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MARCH

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2016

volume 47

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Americas Gay News Source

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Comings & Goings


Almeida honored; Whitman-Walkers
new board member
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 due to Tico Almeida. The Harry S. Truman


Scholarship Foundation has announced that Almeida, an LGBT civil
rights attorney and founder of the national LGBT legal organization
Freedom to Work, will be recognized at the U.S. Supreme Court
with the 2016 Stevens Award. The Stevens Award was established
in 1999 in honor of Joseph E. Stevens, Jr., a former president of the
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. The Stevens Award is given
to a Truman Scholar who is an attorney and has made signicant TICO ALMEIDA
contributions in public service and to the Truman Foundation.
Almeida was originally awarded the Truman Scholarship in 1998 while
a student at Duke University, and the scholarship was used for his legal
education at Yale Law School. He will be presented with the Stevens
Award at a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court on June 1, 2016.
The Truman Foundation selected Almeida for the Stevens Award
based on his public interest work as counsel to a Congressional
Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, advocate for
BRIAN GOLDTHORPE
immigrants and Latinos as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and historic litigation and
lobbying eorts for LGBT Americans with the organization he founded
ve years ago, Freedom to Work. Almeida was a national leader in the
campaign to persuade President Obama to sign a historic executive
order protecting LGBT workers from discrimination at companies that
receive federal contracts.
His background includes previously serving as chair of the Hispanic
National Bar Associations Committee on Labor and Employment TRAVIS PATTON
Law. While a student at Yale Law School he clerked for the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund.
Another member of our community who has earned our congratulations is Brian
Goldthorpe, who started the Capitol Hill Business Connection. This independent professional
networking group of businessmen and women focuses on new business development
referrals within the groups members and membership is open to all. Goldthorpe is dedicated
to the open exchange of knowledge and expertise between members. The group has weekly
meetings that often incorporate group discussions on overcoming common challenges faced
by entrepreneurs, as well as breakout sessions on how to improve internal communication
between members and those in their various professional networks.
Goldthorpe is the owner of Privileged Communication (secureyourrep.com) a consulting
rm based in Columbia Heights, which specializes in crisis communication, reputation
management and messaging.His expertise enables his clients to eectively manage threats
to their reputations and navigate crises that put their futures at risk, while also generating
goodwill and creating new growth opportunities. He is also a recognized LGBT rights advocate.
(On a personal note, I will be delivering a lunchtime lecture on business development to the
group on March 8 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., which will be hosted at Keller Williams oces at 519
C St., N.E. The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP at brian.s.goldthorpe@gmail.com.)
Congratulations also to Travis Patton who was recently elected to the board of
directors of Whitman-Walker Health. Patton is a partner at PwC LLP where he has focused
his practice for more than 17 years on tax-exempt organizations, including healthcare
organizations, universities, museums and foundations. He moved to Dupont Circle in
1998 after graduating from the College of William and Mary and then earned his masters
in taxation from American University.
Patton married his husband Je Seese in 2011, and together they have been active
community members supporting Whitman-Walker, the Point Foundation, the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society and the 17th Street Festival, among other charitable activities.
They, along with close friends, are founding members of the annual Wig Night Out
fundraiser. Upon joining the WWH board in February, Patton said, I hope to volunteer my
experience in accounting and health care nance as well as my community engagement
to support the organization.

LO CA L N E W S

Bowser resubmits nomination of gay businessman

For the third time since last May, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Feb. 10
submitted the name of gay businessman and real estate developer David
Franco to the D.C. Council for conrmation for a seat on the citys Zoning
Commission.
Similar to the rst two submissions, most Council observers expect Council
Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) to continue to block the nomination from
proceeding to a hearing and vote by the full Council.
Mendelson told the Washington Blade last September hes concerned that
Francos role as principal owner of the real estate development rm Level 2
Development raises the perception that he would have a pro-development
bias rather than a neutral stance on development-related issues before the
commission.
Franco, who also owns the D.C. retail clothing store Universal Gear, has
said he would recuse himself from any zoning matter that involves Level
2 Development. He has also said his knowledge and experience in the
development business would enable him to provide an important perspective
for the commission in a fair and impartial way.
But Mendelson has said Francos appointment would create a troubling
dynamic on the Zoning Commission, which, among other things, regulates
the size and density of buildings and development projects.
In her previous two submissions of Francos nomination, Bowser withdrew
the nomination one day before a 90-day deadline set by D.C. law for Council
approval of nominations for boards and commissions, according to Mendelson
aide Evan Cash. Under that law, a nomination automatically is deemed to be
disapproved if the Council doesnt act on it within the 90-day period.
In her Feb. 10 submission letter, Bowser told Mendelson a majority of the
Council supports a hearing to allow Mr. Franco to present his qualications.
Similar to the two previous submissions, Francos nomination was sent to
the Councils Committee of the Whole, which Mendelson chairs. Cash, the
committees sta director, told the Blade on Wednesday that no hearing has
been scheduled for the Franco nomination and he is unaware of plans by
Mendelson to schedule a hearing.
In a Feb. 16 memorandum sent to all Council members, Council Secretary
Nyasha Smith said Francos nomination would be declared disapproved on
Thursday, May 26, 2016 without Council approval.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

LGBT contingent to march in St. Pats Parade

For the second year in a row, an ocially approved contingent organized


by the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community is scheduled to march in D.C.s
St. Patricks Day Parade, which is set to take place Sunday, March 13, along
Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Similar to last years parade, the local LGBT Catholic group Dignity
Washington will be joining the contingent with the enthusiastic participation
of its Irish American members and their friends and supporters, according to
the Dignity Washington website.
Patricia Hawkins, a member of the D.C. Center board and one of the
organizers of the LGBT contingent, said the Irish American group that
organizes the parade in D.C. each year approved the D.C. Centers application
for a contingent earlier this year.
We had such a good response last year from the people watching along the
parade route, Hawkins said. Some looked a little surprised, but they couldnt
have been nicer.
Many of the more than 50 participants of the LGBT contingent last year
wore traditional Irish clothing, including bright green hats, while also carrying
rainbow ags. One of the banners carried by members of the contingent said,
Gayly Gaelic, Hawkins said.
The parade is scheduled to kick o at noon on Constitution Avenue at 7th
St., N.W. It will travel along Constitution Avenue to 17th St., where hundreds
seated in grandstands along the street will be watching, the parades website
says.
The D.C. Center has yet to announce a location where participants in the
LGBT contingent will assemble before joining the parade. Information about
the assembly location and other details can be obtained from the DC Center
at 202-682-2245 or from Hawkins at 202-486-8950.
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Trump courts gay delegates in D.C.


Campaign reaches out
to citys Log Cabin group
for support
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A representative of Donald Trumps
presidential campaign called the president
of Log Cabin Republicans of D.C. and four
or ve other members of the group to invite
them to pledge their support for Trump in
the citys March 12 Republican presidential
preference convention.
D.C. Log Cabin President Chris Allen
said the Trump campaign representative
who called him mentioned she knew he
was the leader of the local gay GOP group.
She just called to say that the Trump
campaign noticed that I wasnt aliated
with anyone and wanted to know if I
would like his endorsement for delegate,
Allen told the Washington Blade. And
I just told her I wasnt looking for any
endorsements at this time. And that was
about the extent of the call.

DONALD TRUMPs campaign is seeking


support from D.C.s Log Cabin Republicans.
PHOTO BY ANDY KATZ; COURTESY OF BIGSTOCK

Allen and ve other members of the


group are running on a Log Cabin slate as
uncommitted delegate candidates in the
March 12 conclave, set to take place at
D.C.s Lowes Madison Hotel.

The other local Log Cabin members


contacted by the Trump representative
gave the same reply, Allen said, noting
that they wish to remain uncommitted
going into the delegate selection
convention this coming Saturday.
Allen said he assumed the Trump
campaign worker obtained his name and the
name of the other D.C. Log Cabin members
running for delegate from a list of 169
candidates competing for 16 GOP delegate
seats and 16 alternate delegate slots released
by the citys Republican Party oce.
But I was kind of surprised when
she said she assumed I hadnt aliated
myself with a campaign because of my
position with Log Cabin, Allen said. I just
found that a little curious, that she must
have done a little more research than
simply looking up the delegate list.
Allen said his conversation with the
campaign representative, who only
identied herself as Tina, was brief and
he didnt ask her how she learned of his
aliation with Log Cabin.
Ive been telling friends that a lot of
people dont think Trump has a ground
game but I would say maybe he has a

little more of a ground game than people


give him credit for because that was
maybe not too much digging but certainly
not just pulling up a list and making cold
calls, either, Allen said.
A spokesperson for the Trump
campaign couldnt immediately be
reached for comment.
The other D.C. Log Cabin members
running as uncommitted delegate
candidates are Gregory Angelo, executive
director of the national Log Cabin
Republicans; and gay GOP activists Joe
Brookman, Stephen Jordan, Rick Ottinger
and Justin Kingsolver.
Meanwhile, another ve local gay
Republicans have emerged as delegate
candidates in the March 12 D.C.
convention. Unlike the rst group, four
of the veare running as committed to a
presidential candidate.
They are Christian Berle, a former
national Log Cabin group staer, whos
supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich;
Robert Traynham uncommitted; David
Trebing uncommitted; Rufus Kevin
Cain Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; and
Mike Wascom Rubio.

AIDS activists urge Congress to end epidemic


350 descend on Capitol Hill
to meet with lawmakers
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
More than 350 AIDS activists and
their allies from 36 states met with their
senators and representatives on Tuesday
following a series of strategy sessions on
Monday with experts as part of an annual
networking conference and lobbying day
known as AIDSWatch.
The event is sponsored by the Elizabeth
Taylor AIDS Foundation and organized
by three national AIDS advocacy
organizations AIDS United, Treatment
Access Expansion Project and the U.S.
People Living With HIV Caucus.Its billed
as the nations largest annual constituentbased national HIV/AIDS advocacy event.
With new advances in treatment,
improved access to care through health
reform and new prevention technology
that includes Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
(PrEP), huge strides have been made in
reaching the end of AIDS, a statement
released by organizers says.
However, success in this battle
will depend on key legislative eorts
that include ongoing support and
modernization of the Ryan White Care
Act, removing the ban on federal funds

DANIEL FRANZESE, who stars as Eddie Bear


on the HBO series Looking, was in D.C. this
week for AIDSWatch events.
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for syringe exchange programs, ensuring


funding and support for comprehensive
sexual health education, and addressing
outdated HIV-criminalization laws across
the United States, the statement says.
Among those participating in AIDSWatch
activities this week were six of Elizabeth

Taylors grandchildren, her stepdaughter


Kate Burton and her great-grandson, Finn
McMurray, 17. All of them traveled to the
nations capital to raise awareness about
the continued importance of safe sex
education and carry on their legendary
grandmothers activism, a statement by
the Taylor Foundation says.
Also participating in the events, including
congressional visits, was actor and singer
Daniel Franzese, who stars as Eddie Bear
on the HBO series Looking, in which he
plays an HIV-positive character.
In addition, former child actor Danny
Pintauro from the TV series Whos the
Boss, who went on to play other lm and
TV roles before coming out last year as
HIV positive and an AIDS activist, joined
fellow activists at AIDSWatch events.
This is my second year here for this,
Franzese told the Blade. And as an
ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS
Foundation I will come any time they
need me to be here.
Pintauro said this was the rst
AIDSWatch event he has attended and
hes excited about meeting and interacting
with seasoned activists who are helping
him on his journey to push for an end
to the epidemic as an activist. He said he
was also looking forward to joining fellow
activists in advocating for the pending
legislation backed by AIDSWatch ocials
in congressional visits.

This is brand new to me and Ive


been looking forward to this for months
and months, he said. For me this is
so exciting because I knew I would be
learning so much.
At a reception Monday night at the
Rayburn House Oce Building on Capitol
Hill, the Taylor grandchildren presented
the second annual Elizabeth Taylor
Legislative Leadership Award to Rep.
Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and posthumously
to the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
in recognition of their eort to advocate
for comprehensive sex education in the
nations schools.
AIDSWatch ocials presented the
events Congressional Leadership Award to
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), the nations
rst openly gay U.S. senator; and Sen. Chris
Coons (D-Del.) in recognition of their work
to push for legislation to ght AIDS.
Baldwin told the gathering she rst
became involved in LGBT rights and eorts
to address AIDS as an elected ocial
in 1986, when she won election to the
Dane County, Wisc., board of supervisors.
Now, 30 years later, things have gotten
much better from the early years of the
AIDS epidemic, she said, but the work of
community-based advocates like those
participating in AIDSWatch remains crucial
for bringing about change.
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South Dakota guv vetoes


anti-trans bathroom bill
Measure does not address
any pressing issue
MAYA YOUNG was found stabbed to
death in Philadelphia.

Woman arrested in Philly trans murder


PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia police have arrested a woman in connection
with the murder of a transgender woman.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Tiany E. Floyd, 24, faces murder and
conspiracy charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of Maya Young.
Young was stabbed in the neck and chest on Feb. 20 in Philadelphias
Frankford neighborhood. She succumbed to her injuries a short time later at a
local hospital.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Floyd is being held without bail.
Authorities told the newspaper that additional arrests in connection with
Youngs death are imminent.

Immigration Equality names new director


NEW YORK Immigration Equality on Feb. 29 announced that Aaron C. Morris
will become the organizations next executive director.
Morris, who has been with the organization since 2008, will succeed former
Executive Director Caroline Dessert.
The board is grateful to Cara for her passion and service, said Randy
Feuerstein, chair of Immigration Equalitys board of directors, in a press release.
The decision to transition leadership was mutual and amicable.
Aaron is a strong and strategic leader who has been a core member of the
Immigration Equality team for years, added Feuerstein. He has a deep and
abiding commitment to the organization and the clients we serve.
Dessert in the same press release also applauded Morris.
Having worked very closely with Aaron, I know that he is incredibly committed
to the communities Immigration Equality serves and the work the organization
does, said Dessert. I am so proud of all of the things we have accomplished
at Immigration Equality, and I know that I am leaving the organization in very
capable hands.
Immigration Equality was founded in 1994.

Transgender man killed in La.


BATON ROUGE, La. A Louisiana man faces murder and other charges in the
connection with the death of a transgender man of color.
Media reports indicate that Nicholas Matthews shot Demarkis Stansberry
inside his Baton Rouge home on Feb. 27.
The Advocate, a local newspaper, reported that Matthews admitted to police
that he shot Stansberry. He nevertheless said that he thought the magazine of the
handgun he used was empty because he red several rounds on New Years Eve.
Matthews has been charged with negligent homicide, illegal use of a weapon
and possession of a rearm by a felon. He remains in custody on $90,000 bail.
We are saddened by the loss of Demarkis Stansberry, and send our
condolences to his loved ones, said Emily Waters of the National Coalition of
Anti-Violence Programs in a statement. We are only beginning to see national
visibility around the disproportionate violence that transgender people face in
this nation. Violence against transgender men has been largely missing from
these conversations, and we must encourage a discussion of the unique ways
that transgender men experience violence.
Elizabeth Anne Jenkins, president of Louisiana Trans Advocates, on her
Facebook page said that Stansberry was a member of her organization.

