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LGBT non-discrimination

bill a winning wedge issue


for Democrats
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT rights supporters are calling for
a Senate hearing and committee vote to
draw attention to one of the longest
sought pieces of pro-LGBT legislation
in Congress: the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act.
While the Republican takeover of the
House in 2010 makes any movement of
the legislation in that chamber unlikely,
Democrats remain in control of the
Senate and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a
longtime supporter of ENDA, remains
chair of the Senate Health, Education,
Labor & Pensions Committee, which has
jurisdiction over the bill.
Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to
Work, called Harkin a strong champion
for workplace fairness for all Americans
and said ENDA supporters are fortunate
the Iowa Democrat heads the panel
responsible for the legislation.
I hope he will use his chairmanship to
organize an ENDA hearing this spring or
summer, Almeida said. Given that 70
or 80 percent of Americans are in favor
of ENDA, and that support crosses party
lines, this is a winning wedge issue for
Democrats to use in an election year.
Mara Keisling, executive director of
the National Center for Transgender
Equality, said ENDA supporters have
been asking the committee for a hearing
for a long time throughout the course
of the 112th Congress.
When theres nothing else going on, its
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Guarnizo denied communion to
lesbian at her mothers funeral
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A priest who refused to serve communion to a lesbian at her mothers funeral
service last month at a Catholic church in Gaithersburg, Md., has been removed
from the church and placed on administrative leave pending an investigation,
according to a letter from the Archdiocese of Washington to all of its priests.
The March 9 letter, written by Bishop Barry C. Knestout, chief of staff to Cardinal
Donald Wuerl, who heads the Archdiocese, said the action taken against Father
Marcel Guarnizo was based on allegations that he engaged in intimidating
behavior against members of the staff and others at St. John Neumann Catholic
Church, where he served as a parish priest.
The letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Blade, makes
no mention of the allegation by D.C. resident Barbara Johnson that Guarnizo
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Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said ENDA
supporters have sought a hearing on the bill throughout the 112th Congress.
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Priest removed
from Md. church
New push for Senate hearing on ENDA
We Are Family
Our annual family issue
is back with a look at
summer camps, gay
dads and parenting trends.
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obituary
JARED CLAYTON NEFF, 30

Jared Clayton Neff, 30, a D.C. resident
since 2005 who worked in production-
related positions at local theaters,
including D.C.s Shakespeare Theatre
Company, died March 7 at George
Washington University Hospital of
pneumonia, according to a spokesperson
for the company.
Friends and associates said Neff, a
native of Missouri, had a life-long interest
in theater and the performing arts and
became involved in theater-related
activities while a high school student in
Nixa, Mo., near Springeld.
In his most recent role as bookings
manager for the Shakespeare Theatre
Company, Neff managed events at the
highly acclaimed Harman Center for the Arts,
the downtown Washington theater facility
afliated with the Shakespeare company.
While we will certainly remember
everything he has accomplished in
managing events both large and small
at the Harman Center for the Arts, I will
continue to think of all that remained
for him to achieve and offer the true
tragedy of a loss at such a young age,
said Chris Jennings, managing director of
the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
He will be missed by everyone here
at the Shakespeare Theatre Company as
well as the entire community he served so
well at the Harman, Jennings said.
An obituary in the Christian County
Headliner News, his hometown
newspaper in Missouri, said Neff was
born Aug. 7, 1981 in St. Joseph, Mo.,
and graduated from Nixa High School
in 2000. He received a bachelors degree
in ne arts from Webster University in St.
Louis in 2004.
The newspaper said he was awarded
certication from the Commercial Theater
Institute of New York City and was a guest
artist at the State Thespians Conference, a
yearly event in Missouri.
He worked in theaters in Missouri and
Ohio as assistant production supervisor
and stage manager before moving to the
D.C. area in 2005, when he began work as
production manager at the Olney Theater
in Olney, Md. and later as production
administrator for D.C.s Arena Stage.
Those who knew him, including many
who posted messages of condolence on
his Facebook page, said he had many
friends in D.C.s gay community and was a
regular patron of the citys gay clubs.
I will remember Jared Neff as one of
the most audacious and authentic people
I have ever met, said his friend Nathan
Nickens. I will remember his beautiful
smile and outrageous sense of humor. The
immeasurable impact of Jareds life will be
felt by the hundreds of aspiring theatre
students he mentored, the audiences who
experienced his work, and the thousands
of friends who loved him.
Neff is survived by his parents, Richard
and Lynn of Battleeld, Mo.; his brother,
Brandon of Highlands Ranch, Colo; his
grandmother, Erma Hunt of Plattsburg,
Mo., and many other family members and
friends, the Christian County Headliner
News said.
A memorial service was scheduled for
March 17 at First Baptist Church in Nixa, Mo.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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to a local hospital for treatment.
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she and a companion were approached by a suspect who threatened to assault
them. The suspect followed them and they agged down ofcers who arrested
the suspect.
Worldwide marches set
for D.C., Baltimore
D.C. and Baltimore are slated to be
among at least 30 cities in the United
States, Europe and Asia in which a
Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March is
scheduled to take place on April 21.
The marches were initiated and are
being organized by a Facebook group
called Lets Reach 1 Million People
CampaignIts a Start! LGBT Equality.
Fichmonc, va., ay acrivisr Curris
Sledge, who was named lead organizer
of the D.C. march, told the Blade this
week that participants are scheduled
to assemble for a kick-off rally at 10:45
a.m. at Upper Senate Park, located at
Constitution and Delaware avenues across
the street from the U.S. Capitol.
Sledge said he recently obtained permits
arranging for the march to begin about
1 p.m. from Upper Senate Park, where it
will travel west on Constitution Avenue,
N.W., to 15th Street, N.W. The march will
turn right on 15th Street and head toward
Pennsylvania Avenue, Sledge said. He said
it will turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue
and continue along Pennsylvania Avenue
to Third Street, N.W., near the Capitol,
where it will end.
A website set up by organizers says the
Baltimore march is scheduled to begin at
11:45 a.m. on April 21 at War Memorial
Park and travel to its destination at the
Inner Harbor via Fayette, North Gay, Pratt,
and Conway streets. The website doesnt
say whether a rally is planned for the
Baltimore march.
High school student and Dundalk, Md.,
resident Brian Rohrbaugh is listed as the
lead organizer of the Baltimore march.
With the exception of the national
LGBT direct action group Get Equal,
which has said it would provide an as-
yet-undisclosed role of support for the
marches, no other mainline national or
D.C.-area LGBT organization has said it is
taking part in the marches.
Our core mission is to achieve full
LGBT equality mainly through proper
and peaceful channels employing many
different vehicles among the way,
Worldwide March organizers say in a
statement posted to their website.
Strong emphasis is placed on
enlightening and educating society in
order to achieve the ample understanding
and acceptance that is necessary to garner
the support we need to win at the polls
and in Washington, the statement says.
Further details of the marches and a
list of cities in the U.S. and abroad where
organizers say marches will take place can
be found at letsreachonemillionpeople.
com/locations_36.html.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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04 MARCH 1, 2012 LOCAL NEWS
A planned April LGBT rights march on Washington isnt expected to draw the large crowds of the 2009
National Equality March.
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One gay man shot,
another beaten; trans
woman knocked
unconscious
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
One gay man was shot in a Columbia
Heights restaurant on March 11 and
another gay man and a transgender
woman were badly beaten on the street
the following day in separate incidents
during a period of just over 24 hours.
The gay male victims remained hospitalized
this week, with one being treated for a bullet
wound to his liver and the other awaiting
surgery Wednesday afternoon to repair a
broken jaw. The transgender woman was
treated and released for a head injury after
being knocked unconscious.
Police have listed the attacks against the
two gay men as anti-gay hate crimes. The
attack against the transgender woman was
not listed as a hate crime but police are
looking into the possibility that it may have
been an anti-trans hate crime, according
to a police report. Ofcers assigned to the
police Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit were
said to be involved in the investigation
into each of the incidents.
We appreciate [D.C.] Metropolitan
Police Departments prompt action
regarding the recent attacks and we
offer the victims our strongest support
while recovering, said A.J. Singletary,
chair of the local group Gays & Lesbians
Opposing Violence (GLOV). We expect
MPD to respond by increasing patrols
in the affected areas and tenaciously
investigating the crimes committed.
A police report for the shooting incident
says the incident began when a male
suspect got into a verbal altercation with
the victim, a 31-year-old gay man, about
6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11. The report
says the incident took place inside the
International House of Pancakes restaurant
on the 3100 block of 14th Street, N.W. in
Columbia Heights.
The report says a st ght ensued
between the suspect and the victim and that
two other suspects, a male and a female, got
involved. It says a witness reported hearing a
gunshot during the physical altercation and
saw the three suspects leave the restaurant
and ee in an eastbound direction along
Irving Street, N.W.
Complainant 1 complained of pain to
his chest area, the report says. Further
investigation revealed that C-1 had been shot
with an unknown caliber of rearm and was
transported to [a hospital] by ambulance.
Aaron Woodland, who identied
himself as the victims cousin, said he
and another cousin were with the victim
at the restaurant when the incident
occurred. According to Woodland, the
three suspects were sitting at a table near
where the victim and the two cousins were
seated. He said the suspects referred to
the victim and the two cousins repeatedly
as faggies while the two parties sat at
their separate tables.
Woodland said the altercation began
when the victim got up to pay the restaurant
bill and the three suspects blocked his
path. He said a ght started after the victim
pushed his way past the suspects.
Once he did that they started calling
him faggy again, said Woodland.
Woodland said the victim was being
treated for a gunshot wound to the liver
and was expected to be released from the
hospital in about a week.
Police have listed the incident as a hate-
related assault with intent to kill.
A police source said the second incident
occurred about 9:30 p.m. Monday, March
12, at the intersection of Georgia Avenue
and Irving Street, N.W., when the victim,
a 29-year-old gay man, got out of a cab
about two blocks from his home. The
source said accounts from witnesses
indicate two or three male suspects
attacked the victim while calling him anti-
gay names as he began to walk home.
Rodney Shaffer, the victims partner, said
the victim, who asked that his name not be
disclosed, told him he remembers being
dragged along the street by the attackers,
who did not attempt to rob him. Shaffer
said the victim called him for help on his
cell phone after the attackers walked away.
Seconds later, Shaffer said, another group
of attackers took the victims cell phone,
iPad and wallet, leaving the victim lying on
the street in a semi-conscious state.
Shaffer said the victim was scheduled to
undergo surgery Wednesday afternoon to
repair a broken jaw. He said the attackers
blows to his head and face that caused the jaw
to break were so severe that the victim had to
be sedated with a breathing tube inserted to
prevent swelling of tissue caused by the injury
from preventing him from breathing.
According to Shaffer, a detective said
police were in the process of obtaining a video
recording that they hoped has captured the
attack through cameras installed in various
locations near the site of the incident. Police
planned to release posters seeking witnesses
of the incident, Shaffer said.
Police reports show that the third
incident occurred March 12 at about 11:50
p.m. when a transgender woman was
attacked by two young male suspects on
the street at West Virginia Avenue and Mt.
Olivet Street, N.E.
A police report says the victim reported
being hit from behind and knocked
unconscious. The report says the
victim initially told police she could not
remember what, if anything, was said at
the time of the assault.
Based on a lack of evidence to indicate
the attackers used anti-transgender
language or showed an anti-trans bias, the
case could not immediately be listed as a
hate crime, the police report said.
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3 hospitalized after spate of anti-LGBT violence
One of the most
successful years in history
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Whitman-Walker Health, a D.C.
community health center with special
expertise in LGBT and HIV care,
announced last week that its revenue in
2011 exceeded its expenses by more than
$2.6 million, marking the second year in a
row that it has sustained a budget surplus.
In a statement released on March 5,
Whitman-Walker said it cared for 15,515
individuals in 2011, an increase of nearly
20 percent over the number of clients it
cared for in 2010. It said its patient base
has nearly doubled since it began the
process of becoming a primary care
community health center in 2006.
2011 was one of the most successful
years in Whitman-Walkers history, said
Executive Director Don Blanchon.
By adopting a greater emphasis
on community, caring and quality, we
produced results for the community that
would have been unthinkable just a few
short years ago, he said. And we show
no signs of slowing down in 2012.
Blanchon has been credited by
Whitman-Walkers board and community
supporters with changing its direction
at a time when it faced near nancial
collapse in 2006 and its ability to continue
operating was in question.
The budget surplus, which Whitman-
Walker refers to as an operating gain,
was used to pay off its outstanding line
of credit and reduce its accounts payable,
the statement says.
We can attribute our nancial success
to three factors, said Blanchon. First,
more patient care produced higher
revenues, largely from third-party health
insurance payments and prescription
drug sales. Second, our fundraising
efforts exceeded our projections for the
rst time in at least ve years. Third, our
new operating culture emphasizes the
importance of living within our means.
Whitman-Walkers statement did not
include the health centers total revenue
and expenses for 2011.
In its IRS reports led in 2009 and 2010,
Whitman-Walker reported 2010 revenue of
$16.7 million and expenses for that year of $15.6
million, yielding a surplus of just over $1 million.
Its 990 report for 2009 showed total
revenue of $15.3 million, total expenses
of $15.9 million, with a decit of $660,567.
In its statement released last week,
Blanchon said Whitman-Walker Healths
current patient base is represented by all
eight of the citys wards and the diversity of
its patients reects a tremendous diversity
across the entire metro D.C. community.
The statement included this
demographic breakdown of Whitman-
Walkers patients/clients:
Gencer: c8 percenr male, 2 percenr
female; three percent transgender, with
the number of transgender patients
increasin Ly 185 percenr since 200c."
Face/erhniciry: 48 percenr Llack,
37 percent white; 15 percent other or
unknown; 14 percent Hispanic
Ae: Four percenr youner rhan 21,
33 percent between 21 and 30; 25 percent
between 31 and 40; 20 percent between
41 and 50; 13 percent between 51 and 60;
and 5 percent older than 60
Sexual orienrarion: 50 percenr "sell
identied as lesbian, gay or bisexual; 50
percent self-identied as heterosexual.
The number of LGBT patients has
increased by 77 percent since 2006, the
statement says. Twenty percent were
HIV positive.
washingtonblade.com
0 MARCH 1, 2012 LOCAL NEWS
Whitman-Walker posts $2.6 million surplus
By adopting a greater emphasis on community,
caring and quality, we produced results for the
community that would have been unthinkable
just a few short years ago, said Whitman-Walker
director DON BLANCHON.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
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Chely Wright opens Kansas City youth center
KANSAS CITY Lesbian country music star Chely Wright has worked with her
non-prot foundation to open the LIKEME Lighthouse LGBT community center in
Missouris largest city.
