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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 36 • september 3, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years

‘Gambling with lives


and livelihoods’
Some fear ‘Don’t Ask’ passing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at the Center for American
repeal doomed if repeal are “reduced significantly”
if Reid doesn’t schedule a vote
Progress, also emphasized the
importance of having a vote on
Sept. vote is delayed on the fiscal year 2011 defense the defense authorization bill
authorization before lawmakers and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in
break for the election. September.
By CHRIS JOHNSON “The failure of [the defense “It’s important that this hap-
cjohnson@washblade.com authorization bill] and [‘Don’t pen in September because there
Ask, Don’t Tell’] to get floor time are folks who don’t want to deal
Supporters of “Don’t Ask, and a vote in September or first with this in a lame duck or next
Don’t Tell” repeal are pushing week of October will be Reid’s year,” she said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry alone,” Nicholson said. “Bumping On May 27, the Senate
Reid (D-Nev.) to schedule a vote it off to lame duck is gambling Armed Services Committee
on the issue in September as with our community’s lives and voted to include language that
some fear further delay would livelihoods – the same risk we would lead to repeal of “Don’t
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
entirely derail efforts to overturn demanded Obama not take by Ask, Don’t Tell” in the defense
the law this year. putting off the vote until next authorization bill and reported Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has yet to schedule a vote
Alex Nicholson, executive year.” the language as a whole to the on the Defense Authorization Bill, which contains language repealing
director of Servicemembers Winnie Stachelberg, senior ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
United, said the prospects for vice president for external affairs Continues on page 14

Can LGBT vote rescue Mendelson?


In shocker, pro-gay Mendelson, by a margin of 38 to
21 percent among registered
incumbent trails Democrats, is due to voter con-
after ‘political fusion over Brown’s name, which
is the same as that of incumbent
nationalnews identity theft’ D.C. Council member Michael A.
Brown (I-At-Large).
News that former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman is gay The Post poll found that 29
triggers anger, resentment. Page 8 By LOU CHIBBARO JR. percent of respondents said they
lchibbaro@washblade.com were undecided in the at-large
Council race among candidates
A Washington Post poll show- running in the Sept. 4
ing that the largely unknown D.C. Democratic primary.
shadow senator, Michael D. The better-known Michael A.
Brown, is leading incumbent Brown, who enjoys widespread
Council member Phil Mendelson support across the city, is not run-
by 17 points in the at-large City ning for re-election this year and
Council race has shocked the has endorsed Mendelson. At a
city’s political establishment and news conference Tuesday, he
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
raised the question of whether accused Michael D. Brown of
nightlifeagenda LGBT voters could save engaging in “political identity theft” Council member Phil Mendelson
Holiday weekend brings entertainment options galore Mendelson from defeat. to capitalize on the name confu- trails an opponent by 17 points in
as we say goodbye to summer. Page 38 Virtually all political observers a surprising new poll.
agree that Brown’s lead over Continues on page 6
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LOCALNEWS

Activists call on Fenty to ‘restore’ police liaison unit


Letter to mayor cites
recent anti-LGBT attacks
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

Several local LGBT organizations have


sent Mayor Adrian Fenty an open letter ask-
ing him to overrule the city’s police chief,
Cathy Lanier, by directing her to upgrade the
headquarters staff at the police depart-
ment’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit.
Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence,
the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community,
the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, and
the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club cited in
the Aug. 26 letter a recent surge in anti-
LGBT assaults in the city as demonstrating
the need for strengthening the GLLU
through an expanded staff.
“In light of this continuing history of vio-
lence against members of our community,
we seek your immediate attention to fully Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
restore the staffing levels of the GLLU to
six full-time officers,” the groups said in At least one activist has called for a sit-in protest at the office of Mayor Adrian Fenty to call attention to the problem of hate crimes.
the letter.
“Further, we ask that the unit be led by Lanier to restructure and decentralize it. restructuring, saying she has succeeded Fenty said. “You don’t want civilians and
a full-time officer devoted to these duties Lanier has said budget cuts and the need in reducing overall crime rates in the city you especially don’t want politicians to be
with the authority to report directly to for more officers on street patrol duty forced during her tenure as chief. the ones who are developing those strate-
Chief Lanier. It is our hope that a restored her to reduce the number of officers at the “You want law enforcement putting gies. And I think Chief Lanier has done a
GLLU will serve as a more effective liai- GLLU’s headquarters office in Dupont Circle together strategy for keeping people safe,” great job doing that.”
son between the LGBT community and from its high point in 2007 of six full-time offi-
MPD,” the letter says. cers and a full-time sergeant who served as
The letter emerged from an Aug. 26
town hall meeting on anti-LGBT violence
its supervisor. The current GLLU supervisor,
Sgt. Carlos Mejia, divides his duties Town woos bears with pizza, draft beer  
sponsored by the D.C. Center. Several between the GLLU and the department’s
people attending the meeting expressed Latino Liaison Unit. By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
support for a suggestion by gay activist With the backing of Fenty, Lanier joeyd@washblade.com
Peter Rosenstein that activists stage a sit- decentralized the GLLU and three other
in protest in Fenty’s office to dramatize the specialized police units working with the The local bear crowd that used to gather every Friday night at EFN
need for immediate action on his part to Latino, Asian American, and deaf and Lounge/Motley Bar has unofficially settled on Town as its new home.
strengthen the GLLU. hard of hearing communities by establish- Though the group has no established leadership, former Motley bartender
Rosenstein said this week that he has ing affiliate members of the units in each Nicholas Baatz negotiated with Town owner Ed Bailey to have the group gather
no immediate plans for a mayoral protest of the department’s seven police districts. there. Green Lantern and Cobalt also made efforts to woo the bears but Town has
or sit-in but said such an action would be Officials with GLOV and other LGBT had the largest turnout the last two Fridays.
considered sometime later. activists have expressed general support for “Without a doubt, Town is the new space,” said Kevin Smiffy, a bear happy hour
GLOV co-chairs Kelly Pickard and Joe the affiliate program, in which officers regular. “I went to all three places the first week. I know [Green Lantern owner]
Montoni briefed town hall meeting atten- assigned to regular patrol duties are trained Greg [Zehn]. He’s a good friend so I kind of owed it to him to stop by but there
dees on some of the recent incidents of to respond to calls involving LGBT-related were maybe 20 people there as opposed to a couple hundred at Town. Town, by
anti-LGBT violence, including about a crimes. Lanier said there are currently about far, was the place to be.”
half-dozen incidents in the Dupont Circle a dozen GLLU affiliate members in addition But doesn’t Green Lantern’s vibe suit the Bear crowd better?
area near several gay bars. The two said to the four full-time members. “You would think on paper it seems that way,” Smiffy said. “But Green Lantern
they were especially troubled over the But GLOV and other local LGBT isn’t really conducive to bear happy hour because it’s two levels and the upstairs
murder last month of gay federal worker groups have expressed concern that the really isn’t that big. Town is one big open space with the bar against the wall. Yes,
Delando King, who was stabbed to death affiliate members don’t have the time or it’s more posh and not what you think a bear would be into, but who knows?”
in his apartment near Massachusetts expertise to handle all of the LGBT-related Bailey said he and Baatz discussed that concern.
Avenue and 10th Street, N.W. calls for police help, including calls related “I think they had some questions about whether or not we would even be inter-
Police have charged a 24-year-old D.C. to hate crimes. ested,” Bailey said. “They perceived the image of our business, I guess, and did-
man with first-degree murder in connec- “Having affiliate officers trained to recog- n’t know if we would even want their crowd there. It was a little bit of an eye open-
tion with the case, and court documents nize and respond to LGBT crimes in every er for us because evidently some people think of us as a twink bar, which we
filed by police say King appears to have district is admirable in intent,” the groups aren’t. I mean, yes, we have our fair share of twinks, but I wouldn’t call us that
invited his attacker home after meeting said in their letter to Fenty. “In practice, how- though some have that perception. But yes, we’re excited to have them and it’s
him in a gay bar. ever, not having officers dedicated to the been a fantastic showing so far.”
GLOV co-chair Montoni said the group GLLU full-time has led to, in our opinion, Bailey says about 250 attended Aug. 20 and about 350 last week. Several pro-
believes King’s murder should be listed as a diminished effectiveness in recognizing and visions were made. Ordinarily Town doesn’t open until 10 on Friday nights but
hate crime, even though police have said responding to bias crimes. We ask that you opens now at 6 on Fridays for the bears. They stay downstairs and Baatz arranged
the motive appears to have been robbery. fully restore staffing to the GLLU and grant to bring their own DJ. Bailey provides pizza — they went through 30 extra-large
GLOV praised police investigators for work- the officer in charge with direct reporting to pizzas last week. Bailey also installed draft beer kegs which Town didn’t previous-
ing with the GLLU to make an arrest in the Chief Lanier.” ly have. Bud Lite and Shock Top are on tap. And rail drinks and bottled beers are
case within a week of the murder. The mayor’s office did not respond to a sold for $2 cheaper than usual.
The GLLU currently has four full-time offi- request for comment by press time. Bailey even instructed the drag troupe, which goes on at 10, to alter its first few
cers, an increase from two years ago, when In an interview with the Blade two numbers to find things that would appeal to the bears so they’d stick around.
the unit’s staff dropped to just one or two weeks ago, Fenty said he has full confi- “Everything’s been well worth it,” Bailey said. “It’s been delightful.”
officers due to attrition and a decision by dence in Lanier’s handling of the GLLU
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LOCALNEWS

