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2016

VOLUME 47

ISSUE 12

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Mistake prompts theories


about why Clinton praised
Reagans on AIDS
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

CLINTON, TRUMP CLOSER TO


NOVEMBER FACEOFF, PAGE 13
HILLARY CLINTON hasnt explained what prompted her gae praising Ronald and Nancy Reagans HIV eorts.

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Senate Republicans refuse to


consider Garland nom to high court
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

MERRICK GARLANDs nomination to the


Supreme Court faces an uncertain fate
given GOP refusal to consider it.

Despite opposition from Republicans who have vowed


to block any nominee, President Obama announced on
Wednesday his choice to ll the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme
Court: Merrick Garland.
One month after the death of the U.S. Associate Justice
Antonin Scalia, Obama declared in the White House Rose
Garden his choice to replace the jurist is Garland, whos

Hillary Clinton has apologized once


on Twitter, again in an op-ed saying she
made a mistake after controversial
remarks in which she praised Ronald
and Nancy Reagans HIV eorts, but
observers still question why she made
the comments in the rst place.
Although Clinton took the opportunity
of her gae to outline a plan to
achieve an AIDS-free generation, she
never explained why she said during
Nancy Reagans funeral that the rst
lady and President Reagan started a
national conversation on HIV/AIDS
a recollection deemed untrue and
oensive by those who remember the
height of the epidemic.
Moreover, the Clinton campaign,
which has consistently rebued requests
by the Washington Blade to interview the
candidate, hasnt responded to additional
requests to interview Clinton to seek an
explanation for the gae.
It may be hard for your viewers
to remember how dicult it was for
people to talk about HIV/AIDS back in
the 1980s, Clinton told MSNBCs Andrea
Mitchell on Friday. And because of both
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served as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.
Circuit since 1997.
Chief Judge Garland is more than just a brilliant legal
mind, hes someone who has a keen understanding that
justice is about more than abstract legal theories, more than
some footnote in a dusty case book, Obama said. His life
experience, his experience in places like Oklahoma City,
informs his view that the law is more than an intellectual
exercise. He understands the way law aects the daily reality
of peoples lives in a big, complicated democracy, and in
rapidly changing times.
Describing Garlands history, Obama took note of the
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LO CA L N E W S

Comings & Goings


Robinson named to Lambda board;
Maggiano to Washington Chorus
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.

Bishop Gene Robinson has been elected to the


board of directors of Lambda Legal. Robinson became
the rst openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of
New Hampshire in 2003, a major step forward for the
LGBT community. Robinson is a senior fellow at the
Center for American Progress in D.C.
Lambda Legal is the nations rst legal organization
dedicated to achieving full equality for LGBT people.
Congratulations also go to Chase Maggiano, who was
named the new executive director of The Washington BISHOP GENE ROBINSON
Chorus (TWC). He will begin work with TWC in July. He is
currently executive director of the Gay Mens Chorus of
Washington, D.C.
At the Washington Chorus, Maggiano will succeed
Dianne Peterson who is retiring at the end of the 20152016 season after serving as the Chorus executive
director for more than 30 years. She is the longestserving chief administrator of a major American chorus.
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the
Chorus, Board Chair Chris Denby said, TWC is thrilled to
CHASE MAGGIANO
welcome Chase to the Executive Director role. Although
he has very big shoes to ll, Chase will bring tremendous
leadership skills, energy, and passion to the organization.
The entire Board joins me in welcoming him warmly to
The Washington Chorus family.
I am honored to be joining The Washington Chorus
family and energized to return to my classical roots,
Maggiano said. TWCs reputation for presenting
challenging and new repertoire is a prized asset within
the bountiful choral scene in Washington. I hope to
honor and build on the legacy of my friend and mentor, JOSEPH DESANTO JONES
Dianne, whose 30 years of dedication have brought
TWC to national and international acclaim. As we celebrate Julian Wachners
nal season with TWC, we are well poised to nd the next great maestro/a for
Washington.
Maggiano will be missed at the GMCW where he expanded the inclusivity of
the mission and programming, created the rst LGBTQ and allied youth chorus
in Washington, and forged relationships with local and international presenters,
including an historic concert tour of Cuba. Prior to joining GMCW, he served
in arts education and fundraising roles at the Washington Performing Arts.
Growing up locally as a classically trained violinist, Maggiano has combined his
lifelong dedication to music and entrepreneurial spirit to ensure that more art
happens in Washington. He remains an avid violinist and shares his perspective
on the business of art at chasingtheart.com.
Joseph DeSanto Jones, M.Ed., has been named director of strategic initiatives
at NASPA-Student Aairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPAs mission is
to be the principal source of leadership, scholarship, professional development,
and advocacy for student aairs. As director, he will work with executive
management and volunteer leaders to pursue and achieve tactical objectives of
the NASPA strategic plan.
Jones has previously served NASPA as director of member engagement and
community programs, where he directed various educational programs, and
supported NASPA Regions, Knowledge Communities, and volunteer leaders. He
is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned his
bachelors in communication studies and a masters in college student personnel.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF JONES

Gay cop sues city for release


of email, phone records
LGBT Center leader
says Ocer Markiewicz
target of retaliation

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
Metropolitan Police Department Ocer
Justin Markiewicz, a former member of
the departments LGBT Liaison Unit, is
suing the D.C. government to obtain email
and cell phone records of several police
ocials, including Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Court records show Markiewicz led a
complaint in D.C. Superior Court on Oct.
28, 2015 that accuses the city of failing
to respond to a Freedom of Information
Act request he led last year to obtain the
email and phone records within the legal
deadline of 25 business days.
More than 25 days, excluding
weekends and holidays, has elapsed
and the District of Columbia has failed to
either make the requested public record
accessible or notify the person making
such request of its determination not to
make the requested public record or any
part thereof accessible and the reasons
therefore, the complaint says.
The complaint doesnt say why
Markiewicz led the FOIA request and
doesnt disclose the nature of the email
or cell phone records hes seeking.
But his FOIA complaint was led at a time
when police sources said Markiewicz was
considering taking legal action against the
department for alleged retaliation against
him following an internal police harassment
complaint he led in August 2014 against
a captain that Markiewicz reportedly says
targeted him for anti-gay harassment.
According to police sources, Markiewiczs
complaint led with the departments
Internal Aairs Division accused thenCapt. Edward Delgado of repeatedly
referring to him as Justine in person
and in email messages. The complaint
reportedly claimed Delgado also referred to
Markiewicz as Justine in email messages
to other police ocials, including Lanier
and Deputy Chief Diane Groomes.
At the time the harassment complaint
was led, former police spokesperson
Gwendolyn Crump told the Blade the
department considers such complaints
condential personnel matters and
doesnt disclose the outcome of the
internal investigation of the complaint.
The Washington Blade discovered
Markiewiczs Superior Court FOIA lawsuit
through a search of public court records
after D.C. LGBT Community Center
Director David Mariner earlier this

Police ocials have retaliated against gay


MPD Ocer JUSTIN MARKIEWICZ after he
complained of mistreatment, according to a
prominent local activist.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

month published a GoFundMe appeal on


Markiewiczs behalf.
Currently Justin is in a costly legal
battle with the Police Department,
Mariner states on the GoFundMe site.
Ultimately he hopes that at the end of the
battle MPD will take complaints made by
LGBT ocers seriously and protect them
from future retaliation and harassment,
Mariner says on the site.
Markiewicz declined to comment when
contacted by the Blade, saying a police
department policy prohibits ocers from
talking to the media.
Capt.
Sean
Conboy,
a
police
spokesperson, did not respond to a Blade
request for comment. Mariner couldnt
immediately be reached for comment.
Court records show that D.C. Attorney
General Karl Racine, who represents the
city in lawsuits, led a motion in February
calling on the court to dismiss the FOIA
case on grounds that Markiewiczs
attorney missed the deadline for ocially
serving legal papers notifying the city
about the suit.
According to Racines motion, a process
server for Markiewiczs attorney delivered
the legal papers on Jan. 4, 2015, seven
days past the Dec. 28 deadline. In a brief
responding to the motion to dismiss,
attorney Matthew August LeFande,
whos representing Markiewicz, disputes
Racines claim, saying the papers were
led within the deadline.
Superior Court Judge John Campbell has
yet to rule on the motion. A status hearing
on the case is scheduled for April 8.
As of March 15, the GoFundMe site for
Markiewicz says it has raised $5,200, which
exceeds its initial goal of raising $5,000 to
help cover Markiewiczs legal expenses.
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LGBT contingent cheered


in St. Patricks Parade
Crowds that lined Constitution Avenue,
N.W., on Sunday, March 13, to watch D.C.s
45th Annual St. Patricks Parade greeted an
LGBT contingent with enthusiastic cheers
and applause, according to D.C. LGBT
Center ocial Pat Hawkins and Dignity
Washington President Daniel Barutta.
Hawkins, who describes herself as
a proud Irish lesbian, served as chief
organizer of the LGBT contingent, which
was sponsored by the D.C. LGBT Center.
Barutta, who says hes a proud gay Catholic,
helped organize Dignity Washingtons
participation in the contingent. The group,
among other things, sponsors a weekly
Sunday Catholic Mass for LGBT Catholics
and their families and friends.
We had a really good reception,
Hawkins told the Washington Blade.
People were so surprised to see us. When
An LGBT contingent in last Sundays
they realized who we are they clapped and
St. Patricks Parade was cheered by
cheered. They were really nice.
the crowd.
Hawkins said 30 to 40 people marched
PHOTO COURTESY OF DIGNITY WASHINGTON
in the LGBT contingent. She noted that the
LGBT contingent this year was placed in
the middle of the parade.
Barutta said he and fellow Dignity members were moved by the positive
reaction to the LGBT contingent from crowds that lined the parade route along
Constitution Avenue between 7th Street and 17th Street, N.W.
Dignity members wore bright green clothing and rainbow colored sashes.
They carried the groups large banner that, among other things, says DCs LGBT
Catholics.
We got a really good reaction from the crowd from kids to elderly people
giving us the thumbs up, said Barutta.
Sundays parade marked the second year in a row that the D.C. LGBT Center
organized a contingent in the parade.
In a little-noticed development, parade organizers last year named the D.C.
Centers LGBT contingent as one of 14 contingents out of a total of over 100 to
receive a trophy for special recognition. According to parade organizer Susan
Sullivan, a panel of judges designated the D.C. Center contingent in the 2015
parade as the Best Novelty Group.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Gay Air Force lieutenant faces court martial


The court martial trial for a gay U.S. Air Force lieutenant who faces sexual assault
charges is scheduled to take place in August.
The Judge Advocate Generals Corps for the U.S. Air Force on its website said that
Joshua Seefrieds trial will begin in Fort Meade, Md., on Aug. 22. It is expected to last
roughly a week.
Seefried has been charged with wrongful and abusive sexual conduct and sodomy.
The charges stem from allegations that Seefried performed sexual acts on a gay U.S.
Marine in a New York hotel room in 2012 while he was intoxicated and unable to give
consent.
Seefried in 2010 founded OutServe, a group for LGBT service members that played
a signicant role in the repeal of the Pentagons Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy. A copy of
the accusers resume the Washington Blade obtained says he advised the White House
on repealing the law that then-President Bill Clinton signed in 1993.
The Blade in December reported that U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James
appeared to deny Seefrieds request to resign in exchange for dropping the court
martial. The trial is scheduled to take place more than four years after the alleged
sexual assault took place.
Seefrieds lawyer did not respond tothe Blades request for comment.
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D.C. sending 6 gay delegates to GOP convention


Two gay men and one lesbian won election
Saturday as delegates to the Republican
National Convention during a D.C. Republican
Party convention that also served as the citys
GOP presidential primary.
Lesbian GOP activist Rachael Ho won as
a delegate candidate supporting U.S. Sen.
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Rubio beat Ohio Gov. John
Kasich by a margin of 37.30 percent to 36.54
percent in a hotly contested D.C. presidential
preference primary held at the Loews Madison
Hotel. Rubio later dropped out of the race after
losing badly to Donald Trump in Tuesdays
Florida primary.
Gay Republican activist Christian Berle, who
ran as a delegate candidate committed to
CHRISTIAN BERLE is one of six gay and
Kasich, and gay GOP activist Tim Costa, who
lesbian delegates from D.C. headed to
ran as a Rubio supporter, also won one of the
the GOP convention this summer in
Cleveland.
16 elected delegate positions allocated to D.C.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
According to the D.C. Republican ocials,
the three won in a delegate election in which
2,839 registered Republicans turned out for the
combined presidential primary and delegate election.
In a development considered unique to D.C., the three top Republican leaders in
the city D.C. GOP Chair Jose Cunningham, D.C. Republican National Committeeman
Robert Kabel, and D.C. Republican National Committeewoman Jill Homan are gay or
lesbian. Under Republican Party rules, they become automatic delegates.
That brings D.C.s gay contingent to the Republican National Convention in July to six
out of a total of 19 delegates.
Were going to have an incredibly diverse number of delegates and alternate
delegates going to Cleveland, said Cunningham.
Homan said the large turnout of registered Republican voters, which resulted in a
line extending outside the hotel and into the street, exceeded all expectations for the
event. Cunningham told the Washington Blade that voters waited two hours to cast
their ballots.
Were just thrilled by the participation of everyone and we want to just congratulate
Senator Rubio for his win and also Governor Kasich for his strong performance as well,
said Homan.
Under D.C. Republican Party rules, delegates are only awarded to presidential
candidates who receive a threshold of 15 percent or greater in the presidential
preference vote. That means controversial presidential contender Trump, who received
13.77 percent of the vote in the D.C. primary, will not receive any delegates from D.C.
Cunningham and Patrick Mara, executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee,
said the citys delegate contingent will be almost evenly split between Rubio and Kasich,
with Rubio expected to receive just one or two more delegates than Kasich.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who also competed in the D.C. primary, came in fourth
place with 12.36 percent of the vote.
Former GOP presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, and Ben Carson also
appeared on the D.C. GOP primary ballot because their campaigns didnt ocially
request that their names be removed, according to Cunningham. Each received less
than one percent of the vote.
A slate of six gay Republican members of the D.C. Log Cabin Republicans organization,
including national Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo, lost their races
for delegate in Saturdays D.C. GOP convention. All six ran as uncommitted delegate
candidates, a factor that Cunningham and Mara said appears to have placed them at a
disadvantage.
The message that we came away with today is the overwhelming majority of people
who turned out were committed to a candidate, Mara said.
Others who attended the convention said another message that came across loud
and clear was the majority of participants were strongly against Trump, and they most
likely voted for delegate candidates committed to either Rubio or Kasich rather than for
uncommitted delegate candidates.
Chris Allen, president of the D.C. Log Cabin Republicans, who was among the six Log
Cabin members who ran uncommitted, said the Log Cabin candidates, among other
things, were committed to advocating at the GOP national convention for removing
anti-LGBT provisions currently in the Republican Party platform. He said he expects the
six-member gay contingent from D.C. will push for removing those provisions.
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White House names rst


