assault charges against


gay lieutenant on hold
Court martial order by
Air Force general delayed
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

An Air Force general in March


decided for a second time to overrule
a recommendation by an investigating
ocer to drop sexual assault charges
against gay Air Force Lt. Joshua Seefried
and ordered that Seefried stand trial in a
court martial at Andrews Air Force base
in Maryland, according to an Air Force
spokesperson.
But the spokesperson, Lt. Col. Joel
Harper, public aairs director for the
Air Force District of Washington, said an
administrative matter that he was not
at liberty to elaborate on has delayed the
start of the court martial proceedings for
nine months.
After careful review of the evidence,
the Air Force District of Washington
Commander conrmed his decision to
refer the case to court martial in March
2015, Harper told the Washington Blade
in an email. There is an outstanding
administrative matter under review by
Air Force ocials and until that process is
complete, there will be no trial date set,
Harper said.
Harper was referring to the decision
to take Seefrieds case to court martial
made by Major General Darryl Burke,
commander of the Air Force District of
Washington. Burkes action for the second
time overruled a recommendation by Col.
Robert Preston, a military lawyer who
presided over twoArticle 32 hearings on
the case that are similar to civilian grand
jury proceedings.
Preston
recommended
in
two
separate reports following the hearings,
in which witnesses testied, that there
was insucient evidence to prove the
allegations against Seefried and that a
court martial would likely result in the gay
lieutenants acquittal.
Seefried in 2010 founded OutServe,
a group of then-closeted LGBT service
members who helped lead the eort to
repeal the militarys Dont Ask, Dont Tell law.
Military prosecutors charged Seefried
in April 2014 with wrongful and abusive
sexual contact and forcible sodomy after
a gay U.S. Marine lieutenant accused him
of performing sexual acts on him in a New
York hotel room in 2012 while he was
intoxicated and unable to give consent.
Larry Youngner served as an attorney
for the Air Force Judge Advocate Generals
Oce and in other Air Force legal
positions for 30 years before joining the

JOSH SEEFRIED
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D.C. law rm Tully Rinckey. He told the


Blade this week that the administrative
matter in the Seefried case could be
related to a request by Seefried to resign
from the Air Force.
It could be that the defense has oered
his resignation in lieu of a court martial,
Youngner said. It would be up to the
Secretary of the Air Force ultimately to
determine that in this case.
Youngner said Air Force Secretary
Deborah Lee James would most likely
make such a decision with the advice of
the Judge Advocate General of the Air
Force, Lt. General Christopher Burne, and
the Air Forces civilian General Counsel,
Gordon Tanner, whos gay.
During Seefrieds second Article 32
hearing in January, a U.S. Coast Guard
ocer who had been considered one
of the lead prosecution witnesses
testied that Seefrieds accuser was a
willing participant in a three-way sexual
encounter with him and Seefried at the
New York hotel room.
Coast Guard Lt. Commander John
Fiorentine, among other things, testied
that the three men ended up in Seefrieds
Manhattan hotel room after a day of heavy
drinking and socializing at a restaurant
with other gay military ocers.
We got into bed the three of us,
Fiorentine testied. I believe [the Marine]
was a willing participant, he said.
Seefried and his attorney, Richard
Stevens, declined to comment when
contacted by the Blade about the latest
developments in the case.
Youngner said that if Air Force
Secretary James approves a resignation
request by Seefried assuming Seefried
has made such a request it would also
be up to her to decide whether Seefrieds
service should be characterized in a
discharge as honorable, general under
honorable conditions, or under other
than honorable conditions.
It would be based on Secretary James
assessment of his service record and her
assessment of the facts in this case, he said.

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Four years later, Clintons Geneva speech hailed for impact


Put the human rights
of LGBT people on the
international stage
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Four years ago, Hillary Clinton delivered
a high-prole speech in Geneva positioning
the United States as a leader in the ght to
protect LGBT human rights overseas. On
the anniversary of the address on Sunday,
international LGBT rights advocates say it
had a meaningful impact in countries like
Uganda where the lives of LGBT people
have been in jeopardy.
Clinton, whos now seeking the
Democratic nomination for president,
delivered the 30-minute speech on Dec.
6, 2011, before the U.S. Mission to the
United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in
her capacity as secretary of state.
To LGBT men and women worldwide,
let me say this: Wherever you live and
whatever the circumstances of your
life, whether you are connected to a
network of support or feel isolated and
vulnerable, please know that you are not
alone, Clinton said during the speech.
People around the globe are working
hard to support you and to bring an end
to the injustices and dangers you face.
That is certainly true for my country. And
you have an ally in the United States of
America and you have millions of friends
among the American people.
Mark Bromley, chair of the Council for
Global Equality, was in the audience in
Geneva during the address and said it
was clear Clinton was welcoming us into
a new era.
Before the speech, hostile states plotted,
often successfully, to keep LGBT issues o
of the U.N.s human rights agenda, Bromley
said. After the speech, they still ght to
bury our issues on procedural grounds, but
they cant deny their signicance as one of
the most signicant human rights concerns
of our day.
Among the accomplishments in LGBT
rights Bromley cited since that time was
the adoption of resolutions and expert
studies on sexual orientation and gender
identity at the United Nations.
I think its fair to say that for those
of us who were there that day, and for
countless others around the world, we
will always look back at the speech as a
decisive moment, one when the world
changed a little and we suddenly found
ourselves in a new era, Bromley said.
The world looked dierent after that
speech, indeed the State Department
acted dierently, and while there is still
so much to accomplish to recognize the
fundamental rights of LGBT individuals
globally, its a dierent era.

HILLARY CLINTON gave a speech in favor of international LGBT rights four years ago.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY DAMIEN SALAS

Clinton is credited during the speech


with coining the phrase, gay rights are
human rights, and human rights are
gay rights. She actually rst used that
phrase publicly in 2010 during another
speech at a Pride celebration with State
Department LGBT employees, although
those words resounded more strongly
afterthe Geneva address. After that time,
they became a favorite phrasefor Obama
administration ocials to express
solidarity with the LGBT community.
Chad Grin, president of the Human
Rights Campaign, said in a statement to
the Washington Blade those words alone
were enough to elevate the role of the
United States in supporting international
LGBT rights.
With those powerful yet simple 11 words
four years ago, Secretary Clinton boldly put
the human rights of LGBT people on the
international stage, Grin said.
The Clinton campaign marked the
fourth anniversary of the speech with a
video highlighting portions of the address
as well as another speech in favor of
LGBT rights at the State Department and
this year before supporters of the Human
Rights Campaign. Interspersed in the
video is footage of same-sex couples who
support Clinton, including former U.S.
ambassador to Romania Michael Guest
and his partner.
LGBT advocates cite the speechs impact
on derailing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill
in Uganda as signicant. Initially, the kill
the gays bill had a provision that would
have instituted the death penalty for
aggravated homosexuality, which under
the legislation was dened as repeated
homosexuality, but that provision was
later removed.
Although Uganda President Yoweri
Museveni promised U.S. ocials he
would oppose the legislation, he signed
the measure into law in 2014. The courts
would later strike down the measure on
procedural grounds.
Wade McMullen, managing attorney of

the International Strategic Litigation Unit


at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, said
Clintons speech articulated principals
that led to international eorts against
the law and proposals in other countries
similar to the measure.
After Uganda passed the AntiHomosexuality Law, President Museveni
initially thought he could get away with
signing it into law with little international
repercussion, McMullen said. But the
U.S. would go on to place travel bans on
a whole range of human rights abusers,
including those who violated the rights
of LGBT people, to redirect U.S. aid away
from harmful homophobic groups like
the Inter-Religious Council and to cancel a
joint military exercise with the Ugandans.
This follow-through on the ideals and
commitment rst articulated by Hillary
Clinton in Geneva, changed the game in
Uganda and made other homophobic
legislators on the continent stop plans of
their own to follow in Ugandas footsteps
with similar anti-LGBT legislation.
Sharita
Gruberg,
senior
policy
analyst for the LGBT Research and
Communications Project at the Center
for American Progress, said the speech
had an impact on Uganda, which she said
denitely backpedaled as a result of the
international pressure.
There
seems
to
be
an
acknowledgement that countries that
have a relationship with the U.S. are
going to have to make a decision here,
Gruberg said. Do they continue to take
these actions that scapegoat minority
populations? Starting with her speech, it
really sent a message to our partnership
in the world that this is a priority, and that
there is a risk that countries are taking if
theyre going to persecute LGBT people
as far as their relationship with the U.S.
goes and how the U.S. sees them as a
global partner.
The speech coincided with a memo
from President Obama establishing
LGBT human rights would henceforth be