GLAA gives highest marks to Mendelson, Graham


Candidate rankings The group said it disagrees
with Fenty on a number of issues,
most issues but his question-
naire does not demonstrate a
announced as such as a domestic partnership solid understanding of the duties
election nears parenting act, appointments for
chief of police and director of the
and function of the Council,”
members said.
Office of Human Rights and pro- All the Ward 1 Council hope-
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO tections for transgender resi- fuls earned positive rankings
joeyd@washblade.com dents. Members did, however, with Graham by far in the lead
praise Fenty for leading “the with a perfect score. Democrat
Gay Ward 1 D.C. Council exceptional legal fight to keep and Bryan Weaver and Republican
member Jim Graham and Council defend our marriage rights.” Marc Morgan got +5.5 and +3
member Phil Mendelson (D-At- “For nearly every positive respectively.
Large) received perfect scores step, we found a negative,” wrote For the Ward 3 seat, incum-
from the Gay and Lesbian Rick Rosendall and Bob bent Mary Cheh got a +7.5 and
Activists Alliance (GLAA) last Summersgill, GLAA members “has been a strong advocate for
week, while mayoral hopeful Leo who crafted the evaluation prose. LGBT rights,” the group said.
Alexander, a Democrat who didn’t They noted Gray and Fenty Ward 5 incumbent Harry
return the group’s questionnaire, both deserve some credit for Thomas got a +6. He was praised
got the lowest ranking of -3. naming the 1600 block of 17th for supporting same-sex marriage
The group, a volunteer, non- Street, N.W., “Frank Kameny in D.C. but criticized for opposing a
partisan, non-profit founded in Way.” Kameny, one of GLAA’s bill that would have helped gay
1971, ranks candidates from a founders, was at Tuesday’s rank- clubs displaced by the Nationals
range of -10 to +10. Members ing meeting. stadium to relocate.
met Tuesday in the National Alexander’s -3 ranking came His opponents’ scores ranged
Press Club building for a three
hour-plus discussion in which
the 17 candidates who returned
for his “explicitly anti-gay and
anti-marriage-equality
paign,” members said.
cam-
from -2 to +2 for having little
known record on LGBT issues.
Democrat Hunter Delano for his
Shop, Dine & Celebrate
questionnaires were evaluated Council chair hopefuls Kwame association with the anti-gay On Alexandria’s Historic Main Streets
along with several who did not. Brown, Vincent Orange and group National Organization for
The group says its rankings are Dorothy Douglas earned positive Marriage (NOM). Everything you love, is close to home — Alexandria’s thriving art scene,
not endorsements. scores. Brown’s +5.5 came from Washington Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo Ward 6 incumbent Tommy Wells
Council Chair and mayoral his agreement with GLAA on near- earned a solid +8.5 and was
critically acclaimed restaurants, and chic boutiques nestled in distinctive
hopeful Vincent Gray outranked ly every issue though members GLAA members meet to review questionnaires from candidates seeking praised as a “consistent leader on neighborhoods. For events, restaurant reservations, or to plan an artful
incumbent Adrian Fenty in the said he offered limited substance office in D.C. last week. our issues.” Democrat Kelvin getaway, go to VisitAlexandriaVA.com.
group’s rankings. Gray earned on his questionnaire. Robinson also received a negative
+8.5 while Fenty trailed with +4. Orange got +4.5 and was cited poor grasp of substance in her recognition bill and other accom- score for his association with the
In its written explanations, the as the “most improved candidate.” questionnaire responses.” plishments the group praised. National Organization for Marriage. Sept. 4: Alexandria Art Market at
group said Gray’s score “reflects The group said it had a thorny In the At-Large Council race, Green candidate David GLAA members Craig Del Ray Artisans
his agreement with GLAA on all relationship with Orange during his Mendelson outranked his closest Schwartzman got a +6. Clark Howell, Ron Swanda, Geri
issues and his efforts in leading previous eight years on the opponents by four points. His per- Ray, who’s gay, got a +5.5. Hughes, Cartwright Moore, Sept. 9: Second Thursday Art Night at the
the Council in support of equal Council when he regularly ignored fect score came, members said, Members said his alliance with Barrett Brick and Miguel Tuason Torpedo Factory Art Center
marriage rights, setting a tone the group’s questionnaire. because he “is our greatest cham- Rev. Willie Wilson, a local anti- joined Rosendall, Summersgill
and leading hesitant coun- Douglas, who sits on the board of pion on the Council.” He was gay minister, troubles the group. and Kameny at Tuesday’s rank- Sept. 11: Art Activated at the Torpedo
cilmembers by his example.” education, got a +2 but “showed a praised for writing the marriage “Ray agrees with GLAA on ing meeting. Factory Art Center
Sept. 11&12: Alexandria Festival of the Arts

Mendelson trails largely unknown primary opponent Sept. 18&19: The Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon
Sept. 25: 69th Annual Tour of Historic Homes
Continued from page 1 Council, endorsing Mendelson said they would have backed with 14 to 15 days to go,” he told mayoral contest. A win by
and participating in an aggres- Ray if he had run against some- the Blade Tuesday. Kwame Brown would create a Oct. 1-3: Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
sion. Michael D. Brown is listed on sive campaign to overcome the one other than Mendelson, who Gay Democratic activist Peter vacancy in his at-large seat,
the ballot only as “Michael Brown.” name confusion, some political is widely recognized as a long- Rosenstein, one of Ray’s campaign which would be filled in a special Oct. 2: Art on the Avenue in Del Ray
Michael D. Brown did not observers think Mendelson may time supporter of LGBT rights advisers, said the name confusion election next year.
immediately return a call seeking have a shot at overtaking shad- and a lead supporter of the city’s over shadow senator Michael Many LGBT activists said they Oct. 9: Alexandria Arts Safari at the Torpedo Factory
comment. At a candidates’ forum ow senator Brown to win the same-sex marriage law. Brown also has hurt Ray. According would strongly back Ray for that Art Center
earlier this year, he expressed race by a narrow margin. The Gertrude Stein Democratic to Rosenstein, many voters mistak- seat, and Ray has hinted that he
support for LGBT equality, That means LGBT voters as Club, the city’s largest LGBT politi- enly supporting the “wrong Brown” would consider running for the Oct. 9-17: Alexandria’s Boutique Week
including same-sex marriage. well as other voters supporting cal group, endorsed Mendelson would have voted for Ray and may seat if he lost his race against
Brown, a Democratic Party Ray could provide Mendelson with over Ray. And the Gay and Lesbian still do so if the name confusion Mendelson. But if Mendelson Oct. 23&24: Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon
activist and political consultant, a razor-thin margin needed to win Activists Alliance, a non-partisan issue is resolved. loses to shadow Sen. Brown in
isn’t actively campaigning and re-election if they switch sides in group, gave Mendelson a rating In what some political the Sept. 14 primary, many polit-
has raised only a token amount the race, according to LGBT score on LGBT related issues of observers say is yet another ironic ical observers expect him to
of funds for his candidacy. activists following the contest. +10, the group’s highest score. Ray twist in the at-large Council race, a enter the race for Kwame
The poll, released by the Post on “I think that would be the best received a GLAA rating of +5.5. Mendelson defeat on Sept. 14 Brown’s seat in the special elec-
Tuesday, shows that gay former city situation,” said gay Democratic Ray, meanwhile, said he will could make it more difficult for Ray tion next year, making it far more
parks and recreation director Clark activist Phil Pannell, in urging continue to campaign for votes to win another at-large seat on the difficult for Ray to win the seat.
Ray, who is also running for the at- Ray backers to vote for and push for the LGBT and non- Council in an expected special
large seat, garnered only 7 percent Mendelson. “I cannot see Clark LGBT issues he’s been running election in 2011. Gay GOP candidates
support from voters eligible to cast picking up the votes needed to on since he entered the race Council member Kwame dispute low GLAA ratings Mobile Web
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Mehlman’s coming out

Labor Day lasts all


Lesbian minister admonished
for marrying gay couples
NAPA, Calif. — The U.S.
triggers resentment
Anger over former RNC

week at the
Presbyterian Church has rebuked one
of its ministers who describes herself
as a “lesbian evangelist” for presiding leader’s role in marriage
over two same-sex weddings, officials
opposition
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said last week according to Reuters
and several other media outlets.
Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, 65, in By CHRIS JOHNSON
1992 became the first openly lesbian cjohnson@washblade.com
Presbyterian minister to be appoint-
Photo courtesy of kenmehlman.com
ed a local church pastor — a move The coming out of former Republican
later overturned by the church’s top National Committee Chair Ken Ken Mehlman announced last week
judicial body. She since has been an Mehlman — who led the GOP at a time that he’s gay, triggering anger and