openly trans LGBT liaison
The White House has appointed transgender
advocate Ra Freedman-Gurspan as its new
LGBT liaison, a White House ocial conrmed
tothe Washington Blade on Monday.
The news, rst reported by Buzzfeed,
makes Freedman-Gurspan the rst openly
transgender person to occupy the role of
White House LGBT liaison. A graduate of St.
Olaf College in Minnesota, Ra was adopted
from Honduras and grew up in Brookline,
Mass.
Previously, Freedman-Gurspan served in
the White House as director of outreach and
RAFFI FREEDMAN-GURSPAN
is the new White House LGBT
recruitment for presidential personnel an
liaison.
appointment that made her the rst openly
PHOTO COURTESY OF NCTE
transgender person to serve as a White House
ocial. Shell keep that role in addition to
serving asan associate director in the Oce of Public Engagement, where shell
bethe White Houses primary liaison toLGBT people.
Freedman-Gurspan is the fourth person to serve ocially as White House
LGBT liaison during the Obama administration. Prior to Freedman-Gurspan,
Aditi Hardikar held the position, but she departed the position in January to
work for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Brian Bond, former CEO of the Gay &
Lesbian Victory Fund, and Gautam Raghavan, now vice president of policy for
the Gill Foundation, also served as White House LGBT liaisons. (Not counted
isRaul Alvillar, now DNC national political director, who served as White House
LGBT liaison in an interim capacity.)
Before coming to the White House,Freedman-Gurspanworked at the National
Center for Transgender Equality as policy adviser for the racial and economic justice
initiative. Additionally, Freedman-Gurspan has been a legislative director in the
Massachusetts House of Representatives; LGBT liaison for the City of Somerville,
Mass.,and worked with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender
Equality, hailed the news Freedman-Gurspan would take on the role of White
House LGBT liaison.
We are very pleased that President Obama has appointed Ra to this
position, Keisling said. I cant think of anybody who would be more qualied or
better at it based on her experience, skills and personality.
CHRIS JOHNSON

McEachin to run for Congress


Virginia state Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County) announced on
Tuesday that he is running for Congress.
He is seeking the Democratic nomination to represent Virginias 4th
Congressional District, which stretches from the Richmond suburbs to Hampton
Roads.
McEachin will face o against Chesapeake City Council member Ella Ward
in the Democratic primary on June 14. McEachin would succeed Republican
Congressman Randy Forbes, who has decided to seek retiring U.S. Rep. Scott
Rigells seat in Virginias 2nd Congressional District because of redistricting.
I want to go to Washington to continue to make a dierence for the citizens
of my district, said McEachin in a press release that formally announced his
candidacy. I have dedicated my career to ghting for the underdog in my law
practice and have an over 10 year record in the General Assembly of leading the
ghts that make a dierence.
McEachin has been a member of the Virginia Senate since 2008. He was
previously a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He has spearheaded a
number of LGBT-specic bills in the Virginia General Assembly.
He and state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) late last year introduced a
bill that would have codied into law Gov. Terry McAulies 2014 executive
order banning discrimination against state employees based on their sexual
orientation and gender identity. McEachin also introduced a resolution that
sought to repeal Virginias constitutional amendment that denes marriage as
between a man and a woman.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

We were very excited [the] workplace [bill] passed in the Senate, said JAMES PARRISH,
executive director of Equality Virginia.
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Good news, bad news as


Va. legislative session ends
Governor expected to
veto religious freedom bill
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Virginia lawmakers considered a
number of LGBT-specic bills in their
2016 legislative session that ended on
Friday.
The Virginia Senate in January approved
a bill that would codify into law Gov. Terry
McAulies 2014 executive order banning
anti-LGBT discrimination against state
employees. A measure that sought to add
sexual orientation and gender identity to
the Virginia Housing Law also passed in
the chamber.
We were very excited [the] workplace
[bill] passed in the Senate, James Parrish,
executive director of Equality Virginia, a
statewide LGBT advocacy group, told the
Washington Blade on Tuesday during
a telephone interview from Richmond.
The housing bill passed with bipartisan
support.
A Virginia House of Delegates
subcommittee last month voted to send
the bills to the Virginia Code Commission.
McAulie in the coming weeks is
expected to veto a bill the Republicancontrolled House of Delegates approved
on March 9 that would allow ocials to
refuse to ociate same-sex marriages
because of their religious beliefs.
Lawmakers during the 2016 legislative
session considered eight other anti-LGBT
bills.
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee
in January approved a religious freedom
measure that critics dubbed the Kim
Davis bill. A similar proposal passed in
the House of Delegates last month.

The governor at the beginning was


very enthusiastic in his leadership in
saying he would veto harmful bills,
Parrish told the Blade.
The Senate Education and Health
Committee in January narrowly killed a
bill that would have banned conversion
therapy to minors in Virginia.
The House of Delegates General Laws
Committee last month tabled a bill that
would have required people to use
restrooms in schools and public buildings
based on their biological gender. A
measure that would have prevented
municipalities from enacting anti-LGBT
discrimination ordinances also failed to
get out of committee.
While we continue to make some
progress, I am disappointed that my
Republican colleagues in the House of
Delegates are still unwilling to oer even
minimum protections to LGBTQ Virginians,
said state Sen. A. Donald McEachin
(D-Henrico County) on Wednesday.
McEachin, along with state Sen. Adam
Ebbin (D-Alexandria) last December
introduced the bill that would have
codied McAulies executive order
banning discrimination against LGBT
state employees.
All Virginians deserve to feel safe from
bigotry and prejudice, McEachin told the
Blade.
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee
on March 8 stunned political observers
when it endorsed former Attorney
General Ken Cuccinellis nomination to
the Virginia Supreme Court. The antiLGBT Republican withdrew his name
from consideration the following day.
The General Assembly on March 10
elected Virginia Court of Appeals Judge
Stephen McCullough to ll the vacancy on
the states highest court.

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U.S. appeals court hears


Pride nudity case
Lawsuit accuses police
of targeting man at
San Diego festival

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com

ROBERTA KAPLAN, left, kisses EDITH WINDSOR at a National Council of Jewish Women
dinner in D.C.
PHOTO BY RON SACHS

Jewish group honors Windsor, Kaplan


WASHINGTON The National Council of Jewish Women on Monday honored
Edith Windsor and Roberta Kaplan in the nations capital.
The organization presented the two women with its Social Action Award
during a dinner at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Northwest D.C. Windsor and
Kaplan are among those who are taking part in the National Council of Jewish
Womens triennial Washington Institute that focuses on public policy.
Kaplan represented Windsor before the U.S. Supreme Court in her case that
challenged the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Supreme Court in 2013 struck down a portion of the law that thenPresident Bill Clinton signed nearly two decades earlier. The justices in 2014
issued their landmark ruling in the Obergefell case that extended marriage
rights to same-sex couples across the country.

Los Angeles creates trans council


LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on March 15 announced the
creation of a council that will advise city ocials on transgender-specic issues.
The nine-member Transgender Advisory Council will advise Garcettis oce,
the Los Angeles City Council, city departments and other local ocials on what
a press release described as projects and policies that address critical issues
facing the trans community. It identied them as economic development, public
safety, accessibility and awareness.
The council will work under the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.
Today, the city of Los Angeles sends a clear message to transgender
Angelenos: Your voices matter and your experiences count, said Garcetti in a
statement. The nine members of our Transgender Advisory Council will bring
a new and important perspective to City Hall that will help empower trans
Angelenos to lead stigma-free, productive, and meaningful lives.
The press release says Los Angeles is the largest city in the country with a
permanent council to specically address trans issues.

Kathryn Knott to serve full sentence


PHILADELPHIA A Philadelphia judge on March 14 refused to reduce the
sentence of a woman who was convicted of attacking a gay couple.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne
Covington said the ve- to 10-month sentence that Kathryn Knott is currently
serving was appropriate. The newspaper said that Covington criticized the Bucks
County woman for, complete disconnection with the incident itself and a failure
to take personal responsibility herself for the crimes she was convicted of.
A jury last December convicted Knott of four misdemeanors in connection
with the 2014 attack against Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught in Philadelphias
Center City neighborhood.
Knotts two co-defendants Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams accepted
plea deals that allowed them to avoid jail time.

A federal appeals court in California


heard oral arguments on March 11 for a
case in which a gay man is suing the San
Diego Police Department for allegedly
targeting him for stricter enforcement
of the citys ban on public nudity at San
Diegos 2011 LGBT Pride festival.
Will Walters, 34, charges in court
papers that San Diego police violated the
Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by
arresting him on a charge of public nudity
for wearing a leather gladiator kilt over a
thong that exposed only the sides of his
upper thighs and buttocks.
Police escorted Walters out of the Pride
festival in handcus and took him to jail,
where he spent the night, after he refused
to put on more clothing to completely
cover his buttocks and after he refused to
sign a citation that police refused to allow
him to read, according to court records.
Court records show that the city
attorneys oce decided not to prosecute
the case the following day and dropped
the charge against Walters.
His lawsuit says his arrest followed a
decision by a police ocial to reinterpret
the citys anti-nudity law to require people to
fully cover their buttocks. At the same time
and over the next year, the lawsuit says, the
stated change in policy was not enforced
at beaches, parks and other public places
in which women and men routinely wore
skimpy bikinis and thongs that exposed far
more of their buttocks than the kilt that
Walters wore at the Pride festival.
There was absolutely no tangible
evidence that this new policy was enforced
anywhere other than at the Pride event,
according to a legal brief led by Walters
attorney before the 9th Circuit U.S. Court
of Appeals in Pasadena. There were no
tickets, no citations, and no arrests for
anybody wearing a thong, it says.
The Equal Protection Clause of the
Fourteenth Amendment prohibits invidious
discrimination in all its forms, including
against homosexuals, the brief declares.
The brief reiterates a request in Walters
original lawsuit led in 2012 for a court
injunction to prevent the police from
unequally enforcing the anti-nudity law
by appearing to require participants
of the LGBT Pride festival to fully cover
their buttocks while not enforcing

WILL WALTERS was arrested after wearing


a leather kilt to the 2011 San Diego Pride
parade.
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALTERS

that requirement for others, including


sunbathers at San Diegos popular beaches.
Attorney Christopher Morris led the brief
last September, nearly two years after a U.S.
District Court judge sided with the police and
the City Attorney by granting their motion
to dismiss the case on summary judgment
on grounds that it lacked sucient merit to
advance to a full trial.
In a 15-page ruling handed down
on March 11, 2014, Judge Cathy Ann
Bencivengo held that Walters failed
to present evidence that reasonably
suggests sexual orientation had anything
to do with the decision to insist upon
compliance with the literal text of the
anti-nudity law at the 2011 Pride festival.
Bencivengo pointed out that San Diego
Police Lt. David Nisleit, whos named as a
defendant in the lawsuit, informed LGBT
Pride organizers 60 days before the July
2011 Pride event that he was interpreting
the anti-nudity statute in a way that the
entire buttocks had to be covered. The
judge noted that this was in contrast
to an earlier interpretation of the law
by another police lieutenant, who told
Pride organizers in 2010 that a thin strip
of fabric covering the anus would be
sucient to comply with the law.
The San Diego statute banning public
nudity denes nude as devoid of an
opaque covering which covers the
genitals, pubic hair, buttocks, perineum,
anus or anal region of any person, or
any portion of the breast at or below the
areola thereof of any female person.
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Power: LGBT equality not special category

Special U.S. Envoy RANDY BERRY speaks at the Atlantic Council on March 14.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Randy Berry: LGBT rights


a global issue
Special U.S. Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry on
Monday said the promotion of equality based on sexual orientation and gender
identity is a global issue.
This is a global issue and it demands a global response, he said in a speech
he gave the Atlantic Councils oces near McPherson Square.
The Atlantic Council and GLIFAA co-sponsored the event that gay U.S.
Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe and
more than 200 others attended.
Gill Foundation Vice President of Policy Gautam Raghavan moderated a panel
on which incoming U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Luxembourg Kerri Hannan,
Deputy Chief of Mission for the Croatian Embassy Mario Skunca and Mira Patel
of the U.S. Agency for International Development sat. GLIFAA President Regina
Jun and Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson also spoke.
Berry in his speech noted that a dozen countries now contribute to the Global
Equality Fund, a public-private partnership the State Department manages with
USAID to promote LGBT rights around the world.
The LGBT Core Group at the U.N. includes two-dozen countries and an
observer state. An international LGBT rights conference that is scheduled to take
place in Uruguay in July is expected to draw advocates and ocials from around
the world.
Berry specically applauded Chile, Colombia and other Latin American
countries for advocating for LGBT-specic issues on the U.N. Human Rights
Council. He also noted the Organization of American States has created a special
rapporteur for LGBT-specic issues.
Global change is truly underway, said Berry.
Berry delivered his speech nearly a year after he assumed his position within
the State Departments Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
He has visited 42 countries since April 2015.
LGBTI rights are at the very core of our human rights agenda, said Berry.
Berry earlier on Monday attended President Obamas speech to diplomats
who were gathered at the State Department for the annual Chiefs of Mission
Conference.
Weve got to keep standing up for citizens who are striving to forge their
own futures through fair and free elections and open government and insisting
on the dignity of all people so that were respecting human rights around the
world, said Obama, which Berry noted in his speech.
Gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James Wally Brewster,
who is subject to a petition that urges Obama to remove him from his post for
promoting an LGBT agenda, is among the diplomats who are in D.C. this week.
The openly gay ambassador received a sustained round of applause when
Raghavan noted he was among those in the audience. A growing number of
Brewsters supporters including some of those who attended Berrys speech
and the subsequent panel have begun to post pictures of themselves with
him on their social media pages with the hashtag #ImWithWally.
Berry in his speech singled out Russia, Uganda and Indonesia as countries in
which anti-LGBT crackdowns continue to take place.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha


Power last week made numerous references to
no-go zones for LGBT people as she spoke at
a Human Rights Campaign conference in D.C.
If we believe that we will not be able to
achieve true equality as long as there are
vast no-go zones for LGBTI people worldwide,
then we must ask how we can draw upon the
lessons we have learned and the tools we have
to help our partners in the places where LGBTI
people are still targeted by discrimination and
violence, said Power in her speech that she
delivered at the Capital Hilton in Northwest
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Washington.
SAMANTHA POWER speaks at the HRC
Power noted in her remarks at the annual
Equality Convention on March 12.
HRC Equality Convention that there are more
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
than 70 countries in which consensual samesex sexual relations remain criminalized.
She specically criticized Gambian President Yahya Jammeh for saying in a 2015
speech that he would slit the throats of gay men in his country. Power also noted the
crackdown on LGBT rights in Indonesia that has accelerated in recent months.
While a handful of Indonesian ocials have taken a more moderate and constructive
stance, the messages of intolerance by several senior ocials have had real-life
consequences for members of Indonesias LGBTI community, she said.
Power also discussed the so-called Islamic States continued persecution of LGBT
Syrians and Iraqis that includes public executions.
The U.S. and Chile last August co-sponsored the rst-ever U.N. Security Council
meeting on an LGBT-specic issue that focused on the Sunni militant group.
Power in her speech noted that Adnan, a gay man from northern Iraq, spoke to the
council via telephone. She said that he ed his homeland after members of the so-called
Islamic State arrived at his home and told his parents they had come to carry out Gods
punishment against him.
Making LGBTI rights the focus of a meeting on the agenda of the U.N. Security Council
for the rst time mattered, said Power.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Ugandan president signs NGO bill


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a controversial bill that seeks to
regulate non-governmental organizations in his country.
Adrian Jjuuko, a Ugandan human rights lawyer, wrote on his Twitter page last month
that Museveni signed the Non-Governmental Organizations Act of 2015 on Jan. 30. Frank
Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a Ugandan LGBT advocacy
group, conrmed this report in an email to the Washington Blade over the weekend.
The law is yet another form of restrictions of freedom of NGOs, said Mugisha.
This law will make my work very dicult and outlaw the organization I work for. It
will undermine all the eorts we have been working for and further discriminate LGBT
persons.
Ugandan lawmakers approved the controversial bill last November ahead of Pope
Francis visit to the country.
The Non-Governmental Organizations Act of 2015 establishes an administrative
and regulatory framework within which organizations can conduct their aairs. The
measure, among other things, would also ban an organization from carrying out
activities in any part of the country without prior approval from local authorities.
We are aware that President Museveni signed Ugandas NGO Bill, which was passed
by Parliament November 26, Jerey Loree, spokesperson of the State Departments
Bureau of African Aairs, told the Blade on Monday in a statement. We previously
urged authorities to consult with Ugandas civil society regarding this bill. We remain
concerned that provisions concerning special obligations and activities prejudicial to
the interests of Uganda and the dignity of the people of Uganda could be used as a
pretext to narrow the space in which civil society can operate.
We urge the government to ensure that the law is implemented in a manner that
meets the bills stated goal to provide a conducive and an enabling environment for the
NGO sector, while providing requisite accountability and oversight, he added.
Jerey Smith, a Washington-based human rights expert, described the bill to the
Blade as part of a growing authoritarian contagion in East African countries that began
in Ethiopia in 2009.
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The mystery behind Clintons HIV gaffe


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President and Mrs. Reagan in particular,


Mrs. Reagan we started a national
conversation, when before nobody would
talk about it. Nobody wanted anything to
do with it.
Speculation about why Clinton made
the comments ranges widely. Some say
shes trying to curry favor with Reagan
Democrats ahead of the general election;
others posit she mixed up Nancy Reagans
record on HIV/AIDS with her advocacy
for stem cell research to nd a cure for
Alzheimers disease. Others suggest
she was crediting the Reagans for U.S.
Surgeon General C. Everett Koops
eortsagainst HIV/AIDS.
With primary results and polls looking
as though Clinton will best Sen. Bernard
Sanders (I-Vt.) to win the Democratic
nomination, one explanation is that
Clinton sought to praise Reagan to win
over independents as well as Republicans
turned oby Donald Trump.
Pauline Park, a transgender activist
based in New York and a Clinton critic,
attributed the gae to an attempt by
Clinton to appear more centrist, saying
the candidates refusal to participate
in interviews with LGBT media outlets
speaks volumes.
The only real explanation is that
Hillary was willing to win power by trying
to curry favor with Republicans and
Reagan Democrats by falsifying history,
spitting on the graves of the hundreds
of thousands of people who died of AIDS
because of the Reagan administrations
refusal to take real action to address the
epidemic, Park said. I lost two boyfriends
to AIDS and I never heard either of them
speak lovingly or admiringly of either of
the Reagans. Hillarys comments were
shameful and it is dicult for me to
understand how any LGBT community
member could possibly endorse them by
supporting her candidacy for president.
Alvin McEwen, a gay Columbia, S.C.based Clinton supporter and blogger for
Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters, said
the reasoning behind the candidates
gae remains a mystery, but discounted
the idea she was trying to win over
conservatives.
Maybe she was being tongue in cheek
or got her words mixed up, McEwen said.
I dont think she was trying to appeal to
conservative voters though. Thats just
too cynical of a notion. To tell the truth
though, why she said it doesnt matter and
I dont think any explanation would matter
because none would assuage the anger
or hurt. The important thing is that she
apologized and we use this moment for
education about what happened then and
what we can do for AIDS education now.
Another possible explanation is that
Clinton mixed up Nancy Reagans eorts

Former President RONALD REAGAN is despised by many LGBT advocates for his
administrations slow response to the AIDS epidemic.

on HIV with her record on Alzheimers.


After all, Clinton said the Reagans were
advocates for stem cell research and
nding a cure for Alzheimers disease
in her initial apology, although she didnt
explicitly say she confused that with their
HIV eorts.
White House Press Secretary Josh
Earnest, in response to a question
Monday from the Washington Blade,
said Clinton quickly realized the error
by issuing an apology. The White House
spokesperson suggested Nancy Reagans
eorts on stem cell research and
Alzheimers disease may account for the
gae, but added hes unsure if that led
Secretary Clinton to inadvertently mix up
those two aictions or not.
The role of Coop as Reagans surgeon
general in the ght against HIV/AIDS is
another possible explanation for Clintons
comments. During NBCs Meet the
Press, both moderator Chuck Todd and
Washington Post reporter Anne Gearan
raised Koops eorts against the disease
to explain Clintons comments.
In a March 4, 2013 article in The
Atlantic titled Doctor, Not Chaplain:
How a Deeply Religious Surgeon General
Taught a Nation About HIV, John-Manuel
Andriote details Koops eorts to ght
HIV/AIDS in the 1980s despite opposition
from conservatives who put him in oce.
Koops choice to stand foremost for
public health and scientic rationality
oended his fellow evangelicals in the
Reagan administration who preferred
to see AIDS as Gods punishment for
people of whose very existence they
disapproved, Andriote writes. They
were practically apoplectic with the frank,
factual discussion of anal and vaginal
intercourse, condoms and injection drug
use in Understanding AIDS, the eightpage ier Koop sent to every household
in America in 1988.

Elizabeth Birch, former executive


director of the Human Rights Campaign
and a Clinton supporter, said she doesnt
know why Clinton made the mistake, but
feels the issue has passed.
I think the memory of Rock Hudson
and Nancy Reagan melded in her mind
and she misspoke, Birch said. The issue
isnt whether she misspoke, obviously she
did, the issue is how quickly she corrected
it and that was done in record time. It is
painful to all of us that lived through the
height of the AIDS crisis but it is not as
though Hillary Clinton intended to trigger
pain. She made a mistake.
Its not the rst time over the course
of the 2016 campaign Clinton has been
accused of rewriting history on LGBT
rights. In October, Clinton during an
interview on MSNBCs Rachel Maddow
Show said the Defense of Marriage Act
in 1996 was a defensive act intended to
stave o worse anti-gay discrimination
in the form of a U.S. constitutional
amendment barring same-sex marriage.
LGBT activists, as well as Sanders
himself, disputed that recollection,
saying there was no threat of such an
amendment until almost a decade later
during the Bush administration.
Daniel Pinello, a political scientist at
the City University of New Yorks John
Jay College of Criminal Justice, oered a
dierent take: Clinton may be avoiding an
explanation because providing one could
worsen the situation.
In attempting to explain away the
Nancy Reagan/HIV gae, Clinton might
easily make the matter much worse and
dig herself into a deeper hole, Pinello
said. Indeed, what are her explanatory
options? I wasnt paying much attention
to the HIV crisis back then, or I thought
the Reagans at heart were merciful folks
who wouldnt want to hurt gay people, or
my memory is failing.

In other words, there may not be an


adroit exit for her from the controversy,
Pinello added. In that circumstance, the
best political strategy is just to ignore the
brouhaha and hope it goes away soon.
Pinello said the gae represents
Clintons
fundamental
lack
of
understanding and lack of support in
the past for the LGBT community and the
history of its struggles.
Im one of many LGBT observers
who cant fathom why the Human
Rights Campaign rushed to endorse
her candidacy, especially since Bernie
Sanders has a much more clear record
of enduring support for our community,
Pinello said.
Regardless of the explanation for why
Clinton made her initial gae, many
observers see a silver lining because it
resulted in both her as well as Sanders
bringing HIV/AIDS to the spotlight and
issuing plans to combat the disease.
For the rst time over the course of her
campaign, Clinton came out against HIV
criminalization laws in her op-ed after the
initial remarks, calling on states to reform
outdated and stigmatizing statutes that
institute penalties for the perceived
transfer of HIV. Although Sanders didnt
mention HIV criminalization laws in the
plan he unveiled Sunday, a Sanders
spokesperson conrmed to the Blade
afterward hes absolutely opposed to
the laws.
Thirty-two states have laws criminalizing
perceived exposure to HIV regardless
of the actual risk of transmission, and
13 states have laws criminalizing certain
acts like spitting by people with HIV/
AIDS, even though they cant transmit
the disease through saliva. These laws
have resulted in lengthy jail sentences
for people with HIV, and in some cases
forced those convicted onto the sex
oender registry.
Tami Haught, an Iowa-based advocate
whos been outspoken in opposing HIV
criminalization laws, said shes happy
both candidates seeking the Democratic
presidential nomination are opposed to
those measures.
I am thrilled that Sec. Clinton has
called for HIV criminalization laws to be
reformed, it is very important that we get
national leaders to recognize these laws
are terrible public health policies creating
barriers to testing, treatment and care,
Haught said. I did not see that Sen.
Sanders mentioned it in his statement, but
hearing from a staer he also supports
reform is also great news. Knowing
that the two Democratic candidates for
president both acknowledge it is time for
these laws to be modernized is amazing,
it means they are listening to advocates
concerns that are being expressed on the
campaign trail. As advocates, we need to
continue to educate all of the candidates.

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sacrices the nominee put himself


through to pay for Harvard Law School,
including a painful moment for any
young man, by selling his comic book
collection. At which point, Garland briey
placed his hand on his heart, eliciting
laughter from those in the Rose Garden.
In an attempt to allay Republican
concerns
about
a
Democratic
president choosing the successor to
the conservative Scalia, Obama noted
Garland has received praise from both
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts as well as
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has said
Garland would be a consensus nominee
for the Supreme Court and very well
supported by all sides.
Speaking in the Rose Garden after
Obama, Garland choked up, saying being
nominated to the Supreme Court is the
greatest honor of my life other than his
wife agreeing to marry him 28 years ago.
Fidelity to the Constitution and the
law has been the cornerstone of my
professional life, and its the hallmark of
the kind of judge I have tried to be for the
past 18 years, Garland said. If the Senate
sees t to conrm me to the position for
which I have been nominated today, I
promise to continue on that course.
Among those in attendance atthe Rose
Garden announcement were Democrats
who sit on the Senate Judiciary
Committee, such as Sens. Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and
Al Franken (D-Minn.), as well as Human
Rights Campaign President Chad Grin
and Gautam Raghavan, vice president of
policy for the Gill Foundation.
Grin urged the Senate to move
forward with consideration of Garlands
nomination in a statement.
Americans deserve a full Supreme
Court bench, and President Obamas
nominee deserves a hearing, Grin said.
There is no doubt that Merrick Garland
is a highly qualied candidate, and the
Senate has a Constitutional responsibility
to give him swift and fair consideration.
The Supreme Court has a sacred
responsibility to uphold the rights of all
citizens, and we must hold accountable
any politicians who tamper with our
nations highest court for their own gain.
Obamas choice of Garland, 63, is seen an as
appeasement to Senate Republicans because
the nominee is older and has a reputation
for being a moderate. In 2010, when the
nomination of Garland was oated as a
possible successor to former U.S. Associate
Justice John Paul Stevens, SCOTUSBlogs Tom
Goldstein determined that Judge Garland
rarely votes in favor of criminal defendants
appeals of their convictions.
As ThinkProgress reported, Garland
in 2003 joined an opinion holding that
the federal judiciary lacks authority to

assert habeas corpus jurisdiction at


the behest of an alien held at a military
base leased from another nation, a
military base outside the sovereignty
of the United States, which eectively
prohibited Guantanamo Bay detainees
from seeking relief in civilian courts. The
U.S. Supreme Court later overturned that
determination.
In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme
Courts decision in favor of marriage equality,
Garlands views on same-sex marriage
are unknown because in his capacity as
a judge he never had to rule on either the
constitutionality of state marriage bans or
the Defense of Marriage Act.
Before becoming a judge in 1997,
Garland served in the Justice Department
as principal associate deputy attorney
general and deputy assistant attorney
general in the criminal division. During
that time, Garland supervised U.S. Justice
Department investigations into the 1995
Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber
Ted Kaczynski.
Despite his moderate record, Garland as
Obamas nominee is seen as more likely to
join the courts four liberal members more
often than its four conservative members.
Following Obamas announcement,
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) took to the Senate oor to reiterate
his position the next president of the
United States should decide who lls the
vacancy on the Supreme Court.
The American people may well elect
a president who decides to nominate
Judge Garland for Senate consideration,
McConnell said. The next president may
also nominate someone very dierent.
Either way, our view is this: Give the people
a voice in the lling of this vacancy.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chair
of the Senate Judiciary Committee,
also expressed a desire to hold o on
conrmation, saying the U.S. Constitution
doesnt detail how the U.S. Senate should
provide advice and consent for Supreme
Court nominees.
A lifetime appointment that could
dramatically impact individual freedoms
and change the direction of the court for
at least a generation is too important to
get bogged down in politics, Grassley
said. The American people shouldnt
be denied a voice. Do we want a court
that interprets the law, or do we want
a court that acts as an unelected super
legislature? This year is a tremendous
opportunity for our country to have a
sincere and honest debate about the role
of the Supreme Court in our constitutional
system of government.
Anticipating
reluctance
from
Republicans to move forward with the
nomination, Obama said the assertion
Garland shouldnt receive a hearing in
the Senate is unprecedented, especially
when two-thirds of the American public

believe otherwise.
To suggest that someone who has
served his country with honor and dignity,
with a distinguished track record of
delivering justice for the American people
might be treated, as one Republican
leader stated, as a political pinata,
Obama said. That cant be right.
Obama said Garland would on Thursday
begin meeting with U.S. senators

on Capitol Hill, but acknowledged in


any event immediate action on the
nomination wont take place because
the Senate is set to go on recess for two
weeks.
I have fullled my constitutional duty,
Obama said. Now its time for the Senate
to do theirs. Presidents do not stop
working in the nal year of their term.
Neither should a senator.