a priority for U.S. agencies doing work


overseas. Mentioned by Clinton in her
speech, the memo, among other things,
instructs the Departments of State and
Homeland Security to ensure LGBT
people seeking asylum in the United
States have equal access to assistance
and instructs U.S. agencies overseas to
work with international organizations to
counter anti-LGBT discrimination.
Clinton also took the occasion of
the speech to announce the launch of
the State Departments Global Equality
Fund, which is funded by governments,
businesses and civil society groups
across the globe to advance LGBT rights.
According to the State Department, within
its rst three years, the Global Equality
Fund provided more than $20 million in
assistance to civil society groups in more
than 50 countries.
LGBT advocates outside the United
States said eorts to advance LGBT rights
were underway in other countries before
the address, but maintained in many
other ways the speech had an impact.
Esteban Pauln, president of the
LGBT Federation of Argentina, told the
Blade the importance of LGBT rights was
ingrained in media and society and samesex marriage legislation was advancing,
but the speech undoubtedly helped.
I think the speech itself has had a
strong impact on the entire region,
Pauln said. A powerful voice like hers, at
the time in herrole as secretary of state,
has been historic for the global agenda of
human rights of LGBT people.
Bjrn van Roozendaal, programmes
director of the European coalition LGBT
group ILGA-Europe, said the speech
sent a clear signal to U.S. embassies
around the world: LGBT rights are a
foreign policy priority.
This has led to visibly increased
engagement, for example, the prominent
participation of U.S. embassies in Pride
parades, Van Roozendaal said. Here in
Brussels, the tangible impact has been that
we have discussed policy issues on a more
frequent basis with the U.S. embassy to
the E.U. Her speech was visible evidence
that the U.S. was nally catching up with
other countries who had been publicly
pioneering the defense of LGBTI human
rights years earlier, such as Sweden, the
Netherlands, Norway and others.
LGBT advocates also expressed the
sense the impact of the speech would be
amplied in the future if the womanwho
delivered it becomespresident in 2017.
Gruberg said we could denitely
assume the power of the speech would
be bolstered in posterity based on the
power of the words and the way Clinton
used it to position herself as an LGBT
rights leader.
It sets the tone for how she sees LGBT
rights globally, Gruberg added.

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TAMARA ADRIN is the rst openly transgender person elected to the Venezuelan
National Assembly.
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Trans woman wins seat


in Venezuelan Assembly
The rst openly transgender person elected to the Venezuelan National
Assembly on Tuesday described her election as wonderful.
I am somehow the inspiration for many people who thought it was not possible
to become involved in mainstream politics, Tamara Adrin told the Washington
Blade during a WhatsApp interview from the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.
Adrin spoke with the Blade two days after her election to the National
Assembly.
She ran as a member of Popular Will, a left-leaning party that supports LGBTspecic issues. Adrin is also chair of the International Day Against Homophobia
and Transphobia and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex
Associations Trans Secretariat.
Adrin will become what she described to the Blade as an alternate deputy, which
aords her all of the rights and duties that a traditional assemblymember has.
She is able to replace the full assemblymember in his absence at any session,
and vote. Adrin could also take his place in case of his resignation or any other
reason that he is unable to serve his full term.
Adrin is the second openly trans person elected to a national legislative body
in the Americas.
Uruguayan voters last fall elected Michelle Surez as an alternate senator.
Jowelle De Souza, an LGBT rights advocate in Trinidad and Tobago, in September
lost her bid to win a seat in the Caribbean countrys Parliament.
Venezuelas elections took place against the backdrop of an economic crisis
in the oil-rich South American nation that has caused chronic shortages of basic
goods and growing unrest.
The National Electoral Council as of Tuesday had yet to release the nal
results, but President Nicols Maduros ruling party lost its majority of seats in
the National Assembly.
We accept the results as they are, Maduro told his supporters early Monday.
Adrin told the Blade that members of her party are committed to equality.
She added that she will advocate in support of LGBT Venezuelans from inside
the National Assembly.
I will not neglect any opportunity of [increasing visibility around] the struggle
for LGBTI people, said Adrin. The main strategy of intolerance is to invisibilize
the struggle of LGBTI people and keep it invisible.
A State Department spokesperson on Tuesday in a statement to the Blade
welcomed Adrins election.
Secretary Kerry has armed the United States commitment to promoting and
protecting the human rights of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation
or gender identity, said the spokesperson, who proceeded to refer to Adrins
previous comments. We support the newly elected legislators own statement,
The ability to do a job, the ability to carry out a profession, has nothing to do
with color of skin, religion or sex, with sexual orientation, gender identity, or with
a persons physical abilities.
Venezuelan LGBT advocacy groups took to social media to celebrate Adrins election.
We did it, said Venezuela Equality, a group that supports marriage rights
for same-sex couples in the country, in a post to its Twitter page that includes
Adrins picture.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Ambassador James Wally Brewster has been the target of homophobic slurs in the
Dominican Republic.
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Dominican cardinal calls U.S. ambassador faggot


A Catholic cardinal this week once again used an anti-gay slur to describe the gay U.S.
ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Cardinal Nicols de Jess Lpez Rodrguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo
described James Wally Brewster as a faggot during an interview with Hoy, a Dominican
newspaper. Lpez also said the gay ambassador wants to promote faggotry in the
predominantly Catholic country.
What are we going to become with such a thing, an ambassador who is a faggot,
Lpez told Hoy. He [Brewster] should go home, he does not have to bring anything here.
Lpez spoke to Hoy less than a week after he described Brewster who is married
to Bob Satawake as a wife who should stick to housework.
Brewster and Satawake discussed the comments last week during an interview with
a Dominican television station.
We consider this as noise, said Brewster, noting he and Satawake continue to ght
drug tracking in the Caribbean country. The two men also highlighted their support of
businesses and human rights for people with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized groups in
the Spanish-speaking nation. We want to keep working on those things that are important.
Lpez in 2013 described Brewster as a faggot after President Obama nominated
him to become the next U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The controversial
cardinal has also described gay men as degenerates, among other things.
The Catholic Church constantly rebukes us, Stephana Hernndez, a transgender
rights advocate, told the Washington Blade during a 2013 interview in Santo Domingo.
If you are gay, youre discriminated against. If youre trans, youre discriminated against.
If youre poor, youre discriminated against.
The State Department on Tuesday defended Brewster.
U.S. policy is dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, ghting discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBTI communities
around the world, spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala told the Blade in a statement
that did not specically mention Lpez by name. Ambassador Brewster, like all U.S.
ambassadors, advances this policy along with many other aspects of our bilateral
relationship. That there may be those opposed to the promotion of human rights in
various societies around the world is not surprising, but it does underscore why this
work is so important.
Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, an LGBT Catholic group,
last week urged Lpez to apologize for his comments against Brewster.
On behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics and our allies
in the United States, I am writing to object, in the strongest possible language, to your
recent remarks calling U.S. Ambassador James Brewster a wife who should stick to
housework. wrote Duddy-Burke in a letter. These comments are disparaging to a ne
public servant, insulting on many levels, and entirely unworthy of a Church ocial.
The Archdiocese of Santo Domingo has yet to return the Blades request for comment.
Dominican advocates have credited Brewster and Satawake with raising visibility
around LGBT issues, which includes eorts to increase the number of gay tourists who
visit the country. Brewsters ambassadorship also coincides with the more moderate
tone towards homosexuality and other topics the Vatican has adopted since Pope
Francis assumed the papacy in 2013.
The Vatican has yet to respond to the Blades request for comment on Lpezs comments.
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Although she had experienced this discrimination, Onuorah did not want to
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released this month in conjunction with World AIDS Day, CNN reports.
Rates for African-American gay and bi men and Latino gay and bi men ages
13-24 are up nearly 87 percent while rates for the entire population dropped 19
percent from 2005-2014, the CDC announced.
There is a high prevalence of HIV in the African-American gay and bisexual
community, according to Dr. Eugene McCray, director of the CDCs Division of
HIV/AIDS Prevention.
If you are a young black man, and are having sex with other black men, your
chance of being exposed is really high, CNN quoted him as having said.
Part of the problem, he said, is the low rate of condom use in that community.
Adding to the risk is the fact that nearly a third of black gay and bisexual men
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A fair proportion havent been diagnosed. It creates a risky environment,
Mermin said, according to the CNN article.
In all ages of black gay and bisexual men, the number of diagnoses increased 22
percent over the past decade, but those rates have been leveling o since 2010, the
CDC report showed. Latino gay and bisexual men of all ages have also seen their
number of HIV diagnoses rise by 24 percent over the past 10 years, CNN reports.

