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Lesbian faculty members

named as instigators for


placing McCaskill on leave

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
ANNAPOLIS, Md. Gallaudet Universitys chief
diversity ofcer said her reputation was unfairly
tarnished last week when the university placed her on
paid administrative leave for signing a petition in July to
place Marylands same-sex marriage law on the ballot in
a voter referendum.
At a news conference outside the Maryland State Capitol
Building in Annapolis, Angela McCaskill, who served as
Gallaudets Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion,
identied two out lesbian faculty members as the ones she
claims persuaded Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz to
suspend her from her job.
She identied the faculty members as Martina MJ
Bienvenu and Kendra Smith, saying the two are partners and
wrote a joint letter to Hurwitz asking that she be reprimanded.
Bienvenu and Smith couldnt be immediately reached
for comment.
I was shocked, hurt, insulted. I was humiliated,
McCaskill said, adding that Hurwitz sought to punish
her for merely exercising her private right as a Maryland
resident to sign a petition to allow voters to make the
nal decision on whether the same-sex marriage law
should be retained or overturned.
They have attempted to intimidate me and tarnish
my reputation, she said.
McCaskill, speaking in sign language, delivered her
comments through an interpreter.
She declined to disclose her position on same-sex
marriage or whether she will vote for or against the
marriage equality law in the Nov. 6 referendum.
McCaskills news conference came hours after the
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Invigorated Obama
takes on Romney in
spirited town hall
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The town hall presidential debate on
Tuesday night included references to social
issues, such as womens rights, immigration
and gun violence but as in the previous
debate, there was no explicit mention of
LGBT issues.
During the debate at Hofstra University,
Republican presidential nominee Mitt
Romney brought up his belief in marriage
as a means to reduce the culture of
violence in response to a question about
banning assault weapons, saying we
need moms and dads helping raise kids
and espousing the benet of having two
parents in the home.
A lot of great single moms, single
dads, Romney said. But gosh, to tell our
kids that before they have babies, they
ought to think about getting married to
someone thats a great idea because if
theres a two-parent family, the prospect of
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Gallaudet University chief diversity ofcer ANGELA
MCCASKILL this week denounced a decision by the
school to put her on leave after she signed an anti-gay
petition in Maryland.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Gallaudet ofcial blasts
school, hints at lawsuit
Fight Heats Up
NAACP president talks
marriage support;
opponent in Md. has
history of IRS run-ins.
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to superstardom.
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Supporters traveling
to help campaign in
Colorado, Virginia, Ohio
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
With only a few weeks remaining before
Election Day, several members of D.C.s
LGBT community are literally going to great
lengths to ensure President Obama wins
another four years in the White House.
Opportunities to help push Obama
over the edge in battleground states are
driving local LGBT supporters to travel to
far off places including Colorado and
Ohio where the results on Nov. 6 could
decide the election.
Crosby Burns, 25, a gay D.C. resident,
said he agreed to travel to Colorado
to help the Obama campaign an
expedition he made during Obamas
rst campaign in 2008 after looking at
polls showing a tightening race between
Obama and Mitt Romney.
A couple of weeks ago, I was just
looking at polls and seeing Mitt Romney
speak, and I was just thinking the president
needs us more than ever, Burns said.
Thats what I did back in 2008, Im going
to do the exact same thing, if not more, to
ensure that the president is re-elected and
that Colorado stays blue for him in 2012.
Burns, a research associate on LGBT
issues at the Center for American
Progress Action Fund, said the Obama
campaign is sending him Monday to West
Denver, Colo. a predominately Latino
area where he intends to employ his
Spanish-speaking skills to help with get-
out-the-vote efforts.
Im going to be going door-to-door
using my Spanish skills and talking with
people about the election and making
sure they know where their polling place
is and making sure they support the
president, Burns said.
Collin Burton, 32, a gay D.C. resident, said
hes taking personal leave from his job to make
a similar trip to his hometown of Columbus,
Ohio, on Monday to help manage out-of-
state volunteers coming into the battleground
state to campaign for Obama.
As we get closer to Election Day, well
be running some GOTV operations and
helping out with the regional work, so itll
be good, Burton said. We will hopefully
get a lot of people through and get a lot
of voters contacted, make sure that they
know they need to turn out.
Burton, who handles government
relations as an appointee to the
Corporation for National & Community
Service, estimated that he would manage
between 20 and 100 Obama supporters
coming into the state from more assuredly
Democratic parts of the country, such as
D.C., New York and Eastern Pennsylvania.
Its not the rst time Burton has helped
with Democratic Party efforts. In 2010 for
the mid-term elections, he was designated
the LGBT caucus director for the Ohio
Democratic Party.
But Burton said he hopes the outcome
is different this time around as opposed
to the mid-term election, when an
anti-incumbent wave swept a sea of
Republicans into ofce, including in Ohio.
I hope its a hell of a lot better, Ill be
honest, because the outcome in 2010 in
Ohio was pretty bad, Burton said. It
went from a wonderfully blue state to
an incredibly red state. Im condent that
it will [be better this time]. Im certain
that the Obama ground game is up and
running and will be rocking it for Ohio.
Some LGBT Obama supporters in D.C.
are taking advantage of opportunities
within the area to campaign for the
president, especially because the
battleground state of Virginia is just across
the Potomac River.
Clarence Fluker, 33 and a gay D.C.
resident, said hes been participating in
LGBT phone banking each Thursday night
at the Democratic National Committee
to talk with potential voters mainly
in Virginia and educate them about
Obamas record.
Sometimes people say that theyre
undecided, but we talk to them and log all
of the information from the calls and send
it over at the end of the night to the person
whos running the phone bank, Fluker said.
Fluker, who works for the D.C.
Commission on National and Community
Service, said he also plans to make a trip
during an upcoming weekend to Virginia
to knock on doors and talk about Obama
personally with voters.
I think its helpful because this
campaign is really going to be won on
the ground, and its going to be won by
reaching out to everyday Americans and
asking for their support, educating them
about all the wonderful things the Obama
administration has done and all the things
that we know that theyre going to do in
the second term, Fluker said.
Clo Ewing, an Obama campaign
spokesperson, said Obamas LGBT
supporters recognize the president has
done more to advance gay rights than
any other president citing Dont Ask,
Dont Tell repeal, mandating hospital
visitation rights and calling for repeal of
the Defense of Marriage Act as among his
accomplishments.
That record stands in stark contrast to
Mitt Romneys, who promised to be to the
left of Sen. [Ted] Kennedy on gay rights and
then made clear he would have left Dont
Ask, Dont Tell in place and is working to
enshrine discrimination into the Constitution
by passing a federal marriage amendment,
Ewing said. From grassroots organizing to
phone banking to registering voters, LGBT
supporters are working hard because theres
too much at stake to sit on the sidelines.
The Washington Blade was unable
to nd local LGBT supporters of Mitt
Romneys campaign who are undertaking
efforts to help the Republican nominee
win the White House.
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Black Pride group changes name, expands mission

The D.C.-based International Federation of Black Prides announced on Oct. 11
that it has changed its name to the Center for Black Equity.
At a news brieng at the D.C. headquarters of the National Council of Negro
Women, ofcials said the organizations board of directors approved the name
change in July to better reect its role in advocating for LGBT people of African
descent in addition to assisting groups that organize black LGBT Pride festivals in
the U.S. and abroad.
The new name, Center for Black Equity (CBE), refocuses and elevates the
deep commitment to our mission of achieving equality and justice for Black LGBT
communities through expansive platforms focused on Health Equity, Economic
Equity, and Social Equity, according to a statement on the groups website,
centerforblackequity.org.
Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., who founded the International Federation of Black Prides in
D.C. in 1999, will continue to serve as the organizations president and CEO under
the new name.
Fowlkes told the Blade that as of this year, the Center for Black Equity has
among its members more than 30 black LGBT pride organizations in cities across
the U.S. as well as in Toronto, London and South Africa. He said the group has a
staff of four full-time employees.
He said the expanded programs and projects involving health, economic, and
social issues related to black LGBT people will not duplicate or intrude on the work
of the National Black Justice Coalition, a D.C.-based LGBT political organization
that lobbies Congress and advocates for the civil rights of black LGBT people.
Our focus is on the people participating in the Pride events, Fowlkes said.
There is plenty of work for all of us to do.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
washingtonblade.com
04 OCTOBER 19, 2012 LOCAL NEWS
CROSBY BURNS will travel to Colorado next week to campaign for President Obama.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
D.C. gays mobilize to re-elect Obama
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Grosso, Brown take
high scores for at-large
Council contest

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson
(D-At-Large) received a +10 rating from
the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, the
highest possible score, in his race for the
position of City Council Chair.
Mendelson, a long-time supporter of
LGBT rights who played the lead role in
shepherding the citys same-sex marriage
law though the Council, is considered
the strong favorite to beat Democratic
challenger Calvin Gurley in a Nov. 6
special election.
GLAA rates candidates on a scale of
-10, the worst possible rating, to +10, the
highest score.
In the general election race for two
at-large Council seats, GLAA gave
challenger David Grosso, an independent,
a +9 rating compared to a +7.5 rating for
incumbent Michael A. Brown, whos also
an independent.
In a statement announcing its ratings,
GLAA, a non-partisan LGBT advocacy
organization, said Grosso and Brown are
equally supportive on the issues deemed
important by GLAA and both have strong
records of support on those issues.
The statement says Grosso received the
higher score based on the substance
of his answers to a GLAA questionnaire,
which asks candidates to provide detailed
responses to a wide range of LGBT-related
issues as well as a few non-LGBT specic
issues.
In a development likely to raise concern
among some LGBT Democrats, GLAA
gave incumbent Council member Vincent
Orange (D-At-Large) a +0.5 rating, saying
Orange disagrees with GLAA on a number
of issues and showed no understanding
of the issues in his questionnaire
responses.
The GLAA ratings came out on Oct.
10, the same day that the Gertrude Stein
Democratic Club, the citys largest LGBT
political group, voted to endorse Oranges
re-election bid. His supporters among
club members say he has shown overall
support on most LGBT issues.
Most political observers believe Orange
and Brown remain the strong favorites to
win re-election, with Grosso considered
the challenger with the best shot at pulling
off an upset victory by winning one of the
two seats.
Others running for the at-large seats
who were rated by GLAA are independent
A.J. Cooper (+4); Leon Swain Jr. (+4),
Statehood Green Party candidate Ann
Wilcox (0); and Republican Mary Brooks
Beatty (0). GLAA said Wilcox and Beatty
failed to return the questionnaire,
resulting in an automatic 0 rating absent
credible information about their records
or positions on LGBT issues.
The Log Cabin Republicans of D.C.
endorsed Beatty.
In other Council races, GLAA gave a
-3.5 rating to incumbent Council members
Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Marion
Barry (D-Ward 8). Both voted against the
same-sex marriage law when it came up
for a vote in the Council in 2009. GLAA says
Barry lost additional points for speaking at
an anti-gay rally calling for the Council to
defeat the marriage equality law.
The group says Alexander lost additional
points for introducing an amendment
to the same-sex marriage bill that would
have effectively removed protections of
the D.C. Human Rights Act on the basis of
sexual orientation. The amendment died
in committee.
GLAA gave Alexanders Republican
challenger, Ron Moten, a +1.5 rating and
Barrys independent challenger Jauhar
Abraham a 0 rating. Both failed to return
the questionnaire, but GLAA said Moten
scored points for his record of providing
services to LGBT youth through his
organization Peaceoholics.
In the remaining two Council races,
LGBT supportive incumbents Jack Evans
(D-Ward 3) and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward
4) are running unopposed. GLAA gave
Evans a +8.5 rating and Bowser a +6.5.
In the at-large race, LGBT activists
appear to be dividing their support
between Orange, Brown and Grosso, who
has been aggressively courting the gay
vote, according to some observers.
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Mendelson wins top GLAA rating for D.C. Council
16-year-old male attacked
outside Howard Theatre
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A D.C. Superior Court Grand Jury
has indicted two men and a woman on
hate crime charges in connection with
the June stabbing of a 16-year-old male
outside D.C.s Howard Theatre whom the
defendants believed to be gay.
