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N.Y. poised to legalize same-sex marriage


One vote needed to ensure passage before legislature adjourns Monday
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State needed just one more vote to ensure its passage as of late Wednesday, and political observers predicted it would pass by a one or two vote margin if Republican members of the State Senate allowed it to come up for a vote. The New York Assembly, which is controlled by liberal-leaning Democrats, has passed a same-sex marriage bill several times before and voted again in favor of the measure 80-63 late Wednesday. With the legislature scheduled to adjourn for the year on Monday, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a strong supporter of the measure, met on Wednesday with LGBT leaders and other supporters to map out a last-minute game plan for pushing the bill through its nal hurdle. Hopes by supporters that the hurdle would be cleared on Wednesday were dashed when GOP members of the Senate, who hold a 3230 majority in the chamber, did not take an expected caucus vote to allow the bill to come up on the Senate oor for a debate and vote. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) told reporters in the state capital in Albany that Republican senators would resume a discussion on the bill on Thursday. But he gave no further details. Skelos, who opposes the bill, has long said he would allow it to come up for a vote. It could not be immediately determined whether he was wavering on that commitment. Political observers have said the majority leader in the
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N.Y. Gov. ANDREW CUOMO met with LGBT rights supporters this week to devise a plan to push the states marriage equality law.
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Mysterious Mitt
Romney leads the GOP pack and hints at support for ENDA, but where does he really stand on gay rights? PAGE 12

A fantastic weekend
Thousands ock to D.C. for 36th annual Capital Pride
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
With the U.S. Capitol as a dramatic backdrop, tens of thousands of LGBT people and their friends and families jammed Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday for the District of Columbias 36th annual Capital Pride Festival. One day earlier, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and 10 members of the 13-member D.C. City Council joined dozens of LGBT groups, colorful oats, marching bands, and thousands of individual marchers in the annual Capital Pride Parade, which snaked its way along city streets lined with thousands of spectators. Gray also spoke at Sundays festival before introducing the days lead entertainer, Broadway actress and singer Jennifer Holliday, who debuted her new single Magic, marking the songs word premiere. Although city ofcials and police no longer provide ofcial crowd estimates for large-scale events, Capital Pride organizers said they believe between 200,000 and 250,000 people turned out for the parade and festival. Everything was absolutely fantastic, said Capital Pride spokesperson Scott Lusk. All of our community partners and volunteers and attendees showed up in great numbers and with great enthusiasm. It was an absolute fantastic weekend. Eighteen-year-old Tiffany Johnson from Southeast D.C., who stood with a group of friends near the festivals main stage just before Holliday began her performance, said this years festival represented the rst time she had
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Blade wins 3 journalism awards; Chibbaro enters Hall of Fame


Washington Blade senior news reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Chapters Hall of Fame at a formal ceremony Tuesday night, joining a long list of journalistic legends like Helen Thomas, Bob Woodward and Art Buchwald. Chibbaro, who started writing for the Blade in 1976, is the rst member of the LGBT media to join the Hall of Fame. To be eligible, SPJ requires 25 years of outstanding work in the journalism profession. In his acceptance speech, Chibbaro expressed deep gratitude for the honor and thanked his current and previous editors and publishers. Also at the event, two other Blade staffers were honored with Dateline Awards for Excellence in Local Journalism. Features editor Joey DiGuglielmo took home two awards, including rst place in the weekly newspaper business/nancial reporting category for an in-depth report on the struggle for the DC Center to nd a permanent home, titled Still searching for a home. DiGuglielmo also won second place in the features writing category for Casualties of war, a prole of a gay Iraqi living in the United States after losing a leg. Blade editor Kevin Naff won second place in the editorial writing category for his body of work over the past year.

Nationals commentator apologizes for sissy remark


D.C. sports groups say team supports LGBT community
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
A commentator for the Washington Nationals baseball team apologized on Wednesday for using the word sissy during a June 5 televised broadcast of a Nationals game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. In an interview with the Washington Blade, Ray Knight, a former Major League Baseball player who served as a commentator accompanying the Nationals regular announcer, said he meant no harm to anyone when he used the word. He said he didnt realize it is sometimes used as a derogatory code word for gay men. I never thought one time that that would be a word that would be used to connote that, he said, adding that he meant it as an expression calling for a baseball player to come on, toughen up. But absolutely, I get it, he said. Now I get it. In his comments during the June 5 broadcast, Knight used the term in a discussion about batters being hit by balls thrown by pitchers. So you dont go up there playing the game like a sissy, he said. And Im at the far end of it, I promise you. But I just dont like all this baloney about the aggressiveness thats been taken away. He was referring to a baseball rule allowing umpires to eject a pitcher from a game if the umpire believes the pitcher intentionally hits a batter with the ball. Just prior to using the term sissy, Knight told TV viewers that he never likes to see a batter hit or injured by pitched balls. But he said the practice by pitchers of throwing inside pitches that come close to hitting a batter is a longstanding tradition in baseball. Knight serves as the co-host of the Nationals pre-game and post-game TV shows. He was a major league player for 13 years for several teams, including the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets and was selected twice as an All-Star player. He served as a coach and manager for the Cincinnati Reds. His apology came one week before more than 3,000 LGBT baseball fans are expected to turn out for the annual Night Out at the Nationals game on June 21 at Washington Nationals Stadium in D.C. Brent Minor, an ofcial with Team D.C., the LGBT sports group that organizes the annual Night Out event at Nationals Stadium, said the Nationals have been very supportive of the LGBT community and have made Team D.C. and gay Nationals fans feel welcome. He noted that the Nationals had a booth at D.C.s Capital Pride festival last Sunday and they regularly support other LGBT- and AIDSrelated events and causes. Alexandra Schaufer, a spokesperson for the Nationals, said the team had no comment on Knights use of the word sissy. But the Nationals vice president for communications and brand development, Lara Potter, issued a statement to the Blade listing the Nationals recent actions in support of various LGBT-related events and causes in D.C., including next weeks Night Out with the Nationals event. [T]he Nationals are proud supporters of the LGBT community and have been since the team came back to D.C. in 2005, she said. Among other things, Potter noted that the Nationals will show on its video screen during the Night Out game a public service video from the It Gets Better Project, which seeks to curtail LGBT teen suicide. She did not say whether the Nationals would join the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs in sponsoring ongoing promotional campaigns for the It Gets Better Project. Knights apology also came after he learned through the Blade that Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a national group that advocates against LGBT teen bullying in the nations schools, expressed concern over his sissy remark. He could have had all the opinions he had and if you take away the sissy part I dont see it as a problem, said Byard, who describes herself as a longtime baseball fan. Byard said the world sissy is often used as a code word for gay men or a derogatory term for women, and the term is offensive to both women and LGBT people. What Ray Knight did was give us a case study in how sexism and homophobia live in athletics, she said. It has to be called out. It needs dialogue, she said. It may surprise Ray Knight to know that there are baseball fans out there that dont have a problem with pitches that are high and tight but really, really dont like it when he talks about it in terms that are denigrating to women and gay people. After being told of Byards concerns, Knight said he regrets using the word during his television commentary. I never thought about it that way, never took it in that connotation, he said. Certainly, never in a million years would I ever say anything that would offend someone. And if you knew me you would know that. Byard was relieved to hear of Knights apology.
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Gay Fox 5 reporter joins S.F. mayoral campaign


D.C.s Fox 5 TV news reporter Roby Chavez, who was the subject of a Blade feature story last August about his wedding to partner Chris Roe, started a new job in May as communications director for a gay mayoral candidate in San Francisco. Chavez is working for Bevan Dufty, a former San Francisco supervisor who is seeking to become that citys rst out gay mayor. Dufty is considered among the top four candidates in a race that has attracted more than 30 candidates. I think its an incredible opportunity to do something thats going to have a long-lasting impact on the gay community, Chavez said. And I think its my responsibility as a gay man to go ahead and try to elect a gay mayor. He said he left his job as a reporter for Channel 5/WTTG TV News in Washington and a career in broadcast journalism of more than 25 years to move to San Francisco with Roe, who took a job there as CEO of a large non-prot education organization. Chavez said he expected to take a short break in his career to play the role of house husband before returning to work as a reporter in the San Francisco Bay area. But that plan changed quickly, he said, when Dufty who has known Roe for many years offered him a job he couldnt refuse. Basically, Im coordinating all the media and social media and the website for Bevan and also operating as his press secretary, he said. Chavez points to Duftys experience in coordinating city services for former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown before serving for eight years as a city supervisor in the famous Castro district that the late Harvey Milk once represented. And you know, hes not just an out mayoral candidate, Chavez said of Dufty. Hes an outstanding man and an outstanding candidate. The election takes place Nov. 8.

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Metro Weekly publisher settles $1 million lawsuit


Agreement reached over debt, fraud allegation; IRS tax liens remain
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
Metro Weekly a local gay magazine published by Jansi LLC, which is owned by Randy Shulman and Post-Newsweek Media, Inc., the company that owns the Washington Post, reached a settlement agreement on April 28 over a lawsuit in which Post-Newsweek alleged that Jansi and Shulman engaged in fraud to avoid paying a Post-Newsweek-owned printing company $85,000 for printing services. The settlement came six days after a D.C. Superior Court judge presiding over the lawsuit denied a motion for summary judgment by Jansi and Shulman that called for dismissing the fraud charge on grounds that insufcient evidence existed to move forward with the charge. The settlement agreement also came just over seven months after Judge Ramsey Johnson denied a separate motion by Jansi and Shulman seeking dismissal of the lawsuit. The terms of the settlement between the two parties could not be found in the court records, indicating the parties chose to keep the terms condential as is the case with many lawsuits. Paul S. Thaler, the attorney representing Post-Newsweek, and John W. Karr and William G. McLain, the attorneys representing Jansi and Shulman, did not respond to the Blades request for comment on the case and the settlement. McLain faxed a message to the Blade on May 27 saying Jansi and Shulman would consider responding to a Blade inquiry in writing if such a response was deemed appropriate by him but the magazine has a policy of not providing interviews to Blade reporters. Jansi and Shulmans attorneys have argued that the lawsuit was without merit, saying the printing debt was incurred by Isosceles Publishing, Inc., the corporation that owned and operated Metro Weekly up until November 2007. The magazines attorneys have argued that a new corporation called Jansi LLC entered into a licensing agreement with Isosceles to publish and operate Metro Weekly beginning in November 2007. They maintain that Jansi, as a separate corporate entity, was not responsible for the debts and liabilities incurred when Metro Weekly was published and operated by Isosceles. A past due bill of $85,000 from Comprint, a Gaithersburg, Md., company owned by Post-Newsweek, was for printing services incurred by Metro Weekly during the time Isosceles published the magazine, the lawyers have argued. In its lawsuit led in July 2010, PostNewsweek charged Jansi LLC and Shulman, one of Jansis two shareholders, with breach of contract, saying they were responsible for the printing debt with Comprint. The lawsuit also charged Jansi and Shulman with fraud for allegedly entering into the licensing agreement with Isosceles for the alleged purpose of evading debts and liabilities. Upon information and belief, Mr. Shulman, Jansi, and Isosceles entered into the 2007 License Agreement with the specic intention to evade Isosceles creditors while continuing to publish, and reap revenue from, Metro Weekly, the lawsuit said. As a direct result of the defendants fraud, plaintiff suffered damages in a sum to be proved at trial but expected to exceed $1,000,000, the lawsuit said in its request for punitive damages. Newsweeks fraud claim. In Jansi and Shulmans August 2010 motion for summary judgment seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, Karr argued that PostNewsweeks breach of contract charge concerning the printing debt was invalid because, among other things, PostNewsweek had brought the same charge in a separate lawsuit in 2009. A judge ruled in Post-Newsweeks favor in the earlier lawsuit and ordered Isosceles to pay the printing debt. Isosceles started making payments for the initial printing debt, which exceeded $100,000, for a while before stopping all payments. That prompted Post-Newsweek to le the second lawsuit last July, Thaler said in court papers. Karr argued in his dismissal motion that the legal concept of claim preclusion or issue preclusion prohibits relitigation in a subsequent proceeding of the same claim between the same parties or their privies. He also argued that Post-Newsweek failed to provide in its lawsuit the required elements indicating that fraud might have taken place to a sufcient degree that a fraud claim could move forward to trial. D.C. Superior Court Judge Ramsey Johnson rejected those assertions, stating in a Sept. 13, 2010 ruling denying the motion for dismissal of the lawsuit that he was satised that the Plaintiffs complaint for fraud has been sufciently pled. In its separate motion led Feb. 23, 2011 seeking dismissal of the fraud charge, Karr reiterated his claim that Post-Newsweek failed to provide sufcient grounds for proving fraud. Karr cited the testimony of Post-Newsweek ofcial Garland Christmas in a deposition in which Christmas stated he was not familiar with the specic details of the lawsuits allegation that Metro Weekly and Shulman engaged in fraud through the licensing agreement between Isosceles and Jansi. Karr argued in his brief that Christmas, the Post-Newsweek ofcial in charge of debt collection for the company, also could not provide information to support Post-Newsweeks claim that it suffered damages exceeding $1 million due to the non-payment of the printing debt or the licensing deal between Isosceles and Jansi. In his opposition motion for PostNewsweek, Thaler said the latest lawsuit was aimed at asking the court to pierce the corporate veil and nd that defendants Randy Shulman and Jansi LLC are the functional alter egos of Isosceles and should therefore be held liable for the debt owed to Plaintiff.

Business funds for personal use


In his opposition motion, Thaler added, Mr. Shulman further indicated [in a deposition] that the licensing arrangement was the only way Metro Weekly could continue to be published in light of the tax lien against IsoscelesShulman and his business partners frequently commingled funds between Jansi and Isosceles. Shulman has also withdrawn funds from Isosceles and Jansi for personal use. Shulman was asked during depositions about various charges made to a company ATM card. If you go down the purchases apparently using the ATM card youll see not just the Pet Smart and Martins Wine but a series of purchases at Safeway, RiteAid, Target and Subway as well as something called 14k Restaurant, Starbucks. Is it your testimony that all of these were for Jansi or mistakes by you as youve indicated you sometimes do, a Post-Newsweek lawyer asked. Some could be mistakes I would think that I know for a fact the 14K would be a business that would be a business that was probably for coffee for a business meeting, Shulman replied. In response to questions about purchases with the Jansi card made at other places, such as the Virginia Market convenience store near his home, Shulman said: Im looking this over and Im looking at the cluster of time and its very likely at this time that, aside from the thing that I was quite honestly, I probably had absolutely no money in my own personal account. I was actually utilizing Jansi funds that were there at the time to help support me. So you used the ATM for Jansi, the lawyer replied. I did use the ATM for Jansi to make my purchases during that period. In his April 22 ruling denying Jansi and Shulmans summary judgment motion to dismiss the fraud charge, Judge Johnson stated, The court has already concluded that Plaintiffs fraud claim was sufciently pled when it denied Defendants Motion for Failure to State a Claim on Sept. 13, 2010. With regard to the instant motion, the Court does not nd that the issue of fraud, at least in this case, lends itself to summary judgment.