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Luckily over the years, through trial and error, Ive picked up a few tips to help
you not only enjoy the holiday season, but also prevent you from looking like
Santa Claus by the end of it.
Eat before you eat This may be the single best piece of advice you ever get
from me besides not wearing horizontal stripes, of course. Always eat something
before you go to any party because a hungry you is an overeating, over-drinking,
and lets face it, just-not-cute you. There are scientic studies that show that when
people eat a low-calorie snack before attending a social dinner they make better
decisions. Just think about it this way, when your stomach is empty, your mind
cant think. This prevents you from choosing the carrots and instead races you
over to the cookies. My two go-to pre-meals are a protein shake or a cup of soup.
This usually holds me over enough that I still can nibble at the party, but the pasta,
sweets and other love handle-building foods just wont look as appealing.
Small plates please Sometimes Im surprised at how many people dont
know this trick, but the less plate you have, the less food you will eat. At any
event I go to, I always reach for the smallest plate around and eat from that.
It allows me to still taste all the foods that may not be as good for me, aka the
yummy stu, but with a built-in portion control. If youre very disciplined, think
about lling half your plate with healthier food and the other half with whatever
you want. This will help balance out the calorie total by the end of the night.
Find the soda water Soda water has become more and more popular
over the years. Besides its obvious appeal of being a calorie-free mixer, it also
makes you look way cooler. My two rules for how to use soda water are rst, cut
any mixer that you normally use in half with soda water. The mixers can many
times hold more sugar and calories than the liquor and besides I wouldnt dare
cut your alcohol. Im a tough trainer, but I do have a heart. Second, if you are a
wine drinker, alternate each glass of wine with a glass of soda water. This will
keep you hydrated and slow down your wine consumption. The way those wine
glasses get lled at parties, you could easily go from glass number two to glass
number 12 in no time.
We all love to enjoy this time, but the best present to your self would be to
avoid the calorie gain this season. During this time of holiday cheer, dont forget
that your health is still at the top of your list of things to be thankful for. Lets eat
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Dear Republican People:


Please take back your
party from know-nothing,
pandering zealots

KEVIN NAFF is editor of the Washington Blade


and can be reached at kna@washblade.com.

Dear Republican People:


OK, enough is enough. We all laughed
along with you this summer as Donald
Trump ascended the polls and mocked
everything from Jeb Bushs low-energy
campaign to John McCains military service. It was genuinely entertaining and
perhaps Trumps lasting impact on the
2016 race will be his torpedoing of Bushs
supposed inevitability. (Thanks for that,
by the way.)
But this has gone on long enough and
Trumps call to ban Muslims from entering the country crosses the line into dangerous territory. This sort of anti-Islam
rhetoric is exactly what empowers ISIS
and draws ghters to its sick cause. Your
2016 frontrunner has now become the
best recruiting tool for ISIS and is singlehandedly endangering our security.
Sadly, your other (slightly more vi-

able) presidential candidates are aping


Trumps empty scorched-earth tactics to
frightening eect. Witness Ted Cruz holding a gun rally in the aftermath of the San
Bernardino massacre. Or Marco Rubio,
the recipient of some gay donor support,
pledging to undo marriage equality and
President Obamas pro-LGBT executive
orders. Or Ben Carsons inability to pronounce Hamas. (That last one was pretty funny, but you get my meaning.)

who arent constrained by facts.


Heres another piece of free advice:
Halt the attacks on gays, immigrants
and other minorities. Youve lost those
battles and the more you demonize Hispanics, African Americans, women and
LGBT people, the longer you will remain
the party of straight, white, old southern
Christian men.
There are some bright spots for you,
to be sure. Your party controls Congress

Its time for the grownups to retake


the wheel of this clown car and present
a real vision for the future.
After the holidays, please resume taking
this whole run for the White House thing
seriously. Its time to tune in because the
circus that is the GOP primary threatens
to undermine your party and indeed our
entire democracy, which requires a credible opposition in order to function properly. No one can take you seriously right
now as your leading national voices look
into TV cameras and lie with impunity.
(See Carly Fiorinas ridiculous assertion
that she watched a non-existent video of
a baby squirming on a table while Planned
Parenthood killers waited to harvest its
brain.) Its really hard to debate candidates

E DIT OR IA L C A R T OON

and a majority of governorships, including


in overwhelmingly blue states like Massachusetts and Maryland. And some of
them arent half bad. (Maryland Gov. Larry
Hogan, for example, enjoys a 60+ percent
approval rating and has mostly avoided
social issues while cutting fees and taxes.)
But that success hasnt translated to the
national stage over the last eight years.
And stunts like opposing common-sense
tweaks to gun laws like the ban on terrorist watch suspects from owning automatic weapons further cements the
impression that youre the mindless party
of no rather than a credible alternative.
Hillary Clintons historic appeal as the rst
female nominee of a major party and the
Democratic Partys undeniable edge in
the electoral college means the GOP will
need to win the national popular vote by
several percentage points if it is to carry
states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, North
Carolina and Colorado next year. You will
likely need to win all of those and more
battleground states carried by Obama
in order to prevail in 2016. Independent
and moderate voters who have tuned out
your foolish primary so far wont be so
blind or forgiving come November. There
are serious challenges facing the country,
from ISIS in Syria to mass shootings at
home, and they require serious leaders,
not reality TV stars pandering to racist,
gun-toting rednecks.
Its been entertaining, and weve all had
a good laugh at the early campaign. Heck,
you can even keep Carson around a little
longer for levity. But come January, well
be just weeks away from the Feb. 1 Iowa
caucuses and the Feb. 9 New Hampshire
primary. Its time for the grownups to retake the wheel of this clown car and present a real vision for the future.

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New smugness of take no prisoners politics


Attempts to criminalize
dissent will eventually make
outlaws of us all

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur


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

Frustration among the advocate elite is


understandable. Indefensible, however, are
attempts to criminalize diering political
viewpoints.
A growing smugness about acceptable
attitudes will eventually make outlaws of us
all.
In politically progressive environs with
a dominant thought-conformity such as
Washington, a why doesnt everyone agree
with us? mentality is particularly palpable.
Its what much of the rest of the country considers among the most distasteful about us.
A now-entrenched national dichotomy
of public opinion on many issues, reected

in an even-split between equally unpopular


political parties from which voters are forced
to choose, tempts partisans on both sides to
seek an advantage by declaring opponents
out-of-bounds. A desire for dominance has
suddenly veered toward castigating those
who dare dissent and shaming them as ideological oenders.
Nowhere are these antics more egregiously and, if one can manage a detached
lightheadedness about it all, hilariously
played out than on college campuses across
the country. It has become a caricature of
modern scholarship to witness student
protesters demanding that certain words
not be used, particular opinions not be expressed, specic beliefs be denounced, and
remaining freethinking faculty not fearful of
thought provocation be red.
Academias grassy quads have devolved
to being emblematic of a town square stockade intended for heretics.
Lest gays and lesbians consider ourselves
immune from essentially burning nonconformists at the stake in a modern-era witch
hunt, there is a broadening tendency among
LGBT activists to equate expansively dened
hate speech with hate crimes and to demand classifying disagreeable attitudes as
punishable oense. Radical activists countenance little, if any, distinction between illegal

actions and protected speech.


That whooshing sound you may have
heard when reading Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnsons interview last month
with Chad Grin was likely the air being
sucked out of the room due to gasps by First
Amendment adherents. The Human Rights
Campaign president oered a shockingly
stark strategy for avoiding future ballot defeats on nondiscrimination measures such
as the recent loss in Houston.
In politics, theres often two sides to a debate, Grin acknowledged, before dissecting the degree of debate he would tolerate.
Theres also right and wrong, and theres lies,
and theres defamation of an entire population of people. And thats what happened in
Houston. And so, I am hopeful that in the goforward we as a community, as an organization, local campaigns can be more aggressive
with station managers, quite frankly. Grins
solution to losing seems to be roughing-up
news stations running opposition ads or reporting on opponent positions, rather than
winning hearts and minds. Sort of similar to
something Donald Trump might say.
We are collectively losing sight of the fact
that the defense of liberty and free speech
only matters when protecting the right to
expression of unpopular opinion.
To illustrate illegitimate reaction to an

outlier position most concur borders on


lunacy, lets use a notion argued by U.S.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse as an example.
Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat once
ranked as the second most liberal member
of the upper chamber, suggested last summer that climate change deniers should be
prosecuted under the federal Racketeer Inuenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)
statute for misleading the public on the issue. His posture is echoed in continuing calls
by some prominent environmental activists
for global warming naysayers to be arrested, prosecuted, and jailed or ned.
After all, as we all know, they must
be stopped and, of course, punished. Why
waste a good pair of shackles without also
throwing in a public ogging and incarceration for good measure? Dispatch dissenters
to the pokey for being so damn disagreeable and espousing obviously outrageous
opinions.
George Orwell must be screaming from
beyond his grave knowing that thoughtpolicing thinkpol in the Newspeak of his
dystopian novel 1984 are slowly gaining
ground in combating crimethink as evidenced by the rapidly rising impulse to prosecute thoughtcrimes today.
Especially when lesbians and gays, once
outcast ourselves, are among the bullies.