This just gives so much hope to these outlying areas, that your major metropolitan
area has a gay and lesbian center, Wright told the Washington Post. That would
have meant everything to me had I been a kid growing up in Wellsville, knowing that
there is a beautiful facility in our major city, that that was OK.
Wright married her long-time girlfriend, LGBT activist Lauren Blitzer, in 2011.
State Dept. condemns anti-gay violence in Iraq
WASHINGTON On the heels of reports that police in Iraq have been turning
their back on honor killings targeting gays and those perceived as gay, advocates
are applauding the U.S. Embassy in Iraq and State Department for a rapid
condemnation of the killings.
When NGOs here in Iraq rst brought this issue to our attention, we immediately
expressed our concern to the Government of Iraq, urged immediate measures to
combat this violence, and undertook to try to ascertain the details of these attacks,
a representative from the embassy wrote veteran gay blogger Michael Petrelis,
after an inquiry. Along with the Embassy, the U.S. Department of State strongly
condemns the recent violence and killings in Iraq by groups who appear to be
targeting individuals based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or personal
expression. These acts of intolerance should have no place in any society.
The New York Times reported this week that death squads in Iraq were targeting
not only gays but also those being described as emos and goths. Reuters
conrmed with hospitals the deaths of 14 under such circumstances with rights
groups putting the number closer to 40.
North Carolinians oppose anti-gay amendment
RALEIGH, N.C. A new Elon University poll released this week shows that a
54.2 percent of respondents in North Carolina either oppose or strongly oppose
the proposed constitutional amendment that would bar recognition of same-sex
couples, LGBT website Pams House Blend reported.
On the question of specically banning civil unions and domestic partnerships,
which the amendment would compel the state to do, the number opposed rises
to 56.9 percent. The poll found that only 37.8 percent of respondents supported
the amendment, indicating support for the ballot measure is still tenuous.
Anti-gay groups behind Kony 2012 video
LOS ANGELES Though the video racked up tens of millions of views, and
become a subject of concern among socially conscious celebrities, Alternet
has reveled that the foundation funding the Kony 2012 viral video campaign
about Ugandan strongman Joseph Kony, is an anti-gay organization with ties to
Californias anti-gay amendment, Proposition 8.
The group Invisible Children produced the sleek video about the leader of anti-
government guerrilla group Lords Resistance Army and its use of rape, murder and
forced enlistment of child soldiers in his rebellion against the government of Uganda.
Alternet reveals that the producers of the lm are funded by a group called The
Caster Family Foundation, one of the biggest nancial backers of the efforts to pass
Prop 8. Invisible Children is also connected to other anti-gay groups, such as Lou
Engles The Call, Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and others,
some specically tied to what has become known as Ugandas kill the gays bill.
Site documents history of
remarks by three-dozen
commentators
By PHIL REESE
preese@washblade.com
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation on Wednesday launched a
new tool to help counter homophobic
speech by anti-gay pundits in the media
that the group hopes will inuence the
way news outlets choose guests to speak
about LGBT topics.
The Commentator Accountability
Project, glaad.org/cap, will be a repository
for collecting the statements made by anti-
gay pundits like Peter Sprigg and Maggie
Gallagher as they make appearances in
the media in large and small markets.
If the people who book these shows
knew the kind of extreme things that
[these pundits] have said in other places,
they would realize that theyre not experts
in gay peoples lives, said Richard Ferraro,
GLAADs director of communications.
GLAAD said the project seeks to
educate the media about the extreme
rhetoric of over three dozen activists who
are often given a platform to speak in
opposition to LGBT people and the issues
that affect their lives. The searchable
online database will organize the history
of statements commentators like Tony
Perkins and Scott Lively have made
over the years that reveal bias against
not only LGBT people but people of
different ethnic or religious backgrounds,
or statements that may be considered
offensive to women or immigrants.
People like Evan Wolfson [of Freedom
To Marry] can use the site before they go
debate these people, as well, and say
remember when you said this? Ferraro
said of other ways the site can be used to
highlight the anti-gay remarks made by
these pundits.
The site will also have a crowd-sourcing
component, which will allow concerned
viewers to document statements made by
these pundits wherever they appear, which
can be veried and added to their le.
They dont always get on CNN and
say the same things that they say when
theyre speaking to a more sympathetic
audience, Ferraro told the Blade. They
need to know who theyre booking.
The new site reads Audiences need
to be aware that when theyre not talking
to the mainstream media, these voices
are comparing the LGBT people to Nazi
Germany, predicting that equal treatment
of LGBT people will lead to the total
collapse of society, and even making
accusations of satanic inuence.
Hate is not an expert opinion,
said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon
Graddick in a statement. In most cases,
news outlets invite reputable experts to
speak on the subject at hand, but when
talking about LGBT issues, open hostility
and anti-LGBT bias seems to be all the
credibility required. This project holds
these so-called pundits accountable
for the extreme anti-LGBT rhetoric they
continue to spread.
washingtonblade.com
08 MARCH 1, 2012 NATlONAL NEWS
GLAADs new site aims to chronicle the anti-LGBT remarks of three dozen conservative commentators.
Check it out at glaad.org/cap.
GLAAD launches tool to
combat anti-gay pundits
CHELY WRIGHTs LIKEME foundation has
opened a community center in the heart of the
Midwest, miles from the Kansas town where
Wright grew up.
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Fitzgerald is fourth out
federal pick from Obama
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
(D-Nev.) on Monday led cloture on 17
federal judicial nominees including an
openly gay appointee that have been
barred from obtaining conrmation votes
on the Senate oor.
Having been unable to nd unanimous
consent to move forward with the
nominations, Reid led cloture, meaning
votes on the appointees take place after
the Senate convenes on Wednesday
and require consent from 60 senators to
proceed.
Michael Fitzgerald, whom President
Obama nominated to the bench in July,
is among those wholl receive a vote,
according to a list published Monday by
Senate Democrats.
Fitzgerald is the fourth out federal
judicial nominee chosen by the White
House. The Senate Judiciary Committee
reported out his nomination in November
unanimously by voice vote to the Senate
oor, but his conrmation has been held
up along with other nominees.
Upon conrmation, Fitzgerald would
take a seat on the U.S. District Court for
the Central District of California and would
be the rst openly gay federal judge in
that state.
Reid led 17 cloture petitions at the
same time on Monday, but cloture
votes on each nominee will happen
consecutively. For each judge that wins
the 60 votes necessary for cloture, 30 hours
of debate will have to proceed, then a
simple majority vote is needed to conrm
the nominee. However, the Senate could
waive the vote and debate by approving
the nominee by unanimous consent after
cloture is invoked, shortening the process.
Michael Cole-Schwartz, spokesperson
for the Human Rights Campaign,
encouraged the Senate to approve the
Fitzgerald nomination.
Michael Fitzgerald is a tremendously
well qualied nominee and not only
deserves a vote of the full Senate but also
a seat on the bench, Cole-Schwartz said.
There should be no excuse for the Senate
failing to take action on his nomination.
Reid to force vote on gay judicial nominee
New study looks at
feasibility, added
screening
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Department of Health & Human
Services is seeking comments on a
plan to design a pilot study to establish
alternative donor deferral criteria that
would enable gay and bisexual men to
donate blood.
In a notice published Tuesday in the
Federal Register, HHS seeks information
on putting together a study on different
eligibility criteria for men who have sex
with men, who are currently barred by
regulation from donating blood or plasma.
Responses to the notice are due at 4 p.m.
on June 11 and can be submitted online.
The concept is to conduct a pilot
operational study, in which MSM
who meet specied criteria would be
permitted to donate blood, with
additional safeguards in place to protect
blood recipients during the course of
the study, the notice states.
Under current regulation, men who have
had sex with other men since 1977 even
once arent eligible to donate blood.
The policy was set up administratively in
1985 at the height of the AIDS crisis, but
could be overturned at any time without a
change in law.
According to the notice, the ban was
put in place because of well-documented
observations of a higher prevalence of
sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV
and Hepatitis, among gay and bisexual
men. But the notice states the risk of
infection from blood transfusion is now
extremely low as a result of overlapping
safeguards. In the case of HIV, less than
one in one million blood transfusions
results in infection.
The notice suggests that gay and
bisexual men should go through additional
screening so they can be allowed to
donate. One possible strategy would be
pre-donation testing in which they would
have a blood sample drawn that would be
tested prior to donating blood to ensure a
lack of infection.
Another strategy would involve asking
gay donors to return after their donation
for additional testing after the window
period expires for a recent infection
to become apparent, but within the
expiration period for the unit of blood. A
combination of the two scenarios is also a
possibility.
However, the notice states that both
of these scenarios could be problematic
because of the costs for this testing
and the perception that putting
these requirements in place would be
discriminatory for gay and bisexual men.
In the notice, HHS emphasizes that
the RFI is for planning purposes only and
shouldnt be construed as a solicitation or
an obligation from the department. HHS
wont award a grant or contract to pay for
any information that was submitted.
In June 2010, the Advisory Committee
on Blood Safety & Availability for HHS
voted to recommend that the ban
not be changed and cited insufcient
scientic data to support revision of the
policy. However, the committee also
recommended additional research to
support a policy allowing low-risk gay and
bisexual men to donate blood.
Last year, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) were informed in
a questionnaire response from HHS that
the department is pursuing four areas of
study to determine whether whether the
gay blood ban can be lifted. It wasnt
immediately clear whether the notice
published Monday was a component of
this study or a separate initiative.
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Fordham maintains
contact with former
boss Mark Foley
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Gill Action Funds new leader promises
to continue the organizations brand of
stealthy, behind-the-scenes activism.
Kirk Fordham, who was named March 1
as head of the Denver-based organization,
said in a Washington Blade interview he
envisions a degree of stealthiness for
Gill Action under his leadership in addition
to working openly in efforts to advance
LGBT rights throughout the country.
I think itll be a hybrid of some
deployment of highly trained gay SWAT
teams, as I like to call it, and some of us
will just be working very transparently with
the existing organizations that are already
on the ground, Fordham said.
One of the advantages of Gill Action
compared to other LGBT groups, Fordham
said, is being able to deploy small teams
of activists to regions where there may be
a gap and there may be a need to effect
change on a pretty rapid basis.
That will allow us to perhaps go into
some areas deep into the heartland of this
country where there may not have been a
lot of focus and activity to advance either
non-discrimination or marriage equality or
anti-bullying legislation, Fordham said.
Gill Action founded by gay billionaire
philanthropist Tim Gill in 2005 has a
reputation for secrecy.
The group has played a role, without
seeking credit, in passing statewide
pro-LGBT legislation in various states,
including the marriage equality legislation
in New York. After an initial 2009 vote on
same-sex marriage in the state failed, Gill
Action funded a campaign in the state,
called Fight Back New York to unseat state
senators opposed to marriage equality,
which ultimately unseated three senators.
Asked whether Gill Action would seek
greater engagement with the media as it
undertakes new initiatives, Fordham said the
level of public engagement would depend
on the project the organization is pursuing.
There are sometimes where it may
be to our communitys advantage not to
broadcast exactly what our roadmap and
our strategy might be on a particular issue
or particular state, but I dont think theres
a desire to speak sparingly with the press
because they dont trust the press or they
have a hostile relationship, Fordham
said. I think a lot of it has to do with the
fact that its such a strategic decision on
perhaps the element of surprise.
According to a 2008 report in The Advocate,
Gill Action in the 2006 election directed $2.8
million in nationwide contributions through
its OutGiving program to 68 candidates
across 11 states, and 56 of those candidates
won. One of the more controversial ads
funded by the organization was deployed
against former Republican Rep. Marilyn
Musgrave, author of the Federal Marriage
Amendment. It depicted an actress dressed
like her stealing a watch from a corpse in an
open cofn, criticizing her for her vote on a
tax for funeral homes.
Fordham said Gill Action will take a
look at the broader map to determine
places other than urban areas and states
on the coasts to lay the groundwork for
cementing a better quality of life for LGBT
people, even in the most conservative
parts of the country.
Now that some of the lower hanging fruit
has been picked, its time to start harvesting
in less fertile territory, Fordham said. So,
I believe, that we have literally millions of
people that are living in states that have
no protection whatsoever from workplace
discrimination, relationship recognition and
their schools. And so, I think, we want to
start advancing some of those protections
in places where theyre most needed.
Fordham was reluctant to identify any
particular areas where Gill Action would
focus its attention, saying such decisions
havent been made yet. But, asked
whether Minnesota would be a place
where resources could be directed, he
said the state would be high on the list of
places that would be on our priority list.
My sense is that most Minnesotans are
pretty fair-minded folks, Fordham said. So I
think were going to be taking a very close look
at that state as a horizon state where there are
opportunities to make some progress.
Assuming the anti-gay marriage
amendment that will come before voters
in the state in November is defeated,
Minesota could be poised to legalize
same-sex marriage if the Democrats take
control of the legislature. Minnesota Gov.
Mark Dayton (D) has expressed support
for marriage rights for gay couples.
Growing up in a Christian and
Republican family, Fordham said he
also has experience with parents who
initially were unhappy about his sexual
orientation, but later came to terms with
it, and he knows what it takes to change
the hearts and minds of people like them.
When I rst came out, they sent me
these Focus on the Family books and
tapes and magazines, Fordham said.
They were praying everyday that I would
see a path back to heterosexuality. Now
that Ive been with my partner for 23 years,
weve adopted two kids, they welcome us
as part of the family. Theyre a perfect case
study of how conservative Republicans
who happen to be people of faith can
come around and change their attitudes.
Fordham lives in Coral Gables, Fla.,
with his partner, Mike Cevarr, and their
two sons, Lukas and Levi. The family will
relocate to Denver when Fordham takes
the helm of Gill Action.
A lifelong Republican, Fordham
currently serves as CEO of Everglades
Foundation, but has had experience
working for several GOP lawmakers on
Capitol Hill, even some with anti-gay
records. He also worked for former Rep.
Mark Foley, who resigned after a scandal
involving male pages in 2006. While
still a college student, Fordham worked
for James Inhofe of Oklahoma, then a
member of the U.S. House. Hes also
worked for Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida.
Fordham said he absolutely plans on
reaching out to Republican lawmakers to
inuence them on LGBT issues and he
knows how to speak their language.