Nearly $656,000 in tax liens


In its court brief opposing Jansi and Shulmans motion to dismiss the fraud charge, Post-Newsweek attorney Thaler cited Shulmans testimony in a deposition in February in which Shulman acknowledged that he and Isosceles had yet to resolve an outstanding tax obligation with the IRS. News of Isoceles tax liabilities surfaced last year when the Washington Business Journal reported that, nearly $656,000 in federal and state tax liens have been led against Isosceles. Records from the D.C. Recorder of Deeds, which keeps track of tax liens, show that 21 federal, D.C., or unemployment tax liens had been led against Isosceles Publishing between 1996 and 2010. Thaler stated in his brief opposing Jansi and Shulmans motion to dismiss the fraud charge that the tax liens were an indication that the licensing agreement between Isosceles and Jansi was conceived to enable Metro Weekly to evade its debts, a development, he said, that supports Post-

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INDICATION ATRIPLA (efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate [DF] 300 mg) is a prescription medication used alone as a complete regimen or with other medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV-1 to others. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get infections that develop because the immune system is weak or other conditions that happen with HIV-1 infection. Do not stop taking ATRIPLA unless directed by your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly. Have ever had seizures: Seizures have occurred in patients taking a component of ATRIPLA, usually in those with a history of seizures. If you have ever had seizures, or take medicine for seizures, your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or monitor you. Have ever had mental illness or use drugs or alcohol. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of the following serious or common side effects:

Serious side effects associated with ATRIPLA: Severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior have been reported by a small number of patients. Some patients have had thoughts of suicide, and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur more often in patients who have had mental illness. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Kidney problems (including decline or failure of kidney function). Contact your healthcare provider right away if you get the following If you have had kidney problems, or take other medicines that may side effects or conditions associated with ATRIPLA: Nausea, vomiting, unusual muscle pain, and/or weakness. These cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider should do regular blood tests. Symptoms that may be related to kidney problems include may be signs of a buildup of acid in the blood (lactic acidosis), a high volume of urine, thirst, muscle pain, and muscle weakness. which is a serious medical condition. 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My entire HIV regimen in one pill daily. For me, thats great.
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ATRIPLA is the #1 prescribed HIV regimen.*


About ATRIPLA:
Only ATRIPLA combines 3 HIV medications in 1 pill daily. Proven to lower viral load to undetectable in approximately 7 out of 10 patients new to therapy, and also raise T-cell (CD4+) count to help control HIV through 3 years of a clinical study. ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV-1 to others.

Selected Important Safety Information:


Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA have developed the following: a serious condition of acid buildup in the blood (lactic acidosis), and serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity). For patients with both HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis may suddenly worsen if ATRIPLA is discontinued. Please see detailed and additional Important Safety Information, including the bolded information to the left.

Defined as a viral load of less than 400 copies/mL. Average increase of 312 cells/mm3. In this study, 227 patients took the meds in ATRIPLA.
Patient model. Individual results may vary.

Your doctor may prescribe ATRIPLA alone or with other HIV medications.

Talk to your doctor to see if ATRIPLA is right for you.


* Synovate Healthcare Data; US HIV Monitor, Q1 2010.

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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information ATRIPLA (uh TRIP luh) Tablets ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with ATRIPLA. Please also read the section MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA. Generic name: efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (eh FAH vih renz, em tri SIT uh bean and te NOE fo veer dye soe PROX il FYOU mar ate) Read the Patient Information that comes with ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) before you start taking it and each time you get a refill since there may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. You should stay under a healthcare providers care when taking ATRIPLA. Do not change or stop your medicine without first talking with your healthcare provider. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about ATRIPLA. What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA? Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA (which contains nucleoside analogs) have developed a serious condition called lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or symptoms of lactic acidosis: You feel very weak or tired. You have unusual (not normal) muscle pain. You have trouble breathing. You have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting. You feel cold, especially in your arms and legs. You feel dizzy or lightheaded. You have a fast or irregular heartbeat. Some people who have taken medicines like ATRIPLA have developed serious liver problems called hepatotoxicity, with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or symptoms of liver problems: Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice). Your urine turns dark. Your bowel movements (stools) turn light in color. You dont feel like eating food for several days or longer. You feel sick to your stomach (nausea). You have lower stomach area (abdominal) pain. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside analog-containing medicines, like ATRIPLA, for a long time. If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and you stop taking ATRIPLA, you may get a flare-up of your hepatitis. A flare-up is when the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Patients with HBV who stop taking ATRIPLA need close medical follow-up for several months, including medical exams and blood tests to check for hepatitis that could be getting worse. ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so you must discuss your HBV therapy with your healthcare provider. What is ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA contains 3 medicines, SUSTIVA (efavirenz), EMTRIVA (emtricitabine) and VIREAD (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate also called tenofovir DF) combined in one pill. EMTRIVA and VIREAD are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and SUSTIVA is an HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components of TRUVADA. ATRIPLA can be used alone as a complete regimen, or in combination with other anti-HIV-1 medicines to treat people with HIV-1 infection. ATRIPLA is for adults age 18 and over. ATRIPLA has not been studied in children under age 18 or adults over age 65. HIV infection destroys CD4+ T cells, which are important to the immune system. The immune system helps fight infection. After a large number of T cells are destroyed, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) develops. ATRIPLA helps block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a viral chemical in your body (enzyme) that is needed for HIV-1 to multiply. ATRIPLA lowers the amount of HIV-1 in the blood (viral load). ATRIPLA may also help to increase the number of T cells (CD4+ cells), allowing your immune system to improve. Lowering the amount of HIV-1 in the blood lowers the chance of death or infections that happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections). Does ATRIPLA cure HIV-1 or AIDS? ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. The long-term effects of ATRIPLA are not known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV-1 infection. Opportunistic infections are infections that develop because the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly while taking ATRIPLA. Does ATRIPLA reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others? ATRIPLA has not been shown to lower your chance of passing HIV-1 to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. Do not share needles or other injection equipment. Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes or razor blades.

ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to reduce the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Who should not take ATRIPLA? Together with your healthcare provider, you need to decide whether ATRIPLA is right for you. Do not take ATRIPLA if you are allergic to ATRIPLA or any of its ingredients. The active ingredients of ATRIPLA are efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ATRIPLA? Tell your healthcare provider if you: Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (see What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?). Are breast-feeding (see What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?). Have kidney problems or are undergoing kidney dialysis treatment. Have bone problems. Have liver problems, including hepatitis B virus infection. Your healthcare provider may want to do tests to check your liver while you take ATRIPLA. Have ever had mental illness or are using drugs or alcohol. Have ever had seizures or are taking medicine for seizures. What important information should I know about taking other medicines with ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA may change the effect of other medicines, including the ones for HIV-1, and may cause serious side effects. Your healthcare provider may change your other medicines or change their doses. Other medicines, including herbal products, may affect ATRIPLA. For this reason, it is very important to let all your healthcare providers and pharmacists know what medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins you are taking. MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA The following medicines may cause serious and life-threatening side effects when taken with ATRIPLA. You should not take any of these medicines while taking ATRIPLA: Vascor (bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride), Versed (midazolam), Orap (pimozide), Halcion (triazolam), ergot medications (for example, Wigraine and Cafergot). ATRIPLA also should not be used with Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), EMTRIVA, Epivir, Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), SUSTIVA, TRUVADA, or VIREAD. Vfend (voriconazole) should not be taken with ATRIPLA since it may lose its effect or may increase the chance of having side effects from ATRIPLA. Do not take St. Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum), or products containing St. Johns wort with ATRIPLA. St. Johns wort is an herbal product sold as a dietary supplement. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are taking or are planning to take St. Johns wort. Taking St. Johns wort may decrease ATRIPLA levels and lead to increased viral load and possible resistance to ATRIPLA or cross-resistance to other anti-HIV-1 drugs. ATRIPLA should not be used with HEPSERA (adefovir dipivoxil). It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following: Fortovase, Invirase (saquinavir), Biaxin (clarithromycin), Noxafil (posaconazole), or Sporanox (itraconazole); these medicines may need to be replaced with another medicine when taken with ATRIPLA. Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem or Tiazac (diltiazem), Covera HS or Isoptin (verapamil) and others; Crixivan (indinavir), Selzentry (maraviroc); the immunosuppressant medicines cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune, and others), Prograf (tacrolimus), or Rapamune (sirolimus); Methadone; Mycobutin (rifabutin); Rifampin; cholesterol-lowering medicines such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin sodium), and Zocor (simvastatin); or Zoloft (sertraline); these medicines may need to have their dose changed when taken with ATRIPLA. Videx, Videx EC (didanosine); tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) may increase the amount of didanosine in your blood, which could result in more side effects. You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and didanosine together. Also, the dose of didanosine may need to be changed. Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) or Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir); these medicines may increase the amount of tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA) in your blood, which could result in more side effects. Reyataz is not recommended with ATRIPLA. You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and Kaletra together. Also, the dose of Kaletra may need to be changed. Medicine for seizures [for example, Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine), or phenobarbital]; your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or check drug levels in your blood from time to time. These are not all the medicines that may cause problems if you take ATRIPLA. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines that you take. Keep a complete list of all the prescription and nonprescription medicines as well as any herbal remedies that you are taking, how much you take, and how often you take them. Make a new list when medicines or herbal remedies are added or stopped, or if the dose changes. Give copies of this list to all of your healthcare providers and pharmacists every time you visit your healthcare provider or fill a prescription. This will give your healthcare provider a complete picture of the medicines you use. Then he or she can decide the best approach for your situation.

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ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) How should I take ATRIPLA? Take the exact amount of ATRIPLA your healthcare provider prescribes. Never change the dose on your own. Do not stop this medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to stop. You should take ATRIPLA on an empty stomach. Swallow ATRIPLA with water. Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome. Do not miss a dose of ATRIPLA. If you forget to take ATRIPLA, take the missed dose right away, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not double the next dose. Carry on with your regular dosing schedule. If you need help in planning the best times to take your medicine, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. If you believe you took more than the prescribed amount of ATRIPLA, contact your local poison control center or emergency room right away. Tell your healthcare provider if you start any new medicine or change how you take old ones. Your doses may need adjustment. When your ATRIPLA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to ATRIPLA and become harder to treat. Your healthcare provider may want to do blood tests to check for certain side effects while you take ATRIPLA. What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA? Women should not become pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for 12 weeks after stopping it. Serious birth defects have been seen in the babies of animals and women treated with efavirenz (a component of ATRIPLA) during pregnancy. It is not known whether efavirenz caused these defects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are pregnant. Also talk with your healthcare provider if you want to become pregnant. Women should not rely only on hormone-based birth control, such as pills, injections, or implants, because ATRIPLA may make these contraceptives ineffective. Women must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also use other methods of birth control. Efavirenz, a component of ATRIPLA, may remain in your blood for a time after therapy is stopped. Therefore, you should continue to use contraceptive measures for 12 weeks after you stop taking ATRIPLA. Do not breast-feed if you are taking ATRIPLA. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that mothers with HIV not breast-feed because they can pass the HIV through their milk to the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause serious harm to the baby. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding. You should stop breast-feeding or may need to use a different medicine. Taking ATRIPLA with alcohol or other medicines causing similar side effects as ATRIPLA, such as drowsiness, may increase those side effects. Do not take any other medicines, including prescription and nonprescription medicines and herbal products, without checking with your healthcare provider. Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection since ATRIPLA does not stop you from passing the HIV-1 infection to others. What are the possible side effects of ATRIPLA? ATRIPLA may cause the following serious side effects: Lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get signs of lactic acidosis. (See What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?) Serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any signs of liver problems. (See What is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?) Flare-ups of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, in which the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before, can occur if you have HBV and you stop taking ATRIPLA. Your healthcare provider will monitor your condition for several months after stopping ATRIPLA if you have both HIV-1 and HBV infection and may recommend treatment for your HBV. ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection. If you have advanced liver disease and stop treatment with ATRIPLA, the flare-up of hepatitis B may cause your liver function to decline. Serious psychiatric problems. A small number of patients may experience severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior while taking ATRIPLA. Some patients have thoughts of suicide and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur more often in patients who have had mental illness. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you think you are having these psychiatric symptoms, so your healthcare provider can decide if you should continue to take ATRIPLA. Kidney problems (including decline or failure of kidney function). If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider should do regular blood tests to check your kidneys. Symptoms that may be related to kidney problems include a high volume of urine, thirst, muscle pain, and muscle weakness. Other serious liver problems. Some patients have experienced serious liver problems including liver failure resulting in transplantation or death. Most of these serious side effects occurred in patients with a chronic liver disease such as hepatitis infection, but there have also been a few reports in patients without any existing liver disease.

ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) Changes in bone mineral density (thinning bones). Laboratory tests show changes in the bones of patients treated with tenofovir DF, a component of ATRIPLA. Some HIV patients treated with tenofovir DF developed thinning of the bones (osteopenia) which could lead to fractures. If you have had bone problems in the past, your healthcare provider may need to do tests to check your bone mineral density or may prescribe medicines to help your bone mineral density. Additionally, bone pain and softening of the bone (which may contribute to fractures) may occur as a consequence of kidney problems. Common side effects: Patients may have dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, and/or unusual dreams during treatment with ATRIPLA. These side effects may be reduced if you take ATRIPLA at bedtime on an empty stomach. They also tend to go away after you have taken the medicine for a few weeks. If you have these common side effects, such as dizziness, it does not mean that you will also have serious psychiatric problems, such as severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior. Tell your healthcare provider right away if any of these side effects continue or if they bother you. It is possible that these symptoms may be more severe if ATRIPLA is used with alcohol or mood altering (street) drugs. If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, or are drowsy, avoid activities that may be dangerous, such as driving or operating machinery. Rash may be common. Rashes usually go away without any change in treatment. In a small number of patients, rash may be serious. If you develop a rash, call your healthcare provider right away. Other common side effects include tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, gas, and diarrhea. Other possible side effects with ATRIPLA: Changes in body fat. Changes in body fat develop in some patients taking anti-HIV-1 medicine. These changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (buffalo hump), in the breasts, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these fat changes are not known. Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen with ATRIPLA. In some patients with advanced HIV infection (AIDS), signs and symptoms of inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV treatment is started. It is believed that these symptoms are due to an improvement in the bodys immune response, enabling the body to fight infections that may have been present with no obvious symptoms. If you notice any symptoms of infection, please inform your doctor immediately. Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic reaction (including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain, weakness and indigestion. Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you notice any side effects while taking ATRIPLA. Contact your healthcare provider before stopping ATRIPLA because of side effects or for any other reason. This is not a complete list of side effects possible with ATRIPLA. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a more complete list of side effects of ATRIPLA and all the medicines you will take. How do I store ATRIPLA? Keep ATRIPLA and all other medicines out of reach of children. Store ATRIPLA at room temperature 77 F (25 C). Keep ATRIPLA in its original container and keep the container tightly closed. Do not keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. If you throw any medicines away make sure that children will not find them. General information about ATRIPLA: Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use ATRIPLA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ATRIPLA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about ATRIPLA. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about ATRIPLA that is written for health professionals. Do not use ATRIPLA if the seal over bottle opening is broken or missing. What are the ingredients of ATRIPLA? Active Ingredients: efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate. The film coating contains black iron oxide, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, red iron oxide, talc, and titanium dioxide. May 2010 ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. EMTRIVA, TRUVADA, HEPSERA and VIREAD are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. 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A D.C. group led a complaint against House Speaker John Boehner this week over his defense of DOMA.
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Legal group les complaint against Boehner


