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NOVEMBER

25,

2016

VOLUME 47

ISSUE 48

AMERICAS LGBT NEWS SOURCE

Trans, HIV/AIDS patients


at risk if ACA goes down
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

President-elect DONALD TRUMP made Obamacare


repeal a signature campaign promise.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY LEE WHITMAN

Amid persistent fears that a Donald Trump


administration would roll back LGBT advances seen
under President Obama, the protections that are
most likely in jeopardy can be found in Obamacare.
A top campaign promise of President-elect Trump
and Republicans in Congress who will have unied
control of the federal government is to repeal and
replace the Aordable Care Act. One provision in the
law ensures that transgender people have access to
transition-related care; another ensures that low-income
people with HIV/AIDS can obtain life-saving medication.
Section 1557 of Obamacare prohibits health care
providers and insurers from discriminating on the basis
of gender. The Obama administration has issued a rule
interpreting that provision to bar discrimination in health

Shapiro criticizes pinkwashing,


BDS movement
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com

U.S. Ambassador to Israel DAN SHAPIRO spoke with the


Washington Blade in Tel Aviv on Nov. 18.

TEL AVIV, Israel U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan


Shapiro said he expects the relationship between the
U.S. and Israel will remain strong under Presidentelect Trumps administration.
Our connections between the peoples of two
democracies bound by common values remain strong,
Shapiro told the Washington Blade during an interview
at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv. There are going
to be dierences of emphasis by administrations in the

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care against gender non-conforming and transgender


people, including for the purposes of transition-related
care and gender reassignment surgery.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National
Center for Transgender Equality, said she doesnt
think anybody knows anything right now about what
the Republicans will do, but acknowledged it will be
hard forthem to ignore Obamacare.
So we know the Aordable Care Act is going to be
assaulted somehow, Keisling said. We dont know
if Section 1557 is, and it would just be a real shame if
it was. It just basically says health care providers cant
discriminate on the basis of race, age, disability and sex.
In the event Congress were to repeal Section
1557, Keisling said a belt-and-suspenders system
remains in place that would help protect transgender
people, including state insurance commission
rulings,professional association rules andstate nondiscrimination laws under which health careor public
accommodations is listed.
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United States and by governments in Israel, but I think


those fundamental values remain very, very strong
and very, very solid and very, very profoundly much in
common between us.
Shapiro spoke with the Blade as news broke that
Trump had tapped former Arkansas Gov. Mike
Huckabee as his administrations ambassador to Israel.
Huckabee who ran against Trump in the Republican
primaries denied the report. State Department
spokesperson John Kirby on Monday told reporters that
members of the president-elects transition team are
now working in the State Department.
At such time they have interest, obviously I will
certainly provide any advice or reports or assistance that
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Mayor joins activists for


Trans Day of Remembrance
Concerns raised over
Trump presidency

Harris moves to WSJ; NLGJA honors Bruni


By PETER ROSENSTEIN
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By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
Mayor Muriel Bowser, former Mayor
Vincent Gray, Interim Police Chief Peter
Newsham and two members of the City
Council joined more than 200 people on
Nov. 20 in participating in D.C.s annual
Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The event, held at the Metropolitan
Community
Church
of
Washington,
commemorated the lives of transgender
people who died at the hands of hate violence
in the U.S. and abroad over the past year.
Tonight we remember those who have
lost their lives, those that came to this
planet with a plan, with a talent, a gift,
said Rev. Dyan Abena McCray-Peters,
pastor of D.C.s Unity Fellowship Church.
McCray-Peters presided over the
reading of the names of 21 transgender
or gender non-conforming people who
lost their lives in the U.S. in 2016 due to
anti-transgender violence or prejudice.
Some used their entire gift, she said.
Some gifts were cut short. And we never
ever want to forget those that walked
among us that taught us great lessons
that loved us.
One of the names read was that of
Deeniquia Dee Dee Dodds, a 22-yearold transgender woman who was shot
to death in Northeast Washington in July.
D.C. police have charged two suspects
with rst-degree murder while armed in
connection with the case.
Among those who participated in the
reading of the names was lesbian activist
and Human Rights Campaign ocial
Candice Gingrich, the half-sister of former
U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Others who participated in the event
were veteran transgender activist Earline
Budd, the lead organizer of the D.C. Trans
Day of Remembrance; and trans activists
Jessica Xavier, Alexa Rodriguez, Jerry
Hughes, Ruby Corado, Sarah McBride,
and Ashley Love.
It was extraordinary as usual, said
Budd, who noted that more public ocials
attended the event this year than in any
previous Trans Day of Remembrance
in the District. The turnout was great
and probably even more than last
year because of what happened in the
election, she said.
Budd was referring to remarks by
Bowser and Gray, who won election on
Nov. 8 to the D.C. Council seat he held
before becoming mayor; and Council
member David Grosso (I-At-Large), who

Comings & Goings

Mayor MURIEL BOWSER and other city


ocials took part in the annual Trans Day of
Remembrance on Sunday.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

each vowed that the city would not back


down from its strong support for LGBT
rights under the coming years of the
presidency of Donald Trump.
Almost a couple of weeks ago our world
got turned on its head, didnt it? Bowser
told the gathering. Something happened
that took our breath away that none of us
were expecting, she said, adding, And
now were scared to death, literally.
Bowser said shes been asked repeatedly
how a Trump administration might impact
D.C. and its long tradition of progressive
economic and social policies and strong
support for minorities and diversity.
What does it mean for the people
we are and the values we hold dear?
she asked. And I know youve heard
from everybody that will represent you
that we are who we are in Washington,
D.C. and it doesnt matter whos at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue. We will ght for
those values and we have to ght for
those values.
Bowser noted that if Trump and the
Republican-controlled Congress repeal
the Aordable Care Act, known as
Obamacare, as promised, the city would
have to use its own funds to ensure that
thousands of residents who could lose
their health insurance policies will be
cared for.
She, Gray and Grosso also vowed that
D.C. would remain a sanctuary city that,
like dozens of other U.S. cities, refuses
to cooperate with federal immigration
ocials by not turning in the names of
undocumented immigrants who could
face deportation. Continuing that deant
policy under the Trump administration,
Bowser said, could lead to a cuto of
federal funds for various programs,
including education.
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Congratulations to Shane Harris who is joining the sta of the Wall Street
Journal. Harris said, Ill be covering national security and intelligence. Im so
excited and honored to be joining a great team of journalists.
Harris is an author andjournalist who has written extensively about intelligence
and national security. His latest book @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet
Complexexplores the frontlines of Americas new cyber war. His rstbook,The
Watchers, tells the story of ve
men who played central roles in the
creation of a vast national security
apparatus and the rise of surveillance
in America. It won the New York Public
Librarys Helen Bernstein Book Award
for Excellence in Journalism, and the
Economist named it one of the best
books of 2010. Harris is the winner
of the 2010 Gerald R. Ford Prize for
Distinguished Reporting on National
Defense. He has four times been
named a nalist for the Livingston
Awards for Young Journalists, which
honors the best journalists in America
under the age of 35.
SHANE HARRIS
PHOTO COURTESY HARRIS
Harris has been working as a senior
correspondent at The Daily Beast
covering national security, intelligence
and cyber security.
Before The Daily Beast, Harris
was a senior writer at Foreign Policy
magazine and, before that, at the
Washingtonian magazine, where
he was part of the team that won
the publication its 2011 award for
Excellence in Writing from the City and
Regional Magazine Association.
Congratulations also to Frank Bruni
who received the National Lesbian &
Gay Journalism Associations Randy
Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage. The
FRANK BRUNI
PHOTO COURTESY NYT
award is designed to honor journalists
who consistently bring stories of the
LGBT community to life in mainstream
media outlets. The award honors individual journalists and news organizations
that go the extra mile to ensure that all Americans are aware of the diversity
within the LGBT community, as well as the unique struggles LGBT people face.
Bruni is a New York Times columnist. He joined the New York Times in 1995 and
has served as a sta writer, restaurant critic and op-ed columnist. Upon receiving
the award he said, Randy Shilts paved the way for so many of us, covering gay
issues when news organizations often resisted that. His work certainly inspired
me, so Im hugely attered and genuinely grateful to receive this honor.
The award was presented at a cocktail party held at the Mitchell Gold + Bob
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NATIONAL NEWS

Would Trump rescind historic status for Stonewall Inn?


Election raises questions
about LGBT project at Natl
Park Service
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Less than a month before Donald
Trump won election as president, U.S.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
announced the release of a rst-of-itskind National Park Service theme study
identifying places and events associated
with the history of LGBT Americans.
At an Oct. 11 ceremony at the Interior
Department headquarters, Jewell and
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis
said Park Service ocials expected to review
in the near future more than 100 new LGBTrelated historic sites proposed by the study,
which was headed by nationally recognized
lesbian anthropologist Megan Springate.
Jarvis said the sites would be
considered for designation in the
National Register of Historic Places, as a
National Historic Landmark and possibly
for the governments most prestigious
recognition as a National Monument.
But following Trumps election and calls
by many of his supporters to drain the
swamp in Washington, some government
insiders have expressed concern that Jewells
and Jarviss replacements might scale back
or kill the LGBT historic sites project.
Others have speculated that an Interior

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell


just last month announced the release of an
LGBT theme study.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Secretary hostile to LGBT rights might


rescind the dozen or more LGBT sites
already designated as historic landmarks,
including the site of the Stonewall Inn
and surrounding streets in New Yorks
Greenwich Village. That site, the location of
the 1969 Stonewall riots, was designated
by President Obama earlier this year as
the rst LGBT U.S. National Monument.
Im not going to speculate on what
another administration might do, said
Jeremy Barnum, public aairs ocer for
the National Park Service. We only have
one president at a time and were going
to act accordingly, he said.
Barnum said he believes Springates job
at the National Park Service, which includes

facilitating the LGBT theme studys


recommendations, would continue under
the Trump administration.
The National Park Service hired
Springate in early October as an
Interpretation Coordinator in the NPSs
Cultural Resources Oce of Interpretation
and Education, Barnum said.
In this permanent civil service position,
Ms. Springate helps coordinate the NPSs
eorts to tell all Americans stories, including
the LGBTQ community, through the
publication of theme studies, teaching with
historic places lesson plans, heritage travel
itineraries, and other initiatives, he said.
Initiatives related to African Americans,
Native Americans, Asian and Pacic
Islander Americans, and other diverse
population groups fall under Springates
job duties, according to Barnum.
Barnum noted that between the time
that Springate worked on the study and the
time it was completed and published on
Oct. 11, funding for the study came from the
Gill Foundation through the National Park
Foundation, the ocial charity of U.S. parks.
A spokesperson for the incoming Trump
administrations Presidential Transition
Team couldnt immediately be reached to
determine whether the president-elect or
his incoming ocials at the National Park
Service would have objections to the LGBT
theme study and Springates work.
Joseph Murry II, one of Trumps gay
Republican supporters who serves as
administrator of the pro-Trump Facebook
page LGBTrump, said he believes Trump

and his administration would support the


LGBT historic sites project.
I do not think Donald Trump, based
upon his track record, would say to the
National Park Service fellow or to the
Secretary of the Interior do not move
forward with this program, Murry told
the Washington Blade.
I actually think he would support it, he
said. And I think his outreach to the LGBT
community, as evidenced not just through
his presidential run but his entire career as
a businessman, and of course in New York
City with the help of a big LGBT population,
I think he would probably respect it.
Murry, who is based in Mississippi and has
worked for conservative political gures in
the past, said there is always a chance that a
Trump Secretary of the Interior would try to
quietly quash the LGBT historic sites project.
But I think if it were brought to Trumps
attention he would probably override the
Secretary of the Interior, said Murray.
Gay Republican activist James Driscoll,
who has supported Trump since the
president-elect rst announced his
candidacy, said he believes Trumps LGBT
supporters would urge Trump to back the
LGBT historic sites project.
Those who know Springate say she is
highly qualied for the position at the
Park Service. She holds an undergraduate
and masters degree in anthropology
and is close to completing her Ph.D.
in anthropology at the University of
Maryland, where she has served as an
adjunct professor since 2012.

Sessions tapped as AG despite charges of racism


Called marriage ruling
unconstitutional
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
President-elect Donald Trump has
selected as his attorney general an
Alabama Republican who not only was
once denied a seat on the federal judiciary
for allegedly making racist comments, but
has been hostile to LGBT rights over the
course of his career.
On Friday, Trump announced in a
statement Sen. Je Sessions (R-Ala.),
an early supporter of the president-elect
during the Republican presidential primary,
would be his choice for attorney general.
It is an honor to nominate U.S. Sen. Je
Sessions to serve as Attorney General of
the United States, Trump said. Je has
been a highly respected member of the
U.S. Senate for 20 years. He is a worldclass legal mind and considered a truly
great attorney general and U.S. attorney

in the state of Alabama. Je is greatly


admired by legal scholars and virtually
everyone who knows him.
Prior to his tenure in the U.S. Senate
starting in 1997, former President Reagan
nominated Sessions in 1986 for a seat
on the federal judiciary in Alabama,
but his nomination was rejected over
accusations of racism.
Among the lawyers who testied against
Sessions at the time said Sessions called
the NAACPand the American Civil Liberties
Union un-American and Communistinspired and said they forced civil rights
down the throats of people.
Thomas Figures, a black assistant U.S.
attorney, testied Sessions said the Ku
Klux Klan was OK until I found out they
smoked pot. (Sessions said he was joking,
but apologized for the remark.) Figures
also said Sessions called him boy and
that Sessions advised him to be careful
what you say to white folks. Sessions was
also reported to have called a white civil
rights attorney a disgrace to his race for
defending black clients.
Sessions denied the allegations, said

his remarks were taken out of context or


meant in jest. He also said that groups
could be considered un-American when
they involve themselves in un-American
positions on foreign policy.
Anthony Romero, executive director
of the ACLU, said in a statement his
organization would atly reject any
assertion from Sessions the ACLU is unAmerican and communist.
During his tenure in the U.S.
Senate, Sessions resisted LGBT rights
advancements. In each of the Human
Rights
Campaigns
congressional
scorecards, Sessions has generally
scored 0 for each Congress in which
he served. (The one exception was the
112th Congress, when Sessions obtained
a score of 15 for voting to conrm U.S.
District Judge J. Paul Oetken, who became
the rst openly gay male to serve on the
federal judiciary.)
Among his earlier votes in 2004
and 2006 in the Senate were for a
U.S. constitutional amendment that
would have banned same-sex marriage
nationwide and prevented the U.S.