By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard
this week vetoed a bill that would
have enabled discrimination against
transgender students by prohibiting them
from using a public restroom consistent
with their gender identity, making him
the rst governor in the country to veto a
so-called papers to pee bill.
In his veto message, Daugaard said the
measure, HB 1008, does not address
any pressing issue aecting schools or
students in South Dakota.
As policymakers in South Dakota, we
often recite that the best government is
the government closest to the people,
Daugaard said. Local school districts can,
and have, made necessary restroom and
locker room accommodations that serve
the best interests of all students, regardless
of biological sex or gender identity.
Daugaard criticized the measure
for imposing statewide standards on
bathroom use for transgender students,
saying the bill removes the ability of local
school districts to handle the issue.
If and when these rare situations arise,
I believe local school ocials are best
positioned to address them. Daugaard
said. Instead of encouraging local
solutions, this bill broadly regulates in a
manner that invites conict and litigation,
diverting energy and resources from the
education of the children of this state.
The Republican governor had until
Tuesday to sign the legislation, veto it or
allow it to become law by taking no action.
The governor had kept silent about his
position on the bill until now. He met with
State Rep. Fred Deutch, the chief sponsor
of the bill in the House, on Tuesday.
The legislature seems unlikely to attempt
to override the veto. In a statement,
Deutch said hell urge colleagues to sustain
the governors action to keep the spotlight
o South Dakota.
Because I think the national focus
on South Dakota should be our
positive business environment, strong
labor market and the excellent work
our schools do, I am going to ask my
legislative colleagues to concur with the
governors veto, Deutch said. Further
focus on this issue will detract from the
other signicant accomplishment of the
legislature this session.
The bill, HB 1008, would have
barred transgender students in public
schools from using the shared restrooms

Gov. DENNIS DAUGAARD (R-S.D.) vetoedan


anti-trans bill.

consistent with their gender identity. Its


unclear how it would have been enforced,
but critics have said students would have
needed to prove their biological sex
through a blood test or a birth certicate.
The South Dakota measure was but
one of several anti-trans bathroom
bills in state legislatures throughout
the country. According to a report
from the Human Rights Campaign, an
unprecedented number of 44 anti-trans
bills are pending in state legislatures
in 16 states throughout the country.
The Republican National Committee
endorsed the legislation in a resolution
approved last month at its winter meeting
in Charleston, S.C.
Kris Hayashi, executive director of
Transgender Law Center, said Daugaard
made the right call in deciding to veto
the anti-trans legislation.
Every child, including transgender
children, should feel welcome in their
state and in their school, and should
have the opportunity to succeed and
be treated fairly as they work to get an
education, Hayashi said. Using state
law to force schools to perform gender
checks on students who need to use
the bathroom and then separate out
transgender students from their peers
is not only dangerous and wrong, it is a
violation of federal law.
Critics said the bill was at odds
with the federal government, which
under the Obama administration has
interpreted the gender provisions of
Title IX of the Education Amendments of
1972 to prohibit discrimination against
transgender students in schools. An
estimated $200 million in Title IX funding
for South Dakota could have been at risk
as a result of the bill.
LGBT advocates pressed Daugaard to
veto the legislation.

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Big wins for Clinton, Trump on Super Tuesday


Critics pounce on GOP
frontrunners KKK remarks
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
When the dust cleared after polls closed
on Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton and
Donald Trump moved closer to securing
their parties nominations for president.
On Super Tuesday, alternatively known
as the SEC Primary because of the
states involved, voters in 12 states and
American Samoa brought clarication to
a tumultuous presidential race and who
will likely be the presidential nominees
for the Democratic and Republican
parties heading into the general election.
By the end of the day, the former
of secretary of state was declared the
winner in seven states: Georgia, Virginia,
Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas
and Massachusetts. Her rival, Sen.
Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), was the winner
in Vermont, Oklahoma, Colorado and
Minnesota. Sanders wins enable him
to remain in the race, but the loss of
Massachusetts was seen as a big blow
because the state was considered crucial
for his success.
Meanwhile, Trump scored wins in
Georgia,
Alabama,
Massachusetts,
Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and
Arkansas. The real estate magnates
success
came
at
the
expense
of establishment candidate Sen. Marco
Rubio (R-Fla.), who only ended up winning
the Minnesota caucuses. Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas) won Oklahoma, his home state
of Texas, as well as the caucuses in Alaska.
In their victory speeches in Florida,
Clinton and Trump seemed ready to
move away from the primary and go
head-to-head in the general election.
Emphasizing her theme of breaking
down barriers, Clinton alluded to
Trumps campaign slogan, saying she has
a better vision for the country.
America is strong when were all
strong, Clinton said. We know weve got
work to do. That work, that work is not to
make America great again. America never
stopped being great. We have to make
America whole. We have to ll in whats
been hallowed out.
Making a reference to her support for
LGBT rights at the end of her speech,
Clinton said, We have to defend all our
rights, workers rights and womens rights,
civil rights and voting rights, LGBT rights
and rights for people with disabilities.
Introduced at his victory event by New
Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who endorsed
himlast week, Trumptook aim at Clinton
for the vision she articulated.

HILLARY CLINTON and DONALD TRUMP are looking ahead to a potential showdown in the
general election after big wins on Tuesday.
CLINTON: WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY DAMIEN SALAS. TRUMP: PHOTO BY ANDY KATZ; COURTESY OF BIGSTOCK.COM

Shes been there for so long, Trump


said. If she hasnt straightened it out by
now, shes not going to straighten it out
in the next four years. Its just going to
become worse and worse. She wants to
make American whole again. And Im trying
to gure out what is that all about? Make
America great again is going to be much
better than making America whole again.
Trump took questions from reporters
following his speech. In response to an
inquiry over U.S. House Speaker Paul
Ryans (R-Wis.) criticism of him for refusing
to disavow white supremacists like David
Duke, Trump again pointed to an earlier
news conference in which he did disavow
the former Ku Klux Klan leader.
I disavowed them, I disavowed today
on ABC with George Stephanopoulos, I
disavowed again, Trump said. I mean, how
many times are you supposed to disavow?

Bigotry, disrespect
LGBT rights groups were among
those this week criticizing Trump for his
controversial refusal to disavow Duke
during a CNN interview.
Rea Carey, executive director of the
National LGBTQ Task Force, said Trumps
refusal to condemn the KKK reveals
everything about how far he will go to
cause pain.
At a time when our country is faced
with an epidemic of violence that
targets young black men and women,
including transgender women of color,
we need all the presidential candidates
to support policing and criminal justice
reform and to take more action to
end racism and racial injustice in our

nation, Carey said. Mr. Trumps words


have real life consequences that go well
beyond the podium. His racism, bigotry,
xenophobia and hate language continues
to fuel violence against marginalized
communities and people of color all
across the nation.
Sharon Lettman-Hicks, CEO of the
National Black Justice Coalition, said
Trumps refusal to condemn the KKK was
representative of each of the Republican
candidates running for president, calling
them sad and disheartening.
The conduct of their candidates,
including but not limited to Donald
Trump, beg the question: Where is our
country headed? Lettman-Hicks said.
The latest shenanigans of being ignorant
of the KKK is laughable. However, it is
no worse than all the bigotry, phobias,
disrespect and downright shameful
behavior we have experienced for this
entire election season. Even Rubio has
decided to shift his behavior to the lowest
common denominator. I wonder if he
wakes up now and says this is what Jesus
would do! Pitiful.
Trump made the comments the
latest for him in a campaign characterized
by attacks against marginalized groups
during an interview on CNNs State
of the Union.
When host Jake Tapper twice asked
the candidate whether hed disavow
David Duke and support from white
supremacists, Trump refused to answer,
saying hes heard nothing about Duke or
the groups Tapper referenced.
Well just so you understand, I dont
know anything about David Duke, OK?
Trump said. I dont know anything about

what youre even talking about with white


supremacy or white supremacists. So, I
dont know. I dont know, did he endorse
me, or whats going on? Because, you
know, I know nothing about David Duke. I
know nothing about white supremacists.
And so youre asking me a question that
Im supposed to be talking about people
that I know nothing about.
On Monday during an interview the
NBCs Today, Trump blamed a lousy
earpiece for his refusal to condemn
Duke, saying he couldnt hear Tappers
question. The candidate pointed out he
disavowed Duke last week, but still wont
comment on other groups because he
doesnt know who they are.
The later comments werent enough
for his detractors, including LGBT
advocates who continued to criticize
Trump for refusing to take up an
opportunity to repudiate a self-avowed
white supremacist. JoDee Winterhof, the
Human Rights Campaigns vice president
of policy and political aairs, said in the
aftermath of Trumps remarks supporters
of equality should take heed of his
success in the Republican primary.
The fact that Donald Trump is on
the cusp of becoming the Republican
nominee should be a wake-up call to
everyone who cares about equality,
Winterhof said. Trump has relied on the
most despicable kinds of tactics to fuel his
campaign. He has proven that no matter
what the issue, he will stoke ignorance
and bigotry in order to advance his own
campaign. We need a president who will
ght for equality, fairness, and justice for
all Americans not someone who will
literally say or do anything to win.
Duke, who founded the Knights of the
Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, has become a
central gure in the white supremacist
movement. A former state lawmaker
in Louisiana, Duke has been critical of
Americas ties to Israel and decried what
he called Jewish supremacism. Although
Duke, 65, has said during an interview
with the The Daily Beast he hasnt formally
endorsed Trump because he thinks the
candidate is too friendly with Jewish
people, the white supremacist leader has
called the candidate the best of the lot
and urged followers to listen to him.
Trumps initial refusal to condemn
Duke and the KKK has served as a
unifying force within a highly contested
Democratic primary. Sanders on Sunday
tweeted his condemnation of Trump
for his comments, saying, Americas
rst black president cannot and will not
be succeeded by a hatemonger who
refuses to condemn the KKK. His rival,
Hillary Clinton, took the unusual step of
retweeting the remarks.

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Gay Trump supporter speaks out


Longtime AIDS activist says
GOP frontrunner
very tolerant
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Gay Republican and AIDS activist James
Driscoll says hes supporting Donald Trump
for president largely because of Trumps
leadership skills and positions on a wide
range of issues, including immigration,
health care and the economy.
But Driscoll, 72, says he also believes
Trump is far better on LGBT and AIDSrelated issues than all of his rivals for
the Republican presidential nomination
except Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who
Driscoll would like to see Trump select for
the vice presidential nomination.
Ive been for Trump from the time he rst
announced, although I was cautious about
telling anybody about it then, Driscoll
told the Washington Blade in a telephone
interview from his home in Nevada.
On the eve of the Super Tuesday
presidential
primaries
in
states
throughout the country, Driscoll says he
feels its time for him and other LGBT
Trump supporters to speak out.
I can be classied as a conservative
but Im not a religious conservative, he
said. Thats also one reason that I like
Donald Trump. He says hes religious but

JAMES DRISCOLL says hes supporting


Donald Trump for president largely because
of Trumps leadership skills.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DRISCOLL

he seems basically to be a secularist and


hes not an ideologue, said Driscoll.
He knows how to court the religious
vote eectively but hes not one of them.
And they know it and they vote for him
over Cruz anyway, he said, referring to
GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz,
the U.S. senator from Texas who portrays
himself as a fundamentalist Christian.
Driscoll
holds
a
Ph.D.
from
the University of Wisconsin at Madison
in English literature. He has been an
advocate for HIV/AIDS causes, with
a focus on the development of the
new generation of AIDS drugs in the

early 1990s. President George W.


Bush appointed him a member of the
Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/
AIDS, where Driscoll joined other AIDS
activists Democrats and Republicans
to push for expedited U.S. Food and
Drug Administration approval of new lifesaving AIDS drugs.
He has served in the past as an AIDS
policy adviser to the national LGBT group
Log Cabin Republicans.
According to Driscoll, Trumps record
as a successful businessman with a
reputation of getting things done makes
him highly qualied for the presidency
at a time when the U.S. faces serious
problems at home and abroad.
And Im convinced he can govern very
well much better than Rubio or Cruz
because he knows how to run a business.
He knows how to run things, how to make
decisions, Driscoll said. And he has
tremendous energy and dynamism. Any
president thats going to do something
has to have some force behind him.
Driscoll dismisses the attacks against
Trump in the past few days by GOP
presidential contender Marco Rubio, the
U.S. senator from Florida, as a desperate
last-minute attempt to gain votes in
Tuesdays primaries.
He blames news media outlets with a
liberal bias for misinterpreting Trumps
positions and controversial statements
on matters like immigration. Driscoll,
who says he has worked as a volunteer

and advocate for refugees in Southeast


Asia during the Bush administration in
the early 2000s, believes U.S. immigration
policies and far-left immigration
activists today are unfairly biased in favor
of Latino immigrants from Mexico and
Central America.
Accusations that Trump is a racist
because he said drug dealers and rapists
are entering the U.S. from Mexico are
completely false and motivated by a
desire to keep the current system in place,
which Driscoll claims is stacked in favor
of immigrants entering the U.S. from the
southern border while cruelly ignoring
the plight of refugees in need of U.S. help
from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
I see a big moral issue that troubles me
there, he said. And I see Trump is the one
most committed to changing that system.
Although Trump has said he would
strongly consider nominating U.S.
Supreme Court justices who would
overturn last years ruling that extended
marriage rights to same-sex couples,
Driscoll said he doubts Trump would
do that. He points to Trumps earlier
statements predicting gay marriage
opponents would not succeed in eorts
to pass a constitutional amendment to
overturn the Supreme Court ruling and
suggesting he doesnt favor such an eort.
So I think he would be very tolerant on
gay rights issues, Driscoll said.
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Anti-immigrant rhetoric painful to hear


Former ambassador slams
Trump in veiled remarks
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania
Michael Guest on Monday spoke forcefully
against the anti-immigrant rhetoric that
Republican presidential candidates have
used on the campaign trail.
The America that we have heard
painted during this presidential campaign
is so, so dierent from the America that
I used to represent as a diplomat, said
Guest during a Council for Global Equality
reception that took place in Northwest
D.C. Its so painful to hear the dialogue.
Its so impossible to understand how U.S.
diplomats now describe and explain their
country abroad because we know that
America really is at its best when its doors
are open, when it is a beacon of hope
for people like the people who have just
spoken about their ordeals, when its a

No presidential candidate is going to take


our values and our character away from us,
said former ambassador MICHAEL GUEST.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

harbinger of hope.
Guest, who is the rst openly gay
ambassador conrmed by the U.S.

Senate,
represented
then-President
George W. Bushs administration in
Romania from 2001-2004. He currently
works for the Center for Global Equality
as a senior adviser.
Guest in his remarks did not specically
mention Republican frontrunner Donald
Trump or any of his GOP challengers.
The former ambassador did refer to the
hateful rhetoric that weve heard during
this campaign so far that includes talk of
building walls and xenophobia.
This is our country, said Guest. No
presidential candidate, no presidency is
going to take our values and our character
away from us.
Assistant Secretary of State for
Population, Refugees and Migration
Anne Richard; Special U.S. Envoy for the
Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry
and Organization for Refuge Asylum
and Migration Executive Director Neil
Grungras were among those who
attended the reception.
A gay man from Azerbaijan who
received asylum in the U.S. last June said

that he was severely tortured and raped


twice in his homeland because of his
sexual orientation.
The gay asylee, like Guest, rejected
the anti-immigrant rhetoric from the
campaign trail.
I am from a Muslim country, he said.
I am terried when I think that I may be
required to wear a special tag or carry a
colored ID to be identied as a Muslim.
Sham Hassan, a gay Iraqi man who
worked as a linguist for the U.S. Army,
said during the reception that members
of a radical Islamic group in 2006
kidnapped him and forced him to confess
his homosexuality as a sin. He said the
same militants also killed his uncle.
The U.S. on March 25, 2014, granted
him a visa that allowed him to leave Iraq.
He ew from Baghdad to Chicago less
than two months later.
It was so hard to believe that I had
made it to America, said Hassan. I had
arrived in America and it felt unbelievable.
It was like a dream come true. I felt like I
could breathe in the freedom.