WASHINGTON Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington led a complaint against House Speaker John Boehners defense of the Defense of Marriage Act for violating the Antideciency Act, according to the group. The complaint led with the Ofce of Congressional Ethics invokes the law intended to prevent government ofcials from overspending on appropriations. The Washington-based group announced its action after the Republican leader began mounting a $500,000 defense of the law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages done in states where the nuptials are legal, because the group says the action represents more than 35% of the $1,415,000 Congress appropriated for the [House Ofce of General Counsel]. When reached for comment by the Blade, Boehner spokesperson Michael Steel called the complaint off-base and stupid to the point that it creates the appearance of partisanship by CREW. Steel continued, The Speaker expects any cost to be recouped from the Obama administration Justice Department, which should be defending the law in court. Steel also disputed the claim that the Speakers defense runs afoul of the Antideciency Act because the cost of the action is considerably less than would be considered in violation of the law.
Former Massachusetts Gov. MITT ROMNEY has a convoluted record on gay rights.
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GOP frontrunner voices support for employment protections
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romneys recently stated support for equal rights in employment for gays is raising questions about whether he supports the Employment NonDiscrimination Act as well as the extent to which he would back other LGBT rights issues. The current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination said he backs employment protections last week during an interview with CNNs Piers Morgan as he noted gay appointments made during his time as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Asked which gay rights he favors, Romney replied, Well, equal rights in employment, equal rights in for instance, as the governor, I had members of my team that were gay, I appointed a couple of judges, who, apparently, I nd later, were gay. Romney didnt say whether he thinks these protections should be instituted through legislation or some other manner. A Romney campaign spokesperson didnt immediately respond to the Washington Blades request for comment on whether the remarks mean that the the candidate supports ENDA, pending legislation that would bar job discrimination in most situations for LGBT Americans in the public and private workforce. Romneys support for employment rights through ENDA or otherwise is unusual for Republican presidential candidates early on during the primary season. Candidates usually veer hard right to win support among social conservatives who participate in Republican primaries. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, for example, have said they would reinstitute Dont Ask, Dont Tell if elected. Still, support for ENDA from Romney would be consistent with a previously articulated position he held in 1994 when he was running against the late Sen. Edward Kennedy for his seat representing Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate. In a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, Romney recalled earlier conversations hes had with the group and said he would be a co-sponsor of ENDA and would seek to expand the provisions in the legislation. Additionally, Romney pledged to make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern and said Kennedy, who was known as a champion of LGBT rights in the Senate, would be unable to make that promise to the LGBT community. We have discussed a number of important issues such as the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which I have agreed to cosponsor, and if possible broaden to include housing and credit, and the bill to create a federal panel to nd ways to reduce gay and lesbian youth suicide, which I also support, Romney wrote. It should be noted that the version of ENDA that was pending before Congress at the time offered protections based only on sexual orientation and didnt include language protecting transgender people in employment. Romney also said the then-recently enacted Dont Ask, Dont Tell law was the compromise that was a step in the right direction and the rst in a number of steps that will ultimately lead to open service in the U.S. military. According to a 1994 article from Bay Windows, Romney also articulated support for ENDA during a public
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Tracy Morgan apologizes for anti-gay tirade


NASHVILLE Comedian Tracy Morgan, a Saturday Night Live alumnus and star of 30 Rock, generated criticism from LGBT activists after delivering an antigay tirade during a stand-up show last week in Nashville. The NBC star said that if he had a gay son he would pull out a knife and stab his son to death, according to Kevin Rogers, who was in the audience. After Rogers Facebook note about the experience started to get attention in the mainstream media, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation immediately demanded a public apology from the comedian, and garnered a pledge from Morgan to work with the organization to combat homophobia and anti-gay bullying. Morgan later appeared on hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons radio show to apologize for his statements in Nashville. Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia, Morgan told Simmons. My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself. Morgan also told Simmons he would love a gay child as much as a straight child, if not more, because I know of the difculty that he would have in society. By phone, Kevin Rogers told the Blade he found most shocking Morgans comments about [LGBT people] being born gay, versus programming and the media being an inuence, because that sort of language fuels bullying. Rogers told the Blade the incident compelled him to come out to his mother, when he realized she might see him on a CNN interview he was preparing to record. I have gotten a lot of love for my mom through Facebook, he said, adding that his mother was really touched by all the fans she never knew she had, and that Wanda Sykes sent her love.

U.S. bankruptcy court nds DOMA unconstitutional


LOS ANGELES The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California found Monday that the law that bars federal recognition of same-sex couples is unconstitutional, stating, no legally married couple should be entitled to fewer bankruptcy rights than any other legally married couple. In an unusual move, 19 other judges of the 24 overseeing the cases that come through that district signed on in agreement with Judge Thomas B. Donovan, according to the New York Times. This is the latest blow to the Defense of Marriage Act, which has been recently found unconstitutional in several cases making their way through the federal court system across the U.S. Earlier this year, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner pledged that the legislative body would spend more than $500,000 to defend the law after Attorney General Eric Holder announced in February that the Obama administration would no longer defend it as ofcials consider it unconstitutional.

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GLAADs communication breakdown


Media watchdog group dogged by allegations of dishonesty, incompetence
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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation raised eyebrows last week when the media watchdog group released a statement supporting the merger of telecom giants AT&T and T-Mobile. It marked the second time the organization, which was founded in 1985 as a grassroots action network, had weighed in on major business news. The prior statement had been released a year earlier objecting to the NBC-Comcast merger, due to concerns about negative portrayals of LGBT characters in the media. The AT&T statement was curious, but attracted little media attention. That changed on Tuesday, when former GLAAD board of directors co-chair Laurie Perper appeared on Michelangelo Signoriles Sirius-XM OutQ show to sound the alarm on other alleged improprieties at the organization and questions facing its leader, Jarrett Barrios. Since then, Barrios who has been at the helm of GLAAD for 23 months has granted a urry of interviews to counter Perpers claims. His responses, however, have only served to attract more scrutiny of the organization. While speaking with Perper, Signorile pressed about why she left her position as board chair early. You stepped down because you just thought he was not qualied. Obviously, as the months went on, others agreed with that assessment, Signorile summarized. I believe that over 14 board members have left, [since Barrios took over], Perper relayed to the radio host. Signorile continued, Is it fair to say that most of these people stepped down because of the direction the organization was going, because of Jarrett Barrios? Absolutely, Perper said. Reached by phone last week along with GLAAD director of communications Richard Ferraro and GLAAD board member and Florida PR consultant Gary Bitner, Barrios insisted that his short time working with Perper only ve months was marked by a positive working relationship, and was focused on solving the organizations nancial problems. Its perplexing and disappointing, considering that she worked for many years to help build this organization, but this happens sometimes, Barrios told the Blade. We form in our movement a circular ring squad, and we for whatever reason feel its necessary to hurt somebody else in the movement. [Laurie Perper and I] worked well together. Frankly the time we interacted was the time I was getting It was like January of 2010. And it, it sort of supported the telecom industrys position on net neutrality, which was not GLAADs position, Barrios said. In fact, GLAAD, at the time and still, doesnt endorse bills and doesnt endorse regulatory actions. So, it would have been impossible for us to do that. When reached by phone last week, Richard Ferraro explained why GLAAD cannot take a position on net neutrality. As a 501(c)3 theres a question about whether or not we can, Ferraro told the Blade. Its obvious where we stand [on universal access] mergers are different. On Feast of Fun, Barrios shifted his story about the letters submission, after taking the position a year earlier that the organization had no knowledge of the letter prior to its submission. After an investigation, we determined that it was an administrative error, internally at GLAAD, and Ill own that, and we withdrew the letter. At the time we withdrew the letter, we didnt know that, so I was you can imagine reading a letter in a public submission with your name on it that you had never seen, and it wasnt your signature after we did an internal investigation, we realized it was an internal error, an administrative error. [The letter] was pulled, one, because its an anti-net-neutrality letter, Ferraro claried for the Blade. Two, because at that point and currently, GLAAD does not take positions on legislation or regulation. In January, when the letter had been submitted and subsequently retracted, the narrative that emerged was that the letter had been forged. However, after the Feast of Fun statements, Bil Browning of Bilerico Project sought a clearer explanation about the letter. In an interview last week with Browning, Barrios revealed his personal assistant a woman Bilerico identied as Jeanne Christiano who has worked for Barrios consistently for seven years, and goes back to his days as a Massachusetts state senator had called him while he was on the road, and in a hurry, he gave the letter his approval thinking that the two were discussing the previous letter with language Barrios had approved. We made a mistake. I authorized my assistant over the phone to sign and submit a letter that I understood to be a re-ling of the October letter in support of broadband proliferation, Barrios told Browning. When I realized she had inadvertently submitted an anti-net neutrality letter, I withdrew it at the time, I had never seen the letter that was led, and did not recognize the signature. Last week, after the story broke of the retracted letter to the FCC supporting the telecoms position on net-neutrality, the Blade again spoke with Ferraro, this time about the new information emerging about the FCC letter.
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my feet wet, learning that the org at the time was running a rather large decit. After booking Perper on the Signorile show, the producers reached out and arranged to have Barrios on the following day to respond to the statements that had been made. However, when GLAAD later attempted to arrange to have Bitner join him on the Signorile show, the shows producers refused and the GLAAD team pulled out of the arrangement, opting to contact other media outlets and bloggers instead. Barrios insists that the nancial gures that Perper presented on the Signorile show were inaccurate and misleading, including a quote about a $14 million discrepancy after 2008, which Barrios says is the result of an IRS reporting requirement of a major multi-million dollar bequest by the late Ric Weiland of Microsoft that was dispersed over seven years. GLAAD insists that it has righted its nancial footing thanks to cuts made early in Barrios term, though Ferraro also disputes Perpers claim that six senior staff members left the organization since Jarretts start. GLAAD insists it was only three, with another just having left a few months ago. In 2009, there was a substantial decit I think it was like $1.2 million, Barrios said. Last year, we cut the operating decit to $300,000 shrunk it by about $900,000 and this year, Im happy to say, were running ahead of budget most notably, our national presenting sponsor has already renewed for next year. That typically doesnt happen until January. Its already happened for next year. Were very pleased. Our corporate revenues this

year are substantially higher than last year, which were higher than the year before. Perpers main purpose for appearing on Signoriles show, however, was to question the reasoning behind GLAADs unexpected statement voicing support for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. GLAAD joined unions, advocacy organizations and other LGBT-specic organizations like the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Out At Work in supporting the merger. These three organizations joined the NAACP, and the National Education Association in pushing the FCC for the merger. Perper points to this as evidence that AT&T may have bought inuence with these non-prots to advocate for the merger with the FCC. Hours after his conversation with the Blade, Barrios appeared on Chicagos Feast of Fun podcast with Marc Felion and Fausto Fernos. The issue of GLAADs curious support of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and Perpers statements regarding that merger soon came up, and Barrios seemed to change his story on a long-forgotten episode from more than a year ago when GLAAD released two letters regarding the principles of net-neutrality and expressed support for expanding Internet access. The second letter was later retracted. At the time, Barrios wrote the FCC asking the letter to be removed from the public record, stating that hed not given his permission for the letter to be submitted and that the signature is not in my hand. However, while speaking with Feast of Fun, his story seemed to change.

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Court sides with gay judge in Prop 8 case


Wont invalidate ruling; opponents vow to appeal
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A California federal court on Tuesday denied a request to invalidate a decision overturning the states ban on same-sex marriage based on the argument that the judge who decided the matter should have recused himself because hes gay. U.S. District Judge James Ware determined in his decision that retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walkers sexual orientation isnt a justication for recusal or disqualication in the case that will determine the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which California voters approved in 2008 to make a ban on same-sex marriage part of the state constitution. The sole fact that a federal judge shares the same circumstances or personal characteristics with other members of the general public, and that the judge could be affected by the outcome of a proceeding in the same way that other members of the general public would be affected, is not a basis for either recusal or disqualication under Section 455(b)(4), Ware writes. Last year, Walker in a 135-page decision, determined that Prop 8 was unconstitutional because it violated equal protection rights in the U.S. Constitution. Months after he made the decision, Walker disclosed to the media earlier this year that hes gay and has been in a same-sex relationship with a physician for 10 years. Proponents of Prop 8 pounced on the reports and said Walker was unable to issue an impartial decision in a case deciding whether same-sex couples can marry because of his sexual orientation and his relationship. But Ware denied in his decision that these personal characteristic were reason to invalidate Walkers ruling and maintained that proponents of Prop 8 havent presented evidence that he would be impartial in his decision. A well-informed, thoughtful observer would recognize that the mere fact that a judge is in a relationship with another person whether of the same or the opposite sex does not ipso facto imply that the judge must be so interested in marrying that person that he would be unable to exhibit the impartiality which, it is presumed, all federal judges maintain, Ware wrote. Ware also disputed the argument that Walker should have disclosed his sexual orientation before he decided the case and maintained Walker had a duty to preserve the integrity of the judiciary and was justied in keeping his relationship to himself. Among other things, this means that if, in an overabundance of caution, he were to have disclosed intimate, but irrelevant, details about his personal life that were not reasonably related to the question of disqualication, he could have set a pernicious precedent, Ware writes. Such a precedent would be detrimental to the integrity of the judiciary, because it would promote, incorrectly, disclosure by judges of highly personal information (e.g., information about a judges history of being sexually abused as a child), however irrelevant or time-consuming. Chad Grifn, board president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization behind the lawsuit challenging Prop 8, praised Wares decision as a historic victory for justice and same-sex marriage. Chief Judge Wares ruling makes it very clear that bigotry and hatred have no place in our judicial system and that the anti-marriage forces extreme and unsupported antics have no place in a court of law and indeed, in our society, Grifn said. The freedom to marry is a constitutional right for all Americans and AFER will not rest until we have full marriage equality for all our citizens. Although Ware has issued a decision in the matter, proponents of Prop 8 say theyre not done with the issue. In a statement, Charles Cooper of Cooper & Kirk, lead counsel for ProtectMarriage. com, said his legal team disagrees with Wares ruling and will appeal the decision to a higher court. Our legal team will appeal this decision and continue our tireless efforts to defend the will of the people of California to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman, Cooper said. In a separate decision issued on Tuesday, Ware settled the issue of whether video recordings of the trial in Walkers possession should be returned to the court. Walker had used a three-minute videotape of the trial during a lecture, invoking the ire of those who worked to enact Prop 8 and said they didnt want testimony during the trial viewed publicly. But Ware says there is no indication that parties have violated the protective order by using their tapes in their possession and may hang on to them as the appeal in the case proceeds. Additionally, although Walker apparently gave the tapes back to the court, Ware plans to return them to Walker. A request is still pending to unseal the recording and release them publicly. Ware set Aug. 29 for a hearing to decide whether the tapes should be unsealed and made public. Even though Ware has upheld Walkers decision by denying the motion to vacate, the case remains pending on appeal and Prop 8 remains in effect. The U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals has asked the California State Supreme Court to evaluate whether defendants have standing to appeal the case. Hearings are expected as early as September.