Supreme Court last year from ruling in


favor of marriage equality.
A member of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, Sessions was among those
most outspoken against Dont Ask, Dont
Tell repeal along with Sens. John McCain
(R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
During a Senate hearing in December 2010
as Congress debated repeal, Sessions
called the issue a dicult discussion.
It was predicted it would have some
disruptive eect on the military, Sessions
said. I believe it probably has. Its probably
not been good for morale and problems
have arisen from it, and Im inclined to
the personal views that Dont Ask, Dont
Tell has been pretty eective and Im
dubious about the change, although I
fully recognize that good people could
disagree on that subject.
Upon the U.S. Supreme Court decision
last year in favor of same-sex marriage
nationwide, Sessions told WKRG-TV
in Alabama he opposed the decision
because if a court can do that on a
question of marriage then it can do it on
almost any other issue.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Veteran, 91, sues to update discharge to honorable


Spires expelled in 1948 after
o-base Halloween party
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A 91-year-old veteran discharged from
the Air Force in 1948 for being gay has led
a federal lawsuit to upgrade his discharge
status from undesirable to honorable.
The lawsuit, led Friday on behalf of H.
Edward Spires by law student interns at
the New Haven, Conn., based Yale Law
School Veterans Legal Services Clinic,
contends the services refusal to change
the undesirable designation violates
the Administrative Procedure Act and
the right to due process under the 5th
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
For nearly seventy years, the United
States Air Force has denied Plainti
H. Edward Spires the dignity of an
honorable discharge because he is
gay, the complaint says. At age 91, Mr.
Spires asks the military to upgrade his
discharge from Undesirable for reason
of homosexuality to Honorable, to

H. ED SPIRES, on left.
PHOTO COURTESY YALE LAW SCHOOL VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES CLINIC

reect his faithful service to his country


and his equality in the eyes of the country
he served.
Dont Ask, Dont Tell, which was
enacted in 1993, prohibited openly
gay, lesbian and bisexual people from
serving in the armed forces, but Congress
repealed the law under the Obama

administration. Spires was discharged


prior to Dont Ask, Dont Tell under the
militarys administrative ban against
gay people in the armed forces, which
allowed investigations into a service
members sexual orientation.
Upon enlisting in 1946, H. Edward
Spires served as a chaplains assistant

at Lackland Air Force Base and, among


other things, helped the chaplain write
letters home to distressed parents and
set up the chapel for services.
But in 1948, after being seen by other
service members at an o-base Halloween
party, Spires command accused him of
being gay. They allegedly subjected him
to days of interrogation, pressured him
to out other members of his unit and
threatened to put him in jail. After refusing
to cooperate, Spires was discharged
from the Air Force with an undesirable
discharge for homosexuality.
David Rosenberg, Spires spouse David
Rosenberg and a U.S. Army veteran, said in a
statement the current record doesnt reect
his spouses contribution to the country.
After being cast out of the Air Force
for being a gay man, Ed rarely spoke
of his military service or his discharge,
humiliated by the Air Forces labeling of
his service as undesirable, Rosenberg
said. For the past decades he has been
made to feel ashamed, despite the fact
that he served his country honorably.
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Fanning skeptical Trump will undo LGBT inclusion in military


Army secy says hard to roll
back Obamas changes
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
As speculation builds that Donald Trump
will seek to reverse LGBT rights advances
seen under President Obama, Army
Secretary Eric Fanning said hes skeptical
the next administration will undo LGBT
inclusion in the U.S. armed forces.
Fanning, the rst openly gay Army
secretary, said, it is very hard to roll back
these things during a forum Wednesday
at the Atlantics Unnished Business
summit at D.C.s Studio Theatre.
Asked by moderator Steve Clemons
if the Obama administration will be
considered the high point of inclusion in
the armed forces for LGBT people before
the Trump administration reverses it,
Fanning rejected that prediction.
Fanning rst of all denied the military
was at a high point of inclusion, saying
he thinks we have more to do, so this
is denitely not the high point. The
expansion of LGBT inclusion in the armed
forces has never been a purely linear
path, he added.
When Fanning said it is very hard to roll
back these things, Clemons joked he can
imagine Vice President-elect Mike Pence

U.S. Army Secretary ERIC FANNING says


he doesnt think Donald Trump would seek
to undermine LGBT inclusion in the armed
forces.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

listening in on the forum and taking that


as a challenge. (Fanning responded by
saying he cant imagine Pence listening in
on an LGBT forum.)
But Fanning also identied three
reasons why he doesnt think decisions
to allow openly LGBT people in the armed
forces will be rescinded, putting at the
top of his list the observation society is
changing so quickly.
It really is, Fanning said. And were

accessing young soldiers who just come


from a dierent world, and they really
dont understand why were discussing
some of these or how were discussing
some of these things.
For his second reason, Fanning pointed
out it is easier, as dicult as it can be, to
implement regs than to roll them back
often times.
Finally, Fanning drew a distinction
between allowing a certain group of
people to serve openly in the military for
the rst time compared to telling that
same group of people theyre no longer
welcome.
It is one thing to have a debate
about whether somebody should be
able to put on a uniform, Fanning said.
Its an entirely dierent thing to say to
someone who has a uniform on, you got
to take it o. And that is a very dierent
conversation for senior uniformed
leadership.
When Congress repealed Dont Ask,
Dont Tell in 2010, it left nothing in
the laws place instructing the armed
forces on the way to handle enlistment
of openly lesbian, gay and bisexual
people in the armed forces. Conceivably,
Trumps military leaders could decide
to reinstate a form of Dont Ask, Dont
Tell administratively, or Congress could
restore the law, but thats dicult to
imagine given military leaders have

accepted the change and trained the


services accordingly.
Just this year, the Pentagon decided to
lift its ban on transgender people in the
armed forces. The decision was internal
as a result of a decision from Defense
Secretary Ashton Carter and the next
administration could undo it.
Also potentially on the chopping block
is the Pentagons decision to add LGBT
people to the Military Equal Opportunity
policy, the non-discrimination rule that
provides restitution for service members
who think theyre facing discrimination.
The Defense Department also during
the Obama administration extended
spousal benets to troops in same-sex
marriages, such as access to TRICARE.
However, its hard to see how that could
be undone in the aftermath of the
Supreme Courts 2013 ruling against the
Defense of Marriage Act, which requires
the federal government to treat samesex marriages as equal to opposite sex
marriages.
In his remarks, Fanning didnt draw a
distinction between decisions allowing
openly lesbian, gay and bisexual people
to serve in the armed forces and allowing
transgender people to serve, although
the latter is generally seen as more
vulnerable because its a more recent
decision and one that senior uniformed
leadership wasnt visibly supporting.

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Canadian Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU this week announced the appointment of MP Randy
Boissonnault as his special adviser on LGBT issues.

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Justin Trudeau appoints LGBT adviser


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Nov. 15 named Randy Boissonnault as
Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two spirited)
Issues. The MP from Edmonton Center will develop and coordinate the Canadian
governments LGBT agenda.
It is an honor and a privilege to be named to this role, said Boissonnault in a
statement. I will work hard with the prime minister and the LGBTQ2 community to
advance and protect their rights and address historical injustices they have endured.
His appointment came just a day after the Liberal government announced its
intentions to repeal Section 159 of the Criminal Code. At present, anal sex is illegal
below the age of 18, unless it is between a man and his wife. With the age of consent for
sexual activity is 16, many see this law as discriminatory.
We have made great strides in securing legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community in
Canada from enshrining equality rights in the Charter to the passage of the Civil
Marriage Act, Trudeau said in a statement.
May 2016 saw the tabling of Bill C-16, which recognizes and reduces the vulnerability of
trans and other gender-diverse persons to discrimination, hate propaganda and hate crimes.
Weve only begun to address trans rights and we still have a way to go. Now, with Mr.
Boissonnault, we have a commitment and a champion, Patrick, a Canadian citizen, told
the Washington Blade.
Boissonnault will be working with LGBT organizations, including Egale Canada Human
Rights Trust, to promote equality for the LGBT community.
Egale Canada, a national advocacy group promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and
trans human rights, in June released The Just Society Report describing the types of
discrimination faced by Canadas LGBT community.
Much of Boissonnaults role will be in response to that report.
I look forward to collaborating closely with Egale and other organizations in the
coming months to advance the governments agenda for equality, said Boissonnault,
who will be retaining his current duties as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Canadian Heritage.
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, who also contributed to the report, welcomed
the announcement.
We look forward to a discussion with the special advisor about how to best move forward
with all of the reports recommendations, including those relating to repealing harmful laws
related to sex work and ending the overly broad, unjust criminalization of ... HIV, Canadian
HIV/AIDS Legal Network Executive Director Richard Elliott said in a statement.
As well as ensuring all Canadian citizens are treated equally and with respect,
Boissonnault will work with other governments and civil society organizations, actively
promoting LGBT rights on the international stage.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

U.N. rejects effort to suspend LGBT expert


A U.N. committee on Monday struck down a proposal that would have suspended
the organizations rst-ever independent expert who monitors anti-LGBT discrimination
and violence around the world.
The U.N. Human Rights Council earlier this year approved a resolution that created
the position. It announced in September that it had named Vitit Muntarbhorn, an

international law professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, to occupy it.


Botswana and other African countries earlier this month introduced a resolution that
sought to suspend Muntarbhorn until the U.N. could debate the legal basis of his
mandate.
The Associated Press reported Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El
Salvador, Mexico and Uruguay sought to remove the language from the resolution that
called for Muntarbhorns suspension.
The U.S. was among the countries that voted for the amendment that passed by
an 84-77 vote margin. Armenia, Barbados, Bhutan, Ecuador, Guinea-Bissau, India,
Kazakhstan, Liberia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, the Philippines,
Rwanda, Somalia and Trinidad and Tobago abstained.
More than 800 advocacy organizations from around the world expressed their
opposition to eorts to block Muntarbhorns position.
Today we are reminded of the fundamental mission of the council and the U.N.s
commitment to promote human rights and equality for all, said Ryan Silverio of the
ASEAN SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) Caucus in a
statement after the vote.
Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, also praised the
votes outcome.
A lot can be accomplished when forces join hands, she said in a statement. We
are encouraged by this voting result and in the conrmation that states believe in the
mechanisms of the Human Rights Council.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

The Tel Aviv Gay Center in Israel hosted a Transgender Day of Remembrance commemoration
on Nov. 20.

WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Activists mark Trans Day of Remembrance


Advocates around the world marked the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance
last weekend with commemorations, vigils and other events.
More than 200 people gathered inside the auditorium of the Tel Aviv Gay Center in
Israel on Sunday to honor those who have lost their lives to anti-trans violence.
The names and pictures of trans victims of violence ashed onto a screen as trans
Israelis from religious backgrounds spoke. Members of the Israeli Defense Forces who
were wearing their uniforms were among those who attended the event.
Everything we do is a small step against transphobia, said Stephanie Sharon, a trans
woman who spoke about a friend who took her own life.
Members of the Thai Transgender Alliance on Sunday planted a tree in Bangkok
in honor of victims of anti-trans violence and held a candlelight vigil at their oces.
Authorities in the Australian Capital Territory illuminated a bridge in pink, white and
blue the colors of the trans Pride ag to commemorate the Transgender Day of
Remembrance.
The African Queer Initiative Network on Sunday held a social media hangout on transspecic issues.
All we ask for is acceptance and validation for who we are, tweeted Mim Doorjean
of Mauritius, an island country that is located in the Indian Ocean.
London and other cities in the U.K. held Transgender Day of Remembrance events
and ew the trans Pride ag above their respective Council and City Halls. A trans rights
march took place in the Italian city of Turin on Saturday.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS

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But Keisling also said Congress could


render Section 1557 moot not just by
repealing it, but refusing to fund the
Department & Health Human Services
and the Oce of Civil Rights at a level that
could enforce it.
If they decide to starve civil rights
enforcement processes and functions
in the federal government like the
Bush administration did, that hurts us,
Keisling said.
Laura Durso, senior director of LGBT
research and communications at the
Center for American Progress, said repeal
of Section 1557 would have devastating
consequences for many communities, but
in particular transgender people, whom
she said would lose vital protections.
Without these civil rights protections,
we could to go back to a time when
science and compassion take a back seat
to misinformation and ideology, and we
must demand better for our transgender
siblings, Durso said.
Durso said prior to the Aordable Care
Act, transgender people overwhelmingly
reported negative experiences with the
health insurance market due to denials
of coverage, but after Obamacare
in part because of Section 1557 the
rate of insurance for low- and middleincometransgender people dropped from
59 percent in 2013 to 35 percent in 2014.
Obamacare also expanded Medicaid
to cover individuals with incomes at
less than 133 percent of the poverty
level. After the U.S. Supreme Court in
2012 upheld the individual mandate in
the Aordable Care Act, states could
elect whether or not to take part in the
expansion. Thirty-one states and D.C.
elected to expand Medicaid.
According to an October report from
the Kaiser Foundation, Medicaid is
estimated to cover more than 40 percent
of people with HIV in care. Additionally,
Medicaid accounts for 30 percent of
all federal spending on HIV care, and
when combined with the states share of
spending, is the second largest source of
public nancing for HIV care in the United
States, the report says.
Carl Schmid, deputy executive director
of the AIDS Institute, said many people
with HIV/AIDS depend on Medicaid both
for drug and doctor care because a lot
of people with HIV are very poor, raising
fears about how Trump might undo
eorts toaddress the epidemic.
Were obviously very concerned about
how hes going to address HIV/AIDS
issues both domestically and globally
and then the Aordable Care Act is
just so important for people living with
HIV or at risk of HIV, and I dont think they
know the magnitude, Schmid said. And
I think, hopefully, cooler, smarter heads

House Speaker PAUL RYAN has pledged to repeal Obamacare, but details of a GOP
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will prevail as you get into the details.


