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Trump headlines two anti-LGBT events in D.C.


President spoke at many evangelical Christians. As evidence
of Americas commitment to faith, Trump
Values Voter Summit cited the inclusion of the words one nation
and Heritage Foundation under God in the pledge of allegiance.
I pledged that, in a Trump
By CHRIS JOHNSON administration, our nations religious
cjohnson@washblade.com heritage would be cherished, protected,
and defended like you have never seen
President Trump headlined two anti- before, Trump said. Thats whats
LGBT events in less than a week. happening. Thats whats happening. You
Trump on Oct. 13 took the opportunity see it every day. Youre reading it.
of speaking at the 2017 Values Voter Trump also issued a call for unity at the
Summit in D.C. to express pleasure in event, recalling recent tragedies aecting
his administrations actions reversing the the nation; such as the mass shooting
legacy of the Obama years, citing among at Las Vegas, the wildre claiming lives
other things recent religious freedom in California and devastation caused
guidance seen to enable anti-LGBT by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, in
discrimination. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Entering the stage to chants of USA! (Trump has faced criticism for inadequate
USA! USA! Trump sought to connect with response to Puerto Rico, in which more
an audience of social conservatives, who than 80 percent of the islands residents
were largely responsible for his win in the still do not have electricity.)
2016 presidential election. When America is unied, no force on
The American Founders invoked our Earth can break us apart, Trump said. We
Creator four times in the Declaration of love our families. We love our neighbors.
Independence four times, Trump said. We love our country. Everyone here today
PRESIDENTTRUMPspeaks at the 2017 Values Voter Summit in D.C. on Oct. 13.
How times have changed. But you know is brought together by the same shared
what, now theyre changing back again. and timeless values. We cherish the sacred WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Just remember that. dignity of every human life.


Those words werent in direct Trumps speech marked the rst time a
reference to LGBT issues, but could sitting U.S. president spoke at the Values conservatives at the Heritage Foundation often cited as excuse for opposition to
apply to any number of actions in the Voter Summit, which is hosted by the known for opposition to LGBT rights as the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling in favor
Trump administration reversing LGBT anti-LGBT Family Research Council. But titans in the ght to defend, promote and of same-sex marriage nationwide.
achievements under Obama. Among Trump has delivered remarks before preserve our great American heritage. We believe that the Constitution is the
them are his ban on transgender people at the annual event. Last year, Trump Trump delivered remarks at the think greatest political document in human
in the military, undoing action in Obama addressed the anti-LGBT confab when he tank during its annual Presidents Club history and that judges should interpret
years allowing them to serve, or his Justice was the Republican presidential nominee. meeting largely to promote his tax reform the Constitution as written, Trump said.
Department advocating against LGBT At one point, Trump made a strange legislative package, but also to laud the social In the wake of news Sens. Lamar
non-discrimination protections after the joke asking Tony Perkins, president of the conservative ideals of the organization. Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray
previous administration enforced civil Family Research Council, for permission Everyone here tonight understands (D-Wash.) reached an agreement to
rights laws to protect LGBT people. to skip next years event. Looking to a core truth, that for America to have ensure insurance companies receive
Trumps speech covered a range of Perkins on stage, Trump later said, Hes condence in our future, we must CSR payments crucial to keeping down
actions made in his administration, saying theyre saying no. have pride in our history, Trump said. premiums in Obamacare, Trump
including the appointment of U.S. Associate The exchange intended as amusing As Americans, we have inherited a expressed support for the deal despite
Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, aside, but demonstrates the coziness special legacy of freedom, culture, laws, being responsible for nixing those
ending the birth control mandate under between anti-LGBT groups like the Family traditions and values. payments in the rst place.
Obamacare and military advances against Research Council and the White House But a legacy of America with a history And Im pleased the Democrats have
the so-called Islamic State. since the start of the Trump administration. of LGBT people ghting for equal rights, nally responded to my call for them to
But Trump also maintained his In the end, Trump oered a triumphant including the Stonewall riots of 1969, and take responsibility for their Obamacare
commitment to religious freedom, view of America overcoming the many the value of expanding and protecting disaster and work with Republicans
citing his executive order on the issue in challenges it faces, but emphasized the civil rights apparently wasnt what Trump to provide much-needed relief to the
May that resulted subsequent guidance centralized of faith in achieving that had in mind. American people, Trump said. While
from U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions. goal before an audience that known to Addressing the culture wars, Trump I commend the bipartisan work done
Just last week, based on this executive use religious freedom as an excuse to decried the desecration of statues of by Sens. Alexander and Murray and I
action, the Department of Justice issued discriminate against LGBT people. Christopher Columbus, asking Whats do commend it I continue to believe
a new guidance to all federal agencies We will defeat every evil, overcome next? and said, our great American Congress must nd a solution to the
to ensure that no religious group is every threat, and meet every single ag should be treated with reverence Obamacare mess instead of providing
ever targeted under my administration, challenge, Trump said. We will defend and respect a reference to his bailouts to insurance companies.
Trump said. It wont happen. our faith and protect our traditions. We consternation over NFL football players For decades, the Heritage Foundation
The guidance is seen to green light will nd the best in each other and in taking a knee during the National Anthem has opposed gay rights.
discrimination against LGBT people in the ourselves. We will pass on the blessings to protest racial inequity. Although the Heritage Foundations
name of religious freedom. For example, of liberty, and the glories of God, to our With respect to immigration, Trump work isnt limited to anti-LGBT advocacy,
a Social Security administrator charged children. Our values will endure, our touted his eorts to combat sanctuary the think-tank for decades has made
with processing benets applications nation will thrive, our citizens will ourish, cities and ending chain immigration, a restrictions on LGBT rights a signicant
could see an application for same-sex and our freedom will triumph. process known to immigration supporters part of its work. The think-tank has written
spousal benets and refuse to process as family reunication. policy and legal briefs against same-sex
that application for religious reasons. Trump also praised the Heritage marriage, opposed non-discrimination
Religious freedom was major point in
Heritage Foundation lauded Foundation for its faithfulness to strict protections for LGBT people and resisted
Trumps address, which was delivered to President Trump on Tuesday hailed interpretation of the U.S. Constitution LGBT-inclusion in the U.S. military.
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Joe Biden endorses Danica Roem


Transgender woman humbled by Bidens support.
Roem, who is a former journalist,
challenging Bob would make history as the rst openly
Marshall in Va. House transgender person seated in any state
legislature in the country if she were to
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS beat Marshall in November.
mlavers@washblade.com Marshall, who is among the most vocal
opponents of LGBT rights in the Virginia
Former Vice President Joe Biden this General Assembly, has represented the
week endorsed Danica Roem in her race 13th District in the Virginia House of
against Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall Delegates since 1992. The Prince William
(R-Prince William County). County Republican has repeatedly
As someone who spent decades riding attacked Roem and her gender identity
the train to work, Im proud today to during the campaign.
endorse Danica Roems historic candidacy The American Principles Project an
because I know her emphasis on improving organization that opposes marriage rights Former Vice PresidentJOE BIDENthis week endorsed Danica Roem in her race against Virginia
transportation infrastructure is critical to for same-sex couples and promotes other state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County).
improving the quality of life for thousands conservative positions earlier this WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
of Virginians, said Biden in a statement month launched anti-trans robocalls that
to the Democratic Party of Virginia that it 13th District residents received. Marshall
released on Monday. I know shed make on Tuesday included a link of a 2015 The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and led with the Virginia Department of
people of her lifelong home of Prince interviewwith American Principles Project other out of state leftist organizations Elections indicates Fieler who lives in
William County proud by working to Chair Sean Fieler in which he said society have been funding my opponent to the Princeton, N.J., on Sept. 11 donated
improve their commutes and strengthen is wrestling with the idea of whether or tune of over a hundred thousand dollars, $20,000 to Marshalls campaign.
the middle class while serving them with not we want to accept that people exist wrote Marshall. Theyve decided that my Editors note: The Washington Blade
compassion in Richmond and Manassas. independently of their bodies as really race is where they try to advance their interviewed Roem in Haymarket, Va., on
Roem in her own statement to the the transgender community is claiming radical agenda. Oct. 13. The interview will appear in next
Democratic Party of Virginia said she is as we should. A campaign nance report that Marshall weeks issue.

Gay nightclub appeals for help with crumbling streets


Director of D.C. our patrons have to drive upon to our night in late August that the city had closed
business, the club stated in a Sept. 28 that section of Half Street completely for
Oce of LGBTQ Aairs ad that also promoted its popular drag an apparent full makeover without giving
to meet with owner shows and nude male dancers. the club any advance notice.
ABRA stands for the citys Alcoholic Beverage A long, circuitous detour had been put
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Regulation Administration that oversees in place by transportation department
lchibbaro@washblade.com businesses that sell alcoholic beverages. ocials and construction crews that
In an ad posted Sept. 21 on the clubs Ziegfelds-Secrets employees and
The D.C. gay nightclub Ziegfelds- website and delivered to customers on customers would have to take until Half
Secrets has taken the unusual step of its email list, the club stated, Dear Mayor Street could be reopened, according to
using its promotional website and email Bowser, your Stadium is still DESTROYING Delurba and Carroll.
advertising to appeal to Mayor Muriel our business due to the detour and road Fearing that customers seeing the
Bowser for help in xing what it says are conditions! RESPONSE? ANYTHING? closed street would think the club had
crumbling city streets its customers must Ziegfelds-Secrets general manager also closed, Delurba said he taped a
drive through to reach the club. Steven Delurba said he and the clubs makeshift sign he made to the cement The owner of Ziegfelds-Secrets has appealed
The club is located at 1824 Half St., owner, Allen Carroll, were encouraged barrier blocking the entrance to Half to city ocials for help with crumbling
S.W., in the citys Buzzard Point section a last week when Sheila Alexander-Reid, Street that said Ziegfelds-Secrets Open! streets around the nightclub.
few blocks from where a new stadium for director of the Mayors Oce of LGBTQ Many of the streets along the detour WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
the D.C. United soccer team is being built. Aairs, contacted them by phone and route, which passes next to the stadium
Heavy construction equipment like invited them to meet with her to discuss construction site, are also riddled with
bulldozers and large trucks have come to their concerns. Delurba said Carroll was multiple bumps and potholes, Carroll and employee a few weeks ago.
the area for the stadium construction and expected to go to the meeting set for Delurba said, adding to the inconvenience But Terry Owens, a spokesperson for
may be the source of the road problems, early next week. their customers encounter every time the transportation department, known as
according to a spokesperson for the D.C. Its really not fair that our customers they visit the club. DDOT, and Joia Nuri, a spokesperson for the
Department of Transportation, which is in have to drive through an obstacle In a visit by the Blade two weeks ago to D.C. Department of General Services, which
charge of maintaining city streets. course to come here, Delurba told the the section of Half Street currently closed, oversees city contracts for street repairs,
But Ziegfelds-Secrets employees and Washington Blade in February, when the it could be seen that new sidewalks and each said they could not immediately
customers say the three-block section of Half section of Half Street leading to the club curbs were being installed and upscale determine when the section of Half Street
Street leading to the club has been riddled appeared to be in the worst shape ever street lamps were being placed along the leading to Ziegfelds-Secrets would reopen.
with deep and potentially vehicle damaging with potholes. newly installed sidewalks. Delurba said he and Carroll were
potholes beginning more than two years Carroll said he and his team of Delurba and Carroll said they were hopeful that Alexander-Reid could
before construction began on the stadium. employees and entertainers as well hopeful that a nicely redone Half Street intervene on the clubs behalf with the
Mayor Bowser & ABRA, our business as regular customers were startled to would be reopened by December as one mayor and DDOT, which is now headed
continues to crumble, just as the streets discover while driving to the club one of the construction workers told a club by gay Interim Director Je Marootian.
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GAY Lounge ownersROBERT GAYANDJOSHUA PERSING.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSHUA PERSING


SAGE Metro D.C., which served LGBT seniors in Washington, has disbanded.