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outspoken advocate for gay rights. when the party was backing the Federal resentment from some about his role in
She has challenged the church by Marriage Amendment and similar the GOP’s support for the Federal
Photo courtesy of Facebook
presiding over hundreds of gay unions, amendments in states throughout the Marriage Amendment.
many of which were not called mar- Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, in 1992, became country — inspired mixed reactions
riages. She faced the church’s judicial the first openly lesbian Presbyterian minister among LGBT advocates as some criti- Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Gay &
scrutiny after marrying two women in to be appointed a local church pastor. cized him for his past actions while oth- Lesbian Victory Fund, said he was hop-
2004 and two women in 2005. ers welcomed his new public support. ing to win Mehlman’s support on LGBT
Church rules and precedent cases “make clear that ministers are not to con- Mehlman’s announcement about his issues in the future.
duct ceremonies represented as marriages between persons of the same sex,”
the Synod of the Pacific Permanent Judicial Commission ruled in an appeal deci-
sexual orientation officially became
public in an interview published last
“Coming out is a personal decision,
and it can have a profound impact on MOON DIVAS SULTRY
sion made public on Friday. “Regardless of the expression of conscience by the
Rev. Dr. Spahr, she may not circumvent the standards of the church.”
Wednesday by the Atlantic’s Marc
Ambinder. According to the article,
families, friends, colleagues and con-
stituents,” Wolfe said. “We hope the fact
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A local governing body overseeing Spahr’s ministry had said she did not com- Mehlman told family and associates that Ken Mehlman has reached this The Blue Moon cast as their favorite Rehoboth’s best music
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impose “the censure of rebuke.” fairly recently. other political leaders to reject divisive
“There are marriages done out of great love,” Spahr told Reuters. “Where else
would we want love to be celebrated but in the church?”
“It’s taken me 43 years to get com-
fortable with this part of my life,”
anti-gay campaign tactics which, as Mr.
Mehlman now admits, are purely cyni- 7 8 10
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“This kind of second-class treatment perpetuates not only myth and prejudice Mehlman was quoted as saying. cal attempts to manipulate the
but also, in some way, gives people license for violence,” she said. “Everybody has their own path to travel, American public.”
In an interview, Spahr, a San Rafael, California, resident who retires at the end their own journey, and for me, over the R. Clarke Cooper, executive director - 8 pm • No Cover
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of this month, said she would appeal the decision to the Presbyterian Church’s past few months, I’ve told my family, of the Log Cabin Republicans, said his 6 - 8 pm • No Cover
highest judicial body. friends, former colleagues, and current organization is “very supportive and World renowned, perfo ming
colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful appreciative of Ken’s coming out.” standards, broadway, disco and jazz
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‘Glee’ writer, star among gay Emmy winners
Gays were well represented at Sunday’s Emmy Awards, television’s highest
something that’s made me a happier
and better person.”
place where he can take a stand with
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Another “Glee” winner was actress Jane Lynch for her hard-boiled performance as RNC chair in 2004 when a U.S. consti- important dialogue,” Cooper said. standards, broadway, disco and jazz
Sue Sylvester. Lynch, a lesbian, kissed her wife and then thanked her during her speech. tutional amendment banning same-sex Michael Mitchell, president of the 6-8 pm • No Cover
Queen Puppet, Greta Green and her Dolly Parton and mix with the talents Your hostess Mona Lotts from 9:30 - MOON DIVAS
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When straight actor Erik Stonestreet won a supporting actor Emmy for his work
on ABC’s “Modern Family,” he kissed his TV hubby Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Their
marriage was a cornerstone of
President Bush’s re-election campaign.
National Stonewall Democrats, said
Mehlman’s story demonstrates “how
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work as Cam and Mitchell on the show has inspired some question about when During Mehlman’s tenure as chair, 21 damaging the closet can be when one disco era attire. Entertainment by our friend Joe Kovacs who calls balls, of David Copperfield and POOF! You 11 pm and enjoy a martini of the day 9:45 pm • No Cover
they would be allowed their first on-screen kiss. states passed constitutional bans on puts ideology over personal integrity.” very own “Coming Out of Hiding” sings songs and tells lots of dirty have Cashetta.9:30 pm • $25 per for only $7 from 8 p.m. to close. No The Blue Moon cast as their favorite Rehoboth’s best music
And gay actor Neil Patrick Harris won two Emmys this year: one for guesting same-sex marriage. “Mehlman presided over the disco diva. $6 Ketel Cocktails Happy Hour prices all night. jokes. 9:30 - 11 pm • No Cover person. Cover. divas experience. No Cover
on “Glee” and another for hosting the Tonys. His statuettes were presented the Mehlman is now chairing a fundrais- Republican Party at a time when the

Through
night before at the Creative Arts presentation. er for Americans For Equal Rights, the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans- Delaware Today
The Tony writers and the “Modern Family” team also enjoyed Emmy wins.
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reported in 2004 that Mehlman was political expediency, votes at the ballot why. Enjoy a $3
Talk show host, Power Ranger come out gay, demanded that the former RNC
chair apologize for his past actions.
box, and power.”
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of
House Bloody Thursday
PAMALA STANLEY
Two more celebs have come out. Radio host Stephanie Catherine Miller, a pop- “Many gay leaders will attempt to GOProud, said the organization recently Mary or Mimosa
ular liberal radio talk show host, came out on her show last week and said she elbow themselves to the front of the line talked with Mehlman, but declined to elab- with your entree Carey T.
from our fabulous Jazz GuitSmith
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was inspired by country singer Chely Wright. And actor David Yost, who played the to say on cable TV how wonderful it is orate on the nature of their discussions. Join us from 6 - 8:30 p.m. with the world renowned singing
original blue Power Ranger, a nerdy teen named Billy who possesses unexpect- that Ken is now being honest with the When asked if GOProud had offered arist
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ed martial arts abilities, came out at the 2010 Anime Festival in Orlando. American people,” Rogers wrote. Mehlman a position on its board, LaSalvia
But Yost’s story has a twist. He said he walked off the “Power Rangers” set after “Perhaps you’ll read a quote in the declined to comment. He also declined
being called faggot “one too many times … I had just heard that several times Washington Post about how ‘every gay to say whether GOProud has offered
while working on the show from creators, producers, writers, directors … Basically person is on their own personal journey Mehlman a speaking role at the upcoming
I just felt like I was continually being told I was not worthy of being where I am and we are happy Ken has decided to HomoCon convention in New York.
because I’m a gay person. And I’m not supposed to be an actor and I’m not sup-
posed to be a superhero.”
be so open about his personal struggle.’
… I’ll only buy it if he is really sorry.”
“We’ve talked to him,” LaSalvia said.
“He’s certainly engaging with the com-
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Tea Party focus doesn’t include LGBT issues


Jobs, spending are priorities
for nascent movement
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“You don’t see as much rhetoric around fact be playing a role in how in the Tea fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill tion,” Cole said. “Certainly, he was never
choice or LGBT issues or some of the Party is shaping national elections. based on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal a fan of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal,
other things as you do around taxes and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was language and has spoken out against and he increased his rhetoric faced from
the deficit and health care and things like trailing in her bid to retain the repeal in committee hearings. Before law- the threat with his right, but I think that
that,” he said. Republican nomination following a pri- makers broke for August recess, McCain those sorts of instances are exceptions
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of mary last week that as of Blade dead- objected to bringing the defense bill to the rather than the rule for the way that
GOProud, a gay conservative group, also line was too close to call. floor because of the repeal language. these campaigns have been fought.”
maintained the focus of the Tea Party is Murkowski’s Tea Party opponent in the The senator’s opposition to “Don’t Ask, Another example suggests that the Tea
on economic issues and not blocking the primary, Joe Miller, led the senator by Don’t Tell” repeal may have paid off in his Party movement is throwing out incum-
advancement of LGBT issues in 1,688 votes on Tuesday. The Alaska primary last week. He trounced Hayworth bent Republicans regardless of their
Congress. Division of Elections was set to count this in the Republican primary by securing 56 views on LGBT issues.
“The focus of the Tea Party is on fiscal week 15,272 absentee, questioned and percent of the vote. Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), who
issues and the growth of government, and early ballots as part of at least 25,500 There is much debate about the Tea was unable to secure the Republican
their influence on Congress is to get uncounted ballots, according to the Party’s role in the aftermath of those cam- nomination in May after finishing third in
Congress focused on those issues,” Associated Press. paigns. the second round of balloting at the Utah
LaSalvia said. “And so, I think, if it’s hav- Known in some circles as a moderate LaSalvia maintained that Murkowski’s Republican Convention, has a strong anti-
ing any influence on Congress, it’s telling Republican, Murkowski was among four situation isn’t the result of her hate crimes gay record this Congress.
Capitol Hill to wake up and quit spending GOP senators to vote for cloture on vote because of her positions on govern- In March, the Senate defeated the
all the money.” attaching hate crimes protection legisla- ment spending. senator’s attempt to amend health care
But the perception that the Tea Party isn’t tion to the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense “She wasn’t voted out because she reform legislation to include a provision
relevant to LGBT issues isn’t universal. Authorization Act. voted for hate crimes; she was voted out calling for a vote on same-sex marriage
Michael Mitchell, executive director of Miller, on the other hand, has on his because she’s a porker,” LaSalvia said. in D.C. Additionally, late last year,
the National Stonewall Democrats, char- campaign website a letter explaining his “That’s a stretch to look at any race and Bennett was the sole committee vote
acterized the Tea Party as the reincarna- opposition to hate crimes laws because draw a gay connection to really any race against reporting out the Domestic
tion of previous anti-gay movements. he says they violate First Amendment like that. The election cycle is shaping up Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act
“There is, indeed, a very conservative rights. The letter criticizes Murkowski for to be an election about jobs, the economy to the Senate floor.
movement out there that is finding a voice her vote for the measure. and spending.” LaSalvia said Bennett’s loss of the
and turning some races, but I believe it’s “At the time of Senator Murkowski’s Cole also said he didn’t think hate Republican nomination even with this
the same anti-equality, anti-gay elements vote to expand hate crimes into the realm crimes legislation played a significant role record underscores the Tea Party is
that have been roadblocks and are going of sexual orientation, the latest FBI statis- in the Alaska primary. focused on economic issues rather than
to be roadblocks for us,” Mitchell said. tics at her disposal relating to crimes of “If you just look at the reporting after- social issues.
Mitchell said he fears what will happen to bias motivated by sexual orientation wards analyzing the race, it was all about “Bob Bennett got voted out because
LGBT issues if leaders from the Tea Party reported exactly ONE case in all of these sort of economic issues and these he’s been part of the problem,” he said.
movement are elected to public office. Alaska,” writes Miller. homegrown things,” he said. “Her vote on “He’s been in Congress a long time and
“I think if these Tea Party folks are in In Arizona, some observers believe hate crimes I just never heard once spent a lot of money and hasn’t stood up
power – Sarah Palin, for example, if she the Tea Party also had an impact on brought up.” to change things.”
were to somehow get back into power – moving Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to As for McCain, Cole cautioned against LaSalvia noted that Bennett’s vote for
believe me, our issues are not going to become the most vocal opponent in the making too much of his opposition to the bank bailout as part of the Troubled
be anywhere near their agenda at all,” U.S. Senate of repealing “Don’t Ask, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Asset Relief Program was among the
he said. Don’t Tell” as he faced a primary chal- “John McCain had to move to the actions that frustrated Republican voters.
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Gay journalists to face hotel union picket line