Education Dept. afrms right to form GSAs


Secy Duncan issues guidance to schools throughout country
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
The Obama administration has issued guidance to public schools throughout the country reafrming the right of students to form gay-straight alliances to assist LGBT students. In a Dear Colleague letter accompanying the guidance, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan explains the Obama administration backs gay-straight alliances, or GSAs, because they promote safe schools and foster afrming learning environments. Nationwide, students are forming these groups in part to combat bullying and harassment of LGBT students and to promote understanding and respect in the school community, the letter states. Although the efforts of these groups focus primarily on the needs of LGBT students, students who have LGBT family members and friends, and students who are perceived to be LGBT, messages of respect, tolerance, and inclusion benet all our students. GSAs are student-run extracurricular clubs that bring together LGBT and straight students to support each other and promote acceptance. About 4,000 GSAs are registered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an organization that focuses on LGBT student welfare. The letter notes that despite the benets of GSAs, schools often prohibit them, unlawfully exclude them from school grounds or deny them access to school resources. According to the ACLU, school districts in New Mexico and Texas in recent months tried to block GSAs from forming, but these districts were ultimately directed by their school boards to allow the GSAs to form. According to the letter, the Equal Access Act of 1984 requires schools to treat GSAs equal to other groups regardless of the subject matter discussed at meetings, including sexual orientation and gender identity. The letter states that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution also offers some protections. Ofcials need not endorse any particular student organization, but federal law requires that they afford all student groups the same opportunities to form, to convene on school grounds, and to have access to the same resources available to other student groups, the letter states. Should schools violate this guidance and prohibit a GSA from forming on campus, they could could face lawsuits under the Equal Access Act. If a case worked its way through to a judgment and the school lost it could be required to pay attorneys fees. Duncan announced he would issue the letter last week during remarks at a federal LGBT youth summit in D.C. The letter was made public only this week. Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Ofce, called the guidance a welcome and much-needed reminder to schools that students have the right to be free from exclusion. Those attempting to create a safe haven where all students LGBT and otherwise can come together to discuss acceptance and provide each other with mutual support should not be stymied by their schools, Murphy said. Gay-straight alliances can play a crucial role in improving students lives. Just as with other extra-curricular groups and clubs, students have a federal legal right to form GSAs. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the letter from Duncan reinforces the importance of GSAs in public schools as a means to cultivate an afrming learning environment. This is a clarion call to teachers and school administrators that they must welcome and respect LGBT students and their allies and create an environment conducive to learning for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, Solmonese said. Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director for Lambda Legal, also praised the guidance as she recalled her organizations previous wins in requiring schools to recognize GSAs through court order. Lambdas 2000 victory in Coln v. Orange Unied School District marked the rst time a school was ordered under the Equal Access Act to allow a GSA to meet on campus. With todays directive from the Department of Education, we hope that every administration in every school district across the country gets the message loud and clear: If you allow student clubs on campus, then you must allow gay-straight alliances equally, Gorenberg said.

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Gates open to certifying Dont Ask repeal


Will move ahead this month if service chiefs give OK
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates reportedly said Monday hes open to certifying repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell before his retirement at the end of the month. According to the Associated Press, Gates said during an interview he sees no roadblocks to ending the militarys gay ban and would endorse open service on his watch if the military service chiefs recommend moving ahead. I think people are pretty satisfied with the way this process is going forward, Gates was quoted as saying. I think people have been mildly and pleasantly surprised at the lack of pushback in the training. However, Gates reportedly said the notion that no ugly incidents will take place after the ban is lifted is unrealistic. The defense secretary was quoted as saying decades after women entered military service, problems with sexual assaults still persist. Under the repeal law signed in December, Dont Ask, Dont Tell wont be off the books until 60 days pass after the president, the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that the U.S. military is ready. If Gates approves the certification before he leaves office, the repeal could be fully implemented in September. Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said hes pleased to hear Gates clearly state hes prepared to certify Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal before retirement. After nearly six months of preparation and training, we join the secretary in expressing confidence that the military is, indeed, ready for open service, Sarvis said. Hopefully, with the bulk of the training completed in all of the services, the service chiefs are rapidly approaching the point where they can officially recommend to the [Joint Chiefs of Staff] Chairman [Adm.] Michael Mullen, Secretary Gates, and to the president that the time has come to make the long anticipated certification. According to the Associated Press, almost half of the armed forces have received the training for Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal. Gates has said he wants the U.S. military to receive training in handling open service before he certifies repeal. Eileen Lainez, a Pentagon spokesperson, said she had no further information on any plans to issue certification beyond what Gates said in the interview. Defense Department officials have previously testified before Congress that Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal certification could happen by mid-summer. Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, also said the certification for repeal is ready to happen before the end of the month citing the advancement in Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal training throughout the military. The Pentagon has been very thorough and deliberate in its training and preparation for the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, and the time to move forward on repeal has arrived, Nicholson said. Senior defense leaders have said all along that the force does not need to be 100 percent trained before certification can occur. Given that there have been absolutely no major problems with this process, there is no reason that the U.S. military would not be ready for certification and ultimate repeal immediately prior to Secretary Gates departure. In a statement provided to the Washington Blade, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a proponent of Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal, also called for certification to happen as soon as possible provided the change doesnt impair the U.S. military. Allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly is important to our national security and to the well-being of those troops who are currently forced to hide their sexual orientation, Udall said. I share the desire to see this outdated law cast into the dustbin of history. If the provisions required by law are met in order to guarantee that the mission and service members do not suffer, and that there are no legal challenges to the repeal, then it cant happen soon enough.

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ever attended Capital Pride. Its just awesome, she said. Its just so great to be able to come out to something like this. Angelo Jimenez, 54, a resident of Richmond, Va., said this years festival marked the 31st consecutive year he has traveled to D.C. to attend the citys Pride festival. I came for the rst time in 1980 and havent missed a single year, he said. That tells you how much this means to me. Other festival attendees who approached the Blades booth identied themselves as residents of states up and down the mid-Atlantic region as well as from the D.C. metropolitan area. Gray and a contingent of city ofcials, including gay activist Jeffrey Richardson, director of the citys Ofce of GLBT Affairs, walked along the entire parade route Saturday, which began at 22nd and P Streets, N.W., near Dupont Circle, and ended nearly two miles later at 14th and N Streets, N.W., near Thomas Circle. Most of the Council members, including gay Council members David Catania (I-At-Large) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), also walked or rode in cars along the full parade route. The other Council members participating in the parade included Council Chair Kwame Brown (D-At-Large) and Council

members Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large), Michael Brown (D-At-Large), Vincent Orange (D-At-Large), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). Gray had invited the Council members to join his contingent, which he named the D.C. 41, in recognition of the 41 city ofcials and activists, including Gray and six Council members, who were arrested in April outside a Senate ofce building near the Capitol in a protest against congressional intrusion in D.C. affairs. But most of the Council members chose to march or ride in their own contingents just behind the mayors contingent. Following closely behind the D.C. elected ofcials contingents was Adam Ebbin, the only openly gay member of the Virginia House of Delegates, who is running for a seat in the Virginia Senate from Alexandria. The parade was led by an escort of D.C. police cars staffed by members of the departments Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit. Following closely behind the police escort was a contingent of leaders and supporters of the Trevor Project, a nationally recognized organization that works to prevent LGBT teen suicide. Capital Pride selected the Trevor Project contingent as the parades grand marshal.
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meeting of the Massachusetts Log Cabin Club with his then-Republican opponent, John Lakian. The meeting between Republican candidates and the gay group was hailed as a milestone for LGBT rights in Massachusetts. I will ght against discrimination of any kind throughout our system, Romney was quoted as saying. I dont know exactly where you legislate and where you dont legislate or how you make that work and where you dont. But I am not limiting my support of equal rights for all people just to [U.S. Rep.] Barney Franks legislation in the area of employment. I would be happy to continue the ght in other areas such as credit and housing. Romney reportedly touted that Bain & Company, a Boston-based management consulting rm whose board he chaired, had explicit directions regarding equal employment opportunity in hiring and promotions. But Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality, said the support that Romney expressed for ENDA in 1994 doesnt square with his later actions as governor and predicted he wouldnt keep his promise to support the legislation. Thats all the same stuff that he said when he ran for governor in 2002, and then once he was governor, I mean, do a Google search, and youll nd out how quickly he positioned himself as antiLGBT in order to benet his own political career, she said. Suffredini predicted that Romney would be pretty bad for the LGBT community as a whole as president because of the inconsistency with which he addressed LGBT issues as governor. I would say based on his record as governor here that the only thing consistent about Romneys relationship with the LGBT community is how

inconsistent he is, Suffredini said. Suffredini said during his campaign as governor, Romney pledged to sign a civil rights bill for the LGBT community. However upon taking ofce, she said he took several anti-gay actions, such as abolishing a governors commission on LGBT youth, which the legislature later reinstated; rescinding an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation; and discouraging the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from releasing data on public health disparities. Romney also struck a markedly different tone on Dont Ask, Dont Tell on Monday during the Republican presidential debate compared to what he expressed in his 1994 letter to Log Cabin. I believe it should have been kept in place until conict was over, Romney said, invoking an argument that opponents of repeal employed when legislation that would end the militarys gay ban was pending before Congress. Romneys position on ENDA could become a more prominent issue as he advances through the Republican primaries. Romney remains the front-runner in the Republican presidential eld among potential participants in the early primaries. According to recent polls from Public Policy Polling, Romney leads by six points in Iowa, 23 in New Hampshire, nine in South Carolina and 15 in Nevada. Further, Romney could be the Republican presidential candidate who has the strongest chance against President Obama in 2012. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll published last week, Romney leads Obama in a head-to-head contest by a margin of 49-46. R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the National Log Cabin Republicans, said his organization would hold Romney

to his promises on ENDA should he win the Republican nomination and go on to challenge President Obama in 2012. Gov. Romney recently stated on CNN he opposes discrimination and supports equal rights in employment, Cooper said. We hope he would stand by his pledge from 17 years ago to prevent discrimination in the workplace and support ENDA. While Romneys position on most LGBT issues may have changed over the years, on one issue he has maintained consistent opposition: same-sex marriage. During his interview on CNN last week, Romney reiterated his previously stated opposition to same-sex marriage. What happened was that the gay community changed as to what they wanted, Romney said during the CNN interview. When I ran for governor, one of the big issues was marriage, gay marriage. My opponent said she would sign a bill in favor of gay marriage. I said I would not, that I opposed same-sex marriage. At the same time, I would advance the if you will the efforts not to discriminate against people who are gay. According to Bay WIndows, Romney stated his opposition to same-sex marriage at the Log Cabin forum 17 years ago when he was seeking the Republican nomination in the U.S Senate race. I stand with Gov. [Bill] Weld on that, he was quoted as saying, and say that in my view it is not appropriate to authorize legally same-sex marriages and I will continue to endorse that view. In 2003, After the Massachusetts State Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage rights for gay couples, Romney backed various state measures that would have rolled back marriage rights for gay couples in the Bay State. Romney also voiced support for a U.S. constitutional amendment known as the Federal Marriage Amendment, which

would ban same-sex marriages throughout the country. Additionally, Romney renewed enforcement of a 1913 law preventing out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts to prevent gay couples from coming into the Bay State to wed. The law has since been repealed by the state Legislature. Suffredini recalled that as governor, Romney positioned himself as a national leader during this time when the rst state in the nation was attempting to advance marriage rights for gay couples. He did everything he could here to prevent marriage equality even going so far as to resurrect what we call here the 1913 law, basically an anti-miscegnation law, which hadnt been enforced in decades, Suffredini said. He resurrected it specically in his words to prevent the spread of same-sex marriage to other states, and what it did was it prevented gays and lesbians from other states from coming here and marrying. Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaigns vice president of communications, said Romneys frequent position changes on LGBT issues make it difcult to predict how friendly to the LGBT community hed be as president. Its hard to know which Mitt Romney will show up, Sainz said. Hes gone back and forth more on issues of equality than a revolving door at a hotel and appears willing to say whatever the audience in front of him will want to hear. Still, some remain hopeful that Romney will continue his support for ENDA. Sainz said the decision for Republican candidates on whether or not to support ENDA should be easy. It should be a no-brainer for Republican presidential candidates to support legislation that allows all Americans to work and support their families, Sainz said.

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State Senate traditionally has exercised almost unilateral power to decide whether to bring bills to the oor for a vote. I believe that votes will be there for marriage equality if the vote happens, the New York Times quoted Cuomo as saying on Monday. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which lobbies against same-sex marriage bills across the country, has stated on the groups website that he remains condent that opponents will retain enough votes to defeat the bill. What the governor is attempting to do is create a myth of inevitability, he told the Times. I dont think the votes are there. But supporters say momentum for

passing the bill was growing during the past week. On Monday, three Democratic senators whose support was uncertain earlier in the year announced they will now vote for the measure. Earlier this week two Republican senators announced their support for the bill. With all but one of the Senates 30 Democrats saying they will vote for the bill, just three Republicans are needed to ensure its passage if Skelos allows the bill to come to the oor for a vote. With two Republicans already lined up, supporters say they expect at least one and likely two more Republicans to vote for the measure. A coalition of LGBT organizations campaigning for the marriage bill has been working full-time over the past several weeks to line up support for the bill

in the Senate, according to Marty Rouse, national eld director for the Human Rights Campaign, one of the coalitions partners along with the Empire State Pride Agenda and other groups, including Log Cabin Republicans. Phone banks have taken place in several places across the state, Rouse said in an HRC blog posting. Field organizers with clip boards and postcards in hand have talked to voters at shopping centers, on main streets, on college campuses, at farmers markets, festivals and beaches, in places of worship, in nightclubs, on train platforms and on doorsteps, he said. It is this person-to-person conversation that is having an impact. In a separate development, the Assembly voted 78-53 on Tuesday

to pass the Gender Expression NonDiscrimination Act, which would amend the states non-discrimination law to protect transgender people from discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit. The action marked the third time the Assembly has passed a transgender non-discrimination measure. However, similar to past years, political observers in Albany expect the bill to die in the GOPcontrolled Senate, where a clear majority of senators opposes it. Supporters of the marriage bill were hopeful that President Obama would join in their celebration of its passage on June 23, when the president is scheduled to attend an LGBT fundraiser for his reelection campaign in Manhattan.

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If Obama loses, it will be his own fault


Convoluted economic message gives GOP an opening

Peter Rosenstein is a D.C.-based LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.

PRESIDENT OBAMA should stop pushing policies that mirror Republican initiatives and instead focus on putting Americans back to work.
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President Obama needs an economic team that stops pushing policies mirroring Republicans or he just may be responsible for his own loss in 2012, which would be disastrous for the nation. We must push for progress on LGBT issues but it is his entire platform that will get him elected. The philosophy that government should stop spending money in a recession has been proven wrong time and time again. Keynes, Krugman, other economists and even Ronald Reagan understood we need to deal with the decit, but putting people back to work comes rst. Obama inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression. But unless he proposes policies that will create new jobs now he may be blamed for it. Republicans have hoodwinked people into thinking that cutting the decit is more important than getting them back to work. We need to change that perception and Obama has one year to do something. Because the economic mess was created by George W. Bush and Republicans it is disheartening to hear the Obama campaign say they havent decided on a theme. It seems simple, Do you want to go back to the destructive policies of Bush, or continue our climb out of this recession into a better future? Democrats shouldnt try to out-do Republicans by cutting government jobs, salaries and federal programs that help states and localities meet their budgets. Democrats must explain in simple language how we got into this mess and whats needed today to get people back to work. Obama should say: In 2001 George Bush sold you a bill of goods. He said cutting taxes for the rich below what they were in the Clinton years would produce a gain of 5.5 million jobs. Now compare: in eight years Bush created fewer than 1 million

Obama inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression. But unless he proposes policies that will create new jobs now he may be blamed for it.
new jobs, Bill Clinton created 21 million. The Bush Republican policies led to 10 percent unemployment. We are just beginning to climb out of that mess. George Bush started the war in Iraq and told us we didnt have to pay for it. Only our brave young men and women in the military and their families are paying. We ended up with a trillion dollar decit left to our children. George Bush and Republicans left you and me the worst economy since the Great Depression. We knew recovery wouldnt be easy but together we are beginning that recovery. In the past year we added 2 million jobs, not nearly enough, but twice as many as President Bush added in the entire eight years of his presidency. Today the Republican Party wants to continue cutting taxes for the rich and give new tax breaks to companies like General Electric who owed zero in federal taxes last year. How much did you pay? Republicans have found a new way to cut the decit on the backs of the poor and middle class. They want to end Medicare as you know it and instead help you pay with a voucher. They say dont worry, be happy it wont hurt seniors today, just those under 55. I dont know about you but I care about the next generations. If our great nation cant guarantee health care for its seniors we should be ashamed of ourselves. The Republican Party is holding you hostage. They threaten the good name of the United States of America by suggesting we default on our debts unless we cut federal programs for job training, education and others, which will eliminate the jobs of policemen, teachers and other workers who will then join you on the unemployment lines. The Republican motto should be misery loves company. Republicans sold you a bill of goods and still want to cut the decit by putting more money in the hands of the rich, which will then trickle down in the form of jobs. There is a saying, Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I want to cut the decit. My way is to cut programs but continue to spend what is necessary to put you back to work now. When you are working, supporting your family, paying your taxes and mortgages the decit will start coming down. The second part of my decit reduction plan is to make the rich and corporations pay their fair share. To win in 2012 President Obama must lead. The people are longing for a strong leader and it clearly isnt history buff Sarah Palin, pass Newt Gingrich, Holy Roller Rick Santorum, ip-opper Mitt Romney or Tea Party Queen Michele Bachmann.