News of the indictments surfaced at an
Oct. 9 arraignment in Superior Court for
defendants Ali Jackson, 19, his sister Alvonica
Jackson, 25, and Desmond Campbell, 33.
The indictment charges Ali Jackson and
Campbell with bias-related assault with
intent to kill while armed. It charges Alvonica
Jackson with bias-related assault with a
dangerous weapon. All three defendants
pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On or about June 26, 2012, within the
District of Columbia, Ali M. Jackson and
Desmond R. Campbell, while armed with
a knife, assaulted [the victim] with intent to
kill him because of prejudice based on the
actual or perceived sexual orientation of
[the victim], the indictment says.
On or about June 26, 2012, within the
District of Columbia, Alvonica S. Jackson
assaulted [the victim] with a dangerous
weapon, that is, [a] knife, because of
prejudice based on the actual or perceived
sexual orientation of [the victim], the
indictment says.
At a July 10 preliminary hearing, a
D.C. police detective testied that a
witness saw Ali Jackson stab the victim
in the left bicep, lower back, and left leg
after shouting names at him outside the
Howard Theatre at 6th and T streets, N.W.
Det. Kenneth Arrington testied at the
hearing that the stabbing took place after
Campbell grabbed the victim from behind and
held him in a headlock and Alvonica Jackson
assisted Campbell by preventing the victim
from defending himself by holding his arms.
Im going to poke your faggy ass,
Arrington said the witness quoted Ali
Jackson as saying while pointing a knife at
the victim.
According to a police arrest afdavit,
the three defendants each referred to the
victim as faggy at the time they were
stopped and detained by police.
Under the citys criminal code, someone
who assists in a shooting or stabbing
assault can be charged with committing
such an assault even if they didnt re a
gun or personally stab the victim.
A trial for the case set by Superior Court
Judge Patricia Broderick is scheduled to
begin Jan. 9, 2013.
Ali Jackson has been held without bond
since the time of his arrest on the night of
the incident in June. Alvonica Jackson and
Campbell were released at that time while
they await trial.
At the July hearing the three defendants
rejected a plea bargain offer by
prosecutors that would have dropped the
hate crime designation to the respective
assault charges against Alvonica Jackson
and Campbell. The offer called for
retaining the hate crime designation for
the charge against Ali Jackson.
A hate crime designation to a felony charge,
such as assault with a dangerous weapon,
carries a longer prison term than for a similar
offense without a hate-related designation.
William Miller, a spokesperson for the
U.S. Attorneys ofce, which is prosecuting
the case, said a conviction against Ali
Jackson and Campbell for a hate-related
assault with intent to kill while armed
could result in a sentence of up to 45 years
in prison. A conviction against Alvonica
Jackson for a hate-related assault with a
dangerous weapon could bring a prison
sentence of up to 15 years.
washingtonblade.com
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3 indicted on hate crime charges in June stabbing
A grand jury indicted two men and a woman on hate crime charges in connection with the June
stabbing of a 16-year-old male outside D.C.s Howard Theatre.
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Md. marriage debate
enters nal weeks;
advocates raise $3.2 million
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
The Washington Blade has learned that
the Internal Revenue Service in 2011 led
a lien against the executive director of
the group challenging Marylands same-
sex marriage law for more than $32,000 in
unpaid taxes.
A federal tax lien notice that the
Internal Revenue Service led in Prince
Georges County Circuit Court on March
23, 2011, indicates that Derek A. McCoy of
Seabrook owed $32,586.39 in back taxes.
The ling notes he had an unpaid balance
of $22,940.32 for the tax period that ended
on Dec. 31, 2002. The document further
indicates that McCoy had an unpaid
balance of $9,646.07 for the tax period
that ended on Dec. 31, 2003.
As provided by section 6321, 6322
and 6323 of the Internal Revenue
Code, we are giving a notice that taxes
(including interest and penalties) have
been assessed against the following-
named taxpayer, reads the notice that
was prepared and signed in Baltimore on
March 9, 2011. We have made a demand
for payment of this liability, but it remains
unpaid. Therefore, there is a lien in favor
of the United States on all property and
rights to property belonging to this
taxpayer for the amount of these taxes,
and additional penalties, interest and
costs that may accrue.
The document indicates that the IRS
Small Business/Self-Employed Division led
the tax lien. A Los Angeles Times database
notes that McCoy, who listed TMG
Consulting of Seabrook as his employer,
donated $100 to the campaign in support
of Californias voter-approved Proposition 8
that banned marriage for same-sex couples
in the Golden State. He is among those who
helped organize black clergy across the
state to support the ballot measure ahead
of the Nov. 2008 vote.
Corridor, Inc., a business and political
newsmagazine that covers the Baltimore
and D.C. metropolitan areas, identies
McCoy as a pastor from Seabrook in a
picture it published of him and others
attending the Pregnancy Clinic of
Bowie Crofton and Severna Parks 30th
anniversary banquet at the Marriott BWI
Airport Hotel last October. McCoy, who
is executive director of the Maryland
Marriage Alliance, is an associate pastor
at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, the
same congregation headed by Bishop
Harry Jackson who claimed late last month
he placed a curse on the Blade two
months before the newspapers parent
companys Nov. 2009 bankruptcy forced it
to temporarily shut down.
Neither McCoy nor the Maryland
Marriage Alliance returned the Blades
repeated requests for comment.
It remains unclear as to whether the tax
lien has been settled.
Marriage group
raises $3.2 million
In related news, the group defending
Marylands same-sex marriage law reported
last week that it has raised $3.2 million.
Marylanders for Marriage Equalitys
campaign nance report notes total
expenditures of slightly more than $2
million, with roughly $1.2 million cash on-
hand. It indicates just short of $400,000 of
in-kind donations from the Human Rights
Campaign and other organizations.
The report also includes more than 950
pages of donors and contributions.
We truly appreciate the generous
support of all those who believe in fairness
and equality particularly the thousands
of grassroots supporters all over the
state, Josh Levin, campaign manager
of Marylanders for Equality, told the
Washington Blade.
Marylanders for Marriage Equality has
held a number of high-prole fundraisers
with Gov. Martin OMalley, gay former
Republican National Committee Chair
Ken Mehlman, Ravens linebacker Brendan
Ayanbadejo and others over the last several
months. Former National Football League
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his wife
Chan announced a $100,000 donation to
the campaign during an Oct. 2 fundraiser at
gay Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmendorfs
Logan Circle home that OMalley; D.C.
Mayor Vincent Gray; Chip DiPaula, former
Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Jr.,s chief-of-
staff and others attended.
New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, who attended Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore, announced
Friday that he had donated $250,000 to
Marylanders for Marriage Equality. This
donation is the largest single contribution
listed on the campaigns report.
It further notes $1.6 million in media
buys on local television stations through
Nov. 6 the rst Marylanders for
Marriage Equality ads that feature Rev.
Dont Hickman of Southern Baptist
Church in Baltimore and Rev. Delman
Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church
in Clinton in Prince Georges County
aired on WBAL in Baltimore on Tuesday.
The rst ad from the Maryland Marriage
Alliance, the group opposing Question
6, began running on the same television
on Monday they have also begun to
air on News 4 in D.C.
Levin told the Blade in June he was
condent that he could run what he
described as a winning campaign with
between $5 and $7 million. OMalley told
LGBT journalists and bloggers on a Sept.
24 teleconference call that the campaign
needed to raise another $2 million ahead
of the Nov. 6 referendum.
I would say we are far along to our
goal, he said in response to the Blades
question about specic fundraising gures
during the brieng. We are beyond the
50-yard line and we continue to move
forward, not back.
OMalley said during the Oct. 2
fundraiser in D.C. that Marylanders for
Marriage Equality needed to raise another
$1 million before Election Day.
The Human Rights Campaign on Monday
announced it has pledged an additional
$300,000 to the campaign defending
Marylands same-sex marriage law.
It is clear 2012 is the year for marriage
equality in the Maryland, said Chad
Grifn, the groups president. Our
movement is about loving and committed
families who deserve nothing less than full
equality under the law. HRC is proud of
our many volunteers and donors who have
raised and donated additional resources
to fuel this ght.
This latest contribution includes
$150,000 to Marylanders for Marriage
Equality and another $150,000 to the
NAACP Maryland Marriage PAC as part
of the $1 million the organization gave to
the four statewide marriage campaigns.
HRC has given $1.53 million in cash and
in-kind donations to the pro-Question 6
campaign and a total of $7.3 million
to efforts to defend same-sex marriage
laws at the ballot in Maryland, Maine and
Washington and defeat a proposed state
constitutional amendment in Minnesota
that would dene marriage as between a
man and a woman on Election Day.
Our adversaries have bragged that
marriage equality has never won at the
ballot box. This November, we will take
that talking point away once and for all,
said Grifn.
HRC announced its latest Maryland
contribution on the same day Marylanders
for Marriage Equality announced Paul
Singer, a Republican who has given more
than $10 million to same-sex marriage
efforts across the country, donated
$250,000 to the pro-Question 6 campaign.
Jealous on
religious freedom
Also this week, the head of the
NAACP stressed that Marylands same-
sex marriage law guarantees religious
freedom.
Were pleased that Question 6 is
very clear: This is about civil marriage,
said Benjamin Jealous during a press
conference at his organizations Baltimore
headquarters. Question 6 goes on to be
very clear that every church, every house
of worship, every synagogue in the state
can have faith that everything will be
respected and protected not only by the
U.S. Constitution but by Question 6 itself.
Jealous, whose parents traveled from
Baltimore to D.C. to get married in 1966
because Maryland did not allow interracial
marriages, reafrmed his support of
Question 6 on the same day a Marylanders
for Marriage Equality television ad that
features NAACP Chair Emeritus Julian Bond
began airing in the D.C. media market.
I know a little something about ghting
for what is right and just. Marylands
gay and lesbian families share the same
values and they should share in the right
to marry, says Bond. I believe people of
faith understand this isnt about any one
religious belief. Its about protecting the
civil right to make a lifelong commitment to
the person you love. Join me in supporting
Question 6. Its the right thing to do.
Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary of Douglass
Memorial Community Church in Baltimore
echoed Bond.
I afrm the NAACPs position that civil
marriage is indeed a civil right, he said.
This really is not a religious issue. The
wording of Question 6 is very specic in
accepting religious protections. All persons
can honor their own personal convictions
without imposing them on anyone else.
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LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 19, 2012 09
Leader of anti-gay group has history of tax liens
NAACP President BENJAMIN JEALOUS
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Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign
director JOSH LEVIN
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Chaz Bono, Grenell host fundraiser for Bono Mack
LOS ANGELES On Sunday, transgender advocate Chaz Bono and former
Mitt Romney foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell hosted a fundraiser at the
home of Republican former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan beneting Bonos
stepmother, Rep. Mary Bono Mack a Republican lawmaker from California
known for having a supportive record on LGBT rights.
Bono Mack voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and
2006, voted for hate crimes protections and a version of the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act. Bono Mack voted against Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal when
it rst came to the House oor in May 2010, but ultimately voted in favor of repeal.
In the current Congress, shes voted against amendments on the House oor
reafrming the Defense of Marriage Act.
Bono is the only child of Cher and the late Rep. Sonny Bono. A ier advertising
the event praises Bono Mack, as the only Republican woman representing
California in the Nations Capitol.
CHRIS JOHNSON
Gay groups ad features ambassadors corpse
FORT LAUDERDALE A South Florida gay Republican groups newspaper ad
that features an image of a U.S. ambassadors corpse has sparked outrage.
The Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida ad that ran in the Florida
Agendas Oct. 10 edition contains an image of Christopher Stevens body being
carried through the streets of Benghazi, Libya, after he and three other Americans
died during an attack on a U.S. consulate on Sept. 11.
If the Obama administration isnt going to protect Gay/Gay-friendly American
citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism, what makes you think they will protect
us from Shariah law ANYWHERE? reads the ad above the image.