Clinton, Trump edge closer to nish line


As the dust settled after primary contests on Mini-Tuesday, Hillary Clinton
is closer to securing her partys nomination for president, while Donald Trump
was dealt a minor setback in Ohio.
Five states held primary contests on Tuesday: Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina,
Ohio and Florida. Unable to make lightning strike twice after his surprise
primary win last week in Michigan, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) lost to the
former secretary of state in all ve. Those losses have likely put the Democratic
nomination out of reach for him.
On the Republican side, Trump scored wins in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina
and Missouri, giving him more thanhalf of the 1,237 delegates needed to win
the GOP nomination. Trumps victory in the winner-take-all state of Florida,
which awarded him99 delegates, prompted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to drop
out of the race after his dismal showing in his home state.
However, Ohio Gov. John Kasich won big in his home state of Ohio, which
was winner-take-all and awarded him 66 delegates. Kasichs win challenged the
notion Trump has secured the nomination and gave credence to the idea the
Republican primary will head to a contestedconvention.
Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, said Clintons win in
Florida was a huge one for herand noted shehas wonmore votes than any
other candidate Democrat or Republican in the race so far.
And the folks who know Rubio best, GOP primary voters, plunged the nal
stake into his campaign, Smith said. The Never Trump movement tends to
lead people to gloss over Rubios shady history and extremism. Its going to be a
while before people stop thinking Little Marco when they hear his name.
Christopher Sgro, executive director of Equality North Carolina, said his
organization doesnt endorse candidates in the presidential primary, but added
that Trumps victory in the state is troublesome.
While Equality NC does not endorse in presidential elections, we have grave
concern over the hatred voiced by Donald Trump, Sgro said. He does not
represent North Carolina values and I dont believe hell be able to carry the
state in a general election.
Chad Grin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, took the opportunity
of the Mini-Tuesday primary results to praise Clinton, whom his organization
has endorsed for president.
From North Carolina to Florida to Ohio, fair-minded voters have begun
unifying to ensure we are prepared to defeat whichever anti-LGBT candidate
emerges as the Republican nominee, Grin said. Tonights decisive victories
for Hillary Clinton in key states across the nation have put us closer to preserving
a pro-equality White House come November. She has proven time and again
that she will ght for the LGBT community and we are proud to continue to
ght alongside her to make sure no opponent of LGBT equality ever sets foot in
the Oval Oce.
Grin was less favorable to the GOP candidates, even Kasich, whos
considered a moderate.
John Kasich may have won the state of Ohio tonight, but with an anti-LGBT
record, he wont win the hearts and minds of millions of pro-equality voters
should he somehow manage to nd a path to his partys nomination, Grin
said. As Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ted Cruz threaten to overturn, undo,
and undermine the progress we have made under President Obama, we are
ready to double down and ght like hell to elect Hillary Clinton in November.
CHRIS JOHNSON

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BMore Proud is a loose collective of representatives from colleges and


universities in the Baltimore region in which members seek to create a more
inclusive and supportive community for LGBT and allied college students. One
of its vehicles is the BMore Proud Leadership Summit.
Towson University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland
Baltimore County (UMBC) have taken turns hosting the one-day event in which
200 typically attend.The conference, through speakers and workshops, attempts
to engage participants in leadership skill-building, experiential exposure and
knowledge-sharing networking opportunities to strengthen them as individuals.
However, 2016 will be another o year for the summit. Undaunted, some 20
diverse Baltimore-area students across the gender spectrum recently met up
at Red Emmas Bookstore and Coee House on North Avenue to put together
a plan whereby LGBT students from dierent colleges and universities can
still network and forge relationships. Those attending the meet-up exchanged
contact information with the goal of fostering communication even in the
absence of the BMore Leadership Summit this year.
I really want to see stronger connections and relationships between diering
universities and their LGBTQ populations, Jake Leizear, a student at UMBC who
will graduate in May with a degree in Environmental Science, told the Blade. We
have several universities in this small area with a diverse population at each, and
Im hoping this group will be able to facilitate the connections needed so that
each LGBTQ population on dierent campuses can have a more enriched and
involved college experience.
Leizear said a college likely didnt step up to host the conference this year
because of the magnitude of the undertaking and because not all universities
have the needed resources.
To reinstitute the summit, Leizear said that support needs to be expanded
not just from the universities but also the greater Baltimore area. This would be
accomplished by publicizing the conference and demonstrating its eectiveness
or expanding the scope to include those institutions outside of Baltimore to
include places like College Park and Salisbury.
In the interim, Leizear created a Facebook page LGBTQ Greater Baltimore
Area Intercollegiate Network that is a space for dierent LGBTQ university
students, faculty/sta, and organizations to share events and opportunities
happening in the greater Baltimore area!
While Leizear no longer has any ocial role with the BMore Proud Summit,
he sees himself as a dedicated student who is willing to help the committee in
any way they need me to make sure that the conference is as good as it can be,
because I truly believe its an important and critical thing for our community.

Fundraiser on tap for Baltimore AIDS Walk


Two members of the LGBT community are teaming up with Chase Brexton
Health Care to hold an event to raise funds for Baltimore AIDS Walk 2016. Ryan
Walter and Aaron Lorance will present Code Red: Dance 4 a Cure on April 16
beginning at 9 p.m. at Grand Central, 1001 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
There will be drink specials, go-go dancers, shot boys/girls, and special drag
performances by Jazmine Sephora, Diamond and Staccia Tori Raype. DJ Ryan
Doubleyou will provide the music. Patrons are encouraged to wear red.
The cost is $10 and will include a rae ticket in which a wide variety of prizes
will be oered.
Baltimore AIDS Walk and Run will take place on May 1. For more information,
visit www.chasebrexton.org/get-involved/aids-walk-run-baltimore.
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GLBs more likely to seek alcohol treatment: study


BETHESDA, Md. While gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals have an
increased likelihood of alcohol use disorders, they are also more likely than their
straight counterparts to get treatment, according to the ndings of a new study
published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Using data from the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol-related
Conditions, researchers examined factors such as utilization rates, self-reported
treatment barriers and what dierences emerged in dierent groups based on
various factors.
Bisexuals were more likely to report barriers than straight and gay and lesbian
individuals, researchers said.
These ndings underscored the importance of identifying and developing
interventions that address treatment barriers associated with alcohol use
service utilization among GLB populations, researchers wrote in the study.
They advised increased and improved eorts to better address stigmas
associated with substance use and sexuality.

Gonorrhea rates linked to saliva use as lube


BETHESDA, Md. A new study has found that using saliva as a lubricant for
anal sex among men who have sex with men leads to an increased risk for rectal
gonorrhea.
Research conducted by sta at the National Institutes of Health found that 4.3
percent of the 1,312 men surveyed had rectal gonorrhea. Using a partners saliva
for lubricant was a common practice 68.5 percent of men surveyed reported
having done it. Researchers said rectal gonorrhea associated with the practice
was attributable in nearly half (48.9 percent) of those cases.
Saliva use as a lubricant for anal sex is a common sexual practice in MSM,
researchers wrote. It may play an important role in gonorrhea transmission.
Almost half of rectal gonorrhea cases may be eliminated if MSM stopped using
partners saliva for anal sex.
Other anal sexual practices common among the men surveyed including
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Five awesome outdoor events


Choose your own adventure with
these regional tness challenges
The Washington area is host
to a variety outdoor events and
activities in the spring and summer.
From road runs to obstacle races to
triathlons to team relays, here are
activities sure to keep you active,
give your something to train for and
leave you with great memories.
DAVID MAGIDA is founder of Elevate Interval
Fitness, a member of the Reebok Spartan Race Pro
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with him at Elevate on 14th Street or at its new
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for a treat. With diverse scenery
and terrain, trickier footing and an
inviting culture, trail races are a runners dream. And the backyard burn is no
exception. There is a series each spring and fall hosted by EX2 Adventures, with
a points system culminating in series champions at two race distances: 5 or 10
miles. Located in rotating locations throughout Northern Virginia, the races area
quick drive from the District. These races sell out fast, so register early.
The North Face Endurance Challenge: Another trail running series, the North
Face Endurance Challenge carries with it a name of distinction and a huge variety of
options for race distance, including 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon relay, marathon,
50K and 50 miles. The race, scheduled for April 9-10, leads runners through Algonkian
Park, Great Falls Park and the Heritage Trail, as well as a few bonus locations. This is
more than just a race, it is a trail running festival. The Challenge oers a rideshare
program on its website to promote carpooling to the event.
Reebok Spartan Race D.C.: The ultimate adventure, Spartan race gives you
the opportunity to feel like a kid again, as you run, jump, climb and crawl your
way through the muddy 5-mile course. But make no mistake, this isnt a walk
in the park. You will be physically tested as you conquer the course with a few
moments of frustration but with a huge smile on your face. This is the shortest
of the Spartan Race distances, so its recommended for all skill levels. Bring a
garbage bag to throw your muddy gear in post race and a towel and change of
clothes for after your post-race shower.
The Nations Triathlon: The Nations Tri is one of the premier triathlons in
the United States, and it takes place right in our backyard. Oering both Sprint
and Olympic distances, the Triathlon is an opportunity for a beginner to wet
his or her beak with a rst race or for a veteran to test limits. The course loops
through the monument corridor, including a swim in the Potomac and a festival
area adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial. Your bike must be dropped o at the
race site the day before the race, so be sure to prepare for that early.
Ragnar Relay: Cumberland to D.C.: One of the most uniquely formatted
events you may encounter, Ragnar can be considered a race or just done as
a bonding experience. Running one person at a time, teams of either six or 12
athletes take turns running stretches of a course that covers 190 miles from
Cumberland, Md., to Washington. Teammates act as a support system for one
another as they rest between runs, providing each other with food and water
and driving the vehicle from point to point. Ragnar has developed a cult following
due to its format and tendency to create lasting memories. You will need a van
for this event and it can last more than 24 hours, so plan accordingly with extra
clothes, food and beverages.
These events are simply the tip of the iceberg. The D.C. area is home to an
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do is seek them out. There is no better source of inspiration to work out than
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Hillarys painful mistake


Rewriting Reagan AIDS
history jolts gay supporters

KEVIN NAFF is editor of the Washington Blade


and can be reached at kna@washblade.com.

Hillary Clintons epic gae if thats


what it was in which she praised Ronald and Nancy Reagan for their eorts
related to AIDS in the 1980s inspired an
immediate and deserved backlash over
the weekend.
It may be hard for your viewers to
remember how dicult it was for people to talk about HIV/AIDS back in the
1980s, Clinton told MSNBCs Andrea
Mitchell. And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan in particular,
Mrs. Reagan we started a national conversation, when before nobody would
talk about it. Nobody wanted anything
to do with it.
AIDS activists, including Larry Kramer

and Peter Staley among many others,


leapt in to remind Clinton that it was
Reagans cruel indierence and criminal
neglect that drove the mounting death
toll in the 80s. Reagan did not deliver
a speech on AIDS until 1987. By then,
40,000 people had already died, most of
them societys castos (gays, drug users,
Haitians), that the Reagans didnt give a
shit about.
All the privileged gays walking the
aisle at over-the-top weddings today
stand on the shoulders of a generation
of gay men who died at the hands of
an uncaring government. Our history is
not taught in schools. Those of us who
survived those dark hours must ensure
that younger generations understand
what happened, lest we be doomed to
repeat it. We cannot let politicians rewrite that history.
This is not some arcane ancient tale
its 30 years ago. Clinton was there
at the height of the epidemic, landing in
the White House in the early 90s, before
protease inhibitors began decreasing the
death toll. Later, as a U.S. senator, Clinton
voted for the creation of PEPFAR. As secretary of state, she spearheaded eorts
toward an AIDS-free generation. She
spoke at the 2012 International AIDS Con-

E DIT OR IA L C A R T OON

ference. The Clinton Foundation works to


combat HIV/AIDS in low-income nations
via the Clinton Health Access Initiative,
founded in 2002.
Given her laudable involvement in the
ght against HIV/AIDS, its inconceivable
that she didnt know about the sorry
Reagan record or the LGBT communitys
widespread and justied hatred of President Reagan.
So what explains her reprehensible comments? Her gay supporters
worked overtime on social media this
weekend minimizing the incident, dismissing the whole thing as Clintons
exhaustion or suggesting she merely
misspoke. They say she deserves a
pass, because, well, the Republicans
are so much worse.
Did she misspeak? Or were her comments a calculated pivot toward an expected general election contest against
Donald Trump? Praising the Reagans is a
good way to curry favor with conservative
voters repulsed by Trumps racism and
xenophobia.
We dont know because she didnt
address it in her lengthy statement
on the matter released only after a
glib Twitter apology made matters far
worse. The Blade has requested an
interview with Clinton to clarify what
happened but, so far, the campaign
hasnt responded.
Some good has emerged in the wake of
the controversy. Clinton, for the rst time,
called on states to reform HIV criminalization laws, a welcome and long overdue
policy statement. She also advocated for
expanding access to PrEP and called on
Republican governors to extend Medicaid
to those with HIV/AIDS.
These are important steps and she deserves credit for backing up her apology
with concrete policy initiatives.
But the incident underscores an ongoing problem Clinton has with rewriting
history, particularly as it relates to the
LGBT community. No one disputes that
shes an ally today. And we all know she
was woefully late to the marriage party.
We can and should forgive that and move
on from marriage.
But AIDS is dierent. Its the third rail.
We cant allow distortions or outright lies
in the retelling of that story.