NLGJA declines to impossible at this late date for us
to move this year’s convention to
in the U.S. and abroad.
Members of the organization
number of LGBT groups and
political leaders in San
would likely be faced with some
added expenses for moving its
move convention another hotel,” NLGJA President include editors and reporters Francisco are supporting union convention to another hotel.
David Steinberg said in a state- from some of the nation’s boycotts of the Hyatt and other But he said the union would
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. ment. largest and most prominent local hotels. Among them are have intervened to help NLGJA
lchibbaro@washblade.com “NLGJA was contacted by news organizations, including gay city supervisors Tom challenge a penalty fee from
organizers from Unite Here! the New York Times and broad- Ammiano and Bevan Duffy and the Hyatt on grounds that the
The National Lesbian & Gay Local 2 in June, and we have cast news outlets as well as gay California State Senator hotel most likely did not inform
Journalists Association has had conversations with them for LGBT news organizations. Mark Leno. The city’s two lead- NLGJA of labor disputes and
declined a request to withdraw more than a month,” the state- Although the hotel union ing LGBT political groups, the the possibility of a hotel boycott
its annual convention from San ment says. has not called a strike against Harvey Milk Democratic Club at the time the gay journalists
Francisco’s Hyatt Regency Hotel About 225 people were the San Francisco Hyatt, more and the Alice B. Toklas group signed its contract with
this weekend in connection with expected to attend the NLGJA than a month ago it scheduled Democratic Club, are also sup- the hotel.
a labor union boycott of the convention, which was sched- a national, one-day protest porting the boycott, according to He noted that hotel labor dis-
hotel. uled to take place at the Hyatt against Hyatt hotels, including literature released by the union. putes have been taking place in
In a statement posted on its Regency in San Francisco’s the San Francisco Hyatt, for According to Haaland, other San Francisco for the past four
website, NLGJA officials said a Embarcadero waterfront district Sept. 2. At the San Francisco organizations have cancelled years or longer.
cancellation of its contract with Sept. 2-5, according to NLGJA Hyatt, union members and contracts for conventions and “We’re disappointed that it
the hotel, which was signed executive director Michael Tune. supporters were scheduled to meetings with San Francisco never got to that point,” Alvaran
three years ago, would result in a Tune said the group knows of form a picket line for the Sept. hotels targeted for union boy- said. “They never took the first
$150,000 penalty that could about 10 people who were 2 action in support of the cotts and have not been charged step to look into moving the
bankrupt the group. scheduled to attend or speak at workers’ efforts to secure a penalty fees such as the one meeting.”
The San Francisco chapter of the convention and cancelled union contract. NLGJA says it would face. Although NLGA’s Steinberg
Pride at Work, an LGBT labor their attendance due to the union The picketing was set to take “I’ve seen groups break con- and other members of the
group affiliated with the AFL- boycott. place on the opening day of the tracts with these hotels over boy- group’s board said they could not
CIO, joined the city’s hotel work- “It’s been very positive,” he NLGJA convention, when the cotts before and they have never move the convention to another
ers union, Unite Here! Local 2, in said. “I think most folks have group was to hold its 7th Annual been charged a dime,” Haaland hotel, they urged attendees to
calling on NLGJA to honor the understood it’s not an issue LGBT Media Summit for the gay said. “More than one group has consider reporting on the union’s
union-initiated boycott of the against NLGJA. This is some- press. gone to the discomfort of moving grievances in their role as jour-
Hyatt in an effort to win a long- thing, of course, going on with Gabriel Haaland, an official their meetings because some of nalists.
delayed union contract for hotel the Hyatt. We happened to be with the San Francisco chapter these folks are some of the low- “We can invite you to bring 703 D St NW 1221 Mass Ave NW*
Washington, DC Washington, DC
employees. having our convention here.” of Pride at Work, said represen- est wage workers and, honestly, your notebooks, your recorders 202-628-1288 202-628-7979
“Although NLGJA under- NLGJA describes itself as tatives of the LGBT community many of them are gay.” and your cameras to San
stands the importance of collec- the leading professional organ- were expected to participate in Israel Alvaran, community Francisco and cover their action,
tive bargaining and recognizes ization for LGBT journalists and the picket and would urge people outreach organizer for Unite along with the hotel’s response,”
that worker actions are not to be
blithely ignored, it is simply
an advocate for fair and accu-
rate reporting on LGBT issues
not to cross the picket line.
Haaland noted that a large
Here! Local 2 and a member of
Pride at Work said NLGJA
Steinberg said in a message
posted on the NLGJA website. Affordable
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“It’s outrageous that GLAA causes and concerns. their questionnaires, and the group
thinks they can rate two gay men GLAA noted that Day lost points sometimes makes changes in its
so low for ‘gay-supportiveness’ when he appeared to state on the rating scores based on changed
and get away with it without any- questionnaire that he supports a questionnaire responses.
one asking questions,” said D.C. proposal by D.C. Council member Morgan and Day are running
Log Cabin President Robert Yvette Alexander calling for adding unopposed in the Sept. 14
Turner in a press release. a “conscience” clause to the city’s Republican primary. Morgan
Marc Morgan, who is running same-sex marriage law. The would be up against gay D.C.
for the Ward 1 Council seat, clause, which was defeated in com- Council member Jim Graham (D-
received a GLAA rating of +3. mittee, would have allowed busi- Ward 1) in the November gener-
Tim Day, who is running for nesses providing wedding-related al election if Graham wins his pri-
Council in Ward 5, received a services that are not linked to reli- mary race on Sept. 14. Graham
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Some fear ‘Don’t Ask’ vote too risky just before elections
Continued from page 1 zation, but noted Sen. John
McCain’s (R-Ariz.) opposition to
Senate floor. moving the bill to the floor just
But Reid hasn’t yet scheduled before lawmakers broke for
a vote for the legislation on the August recess.
Senate floor. Some Capitol Hill “When we get back in
insiders have said they’re September, we’ll continue to try
expecting the bill to come up in and work on an agreement to get
September, although doubts are the bill to the floor as quickly as
emerging about having a vote possible,” Manley said. “Now that
before the month is out. the primary is over, hopefully
Nicholson said he thinks Reid Sen. McCain will relent in his
may not schedule a vote on the objection and allow us to take
defense authorization bill in the bill to the floor.”
September because he’s reluc- McCain’s office didn’t respond
tant to force members to vote on to the Blade’s request for com-
controversial measures prior to ment on whether he would con-
the election. tinue his objection to a vote.
The consequence of not hav- Other high-profile items are
ing a vote by the end of the first on the Senate agenda for
week of October, Nicholson said, September. Manley said legisla-
is that all the gains made so far tion to assist small businesses
over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be would be a priority, along with
“put at great risk.” bills related to tax break exten-
“Once the Senate goes into sions as well as various confer-
recess for election season, any- ence reports.
thing could happen,” Nicholson When asked whether sched-
said. “So putting the [‘Don’t Ask, uling time for those bills would
Don’t Tell’] vote off until after mean putting off a vote on the
October is simply gambling with defense authorization bill,
this very important issue. I don’t Manley replied, “I don’t do hypo-
see how we will be able to forgive theticals.”
the president or Sen. Reid if that Other observers say putting Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
happens, because between the off a vote on the defense author-
two of them they have the power to ization bill could be the end for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has emerged as a potential obstacle to advancing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal in

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make sure that risk is not taken.” “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal if the Senate.
Stachelberg emphasized the
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Republicans take control of
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the issue on Dec. 1. authorization bill would “come to this year. to have a vote on the defense Shin Inouye, a White House
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repealed,” she said. “They’ll have “They provide a couple of rea- Tell’] could put the breaks on all defense bill in September, it September that the president
to wait to come back and do that sons: The level of partisan bick- of the progress we have made so would likely get done,” Nicholson remains committed to the issue.
next year, and that’s a problem.”
Jim Manley, a Reid
ering is likely to intensify, and
waiting and letting Republicans
far, and even begin to reverse a
lot of that progress,” he said.
said. “But the White House does
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families. But some of the most associates of his routinely lbrown@washblade.com ext. 8075
Survey of service lap over coffee at the Java
House. The person next to me
American” or “woman” for “gay.”
Would he send such a survey
service member lived in your
neighborhood with their partner,
was run by civilians. Maybe I’m
wrong, but isn’t the military taught
his generation prominent voices in the move-
ment seem to have amnesia
described him as “asexual.”
The silver lining to this sicken- EDITORIAL
Editor members’ spouses is started laughing out loud and targeting those groups? Gates would you stay on-base or would to take orders? Did we send out a