While the national organization of Log Cabin Republicans distanced themselves
from the ad, the executive director of gay Republican group, GOProud, defended
the ad, calling radical Islam the greatest threat to gay people in the world.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
New push for LGBT inclusion in Census
WASHINGTON The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Friday it has
established a new advisory committee to ensure its programs and surveys
including the once-a-decade census accurately reect minority populations
within the country.
The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic & Other Populations is
comprised of 31 experts in topics ranging from housing, children, youth, poverty,
privacy, race and ethnicity to LGBT populations. Among the committee members
are experts on LGBT issues: Charlotte Patterson, a psychology professor at the
University of Virginia who has researched child-rearing in LGBT households,
and Shane Snowdon, head of the LGBT health and aging at the Human Rights
Campaign.
Media outlets go purple for Spirit Day
WASHINGTON The Washington Blade will join sports teams, New York and
Las Vegas landmarks, and dozens of major media organizations in turning our
logos purple across platforms to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying.
Joining the cause are the hosts of Good Morning America, Extra, and E!
News who will wear purple on air, as well as celebrities including TV icon George
Takei, NBA legend Shaquille ONeal, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, Glee star
Dianna Agron, star of ABC Familys Pretty Little Liars Shay Mitchell, Wendy
Williams, Chelsea Handler, Chaz Bono, Fran Drescher, the band Fun, Paris Hilton,
Sir Ian McKellen, and Joel McHale.
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NATI ONAL NEWS OCTOBER 19, 2012 15
Specter remembered
as pro-gay moderate
Former Republican
switched parties,
view on DOMA
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT groups hailed former U.S. Sen.
Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) for his support of
LGBT rights upon his death on Sunday.
Media outlets reported Specter died of
complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at
the age of 82 in his home in Philadelphia. In
2005, Specter announced he was suffering
from the disease, but continued serving as he
underwent chemotherapy.
Specter for most of his career as a
senator was a Republican and was known
as a moderate voice within his party.
In 1996, Specter was among the
Republicans who voted in favor of a version
of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
but also voted for the anti-gay Defense of
Marriage Act. In 2004, Specter voted for a
U.S. constitutional amendment that would
have banned same-sex marriage throughout
the country, but when the measure came
before the Senate again in 2006, Specter
along with Sen. Judd Gregg reversed his
position and voted no.
As his re-election approached in 2010,
Specter announced he could no longer
be part of a party that he said was too
conservative and switched his afliation to
Democrat. At the time, he also adopted a
uniformly pro-LGBT voting record, not only
voting for hate crimes protection legislation
and Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal, but calling
for DOMA repeal. In a piece in The Hufngton
Post, Specter called DOMA a relic of a more
tradition-bound time and culture.
However, after changing parties, Specter
ultimately lost the Democratic nomination
in his bid for re-election to former Rep. Joe
Sestak, who lost in the general election to
current Sen. Pat Toomey.
Chad Grifn, president of the Human
Rights Campaign, said in a statement
Specters support for hate crimes
protections and Dont Ask, Dont Tell
repeal was critical as was his decision
to change his position on the Federal
Marriage Amendment.
While we disagreed with his support for
some conservative judicial nominees which
will leave a lasting negative impact on our
community, he was willing to work across
party lines to get things done, Grifn said.
Grifn added he had the opportunity to
host Specter in Los Angeles while working
with him to raise funds for stem cell
research at a time when it was difcult for
a Republican senator to speak out.
LGBT political groups had kind words for
Specter while refraining from commenting
about his change in party afliation toward
the end of his career.
R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of
the Log Cabin Republicans, commended
Specter for his work and his partnership
with his organization, but also recalled a
personal experience with the late senator.
Sen. Specter was a longtime ally of
Log Cabin Republicans and a public
servant committed to the rule of law,
Cooper said. I remember traveling with
him during the Bush administration and
his keen interest in the U.S. support of civil
society organizations abroad.
Jerame Davis, executive director of
the National Stonewall Democrats, said
Specter was an important moderate
voice as a Republican, but needed to
become a Democrat to continue to serve
as the voice of reason.
As a Republican, Arlen Specter was a
moderate and often stood with Democrats
on LGBT issues, Davis said. In 2009, he
realized he was the last of a dying breed of
reasonable Republicans in the GOP and
joined the Democratic Party.
Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the
Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, had
kind words for the late senator.
He was a poor Jewish boy from
Kansas, Lazin said. Whatever he made
in the world, really was as a result of his
remarkable intelligence and work ethic.
Over his course of his career as a federal
prosecutor in Philadelphia in the 1970s, Lazin
said he knew Specter on a personal level. The
not-yet senator was an honorary campaign
chair for Lazin and would advise him in
meetings that took place about once a week.
Former Sen. ARLEN SPECTER died Sunday at age 82.
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living in poverty goes down dramatically.
The opportunities that the child will will
be able to achieve increase dramatically.
Romney never explicitly said he was
excluding opposite-sex couples when
touting the importance of a two-parent
family as the correct way to raise children,
but didnt take the opportunity to say that
marriage should be between one man,
one woman.
He has previously stated that gay
couples shouldnt be allowed to marry and
supports a U.S. constitutional amendment
that would ban same-sex marriage
throughout the country.
The Romney campaign didnt
immediately respond to the Washington
Blades request to clarify the marriage
remarks, but LGBT rights groups on
both sides of the aisle had differing
interpretations of the candidates intended
meaning.
Jerame Davis, executive director of the
National Stonewall Democrats, said even
though Romney didnt mention same-sex
couples in his remarks, the candidates
past hostility toward LGBT people speaks
for itself.
Whether or not it was intentional, Mitt
Romney has absolutely no respect for
LGBT families, Davis said. His opposition
to marriage equality and even civil unions
makes clear that he really doesnt believe
our families are equal or deserving of the
same status as other families.
R. Clarke Cooper, executive director
of the Log Cabin Republicans, said he
didnt believe Romneys remarks were
exclusionary based on comments hes
made at other times.
I dont think that was intended to be
an exclusionary statement because he has
made comments in support on [same-sex
parent] adoption, and later in his closing
comments, he made a reference to all of
us being children of God, Cooper said.
Romney once articulated that same-
sex parent adoption was a right over
the course of the presidential campaign,
but later claried his position in May to
state he merely acknowledges the right
of states to enable adoption by same-sex
parents if they choose.
President Obama made a reference
to opposing discrimination during the
presidential debate in response to a
question on pay equity for women, though
he said nothing explicit on LGBT issues.
And weve also got to make sure that
in every walk of life, we do not tolerate
discrimination, Obama said. Thats been
one of the hallmarks of my administration.
Im going to continue to push on this issue
for the next four years.
Obama supports marriage equality and
pushed for repeal of Dont Ask, Dont
Tell as president although he hasnt
spelled out what he would do to further
advance LGBT rights if re-elected.
But these were the only times that any
discussion remotely related to LGBT issues
took place at the debate in Hempstead,
N.Y. Its unlikely LGBT issues will come up
during the nal debate next week because
itll focus on foreign policy.
But other social issues emerged during
the debate. On immigration, Romney
said he doesnt support amnesty for
undocumented immigrants or offering
them legal drivers licenses, but took
Obama to task for not accomplishing
immigration reform over the course of his
rst term. Obama criticized Romney for
his hard-line views on the issue, noting
the GOP candidate has said hed veto the
DREAM Act.
Speaking about the inclusion of women
in his administration, Romney made
a gaffe when he said he was brought
binders full of women as governor of
Massachusetts that he said led him to
appoint more women in senior leadership
positions than any other state in America.
Heather Cronk, managing director of
GetEQUAL, was disappointed by the lack
of LGBT inclusion in the debate.
In a debate that reduced marriage to
a remedy for gun violence and workplace
equality to women in a binder, it was
hard for LGBT folks to see ourselves as
part of a substantive and robust political
conversation, Cronk said. The partisan
folks will surely come out of the woodwork
over the next few days to claim victory for
one side or the other, but we still havent
seen either candidate describe a path to
victory for LGBT Americans to be fully
equal under the law.
Most observers said Obama needed a
win during the debate to come back after
what was deemed a listless performance
during the previous debate that preceded
a drop for him in the polls. According to a
CNN poll made public after the debate, 46
percent of respondents said Obama won
the debate, compared with 39 percent for
Romney.
But another poll of undecided voters
showed mixed views. A CBS News/
Knowledge networks poll of undecided
voters who watched the debate found
37 percent said Obama won, 30 percent
favored Mitt Romney and 33 percent
called the debate a tie.
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16 OCTOBER 19, 2012 COVER STORY
Republican presidential nominee MITT ROMNEY and PRESIDENT OBAMA squared off in a town
hall debate Tuesday.
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No mention of LGBT issues in latest debate
CONTI NUED FROM PAGE 1
Biden, Ryan offer contrast on role of faith
The vice presidential candidates sparred during a debate last week over issues
ranging from foreign affairs to the economy, and took very different views on the
role their faith plays in their duties as public ofcials.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said his Catholic faith is
inseparable from the decisions he makes while in ofce under questioning from
moderator Martha Raddatz on how his religion guides his pro-life views.
I dont see how a person can separate their public life from their private life
or from their faith, Ryan said. Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith
informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, about how to make sure
that people have a chance in life.
Vice President Joseph Biden similarly talked about the importance of religion
in his life saying hes been a practicing Catholic all his life and his religion has
informed his social views but he went on to say hes pro-choice and wouldnt
impose his religion on others who may not share his views.
But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and
Jews and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the
congressman, Biden said.
Its these views on religion that could help explain why they hold opposing
views on same-sex marriage, which is opposed by the Catholic Church. Biden
came out for marriage equality in an interview on NBCs Meet the Press while
Ryan opposes same-sex marriage and voted twice for a U.S. constitutional
amendment that would ban it throughout the country.
Adam Bink, whos gay and director of online programs for the Courage
Campaign, said the candidates opposing views on the way religion affects their
public duties should concern LGBT Americans particularly with several cases
related to marriage pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
For anyone concerned about LGBT equality, the bottom line was Rep. Ryan
saying he cant separate his faith from the way he serves in public ofce, and
Vice President Biden saying I accept the churchs doctrine in my personal life,
but I refuse to impose that on others, Bink said. With the Supreme Court
considering whether to take cases on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage
Act, I know who I want advising the next president on judicial nominees.
But no explicit mention of LGBT issues was made during the 90-minute debate
at Centre College in Danville, Ky., where the terrorism attacks in Benghazi, Libya,
the best way to end the war in Afghanistan and managing the scal affairs of the
U.S. government took up large portions of the evening.
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university released a statement saying it
wants to talk to McCaskill about reaching
an agreement that could lead to her
reinstatement.
Her attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon, told
the news conference McCaskill suffered
damages by the universitys action and
she would seek compensation for the
damages. He declined to say whether
McCaskill planned to le a lawsuit and
seek monetary compensation.
We will gladly meet with them, he
said of the university offer to discuss ways
to reinstate McCaskill.
Gordon stated repeatedly that McCaskill
remains neutral on the gay marriage
ballot referendum. He said her decision
to sign the petition to place the marriage
question on the ballot was based on her
strong belief that all controversial issues
should be put before voters in Maryland.
I fully support the members of the
LGBT community as I support all groups
across Gallaudet and its community,
McCaskill told the news conference.
When I assumed my position we had an
LGBTQA Resource Center that had been
formed without funding, she said. It was
simply an ofce. I relocated resources to
provide support for the center because
I believe that members of the LGBTQA
community deserve more.
McCaskill, 54, said she has worked at
Gallaudet for 24 years. Her biography on
the university website says she is the rst
deaf African-American woman to earn a
Ph.D. from Gallaudet.
Tuesdays news conference marked the
rst time McCaskill has spoken publicly
about her suspension since the university
community rst learned about it on Oct. 10
through a statement released by Hurwitz.
It recently came to my attention that Dr.
McCaskill has participated in a legislative
initiative that some feel is inappropriate
for an individual serving as Chief Diversity
Ofcer; however, other individuals feel
differently, Hurwitz said.
I will use the extended time while she
is on administrative leave to determine
the appropriate next steps taking into
consideration the duties of this position at
the university, he said. In the meantime
an interim Chief Diversity Ofcer will be
announced in the near future.