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Hillary made a mistake lets move on


If Larry Kramer can forgive
AIDS remark, we all can

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime Democratic


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

Hillary Clinton made a mistake. It was a


big one. But then Hillary Clinton did what
very few politicians are willing to do: She
apologized quickly and fully. In a column in
Medium, Hillary said, Yesterday, at Nancy
Reagans funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans
record on HIV and AIDS. Since then, Ive
heard from countless people who were
devastated by the loss of friends and loved
ones, and hurt and disappointed by what I
said. As someone who has also lost friends
and loved ones to AIDS, I understand why.

I made a mistake, plain and simple.


Hillary went on taking the opportunity
of the mistake to talk about HIV/AIDS and
what a Clinton administration would do.
She recognized those who actually started the conversation about HIV/AIDS and
fought the Reagan government when it
did nothing. She wrote, To be clear, the
Reagans did not start a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. That distinction
belongs to generations of brave lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender people,
along with straight allies, who started not
just a conversation but a movement that
continues to this day.
My support for Hillary is passionate
and well known. Some say it doesnt allow
me to recognize her aws. But that is not
the case. My passion for her stems from
recognizing her brilliance and her passion
for ghting in many arenas for what she
believes in. An example is her steadfastness in ghting for children, whether it
was working for the Childrens Defense
Fund, reforming education for all Arkansas children, or ghting for and winning
guaranteed health insurance for children
in the CHIP program.

I know Hillary makes mistakes; everyone makes mistakes. The comment on


the Reagans was a big one. She took too
long to recognize DOMA was terrible and
she evolved on marriage-equality later
than I would have liked. But she wasnt
alone and no one running for president
has a better record on LGBT issues than
she does. No one else had the chance,
and seized it, to speak out as she did
when she was Secretary of State in Geneva in 2011 stating, Gay rights are human
rights and literally saving lives around
the world with that speech.
As rst lady, Hillary brought together
world leaders to strategize and coordinate eorts to take on HIV and AIDS
around the world. In the Senate, she put
forth legislation to expand global AIDS
research and assistance and to increase
prevention and education. She voted for
the creation of PEPFAR and for the Ryan
White Act. And as Secretary of State she
launched a campaign to usher in an AIDSfree generation through prevention and
treatment, targeting the populations at
greatest risk of contracting HIV.
On HIV/AIDS she understands where

we are today and made a commitment to


what she will do as president when she
said, Were still surrounded by memories
of loved ones lost and lives cut short. But
were also surrounded by survivors who
are ghting harder than ever. We owe
it to them and to future generations to
continue that ght together. For the rst
time, an AIDS-free generation is in sight.
We are facing dicult times in our nation and the world. President Obama has
moved us forward in many ways but so
much of what he has accomplished, including passage of the Aordable Care
Act, is subject to being turned around if
the next occupant of the White House is
a Republican.
We cant let that happen and the only
way to ensure that is to forgive Hillary for
speaking wrongly, accept her apology,
and recognize she is the only Democrat
who can win. If Larry Kramer, the founder
of ACT-UP, can accept her apology, noting, Am so happy that she did. Boy did
she work fast to react to the pressure that
so many of us immediately commenced.
Onward, then we should all be able to
forgive and move on.

O U R B USI NES S MATTERS

Both political parties dumb down discourse


Presidential candidates drive
national discussion to new lows

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur


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

Were guilty of being smug in the nations capital.


If not mocking Americans living in the
hinterland languishing between the countrys coasts or outside one of a dozen or
so urban population centers, were selfrighteously shock-appalled at the lack of
nuanced consideration of political issues
by the masses.
We tend to think theyre just not as
smart or savvy or sophisticated as we are.
And they know it.
Yet we overlook how both political parties have downwardly devolved discourse

to a point that our national discussion is


nothing more than an endless stream of
ridiculous pandering.
Donald Trump is going to build a great
big huge wall to stop illegal entry into
the country and says hell somehow deport the approximately 12 million people
without proper papers already here. He
seems to think the latter is feasible. He
wants to make America great again
but the country isnt ready for a president whose descriptors include only four
or ve less-than-great adjectives. That
would grow very tiresome really fast.
Bernie Sanders, bless his socialist heart,
apparently believes itll rain money and
whiskeyll ow in the streams same as at
Brokeback Mountain if only he can pickpocket more of everyones earnings including those with modest incomes. His claim he
only wants millionaires and billionaires to
pay their fair share is really more invective
than inspiration. His rst act in oce would
have to be ordering the Agriculture Department to immediately plant magic money
trees to pay for all the free stu.
Ted Cruz is so busy worrying about
people violating his version of moral
preferences that he must feel more potential appointee to lead an obscure re-

ligious sect than candidate to hold the


highest public oce. Hes the guy everyone makes sure not to invite to the oce
party but always comes anyway. If he
could drop all the morality claptrap and
concentrate on bread-and-butter issues
he might have a chance.
Hillary Clinton, the candidate with the
worst reputation for honesty and trustworthiness among voters, is only one speech
away from suddenly shifting her stance.
A few days ago, for example, Clinton
stood in front of several thousand labor
union activists at the Javits Center in Manhattan and surprisingly pledged to end
bar and restaurant tipping as we know it,
ultimately and inevitably reducing server
and bartender incomes to minimum
wage or close to it. Hospitality employees
were stunned to hear their livelihoods
and the lucrative tip wage system called
shameful by Clinton. Theyre expected
to presume she was merely trolling for
votes by sucking up to union scheming
and shouldnt worry shell really try to
wreak such economic havoc.
Clinton is being dragged so far further
to the left by the challenge from Sanders
and a shrinking party base no longer capable of nding its way back to the center

without being catapulted there that its


conceivable she doesnt recognize herself
in the mirror anymore. Her more moderate supporters cling to the notion she
doesnt really mean much of it. In Clintons case, its not a bad bet.
Keep in mind that the two parties are now
fueled by record-low numbers of aliated
voters, barely one-quarter of the populace
each. Is it any wonder that the mad-as-hell
people outside the wildly extreme-right and
kooky far-left cartoonish caricatures the parties have become are alienated?
The Washington Post penned editorials
last week under banners of The Democratic debate was full of over-the-top
promises and The GOPs debate was full
of ignorant stereotyping. Are we to simply pick our poison?
Theres a relatively good chance the Republican nominee might not be a current
candidate, although Democrats arent
likely to be so lucky. Either winning or losing should prompt serious soul-searching
about where on the political spectrum
each party has ended up.
The only thing certain is that the process will continue to be unpredictable.
Except that voting is not usually so
damn distasteful.

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W A SH I N G T O N BLA D E . CO M

Sunday Services 9a.m. & 11a.m.

2016 Holy Week Schedule


Palm Sunday

Childrens Sunday School and Nursery available at both services


ASL Interpreter at all 11:00 am services

Palm Sunday March 20th


9a.m. Holy Eucharist
11:00a.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday, March 20

9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Good Friday March 25th


12p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
7:30p.m. Good Friday Liturgy

Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli preaching on Form and Function


Childcare, Childrens Sermon & Sunday School at both services

Maundy Thursday

Easter Sunday March 27th

6:30a.m. Sunrise Service at Congressional Cemetery


9a.m. Holy Eucharist followed by Easter Egg Hunt & Festive Coffee Hour
11a.m. Holy Eucharist followed by Easter Egg Hunt & Festive Coffee Hour

Thursday, March 24
7:00 PM Foot/Hand Washing & Communion

Good Friday

Christ Church is a welcoming, diverse, and joyous Episcopal


community of faith committed to nurturing its members and
neighbors through worship and service.

Friday, March 25
12Noon & 7:00 PM

Telling of the Passion story and a time of adoration of


the cross at the evening service

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Facebook: Christ Church on Capitol Hill


Location: 620 G St. SE near Eastern Market Metro

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Forging ahead in ministry


FOUNDRY SENIOR PASTOR READY FOR EASTER JOY, CELEBRATION
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Foundry United Methodist Church
has grown into a bit of an anomaly
though the denomination its part of is
still grappling with the issue of samesex marriage, its been a haven for LGBT
Christians, perhaps due to its location just
o Dupont Circle, for years.
Like her predecessor, the Rev. Dean
Snyder, current senior pastor the Rev.
Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, 46, is straight but
is invested in LGBT issues. About a third
of the 650 or so folks who attend weekly
worship there are LGBT. Gaines-Corelli
has been in the D.C. area since 2000 and
has served at other arming churches
in the region. She says her ministry at
Foundry, which began in July, 2014, is
fantastic. Her comments have been
slightly edited for length.
WASHINGTON BLADE: What challenges
have you encountered at Foundry?
REV. GINGER GAINES-CIRELLI: I think
the normal sort of church challenges.
Were looking at how we can continue to
move ahead in some of our key missional
priorities. Some of the top ones are moving
ahead with full inclusion for LGBT people in
the denomination and the church at large.
Thats very important to our congregation.
But were also interested in ending chronic
homelessness and trying to go deeper
in the conversation around racial justice
all while being a vibrant, worshipping
congregation.
BLADE: What recurring needs do you
see in your LGBT parishioners?
GAINES-CIRELLI: The most consistent
thing is seeing how much harm has been

Easter Sunday?
GAINES-CIRELLI:
packed to the gills.

About

1,600.

Its

BLADE: Whats a Foundry Easter


Sunday like?
GAINES-CIRELLI:
Joy.
Just
joy,
celebration and hope. Last year in my
sermon, I quoted the Gloria Gaynor song I
Will Survive at length, so people were kind
of dancing and singing on their way out.

Rev. GINGER GAINES-CIRELLI, an Oklahoma native and life-long Methodist, understands the hurt
gays have felt in the church.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

done. Many who come are coming back


after a need to separate. The messages
theyve received have either been really
hateful or, We love you, but Which is just
so painful. So theres a lot of hurt. Everybody
can be hurt by church, but this is one of the
things that has been very consistent.
BLADE: Has it been hard to continue
with an arming ministry in a nonarming denomination?
GAINES-CIRELLI: Its not that we grow
weary but it is frustrating and infuriating
that we have had to work so hard and for
so long to have the hateful and harmful
policies changed. I think the challenge is
to get people to hang in there in the long
struggle and not walk away because there

is so much that the United Methodist


Church has to oer. Weve never claimed
were the only way. Thats not our gig, yet
theres so much spiritual richness in the
denomination. Its a beautiful way of
understanding the spiritual life.
BLADE: What scriptural passages are
speaking to you right now?
GAINES-CIRELLI: I nd myself going back
to Romans 12 which is kind of an overview
of the Christian life, especially verses 9-18
and verse 21. I also love this morning prayer
that says, New every morning, great God
of light, is your love of us. And all day long
youre working for good in the world.
BLADE: How many did you have last

BLADE: All the growth in the mainline


churches seems to be in developing
countries. Are mainline churches still
relevant in the U.S.? What will they look
like in another 20 years?
GAINES-CIRELLI: Ive spent some time in
Africa, a little in Mexico and Honduras and
the cultural realities are just so dierent
there that theyre receiving the word in
dierent ways than we are. Its just a fact
and there are a lot of factors involved with
that. I cant say what its going to look like
down the road, but I certainly believe the
faith community is woven into the fabric
of our culture and that will continue to
happen. It may look dierent, it may
function dierently but to gather together
like this is part of the way were created
to be in relationship and community.
I hope we can nally live what we say
open hearts, open minds, open doors.
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Good Friday service at noon on Friday, March 25
Easter and every Sunday:
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Journey to Easter Sunday


NO SHORTAGE OF HOLY WEEK SERVICES AT LGBT-AFFIRMING CHURCHES
By MARIAH COOPER

EDITORS NOTE:
Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April
22 this year and runs through the evening of
Saturday, April 30. In April, the Blade will run
Passover service listings at LGBT-arming
synagogues.
This listing is not meant to be comprehensive as many churches in the region are
LGBT-arming. Other active local congregations with LGBT clergy or strong allied clergy
include (but are not limited to) Inner Light
Ministries (innerlightministries-dc.com), Unity Fellowship Church D.C. (ufcdc.com), All
Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Woodley Park (allsoulsdc.org), Covenant Baptist
United Church of Christ (covenantdc.org), St.
Georges Episcopal Church (stgeorgesdc.org),
St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal
Church (saintstephensdc.org), St. Thomas
Parish in Dupont Circle (stthomasdc.org),
Calvary Baptist Church (calvarydc.org),
Church of the Pilgrims (churchofthepilgrims.
org), Mount Vernon Place United Methodist
Church (mvpumc.org), Ravensworth Baptist
Church in Annandale, Va., et. al.
There are also many More Light Presbyterian-aliated churches in the region including Bethesda Presbyterian, Capitol Hill
Presbyterian, New York Ave. Presbyterian,
Takoma Park Presbyterian and many more.
Visit opendoorsmlp.org for a full listing.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20 (PALM SUNDAY)


Dignity Washington holds a Palm
Sunday Worship service at St. Margarets
Episcopal Church (1830 Connecticut Ave.,
N.W.) at 6 p.m. There will be the blessing
of palms and a mass with a passion
reading. Dignitywashington.org.
Washington National Cathedral(3101
Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) holds one Palm
Sunday services at 8 and 11 a.m. Both
include a passion narrative. Cathedral.org.
Metropolitan Community Church of
Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) oers
a Palm Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m.