By KEVIN NAFF
about that past. Chad Griffin and
Dustin Lance Black of the
ing hypocrisy is that the dominoes
continue to fall, as more and more
KEVIN NAFF
knaff@washblade.com ext. 8088 offensive, unnecessary shared a newspaper story on the
Pentagon sending out a survey
emphasizes that the survey is
confidential, so respondents can
you try to move out?”
“Would the attendance of a
survey asking, “If we send your
husband, wife, son or daughter to
American Foundation for Equal prominent Republicans take up Features & Multimedia Editor to spouses of service members be candid. I interpret that to gay or lesbian Service member Iraq/Afghanistan will it make you
Ken Mehlman, former Rights are singing Mehlman’s the cause of gay rights and mar-
JOEY DiGUGLIELMO By PETER ROSENSTEIN regarding the potential repeal of mean respondents can let their with his or her partner affect how less likely to recommend joining
joeyd@washblade.com ext. 8081
Republican National Committee praises. Griffin told the Atlantic, riage equality. The party is headed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” I read it bigotry hang out with impunity. often you attend these types of the military to another family
Sr. News Reporter
chair and campaign manager for “when we achieve equal equality, for a reckoning in which it will need LOU CHIBBARO JR. I spent the last few days trying and wasn’t sure whether to laugh The survey goes on to ask military social events?” member or close friend?”
Bush-Cheney in 2004, came out he will be one of the people to to address the hateful rhetoric
lchibbaro@washblade.com ext. 8079 to decide what to write about this or cry. In the survey the whether you think your spouse In conclusion, Gates says, We have come a long way in
as gay in a stupefying interview Washington Blade archive photo thank for it.” Really? Mehlman about our families that has been
News Reporter week and asked a number of Pentagon wants to know whether has ever worked with a service “This survey will help the military my lifetime in dealing with homo-
CHRIS JOHNSON
friends for suggestions. They spouses would urge their hus- member they believe to be gay leadership assess the impacts, if sexuality and even moved to civil
with the Atlantic last week. Former RNC chair Ken will need to devote the rest of his and remains a part of its national cjohnson@washblade.com ext. 8083
came up with some good ideas. bands or wives to leave the mili- and how well they knew the indi- any, a change in the law com- marriage equality in some states.
In it, Mehlman says he only Mehlman came out last week life to undoing the damage he platform. How can party stalwarts Editorial Intern
JULIETTE EBNER One of the best was to look at tary if it repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t vidual. Maybe they mean one of monly known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t We have rulings from federal
recently realized he’s gay — an after years of speculation that he helped foster before he earns like Mehlman, Cheney and Ted Staff Photographer why gay people, when disagree- Tell,” and how they might behave those guys that did the Lady Gaga Tell’ might have on family readi- judges that say both Proposition 8
absurd claim — and insists that he is gay. any thanks. It turns out that Olson advocate for marriage MICHAEL KEY
ing with another gay person’s at social functions if an openly
mkey@washblade.com parody video in Iraq last year. ness and military community life.” and the Defense of Marriage Act
worked behind the scenes to beat Mehlman is helping to raise equality while their party stubborn- opinion, will spend more time gay couple attends. Other brilliant questions Ah those community showers! are unconstitutional. But the mili-
back efforts to attack same-sex body has their own path to travel, money for AFER, so the praise is ly clings to its prejudice? PRODUCTION attacking the person than disput- It’s hard to believe, but it’s include: “How important a factor This is where we are in the tary and some of its leaders are
marriage during the Bush years. their own journey.” predictable and hollow. Indeed, it appears the country Creative Director
ing the opinion. Too often when a true. The Defense Department is would a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Obama administration: sending wasting time taking polls of serv-
JAMES M NEAL
That’s a staggering claim from True, but for most of us, the Mehlman’s sexual orientation has reached a tipping jneal@washblade.com ext. 8074 gay writer pens a column or blog really asking such questions of Don’t Tell’ be to you in making surveys to spouses wanting to ice members’ spouses to ask if
someone who presided over a journey didn’t involve working was the subject of rumors for point on the issue of Senior Graphic Designer criticizing a politician or an about 150,000 military spouses decisions about your spouse’s know how bigoted, or not, they they are willing to
campaign that exploited homo- side-by-side with those who years and the Blade looked into gay rights. Too bad RICHARD SKIPPON
organization the rebuttal doesn’t who started receiving copies of future in the military?” are. We really need to get this have tea with us.
rskippon@washblade.com
phobia to advance constitutional fought to enshrine our second- the story numerous times. He Mehlman arrived defend the organization or the the 44-question survey on Aug. “Would a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, administration and our nation to
amendments in 11 states banning class status in the U.S. dodged the question and flat out so late to the party. SALES & ADMINISTRATION politician but rather tears down 19. They have until Sept. 27 to Don’t Tell’ affect your willingness move beyond this kind of thing.
same-sex marriage. Constitution, not to mention what denied it on several occasions. We Sr. Acct. Executive the writer. complete and return it. to recommend military service to We have polls clearly stating that
BRIAN PITTS Peter Rosenstein is
Now, long after leaving the Bush-Cheney did to advance the were alternately accused of cover- bpitts@washblade.com ext. 8089 I will spend some time I would ask Defense a family member or close friend?” more than three-quarters of
Kevin Naff is editor of a D.C.-based LGBT
public eye and public service, cause of torture. ing up to protect his secret or prop- the Washington Blade. Acct. Executive researching that idea in the Secretary Robert Gates, who “Assume Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Americans, including Bill O’Reilly, rights and Democratic
Mehlman wants our collective Mehlman is the Roy Cohn of agating salacious gossip. Neither Reach him at JERYL PARADE future, but in the meantime the sent a letter with the survey, to is repealed and you live in on- think we should repeal DADT. I Party activist. He writes
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other STDs. The health of our
–Bill Distributed by MediaPoint, LLC
Upending traditional if Shakespeare, who was mar-
ried and had children, had male
man, is smitten with Viola. To add
to the mix, Sebastian turns up
friend and sometime lover Vita
Sackville-West. Orlando, a man
roles is a centuries-
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addressed to a man, it’s hard to
“Twelfth Night,” with its combi-
nation of wit and farce, is the
in Constantinople as a woman.
Breaking gender boundaries
neither inferred nor implied. The appearance of
cation that addresses sexual ori- HIV, STIs and unwanted pregnan- a part of. The funny thing is most names or pictorial representation does not neces- resist believing that the play- Elizabethan equivalent of “I Love is fascinating and liberating for
entation, gender identity and cies. Teachers’ training on content Re: “Mehlman coming out fools on Fox and other stations
sarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person By KATHI WOLFE wright and poet experienced Lucy” meets “Sex and the City.” If artists and audiences alike,
or persons. Although the Washington Blade is sup-
HIV/STD prevention have reason and sensitivity has increased and draws mixed reactions” (news, think he just figured this out. Well ported by many fine advertisers, we cannot accept same-sex love and attraction. you’re queer, it’s Halloween on because, as Woolf writes in
to feel hopeful. there has been positive movement Aug. 26) we all know differently. You have
responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Hey, Lady Gaga! You’re hotter Whatever his love life, octane. “Orlando,” “illusions are the most
In the city with the nation’s high- on instructional quality. Ken Mehlman and that scum- been gay a long time Kenny. You Unsolicited editorial material is accepted by the than 110 degrees in the shade Shakespeare would feel at home Yet, there’s a serious side to valuable and necessary of
Washington Blade, but the paper cannot take and appearing, dressed as a with the gender bending in queer gender bending. LGBTQ people, things.” Sometimes illusion and
est rates of new HIV/AIDS infec- Building up from the bag Karl Rove deliberately creat- have a lot of bridges to rebuild. responsibility for its return. The editors reserve the
right to accept, reject or edit any submission. man in the September issue of and hetero culture – from hang- especially, get it when Viola (pre- play are the most effective ways
tions, the role of education is cru- Standards, the D.C. Council ed a Republican campaign that –Frankie James
Vogue Hommes Japan. Your ing with drag kings to attending a tending to be “Cesario”) tells in which we can create change.
cial to keeping ALL youth safe and passed the Healthy Schools Act attacked gay people and gay mar- A single copy of the Washington Blade is available
from authorized distribution points, to any individual fans, especially in the LGBT matinee with the blue-haired Olivia, “I am not that I play.” A friend who identifies as gen-
to ensure that future generations in May, 2010. Although the riage in particular. He knew very Re: “Vote Green Party in within a 50-mile radius of Washington, D.C. Multiple community, love your playfulness ladies of the revival of “La Cage Historically, because of homo- der queer said to me recently,
live free from HIV. Appreciating this media focused primarily on obe- well what he was doing, but didn’t Maryland” (op-ed by Maria copies are available from the Washington Blade
and outrageousness. But, when I aux Follies” now on Broadway. phobia, we’ve often had to dis- “attitudes toward gender are so
office only. Call for rates. If you are unable to get to
connection, city leaders have sity and soda taxes, the Act con- care, because he was and still is Allwine, Aug. 26) a convenient free distribution point, you may saw the Shakespeare Theatre Since women weren’t allowed to guise who we really are and to hard to break through!”
shown considerable commitment tained much that will ensure that a hate-mongering Republican Can someone tell me where is receive a 52-week mailed subscription for $175 per
Company’s Free for All produc- be actors in his era, men played Photo courtesy ladygaga.com reveal our true selves in secret This is true. Yet, things are
year. Checks or credit card orders can be sent to
to improving schools. more youth will have access to first. Even Log Cabin failed to the box on my ballot where I can fill Phil Rockstroh at prockstroh@washblade.com. tion of “Twelfth Night,” which runs both male and female parts dur- Lady Gaga will be dressed as a code to those who we trusted. slowly changing. Take
In December 2007, the D.C. high quality health education. endorse Bush in 2004 thanks to in “Even though I’m voting for you, through Sept. 5 at Sidney ing productions of his plays in man in an upcoming magazine On another level, many of us Proposition 8. Judge Vaughn R.
Postmaster: Send address changes to the
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Health Learning Standards, regulatory and legislative barri- Mehlman supported. riage equality and I hope you will 20056. The Washington Blade is published week-
ly, on Friday, by Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. it dawned on me. You didn’t made transgressing gender the first artist to experiment with ing roles not expected of our the same-sex marriage ban
which were based on national ers to effective, age appropriate –Tim consider changing it when I lobby Individual Subscriptions are $175 per year for 52 invent gender bending. Long boundaries a necessity from the gender roles. (Photo courtesy gender. “exists as an artifact of a time
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Rates for businesses/institutions are $350 per year. before you, even pre-Madonna, get-go for Shakespeare. The ladygaga.com) Many other performers and when the genders were seen as
information and skills students cation in D.C.’s public and char- As a “private citizen,” Mehlman yeah, there isn’t one. And that’s Periodical postage paid at Washington, D.C., and performers, writers and play- bard frequently pushed the enve- writers have engaged in gender having distinct roles in society
additional mailing offices.
should be acquiring in ter schools have been removed. was hired in 2008 as managing why your vote for any politician wrights have tweaked genders in lope even further by having his the Adriatic Sea after a ship- bending before and after and marriage.”
Washington, D.C. classrooms. The last hurdle, as is often the director and head of global public implies a full and complete support Editorial positions of the Washington Blade are their work, and their art has influ- female characters (from Portia in wreck. Viola is grief-stricken Shakespeare – from the ancient Shakespeare would be cheer-
expressed in editorials and in editors’ notes as deter-
Since then, the leadership at case, is implementation. affairs at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for their stated positions, rather mined by the paper’s editors. Other opinions are enced queer and straight culture “The Merchant of Venice” to because she thinks that her twin Greeks to Josephine Baker in ing Walker on.
D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) has Metro TeenAIDS and our part- & Co. in Manhattan. Undoubtedly, than a nuanced acceptance of those of the writers and do not necessarily represent and been infused with a gay sen- Rosalind in “As You Like It”) dis- brother Sebastian has died. To Paris in the 1920s to Monty
the opinion of the Washington Blade or its staff.
taken these standards seriously ners are grateful to Michelle KKR hired Mehlman to provide some and not of others. And unfor- sibility. Going back to William guise themselves as men. survive, she masquerades as Python to Eddie Izzard. In
and begun to move forward, and Rhee and her staff for their con- access to his cronies at the GOP tunately, you get what you vote for. To submit a letter or commentary: Letters should be Shakespeare. “Twelfth Night’s” delight “Cesario” and, as this imaginary September, the Classic Stage
fewer than 400 words; commentaries should be fewer
the results are very promising. tinued commitment to health for KKR clients (of course, never When we vote for candidates that than 750 words. Submissions may be edited for con- There has been much specu- emerges from its elements of personage, becomes a page to Company in New York will stage
In the last three years, D.C. education. We also look forward assuming he was “gay”). Now that support civil unions over marriage tent and length, and must include a name, address lation about whether disguise and mistaken identity. I Duke Orsino. Orsino is in love an off-Broadway production of Kathi Wolfe is a
and phone number for verification. Send submissions writer, poet and reg-
Public Schools have been working to working with Superintendent his same-sex attractions have equality, all we will get is civil by e-mail to knaff@washblade.com. Shakespeare, who lived from won’t go into all of the plot com- with Lady Olivia. When Olivia playwright Sarah Ruhl’s adapta-
ular contributor to
diligently to ensure that all stu- Briggs as we plan for assessing been revealed, Kenny-boy will be a unions. This is the problem that 1564 to 1616, was queer. People plications except to say that rejects him, Orsino gets tion of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 the Blade. She can
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dents receive a complete, age- the quality of health education in dwindling asset. Just how many of has generally led to the ongoing during his time didn’t identify as Viola, the protagonist of the play, “Cesario” to intercede for him. novel “Orlando.” Woolf based be reached through
this publication.
appropriate, science-based health D.C. and the full implementation his homophobic cronies are going shift of power to the right. Would gay as we do, and we don’t know ends up in Illyria off the coast of Olivia, who thinks that Viola’s a “Orlando” in part on her good
education. The DCPS curriculum, of the Healthy Schools Act. to pick up the phone when he calls the major parties take notice if
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VIEWPOINT