Since making that announcement,
Hurwitz has come under re from both
supporters and opponents of the Maryland
marriage equality law. Maryland Gov. Martin
OMalley, a strong supporter of the same-
sex marriage law, and Josh Levin, chair of
Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the lead
group campaigning to retain the same-sex
marriage law, have called on Gallaudet to
immediately reinstate McCaskill.
The anti-gay Family Research Council and
the Maryland Marriage Alliance, two groups
urging voters to overturn the marriage
equality law in the November referendum,
have cited McCaskills suspension as a
predictor of what will happen if the law is
upheld and takes effect in January.
Homosexual activists continue to
cry that individual and religious liberties
are not at risk, said Maryland Marriage
Alliance Chair Derek McCoy in a statement
released on Tuesday. The suspension of
Dr. McCaskill is proof of the disingenuous
and untruthful nature of that argument.
In a full-page ad published Tuesday
in the Annapolis daily newspaper The
Capital, Marylanders for Marriage Equality
disputed McCoys assertion.
Unfortunately, opponents of marriage
equality are trying to make what happened
to Dr. McCaskill about Question 6, the
November ballot measure that will allow
gay and lesbian couples to get a civil
marriage license and protects religious
freedom, the ad states.
But her suspension from a D.C.
university has nothing to do with Question
6 in Maryland, the ad says. It does
however have everything to do with
being able to express ones opinions,
freely, and participate in the political
processQuestion 6 is about fairness and
equality under the law, and its only fair Dr.
McCaskill get her job back.
McCaskills decision to sign the
referendum petition was rst reported by
the blog Planet DeafQueer, which is widely
read nationally in the LGBT deaf community.
The blog reported that an unidentied
faculty member reportedly found
McCaskills name on a database list of all
signers of the petition that was released
by the Maryland board of elections and
published by the Washington Blade.
At Tuesdays news conference in
Annapolis, neither McCaskill nor Gordon,
her attorney, identied Bienvenu or Smith
as the faculty members who discovered
McCaskills name on the database of
petition signers.
But McCaskill told of how the two
faculty members played a key role in
what she described as a tremendously
horric two-week period in which her 24-
year career at the university was shaken.
This nightmare began two weeks
ago on Wednesday, Oct. 3, when I was
approached by a faculty member of
Gallaudet University whose name is
Martina Bienvenu, McCaskill said.
She asked if I had signed a petition to
put the question of same-sex marriage
on the ballot as a referendum, McCaskill
continued. I responded that I had, that I
did sign such a petition. In this very moment,
she determined that the signature meant
that I was anti-gay. No one has the right
to decide what my signature meant, she
said. Only I can do that.
Added McCaskill, MJ, Dr. Bienvenu
and her partner, Kendra Smith, wrote a
letter to the president of the university
asking that I be reprimanded.
The Blade has sent e-mails to Bienvenu
and Smith seeking their version of what
role they may have played in McCaskills
suspension. The two had not responded
as of early Wednesday.
Their biographies posted on the
Gallaudet website state that both hold
a Ph.D., with Bienvenu serving as a
professor of ASL and Deaf Studies and
Smith serving as an assistant professor of
counseling. Both have been involved in
academic-related projects involving LGBT
deaf people, according to the biographies.
Planet DeafQueer reported in an
Oct. 8 posting that LGBT students, who
considered McCaskill a friend and ally
in her role as chief diversity ofcer, were
shocked when they learned she had
signed a petition to place the marriage
equality law on the ballot in a referendum.
The blog posting said LGBT students
and faculty believed it was inappropriate
for the schools diversity ofcer to take
such an action, which they viewed as an
endorsement of the campaign to defeat
the marriage equality law.
LGBT activists in Maryland have pointed
out that the signature gathering effort to
place the marriage equality law on the
ballot was organized and carried out by
people who oppose same-sex marriage.
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A 15-year-old transgender student at
Patapsco Senior High School identied as
Dee was suspended following a ght with
another student, according to school ofcials.
The attack occurred on Oct. 11 at the
Dundalk-area school. Dee was allegedly
assaulted and had her hair pulled by a
female student. She fought back, and
during the altercation, the attacker
allegedly called Dee a tranny faggot.
Fighting is a Category I offense in the
Baltimore County Public Schools Code
of Conduct, and suspension is one of the
disciplinary options for the offense. Both
students were immediately suspended in
compliance with the policy.
The dispute stemmed from a drink-
throwing incident in the cafeteria the day
before in which, according to a source, Dee
was defending a gay friend from ridicule.
Dee identied as a gay male named David
while attending Golden Ring Middle School
where he had been bullied constantly for
being gay. During the summer before
ninth grade, Dee came out as transgender,
according to a county social worker.
Although there was a degree of
acceptance, Dee always believed that she
was viewed as different and that the attack
resulted, in part, from that perspective,
according to Cathi Coulson, a Towson-
based licensed clinical social worker for 22
years who specializes in adolescents and has
worked for years with Dee and her family. I
am amazed by her strength and courage to
be true to herself, Coulson said.
Charles Herndon, a spokesperson for
Baltimore County Public Schools conrmed
there was a ght involving Dee. The school
investigated the incident thoroughly and it
appeared that sexual orientation did not
provoke this incident, he told the Blade.
A hearing has been scheduled for Oct.
19 to determine if the suspension should be
extended and if expulsion will be considered
as a result of Dees actions during the ght.
Bloomberg donates to
Md. marriage effort
New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, a graduate of Johns
Hopkins University, donated $250,000 to
Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Along
with his contribution, Bloomberg sent a
message to Marylanders.
Maryland will always hold a special
place in my heart. I went to college at Johns
Hopkins in Baltimore, and have remained
active in the Hopkins community. So when
Governor OMalley asked me to support
Question 6, I didnt hesitate.
Two years ago, marriage equality was
passed in the State of New York with bi-
partisan support. The victory resulted
in one of our states great civil rights
victories, Bloomberg said.
GLCCB offers
Trans 101 tutorial
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of
Baltimore will offer a Trans 101 tutorial so that
interested parties, friends and allies may learn
about trans people and what challenges trans
people face in both the LGBTQ community
and the community at large.
According to GLCCB Board Member
Sharon Brackett, who will present the tutorial
and lead the discussion, Our gender
identity is how we see ourselves. Some of
us see ourselves as women, some as men,
some as a combination of both, some as
neither. Some of us have complex identities
that may even be uid and change over
time. Everyone has a gender identity. And
everyone expresses their gender identity.
It will take place Oct. 23 at the GLCCB,
2410 Chase St., in Baltimore from 7-8:30 p.m.
Free screening of lm
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In an attempt to educate the
public about issues impacting LGBT
undocumented immigrant students,
the GLCCB and Equality Maryland are
hosting a free screening of Papers:
Stories of Undocumented Youth (www.
PapersTheMovie.com). It will be followed
by a discussion with the lms director
Anne Galisky, Equality Maryland Executive
Director Carrie Evans, and Maryland LGBT
undocumented immigrant students. The
event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25
at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles Theater, 1711
N. Charles St., Baltimore.
RSVP is necessary to attend the free
screening at: equalitymaryland.org/
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Playing together since high school, Indigo
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OMalley joins chefs
at Equality event
Governor Martin OMalley is the guest
of honor at the Chefs for Equality event at
Washingtons Ritz Carlton on Wednesday
at 8 p.m.
The event allows guests to taste selections
from 25 area restaurants. Attendees can also
bid online to eat a number of chef tables.
OMalley is the guest of honor because of his
support for gay marriage in Maryland.
Tickets are $300 for general admission
$50 for the after party. For more
information, visit chefsforequality.org.
Gay bingo:
Halloween edition
Club Hippo (1 W. Eager St.) holds a
special Halloween edition of its weekly
Gay Bingo night on Wednesday starting
at 8:30 p.m. to benet the Gay and
Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore.
Following bingo is its annual Halloween
costume party at 10 p.m.
The night includes progressive jackpots
and drinks specials all night. The Center
promotes equality and understanding of
Baltimores LGBT community while also
providing them with services such as
support groups and different events.
The costume party involves $500 cash
prize to the person with the best costume.
Smaller cash prizes will be given to best
look-a-like and best group.
There are $3 drink specials during bingo.
It is $10 for admission at 10 p.m. For more
information, visit clubhippo.com.
Frontrunners gear up for
Saturday morning meet
Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers run
on Saturday morning at 8:45 starting at
Panera (3600 Boston St.).
The organization is a running and
walking club for LGBTs and their friends.
They welcome runners and walkers of all
levels, including any four-legged friends
who would like to join the run.
The route for the run will include going
to the Inner Harbor World Trade Center or
the Maryland Science Center. Afterward,
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Reaction by some to
Gallaudet controversy
is indefensible
For many in the LGBT community the
word hate is no longer a noun or a verb.
Its simply an overused adjective with which
some have fallen in love.
Following the controversial decision
last week by Gallaudet University to
place Chief Diversity Ofcer Dr. Angela
McCaskill on paid administrative leave
in response to her having signed a ballot
petition in her residential locale in Mary-
land to qualify a voter referendum on the
states pending same-sex marriage law,
consternation and condemnation was the
overwhelming reaction.
McCaskill, a 23-year employee at the
D.C. campus of the nations leading univer-
sity for deaf and hard-of-hearing students,
is the rst deaf African-American female
to earn her Ph.D. from Gallaudet. She was
suspended by President Alan Hurwitz fol-
lowing a complaint by a faculty colleague,
reportedly an out lesbian, who had discov-
ered McCaskills name on the list of signa-
tories published by the Washington Blade.
In announcing the decision, Hurwitz
indicated that McCaskills petition sign-
ing had caused members of the university
to be concerned and confused terms
more aptly self-applied.
Gallaudet proved more than a tad bit
ironic in demonstrating an inability to tol-
erate a diversity of opinion by its own di-
versity ofcer. Although irrelevant, it soon
became known that McCaskill had not
signed the ballot petition as a result of
any anti-gay animus, instead considering
it a legislative issue best decided by the
democratic process.
Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley, other
same-sex marriage supporters and Mary-
landers for Marriage Equality quickly criti-
cized the universitys decision to punish
McCaskill and called for her immediate
reinstatement. We strongly disagree with
the decision, Josh Levin, campaign man-
ager for the organization supporting ap-
proval of Question 6, said in a statement.
The group also placed an ad in The Capital
newspaper condemning the suspension,
noting that the issue was being able to ex-
press ones opinions, freely, and participate
in the political process.
The Washington Post editorialized
against the university action, pointing out
there is no evidence that her views on gay
marriage, whatever they are, affected her
performance at work. To the contrary, until
now she was known for supporting a new
resource center for gay students on cam-
pus. Firing, or threatening to re, a diver-
sity ofcer for off-campus political activity
strikes us as inconsistent with open sharing
of thoughts and ideas.
Maryland State Rep. Aisha Braveboy,
chair of the legislatures Black Caucus
joined McCaskill at a press conference out-
side the State Capitol Building in Annapolis
this week, indicating that the Caucus was
highly troubled that Gallaudet would
punish its Associate Provost of Diversity
and Inclusion.
Also troubling was the frequently vitriol-
ic comments posted online at mainstream
media news reports and on both LGBT and
general audience blogs supporting the in-
stitutions indefensible actions.
Worse, a number of the commentaries
introduced a new term into the vernacular:
Hate voting.
This outrageous epithet is presumably
reserved for those with opposing politi-
cal views. A companion expression to the
milder hate chicken, recently espoused
regarding Chick-l-A.
Is alleged hate voting a hate crime?
Friends and relatives reportedly de-
scribed McCaskill encountering why do
you hate me? inquiries.
Voter petitions are available for public
inspection, including for the purpose of
verifying ballot qualication. Technology
allows easy dissemination of names and
addresses.
Although access to such information is
a little creepy and can lead to abuse, that
genie now roams outside the bottle. How-
ever, the notion that identifying neighbors
and coworkers with differing political views
will result in Kumbaya doorstep dialogue is
disingenuous. It will garner further public
process disengagement and make petition
signature gathering more difcult.