PHOTO BY TED EYTAN; COURTESY FLICKR

GAY Lounge in
SAGE Metro Baltimore to close
D.C. disbands Bar opened in Mount Vernon in April
Groups inuence declined in recent years By STEVE CHARING

After less than six months in operation, the owners of Baltimores GAY
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Lounge decided to close the Mount Vernon establishment. The reason for the
lchibbaro@washblade.com closing is not due to a lack of popularity; instead, the owners Robert Gay and
Joshua Persing believe they could not comply with the contract.
SAGE Metro D.C., which operated since 2010 as an ocially sanctioned aliate of the Unfortunately, when we entered into this venture, we entered with what
New York-based national group Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders, or SAGE USA, we thought was a concrete contract with the previous owner, according to a
was disbanded in January when SAGE USA decided not to renew its annual agreement statement posted on the bars Facebook page on Oct. 11.
to retain the D.C. groups status as an aliate. Contract and legal jargon aside, the bottom line is that this contract has
Michael Adams, SAGE USAs chief executive ocer, told the Washington Blade that the become more uid than we are comfortable with, and at this time, we do not
decision to bring the D.C. group to a close was made jointly between SAGE USA and Dr. have the ability to keep up or comply with the ever-changing demands and
Imani Woody, the chair of SAGE Metro D.C.s board of directors. expectations. After much deliberation and with sadness in our souls, we have
Basically it had struggled, Adams said. It was not able to get its footing and grow its been forced to make the dicult decision to close GAY.
program presence. So it just made sense at that point to bring it to an end. GAY Loungeopenedon April 28 to much enthusiasm within Baltimores LGBT
Woody, who also serves as CEO for Marys House for LGBT Older Adults, couldnt community who had seen the loss of gay bars in recent years. Its venue at 518 N.
immediately be reached for comment. Charles St. was the same building that had previously been inhabited by Louies
Dr. Woody made the decision that she wanted to focus her energy on Marys House, Book Store and subsequent businesses.
which I completely respect, said Adams. And so that was really the driver and the Prior to its opening, Pershing touted GAY Lounges concept and chic, eclectic
motivation in the conversations we had with Imani, he said. style and believed it would stand out as an icon within the community.
Adams noted that SAGE Metro D.C. was rst launched in 2010 as a project of the D.C. It is with heavy hearts, but full glasses that we toast to the ocial closing
Center for the LGBT Community. He said that around 2012 the group decided to break of GAY. We toast to you the community that immediately embraced us,
away from the D.C. Center to become a freestanding organization and obtained its own supported us, defended us and made us an absolute success here in Mount
501(c)3 nonprot status from the IRS. Vernon. Opening GAY was our dream. It was a dream that came to fruition, and
D.C. Center Executive Director David Mariner conrmed that account. He said he the that was because of you, our loyal and steadfast patrons Thank you. You have
D.C. Center continued with its own LGBT seniors program and would do what it could to made us feel more welcome and wanted than we could have ever imagined.
ll any void created by SAGE Metro D.C.s shutdown. Disappointing as the closing may be, the owners vow to re-emerge in the future.
Activists familiar with SAGE Metro D.C. said in recent years it visibility and presence in While today we announce that we are closing our doors, we also make a
the LGBT community and with LGBT seniors declined signicantly. promise for the future. This is not the end, the statement reads. We want you
Adams said SAGE USA currently has 28 aliate organizations in 20 states across the to know that we have every intention of coming back, and coming back better
country. He said that over the years some of the aliates have become less viable for a than before. When the time is right and the cards fall back into place, we plan to
variety of reasons and are discontinued. recreate this dream of ours and rekindle the spark that ignited so quickly here in
From the perspective of SAGE USA our exclusive focus is, is this aliate making a small corner bar in Mount Vernon.
a signicant dierence for LGBT elders in its communities? Adams said. And what They can take solace in the fact that few people thought the Baltimore Eagle could
happened in the case of some aliates and as what happened with SAGE Metro D.C. is overcome a series of daunting obstacles and return, but it has, and its thriving.
there was simply not enough programmatic activity to make a meaningful dierence for
LGBT elders in the community, he said.
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White House denies Trump joked Pence wants to hang gays


Administration facing made to the Blade by Pence spokesperson anti-LGBT discrimination before being
Alyssa Farah who pushed back against forced to sign a x under pressure from
scathing criticism over the New Yorker piece without explicitly the LGBT community and business leaders.
comment denying Trump made the joke. Despite push back from the Trump
Articles like this are why the American administration, the New Yorker is
By CHRIS JOHNSON people have lost so much faith in the standing by its article, which asserts
cjohnson@washblade.com press, Farah said. The New Yorker piece Trump made the joke based on accounts
is lled with unsubstantiated, unsourced of two other people in the room.
White House Press Secretary Sarah claims that are untrue and oensive. The vice presidents press oce
Huckabee Sanders is contesting a report A New Yorker prole piece on Pence declined to participate in this story for
that President Trump made a highly reported Trump made the remarks during months, after multiple requests for
criticized joke that Vice President Pence a private meeting between the two and a interviews, comment and fact-checking, a
wants to hang all gay people. legal scholar. When the discussion turned New Yorker spokesperson said toPolitico.
The administration tops spokesperson to gay rights, Trump motioned toward We heard from the press oce only
issued a statement to the Washington Pence and joked, Dont ask that guy after the piece had closed, late Thursday,
White House Press SecretarySARAH
Blade and other media outlets denying HUCKABEE SANDERSdenied President he wants to hang them all! the statement continued. In the course of
Trump made the joke, which was Trump said Vice President Mike Pence The joke makes light of Pences long fact-checking this piece, we talked to more
wants to hang gay people.
reported in a New Yorker prole piece SCREENSHOT VIA CSPAN
anti-LGBT history, including support for a than sixty people to conrm the reporting
about Pence and his ties to the corporate U.S. constitutional amendment banning contained therein, including senior White
right, including the Koch brothers. same-sex marriage nationwide as well House ocials, a senior member of the
From start to nish the article relied he would make such outrageous remarks as opposition to the Employment Non- vice presidents oce, the RGA, Rep. Elijah
on ction rather than facts, Sanders is oensive and untrue. The anecdote Discrimination Act, hate crimes legislation Cummings and multiple people who were
said. The president has the highest level was meant to divide, not unite and is and the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell. But in the room when President Trump joked
of respect for the vice president, and for completely false. Pence most famously signed a religious that Vice President Pence wants to hang
his deeply held faith. The suggestion that Sanders statement echoes comments freedom law as Indiana governor enabling gay people. We stand by the story.

15 states, D.C. seek to block trans military ban


Massachusetts attorney participate fully and equally in all aspects of our communities, the brief says. Indeed,
general spearheaded brief civic life. These interests are all best served it seems that may be the point.
by allowing transgender people to serve The attorneys general who signed
against policy openly in the military. represent Massachusetts, California,
After announcing on Twitter his intent Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa,
By CHRIS JOHNSON to ban trans people from the U.S. armed Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon,
cjohnson@washblade.com forces, Trump ordered the Pentagon Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and D.C.
to implement the policy reversing a The Trump administration has sought
A group of 15 states and D.C. have move in the Obama years allowing the to throw out lawsuits challenging the
intervened in litigation challenging estimated 15,500 trans people in the trans ban, calling them premature on
President Trumps transgender military armed forces to serve without fear of the basis no policy change has yet been
ban, arguing the federal policy interferes discharge over their gender identity. implemented. The advocacy groups have
with the National Guard. Even before Trump issued his order responded by saying the administrations
The states made their argument Monday in to the Pentagon, the National Center for intent is clear to prohibit trans people
a joint friend-of-the-court brief led by lesbian Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Advocates from serving in the armed forces.
MAURA HEALEYhas led a friend-of-the-court
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura and Defenders led a lawsuit against the brief against Trumps transgender military Shannon Minter, legal director for
Healey and led in the case challenging administration for plans to implement ban. the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Trumps policy in federal court in D.C. the policy, which they contend violates PHOTO COURTESY OF HEALEY CAMPAIGN
and a lead attorney in the case, said in a
Our military should be open to every service members right to due process statement the courts must grant relief to
brave American who volunteers to serve, under the U.S. Constitution. renege on assurances made to existing trans service members fearing discharge.
Healey said in a statement. Together with A major harm identied in the brief is transgender service members who came Thousands of transgender service
my colleagues, I am ling this brief today the imposition the trans military ban will out in reliance on the 2016 open service members and their families cannot aord
to ensure inclusion and opportunity for have on state National Guards, which are policy; to pass over qualied transgender to wait, Minter said.This administration
everyone who puts on a uniform. operated by the states, but largely funded individuals for promotion; or to discharge demeans and degrades those who have
The 34-page brief argues the Trumps by the federal government. them from service altogether. given decades of exemplary service to
order to ban trans military service members Because of the hybrid nature of the Other harms cited in the brief are anti- our country or who have dreamed for
adversely state policies and the rights of National Guard, however, the amici states trans discrimination at public institutions years of enlisting but are banned from
transgender people within state borders. are required to comply with any directive of higher education, problems for doing so for reasons that have nothing to
The amici states share a strong interest the Trump administration issues with veterans and general harms to the do with ability or qualications. We need
in the readiness and eectiveness of our respect to transgender service members transgender people within the states. our courts to provide these Americans
national defense, including an interest in or risk losing much-needed funding for Now, worse than never having and their families with swift justice.
ensuring that our armed forces and related our National Guard units, the brief says. permitted them to serve openly in the Also submitting friend-of-the-court
institutions recruit, train, retain and promote Most immediately, that means enforcing rst place, the Trump administration has briefs was a coalition of trans groups the
qualied service members, the brief says. the prohibition on accepting openly singled out transgender individuals for National Center for Transgender Equality
The amici states also strongly support the transgender recruits. If fully implemented, renewed exclusion, sending a message and the Transgender Legal Defense and
rights of transgender people to live with the ban also may require National that threatens to slow recent progress Education Fund and leading medical
dignity, to be free from discrimination and to Guard leadership in the amici states to and that will be heard and felt throughout and psychological organizations.
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LGBT Puerto Ricans, families still reeling from Hurricane Maria