What’s so great about Vincent Gray?


Council chair will to know him as a true leader.
The first question I asked him as
ers. His first job out of college
was at a non-profit for the men-
D.C. Council has experienced an
unprecedented period of produc-
of our biggest allies. He has won
the endorsement of the Stein
unite our divided a candidate was, “If the tally disabled. From there, he tivity and civility. Club and his rating by GLAA is
city as mayor Democrats win at least one
house of Congress, will you sup-
headed the City’s Department of
Human Services, starting the
The leadership and character
that Vince has shown throughout
more than twice as high as the
mayor on the most important
port moving forward on a bill to District’s first HIV/AIDS office, his entire life is exactly what we issues to our community. He will
By LANE HUDSON provide marriage equality?” He among other things. Next, he need in the mayor’s office for the be a mayor that is responsive
didn’t hesitate to commit to mov- went on to head the Covenant next four years. School reform and visible in our community
Recently, I got an email from a ing forward on marriage. House, an organization serving efforts are stalling. To continue both in good times and bad.
friend that said, “OK, I get it. You At the time, I didn’t know that I homeless youth. He served there with the effort that he started, My belief is that Vince will
really dislike Adrian Fenty, but would go on to co-found DC for until his election to the D.C. Vince will provide leadership bring the same kind of civility
what’s so great about Vince Gray?” Marriage and become intimately Council, representing Ward 7. from the mayor’s office to win that he brought to D.C. Council to
It made me realize that I’d involved in the effort to win the On the DC Council, he has broad buy-in from all stakehold- the mayor’s office. Our city is
spent so much time pointing out freedom to marry here in the been effective at building coali- ers: teachers, students, parents, divided in many ways and this
the mayor’s shortcomings that I District. That first question I tions and passing legislation. administrators and community campaign has shown that. Only
had failed to espouse all of the posed to Vince led to many more While representing Ward 7, he partners. That is the key to suc- one candidate will unite our city,
reasons that I support Chairman conversations about the proper worked to create what is now cessful school reform. bringing people together to work
Vincent Gray for Mayor. And strategy and timing to win mar- known as Effi Barry grants that To create jobs, Vince has side by side to move our city for-
there are many. riage and avoid congressional provide resources to build the brought together a diverse group ward. I am certain that candidate
Four years ago, I supported intervention. My experience in capacity of organizations work- of business and economic advis- is Vince Gray and ask that you
Adrian Fenty for mayor because working with Vince on marriage ing on HIV/AIDS issues. Those ers to brainstorm creative tactics. give him your vote.
he inspired me to believe that we is that he was always friendly, grants have provided an untold One approach that I find fasci-
could have a better city. Today, I responsive, attentive and honest. number of people the chance at nating is to win approval from
support Vince Gray for the same Along with David Catania, Jim a better life. As chairman, Vince Congress that allows D.C. to
reason. I am inspired by his Graham, and Phil Mendelson, shepherded legislation to reform have tax conditions comparable
sense of duty, honesty, empathy Vince Gray was one of the our schools, create universal to offshore tax havens so that we
and determination. strongest allies we had on pre-kindergarten, and to unani- can keep those deposits in the
I first met Vince when he was Council for passing marriage. mously censure former Mayor U.S. and create a new banking Lane Hudson is a D.C.-
running for Council Chair four Vince’s ethos is informed by a Marion Barry for ethical viola- industry for the District. based activist. Reach him
at lane@lanehudson.com.
years ago. Since then, I’ve come lifetime of work on behalf of oth- tions. Under his leadership, the On LGBT issues, Vince is one

VIEWPOINT

Treat HIV like the preventable challenge it is


Testing should be ing is errant and harmful for public assess or predict who has HIV ical setting is far more costly and described, is costly since we tend
community-based health. I offer a few of these exam-
ples as a rebuttal to several points
infection. These cases also high-
light that reliance on provider selec-
severely exceeds costs associat-
ed with routine screening.
to find people late in disease and
when they are symptomatic and
and part of in Webster’s editorial because they tion is an inappropriate approach Webster is also concerned because we miss a huge segment
routine care represent missed opportunities for
HIV screening in medical settings.
because: 1. Patients are often
untruthful and 2. Provider biases
that routine HIV testing will deter
doctors from spending time dis-
of the population that never inter-
acts with healthcare providers.
A 42-year-old heterosexual and perceptions interfere with the cussing sexual health and deliv- I emphatically and unequivocally
By DR. LISA FITZPATRICK male was diagnosed with HIV in objectivity needed to discern risk. ering HIV prevention messages. support targeted and community-
2009. He reported no sexual activ- Second, the CDC guidelines for Actually, this is slightly amusing based HIV testing as a comple-
Editor’s note: This is a response ity or drug use in the previous two routine HIV screening in medical because I can assure Webster ment to HIV screening in the med-
to “Routine HIV testing is a flawed years. Soon after his diagnosis, he settings are also meant to address that doctors are already often ical setting. It is our best means of
strategy” by Isaiah Webster. was admitted to the intensive care the stigma attached to HIV testing. inept at and infrequently hold both early diagnosis and achieving
Published in the July 29 Blade. unit with his longtime girlfriend at Perception is everything. If I am these sexual health-related dis- increases in community education
his bedside. She confirmed a 12- only asking some of my patients to cussions with patients. I doubt and awareness. Shifting our
Isaiah Webster questions year sexual relationship. be tested for HIV, this may trigger a the routine integration of HIV approach a bit toward more target-
whether the routine integration of A 39-year-old gay man with cascade of emotions and percep- screening as standard of care ed, community-based testing would
HIV testing as a medical standard hypertension and hypercholes- tions that may present barriers to would negatively impact our will- then make HIV screening in the
of care is a sound strategy and terolemia who was never tested truthfulness and disclosure in our ingness or ability to hold these medical setting a “no-brainer”—
suggests that doing so is “misguid- for HIV until he developed relationship. Whereas, if I routinely sensitive discussions. Ironically, simply because it would serve as a
ed and lazy.” His views on HIV intractable diarrhea. screen everyone in my practice just because as a profession our per- safety net for those we missed dur-
screening are surprisingly myopic A 59-year-old woman hospital- as I obtain a cholesterol level or a formance in this area is just ing community-based testing.
and illustrate how little success we ized with pneumonia was not test- blood pressure, my patients begin above abysmal, the integration is Let’s treat HIV like the prevent-
have had in framing HIV as a ed because she was married. to see this as part of the normal likely to have the opposite effect. able and treatable public health
chronic, treatable disease that These cases are neither isolated standard of care rather than a pro- Webster’s posture suggests and medical challenge that it is
warrants integration as a routine nor unique. There are many more. cedure only followed for “certain” that proponents of routine screen- and whether via community-based
health service. The risk-based screening strategy patients. Furthermore, providers ing integration believe that HIV testing or in the medical setting,
I am an infectious diseases Webster is supporting would have begin to frame HIV as a chronic, screening in the medical setting is let’s get committed to the business
physician and see the impact of missed each of these cases. The treatable disease such as cancer the “end all, be all” to identification of identifying and linking to care
our failure to implement routine point of the CDC testing recom- or heart disease. Whether advo- of HIV infection. Few things could every HIV-infected person, not just
HIV testing into primary care. In mendations, in part, is to eliminate cates like, accept it or not, HIV is be further from the truth. In my in D.C. but in America.
the short time I have been practic- the provider “guesswork” in decid- now a chronic, treatable disease. opinion, HIV screening in the med-
ing in the District, I have encoun- ing who is at risk for HIV infection. Third, contrary to Webster’s ical setting is the LEAST practical Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is a medical epi-
demiologist, practicing infectious dis-
tered many patients, already in pri- As illustrated by these cases, opinion that routine screening is strategy for identifying HIV-positive eases physician and co-principal inves-
mary care, whose stories illustrate providers repeatedly demonstrate too costly, failure to integrate persons. This is simply because tigator of the Howard University AIDS
Education Training Center.
why opposing routine HIV screen- that we are unable to accurately HIV screening into the med- screening in the medical setting as
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REHOBOTH BEACH: Should I buy now?