Several local LGBT-arming churches such as National City Christian Church, have evening
services planned for the coming days for Holy Week.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

A childrens service will also be at 11 a.m.


mccdc.com.
Western Presbyterian (400 I St., N.W.)
holds a Palm Sunday worship service at
11 a.m. with Rev. Laura Cunningham.
Westernpresbyterian.net.

Mount
Vernon
Place
United
Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts
Ave., N.W.) has a Maundy Thursday
service at 6:30 p.m. mvpumc.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 24 (HOLY THURSDAY)

All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church


(2300 Cathedral Ave., N.W.) holds Stations
of the Cross at 7 p.m. allsoulsdc.org.
St. Margarets Episcopal Church(1830
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) oers a Good
Friday service at noon. stmargaretsdc.org.
National City Christian Church (5
Thomas Circle, N.W.) holds a Good
Friday services at 12:15 and 7:30 p.m.
nationalcitycc.org.
St. Georges Episcopal Church (160 U St.,
N.W.) hosts a Good Friday service with the
Holy Eucharist at noon. Stgeorgesdc.org.
Church of the Pilgrims (2201 P St.,
N.W.) hosts a Good Friday service at 7
p.m. churchofthepilgrims.org.

Rockville United Church holds a


Maundy Thursday service at Living
Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs
Mill Rd., Rockville, Md.) at 7:30 p.m.
rockvilleunitedchurch.org.
St.
Margarets
Episcopal
Church (1830 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)
holds a Holy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m.
stmargaretsdc.org.
National City Christian Church (5
Thomas Circle, N.W.) oers a Maundy
Thursday
service
at
6:30
p.m.
nationalcitycc.org.
St. Thomas Parish (1772 Church St.,
N.W.) hosts a Holy Thursday service at
6:30 p.m. stthomasdc.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25 (GOOD FRIDAY)

SUNDAY, MARCH 27 (EASTER)

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church (310


Tulip Ave., Takoma Park, Md.) hosts a potluck
Easter Sunday breakfast at 9 a.m. Bring
a breakfast dish to share. Easter worship
begins at 11 a.m. takomaparkpc.org.
Dignity Washington will have an
Easter Sunday service at St. Margarets
Episcopal Church at 6 p.m.
Washington National Cathedral(3101
Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) has a day lled with
Easter services. Festival Holy Eucharist
services will be at 8 and 11 a.m with the
Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde presiding
over the services. Passes are required for
entry and are available at cathedral.org.
At 4 p.m. there will be an Easter Day
Choral Evensong featuring the Cathedral
Choir of Men and Boys. An Easter Day
Organ Recital follows at 5:15 p.m. with
Cathedral artist-in-residence organist
Jeremy Filsell performing. There is a
suggested $10 donation.
National City Christian Church (5
Thomas Circle, N.W.) hosts a Gospel
Worship service at 8:30 a.m. There will
be a traditional service at 11 a.m. as
well as a service in Spanish at 11 a.m.
nationalcitycc.org.
Metropolitan Community Church of
Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) oers
one Easter services at 9 and 11 a.m. with
a concurrent childrens service.
The United Church (1920 G St.,
N.W.) holds an Easter service at 11 a.m.
theunitedchurch.org.
St. Thomas Parish (1772 Church St.,
N.W.) holds an Easter Sunday service
at 11 a.m. followed by a coee hour at
noon. stthomasdc.org.

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A new twist on Easter brunch


GO WHISKEY HUNTING OR SHOW UP IN YOUR PJS
By KRISTEN HARTKE
For some of us, Easter is just about
chocolate bunnies and champagne
brunches and there are plenty of
restaurants that are only too happy to
oblige. While there are many places
across the D.C. area that oer exceptional
Belgian waes, made-to-order omelettes
and bottomless mimosas, sometimes we
yearn for something a little dierent from
the ordinary. Strap on your cottontail.
Bourbon Steak (2800 Pennsylvania
Ave., N.W.; bourbonsteakdc.com) hops
to the top of the list with just two words:
whiskey hunt. As if its not enough to ply
us with chef Joe Palmas Maryland Blue
Crab Eggs Benedict topped with Old
Bay hollandaise and a Lemon Marcona
Almond Streusel, some clever soul also
decided to hide diminutive bottles of
WhistlePig Whiskey sporting pastel
ribbons for an adult Easter-Bottle Hunt
following brunch. If you do happen to
have some kiddies with you, theyll get
a chance to hunt for candy-lled eggs
with the Easter Bunny while you sip on a
Breakfast Old Fashioned made with rye
whiskey, maple nutmeg syrup and orange
and walnut bitters. Dont forget to ask for
the eggshell lled with a savory infused
custard, an item thats not featured on
the menu and available by request only
to those in the know. Three-course prixxe brunch menu, $95 per person.
Muze at the Mandarin Oriental (1330
Maryland Ave., S.W.; mandarinoriental.
com) gives an East-West twist to the
traditional Easter brunch by infusing the
meal with Asian air. A large sushi station
will feature D.C. crab rolls; tuna, salmon
and yellowtail sashimi; and a chirashi rice
bowl with uni espuma not to mention

Silly rabbit eggs are for kids. Go hunting for miniature bottles of WhistlePig Whiskey this Easter
at Bourbon Steak.
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PB&J rolls and Rice Crispy sushi for the


uninitiated. Mix your own wasabi Caesar
salad at a station outtted with a wheel
of Parmesan cheese and bacon lardons
or stop by the carving station, outtted

with a harissa-spiced leg of lamb, dried


cherry barbecue sauce, and a cous cous
salad. The centerpiece of the brunch will
likely be the six-foot banh mi sandwich,
stued with slow-cooked pork belly,

pork pat, Vietnamese-style sausage and


pickled vegetables, topped with a chili
and hoisin sauce. The Easter Bunny will
stop by, of course, taking the kids away
for an egg hunt in the hotels garden
overlooking the Tidal Basin, so adults
can sit back and sip on the beverages
of their choice, including Veuve Clicquot
and Dom Perignon. Standard brunch,
$78 per person, $35 per child; with Veuve
Clicquot, $178 per person; with Dom
Perignon, $378 per person.
SER Restaruant (1110 North Glebe
Road, Arlington; SER-Restaurant.com)
knows exactly how to bring some of
us in the door for Easter, simply by not
requiring real clothes. Not only can you
wear your pajamas and slippers to
Sunday brunch, its both encouraged and
rewarded, because when you wear your
PJs, youll get a a complimentary mimosa
or bellini upon arrival. It hardly seems
possible that it could get better than
that, but the Spanish-inspired Pajama
Menu includes three tempting courses,
including pisto manchego, a vegetable
stew with pine nuts and raisins topped
with a poached egg, and crispy sweet
churros served with hot cocoa. In addition
to the Pajama menu, theres an array of
cocktails on oer, like Javiers Hangover
Helper, made with sherry, tomato, juice
and spices, and an a la carte menu that
touts such specialties as croquetas and
paella. Three-course prix-xe menu,
$32 per person; additional menu items
available a la carte.
KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food writer
and editor. Follow her kitchen adventures on
Instagram at @kristenhartke.

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ONEALS PRODUCER FINDS INSPIRATION IN FAITH AND FAMILY ON NEW SITCOM


By MARIAH COOPER

NOAH GALVIN, left, as Kenny and MATT SHIVELY as Jimmy on The Real ONeals.
PHOTO BY NICOLE WILDER; COURTESY OF NBC

ABC has struck ratings gold with quirky,


o-beat family sitcoms dealing with
serious issues in a comedic way such as
Modern Family, Blackish and Fresh
O the Boat. Make way for The Real
ONeals, as it joins its fellow messed-up,
yet endearing, families on the network.
From the outside, the ONeals appear to
be the perfect Irish Catholic family living
in Chicago. But parents Eileen (Martha
Plimpton) and Pat (Jay R. Ferguson) reveal
theyre getting divorced, older brother
Jimmy (Matt Shively) has anorexia,
little sister Shannon (Bebe Wood) is a
kleptomaniac questioning her faith in
God and younger brother Kenny drops
the biggest bombshell of all hes gay.
The show, which airs on Tuesdays
at 8:30 p.m., is loosely based on sex
columnist and It Gets Better founder

Dan Savages life. The Blade spoke with


producer Stacy Traub about Savages role
as executive producer, casting the role
of Kenny and toeing the line between
Catholicism, gay identity and humor.
WASHINGTON BLADE: When casting
for the character of Kenny, executive
producer Todd Holland wanted the actor
to be gay in real life. Why was that so
integral to the show?
STACY TRAUB: I think its obviously
better if the actor can bring their own
personal experience to something. It was
such a specic thing and a 15-year-old
coming out in that way hadnt been on TV.
I think nding someone who was gay was
very important to all of us. When youre
casting, you cant ask somebody when they
sit down. We really all loved Noah and he

was cast because he was the best person


for the role. The fact that he was gay, just
for us, was an amazing bonus. He had his
own story to share and it just brought an
extra level of something. Like that kid on
Glee who was in a wheelchair, but wasnt
really in a wheelchair. I understand that,
but to have someone who has actually had
that experience themselves just brings an
extra layer to the role.

conservative family is a big part of the show,


but once hes out, where is his character
development going to go from there?
TRAUB: Its kind of a coming-of-age
story for the entire family because theyre
all experiencing new things. Were looking
at it like hes a 16-year-old kid dealing
with the same things other 16-year-old
kids are dealing with; he just happens to
be gay. Were trying to really normalize it.
I think at home is where its most dicult
because of his conservative family, and
especially his mother, but at school were
trying to tell stories about what kids go
through at that age but with a twist.

BLADE: How many episodes have been


green lit and shot? How many scripts do
you have written?
TRAUB: Weve nished production for
now. We did 13 episodes total, including
our pilot. Were waiting to hear about a
potential next season.

BLADE: Like you said, the show is


about the whole family and how theyre

BLADE: Kenny coming out to his

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Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R G RE G SE N SI N G

My actual wedding happened at the


Agricultural History Farm Park in
Derwood, Md. My partner and I got
married on the lawn in front of the
farmhouse there and had our reception
dinner in the big red barn. It was a
gorgeous setting and only rained right at
the end of the ceremony for just a few
minutes just long enough to produce
a rainbow! Awesomely queer! Our
union was sanctied by the great homo
weather gods.
What non-LGBT issue are
you most passionate about?
The end of systemic racism, socioeconomic inequality and oppression,
which includes the unnecessary and
excessive militarization of police forces.
What historical outcome
would you change?
I would kick whoever came up with the
concept of slavery so hard in the nads.
Repeatedly.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

GREG SENSING
By JOEY DiGULIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Greg Sensing came to Washington in the fall of 2010 so his wife, Stacy, could
continue her work as a research economist.
Now the 45-year-old Nashville native works as oce manager at D.C. Brau
Brewing Co., a job that dovetails nicely with one of his hobbies.
I love discovering new craft beers Ive never tried before, Sensing says. I
also love to cook and love old cookbooks, especially ones from the 60s.
Theyre raising their family with baby Olli (rhymes with goalie) and
live in Brightwood.

How long have you been out and who


was the hardest person to tell?
I came out twice: rst as a dyke and,
several years later, as a trans dude. I
was sure my super-religious, southern
parents would take the news hardest
both times. Surprisingly, coming out to
them as queer was much tougher than
coming out as trans. Ive been very lucky.
My three older sisters and I are all still
very loving and aectionate, which is
nice.
Whos your LGBT hero?
I have several! Gunner Scott, Chase
Strangio, Marisa Richmond, Dean Spade,
Monica Roberts, Ruby Corado, Mara
Keisling folks who dedicate their lives

to making a real, progressive, positive


dierence in the lives of trans people.
Those are my heroes.
Whats Washingtons
best nightspot, past or present?
Ive always had a fun time at Bear
Happy Hour on the roof at Rock &
Roll Hotel. Bears are my favorite eye
candy. The one time I went to Secrets
was pretty fascinating and memorable.
But Ive got a baby now so nightspot
more accurately refers to where one
of us points in response to the 3 a.m.
question, Do you see where he barfed/
pooped/peed this time?
Describe your dream wedding.

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
When Katya Zamolodchikova won Miss
Congeniality on Drag Race. That, or
when Mr. Rogers ipped the bird on TV.
On what do you insist?
Being decent and respectful to people
in any service industry. At least attempt
to look people in the eye when theyre
doing something for you. People who
behave like pompous, entitled jerks
toward service sta or blue-collar
workers just make me so nauseous.
What was your last
Facebook post or Tweet?
A couple of my D.C. Brau co-workers
and I put together a team for the St.
Baldricks fundraiser at the Boundary
Stone on Sunday. It was a big, fun event
where participants shaved their heads
to raise money and awareness for
childhood cancer research. I think my
latest post was a photo of my after
look. Im not usually this closely shorn
but it was for a good cause!
If your life were a book, what would
the title be?
I skipped the book and made a movie
instead Systyr Act: Under the Habit.
If science discovered a way
to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
If it changed every persons sexual
orientation to be every sexual
orientation, Id celebrate. Because
maybe then people would understand
how messed up and pointless it is to
try to vilify someone for the way they
express love and with whom they feel
most comfortable expressing it.