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Rea Carey: Im not stepping down


Task Force reviewing its
conference protocols after
anti-Israel protest
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
National LGBTQ Task Force Executive
Director Rea Carey has no plans to resign
in the wake of Januarys protest at the
annual Creating Change conference that
forced the cancellation of a reception
with two Israeli activists.
There are a lot of opinions both from
people who were and werent there,
Carey told the Washington Blade during
an interview at the Task Forces oces
in Northwest D.C. on Feb. 25. I love the
work that I do and Im not stepping down.
Carey spoke with the Blade a month
after more than 200 people opposed to
pinkwashing, which they describe as the
promotion of Israels LGBT rights record
in an attempt to deect attention away
from its policies toward the Palestinians,
protested the reception at the Creating
Change conference in Chicago.
A Wider Bridge, an organization that
seeks to bolster LGBTQ connections
with Israel, organized the reception.
Sarah Kala-Meir and Tom Canning from
the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and
Tolerance were scheduled to speak, but
they left the room in which the gathering
was taking place through a back door as
protesters began shouting.
The National LGBTQ Task Force initially
cancelled the reception amid criticism
from Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia
Rivera Law Project, and others who
accused A Wider Bridge of pinkwashing.
Carey later reversed this decision.
She stressed that the National LGBTQ
Task Force does not have a policy stance
on the Israeli Palestinian conict. Carey
also touched upon the debate around the
campaign in support of a boycott, economic
divestment and sanctions against Israel
over its policies toward the Palestinians
that took place during the protest and in
the days and weeks afterwards.
We are not an organization with an
international mission, she said.
A Wider Bridge CEO Arthur Slepian
told the Blade on Monday that he
welcomes Careys comments on the
Israeli governments policies toward the
Palestinians.
Thats a good thing, said Slepian. It
should not be the role of the National
LGBTQ Task Force to have a policy
position on the conict.
Dana Beyer, a member of A Wider
Bridges board of directors, agreed.
Our goal as LGBT organizations is to
do the best we can for our citizens and for

Task Force Executive Director REA CAREY said she does not plan to resign after an anti-Israel
protest marred the recent Creating Change conference.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

those elsewhere in the world who need


our help and want their help, she told
the Blade on Monday during an interview.
We need to be concerned about their
well-being, not the geo-political situations
in which they live.
Carey throughout the interview said the
decisions she made around the A Wider
Bridge reception were about safety.
It is in fact at the core of every decision
I made about that reception, including to
cancel it, she said.
She told the Blade that A Wider Bridge
promoted the reception more publicly
for people to come in from the outside.
That happens sometimes with our
receptions ... so it was a public thing, said
Carey. We cant always check badges as
we do with the plenaries and workshops
to make sure that people have registered
for the conference.
Carey said standard protocol for
Creating Change is to make sure that
thosewho attend a workshop or plenary
are registered and have a nametag.
[If they] dont have one we simply
ask them to go register, please go get a
nametag and go on back, she said. Its
so hard to do that on reception night
... youve got 4,000 people going from
hallway to hallway, room to room, plus
some receptions have made them open
to the public.
Carey told the Blade that most of those
who organized the protest did not register
for the conference. Slepian dismissed
suggestions that his organizations
decision to promote the reception
contributed to the protest.
In the weeks leading up to the
conference, there was just some agitation

from a small number of folks who


were complaining that we were on the
itinerary, he said.
Carey said that Task Force sta spoke
with security personnel at the Chicago
Hilton about the protests that they
expected to take place. She told the Blade
that they did not want them to call the
police unless things got really violent
or something, in part, because of the
controversy surrounding the shootings
of Laquan McDonald and other people of
color in Chicago.
My worst fears were that this gets out
of hand somehow, the police are on site
and it gets worse and worse, said Carey.
Carey told the Blade that Task Force
sta were inside and outside the
reception to try to deescalate things,
which they tried to do actually outside the
reception at one point.
Hotel personnel nevertheless called
the police.
We then, our sta, were talking to
the police trying to get them to help
deescalate the situation, knowing the
experiences that many of our attendees
have had with the police, she said.
Unfortunately that itself was going to be
a challenge for a number of people. It was
a very intense situation where I think a lot
of people were trying to deescalate it.

Peacekeepers possible
at conferences
Carey in the weeks after the protest
has reached out to organizers.
Slepian told the Blade that he and Carey
had a very cordial conversation for

nearly an hour. Carey has also exchanged


emails with Jerusalem Open House
Executive Director Sarah Kala-Meir.
On site we started assessing what
we did, what we could have done, said
Carey. We started to talk with people.
Carey told the Blade it would have
been helpful if we could have had
conversations with A Wider Bridge and
other organizations holding the reception
about what they felt they needed in the
room. She said they did not consider the
need for security during the event.
Slepian disputes this account.
He told the Blade that there was a
person inside the room in which the
reception took place for security.
That person basically used his body to
barricade the door to keep the protesters
outside, said Slepian.
Carey said she and Task Force sta
could have also spoken with the protest
organizers.
Bashar Makhay, one of the protest
organizers with whom the Blade has
previously spoken, didnt immediately
respond to a request for comment this week.
We have protests at Creating Change,
said Carey. Often times when we talk
to the protest organizers, were actually
able to create a situation where they get
to have a protest, have their voice heard,
say what they want to say and make sure
that its a protest that doesnt turn into
something that they dont want and we
dont want, whether its physical violence
or insulting other people.
Carey told the Blade that the layout
of the reception rooms in the hotel
exacerbated
the
situation.
She
added another solution at which the
organization is looking for future Creating
Change conferences is to use so-called
peacekeepers who are trained to deescalate protests and other situations.
I wish it hadnt gotten to the point
where the police had been called by the
hotel, she said.
Carey told the Blade that the National
LGBTQ Task Force is undertaking a larger
assessment of Creating Change and how
it can continue to be the conference
that moves our movement forward. She
stressed that the safety of those who
attend the annual gathering remains her
highest priority.
Anything that happens under my
watch is my responsibility, and I take
it seriously, said Carey. I and we are
learning and I think were going to come
up with some creative and concrete
recommendations with how we can
move forward for the conference, for the
organization and for the movement.
This years Creating Change featured
234 workshops, 70 caucus sessions, 31
events, two-dozen institutes and four
plenary sessions.

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BA LT I MO RE N E W S

Center for Black Equity gets new board chair


Letoi Robinson was voted in as the new board
chair for the Center for Black Equity (CBE)Baltimore. Robinson currently serves as the
director of development for CBE-Baltimore and
will succeed Marines Terreforte.
The ocial announcement was made on Feb.
22 after consideration by the board of directors
and its executive director, Carlton Smith.
I am thankful to the board of directors for
their selection of Ms. Letoi Robinson as the new
chairwoman of the Center for Black Equity
Baltimore, said Smith in a statement. We are
moving forward as an inclusive Black LGBTQ
community organization.
LETOI ROBINSON is CBEs
new board chair.
The statement continued, With Letoi
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBINSON
becoming the newest chairwoman of CBEBaltimore, we are excited to continue our
mission to seek to improve the well-being and
quality of life for Black LGBT individuals and their allies by setting a standard of
excellence in the Black LGBT community through health and wellness, spiritual
and economic empowerment, social justice, and coalition building.
CBE-Baltimore will establish planning committees for such signature projects
as Sankofa, Baltimore Black Pride, The Baltimore LGBT Womens Leadership &
Development Conference. The organization is seeking qualied and dedicated
candidates to serve on the CBE-Baltimore board as members.
For more information on CBE-Baltimore, call 443-218-2478 or email
bmoreblackpride@yahoo.com.

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The Frederick Center in partnership with FreeState Legal/Equality Maryland


will host a day-long conference, Welcoming Frederick, that will provide
professionals with the tools necessary to build arming communities and
schools for LGBTQ youth and adults. The conference, which is the rst of its
kind in Western Maryland, will take place on April 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
Frederick County Community College Conference Center, 7932 Opossumtown
Pike, in Frederick.
In addition to featuring a plenary on the needs of LGBTQ youth and a
presentation on LGBTQ 101, Welcoming Frederick will oer a series of
workshops designed to promote safe schools, address LGBTQ youth in crisis with
solutions, explain the legal rights for transgender and gender non-conforming
Marylanders, and develop an arming medical practice for LGBTQ patients.
Facilitators include representatives from FreeState Legal/Equality Maryland,
GLSEN Baltimore and Chase Brexton Health Care.
The Frederick Center is proud to be part of this pivotal social conversation
led by FreeState Legal and Equality Maryland, Kristopher Fair, The Frederick
Center Outreach Coordinator, told the Blade. Without programs like Welcoming
Frederick students at Frederick County Public Schools and patients in our health
care system run the risk of being woefully under-served.
Conference partner FreeState Legal/Equality Maryland points to statistics
as to why this event is important. The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
data revealed that half of gay, lesbian, or bisexual youth in Frederick County
seriously considered suicide in the past yearalmost four times the rate of their
heterosexual peers, said Saida Agostini, director of community engagement
and youth policy for FreeState Legal and Equality Maryland in a statement.
This conference is part of the work we must do as a community to ameliorate
the social isolation and discrimination that cause our young people to feel
hopeless.
The registration fee is $30 for the conference, which is being co-sponsored
by PFLAG-Central Maryland and the Frederick County Teachers Association, and
continuing education credits are being pursued for social workers, educators
and nurses. Youth may register for free. A continental breakfast, lunch and
snacks are included.
For information, email tfc@thefrederickcenter.org. To register, visit
welcomingfrederick.org.
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Gay apps blamed for Vegas syphilis spike


LAS VEGAS Nevada is experiencing the highest rate of syphilis in the
Western U.S. following an outbreak in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reports.
Its part of a national spike in cases tied to increased testing, a rise in
anonymous sex via social media and less consistent use of condoms, health
ocials say, according to the AP.
Social medias link to syphilis among gay men, which account for a majority of
diagnosed cases, has led health ocials to take their educational outreach directly
to the websites and apps, in some cases creating proles or buying advertisements.
Clark County health ocials declared an outbreak in Las Vegas last week after
noting a 128 percent increase in reported syphilis cases since 2012 with 615
of the 694 cases involving men diagnosed last year, the AP reports. This makes
Nevadas rate of syphilis the highest in the Western U.S.
Health providers and ocials have warned about the prevalence of
anonymous sex through social media, particularly with an increase in the use of
smartphone apps, the AP article said.

Trans kids happy in affirming families


SEATTLE Transgender children whose parents arm their gender identity
are as happy and well-adjusted as their peers, a new University of Washington
study in Pediatrics magazine nds.
Researchers found that prepubescent children, who are living openly as
transgender with the support of their families, are living much happier lives.
These children have often socially transitioned, going as far as changing their
pronouns, clothing and often their names. The study is thought to be the rst of
its kind, Patheos and other outlets report.
Transgender children and even adults have long struggled with depression
and high rates of suicide.
The UW study asked the parents of 73 trans children, ages 3 to 12 to rate
their childrens emotional state. The compiled data found that these children,
in supportive households ranked on average with the two control groups of
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Bowser moves to close
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PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime Democratic


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

Mayor Bowsers administration deserves praise for presenting a plan to


close the homeless shelter at the old
D.C. General Hospital. We have long
known it isnt a t place to house people, especially families. The plan presented to the public isnt perfect but
then a plan like this never will be. There
will always be those complaining about
a homeless shelter being located in
their community.
The site proposed for Ward 5 appears
to be problematic as it is in a largely industrial area, which would create a problem for the people living in the shelter.

One of the reasons to disburse homeless


people across the city would be to allow
them to become part of a community and
for those communities to be good neighbors and try to get to know those in the
shelter and maybe help nd permanent
housing and jobs. We need to begin the
process by accepting no one wants to live
in a shelter.
A recent Washington Post column by
Terrance McCoy reported on the community meeting on the shelter proposed
for Ward 3, which brought out some
supportive residents and some who t
the accepted acronym NIMBY (not in my
backyard) for people opposing the shelter
or any city service they dont want moving into their neighborhood. Often these
are the same people who say how awful
housing is for the homeless and that they
want the city to do something about it
just not near them.
The good people, and there are many
in Massachusetts Heights where the
Ward 3 proposed shelter would go, have
a great neighborhood. It is near the
Washington Cathedral and a conclave of
many million-dollar homes. Upon hearing
the plan one neighbor sent an email to
her neighbor saying she was Betrayed.

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The post went on to report the following:


The news has left the neighborhood in
utter turmoil, said Loeer, who is trying
to sell her $1.4 million home in Ward 3.
What will this mean for property values?
What about crime? Bad things do happen
around shelters you cant prevent it,
she wrote. It goes with the territory.
Now I dont know Loeer but have
known many people like her when it
comes to dealing with a proposed shelter
in their neighborhood. As one-time Coordinator of Local Government for the City
of New York, with jurisdiction over the
citys community boards, I have seen this
play out time and time again. Otherwise
well-meaning people get hysterical over
having to live in close proximity to people
who may not be as fortunate as they are.
Yet according to the Post, On average,
researchers have found supportive housing facilities servicing the homeless and
other vulnerable populations rarely lead
to higher crime rates or a drop in property values. Ingrid Gould Ellen, an urban
planning expert who analyzed how 123
New York City housing facilities aected
the surrounding neighborhoods, a few of
which were wealthy said, It is critical that
these developments are well-built and
well-designed, well-maintained and wellmanaged. So it will be critical for the city
to make sure this happens and for communities to monitor the city to ensure its
done right.
It would be a breath of fresh air if
Loeer and the other residents of Ward
3 who may be frightened of what this
new shelter will mean for their neighborhood, would instead of ghting it take a
positive attitude and make sure more
crime and lower property prices dont
happen. The proposed Ward 3 facility would house 38 families. It would be
great if such a wealthy community, with
many resources at its disposal, would
nd 38 community organizations, houses of worship or even individuals who
would take it upon themselves to adopt
one family each. As these families move
in they could work with them, get to
know them, and help out with integrating them into the community. This would
be a great way to make this facility a benet for the neighborhood and for those
living in it. Each side would get to learn
something and the community may just
come to realize that, There but for the
grace of God go I.

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Gays for Hillary: Its an election, not a coronation


Bernie supported us long before
Clinton joined the bandwagon
By NOAH BARON
From the outset of this primary season, just
as in 2008, Hillary Clintons supporters have
viewed the quadrennial democratic process
as a mere formality. Clinton, we are told, deserves the nomination it is her turn, she is
inevitable. Accordingly, supporters of Clinton
have, often without bothering to engage in
substantive discussion, dismissed her opponents as non-serious, their proposed policies
as fantastical, and their supporters as delusional time-wasters. This political denigration
has manifested itself in a variety of ways, from
Clinton surrogates saying that young women
support Sanders because the boys are with
Bernie, to Clinton supporters suggesting that
I do not know how politics works because
I intend to vote for Bernie, to, most recently,
Brock Thompsons Blade column of Feb. 26
in which he condescended to Bernie Sanders
supporters: Playtime is over.
The problem with this approach aside,

of course, from its patent oensiveness and


corrosiveness to democratic and political discourse is that it lacks any basis whatever in
reality. Like many who support Hillary Clinton,
those of us who support Bernie Sanders are
reasonable, thoughtful, educated individuals
who support our chosen candidate for principled as well as pragmatic reasons. This is
not, for us, playtime. Though not without his
aws, Bernie Sanders has presented an inspiring vision of a better America, one that addresses the needs of our poorest, one which
is far truer to the soul of the Democratic Party
than the no we cant defeatism pushed by
Hillary Clinton. Bernie recognizes that marginalized communities, including LGBT people,
are disproportionately impacted by economic
disaster, and has presented concrete proposals to address those problems.
Bernies record reveals a man who reliably
exercises the moral judgment we require in a
president, even where that ies in the face of
what is popular. It is unsurprising, then, that
he has been a staunch ally to our community.
As a mayor in the 1980s, at a time when gays
and lesbians were nationally demonized as

infested with a plague sent by God, Bernie


ushered through an ordinance protecting
us against employment discrimination in his
city. As a new congressman, Bernie spoke out
on behalf of gay and lesbian service members and called for their full and equitable
inclusion in the military; he likewise objected
strenuously to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Years before President Obama
and the Democratic Party embraced it, Bernie supported marriage equality. Even now,
Bernie advocates for prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in lending and credit, and extending the protections of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 to LGBT people. In short:
Bernie Sanders has supported our community, even when we were among the most
reviled minorities in the United States.
I was therefore astonished to read Thompsons ahistorical claim that it has been Hillary
who has been a staunch supporter of our
community, so we should be there for her
instead of for Bernie. One would think that,
at this point, Clintons active support for the
Defense of Marriage Act need not bear repeating, but here we are. Not only did Clinton

push for DOMA at the time of its enactment


she could not even muster the moral courage to press for a full repeal of it in 2008. Nor
does Clintons support for marriage qualify
her as an ally: She bravely arrived at that
position only after a majority of Americans
and every other major Democrat had already
endorsed it.
There may be good reasons to support
Clinton but given the history and policies
discussed above, all must admit there exist
legitimate reasons to oppose Clinton and to
support Bernie. So, supporters of Hillary Clinton: It is time to stop dismissing us, to stop insulting our intelligence, to stop treating us as
annoying obstacles to the coronation of your
kween. Take us and what we have to say
seriously and engage us with respect. If you
cannot do that, perhaps it is you who does
not understand how politics works: Votes
must be earned.