I N S I DE LGB T W A S HING TON

Let it snow? Not without a plan for clearing it


Bowser, city preparing now
for coming winter

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime Democratic


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

Winter is almost here and planning for


the rst snowstorm is well under way
even with the strongest El Nino in history
suggesting we could see less this year.
Historically we get 2.3 inches of snow in
December with only a 9 percent chance
of snow on Christmas morning, but preparation is key.
There has been a long-running debate
in D.C. over whether we should ne businesses and residents who dont shovel
their sidewalks after a storm. I have long
been a proponent of ning them. You only
need to take a walk on Q Street, N.W., be-

tween 16th and 18th to see what it looks


like days after a storm when the snow has
turned to ice and the sidewalks in front of
many expensive brownstones and condos
have never seen a shovel. The owners of
those buildings apparently ascribe to the
1987 Marion Barry philosophy enunciated
after a major storm hit D.C. while he was
at the Super Bowl in sunny California and
didnt bother to come home. It went something like The Lord brought the snow, the
lord will take it away.
The reality is there are thousands of
people who cant get out of their homes
and if they get out are forced to walk in
the middle of the street because of the
snow and ice covering the sidewalks in
front of these homes whose inconsiderate owners are waiting for it to melt.
In 2014, the City Council passed a new
law requiring residents and business
owners in D.C. to clean their walks within
eight hours after a storm or be ned. So
with winter around the corner and the
snow season upon us, I hope with this
new law citizens of the District will see a
dierence in their neighborhoods.
Mayor Bowser recognizes there are seniors and persons with disabilities who

will not be able to comply and is trying to


do something to help them. Clean sidewalks are even more important for this
group of residents who might be less stable on their feet and might need to get to
medical appointments.
So in an eort to help ServeDC, the
Mayors Oce on Volunteerism, is working to recruit up to 2,500 volunteers to
join the D.C. Resident Snow Team organized to help vulnerable neighbors with
snow removal. Thus far, according to
Kristal Knight, director of ServeDC, they
are about halfway to their goal. They
hope to nd people in every neighborhood so when a senior or disabled citizen
registers with ServeDC someone in their
neighborhood will be available to help
them shovel the snow from their walks
and steps. ServeDC will provide snow
shovels if needed.
In the long run we should be doing
even more to get ready. Cities from New
York to Providence are dealing with this
issue. While it is a fact they get more
snow than we do and it becomes more of
a priority, removal of snow involves both
safety and economics everywhere. One
of the reasons D.C. is attracting so many

millennials and empty-nesters is because


we are a walkable city with good public
transportation. That should not stop because it snows. One suggestion is for the
city to contract with a non-prot, provide
snow shovels, and have them hire the
unemployed who want to earn money by
shoveling snow. Plans could be made to
transport these workers into neighborhoods where needed. Some cities actually plow sidewalks themselves and people have the cost added to their property
taxes on an annual basis. There are a lot
of ways to do a better job of getting our
city cleaned quickly after a storm.
Like with so many other things it is all in
the planning. A good start is what Mayor
Bowser is doing by recruiting volunteers
for this coming season.
If you are able and would like to be a
good neighbor you should become one
of the 2,500 volunteers for the Resident
Snow Team. To sign up, visit snowteam.
dc.gov. If you are a senior over the age
of 60, or if you have a disability and do
not have someone in your home who
can shovel your steps and sidewalk, you
should call 311 today to get your home on
the list for help.

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VIEWPOINT

Hillary will continue to ght for us as president


Dem frontrunner poised to
release LGBT platform

LANE HUDSON is a D.C.-based writer and


activist.

Although some like to debate it, Hillary


Clinton is not only a longtime ally to the LGBT
community, many also see her as a hero.
For me, thats because shes been knocked
down, dusted herself o and gotten back in
the ght again. That quality in her is similar
to the journey of many LGBT people and the
source of a strong connection.
There is also a great deal of substance
to justify her overwhelming support from
our community. Papers from the Clinton
Presidential Library in Little Rock show
that she and her sta were steadfast advocates for LGBT-friendly policies within

her husbands administration. As a senator from New York, she fought for hate
crimes and employment nondiscrimination legislation. She also led the ght
against eorts to put forth a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality.
When Hillary was Secretary of State, she
took a leading role among federal agencies
in advancing LGBT policy within the State
Department. She mandated that samesex partners of diplomats be granted the
same rights and protections as spouses
of straight diplomats, making it far safer
to keep families together. She also made
it possible for our transgender brothers
and sisters to change the gender on their
passports to match their true gender. She
ensured that all gay employees of the State
Department would be able to add their
same-gender partners to insurance benets. While we waited for the president to
issue an executive order requiring federal
contractors to include sexual orientation
and gender identity in their non-discrimination policies, she took steps to push contractors to the U.S. Agency for International
Development to do just that, a signicant
share of federal contracting dollars.

Around the world, she also showed tremendous leadership on LGBT equality. It
was just over four years ago that she gave
the most expansive speech on LGBT rights
before a global audience at a meeting of
the UN Commission on Human Rights. It
rivaled in signicance her speech at the
1994 UN Conference on Women in Beijing.
Indeed, she used a variation of her famous
line from that conference to declare that
Gay rights are human rights and human
rights are gay rights.
That speech sent ripples all around the
globe. But she didnt stop there. She also
required American embassies to meet
with the local LGBT communities wherever they were. She herself often met
with local LGBT advocates, sometimes in
secrecy in order to protect them. Embassies are also now required to prepare an
annual report on the state of LGBT rights
in the countries in which they serve. All
of these advances have served to boost
the visibility of LGBT communities around
the world and to raise the expectations of
how nations treat them.
Any day now, Hillary will unveil her LGBT
platform for her presidential campaign. If

her statements thus far are an indication,


she will acknowledge that we have much
work left to do. Already, she has gone on
the record with the most pro-LGBT policies
of any major candidate in history. She is
surrounded by LGBT sta at all levels and
this shows in the sensitivity her campaign
has shown to policy, special events, days
of signicance and the visibility of LGBT
people in her campaign.
Not only did her announcement video
feature a gay and a lesbian couple, her
campaign just released a video featuring
LGBT couples embracing and kissing. This
was a signicant rst for a presidential
candidate. I have no doubt that her LGBT
platform will earn even greater support in
our community.
The rst votes in the presidential race
will be cast in just over a month. The
LGBT community has come a long way
in the past few years and we must stay
vigilant to ensure the work that remains
is accomplished as soon as possible. Our
best chance to do this is to elect a super
advocate to the White House. Hillary Clinton has fought for us, is ghting for us
and will continue to ght for us.

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Director TOM HOOPER on the set of The Danish Girl.