What do you believe in beyond the


physical world?
Feminist drag queens. And Tina Turner.
Whats your advice for
LGBT movement leaders?
Dont forget about the Q in LGBTQ.
Conformity is not for everyone, diversity
should be celebrated, regardless of
orientation or identity expression.
What would you walk
across hot coals for?
Completely clich, I know, but my
kid, Olli. Or a really good, fresh, local,
imperial India pale ale. Or Elizabeth
Shue.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
The misogynist, vagina-hating gay man
who loves eating ass.
Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Over the Top. If you replaced Stallone
and the kid with a daddy and his sub,
you would barely have to change a
word of the dialogue, Im telling you.
Somebody needs to remake all cheesy
80s movies with a cast of nothing but
trans bears.
Whats the most
overrated social custom?
The pervasive drive to conform while
simultaneously judging others who
arent as fearful of expressing their
individuality.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
Being on a winning team at pub trivia
somewhere.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
That I was trans and to not worry about
what others think because Im probably
mostly surrounded by sad/afraid/
judgmental idiots who probably dont
really like themselves very much. Plus,
theres just so much to celebrate and
be proud of as a member of the trans
community. My perspective, particularly
regarding gender and sexism, is so
intensely and intimately shaped by my
experiences of being raised as a young
girl and being perceived now as an adult
man. Its an education in humanity,
whether you like it or not. Humanity and
hormones. See, that should be the title
of my book.
Why Washington?
Because the D.C. summertime feels
exactly like carrying a large, profusely
sweating, naked man in a Baby Bjorn
strapped to the front of myself at all
times for months. Who doesnt love
that? Nope. My wife got a job here so we
moved. The end.

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KATHLEEN BUTLER and MICHAEL GLENN in Marjorie Prime, a poignant take on dementia and memory.

Actress Butler shines


in title role
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Memory is a fragile thing. In Marjorie
Prime, a nalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize
for drama, playwright Jordan Harrison
hits a nerve exploring human identity and
the importance of remembering.
Now at Olney Theatre Center, the
deftly drawn 80-minute drama rockets
its audience to the year 2050. While
residential interiors and street clothes look
similar to today, at-home technology has
advanced markedly. One such advance is
Primes, which are holograms of deceased
loved ones programmed with facts and
anecdotes used to help those suering
from dementia to remember their past.
Its an intriguing concept and an interesting
way for a playwright to tell a story.
At 85, Marjorie (Kathleen Butler) suers
from dementia and lives with her tightly
wound, resentful daughter Tess (JulieAnn Elliott) and Tesss far easier going
and compassionate husband Jon (Michael
Willis). Marjorie spends much of her day
reclined on a Lazy Boy chatting with
Walter (Michael Glenn), a hologram of
her late husband as remembered in his
early middle years vibrant and able.
Walter feeds memories and together
he and Marjorie amble down a cloudy
memory lane. They discuss the night he
proposed (it was after seeing My Best
Friends Wedding), but because Marjorie
cant remember, she suggests a dierent
far more romantic memory involving
Casablanca. Her chatbox companion
happily agrees. Similarly, rather than
recall their familys greatest tragedy, they
focus on pet dogs and visits to the beach.
The quietly intense action takes place in
the living room of Tess and Jons house, a
modern tasteful mostly glass structure which
looks out on a forest of trees, a pleasing
design by Misha Kachman. Ivania Stacks
costumes are seemingly contemporary
casual, nothing futuristic or distracting
about them. Yet the overall design suggests
something less cluttered than today.

Written elegantly and sparingly by


Brooklyn-based Harrison, whos gay,
Marjorie Prime is particularly poignant
to aging theatergoers and those whove
been caretakers for someone with
dementia. He conveys the plays themes
of loss and painful past with insight and
sensitivity. Harrison rst gained attention
with his dramatic comedy Maple and
Vine, a well-received work about a
stressed out couple who ditch their cell
phones to join a community of 1950s
reenactors. He currently writes for the
Netix series Orange is the New Black,
and a screen version of Marjorie Prime
starring John Hamm is in works.
Smartly staged by Olneys out
artistic director Jason Loewith, the
production boasts an able four-person
cast. Butler, who originated parts in
three plays by the great gay playwright
Edward Albee including B in Three Tall
Women, gives an aecting portrayal
of the declining Marjorie, uncannily
capturing the frustrations encountered
in early dementia. Heartbreakingly, she
apologizes to her daughter for wetting
her pants. She conveys the confusion
along with remnants of a charming and
complex personality. Her performance is
the productions greatest strength.
As Marjorie Prime unfolds, Primes
become an increasing presence in the
characters lives. No longer are they
employed to simply feed memories to
those who cant remember. Now, they
take on dierent tasks like helping adult
children work out unnished emotional
business with dead parents, assisting
in grieving and relieving loneliness. The
Primes are portrayed as perkier, more
patient but vastly less interesting versions
of the dead characters authentic selves.
And while marketed as a comfort and
quality of life advancement, they arent a
substitute for living.
MARJORIE PRIME
Through April 10
Olney Theatre Center
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
$38-65
301-924-3400
Olneytheatre.org

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DJ Pornstar gets Risque


DJ Pornstar performs at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) for its Risque dance party on
Saturday, March 26 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
DJ Pornstar, whose real name is Dominic Pacico, has been DJing in the
underground dance scene since 1994. Pacico describes his DJ style as techie/
tribal. He has also appeared in numerous adult lms. Casey Everett and Dylan
Knight will make appearances. There will be drink specials all night. Cover is $5.
For more information, visit djpornstar.com.

By MARIAH COOPER

Time to boogie with


Rainbow Families
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Gay comedian Kevin Allison brings his show Risk to the Howard Theatre (620
T St., N.W.) on Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
Risk is a live show and podcast hosted by Allison featuring people telling
embarrassing and crazy stories. Storytellers in the past have included Dan
Savage, Margaret Cho, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick and more. A full dinner menu
will be available for the performance. This is a seated show.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit
thehowardtheatre.com.

Rainbow Families D.C. hosts an LGBT


family dance party at the D.C. Center
(2000 14th St., N.W.) on Friday, March 25
from 7-9 p.m.
The party will be co-hosted by the
Family Equality Council and the D.C.
Center. Tony Hynes, author of The Son
with Two Moms, will appear at the party.
The family dance party is part of the
Family Equality Centers Family Weekend
which will include events such as a trip to
the Smithsonian National Postal Museum,
dinner and a show at the Kennedy Center
and a trip to the Smithsonian National
Zoological Park.
Registration is free. For more details,
visit familyequality.org.

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DODGE CHARGER SXT PLUS

Latest models from Chrysler,


Dodge and Nissan pack
punch, panache
By JOE PHILLIPS
Four doors are such a bore. Thats the
rap with most large sedans, especially
with the current crossover craze. But then
along come three rad rides to wake up
even the most jaded commuter.
CHRYSLER 300S
$40,000
Mpg: 19 city/31 highway
0-to-60 mph: 5.8 seconds
Its been 15 years since the Chrysler
300 rst caused a stir in showrooms.
Since then, except for a nip here and a
tuck there, the design hasnt changed
much. Thats usually not a good thing,
especially when competitors restyle
cars as fast as Justin Bieber changes
hairstyles. But suddenly you realize the
300S a sportier model than the base
300 Limited has gone all Warby Parker
on us, tastefully updating its retro look
and oering lots of value for the money.
Sport-tuned suspension, snug bucket
seats, dual exhausts and large, blacktinted alloys with performance tires are
all standard. So is the rockin Beats Audio
system, with 10 speakersincluding
subwoofer in the trunkand 552-watt
amplier. For such a large ride, the 300S
is swift (especially with the optional
V8) and agile. The cabin, as chic as
any Euro contender, includes a bluetinted instrument cluster and 8.4-inch
touchscreen, with drag-and-drop menu
bar, Siri Eyes Free voice control and a donot-disturb function that sends phone calls
to voicemail and suppresses text messages.
DODGE CHARGER SXT PLUS
$41,000
Mpg: 19 city/31 highway
0-to-60 mph: 6 seconds

Dodge may be Chryslers down-market


cousin, but the Charger a favorite of
police departments everywhere still
packs plenty of punch. Few large sedans
have such a muscle-car attitude, in both
looks and performance. And for anyone
with a cop fetish, just sneak up behind
another car and see how quickly the
driver pulls over to let you pass. Yet for all
the bravado including a head-turning
exhaust growl the interior is rst-rate
and quiet.
The sleek dash has large, easy-to-use
controls. And theres the same high-tech
infotainment system thats in the Chrysler
300S, along with heated mirrors, heated
steering wheel and heated/ventilated seats.
Safety options include blind-spot monitor,
rear cross-trac alert, lane-departure
warning and collision avoidance with
automatic braking. And for added butch
points, a Rallye package adds a cheeky rear
spoiler, more power and better handling.
NISSAN MAXIMA SR
$38,000
Mpg: 22 city/30 highway
0-to-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
While the Dodge Charger may be
perfect for zipping to a Mid-Atlantic
PROOF #Maxima SR is
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From CultureCapital.com
YOUR LINK TO THE ARTS IN METRO DC

1984
Thru Apr 10. Shakespeare Theatre Company.
202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.

George Orwells chilling vision of a dystopian future is brought to life in a


radical multimedia production. See why Orwells 1949 novel of a totalitarian
world is as relevant now as ever, and particularly resonant in the political
environment of Washington, D.C.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nations Capital


Thru Mar 26. Various locations.
202-342-2564. dcenvironmentallmfest.org.

This years Environmental Film Festival salutes the U.S. National Park Services 2016
Centennial and its stewardship of national parks presenting 145 documentary,
narrative, animated, archival and childrens lms selected to provide fresh
perspectives on a variety of environmental issues facing the Earth. Some of this
weeks lms include: Catching the Sun. Mar 18. License to Krill. Mar 18. Atlantic.
Mar 19. Message in a Bottle. Mar 19. Stop the Burning. Mar 19. Wont Pipe Down.
Mar 19. Circle of Poison. Mar 19. Beautiful Swimmers Revisited. Mar 19. The
Secrets Held in the Ice. Mar 19. Treasure Island. Mar 20. The Living Fire. Mar 20.
What Lies Beneath the Sky. Mar 20. Cailleach. Mar 20.

The Peking Acrobats


Mar 24. Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.

These amazing artists defy gravity, push the limits of human exibility, and
redene balance and control.

Erick Johnson: Streets for Evermore


Thru Mar 26. Gallery Neptune & Brown.
202-986-1200. neptuneneart.com.

A solo exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by New York based
artist, Erick Johnson. Streets for Evermore is derived from Johnsons primary
experience with the urban environment. While urban constructions can fall into
monotony,Johnson invites us into a world of saturated hues.
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Get Out More!

THEATRE
The Flick. Thru Apr 17. Pride Night. Mar
18. Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Falling Out Of Time. Thru Apr 17.
Theater J. 202-518-9400. theaterj.org.
Marjorie Prime. Thru Apr 10. Olney
Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Constellations. Thru Mar 20. Moment.
Thru Apr 24. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Shear Madness. Ongoing. The Kennedy
Center. 800-444-1324.
shearmadness.com.
American Idiot. Thru Apr 9.
Keegan Theatre. 202-265-3767.
keegantheatre.com.
110 in the Shade. Thru May 14. One
Destiny. Mar 22-May 20. Fords Theatre.
202-347-4833. fords.org.
The Second City - Fully Loaded. Mar
24-Mar 26. The Barns. 877-965-3872.
wolftrap.org.
Othello. Thru Apr 2. Shakespeare
Theatre Company. Sidney Harman Hall.
202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.

DANCE
Flamenco Festival: Rocio Molina
Danzaora. Mar 18.
GW Lisner Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
Celtic Nights: Spirit of Freedom. Mar
20. GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. Mar
19-Mar 20. Dance Place. 202-269-1600.
danceplace.org.

MUSIC
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
with Joshua Bell. Mar 18. I Got Rhythm
with Seth Kibel. Mar 19. Cassandra
Allen. Thru Mar 23. Ward-Kong Duo.
Mar 24. Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Presidents Own Marine Chamber
Orchestra. Mar 18. US Navy Band Sea
Chanters. Mar 19. US Army Chorus and
Brass Quintet. Mar 20. National Gallery
of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Chris Conz & Luca Sestak. Mar 18.
My Brightest Diamond. Mar 19. MidAtlantic Bluegrass Band Contest. Mar
20. Anat Cohen Quartet. Mar 24. AMP.
301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com.
Qasida. Mar 19. Johnny Clegg. Mar 23.
GW Lisner Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
NSO: Osmo Vnsk, conductor: Nikolai
Lugansky, piano. Thru Mar 19. Sharon
Robinson & Benjamin Hochman, Cello
& Piano. Mar 22 & 23.
The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Playing with Fire. Mar 18-Mar 20. Folger
Consort. Folger Theatre. 202-544-7077.
folger.edu.
Sir James Galway & Lady Jeanne
Galway (ute). Mar 20. WPA. The

Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.


washingtonperformingarts.org.
The Smithsonian Chamber
Players. Mar 19. TSA at Museum
of American History. 202-633-3030.
smithsonianassociates.org.
Women in Jazz Presents Sassy Sarah
Vaughn. Mar 19. Smithsonian Anacostia.
202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu.
Virginia Grand Military Band. Mar 19.
Schlesinger Concert Hall. 703-426-4777.
schlesingercenter.com.
Portraits after 5. Mar 24. National
Portrait Gallery. 202-633-8300.
npg.si.edu.
Tom Teasley: Drumming Through
the Neighborhoods. Mar 20. Torpedo
Factory Art Center. 703-838-4565.
torpedofactory.org.
The SteelDrivers. Mar 18. The Oak Ridge
Boys. Mar 20. The Barns. 877-965-3872.
wolftrap.org.

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.
National Archives. Amending
America. Thru Sep 4. 202-357-5000.
archivesfoundation.org.
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.
Sandy Spring Museum. The Agrarian
Transformed. Thru May 7. 301-774-0022.
sandyspringmuseum.org.
National Portrait Gallery. One Life:
Dolores Huerta. Thru May 15.
202-633-8300. npg.si.edu.
National Geographic. Pristine Seas: The
Oceans Last Wild Places. Thru Mar 27.
Crocs. Thru May 8. 202-857-7000.
nglive.org.

GALLERIES
The Art League Gallery. March Open
Exhibit. Thru Apr 3. Fritz Desroches. Thru
Apr 3. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
JCCNV. Local Color and More. Thru Apr
4. 703-323-0880. jccnv.org.
Zenith Gallery. Turning 38... Continuing
to Innovate. Thru Apr 16. 202-783-2963.
zenithgallery.com.
VisArts at Rockville. Rachel Hamel. Thru
Mar 20. 301-315-8200.
visartsatrockville.org.
Arts Club of Washington. March Art
Exhibition. Thru Mar 26. 202-331-7282.
artsclubofwashington.org.
Foundry Gallery. Fran Abrams. Thru
Mar 27. 202-232-0203.
foundrygallery.org.