Once you move past the rst and
second-tier states where you have
Democratic legislatures and friendly
Democratic governors, the list of options
starts to get more difcult, we can either
wait and hope that someday, those states
will have Democratic elected ofcials
that are friendly, or we can start having a
conversation with those currently elected
Republican leaders in legislatures that have
Republican supermajorities, Fordham said.
Fordham has received congratulations
on his new role across the board from
groups like the Center for American
Progress, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
and the National Gay & Lesbian Task
Force as well as praise from lawmakers
on both sides of the aisle, including
Democratic National Committee chair
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and pro-LGBT
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).
Still, skepticism remains that Fordham
will be able to bring change within the
Republican Party.
Wayne Besen, executive director of
Truth Wins Out, said Fordham is qualied
for the position, but questions how
effective he can be with Republicans on
LGBT issues.
I take issue with this idea that because
hes a Republican, he can inuence
Republican votes because thats utter
nonsense, Besen said. Republican votes
that are not coming our way has nothing
to do with the arguments were making;
it has nothing to do with a lack of effort.
It has everything to do with the religious
right as the Republicans most powerful
constituency. They will do whats necessary
to please them.
Although Fordham has worked for
numerous Republicans, his most infamous
former employer is former Rep. Mark Foley
of Florida, who resigned in 2006 amid media
reports he sent inappropriate messages to
underage pages on Capitol Hill. Fordham
was chief of staff for Foley after having
worked on his campaign in 1994. While
working for Martinez as the scandal broke,
he helped broker agreements with the
media on the story and testied before the
House Ethics Committee on the issue. Foley
later came out as gay.
Reecting on the Foley scandal,
Fordham said it was one of the great
crisis-management experiences of his
life and a disappointment because
Foley was popular and well-regarded in
his Republican caucus.
Its a perfect example of how someone
through some reckless and irresponsible
actions can ush down the toilet a
promising political career, Fordham said.
While working as chief of staff for Foley,
Fordham said he had no knowledge of
his boss sending inappropriate text and
instant messages, but knew that he was
engaging with pages and younger staffers.
What I saw was the same kind
of behavior you see among some
heterosexual members of Congress:
spending time socializing with on the
oor of the House or in the halls of the
Capitol, paying an inappropriate amount
of attention to younger staffers or pages,
Fordham said. Although that kind
of behavior isnt criminal, its certainly
something that I thought crossed the line
for a member of Congress as far as how
they ought to conduct themselves.
Fordham said he told the Ethics
Committee everything and the steps
I took to try to inuence my bosss
behavior, saying the report that was
produced in the end was favorable to him.
According to media reports, Fordham had
informed the staff of then-House Speaker
Dennis Hastert about Foleys behavior, but
no action was taken.
Although they didnt speak for a year after
the event, Fordham says he now maintains
a personal relationship with Foley and they
have periodic phone conversations. Foley is
based in West Palm Beach, while Fordham
resides near Miami.
I think hes trying to rehabilitate himself
and hes now engaged in the community
up there, Fordham said. We talked
about the potential of him running for
mayor of West Palm Beach. I gave him my
best advice, and in the end, he decided
not to run. So, I still hear from him once in
a while, but I do believe in forgiveness and
redemption for everyone, even when they
break the public trust and do things that
we consider really bad behavior.
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KIRK FORDHAM (right) with his partner MIKE
CEVARR and their sons LUKAS and LEVI.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FORDHAM
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always good to try to get a hearing, Keisling
said. It keeps the ball moving. It keeps
reminding everybody that there are some issues
that we all know we have to cover eventually.
ENDA has been a high priority for the
LGBT community for decades. It would
prohibit discrimination on the basis of
sexual orientation and gender identity
in most situations in the public and
private workforce. Even when Democrats
controlled both the House and Senate in
the 111th Congress, no committee or oor
vote was taken on the legislation.
A hearing in the Senate presents
a historic opportunity because no
transgender witness has testied before
the upper chamber on the importance
of ENDA or told a story about being
discriminated against on the basis of
gender identity.
According to Injustice at Every Turn, a
report published last year by the National
Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the
National Center for Transgender Equality,
transgender people face signicantly
high rates of workplace discrimination.
The study says transgender people
have double the rate of unemployment
compared to non-trans people. Ninety
percent of those who participated
in the survey reported experiencing
discrimination on the job or took actions
like hiding their gender identity to avoid it.
In 2009, the House Education & Labor
Committee held a hearing that featured
testimony from Vandy Beth Glenn, a
former legislative editor at the Georgia
General Assembly who was red in 2007
after she announced she was undergoing
gender transition. While no federal
law prohibits discrimination against
transgender people, the 11th Circuit
of Court of Appeals issued a sweeping
decision in December that Glenns
employer unlawfully discriminated against
her on the basis of gender because she
wasnt conforming to gender stereotypes.
A similar hearing in the Senate in the same
year had no transgender witness, although
there was testimony from a high-ranking
Obama administration ofcial, Thomas
Perez, assistant attorney general for the
Justice Departments Civil Rights Division.
Almeida said the inclusion of at
least one and preferably several
transgender witness at any hearing by the
Senate HELP Committee on ENDA would
be absolutely critical.
I vividly remember sitting in the
counsels chair on the House Labor
Committee dais as Vandy Beth Glenn
testied somberly about being red on
the same day she told her employer that
she planned to transition from male to
female, Almeida said. Theres a lot of
important education that happens when
transgender Americans get to share their
stories and talk about their lives.
While Almeida served as ENDAs lead
counsel in the U.S. House from 2007 to 2010,
the House Education & Labor Committee
held three separate ENDA hearings and
called ve transgender witnesses to testify.
Almeida said one of the three hearings was
historic because it exclusively focused
on workplace discrimination against
transgender people.
That was the rst time any congressional
committee had ever held any hearing
specically about discrimination against
transgender Americans, Almeida said.
By comparison, the U.S. Senate is way
behind.
Keisling said a lot of people could be
qualied to testify as a transgender witness
for a hearing on ENDA. Without naming
anyone in particular, she said the candidate
should be as fresh as possible.
A six-month-old case is better than
a 20-year-old, Keisling said. Its a
really tough thing. Its has to deal with
what members of the Senate on the
committee, who youre trying to reach out
to, how you balance it geographically and
demographically.
In addition to holding a hearing on
ENDA, the committee could easily report
out the legislation to the Senate oor.
Besides Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the
chief sponsor of the bill, all 12 Democrats
on the panel are co-sponsors as well as
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), whos one of three
Republicans in the Senate whove signed
on in support of the bill along with Sen.
Susan Collins (R-Maine) and retiring Sen.
Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).
Moving the bill out of committee could
draw media attention to the legislation
similar to what happened in November,
when the Senate Judiciary Committee
along party lines reported out the Respect
for Marriage Act legislation that would
repeal the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.
Almeida said Harkin could take a cue
from Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who
decided to move forward with the DOMA
repeal markup, by applying the same
standard to ENDA.
I imagine Sen. Leahy realized that [the
Respect for Marriage Act] was not going
to pass the full Senate this session, but
he held the hearing and mark-up anyway
because those events are good ways
to tell compelling stories, create good
media attention in favor of equality, and
build momentum for eventual passage,
Almeida said. We need the same push
and momentum for ENDA.
But a committee vote on ENDA would
likely be the most extensive action that
could take place on the legislation in the
current Congress.
The bill has 41 co-sponsors, which
is short of the 60 votes necessary to
overcome a libuster on the Senate oor.
Last year, advocates said a oor vote in
the Senate could be successful but that
was largely contingent on pressure from
President Obama, who has been quiet
on ENDA during the 112th Congress. Any
movement on ENDA in the Republican-
controlled House is unlikely.
Moreover, the ofces of lawmakers who
would be responsible for moving forward
with ENDA in committee were reluctant to
say much about the prospects of having
either a hearing or a markup on the bill.
Justine Sessions, a HELP Committee
spokesperson, said the panel hasnt planned
any hearing beyond the month of April.
Previous hearings have emphasized
topics such as maintaining Americas
global competitiveness, but nothing
related to ENDA.
Julie Edwards, a Merkley spokesperson,
said shes unable to comment on the
discussions her boss may have had with
Harkin on the issue.
Sen. Merkley continues to explore every
avenue to make legal discrimination a relic of
the past, Edwards said. We cannot discuss
private conversations with colleagues, but
he will explore every option.
Nonetheless, LGBT groups insist
theyve been pushing for Senate action
on ENDA. Freedom to Work, the Human
Rights Campaign, the National Center for
Transgender Equality and the National
Gay & Lesbian Task Force have each
said they have been in contact with the
committee to urge them to take action.
Michael Cole-Schwartz, an HRC
spokesperson, said HRC has worked
with the committee for action on ENDA.
As with all of our priority bills, we
constantly work with our allies to nd
every opportunity to move the ball down
the eld, Cole-Schwartz said. A Senate
hearing and markup on an inclusive ENDA
would represent tremendous progress
and weve worked with Senators Harkin,
Merkley, Kirk and others toward that end.
Stacey Long, the National Gay & Lesbian
Task Forces director of public policy and
government affairs, said her group has
been advocating this position to Sen.
Harkin and other lawmakers on the Hill.
The Task Force staunchly supports
a trans-inclusive hearing and markup of
ENDA this year, Long said. Political
leaders need to hear the stories, see the
startling data, and most importantly, pass
an inclusive ENDA.
But Keisling said one of the challenges
with having either a hearing or markup
on ENDA is Kirk being out of the picture
temporarily. Hes been recovering from a
stroke that he suffered in January.
Hes by far the best Republican
supporter on the HELP committee,
Keisling said. Having him not there right
now complicates the picture. ... It would
be great to have Sen. Kirk when there was
a hearing, and I dont have the slightest
idea when hes coming back.
A Senate hearing on ENDA could
represent an opportunity for renewed focus
on another ask of the Obama administration:
an executive order from Obama requiring
companies doing business with the federal
government to have LGBT-inclusive non-
discrimination policies.
Harkin has already expressed support for
the executive order, telling the Washington
Blade last year he would strongly support
an executive order from President Obama
that makes clear government contractors
cannot discriminate based on sexual
orientation and gender identity. As far
as other members of the committee go,
Merkley has said hed support the directive,
while Kirk has said the statute is the right way
because a future president could rescind the
order.
Almeida said discussion about the
executive order during a committee
hearing may come up, but he doesnt
think anybody would make a big deal
about it mostly because Republican
senators opposed to ENDA and the
executive order would likely skip the
hearing as theyve done in years past.
I dont think the topic of the executive
order needs any more study given that
the lawyers at President Obamas Justice
Department and Labor Department have
already done more than a years worth
of research and then recommended that
the president sign the executive order,
Almeida said. Its now time for President
Obama to sign the order.
Multiple sources have told the Blade
the Labor and Justice Departments have
cleared such a measure, but the White
House hasnt said whether Obama will
issue the directive.
Keisling also said she doesnt think
devoting any portion of the hearing to the
executive order will be necessary.
I think the president knows who in
Congress would support it and who
wouldnt, Keisling said. I dont see that
would be helpful in moving it along at all.
It would probably make us all feel good if
there were more noise about it, but I dont
think itll help move along the issue.
ENDA nds some GOP support in Senate
CONTI NUED FROM PAGE 1
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Sen. MARK KIRK (R-Ill.), one of three
Republicans in the Senate who support ENDA,
continues to recover from a January stroke.
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Romney takes Hawaii
By CHRIS JOHSON
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Republican presidential hopeful Rick
Santorum scored two wins in the GOP
primaries on Tuesday by adding Alabama
and Mississippi to his column after
prevailing in Kansas last weekend.
The former U.S. senator, whos known
for his strong opposition to same-sex
marriage and other anti-gay views, edged
out his competitors in the most recent
contests former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney, former U.S. House Speaker
Newt Gingrich and libertarian Rep. Ron
Paul (R-Texas).
In Alabama, Santorum won 35 percent
of the vote with 98 percent of precincts
reporting. Gingrich and Romney were tied
with 29 percent of the vote.
In Mississippi, with 99 percent of
precincts reporting, Santorum captured
33 percent of the vote, while Gingrich had
31 percent and Romney had 30 percent.
Hawaii also held a contest on Tuesday;
Romney won there with 45 percent of
the vote to Santorums 25 percent and
Gingrichs 11.
Speaking at his campaign headquarters
at Lafayette, La., Tuesday night, Santorum
told supporters, We did it again.
The most common thing I heard from
people and I know Im not alone is
people come up and say, Im praying for
you, Santorum said. I just want to thank
you for that. I want to thank God for giving
us the strength everyday to go out there
and to be clear in our message and our
vision for this country.
Santorum said the best chance
for Republicans to win the November
election is to nominate a conservative
likely a reference to Romney, whos viewed
as a more moderate candidate and
said he expects to have a huge win in
the Louisiana primary, which will have its
contest on March 24.
Hastings Wyman, whos gay and editor
of the Southern Political Report, said the
results on Tuesday give Santorum a big
boost mostly because they show
Santorums competitor as the anti-Romney
alternative, Gingrich, has run out of steam.
It sends a strong message to Gingrich
that its time he got out, Wyman said. I
dont know whether he will or not, but if he
cant win those two states, theres nowhere
else he can win really.
Although Romney has amassed more
delegates leading up to the convention
than either Santorum or Gingrich, Wyman
said Santorums wins show he continues
to have strength and could give Romney
a run for his money for the Republican
presidential nomination.
I think Santorum is going to give
Romney a strong race, Wyman said.
Hes more youthful. The polls show he
does very well with women, and think
thats because they nd him personally
attractive. I dont mean some sort of
sexually way, or anything like that. Its just
hes young and handsome and they kind
of like him. Romneys too aloof, Gingrich
is too cerebral, Paul is kind of the class
nerd. I think Santorum comes across as
somebody they really like.
The candidates wins on Tuesday build
off of his win on Saturday in the Kansas
caucuses. Santorum won a majority of the
vote in the state, while Romney came in a
distant second with 20.9 percent of the vote.
But Thomas Witt, chair of the Kansas
Equality Coalition, said he doesnt think
Santorums win in the state amounted to much
because of the low turnout in the primary.
I think theres some perspective we
can put Santorums victory in here, Witt
said. Theres about 725,000 registered
Republicans in the State of Kansas. Fewer
than 30,000 participated in the caucuses.
Of those, 15,000 voted for Santorum.
Thats 2 percent of the Republicans in
Kansas voting for Santorum. Polls have
margins of error bigger than the number
of Republicans that voted for him.
Witt said hes unaware of any anti-
gay rhetoric that Santorum may have
employed while campaigning in Kansas,
which is known for being a socially
conservative state. The activist said he
followed news coverage carefully and
talked to people at one of Santorums
events in Topeka, but nothing related to
LGBT issues came up.