Hurwitz announced on Tuesday the
option for McCaskill to return to her job,
likely fearing a lawsuit and ongoing blow-
back. However, he indicated there were
unspecied hoops through which she
needed to jump.
A public apology is what is called for,
Mr. Hurwitz, plus maybe a few extra credit
courses in constitutional law.
Maryland voters will soon decide the
fate of marriage equality. Lets hope they
overlook Gallaudet Universitys bonehead-
ed actions against a fellow citizen and the
hate reaction by some members and
supporters of the LGBT community.
All we can hope is that they not hate us.
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The LGBT love affair with hate
26 OCTOBER 19, 2012 OUR BUSI NESS MATTERS
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Mark Lee is a local small business manager and long-
time community business advocate. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
Party guests use of faggot
prompts awkward but
rewarding moment
By HEATHER FITZ

At a party last weekend, I had an en-
counter that made me angry, sad and
kind of proud of myself. My partner of
seven years, April, and I attended the
housewarming party of Linda, the amaz-
ing woman who is renting our house
downtown. The backyard was lit up, a re
pit burned and a talented guitarist played
on the porch. When we arrived, none of
our friends were there yet, so I did what
I always do and struck up a conversation
with someone I didnt know, a guy who
passed by me to get a beer out of the
cooler. As soon as he picked it up, I joked,
Hey! I was gonna drink that one next!
He laughed, turned and introduced
himself, Im Adam.
Im Heather. Nice to meet you.
Adam, I realized very quickly, was D-
R-U-N-K. But it was a party, and I didnt
care. I learned he was a friend of a friend
who didnt know Linda, but was invited to
come along to the party.
We talked football and disagreed on
our feelings about Michael Vick and his
dog scandal. As I was trying to gure
out my exit strategy, he asked me about
college football. I told him I was an FSU
graduate and Seminoles fan.
Ugh, he said. I hate Seminole fans.
Worst fucking fans in the world! Worse
than Alabama, Georgia and Miami!
Why do you say that, I asked.
He proceeded to tell me a story about
attending an FSU/Virginia Tech game
once where he witnessed three drunk
guys harass a man and his daughter after
the game. It sounded like a bad scene, so
I said: You know, that was terrible. But
every school has rowdy, obnoxious fans.
I dont agree with what they did, but you
cant attribute their behavior to the entire
Seminole fan base.
He replied, They were fucking ass-
holes. Seriously, a bunch of goddamn
FAGGOTS.
I felt the earth move under my feet and
my expression froze. He read my reaction
correctly, and said, laughing: I probably
shouldnt say that word too loudly.
No, no you shouldnt. You should
never say it especially when you are
talking to someone who is gay.
The look of shock and surprise on his
face was unmistakable. Ive been told
that most people would not peg me as
gay and clearly he had no idea.
He fumbled around for words for a few
seconds and then said, Its just a word. I
mean, do you know its origin? I was a his-
tory major, so I can tell you.
Its not just a word. You used it to
describe people who you just nished
saying were degenerates, losers and ass-
holes.
He stumbled away and I found myself
incredulous at the slur. Yes, he was drunk,
but frankly, drunk people say more freely
what they really feel and believe. But lots
of sober people throw the word around
too, to describe people they dont like,
would like to do harm to, want to make
fun of, etc.
Its a slur. It hurts and it is not
acceptable.
I was proud of myself for confronting
him and even prouder of Linda and her
boyfriend when upon hearing about
the incident (I didnt tell them, someone
else who overheard it did) asked Adam
to leave given his disrespect of their gay
friends.
Ive given it a lot of thought and be-
lieve we need to continue to stand up
and say something when we hear fag-
got or queer thrown around. Young
gay kids are hanging themselves because
elementary school kids want to play
Smear the Queer or because they like
theater instead of football.
As gay adults, sometimes it feels eas-
ier to ignore the comments rather than
confront them. We need to. And more
importantly, if you arent gay, but hear
the slur, I would hope you too would say
something. Because if you love me, you
know my heart and that when someone
uses the slur, they are inferring gay peo-
ple are all the things Adam spoke of.
Imagine the impact if straight people
who overheard such slurs stood up and
said: I have a sister, mother, brother,
niece, nephew, friend, cousin who is gay
and when you use that word, you offend
not only them, but me, because s/he is
an amazing person. I hear you say that
the person you are talking about is not a
person of quality, but you can make that
point without using the slur.
I know its not comfortable, but its
worth it.
D.C. is a 21st century city
stuck with 20th century
leadership
By MARY BROOKS BEATTY
Though social issues like marriage
equality still divide the major political
parties on the national level, in D.C.,
both Republicans and Democrats are for-
tunately united in support of equal rights
for gay and lesbian couples.
Another place where we may nd com-
mon ground between political parties in
the nations capital is in a belief that the
District currently lacks strong and account-
able leaders with a bold vision for the fu-
ture. The city deserves better than a medi-
ocre and ethically challenged status quo.
Thats why Im running for City Council.
Washington is a 21st century city stuck
with 20th century leadership. The pay to
play schemes that used to plague big city
governmentswhere public dollars ow
to politicians friends rather than quali-
ed biddersare regrettably still standard
practice in the District of Columbia. One-
party political rule has left no one in charge
of holding the Council accountable and
ethical standards have suffered as a result.
Take Council member Michael A.
Browns stealthy approach to legalizing
online gambling (executed while working
for a rm that would have beneted from
the gambling contract.) Or consider
Council Chair Kwame Browns resignation
earlier this year after he was charged with
bank fraud. These are examples (by no
means isolated) of elected representatives
more interested in helping themselves
than helping the people of the District.
I would be a different kind of Council
member, and I have a record to prove it.
I served for six years as commissioner of
an Advisory Neighborhood Commission
(ANC) in northeast Capitol Hill, a neighbor-
hood Ive lived in for nearly 15 years. The
ANC I chaired included the H Street corri-
dor, which at the time I took ofce in 2004
was a hot spot for drug dealing and street
drinking. I initiated and led an effort to ban
the sale of single containers of alcohol along
the H Street corridor. This seemingly small
change made this historic street pedestrian-
friendly again, and opened up the door for
explosive retail and restaurant growth.
Listening to the concerns of your peers,
and working together with them to solve
problemsits this attitude, rather than the
whats in it for me mentality, that we need
more of on the D.C. City Council. Ethics
reform of this magnitude might seem like
a daunting task, but the 25+ years I spent
working in state legislatures has taught me
how to identify the root cause of a prob-
lem, build consensus among stakeholders,
and take positive action.
Washington, D.C., is changing before
our eyes: Census data show that many of
the citys neighborhoods are becoming
younger and more diverse as young profes-
sionals continue to ock here for opportuni-
ties. At the same time, the Census Bureau
has also reported that more than 100,000 of
the citys residents remain below the poverty
line. Both groups need and demand effec-
tive government. That means keeping crime
low so that people feel safe; providing ef-
cient city services at an equitable tax rate;
supporting laws that protect the citys most
vulnerable residents; and continuing the
march toward better public schools.
We cant afford another four years of
failed leadership from Council members
who act in their own best interests instead
of ours. We need real, honest-to-good-
ness change in the nations capitaland
thats exactly what I promise to work for
when I take ofce on Jan. 1, 2013.
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based in Fredericksburg, Va. Reach her at sprout_
ideas@yahoo.com.
Mary Brooks Beatty is the Republican candidate
for the At-Large D.C. Council seat. Reach her via
marybrooksbeatty.com.
Confronting bigotry isnt easy, but its worth it
We cant afford another four years of
failed leadership from Council members who
act in their own best interests instead of ours.
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Its an interesting time for Barbra
Streisand fans.
Shes on tour and played New York last
weekend (no D.C. dates scheduled).
A (sort of) new album dropped Oct.
9 called Release Me that collects 11
previously unreleased outtakes from
various album projects going back to the
beginning of her career in the early 60s
But just as interesting is the new book
Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra
Streisand, also released this month from
gay author William J. Mann, who, in addition
to several novels, has penned well-received
bios on William Haines, John Schlesinger,
Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.
Mann, an iconoclast who doesnt smash
his subjects but delights in deconstructing
widely parsed anecdotes of show biz
folklore, zeroes in on Streisands early
years from early 1960 (when she was 17)
to the spring of 64 by which time she had
opened in the long-delayed Funny Girl
on Broadway and recorded three platinum-
selling albums for Columbia.
Mann focuses on her early years
because he says everything we think we
know about her can be traced back to this
seminal period She arrived in New York
in 1959 as a penniless teenager without any
connections or experience. Less than ve
years later she was the top-selling female
recording artist in the country and the star
of one of Broadways biggest smash hits.
Going in as close as I have in this book has
allowed me to really shed light on how she
accomplished such a feat.
Manns in Washington Wednesday on his
book tour at the D.C. Jewish Community
Center for a 7 p.m. Streisand presentation
after which hell sign copies of the book.
During two phone chats this week, the
49-year-old author talked about the process
of bringing the book he wasnt particularly
a Streisand fan before to fruition and
how writing it compared to his mammoth
Hepburn and Taylor tomes.
Mann says focusing on Streisands early
years turned out to be an unexpected
advantage. Because few of the key players
are still in touch with the notoriously
private and exacting legend, they felt
freer, Mann says, to cooperate. He wasnt
on a mission to bash Streisand, but he did
want an honest and fresh take.
These very, very famous people really
live in a bubble, he says. It becomes
virtually impossible to get an unvarnished
opinion because any colleague you talk to
is going to have nothing but superlatives
and that becomes very difcult. About
90 percent of the people I spoke to didnt
continue on with her. so they could be
candid. They didnt have to think, Gee, is
Barbra gonna be pissed at me, I have to
work with her next month.
Despite calling the book notable for
its breadth of detail and fair mindedness,
biographer James Gavin writing for the
New York Times said little of the book
is new, a point Mann counters with his
biggest coup being granted the right
to delve into the Jerome Robbins (the
Broadway legend who worked on Funny
Girl) papers at the New York Public
Library, which had not previously been
plumbed for any Streisand book and are
not available to researchers (Mann got an
exception through the Robbins estate).
And even though Streisands rst
boyfriend, Barry Dennen has written an
entire book (1997s My Life with Barbra)
on their relationship, Mann says he got fresh
material from the gay actor for Gorgeous.
One of Manns favorite experiences was
visiting Phyllis Diller, who became a pal
and mentor of the young Streisand during
their time performing at seedy New York
nightclub the Bon Soir in the early 60s.
(Diller died in August.)
She was such a hoot, Mann says with
a laugh. That interview was probably the
most enjoyable of the process. I got to
go to her house and she was irting and
laughing. I asked her if shed give me one
of her trademark laughs and she did. I just
sat there thinking, I love my job.
Other gets werent so splashy
but proved equally invaluable. Though
scads of Streisand material has been
released and is on YouTube, Mann says
the Streisand acionados almost all
gay were helpful. He thinks his track
record on the Hepburn and Taylor books
helped open doors on several fronts. The
book is off to a strong start according
to Nielsen BookScan, its sold about 2,000
copies already.
Theres one fan, and of course hes
made me promise never to reveal who he
is, who had some really amazing stuff. There
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Abdur-Rahim Briggs is the founder and president of Al Sura, Inc. (alsura.org),
a social marketing and fundraising non-prot that provides mini grants and
leadership training to individuals and organizations providing health care and
HIV/AIDS support to people of color.
On Saturday, the organization has its Homecoming Fall Fundraiser Reception
for Howard University alumni and any former D.C. resident. It runs from 7 to
11 p.m. For location and other details, RSVP to hdavis@alsura.org. A $10 door
donation is requested that will go to the organization to help it in its mission
of erasing health disparities among people of color in the District. Organizers
also hope to sign up people for volunteer opportunities with youth mentoring,
voter registration and the Whitman-Walker AIDS Walk events (the AIDS Walk
is Oct. 27).
Briggs, a 44-year-old Los Angeles native, came to Washington in 1994 and
continued his community involvement work. He credits the late Roy Roberts,
former executive director of the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, with
inspiring his work.
He has won several awards for his work, including being honored at a recent
Alston House benet and reception last month.