dierent reasons. In their anger more are


embracing Trump. I have deep concerns
about GOP bias. However, we have a twoparty system; being a pragmatic conservative, I work with Republicans.Gays, I believe,
would fare better with Trump than with his
chief GOP rivals, though wed do best with a
Trump/Kasich ticket.
Without a viable presence in both parties,
gay people forfeit crucial leverage. Instead
of the Democrats competing for our support, we are left with scraps they toss our
way.Gays who are starving on table scraps
will look to the Donalds Big Tent.Ever competitive, Trump will compete to get some
gay votes, forcing the Democrats to raise
their ante.
Nearly half of LGBTQ people think more
like Republicans than like liberal Democrats
on an array of issues unrelated to the red
herring of sex: e.g. immigration, trade and
jobs, regulation, healthcare, taxes, education and government red tape and intrusion. If only the Republicans would hold
true to their professed principles of individual liberty and limited government, half of
LGBTQ people might consider voting GOP.
Trump is a maverick, a wild, outrageous
only in America original.China, UK, Mexico, Iran, Japan, or Saudi Arabia could never
have a Trump, just as they could never
have a Reagan, a Truman, an FDR, a TR, or
a Lincoln all as much originals as Trump

himself.Rejecting the minions and mouthpieces of our grasping elites, like crafty Hillary and mendacious Marco, many Americans, including LGBTQs, seek a captain to
steer us out from the treacherous shoals of
special interest politics and set the nations
course by the real needs of all its people.
Like TR and FDR, Trump has turned
against his class. He has taken on the
most potent oligarchy since the southern
slaveholders the mega billionaires who
rule tech, banking, and above all, the media.Led by Rupert Murdock at Fox ($12B),
Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook ($40B), and
Carlos Slim Helu ($73B), a Mexican national, who holds control of Americas paper
of record, the New York Times, 12 megabillionaires dominate media in the United
States. Trump is the only major candidate
ever to take on Big Media, Big Banks and
Big Pharma.
What is the key factor turning gay men
and women to Trump?Along with the gut
appeal of Trumps bold challenge to our
corrupt and sclerotic establishment, frustrated LGBTQ people, outcasts and survivors often, believe that American politics
needs a real game changer.

NOAH BARON is a Washington, D.C.-based


attorney.

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Gays for Trump?


LGBT voters also believe that
America needs a game changer
By JAMES DRISCOLL, Ph.D.
A small yet growing number of LGBTQ
iconoclasts support Donald Trump. What
are they thinking? After a big victory on gay
marriage, why do independent minded
gays remain dissatised or outright angry
about our lot?
Although we have come far, we still have
far to go to gain equal rights, let alone equal
respect. With ENDA stalled, employment
discrimination lives on.Gay youth still face
terrible self esteem barriers.Where are the
American gay heroes for them to look up to
and serve as role models?
Gay people are just as heroic as the rest
of humanity. But public recognition remains half hearted, begrudging or coldly
absent.
During the AIDS epidemic gay men and
women challenged and beat the FDA drug
delayers, we jump started research at NIH,
lit a re under CDC, and changed healthcare and the rights of patients to the great
benet of other Americans, indeed all humanity.
AIDS activism wasnt just some mindless
crowd phenomenon. We had our leaders,
thinkers, our self-sacricing heroes, many of

them dead before their time. But who celebrates any of ours?Where is the national
recognition for gay heroes whose courage
and insight made healthcare better for everyone? Nowhere. The establishment, liberal and otherwise, expects gays to stay content with patronizing toleration since thats
more than Alan Turing and countless past
LGBTQ heroes and victims ever got.
Liberals boycotted South Africa and
forced companies like Ford and IBM to
scale back protable complicity with apartheid. Saudi Arabia, Iran and many others
prescribe beheading for the crime of being gay, while they degrade and oppress
all their women. Where are the campus
protests against these countries or the U.S.
corporate enablers that arm and sustain
them? Where do Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google stand on gay or womens
rights in such markets?
The Catholic Church has settled thousands of molestation lawsuits. Yet thousands more LGBTQ people have had their
careers and lives ruined by homophobic
faculty members who are protected by cover-ups at our colleges and universities. Why
are not all LGBTs entitled to the truth about
our lives?Why do both parties and the media refuse to hold liberal-run universities
accountable to the same tough standards
applied to the church?
Gay Americans are angry for a thousand

JAMES DRISCOLL, Ph.D., is a former AIDS


adviser to Log Cabin Republicans and served
on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/
AIDS under President George W. Bush. He lives
in Nevada.

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What the streetcar asco really says about D.C.


District politicians, officials should
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The District government rst purchased


bus-on-rails vehicles in 2004. Seven years
ago the tracks were laid. Last Saturday the
city nally transported passengers on the
short streetcar span along H Street and Benning Road in Northeast D.C.
But the only-six-day-a-week mobility novelty shut down on Sunday, when service is not
oered. The weekly disruption is partly due to
those initial streetcar units having been left outdoors to rot in the elements after eventually being shipped from the Czech Republic ve years

after purchase. One was so badly damaged it


awaits replacement parts to give agency ofcials adequate trolleys to rotate into running.
Longer than a decade and more than $200
million later, the long-delayed and much-maligned two-mile single streetcar stretch is now
operational. Riding it will be free for at least six
months, both to encourage so-far-sparse ridership and to allow the city long enough to gure
out how to set up a fare payment system.
Spanning four mayoral administrations, the
inauguration of streetcar operation in the District
prompted more jokes than joy among residents.
Local wags were prone to suggest it wouldnt be
real until the first car door was severed from a
curb-parked vehicle. A streetcar sidelined on the
first day due to a side panel dislocated from rubbing up against a rider platform failed to satiate
common expectations of vehicular mayhem.
The real punch line, though, is that the
streetcars move so slowly along the route
from nowhere to nothing that the entire
distance can be walked in the time it takes
to ride the rail-bus. Standard buses carrying
16,000 passengers on an average day whiz by
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across downtown to Georgetown, remains


to be seen. Most residents are skeptical and
many are now opposed to spending any more
on the project, with the possible exception of
elongating it east to spur access and development across the river in Anacostia.
Destined to essentially remain a disconnected
stand-alone anomaly, the thing may become a
moving monument to a massive mistake.
Coupled with the near-daily service meltdowns on the subway system and plummeting rail and bus ridership as a result, the
potential humiliation heightens.
Maybe that is the lesson to be learned.
If government historically enjoyed a reputation
for doing anything well, it was primarily physical
infrastructure projects. Sure, such development
tasks often utilized business entities to do much
of the work, but are government-managed undertakings at their core. Now it seems like even
that exceeds the capability of bureaucrats.
Has government devolved to the point that its
proficiencies no longer allow even the essential
ability to build brutish things?
What expectations should the citizenry
retain regarding governmental capacity
to scheme, formulate, plan and execute
more complex objectives?

Should we anymore anticipate government


as capable of substantially or effectively contributing to solving societal problems such as alleviating poverty or providing the unskilled and
unemployed with appropriate and beneficial job
training? The reality is that D.C. government performance on both of those, for example, makes
this trolley folly look like a successful interplanetary mission sending humans to Mars.
If our local government cant manage a tiny
transportation project like a single strip of streetcar service, can we realistically expect them to
successfully attempt doing much more?
Given the reality of inherent brokedownness,
what confidence should we have as city officials
continue shifting attention from actual and essential responsibilities toward private sector matters?
What credibility conveys to a government unable
to handle core functions whilst encroaching into
micromanaging things that work better?
This D.C. streetcar fiasco instructs us regarding
both the competency of officialdom and the advisability of a broadening of ministerial tentacles
into enterprise through outsized regulatory control and over-reaching operational mandates.
A government unable to accomplish
much on its own would be smart to leave
business alone and to work.

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THREE ALBUMS IN, SINGER FINDS MUSICAL MATURITY


By KEITH LORIA

Flashy. Theatrical. Glam rocker. These


are just a few of the descriptions people
placed on Adam Lambert in 2007, when
he became something of a household
name appearing on the eighth season of
American Idol, nishing as runner-up to
Kris Allen.
In the seven years since, Lambert has
released three acclaimed albums, and
sold about 2.5 million records and more
than 5 million singles worldwide. Hes
also served as lead singer for Queen the
past few years and did a stint on Glee,
combining his acting and musical chops.
Lamberts latest release, The Original
High, debuted at no. 3 on the U.S.
Billboard 200 and the artist is currently
on tour to support the album, stopping at
the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, March 5.
The singer has never been shy about
his sexual orientation, and has long been
active in LGBT rights. Recently, Lambert
took time to talk with the Blade about his
music, sexual orientation and what its
like to replace a legend.
WASHINGTON BLADE: What can those
coming out to the Lincoln Theatre on
March 5 expect from you that night? What
denes an Adam Lambert concert?
ADAM LAMBERT: This show is denitely

Adam Lambert says his D.C. show this weekend will be a roller-coaster musical ride.
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kind of a product of my evolution. Im


exploring new ideas and new sounds.
Its been seven years since Idol and
Ive denitely grown up a bit. I approach
things in dierent ways now and have
learned a lot about my fans and myself
as an artist, and musically, Ive grown and
broadened my palate, so to speak.
BLADE: Looking at your latest
recording, The Original High, what
inspired your songwriting?
LAMBERT: With this third album,
which I feel is my strongest so far, I sort
of have found a song for everything that
I want to talk about. Some of the songs
on this album are reections of where I
think we are at as a society, both good

to appeal to dierent generations when


coming up with new music and designing
your show?
LAMBERT: I dont think its that
premeditated. I have a very diverse
circle of friends as far as age goes and
background. I think the people who I
know inspire me a lot and kind of inform
what I do. I have thought about it at times.
If youre 22, this is where youre at in life,
vs. what are the 37-year-olds feeling? Its
a part of it.

and bad. The lead single, Ghost Town is


sort of saying, Hey, were all sitting here
trying to gure out who and what we
want to be but its dicult. The way in
which we communicate has become sort
of disconnected and disenchanted and
sometimes I am left with that feeling of
hopelessness of numbness for a period
of time. But then again, we set that song
to a crazy, sexy house beat and it makes
you want to dance, and maybe thats part
of the medicine we should be looking for
getting together and dancing.

BLADE: When you rst started in the


business, were there boxes you wanted
to check o? If so, what boxes remain
unchecked?
LAMBERT: You cant really control it.
I sort of take it one day at a time. I got
my sales up and Im on the ride. I have
an amazing team of people I work with.
There are denitely things I want to try
some more acting opportunities would
be cool and I want to keep putting out
music. I love the idea of putting out a song
that connects with people worldwide.

BLADE: You just turned 34, pretty much


at the edge of being a Millennial, which
probably helps you appeal to generations
young and old. Do you think about how

BLADE: Speaking of acting, youre


slated to appear as Eddie in Foxs
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How long have you been out and who


was the hardest person to tell?
Depends on who were talking about. My
family found out I was bisexual (I really
do not like using any labels, even this
one, but for the sake of being brief, Im
using it here) just recently when they
came across my rst track o my EP
called APOD which stands for Always
Pussy Ova Dick. It didnt go over well.
But people close to me already knew for
a while. Its not a big deal who knows or
doesnt know. My music speaks for me.
I say in my track $17, Im not bi/ fuck
those labels/ I just love who I want. Yup.
Whos your LGBT hero?
Ellen DeGeneres. Were both vegan and
passionate about our beliefs. She seems
genuinely awesome.
Whats Washingtons
best nightspot, past or present?
Mousai House is pretty cool. And my room.
Describe your dream wedding.
Its not something I think about, really.
Just a giant party with all the people I
love in my life, all together enjoying and
living in the moment, celebrating union.
Putting a ring on my nger or getting
a license isnt super important to me
right now. Im loyal and dedicated in all
relationships period.
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Feminist MC RADBOD
answers 20
gay questions
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Local MC RADBOD preaches the gospel of womyn empowerment. Her sound is 90s/
early 00s hip-hop with pop and funk inuences.
Billing herself as a serious, up-and-coming artist, RADBOD writes all her own music
and encourages people to rethink the way they use the word pussy.
Her eponymous EP came out last week and shes busy making videos (check out her
track Da Omnivores on YouTube), performing at local venues and carving out a niche
for herself in the D.C. music scene. Her music can be sampled at soundcloud.com/
radbod or on iTunes and Spotify.
Yasmin Radbod, a 23-year-old Washington native, grew up in Mt. Airy, Md., then
moved to Santa Fe, N.M., when she was 14. She went to college in Baltimore, spent a
year studying in China then worked abroad for a few years before returning to D.C. last
August to launch her music career.
RADBOD is in a relationship and lives in Southeast Washington.
I love writing what I feel, she says. Performing releases a lot of built-up tension. I
always sleep better after a show.

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
Womyn empowerment. Veganism.
What historical outcome
would you change?
Islamic Revolution in Iran. That will piss
some people o.

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
When Joaquin Phoenix narrated
Earthlings.

Might be a future album name.

If science discovered a way


to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
I wouldnt care.
What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?
No clue what any of this shit is beyond
what I experience. I sing about the
multiverse, but my brain is too tiny and
insucient to even begin to comprehend
it. So I just live and try to be the best I
can be. I believe in energy. Check out my
track Da Omniverse, which covers this
topic.

Whats your advice for


LGBT movement leaders?
Remember not to take yourself and
others too seriously and be aware that
people arent born with hate. Its learned.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
I wouldnt. All the things Im most
passionate about arent tangible.
Obviously if someone I loved needed me
to rescue them and some random shit
hot coals were in the way, duh, I would
save them.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
That bisexual people dont have their
own unique preferences. People assume
I want to fuck anything that walks just
because I am attracted to both men and
womyn.

On what do you insist?


Do whatever you want in life as long
as you dont hurt anyone and dont
hurt yourself, because when you hurt
yourself, you already are hurting the
people who care about you. And if you
cant help someone or the earth or
anything period, at least dont harm
them/it. Wise words from the Dalai Lama
right there.

What was your last


Facebook post or Tweet?
About a show I was doing in Silver
Spring.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


The Birdcage! Every day, all day!

Whats the most


overrated social custom?
Shaking hands. Gross. Who knows where
your hand has been and mine probably
aint clean either.

What trophy or prize


do you most covet?
None. I learned quickly they were
empty to me. I used to think I wanted
a Grammy, too. Weve all seen the
hypocrisy and bullshit with them. I hold
myself to my own standards of success. I
dont need any award that other humans
created and use to judge people and put
them in categories. But money is always
appreciated.

What do you wish youd known at 18?


That I was the shit.

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
About a Womyn. Nobody steal that!

Why Washington?
Theres something to be said about your
birthplace.

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LGBT THEMES ABOUND IN SPRING THEATRICAL OFFERINGS


By PATRICK FOLLIARD

A touring production of Kinky Boots plays the Kennedy Center in June.


PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KENNEDY CENTER

From political struggle to family


inghting to celebrations of drag, this
spring promises a good mix of theater
on local stages. The roster includes both
Broadway hits and some new works.
Many are of interest to LGBT audiences.
Here are a few.
At Olney Theatre Center (olneytheatre.
org), out artistic director Jason Loewith is
staging the regional premiere production
of playwright Jordan Harrisons Marjorie
Prime (March 10-April 10). The Pulitzer
Prize-nominated comedy tells the story
of an elderly widow who lives with the
hologram of her dead husband.
Later at Olney is Andrew Lloyd Weber
and Tim Rices rock opera Evita (June
23-July 24) staged by director Will Davis,
who is transgender. Last year Davis
directed Olneys hit and Helen Hayes
Award-winner, Colossal. Evita tells
the story of Argentinas controversial,
mega ambitious rst lady Eva Pern, who
combined a love for the working class
with a passion for fame and high living.
The sensational score includes Dont Cry
for Me Argentina, Buenos Aires and a
dozen other memorable tunes.
Out storyteller Kevin Allison is
bringing his award winning show Risk
(March 26) to the Howard Theatre
(thehowardtheatre.com) for a night of
stories told by Allison and local talent.
According to the shows press release,
the show takes a walk on the wilder side
with its uncensored, compelling, personal

tales which can range from hilarious to


provocative to highly emotional.
At
Round
House
Theatre
(Roundhousetheatre.org),
out
actor
Sarah Marshall is playing Big Momma
opposite Rick Foucheuxs Big Daddy
in gay playwright Tennessee Williams
classic southern family drama Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof (March 30-April 24). The
consistently excellent Alyssa Wilmoth
Keegan plays Maggie, the works sexually
frustrated titular cat, and handsome
Gregory Woodell plays her disinterested,
brooding husband Brick.
Arena Stage (arenastage.org) is oering
the Tony Award-winning political thriller
All the Way (April 1-May 28). The cast
includes out actors Cameron Folmar as
racist Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who
challenged President Lyndon B. Johnson
for the Democratic nomination during the
1964 primaries, and Desmond Bing as civil
rights activist Bob Moses. Penned by Robert
Schenkkan, the play follows LBJs tumultuous
rst year in the White House following the
assassination of JFK, and his presidential
election campaign when he risked losing
votes by supporting the Civil Rights Act.
Signature Theatre (Sigtheatre.org) is
premiering lesbian playwright Bathsheba
Bash Dorans play The Mystery of Love
& Sex (April 5-May 8). The plot focuses
on opposites Charlotte and Jonny who
have been best friends since childhood. As
sexually confused young adults, they ponder
taking their friendship to the next level.

Also at Signature is the Tony Awardwinning musical La Cage aux Folles (May
31-July 10), a gay-arming comedy with a
score (I Am What I Am) by gay composer
Jerry Herman and book by gay actor/writer
Harvey Fierstein. La Cage is the story of
a longtime gay couple who hilariously try
to conceal their relationship when their
sons conservative future in-laws come for
dinner. Triple threat out actor Bobby Smith
is slated to play Albin, a family minded drag
performer. Out Signature veteran Matthew
Gardiner is directing.
At Gala Hispanic Theatre, out actor
Carlos Castillo is part of a large cast in
Chronicle of a Death Foretold (April
7-May 8), a family drama adapted from
a novella by famous Columbian writer
Gabriel Garca Mrquez.
Bethesdas Strathmore (Strathmore.org)
is presenting Broadway star and LGBT ally
Kristen Chenowith and Andrew Lippa in
companion musical pieces celebrating the
lives of two civil rights heavyweights: I Am
Anne Hutchison and I Am Harvey Milk
(April 23-24). The pieces weave together the
lives of 17th century womens rights activist
Anne Hutchinson and 1970s gay rights
leader Harvey Milk.
The Wizard of Oz (May 3-15) is coming
to the National Theatre (Thenationaldc.
org). This new production of the beloved
tale is derived from both the original book
and the MGM screenplay. It contains
songs from the Oscar-winning movie
score, as well as new songs by Tim Rice

and Andrew Lloyd Webber.


The Shakespeare Theatre Company
(Shakespearetheatre.org) is mounting
an all-male production of The Taming
of the Shrew (May 17-June 26) directed
by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, who is gay. This
take on the Bards battle of the sexes
promises to be an exciting, genderblurring experience. The cast features
popular local out actors Rick Hammerly
and Tom Story.
Rainbow
Theatre
Project
(Rainbowtheatreproject.org) is presenting
out songwriter Tom Wilson Weinbergs
Get Used To It! A Musical Revue
(June 10-July 2). Staged by out director H.
Lee Gable, the show covers the LGBTs
communitys search for love. In the
course of 18 songs, says Rainbows press
release, Weinberg oers up the romantic
(Who Did Langston Love?), the intense
(Bat Boy), the whimsical (Three-Letter
Word), the outrageous (Flaunting It!),
and the political (Means To A End).
The national tour of Kinky Boots
(June 14-July 10) is coming to the Kennedy
Center (Kennedy-center.org). The Tony
Award-winning musical features songs
by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey
Fierstein. Based on a true story and
the indie lm of the same name, Kinky
Boots follows the fortunes of young
Charlie Price who inherits his fathers
factory. When he joins forces with drag
queen Lola, they save the family business
by manufacturing ladies shoes for men.

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Surround yourself with the warmth and fragrance
of Hillwoods greenhouse and enjoy hundreds
of orchids blooming in concert.
Now on view
Dont miss the special exhibition,
Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsars Painter

The New York City Ballet presents The Most Incredible Thing this weekend at the Kennedy Center
marking the works Washington-area premiere.
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The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.)


presents the New York City Ballets
performance of The Most Incredible
Thing, a D.C. premiere, and Peter Martins
stages August Bournonvilles La Sylphide
running through Sunday, March 6. Tickets
range from $29-149. For a complete list of
showings, visit kennedy-center.org.
Company E presents Generations:
Poland at the Kennedy Center in the
Family Theater on Wednesday, March 16
and Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. The
performance celebrates four generations of
dane and music in Poland.Tickets are $35.
Bowen McCauley Dance presents
Twenty Years with Love, its 20th
anniversary performance, at the Kennedy
Center in the Terrace Theater on Friday,
March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
Michael White composed the live music
that will accompany the dance and another
selection by J.S. Bach will also be performed.
The show will also be the world premiere
of Ars Amatoria, an interpretation of
Roman poet Ovids instructional writings
with a score by Larry Alan Smith. Tickets
range from $40-45. March 19 will include
a platinum soire with a post-performance
cast celebration, a 20th anniversary toast,
food and a silent auction. Soire tickets start
at $150 and include preferred performance
seating. For more details, bmdc.org.
The Washington Ballet performs
Hamlet with choreography by Stephen
Mills at the Kennedy Center in the

Eisenhower Theater on Thursday, March


24 at 7:30 p.m. through Sunday, April 3.
The performance reimagines the classic
Shakespeare tale in a contemporary
dance production. Philip Glass composed
the music for the performance. Tickets
range from $32.25-130. For details, visit
kennedy-center.org.
Carmine will also be performed by
the ballet at the Kennedy Center in the
Eisenhower Theater on Wednesday, April
13 at 7:30 p.m. through Sunday, April 17.
The dance will be a modern retelling of 24
medieval poems about springtime, love,
lust, fortune and more. George Balanchine
choreographed the performance with
music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Tickets range from $32.25-130. For more
information, visit kennedy-center.org.
Dissonance Dance Theatre presents
Black to Silver: A Black LGBT Experience
at Joy of Motion Dancer Center (5207
Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) in the Jack Guidone
Theater on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
and Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The dance
production will explore interpersonal
relationships and identity in the black LGBT
community. A new 20-minute work will be
included that tells the story of Manny who
loves himself more than anyone until he
falls love with another man. Tickets are $1518 online and $25 at the door. For more
information, visit ddtdc.org.

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LGBT ALLY RELEASES NASHVILLE STANDARDS ON MAY ALBUM


By CHRIS GERARD

Country legend Loretta Lynn releases


Full Circle, her rst album since 2004s
Grammy-winning Van Lear Rose, this
week. Its a 13-track hodgepodge that
covers Appalachian folk songs and gospel
songs from her childhood to country
standards to re-recordings of a couple
of her classic hits. John Carter Cash (son
of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter
Cash) co-produces with Patsy Lynn
Russell, Lorettas daughter. Elvis Costello
and Willie Nelson make appearances.
RuPauls Drag Race vet Adore Delano
will release her sophomore album After
Party on March 11. Her video Dynamite
is out now.
The rst big new album of spring comes
from pop diva Gwen Stefani, with This is
What the Truth Feels Like on March 18.
Veteran electronica duo Underworld
will release its rst album in six years,
Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining
Future, on the same date.
March
25
brings
the
eagerly
anticipated new album by legendary
gay alt-rocker Bob Mould, Patch the
Sky. Also dropping on March 25 is the
solo debut by former One Direction star
Zayn Malik, called Mind of Mine. Also
out that day is the latest by electro/hiphop DJ extraordinaire RJD2 his latest is
dubbed Dame Fortune.

CYNDI LAUPER goes country on her new album Detours.


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Out rocker Liz DeRoche, formerly a


D.C.-area resident, releases an electronica
kids album on March 25. Club Called
Awesome will come packaged with an
illustrated comic book she hopes will
create an inclusive and adventurous
world celebrating the extraordinary joys
of being a kid.
Also out in March is Live @ the Bevy from
Baltimore-based duo Mamas Black Sheep.
The Pet Shop Boys release Super
on April 1. It should be a big years for
the group, as its the 30th anniversary of
their debut album Please. Also coming
April 1 is the latest by Japanese pop-punk
legends Shonen Knife, Adventure;

The White Album by alternative rockers


Weezer; and Amen & Goodbye by
experimental electronic duo Yeasayer.
Superstar rapper Drake is due to unleash
Views from the 6 on April 2.
British girl-group All Saints return on
April 8 with Red Flag. Also coming on
the eighth is Fever Dream by Ben Watt,
formerly half of Everything But the Girl
with Tracey Thorn.
Iconic alternative rocker PJ Harvey is
back with her follow-up to 2011s Mercury
Prize-winning Let England Shake on
April 15 she will release The Hope Six
Demolition Project.
Electrifying British pop sensation

Katy B returns on April 29 with Honey.


Also hitting on the 29th is the latest by
New York-based electronic pop duo
Holy Ghost!, to be called Crime Cutz.
Beyonc will also reportedly drop her
new album in April, although ocial
details have yet to be announced.
Cyndi Lauper is back on May 6 with
Detour, an aptly named collection
of songs by country divas that Lauper
loved as a child. Its packed with guest
appearances by Emmylou Harris, Willie
Nelson, Vince Gill, Jewel and more.
Also released on that date is the new
Laura Mvula, The Dreaming Room.
Gold Panda returns on May 27 with
Good Luck and Do Your Best.
And two you might have missed in
February gospel diva Sandi Patty
released her farewell album Forever
Grateful, featuring several self-penned
songs (a rarity for her), recreations of
her classic hits (Love in Any Language,
Love Will Be Out Home) and a range of
styles from quasi-classical (Alleluia) to
black gospel (All I Got to Do) and classic
Southern gospel (Farther Along). With
producer Greg Nelson back on board,
its a worthy coda to an illustrious career.
Kristin Chenoweth guests.
And Elton John released Wonderful
Crazy Night on Feb. 5 to strong reviews.

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SACKLER AMONG SEASONS HIGHLIGHTS
By MARIAH COOPER
mcooper@washblade.com

A work from Typecast, an LGBT-themed exhibit that runs all month at Hillyer Art Space.
IMAGE COURTESY OF HILLYER ART SPACE

Gay curator Jarvis DuBois displays his


exhibit Typecast at Hillyer Art Space
(9 Hillyer Ct., N.W.) running from Friday,
March 4 through Saturday, March 26.
Work from 33 artists will be displayed that
explore sexuality, gender, race, religion
and more from local and national artists.
Hillyer Art Space will also display
Embracing Abstraction, an abstract
painting exhibit, by artist Lina Alattar. The
exhibit focuses on rootlessness, belonging,
identity and the shared human experience.
The exhibit will also run Friday, March 4
through Saturday March 26. For more
information, visit hillyerartspace.org.
Turquoise
Mountain:
Artists
Transforming Afghanistan runs at the
International Gallery at Arthur M. Sackler
Gallery (1050 Independence Ave., S.W.)
from Saturday, March 5 through early 2017.
Turquoise Mountain is an organization
dedicated to teaching Afghan artists in
woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics and more.
The exhibit will feature Afghan artists from
Kabul who will showcase their art.For more
details, visit asia.si.edu.
Exposed D.C. presents its 10th annual
Exposed D.C. Photography Show hosted
by the Historical Society of Washington
at Carnegie Library (801 K St., N.W.) from
Thursday, March 10 through Friday, April 1.
Forty-seven photographs were chosen from
a contest presenting D.C. not as a tourist
attraction but as a place people live, work
and play. All photographs will be for sale.
The exhibit will run Tuesday through Friday

from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be an opening


reception on Thursday, March 10 from 6-10
p.m. Awards will be given to photographers
featured in the exhibit and there will be music
by DJ Neville C. Advance adult tickets are $45,
under 21 tickets are $20 and children 12 and
under are free. Adult door tickets are $45,
under 21 tickets are $30 and children under
12 are free. For more details, exposed.com.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery also displays
Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed
Mater from Saturday, March 19 through
Sept. 18. Maters work chronicles the
transformation
economically
and
urbanely of Saudi Arabia. For more
information, visit asia.si.edu.
The National Gallery of Art (6th and
Constitution Ave., N.W.) presents Three
Centuries of American Prints from
Sunday, April 3 through July 24. Highlights
from the Gallerys collection of American
prints from the early 18th century through
the present. Some featured work will include
John Simons Four Indian Kings and Karen
Walkers no world. For details, visit nga.gov.
The National Museum of Women
in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.)
showcases She Who Tells a Story: Women
Photographers from Iran and the Arab
World from Friday, April 8 through July 31.
Women photographerss work will present
their home regions in the Middle East in work
ranging from ne art to photojournalism.
For more information, visit nnwa.org.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars, from left, BEN AFFLECK, GAL GADOT and Henry Cavill. It
marks the big-screen debut of the Wonder Woman character and opens on Friday, March 25.
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The spring lm season here gets o to a


self-reliant start with the D.C. Independent
Film Festival (dci-indie.org). The Festival
runs March 4-13 at various venues.
Several lms directly address the
LGBT experience. Staccato (part of
the Dramatic Impact shorts screening) is
a lush return to the world of Merchant
Ivorys adaptation of E.M. Forsters
classic novels by Irish director Peter
McQuinn. Outsider (part of the new
PoliDocs series) follows the lives of
three Palestinian friends living in Tel Aviv
during the Israel-Gaza conict of 2014 as
they explore their national and sexual
identities. Mind/Game: the Unquiet
Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
follows the openly lesbian former WNBA
star as she battles depression and works
to overcome the stigma of mental illness.
In addition to dozens of narrative and
documentary lms (all of which are D.C.
premieres and some of which are world
premieres), the festival includes a series of
seminars and masterclasses by industry
insiders, a program of shorts by area high
school students, a photography exhibit
and an interactive session of Going to
the Movies, an oral history project.
Reel
Armations,
Washingtons
LGBT lm series, continues its monthly
screenings. On Friday, March 11, theres
Beautiful Something, Joseph Grahams
edgy look at four very dierent men
who spend one sublime night roaming
the streets of Philadelphia looking for
love and sex. On Friday, April 22, the

documentary A Tough Act To Follow


follows the experiences of Sampson
McCormick, an openly gay black standup comic and writer. The comic will be
on hand to answer questions and mingle
with the audience after the screening.
In All About E, Elmira, a sexy lesbian
Arabic-Australian DJ, is forced to ee Sydney
with her gay best friend (and husband of
convenience) Matt when she discovers a
secret cache of cash. The Australian comedy
screens on May 13 (reelarmations.org).
The full festival will return to the historic
Tivoli Theatre from October 14-16.
From March 31-April 4, Marylands
state capitol rolls out the red carpet
for the Annapolis Film Festival
(annapolislmfestival.com/). The Festival
includes 70 lms, along with a variety of
showcases, panel discussions, Q&As and
special events. The Festival opener is One
More Time, a witty comedy about an aging
crooner played by Christopher Walken.
An LGBT showcase there features
several narrative and documentary
lms. The narrative lms include Those
People, a drama about a love triangle
on Manhattans gilded Upper East Side,
and a special screening of the historic
1961 lesbian drama The Childrens
Hour. Based on Lillian Hellmans groundbreaking play, the movie looks at how
rumors of forbidden love destroy the love
of two school teachers (Audrey Hepburn
and Shirley MacLaine).
The festival also includes two excellent
full-length documentaries. From This

Day Forward by Sharon Shattuck (who


will be in attendance) examines her
fathers gender transition and its impact
on her family. Out To Win is Malcolm
Ingrams portrait of out LGBT athletes.
With its reliable blend of the latest
indie and art-house releases, along with
retrospectives on Hollywood and global
cinema, AFI Silver in downtown Silver
Spring is always a reliable destination for
LGBT cinephiles. This spring, the series
include a salute to the leading men of
Hollywoods golden age and a retrospective
on William Cameron Menzies, the designer
and director who helped Hollywood make
the transition from silent lms to talkies. In
April, there will be a special look back at the
iconic lm work of David Bowie.
In addition to these screenings, several
LGBT movies will open in wide release this
spring. On Friday, March 4, Eisenstein
In Guanajuato, Peter Greenaways
exuberant exploration of the famous
directors coming out, will open at the
Angelika Pop-Up in Union Market. Take
Me To The River, opening at the Landmark
Theatres on Friday, April 1, explores what
happens when a gay California teenager
attends a family reunion in Nebraska.
Even though Viva is set in Cuba, it was
the Irish submission for the Best Foreign
Language Film Oscar. Director Paddy
Breathnach tells the emotional story of a
hair stylist torn between a career as a drag
performer and caring for his conservative
father, an ailing retired boxer.
Fans of the delusional aspiring opera

diva Florence Foster Jenkins can enjoy


two movies inspired by her life this year.
The rst is called Marguerite and will
open at the Landmark Bethesda on
Friday, March 25. Award-winning French
director Xavier Giannoli moves the story
to 1920s Paris. Giannoli focuses on
how the would-be divas passion for her
art drives her husband away. Another
version starring Meryl Streep is slated for
a summer release.
Friday, March 18 will also be a notable
release day. Openings include the
military thriller Eye In The Sky, starring
Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman;
the wacky romantic Sally Fields comedy
Hello, My Name Is Doris, and the
romantic sci- thriller Creative Control.
Look for Batman v Superman: Dawn of
Justice on Friday, March 25. Its being billed
as the follow-up to 2013s Man of Steel.
Finally, D.C. Shorts (dcshorts.com) gives
you the chance to help program this falls
festival. On May 11 and May 18 at Penn
Social (801 E St., N.W.), the LGBT-friendly
festival (founded by out lmmaker Jon
Gann) will host Take 2, an interactive
evening where audiences can cheer for
the underdogs (or dogs) that were not
chosen for the annual celebration of short
lms. At the three-minute mark, a light will
shine and the audience can shout take it
to save the lm for later consideration or
leave it to stop watching any more. At the
end of the evening, one lucky lm will be
saved and programmed into Septembers
main festival.