Federal government United States, that we are equal basically
and a federal government that is willing
response has been to give Puerto Rico the ability to negotiate
sharply criticized its debt in its current situation and to
acknowledge this is American soil and
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS part of American responsibility and be
mlavers@washblade.com willing to do the same response that is
going on in Florida, Texas and so forth,
LGBT Puerto Ricans who live in the D.C. Rodrguez-Roldn told the Blade as she
area say their family and friends remain discussed the federal governments
in a precarious situation nearly a month response to Maria.
after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. Melndez was more direct, noting a
commonwealth. friend lives near the church in which
Lisbeth Melndez Rivera, director of the Trump threw the rolls of paper towels.
Human Rights Campaign Foundations She said her neighbors were pissed,
Latinx and Catholic Initiatives, on Monday Melndez told the Blade. She lives in
told the Washington Blade that her a town that is pretty conservative and
parents who live in Caguas, which is pretty pro-statehood. Even then, they
about 20 miles south of the Puerto Rican were like. I need water. I dont need you
capital of San Juan, still have no electricity Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 when it made landfall on the U.S. to throw paper towels at me.
commonwealths southeastern coast.
at their home. Melndez also said their
water comes and goes.
Maria ooded her parents home and
PHOTO COURTESY OF WILFRED LABIOSA/WAVES AHEAD
Local activists
destroyed their deck and fence. launch relief eorts
Melndez told the Blade her parents transportation and communications at-risk groups in Puerto Rico, told the St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and
have been spending exorbitant amounts infrastructure. Blade on Monday during a telephone the French island of Guadeloupe suered
of money on propane for their generator, Victoria Rodrguez Roldn, who lives in interview from San Juan that he and other signicant damage from Maria before
which runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. She D.C., is a plainti in a federal lawsuit that members of his group have been able to it made landfall in Puerto Rico. The
also said her mother told her a neighbor urges Puerto Rico to allow transgender reach Caguas and other cities and towns hurricane caused widespread destruction
drilled holes into a large soda bottle, people to change the gender marker across the island. in Dominica when it passed over the
attached it to a broom stick and made a on their birth certicates. She is also Some communities we have been island nation on Sept. 18.
makeshift washing machine out of it. the director of the National LGBTQ Task to, we are the only ones who have Irma caused widespread destruction
Shes very excited about this, Forces Trans/Gender Non-Conforming outreached, he said. in Barbuda, St. Barts, St. Martin, Anguilla,
joked Melndez. Justice Project. Labiosa told the Blade a transgender the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and
Alec Rivera, who lives in Montgomery Rodrguezs siblings and niece live in woman was not given access to a cell Turks and Caicos.
Village, Md., with his anc, told the Blade San Juan. Other members of her family phone to call her relatives in Arecibo The hurricane damaged an LGBT
that most of his family lives in Mayagez, live in Juncos, which is located between when other people at the shelter in which community center in Santo Domingo,
Aguadilla, Cabo Rojo and Arecibo on Caguas and Humacao in southeastern she is living had access to one. Cuba, when it made landfall on the
Puerto Ricos west and northwestern Puerto Rico. She was left behind, said Labiosa. islands north central coast on Sept. 9 with
coasts respectively. He also said he has In San Juan the situation is much better, That was solved in a few hours, but thats 160 mph winds. Irma caused signicant
relatives who live in Toa Alta, which is said Rodrguez, noting the only way she the treatment. damage in the Florida Keys when it made
roughly 18 miles southwest of San Juan. has been able to communicate with her He also said some trans Puerto Ricans another landfall east of Key West, Fla., on
Rivera told the Blade that Maria relatives in Juncos is via text message. are leaving the island in order to receive Sept. 11 as a Category 4 hurricane.
completely uprooted and damaged the Ive managed to talk to most of them hormone treatment. Lavonne Wise, an LGBT rights advocate
cistern at his great aunts house in Toa at this point, she added. There is no who works for the Womens Coalition of
Alta. He said the hurricane largely spared water or running water right now. St. Croix, which provides assistance to
his grandmothers home, but electricity
Trumps response survivors of sexual and domestic violence,
and cell phone service remains spotty.
Food and Friends sparks outrage lives with her partner in Frederiksted on
Rivera told the Blade his cousin had a Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico less the islands west coast.
baby the day after Maria made landfall. makes donation than 16 months after a gunman killed Wise on Monday told the Blade
He said she stayed in a hotel for more Advocacy groups in Puerto Rico and 49 people inside the Pulse nightclub in during a telephone interview the island
than a week after giving birth. in the U.S. mainland continue to provide Orlando, Fla. Nearly half of those who died is greening up again, but the ground
assistance to LGBT Puerto Ricans in the during the massacre which was the remains saturated from heavy rain.
wake of Maria. deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. She said there has been progress in
Situation much better A CenterLink campaign has raised nearly history until a gunman killed 58 people St. Croix, noting the federal governments
in San Juan $20,000 for the LGBT Community Center during a country music festival in Las Vegas response to the hurricanes in the Virgin
Maria made landfall on Puerto Ricos of Puerto Rico in San Juans Hato Rey on Oct. 1 were LGBT Puerto Ricans. Islands has been vastly better than in Puerto
southeast coast on Sept. 20 with 155 mph neighborhood. Food and Friends has pledged President Trump sparked widespread Rico. Wise nevertheless said she and her
winds. Hurricane Irma brushed the U.S. to donate at least $30,000 to Bills Kitchen, a outrage last month when he attacked partner have not had power at their home
commonwealth on Sept. 7. San Juan-based organization that provides San Juan Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz in since Irma brushed St. Croix six weeks ago.
Puerto Rican ocials say Marias meals to Puerto Ricans with HIV/AIDS. a series of tweets after she criticized Its going to be a long road, said Wise.
death toll stands at 48, but this gure is We are taking care of many people, his administrations response to Maria. Maykel Gonzlez, a Cuban LGBT
expected to rise. Bills Kitchen Executive Director Sandy LGBT Puerto Ricans with whom the Blade activist and journalist who lives in Sagua
More than 80 percent of Puerto Torres told the Blade on Tuesday in a spoke for this story also mocked Trump la Grande, which is on the islands north
Ricans remain without electricity and short email she sent from her iPhone. for throwing rolls of paper towels to a central coast, said he has been unable to
nearly half of those who live in the LGTB people always suer a lot more. crowd at a church in Guaynabo on Oct. 3. report from Irma-damaged areas because
U.S. commonwealth lack access to That is no dierent with the hurricane. Its going to take a federal government the police threatened me. He said he
safe drinking water. Maria also caused Wilfred Labiosa, co-founder of WAVES that is willing to acknowledge we are has nevertheless been able to speak with
signicant damage to Puerto Ricos AHEAD, an organization that works with Americans, that Puerto Rico is part of the some of the areas LGBT residents.
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Sessions orders review of trans murders


Action follows decision as a woman and occasionally wore orientation, race, religion and other
womens clothes, was found shot factors. In the Iowa case, the two young
to remove discrimination to death in an alley in March 2016. men charged with Johnsons murder
protections In January of this year local authorities could face the death penalty if prosecuted
charged Jorge Luis Sanders-Galvez, and convicted under federal law.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. 22, and Jaron Narelle Purham, 24, of If the Justice Department decides
lchibbaro@washblade.com Jennings, Mo., with rst-degree murder to let the case continue as it began
in connection with Johnsons death. But under Iowa law the two men
In a little-noticed development, U.S. Burlington police have declined to say charged would face a maximum
Attorney General Je Sessions earlier whether they uncovered a motive for the penalty of life in prison if convicted.
this year ordered federal prosecutors murder and insisted there was no evidence This spring the attorney general
and the FBI to review seven murders to indicate the murder was a hate crime. directed Civil Rights Division attorneys
of transgender women in locations With that as a backdrop, the New to dedicate themselves to proactively
throughout the country and oered York Times reported on Sunday that investigate a certain set of cases of
assistance to local authorities who at Sessions request, the Justice individuals who were murdered because
were investigating the murders. Department invoked the 2009 Matthew they were transgender, said Justice
According to a report by the New Attorney GeneralJEFF SESSIONShas directed Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Department spokesperson Devin
federal prosecutors to review the murders
York Times, Sessions took the action of seven transgender people across the Crimes Prevention Act to send a federal OMalley in a statement this week.
in response to a request in March country. prosecutor to Iowa to look into whether This is just one example of the attorney
by six members of the U.S. House Johnsons murder was a hate crime. generals commitment to enforcing
PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE; COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
of Representatives who urged him The law, passed by Congress and the laws enacted by Congress and to
to look into the killings, the victims signed by then-President Obama, gives protecting the civil rights of individuals,
of whom were black trans women. Kedarie Johnson, a popular 16-year-old the Justice Department authority to OMalley said.
One of the cases took place in the male high school student who came prosecute hate crimes targeting victims
small city of Burlington, Iowa, where out as gay but sometimes presented because of their gender identity, sexual CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