Briggs lives in Congress Heights in Southeast Washington. Hes single and
enjoys weight training, reading, meditating and socializing. He also likes movies,
watching HGTV and listening to smooth jazz.
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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT
AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST
PERSON TO TELL?
Well actually, I am out to myself. I
tend to keep my personal life personal.
However, I am out to my parents. The
hardest person to tell was a straight guy
I once had a crush on. Were still friends
today.
WHOS YOUR LGBT HERO?
The late Wanda L. Alston.
WHATS WASHINGTONS BEST
NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT?
Presently, it would be a bi-monthly
party called Dark Fantasy hosted by
The Kings Entertainment Group held
every rst and third Saturdays at the
Warehouse Lofts. Hot brothers all over
the place!
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING.
Thats a tough one! My dream
wedding would be a ceremony
overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Im
a big fan of scenic weddings.

WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU
MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
The empowerment and providing
positive mentorship for todays urban
youth. Many young people do not have
positive role models to look to. That
concerns me a great deal.
WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME
WOULD YOU CHANGE?
The assassination of Malcolm X. He
was killed at the age of 44, although
he and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had
philosophical differences, they both
were profound visionaries and leveraged
their religious faiths to move and inspire
the African-American community during
the Civil Rights Movement. It just would
have been interesting to see what more
Malcolm X could have accomplished if
he had more time. Hes truly my hero.
WHATS BEEN THE MOST
MEMORABLE POP CULTURE
MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME?
Michael Jacksons Thriller. He will
forever be the greatest musical artist
ever to walk the planet. I love you
Michael!
ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST?
Erasing healthcare disparities and
increasing HIV awareness among
minority communities, which is exactly
why I founded Al Sura Inc.
WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK
POST OR TWEET?
My last Facebook post was
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. I was
promoting an upcoming event. I have to
admit it, I am a Facebook junkie.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT
WOULD THE TITLE BE?
You Dont Need a Title to Be a
Leader
IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO
CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
You got me on that one! I would not
change a thing about me. I love and
accept who I am. I would not change a
thing.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
I believe Allah has prepared a
wonderful after-life for those who spread
great deeds on this earth. Our time is
limited.
WHATS YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
MOVEMENT LEADERS?
Follow and trust what Allah has called
you to do. If you are called to serve, do
it and forget the haters. Follow your
journey and leave a legacy behind so
that when you are gone, your legacy
will live on like my LGBT hero Wanda L.
Alston.
WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS
HOT COALS FOR?
I would walk across hot coals for truth,
honesty and integrity.
WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
YOU MOST?
That we are morally and spiritually
bankrupt when in fact we actually pray
to Allah (God) more than heterosexuals
do. Another pet peeve I dislike is
when people equate our sexuality with
promiscuity.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
MOVIE?
Mommie Dearest
WHATS THE MOST OVERRATED
SOCIAL CUSTOM?
Being politically correct.
WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
MOST COVET?
An Oscar!
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUD KNOWN
AT 18?
I wish Id known that it is OK to be and
love myself.
WHY WASHINGTON?
Its the perfect place to become
politically active and engaged through
heightened community service and
aggressive activism. This is the work
that I and seven other board members
currently do with Al Sura Inc. In fact our
organization has a mini-grant program
that assists D.C.-based LGBT and
black-focused community non-prots
in achieving their missions. Look for our
other events next year Al Sura in
Black on Feb. 23 and the White Attire
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LGBT workplace
advocacy group has array
of events planned
By SANTIAGO MELLI-HUBER
Many U.S. residents even in the LGBT
world forget there are 29 states where
its perfectly legal to re an employee
based solely on his or her perceived
sexual orientation.
For those at Out & Equal Workplace
Advocates, thats a major concern.
Issues of workplace equality for gays
are again on the table at this years Out &
Equal Workplace Summit, an annual event
that comes this year to Baltimore from
Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
The purpose of the Summit, organizers
say, is to draw thousands of professionals
from across the country and around the world
to discuss strategies to create workplace
equality. From there, attendees are
encouraged to take what they learned and
improve the working conditions for LGBT
employees of their respective companies.
The Summit is an opportunity to learn,
teach, network and have fun with kindred
spirits, lesbian Selisse Berry, Out &
Equals founding executive director, said
in a statement. Together, we will move
out from Baltimore, creating the ripples
that will build respectful and inclusive
workplaces around the globe.
The Summit, which started in 1999, will
take place at the Baltimore Convention
Center. Registration is available onsite
(online registration was available but
is now closed). Registration includes a
welcome reception, six workshop sessions
featuring about 120 program options,
leadership seminars, a ticket to the Gala
Awards Plenary Reception and Dinner
with Sister Sledge member Kathy Sledge,
and access to the Night Out! events on
Oct. 31. About 2,600 attended last years
conference in Dallas.
Onsite non-sponsor rates start at $1,350
for the full conference but day rates,
student discounts and other packages are
available in different price brackets.
The Night Out! event options include
a screening of the lm Codebreaker,
based on the tragic life of gay computer
scientist Alan Turing, and a Halloween
party in Baltimores Power Plant Live.
Speakers at the Summit include Judy
Shepard, mother of the late Matthew
Shepard, and Zach Wahls, whose
speech before the Iowa House Judiciary
Committee in favor of marriage equality
became an internet sensation and who
recently spoke at the Democratic National
Convention. Beth Brooke, global vice
chair of public policy at Ernst & Young, is
the keynote speaker.
The Summit also features the
presentation of the Outie Awards.
Out & Equal gives the awards annually
to individuals and corporations who are
leaders in promoting workplace equality
for the LGBT community around the
world. Categories include outstanding
work done by both members of the LGBT
community as well as allies. Finalists for
the corporate award include, among
others, Google and Whirlpool.
In addition to looking for an opportunity
to bring the conference to the East
Coast and to acknowledge the progress
being made for the LGBT community
in downtown Baltimore, Kevin Jones,
deputy director of Out & Equal Workplace
Advocates, is excited about the Summits
location, as Maryland is ghting for same-
sex marriage rights this November.
While Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
works year-round to create safe and equitable
environments for LGBT professionals, the
Summit is the organizations most inuential
event. Jones, who is gay, stresses the
importance of the event in relation to the
function of the organization.
The Summit is the single largest program
that we do and also the source of almost
90 percent of the resources that run Out &
Equal and our other programs training,
consulting, regional afliate activities
throughout the course of the year.
According to Jones, a major focus of the
2012 Summit includes federal employees,
given the Summits proximity to Washington.
The Summit is recognized as ofcially
approved training for federal employees.
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34 OCTOBER 19, 2012 OUT & ABOUT
Out & Equal
comes to Baltimore
Friday night pizza
tradition hard to
replicate outside NYC
By JONATHAN HOWARD
Growing up in New York, every Friday
night was pizza night with my family.
Each week, a perfect New York-style
pizza pie made its way to the kitchen
table. Pizza that had the perfect crust; not
too thin and not too thick; the right sauce-
to-cheese ratio and not swimming in oil. I
loved those Friday nights with my family
and I still love pizza.
I thought all pizza was perfect, just like
the ones that sat in front of me in my
youth. The rude awakening arrived when
I moved to Boston. My rst Friday night
alone I called the local pizza parlor and
ordered a large pie.
We dont sell pie, said the man on the
other end of the line with a chuckle, We
sell pizza. Before the man could hang up
I asked for a large cheese pizza pie, but
what eventually arrived at my dorm room
didnt even come close to the perfection
I was used to. Thats where my quest for
the perfect pizza began, and after 10 years
in Boston I never found pizza that met my
snobby New York pizza standards.
Now my quest continues in Washington
and the perfect pie is still eluding me.
Not a single jumbo slice comes close,
but they arent supposed to; they ll a
different pizza niche. Manny and Olgas
on 14th Street serves up a solid pizza, but
not perfection. Places like Pi, Pizza No. 17,
Pizzeria Paradiso and Matchbox all offer
great gourmet pizza options but none are
New York-style pizza. So when a coworker
said he had some of the best pizza of his
life at Menomale Pizza Napoletana (2711
12 Street N.E.), I assembled a group
of people and we descended on the
Brookland pizza spot on a Friday evening.
Menomale, which means thank
goodness in Italian, opened this past
May and is owned by Italian-born
pizza-master Ettore Rusciano and self-
proclaimed beer nerd Leland Estes. These
guys put together a menu that consists
of pizza, calzones and sandwiches made
completely with ingredients sourced from
the Campania region of Italy. The beer list
is clever and constantly rotating with both
bottles and drafts available for patrons.
The accommodating staff offered us
a couple of seating options upon our
arrival, since seven of us had arrived and
the adorable 38-seat restaurant can sit a
party of six maximum. However, a cozy
option in the back corner allowed us all
to enjoy our meal together. We started
with the Formaggi Della Casa that had
three artisan cheeses, dried fruit, nuts,
honey and delicious pizza crust to serve it
all on. I devoured the cheeses in minutes
leaving very little for the rest of the table,
including a moldy blue cheese that
was exquisite, and I dont generally like
moldy cheese.
For the meal I had the Buongustaio
Pannuozzo wood red sandwich with
sausage, prosciutto de parma and buffalo
mozzarella. The name means tasty sandwich
and it was exactly that. The pizzas we tried
included the margherita (sometimes the
best way to judge a place is with its simplest
dish); the Diavola, which has spicy salami and
red peppers on top of the buffalo mozzarella
and tomatoes; and the Capricciosa, which is
mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh
garlic, salami, artichokes and black olives.
We also tried the interesting Patata, which
is cream of potato, sausage, black olives,
mozzarella and fresh basil. All of these items
are cooked in the wood burning pizza oven
that Rusciano brought to the U.S. This oven
cooks the pizzas at 900 degrees and is one
of the largest on the East Coast. It also kind
of looks like a cool spaceship, at least to me.
Each of these pizzas is made with high
quality, fresh ingredients. The avor proles
are all interesting and the pies all come to the
table piping hot and delicious. Menomale
makes gourmet pizzas that are on an equal
playing eld, if not better than some of the
establishments mentioned earlier. Sure, I
will still be looking for my perfect New York-
style pizza (and bagels, and black and white
cookies, and deli sandwiches), but I will still
return to Menomale for some gourmet pies
every now and again.
washingtonblade.com
DI NI NG OCTOBER 19, 2012 35
The perfect slice?
Not all pizza is created equal. D.C. has some great options, but searching for authentic New York-
style pizza can be frustratingly elusive.
Ellen to get the Twain Prize
A huge lineup of top entertainers perform at the Kennedy Center Concert
Hall (2700 F St., NW) in honor of the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize recipient Ellen
Degeneres on Monday night at 8:30.
Kristen Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski,
Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin and several others will salute DeGeneres for her humor
and accomplishments.
DeGeneres eponymous talk show has won 38 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Tickets are $1,000. Special event packages are also available for $5,000-$50,000.
For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.
Latino LGBT group honors activists
Celebrate 25 years of Latino LGBT activism tonight at 7 at the Human Rights Campaign
Equality Forum (1640 Rhode Islande Ave., NW).
The event celebrates the history of LGBT activism since the 1987 Gay and Lesbian
March on Washington. It is also an opportunity to support the Latino GLBT History
Projects programs.
During the evening, the Project will reveal 25 Anos del Activismo, a digital photo
exhibit that captures moments of the Latino LGBT movement since 1987.
Attendees are asked to make a donation of $25. For more information, visit
latinoglbhistory.org.
Sedaris at the Strathmore
Comic writer David Sedaris comes to the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
Bethesda) on Tuesday night 8 p.m.
Sedaris, whos openly gay, has sold more than 7 million copies of his books Naked,
Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You
Are Engulfed in Flames. Sedaris style is marked by his meandering tales that capture
the eccentricities of the world.
Tickets range from $48-$58. For more information, visit strathmore.org.
Ravens Night Halloween show at the Birchmere
Belladonna presents Ravens Night at the Birchmere Music Hall (3701 Mt. Vernon
Ave., Alexandria) Saturday.