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VIDA Fitness faces opposition by provocateurs


ANC, gang of 5 or more seek to deny liquor license for rooftop pool
representative groups and/or an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) in order to successfully seek licensing approval without delay or denial regardless of city law. Applicants oftentimes throw their hands up in the air and surrender. (Full disclosure: I worked with David at Dakota as marketing and public relations director and was the producer of two weekly gay nightclub events at the venue.) Now the respected community businessman and recent Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC) Excellence in Business honoree, having long ago disengaged from operating nightclub venues, faces opposition to his licensing application for the nearly completed $15 million renovation of the fourth of ve upscale full-service tness and spa locations in Washington in the commercially zoned property at 1612 U St., N.W., which formerly housed a Results gym. The Dupont Circle ANC and more ominously, a small citizen license opponent group have both led protests seeking to deny VIDA a liquor license for the facilitys private rooftop heated pool and lounge-style relaxation area offering members an escape to a sophisticated urban oasis with food and beverage service and recorded ambient chill-out music. This latter group of random self-identied opponents David refers to as neighborhood provocateurs have proven themselves bent on inaming others and doing anything possible to deny licensing. At a recent public meeting with nearby residents, he was given no credit as a longstanding community businessperson and responsible operator, openly disparaged without justication. The level of intensity from the license opponents and their willingness to oppose a liquor license for any reason at any time left even David startled mitigated by subsequent expressions of support by a number of those in attendance embarrassed by the outrageous behavior of a small gang of their neighbors. According to David, the ultimate goal of some is to radically reshape the project with or without a liquor license despite that this is only the latest in a long line of acquired license approvals and compliance with all city regulations, codes and standards, or the fact that the facility is located in a commercial and entertainment district. The pool, on a 10,000 square foot rooftop well above nearby buildings and to accommodate a maximum of only 299 persons, is nearing completion and is to be available for use only by members purchasing a facility upgrade and their guests during warm weather months. Already, approximately 850 of the 1,000 available pool level memberships have been pre-sold among the projected 5,000 total gym memberships. And guess what about 80 percent of those members live in the neighborhoods zip code, with a total of nearly 90 percent living in the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle areas. Compare that to the 18 citizen protesters standing in the way of Davids license application. Unfortunately, this is how the city government regulatory approval process continues to be conducted in D.C. It doesnt matter that the president and founder of Urban Adventures Cos., a lifestyle enterprise that established VIDA Fitness with Aura Spas, Bang Salon and Capitol City Brewing Co., along with the new 901 restaurant in Penn Quarter that held its grand opening a week ago, has been a successful local business operator for the past 25 years. Nor does it matter that David employs 2,000 people and signicantly contributes to the local economy and city tax revenues. Its a helluva way for the city to manage economic development and encourage the creation of neighborhood amenities popular with the overwhelming majority of residents yearning for a more vibrant urban environment. And it should end.

Mark Lee is a local small business manager and longtime community business advocate. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

VIDA Fitness owner David von Storch knows a little bit about the Districts arcane liquor licensing process. When he opened the fondly recalled former Dakota nightclub and restaurant in 1987, popular with gay and lesbian patrons, it was the rst establishment granted a license under revised city regulations that created the inappropriately named Voluntary Agreement process granting extraordinary powers of intervention to the few. Incredibly, to this day as few as ve people forming an ad hoc protest group can halt the licensing process and force a business into negotiations regarding any aspect of operation. The process forces businesses to capitulate to the demands of small and un-

VIEWPOINT

Pride comes from within, not from a gym


Instead of A-List, aspire to help others
By LORNE OPLER
One of the most successful genres of reality television, extreme makeover shows are popular for good reason. Who wouldnt want a home redone, a business revamped or a body re-sculpted for free? Makeover shows work because they make people feel good. They give us the promise of a new start, a fresh beginning, a second chance. Perhaps as we reect on last weeks Pride celebration, its not too farfetched to consider a new kind of Extreme Makeover one for gay men, and one in my opinion, long overdue. Its not about clothes, or how we look, where we work or live. In fact, it has nothing to do with appearances at all. Rather, this makeover is all internal its about how gay men relate to and interact with each other. I call it Extreme Makeover Pride Edition. So just how does one do a Pride

Lets start pushing the boundaries of Pride beyond slogans and superciality.
makeover? And what does that even mean? What does Pride really mean? Part of the answer was on display at last weekends Capital Pride celebration. Pride is what you saw on the faces of those who marched, who mingled, cheered, and simply showed up. There was pride in numbers and in diversity. There was the pride that comes from living with dignity and authenticity. Indeed, thats what the rst Pride celebrations were all about. In a bygone era where the esteem and self worth of LGBT men and women were perpetually under assault, there was a need to publicly demonstrate gay pride. There was a need to tell the world, through visibility and strength in numbers that the value of human kind could not be trampled by bigotry, hate, shame and exclusion. It was those heady protest marches that formed the basis of the future Pride movement and of the celebrations we know of and partake in today. However, as the community began to break down societal barriers, to make gains and take its place at the table, gay men lost an understanding of another side to the meaning of Pride. Beyond rainbow ags and bumper decals, Pride should also stem from our actions. We forget that sometimes. Having lived from Boston to Austin, Texas to Toronto, Ive witnessed and experienced how gay men can behave. It isnt always pretty. In a culture of A-lists and attitude, where chiseled bodies set the standards by which we are judged, some gay men have forgotten that real Pride is born from within, and not in a gym. Nothing wrong with working out. I do it all the time. But lets start pushing the boundaries of Pride beyond slogans and superciality.

With the celebrations having just wrapped up for another year, nows the time to put Pride to work. Make good on your longstanding intention to volunteer. Donate to a cause thats dear to you. Say thanks to an LGBT elder for setting in motion the civil rights our community has gained over the past 40 years. Im reminded of a line from one of my favorite Carly Simon tunes, Dont be afraid to change your attitude. Fear has never been part of the LGBT lexicon. If it were, there would never have been Pride festivities this past weekend. So go ahead. Next time youre at a bar or club, put a new spin on attitude. Smile to someone you dont even know. Yes, really. Its just a smile. You can do it. It may not feel like an extreme makeover, but you may just be making someones day, and changing someones elses attitude at the same time. And thats something to feel proud about.

Lorne Opler is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Reach him at contactlorne@yahoo.com.

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There are several ironies about the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington, a nearly 300-member choir that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month: it was started by a straight woman, its most dedicated member has never sung a note with the group and despite numerous classically trained musicians among its ranks and at its helm, its eschewed standard repertoire in recent years. Despite a bounty of obstacles AIDS ravaged the membership roster well into the 90s and mainstream venues (including present home the Lisner) were skittish about renting to the group the Chorus has thrived, is considered one of the best gay mens choirs in the country and enjoys such a bounty of interest the audition process has gotten tougher simply because theres no room left to get any more bodies on stage or in the rehearsal hall. D.C. is absolutely at the top of its game, says Tim Seelig, artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Mens Chorus and a 20-year veteran of the Turtle Creek Chorale, a well-respected gay male chorus in Dallas. I hesitate to start naming names because Ill certainly leave somebody out but Seattle, New York, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, the cities that really have the stronger choruses within the movement, D.C. is absolutely at the top of its game. Its not a competition, we dont compete for audience or anything and its different in different cities, but the D.C. Chorus is absolutely one of the brightest stars. Seelig got insight into how good the Washington choir is during an unexpected moment. Many of the larger choirs of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) have done substantial recording over the years. Seelig has heard practically all of them and there are many hundreds. Hed picked up their Songs of My Family CD at a GALA gathering in Miami a few years before but didnt get around to playing it for a year. He popped it in his car stereo and says he was blown away. It was so beautiful, I literally had to pull
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washingtonblade.com 26 JUNE 17, 2011 QUEERY: 20 QUESTIONS FOR MONTE J. WOLFE

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST PERSON TO TELL? Since 1997 and the hardest person to tell was my mother. WHOS YOUR LGBT HERO? Id have to say my dear friend, mentor and gay papa, playwright/directorAlan Sharpe. Not only is he an extremely talented artist in every aspect of the word, but hes a kind, patient, humble, graceful human being whose friendship I consider to be a gift that Im extremely grateful for.
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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND THE PHYSICAL WORLD? I have a very strong connection to and belief in the spiritual realm. The experiences Ive had in life (including but not limited to): discovering my connection with the God of my understanding, coming to grips with my sexuality, accepting who I am and loving myself inside and out have all assisted me in understanding and embracing the power of spirit. WHATS YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT MOVEMENT LEADERS? The most important piece of advice Id offer is something I have to continually remind myself: To take care of and advocate for yourself as much as you seek to advocate and take care of others. WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS HOT COALS FOR? My parents, the people I love who love and support me, and for my right to artistic expression, however it shows up. WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS YOU MOST? That were all shallow, that were all just about sex and the physical. WHATS YOUR FAVORITE LGBT MOVIE? Jackies Back starring Jenifer Lewis. Its a [black] gay staple and its hilarious on so many different levels. It never gets old. WHATS THE MOST OVERRATED SOCIAL CUSTOM? Greeting someone with How you doing? when youre not really concerned with how Im doing. WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU MOST COVET? Each and every production, event and performance Ive created through my arts organization Brave Soul Collective I consider to be a trophy (of sorts) because with each one I pour my heart, soul, body, mind and money into making them happen. And to have other people show up and participate is a gift to and for me. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUD KNOWN AT 18? How to articulate myself the way I do now through my work as an artist. At that point, I was still guring a lot of stuff out, so I wasnt yet able to readily access and express my feelings the way Im able to now. WHY WASHINGTON? Because after living here for nearly 16 years, its home to me now. This is where I came of age, came out, where I blossomed as a black gay man and artist and where I continue to ourish (for the time being) so Im goin with it.

By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com


Monte J. Wolfe had an epiphany ve years ago during a monthly spiritual service he attends called First Sunday. Wolfe, an actor, felt he was getting pigeonholed and felt compelled to do something about it. I realized nobody can tell my story the way I can, he says. It was like God spoke to me and said, Its time for you to step up to the plate and speak your truth. He and two friends, Timm West and Erik Chambers, started Brave Soul Collective in 2006 as an outt that would conduct HIV and AIDS outreach through performing arts, workshops and monthly discussion groups. Wolfe, 36, had tested positive in late 2004 and felt a need for such a group. Its been a success events are planned for this weekend and next to celebrate the Collectives ve-year anniversary. On Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Ossie Davis Stage at Warehouse Theater (645 New York Ave., N.W.), Wolfes self-penned work Smoke Screens: the Lies We Tell Ourselves (& Everyone Else), a series of vignettes and monologues exploring aspects of both gay and straight black life experiences, will be performed with several of Wolfes acting colleagues, including his partner of four years, Bobby Brooks. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door with cash. Or buy in advance at http://bit.ly/BuyTix_BSC. Then on June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m., Brave Souls anniversary party will be held with a time of prayer, sharing, discussion and refreshments also at the Warehouse Theater. Its free but RSVPs are requested in advance. Visit http:// bit.ly/BSC_5YRS for information. Wolfe, a Racine, Wis., native, went to college for two years in Grambling, La., then transferred to Howard in Washington in 1995 where he graduated with a degree in theater arts administration. He works full time for Us Helping Us as its social media coordinator and does the Collective work on the side. Wolfe enjoys TV, writing, music and theater in his free time. He lives in D.C.s Brookland neighborhood.

WHATS WASHINGTONS BEST NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT? I wouldnt know currently. Cant remember the last time I went out. Id say past, Tracks from 1996-1997. DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING. Im not one big on weddings to be quite honest. My dream wedding would be one that would be complete with lots of soul and jazz music and lots of cake. And the people I love being there to share the moment. WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT? The arts, specically music, my rst love. It affects, informs and inuences everything I do. WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME WOULD YOU CHANGE?

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WHATS BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE POP CULTURE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME? Growing up in the late 70s and particularly the 80s during the height of Michael Jacksons career. Its still hard to listen to some of his music from that time because it just reminds me that hes not with us (in the physical realm) anymore. ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST? On being an artist, on being authentic and coming from my heart in everything that I do (professionally and personally), passion, food, music and I insist on avoiding all reality television because I hate it. (With the exception of RuPauls Drag Race.) WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK POST OR TWEET? Both were posts plugging my upcoming production for the D.C. Black TheatreFestival, Smoke Screens: The Lies We Tell Ourselves (& Everyone Else) (Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. N.W.) IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD THE TITLE BE? Unapolagetically ME: The Life of a Protagonist. IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Not a damn thing as it pertains to me.

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Gay writer to sign new historical book


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GENESIS PORRIDGE and LADY JAYE in The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, which will be screened twice next week at the Silverdocs festival.

Silverdocs selections feature gay content


The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs documentary festival begins Monday and runs through June 26. There are six LGBT-interest lms slated to be shown at the festival this year. Still Here, a short lm about a man who has been living with HIV for more than 20 years, will be shown as part of the shorts program Between Us Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the AFI Silver (8633 Colesville Road) in Silver Spring and Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at the Discovery HD Theater (1 Discovery Place) in Silver Spring. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, about Genesis Breyer P-Orridge who performed in drag to resemble his partner, Lady Jaye, will be shown Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday at 10:15 p.m. Both screenings will be at the AFI Silver. Renee, the story of Renee Richards, a transgender woman who attempted to play in the U.S. Open as a woman, will be shown Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday at 9:45 p.m. Both screenings will be at the AFI Silver. Give Up Tomorrow, about a young man sentenced to death for the abduction, rape and murder of two Chinese-Filipino sisters on the island of Cebu, will be shown Tuesday at 9 p.m. at the AFI Silver and Thursday at 2:45 p.m. at the Discovery HD Theater. A Good Man, about choreographer Bill T. Joness creating a performance piece in honor of Abraham Lincolns bicentennial, will be shown Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Discovery HD Theater and June 25 at 11:15 a.m. at the AFI Silver. Two, tells the story of Julian, a middle-aged British man who longs for the safety of the crib, his favorite nanny and the love and care given to children as he celebrates his second birthday, will be shown as part of the shorts program Out of Character on June 24 at noon and June 25 at 9 a.m. Both screenings will be at the AFI Silver. For more information on the festival and to buy tickets, visit silverdocs.com.