Santorum is known for his opposition
to LGBT rights. Hes signed a pledge
from the National Organization for
Marriage committing himself to back a
U.S. constitutional amendment banning
same-sex marriage throughout the
country, defend the Defense of Marriage
Act in court and establish a commission
of religious liberty to investigate the
alleged harassment of those opposed to
same-sex marriage. He has also said he
would restore Dont Ask, Dont Tell if
elected president.
humiliated her at her mothers funeral
Mass at the church on March 25 when
he reportedly refused to allow her to
receive communion as she and others
approached the church altar, saying she
was living in sin.
I write to inform you that effective today,
Father Marcel Guarnizos assignment at St.
John Neumann Parish is withdrawn and he
has been placed on administrative leave
with his priestly faculties removed until
such time as an inquiry into his actions at
the parish is completed, Bishop Knestout
said in his March 9 letter.
This action was taken after I received
credible allegations that Father Guarnizo
has engaged in intimidating behavior
toward parish staff and others that
is incompatible with proper priestly
ministry, he said in the letter. Given the
grave nature of these allegations, and in
light of the confusion in the parish and
the concerns expressed by parishioners,
Father Guarnizo is prohibited from
exercising any priestly ministry in the
Archdiocese of Washington until all
matters can be appropriately resolved,
with the hope that he might return to
priestly ministry.
Last month, Johnson told the
Washington Post that Guarnizo put his
hand over the body of Christ and looked at
me and said, I cant give you communion
because you live with a woman and in the
eyes of the church that is a sin.
According to the Posts account,
Johnsons partner of 20 years had been
helping Johnsons family at the church
prior to the service when Guarnizo asked
Johnson who she was. Im her partner,
the Post quoted Johnson as saying she
told Guarnizo.
Bishop Knestout said in his letter that
Guarnizo is a priest of the Archdiocese
of Moscow, Russia, and has been serving
since March 2011 as parochial vicar at
the St. John Neumann Church parish.
Chieko Noguchi, a spokesperson for
the Archdiocese of Washington, said
the Archdiocese issued a statement on
the same day Bishop Knestout issued
his letter that repeats, nearly word for
word, the contents of the letter. Noguchi
initially indicated the letter was read
during Mass at area churches this past
weekend. But she contacted the Blade to
clarify that the letter was only read during
the masses offered over the weekend at
St. John Newmann Catholic Church in
Gaithersburg, where Fr. Guarnizo had
been assigned.
Noguchi said the Archdiocese would
have no further comment, including a
clarication of whether the action taken
against Guarnizo is linked to his alleged
behavior toward Barbara Johnson,
because the action is a personnel
matter that must remain condential.
Guarnizo has told news media outlets
that he would have no comment on the
matter involving Barbara Johnson.
Reports of Guarnizos refusal to serve
communion to Johnson triggered an
uproar among LGBT activists, including
LGBT Catholic activists in the D.C. area.
Shortly after the reports surfaced,
the Archdiocese of Washington issued
a statement saying Guarnizos action
violated church policy and Archdiocesan
ofcials would look into the matter.
When questions arise about whether
or not an individual should present
themselves for communion, it is not the
policy of the Archdiocese of Washington
to publicly reprimand the person, the
statement said. Any issues regarding
the suitability of an individual to receive
communion should be addressed by
the priest with that person in a private,
pastoral setting.
Priest removed from church after anti-gay incident
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Towson students object to White Pride group
Students at Towson University have reacted angrily to a right-wing campus
group called Youth for Western Civilization for their perceived racist, anti-Muslim,
anti-immigration and homophobic messaging and phrases that were chalked at
various locations on the campus. Among the phrases was White Pride.
A forum was held last week attended by about 400 students to address concerns
about these messages as well as school safety. Matthew Heimbach, a 20-year-old
junior is the president of the Towson University chapter of YWC. He explained
that YWC is not a white supremacist group and that white pride should be as
acceptable as black pride and gay pride. A spokesperson for the school said
the group is not breaking any rules and will not be punished.
Freshman Andrew Werner told The Towerlight, an independent newspaper at
Towson University, that the intolerance on campus targets LGBT students as well
as black students. I am proud to say that I am gay but that I am also Catholic,
Werner said at the forum. I personally have been accepted, but those that Im
around have not been. I have witnessed a lot of insensitivity, and as a generally
caring person, I just feel that that is not OK.
Heimbach denies that the group is homophobic or racist. But he wrote in an
end-of-semester report on the YWC website explaining why a Straight Pride
event had been organized: A small list of the events and programs that Towson
hosts to promote the homosexual lifestyle includes gay pride month, drag shows,
a gay mentor program, transgender awareness days, frequent pro homosexual
speakers, LGBTQA rooms with special accommodations, internships only for gay
students, and the Safe Space program for gay students. YWC thought it was a
shame that in our diverse campus environment, the viewpoint of Straight Pride
and heterosexual marriage was not represented.
Youth for Western Civilization has at least 15 chapters. It was incorporated in
2006 and began organizing at American University in 2008. The founder was Kevin
DeAnna, a graduate student at AU. Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, known
for his staunch anti-immigration stance, is honorary chairman.
According YWCs Facebook page its mission statement includes: The group
opposes what it views as radical multiculturalism, socialism, and mass immigration
and a poisonous and bigoted leftist campus climate.
Referendum battles next steps
Marylanders for Marriage Equality has begun hosting a series of Next Steps
Community Meetings across the state. Many volunteers and supporters have
questions about the referendum, the campaigns next steps, and what they can
do to remain involved to oppose the anti-gay marriage initiative in November.
These questions are being addressed at the community meetings.
Representatives from the coalition are also briey covering the efforts of the past
few years and thanking supporters for their help during that time.
They are discussing what the campaigns efforts will be and how people can
help to win in November. This includes everything from voter registration to how
to engage their friends, family and neighbors.
The meetings have already been held in Montgomery and Prince Georges
counties, Baltimore City, Howard County and the Eastern Shore (Salisbury). Future
meetings will be held in Anne Arundel County (Annapolis) on March 18, Frederick
County on March 22, and Baltimore County (Rosedale) on March 28.
For more information, visit marylandersformarriageequality.org/events.
News in brief
A poll commissionec Ly Marylancers lor Marriae Equaliry releasec on March 8
indicated 52 percent of voters would support marriage equality in a referendum
while 44 percent would oppose. The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling,
contacted 600 voters during the period March 5-7 and has a margin of error of
plus/minus 4 percent.
An ellorr was launchec on FaceLook ro counrer rhe proresr Ly memLers ol rhe
Westboro Baptist Church against the students of Glen Burnie High School on
March 13. Possible reasons for the WBC demonstration include the schools active
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club and its production of The Laramie Project.
n March 27, Balrimore Counry Councilman Tom uirk will Le rhe main speaker
at a meeting held by PFLAG-Baltimore County. Quirk helped pass Bill 3-12 last
month that added sexual orientation and gender identity to the countys list of
protected classes. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Towson Unitarian
Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Rd., Lutherville.
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New play explores Prop 8 controversy
Iron Crow Theatre Company presents American Foundation for Equal Rights
and Broadway Impacts 8, a new play by gay screenwriter Dustin Lance Black,
for a one-night-only staged reading on Monday at Baltimore Theatre Project (45
W. Preston St.) at 8 p.m.
8 chronicles what happened during the landmark trial of Perry v.
Schwarzenegger using actual court transcripts and rst-hand interviews, showing
both sides of the debate.
Tickets range from $12 to $17 and can be purchased online at ironcrowtheatre.
com. Proceeds will benet the American Foundation for Equal Rights and its
lawsuit for marriage equality.
For more information, visit 8theplay.com.
Rivers coming to Baltimore next weekend
Emmy award-winning actress and comedian Joan Rivers plays the Hippodrome
Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (12 North Eutaw St.) on
March 23 at 8 p.m.
The evening will feature some of Rivers newest work including riffs on The
Celebrity Apprentice, Hollywood, pop culture, reality TV, award show fashion
and more.
Tickets range from $42 to $62 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.
com.
Hippo searches for new faces
Club Hippo (1 West Eager St.) has two special events happening this weekend.
First up tonight is Baltimores Newest Face, a monthly contest for anyone who
hasnt previously competed in a state or national pageant. All contestants will
presents a talent number running seven minutes or less. For more information,
contact Josie at 410-274-7118.
Then its Workout Saturday with special guest DJ Carl Michaels of Woodys and
Voyeur Nightclub in Philadelphia.
Theres also the clubs weekly events like bingo on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. and
karaoke with Gary and Paulie on Friday at 9 p.m.
Evening of feminist theater at Centerstage
Centerstage (700 North Calvery St.) is partnering with the University of
Maryland-Baltimore County Department of Theatre for the production, Grrl
Parts: The Extra Bits on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The production will showcase UMBCs Grrl Parts 2012 directed by Eve Muson
and featuring UMBC students in short plays written by notable female playwrights
such as Kate Moira Ryan and Lucy Thurber. There will also be readings of past
Grrl Parts plays featuring local professional actors.
The night will end with a panel discussion featuring all ve playwrights, led
by Grrl Parts artistic director, Susan McCully; and professor, performer and
advocate, Susan Jonas, on the importance of womens plays, playwrights and
overall presence in todays theater world.
This is a free event. For more information visit umbc.edu/grrlparts.
DANIEL ETTINGER, STEVEN J. SATTA-FLEMING, KATIE ELLEN SIMMONS-BARTH and SARAH
GORMAN star in the Baltimore area reading of 8 on Monday.
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Going off script in
support of marriage,
D.C. voting rights
As Democrats approach their conven-
tion in Charlotte, N.C., there isnt much
that will be left to chance. President
Obama and his team will script things
down to the last minute. But there are
some things that can still be done related
to the platform and how the people of
D.C. get out their message that we arent
accorded full democracy.
As members of the Platform Commit-
tee convene they need to hear from as
many individuals and delegates as pos-
sible, including the delegates recently
elected to the D.C. Democratic State
Committees caucus.
The elected delegates from the Dis-
trict and those who will be appointed
as part of the Districts contingent of 39
delegates and two alternates should sup-
port two specic planks in the platform.
The rst is a call for marriage equality and
the second would support budget au-
tonomy for the District of Columbia. The
rst may create a problem for the presi-
dent if he doesnt intend to fully evolve
on the issue of marriage equality before
the election. But to be on the right side
of history Democrats should support this
plank. The second should be no problem
as it is in the presidents budget message
to Congress.
Twenty-two United States senators
along with some of the vice chairs of the
Obama campaign have already endorsed
the marriage equality plank. It would be
great if we could have a unanimous vote
in support of this from the D.C. delegates
but since Marion Barry is one I assume
that we lose his vote. But we didnt need
it to get marriage equality in the District
and he will have no impact on whether
or not this goes into the platform. A
number of the non-LGBT delegates that
were elected, including Susan Meehan
who received the most votes for a female
delegate in District 1, are fully supportive
of such a plank and will advocate for it.
Supporters like Susan have always been
critical as the LGBT community moves
forward in its quest for full civil and hu-
man rights.
The issue that our delegation must take
the lead on is bringing to the attention
of the nation, and the world, how D.C.s
brave young men and women in the mili-
tary ght for democracy around the world
and then come home to the capital of the
United States, which doesnt have it. At
the annual meeting of DC Vote, Phil Pan-
nell reminded people how the issue of
lesbian and gay rights was brought to the
world at the Democratic National Con-
vention in 1980. At the time, Mel Boozer,
an elected delegate from the District of
Columbia, became the focal point of a
petition circulated at the convention by
members of the gay and lesbian caucus
to place his name in nomination for vice
president of the United States. This was
done successfully with more than 400
delegates signing the petition so that
Mel would get a prime speaking slot at
the convention to talk about lesbian and
gay rights.
This model could be used again to
create a platform to talk about the lack
of democracy in the nations capital. A
petition in the name of either Mayor Vin-
cent Gray or Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton
should be circulated to have their name
placed in nomination for vice president
so they would get a prime speaking time
and could share with the world through
the thousands of credentialed press in at-
tendance the plight of the people of the
capital of the United States and our ght
for full democracy.
Were that to happen it could be a
seminal moment in our ght for democ-
racy. It would share a message that peo-
ple for decades have been trying to share
without resounding success. While there
will be little at the convention that wont
be scripted, this could be one of the few
unscripted moments and would receive
widespread coverage. The speech the
nominee would make could end with
the same eloquent words that Boozer
used in 1980, And so, my fellow Demo-
crats, in keeping with the faith which has
made this nation great, in keeping with
the promise of the American vision, and
in keeping with the belief that we are all
equal Americans, I respectfully withdraw
my nomination.
The time has come for the Demo-
cratic Party to stand for marriage equal-
ity and to stand up for the people of the
District of Columbia in our ght for de-
mocracy. These blemishes on our nation
can be removed if we are willing to stand
strong as a party and work toward these
goals together.
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Foolish ght over a
new neighborhood
business in Shaw
Its often a simple choice for D.C. resi-
dents in neighborhoods with growing pop-
ulations street corner drug dealing or
local development, abandoned storefronts
or new amenities, livable avenues offering
community interaction or desolate strips
without eyes on the street.
Or so you would think.
Thats the battle currently being waged
near 8th Street and Florida Avenue in the
rapidly developing Shaw/LeDroit Park
neighborhood of northwest Washington
a couple of blocks from Nellies Sports
Bar, a block south of Town Danceboutique,
down the street from the newly refurbished
historic Howard Theatre and near the
Shaw-Howard University Metro station and
the adjacent Progression Place mixed-use
205-unit apartment and 20,000-square-foot
ground level retail property with an adjoin-
ing 50,000-square-foot ofce building un-
dergoing construction.
The planned All Souls Bar to ll a
modest empty space at the street corner
end of a small retail strip of quaint older
commercial storefronts adjacent to a CVS
pharmacy, home to both a tailor shop and
pizza restaurant has ignited a liquor li-
censing conict fueled by a tiny cadre of
neighborhood busybodies.
A small number are opposing the pro-
posed establishment, to occupy less than
800 square feet with a maximum capac-
ity of only 50 seats and serving a traditional
American menu. The venture, planned for
the deserted space at 725 T St., N.W., origi-
nally constructed as stables and featuring an
interior tin ceiling, has unleashed an all-too-
common overblown regulatory brouhaha.