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Chelsea Handlers documentary series
dropped on Netix Jan. 23. Chelsea
Does has four 90-minute episodes that
each address a dierent topic, including
marriage, drugs, technology and race. In
the marriage episode, Handler examines
a broad spectrum of relationships,
including gay partnerships, Vegas
weddings and her own failed romances.
Shonda Rhimes continues to dominate
Thursday night television on ABC with
Greys Anatomy at 8 p.m., Scandal
at 9 p.m., and How To Get Away With
Murder at 10 p.m. Rhimes shows are
known for their diverse casts and prominent
LGBT actors, characters and plots.
The rst season of The Shannara
Chronicles ended March 1. The MTV
fantasy drama is based on the Shannara
series by Terry Brooks. Ivana Baquero, who
is best known for playing Ofelia in Pans
Labyrinth, stars as Eretria, who is bisexual.
Openly gay cast member Kate
McKinnon continues to be one of the
most memorable on Saturday Night
Live, which airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.
on NBC. She took over the role of Hillary
Clinton, once played by Amy Poehler.
Ariana Grande will pul double duty as the
host and musical guest on March 12.
Season eight of RuPauls Drag Race
kicks o on March 7 on LOGO. Michelle
Visage, Ross Matthews and Carson
Kressley all return to the judges table.
YouTube star Tyler Oakley is a
contestant in season 28 of The Amazing
Race, which airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on
CBS. Oakley and his teammate have
consistently been nishing each leg of
the race in the top two. Each team this
season is made up of at least one internet

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celebrity, including popular YouTube,


Vine and Instagram stars.
Rachel Bloom stars in Crazy ExGirlfriend Mondays at 8 p.m. on the
CW. The characters White Josh and
Darryl Whitefeather are gay and bisexual,
respectively. Bloom recently won the
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for
her role in the musical comedy.
Ken Jeong stars in Dr. Ken, a sitcom
inspired by Jeongs experience as a doctor
before becoming a stand-up comedian.
Openly gay actor Jonathan Slavin plays
a supporting role in the show, which airs
Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

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Veteran dance critic George Jackson writes, ...Forget-me-nots are small but persistent flowers.
Daniel Phoenix Singh planted a field of them in his new Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories

Martha Plimpton stars in The Real


ONeals, airing Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on
ABC. Openly gay actor Noah Galvin plays
Plimptons son, who reveals to his Catholic
family that he is gay. The Family Research
Council has called for a boycott of the
series, which is produced by Dan Savage.
Legends
of
Tomorrow
airs
Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. Gay actors
Victor Garber and Wentworth Miller star
in the superhero show, which is a spino
of Arrow and The Flash. The show
includes the recurring Arrow character
Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), who is bisexual.
Rob Lowe stars in You, Me, and the

Apocalypse, which airs Thursdays


at 8 p.m. on NBC. Several interwoven
storylines connect an ensemble cast who
attempt to stop a world-ending asteroid
from hitting earth. Two of the main
characters are in a gay partnership. The
British-American series originally aired in
the UK last fall.
Daniel Franzese stars in Recovery
Road on Freeform, the new name for
ABC Family. The show follows a teenage
girl going through rehab in a sober living
facility. It airs Mondays at 9 p.m.
Shadowhunters airs on Freeform
on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. This fantasy series
is based on The Mortal Instruments by
Cassandra Clare. Matthew Daddario and
Harry Shum, Jr.s characters are gay and
bisexual, respectively.
Jennifer Lopez stars in Shades of Blue,
who plays an NYPD detective caught up in
an anti-corruption probe. The show airs
Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC and was
renewed for a second season.
Empire returns to Fox on Wednesday,
March 30 at 9 p.m. Lee Daniels, who is
openly gay, created the series, which
includes several LGBT cast members and
characters. A central conict of the show
is the tension between homophobic
patriarch Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard)
and his gay son Jamal (Jussie Smollett,
who is also gay).
Live at 9:30 is an upcoming public
access show, which will premiere in
April. The music variety show will be
lmed at the 9:30 Club and will feature
performances by Tove Lo, Jess Glynne,
Garbage and more.
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TOASTING THE WOMEN WE LOVE, FIGHTING TEEN BULLIES AND MORE IN SPRING BOOKS
By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER and JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
Since you cant know where youre
going unless you know where youve been,
Stand by Me: The Forgotten History
of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs (Basic
Books, March 1) is a great look back at
the eorts, activism, and advocacy for gay
rights. Davis dug deep to nd stories that
arent usually told tales of religion within
the gay community and its eorts, how
African Americans have gured in LGBT
history, where violence has occurred and
the behind-the-scenes politics of equality.
Gender identity has also been in the
news a lot lately, and in A Murder Over a
Girl by Ken Corbett (Henry Holt, March
1), youll read about 15-year-old Larry
King, whod recently begun identifying as
Leticia, and her murder at the hands of
a 14-year-old classmate at a junior high
school in California. Corbett was at the
ensuing trial and had access to interviews
and records, making this book a true
crime fans must read. You may also want
to share this book with parents you know.
Spring may have you thinking thoughts
of love, and The Golden Condom by
Jeanne Safer, PhD (Picador, April 5) can
help your thoughts wander. This book
is about love lost and found, saved and
destroyed, but not just love of the romantic
kind. Safer, who is a psychotherapist, also
looks at friendships, sibling rivalry and
amour from afar.
If youre a man, why would you want
to perform in womens clothing? In
Why Drag? by Magnus Hastings,
introduction by Boy George (Chronicle
Books, May 17), youll get an idea of the
fun and the frustration, including pictures
and thoughts from drag queens of TV
and stage. Some are sassy, some are
philosophical, all lead up to individually
fascinating answers to why?

If sports are your thing, then Fair


Play by Cyd Zeigler (Akashic Books,
June 7) should be on your roster. Zeigler,
an authority on sports and the LGBT
community, looks at LGBT athletes, the
issues they face, and the myths they
have the power to dispel. Youll read
about three in-the-news gay athletes, and
how gay and lesbian sports participants
will one day change the current level of
acceptance of LGBTQ players in the game.
Other releases of note include:
Each of us was created for something
great we just need to gure out what
it is and nd the courage to do it. Gayarming pastor/author Rob Bells shows
you how in How to Be Here: a Guide to
Creating a Life Worth Living. Its $14.99

and releases March 8.


The Spartacus International Gay
Guide 2016 is an annual must-read if
want to nd gay hot spots abroad each
year. This years edition ($24.99) is out
March 15. Similarly, the Damrons Mens
Travel Guides 51st edition is $22.95 and
releases April 15.
Visions and Revisions by novelist
and critic Dale Peck is part memoir,
part extended essay in what he calls
the second half of the rst wave of
the AIDS epidemic. In focusing on the
period between 1987-1996, Peck writes
a sweeping, collage-style portrait of a
tumultuous era. Its $16 and will release
on March 22.
Double Life: a Love Story from

Broadway to Hollywood, the namedropping page turner from long-time


partners Alan Shayne and Norman
Sunshine is out in a new MP3 CD edition
on April 5.
Manties in a Twist: the Subs Club
Book III by J.A. Rock is a tongue-in-cheek
look at the gay kink scene and nds the
narrator lamenting the loss of his favorite
dom of yore, Hal, while left to navigate
life with the new Subs Club, a group
that meets to rate suck-ass doms. If this
is your scene, its a riot. Its $17.99 and
releases April 4.
True Homosexual Experiences:
Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell
is a memoir of the famed author (19251993) of the Straight to Hell series, a
collection of readers true homosexual
experiences, that in the pre-liberation
era let gays know not only that they
werent alone, but what their fellow gays
were doing in the bedroom and beyond.
Its $25 and releases April 1.
The title of The Gender Creative
Child: Pathways for Nurturing and
Supporting Children Who Live Outside
Gender Boxes from Diane Ehrenhaft
and Norman Spack speaks for itself. In
this up-to-date comprehensive resource,
Ehrenhaft explains the mix of biology,
nurture and culture to explain why
gender can be uid rather than binary.
Its $15.95 and out April 5.
LGBT lawyers share their experiences
in Out and About: the LGBT Experience
in the Legal Profession, a joint eort
from the American Bar Association
Commission on Sexual Orientation and
Gender Identity and the National LGBT Bar
Association. Its $49.95 and out April 7.
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Club icon David Guetta will be doing


a set at EchoStage (2135 Queens Chapel
Rd., N.E.) on Friday, March 4. Visit
echostage.com for more information.
On Saturday, March 5, dont miss D.C.
legend Rich Morel and Jason Barnes (aka
Pussy Noir) in their new collaborative
project Sistr Midn9t. Theyre on a bill
with Prince Rama at Comet Ping Pong
located at 5037 Conn. Ave., N.W. For more
information, visit cometpingpong.com.
Gay pop superstar Adam Lambert
performs at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U
St., N.W.) on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $55. Details at thelincolndc.com.
Openly gay singer and actor Troye
Sivan will appear with the hugely popular
gender-neutral rapper Shamir at the 9:30
Club (815 V St., N.W.) on March 7-8. For
more information visit 930.com.
The always-entertaining Gay Mens
Chorus presents Boots, Class & Sass
at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.),
with shows beginning on Saturday, March
12 and running through Sunday, March
20. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show
starting at 8. Tickets range from $25-63.
Details at gmcw.org.
The legendary lesbian folk duo Indigo
Girls perform at the Lincoln Theatre
(1215 U St., N.W.), on Friday, March 18
at 6:30 p.m. Visit thelincolndc.com for
information. The show is sold out.
Rihanna, one of pop musics biggest
stars, comes to D.C. for her Anti World
Tour on Tuesday, March 22. Shell

perform at the Verizon Center (601 F St.,


N.W.), at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from
$30-515. Details at ticketmaster.com.
For a night of erce diva realness,
check out the Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra: Broadway Divas at the Music
Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman
Lane, North Bethesda, Md.) on Thursday,
March 31 at 8 p.m. Divas from shows such
as Les Misrables, Dreamgirls, My Fair
Lady, Annie, and Chicago will perform
and entertain under the direction of Jack
Everly. Tickets and information can be
found at strathmore.org.
The world-renowned DJ TISTO will
spin at EchoStage (2135 Queens Chapel
Rd., N.E.) on March 25-26. Doors open
at 9 p.m. for the 18-and-over event.
Visit echostage.com for information.
Popular singer/songwriter Andrew Bird
will perform at the 9:30 Club (815 V St.,
N.W.) on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m., with
a portion of the proceeds beneting the
prevention of gun violence.
The legendary Patti LaBelle, best
known for her smash Lady Marmalade,
will perform on April 7-8 at 8 p.m. at the
Music Center at Strathmore. Tickets are
$65-150. Check out strathmore.org for
more information.
Iconic 80s supergroup Duran Duran
brings its tour in support of recent Paper
Gods album to D.C. on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.,
with disco legends Chic and Shamir opening.
Theyll be at the Verizon Center. Tickets are
$25-385. Details at ticketmaster.com.

Gay alternative rock legend Bob Mould


returns to the 9:30 Club on Wednesday,
April 27 at 7 p.m. to support his new
album Patch the Sky. Tickets are $25
and can be purchased at 930.com. Ted
Leo, half of The Both with Aimee Mann,
will open for Mould. Pop superstar Justin
Bieber brings his Purpose World Tour
to the Verizon Center on Friday, April
29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.50-126.
Ticketmaster.com for details.
The always-popular Animal Collective
will be back at the 9:30 Club on May 1011, with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith opening.
Openly gay Kele Okereke and his band
Bloc Party will be performing in support
of their new album Hymns at EchoStage
on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Details at
echostage.com.
The 9:30 Club hosts two terric shows on
Friday, May 13. At 6 p.m., acclaimed indiepop vocalist Grimes will perform. Then
at 10, Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover)
will deliver his high-energy electronic pop.
Tickets to the two shows are sold separately
and can be purchased at 930.com.
You wont want to miss RuPauls Drag
Race: Battle of the Seasons, which will
take place at the 9:30 Club on Saturday,
May 21 at 8 p.m. There will be an opening
DJ set by Pearl, and then host Michelle
Visage will introduce the most popular
queens to have appeared on RuPauls
show, including Alaska Thunderfuck,
Miss Fame, Phi Phi OHara and winner
Violet Chachki. Tickets are $37.50-299.