Schmid said the Aordable Care Act
also is eectivein addressing the HIV/AIDS
epidemic because it covers preventive
care, including HIV testing,with no patient
cost-sharing.
One idea Republicans have proposed
is changing Medicaid to a block-grant
system in which the federal government
would discontinue its open-ended
commitment to help states cover costs
in exchange for certain commitments
and, instead, provide states with annual
lump sums, freeing them up to run the
program as they wish.
But Schmid said that would be bad
for people with HIV/AIDS because some
states, he said, want to eliminate the
single tablet regime in favor of less costly
individual components, which would
require people with the disease to take
more tablets per day.
Were concerned about the blockgranting because were going to lose
those protections they have in place at
the federal level, Schmid said.
In the event Congress rolled back
Medicaid, Schmid said there would be
more pressure on the Ryan White Care
Act, which before Obamacare covered
low-income people with HIV/AIDS, as the
payer of last resort.
Under the ACA and Medicaid expansion,
Ryan White clients have been able to gain
coverage under Medicaid for health care
and medications, and Ryan White has been
able to provide additional support services,
like case management, transportation
and food, Schmid said. If Medicaid was
reduced, those clients would have to go back
to reliance on the Ryan White Program.
Both Section 1557 and the Medicaid
expansion
could
be
particularly
vulnerable in the 115th Congress. A
Senate Democratic leadership aide said
both components of Obamacare can
be undone through the reconciliation
process, which would mean only 51 votes
not 60 would be needed invoke
cloture to move forward with repeal of

the provisions.
Keisling, however, said her read of
Section 1557 is that it would require
60 votes to undo, which likely means
Congress would only get rid of it by
repealing Obamacare in its entirety.
I think if Section 1557 goes, the whole
thing goes, Keisling said. Its not the
funding part of the bill, its just about
how as we have this system that were
trying to make better, it shouldnt be a
discriminatory system.
With an estimated 20 million people
enrolled in health insurance plans as a
result of Obamacare and that number
growing during the open enrollment, it
remains to be seen whether Trump and
Republicans will make good on their
promise to undo the law.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
was cagey during a news conference on
Thursday when asked about plans to repeal
Obamacare during the 115th Congress.
Its a great question, Ryan said. Thats
one that were going to be dealing with
all year long. This is its too early to
have, to know the answer to, how fast
can Obamacare relief occur. What were
focused on is how we get Obamacare
repealed and what we replace it with, so
that we can get that relief to the American
families as fast as possible.
David Popp, a spokesperson for Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
said he has no announcements or updates
on any legislative action for the 115th
Congress when asked by the Washington
Blade about plans to repeal Obamacare.
Republicans may feel pressured to act
on repeal. A Morning Consult exit poll
showed 58 percent of voters think the
law should be repealed, compared to
36 percent of voters who think the law
should remain as it is or be expanded.
During an interview last week on 60
Minutes, Trump said he wants to keep
some of the more popular components
of Obamacare in place, such as the ban
on discrimination based on pre-existing
conditions and the ability of parents to

keep their kids on a family plan until they


reach age 26.
Itll be just ne. were not going to
have, like, a two-day period and were not
going to have a two-year period where
theres nothing. It will be repealed and
replaced. And well know. And itll be great
health care for much less money. So itll
be better health care, much better, for
less money. Not a bad combination.
But Schmid said he doesnt see how
Trump could move forward with a pledge
to eliminate the individual mandate for
Americans to buy health insurance if he
keeps the ban on discrimination based on
pre-existing conditions.
To do that, you really have to have the
individual mandate, Schmid said. They
go together, and I dont think they realize
that because the insurance companies
dont want just sick patients. They need
everyone to make it work.
President Obama during a news
conference last week said Republicans
who have made repeal of Obamacare
theHoly Grail of the campaignwill face
dicult questions that may stymie them
now that they have the opportunity to act
on that goal.
Its one thing to characterize this
thing as not working when its just
an abstraction, Obama said. Now,
suddenly, youre in charge and youre
going to repeal it. OK, well, what happens
to those 20 million people who have
health insurance? Are you going to just
kick them o and suddenly they dont
have health insurance? And in what ways
are their lives better because of that?
Katie Keith, a steering committee
member of pro-LGBT Obamacare group
Out2Enroll, said the current period of
open enrollment presents an opportunity
for LGBT people to enroll in plans and
demonstrate support for the law.
In particular, Section 1557 bans
transgender
exclusions
in
2017
marketplace
plans,
which
is
an
unprecedented new protection that will
improve access to transition-related
care, Keith said. Thats why Out2Enroll
is all in to encourage trans people to
enroll before the Dec. 15 deadline. If
folks have been holding out on getting
covered in the past, we get it, but we are
encouraging everyone, especially trans
people, to consider enrolling this year.
Whatever the plans of Republicans
and the Trump administration, Keisling
said LGBT advocates are prepared to
advocate to make the case the existing
protections under Obamacare should
remain in place.
We all know we have to work to
advocate harder than ever and meet with
the new administration, advocate with
Congress, advocate through professional
medical and health care associations, and
I think all of us, know that, Keisling said.

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I can, Shapiro told the Blade, referring to


working with Trumps transition team.
The U.S. provided Israel with $3.68
billion in defense and other aid in
scal year 2016. That gure does not
include U.S. Agency for International
Development assistance for the West
Bank andGaza Strip.
President Obama in September
announced
a
memorandum
of
understanding in which the U.S. will
provide Israel with $38 billion in military
assistance for scal years 2019-2028.
The United States-Israel Free Trade
Agreement the rst free trade agreement
into which the U.S. entered with any country
was ratied in 1985. The two countries
exchange more than $49 billion in goods
and services each year.
Trump and Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin
Netanyahu
have
both
criticized the deal the U.S. and ve other
countries reached with Iran in which
homosexuality remains punishable by
death last year over its nuclear program.
Advocates with whom the Blade
spoke after the election have expressed
concern that a Trump administration will
no longer promote LGBT rights abroad as
part of U.S. foreign policy.
Shapiro declined to speculate about the
incoming administration. He nevertheless
said he hopes President-elect Trump will
continue to promote LGBT rights abroad.
I hope verymuch that the progress that
weve been talking about both at home
and in terms of our advocacy overseas for
LGBT equality will continue, Shapiro told
the Blade. Thats kind of a fundamental
value that I believe in and that I believe
our country has a lot to be proud of, even
while we have more work to do on it.
I very much hope that will remain
a focus of our government moving
forward, he added.
Shapiro also declined to speculate
on whether Trump would relocate the
embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Obviously the next administration will
dene its own policy on that issue, said
Shapiro.
Shapiro spoke with the Blade after he
met with more than two dozen people
from the U.S. who were in Israel with
A Wider Bridge, which describes itself
as an LGBTQ advocacy group building
connections between the Israeli and
North American LGBTQ communities.
Shapiro noted to the Blade that he has
hosted U.S. and Israeli LGBT advocates at
his home.
He has marched in Tel Avivs annual
Pride march. Other embassy sta and U.S.
diplomats have also taken part in Pride
events in Jerusalem, Haifa and Ashdod.
Freedom to Work President Tico
Almeida, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

(R-Fla.) and Gender Rights Maryland


Executive Director Dana Beyer are among
the American advocates who have met
with their Israeli counterparts.
We have certainly made [LGBT
rights] a central commitment of our
embassy, Shapiro told the Blade, noting
Obamas 2011 directive to agencies that
implement U.S. foreign policy to promote
LGBT rights. We see the Israeli LGBT
community has had signicant successes
and has made a lot of progress.
Shapiro acknowledged the Israeli
LGBT rights movement continues to face
challenges.
The U.S. supports a program with
Hebrew Union College that seeks to help
teachers from all of Jerusalems diverse
communities learn tolerance education
and curriculum that they can use with
their students. The initiative has the
support of the family of Shira Banki, a
teenager who was stabbed to death in
2015 during a Jerusalem Pride march.
[Its] an important way of honoring her
legacy and also demonstrating that we
know the works not done, Shapiro told
the Blade.
Shapiro noted the embassy also provides
assistance to Israels LGBT Arab community,
which has sort of lagged behind in terms
of acceptance and in terms of feeling safe
and benetting from the services that
they need in challenging circumstances.
The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, which
operates independently from the embassy,
also works with LGBT advocates and
organizations in the West Bank.
Shapiro spoke with the Blade a day
after Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Jerusalem
Shlomo Amar described LGBT Israelis as
a cult of abomination.
Israel Hayom, a center-right newspaper,
reported Oded Fried, the former head of
the Aguda, the Israeli National LGBT Task
Force, and Shirley Kleinman, an activist
and journalist, had led formal police
complaints against Amar. The heads
of the Knessets Lobby for the LGBT
Community sharply criticized the rabbi
in a letter they sent to Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of
Religious Services David Azoulay.
Shapiro told the Blade that he has not
had any dicult personal conversations
with anyone from the Israeli government
or otherwise on the embassys support of
LGBT issues. He conceded, however, he
has seen a backlash on social media.
Sometimes you see some comments
come back in reply that are biased and
prejudiced and even hateful rhetoric,
said Shapiro. We certainly know they
exist in the United States.
I dont think thats a broad indictment of
Israeli society any more than it is of ours,
he added. But it does mean that we have
work to do through the education process.
We think being so public and being so

demonstrative about our solidarity is one


way of doing that education.
More than 200 people who contend the
Israeli government promotes LGBT rights
to divert attention from its controversial
policies toward the Palestinians protested
A Wider Bridge reception at the National
LGBTQ Task Forces Creating Change
Conference in Chicago. Tom Canning and
Sarah Kala-Meir of Jerusalem Open House
for Pride and Tolerance, an Israeli LGBT
advocacy group, left the reception through
a back door as protesters entered the room

in which it was taking place.


The protesters demanded the National
LGBTQ Task Force publicly endorse a
campaign in support of a boycott, economic
divestment and sanctions against Israel over
its policies toward the Palestinians. They
also wanted the organization to support
Palestinians right to return to property in
Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip that
their families lost in the 1948 war that led to
the creation of the Jewish state.

Kameny story told in comics

A D.C.-based online comics site called ReDistricted earlier this month published an
illustrated story of the life of pioneering gay rights leader Frank Kameny.
The story, called Gay is Good, which was taken from the slogan Kameny
coined in 1968, consists of 19 comic panels with illustrations and write-ups
about Kamenys work.
Among other things, the panels tell of how Kamenys career as an astronomer
with the U.S. Army Map Service ended in the late 1950s with his being red
after the government discovered he was gay. With a Ph.D. in astronomy from
Harvard University, the cartoon panels show how Kameny shifted his career
to a full-time gay rights advocate at a time when known homosexuals were
blacklisted from government and most private industry jobs.
From then on, he was a tireless activist who forcefully yet peacefully
challenged the misguided policies and norms using mainly his typewriter and
placards, the opening narrative to the comic story says.
The ReDistricted website says the story on Kameny was written by Bizhan
Khodabandeh and James Mott and the graphic art was done by Bizhan
Khodabandeh. The site where the Kameny story was published is managed and
edited by award-winning cartoonist Matt Dembicki.
It wasnt by chance that we published it right after the election, Dembicki told
the Blade in an email. We can learn lessons, appreciate what we have and nd
inspiration from history. The Kameny story does exactly that at a time we need it.
The Kameny story can be accessed at redistrictedcomics.com/kameny.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Pannell receives Knights of St. Andrew award

Longtime D.C. gay rights and Ward 8 community activist Phil Pannell was
scheduled to be honored on Nov. 22 by the D.C. Scottish Rites community service
organization with its prestigious Knights of St. Andrew Community Service Award.
The organizations website says the award was established to recognize
extraordinary volunteers for their exemplary service to the Washington, D.C. area.
Pannell was scheduled to receive the award at a ceremony at the Scottish Rite
organizations headquarters at 2800 16th St., N.W., at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.
We all know the breadth and scope of Philips passionately involved
commitment to the quality of life for District residents and his tireless spirit in
supporting and championing causes in an eort to give everyone a fair chance
to have a decent life, said Micci Sainte-Andress, a longtime friend of Pannells.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