Maxine Waters headlines Equality California gala


Black-tie dinner turned have done, she asked. We know there Clinton during the debate in St. Louis.
into political rally is still work to be done. But you know, I was determined that I would have
Im convinced that we can win. There are nothing to do with him that I would not
By KAREN OCAMB evenings when I go to bed and I feel quite try and pretend that somehow he was
disgusted in Washington, D.C., faced with going to become presidential. That will
The party atmosphere at the Riviera what were faced with now. But one good never happen.
Palm Springs for Equality Californias nights sleep and Im ready to go at it again. But oense is now deep concern,
Equality Awards on Oct 7 shifted subtly She reminded the crowd that early on watching howTrump is reacting to spats
into more of a political rally as the I called for impeachment of the president with anyone who disagrees with him. We
almost sold-out crowd bubbled with of the United States of America. Not only cannot help but be concerned about the
enthusiasm waiting for kick-ass U.S. Rep. did I call for it, Im going to work every day danger that he is presenting to all of us
MaxineWaters (D-Calif.)to rile the crowd until it gets done,Waterssaid. Countries and to this nation, she said, referring to
into action. around the world are looking at us and his threatening North Korea. And that
Palm Springs City Councilmember saying what happened in America? How will only get us into confrontation and
Ginny Foat was honored with a Lifetime can it be that Donald Trump is president war. And I believe we all have to stand
Achievement Award, which her longtime U.S. Rep.MAXINE WATERS(D-Calif.) of the United States of America? And I up and speak out, tweet, go on Facebook,
friend Waters emphasized Foat deserved. think many of you wake up every morning do everything that you possibly can to
The two knew each other from back in the PHOTO COURTESY TWITTER
saying the same thing. How could it be? discourage that kind of blung.
day, working with Bayard Rustin on the iconic Using a term that was applauded by Waters also spoke directly to the
March on Washington and pushing Bella to a May letter asking him about nancial Democrats but got Trump opponent Hillary LGBT struggle.
Abzug to the fore when they were marching connections to Russia by President Trump. Clinton in trouble,Waterssaid Trump is the Many of you have paid a terrible price
for womens rights. Foat, Waters said, has Waters mentioned the encounter, then most deplorable, most despicable human for freedom, she said, for being able to
given her life to service. said to uproarious applause: You havent being Ive ever met in my life. Ive never live a decent quality of life. Many of you
Watershas been an LGBT ally for decades seen anything yet until I get Ben Carson seen anything like it and I am determined have believed in this democracy, despite
and her comfort with the crowd felt like a before me. And Betsy DeVos and Wilbur to make sure that this Congress moves the fact that democracy didnt treat you too
family reunion with long-lost kin. In remarks Ross. I have never seen so many incompetent aggressively toward impeachment. well. Many of you woke up every morning
upon receiving the Geo Kors Leadership folks in a cabinet of any president before in She noted that Special Counsel Robert not knowing what was going to happen
Award, she joked and cajoled and inspired in my entire life and career. And were about to Mueller is gathering more and more to you in the workplace. And many of you
a fashion also intended to be supportive of a get rid of all of them. information each day connecting the have had to go to bed at night with tears in
minority community under siege by the Trump Waters also noted how important the dots and tracking down more and more your eyes because of the lack of equality.
administration. I reclaim my time became an dramatic shift from an historically pro-LGBT about Trumps connections to Russia, and Waters message: Dont give up.
anthem, as she and the mostly older audience administration to one that is trying to block whatWatersbelieves is collusion between Some Democrats says its too soon (to
laughed at howWatersdid not take any gu patriotic transgender servicemembers from Trump and Russian ocials to orchestrate talk impeachment). Its never too soon for
from former Hollywood producer and current serving in the Armed Forces must be a shock. the outcome of the 2016 election. justice and equality, she said. I honor you
Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin who tried to stall You have wonderful leaders. You I am so oended by this and the work youre doing. Lets keep up
until her time ran out during a House Financial should be extremely proud. You have president,Waterssaid, talking about his the ght. Lets stay in it. Lets understand
Services committee hearing in July. She was fought a tremendous battle. You have vile attitudes towards women during the that we all owe it to ourselves to make
trying to nd out why he hadnt responded changed America. Do you realize what you campaign and how he tried to intimidate sure that America lives up to its promises.
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The fault for chaos is in ourselves try to resolve their dierences through com- nuclear deal on the pretext that the Iranian In a farcical if disturbing sideshow, social
Gerrymandering promise. Such a mechanism was created in regime is homophobic, which is awfully rich media attacks against gay actor and play-
reects a polarized the Constitution. 230 years later, it has frayed considering the rollback of LGBT protections wright Harvey Fierstein forced him to point out
electorate it did not create at the hands of extreme gerrymandering that by the Trump administration. on Twitter that he was not the other Harvey.
allows partisans to build supermajorities in President Seven Deadly Sins addresses The Broadway star would not be mistaken for
legislatures even after receiving a minority of the Values Voter Summit and is called a the movie mogul in person. But imagine being
votes. This resembles democracy about as man of faith, he with his third wife, numer- beaten or worse due to a mix-up compound-
much as the trial over who stole the tarts in ous sexual assault allegations, and blindly ed with mutually reinforced bloodiness by the
Alice in Wonderland illustrates due process. cruel policies on healthcare, immigration, mob lurking in us all. If that seems outlandish,
Paul M. Smith of the Campaign Legal Center policing, environmental degradation and take a remedial course in American history.
represented gerrymandering opponents in disaster response. How did those cheer- Trumps angry base takes his bait and re-
oral arguments before the Supreme Court in ing decide they were moral champions? fuses to notice how he is screwing them, but
the Wisconsin case Gill v. Whitford on October Perhaps the traditional values in question the joke is on them as their much-celebrated
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist. 3. He ably sparred with Justice Alito and Chief are slavery and warmongering. disaection keeps them voting against their
Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.
Justice Roberts, drawing no questions from Our willful ignorance and contempt for own interests. Here is the vicious cycle: cling
Justice Kennedy. Smith said, If you let this go, expertise, our ready acceptance of twist- stubbornly to your vanished coal jobs, re-
If there is a death spiral in American poli- if you say were not going to have a judicial ed reframings of reality, our embrace of fuse to adapt to change, reward candidates
tics, it involves not the Aordable Care Act remedy for this problem, in 2020 youre going both sides false equivalence by these who pander to you with false promises, pun-
whose woes stem from the equivalent of to have a festival of copycat gerrymandering indulgences we slowly sink what James ish those who tell you the painful truth, and
the conspirators stabbing Julius Caesar and the likes of which this country has never seen. Baldwin half a century ago, with rueful continue blaming everyone but yourself.
lamenting that the patient did not make The decision hinges on whether opponents irony, called the glittering republic. I end on a testimonial: The immigrants
it but the toxic blend of inattention and have a workable mechanism for determining Alt-righters gleefully crow about Har- 45 demonizes (even as he exploits them)
resentment whereby voters keep electing when a gerrymander is impermissible. vey Weinstein as a sign of liberal hypoc- are more decent, hard working, and devot-
candidates of gridlock and chaos only to be The damage is already happening. Our risy, though after his exposure he was ed to this country than he whose ride to
disgusted by the gridlock and chaos. Their unrepresentative House of Representatives red by his lm studio, expelled from the power ran over them. I see it in them every
latest chosen savior is an ignorant and passes a 20-week abortion ban. Trump rolls Motion Picture Academy, and suspended day as I go about the capital city. They rep-
spiteful demagogue with no relevant expe- back ACAs contraception mandate. The U.N. by BAFTA, while a man who boasted of resent our future, which gives me reason
rience other than lying and inciting mobs. ambassador votes against protecting LGBT sexual assaults remains president. Mean- for hope as destruction piles up all around
Restoring democracy requires a mecha- people from the death penalty. Log Cabin while, Republicans are far more eager to us and powerful people refuse to act.
nism for the contending factions in our coun- Republicans cheer decertication of the Iran regulate vaginas than assault weapons. Copyright 2017 by Richard J. Rosendall.
All rights reserved.

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Last week Trump screwed everyone


The president has set our allies and bringing the world one step clos- Then ensuring everyone would know he Congress, which is asking much from gut-
er to war. Some surmise both these actions was rolling back protections for the LGBT less wonders like Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and
a new low-water mark were a challenge to his Republican Congress community Trump keynoted the Family Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will have the spine
to do something; but if true Trumps game of Research Councils Values Voter Summit. to take him down or at least counter some
chicken is frightening and morally bankrupt. According to Chris Johnsons report in the of his crap. This can be done. Congress must
He announced new policies which will allow Blade President Trump took the oppor- pass a bill that counters what he has done
virtually any employer to claim a religious or tunity Friday of speaking at an anti-LGBT to bring down the ACA even if only tempo-
moral objection to the ACA birth control cov- summit to express pleasure in his adminis- rarily so as not to be complicit with Trump
erage mandate under a sweeping rollback an- trations actions reversing the legacy of the in screwing millions of Americans. They can
nounced Friday. These policies will take eect Obama years, citing among other things re- pass simple legislation ensuring the subsi-
immediately. What is sure to happen is this will cent religious freedom guidance seen to dies for the poor and preventing association
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights renew legal action at all levels. He did this to enable anti-LGBT discrimination. health plans from going national with plans
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly appease his religious base who long opposed Trump continued his Twitter war with that might be cheap but cover nothing.
for the Blade.
the requirement to provide FDA-approved members of Congress and managed to con- Democrats should introduce the legislation
contraception at no cost. It has been in litiga- tinue to undermine his secretary of state. and remind people if it doesnt pass the di-
One would think last week had to be a tion for over ve years. The administration Things got so bad that on Friday, for the rst saster is ocially Republican Trumpcare.
low-water mark for this administration, issued two rules one outlining how an time since he was named chief of sta, Gen. Then Congress should refuse to pass new
but then one can never assume anything employer could claim an exemption for re- Kelly appeared in the White House press sanctions on Iran. They should issue a state-
with Trump. Last week he managed to ligious beliefs, the other outlining an exemp- brieng room to deny he is quitting or that he ment clearly stating they agree with the sec-
screw nearly everyone in the country and tion for sincerely held moral convictions on is being red. Chaos clearly rules the White retary of defense and the secretary of state
the world with his words and actions. the same day Attorney General Je Sessions House with an out-of-control Trump acting to Iran has met their technical commitments
He signed two executive orders with the called for sweeping protections for religious harm millions of Americans every day. under the agreement and Congress will do
intention of gutting the Aordable Care Act freedom in a government-wide memo that Many Americans are asking Robert Muel- nothing to remove us from the agreement.
with no consideration for the millions who could have far-reaching implications. ler where are you and when can you start They must speak out and let the world know
will either lose insurance or have to pay much Then on Thursday according to the New handing down those rst indictments? It is our entire government is not as crazy or sick
higher premiums because he really doesnt York Times Three weeks after a killer hurri- dicult to imagine how much more Ameri- as our president. We need to tell the world
understand what his actions will mean and cane ravaged Puerto Rico, President Trump cans will have to suer from this president; despite our president the United States
how they will adversely impact even his own indicated he was losing patience. At least a man his own secretary of state called a government believes we must abide by our
voters. Then he decertied the Iran agree- some of the blame for the continuing crisis fingmoron. And IQ has nothing to do with it. treaties and agreements. If we dont why
ment against the advice of his secretary of is yours, he told the island territory, and the So what can be done? The answer is not would any country enter into an agreement
defense and other advisors thereby screwing federal government will not stay forever. much unless some Republican leaders in or treaty with the United States ever again?
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LOCAL HERO federal funds from discriminating on the the case. sure that other transgender students are
GAVIN GRIMM basis of sex.
The Justice Department under the
The Supreme Court last October said it
would hear Grimms case. Oral arguments
able to attend school safely and without
discrimination.
Obama administration argued in Grimms were scheduled to take place on March 28, Grimm in February was among those
The American Civil Liberties Union in case that Title IX requires school districts but the justices remanded the case to the who spoke at a White House protest that
2015 led a federal lawsuit on behalf to allow trans students to use restrooms 4th Circuit after President Trump rescinded corresponded with Trumps decision to
of Gavin Grimm, who was a student that correspond to their gender identity. the Title IX guidance. rescind the Title IX guidance.
at Gloucester County High School in The Department of Educations Ofce of The 4th Circuit in July sent Grimms We will not be silenced and that we will
Gloucester, Va., at the time. the General Council at the time also led case back to the U.S. District Court for stand with and protect trans youth, said
Grimm and his lawyers argued the a brief in support of Grimm. the Eastern District of Virginia. The ACLU Grimm, speaking through tears with his
Gloucester County School Districts policy The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently withdrew Grimms request mother standing by his side. No matter
that prohibited him from using the boys in Richmond which is the rst federal for an immediate injunction against the what happens, no one, not even the
restroom or locker room because they appeals court to consider whether Title IX Gloucester County School Board policy. government can even defeat a community
were not consistent with his biological allows trans students to use facilities that Grimm, 18, graduated from Gloucester so full of live, color, diversity and most
gender is unconstitutional under the 14th are consistent with their gender identity County High School in June. importantly love.
Amendments Equal Protection Clause. The in April 2016 ruled in favor of Grimm. I am in this for the long haul, he said Equality Virginia and GLAAD are among
lawsuit also alleged the regulation violated The Gloucester County School District in an ACLU press release that announced the organizations that have honored
Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments subsequently announced it planned to the decision to amend his case. I remain Grimm over the last year.
of 1972 that prohibits schools receiving petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear hopeful that my case will help make MICHAEL K. LAVERS