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Trans rapper Mykki Blanco plays the
U Street Music hall (1115 U St., N.W.) on
Thursday, May 19. Tickets are $25. Details
at 930.com.
Current pop superstar Ellie Goulding
will be at Merriweather Post Pavilion
(10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia,
Md.) on Monday, June 13 for a 7 p.m. show.
Tickets range from $45-59.50, and can be
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WIDE SPATE OF GENRES REPRESENTED IN SPRING CLASSICAL CONCERTS


By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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On Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m., the
National Symphony Orchestra, under
the direction of Conductor Christoph
Eschenbach,
performs
Prokoevs
Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 5
and Bruchs Scottish Fantasy at the
Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2700 F
St., N.W.). Tickets are $15 and as with all
Kennedy Center performances, tickets
are available at kennedy-center.org.
Also on the 5th at 8 p.m., the Baltimore
Symphony Orchestra performs works
by Bach and Brahms with several soloists
and concert choir at the Music Center at
Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
Bethesda, Md.). Theyll also perform these
works twice this weekend in Baltimore.
Full details at bsomusic.org.
Every Friday at 12:15 p.m., free organ
recitals are held at National City
Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle).
The church has one of the nest organs
in the city and often attracts world-class
performers. Out minister of music Rev.
Michael McMahon programs the series.
Details at nationalcitycc.org.
On Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m., the
Vienna Mozart Orchestra performs at
Strathmore. Tickets are $39-97.50.
On Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m., the
NSO performs works by Brahms and
Liszt and the world premiere of Opera
Without Words. The concert will feature
Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano. Tickets are
$15. This program will also be performed
at 11:30 a.m. on Friday and March 11, at 8
p.m. on Saturday, March 12.
On Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m., Baldwin
Wallace University presents Advance
Always: a Celebration of Frank Battisti
and Harwood Whaley featuring the
schools wind ensembles, the Arlington
Diocese Congregational Choirs and more
performing works by Strauss, Sousa and
more. Its in the Kennedy Center Concert
Hall. Tickets are $25.
On Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m., the
BSO performs an all-Beethoven recital at
the Strathmore. Tickets are $35-99.
On Monday, March 14, the Montreal
Symphony performs works by Debussy,
Prokoev and Stravinsky at 7 p.m. in the
Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are
$50-120.
On Wednesday, March 16 at 8 p.m.,
Paul Jacobs returns for another organ
concert in the Kennedy Center Concert
Hall on the Rubenstein Family Organ.
Hell perform works by Bach, Brahms,
Reger, Mozart and more. Tickets are $15.
On Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m., the
NSO performs works by Brahms and

Out conductor MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS directing the San Francisco Symphony. They play the
Kennedy Center on Saturday, April 16.
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Beethoven in the Kennedy Center Concert


Hall. Tickets are $15. This program will be
repeated at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18
and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.
On Sunday, March 20 at 7 p.m., Sir
James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway
perform a ute recital at the Kennedy
Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $30.
On March 16-17 at 7:30 p.m.,
Generations:
Poland,
a
dance
performance by Company E that got
postponed because of the blizzard, will be
performed at the Kennedy Center Family
Theater. Tickets are $25-35.
On March 22-23 at 7 p.m., cellist
Sharon Robinson and pianist Anna
Polonsky perform the ve sonatas for
cello and piano by Beethoven along
with other works in the Kennedy Center
Terrace Theater. Tickets are $45.
On Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m., tenor
Javier Camarena and pianist Angel
Rodriguez perform a recital of operatic
selections in the Kennedy Center Terrace
Theater. Tickets are $50.
On Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m., pianist
Joseph Moog performs works by Beethoven,
Liszt and Tchaikovsky at the Kennedy Center
Terrace Theater. Tickets are $48.
On Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m., the
NSO under the direction of Conductor
Christian Macular performs works by
Faure, Brahms, Debussy and more
at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Violinist Nikolaj Znaider will also perform.

Tickets are $15. This program will also be


performed at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1
and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.
On Thursday, April 7, the NSO performs
works by Mozart and Mahler at 7 p.m. in the
Kennedy Center Concert Hall. This program
will be repeated at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April
9. Zanier will conduct and pianist Benjamin
Grosvenor will perform. Tickets are $15.
On Tuesday, April 12 at 8 p.m., the
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
will perform in the Kennedy Center
Concert Hall. Tickets are $60.
On Wednesday, April 13 at 8 p.m.,
cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel
Ax will perform several Beethoven cello
sonatas at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Center
Concert Hall. Tickets are $60.
The NSO performs on Thursday,
April 14 at 7 p.m. a concert of works
by Barber, Bates and Ives with Hugh
Wol conducting and an appearance by
violinist Anne Akiko Meyers at 7 p.m. in
the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. This
program will be repeated at 8 p.m. on
Saturday, April 16. Tickets are $15.
On Saturday, April 16, the San Francisco
Symphony performs works by Schubert
and Mahler at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy
Center Concert Hall. Michael Tilson
Thomas, whos openly gay, conducts.
Mezzo Sasha Cooke and tenor Simon
ONeill will perform. Tickets are $55.
On Tuesday, April 19 at 8 p.m., violinist
Hilary Hahn performs at the Kennedy

Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $45-90.


On Sunday, April 24, the NSO performs
Lights! Canvas! Music!, a family concert
at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Kennedy Center
Concert Hall. Tickets are $15.
Also on the 24th, violist Antoine
Tamest performs suites and partitas by
Bach at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center
Terrace Theater. Tickets are $40.
On Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m., the
NSO performs works by Dvorak, Ravel
and more at the Kennedy Center Concert
Hall. James Gagan conducts. Storm
Large and the Hudson Shad quartet will
sing.This program will be repeated on
Saturday, April 30.
Storm Large, known for her work with
gay band Pink Martini, returns on April 29
at 9 p.m. for Declassied: Cabaret of Sins,
a journey through the crazy arc of love
and the seven deadly sins. Tickets are $39.
On Wednesday, May 4 at 8 p.m., out
organist Christopher Houlihan will
perform works by Bach, Franck, Vierne
and more on the Rubenstein Family
Organ at the Kennedy Center Concert
Hall. Tickets are $15.
On May 5-7, the NSO performs works by
Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich under the
direction of Andrew Litton at the Kennedy
Center Concert Hall. They perform again
May 12-14 works by Elgar and Vaughan
Williams under the direction of James
MacMillian. Tickets are $15. Times and
details at kennedy-center.org.
On Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m., violinist
Itzhak Perlman and pianist Emanuel Ax
perform works by Mozart, Faure, Strauss
and more at the Kennedy Center Concert
Hall. Tickets are $55-135.
On Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m., pianist
Simone Dinnerstein performs works by
Glass and Schubert at the Strathmore.
Tickets are $35-90.
Washington National Opera performs
the rst complete performance of Richard
Wagners epic Ring cycle, a four-opera
saga of gods and men, giants and dwarves
starting in late April. The Rhinegold will
be performed April, 30, May 10 and 17;
The Valkyrie will be performed May 2,11
and 18; Siegfried will be performed May
4, 13 and 30; Twilight of the Gods will be
performed May 6, 15 and 22. Tickets are
$75 for each performance and are available
at kennedy-center.org/ring.
Legendary organist Diane Bish
performs a recital at First Baptist Church
of Washington (1328 16th St., N.W.) on
Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m. The churchs
new Austin Organ is one of the citys
nest. Details at rstbaptistdc.org.

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SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, SHERRY VINE AND MORE COMING SOON


By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com

SHERRY VINE has launched gaySVTVworld, an online gay channel. Find her on YouTube.
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Some events defy our usual categories.


Here are a few.
On Monday, March 7, Sons of an
Illustrious Father, a trio featuring queer
actor/drummer Ezra Miller, plays DC9
at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Details at
dcnine.com.
On Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m., the
Young Artists of America at Strathmore
perform the youth premiere of the
Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz,
who worked as a guest mentor with local
high school-aged students. The cast,
orchestra and chorus will include about
350 youth from the D.C. area and 250
younger performers from North Bethesda
Middle School. The performance is at the
Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
Bethesda, Md.). Details at strathmore.org.
On Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m., seven
performers on a tiny platform will act
out the Man of Steels adventures in
Superman 2050. For ages 7 and up.
Its in the Kennedy Center Family Theater
(2700 F St., N.W.). Tickets are $20. This
show will also be performed on Saturday,
April 2 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. and at the
same times on Sunday, April 3. Details
for this and all other Kennedy Center
performances can be found at kennedycenter.org.
On Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m., Wonder
Woman actress (and LGBT ally) Lynda
Carter brings her new show Long-

Legged Woman to the Kennedy Center


Terrace Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.
On April 18-19 at 8 p.m., a live
performance of the hit/cult podcast
Welcome to Night Vale, which has
been called a geeky, cultural gem, will be
performed at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U
St., N.W.). Tickets are $32.50 and available
at thelincolndc.com.
On Sunday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m., Naked
Magic Show, featuring Aussie magicians
Murry and Peter, will be performed at
Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.). For
ages 18 and up. Tickets are $20-75.
Details at lincolndc.com.
Sherry Vine and former Here-TV exec
Josh Rosenzweig have joined forces to
launch gaySVTVworld, a new online onestop digital destination for all the worlds
LGBTQ entertainment needs. It launched
in mid-February. Check it out at youtube.
com/misssherryvine.
Harold Night, a pay-what-you-can
stage for up-and-coming talent, is
every Tuesday night at 8 and 9 p.m.,
a Washington Improv Theater event
held at Source Theatre (1835 14th St.,
N.W.). Walk-ins welcome. Details at
witdc.org/shows/harold-night. Look for
more improv fun at the Fighting Improv
Smackdown Tournament (FIST) also at
Source on March 10 and April 9. Its the
10th annual event that pits improv teams
against each other. Details at wit-dc.org.

Our salute to country music


with special guests the
DC Cowboys!

March 12 8pm
March 19 3pm (ASL) & 8pm
March 20 3pm (ASL)

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Lambert plans
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Queen this summer
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be a pretty amazing production. Theyve
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is the rst one thats going to be lmed,
its not a live presentation. It will have a lot
of integrity to the original because they
have Lou Adler on board (the original
producer) and his son is producing the
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inuence on you and your music and
it was a sad loss for the music industry
when he passed away. Tell me a little
about what he meant to you.
LAMBERT: He was ahead of his time
and not afraid to be an outsider and push
ideas that werent necessarily popular, and
I love that. I think he was willing to be weird,
which I also admire. Sonically, physically, I
think he was an icon. David Bowies voice
sounds like no one else, he looks like no
one else. He was one of a kind.
BLADE: Is that what you set out to do?
How would you dene your philosophy of
who you want Adam Lambert to be?
LAMBERT: Its interesting, because if
you look at (Bowies) career over 30 years,
what he did was reinvented and evolved
and as an artist, it looks like he was trying
on new colors when he felt like it. I am
inspired by that. In todays media and
music world, its very easy to become a
brand and to get trapped in that brand.
I think its exciting to be creative and
explore new sounds and new looks and
new colors and new ideas, and thats
what I want to continue to do keep it
fresh and continue to evolve.
BLADE: One of the things that
impressed me about you is youre not
dened by your sexuality, youre just you.
Has this come easier to you as the years
go by?
LAMBERT: Yeah. I think society is
coming around as years go by. Seven years
ago is not that long ago, but things were in
a much dierent place. The exciting thing
about being out in todays entertainment
world is that its less of a surprise, less of
an issue and no longer a scary, unknown

thing for the public. Acceptance, tolerance


and visibility have made their way into the
arts as they always should have and
things are better now, focused on what
they should be focused on, which is the
arts themselves.
BLADE: Youve done a great deal for
the LGBT community, and I know its
something that remains important to you.
LAMBERT: Of course. I spent years in
L.A. going to gay bars and gay clubs, and
thats where I socialized and listened
to music, and thats where I fell in love
with dance music. Thats part of my
culture. Obviously, I have had a lot of
other opportunities that mixed me
with other types of people as well. I like
the idea of saying, Lets not segregate
ourselves, lets throw it all together. My
involvement with the theater was great
for that because you have every race and
religion and gender thats the utopian
fantasy Ive always had.
BLADE: Youve been performing with
Queen for the past few years, which youve
said is something of a dream for you.
LAMBERT: Its been incredible and Im
still doing more with them this summer.
Its such an honor to sing lead for one
of the greatest rock bands of all time,
although its intimidating to be compared
to Freddie Mercury because I think he
was amazing. I dont think I can in any
way compete with him, but for me its not
about that. Its about bringing these songs
to life for fans of the music and the band
and help everyone remember what made
the band so great in the rst place. These
songs have been a part of peoples lives
for years and years, so getting to perform
those songs, the collective joy you feel
in the audience, theres something very
rewarding about that.
BLADE: Any last message for those
coming out to the concert?
LAMBERT: Come and be prepared to
go on a roller coaster with me. There are
some songs from the last two albums as
well and for fans of this new album, Im
nally getting to present them. Its going
to be a great time.
ADAM LAMBERT
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St., N.W.
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Indie lm fest features gay fare


The D.C. Independent Film Festival will be screening numerous LGBT lms
throughout the festivals run.
Oriented is a documentary that follows a gay Palestinian living in Tel Aviv
who is trying to nd love. The lm will be screened at the Carnegie Institution for
Science (1530 P St., N.W.) on Sunday, March 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Mind/Game chronicles the story of basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw
and screens Thursday, March 10 from 6:15-8:15 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution
for Science. Staccato, an Irish lm, will be screened as part of Dramatic Impact
Shorts at the Naval Heritage Burke Theater (701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) on
Sunday, March 13 from 1:30-3:45 p.m. The lm is a period piece with a gay love
aair amidst a class power struggle.
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Queer as Folk vet


coming March 11
Comedian Hal Sparks performs at
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903
Columbia Pk., Arlington, Va.) on Friday,
March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Sparks is best known for his lead role
as Michael Novotny on Queer as Folk.
He has also appeared in Spiderman 2
and Dude, Wheres My Car? The actor
currently stars on Disney XD show Lab
Rats.
Tickets are $25. For more information,
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Queer Queens bring laughs to Charm City


The Queer Queens of Qomedy perform at Magoobys Joke House (9601
Deereco Rd., Timonium, Md.) on Sunday, March 6 at 5 p.m.
Lesbian comedians Poppy Champlin, Mimi Gonzalez and Karen Williams
will perform their stand-up routines. Angelique Henle will give a musical
performance. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $40.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit magoobys.com.

The fourth annual Leading with Pride, a


GSA conference for LGBT youth, will be at
School Without Walls at Francis Stevens
(2425 N St., N.W.) on Saturday, March 5
from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Washington Blade reporters Lou
Chibbaro Jr. and Chris Johnson will lead
LGBT Journalism Then and Now, a
panel discussion, at 1:30 p.m. There will
be other additional workshops, free food
and free HIV testing. A talent show will be
at 8:30 p.m. Registration is free.
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coming Tuesday, March 8
By KRISTEN HARTKE
Ladies, if youre looking for an excuse
to drink mimosas on a Tuesday (and who
isnt?), then look no further: International
Womens Day is Tuesday, March 8 and
mimosas are de rigueur. Go ahead and
drink up, because its politically correct.
Celebrated widely around the world,
International Womens Day is an ocial
holiday in dozens of countries including
Afghanistan, China, Madagascar, Russia
and Vietnam, but actually got its start
in New York in 1909 to commemorate
a strike by the Internationals Ladies
Garment Workers Union, while in 1917,
Russian women used the day to protest
food shortages and World War I by
striking for Bread and Peace.
The days origins may certainly be
political, but the Italians took the concept
in another direction which leads,
naturally, to mimosas. Called the Festa
della Donna, the Italian observation is
simply a celebration of all things female,
particularly friendships between women,
and hand-held bouquets of tiny yellow
mimosa owers, a harbinger of spring,
are given to women across the country.
Its a day when restaurants and bars all
over Italy create special dishes for female
customers and women gather to share
meals and companionship.
Here in the District, local Italian restaurant
Lupo Verde (1401 T St., N.W.) is honoring the
Festa della Donna in its own way on March
8, with complimentary mimosa cocktails
for female customers during that nights
dinner service and a special dish, the Risotto
Mimosa. Made with a base of Acquerello
risotto, a rice from Italys Piemonte region
that is most preferred for risotto, the dish
brings together fragrant saron, shrimp,
mango and pistachios with vincotto, a richly
sweet southern Italian condiment made
from grape must.
This is part of our Italian culture we grew
up with, and we want to carry on the holiday
tradition as our families have for generations,
like Mothers Day or Valentines Day here in
America for example, says Antonio Matarazzo,
a partner at Lupo Verde. We dont think of the
political aspects surrounding this or anything
sexist by celebrating this women-oriented day.
If you prefer to have a girls night at home to
observe the Festa della Donna, you can break
out the champagne and orange juice while
also whipping up a Torta Mimosa, a lovely
spring-like cake that is meant to resemble
the owers after which it is named. Made up
of yellow cake, liqueur and cream, its easy to
assemble and tastes just about right while
enjoying cocktails with some girlfriends. Go
ahead, celebrate yourselves you deserve it.