The show features an adult-themed carnival to welcome Halloween celebrations at 5
p.m. Gypsy Punk music of Wasted Wine performs in a concert at 6:30 and then the main
event Cabaret Melancholia begins at 7:30.
Tickets are $25. For more information, visit ravensnight.com.
Its been a big award year for ELLEN in addition to getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, she picks up the Mark Twain Prize in Washington next week.
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36 OCTOBER 19, 2012 OUT & ABOUT
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Sometimes it takes a
holistic approach to get at
the root of a health issue
Holistic is a buzz word thats used a lot
these days but the concept extends to
the coaching world as well certied
wellness coaches are trained to assess and
guide your overall health and well being.
Wellness coaching is a relatively new
trend in life coaching that addresses the
entire person and focuses on his or her
overall life style rather than some of its
elements. In particular, there is a more
directed focus on eating strategies,
tness, exercise and the integration of
healthy habits into daily lives.
The American College of Sports
Medicine, the gold standard certifying
agency in the tness industry, stands by
wellness coaching and now endorses a
coaching certication program. There
are several other wellness coaching
certications that are gaining respect as
well. Some of the more reputable personal
training certications are integrating the
wellness coaching paradigm into their
certication programs.
Some physicians started referring their
patients as they recognize they deal with
physical and emotional manifestations of
the impact unbalanced lives have on their
patients. Stressors we have to deal with on
a daily basis and might lead to all kinds of
ailments require changing our attitude,
life style, replacing bad habits with good
ones, etc. It is very hard to do on our own,
just as its hard to bring our physical tness
to the desired level without a personal
trainer if we want long-lasting results.
Wellness coaching brings together
several wellness disciplines together
such as nutrition, physical training, yoga,
meditation and spirituality. Some wellness
coaches might be experts in any of those
disciplines or none. What they are certainly
experts in is helping clients develop a
vision for a healthy life style where those
elements are present and are part of the
strategy for overall wellness.
It might be one or two, or all of these
elements depending on the clients
needs and goals. Coaches have a
comprehensive tool kit and extensive
knowledge they acquired through their
training that is designed to assess the
clients current state of affairs, set
up goals, develop vision and a sound
strategy to achieve those goals. Just
as a physician might refer a patient
to a wellness coach, a coach might
refer a client to a personal trainer, a
nutritionist, a yoga instructor, etc. The
difference between doing it on our own
and as part of wellness coaching is that
the coach will keep us accountable on
incorporating these elements in our
daily/weekly/monthly activities in the
context of our whole life while keeping
us focused on our short term and long
term realistic goals.
How many of us fail at New Years
resolutions? How many diets fail in the
long term? Just as the Japanese proverb
says, Vision without action remains
just a dream; action without a vision is a
nightmare, we tend to stop at either
having our vision of our life in a distant
future or frantically trying to do this and
that just because we saw it in a magazine
or on TV having no idea how it applies to
each of us individually.
We might be pretty good at vision but
then we fail at acting consistently toward
making our vision our reality. Or, we grab
a trendy diet and rigorously follow it while
ignoring daily stress, lack of exercise,
dissatisfaction at work place, in the family,
giving up on our passion and just being
kind and nurturing to ourselves.
In a results-driven culture of high stress,
wellness coaching is especially popular
among those who woke up to the fact
and realize that there is more to life than
a hefty bank account, a promotion or a 10-
hour work day. The realization is that there
is something missing or I am missing out
on something. How often is it pondered
that a 10-hour work day can be utterly
fullling if our work is our passion and
not an obligation. If we get to change
that one element our life can change
completely. But those of us who are stuck
at doing it need to realize that while we
are thinking we are providing our needs,
those needs are not met anyway due to
lack of time, poor health, low energy level,
bad relationships, etc.
I like to think of wellness coaching as a
new awareness that can bring both peace
and passion into our life while staying t
and healthy. It may seem like a lot of work
if you have never worked with a coach, a
nutritionist, a personal trainer, a spiritual
advisor, yoga instructor, etc. Nonetheless,
we are priceless commodities and wellness
coaching can be one of the most effective
investments you can make toward your
overall health and well being.
washingtonblade.com
38 OCTOBER 19, 2012 FITNESS
Kevin M. Norris is a health and tness columnist for the
Blade and owner of Mind our Own Body, LLC. Personal
Training. Reach him at kevinmnorris@aol.com.
The benets of
wellness coaching
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Stylish makeovers turn
these cars into design stars
By JOE PHILLIPS
Brrrrrr. Is that a chill in the air? Well, yes,
but its not the weather.
Instead, my partner and I in the midst
of the renovation from hell are arguing,
er, discussing who is going to make the
next run to Home Depot.
Luckily, the test vehicle in the driveway
is a crossover, making it easy to haul
everything from nishing nails to fertilizer.
To keep up with overwhelming demand,
automakers are making crossovers more
stylish and comfortable than ever.
Below are three of the best.
INFINITI FX37
$45,000
Mpg: 17 city/24 highway
0-to-60 mph: 6.8 seconds
Cargo space: 25 cu. ft.
Like David Bromstad, that hunky
designer on HGTV, the FX37 is muscular
yet modish. With bulging side panels,
oversize alloy wheels and a re-sculpted
front end, theres no mistaking this beefy
crossover for a station wagon. Or
horrors a dowdy minivan.
Ditto the dashing interior, with lots of luxe
touches: rm yet supple seats, rich wood
trim and a classy analog clock like something
from Tiffany. But there is at least one form-
over-function faux pas: the sloped back-end
reduces rear-window visibility (luckily, theres
a backup camera). Choice of two engines:
a new, more powerful V6 or, in the high-test
FX50 model, a stellar 390-hp V8 (though it
costs $15,000 more than the base model).
Theres plenty of legroom up front, but
not much for rear-seat passengers. Cargo
space is also a bit sparse, compared with the
competition. Still, the FX is fun to drive with
handling thats almost as butt-jarringly taut as
a Nissan Z sportster. But then, anyone driving
the FX isnt looking for a cushy land yacht.
LEXUS RX 450H
$46,000
Mpg: 32 city/28 highway
0-to-60 mph: 7.5 seconds
Cargo space: 40 cu. ft.
Along with a facelift including snazzy new
grille, headlights and tail-lights, the RX 450h
gets cosmetic changes inside: a redesigned
steering wheel and space-age center
console, along with contrast stitching on the
seats. This isnt a macho-mobile, but then the
RX has always been more button-down chic.
Same goes for the smooth ride, with a
solid suspension that turns potholes into
minor blips. The cabin is quiet, too a
good reason to upgrade to the 12-speaker
audio with HD radio and iTunes song-
tagging. There are lots of other add-ons,
including 10-way power seats, heated
steering wheel and smog-sensing air lter.
And the latest safety gear offers a pre-
collision warning system, emergency-
assist button and stolen-vehicle locator
(braking, though, is slower than the Inniti
M37). The hybrid technology is awless,
with the RX 450h performing just like the
regular (and cheaper) RX 350. Ponying up
the extra $6,000 for this hybrid may take
almost nine years to recoup in gas savings,
but your eco cred will be golden.
VW TIGUAN
$23,000
Mpg: 22 city/27 highway
0-to-60 mph: 8.4 seconds
Cargo space: 24 cu. ft.
From golden to, well, Goldilocks. Thats the
best way to describe the refreshed Tiguan,
which is not too frumpy but not too glitzy.
The ride is softer than the Inniti FX37
but sportier than the Lexus RX 450h. Fuel-
efciency, sound insulation and legroom
are likewise in-between the Inniti and the
Lexus. And while the FX37 and RX 450h
are midsizers, the compact Tiguan has
almost as much cargo space as the FX37.
There are some downsides: the Tiguans
four-cylinder is sluggish, especially on
the base model, and the premium eight-
speaker stereo sounds tinny at times.
Still, the panoramic sunroof is huge
and the leatherette vinyl upholstery is
comfortable and easy to clean. Oh, and
the Tiguan is half the price of the FX37 or
the RX 450h a bargain when saving for
the next renovation.
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YOUR LI NK TO THE ARTS I N METRO DC
Plan Your Season of Fall
Theatre with DCs best
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SUN, OCT 21
The Papercut Art of Craig Tinsky, JCC
Greater Washington. 202-777-3251.
jccgw.org.
TUE, OCT 23
War Horse, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
WED, OCT 24
Dracula, The Washington Ballet, Kennedy
Center. 202-362-3606. washingtonballet.org.
THU, OCT 25
Letters from the Swallows [Cartas de
las Golondrinas], Teatro de la Luna,
Gunston Theatre Two. 703-548-3092.
teatrodelaluna.org.
NSO Pops: Roberta Flack, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Pygmalion, Washington Stage Guild,
Undercroft Theatre. 240-582-0050.
stageguild.org.
LAST CHANCE
SAT, OCT 20
Jesus Christ [Jesucristo], Teatro de la Luna,
Gunston Theatre Two. 703-548-3092.
teatrodelaluna.org.
SUN, OCT 21
Fly, Fords Theatre. 800-982-2787.
fords.org.
Invisible Man, The Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Jekyll and Hyde, Synetic Theater.
800-494-8497. synetictheater.org.
Over the Tavern, Olney Theatre Center.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
OCT 19 OCT 21
Mariinsky Ballet, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
FRI, OCT 19
A State of the Union Conversation: Fran
Lebowitz and Frank Rich, Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
SAT, OCT 20
DruidMurphy Full Cycle: Conversations
on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark,
Famine, Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324.
kennedy-center.org.
Amanda McBroom, Barns.
1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
SUN, OCT 21
The Glory of France, Cathedral Choral
Society, Washington National Cathedral.
202-537-6200. cathedralchoralsociety.org.
MON, OCT 22
Latest from the Da-Da-R (Letztes aus der
DaDaeR), Goethe-Institut. 202-289-1200.
goethe.de.
My Name is Asher Lev, JCCNV.
703-537-3000. jccnvarts.org.
WED, OCT 24
Art on the Rocks, The Art League.
703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
THU, OCT 25
After-work Jazz + Mixer: Lyle Link,
Artisphere. 703-683-1780. artisphere.com.
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Kennedy
Centers Millennium Stage. 800-444-1324.
kennedy-center.org.
ONGOING-STAGE
I Love to Eat, Round House
Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
Dirt, The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
Our Class, Theater J. 202-777-3210.
washingtondcjcc.org.
Platero y yo, GALA Hispanic Theatre.
202-234-7174. galatheatre.org.
Reckless, Spooky Action Theater,
Universalist National Memorial Church.
202-248-0301. spookyaction.org.
Trespassing, Ambassador Theater,
Flashpoint. 703-475-4036. aticc.org.
POTUS Among Us, WIT,
Source Theatre. 202-204-7770.
washingtonimprovtheater.com.
ONGOING EXHIBITIONS
Corcoran Gallery of Art. On the Campaign
Trail. 202-639-1700. corcoran.edu.
Kreeger Museum. Dan Steinhilber:
Marlin Underground, Sculpture on The
Grounds, 2011 Invitational. 202-337-3050.
kreegermuseum.org.
National Gallery of Art. Roy Lichtenstein:
A Retrospective, Shock of the News,
Masterpieces of American Furniture from
the Kaufman Collection, 17001830.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. 1001 Inventions:
Discover the Golden Age of Muslim
Civilization. 202-857-7588. ngmuseum.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Women
Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.. 202-
783-5000. nmwa.org.
ONGOING GALLERIES
Artisphere. Beyond The Parking Lot:
The Change And Re-assessment Of
Our Modern Landscape.703-683-1780.
artisphere.com.
DCAC. Signals. 202-462-7833.
dcartscenter.org.
Fisher Art Gallery. Discipline of Edge
Sculpture. 703-534-5726. nvcc.edu.
Gallery plan b. Paintings by Gary Fisher
and Anne Manley. 202-234-2711.
galleryplanb.com.
Goethe-Institut. Parks & Passages:
Inspirations from Berlin for Washingtons
Dupont Underground. 202-289-1200.
goethe.de.
Honeur Gallery. Love and Rage -
Ari Mandelbaums. 202-536-8994.
honeurgallery.com.
Strathmore. Skin. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Art League. Color Sphere, Juan E.