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BEST AMATEUR ATHLETE


MARK HOFBERG,
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RUNNER-UP: GRACE THOMPSON, D.C.


FRONT RUNNERS (LAST YEARS WINNER)

BEST ARTIST
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SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN IN THIS
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RUNNER-UP: GLENN FRY

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on different efforts like the LGBT Data


Inclusion ACT, she says.
Chavez also serves on the board of
LGBT Congressional Staff Association.
For the past three years Ive been
coordinating events, she says. Our goal is
to increase the professional development
growth of members interns, fellow and
staff on the Hill on the House side.
Its important to have queer women of
color at the table, says Chavez, 26. Were
a smaller contingency on the Hill. We must
make sure were safe there.
Chavez recently bought a home with her
partner in D.C.s Eckington neighborhood
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and is looking to put down roots.
Washington is an interesting place
MOST COMMITTED ACTIVIST BEST HILL STAFFER/LGBT BUREAUCRAT to live. Young professionals come her
RUBY CORADO YESENIA CHAVEZ because they feel passionate about giving
back and doing something to make the
CORADO WAS NAMED BEST OF GAY
country a better place, despite their
D.C. LOCAL HEROINE IN 2014 AND MOST RUNNER-UP: SCOTT FILTER
political leaning. I dont have the same
COMMITTED ACTIVIST IN 2015.
conversation here that I have with people
CASA RUBY
Yesenia Chavez identies as queer. at back in Texas. (PF)
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She got her start on Capitol Hill interning
CASARUBY.ORG
with the Victory Fund during her senior BEST LOCAL PRO ATHLETE
RUNNER-UP: JASON LINDSAY
year at the University of Houston. After
graduating with a degree in political
BRYCE HARPER
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BEST D.C. PUBLIC OFFICIAL science, she returned to the Hill in 2013 to
LAST YEARS RUNNER UP!
MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER work as a professional staffer for Arizona
Congressman Raul Grijalva. Typically, I
RUNNER-UP: JOHN WALL
handle LGBT policy and push my boss
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I never would have gotten to make


BEST LOCAL PRO SPORTS TEAM connections with before, he says.
WASHINGTON Auman moved to D.C. from North
Carolina in 2005 and worked as a non-prot
NATIONALS association manager and nancial consultant.
Helping his clients with their goal setting and
EDITORS CHOICE: D.C. UNITED nancial planning led him to follow his own

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BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR (theyve added hand weights and core


JARED KEITH LEE work), SoulCycle is indoor cycling re-
invented.
The music and lighting allows riders
RUNNER-UP: GRACE THOMPSON
to separate from their inhibitions and
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insecurities. Its an individual journey, and
After relocating from New York to we welcome all levels of experience, says
BEST MASSAGE true passion: massage therapy. He studied at Washington, Jared Keith Lee felt out of Lee whos been an instructor for two years
BEN AUMAN the Potomac Massage Training Institute and is
now a Massage Therapist at Logan 14 Aveda
place in his new surroundings, and longed
for a feeling of belonging. He found what
and currently works at SoulCycles 14th
and U and Mount Rainier locations.
Lifestyle Salon/Spa and the owner of Auman he was looking for at SoulCycle. Lee grew up in Virginia Beach, Va. He
RUNNER-UP: JACOB GOUGH
Massage Therapy. I left my job as a graphic designer to won a soccer scholarship to Hampden-
Switching careers gave Auman a whole become a SoulCycle instructor, he says. Sydney College in Front Royal, Va. And
Ben Auman says he values connections new perspective on life. Before, getting up I was having a hard time nding my own while he came out in his freshman year
over everything else. Thats what led him and going to work was a way to get paid. way here and a place that t. At SoulCycle there, Lee never felt at home on the
to a successful and fullling career as a Now, Im getting up every morning to do people were accepting. And it was fun. conservative campus, so he transferred to
massage therapist. something I love and that Im passionate With inspirational coaching, loud music, Maryland Institute College in Baltimore to
Im making connections with people about. Its very fullling. (BTC) candle light and a full body workout study photography and design. (PF)

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BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT


VALERIE BLAKE
RUNNER-UP: STACEY WILLIAMS-ZEIGER

Valerie Blake has sold real estate


professionally in the D.C. area for 20 years.
Blakes eclectic former positions include
working as a diplomat overseas, a federal
government executive and an adult
education administrator for a training
school in the federal government. She has
lived in 12 states, D.C. and two foreign
countries.
For Blake, working in the region is a
great match.
I think that there are so many people
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otherwise, Blake, who also won this award


in 2015, says. They come from all walks the area, she says its all about balance. BEST REHOBOTH REAL ESTATE AGENT group as this years Best Straight Ally. Past
of life which really helps with my varied
background because Ive found that
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THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN IN THIS
there are very few people that I cant nd that you can continue to have a life as well such as Meghan Davies (Whitman-Walker),
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of the things that I think makes me help Hicks (PFLAG).
RUNNER-UP: ANDY STATON
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the years, Blake says. always felt so strongly at home with her
RUNNER-UP: THE EVAN AND MARK
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Theres a love for life there. They listen BEST TRANSGENDER ADVOCATE the Canter for American Progress and is
to what you have to say and you can really
be yourself, the dance diva says. Years
SARAH MCBRIDE currently the National Press Secretary for
the Human Rights Campaign. A native of
ago with the straight crowd, I felt there Wilmington, Del., she is also on the board
RUNNER-UP: GAVIN GRIMM
were certain things I couldnt talk about of Equality Delaware and is widely credited
dating, life, men. I had to always make with leading the successful effort to add
sure that I kept it a certain way. But when I By any measure, Sarah McBride has an gender identity andexpression to her states
played for the gay crowd, I could tell them impressive resume and an amazing list of nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws.
anything good, bad, whatever, and they accomplishments. McBride describes herself as an outgoing
just got a big kick out of it. They didnt She rst came to national attention in introvert and says that some of her major WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
judge, they just loved you no matter what 2012 when she came out as transgender inuences are Barack Obama, Franklin
you were doing and I think I needed while serving as student body president Roosevelt, Carl Sagan, Hilary Clinton and
that. They were always very good to me at American University. Following her Abraham Lincoln. She dedicates her erce
and just fun people. graduation, she interned at the Obama activism to her late husband Andrew Cray, BEST STYLIST
Stanley splits her time between her
home on Virginias Eastern Shore and
White House, becoming the rst openly
transgender woman to work there in any
a transgender man and fellow advocate.
They met when McBride was working at
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Rehoboth Beach, Del., where she performs capacity. When McBride spoke at the the White House. Cray was diagnosed with
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year around at tea dances, jazz brunches, 2016 Democratic National Convention in terminal cancer in 2014, and just days after
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and says shes grateful to be in demand. McBride, who also won this category Her rst book Tomorrow Will Be
RUNNER-UP: BRYAN SMITH
Im very busy here, she says. Im lucky. (JD) last year, has worked on LGBT issues at Different will be published in March. (BTC)
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BEST BURLESQUE DANCER a concept, working on your choreography, future investigation into computer music
OPHELIA HART creating a costume and rehearsing your
act ask yourself, what story am I telling,
programs. She graduated with a pre-
medical degree in Neuroscience from
and is it mine to tell? (BTC) William & Mary, attended the Harvard
RUNNER-UP: GIGI HOLLIDAY
School of Design Summer Program,
BEST AVION TEQUILA MARGARITA and was accepted into the Graduate
Ophelia Zayna Hartis a belly dancer and
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from Washington. She also played semi-pro soccer.
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I am thunder thighs, sinful curves, and Then, she says, on a whim I tried turning
ery spirit, she says. my musical hobby into a profession.
EDITORS PICK: RITO LOCO
She made her debut at Washingtons Now Tezrah reigns in her fourth year
2015 Burlypicks, where she won the title of DJing in the D.C. area, specializing in
of Master of Lip-sync, and she has been BEST DJ Top 40, electronic dance music, hip hop
shimmying and shaking across the East
Coast since then. Always true to her Arab
DJ TEZRAH and other genres. Formerly known as DJ
Deedub, she is hailed as one of D.C.s and
roots, Hart celebrates the fusion of classic the LGBT communitys brightest stars. Her
RUNNER-UP: THE BARBER STREISAND
and neo-burlesque and her homelands sound is eclectic, combining the newest
cultural riches. music seamlessly with older classic songs.
Hart, who is known for dancing with Tezrah has a delightfully eclectic Winner of the DJ Battle for Her HRC for
grace, seducing with elegance and background and an amazing sound. 2014 and 2015, headliner at the 9:30 Club,
jiggling with abandon, has some advice for A native of Fairfax, Va., Tezrah says and headliner for a crowd of about 5,000
performers working on a new act: When she learned to play classical piano at at Hampton Roads Pride 2016, she has
youre crafting a number brainstorming age 5, which laid the foundation for garnered a solid local following. (BTC) PHOTO COURTESY DJ TEZRAH
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BEST DRAG KING