Torta Mimosa Mimosa Cake


This is a simplied version of the classic cake,
because you shouldnt have to slave over a hot
stove for hours on a holiday meant to celebrate
women (well, unless youre a man) and you can
also make most of it the day before. Give the
cake a distinctly D.C. vibe by using Don Ciccio
& Figlis perfectly lemony limoncello (available
for purchase in liquor stores across the area;
donciccioegli.com), which is made by Italian
expat Francesco Amodeo right here in our fair
city, when hes not serving up tasty cocktails at
Lupo Verde.
1 recipe for a two-layer 9-inch vanilla cake
(you can use a box cake, its ne)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest (about 1
large lemon)
1 cup lemon curd
3 cups whipped cream, lightly sweetened
6 tablespoons limoncello
Mix together the vanilla cake batter
and add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest,
mixing thoroughly. Bake in two cake pans
according to recipe directions, then allow
to cool thoroughly on a rack.
When the cakes are cooled, slice them in
half horizontally so that you now have four
equal layers. Cut one of the cake layers into
small cubes, the size of salad croutons, and
set them aside in an airtight container. Mix
the remaining tablespoon of lemon zest into
the whipped cream. Line a mixing bowl with
plastic wrap, then place one of the cake layers,
cut side up, inside into the bottom of the bowl
so that it curves with the shape of the bowl.
Brush it well with 2 tablespoons of the
limoncello, then spread 1/2 cup of lemon
curd over that, and top the lemon curd with
1 cup of the whipped cream. Repeat the
process with another layer of the cake, cut
side up, more limoncello, lemon curd, and
whipped cream. Take another layer of cake,
brush the cut side with more limoncello,
and place it, cut side down, on top of the
layers that youve already done, pressing
it down lightly with your hands, then cover
the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate
for two hours or even overnight. Refrigerate
the remaining whipped cream until you are
ready to assemble the rest of the cake.
After the cake has set, remove the plastic
wrap and place a round serving platter over
the top of the bowl, then ip the whole
bowl over so that the cake inverts onto the
platter. Remove the rest of the plastic wrap.
Spread the remaining whipped cream
thinly across the surface of the cake, then
take the little cake cubes and press them
lightly into the cream across the surface
of the cake, to mimic the small clustering
owers of the mimosa. Serve immediately.
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.

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Road Show
Thru Mar 13. Signature Theatre.
703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org.

The third collaboration between Weidman and Sondheim, Road Showis a


freewheeling musical travelogue of the optimism and opportunism of the early
twentieth century through the eyes of two ambitious, eccentric, yet playfully
charming brothers. Pride Night is March 11.

Flamenco Vivo: Poema de Andaluca


Mar 4. Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.

This infectiously joyful (The New York Times), brilliantly colored show is a
journey through the cultures and traditions of the Andalusian provinces of
Spainthe cradle of amencoand a fascinating look at just how varied and
stylized this art form can be.

Laurie Anderson: The Language of the Future


Mar 4-Mar 6. The Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

As the latest chapter in Laurie Andersons ongoing exploration of the American


narrative and how it is told, this collection of songs and stories about
contemporary culture crosses borders between dreams, reality, and the elusive
world of information.

Tudor Nights: March Madness!


Mar 10. Tudor Place.
202-580-7321. tudorplace.org.

Just in time for #MarchMadness, inner jocks meet inner history geeks at this
lively cocktail evening centered on the sporting life at Tudor Place. Qua
cocktails, socialize in the houses elegant reception rooms, and enjoy an upclose look at the collections jock-iest items, presented by Curator Grant
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Get Out More!

THEATRE
A Midsummer Nights Dream.
Thru Mar 13. Folger Theatre.
202-544-7077. folger.edu.
The Flick. Thru Apr 17.
Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Shear Madness. Ongoing.
The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical.
Thru Mar 6. Marjorie Prime. Mar 10Apr 10. Olney Theatre. 301-924-3400.
olneytheatre.org.
Constellations. Thru Mar 6.
Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
Its A Small World. Mar 7-Mar 19.
GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174.
galatheatre.org.
Baltimore. Thru Mar 5.
The Clarice. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Othello. Thru Mar 27. Shakespeare
Theatre Company. Sidney Harman Hall.
202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.
Atlas Intersections Festival: Goldie
Patrick and Dave McDue: Body
Language: Image and Imagery. Mar 4.
Restoration Stage Inc: Veils. Mar 4-Mar
5. Story District: Mind Over Matter:
True stories about living with mental
illness. Mar 5. AWoL Productions:
Ten Principles. Mar 5-Mar 6. FRESHH
Inc: My Mic Sounds Nice. Mar 6. City
at Peace: Live. Mar 6. Aura Curiatlas
Physical Theatre: DREAM LOGIC. Mar
5-Mar 13. Atlas. 202-399-7993. See
atlasarts.org for full schedule.

DANCE
New York City Ballet: 2 programs. Thru
Mar 6. Monica Bill Barnes & Company:
Happy Hour. Mar 10-Mar 11. The
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
FLAMENCO FESTIVAL: Farruquito
Improvisao. Mar 8. GW Lisner
Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
Rennie Harris Grass Roots Project.
Mar 5-Mar 6. Dance Place. 202-269-1600.
danceplace.org.
Atlas Intersections Festival: Dakshina/
Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company.
Thru Mar 5. Gin Dance Company. Mar
5. Mirenka Cechov: FAiTH. Mar 5.
Tehreema Mitha Dance. Mar 5.
Atlas. 202-399-7993. See atlasarts.org
for full schedule.

MUSIC
Seth Kibel. Mar 5. Annapolis Symphony
Orchestra. Mar 6. Mischa Bouvier,
baritone. Mar 10. Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Global-Phonic Music Festival: Kiran
Ahluwalia. Mar 4. Arlington Cultural
Aairs. Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre.
703-228-1850. arlingtonarts.org.

Kneedelus. Mar 10. AMP. 301-581-5100.


ampbystrathmore.com.
NSO: Ray Chen, violin, & Adriana
Horne, harp. Thru Mar 5. NSO:
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor:
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano. Mar 10Mar 12. Jason+: The Crossroads Club:
Jason Moran and Mason Bates. Mar
5. The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Mar 5.
GMU Center for the Arts. 888-945-2468.
cfa.gmu.edu.
Piano Jazz at the Arts Club Pianist Spike Wilner. Mar 7. Arts
Club of Washington. 202-331-7282.
artsclubofwashington.org.
Evening at the Embassy of Nicaragua.
Mar 4. Embassy Experiences.
Embassy of Nicaragua. 301-519-8030.
embassyexperiences.com.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Power and
Pathos. Thru Mar 20. Louise Bourgeois:
No Exit. Thru May 15. 202-737-4215.
nga.gov.
Folger Shakespeare Library.
Shakespeare, Life of an Icon.
Thru Mar 27. folger.edu.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
Salon Style: French Portraits from the
Collection. Thru May 1. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
Smithsonian Anacostia Museum.
Twelve Years That Shook And Shaped
Washington: 1963-1975. Thru Oct 23.
202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu.
National Portrait Gallery. Alexander
Gardner Photographs, 1859-1872. Thru
Mar 13. Mathew Bradys Photographs of
Union Generals. Thru May 8.
202-633-8300. npg.si.edu.
National Geographic. Pristine Seas. Thru
Mar 27. Jerusalem 3D. Thru Mar 31. Crocs.
Thru May 8. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.

GALLERIES
The Art League Gallery. Biennial
Ikebana Show. Thru Mar 6. March Open
Exhibit. Mar 8-Apr 3. 703-683-1780.
theartleague.org.
VisArts at Rockville. Rachel Hamel. Thru
Mar 20. Calla Thompson. Thru Apr 10.
301-315-8200. visartsatrockville.org.
Zenith Sculpture Space. Full Circle. Thru
Apr 30. zenithgallery.com.
Gallery Neptune & Brown. Erick
Johnson. Thru Mar 26. 202-986-1200.
neptuneneart.com.
Arts Club of Washington. March Art
Exhibition. Mar 4-Mar 26. 202-331-7282.
artsclubofwashington.org.
JCCNV. Local Color and More.
Thru Apr 4. 703-323-0880. jccnv.org.
ReCreative Spaces. Arthur Kwon
Lee. Thru Mar 31. 202-907-5934.
recreativespaces.com.
Fisher Art Gallery. Al-Mutanbbi Street
Starts Here. Thru Mar 13. 703-534-5726.
schlesingercenter.com.

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or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time.

TODAY
John Moletress and Eames Armstrong
presents Home, a live art installation,
at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H
St., N.W.) through March 6 as part of the
Intersections festival. The piece explores
the question of what home means.
The artist will be at the show today and
Saturday during festival hours. For more
details, visit atlasarts.org.
Hillyer Art Space (9 Hillter Ct., N.W.)
presents Typecast by gay curator
Jarvis DuBois starting today through
March 26. The exhibit features 33 artists
that express gender, sexuality, identity
and more through their art. For more
information, visit hillyerartspace.org.
A LGB support group meets today
from 10-11:30 a.m. at 16220 S. Frederick
Rd., Gaithersburg, Md., for individuals
in Montgomery County. The group
will discuss coming out of marriage,
homophobia, parenting issues, nding
intimate relationships, LGB resources
in the suburbs and more. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Gay District meets at the D.C. Center
(1318 U St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30-9:30
p.m. The facilitated group discussion
covers building understanding of gay
culture and personal identity and
awareness of community events for LGBT
men between the ages of 18-35 in the D.C.
area. For more details, visit thedccenter.
org or gaydistrict.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5
The D.C.s Sisters of Perpetual
Indulgence host Red Dress Cabaret, a
benet for Wanda Alston Foundation,
at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight at 7
p.m. There will be performances by Lana
Crane, Attica Wilde, Modern Artie, Dolly
LongLegs, Brown Cocaine and more. DJ
Danny Cavalier will spin. There will also
be a silent auction. A $5 donation is asked
for at the door. Proceeds benet Wanda
Alston Foundation. For more details,
search SPIs Red Dress Cabaret.
D.C. Rawhides host Town and Country
at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight. The
dance lecson will be for the intermediate
two-step. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dance
lessons begin at 6:45 p.m. There is open
dance from 8-10:30 p.m. There is a $5
cover and admission includes the dance
lesson and allows to stay for the night at
Town. For more details, visit towndc.com.
Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave.,
Arlington, Va.) presents Road Show
tonight at 8 p.m. running through March
13. Road Show follows the real life Mizner
siblings traveling across the country in the
20th century from the Alaskan Gold Rush
through the 1920s. The shows music and

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Road Show, a musical about the real-life Mizner brothers and their quest for the ever-elusive American dream, continues through March 13 at
Signature Theatre.

lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. Tickets


range from $40-92. For more information
and for a complete list of show times, visit
sigtheatre.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6
Pretty Boi Drag, a drag king troupe,
hosts a drag brunch at the Bier Baron
Tavern (1523 22nd St., N.W.) today
from 2-5 p.m. Drag kings will perform
and a DJ will play music. There will be
also be beermosas on the menu. For
more information, visit faceook.com/
prettyboidrag.
Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with shows at
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 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, MARCH 7
RuPauls Drag Race premieres its
100th episode to kick o its eighth season
tonight at 9 p.m. on LOGO. Queens
performing this season include Acid
Betty, Bob the Drag, Queen, Dax, Naysha
Lopez and more. For more information,
visit logotv.com.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts
a RuPauls Drag Race premiere party
with BaNaka. There will be RuPauls Drag
Race trivia and music by DJ Wess. Drink
specials will be $3 Stoli drinks. For more
details, visit numbrninedc.com.

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.
B.R.U.H.S. (Book Reading Uplifts His
Spirit), a book group for same-genderloving men of color, meets tonight from
6-9 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Library
(901 G St., N.W., lower level A, room A5)
The group meets the rst Monday of every
month and gives self-published writers
the chance to share their work with
audiences. Free and open to the public.
E-mail Darscorpius at darscorpius@gmail.
com for more information.

TUESDAY, MARCH 8
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.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
hosts a trans support group meeting
tonight at 7 p.m. The facilitated group
discussion is open to all members of the
community including partners, friends
and allies. For details, visit thedccenter.org

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
Big Gay Book Group meets at 1155 F
St., N.W. Suite 200 tonight at 7 p.m. to

discuss The Swans of Fifth Avenue by


Melanie Benjamin, a novel about the
friendship between Truman Capote
and Babe Paley. For more details,
visit biggaybookgroup.com or email
biggaybookgroup@hotmail.com.
The Lambda Bridge Club meets
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center
(721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No
reservations required and new comers
welcome. If you need a partner, call 703407-6540.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts an
open mic night today from 5-7 p.m.
LGBT youth are encouraged to come
share their experiences of sexual
orientation and gender identity as well
as specic issues facing adolescents in
the D.C. metro region. For details, visit
smyal.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10
Gay Cities presents the Stoli Key
West Cocktail Classic, an LGBT
bartending competition, at Nelliess
Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) at 7
p.m. hosted by BaNaka and Patrick
Gallineaux, national LGBT ambassador
for Stoli vodka. There is no cover. Drink
specials will be $5 Stoli drinks all night.
There will also be a sample tasting
of Stoli cocktails. BaNaka and Sasha
Adams will also perform. Winning
bartenders will receive prizes such as
an all-expense paid trip to Ibiza, Spain.
For more details, visit gaycities.com/
cocktailclassic.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Fight
4 Yr Rights Activist Night today from 5-7
p.m. LGBT youth can come to learn about
historical activist movements. For details,
visit smyal.org.

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Voice, facial recognition
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By ALLISON GOODHART DuSHUTTLE
I recently went to New York for a conference where the latest developments in
smart home technology were presented.
Some amazing innovations are already
here and more are coming down the pike.
Here are a few of my favorites already on
the market.
LG Film. A 1mm thin television that you
can roll up and put in your pocket. Yes,
you read that right. Imagine the possibilities putting it on your car dashboard, in
your kitchen, out on your back deck or in
front of your soaking tub (anywhere with
an almost magnetic technology). This
product is truly innovative.
Kitchens by ALNO that include a 13foot Touch Screen LED computer backsplash you can use for many purposes,
such as Skype, surveillance, TV, Internet
and controlling Sonos music platforms.
The backsplash is operated by iPad,
iPhone and control panel technology and
even has multi-view screens. This certainly would make watching cooking shows in
the kitchen a bit easier.
Echo by Amazon. The Echo is a wireless speaker and voice command device.
Its capabilities are growing by leaps and
bounds. Currently, the device (whose
voice is known as Alexa) can stream music, provide weather forecasts, set timers
and alarms, and manage your to-do list.

You can connect Echo to any of your other devices and stream any service using
Bluetooth technology.
The Welcome.This product has a camera with facial recognition. When someone in your family comes home, you will
get a text message such as, Your daughter Emily has come home. It also alerts
you immediately about intruders.
Echobee. This program knows (and
can send alerts) when people come and
go from the house, using sensors in every
room of the home.
Thermostat and security functions like
Nest & Roost Battery. Both of these devices talk to your phone to let you know
when batteries are getting low on smoke
detectors and other safety features. Nest
also learns how you use your heating and
cooling systems and can even dim lights, etc.
LG Oled. This is a 65-inch, 4mm wide
smart television that combines best-picture quality with an ultra-premium picture-on-glass design. Essentially, it has all
of the best benefits of an LED or plasma
TV and is thinner than an iPad. The Oled
retails for $10,000.
CleverPet uses smart hardware to offer animals engagement anytime, but it
is mostly meant to be used when their
owners are out of the house. It uses
smart hardware to teach pets through
advanced cognitive and behavioral science techniques. The CleverPet platform
is built around the Hub, which uses light,
sound and touch pads to engage pets to
solve increasingly complex brain teasers.
They are then rewarded with treats for

The LG Oled is a 65-inch TV thats just four millimeters wide. It retails for $10,000.

their efforts.
Wifi Chips. These chips, the size of a
quarter, can be put onto any device. For
example, you could put one in your umbrella. If rain is forecasted, the handle will
glow blue so you know to take it when
you leave the house.
As more smart products come on the
market, we anticipate that new homes will
be built with smart programs supporting
them. We also expect a corresponding
shift in home design. For example, as
consumers purchase more goods online,

we may start to see small rooms built in


homes where packages can be delivered.
You may see homes with more than one
home office as technology makes telecommuting even easier and more commonplace. We are excited to see what
comes next.
Allison Goodhart DuShuttle is lead
agent for The Goodhart Group, Alexandrias
and McEnearney Associates top producing real
estate team. In 2015, she was nationally recognized by Realtor Magazine, being named to its
30 Under 30 club. Allison can be reached at703362-3221orallison@thegoodhartgroup.com.

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