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A scene from Pop-Up


Gay Bar 2014
PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID JONES

Pop-up Gay Bar returns


Two years ago, David Jones set out to establish a new social phenomenon
locally with Pop Up Gay Bar eventsa reinvention of the popular Guerilla Gay
Bar movement of a few years back. On these occasions, LGBT patrons take
over straight establishments on a given night in the suburbs of Baltimore. Bar
management are notied in advance so that they can be prepared for a spike
in customers.
This is a great opportunity for folks in the suburbs and a nice change in scenery
for those that normally go out in Baltimore and D.C., Jones told the Blade.
During the inaugural event in November 2014 more than 50 LGBT folks from all
over the area gathered at the All American Sports Bar in Glen Burnie (1205 Crain
Highway N.). The next installment will take place on Dec. 3 at the same venue.
Its been two years since we last hosted a Pop Up Gay Bar and Im really
looking forward to another successful event, says Jones. Weve really done a
great job of spreading the word this time and this event has the potential to be
huge based on the interest Im hearing from folks and building on the popularity
of the 2014 event.
There was an expectation that Pop Up Gay Bar would take place more
frequently. Jones acknowledges that his intention was to host this event once or
twice a year. But his work responsibilities increased leading to more travel that
did not allow time to plan for another bar takeover.
The owner of the bar we hosted in 2014 and other friends have been anxious
to do this event again and now that my travel has slowed down, it was a great
opportunity to host this again and get back on track to planning this event more
regularly, explains Jones.
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

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identied an antibody with the ability to neutralize almost all strains of HIV.
The remarkable breadth and potency of the antibody,namedN6, makes it, an
attractive candidate for further development to potentially treat or prevent HIV
infection, researchers report.
Dr. Mark Connors of NIHs National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and
his teamalso tracked the evolution of N6 over time, in order to better understand how
it developed this remarkableability to potently neutralize almostall HIV strains. It could
be a key point in developing a future HIV vaccine.
Identifying antibodies that can neutralize HIV has proven dicult in the past due to
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cells. Like VRC01,the newly reportedN6 antibody blocks infection by binding to a part
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fertility and mental health, the Chronicle reports.
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even the world as far as we know, JM Jae, Lyon-Martins trans health manager who
manages TransLine, told the Chronicle.
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longer have to answer all the questions. The clinic has partners in Boston, Philadelphia,
Springeld, Mass., and Baltimore, and plans to work with a practice in Chicago. LyonMartin became part of the HealthRight 360 group of free clinics last year, the Chronicle
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expert HIV/AIDS consultation to clinicians nationwide.
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Winter training gear 101


Compression pants, layers
needed for cold weather workouts
With winter rapidly approaching
and some feeling it may already
be here, for many of us it means
months of training in the cold to
continue to reach our goals. If youre
going to be outside for hours on
end, having the right gear is key. So
lets take a look into some essentials
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that you lose most of your body
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will improve dramatically. The same could be said for gloves. Is there anything
worse than numb ngers? Hats and gloves need to be light and comfortable.
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moisture wicking. They will dry faster and keep you warm in the long haul, plus
they can be a bit lower maintenance for washing.
Bottom layer: One of the keys to warmth is to have the appropriate top and
bottom layers. Your bottom layer should be moisture wicking. Your goal is to pull
all that moisture away from your body to keep yourself dry and eectively keep
yourself warm. Find a tted long sleeve and youll keep the cold and moisture
o your skin.
Top layer: Your top layer is a light jacket that essentially serves as a shell.
It should be designed to block the wind and hold some warm air inside and
trap your body heat. Ideally pick one with a mesh interior to allow the sweat to
escape a bit and make sure you have plenty of pockets to hold essentials. It adds
to convenience. And try to nd one with vents, because sometimes youll over
prepare and need the ability to cool o.
Compression pants can save you on a cold day. They keep your legs warm
and the blood owing, but also help you avoid the annoying itching that cold can
cause on your skin. A nice bonus is they can aid in recovery so you wont be as
sore the day after a tough workout. Please note that some compression pants
are designed for cold weather and others for hot conditions, so factor that into
your decision. Not all compressions are created equal.
Face covering: Many companies make breathable face covers similar to
gaiters but a bit lighter. They protect your cheeks and nose from the cold and
snow while allowing proper airow. You can often nd these referred to as
wrags. The convenience is you can wear them around your neck when youre
hot and pull them up over your face securely when your need to warm your face.
Shoes: Picking shoes for winter training can be tough. You need something
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maintain quality traction. Look for a shoe that not only dries quickly and doesnt
retain much water, but also a shoe with a lug pattern on the bottom that is
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colder months.
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Turn off CNN, engage
with your friends

KATE CLINTON is a longtime humorist and


regular Blade contributor.

OK, so that last column wasnt my last


column. I didnt get what I wanted for my
birthday. We still dont have a woman president. Apparently its too soon. Even Saint
Mother Theresa couldnt get the job. She
used a private email server named God.
The way I remember election night,
everything seemed to go downhill after
the election of Illinoiss new Sen. Tammy
Duckworth. Then it was a Duck Dynasty
downer all night long. The next mourning
I was in a fetal position under the covers,
moaning, Alexa, play Bonnie Raitts I Will
Not Be Broken. All day I received your
birthday wishes/condolences.
The mourning couldnt last long. I had
some rewriting to do.
Work has gotten me through many crises
Reagan, AIDS, the Bush stolen election,
9/11, the invasion of Iraq, economic collapse.
Two nights after 11/9, I had a show

at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. That


night all the comics ahead of me said
they would leave the political jokes to
me. Thanksabunch came early this year.
I started my set the same way I did after
Reagan was inaugurated in 1981. I put my
head back and screamed. I invited them
to join me. After their rst scream, I said,
Do it again. After the second, I played a
dead-voiced dominatrix, I cant hear you.
During the third sustained, bench-clearing
brawl of a primal scream, I wondered what
it sounded like out on 23rd Street.
Like many of you I had been looking forward to beginning to deal with my PTSD
Post Trump Stress Disorder. I wanted to
stop thinking everyone was an idiot. I hated
hating people. I was tired of sneering at
Trump women, Why do you hate yourself
so much? But Post is now Permanent.
In our house we have not watched television, read the paper or listened to NPR
since election night. One of my triggers is
CNNs white slab of a John King ngering
his wailing wall, while Wolf howls, Weve
got some important breaking news. Infonuggets seep through. That basket of deplorables was actually a cabinetful. Je
Sessions as attorney general? Egad. I am
pretending its Leslie Jordan.
My neighborhood is a locked-down, noy zone. Except for police helicopters, all
night long. Its not the wall, but the area
is walled o. We cant sit still long enough
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to shelter at home, so weve joined the


protests at Columbus Circle, site of one of
Trumps many erections throughout town.
I wonder as I scream into the night how
many protesters actually door-knocked,
phone-banked or even voted. But whatever. Now they are feeling the burn.
Heres some things.
Dont isolate. Friday night of the Zombie
Apocalypse I went with friends to New York
Citys Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. I
gured the Jews knew how to get through
times like these. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
forcefully reminded us that never again
means never again. Earlier that day she
and three other rabbis had stood vigil
outside a mosque during Friday Muslim
prayers to show their solidarity.
The next day, I went to emcee/sit shiva
at the Democracy Alliance conference
in D.C. I visited the brilliant new African
American Museum of History and Culture. Their long, courageous struggle
against brutal odds contextualized our
current moment of struggle. Donald
Trump is merely the white head on the
fatherlode of white racism.
Second thing, dont medicate. Unless its food in your reactivated potluck
groups. Start one for heavens sake.
Sometimes food is love in a good way.
Call an emergency dinner meeting of
your friends. In our next book group we
were supposed to discuss Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande. Because we are all feeling mortally fragile, weve decided instead
to spend the time checking in with each
other and talking about the way forward.
Were all bringing dierent dishes to
the table. I have mine. Abolish the Electoral College. Its like Trump U. Two times
in 16 years it has left us in huge debt.
Abolish electronic voting. Before the midterm elections. Start now to take back the
Senate in 2018. During mass deportations and compiling lists of Muslims, the
Teahaddists are going to pinkwash their
treachery by using their love of the white
Gs, maybe the Ls, what are the Bs and
denitely not the Ts to show what compassionate humans they are. Swallow a
prism; shit a rainbow.
Third thing. For your own sake, dont tell
me its not going to be as bad as I think.
Too late. And dont ruin the surprise, but
for the holidays Im having cloisonn uzi
pins made for each study group member.

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VIEWPOINT

LGBT Trump voters are the forgotten Americans


14 percent of us who voted
for him can become a bridge
By JAMES DRISCOLL
The Republican share of the LGBT vote
has dropped from 27 percentfor John McCain, to 22 percent for Mitt Romney to an
abysmal 14 percent with Donald Trump.
Trump, and even Mike Pence, know they can
do better, and they want todo better.
The 86 percent of LGBT people who voted
for their opponents must learn to live for4-8
years under Trump-Pence. Our new presidentis the most pro-LGBT Republican candidate ever. LGBT people need to work with
him to protectessential HIV programs and
to advance our rights at every opportunity.
ForTrump, the rebel 14 percent can become a bridge to a bigger LGBT vote. Trump
promises to reach out and listen to the forgotten Americans. The LGBT non-PC 14
percent are the most forgotten of all. That
needs tochange for the good of the Republican Party, all LGBT people and all Americans.
Trump respects loyalty and loves loyalists.
We of the 14 percent are among the most
tested of all Trump loyalists.We salute our
Hispanic and black brothers and sisters for

Trump who rejected groupthink to follow


conscience. Like us, they endured bullying,
abuse and ostracism for their political beliefs.
Juan Hernandez, a fellow Log Cabin Republican, was attacked by anti-Trump thugs
at a Trump rally.He was bloodied, and suffered a concussion and broken nose.Coming out as gay was really dicult, Juan
said,but comingout as a Trump Republican
was far more dicult.
In June, my own support of Trump cost
me my 15-year long position as political
consultant to AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Threeweeks ago mylandscaping was vandalized for my sin of displaying a Trump
signin my yard. Juans and mine are just two
amonghundreds of abuses suered by the
rebel 14 percent who followed their consciences to vote for Trump.
Outreach to rich gays like Peter Thiel is
great, but not enough. Trump must reach
out to the forgotten LGBT voters who paid
a high price in bullying and ostracism to support him.
Soon, Trump needs to reach out to forgotten People Living with HIV, who fear
theirlifelines to vital HIV drugs and care may
be endangered. Their existential fears are
real and becoming more widespread. The
one place Trump should never emulate

Ronald Reagan is his reputation for forgetting about people with AIDS.
Several HIV and LGBT presidential initiatives are imperative: First, assurancethat access tocare and treatment for people with
AIDS and other life-threatening diseases
will not suer any disruption as ACA is replaced. Second, protectand re-authorize the
RyanWhite Care Act.
Third, drug price/access negotiation is
almost certain to become an issue in the
next Congress. Trump has promised to use
his negotiationskills to gain better deals for
American patients.He must alsospeedresearch through tax incentives, by cutting
FDA red tape, andimproving NIH. The lives
of HIV patients in developing countries matter. Trumps State and Commerce departments must negotiate agreements to end
access crippling taris in countries that still
tax essential pharmaceuticals.
Those Trump supporters who heard his
call to protect womens and LGBT rights
from terrorism and bigotry posturing as
religion must not be disappointed. Trump
should re-arm this commitment as president. To us, Jihadism and Sharia are Hitler in a burka. We trust Trump to never
sell out womens and LGBT lives and rights
for 30 barrels of oil. We hope Trump can
become,like Churchill,a leader withthevi-

sion and courage to confront the greatest


threats to freedom and universal human
rights in our time.
LGBT Americans need more than just tolerance, equality dictates recognition. Gays
played keyroles in major civil rights movementsremember Harvey Milk, originally
a Republican, and Bayard Rustin. They
are true American heroes, yet neither gets
the recognition his achievements and sacrices merit. Remember dying AIDS activists whose protests speeded treatments for
HIV and spearheadedthe worldwide patient
rights movement; their heroism still gets
scant notice.
It is only reasonable and fair that LGBT
people be given open recognition proportional to our numbers, contributions and
sacrices. The thousands ofLGBT vets and
thosewho gave their lives in Americas wars
deserve open recognition.Above all,America must never forget the millions of LGBT
lives blighted or destroyed by bigotry during Americas long failure to grant LGBTs
theprotectionsguaranteed under the14th
Amendment and the equal respect and justicerequired by theJudeo-Christian ethic.

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


activist and member of Log Cabin Republicans.

VIEWPOINT

Radical inclusivity in the post-election era


Students connected
to their communities
tend to succeed
By DR. DeRIONNE POLLARD
Radical inclusion is an approach to higher
education that I have promoted for years at
my college. Diversity is one of the pillars of
our identity at Montgomery College. With 72
percent of our students non-white, an active
MC Pride and Allies group, and a vibrant Muslim Student Association among dozens of
other student groups we have many reasons to be proud of our diversity. We seem
to understand organically that the promise of
opportunity is the one element that diuses
tension and breaks down barriers.
Creating a climate of inclusion is certainly a
progressive 21st century vision, but it also has
a practical outcome: It strengthens academic
achievement. Extensive studies many based
around closing the achievement gap for students of colorconrm that people who feel
connected to their communities are more
likely to succeed in college.