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Teachers memoir is
compelling, unsettling

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER has been reading


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

What was the name of your favorite


teacher?
Even after all these years, you still
remember the smell of chalk, the sound
of her reading aloud, the way he pulled
ideas from your head or music from your
ngers. That teacher changed your life,
and in The Battle for Room 314 by
Ed Boland, youll get a view of todays
classroom one youll barely recognize.
What was a nice, educated gay man
doing in a snarling pit of teenage attitude?
With sweaty palms and a worthless
planner, newly minted teacher Ed Boland
wondered that himself. Inspired by
teachers in his family, hed given up a
well-paying job to teach, but the ninthgrade class hed gotten wasnt what he
bargained for.
Because Boland had spent a year
teaching English in China, he gured he
had a leg up on a job at Manhattans
Union Street School, a new, combined
middle and high school that focused
on history and international studies.
Teaching there, hed been led to
believe, was a dream job and, since hed
already worked with promising but
disadvantaged New York-area minority
students through Project Advance, he
thought he knew the kind of fresh-faced
students hed have.
Instead, what he found in the classroom
that fall were sullen, attitudinal,
sometimes violent young adults, many

(if not most) of whom were dealing


with absentee parents, drug abuse,
poverty, pregnancy and bullying. Some
of his new ninth-grade students were
in their late teens; many were unable to
write in complete sentences or do ageappropriate schoolwork. One barely
spoke English.
And yet, with a Hollywood-happy
ending on his mind, Boland persevered.
He hoped to connect with the kids,
though they were often uncontrollable.
He dreamed they would eventually learn
something, though they usually ignored
his lessons. And when the year was over,
he had considered staying at Union Street
but he just couldnt.
I so wish it were a dierent ending for
me and for the kids, Boland says, but
some stories have to end like a 70s movie
gritty, real and sad.
The solution to the countrys schooland grade-based issues, he writes, is a
multi-faceted one, beginning with more
education for the educators. There are
other xes, too, and The Battle for Room
314 oers them.
But thats not all: Boland, overall,
tells a story thats both shocking
and unsurprising; part To Sir, With
Love and part battleeld skirmish.
There are occasional moments of too
much information (both personal and
classroom) but even more of frustration
and missed opportunity (again, on
two levels). What Boland shares left
me feeling glum, mostly, but there are
shadows of hope in this book, especially
at the end, when he wraps up his story
with a chapter of follow-ups.
Though you should be reminded that its
representative of one mans experience in
one school, this book oers hard lessons.
Still, if youve ever fretted about the state of
education on either side of the teachers
desk The Battle for Room 314 goes to
the head of the class.
THE BATTLE FOR ROOM 314
By Ed Boland
Grand Central
243 pages

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

TODAY
Go Gay D.C. hosts an LGBT community
social at Aura Lounge (2147 P St., N.W.)
tonight from 7-10 p.m. There will be a
cash bar. No cover. For more information,
visit gogaydc.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.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts a
happy hour today from 5-9 p.m. All drinks
are half price. Admission is free. For more
information, visit numberninedc.com.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts Friday night videos featuring go-go
Boys of Hump tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
There is a $5 cover. For more details, visit
greenlanterndc.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Gay Mens Chorus of Washington
performs Boots, Class and Sass at
Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) today at
3 p.m. with an ASL-assisted performance
with another performance at 8 p.m. The
country-themed show will pay tribute
to Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Reba
McEntire, Garth Brooks and more. The
D.C. Cowboys Dance Company will also
perform. Tickets range from $25-63. For
more information, visit gmcw.org.
Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn performs
at the Howard Theatre (620 T St., N.W.)
tonight at 8 p.m. The LGBT allys new
album Arranging Time was released
this month. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $35. For more details, visit
thehowardtheatre.com.
Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance
(AGLA) hosts brunch at Freddies Beach
Bar (555 23rd St., Arlington, Va.) today from
11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a breakfast
buet with made-to-order omelets and
Belgian waes. Coee, soda and juice
will also be available. Cost is $9.99 for the
buet. Anyone is welcome and guests do
not have to be members of AGLA to attend.
For more details, visit agla.org.
IgniteDMV and EventBrice presents
DopeDC, a new LGBT party, at Hard Rock
Caf (999 E St., N.W.) tonight from 3 p.m.-3
a.m. There will be two oors with three DJs.
VIP bottle service will be available. There
will also be a rae for a prize of a Smartcar
or for $2,000 in cash. For more information,
visit facebook.com/ignitedmv.
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for the
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at

PHOTO BY JIM WRIGHT; COURTESY OF CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP

PETE YORN performs at the Howard Theatre Saturday night.

the Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington


Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) at 11:45 a.m.
today. You will be paired with a dog on a
leash to walk around and play with. Wear
casual clothes. For more information,
visit burgundycrescent.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20
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.
D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.)
hosts Cigars and House Tea Spring
Social today from 4-8 p.m. There will be
games, cigars, Jell-O shooters and music.
For every cigar purchased a portion
of the proceeds go towards the Black,
Gifted and Whole Scholarship Program,
a program designed to close the nancial
gap between higher education and
black, gay men. For more details, visit
blackgiftedwhole.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 21
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..)
hosts coee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT

community. Older LGBT adults can


come and enjoy complimentary coee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 22
Genderqueer D.C. holds a discussion
group at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
N.W.) at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is for
anyone who identies outside of the
gender binary as bigender, agender,
genderuid or any label outside of
cisgender. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a
transgender and non-binary support
group today from 5-7 p.m. For more
details, visit smyal.org.
Bachelors Mill has half-price drinks
all night long from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. tonight.
They also have pool, video gaming
systems and cards. Admission is free. For
more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts
a two-for-one happy hour today from
5-9 p.m. Admission is free. For more
information, visit numberninedc.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
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 703-407-6540.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts an open
mic night, a support group for LGBT
youth to discuss issues and to express
their creativity, today from 5-7 p.m. For
more information, visit smyal.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 24
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Fight
4 Yr Rights Activist Night today from 5-7
p.m. The group will discuss historical
activism and help youth organize for an
issue thats important to them. For more
details, visit smyal.org.
Translaw hosts its annual fundraiser
at Lost Society (2001 14th St., N.W.) today
at 6 p.m. The organization raises funds
to help trans individuals who cant aord
the costs for a legal name change and
updating name and gender on identity
documents. There will be light appetizers
and drink specials. There is a suggested
$10 donation. For more details, visit
facebok.com/dctranslaw.
The Equality Federation hosts
an LGBT fundraising reception at
Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.)
from 6-8:30 p.m. Special guest Sarah
McBride will make an appearance. There
will be appetizers and an open bar.
Tickets range from $50-500. For
more information, search Equality
Federation LGBTQ Fundraising Reception
on Facebook.

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M A R C H 18, 2016 33

ONeals producer says


show is specic yet relatable
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very religious and conservative, but


have their faults. Its very specic subject
matter. Did you worry that having such a
narrow focus, audiences might struggle
to connect with it?
TRAUB: What I think ABC is really
good at is the more specic the comedy,
the funnier it is. Weirdly, I think its
more universal because people can see
themselves in these characters. Half of
the country is divorced, or has had their
parents divorce, so the fact that the parents
are getting divorced is very relatable to
people. So we just kind of come at it that
way. I tweet and I watch along on Twitter
and seeing the response is amazing. The
amount of people who say Oh my gosh,
Im Kenny or I have someone like Aunt
Jodi in my life. You realize it is specic but
its somewhat universal.
BLADE: With Dan Savage as the
executive producer, how involved was he
creatively and were any of the storylines
inspired by his real-life events?
TRAUB: It all kind of started with him
and ABC wanting to do a story based on
his childhood. Then when David (Windsor)
and Casey (Johnson) came on, it became
a step removed because anytime a new
writer comes on they bring their own
stu to it. It is based on his coming out,
but he came out 30 years ago, so its
much dierent than today. But he lived in
Chicago, his dad was a cop, so there are
certain elements that are based on his life.
Then there are a million things that all the
writers we had on the show brought to it
and made it their story as well. Theres one
specic episode that was based on a story
that he came to the room and told us. It
was about a play that he was in. So we
did a story that was specically based on
that. But then we have other stories that
all the writers in the room share and then
we have a bunch of gay writers, lesbian
writers, people from Chicago, people who
are Catholics, people who are divorced.
So everyone adds their personal stories.
BLADE: Dan Savage has had some
controversy over comments hes made
and some people have accused him of
being transphobic. Was there a worry to
have a family sitcom associated with him?
TRAUB: Most of that fear just had to
do with his brand and Savage Love and
we always knew that was not part of the
show. Were much more coming from
the It Gets Better brand and I think
people who dont agree with Dan were
immediately wanting to dismiss the show
or say negative things about it, and those
were people who hadnt even watched the

show. Theyre talking about things he had


said or things he had written. So Id say
across the board, the majority of people
who watch the show are like, Oh this isnt
the Dan Savage tone because hes not a
writer on the show in a day-to-day way.
BLADE: Given the shows subject matter,
its been called bigoted and anti-Catholic.
How do you nd the right tone? How do
you know how far to take the jokes?
TRAUB: We think its a faith-arming
show. None of the stories are about the
religion being silly or unnecessary. It is
such a part of their lives. Its the family
grappling with how can we be Catholic
and believe in these things and also
accept Kenny and also get divorced. Many
Americans today do have to struggle with
those things. When you look at Jesus,
were never making fun of Jesus. Jesus
is someone Kenny turns toward to get
advice from and we think thats really a
positive image of Jesus, not negative.
BLADE: With Kenny, part of the joke
seems to be that he is a gay character.
Was that a concern for you at all?
TRAUB: Because Kenny is so young,
any kid that age is just trying to gure out
who they are and how theyre going to
represent themselves in the world. Girls
go through it too. We werent looking at
it thinking we want him to be distinctly
gay. His coming out is a real coming out
in that hes trying to gure it out himself.
What kind of person am I? How am I going
to dress now that Im out? Beforehand,
when he was in the closet, nobody knew.
It wasnt like everyone thought he was
gay and was waiting for him to come out.
It was his own secret. So now that he is
out, he is trying to gure out himself, how
hes going to be in the world and a lot of
the episodes deal with that.
BLADE: Do you hope that this show can
help a child growing up in a conservative
household nd a connection within the show?
TRAUB: That is really my greatest hope.
That is what I truly love about the show.
While we were making it we were trying
to have fun and tell funny stories. Its a
comedy rst and foremost. But the thought
of a kid watching and seeing Kenny, relating
to him and feeling heard or feeling brave
enough to come out. Or a parent watching
and recognizing their child in Kenny or
recognizing themselves in the Eileen
character and saying, Wow maybe Im
being too close-minded or Look at how
the family is handling all this crazy upheaval
in their lives and theyre handling it with
humor and underneath it all with love.
That is the most inspiring thing about the
show, and really what Im most proud of.

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By LAWRENCE S. JACOBS
Editors note: This is the first in a series of
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Its ironic, but estate may be the most


understood word in estate planning. It
sounds like Im talking about landed gentry, but Im not. The word estate refers to
money or assets that may change hands
as a result of your death or which need
to be managed if you are incapacitated.
My clients estates are almost always bigger and more valuable than they realize.
Yours includes cash, investments and
equity in real estate. But then add in the
proceeds of life insurance policies. (Its
real money even if you cant collect on it.)
If youre a federal employee participating
in FEGLI, that coverage could be as much
as five times your salary. You might also
have a TSP (the Federal 401(k) program).
When you total everything up, it can easily exceed $1 million. To paraphrase my
favorite quote: A million here, a million
there, and pretty soon its real money
and definitely worth planning for.
Get ready for the 3 Big Bad Ds.
Estate planning is shorthand for dealing with what I refer to as the three Big
Bad Ds: disability, divorce and death.
The last one is for sure, and the other two
are more common than most people like

to think. Ill tackle the first two in this column, but save divorce for later.
The first critical part of planning your estate is not about deciding who gets what in
case of death. Before then, you are much
more likely to need someone to help manage your life in the event of disability.
Disability (or more accurately incapacity) occurs when, as a result of an illness
or accident, you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Most people want to
be able to designate who will make medical decisions for them, as well as who will
manage their finances and make all the
other myriad decisions that adults take
for granted. The documents that delegate
decisions to the people that you choose
are powers of attorney.
Medical powers of attorney typically
grant broad medical decision-making
rights to people whom you believe will be
able to make those decisions under pressure. If you have a partner but are not
married, a medical power of attorney will
help to ensure that that person has a role
in taking care of you. If you are married,
the medical power of attorney will grant
the same rights to other people if your
spouse or partner cannot take care of you.
Whats more, if you become incapacitated for a significant time, there may be
hundreds of other necessary decisions
that have nothing to do with medical
care. Thats where a financial power of
attorney comes in. No one gets the right
to access your solely owned assets automatically, even a spouse. Who will pay the
bills, manage your money, take care of

Get over the idea that you dont have the kind of assets that qualify as an estate and prepare
documents to protect yourself.

your home, and take care of your partner


or spouse? This document can grant important, broad rights to people that you
trust to manage all of your assets while
you cannot. Its frequently overlooked
and causes significant problems if it
doesnt exist, often requiring a costly and
time-consuming guardianship petition.
Most people know the planning for
death is handled by wills, but that is far
from the only way. Trusts and beneficiary
designations are also commonly used
tools, as are real property deeds. I will tell
you what you need to know about those
documents in later columns in this series.
And thats how the process begins. Get

over the idea that you dont have the kind


of assets that qualify as an estate. Think
of your estate not just in terms of who
gets it after your gone, but how to protect
it and your own interests as well as the interests of the people who matter to you.
Lawrence (Larry) Jacobs has helped hundreds of same-sex couples and LGBT singles in
the Washington area protect their assets and
loved ones through partnership planning. He
is a partner at McMillan Metro, P.C. and has
practiced law for 41 years. He is admitted to
the bar in Maryland, Virginia and the District
of Columbia. You can learn more about Larry
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