A cinematic obsession
Director Tom Hooper nurtures Danish Girl to the screen
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
The Danish Girl, the remarkable lm inspired by the true story of trans pioneer Lili
Elbe and her partner Gerda Wegener, is a passion project that has obsessed British
director Tom Hooper for years. It opens in Washington on Friday, Dec. 11.
He credits casting director Nina Gold with bringing the piece to him in 2008. He read
it, was moved to tears and proceeded with a goal of moving audiences in the same way
he was moved.
As the Academy Award-winning director of The Kings Speech began to think about
casting the challenging central role of Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, actor Eddie Redmayne
immediately came to mind.
He had directed him previously in the HBO mini-series Elizabeth I (2005) with Helen
Mirren and Jeremy Irons. He had played a young rebel trying to overthrow the queen.
He gets sentenced to death because, obviously its not a good thing to rebel against
Helen Mirren, Hooper says.
He did this extraordinary performance that I remember vividly. Hooper says. When
he receives the death sentence, he was practically quaking. His performance had this
extraordinary emotional translucency. It was so raw. English actors are often quite reserved;
there is some kind of dialogue with emotional repression. Eddie was completely out of that
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Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R RO BI N KA T CH E R

ROBIN KATCHER
By JOEY DiGULIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Story District, a local organization that fosters excellence and innovation
in autobiographical storytelling through classes, live performance and more,
celebrates Hanukkah with its seventh annual installment of My So-Called
Jewish Life.
Its Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St., N.W.)
and features funny, poignant, powerful and even peculiar autobiographical
stories about all things Jewish, not-so-Jewish and wanna-be Jewish. Amy
Sandman, Story Districts artistic executive director, will host. Tickets are $20
in advance or $25 day of. Details at sixthandi.org.
One of the storytellers will be Robin Katcher who will share stories of her
mothers concerns about her being a Jewish lesbian. Katcher, a New York City
native, came to the Washington area 20 years ago on a fellowship working
on social justice issues for the Reform Jewish movement. By day shes a nonprot development consultant.
Katcher and her wife, Tonya, live in Silver Spring, Md., with their 2-yearold daughter. Katcher enjoys reading really good adolescent ction and
watching Doc McStuns with her daughter in her free time.
PHOTO BY ALEXANDER MOROZOV

How long have you been out and who


was the hardest person to tell?
Ive been out for about 23 years. The
hardest person to tell was my mom, but
maybe not for the reasons you might
think. To hear the full story you should
go to Story Districts My So Called Jewish
Life this Sunday.
Whos your LGBT hero?
There are too many to list. Any
happiness and freedom I enjoy in my life
is due to the incredible bravery and work
of those who came before me. Today I
feel especially grateful for writers, artists
and activists like Audre Lorde and Joan
(JEB) Biren.
Whats Washingtons best
nightspot, past or present?
Laying beside my wife in our comfy
bed. As the mother of a 2-year-old, any
night I sleep all the way through without
interruption beside the love of my life is
denitely the BEST nightspot.
Describe your dream wedding.
I lived it! A legal shotgun lesbian
Jewish wedding surrounded by loving
friends and family. My wife was seven
months pregnant with our daughter
when marriage in Maryland became
legal so we decided to make honest
women of ourselves. We wrote our own
deeply meaningful service, surrounded
ourselves with our loving friends and
family, rented an amazingly beautiful
public park facility, got a great caterer,
danced and celebrated.

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
I prioritize ghts for the racial and
economic justice of all people (which
also make these LGBT issues). I wonder
what issue isnt an LGBT issue? LGBT
people are people of color, have
children, are workers, seek economic
and educational opportunities, need
a sustainable planet, want access to
quality health care and fear an out-ofcontrol criminal justice system. If I stand
in solidarity with the diversity of our
LGBT community, then I believe I must
concern myself with all these issues.
What historical outcome
would you change?
Any mass genocide, forced enslavement
or degradation of a people sins we
seem doomed to repeat throughout our
human history.
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
The rst time I saw an episode of
Wonder Woman. She was strong,
smart, powerful, sexy. She could force
people to tell the truth, dodge bullets,
y an invisible plane, ght the Nazis and
regularly save the lives of the very men
who once doubted her competency as
a woman. Im still not entirely sure if I
wanted to be her or date her.
On what do you insist?
Lived justice and dignity for all people.
What was your last
Facebook post or Tweet?
A picture of my daughter mesmerized by
the menorah lights and wishing all our

loved ones, who celebrate,


a Happy Chanukah.
If your life were a book,
what would the title be?
Oye Really, Im Not That Interesting
If science discovered a way
to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
Nothing! Besides why would we waste
our brilliant scientic minds changing
ones sexual orientation? Lets cure
AIDS, cancer or a million other horric
diseases humans face. Being LGBT
isnt a disease or an illness and it isnt
something to be changed any more than
I would want to change the sound of a
healthy beating heart.
What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?
I believe there is some energy in the
world that lives within each of us and is
greater than any one of us. Call it love,
faith in humanity, nature, religion, G-d,
whatever. Feeling its presence reminds
me to be loving, humble, grateful, kind
and present.
Whats your advice for
LGBT movement leaders?
Accept our gratitude and stay open for
what is most needed that you can best
provide. Honor the true diversity of
LGBT people, develop the leadership of
others, align us, ght for justice and take
good care of yourself.
What would you walk
across hot coals for?
My family those I was lucky enough

to get at birth and those I have chosen


throughout my life. And if they were,
maybe, holding some really delicious dark
chocolate, that would be an added bonus.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
The ones we have internalized as the
truth about ourselves.
Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Please dont make me choose!
Whats the most
overrated social custom?
I really hate all those customs around
what is supposedly appropriate for a
girl or a boy. All that gender norming
we force people into from birth through
adulthood girls should wear dresses,
like pink and play with dolls or boys
should wear pants, like blue and play
with trucks. Its all just made up bullshit
that squeezes us into a binary, controls
and limits us. All people should be free
to explore and express themselves.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
Im not that good at coveting, but Id
really love one day to be good enough to
be selected for Story Districts Top Shelf.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
I wish I knew I could be this happy
without all the worrying and overworking.
Why Washington?
I get to work for justice with amazing
leaders and organizations. I found my
people and made my community here.

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Happy
Holidays!

A scene from Holiday Memories, a well-written look at Truman Capotes childhood.

Celebrated writer
recalls childhood in
Holiday production
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Growing
up
in
Depression-era
Alabama, Truman Capotes ambition was
to be a tap dancer in Hollywood.
But his reality was something dierent.
When Capotes parents split, his mother
sent him to live with distant small town
relatives. In the dour household, 7-year-old
Capote found a kindred spirit in his 60-ish
cousin known as Miss Sook. Both were
outsiders: he was a sissy and she was oddly
childlike. Miss Sook called him Buddy, and
they instantly became best friends.
Though his yen for the limelight never
faded, Capote traded tap for literary dreams.
He brilliantly used those early years spent
with Miss Sook in the small town south,
to write his autobiographical short stories
A Thanksgiving Visitor and the especially
tender A Christmas Memory.
Capotes classics are brought to life in
Holiday Memories, a faithful adaptation
by Russell Vandenbroucke now playing at
WSC Avant Bard. Tom Prewitt directs. In the
rst act, Miss Sook (Charlotte Akin) urges
young Buddy (played by adult actor Samus
Miller) to invite his schoolyard tormentor
home for Thanksgiving dinner. The results
are mixed but lessons in empathy are duly
imparted. After intermission, Miss Sook
shouts Its fruitcake weather, Buddy! She
can smell it in the air. This prompts the
pair to collect numerous pecans from a
neighbors eld and kick o their arduous
Christmas ritual of baking several dozen
fruitcakes that they mail to a mix of far o
luminaries and near strangers to whom
they feel close.
The memories are narrated by the
middle-aged Capote (Christopher Henley)
who shares the stage with his younger self.
Angular with a full head of dark hair, Henley
looks nothing like Capote. Smartly, the out
actor doesnt mimic the lisping, eln literary
genius but instead successfully assays a
southern gentleman storyteller partial to
the occasional dramatic hand gesture.
Henley anchors the play.
Liz Dutton plays a range of women a
rough tomboy, a rich relative, the mill owners

wife, but her hammy turn as Queenie the


scrappy terrier would have worked better as
a puppet or ostage barks. Devon Ross ably
plays the men, mostly heavies including the
bully and a butch uncle.
Colin Diecks leaf-strewn set with
cutaway walls opening a rustic kitchen to
a meadow and beyond conjures wistful,
humorous recollections of holidays past.
At D.C. Arts Center in Adams Morgan,
George Is Dead begins with a woman
sitting in a darkened living room listening
to a Christmas carol, Bing Crosbys Its
Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. But
before the song ends, she turns o the radio
and the play ceases to be a holiday show.
Penned by comic and writer Elaine
May, George brings together sensible,
caretaking Carla (Fiona Blackshaw) and
obscenely rich and self-absorbed Doreen
(Kerri Rambow).Their only connection
is that Carlas elderly mother was once
Doreens nanny.
Its late and Carla is at home anxiously
awaiting her husbands return from
delivering a speech for Amnesty
International when Doreen decked out in
serious jewels and a fur coat unexpectedly
shows up to announce the untimely
death of her own husband, George. He
died on the ski slopes in Aspen and his
body is currently somewhere in Colorado
awaiting return to New York and burial.
Doreen needs someone to handle it. That
she hasnt seen Carla in years doesnt
seem to matter.
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Doc explores Methodist struggles with gay marriage