The conict was aired again last week at
a public meeting conducted by Myla Moss,
the Advisory Neighborhood Commission
(ANC) member for the area. One of the
most vocal objectors has been a Maryland
resident whose connection is limited to his
girlfriend living around the corner next to
the abandoned retail space.
Most area residents, long frustrated by
the neglected storefront as well as the
open-air drug dealing and evening clusters
of disreputable characters ruling the cor-
ner welcomed the news announced last
October by the Prince of Petworth commu-
nity blog that respected former Jaleo and
Zaytinya restaurants manager David Batista
hoped to open at the spot.
Fliers distributed in the area object to
granting a liquor license for the restaurant
bar due to its location within 400 feet of a
school the Cleveland Elementary School
across the street. Normally such proximity
would preclude an alcohol license for the
business. However, the law allows an ex-
ception for licensing in areas where there is
a prior license of the same type within the
restricted zone. As a result of the property
being midway between the bustling 9th
Street and developing 7th Street commer-
cial corridors and a variety of restaurants
and bars, the location is fully eligible for an
alcohol service permit.
In addition to legally required mantra-
like objections to peace, order and qui-
et, licensing opponents claim that the
business will cause harm to schoolchildren
if they witness patrons seated outside sip-
ping beer or wine with their meal, or even if
they see alcohol products being delivered
to the business.
Never mind that one long-time resident
refers to the corner as akin to the HBO
series The Wire. Protesting residents
apparently consider visual exposure to al-
cohol more worrisome than the drug sales,
troublesome loitering and public urination
occurring on the street.
To facilitate progress and maneuver
around the obstacles thrown up by neighbor-
hood nannies intent on preventing the estab-
lishment from opening, entrepreneur Batista
has agreed to revise the licensing application
to initially restrict the business to a 5 p.m.
opening on weekdays and defer a request
for early evening outdoor patio service.
This outsized power wielded by chronic
complainers confounds area residents de-
siring an enhanced streetscape and limits
the potential success of the enterprise.
Batista could also be forced to sign a no-
toriously inappropriately named Volun-
tary Agreement including further operat-
ing constraints.
It is long overdue for the District to re-
form its overly cumbersome and unneces-
sarily contentious liquor license labyrinth
thwarting economic development and
community amenities adding vibrancy and
vitality to urban neighborhoods. Fairness
and common sense require that the inordi-
nate ability of so few to dictate regulatory
policy and city landscapes should end.
Im willing to bet a craft beer at All Souls
Bar if and when it nally opens that
elected city ofcials lack the courage to
make that happen.
Next weeks poetry
festival features array
of queer voices
Few things mystify people more than po-
etry. What do you do? a woman asked me
recently at a gathering. Im a poet, I said.
Oh, thats your hobby, she said, repeating,
what do you do?
Plato blamed the problems of his Repub-
lic on poets and, centuries later, renowned
queer poet W. H. Auden famously said that
poetry makes nothing happen. To many, we
bards are, at best, hopeless romantics and
playful dreamers or, even worse, kooks who
do little that is useful.
Next week, these misperceptions of
poetry will be blown to smithereens! From
March 22-25 in venues throughout Washing-
ton, D.C., the biennial Split This Rock festival
(splitthisrock.org) will celebrate poetry
especially, the poetry of social justice and
community building. The festival will present
poets who believe in the power of poetry
to restore hope in the possibility of change,
Split This Rock director Sarah Browning
told the Blade, we live in a golden age of
American poetry, in the midst of a gorgeous
owering of poetry of conscience.
Queer poets have been on the cutting
edge of this revival, Browning added.
Split This Rock will feature workshops, pan-
els and readings on topics ranging from Po-
etry from the Homefront (featuring the poetry
of military families) to Intersecting Lineages: a
Solidarity Showcase of African-American and
Asian-American Poets to Beauty Is a Verb:
The New Poetry of Disability.
There will be a signicant queer quotient
at the festival. Several events will honor June
Jordan, the renowned bisexual, African-
American poet, teacher and erce advocate
of LGBT rights who died in 2002. Minnie
Bruce Pratt, whose book Crimes Against
Nature about being a lesbian mother of
two sons was the Lamont Poetry selection of
the Academy of American Poets in 1987, will
be a featured reader at Split This Rock.
Other queer-themed events will include
readings by Julie Enszer, editor of Milk
and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Les-
bian Poetry, local poet Venus Thrash, Kevin
Simmonds, editor of Collective Brightness:
LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spiritu-
ality and Philip Clark, co-editor, Persistent
Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS.
Political poetry isnt this...hackneyed
genre ..., Simmonds emailed me, lasting
poetry comes out of a struggle against pow-
er struggles that have oppressed women,
minorities and LGBTIQ people.
Jordan wrote poems that were searing in
their depiction of injustice. In an age when
womens reproductive rights are under attack
and the 99 percent struggle against econom-
ic inequality, Jordans poetry rings truer than
ever. Alone on the streets/alone not being
the point/the point being that I cant do what
I want/to do with my own body because I
am the wrong/sex the wrong age the wrong
skin, she writes in Poem about My Rights.
The diverse voices that will be present at
Split This Rock reect the festivals commit-
ment to advance Jordans declaration
of poetry for the people which claims po-
etry can change the world and save lives,
Thrash emailed the Blade.
For LGBT poets, changing minds and
saving lives is a stark reality, Thrash added.
Far from being ethereal something
thats out there in the clouds poetry can
help energize and unify communities. I had
that experience in the early years of wom-
ens liberation, when crowds of hundreds
would come to poetry readings as part of
lesbian community building and community
organizing, Pratt e-mailed me.
Poetry was one of the earliest forms of
gay and lesbian self-expression from the
time of Sappho and the poems of the Greek
Anthology, Clark told the Blade. Every
cultural moment ... LGBT people have g-
ured prominently has had a poetic current,
he said. Gay poetry anthologies were key
books for many gay men in the 1970s, dur-
ing the ush of gay liberation.
Today, in the midst of the recession and
the marriage equality ght, we need poetry
as never before. Good poetry concerns
itself...with laying aside...divisive bullshit,
Simmonds said.
Cut through the BS. Check out Split
This Rock.
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22 MARCH 1, 2012 OUR BUSl NESS MATTERS
Vl EWFOl NT
Kathi Wolfe is a writer, poet and regular contributor
to the Blade. She can be reached through this
publication.
Cutting through the BS at Split This Rock
Mark Lee is a local small business manager and long-
time community business advocate. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
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board of directors for the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin.
NPR, MSNBC devotees
no better informed than
Fox, Rush fans
By ROBERT TURNER &
MIKE HUBBARD
Some things are true even if Fox News
says they are so, and one such truth is that
most of the mainstream media are solidly
on the left. This may be in the interest of
the gay left, but not necessarily in the best
interest of the gay community as a whole.
The 24-hour news media thrive on con-
ict. After all, if there were no conicts,
there would be very few (if any) stories.
The trouble with liberal bias is the story
tends to be the same rehashed struggle of
good liberals against bad conservatives.
First off, goodness and badness are
bipartisan. Neither side has a monopoly
on vice or virtue. It might be comforting
to think that your side is always the good
guys, but if you think so then youre ly-
ing to yourself. If your news sources range
from NPR to MSNBC to Daily Kos, youre
misleading yourself as much as the per-
son who gets all his news from Fox and
Townhall and Rush Limbaugh.
Second, just because liberals are often
better than conservatives on gay issues
doesnt mean that they always are. We at
Log Cabin Republicans know this, which
is why a signicant number of our press
releases are critical of our party. When
liberal bias gets involved, however, the
news gets seriously warped.
When Cindy McCain, the wife of former
GOP presidential candidate John McCain,
mentioned that many if not most Republi-
cans arent motivated by anti-gay feelings,
some people on the left jumped on her
comments. Its worth noting that she is right:
plenty of conservatives have gay friends and
family (or are gay themselves) and vote for
Republicans because of other issues.
Nevertheless, some liberals wanted to
score political points. They pointed to an-
ti-gay Republicans and ask if Mrs. McCain
had been paying attention. That she has
participated in the pro-gay NoH8 cam-
paign seems to have either passed these
liberals by, or mattered little to them.
It is certainly true that many conserva-
tives and Republicans could improve their
gay rights record but so can some lib-
erals and Democrats. Mitt Romney has de-
servedly taken some grief for, as governor
of Massachusetts, sending friendly procla-
mations to gay Pride parades, and letters
to Log Cabin, and then, as a presidential
candidate, running as Mr. Anti-Gay Mar-
riage.
But liberals have let slide a state senator
Barack Obama being in favor of gay mar-
riage and a President Obama struggling
(his press secretarys word) or evolving
(his words to an HRC dinner) with the is-
sue. To hold presidents and presidential
candidates to the same standard would
seem to be elementary journalism. But
liberal bias hangs conservatives out to dry
while letting liberals off the hook when
on the hook is where they belong.
Two years ago, when Democrats con-
trolled the White House and both houses
of Congress, not much was done. Nancy
Pelosi famously said, not now, when
asked about repealing Dont Ask, Dont
Tell and passing a trans-inclusive em-
ployment nondiscrimination bill. There
was very little uproar, in the press or by
activists. There were, of course, a few ex-
ceptions. Back then, the National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force said, We have heard
that the ofcial whip is completed and that
there are enough votes to pass ENDA in
committee and in the House. Today, we
still await passage of ENDA. But now, it is
Republicans who get the blame for it.
As we have said before, each day, we
discover more moderate and conserva-
tive Republicans all over the country who
are coming to the realization that inclu-
sion does win.
Were lucky to have true pioneers like
the state legislators in New York, Wash-
ington, New Jersey, and closer to home,
Maryland, who voted for marriage equal-
ity, including Maryland state Sen. Allan
Kittleman. Nationally, we have great allies
and champions in Congress. We need
more. Electing more inclusive Republi-
cans to Congress is the most important
mission of Log Cabin Republicans.
Media bias keeps us from seeing the
world as it is. Some conservatives are
friendly to gays, just as some liberals
arent. When we tolerate biased media,
were tolerating self-deception. It seems
as though liberal interests are not the
same as gay interests. Liberal or conser-
vative, we should agree that media bias
doesnt help gays.
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By JULIETTE EBNER
Summer may still be a few months away,
but many area camps are already lling up.
Here are a few LGBT-welcoming places to
check out.
Adventure Theatre (7300 MacArthur
Blvd., Glen Echo) has a summer camp for
children ages 6 to 15. There are six sessions,
including a mini session at the beginning of
the summer. The mini session lasts a week,
while the regular sessions last two weeks,
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The sessions end in four full-scale
productions with costumes and props on
the theaters main stage.
The mini session is $400 plus a $14
registration fee and the two-week sessions
are $800 plus the registration fee. There is
also before and after care available at an
addition price.
For more information and to begin
registration, visit adventuretheatre.org.
Silver Stars Gymnastics has two
locations in the area in Silver Spring (2701
Pittman Drive) and Bowie (14201 Woodcliff
Court) with summer camp programs for
children ages 3 and a half to 15.
Silver Stars gives kids the opportunity
to learn cartwheels, navigate the monkey
bars and climb the ropes. There are also
nine different trampolines for children to
safely learn to jump, tuck, twist and ip.
Full days run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. with half days running from 9 a.m. to
noon. Sessions last a week and are $290
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exception of the week of July 4, which is
$220 full day and $160 full day.
Parents also have the option for
extended mornings for an additional $25
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For more information, visit gosilverstars.
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CommuniKids Preschool and Children
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camps for children ages 2 and a half to 6.
The D.C. location (4719 Wisconsin Ave.,
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for children ages 2 and a half to 6. The
Falls Church location (510 N. Washington
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ages 2 and a half to 6 and Arabic and
Mandarin Chinese for children ages 3
to 6. Both locations offer morning and
afternoon extended care.
Each session, starting July 16, runs a
week, with half-day and full-day options.
A full-day session, running from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m., ranges from $375 to $400 and
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For more information and to see multi-
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Georgetown Day School offers many
different camps, including an option to
design your own camp.
For children in pre-school up to fth
grade, there is a day camp that runs from
June 18 to Aug. 17. There are also sports
camps, including soccer from July 2 to
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Aug. 3. Theres a math camp from June
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throughout the summer and a typing
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a week with varying times.
Teens rising to sixth grade up to 12th
grade have their own programs. Theres a
dance camp from June 18 to 29 for different
levels, theater camps focusing on acting,
the technical side and playwriting from July
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summer, lm and animation from Aug. 20
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For more information and to register,
visit gds.org. Camp locations and prices
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The YMCA in D.C. offers a variety of
camps for kids of all ages.
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campers to experience programs from
other camps, Cooking Delight, where
campers learn the basics of cooking and
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Amaris Perrier-Combs can count from
one to 20.
Shes working on the alphabet. Shes
fully potty trained. She speaks in full
sentences. The 3-year-olds parents are
noticing new skills emerge all the time.
The latest thing Ive noticed is shes
starting to put words to her feelings, says
Renee Perrier, a local social worker whos
raising her daughter with partner Karen
Combs in D.C.s Brookland neighborhood.
She can say, Im mad, or, You hurt my
feelings, or, Im happy, or, I had a great day
today. Were able to have a dialogue now.
It might sound like typical child
development stuff for her age, but Perrier
and Combs say its doubly touching to
them because of the greater number of
steps same-sex couples have to take to
become parents but also because of some
things in Perriers past.
Its easy to see shes just totally
comfortable in her own skin, Perrier
says of Amaris. It took me many years of
therapy to be at that place, so to see her
have that condence is really amazing to
me. Shes hitting all the milestones in terms
of development and shes having just a
very wide circle of cultural and diverse
experiences. Shes just an incredible child.
Like many same-sex couples in the region,
Perrier and Combs took the Maybe Baby
classes offered by Rainbow Families D.C.,
a local LGBT family resource non-prot.
Its an eight-week class designed for LGBT
prospective parents, single or partnered, who
are considering parenthood and interested
in learning more about the options available
for building a family. Its $125 for an individual
or $250 per couple for the class. The fee
includes a one-year membership to Rainbow
Families D.C. (rainbowfamiliesdc.org).
Perrier and Combs found it incredibly
helpful.
I like that it was not just inclusive but just
as the title suggests, its for people who are
considering as I like to call it purposeful
parenting, Perrier says. This really helps
you make an informed decision is this for
us, is this not for us, because maybe it isnt.
Where are you in that process? Theyre very
knowledgeable about it and youre with a
group of people who are considering the
same things. How do you conceive? Known
donor, unknown, anonymous all those
things are invaluable.