Sadly, the 2016 presidential campaigns


have created ripples of profound insecurity on
our campuses. Immigrants and native-born
students have been saddened and distraught
by the rhetorical targeting of distinct ethnic
and racial groups. They have written me heartbreaking messages such as, I feel unsafe. I
feel so insecure . What will happen to us?
I feel scared, angry, and disappointed. Having spent immeasurable energies connecting
academic achievement and social belonging,
these questions threaten to unravel the safe
haven of teaching and learning that my institution has painstakingly nurtured. Will students
drop out from fear? Will they drive others out
under the false logic that opportunity is a zero
sum game?
So far, the answer is no. I have been overwhelmed and comforted by messages of
concern from faculty and compassion from
students. This week we are hosting a roundtable of journalists to discuss, What Just Happened? in the form of a post-election panel.
With reporters from the three highly respected newspapers, the dialogue will undoubtedly
be intellectually rigorous and exemplary in
civility, one antidote to the campaigns worst
moments. Our campus lecture series, which

has touched on the politics of Afghanistan,


South Africa and Poland in the last six weeks
will continue to challenge our students to
think globally. Our Refugee Center, which has
taught English and citizenship classes since
the 1980s, will continue to welcome refugees
and push back against the false narrative that
victims of state violence and political persecution are somehow a threat to real Americans.
Our hundreds of Dreamer students undocumented students who were brought to
the U.S. as children and grew up in our community will continue to attend classes and
pay the same tuition as their peers who were
born here, something for which we argued
passionately. In other words, well continue
our commitment to making college aordable
and student life welcoming and inclusive.
But what do we teach our students about
the campaigns incivility? The only option I see
is a stronger and deeper commitment to inclusion. In the week since the election I have
received more messages from people who
called for increased inclusion and dialogue
than from those espousing intolerance. Not
only have our students refused to be entangled in false narratives of blaming the other,
but they have made some remarkably insight-

ful comments about our institutions take on


opportunity.
At a college where students hail from 160
countries and 30 percent qualify for Pell grants,
our students understand that poverty is the
real enemy in this country. Opportunity, they
well know, is the solution. For most of our students a college education has never been taken for granted; it was earned by a scholarship
or a part-time job, or a parent who works at a
second job to pay the tuition. When you carry
a story like this with you to all your classes or
are surrounded by others who do, too, there
is no room left for exclusion. In fact, respect for
the opportunity that education provides transcends partisan politics. Where opportunity
is paramount, inclusion becomes the natural
default. Connecting these two elements more
closely might help lower the alarming intolerance in national rhetoric. At my college like
many other community colleges, I suspect it
already has.

DR. DERIONNE POLLARD is the president


of Montgomery College. She is an openly
gay African-American woman who remains
committed to radical inclusion in the postelection era.

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A dark cloud hangs over Thanksgiving


Trumps picks for key
posts an ominous sign

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


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

Growing up in New York City, my dad took


my sister and me to the Macys Thanksgiving
Day Parade every year. By the time we got
home the house smelled delicious. The turkey
was in the oven, often a 25-pound bird, and
mom would be baking delicious deserts. We
often had 20 friends around our table. This
year I will spend Thanksgiving in Rehoboth
Beach with good friends who will share the
bounty of the season and it will be a happy
day.
But for many there is a cloud hanging over
Thanksgiving this year Donald Trump, our

President-elect. He has already named people


to his administration who are just plain scary.
First is Stephen Bannon whose past indicates
he is an anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist or
at the very least has given those who are an
outlet to spew their hate. Then he named Sen.
Je Sessions (R-Ala.) his choice for attorney
general. A racist who in 1986 became only
the second man in 50 years to not be recommended by the Senate for conrmation as a
U.S. District Judge. It was reported in Democracy Now Two Republicans, including Arlen
Specter, voted against him. His fellow senator from Alabama, Howell Hein, also voted
against him, citing reasonable doubts over
Sessions ability to be fair and impartial. They
went on to report Sessions once described
the NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union
as un-American and Communist-inspired
because they, quote, forced civil rights down
the throats of people. Critics also testied
they had once heard Sessions say he admired
the Ku Klux Klan. And Trump is only getting
started.
So as we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner,
those of us most fortunate need to take a moment to think about what we can to do make
sure everyone can share in the bounty we
have. Everyone should be able to sit down to a

meal with friends and family and feel a cocoon


of safety and love.
On this Thanksgiving, we should not only
think about what we are thankful for but of
some of the people and organizations that will
need our support in the coming year. Those
who will help us stand up to the Trump administration and ght for the America we can
believe in.
First, I am thankful for my sister and sisterin-law and the friends who are my chosen
family including the members of my morning coee group at Java House in D.C. Then
there is Hillary Clinton, a woman of substance,
intelligence, compassion and commitment.
A woman whose unstinting courage enables
her to continue to stand strong despite all the
slings and arrows thrown at her. We must
heed what she said in her rst post-election
speech to the Childrens Defense Fund: We
have work to do, and for the sake of our children and our families and our country, I ask
you to stay engaged, stay engaged on every
level. We need you. America needs you, your
energy, your ambition, your talent. That is how
we get through this.
There are national organizations needing
support such as the American Civil Liberties
Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, hope-

fully the Democratic National Committee if it


can get organized, Anti-Defamation League,
Council on American-Islamic Relations, National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, National Council of La Raza,
Human Rights Campaign, and others if you
believe they will do what will be needed to
support and ght for decency, fairness, civil
and human rights.
Thanksgiving this year is the time to begin
planning for the coming year. With all the
problems in the world and threats here at
home, including those from people who will
populate President-elect Trumps administration, we must commit to being strong, ghting
back, holding on to each other and holding
each other up. We are responsible for each
other. We must ght for everyones rights and
remember the words of Martin Niemller:
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent; I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats, I
remained silent; I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists, I
did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews, I did not speak
out: Because I was not a Jew. Then they came
for meand there was no one left to speak
for me.

O U R B USI NES S MATTERS

We need to speak in our voices on LGBT issues again


Cultural change wont
come from disconnected
political parties

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur


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

The sole Muslim serving in the Virginia


General Assembly and member of the Democratic leadership team quit as party caucus treasurer last Friday. Del. Sam Rasoul
resigned from his post to publicize what he
characterized as the partys inability to turn
away from the politics of fear and division.
The young legislator told the Washington
Post over the weekend, I feel as though the
[Democratic leadership] right now is not
committed to the radical changes we need
to connect with the values of working class
America. Rasoul, 35, went on to explain,

We were sent a mandate on Election Day


that we have to completely rethink the way
we do business.
Rasoul notably doesnt depart from his
statehouse-minority-party on policy matters
but on how we should conduct ourselves.
When people believe that all of Trump
voters are racist, he says, they really are
not empathizing with the wants and needs
of a lot of folks.
Its been embarrassing to witness the online hysteria and public angst exhibited by an
astounding number of gays and lesbians in
the wake of the election. Social media postings intone epithets like racist, fascist and
Nazi to describe the president-elect and his
supporters. These inammatory remarks
have become the angry post-defeat version
of Clintons mocking campaign denunciation
now sweet sounding by comparison that
those not supporting her included both the
deplorable and irredeemable.
Characterized by vitriol, name-calling, insult hurling, demeaning social and economic class ridicule and blatant blanket expressions of hatred, this hissy-t reaction quickly
devolved to a temper tantrum replete with
conspiracy theories of a rigged election.
Shocked and apparently inconsolable
partisans who assumed Clinton would win
have taken to mimicking the outlandish

outbursts liberals predicted conservatives


would hurl when they were vanquished.
That irony alone should be instructive.
Most preposterous have been the
doomsday claims that same-sex marriages
are vulnerable to nullication and the ability
to marry at risk, or that broad-based gains in
public acceptance and equal protection will
disappear.
The reality is that LGBT issues, including
even public bathroom selection by self-identied gender, enjoy the support of a signicant and growing majority of Americans. We
casually traversed from noticing we werent
a topic of much debate to claiming it is all
about us.
Not only were gay rights not a national
issue for the rst time in modern memory,
both political parties can only be envious of
the support for fair and equitable treatment
far greater than any good will for either of
them.
Neither party can be proud of the conduct
of an interminable and insuerable campaign. Both oered up controversial candidates, each the most despised nominees in
history. A majority voted to defeat the one
they didnt want to win.
Saturday Night Live aired a clever sendup of the insular and isolated Democrats in
a skit for a fantasy real estate clear-domed

development called The Bubble an imaginary planned community and safe space
for like-minded liberals looking for a refuge
where the election never happened featuring one-bedroom apartments starting at
$1.9 million.
The question for LGBT voters is why
some so eagerly align with and defend a
political party so disconnected from those
we most want to persuade as to be of
nominal value to converting recalcitrant
hearts and minds.
The most signicant and surprising election outcome is that it is Democrats who
are in disarray and decline, amid their
worst nationwide electoral status since Reconstruction nearly 150 years ago, with an
aging old-guard hierarchy doubling-down
in denial.
Democrats will likely roam the political
wilderness for a while, struggling to regain a
footing and rebuild a brand.
Weve always done best when telling our
own stories and relying on personal persuasion to advance LGBT equality. Most
will never long tolerate nanny-like cultural
coercion by ever-bossier arrogant big government that is the reason Democrats get
kicked to the curb.
Its time to start speaking in our own voices again.

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exemplary provider
Re: Where is Chase Brexton growing?
(Op-ed by Nate Sweeney, Oct. 28)
I read Nate Sweeneys op-ed with a
mixture of anger and incredulity. Sweeneys desperate appeal in defense of
Chase Brexton conveniently glosses over
a recent, well-documented pattern of irresponsible, unethical, and potentially
illegal behavior at the beleaguered Baltimore institution that was once a beacon
for the LGBTQ community.
An exemplary LGBTQ provider and
resource for our communities does not
re ve beloved sta members with outstanding service records (four of them
openly gay, like Sweeney), as Chase Brexton did in August in a blatant attempt to
retaliate against sta involved in organizing a labor union.
An exemplary LGBTQ provider does
not deprive the community of hardworking, dedicated professionals who specialized in HIV/AIDS and LGBT care and were
integral to the programs and services
Sweeney boasts about.
An exemplary LGBTQ provider does
not censor online commentary and ig-

F E E D BA CK

You cant change the sad reality that an


organization with deep roots in the gay
community has been commandeered by
vindictive leadership that values prot over
patient care.

nore patient and community feedback,


as Chase Brexton did when it took great
pains to literally block out patients protesting outside the recent Charm Ball
Fundraiser.
An exemplary LGBT organization
doesnt stie employee voices, inform
healthcare professionals they are only
worth the number of patients they see,
and disrespect its sta by hiring union
busters to attempt to intimidate them
into submission. Tell me Mr. Sweeney,
what does your employee survey say
now, after the despicable events of August of this year?
An exemplary LGBTQ organization isnt

captained by an arrogant, irresponsible


board of directors that validates the status quo despite sta issuing a clear vote
of no-condence in the current CEO a
board that by all accounts demonstrates
an astounding lack of basic LGBT literacy
and has zero representation from transgender individuals.
No, Mr. Sweeney, these days Chase
Brexton Health Care is far from an exemplary LGBTQ organization. Your words
fall at and cant change the sad reality
that an organization with deep roots in
the gay community has been commandeered by myopic, vindictive leadership
that values prot over patient care and

has shown a callous indierence towards


LGBTQ people, their health, and their history. Marion Goldstein, Baltimore

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Pop culture Christmas 2016


BETTE, LIZA, STEVIE AND MORE REISSUE CLASSIC ALBUMS IN DELUXE FORMATS
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com

Several classic TV series are out in new DVD and Bluray sets including The Lucy Show: the Complete Series,
The Andy Grifth Show: Colorized Christmas Special,
Peanuts Double Feature: Snoopy Come Home
and A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Star Trek: the
Roddenberry Vault featuring alternate takes, deleted
scenes and more, and Twilight Zone: the Complete
Series featuring all 156 episodes of the Rod Serling
60s classic. Prices vary.

Live at the London Palladium was Liza Minnellis


rst public stage performance with her mother, Judy
Garland. The album is out now in a 50th anniversary
edition from Universal Music Enterprises that has
been remastered on two 180-gram LPs and includes
new notes by Liza. $26.55

Sandys transformation from sweet and innocent cheerleader


to leather-clad Pink Lady in Grease is captured in the
Hallmark Keepsake Grease Youre the One That I Want
Sandy Musical Ornament. $17.95

Photographer Magnus Hastings spent more than a


decade photographing the worlds greatest drag
queens. He captures the results in Why Drag?, a
coffeetable book featuring Drag Race alums like
Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act and more. $35

Tippi Hedren shares stories


of her life working with Alfred
Hitchcock and the big cats
of her preserve Shambala in
Tippi: a Memoir. ($20)

Emmy-winning judge of
RuPauls Drag Race (and
Queer Eye vet) Carson
Kressley is back with Does
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to Feeling Sexier in Your
Own Skin & Unleashing
Your Personal Syle. $20

The new Crosley C100 turntable features adjustable counterweight and smooth
S-shaped curves of its aluminum tonearm. $199.95

Out singer/actor Alan


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of his life in You Gotta Get
Bigger Dreams: My Life in
Stories and Pictures. $20

Give a laugh with It Gets


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Bette Midlers iconic 1972 debut


album The Divine Miss M has been
remastered for a new deluxe edition that
features demos and single mixes. Its out
as a double-CD set from Rhino. $17.99

Melissa Etheridge pays tribute to her inuences


with Memphis Rock and Soul, a covers album
featuring classics from the Stax Records label like
Hold On, Im Coming, Rock Me Baby and more.
Its available in vinyl ($19.99), CD ($14.99), several
deluxe bundle packages ($80-$250 available
at pledgemusic.com) and in a red vinyl edition
available exclusively at Barnes & Noble ($15.99)

Two more classic Erasure albums will be released for


the rst time on vinyl Dec. 2. Tomorrows World, the
2011 album featuring When I Start To (Break it All
Down). The new edition will be released as a limited
lilac-colored vinyl LP woth bonus tracks and remixes
from JMRX and Kris Menace. Snow Globe, the 2013
holiday collection will be pressed on snow-colored
vinyl with remixes of Make It Wonderful, Sleep
Quietly and Gaudete. ($28) A box set dubbed From
Moscow to Mars with more than 200 tracks, is set for
a Dec. 9 release ($100). Look for a new album and tour
with Robbie Williams in 2017.