An Act of Love, a documentary about LGBT inclusion in the United Methodist
Church, screens with a panel discussion at Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th
St., N.W.) on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 7-10 p.m.
Rev. Frank Schaefer is the focus of the documentary. Schaefer had his
ministerial credentials revoked after ociating his sons same-sex ceremony.
The lm also explores same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian clergy in the
church. Director Scott Sheppard and Rev. Frank Schaefer will appear for the
panel discussion.
Tickets are $6. For more details, visit anactoovelm.com

By MARIAH COOPER

SMYAL holiday event


is Dec. 17
The fourth annual SMYAL for the
Holidays event is Thursday, Dec. 17 from
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St., N.W.).
The event is a chance for allies,
members, the board and more to
celebrate the season of giving by toasting
SMYALs success this year and renew your
commitment to support and empower
LGBT youth in 2016.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the
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John Waters brings his Christmas show A John Waters Christmas: Holier &
Dirtier to the Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) on Monday,
Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
The holiday-themed one-man show stars John Waters as he discusses holiday
traditions, Christmas movies and real-life, scary holiday stories. Waters, a
Baltimore native, is known for his o-beat lmmaking style. Tickets are $49.50.
For more details, visit birchmere.com.

Imperial Court to host


Hard Candy Christmas
The Imperial Court of Washington hosts
Hard Candy Christmas, a potluck dinner,
at Ziegfelds/Secrets (1824 Half St., S.W.)
on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m.
There will be a Toys for Tots collection.
Those who donate will receive a beverage
voucher. The Christmas Mother will make
a special appearance and there will also
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RUTANYA ALDA as Carol Ann on the set of
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Carol Ann tells all in


juicy new lm memoir
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
EDITORS NOTE: This is part one of a two-part
series. Look for part two in the Dec. 18 edition.

Actress Rutanya Alda was having a


dicult time in early 1981. She was in
the throes of the recurring drug habit
her husband, Richard Bright, was battling
and in Los Angeles spending many long
hours lming Mommie Dearest, the
Joan Crawford biopic thats perhaps the
biggest gay cult lm of all time (one might
make a credible case for Valley of the
Dolls but thats another discussion).
Though shed made many lms by that
point (most notably 1978s The Deer
Hunter in which she played Angela),
she says Mommie was an especially
arduous shoot. To maintain her sanity,
she kept a diary, which she self-published
this fall as The Mommie Dearest Diary:
Carol Ann Tells All.
A phone interview from Aldas New
York City home was so far-ranging and
candid, were publishing this in two
parts. Look in next weeks edition for the
conclusion. Her comments have been
slightly edited for length. The book is
available on Amazon.
WASHINGTON BLADE: You dont
mention any premiere for Mommie
Dearest in the book. Was there one?
When did you rst see it?
RUTANYA ALDA: Youre right, there
was no premiere, which is really weird
when I think back on it. It just opened in
theaters in New York and I went and paid
to see it just like everybody else.
BLADE: And what was your initial
reaction?
ALDA: When the audience laughed,
I was like, Oh my gosh, I was kind of
taken aback because I knew (producer)

Frank Yablans and (director) Frank


Perrys intention was to make this really
serious drama and of course it turned
into this kind of camp happening right
from the get go. Even Paramount was
caught o guard and they didnt know
how to promote it because it became
such an audience experience right away.
I was actually quite pleased because
the audience really got into it. It was just
amazing to me.
BLADE: Had you always kept a diary?
ALDA: No, Id never kept a diary before
or since. This is my one and only diary.
BLADE: Why did you happen to keep
one then?
ALDA: My personal life was in chaos
because of Richards addiction problem
and the set life was in chaos too because
Faye Dunaway was causing a lot of stress,
so between those two worlds, I just sort
of had to survive it and my way of doing
that was to journal it. That sort of gave me
some balance. It made me feel better.
BLADE: You write that you were
surprised at the camp angle when it came
out but didnt it seem like Faye Dunaway
(Joan Crawford) was chewing the scenery
during shooting? Or did it feel like she
was just giving a really intense, bold
performance?
ALDA: Thats a good question and I
dont know how to answer it. I know that
Frank Perry lost control of the movie
within the rst week because as I also
write in my book, when I did my rst
scene with little Christina and say that
we should be more understanding that
her mother has to do a screen test and
this is very disgraceful for a star, when I
nished that scene, Frank Perry had tears
in his eyes. I was perplexed. He said,
No, this is the rst honest piece of lm
weve had all week. That sort of stunned
me and I didnt know what to say. Theyd
been shooting Faye for a week so that
kind of gave me an inkling that he wasnt
getting what he wanted but there was

nothing he could do about it. He was just


overwhelmed and I think he was afraid of
getting red too. The stress level for him
was very high as well as other people. You
were dealing with a very unpredictable
person and at the time, I think Faye was
a huge star.
Frank Yablans had invested so much
money on pre-production, the beautiful,
just luscious sets and the great costumes by
Irene Sharif that were custom made for Faye,
they were just sumptuous and wonderful
and I think they felt like they couldnt replace
Faye and it proved to be true. Early on, as
I write, she held up production for a few
days because she wanted Terry ONeill, her
boyfriend at the time, to get producer credit
and I know (Yablans) was very upset about
that. He was being squeezed. Frank Yablans
was the former president of Paramount
and not a small-time guy. Im sure he wasnt
used to feeling sabotaged and he was upset
about it. .
Fayes
performance
was
Fayes
performance. I know shes going to
probably say in her book that its going to
be everybody elses fault and were all the
bad ones but I journaled it as it happened
and shes trying to remember it. Back in
February, March, she asked me to come
help her write her book, which was kind of
a jaw-dropping moment for me because I
hadnt heard from this woman in 30 years
and here shes asking me to come help her
write with her ghost writer because she
cant remember. And honestly, if I hadnt
journaled it, I wouldnt have remembered
the little details either. I would have kind of
generally remembered it, but you know, I
think its a fair book. It just sort of tells it as it
happened observing the interactions with
people on the set, their comments, what
they said, working with these great people
like the hairdresser, who had worked with
Joan on many movies, and Charlie Schram,
the makeup person who went back to Judy
Garland and The Wizard of Oz. These
people were all big people in their league
in the industry so their reaction I thought
was very interesting too.
BLADE: As you write, several of them

came out of retirement to do Mommie


Dearest. If they admired Joan, as you
say they had, why would they have come
back for this character assassination?
ALDA: Yes, they all loved working with
Joan so when somebody said, Oh, Faye
really channeled Joan, I said, No, no if
she had channeled Joan, she would have
been polite to the crew. Joan knew all their
names, greeted them every morning, she
was really gracious and kind, remembered
their birthdays, gave thank-you notes, sent
presents. This was her ball eld so to speak.
Often people who are that way at work, the
tension and pressure sort of build up and
they take it out on their wives, their kids,
you know, the loved ones around them,
because they have to relieve the pressure
somewhere and I think in my mind, I
suspect thats what happened to Joan. She
was under a lot of pressure, she was a huge
star, she was losing her contract at MGM
and I think she was under a lot of pressure
and I think a lot of it is perspective.
I read several books about her before
we started the movie and you know, she
grew up extremely poor, no clothes and
the really pretty girls at her school made
fun of her. I really identied with that
because when I came to America wearing
my one dress and having the girls dish me
because I was always wearing the same
dress kids can be very hurtful at that
age. Im sure in Joans eyes, she grew
up with that poverty and struggle and she
sees these kids in their Beverly Hills home
and beautiful clothes being taken care
of and, you know, shes a disciplinarian.
She was going to give them a good life,
but they werent going to become spoiled
brats. But its all relative. Im sure from
the kids point of view, maybe she was too
strict and too punishing. I look at my
mother and I remember all the beatings,
the belts, and I think, Gosh, I would have
loved to have lived in a beautiful house
with beautiful clothes and just had a strict
mother, that would have been great,
but again, its all relative and its such
a personal experience growing up. No
parents are perfect.

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

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind


Thru Jan 3. Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.

The Chicago-based Neo-Futurists return to Woolly for the 5th time with their
never-the-same-twice mini-play extravaganza inspired by Dada, surrealism, and
the spontaneity of late-night sketch comedy. Any given performance might contain
nudity, strong language, adult content, strobe lights, and audience interaction.

A Choral Arts Christmas


Dec 14-24. Choral Arts Society of Washington at Kennedy Center.
202-244-3669. choralarts.org.
A Choral Arts Christmas celebrates the holidays with a magical mix of seasonal
classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards. December 14th
will feature the SYC Ensemble Singers (Singapore).