The group offers two or three sets
of the classes each year. Originally a
program of Whitman-Walker Health under
its Lesbian Services umbrella, Rainbow
Families D.C., which grew out of an AOL
listserv group, started overseeing the
classes about four years ago. It has about
300 LGBT families on its roster who pay
the $35 annual membership fee, which
keeps the groups expenses covered.
And the classes have been popular
theres always a waiting list for the
upcoming sessions. Classes are held
separately for men and women. Men have
shown increased interest in the classes in
recent years, organizers say.
Its been wonderful to see, particularly
among men, says Ellen Kahn, board
president. I think more and more men
are saying, This is how I see myself, this is
the future I want you see more men at
the Rainbow Families events pushing a
stroller or chasing their kid around the
opportunities are greater than they were 10
or 20 years ago. Were still a minority, youre
still going to be one of maybe only ve
families in your school and there are still a lot
of people who dont get it so not all our
work is done, but thats one of the things we
talk about, the legal issues and support in
the workplace. Those are the kinds of things
you get to do in the eight-week sessions, the
practical things, the legal things, adoption,
whats real life look like, what are the friendly
neighborhoods and so on.
Kahn, whos been volunteering in the
womens classes for years, knows a lot of
this from rst-hand experience. She and
her partner Julie have two kids Ruby, 12,
and Jasper, 8. She says a lot has changed
in the years since they started their family.
Kahn says in addition to the increased
interest from gay men, lesbian couples
are starting their families at younger ages
than in previous years.
The median age used to be like 37-
38, now its like 31-32, Kahn says. These
younger couples are getting married if they
can and theyve got their plan and theyre
more aware that theyre going to have kids.
My generation, it was like, can we do it,
how would we do it, there was this sense of
stepping into new territory but our current
generation of men and women have seen
more positive representations of LGBT
parents and the opportunities are greater
than ever, so its interesting. Its almost a
more traditional approach to family building
where you get married, have a kid .
Theres a lot more condence and certainty
and thats been wonderful to see.
Richard Imirowicz, a local child
psychologist whos adopted two sons
Parker, 9, and Dylan, 4 with his partner,
Terrance Heath, took the classes rst by
himself then again after he and Heath
began their relationship in 2000.
I just always knew I wanted this,
Imirowicz says. Even as a kid, Id be in
church and see the Catholic stages of life
baptized, married, have kids and I just
knew I wanted a family except I also knew
I wanted to marry a man, not a woman.
He says the classes made the process of
starting a family very comfortable and real.
Heath now co-facilitates Maybe Baby
classes and says he wants to make sure
its a resource available to other people.
Lisa Prillaman and her partner, Heather
Murray, chose another path a sperm donor
for Murray for what they call the good old-
fashioned way. Their daughter is 9 months
old and they declined to give her name.
Prillaman says the course helped them
weigh their options.
It was very helpful in getting us going,
she says.
Matthew OHara had gone through the
class and was a foster parent to his son,
Elijah, 5, before he and his partner Patrick
Koontz got together and jointly adopted
Elijahs sister, Mackenzie, 3. Theyve set up
house together on the Hill.
OHara says the hurdles to same-sex
parenting can feel overwhelming and
daunting but those with tenacity can
make it happen.
It denitely has this element where
everything feels so intentional, he says. You
have lawyers and social workers and all this stuff
swirling around, you have to take training, you
have to be CPR certied but I had a colleague
tell me several years ago, she was an adoptive
mom, a straight woman, and she had adopted
two kids and she told me that adopted kids
nd you and I always remember that when I
get overwhelmed with all the rigmarole. Its
not all bad a lot of it is good stuff, but it
can be crazy and chaotic because you have all
this going on in addition to the potty training
and on top of jobs, but more and more, you
know, when we feel stressed about getting
everything done or feel tired or were worrying
about nances or which D.C. schools are good
enough for our kids, its just the way it goes. Im
very proud of the house we set up and how it
all came together.
From left are MATTHEW OHARA, ELIJAH OHARA, MACKENZIE OHARA and PATRICK
KOONTZ, a D.C. family.
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RENEE PERRIER (left) and KAREN COMBS with their daughter, AMARIS PERRIER-COMBS, 3.
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Overcoming antiquated
misconceptions about
fathers
By DAWN ELAINE BOWIE
Early in my practice as a Maryland family
law attorney I realized that the cases I loved
the most were the ones involving good
fathers. For almost two-and-a-half years, I
focused my practice exclusively on them.
The most challenging cases were those
involving men who didnt t traditional
stereotypes men who were victims of
domestic violence, or men who married
and had children, then realized their sexual
orientation was as a gay or bisexual man.
The bottom line is, if you are a man who
chose to marry and have children, and
then end your marriage in order to live a
more authentic life as a gay man, many of
the same stereotypes that existed in the
late 70s persist in family courts today. This
is not so much so for lesbians.
Despite signicant research to the contrary,
there are still many antiquated and active
fears about gay fathers. Some common and
persistent misconceptions are:
Assumption No. 1: Gay fathers have
children to disguise their homosexuality.
Too often, the man is seen as somehow
tricking the woman into marriage and
children, or worse, as being so lacking in self-
awareness as to have been unstable when
the marriage was formed. This assumption
leads to the faulty conclusion that such a
person must be fundamentally dishonest.
Assumption No. 2: Gay fathers might
molest their children (especially sons). Or
the gay father might expose his children
to other gay men who will molest them.
This myth has been debunked for years
by scholarly research showing that
heterosexual men are far more likely to
molest children than are gay men.
Assumption No. 3: Boys raised by gay
fathers will become gay themselves (or, if
they are girls, will become promiscuous).
Gay fathers are often more sensitive than
many men to the difculty of developing
a strong personal identity. Thus they
are often more supportive in giving their
children support in developing their own
identities, whatever those turn out to be.
Assumption No. 4: Children raised by
gay fathers are more likely to be subject
to bullying or teasing by peers. It isnt
what a child is subject to that matters as
much as the tools he or she has to handle
it. As society becomes more polarized
into an us v. them mentality, it isnt likely
to matter what label a kid has, bullying is
bound to increase. Gay fathers often have
learned rst-hand how to deal with the
mean kids, so they are more likely to have
apt tools to deal with bullying.
When a gay man comes out during
marriage, the divorce process is often
complicated because wives in these
relationships can be unusually selsh and
controlling. For the children of these
marriages, life before divorce is almost
always colored by conict, even if the
conict is unspoken. The divorce process
is often especially hard.
However, gay fathers who have the
courage to end their marriages and
live authentic lives, offer their children
substantial gifts the end to years
of conflict and tension, the example
of an adult with the courage to be
true to himself, and the strength of
a dad who knows how to navigate
the frequently treacherous waters of
human experience.
Gay Dads
and divorce
Dawn Elaine Bowie is a family law attorney. Reach her via
marylandfamilylawrm.com.
Gay fathers who have the courage to end their marriages and live authentic lives offer their children
substantial gifts.
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When Jen Corey, a straight 24-year-old
Chevy Chase resident, was asked to judge
the Miss Gay D.C. pageant in 2010, she
had no idea what to expect.
Id never even met a drag queen or
female illusionist, Corey, who was asked
because of her Miss America success
she made the top 10 that year, says. Id
seen The Birdcage, that was about it. I
didnt know anything but it was refreshing
to see how much it paralleled the Miss
America pageant and I was really
impressed, impressed with how all the
details work together. I mean, they know
how to do hair and makeup better than I
do. I was so impressed with how seriously
they took it. I really thought it would be a
little bit of a joke, but it wasnt at all.
Competing is a hardcore business
contestants, who must have had no
augmentation from the neck down, bring
an impressive level of talent and detail to
the contests, both for the Miss D.C. title
and the national Miss Gay America title.
And the hard work and determination
is paying off on the national level. Three
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represented D.C. in the contest. They
arent all D.C. residents the local title
doesnt have a residency requirement
but the District has an impressive track
record at nationals.
In addition to four top 10 nishes at
nationals, three Miss Gay D.C. America
titleholders have taken the national crown
Victoria DePaula (Carl Glorioso) in 2008
(for the 2009 title), Coti Collins (David
Lowman) in 2010 and Kirby Kolby (Mark
Smith) in 2011. Promoter Robert York
bought the D.C. franchise in 2006 and
helped increase its prominence nationally
(prior to 2006, only one Miss D.C. winner
had won nationals Sabrina White in
2002).
York, a former Mr. Gay U.S.A. regional
title holder, and a group of friends saw the
potential within the region and thought
it would be fun to try to raise its prole.
The contest had been in existence since
1984 but next weekends event is its 25th
(it wasnt held a few years). Now York runs
it with his friend Brian Alexander. He says
the appeal for him is the chance the forum
gives those involved to give back to the
community in a fun way.
Weve seen some really talented
people over the seven years who are
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COTI COLLINS (David Lowman) being crowned Miss Gay America 2011.
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VICTORIA DEPAULA (Carl Glorioso) being crowned Miss Gay America 2009.
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KIRBY KOLBY (Mark Smith) taking the national title at last years event.
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Sharon Humes knew she wanted to be in the D.C. Kings as soon as she learned
there was such a group. Her best friend was doing it rst and told her about it.
I was thinking, Wow, you can actually dress like a guy and perform, oh yeah
I wanna try this. I never thought it would grow into something like this.
Humes, a 40-year-old Brentwood, Md., native, did her rst show with the
Kings in 2003. Last weekend she helped the group celebrate its 12
th
anniversary
at Phase 1 the original location in Eastern Market.
Her alter ego Rocky comes from a name her late mother used to call her.
I was a pretty rough-and-tumble kid, Humes says. I hit my head or skinned
my knee, I didnt care. Id go right back at it. She called me that from the time I
was really young, like as far back as age 7, so it just kinda stuck.
Humes enjoys lip-syncing to all kinds of music from silky R&B by Usher
and Luther Vandross to hip-hop acts like Twista and Busta Rhymes to dance
hall reggae by her favorite in that eld, Sean Paul. She calls performing with
the Kings a great stress releaser and says she loves the way members are
exceedingly polite and helpful with each other and the way newer kings defer
to the veteran performers.
Shes also into gospel music she directs the choir at her church, Unity Fellowship.
Humes lives in Glen Burnie and says that although the frequent trips into
Washington for the Kings and church can get tiring, she loves the peace and
quiet of Glen Burnie. By day she works as a service adviser at a car dealership in
College Park shes the liaison between the mechanics and customers.
Humes is in a new relationship. She enjoys working out and listening to music
in her free time.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT
AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST
PERSON TO TELL?
I have been out since I was 22. When
I met this girl and we started going
out, I conded in my niece and she was
questioned by my Mom. She never
conrmed with me. She already knew. All
mothers know their kids.
WHOS YOUR LGBT HERO?
My LGBT hero is my pastor, Rev. Abena
D. McCray. She has helped me with my walk
to get closer to God. She is here for one
purpose and that is to be His messenger.
WHATS WASHINGTONS BEST
NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT?
Tracks! Oh man ... being 22 going to
the clubs with all those women who liked
women like me?! Heaven. There are a lot
of memories there, parties, new friends
and relationships. Great spot.
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING.
Having had a commitment ceremony
before, I tried to make it a dream
wedding. I know that I will get married
again. But just loving someone enough
to know that marriage is in the cards
the second time around is the dream
wedding!
WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU
MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I am very passionate about our young
boys (regardless of race) wearing their
clothes (pants) off their behinds. That
bothers me that so many of our young
people are followers. More youth
programs are needed so that our young
people will have someplace to congregate
and nd alternatives to gun violence.
WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME
WOULD YOU CHANGE?
I would be interested to change the
assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. I
feel like there were so many other things
that could have been achieved had
he not been killed. I envision Dr. King
mentoring the president.
WHATS BEEN THE MOST
MEMORABLE POP CULTURE
MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME?
How all the 80s fashion has come full
circle. Ive seen everything from skinny
jeans to shnets, big bamboo earrings,
mohawks, Members Only jackets and
the latest penny loafers.
ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST?
I insist that whatever I do, it is done to the
best of my ability. That goes as far as helping
a customer with their car to performing in a
show. Even when Im making breakfast
presentation is important.
WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK
POST OR TWEET?
To my girlfriend, telling her how much
I appreciate her.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT
WOULD THE TITLE BE?
From Sharon To Rocky: Meeting Of
The Minds. This simply means that
my thought process in my work life has
come full circle with my personal life.
I am 100 percent complete mentally,
physically and spiritually.
IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO
CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I know I was born to be this way. I
wouldnt change anything.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
I believe that there is a higher power. I
believe that this entity is the reason why I
am still here. My hope and faith in my God
helps me through lifes trials. It was my
relationship with God that I was able to get
through my mothers passing much easier
than I would have eight short years ago.
WHATS YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
MOVEMENT LEADERS?
Whatever you do, please keep it up.
I can only speak for myself but positive
changes are happening.
WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS
HOT COALS FOR?
It used to be my mom. Shes no longer
here so there would be no one else
unless I had children.
WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
YOU MOST?
One particular stereotype that annoys
me is just because I may be more
masculine and my lady is feminine, that I
MUST be the breadwinner in the house.
That is so far from the truth. Granted,
I love to have a meal prepared for me
but I can cook as well. Being equal in
everything we do keeps the harmony.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
MOVIE?
One of my favorite movies is Noahs
ARC: Jumping the Broom.
WHATS THE MOST OVERRATED
SOCIAL CUSTOM?
That you cant wear white shoes
before Easter or after Labor Day. If you
wanna wear white, wear white! We
wear white once a month to church for
Communion. I think it looks nice.
WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
MOST COVET?
National Junior Honor Society in
eighth grade. I worked really hard to get
straight As all year.
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUD KNOWN
AT 18?
I wish, at the tender age of 18, I would
have known how important it was to
keep your credit in check. I spent a lot of
years trying to clean it up.
WHY WASHINGTON?
Washington is full of diversity as well as
a cultural melting pot. I love it here.
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Gartshore will also perform the show on March 26 at 8 p.m.
GMCW debuts all-male Rocky Horror show
The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington debuts its all-male version of Rocky Horror
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at the G.W. Lisner Auditorium (730 21st Street, N.W.).
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Tickets are $25-$50. Visit gmcw.org for details.
Miller to perform Bach recital
Organist Charles Miller will perform a recital of the works of J.S. Bach on Wednesday
at 7:30 p.m. at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) where hes minister
of music.
The event will consist of Millers all-time Bach organ favorites such as the Toccata and
Fugue in D Minor, Vivace from the Trio Sonata in G Major and famous settings of Bach
pieces by late gay organist Virgil Fox. Miller, too, is openly gay.