Gay author Thomas Chorlton will be having a book reading, reception and signing for his latest book, The First American Republic 1774-1789: The First Fourteen American Presidents Before Washington at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I St., N.W.). Chorltons book looks at the 14 presidents of the Continental Congress. These men functioned as head of state by signing all ofcial documents, receiving foreign visitors, representing the emerging nation at ofcial events and presiding over the congress deliberations. These 14 presidents were the giants of their age, says Chorlton, men of power, wealth and experience who led their new nation through extremely difcult days largely on the strength of their character. Chorlton is the former president of D.C.s Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and was the founding executive director of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Democratic Clubs, the forerunner of the National Stonewall Democrats. This is a free event.

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On a Queer Day .
As part of the 12th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, the Jewish Community Center partnered with GLOE to being Dan Fishback, who will be performing On a Queer Day, You Can See Forever at the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater (1529 16th St., N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. In this show, New York-based performance artist and indie-folk musician Fishback looks at queer romance, Jewish identity and the politics of being young and weird. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at washingtondcjcc.org.

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Team D.C. presents Night Out at the Nationals on Tuesday as the team takes on the Seattle Mariners. Daniel Hernandez, intern from Congresswoman Gabby Giffords ofce, John Berry, Director of Ofce of Personnel Management, Amanda Simpson, the rst openly transgendered Presidential appointee, the Gay Mens Chorus and the D.C. Different Drummers will be at the park for the pre-game ceremonies. This is the rst in a three game series against the Mariners at home. The Nationals are last in the National League East with a 32-24 record, ten games behind the division leader, Philadelphia. The Mariners are second in the American League West with a 34-33 record, only two games behind their division leader, Texas. Tickets range from $16 to $25 and can be purchased online at nationals.com. Night Out can be found under group tickets.

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Written, directed, and performed by David Cale Songs by David Cale Now playing through July 3 A writer sequesters himself in an oceanfront motel to finish a collection of tales of seaside romance, only to find himself drawn into the romantic and sexual goings-on around him. An intoxicating mix of spicy stories, amorous encounters, and original sea shanties.

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Woolly Mammoth is wrapping up its season-long exploration of race, gender and sexuality with playwright Robert OHaras Bootycandy. Comprised of 10 related vignettes, OHaras fearless and very funny new work dives right into what it means to be black and gay in America two subjects the 41-year-old playwright (hes also the productions director) has had a lifetime to consider. As the title suggests, Bootycandy (a childhood term for penis used by the playwrights mother and grandmother) confronts sexuality head on. Drawn loosely from OHaras past, his refreshingly bold scenes are full of off-color laughs and scathing satire, but they dont shy away from the heavier aspects of experience either. When we rst meet Sutter the plays imperfect hero and OHara stand-in played by Phillip James Brannon its the 70s. Hes a chatty, Superman underwear-clad kid who is endlessly fascinated with his own bootycandy, always wondering what to do with it, how to take care of it and what ways it might help bring peace to the world. His harried mother (Jessica Frances Dukes) isnt too sure what to make of her little boy, and as he grows older she remains equally mystied by his differentness. Fast forward a decade to Happy Meal and Sutter is a sullen Jackie Collins-reading teen. At the dinner table he interrupts his mothers loud talk to announce that a man followed him home from school. The revelation sets off a hilarious barrage of defeminizing remedies rattled off by his mother (this time played by Laiona Michelle) and well-meaning stepfather (Lance Coadie Williams) including no drama club, constant chores and throwing a ball. Through the humor, OHara (as playwright and director) and Brannons Sutter brilliantly atomize the scene with a mist of mystery and menace, hinting at the dangers that might come with the teens budding sexuality.

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As the show moves forward, the little plays t satisfyingly together like pieces from a puzzle. An early scene features a few ghetto gossips hilariously dishing a young woman who has named her baby girl Genitalia. That same unfortunately named girl appears later in the play as a not-to-be-messed with, fully grown, butch lesbian (Michelle again). Bald and sleekly suited, she stands on a Cancun Beach annulling her commitment to the woman she no longer loves. Meanwhile, Sutters sexual odyssey continues. As he comes of age, he starts having sex with his closeted brother-inlaw (Sean Meehan). In a darker episode titled The Last Gay Play, Sutters chance meeting with a nutty and briey naked trick (also played by Meehan) presents him with an opportunity to get back at the world a little. Things get out of hand and the actors actually threaten to stop the show. OHara effortlessly shifts from urban theater circuit (also known as modern chitlin circuit) humor to heartrending, more nuanced material and everything in between. Some moments of note include Williams tour de force monologue as an over-the-top fundamentalist preacher with a secret. Later in the play, four black playwrights (including an adult Sutter) unwittingly come together for a workshop moderated by a clueless white moderator. In a bit of meta-theatrical fun, each of the playwrights purports to have written one of the shows segments. The biting comedy is performed on a shiny stage beneath a shimmery proscenium arch (compliments of Tom Kamm) by a truly marvelous ve-person ensemble who masterfully portray a much larger number of characters ranging in age, sexual orientation and in one actors case even gender. Kate Tuner Walker costumes the cast in spot on street clothes that perfectly place the action in the 70s, 80s, through to the present. With Bootycandy, OHara puts it out there. And while some of the scenes hit better than others, the play never for a split second lacks for feeling or fun.
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Put a little creativity into your next romantic meeting
By MEGHANN NOVINSKIE AND KIM ROSENBERG
Excitement and anxiety can deter people from dating successfully and efciently. Having engaging, revealing, intimate conversation is the way that relationships and chemistry grow. Instant attraction brings chemistry, but you cant build a positive relationship based on sexual attraction. Going on creative dates is key to dating successfully. Weve listed some of our favorite ideas for dates ones that are conducive to interesting conversation and an environment that allows the daters to show their true colors. The zoo. Maybe being around stinky animals and over stimulated children isnt everyones idea of a romantic date. But this is a great place for a rst or second date because of the unlikelihood of a lull in conversation. The zoo is captivating, unpredictable and beautiful on sunny days. We also love the fact that it is less controversial than going to a modern art museum where a disagreement in tastes could kill the mood. For a summer day, visiting the zoo is a great alternative to a coffee date which can be boring. We agree, an inexpensive rst date is smart, but put in a little extra effort and suggest something outside the box. After gawking at animals for a few hours while getting exercise at the same time, youll have plenty to chat about on your next date. Wine tasting. Lets play grownups. Truthfully, we wouldnt recommend wine tasting when you are just beginning to get to know someone. Making judgments while drinking on your date can skew how the relationship ensues (i.e., recipe for disaster). We love the idea of learning something new together, creating a memory and therefore developing a bond that youll use to help build your relationship. Try to keep the consumption to a minimum, again, so you can enjoy the beauty of the winery and its products. If youre ready for it, turn this day into a romantic weekend getaway and spend the night somewhere charming. If youre newly dating, keep it simple and dont make booking a room at a cottage the big surprise. Instead, hire a car to drive the two of you around, bring a basket with lunch and enjoy pairing your food with the wine you bought. Cooking class. Want to use your hands on a date while creating something beautiful and delicious? Cooking is sexy. A cooking lesson is a great date because you learn something new together, you interact, physically and enjoying a meal you created together makes for easy, yet engaging, conversation over food. Want to take it up a notch? Hire a personal chef for a lesson at your home. Though this may require some additional preparation, we love this idea. Use his/her favorite foods and spices, have dessert pre-made so that the chef can leave the two of you alone after dinner is prepared. Also, make sure to set the mood. Remove all distractions, especially your phone. And tread lightly. Hosting a cooking class at your home is only appropriate after youve gotten past the rst few date jitters. We prefer this over taking someone out to dinner its much more intimate. Going hiking. Endorphins are released during any kind of physical activity. This is why we love hiking or exercise as a date. Exercising will stimulate you mentally as well physically. Hiking is casual, no pressure and doesnt bring up the who picks up the check question. Sharing outdoor experiences and fresh air together is invigorating, yet intimate. Remember that staying healthy allows you to feel good about yourself, which alleviates stress in a relationship or on a rst date. Starting your relationship off on a healthy note will help avoid the sometimes inevitable 15-pound Im-in-arelationship weight gain. Being healthy will only better your relationship and your dating experience. Dine out but call ahead. Are you the type that must have a date at the hottest new restaurant on Saturday night? Make this a little more special than just, I got a reservation for 8:30 p.m. Check out the menu ahead of time and pre-order wine or mock-tail pairings with your meal. Most restaurants are happy to accommodate if you tell them its a special occasion. Eating at your regular spot could be intimidating to your date, or even considered rude if you bump into everyone youve known since the mid-90s and hesitate to make introductions. Asking someone out and offering to pick up the check also doesnt make you a shoo-in for a second date. Take this small step and surprise them with your thoughtfulness and creativity. Overall, remember that rst impressions are important. Be creative, show consideration and set up a well-thought environment where you can be yourself and get to know your partner without excessive distration. For more ideas, ask us at advice@washblade.com .

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OPENINGS
FRI, JUN 17
Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Womens Lithographs from Tamarind & Guerrilla Girls Talk Back, Museum of Women in the Arts. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org Wolf-Ferrari - The Curious Women, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org

Verna Curtis: Photographic Memory, Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. getinvolved.corcoran.org Whats Cooking, Uncle Sam? with Alice Kamps, National Archives. 202-357-5000. archives.gov

ONGOING STAGE
Wicked, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org Opus, Olney Theatre Center. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org Don Quixote, Synetic Theater. 800-494-8497. synetictheater.org Venus in Fur & The History of Kisses, The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org Bootycandy, Woolly Mammoth. 202-3933939. woollymammoth.net Canto al Per Negro...Celebrating AfroPer!, GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org Purge, SCENA Theatre, H Street Playhouse. 703-683-2824. ScenaTheater.org

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CH RI S MART I N : PA IN T IN G B IG S AT, J UN 18 T HR U S U N , O C T 2 3 CO RCO R AN GA L L E RY OF A RT. 202- 639- 1700 . C O R C O R A N . OR G Painting Big presents the work of abstract painter Chris Martin in the form of a three-part exhibition. One portion brings together large-scale works from the past nine years; another is a dense assemblage of small paintings in the Rotunda on view through August 28; the third presents a new body of work: a site-specic installation of monumental paintings in the museums central atrium. Three paintings, each 26 feet high, will be suspended from the second oor of the museum to the ground, creating a vibrant room of color and pattern in the public space of the gallery T E N NE S S E E C O N T IN U U M ; T W O O N E ACT P L AY S B Y WIL L IA M S T H RU S UN, J U LY 3 WAS H I NG T O N S HA K E S P E A R E C O M PA NY, 888- 841- 2787 . WA S HIN GT ON S HA K E S P EA RE. ORG WSC offers a pair of beautiful one-acts by Tennessee Williams, Portrait of a Madonna and The Gnadiges Fraulein, representing both his early, realistic writing and the experiments in style of his later work. MO N , J UN 20 DARYL H ALL & J OHN O AT E S , W O LF T RAP. 1- 877- W O LF T R A P. WOL F T R A P. OR G With more than 40 career hits, including Do It for Love, Private Eyes, and I Cant Go for That (No Can Do), these multi-platinum legends have been declared the most successful duo in rock history. R E DUCE D S H A K E S P E A R E C OM PA N Y: CO MP LE T E LY HOL LY W OOD ( A B R ID GE D) T UE , J UNE 21 T HR U S U N , J U L 3 KE N NE DY CE N T E R . 202- 467- 4600 . K E N N E D Y- C E N T E R . O R G Americas Bad Boys of Abridgement are back--again!--taking on 186 movies in 100 minutes with hilarious results. Its summers biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs!
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Carrier, ARTISPHERE. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com NSO: Ashkenazy, conductor, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org

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Follies, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org Design for the Civic Realm, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com Penumbra Theatre Company: I Wish You Love, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org Works by Gordon Binder, Tanja Bos, and Beverly Ryan, Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com

ONGOING EXHIBITONS
National Gallery of Art. Collections Frozen in Time: Selections from the National Gallery of Art Library, Gabriel Metsu, 16291667, Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/ Ronde de Nuit, In the Tower: Nam June Paik, Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Rajten Collection, The Gothic Spirit of John Taylor Arms, From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection. 202-737-4215. nga.gov National Geographic. Race to the End of the Earth, The Etruscans: An Ancient Italian Civilization. 202-857-7700. nglive.org/dc Corcoran Gallery of Art. Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran 202-639-1700. corcoran.org Kreeger Museum. Tom Wesselmann DRAWS. 202-338-3552. kreegermuseum.org

THU, JUN 23

Washington Jewish Music Festival, Washington DC Jewish Community Center. 202-777-3251. washingtondcjcc.org

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RAIN-A Tribute to the Beatles, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org Next Reex, Dance Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org Spring 2011 Showcase, Joy of Motion, Jack Guidone Theater. 202-520-3692. joyofmotion.org

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Great Singers of Hungary & Poland, Embassy Series, Embassy of Poland. 202-625-2361. Embassyseries.org Jazz in the Garden: John Lee, National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov

ONGOING GALLERIES
Contain, Maintain, Sustain; Barcode Orchestra, Artisphere. 888-841-2787. artisphere.com Spiritual Challenges, Montpelier Arts Center. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com Artomatic Takes Flight: Special Exhibit at National Airport , Artomatic, Reagan National Airport. 703-417-1005. artomatic.org Ann Zahn; The Gravitational Pull of Memory, The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org This is Hawaii, Transformer. 202-483-1102. transformergallery.org Cuttings from a Winter Garden, Washington Printmakers Gallery. 301-273-3660. washingtonprintmakers.com Urban Decay II, Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org

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The Monkees, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org Stories of Exploration, National Geographic. 202-857-7700. nglive.org/dc

WED, JUN 22

Comedy Improv, Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. 202-824-0449. theatrelab.org Summer Outdoor Concert Series: Labrassbanda, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org

THU, JUN 23

An Evening with Former First Lady Laura Bush, National Archives. 202-357-5000. archives.gov

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BOOKS

george m. davie, jr.

Death Is nothing at all


I have only slipped away tot he next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect. Without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that is ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? All is well.