Alexandria: Where DCs Breweries Began


Dec 13 & 18. The Smithsonian Associates at
Old Presbyterian Meeting House.
202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org.

Join Garrett Peck, author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing


in Washington, D.C, on a walking tour through Old Towns alleyways,
archaeological nds, ice wells, warehouses, and waterfront as you explore the
beverages local heritage and its renaissance.

Washington Produced Artists


Thru Dec 19. Washington Project for the Arts.
202-234-7103. wpadc.org.

The inaugural exhibition in the new space features work by artists William
Christenberry, Jim Sanborn, Joyce J. Scott and Dan Steinhilber, with a mobile
public art project created by Workingman Collective, a video installation by
Michelle Lisa Herman, and an opening night performance by Maida Withers
Dance Construction Company.
PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY

Get Out More!

THEATRE
Bright Star. Thru Jan 10. Matilda the
Musical. Dec 15-Jan 10. Shear Madness.
Ongoing. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Pericles. Thru Dec 20. Folger Theatre.
202-544-7077. folger.edu.
The Christmas Revels. Thru Dec 13.
GW Lisner Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
West Side Story. Dec 16-Jan 24.
Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Dennis Williams Forgiving But Not
Forgetting. Dec 12. Howard Theatre.
202-803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.
Guys and Dolls. Thru Dec 27. Olney
Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
The Apple Family Cycle: Regular
Singing. Thru Dec 13. Sorry. Thru Dec
13. Bad Jews. Thru Jan 3. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Sons of the Prophet. Thru Dec 20.
Theater J. 202-518-9400. theaterj.org.
How to Catch A Leprechaun. Dec 1227. An Irish Carol. Dec 12-31. Keegan
Theatre. 202-265-3767.
keegantheatre.com.
A Christmas Carol. Thru Dec 31. Fords
Theatre. 202-347-4833. fords.org.

DANCE
Kwanzaa Celebration. Dec 12-13. Dance
Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
Israeli Folk Dance. Dec 13. JCCNV.
703-323-0880. jccnv.org.
New Dances. Thru Dec 11.
Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Step Afrika!s Magical Musical Holiday
Step Show. Thru Dec 22. Atlas.
202-399-7993. atlasarts.org.

MUSIC
Howard Universitys Afro Blue. Dec 12.
DC Youth Orchestra. Dec 13-Dec 14.
Trio Sefardi. Dec 13. National Gallery of
Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Michael Feinstein Sinatra Centennial.
Dec 11. Sweet Honey In The Rock. Dec
13. Metropolitan Klezmer. Dec 16.
Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
NSO Pops: The von Trapps & Ashley
Brown. Thru Dec 12. WNO: Hansel
and Gretel. Dec 12-20. NSO: Handels
Messiah. Dec 17-Dec 20.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Christmas with Nova Y. Payton and
Friends. Thru Dec 24. Signature Theatre.
703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org.
Jazz at Lincoln Center with
Wynton Marsalis. Dec 12. WPA
at Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
Vanessa Carlton. Dec 11. Shy Glizzy.
Dec 12. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
thehowardtheatre.com.
Claire Lynch Bluegrass Holiday. Dec 11.

Afro Blue Christmas. Dec 13. BlackRock.


240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org.
American Festival Pops Orchestra:
Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season.
Dec 12. GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.
Workhouse Cabaret Series: Naughty
or Nice? Dec 12-13. Workhouse Arts
Center. 703-584-2900.
workhousearts.org.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. The Serial
Impulse at Gemini G.E.L. Thru Feb 7.
Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic
World. Dec 13-Mar 20. Louise Bourgeois:
No Exit. Thru May 15. 202-737-4215.
nga.gov.
National Archives. Spirited
Republic. Thru Jan 10. 202-357-5000.
archivesfoundation.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
Esther Bubley Up Front. Thru Jan 17.
Pathmakers. Thru Feb 28. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
Prince Georges African American
Museum and Cultural Center. Now: A
Photographic Survey of Prince Georges
County, Maryland. Thru Jan 31.
301-809-0440. pgaamcc.org.
Smithsonian Anacostia. Hand of
Freedom: The Life and Legacy of the
Plummer Family. Thru Dec 27.
202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu.
Sandy Spring Museum. Weaving
Community. Thru Dec 30. 301-774-0022.
sandyspringmuseum.org.
National Geographic. Indiana Jones and
the Adventure of Archaeology. Thru Jan
3. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.

GALLERIES
Arlington Mill Community Center.
Living Diversity. Thru Dec 31.
arlingtonarts.org.
Strathmore. Fine Art in Miniature. Thru
Jan 3. Joseph Craig English. Thru Jan 3.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
The Art League Gallery. Kathlyn Avila.
Thru Jan 4. 703-683-1780.
theartleague.org.
BlackRock. Mark Parascandola: China
Film. Thru Dec 19. 301-528-2260.
blackrockcenter.org.
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. Sands
of Time. Dec 15-Feb 8. 703-323-0880.
jccnv.org.
District Architecture Center. The
Awards Show. Thru Jan 9. 202-347-9403.
aiadac.com.
Fisher Art Gallery. Shanthi
Chandrasekar. Thru Dec 20.
703-534-5726. schlesingercenter.com.
Glen Echo Park. Holiday Art Show
& Sale. Thru Jan 10. 301-634-2222.
glenechopark.org.

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Miracle on 7th Street is just the spot to get your holiday drink on but act fast like the season, it
will be over before you know it.

Cocktails more than


novelties at Miracle
on 7th Street
By KRISTEN HARTKE
Yes, D.C., there is a Santa Claus. And,
apparently, he likes candy cane cocktails,
gay carolers and a holiday soundtrack by
Bad Religion.
Bring it.
Born out of the eternally hip minds of
bar owners Derek Brown and Adriana
Salame-Aspiazu, Miracle on 7th Street is a
reimagining of the Shaw neighborhoods
sherry outpost Mockingbird Hill into a
holiday-themed bar that takes Christmas
cheer to the edge, and then jumps right
o the cli. It is, perhaps, the only way
to do it right, because it inspires both
wonder and conviviality among jaded
adults perpetually bombarded by crass
commercialism and human despair.
Make no mistake: Miracle on 7th Street
(1843 7th St., N.W.) is just a bar, but, like
the ritual viewing of a beloved Christmas
cartoon for the hundredth time, it
provides a welcome respite from the
outside world, however brief.
A confection of cream and gold, the
interior of Miracle on 7th Street, open daily
at 5 p.m, (details at miracleon7thstreet.
com) is both festive and warm, punctuated
by just the right amount of kitsch, in
the form of gold-painted toy dinosaurs
dressed in tiny Santa hats cavorting with
reindeer in an other-worldly nativity
scene above the bar, and a sparkling bluetinted Hanukkah Room in the rear of the
bar that feels somewhat like that slightly
overlooked card table at the holiday
family dinner that holds the overow
guests much the way Hanukkah tends
to be the forgotten middle child of the
American holiday season.
The cocktails are, of course, the star of
the show, focusing on seasonal avors like
cranberry, citrus, chocolate, peppermint
and chestnut, each carefully crafted to
stand on its own. While holiday cocktails
tend to veer toward being overly sweet,
Miracle on 7th Street is out to prove that
even a crme de menthe cocktail doesnt
have to taste like toothpaste.
The ten cocktails reference holiday

pop culture, such as Yippie Ki Yay,


Motherf****r!!!, a blend of rum, cachaa,
dry curaao, roasted chestnut orgeat
and lime created by Nico de Soto (whose
Miracle on 9th Street pop-up in New
York inspired the D.C. version), and Can
I Interest You in Hanukkah?, where a
combination of sherry, chocolate syrup
and Xocolatl Mole Bitters with cream and
soda almost perfectly mimics a frosty
glass of Yoo-hoo.
The success of the cocktails has much
to do with adding subtle seasonal notes
to otherwise classic recipes. I Dont Mind
You Shooting Me, Frank, But Take It Easy
on the Rum is a perfectly classic daiquiri
with a hint of crme de menthe, while A
Merry, Messy Kwelfnuve Kweznuz ris
o of the Fernet Branca-based Toronto
Cocktail, kissed with lightly fruity white
port that oers a fresh counterpoint to
the underlying notes of eucalyptus. There
may be a slightly creepy Elf on the Shelf
keeping an eye on the patrons, but these
drinks are no joke except maybe the
Youll Shoot Your Eye Out!, a blend of
scotch, pisco and Drambuie that might
be better served with the gingerbread
whipped cream topping on the side (in a
bowl, with a spoon, please).
Miracle on 7th Street is only open
through Dec. 24, so time is of the essence.
Yes, youll have to stand in line, and, yes,
its worth it. With dierent themed events
most nights throughout the run of the popup, expect it to be consistently busy. Some
of the highlights include Holiday Movie
Night on Tuesdays, ranging from White
Christmas to Scrooged; Manischewitz
Pong on Wednesdays; and a Christmas
carol singalong with the Gay Mens Chorus
of Washington on Sundays at 9 p.m. And
if youve inherited or, horrors, invested
in, an ugly Christmas sweater, be sure to
wear it on Saturday night from 5-8 p.m.
for a 10 percent discount on cocktails
because you may as well get your moneys
worth out of that woolen wonder.
Break out those elf ears (you know you
have them) and order up a round of nog
shots. The miracle youve been waiting for
has arrived.
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.