The concert is planned to celebrate the composers 327th birthday. Its a benet to
restore the churchs ve-manual pipe organ which was damaged in last years earthquake.
A $20 donation is suggested. Go to nationalcitycc.org for details.
Fonseca spins for St. Paddys event
To celebrate St. Patricks Day, Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) welcomes DJ Hector
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Sucker Punch, a British import now
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who despite racism and assorted other
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to discover success isnt all its cracked up
to be. And while playwright Roy Williams
surfacey script covers varied aspects of
the young athletes lives, the productions
best scenes, by far, take place in the ring.
On the streets of 1980s London, racial
tensions run high and riots are breaking
out. In a rundown boxing gym, two
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exception: the ring is a sunken square
without ropes. And its within that ring
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and spot lit, Leon relays his ascent from
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jeers from the crowd.
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the space into an arena. In a dramatic
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old scores and seek resolution. And it all
happens in the ring.
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Do ings mean youre
afraid of commitment?
By MEGHANN NOVINSKIE &
KIM ROSENBERG
One-night stands exist across the
LGBT spectrum. It happens in all age
brackets. Most people have had at least
one; some have had many. Lots of people
engage in one-night stands because they
can walk away from it and not have to
deal with the consequences of having
a relationship. Sometimes its a rebound
to ll a void in someones life. Others
engage in one-night stands just to be
impulsive and ll their needs quickly one
need at a time. But is someone who has
a few one-night stands also completely
commitment phobic?
There are a lot of people who are
actually relationship minded, but still
engage in one-night stands once in a
while. For these folks, its usually only
on a situational basis right time, right
place. For other relationship-minded
singles, many times these people are
insecure because a serious relationship
doesnt exist. So the physical intimacy
regardless of how brief momentarily
fullls the closeness that a relationship
provides. You dont necessarily need
to group these individuals with the
commitment phobic label attached; but
its a slippery slope.
Rebound one-night stands are
probably the most frequent type of one-
night stands. When a relationship with
significant emotional depth suddenly
ends, it is common for individuals to
fill that emotional void with something
readily accessible in many cases, a
one-night sex fix. Others might turn to
a therapist to work on moving forward;
some will fill the void with alcohol or
drugs. These people cant be tagged
as commitment phobic people as they
will engage in one-night stands to
feed their emptiness, but also want
that committed relationship bond
with someone again in the future, and
usually can work past their issue.
So, when does having one-night
stands mean youre commitment
phobic? First, think about how you
met. Did you meet while partying or
when you were sober tooling around
on Grindr? Do you know this persons
relationship background (i.e., does the
word relationship even exist in this
persons description of his/her past)?
Think of the follow up (or lack thereof)
after you sleep together was there
a phone number exchange or was it
completely anonymous? Consider your
and your partners responses to these
questions, as they may lead you to
conclude (s)hes just a one timer.
If youre reading this article and follow
our column regularly, chances are you
are interested in a relationship and
the dynamics that exist between two
people in a relationship. Though you
may engage in one-night stands, you
might try to facilitate a phone number or
email exchange after physical contact.
Here, you were probably just acting on
your physical needs. If your partner du
jour hesitates or shudders at the thought
of keeping in touch, (s)he is likely
commitment phobic.
Another angle to consider is how you
feel after a one-night stand. Do you feel
ashamed? Do you swear off ever having
another one after the last? Do you hide
these encounters from your friends or
give them the gritty details over brunch
the next day? Signs that you might not
be commitment phobic, but just acting
on impulse, are when you tell close
friends that (s)he really is a good guy/
gal, and secretly hope that youll see
each other again. Even if its something
you keep to yourself, youve got the
idea of being in a lasting relationship,
but were looking for a quick x last
weekend. Commitment phobes will
downplay any type of connection; they
love the challenge of conquering their
latest one-night stand pursuit, and love
the game of seduction.
Someone whos commitment phobic
or one-night stand obsessed typically
has not had a signicant exclusive
relationship in his or her adult life. They
rarely love structure, in general, in their
lives. They will compartmentalize their
life, keeping work, friends and family
completely separate. Commitment
phobes are less able to fully commit
in other aspects of their life, as in their
career, apartment and city of residence.
Again, we understand that
relationships arent for everyone
we want to pull back the curtain on
those who will potentially use you and
your emotions to get you into bed.
Relationship minded people should
beware of these types they exist in all
age brackets, and across all genders and
environments.
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musical showcases the principles, pride and determination that inuenced the
birth of our nation.
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Last weekend at Town Danceboutique,
Team D.C. hosted the eighth annual Team
D.C. Fashion Show and Model Search.
This years show featured fashions from
Universal Gear, The Leather Rack, T.
Christopher, Fireboy Underwear, Body
Aware and Skiviez.
The event rose about $9,000 to fund
the Team D.C. College Scholarship and
to help bring LGBT sports tournaments
to the D.C. area. Aaron Lee Smith was
crowned this years top model.
Since its inception, Team D.C. has
continued to evolve and have become
the leading force in the LGBT sports
community here and also nationally. It
was established in 2003 following the
prior years Gay Games in Sydney when
founder and Executive Director Brent
Minor realized the need for leadership in
the local LGBT sports community.
Over the years we have established
four pillars which are the current focal
points of Team D.C., Minor says. We will
establish a fth pillar in 2013.
Currently the group runs the Night
OUT Series which partners the LGBT
community with local professional sports
teams for an evening of socializing and
watching pro sports games. The original
Night OUT began with the Washington
Nationals and as of last year has grown
to include D.C. United, the Kastles, the
Mystics, the Wizards and the Capitals.
In 2008, Team D.C. created the annual
Team D.C. Champions Awards. This
event honors athletes, supporters and
local businesses that have made a
signicant contribution to the local LGBT
sports community. In recent years, the
Champions Awards have also served as a
showcase for the third tent pole of Team
D.C.s activities.
The Team D.C. College Scholarship
was also founded in 2008 and each year
awards college scholarships to local
openly gay student athletes. Last year,
due in part to the fundraising success of
the fashion show, Team D.C. was able to
award three scholarships to deserving
students.
Last year Team D.C. created the fourth
pillar by establishing the Team D.C. Sports
Council, which consists of representatives
of the afliated sports teams and groups
and is involved in the leadership and
direction of the LGBT sports community
in D.C.
Coming in 2013, Team D.C. along with
a new organization, the Equality Sports
Association, will bring the Freedom
Sports Festival to Washington.
This will not be a mini Gay Games,
Minor says. It will be a regional event
and an opportunity for sports such as
kickball, womens rugby and track to be
showcased. Along with the sporting
events at the festival, the group is planning
to tie in with an LGBT sports hall of fame
to be headquartered in D.C.
Minor hopes the model established
here in D.C. will be replicated in other cities
across the country. We are planning to
bring the fashion show to eight other cities
with the nals to be held in D.C., Minor
says. The event is a great opportunity to
strengthen and organize the respective
citys LGBT sports community. By having
a vehicle to raise funds, each city will be
able to launch their own LGBT sports
scholarships and sports activities.
On April 12 at Room & Board at 7 p.m.,
Team D.C. will host SportsFest, a recruiting
event for all 28 of the local LGBT sports
teams. Members of each team will be on
hand to market their teams and hopefully
gain new members.
Check out all the teams at teamdc.org.
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Scantily clad hunks
Models at last weekend's Team D.C. Fashion Show. This year's top model was AARON LEE SMITH,
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Toyota Yaris SE
$17,500
Mpg: 30 city/38 highway
0-to-60 mph: 9.3 seconds
Despite the playful name and fuel-friendly
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anymore. Toyota gave this redo a ner t
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with tuner-like suspension, tight handling
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mph in less time than its competitors.
VW Jetta GLI Autobahn
$26,000
Mpg: 24 city/33 highway
0-to-60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Theres a reason VW calls this the
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hp turbo to the grippy 18-inch wheels,
this high-performance midsizer ies down
the freeway. Even congested city driving
is a breeze, as you jet past pokey drivers.
Theres been a lot of talk about VW putting
fewer features and less-rened materials
in its vehicles all to make these cars more
affordable. But, luckily, that didnt happen
here. The quiet interior boasts bolstered
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touch), automatic up/down windows and
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inconveniently located in the glove box, the
premium Fender sound system makes up
for it. So does the growling exhaust rumble,
which is as good as any Porsche or Ferrari.
Mercedes C250
$37,500
Mpg: 21 city/31 highway
0-to-60 mph: 7.4 seconds
Drivers looking for a timeout from stiff
BMW-like rides will nd solace in the
C-Class coupe. Along with a completely
new four-cylinder turbo powerful yet
fuel-efcient theres a smooth seven-
speed transmission. Steering, handling
and braking are all precise. And, except for
the cramped backseat, the upscale cabin
feels like a spa treatment both calming
and invigorating at the same time. As with
most Mercedes, this one is full of high-
end options: nav system, voice controls,
headlight washers, panoramic sunroof,
power rear sunshade and a helpful parking-
sensor system. Added bonus: a nifty safety
system monitors the driver for signs of
drowsiness or inattention to the road.
Jaguar XF Supercharged
$70,000
Mpg: 15 city/21 highway
0 to 60 mph: 5.0 seconds
Proving that everything old is new
again, Jaguar has reinvented itself once
more. Initially a purely British marque,
the company was sold rst to Ford and
then, in 2008, to Indian automaker Tata.
But instead of diluting the brand, Jags
now seem even more plush. There are
better performers out there (the BMW
M5 and Audi A7 spring to mind) but no
automaker has been able to copy Jags
iconic styling, especially on the exterior.
Inside, theres enough mystique and a bit
of whimsy to excite any driver: the start
button pulsates red, the air vents rotate
when opening and the gear selector
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once the car is turned on.
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Green Lantern (1335 Green Court)
hosts Mamas Trailer Park Dance
Party tonight upstairs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
and Pop Goes the World: International
Dance Party, downstairs starting at 10
p.m. with DJs Aaron Riggins, Della Volla
and AVM. Cover is $5 for the Pop. For more
information, visit greenlanterndc.com.
Lady Lenore and the eMpire
presents The A List Show tonight at
Remingtons (6396 Pennsylvania Ave.,
S.E.). The show starts at 11:30 p.m. and
there is a $10 cover. For more information,
visit remingtonswdc.com.
The HIV Working Group will be doing
Outreach tonight at Town (2009 8th St.,
N.W.) during Bear Happy Hour starting at 7
p.m. and continuing throughout the night
until midnight. Volunteers are needed. For
more information, visit thedccenter.org.
Strathmores Friday Night Eclectic
continues tonight with a St. Patricks Day
celebration featuring Vox Populi and
Euphonism, two of D.C.s a capella groups
at the Mansion (10701 Rockville Pike,
North Bethesda) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10
in advance and $12 at the door. Doors
open at 8 p.m. For more information and
to purchase tickets, visit strathmore.org.
Group GrooveLily plays Wolf Trap (1645
Trap Rd., Vienna) tonight at 8 p.m. with
Sleeping Beauty Wakes: In Concert. The
story takes place in a sleep disorder clinic,
with Sleeping Beauty displaced after
several hundred years of sleeping.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave.,
N.W.) has a new exhibit on display, Tracks,
featuring photographs by Paul McCutchen.
The exhibit will be up through April 1. The
gallery is open from11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more
information, visit touchstonegallery.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Spunk-E Productions presents Ink at
Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.)
tonight from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring
music by DJ T-one and St. Patricks Day
drink specials all night.
Zeba Bar (3423 14th St., N.W.) hosts
Ottomania: A Transglobal Balkanic
Dance Party tonight from 10 p.m. to 3
a.m. with DJs BEATrix, India Nile/DJ Trash
and vANNIEty Kills with special guest DJ
Meat Hook. This is a free event.
The Ladies of LURe present Bare
tonight with at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.)
with DJS Rosie and Keenan and the
DysRuXion Dancers from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
John Eaton plays Wolf Trap (1645 Trap
Rd., Vienna) tonight with bassist Tommy
Cecil at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can
be purchased online at wolftrap.org.
Comedian Barry Rothbart performs
at Riot Act Comedy Theater (801 E St.,
N.W.) tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets
range from $17 to $20 and are available
online at riotactcomedy.com.
Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) presents
Right Rounds 10th anniversary party
tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and
available online at blackcatdc.com.
Evolve Urban Arts Project (1375
Maryland Ave., N.E.) is hosting a meet
and greet with artist Beth Cartland for
her exhibit, Texture, Line and Color, on
display through March 23.
STR8-N-UP Productions presents The
Dance, a play that follows two women
and the men in their lives through their
experiences with HIV and their opposite
outcomes, tonight at the THEARC Theater
(1907 Mississippi Ave., S.E.) at 3 and 7 p.m.
There is no admission and free HIV testing
will be provided on site.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18
Monet Dupree presents A Throw
Back Party tonight at Remingtons (639
Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) at 8 p.m.
Professionals in the City and the D.C.
Center are hosting a speed dating
event for lesbian and bisexual women
at Chi-Cha Lounge (1624 U St., N.W.) from
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight. Attendees will
date for about an hour and then be able
to mingle with everyone. After the event,
matches can be made online. Tickets
are $30 if purchased by Friday. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Busboys & Poets presents Borderlines:
A Bilingual Spanish-English Open
Mic tonight at 5 p.m. in the Zinn room
of its Hyattsville location (5331 Baltimore
Ave., Suite 104) hosted by Henry Mills. The
sign-up sheet opens at 4 p.m.
Comedian Brad Trackman performs
at Riot Act Comedy Theater (801 E St.,
N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and
available online at riotactcomedy.com.
MONDAY, MARCH 19
The D.C. Center Development
Committee is meeting today from 7 to 8
p.m. at the Center (1318 U St., N.W.). The
committee works to enhance and diversify
the Centers nancial resources.
Busboys & Poets presents Other
Peoples Poetry tonight its Shirlington
location (4251 S Campbell Ave.) in
Arlington at 8 p.m. hosted by Rebecca
Dupas. Admission wristbands are $4
and will be sold all day in the Global
Exchange store beginning at 10 a.m.
until sold out.
Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave.,
N.W.) hosts La-Ti-Do, a spoken word/
musical theatre cabaret series, tonight
from 8:30 to 10 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20
Kuriosity and Co presents The Main
Event, a weekly talent competition at
Remingtons (639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.).
Showtime is at 9:30 p.m. This weeks theme
is Show Your Talent. Admission is $5.