Mind-numbing minutia
Untold Story of Queen offers too many details for casual fans
Roger Taylor remembers banging on his mothers pans as a child. He joined May in a band after seeing an ad in a local drum shop. And John Deacon, a relative late-comer, had gone to school to be an electrical engineer as a fall-back career, in case his musical career didnt pan out. And while May, Taylor and Deacon were playing together and with other musicians, growing their experience and honing their talents, they had one very exacting, particular fan: a roadie named Fred who liked to give them advice after their gigs (Mercury was gay and died of AIDS in 1991). With so much attention to detail, so many little tidbits for fans and so many memories it evokes, its hard to hate a book like Is This the Real Life? But its hard to love it, too. Author Mark Blake doesnt seem to have missed one single event in the lives of the men who were Queen, or the few women who were peripherally involved with those men. While some of those ner points make this book trivia heaven for Queen fans, much of it plods along: lengthy accounts of concert dates, musicians who came and went throughout the decades, people whom the four band members knew as children, and other minutiae that die-hard musicians and rabid followers will be mindful of, but that most of us will nd mind-numbing. If your iPod is lled with greatest hits and you couldnt look at this book without singing the title, Is This the Real Life? will be a royal treat for you. If youre not quixotic on Queen, though, just stomp away. And if youve already located your Queen on vinyl and are searching for a good place to curl up and reminisce, youll also want to nd Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock by Phil Sutcliffe (Voyageur Press, 2011). This huge paperback book will thrill rock n roll fans and will show youngsters how rock was

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

Sometimes it seems as though the building might fall down. Stomp-stomp-clap. Stomp-stomp-clap. Sports fans know how to make noise, but its not the cheers that raise the rafters during games, tournaments and playoffs. No, the stadium shakes at a sound that rattles the roof, supports the team and is awfully fun to do. Stomp-stomp-clap, and when your team wins, it gets better: theres the other half of the song to sing. You know where that tune came from. You might even remember where you rst heard it. In Is This the Real Life? The Untold Story of Queen by Mark Blake, youll learn about the band that brought ADVERTISING PROOF sports fans that anthem, and more. ISSUE DATE: 06.17.11 SALES REPRESENTATIVE: LYNNE BROWN (lbrown@washblade.com) If you were going to create a musical group, youd be hard-pressed to nd a REVIEW AD FOR COPY AND DESIGN ACCURACY. Revisions must be submitted within 24 hours of the date of proof. Proof will be considered final and will be submitted for publication if revision is not submitted within 24 hours of more motley crew. the date of proof. Revisions will not be accepted after 12:01 pm wednesday, the week of publication.Brown naff pitts S omnimedia llc (dba the washington blade) is not responsible for the content and/or design of your ad. Advertiser is Farrokh Bulsara was born on an island responsible for any legal liability arising out of or relating to the advertisement, and/or any material to which users GN can link through the advertisement. Advertiser represents that its advertisement will not violate any criminal laws or VISIONS any rgihts of third parties, including, but not limited to, such violations as infringement or misapporpriation of any near Zanzibar into a family that was wealthy copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, music, image, or other proprietary or propety right, false advertising, unfair OGO REVISIONS competition, defamation, invasion of privacy or rights of celebrity, violation of anti-discrimination law or regulation, enough to afford domestic staff. Young or any other right of any person or entity. Advertiser agrees to idemnify brown naff pitts omnimedia llc (dba the ADVERTISER SIGNATURE ONS washington blade) and to hold brown naff pitts omnimedia llc (dba the washington blade) harmless from any and all By signing this proof you are agreeing to your contract obligations with the Farrokh usually called Freddie was a liability, loss, damages, claims, or causes of action, including reasonable legal fees and expenses that may be incurred washington blade newspaper. This includes but is not limited to placement, by brown naff pitts omnimedia llc, arising out of or related to advertisers breach of any of the foregoing representations payment and insertion schedule. popular boy who loved music and adored and warranties. Jimi Hendrix, was self-conscious about his teeth and had a air for the dramatic. His friends tolerated Freddies eccentricities, guring them to be just Fred. Brian May didnt live far from Fred Bulsara once Freddie landed in England, but May later came to realize that theyd been at the same Hendrix concert once. May, who would go on to earn a bachelors degree in astrophysics, loved to improvise on guitar, just like Jimi.

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and monounsaturated) and the two bad forms in excess are saturated fats and trans fats, which include cholesterol. Bad fats, which are often hidden in foods, can cause weight gain, obesity, heart disease and stroke. Lets look at the effects each of these fats has on the body to better understand which fats to consume and which to avoid. Saturated Fats (limit these): There are two types of bad fat saturated fat and trans fatty acids that should be consumed sparingly. Too much saturated fat and trans fat can lead to diabetes and increase your LDL cholesterol levels, the bad form of cholesterol. These fats also clog arteries and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Saturated fats are found in all animal products such as meat and dairy as well as most seafood. Some plant foods contain saturated fat such as coconut oil, but both animal and vegetable saturated fat has the same effect on the body. Trans fat are denitely the evil stepsister to saturated fats in general their reputation precedes them. There are two types of trans fats, the naturally occurring type found in animal products and dairy, and the articial type produced synthetically and found in hardened oils, which become partially hydrogenated fats. Margarine is a perfect example. Unsaturated Fats (get more of these): Most unsaturated fats are good for you and are technically a saturated fat in liquid form. There are two types of unsaturated fat, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Most oils are monounsaturated. Both mono- and polyunsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. There are two types of polyunsaturated fats omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are arguably the best fat we can consume they ght inammation, help control blood clotting and lower blood pressure and triglycerides. Omega-3 is considered an essential fat to our diet and we need to get them from food as our bodies dont produce them. Fatty sh such as salmon, trout and mackerel are a good source of omega-3 as well as walnuts and axseed. The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fatty sh each week. What is also important to remember with all fats is that too many calories regardless of where they come from will lead to weight gain and obesity.

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Lets face it, fat gets a bad rap and most of us think that we should be avoiding fat at all costs. We fail to recognize that fat has redeeming qualities and is crucial to our diet and well being. But not all fat is created equal and it may seem difcult to disseminate the abundance of information on fat. First, it is important to know which fats you should be consuming and which fats you should avoid. Fat is essential to good health and each fat has a different effect on our body and more importantly on our blood cholesterol levels, which include LDL and HDL levels. Fat is necessary to keep our body temperature tempered, pad our organs from shock and as a reserve for times when we need extra calories fat is our storehouse. Fat is actually an excellent source for energy and aids in the transportation of vital fatsoluble vitamins and nutrients. However, most Americans consume too much fat, predominantly the unhealthier forms of fat. Unfortunately, many try extremely low-fat diets, which lead to deciencies. These deciencies can lead to scaly, dried skin and thinning hair. Choosing the right types of dietary fats to consume is one of the most important factors in reducing the risk of developing heart disease, says Tufts University researcher, Alice Lichtenstein. And the amount of fat we need is actually quite low at about 10 or 20 grams per day. The U.S. Department of Agricultures 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults get 20-35 percent of their calories from fats. At a minimum, we need at least 10 percent of our calories to come from fat. Saturated fat should compose less than 10 percent of overall calories. There are four types of fat: two are healthy and two should be consumed in minimal amounts. The two healthy forms of fat are unsaturated (polyunsaturated

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DJs Joshua and Steve Scarlata are back with Balls!, the queer rocker event, at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge and all attendees must be 21 or older. Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) presents Liquid Ladies, a weekly womens dance party with DJs Randy White and Rosie. Doors open at 10 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge and all attendees must be 18 or older. Siren is upstairs at Green Lantern (13335 Green Court, N.W.) tonight with the Whitney vs. Mariah Dance Party featuring a performance by $lim Pu$$y at midnight. Doors open at 10 p.m. D.C. Women in Their Thirties will meet tonight at 8 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.). Written and directed by Robert OHara, Booty Candy will be performed at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre (641 D St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets range from $55 to $65 and can be purchased online at woollymammoth. net. The production was extended to run through July 3. The Source Theatre Festival (1835 14th St., N.W.) continues today with Heroes & Villians, a collection of 10-minute plays, at 6 p.m., Collapsing the Silence, an artistic blind date, at 7 p.m. and Folk Hero, a full-length play, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for blind dates and $20 for full-length and 10-minute plays. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sourcedc.org.

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Mixtape D.C. is tonight at DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.) from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Mixtape is a dance party for queer music lovers and their pals that features DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer playing an eclectic mix of electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco, new wave and anything else danceable. There is a $5 cover for this 21-and-older event. Youth STICCN It! 2, a free health summit for youth, parents and teen parents, is today from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at School Without Walls (2130 G St., N.W.). Part of the D.C. Black Theatre Festival, Brave Soul Collective presents Smoke Screens: The Lies We Tell Ourselves (& Everyone Else) at the Ossie Davis Stage at Warehouse Theater (1021 7th St., N.W.) featuring original works written by Dyron Holmes, Rashad Moody, Jaren Shamberger and Glenn Alan that touch on love, sex, relationships, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, gender and identity. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at dcblacktheatrefestival.com. DJ lile will be spinning at the Black Cat with her Right Round event, an 80s alt-pop dance night, tonight at 9:30 p.m. in the Backstage area. Tickets are $7 and available the night of the show. Where the Girls Go presents Who Took the Bomp Le Tigre on Tour Film Screening at Gold Leaf Studios (443 I St., N.W.) tonight from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advanced and $10 at the door.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit wherethegirlsgo.com. PETS-DCs 18th annual Pride of Pets Fun Dog Show is today at 4 p.m. in Dupont Circle with fun categories for owners to entry their dogs such as best tail wagging, least obedient, best vocal performance and more. Entry fees are $25 for the Blue Ribbon Club which allows owners to enter their dog into as many categories as they want and $6 for individual category entries. Check-in begins at 3 p.m. For more information and to get pre-registration forms, visit petsdc.org.

at 8 p.m. during which a $1 from every Nellie beer sold will go to the group. T2 is a group of dedicated runners who have pledged to help end AIDS by pledging to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October and raise money in support of AIDS United and the Washington AIDS Partnership. Wicked, which tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch long before Dorothys arrival, will be performed at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) today at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $37 to $250 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org.

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Twilight on the Terrace is tonight at 7 p.m. at Gertrudes Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Drive). Tickets are $85 and can be purchased online at baltimorepride.org. Attendees must be 21 or older. The King and Queen of Pride pageant will be held at 10 p.m. tonight at Club Hippo (1 W. Eager St.).

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Super Art Fight, a mixture of prowrestling style dramatics and creative combat, comes back to D.C. at the Red Palace (1212 H St., N.E.) tonight at 9 p.m. For more information, including a list of artists, visit superartght.com. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at redpalacedc. com. All attendees must be 21 or older. Cobalt (1629 R St., N.W.) is hosting the Flip Out Championships tonight at 5 p.m. Flip Out is an LGBT ip cup league. For more information, visit ipoutdc.wordpress.com. Today is the last chance to see Bernadette Peters in Follies at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) at 1:30 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $150 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org.

MONDAY, JUNE 20

The Capital Area AIDS Prevention Effort (CAAPE) is having its monthly meeting tonight at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) from 7 to 9 p.m. CAAPE is a volunteer panel of individuals affected by AIDS organized to assist and advise AIDS vaccine trials in the D.C. area.

Sade will be performing at Verizon Center (601 F St., N.W.) with special guest John Legend tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $52.50 to $152.50 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. Chief Ikes (1725 Columbia Rd., N.W.) is having its monthly showcase of local girl rock n roll tonight at 8:30 p.m. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is tonight at Little Miss Whiskeys Golden Dollar (1104 H St., N.E.) featuring The Machine and special guest DJs spinning alternative music and obscure dance tracks from the 80s. The Department of Healths HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) is having a lecture on erotic condom video demonstrations today at noon. Joshua G. Rosenberger will be talking about the videos and their effectiveness in improving personal safe-sex initiatives and opinions. The lecture will be held at the HAHSTA ofces (899 North Capitol St., N.E.) on the fourth oor.

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The annual high heel race begins at 3:30 p.m. today on Charles and Eager streets. No pre-registration is required for this event. For more information, visit baltimorepride.org. The Baltimore Pride Parade will start at 4 p.m. today heading up Charles Street. The grand marshall is Sandy Rawls, Trans-United found and director. The Block Party, featuring the main stage performances with headliner R&B and pop singer, Deborah Cox, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. today. There will be more than 75 vendors lining the streets and the Stoli Dance Tent will be at Cathedral and Eager streets.

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Nellies (900 U St., N.W.) Drag Bingo is hosting a fundraiser this week for Team to End AIDS (T2) endurance training program

The Elected with Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley will be performing at the Red Palace (1212 H St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at redpalacedc.com. All attendees must be 18 or older.

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Baltimore Pride closes with the festival today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Druid Hill Park, located off of the I-83.

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over, he says. It was the nest CD Id ever heard by a GALA chorus quality wise and Ive heard thousands of these things. The proof is pretty much there in the pudding. You cant really fool microphones. You can adjust them a little but they pick up what they hear they sing really well and theyve crossed some really important bridges and boundaries. D.C. is absolutely in that top tier. The D.C. Chorus is a quasi-unofcial spin off of its San Francisco counterpart. During an early 80s national tour, the San Francisco group performed at Washingtons Kennedy Center and had a profound effect on local audiences. Marsha Pearson, a straight woman who lived in Dupont Circle at the time and enjoyed hanging out with gay men, was one such person. I couldnt believe we didnt have one of these, she says during a phone chat this week from her home in the Philadelphia area. I thought, Were the nations capital, how come we dont have this? She hand wrote iers four to a sheet had her sister photocopy them at her ofce, cut them up by hand and passed them out at Capital Pride in 1981. Accounts vary about how many showed up to the rst practice at the long-defunct gay community center (no connection to the D.C. Center) on Church Street. Pearson remembers about 30. Others say it was more like 15-ish. It was June 28, 1981 (30 years Tuesday) and, by all accounts, an innocuous beginning. Pearson never sang with the group it was exclusively a mens chorus all along. She asked if anybody had any conducting experience. The late Jim Richardson did and became the rst director. I still remember the rst chord, Pearson says. It was just a simple thing, you know, like do, mi, so, do, but I just got goosebumps. I was just elated that even one note came out, I was so excited. I got those same goosebumps at the

anniversary concert last weekend. I put their CDs on and I get the same thing, especially on certain things they sing. You just cant believe it sounds so great. Steve Herman, who was also at the San Francisco groups Kennedy Center performance, dropped his then-partner off at the rst rehearsal, said hi but didnt stay. At the second gathering, members told him they needed behind-thescenes help. He became a non-singing member and is the only person whos been continuously involved with the Chorus for its entire 30 years. Hes been incredibly active and been on the board most of those 30 years, even president for four. Im not a singer so I dont have that experience, but I wouldnt be there for 30 years if it wasnt a major part of my life, he says. I wouldnt have supported it so long if I didnt think it was rst rate. It was decided early on that the word gay would be the rst word of the name. Members didnt want any subtlety when it came to who they were and what they were about. The rst performance was in September at City Hall. The second was at the Eagle, then on 9th Street. Members stood on the steps between the rst and second oors. One of the rst songs performed was This Train is Bound for Glory, a gospel standard. The rst ticketed show was at St. Marks Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill. By summers end, the group had swelled to about 80 members, a size it retained for several years. We werent that good, but the audience was unbelievably responsive, Herman says. We did three nights, two at St. Marks and one in Baltimore and it was packed. Larry Cohen, a baritone who joined in 1986 shortly after he came out and moved to Washington, remembers a varied repertoire in those years with a mix of classical, show tunes and pop. He says the group didnt start putting on theatrical productions until about 10 years ago. It used to be more of a show choir,

you know, stand-on-the-risers-and-singkind of thing, he says. But in this age of multi-media technology, the audience has come to expect a lot of visuals, action and movement on stage so we mix it up and give them everything from a cappella close harmony to show-stopping production numbers. Jeff Burhman, artistic director since 2000, joined the Chorus rst as a baritone in 1986. He says the evolution of the Chorus has entailed a number of factors from what other choral groups in the region offer, what arrangements and repertoire is, or was, available at any given time and what has proven successful at the box ofce. Weve always had what I call the GTGs and the SMQs, he says. The good time girls who enjoy the Broadway and pop stuff and want to have a good time, and the serious music queens who want classical and traditional western stuff. When we were founded and even when I came on in 86, we were still a novelty if you think about it. There wasnt a lot of repertoire to be had so the choruses tended to be more traditional. They were doing a lot of college glee club repertoire and whateve we could nd. When I joined we were singing German and French and traditional choral literature. Thats my background in classical music, so I was used to it and the audience accepted it. But then in the late 80s and early 90s, it started to reect what was going on in the gay community. You started to see the AIDS crisis, for instance, reected in the music. We wanted to sing about things that resonated with us, not just AIDS, but what it was like growing up as a gay man, so there became less interest in the traditional stuff. This has happened with all the large (gay) mens choruses. Some of the directors have come in with more of a classical bent, but it just doesnt sell tickets. During the nine years that Buhrman was assistant director, he saw the shift. I clearly saw that when we did the

shows with a more entertaining twist, we got a bigger audience, he says. We would do something with a lot of opera and the serious music queens would come and everybody else would stay home. In time, the Chorus became known for its commissions thereve been three so far that have explored modern gay themes and its all-male productions of popular musicals like Grease, The Wizard of Oz and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Jack Reiffer, who came out of a straight marriage and joined the Chorus in 1998 shortly after coming out, says the Chorus has exposed him to many musical styles that had previously been off his radar. As a rst tenor the Chorus uses barbershop harmonies (rst tenor, second tenor, baritone and bass) but in a much different style Reiffer quickly became a leader within the group, leading sectionals and mentoring new members. We prefer to talk about putting on shows now rather than giving concerts, he says. The word is out in a town like this that its great entertainment. Membership has tripled under Buhrmans leadership and most involved agree the quality has improved dramatically over the years. Burhman is careful not to make the music too intimidating the singers are volunteers and some dont read music while also expecting them to memorize their parts and rise to the occasion. Its a catch 22 in a positive way, he says. By having a good Chorus, you attract good singers and by having good singers, you have a better Chorus. Cohen says the sense of family that exists has kept him involved along with the music and message. Its an extended family in the truest sense of the word, Cohen says. You really form life-long friends and look out for one another and celebrate milestones together. And then you have the message on top of that, of hope, love, acceptance and tolerance. It really does change hearts and win people over in time.