ROMAN NOODLE
RUNNER-UP: AVERY AUSTIN

Roman Noodle, real name Shay, rst


started doing drag in May 2016 as a way to
escape being herself.
Roman was created so I could kind of be
myself without people judging me for being
myself. Because they think Im just being
Roman. It turned into an avenue where in
doing drag it made me completely myself,
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Noodle, a dog walker by day, says.
The D.C. native kicked off her drag
career as a choir boy for Pretty Boi Drags BEST DRAG QUEEN after anyone in particular, Christmas
Sunday Service shows. At rst she was
SASHA ADAMS says. I lip sync R&B and hip-hop. I like BEST DRAG SHOW
unsure how to craft her drag persona
and experimented with different genres
old school Janet, Missy and Mariah. And
Donna Summer if the venue calls for it. I do
LADIES OF TOWN
RUNNER-UP: TATIANNA FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS AT 10:30 P.M.
and concepts. Eventually she settled on contemporary top 20 artists too.
SIXTH WIN IN THIS CATEGORY!
Roman, a basic dude, no gimmicks. Christmas grew up in a small-town
TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE
Even though Noodle has performed Drag performer Sasha Adams, whose outside of Charlottesville, Va. He did choir
2009 8TH ST., N.W.
for other groups including D.C. Gurly real name is Richard Christmas, says Im in high school but not a lot of acting. He
TOWNDC.COM
Show and Girl Power in Baltimore, she still the Clydesdale of D.C. drag. Im plus graduated from James Madison University
considers Pretty Boi Drag her family. sized but I dance. Youll get the kicks, the where he majored in nance and minored
RUNNER-UP: PRETTY BOI DRAG
She also credits the art of drag with splits, the hair ips and all that. Clydesdale in dance and music. The Eagle Scouts
giving her, and countless others, a safe are big, graceful, beautiful but most foray into drag began when he won
space to be who they are. importantly, theyre work horses. amateur drag night at Freddies Beach Bar BEST SINGER OR BAND
I love that it gives everyone a place
to be themselves, to feel safe, to express
Though he maintains a day job as a
contractor with the federal government,
in 2010. Gigs and bookings followed.
When the wig is off and hes untucked,
WICKED JEZABEL
ALSO WON THIS AWARD IN 2013!
themselves creatively. Whether they are Christmas performs as Sasha four or Christmas can be found at home in
male-bodied or female-bodied, theyre ve times a week. His drag career is Columbia Heights lying on the couch
RUNNER-UP: HOMO SUPERIOR
able to present themselves the way they two-pronged: performing at clubs and watching Law & Order. As a performer,
want without any issues or questions, brunches and competing in national he nds relationships difcult. Hes single
Noodle says. (PF) drag pageants. Sasha isnt modeled but likes a guy who has his shit together.
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PHOTO COURTESY BENICIO RODRIGUEZ

BEST TRANSGENDER PERFORMER making venture, says Rodriguez, 26.


PHOENIX KING Over this year, Ive become increasingly
focused on where I perform and for whom
I perform. This experience has opened
RUNNER-UP: SALVADORA DALI
doors all over town. Theres no telling
where it might lead. (PF)
Performer Phoenix King, real name
Benny Rodriguez, identies as trans. BEST GAY-FRIENDLY STRAIGHT BAR
Ive been a drag king in Washington for
about four years, he says. Entertaining
DACHA BEER GARDEN
THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN IN THIS
has translated into different kinds of
CATEGORY!
performance art including burlesque.
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Being trans is a big part of my life but
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persona.
Rodriquez got into drag performance
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in 2013 while working at the now-defunct
lesbian hot spot Phase 1 in Dupont Circle.
They had a drag show with drag kings BEST GO-GO DANCER/STRIPPER
and queens and I asked if I could perform,
he says. The experience was totally
DYLAN KNIGHT
exhilarating and ties into my trans identity.
RUNNER-UP: EDDIE DANGER
To see myself as a masculine-presenting
person for the rst time was shocking and
exciting to me. Dylan Knight started gyrating lasciviously
By all accounts, Rodriguezs drag debut at Town about 2010 after seeing other
was a resounding success. Over the last go-go dancers there. This is his second
two years, hes attracted an enthusiastic consecutive win in this category.
following and for the last two year he has Hes a regular at Town and performs
been performing mostly at Bier Baron there and elsewhere, never taking himself
Tavern in D.C. Hes also performed in too seriously.
clubs and burlesque. I just try to be entertaining and cute,
Initially I perceived drag as a hobby but the 26-year-old D.C. resident, who also
increasingly Ive come to see it as a money- does gay porn, says.(JD) PHOTO BY DAVID CLAYPOOL; COURTESY KNIGHT
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PHOTO COURTESY CREW CLUB

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RUNNER-UP: JAMIE ROMANO,
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BEST ETHNIC RESTAURANT on the hunt for new pieces that reect the
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BEST PLACE IN UNION MARKET featured in such notable publications as
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cooking, entertaining and design, and
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PHOTO COURTESY OF CAVA

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PHOTO COURTESY PINEAPPLE AND PEARLS included) of cocktail and snack-sized food
pairings the themes change with the
seasons, offering an interesting little avor
BEST MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT where you can order a few snacks and journey that turns an ordinary night at the
PINEAPPLE AND PEARLS drinks at more modest prices of about
$16 each. Because Pineapple and Pearls
bar into something a little more elevated.
(KH)
is usually not open on Saturday, it also
EDITORS CHOICE: INN AT LITTLE
means that weeknights just became cool BEST FAST CASUAL DINING
WASHINGTON
again. (KH)
CAVA
In a time when fast casual is king, BEST FOOD FESTIVAL OR EVENT
EDITORS CHOICE: TEDS BULLETIN
Pineapple and Pearls chooses to reign
supreme in the realm of special occasion
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The details are worthy of true ne offshoot of Cava Mezze, which got its start
EDITORS CHOICE: RAMW RESTAURANT
dining, from ne china to edible parting right here in the region.
WEEK
gifts, and the acoustics are so good that If theres a secret ingredient that
youll even be able to hear your special accounts for the chains success, its that
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Youll splurge, of course, but Chef Aaron
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COLUMBIA ROOM because they are a true reection of the
Greek roots of the companys founders.
it worth every penny, with a sumptuous The assembly line format so popular these
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11-course tasting menu that will absolutely days works well with the fresh ingredients,
live up to the hype. from grilled meatballs spiked with lemon
Expect to pay $280 per person when The moment you enter the hushed and oregano to garlicky braised lamb,
seated in the dining room, which includes environs of Columbia Room, youll topped off with some of the standouts that
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per person at the bar, where drinks can be bar. Recently named Americas best spicy Crazy Feta and the roasted eggplant
ordered a la carte. Past menu highlights cocktail bar at the 2017 Spirited Awards, and bell peppers mixed with tangy Greek
have included roasted potato ice cream Columbia Room offers drinks that hover yogurt.
with caviar and crispy potato threads, somewhere between intellect and Garnishes like pickled banana peppers
sweetbread tacos on handmade tortillas, fantasy playful twists on classics, from a from locally owned Gordys Pickle Jar
and a playful PB&J made with foie gras Manhattan crafted with zombie vermouth and fresh mint provide just that touch of
butter and cherry preserves. to a Sazerac spiced with roasted star anise. brightness that makes lunch at your desk
If the price tag is too rich for your blood, The cozy Spirits Library is a perfect spot feel a little less sad. (KH)
go ahead and reserve a spot on the patio, to curl up with a cocktail and a friend or PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA ROOM
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PHOTO BY STEPH HARDING PHOTO ; COURTESY D.C. BRAU

BEST LOCAL BREWERY


D.C. BRAU
POPULAR CRAFT BREWERY OFFERING FREE
TOURS AND TASTINGS. THIRD WIN IN THIS
CATEGORY! PHOTO COURTESY ROCKLANDS BARBECUE & GRILLING CO.
3178-B BLADENSBURG RD., N.E.
DCBRAU.COM
BEST BURGER Craving something big and beefy for
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Rocklands Barbecue, which dishes up
BREWING LOCATIONS IN DUPONT CIRCLE, F STREET PHOTO COURTESY &PIZZA
stacks of wood-smoked baby-back ribs,
AND UNION STATION.
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salad, homemade apple compote and
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RECLAIMED BARN DOORS AND BRICK WALLS THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN IN THIS
Their full-service catering operation
ARE THE BACKDROP FOR AMERICAN FARE CATEGORY!
BEST CATERER offers everything from table rentals to ice
AND DRINKS. 1215 CONNECTICUT AVE., N.W.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF DOLCEZZA
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Schedule and tickets available at Natgeoevents.org/dc

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J o i n u s i n D.C . f o r o u r f a l l
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traditional sandwich cookie. (KH)
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31st Annual
17th Street
High Heel Race
Tuesday October 24 | 7PM
Race Starts at 9PM SHARP RAIN OR SHINE

RACE GRAND MARSHALS are:


DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, BaNaka
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
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The anonymous founder, who says he is a
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noticing the faces of fellow passengers controversial use of their name despite Why did he ask me? Because what he,
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when a train ofoads or whatever problem being a longtime fan. like everyone else whos been around
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it might be. Everyone just looks like, Geez, Back in the day, if you really wanted Washington for a while knows, is that
this Metro is so bad, he says. to insult a black man, an Italian, a Jew, for more than four years I have been in
What started as a blog to vent frustrations Many Washingtonians can recall an Irishman, and probably start a ght, recovery. The mayor thought that I might be
about the daily commute evolved into growing up seeing Jim Vance report you threw out certain words. They were, able to advise him. I did so, the Washington
Facebook and Twitter pages with thousands the news from the screens in their living and are pejoratives of the rst order, the Post quotes Vance telling viewers.
of followers united by their common rooms. The NBC4 news anchor became worst order, specically intended to injure. He was also candid about his struggles
annoyance of public transportation. entrenched in D.C. culture just as much as In my view, Redskin was and is in that with depression and a suicide attempt at
The founder recalls that one of his the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown, same category, Vance said during a 2013 Potomac River at Great Falls in 1987 for
biggest posts on his now-defunct blog former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and radio broadcast of Vances View. which he sought therapy.
was on the June 22, 2009 Metro crash. It DJ Russ Parr, who all join Vance on Bens Over the course of his career, Vance Vance died at his Silver Spring, Md.
was the rst time he noticed the power of Chili Bowl mural wall. received 19 local Emmy awards. In 2007, home. He is survived by his wife Kathy
social media in the news as tweets poured Vance, who died from cancer in July at he earned the honor of being inducted McCampbell Vance and three children
in tracking the tragedy. age 75, worked at NBC4 for more than 40 into the National Association of Black Dawn, Amani and Brendon. (MC)
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Ally on the ice