Stevie Nicks has rereleased her rst two solo


albums Bella Donna ($20) and The Wild Heart
($15) in deluxe edition from Rhino featuring bonus
discs with alternate takes, demos, soundtrack cuts
and more. Bella also has a third disc featuring a live
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A scene from Transformation, an MTV documentary about gender-nonconforming youth.


PHOTO COURTESY OF MTV

If the holidays are here, then so are the


races for box oce grosses and Academy
Awards buzz.
Actually, the search for cinematic gold is
already well underway with several Oscar
contenders opening earlier this month in a
crowded holiday season. In Arrival, Amy
Adams oers a powerful performance as
a linguist who tries to save the planet by
learning how to communicate with aliens
who have landed on earth. Sadly, good
performances by Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal
and Michael Shannon cant save gay
director Tom Fords leaden second feature,
Nocturnal Animals.
While Je Nichols Loving lacks
momentum and social context, Joel
Edgerton and Ruth Negga oer Oscarcaliber performances as Richard and
Mildred Loving, the plaintis in the 1967
Supreme Court case that struck down
laws banning interracial marriages and
helping to pave the way for marriage
equality. In Elle, the unlikely but
perhaps inevitable pairing of renowned
French actress Isabelle Huppert and
controversial
Dutch
director
Paul
Verhoeven (Showgirls, Basic Instinct,
and Robocop, as well as the gay-themed
Spetters and The Fourth Man) results
in the riveting portrait of a hard-edged

Parisian executive who is literally and


guratively under attack.
On a lighter note, J.K. Rowling fans
are ocking to the theater to see Eddie
Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where
to Find Them, a story of magic, Muggles
and monsters set in 1920s New York.
Thanksgiving week oers the D.C.
release of both family fare and family
dramas. For the whole family, theres
Disneys splendid Moana featuring
stunning animation, fantastic voice
performances by Dwayne the Rock
Johnson and newcomer Aulii Cravalho
and lively musical numbers by Lin-Manuel
Miranda, who may be adding an Oscar
to his shelf of Tony Awards. Theres also
Seasons, a documentary that combines
stunning nature footage with an earnest
ecological message.
For naughty children and their parents,
theres Bad Santa 2. Billy Bob Thornton
and Brett Kelly reprise their roles as a
larcenous Santa and his chubby sidekick.
The onscreen family dramas include
Manchester By The Sea and Rules
Dont Apply. Manchester stars Casey
Aeck as a shell-shocked man who is
forced to return to his hometown to care
for his orphaned nephew (the excellent
Lucas Hedges). Aeck and Hedges, along

with Michelle Williams, who plays Aecks


ex-wife, are already generating signicant
and well-deserved Oscar buzz. In Rules,
star-crossed lovers Lily Collins (an ingnue)
and Aiden Ehrenreich (a driver) are kept
apart by their boss, eccentric billionaire
Howard Hughes, played by Warren Beatty,
who also wrote and directed.
Love Is All You Need?, an inventive
fable about bullying set in a world where
homosexuality is the norm, will be available
on demand on Thanksgiving Day.
Meanwhile, MTV and HBO are oering
three exciting documentaries about
LGBT lives. Already playing on MTV is
Transformation, which highlights the
real stories of six trans and gender nonconforming youth.
Premiering on HBO on Nov. 28,
Mariela Castros March: Cubas LGBT
Revolutionfollows Castro, daughter of the
Cuban president, and her LGBT supporters
as they ght for equality. In The Trans
List,premiering on HBO on Monday, Dec.
5, acclaimed director and photographer
Timothy Greeneld-Sanders shines a light
on transgender Americans.
From Dec. 1-18, downtown Silver Spring
becomes an epicenter of international
culture when it hosts the 29th annual
AFI European Union Film Showcase (a.

com/silver/eushowcase). The Showcase


includes 47 lms representing all
28 European Union member states.
The opening night lm is Paolo Virzs
celebration of female friendship, Like
Crazy, a wacky comedy about two
women who escape from a psychiatric
hospital. The closing night lm is the
U.S. Premiere of Satisfaction 1720, a
cheeky Danish comedy about a young
naval hotshot who tears across the
continent in search of a bride.
The Showcase includes several works
on LGBT themes or by Europes leading
queer directors. In the deeply thoughtful
and moving Julieta, iconoclastic Spanish
director Pedro Almodvar weaves three
stories by Alice Munro into a Hitchcockian
melodrama about mothers and daughters.
Based on a true story, the Czech lm I,
Olga Hepnarov shows what happens
when a young lesbian is pushed to the edge
by a brutal repressive society and decides
to pay back her haters. Handsome
Devil is a sweet Irish boarding school
coming-of-age story where both teachers
and students learn life lessons.
By contrast, the Greek movie Suntan
is described as a coming-of-middle-age
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experiencing.
What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about?
Religion and politics. Ending childhood
hunger in America. Helping the most
vulnerable people in our nation and
around the world.

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AMANDA HITE
By JOEY DiGULIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Amanda Hite likes to incorporate her passions for ending childhood hunger
and promoting LGBT equality into her work as co-founder and CEO of Be
the Change Revolutions, an advertising and marketing company based in
Washington.
She and co-founder Brandon Hill started Be the Change in 2012 as a
movement marketing agency dedicated to engaging communities and
igniting movements.
Working with clients from Applebees, Kelloggs, Hickory Farms, Cinnabon
and more, Be the Change has taken o. Over the summer, Inc. magazine
ranked it the No. 1 fastest-growing private advertising and marketing
company in the D.C. region. It hit No. 442 on the annual Inc. 500 list and was
37th overall for advertising and marketing.
We moved our headquarters to D.C. to be in closer proximity to other
talent and organizations rooted here, Hite says. I love that in this city, its
an agency whose purpose is igniting do-good movements that ranked fastest
growing in the advertising and marketing category.
As an Army kid, Hite had lived in 32 homes by the age of 18 and says growing
up in a family that beneted from food stamps and free school meals as well
as being gay in a Southern Baptist family, shaped who she is today.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Hite came to Washington two years ago. Shes in a
relationship and lives in the NOMA neighborhood. Hite enjoys music, politics,
humanitarian work and reading in her free time.

How long have you been out and who


was the hardest person to tell?
Ive been out to most people since I was
about 18. My sweet grandparents were
probably the hardest to tell and yet their
response was the most precious.
Whos your LGBT hero?
Chad Grin, president of the Human
Rights Campaign. From back when he
was taking Prop 8 to the Supreme Court
to when he was leading the ght for full
federal equality under the law for the
LGBT community, I have consistently
found myself in awe of his strategic
leadership chops. I am so impressed
with his ability to stay maniacally
focused on achieving the mission, even

when hes faced opposition from all


sides.
Whats Washingtons best nightspot,
past or present?
Im not a big club goer. Im more the
geeky type so Id have to say the steps of
the Lincoln memorial.
Describe your dream wedding.
I wish I could but, strangely, I cant
describe it yet. I think when you live
most of your life believing marriage
isnt a possibility, its hard to develop
much of an imagination around what
your dream wedding would be.Now
that its the law of the land though,
its something I really look forward to

What historical outcome would you


change?
That the Crusades never happened. They
are some of the worst examples in human
history of trying to justify our behaviors
of hate and violence in the name of God
and religion, especially when most of our
religions teach foundational messages of
love like love your enemy.
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
Probably the day that Prince died. His
music was the soundtrack to so much
of my life. That night I stayed awake
until the wee hours of the morning
watching tributes on various TV stations,
texting old friends, not-so-soberly
Instagramming Prince pics. It triggered
so many life memories of joy and pain
and a ood of emotions.
On what do you insist?
Love and compassion.
What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet?
This is the place to understand how
protest and love of country dont just
coexist, but inform one another. (A
quote from Barack Obamas speech at
the dedication of the National Museum
of African American History and Culture.)
If your life were a book, what would
the title be?
Work In Progress
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you
do?
No, it would be an insult to all of
those who have fought so hard for the
principles that people should feel safe,
loved and proud of being exactly who
they are.
What do you believe in beyond the
physical world?
Its hard for me to imagine an afterlife
of heaven or hell. I also know Im not
capable of comprehending something
so complex and Im OK with that. Im
happy to choose hope and faith. I feel
its more important however to always
choose love over fear and to love others
well with the lives we have now. My
commitment to my faith/religion isnt
motivated by fear of some eternal hell

or a promise of a heaven.Its because


I believe that Jesus Christ modeled the
most compelling way to live our lives
here on earth. He set a remarkable and
radical example of love and compassion.
Whats your advice for LGBT
movement leaders?
As hard as it can be, extend to others the
love and acceptance we wish they would
show us. To show unconditional love
toward others doesnt mean we have to
unconditionally accept their behaviors. But
demonstrating unconditional love in our
own behavior is a powerful way to change
hearts and minds. We also need to be allies
with and advocates for other communities
that are oppressed or marginalized.
What would you walk across hot coals
for?
I actually have walked over hot coals
before in some leadership boot camp
back in the day.It wasnt that bad so
Id be up for doing it again, maybe to
raise money for one of my favorite
humanitarian organizations.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you
most?
The stereotype that LGBT people arent
Christians. Honestly many of the LGBT
people I know behave more like Christ than
many straight Christians Ive come across.
Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
The documentary The Case Against 8.
I cant even begin to tell you how much
I adore the plaintis they follow, Kris
Perry and Sandy Stier, and of course
Chads in it too.
Whats the most overrated social
custom?
I dont know, but the most underrated
is telling one another, I love you. I say
it to my friends, family, team and clients
every day.
What trophy or prize do you most
covet?
In 2011, I was recognized with No Kid
Hungrys Leadership Advocate of the
Year award. My grandfather, who was
one of the greatest loves of my life,
proudly displayed it on his mantle.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
Be authentically and unapologetically
who you are and everything else will fall
in place.
Why Washington?
To grow roots and be in closer proximity
to all the individuals and organizations
here who are literally changing the
world. Im madly in love with the #DClife,
I dont intend on ever leaving.

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Catching up with Chely Wright


Out country singer returns
to region for concert with
Amy Ray
By BRIAN WALMER
Its been six years since Chely Wright,
a country singer known for hits like Shut
Up and Drive and Single White Female,
came out as a lesbian.
Her last album was 2010s Lifted O
the Ground, which coincided with her
coming out. Since then shes gotten
married, gave birth to twin boys and has
spoken out for LGBT rights.
Now that her life has settled, Wright is
back to the business of releasing music
and touring. Her eighth album I Am the
Rain was released in September and she
plays the Birchmere on Monday, Nov. 28
in a co-headlining show with Amy Ray of
the Indigo Girls.
The always-loquacious Wright darts
around to many topics during a Tuesday
afternoon phone chat.
On touring with Ray: Amy and Emily
knew before I came out that I was coming
out and they were incredibly supportive.
I was so pleased and honored that
they recorded a song I had written called
It Really Is a Wonderful Life and asked
me to come on stage at a couple of their
shows with them. Any time an artist can
get in front of an Indigo Girls audience,
which is a highly informed, highly evolved,
very loyal fan base, I said, You betcha.
On losing fans by coming out: You
know, its hard to tell. Of course I lost
some fans, but I also gained some, right?
There have been a couple hundred new
ones supporting me and coming to my
shows that may not have known me
before. Its kind of a wash.
On being a fan-friendly artist: I think
fans enjoy it, but I think I enjoy it nearly as
much as they have. Its just what makes
country music special and its just part of
who I am. Just like being an Americana
artist and less commercial, I guess thats
something Im always going to do.
On possibly singing with Ray: (The
tour) didnt sneak up on us, but we didnt
really have the time to get something
together to come up with what would
make sense to collaborate on, so
hopefully as the tour goes on we can work
something out. I love to sing harmony so
hopefully shell let me sing harmony with
her on a couple songs.
On her set: Ive just been focusing on
the new music and then a couple of the
hits, because I really wanted to, selshly,
play this new music and bounce it out
there. As a live performer, theres nothing
more gratifying than playing new music
and seeing the response.

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CHELY WRIGHT says she was ecstatic to hear her new album compared to classics by Carole
King and Roseanne Cash.

PHOTO COURTESY WRIGHT

On coming out strategically: I wanted


to come out in a smart, productive way. I
wanted to use my voice in a way that kinda
moved the needle. I know a lot of people have
been touched or comforted by my book, my
movie or my coming out or theyve been ...
well, enlightened by it. Whether they were a
person who thought they never knew and
loved a gay person and then their favorite
country artist comes out, well if thats what
got them to read my book or watch Wish Me
Away, well thats a mission accomplished.
On her new album: When you listen to
it as a body of work with my older records, it
doesnt seem so dierent like, Oh my God,
that doesnt even sound like her. Ive said
this before, but if Lifted O The Ground
was steps away from The Metropolitan
Hotel, then I Am The Rain is a marathon
away from Lifted O The Ground.
On working with producer Joe Henry:
When one is lucky is enough to have Joe
Henry pirate the ship, an artist a smart
artist will get out of the way and let Joe
Henry do what he was hired to do. One of
the multitude of skills Joe brings to the table
is his sensibility about which songs should
be recorded. Obviously, its my record, but
his vision for it was critically important or
I wouldve just produced it myself. Its like
a ghost artist some books have a ghost
writer, but hes like a ghost collaborator,
but we call him producer. Ive often said,
hes the rising tide that lifts all ships so he
just makes you better and more vulnerable
and more emotional and more triumphant.
Thats the thing that Joe does that nobody
else that I know of does.
On duetting with Emmylou Harris:
That song, just to hear Emmylou Harris
singing notes and words that I authored
and composed just kind of blows me
away and she did it so beautifully. She
said when she was recording that, I just
want to be where Chely is emotionally,
and boy, did she.
On belonging: I had high hopes that
the gay community would have a place
for me and that the straight community
would have a place for me and the
country music industry would have a
place for me. I dont know if the country
music industry has acknowledged that
they have a place for me, but they do
have a place for me because I claimed it.
I think what I was feeling that day when
I was begging for a couple of dierent
groups to validate me me is that looking
at it now I realize the power I had that I
didnt know I had. I dont need a group
to grant me entrance. I, by the nature of
who I am, I have my entry.
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Legendary diva Diana Ross, shown here in photo from the early 90s, performs
with NSO Pops at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) for a three-night
engagement on Thursday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Kennedy Center Honoree will perform a set of her favorite hits spanning
more than ve decades. She will be accompanied by the NSO Pops, conducted
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Reel Armation hosts a screening and Q&A for the lm Pushing Dead at
Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) on Friday, Dec. 2 from
7-9 p.m.
Pushing Dead tells the story of a struggling, HIV-positive writer who is
dropped from his health plan after he accidentally deposits a $100 birthday
check. Danny Glover and James Roday star. Director Tom E. Brown will appear
for a Q&A and catered cocktail reception.
VIP tickets are $25 and include an open bar and light fare for the lmmaker
reception. General admission is $12. For more information, visit reelarmations.org.