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June is bustin out all over. Between Newt Gingrichs imploding campaign and Anthony Weiners immodest photos, its becoming a long hot summer in Washington. And its enough to make you head for the hills or the beach. Thats where a cool convertible comes in. From soft tops to retractable hardtops, there are more than 60 different models to help you get away from it all. Some are brand new. Others boast swanky upgrades. To help you choose, here are four of the best. such powerful engines and the 4,116-lb. heft, gas mileage is decent. And surprise theres almost no cowl shake: a big bugaboo with Camaro convertibles ever since they arrived in the 1960s. Retro styling and a brawny exhaust rumble are big plusses. Tight rear seating, minimal trunk space and limited driver visibility are not. Still, cornering and braking are BMW-like. Its also quiet, thanks to the insulated acoustic liner in the cloth top.

Chysler 200 $27,000 Mpg: 19 city/29 highway Sure, Chrysler took its four-year-old Sebring, reshaped the front and rear ends, then slapped on new 200 badging. But this isnt a case of bait and switch. While the chassis, doors and roof are still the same, the 200 is longer, lower and more chiseled. The interior now much quieter is also more stylish, with Euro-chic black (or black-and-cream) padded surfaces instead of the Sebrings hard cheap plastic. Such styling cues seem to channel Audi. But the ride while more nimble than before is still a bit soft. Still, the optional V6 is no slouch (though the sluggish four cylinder is forgettable). And theres a wind blocker a luxury-car feature along with choice of either vinyl soft top or steel hard top. Overall, its hard to beat the 200s price: A D V E R T Isimilar G P R O O F often twice as much. S I N mid-sizers are
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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet $47,000 Mpg: 17 city/22 highway Whaaaat? Thats pretty much the reaction to seeing a topless two-door Murano CrossCabriolet, Nissans ballsy crossover/ convertible mashup. The only other vehicle that came close was Chevys ill-fated SSR pickup/convertible, which lasted just four years. But the CrossCabriolet may fare better. Its roomy, has Muranos handsome styling and is brimming with so much standard gear including large-screen nav system, kickin Bose audio and heated seats and steering wheel that there are few options left to offer. As in the original Murano, seating is high for great visibility. And braking and acceleration are seamless. But Nissan didnt just take a Murano and chop off the top. Almost everything is new from the windshield back, which is why the suspension is so solid and the t and nish look custom-made.

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Chevy Camaro $30,000 Mpg: 18 city/29 highway For drivers needing more testosterone, Chevys bad-boy muscle car boasts a 312hp V6. The high-test SS model with its whopping 426-hp V8 hits 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and costs $10,000 more. Yet despite

BMW 650i Series $91,000 Mpg: 15 city/22 highway BMW is a master magician. While this 6 Series redo looks leaner and lighter, its actually longer, wider and heavier. The result is more cabin and cargo room, as well as better handling and traction. While the Camaro CC has more horsepower, the BMWs twin-turbo V8 packs more punch: 0 to 60 in a blistering 4.8 seconds. Plenty of high-tech marvels, including side cameras in the front fenders to help you see around corners. And a backup camera cleverly combines images from cameras in each side-view-mirror to give you a birds-eye panorama of the car from above. Biggest surprise: no retractable hardtop only a cloth roof.

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Capital Pride festival. Top left, former D.C. resident Blair Michaels. Bottom left, headliner Jennifer Holliday performs with local dancers. Bottom right, the D.C. Cowboys.

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Bachelors Mill 1104 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-544-1931 Longtime bar popular with AfricanAmerican men in Capitol Hill area. Banana Caf 500 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-543-5906 bananacafedc.com Popular Capitol Hill area restaurant and bar (Eastern Market Metro) for both men and women. Features Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican cuisine. Blowoff 815 V St., NW Washington, DC 20001 blowoff.us Created by musicians Bob Mould and Richard Morel, Blowoff is an occasional dance event popular with men. Events are held in clubs around the country; D.C.s Blowoff parties are held at the 9:30 club in the popular U Street corridor. Cobalt 1639 R St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-462-6569 cobaltdc.com In Dupont Circle area; part of complex of LGBT businesses at this address, including Level One restaurant on street level and 30 Degrees bar. Crew Club 1321 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20005 202-319-1333 crewclub.net Mens 24-hour gym in Logan Circle area, featuring steam rooms, lounges, private dressing rooms and more. DC Eagle 639 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-347-6025 dceagle.com The popular Levi/leather bars origins date to the 1960s. Features billiards, regular tournaments and other special events. Located near the convention center, two blocks north of Gallery Place Metro. Delta Elite 3734 10th St. NE Washington, DC 20017 202-546-5979 thedeltaelite.com Longtime bar popular with AfricanAmerican men in Brookland neighborhood; hosts regular ladies night. Check web site for special events. DIK Bar 1637 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-328-0100 dupontitaliankitchen.com In Dupont Circle area, above Dupont Italian Kitchen. Duplex Diner 2004 18th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-265-9599 duplexdiner.com Popular restaurant and bar in the Adams Morgan area; happy hour specials and many other special events. See web site for updated schedule. Fab Lounge 1805 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-797-1122 thefablounge.com In Dupont Circle area; popular with men but hosts regular womens events. Fireplace 2161 P St., NW Washington, DC 20037 202-293-1293 In Dupont Circle area; neighborhood bar popular with men. Green Lantern 1335 Green Court, NW Washington, DC 20005 greenlanterndc.com twitter.com/greenlanterndc Friendly bar for men hosts regular happy hours and special events, including karaoke and shirtless drink special nights. Check web site for details. McPherson Square Metro. JR.s 1519 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-328-0090 jrswdc.com Longtime friendly Dupont Circle area bar popular with men; videos, regular special events. Lace 2214 Rhode Island Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 202-832-3888 lacedc.com Every night is ladies night at Lace; features regular special events for women in Brookland neighborhood. Check web site for details on happy hour specials. Larrys Lounge 1836 18th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-483-1483 Dupont Circle area bar and restaurant popular with both men and women. THE LODGE 21614 National Pike Boonsboro, MD 21713 301-591-4434 thelodgemd.com www.facebook.com/TheLodgeMD Favorite for: Both Men & Women, Billiards, Dancing, Drag, Bear/Leather, Karaoke. Local and guest djs play the latest Top 40, House, Trance & Electro dance beats. MIXTAPE Different locations mixtapedc.com twitter.com/MIXTAPEdc Alternative dance party for queer men and women featuring electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco and New Wave. Check web site for 2010 schedule of events. Nellies Sports Bar 900 U St., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-332-6355 nelliessportsbar.com Sports bar featuring poker events, drag bingo, trivia contests and other specials. Popular bar with massive outdoor deck and plenty of TVs f or watching sports. Omega 2122 P St., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-223-4917 omegadc.com Dupont Circle area bar and club popular with men featuring dancing, drag and other special events. Phase 1 525 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 phase1dc.com twitter.com/phase1dc The Phase opened in 1970 and remains a popular lesbian bar and club. Features regular special events, including Jell-O wrestling, 80s theme nights and more. Check web site for details. LGBTQ NIGHT @ Black Squirrel 2427 18th St., NW Washington DC 20009 Party featuring disco house, electro, indie pop, dance and industrial every Friday night. Remingtons 639 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-543-3113 remingtonswdc.com twitter.com/remingtonsWDC Popular country/Western nightclub in Capitol Hill neighborhood with more than 6,000 square feet of space for dancing and billiards. One half block west of Eastern Market Metro. Town Danceboutique 2009 8th St., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-234-TOWN towndc.com Dance club and bar popular with men and women, features regular drag performances. U Street Metro. Ultrabar 911 F St., NW Washington, DC 20004 ultrabardc.com twitter.com/UltraBar Large dance club with gay-friendly events and vibe located downtown near Metro Center. Where The Girls Go wherethegirlsgo.com Queer womens events in the D.C. area. Check web site for latest info. Ziegfelds/Secrets 1824 Half St., SW Washington, DC 20024 202-863-0670 secretsdc.com Featuring all-nude male dancers Wednesdays-Sundays, drag performances, large dance oor and many regular special events, contests and more. Large parking lot available; located in Buzzards Point warehouse district.

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1722 1722 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 Multi-level after-hours dance club attracts a mixed crowd but remains gay-friendly. Baltimore Eagle 2002 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218 410-82-EAGLE Longtime Levi/leather bar not far from Mount Vernon offers friendly bar, billiards, outdoor patio, videos and a full store for your leather needs. Mostly men, but welcoming to women. Club Phoenix 1 W. Biddle St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-837-3906 Mount Vernon-area downstairs bar attracts men and women; friendly service. Drinkery 205 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-225-3100 Another of Baltimores friendly neighborhood bars in Mount Vernon featuring billiards, jukebox and welcoming service. Gallery 1735 Maryland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-6965 Longtime bar and restaurant popular with African-American clientele. Grand Central 1001 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-752-7133 centralstationpub.com Large entertainment complex featuring friendly pub, lesbian bar Sapphos upstairs and a dance club on the rst oor. Hippo 1 W. Eager St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-547-0069 clubhippo.com Large club popular with men and women featuring billiards, top DJs/ dancing, karaoke, videos and more. Opened in 1972, Hippos motto is where everyone is welcome. Jays on Read 225 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-225-0188 Piano bar attracts a mostly male crowd, though welcoming to women and straight patrons. Leons/Tyson Place 870 Park Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-4993 leonsbaltimore.tripod.com In business for more than 50 years, Leons is the oldest gay bar in Baltimore and among the oldest in the country. Friendly bar with jukebox gets especially busy on Sunday nights. Tyson Place is a restaurant bar located behind Leons with a separate entrance. Port in a Storm 4330 E. Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21224 410-534-0014 Friendly neighborhood lesbian bar gets especially popular when the Ravens play. Features billiards, music and more. Quest 3607 Fleet St. Baltimore, MD 21224 410-563-2617 Neighborhood bar in Highlandtown area is popular with men and women and offers billiards. Sapphos 1001 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-752-7133 centralstationpub.com Part of the Grand Central complex, Sapphos attracts a lesbian crowd and offers comfy couches, outdoor patio and more in its second oor location. northern va Freddies Beach Bar 555 23rd St. South Arlington, VA 22202 703-685-0555 Freddie Lutzs Virginia establishment includes a restaurant and friendly bar, regular specials and is popular with men and women. Crystal City Metro. laurel, md PWs 9855 N. Washington Blvd. Laurel, MD 20723 301-498-8202 pwssportsbar.com Restaurant and bar is popular with gay and lesbian sports fans and is known for its superb burgers.

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Baltimore celebrates Pride this weekend with parades and parties on Saturday, a festival on Sunday and many smaller celebrations throughout Charm City. And, because were so close to D.C., well also have many former Washingtonians taking part. These ex-Washingtonians considered Baltimore an attractive alternative because it was affordable, had a great quality of life and reasonable commute times. Today, even after years of housing distress in both cities, those factors still hold true. As Washington home prices have begun creeping higher again, Baltimore still offers home ownership to many people who are priced out of the District. I asked two past clients, both in long term same-sex partnerships, how they feel about their decision to buy in Baltimore. Each couple has one partner who makes the commute to D.C. Nick and Tim bought a renovated rowhouse in Fells Point, one of Baltimores Inner Harbor neighborhoods. When we moved here six years ago, our intention was to be within walking distance of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment. We were attracted to the citys vitality, writes Nick. Ten years ago, Martin and his partner bought and renovated an 1840s townhouse in the mid-town neighborhood of Mount Vernon. He agrees with Nick about the quality of life: A lot of my favorite things to do are within a 10-minute walk from home: The Walters Art Museum, the Sunday farmers market and restaurants serving Indian, Nepali, French, Thai, Italian, Mexican and American food. Martin is also an avid cyclist. It is very easy to get to northern Baltimore County where the roads and scenery are fantastic for bicycling, he says. Is Baltimore gay friendly? Nick votes yes. Our neighbors embraced us quickly and welcomed us into their social circle, he says. We never expected to move into the city to find the kind of warm friendships we thought existed only in small towns. For Martin, there was never a question. I havent really thought of Baltimore as anything other than gay friendly. Its not so much sexual orientation but rather community and other interests and issues which form the basis of a lot of my friendships. That aspect of Baltimore I really like. Was D.C. an option? We simply could never have afforded a place like this in D.C., Nick says. The cost of homes in Baltimore is probably one-third that of D.C. Martin agrees. We certainly wouldnt be able to maintain the same standard of living in D.C. Who knows where wed end up if we had to relocate; probably not in D.C. at all. What about the commute? Martin commutes daily to Washington. My house is a 10-minute walk from Penn Station, so the Baltimore side of the commute is pretty easy. From Union Station I take the Metro and then walk another 10 minutes to my office. But this cyclist has taken advantage of

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another option. This April I have started riding my bike to work: Mondays and Thursdays I ride from Baltimore to D.C. and take the MARC back, and on Tuesdays and Fridays I take MARC down and bike back to Baltimore at the end of the day. Wednesday is a rest day. Believe it or not, the bike route is pretty nice. Although it takes longer, I get my workout in so that I dont have to go to the gym over lunch or on the weekends. Tim works for the D.C. Fire Department, but he has an unusual schedule. He doesnt have a Monday-through-Friday commute, writes Nick, who drives about 20 minutes to his job in Anne Arundel County. The beauty of city living is that once you get home, you seldom drive. When D.C.-based friends visit, what do they think of Baltimore? When our friends visit and we show them our Baltimore, theyre pleasantly surprised, Nick says. They admit they

had the wrong impression and usually go away liking the city. In fact, sometimes theyll call us and ask, What was the name of that restaurant? or Where was that museum? so they can bring their friends to enjoy Baltimore as well. People who visit us from D.C., Martin says, are usually surprised by how unlike D.C. Baltimore is. Baltimore is the older city, its less transient, it has a commercial and industrial vibe which D.C. never did have. A lot of visitors say Baltimore feels more real than D.C. So, if you are a D.C. resident visiting Baltimore this Pride weekend, be prepared for pleasant surprises. Well welcome you with open arms. Enjoy our hospitality and get to know our city. You might even want to start calling it home, hon.
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