Holiday songs you


know and love
with a twist!

December 12 & 13 (ASL)


Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW
Tickets: 1-877-435-9849
or visit GMCW.org

ASL tickets or groups of 10 or more: call 202-293-1548

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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
The NeedlExchange hosts a gay dance
party at Zeba Bar (3423 14th St., N.W.)
tonight from 10 p.m.-2:45 a.m. DJ Mark
Louque will play. Admission is free before 11
p.m. and $5 after. This event is only open to
guests 21 and older. For more information,
search NeedlExchange on Facebook.
Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts
Church Night Holiday Spectacular, a
holiday-themed variety show, tonight
from 9 p.m.-midnight. Summer Camp,
Motherknuckle and the Sea Life will
perform. Show begins at 9:30 p.m. For
more details, visit blackcatdc.com.
18th and U Duplex Diner (9204 18th
St., N.W.) hosts its annual holiday party
benetting the Trevor Project tonight at
9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear a
holiday sweater. DJ Khelan will play. There
is a suggested $10 donation. For more
details, visit facebook.com/duplexdiner.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts Pup Invasion, a gay dance party,
tonight at 9 p.m. Pup Indigo will host
the night. There will be Jello-O shots and
a rae. There is a $5 cover. For more
information, visit greenlanterndc.com.
Women in Their 20s, a social discussion
group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender
and all women interested in women,
meets today at the D.C. Center (2000 14th
St., N.W.) from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to
join. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

SATURDAY, DEC. 12
Team Rayceen hosts its nal show at
Artomatic (8100 Corporate Dr., Hyattsville,
Md.) tonight from 9-11:30 p.m. Rayceen
Pendarvis and Curt Mariah will co-host.
Performances will include comedian
Chelsea Shorte, singer Angie Head,
burlesque performer Usagi and poet
Peace Jah. Admission is free. For more
details, visit facebook.com/teamrayceen.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
hosts an ASL class for LGBT people
today from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The lesson
will be on Christmas, religion and New
Years Eve activities. There will be a group
discussion, socialization and homework.
There is a suggested donation of $5. For
more details, visit thedccenter.org.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
hosts free and condential HIV
testing from 4-7 p.m. today. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.

SUNDAY, DEC. 13
D.C. Front Runners host a holiday party
at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church
(2300 Cathedral Ave., N.W.) today from
4-8:30 p.m. There is no dress code. There
is a $5 donation fee. For more information,

PHOTO COURTESY OF DON MIKE MENDOZA

La-Ti-Do hosts its annual Christmas show on Monday, Dec. 14 at Bistro Bistro.

search D.C. Front Runners on Facebook.


Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with one
show at 10:30 a.m. and another at 12:30
p.m. Brunch buet is $26 and the rst
mimosa or Bloody Mary is free. For more
information and to purchase tickets, visit
nelliesdragbrunch.eventbrite.com.

MONDAY, DEC. 14
La-Ti-Do hosts its annual I Love the
Holidays show and party at Bistro Bistro (1727
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m.
The show will be three hours. Performers
include the Cast of Forever Soulful, Matthew
Aninzo, Eymard Cabling, Sarah D. Lawson,
Stephanie Leonardi, Ben Lurye and many
more. Jake Null and LeVar Betts will be the
accompanists. Don Mike Mendoza and Regie
Cabico will host. General admission tickets
are $15, tickets with a receipt from Bistro
Bistro are $10, student and senior tickets
are $7 and non-performing La-Ti-Do alumni
ticket are $5. For more information, visit
facebook.com/latidodc.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..)
hosts coee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit

thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

TUESDAY, DEC. 15
Queer for Christ hosts Queer
Christmas, an Advent celebration, at
Baan Thai (1326 14th St., N.W.) tonight at
7 p.m. There will also be games. AN RSVP
is required. For more information search
a Queer Christmas on Facebook.
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.
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.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts a
gay middle Eastern party tonight at 9 p.m.
DJ Iz will play music. There will be two-forone happy hour drink specials from 5-9
p.m. There is no cover for admission. For
more details, visit numberninedc.com.
Bookmen D.C., an informal mens
gay literature group, discusses Eminent
Outlaws: the Gay Writers Who Changed
America by Christopher Bram at the
D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight

at 7:30 p.m. The book covers writers


such as Truman Capote and Tennessee
Williams. All are welcome. For details,
visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.
Woman to Woman, a support group
for HIV-positive women who love women,
meets at the Womens Collective (1331
Rhode Island Ave., N.E.) today from 5:30-7
p.m. There will be light refreshments. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.

THURSDAY, DEC. 17
SMYAL hosts its fourth annual SMYAL
for the Holidays event at Lost Society (2001
14th St., N.W.) today from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
SMYALs Young Donors Committee, the
SMYAL Allies and members from the SMYAL
board and sta will attend. Complimentary
hors doeuvres will be provided. Tickets are
$10 in advance and $20 at the door. For
more details, visitsmyal.org.
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.
The Melrose Georgetown (2430
Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) hosts the
Museum of the American Cocktail for a
holiday cocktail seminar from 6:30-8:30
p.m. Appetizers will be served and guests
will be given drink tickets to make the
cocktails at home. Tickets are $45 for
non-Museum of the American Cocktail
members and $37.50 for members. For
more details, visit melrosehoteldc.com.

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Director TOM HOOPER and EDDIE REDMAYNE on the set of The Danish Girl.

Redmayne had emotional


connection with the part
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tradition; there was this amazing emotional


connection with the part. I think I knew
then and there that I wanted to work with
him in a lead role.
Hooper next cast Redmayne as the
romantic Marius in Les Misrables. He
gave Redmayne the Danish Girl script
during that shoot and says the actor
read it overnight and loved it.
Redmayne introduced Hooper to one
of his most inuential advisers on the lm,
visionary director and transwoman Lana
Wachowski (The Matrix), whom Redmayne
knew from the lm Jupiter Ascending.
I had a wonderfully inspiring couple of
hours with Lana very early on and she was
incredibly generous with her wisdom and her
ideas, Hooper says. She knew a lot about
Lili and Gerda and thought they were very
important pioneers for the trans movement.
He credits her with a key visual in the
nished lm.
She said, Wouldnt it be fascinating
when you go to Paris if you set the
emergence of Lili against backdrop of
Art Nouveau, because the Art Nouveau
period is about the rejection of the
masculine, the rectilinear, the straight
line, the embracing of the curved form,
the explosions of color, the feminine in
design. As a result of that inspiration,
we ended up going to Brussels to shoot
rather than Paris because Brussels has
the best Art Nouveau interiors in Europe.
Unlike Redmayne, Alicia Vikander,
who plays Gerda, had to audition for the
lm. But Hooper says it didnt take him
long to realize she was perfect for the
complex role of Einars supportive wife, a
celebrated artist in her own right.
She came in for a screen test and
she did the romantically titled Scene 56
where Gerda confronts Lili about her
encounter with Henrik. After the rst
take, I had tears in my eyes. I was knocked
out. Eddie turned around and said, Well,
theres not a lot of suspense about who
youre going to cast now, Hooper.

I felt lucky to have her, he says. I love


the strength she brings to Gerda. In fact, she
reminds me of Laura Linney, who I worked
with on John Adams. They both have that
gift to make goodness fascinating.
Hoopers sensitive work with his
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actors in featured roles and as extras. He
says it was important that they be utilized
since anti-trans biases exist in casting.
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Anyone who studies the rental market
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on the market (DOMM) before it rents.
But whats interesting is how much that
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In previous articles in this column,
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