Celtic Crossroads peforms at Wolf
Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna) tonight at 8
p.m. Tickets are $27 and available online
at wolftrap.org. The group will also be
performing Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
The D.C. Ice Breakers has its monthly
skate and social tonight. The group will
be skating at Kettler Capitals Iceplex (627
N. Glebe Rd.) in Arlington from 8 to 9
p.m. then theyll hit a local bar for a social
hour. Skating is $8 and skate rentals are
$3.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club for gay bridge players meets
tonight for social bridge at the Dignity
Center (721 8th Street, S.E.). No partner
is needed. Visit lambdabridge.com for
details and click on social bridge in
Washington.
LYFE Mentors, a new organization
at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) is
hosting a luncheon to discuss the new
mentoring program for LGBT youth and
recruit new stakeholders in the effort. For
more information, visit thedccenter.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
The Fridge (516 1/2 8th St., S.E.) is
hosting a lecture with Ian Nagosaki with
its multimedia exhibit King Me: Studies
in the Uncivilized World tonight at 7
p.m. The exhibit closes March 29.
The Lambda Sci-Fi Book
Group meets today at 1425 S St.,
N.W. at 7 p.m. This months book is
Glasshouse by Charles Stross. For
more information, email peter.p.knapp@
gmail.com, robgatesdc@gmail.com or
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deeply committed to the art form, he
says. And who are equally committed to
giving back to the community. Weve been
involved with Whitman-Walker Health, the
Trevor Project and so on. Last year, Coti
was really involved with speaking out
against bullying and gay youth. Victoria
did a lot with HIV and AIDS. Its not just
about winning the crown. Its about doing
something with it and giving back.
A new Miss Gay D.C. will be crowned
next weekend at Town. Admission is $10
and those who come to see the pageant
can stay all evening at the club. It starts
at 6 p.m. Contestants will compete in
ve categories interview, evening
gown, male interview, solo talent, group
talent and on-stage question. Hes not
sure how many will compete this year
registrations are accepted until the
day before. Usually just ve or fewer enter
because it takes a lot of preparation. And
though some past contestants have been
in the house casts at Town or Ziegfelds or
active in the Academy of Washington, the
rigors of being a titleholder are often more
than those who perform every weekend
in the clubs can commit to. Winning on
the national level, especially, can be an all-
consuming endeavor. For David Lowman
(Coti Collins), though, it was worth it.
Lowman, who has family in Virginia and
went to college in West Virginia, now lives
in Raleigh, N.C., where hes been for about
eight years. He works by day as a vet assistant
but its a highly exible work situation that
allows him time to leave for months at a
time and perform in Vegas or compete in
pageants. He did La Cage in Vegas for
seven years and does impersonations of
Judy Garland and Dolly Parton on stage. For
three years in the late 90s he was on tour
with Reba McEntire as a sort of drag version
of herself. He eschews the drag label though
and says hes really an actor at heart.
Hed been in pageants years ago he
had a rather ignominious start placing 70 out
of 71 in the 87 contest. But the next year he
made the top 30 and then in 1990 he was in
the top 10. But years of professional work
sidelined him and he took a long hiatus until
2005 when he decided to try again and take
care of what he calls unnished business.
In 2010 he succeeded and was named Miss
Gay America 2011.
I felt complete, he says. It was a goal
and a dream that was fullled. People said,
Youre too old to win a pageant, but never
let anybody else determine your self worth
and I never did. I promoted myself and I
knew what I could do. It was an uphill battle
I was one of the older contestants, but I
was still prepared to win and with the help of
Robert and the D.C. family, I accomplished
my goal.
Former judge Sonya Gavankar-McKay, a
Miss America vet, says shes been pleasantly
surprised at how professional the pageants
are.
These guys really have a sense of
moral character and its impressive, she
says. Theres the drag community and
theyre always a little tongue in cheek and
sassy and fun and thats great, but there is
an expectation in the pageants that these
guys are expected to carry themselves with
decorum and class and it speaks a lot to how
they appreciate and respect their craft.
Lowman says York helped him in some
of his weaker categories of competition
and says though the gowns and wigs can
be expensive, winning was not something a
dollar value could be put upon.
Can you put a price on a dream? No,
you cant, he says. Im a pretty passionate
person and I try to do my best in everything I
do whether its female impersonation, casino
shows or mowing the grass. I want to be the
best I can be. I want to be remembered for
making a difference and changing peoples
lives. Anybody can just rollercoaster through
life, but its the ones who do it with passion
who make the difference.
Winning tradition in
D.C.s drag community
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MISS GAY D.C. AMERICA PAGEANT
March 24
6 to 11 p.m.
Town
2009 8th St., N.W.
Admission: $10 (those who attend can stay at the club all
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A rally against transgender violence at the Rosedale McDonalds on Monday night featured Poliss mother,
grandmother and a crowd of 300, singing We Shall Overcome. Chrissy, no doubt afraid, stayed home.
Her mother, Renee Carr, told the Washington Blade, a gay newspaper, that she supported her daughter
100 percent and added: I even carried her pocketbook on the way to the bus stop as a kid.
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conveyors) or is it strictly by
hand and buckets?
Another question is the
depth of the plumbing lines. If
you already have a bathroom
in your basement, chances are
pretty good that the pipe dives
down within a few feet of
the foundation wall, and can
therefore be lowered below the
level of the new slab without
too much trouble. If you can
see your pipes going through
your foundation wall and
you want to add a bathroom,
itll take a bit more plumbing
work, but it can be done.
The best part is that its
possible to occupy the house
in relative comfort during the
underpinning process. You
may prefer to vacate during
daytime working hours, but
service interruptions can be
kept to a few hours at a time.
New systems are installed
while the existing systems
remain functioning, and tying
into the new system can be
done relatively quickly and
with little disruption.
Finally, while the old oor or
slab is removed it is important to
install a sub-oor perimeter drain
and sump pump. Even if you
have always had a dry basement,
you may now be lower than
your neighbors and attracted
groundwater is managed with a
sump pump system.
Whoever you choose to help
with your underpinning and
basement remodel, make sure
that they have a track record
of successful projects like the
one you are thinking of, secure
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when answering questions
about demographic
makeup of a community
By VALERIE M. BLAKE
I grew up in the 1950s when the typical
American family consisted of a mother (fe-
male) a father (male) and 2.2 smiling kids.
I am an only child, so I never had my
requisite 1.2 siblings. I did, however, have
a Dad who went to work every day in a
Mad Men-esque suit and tie and a stay-
at-home Mom who played after-school
hostess to all the neighborhood latchkey
kids. Aside from a few additional children,
the majority of the neighboring families
were just like us.
The cocktail hour was a daily ritual.
Martinis were made solely of gin and a
whisper of vermouth, garnished with an
olive or a cocktail onion. My parents were
olive people and drank them dirty, with
a teaspoon of olive juice. And yes, they
were shaken, not stirred.
Today we have a plethora of marti-
nis available apple, pear, lemon drop,
pomegranate and even chocolate, to
name just a few. And todays American
family has just as many variations.
Our families may be adult-only or there
may be one, two, or even multiple people
serving as parents to children or caregiv-
ers to elderly relatives. Heads of house-
holds can be single, married, straight, gay
or lesbian, or anything in between. Age is
immaterial. We have biological children,
adopted children, foster children and
blends of yours, mine and ours.
So when I see an advertisement for a
home or subdivision that refers to it as
perfect for families, I have to ask my-
self who theyre really marketing to. Its
no wonder that we have national and lo-
cal fair housing laws that protect people
from discrimination and that many of
them center on relationships in the home.
Familial status, the presence of children
under 18 in the home, is the national fair
housing protected class that immediately
leaps to mind. Discrimination on the basis
of sex (male or female) is also illegal.
D.C. and Maryland prohibit discrimi-
nation based on marital status and sexual
orientation, as well as gender identity in
DC and Montgomery County. Virginia
includes elderliness as a protected class
and similar age discrimination provisions
are in place in D.C. and in several coun-
ties in Maryland.
Real estate agents must be cautious
about how we reply to questions involv-
ing the demographic makeup of a com-
munity, since our responses may be per-
ceived as steering a client toward or away
from a particular home or area, forming
the basis for a complaint of housing dis-
crimination.
Whatever our frame of reference, we
want to help our clients make the right
choices, so here are some ways you can
help us help you during your search for
a new home.
Ler us know specilcally whar you are
looking for in a neighborhood.
Ask lor a rour ol homes in your price
range that have the requisite number of
bedrooms and baths as well as the size,
layout and facilities you may need.
Walk arounc rhe areas you preler
and talk to people on the street; local
residents are usually happy to discuss
neighborhood characteristics that an
agent cannot.
Look lor ameniries rhar you wanr ro
have nearby, such as bike paths, tot lots or
playgrounds, parks and community cen-
ters, and daycare or elder care facilities.
l schools are imporranr ro you, visir
their websites for basic information, then
follow up by talking with administrators
to determine which ones are best suited
for your family members and whether the
neighborhoods you like fall within their
boundaries.
Above all, remember that we cant
presume to know what the word family
means to you and what your needs are
based solely on our own experiences.
My current family, for example, is a
party of four. I have three children who
range in age from 5 to 12 and are covered
with fur. They urinate in the back yard, eat
kibbles off the oor, sleep all day and will
never get a job. Come to think of it, per-
haps were not all that unusual.
Marketing family friendly homes
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If our homes could talk
restoring the Districts past.
By Pablo Lopez and Jennifer Farley
A D V E R T O R I A L
(Note: This is the second of a three-part series on the history of 1420 16
th
Street, NW).
1420 16TH STREET
1420 16th Street was constructed in 1907 during a period of
architectural design known as the Eclectic Movement. Immediately
following the Victorian period, the Eclectic Movement drew on the
full spectrum of architectural tradition Ancient Classical, Medieval,
Renaissance Classical, or Modern for stylistic inspiration. Due to
Wyeths education under the Ecole de Beaux Arts, University of Paris,
and the fact that he spent most of his career dealing with Wash-ingtons
own architectural history, it is not surprising to see a combination of
various American styles and Classical orders in his residential work.
1420 16th Street subtly draws on the then pass Romanesque Revival
Style (1880-1900), while including many distinctive traits of the
Colonial Revival period (1880 to 1955).
An 1885 city ordinance required new construction in Washington D.C. to be of brick masonry.
Brick was locally manufactured and could be juxtaposed with terra cotta or plaster ornament.
Insurance companies began to favor its use in the first steps toward fire prevention, promoting
the new standard to minimize loss. For these reasons, the presence of wood frame construction
is rarity in DC today and is often an easy means of dating a wood-frame build-ing prior to 1885.
The choice of masonry patterns was an important element in architectural design. For
stylistic reasons 1420s front faade uses a Flemish pattern, placing a brick header in between
each runner, i.e. the short end of the brick is visible and alternates with the length of the next
one. The back of the building, where a garage was added in October of 1925, uses a Common
or American bond, alternating five rows of runners with one course of brick headers. Because
the addition was originally constructed of block, when the clients asked us to install the brick
in order to unite the two buildings, we then began to look for the matching brick. We found
that the brick matching the brick used on the rear of the building, was very common and
could be acquired easily in small amounts, due to methods of recycling, there where several
places between Baltimore and the district, however to clean and restore the bricks would
prove expensive and time consuming. So, I found a several matches and let the owners decide,
building them a sample wall of the restored brick, and a sample wall of the replica brick. Due
to the price difference, they decided to have us install the replica brick. In order to match the
mortar joints of the existing building, we had to cut 1/16 off each brick installed in the rear
addition, a time consuming, but necessary way to truly unite the two buildings, and blend the
new construction with the old. Often, with the customer not willing to pay for the same aesthetic
choice as the front, the builder would choose this simpler bond, requiring less brick and proving
more economical.
The use of various types of windows for 1420 16th Street are
perhaps the clearests manifestation of the Ecletic Movement. The
windows on the second floor subtly pay homage to the Romanesque
Rival, while those on the third and fourth floors of the residence tie the
house to the newer Colonial Revival style, specifially the Adam style a
popular style for urban townhouses in England and the United States
between 1720 and 1820. Colonial-Revival houses favored windows
with double hung sashes with six panes per sash and separated by
thin wooden supports or mullions.
Original Colonial-period homes often had thinner outer walls
of wood-frame construction. These thinner walls allowed windows
to sit flush with the outside surface of the house. With the use of
brick in Colonial-Revival construction, some structural modifications
were required. Colonial-Revival houses constructed of brick required
recessed windows, pushed back toward the interior of the faade and
surrounded by a thick brick frame. This construction, along with improved glass technology
negated the use of shutters. For decorative purposes, the lack of shutters was often replaced
with heavy stone sills, embellished keystones over the windows, and stone belt courses between
or below a row of windows.
The elaborate second story is evidence of piano nobile designa layout in which the first floor
was designated for reception and service rooms, and the second, as the main floor for the salons
and living quarters of the family. Larger windows than those on other floors are usually the most
obvious feature of the piano nobile. The use of this type of layout completely disappeared in DC
by the late 1920s, leaving 1420 16th Street with an historically resilient character.
1420 16th Street incorporates three large French doors on the piano nobile. These doors
are covered with a wide segmental Romanesque-style arch supporting fanlight windows, and
each set with a keystone. The end of each arch terminates with square stones similuting a
column capital. Historically dating back to the Roman Empire, and continuing through Islamic
architecture, lintels the horizontal pieces that lay across the tops of windows and doors to
support weight abovetook on the form of an arch in order to carry more weight and provide
better support. The central stone in this arch -- the keystone-- was the fundamental block
completing the force structure necessary to keep the opening from collapsing. By employing
the wide arches and elliptical fanlights for the second floor only, the architect connected the
exterior elaborations with the interior hierarchical use of space. The third story lintels are
flat, but still utilize center keystones for their important symbolic and aesthetic details and to
visually relate this level to the second.
Wyeth included a classical entablature a beam made from composited moldings just
below the roof line of his design. The use of this detail, rather than the use of a roofline
balustrade (railing), used in many Colonial Revival-style buildings, helps draw the eye upward.
Wyeth possibly found the use of a roofline balustrade to be too heavy for the relative size of this
house and therefore decided against its use.
Pablo Lopez is co-owner of Apache Design Build, LLC. 250 Marganza S., Laurel MD, 20724. You can
reach him at 202-271-6852.
1 National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Sixteenth Street Historic District (Boundary Expansion). 2006. Washing-ton,
DC: National Park Service.
2 ibid.
3 ibid.
4 ibid.
5 Gabbett, Harry. Nathan C Wyeth, Architect for D.C., Is Dead Here at 93. Washington Post. 31 Aug. 1963: B3.
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