Transgender author Kate Bornstein


appears at Sixth and I Synagogue (600 I
St., N.W.) to discuss her book Gender
Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of
Us on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
Gender Outlaw, originally published in
1994, was the rst book on gender theory
written by a transgender person. The
book has now been released with a new
preface by Bornstein and revised language.
Bornstein underwent gender conrmation
surgery in 1986 but realized after her
transformation she did not identify as male
or female. Bornstein has also appeared on
the E! reality show I Am Cait.
Tickets range from $14-30. Doors open
at 6 p.m. For more information, visit
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CAROLINE CLAY and MICHAEL RUSSOTTO in The Christians at Theater J.

Clever Theater J production


explores thorny questions of
the afterlife
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
A game-changing schism over salvation
and damnation in a megachurch with
a baptismal font the size of swimming
pool might sound ripe for parody, but
theres no making fun in Lucas Hnaths
The Christians, now at Theatre J. His
characters are compassionately drawn
and their spiritual crisis is handled with
the utmost seriousness, making for a
compelling work.
Its Sunday service and Pastor Paul
(out actor Michael Russotto) has good
news to share with his thousands-strong
congregation. After 20 years, the church
they built from nothing has been paid o.
Then his sermon takes an unexpected
turn thats less well-received.
Paul explains that two weeks earlier
while attending a ministerial conference in
Orlando, he heard a missionary speak about
a teenage boy in a violence-riven country
who ran into a burning grocery store to
save his sister and subsequently died of
his wounds. The missionary lamented that
because the boy was not a saved Christian,
he would be damned to eternal hell. Pastor
Paul was uncomfortable with that notion.
Later that night while sitting on the toilet,
Paul had a conversation with God that
convinced him everyone is welcome in
heaven and that hell doesnt exist.
Paul closes his sermon with the
unequivocal statement, We are no longer
a congregation that believes in hell. Youd
think that might be a popular declaration,
but for this evangelical population whose
faith is built on re and brimstone, the
change is unsettling.
Associate Pastor Joshua (Justin Weaks)
cant understand how Paul can ing a
tenant aside so casually, citing numerous
Bible verses to support that hell is real. Paul
chalks it up to a bad translation, pointing
out that the Bibles hell actually refers to a
garbage dump outside of Jerusalem.

Church Elder Jay (Michael Willis) would


prefer that Paul just leave well enough
alone. Why rock the boat? Jenny (Annie
Grier), a single mother who relies on
the church for spiritual and worldly
sustenance, is confused. She doesnt
want to leave her spiritual home but
cant understand a world where evildoers
arent punished after death. And Pauls
seemingly adoring wife Elizabeth, played
by the incredibly versatile Caroline
Stefanie Clay, is angry that her husband
didnt confer with her before dropping
this theological bombshell.
New York-based Hnath (pronounced
nayth) has shared in interviews that he
was brought up in an evangelical church
and his mother was a minister. Where he
stands on religion now, he doesnt say. The
37-year-old playwright came to attention
locally when his Red Speedo premiered
at Studio Theatre several seasons ago.
Its about a dim Olympic hopeful whos
accused of using steroids. The production
is remembered for Hnaths bold approach
to a much-discussed issue and Frank
Boyds strong acting done entirely in the
skimpy title garment.
Set designer Jonathan Dahm Robertson
has transformed the Cecile Goldman
Theatre into an anywhere USA megachurch.
The four principles are seated on the altar in
ostentatious chairs. We, the audience, are
the congregation. The actors are backed by
Jumbotron-like projections and speak using
handheld microphones whether in public
or private conversation.
To further the megachurch authenticity,
a live choir opens the play and sings
occasionally throughout the following
90 minutes. Dierent local choirs will be
featured throughout the run. On opening
night it was the Refreshing Spring Church
of Cod in Christs amazing James E. Jordan,
Jr. Choir led by Edward Ford.
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oerings at STK.

STKs trendy comfort food


By KRISTEN HARTKE
If youve been eating your feelings since
Election Day, youre not alone. Food delivery
companies like GrubHub and DoorDash
have reported a spike in orders for macaroni
and cheese, meatloaf, cupcakes and liquor
across the country following the election.
Even poutine, the gravy-doused Canadian
french fry treat topped with cheese curds,
has jumped in popularity, perhaps signaling
some peoples consideration of a move
north of the border.
If youre planning on staying put in
Washington, then STK (1250 Connecticut
Ave., N.W.) just might t the bill if youre
in need of an edible hug. While the
restaurant may be known as a meat
lovers dream, you can easily drown your
sorrows in the vegetable-heavy side
dishes that populate the menu, full of rich
avors and stick-to-your-ribs goodness.
Think of it as everything you like best
about Thanksgiving dinner, without
having to argue with drunk Uncle Frank
about making America great again.
The #TBT vibe of the dining rooms
sleek surfaces and 1980s soundtrack
are actually pretty great. This is not your
grandpas steakhouse.
Start o with the Orlando Pride
cocktail, a variation of the classic Clover
Club, featuring Bulldog gin with fresh
lemon juice and muddled raspberries
topped with egg white foam. The
cocktail was created following the Pulse
Nightclub shooting as a fundraiser for the
OneOrlando Fund, with STK restaurants
nationwide donating the net proceeds to
support victims and their families.
If youre there on a Wednesday night,

check out the half-price wine bottle


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any bottles on STK D.C.s extensive wine
list a nice way to try a more expensive
wine that might normally seem out of
reach. And, if you want to pretend that
you havent completely gone o your diet
for the evening, try the Adult Juice Box
cocktails: cold pressed juices combined
with alcohol, like Dont Kale My Vibe, a
blend of Avion tequila with a juice made
of kale, cucumber, apple, green pepper
and romaine lettuce, accented by tajin, a
Mexican pepper seasoning.
But what you really need is comfort
right now, so bypass the entrees and
head straight for the sides. The ubercreamy macaroni and cheese, laden with
four cheeses, will denitely ll the void,
but the jalapeo cheddar grits are a true
standout. Made with Anson Mills stoneground grits, the jalapeos are freshly
roasted and then pured with spinach,
giving the grits a beautiful bright green
color and fresh, spicy avor.
There are a surprising amount of
little details like this throughout the
preparation of the sides that a diner might
not expect from a national restaurant
group. A blend of maitake, king trumpet
and oyster mushrooms are roasted to
order with cipollini onions; these small
Italian onions lend themselves perfectly
to the technique as their concentrated
sugars caramelize to bring out the umami
avors that become more pronounced in
the mushrooms as they cook. Fat spears
of grilled asparagus are smoky and barely
dusted with salt, then served with a
lemon-spiked barnaise sauce.
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and she prayed to God for someone to love.
God, she says, told her that Dennis
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satire on male camaraderie and
competition by director Athina Rachel
Tsangari. Openly gay French auteur
Franois Ozon is represented by Frantz,
a World War II mystery, and visionary
Portuguese director Joo Pedro Rodrigues
is represented by The Ornithologist, a
surrealistic contemporary reection on
the legends of St. Anthony of Padua.
Some of the screenings have already sold
out, so be sure to book passports (access to
all lms) and individual tickets soon.
Another international classic returns
to D.C. screens on Dec. 2: a newly
restored print of the wonderful Japanese
gastronomic comedy Tampopo (1985).
Described as a ramen Western, the
delightful movie combines the story of
a young widow struggling to improve
her ramen noodle shop with delicious
vignettes about various culinary delights.
Also Dec. 2, Reel Armations
(reelarmations.org) will mark World
AIDS Day with a screening of Pushing
Dead starring James Roday and Danny
Glover. Roday plays an HIV-positive writer
struggling with his insurance. There will
be a catered cocktail reception and Q&A
with director Tom E. Brown after the 7
p.m. screening.
On Dec. 9, some serious Hollywood star
power arrives in D.C. theaters. Isabelle
Huppert plays a philosophy professor
rebuilding her shattered life in Things to
Come. Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
plays a young man trying to nd his
birth family in Lion. Jessica Chastain
plays a high-powered and unscrupulous
Washington lobbyist in Miss Sloane.
And Jackie stars Natalie Portman as
the recently widowed First Lady dealing
with the personal and political aftermath
of her husbands assassination.
On Dec. 10, families can travel to
the North Pole at the Polar Express
Pajama Party. Guests of all ages can
head to the Angelika Film Center Mosaic
(AngelikaFilmCenter.com) in Fairfax, Va.,
at 10 a.m. for a special screening of the
well-loved holiday movie. Hot cocoa and
Christmas cookies will be available at the
concession stand.
Friday, Dec. 16 brings a wide variety of
openings. On the indie front, The Brand
New Testament opens at the Landmark
E Street Cinema. In this surreal Belgian
comedy, God is living in contemporary
Brussels. His young daughter runs away
from home to write a new testament.
Among her disciples are a gender-nonconforming boy.
On the prestige front, theres La La

Land, a musical starring Ryan Gosling


as an aspiring jazz pianist and club owner
and Emma Stone as an aspiring actor. The
lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
(Dear Evan Hansen). The production
numbers are amazing, but the rather
clichd love story never really takes ight.
Also opening is Collateral Beauty
starring Will Smith as a man learning to
cope with tragedy.
On the mainstream front, Star Wars
fans will be ocking to Rogue One:
A Star Wars Story. Known to fans as
Episode 3.5, the newest installment
in the space opera saga lls in both the
narrative space between the rst and
second trilogies and the two-year break
between the releases of episodes 7-8.
The Space Between Us stars Asa
Buttereld as Gardner Elliot, the rst
human being born on Mars and tells of
his rst visit to Earth.
The cosmic theme continues on Dec.
21 with the release of Passengers.
Directed by Morten Tyldum (The
Imitation Game), the movie stars Jennifer
Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two space
travelers stranded on a malfunctioning
transport ship.
The Oscar race heats up on Christmas
Day with two high-prole releases. Based
on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by
August Wilson and directed by Denzel
Washington, Fences stars Washington
as Troy Maxson, a former star baseball
player who has turbulent relationships
with his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and son
Cory (Jovan Adepo).
Hidden Figures tells the story of
three unsung heroes of American history:
Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and
Katherine Johnson. Working at NASA as
mathematicians, these three AfricanAmerican women (played by Taraji P.
Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle
Mone) helped develop John Glenns ight
plan and launch America into the Space Age.
Both movies will bring some badly
needed diversity to the Academy Awards.
Finally, AFI Silver in downtown Silver
Spring is ready for the season with a
clever array of holiday classics running
Nov. 24-Dec. 22. On the traditional side,
theres the Alastair Sim version of A
Christmas Carol, White Christmas,
Its A Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn,
and Judy Garlands indelible performance
in Meet Me in St. Louis, as well as
more contemporary classics like The
Muppet Christmas Carol and Elf (a
free screening).
On the much less traditional side,
theres Gremlins, Trading Places,
Krampus and the new Christmas
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DANCE
Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker.
Thru Nov 27. Kennedy Center.
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The Nutcracker. Dec 1-Dec 4.
BalletNova. Thomas Jeerson Theatre.
BalletNova.org.

MUSIC
Silver Belles
Thru Dec 31. Signature Theatre.
signature-theatre.org.

DCs nest leading ladiesDonna Migliaccio, Nova Y. Payton, Ilona Dulaski,


Naomi Jacobson and Sandy Bainumstar in this hilarious world premiere
musical for the holiday season. Its Golden Girls meets Designing Women with a
heaping helping of well-known Christmas tunes and clever new ditties.

NSO Pops: Diana Ross: All the Best of Times


Dec 1-Dec 3. Kennedy Center.
kennedy-center.org.

Legendary entertainer and Kennedy Center Honoree Diana Ross performs


favorites from her catalogue of hits with the NSO Pops conducted by Emil de Cou.

Estampas Porteas Tango Company


Nov 28. Strathmore.
strathmore.org.

This Buenos Aires-based tango company presents its newest production,


Deseos...Stories of Longing and Desire told through Argentine Tango and Music.
Fifteen company dancers perform vignettes that follow Margots journey as she
leaves her rural Argentine village, tempted by the big cityonly to discover that
what she needs most, she left behind.

Tame.
Thru Dec 11. WSC Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center.
wscavantbard.org.