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PHOTO COURTESY WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Washington Capitals NHLs partnership with You Can Play. perspective and learn a couple new things do great work and obviously You Can Play
Holtby says LGBT The Blade caught up with Holtby just and appreciate how hard it is for those guys. is more connected to our sport. Theres so
as the 2017-2018 NHL season was kicking BLADE: The D.C. area is not known as a many people who are working hard that
support grew over time o this month. hotbed for ice hockey, yet the Caps have an any time you can show that support and
WASHINGTON BLADE: Amazing stats for enthusiastic fan base. Was that a surprise show that a person in the public eye believes
By KEVIN MAJOROS you in the 2016-2017 season. Top-ve in the for you when you came to Washington? the same thing that everyone should be
NHL in wins, shutouts, goals-against average HOLTBY: I think so. I mean I didnt know treated equally, is an opportunity that we
Anytime a straight professional athlete and save percentage, all culminating in the much about the city to begin with, being a should take advantage of.
voices support for the LGBT community, it William M. Jennings trophy. You were already prairie boy from Canada. The fans here are BLADE: Earlier this year, you were
reconrms the notion that straight allies coming o a great season from 2015-2016. great and they love to bring energy to the named the Capitals LGBT representative
are an important part of creating change. Do you change anything up to keep the game. Theyre always positive when you see in conjunction with the NHLs partnership
When that same athlete steps forward momentum going from year to year? them in the streets and thats not always the with You Can Play. What can you share
with actions, they become a role model BRADEN HOLTBY: Not really. I think case when it comes to professional sports. about the experience so far?
that could have a profound impact. we go day to day and try to improve our You can see that its growing, youth hockey HOLTBY: We started this late last season
Braden Holtby was raised mainly in game and our team. If youre making big is growing and people here really like the and I think moving forward we can hopefully
Marshall, Saskatchewan, Canada and was adjustments, its usually not because things game and bring a lot of energy to the rink to be more active with that. (You Can Play co-
drafted by the Washington Capitals in are going well. So, we just try to maintain. make it exciting. That makes it fun. founder) Patrick Burke has done such an
2008. He spent several years with the Caps BLADE: You played as a forward and BLADE: Your wife Brandi helped expand amazing job and he does it better than
development teams before he was called as a goaltender up through your peewee your views on the LGBT community anybody else so I try to lend my support and
to wrap up the 2011-2012 season with the years and have said that it made you which has led to your support. What are if he needs help with anything, he knows Im
Capitals. His season-ending performances the goalie you are today. Recently, in a some things you have taken from your there. He denitely knows that hes doing.
elevated him to the starting goalie position Caps pre-season practice, you were seen interactions with the community? BLADE: You grew up around music with
in the following season. taking shots out in front of the net. Does HOLTBY: Weve marched in the parade a your mom Tami singing in several bands
His path to support for the LGBT brushing up on your oensive instincts couple years and we went to it the year before and you play guitar. Whats on your music
community began with the Human Rights help to hone your defensive skills? those. Its a lot of fun anytime you can show playlist right now?
Campaign and led to Holtby and his HOLTBY: Yes. Anytime you can work on support. We always believe and we parent HOLTBY: Right now, the latest ones Ive
wife Brandi attending the Capital Pride skating or puck handling it helps. Its fun and our kids to treat everyone with respect and been listening too are Michael Kiwanuka
parade as spectators in 2015, and then it was one of those things where we had the same and not worry about dierences. and Foy Vance. Ive been listening to their
marching the next two years. In 2017, he too many goalies and not enough skaters Equality is the best way to put it across the stu just recently. (I like) Leon Bridges.
was named the Washington Capitals LGBT so I decided why not? Its fun because board. We try and do as much stu (as we Sturgill Simpson is probably my favorite
representative in conjunction with the you get to see the game from a dierent can) with the HRC committee because they act thats out right now.
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TEZRAH

How long have you been out and who If your life were a book, what would
was the hardest person to tell? the title be?
I was out to close friends when I was Being a DJ Isnt THAT Cool
21, and I was out to my parents at 23. It
was the most dicult to tell my mother. If science discovered a way to change
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY TOM HAUSMAN sexual orientation, what would you do?
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Kate McKinnon, the only woman recorded
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For Tezrah, DJing grew out of one thing leading to another, as they say. past or present?
She grew up playing piano and other instruments. In college, the Farifax, My favorite nightspot is Town, Whats your advice for LGBT
Va., native started learning music production software and decided to turn because I can dance the night away to movement leaders?
her hobby into a profession after graduating. great music, the bathrooms are pretty Obviously they have achieved more
With a bit of luck, hard work and help from my friends, my DJ career clean and there is pizza next door. than I have at this point, so they
snowballed from there, the 27-year-old says. probably shouldnt take my advice. But if
Tezrah (real name Diana Weigel) spins top 40, EDM, hip-hop and throwbacks Describe your dream wedding. they need a DJ, I know someone.
at gigs all over the region and also Virginia Beach, Baltimore and New York. Ive never thought about my dream
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of Gay D.C. awards, she posted it on her social media and then was totally myself in a traditional white owing across hot coals for?
surprised and elated when she found out she won. dress or even a tuxedo. The rest of World peace
Its really cool to be recognized, especially when other DJs who had been the details dont seem to matter until
nominated are seriously talented, Tezrah, who DJs full time, says. Find her I pick out what I am going to wear and What LGBT stereotype a
online at tezrah.com. perhaps the person I am marrying. nnoys you most?
Tezrah and her girlfriend Courtney Lee live together in Capitol Hill. Tezrah The angry lesbian
enjoys soccer, Netix, hiking, biking, playing piano and Candy Crush in her What non-LGBT issue are you most
free time. passionate about? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Peoples Magazine issue of July 1999 Paris is Burning
when the U.S. womens national team
won the World Cup. Whats the most overrated
social custom?
What historical outcome Shaving if it ow, let it grow.
would you change?
The non-existence of a What trophy or prize do you most covet?
time-traveling machine. Anything that includes
me winning a massage.
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime? What do you wish youd known at 18?
One of my favorite moments was when Too many things to list, but mainly
Channing Tatum performed Beyonces that are pants were just a fad.
Run the World on Lip Sync Battle.
Why Washington?
On what do you insist? Housing aordability just kidding.
Freedom I grew up around this city. I love the
art, music and even political scene. Its
What was your last Facebook diverse yet small enough that I might run
http://cliffhyra.com/ post or Tweet? into someone I know on the street or at
DJing two gay weddings this week! a venue. It is cleaner than New York and
Paid for Bruce Majors and authorized by Friends of Cliff Hyra Heck YES!! the dogs are pretty cute.
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Out actor created backstory
for Pajama Game role

By PATRICK FOLLIARD

Three years ago, Pajama Game actor


Ed Korbich was nudged into marriage by
his business manager. Hed been with his
partner director/theater instructor Andy

Spirit of the
Leech since 1992 when his manager said
they needed to get married for tax purposes.
The couple considered the advice and New York-based actor ED KORBICH is a
then rather spontaneously married at their veteran of 11 Broadway shows and many o-
Broadway.
home in Maplewood, N.J., on Thanksgiving

Season2017
PHOTO COURTESY ARENA
Day. Their close friend Broadway star
Christine Ebersole presided over the
ceremony. The witnesses were Ebersols Currently Korbich is playing Vernon
husband and kids. Korbich and Leechs Hines, the company eciency expert in
daughter was the ringbearer. Arena Stages production of The Pajama
Before meeting Andy, Id had Game, a 1954 musical comedy straight
infatuations with men and women but out of Broadways golden era. With a book
nothing too serious, Korbich says. Then George Abbott and Richard Bissell based
one day I said to myself, Im gay. Im gay. on Bissells novel 7 Cents, its a love
And it was like the weight of the world fell story set against labor unrest at the Sleep-
o my shoulders. It had occurred to me but Tite pajama factory. The score by Richard
Id never said the words. My plan was to be Adler and Jerry Ross includes classics
happy and single for a while and then I met Steam Heat and Hernandos Hideaway.
Andy soon after, and weve been together Korbichs enduring and busy career is
ever since. largely due to his voice, a gorgeous high tenor.
Korbich was born in D.C. but at just 6 weeks The part doesnt lend itself to that, he
old his adoptive parents whisked him o to says of his current role. Ill be singing as
Shamokin, Pa. He grew up very close to his much as I can but more about the acting
mothers sister and after her death and the and fun with the part.
death of both of his parents, he learned that In Arenas production, staged by out
his aunt was in fact his biological mother. director Alan Paul and starring Tim Rogan
I wish theyd told me, he says. It was an and Britney Coleman as Sid and Babe,
elaborate lie. Once youre in something like Korbich shares a cute number titled Ill Never
that its hard to get out of it. Be Jealous Again with Donna McKechnie (the
As a boy he studied piano, clarinet, cello Tony Award winner who created that part of
and trumpet. His mother longed for him to be Cassie in A Chorus Line) who plays pajama
a concert pianist, but Korbich says he always factory mother hen Mabel.
knew that wasnt for him. And though he Weve created a back story for the pair,
loved playing Broadway scores, he secretly he says. Weve decided that he and Mabel
wanted to be an actor. are a couple of longtime vaudevillians who
I never dared tell anyone. You see an opening at the pajama factory in
just dont act in Shamokin. With few Cedar Rapids, Iowa and decide to give it a
exceptions, for theres football, wrestling, shot. He a relentless micromanager and
D.A.R. Constitution Hall coal and thats it.
But then in his junior year of high
has a real jealousy problem. When he gets
jealous he drinks and when hes drunk.
1776 D St., N.W. school he was cast to play Harold Hill, the
lead in The Music Man.
Not good for someone who did a knife-
throwing act.
Washington, D.C. There was no turning back he says, I
was hooked.
Its been easy to be openly gay in my
career. Nobody really cares, Korbich says.
He studied musical theater at Those who knew me well were surprised I
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. the Boston Conservatory. Following
graduation, he moved to New York City
didnt come out earlier and those who had
no idea that I was gay, didnt care either
Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and has worked consistently ever since.
Korbich, 57, has appeared in 11 Broadway
way. I taught myself at age 7 or 8 to not
swish my walk. I cultivated that to survive.
shows and nine o-Broadway shows I wasnt brave enough not to. But its so
including the original cast of Wicked, The much easier not to pretend.
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PINKs rst album in ve years feels overproduced and lacks focus.