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Locals compete for


$100,000 dream wedding
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key

Darin Henderson (left) and Carl Cox are finalists in a national wedding contest. The grand prize is a wedding package valued at $100,000.

Couple’s moms join the who hope to represent their and Darin, who found each “[Darin] was gentle and took of life. When he returned to work
campaign for votes in hometown as the winners. If other on Match.com, have down my wall one brick at a healthy, he was ready to
national contest they get the most online votes, always valued open communi- time,” Carl says. “He was honest, embrace something entirely new.
they’ll receive a wedding pack- cation. When they initially start- made himself available, treated “It was the right time for me to
By SARAH McKIBBEN age sponsored by area busi- ed talking online, Carl was hon- me with respect, and was com- meet him,” Darin says. “He
nesses that’s worth $100,000 est about not being ready for a pletely invested in every moment offered a balance to me. I’m
To celebrate the legalization and includes everything from long-term relationship — but we were spending together. It more serious and Carl is the
of same-sex marriage in the rings to an all-inclusive cere- Darin was undeterred. was something I wasn’t accus- funny one, always kidding
District, Freedom2Wed is spon- mony and reception. On their first date, Carl ven- tomed to.” around and cracking jokes.”
soring a contest to give one The event’s chief organizer, tured from Baltimore to meet Darin never doubted that Carl Darin was especially attracted
lucky gay couple the wedding Michael Kress, photographer Darin and the two enjoyed an was worth the effort. A little over to Carl’s humble personality.
of a lifetime. and owner of MBK & Associates, unexpectedly intimate dinner at a year before they met, Darin “He’s so warm and genuine, and
From hundreds of entries believes that the compelling sto- Blues Alley in Georgetown. had a series of small heart he has such a big, kind heart,”
nationwide, six couples have ries of the diverse finalists “col- “Darin was persistent and attacks and was diagnosed with Darin says. “Carl would give the
been chosen to compete for the lectively emphasize why same- extremely likeable,” Carl says. congestive heart failure. shirt off his back to anyone. He’s
top prize. Among the finalists sex marriage is a historic marker After hitting it off that night, He was out of work for six a passionate and loving person.
are Carl Cox, 43, and Darin for civil rights in this country.” they started dating, and with time months and over that time, he
Henderson, 46, a local pair Together for four years, Carl Carl became less guarded. reflected on what he wanted out Continues on page 42
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QUEERY: 20 Questions for Hilary Treat


By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO How long have you been out and get stuck in rhetoric. It’s the best thing
who was the hardest person to tell? you can do.
Hilary Treat got involved with DC for About seven years. I have not had a
Marriage last year after graduating in 2008 difficult experience yet, but telling my What would you walk across hot
from American University. She co-chaired mom will be hard. coals for?
the group and quickly found success when The hover board from “Back to
same-sex marriage was legalized in Who’s your gay hero? the Future II”
December. Though she keeps the trophy Frida Kahlo. Not gay, per se, but she
the group won for being a Capital Pride was definitely into women. Her art is so What gay stereotype annoys you
Hero this year — Michael Crawford is in vibrant and it’s incredibly moving to see most?
New York now, so she accepted on the how she just threw her physical The gay man as accessory.
group’s behalf — she says much credit and emotional pain on a canvas.
needs to be given to others. What’s your favorite gay movie?
“There have been so many little events What’s Washington’s best nightspot, “Angels in America” — technically a
over the last 15 to 20 years that really put past or present? play/ HBO mini-series.
us in a good position for this,” the 24- Phase 1, hands down.
year-old lesbian and Belmont, Mass., What’s the most overrated social
native says. “Not just marriage, but pre- Describe your dream gay wedding. custom?
vention of a ballot initiative, having an air- It will involve cupcakes and it will Chivalry. It’s not polite to assume that
tight human rights act and so on so for probably not take place anywhere near women are weak.
decades and years people have been a church.
working toward creating an environment Washington Blade photo by Michael Key What trophy or prize do you most
where marriage would stick. I think it’s What non-gay issue are you most covet?
just timing that I came in at the end and degree. She was unemployed for a while, passionate about? The Stanley Cup for the Boston
was able to see it happen.” which gave her lots of time to work on Women’s issues: reproductive rights, Bruins. I will not personally receive it,
Known for “pretending to knit,” as she marriage rights, but is now working for the wage gap and everyday sexism. but it would be great if the Bruins could
puts it, and leaving half-finished projects Heritage Travel, a group that works on a go back to being a good team.
lying around, she did finish a sweater travel website that leads people to cultur- What historical outcome would you
once, a Christmas gift for her dad. “But I al heritage destinations and sites. Treat is change? What do you wish you’d known at
didn’t get it done till Christmas Eve,” she single and lives in the U Street corridor. That humans would be descended 18?
says with a laugh. She enjoys reading, movies, hanging out from gorillas, rather than chim- That you don’t have to have life fig-
Treat started college in Denver but at the Phase and knitting, which she panzees. Gorillas are peaceful and veg- ured out at 25. I spent too
soon found that part of the country was- learned from her mom when she was 12, etarian; chimpanzees will often beat the much time worried about the future.
n’t for her and relocated to D.C. where in her spare time. (Washington Blade lowest-ranking male to death.
she stayed after earning her history photo by Michael Key) Why Washington?
What’s been the most memorable It’s the only place in America where
pop culture moment of your life- people from all over the political spec-
time? trum come together. Plus, political
When Michael Jackson’s “Black or debates are shown in bars and that’s
White” video came out. I was around 5 awesome.
years old and I just loved how everyone
morphed into each other at the end. It
Want
was probably the first time I had lis- to have
the blade
tened to something that wasn’t Raffi.

On what do you insist?


There are two ways to pronounce delivered
to you?
patronizing and they mean different
things. People should use them correct-
ly.

What was your last Facebook post


or Tweet? Contact
My last Tweet was about Prop 8
being ruled unconstitutional in Lynne Brown at
California. My last FB status is a picture lbrown@washblade.com
of a meerkat and a warthog that
appear to be engaged in conversa-
tion à la Timon and Pumba. I apparent-
ly use Twitter and Facebook for different
things.

If your life were a book, what would


the title be?
“Ce N’est Pas un Livre”

If science discovered a way to


change sexual orientation, what
would you do?
Not change.

What do you believe in beyond the


physical world?
Ziggy Stardust

What’s your advice for LGBT move-


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FITNESSAGENDA BOOKAGENDA
Fall into great exercise weather Who says gay men don’t read?
Cooler temps means grass and green to take your without lugging too much then – jumping jacks, butt kicks,