An explosive domestic drama set in Texas in the 1960s. A wildly creative and
spirited young poet named Cat returns to her hometown grieving the suicide
of her lesbian lover. Her religious parents are dead-set on forcing her to submit
and conform. They hire a rebrand youth minister named Patrick try to tame
herbut Cat ghts back.
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THEATRE
Shaun Jones & Brent Blakeney. Dec
1. AMP. ampbystrathmore.com.
The Second Shepherds Play. Nov 27Dec 21. Folger Consort. Folger Theatre.
folger.edu.
A Christmas Carol. Thru Dec 31.
Fords Theatre. fords.org.
Six Degrees of Separation. Thru Dec
3. Keegan Theatre. keegantheatre.com.
A View From the Bridge. Thru Dec 3.
Shear Madness. Thru Mar 31. Kennedy
Center. kennedy-center.org.
Catch Me: A Magic Duel. Nov 26
& Dec 17. Thin Air Productions.
Mayower Hotel. catchmeshow.com.
Mary Poppins. Thru Jan 1. Olney

Theatre. olneytheatre.org.
The Secret Garden. Thru Dec 31.
Shakespeare Theatre Company. Sidney
Harman Hall. shakespearetheatre.org.
Straight White Men. Thru Dec 18.
Studio Theatre. studiotheatre.org.
The Christians. Thru Dec 11. Theater J.
theaterj.org.
The Second Citys Black Side of the
Moon. Thru Jan 1. Woolly Mammoth.
woollymammoth.net.
Milk Like Sugar. Thru Nov 27.
Mosaic Theater Company. Atlas.
mosaictheater.org.
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes
Presented by Theater Alliance. Nov 30.
Reston Community Center. CenterStage
at RCC. restoncommunitycenter.com.

Anderson, Brown & Redd.


Nov 25. Fresh Air. Nov 30. AMP.
ampbystrathmore.com.
Sons of Serendip. Nov 26. GMU
Center for the Arts. cfa.gmu.edu.
TEMPO. Nov 28. Korean Drumming. Nov 30.
The Clarice. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Klezmer Brunch. Nov 27. Washington
Jewish Music Festival. EDCJCC. wjmf.org.
Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra. Nov 29. Washington
Performing Arts. Kennedy Center.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Film with
Live Music. Nov 25-Nov 26. Kennedy
Center. kennedy-center.org.
Eliot Fisk, guitar. Nov 26-Nov 27.
National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
John Eaton. Nov 25. Newmyer Flyer.
Nov 26. Art Garfunkel. Nov 29-Dec 1.
The Barns. wolftrap.org.

MUSEUMS
Library of Congress. World War I:
American Artists View the Great War.
Thru May 5. loc.gov.
National Archives. Amending
America. Thru Sep 4.
archivesfoundation.org.
National Gallery of Art. of Art. In the
Tower: Barbara Kruger. Thru Jan 29.
Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery,
19591971. Thru Jan 29. Stuart Davis: In
Full Swing. Thru Mar 5. nga.gov.
National Geographic. FotoWeek Central
Exhibition. Thru Jan 22. nglive.org.
National Museum of Women in the
Arts. NO MANS LAND: Women Artists
from the Rubell Family Collection. Thru
Jan 8. Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups
by Colette Fu. Thru Feb 26. nmwa.org.
National Portrait Gallery. Jazz Portraits
by Herman Leonard. Thru Feb 20. One
Life: Babe Ruth. Thru May 21. npg.si.edu.
Kreeger Museum. Selected Works:
Sam Gilliam and Simmie Knox. Thru
Dec 30. Smith|Paley. Thru Dec 30.
kreegermuseum.org.

GALLERIES
DAC. 2016 Professional Awards of the
Potomac Chapter, ASLA. Thru Dec 10.
aiadac.com.
Goethe-Institut. Shadowgraphs by
Tim Otto Roth. Thru Jan 13. goethe.de.

Hill Center. Hill Center Galleries


Exhibitions. Thru Dec 30.
hillcenterdc.org.
ISAAG. The Real Distance
(Uruguay). Nov 29-Dec 12.
idbstaassociationartgallery.org.
Korean Cultural Center DC. Seen
vs. Shown: Perspectives on Human
Identity. Thru Nov 30.
koreaculturedc.org.
Strathmore. The 83rd Exhibition
of Fine Art in Miniature. Thru Dec
31. Ctrl+P. Thru Dec 31. Perspective
Jennifer Kahn Barlow Capital Palette.
Thru Dec 31. strathmore.org.
The Art League. IMPart Ceramics
& Bladesmithing Exhibit. Thru Nov
30. An Inquiry into the Enhancement
of Paintings. Thru Dec 4. MiniMAX.
Thru Dec 4. Soomin Ham. Thru Dec 4.
theartleague.org.
Waverly Street Gallery. Mapquest:
New Work in Clay by Kanika Sircar.
Thru Dec 3. waverlystreetgallery.com.
Zenith Gallery. Great Moments in Art
II. Thru Dec 10. zenithgallery.com.
DCAC. Power (I Know It When...):
Happy Hour. Nov 30. dcartscenter.org.

AND MORE...
Washington, D.C. premiere of Death
by Design (USA, 2016, 73 min.).
Nov 29. EFF. Baird Auditorium.
dcenvironmentallmfest.org.
Enhancing Public Spaces through
Furniture Design. Nov 30. MV+A
Architects: Food for the City as Urban
Catalyst. Dec 1. DAC. aiadac.com.
Countdown to Pearl Harbor: Twelve
Days to the Attack. Nov 30. National
Archives. archivesfoundation.org.
Artomatic: WALA Creative
Entrepreneurship Series: Session 2.
Dec 1. Artomatic. artomatic.org.
Atlit. Nov 29. Washington Jewish Film
Festival. EDCJCC. wj.org.
Lecture: Max Liebermann - Modern
Art and Modern Germany. Nov 30.
Goethe-Institut. goethe.de.
Montgomery Meigs in Washington:
The Civil War and Beyond. Nov 30.
Smithsonian Associates. Hirshhorn
Museum. smithsonianassociates.org.
International Festival of Films on Art
I. Nov 25. Film Series: Dunhuang
Projected: Stage Sisters. Nov 26.
Behemoth. Nov 26. Dunhuang
Projected: A Better Tomorrow. Nov 26.
International Festival of Films on Art
II. Nov 27. Dunhuang Projected: Saving
Mes Aynak. Nov 27. National Gallery
of Art. nga.gov.
Cultivate Your Speaking Voice. Nov
30. Naples: History in a Crucible.
Dec 1. Ray Charles: The Genius. Dec
1. Smithsonian Associates. Ripley
Center. smithsonianassociates.org.

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fundraiser to benet D.C. LGBT youth at
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) tonight
from 6-8 p.m. The fundraiser will benet
the Youth Pride Clinic at Childrens
National Hospital. Guests can make
donations on the spot. For more details,
search Fundraiser to Benet LGBT+
Youth Clinic on Facebook.
Bachelors Mill has half-price drinks
all night 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.
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.

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TODAY
Tezrah Productions and Katy Ray
present WhiskHER: Black Friday Edition
at Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant
(1626 N Capitol St., N.W.) tonight from 10
p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Mim will spin tracks. There
will also be drink specials. Cover is $3 but
for every canned food item brought $1
will be discounted from the cover price.
Canned food items will be donated to
Casa Ruby. For more information, visit
facebook.com/whiskherdc.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a Black Friday drag brunch today
from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Shi-QueetaLee and her queens will perform. There
will be shows at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Tickets are $36.83 and include an all-youcan-eat buet with your rst mimosa or
bloody mary free. For more details, visit
facebook.com/nelliesdc.
Women in Their 20s, a social
discussion group for LBT and all women
interested in women, meets tonight at
the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to join. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.
Gamma D.C., a support group for men
in mixed-orientation relationships, meets
at 1772 Church St., N.W. tonight from
7:30-9:30 p.m. The group is for men who
are attracted to men but are currently, or
were at one point, in a relationship with a
woman. Meeting locations are in private
residences. For more information about
the group and location, visit gammaindc.
org.

SATURDAY, NOV. 26
CTRL
hosts
Friendsgiving,
a
Thanksgiving-themed dance party, at
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from
11 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Adam Koussari-Amin,
DJ Je Porter and DJ Devon Trotter will
spin. There will also be a photo booth. For
more information, visit towndc.com.
CityCenterDC (825 10th St., N.W.)
holds its 2016 holiday tree lightening
from 6-7 p.m. this evening. The Gay
Mens Chorus of Washington will perform
a holiday concert and NBC4s Eun Yang
will host the lightening ceremony and
countdown. There will also be balloon
artists, face painters, jugglers and other
holiday activities. For more details, visit
facebook.com/citycenterdc.
AGLA hosts dinner at Freddies
Beach Bar and Restaurant (555 23rd
St., South Arlington, Va.) today from 6-7
p.m. Everyone is welcome. AGLA Board
Member TJ Flavell will be there to greet
guests. AGLA will be dining on the patio.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
outinnova.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30
Damien Ministries celebrates 29 years
of service and observes World AIDS Day
at Pepco Edison Place Gallery (702 8th St.,
N.W.) tonight from 6-10 p.m. For more
information, visit damienministries.org.
JR.s Bar and Grill (1519 17th St., N.W.)
hosts Jokes at JR.s: Thanksgiving Edition
tonight from 9-10:30 p.m. Comedians
performing include Alexx Brown, Casey
Kretzer, Becca Lundberg, John Alba and
more. For more information, visit jrsbardc.com.
The Lambda Bridge Club meets at
7:30 p.m. tonight at the Dignity Center
(721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No
reservations required and newcomers
welcome. If you need a partner, call 703407-6540.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1
IMAGE COURTESY TOUCHSTONE

JILL BRANTLYs Like No Ones Watching is on display now at Touchstone Gallery.

Touchstone Gallery presents three


exhibits through Nov. 27. Gallery A
features The Art of Manipulation by
Touchstone member photographers
and painters who have manipulated
images. Gallery B is Suitcase Paintings:
Small works from recent travels by Kate
McConnell. Gallery C is Situations by Jill
Brantley and includes narrative collages
inspired by the multifaceted experiences
that connect humanity. For more
information, visit touchstonegallery.com.

SUNDAY, NOV. 27
Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly Sunday drag brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with one
show at 10:30 a.m. and another show
at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.

MONDAY, NOV. 28
Singer-songwriters Amy Ray and
Chely Wright perform at the Birchmere
(3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.)
tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50.
For more information, visit birchmere.
com.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..)
hosts coee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.
org.

TUESDAY, NOV. 29
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Interfaith Service, at Covenant Baptist
United Church of Christ (3845 S Capitol
St., S.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. People aected
by HIV/AIDS or who know someone who
has been will share their stories. There
will also be a candlelight vigil. All are
welcome. For more details, visit facebook.
com/oasisdancecompany.
Friends of the National Zoo presents
BrewLights at Smithsonians National
Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
(3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) today
from 5-9 p.m. Guests can enjoy beer
tastings and sample food from local
restaurants. Proceeds support species
preservation and animal care. Tickets
include six pours of beer, food tastings,
souvenir light-up cup and complimentary
snow-tubing rides. Tickets are $45 for
members and $55 for non=members. For
more information, visit facebook.com/
fonznationalzoo.
The D.C. Anti-Violence Project hosts
a meeting at the D.C. Center (2000 14th
St., N.W.) from 7-8:30 p.m. The Project
works to reduce violence against LGBT
individuals through community outreach,
education and assisting members of antiLGBT violence. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org.

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How did election change estate planning?


Implications of Trump
win for gay couples
By LAWRENCE S. JACOBS
This is the seventh in a series of articles to help
you understand what you do know, dont know
and should know about estate planning.

I had planned to end my series of columns by making the point that not just
any attorney can handle estate planning
for same-sex couples. However, I was
worried that topic might sound self-serving. Yes, you do need to be thoughtful
about selecting an attorney for this job.
Same-sex couples have a range of issues
that may not be familiar to some attorneys. We often have complicated past
relationships and difficult family dynamics that a typical attorney may not understand. However, that is not the message
that I want to leave you with.
Instead, the events of November should
make it crystal clear that having any type
of estate planning documents in place
continues to be critical for same-sex couples. We are facing an uncertain future legal climate, especially for those folks who
live in Virginia. I dont mean to suggest
that I think marriage will be overturned,
but Virginia is the only one of our local
jurisdictions that obtained marriage as a
result of a court decision. Rather, I think
this new uncertainty serves to highlight
the message that Ive given to friends, colleagues and clients over the years. That
is, that the world changes at warp speed
in ways that are frequently unpredictable.

The outcome of the election could have


implications for you especially if you live
in Virginia.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

The person that you thought would make


a great choice on your medical power
of attorney may turn out to be the one
who never visited you in the hospital after your surgery. The nephew that you
named backup on your financial power
of attorney? He just filed for bankruptcy.
The parent that you are so concerned
about just confided how they had voted
for the candidate that promises to appoint Supreme Court justices to overturn
marriage, including your own.
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Virginia nor Maryland do domestic partners have any rights to inherit from a deceased partner in the absence of proper
documents. (In the District, the answer
may be different.)
The single most shocking fact that I
have learned in all my years of doing
estate planning work is the number of
couples that live in a home that is only
owned by one of them. That remains the
ultimate nightmare that can be avoided
through careful planning.
I hope that you have been paying attention to my earlier columns in this series.

They dealt with many of the issues about


estate planning that people get dramatically wrong. If youd like a copy of any of
those, please e-mail me at ljacobs@mcmillanmetro.com.
(This column is not intended to provide legal advice, but only general guidance that may or may
not be applicable to your specific situation.)
Larry Jacobs has helped hundreds of samesex 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. Learn more about his practice
at www.PartnerPlanning.com. This column is
not intended to provide legal advice, but only
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