Hernandez G.: Tierra y Memoria.
703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
Washington Printmakers Gallery. Both
Sides of the Brain, Old World and New:
Apart, though still a part. 301-273-3660.
washingtonprintmakers.com.
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Today is Spirit Day, a day for people
to take a stand against bullying by wearing
purple. For events or a way to pledge
against bullying, visit glaad.org.
Kathy Grifn performs tonight at DAR
Constitution Hall (8th and C St., NW) at 8.
The double Emmy-winning comedian has
been doing years of celebrity-skewering
standup along with supplying voices
to shows such as Dilbert and Shrek
Forever After. Tickets range from $65-$75.
For more information, visit kathygrifn.net
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear
Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. This
event is for men 21 and older. There is no
cover charge. For details, visit towndc.com.
Phase 1 (528 8th St. SE) has its weekly
dance party with DJ Jay Von Teese
tonight starting at 7:30. Cover is $10. For
more information, visit phase1dc.com.
The Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
is having its happy hour this evening
starting at 5 p.m. All drinks are half off until
7:30 p.m. After 9 p.m., admission is $10.
The dance oor opens at 11 p.m. with DJ
Tim-Nice and DJ Cameron. For details,
visit thebachelorsmill.com.
Burgundy Crescent volunteers for
the 25th anniversary year of the Miss
Adams Morgan Pageant at the Hilton
Washington & Towers (1919 Connecticut
Ave, NW) today at 5 p.m. for loading
and unloading equipment. For more
information, visit burgundycrescent.org.
Whitman-Walker Health holds HIV
Testing at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.)
tonight at 8 p.m. For more information,
visit whitman-walker.org.
Fort Fridge (607 New York Ave.,
NW) presents the Hemispheric
Dysfunctionalism and the Cortical
Titanic tonight at 8. Though the play
takes place on the Titanic, it is not actually
about the majestic ship. The play explores
how people receive information and use
the information in a rapidly changing
world. The play runs Thursday-Sunday
until Oct. 28. Tickets are $25. For more
information, visit capitalfringe.com.
Prudential Gallo Realtors (37230
Rehoboth Avenue Ext, Rehoboth Beach)
hosts 10 artists whose artwork features
individuality and creativity tonight at 6.
The exhibition will be up until Nov. 19.
This event is free. For more information,
contact Andrew Ratner at 302-227-6101.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York
Ave., NW) features the exhibitions To
Plant Flowers While Waiting by Ai-Wen
Wu Kratz and Anything but Straight by
Rhona LK Schonwald tonight at 6. The
exhibitions run through Oct. 28. For more
information, visit touchstonegallery.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for the Lost
Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation at Falls
Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls
Church, Va.) from 11:45 am-3 pm. For more
information, visit burgundycrescent.org.
D.C. Meet Market, a community
gathering with food, music and vendors
where culture and neighbors collide,
has its penultimate event of the season
today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the area
around 15th and P streets N.W. in Logan
Circle. If it rains, it will be held Oct. 29. Visit
dcmeetmarket.com for details.
SUNDAY, OCT. 21
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) holds its
weekly Martini Sundays and Homowood
Karaoke. Karaoke starts at 10 p.m. and
there is no charge for admission. For
details, visit cobaltdc.com.
MONDAY, OCT. 22
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St.,
NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed
Support Group tonight at 7. It is a condential
support group for anyone recently diagnosed
with HIV and the group welcomes all genders
and sexual orientations. For details, visit
whitman-walker.org.
TUESDAY, OCT. 23
Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.)
hosts its Safer Sex Kit-packing program
tonight from 7-10:30. The packing
program is looking for more volunteers
to help produce the kits because they say
they are barely keeping up with demand.
Admission is free and volunteers can
just show up. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) hosts its
Flashback dance night with DJ Jason
Royce starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover
charge. For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St.,
NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed
Support Group tonight at 7. It is a condential
support group for anyone recently diagnosed
with HIV and the group welcomes all genders
and sexual orientations. For details, visit
whitman-walker.org.
Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight
at 7:30 at the Dignity Center (721 8th St.,
SE) for duplicate bridge. Newcomers
are welcome. For more information, visit
lambdabridge.com.
THURSDAY, OCT. 25
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St.,
NW) holds its gay men over 50 support
group this evening at 6:30 p.m. The group
is for gay men entering a new phase of life.
Registration is required to attend. For more
information, visit whitman-walker.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) is hosting its
weekly Best Package Contest tonight
at 9 p.m. There is a $3 cover and there
are $2 vodka drinks. Participants in the
contest can win $200 in cash prizes. The
event is hosted by Lena Lett and music by
DJ Chord, DJ Madscience, and DJ Sean
Morris. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.
Whitman-Walker provides free HIV
testing at Glorious Health Club (2120 West
Virginia Ave., NE) tonight at 10 p.m. For
more information, visit whitman-walker.org.
Lambda Sci-Fi book group meets
tonight at 7 at 1425 S. Street, NW.
Registration not required. For more
information, visit lambdasci.org.
Washington Blade hosts 2012 Best of
Gay D.C. Party at Capitale (1301 K St.
NW) tonight at 6. Winners of the Blades
annual readers poll will be announced at
the party which runs until 9 p.m.
Kimptons Helix Lounge (1430 Rhode
Island Ave., NW) holds its eighth annual
Pumpkin Carving Contest and Happy
Hour tonight from 6-9 p.m. Thirty pre-
scooped pumpkins will be provided
along with carving tools. Drink specials
such as Pumpkin Martini and Starr Hill
Pumpkin Porter will be available. There
are prizes for Most Ghoulish Gourd and
a special category has been added for
the upcoming elections, Most Political
Pumpkin. For more information, visit
helixlounge.com.
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Darius T. Epps as a Titanic crew member, Katharina Acosta as the Lorelei and gay actor Jefferson
Farber as Clinch Wilmont, rst class passenger in Hemispheric Dysfunctionalism and the Cortical
Titanic, which runs through Oct. 28.
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Witty author shares retail
experiences in new book
The holidays are coming. That means
youll need a little extra.
Extra time to go gift shopping, for sure,
and extra closet space in which to hide
packages. More importantly, youll need
extra money for all that buying, which
means youre looking for an extra job.
There are a lot of openings at the mall,
but be careful what you ask for. According
to Freeman Hall in his new book Return
to The Big Fancy, that part-time gig
youll grab might just be extra irritation.
Freeman Hall gured hed done his time
at The Big Fancy, an upscale department
store chain with a Burbank location. Hall
worked the Handbag Jungle, where he
dealt with nasty custys, greedy co-workers
and a store manager he called Suzy Satan.
He put up with them all while bringing home
an insultingly small paycheck so when he
got the chance, he escaped to pursue his
dream of being a screenwriter.
But screenwriting didnt pay the bills.
Working at The Big Fancy did. Shortly after
leaving, it was back to retail hell at Hall.
The new department manager of
Handbag (never purse) Jungle was a
wonderful woman Hall calls Maude and,
since she knew about his past at The Big
Fancy, she was happy to hire him. As a
former handbag manager, Hall brought
experience to the Jungle. He also brought
back his best customers.
As for Hall, everything was familiar and
depressing from the start.
Forbidden to use an elevator or mall
entrance, employees were forced to climb
several ights of stairs to get to work. Every
day began with ear-splitting announcements
and admonishments over the PA system
from Suzy Satan to rally (or annoy) the troops.
Since The Big Fancy paid its sales associates
in commissions, sharking (stealing
customers) was common and destroyed any
sense of teamwork. Rules were loose (unless
you broke them) and commissions could
be retroactively withdrawn, even years later.
The pressure on managers and associates
was intense. Adding to it was that customers
were always right even when they werent
and discount rats always got their way.
It was frustrating. It was irritating. And
it mightve meant a completely horrible
year for Hall, if it wasnt for The Big Fancy
christmas miracle.
So you plan on picking up some hours
at the mall this fall. You might want to pick
up Return to The Big Fancy rst, while
theres still time to run.
Author Freeman Hill is both profound
and profane in this book (although not as
much of the latter as he was in his rst book).
His observations and his propensity for
nickname-giving are both hilarious, but such
snarkiness isnt all youll nd here: there are
a few genuinely wonderful moments at the
store and Hall shares them, too.
While retail-working readers will surely
identify with this book, it will also give
non-retailers a taste of whats behind
the counter. Either way, if youre getting
malled this holiday season, youll need
a laugh and Return to The Big Fancy
packs a lot of extras.
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44 OCTOBER 19, 2012 BOOKS
Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was 3
years old. She lives in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000
books. Reach her at bookwormsez@yahoo.com.
RETURN TO THE BIG FANCY
By Freeman Hall
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was a DVD (Streisand) was planning to put
out maybe ve, six years ago of all her old
TV appearances but for whatever reason,
it never came out. This guy had a bootleg
copy of it, which was extraordinarily helpful.
Another fan had some of her original
contracts, which is crazy. Who knows how
they get this stuff. Youd think shed have
those herself, but somehow they had them
and those were very helpful as well. And of
course once you get in those fan circles, one
thing leads to another and another. I didnt
write it for the fans, because then youd end
up censoring it to please them, but they
were a great help.
Early signs are good.
A glowing USA Today review said Manns
meticulous research and insightful analysis
go deeper than any previous (Streisand)
biography. Liz Smith called it excellent.
Amazon reader feedback has been highly
positive and perhaps the surest sign that the
writer did his homework, theres been nary
a peep, at least so far, from the Streisand
camp (she devotes a whole section of her
ofcial website to debunking whats written
about her check out the juicy reads on
her tangles with Larry Kramer over a never-
made lm adaptation of The Normal
Heart she wanted to do).
At more than 500 pages, Gorgeous
makes for a lengthy yet brisk read. Mann,
who splits his time between New York
and Provincetown (where he does most
of his writing), is happy to engage a few
questions the book inspires, one common
enough that hes written a Hufngton
Post piece on the topic: that is, surely its
no coincidence that Streisand, who had
several key gay men in her life very early on
in her career, ended up one of the biggest
gay entertainment icons of all time, right?
Its not a coincidence at all, he says.
She was shaped by so many gay inuences
in various ways. The way she dressed,
the way she put a song across, the way she
styled her songs, they way she interacted
with an audience, its so obvious all her early
mentors were gay and I believe that when
those early audiences went to see her,
they responded to something familiar. The
way she laughed, the way she moved, her
campy humor. There was something there
gay men recognized and thought, Oh, we
can relate to this chick. And she was not
the rst one to have this happen either. It
goes all the way back to Mae West and the
drag queens she worked with in New York.
You see it with Judy (Garland) with Roger
Edens, with Joan Crawford and Billy Haines
with Madonna it was the same thing.
And since Mann, with the Taylor and
Streisand books especially, has focused
on the nature of fame and how it was
achieved a dissection of the lucky
breaks versus the raw material another
question occurs: Given Streisands
undeniable talent and famous drive, was
her legend and success inevitable?
Mann says no.
She would like us to think that, but
no, I dont think it was at all. I think she
beneted form some really shrewd
salesmanship and a degree of luck. Just
the fact that there were some major parts
with I Can Get it For You Wholesale and
Funny Girl for unusual looking Jewish
girls, she was lucky that she was there for
those parts at the time they came along.
Of course shes brilliantly talented but
there are lots of people who were. You
hear some of these other singers from
the nightclub era like Blossom Dearie or
Joanna Beretta and youre like, Wow,
theyre every bit as good as Barbra,
but they lacked something either a
very shrewd publicity campaign on their
behalf or perhaps their own ambition
it took a terric amount of PR to make
it happen.
CONTI NUED FROM PAGE 31
Gays in Streisands life
essential to her persona: Mann
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By DAVID BEDIZ
As Halloween and Thanksgiving ap-
proach, we usually start bundling up
and getting ready for winter. But in real
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because its a scorcher.
Market conditions have combined in
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fers, and every buyer adding escalation
clauses to their offers in order to win.
Whats causing all this frenzy, just as we
emerge from a recession caused in large
part by a real estate bubble? In addition
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the speculators and under-qualied buy-
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