skipping the gym


workouts.
Running outside does not
around with you, then invest in
lightweight resist-a-bands that
nausea inducing squat thrusts,
simulated jump rope, skipping, 2 local gay book clubs Nevertheless, gay men and books con-
tinue to intersect at meetings such as
older works including E.M. Forster’s
“Maurice” and James Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s
and heading outside have to be your only exercise allow you to simulate weight side shuffles, running backwards thriving in era of the iPad those held monthly by Starner’s group, the Room” — have been highlights, and he dis-
option. Rock Creek Park is training and offer several and more stairs and hills. Big Gay Book Group, whose next event is covered that “some of the younger men had
award winning and many areas degrees of resistance. They are Add in pushups, dips and pull- Wednesday at 7 p.m. at his firm’s down- not read them, and more surprisingly some
By KEVIN M.NORRIS have outdoor circuits with available at (www.power-sys- ups on the park benches fol- By DAVID J. HOFFMAN town D.C. office location, 1155 F St., of those who are older men had not either.”
instruction that allow you to per- tems.com) and they come with lowed by other lower body exer- N.W., Suite 200. Another group, Bookmen DC, meets
Working out in the gym during form a variety of exercises that diagrammatic instructions. cises such as lunging forward Despite booming sales of the iPad, The book under the lens that night will be twice each month, on the first and third
the heat of the summer months target all of your major muscles. I generally start my boot camp and backward, squats, Bulgarian Kindle and other digital book readers, “Role Models” by Baltimore’s own gay film- Wednesdays for about an hour, according
may be more comfortable than There are also rolling hills and program with a warm-up consist- Split Squats (yes, they are as some see a disturbing trend among gay maker and provocateur John Waters. That to co-founder Tom Wischer. Both groups
being outside, especially consid- off-path trails throughout Rock ing of light jogging throughout awful as they sound, but will give men: We are reading fewer books today book is a collection of essays on such icon- welcome drop-ins — basically “just show
ering all the heat we had earlier Creek that allow you to vary the park, up and down stairs and you buns of steel), squat walks than previous generations. ic figures as playwright Tennessee Williams up as your interests and schedule allow,”
this summer. your terrain, not to mention hills and throughout the maze of and sumo-wrestlers. Robert Starner, co-founder in 2004 of and singer Johnny Mathis but also Esther says Wischer, who began the group in
However, not everyone enjoys breath-taking scenery. paths the park has to offer. If you have an imagination the D.C.-area Big Gay Book Group, when Martin, owner of one of the scariest bars in 1999 with staff members at the Whitman-
being inside and now that fall is I am partial to Meridian Hill I will often continue the warm- you can create an effective out- he was working at the Lambda Rising Charm City. Each of the subjects is an Walker Clinic. At first the group was called
around the corner and the Park at 16th and Florida Avenue, up with what I call “stair sui- door workout and you may not bookstore on Connecticut Avenue, agrees extreme figure who helped Waters “form his Potomac Gay Men’s Book Group, then it
weather will be cooler outside, N.W. (www.meridianhillpark.org). cides.” Most would argue that want to go back into a gym any- that “now it seems that the gay men’s own brand of neurotic happiness,” according was known as Boys and Books for most of
workouts are a more viable and The park is an outdoor fitness this drill is not in the least a time soon. community is not reading as much as they to Sarner. its history. It was agreed that its first title A local gay book club will discuss John
pleasurable option. Outdoor haven and stunningly beautiful warm-up, but it definitely revs up The Mind Your Own Body were in the mid-1980s and 1990s,” and he Waters, discoverer of the drag person- was simply too stuffy-sounding. Waters’ latest, ‘Role Models,’ at its next
exercise routines can very well with statues, water fountains the body. The gist of the drill is to Boot Camp at Meridian Hill Park, confesses he doesn’t know why. ality known as Divine and auteur of the The group’s current coordinator, Steve meeting on Wednesday.
be more challenging than taking throughout and a giant lily pond jog, walk or double step up one N.W., begins again on Saturday, Starner’s lament is possibly an age-old film “Hairspray,” the basis for the hit Honley, who also edits the Foreign
yourself through a series of at the base. The top of the park flight of stairs at a time and then Sept. 11, 2010. Please send me complaint, echoing that of the great mod- Broadway musical of the same title, is, Service Journal, stresses that the group is community.” The book count is now at
machines, free weight exercises houses an enormous courtyard down one flight. Continue by an e-mail for further information. ernist poet Ezra Pound who decades ago according to Starner, “one of the most “all volunteer.” about 170 books and counting, “with
or running on a treadmill. type “track” with vast grassy adding another flight going up rebuked his own generation when he unique, perverse and hilarious artistic “There are no articles of incorporation very few duds” he said, adding “come
But what do you do without fields in the center. two flights and down two flights declared that “the classics are not read in minds of our time.” and no money involved — it’s a social check us out.”
equipment and where can you You don’t have to worry and then three, etc. our time” and that this fact “sorely troubles The range of books read in the group is group, and we are very inclusive — we The group’s next meeting will feature a
work out? Washington, D.C. has about bringing along any Then we navigate through my mind.” wide, says Starner, and especially heavy on welcome everybody. This is not a college book co-edited by a group member, Philip
more parks and grassy knolls equipment. Instead, you can more paths and hills followed by Kevin M. Norris is a Photo courtesy iStock
But in our day consider these doleful fiction in the first several years but most seminar — come as you are.” Clark (with David Gross), “Persistent
than most cities in the United use your own body weight and a variety of drills, calisthenics health and fitness columnist facts: bookstores like Lambda Rising in recently also broadened to include non-fic- Noting that the group is now in its Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS.”
for the Blade and owner of
States. Whether you are in the you can work all your major and body weighted exercises. Mind Your Own Body, Running outside is good exercise, D.C. and Rehoboth Beach and the Oscar tion titles. Classics of gay literature — like 12th year of existence, Honley proudly Bookmen DC meets at 7:30 p.m. on
heart of the city or in the sub- muscles in doing so. If you want Think back to your high school LLC. Personal Training. but hardly your only option for an Wilde Bookstore in New York City have Andrew Holleran’s “Dancer from the Dance” told the Blade recently that, “there are Wednesday at the Sumner School, 1201
Reach him at
urbs, there is no shortage of to add additional resistance gym days and do what you did kevinmnorris@aol.com. outdoor workout. closed their doors. and John Rechy’s “City of Night” as well as not that many groups this old in the gay 17th St., N.W.
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Thomas Edison’s discoveries changed
the world and the electricity-happy Dr.
Givings in Woolly Mammoth’s pleasing sea- At Sabrina’s next session, an electrical
son opener — “In the Next Room or the unexpectedly outage occurs. Without
vibrator play” — is eager to let everyone missing a beat, the good doctor orders
know it. Thanks to his idol’s inventions, his very able assistant Annie (played with
Givings’ office lights up with the flick of a comic precision and poignancy by lesbian
switch and his vibrators run automatically. actor Sarah Marshall) to take over using
For a late 1880s doctor like Givings, these the manual method. Clearly experienced
quivering and humming devices are decid- in the task, Annie expertly delivers toe-
edly not sex toys, but rather miraculous tools curling results surpassing even those of
of the trade designed to treat women (and the new-fangled machine.
occasionally men) suffering from “hysteria,” a Dr. Givings’ lively young wife Catherine
condition whose symptoms included fainting, (Katie deBuys) is understandably curious
nervousness, insomnia and loss of appetite about what goes on in the other room.
for food or sex. With her ear pressed against the wall that
Penned by never-boring playwright separates the living room from her hus-
Sarah Ruhl, the 2009 comedy presents a band’s office, she listens to the ongoing
moment in the rather astounding history of buzzing sound overridden by intermittent
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Like a broken doll, Sabrina Daldry Woolly’s first rate cast has great fun
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band, Mr. Daldry (stentorian-voiced James it’s not all faked orgasms and sex toys.
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Ba’Naka Devereaux (aka Dustin Schaad) channeling Lady Gaga at this year’s Capital
Pride. Ba’Naka says she can perform any Gaga song, even album cuts that weren’t singles,
and the crowd responds with wild enthusiasm.

D.C. gays ready to


go gaga for Gaga
Pop sensation brings Idol.” Then he saw her again last winter at
her ‘Monster Ball Tour’ Radio City Music Hall.
“She’s amazing,” he says. “She can sing,          
                                
here Tuesday  dance. It’s definitely a big show. It’s really per-
formance art. And this tour has been morph-
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO ing and growing. She started in these small-
joeyd@washblade.com er venues then they quickly got bigger. Now
she’s in arenas. It’s funny because I still have

© 2010 C.B. Fleet Company, Inc.


It seems to take music fans a while to get my 9:30 ticket that I got for $25 when nobody
gaga for Gaga. Several hardcore fans psy- knew who she was.”
ched up for Tuesday’s concert at the Verizon Tuesday’s show will also be Justin
Center say they weren’t immediately blown LaRocca’s third Gaga concert. The 22-year-
away by the zeitgeist-capturing pop star. old gay American University student says
Dustin Schaad, who performs drag at she’s quickly become one of his all-time
Town as Bi’Naka Devereaux, remembers favorite singers and says he likes that she’s
clearly the first time he heard of Lady Gaga. been so outspoken for gay rights.
“I was at my desk at the Universal Gear “You don’t feel she’s just using the gay
corporate office and a straight female buyer community to get ahead,” he says.
said, ‘I can’t get enough of that new Lady Schaad says Gaga is a logical fit for
Gaga,’” Schaad says. “I was like, ‘Who?’ I drag queens.
YouTubed the video and was like, ‘Ehhhh, “Gaga has been money in my bank
it’s OK.’ Then her songs got very addictive basically,” he says. “The crowd always
and I eventually iTuned the whole album.” responds to Gaga and she’s one of the
Schaad says he’s a “huge fan” now most profitable illusions I do. Gaga just
and regularly performs Gaga routines on speaks to drag queens. The outlandish
Friday and Saturday nights at Town. costumes and just her outrageousness.”
“She’s avant garde and crazy and bril- Some say Gaga is the biggest pop
liant,” he says. “The closest thing we’ve singer since Madonna. KEEP THEM CLEAN. NATURALLY.
had to Andy Warhol or Madonna in ages. “In a way she’s the second coming of
To have one who’s been this inventive Madonna,” Marguerat says. “A new Madonna
and creative, it just doesn’t happen. It’s for a new generation. She’s making head-
not all cookie-cutter and pre-packaged.” lines and being crazy and being controversial
Wess Marguerat, a Town DJ and major and she is for young people now what
Gaga fan, says when “The Fame” Madonna was in the ‘80s.”
dropped in 2008, it took club dancers a The fans say Gaga is genuinely talent-
while to warm to the new singer. ed and down to earth.
“I remember playing it and feeling that “Madonna seems kind of unattainable,”
I was losing people,” he says. “People Marguerat says. “You never feel you’re just
would be like, ‘What’s this? I don’t know gonna see her somewhere whereas Gaga
this song.’ Now it’s just the opposite shows up at the Whole Foods in
effect. Now you put any Gaga song on Albuquerque or wherever she is. She even INTRODUCING FLEET® NATURALS CLEANSING ENEMAS.
and people run to the dance floor.” came to BlowOff when she was here last.”
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This will be Marguerat’s third Gaga “Besides the imagery, if you look into
concert. He saw her in Washington at her music you’ll see she has real talent,” and fresh—without the drugs found in laxative enemas.
DAR Constitution Hall on “Fame Ball Schaad says. “The kid has pipes and she
Tour,” her initial outing in smaller venues. writes meaningful songs with very clever Drug Free | Safe For Daily Use | Hygienic
And he still has the ticket for the 9:30 club twisted meanings. They’re funny and
date she canceled to be on “American clever and full of innuendo.”
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Friendly neighborhood lesbian bar gets
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Glen Echo Park has its 40th annual
The live auction starts at 9:10 p.m. with
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and Puerto Rican cuisine.
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prockstroh@washblade.com The National Symphony Orchestra will The second night of Sundance is a dance event popular with men. Events are
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410-539-6965
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Part of the Grand Central complex,
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U.S. Capitol Sunday at 8 p.m. This is a CAMP Rehoboth’s Sundance Update, in the popular U Street corridor. 2214 Rhode Island Ave., NE and women, features regular drag per- with African-American clientele. and offers comfy couches, outdoor
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Larry’s Lounge
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al and national jazz performers. ing today at the Greenbelt Community The popular Levi/leather bar’s origins date ule of events. Buzzard’s Point warehouse district. and straight patrons. for its superb burgers.
In Rehoboth Beach, Del., there are a Center, 15 Crescent Rd., with rides,
couple different events happening. games, a petting zoo, art exhibits, athletic
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