PHOTO COURTESY RCA RECORDS

FRI, JAN 26 + SAT, JAN 27


Mid-career slump?
AARON TVEIT Pinks latest album
felt and she belts it out with dynamic force
lacks grit, focus and authority over glistening keyboards
and pulsing rhythm. Its among the nest
By CHRIS GERARD singles of Pinks impressive career.
But surprisingly, What About Us
Theres no doubt that Pink has been reached a paltry no. 25 on the Billboard Hot
one of the most consistent hitmakers of 100 pop chart. Perhaps the second single,
the 2000s. Her erce hybrid of dance/ the hip-hop fueled Revenge, featuring
pop barbed with a rock and roll edge and a high-prole guest spot by Eminem, will
sprinkled with R&B inuences has been a perform better. Its a spiky electronic strut
winning formula. that displays Pinks tougher side, a sharp
Shes a powerhouse vocalist capable contrast to the vulnerability exposed
SAT, APR 14 of delivering both genuine emotion and on What About Us. Another winner is
SAT, OCT 28 THU, OCT 13 vulnerability, along with a ery badass Whatever You Want, an engaging pop
GAY MENS CHORUS attitude. Beginning with her 2000 debut nugget with a strong melodic hook that
MAGGIE ROSE OF WASHINGTON
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNYD.C. Cant Take Me Home, Pink has scored a screams for radio play.
SCOTT KURT SMALL ENSEMBLES EXTRAVAGANZA remarkable six platinum albums and 15 The poignant acoustic-guitar based
GENERAL ADMISSION &TWO
THE POOR FOOLS
SHOWS! top 10 singles. Her most recent, 2012s Barbies slowly builds intensity as it
The Truth About Love, notched three progresses, culminating in a powerful climax.
top 10 hits, including the no. 1 smash The gorgeous piano ballad Wild Hearts
Just Give Me A Reason. Cant Be Broken features a graceful string
SON LITTLE AMERICAN RHAPSODY: Unfortunately, Beautiful Trauma, arrangement and one of Pinks loveliest
ALA.NI THE GERSHWIN the stars rst album after a ve- vocals on the album. The heartbreaking
WED, OCT 25 year absence, is somewhat of a But We Lost It would have t perfectly on
SONGBOOK disappointment. This time around she Adeles most recent blockbuster.
SACHAL ENSEMBLE SAT, FEB 17 stays mostly in the electro-pop realm, One issue is that Pinks vocals are too
with her rock side deemphasized. Pink high in the mix. Sure, it makes sense to
FRI, OCT 27
1964: THE TRIBUTE is obviously striving to keep a niche in emphasize the power of her singing, but it
THU, FEB 22 + FRI, FEB 23 the modern pop marketplace, but in the becomes a bit grating after listening to the
LADYSMITH process of following current sonic trends album all the way through, and at times it
BLACK MAMBAZO THE SECOND CITY she loses much of the gritty realness that simply seems like shes shouting. Beautiful
MON, FEB 5 + TUE, FEB 6 has always set her apart. Trauma is so pristine and overly polished
LOOK BOTH WAYS As is typical for pop albums these days, that theres hardly room to breathe. It
BEFORE TALKING Pink collaborates with multiple producers becomes too clean and clinical, sapping the
MASTERS OF THU, MAR 22 - SUN, MAR 25 and songwriters on Beautiful Trauma and grit and rough edge that has always been a
HAWAIIAN MUSIC the result is an overly slick collection that hallmark of Pinks best work.
SAT, FEB 10 + SUN, FEB 11 sounds much like any other pop album Ultimately, though, there is little new

AND MANY MORE! released in the last few years. It doesnt


help that the material, with a few notable
exceptions, is largely bland and forgettable.
ground covered here. It all seems a bit rote
and far more controlled and toned down
than what weve come to expect from Pink.
The rst single, What About Us, is far Theres no clear direction or focus, its
and away the albums strongest track. overcooked in the studio and the material
WOLFTRAP.ORG/BARNS Its a yearning, emotional anthem and a
piercing reection that relationships, and
is surprisingly tame and forgettable. Its
not terrible, but it just doesnt deliver the
1.877.WOLFTRAP our lives in general, often veer far o the goods with the same power and impact as
tracks. Pinks vocal is sincere and deeply her previous albums.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ENCHANTRESS


BECOMES THE ENCHANTED?
Small and sporty
Kia, Lexus great for zipping certainly

Alcina
through tight spots helps. So
does the
form-fitting
By JOE PHILLIPS interior, with
bolstered
Compact and spunky. No, were not talking b u c k e t
Ellen Page or Tom Daley (though we could seats, ample
be). Instead, theres a host of zippy, smallish backseat LEXUS IS 300 AWD

vehicles perfect for rush-hour maneuvers or legroom and


STARRING scampering around tight parking garages. a high-tech

Angela Meade KIA SOUL TURBO


$17,000
dash/center-console combination that
looks like it belongs on a ghter jet.
The brushed-aluminum trim, especially on
Mpg: 26 city/31 highway the steering wheel, foot pedals and shifter,
0-to-60 mph: 6.5 seconds adds more than a dash of class. Things are
almost too quiet in the cabin, though that
Hip hamster makes it easier to focus completely on the
commercials composed handling and braking. Must-
aside, the Kia have options include rearview camera,
Soul is one of voice-command activation, 15-speaker
the quirkiest mark Levinson stereo and large, 10.3-inch
yet likeable infotainment screen.
rides on the Theres even more safety gear, including
road. This year blind-spot monitor, rear cross-trac alert,
Angela Meade. Photo by Julio Rodriguez

the Soul gets, KIA SOUL TURBO adjustable pedals and more. Overall, the
well, a lot more IS 300 is an easy ride, and strikes a nice
soul, including a balance between poise and performance.
fresh redesign with
wraparound headlights and sportier wheels. NISSAN SENTRA NISMO
Along with the tepid base model and the $25,000
electric Soul EV (pricey at $32,500), theres an Mpg: 25city/31 highway
aordable turbo version with a new, more 0-to-60 mph: 7.1 seconds
powerful engine. The turbo comes with red
accent lines, shiny dual-exhaust tips and With a
funky orange stitching on the seats, dash Lexus or
and elsewhere around the cabin. There are Mercedes,
plenty of high-quality materials and soft- its easy
touch surfaces, along with a at-bottomed to sit back
steering wheel and easy-to-use infotainment and relax,
system with smartphone integration. especially on
For some reason, certain features long drives.
available on other Soul models are But with the NISSAN SENTRA NISMO

missing here: ventilated seats, forward Nissan Sentra


collision warning and lane-departure NISMO, you hit
warning. The Soul also lacks paddle the ground running and dont ever stop.
shifters, emergency braking and all- This is the high-performance version
wheel drive, which can be found on some of Nissans popular compact sedan,
competitors models. though the engine is less than blistering.
Still, there are quite a few pleasing Where the sportiness shines is in the
options, including heated steering tight suspension, taut steering and
November 419 | Eisenhower Theater wheel, heated front/rear seats and an large, 18-inch wheels. Racy red accents
impressive panoramic moonroof. Theres are everywhere, from the outside body
Music by George Frideric Handel / Libretto by Riccardo Broschi
also gobs of room for hauling passengers cladding and side mirrors to the seats,
In Italian with Projected English Titles and cargo. Perhaps best of all, Kia oers steering wheel and center console.
one of the longest warranties: up to 10 The ride and handling are denitely
years or 100,000 miles. sti but comfortable. And the primo
brakes would be right at home on any
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Mpg: 19 city/29 highway the controls and infotainment system
0-to-60 mph: 6 seconds should have been updated eons ago.
Major support for WNO is provided by WNO's Presenting Sponsor
Jacqueline Badger Mars. But what this Sentra lacks in va-va-
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Its easy to nd comfort in full-size voom, it makes up in room: the oodles of
Presenting Underwriters of WNO. Generous support for WNO Italian Opera is provided sedans and huge, honking SUVs. Not so passenger and cargo space are comparable
by Daniel and Gayle DAniello.
WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of much in compact cars, though the Lexus to a midsize sedan. Another plus: certain
Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey. IS 300 AWD proves otherwise. The wicked must-have options include backup camera,
styling still shapely after all these years push-button start and Bose audio.
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STACY KING channels Michelle Pfeiers Catwoman from Batman Returns at a previous race.

A CABARET OF DUETS PHOTO COURTESY STACEY KING

Donning heels
IT TAKES TWO
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Annual October totally worth it.
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political statements Halloween shop is a big part of the fun.
NOVEMBER 11 at 4PM They call to you from the crowd, the
& 8PM By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO recognize the character, tons of people
joeyd@washblade.com want pictures with you, he says. Its
validating and I like pleasing the crowd.
Some folks get so excited about the Every year, Im not joking, it takes an
annual 17th Street High Heel Race, they hour to get through the crowd after its
start planning their costumes as soon as over just because so many people want
the race is over each year. photos. Im always with my group of
Thats the way it is for Stacy King, a friends. Its insane.
local stylist who does drag on occasion as Rene Mejia perform as Kabuki B. Lee,
Carolina Sugabush. a drag daughter of local drag legend Shi-
Pretty much as soon as its done, the Queeta-Lee. He works the drag brunch at
next day I start thinking about what I Nellies every weekend and also performs
want to do the next year, the 43-year- at other events with Shi-Queeta. The rst
old, longtime D.C. resident says. I kind of, time he ever went out in drag was to the
you know, look throughout the year and High Heel Race in 2012.
then something will just call to me. When Mejia spoke to the Blade (a

WINNER
This years race, the 31st annual, is sponsor of this years race) earlier this
Tuesday, Oct. 24 (its always the Tuesday week, he and his drag pals were still
before Halloween) from 7-9 p.m. Mayor deciding what their theme was going to
Muriel Bowser, BaNaka and Ruby be. He says theyre such pros, they can
Thank you DC for voting us Corado are this years grand marshals.
To volunteer, go to JR.s at 6:30 p.m. for a
crank out a concept quickly.
I have a couple sewing machines and

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the event on Facebook for full details.
Last year about 150 raced. Thousands
some of the girls are pretty talented, the
37-year-old Suitland, Md., resident says.
They can whip something up pretty fast
come each year to watch but just as and it will be awesome.
popular, though, are people who come in In previous years, hes gone as Betty
creative drag just to see and be seen. Boop, the bride from Kill Bill, Amy
Whatevers going on in news and pop Winehouse and Harley Quinn.
culture is invariably reected in each years Its a fun platform for everyone who
getups. Last year Kim Davis was a big one. wants to say something either politically,
This year, expect everyone from Wonder socially or whatever, with a lot of humor
Woman to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. and creativity, Mejia says. People
This is Kings fourth year going in really do put a lot of thought into it. Its
drag though he attended several years impressive. This is coming from someone
previously as a spectator. Hes going as who works in drag on the weekends. Its
1823 14th Street NW Washington DC 20009 Mystique from X-Men this year and has really astonishing what some of them do.
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Lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer performs at the Birchmere (3701
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